Right Wingers Starting to Come To Their Senses...REALLY?

Right Wingers Starting to Come To Their Senses…R…

Libertarians and Conservatives Tout Action on Climate Change Carl Pope | April 29, 2015 3:27 pm | Comments   Follow EcoWatch The energy and climate waters, it appears, are finally getting safer for thoughtful conservatives to test and navigate. The complete s… ...
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Americans Not Swayed by Gas Industry Propaganda

Americans Not Swayed by Gas Industry Propaganda

Poll says majority of Americans back fracking bans by cities   By MAX B. BAKER Fort Worth Star-Telegram A majority of Americans and Texans support allowing cities to ban hydraulic fracturing, even if state law otherwise permits it, according to a national… ...
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Florida Says "NO" To Frackers

Florida Says “NO” To Frackers

Two Fracking Bills Defeated in Florida Statement From Jorge Aguilar Food & Water Watch Southern Region Director FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—“ Today, Florida state legislators responded to the growing movement of Florida voters who are standing up against fracking and the oil and gas industr… ...
Richard Averett 4 days ago
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Texas Stifles Free Speech to Protect Gas Industry From Its Victims

Texas Stifles Free Speech to Protect Gas Industry…

Saying Mean Things About Fracking Can Get You Sued in Texas By Amy Silverstein Mon., Apr. 27 2015 at 3:51 PM   The Texas Supreme Court ruled that an oil and gas company can go ahead and sue an anti-fracking activist for defamation, because of course it did. Steve Lipsky is the Parker… ...
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Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year

Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or So…

by David Wethe  - April 22, 2015 Half of the 41 fracking companies operating in the U.S. will be dead or sold by year-end because of slashed spending by oil companies, an executive with Weatherford International Plc said. There could be a… ...
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Wine Over Brine

May 4, 2015
Wine Over Brine

Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00 By Melissa Tuckey, OtherWords | Op-Ed   My home near Seneca Lake in New York is famous for a lot of things — good wine, fine food, and the Finger Lakes region’s beautiful scenery.   Now, though, Crestwood Midstream — a Houston-based company that drills, stores, and distributes fracked natural gas — wants to put my community on the map as a hub for dirty energy. Although New Yorkers had the good sense to ban the practice of “fracking” last year, the industry still has big plans to expand its infrastructure in my state. Developers have proposed hundreds of miles of new pipeline, along with ports for export. At Seneca Lake, Crestwood Midstream wants to build one of the nation’s largest storage facilities for compressed gas. For this purpose, it selected a structurally […]

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Activist fined $1,000 for violating order to stay off gas sites

May 4, 2015
Activist fined $1,000 for violating order to stay off gas sites

April 23, 2015 | 9:53 PM By Marie Cusick A Susquehanna County judge has fined anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins $1,000 for getting too close to a natural gas site earlier this year. The money will cover part of the legal fees incurred by the region’s biggest gas driller– Cabot Oil and Gas. The company has repeatedly sought to have her held in contempt of court for violating an injunction to stay off its property. At a court hearing Thursday in Montrose, Scroggins maintained her innocence and hopes to appeal the fine. “[Cabot] had a false witness, who was willing to perjure himself under oath, and the judge found him more credible. I am not willing to pay a fine for something I didn’t do.” If she doesn’t pay within 45 […]

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Dean Skelos Gets Fracked

May 4, 2015
Dean Skelos Gets Fracked

Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Face Arrest Next Week    By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, SUSANNE CRAIG and THOMAS KAPLANMAY 1, 2015 Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son are expected to be arrested on federal corruption charges next week, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The expected arrests, coming roughly three months after federal bribery and kickback charges led Assemblyman Sheldon Silver to step down as speaker, would signal an extension of the investigation into allegations of political corruption in Albany, and would almost certainly further upend the legislative session. It is not known if Mr. Skelos, a Republican from Long Island who was first elected to the Senate in 1984, will resign his […]

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Peak Gas?

May 1, 2015
Peak Gas?

Marcellus Production Outlook David Hughes Has Well Productivity Peaked in the Nation’s Largest Shale Gas Play? The Marcellus shale gas play of Pennsylvania and West Virginia came onto the scene in 2007 in a big way and has grown to become the nation’s largest.  It has accounted for much of the growth of U.S. shale gas production, and made up for declines in former shale gas giants like the Haynesville and Barnett plays of Louisiana and eastern Texas.  Companies have scrambled to build pipeline infrastructure to connect the Marcellus to consumers in the U.S. northeast.  Canadians, once supplied by gas from western Canada, are also looking to the Marcellus (and the much smaller Utica play in Ohio) for future supply; the pipelines that delivered gas to the east might be […]

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Right Wingers Starting to Come To Their Senses…REALLY?

May 1, 2015
Right Wingers Starting to Come To Their Senses...REALLY?

Libertarians and Conservatives Tout Action on Climate Change Carl Pope | April 29, 2015 3:27 pm | Comments   Follow EcoWatch The energy and climate waters, it appears, are finally getting safer for thoughtful conservatives to test and navigate. The complete shut-down of conservative dialogue about climate solutions which followed John McCain’s 2008 defeat (reinforced by the 2010 defeat of South Carolina Republican Bob Inglis over his climate leadership) appears to be softening. Indeed, libertarian and conservative intellectuals who opposed policy action on climate even during the 2000-2008 period when many Republican politicians looked for appropriately conservative climate solutions are now calling for such actions. One bellwether event is the launch of a new libertarian think-tank, the Niskanen Center, focusing heavily on climate and energy and led by Jerry Taylor, who served for […]

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Americans Not Swayed by Gas Industry Propaganda

May 1, 2015
Americans Not Swayed by Gas Industry Propaganda

Poll says majority of Americans back fracking bans by cities   By MAX B. BAKER Fort Worth Star-Telegram A majority of Americans and Texans support allowing cities to ban hydraulic fracturing, even if state law otherwise permits it, according to a national online poll released Wednesday by the University of Texas at Austin. The UT Energy Poll shows that 58 percent of the people surveyed nationally support giving cities the authority to adopt bans such as the one passed by Denton, Texas, in November. In the poll, 25 percent disagreed that cities should be allowed to ban the controversial drilling practice, also known as “fracking.” “At present, it appears a large majority of Americans think cities should have the right to decide if they want to ban fracking locally,” said […]

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Florida Says “NO” To Frackers

April 30, 2015
Florida Says "NO" To Frackers

Two Fracking Bills Defeated in Florida Statement From Jorge Aguilar Food & Water Watch Southern Region Director FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—“ Today, Florida state legislators responded to the growing movement of Florida voters who are standing up against fracking and the oil and gas industry. By killing two pro-fracking bills that would have allowed new dirty forms of fracking in Florida, and would have also barred local communities from enacting their own local fracking bans, legislators have protected Florida from the public health and environmental risks associated with drilling and fracking. “Just like in New York and Maryland, the science showing the dangers of fracking has won out over the powerful oil and gas lobby. A large coalition of grassroots groups devoted to fighting against fracking have once again showed that voters have […]

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Texas Stifles Free Speech to Protect Gas Industry From Its Victims

April 30, 2015
Texas Stifles Free Speech to  Protect Gas Industry From Its Victims

Saying Mean Things About Fracking Can Get You Sued in Texas By Amy Silverstein Mon., Apr. 27 2015 at 3:51 PM   The Texas Supreme Court ruled that an oil and gas company can go ahead and sue an anti-fracking activist for defamation, because of course it did. Steve Lipsky is the Parker County homeowner famous for being able to light his water on fire after Range Resources started fracking near his property. He’s been very outspoken about his flammable water on Facebook, in the media, the Gasland films and in a civil suit he filed against Range in 2011. His case got tossed and the company counter-sued Lipsky and his wife for $3 million, accusing him of defamation. Lipsky filed a motion to dismiss the suit, but the Texas […]

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Is the US a Democracy or an Oiligarchy?

April 26, 2015
Is the US a Democracy or an Oiligarchy?

The Continuing Saga of Steve Lipsky vs. Range Resources It is interesting to note that initially, the EPA agreed with Steve Lipsky (that a nearby drill pad operated by Range Resources had caused his well water to become saturated with methane) based on chemical analysis of the methane in his water, and the EPA thought the situation so severe that they issued an emergency order directing Range to take action to locate the source of the methane and fix the problem. But behind the scenes, the EPA was trying to get Range Resources to cooperate in a nationwide study on hydraulic fracturing and ground water contamination, and the State of Texas had vigorously attacked the EPA for linking the Range drilling operation to the methane in Lipsky’s well water…so they backed down.  So much for the […]

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Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year

April 23, 2015
Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year

by David Wethe  – April 22, 2015 Half of the 41 fracking companies operating in the U.S. will be dead or sold by year-end because of slashed spending by oil companies, an executive with Weatherford International Plc said. There could be about 20 companies left that provide hydraulic fracturing services, Rob Fulks, pressure pumping marketing director at Weatherford, said in an interview Wednesday at the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston. Demand for fracking, a production method that along with horizontal drilling spurred a boom in U.S. oil and natural gas output, has declined as customers leave wells uncompleted because of low prices. There were 61 fracking service providers in the U.S., the world’s largest market, at the start of last year. Consolidation among bigger players began with Halliburton Co. announcing […]

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