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Dec 2, 2016
EPA Watered Down Major Fracking Study to Downplay Water Contamination Risks
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

A stunning new report from Marketplace and APM Reports reveals that top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials made critical, last-minute changes to the agency's major fracking assessment to soft-pedal clear evidence that the controversial drilling process contaminates the nation's water supplies.  [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
From Fracking Enthusiast to Exxon CEO: Trump's Latest Picks
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

The Donald Trump camp added fracking enthusiast, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) critic and ALEC-linked Amy Oliver Cooke to the EPA landing team on Thursday. Cooke once co-authored an op-ed titled Clean Energy's Dirty Secret: Cancer.  [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
More False Claims About Fracking
FactCheck.org
Vanessa Schipani

The chairman of the Senate environment committee falsely claimed that a new report “confirms” that “hydraulic fracturing has not impacted drinking water” in Wyoming. The report said a lack of water quality data predating oil and gas exploration prevented it from reaching “firm conclusions.”   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Everything you need to know about Baker Hughes and the new fracking service company coming to Tomball Baker Hughes, CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners to form BJ Services
Community Impact
Anna Dembowski

A new hydraulic fracturing and cementing service company, BJ Services, will be headquartered in Tomball if an agreement between Baker Hughes and two investment firms is approved.  [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
EPA dings North Dakota fracking firm with $2.1M fine
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The Environmental Protection Agency dinged a North Dakota fracking company on Friday for $2.1 million for contributing to smog. The driller, Slawson Exploration Co., agreed to pay the hefty fine in a settlement with the agency rather than contest it and go to court.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Henderson: Young's anti-fracking bill holds promise
Tampa Bay Times
Joe Henderson

The campaign to represent District 18 in the Florida Senate was nasty, with charges and counter-charges flying to the point where voters might have been tempted to hide under the covers.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Latest Trump EPA Pick Is Pro-Fracking and Anti-Clean Energy Amy Oliver Cooke looks forward to a "very different" EPA with the new White House.
ColorLines
Yessnia Funes

The president-elect’s EPA transition team continues to be formed and yesterday (December 1), Donald Trump appointed Amy Oliver Cooke to it. Currently the executive vice president and director of the Energy Policy Center at the Independence Institute, Cooke opposes President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and supports fracking.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Westmoreland officials consider fracking restrictions—or an outright ban
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

Based on comments Westmoreland County officials received from residents in the spring and summer, they created two options for “limiting the impacts of oil and gas drilling” in their rural locality.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
New Jersey DEP seeks more information about natural gas pipeline
Burlington County Times
David Levinsky

TRENTON — A utility company's proposed natural gas pipeline project through northern Burlington County is facing more delays, as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is asking the utility for information about possible gas leaks and other potential environmental impacts before it considers an application for a required water permit.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Trump Formally Announces Support for the Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Mary Sweeters

President-Elect Donald Trump formally announced Thursday his support for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. His transition team noted that his support for the pipeline "had nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans."   [Full Story]

Dec 1, 2016
America can double its oil production, says fracking pioneer Harold Hamm
CNBC
Tom DiChristopher

U.S. drillers have the ability to double the country's oil production to 20 million barrels a day, but doing so too soon would tank oil prices, Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm said Thursday... The billionaire oilman and energy advisor to President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged the difficulty of such a renewed boom in oil production.   [Full Story]

Dec 1, 2016
Trump adds ‘mother in love with fracking’ to EPA team
The Hill
Devin Henryy

A Colorado think tank chief who opposes key Obama administration energy regulations has been added to Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. Trump officials named Amy Oliver Cooke, the vice president and director of the Independence Institutes’ Energy Policy Center, to his EPA landing team on Thursday.   [Full Story]

Dec 1, 2016
Students and residents organize to stop fracking at Wayne in emergency meeting
The Post
Bailey Gallion

Concerned residents and students called an "emergency meeting" Wednesday night to discuss the upcoming auction of Wayne National Forest land for lease to oil and gas companies interested in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." About 70 people attended the meeting at ARTS/West on 132 W. State St. Ohio University students, Athens residents of all ages and people living in counties throughout Ohio strategized and shared their concerns.   [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Not enough known about fracking impact on ag CSU researcher studying use of 'produced water' on crops and livestock
Journal-Advocate
Jeff Rice

Farmers and ranchers who work in close proximity to oil and gas production, especially if that extraction involves fracking, need to be aware of the effects of that process on their operations, according to a presentation made Tuesday morning during the Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference in Fort Morgan.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Two More Trump Cabinet Picks Value 'Fossil Fuel Profits Above All Else'
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Sources close to the Trump transition team told Politico that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is the frontrunner for the Interior secretary position. Fallin, who is a climate change denier and was one of the first governors to oppose the Clean Power Plan, met with Trump last week in New York, where their conversation focused on the energy industry and Native tribes.   [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Audio: Tribe objected to pipeline nearly 2 years before lawsuit
Bismarck Tribune
Amy Dalrymple

CANNON BALL – Audio released by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from a September 2014 meeting with Dakota Access Pipeline representatives contradicts recent claims made by a pipeline company executive. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, told The Wall Street Journal the pipeline route that crosses just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation could have been changed if the tribe had engaged in discussions sooner.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Donald Trump’s Presidency A Setback To Paris Agreement, Economist Intelligence Unit Reports
Clean Technica
Joshua S Hill

Donald Trump’s surprise election as the next US President will be a “setback” for global climate policy, but the global trend towards decarbonization is unlikely to be halted, said the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published a new special report this week, Industries in 2017, in which it analyzes and provides forecasts for six industry sectors, and though the report does not focus entirely on the recent election of Donald Trump as the next US President, the authors of the report nevertheless admit that “it is clear that his administration could bring huge changes for all six industries.” Of specific interest to readers of CleanTechnica are the EIU’s forecasts for the global energy sector. Specifically, according to the authors of the report, 2017 is likely to be impacted by the recent ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which entered into force on November 4. Specifically, 55 parties responsible for 55% of the world’s emissions have ratified the agreement which binds those that have signed to hold down “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels” and to pursue “efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” The authors highlight “the speed with which the pact has come into force” as being “evidence of a global will to tackle climate change,” and that even “the election of a Republican US president is not likely to halt the transition towards cleaner energy globally, although it is likely to slow it.” Donald Trump has promised to pull America out of the Paris Agreement, while also curtailing environmental and climate policies back home in an effort to lift regulations on fossil fuel generation such as coal. While it will be legally tricky for America to disentangle themselves from the Paris Agreement, high-level indifference could go a long way to making it difficult to succeed.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Global Solar Installations To Reach 76 GW In 2016, According To Mercom
Clean Technica
Joshua S Hill

Global solar installation levels are expected to surpass original expectations for 2016 and fly in the face of a partial-global slowdown, reaching 76 GW for the year, up 48% over 2015, according to global clean energy consulting firm Mercom Capital Group. After installing just over 51 GW in 2015 on the back of severael solid but ever-growing years, 2016 was a big jump, with installations increasing 48% and expected to reach 76 GW by the time the year ticks away. Many analysts predicted a less-impressive level of solar installations for 2016, with Mercom itself predicting in April that global solar installations would reach only 66.7 GW in 2016. The strong 2016 is also expected to prompt a similarly strong 2017, with Mercom predicting solar installations in the range of 70 GW.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Canada Approves Kinder Morgan, Enbridge Pipelines Despite Fierce Opposition



Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that the Canadian government would approve two major tar sands pipeline projects, including expansion of the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
EPA's late changes to fracking study downplay risk of drinking water pollution
CMS Marketplace
Scott Tong, Tom Scheck

This story was reported in conjunction with APM Reports. Top officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year made critical changes at the eleventh hour to a highly anticipated, five-year scientific study of hydraulic fracturing’s effect on the nation’s drinking water. The changes, later criticized by scientists for lacking evidence, played down the risk of pollution that can result from the well-drilling technique known as fracking. Documents obtained by APM Reports and Marketplace show that in the six weeks before the study’s public release, officials inserted a key phrase into the executive summary that said researchers did not find evidence of “widespread systemic impacts” of fracking by the oil and gas industry on the nation’s drinking water.   [Full Story]

Nov 29, 2016
New ‘body of evidence’ unveils fracking threats to public health & safety
RT News


The negative impact of fracking on health and climate is inevitable, according to a newly released comprehensive report, which is based on “expanding body of evidence” of risks and harms related to oil and gas extraction. “There is no evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health directly or without imperiling climate stability upon which public health depends,” a Nobel Peace Prize-winning group of physicians have concluded in their fourth and most comprehensive report. However, the paper, issued in mid-November, has largely remained unnoticed by both the media and the government. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking for short, is an oil and natural gas drilling technique that uses powerful underground injections of sand and water to break up shale formations to release fossil fuels. The method is largely responsible for a boom in US oil and gas production that made the US a global leader in energy production, but many argue that it also contributes to drinking water contamination and even causes earthquakes. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a six-year, multimillion dollar, national study, determining that fracking had no widespread and systemic impacts.  [Full Story]

Nov 29, 2016
Revealed: Most Popular Climate Story on Social Media Told Half a Million People the Science Was a Hoax
DeSmogBlog
Graham Readfearn

The most popular climate change story across social media in the past six months used a debunked survey from the late 1990s to claim that “tens of thousands of scientists” had declared global warming a “hoax”, a DeSmog analysis has found. Published on YourNewsWire, the story was shared, clicked or “liked” 557,000 times on social media, with 555,000 of those engagements from Facebook. The story's author worked for many years with UK conspiracy theorist David Icke. DeSmog used the social media analytics tool BuzzSumo to find the most popular climate stories globally over the last six months, using the search term “climate change”.  [Full Story]

Nov 28, 2016
While OPEC Gets All The Attention, The U.S. Quietly Becomes A Net Exporter Of Natural Gas
Forbes
David Blackmon

While all the energy world has sat on pins and needles waiting to see what Wednesday’s OPEC meeting will or won’t bring in the way of an agreement to limit the cartel’s overall production of crude oil, the U.S. domestic oil and gas industry passed a new milestone related to its other key commodity, natural gas. According to U.S. Global Platts, the U.S. has this month become a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in more than 60 years.  [Full Story]

Nov 28, 2016
Oil-By-Rail Regulators Consider Crude Oil Volatility Limits That Would Require Oil Stabilization
DeSmogBlog
JUSTIN MIKULKA

The negative impact of fracking on health and climate is inevitable, according to a newly released comprehensive report, which is based on “expanding body of evidence” of risks and harms related to oil and gas extraction.   [Full Story]

Nov 28, 2016
Water from oil and gas drilling used on county roads Produced water comes from oil and gas industry
The Journal News
Jim Mimiaga

So-called “fossil water” is pulled from deep underground during oil-and-gas extraction and then treated for use on gravel roads. The water originates from the remnants of ancient seas and swamps that are millions of years old.  [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
New York energy czar has large fossil-fuel holdings
Newsday
Mark Harrington

New York State’s energy and finance czar, Richard Kauffman, champions the state’s aggressive move into renewable energy, but his private investment portfolio contains sizable holdings in fossil-fuel based companies, including several with business before the state.   [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
Natural gas workers navigate energy's boom and bust
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Daniel Moore

All three people — and countless more — lost their jobs when prices plummeted over the last few years and drillers halted production. Widely seen as a victim of its own success, the natural gas industry has encountered stubborn oversupply that has temporarily dimmed employment prospects. The drilling industry has left behind an altered labor market as well as a raft of workforce development programs, particularly in rural areas, that tried to keep up with the shale hiring blitz over the last decade.   [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
Floyd County set to back fracking review
Northwest Georgia News
Diane Wagner

Communities around Northwest Georgia are urging the General Assembly to update the state’s fracking regulations and the Floyd County Commission is expected to sign on in December.  [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
New Milestone: The U.S. Is Now a Net Exporter of Natural Gas
The Wall Street Journal
STEPHANIE YANG and ALISON SIDER

U.S. will be the world’s third-largest producer of liquefied natural gas for export by 2020, according to the Energy Department The U.S. has become a net exporter of natural gas, further evidence of the how the domestic oil and gas boom is reshaping the global energy business. The U.S. has exported an average of 7.4 billion cubic feet a day of gas in November, more than the 7 billion cubic feet a day it has imported, according to S&P Global Platts, an energy trade publisher and data provider. Exports also topped imports for a few days in September, Platts reported. It has been nearly 60 years since the U.S. last shipped out more natural gas than it brought in annually, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
California Residents Race to Fight Re-Opening of Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility
DeSmogBlog
Larry Buhl

On November 21, a small amount of bromine trifluoride was accidentally released from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Southern California. There were no injuries from this toxic and highly reactive industrial chemical, but residents of the nearby Porter Ranch neighborhood say this accident, in addition to other leaks and malfunctions at the facility in the past year, fortifies their resolve to close Aliso Canyon permanently. Since Aliso Canyon’s October 2015 natural gas blowout displaced thousands of residents and two Los Angeles public schools in this community, residents have called on lawmakers to shut down the entire 3,600-acre gas field beneath the hills north of Porter Ranch.  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2016
Rooftop Solar Threatened as Arizona’s Biggest Public Utility Takes Over the Commission That Regulates It
DeSmogBlog
Alex Kotch

On November 8, an already endangered rooftop solar industry took a big hit in Arizona. Three Republican candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) — backed by millions of dollars from the state’s biggest public utility — won their races, increasing the likelihood that new anti-solar policies will soon follow. In the coming months, the commission, which regulates public utilities and has been marred by conflicts of interest for years, will address requests from the major utility Arizona Public Service (APS) to raise its electricity rates, end net metering, and impose hefty fees on solar users. If the commission sides with APS on these issues, the rooftop solar industry in the state with the nation’s fourth highest solar energy capacity will likely crumble.  [Full Story]

Nov 25, 2016
Army Corps Sends Eviction Notice to Standing Rock
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, received a letter today from the district commander of the Corps of Engineers, John Henderson, informing him that the Army Corps will be "closing the portion of the Corps-managed federal property north of the Cannonball River to all public use and access effective December 5, 2016." Watch the Facebook live video of the Standing Rock press event held Saturday afternoon in response to the eviction letter:  [Full Story]

Nov 25, 2016
Anti-Elon Musk Campaign Has Big Ties to Big Energy
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Elon Musk is being targeted by the conservative political action committee, Citizens for the Republic. The group's so-called Sunlight Project is behind an incendiary lobbying campaign and website called, "Stop Elon Musk from Failing Again," with a mission of divesting the Tesla/SpaceX/SolarCity boss from federal clean energy subsidies. Musk himself has tweeted about the recent rash of attacks.  [Full Story]

Nov 25, 2016
Government accused of 'dirty tricks' over controversial fracking report
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

Ministers deliberately delayed a controversial fracking report it was being forced to publish until after crucial council decisions on planning permission, according to newly revealed documents. The documents also show ministers acknowledged they were open to a charge of double standards, having granted local communities the final say over windfarm applications but overruling fracking decisions. The documents reveal “dirty tricks” and “deceit”, according to shadow ministers, councillors and green campaigners, which strengthen fears that the government is determined to force shale gas exploration on communities.  [Full Story]

Nov 25, 2016
Ohio shale drilling picking up slowly
Salem News


The number of shale drilling permits issued in the Utica/Point Pleasant shale play has been inching up.   [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Group Of Doctors Says It's Time To Hit 'Pause' On Fracking
Reid Frazier


In 2013, Walter Tsou, a Philadelphia doctor, began to worry about the impact drilling has on the health of people near natural gas wells. He authored a resolution for the Pennsylvania Medical Society—which represents about a quarter of the state’s doctors—calling for a moratorium on new hydraulic fracturing operations. It didn’t go over very well.   [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Environmentalists lament Trump oil, natural gas pipeline push
Platts


Developers of cross-border oil and gas pipelines are gearing up for a freer hand in completing projects under the new administration, even as President-elect Donald Trump takes his "America First" message to Washington.  [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Father of Activist Injured at Standing Rock Calls on Obama to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Democracy Now

We get an update from Wayne Wilansky, the father of 21-year-old activist Sophia Wilansky, who was injured during the standoff at Standing Rock in North Dakota.   [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Despite a friendly White House, natural gas in for 'rocky times'
E&E Publishing
Emily Holden

Environmentalists who have waged a fight against natural gas as a bridge fuel away from coal say they'll make their opposition louder as President-elect Donald Trump's administration pushes for even more pipelines and production.  [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Pipeline growth will tap Utica Shale natural gas production
Akron Beacon Journal
Jim MacKinnon

New pipelines in the works will help get natural gas from Ohio's Utica Shale to market, reports the Energy Information Administration: "A number of pipeline projects that have been approved, or are in various stages of the approval process, would increase capacity to transport natural gas from the Utica production region in Ohio to natural gas markets. Collectively, these projects could add up to 6.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of takeaway capacity out of the Utica region by the end of 2018.   [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Despite a friendly White House, natural gas in for 'rocky times'
E & E Newswire
Emily Holden

Environmentalists who have waged a fight against natural gas as a bridge fuel away from coal say they'll make their opposition louder as President-elect Donald Trump's administration pushes for even more pipelines and production. Trump is expected to try to fast-track pipeline approvals and boost energy infrastructure as part of a broad package out of Congress.  [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
World's Largest Methanol Refinery to Be Built Along the Columbia River
EcoWatch
Brett VandenHeuvel

Communities on the frontlines of fossil fuel development are taking a stand against dangerous fossil fuel projects. Take a look at the big fight in the small town of Kalama, Washington. The Chinese government is planning to build the world's largest methanol refinery to convert fracked natural gas to liquid methanol for export to China to make plastics.   [Full Story]

Nov 22, 2016
Rejecting Science, Texas Still Denies Fracking Link to Quakes
Insurance Journal
Steve Thompson and Anna Kuchment

A white Chevy Suburban with “Railroad Commission of Texas” emblazoned on its side rolled north on Interstate 35. Behind the wheel sat Milton Rister, the commission’s director. Trim and balding, Rister was a veteran political operator who had held influential positions in the Texas Republican Party for decades. He could smell political disaster from miles away — and this one reeked. As he neared the town of Azle, northwest of Dallas, Rister said to himself: Please let there be only 50 people there.  [Full Story]

Nov 22, 2016
Is the EPA’s Landmark ‘Endangerment Finding’ Now Itself Imperiled?
ProPublica
Abram Lustgardtn

Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax” and said he plans to unburden American industries from Obama-era requirements to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and the other greenhouse gases causing the planet to warm. In the crosshairs of his agenda — according to written statements the Trump campaign made shortly before the Nov. 8 election — is a 2009 determination by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that greenhouse gases are dangerous to human health and security, a ruling that serves as the foundation for the EPA’s efforts to curb climate-damaging emissions and that affects its governing of everything from automobile exhaust to power plants to refrigerators. But overturning that rule — known as the “endangerment finding” — might prove difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish with anything like the simple administrative stroke of the pen, according to legal experts.  [Full Story]

Nov 22, 2016
Shared traits of abandoned gas, oil wells could aid cheaper, more effective cleanup
Environmental Research Web


Across the United States, abandoned oil and gas wells are a significant source of greenhouse gases, particularly methane. Yet there are so many scattered across the country that stopping the leaks — and even determining which wells are leaking — presents an enormous challenge.   [Full Story]

Nov 22, 2016
Wayne County water well study discussed
Wayne Independent
Peter Becker

UPPER DELAWARE - NARROWSBURG - Jamie Knecht of the Wayne County Conservation District discussed the results of a 2014 countywide sampling of water wells, at the November meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). A total of 89 wells were tested in order to form a baseline so that the county- and the well owners- have an idea of what is in the water before gas drilling were ever to take place.   [Full Story]

Nov 21, 2016
Wyoming and Montana file legal challenge to BLM methane rule
Helena Independent Record


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming and Montana are pushing to block a rule that President Barack Obama's administration issued last week seeking to restrict how oil companies burn off natural gas on public lands.   [Full Story]

Nov 21, 2016
Water Cannons Fired at Water Protectors, Hundreds Injured
Ecowatch
Camp of the Sacred Stone

Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments Sunday evening when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures.   [Full Story]

Nov 21, 2016
From the Sioux to the Sault: Standing Rock spirit spreads to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Environmental Health News
Brian Bienkowski

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.—Two blocks south of the St. Mary’s River and passing freighters, children from JKL Bahweting tribal school poured off buses, carrying drums, dancing and chanting. “Protect the water!” a young girl chanted. “Protect it!” her classmates answered.   [Full Story]

Nov 20, 2016
Hundreds in North Carolina march against planned pipeline
NBC4i


PEMBROKE, NC (WNCN) — Hundreds of protesters in Pembroke, Fayetteville and Nashville marched Saturday in opposition to a proposed pipeline. The nearly 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is planned to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Construction could begin as early as Fall 2017 if permits are issued following a review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  [Full Story]

Nov 20, 2016
This City Just Banned Fossil Fuel Extraction in Light of Trump Presidency
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday prohibiting the city "from entering into or extending leases for the extraction of fossil fuel from city-owned land" in an effort to combat climate change.  [Full Story]

Nov 20, 2016
Advocates want limits on drilling in northwest Georgia
Dalton Daily Citizen
Jill Nolin

Recent interest in northwest Georgia's untapped natural gas reserves has environmentalists and local officials clamoring for tighter restrictions on a sometimes controversial drilling method.   [Full Story]

Nov 20, 2016
Press Release: New Methane Rules Will Help Protect National Parks
Utah Policy
Press Release

The Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward protecting national parks across the West with its finalization of new rules to curb methane emissions from oil and natural gas facilities on public and tribal lands.   [Full Story]

Nov 19, 2016
PAWNEE NATION LAWSUIT ASKS THAT DRILLING PERMITS BE VOIDED
Columbia Basin Herald
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to void drilling permits for oil and natural gas wells on tribal land that the tribe alleges cause earthquakes in northern Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Nov 19, 2016
Hundreds in NC march against planned natural gas pipeline
WNCN
Robert Richardson

PEMBROKE, N.C. (WNCN) — Hundreds of protesters in Pembroke, Fayetteville and Nashville marched Saturday in opposition to a proposed pipeline. The nearly 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is planned to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Construction could begin as early as Fall 2017 if permits are issued following a review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.   [Full Story]

Nov 19, 2016
New Documents Reveal Seneca Lake Pollution
TWC News


New documents released by an environmental advocacy group are showing that Seneca Lake has been polluted multiple times over the past decade. They show a salt mine owned by Crestwood LP discharged pollutants into the lake without permission, as recently as February of this year. The DEC fined the company $57,000 for the violations. Pollutants include chloride, brine, and hydraulic oil.  [Full Story]

Nov 19, 2016
Dozens of fracking companies sued over record-breaking Oklahoma earthquake
RT News


Residents of the small Oklahoma town of Pawnee have filed a class-action lawsuit demanding 27 fracking companies pay for the effects of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. They claim the companies exercised “reckless disregard for public or private safety.”  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
House said to balk at LNG exports, other key reforms
E & E Newswire
Geof Koss

House negotiators have signaled they want to punt on a host of popular provisions on the energy conference's table, including language to speed natural gas exports that is a top priority for Republicans in both chambers. Top conferees huddled yesterday behind closed doors in the Capitol to assess the state of the first formal energy conference in more than a decade, as the clock ticks on what is expected to be a relatively short lame-duck session. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters afterward that she is waiting to receive a counteroffer from the House after the Senate last month sent a "quite considerable" proposal across the Capitol.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
Doctors to Gov. Wolf: For the Sake of Human Health Ban Fracking
EcoWatch


A comprehensive report, authored by Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York, was released Thursday demonstrating the tremendous amount of scientific evidence of the health impacts, water contamination and climate risks of fracking.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
House said to balk at LNG exports, other key reforms
E & E Newswire
Geof Koss

House negotiators have signaled they want to punt on a host of popular provisions on the energy conference's table, including language to speed natural gas exports that is a top priority for Republicans in both chambers. Top conferees huddled yesterday behind closed doors in the Capitol to assess the state of the first formal energy conference in more than a decade, as the clock ticks on what is expected to be a relatively short lame-duck session. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters afterward that she is waiting to receive a counteroffer from the House after the Senate last month sent a "quite considerable" proposal across the Capitol.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
Fighting a pipeline in the age of Trump
The Daily Climate
Kara West

NATURAL BRIDGE, Va.— In the Natural Bridge Hotel lobby before a pipeline summit in opposition to two planned fracked-gas pipelines, two words could be heard in almost every conversation: “Trump” and “election.” Smaller and quieter than the Standing Rock pipeline protest in North Dakota, this Mid-Atlantic pipeline resistance movement met here in the Shenandoah Valley this month to reassess and reenergize in the wake of the Presidential election.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
New fracking reports clash over effects on health, environment, climate change
NPR State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

A long-running fight over whether unconventional oil and natural gas development harms air, water and human health entered its latest round with the simultaneous release of reports from both camps claiming accumulating evidence for their arguments. Two groups of physicians on Thursday released their latest compilation of scientific studies, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigations that claim fracking for oil and natural gas damages human health, pollutes air and water, and contributes to climate change.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
Obama Halts Arctic Oil Leases and Undoing It Won't Be Simple for Trump
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

No new offshore oil and gas leases will be offered in the Alaskan Arctic through 2022, according to a new five-year plan for offshore drilling released Friday by the Obama administration. President-elect Donald Trump could overturn the ban, but that could take years and may not draw much industry interest if oil prices stay low.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
White House Releases Wishful Climate Change Plan Before Trump Takes Office
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

MARRAKECH, Morocco—The White House released an optimistic but somewhat wishful strategy for long-term climate action on Wednesday, outlining options envisioned by the lame-duck Obama administration to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. Speaking at the global climate talks, Brian Deese, the senior adviser to President Barack Obama, hedged what the mid-century report is—and is not. "It's a long-term vision," said Deese. "It's not a policy prescription. It's not a set of specific recommendations or a blueprint for any future administration." It is also not meant to replace the country's existing climate pledge under the Paris agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels.  [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Pendleton planners OK National Fuel compressor plan
Buffalo News
Thomas Prohaska

PENDLETON - The Pendleton Planning Board this week approved a site plan for National Fuel's natural gas compressor project on Killian Road, but that doesn't mean the project has the green light. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has yet to grant a permit for National Fuel's $455 million Northern Access 2016 project, designed to export gas from McKean County, Pa., where it is obtained through hydrofracking, to Canada. The pipeline route runs through Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara counties to connect to a Canadian pipeline under the Niagara River.  [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Legislators consider pipeline safety procedures and gaps
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

Pennsylvania legislators heard assurances from pipeline companies and fears from residents of communities in the path of new pipelines during a hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday about the safety of infrastructure carrying natural gas and other fuels across the state.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
In Canada, a Direct Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes
New York Times
Henry Fountain

In the debate over fracking of oil and gas wells, opponents often cite the risk that the process can set off nearby earthquakes. But scientists say that in the United States, fracking-induced earthquakes are not common. In Canada, however, a spate of earthquakes in Alberta within the last five years has been attributed to fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in which water, chemicals and sand are injected at high pressure into a well drilled in a shale formation to break up the rock and release oil and gas.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
This Is How Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes
Gizmodo
George Dvorsky

It’s generally believed that hydraulic fracturing is behind the recent spate of earthquakes in regions not usually associated with seismic activity, but the underlying processes are still poorly understood. New research from Canada strengthens the link between the two, showing how the controversial practice can produce persistent earthquakes even after fracking has ended.  [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
The Human Cost of Fracking New photo project documents fracking's terrible effects on the American communities and people's health.
Food and Water Watch
Thomas Meyer

Hydraulic fracturing has transformed the American landscape over the last decade, triggering booms in oil and natural gas production, making a few people wealthy – but also inflicting a terrible toll on many rural families and public health.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Maryland’s Fracking Ban Goes Up Against Corporate Democrats
Counter Punch
Russell Mokhiber

In 2015, a grassroots movement pushed for a statewide ban on fracking — but instead got a moratorium that expires in October 2017. So, in January, the bill to ban fracking will be up again in the legislature.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Feds Sued Again over Offshore Fracking EDC, Channelkeeper Try and Block New Permi
Santa Barbara Independent
Nick Welsh

The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper announced they are suing to block the federal Department of the Interior from issuing new permits for offshore fracking in Southern California and the Santa Barbara Channel, arguing that the environmental analysis conducted fails to meet minimum federal standards. The lawsuit targets the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which concluded that fracking and ocean acidification pose no significant impact to the environment when it comes to air quality, water quality, or endangered species.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
How Fracking Has Changed One Woman’s Life (Video) Tachia Sandoval moved to Las Animas County, Colorado, to find peace and beauty for her and her many animals. Then the fracking started.
Alternate
Jason Schwartz

But not a year had passed before the fracking started all around her. Dozens of roads to hundreds of wells went up. The sound of rumbling trucks replaced what had once been silence. And the water went foul. Now Tachia spends many hours each week hauling water to and from her land.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
In Harrisburg, gas pipelines trump green energy: Sam Bernhardt
Penn Live
Sam Bernhardt Opinion Op-Ed

No one would tell you that fossil fuels are a form of "alternative energy" with a straight face. But the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has just started taking money out of a grant program to fund alternative energy and will use it to build fracked gas pipelines to businesses, municipalities, and even our schools and hospitals.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Greens Plead for Obama to Save the California Coast
Courthouse News
Matt Reynolds

LOS ANGELES (CN) — Environmental groups concerned that President-elect Donald Trump will expand fracking and oil drilling off the California coast are calling on President Barack Obama to declare a permanent bar on new leases.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline Continues Despite Army Corps Delay on Permit Decision
EcoWatch
Unicorn Riot

This sighting comes two days after the Army Corps statement made on Nov. 14. The Army Corps alerted Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that "Construction on, or under the corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on where to grant an easement."  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
U.S. Companies to Trump: Don’t Abandon Global Climate Deal
New York Times
Hiroko Tabuchi

Hundreds of American companies, including Mars, Nike, Levi Strauss and Starbucks, have urged President-elect Donald J. Trump not to abandon the Paris climate deal, saying a failure by the United States to build a clean economy endangers American prosperity.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
US finalizes rule to limit gas ‘flaring’ at drilling sites
Aurora Sentinel
Associated Press

WASHINGTON | With two months left in President Barack Obama’s term, his administration issued a rule Tuesday intended to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public lands.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Massive field of recoverable oil, natural gas uncovered in Texas
Fox News
Associated Press

A vast field of shale rock in West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the largest source of shale oil the U.S. Geological Survey has ever assessed, agency officials said.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Obama shuts down drilling at national forest
Washington Examiner
John Siciiano

The Interior Department brought the curtain down on oil and natural gas drilling at a national forest Wednesday over concerns it would harm sacred tribal lands.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
This City Just Banned Fossil Fuel Extraction in Light of Trump Presidency
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday prohibiting the city "from entering into or extending leases for the extraction of fossil fuel from city-owned land" in an effort to combat climate change.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
USGS FINDS LARGEST SHALE OIL FIELD EVER IN THE U.S.
Construction Equipment


The U.S. Geological Survey Office released the results of its 2016 assessment of undiscovered continuous oil resources in the Wolfcamp shale layers yesterday. Located in the 86,000 square mile Midland Basin portion of the west Texas Permian, the USGS found an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. The estimate of continuous oil in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp shale assessment is nearly three times larger than that of the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks resource assessment, making this the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that USGS has assessed in the United States to date. Although the USGS has assessed oil and gas resources in the Permian Basin province, this is the first assessment of continuous resources in the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of the Permian.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Paris Climate Deal Is Too Weak to Meet Goals, Report Finds
The New York Times
John Schwartz

As negotiators meet in Morocco to hammer out details of the landmark global climate change accord reached in Paris almost a year ago, the independent International Energy Agency warned that the nearly 200-nation deal was too weak to meet its avowed temperature target. The I.E.A.’s annual World Energy Outlook stated that reaching the Paris targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was possible, and that meeting those targets would slow climate change. Yet the agency’s estimates also showed that the result of those reductions was not likely to keep the temperature increase beyond preindustrial levels “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, as hoped. Instead, the report’s authors estimated, meeting the national commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions would still allow temperatures to rise 2.7 degrees Celsius by 2100.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Bill to save Exelon nuclear plants proposes vast rewrite of Ill. law
E & E Newswire
Jeffrey Tomich

The Illinois Legislature's six-day veto session opened yesterday with the thud of a sprawling 446-page bill that represents the most significant rewrite of state energy law in almost a decade. The centerpiece of S.B. 2814, as expected, is a New York-style plan to subsidize two Exelon Corp. nuclear plants that will otherwise be shut down over the next two years.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
John Kerry Tells Marrakech Climate Talks Coal Investment Is “Suicide” As U.S. Delegation Ducks Fossil Fuel Influence Questions
DeSmogBlog
Ashley Braun

Today at the latest round of United Nations climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, the nonprofit Corporate Accountability International (CAI) was finally able to deliver a petition to the U.S. delegation calling for the removal of corporate interests and the fossil fuel industry from the international climate negotiations process. The petition included a demand for the U.S. to stop opposing a conflict of interest policy that would look to limit the influence fossil fuels groups could have on the talks. Later that day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the continued use of fossil fuels — with a careful caveat about carbon capture and storage technology — saying at this point, the world cannot “write a big fat check enabling the widespread development of the dirtiest source of fuel in an outdated way. It just doesn’t make sense. That’s suicide.”  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Climate Science Deniers With Organization of Donald Trump’s EPA Pick Booted From UN Marrakech COP22 Talks
DeSmogBlog
Mat Hope

Climate science denier Marc Morano just got himself kicked out of the UN climate talks in Marrakech. Of course, that was probably his aim all along. Morano stood in a Trump hat, next to a life-size cut-out of the president-elect, waving shredded copies of the Paris Agreement. The stunt gave Canadian outlet The Rebel the footage it has been craving since it arrived, and got Morano kicked out of the talks. But there’s a number of things that are weird about the story. To start with, Morano — who is Communications Director for well known climate deniers Commitee For A Constructive Tomorrow — was actually here on a Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) badge. DeSmog understands CFACT executive director Craig Rucker was also ejected, along with one other person. All three were accredited with CEI badges. The CEI’s Director of Energy and Environment is Myron Ebell, who has been picked by Donald Trump to head the US Environmental Protection Agency’s transition team. Ebell, who was also accredited to attend the talks but has not been seen, is also a climate science denier.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
RFK, Jr: 'This Historic Peaceful Protest Declares All Communities Deserve Clean Water'
EcoWatch


To prevent one of the nation's most egregious environmental injustices, Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. joined the fight at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Tuesday, speaking in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since September, the people of Standing Rock have camped along the Missouri River in peaceful protest of the pipeline to protect their homeland, historic and sacred sites and the drinking water of millions of Americans.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Drain the Swamp? Mike McKenna, Head of Trump Energy Team, Began Lobbying Career with Ethics Scandal
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Mike McKenna, named to head the U.S. Department of Energy transition team for President-Elect Donald Trump, began his lobbying career in the aftermath of an ethics scandal in Virginia. Before resigning from the administration of Virginia's then-Governor George Allen in 1997, McKenna was implicated in the authorship and distribution of what the Associated Press called a “dirty tricks” memo written in response to a report published by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), which had critiqued the Department of Environmental Quality for which McKenna had then served as policy director and spokesman. McKenna now works as a lobbyist for a firm he founded named MWR Strategies.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Thousands Unite in Solidarity With Standing Rock
EcoWatch


Thousands of people protested in North Dakota and outside Army Corps of Engineers offices, banks and energy companies in different parts of the country after indigenous leaders and climate activists called for a national "day of action."  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Trump Looks to Bush-Era Energy Lobbyists to Head EPA
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Reuters reports that Jeff Holmstead and Mike Catanzaro, two current energy lobbyists who also served under both former Bush presidents, are among the top contenders to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Even stiff fines no substitute for criminal charges in illegal dumping of fracking waste
Herald Leader
Opinion

Anyone thinking of illegally using Kentucky to dump radioactive fracking waste from other states will no doubt reconsider in light of fines announced this week by the Bevin administration.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Obama looks to stick Trump with his five-year drilling plan
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The Obama administration is expected to stick the incoming Trump administration with its final five-year leasing plan for offshore drilling, in the hopes of forcing the new administration to follow Obama's energy agenda, according to reports and groups tracking the development.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
State Supreme Court rules for landowners in pipeline eminent domain case
WVME
Brad McElhinny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a case that could affect the path of natural gas pipelines in development in West Virginia, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Monroe County couple who objected to pipeline surveyors who wanted access to their property. Justices ruled Tuesday that West Virginia’s eminent domain laws apply to projects that have a public use, but that the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline doesn’t specifically have a benefit for West Virginia because the natural gas isn’t necessarily going to be used here.  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Amy Goodman: What Would It Take for Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Deal?
EcoWatch
Democracy Now!

The United Nations has announced that 2016 is very likely to be the hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which had been the warmest year since records began. Meanwhile, Reuters reports president-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris accord to combat climate change. Trump is a longtime climate change denier who has described global warming as a Chinese hoax.  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Obama’s government just released a new oil and gas rule — and Trump’s may not like it much
Washington Post
Chris Mooney

The Interior Department on Tuesday finalized a much anticipated new regulation aimed at the oil and gas industry, one that seeks to capture flared natural gas and corral “fugitive” emissions of methane that are escaping drilling operations on public and Native American lands. The agency argues that large volumes of gas are being lost through practices such as venting and flaring — burning off some of the gas as it arises from a well — as well as inadvertent leaks. And given that these fossil fuel resources are being gathered from public lands, the department says it’s incumbent on companies to take precautions not to lose them — especially since methane released into the atmosphere also worsens climate change. (Natural gas is mostly methane.)  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Even Climate Denier Glenn Beck Calls Trump's New Chief Strategist Steve Bannon 'Terrifying'
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Donald Trump's selection of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior advisor is "terrifying" for many reasons. Stories published under his watch as executive chairman of the alt-right website Breitbart News include racist, homophobic and sexist rhetoric and headlines. Not only that, Bannon's role as the president-elect's top White House advisor is a major red flag to the climate movement.  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
After Trump Win, Greenpeace Wants China, EU to Lead on Climate Change
Sixth Tone
Li You

Environmental nongovernmental organization Greenpeace called on China and the EU to step up their efforts to help cut global carbon emissions and take the lead on climate change matters this week, expressing concern over possible U.S. policy shifts following the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s next president. With the closure of coal plants and ongoing shift toward increasingly popular renewable energy sources, the U.S.’s greenhouse emissions will likely continue to drop “despite expected retrograde policies under the new administration,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, senior global coal campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. “[B]ut leadership from China and the EU is more needed than ever,” she said. Shortly after last week’s U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump appointed Myron Ebell, a climate change skeptic, to lead his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. Ebell is a prominent climate change denier and has called global warming “phony.”  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline is delayed pending discussions with tribe
CNN
Madison Park

(CNN)The US Army Corps of Engineers has delayed the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to hold further "discussion and analysis" with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has vehemently opposed the project. Protests have simmered for months, spawning bitter clashes over the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile oil pipeline currently under construction that would span from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline's developer sought permission from the Army Corps to tunnel under the Missouri River in Lake Oahe, North Dakota, in order to complete the project.  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Analysis of six regional resiliency projects details implementation challenges
PoliticoNewYork
DAVID GIAMBUSSO

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, several federally sponsored projects sought to usher in new modes of urban design that protected against sea-level rise and re-imagined neighborhood design. Now, the projects in New York and New Jersey, chosen through a national competition called Rebuild by Design, face challenges related to implementation, according to a new report.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Most people are wildly underestimating what Trump’s win will mean for the environment
Vox
David Roberts and Brad Plumer

Unified Republican control of the federal government over the next two years augurs a sea change in US environmental policy like nothing since the late 1960s and ’70s, when America’s landmark environmental laws were first passed. If Donald Trump and the GOP actually follow through on what they’ve promised, this time around will be a lurch in the opposite direction. Federal climate policy will all but disappear; participation in international environmental or climate treaties will end; pollution regulations will be reversed, frozen in place, or not enforced; clean energy research, development, and deployment assistance will decline; protections for sensitive areas and ecosystems will be lifted; federal leasing of fossil fuels will expand and accelerate; new Supreme Court appointees will crack down on EPA discretion.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
In Trump's World, Environmental Movement Wrestles With Its Future
Inside Climate News
MARIANNE LAVELLE

Environmental groups, fresh off rejuvenating victories on the climate front, now face a political world aligned against them.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Trump could reverse 'dramatic' progress on clean energy, experts fear
The Guardian
Oliver Milman

A huge shift to clean energy is under way in the US but the election of Donald Trump as president means progress could be reversed unless cities and states do more, energy experts have warned. Installed wind capacity has grown by more than 40% in the US since 2011, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, with solar capacity ballooning by 577%.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Commonwealth Court Judge Puts Hold On Some Sections Of DEP Shale Drilling Regulations
PA Environment Digest


Late Tuesday a Commonwealth Court judge put a temporary stay on several provisions of new rules for Marcellus Shale drilling operations until the court can consider the merits of an industry group’s challenge to the month-old regulations.   [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Neighbors present concerns over fracking in court
WPXI


PITTSBURGH - Fracking cases have been fought for years and are being pushed though the court system, as well. Patrice Tomcik, of Adams Township in Butler County, said the fracking in Middlesex Township has a direct impact on her family.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Army Corps to Engage Standing Rock Sioux on Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it would delay a decision on granting an easement to Energy Transfer Partners for the Dakota Access Pipeline.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Donald Trump's surprise election win has encouraged Energy Transfer Partners's Kelcy Warren, the CEO of the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, which is building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In an interview with CBS This Morning, Warren said he is "100 percent" confident that the president-elect will help the company finish the project.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
State senators file motion in Delaware River Basin gas-drilling case
Pocono Record
Robert Swift

HARRISBURG — Three senators are intervening in a lawsuit to end a gas-drilling moratorium in the Delaware River Basin on grounds it usurps a state Marcellus Shale drilling law. The senators filed a legal motion recently in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania making their case. The motion cites a comprehensive set of state laws and regulations to address gas drilling and the development of gas well pads, gas wells and related facilities that can’t be implemented in the Delaware River Basin because of the moratorium.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Trump's view of climate change puts environment at great risk | Opinion
The Star-Ledger
JEFF TITTEL

Elections have consequences and in this case, Donald Trump's win has put the environment clearly at risk. Donald Trump believes that climate change is a hoax invented in China. Of the 192 countries who signed the Paris Accords, he is the only world leader who is a climate-denier. He will not only not look at climate impacts, but he will get rid of programs to help protect us from climate change and sea level rise. This is the biggest threat to the environment since before first Earth Day and environmental laws and may be the largest single impediment of dealing with climate change worldwide. Forty years of environmental progress could be rolled back, putting the health of our people and even the entire planet at risk. Trump has made numerous comments concerning his anti-environmental agenda if elected. His energy plan includes blocking renewable energy and opening up public lands and our coasts for offshore drilling and our mountains for mining. Trump wants to repeal the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan and remove all investment in green jobs and block renewable energy. He talks about sharply curtailing or even eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
What Trump's pro-drilling stance means for oil, gas industry
USA Today
Bill Loveless

The election of Donald Trump as president raises the hopes of oil and natural gas producers, thanks to his full-throated support for the removal of regulations that many say hamper the industry.   [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Maryland environmental advocates take anti-fracking, climate-change positions to church
Baltimore Sun
Colin Campbell

As environmental advocates in Maryland push for a statewide ban on the controversial gas-drilling technique known as fracking, they are seeking to recast environmentalism from a political objective to a moral imperative by making their case in church.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Trump administration could roll back US environmental protection, critics fear
The Guardian
Oliver Milman

The future of America’s basic environmental protection has been thrown into doubt, with a host of fossil fuel executives and climate change skeptics set to get key roles in Donald Trump’s new administration, including a potential return to political life for Sarah Palin. Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee, is thought to be in the running to become interior secretary in a Trump presidency. The move would put Palin, a vocal proponent of oil and gas drilling, in charge of America’s public lands, including prized national parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Everglades.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Olympia anti-fracking protest settles into camp on railroad tracks Protesters against fracking in North Dakota have set up an encampment blocking the rail line from the Port of Olympia on Seventh Avenue and Jefferson Street Southeast. i
The Olympian
Rolf Boone

An anti-fracking protest that began Friday apparently prevented a train from leaving town the same day, and settled into a makeshift camp Sunday in the area of Seventh Avenue and Jefferson Street. That location is in downtown Olympia, not far from the train tunnel that runs underneath the city. The anti-fracking group calls itself Olympia Stand. A reporter and photographer tried to interview those at the camp and take pictures Sunday, but a woman who met both said that no one would be giving individual interviews. She also declined to have her picture taken. Instead, she issued the same statement that the group previously issued.   [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Calls for a ban on fracking in Northern Ireland
Leitrim Observer
Fiona Heavey

A bill to ban fracking by SDLP Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Richie McPhillips this week has been welcomed in Leitrim. In his statement Mr Mc Phillips made reference to the developments toward banning fracking in Scotland and Southern Ireland. Deputy Tony McLoughlins’ private members bill received unanimous cross party support on October 27 moving it to its next stage on its journey to become law in Ireland.   [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Passage of Measure Z is a Game-Changer in the Fight Against Fracking
Santa Cruz


Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques. The measure won with more than fifty-five percent of the vote, despite supporters being outspent thirty to one by oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy. Measure Z also phases out toxic wastewater injection and prohibits new oil wells in the county. Monterey is the sixth county in California to ban fracking.   [Full Story]

Nov 12, 2016
Congress will abandon Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, White House concedes
The Guardian
Alan Yuhas

White House officials conceded on Friday that the president’s hard-fought-for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would not pass Congress, as lawmakers there prepared for the anti-global trade policies of President-elect Donald Trump. Earlier this week, congressional leaders in both parties said they would not bring the trade deal forward during a lame-duck session of Congress, before the formal transition of power on 20 January. The Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, who will be minority leader in the next Congress, told union leaders the trade deal would not pass. Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s Republican majority leader, told reporters “no” when asked if Congress would consider the TPP.   [Full Story]

Nov 12, 2016
Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Donald Trump's surprise election win has encouraged Energy Transfer Partners's Kelcy Warren, the CEO of the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, which is building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In an interview with CBS This Morning, Warren said he is "100 percent" confident that the president-elect will help the company finish the project.   [Full Story]

Nov 12, 2016
How a Donald Trump Presidency Could Affect Fracking Stocks
The Motley Fool
Matthew DiLallo

Americans elected Donald Trump due in part to his America-first views. His vision is to reinvigorate the nation's economy to provide jobs and a better standard of living for all. Fueling that vision is an America-first energy plan, which will rely heavily on the country's vast shale resources that the energy industry unlocked with fracking. Here's how that plan could affect fracking stocks.  [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Groups file lawsuit challenging offshore fracking ruling
KEYT


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper filed a lawsuit Friday, challenging the federal approval of offshore fracking and acidizing. The lawsuit alleges the federal government failed to analyze and disclose the potential risks and impacts caused by fracking and acidizing from offshore oil platforms in southern California, including possible danger to the diverse biology in California waters.  [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Donald Trump and Climate Change: Top 10 Ways He Could Reverse Progress
Inside Climate News
JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR.

Judging by the brief discussion of energy policy on Donald Trump's White House transition website, what he'd like to change about the Obama approach is everything. Presented below are our expectations for Trump's Top Ten list—along with some evidence about how complicated it might be to achieve these objectives, even with a Congress led by Republicans.  [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Manchester anti-fracking protest could be largest ever staged in Britain
Manchester Evening News
Adrew Bardsley

An anti-fracking protest in Manchester this weekend could be the largest ever staged in Britain, organisers have said. Protesters from around the country will descend on the city centre on Saturday to oppose the controversial drilling and shale gas extraction technique.   [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Penn Township fracking hearing to resume Dec. 8
Tribune-Review
Patrick Varine

If a hearing this week regarding a request by a Monroeville-based energy company to drill its first fracking well in Penn Township is any indication, the company and public are in for a lengthy, drawn-out process.   [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Frostburg to draft measures barring fracking in city
Dail Progress


FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Frostburg officials are promising measures to prohibit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil within the western Maryland city. The Cumberland Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/2fDwUDU ) that city attorney Michael Cohen outlined the plans at a meeting Thursday with fracking opponents.   [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Withdraw motion to end gas drilling moratorium
Citizen's Voice
Editorial

It’s easy to understand why some Wayne County landowners have sued to end a moratorium on natural gas drilling within the Delaware Water watershed. They want the money that would come from drilling leases.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Updated state report says fracking still not cause of Pavillion pollution
Casper Star Tribune
Heather Richards

Wyoming regulators are doubling down on conclusions that natural gas operations were likely not responsible for polluted drinking water in the small town of Pavillion. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality released an 80,000-page report Thursday mirroring findings from earlier studies, despite recent criticism from the Environmental Protection Agency.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Feds clamp down on oil drilling on wildlife refuges
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The Obama administration continues to put pressure on the oil and gas industry as it prepares to issue new rules covering oil wells on national wildlife refuges.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Sunset Commission mostly punts on oil and gas regulator
Houston Chronicle
Ryan Maye Handy

A Texas legislative panel that reviews state agencies on Thursday dropped all of the substantial - and controversial - proposals aimed at improving the operations and transparency of the Railroad Commission, the state's oil and gas regulator.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Trump's energy plan likely to put pipelines in the ground
E&E Publishing
Mike Sorghan

With a President Trump in the White House, the nation's fossil fuel debate will likely shift from "keep it in the ground" to putting pipelines in the ground.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Wyoming Study: Fracking Likely Not Behind Well Water Problem
ABC News
Mead Gruver

A final state report released Thursday on foul-smelling well water in Wyoming contradicts an EPA report from five years ago that ignited a national backlash when it suggested hydraulic fracturing was the cause of the contamination.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Here's How Trump Plans to Dismantle Environmental Laws
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

In an afternoon meeting, Donald Trump and his transition team reportedly worked to quickly identify top candidates for key energy positions in his administration.  [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Trump Victory Renews Keystone XL Pipeline Fight
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

TransCanada said it is formulating plans to persuade the incoming Trump administration to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama rejected last November.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Colorado Voters Just Made It a Lot Harder to Pass Fracking Bans
RSN
Emma Fochringer Merchant

In recent years, a number of communities in the state have passed local bans, but the state Supreme Court struck them down. Activists then decided to try to change the constitution to allow local fracking bans. So the oil and gas industry then decided to try to make changing the constitution more difficult.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Judge issues temporary stay of some Pennsylvania drilling rules
Platts


In a ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered the temporary stay of several key provisions of a set of natural gas drilling regulations recently promulgated by the state's Department of Environmental Protection.   [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
Monterey Becomes California's First Major Oil-Producing County to Ban Fracking
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, on Tuesday passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques.   [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
Mealey’s® Fracking Report
LexisNexis


Mealey’s® Fracking Report follows federal, state and local litigation involving hydraulic fracturing. The report also covers federal and state regulatory and legislative developments, as well as rulings by administrative agencies tasked with enforcing laws that impact hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
'Trump's Election Is a Disaster'
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

Totally freaked out is the best way I can explain how I'm feeling right now knowing Donald Trump has won the presidency. Yes, the billionaire television personality who denies climate change, has ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has promised to "renegotiate" the Paris agreement and completely dismantle the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be the next President of the United States!   [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
In Trump, U.S. Puts a Climate Denier in Its Highest Office and All Climate Change Action in Limbo
Inside Climate News
MARIANNE LAVELLE

Donald Trump's astonishing victory has turned the world of climate action upside down, setting back U.S. environmental policy and threatening the international drive to cut carbon pollution and slow global warming. The stunning upset by Trump, who has routinely suggested that climate change is a hoax, threatens to unravel President Obama's climate action agenda, built on executive orders and regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon clampdown at power plants. Trump has vowed to "cancel" the Paris climate agreement, but could cripple it by merely retreating from the U.S. commitment. As the world's second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide pollution, the U.S. could render the global treaty meaningless, at a time when scientists are urging nations to quickly raise their ambition, or risk an escalating climate crisis.  [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
Harold Hamm says Trump should start slashing oil and gas regulations here
CNBC
Tom DiChristopher

Trump campaign advisor and oilman Harold Hamm said Wednesday the U.S. government has done everything in its power to impede oil and gas production.   [Full Story]

Nov 8, 2016
Oklahoma's Latest Fracking-Related Earthquake Sparks Demand for Withdrawal of Oil and Gas Leases
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

Sunday's earthquake that damaged dozens of buildings near an oil and gas pipeline hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, is further proof that fracking and wastewater injection are too dangerous to people and property to be allowed to continue, the Center for Biological Diversity said Monday. In May, the organization called on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withdraw 11 proposed oil and gas leases in Oklahoma because of earthquake risks. The BLM has yet to respond to that request.   [Full Story]

Nov 2, 2016
David Suzuki: Overreliance on Fossil Fuels = Spills + Disasters
EcoWatch
Dr. David Suzuki

In July, a pipeline leak near Maidstone, Saskatchewan, spilled about 250,000 liters of diluted oil sands bitumen into the North Saskatchewan River, killing wildlife and compromising drinking water for nearby communities, including Prince Albert. It was one of 11 spills in the province over the previous year.  [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2016
Exxon Now Seeks to Block New York Attorney General's Climate Probe
inside climate news
David Hasemyer

Despite initially cooperating with Eric Schneiderman's probe under New York's Martin Act, Exxon now says his investigation is politically motivated. After cooperating for nearly a year with the New York attorney general's office, ExxonMobil is now suing to block the state's sweeping subpoena that seeks records dealing with the company's climate research going back nearly 40 years. The oil giant filed a motion Monday in Texas federal court asking to amend its pending lawsuit against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to include New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The litigation seeks to halt their investigations, which the company calls a conspiracy to further their political agenda. "The improper political bias that inspired the New York and Massachusetts investigations disqualifies Attorneys General Schneiderman and Healey from serving as the disinterested prosecutors required by the Constitution," according to an unsigned news release issued by Exxon announcing the new litigation. Eric Soufer, a spokesman for Schneiderman, called Exxon's motion "stunt litigation" that has no merit and will not stop New York's investigation.  [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2016
Pennsylvania Ruling on Eminent Domain Puts Contentious Pipeline Project on Alert
inside climate news
Zahra Hirji

Unanimous ruling against seizing private land for gas storage has potential implications for at least one major proposed fracking-related pipeline across the state.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously ruled unconstitutional a section of state law that lets companies seize private land for certain natural gas projects, with potentially major implications for one of the biggest proposed pipelines in the state. Under the original rule, passed in 2012, any company has the authority to take private land through eminent domain for the purpose of storing natural gas underground. The justices decided on Sept. 28 that this section of the law unconstitutionally lets private companies profit from taking people's land with no direct or obvious benefit to Pennsylvanians. The oil and gas companies argued the projects could benefit the state by creating new jobs, for example, but the justices were not convinced. "The Commonwealth does not claim, nor can it do so reasonably, that the public is the 'primary and paramount' beneficiary when private property is taken in this manner," the justices wrote. "Instead, it advances the proposition that allowing such takings would somehow advance the development of infrastructure in the Commonwealth. Such a projected benefit is speculative, and, in any event, would be merely an incidental one and not the primary purpose for allowing these types of takings." The high court's decision reversed a lower court's ruling that upheld this part of the rule. This decision is the latest victory for property rights owners and environmental activists who are increasingly challenging energy companies nationwide as they seek to use eminent domain for pipelines and other large infrastructure projects. Earlier this year, the Georgia legislature passed a bill that would have stalled construction on Kinder Morgan's Palmetto Pipeline until 2017 due to property rights concerns; before the bill was signed into law, the company suspended construction on the pipeline. "Every time you have a win, it just adds to the case law," said Jane Kleeb, founder of the grassroots advocacy group Bold Nebraska, which led the successful opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. "It adds hope for landowners." Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas and is in the middle of a pipeline boom to move much of the state's fracked gas and drilling byproducts to East Coast and international markets. Companies are proposing at least a dozen gas-related pipelines, many with plans to cross private land.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2016
In Pennsylvania, One Senate Seat With Big Climate Implications
Inside Climate News
Marianne Lavelle

The Democratic Party has thrown big support behind Katie McGinty because a victory over incumbent Pat Toomey could mean a shift in climate policy in the Senate.   [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2016
Lost gas: Push on to track down gas missing from Pa. pipelines
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

Last year, Peoples Natural Gas customers paid millions of dollars for gas that the North Shore utility couldn’t account for and its customers may not have received. In 2015, 4.4 percent of the gas that Peoples took into its system wasn’t there when the utility tallied the volumes it delivered to customers.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2016
Public Opposition to Fracking Grows Worldwide
EcoWatch
Paul Brown

Public opposition to pumping water and chemicals into the ground to extract gas from shale—the technique known as fracking—is growing even in the countries whose governments are most in favor.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2016
Largest Earthquake In Kansas Caused By Fracking (w/Video)
Planetsave
Stephen Hanley

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey finds the largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas was linked to wastewater injection into deep underground wells — a process known as fracking. The November 12, 2014 earthquake, occurred 40 miles southwest of Wichita near the town of Milan.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2016
Ohio Judge Rejects Use Of Eminent Domain In Construction Of Ethane Pipeline
WCBE
Associated Press

A Wood County judge has ruled a company seeking to build an ethane pipeline across Ohio for a Canadian company does not have the right acquire property through eminent domain.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2016
Athens anti-fracking charter welcomes Tish O’Dell for fundraiser
New Political
Heather Willard

The Athens County Bill of Rights Charter’s Friday fundraiser featured a speech by Tish O’Dell, the coordinator of the Ohio Community Rights Network and the Ohio organizer for CELDF — the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2016
Gas industry challenges new drilling rules in Pennsylvania
WFMZ


HARRISBURG, Pa. - The natural gas industry is challenging new regulations that govern surface development of shale gas wells. Drillers in the Marcellus Shale filed suit against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the state's Environmental Quality Board over rules that took effect last week.   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2016
BLM official signs plan to allow oil and gas leasing on Wayne National Forest Environmental groups had bitterly opposed plan, which likely will open 18,000 acres of federal lands northeast of Marietta to fracking
Athens News
Terry Smith

The federal government has scheduled a lease sale for 1,600 acres of public land in the Wayne National Forest’s Marietta Unit for this December, dealing a blow to area environmentalists who oppose oil and gas drilling on the national forest.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
EPA Agrees Its Emissions Estimates From Flaring May Be Flawed
Inside Climate News
David Haseyer

Agency says it will re-examine the formulas it uses, based on data provided by industry, and people near oil and gas sites hope that means cleaner air The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to re-examine the accuracy of its 33-year-old estimates of air pollution from flaring near refineries and at oil and gas drilling sites. The decision has health advocates and some people in South Texas hoping relief from the effects of foul air is coming.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Leading Fossil Fuel Companies Fail Climate Responsibility Test
Inside Climate News
John H Cushman, Jr

A comprehensive study by a science advocacy group gives poor grades in corporate responsibility to eight top producers. Exxon and coal companies rank at the bottom.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
EPA: FERC's Pipeline Environmental Impact Assessment Is Wrong
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not properly account for climate change in its environmental impact assessment of a $1.4 billion natural gas pipeline, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Mark Ruffalo: President Obama, You Still Have Time to Ban Fracking
EcoWatch
Mark Ruffalo & Jon Bowermaster

Three-time Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo and documentary filmmaker Jon Bowermaster sent a letter Tuesday respectfully calling on President Barack Obama to take immediate action addressing fracking during his last 100 days in office, which began Oct. 11.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
British public support for fracking sinks to lowest ever level Long-running YouGov poll shows support for shale gas extraction at 37.3% – just as industry gears up to begin drilling
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

New polling by YouGov for the University of Nottingham, which has been tracking attitudes towards shale gas extraction for more than four years, shows support for fracking in the UK is now at 37.3%, down from 46.5% a year ago and 58% in the summer of 2013.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Report: Children and the Clderly at Risk from "Dangerous and Close" Fracking
Common Dreams
Press Release

BOSTON, MASS. - More than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children in nine states attend school within one mile of a fracked oil or gas well, putting them at increased risk of health impacts from dangerous chemicals and air pollution.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Fracking raises earthquake risk – experts
IOL
Tony Carnie

One of the emerging concerns about fracking in several parts of the world was the risk of inducing earthquakes, local scientists warned in a comprehensive technical report yesterday. Experts appointed by the Academy of Science of South Africa said while the fracking process could activate dormant faults in underground rock, the major earthquake-related risks were caused by pumping large volumes of water underground after the process was completed.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
University of Maryland SGA supports a statewide fracking ban
DBK
Adam Zielonka

The SGA approved a resolution to support a coalition against fracking in the state of Maryland at its meeting Wednesday night in Stamp Student Union's Hoff Theater. The vote was 23-3 with four abstentions after a debate in which several legislators took turns holding the affirmative and negative floors.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
64% of Brits reluctant to buy home near fracking site
Mortgage Introducer
John Heweitt Jones

Over 64% of Brits would be reluctant to buy a home near a fracking site, according to research by Onepoll.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Study highlights fracking misgivings
IOL
Sieseko Njobeni

Johannesburg - A government sanctioned study into Karoo shale gas prospects has pointed out an array of uncertainties related to water requirements, availability of skills and the socio-economic impact of the development of shale gas in South Africa.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Neither Dems Nor The GOP Want Local Fracking Bans In Colorado [VIDEO]
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and his Republican challenger Darryl Glenn came out against local governments banning hydraulic fracturing at a recent debate.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Policy plan to veto fracking on farms
Farm Weekly
Mal Gill

A POLICY position giving farmers an option to stop oil and gas companies coming onto their land will be considered by The Nationals WA this month.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Producer of Josh Fox Climate Change Documentary Jailed and Her Footage Confiscated for Filming Oil Pipeline Protest Action in North Dakota
PR Newswire


WALHALLA, N.D., Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deia Schlosberg, the producer of Josh Fox's new climate change documentary "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change," was arrested yesterday in Walhalla, North Dakota for filming a protest action against a pipeline bringing Canadian tar sands oil into the US. The action was conducted by Climate Direct Action, but Schloserg was not part of the group and did not participate in the action, only filmed it. Her film footage was confiscated, and she is currently being held in jail.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Anne Arundel Council members support fracking ban
Capital Gazette
Amanda Yeager

Four Anne Arundel County Council members are asking state legislators to support a ban on fracking when the General Assembly reconvenes next year.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Fracking rules fall woefully short
Baltimore Sun
Opinion

In a recent letter to the editor, Garrett County native Stephen Mogge reports just-released Maryland Department of the Environment fracking regulations add "the Deep Creek Lake watershed to its restricted list." This is partially true. The watershed joins with the three regional drinking water reservoirs where fracking permits will not be issued under the proposed regulations. But it is misleading to suggest such restrictions will protect these critically important resources ("Lawmakers should ban fracking in Maryland," Oct. 3).   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Analyst Predicts 6 Big Cracker Plants Coming to Marcellus/Utica!
Marcellus Drilling News


At last year’s Utica Summit III event held in Stark, OH, Tom Gellrich of consulting firm TopLine Analytics, a company that “closely follows ethane markets,” said he thinks the first ethane cracker to get built will be the Shell cracker plant in Beaver County, PA. He was right. Shell announced their official decision to move […]  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
The world’s biggest green energy scam is getting even dirtier.
Biomess101


Protecting and expanding America’s forests is the best way to lock up dangerous carbon pollution that’s warming our climate. That’s why burning trees in power plants, which adds carbon, soot, and smog to our skies, is so dangerous. Now, the biomass power industry has written legislation for Congress that would prohibit EPA from regulating carbon pollution from tree-burning power plants. It's time for a dose of reality.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Clean Technica http://cleantechnica.com/
Clean Technica
Joshua S Hill

One of the world’s largest industrial companies and leading wind turbine manufacturer, GE, has announced the planned acquisition of wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power for $1.65 billion. GE announced on Tuesday its intention to [&hellip...  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
BP Abandons Exploration Drilling Plans In Great Australian Bight
Clean Technica
Joshua S Hill

UK-based multinational oil and gas company BP announced this week that it has decided not to proceed with a controversial exploration oil drilling program in the Great Australian Bight. BP announced on Tuesday (PDF) that it had [&hellip...   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes



The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up. California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada that claims to be the largest of its kind once built. SolarReserve's Sandstone project involves at least 100,000 mirrored heliostats that capture the sun's rays and concentrates it onto 10 towers equipped with a molten salt energy storage system. The molten salt, heated to more than 1,000 degrees, then boils water and creates a steam turbine that can drive generators 24/7. Compared to photovoltaic arrays, the appeal of CSP systems is that solar power can be used after sunset. "It's really the ability to provide renewable energy that's available on demand 24 hours a day," Smith told NPR. SolarReserve already operates a CSP plant near Tonopah, a revolutionary 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant that's now powering Nevada homes. The company says on its website that this "completely emission free" CSP plant runs without the requirement for natural gas or oil back up.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Mark Ruffalo asks Obama to crack down on fracking
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Actor Mark Ruffalo is asking President Obama to use his last 100 days in office to crack down on hydraulic fracturing. In an open letter Tuesday, Ruffalo, an outspoken fracking opponent, criticizes Obama for overseeing a dramatic increase in oil and natural gas production without taking aggressive action to protect Americans from the pollution related to fracking. “While we are grateful for your leadership in acknowledging climate change, the expansion of drilling and fracking for oil and gas during your presidency and its disastrous impact on the climate threaten to undermine the legacy of this significant work,” Ruffalo wrote.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2016
Northwest Activists Arrested After Shutting Down Canada-To-US Oil Pipelines
OPB
Ashley Ahearn

Protesters — all from the Pacific Northwest — were arrested Tuesday at all five sites across the northern U.S. where pipelines deliver oil from Canada’s oil sands to American refineries. The pipelines cross the U.S.-Canadian border in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2016
Letter to Obama We are writing to asl you to take action addressing fracking in your last 100 days in office.
Scribd
Mark Ruffalo & Jon Bowermaster

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Oct 11, 2016
Algonquin protesters leave gas pipeline
Lohud
Thomas C. Zambito

VERPLANCK - Four protesters emerged from a natural gas pipeline late Monday night after about 16 hours locked inside the steel tube.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2016
Video Dispatch:Weve been in the pipeline for nearly 12 hours and we are here to stay! Here is a recap of the day in spectras pipe #StopSpectra #NoDAPL
Twitter


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Oct 10, 2016
Shailene Woodley arrested while peacefully protesting Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota
Los Angeles Times
Libby Hill

Actress and activist Shailene Woodley was arrested in North Dakota on Monday in the aftermath of a protest opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Morton County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Rob Keller confirmed Woodley’s arrest at a protest site one mile south of St. Anthony in south-central North Dakota, where construction of the pipeline was taking place. Woodley is charged, along with 26 others, with criminal trespassing.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
DEP Drilling Regs To Take Effect Oct. 8 In Spite Of Challenge By Conventional Drillers
PA Environment Digest


DEP’s final Chapter 78a Marcellus Shale drilling regulations will take effect as scheduled on October 8 with their publication in the PA Bulletin (page 6431), in spite of a last minute attempt by the PA Independent Oil and Gas Association to block their publication.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
PEC On Final DEP Drilling Regs: (Un)Conventional Thinking Part 2
PA Environment Digest
Davitt Woodwell

As of today, Pennsylvania finally has in place the core of a twenty-first century set of rules for the gas industry. It has taken three governors, four DEP secretaries, two state Supreme Court decisions, three sessions of the General Assembly, and around seven years, but it’s a start.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Fracking is a form of climate-change denial
The Guardian
Josh Fox Opinion

Local communities are showing the courage to fight fossil fuel madness. We can all help them prevail   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
From Ivory Tower to Behind Bars: Professor Joins Climate Activists in New York Fracking Pipeline Fight
EcoWatch
Sara Stidstone Gronim

On Aug. 29, 2016, I was arrested for a peaceful protest in front of National Grid's Brooklyn headquarters. How does one go from the Ivory Tower to behind bars? From professor to protester? Let me explain.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Even the Word “Fracking” Sounds Obscene
Splice Today
Frank A DeFilippo

Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan makes dubious claim fracking will create jobs.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Miami-Dade County Bans Fracking, Citing Multiple Environmental Concerns
WIRN
Kate Stein

Fracking is now banned in Miami-Dade County, thanks to an ordinance passed unanimously last Wednesday by county commissioners.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Energy professor predicts Scottish Government fracking ban
Energy Voice
Mark Lammey

The Scottish Government will block fracking as the industry has no “social licence” north of the border, a professor of energy policy has predicted.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Miami Commission To Debate Effects Of Fracking On Water Supply
Water Online
Peak Johnson

Fracking continues to stoke debate in certain parts of the country, with officials in Miami-Dade County, FL, proposing a ban on the practice.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
4 Energy Demonstrators Climb Inside NY Gas Pipeline
NBC New York


A quartet of demonstrators have climbed inside a 42-inch gas pipeline underneath the Hudson River in protest a proposed pipeline that would run from Pennsylvania to New York, an advocacy group calling for energy reform announced Monday.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Decision on drilling may have wide effect
The Times-Tribune
Robert Swift

HARRISBURG — The recent state Supreme Court ruling knocking out parts of the gas-drilling impact fee law could create an opening for lawmakers to tackle again the contentious issue of a state severance tax on natural gas production.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Pew: Renewable energy enjoys wide support while fossil fuels divide national opinion
Utility Dive
Robert Walton

More than 80% of Americans support development of new solar and wind energy resources, according to a new survey released from Pew Research. Far more contentious, more than 40% but less than half-favored expanded coal mining, fracking, nuclear and offshore drilling.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2016
Hillary Clinton Expresses Support For Fracking In Wikileaks Document
IBT
David Sirota

During the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a skeptic of hydraulic fracturing -- the controversial process to extract natural gas. But newly released documents purporting to show excerpts of her paid speeches show that Clinton proudly touted her support for fracking, which environmental groups say can pollute groundwater and undermine the fight against climate change. The excerpts also show Clinton saying that some environmental organizations trying to restrict her work to promote fracking were front groups for Russian oligarchs.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2016
Sister on a mission: the Texas nun using oil company money to fight fracking
The Guardian
Tom Dart

“I call it redeeming the money,” said Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, munching a turkey sandwich in a bar with a stuffed steer’s head mounted on a wall next to a life-sized poster of John Wayne. About six years ago, when fracking got feverish in the Eagle Ford Shale, a company offered to lease the mineral rights to some land bought by her grandfather in the 1920s. Sister Elizabeth did some research about the consequences of fracking – extracting natural gas by pumping water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into wells deep underground – and did not like what she learned. But her attorney told her that the company would find a way to get the rights with or without her consent.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2016
Email Dump Exposes Hillary’s Secret Love of Fracking
PoliZette
Jim Stinson

Clinton says she advocated drilling all over the world, but let political allies kill energy jobs at home Fracking was invented by the U.S. government and Hillary Clinton loved the energy production process so much, she advocated it worldwide, according to leaked transcripts of speeches made to businessmen. The disclosure comes after Wikileaks released emails hacked from John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign, on Friday.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2016
Brabo sees firsthand Colorado's 'stringent regulations' on fracking
Fredericksburg.com
Cthy Dyson

During discussions of hydraulic fracturing in recent years, King George County Supervisor Ruby Brabo has heard state officials repeatedly tout the track record of Colorado.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2016
Pennsylvania adopts new fracking regulations
Reuters
David Dekok

New regulations governing the extraction of natural gas through fracking will go into effect on Saturday in Pennsylvania, the first overhaul since the industry took off in the state more than 10 years ago. The new rules allow the state's department of environmental protection to require additional measures if fracking is taking place near public resources, and requires drillers to restore water supply that is degraded or damaged through fracking, according to the statement. Environmental groups hailed the new rules. An oil and gas industry group blasted the regulations, with a spokesman saying he expected legal challenges.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Fracking Gets Green Light in UK After Landmark Ruling
EcoWatch
Dan Zukowski

Overruling local authority, the British government gave the go-ahead on a new shale gas fracking permit in Lancashire County today, opening the door to a massive expansion of shale gas development in the UK. A second permit is likely to be approved.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Methane Emissions Blow Past Current Estimates
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Methane emissions from the global fossil fuel industry are up to 60 percent greater than existing estimates, according to a new comprehensive analysis of global methane emissions.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Oklahoma Governor Wants You to Pray for the Oil Industry (No Joke)
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

This is not us trying to be The Onion. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has officially proclaimed Oct. 13 "Oilfield Prayer Day" to raise awareness for the state's declining oil industry. Here's her official signed proclamation.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
SCIENCE: Methane leaks declining even as natural gas production grows
E&E Publishing
John Fialka

A new scientific study, a summary of which appeared in the journal Nature yesterday, used ancient and new atmospheric samples and gives a boost to the gas industry's side of the argument. Its data show that while gas production has soared in recent years, the industry's rate of leakage appears to have declined.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Fracking given UK go-ahead as Lancashire council rejection overturned Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has accepted an appeal from Cuadrilla against an earlier decision to turn down their plans to frack on the Fylde
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

Sajid Javid has overturned Lancashire council’s rejection of a fracking site, paving the way for shale company Cuadrilla to drill in the county next year and provoking outrage from local groups, environmentalists and politicians.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Koch Industries and Fracking Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro To Lead Trump Energy Team
Counter Punch
Steve Horn

The Washington Post has reported that Mike Catanzaro, a former senior energy staffer for Republican Party House Majority Leader John Boehner with a track record of climate change denial, will lead Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump’s energy transition team.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
US Fracking film maker to appear at second date
Blackpool Gazette


Josh Fox, famous for his controversial anti-fracking film Gasland, is to show his new movie, How to Let Go of The World And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, in Blackpool on Friday October 14, which he describes is the third part of his Gasland trilogy.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Report: Fracking companies used 358 billion gallons of water over 5 years
Mashable
Maria Gallucci

Hydraulic fracturing is a water-intensive business: Bursting open just one shale gas well can require pumping millions of gallons of water underground. Yet much of the United States' fracking activity takes place in areas that are suffering from high or extremely high water stress, according to Ceres, an advocacy group for sustainable investment.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Trump adviser says Maryland should be more like Texas
Maryland Reporter
Len Lazarick

A senior Trump economic adviser told a Maryland business group Tuesday that Maryland should become more like Texas, cutting taxes and regulations to spur economic growth.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Fossil Fuel Extraction Producing Earthquakes in Oklahoma
San Diego Free Press
John Lawrence

The chickens are coming home to roost. A state that has thrived from oil wells is now being destroyed by them. The practice of forcing waste water from oil drilling down other wells has made Oklahoma the earthquake capital of the US.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Hey California, Why Are You Allowing the Use of Oil Wastewater To Irrigate Our Food?
DeSmog Blog
Justin Mikulka

A new report by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of the Pacific sheds light on a very troubling practice in the field of Big Ag — the use of oil industry wastewater for irrigating food crops.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Cornell expert on fracking kicks off SUNY Geneseo conference
Democrate & Chronicle
James Goodman

Anthony Ingraffea, a professor emeritus at Cornell University who is an expert on fracking, kicks off Sustainability Month events at the State University at Geneseo with a lecture Wednesday on renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Dana Young mailer leaves out context of fracking bill
Politifact
Allison Graves

In an attempt to position herself as a more environmentally-friendly candidate, state Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, has sent mailers touting her vote for a recent bill targeting fracking.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Proposed Branford ordinance banning fracking waste slated for approval
New Haven Register
Sam Norton

BRANFORD >> As a state agency continues to rewrite regulations governing the possible importation of waste from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, Branford officials are scheduled to approve an ordinance that would prohibit fracking waste from being used within town limits.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Listen To Hannity's Guest Set The Record Straight On How Fracking Pollutes Water Austan Goolsbee: "We've Got A Lot Of Places Where [Fracking] Is Poisoning Their Groundwater"
MediaMatters


Audio File.GOOLSBEE: No, now wait a minute. We've talked about fracking. And I agree that if you can do that in a clean way that does not poison the ground water, does not lead to earthquakes that are knocking people's houses down, that there are important opportunities.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Significant opportunities' for low-carbon cities
BBC News
Mark Kinver

Switching to a low-carbon economy offers cities "significant economic opportunities", an assessment says. Low-carbon markets was worth US $33bn (£26bn) to London's economy, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) said in its latest report. However, collaboration between public and private sectors was an essential ingredient needed to deliver economic growth and carbon cuts, it observed. The findings examined the commitments made by 533 cities around the world. The report, It Takes a City: The Case for Collaborative Climate Action, added that the cities spread over 89 nations had identified more than 1,000 economic opportunities linked to climate change. Almost 300 cities featured in the report were also developing new business industries, such as clean technology. CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, describes itself as "an international, not-for-profit organization providing the global system for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information". The report was published by CDP and AECOM, a multinational engineering firm, and sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Disappearing Yosemite glacier becomes symbol of climate change
Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK When naturalist John Muir explored Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park about 150 years ago, the river of ice stretched as far as 10 football fields between the peaks of the Lyell Canyon, a glacier one might expect to see in Alaska, not California. Today, it’s a sliver of the natural feature Muir called a “living glacier.” Over the last 130 years, the glacier has lost 78 percent of its surface, shrunk from about a half square mile to 66 acres. Stand on the glacier and it’s hard to hear anything except the sound of melting water rushing underneath. A big patch of bedrock is exposed in its middle. In its dying state, Lyell Glacier has become a vivid example of the effects of climate change and a touchstone for National Park Service officials increasingly concerned about global warming.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Oilfields Supplying Wastewater to Irrigate Food Crops
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

People in California's Central Valley could be drinking water tainted by cancer-causing chemicals used in oilfields, and current water-testing procedures would not detect these substances, according to a scientific report released Tuesday by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California and the University of the Pacific.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Fossil fuel industry's methane emissions far higher than thought
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

The fossil fuel industry’s emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas are dramatically higher than previously thought. Researchers who pulled together the biggest database yet of worldwide methane emissions found that, after natural sources were discounted, emissions from gas, oil and coal production were 20-60% greater than existing estimates.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Conservationists deal last-minute blow to 'unlawful' fracking bid
The Guardian
Josh Halliday

A bid to open a new fracking frontier in the east Midlands has been dealt a blow after a last-minute intervention by conservationists who warned that it was unlawful and would harm an “incredibly important” nature reserve.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Trump Meets With Energy CEOs Discouraged by Fracking Remarks
Bloomberg
Jennifer Jacobs & Jennifer Dlouhy

Energy executives in Denver on Tuesday warned Donald Trump, who has said he supports letting local residents vote on fracking bans, that state regulations are thwarting oil and gas development.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Fracking Industry's New Plan? Prosecute Those Who Push Drilling Bans
Common Dreams
Lauren McCauley

As communities seek to protect themselves from toxic drilling, Pennsylvania industry group mulls statute to deter such ordinances "Drained" from taking local municipalities to court over fracking bans, a fossil fuel industry group is now considering charging local officials who suggest such prohibitions with criminal prosecution, new reporting by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Koch Industries and Fracking Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro To Lead Trump Energy Team
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

The Washington Post has reported that Mike Catanzaro, a former senior energy staffer for Republican Party House Majority Leader John Boehner with a track record of climate change denial, will lead Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump's energy transition team.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Greens Win Challenge to PA Pro-Fracking Law
Courthouse News
Lowelll Newmann Nickey

(CN) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the controversial Act 13, a sweeping law regulating the oil and gas industry, is unconstitutional because it gives special treatment to that industry.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Anti-fracking group accuses Cuomo of yielding to pipeline lobbyists
Politico
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Though the Cuomo administration has publicly portrayed itself as aggressively cracking down on a pipeline now being constructed near the Indian Point nuclear center, it has quietly softened its actions behind closed doors after a lobbying blitz, a government transparency and anti-fracking advocacy group asserts.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Clinton's plan to reduce US oil consumption likely won't work
CNBC
Tom DiChristopher

Hillary Clinton has vowed to slash U.S. oil consumption in the next decade as part of an overall plan to shift the country to clean, renewable energy, but experts say her goal is probably impossible.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Maloney Introduces Legislation To Halt Hudson River Anchorages
Putnam Daily Voice


A local congressman has introduced legislation he said will sink plans to install 10 new anchorage sites on the Hudson River. U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY (18th District), said the U.S. Coast Guard wants to park commercial barges at sites from Yonkers to Kingston. Maloney, a Cold Spring resident, said his Hudson River Protection Act would prohibit the secretary of Homeland Security, and by extension the U. S. Coast Guard, from establishing new anchorage sites for vessels carrying hazardous or flammable material within five miles of an existing superfund site, a nuclear power plant, such as Indian Point in Buchanan, a site on the national register of historic places, or a critical habitat of an endangered species.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Anti-fracking group accuses Cuomo of yielding to pipeline lobbyists
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Though the Cuomo administration has publicly portrayed itself as aggressively cracking down on a pipeline now being constructed near the Indian Point nuclear center, it has quietly softened its actions behind closed doors after a lobbying blitz, a government transparency group asserts. The Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline is being expanded from 26 inches in diameter to 42 inches in diameter and is located just a few dozen feet from the Indian Point power plant in Westchester County. After initially signing off on the pipeline, the administration decided it was too risky and in February four state agencies asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to temporarily stop construction of the Algonquin pipeline so state officials could conduct an independent investigation to determine whether it poses a safety threat. But FERC has not stopped the pipeline construction, even as citizens in the area and environmental groups have raised concerns about safety issues, and it is expected to be operational within a few weeks.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Oil and gas industry group ponders criminal prosecution of local officials
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

Since Pittsburgh banned fracking in 2010, more than 100 municipalities have introduced their own ordinances to limit or completely prohibit oil and gas extraction, pipelines, or waste injection wells. And while those that have been challenged in court have generally failed, Kevin Moody, general counsel for the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association in Wexford, says the fight is draining and doesn't seem to be deterring municipal officials from attempting to block oil and gas development. Maybe criminal prosecution will do the trick, he has wondered. It’s a concept he’s been exploring, albeit on the back burner, for several years and Mr. Moody thinks he’s found a fitting criminal statute to try it out. It’s called official oppression and makes it a second degree misdemeanor for a public official to deny or impede someone’s rights or privileges with the knowledge such actions are illegal. The penalty is up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Cuomo administration backed away from pipeline nuclear safety study after lobbying blitz
Public Accountability Initiative


Spectra Energy hired Cuomo insider just one week after governor announced plans for studySummary of findings Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline runs in very close proximity to the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant, and public safety experts and activists have sounded the alarm about the risks posed by the pipeline and its expansion as part of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo responded in February 2016 by ordering an “immediate independent safety analysis of the natural gas pipeline project” and called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt construction of the pipeline while New York State completed the study. He specifically cited risks posed by the pipeline’s proximity to Indian Point nuclear power plant. Though a study is currently under way, the Cuomo administration has backed away from this original plan in the months since:  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Marcellus Shale Coalition sues to block new Pennsylvania drilling rules
Platts


As it had previously indicated, the Marcellus Shale Coalition on Friday filed suit to block implementation of some of the new rules the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection implemented on Saturday, claiming the rules would add an average of $2 million to every well drilled in the state with little environmental benefit.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Court ruling bites Pa. natural gas industry
Pocono Record
Stacy M Brown

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said it has accepted the state Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a number of provisions to the oil and gas law.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Unions push Obama to approve Dakota Access pipeline 'without delay'
The Hill
Timothy Cama and Devin Henry

Five trade unions are pushing President Obama to move forward with the Dakota Access pipeline. The unions say the decision last month to halt consideration of a federal permit for the project threatens the livelihoods of their 3.5 million members.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Vanguard Natural Resources Misses Payment Amid Sector Strain
Bloomberg
Harvard Zhang

The rally in energy prices may not have come soon enough to help some U.S. oil and gas producers, with Vanguard Natural Resources LLC joining the rapidly growing list of companies that can’t pay their debts on time.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Miami-Dade County Wants to Ban Fracking
Miami New Times
Jerry Iannelii

If a few state senators had voted differently last February, Miami-Dade County would have had zero control over whether oil companies could build fracking wells on county soil. That's because the Florida Senate proposed a bill that would have banned local governments from regulating the controversial oil-drilling process.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Lawmakers should ban fracking in Maryland
Baltimore Sun
Opinion

As a Baltimore City resident and a homeowner in Garrett County, I think the most recent round of regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment fall far short of adequately protecting the environment and citizens from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
PA Supreme Court Decision Blocks Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals
PA Environment Digest


The PA Supreme Court Wednesday issued a decision following up on its 2013 Robinson decision on provisions in the Act 13 drilling law saying-- -- Chemical Disclosures: Provisions limiting the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking operations to a health professional, specifically the requirement to execute a confidentiality agreement and the obligation of the drilling company to provide the makeup of fracking chemicals to anyone, violates constitutional provisions related to enactment of special laws and are unconstitutional (53). The drilling industry had fought any attempts to require disclosure of fracking chemicals to anyone while Act 13 was being considered in the General Assembly;  [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Conventional Drillers Attempt To Delay Publication Of Final DEP Marcellus Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


The PA Independent Oil and Gas Association, representing conventional well operators, Friday delivered a letter to the Joint House Senate Committee on Documents objecting to the publication of DEP’s final Chapter 78a Marcellus Shale drilling regulations, now scheduled for the October 8 PA Bulletin.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Oil & Gas Industry Focuses On Need For Pipelines, Infrastructure To Support Production
PA Environment Digest


Leaders from the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, the PA Independent Oil & Gas Association and PA Manufacturers Association Wednesday discussed the urgent need to expand the capacity of the Commonwealth’s pipeline system to allow producers to transport more natural gas and natural gas liquids to end-users.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2016
Analysis | Court tosses gag rule for doctors in fracking cases
Tribune Democrat
John Finnerty

HARRISBURG – Lots of people live near factories that use chemicals. Yet doctors treating people who think they’ve been poisoned by an industrial neighbor aren’t as limited as when treating sick people who live near fracking sites.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2016
Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturns “doctor gag order” on disclosing fracking information
Fusion
Sam Stecklow

In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law containing a buried provision barring doctors from disclosing any information they receive from companies drilling into the Marcellus Shale. A ruling passed down Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a handful of portions of that law, including the “doctor gag order,” as anti-fracking activists refer to it, as well as a provision that allowed private drilling companies to seize private property for storage of natural gas under eminent domain and one that did not require private wells to publicly disclose hazardous spills, according to Pittsburgh City Paper.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2016
Texas activists who lost one pipeline fight set sights on new battle Demonstrators have been unable to halt the construction a local project – but they aren’t giving up as the same company plans the Dakota Access pipeline
The Guardian
Tom Dart

It looks to Lori Glover “like a long snake going across the whole desert”. For David Keller, it is “like having a very beautiful historic home and having someone run a bulldozer through the kitchen”. And in Yolonda Blue Horse’s view, it is another example of disrespect from an industry that does not care about native people.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2016
Calhoun County takes stand against fracking
News Herald
Eryn Dion

BLOUNTSTOWN — A petition with over 500 signatures from residents of Calhoun County and 21 local businesses was presented to the county commission this week in support of an ordinance that would ban companies from using hydraulic fracturing — better known as “fracking” — to extract oil and natural gas from the ground within county limits.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2016
Landfills in upstate New York still accept fracking waste
Politifact
Dan Clark

When New York State officials banned fracking in late 2014, environmentalists celebrated a victory against the controversial natural gas extraction method. Then last year, a report said waste from the process was still coming into the state. Lawmakers grilled Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos at a water quality hearing in Albany. He contradicted the report.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2016
Pro-Fracking Law Ruled Unconstitutional by Pennsylvania Supreme Court
EcoWatch
Dan Zukowski

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state's controversial Act 13 is unconstitutional, calling it a special law that benefits the shale gas industry. The massive Marcellus Shale formation, which underlies a large area of Western Pennsylvania, provides more than 36 percent of the shale gas produced in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
The 40-Year-Old Federal Salmon Study That Should Have Killed Pacific Northwest LNG
DeSmogBlog
Emma Gilchrist

The report is dated July 17, 1973, and stamped by the Department of the Environment. Scientists had undertaken a study of fish in the Skeena estuary due to proposals to build a super port in the Prince Rupert area. The federal government wanted to know: “What destructive consequences could be imparted on the fisheries resource by superport construction?” So the scientists set out to find out which areas of the Skeena estuary — home to Canada’s second largest wild salmon run — are most important for fish.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
Chesapeake receives DoJ subpoena on accounting for asset purchase
Reuters


Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N) said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information on the accounting methodology for the acquisition and classification of oil and gas properties. Shares of the company fell as much as 9.3 percent in morning trading. The No. 2 U.S. natural gas producer said in May that it had received subpoenas and demands for documents from the DoJ and some state government agencies in connection with investigations into possible violations of antitrust laws relating to the purchase and lease of oil and natural gas rights.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
The rise and fall of fracking in Europe
The Guardian
Arthur Neslen

This week in the UK, the Labour party announced plans to ban fracking in the UK if elected. Although heavily criticised by one of its biggest union donors, it marks a further shift in attitudes against shale gas in Europe. When the EU’s trade commissioner met Exxon representatives behind closed doors in 2013, his message to the oil men was unambiguous: the US shale revolution is a paradigm shift.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
Power plant plan draws Kucinich ire CPV project mentioned in corruption probe
Times Union
Casey Seiler

Albany Former Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential aspirant Dennis Kucinich has sent complaints to the inspectors general of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency calling on them to investigate New York's permitting process for Competitive Power Ventures, the Maryland-based energy company that's angling to complete a 650-megawatt natural-gas-fired power plant in Orange County. Last week, CPV executive Peter Galbraith Kelly was among eight individuals charged by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a complaint that alleged Kelly paid bribes to former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco in an attempt to secure official favors for the company, with lobbyist and longtime Cuomo associate Todd Howe — who has already pleaded guilty to several felonies — serving as go-between.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
Reservoirs linked to methane emissions: How dirty is 'clean' hydropower?
Christian Science Monitor
Ellen Powell

A new study says artificial reservoirs created by dams may emit 1.3 percent of global emissions in the form of methane. How will that affect hydropower-dependent nations?   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton wants to close a fracking 'loophole,' but then what?
E & E Publishing
Mike Sorghan

Closing what's known as the "Halliburton loophole" is the clearest oil and gas policy goal of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But it's not clear what her proposal would do.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
SNP accused of ‘blatant hypocrisy’ on fracking ban
Inews
Chris Green

The SNP has been accused of “blatant hypocrisy” for continuing its moratorium on fracking in Scotland while accepting shipments of shale gas from the US. Two days after the first giant tanker of fracked gas arrived at the Ineos chemical plant in Grangemouth, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the party was guilty of “total double standards” on the issue.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
Justice investigating fracking giant
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The Justice Department is investigating one of the largest oil and gas frackers in the country, Chesapeake Energy, for possibly violating antitrust laws and market manipulation.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Ineos accused of buying the media after blocking fracking critic
Common Space


CHEMICALS CORPORATION INEOS has faced criticism over its public relations blitz marking the arrival of a shipload of shale gas at its Grangemouth refinery.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Solution Blooming for Fracking Spills? Blooming salts may clean up after brine spills
Lab Manager


In a recent study, researchers at North Dakota State University tested a method that extracted a large percentage of the salt present in soils contaminated by brine spills. Researchers applied a chemical—ferric hexacyanoferrate—to samples of brine-contaminated soils in the laboratory. After seven days, 29-57% of the salts were pulled to the surface for easier removal, depending on the type of soil being tested.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Jill Stein Eagerly Pointed Out All The Holes In The First Debate
Bustle
Amee Latour

After being escorted away from Hofstra University ahead of the first presidential debate on Monday, Green party candidate Jill Stein took to Twitter to share her views as the two major party candidates faced off. Stein fell far short of the Commission on Presidential Debate's requirement that candidates must be polling at 15 percent or more to earn a spot on the stage — Stein was averaging 3.2 percent, according to the commission. But still, she jumped on the opportunity to have her policies lined up next to Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's. Ultimately, Stein's tweets made me wish she had debated on the main stage to present her extremely progressive politics.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Can Anything Be Done to Stop Oklahoma's Earthquakes?
HPPR
Jonathan Baker

Scientists are blaming the quakes on the disposal of wastewater that comes from hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.” The amount of fracking has dramatically increased in Oklahoma over the last few years. There are technologies for disposing of wastewater that would be less quake-friendly, such as recycling or evaporation. But those come at a higher cost.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Boulder County prepares revisions to oil, gas regulations
Times Call
John Fryar

What: Boulder County has scheduled public hearings and decision-making meetings on a set of still-being-drafted updates to the county regulations about oil and gas development in unincorporated areas of the county. The proposed regulations are to be posted on Oct. 5 on the county's oil and gas web page, bit.ly/1UUQPdi.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Portion of gas drilling law struck down
ABC 27
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s highest court is blocking industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations. It’s the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Pa. Supreme Court blocks pro-industry provisions of gas drilling law
The Sentinel
Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday blocked industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations, the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Anti-fracking measures in Colorado won't make the ballot; deadline to protest comes and goes Measure would have required new well setbacks
Denver Channel


Even though the group turned in the required 98,000 signatures to get on the ballot, thousands of those signatures were quickly tossed by the Secretary of State’s Office because they appeared to be forged, and others weren’t registered voters.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Court blocks pro-industry provisions of gas drilling law
CT Post
Marc Levy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday blocked industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations, the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law. Four of the court's six participating justices agreed in an 88-page decision stripping out provisions that a lawyer for a handful of municipalities described as "gifts" to the ascendant gas industry given amid the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling boom.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
FERC Urged To Halt Review Of Outdated PennEast Pipeline Application Due To Out-of-Time Route Changes, Far-Reaching Threats To Water, Land, Air Quality
PR Newswire


FERC should suspend review in response to compelling data omissions and agency objections FAR HILLS, N.J., Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJ Conservation) and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) today called upon the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to respond to the significant environmental concerns embedded within more than 3,000 comments submitted during the Commission's public comment period for its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for PennEast.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Fracking caused recent man-made earthquakes in TX and OK
Modern Readers
Melissa Taylor

Researchers have long concluded that drilling and fracking activities have been the cause of several man-made earthquakes in the Southwest United States. A new study now adds to these findings, offering additional insights on wastewater injections and how they led to a major quake in Texas a few years ago.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Labour government would ban fracking in UK
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

The Labour party has strengthened its opposition to fracking, saying it would ban the controversial technique for extracting shale gas if it came to power. Speaking at the Labour conference in Liverpool, shadow energy and climate secretary Barry Gardiner is to announce the party will be going further than its previous policy of a moratorium until environment conditions are met.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Labour to announce it will ban fracking if it wins election The plan is criticised by Labour's former shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint for not offering an alternative.
Sky News


Shadow energy and climate change secretary Barry Gardiner told the party's annual conference in Liverpool that a Labour government would introduce an "outright ban" on the controversial practice.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
EPA Must 'Correct Top Claim in Major Fracking Study'
EcoWatch
Food & Water Watch

Led by Food & Water Watch, more than 200 public interest and environmental groups sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, urging the agency to heed the recommendation of its own independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) and clarify the seemingly unsupported top-line finding of the June 2015 draft fracking report.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Matzie introduces bills on quake insurance, fracking near reservoirs
The Times
J D Prose

State Rep. Rob Matzie has introduced two long-planned bills to address fracking near dams or reservoirs and insurance coverage of earthquakes regardless of their cause.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Navajo Nation Lawmakers Want Study On Impact Of Fracking
KJZZ
Associated Press

The Farmington Daily Times reports that tribal legislators are pushing for a better understanding of energy industry practices as well as any necessary revisions of rules surrounding oil and gas production. The issue of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has taken a greater precedence in recent months.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
Energy issues divide presidential candidates From oil and gas exploration to climate change, Clinton and Trump have different visions.
Dayton Daily News
Jessica Wehrman

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are miles apart on many issues, but the gulf between them on environmental and energy strategies is nearly seismic.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
On fracking Learning from Mike
Columbia Daily Tribune
Henry J Waters III

On Wednesday he reminded us of the basic process, drilling small holes deep in the ground into a type of rock, called shale, where huge repositories of untapped oil and natural gas reside. Then miners pump water, sand and chemicals down the hole under great pressure, fracturing the rocks and releasing oil and gas up the well and, as Mike says while cutting unnecessary descriptive corners, “out into tanker trucks.”   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
Green group urges fracking ban as Ineos ethane shipment nears Grangemouth
Energy Voice
Mark Lammey

A green group has reiterated calls for the Scottish Government to ban fracking outright as Ineos’s first shipment of ethane from the US nears the firm’s plant at Grangemouth.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
Oil, gas drilling has Oklahoma all shook up. Can anything be done about it?
CNBC
Erin Barry

Forget California—Oklahoma is now the most earthquake prone state in the lower 48, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. And in this case, the reason appears to be man-made.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
ShareThis Will the Gulf of Mexico Remain a Dumping Ground for Offshore Fracking Waste?
Mexico Star


When you think of a fracking site, the image that comes to mind is probably a bare-scraped well pad in a rural or maybe suburban landscape, topped with a drilling rig and other industrial infrastructure, and a fleet of trucks to haul materials needed for the controversial process that involves high-pressure injection of fluids into wells to boost oil and gas flow. But nowadays fracking is also happening in a landscape of a very different sort: the Gulf of Mexico.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
In Gas Drilling Country, the Honeymoon Is Over on Royalties
ABC News
Michael Rubinkam

Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went. A few months ago, the nation's second-largest natural gas producer siphoned $2,201 worth of gas from his 240-acre property — but paid him only $359 after taking deductions for transportation and processing.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
Here's where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on energy issues
Business Insider
Jeremy Berke

The two candidates — one the first woman to ever run on a major party's ticket and the other a brash billionaire and reality-television star — offer competing visions for the future direction of the country.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2016
Navajo Nation lawmakers want study on impact of fracking
Santa Fe New Mexican
Associated Press

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation is seeking more investigation into the potential environmental fallout of hydraulic fracturing as it looks to update its energy policies.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2016
China, US Could Eliminate $20 Billion In Fossil Fuel Subsidies
GAs2
Steve Hanley Opinion

Almost 3 years ago, the United States and China announced that each would undertake a peer reviewed analysis of the subsidies each provides to the fossil fuel industry that are no longer relevant and could be eliminated. At the G20 conference earlier this month, the results of those studies were announced. The total? A whopping $20 billion dollars annually.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Existing coal, oil and gas fields will blow carbon budget2 – study
Climate Home
Karl Mathiesen

The world’s working coal mines and oil and gas fields contain enough carbon to push the world beyond the threshold for catastrophic climate change, according to a report released on Thursday. If all the existing fuel were to be burned, projects currently operating or under construction could be expected to release 942Gt CO2, said the report by US-based think tank Oil Change International (OCI).   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
DC Circuit Denies Sierra Club Appeal of FERC Authorization of Two LNG Facilities
JD Supra
Donna Bobbish

Since 2012, the major opponent of new large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects has been the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has adopted a two-pronged approach in its opposition to LNG exports projects, opposing both authorizations granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to construct and operate facilities for the export of LNG and authorizations granted by the US Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) under Section 3 of the NGA to export LNG to countries with which the US does not have free trade agreements that require “national treatment” for trade in natural gas. The Sierra Club has argued that in granting authority to construct LNG facilities and export LNG, FERC and DOE/FE have not complied with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1968 (NEPA) by failing to consider the indirect, cumulative and nationwide environmental effects of increased natural gas production due to increased natural gas exports.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Donald Trump, in Pittsburgh, Pledges to Boost Both Coal and Gas
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

Donald J. Trump on Thursday traveled to Pittsburgh, a city once synonymous with the rich coal seam that runs beneath it and now the capital of natural gas fracking, to promise the impossible: a boom for both coal and gas. Mr. Trump’s energy promises to those attending a corporate conference contained a fundamentally incompatible concept, as expanding the exploration of natural gas is the surest way to hurt coal production, and vice versa. Since the two fuels compete directly for the same market — the power plants that light American homes — it is effectively impossible to increase production of one without decreasing the other.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Ban On Anti-Fracking Ad Overturned
Morning Star
Sofia Lotto Persio

GREENPEACE celebrated yesterday as a ban on a campaign advert claiming that fracking would not cut energy bills was overturned. The environmental campaigners had put out an ad in January last year urging people to sign a petition against fracking for shale gas, claiming it “threatens our climate, our countryside and our water. Yet experts agree — it won’t cut our energy bills.”   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Donald Trump, in Pittsburgh, Pledges to Boost Both Coal and Gas
New York Times
Coral Davenport

Donald J. Trump on Thursday traveled to Pittsburgh, a city once synonymous with the rich coal seam that runs beneath it and now the capital of natural gas fracking, to promise the impossible: a boom for both coal and gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico
Truth-Out
Mike Ludwig

Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Montana board to decide on fracking chemicals disclosures
Missoulian


BILLINGS (AP) — Montana regulators are to consider a petition that would force companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Did Fracking Wastewater Disposal Cause East Texas’ Biggest Earthquake? It would appear so, according to a new study. Yet the Texas agency tasked with regulating oil drillers has never publicly linked any earthquake to industry activity.
Pacific Standard
Francie Diep

The largest-ever recorded earthquake in eastern Texas was caused by a common oil-drilling practice called wastewater or fluid injection, a new study finds.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Where do the presidential candidates stand on fracking?
The Morning Call
Laura Olson

The politics behind fracking – the process that blasts water and chemicals into layers of rock deep underground in order to release gas – have attracted politicians from both sides of the aisle to industry events since the Marcellus boom began here in the late 2000s.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Onlookers drawn to flare with gas company Origin fracking exploratory well in Northern Territory
ABC News
Lisa Herbert & Daniel Fitzgerald

The Northern Territory Government says a large flame burning from an exploratory gas well is standard exploration practice.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Trump's balancing act on fracking
Politico
Anthony Adragna

TRUMP’S TRIP TO SHALE COUNTRY: Donald Trump’s attempt to woo an initially wary energy industry takes him to the Shale Insight conference in Pennsylvania today, but he’ll have a much tougher time tailoring his fracking position to the rest of the state, Pro’s Elana Schor reports. Polls have shown voters in Pennsylvania, which Trump almost certainly must win to take the White House, welcome the economic benefits of fracking, but are wary of its environmental risks and want the industry to kick in more money to state coffers.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
You can see fracking’s impact on Earth’s surface from space
New Scientist
Andy Coghlan

Fracking can lift Earth’s surface, a movement that has now been detected from space and can help predict where quakes induced by the activity are likely to strike. This slight buckling – just 3 millimetres a year – happened when frackers injected waste water at high pressure into rocks deep underground.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Methane released during fracking on UT land raises concern
The Shorthorn
Matt Fuilkerson

State and local environmental groups made a stop at UTA to talk about the dangers of methane emissions released during fracking, but no one else showed up. According to the group’s findings, methane emissions on UT System oil and gas sites in west Texas nearly doubled between 2009 and 2014 and produced the equivalent of 11.7 million tons of climate pollution. Extraction sites on UTA’s campus were not part of their research.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Take Two: Albany’s Oil-by-Rail Facilities Must Do New Environmental Review
DeSmogBlog
JUSTIN MIKULKA

The people of Albany, New York, got some good news last Friday about their port's oil-by-rail facilities. “Global Companies must restart its environmental review process, given the significant new information about the benzene levels in Albany’s South End community and the hazards of crude oil transport,” said Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC will ensure that this process includes a meaningful and thorough opportunity for public engagement.”   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Environmentalists Urge Cuomo To Say No To Pipeline Expansion
WSHU
Karen DeWitt

Opponents of a pipeline expansion that would flow through vast portions of New York want the Cuomo Administration to deny a key permit that could result in a halt to the upgrade.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Trump or Clinton: Who would be best for Pa. gas industry?
YDR


When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Shale Insight natural gas conference in downtown Pittsburgh on Thursday, he’ll be in a city that bans fracking for natural gas. Trump, though regarded warmly by many in the fossil-fuel industry, has said he is OK with such bans. And although few seem to think he meant that, some believe the industry might fare just as well with his rival in office.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Fracking billionaire backs Trump
State Impact PA
Reid Frazier

One of Donald Trump’s top energy top advisers warned an oil and gas conference in Pittsburgh Wednesday that a Hillary Clinton presidency would harm the drilling industry.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
NRDC Asks for Public Access to Fracking Chemical Information
NRDC
Amanda Jahshan

During the fracking process, millions of gallons of water, chemicals, and sand are injected underground at high-pressure to increase oil and gas production. Unfortunately, many of the chemicals used in fracking are toxic or carcinogenic. Studies have shown that fracking can contaminate drinking water supplies and harm the health of people living nearby. That’s why this summer NRDC, Earthjustice, MEIC, landowners, and public health professionals filed a petition asking the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to improve the public’s access to fracking chemical information.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Pressure Mounts Against Aging Enbridge Oil and Gas Pipeline Through Great Lakes
DeSmogBlog
Larry Buhl

Public pressure is mounting to decommission two 63-year-old underwater pipelines that rest in an environmentally sensitive waterway between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. About 540,000 barrels of oil and liquid natural gas flow daily through the 20-inch pipelines, called Line 5, which lie in an exposed trench on the public bottomlands of the Mackinac Straits west of the Mackinac Bridge. Built in 1953, Line 5 is now owned by the Alberta, Canada-based petroleum company Enbridge, Inc. Many fear the aging pipeline is an accident waiting to happen, with recent modeling showing a single oil spill could impact more than 150 miles of coastline.  [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2016
As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK’d Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline's owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters. However, at the same time the pipeline and protests surrounding it were galvanizing an international swell of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its Sacred Stone Camp, another federal move on two key pipelines has flown under the radar. In May, the federal government quietly approved permits for two Texas pipelines — the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines — also owned by Energy Transfer Partners. This action and related moves will ensure that U.S. fracked gas will be flooding the energy grid in Mexico. The Dakota Access Pipeline is also set to carry oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), but in the northern U.S., from North Dakota's Bakken Shale Formation through several Great Plains states to Illinois.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2016
Federal SEC Launches Investigation Into ExxonMobil's Climate Change Accounting
DeSmogBlog
Graham Readfearn

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating how oil giant ExxonMobil calculates the value of its assets in a world looking to force stricter rules on fossil fuel emissions, according to multiple reports. According to the Wall St. Journal, which broke the story, the SEC asked ExxonMobil and its auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, for documents last month. The SEC probe is examining how the oil company’s financials allow for international efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and how the company “evaluates the economic viability of its projects” under climate change laws, the WSJ reported. The investigation puts an ever-brightening spotlight on ExxonMobil’s current and historical dealings with climate change.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Frack Sand: The Unsung Hero Of The OPEC Oil War
OilPrice.com
James Stafford

The late-2014, Saudi-initiated oil-price war may have taken the ‘boom’ out of the US shale industry as it seriously threatened OPEC market share, but Saudi victory has been elusive: US shale has proven amazingly resilient. The industry has adapted quickly to the new playing field, and the unsung hero of a new uptick in drilling and investment isn’t just true grit—it’s sand. The Saudi victory is equally dulled by the fact that it was not a decline in US shale production that rebalanced supply and demand; rather, it was chaos in Libya, militant attacks in Nigeria, massive fires in Canada and the destabilization of OPEC’s own Venezuela.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Fracking Supporters Aren't Miffed By Missed Rules Deadline
WBAL
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Supporters of fracking say they aren't concerned about Maryland missing an arbitrary deadline regarding gas drilling regulations, one year out from expiration of the statewide ban on the controversial gas-extraction technique.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Obama Administration Urged to Halt Dumping of Offshore Fracking Waste Into Gulf of Mexico Proposed Permit Threatens Sea Turtles, Fish, Other Gulf Wildlife
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

ATLANTA— An Obama administration proposal to continue allowing oil companies to dump unlimited amounts of offshore fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico violates federal law and threatens endangered marine wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity warned over the weekend.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Fracking Has A Week Of Huge Legal Wins In Ohio
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Anti-hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, activists suffered a pair of major legal defeats in Ohio when the state Supreme Court refused to put anti-fracking measures on the ballot in November and blocked attempts by local governments to ban fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Gas industry seeks regulations delay, FOIA exemption for fracking
Daily Press
Travis Fain

The gas industry is pushing for a delay in new Virginia drilling regulations until it can get state law changed to protect key information about chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
No Parking on the Hudson
The New York Times
Editorial

Should towns up and down the Hudson River be rest stops on a mulitilane highway for barges carrying crude oil? Absolutely, say the shipping and tugboat interests. But if you care about the health and vitality of the beleaguered Hudson — more than the convenience and efficiency of the industries behind America’s energy boom — the answer should be no, absolutely not. Acting on a request from the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Hudson River Port Pilot’s Association and the American Waterways Operators, the Coast Guard is considering creating 10 anchorage sites for barges between Yonkers and Kingston. These sites would provide space for a total of 43 berths for vessels traveling between the Port of Albany and New York Harbor.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Long Beach petroleum engineer hired to advise Los Angeles on fracking, natural gas drilling
Press Telegram


Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday a Long Beach petroleum engineer has been chosen to keep a closer watch over natural gas drilling and other fossil fuel extraction activity in Los Angeles.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Gas and oil-drilling watchdog first for LA in decades
MY News LA
Stephanie Michaud

For the first time in decades, Los Angeles will be getting a gas and oil-drilling watchdog. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday a petroleum engineer from the city of Long Beach has been chosen to keep a closer watch over natural gas drilling and other fossil fuel extraction activity in Los Angeles.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
U.S. has thousands of drilled but uncompleted oil and gas wells
Akron Beacon Journal
Jim MacKinnon

There are more than 5,000 drilled but uncompleted oil and gas wells in the United States, which has major implications not just for supply but also price, reports Oilprice.com: "Along with its monthly Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), the EIA released a supplement today which estimates the number of drilled uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the seven key oil and natural gas producing regions covered by the agency’s broader drilling report. The number of DUCs has been declining over the past few months, but it remains well above levels seen prior to the late-2014 price crash."  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Fresh oil drilling in US, long build up in Natural Gas – IB Times [Video]
FX Street


In his visit to US, Sharma saw increase in drilling activity, which clearly states the producers across the pond are getting comfortable with the current price range. He goes on detail the dynamics of the oil market which suggest the current price range is likely to persist for a long time.   [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2016
Maryland officials say state will miss deadline to set fracking rules, as push for a permanent ban begins
Baltimore Sun
Scott Dance

State environmental regulators say they will not adopt rules to govern gas drilling in Western Maryland by Oct. 1, missing a legal deadline one year out from the expiration of the statewide ban on the controversial practice known as fracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2016
Natural gas will turn out to be wrong choice
Charleston Gazette-Mail
S. Thomas Bond Opinion

It is now becoming clear that developing unconventional drilling for hydrocarbon fuels is the wrong choice. Two trends moving rapidly work against then: increasing population and global warming.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2016
Gulf of St. Lawrence oil drilling proposal provokes anger Environmental and First Nations groups have opposed the Halifax-based company's plans
CBC News
Ian Bickis

A regulator's proposal to give more time to an energy company that wants to drill in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is provoking anger from opponents who say it's high time the federal government intervene to protect the area.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2016
In Ohio, frackers are drilling. Soon Ineos will be doing the same in Britain The UK chemicals giant, which has 30 applications to drill at home, is running publicity tours on the Appalachian shale fields to boost the industry’s image
The Guardian
Jana Kasperkevic

Ineos is planning as many as 30 applications for fracking sites in the UK within the next year. As part of its campaign to win over critics, Ineos invited journalists to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania operated by Consol, a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal and, supposedly, an example of why fracking will be good for the UK.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2016
In Ohio, frackers are drilling. Soon Ineos will be doing the same in Britain The UK chemicals giant, which has 30 applications to drill at home, is running publicity tours on the Appalachian shale fields to boost the industry’s image
The Guardian
Jana Kasperkevic

Ineos is planning as many as 30 applications for fracking sites in the UK within the next year. As part of its campaign to win over critics, Ineos invited journalists to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania operated by Consol, a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal and, supposedly, an example of why fracking will be good for the UK.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2016
Study: Fracking chemicals linked to reproductive health abnormalities in mice [The Pump Handle]
Before Its News


In a new study — the first of its kind — researchers fed water laced with fracking chemicals to pregnant mice and then examined their female offspring for signs of impaired fertility. They found negative effects at both high and low chemical concentrations, which raises red flags for human health as well.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
INDIANA COUNTY: Grant Township keeps up well fight
Indiana Gazette
Randy Wells

The Grant Township supervisors are looking for support from the Indiana County commissioners in the township’s efforts to block injection wells in the township. Township supervisors Stacy Long and Jon Perry said Wednesday they would appreciate the commissioners extending a resolution passed last year opposing injection wells and enacting “something with more teeth,” something that would be more “usable in court.”   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
Ohio Supreme Court keeps anti-fracking measures off ballot
Midwest Energy News
Ellen M Gillmer

Ohio’s highest court struck a blow to hydraulic fracturing opponents yesterday, refusing to put anti-fracking measures on the November ballot.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
Legislators Call for Ban on Fracking Waste Disposal in NY
Public News Service


ALBANY, N. Y. – State legislators are calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to close a loophole in waste regulations and ban the disposal of fracking waste in the state.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
Victoria to be nation leader in fracking ban
Weekly Times Now
Kath Sullivan

VICTORIA will become the first state in Australia to legislate a permanent ban against fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
Did an Industry Front Group Create Fake Twitter Accounts to Promote the Dakota Access Pipeline?
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

A DeSmog investigation has revealed the possibility that a front group supporting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) — the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (MAIN) — may have created fake Twitter profiles, known by some as “sock puppets,” to convey a pro-pipeline message over social media. And MAIN may be employing the PR services of the firm DCI Group, which has connections to the Republican Party, in order to do so. DeSmog tracked down at least 16 different questionable Twitter accounts which used the #NoDAPL hashtag employed by protesters, in order to claim that opposition to the pipeline kills jobs, that those protesting the pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's encampment use violence, and that the pipeline does not pose a risk to water sources or cross over tribal land. On September 13, people began to suspect these accounts were fake, calling them out on Twitter, and by September 14, most of the accounts no longer existed.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Energy Industry, DEP Become Litigation Targets Under New Fracking Rules
The Legal Intelligencer
Max Mitchell

Energy companies and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are seen as the biggest and most likely targets of litigation that attorneys anticipate will flow from a series of much-anticipated oil and gas regulations expected to take effect this fall.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Back to the Fracking Drawing Board for BLM? Fracking’s Risks Are Too Obvious to Ignore
JD Supra
Seth Jaffe

Last week, Judge Michael Fitzgerald granted summary judgment to the plaintiffs in a citizen suit alleging that BLM’s Environmental Impact Statement prepared to address whether to open certain lands in California to mineral development was inadequate. Judge Fitzgerald concluded that the EIS pretty much completely failed to address the potential risks of fracking and that, as a result, the EIS did not comply with NEPA.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Why Utica Shale’s Natural Gas Production Rose 28% in One Year
Market Realist
Alex Chamberlin

According to the EIA (US Energy Information Administration), the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio has become one of the fastest-growing natural gas-producing regions in the United States.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Fighting for Gas Money in Bradford County
WNEP
Jim Hamill & Peggy Lee

TOWANDA -- A rally for people who feel they haven't been getting their fair share of royalties from Chesapeake Energy was held Wednesday night in Bradford County. The rally is aimed to drum up support for a bill going through Harrisburg that would guarantee that companies pay a minimum fee to people who own land leased to the companies to drill and remove their natural gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Lawmakers, environmentalists urge NYS to ban hydrofracking wastewater
WBFO
Karen DeWitt

A group of state lawmakers is teaming up with environmental groups to ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to ban the use of wastewater from hydrofracking and other oil and gas extraction from being spread on public roadways.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Fracking Is Now Banned In The Land ‘Down Under’
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

The energy and economic future of Australia is increasingly in doubt after a major oil-producing province banned hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline Would Lock In Emissions of 30 Coal Plants
EcoWatch
Lorne Stockman

The Dakota Access Pipeline would carry oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to Gulf Coast refineries and export terminals via Patoka, Illinois. With a maximum capacity of 570,000 barrels per day (bpd), it could carry more than 50 percent of North Dakota's current oil production. Ultimately, the net greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of the pipe would depend on what future actions we take to end our fossil fuel addiction and address climate change.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
FERC still reviewing pipeline
Times Leader
Casey Junkins

ST. CLAIRSVILLE –If federal regulators ultimately approve the Nexus Pipeline, the project will carry enough Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas each day to send a spacecraft on 838 round trips to the moon.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Arrest Warrant Issued for Journalist Amy Goodman for Coverage of Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Andy Rowell

Well now in a travesty of American justice, Democracy Now! announced over the weekend that an arrest warrant had been issued in North Dakota for Goodman. She has been charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor offense  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Top EPA Official: ‘Dickheads’ in White House Resisted Regulating Fracking
Free Beacon
Lachlan Markay

A senior Environmental Protection Agency official privately complained about “dickheads” in the White House who resisted efforts to regulate an innovative oil and gas extraction technique, newly released documents show.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Guest column: Why state shouldn't allow fracking
Capital Gazette
Phil Favero Opinion

Annapolis was always destined to be the center for debate about Maryland regulations on fracking, but interest about drilling into a gas field beneath our city and growing concerns about global warming heighten the issue.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Lawsuit Launched Over Fracking, Water, Climate Change in Colorado River Basin
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Living Rivers today filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to compel them to update invalid, outdated Endangered Species Act consultations on the impacts of climate change and expanded fracking in western Colorado on the Colorado River system and its four endangered fish. The challenge seeks to halt all new oil and gas leasing and development on federal public lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin of Colorado — including the White River and Grand Junction field offices — pending updated consultations.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Houston Scrutinizing Request To Drill Oil Well Near Major Drinking Water Source
Houston Public Media
Dave Fehling

Fewer oil wells are being drilled these days in Texas but the work hasn’t stopped. In fact, one new permit would allow drilling in a place that’s raising concern: a spot very close to Lake Houston, one of the city’s major sources for drinking water.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Emergency crews respond to suspected explosion at Encana water hub One worker injured, transported to hospital
The Mirror
Mike Carter

Emergency crews were called to the scene of a suspected explosion at Encana Corp.'s Montney Water Resource Hub in the Bessborough-Farmington about 20-kilometres from Dawson Creek Sept. 12.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
A bit of dialogue emerges on Wayne National Forest drilling
Athens News


Interested groups, including some long-time adversaries, gathered at Grover Center Saturday for a “National Collaboration Cadre Workshop” to discuss a plan to allow oil and gas hydraulic fracturing in the Wayne National Forest north of Marietta.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
Local residents, students occupy Forest Service meeting over fracking concerns
The Post Athens
Taylor Maple

About 30 Ohio University students and Athens County residents occupied Saturday’s National Collaboration Cadre Workshop, held in Grover Center. They occupied the workshop to protest the possible fracking in Wayne National Forest.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
Proof on fracking and health concerns
Daily Item


On Aug. 26, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and from Geisinger released the results of a lengthy study that reveals the associations between fracking and various health symptoms. What they found is not surprising — people with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are almost two times more likely to suffer from the symptoms of nasal and sinus problems, migraine headaches, and excessive fatigue when compared with people who live and work further away from such sites.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
New genus of bacteria found in fracking wells
Digital Journal
Tim Sandle

Dig deep and there are potentially hundreds of bacteria on Earth that have yet to be discovered or characterized. One recent discovery relates to fracking where a new genus of bacteria has been discovered.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
Article Why Oklahoma earthquakes are sending tremors through big shale
Financial Review
Matthew Stevens

here was an earthquake in Oklahoma last week. Not much new in that though. Over the past five years Oklahoma has become one of America's shakiest states. But the one that shook Pawnee was big. It was 5.8 on the Richter Scale. While no one was hurt and damage to property was minor, this was the biggest quake ever recorded in the state.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
Dakota pipeline project paused. What does this mean for the oil industry?
Christian Science Monitor
Ellen Powell

It was a victory Friday for tribal lands protection, as the federal government called for work on parts of the Dakota Access pipeline to be halted. For oil producers and shippers, however, the struggle to find new routes – and turn a profit – now begins.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2016
New dirty war: Native Argentines fight fracking by global corporations
RT


Oil companies looking to expand fracking in Argentina have been met by opposition from indigenous Mapuche communities and environmentalists who say the controversial extraction method has ruined their drinking water and caused cancer.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2016
Rise In Fracking And Oil Drilling May Be Causing Increase In Texas Truck Accidents
Digital Journal
Press Release

Despite the decrease in overall motor vehicle accidents throughout the U.S., statistics show that Texas leads all states in yearly crashes. And while there are many factors that contribute to Texas’ ranking at the top, one of the most overlooked factors may be related to the increase in oil drilling and fracking – the process of extracting oil or gas from solid rock – that’s swept through the state over the past decade.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2016
U.S. Suspends Construction on Part of North Dakota Pipeline
NY Times
Jack Healy & John Schwartz

BISMARCK, N.D. — The federal government on Friday temporarily blocked construction on part of a North Dakota oil pipeline, an unusual intervention in a prairie battle that has drawn thousands of Native Americans and activists to camp and demonstrate.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2016
Oklahoma Fracking Operations Could See More Regulation After Big Quake
HPPR
Jonathan Baker

Oklahoma fracking operations are facing a potential backlash in the wake of last week’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake, Bloomberg reports.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Most powerful quake ever recorded in Oklahoma history linked to fracking
Aminewswire
Michael Carroll

A weekend temblor allegedly linked to oil drilling operations in central Oklahoma was the largest quake ever recorded in the state, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced Wednesday. Saturday’s earthquake in the Arbuckle rock formation region has been updated to a magnitude of 5.8, USGS reported, and it was reportedly felt in five other states.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
CUOMO URGED TO COMPLETE FRACKING BAN COMMITMENT
Empire State News
Daniel Sonninshine

Hazardous waste materials are subject to strict safety standards in New York. However, according to a press release issued by Max Oppen, waste associated with oil and gas operations are not classified as “hazardous” and therefore not governed by these standards. Oppen conjectures that this loophole has resulted in fracking waste being found in state landfills and utilized on roads as a deicer.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Fracking-Quakes Liability Fight Rumbles on in N.Y.
Courthouse News
Adam Klasfeld

MANHATTAN (CN) — Shaken by five lawsuits over fracking-linked earthquakes, an Oklahoma energy company stumbled in its attempt to have its insurance company steady the aftershocks. New Dominion, an oil and natural gas company based in Tulsa, Okla., has been rocked by lawsuits from the Sierra Club and residents living near its drilling areas blaming it for a sharp spike in seismic activity.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Post-mortem: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot
Colorado Independent
Kelsey Ray

The fractivists were prepared for this. Before turning in the more than 200,000 ballot petition signatures they collected to qualify two anti-fracking measures for the November ballot, members of the Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking campaign took photographs of every single petition page.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
U.S. judge halts fracking plan for federal lands in California
Jamestown Sun
Terry Wade

HOUSTON - A U.S. judge on Wednesday halted a plan to allow fracking on public lands in central California, saying a federal agency's environmental plan should have taken a "hard look" at the potential impact of the process.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Fracking Takes A Hit
Real Clear Energy
Editors

"There were no reports of injuries, though the earthquake reportedly damaged a 100-year-old historic building in Pawnee," according to 9/3/16 story from UPI. Well, the 100-year-old building may have sustained what is now said to be "cosmetic" damage, but the fracking industry took a much more substantial hit to its reputation last week when frack-heavy Oklahoma was jiggled by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, the second worst in its history.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Judge rejects plan to start fracking in California
University of Texas
Daryan Jones

A federal judge rejected a plan to open central California land to fracking and oil drilling. The Bureau of Land Management proposed to open 1,500 square miles for drilling and fracking. The judge wrote in the ruling that the BLM didn’t look close enough at the effects, and officials must provide a more in-depth report on how fracking will impact the environment.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Judge orders environmental study of fracking plan on California public lands
Reuters
David Bailey

A federal judge has blocked a plan to open one million acres of public land in Central California to oil and gas drilling, ruling that regulators should have considered in more detail the potential environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Bernie Sanders' brother tells Lydney: ‘Fracking is very nasty business’
The Forester
Carmelo Garcia

GREEN Party health spokesperson Larry Sanders highlighted the risks of fracking and nuclear energy during the radio debate in Lydney. Mr Sanders, whose brother Bernie ran against Hillary Clinton for the US Democratic nomination, took part in BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? programme hosted at Lydney Town Hall on September 2.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Morning Roundup: Record earthquake causing backlash to Oklahoma fracking
Whichita Business Journal


Record earthquake causing backlash to Oklahoma fracking Saturday’s earthquake, near a complex of oil-storage facilities, led the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to order the suspension of about 37 wastewater disposal wells in Oklahoma according to a Hutchison News report,   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Weeks Before Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Intensified, Big Oil Pushed for Expedited Permitting
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

In the two months leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to issue to the Dakota Access pipeline project an allotment of Nationwide 12 permits (NWP) — a de facto fast-track federal authorization of the project — an army of oil industry players submitted comments to the Corps to ensure that fast-track authority remains in place going forward. This fast-track permitting process is used to bypass more rigorous environmental and public review for major pipeline infrastructure projects by treating them as smaller projects.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Major Earthquake Threatens Fracking
Seeking Alpha


Summary Major earthquake 30 miles from Cushing. Unusual spike in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma since fracking began. Regulators may crack down on fracking development.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Industry fears fracking ban could spread
Yahoo News
Berry Petrina

Australia's peak gas body says Victoria's ban on fracking is bad policy that it fears could spread to other states. The Victorian government is set to prohibit the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in the state, a move it says will protect farmers  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Ohio fracking foes claim fundamental right to charter votes
News-Herald
Associated Press

COLUMBUS >> Attorneys seeking to restore a series of anti-fracking measures to fall Ohio ballots are telling the Ohio Supreme Court that getting a chance to decide the issues is a fundamental right of the voters. Election boards in Athens, Meigs and Portage counties invalidated petitions seeking to put the measures on 2016 ballots and Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted upheld those decisions.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Judge Fails to Block Dakota Pipeline Construction After Burial Sites Destroyed
Inside Climate News
Lisa Song

A federal judge declined to halt construction of part of the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday, despite pleas from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that sensitive cultural artifacts are being destroyed. The decision could heighten tensions between the Native Americans protesting the project and the pipeline builder, a situation that's become increasingly volatile. The Standing Rock Sioux had filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order on Sunday, after pipeline builder Dakota Access LLC bulldozed a section of the route west of Lake Oahe, N.D., which contained sacred sites and historical artifacts. One of the sites was a stone marker that the Tribe's cultural expert described in court filings as "one of the most significant archaeological finds in North Dakota in many years."   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Fracking creates an ecosystem 2.5km beneath the Earth’s surface Long term tracking shows the microbes are still there a year after the frack.
ARS Technica
John Timmer

A new study, released this week by Nature Microbiology reveals that fracking creates an entire ecosystem 2.5km below the Earth's surface, one that can persist for at least a year after the frack. And the microbes that thrive there may actually have implications for the production and durability of the fracking wells.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
U.S. judge halts fracking plan for federal lands in California
Reuters
Terry Wade

A U.S. judge on Wednesday halted a plan to allow fracking on public lands in central California, saying a federal agency's environmental plan should have taken a "hard look" at the potential impact of the process. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald, was at least the second setback in three years for fracking in California and came as the Obama administration's rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands have been tied up in another court.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
White House: No change in fracking stance since Oklahoma quake At least seven seismic events recorded in Oklahoma since weekend earthquake.
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Federal policies and positions on hydraulic fracturing have not changed in response to a weekend earthquake in Oklahoma, a White House spokesman said.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Judge Puts Hold on Plan to Open California Lands to Fracking
ABC News
Associated Press

A federal judge on Tuesday tentatively rejected a plan by the federal Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central California to oil drilling and fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Jeremy Corbyn Pledges Fracking Ban, Energy Co-ops in Green Labour Agenda 'We want Britain to be the world's leading producer of renewables technology,' he said in Nottingham, a proposed fracking site
Common Dreams
Naia Prupis

Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday introduced a green energy agenda "for the 60 million, not the big six," referring to the country's major gas and electric suppliers, and said a Labour government would "act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environmental policies," if elected to power.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Ohio fracking foes claim fundamental right to charter votes
Herald-Dispatch
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Attorneys seeking to restore a series of anti-fracking measures to fall Ohio ballots are telling the Ohio Supreme Court that getting a chance to decide the issues is a fundamental right of the voters.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Gas lobby fears fracking ban may be ‘contagious’
Herald Sun
Petrina Berry

THE head of Australia’s peak gas body says he is concerned other states could follow Victoria’s lead in banning fracking. Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association chief Malcolm Roberts says the State Government has given into activist pressure, and the ban could hurt the state in the long term. The Government last week announced it would prohibit the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in the state in a move to protect farmers.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
New Type of Bacteria Found in Fracking Wells
Seeker
Kieran Mulvaney

Scientists have discovered an entirely new genus of bacteria living in hydraulic fracking wells, part of a thriving ecosystem of microorganisms that contains at least 31 different species. Writing in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers from Ohio State University describe finding nearly identical microbial communities in two fracking wells, despite the fact that the wells were located hundreds of miles from each other, and drilled by different energy companies using different techniques, into different types of shale that formed millions of years apart.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Behind Closed Doors, Donald Trump’s Adviser Explains His Real Economic Plan The departments of Commerce and Energy are out. Millions of new drilling and mining jobs are in.
Huffington Post


WASHINGTON ? At a private meeting of conservatives in Cleveland this summer, Donald Trump’s senior economic adviser, Stephen Moore, said the candidate planned to pay for his costly proposals by eliminating the departments of Commerce, Energy and Education; lifting all restrictions on mining, drilling and fracking; ending Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, and offering rust-belt factory workers new jobs on oil rigs and steel mills.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Argentina’s indigenous communities unite to stop fracking
Humanosphere
Lisa Nikolau

Oil companies looking to expand on fracking have met a great deal of resistance in Argentina, where conservationists and the indigenous Mapuche communities say the gas extraction technique has severely polluted their land and water.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Destruction of Sacred Burial Grounds Prompts Federal Judge to Protect Some Tribal Sites from Dakota Access Pipeline
DeSmog Blog
Larry Buhl

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. halted construction on a portion of the contentious Dakota Access Bakken oil pipeline route, which falls on federal land. However, because the court lacked jurisdiction, he ruled that construction could continue on the area* that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had recently identified as sacred tribal burial ground, a site that was bulldozed over the Labor Day weekend by pipeline construction crews.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Company Led by Donald Trump's Energy Aide Says Its Oil Will Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

Continental Resources — the company founded and led by CEO Harold Hamm, energy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign and potential U.S. Secretary of Energy under a Trump presidency — has announced to investors that oil it obtains via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin is destined for transport through the hotly-contested Dakota Access pipeline.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Non-profits sue Obama administration over oil and gas leases on public lands
Free Speech Radio News


In a landmark lawsuit, two non-profits are suing the Obama administration for the climate and health impacts associated with 380,000 acres of public land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming federally leased to oil and gas companies for fracking. WildEarth Guardians together with Physicians for Social Responsibility filed the lawsuit in late August in U.S. District Court in Washington DC. The lawsuit claims the President’s Administration, although expressing concern over climate change, is illegally refusing to research and publish all the information on the health risks to citizens and the environment caused by more than 397 public land oil and gas leases in the western United States.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Who's Investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline? Meet the Banks Financing Attacks on Protesters
Democracy Now


We continue our conversation with Hugh MacMillan on his new investigation revealing the financial institutions backing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline project. The investigation, published by research outlet LittleSis, names more than two dozen major banks and financial institutions helping to finance the Dakota Access pipeline. It details how Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions have, combined, extended a $3.75 billion credit line to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Concerns about fracking and earthquakes
WTVA
Courtney Ann Jackson

JACKSON, Miss (WTVA) -- A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook seven states Saturday. Blame for several of the recent quakes in the Central U.S. has been pinned on oil and gas production.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Geologist Sees Clues, and Further Dangers, in Puzzle of Oklahoma’s Earthquakes
The New York Times
Michael Wines

Scientists and regulators agree that earthquakes like the 5.6-magnitude tremor that struck Oklahoma on Saturday, and thousands of smaller ones in recent years, have been spurred by the disposal of millions of tons of wastewater that is pumped to the surface, and then injected back into the ground, during oil and gas production. The shock last week tied a record set in 2011 in Prague, Okla., for the strongest such tremor in the state’s history. State regulators have ordered well operators to stop wastewater injections in a 725-square-mile ellipse around the quake’s center. But they conceded that trying to prevent more quakes was an inexact science. And in Oklahoma, where oil and gas are dominant economic and political forces, any effort to regulate the industry produces an entirely different set of shocks.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Oklahoma Earthquake Officially Largest in State's History
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

The 5.6 magnitude earthquake that rattled Pawnee, Oklahoma Saturday morning has been classified as largest in state history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
New type of bacteria found in fracking wells
The Australian
John Ross

Scientists have found a hitherto unknown type of bacteria flourishing in fracking wells. Researchers believe the new genus, which they have named Frackibacter, may have been ­living in underground rock long ­before hydraulic fracturing drilling exposed its existence. The bacteria, revealed in the journal Nature Microbiology, are part of surprisingly similar bug communities found in two wells hundreds of kilometres apart.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Colorado anti-fracking measures fail to make November ballot
Petro Global News
Nicolas Torres

According to Reuters, state officials said the two ballot initiatives failed to win enough signatures to account for those signatures that would be rejected during a random verification test.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Commissioners Fighting for Fracking
WCBC Radio


With momentum for fracking seeming to be stalled in Maryland, the Allegany County Commissioners have sent correspondence to the head of the powerful Environment and Transportation Committee making the case for allowing the practice- at least in the western region of the state. County Administrator David Eberly presented a letter during the county meeting to be sent to Delegate Kumar Barve highlighting the potential tremendous economic impact fracking could have on the region…  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Walking against fracking
2br


The anti-fracking campaigner is walking to London in the hope of sending a message to the government that Lancashire is not for shale. It comes after an announcement last month that residents and communities could be given compensation directly into their bank accounts if fracking takes place in their area something he claims is a bribe.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Anticosti fracking could cause earthquakes, expert says U.S. Midwest, Alberta, British Columbia enduring earthquakes due to 'human activity'
CBC News
Elysha Enos

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook the U.S. Midwest on Saturday is being linked to the same kind of fracking proposed for Anticosti in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Mapuche community in Argentina fights fracking site
BBC
Grace Livingstone

Fracking could provide Argentina with cheap energy for generations, but Mapuche indigenous communities who live here say it is polluting their land.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
Ohio elections chief, anti-fracking groups dispute ballot issues
Vindy.com
Associated Press

Attorneys for Ohio’s elections chief are arguing in the Ohio Supreme Court that he acted properly in sidelining county anti-fracking measures proposed for fall ballots.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
No UK fracking this year as Yorkshire legal challenge drags on
The Telegraph
Smily Gosden

ritain’s efforts to get fracking for shale gas have suffered a fresh delay after it emerged a legal challenge against the only approved project will not be heard until the end of November.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
Oklahoma earthquake and oil drilling: What we know 37 wells shut down after earthquake
WCVB


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —When an earthquake struck Oklahoma on Saturday, one of the first steps state officials took was to shut down 37 of the state's 4,000 disposal wells -- a move that drew national attention to the link between oil and gas drilling and earthquakes.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
Oklahoma Earthquake: 37 Oil Wells Being Shut Down--Is Fracking the Cause of Recent Earthquake Activity?
Inquisitr
Louis Babcock

According to CNN Money, scientists warned five months ago that drilling for oil has made the state vulnerable to induced earthquake activity. The March report by the United States Geological Survey states that recent drilling for oil and natural gas has made the people who live in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arkansas as susceptible to earthquakes as those that live in California. Mark Petersen, the chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, commented on the induced earthquake phenomenon.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
PetroQuest Among Oklahoma Operators Told to Suspend Frack Waste
Bloomberg
Ryan Schetta

PetroQuest Energy Inc. was ordered to shut four of its wastewater-disposal wells in Oklahoma, just days after the oil and gas producer skipped an interest payment and said it may face bankruptcy.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
Ohio elections chief, counties dispute anti-fracking effort
The Blade
Associated Press

COMMENTS COLUMBUS — Attorneys for Ohio’s elections chief are arguing in the Ohio Supreme Court that he acted properly in sidelining county anti-fracking measures proposed for fall ballots.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2016
Businesses worry earthquakes are getting stronger
KAKE
Austin Clift

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Some Kansans may be enjoying a recent string of earthquakes hitting the state. Scratching "experience an earthquake" off a list of things they never expected to do in Kansas.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2016
Oklahoma Orders Shutdown of Wells After Record-Tying Earthquake
The New York Times
NIRAJ CHOKSHI and HENRY FOUNTAIN

Oklahoma officials on Saturday ordered oil and gas operators to shut down three dozen wastewater disposal wells following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that tied a record as the strongest in state history. The quake, centered near Pawnee, rattled the state just after 8 a.m. Eastern time Saturday, tying a record set in 2011 for the strongest such tremor in Oklahoma history, according to the National Weather Service. Local officials reported moderate to severe damage and at least one nonlife-threatening injury.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2016
Oil pipeline protest turns violent in southern North Dakota
Big Story
James MacPherson

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent Saturday after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2016
OKLAHOMA'S 5.6-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SPARKS FRACKING FEARS
Newsweek
Reuters

One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Oklahoma rattled a state where seismic activity has become a growing concern, sending tremors through six neighboring states, the United States Geological Survey said on Saturday.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2016
5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Oklahoma, Felt in 5 States
Ecowatch
Sierra Club

Early this morning, a record-tying 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Pawnee, Oklahoma, producing rattles from Nebraska to North Texas. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake hit within the vicinity of an area where regulators intervened earlier this year to limit wastewater disposal produced from fracking. Today's earthquake prompted state regulators to shut down 37 wastewater-disposal wells.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2016
Charter supporters ask Ohio Supreme Court to change its prior ruling
Athens Messenger
Steve Robb

The Ohio Supreme Court is being asked to overturn, or at least clarify, part of a decision it rendered last year on county charters. On Monday, supporters of proposed county charters in Athens, Meigs and Portage Counties submitted legal arguments in a lawsuit they filed Aug. 19. The lawsuit asks the Supreme Court to order election boards in the counties and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to put the charters on the November ballot. The election boards had ruled the charter initiative petitions invalid, and Husted upheld those rulings.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2016
Facing the challenge of toxic wastewater produced by oil and gas companies
Ecologist
Laura Briggs

As World Water Week currently looks at the world's water issues in Stockholm, it's clear that much more research is needed into conserving and protecting water on a global scale.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2016
We Stand in Solidarity with Sioux Nation to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Waterkeeper Alliance

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Waterkeeper Alliance and 93 Waterkeeper organizations worldwide sent a letter to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leaders Monday expressing solidarity and unwavering support for efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline that threatens their land, water, public health and tribal rights.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
State OKs use of gas drilling waste on hunting club road
Bakken
Associated Press

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — State regulators are allowing nearly 4,000 tons of natural gas drilling waste to be used in a road project in north-central Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania reports (http://n.pr/2bVa1fW) the Department of Environmental Protection has approved a plan from waste handler Clean Earth Inc. to use the materials on a road at the Bobst Mountain Hunting Club in Lycoming County.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
Anti-fracking initiatives fail to make the ballot in Colorado
Dommunities Digital News
Al Maurer

COLORADO, September 1, 2016—Two anti-fracking measures, Initiative 75 and 78, fell short of the required number of petition signatures an initiative needs to be placed on the ballot, the Secretary of State’s office announced Monday. Initiative No. 75 would have given local governments the authority to regulate oil-and-gas development, including banning fracking. Initiative No. 78 called for a mandatory 2,500-foot setback around oil-and-gas operations.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
Pa. doesn't seem bothered by kids getting sick from fracking
Philly.com
Will Bunch

It wasn't the Big Story on Action News or anything like that, but state environmental officials declared a Code Orange alert for air pollution in Philadelphia today. People who are susceptible to air pollution -- kids with asthma, for example -- are advised to stay indoors, which is no fun in the waning days of summer vacation. There's even tips for things average citizens can do to help keep the ozone level down -- carpool, or avoiding gassing up your car at night.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
UT Lands must adopt safer fracking procedures
The Daily Texan
Jae Bak

There are over 290,000 active wells in the state of Texas, a great many of which are located on University Lands. The University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems own millions of acres of land all across the state and, in turn, own thousands upon thousands of oil wells. A recent study shows that the UT system is making revenue figures in the billions just from the oil drilled in the Permian Basin.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
Methane release by oil and gas industry threatens health, study says
WFAA
Max B. Baker

FORT WORTH -- Oil and gas industry activity will trigger hundreds of thousands of asthma and acute respiratory attacks in Texas each year unless methane emissions are reduced, according to a study released Wednesday by a national environmental group.   [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2016
Dakota Pipeline Was Approved by Army Corps Over Objections of Three Federal Agencies
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

Sioux tribe's concerns were echoed in official reports by the EPA and two other agencies, but Army Corps of Engineers brushed them aside. BISMARCK, N.D.—Senior officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two other federal agencies raised serious environmental and safety objections to the North Dakota section of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, the same objections being voiced in a large protest by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that has so far succeeded in halting construction.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
United States: Frack health dangers exposed by new report
Green Left


There are correlations between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a range of health issues for Pennsylvania residents, according to a study released on August 25 by the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The problems include nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
Colorado anti-fracking measures fail to make ballot; possible forgery alleged Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams says some petition signatures appear to have been forged
Denver Post
Mark K. Matthews

WASHINGTON — Two measures that sought to restrict fracking in Colorado won’t appear on the ballot in November after environmentalists failed to gather enough valid signatures to put the issue before voters.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
Southern Illinoisans say ‘no fracking way’ to hydraulic fracturing
Daily Egyptian


An environmental activist group hosted a party with a purpose Sunday at Alto Vineyards to raise awareness and protest the practices of hydraulic fracturing — also known as “fracking” — in southern Illinois.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
Momentum Continues to Grow in the Opposition to Fracking: More Than 70 Brazilian Cities Approve Fracking Bans
Common Dreams
Press Release

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - The cities of Arapongas and São Manoel do Paraná, in the state of Paraná, have approved in the past week the prohibition of the exploitation of shale gas by hydraulic fracturing, an unconventional method known as fracking. With them, a total of 72 cities in Brazil have freed themselves from one of the most harmful fossil fuel extraction practices for water, the environment and society.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
States Struggle With Oil & Gas Taxation During Downturn
Forbes
David Blackmon

States that rely heavily on the oil and natural gas industry to fund their governments have always struggled with the most effective ways to collect taxes on the industry while not stifling the economic growth it produces for their citizens. The ongoing downturn in oil prices, now about to enter its third year, has emphasized the issue for several traditional oil states that have seen their budget situations move from surplus to deficit.  [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
Colorado Anti-Fracking Initiatives Fail to Make November Ballot
EcoWatch
Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking

Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking was informed today that not enough signatures were validated by the Colorado Secretary of State's office to place Initiatives 75 & 78 on the November ballot. At this time, Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking is reviewing the ruling and the disallowed signatures to determine whether to file a challenge.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2016
Fracking sites 'make you ill': Living nearby can double the chance of migraines, chronic sinus problems and fatigue
Daily Mail


Living near a fracking site almost doubles the risk of migraines, chronic sinus problems and severe fatigue, suggests new research. The study in the United States found residents with the highest exposure to the natural gas wells are nearly TWICE as likely to suffer from the combination of conditions.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2016
Limit toxic air output from state gas drilling
The Times-Tribune
Alan S. Peterson, MD

A cloud of pollution has formed over Pennsylvania in recent years as the Keystone State has become one of America’s top oil and gas producers. Unknown to many who call this state home, 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live within a half-mile radius of oil and gas development.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2016
Group against fracking holds festival to spread awareness
WSIL
Roni LeForge

ALTO PASS -- Right now, fracking hasn't gained much traction in Illinois; and a group called Southern Illinoisans Against Fracking Our Environment (SAFE) considers that a victory. "We want to make sure people know that just because fracking isn't happening right now doesn't mean it's completely off the table," said SAFE member, Tabitha Tripp.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2016
Remain vigilant on fracking
Star Beacon
Opinon

Though not totally unexpected, it is still a disappointing blow to hear a fracking regulation bill championed by State Rep. John Patterson will not move forward in this General Assembly.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2016
The fracking debate: A call for honesty
TribLive
Editorial

Junk science long has been endemic to the debate over “climate change” (ne “global warming). And it appears to have fully infiltrated the debate on fracking as well. A study released last week by a group of six researchers, according to them, “provides evidence that (hydraulic fracturing used to extract natural gas from shale) is associated with nasal and sinus, migraine headache, and fatigue symptoms in a general population representative sample.”   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2016
Well permit issued despite concerns
Times Recorder
Shelly Schultz

ZANESVILLE - Despite concern from area residents, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued a drilling permit for the NuKonKord No. 1 injection well in Guernsey County.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2016
BREAKING: Earthquake Rattles Valley
Planet Jackson Hole
Robyn Vincent

Jackson Hole, WY — Around 3 p.m. Saturday a 4.8 magnitude earthquake jolted the valley. “It’s a small earthquake … but it shook us here in Moose,” reported local geophysicist Dr. Bob Smith of the University of Utah.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2016
Study: Natural gas wells, fracking linked to health issues
KJCT8
Carly Moore

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- A study published last week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that people with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells using hydraulic fracturing are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, and severe fatigue.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2016
Report: Texas flouted federal aquifer rules for 34 years
Marietta Times
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas allowed the drilling of oil and natural gas injection wells in some areas near drinking water sources starting more than three decades ago, but state regulators recently assured the federal government the effort posed "little to no risk" to the subterranean reserves, according to a report released Friday.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2016
North Dakota Oil Pipeline Battle: Who’s Fighting and Why
New York Times
Jack Healy

This week, an impassioned fight over a 1,170-mile oil pipeline moved from the prairies of North Dakota to a federal courtroom in Washington. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation lies just south of the pipeline’s charted path across ranches and under the Missouri River, has asked a judge to halt construction. The American Indian tribe argues that a leak or spill could be ruinous.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2016
Exxon Mobil Backs Out of Proposed Alaska LNG Project Decision comes amid low prices for natural gas and follows Wood McKenzie report
Wall Street Journal
Chester Dawson

Exxon Mobil Corp. has decided not to invest in the next stage of a proposed natural gas export terminal in Alaska and said it would work with its partners to sell its interest in the project to the state government. The company’s decision comes amid a global glut of natural gas that has depressed prices and follows the release of a Wood McKenzie report earlier this week concluding the Alaskan project “is one of the least competitive” of proposed liquefied natural gas plants worldwide.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
New study links gas drilling to migraines, fatigue and chronic sinus symptoms
State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

A new study published today in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives shows an association between living near heavy gas drilling activity and common ailments like chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, severe fatigue, and migraines. The report is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Geisinger Health System and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Exposure to natural gas can give you migraines and headaches
The Health Site


A new research says that Pennsylvania residents with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells operated by the hydraulic fracturing industry are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms and severe fatigue.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Environmentalists fight feds for hiding climate harm of public lands drilling in west
Denver Post
Bruce Finley

Environmentalists launched a legal fight Thursday challenging federal government leasing to oil and gas companies of nearly 400,000 acres of public land in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Potpourri: Carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas overtake coal
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Editorial

Carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas energy production are expected to surpass those of coal for the first time since 1972, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal is a much more carbon-intensive fuel, so even when Americans consumed about the same amount of each in 2005, CO2 emissions were higher for coal, lower for natural gas. But coal consumption has dropped sharply while natural gas and other energy sources have increased. - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/gazette-editorials/20160825/potpourri-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-natural-gas-overtake-coal#sthash.Tr6buWD5.dpuf  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Health Dangers of Fracking Revealed in Johns Hopkins Study
EcoWatch
Wenonah Hauter

A new study out today from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. The study suggests that residents with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are nearly twice as likely to suffer from the symptoms.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Obama Administration Sued to Protect Climate, Public Lands from Drilling and Fracking
Enews Park Forest


0 Million Acres Leased for Oil and Gas by Obama, Yet Climate Change Consistently Ignored Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–August 25, 2016. WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility today filed a landmark federal lawsuit to defend our climate, our health, and American public lands from widespread oil and gas leasing, drilling, and fracking. Plaintiffs are challenging 397 leases spanning almost 380,000 acres.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Fracking chemicals exposure may harm fertility in female mice
Medical Press


Prenatal exposure to chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may threaten fertility in female mice, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Study: Unconventional natural gas wells associated with migraine, fatigue
Medical Press


New research suggests that Pennsylvania residents with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells operated by the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms and severe fatigue.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Living Near a Fracking Site Is Tied to Migraines, Fatigue
The New York Times
NICHOLAS BAKALAR

Living near a natural gas hydraulic fracturing site is associated with increased rates of sinus problems, migraines and fatigue, according to new research. Scientists had 7,785 randomly selected participants in a large Pennsylvania health system fill out health questionnaires. About a quarter met criteria for one or more of three disorders: chronic rhinosinusitis, migraine headaches and severe fatigue. The study, in Environmental Health Perspectives, ranked participants according to how closely they lived to fracking sites and larger wells. Compared with those in the bottom one-quarter by this measure, those in the top one-quarter were 49 percent more likely to have sinusitis and migraines, 88 percent more likely to have sinusitis and fatigue, 95 percent more likely to have migraines and fatigue, and 84 percent more likely to have all three symptoms.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Exposure to chemicals released during fracking may harm fertility Endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to altered hormone levels, ovarian development in mice
EurekaAlert!
Press Release

COLUMBIA, Mo. - More than 15 million Americans live within a one-mile radius of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations. UOGs combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to release natural gas from underground rock. Scientific studies, while ongoing, are still inconclusive on the potential long-term effects fracturing has on human development. Today, researchers at the University of Missouri released a study that is the first of its kind to link exposure to chemicals released during hydraulic fracturing to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in mice. Scientists believe that exposure to these chemicals also could pose a threat to human development.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Exposure to Chemicals Released During Fracking May Harm Fertility Endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to altered hormone levels, ovarian development in mice
University of Missouri
Press Release

COLUMBIA, Mo. – More than 15 million Americans live within a one-mile radius of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations. UOGs combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas from underground rock. Scientific studies, while ongoing, are still inconclusive on the potential long-term effects fracturing has on human development. Today, researchers at the University of Missouri released a study that is the first of its kind to link exposure to chemicals released during hydraulic fracturing to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in mice. Scientists believe that exposure to these chemicals also could pose a threat to human development.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Patterson says fracking regulation bill is dead for 2016
Star Beacon
Justin Dennis

JEFFERSON — A state bill that would have introduced a host of regulations to the fracking industry is dead for 2016, and lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing board in 2017. The Ashtabula County League of Women Voters met Tuesday to discuss the state of the hydraulic fracturing industry in the county. The league invited Vanessa Pesec, head of the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection, to speak.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
A Philosophical Take on Fracking
LA Review of Books
Amy Knisley

TYPE “BARNETT SHALE” into a search engine, and the top hit will be the sponsored site Indeed.com, announcing “Barnett Shale Jobs!” A lot needs doing in the shale gas fields — laying pipe, driving trucks, running machinery. “Schedulers” are sought, to coordinate everything from hydraulics maintenance to safety checks to starting new fracking jobs. Geophysicists, engineers, managers, mathematicians, even English majors — lots of sales and marketing to be done — there’s work for you.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Study: Fracking chemicals in water raise fertility risks
Florida Today
Jim Waymer

New research released Thursday suggests chemicals used in fracking and other gas and oil operations increase risk of miscarriages, reduced male fertility, prostate cancer, birth defects and preterm birth by disrupting hormones.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Fracking and health: What we know from Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom
The Conversation


Indeed, only recently have rigorous health studies on the impact of unconventional natural gas development on health been completed. We have published three studies, which evaluated birth outcomes, asthma exacerbations and symptoms, including nasal and sinus, fatigue and migraine headache symptoms. These, together with other studies, form a growing body of evidence that unconventional natural gas development is having detrimental effects on health. Not unexpectedly, the oil and gas industry has countered our findings with pointed criticism.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
The Israeli public says NO to fracking
The Huffington Post
Tom Szaky

In September 2014 an Israeli government planning committee delivered a remarkable decision: it rejected a pilot project for non-conventional oil exploration in the country’s Adulam region located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, a pastoral rural area rich in biblical archeology with a strong eco-tourism sector.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Harold Hamm: Donald Trump ‘did not understand’ questions on local fracking bans
Petro Global News
Nicolas Torres

Hamm, who is advising Trump on energy matters, told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that the Republican candidate “did not understand that concept at the time in my opinion.” Hamm told the paper that he believes Trump now understands the issue and that the candidate does not support local fracking bans or moratorium.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Living Near a Fracking Site Is Tied to Migraines, Fatigue
New York Times
Nicholas Bakalar

Living near a natural gas hydraulic fracturing site is associated with increased rates of sinus problems, migraines and fatigue, according to new research.   [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Disposal wells, not drilling, studied for earthquake link
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ryan Sitton

Headlines proclaiming that oil and gas drilling are directly linked to earthquakes in North Texas are dominating energy news this week. You may have even read a few: “EPA: North Texas earthquakes likely linked to oil and gas drilling” (from the Star-Telegram’s website); “EPA links oil and gas drilling to Texas quakes” and “EPA links oil and gas drilling to Texas quakes.” None of those headlines are accurate.   [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Trinidad earthquakes spiked with drilling
9 News
Kyle Clark

The U.S. Geological Survey found the earthquakes in Trinidad spiked when a bunch of deep wastewater injection wells were distilled. It's not fracking, per se, but it's how drillers dispose of wastewater produced from fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Standing Rock Sioux Pack Federal Courtroom Seeking to Halt Pipeline
DC Media Group
Anne Meador

Washington, DC — Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other Native American tribes and their supporters gathered for several hours outside a federal courthouse today while a judge heard arguments on whether construction of an oil pipeline next to a reservation should be halted. The Dakota Access Pipeline poses irreparable harm to culturally and archeologically significant sites, according to the complaint filed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to gain an injunction against the pipeline. The Corps granted Dakota Access permission to cross the Missouri River and the Oahe Lake, just half a mile north of the tribe’s water supply intake.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Texas Promised 34 Years Ago to Track Oilfield Waste in Aquifers. It Didn't.
The Texas Tribune
Jim Malewitz

Have oil and gas companies injected toxic materials into Texas groundwater sources? State regulators don't know, even though they agreed in 1982 to track injections into zones that could hold underground sources of drinking water, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune. Only now are Texas officials combing through thousands of permits issued since then in an effort to account for these injections — a revelation that has stirred concerns among environmentalists and groundwater managers.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Study casts doubts on environmental benefits of Canadian LNG exports B.C. government has touted LNG as a 'transition' fuel to wean developing nations overseas off coal
CBC News
Ian Bickis

A new study is raising doubts that Canada's ambition to export liquefied natural gas would help reduce carbon emissions abroad — a core justification for developing such an industry.   [Full Story]

Aug 23, 2016
2 Major Utilities Backing Pipeline Project Back Out
WBUR
BRUCE GELLERMAN

A proposed natural gas pipeline through southern Massachusetts increasingly looks like a pipe dream. Two major utilities that were supporting the project have now officially backed out of their current contract for the pipeline. The gas and electric utilities Eversource and National Grid had teamed up with pipeline company Spectra Energy to construct Access Northeast. The pipeline would have enlarged, expanded and upgraded the existing transmission line coming in through Rhode Island — carrying nearly a billion cubic feet of natural gas a day and adding two enormous liquid natural gas (LNG) storage tanks in Acushnet.  [Full Story]

Aug 23, 2016
Why Natural Gas Is Not a Bridge Fuel
EcoWatch
Yale Climate Connections

At first glance, replacing coal with natural gas seems like a good (though not great) step in combating climate change. Overall, carbon dioxide emissions from new gas power plants are as much as 66 percent lower than those of existing coal power plants. About half of this reduction is due to differing carbon intensities of the fuels (natural gas emits 40 percent less carbon than coal per unit of heat). The other half is due to the higher generation efficiency of natural gas (new natural gas plants convert heat to power at upwards of 50 percent efficiency, while typical coal plants only operate at about 33 percent efficiency). A way to reduce emissions by as much as two thirds while also saving money seems like a no-brainer for climate policy. But natural gas has an Achilles' heel that makes the question much harder to answer.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Revealed: Ex-FERC Commissioner’s Multiple Rulings Favored Energy Companies his Wife Lobbied For
DeSmogBlog
Itai Vardi

Numerous rulings by a former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) favored energy companies his lobbyist wife worked for at the time, a DeSmog investigation can reveal. Philip Moeller left FERC in late 2015 after nearly ten years on the Commission. Throughout his entire tenure, Moeller’s wife, Elizabeth Moeller, was employed as a lawyer and lobbyist for the Washington DC-based firm Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman LLP (Pillsbury Winthrop).  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Two more rigs start working in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul J. Gough

Two more natural gas rigs started working in Pennsylvania this past week to make a total of 17 in Baker Hughes' latest data, the most since March. The increase comes as drillers and industry analysts see positive signs in the natural gas industry, which has seen thousands of layoffs nationwide and severe cutbacks in drilling amid low natural gas prices.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Fired: Texas Oil and Gas Regulators Say They Tried to Enforce Rules, Lost Jobs
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

EARSALL, Texas—During their careers as oil and gas inspectors for the Texas Railroad Commission, Fred Wright and Morris Kocurek earned merit raises, promotions and praise from their supervisors. They went about their jobs—keeping tabs on the conduct of the state's most important industry—with gusto. But they may have done their jobs too well for the industry's taste—and for their own agency's.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Alienated and Angry, Coal Miners See Donald Trump as Their Only Choice
The New York Times
Declan Walsh

POWELLTON, W.Va. — Deep in the belly of an Appalachian mountain, a powerful machine bored into the earth, its whirring teeth clawing out a stream of glistening coal. Men followed inside the Maple Eagle No. 1 mine, their torches cutting through the dank air. One guided the machine with a PlayStation-like controller; others bolted supports in the freshly cut roof. They were angry. The coal industry that made West Virginia prosperous has been devastated. Every day, it seemed, another mine laid off workers or closed entirely. Friends were forfeiting their cars, homes and futures.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Oil and gas fracking industry targets Millennials for support
Green Car Reports


So to shore up support, one industry advocacy group is turning to Millennials, and it knows exactly how to package its message for that audience.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Fracking's Future
Oil Voice
Jacob Halevy

Hydraulic fracturing has been a hugely controversial subject in many countries and has increasingly become the focus of legislation in the US. The state of Colorado has seen the most recent push for new restrictions - activists have obtained over 200,000 signatures to introduce two new initiatives on Colorado's November 8th ballot. If passed, these initiatives would impose the toughest regulations on the hydraulic fracturing industry to date - increasing local control and dramatically limiting where fracking can take place. Initiative 75 would provide local governments with the authority to regulate oil and gas development in a manner that supersedes statewide regulations, whilst initiative 78 would prohibit fracking within 2,500 feet of houses, parks, schools, playgrounds, and clean water sources.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
From fracking to flatulence: the all-out assault on methane
Canada Free Press
Marita Noon

What is the “biggest unfinished business for the Obama administration?” According to a report from Bill McKibben, the outspoken climate alarmist who calls for all fossil fuels to be kept in the ground, it is “to establish tight rules on methane emissions”—emissions that he blames on the “rapid spread of fracking.”   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2016
Fracking Near Peace River Dams Scares BC Hydro
Environmental News Service


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, August 21, 2016 (ENS) – Senior BC Hydro executives have worried for years that earthquakes triggered by fracking operations in search of natural gas could damage its two big dams on the Peace River, putting thousands of people at risk if the dams fail. Yet the Crown corporation, which generates and distributes most of the province’s electricity, has said nothing to the public about these concerns, choosing instead to negotiate behind the scenes with the provincial energy industry regulator, the BC Oil and Gas Commission.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2016
Environmental Protection Agency: Tighter Controls Are Needed For Fracking
Trendin Tech
Samuel Bavor

Fracking has been around in the U.S. since the 1940’s. However, it’s only really in the last 15 years that the industry has taken off. Mostly, this is due to the technological advances that have made fracking easier and more successful by allowing horizontal drilling and drilling in shale rock formations. Fracking is the process of removing oil and natural gas from hard to reach places such as shale rock. In June 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft report on fracking and confirmed that they “did not find evidence that fracking mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2016
Balmorhea residents fear fracking could destroy small town's natural springs Balmorhea fears fracking could destroy springs
Houston Chronicle
John MacCormack

BALMORHEA - From the shore of Balmorhea Lake, the often spectacular desert sunsets over the Davis Mountains now come with an unwelcome distraction. For several months, an orange natural gas flare has been burning brightly in the hills to the west.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2016
Ballot certification underway in Colorado Two issues approved this week; looming fracking questions stir controversy
Durango Herald
Peter Marcus

ENVER – Voters can count on at least four statewide questions on the November ballot, as two more initiatives were approved last week. And there could be as many as five more, including anti-fracking measures that erupted in controversy when the petitions were submitted.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2016
Estill citizens want say in state negotiations with polluter
Washington Times
Associated Press

IRVINE, Ky. (AP) - Estill County residents are asking for two seats at the table as state regulators discuss an agreement with a local landfill operator accused of illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste.   [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2016
Husted nixes anti-fracking charter; group will appeal
Athens News
David DeWitt

A group proposing to turn Athens County into a charter form of government is taking the issue to the Ohio Supreme Court for a second year in a row after being rejected by the local elections board and the Ohio Secretary of State for the November ballot, also both for the second year in a row.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2016
Feds, law professors say judge wrong to block fracking rules
The Denver Post
Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge in Wyoming was wrong to block rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, a group of law professors and lawyers for the federal government said in new court documents. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper ruled in June that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks the authority to regulate fracking — a technique of injecting materials underground to increase energy production. The agency released rules last year that could require energy companies to disclose the materials they inject to free up the surrounding oil and gas. The BLM said it was acting in response to public concern that fracking could cause contamination of groundwater.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Law profs issue takedown of decision striking fracking rule
E&E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E reporter

Dozens of law professors banded together this week to assail a federal court's recent decision striking down the Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rule. According to 36 energy, public lands and environmental law experts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming got it wrong when it found fracking to be beyond the authority of the Interior Department and its Bureau of Land Management.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
New York City set to ban use of fracking waste water
MO4CH


New York City lawmakers have approved a new bill to ban the usage of waste water from high-volume hydrofracking on icy roads. A by-product of the procedure is billions of gallons of water laced with chemicals, including benzene – a known carcinogen. The bill would ban the use of fracked waste water on roads within the city. Its high brine content means that it has been deployed in icy conditions.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
West Virginia county appeals ruling against frack waste ban
WRAL


CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Fayette County commissioners are appealing a federal court ruling that rendered the West Virginia county's ban on fracking waste disposal invalid.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Significant funding gap in Colorado fracking fight
Coloradoan
Jacy Marmaduke

Committees fighting proposed Colorado ballot measures that would limit fracking have raked in about $15 million in donations this year, more than 35 times the contributions of groups backing the measures.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Does Offshore Fracking Put Endangered Species at Risk?
Truth-Out
Mike Ludwig

Environmental groups in California are preparing to file lawsuits against federal regulators for allegedly approving the use of offshore fracking at 23 oil and gas platforms in sensitive Pacific waters without consulting wildlife officials about the potential harms to endangered species, such as sea otters and whales.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
OIL AND GAS: Law profs issue takedown of decision striking fracking rule
E&E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer

Dozens of law professors banded together this week to assail a federal court's recent decision striking down the Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rule.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Study raises concerns over fracking’s impact on Westen Canadian dams Hydro says no chance of fracking causing a dam breach, but damage possible
South China Morning Post


The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling for stricter limits on hydraulic fracturing near BC Hydro dams, after a freedom of information request revealed longstanding concerns over the potential for fracking-induced earthquakes to damage Peace River hydroelectric infrastructure.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Fracking Wastewater Ban Moves Forward in NYCBy
Environmental Leader
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Using fracking wastewater to de-ice roads in New York City will likely soon be illegal, following a City Council vote to ban the practice. The bill now goes to Mayor Bill de Blasio. RT reports that sponsors of the bill are confident that de Blasio will sign it into law.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Stock Advisor Faces Suit for Fracking Promotion
Courthouse News Service
Rose Bouboushian

(CN) — A "stock prospector" must face the Security and Exchange Commission's claims that he touted fracking in the North Dakota region for a shady penny stock firm, a federal judge ruled. To fund a $4.1 million campaign promoting Texas-based Norstra Energy Inc.'s stock in 2013, a British Virgin Islands-based firm agreed to pay Full Service Media's owner William Kaitz $700,000 to hire staff and send promotions to potential investors, according to the SEC.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date
CNBC
Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction of the project in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next week in Washington, D.C. The temporary construction shutdown comes amid growing protests and increased tension over the Dakota Access Pipeline that is intended to cross the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. Some things to know about the pipeline and the protest:   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2016
NTSB to lead investigation in explosion at apartments in Silver Spring
Washington Post
Dan Morse and Luz Lazo

Natural gas pipeline investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will assume the lead role in determining how an apartment building in Silver Spring blew up last week and killed seven people, officials said Wednesday. The development suggests that there were problems in a service line going into the building. The NTSB, best known for investigations of airplane and train crashes, has a pipeline division. For natural gas issues, NTSB is generally focused on large pipes that move gas in public areas, up to buildings and sometimes into buildings. The large lines are the parts of the system that carry natural gas up to meters where the pressure in lines is reducedfor use by residents and businesses, according to Keith Holloway, an NTSB spokesman.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2016
EPA says Port of Albany oil terminal violates air regulations
Times Union
Rick Karlin

Albany The Environmental Protection Agency says the company operating a crude oil terminal at the Port of Albany violated federal air pollution standards and under-reported the amount of ozone-producing compounds being emitted when it sought permission to handle more oil trains. The notice of violation was sent to Global Companies LLC late last July. The Waltham, Mass.-based firm, also known as Global Partners, handles the transfer of crude oil. The oil, much of it from North Dakota's Bakken shale fields, is moved from massive trains to barges that carry the oil down the Hudson River and then to a refinery in New Brunswick, Canada.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2016
Alberta Offers Lessons in Keeping Dams Safe From Fracking
The Tyee
Ben Parfitt

BC Hydro is doing far less to ban potentially destructive fracking operations near its biggest dams than an Alberta power producer, raising questions about why British Columbia isn’t taking more action to protect public safety.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2016
EPA says oil train operator violated federal Clean Air Act at Albany facility
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — One of the main companies that transports crude oil through New York has violated federal clean air standards and may face significant fines, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents obtained by POLITICO. Last month, the EPA issued a notice to Global Companies LLC, saying the company violated the federal Clean Air Act at its oil transportation facility in Albany. According to the documents, Global could face fines of more than $25,000 a day and may have to obtain a new permit for one of its main East Coast shipping routes.   [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2016
Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate 'Powerbroker'
Common Dreams
Nadia Prupis

Salazar, whose career includes positions both in government and corporate Washington, D.C. firms, has previously pushed for projects that are reviled among environmental activists, such as fracking, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Keystone XL pipeline.   [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2016
Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House
The Intercept


TWO BIG ISSUES dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both. Under fire from Bernie Sanders, she came out against the TPP and took a more critical position on fracking. But critics wondered if this was a sincere conversion or simply campaign rhetoric. Now, in two of the most significant personnel moves she will ever make, she has signaled a lack of sincerity. She chose as her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine, who voted to authorize fast-track powers for the TPP and praised the agreement just two days before he was chosen. And now she has named former Colorado Democratic Senator and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to be the chair of her presidential transition team — the group tasked with helping set up the new administration should she win in November. That includes identifying, selecting, and vetting candidates for over 4,000 presidential appointments.  [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2016
NASA: Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Linked Directly to Natural Gas Leaks
EcoWatch


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a new study Monday examining what caused a methane "hot spot" to form in New Mexico. This new study of methane emissions generated by the oil and gas industry in the state's San Juan Basin is a major step forward in understanding the causes of New Mexico's methane "hot spot." It follows up on a 2014 satellite-based study that initially found the "hot spot" and sought to identify its specific causes.  [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2016
Clinton’s Salazar Pick Undermines Her Climate Promises, Putting Fracking Industry Before People
EcoWatch
Molly Dorozenski

At a time when Secretary Clinton should be strengthening her progressive policies, it does not make sense to pick an industry insider who supports fracking to lead her transition team. Unfortunately, that's the exact move that Clinton made this week in appointing former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to that post.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
UK fracking battle heats up
DW


Post-Brexit UK wants to buck the trend in Europe and exploit vast gas reserves through the controversial process of fracking. Just one thing stands in the way - widespread and fierce public opposition.   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
Now the EPA’s science advisors don’t like their own report on fracking
Hotair
Jazz Shaw

The draft report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from the EPA is nearing the end of its more than five year journey and the findings were a major blow to the green energy crowd. Try as they might, there simply was no evidence of systemic contamination to ground water or other resources and the report essentially gives the practice a qualified thumbs up. That didn’t sit well with the major environmentalist donors to the Democrats, so plans have been in the works to sabotage the report. That showed up this week when the ad hoc panel of science advisors to the EPA released their own rebuttal, claiming that the wording of the report isn’t up to par. (Washington Post)  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
Survey: Only a third of public would support local fracking projects, despite offer of 'bribes'
Business Green
Jocelyn Timperley

Just one third of people would support fracking in their local area even if households were given up to £10,000 in direct payments, according to a new YouGov poll published today by Friends of the Earth.   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
California Agency Missing Deadlines for Fracking Notifications
NBC News
Stephen Stock, Liza Meak, Felipe Escamilla and Mark Villarreal

At any given time, in any given oil field across Kern County, there’s a good chance oil companies are fracking oil wells. It’s a perfectly legal operation, but a two-year old state law now requires companies to notify California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) any time a well is fracked. By law, the agency then must inform the public by posting the fracking information on its website within 60 days. However, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit discovered that’s not always happening.   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
What the New NASA 'Hot Spot' Study Tells Us About Methane Leak
EDF
Ramon Alvarez

Look up in New Mexico and on most days you’ll see the unmistakable blue skies that make the Southwest so unique. But there’s also something ominous hovering over the Four Corners that a naked eye can’t detect: A 2,500-square mile cloud of methane, the highest concentration of the heat-trapping pollution anywhere in the United States. The Delaware-sized hot-spot was first reported in a study two years ago.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2016
In Scathing Review, EPA's Science Advisors Tell Agency Not to Downplay Fracking-Related Water Contamination
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency's scientific advisors finished their review of EPA's national study on fracking and sternly rebuked the EPA for claiming that its draft study had found no evidence of “widespread, systemic” impacts to drinking water.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2016
New Koch-Funded Group ‘Fueling US Forward’ Aims to Promote the "Positives" of Fossil Fuels
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

A long-awaited campaign to rebrand fossil fuels called Fueling U.S. Forward made its public debut at the Red State Gathering 2016 on Saturday, where the organization's President and CEO Charles Drevna gave attendees the inside scoop on the effort, and confirmed that the campaign is backed financially by Koch Industries.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2016
How Producing Clean Power Turned Out to Be a Messy Business
The New York Times
David Gelles

On the edge of a bucolic field in Princeton, N.J., an eco-friendly office building recently opened its doors. Plants festoon the roof, a living wall is planned for the lobby, and rainwater storage tanks supply the building’s needs. In the parking lot there are wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations. It is the picture of a sustainable future, one in which society’s insatiable demand for electricity can be met without polluting the planet. The same cannot be said of the building’s tenant, NRG Energy. The biggest independent power producer in the country, NRG sells electricity to utilities, companies and individual homes. To generate all that wattage, it burns enormous amounts of natural gas, coal and oil, making NRG one of the country’s biggest polluters.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2016
Rendell: ‘I don’t apologize at all’ for fracking
NPR State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Former Governor Ed Rendell is walking back comments he made last month at the Democratic National Convention, when he said he’d “made a mistake” putting economic gains ahead of environmental protection in the early days of the state’s Marcellus Shale gas boom. “I don’t apologize at all,” he recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m a strong advocate of continuing to frack.”  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2016
Scientists Urge EPA To Say Why It Thinks Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water
Think Progress
Alejandro Dávila Fragoso

An independent board of scientists said Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency should clarify why it said in a landmark draft report on fracking that there is a lack of evidence of widespread impacts on water. In a much-awaited report submitted to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the agency’s independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) said it was concerned about the clarity and adequacy to support “several major findings” found in a draft assessment report on fracking the EPA first published last year.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2016
EPA Fracking Report Needs Some Big Revisions, Says Science Advisory Board
Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard

WASHINGTON ? The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a review of a major agency report on hydraulic fracturing’s potential impacts on groundwater, and it took to task the way the report’s findings were framed. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process used to extract oil and gas from rock formations using a high-pressure stream of water, sand and chemicals. The EPA’s draft report, which was released in June 2015, found “specific instances” of groundwater contamination from fracked oil and natural gas wells or wastewater disposal sites, but the agency concluded that there are no “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
EPA Science Advisory Board: Agency's Fracking Study Ignored Significant Water Contamination Cases
EcoWatch


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB) today finalized its review of the EPA's June 2015 draft study of fracking's impacts to drinking water resources. For over a year, a panel of 30 scientists, engineers and industry consultants have reviewed the details of the 1,000-page draft report. The panel has taken particular issue with a finding that seemingly came out of left field: the agency's statement that fracking has not led to "widespread systemic impacts" in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
State epidemiologist quits, says agencies misleading public about well water safety
WRAL
Mark Binker and Tyler Dukes

RALEIGH, N.C. — The state's epidemiologist resigned her position Wednesday afternoon, accusing officials in the state's environmental and health agencies of misleading the public and pushing a "false narrative" in their criticism of a state scientist who helped develop safety advisories for well owners near Duke Energy coal ash ponds. In her resignation letter, shared with several members of the press, Dr. Megan Davies said an editorial issued earlier in the week from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Environmental Quality incorrectly attributed the establishment of health screening standards solely to Ken Rudo, a toxicologist in Davies' division.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Kansas tightens fracking restrictions
The Kansas City Star
Ed Andrieski

The Kansas Corporation Commission has further restricted the amount of oilfield wastewater that can be injected underground in southern Kansas in the hopes of further reducing the number of earthquakes in the region. Earlier restrictions led to a drop in earthquakes, mostly in Harper and Sumner counties, experts said. During a meeting Tuesday, the commission left in place an 8,000-barrel per day limit in five of the most quake-prone areas of those two counties.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Fossil Fuel Export Moratorium Issued at Cherry Point in Precedent-Setting Emergency Measure
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Whatcom County, Washington, passed an emergency moratorium on new fossil fuel shipments through Cherry Point, a major export hub, citing environmental and safety issues. The ordinance does not affect current refining or oil shipments.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
New rules credited for fewer Oklahoma quakes
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The number of earthquakes related to fracking has fallen significantly in Oklahoma since last year, leading government experts to attribute the decline to increased regulation. The state's rate of earthquakes was at times higher than that of California, which is considered the U.S. epicenter for naturally occurring earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
EPA Science Advisory Board: Agency's Fracking Study Ignored Significant Water Contamination Cases
EcoWatch
Americans Against Fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB) today finalized its review of the EPA's June 2015 draft study of fracking's impacts to drinking water resources. For over a year, a panel of 30 scientists, engineers and industry consultants have reviewed the details of the 1,000-page draft report. The panel has taken particular issue with a finding that seemingly came out of left field: the agency's statement that fracking has not led to "widespread systemic impacts" in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Fracking ballot initiatives may make Colorado a major political battleground Fracktivists look to exercise local control over energy development this November.
High Country News
Joshua Zaffos

The long wait for Colorado fractivists appears to be over: Two ballot initiatives that would greatly limit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and natural gas in the state are likely heading before voters this November. The initiatives would mark the first statewide referendum on fracking anywhere in the U.S.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Forest Service Asked to Reject Fracking Plan in Ohio's Wayne National Forest Feds Fail to Address Climate Change Impact, Danger to Groundwater, Wildlife Habitat
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

ATHENS, Ohio— The U.S. Forest Service should reject a new oil and gas leasing plan in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest due to its failure to address serious concerns over fracking and climate change, conservation groups said today in a letter to the Service. The plan to allow dangerous hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” on 40,000 acres of the state’s only national forest would degrade streams and groundwater, fragment wildlife habitat and worsen climate change — issues inadequately addressed in the environmental analysis for the proposal — according to the letter from the Center for Biological Diversity, the Ohio Environmental Council and the Sierra Club.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Dade City bans controversial fracking technique
Tampa Bay Times
Robert Napper

DADE CITY — The Dade City Commission has banned the oil and natural gas mining technique known as fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Lawsuit to Protect Species from Fracking
EDHAT
Environmental Defense Center

The Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (“Channelkeeper”) sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government over its decision to approve the practices of fracking and acidizing from 23 offshore oil platforms in southern California, including in the Santa Barbara Channel. The notice letter alleges that the federal government is in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) because it failed to consult with the expert wildlife agencies regarding potential impacts from these well stimulation techniques to at least 25 threatened and endangered species, including whales, sea otters, fur seals, sea turtles, marine and coastal birds, fish, and abalone.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Kansas panel tightens restrictions on fracking
KSNT
Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Corporation Commission has further restricted the amount of oilfield wasterwater that can be injected underground in southern Kansas in the hopes of further reducing the number of earthquakes in the region.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Consumer Watchdog Report Finds Big Energy Companies Gave Big $ and Got Big Favors From Governor Brown With Dollars and Decisions Flowing In Close Proximity To Each Other
PR Newswire


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state's three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8 million to Jerry Brown's campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the California Democratic Party since he ran for Governor. Donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors. The three major investor-owned utilities alone contributed nearly $6 million.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Dairy groups blast methane reductions: ‘Cows expel gas so they don’t explode’
The Guardian
Oliver Milman

California wants to limit the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by belching and farting of 5.5 million cows, but the industry is hitting back with a dose of reality. California’s attempt to curb emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is facing vocal opposition from a dairy industry that fears government meddling in the flatulence of its cows.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Ending $4 billion U.S. oil, gas drilling subsidies would have low impact: study
Green Car Reports
John Voelcker

U.S. subsidies to the oil and gas industries are often a flashpoint among electric-car advocates and environmentalists. They see a conflict in the government providing billions of dollars in incentives for drilling while simultaneously attempting to lower consumption of carbon-emitting energy sources.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2016
Donald Trump's Appeal to Anti-Fracking Activists Falling Flat in North Texas
Dallas Observer
CHRISTIAN MCPHATE

“Well, I’m in favor of fracking, but I think that voters should have a big say in it,” Trump said. “I mean, there’s some areas, maybe, they don’t want to have fracking. And I think if the voters are voting for it, that’s up to them. … If a municipality or a state wants to ban fracking, I can understand that.” In normal election cycles, this kind of proclamation would garner supporters from the anti-fracking activists who normally side with the more liberal-minded among our political candidates. But this cycle isn’t normal. So the Observer decided to reach out to local anti-fracking activists and ask what they thought of this fresh support.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2016
2 Colorado Anti-Fracking Initiatives Move to November Ballot
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Two anti-fracking measures are one step closer to appearing on Colorado's Nov. 8 ballot. Local environmental groups have collected at least 98,492 signatures for measures 75 and 78, which will allow voters to decide the fate of oil and gas operations in the state. Now, the petitions only need to pass a validation review by the Secretary of State's office to make it onto the ballot. As EcoWatch reported, initiative 75 would amend the state constitution to enable local governments the option to enact regulations more protective of health and safety than those required by the state, largely addressing the Colorado Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down local fracking bans approved by voters in the cities of Fort Collins and Longmont. Initiative 78 would create 2,500-foot buffer zones between homes, schools and sensitive areas like playgrounds and water sources, and all new oil and gas development.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Residents hear about Yale study on fracking
Times Leader
Robert A. Defrank

BARNESVILLE — Although it may be some time before the results are known, Yale University researchers who have spent the last two months studying the impact of the natural gas industry on Belmont County’s air and drinking water met with residents at Olney Friends School Saturday to discuss their work.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Is the Eagle Ford oil boom making people sick?
San Antonio Express-News
Jennifer Hiller

KENEDY — Lonjino Lara suffers from a long list of mysterious maladies. There’s no clear explanation for the vague symptoms: headaches, nosebleeds, red eyes, rashes. Also flu-like symptoms that aren’t the flu, like body aches, severe cramps in his stomach, legs and on the sides of his body. To Lara, this is the cost of geography, of living in what used to be the middle of nowhere, but is now a green space between an industrial plant and oil wells.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Colorado Activists Submit Petitions for Referendums on Fracking
The New York Times
Clifford Krauss

In an effort to halt the advance of the oil industry in Colorado, environmental activists said they submitted enough signatures on Monday to place on November’s ballot two initiatives aimed at severely limiting hydraulic fracturing. If either measure passes, it would represent the most serious political effort yet in the United States to stop hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the technique used to blast through shale and other hard rocks with water, sand and chemicals to release oil and natural gas.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Preparing for a Rise in West Virginia Gas Drilling
Public News Service


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If the natural gas market follows classic patterns, drilling in the Marcellus shale will rise once the price climbs from the basement. What should West Virginia do to prepare? Sean O'Leary, a senior policy analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says the state should gear up for more drilling activity by bumping up the severance tax to save for the future.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
China’s Natural Gas Gamble Won’t Replicate US Shale Success
Epoch Times
Fan Yu

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. announced plans to sell half of its stake in a major trans-China natural-gas pipeline, in a bid to raise capital and fund exploration as part of China’s ambitious goal to wean itself off of coal.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
The Issue With High Natural Gas Prices
Seeing Alpha


Summary We stand by our thesis that natural gas prices need to average $3.50/MMBtu in the long-run. Gas prices over $4/MMBtu would bring about a tsunami of supplies. Canadian gas production would also spike, and potentially resulting in more gas imports.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Gas prices shake up stock market as states study human-caused earthquakes
Star Tribune


Several oil and gas-producing states are investigating human-caused earthquakes related to underground wastewater disposal, and Kansas and Oklahoma have shown the tremors can be stopped. After restricting oil and natural gas operations in certain hotspots, Oklahoma has an average of two earthquakes a day, compared with about six a day last summer. Kansas is getting about a quarter of the quakes it once did.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
FRACKING FLIP-FLOP: Trump Lends Support to Anti-Fracking Movement
The Libertarian Republic
Brett Linley

Donald Trump has taken his conservative supporters for a ride this election. Throughout the cycle, he has continually abandoned libertarian and conservative orthodoxy. From the minimum wage to free trade, Trump has proven himself to be no friend to market principles. Now, he brings his “expert opinion” to fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
voteWhere Hillary and Trump stand on fracking and America’s natural resources States that allow fracking have seen a bountiful of riches, but neither candidate gets the importance of utilizing our natural resources.
Blasting News
Thomas Richard

It’s becoming increasingly difficult trying to determine ##Hillary Clinton and ##Donald Trump’s stance on fracking after recent comments the candidates gave on the stump and in interviews. Hillary has said on numerous occasions that she supports a local community’s right to ban fracking even if the state doesn't. She made this part of her campaign’s platform during the town hall debates and rallies. She also said she would regulate fracking even more even though it's already under a suffocating blanket of state and federal rules.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Proponents of anti-fracking measures say they will clear signature hurdle
Colorado Independent
Marianne Goodland

A last-minute push for signatures appears to have paid off for proponents of two ballot measures that would restrict or ban fracking in Colorado. The lead backer of the two measures told The Colorado Independent this morning that supporters will meet today’s 3 p.m. deadline to file petition signatures with the Secretary of State’s office.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Scientists and industry are both working to find and stop dangerous methane leaks
PRI
Reid Frazier

Thousands of natural gas wells dot the landscape in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and a growing number of pipelines transport gas throughout the Northeast. But all of this infrastructure comes with a downside: leaks of the potent greenhouse gas methane at all stages of production and delivery.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Local water supplies being tested in advance of oil and gas drilling in Munroe Falls
Stow Sentry
Jeff Saunders

Munroe Falls -- Site preparation work has begun on a planned oil and gas well on the north side of Munroe Falls Avenue and the city has asked Cuyahoga Falls to keep a close eye on the quality of water supplies to the west. Service Director Jim Bowery told the Stow Sentry Aug. 2 that he noticed an excavator clearing the site for the well on a vacant parcel just west of the Sonoco paper mill on July 28.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Households could get fracking payments under government plans
BBC News


Residents affected by fracking could be paid some of the proceeds of shale gas projects, the government has suggested. A shale wealth fund was unveiled in 2014 to set aside up to 10% of the tax proceeds from fracking to benefit communities in the UK hosting wells.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Active drilling rigs absent from San Juan Basin New wells drive employment and offset depletion of active wells
Durango Herald
Mary Shinn

There are no active drilling rigs in the San Juan Basin in Colorado or New Mexico right now, said Christi Zeller, executive director of the La Plata County Energy Council.  [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Ryedale anti-fracking campaigners urge communities to oppose government’s ‘shale wealth fund’
Yorkshire Post


FRACK Free Ryedale is appealing to communities in North Yorkshire to oppose the government’s plans to give householders cash payments potentially running into thousands of pounds in recompense for fracking in their area.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Colorado Fracking Limit Deadline; Valeant and Disney Earnings Reports
New York Times


Monday is the deadline for environmental activists in Colorado to submit the signatures required to put two proposals on the state’s ballot in November. Both would restrict hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas fields. Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, allows oil companies to fracture shale and other hard rocks with water, chemicals and sand to free oil and gas. Environmentalists contend that the practice can pollute air and local water supplies, but the companies insist it is safe. The more aggressive of the two initiatives would amend the Colorado Constitution to outlaw fracking within 2,500 feet of occupied buildings, water resources and public spaces like parks. Clifford Krauss   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Yes, There Is a Way Forward in Reining in Fracking
Truth-Out
Mark karlin

The effects of fracked oil and gas -- in terms of air and water quality and health impacts -- are felt most by the poor and communities of color. Public interest advocate Wenonah Hauter outlines strategies to stop fracking and rein in Big Oil.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2016
Activists Scurry To Find Support For Anti-Fracking Proposals
Chris White


Activists in Colorado with the “Keep It In The Ground” movement have until Monday to get nearly 100,000 valid signatures for two state ballot initiatives essentially banning fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2016
Fracking ordinance up for discussion again in King George
Fredericksburg.com
Cathu Dyson

Discussions about fracking regulations are back on the table in King George County, particularly as new signals from the state suggest gas drilling could come to the Fredericksburg region.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
XTO to pay $400,000 to settle Pennsylvania toxic waste charges
Ft Worth Star-Telegram
Steve Kaskovich

XTO Energy has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle allegations in Pennsylvania that it illegally dumped toxic wastewater from a Marcellus Shale well site. According to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, XTO agreed to pay a $300,000 civil penalty to the state Department of Environmental Protection and $100,000 to the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership to advance environmental projects in Lycoming County.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
Fracking’s Long Reach Stretches Into Frack-Free New York
90.5 Pittsburgh NPR
Julie Grant

New York’s Finger Lakes region has become one of the hubs of the state’s $3-billion-a-year tourism industry. In recent years, much of that tourism has revolved around the wine industry. But a plan to store the glut of natural gas flowing from Pennsylvania in ancient underground salt caverns near New York’s Seneca Lake has many in wine country worried about the impacts on tourism and water quality.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
The Kochs, Big Oil Are Taking Their War With The EPA To The Ballot Box
Think Progress
Samantha Page

On Tuesday, Missouri Republicans nominated Josh Hawley to be the state’s next attorney general. A lawyer best known for his work opposing mandatory contraception coverage in the Hobby Lobby case and his socially conservative views, Hawley has promised to use the office as the “tip of the spear in fighting federal overreach” — overreach, he argues, like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
One Nook Of America's Shale Industry Is Eyeing A Big Comeback
RigZone
Bloomberg, David Weithe

(Bloomberg) -- Amid the gloom and doom that’s set in all along America’s shale fields these past two years, there has been one small, but consistent, bright spot. Sand, it turns out, is a much greater tool in hydraulic fracking than drillers had understood it to be. Time and again, they’ve found that the more grit they pour into horizontal wells -- seemingly regardless of how extreme the amounts have become -- the more oil comes seeping out.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
Fracking fears hit fever pitch as seismic tests begin
Tallahassee Democrat
Jeff Burlew

A Texas company has begun seismic testing for oil and gas in Calhoun and Gulf counties, heightening fears among anti-fracking activists that the controversial drilling technique will come to North Florida.   [Full Story]

Aug 3, 2016
Alameda Fracking Ban: All Bark with No Bite
JDSupra
Michael Mills, Shannon Morrissey

On July 19, 2016, Alameda County, California (“County”) became the first county in the Bay Area to approve a ban on hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”). The County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ban through an amendment to the Alameda County Zoning Ordinance (“Ordinance”). Gen. Ordinance Code §§ 17.06.100-17.06.400.  [Full Story]

Aug 3, 2016
GOP donors with ties to fossil fuels target of protest
Newsday
Robert Brodksy

Long Island activists and superstorm Sandy victims on Wednesday urged Republican Senate and Assembly candidates to reject political contributions from wealthy donors with ties to the fossil fuel industry.   [Full Story]

Aug 2, 2016
From now on, every government agency will have to consider climate change
The Washington Post
Chris Mooney

In the past several weeks alone, the Obama administration has made multiple new moves to fight climate change. The administration announced new steps to help fill U.S. roadways with electric vehicles. It ruled that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft endanger human health and welfare. And on the international stage, it moved the world closer to a deal to phase out super-polluting HFCs, chemicals in refrigerants and other industrial substances that warm the climate. But as Obama’s term dwindles, the act isn’t over — on Tuesday the White House released yet another policy to fight climate change, one with potentially far-reaching consequences. The White House’s chief environmental office, the Council on Environmental Quality, finalized a six-year process of shaping how the government’s agencies, across the board, will factor climate change into their decisions.  [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Rendell Still Making Mistakes on Fracki
Huffington Post
Karen Feridun

Ten thousand people braved sweltering temperatures of nearly 100 degrees to take to the streets of Philadelphia on July 24th to march for a Clean Energy Revolution. Pennsylvanians Against Fracking partnered with the national coalition Americans Against Fracking to organize what turned out to be the largest demonstration during the DNC convention. Fracking continued to make headlines during the week in a telling tale of two governors. On Wednesday, speaking as a panelist at an energy event hosted by Politico, Ed Rendell made the stunning admission that he had “made a mistake” on shale gas development, putting what he considered to be economic gains over the protection of Pennsylvanians and the environment. He didn’t explain what brought about the revelation. As recently as 2013, he was publicly criticizing the other governor who also made headlines last week, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Crawberry Hill 'fracking' drill site licence surrendered
BBC News


A drilling site at the centre of anti-fracking protests has been dismantled and returned to agricultural land. The Environment Agency said Rathlin Energy had surrendered an environmental permit for exploratory drilling for oil and gas at Crawberry Hill, near Beverley.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Trump fools Republicans again with his unconventional take on fracking bans
Fusion
Ari Phillips

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supports fracking, but he doesn’t support accepted Republican strategies about how to get drills in the ground. In a news conference on Friday in Colorado, Trump sided with the state’s Democrats and environmentalists in opposing state-level bans on local anti-fracking ordinances. These so-called preemptive bans have been pushed in fossil fuel-friendly states across the country to prevent towns and cities from outlawing the controversial practice within their borders.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Dueling Studies Continue the Debate Over Fracking Earthquakes
Dallas Observer
Christian McPhate

Southern Methodist University seismologists recently revealed human-induced earthquakes in North Texas are not only caused by oil and gas operations but also have been occurring since the 1920s across Texas. Oil and gas industry professionals were quick to denounce seismologists findings, and the Texas legislature was quick to take action by calling for its own study, to be conducted by a team of experts appointed by the governor.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
3,000 Join Protest Against Fracking
Morning Star
Peter Lazenby

MORE than 3,000 people marched through York at the weekend in opposition to plans for widespread fracking in Yorkshire’s countryside. Saturday’s demonstration is thought to have been Britain’s biggest so far against the process.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Local, national leaders, scientists, and celebrities endorse CO Ballot Initiatives
North Denver News


A growing number of local and national leaders, celebrities and scientists are expressing strong support for Colorado’s two Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking initiatives – #75 and #78 – for the November 2016 ballot.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Can the Environmental Movement Rally Around Hillary Clinton?
Inside Climate News
Marianne Lavelle

After airing their differences in the primary fight between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, green groups seek common ground because the alternative is Donald Trump.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Trump backs local fracking control
Politico
Alex Guillén

ATTENTION OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY — TRUMP FINE WITH LOCAL BANS: Donald Trump dropped some news late Friday that is turning heads in the oil and gas sector, which is already wary of the fickle GOP nominee. Trump told a Colorado TV station that he supports local control over fracking, wading into a controversial issue that has pitted oil and gas companies against environmentalists — and agreeing with Hillary Clinton. "I'm in favor of fracking, but I think that voters should have a big say in it. I mean, there's some areas, maybe, that don't want to have fracking, and I think if the voters are voting for it that's up to them,” Trump said, adding: “Fracking is something that we need, fracking is something that’s here, whether we like it or not. But if a municipality or a state wants to ban fracking, I can understand that.” Elana Schor has more.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Trump disagrees with fellow Republicans on local fracking bans
Grist
Bem Adler

Donald Trump’s deeply held conservative principles are clashing with one another. After months of extolling the virtues of fossil fuel extraction, Trump deviated from GOP orthodoxy and told a Colorado TV station on Friday that local communities should be able to ban fracking. “I’m in favor of fracking, but I think that voters should have a big say in it,” said Trump, according to Politico. “I mean, there’s some areas, maybe, that don’t want to have fracking, and I think if the voters are voting for it that’s up to them.”  [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
US Sens. Warren, Markey probe alleged conflict in Spectra pipeline review
The Republican


U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are demanding answers about an alleged conflict of interest in the federal review of a natural gas pipeline proposal. The Houston-based Spectra Energy proposes three related projects that would impact eastern Massachusetts: Access Northeast, Atlantic Bridge, and the Algonquin Incremental Market project, or AIM.  [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
Alameda County 1st in Bay Area to ban fracking
Daily Californian
Lillian Dong

On July 19, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban fracking in the county — the first county in the Bay Area to pass an ordinance to do so.   [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
Local activists protest against “fracking hell”
The Yorker
Eleanor Higginson

At midday on Saturday 30th July, a diverse crowd gathered in front of Clifford’s Tower to march against fracking in Yorkshire. The York Green Party was officially represented, as well as a range of local activists from York and the surrounding areas, such as Ryedale and Selby. Families marched with dogs and pushchairs, and helpers handed out anti-fracking signs to demonstrators who had come without.   [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
Program focuses on seismic activity in state
Standard Speakeer
Robert Swift

HARRISBURG — Five summers ago, many people in the state Capitol felt a slight vibration one afternoon as a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia impacted the Eastern Seaboard.   [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
Leaning too hard on natural gas
Times Argus


Vermont, like other states in New England and beyond, has become overly dependent on natural gas. We have lost balance in our electricity mix, and the consequences could be costly for consumers and businesses alike in the years ahead.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
Texas challenges EPA’s crackdown on oilfield methane
MRT
Jim Malewitz

The state of Texas is again taking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to court, this time challenging new rules aimed at slashing methane emissions in the oil patch.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
Trump Says Fracking Bans Should Be Left To Local Voters
Daily Caller
Chris White

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he personally supports hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, yet believes drilling should be up to local voters to decide.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
Fracking Colorado: This is what (buying a) democracy looks like
Grenpeace


In Colorado the oil and gas industry has their finger on the scale of democracy, and new reports from the Boulder Weekly and the Colorado Independent have revealed the full weight of the fracking industry’s influence. While nearly everyone has heard about the problem of “money in politics,” it is rare that the actual mechanisms of how corporations control elections and politics are revealed.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
In Colorado, Donald Trump sides with Democrats and environmentalists on fracking
Los Angeles Times
Kurtis Lee

Donald Trump waded into Colorado's fracking debate this week, siding with a position popular among Democrats and environmentalists in the state, while leaving many Republicans dismayed. Trump, who held rallies on Friday in Colorado Springs and Denver, said that while he supports fracking, he believes voters should have a say in whether they want to ban it.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
FERC Approved Transco Expansion Projects in New York City and Virginia
North American Procurement Council


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)has given its approval for Transco Expansion Projects located in New York City and Virginia, Williams Partners L.P. announced. Both the New York Bay Expansion and the Virginia Southside II Expansion projects are fully subscribed, demand-driven expansion projects designed to provide natural gas service in 2017.   [Full Story]

Jul 29, 2016
Montana environmental group wants info on fracking chemicals
KTVQ


An environmental group wants to know what chemicals fracking companies are putting into the ground. The Montana Environmental Information Center, along with the Natural Resource Defense Council, filed a petition this week before the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to improve public disclosure.   [Full Story]

Jul 29, 2016
At Oil Industry Funded DNC Event, Surprising Turn: Protests, Ex-Governor Admits "Mistake" Over Fracking
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

At an oil-industry sponsored event during this week's Democratic National Convention, all did not go as planners may have hoped. The event was sponsored by Vote4Energy.org, an initiative by the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry's trade association, and featured some of the Democratic party's most ardent supporters of fracking, including Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. But protesters with an anti-fracking message repeatedly disrupted the panel and one of the gas industry's best-known cheerleaders, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, admitted he “made a mistake” in failing to adequately regulate shale gas extraction.  [Full Story]

Jul 29, 2016
Trump agrees with Clinton on fracking debate
Politico
Elana Schor

Donald Trump today told a Colorado TV station that he supports local control over fracking, wading into a controversial issue that has pitted oil and gas companies against environmentalists - and agreeing with Hillary Clinton.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
Behind closed doors
Boulder Weekly
Joel Dyer

Recording from oil-and-gas gathering sheds light on industry efforts to defeat ballot measures, take over city councils and stop the anti-fracking movement  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
A FRACKING PIPELINE PUTS TIM KAINE’S FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY TIES TO THE TEST
The Intercept
Alleen Brown

DEMOCRATIC VICE PRESIDENTIAL candidate Sen. Tim Kaine is facing pressure from landowners in his home state of Virginia to stand against the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to mid-Atlantic markets.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
Florida Paves the Way for Fracking by Upping Contamination Limits in Drinking Water
The Bradenton Times
Dennis Maley

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission narrowly voted to approve controversial new water quality criteria on Tuesday, despite strong opposition from environmental groups warning of cancer risks that would follow, were allowable levels of carcinogens such as benzene to be raised.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
EQT plans to increase drilling
Pittsburgh Business Times


EQT Corp. said Thursday that it would pick up the pace of its natural gas drilling program, starting about 63 more wells than previously planned in the Marcellus and Upper Devonian shales in the second half of 2016.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
Pipeline Expansion Threatens U.S. Climate Goals, Study Says
Inside Climate News
Phil Mckenna

Assessing the climate impacts of 19 natural gas projects, advocacy group says it guarantees high carbon emissions. Proposed new and expanded pipelines that would pump natural gas from the fracking hub in the Appalachian Basin to power plants and other consumers throughout much of the eastern half of the U.S. will commit the country to high carbon emissions. That level will be too high for the U.S. to meet its climate goals, according to a report by the environmental advocacy group Oil Change International.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
The Color of Pollution: How Environmental Contamination Targets People of Color
DeSmogBlog
Larry Buhl

With about 42,000 active wells, Kern County, California is home to three-quarters of California's oil drilling and 95 percent of the state’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activity. This mainly rural region is the largest oil-producing county in the U.S. The influence of oil and gas is so great here that in late 2015 the county board of supervisors approved a new ordinance to allow drilling permits for tens of thousands of new wells to be fast tracked. Time span for the new ordinance? Two decades. Ongoing environmental review? None. Public participation? Not allowed. In response, the environmental legal organization Earthjustice filed suit against the county on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
Study finds communities need to be proactive about fracking
Science Daily


Fracking, horizontal high-volume hydraulic fracturing is a process that forces a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure deep into the ground to extract oil and natural gas in shale rock formations. Fracking has allowed the United States to become a net energy exporter, but has created substantial problems for local communities hosting fracking operations. Authors Carolyn G. Loh, associate professor at Wayne State University, and Anna C. Osland, founder and principal of Anna C. Osland Consulting, surveyed 140 local governments in four states with very active fracking: Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. The authors set out to determine the kinds of policies these local governments adopted to address the negative impacts of fracking and the role organizational capacity had on how local governments deal with fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Summit County court rules against small city using zoning regulations to regulate oil and gas activities Fracking opponents in Ohio continue to look for ways to exert local control
Athens News
Terry Smith

While recent battles against deep-shale oil and gas drilling in Ohio mostly have involved proposed “bill of rights” anti-fracking ordinances, such as one passed in the city of Athens in 2014, Ohio courts repeatedly have ruled against them. (Proponents are struggling to place a similar anti-fracking bill-of-rights charter on the ballot for Athens County this November.)   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Clinton wants to end ‘Halliburton loophole’ on fracking, adviser says
The Hill
Timothy Cama and Devin Henry

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton would push Congress to reverse a 2005 measure that exempts hydraulic fracturing from certain federal environmental standards, a top adviser said. Ending what environmentalists call the “Halliburton loophole” would be the Democratic candidate’s first priority in regulating fracking, adviser Trevor Houser said.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
PennFuture wins appeal in Mt. Pleasant Twp.
Observer-Reporter
David Singer

HICKORY – The environmental nonprofit group Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future won petitioner status along with 10 individuals Tuesday by virtue of a zoning hearing board vote of 3-0 that the parties have rightful standing to challenge Mt. Pleasant Township’s zoning ordinances on natural gas drilling.  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
San Francisco-Area County Bans Fracking
Independent Women's Forum
Charlotte Allen

California's Alameda County, across the bay from San Francisco and home of the University of California-Berkeley, has banned hydraulic fracking. The only hitch: There is no hydraulic fracking in Alameda County, and there never has been.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Former Gov. Ed Rendell: ‘I made a mistake’ on shale gas
State Impact PA
Susn Phillips & Marie Cusick

Former Governor Ed Rendell said he regrets putting economic gain ahead of environmental protection at the start of Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom. Speaking at a DNC event hosted by Politico in Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday, Rendell said fracking has risks but those can be mitigated.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Montana petitioners seek more disclosure on fracking chemicals
Wyoming Tribune Eagle
Matthew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Landowners, environmentalists and public health workers petitioned Montana regulators on Tuesday to require companies to more fully divulge which "fracking" chemicals they use to produce oil and gas. Dozens of chemicals, some of them hazardous to human health and the environment, are used as part of the process technically known as hydraulic fracturing, in which millions of gallons of fluid are pumped deep underground to release oil and gas trapped in shale or other rock formations. A 2011 state rule allows companies to conceal chemicals they consider to be trade secrets. Officials can request the full ingredients list in the event of a spill or release of the fluids.  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
John Hickenlooper “pretty unlikely” to take Clinton cabinet post, as fracking protesters shout him down in Philadelphia
The Denver Post


Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is putting cold water on the idea that he would join Hillary Clinton’s administration if she wins in November. On the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hickenlooper said Wednesday that “it’s pretty unlikely I would take a cabinet position to be very blunt.” The governor is considered a top prospect for a number of posts, particularly as secretary of Interior or Commerce, if the Democratic presidential nominee defeats Republican Donald Trump. And his comments at an energy policy hosted by Politico appears to contradict the prevailing wisdom that he is interested in serving if asked.  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Republicans push back on Interior methane leak plan
The Hill
Devin Henryy

House Republicans want the Interior Department to drop plans to regulate methane emissions on federal lands. In a Wednesday letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Republicans said the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lacks the power to regulate emissions from oil and gas drilling wells, and that it should instead work to more quickly approve transmission lines to get natural gas on the market.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
State will not appeal decision on fracking water disposal well
Lincoln Journal Star
Nicholas Bergin

The Nebraska Attorney General’s office on Tuesday announced it will not appeal a court decision rejecting a Colorado company’s plan to inject salty groundwater and fracking wastewater deep beneath Sioux County.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Coalition Seeks Greater Public Access to Information About Chemicals Used in Fracking
Enews Park Forest


Billings, Mont. —(ENEWSPF)–July 26, 2016. Today a coalition of conservation groups, landowners, and public health advocates petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to provide broader public disclosure of information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Fracking Operations Leave Many Pennsylvania Residents Worried About Water Quality
WBUR


A draft report last year from the Environmental Protection Agency said the drinking water contamination related to hydraulic fracturing was not widespread or systemic. But, Pennsylvania residents who live near drilling operations have filed thousands of complaints, and sometimes waited for years for answers about the quality of their water.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
A new study explores the connection between fracking and asthma attacks
North Jersey
The Record

Fracking, a new study says, may endanger respiratory health. Researchers who looked at natural gas wells in Pennsylvania found that residents living close to these sites suffered from a higher number of asthma attacks.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Nebraska won’t appeal decision on fracking water disposal
Washington Times
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The state of Nebraska won’t appeal a judge’s decision to bar a Colorado company from using a Nebraska Panhandle well to dispose of salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater that result from oil and gas operations.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Sanders doesn’t mention fracking
Bloomberg Government
Mark Drajem

It seems like just yesterday that Bernie Sanders was blasting Hillary Clinton for taking campaign cash “from those who would profit off the destruction of the planet.” We saw a different Sanders take the stage last night: one who didn’t dare utter the word “fracking.” In endorsing Clinton for president at the Democratic National Convention, the senator from Vermont didn’t exactly walk back his attacks on her — he avoided the topic altogether.  [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Advocates seek more disclosure on fracking chemicals
Washington Times
Mathew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Landowners, environmentalists and health advocates petitioned Montana regulators on Tuesday to require companies to more fully divulge which fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Fossil Fuel Industry Continues Wrath on Renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann
EcoWatch
Sierra Rayne

Despite—actually, because of—the innumerable peer-reviewed studies and national academies that have affirmed his work, Prof. Michael Mann from Penn State University continues to be on the receiving end of the fossil fuel industry's wrath.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Thousands of pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit streets
WDTN
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia’s sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
NT election: Fracking debate heats up as campaigners launch television advertisements
ABC News
Elliana Lawford

Pro- and anti-fracking groups have rolled out new television commercials to try and sway voters ahead of the Northern Territory election.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Anti-Fracking Protesters Swarm Hillary’s Convention
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Thousands of activists took to the streets in Philadelphia the day before the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to protest the failure of the Democratic Party platform to call for banning hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Protests energize Philadelphia before DNC, Lancaster group marches against pipeline
Lancaster Online
Sam Janesch

PHILADELPHIA - Anchoring a group of people carrying a 50-foot quilt down Market Street in sweltering heat, Lancaster County’s Tim Spiese said now is the time to pressure state officials to ban fracking and natural gas pipelines.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Convention shows Democrats support fracking, activists on the fringe
The Hill
Katie Brown

In a recent op-ed in The Hill, Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch claimed that “fracking has emerged as a key issue in 2016” but certainly not in the way she and the anti-fracking movement intended.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Regulators propose higher levels of toxic chemicals in Florida's water
Tampa Bay Times
Mary Ellen Kias

TALLAHASSEE — A state panel will decide today whether to allow polluters to increase the level of toxic chemicals they dump into Florida rivers and lakes as part of the first update of the state's water quality standards in 24 years.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
The Fight Over Fracking Heats Up As the Democratic National Convention gets under way in Philadelphia, activists across the country are pushing for bans on oil and gas extraction.
Take Part
David Kirby

“Frack no!” That provocative refrain ricocheted through the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention as thousands of clean-energy activists vented their fury at the party’s refusal to include a hydraulic fracturing ban in its platform.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Under May’s New Government, a U.K. Gas Fracking Push Is Probable
Bloomberg
Kelly Gilblom

As Theresa May’s new government prepares to take the U.K. out of the European Union, it’s likely to promote one technology shunned by most nations on the mainland -- fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
"We Want to Stop Fracking Now": Up to 10,000 Rally on Eve of DNC to Demand Climate Justice
Democracy Now


Democracy Now! hit the streets Sunday to speak to some of the thousands of protesters who marched through the streets of Philadelphia to demand a ban on fracking and a transition to clean energy. Despite a scorching heat wave, up to 10,000 people took to the streets for hours. This comes as climate change-fueled extreme weather continues across the world. In California, a wildfire north of Los Angeles doubled in size Sunday, just one day after a burned body was discovered outside a home in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Here Is A Fracking Overview Of The Natural Gas Market
Investing.com
Ava Trade

Until this past spring, what was the worst performing commodity over the last 10 years? Crude? Platinum? Pork bellies? Not even close. Natural gas. This was supposed to be the commodity of the century. In our era of green consciousness, natural gas was a sure bet. But a funny thing happened on the way to the pay-off window: supply.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
10,000 March in Philly Calling for a Clean Energy Revolution 'Wake up, humanity! Time is running out!'
EcoWath
Sandra Steingraber

At high Noon Sunday, with temperatures heading toward 95 degrees, I'm confident I was not the only one preparing to march through the streets of downtown Philadelphia who recalled that old elementary-school story about the wig-wearing drafters of the Declaration of Independence huddled inside of Independence Hall on a sweltering July day.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Al Gore’s daughter due in court after June pipeline protest
Washington Post
Associated press

BOSTON — Former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter and other activists are due in court after being arrested during a natural gas pipeline protest in Boston. Karenna Gore, activist Tim DeChristopher and four others are expected to appear Friday in Boston Municipal Court after pleading not guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespassing, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace following the June 29 protest.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Before DNC: Thousands defy heat to demonstrate for Bernie, against fracking
Philly.com
Tricia Nadolny, Steve Bohnel, Erin Serpico and Vibha Kannan,

An environmental advocate dressed in a furry, head-to-clawed-paw polar bear suit defied Philadelphia's staggering heat wave on Sunday and prepared to join thousands of more comfortably dressed protesters at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Newfielders Ask for Fracking Ban
Ithaca.com
Jaime Cone

About 1,200 Newfield residents have signed a petition asking the Newfield Town Board to enact a local ban on shale gas extraction, according to Marie Terlizzi, outreach coordinator for People Advocating for the Use of Sustainable Energy (PAUSE). At a meeting for the town board July 14, Terlizzi addressed the board, saying that it was time for the town to take action.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Fracked! review – Alistair Beaton’s nimble eco-comedy hits home, up to a point
The Guardian
Susannah Clapp

utside the Minerva, a woman from the Chichester and Bognor Green party hands out leaflets about fracking. Inside, Alistair Beaton’s new play, Fracked!, gives an efficient, adversarial account of what happens when gas and oil are mechanically extracted from shale. It also speaks up for direct action. Chichester, which used to be considered a byword for theatrical staidness, is being stirred.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
On Fracking Ban Chief of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation and members of a Mahwah environmental organization will be among those marching.
Mahwah Patch
Daniel Hubbard

Hundreds of people demand politicians and national leaders be more aggressive at banning fracking and increasing the country's dependence on renewable energy at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Sunday.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Judge decides against Munroe Falls in drilling case
Stow Sentry
Jeff Saunders

Munroe Falls -- The city has suffered a setback in its battle over local control of oil and natural gas drilling within its boundaries. In a July 14 decision on a request for declaratory judgement the city filed in May, Summit County Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher said state law granting the authority for drilling to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources takes precedence over a city ordinance requiring that Beck Energy apply for a zoning certificate.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Committee plans to protest elections board’s rejection of anti-fracking charter
Athens News
David DeWitt

A group that submitted petitions to place a proposed charter government for Athens County on the November ballot is expected to file a protest Monday morning in reaction to the Athens County Board of Elections earlier this month voting unanimously to reject the proposal for the ballot.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Clean energy advocates urge DNC to ban fracking, promote renewable fuels
State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle & Susan Phillips

Thousands of campaigners for clean energy marched through the center of Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention on Sunday, urging the party to adopt policies that would ban fracking and promote the use of renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Over 10,000 March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables 900+ Groups From 50 States Back March for a Clean Energy Revolution, Convened by Americans Against Fracking
Common Dreams
Food & Water Watch

Philadelphia - Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals held a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by over ten thousand concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, which called for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march was endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every state.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Thousands of pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit Philadelphia streets ahead of DNC
Chicago Tribune


Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Activists From Bergen, Passaic Join Climate March
Paramus Daily Voice
Lorraine Ash

PARAMUS, N.J. — Carrying signs and chanting, some two dozen anti-fracking activists left Paramus Sunday morning to join 10,000 others at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution in Philadelphia .   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Thousands of Pro-Sanders, Anti-Fracking Marchers Hit Streets
ABC News
Geoff Mulvihill & Megan Trimble

Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2016
Did Industry Ties Lead Democratic Party Platform Committee to Nix Fracking Ban?
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) — the controversial horizontal drilling technique used to extract oil and gas in shale basins around the U.S. and the world — has sat at the center of the debate over the Democratic Party's draft platform set for a vote at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) convention in Philadelphia July 25-28. That platform was drafted and debated by a 15-member committee, with four members chosen by DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, five by Bernie Sanders and six by presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. After a fracking moratorium clause failed in a 7-6 vote at the DNC Platform Committee meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri from June 24-25, an amendment calling for President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan not to incentivize fracked gas power plants also did not pass at the July 8-9 DNC Platform Committee meeting held in Orlando, Florida.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2016
Thousands Will March in Philly to Demand Fracking Ban on Eve of Democratic National Convention (VIDEO)
AlterNet
Reynard Loki

On Sunday, one day before the Democratic National Convention commences its four-day event at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, thousands of activists will march across the city to demand a ban on fracking, an unconventional drilling method to access natural gas trapped in underground shale deposits. Fracking has been under fire by environmentalists and public health advocates for causing a host of serious problems, from increased infant mortality and low birth weight babies to the release of cancer-causing radioactive gas, contamination of drinking water and earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2016
19 Proposed Fracking Pipelines Would Push Us Past Point of No Return, Report Finds
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

The U.S. will burst through its emission-reduction target under the Paris climate agreement if the 19 natural gas pipelines proposed in the Appalachian Basin come to fruition, according to a new study.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2016
A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine U.S. Climate Goals
Oil Change International


A new report out from Oil Change International, in partnership with 11 other local, regional, and national organizations, shows that current projections for U.S. natural gas production – fueled by a boom in the Appalachian Basin – will lock in enough carbon to bust through agreed climate goals. The report, entitled, “A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine U.S. Climate Goals,” takes an extensive look at the climate implications of proposed natural gas infrastructure in the Appalachian Basin. The report highlights three key facts: There are 19 key new proposed natural gas pipelines in the Appalachian basin. All of them are incompatible with the Paris target and existing US climate goals; Stopping this new supply infrastructure is critical to the keep it in the ground movement’s goals of stopping infrastructure that creates carbon lock-in; and All new energy projects must pass a climate test to prove their viability in a climate safe world. These new gas pipelines fail that test.   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2016
New gas pipelines would make U.S. miss climate target: report
Reuters


The United States will miss its emission-reduction targets under the Paris climate agreement if 19 pending natural gas pipelines are built across eastern states, a report published on Friday by environmental groups said. Oil Change International and 11 other organizations found that 19 proposed pipelines due to move natural gas from the shale fields of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to states from Louisiana to New York would unlock at least 15.2 billion cubic feet per day of new natural gas production.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Drill that! Trump rumored to put fracking billionaire in charge of energy sector
RT News


If Donald Trump becomes president, America may get a ‘fracker-in-chief’ as its energy minister. Harold Hamm, an Oklahoma oil man and Republican donor, has been advising the Republican candidate on energy. Reuters reported Wednesday that sources close to the Trump campaign have indicated that the candidate is considering Hamm for the position of energy secretary in his prospective cabinet, citing four anonymous sources.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Thousands to March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables
Common Dreams


WASHINGTON - Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals will hold a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by thousands of concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, the massive march will call for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march has been endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every state. At the 11:30 am press conference at City Hall, advocacy leaders and individuals harmed by fracking will call on the nation’s current and future leaders to ban fracking now, keep fossil fuels in the ground, stop dirty energy, transition to 100% renewable energy, and ensure environmental justice for all.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Thousands to March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables
Common Dreams
Food & Water Watch

WASHINGTON - Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals will hold a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by thousands of concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, the massive march will call for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march has been endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every state.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Alameda County bans fracking
People's World
Juan Lopez

OAKLAND, Calif.- "We're ecstatic. It's historic!" an exuberant Ella Teevan told the People's World Tuesday evening after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to ban fracking for oil and natural gas in the county.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
San Francisco Area Bans Fracking, Even Though It Doesn’t Actually Frack
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Alameda County California, near San Francisco, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, even though the area doesn’t actually frack. Alameda County has only one active oil field, and no one fracks there to extract oil. Five different California counties also banned fracking, but none of them produce much oil.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Report rules out fracking say protesters
Fleetwood Weekly News


Opponents of fracking say an updated medical report into the controversial process shows that it should not be allowed to go ahead on the Fylde. Residents and groups opposing plans to frack at two sites on the Fylde say the report by Medact links hydraulic fracturing to health problems with people living near gas sites.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Bury Council bans fracking on its land
Prestwich & Whitefield Guide
Sarah Yates

Fracking has been banned on all Bury Council land.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
To frack or not to frack: The Piceance Basin
KJCT8
Matt Vandervear

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KJCT) -- In the rock formations of the Piceance Basin, nestled in between Grand Junction, Gunnison and Glenwood Springs, is a hidden deposit of natural gas and shale oil. 66 trillion cubic feet to be exact, according to estimates by the U.S. Geological Survey—making it the second largest source of natural gas in the country.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Foolishness over fossil fuels U.S. energy policy continues to rest on the fantasies of dreamers
Washington Times
Analysis/Opinion

The masterminds who put their heads together to “improve” the planet sometimes only bump those heads together. Environmentalists have confidently — and arrogantly — declared that their “green” policies are based on “settled science,” but evidence continues to trickle in to dispute that. On paper, saving the world is as elementary as ridding it of fossil fuels. Experience, however, teaches that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Your Chances Of Asthma Attacks Are Higher If You Live Near A Fracking Site
Think Progress
Sydney Pereira

Asthma attacks happen more often for people living near fracking sites. That is what a study released Monday found among Pennsylvania’s natural gas developments in the Marcellus Shale region.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Cornell researchers conduct earthquake simulation, test new pipeline technology
WHCU Radio


ITHACA — Cornell researchers conducted a test Wednesday morning of technology designed to withstand the force of California’s most severe earthquakes. A new earthquake-resilient pipeline was tested during an earthquake simulation that was carried out as the pipeline was buried under soil contained inside Thurston Hall on the Cornell campus.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Natural gas is not the answer
Ithaca Journal
Robert Howarth

Anyone serious about taking action to prevent a climate crisis understands that we need a true clean energy revolution in this country. Unfortunately, one thing that’s often touted as part of the climate solution — burning natural gas — is actually a growing part of the problem.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
A New Study Adds Fuel to Calls for a Fracking Ban On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, researchers found that people living near fracking activity face a “significantly higher” risk of asthma attacks.
The Nation
Zoe Carpenter

Pennsylvania will receive another dubious benefaction next week, when Philadelphia hosts the Democratic National Convention. Considering the party’s division over fracking and the shale gas revolution it enabled, it’s a provocative setting. The Obama administration, along with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and other prominent Democrats, have promoted natural gas as beneficial for both the climate and the economy. But communities situated near heavy fracking activity have long reported adverse environmental and health impacts. And new research on the scale of leaks of methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide, in terms of its ability to trap heat in the atmosphere—from natural gas wells and pipelines has intensified calls from climate activists to end the practice. The  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Bay Area county bans nonexistent fracking
SF Gate
David R Baker

For the first time, a Bay Area county has banned hydraulic fracturing. Even though no one fracks there. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the controversial oil and gas extraction technique, which has touched off fierce political fights across the state and country.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Trump Eyes Fracking Mogul Harold Hamm As Energy Secretary: Report Hamm would add to Trump’s roster of fossil fuel advocates.
Huffington Post
Michelle Conlin

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering nominating Oklahoma oil and gas mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary if elected to the White House on Nov. 8, according to four sources close to Trump’s campaign.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Anti-Fracking Councilman Finds it Harder to Divest From Fracking Than He Thought
Observer
Jillian Jorgensen

It turns out that divesting from companies involved in fracking hasn’t been as easy as Councilman Stephen Levin expected. Two years after the Observer reported that Levin’s Conflict of Interest Board filings showed he had earned royalties from two energy companies invested in fracking—leading the anti-fracking pol to say he’d look into divesting from the old family investment—filings released this year showed he’s still receiving the cash.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Way back when, Big Oil taught tobacco companies a few tricks
Grist
Katie Herzog

For a long time, we’ve thought that Big Oil used a playbook first developed by tobacco companies to hide the dangers of its product, but newly unearthed documents suggest the reverse: It was Big Oil that taught Big Tobacco. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) analyzed industry documents dating back to the 1950s. CIEL found that when tobacco sought to confuse the public over smoking, it turned a strategy already in use by oil companies, one that sowed doubt on lead, smog, and climate research. Both industries employed PR firm Hill & Knowlton Inc., for public outreach — the very PR firm that helped tobacco executives hatch a plan to hide the mounting evidence linking smoking with cancer.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Alameda Becomes 5th County in California to Ban Fracking
EcoWatch
Katie Pohlman

Five counties in California have now banned fracking. Alameda County is the latest to join the list after county leaders voted unanimously in favor of banning fracking Tuesday evening.  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2016
Former Inspectors Describe Dangerous Flaws in Construction of Major East Coast Gas Pipeline
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

In April, a massive explosion ripped through rural Salem Township, Pennsylvania when natural gas from a pipeline buried in a field suddenly ignited. The Salem Township explosion offers a glimpse at how dangerous a natural gas pipeline accident can be — the blast when the 30-inch pipeline ignited blew a 12-foot deep hole in the ground and scorched 40 acres, sending one man to the hospital with burns on 75 percent of his body. “It looked like you were looking down into hell,” a local fire chief, Bob Rosatti, told ABC News. “As far across my windshield as I could see was just a massive fireball.”  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2016
Federal Agents Went Undercover To Spy on Anti-Fracking Movement, Emails Reveal
The Intercept
Lee Fang and Steve Horn

WHEN MORE THAN 300 protesters assembled in May at the Holiday Inn in Lakewood, Colorado — the venue chosen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for an auction of oil and gas leases on public lands — several of the demonstrators were in fact undercover agents sent by law enforcement to keep tabs on the demonstration, according to emails obtained by The Intercept. The “Keep it in the Ground” movement, a broad effort to block the development of drilling projects, has rapidly gained traction over the last year, raising pressure on the Obama administration to curtail hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and coal mining on federal public lands. In response, government agencies and industry groups have sharply criticized the activists in public, while quietly moving to track their activities.  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2016
Dem Party Platform Exposes Two Big Areas Where Hillary Clinton Needs to Get a Lot More Progressive
AlterNet
Alison Rose Levy

Donning a baseball cap doesn’t make millionaire Donald Trump a man of the people. Nor did playing the saxophone make Bill Clinton the "first black president.” His rooty-tooting effectively obscured his actual record, stripping the social safety net and incarcerating record numbers of blacks in private prisons, setting up what Michelle Alexander calls the New Jim Crow and what Angela Davis calls the prison-industrial complex, a prime contributor to the recent violence against black people. Whether it’s former President Bush wearing a hard hat for a photo op with 9/11 emergency workers (and then allowing his party to cut their health coverage for illnesses developed from toxic exposures) or Hillary Clinton’s contradictory stance on the TPP, Americans can no longer blithely ignore the cognitive dissonance demanded of them by public officials and candidates who say one thing and do another.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says
The Denver Post
Associated Press

CHICAGO — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living far away.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Anti-fracking group coming to town Pro-fracking camp says technique not likely in Johnstown, but discussion, debate are good
This Week
Marla K. Kuhlman

Johnstown residents will have an opportunity July 18 to learn their rights in regard to fracking. Members of an anti-fracking group called Ohio Community Rights Network will present a fracking presentation and discuss how Johnstown residents could ensure local control over shale-gas drilling and fracking waste water during a meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Council chambers, 599 S. Main St.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
New Study Says Fracking Could Worsen Asthma For Nearby Residents
Manufacturing.net
Lindsey Tanner

Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Compressor Stations Open New Front In Fracking Debate
Allegheny Front
Joanna Richards

Back in February, 300 people crowded into a school gym in Medina County, Ohio, to lob questions, concerns—and some unvarnished anger—at state environmental regulators. At issue was the siting of a new natural gas compressor station along the planned NEXUS pipeline—a 250-mile transmission line being built to carry gas from Ohio to Chicago, southeast Michigan and Ontario.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Indigenous Leaders Caravan Across the Country to Call for an End to Fracking
ColorLines


The group is leaving from Flagstaff, Arizona, today and will end up in Philadelphia on July 24 for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution, which dovetails with the Democratic National Convention. Today (July 18), more than 20 indigenous people are beginning the Protect Our Public Lands Tour, an almost two-week cross-country trip where storytellers and elders will visit environmentally vulnerable communities to document their stories and promote a “just and renewable energy future.”   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Faso was paid for his work on pipeline project
Politifact
Dan Clark

Zephyr Teachout came out swinging against Republican John Faso after winning the 19th Congressional District’s Democratic primary. During a speech to supporters in Kingston on primary night, Teachout focused on Faso’s role in a controversial natural gas pipeline project.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Groups call for stronger oil well site emissions regulations
KOCO
Crystal Price

OKLAHOMA CITY —Some environmental groups are asking for stronger regulations to be placed on the emission of gases at oil well sites. The group Stop Fracking Payne County recently reached out to the organization Earthworks to help it capture infrared video of gases released from different wells across the state.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Increased Asthma Attacks Tied to Exposure to Natural Gas Production
Inside Climate News
Lisa Song

New study in the heart of Pennsylvania's fracking region shows increase in severity of asthma among residents exposed to most active wells. Exposure to more intense shale gas development correlates with a higher risk of asthma attacks among asthma patients, according to a new study of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, one of the nation's largest and most active fracking regions.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Players stake out sides in Winona frac sand debate
Post Bulletin
Brian Todd

SARATOGA TOWNSHIP — If you've got something to say on the proposed ban on silica sand mining in Winona County, you have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 to express yourself. The Winona County Planning Commission has given the public 60 days to share comment on a proposed silica sand mining amendment to the Winona County zoning ordinance. The findings and recommendation of the commission will then be reported back to the Board of Commissioners before Aug. 15.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Fracking lawsuit costs Painted Post $45k The village's share of litigation costs associated with its bulk water sales lawsuit was authorized for payment at its latest board meeting.
The Leader
Stephen Borgna

PAINTED POST | The village’s share of litigation costs associated with its bulk water sales lawsuit was authorized for payment at its latest board meeting. Painted Post and Shell Subsidiary SWEPI LP’s legal defense against environmental groups that sued to stop municipal water sales for Pennsylvania fracking will cost the village $45,734.70.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Anti-fracking group leaning toward appeal of local Board of Elections rejection of petitions
Athens News
David DeWitt

A group that submitted petitions to place a proposed charter government for Athens County on the November ballot was still weighing its options Sunday after the Athens County Board of Elections voted unanimously to reject the proposal for the ballot earlier this month.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Energy firms gone, but their impact lingers
Arkansas Online
Jessica Seaman

As large equipment sits idle in cow pastures of the Fayetteville Shale in north-central Arkansas, some locals worry that years of natural-gas drilling there will have lasting consequences for the land and environment.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Fayetteville Shale boom gone bust; glory days’ jobs, cash now history
Arkansas Times
Jessica Seaman

He drives his red pickup off the paved road and onto a dirt path before coming to a stop at a lake. The heat index has already climbed above 100 degrees on this June afternoon, making it almost unbearable to leave the air conditioning. So Verlon Abram, 65, stays in the truck and points to the 22-acre lake that looks like it has always been there but was built only a few years ago. The lake is part of Abram's desire to make a living from the land of his family's farm in the Wilburn community in Cleburne County. He moved back to the farm after he retired from the Army in 2006.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Fracking lawsuit costs Painted Post $45k
The Leader
Stephen Borgna

The village's share of litigation costs associated with its bulk water sales lawsuit was authorized for payment at its latest board meeting.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2016
Fracking Fight Continues in Colorado
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

In the escalating ballot battle between the drilling industry and Colorado communities, new records show that energy companies are spending millions of dollars to stop anti- fracking measures in the state. Environmental groups are currently gathering signatures on two statewide measures, 75 and 78, to appear on Colorado's November ballot. The first initiative would amend the state constitution to enable local governments the option to enact regulations more protective of health and safety than those required by the state, largely addressing the Colorado Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down fracking bans approved by voters in the cities of Fort Collins and Longmont. The other initiative would create 2,500-foot buffer zones between homes, schools and sensitive areas like playgrounds and water sources, and all new oil and gas development.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2016
Protect Our Public Lands: Indigenous Witnesses Take Fracking and Climate Concerns on the Road
Indian Country Today


Indigenous Peoples on the front lines of climate change and development battles will be taking their testimony on the road starting on July 18, stopping at various points around Turtle Island.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Scientists study link between U.S. oil drilling and rise in earthquakes
PBS Newshour
Jen Fifield

Stopping an earthquake before it starts? It sounds like a feat possible only for a superhero. But in Kansas and Oklahoma state policymakers are showing that insofar as humans are causing earthquakes, they can stop them, too.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Pacific ??islands nations consider world's first treaty to ban fossil fuels Treaty under consideration by 14 countries would ban new coalmines and embraces 1.5C target set at Paris climate talks
The Guardian
Michael Slezak

The world’s first international treaty that bans or phases out fossil fuels is being considered by leaders of developing Pacific islands nations after a summit in the Solomon Islands this week. The leaders of 14 countries agreed to consider a proposed Pacific climate treaty, which would bind signatories to targets for renewable energy and ban new or the expansion of coalmines, at the annual leaders’ summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
See where fracking is happening off Louisiana's coast
Times-Picayune
Jennifer Larino

Hundreds of fracking operations approved off the Louisiana coast are threatening key habitat for ocean wildlife and contributing to billions of gallons of wastewater dumped into the Gulf of Mexico each year, according to a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
The Feds Approved A Lot of Fracking in the Gulf After BP Oil Spill
San Antonio Current
Mark Reagan

As oil gushed from the sea floor for 87 days in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 after an explosion and fire on a BP-operated rig, the federal government quietly began allowing oil companies to frack in Gulf waters. In the three following years, federal officials would approve more than 1,200 offshore fracks at 630 wells off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Pompton Lakes group to march against fracking
NorthJersey.com


Members of the Franciscan Response to Fracking Ministry of St. Mary’s Parish will take part in the National March for Clean Energy in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 24, the day before the Democratic National Convention opens in that city.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Fracking Opponents in Massachusetts Plan March
Public News Service


BOSTON – Opponents of building new fracking gas pipelines in Massachusetts plan to march more than 40 miles today to call attention to their cause.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Fracking ban resolution will appear on November ballot
King city Rustler
Peter Garin

SALINAS — The Monterey County Board of Supervisors met to consider adopting a resolution to call for the election on the citizen's initiative "Prohibit Fracking and Oil and Natural Gas Well Stimulation Treatments, Prohibit Oil and Natural Gas Wastewater Injection and Impoundment, and Limit New Oil and Natural Gas Operations in Unincorporated Monterey County."  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Obama Rebuked By One of His Own Left-leaning judge blocks executive unilateralism.
Weekly Standard
Terry Eastland

Last month a federal district judge in Wyoming invalidated an Interior Department rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking," in commin parlance) on public lands. The decision dealt a blow to the Obama administration's environmental agenda, and news coverage focused on that. But the decision was also notable for how the judge in the case, Stephen Skavdahl, saw the law—especially since he is an Obama appointee. While you might think that an Obama judge would do the president's bidding, or at least "defer" to the administration's judgment, that did not happen in Wyoming v. U.S. Department of Interior.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Your Call: The battle for the future of energy and the environment
KALQ
Malihe Razazan

On the July 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of the new book Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment. Hauter investigates how the fracking industry began. She argues that Clinton era deregulation policies, Wall Street, and the oil and gas industry, have worked hand in hand to promote fracking. What do you want to know about fracking? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Can States Stop Man-Made Earthquakes? In the Central U.S., where an increase in earthquakes has communities rattled, states are taking steps to understand what’s causing the tremors and put a stop to them.
GovTech
Jen Fifield

Stopping an earthquake before it starts? It sounds like a feat possible only for a superhero. But in Kansas and Oklahoma, state policymakers are showing that insofar as humans are causing earthquakes, they can stop them, too. After restricting oil and natural gas operations in certain hotspots, Oklahoma is feeling an average of about two earthquakes a day, down from about six last summer, and Kansas is feeling about a quarter of the tremors it once did.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
“Fracking is crappy”
Boulder Weekly


The day, or more precisely days, are upon us. The days of political conventions affirming the candidacy of perhaps two of the most disliked presidential candidates in all of history. While the Republic National Convention (RNC) kicks off in Ohio next week, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) follows later this month in Philadelphia. And the City of Brotherly Love is already prepping the scene with 57 painted donkeys around town to make the Dems feel welcome. But it looks like the city isn’t the only group using creativity to usher in Hillz and her posse.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Energy companies spend big to fight Colorado ballot initiatives
Reuters
Liz Hampton

Energy companies in Colorado are spending millions of dollars to derail a push by environmentalists to put measures on November's ballot that would stifle oil and gas drilling in the state, according to a Reuters review of campaign finance records.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Map Exposes Air Pollution Threat
Ponca City News


In partnership with Bold Oklahoma and Stop Fracking Payne County, Earthworks on Tuesday released new infrared videos of oil and gas air pollution in Oklahoma. The infrared videos —which make visible normally invisible air pollution — along with video testimonials from impacted community members are part of a national interactive map created by Earthworks, Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance, OilAndGasThreatMap.com.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
NETHERLANDS BANS WADDEN DRILLING
Natural Gas Europe


The lower house of the Dutch parliament has passed a banning gas exploration and production on the Wadden Island and in the part of the Wadden Sea defined as a wetlands nature reserve. In the nearby part of the North Sea, those activities remain possible, albeit under stringent conditions.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
NETHERLANDS BANS WADDEN DRILLING
Natural Gas Europe


The lower house of the Dutch parliament has passed a banning gas exploration and production on the Wadden Island and in the part of the Wadden Sea defined as a wetlands nature reserve. In the nearby part of the North Sea, those activities remain possible, albeit under stringent conditions.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Report: Gas impact fee revenue will keep declining
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Pennsylvania will continue to see less money from natural gas drilling, according to a new analysis from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. This year the drilling impact fees brought in $187.7 million– the lowest amount ever. The IFO projects revenue will continue to decline next year, potentially setting a new record low.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2016
Colorado residents question plans for drilling near school
Washington Times
Associated Press

PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) - Some Western Colorado residents are concerned about a company’s plans to drill for natural gas near a high school. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/29Qa2Cz) that Ursa Resources has proposed drilling near Grand Valley High School in Parachute.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2016
Pro-bypass, anti-fracking among Woodford draft planning goals
Lexington Herald Leader
Greg Kocher

A car traveled Wednesday along U.S. 62 between Midway and Versailles. Draft goals and objectives say local planners should promote and encourage a proposed bypass around the west side of Versailles, but some Midway residents say that would funnel big trucks onto U.S. 62 and into their city. Greg Kocher gkocher1@herald-leader.com   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2016
Massive Fracking Explosion in New Mexico, 36 Oil Tanks Catch Fire
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

This week—as thousands of Americans urge awareness to the destruction caused by oil bomb trains—an oil field in San Juan County, New Mexico erupted in flames Monday night, highlighting the continued and increasing dangers of the fossil fuel industry.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2016
19 Senators Expose 'Web of Denial' Blocking Action on Climate Change
EcoWatch
DeSmogBlog

Championed by Senators Whitehouse, Markey, Schatz, Boxer, Merkley, Warren, Sanders and Franken, the resolution condemns what they are calling the #WebOfDenial—"interconnected groups—funded by the Koch brothers, major fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, identity-scrubbing groups like Donors Trust and Donors Capital and their allies—developed and executed a massive campaign to deceive the public about climate change to halt climate action and protect their bottom lines."   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2016
Company Plans Rail Terminal to Ship Fracking Sand
IEN
Associated Press

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A mining company plans to construct a $10 million railroad loading terminal near Tomah to ship fracking sand to new markets. Texas-based Smart Sand Inc.'s plans call for nearly 7 miles of looped track that could accommodate four trains longer than 1.5 miles, the La Crosse Tribune reports. The facility would handle sand from the company's 1,118-acre mine in nearby Oakdale. The mine sits along Canadian Pacific tracks, which provide a connection to North Dakota oil wells. The company says the new terminal would open up access to Union Pacific lines, creating a connection to customers in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Salmon population at risk if Anticosti exploration continues, conservation group Early steps of oil and gas exploration involve extracting 30 million litres of water from salmon-filled lakes
CBC News
Kate McKenna

The Quebec Federation for Atlantic Salmon is calling on the provincial government to stop a plan that would see 30 million litres of water pumped from rivers, including two that contain salmon, on Anticosti Island. Energy company Petrolia got the go-ahead from the provincial government to pump the water as part of its exploratory oil and gas drilling project, provided it meets environmental standards.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Hundreds of Offshore Fracking Wells Dump Billions of Gallons of Oil Waste Into Gulf
EcoWatch
Andy Rowell

As the U.S. shale industry comes under increasing scrutiny for its environmental and health impact, it has emerged that the U.S. has approved fracking offshore leading to billions of gallons of wastewater to be dumped at sea. The Center for Biological Diversity has released federal documents that reveal that officials approved more than 1,200 offshore fracks in 630 different wells in the four years from 2010 to 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Colorado Fracking Study Blames Faulty Wells for Water Contamination
Inside Climate News
Neela Banerjee

Faulty construction, rather than the fracking process, is found to have caused the methane leaks in one Colorado area.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
LAW: In fracking turf war, Utes 'don't pick fights to lose'
E & E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer

One of the biggest threats to the Utes' oil-driven economy, he said, is the Obama administration's embattled hydraulic fracturing rule. The fracking rule -- which was struck down by a federal court last month but is headed toward appeal -- aims to beef up environmental standards for fracked oil and gas wells.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Labor push for South West fracking ban labelled 'pre-emptive, hypocritical'
ABC News
Roxanne Taylor

Senior West Australian Government ministers have described a push by Labor to ban fracking in the South West as pre-emptive, hypocritical and surprising. On Sunday, Labor MPs Mick Murray and Sally Talbot called for fracking to be banned in the South West, after a push from community members.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Hillary Clinton could run on strongest climate change platform ever The Democrats’ draft platform won’t be ratified until the convention, but climate activists are already hailing it as a ‘monumental victory’
The Guardian
Suzanne Goldenberg & Oliver Milman

Hillary Clinton could campaign much more aggressively against climate change than any US presidential candidate before her, under a draft platform adopted by Democratic party leaders. The leaders committed the presumptive Democratic nominee to a carbon tax, a climate test for future pipelines and tighter rules on fracking – all stronger positions than those held by Clinton herself at the start of the race.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Study: Drilling in Carroll County raises cancer risk Environmental groups say Carroll cancer risk has increased with drilling, but county's total risk is still less than the risk in downtown Canton.
IndeOnline
Shane Hoover

Oil and natural gas drilling has put Carroll County residents at greater risk of developing cancer, according to a recent air-quality analysis by environmental groups. But the county health commissioner said that’s not the full picture on air pollution in the county, and more study is needed to determine why Carroll has higher rates of certain cancers.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
What’s in the Cards for US Natural Gas Prices in August?
Market Realist
Gordon Kristopher

US natural gas inventories are 23.2% higher than their five-year average. High natural gas inventories could limit the upside potential for US natural gas prices.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Future of Natural Gas Hinges on Stanching Methane Leaks
New York times
Clifford Krauss

DAMASCUS, Ark. — In the energy business, natural gas is supposed to be one of the good guys — the cleaner-burning fossil fuel that can help wean the world from dirty coal during the transition to a low-carbon future. But when natural gas escapes unburned, as it often does during production and distribution, it is a big troublemaker. Its essential component, methane, is particularly pernicious — a greenhouse gas that is more than 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide over 20 years as it dissipates  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
South West fracking ban on the cards under Labor pledge
Mandurah Mail
Cam Findlay

Labor MPs Mick Murray and Sally Talbot have pledged to a ban on fracking in the state’s South West, pushing for a “frack-free zone” from Mandurah to Albany.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2016
NDP to move ahead with oil and gas incentive programs
Galgary Herald
Chris Varcoe

The provincial government will announce Monday it is revamping drilling incentive programs for the hard-hit oilpatch, as Alberta continues to overhaul its royalty system.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2016
The challenges of one community's effort to prevent gas wells: Charles Belson
Cleveland
Charles Belson Columnist

Should local land conservation tax levy funds be used to purchase properties that have existing gas wells? That is one of the questions Gates Mills residents asked the mayor, the president of the local land conservancy, and others at a June 14 meeting at the mayor's office.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
Authors Retract Study Finding Elevated Pollution Near Ohio Fracking Wells
Inside Climate News


Errors in calculations lead to a reversal of the study's findings that toxic chemical levels exceeded levels the EPA considers safe.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
POLITICS: Dems debate 'fracking ban,' but what does that mean?
E & E Publishings
Mike Soraghan

The writers of the Democratic Party's platform are preparing for another fight about whether to "ban fracking," continuing a debate that stirs passions but offers few specifics.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
Environmentalists Uncover Documents Revealing Feds Quietly Permitted Gulf Fracking
AlterNet
Sabrina Canfield

Federal regulators quietly gave the green light to more than 1,200 oil company fracking operations in the Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2014, according to documents environmentalists obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. At least 630 wells were fracked along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during that four-year period, and more than 76 billion gallons in fracking waste were dumped into the Gulf in 2014 alone, the documents show.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
Former Obama Advisor Now Cashing in on Fracking is Upset by Calls to Ban Fracking
Food & Water Watch


Heather Zichal's defense of fracking makes sense. Beginning with her strong embrace of fracking as President Obama’s top aide on climate and energy issues, she has become a key figure in the fracking world, profiting handsomely as a result.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
A final push on trade, wages, fracking and more from Bernie Sanders
Los Angeles Times
CHRIS MEGERIAN

As Democrats meet in Orlando, Fla., on Friday and Saturday to finalize their platform, Bernie Sanders is trying once again to influence the party’s agenda before his expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton next week. “It’s by far the most progressive platform the Democrats have ever presented," the Vermont senator told CNN this week. "I want to see it more progressive."   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Why One Regulator Is on ‘Wanted’ Posters in Suburban D.C.
Bloomberg
Jonathan Crawford

Tony Clark was wrapping up dinner with his family when the doorbell rang. He didn’t need to answer. He already knew who it was. Anti-fracking activists had followed him home, taping “WANTED” posters with his face plastered on them across his leafy suburban neighborhood outside of Washington. Coming up to his front door was the last straw. He called the police. And as they arrived, Clark’s 9-year-old son asked: “Why are the police here? Is it because you work for the government?"   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
LIfton: Ban more fossil fuel development in NY
Press Connects
Jeff Platsky

Stop further fossil fuel development in New York say 22 state legislators who are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to halt the state's reliance "on highly polluting" energy sources.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Cautious green light for fracking
BBC News
roger Harrabin

The government’s climate change advisors have given a cautious green light to fracking in the UK. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says fracking can go ahead if three key tests are met.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Legal challenge tabled against Yorkshire fracking go-ahead
York Press


The controversial decision to allow fracking in North Yorkshire could be challenged in the High Court.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
US ‘didn’t really study’ impact of toxic chemicals when allowing offshore fracking - activist to RT
RT


US authorities “didn’t even know what they were allowing” when permitting companies to conduct offshore fracking and dump billions of gallons of chemicals into the ocean, a lawyer for an environmental NGO has told RT.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Cutting through the local anti-fracking initiative spin.
Monterey County Weekly
David Schmalz

On Nov. 8, Monterey County voters will vote on a ballot initiative that seeks to ban fracking, wastewater injection and all new oil development in the county. On July 12, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors is expected to receive a report from the county auditor-controller outlining the fiscal impacts of that initiative.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Committee for Climate Change gives a tentative thumbs-up to fracking
Digital Look
Josh White

Fracking was given the cautious go-ahead by the government’s climate change advisors this week, with the Committee on Climate Change setting out three caveats for its approval. The gas extraction method, which uses water pumped at high pressure to release gas access by deep drilling, has been deeply controversial, with environment campaigners saying it does nothing to help the UK meet its climate change goals.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Environmental groups push back against the TPP
Boulder Weekly
Claire Woodcock

The environmental groups, a collective of landowner, indigenous rights and other allied organizations expressed their opposition to TPP by penning a letter to Congress, urging members to vote against the controversial trade agreement.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Latest of Obama’s Safety Rules on Arctic Drilling Are Released
New York Times
Coral Davenport

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced new safety and environmental regulations on Thursday to control offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast. These are the latest in a series of Obama administration rules designed to slow the extraction of fossil fuels from American public lands and waters.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Group intervenes to defend Delaware River Basin drilling moratorium
State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) intervened on July 5 in the suit in which the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is defending its stance to determine whether any shale gas wells can be drilled in the basin, in response to a challenge by a group of Wayne County landowners.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Overnight Energy: Obama rolls out new Arctic drilling rules
The Hill
Timothy Cama and Devin Henry

ARCTIC DRILLERS GET NEW RULES: The Obama administration rolled out a suite of new rules Thursday aimed at improving the safety of offshore oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The contentious regulation from the Interior Department immediately faced derision, both from the industry due to its $2.05 billion cost, and from environmentalists for not completely blocking Arctic drilling.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Transparency would benefit Idaho’s oil and gas industry, and Idahoans
Idaho Statesman
Rocky Barker

It’s been six years since Idaho Gov. Butch Otter revealed on a bus ride during a trade mission to China that commercial amounts of natural gas had been discovered in Idaho. Since then Idahoans have been slowly learning about costs and risks the industry presents. So far the financial benefits have not been what the industry suggested we could expect.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2016
Probe Sought Into Government Suppression of Link Between Water Contamination and Fracking
Between the Lines


For the past decade, Pennsylvania has been “ground zero” for fracking, the industrial fossil fuel extraction process that requires a million gallons of water, sand and hundreds of unknown chemicals for each gas well that is drilled. Families living near such wells have been complaining that fracking has contaminated their drinking water, but in most cases they haven't been able to prove it.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2016
Second Western Maryland town council OKs fracking ban
Bay Journal
Jeff Day

Citing concerns that Maryland’s ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas might be lifted in 2017, the town council of Friendsville, MD, voted 5-1 Tuesday to prohibit fracking within its borders.  [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2016
Florida Supremes Bar Utility from Charging Customers for Natural Gas Production Venture
Heartland
H. Sterling Burnett

In a 6 to 1 decision, the Florida Supreme Court reversed a Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) decision allowing Florida Power & Light (FPL) to charge its ratepayers for an oil and gas exploration and drilling venture in Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2016
Short Answers to Hard Questions About Clean Coal Technology
The New York Times
Ian Urbina

Technology holds the promise of enabling coal power plants, which produce much of the world’s electricity, to run more cleanly, emitting far less of the pollution that causes climate change. But these projects have been difficult to make a reality because they are complicated and expensive. Here is a quick primer.  [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2016
A Model for ‘Clean Coal’ Runs Off the Tracks
The New York Times
Ian Urbina

DE KALB, Miss. — The fortress of steel and concrete towering above the pine forest here is a first-of-its-kind power plant that was supposed to prove that “clean coal” was not an oxymoron — that it was possible to produce electricity from coal in a way that emits far less pollution, and to turn a profit while doing so. The plant was not only a central piece of the Obama administration’s climate plan, it was also supposed to be a model for future power plants to help slow the dangerous effects of global warming. The project was hailed as a way to bring thousands of jobs to Mississippi, the nation’s poorest state, and to extend a lifeline to the dying coal industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2016
Caustic fracking chemical spills in San Antonio train derailment
RT News


A derailed train has spilled approximately 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide in San Antonio, Texas, according to reports. The train was carrying 60,000 gallons of the poisonous, highly-corrosive chemical. A nearby area was temporarily evacuated. Five train cars overturned on Sunday afternoon, according to the San Antonio Express-News, near the intersection of Loop 410 and Interstate 35. As many as 6,000 people were evacuated from Traders Village, a large flea market and carnival area just south of Lackland Air Force Base.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2016
SEC Charges "Frack Master" Chris Faulkner, Shale CEO and Industry Advocate, with $80 Million Fraud
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

At the start of June, Chris Faulkner, Chief Executive Officer of Breitling Energy, was a high-flying shale company executive and media darling, often interviewed on CNN, Fox Business News and even the BBC. During his most recent appearance on CNN on June 2nd, he weighed in on the financial prospects for drillers who survive low oil prices despite the spate of bankruptcies sweeping the shale industry.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2016
Analysis: Gas drilling industry awaits rebound, resists new regulations
Tribune Democrat
John Finnerty

HARRISBURG – The state’s natural gas industry is working at a fraction of its pace from just a few years ago, but the head of a key industry group said no one should count it out, nor should they get any ideas about taxing it or slapping new regulations on it.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2016
Upper Burrell Supervisor Walker OK'd to vote on gas well issues
TribLive
Liz Hayes

Upper Burrell's solicitor says Supervisor Ross Walker III can act on township zoning ordinances that involve gas well drilling.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2016
AREDAY Inspires Participants to Divest From Fossil Fuels
EcoWatch


The American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI) announced milestones of minimizing waste generation and reducing its carbon footprint during its 13th Annual AREDAY summit last week. The gathering also inspired participants to align their financial investments with their values.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2016
Fracking-Affected Families Plead with President Obama: 'We Need Help.'
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

More than 100 families personally affected by the fracking industry have written to President Barack Obama demanding that he meet with them—as he often does with fossil fuel executives—ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month. The letter (pdf), organized by the Pittsburgh-based, all-volunteer group Friends of the Harmed, asks Obama and ranking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials "to meet with our families to hear the personal testimonies—how they have been harmed by the oil and gas industry, and how they have been abandoned by local, state, and federal agencies and officials."  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
US District Court Strikes Down Fracking Regulations on Federal Lands
CNS News
Jeannette Richard

(CNSNews.com) -- The Department of the Interior (DOI) has no authority from Congress to regulate hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on federal and Indian reserve common-use lands, a U.S. District Court in Wyoming ruled last week.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
Nebraska judge overturns fracking water disposal decision
Washington Times
Associated Press

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - A judge has overturned a Nebraska commission’s decision to let a Colorado company use a well in the Nebraska Panhandle to dispose of salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater that result from oil and gas exploration and production.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
New Calls For More Study Of Controversial Kentucky Pipeline Project
WFPL
Erica Peterson

The fiscal court in Boyle County, Kentucky and the Danville City Commission have formally approved resolutions opposing a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that would cross the county. Both bodies are also asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to conduct an environmental impact study before granting approval for the conversion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
Natural gas falls out of favor on Beacon Hill
Commonwealth Magazine
Bruce Mohl

AS THE LEGISLATURE RUSHES to embrace offshore wind and Canadian hydroelectricity, the Senate on Thursday voted 39-0 to cut off the chief means of financing new natural gas pipelines coming into the region. The Senate’s approach has strong support among House members as well. The growing opposition to natural gas would have been unthinkable two years ago, when the push began to bring new pipelines into the region to avoid a replay of the sky-high electricity prices that battered the region following the grueling winter of 2013-14. Officials said the high prices were the result of inadequate pipeline capacity.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
Obama quietly approves hundreds of offshore fracking drills in Gulf of Mexico
RT


The Obama administration has granted hundreds of offshore fracking permits in the Gulf of Mexico, allowing dangerous fracking chemicals to pollute the Gulf, documents reveal.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
The Environmental Impacts of Fracking
Care 2
Kevin Mathews

What’s the deal with fracking? Some people sure seem to get worked up when the subject is brought up, but how bad can it be, really? It turns out really bad, actually, particularly from an environmental standpoint. To understand why fracking is so problematic, it’s first important to understand what fracking is. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, a process that shoots high-pressure liquids far below the earth’s surface in an effort to break up rocks and release natural gas or oil trapped inside.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Petitions submitted for anti-fracking county law
Anthens News
David DeWitt

The Athens County Bill of Rights Committee submitted a proposal to turn Athens County into a charter government to the local Board of Elections Wednesday morning.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Last gambit to stop controversial well in St. Tammany fails at state Supreme Court
The Advocate


The petition to the court was a last-gasp effort, but the parish and the Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany group had little to lose by asking. Within a couple of hours after the court’s decision became known, workers at the drill site near Lakeshore High School began drilling the 12,000-foot-deep vertical well that is phase one of the project. Drilling the well should take about 30 days, officials have said.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Fracked Gas LNG Exports Were Centerpiece In Promotion of Panama Canal Expansion, Documents Reveal
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

After nearly a decade of engineering work on the project, the Panama Canal's expansion opened for business on June 26. At the center of that business, a DeSmog investigation has demonstrated, is a fast-track export lane for gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the United States. The expanded Canal in both depth and width equates to a shortened voyage to Asia and also means the vast majority of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers — 9-percent before versus 88-percent now — can now fit through it.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Sioux County landowners win appeal District court judge rules against Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission in fracking wastewater case
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Maunette Loeks

A Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s decision to grant a Colorado company permission to use an abandoned oil well in Sioux County as a wastewater disposal site has been reversed.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
UNG: Is There Further Upside?
Seeking Alpha


Natural gas prices have surged over the past month, a move that was anticipated. In the last month, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEARCA:UNG) has gained nearly 30%. The question is whether there is further upside in natural gas.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Mayors Urge State Leaders to Put Fracking in Local Control
ColorLines
Yessenia Funes

State legislatures have prevented cities from banning fracking in the past. More than 30 mayors from 14 states have come together to insist that they the should have the power to decide whether fracking happens in their cities.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Victory for We Are Seneca Lake Campaign as Mistrial Declared Amid Charges of Bias
EcoWatch
Sandra Steingraber

The trial of a Seneca Lake gas storage protester ended in dramatic fashion in the Town of Reading Court on Tuesday when Justice Raymond Berry declared a mistrial at the urging of the prosecuting attorneys and accepted a motion from defense attorneys to recuse himself from this and future Seneca Lake protest trials. Berry’s rulings came after a strange series of declarations that appeared to indicate both prejudice against the defendant and ignorance of the law.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Energy Transfer Equity Calls Off Deal for Williams Companies
New York Times
Chad Bray

The pipeline giant Energy Transfer Equity said on Wednesday that it had called off a contentious deal with the Williams Companies after a Delaware judge ruled last week that the transaction could be terminated.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Judge's Ruling to Halt Fracking Regs Could Pose a Broader Threat to Federal Oversight
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

Judge's rationale for saying the Bureau of Land Management cannot regulate fracking on public lands could be extended beyond this case, experts say.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
It’s unanimous: ‘No fracking in Wayne forest’ That’s the view from Athens as presented in public meeting Tuesday
Athens News
David DeWitt

At a public meeting in Athens Tuesday night on a proposal to open parts of Ohio’s Wayne National Forest to oil and gas leasing, each one of 30 speakers spoke against it. Nobody spoke in behalf of the proposal, though it has received written and public support in Washington and Monroe counties, where the leasing is proposed.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Germany waters down climate protection plan
Reuters


Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to exit coal-fired power production and scrapped C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors, according to the latest draft of an environment ministry document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. An earlier version of the draft document that was leaked in May had suggested that Germany should phase out coal-fired power production "well before 2050" as part of a package of measures to help Berlin achieve its climate goals.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Fracked Gas LNG Exports Were Centerpiece In Promotion of Panama Canal Expansion, Documents Reveal
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

After nearly a decade of engineering work on the project, the Panama Canal's expansion opened for business on June 26. At the center of that business, a DeSmog investigation has demonstrated, is a fast-track export lane for gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the United States. The expanded Canal in both depth and width equates to a shortened voyage to Asia and also means the vast majority of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers — 9-percent before versus 88-percent now — can now fit through it. Emails and documents obtained under open records law show that LNG exports have, for the past several years, served as a centerpiece for promotion of the Canal's expansion by the U.S. Gulf of Mexico-based Port of Lake Charles.   [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2016
Germany Bans Fracking But Does It Go Far Enough?
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Last Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition of Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats passed legislation amending natural gas extraction rules in ways which effectively bans shale gas hydraulic fracturing, Bloomberg reported. Bloomberg reported that Merkel’s government made the decision after siding with environmental groups concerned with the environmental costs of fracking, a process which releases oil and gas locked deep underground. The decision comes after years of debate on the issue. Before deciding on a ban, German law had previously permitted unconventional fracking even though no drilling permits have ever been approved. The fossil fuel industry, including ExxonMobil and Wintershall (Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer), had sought licenses for exploration and heavily lobbied for fracking to remain within the country even though Germans are widely against the controversial technology.  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2016
Obama Admin Approved Over 1,500 Offshore Fracking Permits in Gulf of Mexico and Mainstream Media Has Ignored It
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On June 24, the independent news website TruthOut broke a doozy of a story: the Obama Administration has secretly approved over 1,500 instances of offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Gulf of Mexico, including during the Deepwater Horizon offshore spill disaster. Albeit released on a Friday, a day where many mainstream media reporters head out of the office early and venture to late-afternoon and early-evening Happy Hour specials at the bars, the TruthOut story has received deafening silence by the corporate-owned media apparatus. Google News, Factiva and LexisNexis searches reveal that not a single mainstream media outlet has covered the story.   [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2016
Health Concerns About Fracking
American Free Press
James Spounias

Does the controversial use of fracking cause numerous problems to our health and planet? The answer is yes, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), EcoWatch, and other environmental groups. With more than 15 million Americans living within a mile of a fracking site, it certainly matters.  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2016
High-Level EPA Adviser Accused of Scientific Fraud in Methane Leak Research
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

It's one of the highest-stakes debates in the battle over climate change policy action: how much methane is spewing from oil and gas sites nationwide, and what do we do as a result? If enough of the odorless, colorless methane gas leaks or is vented into the air, scientists say, then burning natural gas — marketed as a green fuel that can help wean the U.S. off of high-carbon fuels — will actually be worse for the climate than coal, long seen as the fuel that contributes the most to global warming. Recently, over 100 community and environmental groups sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog to investigate claims that a top methane researcher had committed scientific fraud and charging that he had made false and misleading statements to the press in response to those claims.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
On a Heating Planet, ‘Gasland’ Filmmaker Josh Fox Lets Go and Loves
New York Times
Andrew C. Revkin

The film’s sprawling title — “How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change” — reflects the sweep of the documentary itself, which takes viewers on Fox’s world-spanning learning journey examining how local campaigns and individual innovators can tweak troubling environmental trajectories toward progress.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
In California, Study Finds Drilling and Fracking into Freshwater Formations
Inside Climate News
Neela Banerjee

The overlap of oil and gas development and water sources underscores the vulnerability of California's groundwater, and the need for monitoring, the authors said. In California's farming heartland, as many as one of every five oil and gas projects occurs in underground sources of fresh water, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
FINANCE: Fossil fuel industry ramps up anti-divestment strategy
E & E Publishing
Benjamin Hulac

During a breakfast he recently hosted in a K Street bar, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers President Chet Thompson leaned forward in his seat and said his industry isn't sweating the fossil fuel divestment movement. "Worried's not the right word," said Thompson, whose member companies includes firms like Valero Energy Corp., Dow Chemical Co. and Husky Energy Inc. "We're not worried, but we do think this is a part of a broader campaign."   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
In California, Study Finds Drilling and Fracking into Freshwater Formations
Inside Climate News
Neela Banerjee

In California's farming heartland, as many as one of every five oil and gas projects occurs in underground sources of fresh water, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study by Stanford scientists assessed the amount of groundwater that could be used for irrigation and drinking supplies in five counties of California's agricultural Central Valley, as well as the three coastal counties encompassing Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura. The study estimated that water-scarce California could have almost three times as much fresh groundwater as previously thought.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
On a Heating Planet, ‘Gasland’ Filmmaker Josh Fox Lets Go and Loves
The New York Times
ANDREW C. REVKIN

Josh Fox’s first and second films, “Gasland” and “Gasland Part 2,” were high-octane polemics aimed at ending fracking, shorthand for the revolutionary method of fracturing deep layers of shale to liberate natural gas and oil previously deemed unreachable. From “The Cove” (on Japan’s dolphin hunts) to “Pandora’s Promise” (on the benefits of nuclear energy) this strategy, meshing a film and a campaign, has become commonplace. The fracking campaign succeeded in blocking fracking in the Delaware River watershed, Fox’s focal point, and ultimately led to a ban in New York State in 2014. But this method of extracting gas and oil has become so widespread that the United States Department of Energy recently stopped describing it as “unconventional.” Now he’s tackling global warming, but in a fresh and engaging way.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
Inside an $80 million energy scam: The SEC's story of Dallas' Breitling Energy
Dallas Morning News
Jeffrey Weiss

What does an $80 million scam look like from the inside? The federal Securities and Exchange Commission laid out its version last week in its complaint against Dallas-based Breitling Energy Corporation, its CEO, Christopher Faulkner, and seven others associated with the company. As the SEC recounts it, the plot is intricate and includes interlocking companies, bad science, fake financials and an massively effective public relations campaign that turned a tech entrepreneur with a shaky record into the “Frack Master” whose “expertise” was on display on radio and cable TV news shows from coast to coast.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
SEC Accuses Texas Oil Man Chris Faulkner Of Bilking Investors Out Of Millions The self-proclaimed “Frack Master” allegedly used investors’ cash on lavish meals, chartered planes, jewelry, strip clubs and female escort services.
Huffington Post
Reuters

NEW YORK, June 27 (Reuters) - Texas oilman Chris Faulkner built a high-profile public persona, raised millions for his oil and gas ventures and courted politicians. But the SEC has alleged that behind the scenes, he cheated investors out of $80 million to fund a “debauched” jet-setting lifestyle. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday filed a lawsuit that alleges a stunning failure of corporate governance at Faulkner’s Dallas-based Breitling Energy Corp and other companies he helped to create.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
Oil and Gas Leaders Find New Hope in Cracker, Export Terminal Projects
The Intelligencer
Casey Junkins

PITTSBURGH — Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to build its ethane cracker near Monaca, Pa. and Dominion Resources’ plans to export liquefied natural gas from from the Cove Point facility in Maryland give industry leaders hope that demand for their products will continue to grow.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
After Boom in Shale, Arkansas Gas Industry Faces Halt in Drilling
Arkansas Business
Kyle Massey

After a decade-long, multibillion-dollar bonanza of natural gas production in an Arkansas field called the Fayetteville Shale, the bust has landed with a thud. Production skyrocketed 10 years ago after a gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing came to north-central Arkansas. The resulting boom pumped billions into the economy just when the recession-racked state needed it most.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
DNC Platform Calls for Fossil Fuel Investigations, 100% Renewable Energy
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

The committee drafting the Democratic Party platform unanimously voted to include a call for the Justice Department to investigate fossil fuel companies for misleading the public on climate change.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
The Clinton Campaign Is Obstructing Change to the Democratic Platform
Politico
Bill McKibben

At which point we got (about 11 p.m., in a half-deserted hotel ballroom) to the climate section of the platform, and that’s where things got particularly obvious. We all agreed that America should be operating on 100 percent clean energy by 2050, but then I proposed, in one amendment after another, a series of ways we might actually get there. A carbon tax? Voted down 7-6 (one of the DNC delegates voted with each side). A ban on fracking? Voted down 7-6. An effort to keep fossils in the ground, at least on federal land? Voted down 7-6. A measure to mandate that federal agencies weigh the climate impact of their decisions? Voted down 7-6. Even a plan to keep fossil fuel companies from taking private land by eminent domain, voted down 7-6. (We did, however, reach unanimous consent on more bike paths!)   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2016
Spectra to investigate 263 miles of pipe after accident
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

In the wake of an explosion this spring that ruptured a natural gas transmission pipeline in Westmoreland County, severely injuring one man and charring a quarter mile of land, Spectra Energy Corp. is planning to dig up hundreds of sites along a 263-mile stretch of the Texas Eastern pipeline running from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. The four parallel pipelines that make up the system run from the Delmont Compressor station — a large complex a few miles from the site of the April explosion — to Lambertsville, N.J. The same type of tape coating that was found to have failed at the site of the April 29 explosion has been applied to hundreds of sites along those 263 miles, prompting the effort.  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2016
4 States Struggling to Manage Radioactive Fracking Waste
EcoWatch
Jie Jenny Zou

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2016
Betraying Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israel Occupation
Common Dreams
Lauren McCauley

Despite its claims to want to unify voters ahead of November's election, the Democratic party appears to be pushing for an agenda that critics say ignores basic progressive policies, "staying true" to their Corporate donors above all else. During a 9-hour meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, members of the DNC's platform drafting committee voted down a number of measures proposed by Bernie Sanders surrogates that would have come out against the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. At the same time, proposals to support a carbon tax, Single Payer healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation were also disregarded.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2016
UK votes to leave EU, fears grow for climate ambition
Climate Home
Ed King

Midway through what’s set to be the warmest year in history, UK voters have elected to leave the world’s most progressive climate change alliance.1 The result was tight, but opposite to what most pollsters predicted. The campaign to leave the European Union won 52% to 48%, gaining strong support in England and Wales, in stark contrast to London, Scotland and Northern Ireland. At 0830 an emotional David Cameron emerged from 10 Downing Street to announce he would resign his position, with a new prime minister expected to be in place by October.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2016
A new fracking fight is brewing in Maryland
The Washington Post
Josh Hicks

Maryland regulators are paving the way for energy companies to begin fracking in the state once its moratorium on the controversial gas-extraction process ends in the fall of 2017. Meanwhile, state lawmakers opposed to the drilling method, technically called hydraulic fracturing, have begun making plans to permanently ban it during the next legislative session. Maryland’s Department of the Environment this month outlined proposals that closely align with rules the administration of former Democratic governor Martin O’Malley pitched several years ago, but with faster permitting and looser requirements for buffers to protect areas near the sites.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2016
German government agrees to ban fracking after years of dispute
The Guardian
Agence France-Presse

German politicians have approved a law that bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground. The law does not outlaw conventional drilling for oil and gas, leaving it to state governments to decide on individual cases. But fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which blasts a mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground to release shale oil and gas, will be banned.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Kinder Morgan can’t start clearing state forest just yet, appeals judge rules
The Berkshire Edge


Boston — Kinder Morgan and subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company this week lost its appeal to remove a July 29 stay, a court -imposed waiting period that would prevent the natural gas corporation from clearing three miles of Otis State Forest in the town of Sandisfield until that date. A map of the 3.8 mile 'Connecticut Expansion Project' (in red) through Otis State Forest. According to the Massachusetts Appeals Court clerk’s office, Justice Joseph Trainor denied Tennessee Gas’ appeal of only the waiting period imposed by Berkshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini in his May 9 ruling. Agostini said while the company had the right to an easement, it could not begin work until July 29, after the Legislature had weighed in on the matter.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Feds Ban Treatment Of Fracking Waste At Public Treatment Plants
Water Online
Sara Jerome

Public sewage plants will not treat waste from fracking operations under a new ban imposed by the federal government. The practice was already curtailed by voluntary codes in the oil and gas industry, but the new regulatory ban by the U.S. EPA makes those standards enforceable.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Rural Pennsylvanians Say Fracking ‘Just Ruined Everything’
Huffington Post
Maryam Jameel

AVELLA, Pa. — Sixty years after his service in the Army, Jesse Eakin still completes his outfits with a pin that bears a lesson from the Korean War: Never Impossible. That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the kind Eakin encountered in Korea: well water that’s too dangerous to drink. It gives off a strange odor and bears a yellow tint. It carries sand that clogs faucets in the home Eakin shares with his wife, Shirley, here in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Eakins told the state environmental agency about their bad water nearly seven years ago and hoped for a quick resolution. Like thousands of others who live in the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, however, they learned their hopes were misplaced.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
How IOGCC Spawned the Lawsuit That Just Overturned BLM Fracking Regulations on Public Lands
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

n a ruling on the Obama Administration's proposed regulations of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on U.S. public lands, U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming Judge Scott Skavdahl — a President Obama appointee — struck down the rules as an illegal violation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Filed in March 2015 by first the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance and then the State of Wyoming (soon joined by North Dakota, Utah and Colorado), the industry and state lawsuits would soon thereafter merge into a single lawsuit. The merger symbolizes the origins of the lawsuit — the 2014 Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
German government agrees fracking ban as environmental groups vow to fight on As part of the compromise agreement, the ban will be revisited by parliament in 2021
Independent
Holger Hansen

Germany's coalition government has agreed to ban fracking for shale gas after years of fractious talks over the issue--but environmental groups claim the ban does not go far enought and have vowed to fight the deal.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
The Fracking Circus in the UK--And The Activist Caught in the Crossfire
Food and Water Watch
Wenonah Hauter

Just like the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe, activists in the UK are in the midst of a fight to protect their communities and our climate—and are facing powerful and in some cases, undemocratic forces. As I tour the U.S. discussing my book Frackopoly, which looks at this growing global movement, I want to take a moment to acknowledge an activist, Tina Rothery, who faces jail time for her peaceful activism against fracking in Lancashire.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Federal judge blocks enforcement of fracking regulations
Jurist


[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) "lacked Congressional authority to promulgate" regulations concerning fracking on federal and Indian lands. The court came to this conclusion by applying the test, as formulated in Chevron USA Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. [opinion], which asks whether Congress has "directly spoken to the precise question at issue." Upon a negative answer "a reviewing court must respect the agency's construction of the statute so long as it is permissible." In this case, the court found that the BLM's attempt to regulate fracking was "in excess of its statutory authority and contrary to law." It is expected that the government will appeal the ruling.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Obama Fracking Rule Struck Down by Federal Judge
EcoWatch


A federal judge struck down an Interior Department rule on fracking on public lands, ruling that the agency lacked authority to issue the regulations. The rule would impose tougher restrictions on gas extraction operations on public lands.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
'It just ruined everything — the whole life' Feeling abandoned by state regulators, hundreds of rural Pennsylvanians endure contaminated well water they blame on fracking
Center for Public Integrity
Maryam Jameel

That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the kind Eakin encountered in Korea: well water that’s too dangerous to drink. It gives off a strange odor and bears a yellow tint. It carries sand that clogs faucets in the home Eakin shares with his wife, Shirley, here in southwestern Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Environmental group fights oil explorer’s Cook Inlet fracking plans
Alaska Dispatch News
Alex DeMarban

A prominent environmental group is asking the federal government to stop an independent oil explorer from fracking wells in Cook Inlet, saying it "poses a grave and imminent threat to critically endangered" Cook Inlet beluga whales.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Fracking, Earthquakes and Visual Storytelling Animated and interactive graphics describe the connection between oil and gas production and human-caused earthquakes
Scientific American


The idea that human activities can cause earthquakes, or so-called induced seismicity, has been around for some time, but demonstrating its role and pinpointing exactly how it happens can be difficult. The July issue of Scientific American features a story by Anna Kuchment on how wastewater injection from oil and gas operations has been triggering earthquakes in the central United States over the past several years.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
White House Plans to Contest Federal Ruling of Fracking on Public Lands
Washington Free Beacon
Alyssa Canobbio

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the Obama administration has plans to contest the federal ruling that made permanent a block on a rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracking on public lands. “We obviously believe that we’ve got a strong argument to make about the important role the federal government can play in that ensuring hydraulic fracturing done on public lands doesn’t threaten the drinking water of people who live in the area,” Earnest said. “It’s a pretty simple proposition and it is indicative of the common sense approach the Obama administration has pursued.”   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Economic report calls Monterey County anti-fracking measure "negative"
News 5 KION
Matt Sizemore

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. - An economic report released by a group supporting the oil industry in Monterey County has both sides of the argument up in arms.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Judge blocks rules to restrict fracking Decision is latest setback for Obama
Durango Herald
Brady Dennis

federal judge late Tuesday dealt a blow to the Obama administration’s key effort to limit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands, saying that regulators lack authority to set new restrictions on the practice.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Maryland releases suggested revisions to gas drilling plan
Washington Times
Brian White

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will consider revising its proposed regulations for the natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing in an effort to add safeguards for public health and the environment, a state agency announced Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Maryland Releases Proposed Revisions to Gas Drilling Plan
CBS Baltimore


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The state of Maryland has released some proposed revisions to regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The Maryland Department of the Environment released them Wednesday, after an 18-month review of proposed regulations.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Utica shale yields higher output with fewer wells for drillers
TribLive
David Conti

One deep Utica shale well has the potential to produce as much natural gas as three wells drilled into the Marcellus layer above it.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration's Fracking Rules
NPR
Camila Domonoske

A federal judge in Wyoming has struck down the Obama administration's regulations on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands. In the ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said Congress had not granted the BLM that power, and had instead chosen to specifically exclude fracking from federal oversight.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Maryland to hold series of public meetings on future of fracking
Baltimore Sun
Scott Dance

Maryland environmental officials are holding a series of public meetings starting Wednesday to discuss the future here of the gas-drilling process known as fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
People Near Wyoming Fracking Town Show Elevated Levels of Toxic Chemicals
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

Researchers tested air pollution in Pavillion, Wyo., along with local residents, suggesting a link between the toxic chemicals released and biological impacts. A new study brings researchers and environmental advocates closer than ever to tracing whether toxic chemicals spewing out of natural gas production sites are making their way into the bodies of people who live and work nearby.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Fracking, the Failure of Mainstream Greens and the Corporate Control of U.S. Energy Policy
Counter Punch
Mark Hand

The name of her new book is Frackopoly, but author Wenonah Hauter tackles issues beyond hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking. She writes about energy spats past and present, explaining why she believes the energy industry won most of these fights and succeeded in monopolizing U.S. energy policy-making over the past 100 years. But momentum, she notes, has shifted slightly toward the people over the past half-dozen years.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
White House says to defend fracking rules in the courts
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Reuters

WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday it would continue to defend in the courts its legal authority to set rules governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Bill McKibben: The AG’s noble fight vs. Exxon
NY Daily News
Bill McKibben--Opinion

Let’s mash up the world’s great cliches: If all the world’s a stage, then our crowded global theater is on fire. It sets new temperature records with each passing month; record droughts, floods and blazes wreck lives on an hourly basis. And so the question is: If you’re a manager of that global theater, is it OK to walk up and down the aisles telling the patrons not to worry, to stay in their seats, to keep watching the movie? Can you shout “special effects” in a crowded inferno?   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Obama signs pipeline safety bill
the Hill
Timothy Cama

President Obama signed a bill Wednesday to renew the federal government’s pipeline safety program, giving regulators new emergency authorities. The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016, or PIPES Act, reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oil and gas pipeline programs through 2019, with a few new mandates for the agency.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Exxon Loses Bid to Fight Virgin Islands Climate Subpoena in State Court
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

Judge's motion sets the stage for the company's legal challenge to proceed in federal court. A court ruling in Texas has set the stage for ExxonMobil's legal challenge to a climate change investigation by the U. S. Virgin Islands to proceed in federal court.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Germany bans fracking until at least 2021
Petro Global News


On Tuesday the German coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely. According to Thomas Oppermann, head of the Social Democrats parliamentary group, the German parliament must reassess the legislation in 2021 to determine if the decision if still valid.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Federal judge strikes down Obama’s effort to regulate fracking
FuelFix
James Osborne

A Wyoming federal judge has struck down the Obama administration’s attempt to regulate how oil and natural gas drillers conduct hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Proposed rules to govern fracking in Maryland draw criticism from environmentalists and energy industry
Baltimore Sun
Scott Dance

The Hogan administration is proposing rules that would limit the hurdles that energy companies must overcome before they could start the gas-drilling process known as fracking, while also requiring more protections against groundwater contamination.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
White House Fracking Regulations Blocked by Wyoming Judge The judge's ruling provides a "comfortable precedent" as the proposed regulations would have been costly for the oil industry.
The Street
Michael Sheetz

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A Wyoming federal judge blocked a White House ruling for higher regulations for fracking on public land. David Deckelbaum, oil and gas equity research director at KeyBanc Capital Markets, believes that today's ruling was expected by the oil industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
BLM’s fracking rule struck down; McCarthy’s science: unsound or secret?
Bloomberg Government
Mark Drajem

President Obama’s environmental legacy is now largely a matter for the courts to decide. And after yesterday’s court ruling striking down Interior’s fracking rules, it is looking especially precarious. Judge Scott W. Skavdahl, a U.S. District Judge in Wyoming, ruled that the department had no congressional authority to issue those rules. Skavadahl wrote that Congress had “directly spoken to the issue and precluded federal agency authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing not involving the use of diesel fuels.”   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
White House Plans to Contest Federal Ruling of Fracking on Public Lands
The Washington Free Beacon
Alyssa Canobbio

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the Obama administration has plans to contest the federal ruling that made permanent a block on a rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracking on public lands. “We obviously believe that we’ve got a strong argument to make about the important role the federal government can play in that ensuring hydraulic fracturing done on public lands doesn’t threaten the drinking water of people who live in the area,” Earnest said. “It’s a pretty simple proposition and it is indicative of the common sense approach the Obama administration has pursued.”  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Say What? Judge Says Feds Lack Authority to Regulate Fracking on Public Lands
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

In a blow to environmentalists calling on the Obama administration to keep fossil fuels in the ground, a judge on Tuesday struck down as unlawful the new rule meant to regulate fracking on federal lands. The decision from Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming "is a major loss for the administration, which worked for years to update its oil and natural gas drilling regulations to account for dramatic increases and innovations in fracking," The Hill reports.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Obama Fracking Rules Are Struck Down by Court
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORTR

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday night struck down an Obama administration regulation on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas on public lands, a blow to President Obama’s muscular stand on the extraction of fossil fuels on government lands. The rule, released by the Interior Department in March of last year and scheduled to take effect this Friday, was designed to increase the safety of fracking. It would have required companies to comply with federal safety standards in the construction of fracking wells, and to disclose the use of some chemicals in the fracking process.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
PSC documents explain state reliance on natural gas
Politico
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — Even as it sets ambitious goals for renewable energy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration still views natural gas as an essential part of the state’s energy mix, according to recent filings with the Public Service Commission. In the last 18 months, the governor has banned fracking and shut down the Constitution pipeline, citing environmental effects and the dangers of natural gas. At the same time, Cuomo has laid out one of the nation’s most aggressive climate policies, with a focus on doubling the amount of renewable energy powering the grid by 2030.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Scientist: Fossil fuels’ two-way assault on children’s health needs to stop
Environmental Health News
Brian Bienkowski

In a commentary released today summarizing the key science around fossil fuels and children’s health, Frederica Perera, a professor and researcher at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, argues the science clearly shows that both toxic air emission and climate change as a result of fossil fuel emissions pose grave dangers to children.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Methane Emissions From Onshore Oil and Gas Equivalent to 14 Coal Plants Powered for One Year
EcoWatch
Andy Rowell

When we talk about climate change all too often we focus on carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. But there is a much more potent greenhouse gas, methane, which is much more efficient at trapping radiation than CO2. Some estimates put it at 87 percent more potent over a 20 year lifetime than carbon dioxide.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Belmont, Monroe counties are Ohio's natural gas hot spots
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Natural gas production in Ohio’s Utica Shale remains centered in Belmont and Monroe counties. Belmont County is No. 1 with 99.2 billion cubic feet, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources records for the first quarter 2016. Monroe is No. 2 with 63.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Fracking-earthquake connection makes insuring Southcentral US tough
Insurance Business
Caitlin Bronson

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak made headlines in early June, calling the earthquake insurance market in the state “uncompetitive” as carriers continue to raise rates and limit coverage in response to increased seismic activity.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
LAW: BLM says fracking rule freeze 'ignores a century of precedent'
E & E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer

The Obama administration's new rules for hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands are not only legal -- they're overdue, government lawyers told a federal court yesterday. In a brief to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyers for the Bureau of Land Management pushed to reverse a lower court's decision to freeze the fracking rule while it's being debated in that court.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
German Government Agrees To Ban Gas Fracking Indefinitely
E & P Magazine
Reuters

Germany's coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on June 21 after years of fractious talks over the issue, but environmental groups said the ban did not go far enough and vowed to fight the deal. Test drilling will be allowed but only with the permission of the respective state government, officials said.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Obama-appointed judge strikes down federal fracking rule
The Hill
Timothy Cama

A federal judge appointed by President Obama struck down the administration’s regulation on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands on Tuesday, ruling that the Interior Department does not have congressional authority to regulate fracking. The decision is a major loss for the administration, which worked for years to update its oil and natural gas drilling regulations to account for dramatic increases and innovations in fracking.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
One Way to Solve Fracking’s Water Problem: Don’t Use Water
Bloomberg
Eric Roston

An Australian researcher and two scientists from France, which has banned fracking, now suggest there may be a better way. And it's a twofer, at least. Their germ of an idea, published today in the journal Nature Communications, would simultaneously reduce or eliminate drilling's water footprint, make wells more productive, and trap carbon dioxide underground. How? Substitute high-pressure CO2 for water.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Pending fracking rules to tighten for N. Neck
The Journal News


While fracking is taking place in other areas of Virginia, the state’s pending regulations would tighten the rules for this area, called the “Tidewater.” Tidewater includes King George under its definition in state law.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters
Fortune
Katie Fehrenbacher

This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into the atmosphere every year that the emissions would be the equivalent of running seven coal-fired power plants for a year.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Without Emissions Cuts, Summer Heat Will Get Even Deadlier
Inside Climate News
Bob Berwyn

New study shows dangerously hot summers will become the norm across much of the globe unless greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
EPA: GOP panel to question McCarthy on scientific basis for rules
E & E Publishing
Amanda Reilly

In what's likely to be a contentious matchup, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy this week will face congressional critics over her agency's use of science. The hearing Wednesday in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee could cover a broad range of topics, as GOP critics on the committee have expressed concerns about the scientific underpinning of a number of agency rules.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Exclusive: Shell puts revamped shale arm at heart of future growth
Reuters
Ron Bousso

Having turned round its North American shale business, Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is putting so-called unconventional energy at the heart of its long-term growth plans, and believes lessons from the revamp can be applied across the company. Greg Guidry, head of the Anglo-Dutch group's unconventionals business, told Reuters a drive to slash costs and streamline decision-making had put his division largely on a par with leading rivals in terms of productivity and efficiency. And now the rest of Shell could reap the benefits too.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere
Rig Zone
Bloomberg

In Pennsylvania, birthplace of the U.S. oil industry, century-old abandoned oil wells have long been part of the landscape. Nobody gave much thought to it when many were left unplugged or filled haphazardly with dirt, lumber and cannon balls that slipped or rotted away. But the holes -- hundreds of thousands of them pockmark the state -- are the focus of growing alarm, especially those in close proximity to new wells fracked in the Marcellus shale formation, the nation’s largest natural-gas field. They leak methane, which contaminates water, adds to global warming and occasionally explodes; four people have been killed in the past dozen years.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
New Josh Fox film at the Tusten Theater on June 25 'How to Let Go' acknowledges it may be too late to save the earth
The Pike County Courier


NARROWSBURG — In the film "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change," Josh Fox continues in his deeply personal style in investigating climate change. The film will be show at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, followed by a panel discussion with Fox and others.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Louisiana High Court Upholds Exploration Ruling
Oil Price


Fracking, which has garnered a great deal of controversy over the years, was the subject of a lawsuit in Louisiana, when the Louisiana Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal from the citizens group, Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany and St. Tammany Parish.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
'Virtually unregulated': Radioactive fracking-waste rules in the US slammed in report
RT News


States involved in the fracking boom employ a patchwork of laws to deal with radioactive drilling waste, according to a new report. The US government does not fully regulate disposal, and industry is largely left to self-regulate. The Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin is the center of heightened hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, activity in the US. States along the Marcellus include Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York. These four states handle many tons of radioactive fracking byproduct in a variety of ways, according to a new report by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), and there is no federal agency that fully regulates drilling waste. Thus, energy companies and their interests end up taking control in the race to attract more drilling business in the region, experts told CPI.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Trudeau moves to strengthen environmental reviews of pipelines
Calgary Herald
JOSH WINGROVE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will overhaul the country’s pipeline regulator as part of an effort to rewrite and strengthen environmental laws. The federal review of environmental assessment rules unveiled Monday will include a strategy for how to “modernize” the National Energy Board regulatory agency in a bid to restore confidence. Trudeau campaigned in last year’s election on toughening environmental laws, cutting emissions and expanding consultation with the country’s indigenous communities. “We will strengthen Canadians’ trust in the regulatory process,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in Ottawa, adding the review would “restore credibility” to the system.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Vancouver takes legal action to block Kinder Morgan pipeline plan
The Globe and Mail
LAURA KANE

The City of Vancouver is the latest group to launch a court challenge aimed at quashing the National Energy Board’s recommended approval of the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The city said in its court application that the energy board’s recommendation to approve the expansion of the oil pipeline, subject to 157 conditions, is invalid and unlawful. The board excluded oral cross-examination, provided inadequate information sharing and failed to properly consult communities along the pipeline and tanker route, the city contends.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Hot Mess: States Struggle to Deal with Radioactive Fracking Waste Potentially dangerous drilling byproducts are being dumped in landfills throughout the Marcellus Shale with few controls
Common Dreams
Jie Jenny Zou

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year. But the rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas drilling byproducts — which include brine, sludge, rock and soiled equipment — leaving tracking and handling to states that may be reluctant to alienate energy interests.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Louisiana Supreme Court Smacks Down Fracking Ban Photo of Andrew Follett
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled only the state government has the legal authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and refused to even hear legal objections from environmentalists.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Injecting Some Sense Into Fracking Regulation
PDDNET
Karl Stephan

The July issue of Scientific American carried the best summary of the fracking-earthquake controversy I have seen so far. "Drilling For Earthquakes" by Anna Kuchment reviews the fracking (hydraulic fracturing), the associated water injection, the earthquakes, the science, and government reactions to the problem. In particular, the article shows the very different approaches the states of Texas and Oklahoma have taken to the problem. And I regret to say it doesn't make my native state of Texas look good by comparison. But first, the basics.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2016
Texas agency declines to say if it has oil spills records
Star-Telegram
Associated Press

EL PASO, TEXAS The agency charged with protecting the Texas environment has declined to say whether it has any record of oil slicks and inundated fracking sites shown in photographs of flooding on several rivers in 2015 and 2016. The photos, which were taken by the Civil Air Patrol, were posted on a University of Texas website before the Department of Public Safety removed them from public view, citing safety concerns. The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/1W7ykaL ) that the photos were removed shortly after it began reporting on the images in May.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2016
State supreme court won’t hear St. Tammany fracking appeal
Washington Times
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A sharply divided Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to the state Department of Natural Resources’ decision to award a permit to a company that wants to drill an oil well in St. Tammany Parish.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2016
Natural Gas: Don’t Get Too Comfortable
The Wall Street Journal
SPENCER JAKAB

Companies that lost billions on natural-gas bets may be making the same mistake with LNG The best laid plans often go awry for natural-gas companies. A testament to that is billions of dollars of infrastructure around the world that is rusting or draining owners’ finances because someone extrapolated the status quo. Why should this time be different? The latest big shift in natural gas has been a swing from a seller’s to a buyer’s market for seaborne liquefied natural gas. The 2011 Fukushima disaster that hobbled Japan’s nuclear industry and breakneck growth in demand from countries such as China and India eager to wean themselves off coal had created a tight market.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2016
Texas facing massive well cleanup costs after oil bust
The Dallas Morning News
PAUL J. WEBER

The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards. In Texas alone, the roughly $165 million price tag of plugging nearly 10,000 abandoned wells is double the entire budget of the agency that regulates the industry.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2016
Texas Democrats approve, and disapprove, moratoriums on fracking
My Statesman
Jonathan Tilove

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Democratic Party approved a platform Saturday that scrapped language calling for a moratorium on new hydraulic fracturing in Texas. A little while later, the same state convention approved a tough climate change resolution calling for “an end to the ecologically destructive extraction method known as fracking.”  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2016
Breaking Americans’ Addiction to ‘Meth’ (Methane Gas, That Is)
Truthdig
Stanley Heller

On June 12, I listened to Dr. Robert Howarth tell a meeting of 350CT, a Connecticut-based group promoting grass-roots environmental organization, about a briefing he had given last month to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Howarth is professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University and an associate of former top NASA climate scientist James Hansen. In 2011 he was in the running for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” His message this summer is that we know what to do to solve our climate worries, but we’re on the wrong path and have only a very short time to change direction.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2016
Ohio’s Utica oil production drops for first time, natural gas production still growing
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Ohio’s oil production from the Utica Shale dropped for the first time while natural gas production continued to grow in new quarterly data released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2016
Bankruptcies, foreclosures up in areas where gas, coal employees lost jobs
TribLive
David Conti & Chris Fleisher

A year after being laid off by oilfield services giant Halliburton, Sean McGrath says he is in “survival mode.” “We're struggling to pay every bill we have,” said McGrath, 50, of West Wheatfield in Indiana County, who is trying to support his wife and four children on about $600 per month in Social Security benefits he gets for an autistic son.  [Full Story]

Jun 17, 2016
Can the Hulk convince the DNC to call for a fracking ban?
Grist
Katie Herzog

Environmentalists had a chance to make their case for the Democratic party’s official stance on climate change on Friday, in front of the Democratic National Committee’s platform planning commission. Green groups have been largely split on the Democratic presidential nomination, with larger, mainstream organizations endorsing Hillary Clinton and smaller, leftist groups going for Sanders. The League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club, which endorsed Clinton, sent representatives, while the pro-Sanders crowd included Mark Ruffalo, Gasland director Josh Fox, and Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica.  [Full Story]

Jun 17, 2016
Amid Phoenix Heat Wave, DNC Committee Hears Anti-Fracking Arguments
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

As "rare, dangerous, and deadly" heat moves into Arizona this weekend, environmentalists are calling for the Democratic Party to take a firm stance against fossil fuel extraction in its 2016 platform—starting with a national ban on fracking. The 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee is holding the second in a series of regional hearings this Friday and Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona. This round of testimony is expected to focus on energy and the environment as well as health and safety.  [Full Story]

Jun 17, 2016
Prosecutor begins PG&E trial with blistering opening statement
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko

A jury in San Francisco heard sharply conflicting portrayals of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. at Friday’s opening session of the company’s criminal trial on charges of violating federal pipeline-inspection laws, with one attorney calling it a deceptive scofflaw that chose profits over safety, and her adversary describing it as a community benefactor that did its best to comply with unclear government standards. After the September 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, PG&E “made a deliberate choice to not follow these ... safety regulations,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Hallie Hoffman, the lead prosecutor, said in her opening statement in a packed federal   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Range Resources, TestAmerica accused of fraud in suit
Observer-Reporter
David Singer

A lab company Range Resources hired to test water in 2011 that federal authorities later found to be contaminated in Amwell Township is being accused in Washington County Court of altering test results. Attorney Kendra Smith, representing John, Beth and Ashley Voyles, argued Thursday before Senior Judge William Nalitz that TestAmerica conspired with Range Resources employees to prevent data of nitrates and other specific contaminants from appearing in a final report given to the Voyles family and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. DEP found the water not to be contaminated based on TestAmerica results, but federal Environmental Protection Agency officials ruled the property’s water on McAdams Road was not safe to drink. The Voyleses are also parties in a lawuit, along with the Haney and Kiskadden famiies, claiming Range’s operations at the nearby Yeager well site and impoundment contaminated their water supplies and caused bodily harm. The problems at the Yeager site were included in a $4.1 million fine levied by DEP against Range.  [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
'Threat Map' Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

Environmentalists have launched a new mapping tool that allows people in the U.S. to see whether they live and work in areas at risk of harmful air pollution from nearby oil and gas activities. According to the map, which was published online Wednesday by the advocacy groups Earthworks and the Clean Air Task Force, a lot of people do: about 12.4 million people live within a half-mile of active oil and gas wells and related facilities that could release harmful pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde into the air. The map also details the 238 counties in 21 states that potentially face a high cancer risk because of that pollution.   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
EPA Bans Fracking Wastewater from Sewage Treatment Plants
Common Dreams
Elizabeth Ouzts

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned fracking wastewater from public sewage plants, citing the inability of these plants to handle toxic and radioactive pollutants. Clean water and public health advocates, along with more than 30,000 Americans, had submitted comments in favor of the EPA rule, finalized earlier this week. "Allowing toxic, radioactive wastewater to be treated at the same place as dirty bathwater defies all logic," said Rachel Richardson, Stop Drilling Program director for Environment America. "This is a commonsense step to help protect our water and our health from the dangers of fracking."  [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
NASA: Porter Ranch Gas Leak Was So Big It Could Be Seen From Space
EcoWatch
Katie Pohlman

Aliso Canyon‘s methane leak in Porter Ranch in October 2015 marked the first time an orbiting spacecraft measured a leak from a single facility on Earth. The leak was spotted by the Hyperion spectrometer on NASA’s Earth Observing-1, according to a study by David R. Thompson, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, recently published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. NASA’s statement explained: “The observation … is an important breakthrough in our ability to eventually measure and monitor emissions of this potent greenhouse gas from space.”  [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Toxic Chemicals Found in Residents Living Near Oil and Gas Operations in Pavillion, Wyoming
EcoWatch
Coming Clean

A coalition of community and environmental health groups released Thursday a first-of-its-kind research combining air monitoring methods with new biomonitoring techniques to determine if toxic air emissions from natural gas operations could be detected in the bodies of nearby residents.   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Canada lent billions to oil, gas and mining companies. Then it made a profit
National Observer
Mike De Souza

On the same day that President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a Canadian crown corporation threw the company a lifeline. Export Development Canada, a taxpayer-owned organization that operates as a commercial investment bank, signed two deals on that day, Nov. 6, 2015, offering between $150 million to $350 million in loans to TransCanada, a Calgary-based company.  [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Gas drilling impact fees fall to $188 million
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

As expected Pennsylvania’s gas drilling impact fees fell to the lowest amount ever last year, according to figures released by the state Public Utility Commission Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Exxon Sues Massachusetts Attorney General to Block Climate Fraud Investigation
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

ExxonMobil filed a lawsuit against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in an effort to block a subpoena that would require the oil and gas giant to hand over 40 years of internal communications relating to whether the company misrepresented its knowledge of climate change to investors.   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
TransCanada Wins Bid for Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf of Mexico
EcoWatch
Steve Horn

TransCanada, owner of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently being contested in federal court and in front of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) legal panel, has won a $2.1 billion joint venture bid with Sempra Energy for a pipeline to shuttle gas obtained from fracking in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale basin across the Gulf of Mexico and into Mexico.  [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
UPDATE 1-Exxon asks U.S. court to throw out subpoena in climate change inquiry
CNBC
Terry Wade

HOUSTON, June 15 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out a subpoena that would force the oil company to hand over decades of documents as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into whether it misled investors about climate change risks.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
This gas leak was so massive that NASA saw it from space
Washington Post
Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis

Recent research suggests that the Los Angeles-area leak poured 97,100 metric tons of the powerful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere between late October 2015 and February. The study also found that the leak, if translated into automotive tailpipe emissions, would be equivalent to the effect of the yearly greenhouse gas emissions from 572,000 cars. Now, new research from NASA and its partners has underscored in a different way how big it was: A satellite-based instrument was able to identify and isolate the leak from space, the first time this has ever been accomplished for a single-source emission of methane.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Interactive Map Shows Where Toxic Air Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans
EcoWatch
Earthworks

Two leading national environmental groups—Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Earthworks—unveiled a suite of tools Wednesday designed to inform and mobilize Americans about the health risks from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Pennsylvania counties see less money from gas drilling fee
The Island Packet
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, PA. Pennsylvania counties and municipal governments will see less money from a state fee on Marcellus Shale gas wells, as expected. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said Wednesday that impact fee revenue from Marcellus Shale wells dropped by $36 million to about $188 million.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Oil, Gas Drillers Said Facing $2 Trillion Funding Gap
Bloomberg
Meenal Vamburkar

Drillers forced to slash spending during the oil slump may soon be facing another hurdle: a funding shortfall to the tune of $2 trillion over the next five years.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells
News & Observer
Morgan Lee

SANTA FE, N.M. New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 million to help restore state trust lands after unforeseen damage from oil-industry spills along with illegal dumping, wildfires and even invasive plant species.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
UK fracking company proposes to dump wastewater into the sea
Inhabitat
Lacy Cooke

As public concern continues over the environmental costs of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, one United Kingdom company said they would toss wastewater from their operations into the sea. Fracking demands huge quantities of water, up to six million gallons per well, but anywhere from 20 to 40 percent comes back to the surface as “flowback” filled with metals, salts, and naturally occurring radioactive materials. While they said the wastewater would be treated, some experts have expressed unease over how effective treatment would be.  [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Fracking waste ruling blow to local control
Register-Herald
Letter to Editor Korinna Garfield

Saturday’s article “Judge rules Fayette fracking ban invalid” told a familiar story about the federal government denying local communities the right to regulate fracking, as a judge overturned Fayette County’s ban on fracking wastewater disposal. West Virginia now joins the growing list of states that have limited local control of fracking which also includes Ohio, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina and Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
County commissioners say absolutely no to fracking
Huron Daily Tribune
Bradley Massman

In a 7-0 vote of support, commissioners passed a resolution at this week’s board meeting to officially state its opposition to fracking technology.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Maryland readies to make fracking rules by October 1
Morgan Messenger


Maryland Department of the Environment (“the Department”) will be holding three public meetings to discuss the development of new regulations for oil and gas exploration and production. The Department is required by State law to adopt new regulations to provide for the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of natural gas by October 1.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Coalition Calls on NY to Stop Fossil-Fuel Development
Public News Service


Calling itself "United Against Fossil Fuels," the group spoke out about the harmful effects of fracked oil and gas development on New York residents and the environment. Even though fracking has been banned in New York, said Becky Meier, co-founder of Stop New York Fracked Gas Pipeline, building pipelines just perpetuates that damage.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
TransMexico? Keystone XL Owner TransCanada Wins Bid For Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf of Mexico
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

TransCanada, owner of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently being contested in federal court and in front of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) legal panel, has won a $2.1 billion joint venture bid with Sempra Energy for a pipeline to shuttle gas obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Texas' Eagle Ford Shale basin across the Gulf of Mexico and into Mexico. The 500-mile long Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline, as reported on previously by DeSmog, is part of an extensive pipeline empire TransCanada is building from the U.S. to Mexico. The pipeline network is longer than the currently operating southern leg of the Keystone pipeline (now dubbed the Gulf Coast Pipeline). Unlike Keystone XL, though, these piecemeal pipeline section bid wins have garnered little media attention or scrutiny beyond the business and financial press.   [Full Story]

Jun 14, 2016
Warren man charged, allegedly dumped fracking waste into Mahoning River
News Net 5
Cynthia Holmberg

A Warren man was charged for directing a former employee of a Youngstown-based company to dump fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River, which is a source of public drinking water for several Ohio cities. Though hazardous pollutants were dumped into a drain that flowed into the tributary, it ultimately flowed into the Mahoning River itself, according to the Northern Ohio U.S. Attorney's Office in a news release Monday. The discharge from one of the waste disposals was black in color according to the USAO.  [Full Story]

Jun 14, 2016
Air pollution shows up more during ‘flowback’ on natural gas wells
Aspen Public Radio
Elise Thatcher

Fracking can produce air pollution, but many more emissions likely happen during the next stage at a natural gas well. Researchers with Colorado State University collected air quality data at approximately ten well pads in Garfield County between 2013 and 2015. The idea was to closely review methane and other emissions during the stages before and after a well produces natural gas. CSU professor Jeff Collett led the study and presented results to Garfield County commissioners on Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 14, 2016
New data will help Colorado study health effects of fracking
US News
Dan Elliott

New data on air pollution from fracking wells in Colorado will be a big help in assessing whether the emissions are harmful to human health, state officials say.   [Full Story]

Jun 14, 2016
EPA bans disposal of fracking waste water at public treatment plants
State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned the disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste water at public sewage plants, formalizing a voluntary practice that removed most fracking waste from Pennsylvania plants starting in 2011.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
POLITICO New York Energy: NY Dems back AG on Exxon case; solar flight lands in NYC
Politico New York
David Giambusso & Scott Waldman

New York’s Democratic Congressional delegation is backing state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as he takes on the fossil fuel industry over its role in researching, and allegedly obscuring, the effects of climate change. On Friday, the 16 members sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas backing Schneiderman’s investigation into ExxonMobil for allegedly defrauding investors. Last month, Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee and climate change skeptic, inserted himself into the investigation which Schneiderman launched. Smith, who hails from the epicenter of the nation’s energy output, demanded all communications between Schneiderman’s office and environmental groups in the last four years.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
MSNBC’s fracking push revealed in new documents
RT


New documents reveal how the supposedly ‘liberal’ cable news network MSNBC pushed the polluting gas extraction method known as fracking to its audience, in a calculated example of the mainstream media shilling for its corporate interests. Documents obtained from Oklahoma State University (OSU) through the state’s Open Records Act reveal a clear decision by MSNBC to promote fracking along with natural gas as "solutions" to America's energy problems.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Fayette County Commissioner and Oil & Gas Exec Spar Over Fracking Waste
WAJR
Alex Wiederspiel

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — WV Oil & Natural Gas Association Executive Director Corky Demarco and Fayette County Commission President Matthew Wender debated the merits of Friday’s federal court ruling that invalidated the Fayette County frack waste ordinance.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Sen. Lewis helps pass fracking moratorium
Daily times Chronicle


BOSTON – This week, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to place a 10-year moratorium on fracking and the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Commonwealth.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Internal Documents Reveal How MSNBC Show Worked To Promote Fracking
DeSmog Blog


Cable TV network MSNBC has made headlines in recent days for apparently moving away from its “Lean Forward” progressive brand, catering instead to a more center-to-right-leaning crowd.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Flaring, fracking safety questions abound
Daily Times
Casey Junkins

WHEELING - As natural gas industry leaders tout use of their fuel as a means to curb carbon dioxide pollution, operators and processors continue flaring off some of their products throughout the Marcellus and Utica shale region.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
IN PHOTOS: THE FACES AND PLACES OF THE FRACKING BOOM
Allegheny Front
Kara Holsopple

The story of the fracking boom in Pennsylvania and nearby states runs as an almost continuous narrative in the region’s press. But covering the blow-by-blow of new drilling sites, protests, lawsuits and regulations is just one way to look at how fracking has changed the region.  [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
LISTEN - Study suggests fracking could affect global warming
Minster FM News


An international team of scientists, including academics from the University of York, have identified an increase in the concentrations of ethane and propane gas over much of the Northern Hemisphere since around 2009, probably due to increasing North American oil and natural gas production.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Marcellus Shale documentary brings photographers together at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Diana Nelson Jones Opinion

On one wall of an exhibit at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, projected maps of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia show a running tally of gas well sites or drilling permits — a dot representing each. The counter goes so fast you can’t read it, like the National Debt Clock in Times Square in New York City.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Energy bill sails through House to Senate
Sentinel & Enterprise
Bob Katzen

ENERGY (H 4377): House, 154-1, approved and sent to the Senate a bill requiring utilities to solicit and agree to 15-to-20-year contracts for large amounts of hydroelectric and offshore wind power. Provisions include: requiring all contract proposals to go through a competitive bidding process; requiring contracts to be cost-effective for ratepayers; and requiring that eligible offshore wind developers build projects in federally leased waters.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Activists Tell Feds to "Keep It In The Ground"
Public News Service


RENO, Nev. - Several hundred anti-fracking advocates are planning a big rally in Reno tomorrow to protest the auction of oil and gas leases. The Bureau of Land Management plans to sell contracts to extract natural resources from 115 square miles of federal land in the Smoky Valley.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Federal Court Rules WV County Injection Well Ban Violates State Law
NGI Shale Daily
Jeremiah Shelor

A federal judge last week ruled that an ordinance passed by a Southern West Virginia county banning the disposal of oil and natural gas wastewater in underground injection wells violates state laws and is preempted by the state's regulatory primacy over the practice.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
NC WARN alleges criminal fraud in methane studies at fracking sites
News & Observer
John Murawski

NC WARN, a Durham environmental advocacy group, and a Fayetteville engineer have teamed up to lodge federal allegations of scientific fraud against a Texas engineering professor who led key studies into methane leakage at shale gas drilling sites around the country. NC WARN filed the charges with the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the agency’s Office of Inspector General to investigate what the Durham group describes as misleading science that gives the fossil fuel industry political cover to continue spewing methane into the atmosphere.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Colorado Holds Second-Largest Natural Gas Formation Despite find, another natural gas boom not forthcoming
Compressor Tech 2


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) states that western Colorado, specifically the Mancos Shale formation in the state’s Piceance Basin, holds about 66.3 Tcf (1.87 X 1012 m3) of natural gas. That amount is 40 times higher than previously expected, and up from the 2003 number, which was 1.6 Tcf (45.3 X 109 m3). The data comes from new research and commercial drilling companies, USGS said. The data also revealed that the formation also holds 74 million barrels of shale oil and 45 million barrels of natural gas liquids.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Sen. Lewis helps pass fracking moratorium
Daily Times Chronicle


BOSTON – This week, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to place a 10-year moratorium on fracking and the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Commonwealth.  [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
How Joseph Percoco, Cuomo’s Problem-Solver, Became a Problem
The New York Times
JESSE McKINLEY and VIVIAN YEE

At an event in Ithaca during Mr. Cuomo’s 2010 campaign for governor, an anti-fracking protester handed one of Mr. Cuomo’s daughters a CD with information about the controversial drilling technique. It was not long before Walter Hang, an anti-fracking advocate, received a phone call, Mr. Hang recalled. Mr. Percoco was on the line. “They saw this as an affront,” recalled Mr. Hang, who had been expecting to meet with Mr. Cuomo that afternoon. “He barks at me, ‘They’re your people.’” The meeting was permanently off.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Gov. Wolf, House GOP Agree To Make DEP Start Over On Conventional Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday voted 18 to 5 to amend Senate Bill 279 (Hutchinson-R-Venango), which establishes the PA Grade Crude Development Advisory Council, with language abrogating DEP’s Chapter 78 conventional drilling regulations and forcing the agency to start the rulemaking process over.  [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
PA Environmental Council: Much Work To Do To Modernize Conventional Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


Davitt Woodwell, President of the PA Environmental Council, Wednesday issued this statement in reaction to House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee action on DEP’s updated drilling regulations— “The Pennsylvania General Assembly today allowed an important step forward in managing unconventional shale gas development in the Commonwealth.  [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Clean Power Coalition Denounces Action To Stall Climate Change, Gut DEP Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


The Clean Power PA Coalition, representing many of Pennsylvania’s environmental, clean energy business, public health and conservation community, Wednesday denounced the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 1195 (White-R-Indiana), which would delay much-needed and publicly-supported action to tackle climate change.   [Full Story]

Jun 12, 2016
Federal Judge Strikes Down West Virginia Fracking Ban
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

A federal judge ruled Friday a West Virginia local government ordinance effectively banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, violates state and federal law. Federal Judge John T. Copenhaver struck down an ordinance of Fayette County, W.V., saying aspects of it weren’t enforceable and were pre-empted by state and federal law.   [Full Story]

Jun 11, 2016
Initiative’s setbacks ?would cap ?drilling
Daily Sentinel
Dennis Webb

If a certain state ballot initiative passes this fall, “1 percent” in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties could come to mean something far more local than the well-worn political reference to the nation’s wealthiest class.   [Full Story]

Jun 11, 2016
Massachusetts Senate wants moratorium on fracking The bill calling for a 10-year ban aims to head off drilling in the Connecticut River Valley.
Portland Press Herald
Associated Press

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate is backing a 10-year moratorium on fracking in the state. The bill was approved unanimously Thursday. It would also bar disposal in Massachusetts of wastewater from fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 11, 2016
Radioactive Ranchers? Elements Found Downwind of Intensive Fracking
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

At first, Nielle and Howard Hawkwood, who have ranched in Alberta's foothills for 40 years, couldn't believe the 'in-your-face industrialization' that accompanied the horizontal drilling and fracking of tight oil wells around Cochrane, Alberta. It began in 2009 when the so-called Cardium oil boom abruptly dotted the rolling landscape with scores of well pads, oil batteries, and new access roads. The companies were drilling lateral wells, which turn 90 degrees and travel for kilometres underground, extending under people's barns and homes. (Tight oil costs more to extract and produces lower quantities of oil.)  [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Where to, Hillary? How Clinton Is Relying on President Obama’s Help
The New York Times
MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PATRICK HEALY

“There is not a battleground state on the map where President Obama is not an asset,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign. Mr. Obama’s advocacy for free-trade agreements and his administration’s rules allowing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are unpopular with liberals, among others. And it is unclear how effective the president can be in transferring his popularity to Mrs. Clinton. During the midterm elections of 2010 and 2014, Mr. Obama campaigned on behalf of Democratic lawmakers but his party was routed by Republicans both times.  [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Whistleblower Says EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Fracking Methane Emissions for Years
EcoWatch
Nika Knight

An environmental watchdog alleges that the answer may be a years-long, systematic cover-up of the true data surrounding these toxic emissions. That cover-up, the group says, was at the hands of at least one EPA researcher who accepted payments from the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Mass. Senate Passes 10-Year Fracking Moratorium
Common Dreams
Press Release

Boston, MA. - The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill yesterday to place a ten-year moratorium on fracking and the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Commonwealth. “Across the country, fracking is polluting drinking water and making families sick,” said Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Massachusetts. “We applaud Senate leaders for taking steps to ensure this dirty drilling and its toxic waste never come to Massachusetts.”   [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
SUPREME COURT: Term went from 'sleepy' to stunning
E&E Publishing
Robin Bravender

A Supreme Court term that started off as lackluster for environmental law enthusiasts has turned out to be one for the history books.   [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Yorkshire fracking approval may be unlawful, campaigners say
The Guardian
Nazia Parveen

Anti-fracking campaigners have claimed that a decision to allow energy companies to drill for shale gas in Yorkshire could be challenged in court. The fracking firm Third Energy was given permission last month to carry out test drilling at a site in Kirby Misperton in Rydale, North Yorkshire, even after locals opposed the application. Friends of the Earth and a local campaign group, Frack Free Ryedale, have written to North Yorkshire county council claiming the decision could be illegal. They have warned their letter could be followed by an application to the courts to have the decision overturned.  [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Can Bernie Sanders Help Rewrite Democratic Platform to Ban Fracking & Keep Oil in the Soil?
Democracy Now!


As the Democratic platform committee meets in Washington, we speak to Michelle Chan, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Action. She is working on recommendations for environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, one of Sanders’ selections on the Democratic platform drafting committee. Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking, which Sanders has backed, while Clinton has focused on the need for regulating the industry.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Mark Ruffalo on New York State's Environmental Leadership
You Tube


Actor and environmentalist Mark Ruffalo shares how New York has led the way in protecting the environment for future generations.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Pinellas County Commission passes fracking ban
Tampa Bay Weekly
Suzette Porter

CLEARWATER – More than a dozen people spoke in support of an ordinance that bans fracking in Pinellas County during a June 7 public hearing. The Commission gave its unanimous approval. There was no opposition.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
After Keystone XL: TransCanada Building North American Fracked Gas Pipeline Empire
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

Though President Barack Obama and his State Department nixed the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in November, the Canadian pipeline company giant has continued the fight in a federal lawsuit in Houston, claiming the Obama Administration has violated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Unlikely casualty in California's renewable energy boom: natural gas
Reuters
Nichola Groom

In February of 2001, then California Governor Gray Davis stood at the site of Calpine Corp's new Sutter natural gas power plant and unveiled his plan to fast-track construction of similar stations to add 20,000 megawatts of modern, efficient generation to the state in three years. Today, the plants inaugurated that day are among the casualties of a monumental shift in the U.S. energy landscape.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Methane emissions are extremely harmful, and the government might not know how much there is.
Washington Post
Darryl Fears

Methane is colorless and odorless. But it’s a powerhouse in the way it contributes to global warming. In the atmosphere, it’s more than 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Challenge could open door to drilling
Wayne Independent
Kevin Kearney

Curt Coccodrilli, owner of Lake Ariel-based Wayne Land and Mineral Group, is challenging the years-long drilling moratorium imposed by the New Jersey-based Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), saying the regulatory organization is overstepping its bounds in making certain restrictions.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Federal Report Appears to Undercut EPA Assurances on Water Safety In Pennsylvania Dimock, one of many places where gas drilling boomed in Pennsylvania, gets a sobering take on the quality of its drinking water.
ProPublica
Abrhm Lustgarten

But the last word about the quality of Dimock’s water came from assurances in a 2012 statement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — the federal department charged with safeguarding the Americans’ drinking water. The agency declared that the water coming out of Dimock’s taps did not require emergency action, such as a federal cleanup. The agency’s stance was widely interpreted to mean the water was safe. Now another federal agency charged with protecting public health has analyzed the same set of water samples, and determined that is not the case.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Whistleblower: EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Fracking Emissions for Years 'The cover-up has allowed the industry to dig in for years of delay in cutting emissions—at the worst possible time'
Common Dreams
Nika Knight

Why has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to take adequate action against disastrous, climate-warming methane emissions from the fracking industry? An environmental watchdog alleges that the answer may be a years-long, systematic cover-up of the true data surrounding these toxic emissions. That cover-up, the group says, was at the hands of at least one EPA researcher who accepted payments from the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Whistleblower: EPA Official Covered Up Methane Leakage Problems across US Natural Gas Industry — News Release from NC WARN
Common Dreams


Inspector General called to investigate scientific fraud that wasted crucial years in slowing climate crisis while risking safety of workers, communities DURHAM, NC - A watchdog group today charged that a high-ranking federal official connected to the fossil fuel industry committed scientific fraud and possibly criminal misconduct in a case with sweeping ramifications for global climate change and the safety of workers and neighbors of natural gas sites across much of the United States. The group called for an expedited investigation due to the urgent climate and safety implications of the EPA’s failure to curb widespread methane emissions. NC WARN, a 28 year-old climate and energy justice nonprofit, filed a 68-page complaint today with the Inspector General of the US Environmental Protection Agency based on written evidence and testimony provided by the engineer who invented the primary technology used to measure leakage and deliberate venting of natural gas. The complaint says the device’s severe underreporting of emissions during two high-profile studies has ramifications for releases of methane at hundreds of thousands of tanks, drilling sites and other gas equipment around the world.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
After Keystone XL: TransCanada Building North American Fracked Gas Pipeline Empire
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Though President Barack Obama and his State Department nixed the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in November, the Canadian pipeline company giant has continued the fight in a federal lawsuit in Houston, claiming the Obama Administration has violated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As the NAFTA lawsuit works its way through pre-trial hearings and motions — and as Keystone XL has become a campaign talking point for Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump — TransCanada has quietly consolidated an ambitious North America-wide fracked gas-carrying pipeline network over the past half year. Since Keystone XL North got the boot, TransCanada has either won permits or announced business moves in Canada, the United States and Mexico which will vastly expand its pipeline footprint and ability to move gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to market.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Climate Activists Call for Fracking Ban in DNC Platform
Democracy Now


Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking. This comes as voters in Butte County, California, have approved a local ban on fracking, the oil and gas drilling technique critics say threatens health and the climate.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Texas Green Activist Plans “Guerilla Manuever” Against Fracking
Independent Women's Forum
Jillian Kay Melchior

An environmental activist has launched a “guerilla maneuver” plan to force the Texas Democratic Party to work toward fracking bans in the energy-rich state, the Austin American-Statesman reports.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Green Party call for total ban on fracking in Ireland
Donegal Now


The Green Party has published a motion calling for an all-island ban on fracking. The motion calls for the Government to recognise the concern over exploratory drilling in Co. Antrim, to raise the issue on an intergovernmental level with the Northern Ireland Executive, and seek an all-island ban on fracking. The Green Party will be seeking cross-party support for the motion.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
State Suing Business Owner Convicted In Fracking Waste Dumping Case
WCBE
Associated Press

Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the owner of a Youngstown company sentenced to prison for dumping fracking waste into a storm sewer in 2012 and 2013.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Anti-Fracking Momentum Grows with Another People's Victory in California Measure E passed with an overwhelming 71 percent, making Butte County the fourth in the state to ban fracking
Common Dreams
Lauren McCauley

Notching another victory for the growing national anti-fracking movement, voters in Butte County, California on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a measure that bans the controversial oil and gas drilling process in their communities. Measure E won with 71 percent of the vote, making Butte the fourth California county to pass such a measure, following Mendocino, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties, and adding to the growing list of states and municipalities across the nation that have come out against fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Scotland Bans Fracking Forever
Mint Press
Claire Bernish

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse claimed the government remains “deeply sceptical” of fracking and none would be allowed to proceed unless distinct evidence proved the practice ‘causes no harm. In one fell swoop, Scotland banned fracking — permanently — when parliament narrowly voted in favor of cementing the country’s temporary moratorium on the controversial practice.  [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Tens of Thousands Demand DNC Add National Fracking Ban to Party Platform "The Democratic Party has been complicit in the U.S. fracking boom. Any serious plan to combat climate change must include a ban on fracking."
Common Dreams
Nadia Prupis

Climate activists on Wednesday delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) demanding that the party's 2016 platform include a nationwide ban on fracking. As the DNC convened in Washington, D.C. for its open forum on shaping the platform, activists with Food & Water Watch, 350.org, Honor the Earth, and other groups handed over the appeals and said officials must acknowledge the harm that fracking has caused the environment.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Pinellas County Commission bans fracking
Saint Peters Blog
Anne Lindberg

County commissioners voted Tuesday unanimously to ban fracking in Pinellas. “After listening carefully to the latest science and the voices of local residents, Pinellas County Commissioners decided to permanently protect the water, health, and environment of our county from the documented damage of fracking and fracking wastewater,” said Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Voters Celebrate Landslide Passage of Fracking Ban in Butte County
YubaNet
Food & Water Watch

Chico, CA June 8, 2016 - Voters in Butte County approved a fracking ban by an overwhelming 71 percent Tuesday night making it the fourth California county to ban the dangerous method of oil extraction. San Benito, Santa Cruz and Mendocino counties have also passed fracking bans, as have the cities of Beverly Hills and Carson.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Toxic Landslides Polluting Peace River Raise Alarms About Fracking, Site C
DeSmog Canada
Ben Parfitt

Toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, barium, cadmium, lithium and lead, are flowing unchecked into the Peace River following a series of unusual landslides that may be linked to natural gas industry fracking operations.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
How Bernie Sanders Made Hillary Clinton Into a Greener Candidate If Clinton keeps her promise to restrict fracking, Sanders will deserve a share of the credit.
Mother Jones
Ben Adler

But if ever there were a losing campaign that achieved some major wins, it's Sanders'. Not only did he force Clinton to talk more about economic inequality, he pushed her to promise stronger action to fight climate change and rein in fossil fuel companies. If Clinton becomes president and keeps some of her more recent promises to restrict oil drilling and fracking, Sanders will deserve a share of the credit.  [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought State might have second-largest formation in country, according to U.S. Geological Survey
Denver Post
Associated Press

Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Shareholders Urge Freeport-McMoran to Reduce Impacts of Urban Fracking Over 18% of Freeport Shareholders Support Newground Social Investment and As You Sow Proposal on the Risks of Urban Oil Recovery
PR Newswire
Press Release

OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Socially responsible investment firm Newground Social Investment, in partnership with shareholder advocacy group As You Sow (AYS), filed a shareholder proposal with Freeport-McMoRan asking the Company to report on steps it is taking to reduce the risks of its urban oil extraction operations, which primarily occur in Los Angeles County.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Shell 'fracked' well in field that spilled oil into Gulf
WWLTV
David Hammer

NEW ORLEANS -- Fracking chemicals were used on at least one of the four Shell oil wells in an offshore field that leaked nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last month, but those chemicals were likely long gone before the spill, federal regulators tell WWL-TV.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Anti-fracking protesters disrupt Hickenlooper's book event in Boulder Colorado Community Rights Network upset at Colorado governor
Daily Camera
Carah Wertheimer

A book talk by Gov. John Hickenlooper at the First Congregational Church in Boulder turned unexpectedly chaotic Wednesday night when it was disrupted by anti-fracking protesters from a group called the Colorado Community Rights Network. The Colorado governor was forced to abandon his initial effort to speak. Smiling, Hickenlooper appeared to take it in stride, eventually jumping on the church piano and playing a lively tune  [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Methane leak in Calif. up to 100 times worse than EPA reported, complaint says
Press of Atlantic City
Ivan Penn

An environmental organization filed a federal complaint Wednesday, alleging that key reports by a top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official wrongfully stated the severity of methane leaks across the nation’s natural gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Bernie Sanders debunks ‘local control’ talking points of anti-fracking activists
The Complete Colorado
Simon Lomax

Listen closely and you can hear the sound of anti-fracking talking points going through the shredder. It started less than two weeks ago, when Colorado state officials released a report on a ballot measure banning oil and natural gas drilling within 2,500 feet of buildings or “areas of special concern,” such as rivers, creeks, parks and open space. The report showed the proposed “setback” measure, still in the signature-gathering phase, would prohibit drilling across 90 percent of the state – an effective statewide ban.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Unemployed oil workers find new home in solar industry
MarketPlace
Brenda Salinas

Eighty thousand workers have been laid off across the country as the price of oil has plummeted. In Texas, some out-of-work rig hands, pipe fitters and engineers are finding employment in solar energy. David Webster has been managing the Mission Solar warehouse in San Antonio since February. Before finding work in the solar sector, Webster spent 10 years shipping oil out of rigs all over the world. Now, he makes sure that the solar panels are packaged and distributed to customers across the U.S. Transitioning to solar energy was an adjustment.  [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Parts of the Valley rally in national protest against fracking
WFMJ


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Protesters in the Valley joined 16 states and the District of Columbia in a national rally against fracking. Groups rallied at fracking sites in Niles, New Castle and Vienna. They also gathered at Federal Square in downtown Youngstown.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Is the Texas Democratic Party platform too rosy on fracking?
My Statesman
Asher Price

Determined to press the Texas Democratic Party to adopt a more aggressive stance on climate change and fracking, an Austin environmental activist is gearing up for a guerrilla maneuver on the floor of the party’s state convention next week in San Antonio.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Groups gather to protest fracking in Belmont County
WTOV
Kendall Forward

Activists from all over Belmont County came to Martins Ferry holding signs targeted at fracking and energy industry laws in Ohio. Scott Whitaker organized the group. He's a member of the groups Ohio Valley Peace and Concerned Barnesville Area Residents, two of the many being represented Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Most natural gas production growth is expected to come from shale gas and tight oil plays
Oil Voice


The growth in total U.S. dry natural gas production projected in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case results mostly from increased development of shale gas and tight oil plays. Natural gas resources in tight sandstone and carbonate formations (often referred to as tight gas) also contribute to the growth to a lesser extent, while production from other sources of natural gas such as offshore, Alaska, and coalbed methane remains relatively steady or declines.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Chamber beats back anti-fracking policies
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is targeting the anti-fossil fuel policies of Democratic presidential candidates and environmental groups by releasing a report Tuesday that shows the U.S. is more secure due to fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Calhoun residents protest possible fracking
My Panhandle
Taylor Smith

Concern is growing about fracking in Calhoun County. About 30 people attended a rally Tuesday afternoon at Highway 20 boat landing on the Chipola River. They were showing their support for a fracking ban.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Environmentalists hold Toxic Tea Party to protest fracking Group leaders said their focus is getting the ODNR to close down the injection well in Vienna
WKBN


VIENNA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Environmentalists made several stops Tuesday to protest natural gas fracking in Ohio. Frack-Free Mahoning Valley held an anti-fracking “Toxic Tea Party” in Vienna Township.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought
Seattle Times
Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Don’t frack the rich? Comment puts focus on environmental justice
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

At a recent legal forum in Harrisburg, a prominent natural gas industry executive suggested his company tries to avoid drilling near rich people. “I was infuriated when I heard it,” says Patrick Grenter, of the environmental advocacy group, the Center for Coalfield Justice. ”I was sitting with some colleagues and I said to them, ‘Did he really just say that?’”   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
House Could Vote At Any Time To Kill Entire Drilling Reg Package Thru June 13
PA Environment Digest


The House has through June 13 to vote on House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution #1 to kill DEP’s final conventional Chapter 78 and unconventional (Marcellus Shale) Chapter 78a drilling regulations (assuming it does not add any additional session days, voting or non-voting).   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Will Norway Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2025?
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Norway’s four leading political parties have reportedly reached an agreement to ban the sale of all gasoline-powered cars by 2025, according to Norwegian Liberal Party MP Ola Elverstuen. “After 2025 new private cars, buses and light commercial vehicles will be zero-emission vehicles. By 2030, new heavier vans, 75 percent of new long-distance buses, 50 percent of new trucks will be zero emission vehicles,” he said.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
FAA rules not likely to impact Pittsburgh airport drilling
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul J. Gough

New guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration on drilling for oil and natural gas at airports nationwide isn’t expected to alter the course at Pittsburgh International Airport property.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
ANOTHER FRACKING MELODRAMA
Spiked
James Woudhuysen

or the first time, American scientists have published a paper showing that wastewater from a shale-gas well and a coalbed methane site, disposed of by injecting it into a deep well, has reached a surface stream. This has led the UK group Frack Off to claim that the ‘favoured method of frack-waste disposal [is] causing environmental harm’.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
I Wrote a Book the Fracking Industry Doesn't Want You to Read Wenonah Hauter reflects on her new book, Frackopoly.
Food and Water Watch
Wenonah Hauter

My new book, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment will be released this week and I want to tell you why I wrote it. In the 1990s, I worked on a project to promote renewable energy. Even then, renewables were ready. They were cost-effective and along with energy efficiency technologies, we were poised to make the transition.  [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Fracking Health Study Warns of Exploding Showerheads
Earthworks
Aaron Mintzes

If you have ever seen the film Psycho, you understand vulnerability in the shower. Imagine waking up in the morning, still groggy from last night’s sleep, you waddle over to the shower, remove your clothes and turn on the faucet. Suddenly, an explosion!   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Trek Actors Arrested In Fracking Protest
Trek Today
T'Bonz

James Cromwell and J.G. Hertzler were part of a small group protesting salt cavern gas storage. They blocked traffic from entering or leaving the Crestwood compressor station.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
139-square-mile Fracking Plan in Wyoming Prompts Legal Protest Groups Call on BLM to Cancel Massive Fossil Fuel Development That Threatens Climate, Water, Greater Sage Grouse
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

JACKSON, Wyo.— Conservation groups filed a formal administrative protest on Friday challenging a massive Bureau of Land Management plan to auction off 139 square miles of publicly owned fossil fuels in Wyoming on Aug. 2. Most of the area, about 100 square miles, is located in habitat for imperiled greater sage grouse. The protest calls for canceling the auction entirely.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Anti-fracking group plans protest event
News and Sentinel


COOLVILLE - Torch CAN DO is hosting a "Toxic Tea Party" near the large rest area on U.S. 50 just past Coolville at noon Tuesday. Many of the group members, who are opposed to the dumping of fracking waste in Athens County injection wells, are dressing in "Alice in Wonderland" attire. The group is trying to raise awareness about the fracking issues.   [Full Story]

Jun 5, 2016
Fear of climate change leads Scottish Parliament to vote for fracking ban
The Rebel
Holly Nicholas

The Scottish parliament has voted in favour of a ban on fracking. It’s not binding, but it’s a step further in the direction of keeping fossil fuels in the ground and implementing a green energy strategy.   [Full Story]

Jun 5, 2016
Oil Train Derails in Columbia River Gorge, Rally Calls for Ban on ‘Bomb Trains’
EcoWatch
Columbia Riverkeeper

A unit train carrying crude oil derailed near Mosier, Oregon, Friday. Mosier schools were evacuated and a large black plume of smoke filled the sky with visible flames.   [Full Story]

Jun 5, 2016
Sanders Trumps Clinton on the Environment and Climate Change
TeleSurTV
Adriana Maestas Opinion

Will Californians vote their conscience at the Democratic primary Tuesday when it comes to the environment? The League of Conservation Voters, an organization that works to turn environmental values into national, state, and local priorities, issues an environmental scorecard that provides factual information about the environmental legislation considered by members of Congress. The National Environmental Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 environmental and conservation organizations that have examined key votes taken by congressional representatives. Bernie Sanders received a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters for his environmental voting record in 2015, and his lifetime score is 95 percent. Hillary Clinton was not in office in 2015, so she doesn’t have a score for last year, but her lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters is 82%.  [Full Story]

Jun 4, 2016
Agricultural Soil Impacted by Fracking Chemical Spills
Green Optimistic
Courtney Lepping

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemicals sometimes end up where they’re not supposed to be: in agricultural soil. Toxic biocides, surfactants, corrosion inhibitors, and slicking agents are some of many types of chemicals used to extract oil and gas from shale and rock. The chemicals aid in extraction, but what happens after a spill?   [Full Story]

Jun 4, 2016
Sanders, Clinton fight for green vote in tight Calif. race
The Hill


Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both hoping green voters will put them over the top as they near the end of a tight California primary fight. Clinton this week locked up two key endorsements — from an environmental group and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) — both thanks to her positions on environmental issues. Sanders, meanwhile, is taking his environmental message directly to California voters. He's endorsed local efforts to block new fracking operations, an issue where he argues Clinton is weak, and pushed her on other initiatives dear to greens.  [Full Story]

Jun 4, 2016
The science on fracking isn’t junk
Caller Times
Luke Metzger Opinion

The head of the Texas Oil & Gas Association thinks that any study pointing out the health effects and dangers of fracking and oil refining is "junk science" ("Let real facts govern energy," Caller-Times, May 29). Surprised? Neither are we.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Pinellas County Commission to consider fracking ban Tuesday
Tampa Bay Times
Tracey McManus

On the heels of a failed state bill that would have authorized fracking in Florida and prevented local governments from regulating it, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will consider banning the practice countywide.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Chile environmental watchdog probes GeoPark for illegal fracking
Reuters


Chile's SMA environmental regulator said on Friday it was investigating Latin America-focused oil and gas explorer GeoPark Ltd for alleged violations, including fracking activities without having the necessary permits.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Arkansas River pipeline blowout occurred on Sunday morning, cause still unknown
Arkansas Times
Benjamin Hardy

Based on eyewitness accounts, it appears the rupture of the auxiliary Texas Eastern Pipeline used to transport natural gas across the Arkansas River occurred around 9:40 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, May 31. However, neither the owner of the pipeline — Houston-based Spectra Energy — nor the U.S. Coast Guard became aware of the incident until sometime Monday, June 1, when Jeffrey Sand Company in North Little Rock called the energy company to complain about damage to a towboat it owns, the Chris M.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Monterey County: Anti-fracking measure qualifies for November ballot
Mercury News
Paul Rogers

The move to ban fracking in California is picking up new momentum, as a measure to prohibit not only the controversial oil-extraction technique but all new oil drilling in Monterey County has qualified for the November ballot. The Board of Supervisors in Monterey County -- California's fourth-largest oil-producing county -- voted late Wednesday to place the measure on the ballot after elections officials verified that environmentalists had turned in 12,187 valid signatures, easily exceeding the required 7,391.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
New Federal Report Shows Dimock Water Was Unsafe to Drink After All
EcoWatch
Sharon Kelly

Back in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a startling announcement, shaking up the battle over fracking in one of the nation’s highest-profile cases where drillers were suspected to have caused water contamination. Now, a newly published report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), puts EPA’s testing results into an entirely new light. The water was not safe to drink after all, the ATSDR concluded, after a lengthy review of the same water testing results that EPA used back in 2012.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Bomb Train Hits Oregon Community as Feared Derailment Comes to Pass
Common Dreams
by Jon Queally, staff writer

This story is developing and may be updated... A fire is burning and large plume of smoke is rising after a train carrying oil derailed not far from the Columbia River in the town of Mosier, Oregon on Friday. OregonLive.com reports: A multi-car oil train derailment Friday in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier sent up a massive plume of black smoke and stoked long-standing fears about the risks of hauling crude oil through one of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned landmarks. One to two cars were on fire -- part of a train hauling eight cars, authorities said. It's not clear how many cars derailed. Photos showed at least seven cars off the tracks. There were no immediate reports of injuries.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Activists target fracking waste on Tuesday's action day
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Ohio, June 2, 2016 – Even though unconventional fracking currently appears to be experiencing a shale bust, the toxic fracking waste problem is still here and getting worse as millions of gallons and tons of fracking waste is constantly being created, according to groups organizing a National Day of Action to be held on June 7, 2016.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Pennsylvania group challenges fracking permit process
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

HICKORY, Pa. (June 2, 2016) – PennFuture has filed a legal challenge to the zoning ordinance in Mount Pleasant Township, Washington County arguing that it is constitutionally invalid because it allows industrial gas drilling across all zoned districts.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Bomb Train Hits Oregon Community as Feared Derailment Comes to Pass
Common Dreams
Jon Queally

This story is developing and may be updated... A fire is burning and large plume of smoke is rising after a train carrying oil derailed not far from the Columbia River in the town of Mosier, Oregon on Friday. OregonLive.com reports: A multi-car oil train derailment Friday in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier sent up a massive plume of black smoke and stoked long-standing fears about the risks of hauling crude oil through one of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned landmarks.  [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
As California Goes, So Goes the Planet
EcoWatch
Josh Fox

We need democracy like we need water. California primary voters must choose Bernie Sanders or the state will continue to experience a serious drought of both. Despite California’s claims to be an environmental leader, its government has been co-opted by the oil and gas industry and its citizens and climate are suffering. Gov. Brown has turned a blind eye to poor and Latino communities living next to polluting fracking wells and fracking wastewater being used to irrigate crops.  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Fracking ban, solid waste bills scheduled for senate debate
WWLP
Katie Lannan

BOSTON (STATE HOUSE) – Two recycling bills and legislation calling for a 10-year ban on hydraulic fracturing in Massachusetts are on tap for Senate consideration next week.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Fracking ban makes fall ballot, supervisors bypass impact studies
Monterey Herald
Jim Johnson

Salinas >> Reversing course on conducting a series of impact studies, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to place a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas well stimulation techniques on the fall ballot.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Portland Joins Towns Banning Fracking Waste
Harford Courant
Gregory B Hladky

Portland is now the fourth Connecticut community to ban any use of the chemical wastes from hydraulic fracturing – also known as fracking – within its borders. Fracking is a controversial method of extracting natural gas.  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Planning Panel Sends Anti-Fracking Ordinance to Board of Supervisors
The Independent


The Alameda County Planning Commission has sent a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to adopt the text of a proposed anti-fracking ordinance. The county has been working on the ordinance for two years. The supervisors are expected to consider the draft ordinance in July.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Fracking advocates weigh suing EPA over climate regs
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The latest piece in President Obama's climate agenda soon could become the next target for major legal action, said a senior official with a trade group representing oil and gas producers in the West. The Western Energy Alliance is "exploring litigation" over the Environmental Protection Agency's methane reduction rules for new oil and gas fracking wells, said Kathleen Sgemma, vice president for federal affairs and communications for the group.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
IOGCC Representatives Spout Climate Denial at ExxonMobil-Funded Meeting
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

At the opening session of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)'s recent annual business meeting held in Denver, Colorado, the commission's Nebraska state representative Bill Sydow was closing up at the horseshoe-shaped roundtable by making a few heads turn. “I spent Thanksgiving in Chicago with my daughter and her two friends and I'm talking about climate change and global warming and I'm not a skeptic, I'm a denier” stated Sydow, the director of Nebraska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, flanked by dozens of IOGCC state representatives at the mid-May meeting. “And so I'm talking to these two kids and they're like 'What are you talking about?' They have never heard another side to the issue.”  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
AG won’t yield climate change documents
Ithaca Journal
MICHAEL VIRTANEN

ALBANY — New York’s attorney general has refused to send requested documents about his investigation into Exxon Mobil to a congressional committee, saying Congress lacks jurisdiction over state law enforcement. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texan who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, that his letter request May 18 was based on “incorrect statements” about what he’s doing and “raises serious constitutional concerns.”  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Tactical Escalation at FERC Brings Response
Future Hope
Ted Glick

In the 1970’s I was active with an Anti-Displacement Committee group in downtown Brooklyn, NY. We worked with tenants who were facing pressures, some of them very intense, from unscrupulous landlords trying to force the tenants out so they could jack up the rents or go coop in the gentrifying area where I lived. Several times we successfully used a particular tactic to fight them: demonstrating at the home or public office of the landlord, alerting his neighbors to what he was doing. Once we picketed in sub-freezing weather outside the storefront office of a landlord who was not providing heat or hot water to one of his buildings. Another time we took a busload of people from Brooklyn to Stamford, Ct. to the estate of a very rich landlord who was brutally forcing tenants out of a large apartment building. When we arrived, 40 of us walked down the driveway to his home, rang his bell, and when no one answered we plastered his house and his personal tennis court with leaflets and signs. And once we called the home phone number of a landlord not providing heat and hot water, telling him that if he didn’t provide those services within 24 hours, we would distribute leaflets up and down his block. In all three cases the tactic worked. Heat and hot water was provided, and the remaining tenants in the building being emptied were offered reasonable financial settlements in return for agreeing to move. Though not exactly a victory, it was pretty much the best that could be hoped for given the particular situation.  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Regulator beefing up efforts to monitor fracking related earthquakes
inews880
Shelby Thorn

B.C.’s oil and gas regulator is ramping up efforts to monitor earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Groningen calls for parliamentary inquiry into gas drilling crisis
Dutch News


Groningen’s provincial government has called on parliament to launch an inquiry into natural gas extraction from under the province. ... The Dutch safety board said in a report last year that the economic affairs ministry, drilling company NAM and the Dutch mining body ignored safety concerns in their pursuit of profit.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
FERC accepts gas-electric reliability measures in California
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today accepted interim measures to address the limited operability of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility that could affect reliability and market operations in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) grid this summer.  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Anti-fracking ballot measure would ban drilling across Colorado, state maps confirm
Complete Colorado
Simon Lomax

Now, state officials have released a report and a series of maps confirming the devastating impact of the anti-fracking agenda in Colorado if it ever becomes law. Just one of these ballot measures, which would prohibit oil and natural gas development within 2,500 feet of any occupied buildings or “areas of special concern,” effectively bans drilling across the state.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Feds Find Offshore Fracking in the Pacific Would Have No ‘Significant’ Environmental Impact
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Reactions are growing after a recent joint study by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. It found hydraulic fracking off the coast of California poses no “significant” environmental impact. The decision lifts a moratorium triggered earlier this year by a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity. The group said it is considering other legal options to challenge the decision.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Scottish Parliament Passes Motion in Support of Outright Fracking Ban
EcoWatch
Deirdre Fulton

The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday narrowly passed a motion in support of an outright fracking ban, setting up a potential showdown over the controversial fossil fuels extraction method.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Sanders Touts Fracking Ban as Clinton Pushes Renewables Plan Just Days Before California Primary
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are ramping up their green bona fides before the Golden State’s crucial Democratic primary Tuesday. The Democratic presidential candidates recently elaborated their national energy plans, with Sanders calling for a nationwide ban on fracking and Clinton pledging to use federal lands to enable the nation’s transition to more renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Scottish Parliament votes for total fracking ban
Independent
Jon Stone

The Scottish Parliament has voted to support a ban on fracking north of the border. Labour, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats joined forces to vote for the ban, with the Conservatives voting against it. The Scottish National Party, which currently runs a minority government in Scotland abstained on the issue.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
CSU team calls for more study of fracking spills
Coloradoan
Jacy Marmaduke

A team of CSU researchers wanted to find out how long chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing remain in soil after being spilled and whether certain chemical combinations have different effects. Their findings, they say, underscore the need for more research on fracking and other chemical spills, especially those on or near agricultural land.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Oil and Gas Industry Building War Chest to Fight Ballot Initiatives
Public News Service


DENVER - The oil and gas industry is gearing up to defeat several initiatives headed toward the November ballot that would allow restrictions on fracking. A coalition of industry, business groups and elected officials called Protecting Colorado's Environment, Economy and Energy Independence has formed to block efforts such as Initiative 40, which would allow local control over drilling. Lafayette city councilwoman Merrily Mazza supports the measure.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
What happens to hydraulic fracturing wastewater on cropland
EurekaAlert!
American Chemical Society

The use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has grown rapidly in the U.S. over the past 15 years -- but concerns persist that the oil and gas extraction method could harm the environment and people's health. To better understand its potential effects, scientists simulated what would happen to the wastewater produced by the technique after a spill. They published their findings in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Sanders challenges White House and DNC over fracking
Washington Post
David Weigel

SPRECKELS, Calif. -- Just days after two federal agencies seemed to clear the way for offshore fracking in the Pacific Ocean, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on it to stop.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Ohio.com News Local News Munroe Falls trying to limit oil and gas drilling based on city’s zoning ordinance in new court fight
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

The city has filed a new lawsuit against Beck Energy Corp. and South Carolina-based Sonoco Products Co. for a proposed oil and gas well that the city says is illegal because of Munroe Falls zoning.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
METHANE: A flash fire, third-degree burns and an investigation without end
E & E Newswire
Mike Soraghan

PERRIN, Texas -- On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Cody Murray's water well exploded in flames. Natural gas unexpectedly flowed up with the water and ignited when a switch flipped in the pump house where he stood. It turned the air to fire. Murray, a sturdy middle-aged rancher, oil worker and father of two, suffered second- and third-degree burns over nearly a quarter of his body. His father and 4-year-old daughter were also burned in the August 2014 flash fire.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Environmentalists Consider Lawsuit After Feds Approve Fracking Off California Coast
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

An environmental group is considering legal action after a pair of federal agencies concluded hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, off the coast of California doesn’t harm the environment. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is considering more lawsuits to block offshore fracking in California and directly blames the Obama administration for the analysis.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Fracking 2016: Obama Administration Approves Drilling Off The Coast Of California
International Business Times
Clark Mindock

Fracking companies operating off the coast of California cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when two federal agencies determined that the practice has no significant impact on the human environment. The decision lifts a moratorium that had been placed on hydraulic fracturing this year after an environmental group filed a lawsuit questioning the drilling practice.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Group asks court for more time to put fracking ban on Michigan ballot
Michigan Radio
Steve Carmody

Activists trying to ban fracking in Michigan are asking a court to give them more time to put the issue on the ballot.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Bernie Sanders vows to ban fracking in Monterey County
KION
Matt Sizemore and Barry Brown

Making a third stop on his Central Coast tour in Spreckels, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wasn't in rally-mode on Wednesday. But he did have a clear message to voters when it comes to protecting Monterey County. "And I hope very much that Monterey County will continue the momentum that makes it clear that fracking is not safe, and is not what we need for our kids," Sanders said.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Renewable Energy Surges to Record-Breaking Levels Around the World
EcoWatch
Andy Rowell

The renewable revolution is gathering apace according to new research. Last year was an “extraordinary” record year for the sector, with “the largest global capacity additions seen to date.” An estimated 147 gigawatts of renewable power capacity was added in 2015, according to the annual report of REN21, the renewables policy organization made up of energy experts, NGOs and governments, which is based in Paris. In total, new installations of renewable power generation capacity rose to 1,848.5 GW globally in 2015, underlying the fact I made in yesterday’s blog that Big Oil’s demise might come sooner rather than later, in part due to the renewable revolution. Most importantly, slowly but surely every year, renewables are becoming more cost competitive with fossil fuels. “I’ve been working in this sector for 20 years and the economic case is now fully there,” said Christine Lins, the executive secretary of REN21: “The fact that we had 147GW of capacity, mainly of wind and solar is a clear indication that these technologies are cost competitive (with fossil fuels).” Lins also points out that this record renewable growth has been achieved despite huge subsidies to fossil fuels. “What is truly remarkable about these results is that they were achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows and renewables remained at a significant disadvantage in terms of government subsidies,” she said in a statement. Lins continued: “For every dollar spent boosting renewables, nearly four dollars were spent to maintain our dependence on fossil fuels.” Most worrying for Big Oil is that this is the largest ever annual increase in installed clean capacity ever. As if to emphazise the point the amount spent on renewables was double that spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants. In total, including large hydro projects, new investment was an estimated $328.9 billion, echoing research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance from earlier in the year which put clean energy investment a fraction higher at $329.3 billion. More than 8 million people are now employed in the sector.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
1.1 GW Of New Solar Capacity Being Developed In Pakistan
Clean Technica
Saurabh Mahapatra

Pakistan is expected to see a sharp jump in operational solar PV capacity over the next few years, as several project developers have signed pacts to set up projects. The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has reported that as many as 35 solar PV power projects are currently at various stages of development. These projects will have a cumulative installed capacity of 1,111 MW. The largest of these projects will come up at the Quaid-e-Azam solar power park. The project currently has 100 MW of operational capacity. Apollo Solar Pakistan, Crest Energy Pakistan, and Best Green Energy Pakistan are working on 100 MW of solar capacity each. These projects are expected to be commissioned by the end of this year. The total capacity of the Quaid-e-Azam solar park will thus increase to 400 MW against a planned capacity of 1,000 MW. Six other developers have been issued letters of support for the development of projects with a cumulative capacity of 47.84 MW. The ADEB has also issued letters of intent for the development of 25 projects with a combined generation capacity of 663 MW. These projects are expected to be operational by 2018. Additionally, the government of Punjab province has also issued letters of intent for projects with 600 MW of capacity, of which 300 MW of capacity has already secured financing. Several European and Chinese companies have already invested in Pakistan’s renewable energy market. Foreign investors poured over $3 billion into the renewable energy sector in Pakistan over the last year.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Sanders hits Clinton on fracking in California
The Hill
Devin Henryy

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday promised to enact a national ban on fracking if he is president, hitting Hillary Clinton as weak on the issue just days before California's critical primary.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Judge strikes down suit against fracking opponents
State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed an attempt by a group of natural gas leaseholders seeking to block environmentalists’ objections to a township’s plans to open itself up to gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Federal Agencies Find That Fracking In The Pacific Would Have No ‘Significant’ Environmental Impacts
Think Progress
Natasha Geiling

On Friday, both the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) jointly released an environmental study that looked at the impact of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — on marine ecosystems. The report analyzed 23 offshore fracking operations that operated in California between 1982 and 2014, and found that the operations have a minimal impact on the quality of water and ocean health. To the fossil fuel industry, this signals a return to normalcy, as both the BOEM and BSEE will resume approval of offshore fracking permits that they had temporarily suspended while the environmental study was being conducted.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
What happens to hydraulic fracturing wastewater on cropland
Science Daily


The use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has grown rapidly in the U.S. over the past 15 years -- but concerns persist that the oil and gas extraction method could harm the environment and people's health. To better understand its potential effects, scientists simulated what would happen to the wastewater produced by the technique after a spill. They published their findings in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. This spring, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that hydraulic fracturing accounts for two-thirds of the country's natural gas production. Customers have benefited from lower gas bills, but the technique's growth comes with some risks. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission received reports of 838 spills that released a total of more than 660,000 gallons of fluids associated with fracking in 2014. Since hydraulic fracturing and, potentially, any associated spills often occur near agricultural land, Jens Blotevogel, Thomas Borch and colleagues wanted to find out whether compounds in the wastewater biodegrade or stick around in the soil where they might be taken up by crops.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
When It Comes To Money, Colorado's Possible Ballot Fight Over Fracking Is Lopsided
KUNC
Dan Boyce

The state's oil and gas industry is preparing for a potential battle at the ballot box against a much less well-funded foe. Supporters of four different ballot measures that seek to restrict drilling are gathering signatures and have raised just tens of thousands of dollars, compared to the more than $6 million that one opposition group has amassed for the fight.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Millennium not stopping progress; Compressor station will not await health study
River Reporter
Fritz Mayer

ELDRED, NY — Millennium Pipeline Company is not doing any physical preparation work for its proposed compressor station in Eldred just now. But that’s not because it’s waiting for the completion of a health study proposed by activists and local government officials, according to Millennium representative Michelle Hook. It’s because the company first needs to finish filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has not received the necessary permits to begin work. Millennium has agreed to pay for the health study, which is being initiated by the Sullivan County Legislature, but does not plan to alter its schedule in relation to it. Hook wrote in an email, “While the study is being done we will continue to submit paperwork to the FERC and pursue all necessary certificates. Halting this process at this juncture isn’t possible. Once we pre-filed for this project the clock started, and we have a timeline we have to adhere to. In addition, the compressor is one piece of a four-part project that is necessary, and those other pieces cannot be put on hold and the entire project must be submitted to FERC as one.  [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Anti-fracking initiative qualifies for November ballot
KION
Erika Mahoney

The Monterey County anti-fracking initiative received enough validated signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The Monterey County Registrar of Voters will deliver the news to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on June 1. Supervisors will then decide whether to put the initiative on the ballot or adopt it themselves.  [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Editorial: Fracking ban makes more sense than the alternative
Chicoer
Editorial

We’re not sure a ban on hydraulic fracturing is necessary in Butte County. A lot of political capital could be spent trying to outlaw every boogeyman that’s out there. That said, a citizen initiative has resulted in the question going to county voters on June 7, so we all have to answer a straightforward question: Should fracking be banned in Butte County?   [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Newfoundland Fracking Report Says There Are Too Many Unknowns
Huffington Post
Sue Bailey

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — There are too many science, technology and risk-assessment gaps to green-light fracking in western Newfoundland, says a panel that studied the contentious oil-extraction process.  [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Who Bears the Most Risk From Fracking?
New York Times
Editorial

Say this for John Quigley, until a few days ago the state of Pennsylvania’s top environmental officer. With a profanity-laced email that played a role in his resignation he put the dangers of hydraulic fracturing front and center in the public consciousness. Mr. Quigley had backed tough new updates in state rules governing drilling for natural gas. But after legislators voted them down, he blistered environmentalists for failing to support the cause.   [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by developer, landowners against Middlesex fracking opponents
TribLive
Mathew Santoni

A Butler County judge has dismissed the second lawsuit a developer and 13 landowners had filed against Middlesex residents and non-profits opposed to fracking, the defendants announced Tuesday.   [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Environmentalists Call Fracking Assessment Flawed Offshore fracking to resume in Federal waters
KEYT
Tracy Lehr

An assessment by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), ended a court-ordered settlement and paved the way for the Obama administration to allow oil companies to resume fracking in Federal waters.... Attorney Maggie Hall, with the Environmental Defense Center, calls the government analysis flawed "We fundamentally disagree with the analysis. There are significant impacts we are concerned about, impacts to the marine environment, air quality and water quality when using practices out in the marine environment. At this point they should go back to the drawing board and do a comprehensive review of the impacts," said Hall.   [Full Story]

May 30, 2016
Clinton Actively Promoted Fracking as Secretary of State
The Real News
Sharmini Peries

9 Minute Audio Report  [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
How fracking can contribute to climate change Leakage of natural gas from drilling and pipework means more methane is entering the atmosphere
The Guardian
Gary Fuller

One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%.   [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
Obama Administration Approves Resumption of CA Offshore Fracking
Indy Bay
Dan Bacher

Miyoko Sakashita, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Oceans program, vigorously disagreed with the agencies’ finding of “no significant impact” — and warned they may file new litigation to halt offshore fracking.   [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
Sanders visits Delano home of UFW, calls for fracking ban to improve local water quality
Bakersfield.com
John Cox

Asked what he would do to address poor water quality in local cases not associated with pesticide contamination, Sanders reiterated his support for a nationwide ban on fracking, the controversial oil well stimulation technique also known as hydraulic fracturing. He additionally called for more work to slow climate change and conserve water during the drought as ways to improve local drinking water.   [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
2 federal agencies open fracking door for California
RT


Fracking is getting a new lease on life in oil-rich California, much to the dismay of environmental campaigners. Two federal agencies just released reports on offshore drilling there, and found “no significant risk to the environment.”  [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
Women lead the call to arms as anti-fracking fight intensifies Female opposition to drilling soars as mothers unite in desire to safeguard children’s future
The Guardian
John Vidal

“We are ready for them,” said Tina Louise Rothery. “It has been a long battle but we have been ready for a confrontation for a long time.” Rothery is one of a growing group of women at the forefront of opposition to fracking. Of the 250 anti-fracking community groups that have sprung up in Britain in the past few years, very many are led, or strongly backed, by women, who say they have been outraged at plans to risk people’s health by exploiting the countryside for shale gas.   [Full Story]

May 28, 2016
Agency: Measure would put most of state off-limits to wells Passage of ballot measure would devastate economy, report says
Durango Herald
Dan Elliott

DENVER – A proposal to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and schools in Colorado would leave 90 percent of the state off-limits to future drilling, regulators said Friday.   [Full Story]

May 28, 2016
Marcellus gas drillers challenge Kathleen Kane's antitrust tactics
PennLive
John Beauge

Two major players in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling have accused Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane of attempting to litigate federal antitrust claims in state court.   [Full Story]

May 28, 2016
Feds open door to Pacific coast fracking
Bend Bulletin
Rob Nikolewski

SAN DIEGO — An environmental assessment from two federal agencies released Friday determined that fracking off the coast of California causes no significant impact, thus lifting a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that was instituted earlier this year.   [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Donald Trump's energy plan: Regulate less, drill more
CNN
Matt Egan

Donald Trump has a simple formula to get America's energy industry back on its feet: regulate less and start drilling a lot more for oil and gas. In his first in-depth speech about energy policy, Trump on Thursday promised to make American energy "dominance" a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the U.S.   [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Feds clear California offshore fracking
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Federal regulators ruled Friday that offshore hydraulic fracturing has no “significant” environmental impact off California’s coast. The two agencies responsible for offshore drilling, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), finalized a pair of environmental study documents Friday regarding the impact findings.   [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Fracking go-ahead: What happens next?
BBC News
John Moylan

Plans for fracking in England are being prepared in the wake of the decision made in North Yorkshire earlier this week. Brownfield sites and areas near motorway junctions could be used for future shale gas production. On Monday North Yorkshire County Council approved an application by Third Energy to frack a well near the village of Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Anti-fracking protesters celebrate indefinite moratorium
CBC News
Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon

Anti-fracking protesters across New Brunswick are celebrating after Friday's announcement the provincial government has extended a hydraulic fracturing moratorium indefinitely. They say they would prefer to see it be permanent, rather than indefinite. Still, they are pleased their fight paid off. "It's a big relief that I don't have to worry about my water," said Willi Nowlan, who was a prominent figure in the anti-fracking campaign in Rexton, where protesters and the RCMP clashed in 2013.   [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California
Common Dreams


LOS ANGELES - The Obama administration today finalized plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and dumping fracking chemicals mixed with wastewater in California’s wildlife-rich Santa Barbara Channel. Today’s announcement from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement ends a court-ordered settlement that placed a moratorium on offshore fracking and acidizing in federal waters off California. “The Obama administration is once again putting California’s beautiful coast in the oil industry’s crosshairs,” said Miyoko Sakashita, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Oceans program. “Our beaches and wildlife face a renewed threat from fracking chemicals and oil spills. New legal action may be the only way to get federal officials to do their jobs and protect our ocean from offshore fracking.”  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Crestwood to wait for state on natural gas storage
Press & Sun Bulletin
Tom Wilber

Even with a renewed federal permit in hand, the fate of Crestwood Midstream Partner’s bid to store natural gas in salt caverns by Seneca Lake rests largely with state officials. And the outlook is as murky as ever. With a two-year federal permit for the project on the verge of expiration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Crestwood a two-year extension on May 16.  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
A Challenge to Donald Trump’s Energy Claims: Economic Reality
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

WASHINGTON — In his pledge to aggressively expand American oil and gas production, and his framing of that push as a salvation for the nation’s economic and fiscal health, Donald J. Trump is following in the footsteps of decades of Republican politicians. But in a market where domestic oil production is already higher than it has been in 40 years, and natural gas production is at a historic high, those proposals have run up against a major problem: the global economy.  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules
The New York Times
ASHLEY PARKER and CORAL DAVENPORT

BISMARCK, N.D. — Donald J. Trump traveled Thursday to the heart of America’s oil and gas boom, where he called for more fossil fuel drilling and fewer environmental regulations while vowing to “cancel the Paris climate agreement,” the 2015 accord committing nearly every nation to taking action to curb climate change. Laying out his positions on energy and the environment at an oil industry conference in North Dakota, he vowed to rescind President Obama’s signature climate change rules and revive construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring petroleum from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
The biggest exaggerations in Trump’s energy plans
Politico
ANDREW RESTUCCIA

Donald Trump's energy speech in Bismarck, N.D. on Thursday was brimming with big promises — and big exaggerations. Amid pledges to eliminate a slew of environmental regulations and dramatically expand fossil fuel development, Trump tossed out a few inaccurate statistics, falsely accused President Barack Obama of wanting to end oil and gas development in the U.S. and showed an overly simplistic understanding of world oil markets.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Revealed: Contractors Hired by FERC to Review a New Spectra Energy Pipeline Work for Spectra on a Related Project
DeSmogBlog
Itai Vardi

A contractor hired last year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to review a proposed gas pipeline by Spectra Energy, had already been working for the company on a related project, a DeSmog investigation has found. Such an alleged conflict of interest suggests that the contractor had a financial stake in approving the project it was hired to review. As part of a formal Pre-Filing Review Process for Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge project, FERC hired in early 2015 a third-party contractor to review the pipeline. A proposed expansion of the company’s existing Algonquin Pipeline carrying fracked gas from Pennsylvania to the Northeast US and Canada, the project involves the construction of several new pipeline segments in New York and New England and a new compressor station in the town of Weymouth, Massachusetts.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Clinton Chasing Votes With Fracking U-Turn
Oil Price
Irina Slav

Leaked emails obtained by The Intercept reveal Hillary Clinton’s multiple stances on fracking—which apparently differ depending on whether we’re talking about fracking on U.S. soil or abroad. At a debate with Bernie Sanders in New York in early April, Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t support fracking, unless certain conditions are met, such as acceptance from the community and full disclosure of the chemicals that will be used in the process of releasing oil and gas from shale rock.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
How Enhanced Technology Is Changing The Oil Industry Part 2: Fracking
Seeking Alpha
Jesse Morre

Part one of this series, found here, covered how technological advancements have altered the world of drilling for oil (NYSEARCA:USO). Reviewing the accelerating efficiency of drilling rigs in the U.S., the article argued why we can expect exploration and development costs for shale oil to continue to decline, and discussed why this has forced Saudi Arabia to alter its oil market strategy. In this, the second part, we will take a look at how fracking and stimulate drilled wells is allowing higher production rates, more ultimately recoverable reserves, and reduced costs through progressively larger and better designed Fracture techniques.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Trump takes aim at U.S. environmental regulations to boost oil sector
Reuters
Valerie Volcovici

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, promised on Thursday to roll back some of America's most ambitious environmental policies if elected, actions that he said would revive the ailing U.S. oil and coal industries and bolster national security.  [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
WATER POLLUTION: Federal agency contradicts EPA on contamination in Dimock
E&E Publishing
Mike Soraghan

When U.S. EPA ended its investigation of drilling and drinking water contamination in Dimock, Pa., the agency said the water was safe to drink. Now, another federal agency looking at the same data says it wasn't safe.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
At Least 19 Arrested During Anti-Fracking Protest in US State of New York
Sputnik News


NEW YORK (Sputnik) — At least 19 people were arrested while protesting a proposal to build additional underground natural gas storage facilities in the US state of New York, a spokesperson for Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office told Sputnik on Thursday.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Fracking report set for release to public Tuesday
The Western Star
TC Media

As members of the Port au Port/Bay St. George Fracking Awareness Group await the release of a report from the provincial hydraulic fracturing review panel, the group insists there should be a ban on the practice.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
PA GOP Picks Fight with Shapiro over Fracking
Politics PA
Nick Field

After much attention on the Senate contest, the PA GOP has now momentarily shifted their focus to the Attorney General race. Specifically, the Republicans are attacking Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro for comments he made in his speech to the PA Press Club.... The GOP believes that Shapiro’s desire for a “bully pulpit”, along with his past advocacy for fracking accountability, will cause harm to the natural gas industry.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Oil and Gas Fracking “Toxic Mess”: Lawsuit against US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Global Research
Steve Horn

On May 4, several environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling for an end to the regulatory exemption it carved out in the late 1980s for the oil and gas industry with regards to how it handles industrial waste.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
CO Oil and Gas Industry Raises $6 Million To Fight Ballot Measures
Inside Energy
Dan Boyce

A political organization created to fight anti-oil and gas ballot measures in Colorado has raised more than $6 million dollars in the first quarter of 2016.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Protesters Blockade Planned Pipeline Site Near Nuclear Plant Outside NYC
EcoWatch
Democracy Now

In Peekskill, New York, just about an hour north of New York City, residents have launched a blockade in efforts to stop the construction of a gas pipeline slated to run only hundreds of feet from the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
6 things we learned from Donald Trump's first big energy speech (Spoiler: He really likes fossil fuels.)
VOX
Brad Plumer

When it comes to energy policy, the 2016 presidential election really isn't all that complicated. Hillary Clinton plans to continue President Obama's strategy of pushing down carbon dioxide emissions via regulations. That means using less coal and oil and more wind and solar. Donald Trump, by contrast, doesn't much care about global warming and plans to greatly expand US oil drilling and coal mining — largely by repealing various environmental rules.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Federal health review calls compounds in Dimock water a concern
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

Levels of contaminants found in more than two dozen water wells in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, in 2012 were high enough to affect residents’ health, create a physical hazard or otherwise “make the water unsuitable for drinking” in its raw state, a federal health agency reported Tuesday.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Analysis stage begins at latest Golan drilling site
Jerusalem Post
Michelle Malka Grossman

Afek oil and gas hopes to find out what lies beneath the Golan Heights, as they announced the beginning of the analysis phase for the Ness-2 drilling site, also known as “Deborah’s Well.”   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Westchester County protestors arrested after extraction from locked shipping container blocking gas pipeline route
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Two people have been arrested for trespassing after locking themselves into a solar-powered, 20-foot metal shipping container to block the construction of the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline in Peekskill, Westchester County. The two had food and water to last for two weeks, some books and were vowing not to come out. Arrested were Jane Kendall, 65, of New York, and Lee Stewart, a 29-year-old organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy. The AIM project involved about 37 miles of pipeline and related facilities in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Most of the pipeline installation will replace existing pipeline with larger diameter pipeline. In New York, the route runs through Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.  [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Is Fracking for Natural Gas Coming to Erie County?
Erie Reader
Sam Miller

Gov. Tom Wolf says that fracking is coming, and that it can be done safely. Environmental groups say that it is not safe for people, animals, or the environment, and fear its arrival. World leaders say that it must stop, because the future of life on our planet depends on it. Just what is fracking, anyway? It comes from the word “fracturing,” as used in drilling for natural gas in shale layers. Fracturing has been used by drillers for about 80 years now, in vertically drilled wells, to increase the amount of gas released. When the drilling tube reaches the shale layer, a mixture of sand and water is hydraulically pumped into the shale under very high pressure, breaking up the shale. When the pumps are turned off, the sand helps to hold the cracks in the shale open, releasing the gas to flow back up the well pipe. For vertical wells, only a few hundred gallons of water is needed, because the shale layer is usually only about 40 feet thick.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Exxon "Chose to Mislead": Granddaughter of Former Exxon Climate Scientist
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Anna Kalinsky, the granddaughter of former Exxon climate scientist James Black, has berated the company for bankrolling climate change denial despite her grandfather's attempts to inform the company of the risks of burning fossil fuels for the global climate. “In 1977 my grandfather was a senior scientist at Exxon. He warned Exxon executives that the world was just a few years away from needing to rethink our energy strategy to prevent destructive climate change,” Kalinsky says. “Instead, Exxon chose to mislead people about the risks of climate change – and continues to mislead people today. The company says they value their scientists and all the work they do, but that’s pretty hard to believe when they continue to fund organizations – both publicly and anonymously – that spread misinformation about the science.”  [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Hire another Quigley at DEP The Pennsylvania oil and gas industry must be reined in and properly regulated
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nadia Steinzor

Late last week, John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, abruptly resigned. News reports pointed to a controversial email in which Mr. Quigley angrily demanded that environmental groups more boldly defend proposed oil and gas regulations. It didn’t take long for some legislators to accuse Mr. Quigley of governmental impropriety. In the meantime, the email controversy continues to generate media stories.  [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Fracked Gas Isn’t Green or Clean
Eco Watch
Wenonah Hauter

When Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed on to the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future in February, she touted the state’s investment in renewable energy and green jobs. And, she made clear this was just a start: “More work remains and this accord acknowledges the challenges we face and our commitment to addressing them.” Indeed, more work remains for the governor to provide climate leadership for Rhode Island and the nation. At the very top of the list should be rescinding her support for a controversial fracked gas project in the town of Burrillville. The community has been fighting the euphemistically-named Invenergy “Clear River” power plant facility and now national advocacy groups have joined the call.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
The True Cost of Fracking
Eco Watch
Reynard Loki, AlterNet

Arsenic. Cadmium. Chromium. Radon. Lead. These are just a few of the toxins used in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, a controversial drilling process to retrieve oil and natural gas from shale deposits under the surface of the Earth. Concerns about the process have been mounting, as studies have linked it to a host of environmental and public health problems, from increased infant mortality and low birth weight babies to the release of cancer-causing radioactive gas, contamination of drinking water and earthquakes. Fracking also releases methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
5 Reasons the New Methane Standards Matter
Huffington Post
Rosaly Byrd

With the new methane standards announced by President Obama in the middle of May, the U.S. moves further towards regulating the largely unchecked natural gas industry. The standards will cut methane emissions from new and modified extraction sites from the oil and gas sector— in particular from hydraulic fracturing or fracking sites that extract natural gas. The standards are a part of President Obama’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, specifically reducing methane emissions from this industry by 40 - 45% from 2012 levels by 2025. The new methane standards are expected to reduce 510,000 short tons of methane in 2025, the equivalent of reducing 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Mountaineer NGL Storage to proceed with Ohio facility
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

DENVER, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC, announced the conclusion of a successful non-binding open season for its natural gas storage project near Clarington, Ohio. The open season resulted in requests for more than three times the amount of initial planned capacity.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Westchester County protestors arrested after extraction from locked shipping container blocking gas pipeline route
Albany Times Union
Brian Nearing

Two people have been arrested for trespassing after locking themselves into a solar-powered, 20-foot metal shipping container to block the construction of the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline in Peekskill, Westchester County.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S.
Bloomberg
Anna Hirtenstein

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Power plant proposals for Southern California spark an energy debate
Los Angeles Times
Joshua Emerson Smith

A new wave of natural gas power plants planned for Southern California has stoked a high-stakes debate about how best to keep the lights on throughout the region.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Bill Shorten says NT Labor's fracking moratorium 'based on best science'
ABC News
Xavier La Canna

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has offered support for Northern Territory Labor's controversial policy to put a moratorium on gas fracking, saying it is based on "the best science available".   [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Lead to a 17 C Rise in Arctic Temperatures
EcoWatch
Roz Pidcock

Burning all the fossil fuels we know to exist on Earth could push global temperature an average of 8 C above preindustrial levels, according to new research. The Arctic would bear the brunt of the warming, with temperatures potentially rising 17 C, said the authors.   [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Clinton tried to push fracking on foreign countries, new emails reveal
RT


Though Hillary Clinton is a vocal opponent of fracking in her 2016 presidential campaign, newly leaked emails reveal that she tried to export the practice to other countries during her time as secretary of state. Emails uncovered by The Intercept on Monday show that during Clinton’s tenure at the head of the State Department, she and her close aides worked with private oil and gas companies to promote fracking abroad as a way to drill for oil and gas.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Emails: Clinton tried to export fracking at State
Washington Examiner
KYLE FELDSCHER

Emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state show she tried to spread the practice of fracking to other countries, although now she is making campaign promises to allow communities to ban the practice. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of injecting water and other chemicals into layers of shale rock to release oil and natural gas trapped within and is widely credited with sparking a boom in U.S. energy production in the last decade. Clinton was the nation's top diplomat at the time, and emails uncovered by The Intercept show she tried to get other countries to use the same method. The emails show Clinton's State Department touted fracking to foreign diplomats during a trip to Pennsylvania and attempted to pressure Poland into letting U.S. oil companies begin fracking in that country. The push backfired and Poland banned the practice.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
370 Groups Oppose Federal Energy Bill That Would Increase Fracking, Harm Climate
Center for Biological Diversity


WASHINGTON— As the U.S. House this week takes up an amended version of the Senate’s Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012), more than 370 organizations urged the Senate to reject provisions in the bill that would encourage oil and gas fracking. The groups delivered a letter today to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski and ranking member Maria Cantwell demanding an energy bill that transitions the country to a truly clean, safe, renewable energy future. The groups’ letter criticizes provisions expediting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of liquefied natural gas export terminals. Requiring the commission to undertake expedited reviews of these terminals “undermines the very transparency and prudence that federal actions should be premised on to protect our communities and environment,” the letter states. The groups also opposed the bill because it would require all state and other federal agencies conducting authorizations for these facilities to give deference to FERC. For years, pollution-affected communities across the country have struggled against FERC's rubber-stamping of fracked gas infrastructure projects like pipelines and compressor stations that pose serious health, safety and climate threats to surrounding areas. The Senate’s pending energy bill would further increase FERC’s autonomy.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Documents: IOGCC-Spawned Loophole Creating Frackquake Crisis Faces Federal Lawsuit
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On May 4, several environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling for an end to the regulatory exemption it carved out in the late 1980s for the oil and gas industry with regards to how it handles industrial waste. That exemption to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, a recent DeSmog investigation showed, was pushed in the forefront almost from day one of RCRA's passage by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). IOGCC is a U.S. Congress-chartered interstate compact consisting of U.S. oil and gas producing states, with a membership roll that includes state-level regulators, industry lobbyists and executives.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Portland schools ditch textbooks that question climate change
The Gurdian
Alison Flood

Schools in Portland, Oregon, have voted to abandon textbooks that “express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities”. The resolution follows a proposal by environmental groups put to the Portland public schools board, which argued that “it is time for school districts to redefine what it means to educate students for a future of certain climate change”. Stating that “there is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that the climate crisis is created by human beings”, the proposal said that it was “essential that in their classes and other school activities students probe the causes and consequences of the climate crisis – as well as possible solutions – in developmentally appropriate ways”. In testimony to the board reported by the Portland Tribune, Bill Bigelow, editor of Rethinking Schools magazine, criticised science textbooks’ use of words such as “might”, “may” and “could” when referring to climate change. He quoted the textbook Physical Science as saying that “carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles, power plants and other sources, may contribute to global warming”.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
For Trump, denying risks of climate change is a losing stance
The Hill
Bob Ward

Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican Party are in danger of ignoring an important global trend: Politicians who deny the risks of climate change are losing power to those who adopt a less reckless approach to greenhouse gas pollution. The presumptive Republican nominee has taken an extreme and unscientific position on global warming. In March, he told The Washington Post that he is "not a great believer in man-made climate change." And earlier this month, he showed his ignorance of the great determination across the world to cut greenhouse gas emissions when he claimed in an interview with Reuters that "at a minimum" he would, as president, renegotiate the landmark Paris agreement on climate change that was reached between more than 190 countries at a United Nations summit last December.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
NY lawmakers propose codifying renewable energy goals
Washington Times
AP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A dozen New York lawmakers have introduced legislation to codify Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of eliminating human-produced greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. The bill would direct the Department of Environmental Conservation within a year to issue regulations requiring reporting of annual emissions from major sources and establish a registry and reporting system measured in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. The department would determine the 1990s emissions levels, then require statewide reductions to that same level by 2020, followed by deeper periodic reductions over the next 30 years.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Exxon Mobil faces 'change or die' moment on climate
BBC News
Matt McGrath

A significant group of shareholders are seeking to force Exxon Mobil to acknowledge the growing threat from climate change at the company's AGM on Wednesday. These investors want the world's biggest publicly traded oil company to support the goal of a 2C global temperature limit.   [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Fossil Fuel Investments Growing Riskier for Insurers, Report Warns
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

With nearly $500 billion invested, a new analysis recommends insurance companies take a harder look at the consequences of climate change and a lower-carbon future.   [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Plug pulled on pipeline
Daily News
Michael P. Norton STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON — After suspending work in April, Kinder Morgan yesterday fully pulled the plug on its controversial Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, J. Curtis Moffatt, deputy general counsel at the Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, notified the agency that the pipeline application was being withdrawn.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
FERC Called "Biased Against Local Concerns"
Public News Service


CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The federal agency that approves or denies gas pipelines is oriented against the concerns of landowners and communities, according to people working on the issues. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will decide on the huge pipelines competing to bring natural gas through West Virginia and Virginia to eastern markets. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-05-23/energy-policy/ferc-called-biased-against-local-concerns/a52073-1#sthash.jsRc9dNv.dpuf  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Florida Supreme Court strikes down FPL's gas drilling investments
Utility Drive
Robert Walton

The Florida Supreme Court ruled 6-1 last week that the Public Service Commission overstepped its authority when it allowed the state's largest utility to invest in natural gas production and use ratepayer money to cover the cost, the Miami Herald reports.   [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
US Remained Top Petroleum, Natural Gas Producer In The World In 2015
IBT
Maria Gallucci

The United States produced more petroleum liquids and natural gas than any other nation in 2015, federal energy data show. Even as low oil prices forced companies to delay drilling and postpone projects, U.S. producers still churned up more total hydrocarbons than Russia or Saudi Arabia last year.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
New blow to homeowners in massive Porter Ranch gas leak in L.A.
CBS News


LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a stop work order Sunday evening to Southern California Gas over its cleaning efforts following the months-long Porter Ranch gas leak, reports CBS Los Angeles. SoCal Gas had begun cleaning the homes of relocated Porter Ranch residents, but the county found they weren't cleaning to specified court order, the health agency announced Sunday.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Opponents cheer as energy firm withdraws application for northeast gas pipeline
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Nassau Developers of the Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline project, which would have passed through southern Albany and Rensselaer counties to bring fracked gas from northern Pennsylvania to metropolitan Boston, withdrew their application Monday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, effectively killing the project. J. Curtis Moffatt, a vice president and counsel with Houston-based developer Kinder Morgan, wrote FERC to say the planned 188-mile, $3.1-billion project, which the company suspended last month due to a lack of potential customers, was now being withdrawn. Moffat's three-paragraph letter offered no further rationale for the company's decision.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal
The Intercept
Lee Fang and Steve Horn

BACK IN APRIL, just before the New York primary, Hillary Clinton’s campaign aired a commercial on upstate television stations touting her work as secretary of state forcing “China, India, some of the world’s worst polluters” to make “real change.” She promised to “stand firm with New Yorkers opposing fracking, giving communities the right to say ‘no’.” The television spot, which was not announced and does not appear on the official campaign YouTube page with most of Clinton’s other ads, implied a history of opposition to fracking, here and abroad. But emails obtained by The Intercept from the Department of State reveal new details of behind-the-scenes efforts by Clinton and her close aides to export American-style hydraulic fracturing — the horizontal drilling technique best known as fracking — to countries all over the world.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Study: Fracking Pollution Disproportionately Impacts Children
Public News Service


CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Children and infants are especially at risk for health problems due to fracking, according to a new study by the Center for Environmental Health. Ellen Webb, health energy sciences and advocacy manager for the Center and the report's lead author, says it's the first comprehensive literature review on respiratory risks associated with unconventional oil and gas operations. "Air pollution is basically routine in fracking," says Webb. "So many people living near fracking have reported health problems, but the actual literature being able to show cause and effect is really just starting to emerge."  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Israel's Government Approves Leviathan Natural Gas Deal
E&P
Reuters

Israel has approved a deal it hopes will fast-track development of the huge Leviathan offshore natural gas field and end years of regulatory uncertainty that has stifled the country's nascent oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
DEP official’s private email had urged groups for ‘pushback’
Washington Times
Mzrc Levy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - In an email that precipitated his resignation, Gov. Tom Wolf’s environmental protection secretary criticized environmental advocates for a lack of “pushback” against certain bills and said they were “without influence.”   [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Sioux County landowners argue fracking case in district court
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Irene North

SIDNEY — An appeal to a 2015 decision by the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (NOGCC) granting a Colorado company permission to use of an abandoned oil well in Sioux County as a wastewater disposal site was heard Monday in the Cheyenne County District Court.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Northern Territory Labor holds back from supporting legislation amendments that propose to regulate fracking
ABC Rural
Carl Curtain

The Northern Territory Opposition says it will not support amendments to the Petroleum Act that are before Parliament this week. The NT Government is introducing reforms to the legalisation that it said would regulate the onshore oil and gas industry, specifically hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
The Sand Mines That Ruin Farmland
New York Times
Nancy C. Loeb Opinion

Chicago — WHILE the shale gas industry has been depressed in recent years by low oil and gas prices, analysts are predicting that it will soon rebound. Many of the environmental hazards of the gas extraction process, called hydraulic fracturing or fracking, are by now familiar: contaminated drinking water, oil spills and methane gas leaks, exploding rail cars and earthquakes.   [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Activists want extended comment, hearing on Wayne drilling
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Organized by Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN), representatives of eight grassroots environmental groups held press conferences on Wednesday, first at Wayne National Forest Headquarters and later in downtown Marietta. Speakers from Torch Can Do, Buckeye Forest Council, Ohio Sierra Club, Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Green Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, Wayne Oil and Gas Organizing Group, andACFAN called for an extension of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) comment period and a public hearing on BLM/Wayne plans to open the Wayne to deep-shale, high pressure horizontal drilling and fracturing (“fracking”).   [Full Story]

May 22, 2016
Colorado residents push to protect homes, river from fracking
The Denver Post
Bruce Finley

PARACHUTE — Colorado residents fighting new oil and gas development — 53 wells and a fracking waste facility on the banks of the Colorado River — have turned to an untested state rule in a last-ditch push for protection.   [Full Story]

May 22, 2016
Oil regulators increasing risk of earthquakes in California
The Sacramento Bee
Shaye Wolf

Californians got another sobering reminder recently that we’re overdue for a massive earthquake. The San Andreas Fault, one expert said, is “locked, loaded and ready to roll.” This looming temblor could be big enough to kill or injure thousands of people. Shaye Wolf So why are California regulators letting oil companies increase quake risks by drilling injection wells near faults across the state?   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Schumer, Gillibrand urge feds to freeze planned pipeline expansion near Indian Point
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Denis Slattery

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand want the federal government to halt the expansion of a gas pipeline project that runs past the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The New York Democrats are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt the Algonquin pipeline until independent health and safety reviews are completed.  [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Pinellas County moves to ban fracking
Saint Peters Blog
Anne Lindberg

Pinellas County Commissioners are poised not only to prohibit fracking in the county but also to penalize drilling companies that violate the ban. If commissioners give the proposal tentative approval at Tuesday’s meeting, the ban would likely come before them at a June 7 public hearing.   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Fife Council sets out strong stance against fracking
DC Thomson
Craig Smith

The local authority has voted 56-3 to formally stress its resistance to all forms of fracking and any unconventional gas extraction (UGE) in the region, sending out a clear signal to others that Fife will be a frack-free zone. However, The Courier understands that there is unease at a senior level at how the decision was reached after several councillors chose to ignore advice given to them prior to the debate on the issue.   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Environmental Groups Suing EPA Over Fractured Fracking Policies
Alternative Daily
Ian Carey

Last week, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with several other environmental groups, filed a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to develop federal regulations regarding the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations (fracking).   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
NT Chief Minister's desperate bid to push gas fracking
Green Left
Kerry Smith

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles announced a new policy on Facebookfor the Territory election in August on May 14. The policy, called “Knowledge Territory”, promises $500 education vouchers if the Territory receives royalty payments from onshore gas fracking.   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Wolf's environmental protection secretary resigns
WTAE


HARRISBURG, Pa. —Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's environmental protection secretary resigned Friday after Wolf's office began looking into an email the official sent to environmental advocacy groups from a private email address.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Q&A: What is fracking and why are people anxious about it? All you need to know about the gas & oil extraction process, and why it’s controversial.
BT


Efforts by energy companies and the Government to get fracking off the ground in the UK are being fought every step of the way by protesters. Here is the low-down on the process.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Fracking boom in Portage County raises concerns about drinking water
Cleveland19
Sara Goldenberg

PORTAGE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Fracking for oil and gas in Ohio is on the rise. More fracking is bringing fears of water contamination for some residents who live nearby. Hydraulic fracking injects large amounts of water mixed with sand and chemicals underground to force open shale rock, releasing oil or gas. It's what comes up next that worries some residents in Portage County.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Exposed: Spectra-Funded Group Lobbied for FERC Commissioner's Reappointment, Then FERC Approved Spectra’s Gas Pipelines
DeSmogBlog
Itai Vardi

A business advocacy group lobbied for the reappointment of a federal energy commissioner while one of its own members sought approval for several projects from the same federal regulator, a DeSmog investigation has found. In the past three years, natural gas infrastructure giant Spectra Energy has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval for a number of projects in the US Northeast. During this time, regional pro-business lobbying group the New England Council, of which Houston-based Spectra Energy is a member, lobbied President Barack Obama and the US Senate for the reappointment of FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur to a second term.  [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Strong opposition to Hawaiian Electric's LNG contract with Canada firm
Pacific Business News
Duane Shimogawa

Some opponents of Hawaiian Electric Co.’s agreement with a subsidiary of Canada’s Fortis Inc. for the bulk shipments of liquefied natural gas to the Islands as a replacement for oil want the Honolulu utility to first get approval for its new energy plan. Others oppose the contract because it involves “fracking,” which some say is destructive to the environment.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Canada's aboriginals tell Trudeau they can block pipelines
Reuters
Julie Gordon

Canadian aboriginal groups and their allies said on Friday they have the power to block proposed oil pipelines on land where they have proven title, dismissing comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said no community has a veto.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Kathleen Peters' fracking vote draws protests
Tampa Bay Times
Mary Ellen Klas

Rep. Kathleen Peters, the former Republican mayor of the tiny seaside town of South Pasadena in Pinellas County, has found what it's like to be hit by the anti-fracking wave.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Spectra tells Schumer and Gillibrand: Pipeline ‘will continue’
The Peekskill Post
BRYAN FUMAGALLI

Not long after Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called for a halt in the construction of Spectra Energy’s natural gas pipeline until independent health and safety studies are conducted, the energy company shot back at the New York Democrats Friday afternoon, telling them that construction will continue. “Algonquin Gas Transmission resumed construction on the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project in April and will continue with its construction, in accordance with the FERC certificate, to meet the project’s critical construction timeframes and safely transport additional supplies of clean, reliable, domestic natural gas to heat the region’s homes and businesses beginning in November of this year,” Spectra’s Director of Stakeholder Outreach Marylee Hanley told The Peekskill Post when asked about the senators’ comments.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
NY Senators want Algonquin pipeline shut down
The Journal News
Thomas C. Zambito

New York’s two U.S. senators on Friday called on federal regulators to halt construction of a controversial natural gas pipeline that runs beside the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The state’s two Democratic senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to suspend construction on the Algonquin Incremental Pipeline (AIM) Project until independent health and safety reviews are finished.  [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
FPL’s fracking charge on customer bills is blasted by Florida Supreme Court
Miami Herald
MARY ELLEN KLAS

In a rebuke to Florida Power & Light, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that state regulators exceeded their authority when they allowed the company to charge customers for its speculative investment in an Oklahoma-based fracking company. In June of last year, the Public Service Commission rejected its staff recommendation and unanimously approved guidelines that gave FPL the right to charge its customers up to $750 million a year for speculative natural-gas fracking activities without oversight from regulators for the next five years. In a 6-1 opinion written by Justice Ricky Polston, the court concluded that the PSC did not have statutory authority to authorize the charge and called its decision “overreach.”   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Evolution of a movement: story and photo essay Anti-fracking, community-rights activists turn to civil disobedience following Colorado Supreme Court ruling
Boulder Weekly
Joel Dyer

On May 2, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Longmont’s fracking ban and Fort Collins’ fracking moratorium were in conflict with state regulations and therefore invalid. It wasn’t because communities have no right to apply their own land-use and zoning ordinances to oil and gas extraction within city limits, the court upheld that right. The high court’s ruling was based on it’s claim that the “state’s goals,” when it comes to oil and gas, are to maximize production and prevent wasting any oil and gas by leaving it in the ground, and that communities can only use their own regulations if they support that goal.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Massachusetts High Court Faults State Department's Actions on GHG Emissions
Renewable Energy World
Barry Cassell

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on May 17 ruled that the state Department of Environmental Protection failed a statutory mandate that requires it to "promulgate regulations establishing a desired level of declining annual aggregate emission limits for sources or categories of sources that emit greenhouse gas emissions."   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Far From Turning a Corner, Global CO2 Emissions Still Accelerating
Inside Climate News
BOB BERWYN

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not just rising, it's accelerating, and another potent greenhouse gas, methane showed a big spike last year, according to the latest annual greenhouse gas index released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CO2 emissions totaled between 35 and 40 billion tons in 2015, according to several agencies. Some of that is absorbed by forests and oceans, but those natural systems are being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new CO2. As a result, the inventory shows, the average global concentration increased to 399 parts per million in 2015, a record jump of almost 3 ppm from the year before.  [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Denton activist shared story of fracking fight Tuesday
Daily Progress
Michelle Charles

A group of about 25 people gathered at the Stillwater Public Library Tuesday night to hear a tale of two cities: Denton, Texas, and Stillwater. Stop Fracking Payne County hosted Adam Briggle, a University of North Texas philosophy professor who helped lead the charge to get hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, of oil and gas wells banned within the city limits of Denton, Texas in November 2014.  [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
FPL’s fracking charge on customer bills is blasted by Florida Supreme Court The state’s high court said regulators ‘overreached’ when they allowed the utility to charge customers for a risky investment
Bradenton Herald
Mary Ellen Klas

In a rebuke to Florida Power & Light, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that state regulators exceeded their authority when they allowed the company to charge customers for its speculative investment in an Oklahoma-based fracking company. In June of last year, the Public Service Commission rejected its staff recommendation and unanimously approved guidelines that gave FPL the right to charge its customers up to $750 million a year for speculative natural-gas fracking activities without oversight from regulators for the next five years.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
WC group challenges drilling moratorium
Wayne Independent
Kevin Kearney

SCRANTON – A Lake Ariel company seeking to drill for natural gas in Wayne County is challenging the years-long drilling moratorium imposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission, saying the regulatory organization is overstepping its bounds by not allowing drilling.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
How Ending Offshore Oil Drilling Would Help Fight Climate Change
Greenpeace
Tim Donaghy

The government has downplayed the climate impacts of oil drilling, but a new study shows that keeping oil in the ground will help fight climate change.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
The Fracking Process Is Now The Leading Cause Of Earthquakes In Texas
Think Progress
Alejandro Davila Fragoso

In the last 40 years, oil and gas activity has caused some 60 percent of Texas earthquakes higher than magnitude 3 in the Richter scale, a new study led by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin found.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Fracking investors losing patience with planning delays, says industry boss Head of Cuadrilla’s warning to UK energy minister over ‘unnecessary delays’ comes ahead of Yorkshire shale gas planning decision
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

The backers of fracking in the UK do not have “limitless patience” for planning delays, according to a leading industry boss. Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla, warned that despite the government’s promise to fast track fracking, the planning process remains a slow lane. The comments come just ahead of a planning decision in Yorkshire on Third Energy’s application for shale gas exploration.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Fracking continues to scare local leaders
Huron Daily Tribune
Chris Aldridge

BAD AXE — Fracking isn’t going over well with Huron County officials. “The more you look into it, the scarier it gets,” said Scott Boshart, Bad Axe’s director of public works.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Anti-fracking coalition delivers petition to Parliament
Times Live


An anti-fracking alliance group comprising the civil rights organisation AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) on Thursday submitted a petition to both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
South African NGOs Deliver Anti-Fracking Petition to Country's Parliament
Sputnik News


MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An alliance of South Africa's non-governmental organizations on Thursday delivered a petition to the national parliament to thoroughly monitor issues related to hydraulic fracturing in the country's natural region of Karoo, one of the alliance's members said.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Harvard’s Investments in Oil and Gas Fracking
Harvard Crimson
Benjamin A Franta

This semester, Divest Harvard and Democracy Matters teamed up to investigate Harvard’s fossil fuel investments. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that around $100 billion dollars need to be divested from fossil fuel extraction each year for the next twenty years to meet climate goals. Yet Harvard refuses to draw down its fossil fuel investments and is even making new private equity investments in oil and gas exploration and extraction. This led us to wonder: Exactly what is Harvard investing in?   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Court says FPL can't charge customers for out-of-state fracking project
Sun Sentinel
Associated Press

The Florida Supreme Court says that the state's largest utility can't make customers pay for the costs associated with a natural gas drilling project in another state.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Sierra Club to hold gas forum in Bridgeport
CT Post
Jim Shay

BRIDGEPORT - The Connecticut Chapter Sierra Club will present a Gas Pipeline Educational Forum at 6:30 p.m. on June 8 at the Bridgeport Public Library, 925 Broad St.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Appellate court backs North Royalton's fight against mandatory pooling in driller's plan to frack for new well
Cleveland .com
Robert Higgs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A state appellate court on Tuesday sided with North Royalton in a three-year fight to thwart an oil and gas driller who wants to frack for a new gas well in the city.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Special Report: In North Dakota's oil patch, a humbling comedown
Business Insider
Ernest Scheyder

That future has evaporated. Those who haven't packed up and left the Bakken are facing a new reality of smaller budgets, fewer residents and the physical detritus of a building boom that left behind hundreds of empty apartments.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Anti-fracking activists: Give us back local control
Colorado Independent
Kelsey Ray

Hundreds of activists and families from across Colorado gathered in Thornton Saturday to protest hydraulic fracturing near schools and neighborhoods.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Feds take steps to block anti-fracking activists
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

Federal regulators unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to use the Internet to block anti-fracking activists from disrupting their Thursday public meeting in Washington.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Wayne County landowners sue DRBC to allow gas drilling along the Delaware
State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

A new lawsuit seeks to jump start natural gas drilling in Northeast Pennsylvania along the Delaware River where a defacto moratorium on Marcellus Shale gas production has been in place for six years. The federal suit filed by the Wayne Land and Mineral Group challenges the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission to regulate natural gas drilling. The DRBC, a four-state agency that includes a federal representative, oversees water quality for the Delaware River based on a compact signed back in 1961. The lawsuit argues the DRBC has overreached its authority.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
EDF, Google map, measure natural gas leaks in Dallas area
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

(DALLAS – May 18, 2016) Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach have teamed up to create interactive online maps using Google Street View mapping cars specially equipped with sensors and software that allow researchers not only to locate but also measure dozens of natural gas leaks beneath the streets in select areas of greater Dallas served by the Mid-Tex division of Atmos Energy, which has cooperated with researchers on the project.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Israel, Egypt Said Nearing Compromise on Natural Gas Dispute
Bloomberg
David Wainer, Yaacov Benmelch and Jonathan Ferziger

Israel and Egypt are close to a compromise that would sweep away a major obstacle to a multibillion-dollar natural gas deal. Israel may agree to settle for half of the $1.73 billion fine Egypt was ordered to pay it so talks on exporting Israeli offshore gas there can go ahead, two people familiar with the negotiations said, requesting anonymity because the talks are private. Payments would be spread over 14 years, one of the people said.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
France Is Trying To Ban Imports Of U.S. Shale Gas: What It Means For You
Seeking Alpha


Summary French senate is trying to pass a ban on imports of shale gas from the United States. Conventional natural gas and fracked shale natural gas are homogeneously mixed during transport via pipeline and in liquefaction tanks... the two cannot be separated. If this ban were to go through, it could hurt companies such as Cheniere Energy and Total S.A.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Wayne County landowners sue over fracking ban
The Times-Tribune
TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER

Frustrated by a six-year moratorium on natural gas drilling imposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission, the owners of 180 acres in Wayne County filed a federal lawsuit against the agency. Attorneys for the Wayne Land and Mineral Group LLC contend the commission is overstepping its authority in requiring them to seek its approval before a gas well can be drilled on their land. They ask a judge to declare that construction of a well pad does not constitute a “project” under commission rules, which would free them to lease their land to companies interested in trying to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Oil Company To Face Felony Charges Over Massive California Spill
ThinkProgress
Samantha Page

The company responsible for spilling 140,000 gallons of oil on the Pacific coastline near Santa Barbara, California, has been indicted on 46 charges, including four felony charges. One employee of Plains All American Pipeline was also indicted. The company faces up to $2.8 million in fines plus additional costs and penalties, which would be split between the state and Santa Barbara County. The employee, 41-year-old environmental and regulatory compliance specialist James Buchanan, faces up to three years in jail.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
FERC: Virtually all new electric capacity added in Q1 2016 was renewable
Utility Dive
Robert Walton

A Q1 infrastructure update from FERC shows renewable energy made up almost all new capacity added in the United States so far this year: 1,291 MW, compared to 18 MW of new gas capacity and no nuclear or coal. More than 700 MW of wind and 500 MW of solar were added in the first quarter, from a combined 53 new generating facilities. Old-school fuel generation still dominates overall, however: Natural gas holds the largest generation share, with 500 GW or about 43% of U.S. capacity, followed by coal (26%) and nuclear (9%).   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
ND Health Department Responds to Duke Fracking Study
KX News


The head of the North Dakota Department of Health says the Duke University study has merit -- but he also thinks it doesn't tell the whole story about fracking and saltwater contamination. Dave Glatt says a more comprehensive look at the state would have shown different results.   [Full Story]

May 17, 2016
Massachusetts Court Sides with Teenagers in 'Historic' Climate Victory
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

Siding with four teenage plaintiffs and the environmental groups that backed them, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday ruled that the state has failed to fulfill its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The unanimous decision from the state's highest court reverses a lower court ruling and requires the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issue regulations "that address multiple sources of categories of sources of greenhouse gas emissions, impose a limit on emissions that may be released, limit the aggregate emissions released from each group of regulated sources or categories of sources, set emission limits for each year, and set limits that decline on an annual basis."  [Full Story]

May 17, 2016
"End the Circus": Big Oil Group Plots to Exclude Public from Public Lands Bidding at IOGCC Meeting
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

At the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)'s 2016 meeting in Denver, Colorado this week, a representative from a prominent oil and gas lobbying group advocated that auctions of federal lands should happen online “eBay”-style — a clear attempt to shut the public out of the bidding process for fossil fuel leases on public lands. Speaking on public lands issues in front of IOGCC's public lands committee, Kathleen Sgamma — Western Energy Alliance's (WEA) vice president of governmental affairs — compared environmental groups' Keep It In The Ground campaign actions at U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) bids to a “circus.” Sgamma said WEA was in contact with both BLM and Congressional members to push the auctions out of the public sphere and onto the internet.  [Full Story]

May 17, 2016
Our Crime Against the Planet, and Ourselves
The New York Times
Natasha Lennard and Adrian Parr

Natasha Lennard: In your work, you raise the idea of framing climate degradation as a form of violence, and potentially as a crime against humanity. What does it mean to speak of the human destruction of the climate in terms of criminal justice? Is there a distinct guilty party that can be held responsible for this crime? Adrian Parr: There are three components to the claim that environmental degradation is a crime against humanity. First, it is an appeal to a universal, common humanity that stretches across space and time, and that is oblivious to geographic and historical differences. Second, the crime in question is an existential one that is committed against the very experience of being human, the human élan. Third, it is a crime that calls the established legal order into question, because everyone, and yet no one specifically, can be held responsible.  [Full Story]

May 17, 2016
Albany council votes against oil pipeline
Times Union
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist

Albany City lawmakers voted late Monday night to join more than two-dozen other New York communities in opposing a controversial oil pipeline linking the Port of Albany to northern New Jersey. The resolution condemning the Pilgrim Pipeline project as an environmental risk and public health hazard carries no legal weight. But advocates called the vote a warning shot for the project's financiers that should send the message that the planned 178-mile pipeline faces stiff local resistance that will make it a bad investment.  [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Constitution Pipeline Challenges Decision by New York State to Block Federally Approved Pipeline
Constitution Pipeline
Press Release

Constitution Pipeline Challenges Decision by New York State to Block Federally Approved Pipeline NYSDEC decision blocks millions of New York and New England consumers from lower cost energy Thousands of New York jobs delayed and threatened by the decision State and regional leaders say decision impacts economic development, school funding Decision slows U.S. transition from coal to natural gas; Slows carbon reductions and adoption of more renewable resources  [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Florida Proposes Tripling Amount Of Benzene That Can Be Polluted Into State Waters
Think Progress
Natasha Geiling

For the first time in over 25 years, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing to revise its restrictions on what toxic chemicals can be discharged into surface water — but environmentalists worry that the proposed standards, which would triple the amount of a toxic chemical called benzene allowed to be discharged into surface waters like rivers and lakes, are meant more to entice fracking companies than keep Floridians safe.  [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
EPA Announces Historic Plan to Regulate Methane Emissions
Care2
Llowell Williams

In an historic announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency says it will be implementing restrictions on methane gas emissions — the first time the greenhouse gas has ever been regulated in the United States.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Wildlife group sues US over Enbridge pipeline in Michigan
Bakken.com
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — An environmental group is accusing the federal government of misjudging an emergency response plan for a major oil pipeline that runs through Michigan. The National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit Monday against a pipeline safety agency, saying the government in 2013 failed to account for impacts on wildlife, plants, and Great Lakes shore if Line 5 ruptures.  [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Tens of Thousands Take Part in Global Actions Targeting World’s Most Dangerous Fossil Fuel Projects
EcoWatch
350.org

Twelve days of unprecedented worldwide action against fossil fuels concluded Sunday showing that the climate movement will not rest until all coal, oil and gas is kept in the ground. The combined global efforts of activists on six continents now pose a serious threat to the future of the fossil fuel industry, already weakened by financial and political uncertainty.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Appalachian Basin becoming U.S. natural gas stronghold
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

The growth of drilling in the Marcellus-Utica shales and the resulting natural gas boom are changing the American energy picture, even though shale drilling is slowing down across the United States due to low commodity prices. Since 2012, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have accounted for 85 percent of U.S. shale gas growth, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Shale gas today represents two thirds of U.S. natural gas production, the agency reported recently.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Train Hauling Fracking Sand Derails In Northern Colorado
CBS Denver


TIMNATH, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters say nine train cars that derailed near an elementary school in northern Colorado were carrying sand used in fracking but no hazardous materials.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Public blasts Fla. for new water toxics limits. Fracking planned?
13 WMAZ
Jeff Burlew

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Earthquake surge rattles Oklahoma’s fracking industry
FT.com
Anna Nicolaou

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/2/78dac9b8-fffc-11e5-99cb-83242733f755.html#ixzz48rBuAABD Oklahomans are no strangers to natural disasters. The Midwestern state stretches across Tornado Alley — one of the most tornado-prone places in the world — and residents grapple with hail, thunderstorms and severe weather. In the past few years, however, homeowners, property developers and insurers in Oklahoma have faced an unfamiliar challenge: earthquakes.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Phil Doe: Colorado court's fracking decision trampled on citizens' rights
Times-Call
Phil Doe Opinion

Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled for fracking and against the rights of the people in Longmont and in Fort Collins, citing pre-emption by state law. Due to health and safety concerns, both Colorado cities had decided by popular vote to ban oil and gas drilling within their city limits.  [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Fracking: Oklahoma’s New F-Word
UK Finance
Irina Slav

Fracking in Oklahoma, as well as elsewhere, has been on the decline, thanks to the oil price slump. Quakes, however, are continuing at alarming rates. A CBC report on the situation notes anecdotal evidence that capping wells could possibly reduce seismic activity, but anecdotal evidence is insufficient.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Protesters stage sit-in at Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility
LA Times
Kim Christensen

About 20 environmental activists staged a sit-in Sunday afternoon at the entrance to the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to keep it closed permanently.  [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Client Alert: Law Firms Tell Fossil Fuel Companies They Could Be Next in "ExxonKnew" Probe
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Some of the country's biggest law firms have recently penned “client alert” memoranda, suggesting to their clients that they closely monitor the ongoing Attorneys General investigations occurring in states nationwide on the potentially fraudulent behavior of ExxonMobil. DeSmog tracked down alerts written by three different firms: Crowell & Moring, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, as well as King & Spalding. All of them have maintained fossil fuel industry clients as well as tobacco industry clients, a DeSmog review has revealed. A previous DeSmog investigation pointed out that Exxon has hired Ted Wells, who represented Philip Morris in Big Tobacco's racketeering lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Department of Justice, to its legal defense team for the ongoing state AGs' probe.  [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Feds might deny oil, gas leases to climate activist
The Desert Sun
Sammy Roth

The Bureau of Land Management has been auctioning off public land for oil and gas drilling for decades. But nothing could have prepared the agency for what's happening now in Utah. Nearly 100 climate activists disrupted a lease auction in Salt Lake City earlier this year, saying the United States needs to stop extracting oil and gas if it hopes to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The fireworks continued after the auction, when the environmental writer Terry Tempest Williams submitted bids for two oil and gas leases — covering more than 1,100 acres — that hadn't drawn any interest during the auction.  [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
'Heat & Light': Jennifer Haigh returns to Bakerton, Pa., where fracking fractures families
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jeffrey Condran

In her new novel, “Heat & Light,” Jennifer Haigh returns to the landscape of Western Pennsylvania and the fictional town of Bakerton, the setting for her two previous books “Baker Towers” and “News From Heaven.” Once booming with oil and coal money, Bakerton has collapsed. It is now a place where “every worthwhile thing has already happened.” Until a SUNY geologist determines there are natural gas deposits beneath Bakerton, and that the land may have one more “gift” to give. Ms. Haigh’s novel, however, is keen to remind readers that prosperity rarely comes without a price, especially in the case of hydraulic fracking.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
USGS study shows fracking contamination in Wolf Creek watershed
Register-Herald
Sarah Plummer

A new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates waste from oil and gas disposal was found in surface waters and sediments near a controversial underground injection well in Lochgelly, just outside Oak Hill.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
People Before Profit TD calls for Irish ban on fracking
Irish Mirror
James Ward

A fracking operation in the North will open the door for drilling here, it has been warned. Large numbers of protesters showed up at a drill in Woodburn, Co Antrim, last week. Critics say it is just yards from a reservoir which supplies water to parts of Belfast.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Public blasts DEP over new water toxics limits
Tallahassee Democrat
Jeff Burlew

The state of Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Tex Hawkins: Citizens are fed up with the 'self-regulating' frac sand industry
Winona Daily News
Tex Hawkins Opinion

This week, the Koch-funded Heartland Institute sponsored an industrial “insiders” conference in La Crosse, Wis., to promote frac sand mining across the uniquely beautiful and welcoming Driftless area, which covers large parts of several Midwestern states. I participated in a rally organized by the Alliance to Ban Frac Sand Mining and Address Climate Change, held in front of the La Crosse Center on Tuesday afternoon. We citizens were on the sidewalk in the rain, while the insiders enjoyed whatever benefits a $400 price of admission brings.  [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
Hill: Reasons to oppose Spectra pipeline
Wicked Local Franklin
James F Hill Letter to Editor

Here are a few reasons why the Franklin Town Council should join Sharon and Walpole in passing resolutions against the proposed Spectra Energy natural gas pipeline that would run dangerously close to homes and the existing old pipeline.   [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
In the timeless Yorkshire moors of my childhood, the frackers are poised to start drilling
The Guardian
Madeleine Buntin

Villages in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, hope a landmark ruling this week will save them from the disruption of the shale revolution   [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
Two Years Frack-Free in the Sespe!
Indy Bay


Members of “Save the Sespe,” a network of 2,500 environmental advocates throughout California, are celebrating the two-year anniversary of a successful petition drive to block a controversial fracking proposal in the Los Padres National Forest. The group’s efforts helped bring an end to 20 years of unchecked, unregulated fracking in the Sespe wilderness area.   [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
Florida fracking fightback: St Petersburg joins push against controversial drilling
RT


Fracking faces strong opposition in the US city St Petersburg, which is on the verge of joining the more than 80 cities and counties in Florida that ban the controversial drilling method. Rallying on the steps of their city hall, council members and environmental activists promoted a new ordinance, which will be heard by the public service and infrastructure committee within the next three weeks, according to WMNF.   [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
At Break Free Protests Around the World, Climate Activists Put Bodies on the Line
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

Fossil fuel projects were blockaded simultaneously on three continents on Saturday—the "crest" of a wave of global actions responding to the growing threat of climate change. Through rallies, civil disobedience, and kayaktivism, people around the world stood up to oil and gas interests to say: enough. Additional actions are planned for Sunday.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court Says, No Fracking Bans Allowed
Sustainable Business


During the fracking industry's short history, it has increased methane emissions, earthquakes, and pollution of air, water and soil, spurring many towns and cities to ban the practice altogether.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Lawsuit Filed Against EPA on Fracking's Other Big Problem
Sustainable Business


As EPA prepared to release regulations on methane emissions from fracking, a lawsuit was filed to get the agency to address the industry's other big problem - waste.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Donald Trump's new energy adviser Kevin Cramer loves fracking, doubts climate change
Inquisitr
Mike Bessler

Donald Trump seems to be shaking off vestiges of the “Never Trump” movement and intra-party squabbles as he surrounds himself with seasoned political advisers as he heads towards the next phase of his run for the White House. But while his recent choice of political insider Kevin Cramer as a key energy adviser will likely appeal to Trump’s far right-leaning base of supporters, some of Cramer’s key positions may not appeal to a broader swath of the electorate.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Sanders calls for fracking ban, then talks economic inequality
Bismarck Tribune
Nick Smith

A call for a ban on hydraulic fracking Friday evening by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont drew a cheer during a rally in the nation's second largest oil-producing state. The brief comment drew a round of cheers as Sanders, 74, fired up a crowd of more than 500 in the Bismarck Depot parking lot following rallies in Fargo and Grand Forks earlier in the day. “We’ve got to ban fracking,” Sanders said while discussing energy policy.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Wentworth temporarily prohibits fracking
Greensboro Rockingham Now
Justyn Melrose

WENTWORTH — As of May 3, the Town of Wentworth has joined some of its neighbors in unanimously approving a temporary ban on fracking. The ordinance comes as a result of previous council conversations and will impose a hold on any potential fracking activity until Nov. 16, 2017.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Ky. found 'hot' fracking waste at W.Va. source
Courier-Journal
James Bruggers

Follow-up tests at a West Virginia company that prepared radioactive fracking waste to be sent to Kentucky revealed material so "hot" that it would need to go to a special landfill for disposal – not the Kentucky municipal dump where earlier shipments were sent, a Kentucky official has revealed.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Ohio’s proposed regulations seek to reduce methane leaks
The Blade
Tom Henry

With Ohio becoming a bigger player in the global fracking surge, environmental activists, oil and gas lobbyists, union representatives, fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, and public health officials across the state were weighing in on the Obama Administration’s final rules for methane releases that were announced Thursday.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Protesters Target Albany Oil Trains
WAMC
Dave Lucas

Climate activists from near and from as far as Maine, Quebec and central Pennsylvania are converging on downtown Albany for a day of protests against fossil fuels.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Ruffalo documentary speaks out against fracking
Herald Tribune
Shelby Webb

SARASOTA — Florida residents may associate fracking with states such as Oklahoma or Pennsylvania. Some may picture wells in areas surrounded by nothing but barren fields — land that would be otherwise useless if not for oil and gas companies.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience A new first-in-the-nation law will shield residents from arrest as they use direct action to stop fracking-wastewater injection wells.
Yes
Kate Stringer

A tiny community sitting on a 27-square-mile piece of Western Pennsylvania wanted to send a big message to the energy company planning to deposit toxic fracking wastewater under its neighborhoods. And its 700 residents wanted it to be perfectly legal for them to loudly object.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Fractivists call for prohibiting all forms of fracking
Binghamton Homepage


Local fractivists are calling on Governor Cuomo to prohibit all forms of fracking, not just methods that involve water. Walter Hang, President of the environmental firm Toxics Targeting, held a news conference today to discuss the latest developments involving waterless fracking.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Trump taps climate change skeptic, fracking advocate as key energy advisor
Reuters
VALERIE VOLCOVICI

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America's most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota - a major oil drilling state - is writing a white paper on energy policy for the New York billionaire, Cramer and sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Ky. found 'hot' fracking waste at W.Va. source
Courier-Journal
James Bruggers

Follow-up tests at a West Virginia company that prepared radioactive fracking waste to be sent to Kentucky revealed material so "hot" that it would need to go to a special landfill for disposal – not the Kentucky municipal dump where earlier shipments were sent, a Kentucky official has revealed. The disclosure casts some doubt on prior assurances about the radioactive intensity of waste sent to Kentucky, said Louisville attorney Tom FitzGerald, director of the Kentucky Resources Council.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
State asks for more information on potentially allowable fracking plan
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is requesting more information about a proposal to frack for natural gas in the Southern Tier using propane and sand rather than water. The energy industry and environmentalists agree the proposal has the potential to bypass the ban on fracking that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered in December 2014. The ban applied to high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which uses large volumes of water mixed with sand and chemicals to create fractures in rock that release gas.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
AG wants feds to probe Constitution Pipeline
Press & Sun Bulletin
Jon Campbell

ALBANY -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to investigate alleged illegal construction of the Constitution Pipeline, a stalled natural gas line that had been slated for the Southern Tier and Catskills. Schneiderman said Friday he petitioned FERC to look into allegations that the Constitution Pipeline Company may have authorized "widespread" tree cutting and other construction along the pipeline's right-of-way corridor in New York before the project's permits were in place.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Residents debate expansion of troubled Iowa sand mine
The Des Moines Register
Haley Henschel and Bridgit Bowden

ELKADER, Ia. — A controversial frac sand mining company is facing opposition to plans for a sevenfold expansion of its underground mine in Clayton County in northeast Iowa. Pattison Sand Co. has requested rezoning of 746 acres of land from agricultural to heavy industrial for eventual expansion of its underground mine from its current size of about 100 acres. The site includes surface mining on some of its 1,600 acres.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
AG adds to legal woes for Constitution pipeline
Times Union
Brian Nearing

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Friday raised another potential legal obstacle to the proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline, already wounded this month when the state denied it necessary environmental permits. Schneiderman’s office asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to delay action on its December 2014 order that approved the 125-mile pipeline, which would bring natural gas to Schoharie County from the hydrofrack fields of northern Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience
Yes! Magazine
Kate Stringer

A tiny community sitting on a 27-square-mile piece of Western Pennsylvania wanted to send a big message to the energy company planning to deposit toxic fracking wastewater under its neighborhoods. And its 700 residents wanted it to be perfectly legal for them to loudly object. Grant Township had seen what happens when people nationwide take to the streets to protest bullying corporations: Arrests. Lots of them.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Porter Ranch: Barium and other metals found to be the culprit behind gas leak symptoms
KPCC
Sharon McNary

Los Angeles County Public Health Department officials say its test of dust in Porter Ranch homes turned up the presence of metals, including barium, that could have caused the kinds of health symptoms some residents have reported experiencing even after the big gas leak was plugged. The county tested dust in 100 Porter Ranch homes and 11 homes outside the area, finding a pattern of several metals in the Porter Ranch homes. Further testing of mud near the well that ruptured last year also turned up the barium.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Fracking-related quakes have made earthquake insurance almost impossible to buy in Oklahoma
Raw Story
Reuters

As the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma exploded into the hundreds in the last few years, nearly a dozen insurance companies moved to limit their exposure, often at the expense of homeowners, a Reuters examination has found.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Waste Water Treatment in Hydraulic Fracturing Expands Even as Fracking Gains a Foothold
Environmental Leader


Hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as fracking) has faced increasing scrutiny from the public and regulators alike. On May 2nd, Colorado’s high court repealed a charter that banned fracking in the city of Longmont and also voted down a 5-year moratorium on fracking in Fort Collins. These are the latest developments in a long string of proposed regulatory actions to ban, or at least hinder, fracking. Groups like Keep Tap Water Safe keep an up-to-date list of regulatory actions against the practice. It seems like everyone who is anyone has something bad to say about fracking.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Fracking issues are back on the table
The County Record
Kelli Peacock Dunn

Representatives from Rethink Florida Energy were at the Blountstown Public Library Thursday night to host a workshop on the impact Hydraulic and Acidic Fracturing could have on Calhoun County. As previously reported, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit to Cholla Petroleum to begin seismic testing in Calhoun and Gulf counties. Based in Texas, Cholla Petroleum will be performing testing in the Dead Lakes area in southern Calhoun County and northern Gulf County.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Peace River district softens stance on fracking in regional park Peace River Regional District directors voted to reverse a previous resolution asking the province not to lease oil and gas rights beneath a parcel that ...
Business Vancouver
Jonny Wakefield

At its April 28 meeting, PRRD directors voted to reverse a previous resolution asking the province not to lease oil and gas rights beneath a parcel that includes Blackfoot Regional Park.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
McKibben to join Colorado activists at Saturday rally
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

DENVER, CO – On May 14th, protestors and community members will converge in Thornton to call for an end to fracking developments that threaten local neighborhoods and schools, and accelerate dangerous climate change. They will be joined by renowned environmentalist, author, and journalist Bill McKibben, and Jonny 5 of the band Flobots. This protest is part of the global platform to Break Free from fossil fuels, a coordination of independently-organized actions in over two dozen countries across six continents to keep fossil fuels in the ground and promote clean renewable energy.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Local action, global movement Climate activist, filmmaker stops in Chico to support county ban on fracking
News Review
Howard Hardee

Within the climate change movement, Josh Fox is a rock star. A preeminent figure in the opposition to fracking and horizontal drilling, he directed the acclaimed 2010 documentary Gasland, which famously starts with a man turning on his faucet and igniting water that’s reportedly contaminated with fracking chemicals.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Sanders speaks frankly about Montana issues
Billings Gazette
Tom Lutey

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke frankly with The Gazette about a number of Montana issues before taking the stage in Billings on Wednesday. On the future of coal, Sanders said America needs to stop burning coal and other fossil fuels in order to reverse climate change.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Blackmail or Protection? Why France Mulls Banning US Gas Supplies
Sputnik News


Paris does not want to buy US-produced liquefied natural gas, citing it contains much shale gas which is produced using technologies banned in France. The situation plays in the hand of other gas suppliers, first of all Russia.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Livingston County residents protest against gas company projects at Seneca Lake
Livingston County News
Julia Depillo

We Are Seneca Lake, Gas Free Seneca and Frack Free Genesee are local grassroots organizations working to prevent the revamping of salt caverns under the Seneca Lake hillside. More than 500 residents, including some from Livingston County, have been arrested for protesting at the gates of Crestwood.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
E.P.A. Methane Leak Rules Take Aim at Climate Change
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled the first federal regulations to control emissions of potent planet-warming methane gas that could leach from new oil and gas wells, the next step in President Obama’s effort to combat climate change. The methane rules, the final version of draft regulations put forth last year by the Environmental Protection Agency, require oil and gas companies to plug and capture leaks of methane from new and modified drilling wells and storage tanks, not older, existing wells.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
EPA Begins Crackdown on Methane Emissions
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules on Thursday to significantly reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas facilities as well as those undergoing modifications. The regulations are the first federal standards aimed at curbing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, emitted by oil and gas production. The rules, which were first proposed last year, will require oil and gas companies to monitor and limit the release of methane into the atmosphere at production, processing and transmission facilities. The new standards are part of an Obama administration goal to reduce methane emissions from the industry by 40-45 percent by 2025.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Obama administration announces historic new regulations for methane emissions from oil and gas
Washington Post
Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis

The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of much-anticipated — and first ever — steps to regulate oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas second only to carbon dioxide in its role in the climate debate.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Linn Energy files for bankruptcy protection
Casper Star Tribune
Benjamin Storrow

Linn Energy, one of Wyoming’s largest natural gas producers, on Wednesday joined the growing ranks of exploration and production firms to file for bankruptcy protection. The move was long expected and followed months of negotiations with the company’s creditors and investors. In a release Wednesday, Linn said the bankruptcy filing was part of an agreement with the company’s creditors.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Darryl Fears

The boom in the unconventional natural-gas drilling method known as fracking hit so fast that scientists have had to scramble to determine whether it is safe for humans and the environment. Mostly they are still trying to catch up. But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas: Is there any cause for concern when that water is stored later, whether in treatment facilities or special underground wells?   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
New Fracking Study Finds Children at Greater Risk of Respiratory Health Problems
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations such as fracking might allow for cheaper prices to heat your home, but a growing number of scientists are becoming concerned about its unacceptable health implications.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Obama’s new oil & gas air pollution rule is a step forward for climate & communities Statement of Earthworks Policy Director Lauren Pagel on the publication of the final EPA rule governing methane pollution from new and modified oil and gas facilities
Earthworks
Press Release

Today, the Obama administration finalized the first national standard to cut methane pollution from new and modified sources of oil and gas production. The rule will also cut associated pollution emitted with methane: volatile organic compounds like benzene, a carcinogen.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Why Is L.A. Toxic?
Huffington Post
Mark Ruffalo

With 840 miles of beautiful coastline and palm trees swaying in the breeze, “toxic” is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of California. Yet, in spite of its reputation as a progressive environmental state, California’s toxic affair with oil and gas has been hiding in plain sight. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Los Angeles, the nation’s largest urban oil field. Though it is the second most populous city in the country, L.A. is still the wild, wild west when it comes to oil development. Active oil wells dot the cityscape, connected by a spider web of pipelines carrying oil, explosive fumes, and corrosive acids directly under homes. Worst of all, these oil wells have a devastating impact on Angelenos’ long-term health.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Obama Just Cracked Down on Pollution From Fracking For the first time ever, the EPA will regulate methane emissions.
Mother Jones
Tim McDonnell

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released the final version of new federal rules intended to curb emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas. Methane, which is the main component of natural gas, had previously been unregulated. There's a mounting pile of evidence suggesting that as the United States relies increasingly on gas to produce electricity, methane emissions are much higher than most people expected them to be.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Fracking's Air Pollution Puts Infants and Children at Risk of Developing Heart, Lung Problems: New Study
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

A newly published peer-reviewed study concludes that air pollution from fracking puts people's lungs, hearts, and immune systems at risk – and that the health risk are particularly pointed for young children and infants.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Locals battle fracking company drilling near drinking water reservoir
Ecologist
Oliver Tickell

Local people are furiously trying to stop a fracking company from drilling near a drinking water reservoir serving tens of thousands of homes, after Northern Ireland planners failed to block Infrastrata's claim for 'permitted development' rights.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Lawmakers want to cut well tax rebate in exchange for horizontal drilling laterals Lawmakers plan to cap rebate and OK extended laterals.
Tulsa World
Adam Wilmoth & Paul Monies

A state incentive for economically distressed oil and gas leases that has ballooned amid low prices could be cut in a deal that would extend horizontal-well development in Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Book takes on the entanglements of oil
National Catholic Reporter
Melissa Jones

Book takes on the entanglements of oil   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
PRRD will accept gas drilling near Blackfoot Park parcel, with caveats
Aaska Highway News
Jonny Wakefield

The Peace River Regional District is softening its tone on fracking for gas near one of its regional parks. At its April 28 meeting, PRRD directors voted to reverse a previous resolution asking the province not to lease oil and gas rights beneath a parcel that includes Blackfoot Regional Park.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby
The Washington Post
Darryl Fears

The boom in unconventional drilling for natural gas known as fracking hit so fast that scientists have had to scramble to determine whether it’s safe for humans and the environment. Mostly they’re still trying to catch up. But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. Is there any cause for concern when that water is stored later, whether in treatment facilities or special underground wells? The short answer is yes, said the study’s lead author, Denise Akob, a USGS microbiologist.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
California Regulators Are Approving Fracking Permits Near Fault Lines
DeSmogBlog
Mike Gaworecki

New research indicates that nearly 40 percent of new wastewater injection wells approved over the past year in California are perilously close to fault lines, increasing the risk of man-made earthquakes in the already seismically active Golden State. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) found that 13 out of 33, or 39 percent, of new drill permits for wastewater disposal wells issued by regulators with California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) between April 2015 and March 2016 were for drill sites within 5 miles of a fault.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Texas drilling permits down 20 percent No. 1 oil producer in the nation still posting discoveries, though sector remains under pressure.
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 (UPI) -- The number of oil and natural gas drilling permits issued by Texas regulators in April was lower year-on-year by 20 percent, state data show. The Railroad Commission of Texas said it issued 683 original drilling permits in April, compared with 848 from the same month one year ago. Most of the permits were for oil-related activities.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Scientists Just Pinpointed Another Example Of Fracking’s Environmental Impact
Think Progress
Alejandro Davila Fragoso

The “study demonstrates definitively that the stream is being impacted by [unconventional oil and gas extraction] wastewaters,” Denise Akob, USGS scientist and lead author of the study, told ThinkProgress. Unconventional oil and gas extraction refers to the many processes that involve hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Fracking By The Numbers — The Damage To Our Water, Land, & Climate From A Decade Of Dirty Drilling
Clean Technica
Cynthia Shahan

Proof of the hazardous, risky, severe results from fracking grows. Local communities are at serious risk from the process of fracking. A new report, Fracking by the Numbers, states: “The combination of two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—has enabled the oil and gas industry to engage to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States.” But that’s just the beginning of the horror story: “Fracking,” however, has also led to tremendous environmental harm and put the health and safety of communities across the country at risk.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
California Regulators Are Approving Fracking Permits Near Fault Lines
DeSmog Blog
Mike Gaworecki

New research indicates that nearly 40 percent of new wastewater injection wells approved over the past year in California are perilously close to fault lines, increasing the risk of man-made earthquakes in the already seismically active Golden State.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Justice Department defends FERC against allegations of 'structural bias'
SNL
Sean Sullivan

The U.S. Justice Department stepped in to defend FERC against an environmental group's charges that the commission has been corrupted by a link between its funding and natural gas industry fees. "The United States respectfully expresses its view that plaintiffs' general allegations of structural bias fail to demonstrate that FERC's funding mechanism offers a possible temptation to favor natural gas pipeline applicants because the number of pipeline applications FERC approves does not increase FERC's revenues above Congress's annual appropriation," the Justice Department wrote in a May 10 statement of interest.---------------------------------------------------------------------- The Delaware Riverkeeper Network used strong words in announcing its March 2 lawsuit against FERC, calling the commission "a corrupt, rogue agency" that is "infected by structural bias" in favor of gas infrastructure because of the financial link between the agency and the industry. The case is unfolding against a background of regulatory delays and blocks against gas pipeline projects in the U.S. Northeast.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby
Washington Post
Darryl Fears

But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. Is there any cause for concern when that water is stored later, whether in treatment facilities or special underground wells? The short answer is yes, said the study’s lead author, Denise Akob, a USGS microbiologist.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Rancor, protests greet top energy official
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Colonie Climate protesters drove the head of federal energy policy from the stage Wednesday during a conference of power plant owners. Near the end of a speech to the Independent Power Producers of New York, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Norman Bay was interrupted and confronted by about a half-dozen protesters at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center. As the protesters shouted about the risks of man-made climate change and demanded that he answer, Bay tried to leave the podium, and appeared uncertain of where to go before IPPNY President Gavin Donohue quickly whisked him away through a side door.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
French minister eyes shale import ban as US LNG exports build
Energy & Commodities


PARIS] France's energy minister is considering closing the door to US shale gas just as American LNG exports to Europe and other ports ramp up. Energy and Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Tuesday in comments to France's parliament that she will "examine from a legal standpoint" ways to ban imports of shale gas. France barred fracking in 2011 because of environmental risks. Houston- based Cheniere Energy Inc has contracts to deliver liquefied natural gas to Engie SA, Electricite de France SA and Total SA.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
EPA Ready to Issue Methane Limits for New Oil and Gas Wells
The Wall Street Journal
AMY HARDER

WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue on Thursday the first federal standards aimed at curbing methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, according to multiple people familiar with the plan. The final regulations, which EPA proposed last year, are the latest in a series of rules the Obama administration is pursuing in a broad agenda clamping down on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. The rules are one piece of an administration goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by as much as 45% from their 2012 levels over the next decade.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
New Paltz Village Board upset with state investment in Pilgrim Pipeline
The Daily Freeman
WILLIAM J. KEMBLE

Posted: 05/12/16, 6:08 AM EDT | Updated: 4 secs ago 0 Comments NEW PALTZ, N.Y. >> Village Board members want state officials to divest pension funds invested in Pilgrim Pipeline. At a Village Board meeting Wednesday, Mayor Tim Rogers said a divestment request is expected to come from communities along the proposed, 182-mile route from Albany to Linden, N.J. “The New York state pension fund has investment holdings across a variety of different investment managers and several different funds under the Ares umbrella,” he said. “One of their funds, in particular, has Pilgrim as a portfolio.” Rogers said a letter would be sent to the state Comptroller’s Office to sell off or replace the account.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court overturns city's fracking ban
The Bakken
Patrick C. Miller

The Colorado Supreme Court earlier this month overturned the city of Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on fracking, ruling that it is preempted by state law and therefore invalid and unenforceable.   [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
ROCHESTER HILLS RESIDENTS FIGHT TO PREVENT OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN TOWN
Medill Reports
Danielle Prieur

“Don’t Drill the Hills,” a Rochester Hills citizens’ group, lost a lawsuit that pitted them against their city, Jordan Bay Development, and Sunoco Pipeline in March. That means, now that the weather is warm again, a spike in natural gas and oil prices could bring drilling to the wooded park near the walking path. That is, unless “Don’t Drill the Hills” submits an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Exxon's Lawyer in Climate Science Probe Has History Helping Big Tobacco and NFL Defend Against Health Claims
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Ted Wells, an attorney hired by ExxonMobil to represent the company against accusations it lied about the climate risks of burning fossil fuels, also represented the tobacco industry in the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1999 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, DeSmog has found. Wells also defended the National Football League (NFL) in the infamous “Deflategate” matter as well as in litigation over the far more serious issue of concussions. Wells has represented ExxonMobil since at least December 2015, following New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's announcement that his office would probe Exxon's role in funding climate change denial despite its long-held understanding and pioneering research into climate change.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Pa. pipeline opponents file suit, threatening project's momentum
The Patriot News
Colin Deppen

After overcoming a series of regulatory hurdles, the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project has been issued a potential setback in the form of a new lawsuit challenging its legality and that of newly inked permits in a Philadelphia federal court. In the lawsuit filed with Philadelphia's Third Circuit Court of Appeals, The Delaware Riverkeeper Network of Bristol, Pa. is challenging state water quality permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the 200-mile, 10-county, $2.6 billion natural gas pipeline project. The group claims the project and water quality plan would violate the federal Clean Water Act.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Is There A Difference In The Permitting Process For Oil Pipelines Vs. Natural Gas Pipelines?
Seeking Alpha
Karyl Patredis

Growing up, my sister, Lynea [1], always seemed to have things a little easier than me. She was my mom's favorite [2] child and I loved crying foul whenever Lynea got her way. In the world of the interstate pipeline permitting process, some argue that natural gas pipelines are easier to get approved than oil pipelines. However, similar to sibling rivalries [3], it all depends on your perspective. Let's first talk about the process for receiving approval of an interstate natural gas pipeline. According to the Natural Gas Act, companies that would like to build a pipeline must obtain a "Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity" from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before beginning a project. This is a multi-step process.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
The Oil Industry Just Backed Out Of A Multi-Billion Dollar Investment
Think Progress
Samantha Page

t seems that the rent really is too high, at least for the major oil and gas firms that have now cancelled their exploration leases in the Arctic. ConocoPhillips, ENI, and Iona have relinquished all their leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off the coast of Alaska, according to new documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request filed by advocacy group Oceana. “The decisions to give up leases reflect both environmental and economic realities of operating in a remote and unforgiving environment like the Arctic,” Michael LeVine, senior counsel for Oceana, told ThinkProgress. Statoil, which also had leases in the region, had previously relinquished all its leases, and Shell has relinquished all but one block, where it has already done exploratory drilling, he said.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Canada Gas Price Plunges as Wildfires Shut Oil-Sands Output
Bloomberg


A bad start to the year for Canadian natural gas producers is getting worse after wildfires in northern Alberta knocked out oil-sands operations that represent a key source of demand. Spot gas prices in Western Canada have been cut by more than half after oil-sands developers curtailed about 40 percent of their supply, reducing the amount of gas used to generate power for drilling and upgrading projects. Canada’s AECO spot gas fell to 53 cents U.S. per gigajoule on Monday, the lowest closing price since 1997, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Appeals Court upholds denial of frack sand mine permit
WQOW.com


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a Trempealeau County decision denying a permit to open a new sand mine for use in hydraulic fracking. The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled against Iowa-based AllEnergy Sand. It had argued that a Trempealeau County environmental and land use committee in 2013 wrongly denied its permit to open the 550-acre sand mine and processing plant. A circuit court had affirmed the county committee's action in January 2015 and the appeals court upheld that ruling Tuesday, saying the "decision was supported by substantial evidence."  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
North Dakota contaminated with radioactive materials from fracking – study
RT
Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

A new study has revealed significant contamination of soil and water in North Dakota from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts as a result of oil and gas wastewater spills. The Duke University research, published in Environmental Science and Technology, highlights the possible health implications for humans and wildlife from the 3,900 reported brine spills in the region since the rise of fracking in 2007.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
France may ban US fracked gas imports
The Hill
Timothy Cama

France is examining how it could legally ban the import of shale natural gas from the United States. Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of energy, told lawmakers in the National Assembly Tuesday that because France has banned hydraulic fracturing within its own borders, it should also prohibit fracked gas imports, according to AFP. The issue has arisen because two companies, Électricité de France and Engie, have signed contracts to buy liquefied natural gas from the United States, where most of it comes from fracked wells. “I’m going to examine legally how we can prohibit the import of shale gas, and in any case, these businesses will have to shift towards other markets to import only conventional gas,” Royal said.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Newfield Stream Water Testing to Resume
Ithaca.com
Jaime Cone

At a meeting of the Newfield Town Board April 28, the board heard a presentation by Stephen Penningroth, Executive Director of the Community Science Institute in Ithaca, and agreed to resume participation in the institute’s water testing program. CSI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities’ water resources. It’s comprised of about 40 individuals and four educational groups that collect water from 10 streams within the Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake and Susquehanna River Watersheds. They collect from 15 sites on each stream and test the samples for phosphorus, coliform bacteria and E.coli. Penningroth explained that CSI has three branches: it has a certified water testing lab, a network of volunteer water monitoring partnerships, and a public online database of the water testing results.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
In Novel Tactic on Climate Change, Citizens Sue Their Governments
NY Times
John Schwartz

Global warming is already disrupting the planet’s weather. Now it is having an impact on the courts, as well, as adults and children around the world try to enlist the judiciary in their efforts to blunt climate change. In the United States, an environmental law nonprofit is suing the federal government on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs. Individuals in Pakistan and New Zealand have sued to force their governments to take stronger action to fight climate change. A farmer in Peru has sued a giant German energy utility over its part in causing global warming. And while the arguments can be unconventional and surprising, some of the suits are making progress. Last month, a federal magistrate judge in Oregon startled many legal experts by allowing the lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 teenagers and children to go forward, despite motions from the Obama administration and fossil fuel companies to dismiss it; the suit would force the government to take more aggressive action against climate change. The ruling by the magistrate judge, Thomas M. Coffin, now goes to Federal District Court to be accepted or rejected.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Suzanne Almeida: Protect public from environmental hazards of gas, oil drilling
The Morning Call
Suzanne Almeida Opinion

Over the last five years, the Department of Environmental Protection has worked with environmental groups, gas and oil industry leaders, and Pennsylvanians from across the commonwealth to develop much needed updates to our oil and gas drilling regulations. But many lawmakers in Harrisburg are determined to stymie the implementation of these much-needed regulations, seemingly at the bidding of the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Judge paves way for pipeline construction in Western Mass.
The Boston Globe
Travis Andersen

A Berkshire Superior Court judge on Tuesday paved the way for a subsidiary of a Houston-based energy company to begin clearing trees on several acres of the Otis State Forest in Western Massachusetts for a natural gas pipeline that will service three utility companies in Connecticut and their customers. However, Judge John A. Agostini stayed his 21-page order until July 29 to allow time for the Massachusetts Legislature to consider the pipeline, which is being proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company LLC, a subsidiary of energy giant Kinder Morgan.  [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
Riverkeeper petitions DRBC to implement decades-old rule
New Jersey Herald
Bruce A. Scruton

The Delaware Riverkeeper is asking the Delaware River Basin Commission to fully implement a program established 25 years ago but not yet fully implemented. The commission was established to oversee the Delaware River watershed, which includes parts of five states and provides the drinking water for 15 million people. The petition, filed last week, calls on the commission to finally put in place its Special Protection Waters Program, first established in 1990, and which saw the Middle and Upper Delaware River designated as Special Protection Waters in 1992.  [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
Evidence of Unconventional Oil and Gas Wastewater Found in Surface Waters near Underground Injection Site
USGS
Press Release

These are the first published studies to demonstrate water-quality impacts to a surface stream due to activities at an unconventional oil and gas wastewater deep well injection disposal site. Evidence indicating the presence of wastewaters from unconventional oil and gas production was found in surface waters and sediments near an underground injection well near Fayetteville, West Virginia, according to two recent studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Missouri, and Duke University. These are the first published studies to demonstrate water-quality impacts to a surface stream due to activities at an unconventional oil and gas wastewater deep well injection disposal site. The studies did not assess how the wastewaters were able to migrate from the disposal site to the surface stream. The unconventional oil and gas wastewater that was injected in the site came from coalbed methane and shale gas wells.  [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
US Oil Rig Count Falls for the Seventh Week to All-Time Low
Nasdaq


In its weekly release, Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. BHI reported another record fall in the U.S. rig count (number of rigs searching for oil and gas in the country) from the previous week. The decline stemmed mainly from a lower number of oil-directed rigs. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures are currently trading at around $44 per barrel.   [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills
EcoWatch
Sharon Kelly

Thousands of oil and gas industry wastewater spills in North Dakota have caused “widespread” contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewed study.   [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
NJ COULD ASK FEDS TO RETHINK POLICIES ON SITING INTERSTATE PIPELINES
NJ Spotlight
Tom Johnson

Laws governing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission date back to 1938, too old to deal with aggressive pipeline expansion, critics claim A pipeline construction site in Northeast Pennsylvania. Amid a growing outcry against the expansion of natural-gas pipelines, a New Jersey legislator wants to press the federal government to revamp the laws governing approval of interstate energy projects.  [Full Story]

May 8, 2016
Groundwater Contamination from Fracking Changes over Time: Study
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

A new Texas study has found that horizontal oil wells fractured by the injection of high volumes of chemicals, sand, and water contaminate nearby water wells with a variety of heavy metals and toxic chemicals that fluctuate over time. In the last decade, North America's $40-billion fracking industry has punctured uneconomic or 'unconventional' rock formations from British Columbia to Texas with long lateral wells that extend for miles underground.  [Full Story]

May 8, 2016
Fracking fallout continues in Denton
Watchdog
Mark Lisheron

Denton voters sent a mixed message to its city government Saturday, returning one city council member who had been the object of a recall and replacing another council veteran.  [Full Story]

May 8, 2016
When everything starts to shake, rattle and roll 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker and producer David Schneider, a former and current Californian, respectively, are no strangers to earthquakes
CBS News


For his story on 60 Minutes this week, Schneider had a chance to investigate earthquakes in another part of the country: Oklahoma, where oil and gas companies are pumping billions of gallons of wastewater into the ground, which scientists say is prompting a growing spate of earthquakes. "What makes the earthquakes in Oklahoma so shocking is that they are man-made," says correspondent Bill Whitaker.   [Full Story]

May 8, 2016
Silent sandbox: Once booming frac sand industry continues major downturn
Leader-Telegram


This should be the time of year when the frac sand mines that dot western Wisconsin are buzzing with activity after a seasonal winter slowdown. Instead, most of the facilities in the once-booming sand mining sector sit dormant, with skeleton crews occasionally stopping by to ensure the lights are still working and groundwater runoff is properly contained.  [Full Story]

May 7, 2016
Environmentalists flood FERC with motions to intervene, comments against Texas LNG project
San Antonio Business Journal
Zahra Hirji

Environmentalists and their allies have flooded federal regulators with motions to intervene and comments opposing the proposed Texas LNG project in the Port of Brownsville. Texas LNG filed their official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 31 asking regulators for permission to export natural gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale region south of San Antonio to overseas customers. The Houston-based company's filing triggered a three-week barrage of comments and motions to intervene that started in mid-April and had a Thursday afternoon deadline. The motions can be used to set up the filer as a party in future legal action.   [Full Story]

May 7, 2016
Wave of Fossil Fuel Project Cancellations Follows Keystone XL Rejection
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

Grassroots climate activists have been effective in stirring public opposition; industry mostly sees market forces at play. Six months after the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, at least 20 other proposed energy projects—mines, pipelines, plants, related rail projects and export terminals—have been canceled, rejected or delayed, according to research compiled and mapped by InsideClimate News.   [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Earthquake capital of continental U.S.: Oklahoma
CBS News


Oklahomans are getting tired of the ground shaking under their feet. Last year, the state set a record for earthquakes with 907 registering a magnitude of 3 or more. It's causing anxiety, damage and residents to rethink one of the state's biggest industries -- oil and gas production -- which scientists say is causing nearly all the quakes. Bill Whitaker goes to Oklahoma, now the capital of earthquake activity in the continental U.S., to report the story for the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. "I woke up scared to death, praying that the house wouldn't fall down. I couldn't believe that the windows didn't shatter," says Melinda Olbert of a 4.3 quake in Edmund, Oklahoma, in December. She and Kathy Matthews, a friend and Edmund resident, are using smartphone apps to monitor the size and location of quakes around the state. "Cherokee, Enid, Fairview, Medford, Stillwater. All in one 24-hour period; one hour ago, one hour ago, two," Matthews tells Whitaker, who asks whether she is nervous. "It's no way to live. It's no way to live," she says.  [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Stop the Fracking Lies: Public and Workers Deserve Truth and Solutions About Energy
Huffington Post
Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper

The future of the coal and fracking industries and jobs in these industries has been in the news a lot these past days. While we must be mindful of the people who currently depend on these industries for their livelihoods, the fact remains that this work is harmful. People are losing their health, the quality of their lives, the safety of their children, the value and sanctity of their homes, the clean water they need to drink and the healthy air they need to breathe. The cost of continued dependence on fossil fuels is far too great to support any longer. While we must support new jobs for fossil fuel workers, these jobs cannot be in the continued use or expansion of fossil fuels and its infrastructure. The research on this issue is clear.  [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Connection to federal probe adds fuel to NY power plant opposition
North Country Public Radio
Karen DeWitt

Opponents of a planned fracked gas power plant in the Hudson Valley hope the U.S. Attorney will investigate decisions made in the permitting process for the plant now that it was revealed the wife of a former top aide to Cuomo took payments from the lead engineering firm in the project and her husband is the subject of a federal probe.  [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Cuomo Loyalist With Troubled Finances Is at Center of U.S. Inquiry
The New York Times
VIVIAN YEE and JESSE McKINLEY

ALBANY — As a former aide to both Andrew M. Cuomo and his father, Todd R. Howe built a reputation as a prominent lobbyist in Albany and Washington, with top clients like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and major developers in upstate New York. Trading on his connections as a Cuomo loyalist, Mr. Howe was seen by many as a reliable conduit to the governor’s office. Now, amid a sprawling federal investigation into the Cuomo administration’s marquee economic development projects, he has emerged as one of its top focal points. The allegations against Mr. Howe, who has not been charged with a crime, are not clear. But a review of court documents and public records found that his professional persona masked a history of chaotic and slipshod financial dealings, including a 2003 bankruptcy and nearly $400,000 in federal tax liens and other judgments against him.   [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Wind and Solar Outpaced Fossil Fuels Again Even in Republican-Led States Fighting Climate Action
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

A new analysis from the U.S Department of Energy reveals that despite GOP opposition to wind and solar incentives, many of their home states, such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, have benefited the most from the shift to renewables.  [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Fracking From Bakken Oilfield Single-Handedly Responsible for Global Rise in Ethane
EcoWatch
Sharon Kelly

The Bakken shale oilfield is single-handedly responsible for most of a mysterious global rise in atmospheric ethane—a pollutant that can harm human health and heat the atmosphere further—peer-reviewed research published last week reveals.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Pennsylvania Township First To Legalize Civil Disobedience & ‘Bad Boy’ Tim DeChristopher Has Their Back
Public Herald


A bold move by a community Public Herald has been following for years – Grant Township – just made historic news [again] by legalizing civil disobedience. Last night [May 3], Grant Township in Indiana County, Pennsylvania made a bit of history. The municipality passed a local law legalizing civil disobedience. According to the new law, anyone who commits a nonviolent act of civil disobedience in order to protect the community’s rights under its Home Rule Charter has the legal right to do so – but not only that – the law also prohibits “any private or public actor from bringing criminal charges or filing any civil or other criminal action against those participating in nonviolent direct action.”  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Should Florida ‘frack’ its limestone for oil and gas? Two geophysicists weigh in
Raw Story
Robert McNamara

Florida is on the front lines of a debate over the spread of the controversial drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which raises a crucial question: are the state’s unique geology and hydrology safe for expanded oil and gas drilling?   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Annals of the ‘Methane Age': Gas from Fracked Wells No Longer ‘Unconventional’
The New York Times
ANDREW C. REVKIN

The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration has posted a short update on trends in natural gas production in the United States that’s worth noting simply because it illustrates the profound nature of the energy transitions that are being propelled by the exploitation of shale deposits using hydraulic fracturing, known best as fracking, along with horizontal drilling. There are, of course a host of issues accompanying the dawn of what Cesare Marchetti and others, as far back as 1986, called “The Methane Age” (natural gas being primarily methane).   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Oil Giants Would Be Worth More by Drilling Less in a Low-Carbon World, Analysts Say
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

Seven major oil and gas companies could increase their collective value by roughly $100 billion if they bring their future investments in oil and gas fields in line with plans to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new assessment. Investors "may be surprised at just how much value can be created by oil and gas companies in a carbon-constrained scenario," said the report, published Wednesday by the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a think tank based in London. At current oil prices, the group estimated that the portfolio of the combined majors' oil and gas projects would be worth about $140 billion more if they left enough fuels in the ground to keep the world within the carbon budget for 2 degrees. Even if oil prices rebounded to $100 per barrel, sticking to the 2-degree target would produce $55 billion higher valuations than a business-as-usual approach.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Drilling company details safety protocols for Upper Burrell residents
TribLive
Liz Hayes

Amid an ongoing debate in Upper Burrell over the safest distance between homes and natural gas wells, a drilling company detailed to residents its safety protocols. Mike Hillebrand of Murrysville, Huntley & Huntley's chief operating officer, spoke for nearly two hours Wednesday night on the process and equipment used by the Monroeville-based drilling company to tap natural gas in deep shale formations.   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Columnist bemoans the anti-climate change energy bill
Post Independent
Randy Fricke

Congress will soon send a new energy bill to President Obama. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced on April 20 the 85-12 passage of the Senate’s bill, the “Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.” Even though the bill contains provisions to boost renewable energy such as solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal, it is largely designed to push America to energy independence through oil and natural gas production.   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
New Analysis: In 2015, Oil and Gas Companies Reported Four Spills a Day in New Mexico
KRWG


Commentary: Oil and gas companies in New Mexico were responsible for 1,477 reported oil, gas, and other chemical spills in 2015, according to the New Mexico Toxic Release Tracker released today by the Center for Western Priorities. The new analysis, which summarizes public spills data from theNew Mexico Oil Conservation Division, finds that oil and gas companies reported an average of four spills per day in 2015.   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Offshore Seismic Blasting Remains A Serious Concern
The Dispatch


OCEAN CITY — While the Obama administration announced in March it was abandoning plans to open a vast swath of ocean off the mid-Atlantic coast as close as 20 miles from the resort for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, the threat of seismic air gun blasting to find those very reserves remains a real threat.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Newfield buys 42,000 acres in Oklahoma from Chesapeake
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

From a press release today: Newfield to acquire an additional 42,000 net acres in STACK Post transaction, Newfield to have more than 350,000 net acres in core STACK and SCOOP THE WOODLANDS, Texas, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) today signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement with a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) to acquire approximately 42,000 net acres in the Anadarko Basin STACK play for $470 million. The transaction will have an effective date of April 1, 2016 and closing is subject to customary adjustments. Newfield expects to fund the transaction with cash on hand and closing is planned for the second quarter of 2016.   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Letter: Cuomo counsel declares energy company off-limits
Times Union
Casey Seiler

Letter: Cuomo counsel declares energy company off-limits By Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief on May 5, 2016 at 3:45 PM 20 In response to Thursday’s news conference by opponents of the Competitive Power Ventures’ natural-gas-fueled plant in Orange County, the Cuomo administration released a letter sent Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Counsel Alphonso David to the leaders of the New York Power Authority, the chair of the state Public Service Commission and the commissioners of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The message of the letter, boiled down: Until further notice, New York State is not doing business with CPV. The company has been connected to salary paid to the wife of Cuomo’s former executive deputy secretary, Joe Percoco. It has said it is cooperating with the investigation by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Is Fracking For Gas Dirty Enough For A Coal Resurgence?
Forbes
James Conca

Coal and natural gas together produce two-thirds of our electricity, almost equally split between them. Nuclear produces 19%, hydro produces 7%, and renewables about 7%. Oil produces even more energy than either coal or gas, but it is used almost entirely for transportation. So if coal is still producing a third of our electricity, why is the coal industry going bankrupt? Sure, coal used to produce about 50% of our electricity just ten years ago, but 33% is still the largest share of this market, tied with natural gas.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Groups Sue EPA Demanding Stricter Fracking Waste Rules
EcoWatch
NRDC

A coalition of community and environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday calling for regulations to stop oil and gas companies from disposing and handling drilling and fracking wastes in ways that threaten public health and the environment.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Cost estimate of Los Angeles-area gas leak hits $665 million
Washington Post
Brian Melley

LOS ANGELES — The estimated cost of a massive gas well blowout that spewed methane uncontrollably for nearly four months and uprooted 8,000 Los Angeles families has more than doubled to $665 million, Sempra Energy announced Wednesday.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
EQT announces intent to expand natural gas exploration in North Central West Virginia
MetroNews


PITTSBURGH, Pa. — An energy company has made an agreement to acquire land in West Virginia to expand its natural gas exploration.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
PA House panel torches natural gas rules
The Morning Call
Laura Legere

HARRISBURG — A House committee moved to block updated state rules for oil and gas operations, with opponents of the regulations saying the process of drafting the updates was so flawed that it has to be restarted.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes
The Washington Post
Brady Dennis

A collection of environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the government has failed to adequately regulate the disposal of waste generated by oil and gas drilling. In particular, the lawsuit seeks to force the agency to impose stricter rules on the disposal of wastewater, including that from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The wastewater is typically pumped into underground wells — a practice that has been linked to a growing number of earthquakes in Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio and other states. The groups argue that the EPA has neglected to revise its existing rules for nearly three decades, despite acknowledging in the late 1980s that stricter requirements were needed for the handling of oil and gas drilling waste.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Foundations poured, but Cuomo says plant in probe still needs approvals
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a power plant that is at the center of a federal corruption probe still needs more approvals from the state, even though construction crews are now pouring its foundation. Competitive Power Ventures already is at work on a proposed $1 billion 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Wawayanda, Orange County. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is looking into ties between the plant and Cuomo administration figures. The governor's office has now cut off contact with CPV.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Groups Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste
EARTHWORKS
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of community and environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today calling for regulations to stop oil and gas companies from disposing and handling drilling and fracking wastes in ways that threaten public health and the environment. The organizations are pushing EPA to issue rules that address problems including the disposal of fracking wastewater in underground injection wells, which accept hundreds of millions of gallons of oil and gas wastewater and have been linked to numerous earthquakes in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Greens sue EPA over fracking waste
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to try to compel better regulation of waste fluids from hydraulic fracturing. The groups, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Integrity Project, said regulations are about 30 years overdue to address potential groundwater contamination, earthquakes and other problems associated with fracking waste.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
New hydraulic fracturing regulations blocked by Wyoming Judge
The Branding Iron
Alexx Sanchez

New regulations for hydraulic fracking implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have been blocked by a U.S. District Judge from Wyoming. According to the case file, a preliminary injunction was ordered last year by U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl. It was ordered after the BLM issued its final version of its regulations applying to hydraulic fracturing on federal and Native American lands. The regulations would focus on three aspects related to fracking including, wellbore construction, chemical disclosures and water management. The court case states in order for the petitioners to obtain a preliminary injunction, they must show “a likelihood of success on the merits, that they will likely suffer irreparable harm, that the balance of equities tips in their favor and that the injunction is in the public interest.” In this particular case, the petitioners are the states of Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota and Utah, along with the Ute Indian Tribe.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Possible Flaw In Weld Coating Cited In Salem Twp. Pipeline Blast
CBS Pittsburgh


SALEM TOWNSHIP (KDKA/AP) — Investigators have found evidence of corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that exploded in a massive fireball in Westmoreland County last week, scorching trees a quarter-mile away, damaging homes and burning a fleeing homeowner, the federal pipeline safety agency said Wednesday. The cause of Friday’s blast remains unknown, but the corrosion indicates a “possible flaw” in the coating material applied to a pair of welded joints, one at the point of failure and another excavated after the explosion, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a corrective order issued to the pipeline operator.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Climate change is corroding our values, says Naomi Klein
The Guardian
John Vidal

Climate change is spawning injustice, racism, intolerance and wars, according to author and political activist Naomi Klein. “It is not about things getting hotter and wetter but things getting meaner and uglier, unless we change the corrosive values that are pitting people against each other,” she said in a lecture held in memory of Palestinian literary critic and political activist Edward Said at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre on Wednesday. “Fossil fuels, which are the principal driver of climate change, require the sacrifice of whole regions and people. Sacrificial zones like the Niger delta and the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, dot the world.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Petition to put anti-fracking measure on ballot delivered to Elections Department
Montere Herald
James Herrera

Salinas >> The group Protect Monterey County delivered 16,108 signatures Wednesday to the Monterey County Elections Department in support of putting an initiative on the November ballot to ban fracking and dangerous oil production practices in the county.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Filmmaker, citizens group challenge National Fuel’s proposed pipeline project
Buffalo News
T J Pignataro

Josh Fox traveled the world seeking answers about climate change for his new documentary. Fox ground his way through jungles in Peru and Ecuador, rode a homemade pontoon boat by South Pacific islands, interviewed asthmatic children in the smog of hyper-industrialized Beijing and waded through Superstorm Sandy’s rubble on Rockaway Beach.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Pipeline owner told to correct issues after blast
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul J. Gough

The federal agency that regulates pipelines on Wednesday ordered the owner of the line that blew up and caught fire last Friday in Salem Township to take corrective action to ensure safety.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Group urges Cuomo to halt CPV project Protect Orange County also wants feds to expand investigation
Times Herald Record
James Nani

WAWAYANDA — Opponents of a $900 million natural-gas fired energy plant want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to yank its state permits and order work to be halted in light of an ongoing federal probe targeting Cuomo's former aides and their alleged ties to the company. The group, called Protect Orange County, has also called on U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to expand his office's probe into the process that approved Competitive Power Ventures' plant, which is being built off Route 6. Opponents argue the power plant will have health and safety impacts on local residents and that the Town of Wawayanda should not have led the environmental review. "We urge U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to cast as wide a net as possible and scrutinize every approval issued and every decision maker involved at every layer of government," the group said in a news release.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Fossil Fuels on Federal Lands: Phase-Out Needed for Climate Goals, Study Says
Inside Climate News
John H. Cushman, Jr.

Ending federal leasing program could reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide by 100 million tons, researchers find. Phasing out fossil fuel leases on public lands would be one of the most significant new policies the United States could adopt to help meet international climate goals, according to a new report.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
NY denial 'potentially fatal' for Constitution gas line, analyst says
SNL
Sean Sullivan

New York's refusal to issue a key water permit for Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC could signal the end for the proposed interstate natural gas pipeline, according to an energy analyst who follows such projects. "From our perspective, Constitution is significant because it's such a rare thing for a pipeline to be denied a water quality certification," Rob Rains, an analyst with the policy and financial research firm Washington Analysis LLC, said in a recent interview. "This is potentially fatal for the project." Rains observed that the Constitution developers can appeal the decision, as they have indicated they will, but "that is probably a fruitless effort." Even if the developers are successful, the federal appeals court would likely send the case back for a second determination by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Rains said he does not see the agency changing its finding. He noted that in the April 22 decision denying a Clean Water Act Section 401 certificate for the 124-mile pipeline project, the agency did not appear to want to help Constitution strengthen its application.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016