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New Brunswick Bans Fracking – GO CANADA!

March 28, 2015
New Brunswick Bans Fracking - GO CANADA!

  PORTLAND — Lawmakers in New Brunswick voted on Thursday to prohibit fracking in the eastern Canadian province, committing to study the controversial method of extracting oil and gas for one year before reconsidering the ban in 2016. The province’s Liberal-led government said it will require five conditions be met before the moratorium is lifted. These include beefed-up environmental and health regulations, a plan for waste water disposal, consultations with aboriginal groups, a royalty structure, and the establishment of a “social license,” which is the approval by local communities and stakeholders. “It is responsible and prudent to do our due diligence and get more information regarding hydraulic fracturing,” said Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault. The province is the latest of several in eastern Canada, including Quebec, Labrador and Newfoundland, […]

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New York Launches Innovation Lab To Study Renewable Energy and the Advanced Grid

March 28, 2015
New York Launches Innovation Lab To Study Renewable Energy and the Advanced Grid

The next-gen smart grid R&D laboratory will be largest in the world. Andrew Burger, Correspondent This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an agreement between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Polytechnic) that aims “to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York’s electric grid.” Dubbed AGILe (Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy), the lab would be New York state’s first electric power and development facility. Making use of “Big Data” analytics, AGILe researchers will “simulate, develop, deploy and integrate the next-generation electric grid and position New York State as a global center for electric grid research,” NYPA explained. Seeded with an initial $35 […]

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Shale Won’t Last – Drill Baby Drill!

March 28, 2015
Shale Won't Last - Drill Baby Drill!

Oil council: Shale won’t last, Arctic drilling needed now The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted Friday. The U.S. has drastically cut imports and transformed itself into the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas by tapping huge reserves in shale rock formations. But the government […]

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WHY GOVERNOR CUOMO WON’T /CAN’T UNILATERALLY BAN FRACKING

March 26, 2015
WHY GOVERNOR CUOMO WON'T /CAN'T UNILATERALLY BAN FRACKING

BECAUSE GOVERNOR CUOMO CAN’T “BAN” FRACKING.  ONLY A LAW CAN DO THAT. ONLY THE LEGISLATURE COULD DO THAT WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO’S SIGNATURE  HOW MANY ALL CAPS HEADLINES DOES IT TAKE TO GET THAT ACROSS ?  Got another breathless missive about how Governor Cuomo may not “ban fracking” in New York. Even after he said he’d “ban fracking” in New York. Why is it that “ban fracking” is in quotes (?), you may ask. Because all the dSGEIS has ever addressed is the use of over a certain amount 0f water in a frack job – which has been the DEC’s guesstimate of the minimal amount of water (not diesel oil or Napalm) that it would take to commercially frack a shale well. What the DOE’s Doc Martens said the DOE would […]

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Goldilocks Is Dead

March 26, 2015
Goldilocks Is Dead

by Richard Heinberg, originally published by Post Carbon Institute  | Mar 25, 2015 Five years ago I wrote an article for Reuters titled “Goldilocks and the Three Fuels.” In it, I discussed what I call the Goldilocks price zone for oil, natural gas, and coal, a zone in which prices are “just right”—high enough to reward producers but low enough to entice consumers. Ever since the start of the fossil fuel era, such a zone has existed. Sometimes price boundaries were transgressed on the upside, sometimes the downside, but it was always possible to revert to the zone.  But now, for oil, the Goldilocks zone has ceased to exist. This will have staggering consequences throughout the economy for the foreseeable future. During the past dozen years, the Goldilocks zone for […]

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Water Use for Fracking Has Skyrocketed, USGS Data Show

March 26, 2015
Water Use for Fracking Has Skyrocketed, USGS Data Show

NG Staff;   J. L. Wang Source:   United States Geological Survey By Christina Nunez, National Geographic PUBLISHED March 25, 2015 Wells drilled for gas drink far more chemical-laced fluids than those drilled for oil. Water-based fluid used for horizontal fracturing in the U.S., 1990 – 2010 (gallons per well)                                        Gas – 4,178,68       Oil – 2,036,750 As a concept, hydraulic fracturing has changed very little since the first wells were drilled in the late 1940s. In practice, however, what most people now know as fracking has undergone a transformation. Then, as now, a well is drilled into a shale rock formation, and then fluid is pumped in at high pressure, opening cracks that release oil, gas, or both. The combination of this technique with horizontal drilling and other advances has […]

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EXPOSED! Crestwood Uses Smoke and Mirrors to Claim Support in the Finger Lakes

March 25, 2015
EXPOSED! Crestwood Uses Smoke and Mirrors to Claim Support in the Finger Lakes

Last week, Crestwood’s PR firm sent out a news release (attached) declaring that it has support for its gas storage-transport project in the heart of the Finger Lakes. But here is what we found:    -The owner of “Munroe Vineyards” isn’t really a “vinter” (sic), because “Munroe Vineyards” is really JM trucking– a company that hauls propane.   -The “grape inspector” isn’t exactly a grape inspector, she is the secretary for JM Trucking, the company that hauls propane.   -The farmer, George Zemak, actually owns a trucking company too: http://www.truckcompaniesin.com/dot/1405129/ And he sold his land to Crestwood in Savona for a good price. (After you listen to the podcast, you might agree that if Mr. Zemak is the best spokesperson Crestwood can find for the project, they have a problem.)   Hear all about it […]

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Reed: Federal Regulations Show Fracking Can Be Done In New York

March 25, 2015
Reed: Federal Regulations Show Fracking Can Be Done In New York

Congressman Tom Reed is once again calling on Governor Cuomo to change his position on fracking. The Corning Republican suggested new federal regulations on the issue show a “fracture” between Democrats. Implying that New York towns should be held to the same standards as federal lands out West. Where there are no towns. “To see that Gov. Cuomo can’t do in New York State what the Obama administration is doing on the federal level is amazing,” Reed said in a conference call with reporters Monday. New Federal regulations, announced on Friday, updated rules for 95,000 oil and gas wells that operate on Federal land. Reed said he’s not necessarily a fan of President’s Obama’s oversight of natural gas development and hydrofracking, but unlike Governor Cuomo he said at least the Obama […]

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Texas “Frack Anywhere” Test Fail

March 25, 2015
Texas "Frack Anywhere" Test Fail

The Texas Frack Anywhere Bill imposes a “commercially reasonable” test on any municipal oil and gas ordinance – such as a setback.  The sponsors think that Dallas’s 1,500 foot setback is “too long” – when horizontal laterals in the Barnett Shale are up to a mile long, 5,280 feet. And the average spacing unit is a section, 640 acres. If the well pad is in the middle of the spacing unit, the lateral would be 2,640 feet long before it got to the boundary. In fact, the horizontal couldn’t be much less than 2,000 feet long in order to be worth drilling. So the standard for a “commercially reasonable” setback – based on spacing unit sizes and the average lateral –  is a lot more than 1,500 feet. Meaning Dallas’s 1,500′ […]

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Texas Frack Anywhere HB 40 Hearing

March 24, 2015
Texas Frack Anywhere HB 40 Hearing

Or How to Frack Texas Cities Without Really Trying.  Joined The Calvin, The Sharon and The Marc in Austin yesterday to testify against Texas House Bill 40 Frack Anywhere. About 100 people turned out to testify, 80% against, the rest were the usual assortment of fracking lobbyists, Man Camp followers and some Judas Goat mayors. Calvin was polite, Sharon was mad, and Marc was ballistic.  I spoke at 8 and there were 70 people left to testify. To their credit, most of the committee members sat through it all, and listened. To their discredit they prevaricated shamelessly as to the crudely worded intent of the bill: to gut local zoning ordinances and replace them with frack all. As proposed, a city could not “limit”  or “prohibit” oil and gas surface […]

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