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Oct 31, 2014
Oil Rout Seen Diluting Price Appeal of U.S. LNG Exports
Bloomberg
Ann Koh & Christine Buurma

Oil’s collapse is eroding the appeal of potential U.S. LNG exports to Asia as it cuts the cost of competing supplies linked to the price of crude.  [Full Story]

Oct 31, 2014
Record Number of Anti-Fracking Measures on Nov. 4 Ballots
InsideClimate News
Zahra Hirji

Eight towns and counties across the country are taking their health and environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to the ballot boxes next week. That's apparently a record number for a single election day, according to experts who spoke to InsideClimate News.  [Full Story]

Oct 31, 2014
A County Resents Oil Drilling, Despite the Money It Brings In
The New York Times
AMAN BATHEJA

GARDEN CITY, Tex. — Dennis Seidenberger has farmed cotton for 49 years in this close-knit community 40 miles southeast of Midland. Farming is a way of life that he passed on to his son, and one that he hopes will stay in the family for generations. But his outlook has changed over the past three years as a surge in oil drilling has transformed Glasscock County, where he lives. “They’ve totally ruined our way of life here,” Mr. Seidenberger said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it.”  [Full Story]

Oct 31, 2014
Secret Tape Exposes Fracking Industry Playing Dirty
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

But one industry executive had enough. The anonymous executive leaked a tape to the New York Times of a June event in Colorado Springs at which Berman and Jack Hubbard, a vice president at Berman & Company, were soliciting money from oil and gas executives for the Big Green Radicals effort, telling them that they needed to exploit fear, greed and anger, and to stoke resentment against environmentally-minded celebrities. The executive told the New York Times the presentation left a bad taste in his mouth.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Eric Schneiderman receives big bucks from hydrofracking investor
NY Daily News
Ken Lovett

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has voiced reservations about hydrofracking, has received more than $100,000 from a billionaire Leonard Blavatnik and his company Access Industries Holdings LLC have donated $140,000 to Schneiderman's campaign since, making him the incumbent Democrat's fourth largest donor, according to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group. Blavatnik's company is a privately held industrial group with major holdings in the oil and gas industry.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Hard-Nosed Advice From Veteran Lobbyist: ‘Win Ugly or Lose Pretty’ Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped
New York Times
Eric Lipton

WASHINGTON — If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Second lawsuit filed to halt drilling in state parks and forests
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI AND SUSAN PHILLIPS

An environmental group has filed a lawsuit challenging the Corbett administration’s plan to lease more state park and forest land for oil and gas development. The Corbett Administration lifted a moratorium on new leases in state parks and forests with an executive order last May to help plug a budget gap. The lawsuit filed by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network is the first to challenge that executive order directly, but is the second suit aimed at preventing more drilling on state lands. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s challenge, filed Thursday in Commonwealth Court, is based on the state’s environmental rights amendment and is a direct result of the Riverkeeper’s successful challenge of Act 13. In that case, the Supreme Court invoked article 1, section 27 of the state constitution, also referred to as the environmental rights amendment, to strike down key aspects of the state’s new drilling law. The Riverkeeper’s latest challenge of Corbett’s executive order could serve as a test case for how the courts continue to interpret the state’s environmental rights amendment.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking emits more formaldehyde than medical students experience from dead bodies
The Telegraph
Sarah Knapton

Fracking can pollute the air with carcinogenic formaldehyde at levels twice as high as medical students experience when dissecting dead bodies, a new report has found. Tests around shale gas wells in the US also found that levels of benzene were up to 770,000 higher than usual background quantities. The quantities were up to 33 times the concentration that drivers can smell when filling up with fuel at a petrol station. Levels of hydrogen sulfide, were also up to 60,000 times an acceptable odour threshold.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Eric Schneiderman receives big bucks from hydrofracking investor
New York Daily News
Ken Lovett

Leonard Blavatnik and his company Access Industries Holdings LLC have donated $140,000 to Schneiderman's campaign since, making him the incumbent Democrat's fourth largest donor, according to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group. Blavatnik's company is a privately held industrial group with major holdings in the oil and gas industry. Schneiderman as attorney general has not taken a formal position on hydrofracking, though he has said there needs to be clear evidence it is safe before the state should allow it. He also has sued gas drilling companies. A lawsuit he filed in 2011 claiming the federal government did not properly study the impact of fracking in the Delaware River basin was eventually dismissed.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
BREAKING: Raging Grannies Blockading Entrances and Exits of WA Department of Ecology
Earth First! Newswire


UPDATE: The blockade is in its third hour!!!! Way to go grannies! Currently, seven members of the Seattle Raging Grannies are blocking the entrance to the Department of Ecology headquarters, stalling traffic and preventing employees from entering work. The groups are sitting in rocking chairs chained together across the Department’s vehicle entrance. They are telling workers that the Department is closed today for a “Workshop on How to Say No to Big Oil.” Today’s action coincides with hearings on a controversial study on the safety of oil trains conducted by the Department of Ecology. Hundreds are expected in Olympia to express concern at the study’s narrow scope and omission of risks to the environment or treaty rights.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Russia, Ukraine fail to reach gas agreement at EU talks, negotiations to continue Thursday - agencies
Reuters


Oct 30 (Reuters) - Ukraine and Russia have failed to reach a gas agreement at their overnight talks with the European Union, with more negotiations to take place Thursday evening, the news agency RIA Novosti cited Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying. "The negotiations are not yet over, we've just finished a long discussion on documents that must be prepared based on the results of the talks," the agency cited Novak as saying early on Thursday in Brussels.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Most allowed back home after fracking-well blowout in eastern Ohio
The Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

From his fishing boat on a rural Jefferson County pond, Mike Poole could see the natural-gas wellhead less than a tenth of a mile away. Poole spent part of his Tuesday afternoon on that boat with a friend and his dog. The well, at that time, was just part of the landscape. By Tuesday evening, though, it had forced him from his home in Bloomingdale, Ohio.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites
US News and World Report
Alan Neuhauser

The spikes almost certainly will lead to a cancer increase in surrounding areas, a study author says. Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous" cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites. “This is a significant public health risk,” says Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany-State University of New York and lead author of the study, which was published Thursday in the journal Environmental Health. “Cancer has a long latency, so you’re not seeing an elevation in cancer in these communities. But five, 10, 15 years from now, elevation in cancer is almost certain to happen.”  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Air near fracking sites carries cancer risk, study finds
Times Union
Brian Nearing

lbany Tests of air around homes near natural gas drilling wells and other production equipment in five state found potentially carcinogenic levels of chemicals, according to a study that involved a researcher from the University at Albany. Published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health, the study examined air pollution around gas production sites in Pennsylvania, which has been awash in a gas hydrofracking boom for about seven years, as well as Wyoming, Arkansas, Colorado and Ohio. "All the attention being paid just to pollution to water from fracking has been misplaced," said David Carpenter, lead author of the study and director of the Institute for Health & The Environment at the University at Albany. "Our tests show that the air around gas sites is much more dangerous."  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Governor’s Executive Order Allowing Drilling Of State-Owned Lands Challenged in Court
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Press Release

Harrisburg, PA: The Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed in Commonwealth Court against Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources challenging Governor Corbett’s Executive Order 2014-03 issued May 23, 2014 titled Leasing of State Forests and State Park Land for Oil and Gas Development. According to the Petition for Review filed October 30, 2014: “Petitioners challenge the constitutionality of the Commonwealth’s decision to attempt to balance the state budget by leasing state park and forest land for industrial shale gas development.” “The Governor’s Executive order will invite, inspire and spawn a wave of industrial development both in our state parks and forests and right up to its edges – turning once natural areas and beautiful communities into industrial zones, irreparably harming the water, air, recreation and the natural resources of both present and future generations” said Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper and a Petitioner on the case.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
In Pa.'s Governor Race, It's Drill, Baby, Drill...and Tax, Maybe, Tax
Inside Climate News
Katherine Bagley & Lisa Song

In the swing-state race largely seen as a microcosm for the nation, the issue of fracking's environmental impacts is largely a no-show. Fracking has become a prominent issue in this year's Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, energizing ads, debates and campaign appearances.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Hearing continues on proposed natural gas compressor station in New Sewickley
Times Online
Suzanne Elliott

NEW SEWICKLEY TWP. -- After more than four hours of testimony and debate Tuesday night, it is still not known whether a natural gas compressor station will be constructed next to an organic farm in New Sewickley Township.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fighting for Climate Justice in the Finger Lakes
Gandhi earthKeepers
George Payne

The planet is in peril. Oceans are becoming more acidic thus threatening major populations of marine life. The entire planetary hydrologic cycle is on the verge of collapse. Species are dying off at unprecedented rates. Soil erosion, pollution and toxicity are impacting the resilience of the biosphere, and fundamentally altering our DNA. Some scientists say that the very engines of evolution are broken. So, while communities around the world are taking immediate and dramatic action to meet the challenges of this crisis, the village of Watkins Glen, NY, the State of New York, and the Federal Government are, by their inaction, pretending that catastrophic global heating doesn’t exist. It appears that they have all bowed down to an energy leviathan in Houston, who has plans to takeover salt caverns thousands of miles away from Texas, and replace their ancient deposits of brine with enormous amounts of propane and butane. The displaced brine will be stored and contained in a 14-acre lined surface pond with a capacity of 2.19 million barrels, or 91.9 million gallons. The project involves the construction of a new rail and truck transfer facility consisting of a six-rail siding capable of allowing the loading and unloading of 24 rail cars within 12 hours and a truck loading station capable of loading four trucks per hour. This depot will be able to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round, bringing trucks and train cars filled with propane and butane in and out of this facility in a constant cycle. (http://www.fltimes.com/news/article_178b8fee-37b1-5183-9ba2-99f892a15eb8.html)  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
In Denton, tension mounts ahead of fracking ban vote
The Dallas Morning News
James Osborne

DENTON — Voters filed in and out of the civic center with typical small-town friendliness, trading greetings before heading home to dinner. But in the parking lot a man wearing wraparound sunglasses and a T-shirt urging residents to vote down a fracking ban was irate. He pointed to a group of women in lawn chairs 30 feet away, chatting happily in sun hats and handing out fliers to voters. “One of their friends just came over here and demanded to know where I live,” the man, who would identify himself only as Joseph, said last week. “I’ve been out here two days. And I’ve had 30 people come up to me already, asking me the same thing. They want to know my name, how much I’m being paid and what my address is.”  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
5-State Study Finds Unsafe Levels of Airborne Chemicals Near Oil and Gas Sites
InsideClimate News
Jamie Smith Hopkins

Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn't go away, his wife's hair came out in chunks and any time they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in. They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, the rural community to which they'd retired a decade ago. They blamed the gas wells all around them. But state officials didn't investigate. So DeTurck leapt at the chance to help with research that posed a pressing question: What's in the air near oil and gas production sites?   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Pennsylvania Congressman Launches Investigation Into His State’s Fracking Rules
Think Progress
Jeff Spross

A Pennsylvania congressman just launched an investigation into how his state deals with fracking waste, the Center for Public Integrity reports. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a first-term Democrat representing Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, sent a letter to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Wednesday, requesting “information about the state regulatory process for monitoring the handling and disposal of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) waste.”   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking-fueled recall petitions in St. Tammany never took off
NOLA.com
Robert Rhoden

The controversy over fracking in St. Tammany Parish is still going strong after surfacing in April, but the political recall efforts spawned by the issue never went anywhere. In May, a small group of citizens announced it had started recall petitions against Parish President Pat Brister and all 14 members of the Parish Council, saying the parish officials were not doing enough to fight a proposed oil drilling and fracking project northeast of Mandeville. The recall efforts have been all but invisible ever since.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
YSU faculty group supports anti-fracking ballot issue
Vindy.com


A group of 20 science faculty at Youngstown State University are urging city voters to cast ballots in favor of the anti-fracking Community Bill of Rights charter amendment. These faculty members today made the same statement in May when city voters rejected the amendment for the third time.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking In North Carolina
WUNC
Laura Lee & Frank Stasio

Earlier this year, a new law lifted the ban on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in North Carolina. Legislators said fracking permits could be issued as early as this coming spring. The process, which extracts natural gas from deep within the earth, is a controversial one. Opponents say allowing fracking here could cause air and water pollution and adversely affect vulnerable populations. Advocates say fracking could bring economic prosperity and jobs to the state.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking debate continues Planning Commission kicks matter to its next meeting
News Review
Leslie Layton

Butte County planning commissioners debated an ordinance to ban the oil and natural gas extraction process known as fracking last week, finally tabling a measure they said might be purely symbolic. And if an ordinance that would ban fracking in Butte County is a symbolic gesture—as some argue—the importance of the symbolism to the state’s oil-and-gas industry was clear at the Oct. 23 meeting. The commission faced upfront industry lobbying from statewide groups opposed to the ban.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Bare-Knuckled Advice From Veteran Lobbyist: ‘Win Ugly or Lose Pretty’
The New York Times
Eric Lipton

What Mr. Berman did not know — and what could now complicate his task of marginalizing environmental groups that want to impose limits on fracking — is that one of the energy industry executives recorded his remarks and was offended by them. Read the speech Here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/31/us/politics/31lobbyist-docs.html?_r=1  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking protesters accuse police of intimidation campaign
The Conversation


Although only a small area of land has been offered to companies exploring the potential for fracking in the UK so far, much more is likely to come. But opposition to fracking is growing – and growing fast. More than 180 local groups are already in operation, which is somewhat inconvenient for a government wanting to go “all out for shale”.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Most allowed back home after fracking-well blowout in eastern Ohio
Eagle Ford Texas
Laura Arenschield

evacuated after the well ruptured on Tuesday night, spewing natural gas and methane into the air. Jefferson County’s emergency-management officials worried about what those gases could do to people and homes. Methane can become explosive in small amounts and can cause headaches and dizziness.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking north-west London: bidding firm promises 'minimal disruption as possible'
Get West London
Ian Proctor

fracking firm may drill a test well in already industrialised Park Royal in order to explore for gas trapped deep underground in north-west London, a boss of the business has told getwestlondon. London Local Energy has applied to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for a licence to extract shale gas in a swathe of London stretching from Harrow in the north-west corner to Westminster in the south-east boundary - an area inhabited by about 1million people across parts of nine boroughs.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Another Fracking Health Threat
Huffington Post
Michael Green

You may have been shocked by this recent headline: "Dead babies near oil drilling sites raise questions for researchers." But those who are following the national debate about fracking are all too familiar with the concerns community members have about pollution from this new drilling technology. In fact, our report on health risks to infants, children and pregnant women living near fracking operations found serious reasons for concern. As the CEH report notes, chemicals used in fracking and/or created by fracking operations have been linked to low birth weight, birth defects, respiratory problems, infertility and cancer, among other serious problems.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
InsideClimate News Wins EPPY Award for Fracking Investigation 'Big Oil + Bad Air' 'Big Oil + Bad Air' reveals the dangers of releasing toxic chemicals into the air from oil and gas drilling.
Inside Climate News


The journal Editor & Publisher announced Wednesday that InsideClimate News, the Center for Public Integrity and The Weather Channel won a 2014 EPPY Award in the category of Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a Website for "Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil + Bad Air on the Texas Prairie."   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking is driving UK civil and political rights violations
Ecologist
Jess Elliot & Damien Short

Extreme energy in the UK is arousing extreme reactions, write Jess Elliot & Damien Short. On the one side stand citizens committed to preserving the quality of the local and global environment. And against them, a government determined to let fracking rip, and police forces prepared to ignore legal norms to suppress the growing popular resistance.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Anti-Fracking Protest Held in Downtown Lansing
WILX


People against fracking rallied outside the Lansing Center today. They say they'll try again next year to get enough signatures for a ballot proposal banning fracking in Michigan.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking - human rights must not be ignored!
Ecologist
Anna Grear

Just as the UK Government is stirring up public anger against human rights, writes Anna Grear, its fast-track development of shale gas and oil shows that we need these legal protections more than ever. A new report shows how the 'dash to frack' is endangering our most cherished rights - to health, water, security and life.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking may release cancer-causing air pollution – study
RTCC
Megan Derby

Fracking wells may release cancer-causing chemicals into the air, a community science study has found. Residents trained to take air quality samples recorded high levels of benzene, hydrogen sulphide and formaldehyde near shale gas extraction sites in the US.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Fracking emits more formaldehyde than medical students experience from dead bodies High levels of cancer-causing chemicals was found in the air around fracking sites in the US
The Telegraph
Sarah Knapton

Fracking can pollute the air with carcinogenic formaldehyde at levels twice as high as medical students experience when dissecting dead bodies, a new report has found. Tests around shale gas wells in the US also found that levels of benzene were up to 770,000 higher than usual background quantities.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Midterm elections' impact on U.S. energy, environment agenda
Global Post
Valerie Volcovici

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 2014 U.S. mid-term elections could shake up Congress in the midst of two major transformations in energy and environmental policy. A boom in the production of shale oil and gas has turned the United States into an energy superpower, putting the country on course to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer.   [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Denton's fracking ban: Is it a reasonable prohibition or the taking of mineral rights?
Dallas Business Journal
Nicholas Sakelaris

If Denton voters adopt the fracking ban on Nov. 4, should the city expect a stack of lawsuits on the steps of City Hall on Nov. 5? If you ask opponents of the ban, they promise years of costly court battles challenging the city's authority and asking for millions of dollars in compensation for unrecoverable minerals. This would be the first time a Texas city has voted to ban fracking, so other cities in Texas and around the country will be paying close attention.  [Full Story]

Oct 30, 2014
Nova Scotia firm pitches fracking wastewater plan to Dieppe Dieppe Mayor Yvon Lapierre says council still has questions for Atlantic Industrial Services
CBC News


Atlantic Industrial Services sent officials to Dieppe this week to begin answering questions from city politicians over the company's plan to dump 30 million litres of treated fracking waste water into its sewer system. The company is seeking approval to ship three tanker truck loads of wastewater every day, five days a week, for two years from its facility in Debert, N.S.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Md. gubernatorial candidates differ starkly on key environmental issues
Washington Post
Darryl Fears

The two men competing to become Maryland governor have starkly different views on key environmental issues in a state that is weighing fracking and wind farm projects and an off-shore natural gas pipeline, and where costly efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay have generated heated debate. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democratic nominee, says he will continue to embrace the $15 billion plan put in place by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to restore the bay’s health by 2025.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Grassroots group aims to limit Mansfield fracking
WFAA
Todd Unger

MANSFIELD -- A grassroots effort aimed at restricting fracking has popped up in yet another Texas town. The Mansfield Gas Well Awareness group is pushing for enhanced regulation at fracking sites within city limits after hearing complaints from citizens about noise, aesthetics and potentially harmful health effects.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Anti-pipeline group stop at Charlottesville-area Democratic, Republican offices
Times Dispatch
Bryan McKenzie

About a dozen Nelson County residents protested a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline Wednesday, stopping at the local offices of Democratic and Republican lawmakers to urge them to oppose the project.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Anti-fracking group looks beyond ballot initiative toward continuing efforts
Athens News
David DeWitt

The Bill of Rights Committee that has an anti-fracking proposal going to city of Athens voters Nov. 4 said in a press release last week that passage of Issue 7 is just the beginning. Following a visit from Mansfield (Ohio) Law Director John Spon, a proponent of a similar bill of rights law that was passed in that Mid-Ohio city in 2012, BORC spokesperson Dick McGinn said that further city ordinances will be needed to carry out the full intent of Issue 7.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Ohio wants its slice of fracking's oil wealth
MarketPlace
Scott Tong

The American fossil-fuel boom has spawned debates on what to do with this wealth. Ohio finds itself in the middle of one right now. The state’s Republican governor, John Kasich, is proposing to raise oil and gas taxes, to ensure the riches don’t all go to workers and companies based out of state. “His view is, this is some sort of a rip-off,” says Ohio State economist Mark Partridge. “That these energy resources are transported out of the state of Ohio, used and refined in other places. And all the profit and wealth goes to these other places and it leaves Ohio.”   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Fracking Evacuation Raises New Concerns In Ohio
WBNS 10TV
Jim Heath

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Last night barricades went up, and people moved out, after a mandatory evacuation went out in Jefferson County after a frack well leaked natural gas and fluid into the air. "It's powerfully toxic if it gets in your community and neighborhood and you're breathing it," said Carolyn Harding, an anti-fracking activist. "I'm not afraid of it. What I am afraid of is that we are going to embrace it so fast, so furiously that we will create too many sacrifice zones.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Liberal fracking moratorium pledge may contain loophole Premier Brian Gallant's latest comments focus only on hydraulic fracturing, not other types
CBC News
Robert Jones

There’s confusion about how a promised Liberal moratorium on fracking will apply to existing shale gas sites in New Brunswick, with hints from Premier Brian Gallant that non-hydraulic fracturing might not be as objectionable to his government as fracking that relies on water.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Aquifer played role in oil well decision
Pantagraph
Kevin Barlow

BLOOMINGTON — Concerns about contaminating the Mahomet Aquifer prompted Members of the McLean County Zoning Board of Appeals to reject a special-use permit for oil drilling on a site near Downs. The board voted 6-0 Monday against recommending the permit to the County Board, which has the final say. Members said the project did not meet county standards for such a request, citing the likelihood that it would be detrimental to the health, safety, morals, comfort or welfare of the public.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Pennsylvania Congressman Launches Frack Waste Investigation as Concern Rises
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji

In a reflection of growing national concern about the disposal of oil and gas waste, a Pennsylvania congressman launched an investigation Wednesday into the way his state regulates the discarding of the unwanted, often toxic material. Rep. Matthew Cartwright, a first-term Democrat from eastern Pennsylvania, wants to know more about how the contaminated leftovers from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are regulated. In an email exchange with InsideClimate News, Cartwright said "preliminary reports indicate there are big gaps in protections and oversight that the federal government might have to fill."   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions
Climate Central
Bobby Magill

Imagine nearly 6,000 dairy cows doing what cows do, belching and being flatulent for a full year. That’s how much methane was emitted from one Ohio reservoir in 2012. Reservoirs and hydropower are often thought of as climate friendly because they don’t burn fossil fuels to produce electricity. But what if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions?   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Anti-Fracking Leader, 9 Others Arrested At Upstate Protest
CBS New York


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A leader of the anti-fracking movement in New York state was among 10 people arrested Wednesday during protests at an upstate natural gas storage facility, located in a depleted Finger Lakes salt mine. Joseph Campbell of We Are Seneca Lake said the group has been blocking gates each day since Thursday of last week at Houston-based Crestwood Midstream’s operations in Watkins Glen. They are opposed to Crestwood’s planned expansion of natural gas storage in depleted salt mines. The expansion has Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval. Opponents said the natural gas storage project and another to store propane in salt caverns would bring heavy industry, truck traffic and a risk of disastrous accidents to a region that thrives on tourism, agriculture and winemaking.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Gas wastewater likely triggered 2011 quake in Colorado: USGS
Reuters
LAURA ZUCKERMAN

(Reuters) - Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the impact of the U.S. energy boom. The finding in the Journal of Geophysical Research is the latest research suggesting the injection into wells of wastewater generated by oil and gas extraction can induce earthquakes. Researchers believe fluids seep into seismic faults and cause them to slip, triggering temblors.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
DEC: Judge to review LPG facility
The Chronicle-Express
Derek Ek

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled a proceeding before a judge that could finally decide whether Crestwood’s controversial LPG storage facility on Seneca Lake will be permitted. The DEC announced Wednesday that an issues conference will be held Feb. 12 at the Holiday Inn Express in Horseheads before an administrative law judge. The issues conference will determine if there are “significant and substantive” issues that require an adjudicatory hearing. If so, the judge would hold the hearing at a later date.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Area law schools adjust curriculum to meet oil and gas industry needs
TimesOnline
Suzanne Elliot

The continued growth of the regional oil and natural gas industry has led to area law schools altering course offerings to meet the rising demand for specialized legal help. The University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University schools of law and West Virginia University College of Law have all adjusted curriculum in the past three years as Marcellus and Utica shale production continues to grow and the industry matures, in the hope that their graduates will find good-paying jobs in the field.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Geology Experts Confirm Fracking Risks
Santa Barbara Independent


Unfortunately, if you repeat a lie often enough, it begins to seem like the truth. One such oft-repeated myth, propagated with the help of millions of dollars of outside oil money, is that “there is no risk of fracking” in Santa Barbara County so we don’t need Measure P to protect us. The reality, however, is that some of the most experienced local geology experts, many of whom have worked for oil companies and taught and researched in the field of geology for decades, confirm that Santa Barbara County is very much at risk, and we absolutely need Measure P to protect the area from a massive increase in under-regulated unconventional oil extraction, a boom that is already beginning to take shape and poses an existential threat to the local environment.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
How to Monitor for Fracking Air Pollution
Environmental Technology


Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, has become an increasingly popular method of extracting gas and oil from shale rock over the last decade. The process involves injecting water at high pressure to fracture rocks and allow gas to flow out. However, there are now a number of concerns that fracking may contribute to air pollution and further increase risks to human health. This month, the state of Texas has responded to these concerns by installing the first air monitoring station in the Eagle Ford Shale in Karnes County, a prominent area for fracking activity near the city of San Antonio. - See more at:   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
10 Arrested as Human Blockade Continues Protesting Methane Gas Storage Facility
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

After blockading the gates of Texas-based Crestwood methane gas storage facility on the shore of New York’s Seneca Lake for two days last week, including a rally with more than 200 people, the human blockade continues.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Teachout Will Give Financial Support To Senate Dems
State of Politics


A Democratic-controlled Senate, she said, could lead to the passage of a hydrofracking moratorium as well as the creation of a public financing system. In many cases, Teachout says these races are simply coin tosses. “I don’t think people realize how close these races are and the truth is, we don’t know. If anybody tells you they know what’s going to happen, they’re lying.” she said.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Material Risks: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development
Oil Change International


A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International quantifies for the first time the financial and carbon impact of public opposition to pipelines and other expanded investment in tar sands production. The report, “Material Risks: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development,” presents market analysis and industry data to support its estimates on lost sales revenue to the tar sands industry as public opposition creates delays and project cancellations. The report also describes other market forces that are putting tar sand developers at a growing disadvantage.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
U.S. Energy Policies Based on Inflated Fracking Predictions: Post Carbon Institute Report
AlterNet
Julie Dermansky

Economic predictions about the fracking industry's potential growth have for the most part gone unquestioned — until now. A new report from the Post Carbon Institute exposes highly inflated forecasts and concludes that the amount of oil that can be tapped by hydraulic fracturing cannot be maintained at the levels assumed beyond 2020.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
OH. Frack ! Ohio to Displace Fracklahoma as World Capital of Frackquakes ?
NO FRACKING WAY
Chip Northrup

Move over Fracklahoma, there’s a new frackquake contender, Ohio, who is fast catching up as a frackquake epicenter. Not just on disposal wells, but on the fracks themselves. Fracking related earthquakes in eastern Ohio now top 1,000 Before 2011 three Ohio Counties: Harrison, Mahoning and Trumbull had no known earthquakes. Since then, the earthquake total is over 1,000. All of the earthquakes were human induced due to fracking for shale gas. The quakes are restricted to four locations, two housing injection wells and two fracking well pads.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Hurley Town Board OKs ban on use of fracking fluids on town roads
Daily Freeman
William J. Kemble

HURLEY >> The Town Board has approved a resolution prohibiting fluids from the natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from being used on town roads as a de-icing or dust control agent. The board voted 3-1 in favor of the resolution at a meeting Monday, with Councilman John Dittus opposed and Councilman John Gill absent.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
TAR SANDS PRODUCERS FACE A CONSTELLATION OF RISKS
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

A new report issued today by The Institute for Energy, Economic and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International addresses the constellation of risks facing tar sand producers. For the first time, the financial impacts of campaigns such as public accountability surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline have now been quantified together with many other extenuating issues facing tar sands producers. It is estimated that various campaigns have cost the industry approximately $30 Billion since 2010. Energy Policy Forum’s Deborah Lawrence Rogers was a co-author. Read the report in its entirety here  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
PA Congressman launches frack waste investigation
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

The state’s new acting secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection, Dana Aunkst, has lots of questions to answer regarding how the state oversees frack waste disposal and transportation. On Wednesday, Congressman Matt Cartwright, a democrat from Schuylkill County, sent Aunkst a 3-page letter seeking information as part of an investigation into how states monitor waste generated by shale gas drilling. The states have responsibility for the waste because it’s exempt from federal oversight. The investigation comes on the heels of a report released by the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s office in July, which criticizes the DEP’s role in protecting drinking water from contamination by gas drillers.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
New York State Allows Water Grab
DC Bureau
Peter Mantius

PAINTED POST, N.Y. — Barely a football field away from John Marvin’s modest house, 42 black railcars full of water sit waiting for the signal to begin rolling south to supply fracking drill pads across the Pennsylvania border. When the water train lurches and clanks through the village — often at pre-dawn hours — it sounds ear-splitting whistles at each street crossing. “How is everybody supposed to sleep at night?” asked Marvin, who tends his stroke-slowed wife in the family living room. “And what happens if they deplete our water supply? Do we go to water rationing?” Painted Post siphons water from a shallow, rain-dependent aquifer it shares with several neighboring communities, including the town of Corning. In 2012 the village signed a five-year deal reportedly worth up to $20 million with a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to sell up to 1 million gallons a day used to frack Shell’s natural gas wells in Pennsylvania. The village has called the sale a routine disposal of “surplus property.”   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Vermont Governor Who Banned Fracking Supports Fracked Gas Pipeline
Think Progress
Carl Gibson

MONTPELIER, VERMONT — Despite Vermont becoming the first state in the U.S. to ban the practice of fracking more than two years ago, Vermonters are, to this day, willfully risking arrest to stop more fracking infrastructure from coming into their state  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Fracking Firm Applies To Drill Under London Fracking could go ahead under Number 10 Downing Street
International Business Times
Nigel Wilson

An energy firm run by a pro-fracking media commentator has applied for licences to frack in London. London Local Power (LLP,) run by Nick Grealy, has sought permission to frack at three sites. Two of the proposed locations cover a stretch of land from Harrow in north-west London to an area close to Downing Street in central London. The third licence would cover part of south London.  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
City of Fort Collins, Colorado, Appeals Ruling Striking Down Fracking Bans
JD Supra Business Advisor
Justin Winquist

The week of September 22, the Fort Collins, Colorado, City Council voted to appeal a decision rendered last month that struck down the city’s fracking ban. The North America Shale Blog previously covered that decision here.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Anti-Fracking Activist in Court
PA Home Page


Montrose, Susquehanna County- An anti-fracking activist, in Susquehanna County Court as Cabot Oil and Gas looks to bar the woman from areas near their wells. Longtime anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins, in a Susquehanna County courtroom on Tuesday. Cabot Oil and Gas corporation, wants Scroggins found in contempt of an injunction and barred from areas near its well sites. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill is in Montrose.   [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Toxic Mix From Ohio Fracking Pipeline Catches Fire
Firehouse
Laura Arenschield

Oct. 29--A pipeline carrying condensate, a toxic substance produced during natural gas and oil processing, caught fire in eastern Ohio early this morning. It burned several acres of Monroe County woodland before the pipeline pressure dropped low enough for the fire to burn itself out  [Full Story]

Oct 29, 2014
Feds asked to start review of W.Va.-Va. pipeline
Washington Post
Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. — Developers of a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline have moved to begin a federal review of the project. Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week to initiate the agency’s pre-filing process.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Fracking company applies for London licence
BBC News


A new energy firm run by pro-fracking pundit Nick Grealy says it has applied for licences to frack in London. London Local Power (LLP) has applied for permission to frack three blocks of land, two of which cover an area from Harrow in the North West to near Downing Street in central London. Mr Grealy told the BBC the company had secured funding for the first year of works and had no shortage of backers.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Fracking: In the path of the ‘shale gale’
Financial Times


Divisions among Democrats in Colorado highlight how shale gas has become a toxic issue, writes Barney Jopson High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6d93d494-5dc5-11e4-b7a2-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3HXlrZycn T he oil company had hoped that by taking only written questions from the residents, it could keep a lid on their emotions. But it was only seconds after the chief executive of Great Western Oil & Gas began the Q&A with the people of Windsor, Colorado, that the lid blew off. Before Rich Frommer could read out the first submission, Connie Reifschneider rose from her fold-up chair to interrupt him. “I’m shaking because I’m angry,” she said.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Shale gas report due date debate
Times Union
Casey Seiler

Albany The end-of-the-year due date for the completion of the Health Department's report on the potential impacts of hydrofracking isn't Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deadline. Clarifying what the governor said in last week's gubernatorial debate, his office on Tuesday said that acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker was the one who determined the timeline for the submission of his agency's work on the controversial natural gas drilling technique. "The health commissioner indicated that the study will be completed by the end of the year, so that's when the governor expects it," said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Eastern Ohio pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire
The Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

A pipeline carrying condensate, a toxic substance produced during natural gas and oil processing, caught fire in eastern Ohio early this morning. It burned several acres of Monroe County woodland before the pipeline pressure dropped low enough for the fire to burn itself out. No one was injured, and no residents had to leave their homes, said Phillip Keevert, Monroe County’s Emergency Management Agency director.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Editorial: Sales pitches tool up on need for natural gas pipeline
Daily Hampshire Gazette
Editorial

Every campaign season, interests from outside Massachusetts pony up to buy messages that mold public opinion. It is the American way in modern politics and it isn’t limited to issues decided on Election Day. Some campaigns, like the effort to build a new pipeline across Massachusetts, face different deadlines. Pipelines connect dots on a map. Before taking on faith messages from a new campaign called the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs, residents should connect some other dots. Here are two: ? Anthony Buxton. He is the Maine lawyer and lobbyist now serving as spokesman and general counsel for the coalition.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Nova Scotia approves disposal of five million litres of fracking waste
Brandon Sun


HALIFAX - An additional five million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing waste water will be disposed of at a Nova Scotia cement plant following a successful pilot project earlier this spring, the province's environment minister said Tuesday. Randy Delorey said he has approved a request from Atlantic Industrial Services to use the waste water at the Lafarge plant in Brookfield. The waste water is left over from drilling that occurred seven years ago. It will be used as a coolant in a kiln at the Lafarge plant and evaporated at 700 degrees Celsius after naturally occurring radioactive materials are put through a process called reverse osmosis. A previous pilot project of two million litres showed evaporation is a viable disposal solution for the province's existing hydraulic fracturing waste water, Delorey said.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
With students watching, Cayuga County Legislature sets public hearing on fracking byproducts law
Auburn Citizen
Ryan Deffenbaugh

AUBURN | When it was time to call October's Cayuga County Legislature meeting to order, it was the not the voice of Legislature Chairman Michael Chapman that sounded through the county chambers. Instead, it was Korey Kline's, a senior at Cato-Meridian High School. Kline was at the meeting along with hundreds of other students from local high schools as part of the county's annual Student Government Day. High school students were matched up with either legislators or representatives from the various branches of the Cayuga County government to spend a day in the life of a civil servant.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Scientists blame oil drilling for spike in number of baby deaths in Colorado town, but residents say its they depend on it
Daily Mail


Air pollution from oil and gas wells in Utah is being linked to the deaths of 13 infants last year - a rate six times higher than the national average. But the midwife who raised the alarm about the possible link has been targeted by threats and vandalism because drilling has helped the area in question prosper and kept thousands of people employed since the 1940s. The city of Vernal has 12,000 oil and gas wells, and some scientists whose research focuses on the effect of certain drilling-related chemicals on fetal development believe it could be the reason for the spike in infant deaths.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Arlington To Allow More Gas Drilling
CBS DFW


ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Arlington has allowed plans to go forward for more natural gas drilling despite two recent small earthquakes in the area. It’s not welcome news to some homeowners who are worried new drilling would put their homes in danger. “I have a young child. Yes, I’m definitely concerned about issues like that. But I think it’s for all of our children in Arlington. This is something we need to look into carefully,” said resident Ranjana Bhandari.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Town of Burns considering ban on oil, gas drilling
Olean Herald
Darlene M Donohue

BURNS — Town of Burns lawmakers will seek public input Wednesday night on banning hydraulic fracturing. Lauren Oliver, town supervisor, told the Times Herald on Monday that the town board is considering a ban on oil and gas drilling, including “hydrofracking.” The town has had a moratorium on oil and gas drilling for the last two years, but a public hearing is necessary to gauge the residents’ opinion on permanent ban, he said, adding the right for a municipality to choose to ban drilling was recently upheld by New York State’s Court of Appeals. According to court documents, it was upheld by 5-2 decision on June 30.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
La Habra Heights group files signatures for initiative to ban oil drilling, fracking
Whittier Daily News
Mike Sprague

LA HABRA HEIGHTS >> Members of the oil opposition group Heights Oil Watch on Monday submitted 515 signatures for an initiative that would stop the drilling of new wells for oil and gas, prohibit the reactivation of old wells, and create a ban on fracking. Of the 515, the group needs only 377 verified signatures in order to qualify for the March 3 City Council ballot, said City Manager Shauna Clark. “I’m happy with the one-week time frame we had available that we were able to get as many signatures as we did,” said Mike Hughes, the group’s president.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
The Vancouver Sun: Potential ban on LNG pipelines converting to oil
Energy City.ca


The B.C. government says it will block companies from converting any future natural gas pipelines into pipelines that could carry oil or diluted bitumen. The Vancouver Sun is reporting Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman says he has prepared new cabinet regulations that would effectively ban any company from building a natural gas pipeline and then, in the future, trying to “reverse” it to carry oil to the coast. The Sun story says the move is primarily to address concerns raised by First Nations whose territories could be impacted by natural gas pipelines built to feed proposed liquefied natural gas projects on the northwest coast.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
FERC Explores Polar Vortex Impact on Grid
ECT.coop
Cathy Cash

A repeat of last winter’s polar vortex is not in the forecast, but the impact of that extreme, sustained cold could be felt this winter with higher natural gas prices. That’s the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s staff assessment of the energy market for winter 2014-15. Below average natural gas storage, lower coal stockpiles, regional gas pipeline restrictions and increased reliance on natural gas for electricity are the haunting effects of the polar vortex that heightened energy consumption last winter, the FERC staff assessment said. These conditions are reflected in the current energy market. “Natural gas prices across most of the U.S. are between 15 and 30 percent higher than last September, primarily as a result of lower storage inventories,” the assessment said.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Vast generation gap on energy issues
Houston Chronicle
Chris Tomlinson

Young people are ready to pay higher prices for energy to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, according to a new University of Texas poll, providing evidence of a vast generation gap on energy policy. Cynics may argue that the willingness to pay more for a cleaner environment is simply youthful idealism, but it could also reflect the outlook of people who are growing up in a more crowded world and therefore are more exposed to pollution and health problems. This is the generation with the highest rate of asthma ever recorded.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
N.S. approves plan to use fracking waste at cement plant
CTV News


HALIFAX -- Another five million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater will be disposed of at a Nova Scotia cement plant. Environment Minister Randy Delorey says he's approved a request from Atlantic Industrial Services to use the wastewater at the Lafarge plant in Brookfield. The wastewater is left over from drilling that happened seven years ago. RELATED STORIES Fracking ban bill is badly flawed, environmental coalition says N.S. introduces legislation for indefinite moratorium on fracking It will be used as a coolant in a kiln at the Lafarge plant and evaporated at 700 Celsius after naturally occurring radioactive materials are put through a process called reverse osmosis.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Should Fracking Be Banned?
KQED
Andrea Aust

Do Now Should fracking be banned? Why or why not? Introduction On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water–and added chemicals–are eventually disposed. In California, fracking is used mainly for the production of oil, but in other parts of the country it is used to mine natural gas. Fracking is one part of the process that brings an oil or gas well into production; that is, to allow oil and gas to be released from rocks underground and brought to the surface. During fracking, water, along with sand and chemicals, is injected into a well that may extend hundreds or thousands of feet beneath the surface. Pumping this watery mixture into the ground at high pressure causes cracks, or fractures, in the rocks. The sand in the mixture works to hold the cracks open, allowing the oil or gas to escape. Then, the fluid returns to the surface, bringing with it the sought-after oil, often additional groundwater, and other materials, such as salts and heavy metals. Oil is separated from the “produced” water, then the water is injected back deep into the rocks in a disposal well.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
ENVIRONMENTALISTS PROTEST FOR BAN ON FRACKING
The Daily Record
MARC KOVAC

COLUMBUS — Environmental advocates continued to urge Gov. John Kasich to ban horizontal hydraulic fracturing-related activities in the state, protesting outside the downtown hotel where the governor offered a midday speech. About half a dozen members of Radioactive Waste Alert and Food & Water Watch held signs proclaiming "Don't Frack My Water" and shouted at luncheon attendees, hoping to draw attention to the potential negative environmental impacts of horizontal drilling and oilfield waste disposal.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Stink Pink
Huffington Post
Phil Brown

Mainstream breast cancer organizations have been pushing "think pink" for everything imaginable, including lots of products that involve some of the same chemicals implicated in causing breast cancer. Eloquent essays and speeches by women's health leaders like Barbara Ehrenreich have been joined with the environmental health perspective of organizations like Breast Cancer Action and Breast Cancer Fund, to "think before you pink."  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Texas Oil And Gas Companies Must Now Research An Area’s Earthquake History Before Drilling
Think Progress
Katie Valentine

Oil and gas companies in Texas must now research seismic data for a given area before they can receive a permit to drill disposal wells, according to new rules from the Texas Railroad Commission. The agency, which is in charge of regulating oil and gas activity in the state, adopted new rules Tuesday that require oil and gas companies to “include a printed copy or screenshot” of the seismic data for the area they’re proposing to drill in their permit application. The seismic data will include instances of previous earthquakes in the 100-square-mile region around the proposed drilling site, and will help the Texas Railroad Commission determine what spots might be too risky for disposal of fracking waste. The rules also allow the agency to change, suspend or end a company’s permit for well disposal if the well is “likely to be or determined to be contributing to seismic activity.”  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Texas amends waste disposal rules for fracking
Fox 29


AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Railroad Commission has amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes. As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit. The commission, the state's oil and gas regulator, can also modify or rescind a well permit if scientists determine a well is likely contributing to seismic activity. The amendments come as states grapple with how to respond to public anxiety over the risks of disposing of vast amounts of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Harming Kids? Town Residents Say Fracking a Health Hazard
CBN News
Heather Sells

DENTON, TX -- Across the country, oil and gas wells in places like Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Texas are behind what's known as the "shale revolution." A horizontal drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is the catalyst. It blasts rock with chemicals and sand, allowing access to reservoirs thousands of feet underground.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Four Ohio communities to vote on community bills of rights
Ohio.com
Bob Downing

From the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Defense Fund today: A record number of Community Bills of Rights citizens’ initiatives banning shale gas drilling and fracking are on the ballot in Ohio municipalities this November 4th. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) drafted each of the rights-based initiatives for Athens, Youngstown, Gates Mills, and Kent. Residents requested CELDF’s assistance to protect themselves from fracking and related activities, such as fracking wastewater injection wells, as both entered the state several years ago.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Activists Accuse Komen Foundation of Pink Washing Fracking Corporation
Uprising


The Susan G. Komen Foundation is in the news again and it’s not for a good reason – again. This time the nation’s leading foundation raising money for breast cancer research and awareness, has been shamed by activists for partnering with a company engaged in the controversial practice of fracking or hydraulic fracturing – a form of gas and oil extraction that uses toxic chemicals and contributes to pollution and climate change. The fracking company, Baker Hughes, showed off its partnership with Komen by proudly displaying drill bits painted bright pink with the tagline, “doing our bit for the cure.” The company is distributing a 1000 such bits to oil fields all over the world. The trouble with this obvious case of pink-washing is that some of the very same chemicals such as Naphthalene and Lead, that Komen Foundation lists on its website as potentially cancer-causing chemicals, are used by fracking companies to drill for oil and gas.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Election 2014: Governor’s candidates fractured over how to tax fracking
New Castle News
John Finnerty

Drillers seriously started fracking in Pennsylvania seven years ago, launching a swell in natural gas production that also tapped new sources of cash for the state. But the industry’s growth — and how to tax it — also has stirred ongoing controversy for Gov. Tom Corbett. And it now represents a key point of contention between the first-term Republican as he runs for re-election and his Democratic rival, businessman Tom Wolf. “Gov. Corbett’s record demonstrates that he is committed to not only raising new revenue from natural gas operators ... but that his first priority is protecting the environment,” said Patrick Henderson, Corbett’s energy adviser. “For three years prior to Gov. Corbett taking office, the only real discussion in Harrisburg was simply about raising new money.” Corbett has raised money from gas drillers, too, Henderson noted, collecting $630 million since he’s been in office. But environmentalists dispute Corbett’s record. They assert he’s too closely allied with the industry, at the expense of accountability. Even as the Corbett administration touts its oversight of the industry and penalties it has sought against law-breaking drillers, critics say most of the state’s regulation effort was in place before Corbett took office in January 2011.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Fracking company applies for London licence
BBC


A new energy firm run by pro-fracking pundit Nick Grealy says it has applied for licences to frack in London. London Local Power (LLP) has applied for permission to frack three blocks of land, two of which cover an area from Harrow in the North West to near Downing Street in central London. Mr Grealy told the BBC the company had secured funding for the first year of works and had no shortage of backers. The government has just closed licence applications for fracking in the UK.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Local bans on fracking up for vote in Utica Shale
EagleFordTexas.com
Daniel Moore

In this fall’s midterm races, hydraulic fracturing enjoys political support from many conservatives and liberals. President Barack Obama often touts it as a reason for new found energy independence. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, and Tom Wolf, his Democratic challenger, have generally disagreed only on how to tax it. Yet pockets of resistance to the extraction technique commonly known as fracking, which has revolutionized the oil and gas industry, have appeared in local governments across Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, California and even industry-friendly Texas. This fall, ballot issues in four Ohio towns above the Utica Shale formation — Gates Mills, Athens, Kent and Youngstown — ask voters to approve a community bill of rights that effectively outlaws natural gas drilling.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Cartels Can Make Fracking In Mexico Expensive And Dangerous
90.9 wbur


Next year, Mexico will open its energy sector to foreign investors for the first time in more than 75 years. Companies based in neighboring Texas stand to make a fortune by unlocking oil and gas trapped in Mexican shale plays, by means of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Getting at those hidden riches though could prove not just expensive, but dangerous. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Andrew Schneider of Houston Public Media reports.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Karoo fracking by winter 2016
News 24


Cape Town - The first exploratory drill head could be biting its way down through Karoo rock in search of shale gas by as early as mid-2016, according to the mineral resources department. Speaking to Sapa after briefing MPs on shale gas exploration licences, deputy director general for mineral policy Mosa Mabuza said hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, could start 12 to 18 months after licences were issued. Earlier, members of Parliament's land and mineral resources select committee heard the licences could be issued by July-August next year.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
When the Shale Runs Dry: A Look at the Future of Fracking
DeSmogBlog
SharonKelly

If you want to see the future of the shale industry — what today's drilling rush will leave behind — come to Bradford, Pennsylvania. A small city, it was home to one of America's first energy booms, producing over three quarters of the world's oil in 1877. A wooden oil rig towering over a local museum commemorates those heady days, marking the first “billion dollar oil field” in the world. But times have changed dramatically in Bradford. Most of the oil has been pumped out, leaving residents atop an aging oil field that requires complicated upkeep and mounting costs. Since its height in the 1940's, Bradford's population has steadily declined, leaving the city now home to only 8,600 people, down from over 17,000. The story of Bradford these days is a story of thousands of oil and gas wells: abandoned, uncapped, and often leaking.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Fracking Has Changed the Energy Policy Debate
Real Clear Politics
Adam O'Neal

Few policy objectives over the last half-century have proven as tantalizing for presidents as the call to achieve energy independence. In 1973 -- as a gasoline shortage consumed the nation -- President Richard Nixon outlined Project Independence 1980, “a series of plans and goals set to insure that by the end of this decade, Americans will not have to rely on any source of energy beyond our own.” Gerald Ford, in his 1975 State of the Union address, called for “a massive program” to ease demand and increase supply “to achieve the independence we want by 1985.” Jimmy Carter, more modestly, aimed for the United States to cut its dependence on foreign oil by half by the end of the 1980s.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Council Leader Voices Concerns Over Bath Fracking
NOW Bath


The Leader of the Council has told a national environmental conference of his concerns about fracking and how it could damage Bath’s natural Hot Springs. Councillor Paul Crossley yesterday told the Shale Gas Environmental Summit in London about how shale gas operations and hydro fracturing – commonly known as ‘fracking’ – could damage the supply of water to the Hot Springs. “The World Heritage City of Bath is home to the UK’s only natural Hot Springs. I have deep concerns about the fracking process and the possible damage to the supply of water the springs and the knock-on impact on the city as a major tourist attraction,” said Cllr Crossley. “The springs are the life blood of this city, which is cherished worldwide.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Astorino postpones tour of Penn. fracking site
SF Chronicle


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Republican candidate for governor in New York is putting off a visit to a Pennsylvania drilling site designed to highlight the benefits of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A spokeswoman for Rob Astorino says the drilling operator didn't want reporters to be included and that the visit will be postponed until after Election Day.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
‘No fracking will take place on that site’ says chief behind California Quarry project as plans are unveiled
Daily Echo
Jim Durkin

SCORES of Purbeck residents attended an information event yesterday, outlining plans to explore for gas and oil from Swanage’s California Quarry. The drop-in event, at the town’s Mowlem Theatre, was organised by InfraStrata plc – the company behind the proposals.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Hurley Town Board OKs ban on use of fracking fluids on town roads
Daily Freeman
William J Kemble

HURLEY >> The Town Board has approved a resolution prohibiting fluids from the natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from being used on town roads as a de-icing or dust control agent. The board voted 3-1 in favor of the resolution at a meeting Monday, with Councilman John Dittus opposed and Councilman John Gill absent. “We’re getting close to the chance for snow and ice,” town Supervisor Gary Bellows said. “This will insure that we will not have fracking fluids on the Hurley highways this year.”  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
O'Brien, Funke face off in final debate
Democrat & Chronicle
David Riley

With just a week before the Nov. 4 election, Democratic state Sen. Ted O'Brien and his Republican challenger, Rich Funke, faced off Monday night in their only televised debate, sparring over negative campaign ads, abortion and who's tied to downstate political interests. WHEC, or News10NBC, hosted the debate in the 55th Senate District race. Anchor Scott Kilbury, who moderated the forum, noted at the outset that Funke was a longtime sportscaster and news anchor for the station before retiring. The debate became most heated during a back-and-forth about campaign ads, with both candidates accusing the other of going negative first. Funke said O'Brien should have condemned a third-party ad that attacked Funke's views on women.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Debate held in Katherine sinks into gas exploration method fracking
abc.net.au


The exploration for gas and shale oil was again the focus of a community debate held in Katherine last night. Since several companies began operating in the Northern Territory, using equipment that fractures rock underground, some pastoralists and environmental groups have spoken out against the practice. The debate featured representatives from the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, NT Department of Mines and Energy, Environment Centre NT, Environmental Defenders Office and the NT Cattlemen's Association (NTCA).   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Moyne takes leading role in uniting councils against fracking
The Standard
Sean McComish

MOYNE Shire is leading a charge of Victorian councils against unconventional gas. Three councils, including Moyne Shire, put forward an anti-fracking motion that was passed at a gathering of council bosses in Melbourne at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) last week.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Extraction taxes are on the ballot
High Country News
Jonathan Thompson

Something strange is happening in Wyoming economy. There’s an extraction boom, without jobs. Oil production in the Powder River Basin, formerly one of the nation’s hottest coalbed methane zones, has gone up from 38,000 barrels per day in 2009 to 78,000 per day earlier this year. An October report from the state’s Economic Analysis Division says that after the economy was battered by low natural gas prices during recent years, the oil industry is helping bolster it, “backed by about twice as many applications to drill as the previous year.”Yet the state’s overall employment remains stagnant. The number of jobs in the mining and logging sector, which includes oil and gas workers, grew by a mere .9 percent since this time last year, and it was already low due to the devastating natural gas price slump.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
BP: Tone Deaf to the End
Huffington Post
Robert Cavnar - opinion

Last week Geoff Morrell, a senior executive at BP, wrote an opinion piece for Politico, which perpetuated the continuous tone deafness exhibited by the global oil giant since their Macondo well blew out on April 20, 2010, instantly killing 11 men, injuring many other crew members and, lest we forget, flowing an estimated 5 million barrels of oil and untold natural gas over a period of 87 days. During that 87-day period, BP managed to avoid capturing (and measuring) the total flow from the well, even though they had vessels and equipment on site to do so. Who knows why; we do know this, though -- environmental fines are based on volume of oil spilled. BP has argued that, since total flow rate was never measured we have no way of calculating the volume. To this day the company disputes the US government's estimate of 4.2 million barrels spilled into the Gulf, arguing that it was half that. Obfuscating the volume is especially critical to BP today since federal judge Carl Barbier ruled in September that the company was guilty of gross negligence, which will cause the environmental fines to multiply to as much as an estimated $18 billion should the government's spill estimate stick.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Fracking: In the path of the ‘shale gale’
Financial Times
Barney Jopson

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6d93d494-5dc5-11e4-b7a2-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3HURWEigN T he oil company had hoped that by taking only written questions from the residents, it could keep a lid on their emotions. But it was only seconds after the chief executive of Great Western Oil & Gas began the Q&A with the people of Windsor, Colorado, that the lid blew off. Before Rich Frommer could read out the first submission, Connie Reifschneider rose from her fold-up chair to interrupt him. “I’m shaking because I’m angry,” she said. The family-owned oil company’s plans would turn her neighbourhood of bike-riding kids, pastureland and wild deer into a health hazard scarred by drilling rigs, trucks, noise, dust and chemical pollutants, she said. “How can you and your family, with any conscience at all, disrupt and possibly ruin the lives of so many other families by drilling in such close proximity to so many homes?” Mr Frommer was already wealthy and his only concern, she said, was to enrich his family further. “Answer this please: when is enough money enough?”   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
State proposes limit on liquefied natural gas facilities
LoHudNews
Jon Campbell

Facilities storing liquefied natural gas would be capped at a maximum of 70,000 gallons under a new proposal Tuesday from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC last year proposed lifting the state's decades-old ban on storing liquefied natural gas, or LNG, which was first implemented in the 1970s after a deadly explosion on Staten Island. But the DEC's originally proposed regulations, which drew support from the gas industry and business groups and extensive opposition from anti-fracking organizations, did not include a limit on the size of potential storage facilities.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Texas residents want tighter drilling regulations
Sun Herald
MAX B. BAKER AND ROBERT CADWALLADER

MANSFIELD, TEXAS — When Tamera Bounds and her husband moved into their house six years ago they were looking for a place to retire, but one where their nine grandkids would enjoy visiting. Their 2,600-square-foot home on the northwest edge of town seemed perfect because it backed up to a green belt where they could sit on the back porch, drink a little wine and watch the cattle graze. Then a gas drilling rig moved in and Bounds said her tranquil life went up in a cloud of fumes.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Railroad Commission orders oil companies to check seismic data before drilling
Dallas News
James Osborne

The Texas Railroad Commission ruled Tuesday that oil and gas companies must check local seismic data from the U.S. Geological Survey before opening a new waste disposal well. The new rule follows a series of small but unexpected earthquakes almost 12 months ago around the North Texas town of Azle in the natural gas rich Barnett Shale. The earthquakes are under study by scientists at Southern Methodist University to determine if they were induced by nearby injection wells used to dispose of drilling waste. The railroad commission came under pressure from Azle residents and legislators earlier this year to move without definitive findings, which could be years away. Changes Tuesday also asserted the railroad commission’s right to shut down or deny an injection well if it were determined to potentially cause earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Macomb approves anti-oil drilling moratorium
The Voice
Nicole Tuttle

On Oct. 22, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees adopted a resolution enacting a moratorium on all natural resource extraction activities for six months, earning applause from a group consisting of residents of Macomb and Shelby townships. At a Sept. 24 board meeting, a resolution to create a moratorium on well drilling was discussed by Lawrence Scott, the township’s attorney. Scott said he had emailed a revised resolution to the board and certain items had been removed pursuant to advice from the board. Township Clerk Michael Koehs had asked Scott if the moratorium could stop someone who received a permit from the state to drill. Scott said that it would not. A motion in favor of adopting the resolution was made on Sept. 24 by Macomb Township Treasurer Karen Goodhue, but failed for lack of support.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Drilling for oil and gas is on the decline in Michigan
Michigan Radio
Peter Payette

News of a decline might sound surprising since there has been so much excitement and controversy over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in recent years. But not many high-volume, horizontal wells were actually drilled since 2010, and the company that led the recent fracking boom has left the state. That leaves the industry and its watchdogs wondering where new action will come from.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers
Huffington Post
Steve Horn

Post Carbon Institute has published a report and multiple related resources calling into question the production statistics touted by promoters of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). By calculating the production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields throughout the U.S., Post Carbon concludes that the future of fracking is not nearly as bright as industry cheerleaders suggest. The report, "Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom," authored by Post Carbon fellow J. David Hughes, updates an earlier report he authored for Post Carbon in 2012. Hughes analyzed the production stats for seven tight oil basins and seven gas basins, which account for 88-percent and 89-percent of current shale gas production.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Will winter rescue gas stocks and prices?
Power Source
Anya Litvak

EQT chief executive Dave Porges, who last week was bemoaning the low natural gas prices that the oil and gas company has experienced over the past six months, is wishing for some cold weather. The good news is that winter is coming, EQT’s executives told analysts during the Downtown-based company’s earnings call. Holly Stewart, an analyst with Howard Weil Inc., sympathized. “We’re sure hoping for that winter,” she said. “Yeah, no kidding,” Mr. Porges replied. Yet that much anticipated winter, which the Energy Information Administration is projecting to be 12 percent warmer than last year’s, might not bring a dramatic rebound to Marcellus Shale gas prices or the gas company’s stock price.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Watch LNG methane gas spill in action and the environmental impact it can cause
Vancouver Sun
Rob Shaw

The basic physics of LNG - A demonstration about what happens to the environment when LNG, methane gas spills or burns.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
VT GAS PIPELINE PROTESTERS OCCUPY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
VT Digger
John Herrick

MONTPELIER — Hundreds of environmental protesters occupied the governor’s office on Monday, demanding that Gov. Peter Shumlin reverse his support for the natural gas pipeline through Addison County, and oppose any other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Vermont. State regulators approved the project last December, and the company began construction this summer. The protesters danced, sang and played instruments to protest Vermont Gas’ 41-mile pipeline from Colchester south to Middlebury.   [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
The Revolution That Wasn’t: Why the Fracking Phenomenon Will Leave Us High and Dry
Post Carbon Institute
Asher Miller

A new, landmark report shows that hopes of a long-term golden era in American oil & gas production are unfounded. America’s energy landscape has undergone a dramatic shift over the last decade—literally and figuratively—as a result of the widespread use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Whole areas of the country have been transformed in a matter of months, while the fossil fuel industry has reversed the decades-long decline in crude oil production and increased natural gas production to record highs. Thanks to shale gas and tight oil (“shale oil”), by 2013 annual crude oil production was 24% higher and natural gas was 20% higher compared to just ten years earlier.  [Full Story]

Oct 28, 2014
Evacuations Lifted, Scene Secured at Jefferson County Well Pad Site
WTRF NEWS 7 WV


A release from the Jefferson County 911 Center states: "As of 6:45 Wednesday morning, the emergency at the well pad site on Twp Road 184 in Jefferson County is over. The site is secure and danger has passed. All evacuations have been lifted and all residents may return to their homes" Stay with 7News for any further updates on this story ORIGINAL STORY: A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for a two mile radius after a gas well head was sheared off by crews working at a site near Cross Creek Twp. 187 and County Road 26. The order has been issued by the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and EMA.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Drilling Deeper - A Reality Check on US Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil and Shale Gas Boom
Post Carbon Institute
David Hughes

Abstract Drilling Deeper reviews the twelve shale plays that account for 82% of the tight oil production and 88% of the shale gas production in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reference case forecasts through 2040. It utilizes all available production data for the plays analyzed, and assesses historical production, well- and field-decline rates, available drilling locations, and well-quality trends for each play, as well as counties within plays. Projections of future production rates are then made based on forecast drilling rates (and, by implication, capital expenditures). Tight oil (shale oil) and shale gas production is found to be unsustainable in the medium- and longer-term at the rates forecast by the EIA, which are extremely optimistic.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council tells London conference fracking could destroy Bath's world famous Hot Springs
Bath Chronicle
Nancy Connelly

Bath’s world famous hot springs, which bring in millions of pounds from tourism to the city every year, could be badly damaged if fracking is allowed to go ahead, a conference in London heard today. Leader of Bath and North East Somerset council Paul Crossley travelled to the capital to address the Shale Gas Environmental Summit, and explain how a fracking licence for Bath could be disastrous for our biggest tourist attraction.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Experts will debate fracking Monday in Farmers Branch
Dallas Business Journal
Nicholas Sakelaris

Two high-profile experts will debate the merits of hydraulic fracking Monday at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute in Farmers Branch. Pro-fracking filmmaker Phelim McAleer will debate Calvin Tillman, the outspoken former mayor of DISH who took on the oil and gas industry in that town.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
New report discovers some permitted fracking chemicals are more dangerous than diesel
Hydrogen Fuel News


Not all dangerous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations need to be disclosed. A recent report – “Fracking’s Toxic Loophole” – that was released by the Environmental Integrity Project, describes how there is a major loophole in the regulations that govern fracking because while permits are required for diesel fuel if it is used in wells, other petroleum-based products that have higher toxicity levels than diesel, can be used without permits or safeguards.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Future of Fracking Not Nearly as Bright as Forecasted
EcoWatch
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog

Post Carbon Institute has published a report calling into question the production statistics touted by promoters of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. By calculating the production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields throughout the U.S., Post Carbon concludes that the future of fracking is not nearly as bright as industry cheerleaders suggest.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
The Politics of Fracking: Polarization in New York State
EcoWatch
Hayley Martinez

In September, The Earth Institute hosted Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible of the University of Colorado Denver for a seminar on The Political Landscape of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in New York. The seminar was attended by students, faculty and staff from across Columbia, and members of the local community. Professors Heikkila and Weible presented the results of their study, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, looking at fracking perceptions in three study sites: New York, Texas and Colorado. The following is an overview of the results.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
4 Reasons Natural Gas Is a Bridge to Nowhere in the Caribbean
EcoWatch
Jesse Morris & Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D., Rocky Mountain Institute

Caribbean island residents pay some of the highest retail electricity prices in the world. Most islands generate 90 - 100 percent of their electricity by burning expensive imported diesel or heavy fuel oil in large generators. Thus Caribbean electricity users pay between $0.20 and $0.50/kWh (kilowatt hour). By comparison, the average for mainland U.S. residential customers is $0.13/kWh; in Hawaii, where they burn oil for much of their electricity, the average is $0.39/kWh.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Flawed studies can make you sick
EARTHWORKS
Nadia Steinzor

The idea that “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” may sometimes work on a personal level—but it couldn’t be further from the truth for communities living on the frontlines of gas development. Yet the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) doesn’t seem to have any problem hiding information from the people who most need it. News broke this week that the basic conclusion of a widely touted DEP study on air pollution near gas wells and facilities—that detected contaminants wouldn’t trigger health problems—was wrong. As revealed through court depositions, DEP didn’t calculate the health hazards of most of the chemicals it tested for and no one with expertise in toxicology or health reviewed results. This on top of the welll-documented fact that DEP’s equipment was calibrated so high that many contaminants appeared “undetected,” and that DEP clearly stated in the study report that the testing was too limited to tell whether chronic health impacts might occur. Such shoddy work certainly erodes public trust in a public agency. But the bigger problem is that missing information and lax oversight are linked to very real health and environmental impacts, as Earthworks recently documented in Blackout in the Gas Patch: How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Natural gas production soars in W.Va.'s Northern Panhandle as drilling increases
Daily Journal
Associated Press

WHEELING, West Virginia — Natural gas production in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has soared as drilling has increased in the Marcellus and Utica shales. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/1w8phJ1 ) reports that state data show natural gas production in Ohio County jumped from 84,000 cubic feet in 2011 to 22.6 billion cubic feet in 2013.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Energy Companies Are Spending Millions to Fight Local Fracking Bans Because They're Terrified
New Republic
Cole Stangler

When the nation's shale-drilling boom began six years ago, few Americans knew how oil and gas companies were able to extract such vast quantities of oil and gas with historic efficacy. Fewer, for that matter, even cared. Today, the industry's relentless pursuit of shale rock is hard to ignore. So too are the studies that link its preferred extraction technique, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), to water contamination, air pollution, earthquakes, and greenhouse gas emissions. These concerns have led dozens of local governments—from Colorado to New York and Pennsylvania—to ban fracking outright. Voters in two California counties and in Denton, Texas, may add to that tally next week, when they decide whether to outlaw fracking. City and county-level ballot initiatives may seem like small beans, but the energy industry's response suggests otherwise. In each race, it's ludicrously outspending its opponents—fearful, perhaps, if these voters can beat the fracking industry at the ballot box, it would signal to other threatened communities that these sorts of fights are worth picking.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
U.S. Energy Policies Based on Inflated Fracking Predictions: Post Carbon Institute Report
desmogblog
Julie Dermansky

Economic predictions about the fracking industry's potential growth have for the most part gone unquestioned — until now. A new report from the Post Carbon Institute exposes highly inflated forecasts and concludes that the amount of oil that can be tapped by hydraulic fracturing cannot be maintained at the levels assumed beyond 2020. The report, “Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on US Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom,” says inflated forecasts from the Energy Information Administration have fostered a lack of urgency to transition to renewable energy. The report also looks at the oil industry's increased pressure to relax restrictions on fracking and change oil and gas export rules.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
North Texas Town Could Become First In The State To Ban Fracking
NPR
Mose Buchele

In Texas, early voting is underway ahead of the Nov. 4 election. In the north Texas town of Denton, that means people are deciding whether they want to ban the oil and gas drilling method known as "fracking." The outcome of that vote will have repercussions across the state.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Environmental benefits of LNG exaggerated in absence of strong policies to combat climate change: Pembina Report
VanCouver Sun
Larry Pynn

The environmental benefits of LNG exports are being exaggerated in the absence of strong policies to combat climate change, a report Monday by the Pembina Institute concludes. The report seeks to put the lie to the B.C. government’s claim in its February 2014 throne speech that exporting LNG is the “greatest single step British Columbia can take to fight climate change.” Proponents of LNG terminals and pipelines have also used their environmental assessment applications to argue that greenhouse gas emissions from their projects are not significant, the report finds. The primary argument is that LNG exports allow reductions in coal use for electricity generation in Asia, leading to lower greenhouse gas emissions.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Finally, a Way to Hold Frackers Responsible for Water Pollution
Care2
Kevin Mathews

Environmentalists have been pretty darn confident that fracking leaks are responsible for polluting nearby waterways. Surely, it’s not a coincidence that when fracking wells go up, dangerous toxins start appearing in the water supply. Actually proving that the fracking companies are responsible, however, has been a whole problem in itself. For some time, the fracking industry has relied on plausible deniability to continue its harmful practices, but that might not work anymore thanks to a new scientific discovery. An all-star team of researchers from Dartmouth, the French Geological Survey and Stanford University have discovered a way to easily identify the source of a particular contamination. This discovery is welcome progress, and certainly will be helpful in holding fracking companies responsible for their messes.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
The Overnighters (4 stars) Jesse Moss's oil fracking documentary exposes the myth of the American dream
List Film
Nikki Baughan

Ostensibly a portrait of one man's kindness, The Overnighters paints a far broader picture of the realities of modern life: environmental change, worker migration, the decline of community, the increasing wealth divide and, perhaps most fundamentally, the fallacy of the American dream. The notion that any man can pull himself up by his bootstraps is fundamental to the nation's psyche, and yet proves a fantasy for most. When the people of Williston are faced with the reality that pursuing a fair chance may come with distasteful baggage, they soon turn their backs on the constitutional and religious morals to which they pledge such allegiance.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
More symptoms of health problems near fracking
Beta Wired


Research conducted from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States, has found a higher incidence of symptoms of certain health problems reported by people living near natural gas wells, mostly operated by hydraulic fracturing, a technique popularly known as fracking. The study is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, National Institutes of Health, a group of institutions under the government of the United States. Little is known about the environmental impact on public health and certain techniques of extraction of natural gas, including fracking, applied close to residential areas.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Poisoned by the shale? Investigations leave questions in oil tank deaths
EE News
Mike Soraghan

KILLDEER, N.D. -- Dustin Bergsing was 21 and six weeks a father when he arrived here at Marathon Oil Corp.'s Buffalo 34-12H well pad, a square of red gravel carved into a low hill. By dawn, he was dead. A co-worker found him shortly after midnight, slumped below the open hatch of a tank of Bakken Shale crude oil. It was Bergsing's job to pop the hatch and record how much was inside. An autopsy found he died of "hydrocarbon poisoning due to inhalation of petroleum vapors."  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Pennsylvania-N.Y. pipeline clears key federal hurdle
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—A pipeline that will bring more of Pennsylvania's fracked gas to New York cleared another key federal hurdle on Friday. The Constitution Pipeline will run 124 miles from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, which is west of Albany.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Algonquin Pipeline hot issue in 40th Senate District
The Journal News
Elizabeth Ganga

A project to replace the Algonquin Pipeline in parts of Rockland, Westchester and Putnam has become a hotly-contested issue in the race to be the next state senator from the 40th District. Residents around the region have protested the project, which will replace the existing 26-inch diameter pipe with a 42-inch pipe and reroute it in some spots. Republican Terrence Murphy and Democrat Justin Wagner, and the parties and outside groups that have been pouring money into their race, have seized on the issue to galvanize voters.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Officials Join Forces to Bash Pipeline at Peekskill Rally
The Examiner
Rick Pezzullo

Representatives from municipalities directly affected by a proposed expansion of natural gas pipeline banded together Saturday in Peekskill to vehemently oppose the controversial project. “This pipeline is frightening. It is not safe for our communities,” said Courtney Williams, a cancer research scientist and member of Concerned Peekskill Residents (CPR). “This pipeline is bad for animals, wetlands, humans, particularly for children and the elderly,” said Nancy Vann of Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion. “We all stand together. We’re a family of cities and towns.”  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Gov. Corbett Signs Bill Weakening Stream Buffer Requirements Into Law
PA Environment Digest


Gov. Corbett Wednesday signed into law House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) that environmental groups say weakens DEP requirements for stream buffers in Special Protection Watersheds. It is now Act 162.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Gov. Corbett Signs Bill Authorizing 1-House Veto Of PA Climate Plan
PA Environment Digest


On Wednesday, Gov. Corbett signed into law House Bill 2354 (Snyder-D-Fayette) which authorizes a one-House of the General Assembly to veto any greenhouse gas emission reduction plan required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is now Act 175.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
CAC: DEP Extends Comment Period On Oil & Gas Enforcement Policy Changes
PA Environment Digest


Kurt Klapkowski, Director of DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management, told the DEP Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday the agency will be extending the public comment period for proposed changes to the Oil and Gas Program Enforcement Policy until November 18. (formal notice)  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
House Republican Policy Committee Discusses Opportunities For Natural Gas
PA Environment Digest


The House Republican Policy Committee held a hearing Wednesday at Bucks County Community College Upper Campus in Perkasie to learn about the potential benefits of using Pennsylvania’s natural gas.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Companies lobby Cuomo administration state for pipeline approvals
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Two companies that want to bring more natural gas into New York have been lobbying the Cuomo administration and state regulators for approval of new pipeline projects. The lobbying efforts come as the state has delayed a decision on fracking.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Fracking’s Slow-Motion Train Wreck Revealed In New Report
Clean Technica
Tina Casey

If you are one of those people who smell the stench of bust behind today’s fracking-fueled oil and gas boom, the Post Carbon Institute has an early Christmas present for you. In its latest report, the organization makes the case that US shale oil and gas reserves will peak and drop off rapidly, long before officially predicted by the US Energy Information Agency.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Uncertainty still looms over fracking in Illinois
The Southern


More than 15 months after Gov. Pat Quinn signed fracking legislation into law, uncertainty still hovers over the future of the controversial industry in Illinois. Fracking supporters claim rule making for the legislation has been held up by a cumbersome commenting process set up by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources while fracking opponents view the delay as necessary to ensure a "dangerous" practice is made as safe as possible.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
St. Tammany Parish can proceed with fracking lawsuit, judge rules
Times-Picayune
Robert Rhoden

BATON ROUGE - St. Tammany Parish's lawsuit seeking to block fracking can move forward, a judge ruled Monday (Oct. 27), rejecting the state's request to dismiss the case. Judge William Morvant of the 19th Judicial District Court made his decision after hearing about 40 minutes of oral arguments from attorneys for the parish and the state Department of Natural Resources' Office of Conservation.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Scientists find a way to make fracking less horrible for the environment
Engadget
Jon Fingas

Using fracking (hydraulic fracturing) to get oil or gas may fulfill energy needs, but it has a nasty impact on the environment. Among other things, it leaves behind extremely salty water. However, scientists at both MIT and the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals have found technology that could soften the blow. Their approach filters output water through multiple stages of electrodialysis, which uses electrical charges to pull salt through a membrane. This wouldn't make the water drinkable, but it would be reusable -- and that, in turn, would reduce or even eliminate the need for fresh water beyond an initial supply. Oil and gas wells wouldn't deprive local communities of nearly as much drinking or farming water, and they wouldn't have to dispose of quite so many contaminated liquids.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Satellite Dishes Can Turn Toxic Waste From Fracking Into Clean Water
Gizmodo
Sarah Shang

In the past few years, earthquakes in Oklahoma have been on the mysterious rise—the state has had more earthquakes than even California. Why? One big fat finger has been pointed at fracking, in which toxic wastewater is injected into wells that can leak and lubricate faults. We clearly need a better solution for this wastewater, and that solution may involve satellite dishes.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
On the Fracking Ban-Wagon in Denton The North Texas town will soon decide whether to become the first city in Texas to ban fracking.
Texas Observer
Priscila Mosqueda

One day in August 2013, Alyse Ogletree was turning onto her street in a new, unfinished development in Denton when she saw them. Across from her new home: tall, bulky walls that looked like tan sheets attached to rusting metal poles. She had no idea what to make of them. What were they hiding? Weeks later, she got her answer. Eagle Ridge Energy left a notice on her door explaining that the fracking company would be drilling a natural gas well across the street. The walls, the notice explained, were meant to reduce the noise. Alyse and her husband Lance, both in their 20s, had just bought their spacious brick home two years before, never expecting to discover their savings had gone into a house that would eventually have an industrial nightmare for a neighbor.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Judge: St. Tammany fracking case deserves judicial review
WWITV
Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE, La. - A Baton Rouge judge said Monday that while he doesn't have the authority to decide a case that could have a big impact on the possibility of fracking on the northshore, he said the issue is worth considering and deserves judicial review.   [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Marcellus expert says more scrutiny needed of fracking near Marshall chemical plant
Eagle Ford Texas
Ken Ward, Jr.

One of the nation’s best-known experts on the Marcellus Shale concluded that more investigation is needed before a Houston firm is allowed to move forward with natural gas wells near the site of a “near-catastrophic” fracking incident at a Marshall County chemical plant. Penn State geologist Terry Engelder, who did groundbreaking work about the gas reserves available in the Marcellus formation, testified in a Pennsylvania case in which Axiall Corp. was trying to delay and force a more detailed review of its plans for hydraulic fracturing wells at Axiall’s manufacturing plant in Natrium.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2014
Group urges fracking moratorium in Windsor
Coloradoan
Adrian D. Garcia

A Boulder lawyer and an anti-fracking activist told people gathered Thursday evening in Windsor that they should learn more about the oil and gas industry, organize and not rule out asking the town to impose a moratorium on fracking.   [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
Hearing hears only one resident
New Castle News
Mary Grzebleniak

More than a dozen people signed up to speak against a new wellpad in Pulaski Township. But township solicitor Richard Harper determined only one of them — a woman who lives within 200 feet — would be allowed to testify.  [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
Offshore Drilling: Big Oil Hits a Gusher of Oil and Gas Discoveries
Motley Fool
Matt DiLallo

Big oil might be reeling from plunging crude oil prices, but that's not stopping these companies from drilling for oil offshore. This week, the industry hit the jackpot, announcing several major oil and gas discoveries around the world. Let's take a quick trip around the world to see where big oil made the discoveries that will fuel the world in the years ahead.   [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
2-county district planned to track fracking water
Hattiesburg American
Associated Press

LIBERTY, Miss. — Amite and Wilkinson counties plan a two-county water district to oversee the use of billions of gallons of water that will be needed for hydraulic fracturing at oil wells.   [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
This man wants to stop America’s salad bowl from being fracked
Grist
Tara Lohan

His latest crusade is something of a surprise, even to himself. Not the running for office part, but the one where he became outspoken about the risks of fracking — the oil and gas industry’s controversial practice of blasting water, sand, and chemicals underground at high pressure to release oil and gas. He got “suckered into the dark world of giving a crap,” he tells me, tongue-in-cheek. At first Mitchell, a career military guy and aerospace engineer, might seem an unlikely person to become an anti-fracking activist — but that’s only if you have a limited view of fracking’s impacts, and Mitchell doesn’t.  [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
Letter: Say no to fracking; say yes to Eldridge
Times Herald Record
Ramsay Adams--Letter to the Editor

This November, voters have a clear choice. One of the candidates in the race for New York’s 19th Congressional District, supports fracking and the other opposes it. I am voting for Sean Eldridge because as a small business owner, and father of two in Sullivan County, I am concerned about the threat fracking poses to our drinking water.   [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
Dead babies near oil drilling sites raise questions for researchers
Denver Post
Nancy Lofholm

For some reason, one that is not known and may never be, Beau and a dozen other infants died in this oil-booming basin last year. Was this spike a fluke? Bad luck? Or were these babies victims of air pollution fed by the nearly 12,000 oil and gas wells in one of the most energy-rich areas in the country? Some scientists whose research focuses on the effect of certain drilling-related chemicals on fetal development believe there could be a link.   [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
Political giving goes green
Crains New York


In the battle to control the New York state Senate, the real estate industry is spending big to help Republicans, while teachers' unions are lavishing funds on Democrats. But oddly, the two sides have lately been pouring money into the same outside group: the New York League of Conservation Voters' political action committee, which is aiding Republican and Democratic Senate candidates.   [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
For 4th time, Youngstown voters asked to ban fracking
Vindy.com
David Skolnick

Youngstown voters have rejected the anti-fracking Community Bill of Rights charter amendment three times, but supporters says they won’t give up even if it’s defeated again in the Nov. 4 election.   [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog

Post Carbon Institute has published a report and multiple related resources calling into question the production statistics touted by promoters of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).   [Full Story]

Oct 26, 2014
Egypt slated to get Israeli natural gas
New Europe


US company Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Group, which are in control of one of the largest natural gas basins off the coast of Israel - the Tamar field - announced their intention to sign an export deal with Egypt.   [Full Story]

Oct 25, 2014
Colorado task force tours Weld County drilling, fracking sites
Bakken.com


The tour was meant to give a fact-based foundation for the group Gov. John Hickenlooper tasked with reconciling the state’s financial interest in a healthy oil and gas industry with some voters’ claim that drilling fracking is harmful to the environment and to surrounding landowners. Over 4 1/2 hours, members of the task force and other concerned parties peppered Anadarko employees and Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission officials with questions about water use, noise levels, effects on agriculture and disclosure of chemicals used.  [Full Story]

Oct 25, 2014
Komen acceptance of drilling-linked money raises ire
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Katelyn Ferral

n the race to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer, there is division among advocates. Supporters of Breast Cancer Action are protesting the decision of fellow breast cancer awareness group, Susan G. Komen, to accept a $100,000 donation from Baker Hughes, the Houston-based supplier of equipment for the oil and gas drilling industry. Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead is scheduled to present the check to Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker at the Steelers game at Heinz Field on Sunday.   [Full Story]

Oct 25, 2014
Revised Butler Township rules won't apply to Krendale Golf Course drilling
TribLive
Rick Wills

Any change in Butler Township's zoning ordinance will be too late to stop fracking at the Krendale Golf Course, township officials said. The township commissioners voted unanimously last week to have the solicitor draft a revised zoning ordinance to prohibit fracking in residential areas.   [Full Story]

Oct 25, 2014
Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm
Energy Collective


Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”  [Full Story]

Oct 25, 2014
Oil and gas and earthquakes
Bakken.com
Zach Koppang

Numerous studies have found earthquakes to be connected with hydraulic fracturing, and Ohio oil and gas regulators are dealing with the implications, reports Columbus Business First. Earthquakes have been linked to wastewater disposal wells, or the injection of fracking fluids back into the earth, but the quakes created are generally too low magnitude for people to notice. One instance, near Youngstown, Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) determined there was “a probable connection to hydraulic fracturing near a previously unknown microfault,” prompting more strict monitoring rules.   [Full Story]

Oct 25, 2014
Marcellus expert says more scrutiny needed of fracking near Marshall chemical plant
The Charleston Gazette
Ken Ward Jr.

One of the nation’s best-known experts on the Marcellus Shale concluded that more investigation is needed before a Houston firm is allowed to move forward with natural gas wells near the site of a “near-catastrophic” fracking incident at a Marshall County chemical plant. Penn State geologist Terry Engelder, who did groundbreaking work about the gas reserves available in the Marcellus formation, testified in a Pennsylvania case in which Axiall Corp. was trying to delay and force a more detailed review of its plans for hydraulic fracturing wells at Axiall’s manufacturing plant in Natrium. “There are certainly things that can be done to gather more information that would help in understanding,” Engelder testified during a June hearing in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. “One would hope that information would be gathered.” Engelder and another Axiall expert, petroleum engineer Brun Hilbert, testified concerns that Gastar’s wells could lead to a repeat of an incident last year that Axiall blames on high-pressure fracking fluids being used by another company, Triad Hunter, to release natural gas from the Marcellus Shale at a well site across the Ohio River.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Outrage Continues at Susan G. Komen’s ‘Frack for the Cure’ Pinkwashing Campaign
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in what seems to be getting to be a regular occurrence, it’s bringing unwanted awareness to the activities of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (SGK), the behemoth of breast cancer charities, founded in 1982.  [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Astorino postpones tour of fracking sites
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has postponed a visit to fracking wells of Pennsylvania because, he says, energy companies won't allow journalists to accompany him. Instead, his campaign said, he will visit the sites after the Nov. 4 election. Earlier this month, Astorino promised to visit fracking sites in Pennsylvania. He is a supporter of the industry and a significant part of his economic program is based on allowing a robust fracking industry to grow in New York. Astorino has said that, if elected, he would allow fracking to begin in New York within 90 days.  [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
BASF, an Industrial Pillar in Germany, Leans Abroad
The New York Times
STANLEY REED and MELISSA EDDY

Industry leaders criticize Berlin for not adopting policies that might bring down fuel costs, including allowing exploration for shale gas. A big impediment to encouraging shale development is that extracting the gas often involves hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which environmentalists oppose. BASF has a unit, Wintershall, that is the largest oil and gas producer in Germany. The company has large exploration tracts for shale gas in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Mr. Schwager, the BASF executive, estimates that fracking could produce enough shale gas to either satisfy Germany’s own needs for 10 years or maintain current gas production levels for a couple of centuries. But the company has been prevented from drilling for the fuel because of concerns about water pollution and other hazards. Even its conventional gas operations, Germany’s largest, have been hobbled by a moratorium on fracking, Mr. Schwager says.  [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Crude Oil Transport Project Halted In California After Environmentalists Sue
DeSmogBlog
Mike G

Back in August, DeSmog reported on California environmentalists stopping “stealth carbon bombs” in their communities. Now they're celebrating another victory as a dangerous—and illegal—crude oil transport project in Sacramento has been halted as well. According to a report by the Sacramento Bee last March, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District first caught InterState Oil Company, a fuel distributor, offloading ethanol without a permit in the fall of 2012. Inspectors with the AQMD then caught InterState transloading crude oil from trains to trucks bound for Bay Area refineries in September of last year, again without a permit.  [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Coalition pushes for natural gas pipeline
The Boston Globe
Jay Fitzgerald

The battle over building natural gas pipelines in New England is escalating. A new coalition of large industrial users of electricity is planning to launch a cable television ad blitz next week that pushes for new pipelines in New England to boost the flow of natural gas to the region and, the group says, lower energy prices. The Coalition to Lower Energy Costs — whose formation was spearheaded by a Maine lawyer with ties to a Texas company that wants to build a new gas pipeline in Massachusetts — plans to start running 30-second TV ads on Monday on NECN, MSNBC, CNN, Discovery, History Channel, and other cable channels. The lawyer, Tony Buxton, would not disclose how much the coalition is spending on the campaign, but said the commercial will run hundreds of times during the  [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
NPR Guts Its Environment And Climate Reporting Team, Becomes ‘Part Of The Problem’
ThinkProgress
Joe Romm

NPR has gutted its staff dedicated to covering environmental and climate issues. Given the nation’s and world’s renewed focus on the threat posed by unrestricted carbon pollution, this baffling move is already receiving widespread criticism from scientists and media watchers. It is “a sad commentary on the current state of our media,” as one top climatologist told me. Katherine Bagley broke the story for InsideClimate News. She reports that earlier in 2014, NPR “had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated” to cover environmental and climate issues within NPR’s science desk. Now, shockingly, “One remains — and he is covering it only part-time.”  [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Astorino postpones tour of fracking sites
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has postponed a visit to fracking wells of Pennsylvania because, he says, energy companies won't allow journalists to accompany him. Instead, his campaign said, he will visit the sites after the Nov. 4 election.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
EPA chief: Public tired of debating climate change
The Hill
Peter Sullivan

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that the public does not want more "debate or discussion" about climate change, but government action. "First, people overwhelmingly consider climate change to be a problem—and they want action, not more debate or discussion," McCarthy said in a speech at Georgetown University.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
NPR Reduces Its Environment Team to One Reporter
Inside Climate News
Katherine Bagley

NPR says move to shift reporters off the environment beat was driven by an interest to cover other fields more in depth. NPR has cut back on the number of staffers focused solely on the environment and climate change. Earlier this year, the news outlet had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated to covering the issue within NPR's science desk. One remains—and he is covering it only part-time.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Tool to detect ‘frac fluids’
IOL SciTech


Cape Town - Scientists have developed a geochemical tracer which can identify whether the fluids used in shale gas fracking – which include toxic chemicals – have been released into the surrounding environment and the water supply.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Landfill drops request for tenfold radiation increase
Detroit Free Press
Keith Matheny

Gov. Snyder has convened a panel looking at regulations on disposing of technologically enhanced, naturally occurring radioactive materials A Wayne County hazardous waste landfill, under scrutiny for taking other state's low-activity radioactive wastes from oil and gas fracking, has withdrawn a request to state regulators to increase its allowed radiation limits tenfold.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Outrage Continues at Susan G. Komen’s ‘Frack for the Cure’ Pinkwashing Campaign
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in what seems to be getting to be a regular occurrence, it’s bringing unwanted awareness to the activities of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (SGK), the behemoth of breast cancer charities, founded in 1982.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Companies Are Fracking With Harmful Chemicals Through Regulatory Loophole
Think Progress
Katie Valentine

Oil and gas companies are using a loophole in federal regulations to use dangerous chemicals in hydraulic fracturing operations without a permit, according to a new report. The report, published this week by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), found that some oil and gas companies are using petroleum-based liquids in their fracking operations, liquids that can contain harmful chemicals like benzene.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Legislative panel signs off on new rules for fracking
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sean Whaley

CARSON CITY — A legislative panel on Friday signed off on new rules for oil and gas companies to follow for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Nevada. The Legislative Commission approved the regulations submitted by the state Division of Minerals. The Commission on Mineral Resources in August approved the regulations, which have drawn protests from opponents who are concerned the process could lead to groundwater contamination and excessive use of groundwater in drought-stricken Nevada.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Baker Hughes Fights Breast Cancer With Pink Fracking Drill Bits
Triple Pundit
Eric Justian

Paint it pink. Why not? The pink-ification of just about everything to raise breast cancer awareness may have run up against its limits with pink oil drill bits. In a world with pink AR-15s, pink trash bins, pink soup cans, and pink everything else now Baker Hughes, a leader in hydraulic fracturing equipment, is painting pink 1000 drill bits used in fracking. The reason? To raise breast cancer awareness among the hard working mostly-men in oil fields.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Colorado’s fracking regulators aren’t regulating
Grist
Heather Smith

Now, a new study by Tara Opsal and Tara O'Connor Shelley — two sociologists at Colorado State — suggests that the Hector Zertuches of this world are pretty rare in the landscape of the fracking boom. Both researchers specialize in something called “green criminology” — more or less, how societies respond to environmental crimes. In this study, Opsal and O’Connor Shelley downloaded 2,444 individual oil- and gas-related complaints from a database maintained by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). They began trying to contact the original people who had submitted the complaints (not all included contact information), and managed to set up interviews with 65 of them, all over the state.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Fracking drives growth in sand mining, health questions
Green Bay Press Gazette
Sean Cockerham

WASHINGTON – Demand is exploding for the huge amounts of sand used in fracking, creating a windfall for mines from Texas to Wisconsin but leading to worries about the health impacts of breathing silica dust.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
Cuomo delays NY fracking study release until after election
NY Post


Gov. Cuomo is promising to release the longest-awaited study of his administration — an analysis of the health impacts of fracking — but only after the election.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
What it’s like to have 30 oil & gas wells as neighbors
Grist
Tara Lohan

The first thing Don Martin asks me is if I want the little picture or the big picture. Big picture, I tell him, and he leads me from the gate of his apartment complex to the driveway of his next-door neighbor. Martin’s neighbor is Freeport McMoRan, a company worth $30 billion. Freeport’s property beside Martin is just one tiny sliver of an empire that spans continents and includes some of the largest gold and copper mines in the world.  [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
‘80 by 50’ legislation gets first hearing in City Council
Capital New York
David Giambusso

Legislation to codify an 80-percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 inched closer to passage Thursday during a hearing of the City Council's environmental protection committee. The legislation has 40 co-sponsors, giving it a veto-proof majority. But actually achieving the task of reducing greenhouse gases will prove difficult: To get to an 80-percent reduction, virtually all of the city's one million buildings will have to go through a costly retrofitting process to become more energy efficient.  [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
'Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.
Aljazeera America
Audrea Lim

Local activists try to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through their neighborhoods RICHMOND, Calif. — The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated from the road by a neatly kept lawn, as if to highlight the scene’s utter normalcy. But half a mile west are the BNSF Railway tracks and the Kinder Morgan rail facility, which quietly began receiving trains of Bakken crude last year.   [Full Story]

Oct 24, 2014
It’s Tough To Turn Frack Water into Profits
Living on Earth


Oil and gas fracking produces huge volumes of dirty, difficult to handle wastewater. Now businesses are developing technologies to clean it up. But Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front reports profits can be elusive.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
12 People Blockade Entrance to Compressor Station Protesting Methane Gas Storage Project
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

A dozen people put their bodies on the line today in a last-resort protest to stop a major gas storage expansion project that has been authorized to begin construction tomorrow on the shore of Seneca Lake, the largest of New York’s Finger Lakes. The protesters formed a human blockade in front of the Texas-based Crestwood Midstream company gate, shutting down the Finger Lakes facility from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Report's editing may have helped Cuomo administration
Times Union
Bruce Ferguson

The federally funded United States Geological Survey has been producing reports on the natural sciences for well over a century and enjoys a reputation for objectivity. But an investigative report by Scott Waldman posted on Capital New York suggests that on at least one occasion objectivity may have been sacrificed to serve the political aims of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In 2011, the USGS conducted a baseline study to detect the presence of methane in private water wells in the Southern Tier, a region of the state the Cuomo administration was considering opening up to hydraulic fracturing. The study was important, because if it could be shown that methane was already present in water wells prior to drilling, then the industry would be insulated from claims that shale gas extraction was to blame. If water contamination spiked after drilling, that would point the finger at the gas companies. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided more than $150,000 to help pay for the $250,000 study.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report say
Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. That permit is important: Diesel contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues. The permits regulate the length and depth of concrete and steel well casings that keep those chemicals from reaching groundwater.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
More protests over gas storage along Seneca Lake
Star Gazette
Jeff Murray

About 20 members of Gas Free Seneca stood in front of the gate of Crestwood Midstream in the Schuyler County on Thursday to protest the proposed LPG storage facility along Seneca Lake. The protest in the Town of Reading was a prelude to a planned rally by the same group Friday in front of the Crestwood facility. Protesters said they are willing to risk arrest to get their point across about opposition to the gas storage plan, but there was no police presence at the event.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Dozens Blockade Entrance to Compressor Station Protesting Methane Gas Storage Project
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

More than two dozen people put their bodies on the line today in a last-resort protest to stop a major gas storage expansion project that has been authorized to begin construction tomorrow on the shore of Seneca Lake, the largest of New York’s Finger Lakes. The protesters formed a human blockade in front of the Texas-based Crestwood Midstream company gate, shutting down the Finger Lakes facility from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Corbett approves bills on stream buffers and carbon plan
NPR State Impact PA
MARIE CUSICK

Governor Corbett signed a pair of bills dealing with two hot-button environmental issues. The first would eliminate stream buffer requirements for the state’s cleanest waterways. The second measure gives legislators a role in crafting a federally-mandated carbon reduction plan–a top priority for the state’s coal industry. The stream bill removes the 150 feet buffer requirement between new developments and Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams. It was supported by the Pennsylvania Builder’s Association. The law only applies projects that need stormwater discharge permits and are adjacent to the state’s “high quality” or “exceptional value” streams – a small percentage of waterways. Supporters have said the buffers amounted to eminent domain that restricted landowners. Environmental groups criticized the measure as a step backwards.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Scientists can now see fracker’s “fingerprints” all over polluted water
Grist
Madeleine Thomas

People are getting sick all across fracking country, and many are blaming their mysterious illnesses — headaches, excruciating rashes, even liver damage — on the chemicals oil and gas companies have been pumping into the earth. But thanks to trade-secret laws, which allow companies to stay mum about the chemicals in their fracking fluid, it’s been difficult to pin the blame on the practice — until now that is. Researchers from Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the French Geological Survey claim they’ve created a tool that detects a specific chemical fingerprint unique to fracking fluid, allowing scientists to pinpoint fracking as a culprit in water pollution.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Texas Drillers Lead the Nation in Pumping Benzene into Earth, Which Is Not Good
Dallas Observer
Amy Silverstein

Slip through the right series of loopholes and it can be perfectly legal to inject benzene into oil wells. Naturally, drillers in Texas figured this out thousands of gallons of benzene ago. Using data disclosed by the oil industry, a new report calculates all the benzene that is legally going into wells across the country. There's a lot, it turns out, and it's mostly in Texas. The winner of the benzene race is San Antonio-based BlackBrush O&G, which injected a fluid containing as much as 48,000 gallons of benzene into a well in Dimmit County. In second place is Discovery Operating Services, a company that pumped 1,000 gallons of benzene into 11 wells across Midland and Upton counties.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
When Will EPA Meet with Residents Harmed by Fracking?
Food & Water Watch
Emily Wurth Blog

For over a year now, residents from communities affected by drilling and fracking for natural gas have tried to meet with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Specifically, residents from three affected communities – Dimock, Pennsylvania; Pavillion, Wyoming; and Parker County, Texas—have tried to meet with McCarthy to discuss the EPA’s failure to complete the critical investigations into the connection between their contaminated drinking water and the gas development in their communities.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Report Details White House, Environmentalists Action To Stop Fracking Boom
Daily Caller
Michael Bastasch

President Obama has long been touting the U.S. oil and natural gas boom as the product of his administration’s “all of the above” energy plan. But a new report from Senate Republicans claims the White House supports oil and gas drilling publicly while partnering behind the scenes with eco-activists to regulate it out of existence.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Public Trust in Pennsylvania Regulators Erodes Further Over Flawed Fracking Study
InsideClimate News
Lisa Song

Pennsylvania regulators used flawed methodology to conclude that air pollution from natural gas development doesn't cause health problems. The revelation has further eroded trust in an embattled state agency. The news was first reported Monday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The paper cited court documents that show how air quality studies conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection in 2010 and 2011 failed to analyze the health risks of 25 chemicals. The studies also didn't report some instances where high pollutant levels were detected. The evidence came from statements of two DEP scientists who were deposed in a lawsuit. Their depositions call into question the report's conclusion that the air sampling found no health risks from shale development.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
“Fracking’s Toxic Loophole”: Report Calls for Repeal of Halliburton’s Loophole
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Glynis Board

A new report has just been published that identifies large amounts of toxic chemicals legally used in the oil and gas industry—such chemical-use in any other industrial application is regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Not so for the gas industry.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Andrew Cuomo uses “I’m not a scientist” line as cop-out on fracking
Salon
Lindsay Abrams

I’m not a scientist”: It’s not just a cop-out for climate deniers anymore! New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo trotted out the much-maligned non-answer in a debate Wednesday night, Buffalo news station WIVB reports, when asked whether he supports lifting the state’s six-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. “I’m not a scientist,” Cuomo said. “Let the scientists decide. It’s very complicated, very controversial, academic studies come out all different ways. Let the experts decide.” Which is all well and good, except for the fact that it’s not the scientists who are in charge of making decisions like, say, whether or not to allow fracking in New York.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Fracking Discussed at Lone Gubernatorial Debate in New York
NGI Shale Daily
Charlie Passut

The issue of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) came up during the only debate scheduled among the candidates running for governor in New York, in a race that two polls predict should be an easy win for the incumbent, Democrat Andrew Cuomo.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
2014 Governor’s Race: Face off over the sweet spot on taxing Marcellus Shale
State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

Here’s something Governor Tom Corbett and his democratic challenger Tom Wolf agree on: Each calls Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas a “game-changer” for the state’s economy. But they disagree on how to get the most out of the gas boom for all Pennsylvania residents. Comparisons to Texas keep coming up in the race. And natural gas production has recently put Pennsylvania second only to Texas. So how exactly does Texas tax the gas drillers, and how is it different in Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania drills down into the sometimes taxing and dull fiscal policy to get at the answer.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
California's Fracking Controversy
Huffington Post
Harlan Green

Will a "Yes" or "No" vote on Measure P (the measure that bans all forms of enhanced drilling techniques, including steam injection and fracking) have an impact on Santa Barbara County's property values? This may be one of the biggest concerns for this California County's voters in November.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Corbett signs bills addressing gas transparency issues
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Governor Corbett has signed two bills providing more transparency for people who have leased their property for natural gas drilling. A landowner advocacy group calls the measures “helpful” but says more action is needed.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
California's Fracking Controversy
Huffington Post
Harlan Green

Will a "Yes" or "No" vote on Measure P (the measure that bans all forms of enhanced drilling techniques, including steam injection and fracking) have an impact on Santa Barbara County's property values? This may be one of the biggest concerns for this California County's voters in November. With nearly 7,000 new wells proposed locally, there is concern for the loss of property values - on top of environmental concerns related to fracking and other high intensity petroleum operations. A Calgary and Duke University study of property values near shale gas wells notes a ten percent drop in values, but with fracking operations in place, values dropped some 22 percent. "Whether or not fracking causes groundwater pollution, people fear the risk enough that property values have dropped for homes with drinking-water wells near shale-gas pads, according to new research," writes Forbes in an article entitled Pollution Fears Crush Home Prices Near Fracking Wells.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Public Trust in Pennsylvania Regulators Erodes Further Over Flawed Fracking Study
Inside Climate News
Lisa Song

Raw data showing high concentrations of certain polllutants at gas operations and health risks of 25 chemicals were left out of the state's studies. Pennsylvania regulators used flawed methodology to conclude that air pollution from natural gas development doesn't cause health problems. The revelation has further eroded trust in an embattled state agency.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Viewpoints: California leads the way on stopping gas pipeline leaks
Sacramento Bee
Opinion: Mike Langford & Kim Glas

Thirty-seven states have programs to speed up repairs and replacement of problem sections of the gas distribution system. Most recently, California enacted a leak mitigation approach from which the whole country can take a lesson.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
FEDS, STATES CONTINUE TO SHORTCHANGE DELAWARE RIVER BASIN COMMISSION
NJ Spotlight
Jon Hurdle

Steve Tambini wants to ensure continuing clean water for the 15 million people who live in the Delaware River Basin, but he isn’t sure he will have the money to do so. The new executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission -- which aims to coordinate management of water supply and quality among the basin states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware -- is running the interstate agency without federal funding, and without some of the money that’s due from member states.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
In New York Governor’s Debate, Cuomo Repels Astorino’s Jabs With His Own
The New York Times
Thomas Kaplan

Mr. Astorino vowed to allow hydraulic fracturing, and criticized Mr. Cuomo for delaying a decision on whether to allow the contested form of natural gas extraction. Mr. Cuomo accused Mr. Astorino of having it both ways, offering what seemed like a rehearsed zinger that called attention to Mr. Astorino’s signing of a bill banning fracking wastewater from being treated or used to de-ice roads in Westchester. “When he goes upstate, he’s Sarah Palin — ‘Drill, baby, drill!’ ” he said. “When he goes home to Westchester, he’s Mark Ruffalo.”  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
A Bad Omen for Oil Stocks?
Wall Street Daily
Karim Rahemtulla,

U.S. oil and natural gas rig counts just dropped for the second time since August. Why is that significant? A drop in the number of rigs is usually an indication that the companies doing the drilling and exploring are less sanguine about future prospects. But the two biggest oil companies’ CEOs are putting on a happy face, saying their production is actually going to increase. Are these CEOs lying about their prospects, or is something else going on? Digging Deeper Into Data Rig counts are a measure of the number of active rigs that are developing or drilling for oil or gas. Between February 2012 and this past September, rig counts for the oil industry increased by more than 33%. This reflects the boom period for oil production in the United States. On the other hand, natural gas rigs fell from almost 2,000 a few years ago to around 300 today.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Andrew Cuomo: ‘I’m Not A Scientist’ When It Comes To Fracking
ThinkProgress
Jeff Spross

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) would like everyone to know that he, too, “is not a scientist.” Interestingly, Cuomo put a bit of a twist on the refrain. Unlike the Republican lawmakers and candidates who have taken up the line as their standard response to the question of whether manmade carbon emissions cause climate change, the Governor used it to dodge the question of what should be done about fracking.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Governor, open your eyes on fracking
Albany Times Union
Eric Weitman, Commentary

On the morning of Sept. 9, something unexpected happened: Gov. Andrew Cuomo answered a question related to fracking clearly and definitively, in front of cameras and reporters for the whole world to hear. In a parking lot, I asked him if he would take a tour of fracking sites in Pennsylvania, to witness firsthand the devastating impact fracking has on families and communities. To my great surprise, he said "yes."   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Mars Home for Youth asks board to reconsider fracking opposition
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sandy Trozzo

As Rex Energy prepares to operate as many as six gas wells on private property approximately a half mile from Mars Area schools, those on both sides of the issue continue to press the school district. During the board’s October meetings, requests came from both sides of the controversial gas wells.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
37 eco-groups ask governor to ban fracking in Florida
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—Thirty-seven consumer, health and environmental advocacy organizations submitted a letter today to Governor Rick Scott expressing concern over the State’s unwillingness to take a position on fracking, even with the various comprehensive studies conducted on its potential public health impacts throughout the county. The letter, which contained over two dozen groups from across the state and a collection of national groups, comes days after a statewide march on the Governor’s beachfront home, calling for clean water and renewable energy. The main request: Ban drilling, fracking and acidizing in Florida once and for all.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
'Fracking' fight heats up ballot in Santa Barbara
89.3 KPCC


Environmentalists and the oil industry will be keeping a close eye on a ballot measure in Santa Barbara County this November. Measure P seeks to prohibit what its authors call "high-intensity" oil extraction techniques — the oil industry calls them "enhanced." Regardless of the name, the methods essentially extract hard-to-reach gas and oil trapped between rock layers. Chemicals identified as toxic are often used, and that's led to growing concern among environmentalists.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Anti-fracking protesters in 'lock-on' protest at Horse Hill oil drilling site
Get Surrey
Fergus McEwan

Anti-fracking protesters camped by a drilling site near Horley chained themselves together outside the entrance on Wednesday morning (October 22). Two women took part in a 'lock-on' - using a tube to join their arms together - that blocked the entrance to the Horse Hill site, where oil was recently found following weeks of exploration.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
This fracking protest is more like Bonnaroo than Occupy
Grist
Sara Bernard

On a bone-dry October day in Oakland, Calif., activists from Food and Water Watch, UC Berkeley’s Students Against Fracking, and a group of folk singers called the Occupellas gathered to celebrate the third annual Global Frackdown. Food and Water Watch launched the Global Frackdown in September 2012 in an effort to eventually ban fracking worldwide. On Oct. 11, more than 250 anti-fracking events took place on all seven continents.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Cuomo Says Fracking Study Will Be Out by Year's End
WXXI
Karen Dewitt

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Governor Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year. Cuomo, answering a question on whether fracking, which is on hold in New York, will begin in the next four years if he’s re elected, says an over two year old health review will be concluded by the end of the year, though not before Election Day. He says he’s told experts at his Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to “give me a report”.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
‘Fracking tax’ in play in Pennsylvania governor race
Aljazeera America
Jake Blumgart

Wolf’s campaign promise is dependent upon a huge pot of untapped revenue, which could be found in the gas wells of the Marcellus Shale. Pennsylvania is the only state with an active natural gas extraction operation that does not tax the actual product (although impact fees are assessed on the wells to mitigate the costs incurred by local communities). In the first half of 2014, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, $9.6 billion of gas was extracted from Pennsylvania wells; judging by those numbers, it is estimated that a 5 percent severance tax (which is assessed on the removal of non-renewable resources) could bring in over $1 billion in revenue — roughly the equivalent of what Corbett cut from education aid.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
New Mexico rule changing fracking water reuse eyed
KOB4
Associated Press

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - State environmental regulators are considering a proposed rule that would allow the reuse of produced water in oilfield drilling operations. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin told Hobbs News-Sun this week that the department is working with the Oil Conservation Commission on the new rule that could help cut fresh water consumption by industry.  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Astorino -- 'Adamant' fracking opponents should vote for Hawkins
PostStar


Adamant opponents to hydrofracking should vote the Green Party line not the Democratic line, in the governor’s election, said Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. “For those who are adamantly opposed no matter what -- no matter what the science says, they are adamantly opposed -- then Howie Hawkins is the guy they need to vote for,” Astorino said Thursday in a meeting with The Post-Star editorial board. “He’s got principle and I’ve got principle. We have different conclusions on fracking, but at least we stand for something.”  [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Penn Twp. board OKs fracking regulations
TribLive
Chris Foreman

Under new regulations that now are in effect in Penn Township, Marcellus shale drilling rigs and fracking ponds are banned from residential and commercial areas — but companies are allowed to conduct horizontal drilling across almost all of the township.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
State Bar, Environmental Law Section Presents Update on Fracking Regulations
JDSupra
Michael Mills & Shannon Morrissey & Stoel Rives

The California State Bar, Environmental Law Section hosts an annual conference which welcomes attorneys and students from across the state to learn and discuss cutting edge environmental law issues. This year’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite featured an insightful panel on hydraulic fracturing regulation. The panel, held on Sunday, October 19, was titled “Recent Developments in the Regulation of Fracking at the Federal, State, and Local Level.” The four panelists each shared their experience and differing viewpoints in relation to their law practice.   [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2014
Protestors urge gubernatorial candidates to find alternatives to fracking
WBFO 88.7
Avery Schneider

Before the gubernatorial candidates started volleying debate points, citizens were volleying protest slogans. Outside of the WBFO-WNED studios, shouts for second amendment rights – mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo – were just as loud as chants against fracking for natural gas.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
W.Va. Senator Pushes to Prevent Radioactive Fracking Material From Entering State
Your 4 State
Nate Stewart

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The natural gas industry is growing, and so is the amount of waste it generates. There's also an increasing problem with disposing of that waste, and even talk of using the LCS landfill in Hedgesville for that purpose. "Pennsylvania has put a moratorium in dumping this radioactive fracking waste into their landfills," said West Virginia Senator John Unger. "West Virginia is looking at somehow disposing of the fracking waste here."   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Geochemical Tracers Can ID Fracking Flowback Fluids
Environmental Protection


The National Science Foundation reports scientists have developed tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment, and they have been field-tested at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and gas brine wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Hurley Town Board considers ban on use of fracking fluid as road de-icer
Daily Freeman
William J. Kemble

HURLEY >> The Town Board on Monday is expected to review a proposal to ban the use of fluids produced in the gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a de-icing agent on town roads.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Former Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force
Edie Energy


The risks and benefits of fracking for the UK are to be examined by a "independent" task force, led by the former head of the Environment Agency, Lord Chris Smith, and funded by shale gas companies.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
California fracking fight draws big money
FuelFix
Joshua Cain

A pair of ballot measures that would ban “high-intensity” oil and gas drilling operations in two California counties is getting a lot of attention from the oil and gas industry, with an industry-backed group pouring millions into an opposition campaign. Measure P in Santa Barbara County would ban a list of techniques for unlocking underground oil and gas reservoirs, most notably hydraulic fracturing. The group sponsoring Measure P, Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, said the processes should be banned because of concerns over the chemicals used and because “the threatened proliferation of new wells threatens the County’s famed scenic vistas, robust tourism industry and quality of life.” Measure J in San Benito County listed similar concerns in its ballot text.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm
Think Progress
Joe Romm

Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Global Frackdown: Communities across Canada demand a stop to fracking
Rabble.ca
Emma Luz

Last week, over 300 events were organized in 34 countries for the Global Frackdown, an international day of action initiated by our U.S. allies at Food and Water Watch to ban fracking. Leading up to the Global Frackdown, the Council of Canadians released a poll that revealed that 70 per cent of Canadians want a national moratorium on fracking.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
New reports target fracking
Bakersfield Californian
John Cox

A pair of studies released separately Wednesday shone an unfavorable light on fracking, with one claiming oil companies are skirting a ban on underground diesel injections and the other saying minority neighborhoods in areas including Kern County could be affected by expansion of the controversial technique.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
New $3.7B gas line proposed for Ala., Ga., Fla.
The Clarion-Ledger
Ray Henry

ATLANTA – A proposal to build a $3.7 billion pipeline system carrying natural gas into Florida is raising complaints from Georgia residents — including media mogul Ted Turner — who say they’d face environmental costs while others get the benefits. Spectra Energy Partners LP and NextEra Energy Inc. are seeking federal permission to build the Sabal Trail and the Florida Southeast Connection, about 600 miles of pipeline bringing natural gas from a hub in Alabama, across southwest Georgia and to power plants in Florida. If approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the system would start operating in mid-2017.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Natural gas fueling station gets grant in Pa.
Herald-Mail Media
Jennifer Fitch

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A grant announced Wednesday will support development of a compressed natural-gas fueling station for vehicles traveling in the borough of Chambersburg. State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, said in a news release that the Commonwealth Financing Agency will allocate a $591,000 grant to Sunoco Inc. to install a fueling station. That station will serve businesses and motorists with vehicles that run on natural gas.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Summit Natural Gas asks to meet with Maine regulators on $150,000 sewer drilling fine
Bangor Daily
Darren Fishell

PORTLAND, Maine — Summit Natural Gas of Maine has requested a meeting with state regulators over a recommended $150,000 fine stemming from state inspections that found the company damaged sewer lines during pipeline installations in the Kennebec Valley. An attorney for the company said in the request that the company “takes the [Maine Public Utilities Commission’s] allegations and concerns very seriously” and that it has already implemented some of the commission’s recommendations.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Expert examines fracking royalties on leases in Virginia
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

An official with a national association that looks out for the rights of property owners during gas and oil drilling says landowners in the Fredericksburg area have signed a “fairly typical” lease that allows the “lowest possible” royalty rate available.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Marshall County chemical maker wary after ‘near-catastrophic’ fracking inciden -
WV Gazette
Ken Ward, Jr.

As the Tomblin administration considers a plan to allow natural gas drilling under the Ohio River, a major chemical maker in Marshall County has been fighting a proposal for hydraulic fracturing near its plant, citing a “near-catastrophic” gas-well incident last year that might be linked to geologic conditions beneath the river.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Cuomo: Fracking study done by ‘end of the year’
The Journal News
Jon Campbell

BUFFALO—Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned a few heads at the WNED-TV studio when he appeared to set a deadline on the state’s ongoing review of hydraulic fracturing, saying the state’s long-running analysis of the technique should be completed “by the end of the year.” CuomoDebateThe state first launched a review of large-scale hydrofracking for natural gas in 2008, and the technique has been on hold in New York since. In September 2012, Cuomo’s administration tasked the state Department of Health with completing a separate layer of review, which continues today. When asked about his remark after the debate, Cuomo repeated it. “I said it should be done by the end of the year,” Cuomo said. “But I have previously said we expect it to be done by the end of the year.”  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
In Debate, Cuomo And Astorino Engage, On Topic Or Not
State of Politics


There were four candidates on stage, but both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rob Astorino sought to make the only scheduled debate of the campaign about them. The candidates for governor squared off in an hour-long debate on Wednesday evening with topics ranging from the governor’s handling of the defunct Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption, upstate economic development, hydrofracking and medical marijuana. But both Cuomo and Astorino came ready to blast each other and largely ignore Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Fracking Threatens Millions of Californians
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

A new report shows that 5.4 million Californians—more than 14 percent of its 38.3 million population—live within a mile of an oil or gas well, and almost four million of those, or nearly 70 percent, are Hispanic, Asian or African-American, according to a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report Drilling in California: Who’s at Risk? Non-whites make up slightly more than 40 percent of California’s total population.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
U.S. Fracking Boom Prompts Oil Industry to Push for Crude Exports
EcoWatch
Valerie Brown

Oil and coal producers in the U.S. are planning to use mile-long tanker trains to transport vast quantities of fossil fuels to the coast through areas that environmental groups believe should be protected.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Law to ban fracking byproducts in Cayuga County tabled
Auburn Pub
Ryan Deffenbaugh

AUBURN | A law that would ban the use of hydrofracking byproducts on Cayuga County roadways will most likely not go to a public hearing next month after it was tabled by the Cayuga County Ways and Means Committee. The resolution, tabled in a 5-2 vote, was to set a notice of public hearing on the new law. The public hearing for the law — which bans the use of brine, oil waste or natural gas waste on properties or roads in Cayuga County, as well as in any waste management or wastewater treatment facility operated by the county — would have taken place in November.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Fracking ban legislation knocked by some environmentalists Province moving ahead with legislation banning high-volume hydraulic fracturing with exception
CBC News


"I feel betrayed by my government," says Evelien VanderKloet, who isn't sugar coating her disappointment with the bill. "The legislation that's been produced is insulting. It overrides the lack of social license to frack and it tells us that we should accept a watered down version of a prohibition. And I just think that we can do so much better than this."  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Burden of the Boom: Who Will Pay the Price for Fracking in California?
NRDC Switchboard
Miriam Rotkin-Ellman Blog

From polluted skies to contaminated drinking water and hazardous waste, communities of color in California get way more than their fair share. If the oil and gas industry gets their way, drilling – and the environmental and health threats from fracking, acidizing, and other technologies – will be piled onto communities already staggering under smoggy skies and unsafe water.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Craft brewers join the fight against natural gas pipelines
Grist
Mason Adams

On a recent afternoon, visitors packed into Blue Mountain Brewery, one of three craft breweries in Virginia’s idyllic Rockfish Valley. Couples and families spilled out of the restaurant onto patios and into gardens, sipping Full Nelson Pale Ale, Kölsch 151, Original Nitro Porter, and more. Above them, the low-hanging clouds that obscured Afton Mountain’s upper ridges couldn’t mute the bright reds, oranges, and yellows exploding on its slopes. The brewery is just four miles below Rockfish Gap — the mountain pass that marks the southern entrance of Shenandoah National Park, the passage of the Appalachian Trail, and the point where Skyline Drive becomes the Blue Ridge Parkway. But there’s a storm brewing in this autumnal paradise, as evidenced by a sign in front of the brewery that’s become quite common in the Blue Ridge Mountains of late: “No pipeline.”  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
More than 5 million in state live near oil or gas well, report says
Los Angeles Times
TONY BARBOZA

More than 5 million Californians — most of them in Los Angeles and Kern counties — live near an oil or gas well, and expanding drilling in the state could increase their exposure to health risks, according to a report released Wednesday by a national environmental group.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking
AlJazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

D.J. Parker has been selling methane-trapping systems to oil and gas producers for over 30 years, and as unconventional drilling technologies like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have skyrocketed across the U.S., particularly under Barack Obama’s administration, Parker’s business has grown. “Over the last 15 years we’ve seen a marked increase in voluntarily capturing emissions,” said Parker, the vice president of operations at Tescorp. “Then in 2012 inquiries really increased … There are two things driving it. One’s economic. The other’s the [Environmental Protection Agency].” The EPA has become increasingly concerned with reducing the methane emissions inherent in the oil and gas production and distribution process. In 2012 the agency announced that by 2015, drillers would be required to use green completion technology to capture methane during the drilling completion process — the stage after drilling, when oil and gas starts to flow out of the well. Vapor recovery systems turn methane into liquid that can be sold, providing an economic incentive.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Economists See Holes in G.O.P.'s Post-Election Wish List
The New York Times
JACKIE CALMES

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has been promoting a roster of 46 House-passed jobs bills that Republicans say could finally make it to Mr. Obama’s desk if voters put them in charge of the Senate for the first time in the president’s tenure. On Twitter, Mr. Boehner’s hashtag for the initiatives is #StuckInTheSenate. The list includes measures to approve the Keystone XL pipeline; expand offshore oil drilling; block federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”; and open national forests to timber companies. Also making the cut were lesser, parochial measures, like water projects in central Oregon and the San Joaquin Valley of California, and rules allowing business owners to record any phone calls or meetings with federal regulators.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Fracking Companies Using Toxic Benzene in Drilling: Group
Bloomberg Businessweek
Mark Drajem

Some companies breaking up underground shale rock to free trapped oil and gas are using benzene, which can cause cancer, an environmental watchdog group said today. Benzene isn’t banned in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, although diesel is restricted because regulators determined it may have carcinogens, including benzene. Drillers need a permit before using diesel in the mixture that’s blasted underground to free trapped hydrocarbons. The Environmental Integrity Project today said at least six fracking fluid additives contain benzene.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Report: Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals
The Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

Federal laws meant to keep drinking water safe require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. Diesel contains a number of chemicals that cause cancer and nerve issues, and the permits are supposed to regulate the length and depth of cement and steel well casings that keep those chemicals out of groundwater.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Anti-fracking activist and gas company head back to court
NPR State Impact PA
MARIE CUSICK

63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins will be back in court next week facing fines and possible jail time in an ongoing fight with one of Pennsylvania’s biggest gas drillers, Cabot Oil & Gas. Cabot wants Scroggins to be held in contempt of court for allegedly violating an order to stay away at least 100 feet away from its work sites. A hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday in Susquehanna County.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Supporters of Fracking Ban Face New Wave of McCarthyism in Denton, Texas
DeSmogBlog
Julie Dermansky

In Denton, Texas, a college town north of Dallas that sits atop the Barnett Shale formation, the fight over a referendum banning fracking within city limits is in the final stretch. The local ballot initiative has global implications, with the energy sector watching closely. The turmoil in Denton reflects a growing national debate between those concerned with health and quality of life issues, and others who claim the fracking industry is America’s answer to economic growth and energy independence.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
These teens are taking their climate lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court
Grist
Sam Bliss

Those feisty, litigious climate-hawk kids just won’t go away. Back in 2011, we wrote about a group of witty whippersnappers that filed a lawsuit against the federal government. The premise: The government must take action to protect the atmosphere for future generations. On Oct. 3, those same five teenagers, represented by Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a legal lifeline to keep the case alive.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Inquest told gas drilling has gone back to 'dark old days'
The Logan Reporter
Adam Davies

AN EXPERIENCED drilling rig manager in charge on the day a young man was killed has told a coronial inquest into the man's death that although he was given the title of safety manager with a promotion he had not been told what it meant. He said he received no formal training from his employer AJ Lucas in his new role or any details about what it entailed. Lockyer Valley man Cameron Brandt Cole, 24, was killed on August 14, 2009, when a two-tonne pipe rack fell off the side of a semi-trailer at a Santos drilling site about 51km east of Injune.  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Cuomo: Fracking study due at end of the year
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday evening that the long-awaited state health study on fracking will be completed within the next three months. The study is “due at the end of the year,” Cuomo said during the only debate of the gubernatorial election.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
‘Near-catastrophic’ blowout leaves chem firm wary
The Charleston Gazette
Ken Ward Jr.

As the Tomblin administration considers a plan to allow natural gas drilling under the Ohio River, a major chemical maker in Marshall County has been fighting a proposal for hydraulic fracturing near its plant, citing a “near-catastrophic” gas-well incident last year that might be linked to geologic conditions beneath the river. Atlanta-based Axiall Corp. has been waging a legal battle to stop Gastar Exploration from fracking natural gas wells that Gastar had drilled on Axiall property under leases Gastar obtained from PPG Industries, the former owner of Axiall’s chlorine and caustic soda plant at Natrium, located along the Ohio near the Marshall-Wetzel county line. Axiall says it is concerned about a repeat of an August-September 2013 incident it blames on high-pressure fracking fluids being used by another company, Triad Hunter, to release natural gas from the Marcellus Shale at a well site on the other side of the river. In court documents, Axiall lawyers say increased underground pressure from the fracking at Triad Hunter traveled under the river and somehow made contact with brine wells Axiall uses to obtain saltwater, one of the key materials used in its manufacturing process. Axiall says those pressures led to a blowout in which one of its brine wells at its plant “began spewing flammable natural gas.” No injuries were reported, but parts of Axiall’s brine production were closed for more than six months for repairs and the company had to set up several large flares to burn off excess natural gas. Axiall was “fortunate to have been able to limit the environmental impact of the Triad Hunter incident and avoid bodily injury or loss of life due to a natural gas explosion or other disaster,” the company says in court records. In a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania, Axiall lawyers asked that Gastar be forced to conduct far more extensive underground investigations to determine if its gas operations pose a threat of a similar incident, and that it be required to submit more detailed plans for avoiding any damage to the Axiall facility. “Gastar’s plan to blindly stimulate these wells by injecting fluid at extremely high pressure in order to ‘rubble-ize’ the Marcellus Shale is careless, dangerous, shortsighted and in breach of the lease agreement that permits Gastar to explore for and extract oil and gas in that area,” lawyers for Axiall subsidiary Eagle Natrium LLC argued in court filings. Axiall lawyers said the company “supports the responsible development of natural gas” but that “extra care must be taken” when operating in the vicinity of its saltwater wells, which “are essential to the continued operation of a billion-dollar chemical plant that employs 500 people.” Lawyers for Gastar responded that the company had “carefully studied and planned its drilling and fracturing operations in the Marcellus Shale” and that “potential” or “possible” risks were not enough to warrant the “sweeping, mandatory injunction” that Axiall sought. On Tuesday, Allegheny County Judge Christine Ward issued a two-page order that denied Axiall’s motion for a preliminary injunction to stop Houston-based Gastar from fracking wells at the Natrium site. The order said a more detailed court opinion would be filed later. Mike McCown, chief operating officer for Gastar, said his company is pleased with the decision “as we have continually believed the allegations were without merit.” Axiall officials would not comment on the decision or on whether the company plans to appeal. The legal battle between Axiall and Gastar comes amid continued citizen concerns about the effects on the environment and on small, rural communities of the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and production boom in Northern West Virginia. In recent weeks, critics of the boom have focused their attention on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposal to lease rights for private companies to drill and produce natur  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Fracking Companies Using Toxic Benzene in Drilling: Group
Bloomberg
Mark Drajem

Some oil and gas drillers are using benzene, which can cause cancer, in the mix of water and chemicals they shoot underground to free trapped hydrocarbons from shale rock, an environmental watchdog group said today.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Fracking and the irresponsibility of the Government of Spain
Los Verdes
Joan Francesc Peris

Since the end of 2013 in Spain fracking to search for subsurface gas, a fossil fuel that is embedded in the bedrock thousands of feet deep, is allowed. The government of Spain’s Popular Party, once again dodged the democratic, economic, social and political debate on this new system of exploration and extraction of fuel, and using their majority in the Senate of the Spanish Parliament through a vote disposal introduced in the las minute in a law to guarantee power an amendment to the law 34/1998 of the hydrocarbon sector and enabled the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and, by extension, all air, sea or land means necessary .  [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium — And Clean Energy
Renewable Energy World
Kate Sinding, NRDC

Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy. Importantly, this is the first statewide poll in at least two years — and perhaps ever — to directly ask residents their views of the now six-year-old de facto moratorium on fracking. The results were overwhelming: Nearly 8 in 10 New Yorkers support the moratorium, and support crosses geographical, ideological and racial divides. At the same time, respondents showed tremendous support for renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Fact-checking the debate: Some stretching of truth
Buffalo News
Barbara O'Brien

Candidates of all stripes will put the best face on their own deeds and assign the worst scores to their opponents. Here’s how the truth was pushed and pulled in Wednesday’s fast-moving debate, mostly by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive. Astorino’s statement that it’s time to allow fracking in New York: As Westchester county executive, Astorino found reason for concern. Astorino, as Cuomo pointed out Wednesday, signed a county law in December 2012 banning the disposal of waste from natural gas drilling within Westchester’s borders. Other New York counties have adopted similar measures. As for fracking’s effect on job creation, average annual employment in Pennsylvania’s oil and natural gas industry increased by some 15,000 workers from 2007-12, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a sizable number, but not enough to give jobs to the 641,000 unemployed New Yorkers that Astorino mentioned. While Cuomo has made no decision on fracking, by letting his state Health Department continue to examine the matter, he encouraged the consumption of natural gas by agreeing that the coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk should convert to natural gas. “In my opinion it has nothing to do with a decision on fracking,” Cuomo said last year.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
NEW REPORT: FRACKING COMPANIES ARE EXPLOITING THE HALLIBURTON LOOPHOLE TO INJECT TOXIC CHEMICALS
Environmental Integrity Project
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite a federal ban on the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing without a permit, several oil and gas companies are exploiting a Safe Drinking Water Act loophole pushed through by Halliburton to frack with petroleum-based products containing even more dangerous toxic chemicals than diesel. For example, a drilling company in West Texas injected up to 48,000 gallons of benzene (a carcinogen) into the ground just last month.   [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2014
Inquest told gas drilling has gone back to 'dark old days'
Morning Bulletin
Adam Davies

AN EXPERIENCED drilling rig manager in charge on the day a young man was killed has told a coronial inquest into the man's death that although he was given the title of safety manager with a promotion he had not been told what it meant. He said he received no formal training from his employer AJ Lucas in his new role or any details about what it entailed. Lockyer Valley man Cameron Brandt Cole, 24, was killed on August 14, 2009, when a two-tonne pipe rack fell off the side of a semi-trailer at a Santos drilling site about 51km east of Injune. He died more than three hours later while on the way to hospital.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
New Data Sheds Light on Well Contamination in Pennsylvania
Texas Tribune


Data released by regulators from Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection included more than 200 cases involving water wells that may have been contaminated by wastewater from drilling involving conventional gas wells as well as shale gas wells. The data was released following numerous lawsuits and open-records requests by news outlets, including The Associated Press. (Water Online)  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Voters Cast Ballots in First Ever Push to Ban Fracking in Texas
kwbu
Mose Buchele

From StateImpact Texas: For Cathy McMullen, the reasons to ban fracking in Denton are as obvious at the drilling rig that sits on the corner of Masch Branch and Hampton Road on the northwest side of town. It’s big, it’s noisy, and she believes it vents toxic emissions into the community. The site is, however, not very close to any houses. “I’ll show you where this exact same thing was sitting by someone’s home,” she says.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
EPA to Senator Inhofe: Sorry, yes, we will be looking into fracking and water safety
Colorado Independent
John Tomasic

Oklahoma’s U.S. Senator James Inhofe, one of the oil-and-gas industry’s top champions on Capitol Hill and one of the country’s most high-profile deniers of the science of climate change, has been handed a predictable defeat by the Environmental Protection Agency. Inhofe had hoped to prevent the EPA from evaluating potential threats to water sources posed by oil-and-gas hydraulic fracturing and looking into how states can manage those risks. He wrote a series of letters to the agency demanding it turn away from the plan. But in a letter to Inhofe Monday, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. reminded the senator that the Inspector General’s office is designed to function independently from Congress — partly to isolate it from politics and special interest pressure — and that he respectfully rejects the senator’s request to drop the fracking research.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
A fracking scandal: police and energy firms cosy on up -
New Internationalist
Josh Allen

Anti-fracking activists in Greater Manchester and West Sussex have been left concerned, but not surprised, by the results of a long-running Network for Police Monitoring (NetPol) investigation into a series of secretive agreements signed between their local police forces and private companies exploring the viability of fracking in their areas. These ‘Memorandums of Understanding’, uncovered through the persistent use of freedom of information (FoI) requests, appear to set out a working relationship between police covering the Barton Moss (Salford) and Balcombe (West Sussex) fracking test sites and the commercial interests engaged in the testing.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Gary Finch and Diane Dwire battle for Assembly seat over fracking, minimum wage and women's issues
Syracuse.com
Tim Knauss

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Veteran state Assemblyman Gary Finch, R-Springport, did not anticipate the heavily funded opposition he has faced this year from Democratic opponent Diane Dwire. That's why Finch gave away more than $20,000 in September - roughly half of his entire campaign fund at that point - to help other Republican candidates. He sent the money out just as state Democrats were beginning to pour money into Dwire's campaign. Now, despite serving 15 years in the Assembly, Finch, 70, says he is the underdog. As of Friday he was scrambling to raise enough money to put some ads on TV.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Howie Hawkins Claims Gov. Cuomo Edited USGS Fracking Report
TWC News
Bill Carey

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Green party candidate for governor, Howie Hawkins, said Andrew Cuomo has been caught, again, meddling with official documents. "The point I want to make today is that if you look at actions and not just words, it's evident that Andrew Cuomo has been as pro-fracking as Astorino talks about," said Green party candidate for governor, Howie Hawkins. Hawkins said voters need to look closely at recent developments in the fracking debate. In particular, claims that a U.S. geological survey report sought by the Cuomo administration on hydrofracking was edited to cut criticism of fracking's impact on the environment.   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
SF forest fracking leases could spur BLM suit
Albuquerque Journal
Andy Stiny

A coalition of local and national environmental groups say they intend to sue the federal Bureau of Land Management if that agency moves ahead with a lease sale of Santa Fe National Forest lands Wednesday for oil and gas hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The oral auction will be at the BLM State Office at 9 a.m. at 301 Dinosaur Trail in Santa Fe. “Parcels will be awarded to qualified bidders offering the highest acceptable bid” with a minimum bid of $2 per acre, according to a BLM news release.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
What impact can fracking have on our health?
WBNG
Caroline Coggin

A press conference was held Tuesday afternoon to call for a halt to the Department of Health's review of fracking hazards. Speakers said they have already written to Governor Cuomo's 500 largest campaign contributors asking them to safeguard public health and the environment. Participants warned that the DOH has conducted their analysis on fracking in secret without any opportunity for review or public comment. "Everyone wants good jobs, everyone wants a viable economy," said President of Toxics Targeting Walter Hang. "We have to realize that New York State's policy is that we don't want to harm the economy and the jobs because we harm the environment."  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Denton fracking vote is a measure of anger over drilling company tactics
Star Telegram


As an exercise in lawmaking, the vote underway in Denton on whether to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city limits has its flaws. Opponents are right that, if the ban is approved by voters and enacted by the City Council, resulting lawsuits could force its repeal. But as an exercise in voicing frustration with oil and gas company tactics over the years and the failure of city leaders to aggressively protect the interests of neighborhoods, the campaign for a ban has already been wildly successful. Proponents achieved that goal by getting the measure on the ballot. When they accomplished that, the drilling companies and their supporters took extreme interest.   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Fracking tracking breakthrough to hold frackers responsible for pollution
Treehugger
Christine Lepisto

In work supported by the National Science Foundation, researchers have identified new tracers that can identify fracking fluids in the environment, and even differentiate fracking flow-back water contamination from pollution caused by other types of oil and gas wells. It turns out poor fracking operators leave their 'fingerprints' at the scene of their crimes. The 'fingerprint' in this case takes the form of specific profiles of boron and lithium enrichment as the fracking water comes into contact with boron- and lithium-rich clays 1 to 2 miles below the surface.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Texas pipeline company pays $306,570 in fines for multiple Marcellus violations
Pennlive
John Beauge

WILLIAMSPORT — A Texas company has paid two fines totaling $306,570 for multiple violations during the construction of two Marcellus Shale natural gas pipelines in three counties in 2012 and 2013. The state Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday said Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering of San Antonio had paid the fines for violating the Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act and agency regulations. The pipeline construction and remediation work was performed by PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of Williamsport, which was later was acquired by Regency, DEP said.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Fracking May Be Dangerous To Nearby Residents
Water Online
Sara Jerome

Fracking sites may threaten the health of local residents, according to new research. "Those who live in close proximity to fracking sites exhibited a greater likelihood to suffer [health] problems than those who lived farther away from natural gas wells, according to a new study of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale region," RT reported.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Spectra officials present alternate pipeline route, compressor station sites at open house
Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher

ALBANY — While Spectra Energy officials said Monday that the company’s consideration of alternate routes for a natural gas pipeline and locations for a compressor station projected to be located in parts of Dougherty County is an indication that they’re listening to the citizens of the community, opponents of the pipeline called Spectra’s public unveiling of those alternate locations “nothing but negotiating tactics.” ##A number of Spectra employees took part in a community information open house at the Hilton Garden Inn Monday evening, offering interested citizens a closer look at a proposed alternate route — labeled the “Sasser Alternative” — for the 460-mile pipeline and two alternate locations for a compressor station used to push up to a billion cubic feet of natural gas through the pipeline each day.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Dougherty County Commission considers anti-pipeline resolution
Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher

ALBANY — A Dougherty County Commissioner asked the members of that body Monday to support a resolution formally opposing the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline that is expected to come through the county. ##District 2 Commissioner John Hayes called for a resolution in opposition of the pipeline at the commission’s business meeting Monday morning. ##“The folk we’re charged with servicing are asking this commission — they’re asking me — to bring to you a request for a resolution opposing the pipeline,” Hayes told commissioners. “These citizens are fiercely and vehemently opposed to the pipeline, and this battle (to stop it) is a long way from over.”  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Pitts wants head of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to meet with Lancaster County residents about gas pipeline concerns
Lancaster Online
Ad Crable

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts has asked the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to come to Lancaster County and hold a “town-hall style” meeting to hear residents’ concerns over a proposed natural gas pipeline. “I believe it is very important that my constituents be given the opportunity to express their concerns directly to a FERC decision maker,” Pitts wrote to FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Landowners say ET Rover pipeline may impact burial ground, landing strip
M Live
Jiquanda Johnson

MUNDY TWP, MI -- The Judson Farm has been owned by the same family since 1834. The land, 40 acres, used to have mills and now produces beans for harvest. It's on the route of a controversial proposed natural gas pipeline. At one time it had a native American settlement, the landowner says, and some say there is an undocumented cemetery on the property that family members didn't want disturbed. The Saginaw Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, which tracks possible burial sites, could not immediately confirm a native American cemetery on the farm. "My husband's great-great-great-grandfather used to own a mill and there used to be an Indian town there," said Irene Judson. "Michigan State University requested to come dig around, but I figured why should we let them disturb graves?"  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
New York State Sends Letter to North Dakota Governor Dalrymple Supporting Proposed Regulations to Decrease Crude Oil Volatility - A New NYSDEC Press Release
NYS DEC
Press Release

Treating Crude Oil to Remove Volatile Gases Before Transit by Rail Will Protect New Yorkers and Communities Near Rail Lines Across the Country State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald today sent a letter to North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple in support of proposed North Dakota state regulation changes that would require oil producers to remove volatile gases from Bakken crude oil prior to shipping the crude oil across the country by rail, further protecting New Yorkers who live and work near rail lines. "In light of the devastating incidents in Quebec and North Dakota, there is no doubt that we need to make it safer to ship crude oil across the country and through New York State," DEC Commissioner Martens said. "One of the best ways to do this is to take action at the source, before the oil is shipped through our communities. North Dakota has proposed stronger precautions on this kind of rail shipments, that will benefit everyone who lives or works near a crude oil transport line - including New Yorkers. We urge North Dakota to act swiftly on these regulations to make communities safer and more protected from oil train accidents."  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Guest Viewpoint: Truth of Seneca Lake project hidden
Ithaca Journal
Sandra Steingraber

My parents collected Reader's Digest Condensed Books. I read them all, discovering, only years later that "condensed" meant "abridged." "Jane Eyre" was a darker tale than I knew. Excising unpleasantries from literature is an old practice. To create The Family Shakespeare in 1818, publisher Thomas Bowdler eliminated prostitutes. Lady Macbeth cries, "Out, crimson spot!" Such tamperings seem quaint, but the impulse to delete problematic truths is apparently alive and not confined to fiction.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Grandmother Charged with Harassment After Trying to Speak About Fracking at Public Meeting
Public Herald
Joshua B. Pribanic

Rose Marie Grzinzic is neighbor to the “Lamb’s Farm Storage Facility,” a fracking wastewater site known locally as the “tank farm.” It’s one of 28 WMGR123 permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) allowing roughly 40 yellow trailers to hold up to 756,000 gallons of wastewater produced by Chesapeake Appalachian on the surface for the next six years. Directly downhill hill from the storage facility, Rose Marie has a pond where she and her sister have stocked fish. It’s where her grandchildren and great-grandchildren swim. “Shear the top of the hill off, that dump site is parallel with my pond,” Grzinzic says. “There is a possibility of a leak somewhere — I don’t like it. My daughter already moved out with her two children because she worked for Chesapeake and she drove a freshwater truck. She told me, regardless of how careful you are, you deposit or pick up anything off that truck, it leaks.”  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
'That stuff can get you so fast' -- deadly gas on the rise in oil fields
E & E Newswire
Mike Lee

Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit froze the valve on the back of Greg Bish's frack truck. To thaw it, he fetched a blowtorch and put the 4-inch flame to the metal. The explosion blew him 75 feet, over a 7-foot-tall barbed-wire fence, and killed him. It might seem dangerous to apply a propane torch to the back of a large metal tank holding natural gas production waste, as Bish did that morning in 2010 just outside Elderton, Pa. But in the oil and gas industry, it's not unusual.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Pennsylvania fines company $306,570 for pipeline violations
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

From the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today: WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has fined Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of San Antonio, Texas, $306,570 for multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act and state regulations during the construction of two natural gas pipelines in 2012 and 2013. The pipeline construction was performed by PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of Williamsport, Lycoming County, which was later acquired by Regency.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Infrared videos show Denton oil and gas air pollution still unaddressed by regulators
EARTHWORKS
Press Release

Denton, TX -- Newly released infrared videos taken over the past three months show that oil and gas air pollution is ongoing, chronic, and unaddressed in Denton, Texas despite assurances of safety by industry. The videos make visible normally invisible volatile organic compounds emissions (VOCs) -- such as carcinogens like benzene. “These videos prove to Denton residents that, even as they go to the polls bombarded with industry promises of ‘responsible drilling’, those promises are empty.” said Earthworks’ Texas organizer Sharon Wilson. She continued, “Instead, we’re getting polluted with ongoing, long-term exposure to poisonous volatile organic compounds.”   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
In Key Midterm Races, Democrats Sound Like Republicans on Climate Issue
InsideClimate News
Katherine Bagley

Democrats are justifiably worried about holding onto control of the United States Senate in the midterm elections Nov. 4. Most forecasts have Republicans winning seven seats for a 52-48 advantage, which would almost certainly spell doom for any action on climate change. But here's the real catch: Even if Democrats win the Senate by a slim margin, climate action could still be foiled for the next few years by members of their own party.   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Natural Gas as 'Bridge Fuel' Is Excellent Political Solution But Fails As Climate Solution
DeSmogBlog
JUSTIN MIKULKA

“We cannot solely rely on abundant gas to solve the climate change problem. The climate change problem requires a climate change solution. Abundant gas could be great for any number of things, but it is not going to solve the climate change problem.” This statement was made by Haewon McJeon, the lead author on a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that cheap abundant natural gas will actually delay any efforts to reduce carbon emissions.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Calif. fracking ban proposal draws millions in oil and gas industry spending
Post Gazette
Reid Wilson

A local ballot initiative in California’s Santa Barbara County that would prohibit some forms of energy extraction, including hydraulic fracturing, has attracted the attention of the oil and gas industry — making it one of the most expensive local ballot initiatives in history. The initiative, Measure P, would ban what it dubs “high-intensity petroleum operations,” including practices like fracking and acid well stimulation treatments, from unincorporated land inside the county. It has backing from environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the Community Environmental Council, unions and the Democratic Party.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
E.P.A. faults state on funding of pollution program
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

The state Department of Environmental Conservation's “Title V” air pollution permitting program incurred debt that grew to $16 million by 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General found. The underfunding, if it still affects the program, could harm public health because it leaves inadequate monitoring of polluting facilities, according to the report.   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Scientists Develop New Tool to Track Fracking Pollution
Green Action News


DURHAM, N.C. – Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. The tracers, which were created by a team of U.S. and French researchers, have been field-tested at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and gas brine wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania. “This gives us new forensic tools to detect if ‘frac fluids’ are escaping into our water supply and what risks, if any, they might pose,” said Duke University geochemist Avner Vengosh, who co-led the research.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Fed Measures on Crude Oil Fall Short, Put Hudson River at Risk
Huffington Post
Paul Gallay Opinion

Last May, we wrote about how the Hudson River Valley has become a virtual pipeline for the transport of highly flammable Bakken crude oil in unsafe DOT-111 railcars--the same tankers whose derailment has caused numerous explosions across the U.S. and the death of 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Canada. Since then, very little has changed, which means the situation has just gotten worse.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Environment New York Endorses Twelve Candidates for 2014 Elections
Environment New York
Press Release

New York, NY – Environment New York, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of twelve candidates for federal office. The candidates are Timothy Bishop (NY-1), Patricia Maher (NY-2), Steve Israel (NY-3), Kathleen Rice (NY-4), Nydia Velasquez (NY-7), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Domenic Recchia (NY-11), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Sean Eldridge (NY-19), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Dan Maffei (NY-24), and Louise Slaughter (NY-25).   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Massachusetts Tops California as Most Energy-Efficient State, while Arkansas, D.C., Kentucky, and Wisconsin are Most Improved
ACEEE
Patrick Kiker

Top 10 States are MA, CA, RI, OR, VT, CT, NY, WA, MD, and MN; 5 States Most in Need of Improvement are ND, WY, SD, MS, and AK Washington, D.C.—Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Voters Cast Ballots in First-Ever Push to Ban Fracking in Texas
State Impact Texas
Mose Buchele

For Cathy McMullen, the reasons to ban fracking in Denton are as obvious at the drilling rig that sits on the corner of Masch Branch and Hampton Road on the northwest side of town. It’s big, it’s noisy, and she believes it vents toxic emissions into the community. The site is, however, not very close to any houses.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
U.S. Carbon Emissions Rise Despite Efforts to Combat Climate Change
EcoWatch
Rachel Cleetus

In a troubling sign, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released today show that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 2.5 percent in 2013, from 5,267 million metric tons in 2012 to 5,396 million metric tons in 2013. This increase comes after two years of declining emissions. Market trends on their own are clearly insufficient to achieve sustained, sharp reductions in heat-trapping emissions: we need strong policies that drive renewable energy and energy efficiency.   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Texas’ Top Toxicologist: EPA’s New Smog Regulations Unnecessary, Just Stay Indoors
ThinkProgress
ARI PHILLIPS

Texas’ chief toxicologist is arguing that the EPA shouldn’t tighten ground-level ozone, or smog, rules because there will be little to no public health benefit. Dr. Michael Honeycutt heads the toxicology division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the state agency tasked with protecting Texans from pollution.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
[NY] State won't ban tankers
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Opponents of crude oil trains at the Port of Albany claimed the state has the power to immediately ban the most common type of tanker cars — called DOT-111s — from entering the port loaded with flammable oil, according to a petition filed Tuesday with state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC disagreed, but such a step would make Albany the first place in the country to bar the aging tankers, which in derailments have been prone to rupture, leading to fires and explosions, said Chris Amato, a staff attorney with EarthJustice, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental legal group that filed the petition.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
A host of chemicals emissions are seeping from oil and gas operations
The Denver Post
Mark Jaffe

A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to tanks to valves, according to a new study. “The hope is that this helps us understand what kinds of emissions are coming from which equipment on a site,” said Carsten Warneke, a University of Colorado researcher and lead author on the study. The data will may help regulators better manage oil and gas field emissions.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Surprising turn in Pinelands pipeline battle
Philadelphia Inquirer
David O'Reilly

he Senate Judiciary Committee's decision last week to hold up Gov. Christie's two nominations to the Pinelands Commission surprised many watching the process, and had environmental groups declaring a victory. "We are going to hold the vote," State Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari, the chairman, declared with a bang of his gavel seconds after Robert S. Barr and Dennis Roohr finished answering questions Thursday. "I was surprised," said Jaclyn Rhoads, assistant executive director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, adding that Scutari had said at the start of the hearing he would call for a vote. Rhoads and other environmental leaders chalked up the turn of events to their lobbying. They told lawmakers they believed the nominees were chosen to reverse a previous commission vote denying permission for a gas pipeline through protected Pinelands. "My take was that a number of senators were very concerned that these nominations were an attempt by the governor to get the pipeline through," she said, referring to an effort by South Jersey Gas to win a waiver from the Pinelands Commission to build 10 miles of the 22-mile-long gas pipeline through protected forest. "We won today," said Jeff Tittel, executive director of the Sierra Club of New Jersey. "It was a victory for the Pinelands and democracy."  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Energy firms challenge DEP's method to calculate fines
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

Energy companies facing multimillion dollar fines from Pennsylvania regulators over leaks from their pits and pipelines are challenging the state Department of Environmental Protection’s method of calculating those penalties. In separate cases in different state legal venues, Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics Partners and Downtown-based EQT Corp. are asking judges to reject DEP’s interpretation of the Clean Streams Law, which the companies say regulators are using to pad fine totals. The dispute centers on whether violations end when a leak is plugged or whether they continue until all residual contamination stops spreading into state waters.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Tanker tumbles over embankment
The Daily Review
ALEXIS BORTLE

SHESHEQUIN TOWNSHIP - First responders from multiple municipalities arrived on the scene of a water tanker truck which had careened off the side of the road while traveling down Ghent Hill in Sheshequin Township Monday morning. According to volunteers on scene, the tanker was carrying a load of "brine" water which is used during the hydrofracking process. "Fracking" is done throughout Bradford County, including eight active well heads in Sheshequin Township alone, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. At approximately 8:45 a.m., Bradford County dispatch informed area emergency responders that a tanker truck had veered off the roadway and had flipped at least once. The driver of the vehicle made clear efforts to stop the truck, judging by the length of black skid marks lining the roadway, before the vehicle tumbled over the deep embankment on the south side of the road.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Komen is supposed to be curing breast cancer. So why is its pink ribbon on so many carcinogenic products?
The Washington Post
Karuna Jaggar

Breast cancer giant Susan G. Komen has found its strangest bedfellow yet in one of the world’s largest oilfield services corporations, Baker Hughes. The two have teamed up for a second year to distribute 1,000 pink drill bits to oil fields worldwide. Each drill bit, which burrows thousands of feet underground to tap fossil fuel reservoirs, is “shipped to the drill site in a pink-topped container containing information packets with breast health facts, including breast cancer risk factors and screening tips,” according to energy news site FuelFix.com. These pink drill bits deliver not only barrels of oil, but also good PR and money: Baker Hughes gets to claim it cares about women’s health, and Komen will receive a check from the Houston-based company for $100,000. The campaign has even come up with a cute tagline: “Doing their bit for a cure.”   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Environmental Issues Become a Force in Political Advertising
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT and ASHLEY PARKER

WASHINGTON — In Michigan, an ad attacking Terri Lynn Land, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate, opens with a shot of rising brown floodwaters as a woman says: “We see it every day in Michigan. Climate change. So why is Terri Lynn Land ignoring the science?” In Colorado, an ad for Cory Gardner, another Republican candidate for Senate, shows him in a checked shirt and hiking boots, standing in front of a field of wind turbines as he discusses his support for green energy.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Pennsylvania sees record lawsuit
vindy.com
MICHAEL RUBINKAM AP

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are pursuing a record $4.5 million fine against a gas driller over what they describe as a major case of pollution from a leaking waste pit. The Department of Environmental Protection filed a civil complaint against EQT Corp. on Oct. 7, accusing the Pittsburgh-based company of polluting streams and groundwater and harming trees and other vegetation around its impoundment in Duncan Township, Tioga County. The company has been uncooperative during the investigation and “fails to recognize the ongoing environmental harm” from its impoundment, Acting DEP Secretary Dana Aunkst said in a statement.   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Former Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

The risks and benefits of fracking for the UK are to be examined by a “independent” task force, led by the former head of the Environment Agency, Lord Chris Smith, and funded by shale gas companies. “We will assess the existing evidence, ask for new contributions and lead a national conversation around this vitally important issue,” said Smith, who as chair of the Environment Agency oversaw key fracking regulation. “The Task Force on Shale Gas will provide impartial opinions on the impacts, good and bad, that the exploitation of shale gas will have on the UK.”   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. In peer-reviewed research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology on Monday, the researchers say their new forensic tool can distinguish fracking wastewater pollution from other contamination that results from other industrial processes — such as conventional oil and gas drilling. Fracking is a controversial oil and gas well stimulation technique that uses a great deal of water, mixed with chemicals, to extract oil and gas from miles deep underground. Once the rock is fractured by the high pressure fluid, fossil fuels follow the fracking fluid to the surface. The disposal of this often-radioactive water mixture, known as “fracking fluid,” is widely considered to be one of the biggest environmental threats that fracking poses, along with the emissions of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking
ThinkProgress
EMILY ATKIN

A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. In peer-reviewed research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology on Monday, the researchers say their new forensic tool can distinguish fracking wastewater pollution from other contamination that results from other industrial processes — such as conventional oil and gas drilling. Fracking is a controversial oil and gas well stimulation technique that uses a great deal of water, mixed with chemicals, to extract oil and gas from miles deep underground. Once the rock is fractured by the high pressure fluid, fossil fuels follow the fracking fluid to the surface. The disposal of this often-radioactive water mixture, known as “fracking fluid,” is widely considered to be one of the biggest environmental threats that fracking poses, along with the emissions of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells
SF Gate
Mark Gillispie AP

CLEVELAND (AP) — A study in a rural Ohio county where oil and gas drilling is booming found air pollution levels near well sites higher than those in downtown Chicago. A team from the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University placed 25 monitors as close as one-tenth of a mile from gas wells in Carroll County, about 100 miles south of Cleveland. The monitoring occurred over a three-week period in February. The monitors detected 32 types of hydrocarbon-based compounds, some of which are found in vehicle exhaust, tobacco smoke and are produced when materials are burned.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
PUBLIC LANDS: Sportsmen seek room for wildlife amid drilling push
E&E Publishing
Phil Taylor

PICEANCE CREEK, Colo. -- When Bill Wille went hunting in the Piceance Basin in the 1980s, it wasn't long before he bagged a trophy buck. "Don't be upset," Wille would tell hunters who returned empty-handed. "Tomorrow, we'll have another crack at the monster." Mule deer then were plentiful in the Piceance Creek Basin between Rangely, Meeker and Rifle, numbering upward of 30,000 animals. A license to hunt deer in these rugged mountains of pinyon and juniper trees could be purchased over the counter. But these days, mule deer numbers are only half as large, and hunters wait years to draw a tag to shoot one. As deer numbers shrank, oil and gas companies -- aided by new drilling technologies and rising demand -- boomed. They cleared hundreds of well pads, transforming the basin into one of North America's biggest gas plays.  [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
What impact can fracking have on our health?
WBNG
Caroline Goggin

A press conference was held Tuesday afternoon to call for a halt to the Department of Health's review of fracking hazards. Speakers said they have already written to Governor Cuomo's 500 largest campaign contributors asking them to safeguard public health and the environment.   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
Josh Penry and Kristin Strohm: First Couple of Colorado Fracking Front Groups
DeSmogBlog
Jesse Coleman

A Greenpeace investigation has uncovered close ties between a Colorado political couple and at least six oil and gas industry front groups that have been fighting state regulations designed to protect the health of its citizens and the environment.   [Full Story]

Oct 21, 2014
PA now ranked 50th for job growth since January 2011
Keystone Research Center
Press Release

Pennsylvania’s rank for percent job growth since January 2011 has fallen to last place among states, based on employment data for September 2014 released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In September, Pennsylvania lost 9,600 jobs while the state’s unemployment rate fell from one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.7% (view the fact sheet http://keystoneresearch.org/sites/default/files/KRC_JobRanking_Sept.pdf). The Keystone Research Center’s Aug. 28 report The State of Working Pennsylvania 2014 (at http://keystoneresearch.org/state-working-pennsylvania-2014) documented that the commonwealth’s economic recovery has taken longer and been more painful than necessary because of misguided state and national policies. “Today’s numbers drive home emphatically that you can’t cut your way to prosperity,” said Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of Keystone Research Center. “We were ranked in the top 10 for job growth in 2010. Then tens of thousands of layoffs in education, and the state’s postponed investment in infrastructure and delayed acceptance of Medicaid expansion dollars delivered a body blow to Pennsylvania’s recovery, the effects of which are still being felt. In recession and recovery, Pennsylvania needs a balanced, creative policy and state budget approach that fuels the state’s economic engine, not an unbalanced one that slams on the brakes.”   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
UN officials 'shocked' by Detroit’s mass water shutoffs
AlJazeera America
Laura Gottesdiener

Surrounded by a frenzy of cameras, Detroit resident Rochelle McCaskill explained her predicament to a team of United Nations officials on Sunday: The numbers simply didn’t add up. Out of her $672 monthly disability check, McCaskill spends $600 rent, she said, leaving her unable to pay the city’s water bills, which have skyrocketed to more than twice the national average. “They need a category for those of us who cannot pay,” said McCaskill, whose water was shut off this summer as part of a wave of disconnections that, block by block, have left thousands of city residents without running water. The city turned off McCaskill’s water despite the fact that she had been paying down her $540.10 water bill in increments and that she suffers from MRSA, a contagious infection that the NIH considers a “serious public health concern” and requires frequent bathing.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
SAFETY: The drilling industry's explosion problem
E&E Publishing
Mike Soraghan

Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit froze the valve on the back of Greg Bish's frack truck. To thaw it, he fetched a blowtorch and put the 4-inch flame to the metal. The explosion blew him 75 feet, over a 7-foot-tall barbed-wire fence, and killed him. It might seem dangerous to apply a propane torch to the back of a large metal tank holding natural gas production waste, as Bish did that morning in 2010 just outside Elderton, Pa. But in the oil and gas industry, it's not unusual. The oil and gas industry has more deaths from fires and explosions than any other private industry, according to an EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics. It employs less than 1 percent of the U.S. workforce, but in the past five years it has had more than 10 percent of all workplace fatalities from fires and explosions.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Land records show many state parks could see mining, drilling
eaglefordtexas.com
Randy Ludlow The Columbus Dispatch

About 40 percent of Ohio’s natural treasures — its state parks, forests and wildlife and nature preserves — could be undermined in the quest to remove valuable coal, oil, natural gas and other minerals. Mineral rights owned by other parties could permit mining or drilling in parts of 18 state forests, 24 state parks and 53 natural areas, according to an analysis of state land records by The Dispatch. Even the parcel holding one of the crown jewels of Ohio’s park system — Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park southeast of Columbus — potentially could be drilled for oil and natural gas.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
CLIMATE: FERC, greens spar over 'cursory' reviews of gas projects
E & E Publishing
Hannah Northey

Climate change activists have opened a new front in their fight against fossil fuels at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They are pressing the agency to examine the impact of projects tied to the U.S. natural gas boom on global warming. They say the National Environment Policy Act, or NEPA, requires such assessments before projects move on. FERC disagrees.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Suit threatened over possible lease sale of 20,000 acres in Santa Fe National Forest
Wisconsin Gazette


A broad coalition of local and national conservation groups announced plans to sue the federal Bureau of Land Management if the agency proceeds with the sale of 13 parcels — almost 20,000 acres of public lands — in the Santa Fe National Forest for oil and gas fracking. The BLM has received more than a 100 letters protesting the sale and challenging the agency’s failure to consider potentially serious impacts to the area’s air, water, wildlife and surrounding communities.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Guess how much BLM land is open for drilling?
Durango Herald
Deborah Courson Smith

DENVER – Ninety-four percent for gas and oil development, 6 percent for everything else. An analysis from The Wilderness Society shows that the Bureau of Land Management has made almost all its land within Colorado available for development. Nada Culver, director of the society’s BLM Action Center, said the stats prove that the gas and oil industry has an unfair advantage. “Right now, every other use has to kind of fight for a chance,” she said, “while oil and gas seems to have the deferred seat at the top.”  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Eastern Cherokee Band Forbids Fracking on Its Sovereign Lands
Indian Country
ICTMN Staff

Invoking tribal health and cultural survival, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has declared a ban on fracking on its sovereign land in what is today North Carolina. “The Eastern Band of Cherokees will not permit or authorize any person, corporation or other legal entity to engage in hydraulic fracturing on Tribal trust lands,” reads part of the text of a resolution passed unanimously by the Tribal Council last month and signed into law by Principal Chief Mitchell Hicks on September 10. “The State of North Carolina is without legal authority to permit hydraulic fracturing on Tribal trust lands.” Tribal officials cited the importance to preservation of the woodland habitats that are the underpinning of tribal health and culture.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Berkeley Earthquake Expert Links Fracking To Quakes On The ‘Tectonic Timebomb’
CBS SF Bay Area


But along with trying to predict Mother Nature’s timing of quakes, researchers are also looking into how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can impact geological events.... Allen told KCBS that a great earthquake is imminent in an area that’s been referred to as a “tectonic timebomb” and that danger lies in how close the epicenter is to populated areas and pointed to the Loma Prieta as an example.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
SA Liberals defend vote to block 'fracking' inquiry despite election pledge
ABC News
Malcolm Sutton & Tom Fedorowytsch

The South Australian Opposition says it voted against a Greens inquiry into unconventional gas despite its election pledge to support one because the terms were too broad. It sided with the government on Friday to vote down the Greens' motion for a parliamentary inquiry into unconventional gas.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Texas voters to Denton to vote on municipal fracking ban
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

It's a Nov. 4 election vote that is getting lots of attention in Texas and beyond. The city of Denton, Texas, is voting on a municipal ban of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Such a vote in the college town near Dallas is unheard of in Texas.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Following his fracking tour, Hawkins outlines energy plan
Legislative Gazette
Roger Hannigan Gilson

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins wants New York to transition to 100 percent clean renewable energy by 2030, part of a larger plan he outlined to The Legislative Gazette after returning from a tour of one of Pennsylvania's most heavily hydrofracked counties.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
What does fracking smell like?
News 24
Andreas Wilson-Spath

With fracking for shale gas likely to become a reality in many parts of South Africa, it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to ask. Does fracking have an odour? Supporters will tell you that their pet technology is properly housetrained and does not give off any disagreeable scents. While that may be true for the most part, if you happen to live in an area targeted by the fracking industry, expect a significant increase of dust and diesel fumes in the air as hundreds of trucks will be shipping equipment and fracking fluid back and forth 24/7.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Was decision over Lancashire’s fracking plans right?
Lancashire Evening Post


A small majority of people say a decision to reject fracking plans in Lancashire was the wrong one. Following the decision by Fylde Council to reject plans submitted by Cuadrilla Resources, the Evening Post asked readers online if they supported the decision.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Divestment campaign urges customers to boycott banks which support fracking and fossil-fuel industry
The Independent
Tom Bawden

Customers of Britain’s biggest banks are threatening to close their accounts unless the institutions cut all ties with coal, tar sands, fracking and other fossil-fuel industries as part of a new campaign launched today.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Lawmakers Study Possible Link Between Earthquakes and Fracking
KOSU Tulsa
Kate Strum

A week from Tuesday, an interim study conducted by state representatives Cory Williams and Jason Murphey examines the correlation between wastewater disposal wells and the rise in earthquakes.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Anti-fracking camp on Wrexham drilling site
News North Wales


ANTI-fracking campaigners have set up camp on land in Wrexham. A ‘community protection camp’ has settled in at the proposed site for test drilling for coal bed methane at Commonwood Farm, Borras.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Renewables better than fracking in slashing US emissions
Click Green


Wind power, not shale gas, was the biggest single cause of the fall in US carbon emissions from coal use, according to new Greenpeace analysis published today. The findings, based on figures by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), contradict the established narrative that touted shale gas as the biggest single factor in bringing down US emissions in recent years.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Metgasco says the NSW Government did not have the right to suspend a controversial gas drilling licence at Bentley
ABC News
Jamelle Wells

Mining company Metgasco has argued that the New South Wales Government did not have the right to suspend a controversial drilling licence. Metgasco has taken the NSW Government to court over the cancellation of the gas drilling licence at the Rosella well at Bentley near Lismore, in northern NSW.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Wasted energy
News Gazette


Lethargy has turned to litigation in what has become a battle to get state bureaucrats moving on the fracking issue. It's been nearly two years since a bipartisan legislative majority passed and Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation authorizing a new means of energy exploration in Illinois.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
GAO: Allowing Oil Exports Could Drive Gas Prices Down Even Further
Daily Caller
Michael Bastasch

Removing restrictions on the export of crude oil would boost the economy, increase U.S. oil production and lower gasoline prices, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Pa. studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

Three widely cited state studies of air emissions at Marcellus Shale gas development sites in Pennsylvania omit measurements of key air toxics and calculate the health risks of just two of more than two dozen pollutants.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
State studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

Three widely cited state studies of air emissions at Marcellus Shale gas development sites in Pennsylvania omit measurements of key air toxics and calculate the health risks of just two of more than two dozen pollutants. State regulators and the shale gas drilling industry over the past four years have repeatedly used the regional studies to support their positions that air emissions from drilling, fracking wastewater impoundments and compressor stations don’t pose a public health risk. The revelations about the shortcomings of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s short-term air sampling reports are contained in sworn depositions by two DEP air program employees who worked on them.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
To Stop a Pipeline, Citizens Deploy Hundreds of Letters, and a Shotgun 'My brother in law told [the pipeline survey team] to leave and they did. He had a
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer

'My brother in law told [the pipeline survey team] to leave and they did. He had a shotgun with him so they left quickly.' People living along the proposed route of a natural gas pipeline through Michigan have been bombarding federal regulators with letters opposing the project planned by ET Rover Pipeline Company LLC. In the face of mounting opposition in one county, ET Rover, a subsidiary of Houston-based Energy Transfer Partners, quietly revised its plan and rerouted the pipeline north though two counties that were surprised to suddenly be dealing with the project. The letter-writing campaign was directed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the federal agency that will decide the project's fate. FERC is the lead agency responsible for conducting environmental reviews of proposed interstate pipelines, and as part of the process it allows time for the public to weigh in with comments.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Red wines on the rise in New York
Messenger Post News
Julie Sherwood

NAPLES — The credit for popular red wines — think Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, among others — often goes to California. But a combination of climate change, expertise in New York’s wine industry and awareness are beginning to change that. “With varieties that 30 or 40 years ago we never would have thought of growing here, now I scratch my head and say, ‘Well, that can be done,’” said Tim Moore, winemaker and co-owner of Inspire Moore Winery and Vineyard in Naples. Moore, originally a winemaker from California and former director of grower relations at Constellation Brands, said the rise in the reds locally is something he relishes. “Our winery focuses on a lot of red,” said Moore. Consumers are surprised when they taste reds made from grapes in the Finger Lakes, he said: “They can’t believe it’s a New York red.”  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
North Dakota working to reduce natural gas flaring
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

About one-third of the natural gas North Dakota has produced in recent years has been flared rather than sold to customers or consumed on-site. The rapid growth in North Dakota oil production, which rose from more than 230,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in January 2010 to more than 1,130,000 bbl/d in August 2014, has led to increased volumes of associated gas, or natural gas that comes from oil reservoirs. These increased volumes require additional infrastructure to gather, process, and transport gas volumes instead of flaring them.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
First Wind, Now Gas: Tax Breaks Face Scrutiny
Texas Tribune
Jim Malewitz & Neena Satija

Susan Combs, the state comptroller, stirred controversy last month when she said Texas’ growing wind energy industry should “stand on its own two feet.” “Billions of dollars of tax credits and property tax limitations on new generation helped grow the industry, but today they give it an unfair market advantage over other power sources,” said Combs, a Republican, upon the release of a study meant to illustrate how energy policy affects Texans’   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Duke researchers identify tracking tool for fracking fluids
News Observer
John Murawski

Duke University researchers said they have identified a new method to trace leaks and spills of fracking fluids by using a novel geochemical fingerprinting technology. In a study published Monday, the six scientists write that they are the first to describe the tracer method, which can pinpoint highly diluted remnants of the industrial fluids in waterways and other drinking water sources   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
California looks to curb methane emissions
McClatchyDC
SEAN COCKERHAM

WASHINGTON — Pressure is growing on regulators in California and Washington, D.C., to crack down on methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide and is accelerating the warming of the planet. Methane, the main component of natural gas, escapes into the atmosphere through leaks in drilling operations and pipeline delivery. Sometimes the gas is vented or intentionally burned as waste by oil companies, particularly in the Bakken fields of North Dakota. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering new rules to target methane emissions from oil and gas, which account for a quarter of the methane emissions in the United States, according to the agency.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Berkeley Earthquake Expert Links Fracking To Quakes On The ‘Tectonic Timebomb’
CBS SanFrancisco


SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — As the Bay Area marked the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake on Friday, there was no shortage of reminders of the power of Mother Nature and the promise of other big quakes to come. But along with trying to predict Mother Nature’s timing of quakes, researchers are also looking into how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can impact geological events. KCBS In Depth cohosts Jane McMillan and Ed Cavagnaro spoke with Dr. Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, who is working on an earthquake warning system.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
State promises to provide fracking documents by Nov. 3
Finger Lake Times
David L. Shaw

GENEVA — The latest promise from the state Department of Health is to provide all requested documents on a hydrofracking health impact assessment to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association by Nov. 3. That’s the latest development in a two-year battle between SLPWA and the DOH over a Freedom of Information Law request for documentation on the controversial issue.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Natural Gas Is Leaking And Warming The Climate
FiveThirtyEight Science
BROOKS MINER

The way U.S. cities move around natural gas may be contributing more to climate change than anyone appreciated: The pipes are leaking, and some are leaking a lot. About a third of the natural gas we consume is delivered to homes and businesses, where it fires appliances like furnaces, boilers, ovens and cooking stoves. To transport this gas, most urban areas have extensive networks of underground pipelines, many of which were built decades ago. Although big leaks are hard to miss (they smell), small leaks can go undetected. How much natural gas leaks out before it gets to the furnace in your basement? Until recently, no one had thought much about this.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Fracktivists Split on Supporting Hickenlooper
Aspen Public Radio
Elise Thatcher

Many fractivists across Colorado felt deeply betrayed by Governor John Hickenlooper this summer, when he announced a grand bargain over fracking. After meeting with members of the oil and gas industry and environmental groups, everyone agreed to drop ballot measures for and against drilling… instead agreeing to a statewide task force. Now fractivists are faced with a tough choice in the upcoming election. The gubernatorial race has turned razor thin, and they must decide whether to vote for Hickenlooper, or accept a more drilling friendly Republican administration.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
U.S. Oil Exports Would Worsen Global Warming, Government Auditors Say
InsideClimate News
John H. Cushman Jr.

Allowing United States oil producers to export crude would not only sway markets at home and abroad, it would also worsen global warming and present other environmental risks, the Government Accountability Office said in a new survey of experts. "Additional crude oil production may pose risks to the quality and quantity of surface groundwater sources; increase greenhouse gas and other emissions; and increase the risk of spills," said the report.   [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares
Climate Central
Bobby Magill

Burning crude oil as gasoline in vehicles is already one of the world’s biggest sources of carbon dioxide emissions, and one of the United States’ largest sources of crude oil is the Bakken shale in North Dakota. NASA satellite images showing bright lights in the Bakken fields illustrate a side effect of crude oil production there that is also problematic for the climate. All the light coming from those fields are thousands of flames burning off, or flaring, natural gas.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Energy Department: U.S. must act now on methane emissions
Fuel Fix
Jennifer A. Dlouhy

WASHINGTON — The United States can’t afford to wait until it understands the amount of methane escaping from oil and gas wells, pipelines and infrastructure before plugging those leaks, officials said Monday. “We know enough to act,” said Judi Greenwald, a deputy director for climate, environment and efficiency at the Energy Department, during a panel discussion Monday. “There are uncertainties about methane emissions — and part of the administration’s strategy is to improve our numbers — but we know enough to take some action, and this problem may be easier to solve than many characterize.”  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Renewables not shale biggest driver in US emissions cuts, study finds
BusinessGreen


Renewable energy, not shale gas, has played the biggest role in reducing US emissions, according to new analysis from Greenpeace's Energydesk site. Many energy and political commentators have argued that a surge in US shale gas production has help replace dirty coal-fired power stations, helping the world's former largest emissions cut emissions 16 per cent since 2007.  [Full Story]

Oct 20, 2014
Duke professor finds fracking footprint
News & Record
Taft Wireback

DURHAM — A prominent Duke University researcher contributed to a recent discovery that makes it easier to say what role the controversial technology of hydraulic fracturing plays in water pollution. Duke geochemist Avner Vengosh worked with other American and French scientists in identifying what they believe is the unique, chemical “fingerprint” left behind by the relatively new process of extracting natural gas from shale. “So if there is contamination, we can tell the source,” Vengosh said. “Once you see this kind of water in the environment, you will be able to say, ‘Yes, this is fracking.’ ”  [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2014
Their View | Finding ways to limit methane leaks
Centre Daily Times
Opinion/Editorial

The Obama administration spent all summer mulling new measures to cut air pollution from the booming natural gas industry. Now federal officials are nearing a decision on whether and how to limit emissions from wells, storage tanks and other places from which gas can leak. Whether you believe that the country’s fracking boom is an economic godsend or an environmental disaster — or both — you should favor measures to limit the industry’s effects on the atmosphere. Unlocking vast natural gas reserves trapped in U.S. shale rock formations has drastically cut the cost and price volatility of the fuel in the United States. That has kept energy costs down, encouraged domestic and foreign manufacturers to invest here and reduced the burning of coal, a much dirtier fuel. On the other hand, natural gas produces some carbon dioxide emissions when burned — about half those of coal — and is a potent greenhouse gas in its own right when it escapes into the air unburned. That’s because it contains a lot of methane, which, when allowed to escape uncombusted, is dozens of times more potent a warming agent than carbon dioxide. Methane from various sources now accounts for 9 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and that number is rising with the expansion of domestic drilling.   [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2014
North Dakota health official: Methane could be next environmental issue for oil industry
Daily Reporter
Josh Wood

WILLISTON, North Dakota — Methane emissions will likely be the next big environmental issue to face North Dakota's booming oil industry according to a top official at the state's Department of Health. Dave Glatt, chief of the Department of Health's environmental health section, said federal regulations could be on the horizon due to the increased attention to emissions of the greenhouse gas from the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.   [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2014
Oldest Horizontally Fracked Wells Are World's Biggest Leakers.
NO FRACKING WAY
Chip Northrup

The frackers are spinning the news about the methane hot spot in the coal bed methane fields saying that it “predates’ the shale fracking boom. It certainly predates fracking shale gas, but does not predate fracking. It fact, it is the birthplace of horizontal fracking for gas. Therefore it is the most likely place to be leaking methane. And it is. Leaking. Big time. Thanks frackers. “Methane hotspot seen from space predates shale gas fracking boom. NASA and University of Michigan scientists analyzed satellite data from 2003 to 2009, and a map of their results shows a bright red spot at the Four Corners, which is most likely related to coal bed methane extraction there, as it predates the boom in shale gas fracking. Living On Earth. 19 October 2014.” Those coal bed methane wells are the granddaddies of the fracking boom, they were the first commercial horizontally fracked wells in the world. The source rock just isn’t shale. Big fracking deal. Two major corrections to the report of the methane leaks seen from space – the coal bed methane wells are by no means “conventional” wells. In fact, they are the oldest “unconventional” commercially horizontally fracked gas wells in the world.   [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2014
Can Climate Change Unite The Left?
Popular Resistance
Naomi Klein

To avoid catastrophe, we must seize corporate polluters’ wealth. And to do that, we must change everything. In December 2012, Brad Werner—a complex systems researcher with pink hair and a serious expression—made his way through the throng of 24,000 earth and space scientists at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. But it was Werner’s session that was attracting much of the buzz. It was titled “Is Earth F**ked?” (Full title: “Is Earth F**ked? Dynamical Futility of Global Environmental Management and Possibilities for Sustainability via Direct Action Activism”). Standing at the front of the conference room, the University of California, San Diego professor took the crowd through the advanced computer model he was using to answer that rather direct question. He talked about a whole bunch of other stuff largely incomprehensible to those of us uninitiated in complex systems theory. But the bottom line was clear enough: Global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When a journalist pressed Werner for a clear answer on the “Is earth fucked?” question, he set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.”   [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2014
Land records show many state parks could see mining, drilling
Columbus Dispatch
Randy Ludlow

About 40 percent of Ohio’s natural treasures — its state parks, forests and wildlife and nature preserves — could be undermined in the quest to remove valuable coal, oil, natural gas and other minerals.   [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2014
Fracking ban on the ballot in tiny San Benito County has big statewide implications
San Jose Mercury News
Paul Rogers

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA -- When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines and other oil equipment in the city.... Now, nearly 30 years later, the same David vs. Goliath tactic is being used farther from shore. Activists in San Benito County have placed a closely watched measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil-extraction technique known as fracking.   [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2014
Tompkins postured to oppose Seneca hydrocarbon storage
Ithaca Journal
Andrew Casler

The Tompkins County Legislature's Planning, Energy, and Environmental Quality Committee unanimously recommended that lawmakers formally oppose a planned hydrocarbon storage site adjacent to Seneca Lake.  [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2014
Fracking ban on the ballot in tiny San Benito County has big statewide implications
Monterey Herald
Paul Rogers

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA -- When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines and other oil equipment in the city. The small protest vote was soon copied by 25 other coastal communities, from San Diego to Fort Bragg, helping to kill the oil industry's drilling plans.  [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Future Investments in Fossil Fuels Look Dim
EcoWatch
Kieran Cooke

Like most central bank governors, Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, chooses his words carefully. So the financial community—and government policy makers—sat up and took notice earlier this month when Carney, addressing a World Bank seminar on corporate reporting standards, said he was concerned about investments in fossil fuels.   [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Tax Credits for Energy Industry Are Under Scrutiny
New York Times
Jim Malewitz & Neena Satija

AUSTIN — Susan Combs, the state comptroller, stirred controversy last month when she said Texas’ growing wind energy industry should “stand on its own two feet.” “Billions of dollars of tax credits and property tax limitations on new generation helped grow the industry, but today they give it an unfair market advantage over other power sources,” said Ms. Combs, a Republican, upon the release of a study meant to illustrate how energy policy affects Texans’ wallets.   [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Placement of Butler Township well pad questioned
TribLive
Rick Wills

Opponents and even some township officials who voted for Rex Energy's plans to drill for natural gas at Butler Township's Krendale Golf Course are unhappy. The proposed well pad is barely outside the state-mandated set-back from residential areas, and opponents and officials like Joseph Hasychak, chairman of the township's board of commissioners, say they are even less happy because they realize the drilling might have been prevented.   [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Southern Illinois Land Owners File Lawsuit Over Fracking
Tristate Homepage


Fracking in the tristate remains a hot topic after southern Illinois land owners file a lawsuit against governemnt officials earlier this week. People in downstate Illinois say they've waited long enough. They believe the Department of Natural resources is intentionally slowing down their ability to frack and Illinois Congressman John Shimkus agrees. He says it's a political calculation and after election season, he expects the chokehold on fracking in southern Illinois to loosen. Shimkus says the industry has the ability to revitalize local economies.   [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Earthquake data underscore fracking risk
Rocky Mount Telegram


It was either an ironic coincidence or a portent of things to come that nearly 200,000 North Carolinians last week participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills just a few days after a geological study linked hydraulic fracking to more than 400 tremors last year in Ohio.   [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Fossil Fuel Lobby Spent $213 Million Last Year to Influence US, EU Politicians
DeSmogBlog
Chris Rose

Fossil fuel industries spent an estimated $213 million lobbying U.S. and European Union decision makers last year, according to a new report published by Oxfam International on Friday. In the U.S. alone, the estimated 2013 bill for lobbying activities by fossil fuel interests amounted to $160 million, said the report called Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance. In addition, the 40-page report said, the global fossil fuel sector receives approximately $1.9 trillion in subsidies each year.   [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
New rules could limit methane emissions’ effects on the atmosphere
The Washington Post
Editorial

THE OBAMA administration spent all summer mulling new measures to cut air pollution from the booming natural gas industry . Now federal officials are nearing a decision on whether and how to limit emissions from wells, storage tanks and other places from which gas can leak. Whether you believe that the country’s fracking boom is an economic godsend or an environmental disaster — or both — you should favor measures to limit the industry’s effects on the atmosphere.   [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Construction authorized at Freeport LNG
Fuel Fix
Jennifer A. Dlouhy

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Friday cleared the way for construction at a planned natural gas exporting facility at Quintana Island, Texas. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Freeport LNG to start initial site preparation and begin building liquefaction and pre-treating facilities at its planned export terminal. But the agency told Freeport LNG it cannot work on an electric line to the pretreatment plant, another pipeline to deliver gas and other equipment at the site until it satisfies environmental mitigation requirements. It is another step forward for the multi-billion-dollar project, designed to take advantage of soaring U.S. production of natural gas and Asian demand for the fossil fuel.  [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
$100 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies to Big Oil Promote Fracking in California
BuzzFlash
JACKIE MARCUS

At a time when California is literally on fire from a global warming drought, when the state is running out of water in several regions, as reported in the New York Times: With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate, the last thing we (I am a resident of the Golden State) need is for the oil industry to contaminate our limited fresh water with dozens of toxic chemicals to use for the development of thousands of new fracking wells that would defile and poison our beautiful landscape along the central coast of California. That’s why organizers from Santa Barbara Water Guardians, Food & Water Watch, and San Luis Obispo Clean Water campaigned to establish an initiative to ban new fracking – Measure P - development starting from Santa Maria through Santa Barbara to Carpinteria for the November 4th ballot. Three weeks of hard work paid off. Three hundred volunteers and 20,000 signatures later—they successfully got the initiative off the ground.  [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
View: Conservation, Pope Francis and fracking
The Journal News
Carol De Angelo

In an argument against fracking in New York, ROAR cites the pope's exhortation that 'This is our sin, exploiting the Earth and not allowing her to give us what she has within her.'  [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Now the UN is intervening in Detroit's water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot?
The Guardian
Rebecca Burns

Angry protests over water provision have shaken cities around the world, and may determine whether access to clean drinking water is a taxable municipal service – or a basic human right t is not only privatisation that concerns people: so does exporting water. In Marfa, Texas this summer, residents protested against the city’s decision to sell water to fracking companies. They mobilised in the streets and parked cars and trucks in front of fire hydrants as a symbol.  [Full Story]

Oct 18, 2014
Senators speak out against Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline project
The Berkshire Eagle
Clarence Fanto

LENOX -- U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has put the Kinder Morgan energy giant and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on notice -- he plans to closely scrutinize the company’s controversial proposal for a Tennessee Gas Co. high-pressure pipeline through more than 40 Massachusetts communities, including eight in Berkshire County. "I will make sure that Kinder Morgan and our federal regulators are using the most up-to-date information and are completely transparent about whether this pipeline will be used to export the natural gas to foreign markets and that the interests of the people are put before the interests of the oil and gas industry," the Massachusetts Democrat told The Eagle in an e-mail message this week. Markey’s statement came in response to a written appeal from the Lenox Select Board last week seeking intervention by federal lawmakers to block Kinder Morgan from using a proposed pipeline route that would cut through the town’s watershed and reservoir system as well as the heavily used, town-owned Kennedy Park.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
North Dakota well leaking oil, gas and water
WHEC
Associated Press

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Workers are attempting to contain an out-of-control oil well in North Dakota, authorities said Friday. North Dakota regulators said a well near Watford City in the western part of the state has been leaking oil, gas and water since Thursday. The Oil and Gas Division said 300 barrels of oil and water have been contained and recovered at the well location. They described the incident as a mechanical failure at a wellhead. An unknown amount of mist also moved off of the well location. Regulators said they are trying to figure out where the mist settled.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Gas pipeline expansion should alarm homeowners
The Washington Post
Marcia Greenberg

Homeowners and communities are unprepared for an invasion of their cherished private yards and public spaces. The Mid-Atlantic region is facing an expansion of natural gas transport infrastructure that threatens communities’ health, safety and homes. With increased hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and plans to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), the gas industry needs supporting infrastructure. Beyond drilling wells, energy companies are building compressor stations and laying thousands of miles of pipelines. The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America has estimated that from 2011 to 2035 the industry must build nearly 15,000 miles of subsidiary lines — each year.   [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Army corps eyes impact of [Constitution] pipeline on environment
The Daily Star
Joe Mahoney

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has raised new concerns about the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Constitution Pipeline, and is directing the project’s planners to complete provide more data. The federal agency listed its concerns in a letter to the Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC that was released this week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the panel of White House-appointed regulators that will decide whether the proposed $700-million project is licensed. FERC is expected to determine next Friday if it will issue a final environmental impact statement for the 124-mile subterranean pipeline, which would send natural gas extracted from northeastern Pennsylvania to two existing pipelines in the Schoharie County town of Wright. The pipeline is projected to carry enough gas to power some 3 million homes.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
The Great March for Climate Action
EcoWatch
Ki Coulson

Uncharacteristic Los Angeles rains weren’t enough to dampen the spirits of The Great March for Climate Action at the launch of this epic journey. Luckily, there was a break in the rains long enough for a dry and inspiring rally at Wilmington Waterfront Park. Behind the stage, stretched across the horizon, towered an oil refinery and the Port of Los Angeles. More than 1,000 people were in attendance at the launch, and the group departed with the marchers to walk the first 2.5 miles. The power of hundreds marching in the streets brought local residents to their windows and yards in support.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Energy companies, environmentalists fund Denton fracking fight
The Dallas Morning News
MARISSA BARNETT

AUSTIN — The battle over Denton’s proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing is the latest showdown between environmentalists and oil and gas companies. The companies have been pumping big money into the campaign against the November ballot measure, collecting five times as much as the group that called for the measure. According to the latest reports filed with the state, more than half of the donations to the ban-supporting group came as in-kind contributions from Earthworks, an environmental group based in Washington. An Earthworks spokesman said that the money used for the contributions was raised through an online fundraiser and that nearly all of it came from Denton residents.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Small Texas Fracking Company Earns Title of Worst Energy Sector Polluter
AllGov


t’s not Chevron, ExxonMobil or Shell whose wells were found to leak the most methane in 2012. Instead it was a small company, Halcón Resources, which won the title for allowing the highest percentage of the gas to escape into the atmosphere. Halcón’s wells sent 6.5 metric tons of methane into the air for each million cubic feet of natural gas produced at its fracking wells in 2012. Second and third on the list were two other small producers, Bill Barrett Corp., emitting 4.4 metric tons; and Unit Corp., emitting 4.3 metric tons. It’s not until you get to fourth place until you hit one of the major oil companies, ConocoPhillips, which spewed out 3.5 metric tons of methane per million cubic feet of natural gas. Methane is among the worst greenhouse gases, 86 times as bad as carbon dioxide. So much of it is emitted during the fracking process that it can make the total environmental impact of using natural gas approach that of coal in its effect on the atmosphere.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Austin Plan for Renewable Energy at Odds With Utility
The New York Times
NEENA SATIJA

AUSTIN — Late this summer, Austin’s City Council trumpeted its commitment to a progressive energy policy by calling for a dramatic expansion in solar power generation, earning accolades from environmental advocates across the country. But the city-owned utility, Austin Energy, has balked at the council’s proposal and said it would be too expensive for ratepayers. And since then, a debate has ensued over how to be politically progressive and economically practical at the same time. Resolution 157, which council members passed in August amid controversy, directed Austin Energy to make sure that 65 percent of the city’s energy needs are met with renewable resources in just over a decade. In less than three years, the resolution adds, the utility should strive to completely replace power generation from an old natural gas-fired plant with solar power.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Join Beyond Extreme Energy Actions in DC
EcoWatch
Tim DeChristopher and Rev. Lennox Yearwood

After the historic and inspiring People’s Climate March and Flood Wall Street actions showed the potential of our growing movement, discussion is taking place about how to put that power into action. The power demonstrated on the streets of New York was a signal that we are big enough and strong enough to take our government out of the grip of the fossil fuel industry. Without question we need to step it up and organize campaigns and actions that are at the scale and boldness needed, including multi-day direct action at specific targets.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
NASA Confirms A 2,500-Square-Mile Cloud Of Methane Floating Over US Southwest
DeSmogBlog
Mike G

When NASA researchers first saw data indicating a massive cloud of methane floating over the American Southwest, they found it so incredible that they dismissed it as an instrument error. But as they continued analyzing data from the European Space Agency’s Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography instrument from 2002 to 2012, the “atmospheric hot spot” kept appearing.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Fracking: the explosive truth
The Telegraph
Geoffrey Lean

The Government's Infrastructure Bill, allowing firms to frack deep under homes without their owners' permission, will further inflame protestors No one would accuse David Cameron or George Osborne – in the decades-old jibe – of being watermelons, green on the outside, but red on the inside. But could they possibly be, shall we say, grapes, concealing militantly verdant souls under deep blue façades? Ridiculous? Well let’s remember that both took strong environmentalist positions before the last election. And now reflect that no one – despite stiff competition from protesters, regulators, and the industry itself – has done more to create public antipathy to fracking than them. Then, this week, the Government took action to make its most disliked initiative even more unpopular. Perhaps the preposterous proposition has some fleeting attraction after all.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Fish and Game Cop Tries to Gag Fracking Activists and is Shut Down by Boise PD
EnviroNews Idaho
Blair Koch

Boise, ID — An oil and gas lease auction on Oct. 15, 2014 by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) was delayed for about 30 minutes as protesters went back and forth with state officials concerning their right to silently protest the event. Reporters at local EnviroNews Idaho have witnessed similar silent protests in the past conducted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE) during IDL’s oil and gas tract auctions without incident. Previous auctions have been held at the IDL’s office in Boise but this oil and gas tract sale was hosted by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, due to it’s larger conference room.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
WAFarmers seek more fracking safeguards
Farm Weekly
Rachael Andrews

http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/agribusiness/general-news/wafarmers-seek-more-fracking-safeguards/2714942.aspx  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
DiNapoli considers the divestment question
Capital New York
David Giambusso

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli entertained the idea of fuel-based divestment during Wednesday night's debate with Republican challenger Bob Antonacci. Environmental advocates throughout New York state have been lobbying DiNapoli to dump fossil fuels from the state's $176 billion pension fund, part of a small but growing national trend among public pensions, universities and churches.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
World trapped by ‘Toxic Triangle’ that puts profit for the few ahead of a sustainable future for all
Oxfam International
Press Release

People around the world are trapped in a ‘toxic triangle’ made up of short-term financial investors, timid governments and fossil fuel companies, which threatens to push up global temperatures, putting 400 million people at risk of hunger and drought by 2060, Oxfam warns today. Oxfam’s new report Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance shows that this ‘toxic triangle’ supported spending of $674 billion on fossil fuels in 2012 - at this current rate, $6 trillion will be spent by fossil fuel companies to develop the industry over the next decade.   [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
First responders in Philadelphia prepare for oil train accidents
State Impact PA
Katie Colaneri

Officials from at least seven government agencies, the railroad CSX and the refinery in South Philadelphia responded to a faux fiery train accident on a rail bridge in the city’s downtown Friday morning. While there was no real emergency, the scenario was based on a minor derailment that happened in January that left six tanker cars intact, but leaning across the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.   [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
In our opinion: Cuomo must answer for fudged report
The Daily Star
Editorial--Donovan Richards

This whole hydrofracking controversy has been roiling our local — not to mention state and national — politics for quite some time now, and the last thing we need is for the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to muck things up even more. But that is precisely what has happened in the wake of some good reporting by the Capital New York website that revealed serious shenanigans by the administration.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2014
Energy East Pipeline: TransCanada’s Keystone XL on Steroids
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Thwarted so far in its attempts to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry its Alberta tar sands bitumen oil south across the U.S. to the Gulf of Mexico, the TransCanada Corporation has announced that it will submit an application “within weeks” to construct its proposed, even more massive, pipeline east across the Canada continent, according to the Vancouver Observer.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
A political guide to Cuomo’s appellate court options
Capital
Colby Hamilton

When Governor Andrew Cuomo delayed a decision on whether to renominate Victoria Graffeo to the state's Court of Appeals two weeks ago, he dismissed the idea that party politics might influence his choice. "That’s just not a factor when it comes to making these selections," Cuomo said. Yet the choice Cuomo faces is, unavoidably, one with major partisan implications.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Chesapeake Energy selling 435 wells to Southwestern Energy for $5.4 billion
Market Watch
Chelsey Dulaney

Chesapeake Energy Corp. has agreed to sell a portfolio of 435 wells on the Marcellus and Utica shale formations to rival Southwestern Energy Co. for about $5.38 billion, a move that could help the struggling natural gas company reduce its mammoth debt.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Solar Shares Slide on ‘Psychological’ Link With Oil Price
Bloomberg
Christopher Martin

Plunging oil prices are shifting investor sentiment away from renewable energy and helping drag down shares in solar energy, said Gordon Johnson, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management in New York.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Anti-fracking activist faces fines and jail time in ongoing feud with gas firm Company claims the Pennsylvania woman showed ‘blatant disregard’ for injunction banning her from being near well sites
The Guardian
Suzanne Goldenberg

An oil and gas company is seeking fines and jail time for a peaceful anti-fracking activist in Pennsylvania, according to court documents. In a motion filed this week, lawyers for Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation, one of the biggest operators in Pennsylvania, asked the Susquehanna County court to find longtime activist Vera Scroggins in contempt of an injunction barring her from areas near its well sites.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Gas boom from unrestrained fracking linked to emissions rise
Business Green
Damian Carrington

New analysis shows abundant gas would cut energy prices but squeeze out renewable energy, and would likely increase overall carbon emissions An unrestrained global fracking boom that unleashes plentiful and cheap gas will not tackle global warming by replacing coal and cutting carbon emissions, according to a comprehensive analysis that takes into account the impact on the rest of the energy supply.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
NC regulators agree to hear case for fracking air pollution rules
Facing South
Sue Sturgis

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, the group charged with crafting state regulations for oil and gas drilling, has agreed to consider an environmental advocacy group's petition for protections from toxic air pollution emitted by fracking operations.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Haber grilled on fracking position
The Island Now
Bill San Antonio

Democratic state Senate hopeful Adam Haber on Tuesday said that despite his support of a statewide moratorium on hydrofracking, he approves the use of the gas extraction method “in states that have more sheep than people.”  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Colorado fracking ban sparking nationwide conversation
Eagle For Texas
Ross Torgerson

A hot-button issue garnering nationwide appeal is currently taking place in the state of Colorado. According to an article by the Denver Business Journal in 2012 and 2013, voters in five Front Range cities approved bans on fracking within their jurisdictions. That ruling came as a result of resident’s concerns over oil and gas companies conducting operations within close proximity of homes, schools and neighborhoods.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Delay in Illinois fracking permitting spurs suit
WAND TV
Jim Suhr

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Landowners in southern Illinois' Wayne County are suing the state, saying its lengthy process before issuing permits for high-volume oil and gas extraction is costing them money. The lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of seven households names Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Helis’ fracking proposal now open for public comment
Eagle Ford Texas
Marissa Hall

The long-debated hydraulic fracturing project proposed by Helis Oil & Gas aimed for St. Tammany Parish is now officially open for a period of public comment, according to Robert Rhoden for the Times-Picayune.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
West Leechburg revises proposed amendment to zoning ordinance for oil, gas operations
Trib Live
Braden Ashe

West Leechburg officials are proposing a set of rules for oil and natural gas operations while a tentative agreement for drilling beneath borough property is revisited. A public hearing was held Wednesday for the proposed amendment to the borough's zoning ordinance.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Natural Gas Offers Little Benefit in Fight against Global Warming Natural gas's impact as a bridge fuel to a cleaner energy future has been oversold, new research suggests
Scientific American


Natural gas will not be a bridge fuel to a post-carbon future in the absence of an overarching climate change policy, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Nature. That's because the fuel is likely to displace low-carbon renewable energy sources as well as coal from the energy mix, the study finds.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Pilgrim Pipeline project criticized in West Milford
North Jersey.com
Ann Genader

West Milford Environmentalist Renee Allessio said she and others will oppose the construction of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC across northern New Jersey when the company holds an Oct. 21 public hearing at the Kinnelon Municipal Courthouse, 130 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon, at 7:30 p.m.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
DOMINION ADMITS THE TRUTH: COVE POINT PLANT COULD EXPLODE, TRAPPING NEIGHBORS
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Mike Tidwell

Finally, Dominion Resources is admitting the truth: Its massive gas export facility in southern Maryland could indeed blow up and threaten innocent nearby neighbors. In fact, Dominion is now planning to build an emergency evacuation road to help some – but not all – of the potentially trapped victims. For the last couple years, Dominion has sworn up and down on its stack of documents that its Cove Point fracked-gas export plant in southern Maryland would pose zero threat to families nearby. In fact, in a brazen open letter to the community, Dominion wrote: “As the federal safety review found, in the unlikely event of an emergency at the terminal, it would pose no threat to those outside the facility’s boundaries.”   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
NY court rejects bid to revive fracking ban case
CBS6- ALBANY


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's highest court has rejected an attempt by the oil and gas industry to revive its fight against local fracking bans. In a precedent-setting decision last June, the Court of Appeals ruled that communities have the right to use local land-use authority to prohibit oil and gas operations within their borders. On Thursday, the court denied a motion by the trustee for bankrupt Norse Energy to reargue its case against the town of Dryden.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
IN FIRST STEP OF LEGAL BATTLE, GROUPS CHALLENGE COVE POINT LNG EXPORT PROJECT’S FEDERAL APPROVAL
Earthjustice


Washington, D.C. — Environmental and community groups took the first step late yesterday in a likely legal battle against a controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility. On behalf of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Sierra Club, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Patuxent Riverkeeper, and Potomac Riverkeeper the environmental law organization Earthjustice filed a motion for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), demanding the agency withdraw its approval of an LNG export facility proposed at Cove Point in southern Maryland. The filing positions the groups to sue the agency to challenge FERC’s inadequate environmental review of the project. Groups also filed a motion for a stay, urging FERC to halt further construction on the $3.8 billion project. The agency approved the project on September 29 over the objections of opponents who argued the massive facility, proposed by Dominion Resources, will spur air and water pollution from fracking across the mid-Atlantic region and, according to federal data, could contribute more to global warming over the next two decades than if the Asian countries importing the facility’s LNG exports burned regionally-sourced coal.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Rumbles of New Scrutiny as Quakes Continue to Surge in Oklahoma
NPR State Impact OK
JOE WERTZ

Oklahoma’s earthquake surge and possible links to oil and gas activity have been studied in scientific papers, discussed at heated town-hall meetings and explored regulatory hearings. The quakes are now triggering some rumblings at the state Capitol. About 4,000 earthquakes have shaken Oklahoma this year, data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey show. Most of the quakes have been small — roughly 10 percent were 3.0-magnitude or greater, the threshold at which seismologists say the temblors are likely perceivable.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Landowners sue over fracking delay
Chicago Tribune
Julie Wernau

But on Tuesday, Marc Miller, the head of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, testified that the agency would not issue fracking permits until rules governing fracking are codified. On Wednesday, Pollard and a dozen other landowners filed suit against Miller and Gov. Pat Quinn in Wayne County circuit court, claiming the state's delay in issuing fracking permits is akin to an illegal land grab.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
In search of safety, utilities bring in experts: each other
Fuel Fix
Robert Grattan

HOUSTON — The American Gas Association is taking a page from the nuclear and airline industries in a new push to make pipelines and utilities safer. The Washington, D.C.-based association announced yesterday that it would launch a peer-review program designed to have natural gas companies critique each other’s safety policies and practices. The goal, AGA officials said, is honest feedback from those who share a deep knowledge of safety issues, because they deal with the same problems. Peer review safety programs have been used for some time in other industries. The nuclear industry, for example, uses a particularly in-depth review program conducted by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Oil, Gas Companies Lobby White House To Block Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
Bloomberg
Ari Natter

Oct. 15 — Representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp., Halliburton, Chesapeake Energy Corp. and other oil and gas producers met with White House officials and urged them to not to proceed with a final rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands, online meeting records show. The rule, which was proposed by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management and is being vetted by the White House Office of Management and Budget, will have a significant impacts on the industry, and its effects have not been adequately analyzed, according to an American Petroleum Institute handout distributed at the meeting.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Court Files: Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease from Aubrey McClendon's New Fracking Company
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embattled former CEO and founder of Chesapeake Energy, Aubrey McClendon, now CEO of American Energy Partners. Elisabeth Radow, a New York-based attorney who examined a copy of the lease, told DeSmogBlog she believes the lease “has the effect of granting American Energy Partners the right to use the surface and subsurface to such a great extent that it takes away substantially all of the rights attributable to homeownership.”  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Calls for extended moratorium on fracking
WBNG
Rebecca Bowyer

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Concerned Health Professionals of New York and Citizen Action called on the state to extend moratorium on fracking. The Concerned Health Professionals are a broad coalition of medical organizations and experts. In July, the group released a public compendium of the scientific, medical and media findings that came out of recent studies into hydraulic fracturing. The compendium is a 70-page detailed document and is considered by the group to be a living document, which means that, in theory, it will be revised and updated every six months.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Hawkins tours area, hits Cuomo on fracking
Daily Star
Joe Mahoney

COOPERSTOWN — Taking his campaign for governor to the heartland of New York’s home-rule movement, Howie Hawkins on Wednesday eagerly pointed out that he is the only candidate in the race to favor a statewide ban on natural gas drilling.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
NY court rejects bid to revive fracking ban case
Washington Times
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s highest court has rejected an attempt by the oil and gas industry to revive its fight against local fracking bans. In a precedent-setting decision last June, the Court of Appeals ruled that communities have the right to use local land-use authority to prohibit oil and gas operations within their borders. On Thursday, the court denied a motion by the trustee for bankrupt Norse Energy to reargue its case against the town of Dryden.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Residents complain political ad lists their names without permission
Denton Record-Chronicle
Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Residents have complained about a full-page color ad on the back page of Wednesday’s Denton Record-Chronicle, saying they did not give permission for their names to be used in a political ad. The ad claimed that 8,000 Denton residents do not support the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing, a reference to the plebiscite petition Denton County Taxpayers for a Strong Economy submitted to the Denton City Council on July 15. The ad listed 350 names of people urging residents to vote no in the upcoming election.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Southwestern Energy signs $5.375 billion deal for Chesapeake Marcellus acreage, wells
Pittsburgh Business Times
Sam Kusic

Southwestern Energy Co. has signed a deal to acquire 413,000 net acres in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $5.375 billion, Southwestern announced Thursday morning. Included in the deal are 256 producing Marcellus and Utica wells and 179 unoperated or nonproducing wells that tap those shales. The wells yielded a net production of 336 million equivalent cubic feet of gas per day in September, the company said.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Study finds natural gas no cleaner than coal
Al Jazeera America
Tarek Bazley

A new study published in the journal Nature has concluded that the growing use of natural gas will result in an overall increase in global carbon dioxide emissions - rather than the decrease claimed by some analysts. The recent boom in the use of natural gas has been driven by the development of new technologies, in particular fracking and horizontal drilling.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
Cuomo book-signing draws protesters and some fans
Capital New York
Laura Nahmias

At Governor Andrew Cuomo’s book signing Wednesday evening at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, there were more anti-fracking protesters outside the store than customers inside buying his memoir, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life. At 5:45 p.m., more than an hour before the Manhattan event began, nearly a dozen police officers, a dozen anti-fracking protesters (their numbers would grow significantly) and a half-dozen reporters had gathered along the sidewalk outside the store. Reporters and protesters were kept behind a metal police barricade before eventually being escorted to the store’s fourth floor, where the signing would take place. There, guests were divided along two rope lines. First in line were 35 to 40 “V.I.P.s,” including some with close ties to the governor’s office, such as SUNY trustee and former Clinton administration official Richard Socarides, ABNY chairman and real estate mogul Bill Rudin, and former New York City Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST FRACKING IN S.AFRICA
CNBC Africa
Jay Caboz

Fracking could be the 100 billion US dollar energy game changer that Africa needs at the risk of destroying the Karoo. It’s has sparked conflict before a drill has touched the earth. Like his fellow 3,000 farmers, Dickie Ogilvie won’t let fracking vie without a fight. Ogilvie gave up teaching to help his wife, Colleen, take over her brother’s farm, Doorndraai, 100 kilometers south west of Graaff Reinet. His fears have led him to pledge 3 rand for every hectare on his 14,000 hectare farm to fight fracking in court. Most farmers across the Karoo are as trenchant as him.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
FRACKING: ONE MAN’S MEAT IS ANOTHER MAN’S POISON
CNBC Africa
Jay Caboz

Every day, they fight cutting winds and soaring temperatures in bone-dry valleys to nurture their stock. To the visitor, the Karoo is a barren place between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Here the communities are small, Twitter is scarce and there are more goats than people. Soon there could be more rumbling trucks than goats. This is all because of a mining method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It’s been hailed a savior of the United States (US) economy, during the 2008 recession, making it one of the largest producers of natural gas in the world. It is now on its way to South Africa, because the government and oil and gas companies believe, beneath the Karoo, lies an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas; enough to fuel the country’s economy for up to 20-30 years. It could also bring 100 billion US dollars and thousands of jobs.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2014
FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, THE GOVERNMENT USED SUBTERRANEAN NUKES TO DIG FOR NATURAL GAS
Vice
Josiah M. Hesse

On the afternoon of September 10, 1969, Chester McQueary laid his belly onto the dirt of rural Rulison, Colorado. A few seconds later, a nuclear bomb two and a half times the size of the one that dropped on Hiroshima exploded less than two miles below him. As a 33-year-old anti-nuke hippie, McQueary was protesting the blast, an experimental operation attempting to retrieve natural gas from deep below the earth. A five-mile quarantine zone had been set up around the site with the understanding that the blast would not go off if humans remained within the boundary. But the project had experienced repeated delays already, and despite McQueary and his crew setting off smoke flares to announce their presence, the 40-kiloton nuclear device was, in fact, detonated.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Booming Natural Gas Won't Slow Global Warming Natural gas burns more cleanly than coal, but that's not enough to reduce global carbon emissions, researchers say.
US News
Alan Neuhauser

Natural gas won’t save us. Despite the lofty claims of industry groups and President Barack Obama, the so-called natural gas revolution will not discernibly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, putting the globe no closer to averting catastrophic climate change, according to five independently developed models conducted by teams of researchers around the world and summarized in a new paper Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Fracking boom could mean up to 12% more carbon emissions
The Conversation
Erik Bichard

The consistent message from those who would seek to exploit shale gas is that it has three distinct advantages over existing forms of fossil fuel energy: it is cheap, it has a lower influence on global warming, and it reduces the reliance in foreign imports. In the UK the ability of shale gas to replace substantial amounts of other energy sources is unproven. The International Energy Agency (IEA) says even high levels of shale gas extraction by the middle of the century would still only leave shale on an equal footing with gas, coal and oil.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
How breast cancer research benefits from fracking and other abominations
The Guardian


Baker Hughes, a maker of fracking drill bits, has produced them in bright pink to support breast cancer research. Here’s how to tell if your company is a philanthropic hypocrite  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Waynesburg officials investigate dumping of fracking wastewater
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

Waynesburg officials and the state Department of Environmental Protection are investigating the dumping of up to 4,000 gallons of what is believed to be fracking wastewater into the Greene County borough’s sewer system. The fluid dump was discovered on the morning of Sept. 30 by workers at the Waynesburg Sewage Treatment Plant who noticed a spike on sewage flow meters and a gray, milky substance flowing through the plant, according to Bryan Cumberledge, assistant borough manager.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Fracking firm lodging appeal after council rejects its planning application West Sussex county council refused application by Celtique Energie for oil and gas exploration near South Downs national park
The Guardian
Press Association

West Sussex county council’s planning committee refused the application by Celtique Energie for oil and gas exploration near Wisborough Green, a conservation area just outside the South Downs national park, in July. The refusal, thought to be the first time a council had rejected a planning application by a fracking company, was welcomed by local campaigners and environmentalists.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Series of small quakes linked to fracking
Columbus Dispatch
Julie Carr Smyth

A new study says fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Sole Debate in Race for New York State Comptroller Is Gentlemanly
The New York Times
JESSE McKINLEY

There were a few moments of feisty discussion, particularly on issues that the comptroller has little say over — like fracking, which Mr. Antonacci supports and Mr. DiNapoli does not — and a central responsibility of the job: deciding where the state invests its money.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
NEIL YOUNG: IMPEACH OBAMA – FOR FRACKING
Breitbart


On Tuesday’s broadcast of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” rock legend Neil Young was asked, based on his views of the Iraq war under President George W. Bush, which at the time Young deemed to be an impeachable offense, if President Barack Obama’s military actions in Iraq and Syria against ISIS warrant impeachment as well. Instead Young said Obama should be impeached for another offense – for allowing fracking in the United States. Partial transcript as follow:  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Yates County Opposes Gas Storage in Reading
Finger Lakes Daily News


The Yates County Legislature passed a resolution Tuesday in opposition of gas storage in salt caverns along Seneca Lake in neighboring Schuyler County. The vote was 12-2. Following over 45 minutes of public comment from residents of the county and others within the region, legislators had a short discussion and voted against Crestwood Midstream's proposed gas storage facilities in the town of Reading. Following the vote, the legislature received a standing ovation.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Natural gas boom will not slow climate change – study
RTTC
Megan Darby

Natural gas burns more cleanly than coal and advocates say it can provide part of the answer to climate change. In the US, a glut of cheap shale gas has driven a switch away from coal, helping to cut its carbon emissions. New techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to get gas out of the ground have opened up new areas of exploration. But researchers across five countries have found a global dash for gas will not, on its own, slow global warming.f  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
The Risks of Cheap Water
NY Times
Eduardo Porter

This summer, California’s water authority declared that wasting water — hosing a sidewalk, for example — was a crime. Next door, in Nevada, Las Vegas has paid out $200 million over the last decade for homes and businesses to pull out their lawns. It will get worse. As climate change and population growth further stress the water supply from the drought-plagued West to the seemingly bottomless Great Lakes, states and municipalities are likely to impose increasingly draconian restrictions on water use. Such efforts may be more effective than simply exhorting people to conserve. In August, for example, cities and towns in California consumed much less water — 27 billion gallons less —than in August last year. But the proliferation of limits on water use will not solve the problem because regulations do nothing to address the main driver of the nation’s wanton consumption of water: its price. “Most water problems are readily addressed with innovation,” said David G. Victor of the University of California, San Diego. “Getting the water price right to signal scarcity is crucially important.”  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Marcellus Shale production may surpass 16B cubic feet daily in November
Pittsburgh Business Times
Sam Kusic

he U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that Marcellus Shale gas production will exceed 16 billion cubic per day in November, revising a previous estimate that production might surpass the mark this month. In September, the administration forecasted production would reach 16.06 billion cubic feet per day this month. But in the more recent estimate, issued on Tuesday, it said production might actually be around 15.8 billion cubic feet per day. It projected that production would reach 16.04 billion cubic feet per day next month. The estimates are based on rig counts and production.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Lawmakers urge truck-safety summit for Marcellus Shale industry
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul J. Gough

Two state lawmakers want a summit on truck safety in the wake of recent accidents and incidents involving Marcellus Shale vehicles. State Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, and state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Waynesburg, said they've heard plenty of complaints about trucks going to and from natural gas drilling sites. "It looks like we have a lot of incidents involving individual drivers and independent contractors, but there is a bigger picture developing, and that’s what we want to look at," said Solobay in a prepared statement Tuesday. "We’re asking everyone with vehicles on the road in the region to examine their procedures and help us find a solution that preserves both economic growth and public safety."  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Sixteen for '16 - Number 16: No Tar Sands, No Offshore Drilling, No Hydraulic Fracturing and Definitely No More Coal
EIN Newsdesk
Salvatore Babones, Truthout

In this series, sociologist Salvatore Babones previews 16 topics that should be on every progressive's agenda for 2016. Global warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. (1) It's very simple, really. Digging things up and burning them takes carbon out of the ground and puts it into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere trap warmth through a well-understood and universally accepted mechanism called the greenhouse effect. (2) Human beings really are on course to extract all fossil fuels, wherever they are, anywhere in the world. No deposit of oil, coal or natural gas is too deep, too remote or too diffuse to keep us from getting it out of the ground and burning it. Anything existing in or on the surface of the earth that can be burned, will be burned. Case in point: the Canadian tar sands. Tar sands are "a combination of clay, sand, water, and bitumen, a heavy black viscous oil." (3) They are mined in giant, open-pit mines or by pumping hot water into the ground to scald the oil out of the solid rock. The Athabasca tar sands are at the heart of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, which former NASA scientist James Hansen famously called "game over" for the earth's climate. (4) Tar sands may be about as bad as things get for the environment, but conventional sources of fossil fuels aren't that much better. Who could forget the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 4.9 million barrels of oil were released into the ocean as a result of this single accident. (5) As if this weren't extreme enough, along came fracking. Hydraulic fracturing - "fracking" - involves the pumping of millions of gallons of chemical-laced water into the ground in order to crack open rocks so that tiny bubbles of natural gas trapped inside them can be liberated and brought up to the surface. Does this sound like a good idea? Thousands of fracking-induced earthquakes say no. (6) Sensible or not, fracking is economical for two reasons only. First, in the 1990s, the development of directional drilling made it possible to drill a gas well that follows the contours of the narrow shale formations in which shale gas is trapped. (7) Second, in 2005, Congress specifically exempted "hydraulic fracturing operations" from regulation by the EPA. (8) Frackers can poison your water and you have no right to know about it, never mind do anything about it. Josh Fox's 2010 documentary Gasland made flammable drinking water and exploding kitchen taps a staple of internet video entertainment. But 2010 was just the beginning of the fracking boom. Natural gas extraction from the Marcellus shale formation (on which Fox's land sits) expanded by more than 650 percent between 2010 and 2014 - and is still growing rapidly. (9) And then there's coal. It is hard to believe that such a thing as "mountaintop removal mining" actually exists, but there it is. Mountaintop removal mines approved between 1992 and 2002 were projected to destroy at least 1,200 miles of streams, and the EPA estimates that mines approved between 2002 and 2012 will have roughly the same impact. (10) Mountaintop removal started before 1992 and continued after 2012, so well over 2,400 miles of streams have presumably been written off. They won't be coming back. Neither will the mountains. That's the thing about mountains: No one is building new ones, at least not in our lifetimes. Entire mountains the size of small cities are being destroyed forever in return for a maximum of 10 to 15 years of mining productivity. (11) That is nothing short of madness - unless, of course, you like to hunt elk or play golf on the newly flattened land. (12) At least three golf courses have been built on former mountaintop removal mining sites across Appalachia. (13) Tar sands, offshore oil, shale gas and coal mining: All this means carbon, and carbon of the worst kind. Forget about 2 degrees Celsius and forget about mere "climate change"; the way things are going, the earth will be a Venus-like hell planet before we're through with it. If Hollywood is right, whenever aliens invade the earth, the USA comes to the rescue. The United States made the world safe for democracy in World War I, defeated fascism in World War II and undermined communism while avoiding World War III. President George W. Bush launched a global war on terror that President Obama is still fighting today. Maybe it is time for a different kind of war, or better yet, a plan. We need a plan to stop global warming, if not now, then soon. We need to get out of our cars, and to do that we need to relearn how to live together in ways that don't require cars. We need to keep the earth's remaining fossil fuels firmly in the ground. We need to burn less and plant more. It is almost certainly too late to prevent catastrophic global warming. It is perhaps not too late to save the earth itself. If government of the people, by the people and for the people is not to perish from the earth, then there must be an earth. It is our responsibility to work together to ensure that there is.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
This New Study Explains Why Fracking Won't Solve Climate Change
Mother Jones
Tim McDonnell

For President Obama, fracking is a key weapon against global warming. Abundant natural gas, he said in his State of the Union address this year, is a "bridge fuel" to ubiquitous renewable energy—the key to securing economic growth "with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change." Not everyone agrees. In fact, the debate over whether natural gas is the antidote to our deadly addiction to coal, or a faux climate change solution that will stall the clean energy revolution, is one of the most hotly contested environmental questions of the day. It has produced a host of recent studies examining complex questions about global energy markets and the specific chemistry of various greenhouse gases. The latest volley in that debate is out today in a new paper in Nature.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Scientists Say Fracking Will Not Lead to Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions
EcoWatch
Alex Kirby

The argument that fracking can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is misguided, according to an international scientific study, because the amount of extra fossil fuel it will produce will cancel out the benefits of its lower pollution content.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Maloney, Hayworth find common ground on environment
Pughkeepsie Journal


BEDFORD – Former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth said Tuesday she would be an environmental advocate within the Republican majority in the House if she's elected in November. Freshman Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney, whom Hayworth is seeking to unseat, agrees Hayworth's environmental stances rank her high among House Republicans. But he said that means little given that Republicans have made the House "one of the most radical" in history and have made repeated efforts to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate for air and water quality  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Study: Natural gas surge won’t slow global warming
Washingtonn Post
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects. Abundant natural gas in the United States has been displacing coal, which produces more of the chief global warming gas carbon dioxide.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
We Can Do Better: The Unintended Consequences of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”
Renewable EnergyWorld
Steven Corneli

Most people agree that it is time to seriously reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). EPA is actually required by law to reduce power and industrial GHG emissions in the U.S., and they certainly deserve an “E” for effort so far. But effort without good outcomes doesn’t really count. Sadly, the EPA’s rule as proposed would create unintended consequences that will prevent essential long-term carbon reductions in the U.S. power sector. Here’s why: the rule’s main approach to reducing emissions is — not renewables, not energy efficiency, not even carbon capture or nuclear, but — switching practically overnight from coal to natural gas-fired electricity. This is like a binge diet to lose weight in two weeks (a really bad idea) by switching from donuts to bagels (an even worse one).  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Udall drilled on fracking in new Colorado Senate ads Republicans attack record on energy boom
Washington Times
Valerie Richardson

DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s stance on hydraulic fracturing is coming under fire in the latest wave of ads in the razor-close Colorado Senate race. The National Republican Senatorial Committee released Wednesday the second video in its cheeky “Mark Udall Dynasty” series, blasting the Democrat for apparently telling a constituent that fracking “keeps us locked into the old system.”   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Fracking Boom Has Had Devastating Consequences For Motorists
DeSmog Blog


With several shale fields in play—including Eagle Ford and Permian Basin, which together are pumping out over 3.2 million barrels per day—Texas has contributed heavily to the fracked oil boom. Apparently, motorists have paid a heavy price for that oil.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Scientists refute lower emissions claim for fracking
Climate News Network
Alex Kirby

LONDON, 15 October 2014 - The argument that fracking can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is misguided, according to an international scientific study, because the amount of extra fossil fuel it will produce will cancel out the benefits of its lower pollution content. The study, published today in the journal Nature, recognises that technologies such as fracking have triggered a boom in natural gas. But the authors say this will not lead to a reduction of overall greenhouse gas emissions.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Fracking Poisons California's Water
Huffington Post
Dr. Reese Halter

Nearly 3 billion gallons (or the equivalent of 454 Olympic swimming pools) of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into central California's aquifer supplying drinking water and irrigation to farmers.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Study links hundreds of eastern Ohio quakes to fracking
Vindy.com


A new study suggests that fracking triggered hundreds of too-small-to-be-felt earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the oil-and-gas extraction technique in Poland Township. The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Patrick administration launches review of state's natural gas needs
Boston Business Journal
Jon chesto

There’s at least one big question that he hasn’t answered yet: Should we have a new natural gas pipeline into the state, possibly subsidized by an electricity tax? His administration took an important step toward an answer today. Synapse Energy Economics gathered its first meeting of stakeholders, such as energy industry types and environmentalists, as the Cambridge consultancy attempts to address this issue after being hired by state officials earlier this month, to the tune of $250,000.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
Patrick administration launches review of state's natural gas needs
Boston Business Journal
Jon Chesto

With just a few months left in the corner office, it’s a natural time for Gov. Deval Patrick to think about his legacy. There’s at least one big question that he hasn’t answered yet: Should we have a new natural gas pipeline into the state, possibly subsidized by an electricity tax? His administration took an important step toward an answer today. Synapse Energy Economics gathered its first meeting of stakeholders, such as energy industry types and environmentalists, as the Cambridge consultancy attempts to address this issue after being hired by state officials earlier this month, to the tune of $250,000.  [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2014
HOW PUTIN BECAME A CENTRAL FIGURE IN THE FIRST EVER VOTE TO BAN FRACKING IN TEXAS
ThisChangesEverything
Steve Horn

On September 8, a Texas state regulatory agency sent a letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, suggesting that U.S. anti-fracking activists are receiving funding from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It is reasonable to assume,” Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter wrote, “that their intention is to increase their market share of natural gas production and distribution as Russia is the second largest producer of natural gas in the world.” This move by Texas coincides with the lead up to an Election Day referendum on the state’s first proposed city-wide fracking ban, to be held in the city of Denton on November 4. But this particular move by Texas to discredit activists is not a new one. In fact, it highlights one way climate campaigners have previously been tracked and monitored by intelligence agencies, public relations firms, and their powerful clients to create “actionable intelligence.” That is, information that could help undermine and eventually defeat social movements. The letter was publicized in a press release headlined, “Porter Exposes Putin Plot to Hurt Texas Economy.” It offers no direct proof to back up the Putin claims, only citing “multiple reports” linking Russia’s massive state-owned natural gas company Gazprom to public relations and lobbying firms, such as industry giant Ketchum. Porter also wrote that Russia’s strategy includes bankrolling anti-fracking environmental groups and pushing propaganda by distributing the Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland, which Porter called “an incredibly deceitful film.” Kerry has not yet responded publicly to the letter. And Carlos Espinosa, the Texas Railroad Commission’s director of special projects, admitted in emails obtained under the Texas Public Information Act that there was no actual paper trail corroborating the Putin story, only claims from others in the news.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
A Pennsylvania Mom Explains Why She Doesn’t Want Fracking Near Her Daughters’ School
ThinkProgress
EMILY ATKIN

A group of concerned Pennsylvania parents have launched a legal challenge against their town council’s recent decision to allow five horizontal gas wells about a half mile from the Mars School District, a campus of 3,200 children. The four parents, joined by the environmental groups Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Clean Air Council, contend that the Middlesex Township Board of Supervisors violated Pennsylvania’s state Constitution when it voted to change the township’s zoning laws back in August. Those changes legally opened up Middlesex’s residential and agricultural lands for potential drilling, despite the protests of parents and residents concerned about air pollution, water contamination, and noise.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

WASHINGTON — The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded. The CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board found that climate change-induced drought in the Middle East and Africa is leading to conflicts over food and water and escalating longstanding regional and ethnic tensions into violent clashes. The report also found that rising sea levels are putting people and food supplies in vulnerable coastal regions like eastern India, Bangladesh and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam at risk and could lead to a new wave of refugees.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Branstad won't stop Bakken oil pipeline through Iowa
DesMoines Register
William Petroski

Gov. Terry Branstad is rejecting pleas from a coalition of Iowa community and environmental activists who asked have him to block plans for a North Dakota crude oil pipeline that would cut diagonally through 18 Iowa counties. The activists gave Branstad's aides petitions Tuesday with 2,300 signatures that request the Republican governor to sign a state executive order to stop the proposed Bakken oil pipeline, officially known as the "Dakota Access" pipeline.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Fracking Linked to More Ohio Earthquakes
Live Science
Becky Oskin

Another rare case of fracking-caused earthquakes has jolted Ohio. A new study connects some 400 micro-earthquakes in Harrison County, near the town of Canton, to hydraulic fracturing wells. The three wells operated from September through October 2013 in the Utica Shale. Ten of the quakes registered between magnitude 1.7 and magnitude 2.2, but the tremors were too deep to cause damage or to be easily felt by people, according to the study, published today (Oct. 14) in the journal Seismological Research Letters.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Has OPEC Check Mated US Shale Producers?
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

Crude prices have been tumbling lately. Brent crude, the global barometer, fell below $90/ bbl while WTI has tumbled lower to about $85/bbl. Pundits who extol conventional wisdom have been in a froth. As giddiness about US shale production emerged over the past few years, these pundits proclaimed that the shale revolution would make the world awash in oil but prices would not come down due to geopolitical events. This is a typically narcissistic view. They recently began boasting that the U.S. had now passed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest producer. What they neglected to brag about are the underlying fundamentals of this shale revolution: the junk debt, the deteriorating financials, the rapid depletion of wells and the difficulty of raising capital as large sophisticated investors quietly exit the back door. But perhaps most damning is the comparison of costs with Saudi and Russian projects. This is truly the Achilles heel of US tight oil. An aspect which typical conventional wisdom pundits in the US rarely address. And this has more to do with the decline in crude prices than they care to admit.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Exxon, Shell Carbon Emissions Rise Though Pumping Drops
The Wall Street Journal
DANIEL GILBERT

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are emitting more carbon dioxide despite tapping less oil and natural gas. Greenhouse-Gas Increase Reflects Difficulty in Tapping New Sources of Energy  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
States Can Produce Twice as Much Renewable Electricity as EPA Calculated, Science Group Finds
Union of Concerned Scientists


WASHINGTON (October 14, 2014) – States can cost-effectively produce nearly twice as much renewable electricity as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculated they could under its Clean Power Plan, according to a proposal from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The science group found that increased renewable electricity growth could allow states to collectively cut heat-trapping carbon emissions from power plants 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 rather than the 30 percent reduction EPA included in its draft rule. Overall, the EPA calculated that renewables could comprise 12 percent of U.S. electricity sales in 2030, marginally more than business-as-usual projections from the Energy Information Administration. If fully implemented, UCS’s proposed modified approach for setting state targets would result in renewables supplying at least 23 percent of national power sales by 2030.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Rachel Maddow: Chevron Spends Big Bucks to Buy Local Election
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

In August 2012, a rusted pipe inside a massive Chevron refinery in Richmond, California caused an explosion and fire that spewed toxic chemicals into the air, sending 15,000 people to the hospital for treatment. Since then, the city of Richmond has been eager to impose new safety regulations on Chevron. A year after the fire, it filed a lawsuit against the company, citing its record of safety violations and disregard for public welfare going back to 1989. Chevron’s response? As Rachel Maddow reported, they’re trying to buy the city government of Richmond.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Congressman Issa Accuses EPA of Conspiring With Environmentalists
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

First it was the Internal Revenue Service supposedly selectively targeting conservative groups for audits, only it didn’t. Then it was Benghazi, and good luck figuring what that was about. Now self-styled congressional watchdog Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with Louisiana Senator David Vitter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has unearthed a baffling new “scandal” to bludgeon the Obama administration with. It seems that the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) communicated extensively with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) while coming up with its new carbon rule to address climate change, announced this past June.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On
NPR
MARIE CUSICK

Most of the noise created by natural gas development is temporary. After drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone. But compressor stations can stay noisy for years — even decades. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: We're going to explore the noisy side of natural gas development. After the drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone on. But compressor stations which are needed to push the gas through the pipelines can run for years, even decades. Marie Cusick of member station WITF reports. MARIE CUSICK, BYLINE: Compressor station engines hum constantly, pulling and pushing gas out of wells. They're needed every 50 to 100 miles along pipelines to keep gas flowing. There are legitimate issues with how they affect air quality, but noise from the sites can also create problems.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Fracking Ruining California’s Already Depleted Water Supply
Care2
Kevin Mathews

Water is hard to come by in California currently thanks to a devastating drought. As the government tries to determine how to get by, the last thing the state needs is to have its already limited water supply contaminated, yet that’s precisely what has occurred thanks to our friends in the fracking industry.   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Mora County fracking ban stays, for now
Albuquerque Journal
Mark Oswald

SANTA FE – Mora County still has its first-in-the-country ban on oil and gas drilling, for now. The County Commission voted 2-to-1 Tuesday to maintain the anti-drilling “community rights ordinance” which has attracted national attention – as well as two lawsuits from drilling interests.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
COGA drops lawsuit over Longmont drilling regs Boulder judge says fracking ban may stay in place during appeal
Times-Call
Karen Antonacci

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association on Tuesday said it is dropping its lawsuit against the city of Longmont over oil and gas regulations the city council approved in 2012. Also Tuesday, a Boulder County District Court judge ordered there would be no hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — as the city works its way through the appeals process in a lawsuit over the fracking ban passed by voters in 2012.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
In Wisconsin, Dark Money Got a Mining Company What It Wanted
ProPublica
Theodoric Meyer

When billionaire Chris Cline's company bought an option to mine a swath of northern Wisconsin in 2010, the company touted the project's potential to bring up to 700 well-paid jobs to a hard-pressed part of the state. But the Florida-based company wanted something in return for its estimated $1.5 billion investment — a change to Wisconsin law to speed up the iron mining permit process. So, Cline officials courted state legislators and hired lobbyists. And, unbeknownst to Wisconsin voters and lawmakers, the company waged a more covert campaign, secretly funding a nonprofit advocacy group that battered opponents of the legislation online and on the airwaves. Since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on politics, hundreds of millions of dollars have flooded into the political system — much of it through nonprofit groups that have no legal obligation to identify their donors.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Public Misperception Complicates Discussion About Fracking Regulations, Panelists Say
Bloombergbna
Andrew Childers

Oct. 10 — Public confusion over the practices involved in hydraulic fracturing has complicated efforts to study and regulate aspects of the process, according to environmental and industry advocates. “Hydraulic fracturing has evolved to mean a lot more things than fracturing open a rock,” Jason Hutt, a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani, said during a panel discussion at the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources fall conference in Miami Oct. 10. Bloomberg BNA was a sponsor of the conference. Dan Grossman, regional director of the Environmental Defense Fund's Rocky Mountain Office, said the term has become a “surrogate for oil and gas development writ large,” which can complicate efforts to ensure that fracked wells are developed responsibly.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Methane Manufacturing Gets $1. 2 Billion Boost in Louisiana
Industry Week
Adrienne Selko

Castleton Commodities International LLC (CCI) announced last week it will invest $1.2 billion investment to develop a new methanol manufacturing plant along the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans. The plant will produce an estimated 5,000 metric tons of methanol per day, using natural gas as the key feedstock for production.   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
DEP still investigating gas migration two years later
Citizen's Voice
Brendan Gibbons

A state Department of Environmental Protection investigation of methane in a private water supply in Bradford County has lasted almost two years, records show. In late October 2012, the DEP received a complaint about a private water supply in Springfield Township. The complaint sparked an investigation that is still ongoing. In correspondence with the gas company, EOG Resources Inc., the DEP stated the problem has affected at least three water supplies.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Why Pennsylvania's pipeline system could face challenges for growth
Pittsburgh Business Times
Sam Kusic

Pennsylvania has some large-scale challenges when it comes to building its pipeline infrastructure, according to Jeremy Zeman, Pennsylvania and New York commercial development manager for The Williams Cos. Inc. Speaking at the 2014 Penn State Gas Utilization Conference on Tuesday at Southpointe, Zeman saidover the next 15 years, the Northeast will be the winner in terms of natural gas production growth. However, pipe capacity is constrained, and northeastern and southwestern Pennsylvania can be difficult and expensive places to build, in part because of topography.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Mind ‘the gap’: why more gas means more pipelines
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Pennsylvania is producing more gas than it knows what to do with. Amid a push to export gas to foreign markets, there’s also a shift away from coal toward gas at electric power plants. Right now the state gets about 20 percent of its electricity from gas, but that’s expected to increase significantly. All these changes are leading to an ongoing expansion of gas-related infrastructure– primarily pipelines  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Michigan Citizens Rise Up and Force a Gas Pipeline to Skirt Their County
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

People in Michigan's Oakland County were ready this time. When a Texas-based company announced plans for a natural gas pipeline that would bisect the county, township boards in Oakland County passed resolutions against it. Rallies stirred locals to action. Federal regulators were bombarded with letters against the project. With resistance gaining momentum, ET Rover Pipeline Company LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based Energy Transfer Partners, quietly reversed its plans. Now people in neighboring Genesee and Lapeer counties—the new path of the pipeline—are reeling, and asking the winners for help.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Report: Pinckney Village Council voices opposition to ET Rover natural gas pipeline
MLive
Ben Freed

Despite acknowledged futility of the action, the Pinckney Village Council voted Monday to approve a resolution opposing a natural gas pipeline. According to a Livingston Daily report, the village’s opposition echoed resolutions from Mundy and Fenton Townships in Genesee County.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Environmental disasters lurk in energy pipelines
Bakken.com
Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press

Michigan’s increasing role in petroleum products transport doesn’t just pose potential risk; it’s already causing problems. An oil pipeline operated by Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge burst near Marshall in July 2010, resulting in the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. The spill decimated Talmadge Creek, a tributary to the Kalamazoo River, and about 40 miles of the river. It prompted a more than $1-billion cleanup that, more than four years later, is still not complete.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Feds approve gas pipeline in Ky., Tenn.
WMcaction News


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal agency has approved plans for a natural gas pipeline across Todd County, Kentucky, that would mostly serve Clarksville, Tennessee. The (Clarksville) Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1r1klz1) reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued a certificate for the Clarksville Natural Gas Interconnect Pipeline Project. The certificate includes conditions and stipulations that would allow others access to the pipeline.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Parents File Lawsuit Over Pennsylvania Town’s Decision To Allow Fracking Near Public School
Think Progress
Emily Atkin

A group of concerned Pennsylvania parents have launched a legal challenge against their town council’s recent decision to allow five horizontal gas wells about a half mile from the Mars School District, a campus of 3,200 children. The four parents, joined by the environmental groups Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Clean Air Council, contend that the Middlesex Township Board of Supervisors violated Pennsylvania’s state Constitution when it voted to change the township’s zoning laws back in August. Those changes legally opened up Middlesex’s residential and agricultural lands for potential drilling, despite the protests of parents and residents concerned about air pollution, water contamination, and noise.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Maryland Resort Owners Oppose Vertical Drilling, But Drillers Could Access Marcellus Horizontally
Natural Gas Intelligence
Charlie Passut

A property owners' association in a popular western Maryland lake resort area said it opposes surface structures for vertical drilling for Marcellus Shale gas within a local watershed, but it appears amenable to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that accesses the property from a distance. In a position paper and an accompanying letter to the Garrett County Board of Commissioners, the Deep Creek Lake Property Owners' Association Inc. (POA) said it is against "shale gas recovery operations," on the grounds that drilling would impact the rural character of the area, possibly impact water resources and damage property values. The POA added that it depended on the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission (MSSDIAC), which "has been addressing the broad range of risks/adverse impacts potentially associated with deep shale gas recovery if drilling/fracking were to proceed” to come up with an overall regulatory regime. However, there are a number of local considerations which have led to the position that “vertical drilling, and the associated surface infrastructure, should not be a 'permitted by right use' nor permitted at all." The landowners focused on “areas of risk/impact which are of particular concern to POA members and others within the watershed: “Preserving the rural character, scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and theresulting quality of life in the face of significant ‘industrialization.’ “Sustaining the supportive natural environment, especially water resources and drinking water quality, in the face of significant scientific uncertainty and controversy about the risk mitigation effectiveness…” But POA added that by its calculation, if vertical drilling were prohibited the county would only lose 2.8% of the "projected economic benefits of shale gas recovery," assuming horizontal laterals coming from outside the area were about 8,000 feet in length. That would be offset by the economic benefits derived from severance tax revenues and jobs created. MSSDIAC was launched by Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2011 to help policymakers decide whether to allow shale development and decide how to proceed. In 2012, the 14-member panel recommended that the state impose both a fee and a tax on shale gas development, as well as shift more costs to industry (see Shale Daily, Jan. 12, 2012). The POA cited research by the Garrett County Board of Realtors that asserted property located within 0.9 mile of a wellhead declined in value by 5-22%. "Such declines, noting an indicative average of 13%, would obviously be of concern to property owners," the POA said. "The supporting studies often cite perception of risks to drinking water and/or concerns about 'industrialization' as the cause of decline -- the so-called 'stigma effect.'" Only two counties in Maryland -- Garrett and Allegany, which are in the western ?anhandle -- overlie the Marcellus Shale, which the U.S. Geological Survey estimates could contain as much as 2.383 Tcf of technically recoverable natural gas. Last August, researchers from the University of Maryland said Marcellus Shale development would likely have negative impacts on air quality in the region, while fracking would present a moderately high risk of public health consequences (see Shale Daily, Aug. 19).   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
DEP continues investigation into Doddridge County drilling accident
Metro News


WEST UNION, W. Va. – The state DEP continues to investigate the impact a drilling accident in Doddridge County had on the drinking water in 16 personal wells. According to DEP Spokesperson Kelly Gillenwater, initial reports based on water samples sent in by Antero resources from 12 properties near the Primm Pad near West Union indicate five out of the 16 wells have possibly been contaminated.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Fracking companies could bury ‘any substance’ under homes
RT


A proposed UK amendment to existing European shale gas regulation would allow fracking firms to put “any substance” under people’s properties and leave it there, prompting anger among environmental groups. The proposed changes to remove the ability of landowners to block fracking will be debated by the House of Lords on Tuesday as part of the Infrastructure Bill, The Guardian reports. The government said the changes were “vital to kick starting” shale gas exploration.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
HAYNESVILLE SHALE: How do you survive a gas boom and bust? For starters, pay in cash
E&E Publishing
Pamela King

MANSFIELD, La. -- Local officials in the Haynesville Shale believe they've unlocked the secret for successful spending of gas boom wealth. The approach? Invest quickly in health, safety and education, and squirrel away the rest for a rainy day. "Just because we have it don't mean we have to spend it," DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle likes to say. The Haynesville story is a lesson for community leaders in places like North Dakota and Texas, where fuel extraction continues to drive local growth.   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
NC groups deliver anti-fracking message to McCrory
WNCN
AP

RALEIGH, N.C. - People unhappy with North Carolina's path toward inland natural gas exploration through permits for fracking want Gov. Pat McCrory to know about their continued opposition. Representatives of several environmental groups say they'll deliver names of more than 50,000 people who don't want drilling to occur to McCrory's Capitol building office Tuesday morning. The groups are part of the "Frack Free NC Alliance." The state Energy and Mining Commission wrapped up last month the public comment period for proposed fracking rules its members have developed over the last couple of years.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
UK to allow fracking companies to use 'any substance' under homes
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

The UK government plans to allow fracking companies to put “any substance” under people’s homes and property and leave it there, as part of the Infrastructure Bill which will be debated by the House of Lords on Tuesday. The legal change makes a “mockery” of ministers’ claims that the UK has the best shale gas regulation in the world, according to green campaigners, who said it is so loosely worded it could also enable the burial of nuclear waste. The government said the changes were “vital to kickstarting shale” gas exploration.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Court OKs Horizontal Drilling for Oil, Gas Under Game Land
The Legal Intelligencer
Max Mitchell

A 1920s land deed reserving oil and gas rights on state game lands by using "ordinary means now in use" will not bar an energy company from accessing those resources by horizontal drilling from an adjacent property, the Commonwealth Court has ruled. The Oct. 6 ruling in Pennsylvania Game Commission v. Seneca Resources did not make a determination on whether the driller will be barred from accessing the resources through hydraulic fracturing on the surface of the land owned by the state Game Commission, and called for a hearing on the specific issue of whether surface access should be limited to methods in use when the deed was written.   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Suspected frac water dump under investigation in Greene
Observer Reporter
Tara Kinsell

WAYNESBURG – An investigation was launched into the dumping of 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of suspected hydraulic fracturing water into Waynesburg Borough’s sewer system between 8 and 9 a.m. Sept. 30. When personnel at the Waynesburg Sewage Treatment Plant in Meadowlark Park noticed a spike in the flow coming through the system, borough officials were contacted.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Krum, Vantage Energy strike deal for water
Denton RC.com
Christian McPhate

The Krum City Council has agreed to sell Vantage Energy more than 36 million gallons of water for its drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations in the unincorporated parts of western Denton County. The water sale, approved during the council’s Oct. 6 meeting, comes at a time when residents are using less water, according to Mark Patterson, the city’s public works director. It also comes at a time when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned that, according to its calculations, the system is not producing enough water to meet residents’ demand.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Fracking Wastewater Spoils California Drinking, Farm Supplies
Clean Technica
Sandy Dechert

Central California, already painfully stressed by the worst drought in 50 years (which the US Drought Monitor designates as “extreme or exceptional drought,” the most serious category on the agency’s five-level scale), has another problem with its water supply. Aquifers that supply drinking and irrigation water have recently had to swallow almost 3 billion gallons of tainted wastewater from nearby hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Other voices: Political agendas should not trump science in studying fracking, quakes
News Journal
Houston Chronicle

Dishes rattle; walls crack. In earthquake-prone Japan people know what is happening. In Texas, these tremors are something new, and people are trying to understand their relationship to hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking.” Fracking requires vast quantities of wastewater to be injected underground. Residents, scientists, oil and gas executives and environmentalists across the state are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Thankfully, Texas — a global leader in oil and gas know-how — is looking into the facts. The Texas Railroad Commission has requested industry data on the frequency and intensity of wastewater injections into disposal wells. It has also hired a seismologist to interpret the data. That scientist, David Craig Pearson, appears to be well-qualified and free of any preconceived agenda. Pearson has vowed to determine the cause of the earthquakes, “be they natural or man-made.”  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Illinois legislative committee puts off voting on fracturing rules until November
Daily Journal via AP


CHICAGO — An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has the last word on whether the rules for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," can take effect.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Borough investigates frack water dumped into sewer Read more at
Philly.com via AP


WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - A southwestern Pennsylvania borough is trying to figure out who dumped 3,000 to 4,000 of hydraulic fracturing water into its sewer system. Waynesburg officials tell the (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1sC9xg0 ) the water was dumped between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sept. 30. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process in which chemically-laced water is injected into underground shale formations to break them up and free natural gas for drillers. The water can include briny, or salty, substances, and traces of chemicals used in the process.   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Branstad won't stop Bakken oil pipeline through Iowa
Des Moines Register
William Petroski

Gov. Terry Branstad is rejecting pleas from a coalition of Iowa community and environmental activists who asked have him to block plans for a North Dakota crude oil pipeline that would cut diagonally through 18 Iowa counties. The activists gave Branstad's aides petitions Tuesday with 2,300 signatures that request the Republican governor to sign a state executive order to stop the proposed Bakken oil pipeline, officially known as the "Dakota Access" pipeline.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
No fracking without court order: DNR boss
Chicago Tribune
Julie Wernau

he director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources testified Tuesday that if state legislators do not act to set rules governing horizontal hydraulic fracturing the agency will not issue fracking permits “absent a court order to the contrary.” The rules were on the agenda Tuesday of the 12-member Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, but the committee defered action until Nov. 6. The committee has until Nov. 15 to adopt the rules or the process of formulating fracking regulations would start over again.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Hawkins: fracking industry is "winging it"
WRVO
Ryan Delaney

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins says the natural gas industry’s short-sighted attitude is not what New York needs. Hawkins recently visited a northern Pennsylvania region that’s experienced an energy rush using the drilling method known as fracking. Part of New York state sits on the same shale formation, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been hesitant to open the state up to extraction, over pressure from environmental advocates.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
O'Brien drafting bill to ban Pennsylvania shale drill cuttings
Legislative Gazette
Jessica Piccinini

Sen. Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequoit, is drafting a new bill that would ban the disposal of hydrofracking drill cuttings from Pennsylvania in New York landfills. The announcement was made during a meeting with members of the New York League of Conservation Voters at Durand Eastman Beach in Rochester, as the group announced their endorsement for the first-term senator.  [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
Germans Line Up Against Fracking, Spurred by Fears of a U.S.-Style Boom
Inside Climate News
Catherine Stupp

German activist protests in favor of the Energiewende, renewable energy transition, and against natural gas fracking. Reports of water and air contamination from fracking in the United States and concerns about climate change are driving German opposition to the natural gas drilling method. A recent government proposal would ban fracking for shale gas, but allow fracking for tight gas. Credit: Michaela, flicker, March 2014 48Share2 BERLIN—In Germany debate is raging over whether to allow fracking, and America's example is serving as the cautionary tale for both supporters and critics. Germany's biggest energy companies and some politicians are using the U.S. drilling boom to argue the country would benefit from tapping shale gas buried under two of its 16 states. Supporters say Germany must greenlight fracking—especially as calls intensify to end dependency on Russia, which supplies a third of Germany's oil and gas.   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2014
NASA: Methane hot spot in U.S. is triple the size of previous estimates
Daily Kos
Jen Hayden

One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate -- according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Alama Hasse Update
580 KIDO
Kevin Millar

This is not a movie or a work of fiction. Perhaps one day John Grisham will write a story of the case of Alma the Anti-fracker. Alma Hasse is still being held in jail in Payette County. Her crime? Speaking out during a public meeting. She continues her hunger strike. Alma has gained two powerful allies in her quest for freedom, John Bujak and the ACLU of Idaho. Mr. Bujak heard of Alma’s detainment while listening to my show this morning of 580 KIDO. The ACLU is updating everyone on her condition through several twitter feeds. Expect a full court media press Tuesday Morning from the ACLU of Idaho   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Billions of gallons of fracking fluid dumped into California drinking water
EagleFord Texas.com
Zachary Toliver

Last week, the California State Water Resources Board sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirming that roughly 3 billion gallons of hydraulic fracturing wastewater was illegally dumped into central California aquifers. Last July, the state of California closed 11 wastewater injection wells in fear that the fracking wastewater was contaminating surrounding aquifers. The EPA demanded a report within 60 days of the closures.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Poll shows more New Yorkers oppose fracking
EagleFordTexas.com
Sach Koppang

As New York State’s moratorium on fracking comes closer to its expiration date, residents’ opposition to the hydraulic fracturing process continues to grow, reports the Epoch Times. A poll organized by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental advocacy group, has shown that 56 percent of New York citizens oppose fracking. The survey was conducted by third-party researchers in September and documented the opinions of 802 New Yorkers. A similar survey conducted in August by Quinnipiac University found 48 percent of voters polled were opposed to fracking.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Dropping oil prices could threaten U.S. fracking boom
Mcclatchy DC
Sean Cockerham

WASHINGTON — Oil prices continued to collapse Monday and are getting closer to levels that could dampen the U.S. energy boom. West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. benchmark, traded below $85 a barrel on Monday and has plummeted by more than 20 percent from this summer. Raymond James energy analyst Pavel Molchanov said he thinks a drop into the $70 to $80 range could start triggering meaningful cutbacks in investment in U.S. production. -  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Fracking drives growth in sand mining, raises new health-risk questions
McClatchy News
Sean Cockerham

WASHINGTON — Demand is exploding for the massive amounts of sand used in fracking, creating a windfall for mines from Texas to Wisconsin but leading to worries about the health impacts of breathing silica dust. Drillers are expected to use nearly 95 billion pounds of “frac sand” this year. That’s up 30 percent from last year, according to energy specialists at PacWest Consulting Partners, who expect the market to keep growing as drillers increasingly accept that using more sand increases the oil and gas production from each well.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
POA opposes vertical drilling for Marcellus shale
Bakken.com


DEEP CREEK LAKE — The Garrett County Property Owners’ Association has voted to oppose vertical drilling for Marcellus shale gas within the boundaries of the Deep Creek Watershed as defined by the map included in the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance. In a position letter, the POA encourages the Garrett County Commissioners to amend the ordinance to prohibit vertical drilling and associated surface infrastructure within the watershed.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Pipeline company announces plan to fund environmental projects in Lancaster County; opponents critical
Lancaster Online
Ad Crable

Saying it wants to exceed expectations, the company seeking to build a natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County has announced it will fund worthwhile environmental projects here. Williams Partners has launched an Atlantic Sunrise Environmental Stewardship Program to help out an unspecified number of “wish list” projects here and seven other counties along the proposed 193-mile gas pipeline.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Farm Bureau cautions landowners to be wary of pipeline deals
Canton Rep
Jon Baker

NEW PHILADELPHIA Land-owners should ask themselves numerous questions before signing an easement to allow an oil or natural-gas pipeline to be built across their property, a representative of the Ohio Farm Bureau said Monday. Among those questions are these: What is the type and purpose of the pipeline? What is its diameter? And what is its distance? Above all, Dale Arnold encouraged landowners to consult with an attorney first. Residents should not sign anything without legal review or seeing a map showing where a proposed pipeline will go.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
CNPC's Gas Pipeline Approval Gets Russia New Export Market - Analyst Blog
NASDAQ
zacks.com

Russia has found a new export market in the world's largest energy consumer, China. The nations had signed a natural gas supply deal in May and the recent approval by the government to PetroChina Co Ltd. 's ( PTR ) parent company, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), to move ahead with the designing and construction of Chinese end of the China-Russia natural gas pipeline has given momentum to the deal. CNPC will be designing the Chinese end of the massive 4,000 kilometers pipeline that is anticipated to transport gas worth $400 billion. The Chinese section of the pipeline will start from northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, span across several intermediate provinces and finally end at Shanghai. The pipeline construction is likely to commence in the first half of 2015 and expected to complete in 2018.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Anti Pipeline group plans to submit petition to McAuliffe
Daily Progress
Bob Stuart

WAYNESBORO — The Augusta County Alliance plans to take its efforts to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline directly to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The alliance is a grassroots group that opposes the natural gas pipeline proposed by Richmond-based Dominion Resources and its partners. The alliance has begun a petition drive with the help of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, an organization that fights climate change and seeks to mitigate global warming, said Emily Heffling, Virginia lead organizer for the climate action network.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Senate panel to consider Pinelands Commission nominations
Burlington County Times
David Levinsky

TRENTON — New Jersey senators are moving forward to consider Gov. Chris Christie’s two nominees to the state Pinelands Commission. New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Ocean City resident Robert Barr are scheduled to be interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon. Following the interview, the panel could vote to release their nominations for the full Senate to consider. The nominations have drawn the ire of environmental groups because Roohr and Barr would replace two commissioners who voted earlier this year against permitting construction of a natural gas pipeline through a protected area of the Pinelands.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Major Investor Coalition Pushes EPA To Adopt ‘Robust` Methane Regulations
Bloomberg BNA


A coalition of investors with more than $300 billion in assets asked the Environmental Protection Agency in an Oct. 9 letter to develop “robust” methane emissions regulations for the oil and gas industry. National standards will build investor confidence that natural gas is appropriately regulated and will prevent methane emissions that contribute to climate change, the letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. Voluntary methane emissions reduction measures are helpful but insufficient due to the diverse nature of the oil and gas sector, the investors said.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
State Shale Industry Faces Pressure to Clean Up Methane Emissions
WOSU


The Environmental Defense Fund says the state’s growing shale industry is a major source of methane emissions. It estimates 6,000 tons of the natural gas entered the atmosphere in 2013 from Ohio drill sites. Methane, like carbon dioxide, traps heat in the atmosphere. Environmental Defense Fund spokesman Andrew Miller says Ohio could benefit economically from tighter regulations on methane emissions at shale drilling sites.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Like New Yorkers, Californians Can Say No to Fracking
NO FRACKING WAY
Helen Slottje and Andy Hsia-Coron

Great movements — from women’s suffrage to civil rights — begin with a small group of people standing up and saying no to injustice. Such a movement is currently emerging around our most basic human rights: access to clean air, clean water, and a stable climate. This new movement aims to halt aggressive oil and gas extraction techniques like fracking, which destroy water, pollute air, and leak climate-killing methane into the atmosphere. It’s a grassroots effort that is spreading on both coasts of our great nation, and its momentum is growing as communities learn from the success of their neighbors and far-flung allies.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Opposition mounts to Pilgrim oil pipeline
Times Herald Record
James Walsh

A proposed pipeline to service Bakken crude oil shipments rolling by train into the Port of Albany faces growing opposition in the Hudson Valley and New Jersey, which would provide the oil with a route to refineries. Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC plans a route of nearly 180 miles between Albany and Linden, N.J. It plans on installing two pipes, one carrying crude for refining and the other returning upstate with gasoline, diesel, heating oil and aviation fuel. Company spokesman Paul Nathanson said last week that no route had been selected, but that Pilgrim preferred running the pipeline along the New York State Thruway. “The focus is on that,” Nathanson said. Utilities and pipelines cross the Thruway, but none runs along it. Thruway officials have met with Pilgrim representatives, but no decision has been made on a route. “Any decision to proceed with a project requires a thorough analysis by the Thruway Authority, compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and approval by the (Thruway) board of directors,” Thruway Executive Director Tom Madison said in a statement. Environmentalists point to a July 26, 2010, rupture of an oil pipeline in Michigan run by Enbridge, a Canadian company. The break released nearly 845,000 gallons, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, polluting about 35 miles of the Kalamazoo River. Pilgrim has been surveying properties, some far afield from the Thruway, for what it calls archeological and environmental issues. It intends to file its plans by the end of the year with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which could have jurisdiction under the federal Clean Water Act. The company recently sought permission to survey property off Route 17K in the Town of Newburgh, and in the spring asked to survey a site in Plattekill and the Town of Newburgh, several miles from the Thruway. Nora Gallardo, who owns the Plattekill/Newburgh property, said she turned down survey requests in May. She said she was told by the would-be surveyors that Pilgrim wanted to install the pipeline under electrical power lines that cross the property. Gallardo is worried about pollution and reduced property value.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

While there’s been anecdotal evidence before, a new in-depth study undertaken jointly by the Houston Chronicle and Houston Public Media News 88.7 draws a strong circumstantial link between the fracking boom in Texas and the greatly increased number of highway deaths in the state. It’s based on an analysis of statistics as well as numerous interviews with people involved with trucking and traffic safety.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Bill would eliminate buffer requirement for Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

Yet another battle of the economy versus the environment is taking place in Harrisburg. This time, conservationists say Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams are at stake. A bill (HB1565) working its way through the state legislature would eliminate a requirement for 150-foot buffer zones between new developments and specially protected watersheds. Thick rows of trees and shrubs help keep pollution from washing off buildings and pavement into waterways. However, developers say waterfront property is valuable and 150 feet can be too much to ask for certain projects.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Saudis prepared for $80 oil in bid to retain market share: sources
Globe and Mail
Ron Bousso & Joshua Schneyer

Saudi Arabia is quietly telling the oil market it would be comfortable with much lower oil prices for an extended period, a sharp shift in policy that may be aimed at slowing the expansion of rival producers including those in the U.S. shale patch.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
'Fracking' for natural gas is damaging the planet and endangering residents' health and should be stopped The available data and the increased frequency of extreme weather prove that our dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to the environment and continues to pose dangers to human health
Daily News
Editorial--Donovan Richards

As a society, we are at a pivotal moment we can choose to work to reduce our consumption of carbon-based energy and prevent further damage or simply ignore the wealth of evidence that compels us to do otherwise. Recently, I introduced Resolution 356, a historic piece of legislation recognizing climate change and the dangers it will continue to pose to human health. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” I will continue to stand in solidarity with the broad coalition of labor, activists, community leaders, legislators and ordinary citizens to build and sustain this movement, stop fracking and to preserve the earth for this and subsequent generations.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Global Frackdown Unites Thousands Calling for Worldwide Ban on Fracking
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

Thousands of people participated in Saturday’s Global Frackdown calling for a worldwide ban on fracking. With more than 250 events in more than a dozen countries, anti-fracking activists united with the message: no to fossil fuels, yes to clean, renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
The Daily Beast


A highly flammable byproduct flowed from oil tankers into an area stormwater system for at least a year before state regulators inspected the problem. Seventy miles north of Seattle, the Tesoro Anacortes rail facility—which daily offloads some 50,000 barrels of Bakken crude from tanker cars—was releasing a highly flammable oil byproduct into a stormwater system that lacked “required controls” for at least a year before state regulators were made aware of the potential hazard.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Michigan Truth Squad: Gov. Snyder gets a warning and fracking foul in town hall event
MLive
Center for Michigan

Fracking “In Michigan, we do fracking right...10,000 wells and we never had a problem.” Some environmentals and anglers might dispute that. The call: Regular Foul   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
On the Bright Side: Food, fun and fracking highlighted at Taste of the Catskills
Daily Star
Cheryl Petersen

Advocating for the region, vendor Catskill Mountainkeeper presented a lineup of footage showing the detriments of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, but at the same time acknowledged that the issue boils down to changing the American culture, heady with non-renewable energy consumption. On Saturday, Catskill Mountainkeeper Executive Director Ramsey Adams presented Natalie Merchant and Jon Bowermaster, of Ulster County, with the honor of “Keeper of the Catskills Award.”  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Fracking drives growth in sand mining, raises new health-risk questions
Ft Worth Star-Telegram
Sean Cockerham

WASHINGTON — Demand is exploding for the massive amounts of sand used in fracking, creating a windfall for mines from Texas to Wisconsin but leading to worries about the health impacts of breathing silica dust. Drillers are expected to use nearly 95 billion pounds of “frac sand” this year. That’s up 30 percent from last year, according to energy specialists at PacWest Consulting Partners, who expect the market to keep growing as drillers increasingly accept that using more sand increases the oil and gas production from each well.... “The rapidly expanding growth of frac sand mining is a hidden and little understood danger of the fracking boom in the United States,” Grant Smith, an author of the report, told reporters in a conference call. Many local governments in Wisconsin have passed zoning laws keeping new mines out, which is concentrating the mining growth in two counties, PacWest Consulting’s Samir Nangia said in a call last week. Minnesota can also be tough for permits, he said.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Video: Idaho Anti-Fracking Activist Jailed in Payette County
Boise Weekly
George Prentice

Alma Hasse, who has been a vocal and engaged opponent of gas and oil exploration in and around her Payette County home, is behind bars at the Payette County Jail, after being arrested Oct. 9 during a public hearing. The incident occurred at the Payette County County Courthouse, where the county's Planning and Zoning Commission was considering a proposed expansion of a gas treatment facility by Alta Mesa, one of the leading players in burgeoning gas exploration operations in Southwest Idaho.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
The fight to end fracking
Eagle Ford Texas
Samantha Malott

Once people know the truth, they are bound to step up and stop fracking. At least that’s the hope of Pat Rathmann, a member of the Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, which is making an effort to bring awareness to the practice.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Group Urges Md. To Ban Fracking Near Savage River
WBAL
Associated Press

A national conservation group is urging the state of Maryland to prohibit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Savage River watershed. The group, Trout Unlimited, added the watershed to its list of 10 places in eight Eastern states that it says are threatened by fracking. The Savage River watershed comprises about 18 percent of Garrett County.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Happy Mondays' Bez backs anti-fracking protest near Walkington
Hull Daily Mail


A DANCER and percussionist from the band Happy Mondays has praised anti-fracking protesters who have been camped near Walkington for several month. Celebrity Big Brother winner Bez has become a vociferous campaigner against fracking with his newly formed political group The Reality Party.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Does Fracking Threaten Future of Ohio Organic Farms?
Public News Service


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioactive materials.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
9 Good Reasons to Ban Fracking Immediately
OpEd News
Opinion/Editorial

The natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has simultaneously become a cash cow for unimaginably wealthy energy companies, a brutally efficient destroyer of limited natural resources depended upon by the rest of us, and a disturbing new trend that will lead to massive social instability. Until we come together and put a stop to fracking by direct action, banning fracking in our cities and states and using clean energy, fracking will continue to deplete every everything we have until it's too late.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
The Global War for Oil Supremacy Has Just Begun
The Desert Sun
Morris Beschloss

While the usually energy-wise pundits blame the current oil price air pocket on global oversupply in the face of recession-tainted global demand, intensified by a “muscular” dollar, the current 20% price slump within less than two weeks by both U.S. domestic West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and international Brent crude actually represents Saudi Arabia’s opening shot at America’s amazing “fracking” growth of millions of barrels of oil per day, with much more to come. They’re hoping to bring the price down low enough to make “fracking” cost-ineffective.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Drs. Roizen and Oz: It's helpful to learn stressors in helping mentally ill relatives Q: I keep hearing that hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is polluting our air and ground water and causing serious health problems. Is that true? — Richard F., Dayton, Ohio
News-Sentinel
Michael Roizen & Mehmet Oz

A: We wonder how eager the leaders of the natural gas industry would be to drink well water from a farm next to one of their drilling sites. It's a fact that hydraulic fracturing pumps a lot of toxic chemicals (we know of about 24 off hand) deep underground at high enough pressure to fracture shale and release trapped gas and oil. And in Pennsylvania, there are multiple reports of air and water contamination, possibly from hydraulic fracturing sites, causing folks breathing problems, rashes, headaches, nosebleeds, numbness, nausea and vomiting. That's why we suggest that everyone would be best served by the policy adopted in New York state: No fracking until results of a state department of health study become available. Better safe than irreversibly sorry.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Party lines and pipelines: Candidates talk energy
Miami Herald
Holly Ramer

CONCORD, N.H. There are pipelines and there are party lines, and what New Hampshire candidates say about the former appears largely influenced by the latter.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Senate Puts Anti-Stream Buffer Bill In Position For A Final Vote, Not Over Yet
PA Environment Digest


The Senate Wednesday put House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton), that environmental groups say weakens DEP requirements for stream buffers in Special Protection Watersheds, in position for a final vote next week, the final two days of session.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
CBF-PA Urges Senators To Oppose Anti-Stream Buffer Bill Ahead Of Final Vote
PA Environment Digest


Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, sent a letter to all members of the Senate Wednesday urging them to oppose House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) they say weakens DEP requirements for stream buffers in Special Protection Watersheds. The bill is in position for a final vote during the final two days of voting session next week.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
DEP Seeks $4.5 Million Penalty From EQT For Drilling-Related Pollution In Tioga County
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it has filed a complaint with the Environmental Hearing Board requesting a $4.5 million civil penalty from EQT Production Company of Washington, Pa., for a major pollution incident in 2012 at the company’s Phoenix Pad S location in Duncan Township, Tioga County.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
StateImpact, Post-Gazette: State Court Hears Arguments On State Forest Drilling
PA Environment Digest


StateImpact and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Wednesday reported Commonwealth Court heard arguments in the case of PEDF v. Commonwealth challenging withdrawals from the DCNR Oil and Gas Fund to balance the state budget using revenues from State Forest Marcellus Shale drilling leases.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Mansfield Creates Environment Institute On Shale, Other Issues, Speaker Series Starts
PA Environment Digest


Mansfield University President Fran Hendricks Wednesday announced the creation of The Institute of Science and the Environment at Mansfield University, Tioga County. The new Institute will replace the Marcellus Institute, which was established in 2012, continuing its work with responsible industry representatives while broadening its focus to all aspects of land use and natural resources. The Institute of Science and the Environment at Mansfield University will be part of the Department of Geosciences.  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Washington County drilling hearing raises conflicts over contamination Evidence said to be lacking for tainted water on property
Pittsbrugh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

Loren “Buzz” Kiskadden first noticed a water problem at his house trailer in rural Amwell Township, Washington County, while using a hose to fill a wading pool for his grandchildren in June 2011. “A gray sludge was filing up the bottom of the pool. It was just nasty,” said Mr. Kiskadden, 55, in testimony before the state Environmental Hearing Board last week in Pittsburgh. “I shut the water off and told the kids not to get in it.”  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Does Fracking Threaten Future of Ohio Organic Farms?
Public News Service
Mary Kuhlman

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioactive materials. In eastern Ohio, Mick Luber is a certified organic grower and owner of Bluebird Farm in Cadiz. He says several well pads and a compressor station are located near his land. He is worried about contamination of soil, water, and air, and what it could mean for his organic certification.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2014
Suspected frac water dump under investigation in Greene
Observer-Reporter
Tara Kinsell

WAYNESBURG – An investigation was launched into the dumping of 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of suspected hydraulic fracturing water into Waynesburg Borough’s sewer system between 8 and 9 a.m. Sept. 30. When personnel at the Waynesburg Sewage Treatment Plant in Meadowlark Park noticed a spike in the flow coming through the system, borough officials were contacted.  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
What My Time in America's New Oil Boomtown Taught Me About Our Climate Madness
AlterNet
Laura Gottesdiener

At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn’t expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn’t really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer. “Can you cover the floor?” the other waitress yelled around 11 p.m. as she and her crop-top sweater sidled behind the bar to take over for the bouncers and bartenders. They had rushed outside to deal with a commotion. I resolved to shuttle Miller Lites and Fireball shots with extra vigor. I didn’t know who was fighting, but assumed it involved my least favorite customers of the night: two young brothers who had been jumping up and down in front of the stage, their hands cupping their crotches the way white boys, whose role models are Eminem, often do when they drink too much. One sported a buzz cut, the other had hair like soft lamb’s wool.  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
Alma Hasse, Idaho Fractivist, Arrested in Public Meeting
Epoch Times
Jerry elson

Residents Against Gas Extraction was arrested Thursday during an open meeting about potential expansion of Alta Mesa’s, a Texas-based gas company, lease for land to build a gas treatment unit.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
Southern Miss College of Business Receives Grant to Study Impact of Fracking on Transportation
WDAM
Whitney Argenbright

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism within the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a federal grant to study the impact of the increased use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on freight transportation distribution patterns.  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
Gov. Cuomo’s tough casino, fracking decisions delayed until after Election Day
Daily Freeman
David Klepper

ALBANY >> A hotly anticipated decision on fracking won’t come before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands for re-election. Same for an announcement of higher tolls on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Thanks to either serendipity or Cuomo’s dexterity, each decision is off the table, pushed back until after the election.  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
Geology of fracking remains unclear in the Valley
Vindy.com
Brandon Klein

There’s not enough geological data to say definitively that Mahoning and Trumbull counties are susceptible to earthquakes, a seismologist said. There are about 25 shale wells in Mahoning and Trumbull counties along with 19 active injection wells. Earthquakes have been attributed to two injection wells and one hydraulic- fracturing site.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom
NPR
ANDREW SCHNEIDER

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked huge reserves of oil and gas in shale formations in many states. The biggest winner, in terms of new jobs, has been Texas. But an investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle shows Texas highways have become the nation's deadliest amid a fracking boom. Flatbed trucks bearing loads of steel pipe often barrel down these roads. Truck drivers often run into problems when they have to make wide turns onto narrow side streets. Vilma Marenco was hit by one of those trucks on April 22. She was driving home when she stopped at an intersection along Old Beaumont Highway, linking East Houston to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. She entered the intersection, less than a mile from her house, when an 18-wheeler ran the red light on Old Beaumont, crushing her Chevy Cavalier. Marenco's husband, Guillermo Gomez, tried desperately to reach her by phone.  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
Fracktivist residents see red, not black gold
Orange County Register
Aaron Orlowski

In greater numbers by the month, residents across north Orange County are calling for an end to fracking, joining a growing chorus of Californians demanding a stop to the controversial oil drilling practice. “Once one city bans or finds a moratorium, it will continue on to the next,” said Susan Fujioka, a Brea resident who is spearheading an anti-fracking campaign.  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
GreenSpace: Firm's drill-bit stunt stirs up all-out pink stink
Philadelphia Inquirer
Sandy Bauers

Just when you were sure the world couldn't possibly get any pinker during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here's the latest: a Texas company that is a leading provider of gas and oil-field services is painting 1,000 of its drill bits that signature shade of pink and sending them worldwide. The bits - bigger than a gallon paint bucket - will arrive in pink boxes with informational pamphlets. The company, Baker Hughes Inc., also will give the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation a $100,000 check at the NFL's final "pink-out" game Oct. 26 in Pittsburgh. Jeanne Rizzo, president of the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund, is all but reaching for the pink Pepto Bismol.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
Mountain Valley Pipeline project creates controversy
Go Dan river
John R. Crane

The director of the Virginia Sierra Club said the proposed natural-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline — which will end in Chatham — will bring more fracking to the region and harm the environment.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
More New Yorkers Oppose Fracking: Poll
Epoch times
Jonathan Zhou

New Yorkers’ opposition to the natural gas extraction method known as fracking has continued to rise in recent weeks, as the expiration of the state’s fracking moratorium looms closer. A new poll conducted by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental activist group, shows 56 percent of New Yorkers oppose fracking in the state. The survey of 802 New Yorkers was conducted by a third-party research firm in late September.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners The culprit is the extensive fossil fuel industry infrastructure, not just fracking or coal mines.
High Country News
Jonathan Thompson

Several years ago, scientists with NASA and the University of Michigan, looking at images made by a satellite spectrometer, noticed a glaring orange and red orb over the Four Corners region, near where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet. The colors indicated methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide, and the concentration there was so much more intense than in other areas that the researchers thought their instruments must be on the fritz.  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
Shelby Twp. drilling operation hits close to home
Detroit Free Press
Keith Matheny

How oil and gas drilling can impact nearby residents came joltingly into focus last July, when a 109-foot well went in Macomb County's Shelby Township less than 500 feet from homes. "They drilled for three weeks, 24-7," said Gail Hammill, a resident of neighboring Rochester Hills and a member of the grassroots Don't Drill the Hills group, opposing drilling on city property planned in Rochester Hills.  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2014
Dilemma in the Marcellus Shale: How to dispose of radioactive oil and gas waste?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

A few months ago, a Marcellus Shale operator approached Leong Ying, business development manager at the radiation measurement division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, with a problem. The driller, whom Mr. Ying declined to name, was trying to dispose of oil and gas waste at area landfills but the trucks kept tripping radiation alarms. Rejected trucks had to be sent back to well pads or taken out of state, both costly options. It was happening enough that it started nudging the company’s bottom line, Mr. Ying said. “Once you hit them in the pocket, then they stand up and take notice,” he said.  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
When it comes to fracking, fracktivist residents see red, not black gold
Orange County Register
AARON ORLOWSKI

In greater numbers by the month, residents across north Orange County are calling for an end to fracking, joining a growing chorus of Californians demanding a stop to the controversial oil drilling practice. “Once one city bans or finds a moratorium, it will continue on to the next,” said Susan Fujioka, a Brea resident who is spearheading an anti-fracking campaign. Fujioka’s neighbors gather information and attend city council meetings. Brea residents picket. And a recent meeting at Cal State Fullerton was standing room only.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Ted Turner among opponents of Sabal Trail
The Moultrie Observer
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A proposal to build a $3.7 billion pipeline system carrying natural gas into Florida is raising complaints from Georgia residents — including media mogul Ted Turner — who say they'd face environmental costs while others get the benefits. Spectra Energy Partners LP and NextEra Energy Inc. are seeking federal permission to build the Sabal Trail and the Florida Southeast Connection, about 600 miles of pipeline bringing natural gas from a hub in Alabama, across southwest Georgia and to power plants in Florida. If approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the system would start operating in mid-2017.  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Where Wolf and Corbett stand on the issues
Miami Herald
Associated Press

Both Corbett and Wolf oppose a broad moratorium on natural gas drilling and oppose the leasing of more state parks and state forest for drilling. As governor, Corbett authorized leasing of gas rights beneath state park and forest land, with the condition that drilling occur on adjacent, privately owned lands or from areas already leased for drilling in the state forests. Corbett opposes a moratorium on drilling in the Delaware River Basin, while Wolf supports it. Corbett signed legislation to reduce local governments' zoning authority over drilling activity (it was struck down by Pennsylvania courts). Wolf opposes reducing local authority.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Landowners state their case on fracking
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

In all the discussions about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the voices of residents who have leased land for gas drilling are about the only ones who have not been heard publicly.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
'Global Frackdown' Aims to Slay Myths and Force End to Fracking Bonanza
Common Dreams
Jon Queally

Anti-fracking activists all over the world turned up their megaphones and took to the streets of their communities on Saturday to partipate in the "Global Frackdown" as they demanded an end to the destructive practice of hydraulic-fracture drilling that the oil and gas industries are aggressively trying to expand in regions across the planet. “Across the globe a powerful movement is emerging that rejects policies incentivizing fracked natural gas as a bridge fuel to as sustainable future. Any initiative claiming to promote sustainable energy for all must stimulate energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, not foster fracking for oil and gas,” said Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of U.S.-based Food & Water Watch, which spear-headed the day of action.  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Protest over fracking, offshore gas terminal in Long Beach
Newsday
Joan Gralla

Opponents of fracking and a planned natural gas terminal 19 miles offshore rallied in Long Beach Saturday, calling the proposals threats to public safety and the environment. Karen Miller of Woodbury, one of about 200 protesters who gathered on the boardwalk, said she doesn't want her generation to fail the next by increasing use of fossil fuel. "We want our Earth to be as beautiful for them as it for us," she said. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has postponed his decision on whether fracking -- using a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas -- should be approved, saying more health and environment studies should be done. Protest leaders, joined by a dozen surfers who braved the waves to show their support, rejected assertions that the proposed port would only handle imports of gas, not exports.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Chevron CEO favors exporting natural gas
San Jose Mercury News
Adam Belz

John Watson, CEO of one of the world's largest energy companies, recently spoke in Minneapolis about rising U.S. oil and gas production, the need for new pipelines and the case for allowing U.S. crude oil exports. Chevron's top executive also took questions from the audience after his speech to the Economic Club of Minnesota, and from reporters in a separate session. Here are some of the questions and answers: Q A question on infrastructure. What do we need to do to continue to build out to where we should be?  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Police watchdog to reinvestigate Barton Moss anti-fracking arrest after GMP clears officers of wrongdoing
Manchester Evening News
Dan Thompson

The police watchdog is to re-investigate the arrest of a man in the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests – after an internal GMP investigation cleared officers of wrongdoing. Steven Peers lodged a complaint against Greater Manchester Police in February, claiming video footage showed an officer lying to detain him on ‘trumped up’ charges. He was filming the protest in Eccles, Salford, when he was arrested for refusing a breath test after a policeman accused him of driving to the site drunk.  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Low-Carbon Energy World ‘Feasible’ by 2050
EcoWatch
Tim Radford

A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible, it could double electricity supply by 2050 while actually reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy. These positive findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Edgar Hertwich and Thomas Gibon, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Department of Energy and Process Engineering.  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Pink Drill Bits Bring Complaints of Komen Tie to Fracking
NBC NEWS
Bill Briggs

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has, once more, riled some of its base — breast-cancer activists, survivors and their families — this time by accepting $100,000 from an oil and fracking company that, in turn, produced 1,000 pink drill bits.  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Fracking-Harmed Residents Demand EPA Administrator McCarthy Drink Pennsylvania Frack Water from Their Homes After Telling Them Its Safe to Drink
Park Forest News


Affected Residents Issue McCarthy #FrackWaterChallenge and Ask EPA to Reopen Investigation of Contamination of Drinking Water By Fracking WASHINGTON--(ENEWSPF)--October 10, 2014. Affected community members from Dimock, Pennsylvania, along with advocacy organizations, rallied outside of EPA Headquarters to demand that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy either re-open investigations into fracking’s impact on people and the environment, or drink frack water from Pennsylvania that her agency has told residents is safe.  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Citizen Action Members Recognize International Day of Action Against Fracking
WICZ


Members of Citizen Action in Binghamton are speaking to residents from Pennsylvania who have been directly affected by hydro-fracking in their communities. It's all part of a rally -- and an effort to recognize today's International Day of action against fracking. Along with Citizen Action, health experts were also present at today's rally, displaying what they say fracking can do to the health of those who are around it.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Forum on fracking ban draws crowd
Denton Record-Chronicle
Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

About 100 people filled the tables and bar stools at Dan’s Silverleaf on Saturday afternoon to get help sorting through the facts and the rhetoric surrounding the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing. The League of Women Voters sponsored the forum to discuss the proposition brought by a citizen initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing inside the Denton city limits. It was the group’s second such forum this fall and third this year in support of local elections, and one of its best-attended events ever, according to league member Amber Briggle.  [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
More than 100,000 public comments urge changes in N.C.'s proposed fracking rules
Winston-Salem Journal
McClatchy Tribune

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission is plowing through a mountain of public comments on its proposed fracking standards with less than a month left to fine-tune the safety rules for shale gas drilling. State officials estimate that more than 100,000 comments flooded in by the Sept. 30 deadline and the finally tally could approach 200,000, said Jamie Kritzer, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2014
Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins working to woo Democrats unhappy with Cuomo
Daily News
Kenneth Lovett & Glenn Blain

ALBANY — The only thing standing between Gov. Cuomo and his hopes for a resounding victory on Election Day might be a 61-year-old United Parcel Service worker from Syracuse. Howie Hawkins has taken a leave of absence from his job unloading UPS trucks to run as the Green Party candidate for governor.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
Frackers are dumping toxic waste into California’s groundwater
Grist
Madeleine Thomas

California can officially add one more disaster to its rapidly growing list of water woes: The EPA just found that at least nine fracking sites throughout the state have been dumping billions of gallons of contaminated wastewater into its protected aquifers.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
China's Great Frack Forward
Living On Earth


Facing an unprecedented air pollution crisis caused largely by coal, China is looking to its massive natural gas reserves for cleaner burning energy. But as Mother Jones reporter James West tells host Steve Curwood, fracking is bringing new environmental problems to rural Chinese communities. Transcript CURWOOD: Well, as Dabo Guan says, air pollution in many Chinese cities is a public health crisis, with dangerous smog and particulates way beyond safe levels. The Chinese government has begun moving power plants away from population centers, and making massive investments in solar and wind power. And now, as co-authors Jaeah Lee and James West detail in the current issue of Mother Jones Magazine, China has put a lot of cleaner-burning natural gas in its five-year plan, and is looking to the U.S. for fracking technology. James West joined us on a line from his office in San Francisco.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
You Thought California's Drought Couldn't Get Any Worse? Enter Fracking.
Mother Jones
Tom Philpott

I have a great idea. Let's take one of the globe's most important agricultural regions, one with severe water constraints and a fast-dropping water table. And let's set up shop there with a highly water-intensive form of fossil fuel extraction, one that throws off copious amounts of toxic wastewater. Nothing could possibly go wrong ... right? Well... Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants. The documents also reveal that Central Valley Water Board testing found high levels of arsenic, thallium and nitrates—contaminants sometimes found in oil industry wastewater—in water-supply wells near these waste-disposal operations.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
Americans Can Save More Money by Not Burning It: Study
Bloomberg
Mark Drajem

Climate change policy is often assumed to be a lose-lose proposition. Nations can pay now for expensive carbon-reduction policies, or they can pay later -- potentially a lot more -- through destructive climate-related events like storms, droughts and flooding. In the U.S., however, that take may not be correct, according to a new study by the environmental group World Resources Institute. It says that improving buildings' energy efficiency, boosting the fuel-economy of automobiles and cutting leaks from the production and transport of natural gas can save money now and cut climate change later.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
How scientists overlooked a 2,500-square-mile cloud of methane over the Southwest (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Henry Gass

Scientists first noticed the largest methane hotspot in the US years ago, but the readings were so extreme they thought it might be instrument error. Emissions are 80 percent higher than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Scientists have identified the largest hotspot of methane gas in the United States hovering over the Four Corners region of the Southwest, and the find could have big implications for how the country tracks its emissions in the future. Scientists first noticed the data years ago amid satellite measurements collected by the European Space Agency's Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) instrument. The SCIAMACHY instrument collected atmospheric data over the US from 2002 to 2012. The bright red patch over the Four Corners persisted throughout the study period, but the readings were so extreme scientists still waited several more years before investigating the region in detail.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
Climate Action = Economic Gains
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Evidence continues to pour in that policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only aren’t detrimental to economic growth but in fact can fuel it. A new study by World Resources Institute, Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States, adds compelling evidence by providing examples of areas where government policies and technological progress are already offering the chance to reduce emissions and address climate change while also producing economic benefits. And it shows how new technologies can produce still more reductions with the right policies in place.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
More than 100,000 public comments urge changes in NC's proposed fracking rules
News & Observer
JOHN MURAWSKI

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission is plowing through a mountain of public comments on its proposed fracking standards with less than a month left to fine-tune the safety rules for shale gas drilling. State officials estimate that more than 100,000 comments flooded in by the Sept. 30 deadline and the finally tally could approach 200,000, said Jamie Kritzer, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
Exxon, Chevron meet with White House over fracking regs
The Hill
Laura Barron-Lopez

Oil giants ExxonMobil, Chevron and Halliburton met with White House staffers last week to talk about an upcoming federal fracking regulation for operations on public lands. Lobbyists for the companies met with White House officials from the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Monday, according to a record of the meeting recently posted on the OMB's website.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
Calif. revises proposed fracking rules
E & E Newswire
Debra Kahn

California officials yesterday released a new version of proposed regulations covering hydraulic fracturing and other well stimulation activities that may be the final language when it takes effect next year. The California Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is proposing to require oil companies to notify neighbors of fracking operations and pressure-test wells in advance and disclose to state officials the chemicals that are used. The regulations are the third version to come out since last year's passage of S.B. 4, a bill that required the state to create guidelines for "well stimulation" operations, including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
This Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Is Huge, But It’s Nothing Compared To Our Other Methane Sources
ThinkProgress
EMILY ATKIN

A massive amount of the greenhouse gas methane is being released into the atmosphere from underground leaks of natural gas, producing a major U.S. “hot spot” that was previously unknown, according to satellite data released by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan on Thursday. The 2,500 square mile hot spot — located near the Four Corners border of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah — is spewing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is 20 times more effective at causing global warming than carbon dioxide. The methane is likely not from fracking, NASA said, since the data analyzed is from 2003 to 2008, before the fracking boom. Instead, the scientists hypothesize that the leaks are coming from coalbed methane extraction, a process of getting natural gas from underground coal beds.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
40% Drop in Solar PV Cost is Brightest Spot of Global Energy Picture
InsideClimate News
Elizabeth Douglass

In a world wrestling with climate change and the need to phase out fossil fuels, nothing is more critical than making sure there are reliable and cost-effective clean energy technologies ready to fill the void. Keeping track of the pitfalls and possibilities is the Paris-based International Energy Agency, an autonomous organization that has been analyzing energy for 40 years. In 2006, the influential agency began publishing Energy Technology Perspectives, a report that examines energy technologies and their potential for transforming the way the world uses power.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
Democrats tell feds to crack down on illegal drilling
Fuel Fix
Jennifer A. Dlouhy

WASHINGTON — Federal land managers need to work harder to prevent oil companies from illegally burrowing into federal mineral estate, four House Democrats say. In a letter to Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze, the Democrats note that the potential economic and environmental costs of a practice known as “drilling without approval” can be substantial — as much as $530,000 annually in lost royalties to North Dakota alone.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
Idaho Fractivist Arrested Requesting Public Information
Wild Idaho Rising Tide


At the Payette County Courthouse in Payette, Idaho, police arrested Alma Hasse of Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction after the 7 pm Thursday, October 9, Payette County Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing about the proposed expansion of the first of two natural gas processing plants and bomb train loading facilities still under construction. Ms. Hasse was within her rights as a Payette County and Idaho citizen to insist on obtaining public official contact information before departing after the meeting. Denied such access and allegedly refusing to leave, she may be charged with trespassing and possibly disorderly conduct or resisting arrest, according to the Payette County Detention Facility where she is being held.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
Small Study May Have Big Answers on Health Risks of Fracking's Open Waste Ponds
InsideClimate News
Zahra Hirji, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

A first of a kind study from West Virginia will help Americans inside the fracking boom understand the dangers of exposure to VOCs. When Mary Rahall discovered that oil and gas waste was being stored in open-air ponds less than a mile from a daycare center outside Fayetteville, W. Va., she started digging for information about the facility's air emissions and protections for a nearby stream. She wasn't satisfied with the answers she got from state regulators and politicians, so the mother of two set out to find a scientist who could help. Eventually her questions found their way to William Orem, a chemist at the U.S. Geological Survey office in Reston, Va., and he began collecting air and water data at the site last fall. Orem's small study could have implications far beyond Fayetteville, because it's among the first scientific efforts directed at how air emissions from oil and gas waste could be affecting human health. He suspects waste disposal might turn out to be "the weakest link of all" in the oil and gas extraction and production cycle.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
State to first responders: Stay back from burning oil trains
Capital New York
SCOTT WALDMAN

ALBANY—The state is urging first responders to stay away from burning oil trains if more than three cars are on fire and no human lives are at risk, according to documents obtained by Capital. The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control recently revised its guidance for firefighters battling oil train fires. New York responders are now being advised by the state to stay back if an oil train derails and explodes, as trains have done in Virginia, North Dakota and Canada, where 47 people died. “If NO life hazard and more than 3 tank cars are involved in fire, OFPC recommends LETTING THE FIRE BURN unless the foam and water supply required to control is available,” the document says. “Withdraw and protect exposures, including cooling exposed tank cars with unmanned monitors if possible.”  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
How scientists overlooked a 2,500-square-mile cloud of methane over the Southwest
Christian Science Monitor
Henry Gass

Scientists have identified the largest hotspot of methane gas in the United States hovering over the Four Corners region of the Southwest, and the find could have big implications for how the country tracks its emissions in the future. Scientists first noticed the data years ago amid satellite measurements collected by the European Space Agency's Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) instrument. The SCIAMACHY instrument collected atmospheric data over the US from 2002 to 2012. The bright red patch over the Four Corners persisted throughout the study period, but the readings were so extreme scientists still waited several more years before investigating the region in detail.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2014
United States: New York Community Risk And Resiliency Act
MONDAQ


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (the Resiliency Act or Act) on September 22, 2014 in conjunction with Manhattan's Climate Week 2014. The Resiliency Act reflects a serious effort to increase New York's preparedness and ability to bounce back after suffering a climate change-related event, by establishing the requirement that State agencies first consider future physical climate risks from storm surges, sea level rise, and flooding, before making permitting or funding decisions. While under the State's Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), state and local agencies have already begun considering the impacts of their funding and permitting decisions on climate change (e.g., the extent to which a future project will increase greenhouse gases), the Resiliency Act begins from the other end, requiring that agencies consider the future impacts of climate risks on the projects they may fund or permit. Thus, the Resiliency Act conditions approvals, support, and financing of public infrastructure projects on conduct of such analyses by all State infrastructure agencies (such as the Department of Transportation, the Housing Finance Agency, Empire State Development, and some public benefit corporations). The Act also conditions all of the following on state agencies' prior consideration of future climate risks: siting of hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities; storage of hazardous wastes; design and construction of petroleum and chemical bulk storage facilities; acquisition of open space through eminent domain; state contracting for maintenance of parkland; state assistance to municipalities closing landfills; state assistance to municipalities revitalizing waterfronts; state provision of assistance to municipalities and not-for-profit corporations conducting coastal restoration projects; state assistance for locally led agricultural and farmland protection activities; issuance of oil, gas, and solutions mining permits; and issuance of all major environmental permits (including Clean Water Act discharge permits, Clean Air Act emissions permits, mining reclamation permits, and wetlands permits). The Act also directs the State's planning agency (the Department of State, or NYSDOS) to work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to develop model climate change adaptation zoning laws for use by municipalities. Additionally, the Act requires NYSDEC to adopt regulations by January 1, 2016 establishing science-based state sea level rise projections, and to update such regulations every five years. Finally, the Act directs NYSDEC and NYSDOS to develop additional guidance on the use of resiliency measures that utilize natural resources and natural processes to reduce risk. The Act becomes effective on March 21, 2015, and applies to all permit applications received after the adoption of guidance on implementation of the Act, but no later than January 1, 2017.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Renewables Not Enough: World Needs Democratic, Decentralized Energy, says Report
Common Dreams
Jon Queally

'A timely and equitable energy transition can occur only with greater energy democracy, which requires that workers, communities, and the public at large have a real voice in decision making.'  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Buchanan station new concern in Algonquin pipeline expansion
Westchester County Business Journal
Mark Lungariello

The plan to rebuild and expand a pipeline that pumps natural gas through the Hudson Valley region includes a receiving station in the village of Buchanan. Spectra Energy Partners LP plans to increase the capacity of its Algonquin pipeline to ease an energy bottleneck in the New England region, but the larger amounts of flammable gas that would go through Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties have some residents opposing the plan. The agency responsible for approving the project, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, held a public hearing in Cortlandt Manor last month, but few of those following the review process were aware of the receiving station at that time.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
NY1 Online: Experts Weigh In on Upcoming 'Global Frackdown'
NY1 News
Inside City Hall

NY1 VIDEO: Inside City Hall's Josh Robin talked about the upcoming "Global Frackdown" with Dr. Kathy Nolan of Concerned Health Professionals of New York; Alex Beauchamp of Food and Water Watch; and Al Appleton, former commissioner of the city's Department of Environmental Protection.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Health Professionals Object to Governor Cuomo's Characterization of the Science on Fracking
Concerned Health Professionals of New York
Press Release

On behalf of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, Larysa Dyrszka, MD and Sandra Steingraber, PhD released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s comments on Wednesday about the emerging science on fracking: “As scientists and health professionals who have closely followed the science on drilling and fracking for many years, we respectfully take issue with Governor Cuomo’s assertion that some academic reports indicate that fracking is dangerous while others conclude that it is ‘totally safe.’ No recent independent research finds that drilling and fracking is entirely safe. Indeed, nearly every week, new academic publications reveal that the risks created by drilling and fracking are complex, serious, and widespread and include both acute and chronic health problems.” “Claims by the oil and gas industry to the contrary are not science, and they, along with a handful of reports funded by industry, do not belong on equal footing with rigorous, academic, independent studies. The disingenuous effort on the part of the gas industry to create a false debate and so distract attention from the evidence for harm is part of a sophisticated, coordinated propaganda strategy. In this, the gas industry has taken a page out of the playbook of the lead paint and tobacco industries of years ago when they cast aspersions on public health research findings even as Americans suffered rising rates of lead poisoning and lung cancer. Governor Cuomo should not fall for cigarette science.”  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Fracking lawsuit dismissed, appeal in the works
Petoskey News
Mark Johnson

NORTHERN MICHIGAN — A recent injunction order called for the diversion of fresh water used during the hydraulic fracturing process to stop, but was recently dismissed from tribal court.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
PA State Police and Private Security Firms Keeping Close Tabs on Fracking Opponents
Earth Island Journal
Adam Federman

Anti-fracking activists protesting a natural-gas conference in Philadelphia last fall were being monitored by a private security company that sent a photo of a demonstrator to the Pennsylvania State Police, according to an email obtained by Earth Island Journal.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Group pushes for more chemical disclosure at fracking sites
Columbus Dispatch
Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Disclosure of complete chemical information before oil and gas companies break ground on a fracking site could better prepare emergency-response teams for the worst fires, a Cleveland-based environmental and consumer organization said yesterday.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
The Desert Southwest Is Burping Methane Like Nobody’s Business
Slate
Eric Holthaus

Over the next decade or so, our collective climatic future will be won or lost based on how aggressively the world decides to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Increasingly, the greenhouse gas that could provide humanity’s biggest bang for its climate change tackling buck isn’t carbon dioxide—it’s methane. For the first time, a team of scientists have observed the effects of natural gas extraction—which is 95-98 percent methane—from space. Using satellite data, a study published Thursday finds a surprising methane hotspot: New Mexico’s San Juan Basin, an area that some believe is primed for its own oil and gas boom just like the one a few years ago in the Bakken formation of western North Dakota.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Huge Methane Emissions ‘Hot Spot’ Found in U.S.
Climate Central
Bobby Magill

The largest concentration of methane emissions seen in the U.S. over the past decade has been detected by satellite over the the most active coal-bed methane production area in the country — the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, according to a new study published Thursday. The hotspot, which predates the current hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, boom in the region, is over the San Juan Basin, where energy companies have been drilling and producing natural gas from methane deposits found in underground coal seams for many years. The natural gas is composed of more than 95 percent methane.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
We're Sitting on 10 Billion Barrels of Oil! OK, Two
Bloomberg
Asjylyn Loder and Isaac Arnsdorf

Lee Tillman, chief executive officer of Marathon Oil Corp., told investors last month that the company was potentially sitting on the equivalent of 4.3 billion barrels in its U.S. shale acreage. That number was 5.5 times higher than the proved reserves Marathon reported to federal regulators. Such discrepancies are rife in the U.S. shale industry. Drillers use bigger forecasts to sell the hydraulic fracturing boom to investors and to persuade lawmakers to lift the 39-year-old ban on crude exports. Sixty-two of 73 U.S. shale drillers reported one estimate in mandatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission while citing higher potential figures to the public, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) Co.’s estimate was 13 times higher. Goodrich Petroleum Corp.’s was 19 times. For Rice Energy Inc., it was almost 27-fold.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
NYC comptroller calls for more methane regulations
Star-Telegram


NEW YORK — The New York City comptroller is leading a group of investors asking for more methane regulations. Comptroller Scott Stringer asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to initiate national regulations on methane emissions in the gas and oil industry. Stringer said the federal government "must take action now" because natural gas protection is increasing dramatically throughout the U.S. But he warned the methane it produces can be harmful to the environment. The group controls more than $300 billion in assets, of which $160 billion is from the New York City Pension Funds. Some of that money is invested in oil and natural gas companies.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and Trillium Asset Management Lead Investor Group Calling on EPA to Propose Strong Methane Regulations
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
Press Release

A group of investors with more than $300 billion in assets under management has sent a letter urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to initiate a comprehensive national regulation addressing major sources of methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. In the letter, investors detailed four reasons why comprehensive rulemaking on methane emissions from existing and future oil and gas facilities must be an urgent priority: Methane emissions are a serious climate problem. There are proven, cost-effective solutions that will dramatically cut emissions now. It is insufficient to rely solely on voluntary initiatives and state-level action. Methane policy can reduce risk and create long-term value for investors and the economy.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Fracking: The Media’s New Climate Denial
Bill Moyers & Co
Peter Hart

Over 300,000 people filled the streets of New York City in September as part of the worldwide People’s Climate March, a stirring call for action on global warming. But if you watched TV news that day, you may not have known it happened at all.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Glasgow University to sell its fossil fuel investments
BBC
Roger Harrabin

Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to announce that it will sell off the shares it holds in companies that produce fossil fuels. A spokesman said the university recognised the "devastating impact" that climate change could have and the "need to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels".  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Leechburg Area directors urge action on gas lease
Pittsburgh TribLive
Jodi Weigand

A presentation from an oil and gas training specialist Wednesday helped Leechburg Area School Board members agree on one thing: it's time to take meaningful steps toward deciding whether to enter into a lease agreement with EQT Production Co. EQT wants to drill beneath an 8.3-acre tract in West Leechburg at Main and Giron streets, where West Leechburg Elementary School once stood.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Vitali wants Corbett to spell out drilling plans
Daily Times
John Kopp

State Rep. Greg Vitali again urged Gov. Tom Corbett Friday to detail the state’s plan to permit drilling in state parks and forests, a request Vitali repeatedly has made since Corbett proposed the plan during his February budget address. Vitali, D-166, of Haverford, has sought the identities of the state parks and forests slated to be leased by natural gas drillers. He also seeks specific acreage amounts, the identities of the drilling companies involved and revenue calculations.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Satellite Data Shows U.S. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Bigger than Expected
NASA
Press Release

One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate -- according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan. Methane is very efficient at trapping heat in the atmosphere and, like carbon dioxide, it contributes to global warming. The hot spot, near the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, covers only about 2,500 square miles (6,500 square kilometers), or half the size of Connecticut. In each of the seven years studied from 2003-2009, the area released about 0.59 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere. This is almost 3.5 times the estimate for the same area in the European Union’s widely used Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research. In the study published online today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers used observations made by the European Space Agency’s Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) instrument. SCIAMACHY measured greenhouse gases from 2002 to 2012. The atmospheric hot spot persisted throughout the study period. A ground station in the Total Carbon Column Observing Network, operated by the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory, provided independent validation of the measurement.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Marcellus Life: One Greene County man’s encounter with a landman
Observer-Reporter
Natasha Khan

Leigh Shields refused to allow seismic testing for natural gas on his 88 acres in Spraggs. He thought if he said no to the company asking, that would be the end of it. Along with his wife, Lillian, and 27-year-old son, Alex, the family runs Shields Nursery and Shields Demesne Winery, just south of Waynesburg off Route 218. They grow grapes in their vineyard, which get crushed and stored in old Kentucky bourbon barrels to create Hungarian-style wine called Melomel. To pay homage to their nursery business, their wines have plant names: Bloodroot, Irish Moss and Rosa Rugosa. They live and run businesses in the heart of Southwestern Pennsylvania that’s part of the Marcellus Shale gas boom. But Shields, who opened his nursery in 1982, said he tries to stay away from the industry.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Alone Among the Desperate Souls
The New York Times
ERIC HYNES

While much of the rest of the country suffered through a recession, Williston, N.D., was booming. Fracking had exploited a huge oil reserve, attracting thousands of itinerant workers eager for employment. Among the riggers and laborers flooding into town was a filmmaker searching for work of his own. That would be Jesse Moss, a documentarian in the observational, longitudinal mold. Forget voice-overs or talking-head interviews; what you see is whatever he shot on the fly, almost always alone. With “Speedo” (2003), he monitored the entertaining exploits of a Long Island demolition-derby driver over several years, encompassing victories and defeats, divorce and remarriage.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Fracking Chemicals, Brought to You by Susan G. Komen
Mother Jones
Julia Lurie

Here's some news that frankly, I initially thought was a spoof: for the second year in a row, breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure—which caused massive outrage when it defunded Planned Parenthood in 2012—has partnered with Baker Hughes, a leader in the fracking industry. The Houston-based oilfield services company will donate $100,000 to Komen over the year and sell 1,000 pink-painted drill bits used for fracking.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater
RT


Industry illegally injected about 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into central California drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers, the state found after the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered a review of possible contamination. According to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, the California State Water Resources Board found that at least nine of the 11 hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, wastewater injection sites that were shut down in July upon suspicion of contamination were in fact riddled with toxic fluids used to unleash energy reserves deep underground. The aquifers, protected by state law and the federal Safe Water Drinking Act, supply quality water in a state currently suffering unprecedented drought.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Martins camp rips Haber on fracking
The Island Now
Bill San Antonio

A campaign advisor for state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) accused Democratic state Senate candidate Adam Haber on Monday of trying to deceive voters by stating publicly that he would not support hydrofracking in New York while maintaining interests in companies that practice the gas extraction method in other states.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
The Movement to Ban Fracking Has Momentum
Care2


Of course, a big part of our mission on climate change is our fight to ban fracking, and while 2014 has seen some major milestones for our efforts, perhaps the most important of these is the evidence that our movement is growing. In order to get you inspired for the 2014 Global Frackdown, we created a video to show you some of the faces that are out there working hard around the country to ban fracking. As our video demonstrates, we are building on this momentum, and we need you to join us on October 11 to show just how strong we are.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Fracking protesters' banned from Lancashire drill sites
BBC


An energy firm has won a court order to stop campaigners trespassing on land near two sites where it plans to drill for shale gas. Manchester High Court granted Cuadrilla and local farmers an extension to an interim trespass injunction.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Coal, Not Fracking Blamed for U.S. Methane Hot Spot
Bloomberg
Alex Nussbaum

The hot spot near the intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah accounts for almost 10 percent of all methane from natural gas in the U.S., researchers said in a paper published today by the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The area, about half the size of Connecticut, is a major source of gas harvested from coal mines, according to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration statement announcing the study.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Our view: State meddles in fracking report
The Citizen
Editorial

A news report published Monday raises troubling questions about the influence New York state had in a draft report on water and hydrofracking by the U.S. Geological Survey. Capital New York obtained a copy of a report commissioned by the state in 2011 as well as emails between the federal agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation in which the DEC offers edits to some of the language in the report. Some back and forth can be expected with this type of report, but the large number of requests for changes from the state gives the appearance that the state was meddling more than it should have been.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Report Finds
Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)
Stacy Mitchell

The Walton family — majority owners of Walmart — are impeding America’s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by ILSR finds. At a time when more than 500,000 households and businesses are generating their own solar electricity, and the U.S. solar industry is employing 143,000 people, the Waltons are funding nearly two dozen organizations working to roll back renewable energy policies, while a Walton-owned company is pushing for regulations aimed at hindering the growth of rooftop solar power. Download: Full Report | Press Release image: report coverRooftop solar — which is spreading rapidly thanks to favorable economics and strong state policies — offers a tremendous opportunity to accelerate the transition to renewable power, save money for households, and create tens of thousands of new jobs.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Heinberg: Localize Economy or Face the Consequences
San Francisco Public Press
Paul Lorgerie

As climate change continues to threaten California in myriad ways, policymakers face a tough dilemma: promote economic growth or protect the planet. At first, these priorities seem incompatible, but some experts on the topic say the environment and the economy are intimately linked, and are calling for a radical restructuring of communities to make them more local and self-sufficient. Richard Heinberg, an author and environmental activist, says that reimagining communities to function on a smaller scale might be the best way to limit fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Without doing so, global temperatures could rise 2 degrees Celsius, causing irreversible changes in rainfall, heat, sea-level rise and weather events in the next few decades, such as repeats of Hurricane Katrina.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Fracking puppet monster visits Scottish Parliament
The Scotsman


A 10FT ‘pro-fracking’ puppet monster, Mr Frackhead, visited Holyrood today on a tour of the UK looking for places to frack for shale gas. Mr Frackhead posed for photos at the Scottish Parliament, Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Palace, where ‘the Queen’ tried to stop him from fracking under her official residence in Scotland.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
As Energy Boom Ends, a Political Identity Crisis in Alaska
New York Times
Kirk Johnson

Economic anxiety amid a dwindling oil and gas industry is raising difficult questions about the future. It is also shaping a Senate race in which a Democrat is seeking re-election in a state long dominated by Republicans. FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A gleaming $23 million complex of office buildings, dormitories and workshops has risen from the boreal forest just outside town over the last decade, aimed at training workers for a natural gas pipeline that was supposed to snake from the Arctic to serve energy markets around the world and make Alaska rich all over again. But the pipeline was never built, the victim of a worldwide glut of natural gas that has reduced demand for Alaska’s supply. On a recent weekday afternoon, the meeting rooms and dorms were empty, with just one welding class breaking the silence on the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center Trust’s sprawling 63-acre campus.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2014
Will Andrew Cuomo oppose fracking after getting a scare from Zephyr Teachout?
Grist
Ben Adler

Everyone knows the caricature of New York liberals: out-of-touch fashion designers and media executives in Manhattan. Think of Vogue Editor Anna Wintour hosting high-dollar Democratic fundraisers at her Greenwich Village townhouse. But it was voters outside of New York City who recently came out in droves for the more progressive candidate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. The reason? Fracking. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to sail through the primary in September. We in the New York media assumed that his progressive challenger in the race, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout, would be lucky to break 20 percent, and that her support would come heavily from New York City and its suburbs. Upstate, a largely rural and relatively conservative area, seldom backs the more progressive candidate.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Harms of gas compressor emissions
The River Reporter
Linda Reik

In August, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published an Environmental Assessment (EA) about potential environmental effects of the natural gas East Side Expansion Project by Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, a subsidiary of NiSource, in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. This FERC EA concludes that the project would not significantly affect the quality of the human environment and recommends the commission find “no significant impact” and require certain mitigation measures. The project includes demolition of the existing Milford compressor station and construction of a replacement 13 times the existing capacity. A NiSource report lists the expected emissions per year of volatile organic compounds, hazardous air pollutants, greenhouse gases, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter (see www.NoMilfordCompressor.org). From the EA, it is expected that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) will be encountered during demolition.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Find Out Which State Contributes Most to Climate Change
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2013 figures for its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, now in its fourth year. These figures show which states, as well as which industry sectors and which individual businesses, produce the most climate change-inducing greenhouse gas emissions. The undisputed winner—or loser, if you prefer—is Texas, with its well-established oil drilling industry and its rapidly growing fracked gas sector.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Federal Agencies Can't Shake Enviros' Ozark Drilling Suit
LAW360
Emily Field

Law360, New York (October 08, 2014, 4:24 PM ET) -- An Arkansas federal judge has kept alive environmental groups' suit against three federal agencies that seeks to stop oil and gas drilling in the Ozark National Forest, ruling the groups sufficiently alleged the government had failed to conduct an environmental analysis. U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker on Monday denied the agencies’ motion to dismiss claims from the Ouachita Watch League and the Ozark Society that they violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act, but she dismissed claims alleging violations of...   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obam
Bloomberg
Rebecca Penty, Hugo Miller, Andrew Mayeda & Edward Greenspon

So you’re the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and muskeg of northern Alberta. The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone XL. Just a few years back, America desperately wanted that oil.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Will Fracking Fizzle? The future of the 'shale revolution' hinges on the adoption of best practices as industry norms.
US News
Robert A Manning Opinion

For all its enormous impact on global energy markets, the U.S. economy and global geopolitics, its sustainability and wider acceptance of the "shale revolution" – production of gas and tight oil from hydraulic fracturing – fracking remains an open question. Could it fizzle? What is the scenario for the future of shale?   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
County OKs resolution that doesn’t mention fracking
The Sylva Herald
Guintin Ellison

Commissioner Vicki Greene asked her board colleagues for an anti-fracking resolution twice. Commissioners debated a resolution Monday that didn’t mention the word once. Somewhat bizarrely, fracking has emerged as one of the defining issues of the Nov. 4 general election. There is little reason to believe companies would spend money looking for natural gas in the mountains given geologists’ skepticism it exists here. But possible environmental damage from fracking resonates with the Democratic base, at home and across the state. The party leadership is working to turn out the vote; tying fracking around the necks of local Republicans might help them do that.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Fracking Study Shows Consequences Are Uncertain
WUIS
Rachel Otwell & Jamey Dunn

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking" - is an extraction method of natural gas that has many environmentalists concerned. It also has energy business booming in towns across the nation, and those towns will soon include ones in southern Illinois. But in states where fracking is already underway, some say public health is at risk and pollution is happening. A recent study in Texas has looked at the liquid byproduct left over from fracking - and how it could be safely handled.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
As Energy Boom Ends, a Political Identity Crisis in Alaska
The New York Times
KIRK JOHNSON

Economic anxiety amid a dwindling oil and gas industry is raising difficult questions about the future. It is also shaping a Senate race in which a Democrat is seeking re-election in a state long dominated by Republicans. FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A gleaming $23 million complex of office buildings, dormitories and workshops has risen from the boreal forest just outside town over the last decade, aimed at training workers for a natural gas pipeline that was supposed to snake from the Arctic to serve energy markets around the world and make Alaska rich all over again. But the pipeline was never built, the victim of a worldwide glut of natural gas that has reduced demand for Alaska’s supply. On a recent weekday afternoon, the meeting rooms and dorms were empty, with just one welding class breaking the silence on the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center Trust’s sprawling 63-acre campus.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Don’t call it a fracking resolution
Smoky Mountain News
Jeremy Morrison

Following multiple anti-fracking resolutions passed by local governments around the region, Jackson County commissioners have now taken an action of their own. While their resolution never specifically mentions “fracking” or “hydraulic fracturing,” the board — or at least three of its members — seemed satisfied that it afforded them protection against the natural gas exploration method green-lighted for North Carolina by state legislators this year. “The resolution was prepared under the auspice that we are protecting our natural resources,” explained County Manager Chuck Wooten when placing the resolution on the table for consideration Monday afternoon. “It does not reference or distinguish any particular item.”  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Protestors Urge Federal Action Against Offshore Fracking in California Newport Beach Demonstration Highlights Fracking Pollution Threat to Air, Water
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.— As the California Coastal Commission meets in Newport Beach today, Center for Biological Diversity protesters in gas masks and hazmat suits are delivering a letter urging commissioners to press the federal government for greater oversight of fracking in federal waters off California’s coast. The protest starts at 10 a.m. today at Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. Protesters want the Coastal Commission to stop oil companies from fracking offshore wells and dumping fracking chemicals into California’s ocean. They also want commissioners to demand “consistency review” of fracking in federal waters, which would require public notice and oversight of fracks in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Coastal Commission has already taken steps to demand more information from federal agencies that permit offshore drilling, but the agencies have been largely unresponsive.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Dutchess County considers banning fracking brine on local roads
Legislative Gazette
Richard Moody

The Democratic Caucus of the Dutchess County Legislature will propose a bill in an open committee meeting Wednesday to ban the use of fraking brine on county roads. The bill, drafted by county legislator Joel Tyner, who ran for Congress in 2012 and hosts a radio show on WVKR 91.3 FM, would follow in the footsteps of several other counties across the state in banning the use of brine or salts resulting from the controversial natural gas drilling process know as high volume hydraulic fracturing, to de-ice county roads.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Farmers concerned over effects of fracking on rural land
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Llaria Bertini

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has accused the government of ignoring the impact fracking could have on the value of farmers’ land, as it plans to go ahead with proposed measure to drill for shale gas beneath private properties without offering compensation.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
ADVOCACY GROUP PUSHES OHIO OFFICIALS FOR MORE DISCLOSURE OF FRACKING CHEMICALS
Nordonia Hills News Leader
Marc Kovac

Columbus -- An environmental and consumer advocacy group wants lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich to change state law to require more disclosure of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund cited a well fire in Monroe County earlier this year as evidence for increased disclosure, saying emergency responders did not know the types or locations of chemicals in the incident.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
New fracking rights backed by Government
LocalGov
Kristian Scholfield

The Government’s response to a recent Department of Energy and Climate Change consultation signals the introduction of legislation to provide energy extraction companies with new underground access rights...It intends to supplement current laws by giving operators statutory access rights to land lying 300 metres or more below the surface. There would be a disapplication of the law of trespass in relation to fracking activities carried out at this depth.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Cuomo says conflicting studies make it hard to draw conclusion on fracking
Innovation Trail
Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo made some of his most extensive comments on the controversial topic of hydro fracking to date. For the past two years, ever since the Governor asked his health department to conduct a health review, Cuomo has had little to say about the review or even what was being studied. He would only say that the work was continuing.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Fracking isn’t liked by New Yorkers according to new survey
Hudrogen Fuel News


Nearly 80% of poll participants were against hydraulic fracturing. A statewide survey that was commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that almost 8 out of 10 New Yorkers who took part in the poll were in favor of the state’s fracking moratorium, making it quite evident that concerns regarding the safety of the drilling practice are widespread.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Results of EKOS Research poll, October 2014
The Council of Canadians
Press Release

Media release: GLOBAL FRACKDOWN STARTS: Majority of Canadians want fracking moratorium, says EKOS poll, October 8, 2014 Poll questions As you may know, hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is a process where sand, water and chemicals are injected into the ground to break apart rock formations to extract natural gas or oil. How would you rate your awareness of fracking? Would you say you are very aware, somewhat aware, not very aware, or not at all aware of fracking? The federal government recently commissioned an independent review of fracking, which found a lack of scientific research on fracking well leaks, the safety of fracking chemicals, and the long-term impacts of fracking. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose a national moratorium on fracking until it is scientifically proven to be safe?  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’
EcoWatch
Sandra Steingraber

What do you get when you cross a breast cancer charity with a frack job? The answer is the image below, which, as I am writing, is going epidemically viral.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
UPDATE 1-Cheniere's Corpus Christi LNG export project clears environmental hurdle
Reuters
Ayesha Rascoe

Oct 8 (Reuters) - Cheniere's liquefied natural gas export project in Texas will not cause significant damage to the environment, federal regulators said on Wednesday, keeping the project on track to potentially receive a construction license by year-end. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's final environmental review concluded that with proper mitigation measures, the construction and operation of the Corpus Christi project would result in "mostly temporary and short-term" impacts. With a favorable environmental study in hand, the project is expected to get FERC's approval to begin construction around November or December.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Group pushes for more chemical disclosure at fracking sites
The Columbus Dispatch
Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Disclosing chemical information before oil and gas companies break ground on a fracking site could better prepare emergency response teams for the worst fires, a Cleveland-based environmental and consumer organization contended today. Based on their study of a Monroe County well pad fire in June, the nonprofit Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund came up with recommendations for state government to clarify chemical disclosure laws for oil and gas companies working in Ohio.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Is anti-fracking protest in the Marcellus Shale being criminalized?
Philadelphia City Paper
Adam Federman

Anti-fracking activists protesting a natural-gas conference in Philadelphia last fall were being monitored by a private security company that sent a photo of a demonstrator to the Pennsylvania State Police, according to an email obtained by Philadelphia City Paper. A few months earlier, at another industry-led conference, state Trooper Michael Hutson delivered a presentation on environmental extremism and acts of vandalism across Pennsylvania's booming Marcellus Shale natural-gas reserves. He showed photographs of several anti-fracking groups in Pennsylvania, including Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective protesters demonstrating at an active gas well site in Lawrence County in western Pennsylvania. That same Pennsylvania state trooper visited the home of anti-fracking activist Wendy Lee, a Bloomsburg University philosophy professor, to question her about photos she took of a natural gas compressor station in Lycoming County. Remarkably, the trooper earlier had crossed state lines and traveled to New York to visit Jeremy Alderson, publisher of the No Frack Almanac, at his home outside Ithaca, to accuse him of trespassing to obtain photos of the same compressor station.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Riverkeeper Raises Concern Over Fracking Waste As De-Icer For NY Roads
WAMC
Allison Dunne

A New York environmental group says the use of fracking waste on some of the state’s roads is occurring more than initially thought. The state agency that regulates the use of fracking brine says it ensures the waste does not have high concentrations of pollutants. Kate Hudson is watershed program director for environmental group Riverkeeper. She says she found information about the use of fracking waste to de-ice some of New York’s roads while working with local groups in Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Albany Counties to ban the use and disposal of fracking waste. She says while advocating for county-level bans:  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Cuomo: ‘I don’t know’ why state edited fracking study
Capital New York
SCOTT WALDMAN

ALBANY—Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he was not sure why his administration helped shape a federal study on water quality in the gas-rich Southern Tier. On Monday, Capital reported that officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority weighed in on a federal water quality study that is a necessary first step to prepare for fracking. State officials have claimed that their frequent communications with the U.S. Geological Survey were a normal back-and-forth between federal and state agencies. But in emails obtained by Capital, federal officials occasionally bristled at the editing and the delays from the state, and some fracking risks were downplayed in the final version of the report, compared to the original draft.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Anti-Cancer Susan G. Komen Foundation Accused of 'Pinkwashing' The Fracking Industry
International Business Times
David Sirota

Helping find a cure for cancer or “pinkwashing” carcinogenic pollution? That is the question being raised upon the news that one of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
In Texas, a Fight Over Fracking
The New York Times
Clifford Kraus

DENTON, Tex. — Many Texans have long held the oil and gas industry as dear to their hearts as a prairie range full of feeding cattle. Now suddenly that love is being tested here in a local election, where a grass-roots campaign against gas producers has pushed the industry into a corner. The battle is over a proposed city ban on hydraulic fracturing — the technique of blasting shale rock with water, sand and chemicals to dislodge oil and gas, often called fracking — in a referendum on Nov. 4. No city in Texas has ever come close to passing such a measure. But in this college town of 130,000 outside Dallas, the producers find themselves in an uphill battle against a diverse band of doorbell ringers and lawn-sign distributors who are working day and night.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Pinkwashing Fracking? How the Komen Board Is Cashing in on Shale Gas
Truthout
Steve Horn

The Wizard of Oz was spot on when he said to “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” That’s good life advice if you fall into the “Ignorance is bliss” camp. For a journalist though, it’s doing the exact opposite that’s a sin qua non for the job.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Tell Susan G. Komen Don’t Frack With Our Health
EcoWatch
Breat Cancer Action

Breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen and fracking giant Baker Hughes have partnered to distribute 1,000 specially painted pink drill bits around the world.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Anti-Cancer Susan G. Komen Foundation Accused of 'Pinkwashing' The Fracking Industry
International Business Times
David Sirota

Helping find a cure for cancer or “pinkwashing” carcinogenic pollution? That is the question being raised upon the news that one of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer. According to the website of energy services firm Baker Hughes, “the company will paint and distribute a total of 1,000 pink drill bits worldwide” as a “reminder of the importance of supporting research, treatment, screening and education to help find the cures” for breast cancer. The firm, which is involved in hydraulic fracturing, is also donating $100,000 to the Komen Foundation in what it calls a “yearlong partnership.”   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
GAO Report Confirms: States Better Fracking Regulators than EPA
Hearland.org
Isaac Orr

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms what many small-government environmentalists have been saying for years: States are more effective at regulating the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations than is the Environmental Protection Agency.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Fracking Moratorium Backed By 70% Of Canadians: Poll
Huffington Post
Daniel Tencer

A large majority of Canadians would support a moratorium on fracking until there is conclusive evidence that it’s safe, according to a new poll. Seventy per cent of respondents said they would back “a national moratorium on fracking until it is scientifically proven to be safe,” according to the survey carried out by EKOS for the Council of Canadians, a group that has been critical of fracking operations.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Group protests fracking operations off coast
Daily Pilot


Members of the national nonprofit group Center for Biological Diversity, donning gas masks and hazmat suits, protested outside a California Coastal Commission meeting Wednesday to urge the federal government to stop oil companies from performing hydraulic fracking off the coast.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Oil companies’ fracking fines go to Visalia-based water center
The Fresno Bee
Mark Grossi

State authorities have fined two oil companies a total of $476,784 for illegally sending salty fluids and drilling wastes into unlined pits, including fluids from controversial hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Report: police sharing intelligence on activists with gas industry
NPR State Impact PA
MARIE CUSICK

According to the Pittsburgh City Paper, state and federal law enforcement have joined in an intelligence-sharing network with the oil and gas industry to follow the activities of environmental activists. The paper cites documents it obtained showing a state trooper giving a presentation to industry representatives with photographs of several anti-fracking groups. According to the article, the same trooper visited the homes of activist Wendy Lee, a Bloomsburg University professor, and crossed state lines to visit the home of Jeremy Alderson, publisher of the No Frack Almanac, at his home outside Ithaca, New York.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
The Media's New Climate Denial
OpEd News
Peter Hart

When journalists cover fracking, they often fail to mention its contribution to global warming. What planet does Big Media think it's living on? Over 300,000 people filled the streets of New York City in September as part of the worldwide People's Climate March, a stirring call for action on global warming. But if you watched TV news that day, you may not have known it happened at all. The Sunday chat shows totally skipped this historic climate march. Instead, one program on the supposedly liberal MSNBC produced a sad segment about how voters are loyal to either Starbucks or Chick-fil-A. Who cares about a dynamic and broad-based social movement when you can reduce the country's population to two corporate chains? Sensible people know there's no more arguing about climate change: The planet is warming due to human activity. The only important question now is whether we plan to do anything about it. It will require, among other things, a massive shift away from burning oil, gas, and coal, as Naomi Klein argues in her brilliant new book, This Changes Everything.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Additional St. Marys drilling setback increase proposed
Bradford Era
Colin Deppen

ST. MARYS — The City of St. Marys is upping the ante on a new set of oil and gas drilling restrictions, meant to ensure greater oversight over a burgeoning local Marcellus Shale presence. The city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to increase a key restriction found in proposed changes to the city’s oil and gas zoning ordinance drafted by city solicitor Tom Wagner and presented by him in a city council meeting on Monday night.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Nova Scotia Wants Offshore Drilling Liability Raised to C$1B
NGI Daily Gas Price Index
Charles Passut

One week after introducing legislation to continue a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF), Nova Scotia’s provincial leaders announced plans to amend rules for offshore drilling, including raising the liability for operators to C$1 billion from C$30 million.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Pro-Fracking Camp Outspending Opponents in Denton, TX
NGI Shale Daily
Joe Fisher

Supporters of Barnett Shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Denton, TX, have far outraised and outspent their anti-fracking opponents one month before the town's citizens are to vote on a measure that would ban fracking within the city limits.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Commonwealth Court takes up issue of drilling in state parks and forests
State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

The fate of expanded natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania’s parks and forests is now in the hands of seven Commonwealth Court Judges. Governor Tom Corbett wants to lease 25,000 acres of additional state land to drillers in order to raise $95 million to plug a hole in the 2014-2015 fiscal year’s $29.1 billion budget. The Commonwealth’s seven judge panel heard arguments Wednesday from an environmental attorney challenging the Governor’s authority to lease that land, and to use the proceeds for the general fund.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Teach-in on fracking planned Saturday, during Global Frackdown
Portland Tribune
Steve Law

Opponents of an oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” will hold events around the world on Oct. 11, including one in downtown Portland, at the third-annual Global Frackdown.   [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2014
Better get an attorney, community leaders advise property owners after meeting with ET Rover pipeline officials
The Ann Arbor News
Jiquanda Johnson

GENESEE COUNTY, MI - Property owners whose land may involve a controversial, proposed natural gas pipeline better get attorneys, some community leaders. That's their advice following their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7, with ET Rover company officials about the proposed project.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Under Pressure, Texas to Install Air Monitor in Heavily Fracked County
InsideClimate News
Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

Investigation by ICN and the Center for Public Integrity helped spur Karnes County commissioners to think seriously about fracking's toxic air emissions.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Edited fracking study shows Cuomo’s style
Capital New York
Jimmy Vielkind

ALBANY—To people embroiled in the debate over natural gas hydrofracking, Monday's revelation that the Cuomo administration edited and delated a federal geological study on fracking was further evidence of the administration putting politics before science. More broadly, it was the latest example of Andrew Cuomo being Andrew Cuomo.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Fracking still worrisome [Editorial]
Baltimore Sun


The development of natural gas supplies located deep in the rocky landscape of Western Maryland carries significant environmental risks, but there are regulations the state can impose that would reduce those dangers. The latest study of this issue — a draft report released last Friday by Maryland's Department of the Environment and Department of Natural Resources — takes a somewhat optimistic view of that circumstance, but isn't exactly a game-changer. The assessment looked at the various phases of the fracking process, from site preparation and drilling to production and finally, reclamation, and rated the potential risks involved from low to high. Most surprising was that the authors regarded the risk of water contamination as being "low" and at worst, "moderate." That would seem to contradict a University of Maryland study released just two months ago that concluded there was a "moderately high" likelihood of pollution from fracking, which involves the injection of pressurized water, sand and chemicals into wells to break up underground rock and release natural gas that is trapped within it. But that study, too, recommended ways the state could reduce that risk through regulations such as keeping fracking wells a healthy distance away from drinking water wells.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Report: Fracking study changed after intervention by NY State officials
Al Jazeera America
Amel Ahmed

A 2013 federal water study was edited to play down the negative effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” following a flurry of email exchanges between the authors and New York state officials, according to a report published this week by local political news website Capital New York. The study, conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), had examined naturally occurring methane in water wells across the gas-rich Southern Tier, a group of counties located on New York’s border with Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
EQT faces charges in 2012 spill at Tioga County drilling site
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Stephanie Ritenbaugh

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has filed a criminal complaint against Downtown-based EQT Corp. regarding an incident in 2012 in which flowback water leaked from a shale drilling site in Tioga County. Flowback is water containing sediment, metals and salt that returns to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. The attorney general’s office launched a criminal investigation on Sept. 22 based on a referral from the state Fish and Boat Commission, alleging that EQT allowed flowback water from a 6-million gallon impoundment at a well site in Tioga County to enter three waterways, according to the complaint. One of those waterways is an unnamed tributary of Rock Run, which is designated as a high quality, cold water fishery by the state Department of Environmental Protection and a Class A wild brook trout stream by the Fish and Boat Commission.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Will they drill Rolling Hills? Residents worry about plans in their Wyoming town
Billings Gazette
Benjamin Storrow

ROLLING HILLS — Orvie Stoneking was 65, retired from the railroad after 38 years, when the letter arrived. It bore the letterhead of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and informed Stoneking the land beneath his home was to be auctioned off in an oil and gas lease. Development could result in physical alterations to his property, the letter said, though it noted that land leased to oil companies is not always drilled. At first, Stoneking and his wife, Marcella, were confused. They wondered what anyone would want with their 5-acre plot. The couple live on a dirt drive in the community of Rolling Hills, which occupies a windswept plateau overlooking the North Platte River just north of Glenrock. They keep 20 chickens, six horses and two cows.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
New route for gas pipeline avoids Floyd County, passes through Roanoke County
Roanoke.com
Duncan Adams

EQT Corp. confirmed on Tuesday that a revised route for a proposed interstate natural gas transmission pipeline will exclude Floyd County, where stiff opposition to the project emerged months ago. Instead, as envisioned, a portion of the revised route will pass through Roanoke County on its way from West Virginia to another natural gas pipeline in Pittsylvania County.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Emergency Responders Train in Use of Foam
Observer Reporter
Kathie Warco

Fighting fires using foam is certainly nothing new. But with the increasing number of wells, tanks and compressor stations associated with the Marcellus Shale industry, learning how to use it is even more crucial for emergency responders. Firefighters and public safety personnel from Washington and Greene counties underwent a six-hour training course last month through the Region 13 Task Force, which includes counties as far north as Mercer and as far east as Somerset.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
‘Wild West’ Approach to Regulation in Bakken Shale Means Bomb Trains Continue to Roll
DeSmogBlog
JUSTIN MIKULKA

Prepare yourself for a rare moment of honesty from the oil industry. It happened on Sept. 23 at a hearing of the North Dakota Industrial Commission during a discussion on ways to make Bakken crude oil less flammable for transportation. “The flammable characteristics of our product are actually a big piece of why this product is so valuable. That is why we can make these very valuable products like gasoline and jet fuel,” said Tony Lucero of oil producer Enerplus.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
DEP seeks record fine against gas driller as AG files criminal charges
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

Pennsylvania regulators are seeking a record $4.5 million fine against EQT Corp. for a major leak from an impoundment pond in Tioga County, the Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday in a news release. The announcement comes one week after the state Attorney General’s office filed criminal charges against the company for the same incident. In May 2012, between 300 and 500 gallons of “flowback fluid” – the liquid the comes back out of the ground after a well has been fracked – seeped out of an impoundment pond at a well site in Duncan Township. Flowback contains high levels of salts, heavy metals and some naturally occurring radioactive materials.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Oil by rail or pipelines? A false choice.
The Hill
Lorne Stockman

As the debate around the Keystone pipeline and crude by rail in North America grows, perhaps you have gotten the impression that whether by rail or pipe, tar sands oil will make it to market. Nothing could be further from the truth. Tar sands crude-by-rail will not make up for missing pipeline capacity, and that is why stopping pipelines matters for keeping tar sands in the ground. Even industry and their allies face the facts when asked about crude by rail;  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Most back drill ban Poll finds wide support for state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Albany Most New Yorkers support the state's ongoing moratorium on natural gas hydrofracking, with people worried about potential damage to air and water widely outnumbering those who see added jobs and taxes as an economic boost, according to a poll released Monday by a prominent environmental group. Support for the moratorium, which will remain in place unless and until the state completes its six-year review of a potential environmental plan that could allow hydrofracking, was favored by a 79 to 17 percent margin, according to the poll done for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Opposition to ever opening up the state to hydrofracking ran 56 to 35 percent, nearly the identical findings for those who were not confident that the technique — which injects a high-pressure blend of water, chemicals and sand into underground gas-bearing rock — could be done safely.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Edited fracking study shows Cuomo’s style
Capital New York
Jimmy Vielkind

ALBANY—To people embroiled in the debate over natural gas hydrofracking, Monday's revelation that the Cuomo administration edited and delayed a federal geological study on fracking was further evidence of the administration putting politics before science. More broadly, it was the latest example of Andrew Cuomo being Andrew Cuomo.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Fracking still worrisome [Editorial]
The Baltimore Sun
Editorial

The development of natural gas supplies located deep in the rocky landscape of Western Maryland carries significant environmental risks, but there are regulations the state can impose that would reduce those dangers. The latest study of this issue — a draft report released last Friday by Maryland's Department of the Environment and Department of Natural Resources — takes a somewhat optimistic view of that circumstance, but isn't exactly a game-changer. The assessment looked at the various phases of the fracking process, from site preparation and drilling to production and finally, reclamation, and rated the potential risks involved from low to high. Most surprising was that the authors regarded the risk of water contamination as being "low" and at worst, "moderate." That would seem to contradict a University of Maryland study released just two months ago that concluded there was a "moderately high" likelihood of pollution from fracking, which involves the injection of pressurized water, sand and chemicals into wells to break up underground rock and release natural gas that is trapped within it. But that study, too, recommended ways the state could reduce that risk through regulations such as keeping fracking wells a healthy distance away from drinking water wells.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Naomi Klein: UK fracking trespass law flouts democratic rights
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

Ministers’ rewriting of the law to allow fracking to happen beneath people’s homes without their permission flouts basic democratic rights, according to Naomi Klein. The author and activist said that the UK government’s changes to trespass laws, to speed up the ability for shale gas companies to frack beneath landowners’ property, was energising resistance to fracking in Britain. “What is animating the anti-fracking movement? Yes, it’s water. It’s also a defence of democracy. The fact the government is colluding with energy companies to force the right to frack underneath people’s homes without their permission flies in the face of the most common-sense definition of democracy and self-definition,” she told an audience at a Guardian event in London on Monday.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Approval of Methane Storage Expansion near Seneca Lake Causes Concern
WETM
Kelly Hall

SENECA LAKE, N.Y (18 NEWS) -- Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Crestwood Midstream approval to begin construction of a methane gas storage facility expansion in salt caverns next to Seneca Lake. However, the approval has one local organization, Gas Free Seneca, in uproar. Co-founder of Gas Free Seneca, Joseph Campbell, said Crestwood Midstream's salt caverns are not meant for methane gas. "These caverns were never intended for pressurized gas storage. They were created as solution mining for salt,” said Campbell.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Fracking Development Pushing Farmer Out
wboy.com
Alex Hines

As you drive up to La Paix Herb Farm, the first thing you'd usually see is a sign that reads "peace" in several languages. Nowadays though, you'll first see a sign reading "for sale." Bonhage-Hale said she can't run an organic herb farm with fracking pads all around her, so she's decided it's time to leave. "Yes, it's not an easy decision, but I think it is a wise one if they're going to put all these fracking pads in Lewis County and elsewhere, and pipelines. I mean, it just goes on and on," said Bonhage-Hale. Other county residents are looking forward to the growth. Lewis County Economic Development Director Mike Herron said the oil and gas exploration in the county has the potential to add thousands of jobs in many different areas. "In the building of the pipelines, in the compressor facilities, and in the longer term, you're going to need people to continue to maintain and operate these facilities," Herron said. While that may make life better for many in the county, Bonhage-Hale said it will destroy her way of life at La Paix.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Connections: Cuomo's Fracking Water Study; History of Ithaca Radio
WXXI
Evan Dawson

In the first part of the show, we talk with Scott Waldman of Capital about his story on a fracking study commissioned by the Cuomo Administration. The study was meant to find the impact fracking had on the state's drinking water, but the spotlight is now on how administration officials had a hand in editing and delaying the study.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Ban federal fracking
The Hill
Wenonah Hauter Opinion

The request from Senate Democrats to the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) for the "strongest possible" fracking regulations (“Senate Dems call for ‘strongest possible’ fracking regs,” Sept. 20) is indeed disappointing. Public disclosure of chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic or toxic, will not prevent the poisoning of water resources. Nor does a “transparent and permanent database to document the chemicals” address the risks inherent in fracking on our precious public lands. While the rhetoric in the letter advocating for strong rules on “well constructions and integrity and wastewater management” sounds good, the impacts of fracking cannot be regulated. Beyond the fact that well casings often fail immediately, it is well documented that, over time, casings leak as the concrete degrades. Further, managing the millions of gallons of wastewater is a daunting and almost impossible task that is impossible to regulate effectively.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Senator ‘concerned’ about edited fracking report
Capital NY
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—State Senator Tony Avella says he's concerned about the Cuomo administration's handling of a key fracking study. Reacting to a Capital report on the administration's efforts to edit a federal study in a way that downplayed its characterization of potential environmental and health risks from fracking, Avella said that "science will determine the state's decision" on whether to lift a moratorium on the practice or institute a formal ban. Avella, a member of the Senate's Cuomo-backed Independent Democratic Conference, is one of the state's leading opponents of fracking.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
How Will Fracking Affect Your Homeowners Insurance?
Nerd Wallet
Alice Holbrook

The method of natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has caused controversy across the U.S. Advocates argue that it promises increased energy independence. For others, it means environmental catastrophe. In the ongoing debate, two things are for sure. The practice is responsible for much of the recent spike in natural gas production in the United States, and homeowners are often caught in the middle. Those who lease their land for drilling can see huge profits, but some reports suggest that these profits come with risk for both lessors and their neighbors – and who pays for these risks can be a complicated question.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Pennsylvania seeks record $4.5m fine on 'leaking' fracking waste site
The Guardian via AP


Pennsylvania environmental regulators are pursuing a record $4.5m fine against a gas driller over what they describe as a major case of pollution from a leaking waste pit. The Department of Environmental Protection announced on Tuesday that it is seeking the penalty against EQT Corp. The acting DEP secretary, Dana Aunkst, said EQT has been uncooperative during the investigation and “fails to recognise the ongoing environmental harm” from its leaking impoundment in Duncan Township, Tioga County. The Pittsburgh-based company says it dealt promptly with the leak and accuses state regulators of trying to grab headlines. EQT is suing the agency over its interpretation of Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
NEW POLL: 8 in 10 New Yorkers Support State’s Fracking Moratorium
NRDC
Press Release

NEW YORK (October 7, 2014) – A new statewide poll of New Yorkers found that nearly eight in 10 support the state’s moratorium on fracking, amidst widespread concern over the safety of the practice. At the same time, the overwhelming majority support more renewable energy development. “Across party lines—from the city to the country—New Yorkers have made it clear that they want a better future for this state than those that have been ravaged by the oil and gas industry,” said Kate Sinding, Director of the Community Defense Project. “People here know that fracking is a snake oil cure for economic woes, one that comes with steep costs—in the form of water pollution, air contamination, health issues and destroyed communities. Instead, we want to harness clean energy from the sun and the wind to power our homes, create more jobs and revive our economies for years to come.” The results come while there is already a de facto moratorium on fracking in New York, in order to give the state time to evaluate the environmental and public health risks the practice poses. This polling suggests New Yorkers are supportive of this approach, which has come under attack from the oil and gas industry and its political allies.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Scarred Landscapes: Striking Aerial Photos of Fracking in North Dakota
The Weather Channel
Michele Berger

North Dakota’s holds nearly four billion barrels of "undiscovered, technically recoverable oil," according to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey. When combined with nearby Three Forks Formation, that number almost doubles. Attempts to frack this untapped resource have change the land — maybe forever — and 35-year-old photographer Tristan Spinski aimed to capture that transformation in his series, "." "What struck me particularly was the scarring of the landscape," he told weather.com. "You’re looking at the ecological or environmental toll but you’re also looking at the cultural toll. It’s complicated." Spinski, a former newspaper photojournalist, had the chance to see this marred acreage from a unique vantage: thousands of feet in the air. The resulting aerial series reveals what happens when North Dakota land once used for agriculture becomes North Dakota land used in pursuit of oil. For Spinski, an assignment for a national magazine became much more.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Most back drill ban
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Most New Yorkers support the state's ongoing moratorium on natural gas hydrofracking, with people worried about potential damage to air and water widely outnumbering those who see added jobs and taxes as an economic boost, according to a poll released Monday by a prominent environmental group. Support for the moratorium, which will remain in place unless and until the state completes its six-year review of a potential environmental plan that could allow hydrofracking, was favored by a 79 to 17 percent margin, according to the poll done for the Natural Resources Defense Council.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Naomi Klein: UK fracking trespass law flouts democratic rights
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

Ministers’ rewriting of the law to allow fracking to happen beneath people’s homes without their permission flouts basic democratic rights, according to Naomi Klein. The author and activist said that the UK government’s changes to trespass laws, to speed up the ability for shale gas companies to frack beneath landowners’ property, was energising resistance to fracking in Britain. “What is animating the anti-fracking movement? Yes, it’s water. It’s also a defence of democracy. The fact the government is colluding with energy companies to force the right to frack underneath people’s homes without their permission flies in the face of the most common-sense definition of democracy and self-definition,” she told an audience at a Guardian event in London on Monday.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Study: Sand mining for fracking operations could impact region's water, air quality
Ellwood City Ledger
Suzanne Elliot

Sand mining operations hundreds of miles away in Minnesota and Wisconsin could affect water and air quality in western Pennsylvania, according to a recent report by the Civil Society Institute’s Boston Action Research, a Boston human rights advocacy group. What makes the findings of the report significant to the western Pennsylvania region is the sand itself. Frac sand, used in oil and natural gas drilling, is a high-purity quartz sand with very durable and very round grains, according to geology.com. It cannot be crushed.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Plan would limit fracking near western Md. lake
SF Gate via AP


OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — A proposed management plan for the Deep Creek watershed seeks to limit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas near Maryland's largest freshwater lake. The plan presented Tuesday to the Garrett County Commissioners would prohibit wellheads in more than 41,000 acres around Deep Creek Lake. The watershed comprises about 10 percent of the county. The commissioners accepted the plan but took no action on any of its proposals.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
More fracking means more sand
AAP


The white sand beaches in Pennsylvania are a mile underground, where salt water and fine mesh sand luxuriate in the fracks of the Marcellus Shale. The volume of frack sand used at each well to prop open newly created fissures and allow gas to flow to the wellbore has been on the rise over the past year. By some estimates, the increase has been dramatic. "Most customers are pumping as much as they can," said Iain McIntosh, vice president at Baker Hughes, a Texas-based oil and gas service firm that's contracted to hydraulically fracture wells for operators in shale plays, including the Marcellus that underlies much of Pennsylvania. Baker Hughes had seen the use of sand, or proppant, double, McIntosh said.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Groups on both sides raise $280,000 in city’s most expensive election
Denton Record-Chronicle
Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

The first round of campaign finance reports show the proposition against hydraulic fracturing inside the city is already the most expensive campaign in Denton’s history, with both sides vying for the right to call themselves “grass roots.”  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Fracking and the moment of truth on methane emissions
News Observer
Joe Nocera Opinion

the word is that the EPA and the White House are in the process of deciding what tack to take in reducing methane emissions (although any announcement will probably have to wait until after the November elections). If the administration takes the right course, methane emissions could likely be reduced by 40 percent or 50 percent over the next five years – enough to make natural gas a genuinely cleaner alternative to coal and a critical component in reducing greenhouse gasses. But if it doesn’t – if the government decides to back away from regulation, or allow industry to reduce emissions voluntarily – then the promise of natural gas as a cleaner fuel could well go unrealized.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Study: Renewables As Green As You’d Expect
Climate Central
Bobby Magill

A lot of metals go into making solar cells and wind turbines, raw materials such as copper, iron, rare earth metals such as indium and others and that involve a lot of greenhouse gases and other pollution when they’re mined and processed to make parts for renewable power generators. So just how green are these sources of low-carbon renewable electricity? Pretty green, it turns out.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater
DeSmogBlog
Mike G

After California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPA ordered a report within 60 days. It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants into aquifers protected by state law and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
DEP seeks $4.5 million record fine against EQT for impoundment leak
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Katelyn Ferral

State regulators are aiming to levy a record fine against another shale gas company for leaks in its wastewater ponds. Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday that it has filed a civil complaint, seeking to fine Pittsburgh-based EQT Production Co. a record $4.5 million for a 2012 impoundment leak in Tioga County. If the state Environmental Hearing Board approves the fine, it would be the largest given to a shale gas driller in the state.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Wisconsin county shuts down frac-sand operation 'running wild'
Star Tribune
Tony Kennedy

A Wisconsin frac-sand mine that was “running wild” and dumping polluted wastewater into an unlined pond against regulations has been shut down by Trempealeau County. The Guza Pit, four miles south of Independence, Wis., had been operating without a permit and was shut down Monday with a “stop-work” order from county regulators. It could face fines when the situation is sorted out, said Kevin Lien, who heads the county’s zoning office.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
One Key to Exports: Liquid Gas
The New York Times
CONRAD DE AENLLE

New methods of producing natural gas are expected to turn the United States from an importer into a large exporter in less than a decade, assuming that the gas can be exported in sufficient quantities cheaply enough to compete on world markets. That is likely to happen, industry authorities say, because the technology for liquefying gas — essential for taking it across oceans — also continues to improve, making the process more economically efficient and environmentally safer. With exports virtually nil now, the Energy Department forecasts shipments abroad of liquefied natural gas equivalent to two trillion cubic feet by 2020, roughly 7 percent of expected domestic production. Target markets would be Western Europe and Asia, where gas costs more to produce.  [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2014
Fracking Development Pushing Farmer Out
WBOY
Alex Hines

As you drive up to La Paix Herb Farm, the first thing you'd usually see is a sign that reads "peace" in several languages. Nowadays though, you'll first see a sign reading "for sale." Bonhage-Hale said she can't run an organic herb farm with fracking pads all around her, so she's decided it's time to leave.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Documents reveal Halliburton fracking proposal at Collier-Hogan oil well, shed new light on drilling
Naples News
June Fletcher

NAPLES, Fla. - Although the company has long denied it fracked the controversial Collier-Hogan well, newly released documents show the Dan A. Hughes Co. received a “hydraulic fracture” proposal last October from the Halliburton Co. The proposal is very similar to a controversial “acid stimulation” technique that a different company, Baker Hughes, proposed in December and eventually performed for Hughes at year’s end. The Dan A. Hughes Co. confirmed Monday that Baker Hughes, an unrelated oil field services company, also used a different acid technique to increase production at the well in October.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Methane emissions rise 135 percent on federal lands: Report
Washington Examiner
Zack Colman

Methane emissions from fracking on federal lands more than doubled between 2008 and 2013, according to a report by left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress. The report drew from Interior Department data to show that emissions of the potent but short-lived greenhouse gas rose 135 percent over the period. Much of the emissions were attributed to "venting" and "flaring" — meaning igniting excess natural gas produced at hydraulic fracturing sites. Methane is believed to trap heat at a rate 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. Scientists say such greenhouse gases exacerbate climate change.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Reports on crude oil shipments in Pennsylvania to be made public
Pittsburgh Business Times
Patty Tascarella

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has ordered the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to release disclosures from railroads about crude oil shipments but it’s not clear when the public will see the reports, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. PEMA, which signed confidentiality agreements with Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and CSX Transportation, said it wouldn’t appeal the order but hasn’t determined when the reports will be released to the public and both railroads said they were reviewing the decision, according to the article.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Endangered species in Eagle Ford Shale gets help from UT group
fuel fix
Jennifer HIller

Few people have heard of the spot-tailed earless lizard, once common in South Texas. But the rare lizard’s likely habitat includes large swaths of the Eagle Ford Shale, the prolific oil and gas field south of San Antonio. A 2010 petition by an environmental group to list the spot-tailed earless lizard as a federally protected species is hanging in limbo. “Basically the proverbial you-know-what is going to hit the fan if they propose to list it,” said Melinda Taylor, executive director of the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. U.S. Fish and Wildlife in 2011 said there was substantial information that listing the spot-tailed earless lizard as endangered or threatened may be warranted. It’s the first step in what can be a years-long process to list a species – but it doesn’t mean that the lizard ultimately will receive any kind of listing to try to ensure it’s survival.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
New York’s Carbon Cutting Plan Is Ambitious, but the Devil’s in the Details - See more at:
Politics
Peter Rugh

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has outlined what many consider an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas output, raising hopes that New York could lead the way for other cities to take significant steps to cut emissions. Reviews for the plan, which entails cutting emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2050, have been mostly positive from environmentalists and real-estate magnates alike. But, observers say, its success or failure largely rests on how it is implemented.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Environmental groups call for BLM to create comprehensive leasing plan
Daily Times
Erny Zah

CHACO CANYO — A group of environmentalists are calling for the Bureau of Land Management to compose a comprehensive leasing plan for the lower San Juan Basin in areas near Chaco Canyon National Historic Park. "We're not against oil and gas drilling, but it has to be done properly," said Bruce Gordon, president of EcoFLight, during a flight over the park and its surroundings on Monday morning. The Partnership for Responsible Business and the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce organized the flyover tour that included one tribal leader and a handful of journalists.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Billion-dollar windfall or job-killer? Candidates for governor still at odds over gas tax
Watchdog.org
Rachel Martin

PITTSBURGH — The gubernatorial election finally could help settle a longstanding question about natural gas drilling and taxes in Pennsylvania. The debate over whether the state should levy a severance tax has dogged Gov. Tom Corbett throughout his term. During his 2010 campaign, he had pledged not to raise taxes, but managed a workaround through a per-well impact-fee system that went into effect in 2012. Now, Democratic challenger Tom Wolf prominently features a severance tax in his “Fresh Start” campaign, pledging to spend the potential billion dollars a year on perceived education budget shortfalls, among other things.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
High Court Won't Revive $17M Award In Houston Land Case
LAW360
Jeremy Heallen

Law360, Houston (October 06, 2014, 5:32 PM ET) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate a landowner group's $17 million judgment against the city of Houston that was tossed after a state appeals court found that environmental concerns justified restrictions against oil and gas development near Lake Houston. The high court refused to hear Trail Enterprises Inc.'s complaint that the Fourteenth District Court of Appeals ignored constitutional protections against governmental "takings" of private property when it ruled that the need to protect the lake as a source of drinking water insulated the...  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
‘Moment of Truth’ on Emissions
New York Times
Joe Nocera Opinion

In March, the Obama administration issued a white paper as part of its Climate Action Plan entitled “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.” A big part of the strategy was built around cutting down on the methane emissions that result from oil and gas production, particularly the hydraulic fracturing method of extracting natural gas from the ground — a.k.a., fracking. In the white paper, the administration said that the Environmental Protection Agency would decide by the fall how best to go about it.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
One Further Step Towards UK Shale: Government Provides Underground Drilling Access for Developers
National law Review


The existing UK legal framework dictates that mineral rights to petroleum belong to the Crown, with the Government issuing licences to operators to permit them to exploit those petroleum rights. However, subject to those mineral rights in favour of the Crown, owners of freehold land have rights over their land both at surface level and down to the centre of the earth. This means that after receiving a licence from the Government, an operator must also obtain the landowner’s permission in order to have access to and operate under privately owned land. If an operator fails to obtain such permission it will be committing a trespass. Operators must therefore negotiate with individual landowners to secure underground access (usually in return for a payment). These negotiations can be protracted and there is currently no standardised approach.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Senate Committee Puts Two Bad Environmental Bills On Agenda For Monday
PA Environment Digest


The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, October 6 to consider two bad environmental bills-- House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) eliminating the nearly 4 year old requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value streams and House Bill 2354 (Snyder-D-Fayette) which authorizes one House of the General Assembly to veto any greenhouse gas emission reduction plan required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Former DEP Secretary Urges Senators To Oppose Anti-Stream Buffer Bill
PA Environment Digest


David E. Hess, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary under Governors Ridge and Schweiker, wrote to all members of the Senate Tuesday urging them to oppose House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R- Northampton) eliminating the nearly 4 year old requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value streams if it comes up for a vote in the five remaining days of legislative session.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
DEP Citizens Advisory Council Urges Senate To Pass Water Well Standards Bill
PA Environment Digest


The DEP Citizens Advisory Council wrote to members of the Senate Friday urging them to pass House Bill 343 (Miller-R-York) which would set standards for the construction and abandonment of private water wells. The Council has a diverse membership of 18 individuals appointed by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
DEP Proposes Changes To Oil & Gas Program Enforcement Policy, Spill Reporting
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of draft technical guidance for public comment in the October 4 PA Bulletin changing the policy for identifying, tracking and resolving oil and gas violations and for coordinating immediate responses and final remediation of spills and releases of substances into soils. Comments are due on the proposed changes by November 3.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing On Fracking-Related Health Complaints
PA Environment Digest


The Senate Democratic Policy Committee Wednesday held a hearing in Wilkes-Barre on ways state government can improve how it tracks, monitors and responds to public health complaints related to gas drilling. The discussion was held at Kings College at the request of Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. It featured senate lawmakers and a panel of officials representing government, academic and environmental/health advocates.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Cuomo administration edited and delayed key fracking study
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—A federal water study commissioned by the Cuomo administration as it weighed a key decision on fracking was edited and delayed by state officials before it was published, a Capital review has found. The study, originally commissioned by the state in 2011, when the administration was reportedly considering approving fracking on a limited basis, was going to result in a number of politically inconvenient conclusions for Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to an early draft of the report by the U.S. Geological Survey obtained by Capital through a Freedom of Information Act request.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Government fracking consultation was a ‘sham’
Midhurst and Petworth Observer


ANTI-FRACKING campaigners have branded government consultation on its plans to change the trespass law so companies can drill under people’s land as ‘a sham’. The announcement was made by the department for energy and climate change on Friday. It said despite the overwhelming response to its consultation – more than 40,000 replies – it was going ahead with proposals to remove people’s rights to object to fracking beneath their properties.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Methane pollution from federal lands rising, oil boom to blame
Fuel Fix
Jennifer A. Diouhy

WASHINGTON — Methane emissions from oil and gas wells on federal lands and waters jumped 135 percent between 2008 and 2013, a new analysis shows, driven by a drilling boom in New Mexico and North Dakota that has outpaced the buildout of new pipelines and processing centers. The study, completed by Stratus Consulting for The Wilderness Society and the Center for American Progress, documented the uptick in methane being vented or burned as waste from wells on public lands and waters using data from the Interior Department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
DEP to DePasquale: Problems are already addressed
Scranton Times-Tribune
Elizabeth Skrapits

WILKES-BARRE — State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is outspoken in his belief that when it comes to dealing with water contamination issues, the state Department of Environmental Protection needs to get its act together. During a public hearing on tracking and reporting natural gas drilling-related health complaints in front of the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee at King’s College on Wednesday, Mr. DePasquale criticized DEP for what he said was its inability to efficiently respond to residents’ reporting of potential impacts from natural gas development.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Duke researchers explore potential dangers of fracking
Duke Chronicle
Neelesh Moorthy

With North Carolina's ban on fracking set to expire next year, Duke researchers are looking into the potential dangers of the technique.What do you think? Over the last several years, hydraulic fracturing—better known as fracking—has increased the potential to produce domestic oil and gas. The process uses high pressure water and horizontal drilling to break up shale beneath the ground and bring up natural gas. But Duke researchers have explored potential risks of the process, with their work becoming increasingly important as North Carolina holds public hearings on fracking and seeks to begin fracking tests in the fall. What do you think?   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
How California Can Kick Fossil Fuels by 2050
Next City
Rachel Dovey

From Berkeley in the ‘60s to Silicon Valley today, California has long been known for its blissful utopians. Stanford professor Mark Jacobson’s recent study — outlining how the state can become completely renewable by 2050 — could easily be dismissed as just another California dream. After all, with car-centric infrastructure, a lobby-powered Sacramento and oceans of oil hidden deep in the Monterey Shale, the Golden State’s nickname often seems far too literal.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
With the Boom in Oil and Gas, Pipelines Proliferate in the U.S.
Environment 360
Peter Moskowitz

The rise of U.S. oil and gas production has spurred a dramatic expansion of the nation's pipeline infrastructure. As the lines reach into new communities and affect more property owners, concerns over the environmental impacts are growing.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Testimony: Obsolete tests tainted shale analysis
Power Source
Don Hopey

State regulators did not consider available water chemistry test results and had limited knowledge of past spills and leaks at Range Resources’ Yeager Farm shale gas development site in Washington County before deciding the operation did not contaminate the nearby private water supply of Loren Kiskadden, according to testimony last week in the ongoing case before the state Environmental Hearing Board in Pittsburgh.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Fracking figures into WNC Senate race
Citizen-Times
Jon Ostendorff

WAYNESVILLE – A controversial natural gas extraction process that might never be used in Western North Carolina is becoming a big part of a mountain Senate race. Democrat Jane Hipps of Waynesville has blasted incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Davis of Franklin for his support of hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Report: New York Governor’s Office Altered And Delayed Fracking Study
Climate Progress
Katie Valentine

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration edited and delayed a fracking study commissioned by the state, according to a review by Capital New York. The New York news outlet reported Monday that the Cuomo administration had altered a report on the natural gas extraction technique commonly referred to as fracking. The report was commissioned in 2011 and was “going to result in a number of politically inconvenient conclusions” for the governor. A comparison of the original draft of the report, which was put together by the U.S. Geological Survey, and the final version, showed that some of the original descriptions and mentions of fracking-related health and environmental risks were “played down or removed.”   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Climate change, Obama, and methane
The Hill
Robert W. Howarth

President Obama’s carbon plan announced this summer finally moves the United States to take much needed steps toward reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, but unfortunately the plan largely ignores the low-hanging fruit to slow the rate of global warming: reducing emissions of methane, another type of carbon. The president’s focus on carbon dioxide is perhaps no surprise, given the environmental community’s decades-long emphasis on this as the most important greenhouse gas. But rapid advancements in the scientific understanding of the role of methane as a driver of global warming strongly show the danger of tunnel vision on carbon dioxide.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
How Fracking Just Got Worse for Your Health
EcoWatch
Jennifer Sass

And, cumene isn’t the only health hazard associated with fracking. Diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOx), road dust, BTEX chemicals (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) are all potential pollutants associated with fracking that pose health risks. Benzene is also a known carcinogen listed by the Report on Carcinogens (you can search the RoC for chemicals linked to cancer here), VOCs and NOx contribute to the formation of regional ozone which causes smog and is very harmful to the respiratory system. Particulate matter can cause respiratory problems including coughing, airway inflammation and worsening of existing respiratory illnesses such as asthma and COPD, and premature death.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Gov. Cuomo’s Office Tilts Study to Downplay Fracking Risks
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

A federal study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), commissioned by New York state to assess the impact of fracking on well water, was edited and delayed by state officials when they found some of its conclusions apparently not to their liking, according to Capital New York, which covers state politics.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Rob Astorino to tour gas fields amid fracking debate
New York Post
Fredric U. Dicker

Republican gubernatorial contender Rob Astorino, who has vowed to approve fracking in upstate New York state’s gas-rich Southern Tier, yesterday accepted an offer of a pre-election tour of the gas fields of Pennsylvania — and challenged Gov. Cuomo to do the same.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
City council works to reinstate fracking ban in Fort Collins
Collegian Central
Danny Bishop

The issue of hydraulic fracturing continues to cause legal tension between Fort Collins, the state of Colorado and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Fort Collins City Council recently voted to appeal a District Court decision that allowed fracking in Fort Collins and work to reinstate the fracking ban.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Fracking ban bill is badly flawed, environmental coalition says
CTV
Canadian Press

HALIFAX -- A coalition of environmental groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia says legislation that would ban the practice is seriously flawed. The group had initially applauded the province's Liberal government when it announced a renewed moratorium last month through amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
British Farmers Fear Financial Loss From Fracking Beneath Their Land: Reports
Ria Novosti


MOSCOW, October 6 (RIA Novosti) – British farmers fear that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is occurring beneath their land could bring them financial loss, as land values could fall and stores could stop buying produce grown above fracking sites, The Telegraph reported Monday. British farmers, who initially saw fracking as an opportunity to make money, are now "broadly concerned," Dr. Jonathan Scurlock, National Farmers Union (NFU) chief renewable energy and climate change adviser, said Monday, The Telegraph reported.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Colorado State University researchers study nanoparticles that could trace fracking chemicals and advance oil recovery
Collegian Central
Jessica Golden

Colorado State University researchers are studying the movement of underground nanoparticles that have the potential to reveal fracking chemicals in the ground and help find reservoirs of untapped oil. Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Merchandising Vivian Li and Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences William Sanford research the movement of these nanoparticles in an effort to follow the flow of fracking fluids.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Two most controversial groundwater issues – fracking, Kern Water Bank
The Fresno Bee
Mark Grossi

If you follow water lawsuits in the southern San Joaquin Valley, you will find the two biggest controversies in California’s groundwater world – hydraulic fracturing and the Kern Water Bank.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Anglican Church divests from fossil fuels, calls for fracking scrutiny in WA
ABC News
Jacob Kagi & Katrina Alarkon

The Anglican Diocese of Perth has decided to divest itself of fossil fuel investments over what it says is a responsibility to act on climate change. The diocese made the decision at its annual synod over the weekend and now plans to put funds into renewable energy investments.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
ExxonMobil Comes Clean On Fracking Risks — Not
Clean Technica
Tina Casey

For whatever reason, lately it looks like drilling companies have been stumbling all over each other in a rush to disclose fracking risks and other formerly secretive aspects of the drilling industry. ExxonMobil issued a major new report to its shareholders on September 30, Andarko and EOG hopped on the bandwagon with a financial risk commitment to their shareholders last Friday, and Baker Hughes earlier pledged to disclose the secret sauce in its fracking fluid.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
In Fracking's Wake: Vast Open Pits of Chemical Sludge - MULTIMEDIA
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer & Zahra Hirji

Big Oil + Bad Air is an 18-month investigation by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity. The latest installment tackles a little-covered issue: air emissions from the waste that America's drilling boom has created.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Farmers fear fracking could spell financial ruin
Telgraph
Emily Gosden

Farmers fear they could face financial ruin from government plans to allow fracking beneath their land without compensation, the National Farmers' Union has warned. Ministers pushing for shale gas exploration cannot take the support of rural communities for granted and are turning farmers against the process by appearing to brush side their concerns, it warned.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
Western Australian council concerned about water contamination by fracking
Shale energy
Saleha Riaz

The Conservation Council of Western Australia has released a map produced by the WA Water Corporation revealing that gas fracking titles and acreage releases have been issued over a quarter of the state’s drinking water reserves. Conservation Council Director Piers Verstegen said “Gas fracking is one of the most toxic and polluting industries on the planet, and certainly not something we should be allowing anywhere near our precious drinking water reserves.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
How Oil & Gas Waste Became Exempt From Federal Regulation: A Timeline
InsideClimate News
Zahra Hirji and Paul Horn

In the small town of Nordheim, Texas, residents are trying to stop a commercial oil and gas waste facility proposed for a large plot of land less than a mile away. They worry that the Texas wind will carry toxic air emissions into the town and across the campus of the local school. The residents' effort is hampered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision in 1988 to classify most oil and gas waste as "non hazardous," even though it contains chemicals, including benzene, that are known to cause health problems. The industry lobbied hard for the non-hazardous classification, arguing that the cost of treating the waste as hazardous would be exorbitant.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
How Oil & Gas Waste Became Exempt From Federal Regulation: A Timeline
InsideClimate News
Zahra Hirji and Paul Horn

In the small town of Nordheim, Texas, residents are trying to stop a commercial oil and gas waste facility proposed for a large plot of land less than a mile away. They worry that the Texas wind will carry toxic air emissions into the town and across the campus of the local school. The residents' effort is hampered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision in 1988 to classify most oil and gas waste as "non hazardous," even though it contains chemicals, including benzene, that are known to cause health problems. The industry lobbied hard for the non-hazardous classification, arguing that the cost of treating the waste as hazardous would be exorbitant.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2014
U of I researcher informs supervisors about frac-sand impact
Decorah Newspapers
Sarah Strandberg

Scientists have known for centuries crystalline silica is a carcinogen, according to Dr. Peter Thorne. The head of the University of Iowa’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Health was in Decorah making a presentation at the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors’ meeting last week. The University is currently conducting an Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC) project on the impacts of proppant sand mining. Crystalline silica “proppant” sand is used to extract natural gas from deep shale deposits. Fissures are held open by the sand injected with fracking fluid. While there are currently no hydraulic fracturing operations in Iowa, mining operations are moving to the Upper Mississippi River Valley where frac-sand mines have “exploded,” Thorne said.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
Utica Boosts U.S. Natural Gas Production To Record Levels
Oil Price
Chris Pedersen

The Utica shale formation has consistently been overshadowed by the Marcellus shale formation, which lies above it. But it is time the Utica started receiving some real attention for the incredible growth that has taken place over the last two to three years.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
Energy Quote of the Day: 'Supply is not the Problem, We Need Good Infrastructure'
Energy Collective
Jared Anderson

The dramatic shift in US energy supply-demand dynamics over the past several years is impacting markets and physical commodity flows in what seems like unlimited ways, with misaligned infrastructure being one of the most pronounced. LNG import terminals retooled for liquefaction; millions of barrels of oil transported via rail; refineries configured to process heavy, sour imported crude overwhelmed by domestic light hydrocarbons and directional changes along many pipelines are just a few examples.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
Oil-field health studies continue but answers are still lacking
Denver Post
Nancy Lofholm

Dozens of studies have looked for a link between those problems and drilling. One of those studies, done partly in the Mobaldis' old neighborhood nearly five years ago, found enough emissions in the air to potentially cause illnesses. But, before that link could be strengthened by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, the oil and gas industry complained about the quality of the research. County commissioners dropped the study contract.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
What Could the West Virginia Plan to Frack Under the Ohio River Mean for Kentucky?
WFPL
Erica Peterson

West Virginia is accepting bids on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (or “fracking”) beneath the Ohio River. The move would provide the state with much-needed revenue, but environmental and citizen groups are concerned about the possible contamination of drinking water for millions of people. Louisville is one of the communities downriver that uses the river for drinking water.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
A Fracking Good Letter
Scoop
Walter Brasch

The oil and gas industry has retreated from its entrenched position to have the public delete the “k” in “fracking,” and write it as “frac’ing” or “fracing.” Those who have been the strongest advocates for fracking scorned and mocked those who place the “k” in the word. The problem is that without the “k,” the word sounds like “frasing.” However, the first use of the word “fracking” can be traced to an oil and gas journal article in 1953.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
Fracking exploration permits over WA groundwater reserves concern Conservation Council
ABC News
Kathryn Diss

Conservationists say they are alarmed by the number of onshore gas exploration permits which have been granted over water reserves in Western Australia. The Conservation Council has obtained a Water Corporation map which reveals a quarter of WA's water reserves are now covered by exploration permits for unconventional gases.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
FERC Approves Methane Storage Project in Finger Lakes Region of New York
EcoWatch
Peter Mantius

Brushing aside warnings of dangerous geological risk, federal regulators say construction can start immediately on a methane gas storage project next to Seneca Lake that has galvanized opposition from wine and tourism businesses across the Finger Lakes in upstate New York.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
N.Y. governor's race turns on view of economy
The Journal News
Joseph Spector

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo sees a New York economy on the rise. New York has gained 500,000 jobs since he took office in 2011, the unemployment rate is the lowest in five years and upstate unemployment had its sharpest one-year drop in state history earlier this year.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2014
Water is the new oil: How corporations took over a basic human right
Salon
Lindsay Abrams

When you talk about human rights, not to mention human necessities, there’s not much more fundamental than water. The United Nations has even put it in writing: it formally “recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” That’s the theory, at least. In practice? Well, on Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes arrived at a different conclusion from that of the U.N., in a ruling on Detroit’s hotly contested practice of cutting off water access to tens of thousands of residents who can’t pay their bills. “It cannot be doubted that water is a necessary ingredient to sustaining life,” Rhodes conceded. Yet there is not, he continued, “an enforceable right to free and affordable water.” Water, in the eyes of the court, is apparently a luxury. While it’s shocking to watch a city deny the rights of its own citizens, that’s nothing compared to what could happen if private water companies are allowed to take over. In “The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos,” Karen Piper details the litany of examples worldwide of this very thing happening. In a classic example of the shock doctrine, Piper argues, water shortages are being seen as a business opportunity for multinational corporations. Their mantra: “No money, no water.” By 2025, it’s predicted they’ll be serving 21 percent of the world’s population.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2014
Proposed 105-mile PennEast pipeline rattles residents
The Morning Call
Scott Kraus and Jacqueline Palochko

Ned and Linda Heindel moved into their stone farmhouse in Williams Township 47 years ago. They have no children, but over the decades the two college professors have lovingly acquired and preserved 128 acres of forest, bogs and meadows surrounding their Hexenkopf Road homestead. Those hilly acres are sacred to the Heindels and are home to wild azalea, vernal freshwater springs and even the occasional black bear. They include Hexenkopf Rock, a ridge of exposed Precambrian stone whose name means witch's head and is the subject of spooky local legend.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2014
A Fracking Good Letter
Daily Kos
Walter Brasch

The oil and gas industry has retreated from its entrenched position to have the public delete the “k” in “fracking,” and write it as “frac’ing” or “fracing.” Those who have been the strongest advocates for fracking scorned and mocked those who place the “k” in the word. The problem is that without the “k,” the word sounds like “frasing.” However, the first use of the word “fracking” can be traced to an oil and gas journal article in 1953. As hydraulic horizontal fracturing became a standard to extract gas and oil about 2008, anti-fracking activists began using the word—with the “k”—in advertising, social media, and public protest campaigns that slyly bordered on the obscene—“Frack off!” and “No Fracking Way!” The oil and gas industry, faced with being the brunt of a series of near-obscene jokes, dug in and demanded that “unconventional drilling” or just “horizontal fracturing” were the “proper” terms. But, if “fracking” had to be used in print, the preference was for “frac’ing” or “fracing.” Most dictionaries—including the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster—use the word “fracking”–with the “k”—as the preferred and acceptable term. In September, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), a front group for the oil and gas industry became proactive with a series of newspaper, radio, TV, and YouTube ads. The ads, scheduled to run through the beginning of 2015, were revealed at the annual Shale Insight conference, sponsored by the MSC in Pittsburgh.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2014
The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever
NY Times
Nathaniel Rich

n Louisiana, the most common way to visualize the state’s existential crisis is through the metaphor of football fields. The formulation, repeated in nearly every local newspaper article about the subject, goes like this: Each hour, Louisiana loses about a football field’s worth of land. Each day, the state loses nearly the accumulated acreage of every football stadium in the N.F.L. Were this rate of land loss applied to New York, Central Park would disappear in a month. Manhattan would vanish within a year and a half. The last of Brooklyn would dissolve four years later. New Yorkers would notice this kind of land loss. The world would notice this kind of land loss. But the hemorrhaging of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands has gone largely unremarked upon beyond state borders. This is surprising, because the wetlands, apart from their unique ecological significance and astounding beauty, buffer the impact of hurricanes that threaten not just New Orleans but also the port of South Louisiana, the nation’s largest; just under 10 percent of the country’s oil reserves; a quarter of its natural-gas supply; a fifth of its oil-refining capacity; and the gateway to its internal waterway system.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2014
An Industry You’ve Never Heard Of Is Trying To Cut Over $1.8 Billion In Wasted Natural Gas
ThinkProgress
Ryan Koronowski

Can a little-known, fledgling industry make the oil and gas industry more efficient and a little less dangerous to the climate by tackling methane leakage? A new report offers a close look at the “methane mitigation industry.” The fracking boom has allowed natural gas to seriously threaten — and in many cases supplant — the dominance coal-fired power generation has held over America’s electric grid. Many people who care about climate change and air pollution have cheered this development because when burned, natural gas gives off less pollution, including carbon dioxide, than coal does. There are two problems with this narrative. The first is that burning more natural gas does not help the climate picture if it replaces low-carbon, renewable energy that would otherwise be deployed. The second is that methane, the principal component of natural gas, is 86 times better at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide is. And not all extracted methane arrives at its intended destination on the consumer end. A not-insignificant amount is emitted at the wellhead, or while being stored and distributed — seeping past inadequate valves, leaking out of pipelines. The natural gas system is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the U.S., and those emissions are expected to grow. That’s bad news for a livable climate. So what can the industry do right now to stop it? The new report, prepared for the Environmental Defense Fund by Datu Research, takes a deep look at the “new and rapidly emerging methane mitigation industry.”  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2014
Natural gas pipeline capacity seen as factor in rising energy costs
Taunton Gazette
Gerry Tuoti

As New England has become increasingly dependent on natural gas, pipeline capacity hasn’t kept pace, according to industry analysts. When the pipes aren’t big enough to carry enough gas to meet the demand, the price of energy can spike, as it did last winter.  [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Colchester County man blames natural gas storage development for his dry well
Nova News Now
Harry Sullivan

TC MEDIA - Living on his “paradise,” rural retirement property in Colchester County, John Veres says he could barely wait to greet each new day. Now, however, because of water issues he is experiencing for the first time in 32 years, Veres said it’s all he can do each morning just to crawl out of bed. “This was my dream home, my retirement home. I retired from the navy 32 years ago and this was my paradise,” Veres said Oct. 2, while discussing his concerns over problems he said he is having with Alton Natural Gas Storage (ANGS), a company that is planning to create underground storage caverns for natural gas.  [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Ebola outbreak stops ExxonMobil drilling in Liberia
Natural Gas Daily


The ebola outbreak has affected ExxonMobil’s oil and gas operations in West Africa, the company’s Chief Executive Rex Tillerson told a news conference in Houston on Thursday. The US supermajor has halted drilling in oil blocks offshore Liberia – the country worst affected by the spread of the disease – and has stopped all but essential travel to Nigeria, Reuters reported.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
2 Reasons China's Surging Natural Gas Industry Could Be Worse Than Burning Coal
The Motley Fool
Reuben Brewer

On the surface, China making a shift from coal to natural gas makes complete sense. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency explains why: "Compared to the average air emissions from coal-fired generation, natural gas produces half as much carbon dioxide, less than a third as much nitrogen oxides, and one percent as much sulfur oxides at the power plant." The benefits of shifting industrial customers to gas would be similar. (Source: SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE, via Wikimedia Commons) That sounds like a big win all around. Coal makes up around 70% of China's energy pie, providing cheap power to a growing nation. But the side effect that burning this dirty fossil fuel has had on the environment is, literally, suffocating. China is now the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world.  [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Poll: Voter Familiarity With Fracking
The Morning Call
MICHAEL RAMLET

Morning Consult’s energy poll finds that a majority of voters are familiar with fracking and believe it should be regulated by a government body. Further, a plurality of voters believe fracking is unsafe for the environment. This poll was conducted from September 21-23, 2014, among a national sample of 1,673 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. You can see the full results here.  [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Who Killed the Vote on Fracking and Squashed Democracy?
EcoWatch
Joel Dyer, Matt Cortina & Elizabeth Miller

At first glance, determining who to blame for the fact that Colorado voters will not get their chance to decide for themselves who controls oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in their neighborhoods seems simple enough. On Monday, Aug. 4, as the result of a political compromise with Colorado’s Democratic Governor, John Hickenlooper, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder) agreed to withdraw his support for the citizen initiative process that could have placed two anti-drilling/fracking initiatives (Amendments 88 and 89) on the November ballot. The initiatives, which had each garnered well in excess of the 86,105 signatures needed to be placed on the ballot (provided the signatures held up), would have amended the state constitution to give more control over drilling and fracking to local communities and/or establish a 2,000-foot setback from occupied structures for oil and gas drilling operations.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
FERC Approves NY Methane Storage Project
DC Bureau
Peter Mantius

Brushing aside warnings of dangerous geological risk, federal regulators say construction can start immediately on a methane gas storage project next to Seneca Lake that has galvanized opposition from wine and tourism businesses across the Finger Lakes in upstate New York.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Why the oil majors are backing away from renewable energy
E & E Newswire
David Ferris and Nathanial Gronewold

Chevron Corp.'s new solar and geothermal business seemed to be having a great year. In January, after just one year in operation, it had established projects with returns of 15 to 20 percent and had plans to build several geothermal plants in Europe. Then Chevron changed its mind. In a series of transactions, it sold off the unit, as well as others that do smaller solar installations and energy efficiency upgrades, and canceled a pair of giant solar farms in Hawaii, according to reports from Bloomberg Businessweek. With that, the oil majors have beaten a near-final retreat from solar power.  [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Industry's Appalachian woes go beyond gas, EPA rules
E & E Newswire
Manuel Quiñones

Last week Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the largest coal mining companies in the United States, announced it was laying off roughly 250 workers. The company had telegraphed most of the cuts in previous weeks and said hundreds more could be on the horizon. Such announcements have become commonplace in the nation's coal-producing communities, particularly within the Central Appalachian Basin, which has felt the brunt of the fuel's U.S. downturn in recent years. Coal mining has shed more than 7,000 workers since mid-2011 in eastern Kentucky alone.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Fighting denial: All just a little bit of history repeating Opinion: Activists crow that they're chipping away at corporate support of climate science denial. But it's all happened before.
The Daily Climate


People who follow climate change issues closely know the story, and know the players: Activists, led by groups like Forecast the Facts and stoked with rage over industry-backed groups pushing climate denial, launch a successful pressure campaign to drive the industry donors away. We've been here before. In the late 1990's, the Global Climate Coalition catalyzed widespread resistance to action on climate change. This is the scenario playing out today, as titans of Silicon Valley part ways with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Within a 24-hour period last month, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo all announced they would quit their memberships in the controversial group, which tees up model state-level legislation favoring a spectrum of libertarian/conservative causes.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Proposed Registry to Track, Respond to Fracking-Related Health Complaints
WESA NPR Pittsburgh
Kevin Gavin

In 2011 the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission recommended a registry to collect health data from people living nearing fracking operations. Three years later that registry has yet to be created, and a state Senate panel says such a database is an important step toward tracking and responding to public health complaints related to gas drilling. State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) says individual health studies are fine, but the state needs to develop data that covers all parts of the commonwealth.  [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Anadarko, EOG Strike Deal With New York AG on Fracking
Bloomberg
Sophia Pearson and Christie Smythe

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) and EOG Resources Inc. (EOG) agreed to disclose to investors the financial and environmental risks of fracking under an accord with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, as the state contemplates lifting a moratorium on gas drilling. The companies will provide publicly accessible information about the regulation and litigation risks on their operations, Schneiderman said in a statement today. The companies will release the information in filings with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
Maryland sees little risk to water from fracking
Washington Post
Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Maryland’s environmental regulators released a report Friday suggesting there is little risk of drinking water contamination from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the far western part of the state.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2014
A.G.: Energy companies to disclose risks of fracking investment
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Two energy companies will be required to disclose the financial risks of fracking to investors, under a deal with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Under the deal to be announced later Friday, according to the attorney general's office, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and EOG Resources Inc. will provide investors with warnings about the financial risk posed by the environmental impacts of their fracking operations. They have agreed to acknowledge the potential cost litigation and regulation of fracking could have on investments.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Alaska platform fire raging
Upstream
Noah Brenner

The US Coast Guard is responding to a fire raging on a natural gas platform in the Cook Inlet off Alaska. All four people who were on the Baker platform near Nikiski were evacuated safely.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Open pits offer cheap disposal for fracking sludge, but health worries mount
Center for Public Integrity
David Hasemyer, Zahra Hirji

NORDHEIM, Texas – School Superintendent Kevin Wilson tugged at his oversized belt buckle and gestured toward a field less than a mile from Nordheim School, where 180 children attend kindergarten through 12th grade. A commercial waste facility that will receive millions of barrels of toxic sludge from oil and gas production for disposal in enormous open-air pits is taking shape there, and Wilson worries that the ever-present Texas wind will carry traces of dangerous chemicals, including benzene, to the school. “Many of these students live outside of where they could be exposed,” said Wilson, a contemplative man with a soft Texas accent. “But we are busing them to the school, putting them in the direct path of something that could be harmful to them. It makes you think: Are we doing what’s best for the students?”  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Major Drilling Services Company Will Now Disclose All Fracking Chemicals
ThinkProgress
KATIE VALENTINE

Drilling services company Baker Hughes will from now on disclose all the chemicals they use in fracking, under a new policy announced Tuesday. Baker Hughes, which is one of the world’s largest companies providing drilling and other services to oil companies, pledged Tuesday that it would disclose 100 percent of the chemical makeup in the fluid it uses for fracking, “without the use of any trade secret designations.” The company said in a statement that it hopes its decision to disclose its chemical mix will help instill more public trust in the fracking process.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
DEP chief resigns over porn emails
Philadelphia Inquirer


HARRISBURG - State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo resigned Thursday in the wake of revelations that he was among state officials who sent or received pornographic emails over state computers. In a letter to Gov. Corbett, Abruzzo said he has not been able to review the explicit messages he allegedly sent or received but said he accepted responsibility for "any lack of judgment" he may have exhibited. He also added: "It is my concern that these assertions have become a distraction from the great record of this administration." In a statement, Corbett said only that "Abruzzo made his decision based on the best interest of the important mission of the Department of Environmental Protection."   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
PUC rejects judges’ decision, orders hearings on Sunoco Logistics pipeline
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

The Public Utility Commission has ordered more hearings on Sunoco Logistics’ request to bypass local zoning to build pump and valve control stations along its 300-mile natural gas liquids pipeline. In a 4-1 vote Thursday, the PUC rejected a recommendation from its administrative law judges to dismiss the petition because the company is not a public utility. The commission argues Sunoco Logistics is the product of a merger between two pipeline companies that had public utility status since the 1930s.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Tensions mount between homeowners, ET Rover natural gas pipeline survey crews
The Ann Arbor News
Eric Dresden

GENESEE COUNTY, MI – As representatives from a proposed natural gas pipeline begin surveying properties in Genesee County, tensions have been mounting for some residents who don't want the crews on their land. Among the recent incidents stemming from the ET Rover pipeline, police said a man with a shotgun confronted a survey crew on his neighbor's property on Monday, while another couple said they have repeatedly refused to allow the workers on their land.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Poisoned Fracking Playgrounds a Threat to Texas Kids
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

The air at Texas playgrounds could be hazardous to children’s health. That’s what nonprofit environmental testing group ShaleTest, which tracks the impact of shale oil and gas extraction for communities which can’t afford such tests, found as part of its Project Playground: Cleaner Air for Active Kids funded by Patagonia. The group ran air quality tests at five recreational parks and playgrounds in the north Texas, located near natural gas processing plants in the Barnett shale fracking area. It found harmful chemicals, including carcinogens, at all five.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Cracks seen in fracking-disclosure report process
San Francisco Chronicle
David R. Baker

A recent California law that requires oil companies to disclose key details of fracking operations has so far failed to ensure that all the required information reaches the public. Under the law, an oil company that fracks a well in California must tell state regulators within 60 days the amount of water used and the chemicals involved. Fracking involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to crack rocks, and many environmentalists fear it could taint precious water supplies. Officials post the reports on a state website, accessible to anyone who wants to read them. Some oil companies, however, have submitted incomplete reports to the state. Others mistakenly assumed they could post the reports to a nationwide fracking information website until California regulators told them otherwise.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Study: More gas wells in area leads to more hospitalizations
Citizens Voice
ELIZABETH SKRAPITS

WILKES-BARRE — The more natural gas wells in an area, the more of its residents end up in the hospital. So indicate the results of an unreleased study that was revealed at a state Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing at King’s College on Wednesday on the subject of tracking, reporting and acting on public health concerns related to natural gas drilling. State lawmakers believe there needs to be better collection and sharing of health data in Marcellus Shale drilling areas, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, has sponsored a bill that would dedicate $3 million in drilling impact fees to the state Department of Health to conduct the needed research. However, there needs to be “consistent, constant communication” between the Department of Health and the state Department of Environmental Protection, which state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says does not have the resources and technology to effectively do its job.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
President Obama’s Ode to Fracking
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

In a speech today at Northwestern University in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, President Obama addressed the economy, touching on job creation, immigration, health care and raising the minimum wage. He also spoke briefly about energy, reiterating the “all of the above” policy he’s previously expressed that has frustrated advocates of renewable energy and immediate action on climate change.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Oil shipment rules come under fire
Times Herald Record
James Walsh

Environmental groups have criticized proposed regulations for rail cars carrying volatile crude oil through the Hudson Valley as too little and too slow to address the potential dangers. Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson issued joint comments Tuesday night to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which is formulating new rules regulating shipments of products including Bakken crude oil. The criticisms include not requiring "the most protective braking improvements or speed restrictions," and not considering limits on the length of trains. Oil trains traversing the Hudson Valley regularly haul 100 or more tank cars holding as much as 30,000 gallons each  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
LNG boom fuels Australia export ambitions
Financial Times
Jamie Smyth

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2c4cfbe4-4481-11e4-ab0c-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3EzRm28H8 The flame flickering on top of a gas flare tower on Curtis Island in Gladstone is a symbol of a rising power in the liquefied natural gas market as three huge coal seam gas plants prepare for switch on. In Asia, where governments are seeking cleaner energy sources to complement coal and oil, LNG is highly prized. For Australia, it has changed the country’s energy landscape.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Coast Guard responds to natural gas platform fire in Cook Inlet
KTVA
Hope Miller

ANCHORAGE – A fire at a natural gas drilling platform in Cook Inlet near Nikiski Thursday morning forced an evacuation with no reports of injuries or fuel spills, authorities say. Four people were on the Alaska Hilcorp-owned Baker platform when the fire was reported to the U.S. Coast Guard around 8:30 a.m., said Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert. All four were airlifted out and were uninjured.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
South Texas Drilling Country Saying No to Waste
The New York Times
JIM MALEWITZ

NORDHEIM, Tex. — Paul Baumann proudly listed his hometown’s features as he drove his Ford truck down its empty Main Street: “One grocery store, two bars, one cafe, one beauty salon and one shooting club.” He pointed to the local school that houses students from kindergarten through 12th grade — which recently underwent a major remodel thanks to a $3 million bond vote. But Mr. Baumann’s tone turned somber when he addressed what he and his neighbors are fighting to keep out: a 143-acre oil and gas waste plant that developers hope to build just outside of this village of about 300. “This is going to affect the whole area with the smell,” said Mr. Baumann, who retired from the DuPont chemical company and owns ranchland. The proposed facility would border Mr. Baumann’s hayfield and a rental property. “After they put in the pits, I won’t be able to rent it out,” he added. The proposed site — about half the size of Nordheim — would accept truckloads of solid waste from the surrounding Eagle Ford Shale and hold millions of gallons of toxic sludge from drilling and hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
The sleeper issue of the 2016 Democratic primary
MSNBC
Alex Seitz-Wald

Fracking is quickly emerging as an under-the-radar issue likely to influence the Democratic presidential primary in 2016, inflaming passionate opposition among the party’s base. The use of hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas has created thousands of new jobs and drastically increased domestic energy production, but it has also raised major environmental and health concerns. Not unlike the issue of Common Core educational standards among conservatives, fracking touches a nerve with rank-and-file progressives, especially in rural areas, even as it gets less attention from cosmopolitan Democrats, who will likely never encounter a fracking well in their backyard.  [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Study links natural gas wells with hospital visits
Scranton Times-Tribune
Elizabeth Skrapits

WILKES-BARRE — The more natural gas wells in an area, the more of its residents end up in the hospital. So indicate the results of an unreleased study revealed at a state Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing at King’s College on Wednesday on the subject of tracking, reporting and acting on public health concerns related to natural gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Fracked Oil Bomb Trains at Center of Federal Rules Debate
EcoWatch
anastasia Pantsios

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has just closed comments on its proposed new rules for tanker cars carrying explosive fracked oil. And while environmental and citizen groups say they don’t go far enough in protecting communities from potential disaster, the oil industry wants many more years to comply.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
VIDEO - In Fracking's Wake: Vast Open Pits of Chemical Sludge
Inside Climate News
Eleanor Bell

'A lot of people are worried about the water, and about the smell, and of course what's going up into the air.' As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air emissions from the waste the boom has created. InsideClimate News reporters David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji examine these emissions in the latest installment in an 18-month investigation, Big Oil & Bad Air on the Texas Prairie conducted by InsideClimate News and The Center for Public Integrity.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Ebberston Moor deadline extension is granted
Gazette & Herald
Hannah Bryan

CAMPAIGNERS against fracking are continuing to fight hard to ensure the controversial gas extraction process does not happen in Ryedale. Members of Frack Free Ryedale met last week to look at the latest planning applications and discuss the issues which could arise from these if fracking licenses are granted over Ryedale.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
GRAPHIC - Fracking's Waste Pit Emissions: The Big Unknown
InsideClimate News
Paul Horn and Zahra Hirji

As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air emissions from the waste the boom has created. InsideClimate News and The Center for Public Integrity examine these emissions in the latest installment in their 18-month investigation, Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie. InsideClimate News reporters David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji found that because of a 1988 exemption from federal hazardous-waste laws sought by the oil and gas industry, the waste is classified as non-hazardous.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2014
Dilemma in the Marcellus Shale: How to dispose of radioactive oil and gas waste?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

The driller, whom Mr. Ying declined to name, was trying to dispose of oil and gas waste at area landfills but the trucks kept tripping radiation alarms. Rejected trucks had to be sent back to well pads or taken out of state, both costly options. It was happening enough that it started nudging the company’s bottom line, Mr. Ying said.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Fracking Emissions Fall; Texas Still King of GHGs
Inside Climate News


Just like last year, Texas is king of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., while Vermont remains the greenest state in terms of pollution that causes climate change. New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data released Tuesday show that nationwide, greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources in 2013 rose 0.6 percent over 2012, an increase of about 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, totaling 3.18 billion metric tons overall.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Anti-Fracking Forces in Santa Barbara County Outspent 20-1 on Ballot Measure
AllGov California


Opponents of a measure on the November 4 ballot to rein in enhanced oil and gas extraction techniques, like fracking, in San Barbara County are outspending supporters 20-1, according to Keith Carls at KCOY.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
San Luis Obispo supervisors pass on new fracking regulations
Benito Link


Saying hydraulic fracturing isn't a threat in San Luis Obispo County, that county's Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed recently to not pursue new regulations that would ban the practice used by the oil and gas industry, according to a recent article in the Santa Maria Times.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Call for stricter controls over NSW fracking
SBS News
Greg Navarro

Opponents of coal seam gas exploration in Australia say there are a serious a lack of controls over how the industry operates.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Truth and Illusion in the Fracking Debate
JD Supra Business Advisor
Charles Sartain

And so it is from certain quarters in the hydraulic fracking debate who continue to insist, hysterically and despite the evidence, that the process is a threat to Civilization As We Know It. This post is a summary of several discussions. Read the articles themselves for details.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Fracking in wintry areas linked to high ozone pollution Study targets mountain basins with oil and gas developments and cold weather
Edmonton Journal
Margaret Munro

Emissions wafting out of oil and gas operations can trigger “extreme” ozone pollution events that rival those seen in congested cities such as Los Angeles, according to an international study. Extraordinary levels of ozone, which can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems, have been seen in rural areas of Utah and Wyoming where oil extraction and fracking have taken off.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Senators Wyden, Markey Press Administration to Ensure Public Safety in Fracking Rule
eNews Park Forest
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—October 1, 2014. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Ed Markey, D- Mass., and 10 other senators yesterday pressed for greater transparency and strong safety standards while the administration considers a new rule for hydraulic fracturing methods on public lands, in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget today.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Mining for sand in fracking process holds risks for communities, study says
The Viewpoint
Neela Banerjee

WASHINGTON—As a domestic energy boom driven by hydraulic fracturing spreads, so could strip-mining for sand needed for the controversial production process, introducing risks to water, air, public health and property values, according to a report issued Thursday.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
US Set to Pass Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Liquid Petroleum Producer
Vice News
Robert S. Eshelman

Sometime this month, the United States will likely overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's leading producer of liquid petroleum — a looming milestone that brings into sharp focus the seemingly contradictory objectives of the Obama Administration to address climate change, on one hand, while promoting an all-of-the-above approach to domestic energy production, on the other.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Well Water Contamination Possible After Drilling Mishap
West Virginia Public Radio
Glynis Board

Drilling for shale gas went wrong last week when operators accidentally drilled into one of their own wells that was engaged in production. The result is possibly contaminated drinking water from at least 12 homes. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued citations to Antero Resources for breaching of their own wells. The incident occurred at Anteors five-well Primm Pad in Doddridge County, WV near West Union last week. The DEPs citation indicates that the rupture happened at a drilling depth of 641 feet, and that several water wells, an existing gas well, and an abandoned well in the area appear to be affected. Antero was given until October 1st to get the situation under control.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
McAuliffe energy plan for Va. makes debut
The Washington Post
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe released his energy blueprint for Virginia on Wednesday, stressing a familiar “all of the above” strategy that promotes greater use of renewable generation such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional sources of energy. The thick document, which goes to the General Assembly, was filed with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. McAuliffe will formally debut the four-year Virginia Energy Plan at an Oct. 14 event on the state’s energy future.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Another Tennessee pipeline project on the horizon
The Times-Tribune
BRENDAN GIBBONS

Kinder Morgan is in early stages of another project to add capacity to its Tennessee Gas Pipeline, including work in Susquehanna and Bradford counties. The project, dubbed the Northeast Energy Direct Project, would deliver more gas from the Tennessee line to customers in New England, according to a request the Houston-based company submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 15. After an open season bidding period in February and March, the Berkshire Gas Co., Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Connecticut Natural Gas Corp., Liberty Utilities Corp., National Grid, Southern Connecticut Gas Corp. and three other unidentified gas utilities signed up, though Kinder Morgan is still seeking agreements with gas production companies to ship their product. Its early plan includes 135 miles of brand-new, 30-inch-diameter pipeline not to run along an existing right of way, according to a map the company submitted to FERC. It would start at the existing pipeline in southwestern Susquehanna County, run diagonally northeast across most of the county and cross into New York. From there, it would cut through Broome, Delaware, Ostego and Schoharie counties and meet the northern branch of the Tennessee line.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Move on fracking
News-Gazette
Opinion/Editorial

Supporters of "fracking" greeted recent news that the state had completed the rule-making process for this new means of energy exploration, with a combination of dismay and relief. It was dismay because it took the Illinois Department of Natural Resources nearly two years to write the rules. But there was relief as well because they finally were complete, presumably clearing the way for work to begin.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Q. and A.: Scott Moore on Moving China’s Water from South to North
The New York Times
CHRIS BUCKLEY

Q. What’s your general view of what will happen to the water situation in China, especially with strained supplies in the north? A. It’s a huge problem. But to be somewhat contrarian, I’m not that worried about water scarcity in China relative to some other regions. The economic cost imposed by water scarcity in northern China will be greater than in most regions of the world. But unlike parts of the Middle East, Africa and even South Asia, China has the money, it has the technical capacity and the state capacity to deal with these problems. That’s not to say that some people aren’t going to feel the pinch, and I think a lot of smallholder farmers are going to be forced off the land. There is certainly going to be pain as a result. And it is unclear, for example, whether China is going to be able to develop its unconventional gas reserves. Hydraulic fracking, the most common means of exploiting these reserves in the United States, is highly water-intensive, and in many regions in China it looks like there just isn’t enough water in local aquifers and waterways to support large-scale fracking as the technique is currently practiced elsewhere. But necessity is the mother of invention, and China has a pretty capable research and development infrastructure.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Fracking Emission Carcinogens Found in Denton Playgrounds
Dallas Observer
Emily Mathis

A new report published by ShaleTest, an independent environmental research agency in Denton, found levels of benzene in several Denton parks that exceed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's long-term exposure limitations. Benzene is a carcinogen found in cigarettes, gasoline and is a common byproduct of oil and gas drilling sites.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Bad Air Day: Around North Texas parks and playgrounds, children are breathing dangerous doses of toxic fumes from gas industry sites.
Fort Worth Weekly
Peter Gorman

On a crisp Saturday morning, Delga Park, just north of downtown Fort Worth, was beautiful. The deep blue sky was spattered with cumulus clouds, and birds flitted among shade trees at one end of the park, sandwiched between I-35W and the Trinity River. The grass was neatly trimmed and trash-free; the ball field sparkled. The only thing missing from the scene was anyone to enjoy it. Over the course of nearly two hours not a single parent with a stroller walked the footpath. No kids played ball or swung on the swings or used the slide. No one except this reporter was enjoying a cup of coffee at the picnic tables.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Commission sorts public comments on fracking for recommendations
Triangle Business Journal
Dawn Wallace

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is sorting thousands of comments from the public about fracking, which will determine the board’s next move. The public comment window closed last night at midnight.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
SEE IT: Fracking water tanker wrecks historic Pennsylvania bridge
Daily News
Jason Molinet

The driver of a loaded 35-ton truck did not see Pollacks Mill Bridge's four-ton limit and failed make it halfway over the span when the roadway collapsed. Officials don't know if they can repair the 138-year-old truss bridge.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Jackson candidates drill down on fracking
Smoky Mountain News
Becky Johnson

The three Democratic challengers in the Jackson County commissioners race took the sitting commissioners to task for their inaction on fracking at a candidate forum last week. “If elected one of the first items on the agenda will be a resolution to oppose fracking in Jackson County and I will push for its adoption,” said Brian McMahan, a challenger for commissioner chairman. “Common sense tells you when you pump chemicals into the ground and contaminate well water that is not good for Jackson County.”  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Baker Hughes to start disclosing fracking chemicals
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Oilfield service provider Baker Hughes Inc. said it will start disclosing the chemicals it uses for every hydraulic fracturing operation. The Wednesday announcement outlines how the company will implement a policy it unveiled in April to provide more public detail about how it extracts gas and oil trapped underground. For every well it fracks starting Wednesday, Baker Hughes will put out a complete list of the chemicals and their maximum concentrations, it said.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
In FERC's Approval of Gas Exports, Climate Effects Get Glossed Over
InsideClimate News
Elizabeth Douglass

Environmental and community groups on Tuesday assailed federal approval of the Cove Point liquefied natural gas export project, arguing that regulators glossed over the climate change consequences. They vowed to challenge the decision through a regulatory appeal or in the courts.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Fracking Emission Carcinogens Found in Denton Playgrounds
Dallas Observer
Emily Mathis

A new report published by ShaleTest, an independent environmental research agency in Denton, found levels of benzene in several Denton parks that exceed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's long-term exposure limitations. Benzene is a carcinogen found in cigarettes, gasoline and is a common byproduct of oil and gas drilling sites. McKenna Park is one of the playgrounds where unsafe levels of the chemical were found. The playground is located next to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, within a neighborhood, next to several churches and across the street from one of Denton's many Rayzor Ranch gas wells.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Why was a 2012 Health Canada Report, admitting significant health hazards and risks to groundwater and air from hydraulic fracturing, kept from the public?
Ernst v. EnCana Corporation


Potential Health Hazards from Shale Gas Exploration and Exploitation by Severine Louis, M.Sc., Toxicologist Project Manager- Risk Analysis and Marie-Odile Fouchecourt, Ph.D. Toxicologist Project Director-Risk Analysis, May 4, 2012, for Health Canada, 0/Ref.: RA 11-410, Y/Ref.: SO No. 4600000047  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Busy N.J. power plants less able to curb greenhouse gases
NorthJersey.com
James M O'Neill

Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in New Jersey remained largely unchanged from 2012 to 2013 after several years of double-digit declines, according to data from the federal government.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
GOP Assemblywoman Malliotakis, Dem rival Melendez battle over hydrofracking, DREAM Act
Staten Island Advance
Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - GOP Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and her Democratic rival, Marybeth Melendez, battled over hydrofracking, Ms. Malliotakis' past employment with Consolidated Edison and the DREAM Act during a debate in Brooklyn on Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Gas industry nervously awaits outcome of governor’s race
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

When members of Pennsylvania’s largest gas industry trade group got together for their annual conference last week they were a bit worried. Why? Anyone paying attention to voter polls or listening to the rhetoric coming out of Harrisburg knows there is the very real possibility of two major changes for the gas industry— a new Democrat in the governor’s mansion and a new tax on gas production.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Another Tennessee pipeline project on the horizon
Times-Tribune
Brendan Gibbons

Kinder Morgan is in early stages of another project to add capacity to its Tennessee Gas Pipeline, including work in Susquehanna and Bradford counties. The project, dubbed the Northeast Energy Direct Project, would deliver more gas from the Tennessee line to customers in New England, according to a request the Houston-based company submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 15.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Cracks seen in fracking-disclosure report process
SF Gate
David R. Baker

A recent California law that requires oil companies to disclose key details of fracking operations has so far failed to ensure that all the required information reaches the public. Under the law, an oil company that fracks a well in California must tell state regulators within 60 days the amount of water used and the chemicals involved. Fracking involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to crack rocks, and many environmentalists fear it could taint precious water supplies.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Warring camps seem to agree: It's the economy, stupid
E&E Publishing
Jean Chemnick

The fight over global warming in Washington, D.C., has shifted from climate science to the dismal science. It's all economy, all the time. Senior administration officials have played up economics with coordinated talking points in recent weeks. U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, and White House Office of Management and Budget chief Shaun Donovan have talked up President Obama's Climate Action Plan as a bulwark against the rising costs of extreme-weather threats and declining agricultural productivity.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Legume Used in Fracking Causes Problems for Investor, Farmers
The Wall Street Journal
Ryan Dezember

In the Race to Oil Patch Riches, One Wall Street Firm and Hundreds of Farmers Have Slipped on a Skinny Green Legume Known as Guar In the race to the new riches of the oil patch, one Wall Street firm has slipped on a skinny green legume. When the price of guar soared to record heights in 2012, investors took notice. Guar—a legume used to thicken products from toothpaste to peanut butter—is also a key ingredient in the rock-shattering hydraulic-fracturing process. With the U.S. shale-drilling boom in full swing, New York hedge fund Scopia Capital Management LLC paid $4 million for a 45% stake in the only U.S. facility capable of extracting the starchy part of the legume's seed that is ground up to make its valuable thickening powder. But things soured quickly after the 2012 deal, landing the processing facility in bankruptcy court while tens of millions of pounds of guar that farmers grew for it last year sits in silos. The guar debacle shows how investing in the shale boom—which took hold as drillers unlocked oil and gas reserves trapped deep in layers of rock known as shale—isn't without complexities and risks. The processing facility, West Texas Guar Inc., had a deal to sell guar powder to a drilling company and last year offered farmers big prices for the legume, used to thicken oil-drilling fluids.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Fracking prohibited in Fair Lawn for three years
NorthJersey.com
Tom Nobile

Fair Lawn - The borough has become the third Bergen County town to confront hydraulic fracking and its potential environmental consequences. On Sept. 23, the council unanimously adopted a resolution that prohibits fracking and the disposal of fracking waste in Fair Lawn for three years. In June, Hillsdale became the first Bergen County town to ban fracking. Paramus also voted to support statewide and national fracking bans in 2012.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Renewable Gas from Wastewater Treatment Plant Fueling UK Homes
Renewable Energy World
Louise Downing, Bloomberg

LONDON -- Extracting energy from “processed poo” to help power homes in the Birmingham area is what Severn Trent Plc, Britain’s second-largest publicly traded water company, is now doing to generate a cost-saving renewable gas.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Senators ask how to address fracking-related health issues
Times Leader
Jon O'Connell

Lawmakers believe industry caught state health department by surprise During a senate hearing Wednesday on the King’s College campus, DePasquale asked why state agencies are not so efficient in tracking and reporting data on natural gas production as the courier who takes flowers to his mother. The Pennsylvania Health Department has been under scrutiny since reports surfaced in June that department employees had been instructed in a memo to forward inquiries referencing gas production in the Marcellus Shale to a bureau within the department.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
WEST VIRGINIA IS SELLING OUT TO FRACKING COMPANIES
Ring of Fire radio
Joshua De Leon

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray decided that he’s ready to let fracking companies ravage the landscape and drill beneath 14 miles of the Ohio River, reported the Akron Beacon Journal. Several environmental groups are now urging Ray to reconsider citing past incidents and future projections.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
'Virtual pipeline' to deliver natural gas connection to Orbost, Lakes Entrance
abc.net.au


Two Gippsland towns will be connected to natural gas, as part of a long-awaited pre-election promise. Before the last election, the Government promised to connect 14 priority towns to natural gas, including Orbost and Lakes Entrance. Many of the towns on the list have had a long wait for news of a connection, because a traditional gas pipeline would not work. Instead, the Deputy Premier Peter Ryan says they are using a 'virtual pipeline'.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
How politics complicated Cuomo’s energy plan
Capital New York
David Giambusso

It can seem, at times, like the Cuomo administration is doing battle with itself as it seeks to move New York State toward reliance on cleaner sources of energy. In April, the Cuomo administration’s Public Service Commission rolled out its “Reforming Energy Vision,” promising to ramp up renewable energy, smart grid technology, microgrids and energy storage. The administration dedicated $1 billion for solar investment. And it established a $1 billion Green Bank to finance renewable energy projects. These initiatives were among the most ambitious in the country. But even as Governor Andrew Cuomo was touting the proposed reform of the state’s power grid, his administration shepherded deals to rescue two aging coal-fired plants from the scrap heap and turn them into gas-burning facilities, despite the fact that utility companies said they weren’t needed at all.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
State makes case on oil train shipments
Times Herald Record
James Walsh

New York state on Tuesday submitted its concerns about oil trains that traverse the Hudson Valley to a federal agency developing rules for the transport of hazardous materials including volatile Bakken crude oil. Emergency orders were issued in May by the U.S. Department of Transportation to railroads hauling the Bakken crude to immediately notify state emergency officials of the shipments. Shippers were also asked to stop using old DOT-111 tank cars, which have a history of rupturing and exploding in derailments. The cars were originally designed to carry nonhazardous materials such as corn syrup and fruit juice. New York's suggestions include enhanced braking systems for oil trains, speed controls for trains hauling hazardous cargo and degasifying crude oil before shipment to reduce its volatility,   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Fracking Companies Fight EPA's Proposed Chemical Disclosure Rules
Scientific American
Rebecca Trager

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering introducing new regulations that would require companies to disclose the composition of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is warning that such a rule could jeopardise the trade secrets of its members, which include small businesses that manufacture chemicals used in oil and gas exploration.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Moyne mayor says fracking not just a 'fringe group' issue
The Standard
Anthony Brady

THE fight to put an end to coal seam gas exploration and extraction in Victoria is being led at a local level. Moyne Shire councillors will take a strongly-worded motion to the Municipal Association of Victoria state congress this month. The motion will call on delegates to oppose coal seam gas exploration and extraction across the state. Mayor James Purcell generated the motion, drawing unanimous support from councillors at their monthly meeting.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Who picks up pieces if fracking causes damage?’, asks CLA
SmallHolder


The CLA said the consultation response from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on fracking fails to properly tackle the issue of long-term liability leaving landowners at risk long after drilling has stopped. The organisation said DECC’s response to the Underground Drilling Access Consultation makes clear that the Government plans to progress with changes that allow the shale gas and geothermal industries to drill deep underneath property without the owner’s permission, but it does not make clear who is liable if things go wrong.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
N.C. Mining and Energy Commission taking last public comments about fracking
Triangle Business Journal
Dawn Wallace

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission will close the public comment period regarding fracking at midnight, and expects to sift through thousands of comments in the coming days. By the time the public comment period ends, the commission expects to have around 50,000 comments to review, some of which have resonated with some of the commissioners.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Steady Oil Prices Prompt More Fracking Activity In Ohio
WOSU
Tom borgerding

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has permitted 17 more horizontally-fracked wells in five eastern counties. The state permits allow for more oil and gas development in an area known as the Utica shale. Youngstown State University geologist Jeffrey Dick says oil and gas reserves in the region are plentiful. He expects drilling activity in Ohio to last decades. “Given the amount of reserves that are down there and the acreage that’s left to be drilled, I think you’re easily looking at 20 to 40 years easily,” says Dick.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Nova Scotia introduces bill to ban fracking
Financial Post
Canadian Press

The Nova Scotia government introduced legislation Tuesday that would place an indefinite moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas from shale deposits. But the legislation would provide an exemption for fracking used for testing and research purposes. Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act will not provide a loophole for the shale gas industry.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
State halts production at Antero pad in Doddridge
Daily Mail


WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) — Production at an Antero Resources well pad in Doddridge County has been halted after a drill collided with a well. The Department of Environmental Protection issued a cease operations order to Antero following the accident last week at the Primm Pad near West Union. The department’s Office of Oil and Gas also issued a notice of violation and a pollution violation. The drill collided with the well as Antero was drilling another well. The collision caused methane to be released from the existing well, DEP representatives told media outlets.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Feds clear Maryland natural gas export proposal
The Hill
Tomothy Cama

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Monday approved a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Maryland, the first one on the East Coast. Dominion Resources Inc. will be allowed to liquefy and export up to 5.75 million metric tons of natural gas per year from its existing Cove Point compressor station on the Chesapeake Bay.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Harrison Co. woman blames fracking for damages
West Virginia Record
KELLY HOLLERAN

CHARLESTON – A Harrison County resident has filed suit against the oil and gas companies that she alleges harmed her land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resource.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Nova Scotia Moves to Continue Fracking Moratorium
NGI
Charlie Passut

The Liberal government of Nova Scotia followed through on a promise to continue a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) on Tuesday, after introducing an amendment to the province's Petroleum Resources Act. "We've heard from many Nova Scotians that we are not yet ready for HVHF to be a part of developing our onshore oil and gas resources in shale," Energy Minister Andrew Younger said in a statement. "This legislation provides assurance to Nova Scotians that this technique will not be permitted without a public, open and transparent debate in the legislature."   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Robert McCartney: Nation's embrace of fracking ignores environmental risks
Morning Call
Opinion Robert McCartney

rginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's attitude toward natural-gas fracking seems to depend on whether it occurs somewhere that would be politically inconvenient for him. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said recently he's determined to prevent the controversial drilling method from intruding on the rugged Appalachian beauty of the George Washington National Forest, where opposition has been strong. His spokesman said the governor also thinks the potential threat to water supplies creates "a high hurdle" for fracking to win approval at proposed drilling sites east of Fredericksburg and within a two-hour drive from downtown Washington.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Frac Sand Rush Threatens American Towns, Advocates Warn
Huffington Post
Lynne Peeples

Victoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear of the dust clouds billowing from a frac sand mine a half-mile away. "This blowing of silica sand has not abated since the inception of the mine in 2011," Trinko, a farmer and the town clerk for Cooks Valley, Wisconsin, said during a media call on Thursday highlighting an industry proliferating alongside horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Frac sand is an essential ingredient in the process of natural gas drilling. Trinko is among residents, advocates and scientists warning of risks posed by the frac sand boom -- from heavy truck traffic and sleep-stymying lights and noise. At least one truck hauling silica sand travels a road by Trinko's home every three minutes. When HuffPost spoke with Trinko in 2012, she had just been diagnosed with asthma -- and her doctor suggested the condition was pollution-related.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Risky Crude Oil Tank Cars
AP via Huffington Post
Joan Lowy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires. Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, told reporters that his group and the Association of American Railroads are jointly asking the Transportation Department for six months to 12 months for rail tank car manufacturers to gear up to overhaul tens of thousands of cars and another three years to retrofit older cars.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Senate Dems call for 'strongest possible' fracking regs
The Hill
Laura Barron-Lopez

A group of Senate Democrats called for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday to issue the "strongest possible" safety standards for fracking operations on public lands. The Interior Department recently sent its rule on fracking, a horizontal drilling method for oil and gas that pumps chemicals and water into the ground to break up deposits, to the OMB for final review.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Mamakating fracking ban applies to byproducts, too
Times Herald Record
Steve Israel

There may not be any natural gas worth drilling beneath the Town of Mamakating in eastern Sullivan County — if there's any gas located there at all. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have put the natural-gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on indefinite hold while the state studies its impact on health — and waits for the November election to be over. But that didn't stop Mamakating from banning fracking — and related fracking activities — at a Town Board meeting a few weeks ago. That makes it the sixth Sullivan County town — along with Tusten, Lumberland, Bethel, Highland and Forestburgh — to do so.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Corbett's Pa.: Leaders from other states come here to see how bad it smells
Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial

This is a new one: Activists in New York are pleading with their leaders to cross the border to see what we've accomplished under (mostly) Gov. Corbett. They also want the visitors to smell it. ALBANY – Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make good on a promise to visit fracking sites in other states, sending him a letter last week urging him to travel to Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
MARCHING ON: A Q&A WITH JOSH FOX
City & State
Jon Lentz

C&S: You just protested outside a speech by President Obama. JF: We’re trying to get the attention of Cuomo and Clinton and Obama and our Democratic leadership, who thus far is saying great things about climate, but they’re not paying attention to the science on fracking and the science on methane leakage. This is a disastrous policy. So these rallies are calling on President Obama to do something that he’s called upon us to do, which is change and act. The grassroots is saying to President Obama, “You must act on fracking, you must act on climate change, and the only way you can have a coherent policy on the climate is to make sure that you’re not endorsing, promoting or spreading fracking.” We can run our whole world and our country on renewables. That is the only way to counter climate change, the only way to truly reduce all greenhouse gases. Carbon, of course, is most important greenhouse gas. Methane, however, is the second-most important greenhouse gas. The policy currently is to switch from coal to gas en masse—that’s a disastrous policy when it comes to talking about the climate.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Oil-by-Rail Safety Rule Seen Adding Costs: Railroads, API
Bloomberg
Jim Snyder

Proposed federal rules to make hauling crude oil by rail safer and avoid fiery wrecks would drive up costs and put the U.S. energy revival at risk, the head of an oil industry trade group said today. The American Petroleum Institute joined by the Association of American Railroads today proposed keeping older tank cars, which investigators say are vulnerable to puncture, in service for twice as long as envisioned by regulators drafting rules for carrying flammable liquids like oil on trains. The Transportation Department proposal to phase out older cars known as DOT-111s in two years is “not feasible,” said Jack Gerard, executive director of the Washington-based API, which represents companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Chevron Corp. (CVX)  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Evacuation route eyed for Cove Point gas plant
The Baltimore Sun
Timothy B. Wheeler

The energy company Dominion said Tuesday that it is exploring developing an alternate evacuation route for some residentialneighbors of its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas plant, prompting opponents to question anew assertions by the company and federal regulators that the facility poses no significant safety or environmental risks.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Fracking Emissions Fall; Texas Still King of GHGs
Climate Central
Bobby Magill

Just like last year, Texas is king of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., while Vermont remains the greenest state in terms of pollution that causes climate change. New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data released Tuesday show that nationwide, greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources in 2013 rose 0.6 percent over 2012, an increase of about 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, totaling 3.18 billion metric tons overall.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
German Anti-Fracking Campaigners Petition to Outlaw Technology
Bloomberg
Stefan Nicola

German groups campaigning against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas handed a petition of 660,000 signatures to Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks seeking to outlaw use of the technology. “There are no good reasons for fracking but large risks for the environment and people’s health,” Ann-Kathrin Schneider of environmental group BUND said today in a statement as the petition was passed to Hendricks in Berlin. Campaigners are seeking changes to the federal mining law.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Corbett's Pa.: Leaders from other states come here to see how bad it smells
Philly.com


This is new one: Activists in New York are pleading with their leaders to cross the border to see what we've accomplished under (mostly) Gov. Corbett. They also want the visitors to smell it. ALBANY – Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make good on a promise to visit fracking sites in other states, sending him a letter last week urging him to travel to Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Democrats to Obama: Get tough on oil companies drilling on public land
Fuel Fix
Jennifer Dloughy

WASHINGTON — A dozen Senate Democrats on Tuesday implored the Obama administration to impose tough new rules for oil companies drilling on public lands across the United States. At issue is the Interior Department’s proposed rule to tighten standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, including new mandates for the hydraulic fracturing process used to coax oil and gas out of dense rock formations. “We urge you to issue the strongest possible safeguards to ensure that public health, safety and our environment are protected,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and 11 of his colleagues, in a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. They called it “critical that the final rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands offers stringent protections for the safety of workers, our water, air, lands and public health.”  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Fracking companies in UK allowed to drill without public consent
Hydrogen Fuel News


The United Kingdom plans to grant underground access to gas and oil companies. In spite of public opposition, it is the intention of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to allow fracking drilling to occur under people’s land without their consent, which would give companies permission to drill at depths of 300 meters or lower under private land, without them having to ask for the right to access the area. Nearly 100% of respondents objected the proposal.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Pa. Official Admits Errors In Investigation Of Whether Fracking Waste Spoiled Drinking Water
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

A Pennsylvania official has admitted that he may have used faulty information to determine that fracking waste was not poisoning the drinking water supply at a man’s property in Washington County, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. During his sworn testimony at a trial before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, Department of Environmental Protection water quality specialist Vincent Yantko said that his 2011 investigation of landowner Loren Kiskadden’s contaminated drinking water “did not follow its regulations to determine whether [chemical] leaks had occurred” at a nearby fracking site, the Post reported. Kiskadden is one of three landowners who say they have experienced health problems due to water pollution from the waste pit at the Yeager drilling site, owned by Range Resources Corporation.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Proposed Fracking Rules in North Carolina Put People, Water, Wildlife at Risk
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

RALEIGH, N.C.— In response to proposed rules for oil and gas extraction in North Carolina, the Center for Biological Diversity today filed comments that call for stricter regulations to protect people, the state’s waterways and imperiled species from proposed gas fracking. According to the comments, the draft rules do not provide sufficient protections for habitat and water resources and fail to ensure that the state will protect endangered species during gas operations. “These rules allow fracking adjacent to extremely sensitive areas, including streams and wetlands,” said Jared Margolis, an attorney with the Center who focuses on the impacts of energy development on endangered species. “Fracking under these rules would pose an immediate threat to several North Carolina endangered species, including several species of freshwater mussels — animals like the Appalachian elktoe and Carolina heelsplitter that would be at risk from habitat fragmentation, reduced stream flows, and pollution caused by fracking.” The proposed rules require a setback of gas wells and waste pits from surface waters of only 200 feet. Given that fractures have been documented to extend as much as 2,000 feet, this buffer would do little to ensure that the state’s waters are not polluted by toxic fracking fluids or gas. Without greater buffers, the draft rules pose a clear hazard to North Carolina’s waterways and the many species that depend on them, such as the eastern hellbender salamanders, which were petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection by the Center in 2010.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
N.S. introduces legislation for indefinite moratorium on fracking
CTVNews.ca


HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia is moving ahead with legislation that would ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas, but the proposed law also includes an exemption that would allow fracking for testing and research purposes. Energy Minister Andrew Younger insists the exemption in the Petroleum Resources Act does not provide a loophole for the shale gas industry. "Anybody could come to the door and ask for whatever they want," Younger said. "What this allows is for cabinet to consider a research project only."   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Ohio activists picket Kasich, Christie at Akron fund-raising dinner
Ohio.com
Bob Downing

Statement from protestors at Monday appearance by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Fairlawn, an Akron suburb: Akron, Ohio – Governor Kasich faced protesters today as he attended today’s Summit County GOP fundraising dinner, featuring a keynote speech from Governor Chris Christie. Both Governor Kasich and Governor Christie have opposed efforts to enact a ban on toxic, radioactive fracking waste dumping in their respective states, a move that has upset many of those concerned that this puts profit motives of oil and gas interests above the health and well being of residents, drinking water and the environment. Food & Water Watch, the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection (NEOGAP) and FaCT (Faith Communities Together for fracking awareness) backed the protest.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Exxon Fracking Report Responds to Shareholders
AP via ABC News
Jonathan Fahey

Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation. Under pressure from the corporate responsibility group As You Sow, as well as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and other shareholders, Exxon agreed earlier this year to reveal more about how it manages the risks involved with the drilling technique, known as fracking. The report acknowledges that drilling wells and producing oil and gas from shale formations and other so-called unconventional sources do carry risks, including the possibility of water contamination and leaks of natural gas into the atmosphere that contribute to climate change.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Denton Sued over Fracking Moratorium
nbcdfw.com


A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights. City leaders halted fracking as they consider making their city the first in the state to permanently ban the practice.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Feds Approve Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Despite ongoing opposition from area residents, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) has approved the conversion of the Dominion Cove Point liquified natural gas (LNG) facility in southern Maryland from an import to an export facility. The decision also authorizes the installation of additional compression at Dominion’s Pleasant Valley Compressor Station and related facilities in Northern Virginia.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Environmental fines levied on NFG for pipeline work
Buffalo News
David Robinson

Environmental regulators in Pennsylvania have fined National Fuel Gas Co. $250,000 for more than a dozen violations that took place during a seven-month period while the Amherst energy company was building a pipeline in the Marcellus Shale region in the central part of the state. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection levied the fine against National Fuel’s pipeline business for a series of violations of the state’s Clean Streams Law and other regulations during the construction of its Trout Run Gathering System across five municipalities in Lycoming County.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
EnLink Midstream purchases Gulf Coast pipeline systems
ohio.com
Bob Downing

DALLAS,September 29, 2014 — The EnLink Midstream companies, EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:ENLK) (the Partnership) and EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE:ENLC) (the General Partner) (together “EnLink”), today announced that a subsidiary of the Partnership has signed a definitive agreement with Chevron Pipe Line Company and Chevron Midstream Pipelines LLC to acquire Gulf Coast natural gas pipeline assets including the Bridgeline system (“the natural gas assets”) predominantly located in Southern Louisiana for $235 million, subject to certain adjustments.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Russia-China new gas pipeline draws near
World Bulletin


The proposed Altai natural gas pipeline project could ease the effects of western sanctions on the Russian economy, while China could gain from cheaper gas prices to meet its energy demand, experts said. The Altai gas pipeline has been the subject of intergovernmental talks between Russia and China since 2006. When the two countries could not agree on the price of gas in 2008, the project was indefinitely postponed. However, when the $400 billion agreement for the 'Power of Siberia' gas pipeline project was signed between Russia and China in May 2014, the Altai project came back onto the agenda once again and an agreement is expected to be signed this November.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
New player joins European gas pipeline consortium
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

BAAR, Switzerland, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Spanish energy company Enagas said Tuesday it signed up as a partner for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline for European natural gas needs, project developers said. The TAP project consortium said Enagas signed on for a 16 percent share, bringing the number of consortium members to six.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
N.H. Energy Summit takeaway: expect natural gas spikes again this winter
NHBR
Bob Sanders

Be afraid, be very afraid, when it comes to spot market energy prices this winter. Last fall, futures contracts for peak electricity for January 2014 were $95 to $100 per megawatt-hour, said Taff Tschamler, senior vice president of business development at North American Power, an alternative electricity provider for some 35,000 New Hampshire residents and businesses. This fall, Tschamler said, such contracts have been trading between $170 and $190 per mWh.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Delaware official: Don't vote for me; I'm fighting the pipeline
NJ.com
Rick Epstein

Township Committeewoman Kristin McCarthy does not want to be re-elected; she wants to devote all her energy to fighting the PennEast natural-gas pipeline. This announcement was made in a letter to the editor of the Hunterdon County Democrat, which was emailed this morning. It comes the morning after a Township Committee meeting in the township school gym in which residents posed questions to PennEast representatives and expressed frustration and anger about its plan to run the pipeline across the township. Having served nine years on the committee, McCarthy had been seeking another term in the November election. "Unfortunately, recent events have caused me to reconsider. In August, PennEast LLC announced plans to build a 107-mile pipeline that will cut right through the heart of Delaware Township – through our beautiful and preserved farms and woodlands, through our wetlands and fragile ecosystems, through our historic homesteads and farms, and destroying our dense forest lands.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
The Explosive Debate Over A New Natural Gas Pipeline Through The Northeast
Climate Progress
Katie Valentine

New York resident Bruce Shenker didn’t used to be concerned about the three underground natural gas pipelines running through his property. He’s grown to appreciate the path created by their construction as a running and cross-country skiing route, and besides, two of them were there before he moved in, a fixture of the landscape just like the trees and eight-acre field. But after learning about Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct, a natural gas pipeline that’s proposed to run through his land, Shenker started getting worried. The pipeline would be under more pressure than the ones already running through his land and would carry more gas — 800 million to 2.2 billion cubic feet per day — prompting concern about explosions.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Easements Made Easier: Building Pipelines with the Power of Eminent Domain Under the Natural Gas Act
JDSupra
Richard Herold

Any person or entity seeking to construct a natural gas pipeline and successful in obtaining a certificate of convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may exercise the power of eminent domain to obtain easements across private property when those easements are necessary and cannot be obtained consensually (by contract) from the landowners. Columbia Gas Transmission, L.L.C. v. 76 Acres More or Less, 2014 WL 2960836 (D. Md. June 27, 2014). the Columbia Gas Court recently held that (1) the property’s legal description need not be attached to sufficiently identify the property to be condemned, and (2) even in the absence of a federal condemnation statute authorizing immediate possession of the property, the condemning plaintiff may obtain an order to take immediate possession of the property since it would be wasteful and inefficient to skip over one or more parcels in the construction process – only if the condemning plaintiff is capable of satisfying the requirements for preliminary injunctive relief under Fed.R.Civ.P. 65, including posting a bond sufficient to cover the landowners’ costs and damages if it is determined that the landowner was wrongfully enjoined.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
PennEast wants to build pipeline in 2017; Delaware Township promises a fight
NJ.com
Rick Epstein

The PennEast Pipeline Co. would like to start construction in 2017, but the Delaware Township Committee has promised a fight to prevent it. The anti-pipeline resolution was passed at 11 p.m. yesterday after a long meeting in the township school’s gym attended by an estimated 400 residents. Many lined up at a microphone for their turn to question PennEast representatives, and for the chance to express fear, outrage or suspicion. The spectators applauded their fellows when they felt a telling blow had been struck and they jeered the PennEast panelists' responses.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Feds let states decide on pipeline expansion
Burlington Free Press
Dan D'Ambrosio

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has deferred to state regulatory agencies in Vermont and New York to decide whether the Vermont Gas expansion of its natural gas pipeline should be approved. Vermont Gas Spokesman Steve Wark said on Tuesday that the commission's decision streamlines the approval process for Phase 2, which would extend gas service from Middlebury to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Upper Delaware one of 10 'special places'
Trout Unlimited
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Trout Unlimited is featuring the Upper Delaware River watershed in a new report highlighting outstanding public fishing and hunting areas in the Central Appalachian region that are at risk from shale gas drilling and hydrofracking. The organization’s 10 Special Places report focuses on areas that are rich in fish, game and natural beauty, and that have for generations provided abundant opportunities for hunters and anglers. It covers threats to the specific regions and offers recommendations for the best approaches sportsmen and women can use to protect these areas from potential risks.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
San Benito County Divided Over Fracking Measure On November Ballot
CBS SF Bay Area


HOLLISTER (KPIX 5) — Voters in San Benito County will become the first in California to decide on a measure about fracking in November. Measure J would ban the practice, and that vote has a county divided.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Energy issues seen as unifying force in North America
The Dallas Morning News
ALFREDO CORCHADO

Energy reform in Mexico and increased oil and natural gas production in Canada and the U.S. are paving the way for deeper integration and cooperation across North America, according to a new report. If these developments are combined with stronger economic, security and community ties — especially promoting the free movement of business professionals across the region — North America could position itself as the world’s most dynamic region. Texas, which accounts for much of the $500 billion in annual U.S.-Mexico trade, is front and center.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Mundy Township residents have legal right to keep survey crews off their property
ABC 12
Randy Conat

MUNDY TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (09/30/14) - Property owners in one Mid-Michigan community have been tangling with survey crews working with a pipeline company. Now, the residents learning they have some legal authority to keep them off their property. Many property owners in southern Genesee County have been upset when crews working for ET Rover have shown up to survey a path for a gas pipeline. The survey crews say the law is on their side, but one township supervisor says property owners have rights, too. A letter sent to homeowners from ET Rover reads in part: "If you obstruct or deny ET Rover entry upon your property...we will pursue our legal remedies to obtain entry." "It's even more intimidating for residents when these folks are accompanied by a security guard," said David Guigear, Mundy Township supervisor. Guigear checked with the township attorney, who says property owners can refuse the crews access to their land. "The Constitution's pretty clear that we have a right to protect our home and property," Guigear said.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Europe Seeks To Undermine Russian Energy Influence
OilPrice.com
Global Risk Insights

The fragile ceasefire and negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have revived hopes that the months-long violent conflict in Eastern Europe is nearing its end. However, many questions remain unanswered, as hostilities and distrust between the confronted parties continues to plague a potential peaceful solution. With the Ukrainian conflict unresolved and winter in sight, the EU will not only have the grand task of preparing the continent for the possibility of energy shortages, but also to define its long-term energy goals  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Researchers: U.S. LNG exports won’t solve 'Russia problem'
Wyoming Business Report
Mark Wilcox

Natural gas producers are encouraging liquid natural gas, or LNG exports, partially under the auspices of harming the natural-gas rich Russian government in the throes of political unrest and armed conflict. However, a new study said exporting U.S. liquid natural gas would do little to divert Russia from its course of using its natural resources as a power grab in Europe. Researchers from Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy concluded in a 60-page report released last week that while LNG exports could cause pain in Russia, the people feeling the pain might not be the intended targets.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
SENATOR TED O’BRIEN, LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORK FROM FRACKING WASTE
Long Island Exchange
Press Release

(Long Island, NY) Today, State Senator Ted O’Brien and the New York League of Conservation Voters announced a series of measures to address concerns about how horizontal high-volume hydraulic fracturing products produced in Pennsylvania are handled in New York State landfills, roads and treatment facilities. Senator O’Brien, who serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation, was joined by representatives from the New York League of Conservation Voters at the Durand Eastman Beach, across from the Van Lear Wastewater Treatment Plant. Senator O’Brien and the NYLCV announced several initiatives to protect New York from negative effects caused by the waste products from hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, which is currently allowed in nearby Pennsylvania, but not New York State. The legislative package includes a bill Senator O’Brien will introduce shortly to ban hydrofracking drill cuttings from being accepted at New York landfills; Senator O’Brien’s bill to prohibit wastewater treatment facilities from accepting fracking waste unless they meet certain performance standards; legislation to classify fracking waste as a hazardous material; and a bill to ban Pennsylvania fracking waste from being transported into New York.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
NY bills to curb fracking waste suggested
Democrat & Chronicle
Steve Orr

The New York League of Conservation Voters and state Sen. Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequoit, announced a series of proposals Monday to rein in the handling and disposal of gas and oil drilling waste in New York. At a news conference, O'Brien and the league president, Marcia Bystryn, said legislation would be introduced in Albany that would bar the disposal of drilling wastes in New York landfills and restrict the treatment of liquid wastes from drilling in municipal wastewater plants. Another bill would require that drilling waste be treated as hazardous wastes, requiring a more robust response if the waste is spilled.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Finger Lakes residents ask U.S. senators to intervene in ongoing propane storage fight
Legislative Gazette
Michael Burke

Residents and business owners in the Finger Lakes region are calling for U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with President Barack Obama to intervene and halt a natural gas storage expansion plan on Seneca Lake.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
WV DEP issues notice of violation to Antero over Doddridge County drilling incident
wboy.com
09/29/2014

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued a notice of violation to Antero Resources for a well drilling incident that could have released methane gas into 12 personal water wells. The DEP was contacted by Antero Resources at approximately 9:23 p.m. Sept. 24 after Antero drilled a well and came in contact with an adjacent well on Antero's Primm Pad. The well and pad are located on Oxford Road, in the West Union area of Doddridge County  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
West Virginia Plans to Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water to Millions
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

Nine citizen and environmental groups are urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider his plans to let companies drill for oil and natural gas underneath the Ohio River, citing concerns that drilling and fracking could contaminate the drinking water supply and increase the risk of earthquakes in the region. In a letter sent to the governor this month, the coalition of Ohio- and West Virginia-based groups said Tomblin’s Department of Environmental Protection has not proved that it can adequately protect the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to more than 3 million people. The groups cited drilling currently taking place in a state-designated wildlife area, which some have complained is unacceptably disrupting the nature preserve, and a chemical spill in January that tainted the drinking water supply for 300,000 people.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Journalist speaks out against LNG
Squamish Chief
Drew Copeland

There is no question of which side of the LNG discussion Andrew Nikiforuk stands. On Thursday, Sept. 25 he spoke for an hour and a half in the Quest University library about hydraulic fracturing — a process called fracking — and liquid natural gas (LNG) in Western Canada. He let it be known he’s clearly displeased with the way things are proceeding in this industry. In front of a crowd of more than 150 people, Nikiforuk explained the history of fracking, current industry techniques, uncertainties of the practice, costs, foreign ownership, profitability, and how the provincial government is approaching LNG.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Woman says fracking damaged her property
The West Virginia Record
KELLY HOLLERAN

CHARLESTON – A Ritchie County resident has filed suit against the oil and gas companies she alleges harmed her land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resource. OilGasVickie Nutter says she owns a home at 4404 Oxford Road in Pullman, which is close to the oil and natural gas drilling activities of defendants Antero, based in Denver, and Hall Drilling of Ellenboro. The defendant companies utilize a process known as fracking to retrieve the oil and natural gas from the ground. Fracking is a controversial process that releases chemicals into the ground under extreme pressure in an effort to dislodge the gas, according to the complaint filed Aug. 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court. There are many dangerous environmental concerns that accompany the fracking process, the suit states. For instance, natural gas is often burned during the process, which results in excessive emissions of hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals, the complaint says. “[The] defendants’ natural gas activities, acts, omissions, and instrumentalities that are within defendants’ exclusive control, are dangerous, and have caused grave harm to plaintiff,” the suit states.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Dominion Natural Gas Exports Plan Gets Federal OK
ABC NEWS
FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Dominion Energy received federal approval late Monday to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. In its decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that the project, as approved with conditions, would minimize potential adverse impacts on landowners and the environment. FERC has approved three other LNG export projects, but this is the first one on the East Coast. The others are in the Gulf of Mexico.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Dealing with the threat beneath our feet
Observer-Reporter
Editorial

Imagine if, over the last decade, 135 people were killed and 600 were injured around the country as a result of bombings linked to terrorist groups. You can rest assured immediate actions would be taken within the halls of government and yet more steps would be instituted to beef up security at schools, airports, shopping malls and any other places where large numbers of people congregate. That, however, was the toll from fires and explosions sparked by leaking natural gas lines. These distribution lines allow us to heat our homes and fire our ovens and stoves. Most of the time, we can turn up our thermostats or start roasting a turkey without undue concern. But the infrastructure that carries gas to our homes is becoming increasingly decrepit and the response to it has, for the most part, been dilatory.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children Why oil spills, fracking, and climate change pose a special danger to the youngest members of all species.
Mother Jones
Indre Viskontas

It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein examines the effect that our reliance on fossil fuels has on the most helpless members of the animal kingdom—as well as on our own children.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
California Oil and Gas Update: In-depth look at the California BLM's fracking decision
JD Supra Business Advisor
Scott Castro

Oil and gas lease sales on public lands set to resume in 2015 based upon independent fracking report On August 28, 2014 the California State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signaled its intent to resume oil and gas lease sales on Federal lands in the state beginning next year with its announcement of a "comprehensive strategy for the federal oil and gas program in California." This announcement was issued after an independent study commissioned by the BLM found limited environmental effects from hydraulic fracturing (i.e., "fracking") and other enhanced drilling techniques.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Wastewater Tremors Weaker than Natural Earthquakes, USGS Reports
Heartland
James M. Taylor

Small earthquakes linked to underground wastewater injection are substantially weaker in their effects than natural earthquakes of the same magnitude, according to a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey . Natural earthquakes are approximately 16 times as strong as human-induced tremors of the same magnitude.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
FERC Authorizes Construction of Cove Point LNG Export Project
FERC
Press Release

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today authorized Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP to build the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in Calvert County, Maryland, and related facilities at an existing compressor station and at metering and regulating sites in Virginia. Today’s action came after more than two years of consideration of Dominion’s proposal during which FERC heard from more than 140 speakers at three public meetings related to the Environmental Assessment and received more than 650 comments from the public and federal, state and local agencies on the application. The project will enable Dominion to transport up to 860,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas form existing pipeline interconnects near the west end of the Cove Point Pipeline to the Cove Point terminal for the export of up to 5.75 metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year. The Commission found that the proposal, as mitigated with 79 conditions found in Appendix B of today’s order, is in the public interest.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Residents in shock as Texas Eastern begins clearing 35-mile gas line right of way in Lancaster County
Lancaster Online
AD CRABLE

Seventy-one homeowners and businesses in heavily populated Manheim Township are the first to get the shock. Beginning as early as next week, Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. will begin cutting down all trees and shrubs higher than 4 feet in a 75-foot-wide natural gas pipeline corridor that runs through yards in two sections of the township. The first areas to be shorn of existing vegetation are from Fruitville Pike to Lititz Pike and from Stoner Park to New Holland Pike.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
A U-Turn for a Terminal Built in Texas to Import Natural Gas
New York Times
Clifford Krauss

Qatar Petroleum, the state oil company, is now requesting permission to export American gas, proposing with its partner Exxon Mobil an audacious conversion of the facility to export from import. The additional estimated cost: $10 billion, if not more.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Israel's natural gas bonanza is an illusion, warns British energy expert Says export costs will be higher than those of competitors for all-important Far East market; suggests LNG be used mainly for domestic consumption.
Haaretz


The national consensus holds that the discoveries of huge offshore natural gas fields in recent years amount to an economic revolution, one that will put the economy on easy street for generations to come. A leading British energy expert, however, says it's an illusion. "Exporting gas as LNG [liquefied natural gas] is very expensive. Israeli gas isn't competitive enough to compete with LNG from other countries," says Nick Butler, one-time senior energy adviser to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and former vice president for strategy and policy development at British Petroleum Group, in an interview with Globes' Hedy Cohen.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Tanker Truck Causes Bridge To Partially Collapse In Greene County
CBS Pittsburgh


GREENE COUNTY (KDKA) – A water tanker truck trying to cross a historic Greene County bridge caused part of the bridge to collapse. The Observer-Reporter reports that the Pollocks Mill Bridge is closed after the truck tried to cross Sunday afternoon. The truss bridge was built in 1878 and spans the Ten Mile Creek near Clarksville.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Students Unite to Stop Natural Gas Power Plant on Campus
EcoWatch
Emily Behnke

At first, my freshman year of college was a breeze. Gen Ed classes? Easy. Homework? Doable. A brand-new living space with unfamiliar people? You get used to it. But once I decided to contribute to a full-scale environmental campaign against the university over its decision to build a natural gas power plant on campus, my year got a lot more complicated. I was ready to do the same things everyone does freshman year. I went to tons of club meetings, tried new things and met new people. But then came the power plant. Second semester wasn’t even in full swing when I learned that the University of Delaware had, under the binds of a 75-year lease, offered a plot of land to an independent company, The Data Centers LLC, for the construction of a data center and the natural gas power plant needed to power it. It was a billion dollar deal. That certainly sounded like a lot of money to me.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
A U-Turn for a Terminal Built in Texas to Import Natural Gas
The New York Times
Clifford Kraus

SABINE PASS, Tex. — The giant Golden Pass natural gas import terminal here, meant to bring Middle Eastern gas to energy-hungry Americans, sits eerily quiet these days, a sleepy museum to a bygone era. Its 5,000 valves, 50 million pounds of steel and ship berth as big as 77 football fields — representing a $2 billion investment by Qatar Petroleum, Exxon Mobil and Conoco Phillips — have been dormant for nearly three years. The unexpected American shale fracking frenzy produced such a glut of domestic gas that the United States does not need Qatari gas anymore. But the Golden Pass story is only beginning.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure
BNA
Chemical Regulation Reporter

Sept. 25 — Chemical makers and energy companies have told the Environmental Protection Agency there is no need for it to require them to report information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing fluids. “The American Petroleum Institute does not think that this Toxic Substances Control Act rulemaking is necessary in light of the extensive information already available to EPA and the public, and the scope and purpose of TSCA,” API said in comments submitted to the agency Sept. 18.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
NY bills to curb fracking waste suggested
Democrat & Chronicle
Steve Orr

The New York League of Conservation Voters and state Sen. Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequoit, announced a series of proposals Monday to rein in the handling and disposal of gas and oil drilling waste in New York. At a news conference, O'Brien and the league president, Marcia Bystryn, said legislation would be introduced in Albany that would bar the disposal of drilling wastes in New York landfills and restrict the treatment of liquid wastes from drilling in municipal wastewater plants. Another bill would require that drilling waste be treated as hazardous wastes, requiring a more robust response if the waste is spilled.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Losses Announced In The Permian
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, one of the largest trading houses in Asia, announced a considerable impairment charge of its US tight oil assets in the Permian Basin. It was the largest loss for the company since 1998 and wiped out ~96% of its profit for the year. Although there were two other impairments, they paled in comparison to the loss on tight oil. According to the Financial Times, a company spokesman said: “It is difficult to extract the oil and gas efficiently,” adding that [the company] could not “expect as much production to recover the investment.”  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
U.K. Fracking Trespass Law Changes Move Forward Despite Huge Public Opposition
Inside Climate News
Guardian

Fracking will take place below Britons' homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws. The U.K. government argued that the current ability for people to block shale gas development under their property would lead to significant delays and that the legal process by which companies can force fracking plans through was costly, time-consuming and disproportionate.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
SOCMA Comments on EPA’s Proposed Fracking Disclosure Rule
Powder & Bulk Solids


The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to its proposed rulemaking requiring companies to disclose the composition of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Some SOCMA members, the majority of which are small businesses, manufacture chemicals used in oil and gas exploration, including fracking. The comments, penned by SOCMA’s William E. Allmond, vice president, government and public relations, and Dan Newton, senior manager, government relations, emphasize why protecting trade secrets is important to SOCMA members, specifically in an industry where it is difficult to launch a product into commerce.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Third firm courts Maine regulators for cash to back natural gas pipeline expansion
Bangor Daily News
Darren Fishell

PORTLAND, Maine — Three companies have formally offered natural gas pipeline capacity to state regulators, who are considering whether they should charge a new fee to all of Maine’s electricity customers to help pay for projects designed to bring more natural gas into the Northeast. On Monday, Houston-based Spectra Energy presented a plan for expanding existing pipelines spanning the Northeast, a shot back at the Houston-based Kinder Morgan, which delivered details of its proposal for a new pipeline to regulators last week. “We wanted the state to understand that we have real tangible proposals for them to consider,” said Greg Crisp, Spectra’s director of business development.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Maine Candidates for Governor Spar Over Natural Gas Pipeline
MPBN
Tom Porter

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is defending his support of legislation that could make it easier for private businesses to use eminent domain to seize property for natural gas pipeline expansion. The governor says the legislation is necessary to alleviate what he calls the New England energy crisis. But the governor's two opponents oppose the move.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Transcanada reduces flow on ANR gas pipeline after rupture
Reuters Africa


Sept 29 (Reuters) - Transcanada has declared force majeure on its ANR natural gas pipeline after a rupture in Michigan last week caused a loss in pressure and reduced supplies to customers, it said in a notice on Monday. The cause of the leak in Benton Harbor in southwest Michigan on Sept. 16 is unknown and Transcanada is investigating, a company spokeswoman said. It is not clear when the pipeline will return to full service. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a corrective action order last week ordering Transcanada to restrict flows following the incident. "We will continue to operate at a reduced pipeline capacity and we are working on ways to minimize any potential impact to customers," she said.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
PA Environmental Council Calls For Opposition To Buffer Rollback Bill
PA Environment Digest


The PA Environmental Council Monday wrote to members of the House Monday opposing House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) eliminating the nearly 4 year old requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value streams. The Council joins the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Fish and Boat Commission, PA Council of Trout Unlimited and the PA League of Women Voters in opposing the bill.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
PA League Of Women Voters Opposes Anti-Buffer House Bill
PA Environment Digest


The PA League of Women Voters wrote to members of the House Sunday opposing House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) eliminating the nearly 4 year old requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value streams.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
DEP Fines NFG Midstream $250,000 For Pipeline Construction Violations in Lycoming
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has fined NFG Midstream Trout Run LLC of Erie $250,000 for multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law and department regulations during construction of the Trout Run Gathering System pipeline in five Lycoming County municipalities during 2011 and 2012.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure
Bloomberg
Pat Rizzuto

Sept. 25 — Chemical makers and energy companies have told the Environmental Protection Agency there is no need for it to require them to report information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing fluids. “The American Petroleum Institute does not think that this Toxic Substances Control Act rulemaking is necessary in light of the extensive information already available to EPA and the public, and the scope and purpose of TSCA,” API said in comments submitted to the agency Sept. 18. State agencies and water authorities voiced a range of views on that question. Public health laboratories and environmental advocates told the EPA mandating disclosure will help protect the public and environment.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Pennsylvania DEP admits drilling probe error Tainted-water hearing targets Range inquiry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in Washington County. The disclosures came last week during sworn testimony by Vincent Yantko, a DEP water quality specialist and supervisor of the department’s investigation at Range Resources’ Yeager farm drill site in rural Amwell Township, as part of a case before the state Environmental Hearing Board in Pittsburgh.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Fracking opponents to Cuomo: Come to Pennsylvania!
The Journal News
Jon Campbell

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make good on a promise to visit fracking sites in other states, sending him a letter last week urging him to travel south to Pennsylvania. frackingAP-620x360In a letter dated Sept. 25, advocacy group New Yorkers Against Fracking offered to organize a tour of gas country in the neighboring state, asking him to “see, hear and smell what it is like to live with fracking.”  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
WV DEP issues notice of violation to Antero over Doddridge County drilling incident
WBOY
Kim Freda

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued a notice of violation to Antero Resources for a well drilling incident that could have released methane gas into 12 personal water wells. The DEP was contacted by Antero Resources at approximately 9:23 p.m. Sept. 24 after Antero drilled a well and came in contact with an adjacent well on Antero's Primm Pad. The well and pad are located on Oxford Road, in the West Union area of Doddridge County.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Students Unite to Stop Natural Gas Power Plant on Campus
EcoWatch
Emily Behnke

At first, my freshman year of college was a breeze. Gen Ed classes? Easy. Homework? Doable. A brand-new living space with unfamiliar people? You get used to it. But once I decided to contribute to a full-scale environmental campaign against the university over its decision to build a natural gas power plant on campus, my year got a lot more complicated.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Zeal for fracking ignores risk
Bowling Green Daily News
Robert McCartney

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s attitude toward natural gas “fracking” seems to depend on whether it occurs somewhere that would be politically inconvenient for him. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said recently he’s determined to prevent the controversial drilling method from intruding on the rugged Appalachian beauty of the George Washington National Forest, where opposition has been strong.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Polarization in New York state over fracking
Phys.org


On Sept. 18, The Earth Institute hosted Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible of the University of Colorado Denver for a seminar on "The Political Landscape of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in New York." The seminar was attended by students, faculty and staff from across Columbia, and members of the local community. Professors Heikkila and Weible presented the results of their study, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, looking at fracking perceptions in three study sites: New York, Texas and Colorado. The following is an overview of the results.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
What Will it Take for the EPA to Act on Fracking?
Food & Water Watch
Emily Wurth

It is well known that drilling and fracking contaminate water and it’s happening all across the United States. Yet President Obama and his administration, including the Environmental Protection Agency, are not only letting this happen unchecked, they’re actively promoting and expanding fracking. That’s why we’ve long been blowing the whistle and demanding answers.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Water Use for Fracking Oil Resembles Use for Conventional Production
University of Texas


AUSTIN, Texas — Producing oil through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses similar amounts of water on average as producing oil by conventional means, according to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology. Bridget Scanlon, a senior research scientist at the bureau and lead researcher on the study, said the findings are important because of the current debate about the amount of water used to produce energy.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Woman says fracking damaged her property
West Virginia Record
Kelly Hlleran

CHARLESTON – A Ritchie County resident has filed suit against the oil and gas companies she alleges harmed her land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resource.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Dark side of the boom
The Washington Post
Sari Horwitz

North Dakota’s oil rush brings cash and promise to reservation, along with drug-fueled crime FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION, N.D. — Tribal police Sgt. Dawn White is racing down a dusty two-lane road — siren blaring, police radio crackling — as she attempts to get to the latest 911 call on a reservation that is a blur of oil rigs and bright-orange gas flares. “Move! C’mon, get out of the fricking way!” White yells as she hits 102 mph and weaves in and out of a line of slow-moving tractor-trailers that stretches for miles.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Professor co-authors study on fracking concerns
News Record
Courtney Stanley

Community residents raised concerns about potential health impacts of unconventional natural gas-drilling methods in a study co-authored by a University of Cincinnati assistant professor at the College of Medicine. Erin Haynes, an assistant professor in the environmental health department, has spent over 10 years working with rural Ohio communities to better understand their health concerns,  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking boss bribes locals with promise to share of natural gas income if they agree to drilling under their homes
The Mail
Rosie Taylor

A fracking company has been accused of offering local people bribes of 6 per cent of its revenues if they agree to drilling under their homes. Jim Ratcliffe, the chairman of the chemicals firm Ineos, said that the offer meant landowners and communities could get £2.5billion over the next twenty years.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking: government ignores 99% opposition to change trespass law
Blue and Green Tomorrow
llaria Bertini

After a government consultation resulted in 40,000 objections to changes to trespass laws that would allow energy companies to drill on private land, the government has decided to go on with the reform and ignore the public’s concerns.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking could leave property owners liable - CLA
Farmers Guardian
Olivia Midgley

LANDOWNERS could feel the long term effects if the Government presses ahead with controversial plans which would allow drilling under properties without permission. The CLA said a consultation response from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on fracking failed to properly tackle the issue of long-term liability leaving landowners at risk long after drilling has stopped.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Officials decline to take stance on Algonquin pipeline
Lewisboro Ledger
Jane K Dove

Despite a spirited and well-informed request from a group of Lewisboro women asking the Town Board to pass a resolution that would require much more stringent environmental assessment of plans by Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC to expand compressor stations and a gas pipeline and infrastructure operations around the tri-state region, including Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam counties, officials gave a thumbs down. After hearing from Lewisboro residents Lisa Silver, Jennifer Lahey and Elizabeth Meyer-Gross on Monday night, Town Board members said the activities were not within the town of Lewisboro and therefore not a matter for a Town Board resolution.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking in the US: The story of one man's oil well
Christian Science Monitor
William Sargent

GALVESTON, TEXAS — East Texas between Houston and Galveston is a low flat land of cayenne-pepper heat coming off the tepid waters of Galveston Bay. The cries of laughing gulls and great-tailed grackles fill the salty air, and the silhouettes of vultures circle overhead. Donkey-head oil wells and offshore rigs moored opposite shrimp boats in the bay remind me that, despite a scattering of wind turbines and solar panels, the United States still remains firmly anchored in the Petroleum Age. That may be fortuitous for me, since I’m here to check out an oil well I’ve owned since I was in college. The site lies in a landscape of former horse farms and pear orchards on the Gulf Freeway, which runs between the two cities.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Green movement embracing more radical tactics as desperation grows
Al Jazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

Hundreds of thousands of people marched recently in the biggest climate-related demonstration ever. The slogan of the march: “To change everything, we need everyone.” A day later hundreds of people were arrested in downtown Manhattan for blocking traffic as part of the Flood Wall Street demonstration. The protesters' slogan: “Stop capitalism. End the climate crisis.” The two events, within 24 hours of each other and just a few miles apart, juxtaposed what have been two factions in the larger climate movement. The climate march highlighted the big-tent approach to organizing. Groups with widely differing and often conflicting ideals came together to broadcast a message that climate change is important — which they accomplished — but offered few solutions. On Wall Street, the protest was a tiny fraction of the march’s size and garnered much less attention, but the demands were much clearer: Hold the financial industry and the politicians who support it accountable for propping up the energy industry.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Dubious data: DEP’s flawed records stir mistrust on drilling
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Editorial

Drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale using the method known as fracking has been arguably both the greatest economic opportunity for Pennsylvania in recent years and its residents’ biggest concern. The Post-Gazette believes drilling can bring great benefits if it is properly regulated to protect the environment. To establish public trust in this process, the Corbett administration must inspect drill sites competently and disseminate the information efficiently. That challenge is being met only partly. While inspectors appear to be doing the best they can, despite claims that there are not enough of them, the information the state keeps on companies is incomplete and inaccurate, as the Post-Gazette’s Sean Hamill reported in a series of stories. His time-consuming investigation, which included filing requests for data under the state’s Right to Know law, went beyond the scope of most citizens’ ability to seek useful information on spills and driller performance. Unfortunately, the information assembled by the state is too flawed to be useful to anyone.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Caudrilla withdraws applications to frack in Lancashire after encountering problems with radioactive waste disposal
THE INDEPENDENT UK
TOM BAWDEN

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking in the US: The story of one man's oil well A writer from liberal Massachusetts goes to Texas to deal with a family oil well. What he learned about fracking, salt domes, and America's energy future.
Christian Science Monitor
William Sargent

GALVESTON, TEXAS — East Texas between Houston and Galveston is a low flat land of cayenne-pepper heat coming off the tepid waters of Galveston Bay. The cries of laughing gulls and great-tailed grackles fill the salty air, and the silhouettes of vultures circle overhead. Donkey-head oil wells and offshore rigs moored opposite shrimp boats in the bay remind me that, despite a scattering of wind turbines and solar panels, the United States still remains firmly anchored in the Petroleum Age.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Gas industry aims to reclaim word ‘fracking’
Eagle Ford Texas
Joe Mahoney

COOPERSTOWN — The shale gas industry is making a new gambit to reclaim the word “fracking.” Fracking is short-hand for the extraction process technically known as horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The technique involves injecting fluid into shale beds at high pressure to free natural gas and petroleum trapped thousands of feet below the surface of the earth. The word fracking only this year made its debut in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Some involved in the gas industry have been openly critical of the term, arguing it was intentionally demonized by anti-drilling activists who added the letter “k” to the slang term “frac’ing” that was initially used by drillers.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking rule-makers sort comments in N.C.
Pilot Online
Jonathan Drew

A member of the North Carolina commission that’s developing fracking regulations says the panel has received dozens of public comments that have caused them “to really go back and do our homework,” but thousands of others offer unusable input such as: “Don’t Frack NC.”  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Oil company getting out of fracking ... for now
CBC News


An oil and gas company with a presence on the west coast of Newfoundland says it will finalize its exploration plans this fall. But David Murray, president and CEO of Black Spruce Exploration, said those plans will not include hydraulic fracturing, which is the controversial process of pumping fluid into a well to create enough pressure to crack, or fracture, the rock layer.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
GOP divided over oil export ban
Politico
Elana Schor

Republicans may be the party of free markets and “drill, baby, drill,” but the party’s presidential hopefuls and congressional leaders are seriously divided on whether the U.S. should start exporting its gusher of domestic oil. The petroleum industry’s crusade to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports is shaping up as next year’s hottest energy debate, and potential White House contenders like Gov. Chris Christie and Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are already on board. But some of the Hill’s most powerful Republicans are conspicuously steering clear of the issue, including Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and would-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Study Finds Treated Fracking Wastewater Still Too Toxic
Oil Price
Andy Tully

One of the biggest concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is that the vast amount of wastewater produced by the process of extracting oil and gas from shale rock deep underground is incredibly toxic. Most often, the wastewater is injected into disposal wells deep underground. But a process does exist to convert contaminated water into drinking water that involves running it through wastewater treatment plants and into rivers. Now a new report says that treated wastewater could be fouling drinking water supplies.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Thai-Japanese duo angling for another Marcellus ethane cracker
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

A partnership between Thailand’s largest chemical company and a Japanese trading and investment house is shopping the region for an ethane cracker site. Allenport’s Mon River Industrial Park in Washington County is one of three locations being evaluated by the group, which joins Bangkok-based PTT Global Chemical and Tokyo-based Marubeni Corp. This is the third potential cracker project seriously considering the Appalachian region to capitalize on the supply of natural gas liquids, specifically ethane, that are abundant in parts of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal Practices
Care2
EcoWatch

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report this week showing that Ohio was the only state among eight studied that allows waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed of without disclosure of the chemicals it contains.   [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
John Jenkyn welcomed CSG, now he wishes he'd locked the gate
Northern Star
Luke Mortimer

WHEN a few coal seam gas wells began springing up around John Jenkyn's property, he welcomed what he believed was a progressive and necessary industry. Now, four years and hundreds of wells later, the 47-year-old and his family of four, from Wieambilla, Queensland, say they are physically, mentally and financially shattered.   [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Gas industry aims to reclaim word 'fracking'
The Daily Star
Joe Mahoney

Fracking is short-hand for the extraction process technically known as horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The technique involves injecting fluid into shale beds at high pressure to free natural gas and petroleum trapped thousands of feet below the surface of the earth. The word fracking only this year made its debut in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Some involved in the gas industry have been openly critical of the term, arguing it was intentionally demonized by anti-drilling activists who added the letter “k” to the slang term “frac’ing” that was initially used by drillers.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
“The roads were cracking, the crime rate was rising”: What happens when fracking takes over your town
Salon
Lindsay Abrams

North Dakota is sitting on gold. The oil-rich Bakken formation, thanks to the advent of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, produces hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil each day; in one month this year, it produced as much oil as it had in all of 2004. And that means easy money, not just for North Dakotans, but for people all over the country in search of work. Welcome to the 21st-century boomtown. Change this drastic doesn’t come without its conflicts and complications, as director Jesse Moss found in Williston, a city in the western part of the state. Since 2008, workers have been streaming into the city, overwhelming its capacity to house them and testing the locals’ ability to be welcoming. The stand-out exception to the prevailing “us versus them” attitude is Pastor Jay Reinke, who fills his church — its pews, its hallways, its parking lot — with migrants.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Duke University Study on Fracking Questions Water Contamination Source
NCNN
Bruce Ferrell

DURHAM -- A new Duke University study on fracking blames the water contamination around drilling sites on leaky well shafts, rather than the actual fracking process. Luis Martinez, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, says, even after reviewing the study, hydraulic fracturing cannot be considered safe.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Nation rushes to embrace natural gas and fracking despite risks to environment
The Washington Post
Robert McCartney

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s attitude toward natural-gas “fracking” seems to depend on whether it occurs somewhere that would be politically inconvenient for him. McAuliffe (D) said recently he’s determined to prevent the controversial drilling method from intruding on the rugged Appalachian beauty of the George Washington National Forest, where opposition has been strong.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
U.S. judge refuses to halt fracking in Nevada
USA TODAY
Scott Sonner

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing that could harm sage grouse and cause more environmental damage than the Bureau of Land Management admits. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du ruled she has no authority to grant opponents' request for an emergency order that would prevent the BLM from formally issuing the leases in an area stretching across about 270 square miles of central Nevada. Glade Hall, a lawyer representing the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking, said this week they are considering refiling their complaint.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Water scarcity concerns grow from use of fracking
The Des Moines Register
Carolyn Heising

With all the recent news about the use of new technological innovations in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, you’d think that methods have been introduced to use less water for fracking. But the opposite is the case. For each new gas well, more than four times as much water, compared to a decade ago, is now being pumped deep beneath the ground, along with a mixture of sand and chemicals, to get gas out of shale formations.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Greenhouse gas emissions up, despite Obama plans
The Hill
Julian Hattem

The U.S. is releasing more of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide, even as the Obama administration is embarking on new plans to control the pollutant. Data from the Energy Department released on Friday showed that U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide — the primary greenhouse gas caused by humans — had ticked up in the first six months of 2014, compared to previous years.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Water scarcity concerns grow from use of fracking
Des Moines Register
Carolyn Heising Opinion

For each new gas well, more than four times as much water, compared to a decade ago, is now being pumped deep beneath the ground, along with a mixture of sand and chemicals, to get gas out of shale formations.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Report: Rapidly Expanding Frac Sand Miners Eye NY, MA, VT, PA
WAMC
Dave Lucas

Hydraulic fracturing is responsible for a surge in domestic production of natural gas. Although the contentious process is in political limbo in New York, several upstate counties may be virgin ground for the mining of what's called "frac sand."  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Here's Why Marcellus Shale Play Is So Important For Chesapeake
Forbes


The Marcellus shale is the largest natural gas producing region in the United States, accounting for close to one-fifth of the country’s total gas production. The shale is also emerging as one of the most economical gas plays, given the high production rates of wells in addition to improving drilling efficiencies being brought about by the adoption of technologies such as pad drilling. In this note, we take a look at Chesapeake Energy’s operations in the Marcellus shale as well as some of the broader trends driving production growth in the region.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Senator: General compared oil patch to war zone
Bismarck Tribune
Josh Wood Associated Press

DICKINSON, N.D. — The rapid growth of North Dakota's oil patch communities has so overwhelmed the infrastructure that the former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan compared the area to a battle field, a state legislator said Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said he met with retired Gen. David Petraeus after the former CIA director visited oil patch communities in April. “He (Petraeus) said, ‘You know, this kind of looks like a war zone,’” Wardner said at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Petroleum Council in Dickinson.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Fracking - gas industry wants final word
Philadelphia Inquirer
Andrew Maykuth

PITTSBURGH - The Marcellus Shale industry is trying to reclaim a word that has become one of the most effective weapons of natural gas foes: Fracking.... "Fracking's a good word," the narrators say in the industry's radio and television spots, which will roll out Thursday in Pennsylvania. The advertisements extol the energy security, job growth, lower heating costs, and tax revenue generated by the natural gas boom.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Oil terminal comment period extended again
Times Union
Rick Karlin

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has already extended the comment period once and now they are allowing more time for input on a heating plant at the Port of Albany sought by Global Partners. The plant would allow heavier crude, such as that from Alberta, Canada’s tar sands region, to be put on tankers. Environmentalists particularly dislike that variety of oil due to the emissions: Here are the details:   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
FEMA reverses ‘anti-fracking’ policy affecting NEPA flood victims
The Times Leader
Jon O'Connell

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has backpedaled on a policy that banned hydraulic fracturing or fracturing beneath land purchased with federal flood buyout money. In a letter provided by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, FEMA regional administrator MaryAnn Tierney said the department will make an exception for eight flood-stricken properties affected by policy, which was enacted on May 5. Five of those properties are in Wyoming County in and around Mehoopany that were submerged during flooding in 2011; the other three are in Williamsport.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Study: Treated fracking wastewater could still threaten drinking water
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

A new study shows how treated wastewater from oil and gas operations, when discharged into rivers and streams that travel toward drinking water intakes, can produce dangerous toxins. The research confirms what scientists have been warning about for some time. The high concentrations of salty brine, which flows up from deep underground once a well is fracked, are difficult to remove from the wastewater without the aid of an expensive technique called reverse osmosis or a cheaper method known as thermal distillation. If the wastewater is treated conventionally, which does not remove the bromides, chlorides or iodides, then it can be combined with chlorine at a drinking water facility, and create carcinogens such as bromines and iodines.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Colorado’s Perceived Left Turn Puts Governor in Tight Race
The New York Times
Jack Healy

JULESBURG, Colo. — When a Democratic mayor and former brewpub owner named John W. Hickenlooper was elected governor four years ago, he did it with support from voters like Mark Turner. Mr. Turner is a gun dealer, a small-town politician in eastern Colorado and an avowed enemy of partisan labels — “Just call me an American,” he says. He liked Mr. Hickenlooper’s wonky centrism and positive campaigning style............................................................................. In addition to the death penalty and gun control, Republicans are focusing on the drilling process called fracking and energy regulations, water and other issues that underscore the fissures between urban and rural Colorado. At a recent meeting with leaders from northeastern Colorado, Mr. Beauprez said that government was “tying a knot in our belly.” The countryside would be a key to undoing it, he said.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Energy litigation concerns growing in Texas shale
Houston Business Journal
Jordan Blum

As oil production continues to boom in southern Texas' Eagle Ford shale, more litigation continues to grow from land disputes and more people wanting to claim royalties. Tom Ciarlone, a partner in the Burleson LLP law firm's San Antonio office, said more energy companies from Houston and elsewhere should consider being more "proactive" in order to ward off growing lawsuit trends. "Deep pockets are targets in the Eagle Ford," Ciarlone said.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

Fracking will take place below Britons’ homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws. The UK government argued that the current ability for people to block shale gas development under their property would lead to significant delays and that the legal process by which companies can force fracking plans through was costly, time-consuming and disproportionate. There were a total of 40,647 responses to a consultation on the move to give oil and gas companies underground access without needing to seek landowners’ permission, with 99% opposing the legal changes. Setting aside the 28,821 responses submitted via two NGO campaigns, 92% of the remaining responses objected to the proposals.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Pa. Auditor General: Don’t rely on DEP for good information
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is having a rough week. On Thursday, the Attorney General’s office showed reporters evidence of how DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo exchanged pornographic emails with his pals on taxpayer time. And now, another state agency, the Auditor General’s office, has released a “citizens guide” to shale gas water complaints warning Pennsylvanians not to trust information on the DEP’s website. In an audit released back in July, the Auditor General described DEP’s ineptitude when it comes to investigating and acting upon shale gas related water complaints from citizens. Sloppy record-keeping, lax oversight, and poor communication with citizens topped the list of findings. So perhaps it’s not surprising that “Shale Gas Development and Water Quality Complaints — A Citizen’s Guide” urges caution when relying on DEP for accurate information.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Oil field worker dies in mishap
Amarillo Globe News
VANESSA GARCIA

An oil company worker was killed in a drilling accident about 11:30 a.m. Friday north of Amarillo. Potter County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an occupational accident on the Crawford Ranch on North U.S. Highway 287. Sheriff Brian Thomas said a man’s leg got caught in a ditch-digging machine. Responders provided emergency medical services on the man, but he died at the scene as a result of the injuries.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Fatal accidents spike during fracturing boom
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Lise Olsen

HOUSTON — Vilma Marenco called her husband after she finished the lunch shift at Pappasito's restaurant on April 22, promising to return before he had to catch a flight to a job in New Orleans. "Wait," she said. "Because I want to see you and kiss you before you leave." Marenco was less than a mile from home in Houston when the driver of an oilfield hauling truck, without a motor carrier license or any insurance, ran a red light on Old Beaumont Highway. The tractor-trailer, laden with metal pipe, struck and crushed the driver's side of Marenco's 15-year-old Chevy Cavalier, police reports and photos show.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Sean Hannity And Dana Perino: "Sponsored By" Fracking Companies
Media Matters
ERIC HANANOKI

Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Dana Perino are giving speeches "sponsored by" major fracking companies while pushing for fracking on Fox. The conservative commentators spoke at the Shale Insight 2014 conference on September 24-25. The two-day event was organized by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), an industry lobbying group that advocates for the "development of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale geological formations." MSC members include Chevron, Shell, and ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy. The group spent over $900,000 on lobbying in Pennsylvania during the first quarter of this year.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
UK Government Says Never Mind What People Want, Let’s Frack
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Following a nearly three-month public comment period in which more than 90 percent of the comments were opposed, the UK government announced it will go ahead with a plan to allow fracking beneath homes without the owners’ permission. Current rules allow homeowners to block shale gas projects. The government says the legal process to force them to allow them so is too time-consuming and expensive.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
The Natural Gas Boom Could Accelerate Climate Change
FiveThirtyEight Science
BROOKS MINER

Natural gas production in the United States is booming: Since 2005, it has increased by 35 percent,1 and with each passing year the country burns more gas, and less coal and oil. Natural gas emits far less carbon dioxide than coal or oil, and the gas boom has driven a decline in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade. The boom stems largely from the shale gas revolution, in which hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling (“fracking”) allows recovery of natural gas and petroleum trapped in underground shale formations. Policymakers have hailed this revolution as beneficial in the fight against climate change, but natural gas does have a dark side: It is composed primarily of methane, which has a much stronger climate-warming effect than carbon dioxide. Unburned methane that leaks into the air from anywhere in our natural gas infrastructure has a potent climate-warming effect, and global methane levels have been steadily increasing since 2007.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Fracking And Chemicals Used In Drilling: A Supply Chain In Need Of Improvement
Forbes
Steve Banker

In producing oil through fracking, and other types of oil production as well, chemicals are injected into the ground to increase flow. The industry argues these chemicals are safe, environmental activists the opposite. Regardless of which position you take, there is a supply chain associated with delivering these chemicals to oil fields. A better supply chain means lower costs and better safety. Dave Lafferty wrote about this supply chain in a recent article which I have summarized below. Dave Lafferty was formerly a Technology Advisor in the Chief Technology Office at BP. He is now an ARC Associate assisting with research on Oil & Gas technologies.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Judge: Sovereign exempt from Broomfield fracking moratorium
Broomfield Enterprise
Megan Quinn

Ruling finds oil and gas company can drill because of memorandum of understanding Sovereign is not subject to Broomfield's five-year moratorium on fracking, meaning the oil and gas company can move forward with plans to drill, a judge ruled on Thursday. Sovereign sued Broomfield, claiming it should be exempt from Broomfield's fracking restriction because of an agreement it had in place before the moratorium was approved by voters. Sovereign in 2013 planned to drill new wells in Broomfield, but was not able to because of the passage of the moratorium in November.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Mining for sand for fracking holds risks for communities, study says
Los Angeles Times
NEELA BANERJEE

As a domestic energy boom driven by hydraulic fracturing spreads, so could strip-mining for sand needed for the controversial production process, introducing risks to water, air, public health and property values, according to a report issued Thursday.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, Too
ProPublica
Naveena Sadasivam

A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers – men and women often performing high-risk jobs – are routinely being underpaid, and the companies hiring them often are using accounting techniques to deny workers benefits such as medical leave or unemployment insurance. The DOL investigations have centered on what is known as worker "misclassification," an accounting gambit whereby companies treat full time employees as independent contractors paid hourly wages, and then fail to make good on their obligations. The technique, investigators and experts say, has become ever more common as small companies seek to gain contracts in an intensely competitive market by holding labor costs down.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
US Oil & Gas Fracking Boom Could Drive Silica Sand Mining Operations In 12 More States, Environmental Groups Say
International Business Times
Maria Gallucci

Victoria Trinko says she hasn’t opened the windows to her home in Bloomer, Wisconsin, in more than two years. That’s around the time a mining company began churning up silica sand a half-mile from her family farm, filling the air with tiny particles and making it harder for her to breathe. “I could feel dust clinging to my face and gritty particles on my teeth,” Trinko recalls.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking
Truthout
Ellen Cantarow

The Real Cost of Fracking by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald paves the way for the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry to be put on trial for its role in endangering the health of American families, animals, food and water systems. In 1997, my husband and I got three Siamese kittens. Two were a brother-sister pair born into the same litter. The third was a kitten so tiny that she fit easily into the palm of my hand and, when she reached our house, into the cut-glass fruit bowl where, for half a day, she retreated in bereavement. It turned out that she should have stayed with her mother longer; she wasn't quite weaned. So I became her mother: part of the time I carried her around with me in a sack as if she were a baby. I'll admit that the cats have been like children in our family - especially Zoe, as bold, cheerful and fearless as she was small, with huge foxlike ears, large sapphire eyes, a slender muzzle and subtle, tan stripes. For the rest of her life, Zoe was with me when she wasn't sleeping - following me around the house, perched on the back of my chair while I wrote, lying next to me when I slept. On December 27, 2013, she died of kidney failure. The other two cats, now 17, live on.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Burnaby wins ruling against Kinder Morgan
Vancouver Observer
Mychaylo Prystupa

In what's considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby's legal battle to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the National Energy Board struck down the company's application to forbid Burnaby city staff from blocking the pipeline company's test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. “Kinder Morgan is this arrogant company who assumed they could just go in and take direct action [to remove trees], based on their legal interpretation," said Burnaby's lawyer, Gregory McDade, Q.C. Thursday evening. "They thumbed their nose at the law." "It turns out they were wrong," added the lawyer.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Cuomo must ban fracking to protect the environment
Queens Chronicle
Nicole Caparelli Opinion

As you may know, fracking is a method of extracting fossil fuels — predominantly natural gas — from the shale formations deep underground. Fracking involves drilling a well, first far downward and then laterally along the rock formation, and then forcing an ultra-pressurized mix of liquid and sand into the well, creating cracks in the shale that release gas. If you’re an energy company executive, the technology that makes fracking possible is a miracle. If you’re a citizen who cares about the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the troubling prospect of a changing climate — it is an outright disaster. The list of calamitous impacts of fracking is continuously growing. New studies are confirming the long-held suspicions that fracking is linked to methane contamination of ground water — despite the drillers’ claims to the contrary.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Ohio is cited in GAO report for fracking waste disposal
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

COLUMBUS, OHIO: The federal Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a new report (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-857R) disclosing that Ohio alone of eight states studied allows contaminated waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed without advance disclosure of the contaminants it contains. The report had been requested by members of U.S. Senate and House environment committees to disclose the level of disclosure on the nature and toxicity of such wastes since “fracking” of deep shale rock layers to unlock oil and natural gas deposits has become common.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Cherokees join growing list of governments to ban fracking
NC Policy Watch


The Smoky Mountain News reports that the latest such body to weigh in to keep their community fracking-free is the Eastern Band of Cherokees Tribe: The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined a growing number of local governments opposing the state legislature’s decision to allow hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, in North Carolina. Earlier this month, tribal council passed a resolution outlawing the practice on tribal lands, a force of authority stronger than what county and municipal governments possess.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Couple claims fracking is destroying their land
West Virginia Record
Kelly Holleran

CHARLESTON – Two Harrison County residents have filed suit against the oil and gas companies they allege harmed their land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resources. Bobby Lee Woodard and Zoe A. Woodard say they own a home at 3620 Isaacs Creek Road in Lost Creek, which is close to the natural gas drilling activities of the defendants Antero Appalachian and Hall Drilling.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Fracking Documentary Breaking Free at 30th Annual Boston Film Festival World Premiere Screening 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Revere Hotel September 25, 2014
Herald Online


NEW YORK — A premiere of Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution, a new documentary about the American energy renaissance directed by independent filmmaker Robin Bossert, will be featured in the closing day showcase “Call to Action on the Environment” at the 30th Annual Boston Film Festival at 2 p.m. September 28 at the Revere Hotel. The director will be on hand to answer audience questions after the film viewing. “Breaking Free seeks to bridge the information gap between public perception and an industry that fuels our daily lives, our national economy, and our future,” said filmmaker Bossert, who brings more than 30 years of experience to the documentary. “In making this documentary, we hope to lower the temperature on the conversation about fracking so we can make the right decisions for the future of our country.”   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Fracking in Fermanagh could unleash health disaster for locals, says doctor
Irish Mirror
Maurice Fitzmaurice

GP to warn politicians that nosebleeds headaches, rashes, breathing difficulties and nausea could affect people living near sites   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Government to introduce fracking drilling law despite 99% opposition
Click Green


The Government has confirmed it is to introduce proposed legislation to allow fracking companies to drill under homes without the property owner’s permission despite 99% of respondents to the consultation opposing the plans. Following a three-month public consultation, Energy Minister Matt Hancock today confirmed the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will press ahead with the controversial law change.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Poll: UK perception of fracking improves, but public prefers renewables
Blue and Green Tomorrow
Tom Revell

The UK public has warmed slightly to fracking, according to a new poll, though approval rates for shale gas exploration remain low when compared to renewable energy. The survey, conducted by researchers from the University of Nottingham, reveals that approval for shale gas has risen from a low of 18.4%, after high profile anti-fracking protests last year, up to 21% as of September 2014.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Report: Rapidly Expanding Frac Sand Mining Is Hidden Danger Of Fracking Boom In U.S.
Sys-Con Media
PR Newswire

Major Harms Already Seen to Human Health, Water Quality and Property Values in WI and MN; Rapid Growth of Fracking Could Lead to Similar Mining in IL, ME, MA, MI, MO, NY, NC, SC, PA, TN, VT and VA. BOSTON, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frac sand mining – the extraction of the fine-particle sand needed for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") of wells -- is expanding rapidly in the United States and poses a little-understood threat to human health, the environment, and local economies, according to a major report issued today by the Civil Society Institute's Boston Action Research (BAR) and released in cooperation with Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA).  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Earthquake Prompts Fracking Site Shutdown
Water Online
Sara Jerome

Ohio regulators froze operations at two injection wells for fracking sites after an earthquake hit the state this month. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources cited "possible evidence that the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake," the Associated Press paraphrased. An agency spokeswoman said that the department issued the order to American Water Management Services, according to the AP.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
5 Must-See Videos Inspired by the People’s Climate March
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

It was great to be in New York City and one of the 400,000 taking part in the People’s Climate March. What an incredible moment in time. It truly feels like the tipping point we’ve all been waiting for.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Danger in the Air Silica Particles from Frac Sand Mining Put Tens of Thousands at Risk
Environmental Working Group
Soren Rundquist, EWG GIS/Landscape Analyst, and Bill Walker, EWG Consultant

The boom in natural gas and oil exploration using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, commonly called fracking, has created a huge demand for the sand that drilling companies mix with water and toxic chemicals and inject underground to free gas and oil trapped in deep rock formations. A 33-county area that spans southeastern and south-central Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa has become a major source for this now-valuable sand. As of March 2014, according to data compiled and mapped by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the tri-state area was home to 71 operating silica sand mines and 27 sites for solely processing, transporting or loading sand onto trucks or rail cars. Another 82 mines or associated sites have been proposed or granted permits.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Pennsylvania Releases Official File Detailing 250 Water Supplies Directly Polluted by Fracking
Reader Supported News
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Sep 25, 2014
Confessions of a reluctant climate-change marcher
The Villager
Sarah Ferguson

What was the impact of Sunday’s massive People’s Climate March? Was it, as 350.org founder and march instigator Bill McKibben claimed, “the most important day” in the history of the climate movement? I confess when I first heard about the march, it seemed like another big protest parade to nowhere through the canyons of N.Y.C. With slick subway ads pledging to unite “hipsters and bankers” and even a glossy promo video celebrating the organizers and their mission to “make history,” the march sounded more like Live Aid for the planet — with no central demands on world leaders or threats to corporate power to give it teeth. Having walked through the soles of my boots at marches to stop Bush’s Iraq War, I’ve experienced the limits of simply putting our bodies in the streets.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
If Democrats take majority, Senate would take up fracking bills
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—A number of bills to restrict fracking in New York State could make their way to the Senate floor if Democrats win control of the upper chamber in November.... In the Senate, where the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference and Republicans control the chamber, a number of anti-fracking bills have died in committee in recent years. But Democrats, particularly those in New York City whose constituents would not directly benefit from fracking-related jobs, have been waiting for years to get those bills to the floor.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Fracking - gas industry wants final word on word
Philadelphia Inquirer
ANDREW MAYKUTH

PITTSBURGH - The Marcellus Shale industry is trying to reclaim a word that has become one of the most effective weapons of natural gas foes: Fracking. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, which opened its annual conference Wednesday in Pittsburgh, is launching a campaign aimed at countering the negative connotations associated with fracking, the term derived from the gas-extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing, which has become a catchall pejorative among activists for all aspects of drilling.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Switch to Natural Gas Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds
National Geographic
Christina Nunez

Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday. Increased use of natural gas has been widely credited with having reduced U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in recent years. But the new study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, finds that between 2013 and 2055 the use of natural gas could reduce cumulative emissions from the electricity sector by no more than 9 percent, a reduction the authors say will have an insignificant impact on climate. The power sector accounts for around a third of U.S. emissions.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking
EIN Newsdesk
Ellen Cantarow

The Real Cost of Fracking by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald paves the way for the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry to be put on trial for its role in endangering the health of American families, animals, food and water systems. In 1997, my husband and I got three Siamese kittens. Two were a brother-sister pair born into the same litter. The third was a kitten so tiny that she fit easily into the palm of my hand and, when she reached our house, into the cut-glass fruit bowl where, for half a day, she retreated in bereavement. It turned out that she should have stayed with her mother longer; she wasn't quite weaned. So I became her mother: part of the time I carried her around with me in a sack as if she were a baby. I'll admit that the cats have been like children in our family - especially Zoe, as bold, cheerful and fearless as she was small, with huge foxlike ears, large sapphire eyes, a slender muzzle and subtle, tan stripes. For the rest of her life, Zoe was with me when she wasn't sleeping - following me around the house, perched on the back of my chair while I wrote, lying next to me when I slept. On December 27, 2013, she died of kidney failure. The other two cats, now 17, live on. It is hard to imagine how I would feel if a corporation invaded my neighborhood, drilled for gas, spread fracking waste on our driveway, and contaminated the water our animals and we drink. To think of Zoe or either of the other two being poisoned by the drilling chemicals, and by the heavy metals, radium and fracking fluid chemicals that spew up in millions of gallons after the drilling, is terrible. But this is exactly what has happened to companion animals and livestock owned by rural residents of Pennsylvania, site of the nation's most frenzied and protracted high-volume hydraulic fracturing. (By now you probably know what "fracking" of the high-volume variety means: "high-volume" involves millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals and sand, which are propelled down drill bores to blast methane up and out of shale. The flowback I've just described follows the actual drilling.) Sarah and Josie are neighbors in countryside south of Pittsburgh, a quiet rural landscape undergoing massive industrialization by the fracking industry. Josie's dream was to raise purebred boxers and bulldogs, her life revolving around the animals. Sarah lived in a farmhouse more than a century old, together with her two children. A neighbor leased several acres of his farmland to a fracking company and Josie, who already knew about the links between fracking and water contamination, began keeping precise records charting the drilling and completion of wells and also the completion of a wastewater impoundment. It was after the impoundment was completed in spring 2010 that Josie lost her well water and her spring water dropped to a trickle. With her husband she began hauling water from a nearby creek for the family needs - they couldn't manage physically to haul water for their horses. The first animal to die wasn't a horse, but a young, beloved boxer named Mr. Higgins. A veterinarian diagnosed kidney failure. One of Mr. Higgins' lymph nodes was enlarged; a New York State veterinarian named Michelle Bamberger, who was interviewing Pennsylvania residents for a book she was writing with Cornell University molecular medicine professor Robert Oswald, advised a needle biopsy to rule out lymphoma (common in this breed, she notes in the book that has finally appeared, The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets And Food, published by Beacon Press in August). The needle biopsy was never done - even though Josie brought Mr. Higgins to a specialty clinic, she "declined further diagnostics and opted for euthanasia," not being able to bear watching him suffer any longer. "A young dog," observes Bamberger, "less than two years old, progressed from healthy to incapacitated in a few days, with lab work indicating the possibility of cancer, but also liver and kidney toxicity." Josie told Bamberger that two days before Mr. Higgins became ill, a truck had spread wastewater on her road (a common industry practice), and Mr. Higgins lapped up a puddle near the driveway. "Josie will never know for sure," says Bamberger, "but very likely Mr. Higgins drank a cocktail of heavy metals and radioactive and organic compounds that tasted salty and made him want to consume more." Next in the death march was a horse named Amy, pronounced healthy by a veterinarian several months after Mr. Higgins died, but who, a few weeks after that, stopped eating, lost weight and appeared to lose her balance and coordination. A vet came to treat Amy for what he assumed was a neurological disease (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis) and took blood for testing. Two days later Amy's back legs became so weak she couldn't stand. She sank in her stall and began convulsing. Again distraught, Josie had Amy euthanized. The blood results indicated liver failure due to toxicity - the vet suspected poisoning from heavy metals (these are present in fracking wastewater) - but the illness was never diagnosed. Josie couldn't afford the necropsy and further testing that might have concluded the diagnosis. Moreover, representatives of the drilling company came soon after the euthanasia and offered a "neighborly thing": carting Amy's body off to be incinerated. Both Sarah and Josie experienced the entry of fracking crews in their area as an invasion that started with "dust . . . dirt, and . . . noise caused by . . . constant drilling traffic." Earlier, the view from Sarah's farmhouse had been gorgeous, with vistas across the valley to the next ridge of hills, and a feeling of seclusion and privacy. But a large well pad (a "pad" is the area where wells are located) was built with seven wellheads and attendant tanks (one of the signal characteristics of high-volume fracking is multiple wellheads occupying a single pad). From these issued poisons (my word rather than the euphemism "contaminants") that thickened the atmosphere, finally driving Sarah, a single mother and a nurse, to take her children and leave. "There were times . . . in the morning - the air would feel dewy. You could just feel the chemicals on you," she told Bamberger. "It was so thick. It's almost like a bug that is caught in a fogger . . . I felt like I couldn't breathe - I would get so short of breath." The animals were sentinels for Sarah's symptoms. Besides shortness of breath, she lost her sense of smell. After abandoning the house, whenever she returned, she'd get a metallic taste in her mouth and a recurrence of headaches. She still feels guilty that she waited to leave this house, one that commanded her love and loyalty because her great-grandfather had lived in it. With what the authors describe as "a mother's guilt" Sarah said, "We didn't even know [the impoundment] was up there until we figured out what was going on. We just thought it was a well pad." Both women are left to live with uncertainty about the consequences of living where they have: cancers, for instance, take many years to develop, and by the time they do, it is even harder to establish causes. The book's frontispiece has the simple legend, "For the animals," and the way animals and children become sentinels for adults living amidst fracking infrastructures. Children's metabolic rates are higher than adults'; their immune systems, immature. But animals suffer greater exposures than children do. "While children are sentinels," write the authors, "for many reasons, animals are even more so. When families leave for work and school, their animals are often left at home either in the house, barn, or yard, increasing exposure times. Whereas children can be given bottled water to drink, few people can afford to buy bottled water for a horse  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Earthquake Prompts Fracking Site Shutdown
Water Online
Sara Jerome

Ohio regulators froze operations at two injection wells for fracking sites after an earthquake hit the state this month. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources cited "possible evidence that the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake," the Associated Press paraphrased. An agency spokeswoman said that the department issued the order to American Water Management Services, according to the AP. Frackfree Mahoning Valley, an advocacy group, had pushed for regulators to step in after the quake. "In the interest of protecting the public health, safety, and well-being, concerned citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley are calling for an immediate halt of all waste injection at two, new Weathersfield injection wells that are, reportedly, near the epicenter of the 2.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred on August 31, 2014 in the Weathersfield/Niles, Ohio area. FFM wants to know if waste injection is still ongoing at the wells, or not," the group said in a press release. Ohio regulators have studied the link between earthquakes and injection wells in the past. "All of the conditions associated with induced seismic activity can be addressed in the well permitting and construction process by utilizing additional geologic data and prohibiting injection into Precambrian basement rock. Future earthquakes can be avoided," according to previous Ohio Department of Natural Resources documents. Various researchers are studying the connection between earthquakes and fracking sites. According to a study released in July, "the massive increase in earthquakes in central Oklahoma is likely being caused by the injection of vast amounts of wastewater from oil and gas operations into underground layers of rock," an announcement from the University of Colorado reported.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Fort Collins appealing to keep fracking ban
starherald.com


City councilors in Fort Collins voted Tuesday to appeal a court ruling last month overturning a 5-year ban on hydraulic fracturing passed by voters. The Coloradoan reports that the city's attorney will file an action in the Colorado Court of Appeals and also ask a lower court to keep the ban in place while the appeal proceeds. Last month, Longmont leaders also decided to appeal a ruling against its ban on fracking. The technique pumps water, fine sand and chemicals into wells to fracture open oil- and gas-bearing rock deposits. A judge has also overturned Lafayette's fracking ban. The Colorado Oil & Gas Association says the appeal is a waste of taxpayers’ money.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Gas drilling public health risks get an airing
WTOP


OAKLAND, Md. (AP) -- Garrett County residents are getting a chance to hear about the potential public health risks of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in their region. The local health department is hosting a presentation Thursday night on a study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal Practices
EcoNews
Anastasia Pantsios

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report this week showing that Ohio was the only state among eight studied that allows waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed of without disclosure of the chemicals it contains.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Natural Gas a Bridge to Nowhere, Study Finds
EcoNews
Anastasia Pantsios

A study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that switching from coal to natural gas would not significantly lower the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, Too U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings.
ProPublica
Naveena Sadasivam

A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers – men and women often performing high-risk jobs – are routinely being underpaid, and the companies hiring them often are using accounting techniques to deny workers benefits such as medical leave or unemployment insurance.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Colorado Fracking Panel Meets For First Time
CBS Denver


DENVER (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday told a group he assembled to study land-use clashes between Colorado’s energy industry and homeowners that he’s hopeful the suggestions they give state lawmakers can be a model for other places grappling with the issue.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
VIDEO Carcross, Yukon, residents speak out against fracking Hearings in Whitehorse Thursday night and Saturday
CBC News


More than 100 people in Carcross, Yukon, came out to a meeting last night to talk about fracking, and speakers were overwhelmingly against the practice. An all-party legislative committee has been gathering opinion at public hearings on the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing since June.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Couple claims fracking is destroying their land
The West Virginia Record
KELLY HOLLERAN

CHARLESTON – Two Harrison County residents have filed suit against the oil and gas companies they allege harmed their land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resources. OilGasBobby Lee Woodard and Zoe A. Woodard say they own a home at 3620 Isaacs Creek Road in Lost Creek, which is close to the natural gas drilling activities of the defendants Antero Appalachian and Hall Drilling. The defendant companies utilize a process known as fracking to retrieve the oil and natural gas from the ground. Fracking is a controversial process that releases chemicals into the ground under extreme pressure in an effort to dislodge the gas, according to the complaint.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
'Fracking' wastewater that is treated for drinking downstream produces potentially harmful compounds
Science Daily
American Chemical Society

Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy. A new study has found that discharge of fracking wastewaters to rivers, even after passage through wastewater treatment plants, could be putting the drinking water supplies of downstream cities at risk.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Brian Gallant's hydro-fracking promise concerns oil industry Oil and gas industry would like to sit down with Gallant to discuss 'fact-based information'
CBC News


New Brunswick Premier-designate Brian Gallant says he will follow through on his party’s plan to institute a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, but that has people in the oil and gas industry concerned. Nova Scotia and Quebec have already instituted fracking bans.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Treating fracking wastewater results in new unsafe compounds Researchers with the American Chemical Society found that even extremely diluted wastewater can still produce toxic byproducts when treated.
UPI
Brooks Hays

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A new study suggests fracking wastewater can endanger drinking water even after it has passed through treatment plants and been diluted.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Lawsuit threatens 'ban' on fracking
Petoskey News
Mark Johnson

MICHIGAN — After reviewing a number of state and tribal laws, two men believe a specific type of drilling in Michigan has been executed illegally. Phil Bellfy, democratic candidate for the 37th State Senate District and Tim LaCroix, candidate for the Charlevoix County Commissioner District 3, filed a lawsuit asking for an injunctive order which would stop the use of fresh water injected into the ground during hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking," until Tribal or Federal court has an opportunity to review the situation.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Fracking Bans Start to Upset Colorado Land Owners
Townhall.com
thomas Miller

Some mineral owners in Colorado are ticked off. Facing several looming local initiatives to ban fracking in some of the most oil-rich parts of the state, those who would benefit most, the royalty owners, are out right upset.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Fracking waste ban discussed in Albany County
WNYT


Fracking takes center stage once again in Albany County. The legislature held a public hearing on the waste created by the controversial gas drilling method. Even though fracking isn't happening in New York, the waste has been dumped in New York landfills for decades.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Study: People Who Live Near Fracking Sites More Likely to Report Health Problems
Lawyers and Settlements.com
Heidi Turner

Pittsburgh, PA: While many people have discussed the possibility that hydraulic fracturing and fracking contamination are linked to health problems in people who live near the sites, not a lot of research has been done into the issue. Water contamination and other lawsuits have been filed alleging people who lived near the sites suffered injury or illness as a result, but still not a lot is known about the potential link between fracking and health problems.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
New York State Steps Up On Clean Energy--10 years, $5 billion
NRDC Switchboard
Jackson Morris Blog

Here’s the news, hot off the press: New York’s Governor Cuomo has proposed committing $5 billion—that’s right—a walloping $5 billion, over the next 10 years, to make New York state a clean-power powerhouse. The proposal, submitted yesterday afternoon as a part of a regulatory filing, would put the Empire State on a clear glide path toward meeting its existing commitments to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. That’s pretty impressive.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Burned up by self-righteous environmentalists
AM New York
William F. B. O'Reilly

These crisp autumn days are sublime, but I'm burning up inside. Ever since the People's Climate March Sunday, beads of perspiration have been running down my neck. I can't figure out why.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
CSU develops website to monitor well water
Coloradoan
Ryan Maye Handy

Colorado State University researchers unveiled a website that monitors well water quality near oil and gas development sites on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The website, Colorado Water Watch, is the first of its kind in the nation, researchers said. It takes data from wells near oil and natural gas sites and uploads them every hour. Ken Carlson, a CSU professor of civil engineering, led the project and with other researchers spent the last 18 months selecting wells for testing and building a the back end of the system.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
National Grid begins work on Newtown Creek project
Capital New York
David Giambusso

National Grid and New York City have begun the design and construction phase of a plan to convert solid waste into pipeline quality natural gas, the utility and city will announce Thursday. As Capital reported last month, the Newtown Creek wastewater treatment facility in Brooklyn is expanding a pilot program that examined turning food and solid waste into gas.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Finger Lakes residents ask Schumer and Gillibrand to intervene in propane storage pl
Legislative Gazette
Michael Burke

Residents and business owners in the Finger Lakes region are calling for U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with President Barack Obama to intervene and halt a natural gas storage expansion plan on Seneca Lake. A coalition consisting of hundreds of businesses and residents in the Finger Lakes region sent letters to the elected officials citing residents' health and the health of Seneca Lake, which is a drinking water source for 100,000 people and critical to the local economy.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Obama’s Bridge Energy Hampers Renewables, Researchers Say
Bloomberg
Isaac Arnsdorf

Growing use of natural gas fails to benefit the environment because it slows the spread of renewable energy sources, according to a study released today. While natural gas releases less carbon dioxide than coal when burned to produce electricity, it hampers growth of cleaner energy such as wind and solar, according to a paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Without a climate policy, inexpensive gas will increase power consumption, researchers from the University of California at Irvine, Stanford University and the Stanford, California-based non-profit organization Near Zero found using an economic model.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Obama's Pitiful Pledge Epitomizes Failure of UN Summit: Climate Campaigners
Common Dreams
Sarah Lazare

Historic crowds gathered in New York City this week to demand drastic action in the face of the ever worsening climate crisis. But at Tuesday's Climate Summit at the United Nations headquarters, heads of state—most notably President Obama—did not come close to heeding the urgent calls for concrete action, say climate justice campaigners. The summit was convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to showcase "government, finance, business, and civil society" solutions to the climate crisis, according to a UN announcement. Politicians, corporations, and token civil society groups were invited to participate, while social movement organizations were excluded from the summit. Perhaps the most notable thing about this year's meeting, which follows a similar gathering in Copenhagen in 2009, was the large role played by corporations in the day's events and plenaries. Justin Gillis pointing out in the New York Times that "companies are playing a larger role than at any such gathering in the past."  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Strictly Business: Why $50 Billion Divestment of Oil Stocks Makes Sense
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

Various philanthropies and high wealth individuals controlling ~ $50 billion in assets announced that they intend to divest their portfolios of all fossil fuel stocks over the next five years. The most interesting comment to come out of this announcement came from Stephen Heintz, an heir of John D. Rockefeller who, of course, made his fortune in the oil business. Heintz stated: “We are quite convinced that if he [John D. Rockefeller] were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy.” Strictly from a business perspective, he is almost certainly right.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Tribe bans fracking
Smokey Mountian News
Holly Kays

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined a growing number of local governments opposing the state legislature’s decision to allow hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, in North Carolina. Earlier this month, tribal council passed a resolution outlawing the practice on tribal lands, a force of authority stronger than what county and municipal governments possess. The June legislation that lifted the state’s moratorium on fracking included a clause keeping local governments from outlawing the practice in their jurisdiction, so their resolutions are an expression of opinion rather than an act of law. But the Eastern Band is a sovereign nation, so the tribal council is able to completely prevent drilling on Cherokee land. “The State of North Carolina is without legal authority to permit hydraulic fracturing on Tribal Trust lands,” the resolution reads, later continuing, “The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will not permit or authorize any person, corporation or other legal entity to engage in hydraulic fracturing on Tribal Trust lands.”   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Recycle 'Fracking' Wastewater For Fracking, Don't Drink It
Science 2.0`


Natural gas hydraulic fracturing - fracking - has been wonderful for CO2 emissions while keeping energy costs for poor people manageable but a few sites have been treating fracking wastewater and returning it to rivers. A new study finds that this is just as risky as dumping any municipal treated wastewater back into rivers. As runoff, it is safe but it shouldn't be done in volume. In the case of fracking wastewater, existing facilities are not equipped to thoroughly deal with halides so until they are ready, it's simply better to use fracking wastewater for fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Tribe bans fracking
Smoky Mountain News
Holly Kays

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined a growing number of local governments opposing the state legislature’s decision to allow hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, in North Carolina. Earlier this month, tribal council passed a resolution outlawing the practice on tribal lands, a force of authority stronger than what county and municipal governments possess.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
‘Crippling penalties’ urged for drillers hiding fracking chemical lists
Bolumbus Business First
Tom Knox Blog

Some big, diverse names are speaking out on proposed EPA rules that could require oil and gas drillers to disclose the chemicals they use in fracking. Comments from the New York Attorney General and commissioners in Portage County, Ohio, plea for federal regulation, while oilfield services giant Halliburton Co. and the governor of Wyoming want the EPA to butt out. The commenting deadline was Sept. 18.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Could fracking harm drinking water?
Rock River Times
Jim Hagerty

An advocacy organization is launching a research effort to determine whether the practice of fracking could harm drinking water. Environment America wants answers it claims the fracking industry has failed to provide, specifically whether the controversial drilling technique will seep toxic chemicals into drinking water supplies.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
We Can Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Starting Today
EcoNews
Mark Ruffalo

Across the nation, American businesses, families and communities are embracing clean, renewable energy that is homegrown, healthy, and can never run out. By finding alternatives to fossil fuels that pollute our air and disrupt our climate, they are showcasing the single most practical way to tackle climate change, starting now. Companies including General Motors, Walmart, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Crayola and Google are putting in solar and wind farms to run operations, and finding that clean energy is good for business.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Finger Lakes residents ask Schumer and Gillibrand to intervene in propane storage plan
Legislative Gazette
Michael Burke

Residents and business owners in the Finger Lakes region are calling for U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with President Barack Obama to intervene and halt a natural gas storage expansion plan on Seneca Lake. A coalition consisting of hundreds of businesses and residents in the Finger Lakes region sent letters to the elected officials citing residents' health and the health of Seneca Lake, which is a drinking water source for 100,000 people and critical to the local economy.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
City to appeal judge's fracking decision
Coloradoan
Erin Udell

Fort Collins City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last month's overturning of the city's five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Fracking: What is it and why you should care
Orange County Register
Phoolendra Mishra

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines fracking or hydraulic fracturing as a “well stimulation process used to maximize the extraction of underground resources; including oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, and even water.” In a general sense, fracking requires injection of high-pressure fluid (generally water) mixed with chemicals to create cracks in the geologic layers deep below the surface. These cracks, or new channels, enable extraction of underground resources, which otherwise would stay there intact.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
World Leaders, Listen to the People Not the Polluters
EcoWatch
Kumi Naidoo

The world has changed since our leaders discussed climate change in 2009. It has become even more evident; ravaging crops in Africa, melting ice in the Arctic, drowning the Philippines and drying-up California. The poor are paying the highest price. But ever since super storm Sandy hit New York, even the rich in industrialized countries know that they can´t hide from devastating climate change in their gated communities.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Switch to Natural Gas Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds Will burning cheap gas just make us use more energy and delay the rise of renewables?
National Geographic
Christina Nunez

Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
New alliances being formed outside governments to fight climate change As activists bemoan a lack of political will among world leaders, what can the rest of society do about global warming?
Aljazeera America
Renee Lewis

In the absence of strong action by political leaders, many have wondered what can be done outside of governments to stave off the worst effects of global warming. Participants at the Empire State Building event said new alliances between the private sector and civil society are increasingly taking on that challenge.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Trace Isotope Analysis Reveals Fracking Is Contaminating Well-Water In 3 Ways
Neomatica
Editor

New research by scientists at Ohio State University using trace isotope analysis shows that increasing contamination over time of well water near 8 fracking sites in Texas and Pennsylvania is linked to fracking. The researchers extended their analysis and identified 3 mechanisms by which fracking was causing the contamination: 1) leaks through the “annulus”, or the space around a pipe in a well bore, 2) leaks through cracks in the production casing of pipes, and 3) leaks in a “failed well”, specifically through the failure of a well “packer” that usually acts a sealing device that blocks a well bore. Surprisngly, the researcher’s isotope analysis rules out direct-to-surface gas percolation induced by hydraulic fracturing deep underground. Instead, all of the inferred routes are via failures of engineering in man-made well structures designed to bring gas to the surface. The researchers considered two other routes to contamination, including 1) shallow microbial sources of natural gas (biogenic gas), 2) escape of hydrocarbon gas already present in shallow depths in the aquifier water. Both of these were also ruled out. In total the researchers had considered 7 modes of contamination.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Bloomberg presents city-centric climate report to U.N.
Capital New York
David Giambusso

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a report Tuesday at the U.N. climate summit detailing how 228 cities around the world could cut 13 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. "This report marks the first time that the collective potential of cities to reduce emissions has really been fully measured," Bloomberg told delegates at the United Nations, where he serves as the secretary general's special envoy for cities and climate change. "But that impact is an achievable goal, not a given. And to reach it, cities have to act boldly, and quickly. So to help them do that, the report we released today also provides guidance to cities on where the biggest opportunities for reductions lie."   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Injuries reported in blast at Wyoming tank owned by Houston company
Fuel Fix
Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Authorities say an explosion at a gas storage tank in a western Wyoming gas field has caused an unknown number of injuries. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Malik says the blast happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday about 30 miles northwest of Green River. Malik says the blast happened when a maintenance crew was cleaning out a gas storage tank owned by Houston-based EOG Resources.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
View: On fracking, earthquakes and Indian Point
The Journal News
Ray Beiersdorfer

Growing up in downstate New York, I never felt an earthquake. I think that's true of most New Yorkers, upstate and down. But after I moved to California for graduate studies in Geology, I experienced several temblors. Frankly, they were a bit scary. I had driven many times on the highway and bridge that collapsed, killing 43 people, during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California. When I moved to Northeast Ohio to begin my career as a professor, I expected life to be earthquake-free. Like New York, the area is generally free from earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
California Farmers File Suit Alleging Oil Companies' Faulty Wastewater Injection Caused Crop Loss
DeSmog Blog
Mike G

A farming company in Kern County, California, has sued four oil producers over claims that their faulty wastewater injection methods led to the contamination of groundwater it uses for irrigation. Palla Farms LLC, a ninety-two-year-old family farm operation, says it had to tear out hundreds of cherry trees due to high levels of salt and boron in the groundwater it has used to irrigate its crops for the past 25 years. The company claims its almond orchard has also experienced production declines.   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Climate Science is Clear: LNG Export is NOT a Climate Solution!
Oregon Sierra Club Blog
Ted Gleichman

National and Oregon Sierra Club teams, as members of a vibrant coalition of many of Oregon’s most important environmental groups, have now assembled the latest climate science studies to answer one of the most important questions about liquefied natural gas (LNG): We know that the proposed LNG terminals and pipelines in Oregon, and the fracking fields needed to serve them, would cause monumental environmental and economic damage.   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Anti-fracking activists protest Obama (and Clinton)
Capital New York
Clifford Michael

On Tuesday afternoon, about 40 activists rallied outside the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting to protest President Obama's support for hydraulic fracturing. “While we give him credit for starting the conversation, the President’s message about climate change holds no real hope because he’s in favor of natural gas," said Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking. “That’s the unholy trinity: coal, oil, and natural gas. We need to tap into clean and renewable energy.”  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Dangerous gas pipelines in MN: A special report
KARE11


GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Most people never think about the gas pipelines that run through our cities and neighborhoods – until something catastrophic happens. But nationwide there are tens of thousands of miles of aging pipe in the ground. A joint USA Today - KARE 11 News investigation finds that despite years of warnings, some utilities are not moving fast enough to replace them. In March of this year, a natural gas explosion rocked an entire block of New York City. Eight people were killed and 48 others injured in the blast. The preliminary cause was listed as corrosion in a cast-iron pipe carrying natural gas. Explosions like this are not rare.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Secret lists hide natural gas high risk service areas
wusa9
Russ Ptacek and Erin Van der Bellen

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A WUSA9/USA TODAY investigation has identified a secret list of risky natural gas pipelines all over the Washington area. WUSA9 is battling to get it, but gas companies and state regulators are fighting releasing the list to the public. redacted list List of addresses showing addresses identifiying high risk underground natural gas pipelines redacted by government officials. (Photo: WUSA9) Our review uncovered the list while researching tens of thousands of miles of aging cast iron and metal pipeline in America's natural gas infrastructure. About 2,000 miles of the cast iron pipelines are in our area.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Hollis selectmen confirm: They don’t want a gas pipeline in town
The Telegraph
David Brooks

HOLLIS – Just in case there was any doubt, the Board of Selectmen has unanimously passed a resolution that they will “take any and all action they deem appropriate to oppose the grant of regulatory approval, before any federal, state, or other regulatory agencies, for the construction, operation and maintenance” of a natural gas pipeline through town.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Pipeline company makes offers, up to $65,000, to property owners along proposed route
Lancaster Online
JOE HAINTHALER |

The company seeking to put a natural gas pipeline through Lancaster County is offering easement payments to property owners before it has even formally applied for federal approval. At least five Lancaster County homeowners were offered payments up to $65,000 for use of their property and one as much as $3,500 upfront if he or she signed an easement agreement with Williams Partners within 60 days.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Natural Gas: Injections Soon To Turn Into Withdrawals
Seeking Alpha
Andrew Hecht

Summary The price of natural gas is volatile. Last year's cold winter depleted inventories. This summer inventories were rebuilt, but remain below last year's level and the five-year average. A cold winter this year will cause natural gas prices to explode.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Judge delays ruling on court order against Ala. paper
USA Today
Kala Kachmar,

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Jefferson County judge said he would decide Tuesday whether to remove a temporary restraining order preventing the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser from publishing content in a document about the safety of Alabama Gas Corp.'s pipelines. Advertiser and Alagasco attorneys argued their positions at a hearing in Jefferson County District Court on Monday.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Reports: David Cameron to tout fracking role in tackling climate change
Business Green
Will Nichols and Jessica Shankelman

Shale gas can help tackle climate change and should not be restricted by "green tape", David Cameron is expected to tell the UN Climate Summit in New York today. The Prime Minister is among 100 leaders attending the one day event hosted by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon, each of which is expected to deliver a four minute speech outlining how the world can take steps towards agreeing a binding emissions reduction deal at climate talks in Paris next year.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
US oil, gas pipeline companies seek new markets, sources of financing
Platts


The dramatic ramp-up in North American natural gas and oil production, combined with shifting gas flow patterns, such as from LNG exports, signals the need for new investments in pipeline infrastructure, speakers at the Platts Pipeline Development and Expansion conference said Tuesday. Along with the need for new infrastructure comes the need to tap traditional sources of financing as well as develop new ones, panelists at the Houston conference said. Potential investors must weigh the inherent risk that the construction of new pipelines inevitably carries, said Lucien Pugliaresi, president of Energy Policy Research Foundation.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Opponents, Union Workers Clash Over Pipeline Project
The Examiner
Sue Guzman

Proponents and opponents of a controversial natural gas pipeline project mobbed the Muriel Morabito Community Center in Cortlandt last Monday night to weigh in on the controversial Algonquin Pipeline Project being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The public hearing was held to allow comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Spectra Energy Corporation’s proposed project that would run from Stony Point, under the Hudson River, through Peekskill, Cortlandt, portions of Yorktown and into Southeast, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The proposal, which is being reviewed by FERC, would remove an existing 26-inch gas pipeline and replace it with a 42-inch one.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Vancouver Sun: Concerns over LNG taxation raised by cabinet ministers
Energetic City.ca


The Vancouver Sun is reporting that Northwest BC communities, which stand to reap major economic benefits from the billions invested in the liquefied natural gas industry, are now raising impact concerns. Reporter Jeff Lee said even before any of the 18 filed applications has reached a “final investment decision”, local governments are concerned about being ready for the impact. This story said from rent evictions, to outdated infrastructure, to pressure to provide new facilities and programs, communities like Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Terrace are already feeling the LNG development pressure.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Climate Science is Clear: LNG Export is NOT a Climate Solution!
OR Sierra Club
Ted Gleichman

National and Oregon Sierra Club teams, as members of a vibrant coalition of many of Oregon’s most important environmental groups, have now assembled the latest climate science studies to answer one of the most important questions about liquefied natural gas (LNG): We know that the proposed LNG terminals and pipelines in Oregon, and the fracking fields needed to serve them, would cause monumental environmental and economic damage. But could burning North American natural gas in Asia actually be good for the global climate? NO! Climate science now shows that both LNG export and natural gas production are climate killers – just like every other fossil fuel.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Galveston port reservevs 185 acres for proposed LNG project
Petro Global News


Officials from the Port of Galveston agreed Monday to reserve 185 acres at the port’s Pelican Island site for a proposed $6 billion liquefied natural gas export facility being planned by Texas-based NextDecade Energy. The port’s board of trustees signed an option to lease agreement for the site with a NextDecade subsidiary Tuesday. &