LGP Explosion Levels Mexico City Maternity Hospital

LGP Explosion Levels Mexico City Maternity Hospita…

To put this in perspective, the LPG delivery truck that leveled this hospital carried 5.000 gallons when full. Not 500,000, not five million. Five thousand. That's all it took. LPG Blast Wrecks Mexico City Children's Hospital Moment of Deadly E… ...
Chip Northrup 10 hours ago
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The False Promise of Local Fracking Jobs

The False Promise of Local Fracking Jobs

Fracking does not materially impact the local job market on a state-wide basis, because fracking is done by transient crews, many from out of state.  In some cases, from way out of state. An economist looked into the issue and explains. The exception - a state where the oil and gas industry is a… ...
Chip Northrup 19 hours ago
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Thanking the Gas Wolf Governor for "Saving" a Few Acres From the Frack is like Thanking the Armed Robber for Leaving the Curtains After He Guts Your House

Thanking the Gas Wolf Governor for “Saving” a Few…

Fresh out the inaugural gate, Pennsylvania's Governor Gas Wolf wasted no time signing 22 permits to continue the conversion of the state into a giganto-frack-gas factory. At the direction of the new governor, (reported by Energy Justice), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection… ...
Wendy Lee 19 hours ago
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MITT THE MOR(m)ON MAKES WAY FOR JEB THIRDBUSH !

MITT THE MOR(m)ON MAKES WAY FOR JEB THIRDBUSH !

Mitt the MOR(m)ON is not going to run yet again for POTUS ? Really ? He was a  Koch Addict's dream come true. Hillary, look out, there's another new Old Boy in town and he's got a brand new speech writer, policy analyst, and a killer hair stylist ! It's Jeb Thirdbush.  What was there not to l… ...
Chip Northrup 19 hours ago
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Dean Skelos, Frackers' Bag Man in New York Under Investigation

Dean Skelos, Frackers’ Bag Man in New York Under I…

Everybody in the industry knew that Dean Skelos, the head Republican in the New York State Senate was on the go-to bag man in New York to block any fracking legislation. And he delivered - no fracking legislation left committee. No fracking bill came to a vote. He did what he was paid to do.… ...
Chip Northrup 20 hours ago
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LGP Explosion Levels Mexico City Maternity Hospital

January 30, 2015
LGP Explosion Levels Mexico City Maternity Hospital

To put this in perspective, the LPG delivery truck that leveled this hospital carried 5.000 gallons when full. Not 500,000, not five million. Five thousand. That’s all it took. LPG Blast Wrecks Mexico City Children’s Hospital Moment of Deadly Explosion at Mexico City Hospital MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers grasping infants in their arms fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers began smashing sledgehammers through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped. A nurse and a baby died in the blast and a second infant died Thursday night, Mexico City authorities said. More than 70 people were injured in the blast that collapsed about three-fourths of the hospital, but by late in the day rescuers determined no one […]

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The False Promise of Local Fracking Jobs

January 30, 2015
The False Promise of Local Fracking Jobs

Fracking does not materially impact the local job market on a state-wide basis, because fracking is done by transient crews, many from out of state.  In some cases, from way out of state. An economist looked into the issue and explains. The exception – a state where the oil and gas industry is a predominate employer, ie. Texas. JANUARY 27 2015, 6.08AM EST The False Promise of Fracking and Local Jobs By Susan Christopherson  In a surprise decision that led to consternation in the oil and gas industry, and elation among fracking opponents, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in December banned fracking in the state. He attributed his decision to unresolved health risks associated with the drilling technique; but the governor surely also weighed the economics and the politics. During the past five years, I’ve researched […]

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Thanking the Gas Wolf Governor for “Saving” a Few Acres From the Frack is like Thanking the Armed Robber for Leaving the Curtains After He Guts Your House

January 30, 2015
Thanking the Gas Wolf Governor for "Saving" a Few Acres From the Frack is like Thanking the Armed Robber for Leaving the Curtains After He Guts Your House

Fresh out the inaugural gate, Pennsylvania’s Governor Gas Wolf wasted no time signing 22 permits to continue the conversion of the state into a giganto-frack-gas factory. At the direction of the new governor, (reported by Energy Justice), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),”permitted 22 shale gas wells for five counties in just three days from January 21-23. One of those well permits, Chief Oil’s Teel 4H, is within a mile of a cluster of 19 water wells in Dimock, PA that were spoiled by gas drilling in 2008″ (Bad Call: PA Governor Wolf Pursues Drilling on 700,000 Acres of State Land | Energy Justice: Shale Initiative). The report continues: The 22 new well permits last week were granted to operators including Chevron, Rex Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas, Chesapeake […]

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MITT THE MOR(m)ON MAKES WAY FOR JEB THIRDBUSH !

January 30, 2015
MITT THE MOR(m)ON MAKES WAY FOR JEB THIRDBUSH !

Mitt the MOR(m)ON is not going to run yet again for POTUS ? Really ? He was a  Koch Addict’s dream come true. Hillary, look out, there’s another new Old Boy in town and he’s got a brand new speech writer, policy analyst, and a killer hair stylist ! It’s Jeb Thirdbush.  What was there not to like about the new improved, MOR(m)ON High Priest ? He brought a New Religiosity to center stage, it damn sure wasn’t Christianity  ObamaCare ?  Mitt Don’t Care. He invented RomneyCare . . . Jobs ? Ship ‘em overseas, that’s the Romney Way.  (How else do you think he paid for his 5 car 2 story garage ?) Gays ? Schmays ! He runs them down and cuts their fracking hair off !  Romney Fun ! Fracking ? He would have fracked […]

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Dean Skelos, Frackers’ Bag Man in New York Under Investigation

January 30, 2015
Dean Skelos, Frackers' Bag Man in New York Under Investigation

Everybody in the industry knew that Dean Skelos, the head Republican in the New York State Senate was on the go-to bag man in New York to block any fracking legislation. And he delivered – no fracking legislation left committee. No fracking bill came to a vote. He did what he was paid to do. Skelos’s frack friendly accomplice was the ranking Democrat, Sheldon Silver, who’s already been arrested. Federal investigators are looking into state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ sources of income, according to people familiar with the investigation. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is taking a hard look at Skelos’ ties to the real estate industry, among other areas of inquiry, the sources told NBC 4 New York. Silver to Temporarily Cede Power as He Fights Charges The revelation that Skelos is under […]

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WOLF GETS CAKE AND EATS IT TOO

January 30, 2015
WOLF GETS CAKE AND EATS IT TOO

Via an executive order, Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order #2015-03 which on first glance appears to stop all drilling on state lands and forests. To those who have broken out the champagne and are toasting the Governor’s actions you may want to put the cork back into the bottle and read the actual executive order. Executive Order 2015-03 – Leasing of State Forest and State Park Land for Oil and Gas Development There are two important items in the Executive order: The first is in the “whereas”: WHEREAS, DCNR has concluded that additional leasing of State Forest land or State Park land for oil and gas development would jeopardize DCNR’s ability to fulfill its legislative duty to conserve and maintain these public natural resources, and to sustain its […]

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Natural Gas Accidents for January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015
Natural Gas Accidents for January 29, 2015

Emergency crews respond to pipeline break PIKE COUNTY, MO. — A natural gas pipeline broke in Pike County, Mo. Thursday night. According to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, the pipeline broke north of Bowling Green. Authorities said.. Severed Gas Line Ignites in Pacific Palisades: LA… Flames erupting from a severed natural gas line threatened two homes in the Pacific Palisades, fire officials said. No one was injured or evacuated, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said. The… Natural gas garbage truck explodes in Indianapolis A garbage truck in Indianapolis, IN, running on natural gas exploded on Tuesday when a fire caused the carbon fiber tanks holding the fuel to burst. The cylinders reportedly shot up to a quarter-mile and damaged five businesses. Deadly truck explosion at maternity hospital in Mexico […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf plans to ban new fracking in Pennsylvania parks, forests

January 29, 2015
Gov. Tom Wolf plans to ban new fracking in Pennsylvania parks, forests

Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by his predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep below Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests, his office said Wednesday. Following through on a campaign pledge, Wolf will sign the order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands on Thursday at Benjamin Rush State Park in northeast Philadelphia. It will supersede an order that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed in May and reinstate the ban that former Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, instituted in 2010. Environmentalists praised the action, saying it reflects the new Democratic governor’s support for strong environmental regulation. “Pennsylvanians from every walk of life will applaud this announcement,” said David Masur, director of Philadelphia-based PennEnvironment. The Marcellus Shale […]

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New Gas Bomb Rules Approved for New York State

January 29, 2015
New Gas Bomb Rules Approved for New York State

Coming to an off-ramp near you. Unless you live in New York City. N.Y. finalizes rules to allow liquefied natural gas sites Jon Campbell, jcampbell1@gannett.com11:54 p.m. EST January 27, 2015 (Photo: submitted) ALBANY – New York is poised to allow new storage facilities for liquefied natural gas for the first time since the 1970s. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is to announce Wednesday it will finalize regulations to allow new LNG storage centers outside New York City, capping the amount that can be stored at 70,000 gallons per facility. The state’s trucking industry and business groups have pushed the state to allow new LNG facilities, arguing trucking fleets that use the fuel lacked a place to fill up in New York. “New York’s new regulations provide the most comprehensive program to […]

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Russians Back Wrong Anti-Fracking Fractavists ?

January 29, 2015
Russians Back Wrong Anti-Fracking Fractavists ?

Evidently still groping for ways to rationalize New York’s frack ban, a right wing blog, ““The Washington Free Beacon”, which is indeed free, but not such a beacon, reports that five US environmental NGOs have received donations from a charitable foundation that may or may not have received funds, indirectly, from Russian oil companies, maybe. Or at least those are the allegations. To which I respond: So fracking what ?  Some random rubles from Russia vs all the Koch Addicts and Carbon Junkies in Washington ? The TV Gas Blonde ad every 90 seconds ? The fracking lobbyists handing out the fat envelopes to local, state and national politicians ? The astroturf fracking front groups ? Send me my money ! Other than being factually incorrect on some major points, the problem […]

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