Have a Frack Free Thanksgiving !

Have a Frack Free Thanksgiving !

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The Cuomo Effect: Revisionist Science And Weather Forecasts

The Cuomo Effect: Revisionist Science And Weather…

Not content with cooking the books on the impact of fracking on groundwater, Governor Cuomo took book-cooking a step further on retroactively predicting that the recent Upstate snow storm "could not have been predicted by science." After it was predicted, "As a historic lake effect event." By weathe… ...
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The Daily Frack - Nov. 26

The Daily Frack – Nov. 26

Ithaca: 200 attend fracking collateral-damage conference A conference at Ithaca College on combating fossil fuel infrastructure build-out in New York drew 200 participants from 36 counties, according to organizers. The conference drew panelists who ranged from local government official… ...
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Seneca Lake Fractavists Released From Jail !

Seneca Lake Fractavists Released From Jail !

Fractavist Heroes Released From Jail Stefanie Spear | November 26, 2014 9:37 am | Comments [Editor’s note: On Nov. 26 at 12:01 a.m., Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland were released from jail after serving eight days of a 15-day sentence for trespassing at the gates of Crestwood Midst… ...
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Protect Your Town From Fracking's Collateral Damage

Protect Your Town From Fracking’s Collateral Damag…

The Coalition to Protect Communities from Fracking's Collateral Damage HOME ABOUT US CONTACT US RESOURCES CONFERENCE MATERIALS CONFERENCE AGENDA Collateral Damage from Fracking Conference, Nov 15: Thanks for Coming! Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming Together to… ...
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Have a Frack Free Thanksgiving !

November 27, 2014
Have a Frack Free Thanksgiving !
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The Cuomo Effect: Revisionist Science And Weather Forecasts

November 26, 2014
The Cuomo Effect:  Revisionist Science And Weather Forecasts

Not content with cooking the books on the impact of fracking on groundwater, Governor Cuomo took book-cooking a step further on retroactively predicting that the recent Upstate snow storm “could not have been predicted by science.” After it was predicted, “As a historic lake effect event.” By weather scientists. Any of this sound vaguely familiar ? Call it “The Cuomo Effect” Orwellian DoubleSpeak in a Queens accent. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo answers a question from the media during a storm briefing at the Thruway Authority in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov.19, 2014. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another lake-effect storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)(Credit: AP) On Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo felt he […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 26

November 26, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 26

Ithaca: 200 attend fracking collateral-damage conference A conference at Ithaca College on combating fossil fuel infrastructure build-out in New York drew 200 participants from 36 counties, according to organizers. The conference drew panelists who ranged from local government officials to lawyers and grassroots organizers who said New York state is becoming a vast and treacherous maze of pipelines, compressor stations, storage and export facilities. Relatively few people appreciate the collateral dangers associated with pipelines, storage facilities, compressor stations and other infrastructure, the panelists said. The conference’s message was that local communities must take responsibility for protecting themselves against the ongoing build-out, according to organizers. http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2014/11/24/fracking-collateral-damage-conference-ithaca/70049434/   Proposed law in Cayuga County targets waste from oil and gas extraction Auburn (WSYR-TV) – As traffic gets messy this winter, the rules for […]

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Seneca Lake Fractavists Released From Jail !

November 26, 2014
Seneca Lake Fractavists Released From Jail !

Fractavist Heroes Released From Jail Stefanie Spear | November 26, 2014 9:37 am | Comments [Editor’s note: On Nov. 26 at 12:01 a.m., Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland were released from jail after serving eight days of a 15-day sentence for trespassing at the gates of Crestwood Midstream on the banks of Seneca Lake. They were immediately greeted by a crowd of supporters outside the Schuyler County Jail in Watkins Glen. Below are transcripts of their speeches. Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland right after they were released from jail on Nov. 26 at 12:01 a.m., after serving eight days of a 15-day sentence for trespassing at the gates of Crestwood Midstream on the banks of Seneca Lake. Photo credit: Chris Tate Steingraber and Boland are among the first wave arrests as part […]

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Protect Your Town From Fracking’s Collateral Damage

November 26, 2014
Protect Your Town From Fracking's Collateral Damage

The Coalition to Protect Communities from Fracking’s Collateral Damage HOME ABOUT US CONTACT US RESOURCES CONFERENCE MATERIALS CONFERENCE AGENDA Collateral Damage from Fracking Conference, Nov 15: Thanks for Coming! Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming Together to Protect Communities While New York’s highest court has upheld a town’s right to prohibit fracking within its borders, fracking threats still loom—regardless of whether a community has enacted a ban or moratorium on this activity. All communities, with bans or otherwise, will feel the impact of fracking-related activities nearby. Air and water pollution know no jurisdictional boundaries, and the build-up of natural gas infrastructure (i.e., pipelines, compressor stations, storage facilities and export terminals) will create hazards across municipal, county and state lines. Collateral damage includes: Waste disposal – wastewater disposal, landfills, brine spreading on […]

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Russian Frackonomics Kills US LNG Exports to China

November 25, 2014
Russian Frackonomics Kills US LNG Exports to China

And to Europe. And anywhere else that there’s a gas pipeline. Like the one those Arabs are fighting over.  On the frackonomics of shipping American fracked gas in massively costly cryognenic tankers long distances across the ocean. Russia-China Deal Could Kill U.S. LNG Exports By Kurt Cobb Russia and China have signed two large natural gas deals in the last six months as Russia turns its attention eastward in reaction to sanctions and souring relations with Europe, currently Russia’s largest energy export market. But the move has implications beyond Europe. In the department of everything is connected, U.S. natural gas producers may be seeing their dream of substantial liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports suffer fatal injury because of Russian exports to the Chinese market, a market that was expected to be […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 25

November 25, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 25

Not One Well – Please join us for what could be the largest and most urgently needed anti-fracking rally to date. What: Not One Well: Rally Against Fracking and For Renewable Energy at Cuomo’s State of the State Address When: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 (time TBA) Where:  Empire State Plaza, Albany NY Who: Hundreds of groups and thousands of New Yorkers just like you. For bus information and rally updates please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/656150794505434/ The problem with fracking Slumping oil prices are wrecking life for drillers around the world, particularly high-cost producers now struggling to make a profit … like the U.S.  American oil from shale, which comes out of the ground through fracking, is pricey to extract. On top of that, sources of oil become mere trickles within a […]

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Welcome Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland Back to Freedom.

November 25, 2014
Welcome Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland Back to Freedom.

Welcome Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland back into freedom. TONIGHT, Tuesday, Nov 25 at 11:30pm WHERE: Schuyler County Jail, 106 Tenth St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland have been in jail since 11/19 for refusing to pay their fines for trespass while blocking Crestwood’s driveway in Reading, NY. Their acts of non-violent civil disobedience are part of a growing movement called “We Are Seneca Lake” that began on October 24 in response to FERC’s approval of methane storage expansion in unstable salt caverns at the edge of the lake. Since then, 72 citizens have been arrested in their efforts to protect Seneca Lake from Crestwood’s dangerous gas storage expansion plan. Since jails don’t release inmates on holidays, Colleen and Sandra will be released one day earlier […]

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Real Fracking Frackquakes Hit Dallas !

November 25, 2014
Real Fracking Frackquakes Hit Dallas !

Not just a little shake from a disposal well – but honest-to-god frackquakes from a fracked shale gas well.  Felt right here in Big D.  The birthplace of fracking and the hometown of the frackers. Imagine that. Published: 24 November 2014 10:19 PM Updated: 25 November 2014 11:50 AM Four small earthquakes in three days are the latest in a string that seem to be centered near a gas well site next to the old Texas Stadium site. The U.S. Geological Survey pinpointed Saturday’s 3.3-magnitude quake near the old stadium site at Irving’s eastern border. It was followed by three smaller tremors over the next two days, the latest a 2.2-magnitude tremor at 11:45 p.m. Monday near Spur 482 and Century Center Boulevard. Each quake was about a mile or […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 24

November 24, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 24

Sandra Steingraber: Why I am in Jail Breakfast in the Chemung County Jail is served at 5 a.m. This morning—Friday, November 21, 2014—it was Cheerios and milk plus two slaps of universally-despised “breakfast cake.” Along with trays of food—which are passed through the bars—arrive the morning rounds of meds for the inmates who take them. Now comes my favorite time of day in jail—the two quiet hours between breakfast and 7 a.m. before the television clicks on and we are ordered to make our beds and the loud day begins. Between the end of breakfast and 7 a.m., most women go back to sleep. Now I can hear only the sounds of their breathing—different rhythms all—and, on the far side of the steel door—the occasional voices of the C.O.s (correction officers, a.k.a. the […]

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Grisanti to Head DEC as Cuomo Greenlights Fracking New York ?

November 22, 2014
Grisanti to Head DEC as Cuomo Greenlights Fracking New York ?

UPDATE 11/24 GRISANTI OUT AS DEC COMMISSIONER “Environmental groups got nervous this week when they heard rumblings that the governor would tap soon-to-be-former Sen. Mark Grisanti to replace Joe Martens as head of the DEC. Martens, who had a considerable environmental background before joining the administration, has been with the governor since 2011. Grisanti is the outgoing Senate Environmental Conservation Committee chairman and is seen as especially close with the Cuomo administration. During the campaign, Cuomo publicly praised the GOP senator – the last remaining Republican senator of the four who voted “yes” on same-sex marriage in 2011. The governor stopped short of endorsing Grisanti outright, but didn’t back his Democratic foe, Senator-elect Marc Panepinto, either. But several sources on Monday didn’t just dismiss the idea, but slammed the door […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 22

November 22, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 22

Dozens of Activists Arrested in Battle Against a Fracking “Gateway Drug” in New York Residents of New York ’s Finger Lakes argue that gas projects would spell ecological and economic disaster for the region. Today, this geological history is at the heart of a battle being waged by Finger Lakes residents to stop two proposed gas storage projects they believe pose a grave risk to the ecology of region and the people who live there—projects that, in the words of biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, threaten to “turn us into an extraction colony for investor profits.” On Wednesday evening, Steingraber was taken away in handcuffs from the small town hall in Reading , New York , alongside 86-year-old Roland Micklem and Colleen Boland, a retired Air Force sergeant. All three […]

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NO FRACKING WAY ROCK VIDEO !

November 22, 2014
NO FRACKING WAY ROCK VIDEO !

A SIMPLE PLAN: LOCK THE GATE, BLOCK THE GATE, FRACK NO, FRACK OFF, NO FRACKING WAY 

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Finger Lake Fracking

November 22, 2014
Finger Lake Fracking

Fractivists Arrested in Battle Against a Fracking Gas Bomb Residents of New York’s Finger Lakes argue that gas projects would spell ecological and economic disaster for the region. BY Molly Bennet “These are just ordinary people who have exhausted every possible means of expressing their opposition and are at wits’ end,” says Yvonne Taylor, a co-founder of Gas Free Seneca. Tens of thousands of years ago, as massive sheets of ice moved across river valleys in what’s now west-central New York, they cut 11 deep grooves that eventually became the Finger Lakes. Some 390 million years before that, in the sea that once covered the Appalachian Basin, algae and other organic matter mixed together with mineral particles and settled, a black sludge that was transformed over millions of years into […]

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The Fracking Revolving Door to Export US Gas Supplies

November 22, 2014
The Fracking Revolving Door to Export US Gas Supplies

Revolving Door Between Fracking Lobbyists and Fracking Politicians Anastasia Pantsios | November 20, 2014 12:56 pm | Comments There was much speculation about Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu‘s motivation for pushing the first full Senate vote this week on approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Some revolved around her trying to improve her chances in the Dec. 6 Senate runoff against Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy (neither candidate got a majority on Nov. 4). Others say she’s likely to lose anyway and that her grandstanding was directed at oil and gas companies that might provide a lucrative landing spot for her after she leaves the Senate in January. That latter speculation isn’t idle, as a new report from DeSmogBlog and Republic Report indicates. Natural Gas Exports: Washington’s Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat lays out […]

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PARANORMAL PENNEAST

November 22, 2014
PARANORMAL PENNEAST

The PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC announced its Binding Open Season in August 11, 2014 as the first step in construction of a pipeline. The proposed pipeline would extend from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ.   The Binding Open Season concluded on August 29, 2014. PennEast Pre-Filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on October 7, 2014 and was assigned Docket# 15-1. Included in the Pre-file documents is a list of interested parties, stakeholders, State, Federal and Local Officials which, presumably, PennEast has or will be contacting.  According to the dates on Exhibit D, PennEast began contacting interested parties, stakeholders, State, Federal and Local Officials as early as June 11, 2014. For many people and municipalities this meant educating themselves about the FERC process and the PennEast pipeline project.     The […]

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“All My Old Outside Agitator Pals Are in the Slammer”

November 21, 2014
"All My Old Outside Agitator Pals Are in the Slammer"

Sounds like a Merle Haggard country & western song. But it describes what has happened to many of my Upstate friends – they got arrested for what they believed in –  including my dear friend Sara Hess, who sent me this:  “Yesterday, I joined the growing ranks of people who have been arrested at Crestwood’s gates near Watkins Glen.  During the arrest, a man asked me why we were using this tactic.  He suggested that rather than paying fines ($375 each, if we chose to pay it), we could hire a lobbyist.  The obvious implication was that a lobbyist could make a difference, whereas, we were just wasting our time and money. I replied that we had already filled buses with hundreds of people, taking them to Albany to talk to the […]

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“Outside Agitators” Jailed for Protesting Gas Storage Time Bomb

November 21, 2014
"Outside Agitators" Jailed for Protesting Gas Storage Time Bomb

    “What did you do grandmother when the frackers were cooking the planet with a hundred year supply of clean burning natural gas ?”  Granny Sandra: “I went to the slammer to try to stop it.”   “Outside Agitators” Jailed for Protesting Gas Storage Bomb Stefanie Spear | November 21, 2014 9:34 am | Comments Renowned author, biologist and advocate Sandra Steingraber, PhD, U.S. Air Force veteran Colleen Boland (retired) and avid environmentalist Roland Micklem headed to the Chemung County jail Wednesday evening after pleading guilty and refusing to pay a fine in New York’s Reading Town Court. Judge Raymond Barry issued the maximum jail sentence of 15 days. “Outside agitators” Sandra Steingraber, PhD and U.S. Air Force veteran, Colleen Boland (retired) are spending 15 days in the Chemung County jail after pleading guilty in New […]

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Gassing Texans for Shale Oil

November 21, 2014
Gassing Texans for Shale Oil

Memo Proves Toxic Chemicals Released in the Eagle Ford Shale Barry Davis, KENS 5 11:51 p.m. CST November 20, 2014 (Photo: KENS-5) Toxic gas in Eagle Ford Shale KENS When Lynn Buehring and her husband Shelby bought their modest home in Karnes county, they were planning on living out their lives there. But Lynn said those years may be much shorter than she expected. She believes the oil industry is killing her. Since the fracking boom, Buehring said she has developed respiratory problems and often feels other effects when dark clouds of smoke belch from oil & gas facility flares. It’s so bad, she said, at times she has to run inside and put on a gas mask to prevent the smells from literally taking her breath away. “My family, […]

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What It’s Like to Have Fracking Next Door

November 20, 2014
What It's Like to Have Fracking Next Door

A big fracking noisy smelly mess. 24/7/365. Until they run out of gas. Hit a dry hole. Or go bankrupt. Sound like fun ? Read on citizen. . .  Ed Wade’s property straddles the Wetzel and Marsh county lines in rural West Virginia and it has a conventional gas well on it. “You could cover the whole [well] pad with three pickups,” said Wade. And West Virginia has lots of conventional wells — more than 50,000 at last count. West Virginians are so well acquainted with gas drilling that when companies began using high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in 2006 to access areas of the Marcellus Shale that underlie the state, most residents and regulators were unprepared for the massive footprint of the operations and the impact on their communities. When […]

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“We Are Seneca Lake” is 90% to 100 Arrests

November 20, 2014
"We Are Seneca Lake" is 90% to 100 Arrests

12 more arrests this morning, bringing to total to 73 Arrests of the We Are Seneca Lake defenders since October 29th; 2 are serving jail time now, Dr. Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland; 48 of those arrests were this week alone. There were 15 prior arrests bringing the total number of “outside agitators” arrested to 88 at the Inergy/Crestwood site. Sandra Steingraber addresses a gathering of protest supporters outside the Reading Town Hall. A busy Crestwood protest day: 9 arrests, a rally, 16 court cases and 3 jail terms SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 20 — The number of arrestees protesting the Crestwood energy firm’s gas storage plans climbed to 52Wednesday with the arrest of nine people at two Crestwood gates along Route 14 north of Watkins Glen. It was a busy […]

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Eminent Domain = Condemnation = More Money for Landowner

November 20, 2014
Eminent Domain = Condemnation = More Money for Landowner

Any questions ?  Forcing a condemnation is a landowner’s best response to pipeline companies.  But pipeline landmen are threatening landowners with condemnation, when they don’t even have the right to exercise eminent domain. And clueless landowners are selling out – for nothing. Not a good strategy.   Pipeline companies threaten condemnation – because condemnation costs them more than spooking landowners into selling. Why do they do that ? Because they’re fracking crooks.  Eminent domain does not give a pipeline company to simply take your land. It forces the company to go through a formal condemnation proceeding –  and that causes the company to pay more money for the land. Which gives the landowner an 80% better chance of getting more money for their land. The best negotiating strategy with a […]

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Seneca Lake Sheriff Claims Protestors Are “Outside Agitators”

November 19, 2014
Seneca Lake Sheriff Claims Protestors Are "Outside Agitators"

Presumably from another planet. . . or perhaps Russia ? Sheriff refuses to arrest local residents and business owners – which might frack up his “outside agitator” scenario. Watkins Glen, NY – Area business owners and winery owners are among 12 people currently blockading at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake. They are now in their third hour of shutting down both entrances on Route 14.  This action follows eight arrests yesterday and ten on Monday as the ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ civil disobedience campaign continues a 4th week of blockades to stop the gas storage facility.  All total, 43 arrests have now occurred at the gates of Crestwood since the campaign began on October 23. The 12 people blockading today are: Phil Davis, […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 19

November 19, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 19

10 Arrested as ‘We Are Seneca Lake ’ Protests Continue Ten people were arrested Nov. 17 for blockading the gates of Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility on the shore of New York ’s Seneca Lake . This protest marks the fourth week of the “We Are Seneca Lake” campaign to stop the major expansion project at the methane gas storage facility where plans are underway to store highly pressurized, explosive gas in abandoned salt caverns on the west side of Seneca Lake. Thirty-five people have been arrested so far during this campaign, including Dwain Wilder who just finished serving eight days in jail after refusing to pay his fine. Today’s protest included a number of participants of the Great March for Climate Action who recently finished a 3,000-mile walk from Los Angeles to Washington , DC . The […]

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How to Fight Pipeline Eminent Domain

November 19, 2014
How to Fight Pipeline Eminent Domain

Just say no.  No to survey crews, no to buyout offers. On average the property owner is far better off to force a condemnation.   A condemnation costs the pipeline company 80% more than a buyout. If every property owner on the proposed alignment forced a condemnation, it would double the cost and triple the time, putting the project in jeopardy. A good place for it to be. This is the worst kept secret in the real estate business: a condemnation is better for the seller than a negotiated sale. But pipeline landmen use the threat of condemnation to force a sale. And naive landowners succumb to those threats and sell out. Big mistake. Pass it on. A study at the University of Texas found that, on average, a landowner gets 78% […]

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“For Export Only” Keystone’s Dirty Big Secret

November 19, 2014
"For Export Only" Keystone's Dirty Big Secret

Nobody, no Americans, benefit from oil or gas transmission lines to that take domestic oil and gas reserves to export terminals.  The oil or gas goes anywhere but the US.  The pipeline goes through your property, your state, your country and the product goes somewhere else. That is the Dirty Big Secret that gas and oil pipeline proponents don’t want you to know. Since they’ve already bought into the Dirty Big Secret: In December 2010, according to Boehner’s financial disclosure forms, he invested $10,000 to $50,000 each in seven firms that had a stake in Canada’s oil sands, the region that produces the oil the pipeline would transport. The firms include six oil companies—BP, Canadian Natural Resources, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Devon Energy and Exxon—along with Emerson Electric, which has a […]

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Williams Exploration Bails on NE Pa. Marcellus !

November 18, 2014
Williams Exploration Bails on NE Pa. Marcellus !

With frackers bailing out of Pennsylvania dry gas fields, the odds of them going into marginal territory in New York is less than zero. Your read that here last.  New York is being infracstructured instead of fracked.  And so we bid a fond AMF to the fracking bozos from Williams. Don’t let the swinging door hit you in the butt on the way out. Which Pennsylvania frack hole will flame out next ? November 18, 2014 Williams Exploration Exits Marcellus Shale as Dry Gas Profits Plummet  BRENDAN GIBBONS WPX Energy Inc. will divest from the Marcellus Shale with no plans to drill any new wells in Pennsylvania for the foreseeable future. The Tulsa-based company spun off from Williams Companies Inc. in 2011. Its new CEO, petroleum engineer Rick Muncrief, joined the company […]

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HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE

November 18, 2014
HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE

1. Reverse the direction of its flow, and/ or 2. Change its operating pressure, and/or  3. Change the product it carries 4. Drive a backhoe over it  5. All of the above Any questions ? These are all things that frackers do to their own pipelines every day, with an accident about every 30 hours. Report: Pipeline incident occurs every 30 hours in U.S.  Analysis shows that there is a pipeline mishap about every 30 hours in the US Pipeline Alert From Federal Regulator First of Its Kind Reversing oil and gas pipelines or changing the product they’re carrying can have a ‘significant impact’ on the line’s safety and integrity. By Elizabeth Douglass, InsideClimate News Nov 17, 2014 Picture of ExxonMobil’s ruptured Pegasus pipeline that spilled Canadian heavy oil in […]

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Not One Fracking Well in New York !

November 18, 2014
Not One Fracking Well in New York !

There is a lot of news to share, both good and bad, but before diving in, you should pick up your phone right now and call Governor Cuomo and tell him to ban fracking in New York. 866-961-3208. These calls are just one way to apply pressure, among many others which will be outlined here!The political context: We are in a very dangerous time, with Governor Cuomo promising a decision on fracking before the end of 2014. It is up to us, the most powerful, pasionate, dedicated grassroots movement in NYS, to force him to follow the overwhelming science, which compells not moving ahead with fracking or associated infrastructure. We will be relentless in our rallying cry: NOT ONE FRACKING WELL! Thursday November 20th has two important events happening. I […]

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Seneca Lake Fractavists Turning Into Hundreds of Arrests ?

November 18, 2014
Seneca Lake Fractavists Turning Into Hundreds of Arrests ?

10 More Arrested At ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ Protests Stefanie Spear | November 17, 2014 4:08 pm | Comments Ten people were arrested today for blockading the gates of Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility on the shore of New York’s Seneca Lake. This protest marks the fourth week of the “We Are Seneca Lake” campaign to stop the major expansion project at the methane gas storage facility where plans are underway to store highly pressurized, explosive gas in abandoned salt caverns on the west side of Seneca Lake. Today’s protest included a number of participants of the Great March for Climate Action who recently finished a 3,000-mile walk from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. Photo credit: Kelsey Juliana Thirty-five people have been arrested so far during this campaign, including Dwain Wilder […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 18

November 18, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 18

  CA: Waste Water from Oil Fracking Injected into Clean Aquifers California Dept. of Conservation Deputy Director admits that errors were made. State officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump nearly three billion gallons of waste water into underground aquifers that could have been used for drinking water or irrigation. Those aquifers are supposed to be off-limits to that kind of activity, protected by the EPA. “It’s inexcusable,” said Hollin Kretzmann, at the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco . “At (a) time when California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history, we’re allowing oil companies to contaminate what could otherwise be very useful ground water resources for irrigation and for drinking. It’s possible these aquifers are now contaminated irreparably.” California ’s Department of Conservation’s Chief […]

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“Frack Ugly” PR Tactic In Idaho

November 18, 2014
"Frack Ugly" PR Tactic In Idaho

Fracking Lobbyist Assaults EnviroNews Chief Outside Public Meeting Payette, Idaho — “I’ll do what I want” and “fuck you” were the responses from one of the nation’s top oil and gas industry attorneys when asked not to touch a news camera. The incident occurred in the hallway of the Payette County Courthouse in Payette, Idaho, following a meeting by the planning and zoning board on November 17, 2014. After EnviroNews Editor-in-Chief Emerson Urry began videotaping a conversation between Joe Morton, of Emmett, and industry attorney John Peiserich, the Vice President and General Counsel of Alta Mesa – a junk bond fracker – things got ugly, resorting to “Frack Ugly” PR tactics. “I proceeded to start rolling tape again, and as soon as I did [Peiserich] stopped his conversation immediately, came straight […]

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Protecting School Children From Fracking

November 18, 2014
Protecting School Children From Fracking

No fracker would want a well pad within a country mile of their kid’s school. The head of EXXON didn’t want fracking in his town. The frackers that live in Dallas didn’t want to see a well in the city limits. So Dallas effectively banned fracking. So no surprise these Pennsylvania parents told the frackers to take a hike. Company Halts Plan To Frack 3,000 Feet From Pennsylvania School by Emily Atkin Posted on November 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm A Mars school district parent and child look at a drilling rig in Western Pennsylvania. CREDIT: Mars Parent Group A company’s plan to frack for natural gas about a half mile from a Pennsylvania school district of 3,200 kids has been suspended, just weeks after a group of concerned parents […]

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Where Not to Frack a Big Gas Hole

November 17, 2014
Where Not to Frack a Big Gas Hole

Where there already is a high likelihood of methane leakage into groundwater.  Which indicates that localized faulting is venting bigogenic and thermogenic gas into the aquifer. Probably not a great place to punch thousands of massively big fracking gas holes. . . which simply act as conduits from any gas deposit they hit up into groundwater. This begs the question – is there anyplace where the conditions are less prone to vent methane into groundwater ? And the answer is yes – there are exceptions that prove the rule – where there is an absence of karst or local faulting and there are trapping layers of clay or salt that act as a natural barrier to methane migration,  such as in the Fayetteville Shale field. But that is an exception that proves […]

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3 Billion Gallons of Frack Slime Pumped into California Aquifers !

November 16, 2014
3 Billion Gallons of Frack Slime Pumped into California Aquifers !

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 • Updated at 11:52 PM PST California state officials “mistakenly” allowed oil and gas companies to pump nearly three billion gallons of frack waste water into underground aquifers that were to used for drinking water and irrigation. Those aquifers are supposed to be off-limits to that kind of activity, protected by the EPA. “It’s inexcusable,” said Hollin Kretzmann, at the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco. “At (a) time when California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history, we’re allowing oil companies to contaminate what could otherwise be very useful ground water resources for irrigation and for drinking. It’s possible these aquifers are now contaminated irreparably.” California’s Department of Conservation’s Chief Deputy Director, Jason Marshall, told NBC Bay Area, “In multiple different places […]

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America’s Deadliest Job ? Make a fracking guess . . .

November 16, 2014
America's Deadliest Job ? Make a fracking guess . . .

Fracking not only poisons water supplies, but it poisons rig workers as well. In record numbers. Fracking is America’s Most Hazardous Job. More gassed, lamed and killed in an average week than in the history of nuclear power in the US. More poisoned in an average month than coal kills in a year.  More sickened in a year than in the history of solar and wind power – worldwide. There is no OSHA oversight, no trade unions, no federal oversight over fracking whatsoever, and state  oversight by regulators that were bought off by the frackers before the first well was fracked. Welcome to Fracking Hell, pilgrim. How would you like your fracking pizza ?  With or without benzene ? Fracking Workers Are Being Poisoned on the Job Michelle Chen on November […]

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“Mr. Frack Ugly” is Keynote Speaker at IOGA NY Conference

November 15, 2014
"Mr. Frack Ugly" is Keynote Speaker at IOGA NY Conference

The promoter of “win ugly or lose pretty” is IOGA New York’s keynote speaker at their fracking convention:  “Dinner Keynote Speaker at IOGA NY Annual Convention in Buffalo: Jack Hubbard, Vice President, Berman & Company, Washington, D.C.: “Big Green Radicals: Winning Public Opinion, Undermining the Activist’s Credibility & Changing the Debate” Berman & Company were written up in the New York Times for promoting dirty tricks against environmental groups. “The company executives, Mr. Berman said in his speech, must be willing to exploit emotions like fear, greed and anger and turn them against the environmental groups. And major corporations secretly financing such a campaign should not worry about offending the general public because “you can either win ugly or lose pretty,” he said.” New York frack wannabes are going to lose […]

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The Jessica Takes Case to Canadian High Court

November 15, 2014
The Jessica Takes Case to Canadian High Court

Alberta Landowner Appeals Constitutional Issue in Fracking Case Jessica Ernst aims to challenge regulator immunity in Canada’s highest court. By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, TheTyee.ca Jessica Ernst on her land in Alberta. Photo: Colin Smith. Judge Rules Landowner May Sue Gov’t in Landmark Fracking Case Decision ‘reaffirms the power of the people,’ says plaintiff Jessica Ernst. Alberta Moves to Strike Down Ernst’s Fracking Lawsuit Landmark case could spark a flood of litigation against the province, lawyer argues. Tell Us What’s Being Done to Our Groundwater, Demand Albertans Push for transparency after province closed once-public records on aquifer quality. Read more: Energy,Environment Can provincial legislation protect the state and “block an individual from seeking a remedy for breach” of her fundamental rights and freedoms under the nation’s Charter of Rights? That’s the question […]

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America’s Biggest Fracker Fracks Landowners

November 15, 2014
America's  Biggest Fracker Fracks Landowners

Chesapeake Faces Subpoena on Royalty Scam The Justice Department’s inquiry comes after a ProPublica investigation and years of complaints from landowners who say they have been underpaid for leasing land to the energy giant for drilling. by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica Nov. 14, 2014, 3:20 p.m. A natural gas drilling rig stands on a Chesapeake Energy Corp. site in Pennsylvania, a state where landowners who had leased their gas rights to Chesapeake saw the payments they were receiving abruptly slashed. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images) The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating how Chesapeake Energy pays landowners for the natural gas it drills on their property, according to disclosures made earlier this month in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The probe comes after years of complaints by […]

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No Frackin’ Way Wine !

November 15, 2014
No Frackin' Way Wine !

You like the blog, you’ve love the wine ! Eagles Crest Vineyards is now offering an un-fracked wine for those oenophiles that disdain the odor of diesel fuel, kerosene and arsenic in their merlot. Eagle Crest Vineyards launches anti-fracking label ROCDRINK Sheila Livadas,5:12 p.m. EST November 13, 2014 Eagle Crest Vineyards in Conesus, Livingston County, has released No Frackin’ Way, a series of wines aimed at helping environmental groups carry on their opposition to hydraulic fracturing and related activities in New York state. “These are not new wines,” says Eagle Crest co-owner Will Ouweleen. Instead, the Hemlock Lake winery chose to feature its three best sellers in the series: Midnight Moon, a red blend made from Noiret, Marechal Foch and Chancellor grapes; On-no-lee, a Cayuga White wine; and Queen of […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 14

November 14, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 14

Eagle Crest Vineyards launches anti-fracking label Eagle Crest Vineyards in Conesus, Livingston County, has released No Frackin’ Way, a series of wines aimed at helping environmental groups carry on their opposition to hydraulic fracturing and related activities in New York state. “These are not new wines,” says Eagle Crest co-owner Will Ouweleen. Instead, the Hemlock Lake winery chose to feature its three best sellers in the series: Midnight Moon, a red blend made from Noiret, Marechal Foch and Chancellor grapes; On-no-lee, a Cayuga White wine; and Queen of the Vine, a blush made from Isabella and Iona. “I wasn’t sure if we would be granted federal label approval,” adds Ouweleen, referring to the anti-fracking label. “But we were – without issue, in a speedy fashion.” In July, Ouweleen and other […]

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Boulder County Colorado Renews Frack Ban

November 14, 2014
Boulder County Colorado Renews Frack Ban

But the ballot initiatives to promote local control was derailed by turncoats. .  . before it ever came to a vote.  With that confused legal background, Boulder County extended its ban as a kind of “frack you” to the frackers. Boulder County Extends Fracking Ban Gary Wockner | November 14, 2014 9:41 am | Comments “The time is always right to do the right thing.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. As I sat in the hearing room of the Boulder County Commissioner yesterday I witnessed citizen-led democracy in action. In a unanimous vote, three Boulder Colorado County Commissioners voted to extend the moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the county for the next three-and-a-half years. The three Democratic party women not only voted against fracking until July 1, 2018, they did so […]

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Fred Lebrun Consigns Cuomo II To the Dustbin of Marginality

November 14, 2014
Fred Lebrun Consigns Cuomo II To the Dustbin of Marginality

In as few words as editorially possible. Well said Fred:  ”I am not a scientist,” says our chief executive. He’s going to leave any fracking decision to the experts. OK, hands up on how many believe him? Already we’ve seen that his administration has tried to torture a study on methane contamination of water to get more benign results. So which way are we likely to go? Even though there’s little to no money in fracking New York’s Marcellus Shale at this time,and little actual interest by the fracking industry, and countless sound scientific reasons for leaving the 6-year moratorium in place for the foreseeable future, Cuomo seems to have the itch. You can see it coming. If he goes ahead with a pilot project — the nose of the camel under the tent […]

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Seneca Lake 16 Face Fracking Judge I.M.A. Gashole

November 13, 2014
Seneca Lake 16 Face Fracking Judge I.M.A. Gashole

Report from The Sandra of the Seneca Lake 16’s Day in Court. Wherein the Fractavist find out that the judge not only works for the gas storage company, Crestwood, but is a bit of a fracking gashole, even when dealing with old folks accused of simple civil trespass: When 88 year old man asked to address the court, “(Judge) Norman responded in a gruff and disrespectful tone, “No, you may not.“ When a 77 year old grandmother and former county legislator asked about a change of court date (at Thanksgiving), the fracking judge angrily denied her request, even though his conflict of interest would have excluded him from ruling on that. And in The Sandra’s summation: “Last night I saw three remarkable elder citizens—one of whom is a former elected official—treated with disdain and […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 13

November 13, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 13

Fracking numbers add up to environmental nightmare New Yorkers continue to wait with bated breath for the Health Department‘s study on fracking, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will come by year’s end. But does New York really need this study to decide its fate?  Scarcely a month goes by without some new fracking incident adding to the toll of damage done. Just over a year ago, we published our findings in a report called “Fracking by the Numbers.” In the report, we looked at key measures of risks to our water, air, land and climate. Contamination of drinking water is one of the key threats posed by fracking. In reviewing state records, we found more than 1,000 documented cases where dirty drilling has contaminated groundwater or other drinking water sources. […]

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Frackers Run But Can’t Hide From SkyTruth Project

November 13, 2014
Frackers Run But Can't Hide From SkyTruth Project

Hold that DOH study Cuomo, there’s some more data coming in on fracking and it ain’t pretty . . . Check out SkyTruth – http://alerts.skytruth.org/ Tracking Frackers From the Sky Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania’s natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnesses By Richard Schiffman smithsonian.com  November 10, 2014 Ever since the natural gas boom took off in Pennsylvania in 2006, some people living near the drilling rigs have complained of headaches, gastrointestinal ailments, skin problems and asthma. They suspect that exposure to the chemicals used in the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, triggers the symptoms. But there’s a hitch: the exact locations of many active fracking sites remain a closely guarded secret. Brian Schwartz, an environmental epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg […]

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Kansas Frackquake Kills Koch Brother’s . . .

November 13, 2014
Kansas Frackquake Kills Koch Brother's . . .

denials and lies about frackquakes. In Ohio, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas. Reached in his Washington office, incoming chair of the Senate Science and Technology Committee, Senator James Inhofe told NFW in an exclusive interview: “There’s no way this could have been caused by hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracc’cing,’ because these things are not mentioned in Deuteronomy, nor are they predicted in Revelations. They could be the work of some environmental pranksters. Possibly in cahoots with the Ruskis who have the kinds of explosives to pull these stunts off.” 4.8 quake shakes Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas Michael Winter, USA TODAY8:27 a.m. EST November 13, 2014 An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, the largest since a series of temblors began rattling Kansas a little more […]

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Franking Wankers: Shale BS in Britain

November 12, 2014
Franking Wankers: Shale BS in Britain

Frackers ‘Oversold’ Shale Gas Benefits, Experts Say Ministers must “stop banking on this idea that shale is going to be plentiful and cheap”, UK Energy Research Centre says More shale gas hyperbole ? Really ? Imagine that . . . By Emily Gosden, Energy Editor Fracking won’t cut energy bills and ministers have “oversold” the benefits of UK shale gas exploration, Government-funded experts have warned. In a report on Wednesday, academics at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) said shale gas had been wrongly “heralded as the solution to our security of supply concerns”. Instead of “banking on shale” the Government should support investment in more gas storage facilities to prevent prices spiking in the event of supply crises, the experts, who are independent but taxpayer-funded said. Speaking ahead of the report’s […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 12

November 12, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 12

Groups hail suspension of crude oil plan in New Windsor Local environmental groups are hailing the shelving of a plan to bring crude oil processing operations into New Windsor. Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson issued statements Friday applauding news that Global Partners of Waltham, Massachusetts, has withdrawn its permit applications with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. In August 2013, the company requested regulatory approval to redevelop a former industrial shipyard in New Windsor near the Hudson River . The project would have allowed Global to receive and distribute petroleum products there.  It also called for the installation of boilers to heat rail cars and tanks. That technology can be used to reduce the viscosity of thicker, tar sands crude so it can be pumped from one container to another. The […]

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US – Chinese Announcement on Climate Change

November 12, 2014
US - Chinese Announcement on Climate Change

U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change President Obama Announces Ambitious 2025 Target to Cut U.S. Climate Pollution by 26-28 Percent from 2005 Levels Building on strong progress during the first six years of the Administration, today President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030. Together, the U.S. and China account for over one third of global greenhouse gas emissions.  Today’s joint announcement, the culmination of months of bilateral dialogue, highlights the critical role the two countries must play in […]

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How to Frack a Duck

November 12, 2014
How to Frack a Duck

With open frack ponds. In New Mexico, we had to cover all our frack pits with nets in case some duck got the bright idea of landing in one. And not live to tell the tale. No such luck in Pennsylvania, where open pits are proliferating at frack sites at such a rate that the DEP (Department of Environmental Predation) does not bother to keep track of them.         Pennsylvania’s Frack Ponds Now More Than 500 November 11, 2014 | 5:37 PM By Susan Phillips Kim Paynter / Newsworks/WHYY A sign warns against trespassing on a frack wastewater impoundment in Bradford County. In 2005, Pennsylvania had 11 frack water pits. Just eight years later, aerial maps show that number has jumped to 529. It’s unclear how many […]

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Fracking School Children: Frackers Stopped Near School

November 12, 2014
Fracking School Children: Frackers Stopped Near School

Because the parents did not want their children’s health sacrificed so that some fracking Okie could export LNG to China. Imagine that. The local town council had gutted the town’s zoning law at the behest of the frackers. Including allowing fracking within a half mile of a school. Close enough to gas the kids when they came out to play. Or blow them to kingdom come when the well explodes. “Legal challenges halt fracking near school in Middlesex Township Rex Energy will not proceed with drilling operations on their Geyer well pad, a controversial cluster of six wells located about a half mile away from 3,200 students at the Mars Area School District campus. Rex Energy recently sent gas lease holders a letter explaining how the stay will prevent the company […]

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The Jessica Wins Right To Sue Frack Shills ! Bravo !

November 11, 2014
The Jessica Wins Right To Sue Frack Shills ! Bravo !

My pal Jessica Ernst just won the right to take the regulators that have been in bed with the frackers to court. For being in bed with the frackers. Imagine that. Bravo The Jessica. The regulators had argued that if Ms. Ernst could sue them for lax enforcement of fracking regulations, everyone else could too. The judge agreed with that logic – but in Ms. Ernst and everybody else’s favor . . . Judge Rules Landowner May Sue Gov’t in Fracking Case Decision ‘reaffirms the power of the people,’ says plaintiff Jessica Ernst. By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, TheTyee.ca Jessica Ernst stands in front of Encana compressors in Rosebud, Alberta. Photo by Tor Lundberg Tuorda. Oil patch consultant challenges decision granting Alberta Energy Regulator immunity from damage claims. A landmark lawsuit that […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 11

November 11, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 11

  Shale Drillers Idle Rigs From Texas to Utah Amid Oil Rout The shale-oil drilling boom in the U.S. is showing early signs of cracking. Rigs targeting oil sank by 14 to 1,568 this week, the lowest since Aug. 22, Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) said yesterday. The Eagle Ford shale formation in south  Texas  lost the most, dropping nine to 197. The nation’s oil rig count is down from a peak of 1,609 on Oct. 10http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20141110/shale-drillers-idle-rigs-texas-utah-amid-oil-rout   The Fall of U.S. Fracking? The U.S. oil industry has taken a beating from the recent drop in oil prices, which have plunged more than 25% since the summer. Oil and oil service stocks across the board have been bruised… but none more so than those related to the fracking industry. You see, fracking is […]

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The Calvin Explains the Denton, Texas Frack Ban

November 10, 2014
The Calvin Explains the Denton, Texas Frack Ban

And the frack shills response to it. Calvin’s analysis also explains what the “P” stands for in George P. Bush, the new land commission. Hint: rhymes with “whimp” http://calvintillman.blogspot.com/2014/11/will-oil-and-gas-industry-ever-learn.htmll On November 4, 2014, there was a historical vote in Denton, TX, which of course was when the residents voted to ban hydraulic fracturing within the corporate limits of the city.  This is a bit shocking considering the political make up of this area and the amount of funding that the industry sunk into defeating this measure.  Another interesting thing is the margin of victory for this measure, for all the money that was sunk into this election by the industry, they were not even close to victory. What is also shocking is that candidate races in the area still went heavily to […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 10

November 10, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 10

Commentary: Impact of fracking eludes us While the gas industry continues to mislead the public about the harmful health and environmental impacts of unconventional natural gas development (also called hydraulic fracturing or fracking), evidence of its dangers is mounting. The latest revelation comes with the publication last week of a report on the impact on air quality from gas and oil extraction, processing and distribution in six states, including our own. The report, convened by Coming Clean, a collaborative of more than 200 groups working on environmental health issues, presents data from air samples collected around natural gas compressor stations and other facilities in New York, Arkansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wyoming, using the same equipment and methods that federal and state agencies use. The results document an array of […]

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Global Warming Explained to Political Hacks

November 10, 2014
Global Warming Explained to Political Hacks

Every political hack who denies climate change has the same stirring message: “We don’t know what the frack we’re talking about” JOANNA ROTHKOPF Follow TOPICS: VIDEO, THE COLBERT REPORT, STEPHEN COLBERT, CLIMATE DENIERS, CLIMATE CHANGE, SEN. JAMES INHOFE, SUSTAINABILITY NEWS, (Credit: Comedy Central) On Thursday evening’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert responded to the news that Sen. James Inhofe, one of the most fervent climate deniers, will soon chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. To do that, he issued a much-deserved takedown of politicians who refuse to accept man-made climate change because they are not scientists. “Everyone who denies climate change has the same stirring message: We don’t know what the fuck we’re talking about. I hope that these conservative leaders can inspire all the children out […]

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News Flash: New York Is Getting Infracstructure Instead of Fracked

November 9, 2014
News Flash: New York Is Getting Infracstructure Instead of Fracked

Despite What Cuomo Does, New York Not Likely to Get Fracked DOH or no DOH. With a little speech or without a little speech. Hillary ‘n Andy ’16 or not. Just More Fracking Infracstructure. Surprise. Kind of an end run. Bait and switch. And other hackneyed metaphors. There’s not much worth fracking in New York. Not at current prices, nor at any prices that are reasonably expected for years. Not the Marcellus, not the Utica, not nothing.  What will happen is that many New Yorker’s could get infracstructured to death – gassed by compressor stations on gas pipelines taking the gas elsewhere, dumped on with frack waste on roads and poisoned by processed frack sludge in landfills.  Oh, and the planet is getting cooked with clean burning methane. That fracking collateral […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 9

November 9, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 9

  Texan mayor vows to defend fracking ban after vote There will be no more hydraulic fracturing in the city of Denton , Texas , if voters and the city’s mayor have their way. This week, citizens approved a ban on the controversial technique that extracts oil and natural gas from the Barnett Shale formation on which the city sits. It is the first town in the Lone Star State to outlaw the practice best known as fracking, which has led to a huge upswing in U.S. oil and gas production but has unsettled conservationists around the country.  “The noise, the nuisance, the light, and some of the smells and fumes just really provided the impetus for this movement to swell and explode,” Denton Mayor Chris Watts said in an […]

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“Fracturing” vs “Fracking” in Congress

November 9, 2014
"Fracturing" vs "Fracking" in Congress

A website tracks work usage in Congress, and can compare word usage, by prevalence and by party affiliation. Here’s how “fracking” fairs against “fracturing.” (“fraccing” is evidently not used at all anymore, even by corrupted politicians.)  “Fracturing” in ascendant going into the mid-terms, and heavily used by Republicans, who are evidently paid more to use it:

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 7

November 7, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 7

Cuomo uncertain if climate change part of fracking study Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday he does not know if the state’s health and environmental studies of fracking will account for the effects of natural gas drilling on climate change. He said he has not had a “wholesome discussion” with the health department about what it has purportedly been exploring during the last two years. He said in an interview on “The Capital Pressroom” that he was not certain if climate change, or greenhouse gas emissions, would be accounted for in the state review. “I would assume that they would, but you know, as I’ve said, I’m not a scientist, so in life I believe, know what you don’t know,” he said. “This is not what I do. I’m a […]

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Bush Baby Sues Texas Town Over Frack Ban !

November 6, 2014
Bush Baby Sues Texas Town Over Frack Ban !

Those Fracking Bushes Jeb’s Son Sues Denton, Texas Over its Fracking Ban. Update on the Kurdish oil concession W. that got for his fracking benefactor, Ray Hunt. On November 4, Denton, Texas, became the first city in the state to ban the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) when 59 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the initiative. It did so in the heart of the Barnett Shalebasin, where George Mitchell — the “father of fracking” — drilled the first sample wells for his company Mitchell Energy. As promised by the oil and gas industryand by Texas Railroad Commission commissioner David Porter, the vote was met with immediate legal backlash. Both the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) filed lawsuits in Texas courts within roughly 12 hours of the vote taking place, […]

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Texas Frack Ban Challenged

November 6, 2014
Texas Frack Ban Challenged

Under state zoning law, if a “ban” of fracking is worded correctly, it should stand up to a legal challenge – either two ways: 1. Set backs of wells from housing, schools, etc. If the set back is sufficient, it will preclude drilling near residential areas. That is the approach that Dallas took. 2.  Land use plan – if the town’s land use plan prohibits industrial uses – by zoning district or town wide – then fracking can be prohibited or limited to industrial zones, since it is an industrial land use. Or a combination of the above  – Fracking allowed in industrial zones, allowed by waiver in other zones, which is how Fort Worth handled it up until 2009, when it became frack anywhere by waiver, which ended up with […]

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Frack Ban Votes

November 5, 2014
Frack Ban Votes

Fracking Bans Pass in Denton, Texas, Two California Counties and One Ohio Town With a record number of fracking issues on local ballots in California, Texas and Ohio, the outcome was decidedly mixed. Of the eight measures—three in California, four in Ohio and one in Texas—four passed and four failed. Denton became the first city in Texas—a state where fracking has become big business—to pass such a ban, despite threats from the oil and gas industry to sue to overturn it. And it passed overwhelmingly, 59-41 percent, despite heavy spending by the industry. The biggest victory came in Denton in north Texas, located atop the lucrative Barnett shale play. After citizens demanded action from city council on a fracking ban and council punted last July, the issue went to the […]

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Texas Town Bans Fracking !

November 5, 2014
Texas Town Bans Fracking !

More towns and counties throughout the nation banned fracking yesterday, including Denton, where the voters told frackers to go back to Texas. Except that Denton is in Texas . . . Despite a dirty tricks campaign by the frackers to label local fractavists as puppets of the Kremlin, and being outspent 10 to 1 , the anti fracking vote was overwhelmingly in favor of a ban. So if you want to live in a frack – free environment, and not get gassed, have your water poisoned or roads ruined by frack convoys, Denton is the town for you. Evidently what’s good for Exxon’s CEO is good for Denton.  Or, for that matter, anybody. From the President of Frack Free Denton: “This is a victory for the citizens of the city of […]

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Total of 124 Arrested Protesting Infrackstructure

November 4, 2014
Total of 124 Arrested Protesting Infrackstructure

OH IT’S ON, ALRIGHT. Maybe there were one or two people who thought the Climate March wasn’t really going to lead to anything. Maybe there were a few people who opted to sit things out a bit longer. Let’s put it this way: Those who missed the march, those who are still just watching, those who aren’t out there making it happen? They are simply missing ALL the fun! Here’s what’s been happening and what IS happening; JUMP IN: 124 Arrests in Infrackstructure Protests Collage courtesy of Energy Action Coalition. Click photo to link to their facebook page. Trade blog notes trend of heat turned up on FERC, even publishes the FERC Rubber Stamp song: click here. Reportback on 124 cumulative arrests in 5 actions: click here. EcoWatch covers the […]

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“Governor Gasbag” Explodes ! Corbett Loses Big Time.

November 4, 2014
"Governor Gasbag" Explodes ! Corbett Loses Big Time.

Tom Corbett, who single handedly handed Pennsylvania over to the frackers, is out as governor. AMF.  Corbett turned the state into a fracking 3rd World Gas Colony of Fracklahoma. No state severance tax, no autonomous environmental oversight. The regulatory equivalent of Nigeria. And Corbett, as head of the State Fracking Gastapo, gagged doctors, harassed grannies,  and even tried to disarm municipalities by trying to take away Home Rule. The frackers got what they wanted from that sorry sack of flowback – everything. Because that’s what he got bribed for. See how that works ? Good fracking riddance. Sic Semper Gasbags . . .  “Democratic businessman Tom Wolf has won the Pennsylvania governor’s race, defeating incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, according to a CNN projection.”  

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What a Frack Protest Looks Like: More Arrests At The Seneca Lake Barricades

November 4, 2014
What a Frack Protest Looks Like: More Arrests At The Seneca Lake Barricades

This is what a protest against colonial rule looked like: “Whatever moral ascendancy the West had was lost here today.” This is what a protest against the carbonization of the atmosphere looks like: “Where were you and what did you do when they knowingly cooked the planet with abundant clean burning natural gas ?”    The latest news from the barricades – more arrests –  Since I wrote the email below at 2 am this morning, 15 more people have been arrested at Crestwood’s gates. Among them was 90-year-old Martha Ferber, 88-year-old Bob Henrie, 77-year-old Ruth Young (a former county legislator) and Kenneth Fogarty, who was celebrating his 75th birthday.In addition, there were two young mothers with three children each. Love, Sandra Whatever water carries, it carries to and through […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 3

November 3, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 3

Record Number of Anti-Fracking Measures on Nov. 4 Ballots Outspent by industry 20-1 in some places, activists hope for victories in California , Ohio and Texas . Eight towns and counties across the country are taking their health and environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to the ballot boxes next week. That’s apparently a record number for a single election day, according to experts who spoke to InsideClimate News. Fracking is “the number one political issue” related to energy this election, said Thad Kousser, a political science professor at the University of California San Diego . Fracking is “coming into communities where people live and work and play, and people are increasingly saying a drilling rig is not a neighbor I want to have,” said Kate Sinding, senior attorney and […]

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Fracking FERC: 25 Arrested at Federal Greenhouse Gas Promotion Agency in DC

November 3, 2014
Fracking FERC: 25 Arrested at Federal Greenhouse Gas Promotion Agency in DC

Breaking: 25 Arrested Shutting Down FERC Office in DC Stefanie Spear | November 3, 2014 9:42 am | Comments Breaking: 25 Arrested Shutting Down FERC Office in DC » EcoWatch Guess they read the UN report on greenhouse gases. . . . and decided to actually do something about it. Instead of wishing it weren’t happening . . . Nearly 100 people from across the country participated in a nonviolent direct action protest this morning shutting down the office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC. Today’s action was led by some of the Great March for Climate Action marchers who arrived at the nation’s capital on Nov. 1 after a 3,000-mile cross country walk from Los Angeles, California to Washington, DC. Police say 25 people were arrested this morning. Twenty five people were arrested this morning protesting outside the FERC building […]

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The Connection Between Global Warming Peril and Grass Roots Action

November 3, 2014
The Connection Between Global Warming Peril and Grass Roots Action

The UN just issued a dire warning about how greenhouse gases are cooking the planet. Some people at the grass roots are doing something about it . . . 15 more arrests at Seneca Lake. Bringing the number of passive resistor arrests to 25. Where were you when the planet got cooked ?   The Sandra and her crew can proudly say: We were on the barricades.   15  More Arrested as Human Blockade to Protect Finger Lakes Region from Gas Storage Facility Continues Today, Entering Third Week 15 Arrests Today follow 10 Arrests Last Week as Residents tell Crestwood to Go Home! Acts of civil disobedience seek to protect area just named Wine Region of the Year by the Wine Enthusiast magazine  wearesenecalake.com SENECA LAKE, NY – Entering the third week, starting at […]

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New York’s Transition From Fracking to Infrackstructure

November 2, 2014
New York's Transition From Fracking to Infrackstructure

Continues apace – Last week we noted a turning point, with infrastructure front and center in so many places, and direct action gaining traction. This week, that trend kicks into high gear, with actions literally every day of the week in multiple locations. Jump in! For as long as it takes So, there’s this thing: We refer to it as the “Marvel Comics Evil Genius Plan for World Destruction.” The idea is: you take an unstable depleted salt cavern and you fill it with explosive compressed gases, next to a body of water that’s the aquifer for 100,000 people. Then add compressor stations and a rail yard and noisy polluting industry into an idyllic setting of farms and wineries. Pretty evil, huh? But wait––this is NOT a Lex Luthor plot […]

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Frackaholics Dilema : Losing Gas Customers to Rising Oceans

November 2, 2014
Frackaholics Dilema : Losing Gas Customers to Rising Oceans

U.N. Warns of Dire Effects From Global Warming By JUSTIN GILLISNOV. 2, 2014 COPENHAGEN — The gathering risks of climate change are so profound they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report. Despite rising efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the overall global situation is growing more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of fossil fuels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said here on Sunday. Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and […]

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The Daily Frack – Nov. 1

November 1, 2014
The Daily Frack - Nov. 1

Nassau passes ban on waste products from fracking Nassau County this week joined Suffolk in banning the use and sale of liquid waste from hydraulic fracturing within its borders, effectively creating an islandwide ban of the substance.  The measure, which passed the Nassau County Legislature unanimously on Wednesday, bans waste products from the hydraulic-fracturing process — used to extract natural gas from underground rock formations using pressure, water and chemicals — from being used, sold, applied and imported into the county. It also keeps products that contain the material from being sold in Nassau County . The penalty for violating the measure is $25,000, 30 days in jail, or both, in addition to possible civil penalties. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/nassau-passes-ban-on-waste-products-from-fracking-1.9571302   Anti-Fracking Protesters Rally Outside Astorino Campaign Event BINGHAMTON , N.Y. — Gubernatorial […]

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Fractured Fairy Tales from the Frack Fairies

November 1, 2014
Fractured Fairy Tales from the Frack Fairies

Frack facts are not as pretty as the fracker’s PR people and their incessant TV ads would have you believe  Imagine that Posted: 10/31/2014 10:46 am EDT http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margie-alt/fracking-facts_b_6079412.html?utm_hp_ref=green Across the country, fracking has contaminated drinking water sources, made nearby residents sick, turned pristine landscapes into industrial zones, and caused air and global warming pollution. The oil and gas industry has spent untold millions of dollars on advertising and public relations campaigns to convince the public that fracking is necessary and safe, but their efforts have included distortions of the truth or outright falsehoods. Environment America researchers have compiled the top five fictions spread by the oil and gas industry and their allies, followed by the facts from our report, Fracking by the Numbers, and other sources, that refute them. The truth […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 31

October 31, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 31

  Deborah Rogers: Tar Sands Producers Face a Constellation of Risks A new report issued today by The Institute for Energy, Economic and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International addresses the constellation of risks facing tar sand producers. For the first time, the financial impacts of campaigns such as public accountability surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline have now been quantified together with many other extenuating issues facing tar sands producers. It is estimated that various campaigns have cost the industry approximately $30 Billion since 2010. Energy Policy Forum’s Deborah Lawrence Rogers was a co-author.   http://energypolicyforum.org/2014/10/29/tar-sands-producers-face-a-constellation-of-risks/ Read the report in its entirety here.   10, Including Biologist Sandra Steingraber, Arrested as Human Blockade of Methane Gas Storage Facility Continues For the second morning in a row, the “We Are Seneca […]

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Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming Together to Protect Communities

October 31, 2014
Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming Together to Protect Communities

Saturday, November 15, 9 AM – 5 PM Collateral Damage from Fracking  Coming Together to Protect Communities Textor Hall, Ithaca College , Ithaca , NY 14850   Registration closes Sunday, November 9   Keynote Speaker:  David Slottje of Community Environmental Defense Council The Agenda:  http://www.r-cause.net/uploads/8/0/2/5/8025484/conference_agenda_11-15-14.pdf To Register, by 11/9 ($15 admission fee):  http://www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/registration.htm   For more information: http://www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/

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Fracked Sick

October 31, 2014
Fracked Sick

High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found Near Fracking A five-state study raises new questions about the health impacts of fracking Natural gas rigs dot Jonah Field in western Wyoming. Air samples taken at drilling sites elsewhere in that state and four others suggest there’s cause for concern that the U.S. oil and gas boom may have health effects. Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Creative Jamie Smith Hopkins The Center for Public Integrity Published October 30, 2014 Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn’t go away, his wife’s hair came out in chunks, and anytime they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in. They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, the rural community to which they’d retired […]

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Beyond Fracking PsyOps: Frackers Take Lessons on How to Be More Effective Gasholes

October 30, 2014
Beyond Fracking PsyOps: Frackers Take Lessons on How to Be More Effective Gasholes

No, this is not a Halloween hoax. Frackers really do take lessons in how to intimidate town councils, legislatures and the public. How to demonize and belittle the grass roots opposition. And how to use non-profit organizations to greenwash the fracker’s agenda. And yes, like Fracking PsyOps, they actually pay PR firms to teach them how to do this stuff. As if it doesn’t come naturally to them. “How to be a Fracking Gashole” Seminar Secretly Taped !                       By ERIC LIPTONOCT. 30, 2014 WASHINGTON — If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, […]

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Fracking = Cancer. Any Questions ?

October 30, 2014
Fracking = Cancer. Any Questions ?

Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites The spikes almost certainly will lead to a cancer increase in surrounding areas A Pennsylvania farmhouse sits below pipes and pumps used for hydraulic fracturing in 2011. Complete study here: http://www.ehjournal.net/content/13/1/82  Summary at the bottom of this news report  By Alan Neuhauser Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:01 a.m. EDT + More Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous” cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites. “This is a significant public health risk,” says Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany-State University of New York and lead author of the study, which was published Thursday in the journal Environmental Health. “Cancer […]

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The Vera Victorious !

October 30, 2014
The Vera Victorious !

No fine for Vera, no jail time, nor Cabot legal fees paid by her. A triple play win. Vera was found in technical violation since the road was pronounced by the judge as an “access road” dually used by the Industry and landowner and Vera now has to stay 100′ away from it as per her injunction. Even though Vera was standing on a county road, patrolled by Corbett’s Fracking Gastapo. Judge struck any references Vera made to visiting homes with contaminated water ….several times…but Cabot and their celebrity spokeswoman were none too happy with the results… that they had spent so much money on. Bravo Vera ! The photo below shows Vera’s “infraction” – she is standing in the public right of way of the public county road behind her – on […]

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Fracking Collateral Damage Conference

October 29, 2014
Fracking Collateral Damage Conference

Most New Yorkers won’t get fracked, they’ll just get poisoned, gassed and dumped on. Come find out how to avoid that. Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming together to protect communities An action-oriented conference, Nov. 15 in IthacaCheck Out Our Conference Agenda! www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/agenda.htm Local officials, activists and lawyers who have been involved in successful efforts to protect their communities and/or are developing templates for local laws and actions will make crisp presentations focusing on strategies that have worked. Ample time for discussion will allow us to learn from the experience of conference attendees and to plan for the future. We hope you’ve registered and spread the word!Registration is open until November 9 on our website: www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/registration.htmA printer-ready packet of materials is available for you to hand out to local officials who are […]

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OH. Frack ! Ohio to Displace Fracklahoma as World Capital of Frackquakes ?

October 29, 2014
OH. Frack ! Ohio to Displace Fracklahoma as World Capital of Frackquakes ?

Move over Fracklahoma, there’s a new frackquake contender, Ohio, who is fast catching up as a frackquake epicenter. Not just on disposal wells, but on the fracks themselves. Fracking related earthquakes in eastern Ohio now top 1,000 Before 2011 three Ohio Counties: Harrison, Mahoning and Trumbull had no known earthquakes. Since then, the earthquake total is over 1,000.  All of the earthquakes were human induced due to fracking for shale gas. The quakes are restricted to four locations, two housing injection wells and two fracking well pads.                 A: Kim, W. Y. (2013). Induced seismicity associated with a fluid injection into deep well in Youngstown, Ohio, J. Geophys. Res. 118, 3506– 3518, B: Optimizing Multi-Station Earthquake Template Matching Through Re-Examination Of The Youngstown, […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 29

October 29, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 29

  Legal petition seeks NY ban on outdated rail cars A coalition of environmental groups and Albany residents filed a legal petition last week seeking a ban on older model rail tanker cars carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany , citing their history of rupturing and exploding in a series of catastrophic derailments. The petition, filed by a group represented by Earthjustice, asks Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens to issue an order prohibiting receipt and storage of crude in DOT-111 tank cars at the port, which has become a hub for rail shipments of North Dakota ‘s Bakken crude bound for coastal refineries. DEC spokesman Peter Constantakes said the federal government has sole authority over interstate commerce, “which absolutely prohibits the DEC […]

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Frack Pizza Time !

October 29, 2014
Frack Pizza Time !

Everybody run ! Call Homeland Security. Fracked well causes evacuation of entire Pennsylvania town. Everybody gets a pizza ! “A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for a two mile radius after a gas well head was sheared off by crews working at a site near Cross Creek Twp. 187 and County Road 26. The order has been issued by the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and EMA.  Pizza Hut and Dominos have been alerted.  Evacuations are in place for the following areas: Twp. Road 177 – Cross Creek Twp. Road 177A – Cross Creek Browns Hill Road – Cross Creek. State Route 151 7900 to Scott Featner Road in Cross Creek Twp. Co. Rd. 18, 151 to 700 Range Plum Run – Aldo Rd. – Co. Rd. 19 to 410 […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 28

October 28, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 28

Hurley Town Board OKs ban on use of fracking fluids on town roads The Town Board has approved a resolution prohibiting fluids from the natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from being used on town roads as a de-icing or dust control agent. The board voted 3-1 in favor of the resolution at a meeting Monday, with Councilman John Dittus opposed and Councilman John Gill absent. “We’re getting close to the chance for snow and ice,” town Supervisor Gary Bellows said. “This will insure that we will not have fracking fluids on the Hurley highways this year.” The resolution contends there is a risk that hydraulic fracturing fluids could contaminate groundwater. “The activity of hydrofracturing of natural gas is known to utilize millions of gallons of fresh, […]

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When Frackers Frack Other Frackers

October 28, 2014
When Frackers Frack Other Frackers

Frackers hit a water well – on the other side of the Ohio River. And thar she blows. Mayhem ensues. “But fracking has never contaminated water” Except on a daily fracking basis . . . ‘Near-catastrophic’ Frack Blowout by Ken Ward Jr., Staff writer As the Tomblin administration considers a plan to allow natural gas drilling under the Ohio River, a major chemical maker in Marshall County has been fighting a proposal for hydraulic fracturing near its plant, citing a “near-catastrophic” gas-well incident last year that might be linked to geologic conditions beneath the river. Atlanta-based Axiall Corp. has been waging a legal battle to stop Gastar Exploration from fracking natural gas wells that Gastar had drilled on Axiall property under leases Gastar obtained from PPG Industries, the former owner […]

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Fracking Gastapo vs Vera Scroggins

October 28, 2014
Fracking Gastapo vs Vera Scroggins

UPDATE :  The Vera 3   Fracking Gastapo 0 Vera wins on all counts – no fine, no jail time, no obligation to pay Cabot’s legal fees. First report here.    The Fracksylvania Fracking Gastapo (ie. the judiciary and State Police) are in cahoots with the frackers to persecute fractavist videographer Vera Scroggins. Here is a copy of Cabot’s complaint against her – for being “caught” with a camera on a county road patrolled by the State Gastapo. Cabot vs Vera Scroggins.  Cabot is seeking jail time, a fine and for Vera to pay their legal fees – for persecuting her. Cabot’s preposterously overbearing complaint was drafted by the firm of Dewey, Frackham & Howe, and signed by Cabot’s public spokesperson on the case, the tastefully peroxided Amy “Evita” Barette, shown below giving interviews at […]

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Fracking Hot Air Balloon

October 28, 2014
Fracking Hot Air Balloon

New report dissects how the industry games the projections of shale gas and oil reserves – in favor of the industry. Imagine that. Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom Flawed Energy Department forecast misleads country, Congress on U.S. oil and natural gas   October 27 – A new report from the analyst who predicted the vast downgrade of available oil resources in California’s Monterey Shale* calls into question optimistic government forecasts and industry claims about U.S. energy independence and the viability of oil and natural gas exports. Using an exhaustive well-by-well survey of major tight oil and shale gas fields, the report shows that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has produced exaggerated forecasts that are misleading policymakers and […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 27

October 27, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 27

Companies lobby Cuomo administration for pipeline approvals Two companies that want to bring more natural gas into New York have been lobbying the Cuomo administration and state regulators for approval of new pipeline projects. The lobbying efforts come as the state has delayed a decision on fracking. Kinder Morgan and the Williams Companies spent almost $150,000 during the first six months of the year lobbying state and local officials and met with Cuomo administration officials in Albany and New York City. Approval of the pipelines is largely the purview of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Sara Loeffelholz said the company meets with state officials because it is necessary to obtain environmental and other permits from state agencies. http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/10/8555349/companies-lobby-cuomo-administration-state-pipeline-approvals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Gov. Christie earned the Pinelands pipeline defeat: Editorial  […]

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We Are Seneca Lake

October 27, 2014
We Are Seneca Lake

Last week began a planned series of blockades against Texas-based Crestwood’s gas storage facility under Seneca Lake, which many residents, local governments, and business owners feel is incompatible with the rural nature of this community, known for farming, tourism, and wine. I was there on the first day. This is a video record.  A very powerful 9 minute video.   More info: http://WeAreSenecaLake.com  

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The Vera’s Day in Court Against Corbett’s Fracking Gastapo

October 27, 2014
The Vera's Day in Court Against Corbett's Fracking Gastapo

Fractavist martyr Vera Scroggins goes to court to do battle with frackateer Cabot Energy and Corbett’s State Gastapo  Vera goes back to Court, Wednesday, Oct 29th This is not her first court session, here are some photos of her last including frak flak Tom Shepstone and Cabot’s very own Tastefully Peroxided Tame Frack Ho. Cabot Oil and Gas’ incredible arrogance will come to a head this Wednesday as they continue to harass 63 year old grandmother, Vera Scroggins. Vera has been leading tours of fracking sites, and filming the industry’s mistakes for over 6 years. They slapped her with an injunction, limiting her from traveling in over half of her home county, including public roads . . . She needs support as she comes face to face with the industry. I invite folks to join […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 26

October 26, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 26

12 People Blockade Entrance to Compressor Station Protesting Methane Gas Storage Project A dozen people put their bodies on the line today in a last-resort protest to stop a major gas storage expansion project that has been authorized to begin construction tomorrow on the shore of Seneca Lake , the largest of New York ’s Finger Lakes . The protesters formed a human blockade in front of the Texas-based Crestwood Midstream company gate, shutting down the Finger Lakes facility from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. A larger rally and the continuation of the human blockade and protest will take place Friday, Oct. 24, starting at 10 a.m. at the gates of the Crestwood compressor station site on Seneca Lake . The “WE ARE SENECA LAKE” actions are taking place to protest the methane gas storage expansion project that will store highly […]

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Shale Oil Bust ?

October 26, 2014
Shale Oil Bust ?

The problem with shale oil is that it’s expensive to produce – and if global oil prices continue to drop – it becomes uneconomic to produce.  Shale Boom’s Allure to Wall Street Tested by Bear Market By Isaac Arnsdorf Falling oil prices are testing investors’ commitment to the Wall Street-funded shale boom. Energy stocks led the plunge earlier this month in U.S. equities and the cost of borrowing rose. The Energy Select Sector Index is down 14 percent since the end of August, compared with 3.8 percent for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The yield for 190 bonds issued by U.S. shale companies increased by an average of 1.16 percentage points. Investors’ sentiment toward the oil and gas industry has “certainly changed in the last 30 days,” said Ron […]

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“Let Them Eat Gravel” – Fracking Roads at the Public’s Expense

October 26, 2014
"Let Them Eat Gravel" - Fracking Roads at the Public's Expense

Like most states, Texas has a state severance tax on oil and gas revenues, ostensibly to offset the costs and oil and gas industrialization has to public infrastructure – namely roads. Unfortunately, the frackers can game the severance tax (surprise) and not pay the full fair. Regardless, the state – ie. the taxpayers, the public – end up footing the bill for road repairs. The solution ? Rather than pay to maintain paved roads in heavily fracked areas, the state simply allows them to deteriorate to gravel.  Clever eh ? Surely an Aggie was involved in that clever decision . . . Last year, TxDOT announced that it needed $10 Billion for last year and this year to repair damage to roads caused by overloaded trucks used by the oil […]

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Pennsylvania DEP = “Department of Environmental Predation”

October 25, 2014
Pennsylvania DEP = "Department of Environmental Predation"

Why does the DEP act like yet another arm of the State Gastapo ? Because their primary regulatory role is to promote fracking – not protect the environment from fracking. Pennsylvania and New York are two of the few states that combine their minerals resource departments with their environmental departments. (Most states keep their environmental agency separate from mineral resources. Some  have as many as 6 agencies with fracking oversight) To compound the problem, the DEP in Pennsylvania and the DEC in New York task their environmental agencies with promoting oil and gas development. To the detriment of their role as environmental watchdog – as it pertains to fracking.  They are truly the fracking fox guarding the environmental hen house. We have seen examples of how compromised these agencies are. The Division of […]

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Fracking Nancy Brinker

October 24, 2014
Fracking Nancy Brinker

This Sunday at the Steelers Game  Stand up against the Pinkwashing of Fracking at a rally outside the Steelers game this Sunday! “I’m from Pittsburgh so I grew up loving Western Pennsylvania’s rivers and woods and of course the Pittsburgh Steelers. Finding out the Steelers were participating in the pinkwashing of fracking, a process that threatens the health of Western Pennsylvania’s citizens and environment, felt like a kick in the gut. Or worse, being tackled by a Steelers linebacker. The Susan G. Komen foundation has partnered with one of the world’s leading fracking companies to distribute 1,000 pink drill bits and on Sunday, October 26, Baker Hughes’ CEO will present a $100,000 check to Nancy Brinker, Komen’s founder and figurehead at the Pittsburgh Steelers football game. It sounds insane, right? An […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 24

October 24, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 24

New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium — And Clean Energy Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy. Importantly, this is the first statewide poll in at least two years — and perhaps ever — to directly ask residents their views of the now six-year-old de facto moratorium on fracking. The results were overwhelming: Nearly 8 in 10 New Yorkers support the moratorium, and support crosses geographical, ideological and racial divides.  At the same time, respondents showed tremendous support for renewable energy.  The upshot is clear: New Yorkers want clean energy, not fracking. Here are some of the key takeaways from the poll: New Yorkers from All Walks of Life Strongly Support […]

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Most People in NY, MA., VT. and NH Won’t Get Fracked. They’ll get gassed. And dumped on.

October 24, 2014
Most People in NY, MA., VT. and NH Won't Get Fracked. They'll get gassed. And dumped on.

Sane Energy Project has long focused on infrastructure, and truth be told, it used to get a little lonely banging the drum about pipelines and compressor stations. But we’ve reached a turning point for the anti-fracking movement in New York State: it’s way beyond just talking about a ban now. Because really, we are already being fracked, in every way BUT the drilling. Due to the efforts of our members and allies, and with the help of our YOU ARE HERE map, people all over the region are now up in arms about shale gas infrastructure of every stripe. New coalitions are coming together, blockades are planned, forums are being held, hearings and rallies are packed! Here’s a roundup of recent and upcoming actions: Northeast Regional Pipeline Coalition Forms The […]

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We Are Seneca Lake !

October 24, 2014
We Are Seneca Lake !

Wherein fractavists defend the lake and its environs against shale gas industrialization. Pictures here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/wendylynnelee/sets/72157648941947952/ Hundreds of people are out this morning rallying and blockading against Crestwood’s massive gas storage facility project in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Please help amplify this on social media. Please include www.WeAreSenecaLake.com in social media posts. Facebook image to share: https://www.facebook.com/FrackAction/photos/a.289293371082899.79840.134846486527589/888498451162385/?type=1&theater Tweet: Rally against Seneca Lake gas storage! WeAreSenecaLake.com  @BarackObama @NYGovCuomo @SenSchumer @SenGillibrand pic.twitter.com/65OYZlkA2L   Dear friends, Today, with a dozen other people, I blockaded a driveway for seven hours, in an action intended to serve as a prelude to a much bigger action tomorrow.. Behind us,  a crew of workers string barb wire atop a fence that separated me from the FERC-approved construction site that will prep fracked gas for storage in Seneca lake […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 23

October 23, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 23

  Protestors urge gubernatorial candidates to find alternatives to fracking Before the gubernatorial candidates started volleying debate points, citizens were volleying protest slogans.  Outside of the WBFO-WNED studios, shouts for second amendment rights – mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo – were just as loud as chants against fracking for natural gas. One of the voices behind those chants was that of John Washington. He’s a community organizer for People United for Sustainable Housing, better known as PUSH Buffalo .  It’s a group that builds houses heated with geothermal energy.  Washington says there’s no need to frack for natural gas when geothermal heat is far more effective and less detrimental to the environment.  He sees it as a new way forward… “You’re really going to be able to set a trend […]

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Fracksylvania DEP Cooks Books on Fracking Air Pollution Reports

October 23, 2014
Fracksylvania DEP Cooks Books on Fracking Air Pollution Reports

Pennsylvania Frack Air Emissions Reports Gamed by DEP October 20, 2014 12:00 AM By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Three widely cited state studies of air emissions at Marcellus Shale gas development sites in Pennsylvania omit measurements of key air toxics and calculate the health risks of just two of more than two dozen pollutants. State regulators and the shale gas drilling industry over the past four years have repeatedly used the regional studies to support their positions that air emissions from drilling, fracking wastewater impoundments and compressor stations don’t pose a public health risk. The revelations about the shortcomings of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s short-term air sampling reports are contained in sworn depositions by two DEP air program employees who worked on them. Those documents were filed […]

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Calvin Tillman to Debate Phlegm McClear in Big D

October 23, 2014
Calvin Tillman to Debate Phlegm McClear in Big D

Phelim McAleer-Calvin Tillman Debate Monday, October 27 at 7:00pm Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas Join Maybe Decline Fracknation’s Phelim McAleer will debate Mayor Calvin Tillman on hydraulic fracturing   My pal Calvin Tillman is going to debate Phlegm McClear, the fracking freak in Dallas. On Monday. At Brookhaven College. Check it out ! Phlegm is the fracking hoaxster that started the conspiracy theory that the Russians are behind the grass roots anti-fracking movement. Should be fun. Here’s the backstory on Phlegm’s fracking mockumentary. “It gives me great joy to inform you that FracDallas is presenting a debate between former DISH, Texas Mayor Calvin Tillman and mockumentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer (Fracknation)on Monday, October 27, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute, located at 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75244. […]

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Frackers Use Fed Loopholes to Inject Carcinogens into Drinking Water

October 23, 2014
Frackers Use Fed  Loopholes to Inject Carcinogens into Drinking Water

One loophole at a time. In pink ink.  Of course. Frackers Exploit Loophole to Use Carcinogens in Frack Fluids By Laura ArenschieldThe Columbus Dispatch  •  Thursday October 23, 2014 4:50 AM Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. That permit is important: Diesel contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues. The permits regulate the length and depth of concrete and steel well casings that keep those chemicals from reaching groundwater. But a loophole in the law allows oil and gas companies to separately inject the same toxic chemicals without a permit, according to a report released by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project. Four chemicals in diesel — benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene […]

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Frackwaste Water Chemical Signature Identified by Scientists

October 23, 2014
Frackwaste Water Chemical Signature Identified by Scientists

As if there was ever any doubt where all that frackwaste water is going, (the local river, your street) a team of scientists have developed an chemical signature for frack waste water – so that it can be positively identified in the field. You don’t have to look for the pink trucks. Scientists Determine if Water Contamination Comes from Fracking   A new forensic tool can distinguish fracking wastewater pollution from other contamination. Published: October 22, 2014 | Authors: Emily Atkin | Climate Progress | News Investigation A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. In peer-reviewed research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology […]

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Shale Shyster Tom West Retires !

October 22, 2014
Shale Shyster Tom West Retires !

After having gone 0 – 5 on trying to overturn Home Rule in New York, Chesapeake’s man in New York, Tom West, told No Fracking Way in an exclusive interview that he was closing his law practice and was going to devote his full time to lobbying. “After having beaten my head against the wall on this Home Rule thing for the last five years, the missus and I have prayed over it and I’ve decided to go back to what I do best: hand out fat envelopes in Albany.” A turn of events that was not only predictable, but predicted, right here.  NY Court Rejects Bid to Revive Fracking Ban Case Updated: Thursday, October 16 2014, 03:48 PM EDT ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court has rejected an attempt by […]

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Frack Leaks Negate Gas Benefits In Global Warming

October 22, 2014
Frack Leaks Negate Gas Benefits In Global Warming

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking BY JOE ROMM POSTED ON OCTOBER 22, 2014 AT 3:31 PM 1,627Share This 212Tweet This “Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm” Share: Fracking Planetary Suicide  Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researcherswrite, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.” In short, fracking speeds up human-caused climate change, thanks to methane leaks alone. Remember, natural gas is mostly methane, (CH4), a super-potent greenhouse gas, which traps 86 times as much heat as CO2 over a 20-year […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 22

October 22, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 22

Multiple Agencies Train for Oil Spill on Hudson ALBANY , N.Y. — In recent months, concern over a potential spill in the Port of Albany has been raised by people living at the Ezra Prentice Apartments and officials at the city and county level. Tuesday’s training exercise aimed to prepare for the worst. If there were a massive spill it would trigger a response from many agencies including The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Canadian Pacific railroad and the Albany Fire Department. “This isn’t going away, unfortunately as production increases, you’re gonna see a lot more of this going on,” said Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive. Despite Ladder No. 1 potentially being on the chopping block in Albany,leaders said it’s all about preparation. That’s why firefighters still continue […]

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Cuomo Promises to Cough Up Frack Studies

October 21, 2014
Cuomo Promises to Cough Up Frack Studies

Just in time for the election. How convenient.  Cuomo to Provide Fracking Documents by Nov. 3 Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014 10:09 am By DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com | 0 comments GENEVA — The latest promise from the state Department of Health is to provide all requested documents on a hydrofracking health impact assessment to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association by Nov. 3. That’s the latest development in a two-year battle between SLPWA and the DOH over a Freedom of Information Law request for documentation on the controversial issue. “For the past five years, SLPWA has been concerned about the impact of high volume hydraulic fracturing technology for natural gas drilling on the health and environment of Seneca Lake and its residents,’’ said Mary Anne Kowalski of Romulus, SLPWA president. […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 21

October 21, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 21

State promises to provide fracking documents by Nov. 3 GENEVA — The latest promise from the state Department of Health is to provide all requested documents on a hydrofracking health impact assessment to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association by Nov. 3. That’s the latest development in a two-year battle between SLPWA and the DOH over a Freedom of Information Law request for documentation on the controversial issue. “For the past five years, SLPWA has been concerned about the impact of high volume hydraulic fracturing technology for natural gas drilling on the health and environment of Seneca Lake and its residents,’’ said Mary Anne Kowalski of Romulus, SLPWA president. “Our concerns have been expressed in public letters to our elected representatives at the state and national levels. They are available […]

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The Fracker’s Explosion Problem

October 21, 2014
The Fracker's Explosion Problem

The frackers kill more Americans in an average week than the US nuclear power industry has in its history. More in a month than the coal industry does in a year. More in a year than the solar, wind, and hydropower have in their combined histories. Mike Soraghan, E&E reporterEnergyWire: Monday, October 20, 2014 Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit froze the valve on the back of Greg Bish’s frack truck. To thaw it, he fetched a blowtorch and put the 4-inch flame to the metal. The explosion blew him 75 feet, over a 7-foot-tall barbed-wire fence, and killed him. It might seem dangerous to apply a propane torch to the back of a large metal tank holding natural gas production waste, as Bish did that morning in 2010 just outside […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 20

October 20, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 20

  Activists Rally At Global Frackdown in Buffalo BUFFALO , N.Y. — There may be a ban on hydrofracking on county-owned property in Erie County and a de facto moratorium across the state, but many folks want a more permanent answer to prevent the natural gas extraction process from ever occurring in New York . “People really do care about their clean air, the clean water. This is something that affects our day to day. It’s something that’s deeply felt throughout the community,” said Rita Yelda of Food & Water Watch.  Yelda and others gathered at Bidwell Parkway for the Global Frackdown, an event aimed to challenge decision makers when it comes to fracking and its potential effects on a community. The state Assembly voted on a three-year moratorium in […]

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Oldest Horizontally Fracked Gas Wells in World are Biggest Leakers

October 19, 2014
Oldest Horizontally Fracked Gas Wells in World are Biggest Leakers

The frackers are spinning the news about the methane hot spot in the coal bed methane fields saying that it “predates’ the shale fracking boom. It certainly predates fracking shale gas, but does not predate fracking. It fact, it is the birthplace of horizontal fracking for gas. Therefore it is the most likely place to be leaking methane. And it is. Leaking. Big time. Thanks frackers. “Methane hotspot seen from space predates shale gas fracking boom. NASA and University of Michigan scientists analyzed satellite data from 2003 to 2009, and a map of their results shows a bright red spot at the Four Corners, which is most likely related to coal bed methane extraction there, as it predates the boom in shale gas fracking. Living On Earth. 19 October 2014.” […]

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America’s Biggest Fracketeer Fracks More Landowners

October 18, 2014
America's Biggest Fracketeer Fracks More Landowners

With scammy leases that obligates them to take frack flowback onto their property, puts a lien on their property and has an unlimited number of extensions without drilling. Courtesy of Aubrey McClendon, America’s Number One Gashole. Who else ? Getting landowners to take frack waste (which is in the fine print) is considered a double play by landmen – who joke about it and high five each other for getting clueless landowners to sign. Who originated the idea of getting lease owners to take frack flowback in the fine print ? Southwest Energy- who just bought all of Chesapeake’s Pennsylvania leases. Oh, and Exxon, who have the only viable horizontal well permits in the queue in New York. And of course, Chesapeake. Aubrey’s old company. The one he ran into the ground. […]

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Court Files: Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease from Aubrey McClendon’s New Fracking Company

October 18, 2014
Court Files: Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease from Aubrey McClendon's New Fracking Company

http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/10/16/court-files-robert-murray-lease-aubrey-mcclendon-new-fracking-company DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)lease distributed to Ohio landowners byembattled former CEO and founder ofChesapeake Energy, Aubrey McClendon, now CEO of American Energy Partners. Elisabeth Radow, a New York-based attorney who examined a copy of the lease, told DeSmogBlog she believes the lease “has the effect of granting American Energy Partners the right to use the surface and subsurface to such a great extent that it takes away substantially all of the rights attributable to homeownership.” The American Energy Partners fracking lease was shaken loose as part of the discovery dispute process in an ongoing court case pitting coal industry executive Robert E. Murray — controversial CEO of Murray Energy Corporationand American Energy Corporation — against McClendon in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division. Murray brought the suit against McClendon back in August 2013, alleging McClendon committed trademark and […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 17

October 17, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 17

High Court Rejects Last Ditch Industry Effort to Challenge Local Fracking Ban Victory Upholds the zoning rights of communities across New York State Today, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, rejected an attempt by the oil and gas industry to revive a case on local fracking bans that the court decided earlier this year. In the precedent-setting decision, the Court ruled that the towns can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas operations, within municipal borders. The following is a statement by Earthjustice Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg, who represented the Town of Dryden in the case.  “We are not surprised that the Court refused to give the oil and gas industry a second bite at the apple. The law of the […]

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Free Vera ! The Fracking Gastapo Harass Fractavist Martyr

October 16, 2014
Free Vera ! The Fracking Gastapo Harass Fractavist Martyr

Anti-fracking Activist Faces Jail   Anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins may face fines and jail time if found in contempt of an injunction barring her from areas near Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation well sites. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters An oil and gas company is seeking fines and jail time for a peaceful anti-fracking activist in Pennsylvania, according to court documents. In a motion filed this week, lawyers for Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation, one of the biggest operators in Pennsylvania, asked the Susquehanna county court to find longtime activist Vera Scroggins in contempt of an injunction barring her from areas near its well sites. The row between Cabot and Scroggins became notorious in environmental and human rights circles after the company sought last year to ban the activist from an area of […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 16

October 16, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 16

  Hawkins tours area, hits Cuomo on fracking COOPERSTOWN — Taking his campaign for governor to the heartland of New York ’s home-rule movement, Howie Hawkins on Wednesday eagerly pointed out that he is the only candidate in the race to favor a statewide ban on natural gas drilling. A truck unloader for UPS in Syracuse , Hawkins, 61, is on New York ’s Nov. 4 ballot as the endorsed candidate of the Green Party. He was also the party’s gubernatorial candidate in 2010, fielding more than 50,000 votes, a total sufficient to restore the Greens’ ballot status for this year. Hawkins is hoping to attract many of the New York Democrats who voted in the September primary for Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law School professor who garnered about a […]

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Beyond Fracking Psy-Ops – Fracking Dirty Tricks Against Town Bans

October 16, 2014
Beyond Fracking Psy-Ops - Fracking Dirty Tricks Against Town Bans

DIRTY FRACKING TRICKS IN VOTE TO BAN FRACKING Beyond fracking psy-ops. State regulators create fracking conspiracy theories to try to discredit grass roots opposition to fracking. Which begs the question: Where is my fracking check from the KGB ? October 15, 2014 by Steve Horn and Alexandra Tempus On September 8, a Texas state regulatory agency sent a letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, suggesting that U.S. anti-fracking activists are receiving funding from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It is reasonable to assume,” Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter wrote, “that their intention is to increase their market share of natural gas production and distribution as Russia is the second largest producer of natural gas in the world.” This move by Texas coincides with the lead up to an Election Day referendum on the […]

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USACE delivers TKO to Constitution Pipeline!

October 15, 2014
USACE delivers TKO to Constitution Pipeline!

Today the US Army Corps of Engineers may have dealt the DEATH BLOW to the ill-named “Constitution Pipeline“. The application, a joint venture between Cabot Oil and Gas and Williams Companies (and 2 other partners) is ON THE MATT and DOWN FOR THE COUNT!   Before we take the boxing metaphor too far, let’s break down what really happened…!   On 10/15/2014, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.: Filer:          US Army Corps of Engineers – New York District Docket(s):              CP13-499-000 Lead Applicant: Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC Filing Type:    Supplemental/Additional Information Supplemental/Additional Information Description:    US Army Corps of Engineers – New York District Information requested as a follow-up from a meeting […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 15

October 15, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 15

  Fracking Triggers More Ohio Earthquakes, Study Finds Another rare case of fracking-caused earthquakes has jolted Ohio . A new study connects some 400 micro-earthquakes near the town of Canton , in Harrison County , to hydraulic fracturing wells. The three wells operated from September through October 2013 in the Utica Shale. Ten of the quakes registered between magnitude 1.7 and magnitude 2.2, but the tremors were too deep to cause damage or to be easily felt by people, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Seismological Research Letters. The new study is the second report this year of fracking-linked earthquakes from drilling in the Utica Shale. In March, scientists with Ohio ‘s Department of Natural Resources shut down drilling at seven Utica Shale gas wells in Poland […]

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California Towns Ban Fracking

October 14, 2014
California Towns Ban Fracking

One town at a time. Same as in New York. Or Texas. Here’s how . .   Sandra Steingraber Become a fan Like New Yorkers, Californians Can Say No to Fracking Posted: 10/13/2014 9:20 pm EDT Updated: 10/13/2014 10:58 pm EDT Co-authored by Helen Slottje and Andy Hsia-Coron Great movements — from women’s suffrage to civil rights — begin with a small group of people standing up and saying no to injustice. Such a movement is currently emerging around our most basic human rights: access to clean air, clean water, and a stable climate. This new movement aims to halt aggressive oil and gas extraction techniques like fracking, which destroy water, pollute air, and leak climate-killing methane into the atmosphere. It’s a grassroots effort that is spreading on both coasts […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 14

October 14, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 14

Poll shows more New Yorkers oppose fracking A poll organized by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental advocacy group, has shown that 56 percent of New York citizens oppose fracking. The survey was conducted by third-party researchers in September and documented the opinions of 802 New Yorkers. A similar survey conducted in August by Quinnipiac University found 48 percent of voters polled were opposed to fracking.The study also reported that 79 percent of New Yorkers are in favor of the current fracking moratorium, which was ordered in 2008 so state agencies could evaluate potential risks of the drilling method. Activists continue to rally against fracking and are following Gov. Cuomo on the campaign trail with hopes that he will form an opinion on the issue. To date, […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 13

October 13, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 13

More New Yorkers Oppose Fracking: Poll http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1014037-more-new-yorkers-oppose-fracking-poll/ PA: Dilemma in the Marcellus Shale: How to dispose of radioactive oil and gas waste? http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/10/12/Dilution-is-likely-solution-for-radioactive-oil-and-gas-waste/stories/201410120073 PA: Marcellus Shale drillers still tout water impoundments after record fine http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20141012/NEWS0702/141019992#.VDoBZyldV_c PA: Washington County drilling hearing raises conflicts over contamination http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/10/13/Washington-County-drilling-hearing-raises-conflicts-over-contamination/stories/201410130022 PA: Trains transport 1 million gallons of oil through Pittsburgh each week http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/10/12/Trains-transport-1-million-gallons-of-oil-through-Pittsburgh-each-week/stories/201410110030 Environmental disasters lurk in energy pipelines http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2014/10/12/energy-environmental-threats/17046063/ 9 Good Reasons to Ban Fracking Immediately http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/26367-9-good-reasons-to-ban-fracking-immediately What My Time in America ‘s New Oil Boomtown Taught Me About Our Climate Madness http://www.alternet.org/environment/what-my-time-americas-new-oil-boomtown-taught-me-about-our-climate-madness RealtyTrac Ranks U.S. County Housing Markets Based on Prevalence of Man-Made Environmental Hazards http://www.realtytrac.com/content/foreclosure-market-report/realtytrac-ranks-us-county-housing-markets-based-on-prevalence-of-man-made-environmental-hazards-8147

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Short Shale – Shorting Fracking Liars For Fun & Profit

October 13, 2014
Short Shale - Shorting Fracking Liars For Fun & Profit

Got your Fracking Shorts on ?  The SEC liberalized the rules for reporting shale gas reserves in 2009 – and (surprise) reserves took off on balance sheets. Now frackers are reporting even higher reserves to the public and the press. A lot higher. Imagine that. Sixty-two of 73 U.S. shale drillers reported one estimate in mandatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission while citing higher potential figures to the public, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) Co.’s estimate was 13 times higher. Goodrich Petroleum Corp.’s was 19 times. For Rice Energy Inc., it was almost 27-fold. Guess what happens to those companies when the stock market rolls over ? That’s right. They get fracked. Big time. Just ask Carl Icahn’t he’s already taking his caning on Chessie. Fracking A […]

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Where to Get Rid of a Few Billion Gallons of Carcinogenic Radioactive Frack Slime ?

October 13, 2014
Where to Get Rid of a Few Billion Gallons of Carcinogenic Radioactive Frack Slime ?

That’s not a rhetorical question . .  . thousands of tanker-loads of radioactive frack sludge, literally too hot to dispose of. Paint the tankers Hot Pink and drive fast all the way to IdaFrackHo. Where else ? Dilemma: How to Dispose of Carcinogenic Radioactive Frack Waste? October 12, 2014 12:00 AM A few months ago, a Marcellus Shale operator approached Leong Ying, business development manager at the radiation measurement division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, with a problem. The driller, whom Mr. Ying declined to name, was trying to dispose of oil and gas waste at area landfills but the trucks kept tripping radiation alarms. Rejected trucks had to be sent back to well pads or taken out of state, both costly options. It was happening enough that it started nudging the company’s bottom […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 12

October 12, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 12

Cuomo: ‘I don’t know’ why state edited fracking study http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/10/8554207/cuomo-i-dont-know-why-state-edited-fracking-study   Protest over fracking, offshore gas terminal in Long Beach http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/in-long-beach-protest-over-fracking-offshore-gas-terminal-1.9492603   Anti-fracking event held in Red Hook as part of third annual Global Frackdown http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/anti-fracking-event-held-in-red-hook-as-part-of-third-annual-global-frackdown-1.9492992   NY State to first responders: Stay back from burning oil trains http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/10/8554321/state-first-responders-stay-back-burning-oil-trains   Exxon, Chevron meet with White House over fracking regs http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/220382-exxon-chevron-meet-with-white-house-over-fracking-regs   CA: With New Fracking Rules Coming, State Regulators Struggle With Enforcement http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/10/california-struggles-to-regulate-injection-wells/   Report Confirms Fracking is Poisoning California’s Dwindling Aquifers http://www.politicususa.com/2014/10/11/report-confirms-fracking-poisoning-californias-dwindling-aquifers.html   In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom http://wmra.org/post/texas-traffic-deaths-climb-amid-fracking-boom   Here’s why shale oil stocks are tanking http://www.cnbc.com/id/102078976   Remote sensing of fugitive methane emissions from oil and gas production in North American tight geologic formations http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014EF000265/full  

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NASA Identifies Fracked Greenhouse Gas Hot Spots

October 11, 2014
NASA Identifies Fracked Greenhouse Gas Hot Spots

And the winner is . . . the coal bed methane gas fields in the San Juan Basin of Colorado and New Mexico. And how is coal bed methane extracted ? You guessed it.  Why are the horizontally hydrofracked coal bed methane wells in the San Juan  leaking ? Because some of those horizontal wells are now decades old.  Much older than most shale gas wells. As they age, they start to vent methane up the aging well bore, and over enough time every one of them will leak. Just a matter of how much how soon. Not if. The San Juan basin is the oldest horizontally hydrofracked gas field in the country. It predates the Barnett Shale by a decade. The Marcellus by almost 20 years. And it’s venting greenhouse gas […]

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Pink Washing Frackers – The Cure To Get Fracked At Steelers Game

October 11, 2014
Pink Washing Frackers - The Cure To Get Fracked At Steelers Game

At high noon in Pittsburgh on October 26th. Watch Nancy Brinker shill for fracking – which has been proven to cause cancer.  The Immaculate Deception? Of Pink Drill Bits and Cancer-Causing  Frack Flowback  Oct 11 – The Susan G. Komen Foundation has, once more, riled some of its base — breast-cancer activists, survivors and their families — this time by accepting $100,000 from an oil and fracking company that, in turn, produced 1,000 pink drill bits. Martin Craighead, chairman of Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc., will hand that check to Komen founder Nancy Brinker at Pittsburgh’s Heinz field on Oct. 26, before the Steelers play the Indianapolis Colts.  Komen’s decision to take the money — its second donation from Baker Hughes in two years — has sparked anger and disbelief across the breast […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 10

October 10, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 10

Howie Hawkins Tours PA Fracking Sites http://albany.twcnews.com/content/news/775924/howie-hawkins-tours-pa-fracking-sites/   First steps taken toward Cayuga County ban on use of fracking byproducts http://auburnpub.com/news/local/first-steps-taken-toward-cayuga-county-ban-on-use-of/article_3e5e0793-14a4-5278-9c20-1d4ca2783352.html   Small Study May Have Big Answers on Health Risks of Fracking’s Open Waste Ponds http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20141010/small-study-may-have-big-answers-health-risks-frackings-open-waste-ponds   Biggest drillers trying new techniques to cut impact http://www.journal-advocate.com/sterling-local_news/ci_26698900/biggest-drillers-trying-new-techniques-cut-impact   Fracking Chemicals, Brought to You by Susan G. Komen http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/10/fracking-susan-g-komen-drill-bits   Curing or Causing? Komen Partners With Fracking Company http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/833010   Fracking Company Launches Pink Drill Bits, Because Nothing Says Breast Cancer Awareness Like Fracking http://www.bustle.com/articles/43441-fracking-company-launches-pink-drill-bits-because-nothing-says-breast-cancer-awareness-like-fracking   Fracking Firms Get Tested by Oil’s Price Drop http://online.wsj.com/articles/fracking-firms-get-tested-by-oils-price-drop-1412899027   Peter Hart  – Fracking: The Media’s New Climate Denial http://billmoyers.com/2014/10/09/medias-new-climate-denial/   Winona LaDuke – ND: Time is ripe to stop fracking at Ft. Berthold and Standing Rock http://nativetimes.com/index.php/life/commentary/10646-time-is-ripe-to-stop-fracking-at-ft-berthold-and-standing-rock    

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Big Fracking Loser: Carl Icahn’t Has Lost over $632 Million on Chesapeake

October 10, 2014
Big Fracking Loser: Carl Icahn't Has Lost over $632 Million on Chesapeake

Carl Icahn’t has lost over $632,000,000 on “America’s Biggest Fracking Gasholes,” Chesapeake. Sic Semper Gasholo Icahn’t is losing seven times as much on Chesapeake as he’s making on Apple a day. For the day, Icahn’t is up more than $10 million on Apple, but he’s down more than $75 million on fracker Chesapeake Energy Should Carl Icahn’t be smiling? He’s losing big time on fracking. Activist investor Carl Icahn may want to consider talking up the shares of Chesapeake Energy, because he’s lost seven times as much money on them Thursday as he’s made on Apple Inc.’s stock. Icahn Associates is the largest shareholder of Chesapeake Energy CHK, -1.04% with 66,450,000 shares, according to FactSet. With the shares sliding $1.13, or 5.5%, to $19.50 in afternoon trade Thursday to their […]

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Stay the FERC Out of Our Communities

October 9, 2014
Stay the FERC Out of Our Communities

##### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ##### Communities Fight to Stop PennEast Pipeline as Company Enters Federal Regulatory Process Communities along the proposed route of a 105-mile pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are expressing their opposition to the project today by contacting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. More than 350 people have submitted formal comments, calls, and emails to the commission demanding an immediate denial of the PennEast pipeline project. This is in response to the Commission accepting the first round of documents on Tuesday submitted by UGI Energy Services and its partners for the proposed PennEast pipeline. If approved, the 36-inch gas transmission pipeline would create a new 50-foot-wide pipeline right of way between Luzerne County in Pennsylvania and Mercer County in New Jersey, impacting the entire Delaware River Watershed […]

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The Daily Fractavist – Oct. 9

October 9, 2014
The Daily Fractavist - Oct. 9

  Our view: State meddles in fracking report http://auburnpub.com/news/opinion/editorial/our-view-state-meddles-in-fracking-report/article_870a0af1-83d0-56b6-80c4-e73c410b7db9.html   Will Andrew Cuomo oppose fracking after getting a scare from Zephyr Teachout? http://grist.org/climate-energy/will-andrew-cuomo-oppose-fracking-after-getting-a-scare-from-zephyr-teachout/   Dutchess County considers banning fracking brine on local roads http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2014-10-08-89490.113122-Dutchess-County-considers-banning-fracking-brine-on-local-roads.html http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2014/10/eldridge-ads-highlight-opposition-to-hydrofracking/   Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’ http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/08/pinkwashing-susan-korman-baker-hughes     PA: State police documents show intelligence-sharing network between law enforcement and Marcellus Shale drillers http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/state-police-documents-show-intelligence-sharing-network-between-law-enforcement-and-marcellus-shale-drillers/   In Texas , a Fight Over Fracking http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/business/in-texas-a-fight-over-fracking.html   Fracking Study Shows Consequences Are Uncertain http://wuis.org/post/fracking-study-shows-consequences-are-uncertain   Ohio: Group pushes for more chemical disclosure at fracking sites http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/10/08/group-pushes-for_fracking-disclosure.html   EPA Increases Public Access to Chemical Data http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20141008/epa-increases-public-access-chemical-data  

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Cuomo’s On-going Frackastrophe – “Doesn’t Know” Who Altered Frack Study

October 9, 2014
Cuomo's On-going Frackastrophe - "Doesn't Know" Who Altered Frack Study

Cuomo’s Latest Frackastrophe By Scott Waldman 3:52 p.m. | Oct. 8, 2014 1 ALBANY—Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he was not sure why his administration helped shape a federal study on water quality in the Southern Tier. On Monday, Capital reported that officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority weighed in on a federal water quality study that is a necessary first step to prepare for fracking. State officials have claimed that their frequent communications with the U.S. Geological Survey were a normal back-and-forth between federal and state agencies. But in emails obtained by Capital, federal officials occasionally bristled at the editing and the delays from the state, and some fracking risks were downplayed in the final version of […]

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Fracking Energy Independence : Exporting America’s Gas Reserves

October 9, 2014
Fracking Energy Independence : Exporting America's Gas Reserves

Our Opinion: Exporting America’s Gas Reserves to Brazil Makes No Sense Times Union, Wilkes-Barre PA So much for working toward America’s “energy independence.” Natural gas pulled from below Pennsylvania’s state forests and privately owned lands might soon get siphoned to a Maryland port, then shipped – not to markets in the nation’s heartland, but instead – overseas. Initial recipients are said to include Japan and India, but in this multibillion-dollar industry, it’s not difficult to imagine the Keystone State’s resources going to the highest bidder, no matter where. Presumably, to whichever government has the most yen for it. The international exporting of coveted fuel from places such as Susquehanna County could begin by 2017. On Monday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave its preliminary blessing to Dominion Energy’s planned liquefied […]

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Fracking Seismic Crews Trespass via Helicopters . . . Aided by Fracking Gastapo

October 9, 2014
Fracking Seismic Crews Trespass via Helicopters . . .  Aided by Fracking Gastapo

Fracking Seismic Crews Trepass via Helicopter HTTP://WWW.OBSERVER-REPORTER.COM/ARTICLE/20141008/NEWS01/141009557#.VDU6HB9CDHA published oct 8, 2014 at 6:00 am (updated oct 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm) This is not a hoax . . . . seismic crews drop supplies via helicopter, then just show up and start blasting – without permission or even written notification; aerial frack war. In New York, there are no regulations for shooting seismic, no setbacks, nothing. When the landowner gathered up the seismic gear dropped by the helicopter, a Pennsylvania State Trooper, The Fracking Gastapo, came to get it back. Who else ? Photos Leigh Shields, who own Shields Nursery, shown here, said he tries to steer clear of the natural gas industry after his past experiences with the coal industry. PublicSource photo by Natasha Khan Leigh Shields and his […]

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DINO Cuomo Greenwashes Frack Study, Grows a Trunk

October 9, 2014
DINO Cuomo Greenwashes Frack Study, Grows a Trunk

First there was Mario, then Andrew, and now, behold: DINO Cuomo DINO Cuomo Greenwashes Frack Study  byMeteor BladesFollow Whose side is Andrew Cuomo on? No need to answer that. He’s  growing a trunk. As fast as he fracking can. Scott Waldman at Capital reports on maneuvering by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on a hydraulic fracking study it commissioned with the U.S. Geological Survey: The study, originally commissioned by the state in 2011, when the administration was reportedly considering approving fracking on a limited basis, was going to result in a number of politically inconvenient conclusions for Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to an early draft of the report by the U.S. Geological Survey obtained by Capital through a Freedom of Information Act request.A comparison of the original draft of the study on […]

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PINK WASHING BREAST CANCER

October 9, 2014
PINK WASHING BREAST CANCER

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; it is also fundraising month for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In what may be one of the most blinded by the shiney campaigns, the Komen Foundation has teamed up with Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest fossil fuel services companies. Baker Hughes Expands Commitment to Susan G. Komen Company supports mission to end breast cancer forever HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) announced today that for the second consecutive year, it will contribute $100,000 to support Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, in its efforts to end breast cancer forever. It’s ironic that Baker Hughes has painted drill bits “Pink” when those very drill bits are part of a process which has been linked […]

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Fracking GAStapo (Pa. State Police) Harass Fractavists in New York

October 8, 2014
Fracking GAStapo (Pa. State Police) Harass Fractavists in New York

Welcome to the Fracking Police State brought to you by the frackers. And your local law enforcement officers, the GAStapo. Pennsylvania State Police Harass New York Fractavists   “They’re using the state police to try to silence us.” By Adam Federman click to enlarge Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective protester – obviously a huge security risk.  Photo by Charlie Deitch Anti-fracking activists protesting a natural-gas conference in Philadelphia last fall were being monitored by a private security company that sent a photo of a demonstrator to the Pennsylvania State Police, according to an email obtained by Pittsburgh City Paper. A few months earlier, at another industry-led conference, state trooper Michael Hutson delivered a presentation on environmental extremism and acts of vandalism across Pennsylvania’s booming Marcellus Shale natural-gas reserves. He showed photographs of […]

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The Daily FrackBook – Oct. 8

October 8, 2014
The Daily FrackBook - Oct. 8

Feds give OK to expand gas storage next to Seneca Lake http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2014/10/06/salt-cavern-gas-storage-expansion-approved/16811341/ Edited fracking study shows Cuomo’s style http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/10/8554038/edited-fracking-study-shows-cuomos-style Senator ‘concerned’ about edited fracking report http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/10/8554089/senator-concerned-about-edited-fracking-report Towns work to address hydrofracking http://www.observer-review.com/towns-work-to-address-hydrofracking-cms-4485 Pennsylvania seeks record fine for EQT fracking fluid leak http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/07/us-energy-pennsylvania-eqt-corp-fracking-idUSKCN0HW1VK20141007 How Will Fracking Affect Your Homeowners Insurance? http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/2014/10/07/fracking-homeowners-insurance/ Fracking and the moment of truth on methane emissions http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/07/4214974_fracking-and-the-moment-of-truth.html Scarred Landscapes: Striking Aerial Photos of Fracking in North Dakota http://www.weather.com/news/science/striking-photos-fracking-bakken-north-dakota-20141007 Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/10/07/central-california-aquifers-contaminated-billions-gallons-fracking-wastewater Naomi Klein: UK fracking trespass law flouts democratic rights http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/07/naomi-klein-uk-fracking-trespass-law-flouts-democratic-rights

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Fracking The Cure. Susan G. Komen Pinkwashes Fracking !

October 8, 2014
Fracking The Cure. Susan G. Komen Pinkwashes Fracking !

Susan G. Komen Foundation Pinkwashes Fracking Sandra Steingraber | October 8, 2014 8:37 am  What do you get when you cross a breast cancer charity with a frack job? The answer is the image below, which, as I am writing, is going epidemically viral. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is pretending to cure cancer by promoting carcinogenic frack flowback. And no, this is not a hoax. It’s just a sick fracking joke, courtesy of your friends at Susan G. Komen. Tell Susan G. Komen Don’t Frack With Our Health http://ecowatch.com/petition/susan-g-komen-dont-frack-health/ It’s hard to stop staring in utter baffled amazement. Is it some kind of … phallic cyborg? The opening scene of a yet another sequel to Tremors? (Kevin Bacon! Nevada! Subterranean, worm-like, cross-dressing graboid!) A sex toy from hell? In fact, it’s all […]

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Shale Shill Says Methane = Global Warming. Any Questions ?

October 7, 2014
Shale Shill Says Methane = Global Warming. Any Questions ?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/opinion/joe-nocera-moment-of-truth-on-emissions.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region ‘Moment of Truth’ on Emissions OCT. 6, 2014 Joe Nocera   In March, the Obama administration issued a white paper as part of its Climate Action Plan entitled “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.” A big part of the strategy was built around cutting down on the methane emissions that result from oil and gas production, particularly the hydraulic fracturing method of extracting natural gas from the ground — a.k.a., fracking. In the white paper, the administration said that the Environmental Protection Agency would decide by the fall how best to go about it. Fall is now here. More to the point, the word is that the E.P.A. and the White House are in the process of deciding what tack to take in reducing methane emissions (though any announcement will […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 7

October 7, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 7

UAlbany professor finds elevated benzene near Albany rail yard http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2014-10-06-89442.113122-UAlbany-professor-finds-elevated-benzene-near-Albany-rail-yard.html State agencies submit comments to feds on improving oil train safety http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-c-2014-10-06-89443.113122-State-agencies-submit-comments-to-feds-on-improving-oil-train-safety.html Global Frackdown: October 11 http://fwwat.ch/1rFORSB The 10 Worst Energy-Related Disasters Of Modern Times http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-10-Worst-Energy-Related-Disasters-In-History.html Reducing Methane Pollution from Fossil-Fuel Production on America’s Public Lands http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/report/2014/10/06/98326/reducing-methane-pollution-from-fossil-fuel-production-on-americas-public-lands/ Report fuels fracking cynicism http://www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/foss/2014/oct/06/1006_foss/ CO: City council works to reinstate fracking ban in Fort Collins http://www.collegian.com/2014/10/city-council-works-reinstate-fracking-ban-fort-collins/93136/ FL: Documents reveal Halliburton fracking proposal at Collier-Hogan oil well, shed new light on drilling http://www.naplesnews.com/on-todays-1a/documents-reveal-halliburton-fracking-proposal-at-collier-hogan-oil-well-shed-new-light-on-drilling_91248691 ExxonMobil Comes Clean On Fracking Risks — Not http://cleantechnica.com/2014/10/06/exxonmobil-comes-clean-fracking-risks/ LA: The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/02/magazine/mag-oil-lawsuit.html

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Fracking Polls: Most New Yorkers Don’t Want to Get Fracked

October 7, 2014
Fracking Polls: Most New Yorkers Don't Want to Get Fracked

And most Poles don’t want to be fracked neither.  Or have frack goo dumped on their roads, or toxic radioactive frack sludge pumped into their water treatment plant. Imagine that. http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Most-back-drill-ban-5805242.php Most New Yorkers Back Frack Ban Poll finds wide support for state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing By Brian Nearing Updated 6:20 am, Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Fracking poll results. () Albany Most New Yorkers support the state’s ongoing moratorium on natural gas hydrofracking, with people worried about potential damage to air and water widely outnumbering those who see added jobs and taxes as an economic boost, according to a poll released Monday by a prominent environmental group. Support for the moratorium, which will remain in place unless and until the state completes its six-year review of a potential environmental plan that […]

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Global Frackdown October 11th !

October 7, 2014
Global Frackdown October 11th !

Ready to Ban Fracking? Join the Global Frackdown. We created a little video to show you just how BIG the movement to ban fracking is! Check it out and don’t forget to join the Global Frackdown, coming up on October 11 http://fwwat.ch/1rFORSB Join The Global Frackdown: October 11! Everyday, more and more people are learning about the negative impacts of fracking, and yet more and more lives are destroyed by those impacts. No one’s health should suffer so that the fossil fuel industry can make a buck extracting as much oil and gas as it can. That’s why we’re calling for a ban on fracking — everywhere. Our momentum is building and it’s not going to stop until every city, town and village is frack-free, all around the world. On […]

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Scientist Blasts Obama Over Climate Change

October 7, 2014
Scientist Blasts Obama Over Climate Change

How to cook a small planet with fracked gas.  October 06, 2014, 11:00 am Climate Change, Obama, and Methane By Prof. Robert W. Howarth President Obama’s carbon plan announced this summer finally moves the United States to take much needed steps toward reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, but unfortunately the plan largely ignores the low-hanging fruit to slow the rate of global warming: reducing emissions of methane, another type of carbon. The president’s focus on carbon dioxide is perhaps no surprise, given the environmental community’s decades-long emphasis on this as the most important greenhouse gas. But rapid advancements in the scientific understanding of the role of methane as a driver of global warming strongly show the danger of tunnel vision on carbon dioxide. By once again failing to announce strong, […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 6

October 6, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 6

Oil-field health studies continue but answers are still lacking http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26664947/oil-field-health-studies-continue-but-answers-are Colorado’s biggest drillers try new techniques to cut oil, gas impact http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_26660219/colorados-biggest-drillers-try-new-techniques-cut-oil McCommon: Will natural gas save our way of life? http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/mccommon-will-natural-gas-save-our-way-of-life/article_c2ec6904-5181-5fd8-9b8c-7af1933fbade.html Testimony: Obsolete tests tainted shale analysis http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/10/06/Testimony-Obsolete-tests-tainted-shale-analysis/stories/201410060075 Cuomo administration edited and delayed key fracking study http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/10/8553530/cuomo-administration-edited-and-delayed-key-fracking-study Rob Astorino to tour gas fields amid fracking debate http://nypost.com/2014/10/06/rob-astorino-to-tour-gas-fields-amid-fracking-debate/  Taste of the Catskills to honor 2 anti-fracking activists http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2014/10/05/jimmy-buff-green-living/16590891/ Allegany Towns Seek To Ban Hydrofracking http://www.houghtonstar.com/2014/10/05/2435/ Proposed oil pipeline could pass through Rockland http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/2014/10/03/new-oil-pipeline-rockland/16603419/ Albany: Lower city speed limit sought http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/McCoy-Sheehan-seek-federal-emergency-order-on-5791079.php Crude booms, safety lags http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/crude-booms-safety-lags/30861/ Pennsylvania told to release info on oil trains http://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/pennsylvania-told-to-release-info-on-oil-trains/article_4f6a5175-bbe7-5ebc-be29-f8874b749e01.html More oil trains heading to N.J. http://www.northjersey.com/news/more-oil-trains-heading-to-n-j-1.1103039 Companies in Bakken Shale Fight Limits on Oil Trains http://online.wsj.com/articles/companies-in-bakken-shale-fight-limits-on-oil-trains-141151435 Bakken oil’s path revealed: Crude on freight trains passes through […]

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CUOMO COOKS BOOKS ON FRACK STUDY !

October 6, 2014
CUOMO COOKS BOOKS ON FRACK STUDY !

Governor Cuomo’s top lieutenants, including Eugene Leff, rewrote and edited key sections of a federal report on frack risks – including eliminating any mention of the risks from pipelines and underground storage. Imagine that. Oh, and they doctored the risks posed by methane migration from shale gas wells . . . saying that could be solved “with better completion practices.” Which ain’t necessarily so. The completion can be gold plated and the well bore will vent methane into drinking water under the hydrologic and geologic conditions found in New York. Everybody in the industry knows that. “Let the science” decide – after their reports are heavily edited by Cuomo’s frack shills. It is axiomatic that what they edited or minimized are in fact some of the most intractable environmental hazards of fracking. […]

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URGENT: Need people at Madison County Wednesday 10/8 FERC Pipeline hearing

October 5, 2014
URGENT: Need people at Madison County Wednesday 10/8 FERC Pipeline hearing

Video from gas compressor hearing here http://images.news10now.com/media/2014/10/8/video/17623521_WEB_georgetown_gas_VSV.mp4 URGENT BULLETIN RAPID RESPONSE NEEDED To Proposed Gas Compressor Stations & Pipeline  Share this link: http://wp.me/p416jd-9tc This Wed 10/8 — Georgetown Town Hall in Madison County NY BIG TURNOUT MOST HELPFUL There is a NYAF bulletin from The Sandra at the bottom of this page What: FERC hearing Docket CP14-497 Dominion New Market Project Upgrades to 6 facilities in 6 counties. Affects 200 miles of pipeline. WHEN: THIS Wednesday 10/8  7pm. WHERE: Georgetown Town Hall (Madison County NY) 995 State Route 26, Georgetown, NY 13072       Horseheads, Chemung County Dryden, Tompkins County Georgetown, Madison County Utica, Oneida County Ft. Plain, Montgomery County Schenectady, Schenectady County   Here is an APPROXIMATE map to see mileage and approx. facility locations http://goo.gl/maps/7uhGW More accurate […]

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Fracking Sell-Outs Kill Home Rule Vote in Colorado

October 5, 2014
Fracking Sell-Outs Kill Home Rule Vote in Colorado

Who killed the vote on fracking? Thursday, October 2,2014 Who killed the Colorado Home Rule Vote on Fracking? Why Colorado’s Home Rule Measures Were Killed by Democrats Who Sold Out the Grassroots By Joel Dyer, Matt Cortina & Elizabeth Miller Home Rule Gets Killed by Fracking Turncoats Joel Dyer, Matt Cortina & Elizabeth Miller, Boulder Weekly | October 3, 2014 10:09 am | Comments At first glance, determining who to blame for the fact that Colorado voters will not get their chance to decide for themselves who controls oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in their neighborhoods seems simple enough. OnMonday, Aug. 4, as the result of a political compromise with Colorado’s Democratic Governor, John Hickenlooper, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder) agreed to withdraw his support for the citizen initiative process […]

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Don’t Frack With Scotland

October 4, 2014
Don't Frack With Scotland

My grandmother was a McKaskle, whose ancestors were from the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides. The McKaskles, or more properly MacAskill, are a sub clan or sept of the McLeods. They lived in the Cuillin Hills at one end of the island where the other Skye clans – the MacDonalds, MacKenzies and Nicholsons, pretty much left them alone.  “Mac” of course means “son of.” Askill is translated as a “ceremonial chalice” – which is euphemistic, because “askill” is literally “a skull.” The MacAskills were descendants of Norse raiders (ie. Vikings) who celebrated a victory by lopping off the heads of the defeated and having a victory swig of mead out of their hollowed-out skulls. A custom we outgrew – when Scotch whisky and drinking glasses were invented. In some of the […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 4

October 4, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 4

Texas Gas Drillers Agree With New York Attorney General To Report Risks http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/03/texas-gas-drillers-risks_n_5928240.html Millions Of Tons Oil And Gas Waste: Hazardous Or Not? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/millions-tons-oil-and-gas-waste-hazardous-or-not The sleeper issue of the 2016 Democratic primary http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/the-sleeper-issue-the-2016-democratic-primary Texas: Fracking Emission Carcinogens Found in Denton Playgrounds http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/10/fracking_benzene_denton_playground.php PA: Proposed Registry to Track, Respond to Fracking-Related Health Complaints http://wesa.fm/post/proposed-registry-track-respond-fracking-related-health-complaints Tensions Mount Between Homeowners, Natural Gas Pipeline Survey Crews in Michigan http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20141003/tensions-mount-between-homeowners-natural-gas-pipeline-survey-crews-michigan   A Push to Make ‘Fracking’ Sound Better http://online.wsj.com/articles/can-the-word-fracking-lose-its-bad-reputation-1412358270 NC: Tribe says no to fracking http://theonefeather.com/2014/10/tribe-says-no-to-fracking/ Unusual alliance on oil spill cleanup near Tioga http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/unusual-alliance-on-oil-spill-cleanup-near-tioga/article_75164d8e-4b8f-11e4-bf7b-93e46e70604c.html McCommon: Will natural gas save our way of life? http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/mccommon-will-natural-gas-save-our-way-of-life/article_c2ec6904-5181-5fd8-9b8c-7af1933fbade.html Behind the subdued reaction to an energy revolution http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/278081771.htm OK: Dorman more definitve than Fallin on fracking-earthquake link http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/2014_elections/dorman-more-definitve-than-fallin-on-fracking-earthquake-link/article_8f7b32a8-85a7-51f4-a388-b132063597c2.html

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Bombing ISIS Over a Syrian Gas Pipeline Concession

October 4, 2014
Bombing ISIS Over a Syrian Gas Pipeline Concession

The Islamic teenage death cult “ISIS” (think Columbine meets the Koran) has unwittingly given the Grown Up Arabs a pretext to enter the Syrian civil war directly on the side of their proxies that have been fighting to secure the Arab Sunni Gas Pipeline to Europe (as opposed to the Shiite Iranian Gas Pipeline to Europe). Yes, that’s what this fracking charade really boils down to – who gets the pipeline concession through Syria. The ISIS fauxdamentalists have given the Arabs the excuse they needed to send warplanes into Syria on the side of their own rebel proxies. Now the ISIS Brain Trust is threatening Turkey, where the Arab pipeline goes. So that brings the Turks down on them. Bravo ISIS. You just made yourselves the Sacrificial Goats in the Syrian Gas Pipeline […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 3

October 3, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 3

Study: Residents near crude plant faces health risks http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/09/8553651/study-residents-near-crude-plant-face-health-risks AG: Energy companies to disclose risks of fracking investments http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/10/8553859/ag-energy-companies-disclose-risks-fracking-investment Our Opinion: Exporting Pennsylvania’s natural gas to the globe defies good sense http://www.timesleader.com/news/editorial/50408374/OUR-VIEW-Why-export-Pa.s-fuel-overseas Refiners say argument for oil exports is wrong http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/219635-refiners-say-key-oil-export-argument-is-wrong A fight to control disposal of fracking waste http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-control-disposal-fracking-waste  GRAPHIC – Fracking’s Waste Pit Emissions: The Big Unknown http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20141002/graphic-frackings-waste-pit-emissions-big-unknown South Texas Drilling Country Saying No to Waste http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/us/south-texas-drilling-country-saying-no-to-waste.html?_r=0 VIDEO – In Fracking’s Wake: Vast Open Pits of Chemical Sludge http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20141002/video-frackings-wake-vast-open-pits-chemical-sludge Trans Energy admits to pollution violations http://www.wtov9.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wtov_-trans-energy-admits-pollution-violations-5881.shtml Ebola outbreak upsets Exxon drilling plans http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/10/02/ebola-exxon-drilling/16593803/ How the oil and gas boom is changing America http://www.vox.com/2014/10/2/6892781/how-the-oil-and-gas-boom-is-changing-america As US debates oil train safety, local rules gather steam (+video) http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/1002/As-US-debates-oil-train-safety-local-rules-gather-steam-video

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DING! YOU GOT RESIGNATIONS!

October 3, 2014
DING! YOU GOT RESIGNATIONS!

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo and DEP Deputy Chief Counsel Glenn Parno both abruptly resigned on Thursday Oct. 3, 2014 amid the “P-Mail” scandal. Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane revealed the previous week that her office had discovered hundreds of pornographic emails sent or received hundreds of sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages from state e-mail accounts between 2008 and 2012. PA Governor Tom Corbett followed Kane’s revelation by requesting records of interoffice emails containing pornography. Corbett had said he wasn’t aware of the email exchange while he was Attorney General or Governor during that time period. An Office of Attorney General policy signed by then Attorney General Corbett in 2006 prohibits using office technology to view or store “any sexually suggestive, pornographic or obscene […]

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Fracking Ebola. Cults of Denial

October 2, 2014
Fracking Ebola. Cults of Denial

What does ebola have to do with fracking ? Not a hole fracking lot. Until you read the list of denials from state and federal officials. Then you see the trend – they are paid to deny that there’s a problem. They minimize, deny, dodge responsibility and above all – do not confront the problem in a forthright way. When it’s easier to lie about it. For awhile. The state and federal officials have been denying that the previously unnamed ebola carrier could have even potentially contaminated anyone. Now the investigative news reporters (like Ian Urbina at the New York Times did with fracking) have found who this 21st century Typhoid Mary is – Thomas Duncan from Liberia – and are finding out that he may have contaminated as many […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 2

October 2, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 2

Well Water Contamination Possible After Drilling Mishap http://wvpublic.org/post/well-water-contamination-possible-after-drilling-mishap Oil, gas industry boom leads to expansion of laws in Pennsylvania http://triblive.com/business/headlines/6893442-74/state-gas-oil#axzz3ExFYW78r Study: More gas wells in area leads to more hospitalizations http://citizensvoice.com/news/study-more-gas-wells-in-area-leads-to-more-hospitalizations-1.1763826 Open Pits Offer Cheap Disposal for Fracking Sludge, but Health Worries Mount http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20141002/open-pits-offer-cheap-disposal-fracking-sludge-health-worries-mount Fracking in wintry areas linked to high ozone pollution http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Fracking+wintry+areas+linked+high+ozone+pollution/10253739/story.html Baker Hughes starts disclosing frac chemicals http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/eagle-ford-energy/article/Baker-Hughes-starts-disclosing-frac-chemicals-5795068.php In FREC’s Approval of Gas Exports, Climate Effects Get Glossed Over  http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20141001/fercs-approval-gas-exports-climate-effects-get-glossed-over Koch Brothers’ Political Activism Protects Their 50-Year Stake in Canadian Heavy Oils http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120510/koch-industries-brothers-tar-sands-bitumen-heavy-oil-flint-pipelines-refinery-alberta-canada Ohio fracking waste issues go beyond chemical disclosure http://www.midwestenergynews.com/2014/10/02/ohio-fracking-and-shale-waste-worries-critics/ Oil and gas emissions can create ‘extreme’ ozone pollution, study finds http://o.canada.com/news/national/oil-and-gas-emissions-can-create-extreme-ozone-pollution-study-finds Pennsylvania man faces sentencing for falsifying abandoned oil well plugging reports http://greatlakesecho.org/2014/10/02/pennsylvania-man-faces-sentencing-for-falsifying-abandoned-oil-well-plugging-reports/ Cracks seen in fracking-disclosure report process http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Cracks-seen-in-fracking-data-reportsFracking-5795048.php

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 1

October 1, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 1

EPA says greenhouse gas releases from wells, pipelines decline http://triblive.com/business/headlines/6888227-74/emissions-gas-epa#axzz3ErEjLivF Fracking Emissions Fall; Texas Still King of GHGs http://www.climatecentral.org/news/fracking-emissions-fall-texas-still-king-of-ghgs-18110 Final hurdle cleared for Marcellus gas exports http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/09/30/final-hurdle-cleared-for-marcellus-gas-exports/ Gas export terminal approved by federal commission http://www.timesleader.com/news/news/50406053/ The Top 5 Chesapeake Royalty Litigation Trends to Watch http://gomarcellusshale.com/forum/topic/show?id=2274639%3ATopic%3A628716&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic Oil giant defends fracking http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/255908/oil-giant-defends-fracking Exxon issues report on managing fracking risks in response to shareholder pressure http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/7360c46e0be743cb86c33173447d1a19/US–Exxon-Fracking-Disclosure/ Senate Dems call for ‘strongest possible’ fracking regs http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/219336-senate-dems-to-omb-fracking-regs-need-to-be-strongest-possible Democrats to Obama: Get Tough on Oil Companies Drilling on Public Land http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/09/30/democrats-to-obama-get-tough-on-oil-companies-drilling-on-public-land/ Natural Gas(bag) http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20141001_DN_Editorial__Natural_Gas_bag_.html

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 30

September 30, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 30

NY bills to curb fracking waste suggested http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2014/09/29/fracking-waste-legislation/16458827/ Catskills Bureau Confidential: Mamakating fracking ban applies to byproducts, too http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140930/NEWS/409300319 Hawkins sees gubernatorial run propelling Green Party http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/elections/hawkins-sees-gubernatorial-run-propelling-green-party-20140929 Fracking opponents to Cuomo: Come to Pennsylvania ! http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2014/09/29/fracking-opponents-to-cuomo-come-to-pennsylvania/16434745/  Polarization in New York state over fracking http://phys.org/news/2014-09-polarization-york-state-fracking.html NY 23: Martha Robertson meets with editorial board Hydraulic Fracturing: http://www.fltimes.com/news/article_5bbfbdc2-46bf-11e4-aa60-3f7ab119b7cb.html Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure http://www.bna.com/chemical-makers-energy-n17179895509/ A U-Turn for a Terminal Built in Texas to Import Natural Gas http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/business/energy-environment/a-u-turn-for-a-terminal-built-in-texas-to-import-natural-gas.html The Natural Gas Boom Could Accelerate Climate Change http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-natural-gas-boom-could-accelerate-climate-change/ ‘Illegal’ Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Plan Alarms Minnesota http://ens-newswire.com/2014/09/24/ameriscan-september-24-2014 Questions Mount About the Safety of Shipping North Dakota Crude Oil http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20140926/questions-mount-about-safety-shipping-north-dakota-crude-oil U.S. river freight system near breaking point as huge harvest looms http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/26/us-usa-grains-barges-idUSKCN0HL1L120140926 DE: Students Unite to Stop Natural Gas […]

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Feds Promote Depletion of US Gas Reserves With East Coast’s Largest Climate Changer

September 30, 2014
Feds Promote Depletion of US Gas Reserves With East Coast's Largest Climate Changer

A two for one deal. Big time. The US has never been a big exporter of oil and gas. Exportation implies that a county is a net producer of hydrocarbons – both oil and gas, which is not the case with the US, we’re a net consumer. Traditionally, the Texas Railroad Commission would limit supply (pumping) of oil to conserve the resource. The notion that it would be over-produced and to be exported overseas, except to our allies in time of war, was never a consideration – because that simply squanders the resource and increases the price domestically.  It has always been national policy to conserve domestic supplies – hence the naval oil stockpile in California, which was privatized. Now the Feds can’t wait to ship gas overseas. Not a good […]

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FRACK GU 4 U – Bills to Ban Fracking Filth in New York

September 30, 2014
FRACK GU 4 U - Bills to Ban Fracking Filth in New York

Getting traction among people that do not want to have their roads slimed, water poisoned, or air gassed. Y0u know, people like you. NY Bills to Curb Fracking Waste  Steve Orr, Democrat & Chronicle 12 a.m. EDT September 30, 2014 The New York League of Conservation Voters and state Sen. Ted O’Brien, D-Irondequoit, announced a series of proposals Monday to rein in the handling and disposal of gas and oil drilling waste in New York. At a news conference, O’Brien and the league president, Marcia Bystryn, said legislation would be introduced in Albany that would bar the disposal of drilling waste in New York landfills and restrict the treatment of liquid waste from drilling in municipal wastewater plants. Another bill would require that drilling waste be treated as hazardous waste, […]

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No Shale Gas ? Ban Fracking Anyway

September 30, 2014
No Shale Gas ? Ban Fracking Anyway

It sends a message:  Your town does not want to be fracked, dumped on, poisoned or gassed. There may not be any natural gas worth drilling beneath the Town of Mamakating in eastern Sullivan County — if there’s any gas located there at all. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have put the natural-gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on indefinite hold while the state studies its impact on health — and waits for the November election to be over. But that didn’t stop Mamakating from banning fracking — and related fracking activities — at a Town Board meeting a few weeks ago. That makes it the sixth Sullivan County town — along with Tusten, Lumberland, Bethel, Highland and Forestburgh — to do so. Mamakating Supervisor Bill Herrmann said […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 29

September 29, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 29

Polarization in New York state over fracking http://phys.org/news/2014-09-polarization-york-state-fracking.html Dark side of the boom http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2014/09/28/dark-side-of-the-boom/ Fracking in the US: The story of one man’s oil well http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2014/0928/Fracking-in-the-US-The-story-of-one-man-s-oil-well Pennyslvania DEP admits drilling probe error http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/09/29/DEP-admits-drilling-probe-error/stories/201409280221 Investigations raise questions about oil workers’ pay http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20140927/WIRE/140929638?Title=Investigations-raise-questions-about-oil-workers-pay “The roads were cracking, the crime rate was rising”: What happens when fracking takes over your town http://www.salon.com/2014/09/27/the_roads_were_cracking_the_crime_rate_was_rising_what_happens_when_fracking_takes_over_your_town/ National Grid In Partnership With NYC Department Of Environmental Protection Begins Design And Construction Of The Newtown Creek Renewable Natural Gas Project http://www.pollutiononline.com/doc/national-grid-in-partnership-construction-of-the-newtown-renewable-natural-project-0001  How Rising Interest Rates Could Spell the End of the U.S. Energy Boom http://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Prices/How-Rising-Interest-Rates-Could-Spell-the-End-of-the-U.S.-Energy-Boom.html

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Fracking Collateral Damage Conference

September 29, 2014
Fracking Collateral Damage Conference

Most New Yorkers won’t get fracked, they’ll just have frack slime slathered on their roads as de-icer, or have toxic radioactive frack sludge pumped into a local landfill or frack flowback dumped into a municipal water plant or have a shale oil bomb train blow up in their neighborhood or get gassed by a gas pipeline compressor station. Unless they do something about it. Because Cuomo won’t and Obama won’t and Hillary won’t. You do something about it. Or get slimed, bombed, poisoned or gassed. Conference on November 15th explains how you can avoid becoming a victim of fracking collateral damage. Conference on the collateral damage of fracking in New York, November 15th 9pm -5pm in Textor Hall, Ithaca College. Registration will be opening soon, and check our website www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org […]

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Putting Lipstick on the Frac’ing Pig. Frackers Abandon “Frac’ing”

September 28, 2014
Putting Lipstick on the Frac'ing Pig. Frackers Abandon "Frac'ing"

Schlumberger popularized the term “hydraulic fracturing,” which they, being French, referred to as a “frac.” Catch is you cannot conjugate “frac” in English, since the past tense comes out as “fraced” (as in faced) and the gerund or present participle as “fracing” (like lacing). So the industry added an apostrophe to signify the missing ‘k” as in “frac’ing” or  added an extra “c” to make it “fraccing” and “fracced” – all by way of trying to avoid the phonetically correct English word “frack”  or “frak” which is a Battlestar Galactica euphemism for you-know-what . . . As in “your water has been fracced.” Or “we’re the fraccers and we’re going to fracc your neighborhood real good.” Gas Industry Abandons”Frac’ing” in New Ads Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:30 am          COOPERSTOWN — […]

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Chesapeake Faces Fracketeering Charges

September 27, 2014
Chesapeake Faces Fracketeering Charges

Chesapeake Energy Faces Fracketeering Charges in Michigan Trial BY JOSHUA SCHNEYER 1 OF 2. Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s 50 acre campus is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 17, 2012. (Reuters) – Natural gas and oil producer Chesapeake Energy Corp(CHK.N) must face trial on charges of felony fracketeering and using false pretenses related to its land-leasing practices, a state judge has ruled. Cheboygan District Court Judge Maria Barton ruled on Monday that Oklahoma-based Chesapeake go to trial on one charge of fracketeering and 20 counts of using false pretenses to allegedly defraud private landowners in the state during an oil and gas leasing boom in 2010. Barton ruled after a hearing last month. No trial date has been set. State Attorney General Bill Schuette brought the charges against Chesapeake in June, […]

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The News Fracker – Sept. 27

September 27, 2014
The News Fracker - Sept. 27

Oil terminal comment period extended again http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/221313/oil-terminal-comment-period-extended-again/ PA: Three anti-fracking demonstrators plead guilty to blocking road to gas wells http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/09/three_anti-fracking_demonstrat.html   Pennsylvania Releases Official File Detailing 250 Water Supplies Directly Polluted by Fracking http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/26089-pennsylvania-releases-official-file-detailing-250-water-supplies-directly-polluted-by-fracking   Texas: Fracking Campaign Ads Hit Denton Neighborhoods http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Fracking-Campaign-Ads-Hit-Denton-Neighborhoods-277285531.html   Colorado Fracking Task Force Opens With Anti-Industry Tone http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/26/colorado-fracking-task-force-opens-with-anti-industry-tone/   West Virginia opens bids on fracking under river http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Is-fracking-under-Ohio-River-W-Va-s-money-maker-5783100.php   Why Fracking Ireland Is Different http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-seaberg/why-fracking-ireland-is-d_b_5883998.html   Britain: Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/26/fracking-trespass-law-changes-move-forward-despite-huge-public-opposition   UK Government Says Never Mind What People Want, Let’s Frack http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/26/uk-fracking/?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=922b61cdf3-Top_News_9_27_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-922b61cdf3-85390997

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Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking

September 26, 2014
Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking

Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking – review by Ellen Cantarow  http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/26414-living-death-the-real-costs-of-fracking Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00 By Ellen Cantarow, Truthout | Book Review (Image: Beacon Press)The Real Cost of Fracking by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald paves the way for the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry to be put on trial for its role in endangering the health of American families, animals, food and water systems.In 1997, my husband and I got three Siamese kittens. Two were a brother-sister pair born into the same litter. The third was a kitten so tiny that she fit easily into the palm of my hand and, when she reached our house, into the cut-glass fruit bowl where, for half a day, she retreated in bereavement. […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 26

September 26, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 26

  Propane storage urged in caverns http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Propane-storage-urged-in-caverns-5778852.php   CSX launches mobile application for emergency responders http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20140926/NEWS03/140929069   Richardson: Shale industry needs to adapt world view http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20140925/NEWS01/140929594#.VCUAm-fjLog   Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/26414-living-death-the-real-costs-of-fracking   Worker Dies at Wyoming Natural Gas Facility http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20140925/worker-dies-wyoming-natural-gas-facility   Hydraulic Fracturing Rules Delayed in Illinois http://www.natlawreview.com/article/hydraulic-fracturing-rules-delayed-illinois   Treated Fracking Wastewater is Still Potentially Harmful http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/treated-fracking-wastewater-still-potentially-harmful   Ohio is cited in GAO report for fracking waste disposal http://www.ohio.com/blogs/drilling/ohio-utica-shale-1.291290/ohio-is-cited-in-gao-report-for-fracking-waste-disposal-1.525761   WVA: Couple claims fracking is destroying their land http://wvrecord.com/news/269604-couple-claims-fracking-is-destroying-their-land   Colorado oil and gas task force IDs legal, health issues as priorities http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_26607408/colorado-oil-and-gas-task-force-ids-legal   Mining for sand for fracking holds risks for communities, study says http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-fracking-sand-mining-20140925-story.html   Energy Cos. Face Fracking Regulation Patchwork, GAO Says https://www.law360.com/energy/articles/581148/energy-cos-face-fracking-regulation-patchwork-gao-says   Scottish devolution: Extra powers ‘must cover fracking’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-29374335

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DING! YOU GOT P-MAIL!

September 26, 2014
DING! YOU GOT P-MAIL!

It’s been said politics is dirty. More often than not “dirty politics” refers to government officials taking money from special interests and corporations. Pennsylvania leads the way, redefines DIRTY POLITICS and brings it to the electronic age.   PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane revealed PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo and at least 8 other prominent state officials exchanged sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages from state e-mail accounts between 2008 and 2012. The “P-mails” (porn-mail) were discovered during Kane’s internal inquiry into how her predecessors handled Jerry Sandusky pedophile case. Governor Tom Corbett was one of the Attorney Generals handling the Sandusky investigation. The Sandusky criminal investigation began while Corbett was serving as attorney general and continued through 2010, the year Corbett made his run for […]

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The Daily Fracker – Sept. 25

September 25, 2014
The Daily Fracker - Sept. 25

Finger Lakes residents ask Schumer and Gillibrand to intervene in propane storage plan http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2014-09-24-89336.113122-Finger-Lakes-residents-ask-Schumer-and-Gillibrand-to-intervene-in-propane-storage-plan.html   If Democrats take majority, Senate would take up fracking bills http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/09/8553302/if-democrats-take-majority-senate-would-take-fracking-bills   Colorado fracking panel meeting for first time http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article2239895.html   NC:  Tribe bans fracking http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/14290-tribe-bans-fracking   Ohio: ‘Crippling penalties’ urged for drillers hiding fracking chemical lists http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/ohio-energy-inc/2014/09/crippling-penalties-urged-for-drillers-hiding.html   Buckeye Partners Opening Port of Albany Terminal to Canadian Oil Sands Shipments http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/09/23/buckeye-partners-opening-port-of-albany-terminal-to-canadian-oil-sands-shipments/   California Farmers File Suit Alleging Oil Companies’ Faulty Wastewater Injection Caused Crop Loss http://www.alternet.org/fracking/farmers-file-suit-alleging-oil-companies-wastewater-caused-crop-loss   Fracking Wastewater Could Encourage Formation Of Toxic Compounds During Drinking Water Disinfection http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/web/2014/09/Fracking-Wastewater-Encourage-Formation-Toxic.html     Look out below: Danger lurks underground from aging gas pipes http://www.usatoday.com/longform/news/nation/2014/09/23/gas-pipes-cast-iron-deaths-explosions-investigation/15783697/   MN: Lawsuit threatens ‘ban’ on fracking http://www.petoskeynews.com/gaylord/news/lawsuit-threatens-ban-on-fracking/article_f9131cf2-61e0-58b6-8d77-c17cfa6db213.html   MN: Why so much oil from the fracking boom is moving by […]

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New Study: Increased Use of Natural Gas Will Cook Planet

September 25, 2014
New Study: Increased Use of Natural Gas Will Cook Planet

New scientific study states the obvious – the increased use of natural gas will simply exacerbate climate change. Any questionable reduction in CO 2  by switching from coal to gas is more than offset by displacing non-carbon energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro or nuclear energy. Burning more gas in power plants will simply cook the planet – and waste the gas reserves, whose  best use is for back-up power to wind, solar and hydro. Natural Gas a Bridge to Nowhere, Study Finds Anastasia Pantsios | September 25, 2014 10:31 am | Comments A study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that switching from coal to natural gas would not significantly lower the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. The natural gas processed at this plant […]

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FRACKERS REBRANDING FRACKING

September 25, 2014
FRACKERS REBRANDING FRACKING

When a product or corporation takes a hit in public opinion, one of the steps that will be taken is to change their name or roll out a rebranding campaign. Led by their front group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), frackers are rebranding fracking. Or to put it another way, they are putting a pretty red bow on a pile of poop. How much are they spending on this fracking rebranding campaign? They won’t say. It’s proprietary, hush hush, in the same fashion as the super-double secret ingredients in the chemicals used in fracking. With the blessings of the Heritage Foundation, a right wing think tank, the fracking ad campaign feature actors , including a little girl, saying “ Fracking’s a good word”, “Fracking Rocks” and “Fracking: Rock Solid for […]

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Climate Change For Dummies: Republican Congressmen

September 24, 2014
Climate Change For Dummies: Republican Congressmen

Over the weekend, some 400,000 Americans took to the streets of New York City to demand action on climate change, but as Jon Stewart pointed out on Monday night’s “Daily Show,” too many members of Congress continue to deny the science. Last week, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology interrogated Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren — or, as Stewart called him, the hearing’s Sisyphus “charged with the impossible task of pushing a million pounds of idiot up a mountain.” Holdren faced questions about “global wobbling,” comments from a congressman who refuses to read scientific journals because he doesn’t believe them, and gems like this one: “I mean think about it, if your ice cube melts in your glass it doesn’t overflow, it’s displacement,” Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) said. […]

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AP Poll: Most Fracking Idiots Remain Skeptical of Climate Change

September 24, 2014
AP Poll: Most Fracking Idiots Remain Skeptical of Climate Change

Largest Climate March in History Does Not Convince Some Fracking Idiots 24 September 14 climate-change march that organizers claim was the largest on record is nevertheless unlikely to change the minds of idiots, a flash AP survey of America’s fracking idiots reveals. Despite bringing attention to a position that is embraced by more than ninety per cent of the world’s scientists, the People’s Climate March, which took place on Sunday in New York City, left a broad majority of the nation’s idiots unconvinced. “Look, if hundreds of thousands of people want to march about something, it’s a free country,” said Carol Foyler, a fracking idiot from Kenosha, Wisconsin. “But let me ask them something: if the climate is really getting warmer, why was it so cold up here last winter?” […]

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The Daily Fracker – Sept. 24

September 24, 2014
The Daily Fracker - Sept. 24

Cuomo says he won’t rush state health officials for fracking study http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/environment/cuomo-says-he-wont-rush-state-health-officials-for-fracking-study-20140923   State Sen. and challenger exchange barbs on gun control, fracking http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20140923/state-senator-and-challenger-exchange-barbs-on-gun-control-fracking-at-ulster-county-chamber-breakfast   NY 21: In candid interview, Woolf acknowledges faults but vows to press on http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20140924/NEWS03/140929458   View: On fracking, earthquakes and Indian Point http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/09/23/view-geologist-warns-fracking-ties-earthquakes/16100755/   Fracking in North Dakota : Women in the drilling boomtowns http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2014/09/23/fracking-in-north-dakota-women-in-the-drilling-boomtowns/   ND: Companies in Bakken Shale Fight Limits on Oil Trains http://online.wsj.com/articles/companies-in-bakken-shale-fight-limits-on-oil-trains-1411514351   NC: County weighing in on proposed fracking regs http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x711470752/County-weighing-in-on-proposed-fracking-regs   NC: Mountain road issues missing from fracking debate http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/09/23/mountain-road-issues-missing-fracking-debate/16100693/   Texas: Denton voters to consider state’s first ban on fracking http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140923-denton-voters-to-consider-state-s-first-ban-on-fracking.ece   CA: Monterey County Supervisors hear facts on fracking http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/news/local/2014/09/23/monterey-county-supervisors-hear-facts-fracking/16130025/   CO: Council to vote on appealing fracking ruling http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/local/2014/09/22/council-vote-appeal-fracking-moratorium-ruling/16074963/   A May 9 Crude Oil […]

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America’s Deadliest Form of Energy

September 24, 2014
America's Deadliest Form of Energy

Is not nuclear power. And it’s not coal. Much less solar or wind. Make a guess. It kills somebody an average of a couple of times a week. Give up ? It’s courtesy of the same folks that poisoned your water, gassed your air and cooked your planet. Aging Gas Pipes put Millions of Americans at Risk About every other day over the past decade, a gas leak in the United States has destroyed property, hurt someone or killed someone, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds. The most destructive blasts have killed at least 135 people, injured 600 and caused $2 billion in damages since 2004. Read StoryAre your gas pipes safe? Photos Video

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Texas Frack Ban

September 24, 2014
Texas Frack Ban

Dallas and otherTexas cities have land use restrictions on fracking. But there are no outright bans on it in Texas. Until now. . .  .maybe. Denton is an upscale college town on the fringe of the Barnett Shale. It needs to be fracked about as much as it needs to be nuked. Absent any meaningful protections from state regulators, a ban is a town’s best defense against getting overrun by shale industrialization. Good on Denton for leading the way. Denton Voters to Consider Texas First Frack Ban Andy Jacobsohn/Staff Photographer Rhonda Love of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group stands in front of a hydraulic fracturing site at Marsh Branch and Hampton roads. The group supports a ballot initiative that bans fracking in the city, which will vote on the issue […]

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Entire Climate March Video 400,000 Marchers in 4 Minutes

September 23, 2014
Entire Climate March Video 400,000 Marchers in 4 Minutes

400,000 people, 4 miles, going by a mile a minute . . . see anybody you know ? Look fast.  Bill Huston shot 4 hours of video from Columbus Circle and condensed it into a streaming montage of climate marchers. Bravo Bill

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Environmental Defense Frauds Say Methane “An Exit Ramp Off Carbon Death Train”

September 23, 2014
Environmental Defense Frauds Say Methane "An Exit Ramp Off Carbon Death Train"

Instead of a bridge to nowhere ?  New metaphor, same result: methane is a textbook way to cook a planet.  Methane use has to be curtailed drastically – and replaced with non-carbon sourced fuels. A net increase in carbon fuels is not an inspired way to cool a planet.

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 23

September 23, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 23

Low Oil Prices: Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply? http://ourfiniteworld.com/2014/09/21/low-oil-prices-sign-of-a-debt-bubble-collapse-leading-to-the-end-of-oil-supply/ NJ: Princeton votes to ban fracking throughout town http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/09/live_coverage_princeton_votes_to_ban_fracking_throughout_town.html  Pennsylvania inspectors key to Marcellus regulation http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/09/23/State-inspectors-a-key-to-Marcellus-regulation/stories/201409230013 A day in the life of a longtime DEP inspector http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/09/23/Inspectors-are-key-to-Marcellus-regulation/stories/201409230014 Public hearings are over, so now what for fracking in NC? http://www.carolinapublicpress.org/20535/public-hearings-are-over-so-now-what-for-fracking-in-nc EPA Administrator outlines plan for hydraulic fracturing study http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=c4405eed-c439-4a14-8732-7e1badc0c3c8 MacArthur Delves Deeper into Climate and Fracking http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2014/9/22/macarthur-delves-deeper-into-climate-and-fracking.html Fossil Fuels Get Huge Master Limited Partnership Tax Breaks – “Green” Energy Shut Out http://www.dcbureau.org/201409229967/natural-resources-news-service/multi-billion-dollar-tax-rules-favor-fossil-fuels-hurt-green-energy-competitors.html Texas oil field work proving deadly for employees http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/eagle-ford-energy/article/Texas-oil-field-work-proving-deadly-for-employees-5774386.php LA: DNR grants rare public hearing on fracking permit http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/local/northshore/2014/09/22/dnr-grants-rare-public-hearing-on-fracking-permit-application/16073595/ Australia: Victorian government bans fracking chemical http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/09/22/4092151.htm  

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unHoly Oil Crusade: US Allies Enter 3rd Mideast Oil War

September 22, 2014
unHoly Oil Crusade: US Allies Enter 3rd Mideast Oil War

This time for gas pipelines – as well as oil. The US and its allies (France, the UAE, Saudi, etc.) are entering the gas pipeline war in Syria on the side of the loyal Sunni partisans that have been bankrolled by the gulf states gas pipeline consortium (see below) against the the rogue Sunni partisans (ISIS)  that had been initially bankrolled to fight for the same Sunni gas pipeline. But ISIS’s paymasters in Qatar have  lost control over them, because ISIS has stolen enough Syrian and Iraqi oil fields to sell $3Million a day on the black market to be self-supporting. While the Iraqi army drops their arms and runs away from them. Where is Saddam Hussein now that we need him ? This means that, since the enemy of my enemy is my friend, the US and […]

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The World Daily Fractavist – Sept. 22

September 22, 2014
The World Daily Fractavist - Sept. 22

Drill down on hydrofracking http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/09/22/drill-hydrofracking/15996745/ Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinized http://phys.org/news/2014-09-fracking-environmental-impacts-scrutinised.html LETTER: ‘Shracking’ bid http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/letters/letter-shracking-bid-1-6306177 Learning from the Marcellus to drill the Utica http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/policy-powersource/2014/09/15/Learning-from-the-Marcellus-to-drill-the-Utica/stories/201409150170 Balancing gas pipeline expansion, environmental unease a problem in Pennsylvania http://triblive.com/business/headlines/6757563-74/gas-pipeline-companies Trial and error approach leaves Marcellus Shale wounds ; Drilling regulations come after damages http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/policy-powersource/2014/09/22/Trial-and-error-approach-leaves-Marcellus-Shale-wounds/stories/201409220013 Negative publicity does more damage to Marcellus Shale drilling companies than fines: Shale drillers try to keep problems under the radar http://www.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/09/22/Negative-publicity-does-more-damage-than-fines/stories/201409220014 Worried About Climate Change? Ban Fracking on Federal Lands http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/26322-worried-about-climate-change-ban-fracking-on-federal-lands Scotland: Here’s a taste of rewards for No – mass fracking https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/mel-kelly/here%27s-taste-of-rewards-for-no-mass-fracking Top Pittsburgh emergency response official talks about risks of crude oil trains http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/09/21/top-pittsburgh-emergency-response-official-talks-about-risks-of-crude-oil-trains/

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Hillary Acton, fractavist paymaster, passes away

September 22, 2014
Hillary Acton, fractavist paymaster, passes away

One of the people that I have worked for for the last 7 years, Hillary Acton, who compensated me and other fractavists with shy smiles, gentle hugs and encouraging emails, has passed away. She will be missed. Hillary never missed a meeting or a gathering or a protest. Blues connoisseur, consummate sign maker, the original gentle soul. Take a real hard look at who we have been working for :                       “It seems right that the fracktivist community learned that we lost our Hilary Acton on the same day of the largest climate action march in history. She was the first person in the community to welcome me, and she was a constant inspiration – completely dedicated to justice in all its […]

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Frack Spill du Jour

September 22, 2014
Frack Spill du Jour

Comes from Washington County, Pa via my pal Bob Doonan, aka The Bob: “I got a text Friday night from a friend extremely concerned about a major spill not very far from everyone’s favorite county park: MINGO.       The Ebenezer Covered Bridge in Mingo Creek County Park   Ironically perhaps, one of the spill sites was close to Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, a famous hub for those who fought the federal government over taxes during the Whiskey Rebellion. A brief history lesson:     The Whiskey Rebellion, or Whiskey Insurrection, was a tax protest in the United States beginning in 1791, during the presidency of George Washington. The rebellion was provoked by the imposition of an excise tax on distilled spirits. Although the tax applied to all distilled […]

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Climate Change – The Debate is OVER

September 22, 2014
Climate Change – The Debate is OVER

On Sunday, September 21, 2014 over 400,000 people assembled in New York City for the People’s Climate March. In the run up to the march, news stories estimated number of attendees around 100,000. Within a couple of days before the march, this number was upped to 200,000.  People came on buses, trains, subways, bikes and by foot on the morning of September 21.   We initially heard over 400 buses were expected; by the time we reached the starting point of the march we were hearing over 550 buses were arriving. As the day passed we heard CNN reported that it was impossible to estimate the size of the crowd. Other media conservatively stated tens of thousands.   The largest number has been estimated at over 400,000. How big was the march? […]

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300,000 + NYC CLIMATE MARCHERS !

September 21, 2014
300,000 + NYC CLIMATE MARCHERS !

300,000+ Demand Climate Action Now at Largest Climate March in World History Photos: Climate March, New York City, 9.21.14 Accompanied by drumbeats, wearing costumes and carrying signs, thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Manhattan and other cities around the world on Sunday to urge policy makers to take action on climate change. The crowds of marchers, which included actors Mark Ruffalo and Evangeline Lilly, wound through midtown Manhattan, joined along the way by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, former Vice President Al Gore and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The march was one of a series of events large and small held around the world — organizers said 40,000 marchers took part in an event in London, while a small gathering in Cairo featured 50-foot art […]

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Climate March – WWLD ?

September 20, 2014
Climate March - WWLD ?

What would Luke do ? Or Pete ? Or Woody ?  Or Phil Ochs ?  Outside of a Small Circle of Friends- Phil Ochs – Lyrics Video Outside of a Small Circle of Friends- Phil Ochs – Lyrics… View on www.youtube.com YOU ARE HERE, will take place Saturday at 12:30 at the Graffiti Church, 205 East 7th Street (between Ave. B\&C). Details here:http://saneenergyproject.org/2014/09/14/you-are-here-launches/ The biggest climate action in history starts in less than 24 hours. The centerpiece is a massive rally in New York City timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit. At this meeting, leaders from around the globe could map out agreements and policies that will determine the future of our climate. More than 500 buses of protesters are heading to New York. 29 marching bands will provide the soundtrack. […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 20

September 20, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 20

Is the Shale Revolution a ‘Ponzi Scheme’ or the End of Peak Oil? http://peakoil.com/production/is-the-shale-revolution-a-ponzi-scheme-or-the-end-of-peak-oil Business Love for Cuomo Ends with Fracking: The Governor’s Position in the Middle Has Satisfied No One http://online.wsj.com/articles/business-love-for-new-york-gov-andrew-cuomo-ends-with-fracking-1411176839 Cuomo foes pounce on fracking indecision http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/new-york/2014/09/19/cuomo-fracking-new-york/15902073/ Obama Urged to Plug Methane Leaks to Meet Climate Goal http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-18/obama-urged-to-plug-methane-leaks-to-meet-climate-goal.html Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4e3a6ae0e7fe420c8c277d3a21fd0a9d/apnewsbreak-chevron-meets-shale-drilling-rules Fracking’s woes told at forums http://news.fredericksburg.com/newsdesk/2014/09/19/frackings-woes-told-at-forums/ The curious case of the smallmouth bass http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/09/16/the-curious-case-of-the-smallmouth-bass/ Marcellus shale conference moves from Philly to Pittsburgh http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/09/18/marcellus-shale-conference-moves-from-philly-to-pittsburgh/ PRESSURE BUILDING http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20140919-pressure-building.ece With 38% of Global Shale Gas Located in Regions of Water Stress, More Oversight of Fracking is Urgently Needed http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-09-19/with-38-of-global-shale-gas-located-in-regions-of-water-stress-more-oversight-of-fracking-is-urgently-needed

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Shale Fracking Is a “Ponzi Scheme”…“This Decade’s Version of The Dotcom Bubble” … “A Lot In Common With the Subprime Mortgage”

September 20, 2014
Shale Fracking Is a “Ponzi Scheme”...“This Decade’s Version of The Dotcom Bubble” … “A Lot In Common With the Subprime Mortgage"

In 2011, the New York Times wrote: “Money is pouring in” from investors even though shale gas is “inherently unprofitable,” an analyst from PNC Wealth Management, an investment company,  wrote to a contractor in a February e-mail. “Reminds you of dot-coms.”   “The word in the world of independents is that the shale plays are just giant Ponzi schemes and the economics just do not work,” an analyst from IHS Drilling Data, an energy research company,  wrote in an e-mail on Aug. 28, 2009.   ***   “And now these corporate giants are having an Enron moment,” a retired geologist from a major oil and gas company  wrote in a February e-mail about other companies invested in shale gas.   ***   Deborah Rogers, a member of the advisory committee […]

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Daily Frack Job – Sept 19th

September 19, 2014
Daily Frack Job - Sept 19th

Cuomo: I Won’t Decide on Fracking Before the Election http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/966399-cuomo-i-wont-decide-on-fracking-before-the-election/ Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate outside Cuomo fundraiser http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/09/17/anti-fracking-protestors-protest-outside-cuomo-fundraiser/15806863/ Astorino pitches (and chides) Business Council http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/09/8552918/astorino-pitches-and-chides-business-council Brooklyn panel to focus on effects of fracking http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014/9/18/brooklyn-panel-focus-effects-fracking Auburn reinstates ban on accepting gas drilling wastewater http://auburnpub.com/news/local/auburn-reinstates-ban-on-accepting-gas-drilling-wastewater/article_32b7c87a-c19e-501c-be06-1361f35fbff4.html H-word by Collins has expats groaning http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/washington-politics/h-word-by-collins-has-expats-groaning-20140918 Alex Beauchamp: How fracking contributes to climate change http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/how-fracking-contributes-to-climate-change-alex-beauchamp-1.9347598 Al Gore: Fracking Won’t Solve Our Climate Crisis http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/al-gore-climate-obama-clinton Alec Baldwin, passionate about green energy, speaks out against fracking http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/09/alec_baldwin_green_energy_fracking_renewables.html Ohio: Lawmaker action with hydraulic fracturing http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/sep/17/lawmaker-updates-on-hydraulic-fracturing/ PA families struggle with gas drilling pollution http://www.abc27.com/story/26566266/pa-families-struggle-with-gas-drilling-pollution NM: Fighting the Fracking Barons http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/25910-fighting-the-fracking-barons Senate Bill Would Speed Permits for Pipelines Like Keystone XL http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20140917/senate-bill-would-speed-permits-pipelines-keystone-xl BP Ask Texas Supreme Court for Ruling That Would Cut Spill Costs http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20140917/bp-ask-texas-supreme-court-ruling-would-cut-spill-costs Companies Warn Investors Climate Change Threatens Their […]

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Cuomo Vows to Remain Undecided on Fracking

September 19, 2014
Cuomo Vows to Remain Undecided on Fracking

At least he’s consistently inconsistent Cuomo: I Won’t Decide on Fracking Before the Election By Jonathan Zhou, The Epoch Times | September 18, 2014 Last Updated: September 18, 2014 7:04 pm Anti-fracking activists protest across the street from the Plaza Hotel, where Cuomo was hosting a campaign event and luncheon in Midtown Manhattan, N.Y., on Monday, September 18, 2014. (Jonathan Zhou/Epoch Times) NEW YORK—Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated Thursday that he would not make a decision on fracking before the election, again rebuking activists who have repeatedly entreated the governor to ban fracking. “No, there won’t be,” Cuomo told reporters at a press event at the Plaza Hotel, on whether he would make a decision about extending the state’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing before Nov. 7. New York instituted a nonstatutory ban […]

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No Frack Filth in Auburn, New York

September 19, 2014
No Frack Filth in Auburn, New York

Auburn, New York reaffirms its desire to not be slathered in frack goo Auburn Reinstates Frack Waste Ban Print Email 3 hours ago  •  Greg Mason | greg.mason@lee.net (0) Comments AUBURN | For the second time in four years, Auburn officials have banned the city’s waste water treatment plant from accepting water produced as a byproduct of natural gas drilling. Members of the Auburn City Council re-instituted the ban during Thursday night’s meeting by a 4-1 vote. The results were met with a round of applause from a handful of spectators at Auburn City Hall. Two people, one from Syracuse and another from Aurora, requested the ban’s approval during the public portion of Thursday’s meeting. A moratorium was originally instituted in 2011, prohibiting the city from accepting any water produced […]

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Shocking Discovery: Frack Disposal Wells Caused New Mexico Frackquakes

September 18, 2014
Shocking Discovery: Frack Disposal Wells Caused New Mexico Frackquakes

Yawn. It wasn’t the UFOs this time.  Which begs the question: When are the fracking frackers going to be held liable for all this ?    Induced Earthquake Sequence in the Raton Basin of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado by Justin L. Rubinstein, William L. Ellsworth, Arthur McGarr, and Harley M. Benz Abstract We investigate the ongoing seismicity in the Raton Basin and find that the deep injection of wastewater from the coal-bed methane field is responsible for inducing the majority of the seismicity since 2001. Many lines of evidence indicate that this earthquake sequence was induced by wastewater injection. First, there was a marked increase in seismicity shortly after major fluid injection began in the Raton Basin in 1999. From 1972 through July 2001, there was one M […]

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deRange Resources Fined $4.5Million

September 18, 2014
deRange Resources Fined $4.5Million

For trashing water in Pennsylvania. Which is their specialty in Texas. . . DEP Fines Range Resources $4.15 Million for Violating Environmental Regulations Consent order and agreement will close five Washington County impoundments PITTSBURGH — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has signed a wide-ranging consent order and agreement with Range Resources for violations at six of its Washington County impoundments. The consent order requires the company to pay a $4.15 million fine, the largest against an oil and gas operator in the state’s shale drilling era, close five impoundments and upgrade two other impoundments to meet heightened “next generation” standards currently under development at DEP. “This action reaffirms the administration’s unwavering commitment to protecting Pennsylvania’s soil and water resources,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “This […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 18

September 18, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 18

      If Natural Gas Wells Used In Fracking Are Contaminating Water, Why Isn’t Fracking To Blame? http://wunc.org/post/if-natural-gas-wells-used-fracking-are-contaminating-water-why-isn-t-fracking-blame Chevron meets higher drilling standards http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20140918/NEWS04/140919471#.VBrTvvldWk8 Kinder Morgan signals flexibility on gas pipeline route in Berkshires, elsewhere http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_26553398/at-berkshire-meeting-kinder-morgan-signals-flexibility-gas Putting a cap on water loss http://newsok.com/putting-a-cap-on-water-loss/article/5342729 Elizabeth mayor says state won’t ban fracking so towns, counties should http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2014/09/elizabeth_mayor_says_state_wont_ban_fracking_so_towns_counties_should.html Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/6758466-74/wpx-company-contaminated#axzz3DWM2cg3z Fracking Bans Enrage Coloradans Sitting on Energy Riches http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-17/fracking-bans-enrage-coloradans-sitting-on-energy-riches.html Mixed news on Colorado drilling boom http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_26554298/mixed-news-colorado-drilling-boom Editorial: New report sheds light on fracking pollution http://www.record-eagle.com/opinion/editorials/article_f971628e-dd85-5ab1-b76c-f7561a56a72f.html What’s Pa. hiding on fracking contamination? http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2014/09/whats_pa_hiding_on_fracking_co.html Will China’s great fracking leap help it wean off coal? http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/18/china-fracking-leap-coal      

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NYC Climate March Weekend !

September 18, 2014
NYC Climate March Weekend !

  Click image for the MTA website Thursday September 18th Ban Fracking Rally outside “Women for Cuomo” event 11:30am – 1:00pm The Plaza Hotel Fifth Avenue at Central Park South Thursday September 18th 7pm-9pm voices from around the US and Latin America to speak about first hand accounts of impacts from hydraulic fracking. MayDay / PCM Arts Space 214 Starr Street Brooklyn, NY Friday September 19th 12:00pm – 5:45pm Join Rainforest Action Network and other activists like you for an afternoon of workshops on corporate campaigning, creative actions, and RAN’s campaigns to fight climate change. The Commons Brooklyn 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217 Friday, September 19th 6:00pm – 9:30pm Happy Hour for Hellraisers The Commons 388 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217 Friday, September 19th & Sat 20th Tar Sands Bloc Art Build: “We won’t stop […]

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Fracking the Homeless in North Carolina

September 18, 2014
Fracking the Homeless in North Carolina

Frackers subsidize supporters to come to frack rallys – free bus rides, free T shirts, free pizzas – but now they are paying the homeless to pretend to be pro-fracking at hearings.  THAT’S FRACKED UP! Need a Fracking Supporter in North Carolina ? Pay a homeless person. By Eve Andrews 16 Sep 2014 5:32 PM    4 comments 115 shares SHARE In bizarre energy industry news of the day, the North Carolina Energy Coalition, a pro-fracking front group, brought in homeless men to stand in as fracking supporters at a state hearing on developing fracking operations in the state.The men were bussed 200 miles from Winston-Salem to Cullowhee, N.C., where the hearing took place, for the day.From Asheville’s Citizen-Times: “They were clueless,” said Bettie “Betsy” Ashby, a member of the Jackson […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 17

September 17, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 17

 Future of Fracking Will Influence November Election for Governor http://wxxinews.org/post/future-fracking-will-influence-november-election-governor Who will monitor the environmental fallout from fracking? http://mg.co.za/article/2014-09-17-who-will-monitor-the-environmental-fallout-from-fracking Town enacts moratorium on fracking-related activities http://poststar.com/news/local/town-enacts-moratorium-on-fracking-related-activities/article_ab88f784-3d31-11e4-94ad-fff6f4c947f9.html Mark Ruffalo calls on Obama to ban fracking ahead of UN climate summit http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/16/mark-ruffalo-obama-ban-fracking-shale-gas-un-summit Experts Call on Obama to Ban Fracking in Lead Up to People’s Climate March http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/16/obama-ban-fracking-climate-change ‘This Changes Everything’ Including the Anti-Fracking Movement http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/15/naomi-klein-this-changes-everything-fracking 5 common worries when fracking comes to town http://www.futurity.org/fracking-public-health-765362/   NJ: Fair Lawn to consider 3-year moratorium on fracking http://www.northjersey.com/news/fair-lawn-to-consider-3-year-moratorium-on-fracking-1.1089322   Scientists Find ‘Direct Link’ Between Earthquakes And Process Used For Oil And Gas Drilling http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/16/3568090/direct-link-between-earthquakes-and-fracking-process/ Gas Production Blamed for Rise in Colorado , New Mexico Earthquakes http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20140916/gas-production-blamed-rise-colorado-new-mexico-earthquakes  Keystone XL Operator Seeks South Dakota Approval http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20140916/keystone-xl-operator-seeks-south-dakota-approval Meet the Frackers: Right-Wing Billionaire Brothers’ Biblical Ambitions http://www.alternet.org/meet-frackers-right-wing-billionaire-brothers-biblical-ambitions How First Nations in […]

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100% Renewable the Old Fashioned Way: Hydro

September 17, 2014
100% Renewable the Old Fashioned Way: Hydro

Saw this story about another town – Burlington, Vt. – going 100% renewable. But not with solar or wind, but the old fashioned New England way – with water power, hydro. New York and Pennsylvania have more untapped hydro than any other states – in the valleys of the Mohawk, Hudson, Delaware and Susquehanna – enough to power the entire states. What’s lacking is the political will to tap those sources. There are no fat checks from hydro lobbyists. Burlington will be enjoying clean renewable energy long after the last shale well is fracked in Pennsylvania. And long after the last oil war is fought in the Mideast. Bravo Burlington. BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 […]

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Essential Resources to Fight Fracking

September 16, 2014
Essential Resources to Fight Fracking

  Friends, if you want a series of booklets to give to legislators or anyone to help them understand the reason and necessity for a ban, Our criteria are that these sources should be Compelling stories, good science, good journalism Peer reviewed (if appropriate) and sourced/footnoted, mainstream sources Any one of these could stand-alone as the ONE source you could give someone. Extra credit for beautiful presentation. Available free online in PDF form. I recommend the following as the BEST of the Best! Some can be purchased as color, bound editions. 1: Food and Water Watch’s: The URGENT case for a ban on fracking: Summary of all the reasons why fracking is inherently toxic, cannot be regulated, and therefore must be banned. Extra credit for beautiful presentation. http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/the-urgent-case-for-a-ban-on-fracking/ 2: PACWA’s […]

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Roof Top Solar Update – As Cheap As Grid in 11 States Already

September 16, 2014
Roof Top Solar Update - As Cheap As Grid in 11 States Already

MON SEP 15, 2014 AT 11:30 AM PDT Rooftop solar energy will reach or exceed grid parity in more than half of states by 2017, says UCS 109 Comments / 109 New Mike Jacobs, senior energy analyst of the Union of Concerned Scientist’s Climate and Energy Program, alerts us to the good news of solar energy grid parity in his article How Much Does Rooftop Solar Power Cost? Grid Parity Here or Coming in More Than Half of U.S. States.Even without considering state incentives, UCS estimates that with federal tax credits and financing, rooftop solar energy generation has already reached grid parity in 11 states, including many in the northeast, due to higher-than-average electricity rates. UCS estimates that with rapid declines in the cost of panels and installations, homes in […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 16

September 16, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 16

Thursday’s rally outside one of Governor Cuomo’s events in Manhattan . WHAT: Rally to Ban Fracking outside the “Women for Cuomo” fundraising event WHERE: The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Avenue , Manhattan DATE: Thursday, September 18 TIME: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm   North country residents sound off on oil train traffic http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2014-09-15-89199.113122-North-country-residents-sound-off-on-oil-train-traffic.html   DEC still taking comments on Albany oil train project http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2014-09-15-89197.113122-DEC-still-taking-comments-on-Albany-oil-train-project.html   Talk in Beacon will look at fracking http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2014/09/15/tom-wilber-fracking-talk/15694073/   Tell the EPA: Require Disclosure of Dangerous Fracking Chemicals http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mmcfeeley/tell_the_epa_require_disclosur.html   PA: Election 2014 Natural Gas Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/election-2014-natural-gas-drilling   CO: Frustration Over Fracking Could Play Role In November Elections http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/09/15/fracking-november-elections    Texas: Traffic deaths in the booming Permian Basin rose 50 percent http://bakken.com/news/id/221248/traffic-deaths-booming-permian-basin-rose-50-percent/   Could EPA’s Power Plant Proposal Fast-Track Natural Gas Pipeline Projects? http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20140915/could-epas-power-plant-proposal-fast-track-natural-gas-pipeline-projects   […]

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Texas Frack Regulators Claim Russians Behind Anti-Fracking Movement

September 16, 2014
Texas Frack Regulators Claim Russians Behind Anti-Fracking Movement

Calls on Exxon Chairman to “come clean about who put him up to protesting a frack water operation in his backyard. That stunt had KGB written all over it,” the irate bureaucrat fumed. “Who else would be behind that sort of psy-ops  tomfoolery but the Russians ?” Frack Regulators Target Russian “Outside Agitators” by JIM MALEWITZ, The Texas Tribune Sep 10, 2014   The Railroad Commission of Texas is talking an awful lot about Russia this summer.  Commissioner David Porter on Monday become the second of the state’s three oil and gas regulators to raise concerns that Russia, looking to bolster its share of the global natural gas market, is waging a misinformation campaign against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — the method of blasting apart shale to free up oil and natural gas. Russia is […]

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The Fracking News – Monday PM Special Edition

September 15, 2014
The Fracking News - Monday PM Special Edition

New anti-fracking committee meets Tuesday in Penn Yan http://www.fairport-erpost.com/article/20140915/NEWS/140919784 Texas drinking water tainted by natural gas operations, scientists find http://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/20140915-texas-drinking-water-tainted-by-natural-gas-operations-scientists-find.ece Drillers, But Not Fracking, Tied to Tainted Water, Study Shows http://keranews.org/post/drillers-not-fracking-tied-tainted-water-study-shows Fracking or Drinking Water? That May Become the Choice http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/fracking-or-drinking-water-may-become-choice-n202231 President Obama has a huge gas problem http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/12/obama-climate-methane.html Lawmakers Say State Needs More Disposal Well Field Inspectors http://www.newson6.com/story/26529395/lawmakers-say-state-needs-more-disposal-well-field-inspectors Shaking from injection-induced earthquakes http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/shaking-from-injection-induced-earthquakes Bad news for fracked gas in Vermont http://vtdigger.org/2014/09/14/paul-burns-bad-news-fracked-gas-vermont/ Accident shuts down natural-gas pipeline off Louisiana coast http://theadvocate.com/news/10277515-123/accident-shuts-down-natural-gas-pipeline Royalty Owners Haul Exxon Subsidiary XTO to Court Over Royalties http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/100778/royalty-owners-haul-exxon-subsidiary-xto-to-court-over-royalties Solar in Oil Drilling: Beat Them or Join Them? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-14/solar-oil-drilling-beat-them-or-join-them

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New Study Confirms Every Other Study: Shale Gas Wells Leak . . . Gas !

September 15, 2014
New Study Confirms Every Other Study: Shale Gas Wells Leak . . . Gas !

Right up the well bore itself – on the outside of the steel casing and on the outside of the cement sheath. Because the well bore is nothing but a enormous hole in the ground – that opens a pathway through every gas bearing formation that it encounters on the way to the target. And horizontal shale gas wells are ten times more likely to leak than vertical gas wells -because the well bore is that much wider and longer. What a surprise ! Who would have guessed ? Some of the usual hair-splitting about whether the gas came from the target shale formation – or another gas bearing strata. Who the frack cares which geological epoch it came from ? The well bores leak. Over time, all of them will […]

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What’s Your Choice, NY?

September 15, 2014
What's Your Choice, NY?

Here’s a quick summary of your present choices for Governor in NY:   1: The Fracker 2: The Fence Sitter 3: Howie REMEMBER: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different result. Choose wisely.  

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Zephyr to Cuomo: Frack You

September 15, 2014
Zephyr to Cuomo: Frack You

 http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/zephyr-teachout-mulling-andrew-cuomo-endorsement-opposes-fracking-article-1.1938274 Zephyr Mulling Cuomo Endorsement if he Opposes Fracking Zephyr says that the Governor will only get her Thumbs Up if he opposes fracking BY Ginger Adams Otis NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, September 12, 2014, 11:49 PM Bryan Pace/for New York Daily News Zephyr Teachout might endorse Andrew Cuomo, if he decides to oppose fracking. Democratic gubernatorial challenger Zephyr Teachout didn’t succeed in unseating the incumbent in this week’s primary, but she still hopes to make an impact in the November election. The law professor who had hoped to become New York’s first female governor said Friday her endorsement in the general election will depend on several issues: fracking, school funding, and supporting other Democratic candidates. Teachout, 42, a Fordham professor, told the Associated Press Gov. Andrew Cuomo will only […]

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You Are Here, New York — 1 week until launch !

September 15, 2014
You Are Here, New York -- 1 week until launch !

| Isn’t it great that NY is frack free! … don’t be so sure about that… For nearly 2 years an ad hoc group of grassroots activists around the state have been working on mapping how shale gas drilling is already impacting NY despite the de facto moratorium. That project is called YOU ARE HERE ! We will be launching this project on Sept 20th, on Saturday just before the big People’s Climate March in NYC. Soon after that, we will be showing YOU the map. If you can make it to NYC, join this event. Otherwise, be sure to LIKE this Facebook page to get updates, or just stay tuned right here to NFW If you are going to be in NYC on the day before the People’s Climate March : […]

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Would the Real Fracker Please Stand Up

September 14, 2014
Would the Real Fracker Please Stand Up

New DoubleSpeak ad from a politician running like crazy-legs away from his pro-fracking record. New ad features incumbent Chris Gibson – who has been on the federal payroll his entire adult life, never created any jobs anywhere,  never funded any companies, but who moved back to his birthplace solely to run for Congress as a “tea party” Republican. Now poses in front of a picture of barn (where he never worked). As if he’s anti-fracking.  Contrasted with a picture of his opponent, local businessman Sean Eldridge, who actually invests to creates jobs in his local district – (including local companies in the food business that buy from farmers with red barns) in front of some pump jacks (which are used on conventional oil wells, not shale gas wells). Ostensibly because Eldridge owns […]

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Fracking Losers: Local Government

September 14, 2014
Fracking Losers: Local Government

From John Trallo – Q: Do you know why pipeline companies would rather install pipelines on private property as opposed to state or federal land?  A: Because they would have to pay annually to have a pipeline on state or federal land and they can get away with a pennies-on-the-dollar one-time payment on private land using the power of eminent domain as leverage. Q: Do you know why the US government is permitting more LNG export facilities and allowing US natural gas to be exported to China and South America where the price is four to five times the US price? A: Because the US government gets an excise tax on all exported oil and gas.   Q:  Why is Pennsylvania the only major oil & gas produa bribe is […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 13

September 13, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 13

  Andrew Cuomo’s problems with the left exposed in New York’s Democratic primary http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/andrew_cuomos_problems_with_the_left_exposed_in_new_yorks_democratic_primary.html Will U.S. Oil Exports Grease The Path To Economic Growth? http://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2014/09/12/will-u-s-oil-experts-grease-the-path-to-economic-growth/?ss=energy Large crowd turns thumbs down on fracking rules http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/09/12/large-crowd-turns-thumbs-fracking-rules/15539353/ How The New York Times Overhyped The Benefits Of Fracking http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/11/ohio-fracking-job-boom_n_5804676.html  EIA: Natural gas storage deficit to 5-year average is narrowing http://www.ogj.com/articles/2014/09/eia-natural-gas-storage-deficit-to-5-year-average-is-narrowing.html Statoil expanding project that captures flare gas in North Dakota http://www.ogj.com/articles/2014/09/statoil-expanding-project-that-captures-flare-gas-in-north-dakota.html A Bill to Regulate Oil Refineries Also Threatens Public Access Rights http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-scheer/a-bill-to-regulate-oil-re_b_5812690.html We Thought It Was Safe http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-couzens/when-your-surroundings-se_b_5812682.html  Opponents slam Enbridge’s plans to expand flow of oil sands crude into U.S. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/opponents-slam-enbridges-plans-to-expand-flow-of-oil-sands-crude-into-us/article20591592/   Coast Guard says it’s not prepared for Great Lakes oil spill http://www.soundingsonline.com/news/todays-top-stories/292659-coast-guard-says-its-not-prepared-for-great-lakes-oil-spill  

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Stanford Frack Study

September 12, 2014
Stanford Frack Study

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/september/fracking-costs-benefits-091214.html Stanford Report, September 12, 2014 Stanford Study Assesses Environmental Costs of Fracking Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. We can do better, the authors say. By Mark Golden Robert Jackson Fracking operations at a well pad near a farm over the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania. A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing put trillions of dollars’ worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity’s grasp. The environmental costs – and benefits – from “fracking,” which requires blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations, are the […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 12

September 12, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 12

Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/september/fracking-costs-benefits-091214.html Inside the Halls of Government, Gas Industry Makes its Pitch http://www.alleghenyfront.org/story/inside-halls-government-gas-industry-makes-its-pitch How Obama Became the Oil President http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/how-obama-became-oil-president-gas-fracking-drill Evidence mounting to suggest earthquakes are man made http://kfor.com/2014/09/11/evidence-mounting-to-suggest-earthquakes-are-man-made/ Fracking and Earthquakes: The Risk Is Clear. Who Pays Is Not  http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/09/12/fracking-earthquakes-risk-is-clear-who-pays-is-not/ Michigan landowners say they were cheated, energy company disagrees, court to decide http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-landowners-say-they-were-cheated-energy-company-disagrees-court-decide Yale study shows potential link between health ailments, gas wells http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20140911/NEWS01/140919876#.VBJxMufjLog Fracking or drinking water? That may become the choice http://www.cnbc.com/id/101989915?trknav=homestack:topnews:9\ No drilling in Hartwick Pines, state decides http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140912/NEWS01/140919941/no-drilling-in-hartwick-pines-state-decides New research: Gas development might impact forest birds http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-research-gas-development-might-impact-forest-birds-1.1751761

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Flowback Greenwash: Frackademics Peer Review Frackademics

September 12, 2014
Flowback Greenwash: Frackademics Peer Review Frackademics

Shale fracking is a textbook way to introduce contaminated water into the biosphere. Billions of gallons of it. Most of the contaminated water – residual frack fluid and frack flowback comes back to the surface, where it ends up contaminated surface water or is re-injected to cause frackquakes. Of the frack water left in the formation, a new paper addresses the likelihood of it getting back into the water supply. A new paper looks into the mechanisms for frack water to stay in the ground. But since most of the frack water comes back to the surface, focusing on the fluid left in the formation ignores the majority of the problem. It is an elaborate shell game, a distraction. The paper was authored by 400 Tcf Terry Engelder and Lawrence Cathies, […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 11

September 11, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 11

  Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/11/news/nation/fracking-workers-exposed-to-dangerous-amounts-of-benzene-study-says/?ref=latest Yale, Penn State studies offer conflicting views of fracking http://triblive.com/business/headlines/6772348-74/health-state-studies#axzz3CyNt58r5 Why Energy Efficiency Is The Most Important Fuel We Didn’t Know We Had http://www.globalpossibilities.org/why-energy-efficiency-is-the-most-important-fuel-we-didnt-know-we-had/ Crude Oil, Natural Gas Vulnerable As Supply Glut Concerns Persist http://www.dailyfx.com/forex/fundamental/daily_briefing/daily_pieces/commodities/2014/09/11/Crude-Oil-Natural-Gas-Vulnerable-As-Supply-Glut-Concerns-Persist.html Chomsky: U.S. Plunges the Cradle of Civilization into Disaster, While Its Oil-Based Empire Destroys the Earth’s Climate http://www.alternet.org/world/chomsky-americas-obsession-destroys-earths-climate  Texas: When fracking and free speech collide http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/9/fracking-free-speech.html Railroad Commissioner Targets a Russian Threat http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/25739551/article-Railroad-Commissioner-Targets-a-Russian-Threat?instance=home_news_bullets  VA: McAuliffe: No fracking in GW National Forest http://www.timesdispatch.com/ap/state/mcauliffe-no-fracking-in-gw-national-forest/article_6cd8a7dc-f295-5046-90c5-39083ebf32ca.html Goldman Sachs Warns Investors to Avoid Oil-By-Rail, While Investing in Oil-By-Rail http://www.alternet.org/environment/goldman-sachs-warns-investors-avoid-oil-rail-while-investing-oil-rail CA: How Fracking is Affecting Real Californians’ Lives http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dnagami/videos_how_fracking_is_affecti.html

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Amazing Discovery – Living in a Gas Field Can Make You Sick

September 11, 2014
Amazing Discovery - Living in a Gas Field Can Make You Sick

Doubles risk of lung cancer. Shazam ! This comes as no surprise to Wilma Subra. Or anyone that has lived within ear shot of frack field. No one choses to live in the midst of an oil or gas field. Traditionally, the only people that did were the pumpers  – the hands that looked after the wells. If their families lived with them, they got sick. It went with the job. They got paid to live in a gas field.  That was before shale fields started sprouting up in inhabited areas.  Then they got sick, and they did not work for the oil & gas operator. The frackers have known this is a problem from the outset – hence the Halliburton Loophole, the payoffs to politicians, Pennsylvania’s Act 13 to […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 10

September 10, 2014
The Daily Frack -  Sept. 10

    Yale study: Health problems found in people living near fracking wells http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140910/yale-study-health-problems-found-in-people-living-near-fracking-wells People near ‘fracking’ wells report health woes http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/10/people-near-fracking-wells-health-symptoms/15337797/ Groundbreaking Study Finds Six Chemicals in Fracking Wastewater at Levels Unsafe to Drink http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/08/fracking-wastewater-study/ How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/hillary-clinton-fracking-shale-state-department-chevron  DEP releases updated details on water contamination near drilling sites http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/policy-powersource/2014/09/09/DEP-releases-details-on-water-contamination/stories/201409090010    House hearing examines volatility of Bakken crude oil http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/2014/09/09/house-hearing-examines-volatility-bakken-crude-oil/15372377/ Lawmaker: Regulators’ Oil-Train Safety Push Could Be Climate-Change Policy in Disguise http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/lawmaker-regulators-oil-train-safety-push-could-be-climate-change-policy-in-disguise-20140909  Hydrofracking to be allowed in Washington County, Va. http://www.wcyb.com/news/hydrofracking-to-be-allowed-in-washington-county-va/27966322  Activists want Columbus to have environmental ‘bill of rights’ http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/09/10/anti-pollution-activists-want-bill-of-rights-for-city.html  Former Obama Aide Summers Calls for End of Oil Export Ban http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-10/former-obama-aide-summers-calls-for-end-of-oil-export-ban.html  

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Cuomo’s Fracking Problem(s)

September 10, 2014
Cuomo's Fracking Problem(s)

Cuomo: No ‘emotional’ fracking decisions ALBANY —Moments after casting his primary ballot this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will not make an “emotional decision” on fracking. “You can have academics and scientists with research stand up and argue passionately pro, and you have them arguing passionately against, so it is a complex issue,” he told reporters. “But I want to do it on the science and not the politics.” Cuomo’s primary opponent, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout, has said she would ban fracking on her first day as governor. Cuomo has put off making a decision on the state’s moratorium on fracking, which is now six years old, citing ongoing studies of the health impacts of fracking. Cuomo said anti-fracking protesters were the most prevalent protest group in […]

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Fractavist Landslide: Teachout/ Wu Win 30 Upstate Counties and 34% of Vote

September 10, 2014
Fractavist Landslide: Teachout/ Wu Win 30 Upstate Counties and 34% of Vote

Fractavists send Cuomo a message Don’t frack with Upstate. Here’s the map from the NYT.  It’s actually very telling – Cuomo won mostly the cities, plus western NY hence most of the votes.  But Teachout/Wu won all of the Hudson valley, the Adirondacks, Catskills and Finger Lakes by fractavist landslides  – and clearly won the hearts and minds of most of Upstate and Central and Finger Lakes NY.  If you go to the map on the NYT site and mouse over the Southern Tier, Central and Upstate counties that are blue you’ll see that Cuomo barely won in those regions –  very thin margins, especially when you count Credico’s progressive votes as well – in some instances Teachout + Credico were > 50%.  This map should send a very strong message that Upstate […]

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Frackbook Sept 8 Zephyr Frackout Voting Day

September 9, 2014
Frackbook Sept 8 Zephyr Frackout Voting Day

A loud insurrection on his left complicates N.Y. … He legalized same-sex marriage, signed some of the nation’s toughest gun-control laws and funded universal pre-kindergarten education. As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo campaigns for reelection here, his record bears many hallmarks of a true progressive. But his opponent in Tuesday’s Democratic primary questions whether Cuomo belongs in the Democratic Party at all. She says the governor is more attuned to the wants of his millionaire Wall Street and real-estate-tycoon campaign donors than to the problems of inequality. Suffolk Closeup: Teachout speaks out … Zephyr Teachout’s Facebook page) Zephyr Teachout is challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo in a primary this coming Tuesday to decide who will be the Democratic nominee for governor. She is an… The obscene Corbett communications you should car… … […]

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Fracking the Citizens United Decision

September 9, 2014
Fracking the Citizens United Decision

The Senate just voted to advance a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. For the first time in history, every single senator will be forced to say—on the record—whether or not they think money is speech. This is momentous. It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It’s nothing short of amazing that Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans didn’t block this bill entirely—as they’ve done with nearly every other priority issue of most Americans, like the minimum wage and student debt. We’ve built enough grassroots pressure that they couldn’t squash this. McConnell is trying to make lemonade out of this—he claims that he welcomes the debate. But 80 percent of American oppose Citizens United. Even 72 percent of Republicans think the Supreme Court got it wrong. So now, it’s on. The Senate will debate money […]

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The Best Governor That Money Can Buy

September 8, 2014
The Best Governor That Money Can Buy

Is of course Corbett of Pennsylvania. But Cuomo is not far behind, as The Bruce points out  . . . June 2012 Cuomo floats the idea of permitting fracking in several Southern Tier counties July 2012 The governor suggests home rule bans and moratoria can be overturned if they interfere with fracking: “You could override local government, or you could say ‘Well we’re going to respect home rule if it coincident with the obvious and necessary ramp up period anyway.’” February 2013 The DEC fails to promulgate fracking regulations in time to meet a statutory deadline. October 2013 The DEC issues the industry’s draft regulations that would permit the construction of unspecified LNG facilities in NYS. January 2014 NSERDA issues a draft state Energy Plan that relies heavily on fracked […]

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Fracking News Sept 6 & 7

September 7, 2014
Fracking News Sept 6 & 7

DRBC under new leader Almost a month into his new job, the Delaware River Basin Commission’s top regulator says he’s still in the “listening and learning mode.” Steven Tambini left his role as vice president of operations… New gas pipeline in works for Luzerne A new route to transport natural gas from Northeastern Pennsylvania wells is in the pipeline. The Williams Companies’ Transco interstate natural gas pipeline, constructed in the 1950s, is undergoing… Water testing cannot explain dirty well water for… AUBURN TWP. — Nestled in an isolated rural Susquehanna County town, Kane has watched natural gas development unfurl into a boom since 2008. There are six well pads within walking distance from her doorstep where she lives with her longtime partner, Kenny Macialek, in the home he bought in […]

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Pennsyvlania Residents Challenge “Frack You” Zoning Variances

September 6, 2014
Pennsyvlania Residents Challenge "Frack You" Zoning Variances

More Pennsylvania residents are waking up to the fact that local land use laws are designed to keep residents from being fracked out of their houses. And that town boards cannot willy nilly grant variances to frackers to frack neighborhoods. Residents Challenge Frack Zoning Amendment by Emily Petsko Staff writer epetsko@observer-reporter.com Published Sep 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm (Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm) Make text smaller Make text larger McDONALD – Six Robinson Township residents are challenging the validity of the township’s zoning amendment, passed last month, which opened up more areas to drilling companies. The challenge, filed Thursday with the township, will require Robinson’s zoning hearing board to review the validity of the amendment and make a determination. If the hearing board rules against the residents, they […]

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 5

September 5, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 5

  Still too early to say OK to fracking. We find ourselves in no rush to join North Dakota, Texas, Pennsylvania and other states that have to deal with fracking’s uncertain effects on health, the economy and the environment. Oneonta Daily Star, New York. Editorial, 5 September 2014.   Drilling damages water in four Pulaski wells. Four private water supplies in Pennsylvania’s Pulaski Township are among 243 statewide, damaged by gas and oil drilling. New Castle Record, Pennsylvania. 5 September 2014.   5 things to know about gas boom and polluted water The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released details on 243 cases in which regulators determined that oil and gas drilling polluted or diminished private water supplies. The…      Semirural neighborhood becomes Marcellus Shale zoning battleground. A semirural […]

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Frackos Turn Paranoid

September 5, 2014
When the Going Gets Tough, the Frackos Turn Paranoid

Having struck out on Home Rule at the Supremes, and at trial on their fracking publicity stunt against the NYS DEC, the New York Fracking Chickenhawks or just plain Disjointed Landowners Coalition are now trying to milk money out of dairy farmers so that they can pay some Shale Shysters to file yet another frivolous fracking publicity stunt lawsuit against . . . .well somebody – they’re a bit fuzzy on that part. Here’s the latest sales pitch – the entire grassroots anti-fracking movement in New York is master-minded and paid for a few “green billionaires” Or maybe the Russians. Or the Saudis. Or all of the above. So now the Disjointed Landowners (and their Sugar Daddies, the Koch Brothers) have to “fight back” – by first hitting dairy farmers up for more dough […]

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Teachout Reachout

September 4, 2014
Teachout Reachout

From Carole Marner : Video of Zephyr Teachout’s Oneonta presentation last week.  Note:  Teachout’s talk begins about 7 minutes into the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l0qde2ldNo&feature=em-share_video_userIf you prefer to read what she has written, you can see the breadth of her knowledge and her interests in a series of  articles she has posted on Huffington Post since 2007. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zephyr-teachout/Ironically, The New York Times’ reason for not endorsing her is “because she has not shown the breadth of interests and experience needed to govern a big and diverse state”, is proven false by the variety of topics in the Huffington Post articles, as is their reason for not endorsing Cuomo : “because he broke his most important promise”.  Actually, the Times’ editors then go on to give a damning list of reasons why Cuomo under […]

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The Daily Frack- Sept. 4

September 4, 2014
The Daily Frack- Sept. 4

Fracking views separate candidates for governor. Democratic candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout said Wednesday she would ban gas drilling because it threatens the environment. Republican Rob Astorino would promote it to boost jobs. Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, after three years of consideration, hasn’t made up his mind. New York Newsday, New York. 4 September 2014. Zephyr Teachout, Tim Wu slam de Blasio for endors… REUTERS’ – Avengers’ actor Mark Ruffalo (left) endorses New York State democratic governor candidate Zephyr Teachout (center) and lieutenant governor hopeful Tim Wu (right) during a… Residents beat gas company in Lycoming County zon… Some Lycoming County residents prevailed in a zoning fight with a gas company, one of the first such battles since the Supreme Court overthrew portions of the state’s oil and gas […]

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Second Rule of Frack Club: When the Fracking Wells Run Dry, Shut the Frack Up

September 4, 2014
Second Rule of Frack Club: When the Fracking Wells Run Dry, Shut the Frack Up

Shale is literally the bottom of the hydrocarbon barrel – the source rock for all conventional oil and gas reserves.  Once it’s tapped out, game over. Big time. Then things will get really interesting. If you don’t have a solar panel and electric car, you will. Or you’ll be riding shank’s mare. This is not a matter of if, simply a matter of when this inevitability happens. The last thing the frackers want us to think about is what happens when the wells go dry. That’s the Second Rule of Frack Club. Don’t talk about what happens when Frack Club is over. What if the TV Gas Blonde is wrong ? What if we don’t have “A hundred year supply of natural gas” (First series of ads) Or “Sixty years” (2nd series […]

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Utica “Found” Where It Was Supposed to Be . . . imagine that

September 3, 2014
Utica "Found" Where It Was Supposed to Be . . . imagine that

Saw the Shell announcement of successful Utica gas wells in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Shown below is a geological map of the Utica in Pennsylvania, previously discussed here. The area in dark orange indicates productive dry gas  – into Tioga County (Pa) and Potter County (Pa). So Shell simply found Utican production where it was expected. Note this is not an “extension” or step out of Utican productivity, but a pocket of Utican productivity removed from the main field in SW Pa. Shell shot 3d seismic to target shoot these wild cat locations. The two Shell test wells were rather deep – 14,500 and 15,500 – and dry gas in good volumes, but lower volumes than the shallower Marcellus wells to the east. So Shell has apparently proven up the potential known from the […]

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Judge Bars Fracking in Residential Area

September 3, 2014
Judge Bars Fracking in Residential Area

A Pennsylvania judge has (rightly) decided that an industrial land use – fracking – is not compatible with residential zoning. The town granted the fracker the permit (effectively as a variance), but the judge ruled that such a use is incompatible with residential uses. Which it is.  That’s the whole point of residential zoning to keep the frackers out. The court ruled that the town had an obligation to follow procedures in granting the variance, but the town did not. Fracking is not immune to local land use laws in Pennsylvania as the Pennsylvania Supremes have clearly ruled. And those land use laws have to be applied fairly – not waived arbitrarily.  Judge Bars Fracking in Residential Area Judge bars natural gas well in residential area Posted: Sep 03, 2014 4:57 PM […]

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The Daily Fracker Sept 3, 2014

September 3, 2014
The Daily Fracker Sept 3, 2014

Shell Finds Stretch Utica Shale Boundary Many Mil… Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s natural gas discoveries near the Pennsylvania-New York border indicate that the Utica shale formation extends hundreds of miles farther east than originally… Judge bars natural gas well in residential area HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A judge in northern Pennsylvania is throwing out a municipality’s decision to allow a natural gas well to be drilled in a residentially zoned area. The environmental group PennFuture said Wednesday the ruling was a test of a state Supreme Court decision that struck down a 2012 law restricting municipalities’ ability to control where companies may drill. PennFuture had sued on behalf of a nearby landowner. The Marcellus Shale well pad was to be as large as 300 feet by 350 feet, and located within […]

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How Cuomo the DINO Fracked the Democrats

September 3, 2014
How  Cuomo the DINO Fracked the Democrats

Cuomo supported the Republican’s control of the state senate, which cratered every fracking reform bill passed by the House.   With Republicans in tacit control of the State Senate – thanks to the DINOs – there has been no bills passed that address fracking – just what the lobbyists paid for.   Cuomo the DINO Sold Out the Senate Democrats    Sep. 2, 2014 Andrew Cuomo has always been careful to maintain a plausible-looking deniability when it comes to his role in keeping his own party out of power in the State Senate. Whenever he’s been asked about his involvement in the creation of the controlling Republican-Independent Democratic coalition, Cuomo has shrugged and suggested that it’s not the governor’s place to get involved in that sort of thing. “This is […]

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Daily Frack

September 2, 2014
Daily Frack

Critics say oil trains are polluting air http://wivb.com/2014/08/29/critics-say-oil-trains-are-polluting-air/ Locals express concern about oil trains http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/article_30e9bc93-866b-5fb6-905e-6c09f917974f.html Oil train regulation passes in California http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/30/us-usa-california-oil-train-idUSKBN0GU03I20140830 VA: Oil train wrecks prompt scrutiny http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/oil-train-wrecks-prompt-scrutiny/article_db3126ad-1e05-5204-8087-69790753f5ca.html Democrats Magee, Hennessey square off for the 121st State Assembly nod http://www.oneidadispatch.com/general-news/20140901/democrats-magee-hennessey-square-off-for-the-121st-state-assembly-nod Huge Reversal on Fracking In Pennsylvania http://cleantechnica.com/2014/08/30/huge-reversal-on-fracking-in-pennsylvania/ Just What the Gulf of Mexico Needs: Deepwater Fracking Slated to Expand http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/271-38/25638-just-what-the-gulf-of-mexico-needs-deepwater-fracking-slated-to-expand Drinking or fracking? Report finds top shale plays globally are in places with scarce water http://fortune.com/2014/09/02/fracking-drinking-water/ Environmentalists counter gas, oil industry fracking campaign in NC http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/29/4106384/environmentalists-counter-gas.html  St. Tammany Parish sues to prevent fracking; Cites concerns over aquifer http://setexasrecord.com/news/298362-st-tammany-parish-sues-prevent-fracking-cites-concerns-aquifer White House reviews federal-land fracking rules http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/216249-white-house-reviews-federal-land-fracking-rules WVa: Fracking Truck Hits Reno Home http://www.thenewscenter.tv/home/headlines/Authorities-Responding-to-Fracking-Truck-Accident-in-Washington-County-273456431.html   Study to look at financial impact of gas boom ODNR investigating quake centered at Weathersfiel… Anti-fracking charter amendment to […]

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The Daily Frack – All the News That Fit to Frack

September 2, 2014
The Daily Frack - All the News That Fit to Frack

Sen. Liz Krueger: The evidence is in, so ban fracking    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/evidence-ban-fracking-article-1.1921907   Astorino digs in on fracking http://www.dansvilleonline.com/article/20140831/NEWS/140839984 WA: Coal trains kill Cold Trains: Fruit delivery service shuts down as rail congestion heats up http://m.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2014/08/07/coal-trains-kill-cold-trains-fruit-delivery.html     Crude rides Texas ‘ rails with little oversight http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Crude-oil-on-the-tracks-Who-is-watching-5721427.php Bakken crude oil production relies on rail shipments http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/bakken-crude-oil-production-relies-on-rail-shipments/article_e2821ff6-0e19-5e37-a9d0-dbc397fabcac.html Tennessee: Court: Pipeline opponents were right http://pikecountycourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140829/NEWS01/140829945/Court:-Pipeline-opponents-were-right Utah fracking fine highlights wastewater pond threat  http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/31/fracking-wastewaterutah.html Canada: More trouble with tar sands: oil extraction leading to big forest loss in Alberta http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0829-gfrn-kimbrough-morgan-tar-sands.html Nevada commission adopts fracking regulations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58356682-79/nevada-regulations-fracking-oil.html.csp CO: Engineers wage cold war to get more oil from shale http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Engineers-wage-cold-war-to-get-more-oil-from-shale-5722458.php Ireland: Local farmers urged to make pledge not to allow fracking to go ahead on their land http://fermanaghherald.com/2014/08/local-farmers-urged-to-make-pledge-not-to-allow-fracking-to-go-ahead-on-their-land/ Astorino Will Campaign With Former GOP Candidate … Marcellus Shale drillers under-reported […]

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Zephyr Frackout : Vote Tuesday September 9th

September 2, 2014
Zephyr Frackout : Vote Tuesday September 9th

Make September 9th Zephyr Frackout Day in New York – vote early and often to Keep the Frack Out of New York.  From my pal The Walter – In seven days, New Yorkers will vote in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary.  The outcome of that election could very well determine the fate of Marcellus Shale fracking in our state.  That is why I write you today. I implore all Democrats to cast their votes next Tuesday for the candidate of their choice.  Equally importantly, I request that each and every Fractivist do everything in their power to maximize voter turn-out across New York on 9/9/14.  Each vote will be super important. Key Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Have Diametrically Opposed Shale Fracking Positions Fractivists have an absolutely clear choice between the two key Gubernatorial candidates on the ballot.  Zephyr […]

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Fracketeer Libous Uses Campaign Donations to Pay Criminal Defense Lawyers

September 2, 2014
Fracketeer Libous Uses Campaign Donations to Pay Criminal Defense Lawyers

Donate to frack shill Tom Libous to pay his criminal defense attorneys. Call today. Operators are standing by. Who would donate to a fracketeer like Libous ? The frack lobby of course. They got this fracking goombah re-elected and now they are paying – legally under New York campaign finance law –  to keep him out of jail. Such a deal. Only in New York and Nigeria is this possible. This is the kind of fracking nonsense that Zephyr Teachout is working  to rid Albany of.  Attorney fees top $100k in 2014 for Sen. Tom Libous’ campaign 02 September 2014, 1:11 pm by Jon Campbell in Uncategorized – No Comments The second-ranking Republican in the state Senate has spent more than $100,000 in campaign funds on attorneys this year, according to his latest filing with […]

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Big Fracking Lie Version 2.0: “LNG exports will reduce global warming”

August 31, 2014
Big Fracking Lie Version 2.0: "LNG exports will reduce global warming"

LNG exports have been promoted as “helping the Ukraine.”  Joe Biden’s son is even cashing in on that scam, and Hillary already promotes LNG exports as part of her economic war on petro-terrorists.  And natural gas has been promoted as a way to “reduce global warming.”  Needless to say, all of this tendentious nonsense originates from companies seeking to maximize their profits – and is parroted by frackademics, lobbyists, politicians, and the press. None of it is true. In fact, much of  it is the inverse of the truth – a gaseous form of swiftboating: what is demonstrably ruinous for the environment is greenwashed into being good for the environment. http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/hillary-clinton-fracking-shale-state-department-chevron?page=2 The exportation of methane in the form of liquified natural gas (LNG) is unquestionably the worst use of the molecule – since […]

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New York’s Largest Fracking Chickenhawk Admits to Indecent Exposure

August 30, 2014
New York's Largest Fracking Chickenhawk Admits to Indecent Exposure

After the Showdown in the Bar with fractavist mayor Matt Ryan, Victor “Vic” Furman, the Joint Landowners Coalition spokesman, has admitted to indecent exposure caught on video tape at a peaceful anti fracking demonstration – that included children. Here’s the news coverage on Victor Furman, who is seeking a restraining order because he claims to be fearful of a man that he outweighs by 150 pounds. This immense fracking chickenhawk, the gashole buddy of frak flak Tom Shepstone, is what passes for an advocate of fracking in old New York. Read it and laugh: http://www.wicz.com/news/video.asp?video=8-29-14ryan%2Eflv&zone=News http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=34669 Direct link to video http://www.efxiomega.com/wicz/8-29-14ryan.flv Raw video of the incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwsOjAZiTQ8 Update on Arrest of Former Binghamton Mayor, Matt Ryan 8/29/2014 (Updated 6:38:03 PM) New information tonight about the arrest of former Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan. Ryan spoke with […]

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The Zephyr’s Winds of Change Campaign !

August 29, 2014
The Zephyr's Winds of Change Campaign !

Meet Zephyr Teachout Democratic candidate for Governor of New York UPDATE: NEW DAY AND TIME Saturday, August 30  @ 6:30 pm Zephyr Teachout For Governor Website Foothills Performing Arts Center 24 Market Street, Oneonta, NY Meet and greet will follow program.  If you cannot attend, the event will be streamed live: www.shaleshockmedia.org/LIVE

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The Big Fracking Lie Exposed. Again

August 29, 2014
The Big Fracking Lie Exposed. Again

The Big Fracking Lie is that shale gas industrialization has never ever once polluted water.  Ever. Anywhere. Honest. When we all know that every fracking shale well will pollute the atmosphere and compromise the water supply sooner or later. Just a matter of how much, how soon. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has, under duress, finally released their list of water sources contaminated by shale gas industrialization: Just the ones that they will admit to. Just the ones that someone actually reported. Link to the DEP list of contaminated water wells: http://files.dep.state.pa.us/OilGas/BOGM/BOGMPortalFiles/OilGasReports/Determination_Letters/Regional_Determination_Letters.pdf And here courtesy of The Dory – http://www.scribd.com/doc/238107316/Online-list-released-of-water-wells-Pennsylvania-regulators-found-harmed-by-drilling The Josh even made a short film about how the fracker’s PR game plan mimics Big Tobacco – deny deny deny. Then deny some more. THE SKY IS PINK […]

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Fractavist Mayor Decks Fracking Chickenhawk in Bar

August 29, 2014
Fractavist Mayor Decks Fracking Chickenhawk in Bar

My pal Matt Ryan was Binghamton’s mayor when they passed a fracking ban. He is a courageous guy. Vic Furman, aka Frackman, a spokesman for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, is notorious for indecent exposure in public, harassing fractavist speakers, and drinking what he says is frack flowback at fractavist demonstrations. They ran into each other in a bar, and The Matt knocked the fracking chickenhawk on his butt. Go figure. Furman, who outweighs Ryan by over 150 pounds, is seeking a restraining order, claiming to be “fearful” of Ryan. Matt Ryan clearly should get a medal for performing a valuable public service. Bravo Matt. Run for Congress. http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/08/8551578/anti-fracking-ex-mayor-bar-fight-pro-fracking-blogger Fracktavist Mayor in Bar Fight with Fracking Chickenhawk  Matt Ryan. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print ALBANY—Former Binghamton mayor Matt Ryan, a fracking opponent, […]

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New York Times Endorses Cuomo’s Likely Successor

August 28, 2014
New York Times Endorses  Cuomo's Likely Successor

After Cuomo is indicted by the feds and resigns, the Lieutenant Governor will succeed him – the way Patterson did Spitzer. Might as well be Tim Wu, who the New York Times has just endorsed. You really, really want to vote for Tim Wu in the primary. If Teachout wins, he’s her Lieutenant Governor.  If Cuomo wins – and is forced from office – Tim is Cuomo’s successor.  Win /win situation with Tim Wu. EDITORIAL Timothy Wu for Lieutenant Governor By THE EDITORIAL BOARD AUGUST 27, 2014 The office of lieutenant governor in New York is a feeble one. The current occupant — Robert Duffy, a former mayor of Rochester — was handpicked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2010 and spent the last four years promoting the governor’s agenda around the state. In […]

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Tobacco Shill Recycled as Frack Shill

August 27, 2014
Tobacco Shill Recycled as Frack Shill

Turns out the new chairman of the oxymoronic Sustainable Shale Shamstitute’s previous gig was as an apologist for Big Tobacco. Go figure. Why are we not surprised ? But their PR people greenwashed him and the press bought it. For awhile . . . Tobacco Shill Turns Frack Shill After Greenwashing August 27, 2014 12:00 AM By Kevin Connor Not long before Jared Cohon became the president of Carnegie Mellon, he advised a tobacco industry front group designed to manipulate public opinion about secondhand smoke. The nonprofit watchdog group I direct, the Public Accountability Initiative, reported this for the first time in a recent report on the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which provides environmental certifications for fracking operations, and which Mr. Cohon chairs. Read the full report here. Our report […]

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Gastorino Sued in Federal Court

August 27, 2014
Gastorino Sued in Federal Court

Gastorino henceforth has a new name: Asstorino. For threatening to decapitate people over the phone. When he was being recorded. By the people he was threatening to decapitate. Some fracking goombah this fracking goombah turned out to be . . . Threatening decapitation, when journalists are being decapitated in Syria – for being journalists – is not a great way to endear oneself to the voters. Unless you’re a fracking gashole pandering to the gashole vote. Or the decapitator vote. http://observer.com/2014/06/in-lawsuit-independence-party-alleges-astorino-threatened-to-decapitate-leadership/ Party Alleges Asstorino Threatened Decapitation The Westchester County Independence Party alleged today that their county executive wanted to do a lot of head-chopping. In a federal lawsuit filed today, the party claimed that Rob Astorino, the Republican Westchester county executive and candidate for governor, threatened to “decapitate” party leadership […]

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Wind of Change: The Zephyr Turns Primary into Plebiscite on Fracking

August 27, 2014
Wind of Change: The Zephyr Turns Primary into Plebiscite on Fracking

Zephyr Teachout has turned the New York gubernatorial primary into a plebiscite on fracking, on reform in Albany, on campaign finance, and on clean jobs in New York. Pretty much all the things that matter. Unless you’re a lobbyist. Or a party patronage drudge. Why is Zephyr the safe bet in the September 9th primary ?  She’s the positive candidate that represents real change and the most opportunity for New York. And because she’s the candidate least likely to be indicted by the feds. Vote early and often on September 9th. And come meet The Zephyr in Oneonta at Foothills on Saturday Sept 30th at 6:30.  Zephyr Teachout Today, Wed., Aug. 27, 2:45 pm Binghamton, 4:15 pm ElmiraFollowing the announcement of the Sierra Club’s endorsement of Zephyr Teachout, Teachout will meet with Sierra Club members in […]

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New York Times to Cuomo: Take a Fracking Hike

August 26, 2014
New York Times to Cuomo: Take a Fracking Hike

The New York Times has declined to endorse Cuomo in the Democratic Primary on September 9th. Since he is highly likely to get indicted either before or after the election. Which means he would resign and be succeeded by the Lieutenant Governor. Which is why the New York Times is endorsing Tim Wu for Lieutenant Governor – as the more able successor. A Withheld Endorsement for Governor The possibility of having a major party gubernatorial candidate who calls for a statewide ban on fracking and a move to 100% renewables becomes highly relevant to what we have all been working on for the past six years.In the last week or so Teachout has been endorsed by N.O.W., the Sierra Club and the Public Employees Federation, while the NYS Teachers Union […]

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Fracking the Frackers Anti Fracking

August 26, 2014
Fracking the Frackers Anti Fracking

Forbes has published the first of a two part series on “who’s behind the fractavist” movement – as if there has to be something “behind” what is clearly a grass-roots amorphous effort. The frackers and their spokesman have taken this tack from the outset- that someone or some organization – Gazprom, the Saudi royals, the Park Foundation – has to be “behind” anti fracking – that anti frackers are paid, that they are part of a conspiracy controlled from somewhere. This fractavist conspiracy approach has always amused me. Because if there is some group behind the anti-fracking movement, my paycheck is way way late. . . My comments on Forbes’s gaseous infomercial in bold:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2014/08/26/fracking-the-anti-fracking-movement-the-inside-story-of-the-foundation-behind-the-activist-campaign-to-discredit-natural-gas/ Fracking The Anti-Fracking Movement:   The Inside Story Of The Foundation Behind the Fractavists   […]

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Fracketeer vs Fracketeer

August 25, 2014
Fracketeer vs Fracketeer

Wherein one fracking goombah acccuses another fracking goombah of being a fracking goombah. Imagine that.  Meanwhile, Cuomo continues to dodge The Zephyr – who will instead use Gastorino as a fracking pinata in a debate. To warm up for her debate with Cuomo, in case that cowardly sack of flowback ever decides to crawl out of the bunker. And no, I am not making this up. Much: Gastorino Furious at Cuomo’s Fracketeer Ads Fracketeer Rob Gastorino, contending that Gov. Cuomo has unleashed “the dirtiest and lowest campaign probably in the history of New York, or at least since the last campaign’’ against him, will send “cease-and-desist letters” Monday to TV stations to halt new Cuomo ads accusing him of “fracketeering and fraud.” “The only way Cuomo knows how to play is […]

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Frack Shill: Wind Energy Causes Global Warming

August 23, 2014
Frack Shill: Wind Energy Causes Global Warming

According to Joe Barton, who is living proof of the hazards of electing Texas Aggies to Congress. . .  Joe Barton is s Republican Congressman from Texas, member of the Tea Party Caucus, and former chair of the House Committee on Energy and the Environment. He is the largest recipient of frack money  in Washington. In 2010 he made the following statement about wind energy:    “Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to wind energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, […]

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Gastorino Promises to Practice Safe Fracking

August 22, 2014
Gastorino Promises to Practice Safe Fracking

When fracking the Fracking Human Sacrifice Zone in New York. That’s his big job creation plan. And how does he propose to do that ? With genuine Frack Condoms, consisting of “safe regulations” – despite the fact that New York, like other states, has the best regulations the frackers could buy.

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Cuomo: New York is Open For Business. And So Am I

August 22, 2014
Cuomo:  New York is Open For Business. And So Am I

Master Card, Visa, Amex, a fat envelope, whatever you got.  Cuomo Part of Culture Of Corruption Q Poll: Cuomo Part of Corruption Problem A whopping 83 percent of New York voters think state government corruption is either a very or somewhat serious problem, and close to half (48 percent) believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo is contributing to the mess, according to a Quinnipiac poll released this morning. Forty-one percent of those polled said Cuomo is part of the solution to the swamp that has engulfed Albany. By David Sirota@davidsirotad.sirota@ibtimes.com on August 20 2014 2:14 PM New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not done a good job fighting corruption in the state, according to a new poll.REUTERS/Brendan McDermid A new poll released Wednesday morning shows that New Yorkers see Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of a […]

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Teachout Reachout – Oneonta Foothills Center ! Saturday 30th

August 21, 2014
Teachout Reachout - Oneonta Foothills Center ! Saturday 30th

Meet Zephyr Teachout in Oneonta on August 30th at 6:30 at the Foothills Center. https://twitter.com/zephyrteachout  Finally – a way to muck out the stalls in Albany. Come support real change in New York State.  Come support Zephyr Teachout for Governor – the best candidate that money can’t buy.  Cuomo is clearly the Politician of the 1% By the % For the %, and that conspicuously includes His Best Fracking Friends.  Cuomo never gave any fractavist, any scientist, any doctor the time of day on fracking – not Ingraffea, Josh, Sandra, Lou, not nobody. He only listens to money, that’s his political lingua franca  It is axiomatic that every party patronage drone will vote for Cuomo – if only to stay on the gravy train. So this has to go viral and voters that […]

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Environmental Defense Frauds Greenwashes Republican Candidates

August 21, 2014
Environmental Defense Frauds Greenwashes Republican Candidates

The Rent-a-Green Environmental Defense Frauds who brought us the Sustainable Shale Shamstitute, are now running industry funded green-washing campaign ads in favor pseudo pro-environmental Republicans, including Boehner Parrot Chris Gibson.  The EDF gets donations from the frackers, then run ads in favor of pro-fracking Congressman – that’s the quid pro quo of how green-washing works.  The gas industry buys the EDF’s endorsement of gas-friendly candidates, even Republicans. Now you know.   How the Environmental Defense Fund Greenwashes Republicans By Ben Adler 17 Aug 2014 5:04 PM As even a casual political observer knows, the era of the moderate Republican is over, especially in the House of Representatives. The Republican House has made a fetish of attacking the environment. It has passed innumerable bills to strip the EPA of its authority and funding and to handicap the regulatory process. […]

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Gastoriono: Political Frackoholic

August 21, 2014
Gastoriono: Political Frackoholic

Rob Astorino says fracking could create thousands of jobs in New York. And imaginary taxes. And imaginary votes.  From imaginary friends.  Astorino: Fracking New York Will Create Thousands of Jobs By Perry Russom Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As election day for New York governor nears, the focus is on job creation. “We don’t have to settle for the myth that New York is great because right now it’s not,” said Rob Astorino, Republican candidate for governor. “We can start fracking New York right away.” The Westchester County Executive unveiled his jobs plan at Bob Carr 2.0 Printing and Mailing in Binghamton on Monday. “He seems to understand what the businesses in the community are really facing,” said Tom Pollak of Binghamton. “The need to frack our way to nirvana.” Astorino said […]

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The Best Governor that Money Can Buy

August 21, 2014
The Best Governor that Money Can Buy

Poll: Cuomo Is Part of Culture Of Corruption By David Sirota@davidsirotad.sirota@ibtimes.com on August 20 2014 2:14 PM New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not done a good job fighting corruption in the state, according to a new poll.REUTERS/Brendan McDermid A new poll released Wednesday morning shows that New Yorkers see Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of a culture of corruption that voters believe is a serious problem. The poll comes weeks after federal prosecutors launched an investigation into Cuomo’s decision to shut down an anti-corruption panel — a move that critics say was designed to prevent the panel from scrutinizing his administration. The poll comes as three other governors pondering presidential campaigns are facing similar scrutiny from prosecutors. The survey of more than 1,000 New York voters by Quinnipiac University shows that although Cuomo […]

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Fracko Fan Letter

August 21, 2014
Fracko Fan Letter

Letter from a “Fan” to Wendy Lynne Lee    “Dear Miss. Lee, As a property owner and a proud American patriot I resent your constant opposition to the god-given rights of people to make money off the blessed bounty of natural gas that lies under our feet. My great- great grand-dad was amongst the first real Americans who came to this county to bring civilization and the ethic of hard work to an untamed wilderness. Before that this place was nothing – everybody knows that. My people built it into what it is today. As an outsider not born here, you probably would not understand that. I live on the same ground my hole life and know everything I ever needed to know without ever needing to go to far. […]

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Poles Frack Chevron

August 17, 2014
Poles Frack Chevron

First the NAZIs fracked Poland. Then the Russians. Then Pizza Frackers Chevron tried to. But the Poles fought back. And this time, they won. Bravo. Chevron was paying some crooks in the Polish government a pittance to frack the country – less than 5% royalty  – which is less than the severance tax in many states. Nothing for the farmers, no royalties, no jobs, no gas. Nothing but ruined water, roads and air. Meaning Chevron was going to rip the whole country off – with some free pizzas. As chronicled in the documentary, Drill Baby Drill http://politicalcritique.org/opinion/2014/goodbye-chevron/ ……………….. GOODBYE CHEVRON It was the longest local protest against shale gas exploration boreholes in the world. SHARE ON: POLITICAL CRITIQUE — AUGUST 11, 2014 On Monday, July 7th, 2014, at 4 AM, the employees of the […]

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Cuomo Hides in Bunker, Dodging Teachout and Bailiffs

August 16, 2014
Cuomo Hides in Bunker, Dodging Teachout and Bailiffs

Cuomo was last seen in New York state kissing babies on the 4th of July in Bed Stuy. Supposedly has taken a tanning bed into the bunker to keep some semblance of a tan. Will not surface for fear of being hit with a subpoena or challenged to a debate by Teachout. Unless it’s to sneak out to lock up the Bomb the Bejeezus out of the Palestinians Vote in Israel, one of his core constituents. Other than the odd overseas boondoggle and photo op, Cuomo’s re-election campaign has degenerated into staying in the bunker, dodging Teachout, dodging the press, dodging the fractavists, and not getting indicted before the election. Plus calling in every political marker that he and his daddy every had from the ward bosses, PACs, Wall Street, and other […]

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Rick Perry Indicted for Being a Fracking Doofus

August 16, 2014
Rick Perry Indicted for Being a Fracking Doofus

And several other high crimes and misdemeanors, one of which I forget. Of course, this could be a political stunt, you know, like voting to sue the Commander in Chief over something or other.  The Governorship of Texas is actually a largely ceremonial post – almost any fracking idiot can do it, and several have. Arguably, it’s the only qualification. Texas’ Perry Indicted for Coercion AUSTIN, Texas — Aug 15, 2014, 9:44 PM ET By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Governor Rick Perry speaks at the 2014 Red State Gathering, in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 8, 2014. He was indicted for abuse of power by an Austin grand jury on Aug. 15.     A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the […]

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The Science Against Fracking

August 15, 2014
The Science Against Fracking

Why the Scientific Case Against Fracking Keeps Getting Stronger Anthony Ingraffea argues that fugitive methane emissions turn natural gas from a climate benefit into yet another strike against fossil fuels. —By Chris Mooney | Fri Aug. 15, 2014 6:00 AM EDT A Marcellus Shale gas drilling pad in Pennsylvania, with all the standard accompanying industrial hardware. Doug Duncan/US Geological Survey On the political right, it’s pretty popular these days to claim that the left exaggerates scientific worries about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” In a recentNational Review article, for instance, a Hoover Institution researcher complains that 53 percent of Democrats in California support a fracking ban “despite the existence of little if any credible scientific evidence of fracking’s feared harms and overwhelming scientific evidence of its environmental benefits, including substantial reductions in both local and […]

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Cornell Prof. Believes in “Safe Fracking” and Unicorns

August 15, 2014
Cornell Prof. Believes in "Safe Fracking" and Unicorns

A Cornell prof., who is either a living validation or an abject repudiation of the tenure system, has come out in favor of lifting the de facto moratorium on shale gas drilling in New York. On its face, such a request ignores the fact that there are in fact no regulations in place for fracking in New York. No environmental safeguards, no severance tax, and no autonomous environmental agency to oversee the industry. Other than those little minor details, this frackademic says let the fracketeers frack away. Good to go.  This from a frackademic that is a certified global warming denier. Cook the planet with fracked gas, as another Cornell prof. explains precisely in a recent article and interview. Why the scientific case against fracking keeps getting stronger Anthony Ingraffea argues that fugitive methane emissions turn natural gas from […]

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Frack Club: Wall Street’s Great Shale Scam

August 14, 2014
Frack Club: Wall Street's Great Shale Scam

The First Rule of Frack Club on Wall Street is to not talk about Frack Club.  Here’s what goes on behind the curtain of conspiracy: U.S. energy independence, we’re told, is at our fingertips thanks to the so-called “shale revolution”. Offsetting declines in conventional oil and gas production, shale gas and tight oil (shale oil) are being heralded as the means by which the U.S. will become energy independent – a net exporter of natural gas and once again the world’s largest oil producing nation. But two new reports by Post Carbon Institute andEnergy Policy Forum show that the hype simply doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.  KEY FINDINGS, SHALE GAS High productivity shale gas plays are not ubiquitous: Just six plays account for 88% of total production. Individual well decline rates range from 80-95% after 36 months in the […]

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Why Vote For Teachout ?

August 13, 2014
Why Vote For Teachout ?

Why vote for Teachout ? To clean out the muck that is Albany. And because the Head Fracking Goombah will be indicted and won’t be able to serve out another term, You heard it here last. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/13/zephyr-teachout-themoderntrustbuster.html Zephyr Teachout: The modern Trust Buster A day with the Democratic candidate who’s challenging New York’s governor and much of the establishment by Pauline Eiferman   @paulineeiferman Zephyr Teachout meets with potential voters in Ithaca, New York, August 9, 2014. Les Stone for Al Jazeera America Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of profiles of people running for office in America who are unlikely to win, but who believe so strongly in their cause that they still try. The first profile, on Bruce Skarin’s efforts in Massachusetts, can be read here. The second, on […]

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North Carolina Frack Study: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

August 13, 2014
North Carolina Frack Study: Don't Ask Don't Tell

North Carolina’s governor has decided he wants the state to get fracked. Whether it’s safe or not.  One thing we know for sure, the shale there is really shallow, so if they hit gas anywhere during the drilling or fracking – up she comes. Turning Tar Heels into Tar Balls. Duke Scientists’ Fracking Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears August 12, 2014 Updated 11 hours ago Robert Jackson and Avner Vengosh of Duke University’s esteemed Nicholas School are viewed by some in the oil and gas industry as enemies. At Duke, they’ve done studies with compelling evidence that shale gas extraction, fracking, causes drinking water problems in other states. The industry, which got North Carolina to lift its moratorium on fracking with drilling next year, has long made the case that drilling […]

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2nd Biggest Deficit Spenders in the World ?

August 12, 2014
2nd Biggest Deficit Spenders in the World ?

Behind of course, the Feds. Make a guess. Rhymes with “smackers”. The Deborah explains how the Shale Game keeps turning to the right with funny money: “The gap between cash from operations and major uses of cash has widened in recent years from a low of $18 billion in 2010 to $100 billion to $120 billion during the past three years.”  For you non-financial types out there, that means that the frackers are borrowing or selling junk stock in order to keep going. http://energypolicyforum.org/2014/08/12/eia-corroborates-the-work-of-energy-policy-forum/  EIA CORROBORATES THE WORK OF ENERGY POLICY FORUM Over a year ago, on 19 June, 2013, Energy Policy Forum (EPF) wrote a post exposing the explosion of capital expenditure by shale operators to drill and complete wells and the concomitant lack of free cash flow. Unless […]

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Sean Eldridge – The Real American Businessman in This Election

August 11, 2014
Sean Eldridge - The Real American Businessman in This Election

Update – New York Times endorses Sean Eldridge  “District 19, Hudson valley and the Catskills…Sean Eldridge offers a fresh voice and smart ideas. Mr. Eldridge has been an important force in New York politics for same-sex marriage and an energetic fighter for campaign finance reform. He is a strong supporter of reproductive rights and equal pay for women. And he wants to provide tax relief for middle-class families and small businesses. We recommend Mr. Eldridge in District 19.“   Had not followed the Eldridge v Gibson race, until I saw Gibson’s ad hominem attacks on Sean, then saw that Gibson voted to sue his former Commander in Chief.  Had he tried that while still in uniform, he’d be court-martialed. Colonel Gibson couldn’t actually understand the legal substance of the proposed lawsuit, because it was […]

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Vote for Teachout !

August 11, 2014
Vote for Teachout !

Now you actually will be able to. I would if I was a resident of New York, which I’m not.  Other than drag his feet before going into the bunker, Cuomo never bothered to meet with any fractavists – not Ingraffea, not The Sandra, not The Lou,  Nicole, not nobody. Plus the Head Goombah is little more than a fracking crook. So frack him and the limo he rode in in.  Do so at the Democratic primary by voting early and often – because I can’t . . . https://www.facebook.com/zephyr.ny/posts/1533170760230879 The Primary is September 9th. If you need an Absentee Ballot apply for it now!   Contact your County Board of Elections for details. More info here: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html  Please click here to be directed to Zephyr’s donation page.  Why vote for Teachout ? A lot […]

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Fracking ISIS : Send in the Drones

August 9, 2014
Fracking ISIS : Send in the Drones

Read the report in the New York Times about American’s “humanitarian” response to the latest civil war in the Mideast. This time taking sides with the good Shittes against some bad Sunni thugs named after an ancient Egyptian pagan goddess. All this as an overflow over a war in Syria over a gas pipeline concession. “DOHUK, Iraq — The United States launched a series of airstrikes against Sunni militants in northern Iraq on Friday, using Predator drones and Navy F-18 fighter jets to destroy rebel positions around the city of Erbil, the American military said Friday. The strikes were aimed at halting the advance of militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria toward Erbil, the Kurdish capital, which is home to a United States Consulate and thousands of Americans.” […]

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Fracking Farce Majeure Appeal Filed

August 8, 2014
Fracking Farce Majeure Appeal Filed

As part of the on-going implosion of the Law Farce of Tom West, an appeal has been filed on the farce majeure (which means ‘major farce’ in Latin) case, whereby oil and gas companies are claiming that their leases are still in effect because New York state’s de facto moratorium on fracking has kept them from fracking the living daylights out of the leases. There are just a few fundamental fracking factual problems with their arguments, to wit: 1. There is no moratorium on fracking in New York State. (Surprise !) The “moratorium” is only on fracks over a certain number of gallons. A well could be fracked below that amount with slick water, or with propane. Or with any amount of compressed air or nitrogen – all of which […]

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Shale Shyster Jumps Shark on Home Rule !

August 7, 2014
Shale Shyster Jumps Shark on Home Rule !

Chesapeake’s lobbyist in Albany, Tom West  has filed a motion with New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, to re-argue the Dryden Home Rule decision based on a lower court ruling in another state (Colorado).  This is beyond desperation, this is just pure political grand standing – with no basis in law, fact, or resemblance to what’s commonly agreed as reality. The Longmont, Colorado case which West relies on, was based on a 1992 Colorado Supreme Court ruling which predates shale fracking. It can be distinguished in many ways from the Dryden decision. The case itself is from a trial court in Colorado, which has no precedent in that state, much less in any other state – such as New York, and the ruling has been stayed in Colorado pending appeal to […]

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Oxymoronic “Sustainable Shale” Frack Front Group Implodes

August 6, 2014
Oxymoronic "Sustainable Shale" Frack Front Group Implodes

The oxymoronic Sustainable Shale fracking front group has lost the last of its “non aligned” sponsors. So it now has hired a Big Tobacco apologist as its new chair and an oil man as its new executive director. Imagine that. Who on earth would have predicted that this frackademic farce was just a frackacdemic farce ? Anatomy of a Frackademic Front Group Public Accountability.Org nails it. Big time.  http://public-accountability.org/2014/08/anatomy-of-an-industry-front-group How the oil and gas industry runs the show at the Center for Sustainable Shale Development August 2014 Executive Summary Contents About PAI Executive Summary Key Findings Introduction Map 1: Oil & gas ties of the 2013 CSSD board and staff The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Map 2: Oil & gas ties of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future Susan Packard LeGros […]

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Colorado Cave-In On Local Control ?

August 6, 2014
Colorado Cave-In On Local Control ?

Colorado appears to be caving in on local land use control of fracking. If there is no local control over fracking, anybody can get fracked. Step One in the Fracker’s playbook is to disarm local communities, because that is the last defense against getting fracked.  Fracking regulations are strongest at the local level and weakest at the national level: 1. The Feds do not regulate fracking because of the Halliburton Loophole 2. States do not adequately regulate fracking because state agencies are revolving doors to the industry. Once fracking begins in a state, the frackers can effectively buy control of the regulators. 3. That leaves municipalities alone to protect people, live stock and the environment via local land use ordinances. 4. Without #3, local control, see #1 and #2 above, […]

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Frackin’ Andy: Cuomo Goes Into the Bunker – #NYFrackingScandal

August 5, 2014
Frackin' Andy: Cuomo Goes Into the Bunker - #NYFrackingScandal

Taking his goombahs with him. Like Larry “The Hatchet” Schwartz, who fired Pete Grannis for saying the DEC was understaffed. So they cut one more DEC staffer – Grannis. Then sold the frackers access to Cuomo.  Particularly frackers that Schwartz had invested in. (What other kind is there for these goombahs ?) Now  Schwartz,  the Fracker’s Bag Man Numero Uno in Albany, has hired his own criminal defense attorney.  Imagine that. Seems like Schwartz had been teed up by the Moreland Commission. So he fired them. A fine fracking mess – that was not only predictable, but was predicted. Right here.  #NYFrackingScandal  And here – How Cuomo Sold New York to The Frackers   New York had been teed up to get fracked. And they almost got away with it.  http://nyfrackingscandal.com/investment-scandal/ Cuomo’s Fracking Investment Scandal FOIL documents indicate that Larry Schwartz, Secretary to Governor Andrew […]

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Frackers Accuse Fractavists of Consorting With Russians

August 3, 2014
Frackers Accuse Fractavists of Consorting With Russians

While they consort with Russians. Imagine that. Meanwhile, my check from Gazprom has yet to arrive. Still. Frackers Accuses Texas Town of Consorting with Russia While they Consort with Russia by TXSHARON in DENTON The fracking industry and their supporters have accused the Frack Free Dentongrassroots organization that is seeking a ban on fracking in the Denton city limits of receiving money from Russia. …Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman sent the Denton City Council a letter denouncing the ban. In the four-page letter, Smitherman suggests that Russia may be behind the local grass roots effort,… If you heard a woman’s mAnIciAL laughter this morning I confess it was mine. I’ve been too busy with local Texas issues lately to focus deeply on the happenings in Europe. This morning a friend pointed out that any sanctions the U.S. places on Russia […]

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After the Frack: Researching Fracking’s Impacts

August 3, 2014
After the Frack: Researching Fracking's Impacts

New report from Princeton points out fracking’s hazards to anyone that has never driven through a gas  field with their car windows down. Much less tried to live there.  One comment, the illustration shows a “burst casing” – the steel pipe – as a risk. Maybe so, but a minor one compared to the risk of gas channeling up the outside of the cement in the well bore, or the rusting away of the casing itself. Which is 100% inevitable. Fallout of Fracking Must Become a Top Research Priority Posted by The Watcher on August 02, 2014 in categories Pollution, Research Natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007 in the United States alone. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry’s effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report […]

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Fracked Sick: Blockbuster New Book on Fracking’s Health Impacts

August 3, 2014
Fracked Sick: Blockbuster New Book on Fracking's Health Impacts

The fracketeers are indiscriminate in who they sicken – livestock, people, pets, the planet – as this new book by my pal Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, with a forward by The Sandra spells out in The Real Cost of Fracking A Pharmacologist and a Veterinarian Pull Back the Curtain on the Human and Animal Health Effects of Facking Across the country, fracking—the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing—is being touted as the nation’s answer to energy independence and a fix for a flagging economy. Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe, politicians push through drilling legislation without a serious public-health debate, and those who speak out are marginalized, their silence purchased by gas companies and their warnings about the dangers of fracking stifled.  The Real Cost of Fracking pulls back […]

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How Fracksylvania Got Fracked

August 2, 2014
How Fracksylvania Got Fracked

By payoffs from the fracketeers to the Republican gate-keepers that control the state government. What did they get ? No severance tax, token enforcement of weak regulations, a “frack anywhere” law, gag order on doctors. Etc. First chart is who wrote bought the state for cents on the dollar. Second chart is who they bought – relatively cheaply – consider what they got in return. . . best Return on Investment they can get. More details from Marcellus Money Watch

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Canadian Gas Czar Claims that Gas Wells Don’t Leak . . . in Canada

August 2, 2014
Canadian Gas Czar Claims that Gas Wells Don't Leak . . . in Canada

Presumably because they’re so well behaved ? Or because of the cold, eh ?   Curiously, his statements echo similar pronouncements from regulators in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, Washington, UK, and Nigeria. It’s as almost as if they’re reading from a script. Au contraire, ma graisse frackier. Not only do they leak as much as gas wells south of the border, but the horizontal ones leak four times more than the vertical ones. As this study from Canada shows.   Gaseous Czar Claims Canadian Gas Wells Don’t Leak  Cornell engineer takes issue with Coleman’s claim that BC is leak-free. By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, TheTyee.ca ‘Leaky wells happen everywhere,’ retorts scientist in response to Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman’s claims. One of North America’s top experts on well oil integrity and the mechanics of hydraulic […]

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Man Up to a Frack Takings Farce

July 31, 2014
Man Up to a Frack Takings Farce

After two strikes, Shale Shyster Scott Kurkoski is going for a complete fracking strike out- as soon as he can milk some more legal fees out of some clueless dairy farmers or the Koch Brothers. My advice to landowners and Koch Brother front groups: get out your check books and get those lawsuits filed. Why wait ? Avoid the rush. Here’s what you have going for you: 1. None of the prospective plaintiffs have ever bothered to actually file a HVHF drilling permit application. Don’t let that stop you, it’ s your right to file that’s at issue. Right ? 2. The main thing that is stopping you from fracking yourself silly is the temporary moratorium on one specific type of well, which you think is illegal – you even […]

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Fracking’s Red Queen Financing

July 31, 2014
Fracking's Red Queen Financing

Deborah Rogers has been predicting this for years – fracking finance is the Red Queen Effect writ large. The frackers have to frack more wells – with junk debt – to try to maintain the same levels of unprofitable production.  Or the music stops and they implode. Also known as the Greater Fool theory of finance. . . . How Fracking Is Sustained With Junk Debt  Posted on July 31, 2014 by Lambert Strether By Wolf Richter, a San Francisco based executive, entrepreneur, start up specialist, and author, with extensive international work experience. Originally published at Wolf Street. Fracking has caused an uproar in local communities and split some in two. It has brought environmentalists to a boil. It allegedly caused tap water to go up in flames. A documentary was made in its honor. It […]

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Leaky Gas Well ? Good Fracking Luck

July 30, 2014
Leaky Gas Well ? Good Fracking Luck

Once a shale gas well starts to leak, there’s nothing much you can do about it. Although the frackers may pretend otherwise. Because sooner or later most of them are going to leak outside of the steel casing (before it rusts away) and outside of the cement sheathing, which will shrink away from the well wall, then crack. The gas will just go around whatever you pump down the hole – leaking between the cement and the well wall. Make the  well wall bigger, pump more cement down, gas goes around it. Bigger hole, more cement. Repeat.  As they are finding out the hard way in Fracksylvania. Shale Gas Wells Leaking Methane for Years. By Brendan Gibbons Published: July 30, 2014 Five natural gas wells in Bradford County have leaked methane […]

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Safe Water in Unfracked New York

July 30, 2014
Safe Water in Unfracked New York

There is no better way to contaminate thousands of square miles of groundwater than via fracking. Horizontal shale wells are more than 4 (four) times as likely to vent methane into groundwater than conventional vertical wells, as the chart from this report shows: (In Canada, where this report is from, horizontal wells are referred to as “deviated” wells. Drilled by deviants, which is what frackers are called in Canada) A new report by a team of researchers has found that water in the proposed Frack Zone in New York is safe. Probably because it’s unfracked. And not polluted with frack filth. Yet. SCVF and GM refer to tests for methane leakage. So not surprisingly, when teams of researchers tested groundwater in New York, where there are no shale gas wells, they found […]

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Koch Sock Puppets Appeal Political Publicity Stunt

July 29, 2014
Koch Sock Puppets Appeal Political Publicity Stunt

On cue, the Disjointed Landowners of New York, whose legal fees are being subsidized by the Kochs, and the receiver for Norse Energy, the assets of which have been bought by a Koch vulture fund, are appealing their fracking publicity stunt against the state of New York – on behalf of their common benefactors, the Koch Brothers. Because none of the landowners bothered to actually read the ruling, and because the Koch Brothers are paying the lawyers, and because this is nothing more than a political publicity stunt, this has now morphed into Koch vs Cuomo. The filing was a stapled-together frackastrophe, sold to the landowners as a takings lawsuit, but filed as an SEQRA challenge – that read as a takings claim. The judge had no choice but to toss the misbegotten mess. Landowners […]

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Why Forced Pooling Should Not Apply to Fracking

July 29, 2014
Why Forced Pooling Should Not Apply to Fracking

Forced pooling – the compulsory integration of mineral rights owners into a well – does not technically or legally apply to shale gas wells – and therefore should not be applied to them by the state.   Trying to apply compulsory pooling to shale gas wells can only mean one thing: the privatization of eminent domain by the state on behalf of the frackers – who have paid for the privilege via bribes to the legislature and regulators. Forced pooling is intended to consolidate multiple vertical wells that drain a common pool of oil or gas into one shared well. This assumes that the pool is contained in rock that is porous and permeable enough (think an open cell  sponge or foam) to allow the gas or oil to move […]

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From the Dog House to the White House for Andy ?

July 26, 2014
From the Dog House to the White House for Andy ?

Not fracking likely. There never was much hope for this guy on the national scene – he was clearly just another victim of the Rick Perry Syndrome, whereby a local political celebrity is lead to believe they are Presidential timber by their own camp followers. Now there is no fracking chance, since the Rick Perry Syndrome assumes that the potential candidate is a knight in shining armor – even if they are just another political air-head like Rick Perry,  No such situation here. Cuomo is going to ride this into the ground  – ie. a job in the Hillary Administration. Paging Zephyr Teachout . . . A Situation Cuomo Can’t Control Anymore   By Blake Zeff 5:34 a.m. | Jul. 25, 2014 3follow this reporter The New York Times A-1 blockbuster that Andrew Cuomo’s team was […]

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How Chesapeake Scams Landowners

July 25, 2014
How Chesapeake Scams Landowners

Let me count the ways . . . Perhaps the most outrageous scam is when the frackers charge landowners (royalty owners) downstream, post production costs – the costs to get the gas to market. And no fracking scammer is better (worse ?) at this than Chinapeake Energy – America’s Biggest Fracking Gashole, who is hell bent on getting as much of America’s 100 Year Supply of Natural Gas to China as soon as fracking possible. The chart below highlights how much Chesapeake scams landowners for per mcf = about $1.25 on “transportation costs” alone, the blue bar at the bottom of the bar chart below. The average transport costs is about $.25 mcf from the Marcellus based on the latest frackers’ financial reports. But Chesapeake reports $1.50 mcf – because they are dunning […]

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Fracked Anywhere in Colorado ?

July 25, 2014
Fracked Anywhere in Colorado ?

The Longmont frack ban trial court’s decision was based on a 1992 court ruling  that predates shale fracking.  So this is a glaring example of where the case law and the legislation have not kept up with the technology. The Colorado law assumes that oil and gas is extracted from a “pool” of porous permeable rock – and that such a reservoir can be tapped underneath a neighboring political boundary. Such is not the case with fracking – the extent of the area tapped is a function of the length of the lateral – beyond which little or no gas is extracted. So the “pool extending beyond political boundaries” premise in the law does not apply.  A shale gas well in one town is not going to drain from under […]

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13 Counties Have Banned Frack Filth in New York

July 25, 2014
13 Counties Have Banned Frack Filth in New York

Like the original 13 colonies, these counties have taken the Green Tea Party approach and told the frackers to take their fracking filth elsewhere. Clinton County, named after the Revolutionary War Hero General Clinton, is the latest to pass the County IQ Test – which gives it honorary membership as a Texas county – where spreading frack filth on roads is illegal. Any municipality or county can simply refuse to spread frack filth on its roads – that is an executive decision. Any county or town that does not do so is putting its residents in harm’s way. Has your town or county banned frack goo from its roads ? What are you waiting for ? A frackastrophe ? http://wamc.org/post/clinton-county-passes-fracking-waste-ban Clinton County Passes Fracking Waste Ban By PAT BRADLEY Listen to the […]

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Forbes Denies the Climate Change Deniers

July 24, 2014
Forbes Denies the Climate Change Deniers

Forbes debunks the climate change debunkers . Next up – denying the methane global warming deniers . . .  http://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2014/07/15/the-latest-climate-change-denial-fact-twisting/ Erik ShermanContributor FOLLOW The Latest Climate Change Denial Fact Twisting A new report from libertarian think tank Heartland Institute claims that new government data debunks the concept of global climate change. However, an examination of the full data and some critical consideration shows that the organization, whether unintentionally or deliberately, has inaccurately characterized and misrepresented the information and what it shows. The issue of global climate change is a serious one, potentially affecting societies and economies in many ways. Some regions, like the Miami metropolitan area or the Pacific island nation of Kiribatihave begun to see significant impact from changes in weather patterns. Munich Re , a reinsurance company that offers risk coverage to other major […]

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Fracking Crooks – New York’s Rogue Gallery

July 23, 2014
Fracking Crooks - New York's Rogue Gallery

A few fat envelopes in New York have enabled fracking lobbyist  to buy anything that’s not nailed to the wall. The frackers wrote the state’s Compulsory Integration Law- the worst in the country, and the Legislature passed it unanimously. The frackers wrote the draft fracking regulations- and handed the draft to their accomplices in the Division of Mineral Resources.  The frackers have New York teed up to get fracked.  Starting with the governor. After losing in court, the frackers now plan to try to gut Home Rule in the Legislature – with a handful of fat envelopes in Albany.  Good fracking luck. The Many Faces of State Political Scandals In the past decade, more than 30 current or former state officeholders in New York have been convicted of crimes, sanctioned or otherwise accused of wrongdoing. […]

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How Frackwaste Makes Frackquakes

July 22, 2014
How Frackwaste Makes Frackquakes

Frack Waste + Disposal Wells = Frackquakes. Any questions ? Sue Heavenrich has the story: http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2014/07/quakes-frack-waste.html                       USGE-NEIC ComCat & Oklahoma Geological Survey; May 2, 2014 Five years ago, Oklahoma averaged just two magnitude 3 or greater earthquakes a year. Last year there were 109. As of early July, this year’s count is already over 230 – and that’s just the magnitude 3 and above, temblors big enough to knock dishes off shelves and crack foundations. There are hundreds more low magnitude quakes, say state geologists.   Why all the quakes? They’re due to increased injection of gas- and oil drilling waste fluids into disposal wells, says Cornell researcher Katie Keranen. She recently moved to Cornell from Oklahoma, where she’d […]

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Fracking Limbo : How Oil & Gas Wells Get Orphaned

July 21, 2014
Fracking Limbo : How Oil & Gas Wells Get Orphaned

The oldest trick in the fracking book is to list a well as “inactive” and then sell the lease. This removes the liability of plugging & abandoning (P&A) the well, and is what happens to the plurality of old wells. Some states allow wells to remain on the “inactive” list for years. But, as a practical matter, it only has to remain on the list long enough to be transferred to a shell entity that has no money to plug it. The well ends up as an orphan – abandoned – with no one to plug it. The only way to discourage this is for the initial operator to post a P&A bond to cover the cost, and that money cannot be redeemed until the well is P&A’d regardless of […]

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Texas Town Fights Frackers

July 21, 2014
Texas Town Fights Frackers

Denton, Texas is more than a suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth, it’s a metropolitan enclave, home to North Texas University, which has one of the finest music programs in the country and Texas Womens’ University. Not a town to frack with. Nor does fracking fit into this heavily suburbanized area. So Denton is proposing to ban it – and the frackers are fighting back with Koch-paid petition gatherers who tell people that their petition is “anti-fracking.” Tricky, eh ? Who do the frackers say is “behind” this local grass-roots effort to ban fracking ? Gazprom.  Of course !  That’s enough to make anyone vote for a ban. Call it the Anti-Lunacy Vote. As Texas Sharon points out here. http://dentondrilling.blogspot.com/2014/07/depantsing-perryman-report-about.html Texas Frack Fight Saturday, July 19, 2014 Debunking the Fracking Propaganda about […]

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Fracking Whales

July 20, 2014
Fracking Whales

Not content with fracking trout, livestock or people, the Feds are now going after bigger game: whales. And dolphins and other marine mammals that use sound waves as sonar for navigation and communication. The Feds weapon of choice ? Sonic cannons used to shoot seismic in the ocean floor. And basically deafen whales and dolphins in the process. Yesterday, the Obama Administration released a “record of decision” that will allow seismic blasting in an area of the East Coast twice the size of California—the same dynamite-like blasts that are predicted to injure and possibly kill up to 138,200 marine mammals, as well as harm commercial and recreational fisheries, tourism and coastal recreation–putting more than 730,000 jobs in the blast zone at risk. There are two questions to answer: Why did […]

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Tell Gas Pipeline Survey Crews to Frack Off

July 20, 2014
Tell Gas Pipeline Survey Crews to Frack Off

There is a simple way to deal with gas pipeline projects – Lock the Gate. Don’t let the survey crews on your property. And if they threaten to condemn your property tell them: Just fracking try it.  On average, a landowner gets 78% more from having their property condemned than what they would get in a negotiated sale.  So appropriate thought-provoking opening gambits to their initial overtures are “Sit on it and spin drill bit.” “Eat frack gashole” or “Frack you Frack Head and the fracking horse you rode in on.” Or similar heart-felt sentiments. Be creative. Be clear. Be concise. Refrain from the use of profanity. Then slam the door in their face and try to keep from busting out laughing. After all, that wouldn’t be polite.    Officials Seek Maps for […]

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Colorado Fracking Confusion

July 20, 2014
Colorado Fracking Confusion

Control of the state legislature and Governor Frackenlooper was bought years ago by the frackers, so no help from that lot. Coloradans are faced with two  ballot initiatives on fracking – neither of which simply restores local control – one imposes a 2,000 foot setback from housing, the other is a Green Tea Party manifesto – either of which is better than what Colorado has now: Frack Anywhere. Call it the Casino Effect – once casinos are approved, they easily take over the legislative agenda. Same with frackers – once they have unilaterally disarmed local municipalities of zoning – they can buy enough key legislators to keep it that way.  Ergo, depending on the state legislature to give up a power the state has: Frack Anywhere, is not an inspired strategy […]

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How to Frack a California Tomato

July 20, 2014
How to Frack a California Tomato

Or grape, orange, almond, you name it. Irrigate it with frackwater. The frackers have been conducting an un-controlled experiment on California’s aquifers by injecting then with Mystery Fluids, frack flowback, frack filth and whatever waste products they can pump into the ground. California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers State’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry. California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.  The state’s Division of Oil and […]

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Fracking “Saltwater” Not Same as the Ocean

July 16, 2014
Fracking "Saltwater" Not Same as the Ocean

Unless the ocean is on Venus . . .  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-16/-saltwater-from-fracking-spill-is-not-what-s-found-in-the-ocean.html In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation. The oil industry called the accident a “saltwater” spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what’s found in the ocean. The industry’s wastewater is five to eight times saltier than seawater, said Bill Kappel, a hydrogeologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey. It’s salty enough to sting the human tongue, and contains heavy metals in concentrations that might not meet drinking water standards. The briny mix can also […]

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Planning to Get Fracked

July 15, 2014
Planning to Get Fracked

Inserting Fracking into Town Comprehensive Plans By Sue Heavenrich Last month, Candor Town Supervisor Bob Riggs told our town planning board to revise the town’s Comprehensive Plan. Because, as he stated to the local reporter, “… about two years ago we voted on [and passed] the resolution about natural gas development in the town and in my opinion if you read what we approved alongside the comprehensive plan, it’s in conflict. Those two things ought to be consistent.” His solution? If a mostly pro-drilling town board passes a resolution crafted by outsiders (Joint Landowners Coalition) and pushed by board members who have leased their land for gas drilling (conflict of interest), then of course the planning board should change the Comprehensive Plan to align with this “new reality”. At issue: the planning board didn’t write the Comprehensive […]

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FRACKING PUBLICITY STUNT TOSSED BY JUDGE

July 14, 2014
FRACKING PUBLICITY STUNT TOSSED BY JUDGE

Predictably, the Shale Shyster’s Publicity Stunt that was bankrolled by the Koch Brothers, got tossed on summary judgement. They claimed they had been damaged somehow (but no sum was specified) by an environmental review process – which they were not harmed by, environmentally, any more than anyone else. So they had no standing to challenge the review process based on environmental grounds. Their lawsuit was flawed from the outset since it was billed as a regulatory takings claim, even though it never had any substance as a takings. And they lacked standing on environmental grounds to bring an Article 78 challenge against an environmental regulation, because they did not address what was wrong with the proposed regs from an environmental standpoint. In fact, none the plaintiffs had ever bothered to comment on the dSGEIS review that […]

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Another Fracking Damage Award in Texas

July 13, 2014
Another Fracking Damage Award in Texas

Frack a well. Get sued. Lose in court. Pay damages. Welcome to Texas, pardner.  Where everyone knows that fracking is a dandy way to gas people. Texas Couple Wins Nuisance Suit Against Fracker Homeowners have won another lawsuit over problems related to a nearby natural gas drilling operation. On June 17, Marcus and Laura Marsden of Aledo were awarded $36,000 in damages by a Parker County jury that found Titan Operating created a nuisance with its gas wells near the couple’s home. The Marsdens sued Titan in 2012, claiming the producer failed to respect prior representations regarding where its drill pad would be placed on a neighboring property and how the company would handle traffic and other disruptions. In a 10-2 decision, the jury found that Titan created a temporary […]

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Rob Gastorino’s Shale Gas Clusterfrack

July 13, 2014
Rob Gastorino's Shale Gas Clusterfrack

The gaseous premise of the Rob Gastorino Campaign is that the Cuomo Administration is holding New York back from a fracking bonanza. They have made that pitch to fracking wannabes in Upstate. These wannabes continue to believe that when/if Cuomo approves fracking, they’re all going to get fracking rich. Pretty much regardless of where their property is. Which is the stuff that shale scams are made of – both political shale scams and shale shyster shale scams. Sometimes, both together, which results in a two-fer – a political shale gas clusterfrack. For instance, saw this breathless news flash from the Central New York Landowner’s Coalition: “Hi Friends of the Central NY Landowner’s Coalition.  It has been a while since we’ve connected.  We want to share with you an important recent offer […]

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New York Shale Gas Situation in 4 Maps

July 12, 2014
New York Shale  Gas Situation in 4 Maps

1. NY Bans/Moratoria (Edelstein) http://www.fractracker.org/map/ny-moratoria/ 2. NY “Frack Us First” resolutions (Edelstein) http://www.fractracker.org/map/ny-moratoria/ 3: Shale Gas potential in NY (Acton/Northrup/Allstadt/Brock) http://www.nofrackingway.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Slide1.jpg 4: Composite showing the NY Bans/Moratoria and the Pro-gas resolutions vs the towns where the greatest shale gas potential is:

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Compendium of Fracking Risks

July 12, 2014
Compendium of Fracking Risks

Executive Summary from the Compendium of Fracking Risks Three notable features: First, the compendium is top-heavy with data from recent sources. That’s because, as we discovered in our research, science is now beginning to catch up to the last decade’s surge in unconventional oil and gas extraction.  As stated in the introduction: “A growing body of peer-reviewed studies, accident reports, and investigative articles is now confirming specific, quantifiable evidence of harm and has revealed fundamental problems with the drilling and fracking. Industry studies as well as independent analyses indicate inherent engineering problems including well casing and cement impairments that cannot be prevented.” Indeed, more than half of the peer-reviewed papers in the medical and scientific literature on the health impacts of fracking have been published in the last 18 months. Second, the compendium […]

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Frackers Publish “How to Frack the Public in 5 Easy Steps”

July 10, 2014
Frackers Publish "How to Frack the Public in 5 Easy Steps"

Three years in the making, co-authored by head New York Frak Flak Karen “Mushrooms” Moreau, whose over-bearing bombast has has sold more towns on frack bans than the Slottjes, the frackers have issued their Rules of Deceit entitled “How to Frack the Public in 5 Easy Steps”  for land men, frak flaks, industry shills and their local accomplices. Subtitled “How to make good on the promise of pizzas” Despite their elaborate effort to make nice, when it comes down to it, the frackers simply want to disarm towns of local zoning.  They filed an amicus to that effect in Dryden – and the New York courts didn’t buy it. They are not for locals in any respect – their goal is to negate local control.  Which is why they introduce “frack anywhere” legislation. Frackers Release Fracking Community Engagement […]

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Arrested for Spreading Frack Filth in Texas

July 9, 2014
Arrested for Spreading Frack Filth in Texas

In New York and Fracksylvania, it’s legal to spread frack filth on roads as “de-icer” in the winter and “dust suppressant” in the summer. The towns and counties actually pay for the goo. If the frackers do that in Texas, they get fined, arrested and thrown in the pokey. For free. Texans may be a bunch of atavistic thugs descended from Oglethorpe’s Penal Colony, but we aren’t so fracking stupid as to willfully slather our roads with toxic radioactive frack goo. Texas Sheriff Wants Criminal Charges Filed in Fracking Pollution Case Hauling company dumped toxic frack waste over eight miles of road faces arrest.  A Texas waste hauling company that is already facing civil charges for a March accident that spread toxic drilling waste along a rural road could also be facing […]

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Don’t Fracking Sacrifice Anyone

July 9, 2014
Don't Fracking Sacrifice Anyone

Fracking Ban Must be Statewide to Ensure Safety for All By Eileen Hamlin, Commentary Published 6:01 pm, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 “The Times Union deserves praise for its recent editorial (‘For drillers, no means no’) in support of the recent New York State Court of Appeals ruling that municipalities do indeed have the right to ban fracking. But more importantly, the Times Union supported maintaining New York’s statewide moratorium given increasing scientific evidence showing harms of fracking and that fracking hurts property values. As a rural landowner in the Southern Tier — close enough to Pennsylvania that I often grimace from the sight and discomforting smell of flaring at frack sites across the state border — I am terribly alarmed by the gas industry’s suggestion that the Court of Appeals ruling could […]

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Fracking Optimist : “The Best of All Possible Worlds” ?

July 7, 2014
Fracking Optimist : "The Best of All Possible Worlds" ?

Wherein Times Union columnist Fred Lebrun channels Voltaire and applies the Candide Effect to the Supreme’s Home Ruling. Soon to be a revived as a musical  at a frack hole near you. With a chorus of diesel-powered generators and stage lighting by Flares R Us. “In a decision worthy of Independence Day week that delivered a solid cuff to the regal aspirations of the oil and gas industry in New York, the state’s highest court last week affirmed a locality’s right to ban hydrofracking. The little guy won. We all won, even the oil and gas guys, in an odd sort of way. On balance, it was the best possible outcome. (As a ruling it simply conforms New York towns to the same rights that other towns enjoy in every other state – except two […]

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Fracking Hangover

July 7, 2014
Fracking Hangover

When shale boom turns to shale bust.  Fracking Hangover in Shale Country Peter Elkind Euphoria—and drilling rigs—surged in Fort Worth when the natural gas boom began a decade ago. Many people (including the author of this article) enjoyed the benefits. But today the excitement has moved elsewhere, leaving behind lawsuits and bad feelings. In the great shale-drilling frenzy that spread fracking across America, Fort Worth, Texas—located at the center of the 5,000-square-mile Barnett Shale natural-gas field—was ground zero. The drilling boom has moved on now—first to Arkansas (Fayetteville Shale) and Louisiana (Haynesville Shale), then Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio (Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale). More recently, the excitement has centered on shale fields that produce crude oil, which is far more lucrative, such as the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and […]

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Green Tea Party Legal La La Land

July 6, 2014
Green Tea Party Legal La La Land

Shown below is yet another tea cup of cold water thrown on the New York Supreme’s ruling in support of Home Rule. The naysayers come from two camps – the ones that got beaten outright – the frackers- and the peripheral players who were never directly involved in the Home Rule fight in the first place – who, once that fight was won – had nothing but faint praise and philosophical warnings about the outcome; variously categorizing it as a “double edged sword”  (as opposed to a no-edge sword ?); or little more than a “green light” for Cuomo to frack the Southern Tier (which he has never been without). Guess what. The fight for Home Rule was just that – a fight for local determination – nothing less, and nothing more. […]

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The (Real) History of New York State Frack Bans

July 5, 2014
The (Real) History of New York State Frack Bans

The history of the frack ban movement has yet to be written – until now. (How’s that for a pretentious opening ?) The first New York frack ban ordinance was written by a retired Virginia judge. The first four New York frack bans were inspired by a white paper written by a Florida real estate developer. The first regional conference on frack bans was co-sponsored by a Belgium beer company (not Gazprom) The first petition for a town ban was written by a New Jersey real estate developer.  Here’s how the municipal frack ban movement really got started in New York, and by inspiration, nationwide. History is written by the winners, but history is made by the doers. The municipal frack ban movement started in New York, as told by the doers, […]

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Scientists Confirm (again) Frack Filth Causes Frackquakes

July 4, 2014
Scientists Confirm (again) Frack Filth Causes Frackquakes

Four of the highest-volume frack waste disposal wells in Oklahoma were capable of triggering  up to 20% of recent central U.S. earthquakes in a swarm covering nearly 775 square miles. Earthquakes are induced at distances over 30 km from the disposal wells. These distances are far beyond existing criteria of 5 km from the well for diagnosis of induced earthquakes. The area of increased pressure related to these wells continually expands, increasing the probability of encountering a larger fault and thus increasing the risk of triggering a higher-magnitude earthquake. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-07-links-disposing-wastewater-oklahoma-earthquakes.html#jCp Full study here – www.sciencemag.org/lookup/doi/… 1126/science.1255802 Study links Oklahoma earthquake swarm with fracking operations. Researchers say a large swarm of earthquakes in central Oklahoma was probably caused by activity at a few highly active disposal wells, where wastewater from drilling operations – including […]

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Fracking Sick

July 4, 2014
Fracking Sick

Letter of Dr. Jerome Paulson to PA-DEP on Fracking Impacts on Children From the Letter of June 30, 2014 to: E. Christopher Abruzzo, Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Rachel Carson State Office Building 400 Market Street. Harrisburg, PA 17101 I am writing in regard to decisions that your office will be making about unconventional natural gas extraction (UGE). Some of these decisions may relate specifically to children, such as decisions about setbacks between UGE sites and schools. Other decisions may relate to UGE in a broader sense. As a physician with significant expertise in environmental health*, I want to point out that there is no information in the medical or public health literature to indicate that UGE can be implemented with a minimum of risk to human health. In this very new area […]

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The Washington Post Discovers Frack Bans

July 3, 2014
The Washington Post Discovers Frack Bans

Better late than never. . . . How Two Small New York Towns Shook up the National Fight Over fracking BY STEVEN MUFSON July 2 The multibillion-dollar Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder, Philip Anschutz, one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit three years ago against Dryden, a small town in Upstate New York.The issue: Dryden was sitting on top of some of the best shale gas prospects in the country, and Denver-based Anschutz had bought a substantial number of leases giving it the right to drill there. But in August of that year, Dryden — like many towns seeking to restrain the rush to drill for shale oil or gas — had banned the combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling known as fracking. It did this by adopting […]

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Stating the Obvious About Frack Bans

July 3, 2014
Stating the Obvious About Frack Bans

Peter Mantius has a gift for stating the obvious. While others are philosophizing the nuanced significance of the frack ban ruling, towns that have held off banning fracking are now – newly emboldened politically and legally – in the process of banning fracking.  How about that ? And while they are at it, as Mantius points out, banning the importation of frack waste in the bargain: http://www.dcbureau.org/201407039909/natural-resources-news-service/landmark-decision-local-control-major-setback-fracking-supporters.html#more-9909 Landmark Decision for Local Control Major Setback for Fracking Supporters By Peter Mantius, on July 3rd, 2014 Natural Resources News Service | Leave a comment ALBANY, N.Y. — Towns across New York State and as far away as Texas and Colorado may soon feel the aftershocks of a landmark decision June 30 by the highest court in New York that towns have the authority to ban drilling […]

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“OK, forget the fracking pizza, how about $50,000 instead ?”

July 3, 2014
"OK, forget the fracking pizza, how about $50,000 instead ?"

Unable to bride their way out of getting sued with pizzas anymore, the frackers are  now offering neighbors $50,000 to sign away their rights to sue them. Obviously, this must mean that the frackers expect to damage their neighbors at some multiple of $50,000, like $500,000 or $5,000,000. Or they would not be trying to buy off their neighbors in the first place. Would they ? Hey, at least it’s a step up from pizzas. That’s progress, right ? Here’s a better idea: Sue the frackers. Sue their landmen, their lawyers, their sub-contractors and the horses they rode in on. Sue them right out of the saddle.  Propublica gets the scoop on the frackers latest attempt at community relations.  Residents living close to this gas well pad in Washington County, Pennsylvania […]

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Why The Fracketeers Run Washington, Albany, Austin, Sacramento, etc.

July 2, 2014
Why The Fracketeers Run Washington, Albany, Austin, Sacramento, etc.

Money. On the one hand, lots of it, and on the other, just a relatively few fat envelopes from a relatively few donors to the right gatekeepers who become enriched by the donations.  Government for the rich by the rich. Legalized graft. On a grand scale.  A small percentage of large donors basically pull the strings in any state capital as well as the nation’s capital. Campaigns for the United States Congress are privately funded in America. Eighty- five percent of that funding comes from large contributions. Candidates and political parties target the especially large contributors in their fundraising efforts. But the number of such contributors is tiny: No more than .05% of the American population gives even the maximum amount to one candidate for Congress. The number giving $10,000 or […]

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Tom Libous Indicted by Feds for Fracketeering

July 2, 2014
Tom Libous Indicted by Feds for Fracketeering

As we have commented on many times, this sick frack Tom Libous has been the Frack Lobby’s Poster Boy in Albany. He never met a Fat Envelope he didn’t like.  Along with Skelos and Klein, Libouus killed every piece of fracking reform legislation in the Senate. Just like he was paid to do by the fracketeers in Oklahoma and Texas. These indictments are the tip of the fracking iceberg for Libous. He’s the only state senator in Albany with Amex and Master Card stickers on his lapels. With Libous in the doghouse, there’s going to be an opening for Fracking Bag Man in Albany. Apply in writing to Chesapeake Energy Governmental Relations. 1 Frackland Boulevard, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Don’t delay. Why let Karen “Mushrooms” Moreau hand out all the fat envelopes ? The Supremes uphold […]

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Frack Babies Reaction to Home Rule Ruling

July 1, 2014
Frack Babies Reaction to Home Rule Ruling

After getting a lecture in how to diagram a sentence by the NYS Supremes, the Shale Shysters now plan to shake down the Frack Babies for some more money for a Fracking Reparations Publicity Stunt.  In fact, they’ve already started. My advice to the Frack Babies and Fracking Chickenhawks is to throw as much money as you can at these Shale Shysters. After all, that’s what Shale Shysters are best at – milking dairy farmers: Since the Court of Appeals is the state’s highest court, the gas companies have no legal recourse left to them, as the case does not involve federal law, Scott Kurkoski, who represented Cooperstown Holstein Corp., said in a telephone interview. The situation could be changed if landowners brought a takings lawsuit against municipalities for stopping them from collecting earnings from […]

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Frack Bans – What Happens Now ?

July 1, 2014
Frack Bans - What Happens Now ?

So what happens now ? Any town that has held off banning fracking for fear of getting sued by the frackers just got a neon green light to proceed with a ban. If the town’s elected officials do not take steps to protect the town, they should be replaced at the next available opportunity. While they are at it, they should ban frack waste, since most New York towns are more liable to being dumped on than fracked. The frack lobbyists will try to introduce an ALEC “Frack Anywhere” bill in the legislature, gutting Home Rule as they have in Colorado. Given the political dynamics,  now that the IDC has reverted to being Democrats, that will die in committee, as well it should. So what then about a statewide ban […]

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Shale Gas Wells Leak Up to 10X More Than Conventional Gas Wells

June 30, 2014
Shale Gas Wells Leak Up to 10X More Than Conventional Gas Wells

Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 4:33 p.m. WASHINGTON — In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea. The Marcellus shale formation of plentiful but previously hard-to-extract trapped natural gas stretches over Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York. The study was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team of four scientists analyzed more than 75,000 state inspections of gas wells done in Pennsylvania since 2000. […]

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NEW YORK SUPREMES AFFIRM HOME RULE !

June 30, 2014
NEW YORK SUPREMES AFFIRM HOME RULE !

THE TOWNS OF MIDDLEFIELD AND DRYDEN WIN – FRACK BANS ARE SUSTAINED  New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has upheld the right of municipalities to apply their zoning ordinances to prohibt shale gas industrialization. After reviewing the Town of Dryden and Town of Middlefield trial court rulings, the Appellate Court’s unanimous affirmation of those decisions, and listening to the oral arguments, the Court of Appeals ruled 5 to 2 in favor of the towns, affirming that oil and gas industrialization is not exempt from land use ordinances.  Full decision shown here and here http://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/Decisions/2014/Jun14/130-131opn14-Decision.pdf Which is now racing around the world . . . New York Top Court OKs Local Gas-Drilling Bans NY’s Court Says Towns Can Ban Fracking NY Towns Can Ban Fracking, State Court Rules Associate Judge Victoria Graffeo […]

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Why the EPA Power Plant Rules Don’t Include Methane

June 28, 2014
Why the EPA Power Plant Rules Don’t Include Methane

The Kate sets the record straight on why the EPA’s proposed power plant CO 2 emissions go easy on methane. Because power plant rules  per se don’t address methane. . . they address power plants. Not for nothing is she The Kate. “On June 2nd, EPA released highly publicized proposed new rules to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants. While many touted the rules as a crucial step in addressing the climate change crisis, others criticized them for not being aggressive enough. One particular question that has been raised is why the rules focus only on emissions of carbon dioxide and do not include methane – a much more potent greenhouse gas and one which is emitted in substantial amounts through the oil and gas production and distribution processes? […]

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Shale Chablis: Fine Varietal Wines and Bomb Trains Don’t Mix

June 28, 2014
Shale Chablis: Fine Varietal Wines and Bomb Trains Don't Mix

The frackers are planning a massive industrialized exploding gas cavern right next to the shores of Seneca Lake, which is the home of New York’s finest vineyards. Meaning there will be exploding shale Bomb Trains and tanker trucks 24/7/365 through the vineyards. Before the whole thing goes kaboom.  The Sandra explains why this is not an inspired use of prime vineyard lands: “The gas industry plan to import and store fracked gases (methane, butane, propane) in abandoned salt mines along the shores of Seneca Lake might sound incredulous, but it is real and it is gaining momentum. So is the fight against it. Seneca Lake is a source of drinking water for 100,000 people.  It’s also the Lake Trout capital of the world, and the vast amout of water that […]

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UNITED SHALE ASTROTURF

June 27, 2014
UNITED SHALE ASTROTURF

With much fanfare and political photo-ops, the media was flooded with stories about a new pro-natural gas “grassroots” group back in march 2014. The name of the group is United Shale Advocates (USA).   As was pointed out in GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates is far from being a grassroots organization. It’s gas-roots, or more to the point ASTROTURF. Astroturf groups are industry backed groups posing as “Grass”roots. In other words, just as Astroturf is fake grass, Astroturf groups are fake grassroots groups. More proof was found today in the form of a “Robo-email Blasts” urging members to write their legislators. They even tell the members what to write. Many gas-roots Astroturf groups, industry spokespeople, and supporters have accused Fracktivist groups of using Robo-email Blasts in the past. Somehow, when a […]

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Methane Tops as Global Warmer

June 27, 2014
Methane Tops as Global Warmer

Researchers no longer dispute the high gas leakage rates of aging gas fields, they just find it hard to believe that such leakage rates are the norm. That the high rates differ from the “best practices” rates of new wells. There is a very simple explanation for this: as wells age, they get sold. To avoid the plugging liability, many of them end up being sold to a shell company, who does not maintain them, just pumps them, shuts them in and abandons them – and skips out on the plugging liability. In the process, the well leaks. This process of sequentially deteriorating ownership leading to neglect and abandonment happens on many wells sooner or later. Everywhere in the world. New  York state has thousands of such abandoned wells.  Research […]

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Domestic Gas Users Oppose Gas Exports

June 27, 2014
Domestic Gas Users Oppose Gas Exports

For obvious reasons. The net effect of exporting gas is that it increases the price domestically – both on natural gas and on electricity generated from gas. Exporting gas does not grow the US nor does it enhance domestic energy security. Exporting gas doesn’t create jobs in the US – it eliminates manufacturing jobs at companies that use natural gas, who are less competitive with higher priced gas. Exporting domestic supplies of natural gas makes no sense whatsoever for US consumers or  US manufacturers. It only make sense to the frackers, the fracking lobbyists and the fat check boys in Congress.  APGA Opposes LNG Export Legislation On 25 June, The American Public Gas Association (APGA) expressed concern to Chairman Landrieu of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Senator Udall in […]

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Global Denial: Who Pays to Deny Climate Change ?

June 27, 2014
Global Denial: Who Pays to Deny Climate Change ?

One of the best articles ever on the PR campaign to deny global warming. From the creators of Joe Camel. Robert WynneContributor FOLLOW I tackle the nuances of, and misconceptions about, public relations.full bio → Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwynne/2014/06/26/the-public-relations-debate-about-global-warming-heats-up The Public Relations Debate About Global Warming Heats Up Comment Now Follow Comments  The denial of man-made global warming is one of the greatest PR campaigns in history.  With echoes of the industry-funded research from tobacco companies that denied links between smoking and lung cancer, the well-coordinated PR plan has delayed new regulations for coal and petroleum industries and influenced millions of Americans. In simple terms, man-made global warming can be described as “the increase in Earth’s average surface temperature due to rising levels of greenhouse gases,” […]

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Gov. Christie Vows to Block Frack Waste Ban Legislation at Toll Booths

June 26, 2014
Gov. Christie Vows to Block Frack Waste Ban Legislation at Toll Booths

Gov. Chrisite has vowed to block frack waste legislation by shutting down all toll booths leading into  the state capital.  “It worked before and it will work again,” the porcine pol chuckled to reporters. “New Jersey needs to take its fair share of this frack slop,” he belly-laughed, “Even though we (New Jersey) don’t have anything to frack.” New Jersey Lawmakers Send Frack Waste ban to Christie JUNE 26, 2014, 4:39 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014, 6:15 PM BY JAMES M. O’NEILL STAFF WRITER THE RECORD Print The state Assembly Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill designed to ban the treatment and disposal of waste generated by hydraulic fracturing. The Senate had already approved the measure last month, which now faces a final hurdle – the signature of Governor […]

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New Study: Fracking Causes Air Pollution. Imagine That.

June 26, 2014
New Study: Fracking Causes Air Pollution. Imagine That.

Fracking operations are a textbook way to create air pollution. Everything on a drilling/ fracking site is run by diesel engines. The trucks, the electric generators, the motors that drive the pumps, and the drill rig itself – all start with diesel power – used either directly or to drive generators. There are no pollution control devices on those diesel motors – no catalytic converters, no urea capture systems – just straight black diesel exhaust. 24/7/365.  And then the drilling process produces gas which bubbles up in the drilling mud and is vented – not flared – to whomever is in the neighborhood.  On a windless night, all that pollution floats right into the neighborhood. Gassing you while you sleep. Air Pollution Spikes in Homes Near Fracking  Levels of particulate […]

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Fracksylvania’s Dumping Grounds: New York

June 24, 2014
Fracksylvania's Dumping Grounds: New York

Neither the waste haulers nor the  NY DEC can be trusted regarding frack waste. There is simply more frack waste coming out of Fracksylvania than the frackers know what to do with. Fracksylvania’s DEP does not track the filth beyond state lines, so once the truck is in New York, it’s home free.  The hauler will say that it is “salt water” that it is “brine” that it smells like roses.  The haulers get paid by the load, not by the hour, so it is in their best interest to simply make the stuff go bye-bye as expeditiously as possible. When it comes to fracking, the lead agency within the NY  DEC is the Division of Mineral Resources – which is literally a revolving door to fracking. The DMR is the […]

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Engineering Lies at Seneca Lake

June 24, 2014
Engineering Lies at Seneca Lake

  Fagan Engineers the Facts on LPG facility The truth-benders from the Texas oil patch who want to use old salt caverns next to Seneca Lake to store petroleum products can count on Dennis Fagan, chairman of the Schuyler County Commission.He runs interference for them, wielding company talking points to brush aside mounting dissent in Watkins Glen By Peter Mantius  Posted Jun. 23, 2014 @ 7:13 pm  The truth-benders from the Texas oil patch who want to use old salt caverns next to Seneca Lake to store petroleum products can count on Dennis Fagan, chairman of the Schuyler County Commission. He runs interference for them, wielding company talking points to brush aside mounting dissent in Watkins Glen. On June 9 Fagan rammed through the Schuyler commission his resolution supporting Houston-based […]

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Gassed in New York

June 23, 2014
Gassed in New York

One compressor station at a time. You don’t even need a fracker to get gassed. Welcome to Minisink, New York.  NEW YORK’S DEADLY FRACKING PROBLEM By Peter Rugh Jun 19 2014 341 Share on Tumblr 1 point on reddit Print A pipeline marker near the Minisink Compression Station Leanne and Robert Baum used to take their children sledding in the field across the road from their house in Minisink, New York. But these days, Leanne, who drives a school bus for a local Christian academy, and Robert, who runs a hardware store, say they’re afraid to even let their kids play in the front yard. The couple’s small township in Orange County has for decades supplied fresh organic and heirloom produce to the restaurants and farmers’ markets in New York City, 60 miles south. Now, it is the site […]

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FERC is a Rubber Stamp Machine

June 22, 2014
FERC is a Rubber Stamp Machine

From the Constitution Pipeline, or the Spectra, or the Minisink Compressor… If you’ve been following the activities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, you’ll already have realized that FERC never met a pipeline they didn’t like. (This issue of FERC Bias recently came up during the Minisink trial.) So since we all know FERC’s a Rubber Stamp Machine, we decided to make a video about it. A cute video/song about a serious topic… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfLKYUHNZ1c

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Texas $3M Frack Damage Award Upheld

June 20, 2014
Texas $3M Frack Damage Award Upheld

The jury trials $3M damage award was upheld when the defendant, the fracker, argued that the plaintiffs, the frackees, were fracked by other frackers ! This is the infamous “ClusterFrack Defense” where the fracker does not deny that they fracked somebody, they just contend that other frackers were involved as well – ie. a clusterfrack – in an effort to shift the blame to multiple frackers. The judge didn’t buy it. The trial jury ruling stands. The frackers not only gassed the family but they gassed the state inspector that came to check up on their complaint.  Don’t delay, sue a fracker Texas style:  Sue them, sue their lawyers, and sue the horse they rode in on.  Judge Upholds Texas Frack Damage Verdict Full story from Inside Climate News here  BY DAVID […]

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Fracking Revolving Door Spins Out of Control

June 20, 2014
Fracking Revolving  Door Spins Out of Control

The Fracking Revolving Door spins out of control – and she was responsible for “Climate Change” ?  In which fracking direction ? Warmer or cooler ? https://www.facebook.com/DeSmogBlog/posts/10154300853065422 Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Heather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk out of the government-industry revolving door to become a member of the board of directors for fracked gas exports giant Cheniere, who nominated her to serve on the board. The announcement, made through Cheniere’s U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Form 8-K and its Schedule 14A, comes just as amajor class-action lawsuit was filed against the board of the company by stockholders. In reaction to the lawsuit, Cheniere has delayed its annual meeting. At that meeting, the company’s stockholders will vote on the Zichal nomination. […]

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Regulators Gagged in Fracksylvania

June 19, 2014
Regulators Gagged in Fracksylvania

Because the first rule of Frack Club is don’t talk about Frack Club. Particularly if you work for a state regulatory agency. That regulates fracking. BY KATIE COLANERI Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years. Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that. Deasy, a former program specialist with the Bureau of Epidemiology, said the department also began requiring field staff to get permission to attend any meetings outside […]

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Fracking Bans Poll – Vote Now !

June 19, 2014
Fracking Bans Poll - Vote Now !

WSJ Poll: Should Towns Be Allowed to Ban Fracking ? Take the WSJ poll here – vote early and often – then leave a comment  http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2014/06/17/wsj-poll-should-towns-be-allowed-to-use-zoning-regulations-to-ban-fracking/  A decision by the New York Court of Appeals on two challenges to local zoning is being closely watched by energy companies and more than  a hundred towns and cities that would be impacted by the ruling. Reporter Joseph de Avila writes: The two suits will determine whether New York municipalities can apply their land use ordinances to shale gas industrialization as they do in other states such as Texas, Oklahoma and California.   The New York Court of Appeals is weighing whether towns can use zoning regulations to ban high-volume, hydraulic fracturing, widely known as fracking. Its decision will have ramifications for the more than 170 towns and […]

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Gas Compressor Stations Don’t Make Great Neighbors

June 18, 2014
Gas Compressor Stations Don't Make Great Neighbors

Unless you have some marshmallows you want to roast.  Show below, and here is a partial list of US gas compressors and gas lines that have gone kablooey.  To put this carnage in perspective, more people are killed in gas related incidents in a month in the US than have been killed by the US nuclear power plant industry in its history. And that body count does not include the source of the gas – fracking. . . 1. Explosion at Susquehanna Gas Compressor Station http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/fire-possible-explosion-at-susquehanna-gas-compressor-station-thought-to-be-accidental-1.1489789 BY JOSEPH KOHUT (STAFF WRITER) Published: May 16, 2013 NATURAL GAS FIRE BELIEVED AN ACCIDENT Possible explosion investigated A fire and possible explosion at a Susquehanna County gas compressor station late Tuesday night remain under investigation but is thought to be an accident, a state police fire marshal […]

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Frick & Frack Caught Dumping Frack Filth

June 18, 2014
Frick & Frack Caught Dumping Frack Filth

The name of the waste hauler is “Frick & Frack Transport” – I am not making this up.  Note that the authorities correctly identify why this illegal dumping happens so often – the waste haulers are paid by the load, not by the hour, so they have an incentive to simply make the flowback disappear, avoid the tipping fees and go get another load. Repeat. And that is exactly what they do. Dumper Caught “Red-Handed” By Sean Arithson Updated: June 18, 2014 Posted 6/17/14 (Tue)By John D. Taylor A Utah man allegedly caught “red-handed” dumping saltwater into a ditch south of Ambrose now faces a felony charge.According to Sheriff Lauren Throntveit, a St. George, Utah man was observed dumping his load into a ditch at the corner of 97th Street and […]

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EPA’s Methane Greenwash

June 17, 2014
EPA's Methane Greenwash

The EPA could regulate methane as a greenhouse gas – if it wanted to. It regulates CO 2 as a greenhouse gas and that regulatory authority has been upheld by the US Supreme Court. (Scalia dissented on behalf of the frackers and Clarence “I concur” Thomas went “ugh”)   The frackers say that methane emissions is not a problem. The new head of the Dept. of Energy, Ernie Moniz, aka “Easy Money” got his job by proving gas wells don’t leak. If so, they shouldn’t have a problem with some regulations. Right ? If the EPA does not regulate methane emissions, we will all get cooked by the fracker’s “best practices”  Here is the NRDC’s and Sierra Club’s take on why the EPA should regulate methane as a potent greenhouse gas. […]

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Seneca Lake Gas Bomb Political Corruption ?

June 16, 2014
Seneca Lake Gas Bomb Political Corruption ?

In a meeting jammed with 200 spectators, and with another 100 protesting outside, three county legislators broke ranks and voted against a resolution to support a proposal to store 88 million gallons of liquid propane gas in salt caverns three miles north of Watkins Glen on Seneca Lake’s eastern shore, which should make a dandy tourist attraction some day, like Mt Etna. . . The people who oppose the project — an industrial facility proposed by Crestwood of Houston, Texas, (formerly Inergy, a name synonymous with scandal, corporate duplicity and bad publicity) — were crestfallen that the pro-project resolution passed 5-3 along party lines (ie. Fracking Shills vs Responsible Govt.), doubly so when a second resolution opposing the project received just two votes. Three legislators (Michael Lausell, Jim Howell and Barbara […]

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Connecticut Passes State Fracking IQ Exam

June 15, 2014
Connecticut Passes State Fracking IQ Exam

And bans toxic radioactive imported frack filth from being splattered on state roads, dumped into landfills and pumped into water treatment plants. Frackers will have to look elsewhere to unload the stuff. To put this into political perspective – all of those methods of getting rid of frack waste are illegal in most Western states, including Texas. Where, in order to protect the non-existent trout population, we pump the toxic radioactive goo down disposal wells. Then sit down and hold on. That’s the trade-off with frackwaste: contaminate the land and water or induce frackquakes. Or ban it, as Connecticut just did. http://environmentalheadlines.com/ct/2014/06/14/governor-malloy-signs-fracking-waste-moratorium-into-law/?   Governor Malloy Signs Fracking Waste Moratorium into Law June 14th, 2014  Gov. Dannell P. Malloy signed Public Act 14-200 into law, which enacts a three year moratorium on […]

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Fracked Gas Could Surpass Coal In Global Warming By 2020

June 14, 2014
Fracked Gas Could Surpass Coal In Global Warming By 2020

Abandoned Oil Wells Spouting Significant Levels of Methane Princeton researcher Mary Kang measures leaks that risk groundwater, and increasingly the climate. “Stray gas can travel distances as great as 14 kilometres away and pop up in rivers and homes.”  So a “safe”set-back from the well pad starts at 15Km? Flaming faucets are just that tip of the melting iceberg. By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, TheTyee.ca An illustration of stray gas migrating into groundwater and the atmosphere, far away from a leaky wellbore. Source: Alberta Energy Regulator. Canada’s 500,000 Leaky Energy Wells: ‘Threat to Public’ Badly sealed oil and gas wellbores leak emissions barely monitored, experts find. Canadian Fracking Lacks Credible Groundwater Monitoring: Expert Without proper science on the technique, industry will lose the public’s faith, contaminant scientist says. ‘Natural Gas Is a […]

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Princeton’s Leaking Gas Wells Study

June 14, 2014
Princeton's Leaking Gas Wells Study

Yet another study by Super Sleuth Mary Kang of Princeton confirms that gas wells leak – a lot. Note that the gas wells are venting both biogenic and thermogenic sources of gas – because they are really big deep holes in the ground before they are cased. And after they are abandoned, the cement sheathing shrinks, cracks and up comes the methane . . . Page 40: http://cmi.princeton.edu/annual_reports/pdfs/2013.pdf Field Measurements of Gas Leakage from Abandoned Wells A new field measurement program, led by Princeton senior graduate student Mary Kang, involves direct measurements of methane fluxes along old abandoned wells in northwestern Pennsylvania. Mary and others from Princeton made a total of four rounds of measurements in the last year, involving 19 abandoned wells. All 19 wells showed positive methane emissions to […]

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Ohio Changes Name to Kochio (rhymes with “Tokyo”)

June 14, 2014
Ohio Changes Name to Kochio (rhymes with "Tokyo")

Thereby making it official:  the state that is round on both ends and Hi in the middle is little more than a Koch Sock Puppet. Run by a bunch of fracketeeers. Here are some prime quotes, after Gov. Kasich signed a law that gutted the state’s commitment to energy efficiency and renewables: Before the signing the law, Gov. Kasich and his proxies had hailed the state’s clean energy initiatives. “Ohio ranks No. 1 in the nation for renewable and advanced energy, bringing in more renewable energy facilities than any other state,” according to Dick Munson, with the Environmental Defense Frauds. Really  ? No. 1 ? Ohio by no means “ranks No. 1 in the nation for renewable energy” Not even fracking close.  In fact it ranks 38th – as this report shows.  So much […]

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The Best Politicians That Money Can Buy

June 13, 2014
The Best Politicians That Money Can Buy

May be a toss up between Fracksylvania, New York and Nigeria. The tell is that neither Fracksylvania nor New York have a direct state tax on oil and gas production, whereas Nigeria does.  In lieu of a severance tax, the fracking lobbyist simply hand out fat envelopes. It’s cheaper that way, and they can still write it off as a business expense.  What that means is that fracking is a net loser for the state. The state gets no money to repair their roads and clean up the frack waste. Plus the revenue service gets to chase down the LLCs that own the wells that may/ may not pay state income tax. The cartoon is wrong. Fracksylvania has a dinky fee on wells, New York has nothing. But the logic […]

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EXXON Sneaks A Frack Permit Next to NYC Watershed

June 12, 2014
EXXON Sneaks A Frack Permit Next to NYC Watershed

Close enough to New York City’s watershed to gas it. This time via the side door, by avoiding the legislatively prescribed process on spacing unit permits, such as the one described here. There is an alternative method to get a HVHF app in the queue, via the fracker’s accomplices inside the DEC, the Division of Mineral Resources. Mike Bernard ferreted this fracking loophole out. It goes as follows: Driller submits permit application to drill in a specific place, and frack a specific  area: a proposed Spacing Unit. The Division of Mineral Resources (DMN) announces its Intent to Issue Permits if the Spacing Unit in the application conforms with the Spacing Law  ECL §23-0501(1)(b). These are issued from time-to-time, and about 50 are listed at http://www.dec.ny.gov/dmndata/Well_Reports/Unit_Spacing_SW_Rpt.html The actual issuance of the permit requires the “completion of the SGEIS” according to […]

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Iraq’s 3rd Oil War: Road Rats Battle For Refineries

June 12, 2014
Iraq's 3rd Oil War: Road Rats Battle For Refineries

Turns out to be a post Bush /Cheney Clusterfrack lead by a group of hired thugs posing as (un)holy warriors who have targeted the oil fields of Syria and Northern Iraq. What a fracking surprise. History repeats itself, the second time as fracking farce. What’s a bit ironic about this crew, who dress in ski masks made in China by Taoists, fatigues made in the US by Baptists and carry rifles made in Russia by Orthodox Catholics – is that their mind-control ploy is fundamentalist Islam – which ostensibly eschews all non-Koranic technology – unless it is an Exxon oil refinery or a power plant made by Westinghouse. How theologically convenient. This is what comes of combining a hydrocarbon extraction mentality with religious fundamentalism – sort of the the Mid […]

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Who Wrote Obama’s Power Plant Proposals ? (Make a wild guess. . .)

June 10, 2014
Who Wrote Obama's Power Plant Proposals ? (Make a wild guess. . .)

June 10, 2014 Michael Berndtson I’m going to guess ICF International via Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) at least planted the seed that germinated into the idea of replacing coal with fracked gas.  The power plant rule is all about accelerating natural gas, very little about renewables. According to numbers in the EPA’s regulatory Impact Statement, it would promote almost ten times more new power generation from fracked gas than from renewables by 2020. David Doniger, a former EPA staffer, now directs the climate and clean air program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The EPA rules issued Monday are largely modeled on a March 2013 blueprint from the NRDC, which Doniger helped to write: Closing the Power Plant Carbon Pollution Loophole: Smart Ways the Clean Air Act Can Clean Up America’s Biggest Climate Polluters NRDC acknowledge those assisting in writing the […]

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Colorado Fracking Frackdown

June 10, 2014
Colorado Fracking Frackdown

The Governor of Colorado gave the frackers carte blanche to frack everywhere.  With predictable results: Now many voters don’t want to be fracked anywhere.  All other Western red Repulican states – including Texas and Oklahoma – allow local communities the right to decide for themselves in the form of Home Rule, local land use controls. So should Colorado. After a few fat envelopes were passed around, Colorado municipalities were unilaterally disarmed; their historic land use control rights should be restored. Like they are in Texas. Battle Over Fracking in Colorado By JACK HEALYJUNE 9, 2014 Photo Oil-drilling equipment near a neighborhood in Mead, Colo. CreditMatthew Staver for The New York Times DENVER — An impassioned national debate over the oil-production technique known as fracking is edging toward the ballot box in Colorado, opening an […]

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BOLUS’S CAPONE CONGRUENCY

June 10, 2014
BOLUS’S CAPONE  CONGRUENCY

Al Capone, head of the most profitable crime syndicate of the Prohibition Era and mastermind of the notorious 1929 “Valentine’s Day Massacre,” seemed above the law.   In 1931, Capone was convicted not of crimes related to bootlegging , extortion or murder, but rather for failing to pay income tax. Al Capone once complained about the bad reputation of his criminal enterprise: “Some call it bootlegging.  Some call it racketeering.  I call it a business.” On Friday, June 6, Brian Bolus and other members of his family were indicted on insurance fraud, theft and “related counts” connected with doing business. The Bolus businesses were also charge and include: Minuteman Environmental Services Inc., Minuteman Spill Response, Inc., Minuteman Towing Inc., Bolus Truck Parts and Towing Services Inc., Key Brockway Inc., Key Sales […]

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Renewables Cheaper Than Fracking !

June 9, 2014
Renewables Cheaper Than Fracking !

Even in Texas. New study of the cost of adding renewable power, show that in some states with abundant sunshine and wind, renewable power costs less than fossil fuels. And that is without any of the “intangible” costs of the health impacts, pollution, road damage and global warming caused by frackers. . . . . Costs For States to Go Renewable By John Upton States can boost renewable energy capacity at bargain-basement prices, a new study finds. Federal researchers examined the 29 states where renewable portfolio standards (RPS’s) have been in place for more than five years. They concluded that these standards, which require utilities to generate a certain percentage of power from clean sources, led to the development of 46,000 megawatts of renewable capacity up until 2012 — and that they raised electricity rates by an average […]

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Oxymoronic “Safe Setbacks” for Fracking

June 9, 2014
Oxymoronic "Safe Setbacks" for Fracking

When someone asked me what I thought the safe setback should be in New York, I answered, “The state line.” Setbacks do not address even half of the fracking problems –  greenhouse gases. frack truck convoys, toxic radioactive frackwaste, water pollution, etc. Here is an article about the proposed setbacks in Maryland. One comment – the setbacks in Texas are set by local zoning, with 1,500′ being the norm. But the hydrology in most of Texas is vastly different than the hydrology in Maryland, so the setbacks would need to be greater in Md. And the setback would need to be from the entire process – most setbacks, including the one proposed for New York is just from the well pad, not from the storage pits, compressors, tank batteries, truck yard, etc. […]

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Gas Lobby Wrote Obama’s Power Plant Proposal

June 8, 2014
Gas Lobby Wrote Obama's Power Plant Proposal

Methane, the most potent power plant greenhouse gas, is conspicuously absent from Obama’s power plant proposal. Because that’s the way the gas lobbyists wrote it.  In the proposals 645 pages, methane, ie. natural gas, is mentioned 5 times. Making this proposal one big Fracking Ad, and a prescription for cooking the planet with “clean burning natural gas” Because the First Rule of Frack Club is don’t talk about Frack Club. Or mention methane.  Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  Statement on EPA Draft Plan Released June 2, 2014 on  “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”  RIN 2060-AR33  by Robert W. Howarth, Ph.D. The David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA June 7, 2014   I have […]

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Michigan AG Charges Biggest Fracker With Fracketeering

June 6, 2014
Michigan AG Charges Biggest Fracker With Fracketeering

What a surprise  Michigan AG Charges Chesapeake With Racketeering and Fraud Posted by jim weyland on June 5, 2014 at 12:36pm in Shale Related Topics View Discussions Michigan’s attorney general filed felony racketeering and fraud claims against Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Thursday, alleging the company canceled hundreds of private land leases under false pretenses following a short-lived oil and gas boom in the state in 2010. The charges, filed in Michigan state court in Cheboygan, allege Chesapeake, through its leasing agents, victimized private landowners in northern Michigan by falsely claiming mortgages on their properties were a legitimate basis for the lease cancellations. Landowners were previously told the mortgages were not a problem, the state alleged. “I will defend and protect the taxpayers of Michigan in the face of fraudulent business practices,” Michigan Attorney General […]

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Evidence Proves Fracking Gasses Water

June 6, 2014
Evidence Proves Fracking Gasses Water

As previously noted, the issue of which formation the gas comes from is irrelevant if the gas well gasses groundwater. Studies in Canada showed that the gas is most likely to come from shallow formations -above the target zone. If there are a lot of wells in the area, knowing where the gas came from can be used to tie it to a particular well – in the case of Parker County, Texas, that would be a Range Resource well that tapped the Barnett Shale. Scientists believe the gas comes from the shale formation, and can prove it, as this news report indicates. Scientists: Tests Prove Fracking to Blame print Email this article MORE by BRETT SHIPP WFAA Posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:34 PM Related: EPA: Flammable Parker County water […]

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Canadians Scientists Discover That Old Gas Wells Leak. A Lot. Forfrackingever.

June 5, 2014
Canadians Scientists Discover That Old Gas Wells Leak. A Lot. Forfrackingever.

The steel casing and cement sheathing in an oil and gas well are designed to last for as long as the productive life of the well. About twenty years for a conventional well. About ten for a shale well. Long before that many of them leak, and sometime after the end of their productive life, they will all leak. Because ferrous metals are not immortal.  Particularly when awash in brine. A team of researchers from the University of Waterloo have concluded the obvious: all those old wells are conduits to pollution into aquifers and methane into the atmosphere. Canada’s 500,000 Leaky Energy Wells: ‘Threat to Public (Planet)’ Badly sealed oil and gas wellbores leak emissions  that are barely monitored, experts find. By Andrew Nikiforuk A new University of Waterloo report warns […]

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North Carolina Officially Dumbest Fracking State

June 5, 2014
North Carolina Officially Dumbest Fracking State

By adopting a law that criminalizes disclosure of frack chemicals – which other states, such as Texas and Wyoming, require the fracker to disclose, and that Halliburton already makes available, the chemical components of which are publicly available from other sources, including state and national directories: California Proposition 65 – All components listed MA Right-to-Know Law  – One or more components listed. NJ Right-to-Know Law – One or more components listed. PA Right-to-Know Law – One or more components listed. Canadian Regulations -Canadian DSL Inventory All components listed on inventory. As a practical matter, anyone outside of the state of North Carolina with a chemistry set could publish a list of the chemical composition and distribute it in defiance of this pea-brained law. Evidently the frack shills of North Carolina […]

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New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule Videos !

June 3, 2014
New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule Videos !

Home Rule, a municipality’s legal right to apply its zoning laws to oil and gas wells, was defended Tuesday in New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. The judges grilled both sides, but left the distinct impression that, if the Legislature wants to specifically preclude a municipality from applying land use laws to oil and gas drilling, the Legislature will need to expressly prohibit it. Because the statute in question clearly does not.  The trial courts and the state appellate court, a total of eight justices, including the judges in Avon and Binghamton that referred to Dryden, have found that zoning bans did not “seek to regulate the details or procedure of” gas drillers, but “simply establishes permissible and prohibited uses of land” within towns. Conspicuous in their absence: The DEC. The plaintiffs are contending […]

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Colorado Frackquake !

June 3, 2014
Colorado Frackquake !

A 3.4-magnitude earthquake struck northern Colorado Saturday night, and environmentalists weren’t surprised to learn that the epicenter was near a fracking site. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake struck about 9:35 p.m. It was felt in five towns, NBC 9reported, with Greeley being the nearest. There were no reports of damage, but anti-fracking activists say there is not a lot of math to add up in this incident. The USGS site refers to eastern Colorado as nearly “aseismic” and states that earthquakes are rare in the state, overall. However, The Tribune reported that the earthquake took place less than two miles away from two oil and gas wastewater injection wells that the state has not inspected in nearly two years. Greeley is also in Weld County, where there are more than 24,000 wells. Graphic credit: […]

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Home Rule Frackdown at the New York Supremes Today !

June 3, 2014
Home Rule Frackdown at the New York Supremes Today !

Let Towns, Cities Decide on Fracking Note who is not going to be with the plaintiffs in Albany today: the DEC. The plaintiffs are contending that the state, the Department of Environmental Conservation, has the right to pre-empt local land use laws. But the DEC does not agree – they could have joined this action against the towns of Dryden and Middlefield as co-plaintiffs, intervenors or with an amicus brief – but refrained from doing so. The reason why is simple: the towns are right. They are not “regulating” the activity, they are prohibiting it. Big difference. That even the DEC understands.  By Scott M. Stringer and Julie Huntsman, Commentary Published 5:38 pm, Monday, June 2, 2014 Today, the New York State Court of Appealswill hear arguments in a case that poses […]

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Obama Replaces Fossil Fuelishness With Even More Fossil Fuelishness

June 2, 2014
Obama Replaces Fossil Fuelishness With Even More Fossil Fuelishness

Read this news story about the EPA’s proposed limits on carbon emissions and the Fossil Fools’ fuelish response.  What the proposal does not do is cut methane emissions, so while CO2 might drop, if natural gas is substituted the impact on global warming stays the same. We get cooked with gas instead of coal. Whoopee. Obama’s proposal could have been written by the gas lobby, and probably was. This has not gone unnoticed by the press.  “Converting to natural gas plants, which is what this latest rule is likely to do, will actually aggravate climate change, not make things better,” said Robert Howarth.  There is a rather obvious way to cut carbon pollution without replacing it with methane pollution, and Europe is doing just that. The German Renewable Energy Grid uses coal fired power […]

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How To Tell Where The Shale Gas Is Not

June 1, 2014
How To Tell Where The Shale Gas Is Not

Look for lapsed leases. Preferably from shale gas exploration companies. Preferably in areas where they should have re-leased. If there actually was any shale gas potential there. Saw this missive from a lawyer that takes a lawyerly approach to geology. Which makes about as much sense as taking a geological approach to the law: “I finished making a list of the leases Cabot recorded in the Delaware County Clerk’s office between December 1988 and April 1989. There are 158 of them and most are in the following towns: Delhi  35 leases Meredith  30 leases Kortright  24 leases Davenport  21 leases Hamden  15 leases Franklin  11 leases There were also a few leases in Bovina, Middletown, Stamford, and Walton. Otego and Oneonta were mentioned because the property crossed the border. So we […]

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“Sustainable Shale” Shamstitute Proving Unsustainable

June 1, 2014
"Sustainable Shale" Shamstitute Proving Unsustainable

The oxymoronic“Center for Sustainable Shale” shamstitute just lost its two biggest founding funders. Perhaps because it finally dawned on them that : A. Shale gas is by no means “sustainable” except as a fracking PR hoax. B. The Shamstitute was a PR front for the frackers C. There are better places to donate foundation funds than to PR hoaxes. (Unless you’re a fracker) D. All of the above The Heinz Foundation and William Penn Foundation pulled out, leaving pizza purveyors Chevron, shale sob story Shell, equally clueless Williams, and the Rent-a-NGO Environmental Defense Frauds to try to perpetuate the Sustainable Shale Sham. Who will be the last Shale Shill Standing ? This shale shamstitute continues its death spiral as it loses legitimate environmental support – leaving it with just support from frackers, which […]

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50,000 Comments on The Best Energy Plan

May 31, 2014
50,000 Comments on The Best Energy Plan

That the frackers could buy.  Environmentalists Deliver 50,000 Comments Photos: Jessica Azulay of Alliance for a Green Economy, left, and Keith Schue of Sustainable Otsego unload boxes of comments at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority offices on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The comments, filed on the deadline for responding to the draft state energy plan issued in January, urge New York officials to reject additional natural gas drilling as any sort of environmental solution, calling instead for a much stronger push for renewable and cleaner solar and wind power. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) ALBANY, New York — Environmental activists delivered more than 50,000 comments to the Cuomo administration on Friday, urging officials to recast the state’s energy plan with specific strategies for burning less fossil […]

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Milking Dairy Farmers For Fracking Publicity Stunts

May 31, 2014
Milking Dairy Farmers For Fracking Publicity Stunts

There’s a cottage industry of Shale Shysters and Fracking Chicken Hawks that continue to milk landowners of donations – in hopes of getting fracked some decade soon. And then there are the frack-sniffing news letters, like Marcellus Drilled for Dummies. Here is their take on the Dryden /Middlefield Home Rule showdown at the Supremes in Albany next week:  http://marcellusdrilling.com/2014/05/pivotal-court-date-next-week-for-future-of-ny-fracking/ What we have in our favor: Four of the seven judges that will hear the case next Tuesday are appointees by (sic) former Republican Gov. George Pataki. That doesn’t mean it’s a shoo-in, but it does mean we’ll get a fair hearing. Implying that the eight (8) justices – some of whom are Republicans-  that have already heard these cases did not give it a “fair hearing” ? Or that Home Rule – which is […]

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America’s Most Unhealthy Energy Source ?

May 30, 2014
America's Most Unhealthy Energy Source ?

It ain’t coal. It ain’t solar. Or nuclear. Or wind. It’s Fracking. Do the math on the body count. How does it sicken you and kill you ? Let me count the ways. There is another fracking injury daily, a worker gets blown up, a homeowner is sickened, livestock dies, a bomb train wipes out a a town – literally another Frackastrophe – every fracking day.  More fatalities, accidents and contaminations than all the other energy sources put together. “But it burns real clean.” So it does, when a worker is incinerated at a well site or a resident is gassed with radon in their home. As Uncle Joe Stalin used to say, “One death is a tragedy. Ten thousand deaths is a statistic” Fracking has now entered the “statistics” class of health […]

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Fracking Does Not (necessarily) Gas Water. Frackers (invariably) Do.

May 29, 2014
Fracking Does Not (necessarily) Gas Water. Frackers (invariably) Do.

Have been saying this for years – shale gas industrialization mobilizes gas from shallow formations – in this case, the Strawn – via the large open well bore, and the gaps in the completed well bore – long before any gas leaks out of the fracked lateral.   So when the press reports that “no gas came from fracking” they might be right – the gas came from the well bore tapping shallow deposits on the way to the shale. Did “fracking” put the gas in the water ?  Maybe, maybe not. Did the frackers ? Absolutely – they drilled the big hole that released the shallow gas deposits. So who’s responsible for gassing the groundwater ? The frackers. How do they weasel out of it ? By claiming that […]

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FastFrack Derailed in Illinois !

May 29, 2014
FastFrack Derailed in Illinois !

Frackers Attempted End Run Fails in Illinois May 28, 2014 Michael Berndtson Illinois Senate Bill SB0649 – “FastFrack” which would have neutered Illinois already compromised fracking regulations and created a fracking sacrifice zone is dead.  For now. (Like Dracula). The bill proposed a bypass around existing oil and gas well fracking legislation. Specifically, permitting drillers to begin drilling and fracking in the New Albany shale of southern Illinois immediately upon its passage.   SB0649 was proposed by John Bradley (D. Marion) and sponsored by representatives Michael Madigan (House) and William Haine (Senate). According to Chicago Tribune, the bill was killed because there wasn’t going to be enough votes. From the Tribune article: Legislators said the bill doesn’t have enough votes to pass. When  they found out that the votes weren’t there, the frackers didn’t support […]

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Buying Wind Power From the Grid

May 28, 2014
Buying Wind Power From the Grid

Don’t have room for a 500 foot wind tower in your back yard ? Buy wind power from the grid. It’s easy in most states – you just sign up with the local utility. In some states, you can opt-in for solar power from the grid. Here’s how it’s done in New York : Choosing ConEdison Solutions WIND Power is one of the easiest ways for New Yorkers to reduce the environmental impact of their energy consumption. WIND Power contains 100% NewWind Energy, a product of Community Energy, Inc. By choosing to purchase renewable energy, you are doing something positive for our air, health and environment. The cost for WIND Power is two and a half (2.5) cents more per kilowatt-hour than standard power. For the average New York City […]

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New York State Has the Best Energy Plan

May 28, 2014
New York State Has the Best Energy Plan

That the frackers could buy.  Just read it. The plan’s long term vision is based on vying with the Chinese and Ukrainians for the last flatulence of fracked gas out of Fracksylvania. Blonde Toxic Avenger The Nicole and Uberfrakenwonk The Keith have gone through the plan and made a few comments, copy here.  Take a look and get your group to sign on by contacting Ellen Pope at Otsego 2000 before Friday’s deadline. Don’t delay. Frack the Plan today.

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Radioactive Frack Sludge On Way to Shale Shill’s House

May 28, 2014
Radioactive Frack Sludge On Way to Shale Shill's House

After saying that he “did not see a problem with frack waste” a waste hauler has arranged to dump a load of toxic radioactive frack goo at State Senator Grisanti’s house –  evidently on the front lawn. If you know a shale shill or bought politician you’d like to send some frack goo to, contact Range Resources and give them the address. Delivery is free.  As is one large pizza and a Coke.  More Drilling Sites Found with Radioactive Frack Sludge May 27, 2014 11:34 PM By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Range Resources has confirmed that Marcellus Shale drilling sludge with radioactivity content too high for normal landfill disposal is stored at two more of its drilling pads in Washington County. Waste containing higher radioactivity levels is being temporarily held by […]

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Hamptons Shoot for 100% Renewable by 2020

May 27, 2014
Hamptons Shoot for 100% Renewable by 2020

This is achievable – a town, like any business or home owner can achieve majority if not 100% renewable energy by simply contracting with local renewable energy suppliers – wind farrms, etc. and installing solar photovoltaics – particularly if it is in area that has abundant wind resources and/ or significant insolation. And has access to utilities that deliver power from renewable sources. If your power supplier does not offer renewable energy – get a new utility.  In Texas, you can opt-in for wind and/ or solar generated power from any one of several power companies. Does your state/ utility offer that option ?  East Hampton Town First in NY State to Set 100 Percent Renewable Energy GoalsTown Board Votes Unanimously to Meet 100 percent of Community’s Electricity Needs with Renewable […]

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Illinois Teed Up to Get Fracked

May 27, 2014
Illinois Teed Up to Get Fracked

Illinois Fracking Fiasco in the Works May 27, 2014 Michael Berndtson From United States Geological Survey – Illinois Basin Yesterday, Memorial Day, in commemoration of our nation’s fallen and Chinese manufactured United States flag salesmen, and Illinois House panel voted 7 to 4 to work around the regulator process to get fracking on the New Albany shale. A more tempered write up can be found here. Our nations oil and gas lobbyist, mouth breathing downstater politicians, and petroleum engineers from Oklahoma didn’t even pay for the subsurface investigation to find the sweet spot for fracking the New Albany shale. Our federal tax dollars seemed to have paid for a US Geological Survey (USGS) to do that. The wonderfully written geological ramblings can be found in this report, New Albany Shale. I’m guessing oil […]

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Frackers Go Broke

May 27, 2014
Frackers Go Broke

May 27, 2014 7:23 AM ET Shakeout Threatens Shale Patch as Frackers Go Broke By Asjylyn Loder The U.S. shale patch is facing a shakeout as drillers struggle to keep pace with the relentless spending needed to get oil and gas out of the ground. Shale debt has almost doubled over the last four years while revenue has gained just 5.6 percent, according to a Bloomberg News analysis of 61 shale drillers. A dozen of those wildcatters are spending at least 10 percent of their sales on interest compared with Exxon Mobil Corp.’s 0.1 percent. “The list of companies that are financially stressed is considerable,” said Benjamin Dell, managing partner of Kimmeridge Energy, a New York-based alternative asset manager focused on energy. “Not everyone is going to survive. We’ve seen […]

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Illegal Frack Filth Dumping in New York ?

May 27, 2014
Illegal Frack Filth Dumping in New York ?

Shown below is a photo of what might be a frack waste truck on Route 8, New Berlin, NY marked as “Environmental Services, Lcc.”   If you see suspicious looking (frack waste ?) trucks, can email your photos to: R7DSPTCH@gw.dec.state.ny.us <mailto:R7DSPTCH@gw.dec.state.ny.us> Call 800-847-7332. Date, Time, Place and any other information obtained. Get a photo and plate number if possible and follow them to the dump site.  

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PRODUCTION (DEP)

May 27, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PRODUCTION (DEP)

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently spent some money producing a 7-minute video entitled “Regulating the Natural Gas Industry in Pennsylvania”. Published on May 7, 2014, DEP staff share their personal experiences conducting the important work of DEP’s Oil and Gas Program across Pennsylvania. Note: Per the video on YouTube – “Comments are disabled for the video . “ What does that say about DEP wanting to hear from the public? It begins with April Weiland, Water Quality Specialist Supervisor for DEP. She states that she “loves helping the INDUSTRY as well as the environment, but there’s a misnomer out there when you say you WORK FOR OIL & GAS…” In the first minute Weiland inadvertently confirms what we suspect – DEP works for the fossil fuel industry.  Some […]

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Jacobson’s 100% Solution: Wishfully Renewable Thinking ?

May 26, 2014
Jacobson's 100% Solution: Wishfully Renewable Thinking ?

Update: Note that the flaw in the published paper that caught my eye – the reliance of Concentrated Solar Power systems for 10% of New York’s power – has been removed from the plan, which remains a work in progress.  I am a strong proponent of renewable power systems and I applaud the authors for this thought-provoking effort. None of us have to wait, we can start using renewables today – simply by opting-in for wind power from the grid, and in some states, like Texas, solar power from the grid. I own an electric boat, a hybrid car, an electric bike and we power our Dallas house with wind energy from the grid. So I waded through the Jacobson Plan for 100% Renewables in New York, copy here, with high hopes. Renewable […]

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Home Rule Goes to the New York Supremes Next Week Webcast !

May 26, 2014
Home Rule Goes to the New York Supremes Next Week Webcast !

Oral argument in the Middlefield and Dryden Home Rule cases are scheduled for next week June 3 at 2PM in Albany at the State Court of Appeals. Should be on the court’s live webcast here.  Details of the webcast system here. The arguments are live-streamed from the Court’s website: https://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/.  The videotapes also are archived on the site, if you want to view them later.  In addition, the Court posts all of the briefs on the web, and you can find them using docket number APL-2013-00245 (for the Dryden case). A lot of briefs have been filed in these landmark cases, made all the more interesting in that one of the plaintiffs, Norse Energy, no longer exists, and the other plaintiff, a local dairy farmer Cooperstown Holstein, was brought in by the original plaintiff, an out of state […]

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Vote For Colorado Local Control !

May 25, 2014
Vote For Colorado Local Control !

It helps if state law recognizes that Home Rule, local land use control, applies to drilling. Most states, including the big oil states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico recognize home rule. If it does, municipalities can then decide how badly they want to get fracked. Or not fracked at all.  Which is the issue going to referendum in Colorado – which has now cleared its last legal challenge (from the frackers) to get on the ballot in November. Bravo ! (While you are voting, might get rid of that fracking shill, Gov. Hickenfracker.) Colorado municipalities had the right to apply land use ordinances to drilling until the legislature removed those rights at the best of the oil and gas lobby. Those rights need to be restored either by the legislature or […]

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How To Ban / Not To Ban Fracking

May 25, 2014
How To Ban / Not To Ban Fracking

There are two ways to ban fracking at the local level: the right way (that will hold up in court) and the wrong way (that may not).  The right way is via zoning and land use controls, aka Home Rule or local control. That is how New York towns have banned fracking – via their land use plans and zoning ordinances, with a legal strategy perfected by Goldman Environmental Prize winner Helen Slottje.  These ordinances were enacted in accordance with state law and should hold up in court. The first such ban in New York was the Town of Otsego which just celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the ban with a surprise visit from President Obama. Where a blanket prohibition of industrial uses may be impractical, a municipality or county may restrict drilling […]

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Fracking is a Great Way to Kill Trout !

May 24, 2014
Fracking is a Great Way to Kill Trout !

By killing off their food supply. Mayflies. New report shows that even when diluted to 2%, frack waste will kill mayflies. And caddis flies. Royal Coachmen, wooly boogers, fresh water shrimp, crawdads, nymphs, you name it. Whatever creepy crawly things are down there in the river hiding under the rocks. Add that to the Health Impact Study: “Highly diluted frack waste kills mayflies more effectively than carbolic acid. Its effect on humans is unknown because we cannot get any humanoid volunteers to choke down the stuff without retching.” Have too many trout in your area ? White fish ? Bass ? Walleye ? Ducks ? Salmon ? Frack the place and dump the frack waste on roads. Problem solved. Or you could ban fracking. And frack waste dumping. That would work too. Your choice.  […]

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Texas Jury Decides Fracking is a Nuisance

May 24, 2014
Texas Jury Decides Fracking is a Nuisance

At best. What a surprise.  A Texas jury just awarded damages to a homeowner that sued a fracker for being a nuisance. Even Texans think that fracking is a fracking nuisance. Heck, even the CEO of Exxon thinks it’s a nuisance. So yes, most jurors will agree: fracking is indeed one of the biggest fracking nuisances ever invented. Don’t just lie down and get fracked. Sue the frackers, sue their officers, their attorney, and their families. And hold a press conference when you do. It will be therapeutic. Jury Says Fracking is a Nuisance by TERESA WOODARD WFAA Posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM FORT WORTH — Sam and Jane Crowder have lived in the same home for 41 years of their 49-year marriage. It’s on Madrid Lane, in southwest Fort […]

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Frack Ban Birthday is Fracking Famous !

May 23, 2014
Frack Ban Birthday is Fracking Famous !

Thanks to a surprise guest appearance by the President of the United States,  the 3rd anniversary of Cooperstown’s frack ban was a fanfracking success ! Videos by Bill Huston of Cooperstown Frack Ban Anniversary speakers here on YouTube. Wall Street Journal: Fracking Protesters Greet Obama in Cooperstown http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/05/22/fracking-protesters-greet-obama-in-cooperstown/ The Hill: Obama faces fracking protesters in NY http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/207014-obama-faces-fracking-protesters-in-ny WRVO: Obama’s visit brings protesters on both sides of fracking http://wrvo.org/post/obamas-visit-brings-protesters-both-sides-fracking Journal News: Obama visit draws fracking, SAFE Act protesters to Cooperstown http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2014/05/22/obama-visit-draws-fracking-safe-act-protesters-cooperstown/9442357/ Time Warner Cable: Fracking opponents in Cooperstown: Drilling will ruin economy of tourism  http://albany.twcnews.com/content/news/741542/fracking-opponents-in-cooperstown–drilling-will-ruin-economy-of-tourism/#sthash.MT1GOZYv.dpuf USA Today: In Cooperstown, Obama touts international tourist plan http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/05/22/obama-tourism-baseball-hall-of-fame-cooperstown/9455589/ Washington Post: Obama visits Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to promote U.S. tourism http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-visits-baseball-hall-of-fame-in-cooperstown-to-promote-us-tourism/2014/05/22/ee122456-e1ef-11e3-8dcc-d6b7fede081a_story.html Poughkeepsie Journal (also ran in other Gannett papers): Obama touts tourism plan at Baseball Hall of Fame http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2014/05/22/obama-touts-tourism-plan-baseball-hall-fame/9469077/ Associated […]

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Frack Spin Doc Goes to Work Spinning for Feds

May 23, 2014
Frack Spin Doc Goes to Work Spinning for Feds

Just days after EIA has downgraded estimates of the reserves of the Monterey Shale basin in California by 96%, The Steve reveals that John Krohn, former spokesman for fracking front group Energy in Depth, a creation of some of the biggest oil/gas companies on the planet, has become the EIA’s new spokesman. EIA, of course to most people, is a “neutral cruncher” of numbers/statistics on energy – based on data they are given by the industry.  Krohn appears to have been hired in January, a time after which EIA has put out a couple key monthly production reports that way overestimate reserves, one of which Krohn wrote a blog post about for EID and then was echoed the next day and quoted from by his former Energy in Depth colleague. […]

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Fracking Ruins Tourism

May 23, 2014
Fracking Ruins Tourism

Fracking Opponents in Cooperstown: Fracking Would Ruin Tourism COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Among the many people gathered in Cooperstown, was a group of hydrofracking protestors. Dozens of people gathered to talk about the dangers of the controversial form of drilling. Demonstrators believe it could harm the environment, drilling supporters believe there could be a big economic benefit. Protestors at the Baseball Hall of Fame even referenced the sport’s iconic movie “Field of Dreams” to make their point. “Instead of saying if you build it they will come, what people are talking about today is if you frack it they won’t come. The president is coming here to talk about promoting tourism, and you can’t have fracking and tourism in the same region. It will ruin the economy of tourism and ruin […]

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WSJ: Frack Protesters Welcome Obama To Birthplace of Frack Bans

May 22, 2014
WSJ: Frack Protesters Welcome Obama To Birthplace of Frack Bans

WSJ: Hundreds of Fracking Protesters Greet Obama in Cooperstown. Because his advance team evidently did not know that the Village would be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of its frack ban – the first one in America. Not only did the Village of Cooperstown support the ban, but so did the Hall of Fame.  So rather than enter the Hall of Fame via the front door where awnings had been set up for his arrival, he snuck in via a service dock in a back alley. This did not go unnoticed by the Wall Street Journal. ARTICLE NATALIE ANDREWS President Barack Obama visited the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday as crowds chanted outside, but these weren’t fans cheering on America’s pastime. Or Obama. Instead, they were protesters chanted “End fracking now!” And while baseball and oil […]

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Obama (inadvertently) Celebrates Birthday of Frack Bans !

May 22, 2014
Obama (inadvertently) Celebrates Birthday of Frack Bans !

Obama came to Cooperstown to help us celebrate the third anniversary of the first Frack Ban in the United States. Thanks Prez. His advance people evidently overlooked that he was speaking at the birthplace of frack bans – on the 3rd anniversary of the ban – and that the Hall of Fame, where he was speaking, had publicly supported the ban – as had every other major local group.  Great turnout today, about 300 fractavists compared to about 5 frackers thanks to the organizational skills of Julia Walsh, Renee Vogelsang, Wes Gillingham, Isaac Siberman Gorn and John Armstrong. Organic rancher Chris Harmon was particularly eloquent about how most people don’t like the taste of flowback in their steaks. Nicole Dillingham put the frack ban movement in perspective : “It’s spreading all over […]

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After the Fracking Hype is Over

May 22, 2014
After the Fracking Hype is Over

Tom Wilber sums matters up regarding New York’s shale’s prospects : not so fracking hot anymore.  http://tomwilber.blogspot.com/2014/05/ny-shale-prospects-dim-six-years-after.html#comment-form NY Shale Prospects Dim Six Years after Leasing Frenzy New York’s Marcellus Shale gas reserves, once thought to be world class, continue to lose their luster along with the gumption to develop them.Shale gas proponents, once giddy with anticipation during the leasing boom of 2008, know now what they didn’t know then: legal hurdles to overcome state and local roadblocks look more formidable if not insurmountable with each passing court case and hearing, and the resource looks less and less worth the effort under today’s economics.Given the inherent uncertainty in mineral exploration, much of the impetus behind it boils down to a mindset. While even some of the most ambitious extraction endeavors go […]

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Frackdown in Cooperstown !

May 21, 2014
Frackdown in Cooperstown !

Obama is going to duck into the Fracking Bunker at the Hall of Fame. But not until he gets an ear-full from fractavists in Cooperstown  Rally against fracking outside of President Obama’s appearance in Cooperstown tomorrow (Thursday, May 22). It’s important to have a big presence there!  We have some updates about timing, location and other logistics that we wanted to share.  TIMING: Our best information is that the president is expected some time mid-afternoon. As such, we’re convening our rally at 12:30 PM. We may well be there until around 4:00/4:30 PM.  LOCATION: We are still deciphering the best location based on secret service security and potential last minute location changes. We advise you to go to one of the parking lots mentioned below and we will have volunteers at the parking areas who will direct you […]

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Incredible Shrinking Monterey Shale – Downgraded by 96%

May 21, 2014
Incredible Shrinking Monterey Shale - Downgraded by 96%

Following the downgrade of the Marcellus in New York by 90%, the Monterey Shale Scam just took a 95% haircut.  Imagine that. An over-hyped shale play that’s been royally over-hyped by shale shills. What a concept. More incredible shrinking shale. The EIA has cut its original estimate of recoverable shale oil reserves in California’s much-hyped Monterey shale play by 96%, the L.A. Times’ Louis Sahagun reported late Tuesday.  The agency now says there are just 600 million barrels of recoverable crude. Previously the agency had said there were up to 13.7 billion recoverable barrels.  Sahagun quotes EIA analyst John Staub: From the information we’ve been able to gather, we’ve not seen evidence that oil extraction in this area is very productive using techniques like fracking…Our oil production estimates combined with a dearth […]

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Santa Cruz County Bans Fracking !

May 20, 2014
Santa Cruz County Bans  Fracking !

Santa Cruz, home of the monster surf wave Mavericks and the surfing museum in the lighthouse – has just banned fracking. Bravo, they not only pass the California Surfer Cool test, they also pass the County Municipal IQ Test. Counties have land use controls in some Western states. And some are beginning to address fracking via their land use ordinances, notably Santa Fe, New Mexico. California counties are beginning to wake up to the fact that getting fracked to ship gas to China may not be such a great use of the land. Or water. Or air. And to think, all this started in Cooperstown, birthplace of baseball. And frack bans. Santa Cruz is the first California county to ban fracking May 20 (Reuters) – Santa Cruz on Tuesday became the first California county to […]

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What’s Not to Like About Fracking ?

May 20, 2014
What's Not to Like About Fracking ?

Exploding Bomb Trains. Scraping Radium 226 off your windshield. Getting run off the road by frack truck convoys. Cooking the planet with natural gas. A couple of major Frackastrophes every fracking day. What’s not to like about fracking ? Evidently a whole fracking lot according to a new pro-fracking poll from the Wall Street Journal. 

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Obama to Visit Birthplace of Frack Bans !

May 18, 2014
Obama to Visit Birthplace of Frack Bans !

And baseball. President Obama will be speaking at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday.  Cooperstown  will give him a warm fractavist welcome – check out the rally page here. Obama has been speaking out of both sides of his mouth on global warming and fracking. On the one hand, he sends Joe Biden to promote fracking the Ukraine, which landed Joe’s son a job to frack the Ukraine. And on the other, he sponsors a report on the impacts of global warming that predicts an apocalyptic scenario whereby large sections of Lower Manhattan, including the subways and Battery Park, could actually be inundated by storm surges from storms of epic proportions-(imagine that) – as the new fossil fuelish normal. Which is it Mr. President ? You can’t frack your way to Global Cooling. Now […]

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Ohio Begs Frackers for 2.5% Severance Tax

May 16, 2014
Ohio Begs Frackers for 2.5% Severance Tax

The Fat Envelope Boys in the Ohio legislature are begging the frackers for a measly 2.5% gas production severance tax. Whining that anything more might drive the frackers back to Texas. Where they pay a 7.4% gas production tax. And the Ohio shale shills are offering a tax holiday on the first $10 million in revenue, so that the frackers can recoup their investment tax free. Since the average shale well costs $5 million, that means the frackers double their money before they pay any tax. Then they pay 1/3 what they pay in Texas.  Such a fracking deal. Only in Ohio . . . the state that’s round at both ends and fracked in the middle. And the severance tax rate in New York ? Zero.  New York is the […]

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Gastorino Flop Flips on Fracking

May 15, 2014
Gastorino Flop Flips on Fracking

Opposed Fracking Before He Was For It By Scott Waldman 5:00 a.m. | May. 14, 2014 follow this reporter ALBANY—Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has made his support of hydraulic fracturing a cornerstone of his campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But back in 2012, in his role as Westchester County executive, Astorino quietly signed legislation prohibiting fracking waste from being treated in the county or used to de-ice its roadways. The ban, which Astorino signed in December 2012, prohibits the sale, application and disposal of the material, and is applies to all wastewater treatment plants and roads. County legislators viewed presentations on the risks of fracking waste products and heard from industry representatives during debate over the bill. They eventually approved the measure unanimously, by a 17-0 vote on December 10, 2012, with an […]

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Frackers’ Final Solution: Gas The Opposition

May 15, 2014
Frackers' Final Solution: Gas The Opposition

The frackers have hit upon a cost-effective way to eliminate opposition to fracking: gas them with radon while they sleep.  The Marcellus shale is particularly rich in radon gas, the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer after Big Tobacco. As new pipelines are built to connect the shale fields to New York City, the radon will start to arrive  in Midtown Manhattan at near full radioactive strength. Unlike wet gas producing regions, the Marcellus dry gas operations do not strip the radon from the gas. So the radon that comes out of the ground goes into the pipe.  The new pipelines are big, tightly sealed and powered by massive compressor stations – so the transit time to Times Square is quick and efficient. Unfortunately, once in New York City, the […]

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New York May Imitate Texas and Ban Frack Waste

May 14, 2014
New York May Imitate Texas and Ban Frack Waste

New York State Senators think that the state should imitate Texas and ban imported toxic radioactive frack filth from being splattered on roads and dumped into water treatment plants. Under the premise that if Rick Perry thinks that’s a bad idea, it must really be a bad idea. So they’ve introduced legislation to ban shale gas industrial wastes from being dumped in New York. Senate Pushes For Frackwaste Ban  Why wait on the senate ? Pretend like you’re in Texas. Ban shale field filth from your town and county roads. Lots of towns and counties already have. Or learn how to scrape radium 226 off your windshield.   http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S3434531.shtml?cat=256 Senator: Frack Filth an Unmitigated Disaster Created: 05/13/2014 6:41 PM WNYT.com  By: Dan Levy ALBANY – In Albany on Tuesday, a state […]

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Joe Biden’s Son to Frack Ukraine

May 13, 2014

After Joe went to the Ukraine to promote fracking, his son has signed onto the board of the largest local gas producer. How convenient.  And no, I’m not making this up. A family that fracks together stays together. http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/hillary-clinton-fracking-shale-state-department-chevron?page=2 The son of the US vice-president has been chosen to take charge of energy firm Burisma’s legal unit – a decision based purely on merit, of course . . .  Hunter Biden, with his father, US vice-president Joe Biden. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/Associated Press Name: Hunter Biden. Age: 44. Appearance: Chip off the old block. His names rings a bell. Is he related to someone famous? He’s the son of Joe Biden, the US vice president. What is he, sort of a wayward, ne’er-do-well playboy type? Not really. He’s a graduate of Yale Law School and a former senior […]

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Gastorino Jumps Fracking Shark: “Binghamton Could be the Dallas of New York”

May 13, 2014
Gastorino Jumps Fracking Shark: "Binghamton Could be the Dallas of New York"

What an amusing, hallucinatory thought.  Somebody might point out to this gas-bag that the real Dallas, the one in Texas, has a de facto ban on fracking – with a minimum 1,500 foot setback from buildings, which pretty much precludes siting a well pad in the city limits. Has your town done like Dallas and banned fracking ? What are you waiting for ? Be like Dallas and ban it. Where even the frackers don’t want to get fracked. . .  http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2014-05-12-87885.113122-Binghamton-could-be-Dallas-of-New-York.html Gastorino: Binghamton Could be ‘Dallas of New York’ By Kelly Fay Staff Writer May 12, 2014 Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is facing flack from the Southern Tier’s leading anti-fracking group after touting the potential benefits of the controversial drilling process last week during a visit to the […]

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New Jersey No Longer the Official Cess Pool of the East Coast

May 12, 2014
New Jersey No Longer the Official Cess Pool of the East Coast

The New Jersey State Senate just banned frackwaste from the state. Which means that Fracksylvania is now the new official Cess Pool of the East Coast.   Bravo New Jersey. You have passed the State IQ Test, the one question of which is : “Would it be a real good idea to take millions of gallons of toxic radioactive ooze from the shale fields and smear it on our roads, dump it into our dumps and water treatment plants ?”    I went to grad school near New Jersey, in Filthadelphia. One of our daughters went to grad school at Rutgers. So we know that there are some lovely parts of the state – Princeton, Lawrenceville, Cape May. The state legislature has done right by the state. The notion that […]

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Legalized Marijuana Worth More Than Fracking to New York

May 12, 2014
Legalized Marijuana Worth More Than Fracking to New York

By a  fracking mile. So is tourism. Because, unlike fracking, which is tax-exempt in New York, legalized sales of marijuana would reap millions for the state immediately, every month. There is no economic contest here, so far as the state is concerned, legalizing marijuana makes millions, permitting fracking makes the state nothing. It would cost the state  in road damage, spill remediation and environmental degradation. No contest on this one. Millions vs nothing. Marijuana is sustainable, organic and has medicinal benefits. Fracking is not sustainable, wholly inorganic and is hazardous to human health and the environment. Which one will Cuomo permit ?  Legal Hemp Worth More Than Fracking to New York With Colorado and Washington starting to tax and regulate recreational weed sales, and medical marijuana legal in 18 other states, we can […]

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The Assassin — coming Monday

May 11, 2014
The Assassin -- coming Monday

Who is “The Assassin”, a foreign agent who’s been brought in to Spin Shale in Pennsylvania, who makes ordinary Public Relations Hit Men look like they’re Catholic Workers? Come back to the “No Fracking Way” blog on Monday to find out…

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Don’t Frack With Cajuns !

May 11, 2014
Don't Frack With Cajuns !

They might frack you back. My partners in the oil rig business were Cajuns. One of them was a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins. The other was the Texas state rowing champ. They are not people to be trifled with. Or fracked. As the frackers are finding out these days in Louisiana. Louisiana Residents Gear Up for Fracking Fight Just Outside New Orleans Sunday, 11 May 2014 09:45By Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog | Report St. Tammany Councilman Jake Groby before a council meeting. (Photo: ©2014 Julie Dermansky) In mid-April, word started spreading like wildfire among Louisiana residents: Helis Oil& Gas LLC wants to drill a well in search of oil and gas on a 960-acre tract of land about 30 miles from New Orleans, in the Mandeville area. Helis plans to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract oil […]

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If Fracking is Allowed, What Will Happen in New York ?

May 11, 2014
If Fracking is Allowed, What Will Happen in New York ?

The Front Lines of Fracking is a Buffalo News special report that looks at the potential for fracking in New York’s Southern Tier and the benefits and pitfalls that come with it. The three-part series examines how fracking is changing communities in neighboring states and how residents are trying to adapt. Part One (May 11): Fracking has been a boon for Pennsylvania , but its economic benefits aren’t as big as claimed. While the gas rush appears to be receding, fracking has led to a boom in four Pennsylvania counties, bringing jobs, wealth –- and concern If New York relents, will it be worthwhile? Part Two (coming May 18): Despite many anecdotal concerns about environmental and health risks, the science is inconclusive. Part Three (coming May 19): The fracking industry transformed Youngstown , Ohio, almost overnight. http://blogs.buffalonews.com/live/2014/05/special-report-the-front-lines-of-fracking.html […]

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Fracking Britain

May 11, 2014
Fracking Britain

An expose of how the UK government is setting Britain up for a proper fracking. By first ignoring any reports, including peer-reviewed science, that have identified fracking’s faults. I went to school in England and co-founded a public company there on the AIM market. Fracking should work just fine provided it’s done where there are no shallow water wells, dairy herds, rolling hills, significant rainfall, no population centers nearby, and no indication of any seismic activity. Plus easy road access to Idaho to get rid of the frack waste.  And an indigenous population that has a naturally high tolerance for radium 226, benzene, and arsenic. Should work like a charm. A day at the beach at Blackpool. http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-05-07/whitewashing-the-potential-health-effects-of-shale-gas-on-public-health Whitewashing the Health Impacts of Shale Gas by Paul Mobbs,  | May 7, 2014 […]

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Fractavist Hijacks Fracking Parade

May 10, 2014
Fractavist Hijacks Fracking Parade

By getting in front of a pro-fracking parade of orange shirted union thugs. Who were paid for by the frackers, the same way the frackers paid off the Fracksylvania politicians to keep from having to pay a state severance tax. Which was the subject of the fractavist’s banner. Way to go Gene. Fractavist Hilariously Hijacks Entire Fracking Parade by Jake Sternberger   Gene Stilp, who is well-known for his zany brand of political media-magnetism, is at it again. Today, he hilariously hijacked an entire 2,000 person parade put on by supporters of the Marcellus shale industry. Just as the pro-fracking marchers were closing in on the State Capitol Building, Stilp emerged from the sidelines and unveiled a massive sign, reading “TAX THE FRACKERS BEHIND ME.” Stilp is running against Republican State Representative Sue […]

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Carpet Bombed With Frackquake Swarms

May 10, 2014
Carpet Bombed With Frackquake Swarms

The frackers have a new weapon in their war against the environment, people, houses, what have you:  carpet bombing large areas with frackquake swarms.  So that’s what they do – induce frackquakes by injecting millions of gallons of slick water residue down disposal wells. Then drive away and let the frackquakes commence. Are they fined for this ?  Nope. Not even a fracking pizza. Because fracking means you never have to say you’re sorry. Below is a link to a 30 second animation of recent OK injection quakes by the USGS. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/ceus/products/OKeqanimation.php Earthquakes are occurring in a belt running NNW/SSE through the center of the state, unlike historic quakes that were distributed throughout the state. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/oklahoma/seismicity.php Through this area there is porous sandstones (for frack waste storage) deep but not too […]

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Frack Oil Bomb Train Bound For Albany Stopped !

May 10, 2014
Frack Oil Bomb Train Bound For Albany Stopped !

A tanker train overloaded with fracked oil that was on track to explode in downtown Albany, New York was derailed in Colorado. The citizens of New York, Governor Cuomo, and Senator Schumer wish to tank the good people of Colorado for thwarting what could have been a frackastrophe in New York. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/6-cars-oil-crude-train-derail-colorado Fracked Oil Bomb Train Derails on Way to New York May 9, 2014 – 8:35 PM The train, loaded in Windsor with Niobrara crude bound for New York, derailed around 8 a.m. according to Union Pacific Spokesman Mark Davis. (AP Photo/The Greeley Tribune, Joshua Polson) LASALLE, Colo. (AP) — Crews from Union Pacific Railroad worked to clear a six-car oil train derailment Friday in northern Colorado. State and local emergency officials determined that one car of the 100-car train was leaking after […]

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Shale Gas Radioactivity

May 10, 2014
Shale Gas Radioactivity

From The Rachel – a compendium of articles and reports on radioactivity in shale gas and shale gas drilling waste.  The most radioactive waste material are the drill cuttings from the horizontal (shale) section of a well. Since the shale is the most radioactive sedimentary layer, the horizontal section basically mines radioactive material. Disposing of radioactive drill cuttings can be particularly problematic. At a conventional well – where the cuttings are not from radioactive shale – drill cuttings are often buried at the drill site. Radioactive drill cuttings can be mixed with flowback and injected down an EPA Class II disposal well. Or the drill cuttings can be mixed with soil in “land farming” – the dilution solution. Probably the worst option would be to put radioactive drill cuttings in ordinary […]

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GOP Frackhead Calls Home Rule Advocate a “Terrorist”

May 10, 2014
GOP Frackhead Calls Home Rule Advocate a "Terrorist"

Because the Home Rule advocate,  a Colorado Congressman, is supporting local control – a town’s right to zone frackers out – in an upcoming ballot initiative.  JEFFERSONIAN DEOMCRACY AS TERROR” GOP Leader Calls Home Rule Advocate a Terrorist By John Upton Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) thinks local communities should be able to decide how fracking is regulated in their areas, and whether it’s allowed at all. He’s among the backers of some initiatives proposed for the November ballot that could increase local control over oil and gas drilling. And the chair of the Colorado Republican Committee, Ryan Call, says that makes Polis a terrorist. Here’s a screen grab that ColoradoPols.com took of a Twitter exchange before Call deleted the offensive tweet: ColoradoPols.com Another Republican, state Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, picked up the theme, saying, “Polis’ jihad against responsible energy development is reckless.” The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Call […]

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What Cigarettes and Fracking Have in Common: Lung Cancer

May 9, 2014
What Cigarettes and Fracking Have in Common: Lung Cancer

Radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, is a constituent of natural gas.  Shale fracked gas is loaded with radon.  There’s no better source. The closer you are to the wellhead, the higher the radioactivity. If you work in a shale field, gas processing plant or compressor station with a vent, chances are you are breathing radon. If you are within 200 miles of a gas field, the radon will still be fully potent by the time it gets to your house.  Which explains why the frackers and the tobacco lobby use the same PR firm. And the same legal ploy of deny, deny, deny. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2014/05/08/fracking-critics-keep-pushing-state-backed-health-study/8857609/ Fracking Critics Push for Health Study A group of health professionals opposed to hydraulic fracturing penned a letter Wednesday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling on him […]

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Two Frackquakes a Day. In One County

May 9, 2014
Two Frackquakes a Day. In One County

For the first time in recorded history, Parker County, Texas, in the heart of the Barnett Shale, is experiencing an average of 2 frackquakes a day, according to a new study.  Sarah Jane Parker, Comanche chief Quanah Parker’s mother, was from that area of Texas. You might never have heard of her, but Natalie Wood portrayed her in The Searchers.  It’s a place of sandstone hills, cactus, scenic views and now, frackquakes. About 2 a day on average. Welcome to Frackland. Where the frackers pay the politicians to get away with murder. Of various magnitudes. RENO (CBSDFW.COM) – There have been more than 300 earthquakes reported in Parker County since December, according to just-published research conducted by an earthquake study team. In preliminary findings released Wednesday, the team reported that the […]

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Fracker’s Boy In Albany Challenged for Seat in State Senate

May 8, 2014
Fracker's Boy In Albany Challenged for Seat in State Senate

When it came time for the frackers to buy Pennsylvania, I knew who wrote the checks in Texas and I knew who carried the checks to the Fracksylvania politicians.  When it came time to frack New York, the frackers were a bit more circumspect – they bought some Democrats. They paid enough to turn them into DINOs. Exhibit A is Jeff Klein, the DINO King in Albany.This did not go unnoticed, so he’s earned himself a challenger in the Democratic primary. May the best Democrat win. N.Y. / REGION Cooperation With G.O.P. Puts DINO Senator in a Primary By JESSE McKINLEY MAY 4, 2014 G. Oliver KoppellCreditOzier Muhammad/The New York Times Continue reading the main story ALBANY — G. Oliver Koppell has spent four decades in politics, serving in the State Assembly, […]

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Williams Co Has Gomer Pyle Moment

May 8, 2014
Williams Co Has Gomer Pyle Moment

  The rapid expansion of drilling and fracking fossil fuel wells in the Marcellus Shale region brings with it the midstream and main transmission infrastructure. These include gathering lines which take the fossil fuel from the well head to midstream pipelines and facilities. Each well, and there may be more than one on each well pad, has its own gathering line. Midstream and main transmission lines may include compression stations, glycol dehydration plants, metering stations and regulator plants in addition to pipelines. SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE Recently, the Williams Company, the 4th largest pipeline operator in the US, experienced 3 accidents in rapid succession between Feb-Apr 2014. As reported by Bloomberg news “Williams Reviews Safety After Fire, Explosions at Gas Plants“, May 1, 2014: “Certainly, this has come as a big […]

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Got Fracking Slime ?

May 7, 2014
Got Fracking Slime ?

On  your road, in your creek, on your car ? Check out Fractracker’s updated map of where the frackers are dumping toxic radioactive goo on roads. Why are they dumping in New York ? Because it’s too far to truck the filth to Idafrackho. And the disposal wells in Ohio are full up. So the fix is in between the politicians and the frack waste haulers to dump it in New York. There is a rather straightforward solution to this . . . ban the stuff. No dumping on the road, not in the landfill, not in the water treatment plant. If your politicians haven’t already done so, get yourself some new politicians. More FOIL’d documentation on gas brine-spreading on NYS’s roads. New information has just been added to the map for Genesee, […]

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FRACKING NIGHTMARE

May 7, 2014
FRACKING NIGHTMARE

Fracking TV show from UK. This week starring The Vera

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Spill Baby Spill : The Year to Date in Frackastrophes

May 6, 2014
Spill Baby Spill : The Year to Date in Frackastrophes

A partial list . . . more fracking nonsense coming your way down a railroad track, highway or river real soon.   Charge your video camera, get a YouTube account and put a tort lawyer on speed dial.  Or just ban it. That works too. The next time some gas bag says, “Fracking can be done safely,” or some such drivel, show them this list: April 2014 04/11/2014 April 30-A CSX train carrying fracked crude oil derails and bursts into flames in downtown Lynchburg, VA, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. April 30- Two oil workers die and nine others are injured in an explosion at a RKI Exploration and Production well site in West Texas. Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper says the workers were operating a rig that separates […]

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Globally Warmed By Fossil Fuelishness

May 6, 2014
Globally Warmed By Fossil Fuelishness

Do something now. Or Lower Manhattan is likely to get flooded ! Republican’s rebuttal: “If it is not mentioned in Deuteronomy, it’s probably a fairy tale. Like the sewing machine.” I looked in Deuteronomy. And Leviticus. The Koran. No mention of “greenhouses gases.” So it must be a lefty hoax. U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Citing Heat and Floods Continue reading the main story   By Kevin Liptak, Jethro Mullen and Tom Cohen, CNN updated 6:19 PM EDT, Tue May 6, 2014 Your video will begin momentarily. STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: President Obama says climate change happening now A new government report outlines how climate change already affects the country Administration officials “fanning out” across the country to publicize the report Republicans criticize proposed […]

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Fracking the Soil

May 6, 2014
Fracking the Soil

Literally – destroying top soil, one frack at a time. The Denver Post has the story on how Colorado’s soil it getting fracked.  ENVIRONMENT Colorado’s Fracking is “Death Sentence” for Soil By Bruce Finley The Denver Post POSTED:   05/04/2014 12:01:00 AM MDT31 COMMENTS| UPDATED:   A DAY AGO   A pair of nesting bald eagles watch night fall last month within sight of an oil pump in Weld County, the heart of Colorado’s oil and gas boom. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post) Colorado’s intensifying oil and gas boom is taking a toll on soil — 200 gallons spilled per day seeping into once-fertile ground — that experts say could be ruinous. The state’s approach has been to try to compel companies to excavate and haul the worst muck to landfills. But with support […]

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Frack Chuck Schmucker

May 6, 2014
Frack Chuck Schmucker

Before he fracks you. They evidently put too much pancake makeup on Schumer, it baked under the studio lights, and his brain shrank to the size of a bagel hole. There’s no other plausible explanation. Other than a fat envelope. He goes on a national talk show and says he’s OK with fracking New York  Because he says the majority of New Yorkers are for getting totally fracked. According to the Schumer Poll.  “Senator Schumer claims that most Democrats support fracking, but national and state polling show a plurality of Americans and New Yorkers – and a majority of Democrats and many Republicans – oppose increased fracking,” said Julia Walsh of Frack Action in a statement. “The more people learn about fracking and the science the more they reject it.” Fracking […]

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Fracked Off the Road

May 6, 2014
Fracked Off the Road

By frack trucks convoys that speed to and from frack sites 24/7/365.  Until they kill somebody Deadly Side Effect of Fracking: Fatal Road Accidents Associated Press                          CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation’s roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment. An Associated Press analysis of traffic deaths and U.S. census data in six drilling states shows that in some places, fatalities have more than quadrupled since 2004 — a period when most American roads have become much safer even as the population has grown. “We are just so swamped,” said Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva of Karnes County, Texas, where authorities […]

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Frackquake Warning Issued For Oklahoma

May 6, 2014
Frackquake Warning Issued For Oklahoma

This is the first earthquake warning ever issued east of the Rockies. And the first for a frackquake. For Oklahoma, where the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, and the frackquakes hit like thunderbolts. https://news.yahoo.com/rare-earthquake-warning-issued-oklahoma-194211634.html Rare Earthquake Warning Issued for Oklahoma By By Becky Oskin, Senior Writer 17 hours ago .View gallery Oklahoma earthquakes magnitude-3 and greater since 1978. Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This major increase in seismic shaking led to a rare earthquake warning today (May 5) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey. In a joint statement, the agencies said the risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than magnitude 5.0 — has significantly increased in central Oklahoma. Geologists don’t know when or where the state’s next big […]

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Moratorium on Frack Filth in Connecticut

May 5, 2014
Moratorium on Frack Filth in Connecticut

Until 2017 or until scientist find a way to make radium 226 harmless for the next 2,000 years or so.  Whichever comes sooner. Or just go to Plan B and put it on a Bomb Train to Idafrackingho, the birthplace of Sarah Palin, where they apparently will take any sort of fracking filth, no questions asked. HARTFORD, Conn. — HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut lawmakers have reached a bipartisan compromise on how to handle the possibility of waste from fracking coming to Connecticut. The Senate on Monday was debating the proposal, which creates a moratorium on the waste being stored of disposed of in the state until the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection adopts regulations on the matter. DEEP has until July 1, 2017, to submit proposed regulations to the legislature’s […]

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Suffolk County Bans Imported Toxic Radioactive Fracksylvania Frack Filth

May 5, 2014
Suffolk County Bans Imported Toxic Radioactive Fracksylvania Frack Filth

Thereby passing the Fracking IQ Test.  Bravo to Patti Wood, Ellen Weiniger,  Marge Schab and their crews.  Has your county passed the Fracking IQ Test ? Your town ? Your state ? A spokesman for the Hydraulic Fracking Association of Pennsylvania had this brief comment on the news, “If we cant’ dump frack waste in the Hamptons, where the frack are we supposed to dump it ?  Where indeed. Unanimous Vote to Keep Toxic, Radioactive Waste Out of  Wastewater Facilities, Landfills, and Off Roads   (Riverhead, NY) The Suffolk County Legislature has voted unanimously to ban toxic, radioactive gas drilling waste from wastewater treatment plants and landfills, and from use on roads for de-icing or to control dust anywhere in the county. Suffolk County is part of a growing list of counties enacting laws […]

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Don’t Dump Frack Filth In Massachusetts

May 5, 2014
Don't Dump Frack Filth In Massachusetts

First town in Massachusetts tell the frackers to take their fracking filth somewhere else.  Like Idafrackho.  May 4, 2014  — Pelham, Massachusetts,  today became the first community in the state to vote unanimously at their annual town meeting to establish a new bylaw prohibiting the storage, use, or dispersal in town or on its roads of any waste products from the process of hydraulic fracturing for gas and oil. “This is a very significant moment for increasing awareness of the overlooked and profound problems of waste management related to drilling for this fossil fuel”, said Michael Hussin, a spokesperson for “Neighbor to Neighbor”, the group of Pelham citizens who brought the bylaw to the town.  “Once people were informed of the consequences for their community they wanted to protect their resources.” […]

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Fracking Produces More Radioactive Waste than Nuclear Power Plants

May 4, 2014
Fracking Produces More Radioactive Waste than Nuclear Power Plants

Fracking puts more hazardous radioactive material into the environment than all the US nuclear power plants combined. About a Fukushima worth a month. That plus the fatalities from fracking, gas compressor explosions, and gas line blasts make fracked gas by far the deadliest form of energy in the US. A bigger body count in a month than nuclear energy in 50 years. More fatalities in a quarter than coal in a year. The feds can’t regulate it and the state regulators get the fat envelopes to look the other way. So a lot of fracking’s radioactive legacy just gets dumped. In a river, road, landfill, or abandoned barn near you. So much for “Clean Energy.” Has your town or county banned frack waste ? What are you waiting on ? A […]

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Using Municipal Zoning Laws To Fight Fracking In California

May 4, 2014
Using Municipal Zoning Laws To Fight Fracking In California

Legal experts discuss options available to California communities that want to limit or ban fracking and other methods of oil and gas development, in a teleconference hosted by Earthjustice. TELECONFERENCE SPEAKERS Deborah Goldberg, Earthjustice: Deborah Goldberg is Managing Attorney of theNortheast Office of Earthjustice, the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization. Earthjustice is defending the Town of Dryden in an oil and gas industry lawsuit challenging the community’s fracking ban. Helen Slottje, Community Environmental Defense Council: Helen Slottje is co-founder of Community Environmental Defense Council which has worked with communities all over New York State to pass local fracking bans. More than 170 communities in New York now have local bans or moratoriums on the books, thanks in large part to the work of CEDC. In April 2014, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her […]

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The Town That Fought Fracking

May 4, 2014
The Town That Fought Fracking

The Dryden, New York story An upstate New York town is fighting to preserve its way of life in a lawsuit pitting a small town’s rights against an out-of-state oil and gas company’s wishes. More than a hundred towns in New York have enacted local bans or moratoriums on gas drilling, including the controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the ground to extract gas from hard-to-reach deposits deep in the earth. Among those municipalities is the Town of Dryden—which is now being sued. In September of 2011, the privately-held Anschutz Exploration Corporation, owned by Forbes-ranked Phillip Anshutz (net worth: $7.5 billion), sued the Town of Dryden (population: 14,500) in a bid to force the town to accept […]

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Fracked To Death

May 4, 2014
Fracked To Death

From Ellen Cantarow for Salon  Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania For the “downwinders,” big energy means big pollution ELLEN CANTAROW, TOM DISPATCH TOPICS: TOM DISPATCH, FRACKING, BUSINESS, ENERGY, PENNSYLVANIA, BUSINESS NEWS, NEWS This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water. The Marshall Islands were also struck. This formerly pristine Pacific atoll was branded “the most contaminated place in the world.” As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name: downwinders. What marked their tragedy was the darkness in which they were kept about what was being done to them. Proof of harm fell to them, not to the U.S. government agencies responsible. Now, a new […]

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Fracking Fraud: The TV Gas Blonde

May 3, 2014
Fracking Fraud: The TV Gas Blonde

Brooke Alexander: Fraudulent Friendly Fracking http://quietmike.org/2014/05/03/brooke-alexander-fraudulently-fracking/ Posted by Chad R. MacDonald on Saturday, May 3, 2014 · 1 Comment The “Energy Tomorrow” Bad Gas Propaganda  The spokeswoman for the frackers is an ex FOX news bunny who played a con-artist in the soap operas. Of course. Look on the sunny side. She’s easier on the eye that  old drunkard Tommy Lee Jones, the celebrity spokesman for . . . . Chesapeake.   Before she became that pretty blonde woman in all those vague TV spots, Brooke Alexander was best known as a con artist character on “As the World Turns.” Fitting, that the American Petroleum Institute (API) would hire someone with such experience to soft sell fracking. API is the lobby corporation for Big Oil, and they represent Exxon, Chevron and BP, among others. Remember what BP did? Does the Exxon […]

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When USA Means “United (Frack) Shills of America”: The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Big Gas Parade, May 6th 2014, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

May 3, 2014
When USA Means "United (Frack) Shills of America": The Marcellus Shale Coalition's Big Gas Parade, May 6th 2014, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Originally posted at The Wrench: THE WRENCH: When USA Means “United (Frack) Shills of America”: The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Big Gas Parade, May 6th 2014, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania I remember a time–not all that long ago– when the Marcellus Shale Coalition promoted itself as a largely neutral coalition of interests connected to the the Marcellus Shale formation under the farms and forests of Pennsylvania and New York. When I look back on that brief moment –when we didn’t quite yet surmise the tsunami coming (we could call it BG–Before the Gas), I now realize just how naive we were with respect to the motives of MSC and their well-funded advertising agency analogues. Now we live in the AG–After the Gas–and even the most cursory gander at MSC’s sponsoring corporations makes quite […]

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Frackers Vow to Buy Governorship for Gastorino

May 3, 2014
Frackers Vow to Buy Governorship for Gastorino

According to none other than that august institution, The New York Post.  Gastornino’s plans for New Yorkers in a nutshell:  Frack the family planning clinics with semi-automatic weapons. Just like his guru, Rick “Pretty Boy” Perry. If I wanted to be surrounded by frackers with semi-automatic weapons, I’d move to Texas. http://nypost.com/2014/04/28/oil-gas-industry-ready-to-contribute-millions-to-astorino/ Frackers Ready to Contribute Millions to Gastorino Republican challenger Rob Astorino, badly trailing Gov. Cuomo in campaign cash, expects “a whole lot of money’’ in windfall Super PAC funding from across the nation as a result of last week’s federal court ruling in Manhattan, GOP insiders say. Some of the funding is expected to come from wealthy frackers furious at Cuomo’s nearly 3¹/₂-year delay in making a decision on “fracking’’ for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of […]

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Fracking Game Changer ? Or Just Fossil Fuelish ?

May 3, 2014
Fracking Game Changer ? Or Just Fossil Fuelish ?

A major fossil fuel industry group announces a bold new initiative on climate change – with a very catchy slogan. Could this be the watershed event in the debate over climate change ? Where the frackers finally come to terms with their role in the cooking of the planet – and are forthright about it ? The Keith found these exclusive candid interviews on video:

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The Science of Frack Quakers

May 2, 2014
The Science of Frack Quakers

Scientists Warn of Frackquake Risk From Fracking Operations Tremors induced by wastewater disposal are larger and harder to predict than previously thought. PUBLISHED MAY 2, 2014 Underground disposal of wastewater from fracking may pose a much greater risk of causing dangerous earthquakes than previously believed, particularly in areas of the U.S. Southwest and Midwest where earthquake faults have not been mapped extensively, seismology researchers said at a conference Thursday. Worse yet, scientists are not yet able to predict which wastewater injection sites are likely to pose risks to buildings or critical structures such as power plants, and do not yet know what operators might do to mitigate the hazard. And new research indicates that the disposal wells are capable of affecting earthquake faults that are miles away from them. The warning comes […]

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Time For Scalia To Retire and Go Hunting with Cheney

May 2, 2014
Time For Scalia To Retire and Go Hunting with Cheney

And take his rubber stamp Clarence “High Tech Lynching” Thomas with him.   Seems like Scalia re-wrote his own judicial history on the recent EPA coal pollution ruling. Scalia Screws Up on EPA Ruling. Big Time. by pollwatcher The Obama administration won a rare Supreme Court victory regarding the rights of the EPA to regulate pollution from coal plants. Instead of the usual 5-4 decision against anything the Obama Administration wants, this decision was a 6-2 decision.  And you get 1 guess as to who the 2 opposed were.  Yep, Scalia and Thomas. Well, the minority dissent opinion was written by Scalia, and according to this report from TPM Scalia really screwed up the opinion. “This is not the first time EPA has sought to convert the Clean Air Act into a mandate for cost-effective […]

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What Could Possibly Go Fracking Wrong ?

May 1, 2014
What Could Possibly Go Fracking Wrong ?

Trucking a few billion gallons of imported frack filth right next to a reservoir that supplies water to millions of New Yorkers ?  Frackers have picked a route right next to the Cannonsville Reservoir in the Catskills for frack waste conveys. Right past where Exxon has it’s shale gas well applicatioin – next to a trout stream. Coming to a spill – then a glass of water in Midtown Manhattan – real soon. And New Yorkers thought they wouldn’t get fracked. They won’t. They’ll just get dumped on. Surprise. With enough toxins to botch a lethal injection in Ohio, Texas or Oklahoma.  Here are the details on how Fracksylvania Frack Filth will be shipped through the Catskills. 

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No Toxic Radioactive Frack Goo On These Roads

May 1, 2014
No Toxic Radioactive Frack Goo On These Roads

Thanks very much. The Karen has been mapping county and town ordinances that prohibit spreading frack goo on roads. Now that counties and towns are banning dumping frack filth into municipal water plants, she’s going to start mapping that too. Bravo The Karen. Go here to see the full data set, go to “Layers” to show the frack waste bans shown in camo green below – and coming soon – the bans on dumping Genuine Imported Fracksylvania Frack Filth into water treatment plants. Have your elected officials not banned frack goo yet ? If not, get some new elected officials. Or get fracking slimed. There is no “economic upside” to splattering encrusted frack goo on your car. There is no benefit to dumping radioactive drill cuttings into the local landfill – unless of […]

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Gassed by Fracked Gas

May 1, 2014
Gassed by Fracked Gas

Turns out that  “America’s clean burning abundant 100 year supply natural gas” is also a great way to gas people with carcinogenic benzene.  Which provides work. For oncologists. Benzene is a “byproduct” of oil and gas production.  Like other “byproducts” such as radon, it is normally vented at the drilling site with the raw gas or vented at the gas processing plant – after it is separated from the methane, propane, butane and ethane.  It’s invisible, but the venting can be seen with an infrared camera. Once in the air, it’s inhaled and shows up in people’s blood. Gassed with gas.  Data Shows High Carcinogen Levels In Fracked Air May 1, 2014 8:13 AM Related Tags: Benzene, chemicals, denton, Drilling Awareness Group, environment, Fracking, tceq Jason Allen  Read More DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Air samples taken near a […]

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Oiligarchs Behind Anti Home Rule Ads

May 1, 2014
Oiligarchs Behind Anti Home Rule Ads

Imagine that. OilyGarchs opposed to jeffersonian democracy – local Home Rule. Since state governments are so much easier to buy. As are phony grass roots ads. http://www.alternet.org/environment/wealthy-ceo-network-behind-fake-anti-fracking-ads Wealthy Behind Fake Anti-Fracking Ads The Job Creators Network of corporate CEOs created an online ad that directs users to pro-fracking content. April 29, 2014  |      The online version of the Post Independent, the local daily newspaper in heavily-drilled Garfield County, Colorado, is prominently displaying black-and-white banner ads that read, “Blowing the Lid off Fracking Colorado.”Readers are led to believe the ads are anti-fracking, but click on them and you’re taken to a pro-fracking website, JobCreatorsNetwork.com, that boasts about all the wonderful jobs and economic benefits that drilling and fracking create.  Members of Job Creators Network include the wealthy CEOs of major companies like Home Depot, […]

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Oil Spills & Pipeline Explosions “Good For Local Economies”

May 1, 2014
Oil Spills & Pipeline Explosions "Good For Local Economies"

By providing high paying union jobs for repairs, EMS and undertakers. At least so claims a pipeline company whose pipelines occasionally burst or go boom in the night. The largest U.S. pipeline operator, Kinder Morgan in applying for a permit to build the Canadian, Trans Mountain Expansion Project has stated in writing that infrastructure disasters can be good for the economy… because, a lot of people and companies are usually employed cleaning up the aftermath. Tell that to the dead. In a section of the application dedicated to the risks and effects associated with oil tanker traffic and the possibility of oil spills, Kinder Morgan finds that “spills can have both positive and negative effects.” In particular, “spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and clean-up service providers.” While it is true that […]

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Shale Oil Bomb Train Explodes in Virginia

April 30, 2014
Shale Oil Bomb Train Explodes in Virginia

Because it wasn’t just hauling “oil” was it ? It was loaded beyond the pressure break point with fracked oil – full of VOCs, including propane, butane, ethane and benzene.  But you knew that right ?   Platts confirmed CSX Corporation’s train that exploded in Lynchburg, Virginia was carrying sweet crude obtained viahydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin. CSXCEO Michael Ward has also confirmed this to Bloomberg. “Trade sources said the train was carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota and was headed to Plains All American’s terminal in Yorktown,”Platts explained. “The Yorktown facility can unload 130,000 b/d of crude and is located on the site of Plains oil product terminal.” In January the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a Safety Alert concluding Bakken crude is more flammable than heavier oils. Hence the term “bomb trains.” At least 50,000 gallons of […]

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New York’s Energy Plan, the “N” Word and Global Cooling

April 30, 2014
New York's Energy Plan, the "N" Word and Global Cooling

No, not that “N” word, the other “N” word. Nuclear. As in energy. The draft New York Energy Plan is a bit vague about it. On the one hand it calls for phasing nuclear out, it also shows an increase in power from nuclear. The fact is that, nuclear is the only non-greenhouse power source that can handle base load electrical demands, and in some areas with low insolation (sun power) and low wind or hydro potential, is the default source for carbon-free energy. Best make it work, or standby to get cooked. Without nuclear in the mix, gas will continue to cook the planet – until the supplies are exhausted – and the damage is done. Literally a bridge fuel to hades.  The hydrocarbon industry – gas, oil and […]

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Fracked, Dumped And Abandoned in Ohio

April 30, 2014
Fracked, Dumped And Abandoned in Ohio

BP, Antero,  EQT, Halcon are all pulling out of the Ohio Utica shale. Which Deborah Rogers predicted two years ago. What’s Ohio to do now for frackquakes and toxic frack dumping ? Here’s a summary of how Ohio was teed up by the frackers for a good fracking – first they paid the state off to eliminate Home Rule protections for towns, then they sent in the landmen to dupe the landowners.  If that sounds familiar, the frackers pulled the same stunt in Fracksylvania (worked) and tried it in New York (not so much). Yet. BP Pulls Out of Ohio’s Utica Shale One of the World’s Largest Oil Companies is Calling it Quits in Ohio’s Utica shale. BP announced today that it is pulling out of the region after disappointing results from test wells in Trumbull […]

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The Great Frack Filth Divide

April 30, 2014
The Great Frack Filth Divide

Wherein upscale counties and towns that do not want frackwaste strewn on their roadsides, such as Southampton, ban it. And downscale counties and towns, such as Auburn, beg for more – frack filth that is. As a “growth generator.” For carcinomas. While the state legislature looks the other way.  (That’s what the fat envelopes are for.) And what about where the frackers are from ? What do those towns do ? Make a guess.  Has your town or county passed The Municipal Frack Filth IQ Test ? If not, get some new politicians. Because getting encrusted toxic radioactive frack goo off your car is a real pain. Plus strontium 90, barium, and arsenic pretty much crater the taste and bioavailability of Long Island Lemonade. Home » Southampton Outlaws Hydrofracking Waste Southampton Outlaws Hydrofracking Waste Two years […]

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Grisanti: “New York Will Take All The Fracking Filth That Fracksylvania Can Dish Out !”

April 29, 2014
Grisanti: "New York Will Take All The Fracking Filth That Fracksylvania Can Dish Out !"

Or until Casella stops handing him the fat envelopes. Whichever comes first . . . ALBANY, NY-  A bill sponsored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (S.5123A) to ban the disposal of hazardous fracking waste in NY was defeated in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee by a 6-7 vote, along party lines.  Among the republican “NO” votes were Senators LaValle, Grisanti, Marcellino, Little, Young, Maziarz and O’Mara.  Committee Chairman Grisanti declared before the vote that “I’m not actually sure that this is actually taking place “in spite of the fact that in In 2013 alone, 70,000 tons of radioactive drill cuttings entered New York landfills and over 288,000 gallons of fracking waste were spread on New York roadways or entered water treatment facilities – all from Pennsylvanian fracking operations. (see example of detailed […]

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Fracking’s Personal Tragedies: Shalefield Stories

April 29, 2014
Fracking's Personal Tragedies: Shalefield Stories

http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Fracking-s-personal-tragedies-5435991.php Fracking’s Personal Tragedies By Heather Leibowitz and Tony Avella, Commentary Published 4:36 pm, Monday, April 28, 2014 As Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to weigh whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York, it is important to remember fracking’s dangerous past. About a year ago, an Ohio operator was caught after dumping an estimated 250,000 gallons of fracking wastewater into the Mahoning River. Since then, scarcely a month has gone by without some new fracking incident adding to the toll of damage done. Fracking fluids flowed into Colorado’s rivers and communities during flooding last fall. Then, researchers in Pennsylvania found high levels of radioactive material in the sediment of a creek where fracking waste is discharged from a treatment plant. Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with […]

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HELEN SLOTTJE WINS WORLD’S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE !

April 28, 2014
HELEN SLOTTJE WINS WORLD'S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE !

BREAKING NEWS:  Helen Holden Slottje Wins Goldman Environmental Prize 2014 Local Fractivist Wins World’s Largest Environmental Prize  Helen Slottje, co-founder of the legal dynamic duo Team Slottje has just been named recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2014. Way to go Helen. Bravo Team Slottje.  “A former corporate lawyer who is blocking fracking in the state of New York after discovering a legal loophole enabling individual towns to fight fracking through zoning laws. Her efforts have helped to stall the hydraulic fracking process, leading large corporations to ask the court to force the Cuomo administration to decide if large-scale fracking can continue in New York. These corporations argue that the repeated delays in the decision making process are grounds for a judge to intervene.” More Photos Mary Rose Ramos For […]

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Walter Hang’s Letter to Cuomo: No More Frack Filth in Water Plants

April 27, 2014
Walter Hang's Letter to Cuomo: No More Frack Filth in Water Plants

Dumping Frack Waste In Water Treatment Plants April 22, 2014 Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State New York State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 Greetings: I write respectfully to request that you take immediate action to safeguard New York’s environment from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) inadequate regulation of natural gas drilling wastewater dumping hazards. This highly polluted wastewater contains a wide range of metals, organic chemicals and radionuclides that are toxic and persistent. As you will recall, I wrote on April 7, 2011 to request that you: “investigate potential environmental and public health impacts associated with approximately 20 million gallons of natural gas drilling wastewater reportedly accepted by the Auburn, Canandaigua and Cayuga Heights Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs).” I noted that: “This matter warrants your […]

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Koch Brothers v New York DEC

April 26, 2014
Koch Brothers v New York DEC

The frackers say that 6 years is long enough to revise New York’s fracking regulations. Which begs the question, “How long does it usually take the DEC to revise its fracking regulations ?” The last time they tried it took seventeen (17) years. Because the frackers didn’t want any updated regulations. Ironic, huh ? This is the Disjointed Landowners’ account of the hearing in the Koch Brothers Funded Action against the New York DEC for, ostensibly, delaying the rule making process to permit shale wells. My comments in bold: “The following is a broad overview and a layman’s account of the court action. The plaintiff parties (our side) brought an Article 78 action against the executive branch. Roughly, an Article 78 asks the responsible party in government to obey the law. […]

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Koch Vulture Fund Takes On Fracking Publicity Stunt

April 26, 2014
Koch Vulture Fund Takes On Fracking Publicity Stunt

Energy Assets Sold To Perpetuate Publicity Stunt Lawsuit Norse’s 2 leases in Dryden were not sold in order to try to preserve Norse’s standing in the lawsuit against the Town of Dryden. The rest of the assets went to a hedge fund, not a gas company, to try to continue the publicity stunt against the State of  New York. Judge Hears From Vulture Fund On Fracking Publicity Stunt April 25, 2014 A bankruptcy court in New York said Friday that an entity called “Any Acquisition LLC” has submitted the highest bid, $2.65 million, to purchase most of the assets of two subsidiaries of Norway’s Norse Energy Corp. ASA. According to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York, “Any Acquisition” was the highest of three bidders […]

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New York State’s Energy Non Plan

April 25, 2014
New York State's Energy Non Plan

On January 7, Governor Cuomo’s Energy Planning Board released a draft of its long-awaited New York State Energy Plan. Despite bold words about clean energy and efficiency, pictures of solar farms, and quotes by historic figures like Edison and Einstein, the document lacks specific commitments necessary to lead New York to a sustainable future. Worse still, forecasts and policies in the plan actually promote the widespread expansion of natural gas produced from fracking and fail to set meaningful targets for the reduction of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. Comments can be submitted online or by mail, however all must be received by May 30, 2014. Info on commenting here – http://nyfriendsofcleanairandwater.blogspot.com/2014/04/nys-draft-energy-plan-comment-period.html Submit comments online at www.energyplan.ny.gov/Process/comments   The document is not a plan. Instead it relies heavily on forecasts made in the absence of planning. Major advances have occurred in solar […]

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Vulture Capital Fund Buys Frack Zombie Norse For $15 An Acre

April 25, 2014
Vulture Capital Fund Buys Frack Zombie Norse For $15 An Acre

A New York vulture capital fund has bought Norse Energy’s assets, including all of its leases and production for what works out to less than $15 an acre. Norse was the Rent-a-Plaintiff in Rent-A-Plaintiff v Dryden, and is one of the straw man plaintiffs in Fracking Publicity Stunt Paid for by Koch Brothers vs New York State.  Neither suit claims monetary damages.  Norse has no completed horizontal shale well permit applications in the queue at the DEC, it’s only application is short of the required spacing unit area. So the vulture fund bought the rights to drill some vertical gas wells, thereby establishing what mineral leases are actually worth in Chenango County. Not a hole fracking lot. This of course means that the corporate welfare queen plaintiff in Corporate Welfare Queen vs […]

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Bridge Fuel To A Cooked Planet

April 24, 2014
Bridge Fuel To A Cooked Planet

 One leaky well at a time. NYT Dot Earth blogmeister Andrew Revkin dives deep where other journalists get the bends. Since shale is the source rock of trapped gas formations above, most shale well bores literally open holes in those gas deposits on their way to the shale. When that happens, the gas vents up the well bore in the drilling mud – where it is separated and vented. Voila ! A font of methane is released to help cook the planet. The Andrew makes much of hitting coal bed methane, but that is only one of the gas pockets a deep shale gas well could encounter . . on its way to the gas. Any old gas pocket will do. And all gas wells  vent methane as they are being […]

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Municipal Water Plant Unable to Treat Frack Filth

April 24, 2014
Municipal Water Plant Unable to Treat Frack Filth

As if that comes as a surprise. The Town of Auburn, New York paid an engineering firm a lot of money to tell them the obvious: you can’t dump millions of gallons of toxic, radioactive frack filth into your water treatment plant and hope to get Saratoga Sparkling Water out the other end. Local shale shills are going to have to figure out another way to cash in on fracking – like turn the Town Park into a Man Camp, or dump toxic radioactive drill cuttings onto the Village Green. Get creative frack suckers !  Auburn Wastewater Report Flunks Frackwaste AUBURN, N.Y. — An engineering firm hired by Auburn to clear the way for the city to accept wastewater from gas drilling has concluded the city’s wastewater treatment plant can’t […]

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Businesses for Home Rule

April 24, 2014
Businesses for Home Rule

Advocates Seek to Join Frack Ban Lawsuit Both sides of the natural gas drilling debate are lining up to become party to a potentially precedent-setting case that will determine whether municipal government has the authority to ban hydrofracking, as scores of towns throughout the state have done over the past three years. A group of 26 companies and organizations  — including Brewery Ommegang in Middlefield and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York  — are asking the state Court of Appeals to grant them “friend of the court” status and have their position argued in support of the home rule authority of towns. The interested parties want to step into the twin pending cases — involving challenges to drilling bans enacted in 2011 by Middlefield and the Tompkins County town of […]

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