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Oct 1, 2014
Moyne mayor says fracking not just a 'fringe group' issue
The Standard
Anthony Brady

THE fight to put an end to coal seam gas exploration and extraction in Victoria is being led at a local level. Moyne Shire councillors will take a strongly-worded motion to the Municipal Association of Victoria state congress this month. The motion will call on delegates to oppose coal seam gas exploration and extraction across the state. Mayor James Purcell generated the motion, drawing unanimous support from councillors at their monthly meeting.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
'Virtual pipeline' to deliver natural gas connection to Orbost, Lakes Entrance
abc.net.au


Two Gippsland towns will be connected to natural gas, as part of a long-awaited pre-election promise. Before the last election, the Government promised to connect 14 priority towns to natural gas, including Orbost and Lakes Entrance. Many of the towns on the list have had a long wait for news of a connection, because a traditional gas pipeline would not work. Instead, the Deputy Premier Peter Ryan says they are using a 'virtual pipeline'.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
How politics complicated Cuomo’s energy plan
Capital New York
David Giambusso

It can seem, at times, like the Cuomo administration is doing battle with itself as it seeks to move New York State toward reliance on cleaner sources of energy. In April, the Cuomo administration’s Public Service Commission rolled out its “Reforming Energy Vision,” promising to ramp up renewable energy, smart grid technology, microgrids and energy storage. The administration dedicated $1 billion for solar investment. And it established a $1 billion Green Bank to finance renewable energy projects. These initiatives were among the most ambitious in the country. But even as Governor Andrew Cuomo was touting the proposed reform of the state’s power grid, his administration shepherded deals to rescue two aging coal-fired plants from the scrap heap and turn them into gas-burning facilities, despite the fact that utility companies said they weren’t needed at all.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
State makes case on oil train shipments
Times Herald Record
James Walsh

New York state on Tuesday submitted its concerns about oil trains that traverse the Hudson Valley to a federal agency developing rules for the transport of hazardous materials including volatile Bakken crude oil. Emergency orders were issued in May by the U.S. Department of Transportation to railroads hauling the Bakken crude to immediately notify state emergency officials of the shipments. Shippers were also asked to stop using old DOT-111 tank cars, which have a history of rupturing and exploding in derailments. The cars were originally designed to carry nonhazardous materials such as corn syrup and fruit juice. New York's suggestions include enhanced braking systems for oil trains, speed controls for trains hauling hazardous cargo and degasifying crude oil before shipment to reduce its volatility,   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Fracking Companies Fight EPA's Proposed Chemical Disclosure Rules
Scientific American
Rebecca Trager

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering introducing new regulations that would require companies to disclose the composition of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is warning that such a rule could jeopardise the trade secrets of its members, which include small businesses that manufacture chemicals used in oil and gas exploration.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
In FERC's Approval of Gas Exports, Climate Effects Get Glossed Over
InsideClimate News
Elizabeth Douglass

Environmental and community groups on Tuesday assailed federal approval of the Cove Point liquefied natural gas export project, arguing that regulators glossed over the climate change consequences. They vowed to challenge the decision through a regulatory appeal or in the courts.  [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2014
Fracking Emission Carcinogens Found in Denton Playgrounds
Dallas Observer
Emily Mathis

A new report published by ShaleTest, an independent environmental research agency in Denton, found levels of benzene in several Denton parks that exceed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's long-term exposure limitations. Benzene is a carcinogen found in cigarettes, gasoline and is a common byproduct of oil and gas drilling sites. McKenna Park is one of the playgrounds where unsafe levels of the chemical were found. The playground is located next to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, within a neighborhood, next to several churches and across the street from one of Denton's many Rayzor Ranch gas wells.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Corbett's Pa.: Leaders from other states come here to see how bad it smells
Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial

This is a new one: Activists in New York are pleading with their leaders to cross the border to see what we've accomplished under (mostly) Gov. Corbett. They also want the visitors to smell it. ALBANY – Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make good on a promise to visit fracking sites in other states, sending him a letter last week urging him to travel to Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
MARCHING ON: A Q&A WITH JOSH FOX
City & State
Jon Lentz

C&S: You just protested outside a speech by President Obama. JF: We’re trying to get the attention of Cuomo and Clinton and Obama and our Democratic leadership, who thus far is saying great things about climate, but they’re not paying attention to the science on fracking and the science on methane leakage. This is a disastrous policy. So these rallies are calling on President Obama to do something that he’s called upon us to do, which is change and act. The grassroots is saying to President Obama, “You must act on fracking, you must act on climate change, and the only way you can have a coherent policy on the climate is to make sure that you’re not endorsing, promoting or spreading fracking.” We can run our whole world and our country on renewables. That is the only way to counter climate change, the only way to truly reduce all greenhouse gases. Carbon, of course, is most important greenhouse gas. Methane, however, is the second-most important greenhouse gas. The policy currently is to switch from coal to gas en masse—that’s a disastrous policy when it comes to talking about the climate.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Oil-by-Rail Safety Rule Seen Adding Costs: Railroads, API
Bloomberg
Jim Snyder

Proposed federal rules to make hauling crude oil by rail safer and avoid fiery wrecks would drive up costs and put the U.S. energy revival at risk, the head of an oil industry trade group said today. The American Petroleum Institute joined by the Association of American Railroads today proposed keeping older tank cars, which investigators say are vulnerable to puncture, in service for twice as long as envisioned by regulators drafting rules for carrying flammable liquids like oil on trains. The Transportation Department proposal to phase out older cars known as DOT-111s in two years is “not feasible,” said Jack Gerard, executive director of the Washington-based API, which represents companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Chevron Corp. (CVX)  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
MARCHING ON: A Q&A WITH JOSH FOX
City & State
John Lentz

Documentary filmmaker Josh Fox broke onto the scene in 2010 with the Oscar-nominated film Gasland, a damning portrait of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Fox, who last year released a sequel, Gasland 2, has become a hero to foes of hydrofracking, the controversial method of drilling for natural gas, while drawing the ire of the energy industry. After an anti-fracking rally outside President Barack Obama’s speech at the Clinton Global Initiative this month, Fox spoke with City & State Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz about the fracking battle in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election bid and the criticism of his documentaries. The following interview has been edited for space and clarity.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Fracking Emissions Fall; Texas Still King of GHGs
Climate Central
Bobby Magill

Just like last year, Texas is king of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., while Vermont remains the greenest state in terms of pollution that causes climate change. New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data released Tuesday show that nationwide, greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources in 2013 rose 0.6 percent over 2012, an increase of about 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, totaling 3.18 billion metric tons overall.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
German Anti-Fracking Campaigners Petition to Outlaw Technology
Bloomberg
Stefan Nicola

German groups campaigning against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas handed a petition of 660,000 signatures to Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks seeking to outlaw use of the technology. “There are no good reasons for fracking but large risks for the environment and people’s health,” Ann-Kathrin Schneider of environmental group BUND said today in a statement as the petition was passed to Hendricks in Berlin. Campaigners are seeking changes to the federal mining law.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Corbett's Pa.: Leaders from other states come here to see how bad it smells
Philly.com


This is new one: Activists in New York are pleading with their leaders to cross the border to see what we've accomplished under (mostly) Gov. Corbett. They also want the visitors to smell it. ALBANY – Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make good on a promise to visit fracking sites in other states, sending him a letter last week urging him to travel to Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Democrats to Obama: Get tough on oil companies drilling on public land
Fuel Fix
Jennifer Dloughy

WASHINGTON — A dozen Senate Democrats on Tuesday implored the Obama administration to impose tough new rules for oil companies drilling on public lands across the United States. At issue is the Interior Department’s proposed rule to tighten standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, including new mandates for the hydraulic fracturing process used to coax oil and gas out of dense rock formations. “We urge you to issue the strongest possible safeguards to ensure that public health, safety and our environment are protected,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and 11 of his colleagues, in a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. They called it “critical that the final rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands offers stringent protections for the safety of workers, our water, air, lands and public health.”  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Fracking companies in UK allowed to drill without public consent
Hydrogen Fuel News


The United Kingdom plans to grant underground access to gas and oil companies. In spite of public opposition, it is the intention of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to allow fracking drilling to occur under people’s land without their consent, which would give companies permission to drill at depths of 300 meters or lower under private land, without them having to ask for the right to access the area. Nearly 100% of respondents objected the proposal.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Pa. Official Admits Errors In Investigation Of Whether Fracking Waste Spoiled Drinking Water
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

A Pennsylvania official has admitted that he may have used faulty information to determine that fracking waste was not poisoning the drinking water supply at a man’s property in Washington County, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. During his sworn testimony at a trial before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, Department of Environmental Protection water quality specialist Vincent Yantko said that his 2011 investigation of landowner Loren Kiskadden’s contaminated drinking water “did not follow its regulations to determine whether [chemical] leaks had occurred” at a nearby fracking site, the Post reported. Kiskadden is one of three landowners who say they have experienced health problems due to water pollution from the waste pit at the Yeager drilling site, owned by Range Resources Corporation.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Proposed Fracking Rules in North Carolina Put People, Water, Wildlife at Risk
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

RALEIGH, N.C.— In response to proposed rules for oil and gas extraction in North Carolina, the Center for Biological Diversity today filed comments that call for stricter regulations to protect people, the state’s waterways and imperiled species from proposed gas fracking. According to the comments, the draft rules do not provide sufficient protections for habitat and water resources and fail to ensure that the state will protect endangered species during gas operations. “These rules allow fracking adjacent to extremely sensitive areas, including streams and wetlands,” said Jared Margolis, an attorney with the Center who focuses on the impacts of energy development on endangered species. “Fracking under these rules would pose an immediate threat to several North Carolina endangered species, including several species of freshwater mussels — animals like the Appalachian elktoe and Carolina heelsplitter that would be at risk from habitat fragmentation, reduced stream flows, and pollution caused by fracking.” The proposed rules require a setback of gas wells and waste pits from surface waters of only 200 feet. Given that fractures have been documented to extend as much as 2,000 feet, this buffer would do little to ensure that the state’s waters are not polluted by toxic fracking fluids or gas. Without greater buffers, the draft rules pose a clear hazard to North Carolina’s waterways and the many species that depend on them, such as the eastern hellbender salamanders, which were petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection by the Center in 2010.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
N.S. introduces legislation for indefinite moratorium on fracking
CTVNews.ca


HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia is moving ahead with legislation that would ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas, but the proposed law also includes an exemption that would allow fracking for testing and research purposes. Energy Minister Andrew Younger insists the exemption in the Petroleum Resources Act does not provide a loophole for the shale gas industry. "Anybody could come to the door and ask for whatever they want," Younger said. "What this allows is for cabinet to consider a research project only."   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Ohio activists picket Kasich, Christie at Akron fund-raising dinner
Ohio.com
Bob Downing

Statement from protestors at Monday appearance by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Fairlawn, an Akron suburb: Akron, Ohio – Governor Kasich faced protesters today as he attended today’s Summit County GOP fundraising dinner, featuring a keynote speech from Governor Chris Christie. Both Governor Kasich and Governor Christie have opposed efforts to enact a ban on toxic, radioactive fracking waste dumping in their respective states, a move that has upset many of those concerned that this puts profit motives of oil and gas interests above the health and well being of residents, drinking water and the environment. Food & Water Watch, the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection (NEOGAP) and FaCT (Faith Communities Together for fracking awareness) backed the protest.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Exxon Fracking Report Responds to Shareholders
AP via ABC News
Jonathan Fahey

Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation. Under pressure from the corporate responsibility group As You Sow, as well as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and other shareholders, Exxon agreed earlier this year to reveal more about how it manages the risks involved with the drilling technique, known as fracking. The report acknowledges that drilling wells and producing oil and gas from shale formations and other so-called unconventional sources do carry risks, including the possibility of water contamination and leaks of natural gas into the atmosphere that contribute to climate change.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Denton Sued over Fracking Moratorium
nbcdfw.com


A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights. City leaders halted fracking as they consider making their city the first in the state to permanently ban the practice.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Feds Approve Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Despite ongoing opposition from area residents, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) has approved the conversion of the Dominion Cove Point liquified natural gas (LNG) facility in southern Maryland from an import to an export facility. The decision also authorizes the installation of additional compression at Dominion’s Pleasant Valley Compressor Station and related facilities in Northern Virginia.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Environmental fines levied on NFG for pipeline work
Buffalo News
David Robinson

Environmental regulators in Pennsylvania have fined National Fuel Gas Co. $250,000 for more than a dozen violations that took place during a seven-month period while the Amherst energy company was building a pipeline in the Marcellus Shale region in the central part of the state. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection levied the fine against National Fuel’s pipeline business for a series of violations of the state’s Clean Streams Law and other regulations during the construction of its Trout Run Gathering System across five municipalities in Lycoming County.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
EnLink Midstream purchases Gulf Coast pipeline systems
ohio.com
Bob Downing

DALLAS,September 29, 2014 — The EnLink Midstream companies, EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:ENLK) (the Partnership) and EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE:ENLC) (the General Partner) (together “EnLink”), today announced that a subsidiary of the Partnership has signed a definitive agreement with Chevron Pipe Line Company and Chevron Midstream Pipelines LLC to acquire Gulf Coast natural gas pipeline assets including the Bridgeline system (“the natural gas assets”) predominantly located in Southern Louisiana for $235 million, subject to certain adjustments.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Russia-China new gas pipeline draws near
World Bulletin


The proposed Altai natural gas pipeline project could ease the effects of western sanctions on the Russian economy, while China could gain from cheaper gas prices to meet its energy demand, experts said. The Altai gas pipeline has been the subject of intergovernmental talks between Russia and China since 2006. When the two countries could not agree on the price of gas in 2008, the project was indefinitely postponed. However, when the $400 billion agreement for the 'Power of Siberia' gas pipeline project was signed between Russia and China in May 2014, the Altai project came back onto the agenda once again and an agreement is expected to be signed this November.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
New player joins European gas pipeline consortium
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

BAAR, Switzerland, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Spanish energy company Enagas said Tuesday it signed up as a partner for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline for European natural gas needs, project developers said. The TAP project consortium said Enagas signed on for a 16 percent share, bringing the number of consortium members to six.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
N.H. Energy Summit takeaway: expect natural gas spikes again this winter
NHBR
Bob Sanders

Be afraid, be very afraid, when it comes to spot market energy prices this winter. Last fall, futures contracts for peak electricity for January 2014 were $95 to $100 per megawatt-hour, said Taff Tschamler, senior vice president of business development at North American Power, an alternative electricity provider for some 35,000 New Hampshire residents and businesses. This fall, Tschamler said, such contracts have been trading between $170 and $190 per mWh.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Delaware official: Don't vote for me; I'm fighting the pipeline
NJ.com
Rick Epstein

Township Committeewoman Kristin McCarthy does not want to be re-elected; she wants to devote all her energy to fighting the PennEast natural-gas pipeline. This announcement was made in a letter to the editor of the Hunterdon County Democrat, which was emailed this morning. It comes the morning after a Township Committee meeting in the township school gym in which residents posed questions to PennEast representatives and expressed frustration and anger about its plan to run the pipeline across the township. Having served nine years on the committee, McCarthy had been seeking another term in the November election. "Unfortunately, recent events have caused me to reconsider. In August, PennEast LLC announced plans to build a 107-mile pipeline that will cut right through the heart of Delaware Township – through our beautiful and preserved farms and woodlands, through our wetlands and fragile ecosystems, through our historic homesteads and farms, and destroying our dense forest lands.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
The Explosive Debate Over A New Natural Gas Pipeline Through The Northeast
Climate Progress
Katie Valentine

New York resident Bruce Shenker didn’t used to be concerned about the three underground natural gas pipelines running through his property. He’s grown to appreciate the path created by their construction as a running and cross-country skiing route, and besides, two of them were there before he moved in, a fixture of the landscape just like the trees and eight-acre field. But after learning about Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct, a natural gas pipeline that’s proposed to run through his land, Shenker started getting worried. The pipeline would be under more pressure than the ones already running through his land and would carry more gas — 800 million to 2.2 billion cubic feet per day — prompting concern about explosions.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Easements Made Easier: Building Pipelines with the Power of Eminent Domain Under the Natural Gas Act
JDSupra
Richard Herold

Any person or entity seeking to construct a natural gas pipeline and successful in obtaining a certificate of convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may exercise the power of eminent domain to obtain easements across private property when those easements are necessary and cannot be obtained consensually (by contract) from the landowners. Columbia Gas Transmission, L.L.C. v. 76 Acres More or Less, 2014 WL 2960836 (D. Md. June 27, 2014). the Columbia Gas Court recently held that (1) the property’s legal description need not be attached to sufficiently identify the property to be condemned, and (2) even in the absence of a federal condemnation statute authorizing immediate possession of the property, the condemning plaintiff may obtain an order to take immediate possession of the property since it would be wasteful and inefficient to skip over one or more parcels in the construction process – only if the condemning plaintiff is capable of satisfying the requirements for preliminary injunctive relief under Fed.R.Civ.P. 65, including posting a bond sufficient to cover the landowners’ costs and damages if it is determined that the landowner was wrongfully enjoined.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
PennEast wants to build pipeline in 2017; Delaware Township promises a fight
NJ.com
Rick Epstein

The PennEast Pipeline Co. would like to start construction in 2017, but the Delaware Township Committee has promised a fight to prevent it. The anti-pipeline resolution was passed at 11 p.m. yesterday after a long meeting in the township school’s gym attended by an estimated 400 residents. Many lined up at a microphone for their turn to question PennEast representatives, and for the chance to express fear, outrage or suspicion. The spectators applauded their fellows when they felt a telling blow had been struck and they jeered the PennEast panelists' responses.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Feds let states decide on pipeline expansion
Burlington Free Press
Dan D'Ambrosio

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has deferred to state regulatory agencies in Vermont and New York to decide whether the Vermont Gas expansion of its natural gas pipeline should be approved. Vermont Gas Spokesman Steve Wark said on Tuesday that the commission's decision streamlines the approval process for Phase 2, which would extend gas service from Middlebury to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Who picks up pieces if fracking causes damage?’, asks CLA
SmallHolder


The CLA said the consultation response from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on fracking fails to properly tackle the issue of long-term liability leaving landowners at risk long after drilling has stopped. The organisation said DECC’s response to the Underground Drilling Access Consultation makes clear that the Government plans to progress with changes that allow the shale gas and geothermal industries to drill deep underneath property without the owner’s permission, but it does not make clear who is liable if things go wrong.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
N.C. Mining and Energy Commission taking last public comments about fracking
Triangle Business Journal
Dawn Wallace

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission will close the public comment period regarding fracking at midnight, and expects to sift through thousands of comments in the coming days. By the time the public comment period ends, the commission expects to have around 50,000 comments to review, some of which have resonated with some of the commissioners.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Steady Oil Prices Prompt More Fracking Activity In Ohio
WOSU
Tom borgerding

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has permitted 17 more horizontally-fracked wells in five eastern counties. The state permits allow for more oil and gas development in an area known as the Utica shale. Youngstown State University geologist Jeffrey Dick says oil and gas reserves in the region are plentiful. He expects drilling activity in Ohio to last decades. “Given the amount of reserves that are down there and the acreage that’s left to be drilled, I think you’re easily looking at 20 to 40 years easily,” says Dick.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Nova Scotia introduces bill to ban fracking
Financial Post
Canadian Press

The Nova Scotia government introduced legislation Tuesday that would place an indefinite moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas from shale deposits. But the legislation would provide an exemption for fracking used for testing and research purposes. Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act will not provide a loophole for the shale gas industry.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
State halts production at Antero pad in Doddridge
Daily Mail


WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) — Production at an Antero Resources well pad in Doddridge County has been halted after a drill collided with a well. The Department of Environmental Protection issued a cease operations order to Antero following the accident last week at the Primm Pad near West Union. The department’s Office of Oil and Gas also issued a notice of violation and a pollution violation. The drill collided with the well as Antero was drilling another well. The collision caused methane to be released from the existing well, DEP representatives told media outlets.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Feds clear Maryland natural gas export proposal
The Hill
Tomothy Cama

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Monday approved a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Maryland, the first one on the East Coast. Dominion Resources Inc. will be allowed to liquefy and export up to 5.75 million metric tons of natural gas per year from its existing Cove Point compressor station on the Chesapeake Bay.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Harrison Co. woman blames fracking for damages
West Virginia Record
KELLY HOLLERAN

CHARLESTON – A Harrison County resident has filed suit against the oil and gas companies that she alleges harmed her land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resource.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Nova Scotia Moves to Continue Fracking Moratorium
NGI
Charlie Passut

The Liberal government of Nova Scotia followed through on a promise to continue a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) on Tuesday, after introducing an amendment to the province's Petroleum Resources Act. "We've heard from many Nova Scotians that we are not yet ready for HVHF to be a part of developing our onshore oil and gas resources in shale," Energy Minister Andrew Younger said in a statement. "This legislation provides assurance to Nova Scotians that this technique will not be permitted without a public, open and transparent debate in the legislature."   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Robert McCartney: Nation's embrace of fracking ignores environmental risks
Morning Call
Opinion Robert McCartney

rginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's attitude toward natural-gas fracking seems to depend on whether it occurs somewhere that would be politically inconvenient for him. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said recently he's determined to prevent the controversial drilling method from intruding on the rugged Appalachian beauty of the George Washington National Forest, where opposition has been strong. His spokesman said the governor also thinks the potential threat to water supplies creates "a high hurdle" for fracking to win approval at proposed drilling sites east of Fredericksburg and within a two-hour drive from downtown Washington.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Frac Sand Rush Threatens American Towns, Advocates Warn
Huffington Post
Lynne Peeples

Victoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear of the dust clouds billowing from a frac sand mine a half-mile away. "This blowing of silica sand has not abated since the inception of the mine in 2011," Trinko, a farmer and the town clerk for Cooks Valley, Wisconsin, said during a media call on Thursday highlighting an industry proliferating alongside horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Frac sand is an essential ingredient in the process of natural gas drilling. Trinko is among residents, advocates and scientists warning of risks posed by the frac sand boom -- from heavy truck traffic and sleep-stymying lights and noise. At least one truck hauling silica sand travels a road by Trinko's home every three minutes. When HuffPost spoke with Trinko in 2012, she had just been diagnosed with asthma -- and her doctor suggested the condition was pollution-related.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Risky Crude Oil Tank Cars
AP via Huffington Post
Joan Lowy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires. Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, told reporters that his group and the Association of American Railroads are jointly asking the Transportation Department for six months to 12 months for rail tank car manufacturers to gear up to overhaul tens of thousands of cars and another three years to retrofit older cars.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Senate Dems call for 'strongest possible' fracking regs
The Hill
Laura Barron-Lopez

A group of Senate Democrats called for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday to issue the "strongest possible" safety standards for fracking operations on public lands. The Interior Department recently sent its rule on fracking, a horizontal drilling method for oil and gas that pumps chemicals and water into the ground to break up deposits, to the OMB for final review.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2014
Mamakating fracking ban applies to byproducts, too
Times Herald Record
Steve Israel

There may not be any natural gas worth drilling beneath the Town of Mamakating in eastern Sullivan County — if there's any gas located there at all. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have put the natural-gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on indefinite hold while the state studies its impact on health — and waits for the November election to be over. But that didn't stop Mamakating from banning fracking — and related fracking activities — at a Town Board meeting a few weeks ago. That makes it the sixth Sullivan County town — along with Tusten, Lumberland, Bethel, Highland and Forestburgh — to do so.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Woman says fracking damaged her property
The West Virginia Record
KELLY HOLLERAN

CHARLESTON – A Ritchie County resident has filed suit against the oil and gas companies she alleges harmed her land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resource. OilGasVickie Nutter says she owns a home at 4404 Oxford Road in Pullman, which is close to the oil and natural gas drilling activities of defendants Antero, based in Denver, and Hall Drilling of Ellenboro. The defendant companies utilize a process known as fracking to retrieve the oil and natural gas from the ground. Fracking is a controversial process that releases chemicals into the ground under extreme pressure in an effort to dislodge the gas, according to the complaint filed Aug. 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court. There are many dangerous environmental concerns that accompany the fracking process, the suit states. For instance, natural gas is often burned during the process, which results in excessive emissions of hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals, the complaint says. “[The] defendants’ natural gas activities, acts, omissions, and instrumentalities that are within defendants’ exclusive control, are dangerous, and have caused grave harm to plaintiff,” the suit states.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Dominion Natural Gas Exports Plan Gets Federal OK
ABC NEWS
FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Dominion Energy received federal approval late Monday to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. In its decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that the project, as approved with conditions, would minimize potential adverse impacts on landowners and the environment. FERC has approved three other LNG export projects, but this is the first one on the East Coast. The others are in the Gulf of Mexico.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Dealing with the threat beneath our feet
Observer-Reporter
Editorial

Imagine if, over the last decade, 135 people were killed and 600 were injured around the country as a result of bombings linked to terrorist groups. You can rest assured immediate actions would be taken within the halls of government and yet more steps would be instituted to beef up security at schools, airports, shopping malls and any other places where large numbers of people congregate. That, however, was the toll from fires and explosions sparked by leaking natural gas lines. These distribution lines allow us to heat our homes and fire our ovens and stoves. Most of the time, we can turn up our thermostats or start roasting a turkey without undue concern. But the infrastructure that carries gas to our homes is becoming increasingly decrepit and the response to it has, for the most part, been dilatory.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children Why oil spills, fracking, and climate change pose a special danger to the youngest members of all species.
Mother Jones
Indre Viskontas

It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein examines the effect that our reliance on fossil fuels has on the most helpless members of the animal kingdom—as well as on our own children.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
California Oil and Gas Update: In-depth look at the California BLM's fracking decision
JD Supra Business Advisor
Scott Castro

Oil and gas lease sales on public lands set to resume in 2015 based upon independent fracking report On August 28, 2014 the California State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signaled its intent to resume oil and gas lease sales on Federal lands in the state beginning next year with its announcement of a "comprehensive strategy for the federal oil and gas program in California." This announcement was issued after an independent study commissioned by the BLM found limited environmental effects from hydraulic fracturing (i.e., "fracking") and other enhanced drilling techniques.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Wastewater Tremors Weaker than Natural Earthquakes, USGS Reports
Heartland
James M. Taylor

Small earthquakes linked to underground wastewater injection are substantially weaker in their effects than natural earthquakes of the same magnitude, according to a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey . Natural earthquakes are approximately 16 times as strong as human-induced tremors of the same magnitude.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
FERC Authorizes Construction of Cove Point LNG Export Project
FERC
Press Release

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today authorized Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP to build the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in Calvert County, Maryland, and related facilities at an existing compressor station and at metering and regulating sites in Virginia. Today’s action came after more than two years of consideration of Dominion’s proposal during which FERC heard from more than 140 speakers at three public meetings related to the Environmental Assessment and received more than 650 comments from the public and federal, state and local agencies on the application. The project will enable Dominion to transport up to 860,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas form existing pipeline interconnects near the west end of the Cove Point Pipeline to the Cove Point terminal for the export of up to 5.75 metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year. The Commission found that the proposal, as mitigated with 79 conditions found in Appendix B of today’s order, is in the public interest.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Residents in shock as Texas Eastern begins clearing 35-mile gas line right of way in Lancaster County
Lancaster Online
AD CRABLE

Seventy-one homeowners and businesses in heavily populated Manheim Township are the first to get the shock. Beginning as early as next week, Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. will begin cutting down all trees and shrubs higher than 4 feet in a 75-foot-wide natural gas pipeline corridor that runs through yards in two sections of the township. The first areas to be shorn of existing vegetation are from Fruitville Pike to Lititz Pike and from Stoner Park to New Holland Pike.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
A U-Turn for a Terminal Built in Texas to Import Natural Gas
New York Times
Clifford Krauss

Qatar Petroleum, the state oil company, is now requesting permission to export American gas, proposing with its partner Exxon Mobil an audacious conversion of the facility to export from import. The additional estimated cost: $10 billion, if not more.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Israel's natural gas bonanza is an illusion, warns British energy expert Says export costs will be higher than those of competitors for all-important Far East market; suggests LNG be used mainly for domestic consumption.
Haaretz


The national consensus holds that the discoveries of huge offshore natural gas fields in recent years amount to an economic revolution, one that will put the economy on easy street for generations to come. A leading British energy expert, however, says it's an illusion. "Exporting gas as LNG [liquefied natural gas] is very expensive. Israeli gas isn't competitive enough to compete with LNG from other countries," says Nick Butler, one-time senior energy adviser to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and former vice president for strategy and policy development at British Petroleum Group, in an interview with Globes' Hedy Cohen.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Tanker Truck Causes Bridge To Partially Collapse In Greene County
CBS Pittsburgh


GREENE COUNTY (KDKA) – A water tanker truck trying to cross a historic Greene County bridge caused part of the bridge to collapse. The Observer-Reporter reports that the Pollocks Mill Bridge is closed after the truck tried to cross Sunday afternoon. The truss bridge was built in 1878 and spans the Ten Mile Creek near Clarksville.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Students Unite to Stop Natural Gas Power Plant on Campus
EcoWatch
Emily Behnke

At first, my freshman year of college was a breeze. Gen Ed classes? Easy. Homework? Doable. A brand-new living space with unfamiliar people? You get used to it. But once I decided to contribute to a full-scale environmental campaign against the university over its decision to build a natural gas power plant on campus, my year got a lot more complicated. I was ready to do the same things everyone does freshman year. I went to tons of club meetings, tried new things and met new people. But then came the power plant. Second semester wasn’t even in full swing when I learned that the University of Delaware had, under the binds of a 75-year lease, offered a plot of land to an independent company, The Data Centers LLC, for the construction of a data center and the natural gas power plant needed to power it. It was a billion dollar deal. That certainly sounded like a lot of money to me.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
A U-Turn for a Terminal Built in Texas to Import Natural Gas
The New York Times
Clifford Kraus

SABINE PASS, Tex. — The giant Golden Pass natural gas import terminal here, meant to bring Middle Eastern gas to energy-hungry Americans, sits eerily quiet these days, a sleepy museum to a bygone era. Its 5,000 valves, 50 million pounds of steel and ship berth as big as 77 football fields — representing a $2 billion investment by Qatar Petroleum, Exxon Mobil and Conoco Phillips — have been dormant for nearly three years. The unexpected American shale fracking frenzy produced such a glut of domestic gas that the United States does not need Qatari gas anymore. But the Golden Pass story is only beginning.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure
BNA
Chemical Regulation Reporter

Sept. 25 — Chemical makers and energy companies have told the Environmental Protection Agency there is no need for it to require them to report information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing fluids. “The American Petroleum Institute does not think that this Toxic Substances Control Act rulemaking is necessary in light of the extensive information already available to EPA and the public, and the scope and purpose of TSCA,” API said in comments submitted to the agency Sept. 18.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
NY bills to curb fracking waste suggested
Democrat & Chronicle
Steve Orr

The New York League of Conservation Voters and state Sen. Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequoit, announced a series of proposals Monday to rein in the handling and disposal of gas and oil drilling waste in New York. At a news conference, O'Brien and the league president, Marcia Bystryn, said legislation would be introduced in Albany that would bar the disposal of drilling wastes in New York landfills and restrict the treatment of liquid wastes from drilling in municipal wastewater plants. Another bill would require that drilling waste be treated as hazardous wastes, requiring a more robust response if the waste is spilled.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Losses Announced In The Permian
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, one of the largest trading houses in Asia, announced a considerable impairment charge of its US tight oil assets in the Permian Basin. It was the largest loss for the company since 1998 and wiped out ~96% of its profit for the year. Although there were two other impairments, they paled in comparison to the loss on tight oil. According to the Financial Times, a company spokesman said: “It is difficult to extract the oil and gas efficiently,” adding that [the company] could not “expect as much production to recover the investment.”  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
U.K. Fracking Trespass Law Changes Move Forward Despite Huge Public Opposition
Inside Climate News
Guardian

Fracking will take place below Britons' homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws. The U.K. government argued that the current ability for people to block shale gas development under their property would lead to significant delays and that the legal process by which companies can force fracking plans through was costly, time-consuming and disproportionate.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
SOCMA Comments on EPA’s Proposed Fracking Disclosure Rule
Powder & Bulk Solids


The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to its proposed rulemaking requiring companies to disclose the composition of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Some SOCMA members, the majority of which are small businesses, manufacture chemicals used in oil and gas exploration, including fracking. The comments, penned by SOCMA’s William E. Allmond, vice president, government and public relations, and Dan Newton, senior manager, government relations, emphasize why protecting trade secrets is important to SOCMA members, specifically in an industry where it is difficult to launch a product into commerce.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Third firm courts Maine regulators for cash to back natural gas pipeline expansion
Bangor Daily News
Darren Fishell

PORTLAND, Maine — Three companies have formally offered natural gas pipeline capacity to state regulators, who are considering whether they should charge a new fee to all of Maine’s electricity customers to help pay for projects designed to bring more natural gas into the Northeast. On Monday, Houston-based Spectra Energy presented a plan for expanding existing pipelines spanning the Northeast, a shot back at the Houston-based Kinder Morgan, which delivered details of its proposal for a new pipeline to regulators last week. “We wanted the state to understand that we have real tangible proposals for them to consider,” said Greg Crisp, Spectra’s director of business development.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Maine Candidates for Governor Spar Over Natural Gas Pipeline
MPBN
Tom Porter

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is defending his support of legislation that could make it easier for private businesses to use eminent domain to seize property for natural gas pipeline expansion. The governor says the legislation is necessary to alleviate what he calls the New England energy crisis. But the governor's two opponents oppose the move.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Transcanada reduces flow on ANR gas pipeline after rupture
Reuters Africa


Sept 29 (Reuters) - Transcanada has declared force majeure on its ANR natural gas pipeline after a rupture in Michigan last week caused a loss in pressure and reduced supplies to customers, it said in a notice on Monday. The cause of the leak in Benton Harbor in southwest Michigan on Sept. 16 is unknown and Transcanada is investigating, a company spokeswoman said. It is not clear when the pipeline will return to full service. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a corrective action order last week ordering Transcanada to restrict flows following the incident. "We will continue to operate at a reduced pipeline capacity and we are working on ways to minimize any potential impact to customers," she said.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
PA Environmental Council Calls For Opposition To Buffer Rollback Bill
PA Environment Digest


The PA Environmental Council Monday wrote to members of the House Monday opposing House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) eliminating the nearly 4 year old requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value streams. The Council joins the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Fish and Boat Commission, PA Council of Trout Unlimited and the PA League of Women Voters in opposing the bill.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
PA League Of Women Voters Opposes Anti-Buffer House Bill
PA Environment Digest


The PA League of Women Voters wrote to members of the House Sunday opposing House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) eliminating the nearly 4 year old requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value streams.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
DEP Fines NFG Midstream $250,000 For Pipeline Construction Violations in Lycoming
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has fined NFG Midstream Trout Run LLC of Erie $250,000 for multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law and department regulations during construction of the Trout Run Gathering System pipeline in five Lycoming County municipalities during 2011 and 2012.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure
Bloomberg
Pat Rizzuto

Sept. 25 — Chemical makers and energy companies have told the Environmental Protection Agency there is no need for it to require them to report information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing fluids. “The American Petroleum Institute does not think that this Toxic Substances Control Act rulemaking is necessary in light of the extensive information already available to EPA and the public, and the scope and purpose of TSCA,” API said in comments submitted to the agency Sept. 18. State agencies and water authorities voiced a range of views on that question. Public health laboratories and environmental advocates told the EPA mandating disclosure will help protect the public and environment.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Pennsylvania DEP admits drilling probe error Tainted-water hearing targets Range inquiry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in Washington County. The disclosures came last week during sworn testimony by Vincent Yantko, a DEP water quality specialist and supervisor of the department’s investigation at Range Resources’ Yeager farm drill site in rural Amwell Township, as part of a case before the state Environmental Hearing Board in Pittsburgh.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Fracking opponents to Cuomo: Come to Pennsylvania!
The Journal News
Jon Campbell

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make good on a promise to visit fracking sites in other states, sending him a letter last week urging him to travel south to Pennsylvania. frackingAP-620x360In a letter dated Sept. 25, advocacy group New Yorkers Against Fracking offered to organize a tour of gas country in the neighboring state, asking him to “see, hear and smell what it is like to live with fracking.”  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
WV DEP issues notice of violation to Antero over Doddridge County drilling incident
WBOY
Kim Freda

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued a notice of violation to Antero Resources for a well drilling incident that could have released methane gas into 12 personal water wells. The DEP was contacted by Antero Resources at approximately 9:23 p.m. Sept. 24 after Antero drilled a well and came in contact with an adjacent well on Antero's Primm Pad. The well and pad are located on Oxford Road, in the West Union area of Doddridge County.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Students Unite to Stop Natural Gas Power Plant on Campus
EcoWatch
Emily Behnke

At first, my freshman year of college was a breeze. Gen Ed classes? Easy. Homework? Doable. A brand-new living space with unfamiliar people? You get used to it. But once I decided to contribute to a full-scale environmental campaign against the university over its decision to build a natural gas power plant on campus, my year got a lot more complicated.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Zeal for fracking ignores risk
Bowling Green Daily News
Robert McCartney

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s attitude toward natural gas “fracking” seems to depend on whether it occurs somewhere that would be politically inconvenient for him. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said recently he’s determined to prevent the controversial drilling method from intruding on the rugged Appalachian beauty of the George Washington National Forest, where opposition has been strong.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Polarization in New York state over fracking
Phys.org


On Sept. 18, The Earth Institute hosted Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible of the University of Colorado Denver for a seminar on "The Political Landscape of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in New York." The seminar was attended by students, faculty and staff from across Columbia, and members of the local community. Professors Heikkila and Weible presented the results of their study, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, looking at fracking perceptions in three study sites: New York, Texas and Colorado. The following is an overview of the results.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
What Will it Take for the EPA to Act on Fracking?
Food & Water Watch
Emily Wurth

It is well known that drilling and fracking contaminate water and it’s happening all across the United States. Yet President Obama and his administration, including the Environmental Protection Agency, are not only letting this happen unchecked, they’re actively promoting and expanding fracking. That’s why we’ve long been blowing the whistle and demanding answers.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Water Use for Fracking Oil Resembles Use for Conventional Production
University of Texas


AUSTIN, Texas — Producing oil through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses similar amounts of water on average as producing oil by conventional means, according to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology. Bridget Scanlon, a senior research scientist at the bureau and lead researcher on the study, said the findings are important because of the current debate about the amount of water used to produce energy.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Woman says fracking damaged her property
West Virginia Record
Kelly Hlleran

CHARLESTON – A Ritchie County resident has filed suit against the oil and gas companies she alleges harmed her land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resource.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Europe Seeks To Undermine Russian Energy Influence
OilPrice.com
Global Risk Insights

The fragile ceasefire and negotiations between Ukraine and Russia have revived hopes that the months-long violent conflict in Eastern Europe is nearing its end. However, many questions remain unanswered, as hostilities and distrust between the confronted parties continues to plague a potential peaceful solution. With the Ukrainian conflict unresolved and winter in sight, the EU will not only have the grand task of preparing the continent for the possibility of energy shortages, but also to define its long-term energy goals  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Researchers: U.S. LNG exports won’t solve 'Russia problem'
Wyoming Business Report
Mark Wilcox

Natural gas producers are encouraging liquid natural gas, or LNG exports, partially under the auspices of harming the natural-gas rich Russian government in the throes of political unrest and armed conflict. However, a new study said exporting U.S. liquid natural gas would do little to divert Russia from its course of using its natural resources as a power grab in Europe. Researchers from Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy concluded in a 60-page report released last week that while LNG exports could cause pain in Russia, the people feeling the pain might not be the intended targets.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
SENATOR TED O’BRIEN, LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORK FROM FRACKING WASTE
Long Island Exchange
Press Release

(Long Island, NY) Today, State Senator Ted O’Brien and the New York League of Conservation Voters announced a series of measures to address concerns about how horizontal high-volume hydraulic fracturing products produced in Pennsylvania are handled in New York State landfills, roads and treatment facilities. Senator O’Brien, who serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation, was joined by representatives from the New York League of Conservation Voters at the Durand Eastman Beach, across from the Van Lear Wastewater Treatment Plant. Senator O’Brien and the NYLCV announced several initiatives to protect New York from negative effects caused by the waste products from hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, which is currently allowed in nearby Pennsylvania, but not New York State. The legislative package includes a bill Senator O’Brien will introduce shortly to ban hydrofracking drill cuttings from being accepted at New York landfills; Senator O’Brien’s bill to prohibit wastewater treatment facilities from accepting fracking waste unless they meet certain performance standards; legislation to classify fracking waste as a hazardous material; and a bill to ban Pennsylvania fracking waste from being transported into New York.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
NY bills to curb fracking waste suggested
Democrat & Chronicle
Steve Orr

The New York League of Conservation Voters and state Sen. Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequoit, announced a series of proposals Monday to rein in the handling and disposal of gas and oil drilling waste in New York. At a news conference, O'Brien and the league president, Marcia Bystryn, said legislation would be introduced in Albany that would bar the disposal of drilling wastes in New York landfills and restrict the treatment of liquid wastes from drilling in municipal wastewater plants. Another bill would require that drilling waste be treated as hazardous wastes, requiring a more robust response if the waste is spilled.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Finger Lakes residents ask U.S. senators to intervene in ongoing propane storage fight
Legislative Gazette
Michael Burke

Residents and business owners in the Finger Lakes region are calling for U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with President Barack Obama to intervene and halt a natural gas storage expansion plan on Seneca Lake.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
WV DEP issues notice of violation to Antero over Doddridge County drilling incident
wboy.com
09/29/2014

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued a notice of violation to Antero Resources for a well drilling incident that could have released methane gas into 12 personal water wells. The DEP was contacted by Antero Resources at approximately 9:23 p.m. Sept. 24 after Antero drilled a well and came in contact with an adjacent well on Antero's Primm Pad. The well and pad are located on Oxford Road, in the West Union area of Doddridge County  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
West Virginia Plans to Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water to Millions
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

Nine citizen and environmental groups are urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider his plans to let companies drill for oil and natural gas underneath the Ohio River, citing concerns that drilling and fracking could contaminate the drinking water supply and increase the risk of earthquakes in the region. In a letter sent to the governor this month, the coalition of Ohio- and West Virginia-based groups said Tomblin’s Department of Environmental Protection has not proved that it can adequately protect the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to more than 3 million people. The groups cited drilling currently taking place in a state-designated wildlife area, which some have complained is unacceptably disrupting the nature preserve, and a chemical spill in January that tainted the drinking water supply for 300,000 people.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2014
Journalist speaks out against LNG
Squamish Chief
Drew Copeland

There is no question of which side of the LNG discussion Andrew Nikiforuk stands. On Thursday, Sept. 25 he spoke for an hour and a half in the Quest University library about hydraulic fracturing — a process called fracking — and liquid natural gas (LNG) in Western Canada. He let it be known he’s clearly displeased with the way things are proceeding in this industry. In front of a crowd of more than 150 people, Nikiforuk explained the history of fracking, current industry techniques, uncertainties of the practice, costs, foreign ownership, profitability, and how the provincial government is approaching LNG.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Dark side of the boom
The Washington Post
Sari Horwitz

North Dakota’s oil rush brings cash and promise to reservation, along with drug-fueled crime FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION, N.D. — Tribal police Sgt. Dawn White is racing down a dusty two-lane road — siren blaring, police radio crackling — as she attempts to get to the latest 911 call on a reservation that is a blur of oil rigs and bright-orange gas flares. “Move! C’mon, get out of the fricking way!” White yells as she hits 102 mph and weaves in and out of a line of slow-moving tractor-trailers that stretches for miles.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Professor co-authors study on fracking concerns
News Record
Courtney Stanley

Community residents raised concerns about potential health impacts of unconventional natural gas-drilling methods in a study co-authored by a University of Cincinnati assistant professor at the College of Medicine. Erin Haynes, an assistant professor in the environmental health department, has spent over 10 years working with rural Ohio communities to better understand their health concerns,  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking boss bribes locals with promise to share of natural gas income if they agree to drilling under their homes
The Mail
Rosie Taylor

A fracking company has been accused of offering local people bribes of 6 per cent of its revenues if they agree to drilling under their homes. Jim Ratcliffe, the chairman of the chemicals firm Ineos, said that the offer meant landowners and communities could get £2.5billion over the next twenty years.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking: government ignores 99% opposition to change trespass law
Blue and Green Tomorrow
llaria Bertini

After a government consultation resulted in 40,000 objections to changes to trespass laws that would allow energy companies to drill on private land, the government has decided to go on with the reform and ignore the public’s concerns.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking could leave property owners liable - CLA
Farmers Guardian
Olivia Midgley

LANDOWNERS could feel the long term effects if the Government presses ahead with controversial plans which would allow drilling under properties without permission. The CLA said a consultation response from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on fracking failed to properly tackle the issue of long-term liability leaving landowners at risk long after drilling has stopped.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Officials decline to take stance on Algonquin pipeline
Lewisboro Ledger
Jane K Dove

Despite a spirited and well-informed request from a group of Lewisboro women asking the Town Board to pass a resolution that would require much more stringent environmental assessment of plans by Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC to expand compressor stations and a gas pipeline and infrastructure operations around the tri-state region, including Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam counties, officials gave a thumbs down. After hearing from Lewisboro residents Lisa Silver, Jennifer Lahey and Elizabeth Meyer-Gross on Monday night, Town Board members said the activities were not within the town of Lewisboro and therefore not a matter for a Town Board resolution.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking in the US: The story of one man's oil well
Christian Science Monitor
William Sargent

GALVESTON, TEXAS — East Texas between Houston and Galveston is a low flat land of cayenne-pepper heat coming off the tepid waters of Galveston Bay. The cries of laughing gulls and great-tailed grackles fill the salty air, and the silhouettes of vultures circle overhead. Donkey-head oil wells and offshore rigs moored opposite shrimp boats in the bay remind me that, despite a scattering of wind turbines and solar panels, the United States still remains firmly anchored in the Petroleum Age. That may be fortuitous for me, since I’m here to check out an oil well I’ve owned since I was in college. The site lies in a landscape of former horse farms and pear orchards on the Gulf Freeway, which runs between the two cities.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Green movement embracing more radical tactics as desperation grows
Al Jazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

Hundreds of thousands of people marched recently in the biggest climate-related demonstration ever. The slogan of the march: “To change everything, we need everyone.” A day later hundreds of people were arrested in downtown Manhattan for blocking traffic as part of the Flood Wall Street demonstration. The protesters' slogan: “Stop capitalism. End the climate crisis.” The two events, within 24 hours of each other and just a few miles apart, juxtaposed what have been two factions in the larger climate movement. The climate march highlighted the big-tent approach to organizing. Groups with widely differing and often conflicting ideals came together to broadcast a message that climate change is important — which they accomplished — but offered few solutions. On Wall Street, the protest was a tiny fraction of the march’s size and garnered much less attention, but the demands were much clearer: Hold the financial industry and the politicians who support it accountable for propping up the energy industry.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Dubious data: DEP’s flawed records stir mistrust on drilling
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Editorial

Drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale using the method known as fracking has been arguably both the greatest economic opportunity for Pennsylvania in recent years and its residents’ biggest concern. The Post-Gazette believes drilling can bring great benefits if it is properly regulated to protect the environment. To establish public trust in this process, the Corbett administration must inspect drill sites competently and disseminate the information efficiently. That challenge is being met only partly. While inspectors appear to be doing the best they can, despite claims that there are not enough of them, the information the state keeps on companies is incomplete and inaccurate, as the Post-Gazette’s Sean Hamill reported in a series of stories. His time-consuming investigation, which included filing requests for data under the state’s Right to Know law, went beyond the scope of most citizens’ ability to seek useful information on spills and driller performance. Unfortunately, the information assembled by the state is too flawed to be useful to anyone.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Caudrilla withdraws applications to frack in Lancashire after encountering problems with radioactive waste disposal
THE INDEPENDENT UK
TOM BAWDEN

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking in the US: The story of one man's oil well A writer from liberal Massachusetts goes to Texas to deal with a family oil well. What he learned about fracking, salt domes, and America's energy future.
Christian Science Monitor
William Sargent

GALVESTON, TEXAS — East Texas between Houston and Galveston is a low flat land of cayenne-pepper heat coming off the tepid waters of Galveston Bay. The cries of laughing gulls and great-tailed grackles fill the salty air, and the silhouettes of vultures circle overhead. Donkey-head oil wells and offshore rigs moored opposite shrimp boats in the bay remind me that, despite a scattering of wind turbines and solar panels, the United States still remains firmly anchored in the Petroleum Age.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Gas industry aims to reclaim word ‘fracking’
Eagle Ford Texas
Joe Mahoney

COOPERSTOWN — The shale gas industry is making a new gambit to reclaim the word “fracking.” Fracking is short-hand for the extraction process technically known as horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The technique involves injecting fluid into shale beds at high pressure to free natural gas and petroleum trapped thousands of feet below the surface of the earth. The word fracking only this year made its debut in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Some involved in the gas industry have been openly critical of the term, arguing it was intentionally demonized by anti-drilling activists who added the letter “k” to the slang term “frac’ing” that was initially used by drillers.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Fracking rule-makers sort comments in N.C.
Pilot Online
Jonathan Drew

A member of the North Carolina commission that’s developing fracking regulations says the panel has received dozens of public comments that have caused them “to really go back and do our homework,” but thousands of others offer unusable input such as: “Don’t Frack NC.”  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Oil company getting out of fracking ... for now
CBC News


An oil and gas company with a presence on the west coast of Newfoundland says it will finalize its exploration plans this fall. But David Murray, president and CEO of Black Spruce Exploration, said those plans will not include hydraulic fracturing, which is the controversial process of pumping fluid into a well to create enough pressure to crack, or fracture, the rock layer.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
GOP divided over oil export ban
Politico
Elana Schor

Republicans may be the party of free markets and “drill, baby, drill,” but the party’s presidential hopefuls and congressional leaders are seriously divided on whether the U.S. should start exporting its gusher of domestic oil. The petroleum industry’s crusade to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports is shaping up as next year’s hottest energy debate, and potential White House contenders like Gov. Chris Christie and Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are already on board. But some of the Hill’s most powerful Republicans are conspicuously steering clear of the issue, including Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and would-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Study Finds Treated Fracking Wastewater Still Too Toxic
Oil Price
Andy Tully

One of the biggest concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is that the vast amount of wastewater produced by the process of extracting oil and gas from shale rock deep underground is incredibly toxic. Most often, the wastewater is injected into disposal wells deep underground. But a process does exist to convert contaminated water into drinking water that involves running it through wastewater treatment plants and into rivers. Now a new report says that treated wastewater could be fouling drinking water supplies.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Thai-Japanese duo angling for another Marcellus ethane cracker
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

A partnership between Thailand’s largest chemical company and a Japanese trading and investment house is shopping the region for an ethane cracker site. Allenport’s Mon River Industrial Park in Washington County is one of three locations being evaluated by the group, which joins Bangkok-based PTT Global Chemical and Tokyo-based Marubeni Corp. This is the third potential cracker project seriously considering the Appalachian region to capitalize on the supply of natural gas liquids, specifically ethane, that are abundant in parts of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2014
Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal Practices
Care2
EcoWatch

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report this week showing that Ohio was the only state among eight studied that allows waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed of without disclosure of the chemicals it contains.   [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
John Jenkyn welcomed CSG, now he wishes he'd locked the gate
Northern Star
Luke Mortimer

WHEN a few coal seam gas wells began springing up around John Jenkyn's property, he welcomed what he believed was a progressive and necessary industry. Now, four years and hundreds of wells later, the 47-year-old and his family of four, from Wieambilla, Queensland, say they are physically, mentally and financially shattered.   [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Gas industry aims to reclaim word 'fracking'
The Daily Star
Joe Mahoney

Fracking is short-hand for the extraction process technically known as horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The technique involves injecting fluid into shale beds at high pressure to free natural gas and petroleum trapped thousands of feet below the surface of the earth. The word fracking only this year made its debut in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Some involved in the gas industry have been openly critical of the term, arguing it was intentionally demonized by anti-drilling activists who added the letter “k” to the slang term “frac’ing” that was initially used by drillers.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
“The roads were cracking, the crime rate was rising”: What happens when fracking takes over your town
Salon
Lindsay Abrams

North Dakota is sitting on gold. The oil-rich Bakken formation, thanks to the advent of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, produces hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil each day; in one month this year, it produced as much oil as it had in all of 2004. And that means easy money, not just for North Dakotans, but for people all over the country in search of work. Welcome to the 21st-century boomtown. Change this drastic doesn’t come without its conflicts and complications, as director Jesse Moss found in Williston, a city in the western part of the state. Since 2008, workers have been streaming into the city, overwhelming its capacity to house them and testing the locals’ ability to be welcoming. The stand-out exception to the prevailing “us versus them” attitude is Pastor Jay Reinke, who fills his church — its pews, its hallways, its parking lot — with migrants.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Duke University Study on Fracking Questions Water Contamination Source
NCNN
Bruce Ferrell

DURHAM -- A new Duke University study on fracking blames the water contamination around drilling sites on leaky well shafts, rather than the actual fracking process. Luis Martinez, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, says, even after reviewing the study, hydraulic fracturing cannot be considered safe.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Nation rushes to embrace natural gas and fracking despite risks to environment
The Washington Post
Robert McCartney

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s attitude toward natural-gas “fracking” seems to depend on whether it occurs somewhere that would be politically inconvenient for him. McAuliffe (D) said recently he’s determined to prevent the controversial drilling method from intruding on the rugged Appalachian beauty of the George Washington National Forest, where opposition has been strong.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
U.S. judge refuses to halt fracking in Nevada
USA TODAY
Scott Sonner

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing that could harm sage grouse and cause more environmental damage than the Bureau of Land Management admits. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du ruled she has no authority to grant opponents' request for an emergency order that would prevent the BLM from formally issuing the leases in an area stretching across about 270 square miles of central Nevada. Glade Hall, a lawyer representing the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking, said this week they are considering refiling their complaint.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Water scarcity concerns grow from use of fracking
The Des Moines Register
Carolyn Heising

With all the recent news about the use of new technological innovations in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, you’d think that methods have been introduced to use less water for fracking. But the opposite is the case. For each new gas well, more than four times as much water, compared to a decade ago, is now being pumped deep beneath the ground, along with a mixture of sand and chemicals, to get gas out of shale formations.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Greenhouse gas emissions up, despite Obama plans
The Hill
Julian Hattem

The U.S. is releasing more of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide, even as the Obama administration is embarking on new plans to control the pollutant. Data from the Energy Department released on Friday showed that U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide — the primary greenhouse gas caused by humans — had ticked up in the first six months of 2014, compared to previous years.  [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2014
Water scarcity concerns grow from use of fracking
Des Moines Register
Carolyn Heising Opinion

For each new gas well, more than four times as much water, compared to a decade ago, is now being pumped deep beneath the ground, along with a mixture of sand and chemicals, to get gas out of shale formations.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Report: Rapidly Expanding Frac Sand Miners Eye NY, MA, VT, PA
WAMC
Dave Lucas

Hydraulic fracturing is responsible for a surge in domestic production of natural gas. Although the contentious process is in political limbo in New York, several upstate counties may be virgin ground for the mining of what's called "frac sand."  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Here's Why Marcellus Shale Play Is So Important For Chesapeake
Forbes


The Marcellus shale is the largest natural gas producing region in the United States, accounting for close to one-fifth of the country’s total gas production. The shale is also emerging as one of the most economical gas plays, given the high production rates of wells in addition to improving drilling efficiencies being brought about by the adoption of technologies such as pad drilling. In this note, we take a look at Chesapeake Energy’s operations in the Marcellus shale as well as some of the broader trends driving production growth in the region.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Senator: General compared oil patch to war zone
Bismarck Tribune
Josh Wood Associated Press

DICKINSON, N.D. — The rapid growth of North Dakota's oil patch communities has so overwhelmed the infrastructure that the former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan compared the area to a battle field, a state legislator said Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said he met with retired Gen. David Petraeus after the former CIA director visited oil patch communities in April. “He (Petraeus) said, ‘You know, this kind of looks like a war zone,’” Wardner said at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Petroleum Council in Dickinson.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Fracking - gas industry wants final word
Philadelphia Inquirer
Andrew Maykuth

PITTSBURGH - The Marcellus Shale industry is trying to reclaim a word that has become one of the most effective weapons of natural gas foes: Fracking.... "Fracking's a good word," the narrators say in the industry's radio and television spots, which will roll out Thursday in Pennsylvania. The advertisements extol the energy security, job growth, lower heating costs, and tax revenue generated by the natural gas boom.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Oil terminal comment period extended again
Times Union
Rick Karlin

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has already extended the comment period once and now they are allowing more time for input on a heating plant at the Port of Albany sought by Global Partners. The plant would allow heavier crude, such as that from Alberta, Canada’s tar sands region, to be put on tankers. Environmentalists particularly dislike that variety of oil due to the emissions: Here are the details:   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
FEMA reverses ‘anti-fracking’ policy affecting NEPA flood victims
The Times Leader
Jon O'Connell

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has backpedaled on a policy that banned hydraulic fracturing or fracturing beneath land purchased with federal flood buyout money. In a letter provided by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, FEMA regional administrator MaryAnn Tierney said the department will make an exception for eight flood-stricken properties affected by policy, which was enacted on May 5. Five of those properties are in Wyoming County in and around Mehoopany that were submerged during flooding in 2011; the other three are in Williamsport.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Study: Treated fracking wastewater could still threaten drinking water
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

A new study shows how treated wastewater from oil and gas operations, when discharged into rivers and streams that travel toward drinking water intakes, can produce dangerous toxins. The research confirms what scientists have been warning about for some time. The high concentrations of salty brine, which flows up from deep underground once a well is fracked, are difficult to remove from the wastewater without the aid of an expensive technique called reverse osmosis or a cheaper method known as thermal distillation. If the wastewater is treated conventionally, which does not remove the bromides, chlorides or iodides, then it can be combined with chlorine at a drinking water facility, and create carcinogens such as bromines and iodines.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Colorado’s Perceived Left Turn Puts Governor in Tight Race
The New York Times
Jack Healy

JULESBURG, Colo. — When a Democratic mayor and former brewpub owner named John W. Hickenlooper was elected governor four years ago, he did it with support from voters like Mark Turner. Mr. Turner is a gun dealer, a small-town politician in eastern Colorado and an avowed enemy of partisan labels — “Just call me an American,” he says. He liked Mr. Hickenlooper’s wonky centrism and positive campaigning style............................................................................. In addition to the death penalty and gun control, Republicans are focusing on the drilling process called fracking and energy regulations, water and other issues that underscore the fissures between urban and rural Colorado. At a recent meeting with leaders from northeastern Colorado, Mr. Beauprez said that government was “tying a knot in our belly.” The countryside would be a key to undoing it, he said.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Energy litigation concerns growing in Texas shale
Houston Business Journal
Jordan Blum

As oil production continues to boom in southern Texas' Eagle Ford shale, more litigation continues to grow from land disputes and more people wanting to claim royalties. Tom Ciarlone, a partner in the Burleson LLP law firm's San Antonio office, said more energy companies from Houston and elsewhere should consider being more "proactive" in order to ward off growing lawsuit trends. "Deep pockets are targets in the Eagle Ford," Ciarlone said.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

Fracking will take place below Britons’ homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws. The UK government argued that the current ability for people to block shale gas development under their property would lead to significant delays and that the legal process by which companies can force fracking plans through was costly, time-consuming and disproportionate. There were a total of 40,647 responses to a consultation on the move to give oil and gas companies underground access without needing to seek landowners’ permission, with 99% opposing the legal changes. Setting aside the 28,821 responses submitted via two NGO campaigns, 92% of the remaining responses objected to the proposals.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Pa. Auditor General: Don’t rely on DEP for good information
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is having a rough week. On Thursday, the Attorney General’s office showed reporters evidence of how DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo exchanged pornographic emails with his pals on taxpayer time. And now, another state agency, the Auditor General’s office, has released a “citizens guide” to shale gas water complaints warning Pennsylvanians not to trust information on the DEP’s website. In an audit released back in July, the Auditor General described DEP’s ineptitude when it comes to investigating and acting upon shale gas related water complaints from citizens. Sloppy record-keeping, lax oversight, and poor communication with citizens topped the list of findings. So perhaps it’s not surprising that “Shale Gas Development and Water Quality Complaints — A Citizen’s Guide” urges caution when relying on DEP for accurate information.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Oil field worker dies in mishap
Amarillo Globe News
VANESSA GARCIA

An oil company worker was killed in a drilling accident about 11:30 a.m. Friday north of Amarillo. Potter County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an occupational accident on the Crawford Ranch on North U.S. Highway 287. Sheriff Brian Thomas said a man’s leg got caught in a ditch-digging machine. Responders provided emergency medical services on the man, but he died at the scene as a result of the injuries.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Fatal accidents spike during fracturing boom
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Lise Olsen

HOUSTON — Vilma Marenco called her husband after she finished the lunch shift at Pappasito's restaurant on April 22, promising to return before he had to catch a flight to a job in New Orleans. "Wait," she said. "Because I want to see you and kiss you before you leave." Marenco was less than a mile from home in Houston when the driver of an oilfield hauling truck, without a motor carrier license or any insurance, ran a red light on Old Beaumont Highway. The tractor-trailer, laden with metal pipe, struck and crushed the driver's side of Marenco's 15-year-old Chevy Cavalier, police reports and photos show.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Sean Hannity And Dana Perino: "Sponsored By" Fracking Companies
Media Matters
ERIC HANANOKI

Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Dana Perino are giving speeches "sponsored by" major fracking companies while pushing for fracking on Fox. The conservative commentators spoke at the Shale Insight 2014 conference on September 24-25. The two-day event was organized by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), an industry lobbying group that advocates for the "development of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale geological formations." MSC members include Chevron, Shell, and ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy. The group spent over $900,000 on lobbying in Pennsylvania during the first quarter of this year.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
UK Government Says Never Mind What People Want, Let’s Frack
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Following a nearly three-month public comment period in which more than 90 percent of the comments were opposed, the UK government announced it will go ahead with a plan to allow fracking beneath homes without the owners’ permission. Current rules allow homeowners to block shale gas projects. The government says the legal process to force them to allow them so is too time-consuming and expensive.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
The Natural Gas Boom Could Accelerate Climate Change
FiveThirtyEight Science
BROOKS MINER

Natural gas production in the United States is booming: Since 2005, it has increased by 35 percent,1 and with each passing year the country burns more gas, and less coal and oil. Natural gas emits far less carbon dioxide than coal or oil, and the gas boom has driven a decline in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade. The boom stems largely from the shale gas revolution, in which hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling (“fracking”) allows recovery of natural gas and petroleum trapped in underground shale formations. Policymakers have hailed this revolution as beneficial in the fight against climate change, but natural gas does have a dark side: It is composed primarily of methane, which has a much stronger climate-warming effect than carbon dioxide. Unburned methane that leaks into the air from anywhere in our natural gas infrastructure has a potent climate-warming effect, and global methane levels have been steadily increasing since 2007.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Fracking And Chemicals Used In Drilling: A Supply Chain In Need Of Improvement
Forbes
Steve Banker

In producing oil through fracking, and other types of oil production as well, chemicals are injected into the ground to increase flow. The industry argues these chemicals are safe, environmental activists the opposite. Regardless of which position you take, there is a supply chain associated with delivering these chemicals to oil fields. A better supply chain means lower costs and better safety. Dave Lafferty wrote about this supply chain in a recent article which I have summarized below. Dave Lafferty was formerly a Technology Advisor in the Chief Technology Office at BP. He is now an ARC Associate assisting with research on Oil & Gas technologies.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2014
Judge: Sovereign exempt from Broomfield fracking moratorium
Broomfield Enterprise
Megan Quinn

Ruling finds oil and gas company can drill because of memorandum of understanding Sovereign is not subject to Broomfield's five-year moratorium on fracking, meaning the oil and gas company can move forward with plans to drill, a judge ruled on Thursday. Sovereign sued Broomfield, claiming it should be exempt from Broomfield's fracking restriction because of an agreement it had in place before the moratorium was approved by voters. Sovereign in 2013 planned to drill new wells in Broomfield, but was not able to because of the passage of the moratorium in November.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Mining for sand for fracking holds risks for communities, study says
Los Angeles Times
NEELA BANERJEE

As a domestic energy boom driven by hydraulic fracturing spreads, so could strip-mining for sand needed for the controversial production process, introducing risks to water, air, public health and property values, according to a report issued Thursday.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, Too
ProPublica
Naveena Sadasivam

A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers – men and women often performing high-risk jobs – are routinely being underpaid, and the companies hiring them often are using accounting techniques to deny workers benefits such as medical leave or unemployment insurance. The DOL investigations have centered on what is known as worker "misclassification," an accounting gambit whereby companies treat full time employees as independent contractors paid hourly wages, and then fail to make good on their obligations. The technique, investigators and experts say, has become ever more common as small companies seek to gain contracts in an intensely competitive market by holding labor costs down.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
US Oil & Gas Fracking Boom Could Drive Silica Sand Mining Operations In 12 More States, Environmental Groups Say
International Business Times
Maria Gallucci

Victoria Trinko says she hasn’t opened the windows to her home in Bloomer, Wisconsin, in more than two years. That’s around the time a mining company began churning up silica sand a half-mile from her family farm, filling the air with tiny particles and making it harder for her to breathe. “I could feel dust clinging to my face and gritty particles on my teeth,” Trinko recalls.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking
Truthout
Ellen Cantarow

The Real Cost of Fracking by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald paves the way for the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry to be put on trial for its role in endangering the health of American families, animals, food and water systems. In 1997, my husband and I got three Siamese kittens. Two were a brother-sister pair born into the same litter. The third was a kitten so tiny that she fit easily into the palm of my hand and, when she reached our house, into the cut-glass fruit bowl where, for half a day, she retreated in bereavement. It turned out that she should have stayed with her mother longer; she wasn't quite weaned. So I became her mother: part of the time I carried her around with me in a sack as if she were a baby. I'll admit that the cats have been like children in our family - especially Zoe, as bold, cheerful and fearless as she was small, with huge foxlike ears, large sapphire eyes, a slender muzzle and subtle, tan stripes. For the rest of her life, Zoe was with me when she wasn't sleeping - following me around the house, perched on the back of my chair while I wrote, lying next to me when I slept. On December 27, 2013, she died of kidney failure. The other two cats, now 17, live on.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Burnaby wins ruling against Kinder Morgan
Vancouver Observer
Mychaylo Prystupa

In what's considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby's legal battle to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the National Energy Board struck down the company's application to forbid Burnaby city staff from blocking the pipeline company's test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. “Kinder Morgan is this arrogant company who assumed they could just go in and take direct action [to remove trees], based on their legal interpretation," said Burnaby's lawyer, Gregory McDade, Q.C. Thursday evening. "They thumbed their nose at the law." "It turns out they were wrong," added the lawyer.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Cuomo must ban fracking to protect the environment
Queens Chronicle
Nicole Caparelli Opinion

As you may know, fracking is a method of extracting fossil fuels — predominantly natural gas — from the shale formations deep underground. Fracking involves drilling a well, first far downward and then laterally along the rock formation, and then forcing an ultra-pressurized mix of liquid and sand into the well, creating cracks in the shale that release gas. If you’re an energy company executive, the technology that makes fracking possible is a miracle. If you’re a citizen who cares about the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the troubling prospect of a changing climate — it is an outright disaster. The list of calamitous impacts of fracking is continuously growing. New studies are confirming the long-held suspicions that fracking is linked to methane contamination of ground water — despite the drillers’ claims to the contrary.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Ohio is cited in GAO report for fracking waste disposal
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

COLUMBUS, OHIO: The federal Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a new report (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-857R) disclosing that Ohio alone of eight states studied allows contaminated waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed without advance disclosure of the contaminants it contains. The report had been requested by members of U.S. Senate and House environment committees to disclose the level of disclosure on the nature and toxicity of such wastes since “fracking” of deep shale rock layers to unlock oil and natural gas deposits has become common.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Cherokees join growing list of governments to ban fracking
NC Policy Watch


The Smoky Mountain News reports that the latest such body to weigh in to keep their community fracking-free is the Eastern Band of Cherokees Tribe: The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined a growing number of local governments opposing the state legislature’s decision to allow hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, in North Carolina. Earlier this month, tribal council passed a resolution outlawing the practice on tribal lands, a force of authority stronger than what county and municipal governments possess.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Couple claims fracking is destroying their land
West Virginia Record
Kelly Holleran

CHARLESTON – Two Harrison County residents have filed suit against the oil and gas companies they allege harmed their land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resources. Bobby Lee Woodard and Zoe A. Woodard say they own a home at 3620 Isaacs Creek Road in Lost Creek, which is close to the natural gas drilling activities of the defendants Antero Appalachian and Hall Drilling.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Fracking Documentary Breaking Free at 30th Annual Boston Film Festival World Premiere Screening 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Revere Hotel September 25, 2014
Herald Online


NEW YORK — A premiere of Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution, a new documentary about the American energy renaissance directed by independent filmmaker Robin Bossert, will be featured in the closing day showcase “Call to Action on the Environment” at the 30th Annual Boston Film Festival at 2 p.m. September 28 at the Revere Hotel. The director will be on hand to answer audience questions after the film viewing. “Breaking Free seeks to bridge the information gap between public perception and an industry that fuels our daily lives, our national economy, and our future,” said filmmaker Bossert, who brings more than 30 years of experience to the documentary. “In making this documentary, we hope to lower the temperature on the conversation about fracking so we can make the right decisions for the future of our country.”   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Fracking in Fermanagh could unleash health disaster for locals, says doctor
Irish Mirror
Maurice Fitzmaurice

GP to warn politicians that nosebleeds headaches, rashes, breathing difficulties and nausea could affect people living near sites   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Government to introduce fracking drilling law despite 99% opposition
Click Green


The Government has confirmed it is to introduce proposed legislation to allow fracking companies to drill under homes without the property owner’s permission despite 99% of respondents to the consultation opposing the plans. Following a three-month public consultation, Energy Minister Matt Hancock today confirmed the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will press ahead with the controversial law change.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Poll: UK perception of fracking improves, but public prefers renewables
Blue and Green Tomorrow
Tom Revell

The UK public has warmed slightly to fracking, according to a new poll, though approval rates for shale gas exploration remain low when compared to renewable energy. The survey, conducted by researchers from the University of Nottingham, reveals that approval for shale gas has risen from a low of 18.4%, after high profile anti-fracking protests last year, up to 21% as of September 2014.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Report: Rapidly Expanding Frac Sand Mining Is Hidden Danger Of Fracking Boom In U.S.
Sys-Con Media
PR Newswire

Major Harms Already Seen to Human Health, Water Quality and Property Values in WI and MN; Rapid Growth of Fracking Could Lead to Similar Mining in IL, ME, MA, MI, MO, NY, NC, SC, PA, TN, VT and VA. BOSTON, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frac sand mining – the extraction of the fine-particle sand needed for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") of wells -- is expanding rapidly in the United States and poses a little-understood threat to human health, the environment, and local economies, according to a major report issued today by the Civil Society Institute's Boston Action Research (BAR) and released in cooperation with Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA).  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Earthquake Prompts Fracking Site Shutdown
Water Online
Sara Jerome

Ohio regulators froze operations at two injection wells for fracking sites after an earthquake hit the state this month. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources cited "possible evidence that the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake," the Associated Press paraphrased. An agency spokeswoman said that the department issued the order to American Water Management Services, according to the AP.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
5 Must-See Videos Inspired by the People’s Climate March
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

It was great to be in New York City and one of the 400,000 taking part in the People’s Climate March. What an incredible moment in time. It truly feels like the tipping point we’ve all been waiting for.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Danger in the Air Silica Particles from Frac Sand Mining Put Tens of Thousands at Risk
Environmental Working Group
Soren Rundquist, EWG GIS/Landscape Analyst, and Bill Walker, EWG Consultant

The boom in natural gas and oil exploration using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, commonly called fracking, has created a huge demand for the sand that drilling companies mix with water and toxic chemicals and inject underground to free gas and oil trapped in deep rock formations. A 33-county area that spans southeastern and south-central Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa has become a major source for this now-valuable sand. As of March 2014, according to data compiled and mapped by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the tri-state area was home to 71 operating silica sand mines and 27 sites for solely processing, transporting or loading sand onto trucks or rail cars. Another 82 mines or associated sites have been proposed or granted permits.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Pennsylvania Releases Official File Detailing 250 Water Supplies Directly Polluted by Fracking
Reader Supported News
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Sep 25, 2014
Confessions of a reluctant climate-change marcher
The Villager
Sarah Ferguson

What was the impact of Sunday’s massive People’s Climate March? Was it, as 350.org founder and march instigator Bill McKibben claimed, “the most important day” in the history of the climate movement? I confess when I first heard about the march, it seemed like another big protest parade to nowhere through the canyons of N.Y.C. With slick subway ads pledging to unite “hipsters and bankers” and even a glossy promo video celebrating the organizers and their mission to “make history,” the march sounded more like Live Aid for the planet — with no central demands on world leaders or threats to corporate power to give it teeth. Having walked through the soles of my boots at marches to stop Bush’s Iraq War, I’ve experienced the limits of simply putting our bodies in the streets.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
If Democrats take majority, Senate would take up fracking bills
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—A number of bills to restrict fracking in New York State could make their way to the Senate floor if Democrats win control of the upper chamber in November.... In the Senate, where the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference and Republicans control the chamber, a number of anti-fracking bills have died in committee in recent years. But Democrats, particularly those in New York City whose constituents would not directly benefit from fracking-related jobs, have been waiting for years to get those bills to the floor.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Fracking - gas industry wants final word on word
Philadelphia Inquirer
ANDREW MAYKUTH

PITTSBURGH - The Marcellus Shale industry is trying to reclaim a word that has become one of the most effective weapons of natural gas foes: Fracking. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, which opened its annual conference Wednesday in Pittsburgh, is launching a campaign aimed at countering the negative connotations associated with fracking, the term derived from the gas-extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing, which has become a catchall pejorative among activists for all aspects of drilling.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Switch to Natural Gas Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds
National Geographic
Christina Nunez

Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday. Increased use of natural gas has been widely credited with having reduced U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in recent years. But the new study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, finds that between 2013 and 2055 the use of natural gas could reduce cumulative emissions from the electricity sector by no more than 9 percent, a reduction the authors say will have an insignificant impact on climate. The power sector accounts for around a third of U.S. emissions.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Living Death: The Real Costs of Fracking
EIN Newsdesk
Ellen Cantarow

The Real Cost of Fracking by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald paves the way for the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry to be put on trial for its role in endangering the health of American families, animals, food and water systems. In 1997, my husband and I got three Siamese kittens. Two were a brother-sister pair born into the same litter. The third was a kitten so tiny that she fit easily into the palm of my hand and, when she reached our house, into the cut-glass fruit bowl where, for half a day, she retreated in bereavement. It turned out that she should have stayed with her mother longer; she wasn't quite weaned. So I became her mother: part of the time I carried her around with me in a sack as if she were a baby. I'll admit that the cats have been like children in our family - especially Zoe, as bold, cheerful and fearless as she was small, with huge foxlike ears, large sapphire eyes, a slender muzzle and subtle, tan stripes. For the rest of her life, Zoe was with me when she wasn't sleeping - following me around the house, perched on the back of my chair while I wrote, lying next to me when I slept. On December 27, 2013, she died of kidney failure. The other two cats, now 17, live on. It is hard to imagine how I would feel if a corporation invaded my neighborhood, drilled for gas, spread fracking waste on our driveway, and contaminated the water our animals and we drink. To think of Zoe or either of the other two being poisoned by the drilling chemicals, and by the heavy metals, radium and fracking fluid chemicals that spew up in millions of gallons after the drilling, is terrible. But this is exactly what has happened to companion animals and livestock owned by rural residents of Pennsylvania, site of the nation's most frenzied and protracted high-volume hydraulic fracturing. (By now you probably know what "fracking" of the high-volume variety means: "high-volume" involves millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals and sand, which are propelled down drill bores to blast methane up and out of shale. The flowback I've just described follows the actual drilling.) Sarah and Josie are neighbors in countryside south of Pittsburgh, a quiet rural landscape undergoing massive industrialization by the fracking industry. Josie's dream was to raise purebred boxers and bulldogs, her life revolving around the animals. Sarah lived in a farmhouse more than a century old, together with her two children. A neighbor leased several acres of his farmland to a fracking company and Josie, who already knew about the links between fracking and water contamination, began keeping precise records charting the drilling and completion of wells and also the completion of a wastewater impoundment. It was after the impoundment was completed in spring 2010 that Josie lost her well water and her spring water dropped to a trickle. With her husband she began hauling water from a nearby creek for the family needs - they couldn't manage physically to haul water for their horses. The first animal to die wasn't a horse, but a young, beloved boxer named Mr. Higgins. A veterinarian diagnosed kidney failure. One of Mr. Higgins' lymph nodes was enlarged; a New York State veterinarian named Michelle Bamberger, who was interviewing Pennsylvania residents for a book she was writing with Cornell University molecular medicine professor Robert Oswald, advised a needle biopsy to rule out lymphoma (common in this breed, she notes in the book that has finally appeared, The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets And Food, published by Beacon Press in August). The needle biopsy was never done - even though Josie brought Mr. Higgins to a specialty clinic, she "declined further diagnostics and opted for euthanasia," not being able to bear watching him suffer any longer. "A young dog," observes Bamberger, "less than two years old, progressed from healthy to incapacitated in a few days, with lab work indicating the possibility of cancer, but also liver and kidney toxicity." Josie told Bamberger that two days before Mr. Higgins became ill, a truck had spread wastewater on her road (a common industry practice), and Mr. Higgins lapped up a puddle near the driveway. "Josie will never know for sure," says Bamberger, "but very likely Mr. Higgins drank a cocktail of heavy metals and radioactive and organic compounds that tasted salty and made him want to consume more." Next in the death march was a horse named Amy, pronounced healthy by a veterinarian several months after Mr. Higgins died, but who, a few weeks after that, stopped eating, lost weight and appeared to lose her balance and coordination. A vet came to treat Amy for what he assumed was a neurological disease (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis) and took blood for testing. Two days later Amy's back legs became so weak she couldn't stand. She sank in her stall and began convulsing. Again distraught, Josie had Amy euthanized. The blood results indicated liver failure due to toxicity - the vet suspected poisoning from heavy metals (these are present in fracking wastewater) - but the illness was never diagnosed. Josie couldn't afford the necropsy and further testing that might have concluded the diagnosis. Moreover, representatives of the drilling company came soon after the euthanasia and offered a "neighborly thing": carting Amy's body off to be incinerated. Both Sarah and Josie experienced the entry of fracking crews in their area as an invasion that started with "dust . . . dirt, and . . . noise caused by . . . constant drilling traffic." Earlier, the view from Sarah's farmhouse had been gorgeous, with vistas across the valley to the next ridge of hills, and a feeling of seclusion and privacy. But a large well pad (a "pad" is the area where wells are located) was built with seven wellheads and attendant tanks (one of the signal characteristics of high-volume fracking is multiple wellheads occupying a single pad). From these issued poisons (my word rather than the euphemism "contaminants") that thickened the atmosphere, finally driving Sarah, a single mother and a nurse, to take her children and leave. "There were times . . . in the morning - the air would feel dewy. You could just feel the chemicals on you," she told Bamberger. "It was so thick. It's almost like a bug that is caught in a fogger . . . I felt like I couldn't breathe - I would get so short of breath." The animals were sentinels for Sarah's symptoms. Besides shortness of breath, she lost her sense of smell. After abandoning the house, whenever she returned, she'd get a metallic taste in her mouth and a recurrence of headaches. She still feels guilty that she waited to leave this house, one that commanded her love and loyalty because her great-grandfather had lived in it. With what the authors describe as "a mother's guilt" Sarah said, "We didn't even know [the impoundment] was up there until we figured out what was going on. We just thought it was a well pad." Both women are left to live with uncertainty about the consequences of living where they have: cancers, for instance, take many years to develop, and by the time they do, it is even harder to establish causes. The book's frontispiece has the simple legend, "For the animals," and the way animals and children become sentinels for adults living amidst fracking infrastructures. Children's metabolic rates are higher than adults'; their immune systems, immature. But animals suffer greater exposures than children do. "While children are sentinels," write the authors, "for many reasons, animals are even more so. When families leave for work and school, their animals are often left at home either in the house, barn, or yard, increasing exposure times. Whereas children can be given bottled water to drink, few people can afford to buy bottled water for a horse  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Earthquake Prompts Fracking Site Shutdown
Water Online
Sara Jerome

Ohio regulators froze operations at two injection wells for fracking sites after an earthquake hit the state this month. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources cited "possible evidence that the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake," the Associated Press paraphrased. An agency spokeswoman said that the department issued the order to American Water Management Services, according to the AP. Frackfree Mahoning Valley, an advocacy group, had pushed for regulators to step in after the quake. "In the interest of protecting the public health, safety, and well-being, concerned citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley are calling for an immediate halt of all waste injection at two, new Weathersfield injection wells that are, reportedly, near the epicenter of the 2.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred on August 31, 2014 in the Weathersfield/Niles, Ohio area. FFM wants to know if waste injection is still ongoing at the wells, or not," the group said in a press release. Ohio regulators have studied the link between earthquakes and injection wells in the past. "All of the conditions associated with induced seismic activity can be addressed in the well permitting and construction process by utilizing additional geologic data and prohibiting injection into Precambrian basement rock. Future earthquakes can be avoided," according to previous Ohio Department of Natural Resources documents. Various researchers are studying the connection between earthquakes and fracking sites. According to a study released in July, "the massive increase in earthquakes in central Oklahoma is likely being caused by the injection of vast amounts of wastewater from oil and gas operations into underground layers of rock," an announcement from the University of Colorado reported.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Fort Collins appealing to keep fracking ban
starherald.com


City councilors in Fort Collins voted Tuesday to appeal a court ruling last month overturning a 5-year ban on hydraulic fracturing passed by voters. The Coloradoan reports that the city's attorney will file an action in the Colorado Court of Appeals and also ask a lower court to keep the ban in place while the appeal proceeds. Last month, Longmont leaders also decided to appeal a ruling against its ban on fracking. The technique pumps water, fine sand and chemicals into wells to fracture open oil- and gas-bearing rock deposits. A judge has also overturned Lafayette's fracking ban. The Colorado Oil & Gas Association says the appeal is a waste of taxpayers’ money.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Gas drilling public health risks get an airing
WTOP


OAKLAND, Md. (AP) -- Garrett County residents are getting a chance to hear about the potential public health risks of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in their region. The local health department is hosting a presentation Thursday night on a study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal Practices
EcoNews
Anastasia Pantsios

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report this week showing that Ohio was the only state among eight studied that allows waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed of without disclosure of the chemicals it contains.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Natural Gas a Bridge to Nowhere, Study Finds
EcoNews
Anastasia Pantsios

A study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that switching from coal to natural gas would not significantly lower the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, Too U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings.
ProPublica
Naveena Sadasivam

A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers – men and women often performing high-risk jobs – are routinely being underpaid, and the companies hiring them often are using accounting techniques to deny workers benefits such as medical leave or unemployment insurance.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Colorado Fracking Panel Meets For First Time
CBS Denver


DENVER (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday told a group he assembled to study land-use clashes between Colorado’s energy industry and homeowners that he’s hopeful the suggestions they give state lawmakers can be a model for other places grappling with the issue.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
VIDEO Carcross, Yukon, residents speak out against fracking Hearings in Whitehorse Thursday night and Saturday
CBC News


More than 100 people in Carcross, Yukon, came out to a meeting last night to talk about fracking, and speakers were overwhelmingly against the practice. An all-party legislative committee has been gathering opinion at public hearings on the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing since June.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2014
Couple claims fracking is destroying their land
The West Virginia Record
KELLY HOLLERAN

CHARLESTON – Two Harrison County residents have filed suit against the oil and gas companies they allege harmed their land when they drilled horizontally into it in an attempt to retrieve the resources. OilGasBobby Lee Woodard and Zoe A. Woodard say they own a home at 3620 Isaacs Creek Road in Lost Creek, which is close to the natural gas drilling activities of the defendants Antero Appalachian and Hall Drilling. The defendant companies utilize a process known as fracking to retrieve the oil and natural gas from the ground. Fracking is a controversial process that releases chemicals into the ground under extreme pressure in an effort to dislodge the gas, according to the complaint.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Brian Gallant's hydro-fracking promise concerns oil industry Oil and gas industry would like to sit down with Gallant to discuss 'fact-based information'
CBC News


New Brunswick Premier-designate Brian Gallant says he will follow through on his party’s plan to institute a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, but that has people in the oil and gas industry concerned. Nova Scotia and Quebec have already instituted fracking bans.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Treating fracking wastewater results in new unsafe compounds Researchers with the American Chemical Society found that even extremely diluted wastewater can still produce toxic byproducts when treated.
UPI
Brooks Hays

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A new study suggests fracking wastewater can endanger drinking water even after it has passed through treatment plants and been diluted.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Lawsuit threatens 'ban' on fracking
Petoskey News
Mark Johnson

MICHIGAN — After reviewing a number of state and tribal laws, two men believe a specific type of drilling in Michigan has been executed illegally. Phil Bellfy, democratic candidate for the 37th State Senate District and Tim LaCroix, candidate for the Charlevoix County Commissioner District 3, filed a lawsuit asking for an injunctive order which would stop the use of fresh water injected into the ground during hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking," until Tribal or Federal court has an opportunity to review the situation.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Fracking Bans Start to Upset Colorado Land Owners
Townhall.com
thomas Miller

Some mineral owners in Colorado are ticked off. Facing several looming local initiatives to ban fracking in some of the most oil-rich parts of the state, those who would benefit most, the royalty owners, are out right upset.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Fracking waste ban discussed in Albany County
WNYT


Fracking takes center stage once again in Albany County. The legislature held a public hearing on the waste created by the controversial gas drilling method. Even though fracking isn't happening in New York, the waste has been dumped in New York landfills for decades.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Study: People Who Live Near Fracking Sites More Likely to Report Health Problems
Lawyers and Settlements.com
Heidi Turner

Pittsburgh, PA: While many people have discussed the possibility that hydraulic fracturing and fracking contamination are linked to health problems in people who live near the sites, not a lot of research has been done into the issue. Water contamination and other lawsuits have been filed alleging people who lived near the sites suffered injury or illness as a result, but still not a lot is known about the potential link between fracking and health problems.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
New York State Steps Up On Clean Energy--10 years, $5 billion
NRDC Switchboard
Jackson Morris Blog

Here’s the news, hot off the press: New York’s Governor Cuomo has proposed committing $5 billion—that’s right—a walloping $5 billion, over the next 10 years, to make New York state a clean-power powerhouse. The proposal, submitted yesterday afternoon as a part of a regulatory filing, would put the Empire State on a clear glide path toward meeting its existing commitments to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. That’s pretty impressive.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Burned up by self-righteous environmentalists
AM New York
William F. B. O'Reilly

These crisp autumn days are sublime, but I'm burning up inside. Ever since the People's Climate March Sunday, beads of perspiration have been running down my neck. I can't figure out why.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
CSU develops website to monitor well water
Coloradoan
Ryan Maye Handy

Colorado State University researchers unveiled a website that monitors well water quality near oil and gas development sites on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The website, Colorado Water Watch, is the first of its kind in the nation, researchers said. It takes data from wells near oil and natural gas sites and uploads them every hour. Ken Carlson, a CSU professor of civil engineering, led the project and with other researchers spent the last 18 months selecting wells for testing and building a the back end of the system.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
National Grid begins work on Newtown Creek project
Capital New York
David Giambusso

National Grid and New York City have begun the design and construction phase of a plan to convert solid waste into pipeline quality natural gas, the utility and city will announce Thursday. As Capital reported last month, the Newtown Creek wastewater treatment facility in Brooklyn is expanding a pilot program that examined turning food and solid waste into gas.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Finger Lakes residents ask Schumer and Gillibrand to intervene in propane storage pl
Legislative Gazette
Michael Burke

Residents and business owners in the Finger Lakes region are calling for U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with President Barack Obama to intervene and halt a natural gas storage expansion plan on Seneca Lake. A coalition consisting of hundreds of businesses and residents in the Finger Lakes region sent letters to the elected officials citing residents' health and the health of Seneca Lake, which is a drinking water source for 100,000 people and critical to the local economy.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Obama’s Bridge Energy Hampers Renewables, Researchers Say
Bloomberg
Isaac Arnsdorf

Growing use of natural gas fails to benefit the environment because it slows the spread of renewable energy sources, according to a study released today. While natural gas releases less carbon dioxide than coal when burned to produce electricity, it hampers growth of cleaner energy such as wind and solar, according to a paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Without a climate policy, inexpensive gas will increase power consumption, researchers from the University of California at Irvine, Stanford University and the Stanford, California-based non-profit organization Near Zero found using an economic model.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Obama's Pitiful Pledge Epitomizes Failure of UN Summit: Climate Campaigners
Common Dreams
Sarah Lazare

Historic crowds gathered in New York City this week to demand drastic action in the face of the ever worsening climate crisis. But at Tuesday's Climate Summit at the United Nations headquarters, heads of state—most notably President Obama—did not come close to heeding the urgent calls for concrete action, say climate justice campaigners. The summit was convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to showcase "government, finance, business, and civil society" solutions to the climate crisis, according to a UN announcement. Politicians, corporations, and token civil society groups were invited to participate, while social movement organizations were excluded from the summit. Perhaps the most notable thing about this year's meeting, which follows a similar gathering in Copenhagen in 2009, was the large role played by corporations in the day's events and plenaries. Justin Gillis pointing out in the New York Times that "companies are playing a larger role than at any such gathering in the past."  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Strictly Business: Why $50 Billion Divestment of Oil Stocks Makes Sense
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

Various philanthropies and high wealth individuals controlling ~ $50 billion in assets announced that they intend to divest their portfolios of all fossil fuel stocks over the next five years. The most interesting comment to come out of this announcement came from Stephen Heintz, an heir of John D. Rockefeller who, of course, made his fortune in the oil business. Heintz stated: “We are quite convinced that if he [John D. Rockefeller] were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy.” Strictly from a business perspective, he is almost certainly right.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Tribe bans fracking
Smokey Mountian News
Holly Kays

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined a growing number of local governments opposing the state legislature’s decision to allow hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, in North Carolina. Earlier this month, tribal council passed a resolution outlawing the practice on tribal lands, a force of authority stronger than what county and municipal governments possess. The June legislation that lifted the state’s moratorium on fracking included a clause keeping local governments from outlawing the practice in their jurisdiction, so their resolutions are an expression of opinion rather than an act of law. But the Eastern Band is a sovereign nation, so the tribal council is able to completely prevent drilling on Cherokee land. “The State of North Carolina is without legal authority to permit hydraulic fracturing on Tribal Trust lands,” the resolution reads, later continuing, “The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will not permit or authorize any person, corporation or other legal entity to engage in hydraulic fracturing on Tribal Trust lands.”   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Recycle 'Fracking' Wastewater For Fracking, Don't Drink It
Science 2.0`


Natural gas hydraulic fracturing - fracking - has been wonderful for CO2 emissions while keeping energy costs for poor people manageable but a few sites have been treating fracking wastewater and returning it to rivers. A new study finds that this is just as risky as dumping any municipal treated wastewater back into rivers. As runoff, it is safe but it shouldn't be done in volume. In the case of fracking wastewater, existing facilities are not equipped to thoroughly deal with halides so until they are ready, it's simply better to use fracking wastewater for fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Tribe bans fracking
Smoky Mountain News
Holly Kays

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined a growing number of local governments opposing the state legislature’s decision to allow hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, in North Carolina. Earlier this month, tribal council passed a resolution outlawing the practice on tribal lands, a force of authority stronger than what county and municipal governments possess.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
‘Crippling penalties’ urged for drillers hiding fracking chemical lists
Bolumbus Business First
Tom Knox Blog

Some big, diverse names are speaking out on proposed EPA rules that could require oil and gas drillers to disclose the chemicals they use in fracking. Comments from the New York Attorney General and commissioners in Portage County, Ohio, plea for federal regulation, while oilfield services giant Halliburton Co. and the governor of Wyoming want the EPA to butt out. The commenting deadline was Sept. 18.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Could fracking harm drinking water?
Rock River Times
Jim Hagerty

An advocacy organization is launching a research effort to determine whether the practice of fracking could harm drinking water. Environment America wants answers it claims the fracking industry has failed to provide, specifically whether the controversial drilling technique will seep toxic chemicals into drinking water supplies.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
We Can Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Starting Today
EcoNews
Mark Ruffalo

Across the nation, American businesses, families and communities are embracing clean, renewable energy that is homegrown, healthy, and can never run out. By finding alternatives to fossil fuels that pollute our air and disrupt our climate, they are showcasing the single most practical way to tackle climate change, starting now. Companies including General Motors, Walmart, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Crayola and Google are putting in solar and wind farms to run operations, and finding that clean energy is good for business.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Finger Lakes residents ask Schumer and Gillibrand to intervene in propane storage plan
Legislative Gazette
Michael Burke

Residents and business owners in the Finger Lakes region are calling for U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with President Barack Obama to intervene and halt a natural gas storage expansion plan on Seneca Lake. A coalition consisting of hundreds of businesses and residents in the Finger Lakes region sent letters to the elected officials citing residents' health and the health of Seneca Lake, which is a drinking water source for 100,000 people and critical to the local economy.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
City to appeal judge's fracking decision
Coloradoan
Erin Udell

Fort Collins City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last month's overturning of the city's five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Fracking: What is it and why you should care
Orange County Register
Phoolendra Mishra

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines fracking or hydraulic fracturing as a “well stimulation process used to maximize the extraction of underground resources; including oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, and even water.” In a general sense, fracking requires injection of high-pressure fluid (generally water) mixed with chemicals to create cracks in the geologic layers deep below the surface. These cracks, or new channels, enable extraction of underground resources, which otherwise would stay there intact.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
World Leaders, Listen to the People Not the Polluters
EcoWatch
Kumi Naidoo

The world has changed since our leaders discussed climate change in 2009. It has become even more evident; ravaging crops in Africa, melting ice in the Arctic, drowning the Philippines and drying-up California. The poor are paying the highest price. But ever since super storm Sandy hit New York, even the rich in industrialized countries know that they can´t hide from devastating climate change in their gated communities.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Switch to Natural Gas Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds Will burning cheap gas just make us use more energy and delay the rise of renewables?
National Geographic
Christina Nunez

Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
New alliances being formed outside governments to fight climate change As activists bemoan a lack of political will among world leaders, what can the rest of society do about global warming?
Aljazeera America
Renee Lewis

In the absence of strong action by political leaders, many have wondered what can be done outside of governments to stave off the worst effects of global warming. Participants at the Empire State Building event said new alliances between the private sector and civil society are increasingly taking on that challenge.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Trace Isotope Analysis Reveals Fracking Is Contaminating Well-Water In 3 Ways
Neomatica
Editor

New research by scientists at Ohio State University using trace isotope analysis shows that increasing contamination over time of well water near 8 fracking sites in Texas and Pennsylvania is linked to fracking. The researchers extended their analysis and identified 3 mechanisms by which fracking was causing the contamination: 1) leaks through the “annulus”, or the space around a pipe in a well bore, 2) leaks through cracks in the production casing of pipes, and 3) leaks in a “failed well”, specifically through the failure of a well “packer” that usually acts a sealing device that blocks a well bore. Surprisngly, the researcher’s isotope analysis rules out direct-to-surface gas percolation induced by hydraulic fracturing deep underground. Instead, all of the inferred routes are via failures of engineering in man-made well structures designed to bring gas to the surface. The researchers considered two other routes to contamination, including 1) shallow microbial sources of natural gas (biogenic gas), 2) escape of hydrocarbon gas already present in shallow depths in the aquifier water. Both of these were also ruled out. In total the researchers had considered 7 modes of contamination.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2014
Bloomberg presents city-centric climate report to U.N.
Capital New York
David Giambusso

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a report Tuesday at the U.N. climate summit detailing how 228 cities around the world could cut 13 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. "This report marks the first time that the collective potential of cities to reduce emissions has really been fully measured," Bloomberg told delegates at the United Nations, where he serves as the secretary general's special envoy for cities and climate change. "But that impact is an achievable goal, not a given. And to reach it, cities have to act boldly, and quickly. So to help them do that, the report we released today also provides guidance to cities on where the biggest opportunities for reductions lie."   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Injuries reported in blast at Wyoming tank owned by Houston company
Fuel Fix
Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Authorities say an explosion at a gas storage tank in a western Wyoming gas field has caused an unknown number of injuries. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Malik says the blast happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday about 30 miles northwest of Green River. Malik says the blast happened when a maintenance crew was cleaning out a gas storage tank owned by Houston-based EOG Resources.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
View: On fracking, earthquakes and Indian Point
The Journal News
Ray Beiersdorfer

Growing up in downstate New York, I never felt an earthquake. I think that's true of most New Yorkers, upstate and down. But after I moved to California for graduate studies in Geology, I experienced several temblors. Frankly, they were a bit scary. I had driven many times on the highway and bridge that collapsed, killing 43 people, during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California. When I moved to Northeast Ohio to begin my career as a professor, I expected life to be earthquake-free. Like New York, the area is generally free from earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
California Farmers File Suit Alleging Oil Companies' Faulty Wastewater Injection Caused Crop Loss
DeSmog Blog
Mike G

A farming company in Kern County, California, has sued four oil producers over claims that their faulty wastewater injection methods led to the contamination of groundwater it uses for irrigation. Palla Farms LLC, a ninety-two-year-old family farm operation, says it had to tear out hundreds of cherry trees due to high levels of salt and boron in the groundwater it has used to irrigate its crops for the past 25 years. The company claims its almond orchard has also experienced production declines.   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Climate Science is Clear: LNG Export is NOT a Climate Solution!
Oregon Sierra Club Blog
Ted Gleichman

National and Oregon Sierra Club teams, as members of a vibrant coalition of many of Oregon’s most important environmental groups, have now assembled the latest climate science studies to answer one of the most important questions about liquefied natural gas (LNG): We know that the proposed LNG terminals and pipelines in Oregon, and the fracking fields needed to serve them, would cause monumental environmental and economic damage.   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Anti-fracking activists protest Obama (and Clinton)
Capital New York
Clifford Michael

On Tuesday afternoon, about 40 activists rallied outside the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting to protest President Obama's support for hydraulic fracturing. “While we give him credit for starting the conversation, the President’s message about climate change holds no real hope because he’s in favor of natural gas," said Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking. “That’s the unholy trinity: coal, oil, and natural gas. We need to tap into clean and renewable energy.”  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Dangerous gas pipelines in MN: A special report
KARE11


GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Most people never think about the gas pipelines that run through our cities and neighborhoods – until something catastrophic happens. But nationwide there are tens of thousands of miles of aging pipe in the ground. A joint USA Today - KARE 11 News investigation finds that despite years of warnings, some utilities are not moving fast enough to replace them. In March of this year, a natural gas explosion rocked an entire block of New York City. Eight people were killed and 48 others injured in the blast. The preliminary cause was listed as corrosion in a cast-iron pipe carrying natural gas. Explosions like this are not rare.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Secret lists hide natural gas high risk service areas
wusa9
Russ Ptacek and Erin Van der Bellen

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A WUSA9/USA TODAY investigation has identified a secret list of risky natural gas pipelines all over the Washington area. WUSA9 is battling to get it, but gas companies and state regulators are fighting releasing the list to the public. redacted list List of addresses showing addresses identifiying high risk underground natural gas pipelines redacted by government officials. (Photo: WUSA9) Our review uncovered the list while researching tens of thousands of miles of aging cast iron and metal pipeline in America's natural gas infrastructure. About 2,000 miles of the cast iron pipelines are in our area.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Hollis selectmen confirm: They don’t want a gas pipeline in town
The Telegraph
David Brooks

HOLLIS – Just in case there was any doubt, the Board of Selectmen has unanimously passed a resolution that they will “take any and all action they deem appropriate to oppose the grant of regulatory approval, before any federal, state, or other regulatory agencies, for the construction, operation and maintenance” of a natural gas pipeline through town.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Pipeline company makes offers, up to $65,000, to property owners along proposed route
Lancaster Online
JOE HAINTHALER |

The company seeking to put a natural gas pipeline through Lancaster County is offering easement payments to property owners before it has even formally applied for federal approval. At least five Lancaster County homeowners were offered payments up to $65,000 for use of their property and one as much as $3,500 upfront if he or she signed an easement agreement with Williams Partners within 60 days.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Natural Gas: Injections Soon To Turn Into Withdrawals
Seeking Alpha
Andrew Hecht

Summary The price of natural gas is volatile. Last year's cold winter depleted inventories. This summer inventories were rebuilt, but remain below last year's level and the five-year average. A cold winter this year will cause natural gas prices to explode.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Judge delays ruling on court order against Ala. paper
USA Today
Kala Kachmar,

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Jefferson County judge said he would decide Tuesday whether to remove a temporary restraining order preventing the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser from publishing content in a document about the safety of Alabama Gas Corp.'s pipelines. Advertiser and Alagasco attorneys argued their positions at a hearing in Jefferson County District Court on Monday.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Reports: David Cameron to tout fracking role in tackling climate change
Business Green
Will Nichols and Jessica Shankelman

Shale gas can help tackle climate change and should not be restricted by "green tape", David Cameron is expected to tell the UN Climate Summit in New York today. The Prime Minister is among 100 leaders attending the one day event hosted by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon, each of which is expected to deliver a four minute speech outlining how the world can take steps towards agreeing a binding emissions reduction deal at climate talks in Paris next year.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
US oil, gas pipeline companies seek new markets, sources of financing
Platts


The dramatic ramp-up in North American natural gas and oil production, combined with shifting gas flow patterns, such as from LNG exports, signals the need for new investments in pipeline infrastructure, speakers at the Platts Pipeline Development and Expansion conference said Tuesday. Along with the need for new infrastructure comes the need to tap traditional sources of financing as well as develop new ones, panelists at the Houston conference said. Potential investors must weigh the inherent risk that the construction of new pipelines inevitably carries, said Lucien Pugliaresi, president of Energy Policy Research Foundation.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Opponents, Union Workers Clash Over Pipeline Project
The Examiner
Sue Guzman

Proponents and opponents of a controversial natural gas pipeline project mobbed the Muriel Morabito Community Center in Cortlandt last Monday night to weigh in on the controversial Algonquin Pipeline Project being considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The public hearing was held to allow comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Spectra Energy Corporation’s proposed project that would run from Stony Point, under the Hudson River, through Peekskill, Cortlandt, portions of Yorktown and into Southeast, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The proposal, which is being reviewed by FERC, would remove an existing 26-inch gas pipeline and replace it with a 42-inch one.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Vancouver Sun: Concerns over LNG taxation raised by cabinet ministers
Energetic City.ca


The Vancouver Sun is reporting that Northwest BC communities, which stand to reap major economic benefits from the billions invested in the liquefied natural gas industry, are now raising impact concerns. Reporter Jeff Lee said even before any of the 18 filed applications has reached a “final investment decision”, local governments are concerned about being ready for the impact. This story said from rent evictions, to outdated infrastructure, to pressure to provide new facilities and programs, communities like Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Terrace are already feeling the LNG development pressure.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Climate Science is Clear: LNG Export is NOT a Climate Solution!
OR Sierra Club
Ted Gleichman

National and Oregon Sierra Club teams, as members of a vibrant coalition of many of Oregon’s most important environmental groups, have now assembled the latest climate science studies to answer one of the most important questions about liquefied natural gas (LNG): We know that the proposed LNG terminals and pipelines in Oregon, and the fracking fields needed to serve them, would cause monumental environmental and economic damage. But could burning North American natural gas in Asia actually be good for the global climate? NO! Climate science now shows that both LNG export and natural gas production are climate killers – just like every other fossil fuel.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Galveston port reservevs 185 acres for proposed LNG project
Petro Global News


Officials from the Port of Galveston agreed Monday to reserve 185 acres at the port’s Pelican Island site for a proposed $6 billion liquefied natural gas export facility being planned by Texas-based NextDecade Energy. The port’s board of trustees signed an option to lease agreement for the site with a NextDecade subsidiary Tuesday.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
State Sen. and challenger exchange barbs on gun control, fracking
Daily Freeman
William J. Kemble

KINGSTON >> Incumbent state Sen. Ceclia Tkaczyk, D-Daunesburg, and returning Republican challenger George Amedore on Tuesday exchanged campaign barbs that demonstrated a contrast in views. The positions were laid out during an Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast, where the sharpest exchanges came over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, women’s equality legislation, and whether partisan political interference has prevented local shared services from moving forward.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Drillers using more sand, water for W.Va. wells
Houston Chronicle


MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Energy companies are using more water and sand to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Marshall and Ohio counties, a new report by a research firm said. Companies working in what's called the "wet gas window" of the two counties are using up to 10 million gallons of water for each project, along with 13 million pounds of sand. That's up from about 4 million gallons of water and 1 million pounds of sand a few years ago, according to the report by Wood Mackenzie. The use of sand for wells in the two counties increased 58 percent between 2012 and 2013 alone, the report shows.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Cuomo says he won’t rush state health officials for fracking study
The Buffalo News
TJ Pignataro

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s not in contact with the state Department of Health about its study on the community impacts of hydraulic fracturing and doesn’t plan to be. “When it’s ready, it’s ready,” Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon in a meeting with reporters and editors at The Buffalo News. “I’m not going to rush them.” The process extracts natural gas by pushing large volumes of water, chemicals and sand under pressure deep within the earth. New York has had a moratorium on fracking since an environmental review was launched in 2008.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Fracking opponents hopeful of pause on shale gas development in New Brunswick
680 News
The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON – The Liberal victory in New Brunswick will provide a needed break in the development of the shale gas industry, say opponents of hydraulic fracturing who vowed to hold the party to its promise to impose a moratorium on the disputed practice. Lois Corbett of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick said Liberal Leader Brian Gallant’s win in Monday’s provincial election will give politicians and experts time to study fracking while slowing growth of the shale gas sector. “This pause for the right debate is exactly what we need at this time,” she said.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Texas oil field work proving deadly for employees
San Antonio Express News


On a cold January morning, Daniel Zambrano drove a company van with six co-workers from an isolated fracking site along Texas 72 in the Eagle Ford Shale, blasting the heat as he headed for a nearby hotel. The close-knit crew, family men from all across Texas, had just completed a 24-hour shift at a natural gas site near the tiny town of Tilden.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Six Major Oil & Gas Firms Agree To Cut Potent Methane Emissions Ahead Of UN Climate Change Summit
International Business Times
Maria Gallucci

Six international oil and gas companies have agreed to slash their emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The energy firms will partner with more than a dozen countries on the United Nations-led initiative, which was announced Tuesday at the U.N. climate change summit in New York City.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Oil company, Windsor at odds over planned drilling site
Coloradoan
Adrian D. Garcia,

Great Western Oil and Gas Co. no longer wants to comply with Windsor’s regulations for drilling operations, Mayor John Vazquez said Monday, Sept. 22. The Town of Windsor is working to annex the property west of Larimer County Road 13 before Great Western gets approval from the state to begin oil and gas operations on the land. The Denver-based company previously said it would voluntarily accept the town’s restrictions for the project, but on Monday Vazquez told residents that Great Western has changed its mind.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Oil permits in Fort Berthold to increase
Bakken.com
Lydia Gilbertson

Last week the United States Senate passed legislation with the goal of accelerating the process used to approve North Dakota oil and gas drilling permits. The legislation is called the BLM Management Permit Processing Improvement Act. This act is in place over concerns about federal lands on mainly the Fort Berthold Reservation. As a result the Bureau of Land Management will increase its offices in the Bakken as well as extending its residence by 10 years in its Sydney, Montana office. Prior to the BLM Management Permit Processing Improvement Act it took three to nine months for a drilling permit to be approved on federally owned land. One third of oil production in North Dakota is located on the Fort Berthold Reservation. This bill theoretically will not only make it easier to develop land in North Dakota, but will also speed up approvals for natural gas capture systems and pipelines in order to decrease flaring.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Fracking in North Dakota: Women in the drilling boomtowns
Washington Post
Nicole Crowder

North Dakota’s oil industry currently employs more than 40,000 people. Williston, formerly a sleepy town in the northwestern part of the state, has rocketed on the scene as the sixth largest city in the 48th most populous state primarily because of the controversial oil and gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing technology or “fracking.” The recent ability to tap into the Bakken formation—a thin but wide shale layer that sits two miles along the Williston Basin—opened an opportunity for the town to take a seat at the head of the oil-drilling table. It’s now poised to be the biggest boomtown in the country, with a population estimated to soar from 10,000 to just fewer than 50,000 by 2025. Fracking has brought in an influx of oil workers—many of them women—from across the country attracted to the high salaries and burgeoning housing market created to accommodate the surge in residents. The result is the town’s population has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. The city commission passed a record $250 million budget for 2015 on September 9th of this year, up from $53 million in 2012. Photographer Maud Delaflotte spent three weeks photographing women who were either from Williston or migrated there alone or with families to find the jobs. Her essay asks What if this newly discovered, magic answer is flawed? What if the new El Dorado is only a passing mirage?   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
ALEC Is Lying About Climate Change Google Chairman Tells Diane Rehm
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Google got in a lot of hot water with climate activists for its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the lobbying organization that writes “model legislation” favoring corporate interests. Chairman Eric Schmidt told National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Monday that Google’s support of the group was a “mistake,” and that ALEC was spreading lies about climate change, “making the world a much worse place.”   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Solar and Wind Outshine Fossil Fuels
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

A major U.S. investment bank’s latest analysis shows that even without subsidies, wind and solar energy are on track to be competitive with fossil-fuel and nuclear power sources in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
SHELBY TOWNSHIP: Township amends moratorium on residential drilling operations
Source Newspapers
Sean Delaney

At its Sept. 16 meeting, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously passed an amended six-month moratorium on oil, gas and other hydrocarbon exploration and related extraction activities within the township. "Residents may recall that last month our township passed a moratorium regarding some drilling activities," said Shelby Township Supervisor Richard Stathakis. "Tonight I'm asking the Board of Trustees to approve a moratorium that will now prohibit, during a six-month period, additional activities associated with drilling operations."  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Study Finds Fracking Workers Exposed to Dangerous Benzene Levels: Should You Be Concerned?
Frackinginjurylaw.com


A recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has found that workers at hydraulic fracturing or fracking sites may be routinely exposed to dangerous levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene. Benzene is a clear or light yellow liquid that is a component in fracking fluid. NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have set the safe level for workplace benzene exposure at 0.1 of a part per million. However, NIOSH’s measurements of benzene levels above open tanks at fracking sites found levels that were well over this amount. NIOSH researchers visited six oil and gas sites in Colorado and Wyoming in the spring and summer of 2013. The study specifically surveyed exposure risks for oil and gas workers during the phase of extraction called flowback. This phase occurs after the well is drilled and hydraulically fractured to start the flow of oil and gas. Flowback fluid which contains wastewater, sand, oil, gas, fracking fluid chemicals and water is recovered through the well bore and separated into component parts. Oil and gas are removed and stored in production tanks. Fracking chemicals that can be reused are also removed the fluid. Waste fluids are stored in flowback tanks until they can be disposed of.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Fort Collins, CO., Considers Filing Appeal to Uphold Fracking Moratorium
forexminute.com
Jonathan Millet

A month after Larimer County judge declared Fort Collins City Council’s five-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, invalid, the council is debating whether to file an appeal against the ruling. The council was scheduled to vote on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, on a resolution directing the city attorney to appeal against the decision, which reversed the ordinance that was approved by voters in November 2013, reports the Coloradoan. Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) sued the council at Larimer County District Court, resulting in the reversal of the decision, on grounds that a 1951 act declared oil and gas exploitation a key state objective in Colorado.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Frustrated Denton Councilman sees fracking ban as the only option
Dallas Business Journal
Nicholas Sakelaris

Denton City Councilman Kevin Roden hears plenty of criticism of the Denton frack ban, but very few solutions. That includes from the Denton Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Railroad Commission and the oil and gas industry itself, Roden wrote in a blog on his website. The problem is that Denton has old abandoned oil wells all over the city, including near established neighborhoods, that could be redrilled as horizontal Barnett Shale wells, which require hydraulic fracking. The city’s ordinance, including its 1,200-foot setback requirement, is powerless to stop companies from drilling and fracking these wells -- no matter how close they are to homes -- because they are vested.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
N. Carolina county weighing in on proposed fracking regs
Eaglefordtexas.com
Shane Thielges

DURHAM — County officials will tell the state its draft regulations for the fracking industry aren’t tough enough, especially when it comes to allowing local governments a place at the table. “The bottom line, we feel, is the proposed rules do not adequately protect human health and the environment, nor do they adequately allow local government to participate in the siting, regulatory or emergency management aspects of fracking,” said Tobin Freid, Durham’s sustainability manager.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Santa Barbara County anti-fracking activists wildly outspent
CalCoastNews


The proponents of a ballot measure calling for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Santa Barbara County are being outspent on the campaign trail by a ratio of more than 20 to 1. [KEYT] If passed, Measure P would prohibit high intensity oil and gas production in unincorporated Santa Barbara County. Such practices, which include fracking, typically involve injecting steam into oil wells. No fracking has been reported to be occurring in Santa Barbara County, but opponents of the measure have raised nearly $2 million fighting it. In the latest campaign finance report, the No on P campaign has raised $1,950,000, while the Yes on P campaign has brought in a meager $95,000. The opponents of the ballot measure say their funds come largely from county taxpayers, landowners and the oil and gas industry. Supporters of the initiative say they receive small, individual donations.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
A climate change answer in the wind
New York Daily News
JOHN DURSO

I n the wake of the People’s Climate March — and with world leaders descending on the UN to make pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — the city is abuzz with talk about how to move toward cleaner, sustainable energy. On Monday, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced plans to divest its millions from fossil fuels. New York has a precious opportunity to move decisively toward environmentally sound power generation — while producing thousands of well-paying jobs in a region that needs them desperately. It’s called Deepwater One, and it would be one of the first offshore wind farms in the United States. Located roughly 30 miles east of Montauk, L.I., the turbines would capture the strong winds in the deep Atlantic Ocean waters. They would not be visible from shore and could provide 200 megawatts of renewable energy to the Long Island Power Authority. All those who descended on the streets of Manhattan this past weekend to sound the climate alarm should be foursquare behind this project. And so should those for whom producing high-quality jobs is a bigger priority than safeguarding the environment. To envision the potential of offshore wind power, all one needs to do is look to Europe. Today, roughly 60,000 people are employed by Europe’s still-growing, multibillion-dollar offshore wind industry, with dozens of wind farms off the coasts of the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Entire cities have been transformed into industrial hubs for these green jobs. By 2020, some 191,000 people are expected to be working in the industry. No offshore wind farms have yet been built here, but the potential is exciting: The U.S. Energy Department estimates that nearly 40,000 workers could be employed in the industry on the East Coast by 2030. Deepwater One is an ideal place to start. Tuesday, the Long Island Power Authority is scheduled to meet for the first time to consider the project. For a region damaged so severely by Hurricane Sandy, the environmental reasons for embracing zero-emissions energy production should be obvious. Our union members were on the front lines of the devastation and cleanup from that disaster; many are still repairing their homes and recovering financially. The economic reasons are equally apparent. As unionists, we maintain a strong commitment to representing members employed by utilities currently powered by traditional fuels. Unionized jobs associated with power plants, electrical and gas transmission and the maintenance of these facilities are part of the foundation of communities across New York State. Nevertheless, we cannot forgo the economic and environmental opportunities associated with sustainable energy, a growing economic engine worldwide. If our state and region lead in the green economy, we will help create countless jobs of the future with the resilience to withstand economic shocks. New York State — and in particular, Long Island — have the potential to be at the forefront of a new homegrown industry. We begin with a large pool of skilled workers. From welding to construction, fabrication to assembly, these are jobs that are our members are ready, willing and able to handle. Long Island should be a hub of offshore wind development. With our strategic location centered on the East Coast and an advanced supply chain from the aerospace industry, the region is poised to lead. Gov. Cuomo declared this “Climate Week” in New York State. He can take a huge step forward himself by becoming the chief champion of Deepwater One. Let’s put our men and women back to work — on a project that could propel a new American energy industry. Durso is the president of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and the president of Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
As protesters rally to 'stop capitalism,' corporate leaders plot a path to a low-carbon future.
The Daily Climate
Marianne Lavelle

NEW YORK – Two views of multinational corporations and their role in the climate crisis clashed in the world's financial capital Monday. Thousands of protesters converged on lower Manhattan in a "flood Wall Street" action, with a rallying cry to "stop capitalism" – described by organizers as "the root cause" of the crisis. At the same time in midtown Manhattan, a 90-year-old museum and library dedicated to the memory of financier J.P. Morgan played host as executives from some of the most successful companies on Earth pledged to lead the way to a low-carbon future.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
The meager sum total of Obama's environmental policies
Deutsche Welle


Activists hope for clear words from US President Obama when the climate summit begins Tuesday in New York. To date, his environmental policies have been a disappointment for many US citizens. Fracking and solar energy Pleased as many of the protesters at Sunday's New York march were at the planned carbon emissions regulations, they still worry about plenty of other issues, including fracking, which involves injecting water, sand and chemicals to break apart underground rocks to release oil and gas. "Hey, Obama, we need no fracking drama," they chanted. The level of support for solar energy was another contentious issue.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Ads lash out at bus trip to fracking hearing
News Observer
Craig Jarvis

A coalition of environmental groups formed to launch an ad campaign against fracking is out with a new radio spot about the busing of people to a public hearing 200 miles away, including one man who said he came from a homeless shelter and several who didn’t seem to know why they were there. “They’re at it again,” a male narrator says in the ad. “Looks like the oil and gas guys are so morally bankrupt they’re busing homeless people to public hearings on fracking, hoodwinking them into wearing pro-fracking T-shirts because they’re so desperate for supporters.”   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Cuomo says he won’t rush state health officials for fracking study
Buffalo News
TJ Pignataro

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s not in contact with the state Department of Health about its study on the community impacts of hydraulic fracturing and doesn’t plan to be. “When it’s ready, it’s ready,” Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon in a meeting with reporters and editors at The Buffalo News. “I’m not going to rush them.”   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Fracking Wastewater Could Encourage Formation Of Toxic Compounds During Drinking Water Disinfection
Chemical & Engineering News
Melissae Fellet

Some natural gas extraction operations have sent the highly saline water left over from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to wastewater treatment plants for disposal. These plants then discharge their treated water into rivers that may feed drinking water plants downstream. A new study finds a possible problem with this process: Even when made 10,000 times more dilute, fracking wastewater can increase levels of troubling compounds formed under conditions similar to those during drinking water disinfection (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, DOI: 10.102/es50281841). Halides in the wastewater lead to toxic disinfection by-products, some at levels that exceed allowed discharge limits for drinking water treatment plants, the researchers say.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Exclusive: Bakken producers to push for status quo at crude oil hearing
Reuters
ERNEST SCHEYDER

(Reuters) - Hess Corp and other major North Dakota oil producers will tell the state's top energy regulators on Tuesday that existing field practices used to prepare Bakken crude for rail transport are safe and that tighter standards could actually do more harm than good. The comments, to be delivered at a special hearing of the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC), come as federal, state and local officials grapple with how best to ensure the safe transport of the state's crude oil, which has been linked to a string of fiery crude-by-rail explosions, including one last year in Quebec that killed 47 people.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Look out below: Danger lurks underground from aging gas pipes EVEN SMALL CRACKS OR ACCIDENTS CAN TRIGGER A DESTRUCTIVE EXPLOSION.
USA TODAY
John Kelley

About every other day over the past decade, a gas leak in the United States has destroyed property, hurt someone or killed someone, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds. The most destructive blasts have killed at least 135 people, injured 600 and caused $2 billion in damages since 2004. The death toll includes: • The explosion that leveled part of a New York City block in East Harlem in March, killing eight and injuring 48 more.  [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
News & Notes: Town council votes to ban fracking
Daily Princetonian


The Princeton town council passed an ordinance banning fracking throughout the town at a council meeting on Monday. The ordinance, which was passed by a vote of 5-1, makes Princeton the first town in Mercer County and the second town in New Jersey to ban fracking, which critics say causes significant damage to the environment.   [Full Story]

Sep 23, 2014
Finding value in mine water
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

SCRANTON — The nuns who founded Marywood University in 1915 paid the mining company that sold them the land to leave pillars of coal untouched beneath their campus to ensure that the ground wouldn't give way. A century later, the school drilled two wells into the abandoned, flooded mine to draw water. The water circulates through a system that cools the studios in its environmentally sustainable School of Architecture building.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Derailed: Railroad delays first responders on riverside oil spill
FOX 31 Denver
CHRIS HALSNE

DENVER — FOX31 Denver has confirmed a May 9 crude oil train car derailment near LaSalle, Colorado polluted area groundwater with toxic levels of benzene. Environmental Protection Agency records from July show benzene measurements as high as 144 parts per billion near the crash site. Five parts per billion is considered the safe limit. Federal accident records also show six Union Pacific tankers ripped apart from the train and flipped into a ditch due to a “track misalignment caused by a soft roadbed.” One of the tankers cracked and spilled approximately7,000 gallons of Niobrara crude, according to the EPA.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
It's time for real eminent domain reform
The Texas Tribune
Calvin Tillman

Many Texans may remember me, the former mayor of the small town of DISH in the Barnett Shale, for bringing attention to the health and environmental impacts of fracking a few years ago. But those concerns weren’t the only menace that DISH residents faced when I was mayor. As natural gas companies laid miles of pipeline throughout town, the threat of eminent domain loomed large. Maybe I was naïve, but as mayor I was shocked to learn that private, for-profit companies could so easily acquire land through eminent domain, especially in a supposedly pro-property-rights state like Texas. It seemed un-American to me to see private property transferred from one private entity to another merely to benefit shareholders, not the general public. One DISH resident, for instance, had three large pipeline easements taken across his property, destroying any future land use.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Fossil Fuels Get Huge Master Limited Partnership Tax Breaks – “Green” Energy Shut Out
DC Bureau
Peter Mantius

Since 2008, investors have poured several hundred billion dollars into fossil fuel-related master limited partnerships that shield income from virtually all corporate taxation. The MLP tax loophole — a sort of reverse carbon tax — has heavily subsidized the nation’s ongoing oil and natural gas fracking boom. Solar, wind and other renewable energy companies are not eligible for the MLP tax dodge. Although bipartisan support is building in Congress to extend the tax deductions to them, insiders say legislation to do so will most likely have to wait for and be a part of a comprehensive tax reform package, which has proven elusive. Until then, existing incentives will serve as a drag on the U.S. economy’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. As long as Congress fails to act, fossil fuels will continue to exploit their government-approved competitive advantage even as mounting evidence shows their use accelerates global warming and prompts calls to tax carbon.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
LIVE coverage: Princeton votes to ban fracking throughout town
Times of Trenton
Nicole Mulvaney

RINCETON—Council will vote on whether to become the first Mercer County town to ban fracking. The process of hydraulic fracturing extracts natural gas by pumping water and chemicals into underground shale formations, fracturing the rock and releasing the natural gas. Supporters say it produces cheaper, cleaner gas while critics say it poses a host of environmental dangers.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Rockefellers and others annouce $50 billion divestment from fossil fuels
Al Jazeera America
Rene Lewis

A philanthropic organization of the Rockefeller family, along with a coalition of hundreds of other institutions and individuals, have announced a total of $50 billion in divestments from the fossil fuel industry amid efforts to fight climate change, according to a report released Monday. Stephen Heintz, head of the foundation started by John D. Rockefeller — who made his fortune in oil in the early 20th century — said he believed the divestment would be in line with the oil tycoon’s business sense. “We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy,” said Heintz. The divestment announcement by the Global Divest-Invest Coalition came a day before world leaders gather at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City to pledge actions meant to avoid the worst effects of global warming. It followed a global climate protest by hundreds of thousands of people around the world Sunday, with demonstrators calling on their governments to take action.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
‘Flood Wall Street’ Protesters Say Root Cause Of Climate Change Is Unchecked Capitalism
ThinkProgress
ARI PHILLIPS

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — On Monday, a day after nearly 400,000 marchers gathered for the largest climate march in history, activists and protesters turned their attention to the many links between capitalism and climate change by flooding Wall Street with supporters. By early afternoon Monday, several thousand people were gathered just down the street from Wall Street around the iconic Charging Bull statue. They waved flags, chanted, and sat down on the street to draw attention to what they consider to be the primary cause of climate change. The scene was far more tense than that of the previous day; two people were reportedly arrested for trying to cross a police barricade and several journalists and activists reported on Twitter that the NYPD used pepper spray on protesters rushing a barricade.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Global Warming Concerns Grow
New York Times
Marjorie Connelly

While few Americans regard the environment as the nation’s foremost challenge, most say it should be a priority, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. And more than half say global warming is caused by human behavior, the highest level ever recorded by the national poll.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
The media’s shameful climate omission: Sunday shows completely ignore historic march
Salon
JOANNA ROTHKOPF

On Sunday, celebrities, politicians and scores of civilians took to the streets of Manhattan as part of the People’s Climate March, a massive demonstration meant to raise awareness about the immediate concerns of climate change. While organizers expected 100,000 demonstrators to show, the streets of the Upper West Side were flooded with approximately 400,000 concerned citizens, waving banners, chanting and banging drums. Among the star-studded list of attendees were Jane Goodall, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. But the Sunday news shows didn’t even mention that it was happening. Media Matters reports:  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Drill down on hydrofracking
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Editorial

One of the benefits of political campaigns is that they focus attention — both voters’ and candidates’ — on specific issues. So New York’s gubernatorial race might be just the thing to finally fix Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gaze on an issue he has long ignored: hydrofracking. It is surprising enough that the characteristically decisive governor has gone his entire term without taking a stand on the fiercely debated natural gas-drilling method. It would be a disservice to voters for him to continue to play possum on the issue while seeking reelection.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Indigenous groups call for drilling limits to fight climate change
Al Jazeera America
Kaelyn Forde

Patricia Gualinga stood on Pier 25 next to the Hudson River, her face painted in fine geometric designs, her long black hair hanging past her waist, looking out at the shadows cast by the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan over the water. An indigenous Kichwa woman from the Sarayaku community deep in the Ecuadorean Amazon, Gualinga traveled more than 3,000 miles to push the world’s leaders to take an active stance on climate change. Hundreds of indigenous leaders from communities around the globe have converged on New York for the first high-level World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, being held Monday and Tuesday during the United Nations General Assembly. Gualinga said she went both to represent Saryaku and to share the community’s victory; through a decades-long court battle in the Costa Rica–based Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the approximately 1,200 residents of Sarayaku succeeded in 2012 in blocking oil exploration in there. Now Gualinga and her community want to help other groups prevent similar drilling initiatives in a bid to prevent climate change. “We have a proposal that’s based on scientists’ reports that say that 50 percent of known petroleum reserves around the world need to stay underground to avoid raising the earth’s temperature even more,” she said, referring to a figure from the International Energy Agency’s 2012 World Energy Investment Outlook. “So what are we waiting for? You can begin with us. We have been resisting for years, we don’t want petroleum exploration, and we don’t want more contamination of our lands.”  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Desmond Tutu: It’s Time to ‘Move Beyond the Fossil Fuel Era’
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

This weekend, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a long-time advocate for the environment, released a powerful video urging the world leaders in New York City for the UN Climate Summit to “move beyond the fossil fuel era.”  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Siemens Makes $7.6 Billion Bet on Fracking in U.S.
Dealbook
Jack Ewing & Stanley Reed

FRANKFURT — The German engineering conglomerate Siemens already makes a range of products for the American energy sector, including gas turbines and equipment for generating electricity from wind. But in acquiring the Dresser-Rand Group, a Houston-based oil services company, in a $7.6 billion deal announced Sunday night, Siemens signaled an even bigger push into the booming American sector. The deal also demonstrated how much big corporate suitors are willing to pay for companies with a strong market niche.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Fracking is safe if...
Columbus Dispatch
Editorial

A study led by an Ohio State University scientist and published in a national journal last Monday has good news for Ohio’s economy: If done correctly, the method of drilling for oil and gas known as horizontal fracking, which is fueling a jobs-and-energy boom, doesn’t pose a danger to drinking-water supplies. But the study’s findings also imply a serious responsibility: Because poorly constructed wells can allow groundwater contamination after fracking, Ohio must be vigilant in enforcing up-to-date regulations on how wells are constructed.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
MacArthur Delves Deeper into Climate and Fracking
Inside Philantrhropy
Tate Williams

MacArthur has traditionally been a conservation-focused environment funder, with support for climate change work peppered (liberally) throughout its other programs. But two huge grants to the Environmental Defense Fund related to clean energy and fracking signal something bigger might be on the way. Is MacArthur the next big climate and energy funder? Two recent "exploratory" grants totaling $6 million suggest it’s entirely possible.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Public hearings are over, so now what for fracking in NC?
Carolina Public Press
Paul Clark

So now that the last public hearing on the rules governing possible fracking in North Carolina has taken place, what’s next? Two things are top of the list – what the Mining and Energy Commission must do, as laid out by law, and what some speakers at the recent hearing held in Cullowhee hope the commission will do. First, the former.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Researchers Say More Scientific Study Needed On Fracking
The Bakken


Scientists studying fracking compounds say their research raises concerns about several commonly used ingredients. According to results released in August during the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), little is known about the potential health risks on one-third of the compounds used for fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Councillors vote to retain fracking ban
Leitrim Observer


Leitrim’s County Councillors have unanimously voted to maintain a ban on fracking in Leitrim’s new County Development Plan for 2015 to 2021. A number of councillors, working with anti-fracking campaigners, scientific and legal experts, drafted an updated wording to replace the existing ban in the new Development Plan.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Local environmentalists raise climate concerns in rally
Daily Tarheel
Holly West

On the eve of a United Nations summit on climate change in New York City, about 200 people gathered in Chapel Hill’s Peace and Justice Plaza Sunday afternoon to raise awareness for environmental issues. The demonstration drew a diverse crowd — grannies, rabbis, pastors, vegans and students.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
State to hold public hearing on oil drilling permit application in St. Tammany
Times-Picayune
Robert Rhoden

In an unusual move, the state Office of Conservation has agreed to hold a public hearing in St. Tammany Parish to gather public comment on Helis Oil & Gas Co.'s application for a permit to drill a well near Mandeville. The hearing was requested by the town of Abita Springs and the group Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany, which is fighting the oil company's proposal to drill a well northeast of Mandeville and use the controversial fracking method to extract oil.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Fracktivists urge President Obama to change his thinking on drilling
Legislative Gazette
Roger Hannigan Gilson

Americans Against Fracking, a coalition of more than 200 organizations opposed to the controversial drilling technique, called on President Barack Obama to change the course of his energy policy ahead of the People's Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21. In a conference call with media last Tuesday morning, a panel addressed new research on hydrofracking's release of methane gas and took a hard stance against using fracked natural gas as a "bridge fuel" to clean energy  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
The Rockefellers’ huge climate announcement
MSNBC


The Rockefellers, a family whose fortune was built on oil, has announced that its major charity will divest from fossil fuels. Chris Hayes and guests discuss this major climate news.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
More than 100 arrested at Flood Wall Street rally
Capital
Azi Paybarah & Conor Skelding

More than 100 people were arrested tonight, and others were pepper-sprayed, at the end of a daylong demonstration in the city's financial district to protest what they say is Wall Street's role in driving climate change. The protests, dubbed Flood Wall Street, echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement, only with a direct focus on climate change and divestment from the fossil fuel industry.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Protesters flood Wall Street to protest climate change
Capital
David Giamusso

Thousands of activists marched through the Financial District Monday morning, gathering around the Wall Street Bull and along Broadway to protest Wall Street's investment in fossil fuels. The demonstration came one day after more than 310,000 people marched in New York City for climate change.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Mayor de Blasio Takes On Climate Change
New York Times
Opinion/Editorial

“Mayor de Blasio Commits to 80 Percent Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050,” said the Sunday news release, outlining what would be a truly impressive feat if he actually were able to make good on that promise. But there is not going to be any 89-year-old, 10-term mayor named de Blasio declaring a local victory in the battle to save the planet. This is a long march to a distant goal. The commitment Mr. de Blasio made over the weekend — an excellent and necessary one — was to do his part now to keep the city moving in the right direction: Promised Land, that way.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Heirs to Rockefeller oil fortune divest from fossil fuels over climate change
The Guardian


The heirs to the fabled Rockefeller oil fortune withdrew their funds from fossil fuel investments on Monday, lending a symbolic boost to a $50bn divestment campaign ahead of a United Nations summit on climate change. The former vice-president, Al Gore, will present the divestment commitments to world leaders, making the case that investments in oil and coal have an uncertain future. With Monday’s announcement, more than 800 global investors – including foundations such as the Rockefeller Brothers, religious groups, healthcare organisations, cities and universities – have pledged to withdraw a total of $50bn from fossil fuel investments over the next five years.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
New $6B LNG export facility could be built in Galveston
Houston Business Journal
Olivia Pulsinelli

A local company reportedly is considering building a $6 billion liquefied natural gas export facility on Pelican Island, north of Galveston Island. The Woodlands-based NextDecade is in the “final stages” of securing financing for the project, which would be on 185 acres on the northeast corner of Pelican Island, the Houston Chronicle reports. The Galveson Wharves trustees are expected to consider on Sept. 22 whether to lease the land to NextDecade.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
County weighing in on proposed fracking regs
The Herald Sun
Ray Gronberg

DURHAM - County officials will tell the state its draft regulations for the fracking industry aren’t tough enough, especially when it comes to allowing local governments a place at the table. “The bottom line, we feel, is the proposed rules do not adequately protect human health and the environment, nor do they adequately allow local government to participate in the siting, regulatory or emergency management aspects of fracking,” said Tobin Freid, Durham’s sustainability manager. Freid and other administrators were seeking, and got, a County Commissioners go-ahead on Monday to submit comments on the draft rules to N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The submission deadline is Sept. 30, the comments ultimately to go to the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission, the panel that’s writing the rules that will govern natural-gas drilling in North Carolina. Fracking refers to a specific drilling technology called “hydraulic fracturing.” In it, drillers inject water and chemicals into wells at high pressure to break up deep-under-the-surface rock and release the gas trapped there.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Sunoco: W. Pa. creek cleanup of drilling sludge ongoing
Daily Local News


FINLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Sunoco Pipeline says it is making progress in cleaning up gray sludge that spilled into a southwestern Pennsylvania creek. The spill was reported Thursday into the Little Mingo Creek and was contained by Saturday. Sunoco spokesman Jeffrey Shields tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter of Washington (http://bit.ly/1qZRGA4 ) that the nontoxic bentonite clay doesn’t appear to have harmed wildlife in the area.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Maine LNG Terminal Flipping for Exports
Roll Call
Randy Leonard

Attracting little notice, Downeast LNG submitted a request this summer to build a $2 billion bi-directional LNG terminal at Mill Cove in Robbinston, Maine, on Passamaquoddy Bay. Downeast had proposed an import terminal at the location in 2005 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in May issued a final environmental impact statement for the import portion of the project, concluding that “most impacts in the project area would be avoided or reduced to less than significant levels.”  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
$1M jury award to western ND ranch for oil drilling impacts could cost industry in future
Prairie Business
Mike Nowatzki

BISMARCK – A jury verdict awarding $1 million to the owners of a western North Dakota hunting ranch who claimed that oil drilling turned their pristine landscape into “an industrial zone” could set a costly precedent for the state’s booming oil industry.Deadwood Canyon Ranch LLP sued Fidelity Exploration & Production Co., an affiliate of Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group Inc., in October 2010, claiming $3 million in damages for breach of contract and damages to its property as a result of two wells drilled on the ranch between Stanley and New Town in Mountrail County.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
What the Climate Change Protests Mean for Chefs
Yahoo News
Rachel Tepper

Hundreds of thousands of environmental demonstrators thronged the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March Sunday, timed to precede a United Nations summit on climate change. Among them—and celebrities such as Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Sting, and Edward Norton—were a number of people from the food industry. "I’m marching because everything that affects the weather and the earth affects food," chef Heather Carlucci, who co-founded the anti-fracking group Chefs for the Marcellus, wrote us in an email prior to the event. “As food professionals, I think we have a certain responsibility to take a stand and fight for what affects what we do and how it changes our work, our health, and our lives.”  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Environmentalists hope Obama will take stronger stance at climate summit
Al Jazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

Ahead of a day-long climate summit scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, a portrait of a conflicted Obama administration has emerged. While President Obama and his advisors have spoken more about climate change than any other administration, and pushed for new limits on the amount of carbon dioxide cars and power plants can emit, Obama has also presided over one of the biggest increases in oil and gas production in the United States in decades. And some environmentalists say the administration has set its goals too low, not putting enough effort into passing significant climate legislation.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
Schneiderman to call for new steps on climate change
Capital New York
SCOTT WALDMAN

ALBANY—Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the state to formalize a more aggressive, sustained local reaction climate change. At an event this morning at the New York City Bar Association, Schneiderman will call for more laws to address climate change, according to an advanced copy of his remarks obtained by Capital. He will say it is largely up to state and local governments to shape legislation that helps communities address the extreme weather changes that are already here, such as record rainfalls and flooding. Schneiderman, whose remarks come a day after a major climate march, expects to increasing the focus of his office on combatting climate change. Earlier this month, he released a report showing an increasing frequency of extreme rainfall amounts.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
DEP Fines Range Resources $4.15 Million For Violating Environmental Regulations
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced it has signed a wide-ranging consent order and agreement with Range Resources for violations at six of its Washington County impoundments. The consent order requires the company to pay a $4.15 million fine, the largest against an oil and gas operator in the state’s shale drilling era, close five impoundments and upgrade two other impoundments to meet heightened “next generation” standards currently under development at DEP.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
House Resolution Requires Study Of Wind, Natural Gas, Energy Impacts In PA
PA Environment Digest


House Resolution 925 (Rapp-R-Forest) directing the Joint State Government Commission to study the impact of wind turbines, as compared to coal, natural gas, oil and nuclear power, in Pennsylvania, in particular on migratory birds and of forest removal was adopted by the House 181 to 11 Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2014
DEP Citizens Advisory Council Receives Update On Oil And Gas Program
PA Environment Digest


Scott Perry, DEP Deputy Secretary For Oil and Gas Management, gave DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council an update on the Oil and Gas Regulatory Program. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was scheduled to make a presentation to Council on his agency’s audit of the Marcellus Shale Water Protection Programs, but canceled at the last minute. Perry pointed to dramatic increases in field inspections made by DEP which since 2008 increased from 1,262 to nearly 13,400 in 2013. As a result, he said, the number of violations has dropped significantly from 25 percent of operations to 4 percent as drilling operators became more familiar with DEP oil and gas regulations.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Shale gas extraction issues go beyond fracking
Power Source
Anya Litvak

Ask oil and gas industry advocates, environmentalists and regulators about the biggest issues facing shale gas development, and none are likely to cite the possibility of fracking fluids traveling up thousands of feet of rock into groundwater aquifers as their top concern. There’s surface spills, transportation accidents, leaks in holding tanks and impoundments — all of these have much more potential to pollute groundwater. Yet blaming — or exonerating — fracking for this method of groundwater pollution seems to lead reports of new shale studies, even if those studies say little about actual fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Primary results a referendum on fracking
Poughkeepsie Journal
Jimmy Buff

A couple of weeks ago, this column didn’t run. In keeping with the newspaper’s policy, it was deemed an endorsement of Zephyr Teachout in the democratic primary against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Unlike some newspapers, the Poughkeepsie Journal doesn’t endorse primary candidates. The gist of the column was that if you were anti-fracking, you had only one real choice when it came to casting your ballot in the primary: Teachout. The challenger went on to lose to the incumbent that day, but it wasn’t a walk in the park for Cuomo.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Worried About Climate Change? Ban Fracking on Federal Lands
Truth-Out
Wenonah Hauter--Opinion

As world leaders get ready to gather in New York City for the United Nations Climate Summit, it’s time to take stock of how the United States is meeting its own climate challenges. While the UN has the power to help forge a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities, there’s one step that federal officials here in the United States can take on their own to curb climate change: They can ban fracking on federal lands.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Thirsty wells: Fracking consumes billions of gallons of water
Times Reporter
Shane Hoover

Drillers in Ohio have used more than 4 billion gallons of water to frack horizontal shale wells since 2011. That's a lot of water. Enough to fill one two-liter soda bottle for every person on the planet; or in terms that motorists in shale country can relate to, 800,000 tanker-loads of water.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
300,000+ Demand Climate Action Now at Largest Climate March in World History
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

Today in New York City more than 300,000 people attended what is now known as the largest climate action in world history. The march in New York City was by far the largest of the 2,808 People’s Climate rallies that took place today in 166 countries from around the world. From the crowded streets of New Delhi to Melbourne to Johannesburg, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the weekend’s global events.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Hundreds of thousands turn out for People’s Climate March
Capital
David Giambusso

Organizers of the People's Climate March estimate 310,000 people showed up to the Sunday protest as marchers sought to grab the attention of world leaders two days before a U.N. climate summit called by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who himself joined the march. By noon, the crowd stretched for miles uptown from Columbus Circle along Central Park West. Officials said the line went as far uptown as 96th street and while the first marchers set out shortly after 11:30, the back of the line did not move until after 1:30 p.m.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Siemens Agrees to Buy Dresser-Rand, an Oil Services Company, for $7.6 Billion
The New York Times
DAVID GELLES

Siemens, the German engineering conglomerate, announced late Sunday a deal for the Dresser-Rand Group, an oil products and services company. The deal, worth about $7.6 billion, including the assumption of debt, gives Siemens prominence in the American energy sector, which is booming as new reserves of oil and natural gas are tapped through unconventional drilling techniques.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels
New York Times
John Schwartz

John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune on oil. Now his heirs are abandoning fossil fuels. The family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil is planning to announce on Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is joining the divestment movement that began a couple years ago on college campuses.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Why not use recycled water for fracking? Recycling wastewater and reusing it for fracking makes sense, but the cost will need to become competitive with injection-well disposal.
Inde Online
Shane Hoover

Some of the water used in fracking stays underground. Some of it returns to the surface. Shale wells have generated 5.9 million barrels — nearly 250 million gallons — of brine since drilling began, according to production reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The wastewater includes naturally occurring salt water and flowback from fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Thirsty wells: Fracking consumes billions of gallons of water
Inde Online
Shane Hoover

Drillers in Ohio have used more than 4 billion gallons of water to frack horizontal shale wells since 2011. That's a lot of water. Enough to fill one two-liter soda bottle for every person on the planet; or in terms that motorists in shale country can relate to, 800,000 tanker-loads of water.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Major Fracking Forum to Be Held in Fullerton
Voice of OC
Nick Gerda

After months of public concern about oil well fracking – and industry assurances that proper safeguards are in place – experts on the oil extraction method are scheduled Tuesday to answer questions from the public about its impact on water quality, earthquakes and other issues. Several hundred people are expected to attend the fracking symposium organized by Cal State Fullerton that features industry representatives and experts on the science and regulatory rules of fracking and other oil extraction methods.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Hawkins: stop fracking, promote clean energy, adjust the state tax rates
Watertown Daily Times
Maury Thompson

GLENS FALLS — In 2010, Howie Hawkins succeeded in getting 50,000 votes in the governor’s race, which qualified the Green Party for official ballot status in New York for four years. This year, making a repeat run, his goal is not just to qualify for ballot status, but to get 250,000 votes, about 5 percent of the total vote. Achieving that would establish the Green Party as a “third major party” that would be the voice of liberal voters in New York, he said Thursday in a meeting with The Post-Star editorial board.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinised
Manchester U


Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Climate change: Thousands march across the UK
BBC


Thousands of people have taken part in a march for climate action in London - one of more than 2,000 marches which took place around the world. Campaigners, including actress Emma Thompson and singer Peter Gabriel, marched along Embankment to a rally in Parliament Square. Other marches in the UK took place in Manchester, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Stroud and Dudley.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
OVER TWO THOUSAND ON PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH TO LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE
Salford Star


GREATER MANCHESTER JOINS THE WORLD IN DEMANDING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE Over two thousand people marched to the Labour Party Conference in Manchester today to demand that its leaders, and political leaders around the world, do something about the threat of climate change.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Shale gas extraction issues go beyond fracking
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Anya Litvak

Ask oil and gas industry advocates, environmentalists and regulators about the biggest issues facing shale gas development, and none are likely to cite the possibility of fracking fluids traveling up thousands of feet of rock into groundwater aquifers as their top concern. There’s surface spills, transportation accidents, leaks in holding tanks and impoundments — all of these have much more potential to pollute groundwater. Yet blaming — or exonerating — fracking for this method of groundwater pollution seems to lead reports of new shale studies, even if those studies say little about actual fracking. “Faulty well integrity, not hydraulic fracturing deep underground, is the primary cause of drinking water contamination from shale gas extraction in parts of Pennsylvania and Texas, according to a new study by researchers from five universities,” began a press release last week from Duke University, former home of Rob Jackson, one of the scientists involved in the study.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Pa. system for tracking compliance at Marcellus Shale well sites in disrepair
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sean Hamill

A Post-Gazette analysis of DEP records provides a detailed look at the Marcellus Shale industry and its regulation, showing the serious problems in spotting well-site incidents, record keeping, and hiring adequate numbers of inspectors; it also shows how the industry has responded to accidents and surrounding publicity. This is the first of three parts. *** Six years into the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s online data on Pennsylvania well sites is a study in incomplete data and inaccurate information. The DEP acknowledges that the online Compliance Report, which was supposed to provide clear and accessible information on everything from spills to driller performance, is so error-ridden that it is virtually impossible to get an accurate picture of how drilling is being regulated. The Post-Gazette analyzed every paper record for every Marcellus well incident that resulted in fines through June 1, 2014, and compared those to the information on the online Compliance Report. It found vast discrepancies between the field reports of the incidents and the electronic accounting of them. Among the findings:  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Climate activists not ready for Hillary
MSNBC
Alex Seitz-Wald

NEW YORK – Some of the prominent environmental activists who gathered Sunday in New York City for a massive climate change march are not ready to support Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president. “I think Hillary Clinton has an awful lot to demonstrate to environmentalists and people who care about climate change,” Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, who helped organize the march, told msnbc. “She oversaw the complete fiasco that was the Copenhagen Conference as secretary of state. That was the biggest foreign policy failure since Munich. It’s not a proud record.”   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Study Backs Environmentalist Worries About Natural Gas
Forbes
Jeff McMahon

Natural gas is often touted as a “bridge” fuel to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions during a transition from coal-fired power plants to renewable sources of energy. But natural gas offers few short-term benefits over coal, according to a study released last week by Energy Innovation, as long as the natural-gas infrastructure continues to leak methane. “For short time frames and if natural gas leakage rates are high, natural gas may offer little benefit compared to coal or could even exacerbate warming,” according to economist Chris Busch and physicist Eric Gimon, publishing in the most recent issue of The Electricity Journal. ”Over a longer period, such as 100 years or more, natural gas from electricity provides greenhouse gas reductions compared to coal even if leakage rates are relatively high.” The advantage of natural gas can best be seen over the long-term, in which gas offers about a 50 percent reduction in emissions over coal. Unfortunately, a 50 percent improvement over 100 years is too little, too late. “By this time, emissions reductions must be much more ambitious than this if we are to power civilization in a way that enables a safe and stable climate,” according to an issue brief released in conjunction with the study.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Butler Township OKs gas-drilling plan
Reading Eagle


A plan to drill for natural gas at a Butler Township golf course has angered some nearby residents and opponents of hydraulic fracturing. Yet there was little recourse for township commissioners but to approve zoning changes to allow Rex Energy to construct a Marcellus shale well pad to drill for natural gas on the Krendale Golf Course, said chairman Joe Hasychak.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2014
Thirsty wells: Fracking consumes billions of gallons of water
Canton Rep


Drillers in Ohio have used more than 4 billion gallons of water to frack horizontal shale wells since 2011. That's a lot of water. Enough to fill one two-liter soda bottle for every person on the planet; or in terms that motorists in shale country can relate to, 800,000 tanker-loads of water.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Oil industry on borrowed time as switch to gas and solar accelerates
The Telegraph
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

The props beneath the global oil industry are slowly decaying. The big traded energy companies resemble the telecom giants of the late 1990s, heavily leveraged to a business model already threatened by fast-moving technology. Citigroup warns - or cheerfully acclaims, depending on your point of view - that world energy markets are entering a period of "extreme flux", with oil caught in triple encirclement by cheap natural gas, much more efficient vehicles and breathtaking advances in solar power as scientists crack the secrets.  [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
SkyTruth maps impoundments using aerial photos
Observer-Reporter
Emily Petsko

Attempting to identify every Marcellus Shale impoundment in Washington and Greene counties is an arduous – perhaps impossible – task for the average citizen to undertake. The Department of Environmental Protection keeps no map or comprehensive list of every pond used to store fresh or wastewater for fracking operations in Pennsylvania. Even township officials sometimes are unsure of the exact location of impoundments within their borders; they're typically hidden from plain view in wooded and rural areas. But some independent groups have been filling in the gaps. One of those is SkyTruth, a nonprofit organization established in 2002 that uses aerial imagery and crowdsourcing to identify impoundments.  [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
The deepest cuts Our guide to the actions that have done the most to slow global warming
The Economist


ON SEPTEMBER 23rd 120-odd presidents and prime ministers will gather in New York for a UN meeting on climate change. It is the first time the subject has brought so many leaders together since the ill-fated Copenhagen summit of 2009. Now, as then, they will assert that reining in global warming is a political priority. Some may commit their governments to policies aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. What few will say is how many tonnes of carbon dioxide these will save—because they almost never do. According to scientists, cutting carbon-dioxide emissions is an essential part of reducing catastrophic risks from climate change. Yet governments are persistently averse to providing estimates of how much carbon a policy saves. That may be because, in countries where climate change is controversial, it makes more sense to talk about the other benefits a scheme offers rather than its effect on carbon. Or it may be that, in countries which are enthusiastic about renewable energy, pointing out that it may not save that much carbon is seen as unhelpful. Or perhaps governments think climate change is so serious that all measures must be taken, regardless of cost (though their overall lacklustre record suggests this is not the case).  [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Local leaders from Pennsylvania head south to offer advice on shale gas drilling
SNL
Mark Hand

Towns and counties in the Tidewater region of Virginia are doing their homework in preparation for the possibility of shale gas drilling moving into their region in the next few years. As part of that preparation, they invited three local officials from Washington County in southwestern Pennsylvania to share their experiences with shale gas drilling. "As we've been working through this process, it became eminently clear that we needed to ask … other communities that experienced oil and gas exploration already," Lewie Lawrence, director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission said in introductory remarks at a Sept. 19 forum in Tappahannock, Va.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Butler Township OKs gas-drilling plan
Trib Live
Rick Wills

A plan to drill for natural gas at a Butler Township golf course has angered some nearby residents and opponents of hydraulic fracturing. Yet there was little recourse for township commissioners but to approve zoning changes to allow Rex Energy to construct a Marcellus shale well pad to drill for natural gas on the Krendale Golf Course, said chairman Joe Hasychak.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
US shale oil drillers flaring and venting billions of dollars in natural gas
Ecologist
Sharon Kelly

Gas flaring of natural at shale oil wells is carried out on such a scale in North Dakota and Texas that 'phantom cities' show up at night in satellite photos, writes Sharon Kelly. Billions of dollars worth of gas are going up in smoke, adding to CO2 emissions - but far worse for the climate is when the gas is 'vented'. Regulators are doing too little, too late.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Fracking's threat to health, environment raises alarm
Star Advertiser
Ira Zunin

Fracking has rapidly begun to move the United States toward energy independence, but at what price? Given the current state of affairs, in which the Middle East is in tatters, the Cold War with Russia looks to have returned and both India and China boast an accelerating appetite for fuel, this technological breakthrough could not have come at a better time. Yet the wealth promised by fracking comes at great expense: risks to the health of Mother Earth and her human population.  [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Pros and Cons of Measure P Debated
Santa Barbara Independent
Lyz Hoffman

The opposing camps behind Measure P agreed at a debate this week that the drilling ban would mean “substantial change” for Santa Barbara County — but how each side envisions “change” remains a divisive matter. Dave Davis, president of the initiative-backing Community Environmental Council, played for the “Yes” side against former School Board president and Libertarian Lanny Ebenstein, who swung for the “No” team.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
‘Don’t frack the Ohio River!’, W. Virginia citizens urge Tomblin
Eaglefordtexas.com
Shane Thielges

West Virginia residents sent a letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin this week with a simple message: don’t frack under the Ohio River! The concerned citizens groups hope to convince Tomblin to reconsider a proposal by the state Department of Environmental Protection to drill for natural gas underneath the Ohio River. The Department announced it would begin accepting bids from interested energy companies on August 13.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Cuomo foes pounce on fracking indecision
Poughkeepsie Journal
Jon Campbell

With Cuomo facing re-election for the first time this November, his political opponents are trying to use his uncharacteristic indecision on the issue against him. But with public-opinion polls still showing New York voters consistently split on fracking, it's unclear whether Cuomo's foes — including Republican candidate Rob Astorino, a gas-drilling supporter — can capitalize on it.  [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Complaint filed over anti-fracking ad
Charlotte Observer


The free-market Civitas Institute has filed a complaint with the N.C. Board of Elections and the Secretary of State’s office alleging environmental organizations broke the law with a series of TV ads they ran attacking a handful of state legislators for supporting fracking this year. Fracking involves pumping a mixture of sand, water and chemicals into deep shale formations, then fracturing the rock to release the gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Art plays bit part in drilling debate
Centre Daily
Sherry Coven

Now, a group of six photographers has put together an exhibition that tells the story of the drilling debate through visual imagery. Starting Sept. 23, the Palmer Museum of Art will host the “Marcellus Shale Documentary Project,” a collection of photographs that the artists hope will shed some light and encourage debate through personal stories about the impact of drilling. While Marcellus Shale drilling is found in several neighboring states, the exhibit focuses on Pennsylvania. Photographer Brian Cohen, who first proposed the idea of doing this project, was aware that, because of its volatility, the project had to be approached with balance rather than the political agenda that’s already widespread in the media.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2014
Excellent decision to stop fracking
The Argus
Opinion/Editorial

NATIONAL park Friends group, the South Downs Society, is still celebrating the outcome of the meeting of the park’s planning committee, writes Steve Ankers, South Downs Society policy officer. At the end of a meeting members voted unanimously to refuse an application from Celtique Energie for “exploratory drilling for hydrocarbons”.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Fracking sessions stress measures local officials can take
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

Officials from two states talked at two meetings this week about what localities can do in the face of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Last night in Dahlgren, New York lawyer Helen Slottje told people at a town-hall meeting that Virginia gives local governments the power to decide its own zoning ordinances and in effect, prohibit fracking if that’s what counties what.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Local anti-fracking advocates to rally in NYC
Binghamton Homepage


New York City (WIVT) - Activists opposed to fracking plan to lend their voices to the chorus of people demanding a plan to address climate change this weekend in New York City. The local chapter of the Sierra Club has filled two buses with over 100 people who will take part in Sunday's People's Climate March.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Fracking waste water in Kennetcook still awaits disposal
The Chronicle Herald
Michael Gorman

The future of millions of litres of fracking waste water remains uncertain as the province waits for test results of a pilot project and other disposal proposals. Waste water from several test wells drilled in the Kennetcook, Hants County, area has sat in two holding ponds since the drilling in 2007-08.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Louisiana Judge Refuses to Expedite St. Tammany’s Fracking Ban Lawsuit
Fore X Minute


A Louisiana state judge at Baton Rouge threw out a request by St. Tammany Parish expedite the scheduled Oct. 27 hearing for its case that wants fracking in the parish blocked. An online filing at the 19th Judicial District Clerk of Court showed that Judge William Morvant refused to expedite the case on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and reiterated the lawsuit will be heard on Oct. 27 as set. The judge’s ruling was confirmed by a state Department of Natural Resources spokesman, reported The Times-Picayune.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Judge to decide within a week whether Sovereign is subject to Broomfield fracking moratorium Company said it is exempt because of memorandum of understanding
Broomfield Enterprise
Megan Quinn

A judge on Friday said he will issue an order within a week to decide whether oil and gas company Sovereign is subject to Broomfield's controversial, voter-approved five-year moratorium on fracking. Sovereign is suing, claiming it should be exempt from the restriction because of an agreement it had in place before the moratorium was approved by voters. Sovereign in 2013 planned to drill new wells in Broomfield, but was not able to because of the passage of the moratorium in November.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Council says Ohio EPA is giving gas, coal a pass
The News-Messenger
Kristina Smith

An environmental advocacy group says the state wants to loosen permit requirements for several project types that affect waterways, a move the group says would give fracking and coal industries a pass to destroy wetlands. But the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it’s simply streamlining the process companies are required to follow for certain types of projects.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Faces of Faith: Energy and ethics in era of change
Albany Times Union
Floyd Barwig

Energy and efficiency are twin towers in talk about the environment and climate change. How do you connect them all to another concept: ethics?  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Mich. Pipeline Leak Is Political Fodder in Heated House Race
InsideClimate News
Katherine Bagley

If opponents of incumbent Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mich) have their way, a natural gas pipeline leak that displaced 500 people earlier this week could take center stage in one of the nation's most heated Congressional races. The contest for Michigan's 6th congressional district pins fossil fuel champion Upton, a 14-term U.S. Representative and chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, against Democratic newcomer Paul Clements, a political science professor at Western Michigan University and an advocate for climate action.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Pennsylvania Struggles With Gas Drilling Pollution
Chem.Info
Associated Press

DONEGAL, Pa. (AP) — An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after state officials say a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water. The state Department of Environmental Protection has ruled that Ken and Mildred Geary's water was tainted by a leak from the WPX Energy Appalachia LLC site, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review (http://bit.ly/1yina8t ) reports. The drilling site is about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
SR 41 in Adams County reopens after natural gas explosion; man injured
WCPO


WEST UNION, Ohio -- SR 41 in Adams County has reopened between Kimberly Drive and SR 136 after a natural gas explosion, authorities said. A worker who was drilling near a home was injured in the blast, just south of West Union, officials said.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Pennsylvania Natural Resources Agency Ordered To Delete Climate Change Info From Website
ThinkProgress
EMILY ATKIN

he Pennsylvania state agency that regulates gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing was explicitly ordered by members of Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration to remove several references to “climate change” from the agency’s website, a former agency employee told the Allegheny Front on Friday. Adrian Stouffer, a former Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) marketing manager, told the paper that she and other agency employees were told to delete the references to climate change during a meeting at Corbett’s offices in 2012. The administration officials reportedly didn’t want all mentions of climate change taken off the website, but did want references taken off “in cases where we looked like we were giving a position” on whether or not humans cause global warming.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
What Can Texas Do About Roads Damaged by Drilling?
State Impact Texas
Kyle Ver

During a Texas Senate Transportation Committee on Transportation hearing, TxDOT highlighted a $500-million solution enacted by the state to rehabilitate damaged roads linked to heavy oil and gas related traffic in the natural gas hot spot.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Power To the People? Not If Utilities Have a Say
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

Solar capacity is growing. Rapidly. EIA, the Energy Information Administration, recently released figures on the growth of solar vs. natural gas power plant capacity additions for the first half of 2014. While natural gas appeared the winner at first glance, outperforming solar installations, it turns out that it was actually the silver medalist. EIA only compared large scale solar capacity additions. What they did not compare was the small scale, roof top solar installations commonly referred to as distributed generation. And this made all the difference. Small scale roof top solar together with larger scale projects actually added 2478 megawatts of total capacity in the first half of 2014 whereas EIA’s data showed only ~1000 megawatts of solar capacity added. This is a significant difference. Total gas fired capacity was ~159 megawatts below the total solar figure making solar the clear winner.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Proposal for natural gas drilling under Ohio River sparks citizen concerns
The State Journal
Sarah Tincher

Citizen groups on both sides of the Ohio River sent a letter Sept. 17 to West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin expressing their concerns and opposition with the pending proposal that would allow natural gas drilling under the Ohio River. The state Division of Natural Resources, under the West Virginia Department of Commerce, began taking bids for natural gas drilling under the Ohio River in Pleasants, Marshall and Wetzel counties on Aug. 13. The bidding deadline is Sept. 25.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Monday’s New Brunswick election a litmus test for the rest of Canada on shale gas
Rabble.ca
Maude Barlow

New Brunswickers head to the polls in what seems to be another PC versus Liberal tête-à-tête this Monday. But this province’s election could also be key to determining Canada’s future and the future of fracking. Liberal Premier Shawn Graham’s wrong-headed decision to sell off NB Power cost him the last election; this time, PC Premier David Alward will lose from putting all of his eggs in the shale gas fracking basket.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
County Supervisors could adopt temporary fracking ban
Californian
Dennis L. Taylor

Monterey County is working toward its own regulations governing hydraulic fracturing, even inviting the Department of Conservation to Salinas to brief Supervisors. But, in the meantime, they will recommend on Tuesday that the Board of Supervisors pass a moratorium on the practice until updated ordinances are in place. In a board report slated for the Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting, Monterey County Planning Department staff is recommending that Supervisors adopt recommendations previously adopted by the Planning Commission in April of this year.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Earthquakes Linked to Fracking
Free Speech


Ever since the highly controversial process of fracking first arrived on the scene - numerous studies have shown just how dangerous it can be for the environment and for human lives. But now - a new study released by scientists with the US Geological Survey reveals a near certain connection between fracking and earthquakes. The scientists found evidence "directly linking" earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001 with increases in wastewater injection - a process used in fracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Merriam Webster adds 'Fracking' to its Dictionary
KQCD-ABC
Mary Cate Mannion

As the English language continues to change and evolve, dictionaries must keep up with additional words and meanings. This past week Merriam Webster announced several additions to the collegiate dictionary, such as hashtag and selfie. Also on that list is one that has a long history in North Dakota's oil fields. It goes on every day in North Dakota's oil fields, now Miriam Webster dictionary has added the word fracking, which is an abbreviation of the term hydraulic fracturing, to its latest edition.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Fracking an Arid Landscape: New Report Examines Freshwater Availability near Gas Reserves
Center for Effective Government
Amanda Frank

As governments around the world consider tapping into their shale gas reserves through fracking, a new report cautions them to consider a key factor: available freshwater. The World Resources Institute (WRI) found that 38 percent of shale resources lie beneath arid or water-stressed regions. These areas may face water shortages and disputes when fracking’s enormous thirst for water competes with other local uses.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Pro/Con: Fracking in New York
Lohud
Opinion/Editorial

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is on hold in the state; New Yorkers remain split on whether the natural gas-mining practice should be permitted. Health risks tied to toxic fallout I am not going to allow my family, friends and people I care about to get ill, much less die, due to this project called "fracking." I personally urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking in New York state. Fracking produces toxic chemicals, which in turn have shown to cause cancer, birth defects and death.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Fracking’s woes told at forums
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

Officials from two states talked at two meetings this week about what localities can do in the face of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Three elected representatives from Pennsylvania told an audience in Tappahannock on Friday to know what they’re getting into, if their local governments sign up for natural gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Guest Viewpoint: Curb climate change with fracking ban
Press Connects
Matt Lemke

Everyone in Binghamton remembers it well: In September 2011, torrential rains from Tropical Storm Lee brought what experts called a 500-year flood to our city, destroying or damaging more than 7,300 buildings in the area and causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage. But it wasn't a 500-year flood. As bad it was, the flood from Lee was actually the second historically rare flood in just a five-year span, thanks to climate change.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2014
Shale Fracking is a “Ponzi Scheme” … “This Decade’s Version of the Dotcom Bubble”
Global Research


It has “a lot in Common with the Subprime Mortgage Market Just Before it Melted Down” A Losing Bet In 2011, the New York Times wrote: “Money is pouring in” from investors even though shale gas is “inherently unprofitable,” an analyst from PNC Wealth Management, an investment company, wrote to a contractor in a February e-mail. “Reminds you of dot-coms.” “The word in the world of independents is that the shale plays are just giant Ponzi schemes and the economics just do not work,” an analyst from IHS Drilling Data, an energy research company, wrote in an e-mail on Aug. 28, 2009. *** “And now these corporate giants are having an Enron moment,” a retired geologist from a major oil and gas company wrote in a February e-mail about other companies invested in shale gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Analysis: Existing cracks a cause in Kentucky pipeline blast
WDRB
Marcus Green

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Adair County natural gas pipeline that ruptured earlier this year, triggering a massive explosion that leveled nearby homes, had “pre-existing” cracks in a weld where the pipe broke, an analysis found. Those cracks and stresses on the pipeline – such as shifting soil – contributed to its failure in the early morning of Feb. 13 near Knifley, Ky., about 100 miles south of Louisville, according to the metallurgical report filed with federal regulators. The report, obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, found no evidence that the cracks grew over time. Instead, a consultant for pipeline operator Columbia Gulf Transmission concluded they likely occurred as hydrogen lodged in the weld when the pipeline was installed in 1965.   [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
US to train veterans to install solar panels
The Washington Post
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans.   [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
The Great Frack Forward
Mother Jones
Jaeah Lee and James West

N A HAZY MORNING LAST SEPTEMBER, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil executives filed into a vaulted meeting room in a cloistered campus in south Xi'an, a city famous for its terra-cotta warriors and lethal smog. The Communist Party built this compound, called the Shaanxi Guesthouse, in 1958. It was part of the lead-up to Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward, in which, to surpass the industrial achievements of the West, the government built steelworks, coal mines, power stations, and cement factories—displacing hundreds of thousands and clearcutting a tenth of China's forests in the process. Despite its quaint name, the guesthouse is a cluster of immense concrete structures jutting out of expansive, manicured lawns and man-made lakes dotted with stone bridges and pagodas. It also features a karaoke lounge, spa, tennis stadium, shopping center, and beauty salon.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Citizens Speak Out Against Proposed Cove Point LNG Export Facility at FERC Meeting
EcoNews
Anastasia Pantsios

Today, citizens from Calvert County, Maryland, angry that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners sent stand-ins to a meeting in their area on the controversial proposal to allow the Dominion Cove Point facility to convert from an import to an export terminal for liquified natural gas (LNG), took their case to FERC’s monthly meeting in Washington D.C.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Cuomo, Hochul issue ‘women’s equality pledge’
Capital


In front of the hotel were about a dozen anti-fracking protesters. A reporter asked Cuomo whether there would be a decision on fracking before the election. "No, there will not," Cuomo said.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Workers at Fracked Wells Exposed to Benzene, CDC Warns Amid Mounting Evidence of Shale Jobs' Dangers
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

For years, the oil and gas industry has worked to convince Americans that the rush to drill shale wells across the country will not only provide large corporations with lavish profits, but will also create enormous numbers of attractive and high-paid jobs, transforming the economies of small towns and cities that greenlight drilling. The industry's numbers are often picked up by policy-makers and politicians who back drilling, in part because talk of job growth is an especially alluring idea in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Pa. families struggle with gas drilling pollution
ABC 27 WHTM


DONEGAL, Pa. (AP) - An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water. The state Department of Environmental Protection has ruled that Ken and Mildred Geary's water was contaminated by a leak from the WPX Energy Appalachia LLC site, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review (http://bit.ly/1yina8t ) reports.   [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Gore: Fracking Won't Solve Our Climate Crisis Natural gas can't be a "bridge fuel" unless we crack down on methane leaks, he tells Climate Desk.
Mother Jones
Tim McDonnell

Few figures in the climate change debate are as polarizing as former Vice President Al Gore. His fans and his enemies are equally rabid, and his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth is still probably the most-referenced document on climate change in history. In the last few years, Gore's global warming work has mostly been channeled into a nonprofit he oversees called the Climate Reality Project, which organizes rallies and educational events.... Gore expressed skepticism about the fracking boom. He said he opposed the use of natural gas as a bridge fuel—something the Obama administration has supported—"until and unless they demonstrate the ability to stop the methane leaks at every stage of the process, particularly during fracking."  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Shale Oil Drillers Deliberately Wasted Nearly $1 Billion in Gas, Harming Climate
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

While their shale wells extract valuable oil, natural gas also rises from the wells alongside that oil. That gas could be sold for use for electrical power plants or to heat homes, but it is harder to transport from the well to customers than oil. Oil can be shipped via truck, rail or pipe, but the only practical way to ship gas is by pipeline, and new pipelines are expensive, often costing more to construct than the gas itself can be sold for. So, instead of losing money on pipeline construction, many shale oil drillers have decided to simply burn the gas from their wells off, a process known in the industry as “flaring.”  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Pennsylvania DEP orders Range Resources to pay $4 million fine
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

Range Resources will pay penalties totaling more than $4 million to settle violations related to six Marcellus Shale gas drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in Washington County, under an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Resources. State DEP officials announced the broad consent order today, touting the fine as the largest assessed against an oil and gas operator working in the Marcellus Shale gas era. The consent order will result in the closing of five of the football-field-sized impoundments and require Range Resources to upgrade two others to standards now being developed by the state.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
U.S. green groups urge methane rules for oil and gas industry
Reuters
Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must act to rein in methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, environmental groups said on Thursday, warning that failure to set federal standards would undermine other Obama administration efforts to address climate change. The EPA is expected to lay out a plan within months to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling as a part of President Barack Obama's broad climate action plan. A coalition of major green groups, including the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, urged Obama in a letter to "swiftly" issue binding emission regulations on oil and gas production, the largest industrial source of methane. Voluntary measures would not be enough to contain methane pollution, said Mark Brownstein, chief counsel of the U.S. climate and energy program at the EDF.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
The hidden leaks of Pennsylvania's abandoned oil and gas wells
The Guardian
Peter Moskowitz

Laurie Barr spent a recent Saturday like she spends a lot of her weekends: trodding through the thorny and damp woodlands of rural north-western Pennsylvania, juggling a point-and-shoot camera, a GPS navigator, a cell phone, and, most importantly for the mission at hand, a methane detector. “I found one!” Barr yelled from deep in the woods to her two friends – fellow abandoned oil and gas well enthusiasts who were decidedly more hesitant to walk off the pre-cut path. “Here’s the spot they killed the last abandoned well hunter,” Barr joked from somewhere deep in the woods. Then Barr did something she’s done hundreds of times in the last three years – she leaned over a foot-wide hole in the ground and waved around the gas detector until it began beeping. First the beeps were slow, then rapid.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Beauchamp: How fracking contributes to climate change
Newsday
Alex Beauchamp

New York will host the People's Climate March on Sunday -- a globally coordinated effort to demand action to confront climate change. It is fitting that it will happen in New York, a state that understands the threats of climate change better than most. Just a couple years removed from superstorm Sandy, New Yorkers -- particularly Long Islanders -- know all too well that we're already seeing the effects of climate disruption. Weeks without electricity. Homes flooded or washed away. Lives lost. And many scientists and experts insist that without immediate action, the worst is yet to come.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Deep Inside the Wild World of China's Fracking Boom
Mother Jones


N A HAZY MORNING LAST SEPTEMBER, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil executives filed into a vaulted meeting room in a cloistered campus in south Xi'an, a city famous for its terra-cotta warriors and lethal smog. The Communist Party built this compound, called the Shaanxi Guesthouse, in 1958. It was part of the lead-up to Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward, in which, to surpass the industrial achievements of the West, the government built steelworks, coal mines, power stations, and cement factories—displacing hundreds of thousands and clearcutting a tenth of China's forests in the process.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2014
Candidate Tom Wolf Promises Shale Fracking Tax Revenue For Pa. Schools
CBS Philly
Mike Dougherty

CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, today visited the STEM Academy in Chester, to speak with students and teachers about the state of education in cash-strapped school districts.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Fracking opponents question show of fracking support at hearing
Smoky Mountain News
Holly Kays

Attendees at Cullowhee’s hearing on the proposed oil and gas rules Sept. 12 were overwhelmingly anti-fracking, but a small contingent of men showed up on a bus from Winstom-Salem — provided by the N.C. Energy Forum — wearing sky blue t-shirts bearing the words “Shale Yes.” Except, fracking opponents are saying, the men weren’t exactly informed proponents of the fossil fuel extraction practice. “It was really clear that these people they brought in had no knowledge of fracking at all. They just put them in blue T-shirts and blue hats to make it look like they had support, and they didn’t,” said Bettie Ashby of the Jackson County Coalition Against Fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Future of fracking will influence November election for governor
NY Now
Karen Dewitt

The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well. Governor Cuomo, once on a fast track to begin the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing in New York, has put his decision on hold while his administration is conducting a health review that began two years ago. Cuomo, asked about the future of fracking in the state one day after the Democratic primary, said he’s still reserving judgment.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Fracking Protesters Greet Governor Cuomo In Webster Before Private Fundraiser
TWC Rochester


WEBSTER, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Webster on Wednesday evening for a private fundraiser. He had no public appearances in the area. People Protesting hydraulic fracturing met the governor's motorcade as it pulled up to a private home.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Oil and gas bounty from fracking leads to debate over exports, conference told
Denver Business Journal
Cathy Proctor

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have changed the nation’s energy supplies so dramatically that now people are pushing to export domestic oil and natural gas internationally, Gale Norton, a former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, said at an oil and gas conference Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
High Intensity Surrounds Heated Debate Over ‘Anti-Fracking’ Initiative on November Ballot Both sides spar over what Measure P will and will not ban if approved, and the extent of its impacts on Santa Barbara County water, jobs, tax revenue and litigation
Noozhawk
Mike Mattingly

Liars, manipulators and outsiders are lined up on either side of Santa Barbara County’s “anti-fracking” ballot initiative, if local voters are to believe the rhetoric leading up to the November election. Officially known as Measure P, “The Healthy Air and Water Initiative to Ban Fracking” has reignited a long-running debate pitting priorities of environmentalists and oil opponents against those of industry supporters — limiting oil production versus jobs, energy independence and county tax dollars.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Despite Fracking Tie, Ohioans Largely Pass On Earthquake Insurance
Idea Stream


Despite a number of recent cases where earthquakes have been linked to fracking activity, Ohioans so far mostly have passed on earthquake insurance.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Oil and gas bounty from fracking leads to debate over exports, conference told
Denver Business Journal
Cathy Proctor

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have changed the nation’s energy supplies so dramatically that now people are pushing to export domestic oil and natural gas internationally, Gale Norton, a former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, said at an oil and gas conference Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Watch: Anti-fracking protesters turn out in force for Liverpool council meeting amid Mayor's pledge for committee
Liverpool Echo
Marc Waddington

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson pledged the city’s regeneration team would meet to discuss fears over fracking after protestors gathered outside the town hall. A petition of around 3000 names was handed up at tonight’s meeting, with the chamber addressed by campaigners who said there were serious dangers for the ecology of Merseyside if the controversial fracking and underground coal gasification, which firms have been granted licences to conduct in the region.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Opinion/Editorial: No fracking here?
Daily Progress
Opinion/Editorial

Kudos to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for opposing fracking in the George Washington National Forest. Fracking is a controversial practice for extracting natural gas by fracturing rock strata and injecting water, sand and/or chemicals, forcing the gas into accessible pockets.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Ellesmere Port: Anti-fracking camp set up
Chester Chronicle
David Norbury

Anti-frackers have set up a community protection camp in Ellesmere Port. The protesters are battling against what they believe is a potential future fracking site off Merseyton Road.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Call For Fracking Moratorium
News 13 ABC


Haywood County calls for a moratorium on fracking. Commissioners say they want more research on natural gas mining. The board voted 5-0 this week urging North Carolina officials to stop fracking in the state until environmental policies are adopted into law.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Haywood leaders weigh in on fracking fray
Smoky Mountain News
Becky Johnson

Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution this week calling on the state to reinstate a fracking ban until the environmental consequences could be adequately studied. The resolution claims the state has moved too swiftly to open the door to fracking without first ensuring rules and policies are in place to protect the environment and public health.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Jackson dodges fracking, sans resolution
Smoky Mountain News
Jeremy Morrison

But when Greene got a look at the board’s Sept. 15 agenda there were no items related to fracking listed. “Chuck, help me with that,” Greene asked County Manager Chuck Wooten, referring to the absence as the board settled into its afternoon work session. Wooten told the commissioner that he didn’t think such a conversation was needed in light of the recent decision by the N.C. Department of Energy and Natural Resources to scuttle the geological testing that would serve as a precursor to any hydraulic fracturing activity in Western North Carolina.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate outside Cuomo fundraiser
Democrat & Chronicle
Gary McLendon

WEBSTER - About a dozen anti-fracking protesters tried to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local democratic party leaders at a big-bucks fundraiser on Wednesday hosted by prominent area developer Wayne LeChase.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Marcellus Shale Drillers Underreported Waste
Construction Equipment Guide


PITTSBURGH (AP) - EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story. Six facilities in this part of the state reported receiving nearly 95,000 tons of drill cuttings and fracking fluid from the Pittsburgh-based oil and gas operator in 2013.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
If Natural Gas Wells Used In Fracking Are Contaminating Water, Why Isn’t Fracking To Blame?
WUNC
Rebecca Martinez

Big news came out this week about fracking: Duke scientists have found that natural gas wells used in fracking caused contamination in eight drinking water wells in Texas and Pennsylvania. Many of you might have seen the videos of people living near gas exploration sites who can light their tap water on fire, because there’s so much methane in it. But the energy industry has solidly defended its position that the gas could be naturally occurring. There’s no evidence fracking caused the contamination. This Duke study is a big deal, because it traced the methane in contaminated water wells to nearby natural gas wells. Thousands of feet beneath those wells, hydraulic fracturing is being used to get the methane from deep underground. You might say that links the drinking water contamination to fracking, but... It technically doesn’t.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
The People’s Climate March: A Time Where ‘We’ Can Make a Difference
EcoWatch
Amy Smart & Carter Oosterhouse

Protecting the planet from the worst consequences of climate change is not an “I” issue, it’s a “We” issue, and notice we are using a capital “W.” That’s why it’s important for as many people as possible to take part in the People’s Climate March in New York, the various other marches around the world, and the social media actions associated with them over the next week. The People’s Climate March on the 21st in New York is a chance for hundreds of thousands of people of all walks of life—from the business community to hundreds of youth groups, and everyone in between—to show that “We,” as citizens of this planet, want a future that isn’t limited by the inaction we are seeing on climate change now.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Billboards Attack Anti-Fracking Celebrities
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

A head-scratching set of billboards has popped up along major highways in Pennsylvania. There’s a photo of Lady Gaga sporting a jeweled choker and a slab of meat on her head. “Would you take energy advice from a woman wearing a meat dress?” it says. Another features Robert Redford with the caption: “Demands green living. Flies on private jets.”  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Rail delays shut down Midwestern power plants
Marketplace
Dan Weissmann

The electric utility that serves the Duluth region is mothballing four coal-powered generators, and not because the Environmental Protection Agency told it to. No, Minnesota Power is idling these generators for three months because the railroad isn’t delivering enough coal. Railroads are crazy busy— carrying oil from North Dakota for one thing— and the delays are driving their customers nuts.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse
ThinkProgress
Andrew Breiner

There’s a whole line of thinking, popular with the fossil fuel industry and its allies in politics and business, that though climate change is real, the costs of addressing it are too high, especially for the world’s poor. In June, Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist, took to his blog to promote that argument, saying the poor “can’t afford today’s expensive clean energy solutions, and we can’t expect them [to] wait for the technology to get cheaper.” Fossil fuels aren’t actually the secret to bringing energy to the world’s poor, though. Responding to Gates’ post, Jigar Shah, the founder of SunEdison, pointed to actual energy economics in the developing world. Entrepreneurs are turning to distributed sources of clean energy to spread electricity in poor countries, he wrote, “overwhelmingly out of the desire to power the poor — not to solve climate change.” Extending the grid to connect more people to fossil fuel power has progressed slowly. Meanwhile, home solar is providing cheap, renewable, off-grid power to a growing number of the rural poor in India and across the world. And a policy like a carbon tax would actually give money to poor people to make sure they don’t have to pay the price for the switch to renewable energy. Still, as the climate impacts, pollution, and environmental devastation that stem from fossil fuel consumption became undeniable, proponents of oil, gas, and coal have sought a human face to justify their continued use. The plight of the poor provided a good opportunity.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Wolf, Corbett surrogates trade barbs in Pennsylvania governor's race
The Morning Call
Scott Kraus and Steve Esack,

Surrogates for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf skirmished Tuesday, trading familiar shots in dueling attacks. Former Wolf primary election opponent Katie McGinty appeared in Bethlehem with Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli and state House candidate Michael Beyer to hit Corbett on his management of state finances and his refusal to impose a severance tax on natural gas drilling operations.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Guest Column: 'Need' and 'convenience' of pipeline is non-existent
Lowell Sun
Kathryn R Eiseman OPINION

What have we learned since January, when Kinder Morgan's land agents started knocking on doors, seeking permission to survey land? We learned, early on, that the company seeks information it can use to convince federal regulators that its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project deserves a "certificate of public convenience and necessity." As it turns out, such a certificate would allow Kinder Morgan to take property by eminent domain from hundreds of landowners so that it can connect Marcellus shale gas to the existing Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, which runs to Canada, where export projects are under way.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Marcellus Shale Drillers Underreported Waste
Construction Equipment Guide


ITTSBURGH (AP) - EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story. Six facilities in this part of the state reported receiving nearly 95,000 tons of drill cuttings and fracking fluid from the Pittsburgh-based oil and gas operator in 2013.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Fracking debate in Illinois
Vindy.com
Tammy Webber AP

CHICAGO Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for its last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. As Illinois moves closer to allowing hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” within the state’s borders, proponents and critics are poring over extensive rules developed by the state Department of Natural Resources to see if they address concerns or add any unexpected twists. A law passed last year was seen as a national model of compromise on how to regulate the controversial practice, but both advocates and opponents since have been critical of the rule-making process. Industry officials have complained bitterly of what they consider the slow pace, warning that it could cost the state jobs.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Rochester approves moratorium on oil drilling
CandGNews.com
Mary Beth Almond

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester has joined neighboring Rochester Hills and Shelby Township in putting a temporary halt on oil and gas drilling. On Sept. 8, the Rochester City Council unanimously voted to enact a 90-day moratorium on oil and gas drilling, a motion that was prompted by opposition from residents and recently introduced state Senate Bill 1026, which would ban oil and gas drilling in cities and townships of 70,000 residents or more. City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said the city started following the issue in July, after West Bay Exploration Co. drilled an exploratory oil well near 25 Mile and Dequindre roads in Shelby Township — about 1,000 feet of the municipal border and a residential district of Rochester. In August, West Bay voluntarily discontinued its operation in the township in the wake of residents’ objections.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
OPINION: Fracking equals climate change
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eric Weltman

On Sept. 21, thousands will converge on New York City for the People’s Climate March. The event coincides with an important United Nations climate change summit featuring leaders from across the world. Among those taking to the streets will be many New York State residents calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to be a leader on global warming by banning fracking. Fracking is a dangerous method of extracting natural gas that threatens our water, health and environment. Fracking also spells disaster for our climate. That’s because the production, transportation and combustion of fracked gas releases and generates massive amounts of pollution that causes global warming.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Josh Fox: It’s Easy to Switch to Renewable Energy
EcoNews
Stefanie Spear

I love documentaries. They are so informative, engaging and inspiring. But I find it’s hard to keep those emotions alive days and weeks after watching a film. It would be great if everyone remained as energized by a film months later, as they felt walking out of the theatre. But fortunately there are films like GASLAND that have an everlasting effect and ability to grow an entire movement. Josh Fox’s GASLAND and GASLAND PART II revolutionized the anti-fracking movement and gave people the tools to get educated and fight back. Now, with the tipping point of the People’s Climate March and Fox’s Solutions Grassroots Tour, I thought it a perfect time to feature a Q&A with the the NY Yankee hat-wearing-playwright-turned activist.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Elizabeth mayor says state won't ban fracking so towns, counties should
NJ.com
Tom Haydon

ELIZABETH — Mayor Christian Bollwage is recommending that municipal and county governments move to block fracking and the disposal of fracking waste, saying the state government will not act on the controversial practice.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won - for Now
Truth-Out
Nina Bunker Ruiz

My parents live in Chacon, New Mexico, in a wind-chapped finger of high-mountain Mora Valley. My grandparents were determined to spend their last days there and are buried in Chacon’s campo santo. Every delicious summer of my childhood, I played in and along the Mora River, and now my children splash in the same cold mountain stream. Energy companies are seeking permits to explore natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Mora County. But the area’s traditional livelihoods, farming and ranching, rely on clean, healthy rivers and streams. New Mexico has recently suffered several years of severe drought. Millions of gallons of water are used to frack, and water contamination and earthquakes are increasingly paired with this technology.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Fracking Bans Enrage Coloradans Sitting on Energy Riches
Bloomberg
Jennifer Oldham

Mineral owners left out of the energy boom in Colorado and other states are mobilizing to fight local fracking bans they say are depriving them of billions of dollars in oil and natural-gas royalties.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Busy Days Precede a March Focusing on Climate Change
The New York Times
LISA W. FODERARO

In a three-story warehouse in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, hundreds of people are working to turn the People’s Climate March planned for Sunday into a visual spectacle. There were victims of Hurricane Sandy from the Rockaways toiling with artists on a 30-foot inflatable life preserver, and immigrant artists constructing a papier-mâché tree embedded with axes. Elsewhere, religious leaders were building an ark and scientists were constructing a chalkboard covered with calculations about carbon. The run-up to what organizers say will be the largest protest about climate change in the history of the United States has transformed New York City into a beehive of planning and creativity, drawing graying local activists and young artists from as far away as Germany.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2014
Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate outside Cuomo fundraiser
Democrat and Chronicle
Gary McLendon

WEBSTER - About a dozen anti-fracking protesters tried to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local democratic party leaders at a big-bucks fundraiser on Wednesday hosted by prominent area developer Wayne LeChase. But, party leaders didn't stop to talk, and protesters couldn't get by blazer-wearing event organizers and Webster police to attend the $5,000-to-$20,000-a-ticket fundraising event because they weren't on the guest list. LeChase and about 50 prominent business and labor leaders were expected to attend the event, which is estimated to have raised nearly $200,000 for Cuomo's re-election bid in November.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Transcanada has third catastrophic pipeline leak in 9 months.
The Council of Canadians


Early this morning a natural gas pipeline owned by TransCanada ruptured in Benton Harbor, Michigan causing the evacuation of over 500 people. This is the third catastrophic failure for TransCanada since January of this year. The Berrien County Sheriff's Office issued this release around 6 a.m.: "At approximately 2am on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 a natural gas line affiliated with TransCanada, leaked at/near the 100 block of North Blue Creek Rd, in Benton Twp. Cause of the leak is currently unknown. Emergency responders, consisting of local police (Benton Twp), County Deputies and Benton Twp Fire Personnel assisted with evacuating residents within one (1) mile radius of the gas line leak. Vehicular traffic was also re-routed away from this area. No known injuries have been reported at the time of this release and authorities are conducting air monitoring. TransCanada pipeline representatives were working on shutting off and/or re-routing the natural gas flow from this leaking gas line." TransCanada’s other two catastrophic failures were in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta in February and in Otterburne, Manitoba in January. TransCanada is seeking permission to convert parts of the same pipeline that failed in Otterburne to carry diluted bitumen as part of their Energy East pipeline project from Alberta to New Brunswick where up to 90% of its 1.1 million barrel per day capacity will be exported unrefined. Watch our 4 minute video handimation about the project here: www.canadians.org/energyeast101  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Fracking boom increases 'triple tragedies' on Texas highways
Houston Chronicle
Lise Olsen

Drilling crew fatigue major factor in number of multi-fatality wrecks on roads across state  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
New York Panel Tackles "Fighting Fracking to Save the Climate" Ahead of Historic People's Climate March
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

NEW YORK— As thousands of Americans concerned about global warming converge on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March this weekend, a diverse panel of experts, including Dr. Sandra Steingraber and an activist confronting fracking in her own community, will take part in a panel discussion called “Fighting Fracking to Save the Climate.”   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Kinder Morgan Applies For Pipeline Pre-Filing Approval From FERC
The Groton Line
Art Campbell

Pretty much right on its announced schedule, Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on September 15, requesting permission to use FERC’s pre-filing procedure on its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. The Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline would run from a pipeline distribution center in Wright, New York through 45 northern Massachusetts towns, including Groton and its neighboring towns, to anther pipeline terminal in Dracut, Massachusetts.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Town enacts moratorium on fracking-related activities
Paststar
Amanda May Metzger

LAKE GEORGE -- The statewide moratorium placed on fracking in 2008 so officials could study its health effects remains, but in the meantime the town of Lake George will do its own research after enacting a three-year moratorium on any activities related to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Fair Lawn to consider 3-year moratorium on fracking
NorthJersey.com
Mary Diduch

FAIR LAWN – The borough council will consider a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and related activities at its meeting next week. The resolution was unanimously approved Tuesday night after the council’s Republican majority shut down a plan to look into an ordinance that would ban fracking in the borough indefinitely.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Farmer lawsuit blames crop loss on oil companies' waste injections
The Bakersfield Californian
John Cox

A local farming company has sued four Kern County oil producers, claiming their waste disposal injections contaminated groundwater it uses for irrigation. The lawsuit filed Monday in Kern County Superior Court says plaintiff Palla Farms LLC had to uproot a large number -- possibly hundreds -- of cherry trees because of alleged negligence by Crimson Resource Management Corp., Dole Enterprises Inc., E&B Natural Resources Management Corp. and San Joaquin Facilities Management Inc.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Committee taking 45 more days to review fracking rules
Chicago Tribune
Julie Wernau

The Illinois legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will take an additional 45 days to review rules that would govern horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the state, saying they would like time to review the complicated regulations. The 12-member committee met Tuesday in Chicago to review the rules — one of 52 items on its agenda — which attempt to incorporate more than 30,000 comments the Illinois Department of Natural Resources received about its first draft from all sides of the issue into a final set of regulations.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Study: Leaky natural gas wells, not fracking, taint water
Times Call
Seth Borenstein

WASHINGTON — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they chemically linked the tainted water to the gas wells. They then used chemical analysis to figure out when in the process of gas extraction methane leaked into groundwater.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
NYC Climate Convergence: The Warm Up to People’s Climate March
EcoNews
Anastasia Pantsios

As environmental activists pour into New York City for Sunday’s People’s Climate March, expected to be the largest climate action in history, some climate advocates will already be there participating in the NYC Climate Convergence, a conference advocating for “people, planet and peace over profit,” Sept. 19-21. EcoWatch will be live streaming many parts of the event courtesy of @StopMotionsolo, so if you can’t get to NYC, be sure to stay-tuned to EcoWatch. Subscribing to EcoWatch’s Top News of the Day is the best way to stay connected.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Hearing on pipeline expansion draws labor, opposition groups
Westchester County Business Journal
Mark Lungariello

The crowd at the Cortlandt Manor community center Monday night was reminiscent of the audience of a wedding that neither side approves of – two very different families only separated by the aisle down the middle. On one side were residents opposed to the planned expansion of a natural gas pipeline that runs near nuclear power plant Indian Point – many of them wearing red T-shirts with white lettering on their backs that said “Our lives are on the line.” On the other side were loud, sign-waving union members with orange T-shirts and blue lettering. On their backs were the words “Our jobs are on the line.” Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina, a Republican, was among a procession of elected officials who stepped to the podium to discuss the pipeline. Catalina said he took offense to the notion that opposing the expansion meant critics were “anti-union.”  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan
The Guardian
Suzanne Goldenberg

Barack Obama applied the brakes to the most critical component of his climate change plan on Tuesday, slowing the process of setting new rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants, and casting a shadow over a landmark United Nations’ summit on global warming. The proposed power plant rules were meant to be the signature environmental accomplishment of Obama’s second term. The threat of a delay in their implementation comes just one week before a heavily anticipated UN summit where officials had been looking to Obama to show leadership on climate change.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Need a fracking supporter? Hire a homeless person.
Grist
Eve Andrews

In bizarre energy industry news of the day, the North Carolina Energy Coalition seems to have brought in some homeless men to stand in as fracking supporters at a state hearing on developing fracking operations in the state. The men were bussed 200 miles from Winston-Salem to Cullowhee, N.C., where the hearing took place, for the day. From Asheville’s Citizen-Times: “They were clueless,” said Bettie “Betsy” Ashby, a member of the Jackson County Coalition Against Fracking. “At least two of them I met definitely came from a homeless shelter. One of them even apologized to me and said, ‘I didn’t know they were trying to do this to me.’ One said, ‘I did it for the…’ and then he rubbed his fingers together like ‘for the money.'”  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Let’s Reject the ‘Inevitable’
The New York Times
Mark Bittman

This Sunday’s “People’s Climate March” in New York City could be the biggest demonstration yet for action on climate change. The march is scheduled to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, which begins two days later. Despite the advance billing and the official nature of the summit, the march is what matters. The U.N. Summit will a clubby gathering of world leaders and their representatives who will try to figure out ways to reward polluters for pretending to fix a problem for which they’re responsible in the first place; a fiasco. That’s not hyperbole, either. The summit is a little like a professional wrestling match: There appears to be action but it’s fake, and the winner is predetermined. The loser will be anyone who expects serious government movement dictating industry reductions in emissions. We can change what seems inevitable; it will just take sacrifice and hard work, what Klein calls “Marshall Plan levels of response.” We are nowhere near that now, though we can point to thus-far successful opposition to destructive projects like the Keystone XL pipeline and the ongoing moratorium on fracking in New York State, or support for the success of the divestment movement. These are important, but compared to the scope of the threat they are not nearly enough. We have to think bigger, and we have that opportunity. The same things that can fix climate can fix many other problems — agriculture, health care, inequality, campaign finance — because to be successful the climate movement must be a pro-democracy movement. That would change everything.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Beaver County farm challenges compressor station permit
Post Gazette
Don Hopey

The owners of one of the region’s oldest and most successful organic farms in New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, are challenging the validity of township land use ordinances that allowed a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station next to their farm. Don and Rebecca Kretschmann, who have operated their 80-acre organic farm since 1979, filed the appeal in Beaver County Common Pleas Court Friday. The appeal alleges that the township’s zoning and oil and gas ordinances fail to preserve and protect existing agricultural uses in the rural community 25 miles north of Pittsburgh, and rely on portions of state Act 13 -- the amendment to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law -- that have been declared unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Panel Wants More Time For Fracking Rules
WICS.com


A panel of lawmakers says it now wants more time to decide whether rules written to govern fracking in Illinois can take effect. The panel received the ruled from the Department of Natural Resources back on August 29. That means it originally had 45 days, until mid-October, to act on them. But the panel has now exercised a 45 day extension. It's asking DNR to make sure the rules following the fracking law lawmakers approved last year.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
The Harvesting Of Coal Methane Has Caused A Dramatic Rise In Quakes In Parts Of The US
Business Insider
Chris Pash

The deep injection of wastewater underground is responsible for the dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, according to a study by experts from the US Geological Survey. The Raton Basin, which stretches from southern Colorado into northern New Mexico, was seismically quiet until shortly after major fluid injection began in 1999. Since 2001, there have been 16 magnitude earthquakes greater than 3.8 (including 5 and 5.3) compared to only one the previous 30 years. The increase in earthquakes is limited to the area of industrial activity and within 5 kms of wastewater injection wells.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Little done since 2011 fracking decision
delaware online
Jeff Montgomery

Three years ago in November, Delaware plugged up hopes for a multi-billion dollar well-drilling boom across natural gas-rich areas of the Delaware River Basin. Gov. Jack Markell announced that he would oppose a Delaware River Basin Commission plan permitting drilling and underground hydrofracturing, or "fracking," in the 13,000 square-mile watershed without clearer environmental safeguards and full public review of proposed regulations.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Essential Resources for Fighting Fracking
Bill Huston's Blog
Bill Huston

Friends, if you want a series of booklets to give to legislators or anyone to help them understand the reason and necessity for a ban, Our criteria are that these sources should be Compelling stories, good science, good journalism Peer reviewed (if appropriate) and sourced/footnoted, mainstream sources Any one of these could stand-alone as the ONE source you could give someone. Extra credit for beautiful presentation. Available free online in PDF form.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Little done since 2011 fracking decision
News Journal
Jeff Montgomery

Three years ago in November, Delaware plugged up hopes for a multi-billion dollar well-drilling boom across natural gas-rich areas of the Delaware River Basin.... Today, little has changed, although drilling supporters have talked of lawsuits and urged the commission's new director to follow through with agency claims that it is working on the regulation issue. Environmental groups have meanwhile counted the impasse as a partial win.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Broken gas wells fuel support for electronic monitors
New Castle News
John Finnerty

A former environmental official said it’s time for the state to again update rules for gas well construction, less than four years after the last sweeping set of standards was implemented. “Time marches on,” said John Hanger, former secretary of environmental protection. “This is a dynamic industry and there are changes in technology and changes in practices.” Hanger oversaw a dramatic rewrite of well standards that took effect in February 2011. Those were prompted by a surge in drilling activity in the Marcellus shale region in northeastern Pennsylvania, which led to revelations that gas from wells was seeping into drinking water supplies.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
New Report on Water Impacts of Shale Gas Development
Breaking Energy
Edward Dodge

On September 12 World Resources Institute had an event to unveil their new report on the fresh water impacts of shale gas development. The WRI report examines the availability of freshwater across shale plays globally. Shale resources of natural gas, natural gas liquids and tight oil are extracted using hydrofracking techniques that require substantial quantities of water for every well drilled. The report offers the first global overview that cross references fresh water availability against shale gas resources. The report highlights the need to be aware that many of the world’s shale plays are in water constrained regions and that water constraints can potentially limit the ability to develop the resources.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Council votes against fracking despite warning Minister may overturn clause
Irish Times
Marese McDonagh

Leitrim county councillors yesterday voted, for a second time, for an effective ban on fracking in their development plan – despite a warning that the clause was illegal and could be overturned by Minister for Environment Alan Kelly. Next Monday, Minister for Energy Alex White will meet a joint delegation from Leitrim and Cavan county councils to discuss the issue of hydraulic fracturing for gas.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Environmental group calls for fracking ban
Philly.com


Food & Water Watch, the national environmental group, has released a report calling for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, the extraction technique responsible for the resurgence in U.S. oil and gas production. The report argues the health harms and air, water and climate pollution caused by fracking offset any environmental gains from switching fuels to cleaner-burning natural gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Retail Horizons: Will fracking constrain business growth?
Green Biz.com
Jacob Park

How we produce the energy we need, how much it costs and how we use it will all have profound consequences for the future of retail business growth and the transition to a sustainable economy. Among other things, these factors strongly will affect supply chains, manufacturing and consumer confidence. Although the energy system is too vast and complex to quickly summarize, a peek at one aspect of it — fracking for oil and gas — hints at the myriad ways in which changes underway could affect the future of retail and sustainability.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Challenging the economics of climate solutions
The Daily Climate
Marianne Lavelle

Nations don't have to choose between promoting prosperity and tackling climate change, according to a report released today by an international panel of government and business leaders. In an effort to shape next week's United Nations Climate Summit, the group of high-ranking executives and officials detailed how countries can grow their economies at the same time they act to halt global warming.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Did energy group bus homeless in to support fracking?
Citizens-Times
John Boyle

CULLOWHEE – Homeless men unfamiliar with fracking were bused from Winston-Salem to a state hearing Friday on the controversial technique for extracting natural gas, an effort to bolster a pro-fracking turnout, according to an environmental group and a published report. "They were clueless," said Bettie "Betsy" Ashby, a member of the Jackson County Coalition Against Fracking. "At least two of them I met definitely came from a homeless shelter. One of them even apologized to me and said, 'I didn't know they were trying to do this to me.' One said, 'I did it for the...' and then he rubbed his fingers together like 'for the money.'" Several of the men were wearing turquoise shirts or hats that said "Shale Yes" on the front and "Energy Creates Jobs" and "N.C. Energy Coalition.com" on the back.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says
The New York Times
JUSTIN GILLIS

In decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly. But a new report casts doubt on that idea, declaring that the necessary fixes could wind up being effectively free. A global commission will announce its finding on Tuesday that an ambitious series of measures to limit emissions would cost $4 trillion or so over the next 15 years, an increase of roughly 5 percent over the amount that would likely be spent anyway on new power plants, transit systems and other infrastructure.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Experts Call on Obama to Ban Fracking in Lead Up to People’s Climate March
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Americans Against Fracking, a coalition of more than 270 national and local groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing, held a media teleconference today to call on President Obama to ban fracking in the lead up to the People’s Climate March.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Mark Ruffalo calls on Obama to ban fracking ahead of UN climate summit
The Guardian
Amanda Holpuch

Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo called on US president Barack Obama to ban fracking and make the US the renewable energy capital of the world on Tuesday. Ruffalo made the plea in a press call hosted by Food & Water Watch, which released a report on Tuesday tying the controversial practice of fracking to climate change. The report comes days ahead of next week’s UN climate summit in New York. “By stopping this fracking, it doesn’t mean that we have to go backwards – we don’t have to take an economic hit or lose jobs,” Ruffalo said. “It means moving forward with clean energy, the power of the 21st century.”  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
$2.9 Million Fracking Verdict Against Texas Oil Company Survives Another Challenge
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer

The stage has been set for an appeal of a high profile verdict against a Texas oil and gas company after a judge refused to grant a new trial in the case of a family sickened by noxious air emissions. Judge Mark Greenberg has denied a motion by Aruba Petroleum for a new trial, letting stand the $2.9 million jury award to Lisa and Bob Parr who sued the company after gas and oil wells surrounded their once rural ranch south of Dallas. Greenberg's one sentence order didn't offer a reason for his decision. It simply said: "Aruba Petroleum's motion for new trial is ... denied."   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Future of Fracking Will Influence November Election for Governor
WXXI News
Karen DeWitt

The issue of hydro fracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well. Governor Cuomo, once on a fast track to begin the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing in New York, has put his decision on hold while his admisntration is conducting a health review that began two years ago. Cuomo, asked about the future of fracking in the state one day after the Democratic primary, said he’s still reserving judgment.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Fracktivists urge Obama to change his thinking on what is 'climate friendly'
Legislative Gazette
Roger Hannigan Gilson

Americans Against Fracking, a coalition of more than 200 organizations opposed to the controversial drilling technique, called on President Barack Obama to change the course of his energy policy ahead of the People's Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21. In a conference call with media on Tuesday morning, a panel addressed new research on hydrofracking's release of methane gas and took a hard stance against using hydrofracking-extracted natural gas as a "bridge fuel" to clean energy.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Last Stop for High Profile Fracking Suit: Supreme Court
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

The Alberta Court of Appeal has effectively ruled that one of the nation's most powerful regulators can violate the nation's Charter of Rights and Freedoms by banishing citizens and falsely branding them as a security threats. That's exactly what happened to oil patch consultant Jessica Ernst. She is now suing the regulator, the Alberta government and Encana Corporation over the alleged contamination of her groundwater by the shallow fracking of coal seams in central Alberta nearly a decade ago. But the Court of Appeal, which has the power to make law or correct errors in law, argues in a densely worded 11-page decision that Energy Resources Conservation Board (now the Alberta Energy Regulator) owes no duty of care to individual landowners harmed by industrial activity. Furthermore the decision states that an immunity clause in the Energy Resources Conservation Act (Section 43) protects the powerful regulator from any lawsuit or Charter claim regardless of how the regulator has treated individual citizens.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Scientists Find "Direct Link" Between Earthquakes and Process Used For Oil and Gas Drilling
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

A team of scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have found evidence “directly linking” the uptick in Colorado and New Mexico earthquakes since 2001 to wastewater injection, a process widely used in the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and conventional drilling. In a study to be published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America on Tuesday, the scientists presented “several lines of evidence [that] suggest the earthquakes in the area are directly related to the disposal of wastewater” deep underground, according to a BSSA press release. Fracking and conventional natural gas companies routinely dispose of large amounts of wastewater underground after drilling. During fracking, the water is mixed with chemicals and sand, to “fracture” underground shale rock formations and make gas easier to extract.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Panel Delays Decision on ILL hydraulic fracturing rules amid industry, environmental concerns
AP via The Republic


CHICAGO — A legislative panel said Tuesday that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect. The legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules received proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction from the DNR on Aug. 29, after the agency reworded some rules based on more than 30,000 comments on it original draft. But industry and environmental groups said they would ask JCAR to seek dozens of changes. The panel originally had 45 days —until mid-October — to act on the rules, but exercised a 45-day extension, asking the DNR to ensure the rules comply with the intent of a law passed last year after intense negotiations that included industry and environmental groups.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
Resilience
Nina Bunker Ruiz

My parents live in Chacon, New Mexico, in a wind-chapped finger of high-mountain Mora Valley. My grandparents were determined to spend their last days there and are buried in Chacon’s campo santo. Every delicious summer of my childhood, I played in and along the Mora River, and now my children splash in the same cold mountain stream. Energy companies are seeking permits to explore natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Mora County. But the area’s traditional livelihoods, farming and ranching, rely on clean, healthy rivers and streams. New Mexico has recently suffered several years of severe drought. Millions of gallons of water are used to frack, and water contamination and earthquakes are increasingly paired with this technology.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Free speech case springs from fracking dispute
Ohio Citizen Action


WEATHERFORD, TX — “Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest. So much methane has migrated into the well on Lipsky’s Parker County estate that he can ignite the stream that flows from it with the flick of a barbeque lighter. The Wisconsin transplant blames the phenomenon on nearby gas drilling in the Barnett Shale. In the past three years, he has shared those suspicions in Youtube videos, the film Gasland Part II and in news reports.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
PUSH TO OVERRIDE CHRISTIE'S VETO OF FRACKING WASTE BAN
wbgo.org
Julie Daurio

Environmentalists and state lawmakers are pushing to override Governor Christie’s veto of a bill that would ban fracking waste from New Jersey. There’s currently no fracking going on in New Jersey, but some of the waste from Pennsylvania gas drilling operations has been ending up across the state line. Jim Walsh is regional director of Food and Water Watch. He says despite the Governor’s veto, there’s strong public support for banning the toxic wastewater.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Fracking raises concerns among community leaders, study indicates
phys.org


(Phys.org) —Community leaders in areas that are considering hydraulic fracturing express a number of concerns about the practice's potential impact on public health, according to a new study co-authored by the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine researcher.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Natural gas company seeks federal OK for pipeline
Modesto Bee
Philip Marcelo AP

BOSTON — An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday. The company is seeking to use the agency's "pre-filing procedures," a voluntary process that will help the firm identify and resolve environmental issues before a formal application is filed, Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley said. He said the company, through its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., would file detailed draft environmental reports that the public would be able to comment on.   [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
NATURAL GAS: 'Virtual pipelines' are connecting consumers to gas in absence of infrastructure
E&E Publishing
Saquib Rahim

Entrepreneurs have fashioned a way to get natural gas to consumers awaiting a proper pipeline: Build them a "virtual pipeline" instead. Around the country, a few small businesses have found gas-hungry consumers who can't get what they need from the grid, either because their local pipelines are too small or because they don't have any at all.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
McAuliffe dismays foes of Mountain Valley Pipeline
Roanoke.com
Duncan Adams

That was the reaction among many Floyd County residents organizing opposition to the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline when, during a Sept. 2 news conference, Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted the economic benefits of a separate interstate natural gas pipeline envisioned for a different region of the state. A news release that day from McAuliffe’s office described the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline as “an energy superhighway” that would create thousands of jobs during construction, yield about $1.42 billion in economic activity and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in state tax revenue.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Evacuation order over after pipeline rupture in Berrien County
WSBT


BENTON CHARTER Twp., Mich. - After a long day of waiting, just moments ago people started allowing 500 people from rural Berrien County, evacuated after a gas pipeline ruptured, back into their homes.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
California Pipeline Disaster Brings More Scandal for PG&E
Bloomberg
Mark Chediak

A deadly pipeline explosion that shattered a California town four years ago continues to rip through the state agency weighing a record penalty for the disaster. The president of the California Public Utilities Commission asked his chief of staff to resign and recused himself from the case after “inappropriate e-mail exchanges” with PG&E Corp. (PCG:US) raised questions about bias, according to a statement from the commission yesterday. The CPUC may decide within weeks whether to levy a proposed $1.4 billion penalty -- the biggest safety fine in the state’s history -- against PG&E for the 2010 explosion of a natural gas pipeline that killed eight people in San Bruno.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Audit: National Grid shut off gas to homes in winter months
Capital NY
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—National Grid has repeatedly shut off gas to homes during cold winter months without notifying local social service agencies, a new state audit shows. The audit by the state Department of Public Services also lists dozens of gas leaks across a swath of National Grid's upstate territory in the Capital Region and Central New York. The state found 179 “high risk” violations as well as an additional 263 violations considered “other risk” after April 2013, according to records recently filed with the Public Service Commission.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Fight Against Climate Change Seen Driving Economic Growth
Bloomberg
Stefan Nicola

Government and industry leaders need not choose between fighting climate change or growing the world’s economy. They can do both, according to a new study. Countries can expand their economies through emissions reductions in cities, land use and energy, according to a report released today by the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate, a panel set up by seven nations including the U.K. to advise on the best ways to tackle global warming. The report, which found that about $90 trillion will be invested in city infrastructure over the next 15 years, comes a week before world leaders head to New York for a climate summit hosted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Albany area opposition to natural gas pipeline grows
Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher

ALBANY — As the deadline draws nearer for a federal ruling on a proposed $3 billion natural gas pipeline expected to run through a portion of Dougherty County — a pipeline and compressor station called a “monstrosity” by one Albany resident Monday — a growing coalition of area residents is mounting a concerted effort to stop construction of the 465-mile project that will deliver natural gas from central Alabama to central Florida. ##Local anti-pipeline activists joined the Radium Springs Neighborhood Association Monday in asking the Dougherty County Commission to facilitate a meeting with state and federal officials and agencies to discuss local concerns about the pipeline. The group also asked the commission during a work session to enact a noise ordinance that would impact a proposed compressor station that would be built in the county.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
To Save the Climate, We Need a Ban on Fracking
Food & Water Watch
Wenonah Hauter Blog

Fracking is an issue that touches on every aspect of our lives — the water we drink, the air we breathe, the health of our communities — and it is also impacting the global climate on which we all depend. With the upcoming People’s Climate March and United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, it is more important than ever that the climate effects of fracking are addressed. This is why today, Food & Water Watch released The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking. With mounting evidence about the dangerous impacts of fracking and the immediacy of the impending climate crisis, this report lays out the urgent case for a ban.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2014
Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution
Washington Post
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
'Flawed' oil spill drill offers lessons to state, feds
Poughkeepsie Journal
John Ferro

In the aftermath of a high-profile, multi-agency oil spill drill in New Windsor last year, officials were pleased by the mostly positive news coverage.... The concerns are reflected in reports and emails obtained by the Journal through more than a dozen state and federal open-records requests, and through interviews with industry experts and officials from local, state and federal agencies.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Study: Water contamination in frack-happy Texas and Pennslyvania is anything but natural
Salon
Lindsay Abrams

Natural gas drilling is responsible for contaminating drinking water in Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. The direct cause is methane leaking from natural gas wells. But make no mistake: This is a fracking problem. A team of scientists from Duke, Ohio State, Stanford, Dartmouth and the University of Rochester used a new process, involving noble gas and hydrocarbon tracers, to analyze the gas content of 130 water wells in the two states. Their findings, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that methane found in drinking water wells usually comes from natural sources. But in eight cases — seven in Pennsylvania, one in Texas — they proved that the methane had escaped from flawed natural gas wells, meaning drilling was responsible.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Research Links Drilling Activities to Water Contamination in North Texas
State Impact PA
Mose Buchele

For years, some residents of Parker County in North Texas have believed that nearby gas drilling was responsible for high levels of methane in neighborhood water wells. Research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences appears to back that up. The study looked at water contamination in Texas and Pennsylvania. It suggests that faulty cement jobs on drilling wells could be at fault in North Texas. Cement is poured between the rock wall and the steel tubing of oil and gas wells to block contaminants.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
UN Climate Summit Approaches, as Evidence Against UNnatural Gas Rises
Huffington Post
Belinda Waymouth

The United States has its foot hard on the natural gas pedal, as we careen towards United Nations Climate Summit Program 2014. Next week world leaders will gather at U.N headquarters in New York, and once again doggedly attempt to limit global temperature increase to only 2 degrees Celsius. The U.S is hedging its bets with the lesser of fossil fuel evils -- natural gas -- as a way to avoid the calamity of climate change. But is this gas really the answer to run away carbon emissions, polar ice caps disappearing and extreme weather woes?  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Study: Bad fracking techniques let methane flow into drinking water
Washington Post
Steven Mufson

Ever since the boom in hydraulic fracturing of shale gas formations picked up pace about five years ago, foes of "fracking" have argued that the cracking of shale formations was causing the migration of methane, or natural gas, into drinking water wells and aquifers. But a new study has cast doubt on that explanation and points to different culprits: faulty drilling and well completion techniques.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Pennsylvania Plant Agrees to Stop Dumping Partially-Treated Fracking Wastewater in River After Lengthy Lawsuit
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

A Pennsylvania wastewater treatment plant alleged to have dumped toxic and radioactive materials into the Allegheny River has agreed to construct a new treatment facility, under a settlement announced Thursday with an environmental organization that had filed suit against the plant. Back in 2011, Pennsylvania made national headlines because the state's treatment plants – including municipal sewage plants and industrial wastewater treatment plants like Waste Treatment Corporation – were accepting drilling and fracking wastewater laden with pollutants that they could not remove.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Sentinels and Skeptics of the Shale
Slate
Adam Briggle

What can we learn from those who live closest to fracking? In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, back when scientists used to experiment on themselves, the Scottish physiologist John Scott Haldane would sit in sealed chambers huffing toxic gasses and recording the effects on his body. This earned him something of a reputation, so he was asked by the British secretary of state to identify the gases being used by the Germans in World War I. His research on the frontlines led to the invention of the gas mask. But before this, Haldane figured out that lethal component of the “afterdamp” responsible for so many coal miner deaths was actually carbon monoxide, which he (naturally) tested on his own lungs. In the 1890s, he introduced the use of small animals like canaries to act as detectors of carbon monoxide in coal mines. Their small size and fast metabolism cause them to show symptoms of toxic exposure in time to give advance warning for the miners. There is now widespread use of animals as sentinels of environmental health hazards, which is the basic idea behind Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald’s new book The Real Costs of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food. What they report is enough to make you think that the state ought to distribute some of Haldane’s gas masks to those living in heavily fracked areas—or maybe we just need more research.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Weak wells not fracking caused US gas leaks into water
BBC News
Mat McGrath

A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing. Researchers in the US analysed the gas content in 130 water wells in Pennsylvania and Texas. They were able to trace the methane found in the water to problems with the casing or lining of wells drilled to extract the gas. The report appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In many parts of the US, the migration of gas into drinking water has raised questions about the fracking process.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes
Yahoo News
Daniel Wallis

DENVER (Reuters) - The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday. The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers is the latest to link energy production methods to an increase in quakes in regions where those techniques are used.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Town enacts moratorium on fracking-related activities
Post Star.com
Amanda May Metzger

LAKE GEORGE -- The statewide moratorium placed on fracking in 2008 so officials could study its health effects remains, but in the meantime the town of Lake George will do its own research after enacting a three-year moratorium on any activities related to high-volume hydraulic fracturing. There are no known shale formations rich in natural gas in Lake George , but its most notable resource, the lake, could carry its own appeal to drilling companies, activists said. Concerns about accepting waste from the drilling process allowed in neighboring states also prompted the town action. The moratorium unanimously passed by the Town Board at the regular monthly meeting Sept. 8 prohibits all “support activities” related to the drilling process for three years while the town studies and assesses the process and whether to address the practice in the town’s Comprehensive Plan and its zoning ordinance  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Homes Near Gas Wells in Texas Face Worsening Water Issues
Bloomberg
Mark Drajem

Homes in a Texas community face worsening water contamination caused by nearby gas production, according to a study released today. The findings from an analysis by independent academics counter statements by driller Range Resources Corp. (RRC) and state regulators, who have said their evidence shows gas drilling wasn’t responsible for the presence of explosive methane in the homeowners’ water wells. Separate testing that found evidence of contamination from drilling at seven areas in Pennsylvania also was included in the study.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Scientists find Parker County water wells contaminated by drilling
Weatherford Democrat
Cristin Coyne

Using a new method of analysis, a team of researchers from five U.S. universities has determined that oil and gas activity, specifically faulty well integrity, led to the contamination of several water wells in the southern Parker County area. Scientists have tied poor casing and cementing of oil and gas production wells to methane found in well water in Parker County, as well as seven areas in Pennsylvania, contradicting statements from state regulators and the industry, who claim their research shows oil and gas industry activity has not caused the issue.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
‘This Changes Everything’ Including the Anti-Fracking Movement
EcoNews
Sandra Steingraber

Among its many demonstrations, This Changes Everything, reveals how the grassroots anti-fracking movement is right where it should be—except for decades-old backroom deals between Big Green groups and the oil and gas industry that hold the movement down like a cartoon ball and chain. But I’m getting ahead of myself. So, let me start again: You need to read Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything, which delivers a message so big that the title alone pushes both the author’s name and the subtitle (“Capitalism vs. the Climate”) right off the front cover.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Texas drinking water tainted by natural gas operations, scientists find
The Dallas Morning News
RANDY LEE LOFTIS

The shale-gas boom of recent years has contaminated drinking-water wells in North Texas’ Barnett Shale and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, a study published Monday concludes. The study, by researchers from five universities, concludes that neither drilling itself nor the hydraulic fracturing that follows it is directly to blame. Instead, gas found in water wells appeared to have leaked from defective casing and cementing in gas wells, meant to protect groundwater; or from gas formations not linked to zones where fracking took place. “Our data do not suggest that horizontal drilling or hydraulic fracturing has provided a conduit to connect deep Marcellus or Barnett formations directly to surface aquifers,” the authors wrote.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Drinking water contaminated by shale gas boom in Texas and Pennslyvania Faulty natural gas well casings blamed in study for methane leakage in Barnett Shale and the Marcellus formation
The Guardian
Suzanne Goldenberg

The natural gas boom resulting from fracking has contaminated drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania, a new study said on Monday. However, the researchers said the gas leaks were due to defective gas well production – and were not a direct result of horizontal drilling, or fracking. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences validated some of the concerns raised by homeowners in the Barnett Shale of Texas and the Marcellus formation in Pennsylvania about natural gas leaking into their water supply.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
President Obama has a huge gas problem
Aljazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

Ahead of the People's Climate March, activists say Obama must address fracking if he wants to leave a meaningful legacy Later this month, hundreds of delegates will gather inside the U.N. to talk about climate change. President Barack Obama plans to attend the climate summit, and reportedly wants work on a deal with other world leaders to “name and shame” countries that aren’t actively pursuing serious climate action.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Gas leaks from faulty wells linked to contamination in some groundwater
Phys.org
Pam Frost Gorder

A study has pinpointed the likely source of most natural gas contamination in drinking-water wells associated with hydraulic fracturing, and it's not the source many people may have feared. What's more, the problem may be fixable: improved construction standards for cement well linings and casings at hydraulic fracturing sites.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Contaminated Water Caused By Leaky Wells, Not Fracking Process, Study Says
Huffington Post
Seth Borenstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they chemically linked the tainted water to the gas wells. They then used chemical analysis to figure out when in the process of gas extraction methane leaked into groundwater.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Alberta woman loses fracking case appeal
CTV


EDMONTON -- An Alberta woman has lost her appeal to sue the province's energy regulator over hydraulic fracturing on her property. Jessica Ernst launched a $33-million lawsuit against the Alberta government, the province's energy regulator and energy company Encana (TSX:ECA). She claims gas wells fracked around her land northeast of Calgary unleashed hazardous amounts of methane and ethane gas and other chemicals into her water well.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Fracking Techniques Deemed Corporate Secret
Arkansas Business
George Waldon

The refinements of directional drilling have enhanced shale plays with increased opportunities afforded by lateral boring. But when it comes to the below-ground magic of fracking, innovative techniques sometimes are buried in corporate secrecy.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Academic studies clash on fracking health consequences
Akron Beacon Journal
Jim Mackinnon

The (Wall Street) Cheat Sheet news site looks at conflicting academic studies on the health consequences of fracking. Cheat Sheet: "Two academic studies of the health dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have produced different conclusions. "One, conducted by Yale University, said people living near fracking sites report increased health problems. "The other, by Penn State University, says fracking water stays underground, far below the groundwater supplies that people use for drinking, and poses no threat.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Frustration Over Fracking Could Play Role In November Elections
Here & Now


Communities in Colorado have been engaged in a political fight with the state to get more local control over oil and gas drilling. It’s a battle many thought was heading to the ballot box this November, until a last minute compromise stopped the initiative in its tracks.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
New anti-fracking committee meets Tuesday in Penn Yan
Brighton-Pittsford Post
Gatehouse Media

PENN YAN — The newly formed Committee of Towns — designed as a resource for the anti-hydrofracking efforts in the region — will hold its first meeting from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the auditorium of the Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty St. Read more: http://www.brightonpittsfordpost.com/article/20140915/News/140919784#ixzz3DRdQfkgp  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Communities Contemplating Fracking Grapple with Long List of Concerns
URMC


A new report has examined the host of potential health-related issues that communities in areas of the country suitable for natural gas extraction may face. The goal of the study was to determine how future research can best address communities’ health questions and inform their decision-making.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Yoko Ono tweets support for Liverpool anti-fracking demo
Liverpool Echo
Chloe Gaughan

Peace campaigner Yoko Ono has shown her support for an anti-fracking demonstration set to take place in Liverpool. The artist and widow of John Lennon today tweeted a picture of a poster for the demo, set to take place near the city’s town hall on Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Well Leaks, Not Fracking, Are Linked to Fouled Water
New York Times
Henry Fountain

A study of tainted drinking water in areas where natural gas is produced from shale shows that the contamination is most likely caused by leaky wells rather than the process of hydraulic fracturing used to release the gas from the rock.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Appeals court hears arguments on New York capacity zone Utilities say a FERC decision is creating artificially high prices
Generation Hub
Barry Cassell

Central Hudson Gas & Electric and Iberdrola USA subsidiaries New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric provided oral argument Sept. 12 in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to assess "unnecessarily high prices" in a new capacity zone in the lower Hudson Valley. Also joining the three utilities in the oral argument were the New York Power Authority and New York State Public Service Commission.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Natural gas production contaminated drinking water in Texas, study finds
Los Angeles Times
NEELA BANERJEE

Natural gas production contaminated the well water of two homes in a Texas subdivision, according to a study published Monday. The discovery came two years after the Environmental Protection Agency halted its investigation in the Parker County community over concern about costs and legal risks. In the new study, scientists were trying to determine the origins of high methane levels in drinking water aquifers near gas wells in Pennsylvania and Texas. They found that water in the two homes had changed over nine months, going from containing trace amounts of methane to containing high levels.  [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2014
Fracking vs. Water
EcoWatch
Paul Brown

The vast quantities of water needed to release oil and gas by fracturing rock formations are not available in large areas with the richest deposits—posing major challenges to the future viability of fracking. According to a report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), 38 percent of the areas where shale gas and oil is most abundant is arid or already under severe water stress—and the 386 million people living in these areas need all the spare water they can get.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
People’s Climate March = Marching for the Future
EcoWatch
Bill McKibben

On Sunday, Sept. 21, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march—environmental justice groups, faith groups, labor groups—which means there’s no one policy ask. Instead, it’s designed to serve as a loud and pointed reminder to our leaders, gathering that week at the United Nations to discuss global warming, that the next great movement of the planet’s citizens centers on our survival and their pathetic inaction.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
Opponents dominate WCU fracking hearing
Sylva Herald
Quintin Ellison

Anti-fracking foes punctuated the state’s fourth and final public hearing on hydraulic fracturing regulations with an exclamation point. About 550 people showed up Friday in Cullowhee to wave anti-fracking signs, tender anti-fracking speeches and cheer anti-fracking speakers. This final hearing means the 15-member N.C. Mining and Energy Commission has hit the homestretch after two years of developing regulations for hydraulic fracturing. Members now review their work in light of the comments and send the General Assembly their recommended rules.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
Action needed on abandoned wells, group says
Montreal Gazette
Karen Seidman

MONTREAL — Activists are demanding the Quebec government move quickly to set up an action plan to address what they say is an urgent problem with abandoned wells that are leaking methane gas. At a news conference on Sunday, members of the Collectif Moratoire Alternatives Vigilance Intervention invited media to an abandoned well in Ste-Françoise to show methane gas is leaking and stressed hundreds of these wells throughout the province must be made secure.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
Scio Township, other communities continue struggle with oil drilling, gas production
Dexter Leader
Ben Baird & Charles Crumm

Although oil wells are operated quietly in the background without major opposition in many locations throughout the state, in others places citizen groups have formed in opposition to this activity. There has been a strong response from the Scio Township community, including members of a grassroots organization called Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards, opposed to oil wells in the area. The township board voted Aug. 20 to impose a six-month moratorium on oil and natural gas operations, giving the township time to review its ordinances.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
Fracking And Drilling Increase Texas Traffic Deaths
NBC DFW


The Houston Chronicle reports that deaths rose more than 50 percent in the West Texas counties located on the Permian Basin. Deaths also went up about 11 percent in counties associated with the Eagle Ford and Barnett shales, according to Texas Department of Transportation records. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million apiece. On some of these giant machines, a single blade roughly equals the wingspan of the largest airliner in the sky, the Airbus A380. By year’s end, scores of new turbines will be sending low-emission electricity to German cities hundreds of miles to the south.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
Fracking or Drinking Water? That May Become the Choice
NBC NEWS
Mark Koba

Fracking for oil and natural gas—or having enough water to drink. That's the possible dilemma facing a number of countries including the United States, according to a new report released by the World Resources Institute last week—though experts disagree on the real implications of the report and what should be done about it. Forty percent of countries with shale-rich deposits—the types where hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is used to extract natural gas and oil—face water scarcity in and around the shale deposits, according to the WRI report.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
1 Surprising State Turning to Fracking to Create Jobs
Motley Fool
Matt Dilallo

When we think of fracking in America, North Carolina is far from the first state that comes to mind. However, after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation this year to terminate the state's 2012 moratorium on fracking as well as its decade-old ban on the process, North Carolina is now gearing up to start fracking its first natural gas wells next year. It's a move that could create a whole new sector of employment in the state.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
Time Is Running Out for Activists to Halt Fracked Gas Pipeline Into New York City, Connecticut, Rhode Island
Truthout
Ellen Cantarow

Unless an extension is granted, concerned citizens have only until September 29 to comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the Algonquin Pipeline Extension pushing fracked gas through sensitive regions in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island - creating environmental and nuclear hazards. I am moving to New York City next year, a life change friends are congratulating me about but one that means fracking will be invading my kitchen in the form of the radon that will soon issue from gas jets on Manhattan's stoves. The Marcellus Shale, site of the United State's most frenzied fracking spree, is full of Radium 226 and 228, one of the decay products of which is radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It used to be that you wouldn't buy a house if radon was discovered in it. Now here I am, moving into New York City, where "natural gas" - if Marcellus Shale development continues its course - will increasingly come from the Marcellus, ferrying carcinogens into New York City. (Radon decays over longer distances, but the travel time to Manhattan isn't long enough for that.) Yes, you can get an electric stove to eliminate the problem, but some buildings (like the one I'm moving to) aren't wired for such conversions, so I'm stuck with a gas stove and the poorer option of venting the radon.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
Pricing Pollution, Cutting Carbon
Future Hope
Ted Glick

“We the undersigned call upon the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and President Obama to work together to introduce, promote, and pass legislation that puts a price on carbon pollution and returns revenues to the American people, either directly or by reducing taxes.” From http://act.pricingcarbon.org/petition There are many things which need to be done if we are to break the hold of the oil, gas and coal industries over government so that we can make a rapid transition to a jobs-creating, just and much-less-polluting renewable energy-based economy. We need: -local and state-based campaigns fighting specific dirty energy projects: tar sands, fracking and the pipelines, compressors and export terminals the oil and gas industry needs to keep it going, offshore oil/gas drilling in new areas like the Atlantic coast, drilling for oil in the Arctic and mountaintop removal;   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
At Least Some Unions Step Up for Big Climate March!
Truthout
Abby Scher

New York City and key national unions like the Service Employees International Union and Communication Workers of America are stepping up to support the People's Climate March in NYC September 21, in a broad coalition. But some green radicals from labor groups say unions need to create their own climate protection strategy that democratizes the energy sector. There is a grinding nature to labor solidarity. Having never been active in a union before, I never experienced it until becoming the National Writers Union rep to organizing meetings for the Sept 21 Climate March happening in New York City right before a UN summit. Now I'm feeling it. It's not enough to get your union on board; has your president signed a statement? It's not enough to get your local; how about your international? And of course, words are cheap, so how many members are you mobilizing, and how are you doing it? Everyone in the room knows that grunt work feeds whatever power labor has. Astonishing for people who haven't been watching the labor movement in the last few years, New York's unions are digging deep to support the march that calls on world leaders to take action to avert catastrophic climate change. The march takes place just two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an emergency Climate Summit at the United Nations called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Moon wants to ensure they sign a new international climate treaty when they gather again in Paris in December 2015.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2014
In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts
Washington Post
Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city’s edge.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Fracking fluid spill backs up Greeley traffic for hours
Bakken.com
Tyler Silvy

Traffic was backed up for hours Friday afternoon on U.S. 34 Bypass after a truck spilled fracking fluid near 65th Avenue. “They slammed on their brakes as they were coming up, and the barrel came free of their trailer and started leaking,” Greeley firefighter Doug Gilliland said. Fluid spilled from about a quarter mile east of 65th Avenue all the way into the intersection of U.S. 34 Bypass and 65th Avenue. It was not immediately known how much of the fluid spilled.  [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Earthly Idea: Fracking and natural gas a dangerous addiction
Summit Daily
Howard Brown Opinion

Pro-fracking ads on TV now rival in frequency the ones for expensive pharmaceuticals we’ll never need. My gut reaction is that anyone who needs to advertise that heavily — or can afford to — must be ripping us off royally somehow. So, though fracking and natural gas drilling are not Summit County issues, per se, they are highly important for Colorado and the country. Even if political maneuvering will keep them off the ballot this year, we need to learn as much as we can about them.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Fracking fluid spill backs up Greeley traffic for hours
Bakken.com
Lydia Gilbertson

Traffic was backed up for hours Friday afternoon on U.S. 34 Bypass after a truck spilled fracking fluid near 65th Avenue. “They slammed on their brakes as they were coming up, and the barrel came free of their trailer and started leaking,” Greeley firefighter Doug Gilliland said. Fluid spilled from about a quarter mile east of 65th Avenue all the way into the intersection of U.S. 34 Bypass and 65th Avenue. It was not immediately known how much of the fluid spilled.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Britain must be convinced on fracking, says energy boss Angela Knight
This is Money
Jon Rees

The energy industry has failed to convince the public that the controversial process of fracking is vital for Britain, the industry’s leader Angela Knight has admitted as she prepares to step down from the high profile job.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Let Gov. Rick Snyder know 'fracking' is a problem
Livingston Daily
Opinion

With many people frustrated by gridlock in Washington, we can all agree on one thing —we need to protect our water supply. Hydraulic fracturing, known as "fracking," is a method that is used by the oil and natural gas industry to access the gas and oil below shale.  [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Federal Report: EPA Fracking Oversight Not Enough
Water Online
Sara Jerome

The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently called out the EPA for not doing enough to protect drinking water from risks posed by oil and gas companies. "Congress’ watchdog agency faulted the [EPA] for its oversight of hydraulic fracturing wastewater injected into the ground, saying the agency doesn’t adequately work to mitigate emerging risks to drinking water," The Hill reported.  [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
State House candidates square off in 2nd debate
Vail Daily
Randy Wyrick

EAGLE — Chuck McConnell and Diane Mitsch Bush appear to prove that you can disagree, but you don’t have to be disagreeable about it. And, oh my, how they disagree on almost every issue.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Lawyer seeks thousands of clients for case against Chesapeake
Star-Telegram
MAX B. BAKER

Dan McDonald stands in front of the pulpit of the Genesis United Methodist Church in southwest Fort Worth sporting gray slacks, a short-sleeved white shirt and his best Texas drawl. Holding a microphone, he paces within the sanctuary, where usually the pastoral message speaks of love and hope and compassion. Tonight, McDonald growls about an “embezzler” and a “thief.” And while McDonald is not a preacher, the 58-year-old attorney speaks with a missionary zeal for his latest crusade: small landowners who are upset about the dwindling size of their royalty checks and suspect that they are being cheated by Chesapeake Energy.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind
New York Times
Justin Gillis

It will be another milestone in Germany’s costly attempt to remake its electricity system, an ambitious project that has already produced striking results: Germans will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable energy sources. Many smaller countries are beating that, but Germany is by far the largest industrial power to reach that level in the modern era. It is more than twice the percentage in the United States.  [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Despite past woes, 'wildcatters' could return to county
Daily News Journal


With the advent of "fracking," some environmental groups predict that "the relatively untapped Chattanooga shale field…will soon see a long awaited incursion of major gas and oil companies." See EcoWatch (June 10, 2013). Today, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, the number of permits issued for drilling is the highest since the 1980s.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Hundreds cram last NC fracking hearing in west
WNCN
Associated Press

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - North Carolina officials hear more worries that opening the state to drilling for natural gas will leave water wells polluted by toxic chemicals. Local media report about 600 people attended a lengthy public hearing Friday at Western Carolina University. Most speakers complained regulations on hydraulic fracturing won't protect the public health.  [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2014
Exxon to Shareholders: No Carbon Bubble Risk Here. Carbon Tracker to Exxon: Really?
DeSmogBlog
Ben Jervey

Still own some Exxon Mobil stock and been dithering about divestment? You’re leaving money on the table, and exposing your portfolio to severe risks that the company itself is underestimating. That’s according to a new report published by the Carbon Tracker Initiative, which finds that the stock’s recently sub-par performance can partially be explained by the company’s increasing dependence on tar sands. Carbon Tracker says that Exxon is “significantly underestimating the risks to its business model from investments in higher cost, higher carbon reserves; increasing national and subnational climate regulation; competition from renewables; and demand stagnation.”  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
It’s Time You Get Up to Speed on Hydraulic Fracturing
University of Texas
Sheril Kirshenbaum

More than half of Americans are unfamiliar with the words “hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking,” according to the most recent University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll. Among the 40 percent who recognize these terms, just 42 percent say they support the use of this technology to extract fossil fuels.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
McAuliffe: No fracking in George Washington National Forest
The Roanoke Times
Steve Szkotak

?RICHMOND — Citing assurances from federal officials, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday fracking for natural gas will not be allowed in the George Washington National Forest. “I won’t allow it as long as I’m governor,” McAuliffe told the inaugural meeting of a climate change panel he created this summer. “We made it clear to everyone we will not allow fracking in our national forest. I’m not going to allow it.” U.S. Forest Service officials, who are considering fracking among other uses in the forest as part of a new management plan for the 1.1 million-acre preserve, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The decision rests with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Forest Service. Environmental and conservation groups have rallied against any fracking in the forest, which lies primarily in Virginia but also includes a sliver of West Virginia. They are fearful of polluting the headwaters of a primary water source for the region and the industrial footprint drilling would bring. Outside of the meeting, McAuliffe said he based his assertion on discussions he has had with federal officials he did not identify.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Research Shows Frightening Correlation Between Fracking and Rates of Illness Respiratory and skin issues likely caused by air or groundwater contamination as a result of natural gas drilling, says new study
Global Research
Lauren McCauley

Despite being heralded as a “bridge” to cleaner energy, new reports reveal the grave risks to human health posed by natural gas drilling operations. People who live in close proximity to natural gas drilling sites are significantly more likely to report skin and respiratory problems than those who live further away, according to the largest survey to-date of the reported health effects of people exposed to fracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking
Phys.org
Mark Golden

A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing put trillions of dollars' worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity's grasp.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Anti-Fracking Message Fueled the Teachout Challenge
PR Watch
Jessica Mason

An unexpectedly strong primary challenge from the left is forcing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reckon with public opposition to fracking. Zephyr Teachout won over 34% of the Democratic primary vote, or 182,000 of the 330,000 votes cast in the New York gubernatorial primary.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
John Hickenlooper's Fracking Panel Snubs the Fractivists
Denver Westword Blogs
Alan Prendergast

Earlier this week, when Governor John Hickenlooper announced the names of the nineteen people selected for a special oil and gas task force intended to address fracking-related land use and health issues across the state, he boasted of the group's "balanced and informed representation." It was as if he was introducing one of those ethnically diverse platoons from old War War II movies: the Italian from the Bronx, the Polish kid from Chicago, the hillbilly from Georgia, the farm boy from Ohio, the Navajo scout, the cigar-chomping noncom from Anytown, USA.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Economist says objectivity crucial for fracking review
The Telegram
Gary Kean

The provincial government has ordered an independent external review of fracking, particularly as it pertains to western Newfoundland, with the hope its results will help settle the debate. Locke said no one knows with certainty whether the direct and spinoff economic potential would trump environmental concerns or vice versa. Locke said people should be open-minded when debating the issues.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
EPA Power Plant Proposal Could Fast-Track Natural Gas Pipeline Projects, S&P Says
Bloomberg
Andrea Vittorio

The Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed regulations for cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's existing power plants could help fast-track construction of new natural gas pipelines, according to Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. The sharp increase in domestic natural gas production in recent years is already driving more demand for new pipeline infrastructure. The EPA proposal could provide additional motivation—and potentially a new funding option—to build new assets sooner, Nora Pickens, an S&P analyst, said Sept. 11.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
How Obama Became the Oil President
Mother Jones
Michael Klare

Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you'd think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. By now, we should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. As it happens, the opposite is occurring. US oil consumption is on an upward trajectory, climbing by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone—and, if current trends persist, it should rise again both this year and next. In other words, oil is back. Big time. Signs of its resurgence abound. Despite what you may think, Americans, on average, are driving more miles every day, not fewer, filling ever more fuel tanks with ever more gasoline, and evidently feeling ever less bad about it. The stigma of buying new gas-guzzling SUVs, for instance, seems to have vanished; according to CNN Money, nearly one out of three vehicles sold today is an SUV. As a result of all this, America's demand for oil grew more than China's in 2013, the first time that's happened since 1999.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Teachout Says She Hasn’t Ruled Out Endorsing Cuomo In General Election
CBS New York


Law professorZephyr Teachout said Friday that she is considering her next steps after a surprisingly strong primary challenge to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but wouldn’t rule out endorsing him in the November election. Teachout, a Fordham University law professor, told The Associated Press that she hasn’t made a decision on whether she’ll make an endorsement. She said Cuomo would need to express opposition to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or “fracking,” before he could earn her support.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
How much more evidence do we need that fracking is harmful?
Stuart Smith Blog
Stuart H. Smith

They held a Democratic primary election in New York State this Tuesday, and an upstart candidate for governor with the unlikely name of Zephyr Teachout — who was outspent about 50-to-1 by the incumbent Andrew Cuomo — did surprisingly well given the obstacles. She got about 34 percent of the vote overall, but she actually defeated the powerful, well-known Cuomo in about 20 counties in the central part of the state. The biggest reason for that? Her forceful, passionate opposition to allowing fracking in upstate New York. The people are smart. Most citizens have come to understand that while the gains of the natural-gas drilling boom are fairly ephemeral — some jobs that often go to folks mostly from out-of-state anyway, a few years of royalties for some landowners, maybe a bit lower heating bills — the environmental scars are deep and long-lasting. Many citizens have figured out that no royalty check is worth more than your family’s good health.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Study: Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
NEELA BANERJEE

Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. The agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends that people limit their benzene exposure to an average of 0.1 of a part per million during their shift. But when NIOSH researchers measured the amount of airborne benzene that oil and gas workers were exposed to when they opened hatches atop tanks at well sites, 15 out of 17 samples were more than that amount.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
GOP candidate a natural gas advocate
China Daily
Amy He

Former Wall Street employee says environment and renewable energy motivate him to get into politics Doug Lee is a Republican candidate for the New York State Assembly District 16 in Nassau County and he will try to unseat Democratic incumbent Michelle Schimel in November on a platform that backs natural gas drilling and questions the viability of renewable energy development in the Empire State.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
DEP approves controversial Middlesex gas drilling permit
Trib Live
Bill Vidonic

The state Department of Environmental Protection on Friday granted approval for Rex Energy to conduct Marcellus shale drilling for natural gas on a controversial site in Middlesex less than a mile from Mars Area School District property. “We have to get together with other groups and discuss our strategy from here,” said Amy Nassif, a member of the Mars Parents Group that has been fighting against the drilling site, on property off Denny Road owned by Bob and Kim Geyer, who live in Adams. “We have to protect our children because the DEP is not interested in protecting our local community.”   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking
Stanford News
MARK GOLDEN

A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing put trillions of dollars' worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity's grasp. The environmental costs – and benefits – from "fracking," which requires blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations, are the subject of new research that synthesizes 165 academic studies and government databases. The survey covers not only greenhouse gas impacts but also fracking's influence on local air pollution, earthquakes and, especially, supplies of clean water.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Illinois Green Groups Push to Stop Fracking With All Eyes on JCAR
Huffington Post
Will Reynolds

The second draft of Illinois' controversial fracking regulation has been presented to JCAR, the state legislature's Joint Committee for Administrative Rules. The powerful group of twelve legislators will give final approval, or rejection, of the updated rules. If JCAR takes no vote then the rules won't be finalized and fracking will be further delayed. It might be nice to see the legislature do nothing, for once, They can also prohibit the rules as a "threat to the public interest, safety or welfare." What all environmental leaders agree on is that letting fracking come to Illinois is a major threat to public health and safety.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Environmental Groups Sue Government Over Use Of Dangerous Rail Cars For Shipping Oil
ThinkProgress
KATIE VALENTINE

Three environmental groups are suing the U.S. Department of Transportation for continuing to allow crude oil shipments in older, more puncture-prone rail cars. The Sierra Club, Earthjustice and ForestEthics filed a lawsuit against the DOT Thursday after the department didn’t respond to a to a legal petition on the rail cars that the groups filed in July. The petition called on the DOT to ban shipments of crude oil in DOT-111 tank cars, which the groups say were “put into service decades ago” and lack “safeguards added to improve crashworthiness.”  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
How The New York Times Overhyped The Benefits Of Fracking
Huffington Post
Mark Gongloff

If America's fracking boom is creating a job boom, it's hard to tell. Maybe you've heard of the miraculous job-creating powers of fracking. President Barack Obama has claimed fracking could create 600,000 jobs. The Chamber of Commerce has declared that fracking creates "millions of jobs." This week, The New York Times gave fracking credit for "a transformation spreading across the heartland of the nation," one "changing the economic calculus for old industries and downtrodden cities alike."  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Fracking or drinking water? That may become the choice
CNBC
Mark Koba

Fracking for oil and natural gas—or having enough water to drink. That's the possible dilemma facing a number of countries including the United States, according to a new report released by the World Resources Institute last week—though experts disagree on the real implications of the report and what should be done about it.  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Illinois Green Groups Push to Stop Fracking With All Eyes on JCAR
Huffington Post
Wll Reynolds

The second draft of Illinois' controversial fracking regulation has been presented to JCAR, the state legislature's Joint Committee for Administrative Rules. The powerful group of twelve legislators will give final approval, or rejection, of the updated rules. If JCAR takes no vote then the rules won't be finalized and fracking will be further delayed. It might be nice to see the legislature do nothing, for once, They can also prohibit the rules as a "threat to the public interest, safety or welfare." What all environmental leaders agree on is that letting fracking come to Illinois is a major threat to public health and safety.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2014
Longmont, Colorado, other groups appeal judge’s order that tossed fracking ban
Dallas business Journal
Cathy Proctor

The city of Longmont, Colorado, and environmental groups have appealed a Boulder district judge’s ruling overturning the city’s voter-approved ban on fracking, moving the issue to the Colorado Court of Appeals.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
New Report: Offshore Fracking Threatens California's Ocean, Air, Seismic Safety 10 Widely Used Fracking Chemicals Endanger Marine Life, Analysis Finds
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO— As the California Coastal Commission meets in Smith River this week, scientists with the Center for Biological Diversity today released a new report outlining the serious dangers posed by toxic chemicals, air pollution and increased earthquake risk linked to offshore fracking near Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Anti-pipeline groups form coalition
Daily Progress
Brian Carlton

Opposition continues to grow in the Shenandoah Valley, against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. This week, 22 different groups from across the area announced plans to form a larger coalition, called the Alleghany-Blue Ridge Alliance. “It’s a way to use everyone’s time wisely,” said former Augusta County supervisor Nancy Sorrells, who serves as co-chairman of the Augusta County Alliance. “I think we’re all coming at the pipeline from different angles. You’ve got Highland County, you’ve got Nelson, you’ve got people from Augusta, all doing research and in some ways, we were duplicating efforts. Now we can share strategic resources.”  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Fracking hasn’t restored the Rust Belt’s lost jobs
Wshington Post
Jim Tankersley

The Times is correct that fracking has boosted economies in Ohio and other oil-and-gas-rich states and helped drive increased industrial production in America. In some areas, such as Youngstown, capital investment has rained down from the energy industry and companies that support it. It’s also true, as Schwartz writes, that “the new factories that have gone up … employ only a fraction of the workers who once labored at Youngstown’s mills.”  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Fracking in Scotland Is One Solution to Higher Gas Costs
Bloomberg
Isis Almeida

The world’s fourth-biggest petrochemical manufacturer bought a license last month to look for fuel around its refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland. That complements a deal by Ineos to import gas from the U.S., a step followed by other chemical companies in Europe such as Borealis AG and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) Scotland will next week vote on whether to stay in the U.K.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Locally, Teachout outpolled Cuomo
Record online
James Nani

KINGSTON — While Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic primary Tuesday night, Democrats in our region strongly supported defeated challenger Zephyr Teachout. Jen Fuentes, a Working Families Party member from Kingston, attributed the strong support for Teachout by Democrats in Ulster County to frustration over Cuomo's inaction on issues like hydrofracturing as well as Teachout's strong campaign.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
How The New York Times Overhyped The Benefits Of Fracking
Huffington Post
Mark Gongloff

If America's fracking boom is creating a job boom, it's hard to tell. Maybe you've heard of the miraculous job-creating powers of fracking. President Barack Obama has claimed fracking could create 600,000 jobs. The Chamber of Commerce has declared that fracking creates "millions of jobs." This week, The New York Times gave fracking credit for "a transformation spreading across the heartland of the nation," one "changing the economic calculus for old industries and downtrodden cities alike."  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Warren County firm agrees to stop discharging Marcellus Shale wastewater
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

A Warren County waste treatment firm has agreed to build a state-of-the-art treatment facility to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it had illegally and repeatedly discharged Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater containing high concentrations of salts, heavy metals and radioactive compounds into the Allegheny River.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Fracking Literally Makes People Sick, New Study Finds
EcoNews
Anastasia Pantsios

A new study provided more ammunition for what public health experts and environmental activists have been saying since fracking became widespread in the last half decade: chemicals used in the natural gas drilling process can be hazardous to health.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Fracking rules needed
Chicago Tribune
Opinion

Draft rules recently released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are designed to protect the state from horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The rules are tough for very good reasons. Less stringent regulation would mean denying or ignoring the potential social cost of so-called fracking to produce oil and gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Fracking is adverse to American values
The Stokes News
Opinion

No one would deny that clean water, air, and soil are important to existence and survival. The manufactured quest for affordable and adequate energy in North Carolina has presented Stokes County with a challenge. We are in the Dan River Danville Basin that is being considered for hydraulic fracturing. Not as difficult as it seems, it all comes down to responsibility. The first responsibility lies in the present. Stokes County has rivers and streams that are beautiful and provide us with unique economic advantages. Tourism is alive and well in this county. Subjecting natural beauty to huge water withdrawals, increased truck traffic, and fracking towers is irresponsible.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Cuomo’s no-decision approach to energy and the environment
Capital
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Andrew Cuomo has routinely stalled politically difficult decisions relating to energy and the environment, producing a political bottleneck that has frustrated both industry boosters and environmental activists. The best-known example of Cuomo's application of the stall tactic concerns whether to permit or ban fracking, which the governor has avoided making a decision on by citing an ongoing impact study by the state health department.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
You Tube Video: Dear Gov Cuomo
You Tube
Jesse Edward Hamilton

Jesse Edward Hamilton IV is 11 years old, and has a couple questions for New York's Gov. Cuomo about fracking. Help Jesse get the governor's attention by liking, sharing, and commenting with your questions for the governor! Published as a You Tube on Sept 4, 2014  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Fracking's Financial Losers: Local Governments
GOVERNING
FRANK SHAFROTH

The shale gas market is an economic boon for the 30-odd states that permit fracking. The severance tax states impose on the process adds up. In 2010, it generated more than $11 billion. The flow of that revenue goes straight into state and federal piggy banks, as does increased corporate income tax revenue from energy companies profiting from fracking. Localities, however, enjoy no such benefits. Instead, they get stuck with all the fracking problems: noise from blasting, storage of toxic chemicals, degraded water sources and heavy truck traffic, as well as the rising costs of cleaning up the detritus fracking leaves behind. North Dakota counties affected by hydraulic fracturing have reported to the state Department of Mineral Resources’ Oil and Gas Division that traffic, air pollution, jobsite and highway accidents, sexual assaults, bar fights, prostitution and drunk driving have all increased.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Yeb Saño from the Arctic: Burning Fossil Fuels Chief Cause of Climate Change
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Saño is representing the Philippines at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Last November, during typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines, Saño delivered a powerful speech at the UN’s Warsaw climate meeting which attracted widespread attention. “What I am seeing here in the Arctic is something that is in danger of being lost forever,” said Yeb Saño. “It is quite clear that burning fossil fuels is the chief cause of climate change, and the Arctic is at the very center of this man-made crisis. If the world wishes to avert the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we must rapidly transition to a clean energy future and abandon crazy projects like oil drilling in the Arctic,” said Yeb Saño.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
How Green Infrastructure Minimizes the Impacts of Climate Change
EcoWatch


With support from The Earth Institute, writers Caswell Holloway, Carter Strickland, Michael Gerrard and Daniel Firger recently published “Solving the CSO Conundrum: Green Infrastructure and the Unfulfilled Promise of Federal-Municipal Cooperation” in Harvard Environmental Law Review. Collectively, the authors represent expertise in climate change, urban sustainability planning, environmental protection, and environmental policy and law. In this article, the authors propose regulatory and policy reform to develop comprehensive, locally led infrastructure and sustainability initiatives that improve public health and the environment.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Blue and red states going green on energy policy
USA Today
Wendy Koch

Politically "red" and "blue" states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today with prominent bi-partisan support. In the last two years alone, GOP-dominant red states have adopted policies that could serve as models for others seeking to meet proposed federal targets for reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, according to the "State Clean Energy Cookbook" by Stanford University and the Hoover Institution.  [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says
Los AngelesTimes


Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. The agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends that people limit their benzene exposure to an average of 0.1 of a part per million during their shift. But when NIOSH researchers measured the amount of airborne benzene that oil and gas workers were exposed to when they opened hatches atop tanks at well sites, 15 out of 17 samples were over that amount.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2014
Fracking company: We turned your drinking water into fire so we will be suing you for saying so
Daily Kos


Steve Lipsky has a problem. His potable water is flammable. On-fire flammable. In 2009, Range drilled and fracked two gas wells approximately 2,000 feet from Lipsky’s home. Later that year, Lipsky says he started noticing that the water from his well was slimy and fizzy. The next year he began trucking in his family’s water for about $1,000 a month. The methane levels in his well have risen to concentrations nearly three times higher than what’s considered explosive, according to recent test Lipsky helped pay for. He created a video about it, which you can see below.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Cuomo hurt in primary by lack of fracking position
Plitics on the Hudson


Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resistance to taking a position on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas appears to have boosted his opponent in the primary election Tuesday.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Natural gas exports set to take off as Energy Department approves two new projects
Fortune
Michael Casey

Liquified natural gas export terminals will be in Louisiana and Florida. U.S. regulators have approved construction of two plants for exporting natural gas, potentially to lucrative markets in Europe, Japan, Taiwan and other parts of Asia.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
A call to action against fracking
Great Lakes Advocate


The Manning Clean Water Action Group and the Lock the Gate Alliance are urging residents to attend a meeting next Tuesday to discuss the situation at Gloucester and the flow on effects for other regions such as the Great Lakes. The groups say there is grave concern that drinking water in the Great Lakes and Manning Valley will be contaminated with heavy metal and chemicals as a result of AGL’S plans to frack in the Manning River Catchment in the next couple of months.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Fracking subject of Oklahoma legislative interim study
The Oklahoman
Rick Green

Concerns over water pollution in and around the Salt Fork River in north-central Oklahoma took center stage Tuesday in an interim legislative study about the oil and gas industry practice of hydraulic fracturing. Fish kills have been reported on the river in Kay County, and some residents say their water has become polluted, said Rep. Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City, who led the study.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Fracking opponents prepare for battle
Smoky Mountain News
Holly Kays

It was back to school for a group of staunch fracking opponents on Friday, Sept. 5. The corner conference room in the Jackson County Public Library was a bit small for the 20 people crammed in to it, but they were ready to learn. “It’s all coming down now to the Mining and Energy Commission hearing, and I wanted to be here to make sure that I had all the knowledge that I needed,” said Donna Dupree, leader of the Jackson County Coalition Against Fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Scio Township, other communities continue struggle with oil drilling, gas production
Heritage.com
Ben Baird & Charles Crumm

There has been a strong response from the Scio Township community, including members of a grassroots organization called Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards, opposed to oil wells in the area. The township board voted Aug. 20 to impose a six-month moratorium on oil and natural gas operations, giving the township time to review its ordinances.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
How Hillary Clinton's State Department sold fracking to the world A trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas, reports Mother Jones
The Guardian
Mariah Blake

Clinton urged Bulgarian officials to give fracking another chance. According to Borissov, she agreed to help fly in the “best specialists on these new technologies to present the benefits to the Bulgarian people.” But resistance only grew. The following month in neighbouring Romania, thousands of people gathered to protest another Chevron fracking project, and Romania’s parliament began weighing its own shale gas moratorium. Again Clinton intervened, dispatching her special envoy for energy in Eurasia, Richard Morningstar, to push back against the fracking bans.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Groups appeal ruling to scrap Longmont fracking ban
Coloradoan


A coalition of environmental groups filed an appeal in Boulder County District Court Wednesday, asking that Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing be upheld after a judge declared it contrary to state interest in July.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Live near fracking? You’re more likely to report health problems, new study says The mystery of why people who live near fracking are twice as likely to report skin and respiratory problems.
Washington Post
Danielle Paquette

Stephanie Tiongco says she knew something was wrong when her long, chestnut hair started falling out. Around the same time, she says, seven alpacas on her small farm mysteriously died. The New Milford, Pa., resident blames both problems on one thing, an industry that’s contentious in her rural town and in Washington: fracking. “I used to sit on my front porch and look out at all this beautiful country. Now all I see is a gas pad.”  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
McAuliffe: No fracking in GW National Forest
Times Dispatch
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Citing assurances from federal officials, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday fracking for natural gas will not be allowed in the George Washington National Forest. "I won't allow it as long as I'm governor," McAuliffe told the inaugural meeting of a climate change panel he created this summer. "We made it clear to everyone we will not allow fracking in our national forest. I'm not going to allow it."  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Industry To Seek Changes In ‘Fracking’ Rules
CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (AP) – Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they’ll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern the practice in Illinois that appear to violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish Comes One Step Closer to Fracking
Truth-Out
Julie Dermansky

The Department of Louisiana Natural Resources (DNR) has approved a unit permit for Helis Oil & Gas Company for a site in St. Tammany Parish that the company plans to frack. The department’s decision came on Friday, August 29, the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the beginning of the Labor Day weekend.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Railroad Commissioner candidate proposes ‘water conservation plan’ for fracking
Dallas Morning News
Marissa Barnett

AUSTIN—Amid concerns over drought and earthquakes, Steve Brown, the Democrat running for Railroad Commissioner, proposed a plan Tuesday that would incentivize water reuse projects, increase local control in groundwater permitting and phase out permits for new hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal wells. The amount of water used in drilling—about 40,000 Olympic size pools each year statewide, according to the Texas Water Development Board—puts an “unsustainable burden on local municipalities, farmers and landowners,” Brown said.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Community speaks out on final vote allowing fracking
WJHL
Allie Hinds

WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) - After a five-hour meeting and sixty-six people speaking out in public comment, Tuesday the people of Washington County Virginia finally have an answer on the future of fracking, the controversial natural gas drilling technique, on their land. Basically what the vote came down to was either keep the law the way it was which didn't allow but also didn't prohibit fracking, or pass a new ordinance which allows fracking in about two thirds of the county.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
When fracking and free speech collide A defamation case against a man who claimed fracking polluted his water highlights free-speech issues
Aljazera America
Peter Moskowitz

What started as a short YouTube video and a couple of local news interviews about a Texas landowner being able to light his water on fire has ballooned into a free speech fight that’s being closely watched by anti-fracking activists across the country. Steve Lipsky has complained for years that fracking company Range Resources polluted his drinking water and streams that run through his property. The company sued him in 2011 for defaming its reputation for environmental stewardship.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Russian gas supplies to Poland drop by a quarter
Washington Post
Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland — Russian natural gas deliveries to Poland have dropped by almost a quarter this week, the country’s gas monopoly said Wednesday, forcing it to stop supplying gas on to Ukraine. The reason for the drop was unclear, with Russian energy company Gazprom denying any fall in exports. Some commentators believe it to be retaliation by Moscow against Poland for its decision to help Ukraine with gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Groups Defending Human Rights to Food and Water Receive Food Sovereignty Prize
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA), a network of organizations working to assert food and water as basic human rights and advocate for community control rather than the industrial food model as the solution to world hunger, has named Palestine’s Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) and Bellingham, Washington’s Community to Community Development/Comunidad a Comunidad (C2C) as co-recipients of its 2014 Food Sovereignty Prize.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Residents living nearer natural gas wells report more health symptoms, Yale study says
Cleveland.com
Brie Zeitner

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- People who live closer to natural gas wells, including those that were drilled using "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, report more health symptoms than those who live farther away, according to a study reported today by Yale University researchers.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Washington County supervisors vote 6-1 to allow natural gas drilling
Tri Cities
Allie Robinson Gibson

ABINGDON, Va. — Gas well drilling is now permitted, by special exception permit, in Washington County. Hundreds of people packed into the Washington County Government Center, trying to squeeze into the conference room where the Board of Supervisors meet, anxious to hear the outcome of a vote taken Tuesday night regarding drilling for natural gas in the county.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
More health symptoms reported near “fracking” natural gas extraction
R&D Magazine
Jim Shelton

A Yale Univ.-led study has found a greater prevalence of health symptoms reported among residents living close to natural gas wells, including those drilled by hydraulic fracturing. The study appears online in Environmental Health Perspectives.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
SHELBY TOWNSHIP: Mineral rights leases add confusion to oil and natural gas drilling
Source Newspapers
Paul Kampe

Long before an oil company began testing a well in Shelby Township, which riled residents there and in nearby Rochester Hills, the company purchased the right to do so. Oil and natural gas drilling is regulated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality rather than the cities and townships in which they occur.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Respiratory, Skin Problems Soar Near Gas Wells, Study Says Residents who live within a kilometer of an active well reported having far more health conditions than those who live further away.
Us News & World Report
Alan Neuhauser

Residents living near active natural gas wells in Pennsylvania suffer far more allergies, nose bleeds, skin rashes, and other respiratory and skin conditions than people living further away, a new survey has found. Within 1 kilometer of a gas well, researchers say, residents had up to twice the rate of health problems per person compared to those who lived 2 kilometers away or further.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
People near 'fracking' wells report health woes
USA TODAY
Wendy Koch

People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health effects of fracking. Nearly two of every five, or 39%, of those living less than a kilometer (or two-thirds of a mile) from a well reported upper respiratory symptoms, compared to 18% living more than 2 kilometers away, according to a Yale University-led random survey of 492 people in 180 households with ground-fed water wells in southwestern Pennsylvania. The disparity was even greater for skin irritation. While 13% of those within a kilometer of a well said they had rashes and other skin symptoms, only 3% of those beyond 2 kilometers said the same.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Liberal Teachout Won Over Democrats in New York’s Conservative Heartland
The Wall Street Journal
JOSH DAWSEY

Otsego County gave more than 70% of votes to Ms. Teachout, according to the state Board of Elections. Richard Abbate, chairman of the county party, said many Democrats were upset over Mr. Cuomo’s indecision on whether to allow fracking in New York. “We were very anti-fracking. We worked very hard for her. We wanted to send a signal to the governor,” he said. “It was more of a signal for him. We’ll still vote for him in November.”   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Battle for Democracy in Fracking Fight Continues in Colorado
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

The battle between citizens concerned about health, safety and the environment and corporate fossil fuel interests continues to escalate in Colorado. Increasingly the battle is also about how much control citizens can exercise through the democratic process over what goes on in their own communities.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
245 Boston University Faculty Urge Divestment From Fossil Fuels
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Boston University faculty members met yesterday afternoon with university president Robert Brown, personally delivering a letter signed by 245 faculty members urging the university to dump fossil fuels from its investment portfolio.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
When fracking and free speech collide
Al Jazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

What started as a short YouTube video and a couple of local news interviews about a Texas landowner being able to light his water on fire has ballooned into a free speech fight that’s being closely watched by anti-fracking activists across the country. Steve Lipsky has complained for years that fracking company Range Resources polluted his drinking water and streams that run through his property. The company sued him in 2011 for defaming its reputation for environmental stewardship. Now Lipsky will have a chance to argue his case in front of the Texas Supreme Court, The Texas Tribune reported this week. The court will decide whether his right to free speech renders Range’s defamation case moot. If the court rules in his favor, the company’s lawsuit will be thrown out. If that doesn’t happen, he may be on the hook for $3 million.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Denton city council extends fracking moratorium
KHOU


DENTON, Texas – It's been about two months since the Denton City Council agreed to let voters decide whether to ban fracking. At that time, a moratorium on new drilling permits was in place — a moratorium that was scheduled to expire on Tuesday. But on Tuesday night, Council members voted to extend that policy until January 20. If voters decide to ban fracking inside city limits in the November 4 election, the law goes on the books January 21.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Oklahoma legislative study focuses on fracking
News OK


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A legislative interim study requested by an Oklahoma lawmaker is focusing on the impact of hydraulic fracturing to water. ... State Rep. Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City, requested the study before the House Agriculture and Wildlife Committee, which held a meeting Tuesday. He said he was concerned drilling activities had contaminated water wells for his constituents or caused wells to go dry around the Salt Fork River in north-central Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Lawsuit Against DEP over Fracking in Everglades Dropped by Collier County
Blogs. Broward Palm Beach


Environmentalists took one on the chin Tuesday when Collier County officials voted to drop a lawsuit they'd filed against the Department of Environmental Protection over the state's policing of fracking by Texas oil prospectors in the Great Cypress Swamp watershed.  [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2014
Fracking California Videos Show Huge Impact of Drilling on Communities
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

While politicians, pundits and “experts” are all over the media giving us their opinions, ordinary citizens are frequently unheard. When it comes to the impacts of fracking and drilling on average people, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has made them visible in a series of three videos depicting how fossil fuel energy extraction has radically changed the quality of life for the worse for three families in very different parts of California.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Former Army General Lambasts Oil Industry for 'Hijacking' Democracy
NEWSWEEK
Zoë Schlanger

After a BP executive lambasted “opportunistic” environmentalists and journalistic “sensationalism” from a podium in front of hundreds of environmental journalists in a New Orleans ballroom Wednesday evening, Russel Honore could not hide his disgust. Taking the podium some time after, Honore, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General, had harsh words for the oil and gas industry. In the four years that has passed since the BP oil spill, Honore has run out of patience with energy companies that he says have “hijacked” his state. “They have hijacked our damn democracy. They lobby, they write the laws.”   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Climate Activists to Converge on NYC for UN Summit, People’s Climate March and More
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

For one week surrounding the UN Climate Summit 2014, the focus of the environmental movement will be in New York City. A dizzying array of events will take place, sponsored by hundreds of nonprofit organizations, businesses and religious groups all demanding immediate climate action.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World
Mother Jones
Mariah Blake

ONE ICY MORNING in February 2012, Hillary Clinton's plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. That afternoon, they huddled with Bulgarian leaders, including Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, discussing everything from Syria's bloody civil war to their joint search for loose nukes. But the focus of the talks was fracking. The previous year, Bulgaria had signed a five-year, $68 million deal, granting US oil giant Chevron millions of acres in shale gas concessions. Bulgarians were outraged. Shortly before Clinton arrived, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets carrying placards that read "Stop fracking with our water" and "Chevron go home." Bulgaria's parliament responded by voting overwhelmingly for a fracking moratorium.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Cuomo: No ‘emotional’ fracking decisions
Capital
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Moments after casting his primary ballot this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will not make an “emotional decision” on fracking. “You can have academics and scientists with research stand up and argue passionately pro, and you have them arguing passionately against, so it is a complex issue,” he told reporters. “But I want to do it on the science and not the politics.” Cuomo's primary opponent, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout, has said she would ban fracking on her first day as governor. Cuomo has put off making a decision on the state's moratorium on fracking, which is now six years old, citing ongoing studies of the health impacts of fracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Natural gas industry unveils security program
Fuel Fix
Ryan Holeywell

HOUSTON — A new program led by natural gas utilities could help improve the safety of their infrastructure by allowing them to more effectively share information about threats they’re facing. The new initiative, known as the Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center, lets natural gas utilities share information about incidents that have occurred at their facilities as well as potential physical and cyber-security threats.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Defend Your Natural Rights
Huffington Post
Maya K. van Rossum

Our rights to free speech and religious freedom are among the many fundamental rights guaranteed by our federal and state constitutions, which we fiercely fight to protect in the United States. But while our Declaration of Independence talks about the right to life and the pursuit of happiness, what we do not find in our U.S. Constitution are the rights to three basic needs for life and happiness: our rights to pure water, clean air, and healthy environments.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Fracking: where industry, government went wrong
Chronicle Herald
Steve Parker Opinion

The seeds of the fracking ban here lay in the attitude and actions of industry who failed on two fronts: for years positioning fracking as essentially harmless and failing to respect and respond to the small but growing voices who expressed concerns and anecdotal instances of problems.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Delaware Riverkeeper Asks DRBC To Review PennEast Pipeline Project
PA Environmental Digest


The Delaware River Basin Commission received a petition from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network urging it to take jurisdiction over the proposed PennEast pipeline project. According to the Petition “The PennEast Project is a greenfields pipeline project that will result in the cutting of a 100 foot wide right-of-way for over 100 miles in the Basin, and will result in the disturbance of well over 1,200 acres of land. “With a project of this magnitude, there is little doubt that the PennEast Pipeline will result in the alteration or destruction of well over 25 acres of wetlands and transform a sufficient magnitude of ground cover so as to trigger DRBC review.”“Pipelines are a growing source of pollution and damage to our communities. Pipeline companies are using the unequal power federal law gives them to try to muscle through their projects inflicting permanent damage to the lands, waters, public parks and forests, and the private properties and farms that fall in their path. Pipelines that pass through the Delaware River watershed need a vigilant regulatory review and approval process that must include reviewing the impacts they will have on the water resources of the Delaware River and streams. This is a review and perspective that no regulatory body will give except for the DRBC,” says Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper. “To date the DRBC has avoided their obligations to review pipeline projects before they can inflict harm, it is time to turn that around.”According to the Petition, the Delaware River Basin Compact, which provides for the mission and mandates of the DRBC, obligates the DRBC to review all projects with substantial effects on the water resources of the Basin for consistency with their Comprehensive Plan. “The level of land disturbance and the invasiveness of the tributary and wetland crossings associated with the PennEast pipeline are significant and would most certainly have an impact on the water resources of the Delaware River Basin. There are no limitations or exceptions within the DRBC Compact or its Rules of Practice or Procedure that should exempt the PennEast pipeline from DRBC jurisdiction,” adds van Rossum. A copy of the petition is available online.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
New look at what’s in fracking fluids raises red flags
Farm and Dairy


SAN FRANCISCO — As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the process raises concerns about several ingredients. Scientists presented the work in August at the 248th national meeting & exposition of the American Chemical Society. Researchers say that out of nearly 200 commonly used compounds, there’s very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third, and eight are toxic to mammals.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Zone of Influence: Money, Politics and Lobbying in the Fracking Industry
WESA
Essential Pittsburgh

This week WESA and the Allegheny Front are airing a special series on hydraulic fracturing and state politics – specifically the money spent on lobbying. We’ll speak with Allegheny Front reporter Reid Frazier and WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson whose investigation looks at the influence this money is having on Pennsylvania’s oversight of the natural gas boom.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Denton extends fracking moratorium
WFAA


Voters will have the final say on whether drilling operations can resume in Denton But on Tuesday night, Council members voted to extend that policy until January 20. If voters decide to ban fracking inside city limits in the November 4 election, the law goes on the books January 21.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Franklin supervisors questioned about drilling
Observer Reporter
Bob Niedbala

WAYNESBURG – A Bonar Avenue resident attended the Franklin Township supervisors meeting Monday with questions about the possible impacts of a natural gas drilling operation that is expected begin near his home. The township zoning hearing board earlier granted Vantage Energy a special exception to drill off Wayne Road. The area is zoned agricultural and a special exception is needed for extractive industries in that zone. Though no drilling has begun at the site, Brian Dukate said he wanted to make sure the company and its operations “start off on the best foot.”   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
DEP releases updated details on water contamination near drilling sites
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Laura Legere

Pennsylvania regulators found an array of contaminants in the roughly 240 private water supplies they said were damaged by oil and gas operations during the past seven years. Most were the usual culprits: methane, metals and salt that had apparently seeped from well sites or been stirred up by the activity of extracting fossil fuels from the earth. But on May 14, after the Department of Environmental Protection responded to a Susquehanna County resident’s complaint of rank, foamy water, inspectors said they found something else. The water contained volatile organic compounds, ethylene glycol and 2-butoxyethanol — chemicals regulators said were consistent with the surfactant Air Foam that was used to drill a natural gas well 1,500 feet away.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Residents to lobby for bill to restrict drilling
Washington Times via AP


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Opponents of oil and gas drilling in urban areas will greet Michigan lawmakers returning for a monthlong session before the fall election. Residents from Detroit and Ann Arbor suburbs plan to lobby legislators Tuesday on legislation to restrict drilling in cities or township with more than 70,000 residents. West Bloomfield Township Supervisor Michele Ureste is organizing the visit with support from residents in Shelby Township and Scio Township. Drilling has been met with local opposition in those areas and elsewhere.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
St. Marys keeping close eye on gas drilling
Courier Express
Katie Weidenboerner

ST. MARYS — Pennsylvania municipalities regained local zoning control of drilling activity when the state Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision to strike out a zoning preemption provision of Act 13 in December of 2013. The provision sought to override local zoning laws for industrial activities related to natural gas drilling and replace them with a statewide uniform code, allowing gas companies to decide where they wanted to operate within municipalities, including residential zones.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Pegula made his fortune by tapping into the fracking frenzy
Buffalo News
David Robinson

New Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula owes his good fortune to a thin layer of pitch-black rock that lies about a mile underground – and to the controversial process used to extract the natural gas trapped within it. It turned Pegula, a self-made billionaire, into one of the country’s wealthiest people. It gave him the money to buy the Bills, as well as the Buffalo Sabres, and still have money left to invest $170 million to build the HarborCenter hockey and hotel complex next to First Niagara Center.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
How Fracking Bought the Buffalo Bills
National Journal
Clare Foran

A victor has been crowned in the bidding war for the Buffalo Bills: Terry Pegula, an American businessman who made his fortune in fracking, has reportedly inked a deal to buy western New York's beloved sports team for close to $1 billion. That's a hefty sum, and near the highest price ever paid to buy an NFL franchise—the $1.1 billion doled out for the sale of the Miami Dolphins in 2008.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Virginia Gov. McAuliffe: Long Review Likely for Natural Gas Drilling
Claims Journal


Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in agreement with two Cabinet secretaries who say state permitting for natural gas drilling in Virginia’s coastal plain are years away. Spokesman Brian Coy said on Sept. 4 that McAuliffe is mindful of the unique nature of the Potomac Aquifer and is not inclined to hasten state reviews of hydraulic fracking in the Taylorsville Basin. A Dallas energy company wants to tap an estimated 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from tens of thousands of leased acres south and east of Fredericksburg. Critics fear the environmental impact, especially on water supplies.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
One more heave! Ministers' pre-election fracking drive
Ecologist
Alex Stevenson

Ministers are determined to get fracking under way in the UK as fast as possible, so it's a 'fait accompli' in time for the election, writes Alex Stevenson. With a firm pro-fracking concensus in Parliament, only one thing can frustrate their plans - strong local campaigns to turn around MPs desperate for re-election in 2015. It even has a name: democracy.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Why a fracking ban was the right move for Nova Scotia
rabble.ca
Stephen Kimber

"Nova Scotia's shale potential will remain in the ground," harrumphed Financial Post columnist Terence Corcoran. Blame "growth-killing theories and activists." "The McNeil Liberals have nailed shut one more economic doorway," fretted Chronicle-Herald columnist Marilla Stephenson. "It's a sorry day for Nova Scotia," tut-tutted her editorial overlings. "Fear is trumping science," piled on the Toronto Sun's Brian Lilley... Lilley? Really? He of the climate-change denying, Stephen-Harper apologizing Sun standing tall for science? But I digress.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Clock Ticking for Texas Families to Take Legal Action on Fracking Pollution
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

Texas has a two-year statute of limitations, which means people have just two years from the time they notice a problem until they file a lawsuit. Attorney Tomas Ramirez is confident he'll win an appeal in the case of a Karnes County, Texas family who sued two oil companies claiming their lives had been ruined by toxic emissions. But even a win on appeal could take up to two years, and Ramirez thinks the delay could discourage other people from filing similar claims  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Nordheim Fights Becoming The Fracking Waste Capital Of The Eagle Ford
Texas Public Radio
David Martin Davies

At a recent Monday night in Nordheim, a town of 300 about 75 miles southeast of San Antonio, neighbors are gathering at the old dance hall; the Nordheim Shooting Club. But this isn’t for a night of boot scootin’, they are here to organize against what they see as an environmental threat to their town and their way of life.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Colorado’s fracking fight on PBS
From the Styx
Peggy Tibbetts

In Colorado, the debate over pumping pressurized water underground to extract oil and natural gas has turned local and state governments into rivals. When one city banned fracking altogether, the state launched two lawsuits. Special correspondent Dan Boyce of Rocky Mountain PBS reports on how the friction between activists and industry has turned into a fight over local and state control.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
COLORADO’S LEGISLATIVE ADVISORY FRACKING COMMISSION NAMED
watchdogwire.com


Governor Hickenlooper has announced the membership of the special fracking commission, and it appears designed to provide political cover for additional restrictions to Colorado’s already-tough fracking laws, while protecting the interests of the well-off and politically-connected. Watchdog Wire has already detailed the governor’s campaign connections with developers who opposed TIF reform this last session, prior to his veto of that bill. In addition, the governor has admitted the access of large donors to policy-making decisions.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Nevada Group Loses Bid to Block Feared Fracking
Courthouse News Service
Mike Heuer

RENO, NEV. (CN) - A citizens group lost its fight to stop the federal government from leasing 231,000 acres of public lands in Northern Nevada to energy companies intent on extracting oil and natural gas through fracking. The U.S. District Court of Nevada ruled the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has not made a final decision on the leases despite holding a lease sale on July 17, and dismissed the case without a defendant motion to do so. "Although BLM has conducted a lease sale, it retains discretion to issue any leases resulting from the lease sale," wrote U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du. "Because the plaintiff seeks to enjoin an agency decision that is not yet final, the court finds that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to review BLM's action." The court earlier denied an emergency preliminary injunction request from the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking, which wanted to enjoin the Bureau from going carrying out the July lease sale. The group could not "demonstrate irreparable harm because the lease sale would not result in the automatic issuance of leases," Du concluded at the time.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Hickenlooper Optimistic About Fracking Panel
Denver CBS Local


DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday that he’s optimistic a panel he assembled will help resolve conflicts between Colorado’s booming energy industry and homeowners on how land should be used. “This is one of the most important issues I’ve ever worked on,” the Democratic governor said. The 19-member panel announced Monday was part of a compromise last month to get groups to drop four competing ballot initiatives that either sought to limit or support hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Expect hundreds of protesters at upcoming fracking hearing
The Sylva Herald
Quintin Ellison

Expect a crowd at Western Carolina University on Friday for North Carolina’s fourth and final public hearing on proposed fracking rules. Environmental groups across the mountains have whipped up the base in an all-out effort to pack the Ramsey Center with fracking opponents. WNC Alliance’s Melissa Williams said Tuesday group leaders are predicting upwards of 500 people could converge on Cullowhee. The state’s Mining and Energy Commission hearing is from 5 to 9 p.m. Registration starts at 4 p.m. Speakers are limited to three minutes each. Environmental leaders huddled and prepared for the hearing with the intensity of Smoky Mountain High School football coaches forming strategy before a game. The Canary Coalition and the Clean Water for North Carolina trained fracking opponents on how to deliver succinct messages of dissent. The region’s activists sent hearing reminders to newsrooms, lest reporters forget the big day. And, in a last-minute effort to pep up the troops, a rally is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Friday on a patio next to WCU’s football field. A press conference takes place then, too  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Bristol Town Board expected to vote in October on fracking ban
Daily Messenger
Julie Sherwood

The Town Board did not make any decisions regarding its proposed ban on fracking Monday. Town Supervisor Bob Green said after Monday’s public hearing on the proposal he expects the Town Board will make changes to the proposed local law based on county Planning Board recommendations. The amended document should be ready for the Town Board to vote on at the October meeting, Green said. The meeting is set for Monday, October 13, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 6740 County Road 32.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Anti-fracking committee to meet Sept. 16
Chronicle Express


PENN YAN The newly formed Committee of Towns will hold its first meeting from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Yates County Office Building Auditorium. Co-chairmen Peter Gamba and Joe Hoff say the Committee has been organized to provide support, education and leadership resources to all towns and villages in the region in moving forward to prohibit hydraulic fracturing drilling and its related activities within each community’s borders. Hoff says the new organization will serve as a resource to committees, town/village boards in a supportive and non-directing fashion. “A resounding call for strong local municipal home rule was registered recently when New York’s highest court decided once and for all that it is legal for New York towns to ban fracking inside their borders,” says Hoff.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Zone of Influence: Money, Politics and Lobbying in the Fracking Industry
WESA
Essential Pittsburgh

This week WESA and the Allegheny Front are airing a special series on hydraulic fracturing and state politics – specifically the money spent on lobbying. We’ll speak with Allegheny Front reporter Reid Frazier and WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson whose investigation looks at the influence this money is having on Pennsylvania’s oversight of the natural gas boom.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
NC State Senate: District 12, The Fracking District and the Hope We Have
Daily Kos
Joe Langley Candidate Statement

My name is Joe Langley and I am a candidate for NC State Senator in the 12th District. There is an old saying that goes, “We are all in this together, until we are not.” To many, politics is an opportunity to hide behind bland labels, reignite old hatreds, milk everyone for every cent, have an ego trip, and secure a lucrative job once your constituents catch on to your shenanigans. Many voters in the 12th District have a distrust of our government, and you can hardly blame them. We, in the 12th District, have a Congresswoman, in Renee Elmers, who shuts down the Federal Government (and demands payment for doing so). We have a State Senator, Ron Rabin, who sides with the oil and gas industry instead of his constituents. In addition, Rabin co-sponsored legislation that refused federal funding that would have strengthened our hospitals and provided health insurance for our seniors and low-income children. With representation like that, it is hard to get a good feeling about government and to have faith that things can get better. However, things will get better.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Natural Gas Exports Assailed As Economic And Environmental Threat
Mint Press News
Phil Zahodiakin |

WASHINGTON — Industry proposals that could turn the United States into a major natural gas exporter have raised concerns about an eventual fracking surge that could accelerate global warming and contaminate groundwater while undermining the economy by raising the cost of electricity from gas-fired power plants. America could start exporting liquefied natural gas to countries overseas as soon as 2016. But those initial shipments will seem like a trickle if all the proposals for export terminals are eventually licensed. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of fracturing shale formations — thereby releasing methane and other hydrocarbons encased by rock — with injections of water and chemicals at depths as great as 20,000 feet. Most of the fracking is occurring in a handful of states: Colorado, the Dakotas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Township leaders, residents protest 'fracking' in residential areas
MLive.com
Emily Lawler

LANSING, MI – A group of 50 people gathered on the front steps of the capitol on Tuesday afternoon, advocating for more local control over where gas and oil companies could locate drilling sites. The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to extract natural gas has taken place in Michigan for years. However, a relatively new formation discovery and the use of much deeper, horizontal wells has been on the radar of environmentalists for a few years. Now, it’s on the radars of some local communities.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Hearing explores fracking's effects on groundwater
Norman Transcript
Janelle Stecklein

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jack Klinger has lived on the banks of Tonkawa’s Salt Fork River for nearly all of his 76 years, but never has he seen his property’s groundwater so contaminated, he said. Klinger blames the contamination — which he said forces him to pay for shipped-in drinking water — on a salt spill at a nearby oil and gas field disposal well. Klinger, a farmer, said the salt content in his wells has increased so dramatically in recent months that a Stillwater scientist told him it wasn’t safe to put on his lawn.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Native ringleader who accosted journalists during anti-fracking demonstration guilty of intimidation
Sun News Network


HALIFAX - Tyson Peters, a Native protester who accosted journalists and led a mob to steal theirs cameras during a tense standoff in New Brunswick last year, has pleaded guilty to intimidation and mischief. As his trial was to start, Peters admitted to one count of intimidation in Moncton court Tuesday. He was initially charged with five counts of intimidation and mischief.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
200 turn out to strategize against PennEast pipeline through Delaware Township
NJ.com
Rick Epstein

DELAWARE TWP. — About 200 residents concerned about a proposal to put a natural-gas pipeline through the township turned out for last night’s Delaware Township Committee meeting to see if it can prevented or diverted. Because of the anticipated turnout, the meeting was held in the Sergeantsville firehouse instead the Municipal Building. The residents were reacting to plans announced by PennEast Pipeline Co. to build a $1 billion 30-inch-diameter pipeline from Luzerne County, Pa., to Mercer County, N.J. The proposed path of the pipeline, which PennEast spokeswoman Patricia Kornick said is still being adjusted, goes through the townships of Holland, Alexandria, Kingwood, Delaware and West Amwell.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
No pipe dream: Family fears ax falling on farms
Watchdog.org
Kenric Ward

CHURCHVILLE, Va. – A Virginia family is fighting to keep its 43-year-old farm from being gashed by a gas pipeline wider than Keystone XL. As Watchdog.org reported last week, landowners in central Virginia are staring down the barrel of a massive natural-gas line running 550 miles from West Virginia to Hampton Roads and down to North Carolina. The Geary family, which owns more than 200 pastoral acres in Augusta County, is in the cross-hairs of the $5 billion project headed by Dominion Resources.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Anti-fracking campaign grows
Geelong & Region News
Ben Davidson

Moriac is holding a ‘Gasfield Free’ declaration day on September 14 which will see unfavourable survey results handed to local politicians and community leaders. The results, conducted by Frack Free Moriac, showed 97 per cent of Moriac residents and 92 per cent from Freshwater Creek did not want the industry or its risks in the region. Frack Free Moriac member Alison Marchant said: “This is our town saying we will not allow this industry here, we will do everything in our power to stop the unconventional gas industry moving into Moriac.”  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
UN: Greenhouse gas levels new high
Bangkok Post


Surging levels of carbon dioxide sent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to a new record in 2013, while oceans, which absorb the emissions, have become more acidic, the UN said on Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
West Vancouver Council rips into Woodfibre exec over LNG tanker and safety risks
Vancouver Observer
Mychaylo Prystupa

In a relentless cross examination at a West Vancouver’s city hall meeting Monday night, a united council sharply grilled a Woodfibre LNG executive about his company's proposed $1.6-billion project, while also reaffirming the city’s recent ban on tankers in Howe Sound. “There’s a lot of opposition to this,” said Coun. Mary-Ann Booth, a lawyer, who said she has received well over 100 e-mails from residents about the project. “For the risk associated with this, and the impact to that area, [all] for dozens of jobs?” “You haven’t convinced me,” said Booth.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Vaughn: Lawmakers Should Reexamine Disposal Well Regs
Oklahoma Watch
M Scott Carter

A state representative, concerned about possible water pollution caused by oil and gas drilling, said Tuesday he was considering new rules governing disposal wells, following an interim hearing on the use of sub-groundwater in hydraulic fracturing. State Rep. Steve Vaughn, R-Ponca City, said he was “still exploring his options” regarding new legislation to tighten the regulation of oil field disposal wells. Vaughn said there were 22,000 disposal wells in his district, but only one state inspector assigned to the area.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
Chesapeake Energy ordered to trial over canceled oil, gas leases in Northern Michigan
MLive.com
John Agar

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, MI -- A Cheboygan County judge has ordered Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. bound over for trial on racketeering and false-pretenses charges for allegedly defrauding Northern Michigan landowners. Chesapeake is awaiting trial in Cheboygan County Circuit Court in a separate case alleging it violated anti-trust laws in a bid-rigging scheme prior to an October 2010 auction of oil and gas lease. Chesapeake contends that state Attorney Bill Schuette is trying to criminalize legitimate business disputes.  [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2014
New Oil And Gas Commission Has Significant Industry And Government Representation
KUNC
Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the 19 members of a task force whose goal is to address some of the recent controversy around energy development in the state. The task force will examine land use issues and what role local governments have in regulating oil and gas activities within their boundaries. The creation of a task force is part of an agreement struck by the governor in order to avoid a citizen vote on oil and gas related ballot initiatives during the November 2014 election. The governor and many others were concerned that passage of the ballot initiatives could have extremely negative consequences for the state.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Colorado fracking fuels fight between state and local government over control
PBS Newshour


JUDY WOODRUFF: We just heard about how immigration may affect the coming election in a number of states, including Colorado. Well, it turns out there is another issue that could have a significant impact in the state of Colorado, fracking. Communities there are engaged in a battle with the state to get more control over oil and gas drilling. Rocky Mountain PBS’ Dan Boyce reports from the town of Longmont.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Unearthing drilling risks
philly.com
Opinion

While there have been anecdotal reports of nosebleeds, nausea, headaches, skin lesions, and other health problems among Pennsylvanians living near gas-drilling sites, there hasn't been enough research to develop sound policy. Legislation introduced in Harrisburg would begin to answer questions about the health risks of fracking by promoting transparency and study. Sadly, and predictably, it's stuck in committee. The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Greg Vitali (D., Delaware), provides for basic disclosure and study of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing and the chemicals used in the process. But its reasonable goals face stiff opposition in Harrisburg. The Corbett administration and too many legislators seem to fear inconveniencing the gas industry with taxes or regulation.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Poll finds Pennsylvania, New York at odds on fracking
Bakken News
Shane Thielges

Residents of Pennsylvania and New York differ greatly in their views on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a new public opinion poll has found. StateImpact reports that, according to poll results, 54 percent of Pennsylvanians support “the development of shale gas” while only 29 percent of New Yorkers felt the same. The survey was a joint effort by the University of Michigan, the University of Montreal and Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Colorado fracking fuels fight between state and local government over control
PBS News Hour


In Colorado, the debate over pumping pressurized water underground to extract oil and natural gas has turned local and state governments into rivals. When one city banned fracking altogether, the state launched two lawsuits. Special correspondent Dan Boyce of Rocky Mountain PBS reports on how the friction between activists and industry has turned into a fight over local and state control.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Survey: Pennsylvanians like fracking more than New Yorkers
State Impact
Marie Cusick

Pennsylvanians have a much more favorable view of shale gas development compared to their counterparts in New York, according to a new public opinion survey. The two states have taken vastly different approaches to the boom in Marcellus Shale drilling. The formation lies under large swaths of Pennsylvania and stretches into southern New York. While Pennsylvania welcomed the industry, New York has had a moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing since 2008.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Temporary fracking ban a step in the right direction
Nova News Now
Carole Morris-Underhill Opinion

The provincial government has finally taken a stance on fracking, and for those who have been vehemently opposed to the practice — especially after witnessing the fiasco in Kennetcook — it marks a mini victory.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Fracking is something our state, community don't need
The Times Herald
Opinion

We are beginning to see them popping up all over the place — the mighty political yard signs. It is that time of year, and as always, it is the time that all of a sudden it seems as if we are told about some of the most harmful things that already have been happening, but no one has spoken up because a vote isn't on the line.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Environmental coalition forms to fight $5 billion pipeline through Virginia
Daily Press
Tamara Dietrich

Environmental and citizens groups in Virginia and West Virginia have formed a coalition to combat the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposed to carry fracked natural gas through their states. The 22 groups call themselves the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance and announced Monday they're "gravely concerned" that the 550-mile pipeline, if built, will "disrupt some of the most ecologically sensitive areas of the Eastern United States."  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
24,000 NY Households Had Power Shut Off Due To Unpaid Bills
Daily Caller
Michael Bastasch

The effects of the polar vortex last winter are still lingering in Upstate New York, where 24,000 households had their power shut off in June and July due to unpaid bills, reports Syracuse.com. The utility National Grid terminated “more accounts in both June and July than it has in any month for at least nine years,” reports Syracuse.com. The recent spike in terminations comes as more people are unable to pay for gas and electricity this year in the wake of one of the coldest winters in recent memory. The electrical grid and gas pipeline system in New York and New England was on the verge of failing last winter due to frigid temperatures and inadequate pipeline infrastructure. Natural gas prices skyrocketed as there wasn’t enough pipeline capacity to get to fuel in the region.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Judge Uses Act 13 Ruling to Deny Drilling Project
The Legal Intelligencer
Max Mitchell

Relying on the state Supreme Court's recent interpretation of Act 13, a Lycoming County judge has denied an energy company's bid to construct an oil and gas well pad in the county. Judge Marc F. Lovecchio ruled late last month in Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township that a zoning ordinance prohibited Inflection Energy's proposed project to build a well pad containing multiple wells. Lovecchio determined the township board, which had approved the project, failed to prove it would not be "detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare of the neighborhood," which is a requirement under the zoning ordinance.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Lycoming County Court Upholds Challenge To Local Permit For Gas Drilling Pad
PA Environment Digest


On August 29, Judge Marc F. Lovecchio of the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County decided in favor of local residents in vacating and setting aside a conditional use permit that would have allowed Inflection Energy, LLC to build and operate a natural gas pad in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Fairfield Township. The case was an early test of the Robinson Township decision, where the Supreme Court used Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment to strike down parts of Act 13 that sought to compel local government to allow gas operations across all zoned districts, including residential districts.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Bad News For Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal New science shows that thanks to methane leaks, gas won't work as a "bridge fuel."
Mother Jones
Bill McKibben

If you're a politician, science is a bitch; it resists spin. And a new set of studies—about, of all things, a simple molecule known as CH4—show that President Obama's climate change strategy is starting to unravel even as it's being knit. To be specific: most of the administration's theoretical gains in the fight against global warming have come from substituting natural gas for coal. But it looks now as if that doesn't really help.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
A New Study Clarifies Treatment Needs for Water from Fracked Gas and Oil Wells
New York Times
Andrew Revkin Opinion

A good post on InsideClimate News last week explored a new study of organic compounds and other constituents in the briny water that emerges from gas or oil wells created using the high-pressure process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. (This “produced water” is a mix of fracturing fluid and water from the rock layers being drilled.) Here’s a key line: This peer-reviewed study by a pair of researchers at Rice University in Houston shows that while fracking-produced water shouldn’t be allowed near drinking water, it’s less toxic than similar waste from coal-bed methane mining. It also revealed how the contents of this waste differ dramatically across three major shale plays: Texas’ Eagle Ford, New Mexico’s Barnett and Pennsylvania’s Marcellus.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
3 Reasons You Should Comment in Support of EPA’s New Carbon Rule
EcoWatch
Ken Berlin

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out a proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. This proposal will be instrumental in meeting our domestic and international climate change goals. But the rule is not final yet: the EPA is taking public comments.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Pa. residents like natural-gas drilling, also want to tax it
Philadelphia Inquirer


A majority of Pennsylvanians, 54 percent, support the extraction of shale natural gas, while just 29 percent of New Yorkers do, according to a new University of Michigan poll of two states that share a chunk of the massive Marcellus Shale deposit.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
First Of Three Natural Gas Wells Goes Online At West Virginia State University
WCHS TV


One of three natural gas wells planned on the school's Institute campus began production last week. The Charleston Daily Mail reported that Spencer-based Reserve Oil & Gas is drilling the second well. The third well is expected to be drilled by the end of the year.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Local leaders get snubbed in offshore drilling debate South Carolina deserves a bigger say in whether drilling is allowed of its coast.
Island Packet
Opinion

While federal governmental officials, environmentalists and oil companies are interested in whether large reserves of oil and natural gas exist off the S.C. coast, no one cares more than the people of South Carolina who live, work and raise families here. Many work in the tourism industry, which could be harmed if a drilling operation goes amuck as happened in 2010 when a drilling rig explosion spewed 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, crippling that area's tourism-based economy. Such an event could also do irreparable harm to the state's marine life. Likewise, many South Carolinians could benefit if large reserves are located. By one estimate by the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry could add 11,000 jobs in oil-related fields to South Carolina by 2035 if Atlantic oil and natural gas resources are developed.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Unearthing drilling risks
Philadelphia Inquirer


While there have been anecdotal reports of nosebleeds, nausea, headaches, skin lesions, and other health problems among Pennsylvanians living near gas-drilling sites, there hasn't been enough research to develop sound policy. Legislation introduced in Harrisburg would begin to answer questions about the health risks of fracking by promoting transparency and study. Sadly, and predictably, it's stuck in committee.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
When Cuomo votes, anti-frackers say they will be there
Politics on the Hudson


When Gov. Andrew Cuomo casts his primary ballot Tuesday at the Mount Kisco Presbyterian Church, he’ll have a welcoming committee: opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Anti-fracking activists have long been a presence outside of Cuomo’s fundraisers and public events, though they’ve occasionally been stymied by late announcements and misdirection.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Groundbreaking Study Finds Six Chemicals in Fracking Wastewater at Levels Unsafe to Drink
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

A pair of researchers at Rice University have produced a study that comprehensively analyzes the content of fracking wastewater for the first time. Other studies have analyzed some of the chemicals found in the chemical-laden “produced water” that is one of the byproducts of fracking, but the Rice study goes much further.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Massachusetts District Attorney Makes History: Recognizes Necessity of Defending Climate
DeSmog Blog
Ben Jervey

This morning, a District Attorney in Massachusetts made history as he recognized the “necessity defense” of climate-related civil disobedience, and reduced the charges for two activists charged in their Lobster Boat Blockade.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
The End of Fracking Is Closer Than You Think
Vice News
Robert S. Eshelman

Working with the Post Carbon Institute, a sustainability think-tank, Hughes meticulously analyzed industry data from 65,000 US shale oil and natural gas wells that use the much-ballyhooed extraction method of hydraulic fracturing, colloquially known as fracking. The process involves drilling horizontally as well as vertically, and then pumping a toxic cocktail of pressurized water, sand, and chemicals deep underground in order to break apart the rock formations that hold deposits of oil and gas.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Anti-Fracking Billboards in Ohio Coming Down
ABC News
Julie Carr Smyth

Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards' owners were ending his three-month verbal agreement after two months unless he agreed to change the text. Well-owner Buckeye Brine, of Austin, Texas, filed a lawsuit in July over the ads, contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Fracking is a toxic issue for Conservative party grassroots From protest camps to packed-out town hall meetings, shale gas and fracking is a major issue in safe Tory seats
The Guardian
John Vidal

When parish councillor Chris Hesketh volunteered to form a local group to challenge plans to drill for gas in north Shropshire, he had little idea how people would respond. The rural constituency, held by former environment secretary Owen Paterson, is the safest Tory seat in the country and only rarely in 175 years has there been much opposition to the sitting MP.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Anti-fracking bill of rights will be on Gates Mills November ballot after city officials change stance
Cleveland.com
Sara Dorn

GATES MILLS, Ohio — Voters will decide in November whether to ban future gas and oil wells in the village. A group called Citizens for the Preservation of Gates Mills began collecting signatures on a petition in August to have the anti-fracking bill of rights placed on the ballot. It's a measure other cities have tried, though it's unclear whether it will protect them from unwanted gas and oil wells.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Fracking vs. forests: How Sally Jewell squares protecting wilderness with supporting energy industry
Yahoo
David Kerley, Richard Coolidge & Jordyn Phelps

On the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which established the protection of 9 million acres worth of wilderness on federal lands, Jewell discussed the balancing act she plays in trying to simultaneously conserve the nation’s precious wilderness, while also tapping into the potential for oil and gas development ventures.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Nova Scotia bans high volume fracking
Petro Global News


The Nova Scotia Department of Energy said Wednesday that the Canadian province’s government will implement a ban on high volume onshore fracking this fall. Energy Minister Andrew Younger said the ban would not be permanent but did not specify how long it will last.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
McKibben: Natural gas won't work as a 'bridge fuel' -- fracking may be worse than burning coal
Climate Science Watch


In an article posted at Mother Jones today, Bill McKibben takes down the Obama administration's pro-fracking policy and argues that creating a new generation of natural gas infrastructure -- pipelines, power plants, export terminals -- is not a bridge to a clean energy future, but an obstacle. "There's no easy bridge to a working climate future," he writes, "no way to avoid angering powerful interests."   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
‘No fracking boom’ – expert says
Energy Voice
Erikka Askeland

A leading petroleum geology academic has rubbished claims that offshore fracking represents a potential £600billion “black gold bonanza” for Scotland. Professor David Macdonald, chair in geology and petroleum geology at the University of Aberdeen, said a report by think tank N-56 was “very poor” and that the oil rich shale under the North Sea would be at least ten times more expensive to exploit than onshore wells, making removing the reserves uneconomical.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Public Knowledge of Fracking Remains 'Persistently Low'
The Crop Site


UK - Awareness of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology remains “persistently low” amongst the British public whereas knowledge of fracking is high and growing, according to a recent survey conducted by Cambridge University on behalf of the UK CCS Research Centre. These low levels of awareness about CCS could potentially undermine the UK’s efforts to utilise the technology as a means of tackling carbon emissions from power plants and other facilities that burn fossil fuels, says one of the academics involved in the research.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Hedon Street Poll – 88% say “NO” to fracking in the East Riding
Hedon Blog
Ray Duffill

A STREET BALLOT conducted in Hedon on Saturday by the local Labour Party resulted in 88% of people polled voting NO to any fracking in the East Riding. A press release issued by Holderness Labour Party said that most voters in the secret ballot held on the day were aware of the issues and deeply concerned about work already going on at West Newton and Walkington.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Science Panel: Environmental Impacts of Fracking in California are Relatively Limited
Fox and Hounds Daily
Loren Kaye

Big news on the hydraulic fracturing front. An independent science panel has found that the direct environmental impact of well stimulation technologies for oil production in California “appear to be relatively limited.” That is, the primary environmental impacts from increased production will be caused by any increase in production generally – not by the well stimulation practices, i.e. “fracking.” The report was commissioned by the Bureau of Land Management to inform the federal agency’s oil and gas policies in California.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2014
Carbon capture and storage struggling to be heard amidst growing public debate over fracking, new study finds
Phys.Org
Louise Ogden

Awareness of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology remains "persistently low" amongst the British public whereas knowledge of fracking is high and growing, according to a recent survey conducted by Cambridge University on behalf of the UK CCS Research Centre. These low levels of awareness about CCS could potentially undermine the UK's efforts to utilise the technology as a means of tackling carbon emissions from power plants and other facilities that burn fossil fuels, says one of the academics involved in the research.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Task force unable to pinpoint cause of Kansas earthquakes Some question role of fracking in unusual number of quakes
KMBC


WICHITA, Kan. —A task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to find out why the number of earthquakes in the state has been rising says there isn't enough data to make a determination. The Wichita Eagle reports there were 49 earthquakes between the start of the year and late August, mainly in the south-central part of the state where a practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has contributed to a steady rise in gas and oil production.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Breitling Energy caught in fracking fracas in England
Star-Telegram
Shlachter Baker & Kaskovich

Just days after Breitling won a regional industry award for social responsibility, the Dallas exploration and production company got its corporate knuckles rapped by Britain’s advertising watchdog agency, which declared that a Breitling ad extolling hydraulic fracturing was misleading.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
State backs off plans to test for WNC natural gas potential Green groups say fracking still threat to region
Blude Ridge Now
Nathaniel Axtell

Despite a recent pullback on testing for natural gas potential in Western North Carolina, environmental groups say the threat of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — still looms over the region. Facts Speak out What:When: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 Where: Western Carolina University's Ramsey Center, 92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee Details: Comments will be limited to 3 minutes. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently decided not to conduct rock tests this fall in seven mountain counties looking at the potential for natural gas deposits, as initially planned.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Digging in for a lengthy battle to stop fracking
Lancashire Evening Post


Frackers could face a lengthy fight to get the go ahead for drilling under Lancashire’s green and pleasant countryside. Protestors from across the UK, who see the farmland between Preston and Blackpool as a key battleground for shale gas, look set to mount a vigorous challenge in the coming months to block exploration - possibly taking their case as far as the High Court.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
U.S. Approves Fracking on Federal Land in California
AllGov


The federal government gave the green light for oil and gas companies in California to drill on federal lands using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and acidization techniques after a receiving a report (pdf) from an independent, non-profit group created by the Legislature.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Nova Scotia closed for business
Sun News
Ezra Levant

The Liberal government of Nova Scotia announced last week it will permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking. But they already banned fracking a couple of years ago. So this is like hanging someone, burying them, and then digging them up and shooting them.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Landfill taking radioactive waste has history of violations, leaks, fires
Detroit Free Press
Keith Matheny

Despite assurances that a Belleville landfill and its partner facility in Van Buren Township that accept radioactive fracking waste are safe, they have been cited for at least 15 violations in the last decade and fined more than $471,000, a Free Press review of state and federal records shows.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Lingering Fracking Issues
WSIL TV
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Industry and environmental groups still hope for changes to new rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. Both sides will submit comments to a legislative panel that must approve the rules before hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," can begin. The Department of Natural Resources submitted them to the panel after making some changes to an earlier draft based on public comments.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Halcyon days at a Washington County farm (pre-fracking) Long before the Yeager Impoundment became a source of controversy, the site was part of Louise McClenathan family’s peaceful homestead
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Louise McClenathan

Range Resources has decided to close the Yeager Impoundment, a pond used to store fracking water, in Amwell, Washington County. The decision comes as neighbors continue to demand that the company identify the chemicals present there. The impoundment is on property that was owned by my family from 1793 until one of my cousins sold the land in two parcels in the 1970s and ’80s.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Ministers close to frack deal for widespread UK drilling
Express
Caroline Wheeler & Alex Stevenson

MINISTERS claim they are close to securing cross-party agreement on fracking, paving the way for widespread drilling under people’s homes. However insiders at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) believe ministers have already “secured cross-party consensus” and need only negotiate “finer points” of detail to lock down fracking before next year’s general election.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
New Brunswick party leaders pit shale-gas jobs against fracking moratorium
The Globe and Mail
Michael Macdonald

The dominant issue in the New Brunswick election campaign, which wraps up in just over two weeks, is jobs and whether the shale gas industry can provide a solution. The province’s economic growth rate was the worst in the country last year, which the Conference Board of Canada said was the result of austerity measures aimed at bringing its public debt levels under control.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Fines, hearings linger in fracking fight
My Journal Courier
Tammy Webber

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. As Illinois moves closer to allowing hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” within the state’s borders, proponents and critics are poring over extensive rules developed by the state Department of Natural Resources to see if they address concerns or add any unexpected twists.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
‘Drill, baby, drill’? Not so fast!
Workers World
Martha Grevatt

Michigan is not exactly a state that an oil and gas industry executive would call “unwelcoming.” In fact, there is a still a 1930s state law on the books stating that it is “the declared policy of the state … to foster the development of the [gas and oil] industry along the most favorable conditions and with a view to the ultimate recovery of the maximum production of these natural products.” This law has been used by the state’s so-called Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources to “foster” hydraulic fracking and to allow oil drilling inside the borders of cities and townships.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2014
Wyoming considers limits on oil and gas drill rigs
Washinton Times via AP


CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission intends to unveil a proposal next week to increase the minimum distance between drilling rigs and dwellings. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1qtMraD ) that the commission intends to call for a buffer of 500 feet between occupied buildings and vertical rigs. It would set a minimum distance of 750 feet for horizontal rigs. The current distance is 350 feet for all drilling rigs. Nearly all the rigs drilling for oil in Wyoming today are horizontal. Of the 36 oil rigs in the state as of the week of Sept. 5, 35 were horizontal, according to Baker Hughes, an oil-services firm.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Rats Start to Leave the Fracking Ship
Tribulation
Tom Lewis

Meanwhile, one of the top oil commodity traders in the world — in other words, one of the big rats who have been playing in the oil market as if it were a big casino, as if no one got hurt by their machinations — is tip-toeing down the mooring lines of the shale oil revolution in search of safer ground. His name is Andrew John Hall, and he says shale-oil production in the United States is about to fall off a cliff.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Burns considers fracking ban
The Tribune
Neal Simon

CANASERAGA — All signs point to the two-year-old moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the town of Burns becoming an outright ban on natural gas drilling before the end of the year. Vote counters believe there are at least three voting members in favor of the fracking ban, although there is currently a vacancy on the Burns town board as a result of Dennis Rawleigh's resignation. An appointment to the seat is expected to take place in the coming weeks.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Pipe up, underdogs, pipe up
News Leader
Bruce Dorries

How would you feel if energy giants Dominion and Duke, along with a couple of dwarf partners, decided to run a section of a 550-mile pipeline across your property? If you had little voice in the matter and scant time to call on neighbors for support, how would you feel? What would you think if our governor, whose interests received $150,000 in contributions from Dominion, spoke effusively about the pipeline’s economic impact while making little (if any) mention of the sacrifices that many rural landowners must make?   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Iran to Boost Annual Gas Production up to 330bcm in 3 Years
Fars News


TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief Executive of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamid Reza Araqi said his company has a three-year plan to increase the annual processing, transfer and distribution capacity of natural gas up to 330 billion cubic meters (bcm).   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Fracking hearing Friday could draw big crowd
Citizen-Times
Mark Barrett

CULLOWHEE – The public will get four hours to tell state regulators what they think about proposed rules to govern the controversial natural gas extraction method called fracking during a hearing here Friday.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Washington County, Va. Controversial natural gas drilling ordinance set for Tuesday vote
TriCities
Allie Robinson Bigson

Years of planning, draft ordinances and public meetings with vocal commentary from both sides of the issue boil down to a public hearing Tuesday at the Washington County Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The hearing is about a proposed ordinance change, which would permit, by special exception, gas well drilling in areas zoned A1 and A2, agriculture, county-wide.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Water testing cannot explain dirty well water for Susquehanna County woman
Times Leader
Jon O'Connell

AUBURN TWP. — A series of water tests by private and government laboratories show Gerri Kane’s well water is safe to drink, but what comes out of the tap tells a different story. Nestled in an isolated rural Susquehanna County town, Kane has watched natural gas development unfurl into a boom since 2008. There are six well pads within walking distance from her doorstep where she lives with her longtime partner, Kenny Macialek, in the home he bought in 2002.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Water testing cannot explain dirty well water for Susquehanna County woman
The Times Leader
Jon O'Connell

AUBURN TWP. — A series of water tests by private and government laboratories show Gerri Kane’s well water is safe to drink, but what comes out of the tap tells a different story. Nestled in an isolated rural Susquehanna County town, Kane has watched natural gas development unfurl into a boom since 2008. There are six well pads within walking distance from her doorstep where she lives with her longtime partner, Kenny Macialek, in the home he bought in 2002.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Semirural neighborhood becomes Marcellus Shale zoning battleground
Philadelphia Inquirer
ANDREW MAYKUTH

A semirural enclave in Lycoming County has become the latest legal battleground pitting neighbor against neighbor over Marcellus Shale gas drilling. The environmental group PennFuture is hailing a judge's ruling last week that threw out a township decision allowing natural-gas wells to be drilled in an area zoned residential.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Ohio halts injections at two wells for fracking wastewater after quake
Columbus Dispatch
Julie Carr Smyth

State regulators suspended operations at two deep-injection wells for fracking wastewater in northeastern Ohio yesterday after discovering possible evidence that the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake last weekend.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Breitling Energy responds to ban on pro-fracking advert
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Charlotte Malone

Breitling Energy, the US company behind an advertisement that was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has responded to the decision, claiming their open letter advert aimed only to provide balance to the fracking debate.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Fracking with Bacteria
WFDD 88.5
Shawn Fitzmaurice

So, how can this bacteria, that is found pretty much everywhere, improve the fracking process? This bacteria has some special properties. One thing a bacteria can be used for is a biosurfactant. And this biosurfactant is used by other companies, purified as a drug for premature babies lungs to allow them to breathe better. In our case it lowers the friction in the frack well as they pump the millions of gallons of water in the sand it allows this to be pumped easier down the well as it has very, very low surface tension which makes things flow quickly.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
Nature Notes What will be different this time? Fracking and wastewater
Elko Daily
Larry Hyslop

What will prevent Elko County from facing the many problems faced by so many other states where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is being used for oil and natural gas exploration and production?  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2014
U.S. EPA CO2 rules unrealistic, federal drilling restrictions too limiting, says U.S. Chamber executive
Cleveland.com
John Funk

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Obama administration's goal to cut power plant carbon dioxide emissions is too much, too soon, a leading industry spokeswoman charged Friday.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Williams opens season on Western Marcellus Pipeline
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Williams (NYSE: WMB) has announced that it is initiating an open season from September 3 to September 29, 2014 for the Western Marcellus Pipeline Project, an expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline to provide incremental firm natural gas transportation capacity to growing markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States by late 2018. Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners, L.P. (NYSE: WPZ), of which Williams owns controlling interests and is the general partner.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
If You Read Only One Story On Health And Fracking, Read This One
Wyoming Public Media
Leigh Paterson & Jordan Wirfs-Brock

In this second part of a series on public health risks, Inside Energy reporters Jordan Wirfs-Brock and Leigh Paterson clarify the confusion and describe a new scientific effort to help communities make informed decisions about this booming industry.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Public Input on Fracking
WVTF Radio
Pamela D'Angelo

State officials met with Tidewater communities this week who are trying to learn as much as they can about potential fracking on 84,000 leased acres close to the Chesapeake Bay.... The region may have the most stringent regulatory protections and the commitment of two state officials to protect the area's heritage, but that may not last.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Lawsuit over Broomfield fracking moratorium bound for court Sept. 19
Broomfield News
Megan Quinn

The issue of whether oil and gas company Sovereign is subject to Broomfield's controversial, voter-approved five-year moratorium on fracking, will go before a judge on Sept. 19.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Latin America Green News: solar up in Chile, fracking allowed in Colombia, deforestation in Brazil pollutes neighbors
NRDC Switchboard
Carolina Herrera Blog

The Colombian government has approved the use of fracking techniques to increase natural gas supplies in the country. Colombian Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Orlando Cabrales, confirmed this week that after a “rigorous” two-year process, a “responsible” regulatory framework has been established that includes provisions on protection of aquifers, seismic activity, and gas emissions. Interested companies will begin applying for environmental licenses soon and are expected to begin fracking activities sometime next year. (América Economía 9/1/2014)  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Fracking at Little Plumpton: 11,000 responses to consultation
BBC


A consultation on an energy company's plans to drill for shale gas in Lancashire has received 11,000 responses, the county council has said. The application by Cuadrilla to drill at Little Plumpton, near Blackpool, led to anti-fracking campaigners camping on the land in protest.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
The Real Cost of Fracking
Marcellus Effect


Earlier this week I had the pleasure of talking with Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian and co-writer of the newly-published book, The Real Cost of Fracking (Beacon Press, Aug 2014). Like many living in Ithaca, Michelle Bamberger and her co-researcher, Robert Oswald had never heard about fracking until about five years ago. That’s when they learned that their property was surrounded by leased land and that their land, even without a lease, could be drilled under through a process called compulsory integration.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
McAuliffe: Long review likely for fracking
WDBJ7


Spokesman Brian Coy said Thursday that McAuliffe is mindful of the unique nature of the Potomac Aquifer and is not inclined to hasten state reviews of hydraulic fracking in the Taylorsville Basin. A Dallas energy company wants to tap an estimated 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from tens of thousands of leased acres south and east of Fredericksburg.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Corbett Giving Industry Hack Group Taxpayer Money to Study Effects of Fracking
Keystone Politics
Jon Getting

Last week, Tom Corbett’s Department of Environmental Protection was finally forced to admit that natural gas drilling had contaminated drinking water “hundreds of times” after years of furiously and dickishly denying that this had ever happened:  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Highest Court to Weigh in on a Dispute Over Water
The New York Times
JIM MALEWITZ

AUSTIN — Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well has already stirred a national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free-speech dispute that has landed in the state’s highest court — the biggest test of a law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest. So much methane has migrated into the well on Mr. Lipsky’s Parker County estate that he can ignite the stream that flows from it. Mr. Lipsky blames the phenomenon on nearby gas drilling in the Barnett Shale. In the past three years, he has shared those suspicions in YouTube videos, the film “Gasland Part II” and news reports.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Fracking In Illinois Moves Forward
WICS


After a lenghty wait and public input period the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has finally delivered the revised regulations to the joint committee on administrative rules. Opponents say that they aren't tight enough. But those in favor say they're wasting time and money. The IDNR recieved more then 30-thousand responses. But experts say that there is no way they can please both the business and environmental groups, when it comes to this legislation.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Free Speech Case Springs From Fracking Dispute
Texas Tribune
Jim Malewitz & Neena Satija

Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Fracking tech, PR conference coming to Beaver Creek
Denver Business Journal
Cathy Proctor

The “ Clean Frac’ing 3” conference, organized by Houston company The Petroleum Connection, is the third in a series of conferences the company has organized to focus on the technology and communication issues that surround the technique. The conference will be held Sept. 17-18.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Roundtable Analyzes Debates, Fracking, Testing Violations In Chula Vista Schools BLM: Fracking in California Is OK
KPBS
Pat Finn & Mark Sauer

Fracking, or the extraction of oil and gas trapped in rock using high-pressure water, consumes acres of water and can spark earthquakes, a combination the Bureau of Land Management believes is OK in California. The BLM said this week that, based on a study by the California Council on Science and technology, it will resume issuing oil- and gas-drilling leases for federal lands in the Golden State.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Why I Oppose Fracking
Huffington Post
Randy Credico

When I am Governor I will ban fracking for shale gas in NY State. Fracking is far more environmentally destructive than conventional gas drilling. It poisons many millions of gallons of fresh water as each well is blasted and then injected with a toxic soup of secret industrial chemicals to release the tiny bubbles of gas trapped in the rocks a mile or more down below the ground.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Where does Hillary Clinton stand on fracking?
Grist
Lisa Hymas

Hillary Clinton never actually said the word “fracking” during her keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada on Thursday, but she still clearly laid out her views on the technique: She’s all for it. She says it needs to be conducted and regulated properly so it doesn’t cause excessive environmental harm, but she believes that can be done. Which puts her totally in line with President Obama, and out of line with most of the environmental community.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Fracking's Wastewater, Poorly Understood, Is Analyzed for First Time
Inside Climate News
Azhra Hirji

A new study in the journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts offers one of the most comprehensive analyses yet of what's in a type of waste called produced water, a poorly understood and controversial byproduct of fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Inside Energy: Fracking and health, part 2
Prairie Public News
Jordan Wirfs-Brock & Leigh Paterson

If you live right next to a drilling rig, or your kids go to school beside a fracking site, or your county is suddenly littered with well pads -- are there health risks? That’s a question that’s been asked from Pennsylvania to North Dakota, from Colorado to Texas as more and more people find themselves and their towns in the midst of an unprecedented energy boom. In this second part of a series on public health risks, Inside Energy reporters Jordan Wirfs-Brock and Leigh Paterson clarify the confusion and describe a new scientific effort to help communities make informed decisions about this booming industry.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
N.Y. has power over rail transport of oil
Times Union
Susan Weber

Every energy choice has its risks and problems. But the risks of continuing reliance on fossil fuels — ever more difficult to access, hazardous to process and transport, and harmful to use — have become unacceptable. Even though the DOT-111 "bomb trains" carrying highly flammable Bakken crude through our state were declared unsafe by the federal government in 1991, more than 20 years ago, nothing has been done to end their use. Recently, the federal DOT declared rail transport of crude in these tankers an imminent hazard under 49 USC 5102(5). The solution proposed is to "phase out" the DOT-111s and replace them with 1232s, which punctured and burned in the Lynchburg, Va., derailment this spring. This disregard for public safety is alarming.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Long Distance Motorcyclist IronBoltBruce Rides Through 1,534 Miles of Fracking Ecocide in 22 Hours
Digital Journal
Press Release

MIAMI -- Sep. 5, 2014 -- PRZen -- Tuesday, 2 September 2014, marked the end of 5 days and 3,755 miles in the saddle for me. My two-wheeled trek began with what the Iron Butt Association should certify as my 55th IBA ride and 22nd Bun Burner GOLD 1500. The BBG1500 requires a documented ride of at least 1,500 miles in 24 hours or less, and in this case I covered the 1,534-mile distance from Miami Beach, Florida, to Del Rio, Texas, in 22 hours and 1 minute.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Keystone XL Route Runs Through Nebraska Top Court
Bloomberg
Andrew Harris

The course of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s proposed $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline runs through Nebraska’s highest court, which can either speed the project on to U.S. President Barack Obama or delay it indefinitely.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Flaring for all to see
The Daily Climate
Douglas Fischer

Every day at remote oil fields across the globe, unwanted gas burns skyward. What goes up in flames could meet a quarter of the United States' natural gas demand. A small nonprofit using satellite imagery puts it on the map.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Fracking fight gets $100,000 hike from St. Tammany Parish Council
Times-Picayune
Robert Rhoden

St. Tammany Parish's legal fight to block fracking got a $100,000 boost Thursday night (Aug. 4). The Parish Council, by unanimous vote, approved a resolution to increase the budget for its outside legal counsel to $125,000.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2014
Fracking's Wastewater, Poorly Understood, Is Analyzed for First Time Researchers determined general chemical footprint of one liter samples, but not relative concentrations, and call for further study.
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

A new study in the journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts offers one of the most comprehensive analyses yet of what's in a type of waste called produced water, a poorly understood and controversial byproduct of fracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
High cost of fracking makes it a bad idea
Fredericksburg.com


Thanks to excellent coverage in this paper, readers are familiar with many of the high costs of modern fracking borne by rural residential areas in other states: industrialization, access roads and pipelines that divide communities, roads shredded by 24/7 truck traffic, toxic wastewater, and even examples of proven ground and surface water contamination. Readers have also learned that because fracking has been exempted from almost all federal environmental laws, protection of public health and the environment falls to the states.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
The Case for a Moratorium On Tar Sands Development
Environment 360
Ed Styruzik

In a widely publicized commentary in Nature this summer, aquatic ecologist Wendy Palen and seven colleagues were sharply critical of the way that Canada and the United States have gone about developing Alberta’s vast tar sands deposits and the extensive infrastructure of pipelines and rail networks needed to transport those fossil fuels to market. Rather than looking at the cumulative effect of this massive energy development on the climate and the environment, Palen and her co-authors wrote, major decisions have been made in a piecemeal fashion.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Amy Biancolli: Raising their voices against fracking
Albany Times Union
Amy Biancolli

The crowd in Woodstock belted it out on cue. No fracking way, not on my land. No fracking way, I'm talking to you, man. Don't frack with me, and I won't frack with you Go frack yourself, bro! Go home! It was a Wednesday night in late August, and the Maverick Concert Hall was crammed with sympathetic listeners, a few curious onlookers and many willing singalongers, all of them responding to a call by local folk-rocker and anti-fracking activist Marc Black.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
As Keystone awaits fate, other tar sands projects move forward Environmental groups accuse pipeline companies of skirting federal review to get tar sands to the US
Al Jazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

The federal government has quietly approved major tar sands transportation projects with unstudied environmental effects — managing to circumvent the executive branch’s impact analysis that paralyzed development of the Keystone XL pipeline and bolstered activists’ claims that the project is dangerous and damaging to the environment.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
BP May Be Fined Up to $18 Billion for Spill in Gulf
New York Times
Campbell Robertson & Clifford Krauss

On Thursday, a federal judge here for the first time bluntly rejected those arguments, finding that BP was indeed the primary culprit and that only it had acted with “conscious disregard of known risks.” He added that BP’s “conduct was reckless.”  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
EPA Grants First Underground Injection Permits to FutureGen for Illinois Project
Bloomberg
Michael Bologna

Sept. 3 — The Environmental Protection Agency has granted the first-ever Class VI underground injection permits for carbon dioxide to FutureGen Industrial Alliance Inc., which plans to construct an innovative near zero-emission, coal-fired power plant in southern Illinois.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Natural gas takes a dive on bearish weekly U.S. stockpile report Natural gas takes a dive on bearish weekly U.S. stockpile report
Money Control


Investing.com - Investing.com - Natural gas prices took a dive on Thursday after a widely-watched report revealed that U.S. inventories grew more last week than markets were anticipating.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Feedback: Give Michigan communities the right to say no to drilling, fracking
Detroit Free Press
Michele Economou Ureste Letter to Editor

As a result, gas and oil drilling is occurring for the first time in densely populated residential areas, and it is growing at an alarming speed. If pending legislation to provide Michigan townships the authority to ban or regulate oil and gas drilling is not adopted, Michigan suburban areas could rapidly become a fracking and radioactive wasteland.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Belleville disposal site center of controversy over fracking, radioactive waste
Detroit News
Jim Lynch

Belleville — Wayne Disposal Inc. has suddenly become a hot topic after years without controversy, a development that company officials don’t completely understand.... But it wasn’t until last month — when the public became aware the facility planned to take a shipment of hydraulic fracturing sludge from Pennsylvania — that anyone seemed to care. State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said he was “shocked to learn that a landfill in Michigan was scheduled to accept nearly 40 tons of low-level radioactive sludge” and announced he would introduce a bill banning companies from shipping such wastes to Michigan. F  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Experts investigating if Ohio earthquake has fracking links
Coshocton Tribune
Associated Press

WEATHERSFIELD – State regulators and scientists in Ohio are working to determine whether an earthquake in northeastern Ohio on Sunday has any connection to nearby injection wells. The Warren Tribune Chronicle reported Wednesday that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and scientists from Columbia University are studying the cause of the 2.1-magnitude quake centered in Weathersfield, near Youngstown.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Fracking in China: Just add water
Christian Science Monitor
Nick Cunningham

China holds enormous potential for shale gas development, but water scarcity stands in the way of any kind of major gas production boom. A new report outlines the high water stress that may prevent China from recovering its shale gas resources.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Cashing In On Carbon: How Taxpayer Dollars Greenwash Dirty Energy
Oil Change International
Anna Simonton

This paradoxical strategy of capturing carbon emissions only to unearth more fossil fuels has made its way to the forefront of the federal government’s plans for tackling climate change, thanks in part to support from a plethora of industries whose pollutive practices would be threatened by a widespread shift to renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
On Climate and the Environment, New York Is Leading Where Washington Fails
Huffington Post
Eric T. Schneiderman

Today, I released a report, prepared by my office, analyzing historical weather data. It revealed a disturbing increase in the intensity and frequency of storms across New York. The number of storms that produce the heaviest amounts of rainfall in 24 hours rose so dramatically between 1978 and 2007 that so-called 100-year storms are now happening, on average, every 60 years.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
The Crux Of Determining Fracking's Safety
KUNC


For people who live in close proximity to the current oil and gas boom, are there health risks? It’s a question people are asking from Colorado to Texas and from Pennsylvania to North Dakota, as more and more communities find themselves in the midst of unprecedented energy development.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Deceptive Fracking Claims Found Unacceptable by UK Ad Board
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Fossil fuel companies are getting more brazen in their claims, keeping the UK’s advertising oversight board, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), busy sorting through them.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Shell's Deep Utica Discovery Opens A New Chapter For Northeast Gas
Seeking Alpha


Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) today made public the results of its first two deep Utica exploration tests in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Both wells have been on production for a significant period of time, but the results have been kept confidential by Shell. Both test wells are prolific producers.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Why Is PetroChina Scrambling For Shale?
Seeking Alpha


Yet there's a realm that the Chinese oil king hasn't conquered, one that it desperately wants to control: shale gas. And to gain hegemony over shale, PetroChina would have to go through its main rival: Sinopec (NYSE:SHI).  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Trans Energy faces criminal charges for releasing natural gas drilling materials into streams
The Republic
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Oil and gas company Trans Energy Inc. faces federal criminal charges for releasing natural gas drilling materials into streams and wetlands. An information filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling alleges the St. Marys-based company lacked permits to dump into streams. The charges are misdemeanors.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Christie in Mexico Calls for End to U.S. Oil Export Ban
Bloomberg
Terrence Dopp & Eric Martin

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used the first day of a trip to Mexico to call for an end to the 39-year-old U.S. ban on crude oil exports and approval of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s stalled Keystone XL pipeline. Christie, 51, a second-term Republican and potential 2016 candidate for president, said yesterday in a Mexico City speech that the U.S. needs to avoid “foolish regulations.”   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Shale Oil Drillers Deliberately Wasted Nearly $1 Billion in Gas, Harming Climate
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

In Texas and North Dakota, where an oil rush triggered by the development of new fracking methods has taken many towns by storm, drillers have run into a major problem. While their shale wells extract valuable oil, natural gas also rises from the wells alongside that oil. That gas could be sold for use for electrical power plants or to heat homes, but it is harder to transport from the well to customers than oil. Oil can be shipped via truck, rail or pipe, but the only practical way to ship gas is by pipeline, and new pipelines are expensive, often costing more to construct than the gas itself can be sold for.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Ban fracking from national parks, say majority of UK public Guardian poll suggests public unmoved by assurances that planning guidance has been tightened for shale drilling
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

Fracking should be completely banned from national parks, according to a strong majority of the UK public.... The poll, conducted by Panelbase, shows 60% of people think fracking should not be allowed in national parks, compared to 22% that do. It also shows rejection of another controversial move by ministers, who plan to change trespass laws to prevent people blocking fracking underneath their own land.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Why fracking should be for the many The UK’s oil wealth was exploited for the benefit of the few. We have to avoid that happening with shale gas
The Guardian
Guy Standing Opinion

Fracking should be a defining issue in the general election. We should work hard to make sure it isn’t a footnote. If the scale of gas is anything like the claims made by its advocates, it has major implications for the economy and British society. Besides its worrying environmental aspects, it could have adverse effects on income distribution.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
State plans to give industry group $150K grant to study effects of gas drilling
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

The state Department of Environmental Protection has approved a $150,000 grant earmarked in the state budget for “independent research regarding natural gas drilling” to an industry-backed nonprofit organization. The funding was approved on a non-competitive basis– other groups were not able to apply for the money.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Fracking Operator Sentenced To Over 2 Years In Jail For Water Violation
Water Online
Sara Jerome

"Ohio fracking company owner Benedict Lupo had a choice: He could dispose properly of byproducts from his drilling operation, or he could have his employees dump the wastewater in a local creek. He chose the latter. The employees tried to talk him out of it; he insisted. Then he did it again 32 more times, killed everything in the creek, got caught, and will now go to jail for 28 months," Slate reported.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Va. Gov: long review likely for natural gas drilling
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in agreement with two Cabinet secretaries who say state permitting for natural gas drilling in Virginia’s coastal plain are years away.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Hillary Clinton talks climate change, gas and exports to friendly energy crowd
Politico
Darren Goode

LAS VEGAS — Hillary Clinton expounded on climate change, energy exports, natural gas drilling and green energy Thursday — all while managing to play it safe. At Sen. Harry Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit, Clinton called climate change “the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world.”   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
EIA offers new overview of U.S. shale drilling
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Over the past decade, the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has provided access to large volumes of oil and natural gas that were previously uneconomic to produce from low permeability geological formations composed of shale, sandstone, and carbonate (e.g., limestone).   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Bulgaria’s Environment Minister Denies Fracking Permit for Dobrudzha
Publics.bg


Statements made by Bulgarian political party “The Greens” that the Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW) had issued a permit allowing for fracking or any kind of unconventional gas are mere speculations, environment minister Svetla Zhekova said in an interview for bTV.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Frack-Free Leaders in Illinois, Hedging Their Bets, Shelve Calls for Ban
Inside Climate News
Katherine Bagley

Grassroots activists joined mainstream environmental organizations to help force the state to write tougher fracking rules; some aren't pleased about it. Grassroots groups fighting hydraulic fracturing in Illinois have put aside their push for a moratorium or a ban in recent months in favor of seeking stronger industry regulations.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Study To Examine Horizontal Fracking Impact on Water Resources
The Daily Ardmoreite


A legislative study on declining water tables in Oklahoma will be held Sept. 9 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. State Rep. Steve Vaughan said the focus will be on both water preservation and how the practice of fracking impacts the state’s water resources.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Sen. Davis and fracking panel address public concerns at forum
Macon County News
Brittney Raby

The forum, which was moderated by N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, (R-50th District), was intended to address shale energy rulemaking, and exploration and development in North Carolina. The forum began with Lee County commissioner James Womack – who is past chairman and current member of the state’s Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) – presenting a powerpoint describing the statutory guidelines from the North Carolina General Assembly, about the process the MEC is currently reviewing during the rule making process, and myths about fracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Fracking ban gets mixed reaction
Chronicle Herald
Mary Ellen Macintyre

Fracking opponents say the province’s ban on the hydraulic fracturing process is welcome news, but they’re not dancing in the streets just yet. “I’m looking forward to seeing the legislation around this, certainly, but the regulations around conventional drilling are antiquated in the first place,” said Neal Livingston, co-chairman of the Margaree Environmental Association.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
SAFE responds to IDNR’s Updated Fracking Rules
Murphysboro American


After an initial review of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ updated rules on fracking it is clear that there are still many areas of concern. However, because of SAFE’s efforts, as well as those of many organizations around the state, some issues have been addressed and are improved. There are expanded rules to cover radioactivity, for example. Also, permit hearings are required to be held in the same county as the proposed drilling site or within thirty miles. And, open pit storage will only be allowed for 7 days.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
The Drilldown: Oil and gas sector to push back on NS fracking ban
i Politics
James Munson

A combination of scientific uncertainty and public backlash has led Nova Scotia to keep in place a moratorium on fracking, the provincial government announced yesterday.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Fracking 'Unlikely' In Bucks
MIX 96


The chance of fracking here in Buckinghamshire is 'unlikely', despite the government offering up two areas of the county to energy firms. That's according to a report out from the County Council, who say our area just isn't that suitable for even exploring for natural gas or oil.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2014
Nova Scotia fracking ban a lost opportunity: Joe Oliver
Canada.com


The finance minister is defending hydraulic fracturing after Nova Scotia banned high-volume fracking for onshore shale gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
"Ban Fracking" Groups Target New Colorado Task Force
The Energy Collective


Anti-energy activists – including Anthony Ingraffea, the New York-based star of the Gasland movies – are continuing their “ban fracking” campaign in Colorado by seeking roles on a new oil and natural gas task force.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Cecil officials to meet with DEP in private
Observer-Reporter
Emily Petsko

CECIL – Groundwater test results at Cecil Township 23 impoundment will be released soon, but Cecil officials must first meet in private with the state Department of Environmental Protection to get the details. Township Manager Don Gennuso said supervisors asked for a copy of the test results prior to a meeting with the DEP – tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday – and requested that it be a public meeting. Gennuso said DEP officials would meet only in private with supervisors and would not provide test results beforehand.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
No More Fracking Tests in the Mountains
WLOS ABC 13


Testing for possible fracking in the mountains is now on hold. The state says our mountain counties don't hold enough natural gas to even continue testing, so for now, that takes fracking off the table.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Water supply big fracking fear
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

State officials made it clear that protecting the Potomac aquifer—which supplies water to the Fredericksburg region and half of Virginia—will be their top priority, if any companies want to drill for natural gas in the region.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Watch the world go up in fracking flares
Grist
Sara Bernard

Prepare to be terrified: Natural gas drilling is so widespread now you can see it from space. SkyTruth has a pretty haunting visualization tool made out of NOAA satellite imagery that shows nightly gas flares sparkling across the globe. In the U.S., it’s possible that over 40 percent of those flares come from fracking wells.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Teachout and Wu roll out Ruffalo
Capital
Conor Skelding

Actor Mark Ruffalo joined Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse on Wednesday morning to endorse their ticket and praise their unequivocal opposition to fracking. "This is where my heart led me, to support and endorse Tim and Zephyr," said Ruffalo. "If we make every decision that we make in our lives based on what's possible or not possible, nothing will change."   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Clinton's speech at Harry Reid's energy summit could offer clues about her climate agenda.
National Journal
Ben Geman and Jason Plautz

Hillary Clinton is about to give her first energy and climate speech of a publicity tour that many believe is the springboard to a presidential campaign. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod if she runs, will be the keynote speaker Thursday at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's annual energy conference in Las Vegas.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Shell discovers natural gas in Tioga County, Pennsylvania
Penn Energy


Shell discovers natural gas in Tioga County, Pennsylvania September 3, 2014 By PennEnergy Editorial Staff Royal Dutch Shell announced it found natural gas through two new discovery wells. Royal Dutch Shell announced it found natural gas through two new discovery wells. The Gee and Neal wells are in the Utica shale formation in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, where Shell has a majority working interested in about 430,000 acres of land.... This discovery extends the natural gas potential of the Utica formation beyond Southeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, according to the company's statement. Shell is currently waiting on the results of four more wells it drilled in Tioga County.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Judge bars natural gas well in residential area
ABC 27


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A judge in northern Pennsylvania is throwing out a municipality's decision to allow a natural gas well to be drilled in a residentially zoned area. The environmental group PennFuture said Wednesday the ruling was a test of a state Supreme Court decision that struck down a 2012 law restricting municipalities' ability to control where companies may drill.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Israel signs 15-year natural gas deal with Jordan An industry official who asked not to be identified said the deal was worth about $15 billion.
Haaretz
Steven Scheer & Tova Cohen

REUTERS - Israel will sign a deal to supply natural gas from its Leviathan field to Jordan for 15 years, Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom said on Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
High rates of heavy metals in Texas groundwater near natural gas sites
Bakken.com
Zachary Toliver

Researchers at the University of Texas are claiming to have found an unfortunate consequence of the gas fields in Texas. Nearly 30 percent of water wells out of 100 that reside above natural gas reserves contain unusually high levels of heavy metals, most notably, arsenic.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
A.G. Schneiderman Issues Report Highlighting Need To Tackle Climate Change At State Level, Details Work Of Environmental Protection Bureau
Eric T. Schneiderman, NY Attorney General
Press Release

Report Shows Need For Improved Resiliency Planning, Concerted Effort To Tackle Climate Change Schneiderman: While Our Leaders In Washington Have Failed To Act, We Have Chosen To Take Action At The State Level To Protect Our Homes, Communities And Environment   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund has been working to strip away the dodges and subterfuges when it comes to candidates’ positions on the climate. It spent the month of August exposing what it called the “Daily Dirty Denier$” (#DailyDenier$), officeholders running for reelection who can’t dodge the fact that they’ve accepted money from big polluters in the dirty energy sector and cast votes in their favor.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
The high price of fracked gas
Williamettelive


Anyone wanting the benefit of a six-week course on the pros and cons of fracking in a mere 90 minutes will appreciate the documentary “Triple Divide,” the initial offering of this fall’s Salem’s Progressive Film Series.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Environmental Champion Slottje ’89 on Crusade to Protect America Against Fracking Winner of top environmental prize to visit Holy Cross for panel discussion
Holy Cross
Nikolas Markantonatos

Attorney Helen Holden Slottje ’89, who has helped organize bans against hydraulic fracturing (or, “fracking”) in dozens of New York communities, was recently recognized with the Goldman Prize, often referred to by those in the environmental movement as the “Nobel Prize for environmentalists.”  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Fracking comes closer to Akron-Canton area in experimental oil-and-gas drilling of Clinton sandstone
Bakken
Zackary Toliver

EnerVest is looking for areas of Clinton that have not been over-tapped with vertical wells. The company is experimenting with the new horizontal drilling technology that allows the driller to go to a specified depth, turn 90 degrees, drill horizontally, fracture the underground rock with high-pressure water, sand and chemicals and break loose the trapped oil and gas. This comes at the same time eastern Ohio has become one of the nation’s biggest oil and gas plays as drillers find lucrative reserves in the Utica shale formation, which rests several thousand feet deeper and extends into Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Planning Committee nixes oil fracking program
Haaretz
Zafir Rinat

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee on Tuesday rejected a plan to erect a pilot facility to produce oil from shale in the Judean lowlands. The rejection was not explained, but it was a near-unanimous decision, with only the representative of the Energy and Water Resources Ministry voting in favor.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Shale activity spurs WesBanco growth
Shale Mart.com


Managing growth has been a problem for some companies in the shale gas region of West Virginia, leading WesBanco to provide services to help them. “Much of the infrastructure to move gas from the wells is still being built,” WesBanco President and CEO Todd F. Clossin said during a recent conference call with investment analysts. “Royalty payments will increase as gas production increases over time. We have the geographic good fortune of having 71 percent of our franchise footprint located within shale-producing areas. “The companies involved in shale-related activities need financing activities to grow. That's a double-edged sword: On the one hand, there's growth and they need financing. On the other hand, some of these companies are growing rather rapidly and we need to make sure they've got the infrastructure in place from a management perspective to manage their growth so that they focus on cash flow and not just on net income.” WesBanco is the largest bank based in West Virginia. Its corporate headquarters are in Wheeling. As of June 30, it had assets of $6.28 billion, up about 3.2 percent from June 30, 2013. Its deposits totaled $5.12 billion, up 3.6 percent. The company has 119 branch locations and 106 ATMs in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Clossin said the bank had about $260 million in royalty deposits for Marcellus and Utica shale gas over the previous 12 months. “A company going from $10 (million) to $40 (million) to $80 million in revenue over a three-year time period has got to change their internal reporting,” he said. “I'm finding a number of banks are not having those conversations with their customers. We are. “I think that's helping our customers, but I also think it will keep our credit quality pristine during this whole time period of growing financing related to the shale-related activities.” WesBanco has made some acquisitions, but growth in the shale gas areas has produced growth that has not required new branch offices, Clossin said. “Historically, we opened a branch or two every 12 or 18 months,” he said. “I think one of the benefits we have with the strong deposit flow we have coming from shale-related activities, it's a huge and enormous benefit, I think, to our organization. “We don't need to put up a lot of brick and mortar and wait for that to become profitable in order to generate deposits. We just open the doors every morning and the checks from the gas companies go to our customers and they deposit them in our bank.” Clossin said some of the royalty streams will go on for 50 or 60 years, so from a funding perspective, he doesn't have much need for opening new branches.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Residential electricity prices are rising by on Sep 2, 2014
beSpacific
Sabrina I. Pacifici

X Subscribe for Daily Email Updates Email Address: Residential electricity prices are rising by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Sep 2, 2014 EIA: “U.S. retail residential electricity prices for the first half of 2014 averaged 12.3 cents per kilowatthour, an increase of 3.2% from the same period last year. This is the highest year-over-year growth in residential prices for the first half of the year since 2009. Average prices rose in all areas of the country except for the Pacific Census Division (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). Electricity customers in New England experienced the largest price increases, averaging 11.8%. Beyond taxes, fees, and other charges, there are two main components of electricity bills: the generation component, which reflects the costs of generating the electricity, and the delivery portion, which reflects the costs of transmitting and distributing that electricity. All New England states, with the exception of Vermont, have restructured the industry so that residential customers have the option of choosing an alternative retail electricity supplier for the generation (energy) component of their electricity bill. More than one-quarter of all residential customers in New England pay a retail supplier other than the regulated utility for the generation of their electricity. Customers of both full-service utilities and restructured retail suppliers have experienced similar rate increases of just under 12% so far this year.”  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
LG Electronics to Supply 24 Megawatts of Panels to Borrego Solar
Bloomberg News


The North American unit of LG Electronics Inc., the world’s second-largest television maker, agreed to supply Borrego Solar Systems Inc. with 24 megawatts of solar panels through 2015. Closely held Borrego Solar, based in San Diego, plans to use the modules for commercial projects, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-based LG Electronics USA said today in a statement. Terms weren’t disclosed. Solar panels face a looming shortage following a two-year price slump induced by overproduction, particularly in China, where manufacturers could have duties imposed on modules exported to the U.S. “LG has a 30-year track record in solar technologies,” Borrego Solar Chief Executive Officer Mike Hall said in the statement. “This agreement allows us to meet rising commercial market demand for top-tier, high-efficiency modules –- with the added benefit of not being subject to Commerce Department tariffs on Chinese modules.” To contact the reporter on this story: Justin Doom in New York at jdoom1@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net Robin Saponar, Carlos Caminada   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Citadel Exploration Announces New Board Member
Market Wired


Citadel Exploration, Inc. (OTCQB: COIL) ("Citadel" or "the Company"), a pure-play California oil company with operations in the Salinas and San Joaquin Basins of California, announced today that James Walesa has joined its Board of Directors, replacing Jacob Barnhart. Mr. Walesa has 34 years of experience in the financial services industry and brings to the board a unique combination of finance and energy experience. "I am very excited to be joining the board of Citadel because of its unique combination of talent, knowledge and data for exploring an oil-rich region like California," said Walesa. "It is very rare that someone has the opportunity to join a firm with such tremendous potential in such an early stage."  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
ATWOOD OCEANICS ANNOUNCES DELIVERY OF ATWOOD ACHIEVER
Global News Wire
Mark Mey

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (ATW) announced today the delivery of the Atwood Achiever from the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) shipyard in South Korea. The Atwood Achiever has commenced the mobilization phase of its drilling services contract with Kosmos Energy and is expected to arrive in Northwest Africa in early December to conduct a three-year exploration drilling program. Rob Saltiel, Atwood Oceanics President and CEO, commented, "We are very pleased to take delivery of the Atwood Achiever, the second of our four `A-Class` ultra-deepwater drillships, from the DSME shipyard. We are eager to begin drilling operations for Kosmos and to demonstrate the extensive capabilities and efficiencies of this state-of-the-art drilling vessel." Atwood Oceanics, Inc. is a leading offshore drilling contractor engaged in the drilling and completion of exploratory and developmental wells for the global oil and gas industry. The company currently owns 13 mobile offshore drilling units and is constructing two ultra-deepwater drillships. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Atwood Oceanics, Inc. common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ATW." For a full list of the official Social Media pages for Atwood Oceanics, Inc. please visit our Investor Relations site at: http://ir.atwd.com/GenPage.aspx?IID=4010374&GKP=210376 .   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
TransAtlantic Petroleum Announces Agreement to Acquire Stream Oil & Gas Ltd. for US$41.2 Million in Stock
Global News Wire


TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TAT) (TNP.TO) (the "Company" or "TransAtlantic") today announced that it has entered into an arrangement agreement to acquire Stream Oil & Gas Ltd. ("Stream") (SKO.V) for US$41.2 million in common shares of TransAtlantic. The Boards of Directors of both companies have approved the transaction. The acquisition is expected to close in November 2014. Stream is a publicly traded oil and gas company based in Calgary, Alberta. It owns 100% interests in three oil fields, one gas field and one exploration license in Albania, which encompass approximately 75,000 net acres. For the three months ended May 31, 2014, Stream had gross production of 1,522 BO per day and net production of 973 BO per day. As of November 30, 2013, Stream reported net proved reserves of 20.9 MMBOE under Canadian National Instrument 51-101 "Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities".  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Shell Finds Stretch Utica Shale Boundary Many Miles East
Bloomberg
Joe Carrrol

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s natural gas discoveries near the Pennsylvania-New York border indicate that the Utica shale formation extends hundreds of miles farther east than originally thought. Two gas finds in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, announced today by Europe’s largest oil company are more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) away from the epicenter of Utica shale drilling in Monroe County, Ohio. Shell, which has been selling gas assets in other parts of the U.S. to focus on its highest-profit prospects, said it owns drilling rights across about 430,000 acres in the discovery zone, an area five times the size of Philadelphia.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Shell taps Utica in north central Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Business Times
Sam Kusic

Shell revealed on Wednesday it has drilled two producing wells that tap the Utica Shale in Tioga County, demonstrating the layer’s sweet spot extends beyond southeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2014
Trader Who Scored $100 Million Payday Bets Shale Is Dud
Bloomberg
Bradley Olson

Drilling rigs are popping up in many parts of the U.S. as oil companies push into hydraulic fracturing or fracking, which has set the country on a course toward energy independence. Skeptics like Andy Hall are betting the fracking boom will fizzle and oil prices will start to rise again. Andrew John Hall -- known as the God of Crude Oil Trading to some of his peers -- has built his success on a simple creed: Everyone who disagrees with him is wrong. For most of the past 30 years, that has been a killer strategy. Like a poker player on an endless hot streak, Hall has made billions for the companies for which he’s traded by placing one aggressive bet after another. He was one of the few traders who anticipated both the run-up in and the eventual crash of oil prices in 2008. Hall was so good that he bagged a $98 million payday in 2008, when he ran Citigroup Inc.’s Phibro LLC trading unit, and was up for about $100 million more in 2009. In the end, Bloomberg Markets will report in its October 2014 issue, he couldn’t collect the 2009 payout from Citi because an anti–Wall Street backlash against the bank -- which had just received a $45 billion U.S. government bailout -- led regulators to block it. No such bonuses have awaited Hall of late. He’s racked up losses in two of the past three years. His wager that oil prices would rise and rise has run headlong into an unanticipated energy revolution -- the frenetic push in the U.S. and elsewhere to wring crude out of shale. Shale drilling has boosted U.S. oil output to the highest level in 27 years; it helped the U.S. supply 84 percent of its energy demand last year. Oil prices, far from taking the upward trajectory Hall predicted, have been essentially unchanged since 2011.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Pro-fracking newspaper ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority
The Guardian
Sean Farrell

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a US energy company misled the public when it made unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of fracking and claimed a gas shortage put the UK close to catastrophe. Breitling Energy's advertisement in the Telegraph began: "Dear Citizens of the United Kingdom, do you know that your country is blessed with an incredible gift?" It said higher shale gas estimates in the British Geographical Survey were "fantastic news for the UK".  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
EPA MAY FORCE DRILLERS TO CUT METHANE LEAKS, CHIEF SAYS
Bloomberg


Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) — The Environmental Protection Agency is considering rules that would force oil and gas producers to cut methane emissions, its chief said, stepping up efforts to curb the most potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change. Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator, told investors at a New York forum today the agency will decide this year whether to issue regulations mandating emission cuts, or to rely only on voluntary steps. “We are looking at what are the most cost-effective regulatory and-or voluntary efforts that can take a chunk out of methane in the system,” McCarthy said. “It’s not just for climate, but for air quality” reasons, she said. Methane is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and climate advocates have said that without curbs on emissions from the oil and gas industry, President Barack Obama will fall short of his goal to cut climate-change emissions. The administration’s plan to cut methane, issued in March, said the EPA would decide whether to regulate the industry. Rules, if issued, would take effect in 2016, the government said.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
China's Shale Gas Plans Limited By Water Shortages, Report Finds
Huffington Post
AP

BEIJING (AP) — More than 60 percent of China's vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas, according to a U.S.-based research group. The World Resources Institute said China has the world's largest reserves of natural gas trapped in deep shale rock but most of it is in arid areas such as deserts or regions where farming and industry already stress water resources. Commonly known as fracking, shale gas mining requires pumping large quantities of water mixed with chemicals into deep wells to break apart shale rock. The institute said in a report issued Tuesday that 38 percent of the world's shale gas deposits are in areas with scarce water. China, Argentina and Algeria have the world's biggest shale gas deposits.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline
wkbn
AP

NEW YORK (AP) – Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation’s electricity in recent years because the enormous new domestic supplies have drastically lowered its price and it burns cleaner than the nation’s other most important fuel for electric power, coal. The 550-mile project will begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and stretch to Robeson County, North Carolina, in the southern part of the state.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Groups to GOP AG candidate John Cahill: Identify clients tied to energy industry
Daily News
Ken Lovett

The Sierra Club and Citizen Action of New York have started a petition campaign calling on Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill to publicly release any connections his energy consulting firm has with oil and gas corporations. Citizen Action President Ivette Alfonso said full disclosure is needed in the light that New York is discussing whether to allow a controversial gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Environmental group tangles with pipeline company over property surveys at homes
NJ.com
Ben Horowitz

As Pilgrim Pipeline finalizes the route between Albany, N.Y., and Linden for its proposed oil pipeline, the Sierra Club’s New Jersey chapter is reminding residents they’re not legally required to let soil surveyors onto their properties. The environmental group is circulating an attorney’s memo with that opinion as it attempts to thwart the project. "Pilgrim cannot gain access to private property for surveys and soil testing unless they can reach a private agreement with the property owner," advises attorney Aaron Kleinbaum of the Eastern Environmental Law Center.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Lycoming County Judge Rejects Zoning Approval For Fracking Well
Beacon Reader
Josh Brokaw

The supervisors of Fairfield Township decided last December that putting a fracking well in their township within a quarter-mile of some 125 homes was acceptable. In a decision handed down Friday, Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio told the supervisors they were wrong. The Fairfield supervisors had ruled that an application submitted by Inflection Energy to put in a fracking well pad near the Pines Development, on land owned by Donald and Eleanor Shaheen, was consistent with the “residential-agricultural” zoning of the area.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Water shortages could limit the spread of fracking worldwide
Voxy
Brad Plumer

Water is one major constraint. The fracking process currently uses a lot of water — typically 2 to 7 million gallons per well. And as a new report from the World Resources Institute finds, many of the biggest shale resources happen to be located in areas that are already stressed for water.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Researchers Studying if Communities Benefit From Fracking
Epoch Times
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH—Researchers are looking at whether money from the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom helps children and families in regions where companies are drilling. Penn State University sociology professor Molly Martin said there is a unique opportunity to compare northeastern Pennsylvania communities that have experienced the boom during the last six years with nearby ones in New York state that haven’t.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Groundbreaking Study Shows How Demand for Water Could Impact Fracking Worldwide
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

On World Water Day, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has released a study that maps for the first time the water resources available to support fracking in the world’s largest shale exploration areas. The study, “Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability and Business Risk,” found that 40 percent of countries with the largest shale energy resources could suffer from water stress: competing demands on their renewable water supply that could make it problematic to use that water for fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
40 Percent of Countries with Largest Shale Energy Resources Face Water Stress
World Resources Institute
Paul Reig & Andrew Maddocks

However, extracting natural gas and tight oil from shale poses environmental risks, especially when it comes to water. Hydraulic fracturing requires up to 25 million liters of fresh water per well, meaning shale resources can be hard to develop where fresh water is hard to find—including in some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and populations.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Halliburton reaches $1.1B oil spill settlement
Washington Post
Associated Press

HOUSTON — Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
3 out of 5 Colorado fracking bans struck down
Bakken.com
Zack Koppang

Over the past few years, five cities on Colorado’s Front Range have tried to place bans on the hydraulic fracturing process, but three of the bans have been struck down recently, according to a report from the Denver Business Journal. Currently, only Boulder and Broomfield are able to tout having bans in place. Most recently, Lafayette’s voter approved ban was struck down by a district judge on the grounds that it violated state law. The ruling has been given a stay to allow city officials time to file an appeal, and on Tuesday, Longmont city officials voted unanimously to appeal the ruling.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
ODNR investigating quake centered at Weathersfield injection wells
wfmj
Glenn Steven

WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - After reviewing the data the United States Geological Survey has revised information on a Sunday afternoon earthquake in Trumbull county. The initial report by the USGS placed the center of the 1.8 magnitude quake about a mile from an injection well site on Route 169. The new data says the quake was centered adjacent to the well site and the magnitude was slightly higher at 2.1. There are four remote seismic monitors surrounding the site and a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the data is being reviewed. A statement issued Tuesday reads in part.."The review of this data will allow ODNR to determine if any correlation can be made and whether or not any regulatory action is necessary."  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
DEP aims to put abandoned oil and gas wells on the map
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Laura Legere

Researchers are taking to the archives — and the air — to track down abandoned oil and gas wells that have left little evidence on the surface or aren’t marked in modern records. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is gathering maps made over the last century from the file drawers of other state agencies, municipal records offices and drilling company libraries. It is also sharing information with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, whose researchers flew a helicopter outfitted to detect metal casings in old wells over three state-owned properties this summer. The department’s goal is to digitize both old and new maps, and merge them in a public online tool that drilling companies can use to scope out hazards before extracting gas from new wells.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Pennsylvania DEP revamps effort to map abandoned oil and gas wells
State Impact PA
Katie Colaneri

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are embarking on a project to map about 200,000 abandoned oil and gas wells that are currently unaccounted for in state records, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Abandoned wells provide pathways for methane gas to seep to the surface, where it can, under the right settings, trigger explosions. However, as StateImpact Pennsylvania has reported, finding and plugging them has been a difficult task for the state’s underfunded Abandoned and Orphaned Well Program.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
North Dakota seeks to reduce natural gas flaring
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

North Dakota seeks to cut gas flaring to 10% of production by 2020 For the past four years, North Dakota oil producers have flared, or burned into the atmosphere, a third of the natural gas that has come up the wellbore with the oil, as they produced increasingly large volumes of light sweet crude oil.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Wells tested in advance of potential gas drilling
The News Eagle


This 2012-2013 groundwater quality study provided important information about Pike County’s groundwater in bedrock aquifers. Future gas drilling and development or other land use changes could impact Pike County groundwater and having a frame of reference for our current groundwater is important, according to Lisa Senior, USGS Hydrolgeologist.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
IDNR announces revised hydraulic fracking rules
Daily Record


SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced it has revised rules regarding implementing the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. The revised rules were submitted to the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules for a required second public notice period. "As the agency charged with standing up a brand new regulatory program, it was important that our staff took the time needed to consider all the public feedback and do the job right," IDNR Director Marc Miller said. "We believe the revised rules submitted to JCAR today accurately reflect the intent of the law, and take into account the concerns of our constituents."  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Illinois draft altered some fracking rules
Bakken.com
Zachary Toliver

In combing through the more than 30,000 comments it received this year on proposed rules for a new fracking industry in the state, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had its hands full. Some people want to ban fracking, which involves injecting fluids and chemicals at high volumes to crack open shale rock and unleash oil and natural gas. Others pointed out loopholes in proposed regulations. Some wrote in song and verse, others in technical jargon. Expectations for the latest draft of the rules, submitted Friday for final approval by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, are high and the timeline is tight. If it doesn’t gain the committee’s approval by Nov. 15, the agency will be forced to start all over again.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Pro-fracking newspaper ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority
The Guardian
Sean Farrell

he Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a US energy company misled the public when it made unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of fracking and claimed a gas shortage put the UK close to catastrophe. Breitling Energy's advertisement in the Telegraph began: "Dear Citizens of the United Kingdom, do you know that your country is blessed with an incredible gift?" It said higher shale gas estimates in the British Geographical Survey were "fantastic news for the UK".  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
US must pursue clean energy
Cuampdn.com
Amy Mall Opinion

We all want economic and energy security. But recklessly ramping up U.S. oil and gas production is not the answer. Yet, a controversial new extraction technology known as "fracking" -- combined with unprecedented exemptions for the industry from bedrock federal environmental and public health laws -- has fueled a recent explosion in domestic oil and gas development. And safeguards have not kept pace.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Drinking or fracking? Report finds top shale plays globally are in places with scarce water
Fortune
Michael Casey

As fracking is set to go global, one research organization warns that some of the best plays around the world are in areas that are already facing water shortages. Fresh water has always been a big part of fracking operations, but as it expands beyond North America to other parts of the world, researchers say it will increasing be competing for water in places that don’t have much. This could set up difficult choices for countries between drilling for oil and gas or ensuring a fresh supply of H20 to their parched citizens.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Bill to legislate against the use of BTEX chemicals in CSG exploration up for debate
Weekly Times


LEGISLATION to permanently ban the use of toxic chemicals in fracking will be debated in the Victorian Upper House this week. There is a ban on all gas exploration, fracking and the use of chemicals benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene in Victoria until July next year. The Greens have labelled the legislative move to ban the use of the BTEX chemicals as a sign the Victorian Government will lift the moratorium. “This Bill is a clear indication that the Coalition will lift the moratorium on fracking after the election,” Greens leader Greg Barber said “The Greens want a ban on the onshore gas industry as a whole.” Energy Minister Russell Northe rejected Mr Barber’s claims.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Van Buren landfill seeks tenfold increase in radiation allowances
Detroit Free Press


A hazardous waste landfill near Belleville that has gained the attention of Michigan lawmakers for accepting low-activity radioactive oil and gas fracking waste from other states is seeking approval for a tenfold increase in allowable radiation levels in the materials it receives. The owners of the Wayne Disposal landfill, between I-94 and Willow Run Airport in Van Buren Township, filed an application with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality last October, seeking a hike in the radiation limit of materials it accepts and stores from the current 50 picocuries per gram up to 500 picocuries per gram.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Shale techniques challenge water supplies
Midland Reporter Telegram
Jennifer A. Dlouhy

WASHINGTON — The ability to harvest oil and gas from dense rock formations offers the promise of fueling the world for decades to come, but a new report warns that countries may not have enough water to tap those underground resources. The great conundrum of the drilling revolution unfolding in the United States and now being exported to other nations is that some of the countries with the biggest oil and gas resources also have the least amount of water to dedicate to extracting them. According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already — a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Fracking water 'best practice' needed
Laboratory Talk


US chemists are investigating new techniques to treat and reuse fracking water. A group of scientists from Rice University (RU) has performed detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of three gas reservoirs and is suggesting environmentally friendly remedies are essential if industry attempts to treat and reuse it. The study appeared this week in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. Initially, the project undertook chemical analysis of fracking fluids pumped through gas-producing shale formations in Texas, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
$1.4 Billion in Penalties Is Sought in California Gas Blast
New York Times
Michael Corkery

Four years after a natural gas explosion tore through a neighborhood of San Bruno, Calif., killing eight people and injuring dozens of others, some of them seriously, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company has been hit with a proposed $1.4 billion penalty for suspected safety violations.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Pipeline Giant Handed Permit to Open Tar Sands Rail Facility
EcoWatch
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog

On the Friday before Labor Day—in the form of an age-old “Friday News Dump“—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Illinois by early 2016.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 40% of shale-rich countries face water stress
Sustainability
Paul Reig & Andrew Maddocks

...extracting natural gas and tight oil from shale poses environmental risks, especially when it comes to water. Hydraulic fracturing requires up to 25 million liters of fresh water per well, meaning shale resources can be hard to develop where fresh water is hard to find—including in some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and populations.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 40% of shale-rich countries face water stress
Sustainability
Paul Reig & Andrew Maddocks

Right now, dozens of countries around the world are deciding whether or not to develop their shale gas and tight oil resources (tight oil deposits are trapped in fine-grained sedimentary rock, including shale). It’s easy to understand why: shale gas could boost the world’s recoverable natural gas resources by 47 percent, cut greenhouse gas emissions compared to coal, create new revenue and jobs, and raise national energy supplies.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
New York Business Community Decries Cuomo’s Indecision on Fracking
ForeX Minute
Jonathan Millet

New York business groups normally support Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though they are now up in arms against his policy on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, for natural gas in upstate New York. Gov. Cuomo, who is a Democrat, appears to be treading cautiously on fracking, saying he is waiting for the state Department of Health to table a report on the issue before making up his decision on whether to oppose or back the practice. Fracking is allowed in nearby Pennsylvania and has contributed to massive economic growth in states such as North Dakota and Texas, reported the Wall Street Journal.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Gas combined-cycle additions slowed in 2013, report says
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Additions of generating capacity from natural gas-fired, combined-cycle units dropped to a 15-year low in 2013, with only 3,960 MW added, a nearly 50% decline from capacity additions in 2012. But more than 88,000 MW is now in various stages of development in the U.S.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
After 30 years of struggles, Exxon lays groundwork for project of 'unprecedented complexity'
E&E Publishing
Margaret Kriz Hobson

POINT THOMSON, Alaska -- On the coast of the frigid Beaufort Sea just west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Exxon Mobil Corp. is building a $4 billion natural gas extraction facility that could help make Alaska an important player in international liquefied natural gas markets.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
The Campaign Goes On: ‘Ban Fracking’ Groups Target New Colorado Task Force
Breaking Energy
Simon Lomax

Anti-energy activists – including Anthony Ingraffea, the New York-based star of the Gaslandmovies – are continuing their “ban fracking” campaign in Colorado by seeking roles on a new oil and natural gas task force. The “blue ribbon” task force was created under an agreement between millionaire Boulder Congressman Jared Polis and Gov. John Hickenlooper. Before the deal was reached, Polis was threatening to bankroll two anti-energy measures for the statewide ballot in November. The measures sought to legalize local energy bans and quadruple the minimum distance between houses and oil and gas wells from 500 to 2,000 feet. But a broad bipartisan coalition, including Gov. Hickenlooper, called out these measures as thinly veiled energy bans “that would drive oil and gas out of Colorado.”  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Fracking Georgia O'Keeffe Country
High Country News
Jonathan Thompson

"Ah," I think, as I tear along the highway in my little, old, muffler-challenged car, "that’s what she meant." I continue past the undulating, almost erotic landscape, the color of charcoal and ash, and pull over next to the highway atop the next rise, right about where she would have first spied the hills through the windshield of her Model A Ford. Of that view, she wrote: “… as you come to it over a hill, it looks like a mile of elephants—grey hills all about the same size with almost white sand at their feet.”  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Cunningham Energy Acquires 2700 acre Oilfield in Jackson & Roane Counties, West Virginia
Market Watch


CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sep 02, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cunningham Energy has purchased all rights to the Buffalo-Peniel Oilfield from Moser Group LLC, located in Jackson and Roane Counties, West Virginia. The purchase includes over 2700 acres of contiguous leasehold covering the total field area, along with multiple producing oil and gas wells. “Cunningham Energy has identified this field as having strong shallow horizontal oil potential along with deeper targets in the coming future. Our company is actively identifying targets such as the Buffalo-Peniel Field for active shallow horizontal development in the Appalachian Basin,” said Ryan Cunningham.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
How Does Oil and Gas Drilling Raise Electricity Prices in West Texas?
Scientific American
Robert Fares

In July 2012, Frontier Texas, an Old West museum located in Abilene, received an electric bill nearly $4,000 higher than expected. Oddly enough, the museum hadn’t used an unusual amount of power that month. Rather, the cause of the high bill was the fact that Abilene lies in Texas’s western power trading zone, which happens to be home to the Permian Basin, the nation’s most prolific oil-producing region. How is oil development raising electricity prices in West Texas? It all has to do with congestion on the power grid.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
North Dakota seeks to reduce natural gas flaring
ohio.com
Bob Downing

North Dakota seeks to cut gas flaring to 10% of production by 2020 For the past four years, North Dakota oil producers have flared, or burned into the atmosphere, a third of the natural gas that has come up the wellbore with the oil, as they produced increasingly large volumes of light sweet crude oil. The huge and rising volumes of this highly desirable oil have helped change the nation's oil import balance and have become a driving force in changing domestic pipelines, oil-train operations, and refining.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Fracking: Water Shortages Could Halt Hydraulic Drilling Plans
Neon Nettle . com
Sasha Sutton

Experts have warned that fracking for shale gas and oil could be hindered by water shortages as the best shale reserves are located in areas where fresh water is scarce. Reports from the World Resource Institute (WRI) state that the highly water intensive energy extraction process could present ‘serious challenges’ in regions where freshwater resources are strained. The hydraulic fracturing process extracts natural gas and oil from shale rock by injecting a high-pressurised fluid into the stone to release the resources inside. This fluid uses a substantial amount of water, and this is highly detrimental in areas where freshwater stores are lacking. ExploreShale.org states that each fracking drill site requires between three and five million gallons, but this could reach up to 6.6. million gallons according to Bloomberg reports.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
$5B, 550-mile natural gas pipeline to start in Harrison County
WV Gazette
Caitlin Cook

Four major energy companies are coming together for a new 550-mile natural gas pipeline project that starts in Harrison County, creating a new route for Marcellus and Utica shale gas to flow southeast. Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources announced the pipeline project, known as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, on Tuesday. The pipeline is expected to be in service by late 2018, and will go through Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia. In a joint statement, the four sponsoring companies’ chief executives called the pipeline a transformational project for the region.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Wells tested in advance of potential gas drilling
News Eagle


BLOOMING GROVE -The United States Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Pike County Conservation District recently completed a study of residential groundwater wells in Pike County, PA. This 2012-2013 groundwater quality study provided important information about Pike County’s groundwater in bedrock aquifers. Future gas drilling and development or other land use changes could impact Pike County groundwater and having a frame of reference for our current groundwater is important, according to Lisa Senior, USGS Hydrolgeologist.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
EPA chief mum on potential new fracking regs
Washington Examiner
Zac Colman

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency is on track to release its strategy for controlling methane gas leaks this fall, but didn't hint at whether it would include new regulations. McCarthy, speaking Tuesday at a Barclays-hosted conference in New York, said the strategy would be designed to aid investment into the natural gas sector, especially when it comes to building needed pipelines. She didn't commit to what it would include, saying only that the EPA was looking at potential "cost-effective regulatory" as well as "voluntary" initiatives.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Fracking jobs boom 'would only amount to 240 posts in Wales' environmentalists claim
Wales Online
Graham Henry

The employment boon from “fracking” could be limited to a couple of hundred low-skilled and paid jobs in Wales, environmentalists have claimed. Friends of the Earth Cymru claim a government report has shown that UK-wide estimates for jobs created in a shale gas industry would translate, if Wales received a pro-rata share, to just 240 jobs at its peak, centred in low-skilled and low-paid jobs. It also claimed those job gains could even be outstripped by jobs losses in other industries impacted by fracking, as neither the UK or Welsh governments had assessed the impact on other sectors and industries – such as renewable energy, agriculture and tourism – and said Wales would have a deficit of people with expertise in fracking, meaning many position would need to be created outside Wales or imported from outside.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
NMSU studies treatment, uses for wastewater from oil and gas, fracking
New Mexico State University
Emily Kelley

A team of researchers in New Mexico State University’s Department of Civil Engineering, led by Assistant Professor Pei Xu, is working to develop solutions to the problems related to produced water. Fracking flow-back water and produced water are the waste streams generated in oil and gas exploration and production. “Oil and gas are buried underground and are mixed with water for extraction,” Xu said. “When we get oil and gas out of the ground, we also have the produced water that is the by-product. The quantity of the oil and gas produced water is significant in the United States.” Produced water management is a significant challenge for the oil and gas industry. Based on a survey conducted by Argonne National Laboratory, approximately 98 percent of produced water generated from onshore production is deep well injected, which is costly for producers and is a waste of water resources, especially since much of the nation’s oil and gas exploration is in arid or semi-arid areas like Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Anti-fracking charter amendment to be on Nov. 4 ballot in Youngstown
vindy .com


The anti-fracking “Community Bill of Rights” charter amendment will be in front of Youngstown voters for the fourth time. The Mahoning County Board of Elections certified Tuesday that the citizen-initiative has the required signatures to be on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Community Bill of Rights committee submitted petitions with 2,058 signatures. The board determined 1,447 of the signatures are valid. The committee needed at least 1,216 valid signatures to get the proposal on the ballot. “We’re pleased with the certification,” said Susie Beiersdorfer, a committee member. “We’re going again. There’s no one protecting our air and property rights so the community members have to do it.”   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Researchers Studying if Communities Benefit From Fracking
Epoch Times
AP

PITTSBURGH—Researchers are looking at whether money from the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom helps children and families in regions where companies are drilling. Penn State University sociology professor Molly Martin said there is a unique opportunity to compare northeastern Pennsylvania communities that have experienced the boom during the last six years with nearby ones in New York state that haven’t. New York has a moratorium on shale drilling, which uses hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to break underground rocks apart and free the gas, while Pennsylvania has become the second-largest producer in the nation. Some families in fracking communities get millions of dollars in royalties, many get tens of thousands of dollars, but others get nothing.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Thousands vent their feelings over fracking
LEP.co.uk


Almost 10,000 objections have been lodged against fracking at two controversial sites near Preston, according to campaigners. And protest groups are urging thousands more to make their feelings known before Lancashire County Council closes its consultation period on one of them at Preston New Road in Little Plumpton this Friday. The authority is set to decide on two applications by shale gas exploration firm Cuadrilla in November. Opponents are hoping councillors will take account of public opinion and refuse both. “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from local residents and businesses,” said Patricia Davies from the Preston New Road Action Group which forms part of the Frack Free Lancashire Alliance. “Thousands of objections have been lodged to this site and we urge anyone who cares about protecting the environment to do so before Friday.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Update: Fracking Rules Released
WSIU
Illinois Public Radio

Illinois' Department of Natural Resources has come out with a set of highly-anticipated rules, that could finally lead to hydraulic fracturing in the state. As law allowing the practice passed more than a year ago, but there's been a lingering battle over the specifics. Groups with a vested interest in fracking -- namely drillers looking to get in on the business and environmentalists who have disdain for it -- say they're still evaluating the new proposal. After all, it's super technical stuff.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Fracking plans put under microscope
Fleetwood Weekly News


Plans to extract shale gas from underneath the Fylde coast will be put under the microscope by county councillors. Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) development control committee is to meet tomorrow at county hall in Preston to review the plans from Cuadrilla for two sites at Roseacre Wood near Treales and Preston New Road in Little Plumptons. The application includes the construction and operation at the two sites for drilling up to four exploratory wells and hydraulic fracturing of the wells.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Rice University scientists seek solutions to recycle fracking water
Fierce Energy
Barbara Vergetis Lundin

More advanced recycling rather than disposal of "produced" water pumped back out of wells could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, according to Rice University chemist Andrew Barron, who led a recent analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and how to treat and reuse it in environmentally friendly ways. The primary goal of the researchers is for their analysis to aid in anticipating future problems as industry develops processes to remove organic compounds from water bound for reuse.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Fracking comes closer to Akron, Ohio seizes 30 properties for I-76/77 project, Eastern European clubs persist in Barberton: Akron news
Cleveland.com
John Harper

PIKE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Fracking to release oil from Ohio's underground rock formations is moving a step closer to Akron, the Beacon Journal reports. EnerVest Ltd., a Texas-based exploration company, has received permits for horizontal drilling across the Clinton sandstone formation in Northeast Ohio, including Pike Township, 30 miles south of Akron in Stark County. The formation, which also extends beneath Summit County, has produced oil for 100 years, the newspaper reports, albeit only through vertically drilled wells. EnerVest will drill into new parts of the formation by turning their drills horizontally and injecting the ground with high-pressure hydraulic fluid, a process called fracking, to open cracks and release more oil and gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Utah Fracking Fine Highlights Wastewater Pond Threat
Inside Climate News
Al Jazeera America

When fracking causes controversy, it's often because of wells—either the ones used to inject chemicals and water into the ground to break up gas-rich shale rock or the ones used to dispose of all the waste and water left over from the injection process. Often overlooked is a another way to dispose of that waste: massive surface ponds in which fracking water is stored until it can be recycled or buried or is left to slowly evaporate. Those ponds, which can grow to several acres in size, dot the landscapes of virtually every state that produces natural gas.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
White House Reviews Federal-Land Fracking Rules
Inside Climate News
The Hill

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has started to review new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, the last step before the rules can be made final. The rules for the oil and gas drilling process, also known as fracking, were proposed last year after a mid-2012 proposal was pulled back.  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
Fracking bring quick money to a few
Daily Star


It is very disturbing to learn about fracking being encouraged in Tangipahoa Parish. Yes, there is quick money to be made from fracking, but how many people in Tangipahoa Parish are thinking about the harmful, toxic aftereffects that fracking will cause?  [Full Story]

Sep 2, 2014
China’s shale gas strategy hits hurdles
Financial Review


In 2012 China’s main planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, declared that the country would produce 60 billion-100 billion cubic metres of shale gas a year in 2020. It needed those forecasts to be accurate. They weren’t. Wu Xinxiong, the director of China’s National Energy Administration, recently predicted that only 30 billion cubic metres a year will come on stream by 2020. That would barely meet 1 per cent of China’s energy needs now, let alone in 2020. This is profoundly disappointing. With more than 30 trillion cubic metres of recoverable shale gas, China has the largest reserves in the world, almost 70 per cent more than in America, home of the shale-gas revolution. It is also a setback to the country’s efforts to reduce pollution. Dirty coal now makes up about 70 per cent of energy consumption and, despite fast growth in renewable energy, gas is the only cleanish energy source that could displace enough coal to rein in carbon emissions quickly  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
Fracking comes closer to Akron-Canton area in experimental oil-and-gas drilling of Clinton sandstone
ohio.com
Bob Downing

A Texas oil and gas drilling company is exploring the Clinton sandstone formation in Stark County to determine whether there is another layer of riches to be exploited in Ohio. EnerVest Ltd., based in Houston, has drilled several miniaturized horizontal wells, mostly around Louisville and Alliance in northeast Stark County, to test the potential profitability of the sandstone. Another company has done the same in Coshocton County, southwest of Canton. For about a century, Clinton sandstone has been an oil and gas producer, but the wells have always been straight vertical holes into the formation that is 3,000 to 4,600 feet below the surface.  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
Paper: Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers under-reported landfill waste
Daily Reporter
Anya Litvak and Maxwell Radwin

PITTSBURGH — EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story. Six facilities in this part of the state reported receiving nearly 95,000 tons of drill cuttings and fracking fluid from the Downtown-based oil and gas operator last year. The landfills' records are the correct ones, said Mike Forbeck, waste management director with the DEP. He said the agency has opened an investigation into drillers' under-reporting of landfill waste.  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
Calls for a no holds barred fracking debate
The Star


A call has been made for a no holds barred debate on the subject of fracking. North Lincs Green Party has issued the request following the issuing of exploratory licences for such works to be carried out across the region, including in the Isle.  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
Fracking pollutes drinking water – TKAG
The Citizen


Government must stop the legislative process underway to regulate shale gas exploration until it has considered all the evidence, the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) said on Monday.  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
Revised rules create more work for friends and foes of fracking
The Southern
Becky Malkovich

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the agency responsible for crafting the regulations, delivered the long-anticipated revised rules to the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Friday.  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
Fracking contaminates drinking water: TKAG
Times Live


Government must stop the legislative process underway to regulate shale gas exploration until it has considered all the evidence, the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) said.  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
243 and counting... contaminated water cases in PA
Marcellus Effect


Finally – six years into the Marcellus gas boom – DEP has released details of 243 cases in which oil and gas companies were found to have contaminated private drinking water wells. This past week the agency posted online links to the documents. Names and identifying information has been redacted, but you can read the documents here.  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
There's Not Enough Sand To Satisfy America's Insatiable Fracking Demand
Business Insider Australia
Rob Wile

American oil and gas companies are running out of sand. In a new note, Morgan Stanley’s Ole Slorer, Benjamin Swomley, and Connor Lynagh write that exploration and production (E&P) companies have discovered that if they use more sand when they frack unconventional shale plays, they are able to increase the amount of reserves they can extract from the ground. The sand helps prop open the rock, allowing the hydrocarbons to flow more freely.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
The evidence is in, so ban fracking It's proven a nightmare to Pennsylvanians
New York Daily News
Liz Krueger

If anyone in New York was still buying the utopian vision being sold by the oil and gas industry regarding fracking — free energy! new jobs! no risk! — a flood of recent news should end the delusion once and for all. Consider fresh reports about the experience of Finleyville, Pa., where residents were promised easy money with no headaches back in 2008. But once the trucks and heavy machinery came in and the fracking began, everything changed. Families found their homes unlivable. Houses vibrated and were filled with continuous noise. Air quality warnings and gas odors forced some to flee. In one especially disturbing case, a pregnant woman was advised by her doctor to relocate to an area further away from a drilling site.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
Environmentalists, Golan residents submit petition against drilling plans
The Jerusalem Post


Adam Teva V'Din (Israel Union for Environmental Defense) and a group of Golan Heights residents submitted a petition to the High Court of Justice on Monday morning, demanding the repeal of exploratory oil drilling plans for the southeastern portion of that region.  [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
Earthquake hazard linked with deep well injection in Alberta Deep well disposal and storage of oilfield waste over time leads to increased earthquake risk
CBC News


Rural Albertans have been saying for years they can feel tremors under their feet near oil and gas activity, especially around areas of hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking. While the movements are small, and don't cause damage, they have been cause for concern.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
SC policymakers push for offshore drilling despite environmental, tourism concerns
Beaufort Gazette
Nathaniel Cary

Most of South Carolina's political leadership favors offshore energy production. And a poll, paid for by oil lobbyists, says 77 percent of South Carolinians support offshore drilling.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2014
California tightens methane pipeline emission rules
Petro Global News


A California law designed to reduce methane emission from intrastate natural gas pipelines and local distribution systems and tighten regulatory oversight is on its way to governor Jerry Brown’s desk for final action. The bill, SB 1371, was approved by 23 to 11 votes on August 27 and was passed by the state’s assembly a day earlier by 57 to 20 votes. The measure would implement stricter reporting requirements for instate gas pipeline and local distribution companies in California.  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Marcellus Shale drillers under-reported waste by nearly 95,000 tons, DEP says
AP via Penn Live
ANYA LITVAK, MAXWELL RADWIN

PITTSBURGH (AP) — EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story. Six facilities in this part of the state reported receiving nearly 95,000 tons of drill cuttings and fracking fluid from the Downtown-based oil and gas operator last year.  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water
New York Times
Felicity Barringer

FRESNO, Calif. — The small prefab office of Arthur & Orum, a well-drilling outfit hidden in the almond trees and grapevines south of Fresno, has become a magnet for scores of California farmers in desperate need of water to sustain their crops. Looking at binders of dozens of orders for yet-to-be-drilled wells, Steve Arthur, a manager, said, “We’ve got more stacked up than we’ll do before the end of the year.”  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Utah fracking fine highlights wastewater pond threat
Al Jazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

When fracking causes controversy, it’s often because of wells — either the ones used to inject chemicals and water into the ground to break up gas-rich shale rock or the ones used to dispose of all the waste and water left over from the injection process. Often overlooked is a another way to dispose of that waste: massive surface ponds in which fracking water is stored until it can be recycled or buried or is left to slowly evaporate. Those ponds, which can grow to several acres in size, dot the landscapes of virtually every state that produces natural gas. Now environmentalists say a recent controversy over the ponds in Utah highlights their increasing impact across the U.S. The scandal at Danish Flats Environmental Services, in Clark County, next to Colorado, began as soon as the ponds were developed in 2007. The facility, which consists of 14 ponds filled mainly with oil and gas wastewater from Colorado, had been allowing the water to evaporate without an air quality permit from the state. Until early August the state considered the facility — and every other wastewater pond in Utah — below the de minimis pollution standard, meaning it wasn’t emitting enough to be regularly inspected by air quality regulators or to need a permit.  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Legal Case: White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Just over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions. It came just a few weeks before a leaked draft copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest assessment said climate disruption could cause “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
New York State of Fracking: A ProPublica Explainer
Long Island Press
Naveena Sadasivam

New York is one of a handful of states around the country that currently has at least temporarily halted fracking. Since 2008, when the state was first confronted with interest in gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing by energy companies, towns have banned the practice, the state has undertaken environmental and health studies, courts have issued rulings on fracking and concerns have been raised about the state’s pristine water supply.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
‘Ban Fracking in North Carolina’
The Stokes News
Jess Moore

An occasionally raucous crowd of nearly 450 sent a message to Raleigh Monday: Ban Fracking in North Carolina. In rapid sequence, with no breaks, for four solid hours, 84 speakers appeared before the members of the NC Mining and Energy Commission in Reidsville, to comment on the state’s proposed rules on Oil and Gas exploration. The theme was apparent: Either ban oil and gas drilling entirely, or write a better set of rules to protect citizens more than drillers. Or, as one speaker said, “Make the rules so tough that no company will ever want to come here.”   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Neal Simon: Astorino digs in on fracking
The Tribune
Neal Simon

As the major party candidates for New York governor look to a post-Labor Day sprint to November, Republican challenger Rob Astorino makes no secret of his support for hydraulic fracturing as he tries to cut into incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sizable lead in the polls.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Community adjusts around fracking industry
Times Recorder
Kate Snyder

CAMBRIDGE —Money is rolling into Guernsey County because of the exploration of the Utica Shale formation, but only for those directly in its path; others are stagnant or even struggling to stay afloat amid the effects of the new industry.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Local farmers urged to make pledge not to allow fracking to go ahead on their land
Fermanagh Herald


Belcoo Frack Free are working on a ‘Lock the Gate’ campaign which involves seeking out landowners, farmers, and encouraging them to sign up to say that they won’t allow fracking on their site.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Delaware River Basin Commission's top regulator listening, learning
The Times-Tribune
BRENDAN GIBBONS

Almost a month into his new job, the Delaware River Basin Commission’s top regulator says he’s still in the “listening and learning mode.” Steven Tambini left his role as vice president of operations for Pennsylvania American Water and took over as the commission’s executive director on Aug. 1. He replaced Carol Collier, who held the position since 1998. A water supply engineer and planner for 30 years, Mr. Tambini worked in water and wastewater utilities in 11 states, according to his profile on Bloomberg Businessweek. “Coming from a regulated community, I definitely have a different perspective,” Mr. Tambini said.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Ohio Firefighters Vent on Fracking Fire Frustrations
FIREHOUSE
Laura Arenschield

Aug. 31--CLARINGTON, Ohio -- Phillip Keevert, the only paid firefighter in Monroe County, was working a diesel spill on the morning of June 28 when a 911 dispatcher called his cellphone about another emergency. Keevert was out of range of the county's radio system, so he got in his truck and drove toward town. As he got closer, the radio static gave way to snippets of conversation. He heard the word "well." More static. Then the word "fire."  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP Documents tell different story on drilling waste
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak and Maxwell Radwin

EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different story. Six facilities in this part of the state reported receiving nearly 95,000 tons of drill cuttings and fracking fluid from the Downtown-based oil and gas operator last year. The landfills’ records are the correct ones, said Mike Forbeck, waste management director with the DEP. He said the agency has opened an investigation into drillers’ under-reporting of landfill waste.  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Marcellus Shale gas boom sparks land disputes
Philadelphia Inquirer
ANDREW MAYKUTH

The Marcellus Shale natural gas discovery has triggered an associated boom in Pennsylvania land disputes, as formerly valueless mineral rights are now potentially worth millions. The heirs of a Centre County landowner asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this month to resolve a case that stripped them of their 19th-century mineral rights, now claimed by a hunting club that bought the land in 1959. The convoluted legal question affects the natural resources beneath huge expanses of timberland in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, which now accounts for nearly a quarter of the nation's natural gas production.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Jared Polis vs. George Leing: A race that keeps getting livelier
Denver Post
Lynn Bartels Blog

Conventional wisdom says the re-election bid for Congressman Jared Polis, a wealthy Boulder Democrat, should be a nothing burger but this has been an unconventional year.  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Rice University scientists seek long-term answers to stem increase of water use at wells
Your Sugarland News


Rice University scientists have produced a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Nevada commission adopts fracking regulations
Salt Lake Tribune
Associated Press

Elko Nev. • A state panel has approved regulations guiding oil and gas exploration companies’ use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Nevada. The Commission on Mineral Resources’ unanimous decision Thursday in Elko drew criticism from opponents, who say fracking could lead to water contamination, excessive water consumption and earthquake activity.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
OBAMA OPENED FLOODGATES FOR OFFSHORE FRACKING
Ring of Fire radio
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog

In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Study finds more arsenic in wells near drilling
Chron


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas water wells within two miles of active gas drilling sites contain higher concentrations of arsenic and other carcinogens, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. In the study, University of Texas at Arlington biochemists measured 100 wells across the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., and compared the results to a similar study undertaken before hydraulic fracturing technology and higher natural gas prices opened the area to drilling.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Three counties take different approaches Counties stick to home to win fights over frac sand mining
The Gazette
Amber Rouse

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY — A group of northeast Iowans effectively has kept large frac sand mine companies from mining silica-rich sand in their county by building a consortium that set aside politics and focused on dealing with the matter locally, instead of with state intervention. Allamakee County enacted this year a countywide ordinance restricting mining the silica sand used in other states to extract natural gas and oil in a process called hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Fracking fire points out failings
Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

It’s brought jobs, something desperately needed in a part of the state where coal-mining and factory jobs are dwindling. But for a county with few resources, it has also brought headaches for emergency responders.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
1.8 magnitude earthquake recorded in Weathersfield [Ohio]
WFMJ NBC Pittsburgh
Mike Gauntner

WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A part of the Mahoning Valley has experienced another earthquake, however it is likely that the tremor was felt by very few people. According to the United States Geological Survey, a 1.8 magnitude tremor was centered on DeForest Townline Road Southeast between Niles Warren River Road and Bolin Avenue Southeast in Weathersfield Township at 5:34 p.m. Sunday. The USGS determined the depth of the quake to be 3 kilometers, or 1.86 miles beneath the nearby Bolindale neighborhood.  [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
In Heated Illinois Governor's Race, Constituents Demand Answers About Fracking, Report National Silicosis Lawyers
Digital Journal


Illinois residents received news on Wednesday, August 27 that new fracking rules for the state will be released shortly, according to an article in The Southern Illinoisan.* According to the article, some citizens criticized Governor Quinn for moving forward on fracking before pending questions had been resolved. Attorneys handling occupational silicosis claims for lung disease, cancer, TB and other serious health problems provide full silicosis lawsuit information and silicosis worker's compensation claims information at SilicosisLawsuitCenter.com.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2014
Which country relies most heavily on Russian Gas?
USA today
Arjun Sreekumar, The Motley Fool

When it comes to energy, Germany is a bit of a conundrum. It's a global leader in renewables usage, having increased the share of renewables in its total energy consumption from 6% to an impressive 25% over the past decade. Yet it's also a heavy user of coal – a fact that's glaringly inconsistent with its sustainable energy leadership. What's even more surprising, however, is that Germany is actually the biggest importer of natural gas from Russia. According to BP's latest annual review, it imported close to a whopping 40 billion cubic meters of gas from the Russian Federation in 2013. That places it well ahead of even Ukraine, which imported about 25 billion cubic meters.  [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2014
Here's the Colorado fracking ban scorecard
9 News
Denver Business Journal

Three out of five Front Range cities' bans on hydraulic fracturing in the last few years have been struck down by district court judges in recent weeks, and two others still stand. Both Boulder and Broomfield still have fracking bans in place.  [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2014
Health Advocates Chime in with Environmentalists Against Fracking in Maryland, Report National Silicosis Lawyers
Digital Journal


A study from the University of Maryland* released this summer indicates that workers involved in fracking have the potential to develop silicosis from exposure to silica dust.   [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2014
Huge Reversal on Fracking In Pennsylvania
Clean Technica
Tina Casey

Let’s go out on a limb and say this is not a coincidence: just days after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection disclosed 243 cases of contamination from oil and gas drilling operations, a major drilling company has voluntarily dropped an attempt to force its operations upon unwilling property owners in the Utica shale formation. The decision to back off is a huge deal because the company in question, Hilcorp Energy Company, would have been the first to use Pennsylvania’s longstanding “forced pooling” law in a shale formation. So, that pretty much shuts the door on that.  [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2014
Gas drilling company withdraws application for forced pooling in Western Pennsylvania
Tribune-Review
John D. Oravecz

A fight over whether a Texas company can drill for oil and gas in Western Pennsylvania without consent from some landowners ended on Friday, a state regulator said, when the company withdrew its application for forced pooling. Hilcorp Energy Co. of Houston had reached agreements with most owners of gas rights in Lawrence and Mercer counties where it wants to drill, and asked the state Department of Environmental Protection for access to gas under remaining properties as part of a 1961 law that it claimed allows the practice. Hilcorp said it withdrew its application with the DEP “in order to move forward with development operations and in keeping with the best interests of its lessors.” Morgan Wagner, a DEP spokeswoman, said Hilcorp filed written notice to withdraw its application, and the agency submitted a letter to hearing officer Michael L. Bangs of Cumberland County to cancel public hearings and to delete the case from the docket.  [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2014
Feds To Resume Oil And Gas Leases Despite Fracking Report That Raised "Grave Concerns"
DeSmogBlog
Mike G

Jim Kenna, the California Director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, told reporters on a conference call last Thursday that a new scientific report commissioned by the agency to study the environmental impacts of fracking has cleared the way for the leasing of public land to oil and gas companies in the Golden State. Environmentalists, on the other hand, say that the report is anything but a solid basis on which to forge ahead with opening up more land to fracking. “This report raises grave concerns about fracking pollution’s threat to California’s air and water,” says Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute. “But it also highlights the fact that government officials have never collected the data needed to determine the extent of the damage in our state. Using this report as a basis for continued fracking in California is illogical and illegal.”  [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2014
ALARMING FIND: Study shows potentially unhealthy levels of arsenic in water wells across area
Denton Record-Chronicle
Christian McPhate

University of Texas at Arlington researchers have unveiled a study that found potentially unhealthy levels of arsenic in water wells scattered throughout North Texas. The study, conducted last year, involved 100 water wells across the Barnett Shale, 10 of them in Denton County. An 11-member team of UTA scientists found that 30 percent of wells within 1.8 miles of active natural gas drilling showed an increase in heavy metals, including arsenic. “To find that high of arsenic concentrations was alarming,” said Dr. Zacariah Hildenbrand, a UTA biochemist. “This is indirect evidence that drilling does affect the water.”  [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2014
Fracked off - natural gas victims flee Colorado's toxic air
The Ecologist
Paul Thacker

Natural gas is widely touted as a 'green fuel'. But as Paul Thacker found in Colorado, fracking's national 'ground zero', it's anything but. Lives and health are being ruined by pollution from taxpayer-subsidized gas wells, flaring and refining plants, while property values collapse. Now a mass of environmental refugees are fleeing the ravaged state. A general contractor in Colorado's Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early 2000s when he happened to attend a local public hearing on oil and gas development. A woman who came to testify began sobbing as she talked about the gas rigs that were making the air around her home impossible to breathe. "There were 17 rigs in the area, at that time", Cox says. "And they were across the valley, so I wasn't affected. But she was my neighbor."  [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2014
Nevada panel adopts fracking regulations
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Associated Press

ELKO — A state panel has approved regulations guiding oil and gas exploration companies’ use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Nevada. The Commission on Mineral Resources’ unanimous decision Thursday in Elko drew criticism from opponents, who said fracking could lead to water contamination, excessive water consumption and earthquake activity.  [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2014
Colorado fracking ban scorecard: 3 ruled illegal, 2 remain
Denver Business Journal
Cathy Proctor

Three out of five Front Range cities' bans on hydraulic fracturing in the last few years have been struck down by district court judges in recent weeks, and two others still stand. Both Boulder and Broomfield still have fracking bans in place. The city of Lafayette’s ban, which was approved by voters in November 2013, was struck down Thursday by Boulder District Court Judge D.D. Mallard.  [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2014
Engineers wage cold war to get more oil from shale
Houston Chronicle
Collin Eaton

Gas fields in Colorado soon may serve as a laboratory for testing a different way to fracture shale rock formations - one that doesn't pump millions of gallons of water underground or yield contaminated wastewater.  [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2014
Mounting fracking foes have oil industry concerned
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Zain Shauk and Bradley Olson / Bloomberg News

Grass-roots opposition is seen as threat to booming shale business HOUSTON — A fight over frack­ing is loom­ing in Texas. Another stand-off is shap­ing up in Col­o­rado. Yet drill­ers’ re­ac­tions couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent. In Texas, drill­ers are do­ing their noisy, in-your-face frack­ing as usual. On a small farm about an hour from the Col­o­rado Rocky Moun­tains, the oil in­dus­try is giv­ing frack­ing a make­over, cut­ting back on rum­bling trucks and tamp­ing down on pol­lu­tion. Oil com­pa­nies in Col­o­rado are re­spond­ing to a ris­ing tide of re­sent­ment, as lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­ists vie to im­pose mea­sures to ban frack­ing or re­strict drill­ing.  [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2014
Pennsylvania Finally Reveals Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water Hundreds Of Times
ThinkProgress
KATIE VALENTINE

For the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations. As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford counties having the most incidences of contamination. In some cases, one drilling operation contaminated the water of multiple wells, with water issues resulting from methane gas contamination, wastewater spills, and wells that simply went dry or undrinkable. The move to release the contamination information comes after years of the AP and other news outlets filing lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act requests from the DEP on water issues related to oil and gas drilling and fracking.  [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2014
White House reviews federal-land fracking rules
The Hill
Timothy Cama

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has started to review new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, the last step before the rules can be made final. The rules for the oil and gas drilling process, also known as fracking, were proposed last year after a mid-2012 proposal was pulled back.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals says the feds conducted a piecemeal environmental review of gas pipeline upgrade
Pike County Courier
Anya Tikka

WESTFALL — Opponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Upgrade had been right all the time, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The court ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to fully reassess the entire project. In one of the first wins any group has had taking the oil and gas industry to court, FERC was found to have cut the project into segments, each with its own Environmental Assessment. The full 80-mile length of pipeline was never evaluated as a whole with the more rigorous Environmental Impact Statement process.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Anti-fracking ex-mayor in bar fight with pro-fracking blogger
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Former Binghamton mayor Matt Ryan, a fracking opponent, could face harassment charges after getting into a bar fight with a prominent pro-fracking advocate, State Police said.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
DEP releases details of cases of drinking well contamination from drilling
Tribune-Review
Associated Press

Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells. The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday posted online links to the documents since the agency conducted a “thorough review” of paper files stored among its regional offices. The Associated Press and other news outlets have filed lawsuits and numerous open-records requests during the past several years seeking records of investigations into gas-drilling complaints.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Feds to Resume Leasing for Fracking in California
ABC NEWS
ELLEN KNICKMEYER

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an oil extraction method known as fracking on public land in Monterey County.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Pulaski couple sues township over drilling effects
WFMJ NBC Pittsburgh


PULASKI TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A couple has filed suit against Pulaski Township, saying that supervisors improperly approved natural gas drilling in a neighborhood. Timothy Chito and Elizabeth Kesner say they purchased a home in 1996, but recent drilling about 1,500 feet away is affecting their quality of life and property. The lawsuit seeks money for damages and wants the judge to order the township to amend local zoning laws to only allow drilling in industrial areas.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Colorado Drillers Show Sensitive Side to Woo Fracking Foes
Bloomberg
Zain Shauk & Bradley Olson

A fight over fracking is looming in Texas. Another stand-off is shaping up in Colorado. Yet drillers’ reactions couldn’t be more different. In Texas, drillers are doing their noisy in-your-face fracking as usual. Meanwhile, on a small farm about an hour from the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the oil industry is giving fracking a makeover, cutting back on rumbling trucks and tamping down on pollution.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Report: Nova Scotia not ready for fracking Lack of research cited by panel
Herald News
Michael Gorman

Hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia may be a viable practice in the future, but it should not proceed right now. “We conclude that the province is not able to make fully informed decisions either for or against the development of unconventional gas and oil resources by hydraulic fracturing at the present time,” said the final report from the Nova Scotia Independent Review Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing, released Thursday.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
N.S. fracking moratorium should continue, panel recommends More reasearch, implemneting public concerns into fracking considerations needed
CBC News
Paul Withers

The Nova Scotia Liberal government says it will announce its position on hydraulic fracturing within the month. Energy Minister Andrew Younger was responding today to the release of a report by David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University. Wheeler headed up a panel that spent six months examining the contentious issue.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
We must remain vigilant in face of fracking threat
Somerset Guardian


Many campaigners have welcomed the recent Government announcement on stricter rules for new fracking licences. The Government has made it clear that additional protection has been given to sensitive areas, such as World Heritage Sites and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
US Fracking Companies Giving in to Local Complaints, Protests
Ria Novosti


MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) - As a surge in fracking operations continues across the United States, drillers’ reactions to those opposing the controversial process range from striking a compromise to stubbornly ignoring all complaints, Bloomberg reported Thursday.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Brazil’s lower house considers fracking ban
Guardian


Brazil’s lower house is reviewing a proposal to temporarily ban the exploration of unconventional oil and gas fields. The proposal, published by the lower house’s official news portal, casts doubt over the development of dozens of onshore blocks auctioned during Brazil’s 12th licensing round last November. The bill aims to impose a five-year ban on fracking, the controversial method of extracting oil and gas from shale rock.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Has Baghdad Bob Moment During Fracking Protest
HUFFINGTON POST
Will Reynolds

Governor Pat Quinn had his Baghdad Bob moment during an anti-fracking protest at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield... Quinn's support for fracking continues to be a problem with environmental voters, particularly downstate, as it undermines his claim to "stand with the people, not the powerful."   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Lafayette's fracking ban tossed
9 News
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Colorado's oil and gas industry has again won another court battle against a town that banned or limited fracking. A Boulder District Court judge on Wednesday tossed out a voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Fracking rules will be released Friday
The Southern
Becky Malkovich

News of the impending release Friday of long-awaited rules needed to implement fracking drew reactions ranging from cautious optimism to outright outrage. The rules will be delivered to the Illinois Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Friday, Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Young confirmed Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Fracking Deal Is Reached by YPF, Petronas Argentine, Malaysian State Oil Firms to Develop Vaca Muerta Shale in South America
Wall Street Journal
Taos Turner

BUENOS AIRES—Argentina's YPF SA and Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd. will sign an agreement on Thursday to develop shale oil in Argentina's massive Vaca Muerta formation, people familiar with the matter said. The deal will entail an initial investment of more than $500 million. If it is structured similarly to a joint venture the Argentine company signed last year with Chevron Corp., state-run YPF and Petronas could invest up to $9 billion over the next decade to develop the full potential of La Amarga Chica, an oil...   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
As NYS Fair celebrates agriculture, organic farmers urge Cuomo to ban fracking (Commentary)
Syracuse.com
Elizabeth Henderson--Commentary

But everyday New Yorkers see through the gas industry propaganda -- the recent Quinnipiac poll shows New Yorkers' opposition to fracking continues to grow. By polluting the air, land and water, fracking endangers the same industries and agricultural products that our state celebrates at the State Fair.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Preliminary Studies Show Potential Health Risk For Babies Born Near Fracking Sites
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

Can fracking operations cause health problems or birth defects in babies who are born near wells? Preliminary scientific research says that it might and that more research needs to be done as oil and gas production booms across the country.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Ozone in Colorado Mountains Surprises Researcher
ABC News
Dan Elliott, Associated Press

Researchers who examined air pollution along northern Colorado's Front Range said they were surprised by how much harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals are drifting into the mountains from urban and rural areas below. "Really, all the way up to the Continental Divide you can find ozone," said Gabriele Pfister, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder and one of the principal investigators on the project.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
Landowners tell proposed LNG export terminal in Coos Bay: 'Keep your pipeline off my property'
Oregon Live
Ted Sickinger

Calgary-based Veresen Inc. and its pipeline partner, Tulsa-based Williams Companies Inc., are not asking if Gow wants to host their gas line. They're telling him. If regulators approve Veresen's plan to build an export terminal for liquefied natural gas in Coos Bay, its Pacific Connector Pipeline is coming across his land.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
How the Fracking Industry Undermines Labor
Food & Water Watch
Sydney Baldwin, Ryanne Waters & Katerine Cirullo

Today, Food & Water Watch released Toxic Workplace: Fracking Hazards on the Job, a research brief that exposes the dangers of working in the fracking industry. Subject to long hours on the job, sloppy safety regulations and reporting, lack of injury compensation and close contact with hazardous chemicals, former industry laborers agree that the fracking workplace is a toxic one. As we reflect on the social and economic successes of the labor movement over this holiday weekend, it becomes more evident that the fracking industry may have missed the memo.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2014
New solutions needed to recycle fracking water
Phys.org


Rice University scientists have produced a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it. More advanced recycling rather than disposal of "produced" water pumped back out of wells could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, said Rice chemist Andrew Barron, who led the study that appeared this week in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Polis continues discussion of local, national issues with constituents this month Congressman says if dictator Bashar Al-Assad had fallen, 'ISIS would be in Damascus today'
Reporter-Herald
Saja Hindi

Jared Polis, the incumbent Democrat for Colorado's Second Congressional District, has been listening to constituent concerns and discussing his stances on his campaign issues this month, holding his 10th town hall meeting of August in Berthoud Wednesday night. Polis said some of the top issues he's focusing on and hearing about from the people he represents include health care reform, economic development, oil and gas initiatives, immigration, education and responding to the conflict in Syria.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Gas drilling regulatory costs come under fire
Tri Cities
Allie robinson Gibson

LEBANON, Va. -- Several employees and representatives of the natural gas industry in Southwest Virginia said Wednesday that they are concerned the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy might be over-regulating the industry with its review of some policies.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Bucks County Democrats demand drilling tax to fund schools
Bucks County Courier Times
James McGinnis

On Wednesday, Bucks County Democrats joined representatives from a Philadelphia teachers union in demanding a 5 percent tax on natural gas drilling in order to raise cash for public schools.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

The Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge got U.S. State Department permission in response to its request to construct a U.S.-Canada border-crossing tar sands pipeline without earning an obligatory Presidential Permit.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Fracking companies shun Quinn, get behind Rauner
Pantagraph
Kurt Erickson

SPRINGFIELD — When Gov. Pat Quinn signed sweeping legislation last year to regulate hydraulic fracturing, he was joined by business groups in saying the controversial oil and natural gas drilling process would mean thousands of jobs in hard-hit rural areas of downstate Illinois. But with the rules for fracking still not finalized, oil producers, drilling companies and geologists who work in the industry are shunning the governor and putting their money behind the gubernatorial campaign of wealthy Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Judge tosses out Lafayette's voter-approved fracking ban
Lafayette News
Charlie Brennan

A Boulder District Court judge on Wednesday issued a ruling tossing out the charter amendment passed by Lafayette voters in November banning fracking in that city. Judge D. D. Mallard made the decision in a case brought by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association against the city of Lafayette.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Radio ads praise NC lawmakers for fracking votes
WNCN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. - The energy industry is thanking several North Carolina lawmakers who supported fracking legislation with radio ads in their districts as elections approach. The American Petroleum Institute said Wednesday it began airing ads last week that run into early next month.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Loose fracking rules could sink the state
Indy Week
Jane Porter

The draft rules on fracking in North Carolina are rife with loopholes that favor the drillers and could endanger the public health and the environment.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
In Rebuttal / Jared Cohon’s fracking role raises concern
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kevin Connor Opinion

The nonprofit watchdog group I direct, the Public Accountability Initiative, reported this for the first time in a recent report on the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which provides environmental certifications for fracking operations, and which Mr. Cohon chairs. Our report suggested that CSSD bore the hallmarks of an industry front group designed to put an environmentally friendly spin on fracking — similar to the tobacco group that Mr. Cohon advised. If Mr. Cohon was complicit in an industry effort to downplay smoking hazards, would he do the same for fracking?   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
These celebs have got some questions about fracking
Irish Examiner


Paloma Faith, Jools Holland and Duffy are among the famous faces showing their support for MyFrackingQuestions.org, launching today. The celebs took selfies holding up their questions for Minister for Energy Matthew Hancock concerning fracking – the controversial process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground to release natural gas from shale rock.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Lobbyists take fracking fight to protector
IOL News
Norma Wildenboer

Kimberley - Anti-fracking lobbyists have taken their fight to the Public Protector in an attempt to get the government to reinstate the moratorium on activities related to the search for shale gas in the Karoo basin.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Hundreds of fracking opponents cite potential harm to water sources
Winston-Salem Journal
Bertrand M. Gutierrez

More than 100 like-minded people — many from Stokes, Forsyth and Yadkin counties — signed up to speak during a four-hour public hearing Monday of the state Mining and Energy Commission at Rockingham County High School, one of three public hearings held in North Carolina this month on proposed rules that will govern shale-gas exploration.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Blackpool Hit By Earthquake: Fracking Digs Too Deep Hazards and controversy surrounding hydraulic fracturing.
Neon Nettle
Jack Hopkins

Blackpool was hit by two earthquakes, one which measured 1.5 and the second 2.2 in 2011 following fracking. Although these may be small and unfelt by most people, certainly a method we use that provokes the earths crust to move can not be healthy. Fracking being so heavily regulated at this time means we are at the smallest scale of operation, if regulations become more relaxed making room for more shale extraction, will the earthquakes become stronger and in a faster succession?  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Hwang celebrates moratorium on toxic fracking
Minute Man News Center


State Rep. Tony Hwang (R-234 Fairfield, Trumbull) joined Gov. Malloy, state officials, other lawmakers and environmental advocates for a ceremony at Farm River State Park in East Haven to commemorate the passage of a new state law that enacts a three-year moratorium on the handling of waste from hydraulic fracturing in Connecticut while its environmental impact is further researched.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Sanford no longer backing fracking
Indy Week
Billy Ball

In Sanford, where the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission held a public hearing on a draft of the state's fracking regulations, opponents of the controversial drilling practice are waving small red flags, their ire given a menacing edge by protesters' thumping drums and whistles outside the Wicker Civic Center.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Go slow on fracking, St. Tammany good government advocate tells Tangipahoa Parish Council, media reports say
Times-Picayune
Bob Warren

Sandra Slifer, a Covington resident and president of the League of Women Voters of Louisiana, asked the Tangipahoa Parish Council Monday (Aug. 25) to go slowly on any expansion of fracking there, according to media reports. Slifer noted concerns for the environment, roadways and the vast aquifer that supplies much of the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain with its drinking water  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Texas Proposes Tougher Rules On Fracking Wastewater After Earthquakes Surge
Think Progress
Emily Atkin

The agency that regulates oil and gas activity in Texas is considering new, tougher regulations governing the practice of injecting leftover water used to frack natural gas wells deep into the ground — a process which is believed to be responsible for an increase in human-caused earthquakes across the state.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report
Climate Progress
Joe Romm

One word in the latest draft report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sums up why climate inaction is so uniquely immoral: “Irreversible.” The message from climate scientists about our ongoing failure to cut carbon pollution: The catastrophic changes in climate that we are voluntarily choosing to impose on our children and grandchildren — and countless generations after them — cannot plausibly be undone for hundreds of years or more.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty
New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. Continue reading the main story Related Coverage Where ice once capped the Sermeq Avangnardleq glacier in Greenland, vast expanses of the Arctic Ocean are now clear. U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks AUG. 26, 2014 Senator Mark Udall, a Democrat up for re-election in Colorado, campaigning on Saturday. Democrats See Winning Issue in Carbon PlanJUNE 9, 2014 Duke Energy Agrees to Fund Dan River CleanupJUNE 9, 2014 The Politics of Energy: Why Democrats Have Little to Lose in Taking On the Coal IndustryJUNE 2, 2014 The attorneys general of several states disclosed a settlement with the tobacco industry in 1997. In Debate Over Coal, Looking to Lessons of ’90s Tobacco FightJUNE 3, 2014 To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Alaskans Uphold Tax System for Oil Companies
New York Times
Kirk Johnson

SEATTLE — A hard-fought ballot referendum that would have overturned Alaska’s system of taxing oil industry profits, put to voters last week but until now considered too close to call, has failed by a narrow margin, with absentee ballots counted this week nailing down the outcome. The referendum, Ballot Measure 1, drew millions of dollars in contributions from oil companies and raised political passions across the state. Former Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican who has rarely commented on Alaskan political issues since resigning in 2009, even waded in with a ferocious and, to some voters, surprising attack on the oil tax policies of her successor, Gov. Sean Parnell. Continue reading the main story Related Coverage Supporters of Dan Sullivan on Tuesday, heading to what turned out to be a victory party in Alaska’s Republican primary for the Senate. He will face Mark Begich, a Democrat. Battle for Senate Control Puts a Spotlight on AlaskaAUG. 20, 2014 Nick Moe, a volunteer for the campaign to reinstate the old tax policy, which has drawn supporters from the left and the right who rarely agree. Sarah Palin’s Attack on Gov. Sean Parnell’s Plan Aligns Her With State DemocratsAUG. 17, 2014 Mr. Parnell pushed his tax overhaul through the state’s Republican-controlled legislature last year, replacing a system called Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share that had been Ms. Palin’s hallmark achievement — signed in 2007, before she became the Republican vice-presidential nominee. Mr. Parnell’s opponents, led by Democrats, said his plan was too generous to the oil companies in tax breaks and incentives, and they gathered enough signatures to put the question of repeal to voters. Supporters of the tax system, in a campaign largely financed by the oil companies, fought back. In a barrage of television ads, supporters said that Mr. Parnell’s plan was showing results in encouraging new investment and oil production, crucial to Alaska’s economy in adding jobs and tax revenue, and that going back to Ms. Palin’s system risked disaster. With the new results posted late Tuesday night, the repeal measure failed by 8,443 votes out of about 172,000 cast. A leader of the repeal drive, State Senator Bill Wielechowski, said the narrow defeat and the pledges the oil companies had made, especially that production would increase, were important in creating pressure to make the new system as good as promised. “We’ve got them on the record now, and we have an army of Alaskans who are going to be ready to hold them accountable,” said Mr. Wielechowski, Democrat of Anchorage. “If they live up to their promises, that’s a victory for Alaska.” For  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Engineer on Nationwide Tour to Discuss Energy Policy & New Book, 'Just the Fracks, Ma'am'
Market Wired


CHARLESTON, WV -- (Marketwired) -- 08/27/14 -- Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," has unfairly received a bad label in the media, says engineer and environmentalist Greg Kozera, author of the new book, "Just the Fracks, Ma'am," (http://www.justthefracksbook.com/) who's on a nationwide tour to discuss the benefits of fracking and clarify the misconceptions. "Greater independence from foreign oil, job creation, a cleaner environment and a much-needed shot of economic growth is just the beginning of what hydraulic fracturing has meant to us in recent years, yet many think of fracking as the new dirty word, associated only with corporate greed. The reality is that fracking is essential to our existence," says Kozera, a domestic energy expert. "I want to replace the unfounded fears people have about fracking with facts. This is simply too important an issue for so many people to make decisions based on misinformation." Kozera began his tour in Virginia and has been to California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Kentucky and South Carolina. His next speaking engagement this year will be Sept. 3 at Rappahannock, Glade Springs, Va.; his tour ends Oct. 1 and 2 in Abingdon, Va. Fracking is nothing new; in 1947, the oil and gas industry discovered the method as a way of improving production in the country's oil wells, Kozera says. Reviewers find his new book enlightening and easy to read. "Well-written and in terms the average person can understand, Mr. Kozera has presented technical information on the fracking process in a manner that is entertaining and personal," writes Amazon reviewer Kerri Barger. "This is a short read and definitely a book you will want to pass on to others. The points of inspiration were heartfelt and I gained motivation from this book as well as information on the subject at hand." About Greg Kozera Greg Kozera is an engineer with a master's degree in environmental engineering and an environmentalist with more than 35 years of experience in the natural gas and oil industry. He is the immediate past-president of the Virginia Oil and Gas Association and the author of "Just the Fracks, Ma'am." Kozera has a comprehensive understanding of the fracturing process and how important it is to our children, grandchildren and the security of our nation.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
State determines wastewater from gas drilling contaminated drinking water in Westmoreland County
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

The state Department of Environmental Protection has officially determined that drinking water at a third residence is contaminated by WPX Appalachia LLC’s leaky Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater impoundment near Stahlstown, Westmoreland County. Whether that gets any of the three families living along rural Route 711 south of Ligonier any closer to a permanent replacement water supply is another matter. The DEP last week ordered WPX to restore or replace the water supply at the home of Ken and Mildred Geary, both in their 80s, who first complained that their water had a foul, chemical smell and taste a year ago. The order came down two years after the DEP first received a complaint about possible ground water contamination from the impoundment at WPX’s Kelp shale gas drilling pad. The DEP made the contamination determination based on tests done in June, that showed the well water contained higher concentrations of chloride, barium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, strontium and total dissolved solids than it did prior to November 2011 when WPX drilled the Kelp well.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
FERC staff OKs Texas Eastern project for bidirectional capability near Marcellus, Utica
SNL Financial
Sean Sullivan

FERC environmental staff signed off on a proposed Texas Eastern Transmission LP project that would enable the line to backflow gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to Midwest markets. The $56.5 million Uniontown-to-Gas City project would modify 23 aboveground compressor stations and other facilities along the Texas Eastern system in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. The modifications would create bidirectional compression capability and provide 425,000 Dth/d of firm transportation for five shippers as production comes online, from southwestern Pennsylvania to Texas Eastern's interconnection near Gas City, Ind. With the exception of a 20-inch-diameter crossover pipeline, project activities would take place within the boundaries of existing facilities on the system right of way. The crossover pipeline would require a fence extension, but no additional land beyond the Texas Eastern easement. The target in-service date for the project is Nov. 1, 2015. FERC Office of Energy Projects staff gave the project a positive review in an Aug. 21 environmental assessment. "Based on the analysis in this EA, we have determined that if Texas Eastern constructs and operates the proposed facilities in accordance with its application and supplements, and the staff's recommended mitigation measures … approval of this project would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment." The staff recommended that any FERC order contain a finding of no significant impacts and include typical construction and mitigation measures as conditions. Texas Eastern is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Spectra Energy Partners LP, which is mostly owned by Spectra Energy Corp. (CP14-104) At a Feb. 5 investor meeting, Bill Yardley, president of U.S. transmission and storage for Spectra Energy, said the project is one of four major system upgrades on the Texas Eastern system. The Ohio Pipeline Energy Network project, or OPEN, Gulf Markets project and TEAM South project are the other three. Together the projects would provide about 1.6 Bcf/d of north-to-south gas transportation under contract. Yardley said support for the projects comes from demand for transportation capacity that can connect the prolific Marcellus and Utica shales with the growing markets on the coast of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. FERC staff gave the OPEN project a passing grade on Aug. 22.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Teachout and Wu visit Pennsylvania fracking site
Capital New York
Conor Skelding

MONTROSE, PA.—Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu crossed the state line into Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon to view a hydraulic fracturing facility, the third stop on their "whistleblower" bus tour. "Right now, New York is at the crossroads about a very important decision: whether or not we're going to allow hydrofracking in our state," Teachout said, in a brief, unprepared statement. "Nothing compares to actually talking to people and seeing what's happening on the ground." "It poisons our soil," she said. "And as F.D.R. said, 'A nation that poisons its soil poisons itself.'"  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Fracking rules to be unveiled Friday
Chicago Tribune
Julie Wernau

Highly anticipated rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing in Illinois are to be unveiled Friday. Once the rules go into effect, Illinois hopes to become the center of the next oil boom. Fracking, which involves injecting fluids and chemicals at high volumes to crack open shale rock and unleash oil and natural gas, could bring bring jobs to a struggling southern Illinois economy. Ilinois also is counting on tax revenue on extracted oil and gas to fatten state and county coffers. A year ago a draft version of the proposed rules proved controversial, drawing about 30,000 comments, mostly from anti-fracking groups who sought to delay the law from taking effect.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Energy companies in Texas are setting money on fire
Grist
Heather Smith

To some, like President Obama, natural gas is the “bridge fuel” — a readily available energy source that burns cleaner than coal and that’s cheap enough to put coal out of business while we’re waiting for actually renewable energy sources to come online. But what if it’s so cheap it just gets wasted? The bridge just collapses, is what. As an epic series put together by the San Antonio Express News shows, being really, really cheap can also mean “too cheap to sell.” The Express News spent a year going over stacks of documents and data obtained from the Texas Railroad Commission, which is responsible for overseeing the oil and gas industry in the state. What the investigation found was that fracking operations in the remote Eagle Ford shale were keeping the more valuable oil they produced while venting the natural gas into the atmosphere. Sometimes they just released it directly into the air, despite its being one of the nastier greenhouse gases out there. Other times they burned it first, which converted it to carbon dioxide — less climate-change inducing, but not exactly Miss Popularity either. Between 2009 to 2012, they had let go of enough natural gas to keep 335,700 typical Texan households in warm houses and hot dinners for a year.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Natural gas industry counters anti-fracking ad campaign
News Observer
Craig Jarvis

The natural gas industry is striking back at recent TV ads by environmental groups attacking a handful of North Carolina legislators for their support of fracking. The radio spots began airing this week promoting the benefits of hydraulic fracturing and thanking seven lawmakers – six of whom face challengers in the November election.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Congressman announces support for county fracking ban on ballot
San Benito County Today


Congressman Sam Farr announced his support of November ballot measure aiming to ban fracking and other enhanced recovery methods used by the oil industry.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
BLM to release results of review on fracking, other drilling practices
San Benito County Today


The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday is set to announce results of a review on well-stimulation technologies in the state such as fracking, according to the BLM in an announcement released Wednesday. San Benito County voters in November will consider a proposal from San Benito Rising and other supporters to ban fracking and other enhanced recovery methods, along with a ban against all petroleum activities in rural residential zones near Hollister and San Juan.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
£450,000 the cost to police fracking test site
Fermanagh Herald


THE TOTAL cost of policing the Belcoo site at which fracking company Tamboran proposed to test drill has been revealed. The three-week policing operation had estimated costs of £451, 828 from Monday, July 21 until Monday August 11. -   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Citizens likely did have impact on USFS fracking decision
Athens News
Bob Sheak

David DeWitt's article, "Protest dismissed, but no drilling in Wayne anyway," may leave the reader with a false impression. His article was published in The Athens NEWS on Aug. 18, 2014. The story is about local protests against and 30-plus letters sent in response to a proposal in 2011 by the Bureau of Land Management Eastern States Office to permit the leasing of five parcels of land in the Wayne National Forest.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Saltwater Spills Leave North Dakota Farmland Sterile For Years
Inside Energy
EMILY GUERIN

North Dakota is in the middle of a historic oil boom, producing over one million barrels of oil each day. But it’s producing a whole lot more of something else, something that's not valuable at all: saltwater, a waste product of drilling. The state has strict requirements for getting rid of the waste water. But as more and more wells are drilled, saltwater spills have increased dramatically. According to an Inside Energy analysis of state data, in the past year there were 810 saltwater spills in North Dakota. That comes out to about five gallons of saltwater spilled per minute. And the overall spill rate -- the number of both oil and saltwater spills per well - has also gone up, nearly tripling in the past decade.  [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Millennium decision: the system is broken
The River Reporter
Editorial

August 27, 2014 — When the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia handed down the Millennium Pipeline Company decision on August 15, the court argued that Millennium had followed the law in the siting of its compressor station in the Town of Minisink. While it may be true that the court, Millennium and the commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) all may have strictly followed the law, no reasonable person can look at the maps of the two sites that were at the center of the lawsuit, and conclude that the people of Minisink received justice. One of the central issues of the case was whether the compressor station should have been built in Minisink, in the middle of a residential area, located within half a mile of 200 families, or in a place called the “Wagoner Alternative,” where it would have been surrounded mostly by large tracts of undeveloped land.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Anti-fracking measure headed to 2016 Ballot Butte County staff working on alternate plan
KRCRTV
Jerry Olenyn

Oroville, CA-- A measure to ban fracking will go before Butte County voters in 2016. On Tuesday morning the Butte County Board of Supervisors voted to allow a popular vote in the November 2016 election on a measure that would end fracking, which refers to the procedure of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations to extract oil and natural gas but opponents say the procedure contaminates the water supply.   [Full Story]

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

MISSISSIPPI- The early, uncertain track of what has become Tropical Storm Cristobal opened the eyes of many that peak hurricane season is here. And if your family evacuation plan includes heading north to Mississippi, emergency officials there are warning about a kink in that plan. “We encourage anyone that's fleeing from the south during hurricane season to keeping going north, because we don't have the facilities here to house them,” said Wilkinson County Emergency Management Director Thomas Tolliver. The reason is the fracking boom in Amite and Wilkinson counties. Workers have set up shop in every hotel in southwest Mississippi's three border counties, stretching as far north as Natchez and McComb. And the 18-wheelers that go with the fracking operations clog up important escape arteries daily.  [Full Story]

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

An August 6 court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon could put Dominion Resources’ timeline for its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in jeopardy. Salmon ruled that an ordinance exempting the Lusby, Md.-based LNG project from local zoning laws — Ordinance 46-13 — violated both a section of a state Land Use law, as well as Maryland's constitution. The facility will be fueled by gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). In the ruling, Judge Salmon described the zoning exemption as “a very unusual situation.” In 2013, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and the Calvert County Planning Commission carved out both LNG export and import facilities from zoning laws.  [Full Story]

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

A Colorado state judge recently struck down a city’s voter-approved moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” This marks the second time a Colorado judge has quashed a city’s fracking ban within a matter of two weeks. As we previously reported, three Colorado cities approved bans on fracking in late 2013. In Fort Collins and Boulder, the voters passed a five-year moratorium on in-town drilling, while in Lafayette the voters amended the city charter to ban the practice completely. At the time, the governor of Colorado, along with the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), threatened a lawsuit claiming the bans violated state law.  [Full Story]

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

With more than 1.1 million active oil and gas well as in the US as of March, according to FracTracker Alliance, regulations for the minimum distance – or setback – between wells and residential buildings such as homes, schools and hospitals has become a contentious issue between landowners and energy companies. Few landowners want oil and gas wells drilled in their backyard, but there are financial incentives that come with granting drilling rights. Unlike many European countries – where landowners own the land but not the mineral rights underneath – US landowners own both land and mineral rights, with the opportunity to reap huge financial benefits by allowing energy companies to drill on their land. The distance a well can be drilled from a residence, school or hospital varies widely from state to state.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
In Grand Junction, natural gas crash still reverberates through struggling economy
Colorado Public Radio
Ben Markus

Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series examining parts of Colorado left out of the economic boom enjoyed by the northern Front Range. Russell Adams works as a roughneck on drill rigs. When he can find work, it tends to be about 800 miles away from his home outside Grand Junction. The drive to North Dakota’s booming oil fields is not one Adams looks forward to. “Especially when you’re leaving your family and kids,” says Adams. “Anything could happen to one of them, and there ain’t no way you can drop on a dime and come back.” He got his start on drill rigs when natural gas was booming in western Colorado in 2007. By then natural gas prices were on the accent, topping out at $12.69 per million British thermal unit (a standard measure for natural gas) in June 2008. The next year prices would crash, falling 76 percent to $2.99 by September of 2009.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Labour attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry
The Guardian
Terry McAlister

The Labour party believes the rules covering fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – for gas are not tight enough and will attempt to strengthen regulation of the controversial drilling method by tabling a series of amendments to the infrastructure bill in the House of Lords on Tuesday. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) says there are adequate safeguards covering drilling for shale gas under existing rules or voluntary agreements. However, Tom Greatrex, the shadow energy minister, believes current agreements do not go far enough. The opposition wants to see well-by-well disclosure of the fracking fluid being pumped into the well, baseline monitoring of methane levels in the groundwater and environmental impact assessments for all fracking sites.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Not All Michiganders Want To Be A Dumping Ground For America's Radioactive Fracking Waste
Huffington Post
Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Michigan will take a look at its radioactive waste disposal standards after criticism grew over an out-of-state company dumping fracking byproducts in a landfill near Detroit. On Monday, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) ordered the Department of Environmental Quality to assemble a panel to review standards for disposal of waste containing low levels of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM). The panel will include experts from environmental groups, the waste disposal industry, the oil and gas industry and academia.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Environmentalist group says health registry needed
Pike County Register
PETER JACKSON

HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said Aug. 18 it has enhanced the state health department's handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action. Health Secretary Michael Wolf said steps recommended by a departmental working group include implementation of a written-letter response policy to better document correspondence between the department and people who file drilling-related health complaints. Other changes include providing information to doctors about how to file environmental health complaints and making the department's website easier to use, he said.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Campaigners blast censored report on underground gas drilling
Daily Post
Steve Bagnall

Campaigners against underground gas drilling have blasted a report into its impact on rural communities which was heavily censored. The report Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts published by the Government, which is pushing the dash for underground gas, has 63 redactions — where information is taken out. Wrexham council is currently waiting to hear the outcome of an appeal by GP Energy after councillors threw out the company’s plans to test drill for gas at Commonwood Farm, Borras, earlier this year. Councillors’ concerns included its impact on the environment, the pollution of water courses, greenhouse gases being emitted, subsidence and sink holes.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
US shale: What lies beneath
Financial Times
Ed Crooks

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e178031e-2cf4-11e4-8105-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3BXuhb1fj I n a clearing in a cornfield in the Eagle Ford region of south Texas, the rig drilling the Sisti A3 well for ConocoPhillips looks very similar to the ones that have been working in the state’s shale reserves for more than a decade. But a mile or two below the surface, the way the wells operate has changed radically. Since 2012, Conoco has doubled the volume of ceramic proppant – a sand-like material – it uses for hydraulic fracturing. Mixed with water and pumped into wells at high pressure, the proppant forces open the cracks in the rocks where oil and gas is trapped. Using more proppant has increased the output of each well by 30 per cent – giving a healthy boost to Conoco’s bottom line. Now its engineers are examining ways to double the amount of proppant again.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Draft Of Upcoming IPCC Report Presents Stark View Of The Future As Climate Change Rages On
AP via Huffington Post
SETH BORENSTEIN

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn't in the other more-detailed versions, but the language is more stark and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines studying problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas.  [Full Story]

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


A TUG-OF-WAR has broken out as energy companies and campaigners fight over the future of some of the most picturesque parts of Yorkshire. Anti-fracking campaigners and energy firms are fiercely lobbying over the rules which will be used to decide applications to carry out controversial ‘fracking’ operations in North Yorkshire, York and the North York Moors National Park. The three authorities asked for opinions on a draft plan for dealing with future proposals connected to dealing with waste or mining minerals – including shale gas which is extracted using the fracking method. Analysis of the responses reveals Dart Energy is arguing against any wholesale move to try and divert gas mining away from the national park or areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) or to apply special restrictions around their borders.  [Full Story]

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

The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks. Government officials, industry advocates and the researchers themselves say more studies are needed before drawing conclusions. While the findings are still preliminary, any documented hazards threaten to cast a shadow over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking -- the process of blasting chemicals, sand and water deep underground to extract fuel from rock that’s helped push the U.S. closer to energy self-sufficiency than at any time since 1985.  [Full Story]

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

AUSTIN — Lawmakers said Monday that they’re looking for money to add seismic monitors in areas with oil and gas production, following concerns about a series of earthquakes that rattled North Texas last winter. For now, at least, it’s just a pipe dream. The Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas production, doesn’t have any plans in the works for more monitors or for permit surcharges to oil and gas operators. That irks some Fort Worth-area residents and environmentalists who say regulators aren’t moving quick enough to address the issue. They contend that the state’s most lucrative industry should be picking up the tab. “If someone told the industry that they couldn’t inject any more fluids into the earth until they got the monitors, you can believe they would get the monitors right away,” Sharon Wilson of the environmental group Earthworks said after a hearing Monday.  [Full Story]

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

Three years ago this month, Earthjustice and more than 100 other citizen groups contacted the Environmental Protection Agency with a petition. They urged public-knowledge access, assured through national regulation, to information about the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas production. The groups asked that the nature of the chemicals used be revealed and whether have they been tested for possible health effects. If toxicity testing was not done, they suggested it should be required before the chemicals are widely used for hydrofracking purposes; the results of relevant health and safety studies should be given to the EPA and made public.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Calls for publication of fracking report
Mayo News
Anton McNulty

The Government have been called upon to follow the example of the Northern Ireland executive in relation to fracking after a number of townlands in east Mayo have been listed for preliminary authorisations for hydraulic fracking. Earlier this month, Northern Irish Environment Minister Mark Durkan denied permission to carry out deep bore test drilling in Fermanagh and Sinn Féin have called on the Irish Government to follow a similar stance. Sinn Feín representative in Swinford John Sheahan said the prospect of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is commonly known, occurring in the east of the county was leading to growing concerns locally and has called on the Irish Government to to publish its position in relation to fracking. “The Government needs to make its position in relation to fracking clear otherwise one can only conclude that the Fine Gael and Labour position is the same as that of the previous led Fianna Fáil government which favours the practice of fracking despite major concerns being expressed by farming communities affected by such a practice.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Europe will be Russia's hostage over gas supplies for at least another decade
The Telegraph
Szu Ping Chan

Policymakers will have no choice but to continue buying gas from Russia until at least the mid-2020s and "potentially much longer", according to Fitch. Europe already buys a quarter of its gas from Russia, and analysts expect consumption to increase by a third by 2030 as economies recover from the debt crisis and gas-fired electricity generation replaces old coal and nuclear power.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Labour plans stricter rules for UK’s fracking industry
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Ilaria Bertini

The Labour party has announced it will try to strengthen regulation for the British shale gas industry in the infrastructure bill, said to be too bland in relation to environmental assessment and monitoring of toxic fluids and methane levels.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
3400 oppose Ohio River barge terminal for fracking wastes
ohio.com
Bob Downing

Portland, Ohio – As the comment period closes on a proposed barge dock and pipeline facility on the Ohio River to dump fracking waste from as far as Texas, Americans Against Fracking urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject this dangerous proposal, which would threaten to contaminate the drinking water of 3 million people. Ohio attorney Terry Lodge and the Athens County Fracking Action Network earlier submitted hundreds of comments, successfully urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an extension. “We were just reminded about the volatility of our drinking water sources when thousands of families in Toledo could not drink the water they depend on after elevated toxin levels were discovered in Lake Erie, and a diesel fuel spill on the Ohio River raised even more concerns last week,” said Alison Auciello of Food & Water Watch in Ohio.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Fracking link to birth defects probed as further studies sought
State Journal Register via Washington Post News Service
Isaac Arnsdorf

NEW YORK — The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks. Government officials, industry advocates and the researchers themselves say more studies are needed before drawing conclusions. While the findings are still preliminary, any documented hazards threaten to cast a shadow over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — the process of blasting chemicals, sand and water deep underground to extract fuel from rock that's helped push the U.S. closer to energy self-sufficiency than at any time since 1985. "It's not really well understood how the environment interacts with genetics to produce these birth defects," said Lisa McKenzie of the Colorado School of Public Health, who conducted research published in January in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "We really need to do more study to see what the association is, if any, with natural gas development."   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Drinking Diesel? Fracking Companies Use Toxic Substance without Permits
Center for Effective Government
Amanda Frank

When it comes to protecting drinking water, fracking companies have just one federal rule to follow – get a permit if they are using diesel. But a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) indicates that many drillers can’t even abide by this simple requirement. Thanks to an ill-advised loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act – often called the Halliburton loophole – hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities are exempt from drinking water protection standards – unless the drilling companies use diesel fuel. Diesel is the only fracking fluid that requires a federal permit. Diesel fluids contain toxic chemicals such as benzene and toluene that are harmful, even in small amounts, and are known cancer-causing substances. Even small leaks into groundwater pose serious health concerns. For instance, water containing more than five parts per billion of benzene (equal to five drops in a swimming pool) is considered unsafe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Railroad Commission Proposes Tighter Fracking Regulations
WTAW
Bill Oliver

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Railroad Commission has proposed tightening regulations for injection wells as scientists explore a potential link between high-pressure wastewater disposal and the earthquakes rattling North Texas. The oil and gas regulator’s newly hired seismologist, Dr. Craig Pearson, testified Monday before a Texas House subcommittee on seismic activity that earthquakes are regularly recorded, though at magnitudes too small to be felt. He says the existing rules for injection wells were designed to protect against groundwater contamination, but not seismic activity. The proposed rules include giving the Railroad Commission the authority to suspend or terminate permits for injection wells if they’re believed to be causing earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Fracking Taxes Help States Now, but What About the Future?
Real Clear Energy


As bad as the federal budget picture looked during the Great Recession, the fiscal climate in the states was worse. The federal government used stimulus spending to prevent many states from having to make sharp cuts in services because of steep declines in sales, income, and corporate tax revenues. However, the state fiscal picture is looking much better. For the third year in a row, state tax revenues increased, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. While things might be looking up for states, there are causes for concern because much of the increase in some states is driven by energy taxation, related to a boom in the fracking industry that won't last forever. State tax revenues went up 6.1 percent in fiscal 2013 to a total of $846 billion, says the NCSL. Personal income tax revenues were up 10.3 percent, while corporate collections surged 7.9 percent. The NCSL urges caution for optimists thinking that the worst is behind states and localities. From 2002 (the end of a recession) to 2007, state tax revenue rose a whopping 42 percent. Since 2008, however, state tax revenues are only up a total of 8.5 percent, showing how tepid the recovery has been.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
MarkWest to expand Butler County natural gas processing complex
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Stephanie Ritenbaugh

A natural gas processing complex in Butler County will see another expansion to handle growing production from the Marcellus and Upper Devonian shale formations, MarkWest Energy Partners said Tuesday.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
State Considering Fracking Curbs
woai


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

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

WENTWORTH —Water matters, they said. The water that North Carolina protects now will be worth more than any quantity of shale gas that energy companies may discover by fracking, they said. More than 100 likeminded people – many from Stokes, Forsyth and Yadkin counties – signed up to speak during a four-hour public hearing Monday of the state Mining and Energy Commission at Rockingham County High School, one of three public hearings held in North Carolina this month on proposed rules that will govern shale-gas exploration.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
Longmont City Council votes unanimously to appeal judge's decision on fracking ban
Daily Camera
Tony Kindelspire

Applause and a standing ovation greeted the 7-0 vote Tuesday night by the Longmont City Council to appeal Boulder County District Court Judge D.D. Mallard's ruling in July that said Longmont had no right to ban fracking within its city limits.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
New fracking documentary to be shown in Merced
Fresno Bee


A new documentary film that explores fracking and its effects on water is set to show in several cities across the nation, including Merced. “Triple Divide,” co-directed by Public Herald journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, will be screened at Coffee Bandits at 6 p.m. Sept. 6. The 90-minute film covers the issues related to fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing. These issues include waste, drinking water contamination, split estates and injection wells, according to a news release.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2014
IEA: U.S. LNG won't matter much for Europe Van der Hoeven addresses "talked up" LNG role.
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

STAVANGER, Norway, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Liquefied natural gas sent from North America to European markets likely won't make much of a regional difference, the director of the IEA said from Norway. International delegates are gathered for an annual energy conference in Stavenger, Norway. The theme for the ONS conference, organizers said, is change.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Fracking takes toll in Pennsylvania, but New Jersey gets bargain
North Jersey.com
James M O'Neill

The recent boom in natural gas drilling across Pennsylvania has turned some property owners into millionaires. It also has forced some rural communities there to endure swaths of denuded forest, fumes from diesel engines, the rattle of equipment, midnight skies lit up by the lights for well pads, spills of dangerous wastewater, and the leak of explosive methane into their drinking water wells. One state away, New Jersey residents have enjoyed significant benefits from the gas being mined from the Marcellus Shale Formation through fracking. With an abundance of gas on the market, New Jerseyans have seen significant drops in the price of gas to heat their homes and cook their food – price cuts that are likely to continue this winter. And many coal-fired power plants in the Midwest have switched to natural gas, which has improved the air quality downwind in New Jersey.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Eye on Energy: Gas Processing
kxnews


Oil wells in North Dakota are burning off natural gas produced in the fracking process at a high rate. It's an issue environmentalists are concerned about and state regulators are dealing with - trying to reduce flaring. In this week's Eye on Energy, Jim Olson reports on a new gas plant near Tioga designed to help in that effort. It sits right across the road from the huge Hess gas plant - an unassuming complex that may make a big difference in the battle to make oil exploration in North Dakota more environmentally friendly. "It" is the Tioga Liquid Natural Gas Plant - operated by Plum Energy. It will take processed gas from the Hess plant, clean it up a bit, and cool it down - in a big way.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Washinton County, Va., Planning Commission recommends no drilling
Tricities.com
ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON

ABINGDON, Va. — Members of the Washington County Planning Commission voted 5-2 Monday night to recommend that the county Board of Supervisors not change the county’s zoning ordinance to permit gas well drilling. Thirty people spoke at a public hearing held Monday on the issue.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Man-Made Earthquakes Are Proliferating, but We Won’t Admit Fault
Newsweek
Zoe Schlanger

f you jabbed at the center of a map of Oklahoma, your finger might land on Jones City, population 2,500. “Just a little piece of Americana,” as Lewis Moore, the state representative for the area, calls it—Main Street has a firehouse, a pharmacy and a Sonic Drive-In, and beyond downtown are vast, flat fields of pasture. Jones City also happens to be at the epicenter of an unprecedented spate of earthquakes. From 1978 until 2008, Oklahoma averaged only two earthquakes over magnitude 3.0 per year; midway through 2014, the state has already registered 230 quakes of that strength, easily surpassing California as the most earthquake-prone state in the country. These quakes seem to be induced by a step in the hydraulic fracturing process—the disposal of vast volumes of salty, chemical-laced wastewater by injecting it deep into the ground. Texas, Arkansas and Ohio have also recently seen spikes in earthquakes in the vicinity of wastewater injection wells. The tremors are unprecedented—they are making ground shake that scarcely did before—and the evidence pointing to fracking disposal is piling up. But Moore is skeptical. “The Earth, and the science of how everything works, is so big. We are so minute,” he says. “For us to think that we have so much to do with these things is almost ludicrous.”  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
AfriForm, TKAG appeal to public protector over fracking
News 24


Cape Town – AfriForum and the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) have confirmed that they will be submitting a written complaint to the Public Protector to address President Jacob Zuma’s exploration of shale gas mining.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Opposition calls on mining companies to do more to allay fracking fears
The Standard
Sean McComish

BOTH the government and Labor plan to keep quiet on the issue of fracking until after the state election. Neither party is yet to completely support or condemn the controversial mining method, with each side calling for more studies.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Up In Flames
San Antonion Express
Jennifer Hiller and John Tedesco

"I would roll my windows down and smell the fresh country air," Lyssy said. But lately, she's not sure what she's breathing as oil wells and natural gas flares from the Eagle Ford Shale boom creep up to the farm's property line. "The flaring is ridiculous," Lyssy said. She and husband Fred raise cattle, lambs, goats and pigs on a 564-acre property owned by Fred's mother, who has turned down repeated offers from oil and gas companies to drill. "There's millions of acres, and they want it all," Fred Lyssy said.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Dept. Of Health Improves Drilling-Related Health Complaint Processes
PA Environment Digest


Secretary of Health Michael Wolf Monday announced enhancements to the department’s internal processes for responding to environmental health concerns and complaints specifically related to Marcellus Shale drilling.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Rep. Vitali To Ask Environmental Committee To Consider Drilling-Related Health Bill
Pa Environment Digest


Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said Wednesday it is time for the legislature to enact his legislation that would require the Department of Health to do more to protect the public from Marcellus Shale drilling hazards.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
DEP Fines Cabot Oil More Than $76,000 For Susquehanna Well Control Incident
Pa Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it has fined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. of Pittsburgh $76,546 for a January well control incident at the company’s Huston well pad in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County. “Cabot lost control of the Huston J1 gas well for 27 hours, to which the department responded to promptly to ensure there were no significant environmental impacts,” DEP Director of District Oil and Gas Operations John Ryder said. “In this incident, mostly gas was released, which dissipated quickly to background levels within 100 feet from the well.”   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Danger Beneath: 'Fracking' Gas, Oil Pipes Threaten Rural Residents
NBC NEWS
LISA RIORDAN SEVILLE

construction boom of pipelines carrying explosive oil and natural gas from “fracking” fields to market -- pipes that are bigger and more dangerous than their predecessors -– poses a safety threat in rural areas, where they sometimes run within feet or yards of homes with little or no safety oversight, an NBC News investigation has found. The rapidly expanding network of pipes, known as “gathering lines,” carry oil and gas from fracking fields in many parts of the country to storage facilities and major “transmission lines.” They are subject to the same risks – corrosion, earthquakes, sabotage and construction accidents -- as transmission lines. But unlike those pipelines, about 90 percent of gathering lines do not fall under federal safety or construction regulations because they run through rural areas, the Government Accountability Office reported in 2012. Safety advocates and regulators have called for new regulations on the pipelines, but energy industry interests have pushed back. Any changes could be years away, if they happen at all, according to an analysis from the Congressional Research Service released early this month.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Fracking threat wiped £535,000 off my home's value
The Daily Mail
James Tozer

The potentially massive impact of fracking on house prices was revealed yesterday – with one woman saying the value of her home has been cut by £535,000. Dianne Westgarth told how the price of her five-bedroom house had plummeted by over 70 per cent as a result of a proposed fracking site nearby. In 2012, the property – which comes with two-and-a-half acres of land – was valued at £725,000.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Health Benefits of Reducing Emissions Outweigh Costs Involved, Study
Headlines & Global News


Many states have backed out from implementing carbon emission reduction policies because of high costs involved. However, a new study suggests that the health benefits that comes from breathing cleaner air more than makes up for these costs. For the study, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S. They found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big - in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Did everyone Forget about that Gas Pipeline in the Rockaways?
Curbed
Jeremiah Budin

There was some public outcry against the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project, the natural gas pipeline that will run from the Atlantic Ocean, under the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay, and into to southeast Brooklyn, when it was proposed in August of 2012. However, the project was approved shortly thereafter and, since then, we've heard very little about it, despite the fact that construction has been ongoing. Now, an article in Al Jazeera America suggests that the concerns of Rockaways residents still protesting the project are a good deal more founded than run-of-the-mill NIMBYism. Williams Companies, the company installing the pipeline, is currently "the subject of a U.S. Chemical Safety Board probe because of a recent string of incidents," including a 2013 petrochemical facility explosion in Louisiana that killed two, a 2013 gas facility fire in New Jersey that injured 13, and, this year, a gas plant explosion in Washington state that injured five and forced the evacuation of an entire town, and a pipeline explosion in West Virigina, a pipeline fire in Wyoming, and a compressor station fire in Pennsylvania. "The string of incidents was very uncharacteristic," said a Williams spokesperson, adding, "Safety is not a destination you reach. It's an ongoing journey."  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Pittsburgh airport gas drilling project set for official kickoff
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kaitlynn Riely

Ground was broken months ago at Pittsburgh International Airport for Consol Energy’s natural gas development project, and drilling began Aug. 15.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Fracking Boom Waste: Flares Light Prairie With Unused Natural Gas
NBC News
Brad Quick & Morgan Brennan

From his driveway, farmer Tom Wheeler's view of North Dakota's grasslands seems endless. Fields of soy, wheat and canola stretch to the horizon in all directions. But as drillers flock to cash in on the state's booming shale gas industry, that horizon has become increasingly marked by natural gas flares.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Danger Beneath: ‘Fracking’ Gas, Oil Pipes Threaten Rural Residents
Time
NBC News

A construction boom of pipelines carrying explosive oil and natural gas from “fracking” fields to market — pipes that are bigger and more dangerous than their predecessors -– poses a safety threat in rural areas, where they sometimes run within feet or yards of homes with little or no safety oversight, an NBC News investigation has found.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
U.S. Study Finds Boomtown 'Curse'
Daily Yonder
Tim Marema

Energy boomtowns in North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas might be better off economically in the long run if they had never started pumping oil and gas out of the ground. That’s one implication of new research looking at the impact of the “resource curse” in U.S. counties.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Labour attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry Opposition party to table amendments to Lords infrastructure bill that would tighten rules for companies drilling for shale gas
The Guardian
Terry Macalister

The Labour party believes the rules covering fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – for gas are not tight enough and will attempt to strengthen regulation of the controversial drilling method by tabling a series of amendments to the infrastructure bill in the House of Lords on Tuesday.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Crews now fracking at Pittsburgh International Airport
WGAL


IMPERIAL, Pa. —The start of natural gas drilling near the Pittsburgh International Airport is being cheered by Pennsylvania politicians from both parties.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Anti-fracking alliance takes fight to Public Protector
Mining Weekly
Natasha Odendaal

Anti-fracking lobby group, the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG), and social rights group AfriForum plan to take their fight against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in South Africa to the Public Protector. The parties said they would submit a written complaint to the Public Protector by Tuesday after a letter sent to the Presidency, dated July 21, seeking a fresh moratorium on fracking went unacknowledged.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Michigan Township Association leery of fracking moratoriums
Michigan Radio
Tracy Samilton

The Michigan Township Association says townships that pass fracking moratoriums could be on shaky legal ground...She says the Association's legal counsel believes the state alone can deny or issue permits for oil and gas drilling, otherwise known as "fracking." That goes for gravel mining, too.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Anti-fracking campaigners to go head to head with energy bosses
Shropshire Star


Anti-fracking campaigners and energy bosses will come face to face when they debate exploratory drilling for gas in the county. Campaign group Frack Free Dudleston has been at loggerheads with Dart Energy after it submitted a planning application for a temporary coal-bed methane (CBM) exploration borehole near Ellesmere.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Inside Energy: Fracking and health, part 1
Prairie Public News
Jordan Wirfs-Brock & Leigh Paterson

The oil and gas boom of the 21st century has been fueled - largely - by a technique called hydraulic fracturing. Its given access to massive shale gas and oil formations in states like Texas, Colorado, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. But what’s different about this boom, is that drilling is bumping right up against communities. And people are worried about the health impacts. The industry has taken off so quickly that scientific research about those impacts is playing catch up.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Dear Governor Hickenlooper: Fractivists make a documentary What separates activism from electioneering as voting day approaches?
Colorado Independent
Tessa Cheek

AT THE beginning of this month, “Dear Governor Hickenlooper,” a collection of short anti-fracking documentaries and the product of more than a year’s work by Director Stash Wislocki and Producer David Holbrooke looked like it had been beached.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Michigan landfill operator suspends receipt of low-level radioactive waste
Detroit Free Press


A Van Buren Township hazardous-waste landfill operator, slated to receive up to 36 tons of low-level radioactive waste from a Pennsylvania fracking company, announced Monday that it will suspend receipt of such materials from all oil and gas operations pending a review by the state.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Should we "green up" dirty energy technologies?
Greenbiz
Joel Makower

In that light, how does one think about recent efforts to improve the efficiency and reduce the impacts of “bad” energy technologies and techniques such as tar sands oil, natural gas fracking, “clean coal” and nuclear energy? All four are almost uniformly reviled by environmental activists. And yet none of these energy technologies, and the massive, multi-billion-dollar industries that have grown around them, is likely to disappear anytime soon. Given that, what is our responsibility to minimize their impacts? Or should we hold the line, insisting that these technologies simply shouldn’t exist?  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Breaking News: New Hazards with Fracking
Stewart Acuff
Blog

NBC is reporting this morning on their website that government safety officials and others have discovered another major safety issue in fracking, the process of drilling deep into the earth to blow up rock formations to release natural gas.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Industry must find responsible solution for flaring
Houston Chronicle
Chris Tomlinson

A front-page story made clear this Monday morning the challenge of dealing with natural gas while drilling for oil in the Eagle Ford shale of South Texas. Rather than rail against the local residents who complain about the potential health hazards, hopefully the industry will take up the challenge of capturing this valuable commodity and become better neighbors. The problem is as old as oil drilling itself. Natural gas often occurs where oil is found and it comes up the pipe whether you want it or not. When drilling an exploratory well, there are usually no pipelines installed to carry away the natural gas away for home use, and even with many established wells, the distance to a gas pipeline is too far to economically build a connection. The industry calls this "stranded gas." Releasing it into the atmosphere is dangerous, so operators vent the gas to a corner of the drilling pad where it is ignited and most of it burns off. What remains is a nasty smell, and if it's not burned properly, a lot of smoke and dangerous chemicals.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
White House won't use NEPA effectively on climate and clean energy -- Part 2
CLimate Science Watch
Rick Piltz

Draft guidance to federal agencies on environmental impact assessment of proposed federal actions such as energy development permits, which the White House has allowed to languish for four years, could move the system toward analyzing specific proposed projects within a larger context of cumulative global warming impacts. The 2010 draft guidance on implementing the National Environmental Policy Act also called for a comparison of the emissions associated with proposed projects with the emissions associated with potential alternatives, such as renewable energy development, and with the alternative of no project development at all.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Carmel says PG&E likely broke law with explosion
Monterey Herald News
Tom Leyde

CARMEL >> The Carmel City Council on Monday took Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to task, alleging the utility broke state law when a natural gas explosion destroyed a home in the city on March 3. The city also seeks a formal investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission. On a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Kenneth Talmage absent, the council, in a special session, approved a resolution that states PG&E appears to have violated the California Public Utilities Code, covering the safe distribution of natural gas.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
UVA scientist warns of dire environmental impacts if the proposed natural gas pipeline goes through Highland County
Allegheny Mountain Radio
Heather Niday

At their meeting on August 19th, Highlanders for Responsible Development [HRD] chairman Lewis Freeman said their group had yet to take a formal position on the Dominion Resources Southeast Reliability Project, a natural gas pipeline that would run through parts of West Virginia and Virginia, including Highland County. Rick Webb, a member on the board of directors for HRD, a Highland County resident, and a senior scientist at the University of Virginia, has taken a formal position on the pipeline, one that is firmly in opposition. Webb sees the pipeline putting the natural resources of the county in peril. Referring to a map of the proposed pipeline, Webb told the large crowd gathered at the Highland center that it would cross a considerable amount of sensitive habitat including sections of the George Washington national forest and Virginia wildlife management areas.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
SHUMLIN TO STEP IN IF VERMONT GAS PURSUES EMINENT DOMAIN
vtdigger.org
John Herrick

The Shumlin administration intends to hire an independent appraiser to assess the value of landowners’ property taken through eminent domain for the construction of a natural gas pipeline through Addison County. Gov. Peter Shumlin sent a letter to three lawmakers on Monday stating his concern and disappointment with Vermont Gas’ rollout of its natural gas pipeline. The company has started construction of a 41-mile pipeline extension from Chittenden and Franklin counties to Middlebury.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
How Dow Chemical's league-leading lobbying against free trade illuminates the folly of export subsidies
Washington Examiner
Opinion - Timothy P Carney

Usually General Electric, Exxon Mobil, Comcast or Northrop Grumman lead the U.S. in federal lobbying. So far this year, though, Dow Chemical is the King of K Street. The reason: advocates of free trade are threatening one of Dow's profitable privileges. The investor site Motley Fool explains: The company's position is clear: LNG exports beyond a certain level are bad for business, and the economy at large, though this is a debate that may not be resolved anytime soon. So Dow is probably lobbying to limit LNG exports.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Other 2014 Environmental and Land Use Legislation: Fracking, Brownfields, State Land Conservation, Private Easements, Wood Burning Furnaces and Running Bamboo
Land for Love and Money
Reid - Pullman & Comley LLC

Hydraulic Fracturing Waste A deceptively simple bill concerning hydraulic fracturing waste, PA 14-200, emerged as a synthesis of multiple options presented by competing proposals. Senate Bill 237 would have banned fracking waste outright. House Bill 5308 would have regulated it as hazardous waste. House Bill 5237 proposed to institute a fee on processing, sale, exchange or disposal, presumably on the salutary basis that a new waste stream represents an opportunity to spin off a revenue stream. A fourth, House Bill 5409, would have directed DEEP to “ensure” that transport of fracking waste was “subject to the same rigorous standards and transparencies governing the transport and handling of all hazardous waste,” and to study and provide a report to the General Assembly assessing such waste and recommending handling standards. The solution that emerged was a heavily amended version of the fourth option. PA 14-200 provides that no person may accept, receive, store, treat, transfer or dispose of fracking waste, including by discharging it into a pollution abatement facility, until DEEP adopts regulations on the subject. The regulations must first address the State’s incorporation, under its delegated RCRA authority, of 40 CFR §261.4(b)(5), which exempts “drilling fluids” associated with oil and gas exploration from the definition of “hazardous waste,” and classify these materials as state-regulated waste. The regulations must also ensure that radioactive constituents in fracking waste do not pose a hazard, and require disclosure of the composition of such waste. Once the regulations are duly adopted, “no person shall” collect, store, etc., without a permit to do so.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Michigan landfill operator suspends receipt of low-level radioactive waste
Detroit Free Press


By Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Staff Writer FILED UNDER Local News Michigan News ADVERTISEMENT A Van Buren Township hazardous-waste landfill operator, slated to receive up to 36 tons of low-level radioactive waste from a Pennsylvania fracking company, announced Monday that it will suspend receipt of such materials from all oil and gas operations pending a review by the state. EQ, a USEcology company, made its determination as Gov. Rick Snyder announced plans to form a panel of experts to look at Michigan’s standards for disposing of low-level radioactive waste. EQ has accepted the waste — known as technologically enhanced, naturally occurring radioactive materials, or TENORM — from Michigan and other states at its Wayne Disposal landfill, located between Willow Run Airport and I-94 near Belleville.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Impacts of Fracking
Sustainable Transition


Here is the latest on fracking - This time from Ohio... Operators of an Ohio wastewater injection well sue individuals over billboards criticizing the project, in what advocates say is part of a broader pattern of industry quieting opponents in the state. Actions by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) have also thwarted citizens' attempts to speak out against fracking and related activities, Johnson said. ODNR staffers showed up with at least 14 armed personnel and a dog at one 2013 meeting in Portage County.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
NIOSH: Workers face chemical exposure during fracking August 25, 2014
Safety and Health


Washington – Workers who gauge tanks during oil and gas extraction flowback procedures may be exposed to dangerous levels of benzene and other volatile chemicals, according to NIOSH. The agency released its findings in an Aug. 21 blog post that detailed exposure assessments for workers involved in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fifteen of 17 samples exceeded NIOSH’s recommended exposure limit for benzene, a known carcinogen, while direct reading instruments indicated an elevated risk for fires during flowback operations.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Refracking brings ‘vintage’ oil and gas wells to life
Bakken.com
ZAch Koppang

NORTH DAKOTA Aug 20 – A fracking boom isn’t enough for U.S. oil and gas producers – they’re now starting the re-fracking boom. Wells sunk as little as three years ago are being fracked again, the latest innovation in the technology-driven shale oil revolution. Hydraulic fracturing, which has upended global energy markets by lifting U.S. crude oil output to a 25-year high, has been troubled by quick declines in oil and gas output. The development highlights how producers must constantly invest and tinker, both to raise overall oil recovery rates that can be as low as 5 percent and to limit steep drops in production suffered by wells drilled into tight oil deposits.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
AWWA comments address fracking fluids rulemaking
American Water Works Association


In recent comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency, AWWA detailed its interests in an Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics rulemaking regarding the use of the Toxic Substances Control Act for collecting information on hydraulic fracturing chemicals and their use. There are numerous questions answered in the comments, but most connect with these central themes: Water utilities need to have information about processes ongoing in their watersheds, such as oil and gas operations, to help manage water resources and protect water supplies The information currently available (in most cases through FracFocus) is a good start, but ultimately insufficient given a number of limitations in the data and the lack of any way to export or thoroughly analyze the information. Information on what chemicals are used (and in what quantities) is useful, but needs to be supplemented with other information such as the physical properties of the chemicals, fate and transport information, detection methods, and clean-up procedures.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Anti-fracking Teachout gets Sierra Club endorsement over Cuomo
Newsday
Michael Gormley

ALBANY — Zephyr Teachout and her underdog campaign to take on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Democratic primary snagged another endorsement once expected to go to Cuomo. The York Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Teachout on Monday. She is a Fordham law professor who strongly opposes drilling for natural gas trapped in a vast upstate shale deposit. The primary is Sept. 9. Cuomo has declined to authorize or reject the drilling by a method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. For Cuomo, it’s a politically dicey proposition because many upstate communities he hopes to win see fracking as a potential economic boon. But environmentalists in Cuomo’s base of voters strongly oppose fracking as a threat to the environment and public health.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Fracking part of Astorino's jobs plan
Legislative Gazette
David Klepper AP

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino unveiled a plan to boost New York's economy Tuesday that calls for lower taxes, less red tape, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and incentives for high-tech industries and agriculture. One of Astorino's more unusual proposals is no highway tolls for farmers taking their goods to market.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
Fracking Beyond the Law
Dallas Observer
Amy Silverstein

Regulation of the mysterious chemicals used in fracking fluid used in drilling for oil and gas has been pretty much off limits to the Environmental Protection Agency ever since Congress in 2005 stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate fracking fluid under the Safe Drinking Water Act. In a meager win for people who like water, the 2005 loophole at least was supposed to discourage oil companies from fracking with diesel chemicals, which are especially toxic. Because the diesel chemicals weren't included in that special exemption, anyone who wanted to frack with diesel was, in theory, supposed find some other volatile chemical to use instead, or at least ask the EPA for a special permit first. Naturally, that didn't happen, and the EPA missed out on its one exciting chance to regulate fracking fluid, the secret sauce of water and other stuff drillers use in hydraulic fracturing. A 2011 congressional investigation found that companies kept using diesel anyway. The EPA didn't do anything to stop them or clarify its diesel guidelines until recently. Thanks to all that, a new report now shows that Texas has been collecting quite a lot of diesel in our fracking wells. In fact, we lead the nation in diesel.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2014
What the Anti-Fracking Movement Brings to the Climate Movement
Resilience
Sandra Steingraber

These are my prepared remarks for a speech I gave at the Boston stop of the People’s Climate March tour, “Building a Movement of Movements: Towards the People’s Climate March in NYC.” Hi, everyone. My name is Sandra Steingraber, and I inhabit the anti-fracking wing of the climate movement. Only a few years ago, that sentence would have sounded strange, even to me, because the fight against fracking has its roots in another place.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Methane in the Water Part II: Fires and Explosions
Chapelboro
Jeff Danner Opinion

This is the conclusion of a two-part series of the implications and potential hazards of methane contamination of drinking water wells due to fracking. Part I explained how we know that fracking allows methane to infiltrate drinking water aquifers, and reviewed the associated toxicity implications. For the purposes of this week’s column, the key point to know is that a recent Duke University study demonstrated that drinking water wells near to fracking operations in New York and Pennsylvania had methane concentrations of up to 70 mg/L, a level many times greater than normal.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Oil and gas ‘conversation’ covers health, fracking, water
Post Independent


RIFLE — Health, fracking and water were the main topics of discussion at Saturday afternoon’s “Community Conversations” event held by Colorado Mountain College at the West Garfield County Campus in Rifle.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
How Much Longer Can Low U.S. Natural Gas Prices Last?
Motley Fool
Arujun Streekumar

aolo Scaroni, former chief executive of Italian oil major Eni, believes the price gap between oil and natural gas is an abnormality that will, over time, be corrected by market forces. "These two anomalies, once corrected, move us toward a world in which gas prices are higher and oil prices are lower," he told the Financial Times last year. But what if he's wrong? What if lower gas prices simply reflect changing market dynamics -- a new normal of sorts? Well, that's exactly the finding of a report by IHS, a leading research and consulting firm.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Drilling-related health registry never implemented
Citizens Voice
Robert Swift

That’s the matter of how Pennsylvania should track and evaluate potential public health problems caused by hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. The issue was thrust into the spotlight again last week with the controversy over the state Health Department’s handling of complaints from citizens about sickness related to drilling activities. Following media reports that employees were told to ignore complaints, the department announced new procedures to make it easier to file a complaint and require a written response to all complaints. Meanwhile, a coalition of health care professionals called for an independent investigation into the department’s actions regarding drilling-related health issues.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Pike County Light & Power to increase natural gas rate 16.4 percent
Pocono Record


The bad news for Pike County Light & Power natural gas consumers is that the distribution rate will increase by 16.4 percent. The good news is that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a lower increase than requested. The commission voted 5-0 to approve a settlement for an annual increase of $100,000 (16.4 percent). The company had originally requested an increase of $151,000 (24.7 percent) for its natural gas distribution rates.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
What the Anti-Fracking Movement Brings to the Climate Movement
EcoNews
Sandra Steingraber

These are my prepared remarks for a speech I gave at the Boston stop of the People’s Climate March tour, “Building a Movement of Movements: Towards the People’s Climate March in NYC.” Hi, everyone. My name is Sandra Steingraber, and I inhabit the anti-fracking wing of the climate movement. Only a few years ago, that sentence would have sounded strange, even to me, because the fight against fracking has its roots in another place.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Fracking digs deep hole in house values
The Sunday Times
Jonathan Leake and Ellie Thomson

FRACKING could be such a blight on homes near drilling sites that they will be placed into lower council tax bands, the government’s property valuation agency admits. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which sets the values of properties for council tax purposes, said any industrial or commercial development near homes, potentially including fracking sites, could reduce their value. Some homeowners living near proposed fracking sites say their properties are already worth considerably less than before the plans were submitted.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Flares in Eagle Ford Shale wasting natural gas
San Antonio Express-News
JOHN TEDESCO and JENNIFER HILLER

Oil and gas companies rushing to drill in the Eagle Ford Shale since 2009 have burned and wasted billions of cubic feet of natural gas — enough to meet the needs for an entire year of every San Antonio-area household that relies on the fossil fuel. Faced with a pipeline shortage in rural South Texas, companies bleed off the gas into flares that release air pollutants and greenhouse gases in amounts that collectively rival the output of a half-dozen oil refineries. Not even the state's top regulators at the Railroad Commission of Texas who oversee the oil and gas industry know how much gas is going to waste and polluting the air in the Eagle Ford Shale.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Koch-Tied Roots of Senator Vitter's Green Billionaires Club Environmental Attack Report
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Kristina Moore, the Senate staffer listed as the author of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) “green billionaire's club” report published by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on July 30, has career roots tracing back to the Koch Brothers' right-wing machine. Metadata from Vitter's green billionaire's club report shows Moore's name as the author, though it remains unclear whether or not she authored it alone. Moore did not respond to a question about her authorship sent via email.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Fracking threat wiped £535,000 off my home's value: Five-bedroom home now valued at £190,000 after drilling site was proposed nearby
Daily Mail
James Tozer

The potentially massive impact of fracking on house prices was revealed yesterday – with one woman saying the value of her home has been cut by £535,000. Dianne Westgarth told how the price of her five-bedroom house had plummeted by over 70 per cent as a result of a proposed fracking site nearby.   [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Fracking pipeline not gushing yet
Philly.com
Andrew Maykuth

Aqua America's $54 million investment in a pipeline to supply water for Marcellus Shale fracking operations has not exactly gushed profits, as hoped. "We've built a pipeline that can carry three million gallons of water a day and we're nowhere close to that," Nicholas DeBenedictis, chief executive of the Brywn Mawr company, said in a recent call with analysts.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
What the Anti-Fracking Movement Brings to the Climate Movement
EcoWatch
Sandra Steingraber

Hi, everyone. My name is Sandra Steingraber, and I inhabit the anti-fracking wing of the climate movement....It turns out that the same unfixable engineering problem that sets the table for contaminating our water also contaminates the atmosphere with climate-killing methane.   [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2014
Soon, Europe Might Not Need Any New Power Plants
Think Progress
Jeff Spross

Within a few decades, large-scale, centralized electricity generation from fossil fuels could be a thing of the past in Europe. That’s the word from investment bank UBS, which just released a new report anticipating a three pronged assault from solar power, battery technology, and electric vehicles that will render obsolete traditional power generation by large utilities that rely on coal or natural gas.  [Full Story]

Aug 23, 2014
The Climate Swerve
The New York Times
ROBERT JAY LIFTON

AMERICANS appear to be undergoing a significant psychological shift in our relation to global warming. I call this shift a climate “swerve,” borrowing the term used recently by the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt to describe a major historical change in consciousness that is neither predictable nor orderly.  [Full Story]

Aug 23, 2014
Public to get chance to voice its opinion on fracking
Tri Cities
Allie Robinson Gibson

ABINGDON, Va. — Members of the public will get to voice their opinions Monday night on the county’s changes to zoning ordinances to permit natural gas well drilling in certain agricultural zones. The Washington County Planning Commission meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the County Government Center and a public hearing on the ordinance is on the agenda.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Maryland takes a public health approach on fracking that Pa. hasn’t tried
State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

Air pollution is among one of the greatest public health concerns related to Marcellus Shale drilling, according to a new health impact assessment released this week by the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Commissioned by the Maryland Department of Public Health through an executive order by Gov. Martin O’Malley, the study assesses potential environmental health impacts should Maryland open up its western edge to Marcellus Shale drillers.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Inside North Dakota's latest fracking problem
CNBC


From his driveway, Tom Wheeler's view of North Dakota's sprawling grasslands seems endless. Fields of soy, wheat and canola stretch to the horizon in all directions. But as drillers flock to the state to cash in on North Dakota's booming shale play, that horizon has become increasingly marked by natural gas flares.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Albany County enlists top legal firm for oil train fight
Capital New York
SCOTT WALDMAN

ALBANY—Albany County has hired a high-powered Boston environmental law firm to help with its battle against a Fortune 500 company that's bringing in millions of gallons of crude oil every day. The county has placed Mintz Levin on retainer, county attorney Tom Marcelle said. The firm will help with a potential legal battle with Global Partners, which has threatened to sue after the county placed a moratorium on expanding crude-handling facilities at the Port of Albany. Marcelle said Albany County has subpeona power and Mintz Levin could be used to enforce the county's right to question top Global officials if they withhold information the county is seeking.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Q Poll: Fracking Opposition Hits New High
State of Politics


Forty-eight percent of New Yorkers are opposed to drilling in the Marcellus Shale due to environmental concerns, a Quinnipiac poll released this morning found. That’s the highest level of opposition to the controversial natural gas drilling technique found by the Q poll since it has been tracking voters’ opinions on this issue. The previous high was in March 2013, when 46 percent said they opposed fracking, while 39 percent were in favor.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Wagner Pledges To Block Parkland From Pipeline Project
Peekskill Daily Voice
Sam Barron

BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Justin Wagner, Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 40th District, said he would oppose turning over parkland for the Algonquin pipeline expansion. Wagner, at a playground in Buchanan on Wednesday, Aug. 20, said he would block legislation authorizing the transfer of town land to Spectra Energy for the proposed pipeline project.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
How Fracking In Maryland Would Threaten The Health Of Anyone Who Breathes Nearby
Climate Progress
Katie Valentine

Fracking in Maryland would pose a risk of harmful air pollution and would bring jobs that could be dangerous for workers, a new report has found.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Bill would keep other states’ radioactive fracking waste out of Michigan
Michigan News


A state senator says he wants to prevent Michigan from further becoming other states’ dumping ground for low-level radioactive waste from the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Up in Flames
mySA
John Tedesco, Jennifer Hiller

The energy boom that transformed South Texas into an economic powerhouse also has created a prolific source of air pollution and wasted natural gas  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Refracking brings ‘vintage’ oil and gas wells back to life
The Japan Times
Anna Driver and Ernest Scheyder

A fracking boom isn’t enough for U.S. oil and gas producers — they’re now starting the re-fracking boom.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Inside North Dakota's latest fracking problem
CNBC
Brad Quick and Morgan Brennan

From his driveway, Tom Wheeler's view of North Dakota's sprawling grasslands seems endless. Fields of soy, wheat and canola stretch to the horizon in all directions. But as drillers flock to the state to cash in on North Dakota's booming shale play, that horizon has become increasingly marked by natural gas flares.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Pa. Auditor General finds state’s fracking oversight a fiasco Probe finds lack of inspections, enforcement, transparency
Shale Gas Review
Tom Wilber

Pennsylvania’s regulation of the shale gas boom has been underfunded, inconsistent and ineffective, according to an investigation by the state’s auditor general released today.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Thanks To The Clean Air Act, We Breathe 3 Million Fewer Tons Of Toxins Each Year
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

Actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act have caused U.S. toxic air emissions to drop “significantly” — in some cases by more than half — since the law was amended in 1990, the regulatory agency told Congress in a report Thursday.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Global Flaring Visualization
SkyTruth


This tool shows a heatmap of nightly, infrared satellite detections of natural gas flaring across the entire planet, as seen by the VIIRS instrument aboard NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2014
Satellite Map Shows Fracking Flares in Texas and North Dakota Equal to Greenhouse Emissions From 1.5 Million Cars
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Earthworks, a nonprofit which works to protect communities from the impacts of mineral and fossil fuel extraction and promote sustainable energy development, has released a new report showing that the flaring of natural gas waste in just two shale plays, or exploration areas, is the equivalent of an additional 1.5 million cars on the road. The flares occur when natural gas is burned rather than captured.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
State cites fracking operation for taking water from area lake
WFAA-TV ABC
DAVID SCHECHTER

DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS -- The state of Texas has cited a large natural gas driller for improperly drawing water from a Tarrant County lake for use in the hydraulic fracking of natural gas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says XTO, owned by ExxonMobil, was not entitled to the water, and residents of Dalworthington Gardens say their lake has never been the same.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Major fossil fuel companies see need for climate action
U-T San Diego
John H. Reaves & Len Hering

Major fossil fuel companies have spent much energy to determine whether the fuels they sell actually cause climate change. The bottom line? They do and, perhaps surprisingly, many of them own up to it and are calling for federal action. The fossil fuel finding offers another firm reason to move forward to safeguard our future. Even if we’re uncertain of the potential worst effects, we need an insurance policy. There is growing concern among these major companies over climate change and a call for equitable federal action.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Refracking tech rejuvenates wells after fracking peters out
Akron Beacon Journal
Jim Mackinnon

What comes after fracked oil and gas wells start running dry? Refracking, according to The American Interest blog, The Feed. The Feed: "Critics ... have pointed out that these new wells often give way to a rapid decline in output, arguing that the shale boom isn’t all it’s fracked up to be. The shale drilling industry is working to solve this problem, and one method, which involves tiny plastic balls added to the slurry pumped underground to break up shale rock, is allowing producers to 'refrack' wells previously thought to be tapped out.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Critics: Ohio case fits wider pattern of quieting fracking foes
Midwest Energy News
Kathiann M. Kowalski

A lawsuit filed by an Ohio company last month seeks to remove two anti-fracking billboards near a wastewater site it operates. While the case is a test of free speech, critics say it also reflects a broader reluctance for businesses and regulatory agencies in the state to adequately inform citizens about shale gas activities and address their concerns.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
At Least 10 Percent Of Fracking Fluid Is Toxic
ThinkProgress
Andrew Breiner

At least 10 percent of the contents of fracking fluid injected into the earth is toxic. For another third we have no idea. And that’s only from the list of chemicals the fracking industry provided voluntarily. That’s according to an analysis by William Stringfellow of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, reported in Chemistry World. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the practice of injecting fluid at high pressure into the earth, which breaks up oil- and gas-filled rock formations that is then extracted to the surface. The contents and makeup of that fluid have been a subject of controversy, largely because drilling companies are able to keep what’s in it a secret, and because the fluid has been known to leak and spill on a regular basis.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Health alert - fracking’s chemical cocktails
Ecologist
Tim Radford

Scientists in the US have established that chemicals used in fracking to extract gas and oil could represent health and environmental hazards, writes Tim Radford. Among the greatest hazards: biocides and corrosion inhibitors.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Activist sentenced to jail for natural gas protest
Star Gazette
Jeff Murray

Jeremy Alderson, an activist from Hector who has opposed plans to create natural gas storage facilities near Seneca Lake, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 days in jail on a trespassing charge. Alderson was sentenced in Town of Reading Court in connection with a Sept. 6, 2012, protest at the gate of the Inergy LP facility in the Town of Reading, which has since merged with Crestwood Midstream of Texas. His sentence was delayed for months pending appeals.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Governors love this pipeline in the Northeast, residents not so much
Grist
Heather Smith

For months now, I’ve been reading about the 180 miles of gas pipeline that energy giant Kinder Morgan is planning on running between Boston and New York state. First called the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Northeast Expansion Project, then renamed the TGP Northeast Energy Direct Project, the pipeline was originally touted by New England’s governors as part of the area’s transition to clean energy. They wanted it so much that they proposed passing an extra tax on electricity users to pay for it. Not everyone was excited, though. People living along the pipeline’s path worried about gas leaks on their property, as one does. Others pointed out that since the gas that would fill the new pipeline originated in the emissions-heavy fracking fields of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia, its claim to being “clean energy” were a little dubious. Now, reports are that the pipeline is on hold, perhaps permanently.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
COALITION ASKS EPA TO LIMIT SECRECY FOR CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION Petition filed to request time limits for confidentiality claims for chemicals submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Earthjustice
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, a broad coalition of health, labor and environmental groups represented by Earthjustice filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that the agency establish time limits for confidentiality claims for chemical information submitted by industry under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Researchers will study family income and well-being of children in two states Analysis of data on Marcellus Shale region communities
Penn State News
Vicki Fong

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- It is believed that a family’s income has a powerful effect on shaping a child’s well-being, ranging from behavior, psychological and health factors, and school success. But the impact can be difficult to measure accurately because of other influences such as parents’ values and abilities. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has received a new foundation grant to study the well-being of children in two states: Pennsylvania that allows natural gas drilling and New York that bans such activities.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
North Carolina Newspapers Keep Fracking Data in the Dark
Public Herald
Melissa Troutman

The major newspapers of Raleigh-Durham, Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina all passed on publishing this editorial about proposed fracking regulations for North Carolina and how it relates to Pennsylvania. Why? I’m not sure, but thankfully I have Public Herald where +Truth is king in the land of the public interest.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
New Bill Would Ban Fracking Waste in New York City
EcoNews
Stefanie Spear

New York City council members Stephen Levin and Corey Johnson introduced legislation today—Introduction 853—that would ban the discharge, disposal, sale or use of any wastewater or natural gas waste produced by fracking.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Environmental Defense Frauds Back Boehner Parrot
NO FRACKING WAY
Chip Northrup

The Rent-a-Green Environmental Defense Frauds who brought us the Sustainable Shale Shamstitute, are now running industry funded green-washing campaign ads in favor pseudo pro-environmental Republicans, including Boehner Parrot Chris Gibson. The EDF gets donations from the frackers, then run ads in favor of pro-fracking Congressman – that’s how green-washing works.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Colorado Town Sues State, Gov. Hickenlooper and COGA to Protect Right to Ban Fracking
EcoNews
Anastasia Pantsios

In a state wracked with clashes over its explosive expansion of fracking, residents of Lafayette, Colorado just outside Boulder, have filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent the state of Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) from taking away the town’s right to ban the practice.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Anti-fracking activists rally at New York State Fair, ask Cuomo for statewide ban
The Post-Standard
Glenn Coin

Geddes, N.Y. -- About 100 anti-fracking activists rallied outside the New York State Fair today on the fair's Governor's Day, calling upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban the drilling. "Ban fracking now and let's build an energy system that protects the things we love," said activist Jessica Azulay. "We are not trying to kill jobs or economic development -- we are saying yes to renewable energy and the thousands of jobs it will create."  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
State Fair Opens with Gov Cuomo, Lightning and Downpours, Fracking and Common Core Protestors
WEAER
Chris Bolt

Those opposed to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas also greeted the governor. Organizing director with Frack Action Renee Vogelsang feels Cuomo is on their side after he stopped, smiled at them, and said, "Don't frack New York." She says the controversial natural gas drilling process has the potential to threaten the success of much of what Cuomo is trying to promote about New York and the fair. "People are getting sick across the country from contaminated water. Their farm animals are getting sick and dying. We're here to say agriculture, farming, tourism, our wine industry, our beer industry, all of these thriving industries are the most important thing." The other gubernatorial candidates also made their way to the fair Thursday, long after Cuomo departed. The Green party’s Howie Hawkins, Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout, and Republican Rob Astorino each made stops, as did candidate for State Comptroller Bob Antonacci, who’s also Onondaga County’s comptroller.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Tonko: Port spill shows ‘gluttonous dependency’ on fossil fuels
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—A few hours after an oil spill near the Port of Albany released 100 gallons of crude, Rep. Paul Tonko said it was another sign that the nation needs to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. Tonko, a Democrat, had a previously scheduled tour of the port on Thursday morning, where millions of gallons of crude are handled every day.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Natural Gas Production Falls Short in China
New York Times
Keith Bradsher

SHOUYANG, China — Jin Peisheng, a drilling rig foreman, knows the challenges of trying to extract natural gas from a coal seam under the cornfields here in north-central China. Cracks in the subterranean coal are flooded with water that needs to be pumped out before the gas will emerge.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
CSU research could help track fracking fluid
Denver Business Journal
L Wayne Hicks

Research now underway at Colorado State University could eventually help track where chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing wind up once they're injected into the ground. Vivian Li and William Sanford are partnering on research, which received its funding from the CSU Water Center. Li  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
FEMA halts flood assistance for properties with gas leases
The Times-Tribune
BRENDAN GIBBONS

MESHOPPEN TWP. — In fall 2011, about a month after the flooded Meshoppen Creek spilled over its banks and into their basement, Pete and Sharon Morgan applied for federal flood assistance to help them move out of their home. They won’t get it, at least not anytime soon, due to a little-known policy the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued May 5. It’s because of their gas lease with Chief Oil & Gas LLC. FEMA indefinitely banned the use of hazard mitigation assistance money for properties that could eventually host horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, even if the leases don’t allow for development on the surface. Under its hazard mitigation assistance program, FEMA pays to acquire properties in flood zones or reduce flood risks by raising or relocating structures. The agency creates these incentives so it doesn’t have to return with disaster dollars after every flood event.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Fracking claims refuted by opponent groups
The Press


A REPORT claiming a controversial drilling technique would not be as visually intrusive as a wind farm or solar farm has been slammed by those against the process. Professor David McKay, the Government’s former chief scientific advisor, also said a wind farm would need 700 times more land compared to a fracking site, where drills are used to extract shale gas from deep below ground by blasting chemicals and water into the earth to hydrualically fracture or "frack" the rock.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
UK Anti-Fracking Protests Get Creative
Rianovosti


Activists super-glued their hands to the main door of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Blackpool this week. Other protesters brought major traffic disruption to Swansea after blockading a new university building.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
State bundles solar programs into $1 billion initiative
Capital New York
SCOTT WALDMAN

ALBANY—The state will bundle a variety of solar programs into a single $1 billion initiative to add 3,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity by 2023. The NY-Sun Incentive Program targets regions across the state to grow solar power. Once solar capacity is reached in each sector of the state, incentives will be reduced. The goal is to transform the solar market, which largely relies on government incentives for growth, into a self-sustaining market as quickly as possible. The additional megawatts will be enough to power about 400,000 homes.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Maryland Fracking Study Cites Toxic Air Emissions as Top Concern Drilling-wary Maryland is one of several East Coast states considering whether to open their lands to fracking as public health concerns mount.
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

A state-commissioned report found that air emissions trump water pollution and drilling-induced earthquakes as a top public health threat posed by future fracking projects in Maryland.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Denton, Texas City Council Rejects Fracking Ban
Heartland
H. Sterling Burnett

The city council of Denton, Texas rejected a proposed citywide ban on producing oil and natural gas through hydraulic fracturing techniques. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, entails injecting water, sand, and small amounts of other chemicals deep underground under high pressure to open seams in rock formations, thereby releasing oil and gas deposits for production.  [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Fracking supporters and opponents sound off
WNCT
Ryan Peterson

Both sides spoke at a public hearing held on NC State's campus Wednesday. They addressed members of the state mining and energy commission, who must come up with the rules for how North Carolina will permit fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
Doctors Want State Investigation Into Fracking Claims Does Pa. Department of Health have policy to play down health complaints from gas drilling?
Philly Mag
Joel Mathis

ThinkProgress reports that doctors from around the state are urging an investigation into reports that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has a policy “never to talk to residents who complain of negative health effects from fracking.” The call for investigation was made in a letter sent Tuesday to Gov. Tom Corbett and other elected officials.   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2014
EPA Testing Methods To Detect Fracking Chemical Contamination
KUNC
Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Residents living in the midst of the oil and gas boom often wonder if their drinking water may be contaminated by the drilling process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working on improving ways to test for that. Agency scientists recently published results of a method to test for five chemicals that often appear in fracturing fluid.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Over 400 Health Professionals Call For Investigation Into Pennsylvania DOH's Handling Of Fracking-Related Calls
Medical Daily
Anthony Rivas

Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on linkedinShare on google_plusone_shareMore Sharing Services 3 Fracking Over 400 health professionals are calling for an investigation into the Pennsylvania Department of Health, saying that it avoided calls regarding fracking's health concerns. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock It’s the type of drama only conspiracy theorists love. Two months after an NPR State Impact report found that Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) officials were told to keep their mouths shut about residents’ questions regarding Marcellus Shale drilling, also known as fracking, a group of some 400 health professionals are now calling for an investigation.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Hundreds gather to debate fracking
My Fox 8
Michael Hennessey

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nearly 600 people on Wednesday showed up at North Carolina State’s McKimmon Center to voice their opinions about fracking to the state’s Mining and Energy Commission for the first time since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the “fracking bill” into law in January.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Oil and Gas Companies Are Illegally Using Diesel Fuel in Hundreds of Fracking Operations
Pacific-Standard
Naveena Sadasivam

A new report charges that several oil and gas companies have been illegally using diesel fuel in their hydraulic fracturing operations, and then doctoring records to hide violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard
Modesto Bee
Julie Carr Smyth

COLUMBUS, OHIO — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
VIDEO: Teachout talks education, energy in run vs. Cuomo
Poughkeepsie Journal
Emily Stewart

Improving education, promoting transparency in government and changing how campaigns are funded are priorities of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Crews respond to Port of Albany crude oil leak
News 10 ABC Albany
Rachel Yonkunas

ALBANY, N.Y. – Several crews responded to a crude oil leak at the Port of Albany Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Conservation said a crude oil leak was reported at the Global site at the Port of Albany. Around 100 gallons of crude oil leaked in an area 10 feet in diameter from a service pipe that runs between two large storage tankers. Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel said the fire department received a call about the leak around 3:45 p.m. He said the leak occurred in an area with six pipes that come from different locations.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Hundreds of Lancaster County residents swarm federal agency with environmental concerns about pipeline
Lancaster Online
AD CRABLE

Lancaster city officials fear a “devastating” gas pipeline explosion near the city’s main water line near Columbia that could sever drinking water to 100,000 people. A 13-year-old Martic Township girl vowed to chain herself to a tree or camp inside the gas pipeline to stop it from running through her family’s “pristine” land. And Gov. Tom Corbett, while touting the “significant benefits” of increased natural gas production in Pennsylvania, urged federal officials be sensitive to the “unique concerns and questions for communities who host these pipelines.” To read the entire letter, click here.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
In the Rockaways, pipeline debate takes a contentious turn
Al Jazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y. — On the night of Sept. 9, 2010, a 30-inch natural gas pipeline buried underneath the city of San Bruno, California, exploded. The fire was so large and the corresponding roar so loud that many residents thought a plane from the nearby San Francisco International Airport had crashed. The next morning, state Sen. Jerry Hill walked through the Crestmoor neighborhood and surveyed the damage: eight people dead, dozens of houses leveled, an entire neighborhood transformed overnight.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fend Off Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency
DeSmogBlog
JUSTIN MIKULKA AND STEVE HORN

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies. In an ongoing Maryland court case over the issue of transparency for in-state oil-by-rail routes, a July 23 affidavit from Carl E. Carbaugh — director of infrastructure security for Norfolk Southern — goes into extensive detail about the supposed risk presented by terrorism attacks on “Bomb Trains.” In so doing, Carbaugh mentions Al-Qaeda.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
US: 100% of new generating capacity in July renewable
PV Magazine
JONATHAN GIFFORD

FERC figures reveal that last month renewable sources accounted for 100% of new generating capacity added to U.S. electricity grids. Solar accounted for 21 MW of the 405 MW of capacity added in July.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Drilling looms at Halladale gas project
abc.net.au


The project will extract natural gas located under Bass Strait. Origin estimates the well contains 100 billion cubic feet of gas worth hundreds of millions of dollars. A drill rig was transported to Nirranda South earlier this month and will take at least a fortnight to construct. The Victorian Government currently has a moratorium covering onshore gas drilling and exploration. However, the Government says because the gas is located offshore, the moratorium does not apply.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado
Oil Change International


general contractor in Colorado’s Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early 2000s when he happened to attend a local public hearing on oil and gas development. A woman who came to testify began sobbing as she talked about the gas rigs that were making the air around her home impossible to breathe. “There were 17 rigs in the area, at that time,” Cox says. “And they were across the valley, so I wasn’t affected. But she was my neighbor.” The incident led Cox to join the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, a group of activists concerned about drilling policies in his area on Colorado’s Western Slope. Within months he became the group’s President and public face. And as fracking for gas became more common across the state, he has found more and more of his time taken up with the cause.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day
ThinkProgress
EMILY ATKIN

Oklahoma’s Geology Survey recorded an unprecedented 20 small earthquakes across the state on Tuesday, highlighting the dramatic increase of seismic activity that has occurred there as the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing — otherwise known as fracking — has spread across the state. Though 18 out of the 20 earthquakes that occurred Tuesday were below Magnitude 3, rendering them mostly imperceptible, the largest one registered as a 4.3 near Guthrie, a city of more than 10,000 residents. And while U.S. Geological Survey scientists have said that Oklahoma is historically known as “earthquake country,” they also warn that quakes have been steadily on the rise; from 1978 until 2008, the average rate of earthquakes registering a magnitude of 3.0 or more was only two per year.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Leechburg Area postpones decision to lease property for natural gas drilling
Trib Live
Braden Ashe

The Leechburg Area School Board has postponed until September its decision to lease district property in West Leechburg for natural gas drilling. A vote was scheduled for Tuesday to enter into an oil and natural gas agreement with EQT Production Co. for an 8.3-acre tract at Main and Giron streets. It was postponed, according to board member Megan Hamm, to allow officials more time to gather information and collaborate with other organizations that also have agreements pending with EQT.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
INSIGHT-Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells to life
Reuters
ANNA DRIVER AND ERNEST SCHEYDER

NORTH DAKOTA Aug 20 (Reuters) - A fracking boom isn't enough for U.S. oil and gas producers - they're now starting the re-fracking boom. Wells sunk as little as three years ago are being fracked again, the latest innovation in the technology-driven shale oil revolution. Hydraulic fracturing, which has upended global energy markets by lifting U.S. crude oil output to a 25-year high, has been troubled by quick declines in oil and gas output.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Rally planned ahead of public fracking hearing
wral.com


ALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina officials will hear from the public Wednesday morning on proposed rules for the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking. The first of four public meetings on the issue is scheduled for 10 a.m. at North Carolina State University. In June, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law clearing the way for permits to be issued for hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – as soon as next spring. The drilling method involves injecting mixtures of water, sand gravel or other chemicals to break apart underground rocks to allow oil and gas to escape.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Microsoft Leaves Lobbying Group (ALEC) Over Opposition to Renewable Energy
Bloomberg
Ari Natter

Aug. 20 — Microsoft Corp. has left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of concerns about the lobbying group's opposition to renewable energy, a coalition of activist investor groups said. The Sustainability Group and Walden Asset Management, asset management companies that describe themselves as focused on sustainable investing, said Microsoft confirmed in e-mails that it's no longer a part of ALEC after the groups pressed the company to abandon it.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2014
Doctors Outraged By Claims That Health Officials Ignored Residents Sickened By Drilling
ThinkProgress
EMILY ATKIN

Pennsylvania doctors, nurses, and health policy experts are calling for a statewide investigation into claims that the state Department of Health has a policy of telling its employees never to talk to residents who complain of negative health effects from fracking, according to letter sent to state Gov. Tom Corbett and other elected officials on Tuesday. The letter — spearheaded by the groups Physicians for Social Responsibility, Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments, and PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, and signed by more than 400 individual health professionals — says doctors and nurses statewide are “very concerned” about a story published in NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania this June. In that story, two retired employees of the health department said they were instructed not to return phone calls from citizens who said they may be experiencing sickness from fracking and other natural gas development.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Fracking wastewater proposal for Dieppe will see public input
cbc news


The New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government says public consultations will be held soon about a proposal to dispose of fracking wastewater in Dieppe's sewage system. Atlantic Industrial Services, a company that takes wastewater from other companies and treats it, would like to ship 30 million litres of the water currently being held in Debert, N.S  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
STUDY SHOWS AQUIFERS THREATENED BY FRACKING
earthjustice
Dru Marion

Throughout the U.S. oil and gas boom, frackers have countered public concerns about water contamination with the assurance that drilling operations target deposits that sit much deeper than drinking-water aquifers. This picture is not entirely accurate, according to recent research. A study presented by Stanford researchers at the American Chemical Society conference last week showed that hydraulic fracturing is employed at two geological formations in Wyoming containing both natural gas reserves and underground sources of drinking water (USDWs). Contrary to industry claims that thousands of feet and layers of impenetrable rock isolate USDWs from drilling and toxic fluid injections, this study found that some of the gas production was occurring at the same depths as the aquifers.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Bold plan to expand New England gas pipeline capacity on hold [Portland Press Herald, Maine
Bloomberg Businessweek


A first-of-its kind effort by the six New England governors to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the region has stalled and may be dead for the time being, a consequence of Massachusetts politics that deals a blow to efforts to save Maine homes and businesses $120 million a year. The plan, announced with great fanfare in January, would increase gas pipeline capacity by nearly 20 percent within three years and build at least one major electricity transmission line to bring renewable energy from Canada. Utility customers would be asked to help pay for the projects through electricity rates. The costs, though, would soon be recovered through savings on energy bills, according to advocates.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Report: Landfill near Willow Run Airport receives fracking waste form Pennsylvania
The Ann Arbor News
Ben Freed

A landfill just south of Willow Run Airport in Wayne County was scheduled to receive 36 tons of low-level radioactive waste last week from a fracking operation in Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Fracking Fluid Survey S