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Shale Shyster Tom West Retires !

October 22, 2014
Shale Shyster Tom West Retires !

After having gone 0 – 5 on trying to overturn Home Rule in New York, Chesapeake’s man in New York, Tom West, told No Fracking Way in an exclusive interview that he was closing his law practice and was going to devote his full time to lobbying. “After having beaten my head against the wall on this Home Rule thing for the last five years, the missus and I have prayed over it and I’ve decided to go back to what I do best: hand out fat envelopes in Albany.” A turn of events that was not only predictable, but predicted, right here.  NY Court Rejects Bid to Revive Fracking Ban Case Updated: Thursday, October 16 2014, 03:48 PM EDT ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court has rejected an attempt by […]

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Frack Leaks Negate Gas Benefits

October 22, 2014
Frack Leaks Negate Gas Benefits

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking BY JOE ROMM POSTED ON OCTOBER 22, 2014 AT 3:31 PM 1,627Share This 212Tweet This “Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm” Share: Fracking Planetary Suicide  Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researcherswrite, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.” In short, fracking speeds up human-caused climate change, thanks to methane leaks alone. Remember, natural gas is mostly methane, (CH4), a super-potent greenhouse gas, which traps 86 times as much heat as CO2 over a 20-year […]

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A host of chemicals emissions are seeping from oil and gas operations

October 22, 2014
A host of chemicals emissions are seeping from oil and gas operations

 A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to tanks to valves, according to a new study. “The hope is that this helps us understand what kinds of emissions are coming from which equipment on a site,” said Carsten Warneke, a University of Colorado researcher and lead author on the study. The data will may help regulators better manage oil and gas field emissions. The study is one of several being done in Utah’s Uintah Basin, which has been the scene of winter ozone levels that exceeded readings in New York City. The eastern Utah basin is home to more than 10,000 oil and gas wells, with 1,000 wells being […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 22

October 22, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 22

Multiple Agencies Train for Oil Spill on Hudson ALBANY , N.Y. — In recent months, concern over a potential spill in the Port of Albany has been raised by people living at the Ezra Prentice Apartments and officials at the city and county level. Tuesday’s training exercise aimed to prepare for the worst. If there were a massive spill it would trigger a response from many agencies including The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Canadian Pacific railroad and the Albany Fire Department. “This isn’t going away, unfortunately as production increases, you’re gonna see a lot more of this going on,” said Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive. Despite Ladder No. 1 potentially being on the chopping block in Albany,leaders said it’s all about preparation. That’s why firefighters still continue […]

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Cuomo Promises to Cough Up Frack Studies

October 21, 2014
Cuomo Promises to Cough Up Frack Studies

Just in time for the election. How convenient.  Cuomo to Provide Fracking Documents by Nov. 3 Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014 10:09 am By DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com | 0 comments GENEVA — The latest promise from the state Department of Health is to provide all requested documents on a hydrofracking health impact assessment to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association by Nov. 3. That’s the latest development in a two-year battle between SLPWA and the DOH over a Freedom of Information Law request for documentation on the controversial issue. “For the past five years, SLPWA has been concerned about the impact of high volume hydraulic fracturing technology for natural gas drilling on the health and environment of Seneca Lake and its residents,’’ said Mary Anne Kowalski of Romulus, SLPWA president. […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 21

October 21, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 21

State promises to provide fracking documents by Nov. 3 GENEVA — The latest promise from the state Department of Health is to provide all requested documents on a hydrofracking health impact assessment to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association by Nov. 3. That’s the latest development in a two-year battle between SLPWA and the DOH over a Freedom of Information Law request for documentation on the controversial issue. “For the past five years, SLPWA has been concerned about the impact of high volume hydraulic fracturing technology for natural gas drilling on the health and environment of Seneca Lake and its residents,’’ said Mary Anne Kowalski of Romulus, SLPWA president. “Our concerns have been expressed in public letters to our elected representatives at the state and national levels. They are available […]

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The Fracker’s Explosion Problem

October 21, 2014
The Fracker's Explosion Problem

The frackers kill more Americans in an average week than the US nuclear power industry has in its history. More in a month than the coal industry does in a year. More in a year than the solar, wind, and hydropower have in their combined histories. Mike Soraghan, E&E reporterEnergyWire: Monday, October 20, 2014 Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit froze the valve on the back of Greg Bish’s frack truck. To thaw it, he fetched a blowtorch and put the 4-inch flame to the metal. The explosion blew him 75 feet, over a 7-foot-tall barbed-wire fence, and killed him. It might seem dangerous to apply a propane torch to the back of a large metal tank holding natural gas production waste, as Bish did that morning in 2010 just outside […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 20

October 20, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 20

  Activists Rally At Global Frackdown in Buffalo BUFFALO , N.Y. — There may be a ban on hydrofracking on county-owned property in Erie County and a de facto moratorium across the state, but many folks want a more permanent answer to prevent the natural gas extraction process from ever occurring in New York . “People really do care about their clean air, the clean water. This is something that affects our day to day. It’s something that’s deeply felt throughout the community,” said Rita Yelda of Food & Water Watch.  Yelda and others gathered at Bidwell Parkway for the Global Frackdown, an event aimed to challenge decision makers when it comes to fracking and its potential effects on a community. The state Assembly voted on a three-year moratorium in […]

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Oldest Horizontally Fracked Gas Wells in World are Biggest Leakers

October 19, 2014
Oldest Horizontally Fracked Gas Wells in World are Biggest Leakers

The frackers are spinning the news about the methane hot spot in the coal bed methane fields saying that it “predates’ the shale fracking boom. It certainly predates fracking shale gas, but does not predate fracking. It fact, it is the birthplace of horizontal fracking for gas. Therefore it is the most likely place to be leaking methane. And it is. Leaking. Big time. Thanks frackers. “Methane hotspot seen from space predates shale gas fracking boom. NASA and University of Michigan scientists analyzed satellite data from 2003 to 2009, and a map of their results shows a bright red spot at the Four Corners, which is most likely related to coal bed methane extraction there, as it predates the boom in shale gas fracking. Living On Earth. 19 October 2014.” […]

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America’s Biggest Fracketeer Fracks More Landowners

October 18, 2014
America's Biggest Fracketeer Fracks More Landowners

With scammy leases that obligates them to take frack flowback onto their property, puts a lien on their property and has an unlimited number of extensions without drilling. Courtesy of Aubrey McClendon, America’s Number One Gashole. Who else ? Getting landowners to take frack waste (which is in the fine print) is considered a double play by landmen – who joke about it and high five each other for getting clueless landowners to sign. Who originated the idea of getting lease owners to take frack flowback in the fine print ? Southwest Energy- who just bought all of Chesapeake’s Pennsylvania leases. Oh, and Exxon, who have the only viable horizontal well permits in the queue in New York. And of course, Chesapeake. Aubrey’s old company. The one he ran into the ground. […]

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