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“Shale Gas Miracle” Leaves US a Net Importer of Gas

February 1, 2015
"Shale Gas Miracle" Leaves US a Net Importer of Gas

Surprise. The frackers have been lying. Again. We don’t produce enough gas to meet our own needs. Much less export the stuff to fracking China in LNG Tanker Bombs. It is too common a misconception, fostered by industry propaganda and a clueless mass media, but the US is not a net gas producer. US is getting close to being self sufficient in natural gas, and with the increasing production we are getting closer to net zero each year.  But given the life expectancy of shale gas reserves, we might be a net producer for 20 years at most. Then things could get really ugly. Best source of data is the federal Energy Information Agency. US imports are between 200-250 billion cf/mo:  http://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/ng_move_impc_s1_m.htm US exports are between 100-150 billion cf/mo:  http://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/ng_move_expc_s1_m.htm For a […]

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UK Report: No So Fracking Fast on Fracking

February 1, 2015
UK Report: No So Fracking Fast on Fracking

Regulators wanted to :  1. Override local land use controls 2. Frack government land 3. Fund “fracademics” that would say that fracking was safe Any of that sound vaguely familiar ? Leaked Document Could Halt UK Frack Plans By Nick Cunningham Posted on Thu, 29 January 2015 23:16 | 2 U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes for a British-style shale gas revolution recently took a major hit. Cameron has promised that his government will be “going all out” to develop Britain’s shale gas resources, which he argues will create new jobs and cut dependence on imported gas. But a committee made up of members of parliament (MPs) from several political parties issued a damning new report on the state of “fracking” in the United Kingdom. The Environmental Audit Committee published […]

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The Daily Frack – Jan. 31

January 31, 2015
The Daily Frack - Jan. 31

PA: Survey: Majority of scientists oppose expanded use of fracking A new survey out this week from the Pew Research Center finds scientists have a more negative view of fracking than the general public. Among scientists, 31 percent favor the increased use of fracking, while a majority– 66 percent– are opposed. The general public is slightly more positive, 39 percent of adults favor it, while about half (51 percent) are opposed. The phone survey included 2,002 adults nationwide, as well as 3,748 U.S.-based members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. The scientists’ views about fracking vary across different disciplines. More than half of the engineers surveyed support more fracking (53 percent), while just 25 percent to scientists in the biological and medical fields favor […]

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Regulation Of Fracking Does Not Work

January 31, 2015
Regulation Of Fracking Does Not Work

EDUCATE! ENVIRONMENT, FRACKING, HEALTH, PENNSYLVANIA, REGULATION By Stefanie Spear, www.ecowatch.com January 30th, 2015 Print Friendly Report Shows How Fracking Industry’s Failure to Follow Regulations Impacts Human Health A new report out today from Environment America Research & Policy Center shows that all types of fracking companies, from small to large, are prone to violating rules intended to protect human health and the environment. The report, Fracking Failures: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania and What They Mean for the U.S., analyses Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry over a four-year period and found that the top offenders of regulations—averaging more than one environmental violation every day—represented a wide range of companies from Fortune 500 companies like Cabot Oil, to mom-and-pop operators, to firms like Chevron. “Fracking is an inherently risky, dirty, dangerous practice, and regulations can’t change that,” said John Rumpler, senior attorney with Environment America. “But […]

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Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states

January 31, 2015
Senate votes to keep 'Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states

 we elect them to work for us, and then they go to Washington and turn into Industry Whores… Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter EnergyWire: Thursday, January 29, 2015 The Senate sided with the oil and gas industry yesterday and flatly rejected an effort to repeal a provision environmentalists call the “Halliburton loophole.” The measure would have repealed a provision in the 2005 energy bill that exempted the practice from the underground injection control (UIC) provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. That prevented U.S. EPA from regulating fracturing or requiring a federal permit. The 35-63 vote left regulation of hydraulic fracturing firmly in the hands of state agencies, as industry prefers. It was the first congressional floor vote in years on the question of whether U.S. EPA should be able to […]

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TV Gas Fracking Blonde at The Super Bowl

January 31, 2015
TV Gas Fracking Blonde at The Super Bowl

Is nothing sacred in the NFL ?  Was anything ever ? The TV Gas Fracking Blonde gives us yet another reason to go do something else.  Brook Alexander, former Fox News Bimbo, former soap opera con-lady, currently the Fracker’s Tokyo Rose (ask your grandpa) has spread more misinformation about the Great Shale Bubble than anyone other than Aubrey McClendon. Now you get to watch more Happy Talk About Fracking, a really deflating prospect. Simply put, shale is to bottom of the petroleum barrel: when it is gone – a lot sooner than the TV Fracking Blonde will tell you – it’s Goodnight Irene. So boasting about exporting it to China is not such a great idea. Nor is pretending that it is anything but America’s dirtiest deadliest form of energy.  A tough role, […]

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The Daily Frack – Jan. 30

January 31, 2015
The Daily Frack - Jan. 30

Fracking Isn’t the Job Creator You Think it Is In a surprise decision that led to consternation in the oil and gas industry, and elation among fracking opponents, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in December banned fracking in the state. He attributed his decision to unresolved health risks associated with the drilling technique; but the governor surely also weighed the economics and the politics. During the past five years, I’ve researched and written about the economic impacts of fracking and, as a long-time resident of New York , I have observed its fractious politics. What I’ve found is that most people, including politicians and people in the media, assume that fracking creates thousands of good jobs. But opening the door to fracking doesn’t lead to the across-the-board economic boon most people assume. […]

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Chevron Runs Out of Fracking Pizzas in Poland

January 31, 2015
Chevron Runs Out of Fracking Pizzas in Poland

And pulls out. Guess it was all a bunch of fracking hype, huh ?  Who would have ever guessed that ?  CHEVRON PULLS OUT OF FRACKING POLAND Poland’s fairytale dreams to develop it shale gas resources to secure energy independence and reap hydrocarbon riches, placing the nation as the “The Kuwait of Europe,” has evolved into an enduring nightmare. Today Chevron Corp, the leader in multinational efforts to develop shale gas resources in Europe, announced that it would not continue operations in Poland. The US based company said the opportunities in Poland “longer compete favorably with other opportunities in Chevron’s global portfolio.” Chevron joined explorers including Exxon Mobil, Marathon, ENI and Total, who have have packed their bags and left amid challenging geology, bureaucratic entanglements, delays in establishing fiscal and […]

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LGP Explosion Levels Mexico City Maternity Hospital

January 30, 2015
LGP Explosion Levels Mexico City Maternity Hospital

To put this in perspective, the LPG delivery truck that leveled this hospital carried about 1,500 gallons when full. Not 500,000, not five million. Fifteen hundred. That’s all it took. Not a rail car, not a tanker truck, not a partially collapsed salt cavern. A local delivery truck. LPG Blast Wrecks Mexico City Children’s Hospital Moment of Deadly Explosion at Mexico City Hospital MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers grasping infants in their arms fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers began smashing sledgehammers through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped. A nurse and a baby died in the blast and a second infant died Thursday night, Mexico City authorities said. More than 70 people were injured in […]

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The False Promise of Local Fracking Jobs

January 30, 2015
The False Promise of Local Fracking Jobs

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

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