US Environmental Protection Agency, February 11 , 2015
An emissions inventory that identifies and quantifies a country's primary anthropogenicsources and sinks of greenhouse gases is essential for addressing climate change. This inventory adheres to both a comprehensive and detailed set of methodologies for estimating sources and sinks of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, and a
common and consistent mechanism that enables Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to compare the relative contribution of different emission sources and greenhouse gases to climate change.
Study Abstract. Study by Garth T. Llewellyn, Frank Dorman. L. Westland. Yoxtheimer, Paul Grieve, Todd Sowers, E. Humston-Fulmer, and Susan L. Brantley. Published by National Academy of Sciences, April 2, 2015.
Written by syama K. Alawattaegama, Tetiana Kondratyuk, Renee Krynock, Matthew Bricker, Jennifer K. Rutter, Daniel J. Bainc & John F. Stolzab
Center for Environmental Research and Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania, USA
Department of Biological Sciences, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Department of Geology and Planetary Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh,
Published online: 03 Mar 2015.
NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD
Public Meeting of January 27, 2015
This is a synopsis from the NTSB’s Safety Study and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions and safety recommendations. NTSB staff is currently making final revisions to the report from which the attached conclusions and safety recommendations have been extracted.
Cover of the external review draft of the hydraulic fracturing drinking water research report This assessment provides a review and synthesis of available scientific literature and data to assess the potential for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas to impact the quality or quantity of drinking water resources, and identifies factors affecting the frequency or severity of any potential impacts.
May 21, 2015 decision..."we conclude that their Lake Huntington
residences are, in fact, legitimate ones for voting purposes.
Accordingly, Supreme Court erred in declaring the Lake Huntington
voters' absentee ballots invalid and directing that their names
be stricken from the registry of voters." Allowing 2nd Home Owners to vote at their 2nd home.
Methane leaks and explodes, Canadian tar sands crude sinks, and computerized control systems are being hacked. Is publicly-acceptable safety and security a realistic prospect?Author: Trudy E. Bell in The Bent of Tau Beta Pi, Winter 2015.
Study Authors: Mary Kanga, Cynthia M. Kannoa, Matthew C. Reida, Xin Zhangb, Denise L. Mauzeralla, Michael A. Celiaa, Yuheng Chenc, and Tullis C. Onstottc. National Academy of the Sciences, USA, Cross Mark, Nov., 2014.
Study Authors: David T. Allen, David W. Sullivan, Daniel Zavala-Araiza, Adam P. Pacsi, Matthew Harrison, Kindal Keen, Matthew P. Fraser, A. Daniel Hill, Brian K. Lamb, Robert F. Sawyer, and John H. Seinfeld. Environmental Science & Technology, Author Choice.
Study Authors: David T. Allen, Adam P. Pacsi, David W. Sullivan, Daniel Zavala-Araiza, Matthew Harrison, Kindal Keen, Matthew P. Fraser, A. Daniel Hill, Robert F. Sawyer, and John H. Seinfeld. Environmental Science & Technology, Author Choice.
The Marcellus Money project has been tracking the natural gas (or “fracking”) industry’s campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures in Pennsylvania since 2009, when the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom was moving into high gear. This 2014 update to the project re-focuses the period of analysis to 2007 Cycle 1 – 2014 Cycle 5 (previous releases included data from 2001 forward). The data and more information can be viewed online at www.marcellusmoney.org
Environmental, Human Health and Climate Impacts Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing Operations. Commissioned by The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation. Written by Anna Grear, Evadne Grant, Dr. Tom Kerns, Professor Karen Morrow, Dr. Damien Short. Published October 30, 2014
Environmental Integrity Project, October 22, 2014. This report was researched and written by Eric Schaeffer and Courtney Bernhardt. 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.
This paper was conceived, written and researched collectively by Tom Sanzillo, Lorne Stockman, Deborah Rogers, Hannah McKinnon, Elizabeth Bast, and Steve Kretzmann with assistance and/or additional contributions from Adam Wolfensohn, and Amin Asadollahi for the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, October, 2014.
Authors: Casey JA, Savitz DA, Rasmussen SG, Ogburn EL, Pollak J, Mercer DG, Schwartz BS.
Prenatal residential exposure to unconventional natural gas development activity was associated with two pregnancy outcomes, adding to evidence that unconventional natural gas development may impact health.
Report authored by Lukas Ross, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth and peer reviewed by Thomas O. Singer, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor at the Western Environmental Law Center. Sept, 2015
American Sociological Association Study published Sept 2, 2015 online and in October print issue of American Sociological Review. " ...a University of Iowa (UI) sociologist and his co-researchers are the first to use the Internet and social media to systematically show how a documentary film reshaped public perception and ultimately led to municipal bans on hydraulic fracking."
On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued cost-effective regulations, required by the Clean Air Act, to reduce harmful air pollution from the oil and natural gas industry while allowing continued, responsible growth in U.S. oil and natural gas production.
August 18, 2015 - EPA has proposed a suite of commonsense requirements that together will help combat climate change, reduce air pollution that harms public health, and provide greater certainty about Clean Air Act permitting requirements for the oil and natural gas industry.
S & P Capital, August 2015
Increased fracking and rising natural gas and oil supply in the U.S. will continue altering the U.S. economy, with broad economic implications.
The practice of fracking is clearly controversial. Environmentalists and local residents have raised a number of concerns, and many within and outside of the energy industry continue to study these issues. We believe increased earthquakes near fracking sites represent a risk that could harm investors across various sectors.
While the scientific and legal debates concerning fracking as the cause of increased earthquakes continue, the increased frequency and intensity of earthquakes in certain areas is clear. The risks these earthquakes pose could lead to various credit and economic changes.
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Authors: David T. Allena, Vincent M. Torresa, James Thomasa, David W. Sullivana, Matthew Harrisonb, Al Hendlerb, Scott C. Herndonc, Charles E. Kolbc, Matthew P. Fraserd, A. Daniel Hille, Brian K. Lambf, Jennifer Miskiminsg, Robert F. Sawyerh, and John H. Seinfeldi
Edited by Susan L. Brantley, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, and approved August 19, 2013 (received for review March 20, 2013)
Kuishuang Feng, Steven J. Davis, Laixiang Sun, & Klaus Hubacek.
Published July 21, 2015, Nature Communications
Fossil fuel CO2 emissions in the United States decreased by B11% between 2007 and 2013, from 6,023 to 5,377 Mt. This decline has been widely attributed to a shift from the use of coal to natural gas in US electricity production. However, the factors driving the decline have not been quantitatively evaluated; the role of natural gas in the decline therefore remains speculative.
Authors: Thomas Jemielita , George L. Gerton , Matthew Neidell, Steven Chillrud, Beizhan Yan, Martin Stute, Marilyn Howarth, Pouné Saberi, Nicholas Fausti, Trevor M. Penning, Jason Roy, Kathleen J. Propert, Reynold A. Panettieri Jr. Published July 15, 2015 Funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Environmental Defense Fund Study, July, 2015. Authors: Robert Harriss, Ramon A. Alvarez, David Lyon, Daniel Zavala-Araiza, Drew Nelson, and Steven P. Hamburg. Published in Environmental Science & Technology.
ICF International Report, June 22, 2015.
Project Scope and Objective
1. Characterize natural gas and methane emissions from federal and tribal lands • By state
• By segment (Production, Gathering, Processing, Transmission, and Storage) • By emission source (e.g., pneumatics, compressors, flaring)
2. Determine the value of gas lost due to venting, flaring, and fugitives from federal and tribal lands
3. Determine the potential for mitigation on federal and tribal lands
• Estimate any differences in cost efficiency of reduction options between National and federal/ tribal lands
Report by Environmental Science & Technology, June 7, 2015. Authors: Zacariah Louis Hildenbrand, Doug D Carlton, Brian Fontenot, Jesse M. Meik, Jayme Walton,
Josh Taylor, Jonathan Thacker, Stephanie Korlie, C. Phillip Shelor, Drew Henderson, Akinde Florence Kadjo, Corey Roelke, Paul F. Hudak, Taylour Burton, Hanadi S. Rifai, and Kevin A. Schug
Abstract. Study authors: Brian E. Fontenot, Laura R. Hunt, Zacariah L. Hildenbrand, Doug D. Carlton Jr., Hyppolite Oka, Jayme L. Walton, Dan Hopkins, Alexandra Osorio, Bryan Bjorndal, Qinhong H. Hu, and Kevin A. Schug. July 25, 20134
Authors: Avner Vengosh and Robert Jackson, Duke University. Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. Published October 20, 2014
Richard Liroff, Investor Environmental Health Network Danielle Fugere, As You Sow
Lucia von Reusner, Green Century Capital Management, Inc. Steven Heim, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC, posted Dec, 2014
Clean Air Task Force Report Summary. The full report will be available in Dec, 2014. Earthjustice, Earthworks, and Environmental Defense Fund have reviewed this report. The full text of the report will be available online at http://catf.us/resources/publications/view/205
2nd Edition, 2014; Authors Betsy Taylor and Kathy Washienko, Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, Inc.
Crispin Pierce, Kristin Walters, Jeron Jacobson and Zachary Kroening University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; Accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Health (Nov. 2015, in press). Abstract: The rapid growth of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction in the U.S. has led to more than 140 permitted “frac” sand mines and processing plants in Wisconsin.
RT Documentary--53 minutes. Published on Oct 10, 2014
All across the USA people are rising up against fracking. They don’t believe the process is safe and think it causes wide-scale land contamination. Ever more extraction sites are being approved and developed with new plant being built in once idyllic landscapes.
Nature, Oct, 2014. Authors: Haewon McJeon, Jae Edmonds, Nico Bauer, Leon Clarke, Brian Fisher, Brian P. Flannery, Jérôme Hilaire, Volker Krey, Giacomo Marangoni, Raymond Mi, Keywan Riahi, Holger Rogner & Massimo Tavoni
"Our results show that although market penetration of globally abundant gas may substantially change the future energy system, it is not necessarily an effective substitute for climate change mitigation policy9, 10.:
As natural gas extraction expands across the Central Appalachian region, that industrial-scale energy development is encroaching on public lands that are critically important for fishing and hunting. In this report, Trout Unlimited takes a deeper look into those public places, outlining the potential risks posed by gas drilling operations and providing recommendations from sportsmen and women that promote responsible energy development.
Sam Gallaher, Doctoral Candidate Jonathan Pierce, Post-Doctoral Scholar Chris Weible, Associate Professor Jennifer Kagan, Graduate Assistant Tanya Heikkila, Associate Professor Benjamin Blair, Research Associate
School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver, July, 2014
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Tell Governor Cuomo "Kill the Constitution Pipeline!"
New York doesn't need the so-called "Constitution" Pipeline, a 124-mile long high-pressure pipeline that would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania into upstate New York. We don't need another dangerous and destructive infrastructure project that will increase our dependence on fossil fuels.
If the corporation behind the project gets its way, it will seize private property by eminent domain, clear-cut 700,000 mature trees and trench through hundreds of streams and wetlands. The clear-cutting will increase runoff and exacerbate flooding in a region already hard hit by frequent flooding. Pristine trout streams and important drinking water supplies will be contaminated. Natural habitats will be fragmented and the landscape will be scarred. Upstate New York will never be the same.
The pipeline has already been approved by the federal government, but there's still a chance to stop it. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation can refuse to issue a water quality certificate if it determines that the project is liable to harm our water supplies. Without the state's water quality certificate, the project is dead.
In other words, Governor Cuomo's DEC can stop the pipeline if it does the job it's supposed to do—protect our water resources.
Coventry has become the second town in Connecticut to pass an ordinance banning fracking waste from natural gas or oil drilling and extraction. The town of Washington passed a ban earlier this year.
Senate Bill 875 (Bartolotta-R-Fayette) encouraging the reusing of abandoned mine water for drilling operations was given final approval by the Senate Tuesday and now goes to Gov. Wolf for his action.
The bill clarifies legal liabilities associated with the use of treated mine water in oil and gas... [Full Story]
Does anyone remember the Cheney energy task force? Early in the George W. Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney released a report that was widely derided as a document written by and for Big Energy — because it was. The administration fought tooth and nail to keep the process by which the ... [Full Story]
At an industry conference in Philadelphia last month, oil and gas executives gathered to hear about a little-known public relations effort with a very precise target: newly hired state and federal environmental inspectors.
At a seminar titled “Staying Ahead of Federal and State Regulations: A Par... [Full Story]
The US rig count is down 56% from this time last year. The rig count decline has hit some areas harder than others. For example the Bakken has lost more than three quarters of its rigs (figure 1). The Eagle Ford, Eaglebine, and Granite Wash plays also saw above average losses. Plays such as the Marc... [Full Story]
The small leaks, called fugitive emissions, are invisible and do not smell. But can be detected by infrared cameras in many places, from drilling operations to storage tanks to pipelines transporting natural gas. They are emerging as a major issue in the fight to slow climate change, says Chris Seve... [Full Story]
Just when it looked like King George County would be the first in the region to regulate gas and oil drilling, the Board of Supervisors has put its proposed ordinance on hold, suggesting it might wait a year to take action. [Full Story]
t a shale industry conference in Philadelphia, former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani offered up advice to drilling companies struggling with an oil price collapse and increasing public awareness of the damage that fracking can do to air, water, the climate and the econo... [Full Story]
In the ongoing Pennsylvania budget stalemate, one of the sticking points is Gov. Tom Wolf's severance tax proposal on natural gas drilling companies operating in the state.
The governor's budget proposed a 5 percent extraction — or severance — tax rate plus 4.7 cents per thousand cubic feet of vo... [Full Story]
There have been rumblings in the past that fracking causes earthquakes. However, the issue became more than just some rumbles after the StatesFirst intuitive, a group of seismologists, academics, industry experts, and state officials, studied the rise of earthquakes in and around areas where hydraul... [Full Story]
An enormous pollution plume that spun around central Texas last year appears to have been triggered by a single oil and gas collection facility. The plume is just one example of how the fracking boom is changing the environment in the Lone Star State.
Natural gas wells there widely burn, or “flar... [Full Story]
Angela Spotts is used to talking to the media at this point. As a founding member of Stop Fracking Payne County she's been talking to anyone who will listen about the dramatic increase in earthquake activity in this area and her belief that it's connected to oil and gas recovery activities since bef... [Full Story]
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is nominating his chief environmental advisor, Basil Seggos, to be the new head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Seggos would replace Acting Commisioner Marc Gerstman, who will continue in his role as executive deputy commissioner.
Per a press release, ... [Full Story]
KINGWOOD — The Hunterdon Land Trust sent a cease and desist letter to PennEast after discovering contractors allegedly trespassing on the Muddy Run Preserve in Hunterdon County on Wednesday.
PennEast contractors were attempting to survey the property, which lies in the proposed pipeline route, de... [Full Story]
Frackers, not so much, even though they are arguably, an invasive species, particularly Okies, which are considered such even in Texas.
Who is Basil Seggos you may ask. He was one of the top advisors that lead to a ban on fracking in New York. Nice pedigree, but he never met a pipeline he didn’t... [Full Story]