Industry Partner or Industry Puppet? How MIT's influential study of fracking was authored, funded, and released by oil and gas industry insiders
Ernest J. Moniz, Obama's nominee for Energy Secretary, took a lucrative position on the board of ICF International, a consulting firm with significant oil and gas ties, just weeks after he chaired the study group that authored "The Future of Natural Gas", a report promoting shale gas.
National Parks and Fracking
A 2013 report from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) on the affects on hydraulic fracturing on U.S. National Parks. Includes 7 Case Studies of: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Obed Wild and Scenic River, Grand Teton National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and Glacier National Park.
New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
No.1-2013; Articles include "The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development on State and Local Economies: Benefits, Costs and Uncertainties" by Jannette M. Barth.
Gone for Good - Fracking and Water Loss in the West
A 2013 report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC). which outlines the status of water consumption forfracking in four states: Colorado; Montana; North Dakota; and Wyoming. The report also outlines and evaluates current regulatory frameworks for fracking
water usage in each of those states. Regulating the water use connected with fracking has to this point, like all water use regulation, been a state rather than a federal responsibility.
Symptomatology of a Gas Field
An investigation in Australia's SW Queensland area during February and March 2013 by a concerned General Practitioner, in relation to health complaints by people living in close proximity to coal seam gas development. The report includes a survey of thirty -five households in the Tara residential estates and the Kogan/Montrose region along with three families who had left the area.
The Biggest Myth of All - "Natural Gas" is a Clean Fossil Fuel
Powerpoint presentation by Tony Ingraffea, (Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, and President of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Inc. ) at the March, 2013 Stop the Frack Attack National Summit in Dallas, TX.
Drill, Baby, Drill: Can Unconventional Fuels Usher in a New Era of Energy Abundance?
by J. David Hughes, Feb., 2013, Post Carbon Institutue
Enforcement Report: NYSDEC
A 2012 Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project report on NY DEC's inability to adequately enforce oil and gas rules, which will harm New York’s public health, safety, and
Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight
This study analyzes a plan to convert New York State’s (NYS’s) all-purpose (for electricity, transporta- tion, heating/cooling, and industry) energy infrastructure to one derived entirely from wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) generating electricity and electrolytic hydrogen.
Human Health Risks and Exposure Pathways of Proposed Hydrofracking in NYS
Report to the DEC and DEH in October, 2012 with David Brown, ScD, public health toxicologist, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project; David O. Carpenter, MD, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany; Ron Bishop, PhD, Department of Chemistry, SUNY Oneonta; and Sheila Bushkin, MD, MPH, Public Health and Preventive Medicine consultant
Video: 1/3 Marcellus Shale Exposed: Tony Ingraffea /Keynote
53 minutes. Published on Apr 3, 2012
Video by Cris McConkey. "Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts". Keynote address by Anthony Ingraffea at Marcellus Shale Exposed, held March 17, 2012 at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. In his presentation, Dr. Ingraffea decimates four myths central to the shale gas industry: (1) Fracing is a 60-year old, well-proven technology; (2) Fluid Migration from faulty wells is a rare phenomenon; (3) The use of multi-well pads and cluster drilling reduces surface impacts; and (4) Natural Gas is a clean fossil fuel. The first part deals largely with well integrity, or lack there-of due to inevitible cement failures and human health impacts
Video: 2/3 Marcellus Shale Exposed: Tony Ingraffea /Keynote
17 minutes. Published on Apr 3, 2012
Video by Cris McConkey. "Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts". Keynote address by Anthony Ingraffea at Marcellus Shale Exposed, held March 17, 2012 at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. The second part deals with methane emissions from the shale-gas industry, and the imperative of reducing this powerful greenhouse gas immediately.
Video: 3/3 Marcellus Shale Exposed: Tony Ingraffea /Keynote
21 minutes. Published on Apr 3, 2012
Video by Cris McConkey. "Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts". Keynote address by Anthony Ingraffea at Marcellus Shale Exposed, held March 17, 2012 at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. The last part is the Q and A, Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell and a co-founder of Physicians, Scientists Engineers for Sustainable and Healthy Energy.
Video: Ian Urbina @ NYU: The New York Times Drilling Down Series 4-17-2013
Published on Apr 30, 2013; 1 hour 16 minute video. Produced by The Environment TV.
Video: Kids "rap" against fracking in CO
1 minute; Published on May 8, 2013
Two brothers from http://www.earthguardians.org/ in Boulder, Colorado rap to students at Evergreen Middle School about the dangers of "fracking" filmed on Friday, May 3 and posted on Wednesday, May 8.
Preliminary Comments on a report by the Empire Center for New York State Policy (A project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research), titled “The Economic Effects of Hydrofracturing on Local Economies: A Comparison of New York and Pennsylvania,” May 2013
Comments prepared by: Jannette M. Barth,Ph.D., Economist, Pepacton
Institute LLC, May 7, 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress
In the map below, one can see that almost half (47 percent) of shale gas and oil wells are being developed in regions with high to extremely high water stress. This means that more than 80 percent of the annual available water is being withdrawn by municipal, industrial and agricultural users in these regions. Overall, 75 percent of wells are located in regions with medium or higher baseline water stress levels.
Norse Energy v Town of Dryden NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Coalition Letter: Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities and Imports/Exports
May 1, 2013 Letter to NY Governor Cuomo
FACT SHEET: Liberty Natural Gas - ‘Port Ambrose’ A Proposed Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas Facility
Prepared by Clean Ocean Action April, 2013
IOGA letter to Cuomo -- on Earth Day
Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York
April 22, 2013 Includes member names which were later deleted.
Video: Natural Gas and Polluted Air
7 minutes, Feb 26, 2011 Garfield County is at the heart of Colorado's natural gas gold rush. Residents there complain of air quality problems.
Gone for Good Fracking and Water Loss in the West
Western Organization of Resource Councils 2013 report
National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Balancing Energy Needs, Nature, and America's National Heritage
National Parks Conservation Association report 2013
National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
National Parks Conservation Association 2013 Case Study
National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
National Parks Conservation Association 2013 Case Study
National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and Delaware Water Gap national Recreation Area, New York/ Pennsylvania/ New Jersey
National Park Conservation Association 2013 Case Study
National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River, Kentucky–Tennessee Border
National Parks Conservation Association 2013 Case Study
National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing: Glacier National Park, Montana
National Parks Conservation Association 2013 Case Study
Legislative Interference with the Patient-Physician Relationship
New England Journal of Medicine, Oct.18, 2012 by Steven E. Weinberger, M.D., Hal C. Lawrence III. M.D., Douglas E. Henley, M.D., Errol R. Alden, M.D., and David B. Hoyt, M.D.
Economic Assessment Report for the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on NYS Oil, Gas, and Solution Mining Regulatory Program
Aug, 2011 prepared for NYS DEC by Ecology and Environment, Inc.
Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets
Carbon Tracker and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE
Gas Rush Stories, part 10: Germans
Video: 17 minutes Published on Jan 4, 2013
Gas Rush Stories visits Germany to explore an international perspective of the issue of shale gas development.
When the film "Gasland" aired in Germany, the German public was awakened to the fact that the gas industry is already using hydraulic fracturing in their country. The uproar caused by the film forced Exxon Mobile Germany to rethink its strategies of how to promote unconventional shale gas development in Germany.
Germany, the world leader in developing renewable energy, is currently in the process of determining the role that shale gas might play in Germany's energy future. The environmental authorities will advocate for strict regulation and oversight if the German legislature permits unconventional gas development in Germany.
MORE INFO ON GAS RUSH STORIES: gasrushstories.com
Baseline Groundwater Quality Testing Needs in the Eagle Ford Shale Region
Author Virginia E. Palacios. Project for Master of Environmental Management degree at Duke University, 2012.
Chief Medical Officer of Health's Recommendations Concerning Shale Gas Development in New Brunswick
Sept, 2013 Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) New Brunswick Department of Health
Sandra Steingraber: “Sometimes you need to feel unsafe”
Video: 3 minutes. Bill Moyers interviews Sandra Steingraber posted April 17, 2013. In this conversation with Bill, biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber explains her role in inspiring others to protect children from environmental toxins.
“I see my job as not helping people to feel they can be safe,” she says, “but rather showing and illuminating where the paths to activism lie.”
Sandra Steingraber’s War on Toxic Trespassers
Video: 46 minutes. Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to talk about the need to build awareness about toxins that contaminate our air, water and food — and threaten our children’s health. With government captured by the very industries it’s supposed to regulate, Steingraber says she’s lost patience with politicians and corporations, and the time for direct action is now.
Steingraber also talks to Bill about her arrest for illegally blocking the driveway of a natural gas company as part of a protest against the controversial energy extraction process known as fracking. Steingraber went to jail on April 17, the day after this conversation was taped. She is currently serving a 15-day sentence.
Video: Fracking Hell: The Untold Story
17 minute video. An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?
Shale gas exploration and production: Key issues and responsible business practices
Guidance note for financiers...March 2013. The Climate Principles--A framework for the finance sector.
Video: C-SPAN StudentCam 2013 Honorable Mention - Set the standard for safe fracking by Eric Smith
C-Span Student Documentary Competition honorable mention video.
Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in California: A Wastewater and Water Quality Perspective
Authors: Michael Kiparsky and Jayni Fley Hein from Berkeley Law, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. April, 2013
"The Intersection Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Climate Change"
Video: 23 MINUTES Published on Apr 7, 2013
Dr. Anthony Ingraffea discusses methane leaks in natural gas systems and the cumulative climate impact of those leaks. Created by Developing Pictures https://vimeo.com/62563386
The Intersection Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Climate Change: 6 min video
Published on Apr 9, 2013
Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, and has taught structural mechanics, finite element methods, and fracture mechanics at Cornell for 37 years. Dr. Ingraffea's research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes. He and his students have performed pioneering research in using interactive computer graphics in computational mechanics, and together they have authored more than 250 papers in these areas.
NO FRACKING WAY: THE NATURAL GAS BOOM IS DOING MORE HARM THAN GOOD-On WNET
Video: Intelligence Squared Debates--57 minutes Published on Jul 19, 2012
Natural gas, touted for its environmental, economic, and national security benefits, is often thought of as the fuel that will "bridge" our transition from oil and coal to renewables. The ability to extract natural gas from shale formations through a method called
Pennsylvania Family Says Gas Drilling Turning Paradise Into Nightmare
The Headleys built their house just before the gas-drilling boom hit. They had a chance to buy the gas rights but chose not to. Now, they're sharing their 115-acre farm with the Marcellus Shale industry. (3:47)
NY State Supreme Court (Steuben County) decison Sierra Club v Village of Painted Post
Petitioners granted an injunction enjoining further water withdrawals pursuant to the Surplus Water Sale Agreement pending the Village respndent's compliance with SEQRA. March 25, 2013
Jan 23, 2013 Ingraffea/Engelder debate--Englender slides. Audio separately posted.
|An Introduction to Shale Gas Extraction & Hydraulic Fracturing|
USGS: Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the Devonian Marcellus Shale of the Appalachian Basin Province, 2011
Fact Sheet 2011-3092 for the US Geological Survey report on amount of shale gas resources in the Marcellus Shale.
Water Resources and Natural Gas Production from the Marcellus Shale
A United States Geological Report concludes that the environmental impact of drilling in the Marcellus Shale is poorly understood. May 2009.
Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale
A Congressional Research Service Report, September 2009.
The Drillers Are Coming
Scientific American reports on the Marcellus gas play. By Mark Fischetti, 2010.
Geology News Earth Science Current Events
Geology.com articles on the Marcellus Shale. August 2010.
Above the Shale
An excerpt from "Half Full Water Futures in the Western Catskills", it highlights the potential impact of fracking on a "pass through" community. BY Open Space Institute/Urban Design Research Seminar, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, December 1, 2011,
Geologist Predicts 'line of death'
A scan of the article predicting that much of the Marcellus formation doesn't contain recoverable reserves. Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal, April 2011.
Map of the "Line of Death"
The blue line purports to show the eastern extent of recoverable gas in the Marcellus. Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal, April 11, 2011.
Marcellus Shale Initiative Publications Database
A compendium of scientific and academic studies, Bucknell University.
How Fracturing Works
Produced by Earthworks. February 2009.
How a gas well is drilled down into the ground, and what can go wrong
The purpose of this “slide show” is to illustrate how a gas (or oil) well is drilled down into the ground. Prepared by the West Virginia Surface Rights Owner's Organization. October 2007.
Hydraulic Fracturing 101
An introduction to hydaulic fracturing from Earthworks.
Drilling for gas: How 'fracking' works
Six slides detailing the fracking process by CNN. September 13, 2010.
Marcellus Shale Photos of Drilling Pads, Wast Pits, Compressor Stations and More
Aerial photos of fracking, wastewater impoundments, compressor stations, and active drilling operations, as well as newly excavated drilling pads and recently completed Marcellus Shale gas wells.
Hyrofracking: The Pressure To Drill
In this half-hour special, NY1 examines the issues behind the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking. (Video) December 15, 2010.
Horizontal Hydrofracking of Shale Gas in New York
Slide and audio presentation by James "Chip" Northrup. (Forty-two minutes) October 20, 2010.
Horizontal Hydrofracking of Shale In New York
A fifty-four minute presentation by former oil and gas executive James "Chip" Northrup. April 11, 2011.
Dr. Anthony Ingraffea on hydrofracking the Marcellus shale (Part 1)
Video, Seven minutes. March 2, 2010.
Dr. Anthony Ingraffea on fracking
Cornell Professr Dr. Anthony Ingraffea discusses the engineering challenges and the regulatory structure that governs hydraulic fracturing. Video of a presentation given in Pulteney, New York, February 11, 2010.
Animation of Hydraulic fracturing explained by children
Created by artist Brigitta Varadi in collaboration with Abbi (9) and Leah (12) Sweeney, Dr. Aidin McLoughlin and Janice Daly and uploaded 12/3/2011
Hydraulic Fracturing 101 Sept 24th, 2011
United States Geological Survey hydrologist Bill Kappel, coauthor the USGS report Marcellus Shale Water Resources and Natural Gas Production from the Marcellus Shale. Kappel addresses the mechanics of the drilling and hydrofracking in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations in New York.
|Environmental and Health Risks|
A Revolution Underground: A Sneak Peek
by Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations. It's study offers an in-depth scrutiny of oil and gas industry's claims about safety of hydraulic fracturing...
ASSAULT ON AMERICA: A Decade of Petroleum Company Disaster,Pollution, and Profit
From 2000 to 2010, the oil and gas industry accounted for hundreds of
deaths, explosions, fires, seeps, and spills as well as habitat and
wildlife destruction in the United States. National Wildlife Foundation, 2010
Chemical and Biological Risk Assessment for Natural Gas Extraction in New York
Gas extraction "poses significant chemical and biological hazards to human health and ecosystem stability." Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., State University of New York, College at Oneonta. (Draft.) January 21, 2011.
Fracking, Climate Change and the Water Crisis
Sept 2012 Issue Brief by Food & Water Watch
Fracking The Future--How Uncoventional Gas Threatens Our Water, Health and Climate
From Desmogblog.com, May 7, 2011
Impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction on the environment and on human health
A report by the European Parliament Study, June 2011
INDEX OF THE DIGEST OF INDEPENDENT SCIENCE ON HYDROFRACKING
Grassroots Environmental Education prepared this list of studies for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, July, 2012.
Gas fracking: can we safely squeeze the rocks?
Article Nov., 2012 by UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service. Thematic Focus: Resource Efficiency, Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste
Oil and Gas Pollution
In areas where oil and gas development is prevalent, air, water and soil resources can become contaminated. By Earthworks.
Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Chemicals, Waste and Environmental Impacts
Text to Dr. Subra's power point presentation. June 23, 2009
Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Chemicals, Waste and Environmental Impacts
A power point presentation by Wilma Subra. June 23, 2009.
Pathways and Sources of Contamination
Oil and gas chemicals enter the environment via several pathways. Published by Earthworks.
Should fracking stop? Extracting gas from shale increases the availability of this resource, but the health and environmental risks may be too high.
Natural gas extracted from shale comes at too great a cost to the environment, say Robert W. Howarth and Anthony Ingraffea.
Ten Problems with New York’s Shale Gas Drilling Plan
By: Environmental Working Group and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy
Energy, June 13, 2012
Will Natural Gas Fuel American in the 21st Century? by J. David Hughes
A report is skeptical on ability of gas drilling to meet projections. By the Post Carbon Institute, May, 2011.
Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?
Three supplemental articles: Agriculture and Natural by Michael Bomford
Problems and Opportunities with Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel by Richard Gilbert and Anthony Perl
Public Health Concerns of Shale Gas By Brian S. Schwartz, MD, MS and Cindy Parker, MD, MPH Published by the Post Carbon Institute, May, 2011
Fracking Hell: The True cost of America's Gas Rush
The Ecologist, December 2010. (Video: 14:00)
Understanding Gas Drilling: Environmental and Health Risks
Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, endocrinologist Dr. Adam Law, NRDC Attorney Kate Sinding,Paul Hartman, Dir. of Goverment Relations for Chesapeake Energy. Presented by the Sullivan County legislature. July 15, 2010. (Video:186 minutes.)
Potential Impacts to Water and Air from Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction Operations
A Powerpoint by Conrad Volz, DrPH, MPH,Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
Director-Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC).
The Shale Gas Industry: Risks to Human Health and the Environment
Powerpoint by Stephen Penningroth, Ph.D., Community Science Institute, ,June,2010.
Gas Patch Roulette: HOW SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT RISKS PUBLIC HEALTH IN PENNSYLVANIA
A report by
Nadia Steinzor, Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project,
Wilma Subra, Subra Company
and Lisa Sumi, an environmental research and science consultant, October 2012.
Human Health Risks and Exposure Pathways of Proposed Horizontal Hydrofracking in New York State
Presentation to NYS DEC and the NYS Dept of Health October 9, 2012 in a meeting convened by Grassroots Environmental Education, non-profit organization.
Health Effects Spreadsheet and Summary
"TEDX maintains a publicly available database of the potential health effects of chemicals used during natural gas operations. The list currently contains nearly 1,000 products, but it is by no means complete." The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.
The Health Impact Assessment of New Energy Sources: Shale Gas Extraction
Twenty-three presentations at a conference sponsored by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. April 30- May 1, 2012.
Human Health Risks and Exposure Pathways of Proposed Horizontal Hydrofracking in New York State
Report prepared by Grassroots Environmental Education presented 10/9/2012 to NYS DEC and NYS DOH.
Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts Human Health
Webinar by Richard J. Jackson, MD with critical comments from Anthony Ingraffea, PhD, Kathleen Nolan, MD., and Sandra Steingraber, PhD. Posted February 11, 2013
IMPACTS OF GAS DRILLING ON HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH
By MICHELLE BAMBERGER and ROBERT E. OSWALD in New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy,December 2012.
Missing from the Table: Role of the Environmental Public Health Community in Governmental Advisory Commissions Related to Marcellus Shale Drilling
By Bernard D. Goldstein, Jill Kriesky,and Barbara Pavliakova in Environmental Health Perspectives, Jan 1, 2012
Natural Gas Flowback: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety
By the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project, April, 2011.
Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective
By Theo Colburn, Carol Kwiatkowski, Kim Schultz, and Mary Bachran. September 4, 2010
Potential Exposure-Related Human Health Effects of Oil and Gas Development: A White Paper
, MD, MSPH
, MD, MA.
September 15, 2008
Public Health Dimensions of Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing: Knowledge, Obstacles, Tactics, and Opportunities
Seth B. Shonkoff, MPH*
University of California, BerkeleyA Report for the 11th Hour Project
April 17, 2012
Scientific Solutions: Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health
Michelle Bamberger and Robert E. Oswald in New Solutions, Vol. 22(1) 51-77, 2012.
Strengthening Toxic Chemical Risk Assessments to Protect Human Health
By Sarah Janssen, MD., PhD, MPH; Jennifer Sass, Ph.D; Ted Schettler, MD MPH; Gina Solomon, MD, MPH, Prepared for NRDC and SEHN, February,2012.
Taking the Handle Off the Fracking Pump: Human Rights and the Role of Public Health Inquiry in the Age of Extreme Fossil Fuel Extraction
Presentation by Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., at "Epidemiologic and Public Health Considerations of Shale Gas Production: the Missing Link" conference in Arlington, VA. January 9, 2012.
What happens when the doctor doesn't know?
"We recognize that there is already a need to conduct epidemiological studies and to educate ourselves and the public about the best ways to keep our communities healthy." Press release from Marily J. Heine, MD, President, Pennsylvania Medical Society, February 1, 2012.
Working Paper: Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Infant Health: Evidence from PA
Elaine L. Hil, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, July, 2012.
Written Testimony of Conrad Daniel Volz, DrPH, MPH
Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and its
Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, Joint Hearing “Natural Gas Drilling, Public
Health and Environmental Impacts”, April 12, 2011
Appeal to Gov. Cuomo to Consider Cancer Risks Re: High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas
Healthcare professionals,cancer survivors and others call on Governor Cuomo to recognize the cancer threats posed by fracking. Dec 12, 2011
CWA Health Care Coordinating Council Resolution on Hydrofracking
Communications Workers of America District 1 Health Co-ordinating Council calls for a prohibition on fracking in a letter to Governor Cuomo.. December 12, 2011.
Health Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing Techniques
Comments submitted to the NYS Assembly Committess on Health and Environmental Conservation by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. June 6, 2011
Letter to Cuomo on Lack of Public Participation in DOH Health Impact Analysis
Dated Feb 5, 2013; Member of Assembly Barbara Lifton plus 64 other Assemblypersons.
Letter from NYS Senator Tony Avella to Governor Cuomo
Nov 29, 2012 letter expressing concern about legitimacy of the health impact assessment to be overseen by NY DOH.
LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONCERNS – REPORT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE NEEDS Prepared for the New York State High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel
"When NYSDEC begins issuing permits after the SGEIS and HVHF gas drilling regulations are finalized, LHDs will need resources to support the NYSDEC regulatory program and to address any potentialpublic health issues that may arise." January 5, 2012.
Medical Professionals and Others Appeal to Governor Cuomo
To order a health impact assessment of hydraulic fracturing. October 5, 2011.
No Compromise on an Independent, Comprehensive Health Impact Assessment
POSITION PAPER—NEW YORKERS AGAINST FRACKING by Sandra Steingraber, PhD and Kathleen Nolan, MD, MSL
NYS Association of Coutny Health Officials Report To High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
NYSACHO urges the state to ensure that the private parties who stand to profit from gas drilling and sales will finance an expert, independent, and evidence-based study of potential public health impacts, preventive approaches to mitigate human health risks, and estimated related costs prior to lifting the moratorium on permits. January 12, 2012
NYS DOH Letter to NYS DEC Recommending Serious Health Review Before Permitting
Transcript of Public Hearing Health Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing Techniques
NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and Health. May 26, 2011. 324 pages
History of Oil and Gas Well Abandonment in New York
by Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., C.H.O, Chemistry & Biochemistry Departmetn at SUNY College, Oneonta. Published by Sustainable Otsego, January 2012.
New York State Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources 1995
From the Division of Mineral Resources Annual Report: One of the biggest challenges facing the oil and gas regulatory program is the growing liability of idle and abandoned wells. In most cases financial security, even for operators in compliance with current regulations, does not provide sufficient funding to plug the covered wells. When operators default on their tax bills and counties foreclose on properties that contain unplugged wells, those wells
become a liability for local taxpayers. This is not a hypothetical worst-case scenario, but reflect current events already happening in the counties.
Human Health Risk Assessment of Air Emissions from Development of Unconventional Natural Gas Resources
March 19, 2012 by: Lisa M. McKenziea, Roxana Z. Wittera, Lee S. Newmana, John L. Adgatea.
Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado
EPA Needs to Improve Air Emissions Data for the Oil and Natural Gas Production Sector
EPA Office of Inspector General, Report No. 13-P-0161, Feb, 20, 2013
An Exploratory Study of Air Quality near Natural Gas Operations
by Theo Colborn, Kim Schultz, Lucille Herrick & Carol Kwiatkowski
Peer-reviewed and accepted for publication by Human and Ecological Assessment Nov 9, 2012
Implications of Study: An Exploratory Study of Air Quality Near Natural Gas Operations
Prepared by TEDX The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Nov., 2012
References for Study: Exploring Air Quality Near Natural Gas Operations
Authors: Theo Colborn, Kim Schultz, Lucille Herrick, Carol Kwiatkowski Nov, 2012
Air Pollution Exposure and Risk Near Unconventional Natural Gas Drill Sites: Example from Garfield County, Colorado
A Powerpoint by John Adgate, PhD, MSPH, Professor and Chair
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
University of Colorado, Spring 2012.
Outdoor Air: Oil and Natural Gas Production
An EPA site describing the airborne contaminants associated with oil and gas production.
Emissions from Natural Gas Production in the Barnett Shale Area and Opportunities for Cost-Effective Improvements
By Al Armendariz, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Southern Methodist University, January 26, 2009.
Impacts to Sir from Marcellus Shale Gas Extractions Operations OGAP Conference
A PowerPoint on air contamination by Conrad Volz, DrPH, MPH
NE PA Marcellus Shale Short-Term Ambient Air Sample Report
A report from the PA DEP, Jan. 12, 2011.
Report to the Clean Air Council on Field Inspection and Methane Sampling Survey of Parts of Leroy, Granville and Franklin Townships Bradford County, PA
June 8, 2012 Report by Gas Safety, Inc.
DEP Response to Clean Air Council on Report on Inspection and Methane Sampling in Bradford County, PA
Misting Ponds in Washington Count, PA
So-called misting ponds have long been used to elimate drilling waste by evaporation in the arid Southwest; now they're being used in Pennsylvania. Summer 2010.
Uintah Basin Study Area
"High ozone levels have been measured in areas with significant oil and gas development in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico." Results of monitoring of air quality in 2006 and 2007.
Sublette County Air Pollution Advisory: Ozone
For Upper Green River Basin/Sublette County
by Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality,
February 27, 2008.
Sublette nonattainment recommended
Rural Sublette County does not meet federal standards for ozone pollution. By Derek Farr, March 18, 2009.
Letter to EPA Urging Adoption of Strongest Possible Standards to Reduce Harmful Emissions
A letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson re: air pollutants from natural gas extractions. Signed by the American Lung Associaton, American Public Health Associaton, American Thoracic Society, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Trust for America's Health. November 30, 2011.
Gassed! Citizen Investigation of Toxic Air Pollution from Natural Gas Development
Community based monitoring of air quality. By Global Community Monitor, July 2011.
Worker Exposure to Silica during Hydraulic Fracturing
United States Department of Labor--The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identified exposure to airborne silica as a health hazard to workers conducting some hydraulic fracturing operations during recent field studies.
Toxicosis in Sheep Following Ingestion of Natural Gas Condensate
Thirty sheep died or were put down "following a 1-day accidental exposure to natural gas condensate. Despite access to potable well water, the poisoned ewes willingly consumed toxic doses of condensate that contaminated surface water." By R. ADLER, H. J. BOERMANS, J. E. MOULTON, AND D. A. MOORE, Departments of Veterinary Pathology (RA, JEM), Pharmacology & Toxicology (HJB), and Medicine (DAM),
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
A Local Law Of The County Of Ulster, New York Known As The “Hydraulic Fracturing Brine Prohibition Act”
Ulster County's "brine" spreading prohibition, enacted July 23, 2012.
Putnam County Bans Use of Fracking Waste
The Putnam County NY Legislature voted unanimously on March 6, 2013 to ban the sale of fracking waste, its use on county roads and private land, and its introduction into county or privately-run wastewater treatment plants.
Westchester County Bans Use of Fracking Wastewater
The Westcher County, NY, Board of Legislators unanimously voted in December of 2012 to prohibit county facilities from treating the wastewater produced by Natural Gas drilling. They also won't allow any of its brine, typically used to de-ice roads, to be used within the county borders.
WASTEWATER DISPOSAL: “BRINE’ SPREADING ON ROADS
An overview of "brine" spreading prepared for Sullivan County legislators. By Bruce Ferguson, May 2012.
Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing
US House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce Minority Report, April, 2011.
Chemicals in Natural Gas Operations
"As natural gas production rapidly increases across the U.S., its associated pollution has reached the stage where it is contaminating essential life support systems." by The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.
The Fossil Fuel Connection
To many people, however, our work on the chemicals used during natural gas operations and our work on prenatal exposure to EDCs has seemed like a two-headed monster.. Now, we have a one-page statement that pulls it all together. From TEDX, August 25, 201.
The Allegheny Defense Projects Photo Gallery
The Allegheny Defense Project documents the devastation of the forests in Pennsylvania.
An Assessment of the Potential Impacts of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing on Forest Resources Tioga County
"In a high development scenario, forest habitat would be reduced or degraded by 27,920 to 32,341 acres (14% - 16%)." A Nature Conservancy Study by Cara Lee, Brad Stratton, Rebecca Shirer and Ellen Weiss. December 19, 2011.
Draft Strategic Plan for State Forest Management
The NYS DEC's "strategic" plan to frack our forests. (See page 227.) September 2010.
Fracking's Footprint Scientists Study Impact of Shale Gas Development on Pennsylvania's Forests
by Madeline Fisher for American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America July, 2012
Forests, Water and People
Drinking water supply and forest lands in the Northeast and Midwest United States. A report by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. June 2009
Impacts of Shale Gas Development on Bat Populations in the Northeastern United States
A report submitted to The Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Bristol, PA by Bat Conservation International Austin, TX
Oil Spill in the Allegheny National Forest
Earthquake Hazard Associated With Deep Well Injection
The US has known underground injections causes earthquakes for more than twenty years. "Under certain circumstances, the increased pore pressure
resulting from fluid injection, whether for waste disposal,secondary recovery, geothermal energy, or solution mining,can trigger earthquakes. This report discusses known cases of injection-induced seismicity and how and why earthquakes may be triggered..." A Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the US Geological Survey, 1990.
Examination of Possibly Induced Seismicity from Hydraulic Fracturing in the Eola Field, Garvin County, Oklahoma
Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies
"Since the 1920s we have recognized that pumping fluids into or out of the Earth has the potential to cause seismic events that can be felt." By the National Research Council of the National Academies,June 15, 2012.
Chemicals used in Natural Gas Development and Delivery
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange's pioneering work on the health effects of the hundreds of chemicals used in fracking and other stages of natural gas production. (Click on "Chemicals and Natural Gas".)
Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing
US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Minority Staff, April 2011
Fracking Chemical Database
SkyTruth maintains a database of chemicals that were reported by oil and gas drilling operators as being used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The database contains records for more than 27,000 frack operations from January 2011 through August 2012 in 24 US states.
The Safety of Fracturing Fluids – A Quantitative Assessment
In response to a FOIL request to New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes received a list of 48 toxic substances (as defined by the DEC or EPA) permitted for use to hydro-frack Marcellus Shale wells in New York State. By Steve Coffman, August 2009.
Colorado's Chemical Injection
Oil and gas companies in Colorado are injecting wells with millions of gallons of unknown fluids that contain dozens of dangerous chemicals linked to respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, immune, and other disorders, including cancer.
Chemicals Used in Fracking an Ohio Well
Material Safety Data Sheets and other inforMation on the chemicals used in fracking fluid.
Methane Emissions from Modern Gas Development
A trifold brochure from Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy 0(PSE) that summarizes the studies on methane emissions from gas extraction, transmission and distribution. Fall 2012.
Venting and leaking of methane from shale gas development: A Response to Cathles et al.
Robert W. Howarth, Renee Santoro, Anthony Ingraffea accepted for Climate Change Publication Jan 10, 2012
Methane and the Greenhouse-Gas Footprint of Natural Gas from Shale Formations
"The footprint for shale gas is greater than that for conventional gas or oil when viewed on any time horizon, but particularly so over 20
years. Compared to coal, the footprint of shale gas is at least 20% greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon and is comparable when compared over 100 years." By Howarth, Santoro and Ingrafea. Climatic Change Letters, May 2011.
Indirect Emissions of Carbon Dioxide from Marcellus Shale Gas Development
A technical report from the Agriculture, Energy, & Environment Program by R.L. Santoro, R.H. Howarth, and A. Ingraffea, Cornell University, June 2011.
Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Systems
by Robert Howarth, Drew Shindell, Renee Santoro, Anthony Ingraffea, Nathan Phillips, and Amy Townsend-Small, A background paper prepared for the National Climate Assessment. February 25, 2012.
Greenhouse gases, climate change and the transition from coal to low-carbon electricity
Conservation, wind, solar, nuclear power, and possibly carbon capture and storage appear to be able to achieve substantial climate benefits in the second half of this century; however, natural gas cannot. BY N P Myhrvold and K Caldeira published in Environmental Research Letters February 16, 2012.
Shale Gas: A Provisional Assessment of Climate Change and Environmental Impacts
By the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, January, 2011
Climate Impacts of Shale Gas Development
Assessment of the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Natural Gas from Shale Formations Obtained by High-Volume, Slick-Water Hydraulic Fracturing. by Robert Howarth and Anthony Ingraffea. Video, 60 minutes) April 11, 2011
Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Shale Gas Compared to Coal--Analysis of Two Studies
by J. David Hughes of the Post Carbon Institute, July 2011 Compares Cornell study and the NETL study
Comparative Life-Cycle Air Emissions of Coal, Domestic Natural Gas, LNG, and SNG for Electricity Generation
A 2007 study comparing greenhouse gas (GHG), SOx, and NOx life-cycle emissions of electricity generated with NG/LNG/SNG and coal.
The study shows that with the current fleet of power plants, a mix of domestic NG, LNG, and SNG would have lower greenhouse gas emissions than coal. But if advanced technologies with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) are used, however, coal and a mix of domestic NG, LNG, and SNG would have very similar lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions. For SOx and NOx the study finds that there are significant emissions in the upstream stages of the NG/
LNG life-cycles, which contribute to a larger range in Sox and NOx emissions for NG/LNG than for coal and SNG.
The Marcellus Shale: Bridge to a Clean Energy Future or a Bridget to Nowhere? Environmental, Energy and Climate Policy Considerations for Shale Gas Development in New York State
Pace Environmental Law Review by Beren Argetsinger, Fall, 2011.
Shale Gas in British Columbia: Risks to B.C.'s climate action objectives
By Matt Horne, Pembina Institute, September 2011.
Natural Gas Pipelines: Problems From Beginning to End
Food & Water Watch report on problems with shale gas pipelines, including accidents, spills, explosions, lack of oversight, and harmful levels of radon.
SCGF Real information about health issues caused by compressor noise, from a Retired Major US Airforce
Please read this fact driven letter penned by Charles Morgan, PE, Inactive Major, USAF, Retired, himself diagnosed with Vibrioacoustic Disease (VAD).
Comments on API Recommended Practice 1162 Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators
A critique of the American Petroleum Institute's recommended p[ractices by the Pipeline Safety Trust. Undated.
NYS Public Service commission Regulations on Gas Transmission
Links available to Process Guide, Flow Chart, the regulations for fuel gas transmission lines ten or more miles and less than ten miles, and case information.
Wiki's List of Pipelline Accidents
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company --Motion to Intervene before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Filed by Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, New Jersey Highlands Coalition and Fight the Pipe Filed January 19, 2012.
Statistical Analysis of "Significant Incidents"
Pipeline accidents, data from the Barnett Shale. Jerry J. Lobdill, physicist and chemical engineer, July 28, 2009
Air Quality Problems of Pipelines and Compressor Stations in Shale Gas Production
Overview: Pipeline Accounting and Leak Detection by Mass Balance, Theory and Hardward Implementation
Arnold E. Liu, Quantum Dynamics, Inc.
Introduction to Injection Wells
The International School of Well Drilling continuing education program on injection wells. It claims 750 billion gallons of hazardous and non-hazardous waste are "safely" disposed of each year.
The longevity of infrastructure associated with shale gas extraction. June 2011. (Video 6:28)
Natural gas transmission leakage rates Background on Coal Plant Conversions to Natural Gas
The major source of natural gas losses from local distribution systems is cast iron distribution pipes. Recent data on leakage rates from cast iron distribution pipelines highlights the potential variability of actual leakage rates around the world. Most of the pipes installed prior to the 1950s were cast iron.
Baseline Methane Emissions in Damascus Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania
Report by Gas Safety Inc. Sept., 2012 to Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
Stray Natural Gas Migration Associated with Oil and Gas Wells
A draft report by the PA DEP details instances of gas migration. October 28, 2009.
Natural Gas Migration Problems in Western Pennsylvania
By the Pittsburgh Geological Society, undated.
TECHNICAL MEASURES FOR THE INVESTIGATION AND MITIGATION OF FUGITIVE METHANE HAZARDS IN AREAS OF COAL MINING
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Appalachian Regional Coordinating Center Pittsburgh, PA September 2001 Kenneth K.Eltschlager, Mining Engineer, OSM, Jay W. Hawkins, Hydrologist, OSM
William C. Ehler, Geologist, OSM, Fred Baldassare, Hydrogeologist, PA DEP. US Department of the Interior, September, 2001.
Geochemical evaluation of flowback brine from Marcellus gas wells in PA, USA
by Lara O. Haluszczak, Arthur W. Rose, Lee R. Kump, Dept of Geosciences, Penn State U., April 2012
Information on the Quantity, Quality, and Management of Water Produced during Oil and Gas Production
The US GAO reports that a 2009 study by the Argonne National Lab found that the oil and gas industry produces at least 856 billion gallons of wastewater onshore every year. "This figure may underestimate the current total volume because it is based on limited, and in some cases, incomplete data generated by the states." January 9, 2012.
Produced Water Volumes and Management in the United States
This 2009 report from Argonne National Laboratory found that produced water from onshore wells in the US is "probably more" than previous estimates of 588 to 756 billion gallons a year. September 2009.
Radium Content of Oil and Gas Field Produced Waters in the Northern Appalachian Basin
By E.L. Rowan, M.A. Engle, C.S. Kirby, and T.F. Kraemer Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5135 U.S. Published by the United States Geological Survey, August 4, 2011.
Produced water from oil and gas production
A power point presentation by Lisa Sumi, Oil and Gas Accountability Project, October 25, 2005
CHEMISTRY AND ORIGIN OF OIL AND GAS WELL BRINES IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
By P. Evan Dresel and Arthur W. Rose, Pennsylvania State University, 2010.
RADIOACTIVITY IN MARCELLUS SHALE CHALLENGE FOR REGULATORS AND WATER TREATMENT PLANTS
This paper examines the fate and transport of radionuclides brought to the surface, and the environmental impact in the environment. By Martin Resnikoff, Fall 2012.
Radon in Natural Gas from Marcellus Shale--Executive Summary
By Marvin Resnikoff, January 10, 2012.
Radiation Problems due to Hydrofracking
Dr. Marvin Resnikoff discusses threats of radiation due to hydrofracking. (Video.) Shaleshock Media, October 18,2011.
Radioactivity in Marcellus Shale
This report concludes that the hazards of disposing of drilling waste has not been fully evaluated by the NYS DEC. Prepared by Marvin Resnikoff, Ph.D, May 19, 2010
Radioactivity and the Marcellus Shale
Cornell Professor Peter J. Davis discusses radioactive materials found in the the Marcellus Shale. Undated.
EPA Scientists Discusses Radioactivity in Waste
Comments submitted in to the NYS DEC re: the Draft SGEIS. November 11, 2009.
Naturally Occurring Radionuclides in the Ground Water of Southeastern Pennsylvania
A report by the USGS. Undated.
Report to Congress: Management of Wastes from the Exploration, Development, and Production of Crude Oil, Natural
Exemption of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Wastes from Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations
Drilling waste is exempt from both federal and NYS hazardous waste laws.
Contaminant Characterization of Effluent from Pennsylvania Brine Treatment Inc., Josephine Facility Being Released into Blacklick Creek, Indiana County, PA
Implications for Disposal of Oil and Gas Flowback Fluids from Brine Treatment Plants by Dr. Conrad Volz, Kyle Ferrar, Drew Michanowicz, Dr. Charles Christen, Shannon Kearned, Matt Kelso, and Samanatha Malone. March 23, 2011 8 pages
Chloride Concentration Gradients in Tank-Stored Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids Following flowback
Pamela J. Edwards, Linda L. Tracy, William K. Wilson; USDA/Forest Service and Northern Research Station research published July, 2011.
Ohio to Gov. Cuomo: We Are Not New York’s Dumping Ground
Letters to Governor Cuomo from Ohio citizens opposing fracking in NY in part because the toxic, radioactive fracking waste may be headed to Ohio.
U EPA Region III tells the PA DEP its concerned about the drilling wastewater
The PA DEP responds to the US EPA Region III
The PA DEP responds to US EPA Region III concerns regarding contaminants in drilling wastewater. April 6, 2011.
Pennsylvania Brine Treatment Plan Outfall 001 & Influent Permit Sampling
Letter from West Virginia's DEP to Clarksburg Sanitary Board
Pollutants of concern in drilling wastewater, July 23, 2009.
Disposal Wells: A Solution for Marcellus Waste?
A presentation by Cornell Professor Dr. Anthony Ingraffea. Ithaca, NY. May 3, 2010
NOTICE TO GAS AND OIL WELL & LPG STORAGE FLUID HAULERS
A January 2009 document from the NYS DEC that outlines the state's "brine" spreading program.
Geochemical evidence for possible natural migration of Marcellus Formation brine to shallow aquifers in Pennsylvania
"We present geochemical evidence from northeastern Pennsylvania showing that pathways,unrelated to recent drilling activities, exist in some locations between deep underlying formations and shallow drinking water
aquifers." A study, conducted by scientists at Duke University and California State Polytechnic University and published inthe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. July 9, 2012.
Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing
The peer-reviewed Duke University study that demonstrates that fracking contaminates drinking water with methane. By Stephen G. Osborn, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner and Robert B. Jackson. April 14, 2011.
"Drinking Water Safeguards are not Preventing Contamination from Injected Oil and Gas Wastes"
A GAO report from July, 1989.
FLUID MIGRATION MECHANISMS DUE TO FAULTY WELL DESIGN AND/OR CONSTRUCTION
AN OVERVIEW AND RECENT EXPERIENCES IN THE PENNSYLVANIA MARCELLUS PLAY BY ANTHONY R. INGRAFFEA, PH.D., P.E. OCTOBER, 2012
Incidents where hydraulic fracturing is a suspected cause of drinking water contamination
A list of incidents where drinking water has been contaminated and hydraulic fracturing is a suspected cause. By NRDC's Amy Mall. December 19, 2011.
Groundwater: Potential Contaminant Pathways from Hydraulically Fractured Shale to Aquifers
Hydrologist Tom Myers discusses evidence that fracking could contaminate groundwater in a matter of years. 2012.
The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling on Rural Drinking Water Supplies
Study by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania by Elizabeth W. Boyer, Ph.D., Bryan R. Swistock, M.S., James Clark, M.A., Mark Madden, B.s., and Dana E. Rizzo. M.S. Oct, 2011
Reply to Saba and Orzechowski and Schon: Re: Methane contamination
Authors of the Duke University report respond to criticism of their study by PNAS , dated Sept 13, 2011
Not So Fast Natural Gas
Why Accelerating Risky Drilling Threatens
America’s Water. A July 2010 booklet by Food & Water Watch.
Documenting Contamination of Private Water Supplies by Gas Well Drilling in New York State
There is solid evidence that gas wells have contaminated drinking water wells in the past. However, very few systematic studies have
been done, and exact numbers are hard to come by. By Stephen Penningroth, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community Science Institute.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: New York’s Failure to Track or Treat Fracking Waste Endangers Public Health & the Environment
By Environmental Advocates of NY, May, 2012, (Thirteen pages.)
The Threat From Hydrofracking
The impact of gas drilling on NYC's water. By Paul V. Rush, published by the American Water Works Association, September, 2010.
Contamination of Aquifers by Overpressuring
Annulus of Oil and Gas Wells, Samuel S. Harrison, May/June 1985.
Evaluating Ground-Water Contamination Due to Gas Drilling
Geologist Samuel S. Harrison's 1983 study of drilling related ground-water contamination in northwest Pennsylvania.
Hydrology and the Marcellus Shale
An analysis by hydrologist Tom Myers submitted to the NYS DEC in response to the Draft SGEIS. Decemeber 2009.
Evaluation of Well Logs for Determining the Presence of Freshwater, Saltwater, and Gas above the Marcellus Shale in Chemung, Tioga, and Broome Counties, New York
US Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5224 35 pages
PHASE I HYDROGEOLOGIC CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MAMM CREEK FIELD AREA IN GARFIELD COUNTY
Board of County Commissioners,
Garfield County, Colorado. March 23, 2006.
2010 Report to the CO Dept of Public Health & Environment
The Department of Natural Resources on Water Quality Standards and Classifications.
Blood, Rain, and Tears: Meditation on the Destruction of Water: -- Sandra Steingraber
Here is a powerful spoken-word piece (4 minutes) by Dr. Sandra Steingraber. Humans have never destroyed water before this time, and hydrofracking destroyes massive amounts of it. What affect with this have on us all? Posted by ShaleShock on 9/4/2011
Caltex Energy Inc. Hydraulic Fracturing Incident 16-27-068-10W6M September 22, 2011
ERCB Investigation Report
December 20, 2012
Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction
Heather Cooley and Kristina Donnelly, Pacific Institute, June, 2012
Hydraulic Fracturing-- Protection of Drinking Water Supplies
American Water Works Assoc., Assoc. of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the National Assoc. of Water Companies statement of legislative and regulatory actions needed to protect water supplies.
Methane and Water Contamination Associated with Shale Gas Development and Hydrofracking
Video 38 minutes Hydrofracking in Focus
An overview of the science behind gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing, including potential groundwater impacts and the treatment of wastewater. July, 2012
Speaker: Avner Vengosh, Ph.D of Duke University
Phase II Hydrogeologic Characterization of the Mamm Creek Field Area, Garfield County, Colorado
A study commissioned by Garfield County show increasing levels of methane and chlorides in groundwater coincident with increased drilling.
December 20, 2008.
Physicians, Scientists & Engineeers for Healthy Energy letter to Governor Cuomo
On water filtration systems signed by Dr. Robert Howarth and 48 other scientists. Sept 15, 2011.
Water Pollution Risk Associated with Natural Gas Extraction from the Marcellus Shale
By Daniel J. Rozell and Sheldon J. Reaven. Published by Stony Brook University, December 28,2011
Well Water Contamination: SWPA-EHP Ranking System and Monitoring Strategy
By David Brown, Sc.D, Celia Lewis, PhD; and Beth Weinberger, PhD
Consultants to the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, may 2012.
Review of Phase II Hydrogeologic Study
Prepared for Garfield County by Geoffrey Thyne, December 20, 2008.
Natural Gas Invasion of Aquifers
Gas Invasion of Aquifers in Bainbridge Township, Geauga County, Ohio by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management. By the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. September, 2008.
Natural Gases in Ground Water
A study conducted in Tioga County, PA. Published by the USGS and the Department of the Interior, 2007.
Creation of an Artificially Produced Fracture Zone to Prevent Conaminated Groundwater Migration.
By Kristen Franz Begor, Michael A. Miller and Rodney W. Sutch, 1989.
Natural Gases in Ground Water Near Tioga Junction, Tioga County, North-Central PA--Occurrence and Use of Isotopes to Determine Origins, 2005
Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5085 by U.S. Geological Survey and PA DEC Posted Sept.2011
FRACTURE LINES: Will Canada’s Water be Protected in the Rush to Develop Shale Gas?
By Ben Parfitt
For the Program on Water Issues
Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto
September 15, 2010
Oral Testimony of Paul Rubin before the Senate Democratic Conference
A hydrologist makes the case for banning hydraulic fracturing throughout New York State and the Delaware River Basin. Albany, April 25, 2012
Private Water Well Reportedly Impacted by Hydrofracking...
An interview with a homeowner living near Corning, NY whose water well water was contaminated with natural gas after a well was fracked near his house. Video (10 minutes) produced by Toxics Targeting.
Trashing the Planet for Natural Gas: Shale Gas Devleopment Threatens Freshwater Sources
By Karen Charman, undated.
Shale Gas in British Columbia: Risks to B.C.'s water resources
By Karen Cambpell and Matt Horne, Pembina Institute, September 2011.
Water Pollution Risk Associated with Natural Gas Extraction from the Marcellus Shale
by Daniel J. Rozell and Sheldon J. Reaven,Risk Analysis, Vol. 32, No. 8, 2012
Wisconsin's Frac Sand Boom: Stealing our hills to poison our water
Brochure published by Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. Posted Oct 5, 2012
Fractured Communities: Case Studies of the Environmental Impacts of Industrial Gas Drilling
Hundreds of case studies demonstrating that industrial gas drilling, including horizontal drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
By Craig Michaels, Watershed Program Director, Riverkeeper, Inc., September 2010.
Impacts and Incidents Involving High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing from across the Country
An invaluable catalog of instances of comtamination linked to fracking compiled by Riverkeeper.
Hydrocarbons found in 85 Jonah/Pinedale Anticline water wells by Dawn Ballou, Editor, Pinedale Online! - April, 2007
By Dawn Ballou, Editor, Pinedale Online!, April, 2007.
Documents on November 2009 Spill in Clinton County, PA
Technical Justification in Support of Requiring Cabot to Immediately Resume Water Deliveries to Adversely Impacted Residents of Dimock, PA
Hydroquest President Paul Rubin press release dated Dec 6, 2011.
EPA/PADEP E-mails on Drinking Water in Dimock
Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. E-mails dated November 2011.
PADEP Letter to Cabot Re: Dimock Drinking Water
Letter dated Oct 20, 2011
In the matter of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
The state of Pennsylvania settles with the driller who destroyed home water wells in a small Pennsylvania town
NOTICE OF VIOLATION
PA DEP's letter to Cabot re: its "Gas Migration Investigation", February 27,2009.
Notice of Violation April 8, 2010
For Cabot's spill number four!
Drilling in Dimock
Photographer Rober Barnett documents shale gas extraction in Dimock
RNN Fracking Debate: Dimock Speaks, Hydrofracking and Health Effects
Dimock, PA is a town so divided over gas drilling, the two sides describe it as a civil war. Produced by RNN, February 14, 2012. (Video, 14 minutes.)
Cabot Oil and Gas Letter to EPA Re: Testing Water Wells in Dimock, PA
The scurrilous ad that attempted to generate opposition to the water main that will be built to supply Dimock residents with uncontaminated water. The ad falsely suggests that taxpayers, not Cabot, will have to pay for the construction.
Is Dimock's Water Safe to Drink?
On March 15th 2012 families affected by fracking in Dimock got test results back from the EPA proving their water was contaminated. The EPA simultaneously put out a statement saying the water didn't pose a health threat. Why did the EPA contradict it's own findings? Video 3:43.)
Marcellus Shale Reality Tour Part 2 - Dimock Day Trip
A video by Scott Cannon On January 10, 2012, I drove to Dimock Pennsylvania to find out what's going on with the DEP and the EPA's investigation on the water well contamination alleged by Cabot Oil & Gas. 10 Minute video
Marcellus Shale Reality Tour Part 3 - EPA comes to Dimock
Scott Cannon for CNN, February 2012.
Video: Shaleshock questions EPA Deputy Administratory Bob Perciasepe about Dimock 4-10-12 Cornell
Produced by Shaleshock Meida, Fall 2012. (Video 4:00)
Ron Bishop's response to USEPA Region 3 Press Release re: Dimock well tests
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Shale Gas Development and Property Values Differences across Drinking Water Sources
by Lucia Muehlenbachs, Elisheba Spiller, and Christopher Timmins for Resources for the Future July, 2012
The Costs of Fracking The Price Tag of Dirty Drilling’s Environmental Damage
Who pays the cost of fracking? (Hint: it isn't the gas corporations,) PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
Tony Dutzik and Elizabeth Ridlington, Frontier Group
John Rumpler, Environment America Research & Policy Center
The Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction: Key Issues
By Christopherson, Rightor, Kay, Riha, Rahm, Rumback, Jacquet, Wilson, Morken, Cornell University Dept of City and Regional Planning. (20 pages) Sept 8, 2011.
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT ON STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIES: BENEFITS, COSTS, AND UNCERTAINTIES
A peer-reviewed article by Jannette M. Barth published in New Solutions, February 2013.
Brief Statement on the Economic Impact of Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale
By Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D. (Updated August 18, 2011)
A COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS OF NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION IN THE MARCELLUS SHALE
By Susan Christopherson and Ned Rightor, May 2011.
Unanswered Questions About The Economic Impact of Gas Drilling In the Marcellus Shale: Don’t Jump to Conclusions
The economic impact of drilling in several states does not support the conclusion that shale gas extraction will benefit New York State. Prepared by: Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., JM Barth & Associates, Inc. March 2010.
The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development: Can New York Learn from Texas?
Economist Jannette Barth looks at the economic impact of shale gas extraction on Texas. May 5, 2012.
Fossil Fuel Extraction as a County Economic Development Strategy: Are Energy-focusing Counties Benefiting?”
Most long-term analysis on communities that rely on “fossil fuel extraction” for economic development report overall negative consequences and diminished future competitiveness. Over one hundred counties studied over a thirty-five year period (1970 -2005). By Headwaters Economics. Revised July 2009
North American Shale Gas Plays: More Unanswered Questions
By Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., January 17, 2011.
The Economic Value of Shale Natural Gas in Ohio
"Even with a significant conversion of vehicles ton natural gas, the energy sector as a whole has an employment share that is simply too small to significantly impact... unemployment rates.
Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University. By Amanda L. Weinstein and Mark D. Partridge, December, 2011
Impacts of Energy in Colorado
"Energy development in Colorado demands massive new investment by local government in services and infrastructure. Current state and local tax policies are not providing sufficient revenue to meet growing demands." A 2008 report by the independent Headwaters Economics.
New York State Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources 2009
The DEC's Annual Report shows that New York State's 10,029 existing oil and gas wells produced around $6.2 million in revenues for local governments - that's a little more than $600 per well! (See page 9.)
Booms and Busts: The Impact of West Virginia's Energy Economy
July 2011 Produced by West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy
Wyoming Boomtowns: Local Government Impacts & Natural Gas Drilling
A 2008 Penn State power point that looks at the three stages of natural gas development.
Marcellus Shale Gas Development: What Does It Mean for Pennsylvania Schools?
Marcellus Education Fact Sheet from Penn State University, 2012.
Extracting the Facts: An Investor Guide to Disclosing Risks from Hydraulic Fracturing Operations
Investor Environmental Health Network, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, February 2012.
Marcelus shale Gas Driling: What Does it Mean for Economc Development?
Dr. Susan Christopherson's Powerpoint presentation that accompaned her report on preliminary findings. November 2010.
Economists Concerned About Economic Impact on NYS of Shale Gas Exploration, Drilling, Production and Transmission
Dr. Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., Dr. Edward C. Kokkelenberg, Ph.D., Dr. Timothy Mount, Ph.D. letter to Gov Cuomo dated 12/14/2011
HANDOUT: Balance Sheet for NYS: What is NYS's Net Equity from Shale Gas Development?
Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., Jan 4, 2012
The Reality of Jobs in the Gas Industry - Excerpt from Economist Jannette M. Barth Lecture
Excerpt from FRACKONOMICS, an April, 2012 lecture by Economist Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D. at the Ethical Culture Society, NYC. Barth looks at employment estimates made by industry funded researchers, and compares them to publicly available, and unbiased data.
Marcellus Shale: Land Ownership, Local Voice, and the Distribution of Lease and Royalty Dollars
Timothy W. Kelsey, Alex Metcalf, and Rodrigo Salcedo, July 18,2012
CECD Research Paper Series, Penn State
Making Shale Development Work for Ohio
Michael Farren, Amanda L. Weinstein, Mark D. Partridge Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy Summary and Report, June, 2012.
Taxes & Tax Breaks
Impact on Other Economic Sectors
Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale: Potential Impacts on the Tourism Economy of the Southern Tier
Real Estate, Insurance & Mortgages
Prepared for the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board by Andrew Rumbach, Cornell University. July, 2011
Local Experiences Related to the Marcellus Shale Industry
May 10, 2011 Report from Guthrie Hospital, Bradford County, PA
PA Dairy Farms and Marcellus Shale, 2007-2010
Penn State Cooperative Extension, March 2012.
Socioeconomic Value of the Delaware River Basin in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
The Delaware River Baisin, an economic engine for over 400 years. May 25, 2011 by Gerald J. Kauffman, U. of Delaware 88 pages
Socioeconomic Value of the Delaware River Basin in Delaware, NJ, NJ and PA
Exec Summary Gerald J. Kauffman, U of Delaware May 25, 2011
Property Values Negatively Impacted by Fracking
Other Economic Sectors
A two page Earthworks handout highlights the negative impacts of fracking on residential property. Earthworks relied on data from studies done by Duke University, Integra Realty Resources, and Williston Herald showing loss in property values, an inability to obtain mortgages, and seniors unable to afford to stay in their homes.
Homeowners and Gas Drilling Leases: Boon or Bust?
by Elisabeth N. Radow NYSBA Journal Nov/Dec 2011 21 pages Reprinted with permission from: New York State Bar Association Journal, November/December 2011, Vol. 83, No. 9, published by the New York State Bar Assoc., One Elk St., Albany, NY 12207
Gas and Oil Leases Impact on Residential Lending
By Greg May, Tompkins Trust Company, March 24, 2011.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN THE MARCELLUS SHALE REGION: THE DESTRUCTIVE IMPACT OF FRACK POLLUTION AND DEFECTIVE GAS LEASES ON PROPERTY VALUATIONS ANDTAXPAYER GUARANTEED MORTGAGES
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter March 15, 2012
Impact on Housing in Appalachian Pennsylvania as a Result of Marcellus Shale
The purpose of the proposed research is to evaluate the
impact of Marcellus Shale on housing, specifically, to
evaluate the changes in the cost and stock of single
family home, new construction, low income, and rental
rates. The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, November 2011.
Hazards & Nuisances: Operating & Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells, Tanks & Pressure Lines
"...no dwelling may be located closer than 300 feet from an active or planned drilling site or 75 feet from an operating well; this applies to the site boundary, not to the actual well location."
FEMA: National Flood Insurance Program--Interim Tehcnical Guidance on Drilling Oil and Gas Wells in Special Flood Hazard Areas
Minimum drilling requirements for a permit to drill in Special Flood Hazard Areas.
Liability Insurance and Gas Wells
Insurance professional Pat Shearer warns that homeowners may not be able to get liability insurance if they live near a gas well.
Fracking Know-How: Risks and Risk Allocation in High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas
"... the landowner upon whose property gas exploration or production activity is conducted may face potential liability for those activities. A examination of the risks posed by fracking from the point of view of insurers.By Michael J. Case and published by Claims Management, January 2013.
Measuring the Impact of Coalbed Methan Wells on Property Values
BBC Reasearch and Consulting paper prepared for Greystone Environmental Consultants and LaPlata County, Colorado Nov 12, 2001
The Next Asbestos: Five emerging risks that could shift the liability landscape
Posted June 29,2011, DELETED July 7, 2011 per request.
Housing Policy Statement The Impact on Housing in Appalchian Pennsylvania as a Result of Marcellus Shale
Applachian Regional Commission, Nov. 2011
The Economic Impact of Tourism for New York
Calendar 2010 published by the Oxford Economics Company.
The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York -- Catskills
2010 Calendar Year, published by the Oxford Economics Company.
The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York Central NY Focus
2010 Calendar Year Report for Central NY by Oxford Economics Co.
The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York --Chautauqua-Allegheny Focus
2010 Calendar Year Report for Chautauqua-Allegheny by Oxford Economics Company.
The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York -- Finger Lakes Focus
2010 Calendar Year report on the Finger Lakes from Oxford Economics Company.
the Economic Impact of Tourism in New York -- Greater Niagara Focus
2010 Calendar Year report for Greater Niagara by Oxford Economics Company.
The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York -- Hudson Valley
2010 Calendar Year Report for Hudson Valley by Oxford Economics Company.
Stephen Cleghorn on Fracking the Farmland: The Resistance Begins With One Man
Dr. Stephen Cleghorn, sociologist and an organic farmer from Jefferson County, PA. Recorded at the Epic No Frack Event at Ithaca College, Saturday, June 25, 2011. From Shaleshock Media. (Video 28 minutes.)
Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region
Columbia University Urban Design Research Seminar, Spring 2010.
Hydraulic fracturing a danger to water, food, farmland:
Canada's National Farmers Union calls for a moratorium on fracking. February 23, 2012
Why the Water Industry is Promoting Shale Gas Development
Dec., 2011 Food & Water Watch 5 pages
Frackonomics April 24, 2012
Deborah Rogers, Jannette Barth, and Al Appleton speak at the NY Ethical Society. The speakers debunk the financial myths of shale gas and embrace a green energy future. (Four Videos 30 minutes each.)
NY Frackonomics--Separating Fracks from Fiction--James
Audio and slide show by James "Chip" Northrup.
Shale Promises? Or Shale Spin? The Economics Behind Fracking
A presentation by Deborah Rogers. Binghamton, NY, January 19, 2012. (Video 52 minutes.)
The Economic Impact of Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale
Economist Jannette Barth,Ph.D June 3, 2011, Newfield, NY. (Video,45 minutes)
How Should We Think About the Economic Consequences of Shale Gas Drilling?
by Dr. Susan Christopherson at the University of Pittsburgh. November 19, 2010. (Video, 37 minutes.)
The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Extraction
A panel discussions featuring Jannette Barth, economist; Anthony J. Ventello, Exec. Dir of Progress Authority of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties; Jeffrey Jacquet, Ph.D. candidate in the Dept, of Natural Resources at Cornell; Craig Sautner, resident of Dimock, PA. August 19, 2010. (Video,140 minutes).
Debbie Cook Debunks Energy Shill
Post Carbon Institute Board President Debbie Cook asks us to look at numbers, not numbskulls. Renewable energy makes more sense than fracking. May 29, 2012 (Video: 13:00).
The Untold Story of Federal Subsidies to Fossil Fuels. A Powerpoint presentation by Robert Rejeski, Director, Program in Science and Innovation, Environmental Law Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Institue for Scholars. September 18, 2009.
Shale and Wall Street: Was the Decline in Natural Gas Prices Orchestrated
by Deborah Rogers in Energy Policy Forum, February 2013.
Shale Gas Shenanigans
Analyst David Cohen likens shale gas plays to the housing bubble. March 31, 2010.
Shale Gas—Abundance or Mirage?
Why the Marcellus shale will disappoint expectations. Analyst Arthur E. Berman warns investors that shale plays are "marginally commercial at best." This is his power point presentation from October 8, 2010 (for more on this topic search "Arthur Berman" in our Newsroom.)
Industry analyst Deborah Rogers
Financial analyst Deborah Rogers has served on the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 2008. Nov 20, 2011. (Video 36 minutes.)
Marcellus Shale Exposed Deborah Rogers Speech
March 17, 2012,Bethlehem, PA.(Video 30 minutes).
Natural Gas Boom Not Worth Costs and Risks, Study Warns
Utility-funded report warns of environmental risks of 'fracking' and $700 billion cost of switching from coal to gas. By Stacy Feldman
Jul 11, 2010
Drilling Doublespeak: Gas Drillers Disclose Risks to Shareholders -- But Not to Landowners
Dusty Horwitt, J.D. Environmental Working Group Dec., 2011
Effect of Inceased Natural Gas Exports on Domestic Energy Markets
US Energy Information Administration, January 2012.
The economic impact of shale gas extractions: A review of existing studies
by Thomas C. Kinnaman in Ecological Economics April, 2011
The Truth About Those Industry-funded Studies
Economist Jannette Barth, Ph. D., takes a hard look at the industry-funded studies that extol the economic benefits of gas drilling. March 2011.
Critique of PPI Study on Shale Gas Job Creation by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D.
A Critique of the Flawed Economic Study Cited by the NYS DEC
Economist Jannette Barth critiques “Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts from Natural Gas Production in Broome County, New York”, the flawed study cited by the NYS DEC in the Draft SGEIS. July 31, 2009.
The Economic and Employment Contributions of Shale Gas in the United States
Prepared for AMERICA'S NATURAL GAS ALLIANCE, IHS Global Insight (USA) Inc., December 2011.
Comments on IHS Global Insight's study,
Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., January 27, 2012,
An Emerging Giant: Prospects and Economic Impacts of Developing the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play
An industry funded study paints a rosy view of economic impact. Penn State Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, August 2009.
How Could President Obama Have Been So Wrong? Economist Jannette Barth Thinks She Knows the Answer
Press Release from Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy -- Feb 6, 2012 announcing Barth's analysis of IHS Report.
The Global Anti-Fracking Movement: What it wants, How it operates and What's next
White Paper by Control Risks. Posted Dec 10, 2012
As unconventional gas development spreads worldwide, and becomes more central to government energy policy and corporate investment
strategy, a better understanding of the anti-fracking movement – its goals, structure, methods and trajectory – is essential for companies,
policymakers and other observers of the emergent energy boom.
The UB Shale Play: Distorting the Facts about Fracking
A review of the University at Buffalo Shale Resources and Society Institute's Report on "Environmental Impacts During Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling" May, 2012 by The Public Accountability Initiative
Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in Congress
Common Cause report dated Nov. 10, 2011 by James Browning & Alex Kaplan
Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets Part II--Lobbying Expenditures
Oil & gas lobbying in Albany. By Common Cause/NY, April 2011.
Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets Part III: : Expenditures of the Natural Gas Industry in NY to Influence Public Policy, Campaign Contributions
By Common Cause/NY, January, 2012.
Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets 2010
By Common Cause, June 10, 2010.
An Analysis of 10 Research Collaboration Contracts Between Leading Energy Companies and Major U.S. Universities
The world’s largest oil companies are showing surprising interest in financing alternative energy research at U.S. universities. Over the past decade, five of the world’s top 10 oil companies—ExxonMobil Corp., Chevron Corp., BP PLC, Royal Dutch Shell Group, and ConocoPhillips Co.—and other large traditional energy companies with a direct commercial stake in future energy markets have forged dozens of multi-year, multi-million-dollar alliances with top U.S. universities and scientists to carry out energy-related research. Much of this funding by “Big Oil” is being used for research into new sources of alternative energy and renewable energy, mostly biofuels.
Executive Summary: A Climate of Corporate Control How Corporations Have Influenced the U.S. Dialogue on Climate Science and Policy
Union of Concerned Scientists, May, 2012
A Climate of Corporate Control How Corporations Have Influenced the U.S. Dialogue on Climate Science and Policy
Union of Concerned Scientists, May, 2012
CLEAN ENERGY UNDER SIEGE Following the Money Trail Behind the Attack on Renewable Energy
Sierra Club Report posted Aug. 2012
Fracking and the Revolving Door in Pennsylvania
Public Accountability Initiative, February, 2013.
Fossil Fuel Front Groups on the Front Page
An in-depth analysis by the Checks and Balances Project indicates that a transactional relationship of contributions in exchange for national media traction is playing out and paying off for corporations and foundations that donate to these groups.
|Pipelines, Compressor Station and LNG Terminals|
The Constitution Pipeline
Proposed Route for the Constitution Pipeline
The route overlaid on USGS topographical maps. (Nothern section.)
Proposed Route for the Constitution Pipeline
Constitution Pipeline Flyover
Virtual flyover of the preliminary pipeline route using Google Earth. All pipeline routing should be considered preliminary and subject to change. June 1, 2012 by Constitution Pipeline
Proposed Alternate Route for the Constitution Pipeline
Proposed Alternate Route for the Constitution Pipeline
FERC Scoping Hearing for the Constitution Pipeline
Afton, NY, Part 1(Video 2:00:00) September 24,2012.
Constitution Pipeline, Scoping Hearing
Afton, NY. Part II, September 24, 2012.
Town of Blenheim, Schoharie County, NY Expression of opposition to Constitution pipelines proposed route
June 23, 2012 Resolution # 14
The odds of stopping the Constitution seem daunting, but are they really?
From the Meredith Landowners Coalition, July 9, 2012.
|LNG Exports |
LNG Exports - An Overview
The Case Against Natural Gas Exports
Natural gas exports equal fracking, it's that simple. From Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, November 2012.
Look Before the LNG Leap: Why Policymakers and the Public Need Fair Disclosure Before Exports of Fracked Gas Start
Sierra Club, November, 2012.
Drill Here, Sell There, Pay More, The Painful Price of Exporting Natural Gas
The Energy Information
Administration has estimated that exporting even less natural gas than what is currently under
consideration could raise domestic prices 24 to 54 percent, which would substantially increase
energy bills for American consumers and could potentially have catastrophic impacts on U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: NEW REPORT ON EXPORTATION OF SHALE GAS
By Deborah Rogers, December 6, 2012.
NERA Study Comments
From the Sierra Club, January 24, 2013.
Unanswered Questions About the Economic Impact of Shale Gas Exports: Don’t Jump to Conclusions
Comments on NERA Study
Prepared by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., Economist, Pepacton Institute LLC December 11, 2012
MOTION FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE AND PROTEST OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GAS ASSOCIATION
The American Public Gas Association protests U.S. gas exports.
H.R.1189 American Natural Gas Security and Consumer Protection Act
Would require "NEPA REVIEW- The Secretary of Energy shall issue a detailed statement under … the National Environmental Policy Act … including … an analysis of the impacts of extraction of exported natural gas on the environment in communities where the natural gas is extracted. Introduced March 13, 2013 by Reps. Markey and Holt.
H.R.1191 -- Keep American Natural Gas Here Act
To provide that the Secretary of the Interior may accept bids on any new oil and gas leases of Federal lands (including submerged lands) only from bidders certifying that all natural gas produced pursuant to such leases shall be offered for sale only in the United States, and for other purposes. Introduced March 14, 2013 by Reps. Markey and Holt
Liquefied Natural Gas for Europe – Some Important Issues for Consideration
A European Commission Joint Research Centre report on LNG which investigates four important issues that may have a significant impact on future patterns of LNG supply and demand in the EU by 2020-2030: 1) Security, diversity and affordability of natural gas supply; 2) Energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions; 3) LNG quality and 4) Shipping of LNG. 2009.
|Home Rule and Municipal Control|
ATTACHED TO AND FORMING A PART OF
TOWN OF BETHEL (NY) LOCAL LAW NO. 1 of the YEAR 2012,
Land Use Analysis: Hazardous or Natural Gas and/or Petroleum Activities & Industrial Uses
Prepared for the Town of Bethel (Sullivan County), New York by Greenplan, Inc., January 23, 2012.
Zoning and the Marcellus Shale
Levels of Government in New York and Pennsylvania
City and Regional Planning Workshop By Heather Blaikie and Victoria Demchak, Fall 2010
Observations Concerning the Role of Local Government in Relation to Natural Gas Exploration and Production in the Marcellus Shale in the Southern Tier East Region of New York State
This technical paper has been prepared by the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board to assist local governments within its region in responding to recent activity concerning natural gas exploration on the Marcellus Shale which underlies large portions of the Southern Tier East Region of New York State.
Preparing for Natural Gas Development: Understanding Impacts and Protecting Public Assets
Sullivan County reports on what Towns can do to prepare for gas drilling.
Supervisor Jim Goldstein, Lebanon Township, Madison County, NY
Gas drillers have been operating in the Town of Lebanon since the late ‘90’s, and in recent years the pace of drilling has accelerated. About 55 wells have been drilled in the Township, and another 30 are in various stages of development. Supervisor Jim Goldstein has had to deal with virtually every issue that can arise when drillers come to town.
New York towns have control
Even though towns can’t control drilling procedures, they can enforce zoning laws that may prohibit gas drilling operations within all or part of a town’s jurisdiction. Letter to the Editor by Bruce Ferguson. November, 2010.
Land Use Planning to Protect Your Town
Presentation by Nan Stolzenburg, AICP 12 slide powerpoint
Municipal Law & Planning: A Local Perspective on Hydrofracking - Panel 1
Government Law Center, Albany Law School. Oct, 2012 Current Status of HVHF and Water Withdrawal Issues
Moderator: Michael Bogin, Esq., Sive, Paget & Riesel
Panelists: Mark Boling, Esq., V+ Development Solutions, Southwestern Energy
Daniel Raichel, Esq., Project Attorney, NRDC
Brian G. Rahm, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Associate, NYS Water Resources Institute. (Video 1:30:00)
Natural Gas and Municipal Considerations
Attorney Todd M. Mathes distinguishes between "regulation" and zoning. October 2009.
Natural Gas Production and Municipal Home Rule in New York
“…municipalities may continue to regulate land use or other matters involving public health, safety and welfare that fall outside the State’s regulatory program.” By Michael E. Kenneally, Esq. and Todd M. Mathes, Esq. January/February 2010.
A Legal Plan to Control Drilling
“There is no question that exclusion of industrial uses is a proper and legitimate use of land-use laws.” By David Slottje, Esq.and Helen Holden Slottje , Esq., Spring 2011.
Prohibit Fracking Through Zoning
Land & Road Laws-Navigating a Path to Local Control
Helen Slottje, Esq and David Dlottje, Esq., Community Environmental Defense Council, Inc. April 9, 2011 31 slides
The Exercise of Local Control Over Gas Extraction
“In New York, local governments under ‘municipal home rule’ have the right to enact laws that protect the visual and physical characteristics of an area and maintain public order. These purposes may lead to an incidental impact upon a heavy industry, such as the oil, gas and solution mining industries.” By Michelle L. Kennedy, Fordham Environmental Law Review, Spring, 2011.
‘Prohibiting’ and ‘regulating’ are not the same
By David Slottje of the Community Environmental Defense Council, The River Reporter, August 18, 2011.
Municipal Zoning Bans on Natural Gas Drilling and Related Lawsuits
A presentation by David R. Everett of the law firm of Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna before the New York Association of Towns in Corning, NY. Oct 17, 2011
Selected Topics on the Municipal Power of Regulation in Regards to Oil & Gas Exploration and Production
A presentation by Guy K., Krogh, Esq. of Thaler & Thaler before the New York Association of Towns in Corning, NY. October 17, 2011.
To What Extent Can Municipalities Regulate Natural Gas Producction Operations?
“…a municipality could use zoning to make gas drilling a prohibited use in all zones." By Robert H. Feller, Esq. of Bond, Schoeneck King PLLC Published by NYS Association of Towns. October 2011.
Municipal Powers and Limitations with Respect to Natural Gas Drilling
A power point presentation by David R. Everett, Esq at the NYS Association of Towns 2012 Annual Meeting and Training School, February 21, 2012.
Using Local Zoning Authority to Protect Health, Safety, & Community Assets
Helen and David Slottje, Esq. Community Environmental Defense Council, Inc. presentation/powerpoint April 22, 2012