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Kevin Bogus Wins Fracking Fiction Award !

October 9, 2013
Kevin Bogus Wins Fracking Fiction Award !

(AP) Ardmore, OK. October 9th, 2013 The Associated Press’s resident Frak Flak, Kevin Begos (pronounced ‘bogus’ by the fractavist cognoscenti) has won this years Fracking Fiction Award, sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute. Begos received the award at a ceremony held last night at the tony Frackmore Club in the beautiful downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma Holiday Inn attended a bevy of celebrity frackers and frak shills, including the glamourous Brooke Shales, the TV Gas Blonde, who presented Mr. Begos with the award. When reached for comment by NFW’s seemingly omniscient and ubiquitous reporter, Mr. Bogus had this to say, tears welling up in his eyes: “I tried really really hard. I really thank these guys, the API, for such a great award.” Coughing,”It’s tough to write fracking fiction. Just ask Edgar Allan […]

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GAS DRILLING MEETS MOTHER GOOSE

September 29, 2013
GAS DRILLING MEETS MOTHER GOOSE

If anyone thinks Fracktivists are not creative and do not have a sense of humor – the Dreadful Drilling Downers book will quickly dispel that belief. This is where Gas Drillers meet Mother Goose in a collection of short tales sure to having you nodding in agreement and perhaps wryly chuckling at its honesty. The tales include “Deal of a Lifetime”, “You Can’t Prove it”, “Label me Fracked” and “the Ballad of Crystal Stroud”. Each tale is beautiful illustrated and perhaps hints at our memories of being read bedtime stories on a cold winter’s night.  But these tales carry a cautionary message drawn from stories of real people living the drill. Dreadful Drilling Downers takes a complex and dangerous subject and adds just enough butter and syrup to reach a […]

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John Hanger–Right off the Rack

September 12, 2013
John Hanger–Right off the Rack

The following captures a likely dialogue between myself, Wendy Lynne Lee, and Kevin Heatley, both of Shale Justice. The event is democratic gubernatorial candidate, John Hanger’s, visit to a Shale Justice sponsored meeting at Bloomsburg University on September 3rd organized by Shale Justice Executive Committee member, John Trallo. The piece may be very fruitfully read in correspondence with the amazingly mangled announcement of the event in Marcellus Drilling News (Shale Justice Coalition Plans to Gate-Crash John Hanger Appearance | Marcellus Drilling News), and the excellent analysis of both the MDN total botch and the Hanger event itself by Dory Hippauf (HANGER AND THE UGLY CHOICES | Shale Justice). Heatley’s essay appears as primary text in bold, and mine appears in the quotation marks, italicized. Another evening event in Shale Gas country. Instead of relaxing […]

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WATER FROM AIR

August 13, 2013
WATER FROM AIR

How many people living in the gaslands have no clean water?  We really don’t know.   We don’t know how many people have been and are currently being supplied with water by the gas corporations.   DEP doesn’t track it. Between gag orders, non-disclosure clauses imposed by the gas corporations, and reluctance of state and federal environmental to do their job, we don’t have these figures.  We can guess based on groundwater contamination complaints filed with federal and state agencies.   However, an exact or even a close number is nearly impossible to determine. What we do know is there are perhaps thousands of people who do not have clean water, and thousands more to come.   This is something we see on advertisements, organizations asking for donations to give people in 3rd world […]

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Obama’s Big Fake Climate Change Speech and the Big Fake Greens Who Loved It

June 30, 2013
Obama’s Big Fake Climate Change Speech and the Big Fake Greens Who Loved It

Delivered at Georgetown University to a crowd of students whose own futures hang in the balance, President Barack Obama’s highly anticipated speech on climate change certainly sounded like a clarion call to real and measurable action.   Except that it wasn’t. For despite the fact that he does seem get the message about coal and greenhouse gas emissions, he has bought wholesale into the absurd, debunked industry manufactured hornswaggle transition argument for “clean burning natural gas”: “The bottom line is natural gas is creating jobs,” Obama said. “It’s lowering many families’ heat and power bills. And it’s the transition fuel that can power our economy with less carbon pollution even as our businesses work to develop and then deploy more of the technology required for the even cleaner energy economy […]

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REVOLT OF THE DRILL LEASERS

May 29, 2013
REVOLT OF THE DRILL LEASERS

Have you ever asked what will it take to get people and their government to pay attention to the impact of the natural gas industry? If the answer was “A huge catastrophic explosion or blowout or similar” – it appears you are wrong. The correct answer to “What will it take for people to demand government action” appears to lay in the “shiny”, more specifically when royalty checks are not meeting expectations. WNEP news reported the Bradford County Commissioners held a SPECIAL MEETING on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 to “Try To clear up Gas Lease Concerns”. THE PEASANTS ARE REVOLTING A long standing and perfectly legal practice of deducting POST PRODUCTION costs from royalty checks has some residents up in arms.   Some leasers are receiving about $80 per month.   There […]

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The Natural Gas Message

May 20, 2013
The Natural Gas Message

I recently gave a presentation on the Message and the Messengers of the natural gas industry.  I have broken this presentation into two parts. Part One dissects the standard talking points of the industry, using an opinion piece by Chris Faulkner, CEO at Breitling Energy Companies, as the prime example. The Message video is approx. 30 minutes long. CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT Part 2 – The Messengers, examines the trade organizations, front groups and astroturfing  echo chambers who deliver the coordinated messages.  This will be available as soon as I am able to record it. Related: Debunking the Truth About Mythical Fracking Talking Points  Natural Gas not a Bridge Fuel Anymore   IHS Global Insights: A Game of Clones IHS – Hyping the Marcellus Shale Klaber Upset, So Montana Kills […]

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New York Shale Well Leaks. Surprise.

May 15, 2013
New York Shale Well Leaks. Surprise.

A shale gas well leaking into a groundwater is a dog-bites-man story in Pennsylvania. It’s no longer news, unless it happens to a Famous Fracker, like Shelly DePue’s bubbling annulus. Or a Fracking Media Outlet, like Forbes, admits it happens. Then it’s news. Or when it happens in New York. Particularly when the DEC tried to cover it up:  http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2013/05/wetterling-well-short-lived-leaky.html “The Wetterling well was drilled to 4745 feet, not as deep as some of the wells around the area (some go deep into the Trenton Black River formation around 10,000 or so feet below the surface). There was no horizontal drilling, no hydrofracking. And yet it still sprung a gas leak.   Methane leaks are not unusual for shale gas wells in Pennsylvania. In fact, citizen reporter Vera Scroggins recently compiled a stack of “Letters of […]

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Debunking the Truth About Mythical Fracking Talking Points

May 6, 2013
Debunking the Truth About Mythical Fracking Talking Points

An “opinion” piece by Chris Faulkner, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Breitling Energy Companies has been featured in a number of newspapers across the country. The title varies, depending on the publication, from Dispel Myths About Fracking, Debunking Fracking Misconceptions, to The Truth About Fracking.   All with Faulkner’s byline, and nearly identical. I say nearly identical, because only in Pennsylvania version is Pennsylvania mentioned in paragraph 4. Aside from Texas, many other areas of the country – including Pennsylvania – are also benefiting from fracking. However, this is a minor observation compared to the more obvious recitation of the standard natural gas talking points. FAULKNER and BREITLING ENERGY COMPANIES If you’ve followed by work, by now, you have probably asked the same question as I have – […]

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NATURAL GAS NOT A MINERAL IN PA

April 26, 2013
NATURAL GAS NOT A MINERAL IN PA

Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling settles hundreds of Marcellus gas leases | Washington (Platts) The state’s high court overruled an appeals court decision that called for more scientific testimony about the nature of the Marcellus Shale and upheld 131 years of the common understanding of Pennsylvania property law. The 6-0 decision in Butler v. Powers held that the so-called Dunham Rule, based on an 1882 case with the same name requiring a specific notion about oil (and by the years of court rulings, natural gas) on deeds transferring mineral rights. Without mention of oil or gas, the states courts have held, those rights stay with the party transferring mineral rights. The court also said that shale gas is different from coalbed methane gas and the owner of the shale does not […]

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