Climate Change – The Debate is OVER

Climate Change – The Debate is OVER

On Sunday, September 21, 2014 over 400,000 people assembled in New York City for the People’s Climate March. In the run up to the march, news stories estimated number of attendees around 100,000. Within a couple of days before the march, this number was upped to 200,000.  People came on buses, t… ...
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300,000 + NYC CLIMATE MARCHERS !

300,000 + NYC CLIMATE MARCHERS !

300,000+ Demand Climate Action Now at Largest Climate March in World History Photos: Climate March, New York City, 9.21.14 Accompanied by drumbeats, wearing costumes and carrying signs, thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Manhattan and other cities around the world on Sunday to ur… ...
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Climate March - WWLD ?

Climate March – WWLD ?

What would Luke do ? Or Pete ? Or Woody ?  Or Phil Ochs ?  Outside of a Small Circle of Friends- Phil Ochs - Lyrics Video Outside of a Small Circle of Friends- Phil Ochs - Lyrics... View on www.youtube.com YOU… ...
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The Daily Frack - Sept. 20

The Daily Frack – Sept. 20

Is the Shale Revolution a ‘Ponzi Scheme’ or the End of Peak Oil? http://peakoil.com/production/is-the-shale-revolution-a-ponzi-scheme-or-the-end-of-peak-oil Business Love for Cuomo Ends with Fracking: The Governor's Position in the Middle Has Satisfied No One http://online.wsj.com… ...
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Shale Fracking Is a “Ponzi Scheme”...“This Decade’s Version of The Dotcom Bubble” … “A Lot In Common With the Subprime Mortgage"

Shale Fracking Is a “Ponzi Scheme”…“This Decade’…

In 2011, the New York Times wrote: “Money is pouring in” from investors even though shale gas is “inherently unprofitable,” an analyst from PNC Wealth Management, an investment company,  wrote to a contractor in a February e-mail. “Reminds you of dot-coms.”   “The wor… ...
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Climate Change – The Debate is OVER

September 22, 2014
Climate Change – The Debate is OVER

On Sunday, September 21, 2014 over 400,000 people assembled in New York City for the People’s Climate March. In the run up to the march, news stories estimated number of attendees around 100,000. Within a couple of days before the march, this number was upped to 200,000.  People came on buses, trains, subways, bikes and by foot on the morning of September 21.   We initially heard over 400 buses were expected; by the time we reached the starting point of the march we were hearing over 550 buses were arriving. How big was the march?   Just based on a conservative estimate of 500 busses with seating capacity of 55 people – puts the initial estimate at 270,000 people. This is just buses, and doesn’t include people arriving by other modes […]

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300,000 + NYC CLIMATE MARCHERS !

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

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

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Climate March – WWLD ?

September 20, 2014
Climate March - WWLD ?

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 20

September 20, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 20

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

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

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

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

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Daily Frack Job – Sept 19th

September 19, 2014
Daily Frack Job - Sept 19th

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

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Cuomo Vows to Remain Undecided on Fracking

September 19, 2014
Cuomo Vows to Remain Undecided on Fracking

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

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No Frack Filth in Auburn, New York

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

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

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Shocking Discovery: Frack Disposal Wells Caused New Mexico Frackquakes

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

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

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deRange Resources Fined $4.5Million

September 18, 2014
deRange Resources Fined $4.5Million

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 18

September 18, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 18

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

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NYC Climate March Weekend !

September 18, 2014
NYC Climate March Weekend !

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

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Fracking the Homeless in North Carolina

September 18, 2014
Fracking the Homeless in North Carolina

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 17

September 17, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 17

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

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100% Renewable the Old Fashioned Way: Hydro

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

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

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Essential Resources to Fight Fracking

September 16, 2014
Essential Resources to Fight Fracking

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

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

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

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 16

September 16, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 16

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

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Texas Frack Regulators Claim Russians Behind Anti-Fracking Movement

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

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

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The Fracking News – Monday PM Special Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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What’s Your Choice, NY?

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

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

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Zephyr to Cuomo: Frack You

September 15, 2014
Zephyr to Cuomo: Frack You

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

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

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

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

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Would the Real Fracker Please Stand Up

September 14, 2014
Would the Real Fracker Please Stand Up

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

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Fracking Losers: Local Government

September 14, 2014
Fracking Losers: Local Government

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 13

September 13, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 13

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

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Stanford Frack Study

September 12, 2014
Stanford Frack Study

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 12

September 12, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 12

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

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Flowback Greenwash: Frackademics Peer Review Frackademics

September 12, 2014
Flowback Greenwash: Frackademics Peer Review Frackademics

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 11

September 11, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 11

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

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

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

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 10

September 10, 2014
The Daily Frack -  Sept. 10

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

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Cuomo’s Fracking Problem(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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Frackbook Sept 8 Zephyr Frackout Voting Day

September 9, 2014
Frackbook Sept 8 Zephyr Frackout Voting Day

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

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Fracking the Citizens United Decision

September 9, 2014
Fracking the Citizens United Decision

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

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The Best Governor That Money Can Buy

September 8, 2014
The Best Governor That Money Can Buy

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

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Fracking News Sept 6 & 7

September 7, 2014
Fracking News Sept 6 & 7

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

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Pennsyvlania Residents Challenge “Frack You” Zoning Variances

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

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

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The Daily Frack – Sept. 5

September 5, 2014
The Daily Frack - Sept. 5

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

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Frackos Turn Paranoid

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

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

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Teachout Reachout

September 4, 2014
Teachout Reachout

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

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The Daily Frack- Sept. 4

September 4, 2014
The Daily Frack- Sept. 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Judge Bars Fracking in Residential Area

September 3, 2014
Judge Bars Fracking in Residential Area

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

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The Daily Fracker Sept 3, 2014

September 3, 2014
The Daily Fracker Sept 3, 2014

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

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How Cuomo the DINO Fracked the Democrats

September 3, 2014
How  Cuomo the DINO Fracked the Democrats

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

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Daily Frack

September 2, 2014
Daily Frack

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

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The Daily Frack – All the News That Fit to Frack

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

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

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Zephyr Frackout : Vote Tuesday September 9th

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

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

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Fracketeer Libous Uses Campaign Donations to Pay Criminal Defense Lawyers

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

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

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

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

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

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New York’s Largest Fracking Chickenhawk Admits to Indecent Exposure

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

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

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The Zephyr’s Winds of Change Campaign !

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

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

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The Big Fracking Lie Exposed. Again

August 29, 2014
The Big Fracking Lie Exposed. Again

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

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Fractavist Mayor Decks Fracking Chickenhawk in Bar

August 29, 2014
Fractavist Mayor Decks Fracking Chickenhawk in Bar

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

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New York Times Endorses Cuomo’s Likely Successor

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

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

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Tobacco Shill Recycled as Frack Shill

August 27, 2014
Tobacco Shill Recycled as Frack Shill

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

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Gastorino Sued in Federal Court

August 27, 2014
Gastorino Sued in Federal Court

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

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

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

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

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New York Times to Cuomo: Take a Fracking Hike

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

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

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Fracking the Frackers Anti Fracking

August 26, 2014
Fracking the Frackers Anti Fracking

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

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Fracketeer vs Fracketeer

August 25, 2014
Fracketeer vs Fracketeer

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

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Frack Shill: Wind Energy Causes Global Warming

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

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

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Gastorino Promises to Practice Safe Fracking

August 22, 2014
Gastorino Promises to Practice Safe Fracking

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

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

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

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

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Teachout Reachout – Oneonta Foothills Center ! Saturday 30th

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

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

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Environmental Defense Frauds Greenwashes Republican Candidates

August 21, 2014
Environmental Defense Frauds Greenwashes Republican Candidates

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

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Gastoriono: Political Frackoholic

August 21, 2014
Gastoriono: Political Frackoholic

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

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The Best Governor that Money Can Buy

August 21, 2014
The Best Governor that Money Can Buy

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

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Fracko Fan Letter

August 21, 2014
Fracko Fan Letter

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

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Poles Frack Chevron

August 17, 2014
Poles Frack Chevron

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

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Cuomo Hides in Bunker, Dodging Teachout and Bailiffs

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

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

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Rick Perry Indicted for Being a Fracking Doofus

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

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

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The Science Against Fracking

August 15, 2014
The Science Against Fracking

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

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Cornell Prof. Believes in “Safe Fracking” and Unicorns

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

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

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Frack Club: Wall Street’s Great Shale Scam

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

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

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Why Vote For Teachout ?

August 13, 2014
Why Vote For Teachout ?

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

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

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

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

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2nd Biggest Deficit Spenders in the World ?

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

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

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Sean Eldridge – The Real American Businessman in This Election

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

Had not followed the Eldridge v Gibson race, until I saw Gibson’s ad hominem attacks on Sean, then saw that Gibson voted to sue his former Commander in Chief.  Had he tried that while still in uniform, he’d be court-martialed. Colonel Gibson couldn’t actually understand the legal substance of the proposed lawsuit, because it was just a hare-brained idea when he voted for it. He can claim that he was “only following orders”. When Speaker Boehner tells ex Colonel Gibson to push the button, Gibson dutifully pushes the button. For anything he’s told to. Along with all the other button pushers that have done less than nothing in the worst Congress since the Confederate states seceded. Chris Gibson has made the transition from valorous military patriot into a sheepish political drudge in record time. Just […]

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Vote for Teachout !

August 11, 2014
Vote for Teachout !

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

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Fracking ISIS : Send in the Drones

August 9, 2014
Fracking ISIS : Send in the Drones

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

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Fracking Farce Majeure Appeal Filed

August 8, 2014
Fracking Farce Majeure Appeal Filed

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

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Shale Shyster Jumps Shark on Home Rule !

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

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

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Oxymoronic “Sustainable Shale” Frack Front Group Implodes

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

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

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Colorado Cave-In On Local Control ?

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

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

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

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

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

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Frackers Accuse Fractavists of Consorting With Russians

August 3, 2014
Frackers Accuse Fractavists of Consorting With Russians

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

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After the Frack: Researching Fracking’s Impacts

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

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

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

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

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

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How Fracksylvania Got Fracked

August 2, 2014
How Fracksylvania Got Fracked

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

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

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

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

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Man Up to a Frack Takings Farce

July 31, 2014
Man Up to a Frack Takings Farce

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

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Fracking’s Red Queen Financing

July 31, 2014
Fracking's Red Queen Financing

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

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Leaky Gas Well ? Good Fracking Luck

July 30, 2014
Leaky Gas Well ? Good Fracking Luck

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

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Safe Water in Unfracked New York

July 30, 2014
Safe Water in Unfracked New York

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

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Koch Sock Puppets Appeal Political Publicity Stunt

July 29, 2014
Koch Sock Puppets Appeal Political Publicity Stunt

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

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Why Forced Pooling Should Not Apply to Fracking

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

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

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From the Dog House to the White House for Andy ?

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

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

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How Chesapeake Scams Landowners

July 25, 2014
How Chesapeake Scams Landowners

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

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Fracked Anywhere in Colorado ?

July 25, 2014
Fracked Anywhere in Colorado ?

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

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13 Counties Have Banned Frack Filth in New York

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

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

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Forbes Denies the Climate Change Deniers

July 24, 2014
Forbes Denies the Climate Change Deniers

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

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Fracking Crooks – New York’s Rogue Gallery

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

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

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How Frackwaste Makes Frackquakes

July 22, 2014
How Frackwaste Makes Frackquakes

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

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Fracking Limbo : How Oil & Gas Wells Get Orphaned

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

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

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Texas Town Fights Frackers

July 21, 2014
Texas Town Fights Frackers

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

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Fracking Whales

July 20, 2014
Fracking Whales

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

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Tell Gas Pipeline Survey Crews to Frack Off

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

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

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Colorado Fracking Confusion

July 20, 2014
Colorado Fracking Confusion

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

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How to Frack a California Tomato

July 20, 2014
How to Frack a California Tomato

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

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Fracking “Saltwater” Not Same as the Ocean

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

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

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Planning to Get Fracked

July 15, 2014
Planning to Get Fracked

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

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FRACKING PUBLICITY STUNT TOSSED BY JUDGE

July 14, 2014
FRACKING PUBLICITY STUNT TOSSED BY JUDGE

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

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Another Fracking Damage Award in Texas

July 13, 2014
Another Fracking Damage Award in Texas

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

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Rob Gastorino’s Shale Gas Clusterfrack

July 13, 2014
Rob Gastorino's Shale Gas Clusterfrack

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

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New York Shale Gas Situation in 4 Maps

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

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

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Compendium of Fracking Risks

July 12, 2014
Compendium of Fracking Risks

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

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

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

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

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Arrested for Spreading Frack Filth in Texas

July 9, 2014
Arrested for Spreading Frack Filth in Texas

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

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Don’t Fracking Sacrifice Anyone

July 9, 2014
Don't Fracking Sacrifice Anyone

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

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

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

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

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Fracking Hangover

July 7, 2014
Fracking Hangover

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

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Green Tea Party Legal La La Land

July 6, 2014
Green Tea Party Legal La La Land

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

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The (Real) History of New York State Frack Bans

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

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

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Scientists Confirm (again) Frack Filth Causes Frackquakes

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

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

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Fracking Sick

July 4, 2014
Fracking Sick

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

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The Washington Post Discovers Frack Bans

July 3, 2014
The Washington Post Discovers Frack Bans

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

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Stating the Obvious About Frack Bans

July 3, 2014
Stating the Obvious About Frack Bans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tom Libous Indicted by Feds for Fracketeering

July 2, 2014
Tom Libous Indicted by Feds for Fracketeering

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

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Frack Babies Reaction to Home Rule Ruling

July 1, 2014
Frack Babies Reaction to Home Rule Ruling

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

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Frack Bans – What Happens Now ?

July 1, 2014
Frack Bans - What Happens Now ?

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

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

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

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

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NEW YORK SUPREMES AFFIRM HOME RULE !

June 30, 2014
NEW YORK SUPREMES AFFIRM HOME RULE !

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

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Why the EPA Power Plant Rules Don’t Include Methane

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

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

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

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

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

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UNITED SHALE ASTROTURF

June 27, 2014
UNITED SHALE ASTROTURF

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

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Methane Tops as Global Warmer

June 27, 2014
Methane Tops as Global Warmer

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

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Domestic Gas Users Oppose Gas Exports

June 27, 2014
Domestic Gas Users Oppose Gas Exports

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

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Global Denial: Who Pays to Deny Climate Change ?

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

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

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

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

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

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New Study: Fracking Causes Air Pollution. Imagine That.

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

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

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Fracksylvania’s Dumping Grounds: New York

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

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

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Engineering Lies at Seneca Lake

June 24, 2014
Engineering Lies at Seneca Lake

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

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Gassed in New York

June 23, 2014
Gassed in New York

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

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FERC is a Rubber Stamp Machine

June 22, 2014
FERC is a Rubber Stamp Machine

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

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Texas $3M Frack Damage Award Upheld

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

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

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Fracking Revolving Door Spins Out of Control

June 20, 2014
Fracking Revolving  Door Spins Out of Control

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

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Regulators Gagged in Fracksylvania

June 19, 2014
Regulators Gagged in Fracksylvania

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

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Fracking Bans Poll – Vote Now !

June 19, 2014
Fracking Bans Poll - Vote Now !

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

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Gas Compressor Stations Don’t Make Great Neighbors

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

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

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Frick & Frack Caught Dumping Frack Filth

June 18, 2014
Frick & Frack Caught Dumping Frack Filth

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

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EPA’s Methane Greenwash

June 17, 2014
EPA's Methane Greenwash

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

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Seneca Lake Gas Bomb Political Corruption ?

June 16, 2014
Seneca Lake Gas Bomb Political Corruption ?

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

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Connecticut Passes State Fracking IQ Exam

June 15, 2014
Connecticut Passes State Fracking IQ Exam

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

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Fracked Gas Could Surpass Coal In Global Warming By 2020

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

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

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Princeton’s Leaking Gas Wells Study

June 14, 2014
Princeton's Leaking Gas Wells Study

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

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

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

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

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The Best Politicians That Money Can Buy

June 13, 2014
The Best Politicians That Money Can Buy

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

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EXXON Sneaks A Frack Permit Next to NYC Watershed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colorado Fracking Frackdown

June 10, 2014
Colorado Fracking Frackdown

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

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BOLUS’S CAPONE CONGRUENCY

June 10, 2014
BOLUS’S CAPONE  CONGRUENCY

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

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Renewables Cheaper Than Fracking !

June 9, 2014
Renewables Cheaper Than Fracking !

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

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Oxymoronic “Safe Setbacks” for Fracking

June 9, 2014
Oxymoronic "Safe Setbacks" for Fracking

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

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Gas Lobby Wrote Obama’s Power Plant Proposal

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

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

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Michigan AG Charges Biggest Fracker With Fracketeering

June 6, 2014
Michigan AG Charges Biggest Fracker With Fracketeering

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

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Evidence Proves Fracking Gasses Water

June 6, 2014
Evidence Proves Fracking Gasses Water

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

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

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

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

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North Carolina Officially Dumbest Fracking State

June 5, 2014
North Carolina Officially Dumbest Fracking State

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

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New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule Videos !

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

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

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Colorado Frackquake !

June 3, 2014
Colorado Frackquake !

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

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Home Rule Frackdown at the New York Supremes Today !

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

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

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Obama Replaces Fossil Fuelishness With Even More Fossil Fuelishness

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

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

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How To Tell Where The Shale Gas Is Not

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

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

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“Sustainable Shale” Shamstitute Proving Unsustainable

June 1, 2014
"Sustainable Shale" Shamstitute Proving Unsustainable

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

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50,000 Comments on The Best Energy Plan

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

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

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Milking Dairy Farmers For Fracking Publicity Stunts

May 31, 2014
Milking Dairy Farmers For Fracking Publicity Stunts

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

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America’s Most Unhealthy Energy Source ?

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

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

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

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

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

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FastFrack Derailed in Illinois !

May 29, 2014
FastFrack Derailed in Illinois !

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

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Buying Wind Power From the Grid

May 28, 2014
Buying Wind Power From the Grid

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

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New York State Has the Best Energy Plan

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

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

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Radioactive Frack Sludge On Way to Shale Shill’s House

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

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

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Hamptons Shoot for 100% Renewable by 2020

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

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

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Illinois Teed Up to Get Fracked

May 27, 2014
Illinois Teed Up to Get Fracked

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

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Frackers Go Broke

May 27, 2014
Frackers Go Broke

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

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Illegal Frack Filth Dumping in New York ?

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

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

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PRODUCTION (DEP)

May 27, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PRODUCTION (DEP)

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

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Jacobson’s 100% Solution: Wishfully Renewable Thinking ?

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

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

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

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

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

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Vote For Colorado Local Control !

May 25, 2014
Vote For Colorado Local Control !

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

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How To Ban / Not To Ban Fracking

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

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

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Fracking is a Great Way to Kill Trout !

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

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

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Texas Jury Decides Fracking is a Nuisance

May 24, 2014
Texas Jury Decides Fracking is a Nuisance

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

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Frack Ban Birthday is Fracking Famous !

May 23, 2014
Frack Ban Birthday is Fracking Famous !

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

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Frack Spin Doc Goes to Work Spinning for Feds

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

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

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Fracking Ruins Tourism

May 23, 2014
Fracking Ruins Tourism

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

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WSJ: Frack Protesters Welcome Obama To Birthplace of Frack Bans

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

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

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Obama (inadvertently) Celebrates Birthday of Frack Bans !

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

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

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After the Fracking Hype is Over

May 22, 2014
After the Fracking Hype is Over

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

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Frackdown in Cooperstown !

May 21, 2014
Frackdown in Cooperstown !

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

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Incredible Shrinking Monterey Shale – Downgraded by 96%

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

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

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Santa Cruz County Bans Fracking !

May 20, 2014
Santa Cruz County Bans  Fracking !

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

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What’s Not to Like About Fracking ?

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

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

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Obama to Visit Birthplace of Frack Bans !

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

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

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Ohio Begs Frackers for 2.5% Severance Tax

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

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

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Gastorino Flop Flips on Fracking

May 15, 2014
Gastorino Flop Flips on Fracking

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

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Frackers’ Final Solution: Gas The Opposition

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

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

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New York May Imitate Texas and Ban Frack Waste

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

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

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Joe Biden’s Son to Frack Ukraine

May 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Legalized Marijuana Worth More Than Fracking to New York

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

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

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The Assassin — coming Monday

May 11, 2014
The Assassin -- coming Monday

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

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Don’t Frack With Cajuns !

May 11, 2014
Don't Frack With Cajuns !

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

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

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

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

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Fracking Britain

May 11, 2014
Fracking Britain

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

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Fractavist Hijacks Fracking Parade

May 10, 2014
Fractavist Hijacks Fracking Parade

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

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Carpet Bombed With Frackquake Swarms

May 10, 2014
Carpet Bombed With Frackquake Swarms

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

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Frack Oil Bomb Train Bound For Albany Stopped !

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

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

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Shale Gas Radioactivity

May 10, 2014
Shale Gas Radioactivity

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

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GOP Frackhead Calls Home Rule Advocate a “Terrorist”

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

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

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What Cigarettes and Fracking Have in Common: Lung Cancer

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

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

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Two Frackquakes a Day. In One County

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

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

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

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

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

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Williams Co Has Gomer Pyle Moment

May 8, 2014
Williams Co Has Gomer Pyle Moment

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

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Got Fracking Slime ?

May 7, 2014
Got Fracking Slime ?

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

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FRACKING NIGHTMARE

May 7, 2014
FRACKING NIGHTMARE

Fracking TV show from UK. This week starring The Vera

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Spill Baby Spill : The Year to Date in Frackastrophes

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

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

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Globally Warmed By Fossil Fuelishness

May 6, 2014
Globally Warmed By Fossil Fuelishness

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

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Fracking the Soil

May 6, 2014
Fracking the Soil

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

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Frack Chuck Schmucker

May 6, 2014
Frack Chuck Schmucker

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

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Fracked Off the Road

May 6, 2014
Fracked Off the Road

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

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Frackquake Warning Issued For Oklahoma

May 6, 2014
Frackquake Warning Issued For Oklahoma

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

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Moratorium on Frack Filth in Connecticut

May 5, 2014
Moratorium on Frack Filth in Connecticut

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

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Suffolk County Bans Imported Toxic Radioactive Fracksylvania Frack Filth

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

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

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Don’t Dump Frack Filth In Massachusetts

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

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

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Fracking Produces More Radioactive Waste than Nuclear Power Plants

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

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

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Using Municipal Zoning Laws To Fight Fracking In California

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

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

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The Town That Fought Fracking

May 4, 2014
The Town That Fought Fracking

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

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Fracked To Death

May 4, 2014
Fracked To Death

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

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Fracking Fraud: The TV Gas Blonde

May 3, 2014
Fracking Fraud: The TV Gas Blonde

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

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

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

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

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Frackers Vow to Buy Governorship for Gastorino

May 3, 2014
Frackers Vow to Buy Governorship for Gastorino

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

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Fracking Game Changer ? Or Just Fossil Fuelish ?

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

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

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The Science of Frack Quakers

May 2, 2014
The Science of Frack Quakers

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

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Time For Scalia To Retire and Go Hunting with Cheney

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

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

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What Could Possibly Go Fracking Wrong ?

May 1, 2014
What Could Possibly Go Fracking Wrong ?

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

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No Toxic Radioactive Frack Goo On These Roads

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

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

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Gassed by Fracked Gas

May 1, 2014
Gassed by Fracked Gas

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

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Oiligarchs Behind Anti Home Rule Ads

May 1, 2014
Oiligarchs Behind Anti Home Rule Ads

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

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Oil Spills & Pipeline Explosions “Good For Local Economies”

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

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

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Shale Oil Bomb Train Explodes in Virginia

April 30, 2014
Shale Oil Bomb Train Explodes in Virginia

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

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

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

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

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Fracked, Dumped And Abandoned in Ohio

April 30, 2014
Fracked, Dumped And Abandoned in Ohio

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

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The Great Frack Filth Divide

April 30, 2014
The Great Frack Filth Divide

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

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

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

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

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Fracking’s Personal Tragedies: Shalefield Stories

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

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

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HELEN SLOTTJE WINS WORLD’S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE !

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

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

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

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

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

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Koch Brothers v New York DEC

April 26, 2014
Koch Brothers v New York DEC

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

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Koch Vulture Fund Takes On Fracking Publicity Stunt

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

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

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New York State’s Energy Non Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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Bridge Fuel To A Cooked Planet

April 24, 2014
Bridge Fuel To A Cooked Planet

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

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Municipal Water Plant Unable to Treat Frack Filth

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

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

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Businesses for Home Rule

April 24, 2014
Businesses for Home Rule

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

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Biden Shills for Shale in Ukraine. Hillary Shale Shills Bulgaria

April 23, 2014
Biden Shills for Shale in Ukraine. Hillary Shale Shills Bulgaria

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 As does Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/hillary-clinton-fracking-shale-state-department-chevron?page=2 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 […]

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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 Marcellus Shale Sob Story

March 27, 2014
Shell's Marcellus 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 Marcellus 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 […]

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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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