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 … [Read more...] about The Halliburton Loophole … has a loophole.
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 … [Read more...] about A Lame Fracking Website; Now Criminal Impersonation? Broome Co. Exec Debbie Preston is on a roll!
Many local media are reporting that incoming Binghamton Mayor Rich David cancelled the appeal of the court decision which overturned the Binghamton moratorium on a technicality. e.g., BINGHAMTON — Within 10 days of taking over City Hall, Mayor Rich David dropped the appeal of a court decision striking down the moratorium on oil and gas drilling in Binghamton. -- "Binghamton withdraws fracking-ban appeal", Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin. … [Read more...] about Incoming Binghamton Mayor Rich David Takes Credit for Sunsets
Warning-- this borderlines on Satire... but it's ALL TRUE! We don't mean to pick on Ralph Hill as a person. He's probably a swell church-going man. We only mean to pick on his professional performance. Since he just got canned by the WPX Board of Directors, it feels a little like picking on someone who's already down... It's just so darn fun, and his screwups -- a BUNCH of 'em, to boot!-- have been so spectacular, they can only be called... EPIC... Ralph Hill's WPX Energy is … [Read more...] about Ralph Hill’s Biggest F*ckups as CEO of WPX Energy #1: Fracking a Fault in Franklin Forks
Be sure to listen to this song by the Smithereens while you read this note: "House We Used to Live in" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZz2vLUt1Ek ("House that we used to Live in") You may remember our first listing in the MLS from Hell (abandoned, uninhabitable homes due to water contamination from Gas Drilling) This just in-- it's being demolished … [Read more...] about Dimock Home being Demolished! (but the water in Dimock is Fine?)
Marcellus Shale Gas Jobs? Data tells a different story This morning I decided to look into the claim that Marcellus Shale-Gas extraction will bring jobs to New York. Wherever possible, I like to go to original sources of data. Here are the data sources for this graph: PA Drilling Data (data first reported Jan '09) http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/marcellus_shale/20296 Unemployment Data: … [Read more...] about About all those Shale Gas “JOBS!”: Actual Data Tells Something Different
The people who support fracking, call Yoko Ono a "downstate blue-blood". How many people know she is also an affected landowner? She lives part-time in upstate NY. Now here's the thing frackers should know about Yoko.... To most of us, Yoko has unimaginable wealth. Yet, despite her wealth, she has NO SPECIAL RIGHTS or PROTECTIONS against the pipeline proposed to run through her back yard. Do you see the irony here? All of the people who support fracking want … [Read more...] about Here’s the thing frackers should know about Yoko Ono…
CUE TWILIGHT ZONE MUSIC: A NYC artist called Lmnopi (Lopi LaRoe) has been ordered by an agency of the US Government to Cease and Desist causing harm to them(*) by infringing their intellectual property rights, to wit, using the SMOKEY THE BEAR icon in this anti-fracking parody. "Only YOU can Prevent Faucet Fires". This image has gone viral on the internet, and causes many people laugh, see it as brilliant parody, and also see the important call-to-action. Also, isn't it the mission … [Read more...] about If you Love America… AVERT YOUR EYES!
Mayflower, AR Tar Sands Dilbit Pipeline Rupture/Spill DILBIT COVERUP? Intro: Mayflower, AR Tar Sands Dilbit Pipeline Rupture/Spill being called "Crude Oil", like most other Dilbit spills. Why would this be? Is it a harmless error? Maybe. FIRST THINGS FIRST: Tar sands "oil" is not oil at all. It is Bitumen, a highly viscous, semi-solid hydrocarbon more akin to Coal than to "oil". Bitumen actually shatters like solid rock, but flows like a liquid over geologic time. (cf. … [Read more...] about Media Coverup Exposed: DILBIT IS NOT CRUDE OIL!
Where's Bobby? In Watkins Glen NY, there is a proposal by Inergy, Inc. for a massive NGL/LNG storage facility in salt caverns. Meanwhile, a similar such facility in Louisiana has had a catastrophic collapse. Where is the Governor? LA Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to eliminate taxes on oil and gas extraction: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/jindal_tax_plan_could_eliminat.html Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took $230,000 from Oil and Gas companies, and another $50,000 from … [Read more...] about Bayou Corne Sinkholio