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Forbes Denies the Climate Change Deniers

July 24, 2014
Forbes Denies the Climate Change Deniers

Forbes debunks the climate change debunkers . Next up – denying the methane global warming deniers . . .  http://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2014/07/15/the-latest-climate-change-denial-fact-twisting/ Erik ShermanContributor FOLLOW The Latest Climate Change Denial Fact Twisting A new report from libertarian think tank Heartland Institute claims that new government data debunks the concept of global climate change. However, an examination of the full data and some critical consideration shows that the organization, whether unintentionally or deliberately, has inaccurately characterized and misrepresented the information and what it shows. The issue of global climate change is a serious one, potentially affecting societies and economies in many ways. Some regions, like the Miami metropolitan area or the Pacific island nation of Kiribatihave begun to see significant impact from changes in weather patterns. Munich Re , a reinsurance company that offers risk coverage to other major […]

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Fracking Crooks – New York’s Rogue Gallery

July 23, 2014
Fracking Crooks - New York's Rogue Gallery

A few fat envelopes in New York have enabled fracking lobbyist  to buy anything that’s not nailed to the wall. The frackers wrote the state’s Compulsory Integration Law- the worst in the country, and the Legislature passed it unanimously. The frackers wrote the draft fracking regulations- and handed the draft to their accomplices in the Division of Mineral Resources.  The frackers have New York teed up to get fracked.  After losing in court, the frackers now plan to try to gut Home Rule in the Legislature – with a handful of fat envelopes in Albany.  Good fracking luck. The Many Faces of State Political Scandals In the past decade, more than 30 current or former state officeholders in New York have been convicted of crimes, sanctioned or otherwise accused of wrongdoing. Here are some […]

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How Frackwaste Makes Frackquakes

July 22, 2014
How Frackwaste Makes Frackquakes

Frack Waste + Disposal Wells = Frackquakes. Any questions ? Sue Heavenrich has the story: http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2014/07/quakes-frack-waste.html                       USGE-NEIC ComCat & Oklahoma Geological Survey; May 2, 2014 Five years ago, Oklahoma averaged just two magnitude 3 or greater earthquakes a year. Last year there were 109. As of early July, this year’s count is already over 230 – and that’s just the magnitude 3 and above, temblors big enough to knock dishes off shelves and crack foundations. There are hundreds more low magnitude quakes, say state geologists.   Why all the quakes? They’re due to increased injection of gas- and oil drilling waste fluids into disposal wells, says Cornell researcher Katie Keranen. She recently moved to Cornell from Oklahoma, where she’d […]

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Fracking Limbo : How Oil & Gas Wells Get Orphaned

July 21, 2014
Fracking Limbo : How Oil & Gas Wells Get Orphaned

The oldest trick in the fracking book is to list a well as “inactive” and then sell the lease. This removes the liability of plugging & abandoning (P&A) the well, and is what happens to the plurality of old wells. Some states allow wells to remain on the “inactive” list for years. But, as a practical matter, it only has to remain on the list long enough to be transferred to a shell entity that has no money to plug it. The well ends up as an orphan – abandoned – with no one to plug it. The only way to discourage this is for the initial operator to post a P&A bond to cover the cost, and that money cannot be redeemed until the well is P&A’d regardless of […]

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Texas Town Fights Frackers

July 21, 2014
Texas Town Fights Frackers

Denton, Texas is more than a suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth, it’s a metropolitan enclave, home to North Texas University, which has one of the finest music programs in the country and Texas Womens’ University. Not a town to frack with. Nor does fracking fit into this heavily suburbanized area. So Denton is proposing to ban it – and the frackers are fighting back with Koch-paid petition gatherers who tell people that their petition is “anti-fracking.” Tricky, eh ? Who do the frackers say is “behind” this local grass-roots effort to ban fracking ? Gazprom.  Of course !  That’s enough to make anyone vote for a ban. Call it the Anti-Lunacy Vote. As Texas Sharon points out here. http://dentondrilling.blogspot.com/2014/07/depantsing-perryman-report-about.html Texas Frack Fight Saturday, July 19, 2014 Debunking the Fracking Propaganda about […]

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Fracking Whales

July 20, 2014
Fracking Whales

Not content with fracking trout, livestock or people, the Feds are now going after bigger game: whales. And dolphins and other marine mammals that use sound waves as sonar for navigation and communication. The Feds weapon of choice ? Sonic cannons used to shoot seismic in the ocean floor. And basically deafen whales and dolphins in the process. Yesterday, the Obama Administration released a “record of decision” that will allow seismic blasting in an area of the East Coast twice the size of California—the same dynamite-like blasts that are predicted to injure and possibly kill up to 138,200 marine mammals, as well as harm commercial and recreational fisheries, tourism and coastal recreation–putting more than 730,000 jobs in the blast zone at risk. There are two questions to answer: Why did […]

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Tell Gas Pipeline Survey Crews to Frack Off

July 20, 2014
Tell Gas Pipeline Survey Crews to Frack Off

There is a simple way to deal with gas pipeline projects – Lock the Gate. Don’t let the survey crews on your property. And if they threaten to condemn your property tell them: Just fracking try it.  On average, a landowner gets 78% more from having their property condemned than what they would get in a negotiated sale.  So appropriate thought-provoking opening gambits to their initial overtures are “Sit on it and spin drill bit.” “Eat frack gashole” or “Frack you Frack Head and the fracking horse you rode in on.” Or similar heart-felt sentiments. Be creative. Be clear. Be concise. Refrain from the use of profanity. Then slam the door in their face and try to keep from busting out laughing. After all, that wouldn’t be polite.    Officials Seek Maps for […]

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Colorado Fracking Confusion

July 20, 2014
Colorado Fracking Confusion

Control of the state legislature and Governor Frackenlooper was bought years ago by the frackers, so no help from that lot. Coloradans are faced with two  ballot initiatives on fracking – neither of which simply restores local control – one imposes a 2,000 foot setback from housing, the other is a Green Tea Party manifesto – either of which is better than what Colorado has now: Frack Anywhere. Call it the Casino Effect – once casinos are approved, they easily take over the legislative agenda. Same with frackers – once they have unilaterally disarmed local municipalities of zoning – they can buy enough key legislators to keep it that way.  Ergo, depending on the state legislature to give up a power the state has: Frack Anywhere, is not an inspired strategy […]

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How to Frack a California Tomato

July 20, 2014
How to Frack a California Tomato

Or grape, orange, almond, you name it. Irrigate it with frackwater. The frackers have been conducting an un-controlled experiment on California’s aquifers by injecting then with Mystery Fluids, frack flowback, frack filth and whatever waste products they can pump into the ground. California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers State’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry. California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.  The state’s Division of Oil and […]

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Fracking “Saltwater” Not Same as the Ocean

July 16, 2014
Fracking "Saltwater" Not Same as the Ocean

Unless the ocean is on Venus . . .  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-16/-saltwater-from-fracking-spill-is-not-what-s-found-in-the-ocean.html In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation. The oil industry called the accident a “saltwater” spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what’s found in the ocean. The industry’s wastewater is five to eight times saltier than seawater, said Bill Kappel, a hydrogeologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey. It’s salty enough to sting the human tongue, and contains heavy metals in concentrations that might not meet drinking water standards. The briny mix can also […]

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