How The Frackers Stack the Deck

How The Frackers Stack the Deck

 The frackers cannot operate on a "level playing field", so they lie, cheat and steal, bribe public officials and bully regulators whenever it suits their purposes, like in California back in 2011. How The Oil Industry Got Two Regulators Fired For Doing Their Jobs Capital & Main  |… ...
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Billary Shills For Shale

Billary Shills For Shale

The Bonnie & Clyde of American Politics - the ongoing fracastrophe  From The Steve: "My latest piece is now up on DeSmogBlog. I dug through the 3,000+ Hillary Clinton emails that were released today by the State Department, the ones from the private email account she kept on a private hard dr… ...
Chip Northrup Chip Northrup 5 days ago
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OK Supremes Rule Homeowners Can Sue Frackers for Frackquakes !

OK Supremes Rule Homeowners Can Sue Frackers for F…

What are you waiting for ? Sue the frackers ! Citizens Can Sue Fracking Companies for Frackquake Damage, Says Oklahoma Supreme Court Anastasia Pantsios | July 1, 2015 2:17 pm | Comments Oklahoma almost never used to have earthquakes. But in the last six years they’ve increased so much t… ...
Chip Northrup Chip Northrup 6 days ago
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NEW YORK BANS FRACKING ! (sort of)

NEW YORK BANS FRACKING ! (sort of)

Congratulations to all those people that worked so hard for so long to get this done.  Bravo.  To be precise, the current administration will not issue permits for high fluid volume horizontal wells. The ban is not a law, it's policy. But this amounts to a de facto "ban"on this one type of well (… ...
Chip Northrup Chip Northrup 1 week ago
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Before Gas Cavern Explodes . . . Crestwood Midstream Implodes !

Before Gas Cavern Explodes . . . Crestwood Midstre…

Imagine that. If Crestwood's  Ginormous Gas Bomb is not approved soon, the hedge funds that own most of Crestwood may have to foreclose on their secured debt. If Crestwood used its proposed Thermobaric Bomb Site at Watkins Glen as collateral to secure its bonds or bank line (why wouldn't it ?), t… ...
Chip Northrup Chip Northrup 1 week ago
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Fracked Food Brought to You by The Petroleum Industry

July 6, 2015
Fracked Food Brought to You by The Petroleum Industry

You know things are VERY bad (and getting worse by the day) when oil waste water is being used to grow our food…What next – Beef raised on pastureland contaminated by oil spills? At what point will the American people say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”? Drought-Stricken California Farmers Forced to Use Oil Firms’ Waste Water on Crops By Veronique Dupont, Agence France-Presse 04 July 15 An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil? That’s the question being raised by critics about Californian farmers who irrigate their crops with waste water supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners. Driving into the parched region around Bakersfield, in the western US state’s fertile Central Valley, it is evident how closely the […]

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The Daily Frack – June 24

July 4, 2015
The Daily Frack - June 24

Gillibrand to push for designation for Finger Lakes region U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be in Rochester Monday to announce a new push to designate the Finger Lakes region as a national heritage area. The legislation she’s expected to introduce would allow the National Parks Service to start conducting feasibility studies in several counties in our area. That’s the first step toward the designation that Gillibrand says would help boost local tourism and conserve and protect the region’s resources. http://www.whec.com/article/stories/s3832013.shtml   National Week of Action Against Oil Trains, July 6-12 Almost overnight, crude-by-rail transport has increased 40-fold in the United States — putting our communities, waterways and wildlife at risk. RSVP now through the Action Network to find or create an event in your area and help us stop these […]

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The Daily Frack – June 23

July 4, 2015
The Daily Frack - June 23

  Near a fracking center, drinking water has more chemicals and carcinogens. A new study of drinking wells in the Barnett Shale of Texas has detected volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene in more than two-thirds of the wells sampled. InsideClimate News. 22 June 2015.   Yes, those earthquakes are caused by fracking boom, studies confirm. New work adds to scientific consensus that the earthquake surge in Texas and Oklahoma stem from wastewater injection wells. InsideClimate News. 22 June 2015   Workers clean up oil spill on California beaches by hand. Because the region around Refugio State Beach is home to threatened shorebirds and cultural resources, a decision was made early on to clean oil-stained beaches the old-fashioned way by using hand tools instead of heavy […]

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The Daily Frack – June 21-22

July 4, 2015
The Daily Frack - June 21-22

    The shale industry could be swallowed by its own debt. The debt that fueled the U.S. shale boom now threatens to be its undoing. Drillers are devoting more revenue than ever to interest payments. Bloomberg Business. 20 June 2015.   Battle over new oil train standards pits safety a… The federal government’s new rules aimed at preventing explosive oil train derailments are sparking a backlash from all sides. The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety…    Rep. Everett to introduce bill to protect royalty… State Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) will introduce a bill to protect royalty owners from post-production cost deductions which reduce their royalty payments to less than Pennsylvania’s guaranteed minimum royalty benchmark of 12.5 percent.    Gas industry petitions for lower […]

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The Daily Frack – June 19

July 4, 2015
The Daily Frack - June 19

  Fracking in the Bakken comes with a high human cost The United States has surpassed even Saudi Arabia in oil and gas production, in part because of fracking technology, which allows energy companies to reach oil and gas deposits they could never access previously. One of those deposits lies in the Bakken oil fields, which stretches 170 square miles from North Dakota to Montana and into Canada . An estimated 7.4 billion barrels of undiscovered oil are sitting under the U.S. portion of the Bakken, and thanks to fracking, the industry now has the technology extract that oil. Workers have flocked to the Bakken for jobs with six-figure salaries that don’t require advanced degrees. But a new investigation from Reveal, a public radio program from the Center for Investigative […]

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How The Frackers Stack the Deck

July 2, 2015
How The Frackers Stack the Deck

 The frackers cannot operate on a “level playing field”, so they lie, cheat and steal, bribe public officials and bully regulators whenever it suits their purposes, like in California back in 2011. How The Oil Industry Got Two Regulators Fired For Doing Their Jobs Capital & Main  |  By Judith Lewis Mernit Posted: 07/02/2015 1:40 pm EDT Updated: 2 hours ago   Here’s something you probably didn’t know happened in California in the last few years, and maybe it’s something you never imagined could happen: In 2011, two high-ranking state regulators were fired from their posts for pissing off the oil industry. No one really disputes the veracity of that statement; not even Governor Jerry Brown. “They were blocking oil exploration in Kern County,” the Sacramento Bee reported Brown announcing at an event […]

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Billary Shills For Shale

July 2, 2015
Billary Shills For Shale

The Bonnie & Clyde of American Politics – the ongoing fracastrophe  From The Steve: “My latest piece is now up on DeSmogBlog. I dug through the 3,000+ Hillary Clinton emails that were released today by the State Department, the ones from the private email account she kept on a private hard drive while conducting State Department business on the taxpayer dime, and found one interesting thread pertaining to the State Department Global Shale Gas Initiative and Bureau of Energy Resources that started under her watch as Secretary of State. The fully-redacted job description was for a job that would ultimately go to an industry lobbyist, David Goldwyn, a guy described as an industry “fixer” in the book “The Secret World of Oil” by Ken Silverstein. Perhaps there was something damning in how […]

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OK Supremes Rule Homeowners Can Sue Frackers for Frackquakes !

July 1, 2015
OK Supremes Rule Homeowners Can Sue Frackers for Frackquakes !

What are you waiting for ? Sue the frackers ! Citizens Can Sue Fracking Companies for Frackquake Damage, Says Oklahoma Supreme Court Anastasia Pantsios | July 1, 2015 2:17 pm | Comments Oklahoma almost never used to have earthquakes. But in the last six years they’ve increased so much that last year the state surged past California as the most seismically active state in the continental U.S. Prior to 2009, the state averaged two quakes of greater than 3.0 magnitude annually. By 2014 that number had soared to 585, up from 109 in 2013. The culprit? Scientists are convinced it’s the wastewater injection wells that have accompanied the explosion of fracking in that state during the same time period. Oil and gas company New Dominion is Prague, Oklahoma’s biggest employer—and has […]

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NEW YORK BANS FRACKING ! (sort of)

June 29, 2015
NEW YORK BANS FRACKING ! (sort of)

Congratulations to all those people that worked so hard for so long to get this done.  Bravo.  To be precise, the current administration will not issue permits for high fluid volume horizontal wells. The ban is not a law, it’s policy. But this amounts to a de facto “ban”on this one type of well (over 80,000 gallons of water) because: A.  Any future administration would have to contest and disprove the DEC’s findings, shown here. Good fracking luck B.  Promolgate a complete new set of environmental rules and regulations (SGEIS) to permit HVHF wells after public hearings and C.  Proposed a complete new set of well permitting and drilling rules for HVHF wells to the public, and then. . . D. The geological prospects would have to change dramatically. A, B and […]

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Before Gas Cavern Explodes . . . Crestwood Midstream Implodes !

June 29, 2015
Before Gas Cavern Explodes . . . Crestwood Midstream Implodes !

Imagine that. If Crestwood’s  Ginormous Gas Bomb is not approved soon, the hedge funds that own most of Crestwood may have to foreclose on their secured debt. If Crestwood used its proposed Thermobaric Bomb Site at Watkins Glen as collateral to secure its bonds or bank line (why wouldn’t it ?), the bond holders or banks will end up owning the leaky salt cavern in a reorganization. (Full disclosure – this is how we bought many of our offshore rigs – out of bankruptcy. CN) The DEC is wise to tread cautiously, since “Crestwood Midstream” is an increasingly iffy financial proposition = and would be a poor counter-party/ no show in the event of a major accident: the DEC would have to clean up the mess/staunch the leaks, and pick the body parts […]

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