Forbes Denies the Climate Change Deniers

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… ...
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Fracking Crooks - New York's Rogue Gallery

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 ha… ...
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How Frackwaste Makes Frackquakes

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… ...
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Fracking Limbo : How Oil & Gas Wells Get Orphaned

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… ...
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Texas Town Fights Frackers

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 D… ...
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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.  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. Here are some […]

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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.  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 nuisance, limiting the monetary award. It’s the second successful nuisance suit in […]

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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 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 of a growing health crisis. Property values are plummeting and locals are complaining […]

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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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Monterey Shale Scam Downgraded by 96%

May 21, 2014
Monterey Shale Scam 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. 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 of knowledge about geological differences among the oil fields led to erroneous predictions and estimates. In December, the […]

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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. 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 vice-president […]

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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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Biden Shills for Shale in Ukraine

April 23, 2014
Biden Shills for Shale in Ukraine

Newly minted Shale Stooge Joe Biden went to the Ukraine to shill for shale. Catch is the ousted Ukrainian president was just run out of his job for selling Ukraine’s shale reserves to Chevron and Shell. He cashed the signing bonus and took off – for Russia.  So what’s the new idea Joe ?  Sell the shale to Exxon instead ?  To Chesapeake ? Maybe one of his aides should have clued Joe in on all this .  . .  The Steve has the scoop http://desmogblog.com/2014/04/23/vice-president-joe-biden-promotes-u-s-fracking-missionary-force-during-ukraine-trip Vice President Joe Biden Promotes Fracking On Ukraine Trip During his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama’s “U.S.Crisis Support Package for Ukraine.” A key part of the package involves promoting the deployment of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Ukraine. Dean Neu, […]

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Fracking Bullshit: Government Overstates Shale Production

April 23, 2014
Fracking Bullshit: Government Overstates Shale Production

A hole fracking lot. By not just cooking the books, but making up production that never existed. Who do you think is responsible for that ? The Energy Information Agency famously publishes whatever numbers the frackers send them. Go figure. Frack in/ frack out. http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/2187917-the-eia-is-seriously-exaggerating-shale EIA Seriously Exaggerates Shale Gas Production  Posted Apr 21, 2014 by David Hughes “Natural gas output from US’ Marcellus edges closer to 15 Bcf/d: EIA” declared the headline in Platts that attracted my attention, since the latest data on the Marcellus shale gas play of PA and WV indicated production was less than 12 bcf/d. This headline was based on the latest issue of the EIA’s new monthly Drilling Productivity Report published April 14. Reading further, the article claimed that the Haynesville shale play “peaked at about 10 Bcf/d in 2012”, when […]

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800+ Elected Officials Urge Gov. Cuomo to Continue Fracking Moratorium

April 23, 2014
800+ Elected Officials Urge Gov. Cuomo to Continue Fracking Moratorium

Elected Officials to Protect New York  April 23, 2014  Over the past few months, Elected Officials to Protect New York—a group of more than 800 local elected officials from all 62 New York State counties—have passed resolutions in municipalities across the state urging renewed caution on fracking and touting municipal support for the growing opportunities presented by renewable energy for New York State. A group of elected officials held a press conference in Albany yesterday to release the resolutions and speak to the concerns and great opportunities before the state. Municipalities that have already passed the resolution are the City of Albany, Town of Brighton, Village of Cooperstown, Town of Danby, Town of Otsego, Town of New Paltz, Town of Rochester, City of Syracuse, Tompkins County and Town of Ulysses, with more under way. “Albany is thrilled […]

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Industry Insider Speaks Out Against Fracking

April 23, 2014
Industry Insider Speaks Out Against Fracking

Former Mobil Oil Exec Urges Brakes on Gas Fracking Former executive says the drilling cannot be done safely By Brian Nearing Published 7:01 pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Albany As a retired high-ranking oil company executive, one might expect Louis Allstadt to sing the praises of opening up New York to natural gas hydraulic fracturing. But Allstadt, who worked 31 years for Mobil Oil, stood among elected officials from several upstate communities Tuesday to urge the state not to allow hydrofracking, and instead encourage development of more renewable energy. “Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed,” said Allstadt, retired executive vice president of Mobil. He spoke during a news conference called by Elected Officials to Protect New York, a group which represents more […]

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Fracking Trial Update

April 23, 2014
Fracking Trial Update

UPDATE: $3 million awarded by jury to fracking victims by TXSHARON on APRIL 22, 2014 in ARUBA A jury just awarded Bob and Lisa Parr $3 million dollars in their fracking lawsuit against Aruba Petroleum. They said this was the first fracking case to go to trial. I’m trying to verify that. Bob and Lisa Parr were neighbors to Tim and Christine Ruggiero in Wise County. I was there, in the Ruggiero kitchen, the day Lisa discovered that her timeline of doctor’s visits matched–exactly–Christine’s timeline of releases from the Aruba gas wells on her property. Like Tim and Christine, Bob and Lisa shared all their information with me and I developed it into a case study for presentation to the EPA at Research Triangle Park and later to Gina McCarthy before she was EPA Administrator. The […]

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Texas Jury Awards $3 Million For Fracking Damages

April 22, 2014
Texas Jury Awards $3 Million For Fracking Damages

That’s a lot of fracking pizzas. The Frackers use the same PR firm as Big Tobacco, and play the same game: deny, deny, deny. Until they get tagged. By a jury.  For damages. Imagine that. The frackers will appeal and they might win/ lose. And the damage claims will grow. And the frackers will deny, and the juries won’t buy the lies. And then one day, the appellate control will uphold the big damage awards, and the frackers will be up frack creek. Let the big damage award lawsuits commence.  Sue them in Texas, there’s no fracking secret what a fracking mess a fracking shale well is down here. Where Rex Tillerson lives. Where even the frackers don’t want to get fracked. A jury in Dallas, TX today awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Barnett […]

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Petroleum Geologist on New York’s Shale Potential

April 22, 2014
Petroleum Geologist on New York's Shale Potential

Pennsylvania has already produced more Marcellus shale gas than New York has in reserves. And the Utica shale ? What of it ? No potential in New York State. http://www.investing.com/analysis/new-york-state-shale-gas-not-so-fast-210855 One of the authors of a new reserve estimate for New York shale appeared on Capital Pressroom. After dispensing with the hyperbolic guesstimates of the Marcellus in New York, there was one last question:  Arbetter:  One last quick question for you Art: have you taken into consideration the viability of any other shale formation like the Utica Shale? Berman:  In New York, the Utica Shale doesn’t really effect our consideration. … The Utica Shale is in Ohio, and a little of it comes over into New York, into western New York.  But it is really not a factor in most of New […]

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Kerry’s Shale Gas Bluff

April 22, 2014
Kerry's Shale Gas Bluff

The White House and State Department have engaged in brazen lying to EU governments regarding the ability of the US to supply more than enough natural gas to replace Russian gas deliveries. Recent statements by US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry about supplying Europe with gas are patently false.  Europe’s best alternative supply of gas is from the Mideast – via Syria. US LNG exports would go to Asia or South America, where they’d fetch twice what they would in Europe.  Everybody in the industry knows that Kerry is bluffing about shipping fracked US shale gas to Europe. It’s just political rhetoric to justify permitting LNG terminals to ship gas to Asia and South America. Imagine that.  After his recent meeting with EU leaders Obama issued the incredible […]

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Banning Frack Filth in New York

April 22, 2014
Banning Frack Filth in New York

From being splattered on roads, dumped into water treatment plants, or used to irradiate landfills – for the next 2,000 years or so – is an idea whose time has come. Has your town or county banned frackwaste ? If not, get some new politicians. http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2014-04-21-87646.113122-State-lawmakers-push-to-ban-fracking-waste-in-the-state.html State Lawmakers Push to Ban Fracking Waste in NYS By Richard Moody Staff Writer April 21, 2014 In conjunction with Earth Day this week, state legislators are pushing to pass legislation to reduce the presence of fracking waste in New York. Hydraulic fracturing, a controversial natural gas extraction process which shoots a combination of water, sand and chemicals to break up shale rock, has been illegal in New York for five years due to a de facto moratorium. However, the storage and transportation of waste […]

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New York Shale Gets (another) Major Downgrade

April 21, 2014
New York Shale Gets (another) Major Downgrade

The League of Women Voters of New York have commissioned their own study on New York’s shale gas potential – this time from the industry.  The results are a fraction – about 5% – of what the DEC had lead the public to believe was New York’s shale potential. Full report here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/219405163/Marcellus-Resource-Assessment-for-New-York-April-10-2014 http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/04/22/new-report-finds-marcellus-gas-costly-produce-raising-doubts-new-york-state One of the authors will be on Capital Pressroom : Arthur Berman and Elisabeth Radow on Capitol Pressroom, Tuesday April 22 at 11:30 to discuss report on economically recoverable Marcellus shale natural gas in New York.   http://www.wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom/ The League of Women Voter of New York State has contracted with Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc. to perform an evaluation of potential economically recoverable Marcellus shale natural gas in New York. The resulting report: Resource Assessment of Potentially Producible Natural Gas Volumes […]

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The Tip of the Fracking Iceberg

April 21, 2014
The Tip of the Fracking Iceberg

“Fracking” – the drilling, completion and fracking of shale oil and gas wells, contaminates billions of gallons of fresh water, permanently. The Bill has put together a map showing the Tip of the Fracking Water Contamination Iceberg in part of Fracksylvania - the known, reported cases of water contamination by fracking – which is just a fraction of the actual, unknown, unreported and yet-t0-surface instances of contamination – from the billions of gallons of frack water injected into the ground, and the billions to come back up  - infused with radium, barium, arsenic and methane. The contamination process starts before the well is drilled – with run off. As the well is drilled, thousands of gallons are used to make drilling mud to cool the bit and bring radioactive drill cuttings to […]

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Fracking on Trial

April 21, 2014
Fracking on Trial

Fracking goes on trial where it all began – in Texas. Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com  First fracking trial begins in Dallas By: Melissa Cutler - bio | email The first fracking trial in the U.S. is taking place in downtown Dallas. It involves a lawsuit filed by a North Texas family living on the Barnett Shale, and this first of its kind case is being watched closely around the country. Robert Parr took the stand Wednesday, making history in a downtown Dallas courtroom. He described the home he built 15 miles west of Denton –- the home that he once called sacred ground. Now, he says it’s an unholy mess. “We can’t drink our well water,” said Parr in 2011 when FOX 4 interviewed him. “We can’t breathe the air without getting sick.” […]

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Fracking Neighborhoods & Schools

April 20, 2014
Fracking Neighborhoods & Schools

Not enough pizzas to go around for the damage caused by fracking near houses and schools. This is in Colorado, where the frackers paid off the Governor to let them frack anywhere – even next to schools. These Aerials Are Exhibit A why frackers have bought off the state government in Ohio and Colorado. They could never get this close to a subdivision or a grade school in a town with local control.  Noise, truck traffic and air pollution 24/7/365. Then the tank batteries vent poison – invisibly, unless caught on an infrared camera. So that some fracker can ship gas to China.  

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HOW OHIO GOT FRACKED

April 20, 2014
HOW OHIO GOT FRACKED

First the frackers disarmed the towns – by paying the legislatures to overturn Home Rule – local zoning controls applied to oil and gas wells – in 2004, before they moved in to dupe landowners on leases. The frackers got what they paid for – the right to frack anywhere, even residential neighborhoods. The politicians got the fat envelopes. John Russo has the story of how one state got bought, then totally fracked. http://www.newgeography.com/content/004268-fracking-youngstown-and-the-right-cityWhat happens when the Chamber of Commerce, labor leaders, and government officials, most of whom live outside the city, are pitted against a small yet influential group of community and university activists? That’s what’s going on right now in a debate over a ballot initiative that would prevent gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — in Youngstown, […]

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Another County Bans Frackwaste

April 19, 2014
Another County Bans Frackwaste

Shale gas industrialization creates billions of gallons of contaminated water, much more than the frackers know what to do with. Frackwaste is disposed of by contractors – tank truckers who contract with the frackers to get rid of the stuff. Since the truckers are paid by the load, they speed to and from the frack sites,killing people. And to avoid tipping fees at frackwaste dumps,they simply spill their loads on the roads. Given the 24/7/365 nature of the activity, there is no way to adequately monitor or police it, as this new investigative report by Bloomberg news service reports. Of course, in some states, they just pump it down a disposal well. What could possibly go wrong with that ? Source: North Dakota Dept of Health via Bloomberg On Feb. 28, North Dakota […]

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Triple Fracking Reports

April 17, 2014
Triple Fracking Reports

On why fracking is the 21st Century way to sicken people, cook the planet, and dump toxic fracking waste anywhere the frackers can get away with it.  Hey Connecticut, how much of this fracking garbage do you want ? Got plenty ! Don’t fracking miss out. http://www.psehealthyenergy.org/site/view/1204 http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/17-3Published  Third Report in Three Days Shows Scale of Fracking Perils ‘We can conclude that this process has not been shown to be safe’ – Jacob Chamberlain, in a rare moment of understatement. March 2013 Annapolis, Maryland rally against fracking (Flickr / Maryland Sierra Club / Creative Commons license)The fracking industry is having a bad week. In the third asssessment in as many days focused on the pollution created by the booming industry, a group of researchers said Wednesday that the controversial oil and gas drilling […]

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Import Frack Waste Into Connecticut ?

April 17, 2014
Import Frack Waste Into Connecticut ?

You’ve got to be fracking kidding. No fracking way. So says the newspapers and so say I. Connecticut needs not one drop of imported frack filth from Fracksylvania. As long as the survivalist wingnuts  of Idafracko will accept toxic radioactive frackwaste –  no questions asked, from anywhere, even Fracksylvania – let the frackers truck it there. And leave Connecticut the frack alone. Any Conn. politician that thinks that importing toxic radioactive goo from Fracksylania could be a “growth industry” for the state should be voted out of office at the next available opportunity. http://touch.courant.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79920836/ State Must Ban Fracking Waste MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE Editorial, The Hartford Courant 5:01 pm, April 15, 2014 There are few governmental responsibilities as profound as protecting the air and water that sustain life. When there is a question about air […]

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Royally Fracking Ripped Off

April 17, 2014
Royally Fracking Ripped Off

By frackers. Who fracking else ? Chesapeake, Range, you name it  - they make as much money fracking landowners as shale. Where do you think all those creative accountants and lawyers went when ENRON imploded ? Into fracking. http://www.fwweekly.com/2014/04/16/royalty-rip-off/ Royalty Rip-off Around the country, landowners are suing Chesapeake and other drillers for massive deductions from royalty checks. Posted April 16, 2014 by PETER GORMAN in News Donald Feusner used to be a dairy farmer. His 370 acres of land in northeast Pennsylvania border New York state in a gloriously lush area. In 2011, when his farm was no longer profitable, he sold off his herd and retired to what he thought would be the life of a gentleman farmer, living off the proceeds of the gas wells Chesapeake Energy had drilled […]

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It’s Official: The USA Is An Oiligarchy !

April 15, 2014
It's Official: The USA Is An Oiligarchy !

Princeton says so. So it must be true. Government of the Fat Cats, by the Fat Cats, for the Fat Cats shall not perish from this earth. Just what the frackers ordered. The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism. https://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf Scientific Study Says We’re an Oligarchy  by pajoly A new study appearing at Princeton’s website will be grim vindication of what we already know: the United States of America is no longer […]

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Fracking Bust

April 15, 2014
Fracking Bust

Shell bought billions of junk shale leases in Pennsylvania from a local promoter - fracked up the place right proper and basically went bust there. Leaving in as much haste as they came. Leaving behind higher unemployment, more crime, and more homeless than when they arrived.  Damaged roads. Contaminated soil and water. A complete fracking bust. Thanks gasholes. Thanks a hole fracking lot. April 14, 2014 Study: Shale drilling created a ‘boom and bust’ By CHERYL R. CLARKE, Williamsport Sun-Gazette The impacts of shale drilling in Tioga County, both positive and negative, were part of a series of findings presented Thursday in a conference call discussion. The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative brought together independent, nonpartisan research organizations in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to monitor economic trends and community […]

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Shale Gas Worse Than Coal at Global Warming

April 14, 2014
Shale Gas Worse Than Coal at Global Warming

100 to 1000 more than the EPA estimates, according to this new peer reviewed study, copy here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/218371017/Methane-Emissions-From-Shale-Gas-Drilling Because  methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO 2 And the release of methane during drilling, during fracking, during venting, via methane migration of aging well bores, during transportation via old leaky gas lines - all cause more global warming than coal ever could. Imagine that. Methane emissions began as soon as the well is drilled – when the drilling is going on, there is no casing, so any shallow gas formations that are encountered – including coal bed methane, are vented up the well bore into the atmosphere. The gas is entrained in the drilling mud and separated via a “de-gasser” at the rig, which in turn is simply vented, not […]

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Oxymoronic Award Winner: “Sustainable Shale”

April 14, 2014
Oxymoronic Award Winner: "Sustainable Shale"

The head fracking shill of the “Sustainable Shale” PR front- funded by the frackers for the benefit of the frackers –  is going to try to explain himself – and  how scraping the bottom of the hydrocarbon barrel is “sustainable” in any shape form, fashion or tortured syntax whatsoever. Classic Orwellian Doublespeak- Evidently they didn’t teach “1984″ at engineering school. Should be a hoot. Tex sez check it out. ‘Sustainable Shale’ Chair Speaks Out of Both Sides of His Mouth April 15 at Cornell By Blaine Friedlander Jared Cohon, board chair for the “Center for Sustainable Shale Development” will share insight into incorporating  diverse, impassioned opinions to frame effective policy in his talk, “Working Together on Shale Gas Policy and Practice,” Tuesday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m., in 155 Olin […]

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Pre-Appoval Required for Frackquakes !

April 14, 2014
Pre-Appoval Required for Frackquakes !

So that there will  be no more “unplanned” surprise Frackquakes. And the frackers can order the pizzas in advance. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced on Friday that recent earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were likely caused by hydraulic fracturing—or fracking. Earthquake epicenters and past seismic events in Ohio. Graphic courtesy of ODNR A series of earthquakes up to magnitude 3.0 struck on March 1o-11 in Mahoning County near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. A nearby Utica oil well was being fracked at the time of the quakes, leading ODNR shut down the operation until a possible link could be investigated further. This is now the fourth documented case of induced seismicity linked to fracking, and the latest in a series of earthquakes in Ohio caused by oil and gas production activities. The earlier quakes resulted from disposal of waste water into […]

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Help Catch Fracking Scofflaws

April 13, 2014
Help Catch Fracking Scofflaws

Help fix Frank Finan’s infrared camera so  that he can go on taking videos of toxic gas venting that the frackers say don’t exist – unless they are caught on Frank’s infrared camera. Why do the frackers claim to not be venting ? Because before they put the gas into a line, they  have to get rid of the bad stuff – the radon, benzene, toluene, etc. which gases people nearby.  Some of it won’t burn, so it’s easier to just vent it – and hope that Frank is not around. Texas Sharon has written extensively on the use of IR cameras to catch fracking scofflaws (is there any other kind ?) Here’s an appeal from The Calvin: Frank Finan, who was featured Gasland Part 2 for spending a significant amount of […]

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Fracking and Mortgages Don’t Mix

April 13, 2014
Fracking and Mortgages Don't Mix

Just ask Exxon’s CEO. As lawyer Elizabeth Radow points out in  a new article that addresses all aspects of the risks of having a shale gas well anywhere close to a house. Any house.  http://www.albanylawreview.org/issues/pages/article-information.aspx?volume=77&issue=2&page=xxxx

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Fracking Air Quality With Regulatory Assistance

April 12, 2014
Fracking Air Quality With Regulatory Assistance

NPR has done their second report on South Texas fracking yesterday, and they highlighted the way the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is working in collusion with the industry.  By installing only 5 permanent air quality monitors – and none in the most industrialized area – the Texas regulators are protecting the frackers from their victims. Imagine that. Report Offers Grim Predictions for Fracked Air Quality  What might the oil- and gas-rich Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas look like in 2018? A newly-released but largely-unnoticed study commissioned by the state of Texas makes some striking projections. Center for Public Integrity, Inside Climate News, Weather Channel. 12 April 2014. South Texas Fracking Makes Pollution ‘Toxic Soup.’ While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people […]

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Exxon CEO & Vlad The Impaler : Best Gashole Buddies

April 11, 2014
Exxon CEO & Vlad The Impaler : Best Gashole Buddies

Now add in Halliburton’s deal with Gazprom, and Tillerson’s ‘bromance’ with Putin. While we’re ‘saving’ the Ukraine, Russia will be fracking our country. Literally. With the help of a few amoral, unAmerican frackers. One of whom, Halliburton, is not even based in America anymore. Will Exxon’s ‘Bromance’ With The Kremlin Help Keep Putin In Check? 3/20/2014 ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson has a good relationship with Vladimir Putin. If you do a Google image search for the two men, you’ll see a dozen shots of them together, looking in each others’ eyes, smiling, laughing, shaking hands. They have a lot in common. Both men run autocratic, secretive, oil-based, global operations. And they like each other enough that they’ve joined forces in perhaps the biggest joint venture in the global oil industry. At a time when Putin has […]

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How to Cook a Planet With Gas – On Prime Time TV

April 11, 2014
How to Cook a Planet With Gas - On Prime Time TV

Just because it’s not mentioned in Deuteronomy, the Koran of the I Ching doesn’t mean that the science ain’t there on planet cooking. With gas. Check it out on SHOWTIME this Sunday. Doctors Urge Viewers to Watch Climate Series with Friends and Family Doctors and mental health professionals are urging viewers to watch the upcoming SHOWTIME series, Years of Living Dangerously, with friends and family when it premieres Sunday, April 13th. They suggest people watch the series, which explores climate change and its global impacts through narratives anchored by well-known celebrities and thought-leaders, together at thousands of house parties scheduled across the nation that Sunday. Mounting evidence shows that people who experience climate change impacts — be that through surviving an extreme weather event, enduring an ongoing drought or watching these events unfold on […]

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Cuomo Taps The Sandra For Top Doc

April 10, 2014
Cuomo Taps The Sandra For Top Doc

REUTERS Albany, April 1st + 9 In what might be described as an unbelievable turn of events, Governor Cuomo has tapped famed fractavist Dr. Sandra Steingraber, as the state’s top health official, naming her to the head of the Department of Health, on the heels of the resignation of Dr. Shah, for failing to go out of his way to harass pregnancy termination service providers sufficiently. And for actually taking a methodical approach to study the health impacts of fracking. Said the plucky pol from Queens,”It’s time we put the people’s health ahead of corporate profits. That’s why I’m naming Dr. Steingraber, or as I like to call her, The Sandra, to be my top health official. She knows her stuff, she will make a great witness in that fracking frivolous lawsuit, […]

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Fracking Fake Utilities – No Eminent Domain For Gas Gathering System

April 10, 2014
Fracking Fake Utilities - No Eminent Domain For Gas Gathering System

A fracker tried to pretend that their gas gathering system was a “utility” and get the power of eminent domain to condemn right of way. Silly fracker. This is the oldest trick in the fracking book – trying to get utility status for a private gathering / delivery system. Small operators try it, as do large operators – the Keystone XL Pipeline has been denied public utility status in Nebraska and Texas because it’s not a state regulated public utility. http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/court-blocks-use-of-eminent-domain-on-pipeline-to-pass/article_e6b8cd02-c01d-11e3-bd3b-001a4bcf6878.html Court Blocks Use of Eminent Domain on Pipeline York County landowners affected by the same proposed Marcellus Shale pipeline that would run through Clay and West Cocalico townships in Lancaster County have won a court battle blocking Sunoco Logistics from condemning their land. In a March 25 ruling in York County […]

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Chevron To Regulators: “No Fracking Pizzas For You !”

April 10, 2014
Chevron To Regulators: "No Fracking Pizzas For You !"

After blowing up one worker, injuring others and buying pizzas for the whole town, Chevron closed the well site to inspectors.  http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/04/09/chevron-blocked-access-to-dep-after-fatal-well-fire-in-southwest-pa/ Chevron Blocked Inspectors After Fatal Well Fire Katie Colaneri/ StateImpact Pennsylvania A fire broke out on a Chevron natural gas well pad in Dunkard Township, Greene County, Pa. on Feb. 11. When a Chevron natural gas well exploded in Greene County, killing a worker, the company blocked personnel with the state Department of Environmental Protection from accessing the site for nearly two days. The DEP acquiesced, despite its regulatory authority. Now, that issue is one of nine violations the DEP outlined in a letter to Chevron last month. The fire started early on Feb. 11 and continued to burn for five days. When a DEP emergency crew first arrived on the scene in […]

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Who Pulled Rank on the US Army Corps of Engineers?

April 9, 2014
Who Pulled Rank on the US Army Corps of Engineers?

Here’s a strange one. On April 7th, the last day to file a comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the so-called “Constitution Pipeline”, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) filed this comment: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140407-5245 The USACE is a party to this proceeding because they have jurisdiction for any pipeline which impacts “waters of the United States”. Don’t try to read it the document above… it’s status was quickly changed to “Privileged”. Meaning: SECRET. But not before we saved a copy! Read it here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/216940906/US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers-comments-on-DEIS-Constitution-Pipeline-CP13-499 A day later, they filed this comment: http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140408-5149 So if you compare both letters, line by line, you will see they are identical. Except for one paragraph at the end: In addition, the New York, Baltimore, and Buffalo District Corps of Engineers (Districts) are […]

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Texas Fracking Ban ?

April 9, 2014
Texas Fracking Ban ?

In Texas, even the frackers don’t want to get fracked. Denton is a college town – North Texas State, Texas Women’s University, a bedroom community for DFW and a commercial center. Not a great  place to frack a gas well (where is ?)- particularly since it is on the fringe of the Barnett Shale. So the town is evolving from a moratorium to prohibitions on fracking, which, if properly  worded, is lawful under Texas law as part of a town’s zoning law. Likewise, a regulatory takings claim against the city  for down-zoning property would not succeed unless the owner already had a drilling permit (as was the case in Morgantown, West Virginia) since drilling and making money on a shale gas well is an entirely speculative matter, and the zoning ordinance would not […]

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Califracknia Town Tells Occidental Frackers To Beat It

April 8, 2014
Califracknia Town Tells Occidental Frackers To Beat It

Right outside of town. Exercising their right to Local Control/ Home Rule over fracking. Passing the Municipal IQ Test. They suspected that Occidental, whose speciality is fracking almond groves, might frack them too. Carson City did not want to be occidentally fracked, so they banned the practice.  Carson City officials were confused. Their Southern California city had been drilled for oil since the 1920s, depleting much of the easily accessible oil available, yet Occidental Petroleum was asking for permission to sink an additional 200 wells for a large-scale oil and gas development. At the same time, the company was relocating to Texas and creating a separate arm for California operations, a classic tactic used by large corporations to shield themselves from lawsuits. What was Occidental up to? The plan initially […]

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Frack Trucker Kills Boy on Bike. Same Frackers Videod Dumping . . .

April 8, 2014
Frack Trucker Kills Boy on Bike. Same Frackers Videod Dumping . . .

That’s right, the same frack truck company – 3 Star Daylighting –  that was caught on a video earlier this week dumping frackwaste on a Fort Worth freeway - ran over a boy last August while driving to a Chesapeake frack site. The frack truck driver said he didn’t know he hit the boy. Right. Boy’s name was Deston Bibbs. Add him to the List of the Harmed. How much of this fracking nonsense do you want in your town ?  Frack Trucker Kills 14 Year Old Boy in Ft Worth View photos BY BILL MILLER wmiller@star-telegram.com FORT WORTH — Investigators believe a fracking wastewater truck fatally struck a teenage bike rider in far south Fort Worth in April and have concluded there is no evidence that the driver knew what happened, police reported this […]

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Industry Pays Pipeline Safety Regulators

April 8, 2014
Industry Pays Pipeline Safety Regulators

To not regulate. Almost 100% of national pipeline regulations are paid for by the pipeline industry –  who get what they paid for. Pipeline Safety Regulatory Process Is ‘Dying’ With ‘few tools to work with,’ PHMSA’s Jeffrey Wiese says he is creating a YouTube channel to persuade industry to voluntarily improve safety. By Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones Jeffrey Wiese, the nation’s top oil and gas pipeline safety official, recently strode to a dais beneath crystal chandeliers at a New Orleans hotel to let his audience in on an open secret: the regulatory process he oversees is “kind of dying.” Wiese told several hundred oil and gas pipeline compliance officers that his agency, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration [2] (PHMSA), has “very few tools to work with” in enforcing safety rules even […]

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DRILL BABIES FOOLED AGAIN?

April 8, 2014
DRILL BABIES FOOLED AGAIN?

While following the latest “GAS”roots organization, United Shale Advocates (USA), which was created by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), a quite by former President George W. Bush came to mind.  He mangled an old saying: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Mark Twain put it a different way: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled”.  The MSC/USA project is a poster child for fooling people over and over and over again.   MSC/USA project is touted as being “grassroots”.  It’s not, it’s GASroots.   See: GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates for more on this. DRILL BABIES […]

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Constitution Pipeline Has/ Has No Starting Compressor ?

April 7, 2014
Constitution Pipeline Has/ Has No Starting Compressor ?

The Constitution Pipeline sponsors sometimes claim that the pipeline has no starting compressor – the initial compressor station to get gas going up to pressure and into the line – while at the same time admitting that the Williams Central Station is being built as the starting station. Why the duplicity – other than the fact they are frackers ? Because if they include the Williams Central as the starting compressor of the pipeline, the environmental impact of the pipeline goes off the charts. Some highlights: FERC as lead agency implementing the National Environmental Policy Act is supposed to look at all direct impacts, as well as cumulative impacts.Problem is, they only look at the environmental impacts of the pipeline itself.  So impacts of, say, all the fracking and compressor […]

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Oklahoma Frackquake Capital of the World !

April 7, 2014
Oklahoma Frackquake Capital of the World !

Hooray ! Order more pizzas ! What’s Causing the Huge Spike in Frackquakes in Oklahoma? In this map of earthquakes recorded by the US Geological Survey in the past thirty days (each quake is marked by a dot on the map), Oklahoma is a clear hot spot. (USGS) A dramatic uptick in earthquakes has been shaking central Oklahoma this year, continuing a recent trend of unusually high earthquake activity in the state and leading scientists to speculate about a possible link to oil and gas production there. The US Geological Survey found that from 1975 to 2008, central Oklahoma experienced one to three 3.0-magnitude earthquakes a year, compared with an average of forty per year from 2009 to 2013. And it looks like that number is going to get bigger. […]

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Colorado Local Control = New York Home Rule

April 7, 2014
Colorado Local Control = New York Home Rule

Local control, ie. applying zoning laws to shale gas industrialization is the law of the land in most states.  But not Colorado, where a ballot initiative seeks to restore the power of land use ordinances to where they matters the most – towns and cities – not to oil and gas bureaucrats in Denver – whose career goal is to go through the revolving door into the oil and gas business. Imagine that.  Coloradans for Local Control launched a 30 second TV ad today promoting the proposed ballot measure that would give citizens the ability to regulated where fracking is allowed – or banned – in their communities. By voting for Local Control, Coloradans will have the same sort of rights as people do in Texas. You know, where the frackers are from. Or the […]

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FERC Hearing New Milford Pa

April 6, 2014
FERC Hearing New Milford Pa

Wherein, yet another useless shale gas pipeline  to China is debated.  This time without any fights or gratuitous butt-flashing. List of some darn good speakers shown below the video. April 3, 2014. Blue Ridge High School, New Milford, Pa. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) public hearing on the proposed Constitution pipeline. Camera: Bill Huston, Heriberto Rodríguez, edited by Cris McConkey. Index: 00:00:12 Michael Snow]Local Union Steward, Binghamton, NY 00:03:24 Kevin Heatltey, Testoration Ecologist 00:07:48 Wendy Lynne Lee, Professor at Bloomsburg University 00:12:12 Dave Laidacker, Dansville, Pa. 00:16:49 Bambi Hanson, Nurse 00:20:31 Bret Jenn, Councilor, Great Bend Borough 00:24:57 Tammy Manning 00:27:28 Matt Manning 00:31:26 Ray Kemble, Dimock, Pa 00:33:22 Rebecca Roter. lives near Willians Central Compressor Station 00:37:39 Barbara Clifford, Breathe Easy, Susquehanna County 00:40:52 Frank Finan, Susquehanna County 00:41:47 […]

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Regulators Establish “Best practices” For Frackquakes

April 6, 2014
Regulators Establish "Best practices" For Frackquakes

What a fracking relief. State regulators have gotten together to establish “best practices” for monitoring frackquakes. Just in the knick of time, now that California is poised to displace earthquake upstarts Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma as the Frackquake Capital of the World. Professor Francis Frakayuma, head of Cal Berkeley’s Seismology Department commented, “We’ve been working with Governor Brown’s energy task force, and I think we’ve been able to demonstrate that this state will be number one again as soon as he green-lights full scale fracking.” Dr. Frakayuma took a drag from his medicinal marijuana and continued,”These other states, Texas, Ohio, etc., are basically seismically inert, so they’ve only been able to generate what we know in the trade as micro-seismic events, basically baby earthquakes, nano-quakes. ” He exhaled and […]

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Frackquakes Make Oklahoma Earthquake Champ

April 6, 2014
Frackquakes Make Oklahoma Earthquake Champ

Oklahoma, which had previously been seismically inert for the last million years or so, now outranks California as the state with the most earthquakes. California is looking  to regain her crown  by permitting fracking frackquakes. Frackquakes Rock Oklahoma in Record Seismic Activity By Carey Gillam18 hours ago Related Stories (Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration, known colloquially as “frackquakes.” One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. local time. Another about two hours earlier in the same part of the state, north of Oklahoma City, […]

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Disposing of Frack Waste in Ft. Worth (on the cheap)

April 5, 2014
Disposing of Frack Waste in Ft. Worth (on the cheap)

This video was recorded today in Fort Worth, Texas. These cigar shaped tank trucks are used to haul frack flowback and are commonly known as “dragon trucks” after the manufacturer. Frack waste haulers are on the low end of the fracking pyramid – they have billions of gallons of frack flowback to get rid of and they are paid by the load, so they are inclined to speed and cut corners. They also have to pay a tipping fee to the disposal well owner to take their load. This fella seems to have forgotten to close the valve on his load of 130 BBLs (5,460 gallons) of frack waste. Or maybe he left it open on purpose? You know, trucking to those disposal wells is so expensive, and there’s just so […]

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Don’t Frack Trout

April 5, 2014
Don't Frack Trout

Or put a useless shale gas pipeline from Fracksylvania To China across, around or under trout streams in the Catskills. Accordingly, Trout Unlimited as filed a motion to intervene in the proposed approval of the Constitution Pipeline – aka the Gas Pipe From Dimock To China. Maybe Trout Unlimited might weigh in on Exxon’s proposal to frack a trout stream. NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL OF TROUT UNLIMITED                                                                  PETITION TO INTERVENE: PROJECT CP13-499 (PF 12-9) CONSTITUTION PIPELINE COMPANY, LLC  Ms. Kimberly Bose, Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street NE Washington DC 20426 Pursuant to Rule 214 of the Rules, Practices and Procedures (18 CFR Section 385.314) and in accordance with the Regulations set forth in the Natural Gas Act 18 CFR 157.10, the New York State Council of […]

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The Nicole Flunks FERC’s dEIS

April 4, 2014
The Nicole Flunks FERC's dEIS

The Nicole and The Keith have written FERC a nice long letter, detailing the failings of FERC’s environmental greenwashing of the proposed Shale Gas Pipeline From Dimock To China. Copy here. For instance: “C. Referenced Analyses Are Grossly Incomplete and Premature. Virtually no aspect of the draft EIS is complete. The deficiencies are pervasive and substantial. Taken together they deprive the public of a meaningful opportunity to comment on the proposed plans and fail to impose enforceable mitigation measures prior to permitting. Significant omissions that FERC admits are not addressed in the DEIS include, but are not limited to, the following:  Geotechnical feasibility studies for trenchless crossings at 9 out of 12 locations have not been completed (DEIS, p. 5-1);  Water wells and springs within 150 feet of the project are […]

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Cornhuskers Tell Frackers: Come And Try To Fracking Take It

April 4, 2014
Cornhuskers Tell Frackers: Come And Try To Fracking Take It

This warms my heart – the good people of Nebraska telling a bunch of fracking Cannucks to come and try to take their property – if they can. The Cornhuskers know that the threat of condemnation is hollow. That they’d just get more money if the Cannucks tried to condemn them. So the Cannucks keep raising their “final offers”. But  the Cornhuskers won’t sell out. God bless the Cornhuskers. Canadian Pipeline Company Threatens Nebraska Landowners BY KATIE VALENTINE ON APRIL 3, 2014 AT 1:19 PM  3,078Share This  329Tweet This    Those opposing the Keystone XL pipeline hold up banners during the U.S. State Department’s sole public hearing in Grand Island, Neb., Thursday, April 18, 2013, to allow citizens to make their views known.CREDIT: AP PHOTO/NATI HARNIK TransCanada has doubled down on Nebraska landowners refusing to […]

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Pipelines, ROW, Eminent Domain and Condemnation

April 4, 2014
Pipelines, ROW, Eminent Domain and Condemnation

I read a circular from the “Pipeline Safety Coalition” about how to sell ROW to pipeline companies. Their advice  reads like the Landman’s Handbook on how to negotiate the sale/ purchase of Right of Way (ROW). An excerpt is given below. Simply put, a negotiated sale is less advantageous than a condemnation. But they do not advise landowners to opt for condemnation. Their most recent missive is entitled “Avoiding Eminent Domain.” Au contraire. From a negotiating standpoint, it is almost always better to force the pipeline company to condemn the property.  Indeed, from a negotiating standpoint, the seller is not apt to get the best price unless they are demonstrably indifferent to a condemnation proceeding. They should make that abundantly clear to the landman in order to extract the best written offer they can, […]

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GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates

April 4, 2014
GASROOTS - United Shale Advocates

Last month the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), a fossil fuel funded lobbying organization, launched a “grassroots” advocacy program. “The goal of United Shale Advocates (USA) is to give a voice and a platform to those who support shale development in Pennsylvania but who are not directly involved in the industry”, said Steve Forde, vice president of communications and outreach for the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition. What does that mean?  It means we have yet another fossil fuel funded public relations campaign masquerading as grassroots. The term “grassroots” implies that the creation of the movement and the group happens at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time, energy and resources to work on an issue which concerns them.  A true grassroots organization does not typically have […]

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Gassing the Electorate in Pennsylvania

April 3, 2014
Gassing the Electorate in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, opponents of gas drilling say regulators are slow and unprepared in responding to air quality complaints. by Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water. (Photo: William Avery Hudson/cc/flickr)How the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection handles those complaints has worsened the already raw and angry divide between fearful residents and the state regulators charged with overseeing the burgeoning gas drilling industry. For instance, the agency’s own manual for dealing with complaints is explicit about what to do if someone reports concerns about a noxious odor, but is not at that very moment experiencing the smell: “DO NOT REGISTER THE COMPLAINT.” When a resident […]

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How Many Fracking Thugs Can You Get Into a FERC Hearing ?

April 3, 2014
How Many Fracking Thugs Can You Get Into a FERC Hearing ?

Intrepid videographer Bill Huston went to find out; here’s his account of his encounter with Frack Fascists at FERC’s sham hearings on yet another shale gas pipeline to China: “So for me it all started in the parking lot. As I was walking in shlepping all my gear, Bryant Latourette (Oxford Land Group, co-founder JLCNY) said hi to me, then said, “Hey Bill, aren’t you afraid of getting beaten up?” Wow. I was stunned. What a strange thing to say, I thought, so I put my things down, turned on my camera and got a quick interview w/him, about why I should be afraid. So the intimidation began (for me) 1 hour before the meeting. Lots of orange union guys, like the last 2 hearings.At least 2 cops were present through most of […]

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Pipeline Packs Local Hearings With Fracking Fascists

April 3, 2014
Pipeline Packs Local Hearings With Fracking Fascists

Here’s The Stuart’s take on how the FERC pipeline hearings are dominated by Rent a Thugs – guys in orange tee shirts (so the bus drivers could recognize them ?) that were bussed in by the pipeline company to pose as locals – at the local hearings. So that they could shout down and bully pipeline opponents. On cue.  REPORT for FERC’s CONSTITUTION PIPELINE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT PUBLIC HEARING at AFTON 04 02 2014 This was the third night in a row for the FERC team, and they looked tired but determined.  Williams again bussed in union workers from Rome and Newburgh to pack the room and dominate the speakers list.  Judging from their comments, most of which we’d already heard in Oneonta on the previous evening, none of […]

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Cabot Makes Vera Scroggins a Star !

April 2, 2014
Cabot Makes Vera Scroggins a Star !

It’s fracking gasholes like Cabot that make celebrities out of fractavists. Cabot v. Scroggins: March 24, 2014 Part 2– Press Conference at Craig Stevens’ House http://theenvironmenttv.com/2014/04/03/cabot-v-scroggins-march-24-2014-part-2-press-conference-at-craig-stevens-house/ PART–2:  Vera and her lawyers held an afternoon telephone press conference in Craig Stevens’ home after the Court hearing on the morning of Monday, March 24, 2014 in Montrose, Pennsylvania.  The hearing and telephone press conference was about the scope of the injunction, or Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), that the energy company, Cabot, asked for and received back in October, 2013 against Vera Scroggins.  Her lawyers include:  Scott Michelman of Public Citizen’s Public Citizen Litigation Group and Vic Walczak, the Legal Director of Pennsylvania’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  A legal summary is given by Scott and is followed by about 25 Q & […]

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How Not to Stop a Pipeline

April 2, 2014
How Not to Stop a Pipeline

Telling people that there is beaucoup shale gas to be tapped along the proposed route is music to FERC’s ears. Not an inspired strategy. Here’s a more direct way: 1. Don’t sell them the Right of Way (ROW) 2. Refuse to sell ROW to the pipeline company, forcing a condemnation 3. See 1 & 2 above.   Forcing a condemnation nets the landowner 80% more than a negotiated sale. Or the pipeline company goes somewhere else. Or the project is abandoned. There is no “upside” to having a high pressure gas transmission line running through your property. There is a developing series of judgements against pipeline companies sued by landowners for lower the value of their entire property – not just the Right-of-Way – because of the presence of the pipeline. • Crosstex DC Gathering […]

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A Brief History of The Frack Ban Movement

April 2, 2014
A Brief History of The Frack Ban Movement

Maybe not so brief, but a great compendium of anti-fracking work by towns, cities, states, countries and an Infallible Jesuit. List of New York fracking bans and moratoriums.

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Fracking the Unborn

April 2, 2014
Fracking the Unborn

Turns out that fetuses are not immune to the hazards of fracking  http://www.alternet.org/environment/colorado-investigates-spike-fetal-abnormalities-near-natural-gas-drilling-site Colorado Investigates a Spike in Fetal Abnormalities Near Natural Gas Drilling Site A prevalence of anomalies such as low birth weight and congenital heart defects are found within a 10 mile radius of a concentration of wells. April 1, 2014    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has  called in an epidemiologist to investigate a recent spike in fetal abnormalities in Garfield County on Colorado’s western slope. Stacey Gavrell, Director of Community Relations for Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, said area prenatal care providers reported the increase in fetal abnormalities to the hospital, which then notified CDPHE. So far neither the hospital nor the state have released information about the numbers of cases reported, over what span […]

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Fracking Home Rule Oral Arguments

April 1, 2014
Fracking Home Rule Oral Arguments

Have been set for the Town of Middlefield in its defense of Home Rule as it applies to fracking. Which 8 New York justices say it does. Oral argument of the appeal before the State Court of Appeals has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 at 2:00 in Albany John J. Henry, Esq. | Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP Home Rule And Fracking in New York New York State has enshrined in its Constitution the principle of ‘home rule’ — the right of local communities to determine their community character through control over land use decisions.  Communities that prize their rural character and pristine natural resources have enacted safeguards against the onslaught of industrial shale gas extraction, which threatens to devastate the landscape and waters and upend the quiet, rural character of their towns.  The […]

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Marcellus End Times ?

April 1, 2014
Marcellus End Times ?

By about 2020. If one assumes hyperbolic price increases. Note that at $12mcf, gas would be 3X the cost of coal per million Btu. Above $6mcf, there is no economic incentive to switch from coal. Might as well go with wind or solar as replace one fossil fuel with another.   http://seekingalpha.com/article/2118153-marcellus-shale-through-a-glass-darkly Moshe Ben-Reuven Long/short equity Profile| Send Message| Follow (26) Marcellus Shale: Through A Glass, Darkly Mar. 31, 2014 12:06 PM ET  |  48 comments |  Includes: APC, BOIL, CHK, COG, DGAZ, GAZ, KOLD, NAGS, RRC, SWN, UGAZ, UNG, UNL, XOM Disclosure: I am long XOM, APC, CVX, APA, RDS.A. (More…) Summary Marcellus shale dry-gas production rates and well number evolution are analyzed to understand overall productivity. A precise linear dependence between production rate and well numbers is demonstrated. Marcellus proved reserves, along with production rate, allow projection of life span, which is shown far less than the 100 years, closer to 10 […]

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Breaking: Cuomo Issues Statement on Fracking !

April 1, 2014
Breaking: Cuomo Issues Statement on Fracking !

Reuters April 1st,  Albany Governor Cuomo today released a statement that many suspect is tied to the likelihood of a Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run, which indicates he is setting his sights on a second term as governor. Recent polls suggest that, despite a steep drop among Latino voters, the governor would beat his Republican rival 68% to 25%. Many believe the governor will make a bid for the 2020 presidential race, assuming that Hilary does not run for a second term. Given that, Cuomo today stated,* “Hydraulic fracturing will not go forward in New York State as long as I am chief executive, which I intend to be, through at least 2018.” Cuomo added, “The recent threat of a lawsuit from a landowner’s coalition has been effectively squashed by Attorney […]

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FRACKING CANCER

March 31, 2014
FRACKING CANCER

Fracking makes kids sick. As well as adults, animals, things like that. So says new research. Even in Texas. “Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving Health Based Regulation, and the Role of Local Governments” Fracking Cancer Clusters By Robert Wilonsky rwilonsky@dallasnews.com 3:08 pm on March 31, 2014 | Permalink A natural gas drilling site in Flower Mound (Kye R. Lee/Staff photographer) Four years ago state health officials dismissed concerns that there was a “cancer cluster” in Flower Mound caused by a carcinogen that’s coughed up by natural-gas drilling sites. Not so fast, says Rachael Rawlins, a lecturer at the University of Texas, who issued a study last week that says increased occurrences of childhood lymphoma are quite possibly the result of hydraulic fracturing and the release of benzene after all. The news caught […]

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Is New York’s Shale Worthless ?

March 31, 2014
Is New York's Shale Worthless ?

Probably not entirely. But certainly not worth risking. When the people doing the fracking are a bunch of frackers . . . Is New York’s Shale Worthless? On January 16th, 2014, the New York Society for Ethical Culture and a host of local electeds, plus community and environmental groups presented a panel of experts who had examined the well data coming out of Pennsylvania, and compared it to the geology. How deep was the shale? How thick? And how much gas did it produce? And how would that data predict New York State’s own potential for shale gas production? What they found was on a continuum with reports previously done by Deborah Rogers and Art Berman: That a very small portion of the shale play produced well (a “sweet spot”) but the majority […]

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After Peak Oil: Fossil Fuel End Times

March 31, 2014
After Peak Oil: Fossil Fuel End Times

Shale oil and gas are the bottom of the hydrocarbon barrel. Once they’re gone, game over. And no, the world will not be able to frack its way to nirvana. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/28/global-market-shock-oil-crash-2015-peak Global Market Oil Crash  Photograph: Arnulf Husmo/Getty Images In a new book, former oil geologist and government adviser on renewable energy, Dr. Jeremy Leggett, identifies five “global systemic risks directly connected to energy” which, he says, together “threaten capital markets and hence the global economy” in a way that could trigger a global crash sometime between 2015 and 2020. According to Leggett, a wide range of experts and insiders “from diverse sectors spanning academia, industry, the military and the oil industry itself, including until recently the International Energy Agency or, at least, key individuals or factions therein” are expecting an […]

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The Daily Show on the Benefits of Fracking

March 30, 2014
The Daily Show on the Benefits of Fracking

And the solution to fracking problems – pizzas.

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State to Frack Babies: Frack Off

March 29, 2014
State to Frack Babies: Frack Off

The State of New York has responded to a landowner’s suit by telling them – in no uncertain legal terms – to take a fracking hike. The landowners claim that the state is taking too long to conduct its environmental and health review of fracking, but they are at a complete loss as to say how long such a study should take. They claim they have waited too long to drill a shale gas well on their property – when none of them has ever had a valid well permit application in the queue at the DEC.  It’s ironic that they are calling for the state to update its regulations, when the gas industry has opposed any update in the state’s environmental regulations for decades. When it came to time to […]

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Even Frackers Get the Blues

March 27, 2014
Even Frackers Get the Blues

After they’ve royally fracked up the place looking for a profitable gashole.  Oil and gas majors now cutting back in U.S. shale gas fields Yesterday Chesapeake Energy, the second largest U.S. based oil and gas company, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell off its oilfield services unit which does the majority of the company’s oil and gas exploration, hydraulic fracking and drilling.  Stung with high costs and mired in more than $20 billion in debt on its U.S. shale operations, the company continues to sell off billions in its assets base as it struggles to right itself.  Its actions follow a developing trend of cutbacks, spin- offs, divestures and write downs for oil and gas majors operating in U.S. shale formations.  In the last 10 days, British Petroleum, […]

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Shell’s Shale Sob Story

March 27, 2014
Shell's Shale Sob Story

Shell drastically overpaid for a bunch of fracking junk leases in the Marcellus. For billions. Not unlike Williams Exploration. Both of them evidently did not know that total potential gas volume is a function of the shale’s thickness . . and thick shale just ain’t there in Tioga County, Pa. A simple matter that even a retired aerospace systems engineer could have explained to them. Shell Oil Fading in the Pennsylvania Marcellus A new analysis of the second half 2013 Pennsylvania Marcellus shale oil and gas production shows the vast majority of Royal Dutch Shell’s 630 wells are under performing compared to its peers. In northeast Tioga County, Shell’s wells are producing at less than half the rate of its area competitors.  Its more bad news for Shell as its new CEO Ben Van Beurden announced on Thursday the […]

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Cabot Martyrs The Vera, Stock Takes Dive

March 26, 2014
Cabot Martyrs The Vera, Stock Takes Dive

My pal The Vera has been made a Fracking Martyr for taking tours to Cabots’ drilling sites via open gates, signing in as a guest, saying hello to the crew and then taking pictures and videos – including one of a fracker’s buttcrack. For exposing the naked truth about fracking, Cabot got a restraining order to not only keep Vera away from the fracking sites, but bans her from all their leased land – which extend over thousands of acres in her home town. Accordingly, press coverage of the case has been massive. See The Vera’s interviews at the foot of this post.  The Vera becomes a Fracking Martyr and Cabot’s stock takes a hit. Thanks Cabutt. Go Vera ! Le Monde (France):  http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2014/03/24/une-militante-americaine-anti-gaz-de-schiste-saisit-la-justice_4388523_3244.html Fox40 (Binghamton):  http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=32380 WNEP (Scranton): http://wnep.com/2014/03/24/anti-fracking-activist-case-in-court/ PennLive (Patriot News, Central […]

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Winter Propane Shortage — Engineered Industry Gamble Which Cost Lives

March 19, 2014
Winter Propane Shortage -- Engineered Industry Gamble Which Cost Lives

Debbie Dogskin is dead. She was found in her Fort Yates, North Dakota, mobile home frozen to death with an empty propane tank. [1] [2] What was the cause of the propane shortage which caused prices to rise and supplies to dwindle in the northern midwest and the northeast this winter? Short answer: It was an engineered gamble by industry seeking to maximize profits. There were really four factors which contributed to the shortage this winter. 2: Abnormally wet corn harvest required extra propane to dry 3: Abnormally cold winter increased demand 4: Lack of local storage in the places with the greatest demand. But what was the number 1 reason? The Enterprise TEPPCO line (which ships refined liquids, NGLs, mostly or all propane in winter) was a looped line […]

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Shale Oil Bomb Trains: What the Frackers Won’t Admit

March 18, 2014
Shale Oil Bomb Trains: What the Frackers Won't Admit

Heading west to make a big impact out on the coast. From The Bill: “DOT-111′s tankers are vented and have a pressure valve. There are many types of these rail cars, but the type designed for gasoline vents at 75 psi. It does not have a *vent stack*, like you see on large propane tanks, which might increase safety issues” – since when the vented gas catches fire, it heats the tank, further accelerating the escape of gas. If one car explodes, that will heat up the other cars, and they domino. Welcome to fracking hell. Shale Oil Bomb Trains: What the Frackers Won’t Admit Oil tank cars at the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery, a terminal on the Columbia River outside Clatskanie that has processed more than 300 million gallons of crude since […]

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GASNOST: Exxon NIMBY Inks Deal With Putin

March 17, 2014
GASNOST: Exxon NIMBY Inks Deal With Putin

Steve Horn’s take on GASNOST. The Steve questions why a “corporate person” Exxon, would lobby for an LNG export terminal – ostensibly to ship gas to Europe to break Russia’s hegemony there – while at the same time ink a deal to explore for gas in Russia which will be shipped to Europe. Why indeed ! For openers, the LNG would not go to Europe, as explained here – it would go to South America and Asia. where it’s worth 2x what it’s worth in Europe.  The threat to Russia’s gaseous hegemony in Europe is not LNG from the US, but pipelines from the Mideast; like the ones they’re fighting a war over in Syria.  Oh, and Exxon is not a “person”. They’re a bunch of frackers, run by a fracking NIMBY. […]

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Exploding Shale Oil Bomb Trains

March 17, 2014
Exploding Shale Oil Bomb Trains

Are loaded with something a lot more explosive than crude oil. Like propane. Which is why they explode. Bakken oil is full of natural gas liquids – propane, ethane and butane – which make dandy explosives. Rather than strip the liquids out of the oil and flare them, the unscrupulous frackers (isn’t that redundant ?) simply leave the liquids in – to be sold by weight as part of the shipment. Then the volatiles heat up, expand, vent from the tank car – or the tank car leaks – the escaping gas catches fire, heats the tank and it explodes in a BLEVE explosion. One car dominoes after another. As if they were loaded with propane and butane. Which they are.  Propane a Factor in Exploding Shale Oil Trains Producers are supposed to strip […]

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Fracking a Propane Shortage

March 17, 2014
Fracking a Propane Shortage

By reversing the direction of pipelines, exporting propane overseas and other fracking high-jinxs. U.S. Propane Shortage- The Shape of Things to Come By Elizabeth Douglass, InsideClimate News Field of propane tanks. Propane companies proceeded with exports and pipeline changes that left propane American consumers vulnerable during this winter’s deep freeze. Credit: Eliza Snow/Getty As the nation charges toward energy independence, many Americans learned an important lesson this winter: Just because the country is awash in domestic fuel doesn’t mean it will be there when they need it most. From December into February, when winter temperatures plummeted to record lows across much of the country, residents in the Midwest and Northeast struggled to stay warm amid propane shortages and price spikes. Propane, also known as autogas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), […]

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Radioactive Frack Water & Illicit Frack Rubbers

March 16, 2014
Radioactive Frack Water & Illicit Frack Rubbers

Frack waste is evidently a lot “hotter” than the regulators have been telling us. The most common methodology of testing frack flowback for radioactivity understates the level of radiation by over 90%.  Which may account for the low standards in Fracksylvania for spreading fracking flowback on roads: “It’s OK to use flowback as de-icer as long as it doesn’t glow.” That might give it away. The frackers take the radioactive frack water filters, known as “frack rubbers,” which become highly radioactive, and dump them wherever they can. Like abandoned filling stations. Open trailers. Trout streams. Idaho. Places like that. 150 such illegal dumps have been found in North Dakota. They keep turning up anywhere the frackers  can hide them.  http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/web/2014/03/Analytical-Test-Underestimate-Radioactivity-Fracking.html Analytical Test Could Underestimate Radioactivity In Fracking Wastewater When energy companies extract natural gas from shale using […]

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Chesapeake Loses Royalty Fraud Suit

March 15, 2014
Chesapeake Loses Royalty Fraud Suit

In a big way, in terms of the legal precedent. They crooked an old friend of mine in Fort Worth, Martha Hyder, who doesn’t take kindly to be crooked by a bunch of fracking Okies in a classic case of royalty fraud -  shortchanging royalty payments.So she sued the biggest bunch of frackers in the US of A and won in a San Antonio appellate court room. The Late Great Molly Ivins’s newspaper, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, has the scoop. Molly would be mighty proud of Martha.  Royalty fraud happens to the even the most savvy oil people. Genuine hydrocarbon rocket scientists. Like me. I was crooked along with a bunch of professionals by a real scam artiste. But when I figured it out,  I didn’t call my congressman or write letters to the editor. […]

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Leases Held For Fracking Ever

March 13, 2014
Leases Held For Fracking Ever

For doing fracking nothing. For fracking free. Out of Ohio, the most totally fracked state in the Union, comes the unusual court ruling that filing a drilling permit on a lease constitutes “operations” for purpose of holding the lease. In the good ole days – 10 years ago –  in the Old Country (Texas) – you actually had to drill a well to hold a lease. If the well hit, the lease was “held by production” (HBP). If it did not, the lease expired. Now, drilling a well to hold a lease seems just a quaint old fashioned notion. And landowners can be tied up by operators that do nothing. But hold the lease. For free. Welcome to the fracked new world of fracking.  Fleased has the scoop: Leases held forever? On […]

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How Chesapeake Fracks Landowners

March 13, 2014
How Chesapeake Fracks Landowners

One royalty check at a time. Docking royalty checks with post-production costs is the oldest trick in the fracking book. A guy crooked me on some royalty payments, but I sued, called the cops and sent the guy to the state penitentiary – where my cousin, the asst. warden, made sure he was treated real nice. Chessie played the royalty fraud game for billions. Here’s the key excerpt from the full report of how Chesapeake bilked thousands of landowners, including the City of Forth Worth, the Bass Brothers, and a whole lot of farmers by overcharging them on post-production costs that Chesapeake tacked on to pay back its financial backers – that bought Chessie’s gathering system. If you are a landowner got crooked, you can sue Chesapeake for the over-charge. Get in line.  “At the end […]

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Fracking Induced Seismic Events: Ohio Frackquakes

March 12, 2014
Fracking Induced Seismic Events: Ohio Frackquakes

Shown below are excerpts from a letter about the recent seismic events in Ohio from Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, a geology professor at Youngstown State University, published online in its entirety here: Fracking Induced Seismic Events Induced Seismic Events Related to Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale There have been five shallow earthquakes in close proximity to a shale gas fracking site in northeast Ohio very close to the Pennsylvania border (http://tinyurl.com/5th-earthquake).  The first was a M 3 earthquake on Monday March 10th at 2:26 am. It was located east of Poland, OH between Hwy 224 and the Carbon-Limestone Landfill (owned by Republic Services.)  The initial quake was followed by three aftershocks of M 2.4, 2.2 and 2.6 during the next ten hours. The most recent one M 2.1 occurred the following day at 3:01 […]

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Ohio’s First Frackquakes

March 10, 2014
Ohio's First Frackquakes

Happened the other night. And another one the next day.  Not from an active frackwaste disposal well - which is the new Ohio normal - but from fracking a shale gas well. You know, the kind of frackquake that the frackers said was “impossible.” This is strike 4 in the list of incidents that have proven that fracks can cause earthquakes – Blackpool, England, Horn River, BC, the Texas “micro-quakes” and the research of Schlumberger.  Congratulations Ohio. Glue your crockery to the shelves, and choose your fracking pizza.  Since local authorities don’t take kindly to frackers scaring the frack out of people (even in Ohio), they have shut the frackers down at the frackquake site. So much for the impossibility of fracking causing earthquakes. Never happens. Except when it does. Here’s an excerpt from an email I received from a geology […]

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Chesapeake Sues New York !

March 9, 2014
Chesapeake Sues New York !

Chesapeake Instigates Legal Action Against New York Department of Environmental Conservation Reuters April 1, 2014 Albany Chesapeake Energy of Oklahoma, announced today through its lobbyist The Law Firm of Tom West, that it had found a surrogate plaintiff, Norse Energy, to file suit against the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Joe Martens, Governor Cuomo and Dr. Nirav Shah of the Department of Health. As The Law Firm of Tom West spokesperson Tom West explained, “Norse Energy has graciously offered to stand-in for my client in this matter.” When pressed why Chesapeake had found a company in bankruptcy to press the matter, Mr. West responded, “My client believes that a bankrupt Norwegian wildcatter more fairly represents the state of fracking in New York.” By their plaintiffs you will know […]

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USGS Confirms Frackquakes

March 8, 2014
USGS Confirms Frackquakes

Guess that makes it official. Note that this refers to earthquakes induced by frackwaste disposal wells. Not frackquakes that are induced directly by fracks, which have been observed in Blackpool, England, Horn River, BC, near DFW Airport, and this week, in Ohio. USGS Confirms Fracking Caused 5.7 Quake in Oklahoma By Scott Kaufman Friday, March 7, 2014 14:12 EST  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued a press release yesterday indicating that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 was “unintentionally human-induced.”  The USGS claims that the magnitude 5.0 earthquake triggered by waste-water injection the previous day “trigger[ed] a cascade of earthquakes, including a larger one, [which] has important implications for reducing the seismic risk from waste-water injection.” The decade-long explosion of energy-producing facilities in the central United States has, according to a recent article in […]

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Health Consultants Slam Fracking

March 8, 2014
Health Consultants Slam Fracking

Which may be why Governor Cuomo is taking his time approving it. State Consultant Slams Fracking State Consultant Slams Fracking  By Scott Waldman 5:00 a.m. | Mar. 7, 2014 follow this reporter ALBANY—A consultant hired by the state Health Department to assist in a review of the health effects of fracking recently published a study that concluded “substantial concerns and major uncertainties”should be resolved before it is expanded nationally. Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that his final, long-awaited decision on whether to permit fracking will depend on the department’s findings.  John Adgate, of the Colorado School of Public Health, surveyed a number of recent health-related studies of fracking and published his findings last month in the Environmental Science & Technology journal. He is one of three consultants hired by state health commissioner Nirav Shah in 2012 to […]

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The “Produced Water” De-icing Charade

March 7, 2014
The "Produced Water" De-icing Charade

This article gets most of it right – oil and gas waste is slathered on roads - mainly because the frackers can’t figure out any other way to get rid of it –  but perpetuates a big myth: that there is some distinction between frack flowback and “produced water/ produced brine”. Actually there is no good way to tell where the frack flowback stops coming out of the well and when the produced water starts. So trying to make this distinction – particularly from a shale gas well – is a fool’s errand: it simply becomes an excuse, a subterfuge to put toxic radioactive shale gas waste on roads. Because the local county road supervisor has no way of determining whether the stuff is flowback or produced water, much less what […]

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Peak Shale: The Last Petro Train

March 7, 2014
Peak Shale: The Last Petro Train

And no, there’s not another train coming down the track. Great interview with shale guru Art Berman. http://oilprice.com/Interviews/Shale-the-Last-Oil-and-Gas-Train-Interview-with-Arthur-Berman.html Shale, the Last Oil and Gas Train: Interview with Arthur Berman By James Stafford | Wed, 05 March 2014 23:20 How much faith can we put in our ability to decipher all the numbers out there telling us the US is closing in on its cornering of the global oil market? There’s another side to the story of the relentless US shale boom, one that says that some of the numbers are misunderstood, while others are simply preposterous. The truth of the matter is that the industry has to make such a big deal out of shale because it’s all that’s left. There are some good things happening behind the fairy tale numbers, though—it’s […]

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Fracking Lobbyists Declare Phony Gas War On Russia

March 6, 2014
Fracking Lobbyists Declare Phony Gas War On Russia

At least on TV. And K Street. In order to fast track some LNG permits. So frackers can ship fracked gas to South America and China. The frack lobby and their accomplices in Congress have launched a full scale PR campaign by threatening Russia with a gas trade war in Europe. As part of that initiative, a newly created State Department group is promoting the fast-tracking of LNG export terminals, using the Ukrainian troubles as a pretext. By overplaying the Gas Card, Russia lost control of all of Eastern Europe – including Ukraine. Ukrainians don’t like to be blackmailed into submission by a bunch of Russians, who they fought in WW II – with the Nazis.   But now the US is going to overplay the Frack Card ? Makes perfect fracking sense, […]

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Shale Bubble

March 5, 2014
Shale Bubble

New website pulls it all together - ShaleBubble.org - Simply put, the shale is the source rock for all oil and gas. Once you start tapping shale, you are literally tapping the bottom of the hydrocarbon barrel. This is not something to celebrate. This is a wake up call if ever there was a wake up call. This is like cutting down peach trees to get the peaches. To any person with their wits about them, that indicates that closing time for fossil fuels is approaching. This time, for keeps. Check it out : Shalebubble.org is the joint effort of Post Carbon Institute,Energy Policy Forum, and Earthworks, with the goal of providing critical analysis — using industry and government data — to counter the false claims that domestic supplies of shale gas and shale oil (tight oil) […]

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Ukraine’s Shale Gas War

March 4, 2014
Ukraine's Shale Gas War

Turns out the 1st Shale Gas War of the 21st Century is the conflict in Ukraine. Makes the oil wars in Kuwait, Iraq and Libya seem so old-fashioned.  This Ukraine gas conflict was presaged by and is connected to Syria’s Gas Pipeline War. The last straw was when the ousted president Yanukovich sold Ukraine’s shale to the pizza men at Chevron, then took his signing bonus – courtesy of a bag man operation of local geologists – and decamped from his really tacky palace and private zoo to the safety of Cousin Vlad’s place in Mother Russia. Putin’s intervention is not about protecting “ethnic Russians.” Putin doesn’t give a damn about protecting ethnic Russians in Russia. Much less what happens to Ukrainians. This is all about shale gas, drilling rights in the Black Sea gas pipelines. […]

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Amicus Briefs Filed in REXXON Tillerson v Frack Water Tower

March 4, 2014
Amicus Briefs Filed in REXXON Tillerson v Frack Water Tower

Various groups have filed amicus curie briefs in REXXON Tillerson v Frack Water Tower - both against the frack water tower, and for the frack water tower. Here is a list of what’s been filed in the state court thus far: Texas Municipal League – usually files briefs on behalf of its members (towns) in favor of Home Rule.  Brief titled : “On Behalf of a Municipality’s Right to Apply Land Use Laws to Oil and Gas Infrastructure  Not Otherwise Regulated by a Public Utility Commission” – the water tower owner has argued that local zoning laws do not apply since it is a public utility, that it owns the land, that the land was zoned for a water tower, and that the height of the tower is an engineering matter: “let […]

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Frack Front Group Renames Itself as Publicity Stunt

March 4, 2014
Frack Front Group Renames Itself as Publicity Stunt

And it works. They get some publicity.  The 2011 Truth in Advertising Winner  “Clean Growth Now” industry front group – which launched with a publicity stunt three years ago, and then went dormant over a year ago, has renamed itself “The Southern Tier Residents for Economic Independence”  This was 2011′s headline:                Which reads a lot like yesterday’s headline announcing the same group members, same group spokesman: The group’s new alias is dutifully reported by the same fact-checkerless reporters (that dutifully reported the original launch of Clean Growth Now) as a new pro fracking group – that just happens to be made up of the same groups as the old pro fracking group, that died due to lack of interest over a year ago.  And, guess what, the same spokesmen are saying […]

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US House Greenlights Eminent Domain for Keystone Pipeline

March 4, 2014
US House Greenlights Eminent Domain for Keystone Pipeline

The US House has voted to block the use of eminent domain for private interests - with one huge loophole exception – the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill is intended to block the use of eminent domain for private development – most notoriously for sports stadiums that are financed with industrial revenue bonds and built for one team who can use the power of eminent domain to condemn land for the site. But there’s a catch: the exemption for a private Canadian pipeline company. . . Eminent Domain Authority – Passage - Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting) The House passed a bill Wednesday that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if […]

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Califracknia !

March 2, 2014
Califracknia !

Without importing water, most of California south of Ventura would look a whole lot like a desert -right down to the water’s edge. If you don’t think so, take a drive south of Tijuana some time to Ensenada. There but for the Colorado River goes California. So ruining good water, depleting aquifers and removing it completely from the water cycle by contaminating it permanently via fracking is probably not a great idea, even for Governor Moonbeam. Unless you like the taste of frack waste in your fruits, nuts, wine and veggies. California is facing the worst drought in decades, and Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency—but at the same time, he’s pushing ahead with a plan to expand fracking in our state. Fracking uses massive amounts of water to […]

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Connecticut to Become Frack Waste DisposAll for Fracksylvania

March 2, 2014
Connecticut to Become Frack Waste DisposAll for Fracksylvania

In a bid to compete with the good folks in Idafrackho for Fracksylvania’s seemingly limitless supply of toxic radioactive frack filth, and apparently unable to sustain its economy with insurance companies, hedge funds, antiques dealers, growing cigar wrapper tobacco, building ships, gun manufacturers, or providing 2nd homes to New Yorker’s, Connecticut’s governor touts the importation of toxic radioactive frack waste as the state’s economic salvation.  There are some folks in Connecticut that think this might not be such an inspired idea - that it might even be worse than a frack water tower in your back yard.  CT Gov. Malloy and CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (formerly Dept. of Environmental Protection) are interested in regulating frack filth as hazardous waste and allowing the fracking waste into CT, so that the frackers won’t have […]

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Methane Leaks Are 50 % Higher Than EPA Estimates

March 2, 2014
Methane Leaks Are 50 % Higher Than EPA Estimates

Methane Leaks Higher than Previous Estimates >A new study finds that methane leaks from the production and transportation of gas could be 50 percent higher than EPA estimates. It also warns that switching vehicles from traditional gasoline and diesel to natural gas will do nothing to slow climate change. “Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems” is a policy paper – a collaborative effort by sixteen academics who reviewed and synthesized data from 200 papers published in the past two decades. The lead author is Adam Brandt, an assistant professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford University. In comments to the press, he explained that official agencies such as the EPA are underestimating leakage of natural gas into the atmosphere. Brandt reminded people that leaked methane is a greenhouse […]

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Gastorino: Gas Trick Pony

March 1, 2014
Gastorino: Gas Trick Pony

If Robert Astorino is going to distinguish himself politically from Cuomo, he has to have some wedge issues. In most Republican states, the playbook is clear: bash gays, illegal aliens, gun laws, and Obama. Gastorino is not going after gays or gun laws. Or even Obama. He’s left with making up a wedge issue: hyping shale gas – that’s not even there. He has to make it seem like New York is missing out on some mythological fracking bonanza.  Thousands of jobs and billions in revenue are his hollow campaign promise. (Most) members of the press are not going to challenge Gastorino on how many fracking jobs New York won’t have. Gastorino can make up any fracking number he likes. Until he’s called out on it. Then he can quote the fracking fairy tales in the […]

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ALL OF THE BELOW

March 1, 2014
ALL OF THE BELOW

I was at a meeting in my local area about the Industrial Liquid Waste Plant proposal.   This plant will accept liquid waste from the gaslands surrounding our county and “clean” it to be used for more fracking.  (See:Lake Township Toxic Industrial Drilling Waste Presentation 2-19-2014) As you can imagine, residents who live on and around the proposed site are not happy.   This post isn’t about the pros and cons of the plant. This post is about what one gentleman said at the meeting. Let’s call him Ralph.   Ralph stood and proclaimed he isn’t a tree hugger, but did say he owns a home surrounded by few acres of land which is wooded, and he has no intention of doing any type of development because he likes the trees.   I guess […]

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Celebrity NIMBY Fractavist Sues to Protects His Horses

February 27, 2014
Celebrity NIMBY Fractavist Sues to Protects His Horses

To put this in perspective – while folks in Fracksylvania have their wells poisoned, folks in South Texas have their air gassed, and folks in New York have gas compressors stations plopped down in the middle of their neighborhood, Rex Tillerson, this fracking NIMBY cry-baby –  is bent out of shape over a fracking water tower - next to his horse barn – not his house. His house is nowhere near the frack water tower. It’s just in the same town. . . . The Dory has the aerial proof of how NIMBY Fractavist Rex is suing to block the erection of a frack water tower behind his horse barn. Which should earn him the accolades of the SPCA, and the American Quarter Horse Association - as well as the Environmental Defense Frauds.

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Fracking Health Impacts: The Frack Health Impact Bullseye

February 27, 2014
Fracking Health Impacts: The Frack Health Impact Bullseye

Frack health impacts are hard to study in a comprehensive manner. Particularly when doctors are under a gag order to not talk about them and regulators are paid to look the other way. As this new peer reviewed study found out. No wonder Dr. Shah is taking his time. See where you are in the Frack Health Impact Bullseye. Then estimate how many pizzas you’d get.  http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/02/27/14302/natural-gas-boom-advances-little-study-public-health-effects-report-finds Report Finds Little Study of Public Health Effects of Fracking A new study has underscored just how little is known about the health consequences of the natural gas boom that began a decade ago, when advances in high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and directional drilling allowed companies to tap shale deposits across the United States. “Despite broad public concern, no comprehensive population-based studies of the public […]

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NOT IN MY FRACK YARD: Lou Allstadt on MSNBC Thurs 8 PM EST

February 26, 2014
NOT IN MY FRACK YARD: Lou Allstadt on MSNBC Thurs 8 PM EST

Chris Hayes has been covering Exxon CEO’s battle against a frack water tower in his back yard.  Retired Mobil Oil executive Lou Allstadt will be on Chris’s show to put this fracking hypocrisy into a broader perspective. Watch Lou discuss his letter to Rex Tillerson on MSNBC Thursday night 8 PM EST.  Video here - http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/former-exxon-exec-takes-on-fracking-174059587993 http://www.scribd.com/doc/209353440/Allstadt-to-Tillerson MSNBC On EXXON CEO’S Not In My Frack Yard Lawsuit EcoWatch | Last week, as reported on EcoWatch the Wall Street Journal broke a story about ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson joining a lawsuit that cites the consequences of fracking operations as reason to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his Texas home. The tower would supply water to nearby fracking operations and the plaintiffs argue the project could lead to increased noise and traffic at the drilling site. MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes went in-depth on the […]

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Lou Allstadt’s Letter to Rex Tillerson: “Welcome to the 21st Century”

February 26, 2014
Lou Allstadt's Letter to Rex Tillerson: "Welcome to the 21st Century"

Retired Mobil Oil executive Lou Allstadt has written an open letter to Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, copy here and below. http://www.scribd.com/doc/209353440/Allstadt-to-Tillerson Watch Lou discuss his message with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Thursday 8 PM. Open Letter to Rex Tillerson Chairman, ExxonMobil Dear Rex, We have never met, but I worked for your company for six months immediately after the ExxonMobil merger, the implementation of which I coordinated from the Mobil side. That was after thirty years with Mobil Oil Corporation, where just prior to the merger I had been an Executive Vice President and Operating Officer for Exploration and Producing in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. I now live in upstate New York. For the past five years, I have been actively trying to keep your company and the rest of the industry […]

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DOT ACTS TO STOP SHALE OIL BOMB TRAINS

February 25, 2014
DOT ACTS TO STOP SHALE OIL BOMB TRAINS

After blood on the tracks from shale oil tank train explosions, the Department of Transportation has concluded that shipping tankers full of explosive shale oil through neighborhoods, and past school houses may not have been such a hot idea after all. No matter what the frackers wanted. . .  Now that we know what’s ready to blow up in those tank cars. In your town, or next to your river. Now all they have to do is fix the thousands of miles of decrepit rail lines and bridges. So that the new reinforced tank cars full of inspected oil traveling at 10 mph don’t fall off and explode. Anyway.  http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/dot-issues-emergency-order-requiring-stricter-standards-transport-crude-oil-rail DOT Issues Emergency Order Requiring Stricter Standards to Transport Crude Oil by Rail DOT Issues Emergency Order Requiring Stricter Standards to Transport Crude Oil by […]

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Fracking Job Hype

February 25, 2014
Fracking Job Hype

Fracking jobs tend to be overstated. By frackers. And the politicians that take the fat envelopes from frackers. As this new report confirms. State Inflates Fracking-Related Job Numbers Report shows decline in gas-drilling jobs and overstates the number of workers supporting natural gas industry. By Steve Esack, Call Harrisburg Bureau12:03 p.m. EST, February 24, 2014 HARRISBURG — As executive director of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Julie VanNess was front and center when energy companies descended on Tioga County to secure drilling leases on pristine land around Routes 6 and 660 through Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. A tax on fracking would have raised millions New York State Mulls Limited Fracking In Southern Tier Pa. gas well explosion injures one worker; another missing The gas companies have pulled back resources amid what had […]

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Why Shale Oil Trains Explode

February 24, 2014
Why Shale Oil Trains Explode

Catastrophically. In your neighborhood. Next to your kid’s school. Even when they aren’t moving. Because those crude oil tank cars were never built to haul shale oil. Simple explanation: the shale oil tanker is chock full of volatile compounds –  including propane, butane, ethane, and the carcinogen benzene, toluene, xylene, and hexane -  more than double the amounts found in conventional crude oil.  And when those volatile chemicals heat up on a warm day, they vaporize. And when they vaporize, they leak. And when they leak, they can ignite, and when they ignite they burn, super-heating the volatiles in the tank, which can burst, setting off a chain reaction all along the line. Then it’s pizza time for the hole fracking town.  The Wall Street Journal report explains the situation: Crude oil from […]

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Fracked For Generations

February 24, 2014
Fracked For Generations

All oil and gas wells leak sooner or later. Every fracking one of them. Just a matter of time. The cement surrounding the metal pipe shrinks away from the pipe and the ground allowing gas and gunk to channel up the water column inside the well bore. And then the metal pipe rusts. Every fracking one of them. So really just a matter of which generation takes the hit. Here’s a story of how a whole town got fracked – and there’s not much they can do about. After the frack. If your water is contaminated, hooking everyone up to a municipal water supply will solve all the problems, right? Not so fast…. It started with rust. In the toilet. On the shower stall. Helen Ricker saw the orange stains and […]

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Killed by Fracking

February 24, 2014
Killed by Fracking

Getting killed or maimed on a rig is all too common. There is almost no inspections of rig safety onshore – the work is considered temporary, and OSHA does not inspect rig sites much. There are no state standards for fracking – no licenses, no tests, no certifications. Nor are there any standards for the equipment. So people get killed and injured. And the survivors get pizza coupons. http://www.newstribune.com/news/2014/feb/24/newspaper-probe-questions-oil-field-safety/ Probe Questions Oil Field Safety Monday, February 24, 2014  HOUSTON (AP) — Injury claims, government data and public records of oil field accidents since the start of the onshore drilling and fracking boom in 2007 show the federal government failed to implement safety standards and procedures, according to a Houston Chronicle investigation. The examination also shows a lack of government inspections and […]

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Home Rule for Colorado

February 24, 2014
Home Rule for Colorado

Local communities should have a say in whether or not to frack. Home Rule applies to shale gas industrialization in almost every state. As it should. Even the chairman of Exxon agrees with that. There are no amount of pizzas that a town can come up with to offset the downsides of fracking after the frack – the town must protect itself proactively with its land use ordinances. It must exercise Home Rule over fracking.  There is a ballot initiative in the works to give Colorado municipalities the ability to apply zoning laws to shale gas industrialization- like municipalities do in most other oil and gas states, including Texas. DENVER– Colorado residents energized by successful movements over the last two years to ban or temporarily halt oil-and-gas fracking in cities on the northern Front Range submitted […]

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Spain Discovers a Fossil Free Future

February 23, 2014
Spain Discovers a Fossil Free Future

First they discovered America (OK, Columbus was Italian, but he was working for the Spaniards). Then they circled the globe (OK Magellan sailed for Portugal but he was born in Spain). Now the intrepid Spaniards have led the way again – and discovered a future without fossil fuels. (OK, they still use coal and gas, but increasingly only for peak power loads). Bravo Espana !  Un abrazo fuerte ! Almost 60%  of the electrical power in Spain was generated without fossil fuels last year. Most of it, 20.9%, from wind farms. And a whopping 14.4% from hydro, double last year. This is a country that has coal mines, but coal accounted for only 14.6% of power generation, and gas fired plants, only 9.6%. Since gas and coal are in increasingly […]

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Frack Busters’ Methodology Confirmed

February 22, 2014
Frack Busters' Methodology Confirmed

By researchers at Princeton University and by the University of Texas. A similar peer reviewed study funded by Shell Oil and the Sloan Foundation will be ready on the Marcellus this year. What they confirmed is that the productivity of some shale plays are predictable with relatively simple scaling models – like the Acton Model – which classifies shale potential in tiers based primarily on thickness and depth – from the sweet spot to where the shale becomes uneconomic at almost any price. A concept that anyone that has seen a Frack Busters show would be familiar with. Thickness  of the shale, specifically the target Union Springs section, is the key variable in the NE Marcellus. The only geological joker in the deck is thermal over-maturity. Look for the researchers’ work on […]

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Fractavist Rex: Exxon CEO Turns Fractavist

February 22, 2014
Fractavist Rex: Exxon CEO Turns Fractavist

I was there: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson and the Fracking Water Tower by Texas Sharon on FEBRUARY 22, 2014 in XTO I was there in Bartonville, Texas with NeoNIMBYs Rex Tillerson and Dick Armey. The first time Rex Tillerson and Dick Armey addressed the Town of Bartonville aboutthe water tower who’s toxic emissions and activities would trespass onto their property causing health problems, loss of enjoyment of property, water contamination and diminished property value, I was there. It was a night I will never forget and this is how I remember it. The water tower was first up on the agenda and Rex–as I remember it–was the first speaker on the subject. The speech he made at this town council meeting was very different from the highly publicized, threatening speech he made at the more recent town council meeting. This speech was […]

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Out of Pizzas, Chevron Shuts Down All Fracking in Pa.

February 22, 2014
Out of Pizzas, Chevron Shuts Down All Fracking in Pa.

Fresh out of fracking pizzas, Chevron is unable to continue blowing up shale wells. “Executives are negotiating with Lloyds of London and Pizza Hut to resume operations.” Send Chevron a message- Order your Fracking Pizza from Chevron’s CEO on Monday, 2/24. I have had two workers killed on my properties, one of them was crushed to death by a pump jack.  A kid that grew up on the ranch next to ours was on the Deepwater Horizon when the big rig went down. So handing out pizzas after such a catastrophe is indeed rich ground for satire, but what strikes me as not so funny is the picture of the dead worker and his fiancee. That’s where the laughter stops. And the lawsuits begin. They obviously lost control over this well – […]

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Exxon CEO Supports Home Rule in His Back Yard

February 21, 2014
Exxon CEO Supports Home Rule in His Back Yard

Turns out that Mega Fracker Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil CEO, is a staunch supporter of Home Rule – local zoning ordinances, when they would keep a frack water supply tower away from his house – which is located in a town that had a moratorium on fracking. So he is suing  in support of Home Rule in order to keep the frack water supply tower (and the frack water trucks) away from his house. His co-plaintiff in the lawsuit to block the frack water tower is the eponymous Dick Armey, Tea Party lobbyist and Cheney side-kick. Neo NIMBY Rex Tillerson has attacked fractavists, including Josh Fox, as NIMBYs – that use local zoning ordinances to prohibit fracking and fracking infrastructure. Such as compressors. And frack water towers. Fellow NeoNIMBY Dick Armey has been the Koch brother’s […]

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Worker Killed at Chevron Shale Gas Well Fire

February 20, 2014
Worker Killed at Chevron Shale Gas Well Fire

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/marcellusshale/2014/02/19/State-police-hope-to-search-gas-well-pad-for-missing-worker-today/stories/201402190136#ixzz2tr59WV21 Remains Found at Chevron Gas Fire Site Worker has been missing since blast February 19, 2014 11:40 PM Ian McKee and Danielle Desposito, Mr. McKee’s fiancee. By Molly Born and Sean D. Hamill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette At a somber news conference Wednesday, state police and officials from two well companies acknowledged what the colleagues, friends and family of a missing contractor had feared for eight days: that he likely died during an explosion at a well in Greene County that he was working on last week. State police said during a search earlier Wednesday they recovered what appear to be the remains of Ian McKee, 27, a Cameron International field service technician. Bones were found between a charred crane and a tank on the well pad, roughly where Mr. […]

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The Sandra Debates a Frackette

February 20, 2014
The Sandra Debates a Frackette

The Sandra goes head to head with what passes for a fracker in New York state: John Holko, the kind of frackette that gives real frackers a bad name. On Monday, February 24th at 7:00 PM, renowned biologist and author Sandra Steingraber will debate a gas industry spokesperson in Binghamton. Sandra is a long-time environmental health expert and advocate, and for years has shown through careful research why fracking must be banned.  Holko is a kind of one man rolling fracking disaster: Threatens to build a disposal well, Challenges Home Rule and loses, sues DEC and loses, turns off his wells to spite town, nods off in Frack Busters show, etc. Exhibit B 29 for banning fracking in your town/ state/ country/ planet.  Please join us at the debate to learn from and […]

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Cornhusker Judge Tells Keystone to Frack Off

February 20, 2014
Cornhusker Judge Tells Keystone to Frack Off

This ruling twins one in Texas : A Canadian owned pipeline shipping Canadian Tar Balls to a export terminal on the Gulf of Mexico does not have the right of eminent domain in Nebraska.  Or Texas. No matter how much the frackers paid the fracking governor. You have a pipeline issue ? Tell the frackers to Come and Try to Fracking Take It http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nebraska-judge-strikes-down-legislatures-move-allowing-keystone-xl-route/2014/02/19/5601e916-99a7-11e3-b88d-f36c07223d88_story.html Nebraska Judge Strikes Down Law Allowing Keystone XL route Video: A Nebraska judge on Wednesday overturned the Nebraska law that had allowed the Keystone XL Pipeline pipeline to proceed through the state. By Lenny Bernstein, Published: February 19 E-mail the writer A Nebraska judge Wednesday struck down a state law that allowed Gov. Dave Heineman to approve the route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that could significantly delay the $5.3 […]

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New York’s Energy Crossroads -Tom Wilber

February 20, 2014
New York's Energy Crossroads -Tom Wilber

Moratorium or Not, NY Begins to Feel Fracking’s Impact http://tomwilber.blogspot.com/2014/02/moratorium-or-not-ny-begins-to-feel.html While New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo has officially tabled a decision over the politically explosive issue of fracking until sometime after elections, his state’s energy dilemma continues to simmer.For worse or better, the Empire State will continue to feel impacts of the fracking boom for the next decade or more. The question is how big those impacts will be. The answer, to a large degree, rests with the governor, who can direct policy encouraging or discouraging both production and consumption of natural gas, and/or alternatives.Even with no decision to allow shale gas wells to be permitted within the state, fracked natural gas and oil are flowing into or passing through New York at an accelerated rate as the on-shore drilling boom continues […]

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Senate Panel on New York Fracking Prospects

February 20, 2014
Senate Panel on New York Fracking Prospects

NY Fracking Benefits Are Overstated By Matthew Dondiego Assistant Editor February 10, 2014 Whether to permit or ban hydrofracking in New York has become one of the most polarizing issues in the state, with proponents insisting that horizontal gas drilling will provide an economic boost to the state’s Southern Tier Region. However, testifying before members of the Senate during a hearing on the economic realities of green lighting fracking, a panel of experts argued the economic impact that hydrofracking would have on the state is vastly overstated. The panel — which included Brian Brock; a retired geologist; Jerry Atcon, a former systems engineer; Chip Northrup, an private energy investor, and Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil — explained New York simply does not have enough gas reserves […]

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Guv Wannabe Rob Gastorino in Bingo !

February 19, 2014
Guv Wannabe Rob Gastorino in Bingo !

Be there for gubernatorial wannabe Rob “What Me Worry About Fracking” Gastorino on February 28th ! Remember, “gastorino” means “gas from a little bull” in Italian. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has been actively touting the oil and gas industry’s lies and propaganda about fracking all across New York State and in the media.On Friday, February 28, Rob Astorino is holding a fundraiser in Binghamton and it’s an important opportunity for us to rally outside of it to break through his misinformation and lies about fracking with the science and facts. Astorino would like to sacrifice those of us in the Southern Tier to fracking, blatantly disregarding the science showing that fracking would poison our water and harm the health of our families.As he gets more and more attention, we can’t let Astorino go unchallenged with […]

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Moniz Urges Cuomo to Approve Fracking and Buy Pizzas

February 19, 2014
Moniz Urges Cuomo to Approve Fracking and Buy Pizzas

A whole lot of fracking pizzas. Just in case. Moniz’s claim to fame as a Frackademic was the MIT study that found that new shale gas wells - a week old – do not leak methane. Old wells do. DOH. For that he became Energy Secretary in the Obama cabinet – the Uber Frak Flak. So now he’s peddling pizzas in New York. http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/02/8540488/green-groups-disagree-monizs-rhetoric-fracking A coalition of New York’s environmental groups sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Tuesday, after an interview with Capital in which he praised the job-creating potential of hydraulic fracturing. “Think of all the free pizzas,” he chortled in a kind of gnomish professorial way. Moniz cited Pennsylvania’s experience with fracking as “fracking amazing,” saying drilling had “enormous fracking economic benefits for the state” that could possibly […]

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New York’s Energy Plan: Much Gas, Few Teeth, No Vision

February 19, 2014
New York's Energy Plan: Much Gas, Few Teeth, No Vision

New York has scheduled hearings on its proposed energy plan which contains a whole lot of gas, and not much else. The hearing locations and times are shown here. There are more responsible ways for New York to address its energy future – other than parrot some gaseous propaganda. New York could meet much of its electrical generation needs from hydropower and wind – but the politicians lack the will and foresight to tap that resource; easier to take the fat envelopes from the gas lobby.  A better route to the future is available:  thesolutionsproject.org,   Meanwhile most of New York is teed up to get fracking dumped on. How energetic is that ? http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/State-energy-plan-calls-for-reduced-greenhouse-5246580.php What:  “NY’s ENERGY PLAN: Scaling up Renewable Energy or Business as Usual?” When:  Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/394045477406184/ […]

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The Case For Baseline Water Testing

February 19, 2014
The Case For Baseline Water Testing

Has just been made. Shale gas wells are a textbook way to contaminate water wells with increased turbidity – from drilling the well bore – and with gas – from the well bore venting methane from shallow gas deposits. In NE Pennsylvania, the odds of one or the other happening is simply a function of how close your water well is the shale gas well. The only thing you can do about is to sue the frackers. And to win your case, you have to have a certified lab report of your water quality before drilling commences. Only catch – when your well goes bad, you’re likely to be compensated in pizzas . . . http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/bradford-county-woman-wins-arbitration-case-with-chesapeake-over-well-contamination-1.1637029 An arbitrator ordered Chesapeake Appalachia LLC to pay a Bradford County woman nearly $60,000 for […]

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FRACK WATER TREATMENT-Luzerne County Council Meeting

February 19, 2014
FRACK WATER TREATMENT-Luzerne County Council Meeting

For those unable to attend the Luzerne County Council meeting on Tuesday February 18, 2014.  About  15 people submitted public comment about the Frack Water treatment plant. CLICK HERE TO watch a video recording of the meeting Public Comments start at the 1:27:00 mark  

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Fracked Breathless in Texas

February 18, 2014
Fracked Breathless in Texas

New series focuses on fracking air pollution and catastrophic draw-down of aquifers in South Texas. Emphysema, birth defects, depleted aquifers – all so that some fracker can ship some fracking shale gas to China. How many fracking pizzas is that worth ? By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer KARNES CITY, Texas — When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie. About 40 miles down the road, between Poth and Falls City, drilling rigs, crude oil storage tanks and flares trailing black smoke appear amid the mesquite, live oak and pecan trees. Depending on the speed and direction of the wind, […]

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The Chevron Promise: If our fracking well explodes, the pizza is on us !

February 17, 2014
The Chevron Promise: If our fracking well explodes, the pizza is on us !

In more ways than one. After starting a shale gas fire that killed one worker, injured another and was too fracking hot to put out, Chevron’s “community outreach” staff left pizza coupons at about 100 houses around the blast site – as they went through the town to inform people that the fatal well fire had been finally put out after 6 days  - but that it might re-ignite. Seems like a real neighborly gesture, until you realize that the frackers probably paid for the pizzas by docking people’s royalty checks for “community relations.” Chevron fracking explosion brings free pizza to rural Pennsylvanians. Because pizza means never having to say you’re sorry. . .  Chevron has plans to take this program international; in Poland, blast victims will be compensated in kielbasas. In Lithuania, locals will be mollified with borscht coupons. In Ecuador, tamales. Get […]

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New York’s Energy Future

February 17, 2014
New York's Energy Future

New York is to be commended for having an energy plan at all. But the one proposed was written largely by the gas lobby. The problem with that is: A. There isn’t much shale gas in New York Which means that B. New York would have to import shale gas, which like propane, is subject to price spikes and supply interruptions C.  Is a textbook way to cook the planet. And is no better than coal D. Which is more cost-effective than natural gas below $6 mcf – and will be for decades So might be better to start focusing on more sustainable forms of energy, like hydro, solar, wind, and fusion Draft New York State Energy Plan Hearings Over the next three weeks there will six public hearings across the state, and we […]

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Crude Awakening: “Urban Renewal” With Exploding Shale Oil Trains

February 17, 2014
Crude Awakening: "Urban Renewal" With Exploding Shale Oil Trains

Got a blighted section of a city you want to get rid off ? Bring in some Shale Oil Trains and wait for one of them to explode. This site and video explain why shale oil trains are more likely to explode than regular crude oil trains. Some crude tankers were not intended to carry the kind of volatile compounds that can make up shale oil. This phenomena of exploding tanks is known as BLEVE – “boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion” – as shown in the video below. If venting gases catch fire, the fire heats the VOCs inside the tank and the tank ruptures catastrophically. Shale oil tankers explode because they may contain a significant percentage of flammable volatile chemicals (VOCs). That’s why they won’t tell you what’s in them, or even where […]

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WHEN THE GAS INDUSTRY USES THE STATE POLICE AND THE FBI JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE TO SILENCE A CITIZEN: INTELLIGENCE OFFICER AT MY DOOR, 2.14.14.

February 16, 2014
WHEN THE GAS INDUSTRY USES THE STATE POLICE AND THE FBI JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE TO SILENCE A CITIZEN: INTELLIGENCE OFFICER AT MY DOOR, 2.14.14.

Originally posted at: THE WRENCH: WHEN THE GAS INDUSTRY USES THE STATE POLICE AND THE FBI JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE TO SILENCE A CITIZEN: INTELLIGENCE OFFICER AT MY DOOR, 2.14.14. I was brushing my teeth, and getting kidney meds into my cat, Switch, when I heard my three dogs going nuts downstairs. I jostled down the stairs, wiping toothpaste off my face to attend to the rapping, and the doggies. There was a man at the door. I thought it was a Jehovah Witness, so I was wondering whether to make coffee. I arrived at the door, signaled to the fellow–who I could now see was holding out a badge–that I needed to get my dogs outside. ‘Barky, not bitey,” I believe I said. The man’s name is MIKE HUTSON, […]

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Fracker Sues Dallas Over Fracking Nothing

February 16, 2014
Fracker Sues Dallas Over Fracking Nothing

To let it frack some park land based on a letter-of-intent signed by one city employee who had no authorization to enter into a lease with the fracker.  And is no longer a city employee. Catch is, the frackers never received any drilling permits, they never got any zoning approval, and, since that area is on the fringe of the Barnett, they would have hit a dry hole. So chalk this up as yet another frivolous fracking lawsuit – courtesy of some shale shysters. http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city-life/02-13-14-trinity-east-30-million-lawsuit-city-of-dallas-fraud-fracking-natural-gas-drilling/ Fracker Sues City of Dallas Over Right to Drill Dry Holes 2.13.14 | 11:43 amFort Worth-based Trinity East Energy is suing the City of Dallas for breach of a letter agreement related to the City Council’s denial of natural gas drilling permits. The lawsuit references one letter […]

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Photos From Fracking Hell

February 16, 2014
Photos From Fracking Hell

Photos Follow Families Destroyed by Fracking PUBLISHED: 13:01 EST, 15 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:04 EST, 15 February 2014 A group of photographers have spent the last several years documenting the effects of the natural gas industry on several rural communities in the Appalachian Mountains that have an abundance of natural gas deep below the surface of the earth. The team of photographers - Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial - focus primarily on hydraulic-fracturing, a controversial method of extracting gas from below the earth’s surface by breaking rocks deep underground and creating small fractures from which it is possible to extract the gas. The project is called The Marcellus Shale Documentary. It began in 2011 and is named for the Marcellus Formation – a large mass of sedimentary rock underneath the Appalachian Mountains that stretches […]

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FRACK WATER COMING TO LUZERNE COUNTY, PA

February 16, 2014
FRACK WATER COMING TO LUZERNE COUNTY, PA

We all need to take a moment and decide what is really important in our lives. Are we going to allow our children’s and grandchildren’s water supplies and environment to be damaged?  NO! Are we going to let others control OUR futures?  NO! Is it time we took on this task ourselves?  Yes, it is time to take action! Luzerne County is about to be hit AGAIN by the negative effects of the natural gas industry. An application for a permit for a Frack Water Treatment Plant has been submitted to the County for Meeker Outlet Road (the old Harveys Lake Gun Club property), in Lake Township. As a result, three or important and irreplaceable water sources will be at risk. Frack water is known to contain toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, […]

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The Halliburton Loophole … has a loophole.

February 15, 2014
The Halliburton Loophole ... has a loophole.

Many of us have believed the EPA was stripped of their authority to regulate fracking in 2005. Turns out: this is not true! I have discovered, The Halliburton Loophole, has a loophole! This is Good News! Bottom Line: The EPA does have the authority to prescribe requirements which “interferes with or impedes“ the underground injection of fluids pursuant to hydraulic fracturing…  === (now here’s the key phrase:) === … if such requirements are essential to assure that underground sources of drinking water will not be endangered by such injection. In other words: The EPA has the authority to BAN FRACKING Tomorrow! or Today. ding! ding! ding! Please read that again until the enormity of that sinks in. Now I do agree — If you read Section 322 “Hydraulic Fracturing” of […]

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Ohio Frack Regulators Front For Frackers

February 15, 2014
Ohio Frack Regulators Front For Frackers

Go figure. As part of their regulatory oversight of fracking, Ohio’s regulators drew up a game plan to attack fractavists.  On behalf of the frackers. That they were supposed to regulate. Welcome of the State of Oh Frakio – State made plan to promote fracking while regulating it . . . http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/458378/Ohio-plan–Counter–eco-left–drilling-opposition.html?isap=1&nav=5072 By Darrel Rowland The Columbus Dispatch • Saturday February 15, 2014 7:55 AM The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the agency assigned to regulate oil-and-gas drilling in Ohio, developed a wide-ranging public-relations campaign in August 2012 to sell Ohioans on fracking in some state parks and forests. The 10-page memo recognized that the public-relations initiative “could blur public perception of ODNR’s regulatory role in oil and gas,” which would require “precise messaging and coordination” to counteract. Here’s a copy: ODNR Fracking […]

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Frackers Fracking Landowners

February 14, 2014
Frackers Fracking Landowners

Pennsylvania landowners that thought they were going to be the next Beverly Fracking Hillbillies held a rally demanding that frackers stop fracking them – by deducting indecipherable “post production” costs – for “marketing” “transportation” “road repair” and “political contributions”  from their royalty checks – which leaves them nothing. Like their neighbors – who just get fracked – no checks.  This is what frackers do to landowners, they even do it in Texas, where they get sued for it. And in Arkansas, where they joke about it. In New York, the Shale Shysters tell the landowners they will protect them, but some Shysters are in cahoots with the frackers. So they milk the landowners to pay for fracking publicity stunts instead. http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Landowners-rally-for-245596511.html Governor, Senator ask state AG to investigate Chesapeake Energy Landowners Rally for Money from Frackers February 14, […]

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How To Turn Your Town Dump Into a Nuclear Frack Waste Repository

February 14, 2014
How To Turn Your Town Dump Into a Nuclear Frack Waste Repository

For the next 1,500 years or so. Learn how from the experts. Fracksylvania needs a place to dump on and Idafrackho is a long fracking drive. Your town or county may not actually have the esteemed privilege of being royally fracked by Chesapeake, but you can still do your fair share as Americans to get this fracking gas to China as profitably as possible: you can turn your town into a Nuclear Frack Dump – provide a lasting home for toxic radioactive goo that might otherwise go homeless – or, god forbid, end up forlorn in Idafrackingho. Learn how you too can become a Frack Waste Patriot, go to the debate in Elmira on the 26th. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLo1TDxDrIRYpbeYJeZxf5AyKHhxqX4txU Frack Filth – Fracksylvania’s Gift to New York and Ohio. The gift that keeps on […]

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How Home Rule Applies to Frackers

February 14, 2014
How Home Rule Applies to Frackers

This summer New York’s high court will decide whether Home Rule applies to fracking gasholes.  Attorneys Deborah Goldberg and Joe Heath will discuss the issues surrounding fracking bans and moratoriums at a free public program sponsored by the League of Women Voters at the Southern Tier Independence Center, Binghamton, NY. on February 18th. Deborah Goldberg is the managing attorney in the New York City office of EarthJustice. She is the lead attorney defending the Town of Dryden in a case before the seven-member Court of Appeals. And she has been working on legal issues associated with shale gas drilling since 2008. Joe Heath is a Syracuse-based environmental attorney and general counsel for the Onondaga Nation. He has been active on shale gas issues since 2009 and worked with many towns […]

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Frackers Giving Away Frack Goo !

February 13, 2014
Frackers Giving Away Frack Goo !

To any town or county that wants to coat their roads with a 100 year supply of fracking flowback. Then the locals can figure out how to get the stuff off their cars, trucks, trees, grass, streams, their kids. For the next 1,500 years or so. Think of all the money your town or county will save on de-icing ! Act fast, only a few trillion gallons left. . . . Or your town and county can tell the frackers to take their fracking filth somewhere else, Like some New York towns and counties are already doing. Is your town or county coating your roads with a secret blend of radium 226, strontium 90, arsenic, barium, and diesel fuel ? If your town or county elected officials have not taken steps to protect you […]

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Constitution Pipeline Frackdown !

February 13, 2014
Constitution Pipeline Frackdown !

Hearings have been scheduled on the proposed unConstitutional and increasingly Irrelevant Williams Pipeline  at 7 pm on the dates / locations shown below. These hearings address the proposed draft environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline, here. Would encourage you to go, and would not fail to mention that the proponents of the pipeline – which will cause significant environmental damage and condemn miles of ROW – are unable to demonstrate that the gas field it serves – the Northeast Pennsylvania Marcellus – is in need of additional transmission capacity – now that it is in decline.  Moreover, the exploration and production sister company of one of the pipeline’s owners, WPX, is already cutting back operations in the field the pipeline taps.  If in fact production from the field was increasing, there might […]

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BRADFORD COUNTY GOLDEN GAS RULES

February 13, 2014
BRADFORD COUNTY GOLDEN GAS RULES

What’s it going to take to wake people up?  This is a question that many fractivists ask.   Typically the answer  has been when there is a huge incident. In the past I’ve agreed with that.   However, I no longer feel that something horrific has to happen.     We’ve seen the horrors.  We’ve read about people and communities who have suffered, are suffering from any number of horrific events.    Instead of taking action to prevent it from happening again, we see corporate interests and elected officials promoting the exact opposite. Why? Money.  Lots and lots of money. A 2011 article praises the how well Bradford County, PA is doing with the natural gas industry:   “Chesapeake’s footprint in Bradford County is substantial: it has permits to drill in a third of the […]

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Williams : Fracking Bozos of the Marcellus

February 12, 2014
Williams : Fracking Bozos of the Marcellus

Every oil and gas play has its pioneers – generally the wildcatters that discover the field – and its bozos, the me-too johnny-come-latelys that define where the field ends. The Marcellus has a large cast of bozos in New York – Norse Energy, Gastem, various fracking riffraff. Pennsylvania has its own share of bozos – Hess, Newfield, and Williams Exploration – who is single handedly defining that the NE Pa. Marcellus has plateaued if not peaked. These are the fracking gasholes that want to buy up ROW in New York state to build the Constitution Pipeline to supply a field that they can’t find any fracking gas in. If these gasholes show up at your place looking to buy right of way and threatening you with condemnation, tell them Come and fracking try […]

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And then the frackers explode . . .

February 11, 2014
And then the frackers explode . . .

Forgot to mention that as part of the “fracking health” study. Shale Gas Frack Fires are too hot for local firefighters to do anything about it.  As firefighters discovered at a recent shale gas well explosion in Pennsylvania that killed one worker and injured another while they were hooking it up to a gathering system. If the shale gas well is near a school, house, daycare center or tanker train full of Canadian Tar Balls, best run. Fast. Welcome to Fracking Hell pilgrim. The proposed setback of a well pad from a house in New York is 500 feet.  Look at the photo and tell me what part of 500′ is close enough for your house. In Dallas, it’s 1,500 feet. The proposed set back of everything else – a compressor, tank battery, de-gasser or a […]

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Frackquake Booms

February 10, 2014
Frackquake Booms

Turns out that Frackquakes are louder than the old fashioned kind.  The kind people never had before fracking. NPR (National Petroleum Radio) has the story: Frackquakes Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom by MOSE BUCHELE February 09, 201410:47 AM fromKUT Listen to the Story Weekend Edition Sunday Playlist Download Transcript i Infrastructure used for oil and gas may be making more earthquakes. In Texas, there 10 times the number of earthquakes now than a few years ago. Mark Rogers/AP There’s been a surge in earthquakes in the U.S. over the last few years. In Texas, there are 10 times the number of earthquakes now than just a few years ago. Scientists say it’s likely linked to the boom in oil and gas activity, meaning that people who never felt the […]

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New York Shale Gas Putting Green

February 10, 2014
New York Shale Gas Putting Green

Shown below is close up of a map of the likely economic extent of the Marcellus shale in New York, the so-called “fairway” or more appropriately the “putting green.”  We reviewed these break-even numbers, shown in $ mcf, but we (ie. me) neglected to include the transportation costs in the financial model. So we (ie. Jerry) is re-running the financial model to include transportation costs. We’ve had many people ask us if their town could get fracked. The short answer is that unless the land in the town has been leased by Chesapeake or Exxon, probably not.  If Chesapeake has leased the land, the area may get fracked by the biggest bunch of crooks since Enron. The long answer is that unless the breakeven price of gas in your area is […]

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Shahvian Dissembling

February 9, 2014
Shahvian Dissembling

Dr. Nirav Shah – NY Department of Health Commissioner – giving testimony on his department’s work on the oxymoronic “fracking health” study. Shah is adept at saying nothing in as many words as possible. He has great potential as a politician. He affirmed that the study was “internally transparent” which means they were lying to themselves first before they lie to us. The consultants hired to conduct the study were cashiered almost a year ago. Shah’s department has been sued to divulge the status of the study – the court approved a stipulated agreement between the parties that the DOH would produce more documents in exchange for the plaintiffs (Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association SLPWA) filing a new FOIL request.  See Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association ( http://senecalake.org/ ).  The president of SLPWA is […]

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Fracking Reparations Publicity Stunt

February 8, 2014
Fracking Reparations Publicity Stunt

The Disjointed Landowners are scraping together funds to pay some Shale Shyster to file a Fracking Reparations Publicity Stunt against the  State of New York.  One that is bankrolled by the Koch Brothers. A publicity stunt that, in the case of most landowners, is over something that is just not there : profitable shale gas under their land. On behalf of the few landowners that actually have any shale gas potential. And the gas industry. And the Shale Shysters. The plain fact is that unless Chesapeake or Exxon have leased the land and filed for a HVHF well permit application on it, there’s  probably no shale gas worth fooling with there. Threatening to sue the agency that issues drilling permits might be a bit counterproductive if you have a drilling permit application in the queue. They […]

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Export Gas And Freeze

February 8, 2014
Export Gas And Freeze

That’s the trade-off with natural gas. When the frackers export it, somebody in America is going to go without. Propane exports have more than doubled, so presto, there’s not enough propane available in America. Like gas, there is not enough propane stored at any time, so when there’s a cold snap, the price spikes and deliveries plummet. Then you freeze. In the ’80′s I was the co-owner of a company that converted vehicles to run on propane and CNG, called “Propane Propulsion, Inc. ” The catch is that the availability and price of propane and CNG is highly unpredictable – as many American’s have learned this winter. It’s simply an undependable source of energy. This propane shortage exposes natural gas for what it really is:  The Bridge Fuel to the Freezer. Depend on […]

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No Additional Gas, No Constitution Pipeline ?

February 7, 2014
No Additional Gas, No Constitution Pipeline ?

Pretty simple equation. Adding pipeline capacity is predicated on increasing or sustained production, not decreasing production.  If there is not sufficient surplus gas to justify a new pipeline, there is not much justification to build another pipeline. Likewise, if there is sufficient existing right of way (ROW) – alongside a railroad line, existing gas transmission line, highway or utility line, there is not much justification to acquire additional right of way for a new line. But let’s focus on the gas supply issue first – early indications are that the NE Pennsylvania gas fields may have already hit a plateau in production. See the chart below showing a net decrease in overall production (the red line) See the article here: Has the NE Pa. Marcellus peaked ?  If so, then there is […]

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Nuclear Frack Dump Planned for New York

February 7, 2014
Nuclear Frack Dump Planned for New York

New York is one of the few places where you can  1. ) Dump Frack Goo onto roads as de-icer, 2) Dump frack flowback into municipal water plants and 3) Dump radioactive drill cuttings into municipal land fills – without having to pay-off any local officials to look the other way – because the state regulators have already been paid off.  Such a deal. A frackers dream come true. New York has basically rolled out the red carpet to take frack waste that other states reject. Saves trucking the mess to Idafrackho. Next up on the Turn New York Into Fracksylvania’s Dumping Ground Agenda is the plan to turn the Chemung County Municipal Landfill into a nuclear frack waste dump, as reported here: http://johnnywunder.info/wiki/index.php/CHEMUNG_COUNTY_LANDFILL By Derrick Ek http://www.the-leader.com/article/20140130/News/140139863#ixzz2se7Jvr54 ek@the-leader.com Posted Jan. 30, 2014 […]

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SOCHI WATER IN THE GASLANDS

February 7, 2014
SOCHI WATER IN THE GASLANDS

The Olympics in Sochi, Russia have begun.   In the past the news stories have focused on the Olympians, and speculation around who will win the gold in a given event.   However, in the past few days the focus seems to be not on Gold Medals, but rather the yellow gold color of the water. One reporter wrote “…the water that poured through the faucet was dark yellow. It was the color of apple juice or a performance enhancing drug test specimen. The shower left what looked like fish food flakes coating the tub.” Water in the Gaslands of the United States have been described as milky white, looking like ice tea, coffee colored, or black as well has having some sort of sandy grit or other substances in it.  Additionally, […]

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Two Ways to Get Flaming Water

February 6, 2014
Two Ways to Get  Flaming Water

Drill a water well deep enough to hit a shallow gas bearing formation – such as the Strawn in the Ft Worth Basin – that has evidently happened on some water wells, supposedly like this one, appropriately labeled.Why anyone would dill a water well into a gas formation is a matter one should take up with one’s water well driller. Drill a shale gas well through a shallow gas bearing formation (like the Strawn in the Fort Worth Basin)  on its way to the target shale formation (like the Barnett in the Fort Worth Basin) - and when the  shale gas well bore leaks – it will ventilate gas up the bore hole into groundwater, which gets into water wells, which flame out. This is a matter one must take up […]

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Frack Water Is Permanently Removed From Water Cycle

February 6, 2014
Frack Water Is Permanently Removed From Water Cycle

Unlike most water uses – residences, farming, golf courses – water used for fracking is often permanently contaminated – and has to be removed from the water cycle – and injected down a disposal well. So fracking takes water completely out of the water cycle equation. Forever. Billions of gallons – often in areas where it is most needed  - for other uses. http://www.ceres.org/issues/water/valuing-every-drop-1/shale-energy/shale-and-water-maps/water-competition Fracking colliding with other water uses during drought BY JENNIFER HILLER : FEBRUARY 5, 2014 : Updated: February 5, 2014 11:26pm SAN ANTONIO — Hydraulic fracturing is competing for water in some of the driest regions of the U.S., including the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, according to a research paper released Wednesday by the nonprofit Ceres group. The report said the Eagle Ford had the highest water use of any […]

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FRACKIS OF KOCH

February 6, 2014
FRACKIS OF KOCH

You may or may not have seen this “meme” floating around on the internet.   It’s easy to point to ONE person as the “villain”. Regardless of whether you believe or not that former Vice-President and Former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney is at the root of fracking, it’s a distraction. While some people see Cheney as being all powerful, he’s just one person involved.   There are others needing to be watched more closely. You might have heard of them – The Koch Brothers. Koch Industries is the 2nd largest privately owned company in the United States with annual revenues of about $115 billion.   To ensure annual revenues continue to grow, the Koch Brothers have gone on a spending and funding spree over the past few years. Their interests range from climate […]

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Hamptons Don’t Want Frack Goo On Roads. Imagine That

February 5, 2014
Hamptons Don't Want Frack Goo On Roads. Imagine That

Residents Protest Frack Filth on Long Island Published: February 4, 2014 6:20 PM What makes them think they are so special that they want to keep frack goo off their snobby roads and haughty Lamborgenies ? What makes them snub frack trash in their water treatment plants when they all drink Perrier and San Peligroso ? If the frackers can’t dump this filth in the Hamptons, where the frack are they supposed to dump it ? Idafrackingho ? What do these  snooty Hamptonian snobs not understand about their role in getting this fracking shale gas to China ? Get with the program 1%ers ! Man up and take your fair share of the fracking filth coming out of Fracksylvania. After all, that’s what your state representatives have in mind for the rest of […]

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Cornell Fracking Debate Video !

February 5, 2014
Cornell Fracking Debate Video !

You be the judge – video from The Vera. The frackers spouted the usual gaseous platitudes – including the benefits of converting buses to run on CNG in Bangladesh ?  (am not making that up), while the Fractavist A Team talked about the negative impacts of what is proposed in New York – a fracking dumping ground for Fracksylvania.

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Senate Forum on the Economic Realities of Fracking in New York

February 5, 2014
Senate Forum on the Economic Realities of Fracking in New York

The Frack Myth Busters  presented our views of New York’s shale gas prospects to the Senators, including Sen Latimer, Krueger, Avella and Tkaczyk. There was an audience of about 50, including reporters, a few fracking lobbyists, DEC staff, and fractavists – Clare Donahue, Julia Walsh, John Armstrong, Clark Rhodes, etc.  Lou’s summary of our presentation’s conclusions are here: Excerpts from Sen. Avella’s Forum  The stars of the show were Yvonne Taylor, Beth Radow and Jannette Barth = who addressed the negative economic impacts of fracking on mortgages, other industries, road costs, health care and agriculture. Jannette suggested that a separate hearing be held to address the collateral damage of fracking – the infrastructure, frack slop on roads, etc. Best idea of the day.  See Fracking Job Estimates There was a third panel […]

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Gas Industry Demands DEC Finish Regs. That Were Kept Unfinished At Industry’s Behest

February 5, 2014
Gas Industry Demands DEC Finish Regs. That Were Kept Unfinished  At Industry's Behest

For forty (40) fracking years. The Koch Brothers’s Fracking Front Group, the (Rocky) “Mountain States Legal Foundation” is not just bankrolling the Fracking Reparations Publicity Stunt against the State of New York, they are writing the threatening demand letters  - from Lakewood, Colorado. Catch is they are about 40 years late to be complaining about the DEC’s failure to update it regulations. Since that’s how long the industry has been lobbying New York to keep those regulations from being updated and promulgated. If this strikes you as more than a bit ironic, you’d be right. The Koch Brothers are now demanding the DEC finish the SGEIS, when the gas industry has successfully worked with the Division of Mineral Resources to keep the updates unfinished since 1972. As Brian Brock has explained, with […]

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THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN

February 5, 2014
THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN

It’s about 4 am on an early snowy Wednesday morning.  Seems like a good time to think, and think again about a few issues. West Virginia Chemical Spill Originally, the amount of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) which leaked into the Elk River was reported around 2,500 – 5,000 gallons.  This was increased to around 7,000 gallons a day or later, and then increased again to around 10,000 gallons.    We have also learned a second chemical; PPH (a mix of polyglycol ethers) was also part of the leak. Not much is known about the health risks of these chemicals and officials keep telling the people in the area it’s ok to drink the water even as reports of licorice smelling and discolored water still flows from faucets. Freedom Industries leak forced a […]

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Frack Martyr The Vera Gets Interviewed

February 4, 2014
Frack Martyr The Vera Gets Interviewed

Cabot Energy and Tom Shepstone have made a Fracking Martyr out of The Vera.  Thanks gasholes. ‘Most of us eventually get gagged by the industry’: Restrained activist exposes fracking business Published time: February 03, 2014 12:15 With fracking becoming more popular in the US as an ‘alternative’ energy source, an increasing number of people are raising concerns about ecological and health risks. RT spoke to an activist who was ordered by a court to stay away from fracking sites. Director of anti-fracking group ‘Citizens for Clean Water’, Vera Scroggins, an outspoken critic of fracking, last week was legally barred last week from visiting a grand total of 312.5 square miles of land in Pennsylvania. A court order issued by a local judge forbids her from entering any properties owned or leased by one […]

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Frack Babies Threaten Fracking Reparations PR Stunt

February 4, 2014
Frack Babies Threaten Fracking Reparations PR Stunt

Again. And again. With a fracking zombie as a lead plaintiff, and backing from the Koch Brothers. Of course.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-03/property-owners-threaten-second-suit-over-delay-on-fracking-study.html Property Owners Threaten Fracking Reparations Publicity Stunt  By Gerald B. Silverman 2014-02-03T15:55:47Z – Comments Email Print Save Bloomberg BNA – A coalition of property owners announced Jan. 31 that it will sue New York state over its delay in issuing a long-awaited environmental impact statement on hydraulic fracturing unless the state provides a reasonable timeline by Feb. 13 for finalizing the process. The lawsuit would be the second of its kind to compel the Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on fracking. In the first instance, the bankruptcy trustee of Norse Energy Corp. USA filed suit in December 2013 in state Supreme Court in Albany County. The Joint Landowners Coalition […]

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DOH’s Shah Cites Fracking Health Risks !

February 3, 2014
DOH's Shah Cites Fracking Health Risks !

Finally, Sort Of . . . 03 February 2014, New York’s chief health regulator gave more than three hours of testimony Monday at a legislative budget hearing, where he faced questions on fracking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s medical marijuana plan, the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act and delays in paying early intervention providers. But when he met with reporters afterward, the focus was on a single topic: Shah’s fracking review. Shah, when pressed by reporters, steadfastly declined to release any of his work and declined to get into much detail about the review. But he did offer a few scientific studies that he has been analyzing, including a study detailed in the Los Angeles Times that found hormone-disrupting chemicals at fracking sites in Colorado.  See more on those studies here. When […]

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Fracking Radioactive

February 3, 2014
Fracking Radioactive

A great summary of the radioactive risks of fracking – the world’s second most hazardous form of radioactive energy. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/122-a50/ Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/ehp.122-A50 Radionuclides in Fracking Wastewater Valerie J. Brown, based in Oregon, has written for EHP since 1996. In 2009 she won a Society of Environmental Journalists’ Outstanding Explanatory Reporting award for her writing on epigenetics. About This Article open  PDF Version (2.9 MB) A lined impoundment receives waste at a fracking site in Dimock, Pennsylvania. © J. Henry Fair                                         Naturally occurring radionuclides are widely distributed in the earth’s crust, so it’s no surprise that mineral and hydrocarbon extraction processes, conventional and unconventional alike, often produce some radioactive waste.1 Radioactive drilling waste […]

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Binghamton University Frack Busters Video

February 3, 2014
Binghamton University Frack Busters  Video

New York Shale gas potential – at Binghamton University in Vestal, New York, from The Vera. Tomorrow, Senate Hearing about all the shale gas that is not in New York. Watch for more Frack Busters Shows coming to a town near you. Check out NYC Show Q&A here.

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Frack Busters Questions & Answers

February 3, 2014
Frack Busters Questions & Answers

Great questions from the audience at the New York City shale gas show.  Great video by Team Owen. Check it out. Then come to the Senate Forum on the (un)Economics of Shale Gas in New York, Tuesday, Feb 4th, Hearing Room A at noon. Smart questions by an attentive audience close out this series of presentations on New York State’s shale gas potential.  Watch the whole thing — it is riveting. But if you want to skip to a particular topic of interest, here are the links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6MWjfvjTM0&feature=share&list=PLcHngw3x1btk8Pt7zfko62obzTnhnWIHc&index=5 Does Gov. Cuomo know this? http://youtu.be/I6MWjfvjTM0?t=0s If there is no profit to be made, why is the Industry pushing to frack New York? http://youtu.be/I6MWjfvjTM0?t=1m8s Would NYS wells be profitable at global natural gas prices? http://youtu.be/I6MWjfvjTM0?t=3m43s Are companies pursuing fracking to maintain share prices? […]

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Fracking Babies: Increased Rate of Birth Defects near Gas Wells

February 3, 2014
Fracking Babies: Increased Rate of Birth Defects near Gas Wells

New Study Shows Increased Rate of Birth Defects near Gas Wells by Sue Heavenrich Yesterday, the Joint Landowners Coalition of NYthreatened to sue the stateif DEC doesn’t hurry up and release the SGEIS to allow drilling – and fracking – in New York. This was in response to DEC chief Joseph Martens’ comment a couple days earlier that the state had no plans to issue permits for fracking. DEC is waiting for Dr. Shah to complete the health impact review. While the delay irks some landowners, many others appreciate the extra time, as new findings continue to come in regarding water, air and health impacts related to gas drilling. On the same day the landowners emailed and Fed-Exxed their demands to permit fracking, Colorado researchers released their findings that show that babies born near […]

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Peak Oil Meet Peak Shale

February 2, 2014
Peak Oil Meet Peak Shale

Remember “Peak Oil ” ?  Welcome to Peak Shale.  Already . . . Just like Art Berman predicted. Imagine that.  And the Fracking BS peaked longed before production did. Marcellus Shale Sees Large Production Declines Jan. 23, 2014 6:20 PM ET | The EIA monthly tight oil drilling productivity report forecasts a very large jump in Marcellus shale gas legacy production decline month-on-month of 49 MMcf/d for February. It is a huge increase in the trend, which in the previous three monthly EIA reports only came out to a 10MMcf/d increase in decline rates on average. This is a very important development given that currently, if we are to take shale gas production from all other fields combined, production is in slight decline mode. It is hard to tell exactly by what magnitude the […]

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SHALEFIELD STORIES

February 1, 2014
SHALEFIELD STORIES

Environment America Research & Policy Center joined residents living on the frontlines of fracking who recounted their stories of illness, water contamination, and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations in a new book called Shalefield Stories. “Behind the alarming numbers the outline fracking’s environmental impacts, there are real people whose lives have been gravely impacted by these polluting practices,” said John Rumpler, Senior Attorney for Environment America Research & Policy Center. “These are their stories, and we would be wise to heed their words of warning on fracking.” Shalefield Stories was compiled by individual residents in Pennsylvania, who arranged for Environment America Research & Policy Center to release it across the country today.   These are the stories of those who are “living the drill” and how their […]

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Geological Studies Challenge New York Fracking Prospects

February 1, 2014
Geological Studies Challenge New York Fracking Prospects

Over 125 at Binghamton University, with 40+ turned away because the hall was too small. Many frackers showed up, despite their leader’s call for a boycott of the show. Next  - on to the Senate Hearing Room A at noon in Albany on  Tuesday. http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=31649 http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Geological-studies-challenge-New-York-fracking-prospects-243032321.html Geological Studies Challenge New York Fracking Prospects By Michelle Costanza February 1, 2014Updated Feb 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM EST Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A public presentation gathered more than 100 people Friday night to take a look at a different approach to the hydraulic fracturing discussion.The quest for productive natural gas drilling may not be as viable as originally believed, according to some fracking experts. WBNG E-News – Sign Up For Our Newsletter! “There just isn’t enough gas in New York to create a […]

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NYS DOH Has To Cough Up Files On Frack Health Study

January 31, 2014
NYS DOH Has To Cough Up Files On Frack Health Study

That may or may not actually be a study.  But the political simulacrum of one. We shall soon see. Congrats to The Rachel and The Yvonne and the Seneca Lake Crew for staying on this. Go watch Dr. Shah tap dance his way around this at the hearings in Albany on Monday morning. Then stick around for the Senate Forum on the unEconomics of Shale Gas on Tuesday, Hearing Room A at noon. Tom Wilber has the scope here:   Friday, January 31, 2014 Veil may be pulled from NY’s review of fracking in 2014 State has 45 days to begin releasing files on health review Developments on the status of New York and shale gas unfolded on two fronts this week.The first was widely reported: Joseph Martens, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s, environmental chief, […]

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Got Frack Slime On Your Road ? Your Car ?

January 31, 2014
Got Frack Slime On Your Road ?  Your Car ?

Some New York towns and counties are rolling out the red carpet to import frack flowback in from Fracksylvania. Here’s the latest interactive map of where that filth can be spread. As previously noted here, spreading frack waste on roads is illegal in most states, including Texas. But in New York, which has the best politicians that money can buy, the frackers sell it to the county and town road districts -as ‘de-icer’ and ‘dust suppressant’ so they can slop the greasy mess onto local roads for you to navigate. Over time, you’ll have a slimey build-up of radium 226, arsenic, barium, strontium 90, diesel fuel, drilling mud and who-knows-what in your ditches, in your streams, your groundwater,  on your car, your truck, your cat, your blood cells. Things like that. All […]

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Koch Frack Front Bankrolls NY Fracking Reparations PR Stunt !

January 31, 2014
Koch Frack Front Bankrolls NY Fracking Reparations PR Stunt !

A Koch Brothers frack front group, the “Mountain States Legal Foundation” founded by none other than James “Frack the Environment” Watt (see more on Mountains States, Koch and Watt below)  is bankrolling the JLCNY’s Fracking Reparations publicity stunt against the State of New York.  Imagine that. And the JLCNY claimed to not take money from the gas industry, (who their members would have to negotiate leases with), when they have now degenerated into being nothing more than a front for the gas lobby.  No wonder they don’t want their members to see the Frackbusters Show. It might just put the geological hurt on their Fracking Reparations Claims. (It’s kinda hard to claim you lost something you never had) Right before the filing date. What timing. The JLCNY’s Head Chickenhawk has morphed into a Koch Fracking Sock Puppet .       […]

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FRACKING TERRORISTS !

January 31, 2014
FRACKING TERRORISTS !

Are, after all, corporate people too. Like you and me. Tom Tomorrow explains it all.

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Fracking Chickenhawk Urges Followers to Duck Frackbusters !

January 30, 2014
Fracking Chickenhawk Urges Followers to  Duck Frackbusters !

Another boycott ? At least this time it’s from the frackers. Usually I just spoof the Disjointed Landowners, but this time, they spoof themselves by calling on their members to duck the Frackbusters’ Forum this Friday in their own home town ! What the frack are they so afraid of ? The fracking truth about their prospects of leasing any mineral rights any time this decade ?  Go check out what this Paid Fracking Chickenhawk does not want his dues paying supporters to see.  It might put the geological kibosh on their notion of getting Fracking Reparations from the State of New York.  Everything in bold is mine, the rest is direct from the Head Chickenhawk hisself – who is now bankrolled by a Frack Industry Front Group. Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and […]

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Pipeline Rule Number 1: COME AND FRACKING TRY TO TAKE IT

January 30, 2014
Pipeline Rule Number 1: COME AND FRACKING TRY TO TAKE IT

Rule Number 1 – if some fracker tries to buy your land for a pipeline right of way (ROW) and threatens you with an eminent domain condemnation, tell them: “Come and take it.” Force them to have to condemn it. Have blogged about this before and the word has gotten out : You’re better off forcing a condemnation than selling or leasing an easement. Make the frackers have to take it away from you. Don’t sell out cheap, if at all. This is a 2012 University of Texas study that shows that, on average, a landowner gets 78% more from having their property condemned than what they get in a negotiated sale: http://www.scribd.com/doc/153219401/Cost-of-Condemnation pdf of the study – print out and give to your neighbors in harm’s way of the planned […]

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A Lame Fracking Website; Now Criminal Impersonation? Broome Co. Exec Debbie Preston is on a roll!

January 30, 2014
A Lame Fracking Website; Now Criminal Impersonation? Broome Co. Exec Debbie Preston is on a roll!

Debbie’s First Blunder of the week: Broome County Exec unveils a new “comprehensive” One Stop Shop for Gas Drilling Info in Broome County:  http://broomenaturalgas.com/ Coupla problems: Comprehensive? Hah. It’s nearly content-free. They spent $6,000 of taxpayer money and a year developing it! But there’s no mention of any negative impacts. Probably just an oversight? Just a few links to industry sources, pro-fracking landowner groups, etc. As websites go, it’s pitiful. Oh and one other small detail: There’s no economic shale gas in the whole state: http://tinyurl.com/ShaleGasPotentialInNY1 (as you’ll find out in Vestal on Friday: http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20140129/NEWS01/301290030 ) But the best part is this quote: Preston says, “This is not a push to promote safe natural gas drilling in New York state.” Which is either a Freudian slip or a bit of […]

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Fractavist Barred From Area 10X The Size of Manhattan

January 29, 2014
Fractavist Barred From Area 10X The Size of Manhattan

A local quack judge bars Vera Scroggins from just about her entire home county. To protect a “corporate person” Cabot Energy. Who had hired security guards to follow her around. Even though she had not caused a disturbance, and had signed in when visiting frack sites. Cabot then hired local frak flak Tom Shepstone  to act as its official spokesman.  He explained that “she had upset too many people to be tolerated.” Go Vera ! When it comes to fracking, stay intolerant. http://www.globalpossibilities.org/anti-fracking-activist-barred-from-312-5-square-miles-of-pennsylvania/ Anti-fracking activist barred from 312.5 square miles of Pennsylvania By Suzanne Goldenberg Vera Scroggins, an outspoken opponent of fracking, is legally barred from the new county hospital. Also off-limits, unless Scroggins wants to risk fines and arrest, are the Chinese restaurant where she takes her grandchildren, the supermarkets and drug […]

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Rename the Hudson River

January 29, 2014
Rename the Hudson River

Or at least a big part of it. For our champion Pete Seeger. Who was no friend of fracking. Here’s the plan: Hudson River Pete Seeger Naming Campaign No individual had has much to do with the cleaning up of the Hudson River as Pete Seeger. A stretch of the River should bear his and Toshi Seeger’s names. I think this makes a lot of sense. First of all, I think naming a river after a car was not a good idea. So why not someone that actually did the river some good ? And did the rest of us a great service for so many years – and so many years to come. Let’s do this for Pete.

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Roof Caves In On Proposed Gas Storage MegaBomb

January 29, 2014
Roof Caves In On Proposed Gas Storage MegaBomb

Literally. Before the frackers could pump it up and set it off.  Peter Mantius gets the scoop, natch. The proposed Seneca Lake Gas MegaBomb is now officially another Bayou Corne Sinkhole waiting to happen. Way to go Inergy. Congrats FERC ! When the roof caves in, half the lake can then do a Bayou Corne and go down the drain. It might then become as big a tourist attraction as The Great Wink Sinkhole, aka the “Atlantis of West Texas” :   DCBureau reports that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is ignoring an aircraft carrier-sized roof collapse in a cavern set to hold pressurized natural gas. The storage company formally denied it ever knew about the roof failure, and FERC never checked. http://www.dcbureau.org/201401299592/natural-resources-news-service/geologist-says-feds-made-incredible-error-ignoring-huge-n-y-salt-cavern-roof-collapse.html#more-9592 By Peter Mantius, on January 29th, 2014 Natural Resources News Service | Leave a […]

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No Shale Gas In NY = No Shale Gas Permits In NY

January 29, 2014
No Shale Gas In NY = No Shale Gas Permits In NY

Not this fracking year, not next fracking year, and for most of New York, not fracking never.  Because there’s not enough shale gas in New York to fill an LNG tanker. Come to Vestal on Friday and the Shale Mythbusters will explain why there is no fracking rush to frack New York. http://www.seattlepi.com/news/science/article/NY-commissioner-No-plans-for-fracking-permits-5185086.php ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens says his agency has “absolutely no plans” to issue permits for shale gas drilling and fracking in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Click here: NY commissioner: No plans for fracking permits | syracuse.com Several lawmakers asked Martens at a legislative budget hearing Wednesday if Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s $137.2 billion budget allocates any money for regulating high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which has been on hold since an environmental review was launched in 2008. Martens replied, “None whatsoever.”Asked by reporters […]

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Fracking Bust in New York

January 29, 2014
Fracking Bust in New York

Before any boom. New York became the World Capital of Fracking Hot Air. Before any shale gas wells were drilled.  Allison Rose Levy nails it . Check out the Mythbusters in Vestal on Friday. Or the Senate Forum on the 4th. AlterNet / By Alison Rose Levy  COMMENT NOW! Why the Shale Gas Rush Will Be an Economic Bust for New Yorkers A team of professionals has analyzed whether or not fracking would be good for New York’s economic health. COMMENT NOW!COMMENT NOW! Email Print January 23, 2014  If nothing else, the recent chemical spill in West Virginia reveals the extent to which elected officials go along with powerful industries at serious cost to public health and the environment. As can be seen in the abject 40-year failure to regulate toxic chemicals like the one contaminating […]

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Exploding Canadian Tarballs

January 28, 2014
Exploding Canadian Tarballs

Canadian tar balls coming to a rail line near you ? http://insideclimatenews.org/content/tar-sands-seen-flowing-northeast-states-if-pipelines-built Tar Sands Seen Flowing to Northeast States New report says that by 2020, as much as 18 percent of the motor fuels in the region might come from Canada’s dirtier crude, up from nearly zero today. By John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News Jan 28, 2014 In contrast to regions such as the upper Midwest, the U.S. Northeast’s fuel supply has been nearly free of tar sands crude. That may change in coming years if pipeline expansions sought by Canada’s industry proceed, an environmental group is warning. An increase in the consumption of gasoline made from tar sands, with its bigger carbon footprint, “would move the region backwards in its efforts to fight climate change,” said a report by […]

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Shale Wells Produce More Contaminated Water. Period. Surprise.

January 28, 2014
Shale Wells Produce More Contaminated Water. Period. Surprise.

About 10 to 100 times more waste water per well than vertical wells, depending on where the wells are. A vertical gas well in Pennsylvania produces a lot more water than gas wells in major gas fields in Algeria, Qatar, or the Hugoton in Texas and Oklahoma. So that’s not news. But when a new study came out stating that Pennsylvania vertical gas wells produce more waste water per unit of gas produced than a Marcellus shale gas well, the frackers thought that was hot news. When the only thing that really matters is the total amount of polluted water produced. The reason why a vertical Pennsylvania gas well produces a lot of water per unit of gas is because they don’t produce very much gas – and they are […]

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Got Fracking Insurance ?

January 28, 2014
Got Fracking Insurance ?

Want frackers to pay up for poisoning your water ? Tell them to sue their insurance carrier to cover it. That’s what an Ohio fracker is doing after their liability insurance carrier balked at paying a claim made by a homeowner that got fracked. Beth Radow is going to address the impacts of fracking on homeowners’ mortgages and insurance coverage at the Senate forum on the economic impacts of fracking at Albany on Feb 4th. An overview of fracking insurance issues is here. Nutshell: frack damages may not be covered by the fracker’s liability insurance. If you get fracked, you need to get a lawyer, pronto. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/27/318565.htm Case Before Ohio Court May Impact Future Coverage for Fracking Liability By Stephanie K. Jones | January 27, 2014The oil drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, […]

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Cornell Super Frackdown 2 !

January 27, 2014
Cornell Super Frackdown 2 !

The Fractavist A Team vs Some Token Frackers – at Cornell on the 4th. Ingraffea, Steingraber and Hang vs  Cabot Energy SpokesFlak Tom Shepstone, a local shale shyster, and a token apologist geologist. Bring your own popcorn. Air horns will positively not be allowed inside the auditorium. Remember – it is impolite  jeer when the frack shills are speaking – wait until they complete their sentences so that everyone can hear what the frack you are jeering about.

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Frackquakes – The Scourge That Binds

January 27, 2014
Frackquakes - The Scourge That Binds

Wherever you have fracking, you get frackquakes. Maybe not in the same place, but wherever the frackers have to get rid of billions of gallons of toxic, radioactive slime by pumping it down a disposal well. And hope it stays put.  Texas Sharon has the story. ENERGY, FRACKING, FRACKING WASTEWATER, TEXAS Frackquakes: Public Opposition Builds Earth Island Journal | January 27, 2014 By Sharon Wilson and Alan Septoff The earthquakes you may have heard about—the 30 tremblers that have struck north central Texas since Nov. 1 and have damaged many homes. The quakes are most likely being caused by underground disposal wells used to get rid of wastewater generated during fracking operations. “Frackquakes,” some are calling them. A massive oil field in Texas. The state has always been the heart of the U.S. oil industry, embracing oil and gas development […]

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The Sandra vs Fracking Pinata

January 25, 2014
The Sandra vs Fracking Pinata

Fracker John Holko vs Fractavist The Sandra. Should be fun. For some. No blindfold required. Defend It, Inc. and the Binghamton University Political Science Department cordially invite you to a You Defend It Debate. The issue: Hydraulic Fracturing in New York Monday, February 24 7:00 PM at Chamber Hall, Binghamton University Debaters: Dr. Sandra Steingraber Ecologist; Author; Founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking vs John Holko President, Lenape Resources; Officer at Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA) Where to begin ? IOGA’s John Holko has gone out of his way to give frackers a bad name in New York: 1. Sued a town over a fracking publicity stunt after voluntarily shutting off his gas wells to the town http://www.nofrackingway.us/2013/03/19/avon-wins-4th-new-york-case-upholds-home-rule/ 2. Sued the DEC as a fracking publicity stunt […]

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New York City Shale Show Videos !

January 24, 2014
New York City Shale Show Videos !

“New York State Shale Gas Potential” at Ethical Culture videos  by Owen Crowley are now online here.  Thanks again to our great sponsors. Mythbusters in Binghamton on the 31st. Will the frackers come out of hiding for that ? No.  See you in Albany on the 4th. WARNING TO FRACK DREAM BELIEVERS : THESE VIDEOS WILL BURST YOUR FRACKING NY SHALE GAS BUBBLE.  Professor Ingraffea’s introduction TinyURL.com/ShaleGasPotentialNYCIntro Chip Northrup’s Overview TinyURL.com/ShaleGasPotentialNYC Brian Brock’s assessment of the geological variables of New York’s shale gas potential Jerry Acton shows how production data from Pennsylvania can be used to extrapolate New York’s shale gas potential Lou Allstadt gives an industry perspective of New York’s shale gas potential

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Broome County Frackbusters Show !

January 23, 2014
Broome County Frackbusters Show !

Come find out the facts of the matter in Vestal on January 31st. Bring a skeptic and a Frack Dream Believer. Broome County is not just one of the parts of Upstate that has any shale gas potential, but it may be the only part of New York with any shale gas potential. Catch is that not all of Broome County is created equal, shale-wise. And the potential is effectively gone before you get to the county line. Chenango County ? Ask Norse. Chemung ? Sullivan ? Schoharie ? No fracking way.  Delaware County ? Not unless you can hit the river with a rock. Tioga County ? Maybe with a Napalm Clusterfrack. . . Videos from NYC Shale Mythbusters show here – where we explain why there’s more hot air in New York than shale gas.  […]

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State Senate Forum on Fracking Economics Feb 4th

January 23, 2014
State Senate Forum on Fracking Economics Feb 4th

New York Senate forum to address the likely economic impacts of fracking in New York. The DEC has based its economic impact analysis on reserve estimates that were a bit overstated. They took those reserve estimates and used them to project what that would mean in terms of jobs and taxes in New York. And those projections became part of the dSGEIS and the fracking folklore about what fracking would do for Upstate. New York became the World Capital of Shale Hype. No one in the industry actually believed it, they just paid their PR crews to broadcast it.     Senator Avella is hosting a forum in Albany to delve into how the DEC overstated reserves by 100X, who was responsible for overstating reserves, and who took those estimates and […]

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Chesapeake Bails from New York

January 23, 2014
Chesapeake Bails from New York

Before they even got a chance to frack it. Chesapeake is obeying a court order (surprise)  and releasing the New York leases that they had been trying to hold by the arcane legal ploy known as “Farce Majeure” which is latin for a “major farce“. If you have a zombie Chesapeake lease encumbering your property, you now have to go to the court house to get it removed – or it will cloud your title. Contact Joe Heath at Fleased and he will explain how to clear it. Chesapeake Releases New York Leases Chesapeake will be releasing expired leases. Pursuant to the agreement between Chesapeake and the Attorney General, Chesapeake abandoned its claim of force majeure as of December 31, 2013. We will continue to keep Fleased members up to date regarding […]

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PENNSYLVANIA ACT 13: the Gift to the Fossil Fuel Industry

January 23, 2014
PENNSYLVANIA ACT 13:  the Gift to the Fossil Fuel Industry

ACT 13 was signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on February 14, 2012. An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for an unconventional gas well fee and for transfers from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund; providing for distribution of fees and transfers; establishing the Natural Gas Energy Development Program; consolidating the Oil and Gas Act with modifications and additions relating to definitions, well permits, permit objections, comments by municipalities and storage operators, well location restrictions, well site restoration, protection of water supplies, notification to public drinking water systems, containment for unconventional wells, transportation records regarding wastewater fluids, corrosion control requirements, gathering lines, well control emergency response, hydraulic fracturing chemical discharge requirements, bonding, air containment emissions, public nuisances, enforcement orders, well […]

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Fracking Washington

January 22, 2014
Fracking Washington

After Cheney worked so hard to get the frackers exempted from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.  Now the little frackers are going to spoil their exemptions by polluting DC’s drinking water, which would provoke Obama to protect his own kids and re-instate federal regulations on fracking. File this under the heading : Really Fracking Dumb: Public Meeting Monday, January 27, 2014, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., three blocks from the Ballston Metro station Major D.C. area water providers, local governments and conservation organizations have warned that an impending U.S. Forest Service decision on whether to allow fracking and horizontal drilling for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest could threaten a range of resources – including the headwaters of […]

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Fracking Art

January 22, 2014
Fracking Art

  OP-ED Fracking Away Our Air, Water and Land By Ruth Hardinger New York, NY, USA and Barbara Arrindell Beach Lake, PA, USA January 21, 2014 http://creativetimereports.org/2014/01/21/fracking-away-our-air-water-and-land/ Artists Barbara Arrindell and Ruth Hardinger of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability argue that natural gas is not a “bridge fuel” to less hazardous energy sources, but a grave danger to communal resources and the global climate, in this op-ed presented in partnership with Marfa Dialogues/NY. Email Print Christy Rupp, Exploit/Exhale, 2010. Included in the Cooper Union exhibition “Emissions: Images from the Mixing Layer” as part of Marfa Dialogues/NY. The gas and oil industry would like to craft a wholesome image of natural gas as a clean resource and a “nonfossil” fuel. Neither of these characterizations is accurate. Yes, gas does burn with a nice blue flame at the end user’s stove. […]

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Think Fracking Will Crater Your Property Value ? Try Frackquakes

January 20, 2014
Think Fracking Will Crater Your Property Value ? Try Frackquakes

Where none existed for the last 3 or 4,000 years before.  Azle Residents Take Their Earthquake Concerns To Austin January 20, 2014 6:32 PM View Comments Related Tags: Azle, David Porter, earthquakes, Earthworks, Fracking, injection eells, Milton Rister, parker county,Texas Railroad Commission, TRC   AZLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Dozens of Azle residents are planning a trip to the state capitol to send a message to the Texas Railroad Commission. Organizers have named the bus trip “Shake the Ground in Austin,” and they expect at least 50 people to show up for the regularly scheduled Texas Railroad Commission meeting Tuesday morning. Some Azle residents believe there is a link between local fracking injection wells and a series of recent earthquakes.  In a one-month span, about 30 minor earthquakes hit the area. The Texas Railroad Commission regulates oil and gas operations.  Earlier this […]

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Years of Living Dangerously !

January 20, 2014
Years of Living Dangerously !

As we cook the planet with un-natural gas. Coming to Showtime this April. Check out the trailer . . .good stuff Years of Living Dangerously – TV Series Official Site – Showtime 

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Not Fracking Worth It

January 20, 2014
Not Fracking Worth It

For those that missed the NYC and Oneonta presentations on “Shale Gas Potential in New York”, a highlight was hearing Lou Allstadt, retired VP for Mobil Oil Corporation clearly call for a statewide ban on fracking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-32pZUoEcHQ

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“Waive Baby Waive” Pa. DEP Proves Case For Home Rule.

January 20, 2014
"Waive Baby Waive" Pa. DEP Proves Case For Home Rule.

The Pennsylvania DEP never bothered to enforce the regulations they said were supposed to replace local zoning ordinances. Regulations are only as good as enforcement. And in Fracksylvania, enforcement is non-existent, because that’s what the frackers paid for. No wonder the Pennsylvania Supremes struck down the law = it was simply a “frack anywhere” ploy. Imagine that. DEP always granted Marcellus drillers’ requests to avoid Act 13′s stream buffers JANUARY 16, 2014 | 9:36 PM BY MARIE CUSICK The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says it has never denied a request by a Marcellus shale driller to circumvent the stream setback requirements in Act 13. Parts of the 2012 oil and gas law were struck down by the state Supreme Court last month, including the stream and wetland setback requirements. The court […]

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Manhattan Shale Show Pics and Reviews

January 20, 2014
Manhattan Shale Show Pics and Reviews

Great show. About 350 in attendance. Good questions. Erik posted photos to flicker. Videos coming soon. Clare Donohue (Troy’s kid sister, Phil’s niece, Mark’s cousin)  made it happen. Vestal on the 31st. Albany on the 4th. New York Shale Gas Potential: How Does it Compare to Pennsylvania – a set on Flickr Also some reviews, and consider all the ones that said “impressive!” consolidated. “Loved the multiple perspective/integrated approach from the speakers.  Filled in a lot of blanks; confirmed and clarified so much.  And hearing from former industry guys was powerful.” “Brian Brock’s and Jerry Acton’s presentations add so much to the pool of information. This was a great way to get us energized for the fight ahead this year.” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wrote: “Congrats on the excellent turnout, and the […]

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ETHICS OF FRACKING ASKS HARD QUESTIONS

January 20, 2014
ETHICS OF FRACKING ASKS HARD QUESTIONS

“…a rush to action without being clear of the consequences….” ETHICS OF FRACKING explores the issue of fossil fuel drilling though different professional and religious backgrounds. It also takes a look at the deceiving advertising the gas industry heavily relies on.  In addition to the environmental damages, there is the social impact which is changing communities in drastic ways. Ethics of Fracking questions the “cost benefit”.  It asks who is benefiting and at what price.  These are questions which haven’t been asked of our local, state and federal legislators.    These are questions which must be asked and answered. Scott Cannon produced this film, and has been well known for his Marcellus Shale Reality Tour series.  Cannon is a member of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition of Luzerne County, PA. It […]

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Fracking Reforms

January 18, 2014
Fracking Reforms

Are way over due in New York. Starting with the state’s Ya’ll Come Open Door Policy to frack waste trucked in from Pennsylvania. Here’s a start, prohibit water treatment plants from pretending they can clean up fracking flowback. A bill has been introduced to do just that.  As worded, it singles out wastes from high volume fracks – shale gas wells – but any resourceful fracker could find a way around that and say that it’s from a vertical well. That and a $100 bill would get the load right into a municipal water plant. Then into a trout stream near you. NYS Bill Update: Number: NY [R] AB 8463 - Updated (New 01/17/2014) Sponsor: Rosenthal Title: AN ACT relating to wastewater treatment; and providing for the repeal of such provisions […]

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Mayflower, Arkansas to be Renamed “Tarville”

January 18, 2014
Mayflower, Arkansas to be Renamed "Tarville"

Permanent supply of DILBIT in every basement. No smoking outside or inside. Children born there to be known as “Tar Babies’  Houses to be sold as Tar Boxes. How’d you like a Tar Pipeline to China in your ‘hood ?  After all, it’s your patriotic duty as Americans to get this Canadian goo to China as cheaply as possible. http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/mayflower-neighborhood-dead-after-oil-spill/d/story/9JMSFBamOkedQDYnJYgFhQ   MAYFLOWER, AR — Before the 3,500 gallons spilled from a ruptured oil pipeline here, the Northwoods subdivision was considered one of the nicest neighborhoods in Mayflower.Nearly 10 months later, home after home sits empty, leaving just a few residents left in some areas to hang on.”People think it’s like know nobody lives here, but we’re still here on the corner,” said Michele Ward, one of the few left on N […]

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HEY AMERICA – WAKE UP AND SMELL THE CHEMICALS

January 18, 2014
HEY AMERICA - WAKE UP AND SMELL THE CHEMICALS

The leaking chemical tanks owned by Freedom Industries in Charleston, WV left 300,000 people, schools, public facilities and businesses without water for well over a week.   The chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) is used to clean coal by the coal industry.   An estimated 7,500 gallons leaked flowed into the Elk River from a hole in a storage tank and holes in containment barriers. Some residents of the 9-county DON’T USE THE WATER ban have been given to go ahead that the water is now safe.   It is being reported that even after authorities have deemed the water safe, hospitals are seeing dozens of people seeking medical aid for nausea and vomiting in the “safe to drink” zones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women who live in […]

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Tobacco Lobby Weighs In Against Home Rule

January 16, 2014
Tobacco Lobby Weighs In Against Home Rule

The“Washington Legal Foundation”is a Rent-a-Shill for the tobacco industry,  fracking, you name it . . .  Have now decided that they are opposed to Home Rule in New York. Foundation asks New York court to invalidate fracking bans By BOB DOWNING Published: January 15, 2014 A press release received today from the Washington Legal Foundation: WLF ASKS N.Y. HIGH COURT TO INVALIDATE MUNICIPAL ZONING BANS ON FRACKING Norse Energy Corp. USA v. Town of Dryden New York Court of Appeals ALBANY, NY—The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) today asked the New York Court of Appeals to overturn a decision that threatens to allow N.Y. municipalities to ban oil and gas exploration locally, even though the state legislature has expressly preempted all oil and gas regulation. In a brief filed in Norse Energy Corp., USA v. Town of […]

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Frack Zombie Publicity Stunt Lingers On

January 16, 2014
Frack Zombie Publicity Stunt Lingers On

Note that the putative plaintiffs in this fracking publicity stunt are a non-existent Norwegian penny stock scam now joined by an investor in that bankrupt Norwegian penny stock scam. Represented by Chesapeake’s lobbyist in Albany . . . . reprising his role as Shale Shyster. 15 January 2014, 4:03 pm State gets hearing on fracking lawsuit pushed back to March  By Jon Campbell A hearing on a lawsuit that seeks to force a decision on shale-gas drilling in New York has been pushed back to March after the state Attorney General’s Office successfully asked for a delay. State Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia late last week ruled in favor of the state’s request, delaying an in-court hearing on the suit until March 7. It had been scheduled for Jan. 24. Last month, Albany-based oil-and-gas […]

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Cuomo Protest at Harvard Club

January 16, 2014
Cuomo Protest at Harvard Club

Was a screaming success – over 100 protestors made it clear: Don’t Frack New York.  Short clip here - IMG_2256 More to come from Alex Beauchamp and Eric Weltman at Food & Water Watch Hope to see you tonight at Ethical Culture at 64 th & /Central Park West and at Foothills Center in Oneonta tomorrow night.

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BOEHNER WINS BONEHEAD AWARD

January 16, 2014
BOEHNER WINS BONEHEAD AWARD

Leave it to US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to school us on regulations with regards to the chemical spill in that left over 300,000 people without water for several days.  For this he received the BONEHEAD AWARD of the week. According to a Huffington Post article Boehner wants to know why the plant hasn’t been inspected since 1991. Boehner stated at a press conference: “The issue is this: We have enough regulations on the books.  And what the administration ought to be doing is actually doing their jobs. Why wasn’t this plant inspected since 1991?” “I am entirely confident that there are ample regulations already on the books to protect the health and safety of the American people,” he added. “Somebody ought to be held accountable here. What we […]

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DC CAUSES GLOBAL WARMING

January 16, 2014
DC CAUSES GLOBAL WARMING

In more ways than one . . .   http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/researchers-find-nearly-6000-natural-gas-leaks-in-districts-aging-pipe-system/2014/01/15/f6ee2204-7dff-11e3-9556-4a4bf7bcbd84_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines Researchers Find Explosive Leaks in District’s Gas Lines (Robert B. Jackson) – Methane at 10 percent (100,000 ppm) gas concentration measured in a telecommunications manhole in Washington, D.C. Researchers found nearly 5,893 natural gas leaks from the city’s aging pipe system. CAPTION Share to Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Add to PersonalPost Share via Email Print Article More By Lenny Bernstein, Updated: Thursday, January 16, 6:00 AM E-mail the writer Researchers who conducted a street-by-street survey of the District found nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks from the city’s aging pipe system, including 12 in manholes where methane had collected to potentially explosive levels, according to a study published Thursday. The team, after warning Washington Gas about those 12 locations, retested them four months later and discovered […]

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Fracking the Law

January 15, 2014
Fracking the Law

Juris Imprudence invalidates the last month of a moratorium That the judge did not think was a moratorium. And that was approved by 75% of the town council. . . . Sidney Lawsuit Update Protective Law enacted by the Town of Sidney This case involved a protective law enacted by the Town of Sidney in February of 2013. That law prohibited, within Town boundaries, natural gas extraction activities, underground storage of natural gas, and disposal of natural gas extraction and production waste streams. The Law was styled as a moratorium and in any event expires by its explicit terms in February, 2014. The Lawsuit Challenging the Town’s Law Very briefly, this suit asserted various challenges to enactment of the subject law, including that (as a moratorium) the Town had not complied with the […]

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Incoming Binghamton Mayor Rich David Takes Credit for Sunsets

January 15, 2014
Incoming Binghamton Mayor Rich David Takes Credit for Sunsets

Many local media are reporting that incoming Binghamton Mayor Rich David cancelled the appeal of the court decision which overturned the Binghamton moratorium on a technicality. e.g., BINGHAMTON — Within 10 days of taking over City Hall, Mayor Rich David dropped the appeal of a court decision striking down the moratorium on oil and gas drilling in Binghamton.  — “Binghamton withdraws fracking-ban appeal“, Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin. 1/15/14 http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20140114/news01/301140034/binghamton-withdraws-fracking-ban-appeal Only thing is, the Binghamton moratorium expired on December 31, 2013. So basically, Rich David is trying to impress his pro-drilling friends at the Greater Binghamton Chamber, who put him in office, by claiming credit for cancelling an appeal which is moot. He might as well take credit for the sun setting. (No Rich, it was going to do that […]

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Is New York Shale Worthless ?

January 15, 2014
Is New York Shale Worthless ?

Is New York’s shale worthless? Pennsylvania’s gas wells produce best where the shale is deepest and thickest. But New York’s shale is thin and shallow. Does this mean a future of wildcat drillers and low royalties combined with damage from frack waste, compressor stations, and pipelines (or as one analyst put it, “a hangover without the night on the town”)? Below the event description, we discuss these questions and some of the reactions this controversial theory has triggered. TODAY @10am: Radio Preview with Dr. Ingraffea Listen live online at 10am to host Alison Rose Levy of Connect the Dots in conversation with event moderator, Professor Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University. Thursday night in NYC; Friday night in Oneonta New York Shale Gas Potential: How Does It Compare to Pennsylvania? A forum moderated by Professor Anthony Ingraffea, […]

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New York’s Energy Future

January 14, 2014
New York's Energy Future

Is not shale gas.  You heard that here last. It can’t be. There isn’t enough shale gas in New York to fill an LNG tanker.  Will explain why in New York City on Thursday and at Oneonta on Friday.  New York’s energy future is in renewables. And which renewable has the most untapped potential in New York ? Are you sitting down ? Hydro. The New York State Energy Planning Board has approved and released a long-term and long-delayed state energy plan that includes, among other matters, various initiatives designed to spur investment in and development of renewable and alternative energy.  Most notably, the plan establishes a $1 billion Green Bank that will utilize private sector investment in renewables, calls for a reduction in carbon emissions of 50% by 2030 and requires […]

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WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT WV WATER CONTAMINATION

January 14, 2014
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT WV WATER CONTAMINATION

This is a summary of what we know so far. Reports of a Chemical Leak into Elk River from storage tanks owned and operated by Freedom Industries on Thursday Jan. 7, 2013.  A state of emergency was declared in 9 counties, and approximately 300,000 residents and businesses were told not to use the water except for flushing toilets. The leaking tank is one of 13 owned by Freedom Industries, Inc. at their Etowah River Terminal.  According to their website, there are 13 tanks capable of holding up a combined total of 4,000,000 gallons. Etowah River Terminal is a liquid bulk storage and distribution facility servicing the Port of Charleston, West Virginia. The terminal is located approximately 1 mile upriver from intake facilities for the West Virginia division of American Water […]

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Frackers Spent Over $64 Million in Albany

January 13, 2014
Frackers Spent Over $64 Million in Albany

Trying to buy the Governor and the legislature in a state that has hardly any fracking gas. Come to the Shale Gas Mythbusters Show this week at Ethical Culture 2 W. 64th on Thursday night or Foothill Center in Oneonta on Friday night and we will explain why the Frackers have lobbied in New York way out of proportion to the state’s shale gas potential. Wanna guess why ?  NEW YORK, NY (01/13/2014)(readMedia)– Today, Common Cause/NY released “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in New York State,” a new comprehensive analysis of lobbying and campaign contributions by pro-fracking interests as well as anti-fracking environmental and civic groups, covering the period from 2007 to July 2013. While New Yorkers await a decision from Governor Cuomo, the controversy and political spending around the issue continues to […]

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Cuomo in Manhattan !

January 13, 2014
Cuomo in Manhattan !

This Thursday morning at the Harvard Club 27 W. 44th Governor Cuomo is coming to Manhattan, and we need to be there in force to tell him to ban fracking now!  We just started the year with a huge rally outside Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address. Now, Governor Cuomo is heading to Manhattan, and we need you there to show him that we won’t accept a single fracked well in New York. Join us this Thursday morning 8 to 9 ! https://www.facebook.com/events/265562146935026/

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Shale Gas Mythbusters @ Oneonta

January 12, 2014
Shale Gas Mythbusters @ Oneonta

This Friday night at Foothills Center – pre-show music by the Gravel Yard Band. Be there or be fracked. 

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CADAVER COSMETICS: WHEN THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY GETS TO BE CALLED A “GOOD SAMARITAN,” NOTHING MEANS ANYTHING, AND ANYTHING MEANS “WHATEVER THE FRACKERS WANT”– PENNSYLVANIA SENATE BILL 411

January 12, 2014
CADAVER COSMETICS: WHEN THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY GETS TO BE CALLED A "GOOD SAMARITAN," NOTHING MEANS ANYTHING, AND ANYTHING MEANS "WHATEVER THE FRACKERS WANT"-- PENNSYLVANIA SENATE BILL 411

Original posted at: THE WRENCH: CADAVER COSMETICS: WHEN THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY GETS TO BE CALLED A “GOOD SAMARITAN,” NOTHING MEANS ANYTHING, AND ANYTHING MEANS “WHATEVER THE FRACKERS WANT”– PENNSYLVANIA SENATE BILL 411 I have mostly stopped wondering what lengths the natural gas industry is willing to go to insure they meet their objectives: fracking as much gas as they can possibly get out of the ground, getting it into pipeline, shunting it to export depot, and then off to the global markets as fast as they can–and before we in the “sacrifice zones” really comprehend the full extent to which we have become an extraction colony gas factory for folks who already have made more money from fossil fuel “development” than “god”–yet not so much money that they don’t want […]

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Shale Gas Mythbusters Coming to Central Park !

January 11, 2014
Shale Gas Mythbusters Coming to Central Park !

Shale Gas Mythbusters are coming to Central Park West this Thursday, 2  64th Street at Central Park West, 6:30 PM. See you there ! (54) New York Shale Gas Potential: How Does it Compare to Pennsylvania? New York Shale Gas Potential: How Does it Compare to Pennsylvania? What can New Yorkers expect if high-volume hydrofracking is permitted here? Analysis of 2700 Pennsylvania gas wells shows that the highest yields are where shale is deepest and thickest. But the Marcellus shale gets thinner and shallower rapidly as it crosses the border into New York, leading to predictions of significantly less production, but with considerable potential damage from frack waste and drill cutting disposal, road damage, compressor stations, and pipelines. New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 West 64th Street, 6:30–9 pm, Doors open 6:00 pm  Come early and […]

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Duke Blows Whistle on EPA Cover UP

January 11, 2014
Duke Blows Whistle on EPA Cover UP

Previously unreported studies conducted by Duke University researchers indicate that EPA was premature to close their investigations of methane migration. We have commented on this before – clearly the deRanged Resources shale gas well bore ventilated the Strawn gas formation into groundwater, which was picked up by shallow residential water wells. Everyone in the industry knows this. And that is what has happened in Pennsylvania – shale gas well bores release shallow gas deposits into groundwater, which in turn, contaminates well water. Whether the gas is from the produced formation – the shale – is irrelevant: the water wells have been rendered useless by the drilling.  The vertical section of a shale gas well bore is as big a hole as you’ve ever seen. More than sufficient to ventilate every bit of […]

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FLUSH ONLY IN NINE WEST VIRGINIA COUNTIES

January 11, 2014
FLUSH ONLY IN NINE WEST VIRGINIA COUNTIES

Residents of nine West Virginia counties, between 100,000 homes and businesses (approximately 300,000 people) have been told by their governor “DON’T DRINK THE WATER”.     Schools, restaurants, hotels and other businesses were forced to close due to contaminated water supplies.   The West Virginia State Legislature canceled their sessions on Friday, Jan 10, 2013 as well. People are being told to only use their home water for flushing the toilet.    They should not be drinking, cooking, bathing, washing their face, brushing their teeth, watering plants or washing their clothes in it. This is a FLUSH ONLY order. Complaints received on Thursday evening (Jan 9, 2013) of a licorice smell in the air led Kanawha County Fire Department and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to chemical storage tanks along the […]

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Shale Shyster Appoints Self To Supremes

January 10, 2014
Shale Shyster Appoints Self To Supremes

Here is the latest missive from Shale Shyster Tom West, who labels his briefs to the New York Supremes on Dryden and Middlefield as “The Final Word”  Then goes on to refer to something he calls the “Mind Land Reclamation Law”.  “Mind Land” was of course the name of Jefferson Airplane’s 4th album. Invoking it is, a best, an intriguing legal gambit, but at worst, sadly emblematic of West’s juris imprudence.  Or spelling aptitude. West neatly overlooks the the fact that eight (8) New York justices have looked at this issue and have all come to the conclusion that prohibiting an activity entirely is not regulating its functions. January 08, 2014 The Final Word Regarding Home Rule in New York! “Although the New York Court of Appeals will have the final […]

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No Eminent Domain for Cannucks in Texas

January 10, 2014
No Eminent Domain for Cannucks in Texas

The Texas Supremes have just ruled in favor of Texas landowners – and against the Canadian Keystone XL Tar Ball pipeline company. Eminent domain applies to common carriers in Texas, which means the line has to be open to local product.  Not lines that only carry Canadian tar balls. Welcome to Texas, eh Jacque ? Maybe they should hire the openly bi-national Ted Cruz as their lawyer. After all, he has dual citizenship – Texan and Canadian: which means he can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time. Texas Supreme Court Favors Landowner Over TransCanada in Keystone XL Eminent Domain Case Tar Sands Blockade | January 9, 2014 9:33 am | Comments The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of landowner Julia Trigg Crawford, ordering TransCanada to submit information by Feb. […]

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CUGINI FOUND DEAD

January 10, 2014
CUGINI FOUND DEAD

Anthony Cugini, former Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, was found on Wednesday morning in a dry creek bed in a wildlife area of Upper St. Clair. His wife had reported him missing on Tuesday. According to Allegheny County Medical Examiner Karl E. Williams, “We found a guy out in the woods with no obvious signs of trauma. Of course, his death is suspicious.  I don’t think it’s a homicide. This guy was under investigation, so I said, ‘Let’s try to get some more information.’ We want to do toxicology and tissues tests. There was some minor trauma consistent with a fall but nothing that would cause his death,” Williams said. Upper St. Clair police officials who are conducting the investigation could not be reached for comment. Cugini was […]

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DISNEY CANCELS FRACKERS

January 10, 2014
DISNEY CANCELS FRACKERS

Radio Disney in Cleveland Ohio has canceled the remaining fossil fuel industry sponsored shows. Responding to Disney’s partnership with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), more than 80,000 people signed an online petition to demand Disney CEO Bob Iger stop the OOGA program. News organization Al Jazerra ran the Disney-OOGA partnership story on January 8, 2013. On January 9, 2013, Disney emailed a statement to Al Jazeera, saying the company has pulled out of the remaining installments of the Rocking Ohio tour. “The sole intent of the collaboration between Radio Disney and the nonprofit Rocking in Ohio educational initiative was to foster kids’ interest in science and technology. Having been inadvertently drawn into a debate that has no connection with this goal, Radio Disney has decided to withdraw from […]

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Zombie Fracking Coming to the Big Screen !

January 9, 2014
Zombie Fracking Coming to the Big Screen !

Frack Zombies coming to a movie screen near you ! Behold:  Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard is due this year and will star Billy Zane and Mischa Barton, star of television’s The O.C. The story line is that fracking causes a dead horde to come to life and attack a rural town – kind of like the real frackers do. Live ones. Not just Frack Zombies like Norse Energy. And the town’s people have to defend themselves. Kind of like fractavists do. In real life . . Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2014) – IMDb www.imdb.com/title/tt2908090/‎ Directed by Harrison Smith. With Mischa Barton, Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, Felissa Rose. A young militia is all that stands between a coming dead horde and their … ‎NewsDesk - ‎Trivia - ‎Quotes - ‎Plot Summary Zombie Killers www.zkegmovie.com/‎ Synopsis · Cast · Filmmakers · Gallery · Videos […]

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Native Americans Protest At Albany Frackdown

January 9, 2014
Native Americans Protest At Albany Frackdown

Idle No More at Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address: Mohawk Nation Drummers from Akwesasne assert their rights. This year, authorities ruled that no drumming would be allowed in the concourse under the state capitol in Albany during the governor’s state of the state address. That memo never reached members of the Mohawk Nation who came to Albany to add a first nations perspective to the call for a ban on fracking. The problem for the police is that this rule took no account of the religious and culture centrality of the drum to native peoples, nor the implicit understand of this on the part of supporters who instantly rallied in support of the drummers. It was an inspiring. Chants of “let them go” changed to “let them drum”.  The […]

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Forget Fracking, Cuomo Goes Solar !

January 8, 2014
Forget Fracking, Cuomo Goes Solar !

Not a peep in Cuomo’s speech today about about fracking. Imagine that. Newly Released NY Energy Plan Mum on Fracking   Because there’s not much shale gas to frack in New York . . . come to the Shale Mythbusters show at Ethical Culture in NYC on the 16th or Foothills at Oneonta on the 17th and will explain why fracking shale gas is not such a high priority any more in New York Sate. Nutshell: There’s more wind power, hydro and sunshine in New York than shale gas. You heard it here last. The Governor gave a boost solar, so here’s to that ! Fracking absent in NY’s new long-term energy plan Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, rally outside the Empire State Plaza Convention Center before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s […]

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Albany Frackdown Videos !

January 8, 2014
Albany Frackdown Videos !

Complete video of the Albany Frackdown here - http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/28352149   Idle No More at Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address: Mohawk Nation Drummers from Akwesasne assert their rights. This year, authorities ruled that no drumming would be allowed in the concourse under the state capitol in Albany during the governor’s state of the state address. That memo never reached members of the Mohawk Nation who came to Albany to add a first nations perspective to the call for a ban on fracking. The problem for the police is that this rule took no account of the religious and culture centrality of the drum to native peoples, nor the implicit understand of this on the part of supporters who instantly rallied in support of the drummers. It was an inspiring. Chants of […]

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Corbett Asks Supremes to “Reconsider” Home Rule

January 8, 2014
Corbett Asks Supremes to "Reconsider" Home Rule

Governor Corbett, the best governor that money can buy, has asked Pennsylvania’s high court to “reconsider” its recent ruling that upheld Home Rule. This after the state made the same arguments in front of the Supremes. File this under “lame fracking attempt at coercion by corrupt politicians”  or just “yet  another reason to dump Corbett” . . . Pennsylvania Asks State Supreme Court to Reconsider Decision on Home Rule Jan 6 (Reuters) – The state of Pennsylvania on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its December decision that struck down parts of an oil and gas law. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 4-2 in mid-December saying key provisions in Act 13, a 2012 law that governs oil and gas drilling, is unconstitutional. In a state known for its shale […]

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SHALE UPDATES

January 7, 2014
SHALE UPDATES

The year 2013 has passed, and ahead of us is 2014.   I thought this may be a good time to revisit and update a few stories that are sure to crop up again in the new year. “Teh kitteh” photo is there to get all you facebooker’s attention.  More about the kitteh later. ACT 13 ONE-SIZE FRACK ZONING As you know, the zoning provision in Act 13 was struck down by the PA Supreme Court last month.  PA Governor Tom Corbett and the fossil fuel industry aren’t happy about it. Well, just when you thought it would be safe to celebrate the victory, it may be short-lived.  In a last ditch effort, and scrambling for any legal hand hold, Corbett  (and we assume with the backing of his fossil fuel […]

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Albany Frackdown !

January 6, 2014
Albany Frackdown !

Dear friends across New York, Still trying to decide whether to drop everything and join us Albany on Wednesday for an historic State of the State anti-fracking rally? The answer is yes. After years of creative, brave, anti-fracking resolve—and frankly, a whole lot of tedious work, personal sacrifice, and against-all-odds efforts—this is our defining moment. Now, before the eyes of the world—and with all of New York’s media cameras rolling—we need to demonstrate the breadth, depth, diversity, power, and ascendency of our movement. We need you! Here are ten more reasons to get off the fence and onto the bus: 1) A luxurious rally location.  The venue is a magnificent, warm, indoor, marble concourse with access to bathrooms and coffee.  Famous, well-dressed people will walk by on their way to hear the governor’s speech.  Every major elected […]

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Shale Oil Terror Trains

January 6, 2014
Shale Oil Terror Trains

Who needs a pipeline when the PetroTerrorists can simply wipe out whole towns one Tanker Terror Train at a time ? The frackers have found new ways to turn old fashioned crude oil tanker cars into 21st Century Tank Bombs. One train load at a time. How do they do it ? By pumping the tank cars full of volatile toxic chemicals, not just crude oil. Voila. Not your granddad’s oil tanker anymore. But a catastrophe waiting for a town to happen in. Roll a hundred of these bad boys onto a siding, let the temperature rise so that the volatiles expand and leak and then KABOOM. Adios Mayberry. Or Buffalo. Or Kansas City. Mover over Timothy McVeigh and Osama, there’s a new breed of terrorist coming to town. One tank […]

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AP Reports Tip of Fracking Iceberg

January 5, 2014
AP Reports Tip of Fracking Iceberg

The AP, The Fracker’s Public Relations Auxiliary now (finally) reports that the industry has been down-playing the amount of pollution caused by fracking. As if that were actually news, to anyone other than the Frackers Public Relations Auxiliary. Some old news from a surprising new source, the APs Uber Shill Kevin Begos - in some belated attempt to establish his credentials as a journalist – not a totally transparent Frak Flak. Associated Press Review of Fracking Complaints Casts Doubt on Industry View That it Rarely Happens. STORY HIGHLIGHTS AP requested data on drilling-related complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas Extracting fuel from shale formations requires salt, chemicals, heavy metals and radiation Most common type of pollution involves methane gas, not other chemicals SHARE 1561CONNECT 454TWEET 62COMMENTEMAILMORE PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that […]

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$500 Million Frack Lien Complicates Homeowner’s Refinancing

January 5, 2014
$500 Million Frack Lien Complicates Homeowner's Refinancing

No, not making this up. A homeowner faced some difficulty in refinancing their mortgage after a fracker filed a lien on the property. It comes as a surprise to most homeowners that when their mineral rights are sold or leased, the frackers pledge those mineral rights as collateral against their own bank borrowings. So each property is encumbered by that corporate line of credit lien. Surprised ? Who the frack did they think they were dealing with ?  Leasing or selling the mineral rights under a property that is encumbered by a home mortgage may put the borrower in default. They may not find that out (nor will the lender) until they go to sell or refinance the property. There are several reasons why – a residential loan may prohibit the borrower […]

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In Surprising Twist, New York To Get Stoned Not Fracked

January 5, 2014
In Surprising Twist, New York To Get Stoned Not Fracked

Governor Cuomo has decided that New York is better off stoned than fracked. From a strictly personal perspective, I’ll drink to that. The NYT has the scoop New York Set to Loosen Marijuana Laws By SUSANNE CRAIG and JESSE McKINLEY Published: January 4, 2014 516 Comments ALBANY — Joining a growing group of states that have loosened restrictions on marijuana, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York plans this week to announce an executive action that would allow limited use of the drug by those with serious illnesses, state officials say. Enlarge This Image Michael Nagle for The New York Times Andrew M. Cuomo Connect With NYTMetro Follow us on Twitterand like us on Facebookfor news and conversation. Enlarge This Image   Map: States That Allow Medical Marijuana The New York Times Readers’ Comments Share your thoughts. […]

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Fracked Babies. One Newborn At A Time.

January 5, 2014
Fracked Babies. One Newborn At A Time.

Fracking and babies don’t mix according to a new study. This work confirms work done two years ago by Elaine Hill at Cornell. Living in or near a shale gas field is a textbook way to produce low birth weight babies and babies with health issues. How this might come as a surprise to anyone has never been in a large producing gas field, much less lived in one. The good news is that if the well is a gusher and the parents owned the mineral rights, they can now afford to move and get expensive medical care for their newborn. And they can name the infant “Aubrey” Study Shows Fracking Is Bad for Babies By Mark Whitehouse - Jan 4, 2014 The energy industry has long insisted that hydraulic fracking — the practice […]

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ANATOMY OF A SHALE SOCKPUPPET

January 5, 2014
ANATOMY OF A SHALE SOCKPUPPET

We all know the fossil fuel industry talking points need close scrutiny to properly understand how they define their words.   We also know their supporters will happily promote those talking points regardless of whether or not these supporters understand the talking points and the definitions. It’s an insult to parrots to say these supporters are “parroting” the Fossil Fuel Industry (FFI) talking points.  Studies have shown parrots are intelligent and possess an understanding of words and what they mean.  No similar study exists to indicate the fossil fuel supporters understand what is coming out of their mouths.  Perhaps sockpuppet would be a better word to describe the supporters? Aside from the FFI’s  trade organizations, front groups and green washed associations, there are the political sockpuppets.   Use of a politician as […]

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STAND UP – SPEAK OUT

January 3, 2014
STAND UP – SPEAK OUT

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board recently announced that a public comment period is open for the long-awaited proposed revisions to oil and gas regulations that include performance standards for oil and gas activities. The regulation include a consideration of drilling impacts on public resources as well as standards related to managing drilling waste, restoring drilling sites and gathering pipeline construction, and requirements for finding and dealing with abandoned wells close to proposed well sites. This is your chance to voice your opinion on these important environmental regulations through written comment or at public hearings in January. Clean Air Council will be sending additional information in the coming weeks, but right now it’s important to get out to one of the public hearings if you […]

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Home Rule in Colorado

January 3, 2014
Home Rule in Colorado

May be settled by a ballot initiative next fall. To make Home Rule, the town’s right to protect its residents, inviolate in the state constitution. The way it is in other places. Like Texas. And Pennsylvania. And New York. There is no good reason for a town not to apply local zoning to oil and gas wells. Home Rule applies in Texas, and you can’t argue that Texas hasn’t been royally fracked. So the notion that Home Rule is detrimental to anything – other than the frackers and a few crooked politicians – is a fracking fairy tale. If a town does not want to get fracked, some bureaucrat in the state capital should not make that decision for the town.  The town should make the decision. Like they do in places like […]

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Albany Rally 2014 !

January 3, 2014
Albany Rally 2014 !

The New York legislature is back in session this month. Count your spoons. Uber Gruppen DINO, Jeff Klein will be working on new ways to pretend he’s a not a Closet Fracker, or, oy vey, a Republican. Fracking Lobbyist Karen “Mushrooms” Moreau will be skulking about the corridors with a satchel full of fat envelopes, with an irresistible come-on: “Hey Senator, wanna frack ? It’s absolutely harmless.” And there will be a rally – indoors – on January 8th to get things started  ! Be there or be fracked.  Rally at Cuomo’s State of the State: No Fracking, Yes Renewables! Wednesday, January 8 at 11:30am in EST

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No More Frackin’ EZ Money

January 2, 2014
No More Frackin' EZ Money

Evidently the frackers have run out of foreign suckers to subsidize the Shale Game. The WSJ has the scoop on foreign frackonomics. It’s no secret that the Shale Boom was financed by Mad Money. And some of the maddest money of all came from foreigners, including the Chinese. Whose investments turned Chesapeake into Chinapeake. Who would have ever guessed that ? ENERGY / HYDRAULIC FRACTURING For Frackers, Days of Easy Money End on January 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm Foreign shale-drilling investment declined in 2013 compared with 2012. Shown, a pump jack in the Monterey Shale in California last year. Reuters Oil and gas companies slash spending as foreign investment dries up NEW YORK, NY — “Since 2008, deep-pocketed foreign investors have subsidized the U.S. energy boom, as oil and gas companies spent far more […]

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SPINNING METHANE LEVELS IN WATER

January 2, 2014
SPINNING METHANE LEVELS IN WATER

The United States Geological Service (USGS) released a report in September 2012 and a second one in December 2013. The September 2012 press release title was “Dissolved Methane found in SOME New York Groundwater”.     Note the term “SOME”. December 2013’s press release title is “Methane is COMMON in Groundwater from Valleys in South-Central New York State”.  Note the term “COMMON”. As I’ve stated numerous times, we need to define our terms.    What is meant by “SOME” and what is meant by “COMMON”? As these terms relate to quantity, “Some” is less than “Common”. SOME AND COMMON Both are fuzzy terms, so let’s look at the two studies a bit closer. The USGS 2012 study stated: (emphasis added) A recent study that looked at groundwater samples from more than 200 wells […]

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Shale Gas Mythbusters Oneonta January 17th

December 31, 2013
Shale Gas Mythbusters Oneonta January 17th

We are honored to have the Otsego County Conservation Association, the Otsego Land Trust and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service of Otsego and Schoharie Counties co-sponsor our presentation at Foothills Center in Oneonta on January 17th at 7 PM. Come early and enjoy the band.  Linger and ask questions moderated by Prof Ingraffea. Hope to see you at the show ! PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: December 31, 2013 Shale gas potential in New York: Limited production doesn’t preclude possible negative impacts  ONEONTA – The likelihood of marginal shale gas prospects in New York State, which may in turn attract marginal drilling companies, is one of several possible scenarios to be discussed during a presentation on New York shale gas potential onFriday, January 17 at The Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market Street, Oneonta. […]

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FRACK THE MOUSE

December 30, 2013
FRACK THE MOUSE

Hey KIDS!  Fracking for oil and gas is COOL!  IT’S FUN!  Mickey says you too can build a pipeline! Yep, Disney has jumped on the fracking hype and joined with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) to promote fossil fuel fracking to kids and make it fun! Elementary school classrooms in Ohio are being treated to a super special, game show-like day presentation, brought to them by Radio Disney and funded by the state Oil and Gas Association. All of the activities are aimed at teaching kids about science — the science, that is “behind oil and gas production and their value as natural resources.” The Wooster Daily Record describes how the program, “Rocking in Ohio,” combined science and fun (and industry interests) at the Wayne County fairgrounds this […]

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ANOTHER FRACK FAIRY TALE

December 29, 2013
ANOTHER FRACK FAIRY TALE

Bryan Walsh, Senior Editor at Time magazine , published an article entitled “Fracking for Natural Gas May Help Us Save Water”.   Based on some study from the University of Texas at Austin (UT), for which Walsh does not give a link or even the study title, he contends the extraction of oil and natural gas through the process of unconventional drilling (i.e hydraulic fracturing) is saving water. If you run a google search on “university of austin natural gas fracking saves water”, you will find essentially the same article on a number of fossil fuel cheer leading sites.   The similarity of wording, and the closeness of publication times between all these “articles”, leads me to believe they are essentially a copy/paste job from a fossil fuel industry source. It took […]

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Shale Shyster Opines on Home Rule in Every State But New York

December 28, 2013
Shale Shyster Opines on Home Rule in Every State But New York

Where, selectively, some state court cases – such as the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling in favor of Home Rule – have no bearing on New York state law (correct) but that some anti Home Rule state court cases do have bearing on New York state law (wrong !). Note that this comes from the Disjointed Landowners Coalition’s very own captive Shale Shyster, who has been trying to milk the landowners of their money in order to mount a publicity stunt against the State of New York. Catch is he has no plaintiff that has been damaged, no case law to base the claim on, and hence, no case. Just an excuse to shake down landowners for some legal fees. So now the Shale Shyster opines on Home Rule case law in […]

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Forced Pooling of 8 Acres For a Publicity Stunt

December 28, 2013
Forced Pooling of 8 Acres For a Publicity Stunt

Chespapeake’s lobbyist Tom West’s publicity stunt against the state of New York is based on frack zombie Norse Energy’s sole remaining drilling permit application on file with the DEC, a copy of which is shown here. Norse has no other applications on file; meaning that it is suing the state of New York for the right to drill one wildcat  exploration well – that would require a compulsory pooling of a neighbor with 8 acres –  in order for Norse (in liquidation) to have enough acreage to drill the wildcat http://www.scribd.com/doc/194255681/Norse-Energy-Well-Permit-Application Note that Norse only has 152 acres leased, not enough to drill the one lateral shown as what is listed as a “wildcat” exploration well to the Marcellus. But that the DEC says that the 152 acres is sufficient to force the […]

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Out of Work Shale Shill Greg Sovas Expounds on Home Rule

December 27, 2013
Out of Work Shale Shill Greg Sovas Expounds on Home Rule

Greg Sovas, former water boy for the frackers at the New York Department of Mineral Resources, current wandering shale shill without portfolio, is now predicting that the New York legislature, or at least the politicos that have been bought off by the fracking lobbyists, are going to weigh in on Home Rule – on the side of the frackers. Which is a roundabout way of saying the frack lobbyists, including the one that has been arguing the case for the frackers, must think that the New York Supremes are going to uphold Home Rule as it pertains to oil and gas wells.  Thanks for the tip. We agree. We think that the Supremes will read the lower court opinions and will concur with the rulings of the eight (8) New York justices that have held […]

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FRACK FAIRY TALES FROM MSC

December 27, 2013
FRACK FAIRY TALES FROM MSC

Newly hired President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), David Spigelmeyer  has a sad and reacts to the recent ACT 13 rulings by retelling old Frack Fairy tales.  One would think in light of growing opposition to the fossil fuel industry’s industrialization of our communities that Spigelmeyer would have come up with better frack fairy tales. Briefly, Spigelmeyer, was Vice President of Government Relations for Chesapeake Energy.  He and a number of other Chesapeake employees were let go in mid 2013 during a “massive restructuring” of the company.   Forbes magazine characterized it as a “bloodbath”.  Since the beginning of 2013 approximately 1,200 employees have been let go. If you are interested in reading what Chesapeake Energy employees (current and former) are saying, CLICK HERE.   ACT 13 FRACK FAIRY TALE […]

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Fractavist Sleeper Cell Exposed !

December 26, 2013
Fractavist Sleeper Cell Exposed !

They were evidently taking taking orders from their guru, an old guy in a white robe and a beanie, known as “Il Papa,” AP reports.  A major Fractavist Sleeper Cell, lead by Miriam “Moon Child” Hurst, retired high school trigonometry teacher, and Ralph “Road Dog” Gibbs, aging bus driver and part time banjo player (a sure giveaway), has been exposed in Ohio ! Delete all emails from these crazed rebels. Deny you have any knowledge of their devious activities. Hide your inflammatory yard signs and insurgent bumper stickers. Tuck your dreds under a gimme cap – they could be your ticket to the pokey. Remember: The First Rule of Fractavist Club is to deny there’s a Fractavist Club.  Apology issued for terror training scenario Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:45 pm | Updated: 8:22 pm, […]

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Frackquakes: Seismic Guidelines for Frackland Buildings

December 25, 2013
Frackquakes: Seismic Guidelines for Frackland Buildings

There have been so many frackquakesin Frack Land that the USGS is coming out with a new map of where architects and engineers might expect them – so that they can design earthquake resistant structures . . . FRACKQUAKES: USGS to Make Risk Map for Man-Made Quakes Mike Soraghan, E&E reporterEnergyWire: Monday, December 23, 2013 Federal officials are wrestling with how to account for the hazard created by man-made earthquakes, many of which are triggered by oil and gas activities.In the past, the U.S. Geological Survey has generally excluded shaking related to industrial activity from its earthquake hazard maps. The maps project the likelihood of large, natural earthquakes and are used to develop building codes, plan roads and bridges, and set insurance rates.But amid an increase in the number and […]

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Fracker’s Orphaned Wells

December 25, 2013
Fracker's Orphaned Wells

Thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells in New York, and no funds to clean them after the operators skip out. As this paper by Prof. Ron Bishop details. New York had a plugging fund to clean up the mess frackers leave behind – but the fund got raided by the politicians years ago and ended up paving some roads somewhere instead. This phenomena of creating bastard wells – orphaned after the frackers are gone – happens wherever there are frackers - even in the Big Sky country of Wyoming, where the state regulators are paid to look the other way during the bastardization. December 24, 2013 Wyoming Acts to Plug Orphan Wells as Gas Boom Ends By DAN FROSCH DENVER ­ Hundreds of abandoned drilling wells dot eastern Wyoming like sagebrush, vestiges of […]

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Fracked: Toxic Mortgages

December 24, 2013
Fracked: Toxic Mortgages

  Fracking Real Estate Shale Boom Threatens Mortgages By Joel Dyer More than 15 million people now live within one mile of an oil and gas well that has been drilled and fracked just since the year 2000. And it is predicted that we are only in the beginning stages of the current drilling boom, which will eventually extend into 34 of the lower 48 states. When a shale play and a population center collide, the results are staggering. For example, a recent examination by The Wall Street Journal found that in Johnson County, Texas — an area sitting atop the Barnett Shale on the southern edge of Fort Worth with a population of 150,000 — 99.5 percent of county residents live within a mile of one or more of the 3,900 […]

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Totally deRanged Resources !

December 23, 2013
Totally deRanged Resources !

Are now officially America’s Biggest Fracking Gasholes ! Cabot doesn’t even come close. Chesapeake ? Choir boys. Read how deRanged got that way. I had a meeting scheduled with Range’s corporate counsel a few years ago and it was all set up for lunch in Arlington, half way between Ft Worth and Dallas –  until he figured out who I was.  Pity, I had bought a concealed mic at Radio Shack for the occasion. . . Range are the kind of fracking gasholes that give fracking gasholes a bad name. http://www.fwweekly.com/2013/12/23/range-wars/ Range Wars  Posted December 23, 2013 by PETER GORMAN in News When Ron Gulla, a heavy-machinery salesman, leased the mineral rights on his Pennsylvania property in 2002, he said, he was told that standard vertical gas wells would be drilled and that in […]

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Don’t Frack With The Irish

December 23, 2013
Don't Frack With The Irish

Phlegm McClear’s  Frack Nation has bombed in his native Ireland. Where the Irish EPA, not to be confused with the IRA, have told the frackers ot take a hike.  First the Roman’s tried to frack Ireland, but you don’t see many Romans there now days do you ? Then the Norwegians gave it a go; that didn’t last much longer than Norse Energy in New York. Then the English tried to frack Ireland – and that worked for a bloody while, but no more. Then came the frackers – who have been sent packing.  Keep Ireland frack free.  On a personal aside, my great grandfather, Peter Keliher, nee Patrick Kelleher, came to Texas from County Kerry in 1870 as a teen soldier in the US Army; stationed near Laredo. Curiously enough, he […]

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Unable to Sue Cuomo, Frack Babies Send Him a Christmas Card

December 22, 2013
Unable to Sue Cuomo, Frack Babies Send Him a Christmas Card

Apparently unable to get it together on their publicity stunt to pay some Shale Shysters to sue Governor Cuomo, the Disjointed Landowners Coalition of New York are going to send him a holiday card instead. How nice.  Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, Natural Gas Supporters, Gullible Reporters and Paid Off Politicos: . In the spirit of the season the JLCNY has prepared a timely greeting for you to down load, print, sign, and mail to Governor Cuomo at the following address… . The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of NY State NY State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 . Please take advantage of this seasonal opportunity now and throughout January 2014 to let the Governor know that we’re still here, that we’re thinking of him, that we are still working on suing him, and […]

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NJ County Bans Fracking

December 22, 2013
NJ County Bans Fracking

In some states, such as New Mexico and Colorado, counties can exercise land use controls – something only municipalities do in most states, like Texas, New York and Pennsylvania. Evidently, New Jersey counties can prohibit certain hazardous land use practices – like fracking.  In New York, counties have limited powers of protection – such as prohibiting spreading frack waste on county roads. Middlesex First County in NJ to Ban Fracking Unanimous freeholder vote follows ordinances in Highland Park, New Brunswick  Dec. 21, 2013   |    On Thursday, Middlesex became the first county in the state to ban fracking. The measure follows ordinances in Highland Park and New Brunswick, the state’s first two municipalities to ban the controversial natural gas drilling process.  Written by Bob Makin @ReporterBMakin NEW BRUNSWICK — Middlesex County Freeholders […]

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Ft. Worth Files For Divorce From Chesapeake

December 22, 2013
Ft. Worth Files For Divorce From Chesapeake

Citing irreconcilable differences. And they were such a cute couple. The City cited mental cruelty. Ft Worth based Deranged Resources is named as a co-respondent. Ft Worth is near the epicenter of the Barnett Shale. It’s the Dimock of the Barnett. Prior to 2009, you could only drill an oil or gas well in a heavy industry zone in Ft. Worth, but that changed withe the City started issuing Special Use Permits  (SUPs) that enabled drillers to drill just about anywhere they could get an SUP. Dallas, its sister city – like Minneapolis / St. Paul or Buda and Pest (Budapest), saw what was happening and effectively banned shale gas exploration in the city. Now Ft. Worth is having second thoughts about letting its neighborhoods get cluster fracked in the first place. […]

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Norse Energy: A Town Supervisor’s Opinion

December 21, 2013
Norse Energy: A Town Supervisor's Opinion

Here’s a note from Jim Goldstein, Town of Lebanon Supervisor: who dealt with the bankrupt Norse Energy,  the plaintiff of record in “Rent A Plaintiff vs Dryden” and tells what his experience was with them:  “It is beyond ironic that Norse Energy, the company that drilled in  the Town Lebanon and Madison County for years, is the litigant in Dryden since Norse lost $100 million and it was due to bad business practices and overestimating market prices, not due to failure by the state to permit HVHF. Professor Selleck of Colgate University has made it abundantly clear at multiple presentations that the prospects for Marcellus and Utica shale gas development in upstate New York were always overstated and Norse is a great example. This is a company that signed up gullible rural residents […]

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How To Frack The News

December 21, 2013
How To Frack The News

Here’s a textbook example of how reporters just get some industry sound bites, make up some filler, stir a bit and print it.  No editor or fact checking necessary. My comments in bold: Pennsylvania Fracking Ruling Has Parallels to New York Case ALBANY-A Pennsylvania court decision that dealt a blow to that state’s booming oil and gas industry this week parallels a case now before New York’s highest court. What the court did was uphold a lower court ruling that upheld a municipality’s right to apply its land use laws to oil and gas well, which is the norm in almost every state, except where the frackers have tried to subvert it. Whether this is a “blow to that state’s booming oil and gas industry” is a matter of whether towns […]

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EPA FRACKING STUDY – Thought you should know

December 21, 2013
EPA FRACKING STUDY – Thought you should know

Regarding the EPA  hydraulic fracturing study and at the attendees list for the Dec 9, 2013 Round table meeting: There were a total of 36 participants and 2 observers. Of that: 19 participants are from fossil fuel industry, including 2 from Exxon-Mobil, and 2 from Halliburton. Of the observers, there was one from American Petroleum Institute Totals: 20 out of 38 with direct fossil fuel interests If you include State Agency participants where the state has a decided leaning towards fossil fuel exploitation, then the number is much higher. I did read the “publications” (i.e. powerpoints) – all fluff, no stuff, so we will have to wait for the final report. The scope of the study is limited to “fracking”, not the entire process of unconventional drilling, meaning EPA study […]

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE SHALE GAS MYTH BUSTERS

December 20, 2013
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE SHALE GAS MYTH BUSTERS
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PORTIONS OF PENNSYLVNIA’S ACT 13 UNCONSTITUTIONAL

December 20, 2013
PORTIONS OF PENNSYLVNIA’S ACT 13 UNCONSTITUTIONAL

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on portions of ACT 13 is a victory for the people of Pennsylvania and a blow to the fossil fuel industry. Of special interest was the one-size-frack-all zoning provision, which sought to eliminate local community control of where and under what conditions the fossil fuel industry could operate. In affirming the municipalities’ standing to bring the Act 13 challenge, which was challenged by the state’s attorneys, Chief Justice Castille wrote in the 162-page majority decision that “[t]he protection of environmental and esthetic interests is an essential aspect of Pennsylvanians’ quality of life and a key part of local government’s role.” The decision also notes “how remarkable a revolution is worked by this legislation (Act 13) upon the existing zoning regimen in Pennsylvania, including residential zones,” […]

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HOME RULE UPHELD IN FRACKSYLVANIA !

December 19, 2013
HOME RULE UPHELD IN FRACKSYLVANIA !

The Fracksylvania Supremes have upheld a municipality’s right to apply local land use ordinances – aka Home Rule - to oil and gas drilling. Bravo. This squares with established law in every state -except where out of state Carpetfrackers have attempted to subvert Home Rule by buying off some local politicians. Home  Rule applies in the states where the frackers come from – Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico. Even in the city with the highest number of frackers per capita in the world, Dallas. The frackers tried to buy their way out of Home Rule in Fracksylvania. Almost worked. They just couldn’t buy the Supremes. “By any responsible account, the exploitation of the Marcellus Shale Formation will produce a detrimental effect on the environment, on the people, their children, and future generations, and potentially on the public purse, […]

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Frack Waste Ordinances

December 19, 2013
Frack Waste Ordinances

Fracksylvania gets gassed, New York gets frack filth dumped on it.  Many towns and counties are starting to ban the importation of Genuine Fracksylvania Frack Filth – by prohibiting the spreading of frack flowback on local roads, and prohibiting the dumping of radioactive drill cuttings in municipal landfills. Onondaga County and Erie County have followed Westchester County in that regard. Not a bad idea, since the frackers will truck this stuff to Idafrackho to get rid of it-  unless you think that driving on roads laced with Radium 226 will help keep you alert at night. Or that dumping radioactive shale gas drill cutting in landfills will be safe for the next thousand years or so. Catch is the ordinances have to be well crafted to achieve the intended purpose. Meaning they […]

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Ralph Hill’s Biggest F*ckups as CEO of WPX Energy #1: Fracking a Fault in Franklin Forks

December 18, 2013
Ralph Hill's Biggest F*ckups as CEO of WPX Energy #1: Fracking a Fault in Franklin Forks

Warning– this borderlines on Satire… but it’s ALL TRUE! We don’t mean to pick on Ralph Hill as a person. He’s probably a swell church-going man. We only mean to pick on his professional performance. Since he just got canned by the WPX Board of Directors, it feels a little like picking on someone who’s already down… It’s just so darn fun, and his screwups – a BUNCH of ‘em, to boot!– have been so spectacular, they can only be called… EPIC… Ralph Hill’s WPX Energy is like Doofy Doofis, the four-eyed fat kid with buck teeth that everyone picks on. It’s so easy to pick on Ralph Hill, there is a little attendant guilt or shame… But he deserves this for the living hell he’s unleashed on Pennsylvania. So […]

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NYC Files Brief in Support of Home Rule !

December 18, 2013
NYC Files Brief in Support of Home Rule !

Home Rule is the law of the land in almost every state except where the frackers have tried to undermine it, so it is not surprising that the biggest municipality in America would support it – and they have, in filing an amicus brief in support of Middlefield and Dryden with the New York Supremes: NYC Comptroller-elect Files in Support of Home Rule By Scott Waldman 5:22 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013follow this reporter ALBANY—New York City Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer will file an amicus brief today in an upstate court battle over a community’s right to enact a fracking ban within its borders. Stringer’s brief argues on behalf of Dryden, an upstate town which enacted a municipal ban on fracking in 2011, a strategy that was subsequently repeated by dozens of communities across the […]

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Onondaga County Bans Frack Filth From Roads & Water Plant

December 18, 2013
Onondaga County Bans Frack Filth From Roads & Water Plant

I guess they decided that if dumping fracking filth on the roads and in water treatment plants is illegal in Texas, the World’s Capital of Frack Filth. Maybe it’s not such a hot idea for New York, unless you think Radium 226 on your tires improves traction. No Frack Waste in Onondaga County Bill Monahan fills his truck with water that will be used for hydraulic fracturing at a pumping station in Pennsylvania last year. Onondaga County legislators voted today to ban hydrofracking fluids from roads and treatment plants. (Andrew Maykuth | Philadelphia Inquirer) Print By Glenn Coin | gcoin@syracuse.com  Follow on Twitter on December 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM, updated December 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM Syracuse, N.Y. — The salty fluids from hydrofracking will be banned from roads and treatment plants in […]

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Compulsory Integration with a Frack Zombie

December 18, 2013
Compulsory Integration with a Frack Zombie

Tom West has sued New York over the “right” to compel some people to participate in a shale gas well with his “client” frack zombie, Norse Energy. That’s what this boils down to. Chesapeake’s lobbyist, shale shyster Tom West, has proceeded with his  latest political publicity stunt, and filed a lawsuit against the Governor and the state of New York for not allowing his “client” a bankrupt Norwegian penny stock prospector to compulsively integrate neighboring land owners into a shale gas well. That’s right, folks, the only shale gas well application Norse has in the queue would require compulsory integration – under the Compulsory Pooling law that Tom West wrote for his accomplices inside the DEC-  to compel people into participating in a shale gas well – in this, that would mean […]

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Ed Cox : Fracking Online Troll

December 17, 2013
Ed Cox : Fracking Online Troll

Under the screen name “Judy Tuesday” for the company he shills for – Noble Energy who uses trolls to post pro-fracking comments online – at, among other places, a Boulder Colorado newspaper. Two such commentators have been traced to Noble’s IP address, the other commentator “Butch Slade” is believed to be recently fired Norse Energy mouthpiece, Dennis Holbroke. Speaking of Dennis the Fracking Menace Holbrook, when he got outed on the Buffalo Shale Shamstitute, an anonymous blogger “Don’t Let the Facts Stop  You” went to his defense. Turns out the anonymous blogger was none other than Holbrook’s son, on Norse’s payroll. Back when Norse had a payroll. Of course most of these pro fracking commentators are trolls. No secret there. One of the local NYS “commentators” on an interview I did about NYS in the NYT […]

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When Frackers Frack Other Frackers

December 17, 2013
When Frackers Frack Other Frackers

Fracks fly. A horizontal well is a dandy way to frack a near by well – particularly an old vertical well bore. It happens a lot more often than is reported. If there are a lot of old vertical wells in an area, fracking the area horizontally becomes problematic – since any of the horizontal laterals can re-pressurize a vertical well, causing it to fountain whatever crud is in the well right up the rusty casing into groundwater, a pond, stream, lake, what have you. Shown below is a map of the oil and gas wells in New York State. The solid mass of yellow in the western part of the state shows that the well density in some counties is off the charts – leaving no place to drill […]

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Deborah Goldberg Frack Fighter

December 16, 2013
Deborah Goldberg Frack Fighter

My pal Deborah Goldberg, or as I call her Lady Chainsaw, is where the rubber meets the road in the legal battles to keep frackers at bay. Great interview here. She looks so harmless, doesn’t she ? At least that’s what shale shysters Tom West and Scott Kurkoski thought before she had their guts for garters. Advice to frackers: If this person shows up carrying a legal brief, cell phone and notepad – do not make eye contact – walk slowly back to your truck, get in, lock the door, and head back to Oklahoma. Do not speed or forget to use your turn signals. Should be OK. PODCAST Print this page  Email this page CAMPAIGN: Fracking Gone Wrong: Finding A Better Way Fracking is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas […]

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Frack Fluid Mimics Estrogen

December 16, 2013
Frack Fluid Mimics Estrogen

But does a really bad if not fatal impersonation, according to a new peer reviewed study. Published in the journal of endocrinology. If frack fluid blocked or interfered with testosterone, Texas would be a very very different place. Or fracking would be illegal there. . . My pal Theo Colburn was the first scientist to link fracking chemicals as endocrine disruptors – toxins that either interrupt the normal function of hormones – such as androgens in men and estrogen in females – or mimic them. A new study found 11 such fracking chemicals that are potent endocrine disruptors- which can lead to all sorts of maladies. Maybe that’s why the frackers in Dallas just increased the set back of a shale well from 300 to feet to effectively outside the city limits. Think […]

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Frack Documentary on MSNBC Sunday December 15th

December 16, 2013
Frack Documentary on MSNBC Sunday December 15th

Co-starring Martin Sheen and Lou Allstadt. Yes, that Lou Allstadt. This Sunday on MSNBC. Check it out. Then come see Lou in person in New York City on January 16th, at Ethical Culture Auditorium on 64th at Central Park West, Oneonta at Foothills Center on the 17th and Vestal on the 30th. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkPaqO-4TlM http://www.nofrackingway.us/2013/12/03/environment-america-takes-on-fracking/ This Sunday our new mini-documentary about the health impacts of fracking will premiere on MSNBC around 5 PM. Martin Sheen’s Breakthroughs documentary program worked with us, and our national arm, Environment America, this fall to produce this new exposé on fracking that is now rolling out to public television stations in all 50 states, with the potential to reach 60 million households nationwide. And it was made possible thanks to hundreds of our members who chipped in to help fund the project. Be […]

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CARPETFRACKERS

December 14, 2013
CARPETFRACKERS

During the reconstruction era, following the Civil war, the term Carpetbagger was coined to describe northerners who moved to the south and were usually seen carrying a bag which looked like it was made from a carpet. Motives for the “carpetbaggers” include political aspirations and/or economic opportunities.  Many carpetbaggers were businessmen who purchased or leased plantations and became wealthy landowners. Today, carpetbagger refers to anyone coming in from the “outside” for political or economic motives. WPX and FRANKLIN FORKS Earlier this week, word was spread among fracktivist groups of the WPX obtaining a court order to allow them to remove water equipment from the home of two families in Franklin Forks.   WPX had previously halted water deliveries, and the families relied on themselves and through donations to purchase and deliver […]

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Pass More Anti Fracking Symbols !

December 13, 2013
Pass More Anti Fracking Symbols !

Last line of this report from a local Frack Baby Fracker cracked me up. When two towns in Otsego County passed bans and moratoriums, some local gas bag said,“We’re a good decade away from having any drilling in New York,” said Parker. (What happened to Frack Us Now ? JLN)“ Why waste your time on issues that are purely symbolic?”  (Then why protest them ? JLN) Short answer, because the frackers have an infinite supply of frack filth to dump on your roads, land fills and in your town water treatment plant. So of course, your town should ban frack waste spreading, radioactive drill cuttings and fracking flowback from Fracksylvania, like Erie County just did. After all, there are more ways to frack a town than with a shale gas well. […]

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NY Times Exclusive: Fracking Causes Earthquakes

December 13, 2013
NY Times Exclusive: Fracking Causes Earthquakes

About three years after this was actually news, the New York Times does a report on the fact that frack waste disposal wells are a dandy way to start earthquakes.  If you can’t shoot it down a hole and you can’t  slather it on roads, what are you going to do with the billions of gallons of toxic, radioactive frack filth ? (Not a trick question)  Man-Made Quakes: Scientists see a link between earthquakes and the disposal of wastewater from oil and gas wells, including those that use the production method known as hydraulic fracturing. By HENRY FOUNTAIN Published: December 12, 2013 169 Comments OKLAHOMA CITY — Mary Catherine Sexton has been rattled enough. Multimedia Interactive Map Oklahoma Quakes Like the science desk on Facebook. Enlarge This Image Nick Oxford for The New York Times […]

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THE FRACKING OF LESSORS

December 13, 2013
THE FRACKING OF LESSORS

If you live in a shale area, like the Marcellus Shale, then perhaps 3, 4, 5 years ago you were approached to lease your property for the purpose of natural gas extraction. Maybe you attended a few meetings held by a natural gas corporation representative, or one put on by their PR front groups.    Maybe you just offered the landman a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade bunt cake while he spun dreams of being rich beyond your wildest dreams. After being razzled dazzled, perhaps you signed a lease.  You would wait patiently for those big royalty checks to arrive and think about all the things you could do with that money.   Renovate your home, put on an addition, send your kids to college, or buy a new […]

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Erie County Tells Frackers to Frack Off !

December 13, 2013
Erie County Tells  Frackers to Frack Off !

Bravo. No such bans exist in Texas. Because it’s illegal under state law to spread frack filth on roads. . . Rita Yelda, Food & Water Watch  led the way on this, bravo The Rita. Has your town and county banned frack filth ? What are you waiting for ? Erie County Bans Fracking By Dan Telvock The Erie County Legislature today banned high volume hydraulic fracturing on county land and imports of any drilling waste to its water treatment facilities. The legislation passed 9-2. The vote comes almost three years after Buffalo became the second city in the nation to ban the controversial gas drilling practice, also called “hydrofracking.” On Dec. 3, the County Legislature received a petition with 3,845 signatures supporting the ban. The legislation also includes a ban on importing drilling waste to county water treatment facilities […]

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Shocking New Study: Fracking Devalues Homes !

December 12, 2013
Shocking New Study: Fracking Devalues Homes !

What a surprise ! People don’t want to live in a shale gas field. Imagine that ! Quick, run some more TV Gas Blonde ads. Hire some more frackademics. Throw fatter envelopes at politicians. You have two options when the frackers take over your neighborhood : tough it out and see what the endocrine disruptors do to you, or sell your house for nothing. Up to you. There is of course, the other option: tell the frackers to stay the frack out in the first place. Analysis: Fracking Leaves Homeowners in Big Hole By Michelle Conlin Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:46am EST Spiller – along with Christopher Timmins, a Duke University economics professor, and Lucija Muehlenbachs, a fellow at think tank Resources for the Future – published a working paper on […]

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Frack U Mexico !

December 12, 2013
Frack U Mexico !

The frackers have teed up California del Norte, now it’s time to frack Mexico ! Here’s how : first get the Mexicans to change the law to allow US companies to frack there. Then frack the place like it was Fracksylvania. Or Califrackingfornia.  Cardenas nationalized the Mexican oil fields in the 1938. The frackers have a plan to reverse that. Starting with a re-education of the Mexican public . . .

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Cornell Profs Give Fossil Fuels an “F”

December 11, 2013
Cornell Profs Give Fossil Fuels an "F"

Cornell’s professors have asked the University to divest itself of investments in fossil fuels. Before we’re all fossils. Most of New York state’s future electrical energy needs can be met with new wind and hydro power – but that will take some leadership  in Albany. New York has to look to the future on this - the production of fossil fuels is not even much of an option in this state, as we explained on October  30th at Cornell.  Full story here : http://www.dcbureau.org/201312179489/natural-resources-news-service/ivy-league-university-votes-to-dump-oil-and-gas-investments.html#more-9489 December 11, 2013 Cornell University Faculty Senate Votes to Divest Ithaca, NY — The Cornell University Faculty Senate made a strong statement on Wednesday by adopting a resolution that calls for the University to divest its $5.7B endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel holding companies.  (1) These companies […]

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Welcome to Dallas: Where Even The Frackers Don’t Want To Be Fracked

December 11, 2013
Welcome to Dallas: Where Even The Frackers Don't Want To Be Fracked

A lot of frackers live in Dallas. Exxon Mobil is headquartered here. And they know enough about fracking to know that they don’t want to live anywhere near it. Accordingly, when the Dallas City Council passed a new ordinance keeping frackers 1,500′ from houses, Exxon Mobil and none of the big frackers bothered to protest the increased setback – because most of their executives live in Dallas . . . And why would they want a bunch of frackers in their own neighborhood ? Debate Shows Power of Cities to Limit Reach of Drilling www.nytimes.com Dallas passes de facto ban on fracking The city council approved some of the nation’s strictest regulations against natural gas drilling Dallas Passes Tough Frack Ordinance By Randy Lee Loftis rloftis@dallasnews.com 1:57 pm on December 11, […]

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Fracturing Fracking Fairy Tales

December 11, 2013
Fracturing Fracking Fairy Tales

One fracking fable at a time.  The New York Shale Gas Potential presentations planned for New York City on January 16th and at the Foothills Center in Oneonta on the following night, and Vestal on the 31st, will shed some light on where shale gas might be produced in the state, how much might be produced, and what impact that might have, including the collateral damage of fracking. Relying on industry data, including information that has not been publicized by industry lobbyists and PR people, we are going to do some shale gas myth-busting. Three groups in particular have not been thrilled with our presentations – the local landowners leasing groups, the gas lobbyists, and some of the more strident FERC pipeline opponents.  The opposition from the first two groups – the fracking wannabes […]

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“Free Frack Water” Program First Lawsuit

December 11, 2013
"Free Frack Water" Program First Lawsuit

First the environmental NGOs – the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Frauds, Environmental Advocates, etc. helped New York pass its “free frack water” program- up to 100,000 gallons a day per applicant – at no cost, for ever, no questions asked.  Thanks NGOs, with you on the job, who needs fracking lobbyists ? Now one of those NGOs, the Sierra Club, has woken up to the fact that maybe free water – no questions asked – was not such a great idea after all. So now they are suing the DEC to block one of the free water permits. And The Rachel is doing the legal work. Bravo. Better late than never. The Rachel was the first lawyer to blow the whistle on this aqueous giveaway and the NGOs complicity in facilitating it. So […]

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RANGE RESOURCES LAWSUIT-EYES WIDE OPEN

December 11, 2013
RANGE RESOURCES LAWSUIT-EYES WIDE OPEN

The lawsuit of Haney, Voyles and Kiskadden against Range Resources is opening some eyes.  There are broader implications and deeper questions must be asked. WHAT WE’VE LEARNED About a year ago, through the deposition of Taru Upadhyay, Technical Director of PA DEP Laboratory  we learned about suite codes used by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Briefly, a DEP inspector would obtain a water sample, and through the use of a suite code, indicate what he/she would like the PA Laboratory to report.   According to the testimony of Upadhyay, the PA Lab follows testing procedures according to EPA standards, and do test for more than what is specified by the suite code. Upadhyay said the department’s oil and gas division directed the lab to generate water test reports to […]

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Millenium Pipeline Gasses Catskills

December 10, 2013
Millenium Pipeline Gasses Catskills

A lot of gas. Ready or not. No smoking outdoors still in effect for Delaware County.      Dan Hust | Democrat Dozens of workers and equipment are busy these days installing a compressor station along Hungry Hill Road in Long Eddy. During a procedure on Thursday to connect the compressor’s loop line to the main Millennium Pipeline, an accident forced the workers to vent gas from 10 miles of the main line, and they convinced a nearby family to temporarily evacuate their home. Pipeline accident results in venting of gas Story by Dan Hust LONG EDDY — December 10, 2013 — Jessica and Andy Kenyon were preparing for bed Thursday night when Millennium Pipeline workers knocked on their door. “They said there was an incident and they’d have to […]

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The Myth of Frack Waste Recycling

December 10, 2013
The Myth of Frack Waste Recycling

Tom Wilber’s take here . . . why treat it or recycle it as long as you can just dump it on a road ? 10% or 90% – How much fracking waste is recycled? Loose definitions give industry lots of leeway Shale wastewater released into from a treatment plant in Josephine, Pa. PHOTO CREDIT REID FRAZIER Bloomberg reporters David Wethe and Peter Ward recently shed a little light on a critical aspect of the shale gas boom – wastewater disposal. Their articlelast week explains how recycling – once pitched as a market-based panacea for dealing with 21-billion barrels of brine, solvents, metals, and radioactive elements produced annually from domestic oil and gas production – is less of a hit with investors than anticipated. The reason: technological limits. The article, Fracking Bonanza Eludes […]

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THE FRACKING of FRANKLIN FORKS FAMILIES

December 9, 2013
THE FRACKING of FRANKLIN FORKS FAMILIES

In 2010, Gasland, a documentary by Josh Fox, explored the impact of natural gas drilling, specifically the practice of slickwater horizontal hydraulic fracturing.   To the lay person, it’s known as fracking. Gasland was attacked by the natural gas industry, and thanks to those attacks, people became more aware and started to educated themselves about the hazards and risks. Gasland also did something else; it brought a small rural town in northeast Pennsylvania into the limelight.   That town was Dimock. While media attention on Dimock has faded, we must keep in mind there are many other “Dimocks” out there. Small towns, where the gas drillers are denying responsibility. Small towns being ignored by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Small towns, where real people are without clean water through no fault […]

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Fracksylvania Oil Well Ghetto

December 7, 2013
Fracksylvania Oil Well Ghetto

Great report by Laurie Barr on what happens when oil and gas wells move into a neighborhood.  They take over. To the detriment of the other residents . . . Life on the Wrong Side of the Oil Field Tracks. Dec. 7, 2013 (SOSPA) By Laurie Barr Save Our Streams PA www.saveourstreamspa.org The industry can be broken down into two distinct groups, the old and the new. While Gov.Tom Corbett promotes the successes of the new unconventional drilling industry during his re-election campaign, oil rises up from the shadows of the dilapidated pump-jacks, helping to shed light, revealing a long history of a dysfunctional  agency charged with the oversight of both the old and new style drilling. Leaking well on the Thomas’ Property, Duke Center, Pennsylvania ( SOSPA Photo left) Some […]

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Laura Bush’s Alma Mater Says Fracking Causes Frack Quakes !

December 7, 2013
Laura Bush's Alma Mater Says Fracking Causes Frack Quakes !

OK, technically frack waste disposal wells cause earthquakes. A hole fracking lot of earthquakes. Where there hasn’t been a fracking earthquake in the last 200, 000 years or so. As far as I remember. News SMU Sees Link Between Earthquakes and Fracking — Again By Eric Nicholson Wed., Dec. 4 2013 at 9:00 AM 18 Comments Categories: Nature + Science, News A team of researchers at SMU has reached a conclusion that may seem obvious to those who have felt the 20-plus earthquakes that rattled North Texas last month: The recent bursts of seismic activity could be linked to fracking.The researchers, led by recent SMU grad Ashley Justinic, took a close look at the cluster of quakes in and around Cleburne in 2009 and 2010. The data offer no definitive proof that they were tied […]

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Frackers Find That Cuomo Costs More Than Original Estimates

December 7, 2013
Frackers Find That Cuomo Costs More Than Original Estimates

Guess the frackers will have to increase the frequency of those Gas Blonde TV ads to every 15 seconds. And re-hire Shepstone to straighten things out. Give Karen “Got Mushrooms?” Moreau some fatter envelopes to carry in Albany. Hire some more frackademics. Threaten some more Shale Shyster publicity stunts against the State of New York. That should endear them to the populace. .  . Frackers Out-Lobby Opponents 30 to 1, Still Lose Ground  By Scott Waldman 2:34 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013 follow this reporter ALBANY—If the fracking industry is losing ground to opponents in New York, it’s not for lack of spending on lobbyists.  According to state disclosure records, the American Petroleum Institute spent at least $503,903 on lobbying and activites including educational outreach in the first half of this year. Constellation Energy spent $71,089, Exxon spent $62,167 and Shell spent $30,000, […]

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Delaware County Bans Smoking Outdoors !

December 7, 2013
Delaware County Bans Smoking Outdoors !

Within a few miles from new gas pipelines. And compressor stations. And LNG refueling stations. What have you. In order to keep residents from being blown to kingdom come. December 7, 2013 Family evacuated over pipeline problem By Joe Mahoney Staff Writer The Daily Star A family of four from southern Delaware County were advised to leave their home by Millennium Pipeline workers Thursday night following what the company called a problem with the installation of an interconnection to a compressor station. Recently approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the compressor station is being built off Hungry Hill Road in the town of Hancock in order to add capacity to the natural-gas pipeline, which stretches from Steuben County to Rockland County. Jessica and Andy Kenyon of Hungry Hill Road said they and […]

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FRACKING WITH ACID MINE WATER

December 6, 2013
FRACKING WITH ACID MINE WATER

Pennsylvania Legislature Senate Bill  411: Use of Acid Mine Water for Hydraulic Fracturing and Industrial Applications has been “re-referred” to Appropriations on December 4, 2013. CLICK HERE TO READ SB 411 Yes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, (soon to be renamed the Fracksylvania Corporation), is considering allowing the Gas & Oil corporations to use ACID MINE WATER for their fracking operations. On the surface, and if you only read the industry and political puppet talking points, it may seem like a good idea. It reduces the need to use fresh water, and it seems to help with the acid mine drainage problem caused by the coal industry.   In fact, these are the big talking points being rolled out. ORIGINS OF SB 411 The “brilliant” idea of cleaning up contaminated water by […]

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Export Gas To China. Import Chinese to Catskills. Frak Flak Diversifies.

December 6, 2013
Export Gas To China. Import Chinese to Catskills. Frak Flak Diversifies.

That’s Tom Shepstone’s new gig.  Unable to actually frack the Catskills – on account of the fact that there isn’t any shale there worth fracking, this bankrupt, double dipping, dis-accredited, semi pro gas bag has signed on to help import Chinese via a “buy green cards for your entire family” immigration scheme. And no, I am not making any of this up. For a change. Hey, it could be a hole fracking lot worse: the frackers could have turned Grossingers into a gigantic Man Camp. Which could have given a new meaning to “Dirty Dancing.” When Sheepdip was hired as Energy In Depth’s “political organizer” for New York, there were no town bans or moratoriums on drilling. After many town presentations by Sheepdip, there are now over 170. Thanks Shep. Since he went on sabbatical at EID, he’s been […]

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New York IOGA Outta Gas !

December 5, 2013
New York IOGA Outta Gas !

Unable to perpetuate the myth of abundant shale gas in New York any longer, the state’s largest lobbying group, the Independent Oil & Gas Association is melting away like a snowball in South Texas. You know why ? Because there really isn’t much fracking shale gas in New York worth fracking. And then there’s that “grassroots gap” After being carpet bombed by industry propaganda for years, there is no grass roots support for fracking New York.  Just some random publicity stunts from a few leftover Shale Shysters. . .  The Independent Oil and Gas Association cut ties with the Hinman Straub lobbying firm and Corning Place Communications in the last month, executive director Brad Gill said. The industry-backed group has lost 20 percent of its members and has also eliminated a few positions […]

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50,000 Say No To LNG in New York !

December 5, 2013
50,000 Say No To LNG in New York !

 50,000 comments say no to proposed LNG regs. in New York State. Bravo ! Anti-LNG advocates drop 50K comments on DEC http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/200727/anti-lng-advocates-drop-50k-comments-on-dec/ Environmentalists to NY: Scrap liquefied gas plans http://online.wsj.com/article/AP48cff45295f44b5db5b4b6f977f68b02.html Video here. http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/200727/anti-lng-advocates-drop-50k-comments-on-dec/  

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Farmers That Want To Get Fracked

December 5, 2013
Farmers That Want To Get Fracked

One way or another. If only as a way to get out of farming. Or  to sell fra