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The adverse impacts of projects like gas pipelines and LNG export terminals extend far beyond the immediate vicinity where the projects are sited. These include "upstream impacts" such as the damage done to human health, natural resources, and local economies in regions where shale gas is extracted, and the deleterious effect of methane emissions on climate change. For years, EPA regional offices and others have argued that these impacts must be considered before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission grants licenses for gas infrastructure projects, but the commission continues to conduct sketchy environmental reviews that ignore all but the most obvious immediate impacts. In an interview with E&E, in late June, acting FERC Chair Cheryl LaFleur defended the commission's practice, saying, "We look at the direct project impacts, we do not do a cradle-to-grave, molecule-by-molecule analysis of where ... a fuel is coming from, what's going to happen at the end of the ship when it goes off to the other side of the Earth and what other fuel it displaces." LaFleur maintained that federal law doesn't allow the commission to take a broader view of environmental impacts, and cited a court decision that found FERC had conducted an adequate analysis in the case of one natural gas pipeline.


In denying a suit brought by the residents of Minisink, NY, who fought to keep a polluting compressor station out of their neighborhood, D.C. Circuit Judge Wilkins acknowledged, "Almost no one would want natural gas infrastructure built on their block" but concluded "such facilities must be built somewhere." In this case "somewhere" is in the heart of a residential neighborhood that is home to many 9/11 first responders who already are suffering health impacts related to toxic exposure.


A month ago it looked like Colorado was set for a showdown over fracking. Grassroots organizers with the backing of millionaire Rep. Jared Polis (D) had collected over a quarter of a million signatures in support of two anti-fracking ballot initiatives—one would have upheld the rights of municipalities to ban fracking, the other would have prohibited fracking within two thousand feet of an occupied building. The gas companies countered with two ballot initiatives of their own, one of which would have withheld state funds from municipalities that impose bans.

The citizen-backed ballot initiatives appeared popular in early polls, but the gas industry threatened to spend twenty million dollars to defeat them, and Democrats feared that Governor John Hickenlooper and Senator Mark Udall would lose their reelection bids if the initiatives remained on the ballot. At the last minute, Polis pulled the citizen-backed initiatives as part of deal in which the industry also withdrew its ballot initiatives and Governor Hickenlooper announced that he would appoint a commission to recommend policy for the state. The move split Colorado's anti-fracking community and let stand lawsuits against the handful of municipal bans in the state. The ban in the town of Longmont was struck down just days before the deal was struck, and a few days afterward, a the deal was reached, a court overturned the Fort Collins ban.


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Read Selected Documents Authored by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D.

Can New York Learn from Texas?. Economist Jannette Barth's latest analysis of the economic impact of shale gas plays.

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Dryden & Middlefield Court of Appeals Decision Affirming Lower Court Decisions
    Decision June 30, 2014. "Manifestly, Dryden and Middlefield engaged in a reasonable exercise of their zoning authority as contemplated in Gernatt when they adopted local laws clarifying that oil and gas extraction and production were not permissible uses in any zoning districts."

FEMA Mitigation Policy: Limits on Subsurface Uses of Hazard Mitigation Assistance Acquired Lands
    Policy Number: FP 302-405-146-1, May 5, 2014

Up in Flames: U.S. Shale Oil Boom Comes at Expense of Wasted Natural Gas, Increased CO2

Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland
    July 2014 Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health School of Public Health University of Maryland, College Park

Open Letter from members of Congress to Obama
    "To enhance our nations' energy security and reliability and to protect our environment, methane emissions must be reduced. Letter signed by 49 members of Congress. May 14, 2014

Video: NRDC's Lehner discusses new stock market index for climate-conscious investing
    Could a financial tool geared toward climate-conscious investment be the next generation of finance? During today's OnPoint, Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses NRDC's new stock market index, launched along with BlackRock and FTSE Group, that excludes fossil fuel companies. He talks about the impacts a fossil fuel divestment strategy could have on Wall Street.

Anatomy of an Industry Front Group How the oil and gas industry runs the show at the Center for Sustainable Shale Development
    Public Accountability Initiative, August, 2014 report Executive Summary

UP IN FLAMES: Taxpayers Left Out in the Cold as Publicly Owned Natural Gas is Carelessly Wasted
    Western Values Project, May, 2014.

Letter: Shale Gas Development and Mars Area School Permitting Decision
    Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy letter to PA DEP dated Aug 12, 2014

    Impact of Industrial Wind Turbines on Residential Property Assessment In Ontario 2012 Assessment Base Year Study. Municipal Property Assessment Corp.

Considerations in Signing an Easement Agreement
    Pipeline Safety Coalition, Posted August, 2014

Landowner's Guide to Pipelines: Safety, Responsibilities, Your Rights
    Pipeline Safety Trust, July 2014

FRACKING BEYOND THE LAW Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing
    The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws. Report Aug 13, 2014

After Action Review Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Incident Response Chevron Appalachia LLC - Lanco 7H Well Fire Dunkard Township, Greene County
    This report provides an After Action Review (AAR) of the Chevron Appalachia LLC Lanco 7H well fire incident. This well fire incident occurred from February 11, 2014 through March 3, 2014.

    This summary offers factual circumstances that may bear upon more complete evaluation of the Lanco A Well Fire and its cause(s).

Blackout in the Gas Patch How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement
    Earthworks report, August, 2014. Author: Nadia Steinzor. Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project

Blackout in the Gas Patch: How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement -
    Report Executive Summary by Earthworks, August, 2014. Earthworks conducted a year-long investigation into how DEP permits and oversees gas and oil operations, what has occurred at certain loca- tions, and the circumstances facing numerous households and communities. - See more at:

Environmental Public Health Dimensions of Shale and Tight Gas Development
    Authors: Seth B.C. Shonkoff, Jake Hays and Madelon L. Finkel in Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 122, Num 8, August, 2014

Fracking in the Digital Landscape
    2014 Makovsky Report, Makovsky Integrated Communications

Lighting the Way The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013
    Written by: Jordan Schneider, Frontier Group Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center August 2014

Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps
    Authors: Sara Souther, Morgan W Tingley, Viorel D Popescu, David TS Hayman, Maureen E Ryan, Tabitha A Graves, Brett Hartl, and Kimberly Terrell. The Ecological Society of America, 2014. * Exploitation of oil and gas reserves trapped in shale rock, including the extraction process known as “fracking”, poses substantial and unexplored risks to living creatures • Understanding the biotic impacts of operations that fracture shale to access reserves is hindered by the unavailability of high-quality data about fracturing fluids, wastewater, and spills or violations • The risks of chemical contamination from spills, deep well failures, storage leaks, and underground fluid migration are top research priorities • Cumulative effects of shale development may represent the most severe threats to plants and animals, but are particularly challenging to study

Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Poll July 20-23, 2014 544 Registered Voters in Hudson Valley Southern Tier in New York
    Q20. Switching gears, the State Department of Environmental Conservation - or DEC - is expected to soon issue a decision on whether or not to allow hydrofracking - that is, the proposed method to recover natural gas from parts of upstate New York - to move forward. How much have you heard or read about it - a great deal, some, not very much, or nothing at all? Q21. Do you support or oppose the Department of Environmental Conservation allowing hydrofracking to move forward in parts of upstate New York? Q22A. Hydrofracking is too dangerous as it leads to unsafe levels of methane gas being released Q22B. Hydrofracking is important in order to harvest the abundant supply of natural gas that is otherwise currently inaccessible

DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated With Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement
    GAO Report 14-555, June, 2014.

Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines
    US EPA Inspector General Report 14-P-0324 dated July 25, 2014

Fracking Brussels: A Who's Who of the EU Shale Gas Lobby
    Friends of the Earth Europe; author Rachel Tansey, published july, 2014

Shale gas and fracking: examining the evidence
    Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane; Published by © Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in July 2014

Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines: Process and Timing of FERC Permit Application Review
    by Paul W. Parfomak Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy November 19, 2013; Congressional Research Servide

DEP’s performance in monitoring potential impacts to water quality from shale gas development, 2009 - 2012
    PA DEP Special Performance Audit Report, July 21, 2014.

Development And Integration Of Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned From Germany
    Published by FAA Financial Advisory AG (Finadvice), July 2014 by Hans Poser, Jeffrey Altman, Felix ab Egg, Andreas Granata, and Ross Board

Cashing in on all of the above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production SUbSidieS Under obama
    OilChange International, July, 2014. Researched and written by Shakuntala Makhijani, with assistance and contributions from Stephen Kretzmann and Elizabeth Bast.

    Authors: Catherine Bowes & Amber Hewett –– National Wildlife Federation, 2014.

Shalefield Stories: Personal & Collected Testimonies
    Personal & collected stories published by Steel Valley Printers, January, 2014.

Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans and Moratoria in NY State Movements Against HVHF
    Map and list of areas where gas drilling bans and moratoria have been enacted. Posted July 13, 2014. Prepared by FracTracker.

    Concerned Health Professionals of NY, July 10, 2014. Contains evidence of risks of air pollution, water contamination, inherent engineering problems, radioactive releases, occupational health and safety hazards, noise pollution, light pollution, strees, earthquake and seismic activity, abandoned & active wells, flood risks, threats to agriculture and soil quality, threats to climate system, inaccurate job claims, increased crime rates, threats to property values and mortgages, inflated estimates of reserves and profitability, disclosure of serious risks to investors, and medical and scientific calls for more study and more transparency.

Broken Ground On the frontlines of a fractured landscape
    "Broken Ground" is a project of the David Suzuki Foundation. To learn more about environmental rights in Canada, visit: Written by Alvin Singh and Alaya Boisvert, edited by Gail Mainster and Ian Hanington. Site by Point Blank Creative

Fracking in Carroll County, Ohio An impact assessment
    April, 2014 report by Policy Matters Ohio, provides impacts in cost and benefits.

pathways to deep decarbonization
    Interim 2014 Report by Sustainable Development Solutions Network a Global Initiative for the United Nations, July 8, 2014. The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and how the world can meet the internationally agreed target of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C).

Monitoring Forest Change in Landscapes Under-Going Rapid Energy Development: Challenges and New Perspectives
    Authors: Paul D. Pickell, Sarah E. Gergel, Nicholas C. Coops and David W. Andison Published July 2, 2014

Assessment and risk analysis of casing and cement impairment in oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, 2000–2012
    Authors: Anthony R. Ingraffeaa,, Martin T. Wells, Renee L. Santoro, and Seth B. C. Shonkoff "The identification of mecha- nisms through which methane may migrate to the atmosphere as fugitive emissions is important to understand the climate dimensions of oil and gas development." Published by

Video: Fracking Goes Global
    LinkTV--27 Minutes. (Earth Focus: Episode 52) US domestic gas production is on the rise because of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock by pumping millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals underground at high pressure. Environmentalists say this gas boon threatens water supplies and pollutes air. Now, as fracking expands around the world, so does growing resistance. Earth Focus looks at three countries on the new fracking frontline: South Africa, Poland, and the UK. Reported from South Africa by Jeff Barbee and Andrew Wasley (The Ecologist) from Poland and the UK. Posted June, 2014.

GLOBAL SHALE GAS AND THE ANTI-FRACKING MOVEMENT Developing Union Perspectives and Approaches
    Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and Cornell University The Worker Institute, June 2014

Monitoring Water Quality In Areas of Oil and Natural Gas Development: A Guide For Water Well Users
    The Colorado Water and Energy Research Center. This guide walks water well users through the process of measuring baseline groundwater quality and quantity. Posted June, 2014

Discussion Paper: Hydraulic Fracturing and Public Health in Nova Scotia
    Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Independent Review and Public Engagement Process Lead Author: Dr. Frank Atherton Expert Panelists: Dr. Michael Bradfield, Kevin Christmas, Dr. Shawn Dalton, Dr. Maurice Dusseault, Dr. Graham Gagnon, Dr. Brad Hayes, Constance MacIntosh, Dr. Ian Mauro & Mr. Ray Ritcey Supporting Contributors: Margo MacGregor, Sarah Saunders & Dr. David Wheeler

To the Ends of the Earth: A Guide to Unconvential Fossil Fuels
    Corporate Watch, June 2014. W hat are they? Where are they found? How are they Extracted?Social and Environmental issues. Climate changec ompanies involved Resistance!

Hydraulic fracturing and the management, disposal, and reuse of frac flowback waters: Views from the public in the Marcellus Shale
    Authors: Gene L. Theodoria, A.E. Luloff, Fern K. Willits, David B. Burnett. Study Abstract published in Energy Research & Social Science, June, 2014.

CO2, Methane, and Brine Leakage Through Subsurface Pathways: Exploring Modeling, Measurement, and Policy Options
    Author: Mary Kang, Princeton University

Air Toxics One Report: Oil Companies Used Millions of Air-Polluting Chemicals in Los Angeles Neighborhoods
    An Analysis from the Center for Biological Diversity , Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, Communities for a Better Environment, and the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment June 2014

New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule !
    No Fracking Way article by Chip Northrup on June 3, 2014. Includes video including Deborah Golderg of Earth Justice, the oral arguments and an interview with Helen Slottje. Links to press coverage on the trial.

Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States
    US Dept of Energy, National energy Technology Laboratory, Office of fossil Energy, May 29, 2014 report DOE/NETL-2014/1649. Authors: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Timothy J. Skone, P.E.; Senior Environmental Engineer Strategic Energy Analysis and Planning Division Energy Sector Planning and Analysis (ESPA); Gregory Cooney, Matthew Jamieson, James Littlefield, Joe Marriott, Ph.D. Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.

Towards a Road Map for Mitigating the Rates and Occurrences of Long-Term Wellbore Leakage
    Authors: MAURICE B. DUSSEAULT, RICHARD E. JACKSON, DANIEL MACDONALD for University of Waterloo, May 22, 2014.

Post-ABC poll: EPA rules on greenhouse gases
    June 2, 2014 poll on EPA rules on greenhouse gases

Why Energy Forecasting Goes Wildly Wrong
    Oct 23, 2013 article by Steve Yetiv and Lowell Field in Journal of Energy Science

    by Matthew Stepp & Megan Nicholson, May, 2014. Center for Clean energy Innovation

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permitting and Pretreatment for Shale Gas Extraction Wastewater Frequently Asked Questions
    draft report issued March 7, 2014 by EPA Office of Wastewater Management

Natural Gas in Your Community Participating in Decision Making & Tracking Infrastructure a Clean Air Council handbook for residents
    Clean Air Council...Federal and state agencies, as well as environmental organizations, promote public participation in decisions that affect air quality and public health. From writing comments on proposed rules or permits, to speaking at public hearings, having input from the public is a critical part of the process for ensuring that decisions related to natural gas development prioritize public health and the environment.

Health and fracking: Should the medical profession be concerned?
    This article attempts to summarise the health concerns and discuss them within the South African context. Published in the South African Medical Journal, May, 2014.

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Zephyr Teachout

For the first time since fracking became a concern to many New Yorkers, it's emerged as a top-tier issue in a major race. On Tuesday, September 9, Democrats will get to choose between incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Zephyr Teachout.

Governor Cuomo hasn't had a lot to say about the issue in recent months. The official position of his administration is that he's waiting for the Department of Health to complete its review before making a determination as to whether or not to permit fracking in New York State. No decision is expected before next year.

Fracking and renewable energy are at the very heart of Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout's campaign. She says she will impose a statewide fracking ban on her first day in office and immediately set about studying the feasibility of moving New York to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, along the lines suggested by the Solutions Project. Teachout has been pressing her campaign in a number of visits to upstate New York, including an appearance in Ithaca, where she was given a rousing introduction by Helen Slottje.

The Candidates at a Glance

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Only registered Democrats will be allowed to vote. Voters who will be unable to vote in person should apply for an absentee ballot immediately.


August 18 ~ Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill that would prohibit the importation of fracking waste for three years. Malloy declared that the moratorium "must become a permanent ban" unless the industry fully discloses both the chemicals used in fracking and the naturally occurring chemicals found in waste products. One legislator who was instrumental in shepherding the bill through the legislature said the law was necessary because it was unclear what Cuomo would do after the election. "We're concerned that being so close to New York we would be bombarded with fracking waste," said state Senator Ed Meyer.


August 12 ~ Claiming it would violate the U.S. constitution, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bipartisan bill that would bar the importation of frack waste. The measure had passed both houses of the legislature by wide margins, so an override of the veto is possible.


The People's Climate March in New York City on September 21st, which is likely to be the largest climate march in history, will a have a sizable anti-fracking contingent.

  • Corporate Welfare: A new report from Oil Change International says Americans pay twenty-one billion dollars a year to fossil fuel companies. The industry uses a significant amount of this taxpayer money ($347 million) to buy influence in Congress and keep the subsidies flowing.

  • A Quinnipiac poll released on August 22nd found that 48 percent of New Yorkers oppose fracking while 43 percent favor it. (Andrew Cuomo take note: Democrats oppose fracking by a two-to-one margin.) Quinnipiac has consistently posed its question in an "economics versus environment" format, despite the fact that there is a considerable body of evidence that shows an investment in renewables would create many more jobs than shale gas extraction.



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Aug 26, 2014
Fracking boom leaves southwest Miss. with no vacancies for evacuees
Ashley Rodrigue

MISSISSIPPI- The early, uncertain track of what has become Tropical Storm Cristobal opened the eyes of many that peak hurricane season is here. And if your family evacuation plan includes heading north to Mississippi, emergency officials there are warning about a kink in that plan. “We encourage a...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Judge Nixes Cove Point LNG Zoning Permit as Dominion Says Will Soon Receive Federal Permit
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn and Caroline Selle

An August 6 court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon could put Dominion Resources’ timeline for its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in jeopardy. Salmon ruled that an ordinance exempting the Lusby, Md.-based LNG project from loca...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Fracking prompts battles for our rural landscape
Yorkshire Post

A TUG-OF-WAR has broken out as energy companies and campaigners fight over the future of some of the most picturesque parts of Yorkshire. Anti-fracking campaigners and energy firms are fiercely lobbying over the rules which will be used to decide applications to carry out controversial ‘fracking’...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Fracking Link to Birth Defects Probed in Early Research
saac Arnsdorf

The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks. Government officials, industry advocates and the researchers themselves say more studies are needed before drawing conclusions. While the findings are still preliminary, any ...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Lawmakers hope to fund monitors for quakes in North Texas fracking areas
Dallas News
Marissa Barnett

AUSTIN — Lawmakers said Monday that they’re looking for money to add seismic monitors in areas with oil and gas production, following concerns about a series of earthquakes that rattled North Texas last winter. For now, at least, it’s just a pipe dream. The Railroad Commission, which regulates oil ...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Colorado State Court Strikes Down a Second City-Wide Fracking Ban
Gabriel Katz

A Colorado state judge recently struck down a city’s voter-approved moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” This marks the second time a Colorado judge has quashed a city’s fracking ban within a matter of two weeks. As we previously reported, three Colorado cities approved bans on frac...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
US states debate fracking ‘setback’ rule
Natural Gas Daily
Therese Robinson

With more than 1.1 million active oil and gas well as in the US as of March, according to FracTracker Alliance, regulations for the minimum distance – or setback – between wells and residential buildings such as homes, schools and hospitals has become a contentious issue between landowners and energ...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
State Considering Fracking Curbs

The State of Texas, which has seen its economy boom due to hydraulic fracturing, is considering placing new restrictions on the oil extraction process known as fracking, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports. The concerns are being led by north Texas residents who are concerned about a flurry of earthqua...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Hundreds decry fracking
Winston Salem Journal
Bertrand M. Gutierrez

WENTWORTH —Water matters, they said. The water that North Carolina protects now will be worth more than any quantity of shale gas that energy companies may discover by fracking, they said. More than 100 likeminded people – many from Stokes, Forsyth and Yadkin counties – signed up to speak during a...  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Hydrofracking chemicals must be revealed
Herald and Tribune
Frances Lamberts

Three years ago this month, Earthjustice and more than 100 other citizen groups contacted the Environmental Protection Agency with a petition. They urged public-knowledge access, assured through national regulation, to information about the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and g...  [Full Story]

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