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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 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
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 Shows Missing Information
Scientific American
Philip Robinson and ChemistryWorld

A US survey of almost 250 chemicals used in fracking has identified potentially harmful compounds and exposed a lack of information about them that is hampering efforts to understand fracking’s environmental impact. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, involves pumping high-pressure water into shale formations kilometres beneath the ground to break the formations apart, releasing the gas and oil they contain. In the US, fracking operations have regenerated the domestic oil and gas industry, boosting production and driving down energy prices. The US chemical industry has also benefited from cheaper feedstocks, such as ethene, giving it a competitive edge over other regions.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Watkins Glen Village Board Passes Resolution Against LPG Storage Facility
WETM
Ben Amey

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (18 News) – The Watkins Glen Village Board has voted in favor of a resolution that opposes Crestwood’s proposed Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) facility along Seneca Lake. The Village Board took the vote on Monday night, just a little while after hundreds rallied against the facility on Route 14. The vote was three in favor of the resolution, none opposed, and two abstaining. The main concern for the trustees who voted for the resolution: the increased truck traffic through the Village of Watkins Glen, which can already be heavy with the bottleneck of Routes 14 and 414.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Britain’s Day of Action Against Fracking
Oil Change International
Andy Rowell

The UK had never seen a day like it. Yesterday, there were over a dozen protests against fracking across the country, from Wales to the North West, from London to Manchester. Starting as dawn broke at 6am, activists from the anti-fracking group, Reclaim the Power, who are holding a week-long anti-fracking camp near one drilling site in the North West of the country, joined local residents and students in the Welsh town of Swansea to shut down the construction of the town’s University’s Bay Campus.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Study Finds 8 Fracking Chemicals Toxic to Humans
Op Ed News
Eco Watch

Fracking is once again in trouble. Scientists have found that what gets pumped into hydrocarbon-rich rock as part of the hydraulic fracture technique to release gas and oil trapped in underground reservoirs may not be entirely healthy. Environmental engineer William Stringfellow and colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of the Pacific told the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco that they scoured databases and reports to compile a list of the chemicals commonly used in fracking. Such additives, which are necessary for the extraction process, include: acids to dissolve minerals and open up cracks in the rock; biocides to kill bacteria and prevent corrosion; gels and other agents to keep the fluid at the right level of viscosity at different temperatures; substances to prevent clays from swelling or shifting; distillates to reduce friction; acids to limit the precipitation of metal oxides.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Pennsylvania fracking wells to be built within ‘explosion range’ of school buildings
blue and green tomorrow
Richard Heasman

Middlesex council, in Pennsylvania US, have voted in agreement to place six fracking wells within 3,000 feet of Mars School District, a campus of 3,200 children. The wells will be built by Rex Energy, and if their permits are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, residents have argued that the school would be in the blast radius of a drilling well explosion. The plans triggered local protests, which have been subsequently ignored by the council as it approved changes to the town’s zoning laws. The changes now allow drilling to take place on residential and agricultural land, regardless of local objections.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Native Americans Launch ‘Love Water Not Oil’ Ride To Protest Fracking Pipeline
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Winona LaDuke, executive director of Native environmental group Honor the Earth, launched the “Love Water Not Oil” horse ride this week to draw attention to the group’s continued opposition to the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline. It would carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale oil fields through the Sandy Lake and Rice Lake watersheds in northern Minnesota. The area is not only rich in recreational fishing facilities but it is also home to vast fields of wild rice or manoomim, a Native American staple.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
One third of fracking chemicals are of unknown toxicity
ZME Science
Tibi Puiu

A while ago I wrote about the disheartening status quo of energy today: frack now, ask questions later. In the article, I argue that there’s a disproportion between the amount of hydraulic fracturing (9 out of 10 wells in the US are fracking wells) and the number of research articles that discuss the bio impact of the practice in the long term. A new study presented by William Stringfellow of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society seems to echo these notes. Stringfellow warns that one third of the fracking chemicals he found (remember there are many chemicals that makeup fracking fluid that are undisclosed and are kept this way under government protection – yes, trade secrets) are of unknown toxicity. In other words, oil and gas companies are dumping chemicals in the ground and they have no idea what might happen.   [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Some Milford Township residents oppose compressor station changes
Pocono Record
Beth Belje

The state Department of Environmental Protection held a public hearing Monday on a proposed compressor station modification on Schocopee Road in Milford Township. More than 120 members of the public attended and at least 35 were prepared to speak. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Columbia Gas Transmission Co. and DEP. Columbia Gas is seeking permission to increase the capacity of gas that flows through its pipeline by installing two new Solar Centaur natural gas-fired compressor turbines and an emergency generator at the Milford Compressor Station.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Frack again? That is the question drillers are asking in the Marcellus
Power Source
Anya Litvak

In 2009, Consol Energy Inc. drilled half a dozen natural gas wells in Center Township, Greene County, that weren't its best producers. The Cecil-based energy company was a novice in the Marcellus Shale at the time, as were most companies tapping the largest and then newest shale play in the United States. With five years of experience and leaps in data and technology under its belt, Consol decided to give those old wells another go this year. It hired oil and gas services companyHalliburton, which re-entered the horizontal wells, shot more holes through them, fracked those holes and forced out far more gas than the wells ever produced before. When Consol revealed its success to investors last month, it said 200 other wells have refracking potential and it is evaluating starting a program to move those forward.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Exploding Marcellus Has More in the Tank
Investing Daily
ROBERT RAPIER

In last week’s Energy Letter, I discussed the one million barrel per day (bpd) milestone for North Dakota oil production, and provided a refresher on the geology and the players in North Dakota’s Williston Basin. Another energy production milestone was recently announced by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), and it is just as amazing as North Dakota’s rise as a major oil producer. In an Aug. 5 report, the EIA noted that natural gas production in the Marcellus Formation has exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) for the first time. This amounts to nearly 23% of all US natural gas production, and some 40% of all US shale gas production.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Frackers are sending sludge to the Mitten State
Grist
Heather Smith

About a week ago, LuAnne Kozma got an email from a friend. “Have you seen this?” the friend wrote. It was the sort of message that usually accompanies, say, an animated GIF of a pug dancing with a vacuum cleaner. But in this case it was an article from the Observer-Reporter, a newspaper in Pennsylvania. “Drilling Sludge to be Shipped to Michigan,” the title read. The article was about some leftover fracking sludge that had been hanging out in Pennsylvania. Back in 2002, the state, concerned that people were dumping radioactive medical waste, equipped all the state’s landfills with radiation detectors. Since then, deliveries of sludge and drill cuttings from the Marcellus Shale had been triggering the alarms several hundred times a year.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Potential oil window is last gasp for Utica Shale
vindy.com
Burton Speakman

YOUNGSTOWN Jim McKinney, senior vice president and general manager from EnerVest, a Houston-based company, said his company believes that with changes in drilling techniques, activity will increase in the oil-rich northern part of the Utica Shale, which includes Trumbull County. “When companies first drilled, they were using the same techniques they were using in the dry- and wet-gas areas of the Utica,” he said. EnerVest has found in Tuscarawas and Guernsey counties that by using more water and sand in the fracking process, there can be success in the oil-rich portions of the Utica, McKinney said. “Oil has different molecules than gas,” he said.   [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Pa. fines gas driller for losing control of well
WHTM


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday it fined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. more than $76,000 for losing control of a well at its Huston pad in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County. Regulators say the well released natural gas for about 27 hours before it was brought under control on Jan. 6.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Major Court Ruling Clears The Way To Let Renewables Into The Grid
Climate Progress
Ari Phillips

Building wind farms and huge solar arrays means nothing if they cannot transmit that energy to homes and businesses, and a recent court ruling just made connecting to the grid a lot easier. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, commonly known as FERC, doesn’t often draw headlines for fulfilling its duty of regulating electricity, gas, and oil transmission. However a Friday ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirming a 2011 FERC order is poised to usher in major changes in the way utilities and regulators consider transmission and to open pathways for more renewables to enter the grid.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Report: Human error, lax rules led to Canadian oil train crash
Capital
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Human error, lax regulation and an indifference to safety were among the reasons an oil train derailed and exploded in Canada last summer, killing 47 people and displacing 2,000 others, a report released Tuesday concluded.   [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Gas storage opponents asked to risk arrest
Star Gazette
Ray Finger

WATKINS GLEN Opponents of a gas storage facility near Seneca Lake have been asked to be willing to be arrested for their cause. More than 300 opponents of a plan by Texas-based Crestwood Midstream, an energy company, to store liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas in underground salt caverns in the Town of Reading protested Monday at the site of the storage facility on state Route 14 along Seneca Lake.   [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Report: Landfill near Willow Run Airport receives fracking waste from Pennsylvania
MLive
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. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the Wayne Disposal landfill between I-94 and the airport was approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to accept radioactive material in 2006.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Fracking earthquakes cause less shaking
AP via Spokesman Review
Seth Borenstein

WASHINGTON – Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the ground move from induced quakes – those that are not natural, but triggered by injections of wastewater deep underground – report significantly less shaking than those who experience more normal earthquakes of the same magnitude, according to a study by U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Susan Hough  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Small quakes triggered by Utica shale fracking occur in Harrison County in late 2013
ohio.com
Bob Downing

There is new evidence that small earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing rocked Ohio’s Harrison County in late 2013. The nearly 500 micro-quakes occurred from early October to mid-December about 42 miles southeast of Canton near Clendening Lake in an area with no recorded earthquakes, according to seismologist Paul A. Friberg. Friberg, of the private, New York-based Instrumental Software Technologies Inc., has co-authored a scientific paper on the quakes. The little-known Harrison quakes were the fifth “positive magnitude” quakes in the world to be triggered by hydraulic fracturing and the second in Ohio. Similar quakes were reported in Mahoning County in March.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Rob Astorino's jobs plan: Fracking, flat spending, canal split and more
lohud
Jon Campbell

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino on Tuesday launched a tour of the state to tout his newly unveiled jobs plan, which calls on the state to authorize hydraulic fracturing, hold state spending flat and use part of a financial settlement to take oversight of the state's canal system from the state Thruway Authority. "There is no question that with the right policies in Albany, we absolutely can take New York out of the economic doldrums and get people working again with good paying jobs," Astorino said in a statement. "We can make New York great again and this plan will help us get there."  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
WHY WON’T OUR 'ENVIRONMENTAL PRESIDENT' STOP FRACKING ON PUBLIC LAND?
Vice
Cole Stangler

It has become increasingly fashionable in liberal circles to credit President Barack Obama for doing all he possibly can to combat climate change. Praise reached especially dizzying levels in the aftermath of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposal of new rules to reduce carbon pollution from power plants this June. The EPA plan is hard proof that our nation’s “environmental president” has “done everything within his power to fight the most urgent crisis of our time,” gushed New York magazine's Jonathan Chait. Obama’s actions are “about as much as a president could do on climate change without Congress,” declared Slate’s Will Oremus. Even former President Jimmy Carter, never shy about launching the occasional barb at the White House, said as much at a recent energy conference in that most elite of hangouts, Aspen, Colorado.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Elizabeth slams door on fracking waste; ordinance would prohibit disposal or storage
NJ.com
Tom Haydon

ELIZABETH — City officials want to ban the treatment, disposal or storage of waste from fracking in Elizabeth. Mayor Christian Bollwage said an ordinance enacting the ban will be considered by the city council with the goal of protecting city residents. "Fracking has been known to disrupt the environmental balance, with possible adverse impacts resulting from byproducts and toxins released during the process," Bollwage said in statement today.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 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. The report, published by the University of Maryland and commissioned by a 2011 executive order by Gov. Martin O’Malley, looked at the risks that fracking would bring to Maryland, a state that so far doesn’t have any natural gas wells. The report ranked the likelihood that several risks associated with fracking, including dangers to air quality and occupational health as well as the prospect of worsening noise and the threat of earthquakes, will pose problems in Maryland.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Colorado ‘fractivists’ share views on oil and gas in ‘Dear Governor Hickenlooper’
Aspen Times
Scott Condon

When opponents of hydraulic fracturing geared up for what they thought would be a major election in Colorado this fall, they created a movie for the campaign. “Dear Governor Hickenlooper” was intended to be a tool that activists could take around the state to rally opposition to fracking, with 11 vignettes showing different aspects of oil and gas drilling and how they are affecting Colorado’s residents and landscape. “Each film — documentary, horror movie or love story — conveys to the governor a simple message: This is my Colorado,” the movie website says.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Malloy signs fracking waste moratorium into law
Monroe Courier


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined state officials, lawmakers and environmental advocates Monday 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. The legislation, which has been called one of the strongest in the nation, was approved by the General Assembly with strong bipartisan support and supported by grassroots advocacy across the state. “This law makes Connecticut a national leader in dealing with a material that can have a serious impact on our public health and our environment,” Malloy said. “We must take bold, proactive steps to defend the well-being of our state, remove any loopholes that may exist in environmental protection laws, and protect our citizens from toxic fracking waste. These efforts will assure that Connecticut remains a great place to live, work, and play.”  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Environmental groups: Health department policy improvements for fracking fall short
timesleader.com
Jon O’Connell

Despite efforts this week to improve procedure, environmentalists say the state health department could still do better when handling health complaints related to natural-gas development in Pennsylvania. One day after the department announced improved procedures for handling complaints, the Philadelphia-based group PennEnvironment delivered a petition with bearing 405 health care professionals’ signatures. The petition urged lawmakers to investigate the complaints in order to verify they have all been adequately addressed. It also requests lawmakers write new guidelines for handling future complaints.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Residents concerned about LNG export facility's dredged material, emissions
gulflive
April M Havens

MOSS POINT, Mississippi -- Residents said they're concerned about dredged material, emissions and wastes associated with a proposed $8 billion project that would add on to the existing liquefied natural gas storage terminal in Pascagoula. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a public scoping meeting Monday night at Pelican Landing Meeting and Conference Center for the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Co. project. The company wants to add liquefaction and export capabilities to the $1 billion Gulf LNG Energy storage terminal.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
DOE to streamline export license review for Alaska LNG project
Alaska Journal of Commerce
TIM BRADNER

That’s good news, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said, because it means that the public interest test for the Alaska project won’t get bogged down in controversy as has happened in the Lower 48, where business and community groups worry about the price effects of domestic gas being exported as LNG.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Report: Fracking Would Likely Harm Public Health in Maryland
WYPR-NPR
Tom Pelton

Allowing hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Western Maryland would result in a high likelihood that public health would suffer, according to a report released on Monday by the University of Maryland.   [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
18 steps to rail inferno Canadian probe reveals no single cause of fiery oil tanker crash in Quebec, killing 47
Times Union
Brian Nearing

The fiery crash of an oil tanker train that killed 47 people in a small Quebec town last summer was the result of a cascade of different causes and failures ranging from the train engineer, the railroad and government regulators, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Canadian government. The report examined the July 5 derailment of a runaway train carrying about 2 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil that exploded in a massive fire in Lac-Megantic, near the border with Maine. Sixty-two of 73 oil tankers derailed and ruptured, fueling a blaze that incinerated much of the community's downtown.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Oil drilling upsets residents in Shelby Township
Click On Detroit.com
Shawn Ley

Backyard oil drilling? It doesn’t sound like the ideal attraction in any neighborhood. But for some Shelby Township residents, that’s exactly what they are getting after an oil rig company decidedly set up shop only hundreds of feet from some front doors – 450 feet to be exact. Residents along with city officials plan to fight this neighborhood eye sore, but it’s a race against the clock as oil could begin pumping at any time.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Michigan landfill taking other states' radioactive fracking waste
Detriot Free Press
Keith Matheny

As other states ban landfills from accepting low-level radioactive waste, up to 36 tons of the sludge already rejected by two other states was slated to arrive in Michigan late last week. Wayne Disposal landfill located between Willow Run Airport and I-94 near Belleville is one of the few landfills in the eastern and Midwestern U.S. licensed to accept the radioactive waste, which has been collected by a Pennsylvania hydraulic fracking operation. As regulations tighten in other states, companies are turning to Michigan as the radioactive sludge’s dumping ground.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2014
Supervisors could move to ban pipelines
Times Journal
Jim Poole

Some but not all Schoharie County supervisors favor a ban of gas pipelines across the county. Aware of heightened interest in the county from pipeline companies, supervisors debated a ban at their monthly meeting Friday but failed to take action. They may do so at their September meeting.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Weld County resident says fracking is costing him sleep
bakken.com
Zach Koppang

Mike Lozinski says he’s tired of not being able to get enough of the nighttime sleep he needs in order to be to be alert on his daytime job. The problem, Lozinski said, is that he has frequently been awakened and kept awake by the noise from the drilling and fracking that’s been going on this summer at oil and gas wells near his rural Firestone-area home. That, in turn, has sometimes threatened his ability to be as alert and rested as he must be in order to carry out his daytime responsibilities as an air traffic controller at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center in Longmont.Mike Lozinski says he’s tired of not being able to get enough of the nighttime sleep he needs in order to be to be alert on his daytime job. The problem, Lozinski said, is that he has frequently been awakened and kept awake by the noise from the drilling and fracking that’s been going on this summer at oil and gas wells near his rural Firestone-area home. That, in turn, has sometimes threatened his ability to be as alert and rested as he must be in order to carry out his daytime responsibilities as an air traffic controller at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center in Longmont.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Connecticut environmentalists applaud fracking waste ban at East Haven bill signing
New Haven Register
Evan Lips

EAST HAVEN >> Gov. Dannel P. Malloy picked Farm River State Park as the backdrop for Monday morning’s ceremonial signing of legislation that will kick-start a three-year ban on the storage or handling of hydraulic fracturing waste on state grounds._________________________________ “New York has deposits of Marcellus shale which is a major source of natural gas,” said state Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford. “We’re concerned that being so close to New York we would be bombarded with fracking waste.” DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee pointed out that Connecticut cannot produce its own natural gas. Malloy said he signed the measure because the oil and natural gas lobby have “failed to disclose the chemical components of what they put in the ground.”  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Forget Fracking—Wind Energy Prices Hit a Record Low in the U.S.
takepart
Todd Woody

Wind energy is on the verge of becoming competitive with fossil fuels: Prices for the carbon-free electricity fell to a new low last year, according to a study released Monday by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Another sign that wind power is becoming a major power in the United States: Since 2007, wind farms have accounted for a third of the nation’s new electricity capacity, the study states. Nationwide, wind energy only generates about 4 percent of the country’s electricity. But the story is different in individual states. Wind supplied 27 percent of Iowa’s electricity in 2013, 26 percent of South Dakota’s, and 19 percent of Kansas’. Wind farms generated between 12 percent and 17 percent of electricity in six other states.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Fracking's Impact on Animals Still Largely Unknown
Nature World News
Jenna Iacurci Aug 18, 2014 12:03 PM EDT

Fracking's impact on animals is still largely unknown, which scientists see as a real problem given that business is booming. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no signs of stopping. Between 2005 and 2013, some 82,000 fracking wells were drilled into the shale deposits beneath 17 states, according to the environmental advocacy group Environment America. But scientists are concerned about this method of accessing oil and gas beneath the soil - which involves injecting chemicals into the ground. Opponents point out the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, such as potential contamination of ground water, the depletion of fresh water, possible reduction in air quality and triggering of earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
UM study warns of health impacts from fracking
Baltimore Sun
Timothy B Wheeler

A University of Maryland study warns that without adequate safeguards, drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing could harm the health of residents, workers and communities in Western Maryland. The study, released Monday, raises the stakes for a long-running state review of safeguards needed before gas extraction can proceed using fracturing. Also known as "fracking," the technique pumps large quantities of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to free up natural gas trapped in rocks. Produced by the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, part of the university's public health school, the study foresees a "high likelihood" of gas development causing air pollution that could harm nearby residents as well as drilling crews. It also warns of strains on the health care system in Garrett and Allegany counties and increases in crime, drug abuse, traffic accidents and other social problems from the influx of gas industry workers.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Environmentalists Call For Health Registry To Track Natural Gas Drilling Threats
Huffington Post
Peter Jackson

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said Monday 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.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Oil train risks push communities to prepare for worst
Lohud
Khurram Saeed

One train hauling oil can have up to 100 cars, and as many as 30 oil trains pass through Rockland each week on the way to refineries. That's twice the number from just six months ago as demand continues to grow for the volatile crude oil drawn from the Bakken region in North Dakota.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Scientists Say Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Wreak Havoc on Climate
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

Two new scientific studies, reported by Climate News Network, have added still more links between human-caused release of greenhouse gases and climate change.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Wall Street Warned About $91 Billion of High-Risk Oil Megaprojects
InsideClimate News
Elizabeth Douglass

Tar sands, deepsea drilling and other projects would lose money if lower demand, CO2 restrictions or other factors forced crude prices below $95.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Pa. health officials promise better response to fracking-related health concerns; advocates say it's not enough
PennLive
David Wenner

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday announced changes in its process for handling health-related complaints related to Marcellus Shale drilling. The changes come about two months after a StateImpact Pennsylvania report which said health department workers were ordered not to respond to calls from the public regarding possible health-related impacts from the drilling. State health officials denied that the department handled complaints improperly. Still, the department on Monday said it made changes including:  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
PITTSBURGH: Huge utility line upgrade faces opposition
News & Observer
KEVIN BEGOS

PITTSBURGH — One of the biggest new electric transmission line proposals in decades is turning into a debate over fracking, renewable energy and the future of an aging energy grid. The $4 billion to $6 billion PPL Corp. project is designed to take electricity generated near Pennsylvania's booming shale gas region and deliver it to New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. That's prompting questions from environmental groups. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, said his group "will definitely oppose" the section in that state. Tittel's concerns go beyond the PPL project, which hasn't yet published an exact route. Tittel said the Sierra Club's opposition is "absolutely" a challenge to the existing business model for utilities, which often rely on far-off plants to send power into populated areas.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Gas storage opponents asked to risk arrest
Star Gazette
Ray Finger

WATKINS GLEN Opponents of a gas storage facility near Seneca Lake have been asked to be willing to be arrested for their cause. More than 300 opponents of a plan by Texas-based Crestwood Midstream, an energy company, to store liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas in underground salt caverns in the Town of Reading protested Monday at the site of the storage facility on state Route 14 along Seneca Lake.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Guest Viewpoint: Pa.'s fracking problems compel a N.Y. ban
Press Connects
John Armstrong

The Pennsylvania auditor general's report — the subject of a recent news story and editorial about the state's "fracking problems" and what New York can learn from them — accentuates a simple truth: Regulations don't make fracking safe. The report revealed shocking acts of negligence in Pennsylvania's oversight of shale gas wells: not addressing contaminated water, not informing residents of potential contamination, turning a blind eye to fracking waste and not monitoring a range of health threats. The editorial was right to refer to these revelations as evidence of "astonishing failures." Furthermore, the auditor general's report noted that Pennsylvania's documentation of problems with fracking has been and continues to be "egregiously poor."  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Gov. Patrick backs away from regional effort to expand natural gas capacity
Boston Business Journal
Jon Chesto

The New England governors’ plan to impose a new tax on our electricity market to pay for natural gas pipeline construction was a bold proposal — one that’s never really been tried before — to solve our region’s natural gas constraint issues. But without Massachusetts involved, it’s almost impossible to pull off. Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration has decided to put its support for this massive infrastructure investment on hold. This decision follows the Massachusetts Legislature’s failure to approve Patrick’s “clean energy” bill, a bill that would have allowed utilities in this state to enter into long-term contracts for Canadian hydropower, with a goal of building new power lines into New England. The region’s governors, through the New England States Committee on Energy, had proposed a separate electricity tariff to help subsidize those power lines. Now, the future of both tariff proposals is up in the air.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Harrison County hit by positive magnitude fracking quakes in 2013
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

There is new evidence that small earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing or fracking rocked Ohio’s Harrison County in late 2013.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Fracking the Arctic
EcoWatch
Ed Struzik

Many Dene people living in Sahtu and in other parts of the Canadian North are concerned that this way of life may be at risk now that two energy companies have been given the go-ahead to begin horizontal fracking in a region just south of the Arctic Circle. Conoco-Phillips has already fracked two test wells in the Sahtu, and the company has plans to frack several more in the future.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
UK Fracking Activists ‘Reclaim the Power’
EcoWatch
350.0rg

Early this morning, campaigners from the Reclaim the Power camp at Blackpool unleashed a series of coordinated direct actions against fracking targets around the United Kingdom. Targets range from government departments to universities building new fracking research facilities and a fracking site in East Yorkshire.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Wake-up call on fracking
The Hill
Helen Slottje Blog

In an age when the voices and concerns of average Americans often go unheard in our political system, two small towns in upstate New York recently won an underdog victory against the oil and gas industry that should serve as a wake-up call to government officials across the nation.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
FERC chiefs defend agency's export life-cycle emissions stance
E & E Newswire
Hannah Northey

The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week defended the agency's refusal to analyze life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions from proposed gas pipelines and export infrastructure despite unrest among climate advocates. Cheryl LaFleur, who is slated to serve as chairwoman through April 2015, said during an interview from her Washington, D.C., office that FERC doesn't believe it has the authority or should play the role under federal environmental laws of analyzing cradle-to-grave greenhouse gas emissions from proposed gas projects. The courts agree with that interpretation, she added. "What we have said is that we believe under [the National Environmental Policy Act] that we look at the direct project impacts, we do not do a cradle-to-grave, molecule-by-molecule analysis of where ... a fuel is coming from, what's going to happen at the end of the ship when it goes off to the other side of the Earth and what other fuel it displaces," LaFleur said. "We don't believe that's in our authority or in our role under NEPA. NEPA is a permitting statute." FERC has seen an uptick in protests from groups concerned about the climate implications of liquefied natural gas exports. This summer, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) led a group of picketers in the first of a series of lunchtime rallies outside FERC's Washington headquarters (EnergyWire, June 24). But LaFleur said the agency's approach has been upheld in the courts. The commission, she added, is open to public feedback. "We live in a free society, and if you're going to be in the government, you have to be open to a range of views on whatever you're deciding," she said. "Whether people put comments into the dockets or speak through the media or choose to have a public protest, as long as it's lawful or safe, those are all ways our society allows people to express their views." LaFleur pointed to a federal appeals court's decision in 2012 to dismiss challenges that Earthjustice and other environmental groups raised regarding Crestwood Midstream Partner's Marc 1 natural gas pipeline. The groups argued FERC should have done a more expansive review of the impact of natural gas production, but the court rejected that claim.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Fracking protesters occupy Blackpool office leased by Cuadrilla Stunt part of a day of nationwide direct action against plans to drill for shale gas in the UK
The Guardian
Helen Pidd

At least 10 anti-fracking protesters have occupied an office building in Blackpool leased by the energy firm Cuadrilla. The demonstrators forced their way into the building on an industrial estate near Blackpool airport just before midday on Monday.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Anti-fracking protesters cause disruption in UK cities
BBC


Anti-fracking campaigners apparently super-glued themselves to the doors of a government building as part of orchestrated protests around the UK. Reclaim the Power set up camp in the doorway to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
California Calls on Big Oil to Halt Fracking During Drought
Ria Novosti


MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) - California blames Big Oil’s hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for depleting the state’s limited water supply amid its worst drought in recent history, the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center reported.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Texas Judge Throws Out Family’s Lawsuit That Blames Nosebleeds, Asthma On Fracking Fumes
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

A Texas family claiming they were severely sickened by air pollution from two companies’ hydraulic fracturing operations near their home had their lawsuit against the companies thrown out last week, in the second high-profile decision to come down this year alleging sickness from fracking operations in the state.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Maryland Fracking Impact Report
WBAL
Scott Wykoff

University of Maryland researchers are releasing a report on the potential public health impact of shale gas drilling in the state's far western counties. Dr. Clifford Mitchell, environmental health director with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is making a presentation on the report Monday in Frostburg to a state commission charged with recommending safe drilling practices.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
UK energy dependence – five hidden costs expose truth about fracking The shale boom is a bubble waiting to burst as economics of extraction falter and the trickle of bad environmental news starts to swell
The Guardian


Five sets of problems are emerging with the shale narrative: economic risk; local environmental cost; global environmental cost; social cost, and opportunity cost.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
From Pennsylvania to Ukraine and Bulgaria: The toxic aftermaths of fracking
Workers World
Deirdre Griswold

People need to know that the energy companies have big plans to sell a lot of this gas to Europe in the future, which will increase the danger to the land here and also the political pressure on vulnerable politicians in Washington to OK the process.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Is re-fracking the next big trend in the oil patch?
Akken.com
Zachary Toliver

San Antonio — Tens of thousands of new oil and gas wells have been drilled and hydraulically fractured in recent years — part of a shale boom that has spread across the U.S. Could re-fracking some of those existing wells be the next big trend in the oil patch?   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Norman Residents Hear About Possibilities Of Banning Fracking At Public Forum
Public Radio Tulsa
Logan Layden

The Lowry Room at the Norman Public Library filled to capacity Monday night, and a mass of people packed into the hallways to listen to a forum on hydraulic fracturing that included an OU scientist, assistant city attorney, and a lawyer from upstate New York who’s helped communities there ban fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Harrison County hit by positive magnitude fracking quakes in 2013
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

There is new evidence that small earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing or fracking rocked Ohio’s Harrison County in late 2013. The nearly 500 micro-quakes occurred from early October to mid-December near Clendening Lake in an area with no recorded earthquakes, according to seismologist Paul A. Friberg of the New York-based Instrumental Software Technologies Inc., a private company specializing in seismology analysis and equipment, who has co-authored a scientific paper on the quakes.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2014
Residents' fracking concerns must be heard - PRD
BN Americas


Mexico's local communities must be heard in order to avoid confrontations in areas where Pemex and the energy ministry (Sener) plan to carry out fracking, according to left-wing PRD party senator Benjamín Robles Montoya, who has called for the creation of a committee to hear citizens' concerns.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Fracking Fluids More Toxic Than Previously Thought
Oil Price
Andy Tully

A new study of the fluids used in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows that several of them may not be as safe as the energy industry says they are, and some are downright toxic.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Report alleges Marcellus drillers lacked permits for fracking with diesel
Times online
Natasha Khan

PITTSBURGH -- A new report from an environmental group says that natural gas drillers, including some in Pennsylvania, are fracking wells with diesel fuel, or fuels similar to it, without required federal permits to protect against potential health hazards.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
A guide to NC’s proposed fracking rules
News Observer
John Murawski

Areas covered by the proposed rules: Geophysical surveys, drilling units, well spacing, permitting, financial assurance, well site construction, well construction, chemical disclosure, baseline water testing, water sourcing, waste disposal, site reclamation, and operation and production. Areas not covered by the proposed rules: Compulsory pooling, air quality, regulatory fees, road use, stormwater control, waste disposal, fees and taxes. Samples of the Mining and Energy Commission ’s Proposed Rules Emergency response planning: Permit holder must identify types and amounts of chemicals, fluids and wastes present at a production facility. Permit holder must submit emergency plans for chemical spills, fires and explosions.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
NC fracking hearings get under way Wednesday in Raleigh
News Observer
John Murawski

Hundreds of residents will try to sway state officials for and against 100-plus proposed safety rules in the coming weeks as North Carolina gets set to lift the state’s moratorium on fracking next year. With four upcoming public hearings across the state, the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission enters its final phase of rule-making, a culmination of two years of research, discussion and compromise.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Fracking may be coming to the Chihuahua border, Mexican officials say
El Paso Times
Diana Washington Valdez

Mexico energy officials said Chihuahua and three other northern border states are ripe for fracking, a controversial and widespread method that is used to extract shale gas and oil from the ground.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Small quakes triggered by Utica shale fracking occur in Harrison County in late 2013
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

There is new evidence that small earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing rocked Ohio’s Harrison County in late 2013. The nearly 500 micro-quakes occurred from early October to mid-December about 42 miles southeast of Canton near Clendening Lake in an area with no recorded earthquakes, according to seismologist Paul A. Friberg.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Environmentalists split over green group's fracking industry ties
Al Jazeera America
Peter Moskowitz

In 2012, when Ohio’s Senate passed a controversial hydraulic fracturing bill that was supported by the oil and gas industry, environmental groups lined up against it, saying it would endanger public health. But during hearings on the bill, it gained one seemingly unlikely supporter: the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), one of the nation’s largest green groups. The bill supported renewable energy development but it also contained several items other environmental groups said were giveaways to the industry: It allowed fracking companies to keep private the chemicals they used in fracking, changed the required distance for contamination testing around a well from 300 feet to 1,500 feet, and prevented doctors from sharing information that might be considered trade secrets, even if it was in the interest of public health.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Is re-fracturing the next big trend in the oil patch?
San Antonio Express-News
Jennifer Hiller

SAN ANTONIO — Tens of thousands of new oil and gas wells have been drilled and hydraulically fractured in recent years — part of a shale boom that has spread across the U.S. Could re-fracturing some of those existing wells be the next big trend in the oil patch? Robert Drummond, president of North America for oil-field service company Schlumberger, said that continually improving fracturing techniques will make companies question whether it makes more sense to spend money drilling a new well or re-fracturing an existing well.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Methane leaking from Sacramento gas pipelines adds to greenhouse effect
Sacramento Bee
Edward Ortiz

The natural gas pipelines snaking under the Sacramento region likely leak a significant amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, scientists say. Methane is a major component of the natural gas that travels from transmission lines to the underground pipelines that deliver it to homes and businesses. The amount that leaks out is relatively small, but scientists say it has a big impact, since methane is about 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it has 7,100 miles of natural gas pipeline in the Sacramento region.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Natural gas execs fear they’re next for regs
The Hill
Timothy Cama and Benjamin Goad

Natural gas producers are keeping quiet about the controversial power plant rules from President Obama, fearing they could become the next target of federal regulators. At least in the short term, a government-forced shift away from coal power would be a boon for the natural gas industry, which is already experiencing a renaissance thanks to advances in the drilling technique of fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Weld County resident says fracking is costing him sleep Homeowner: When it happens at night, it's 'unreal'
Times-Call
John Fryar

Mike Lozinski says he's tired of not being able to get enough of the nighttime sleep he needs in order to be to be alert on his daytime job. The problem, Lozinski said, is that he has frequently been awakened and kept awake by the noise from the drilling and fracking that's been going on this summer at oil and gas wells near his rural Firestone-area home. That, in turn, has sometimes threatened his ability to be as alert and rested as he must be in order to carry out his daytime responsibilities as an air traffic controller at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center in Longmont. Lozinski said Friday that his sleep deprivation "has become a safety issue with me" because in his work, "I'm dealing with lives."  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Marcellus Shale Continues to Prove Analysts Wrong
Oil Price
Chris Pedersen

The impact of the Marcellus shale formation on domestic natural gas supply is difficult to overstate. The speed and volume in developing this formation is astonishing. In 2007, Marcellus supplied only 2 percent of domestic supply in the U.S. By the end of 2013 it accounted for nearly 20 percent of total supply. The EIA predicts the formation will produce an average of 15.9 billion cubic feet of gas per day in September, nearly a quarter of all U.S. production. If Marcellus had one constant trait, it would be that it has continued to prove ‘experts’ wrong or extremely conservative in their projections of the formation’s output.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Lake George considers fracking moratorium
PostStar
Amanda May Metzger

LAKE GEORGE — The town may be devoid of shale formations rich in natural gas, but, according to activists, the area does have another resource on which drilling companies are keen: Water. George Mathewson, an attorney retired from private practice who also worked as a DEC regional attorney in the early 1970s, spoke at a recent Town Board meeting urging officials to consider a three-year moratorium on high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, or any related activities.   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Methane in the Water Part I: Toxicity
Chapelboro.com
Jeff Danner Opinion

In recent weeks, there have been many reports in both the local and national media regarding a study published by Duke University showing elevated methane levels in drinking water wells located near fracking operations in New York and Pennsylvania. ...I think it is important for this issue to be addressed accurately and comprehensively.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2014
Why is Environmental Defense Fund spending $1 million to elect Republicans?
Grist
Ben Adler

As even a casual political observer knows, the era of the moderate Republican is over, especially in the House of Representatives. The Republican House has made a fetish of attacking the environment. It has passed innumerable bills to strip the EPA of its authority and funding and to handicap the regulatory process. Not a single House Republican has a greater-than-50-percent lifetime rating on the League of Conservation Voters’ scorecard. And so it was bewildering on Thursday when the Environmental Defense Action Fund (EDF Action), the Environmental Defense Fund’s campaign arm, began dropping $250,000 on ads supporting Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican from upstate New York who is facing a self-financing Democratic challenger, Sean Eldridge. (Eldridge is the husband of Facebook cofounder and New Republic publisher Chris Hughes.)  [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2014
Understanding the Dangers of “Fracking”
The Inside Press
Jessica Roff

Many people in New York State have heard about high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, the unconventional natural gas drilling method better known as fracking. But, people may only know some of its dangers. Fracking, including infrastructure such as pipelines and compressor stations, carries many risks: polluting air, poisoning land, and contaminating water and food. Evidence of risks and harms is growing so rapidly that Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY) recently published a Compendium featuring hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and other findings.  [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2014
Opponents of Minisink pipeline may seek rehearing
Times Herald Record
Richard J. Bayne

The lawyer for a group of Minisink residents who lost a court fight seeking to have Millennium Pipeline's gas compressor station cease operation says she might push for a rehearing or an appeal. On Friday, the federal Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the opponents' arguments and ruled that Millennium and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had sited the $43 million Jacobs Road plant properly.  [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2014
Judge Throws Out Texas Family's Fracking Pollution Case
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer

A Texas judge has dismissed a million dollar lawsuit filed by a Karnes County, Texas, family who say their lives have been ruined by noxious emissions from oil and gas facilities near their home. District Judge Stella Saxon apparently accepted the argument made by Marathon Oil Corp. and Plains Exploration & Production (PXP) that Mike and Myra Cerny didn't have enough medical and scientific evidence to prove to a jury that they have been sickened by oil field emissions.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Mutant fish in the Susquehanna River
Al Jazeera America
Nate Schweber

In Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, one of the longest in the northeast, male smallmouth bass are sprouting female egg cells in their testes. According to a United States Geological Survey report released in June, these intersex fish appear in water — both in this river and two others in the state — that has become saturated with estrogenic compounds, natural and artificial hormones in animal manure and, to a smaller degree, sewage. Most troubling, biologists say, is that many of these bass, and scores of others, have visible signs of disease — black splotches on their skin and grotesque open sores. “We do think some of the same feminization chemicals are causing immunosuppression,” said Vicki Blazer, a fish biologist for the USGS who helped write the report. “And that disease is having an effect on the population.”   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows
Los Angeles Times
Neela Banerjee

Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed,   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Last chance to speak on compressor expansion
The Pike County Courier
Anya Tikka

Public hearing on Aug. 18: Community members opposed to the expansion say emissions a threat to health and safety  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Why the Scientific Case Against Fracking Keeps Getting Stronger
Mother Jones
Chris Mooney

Anthony Ingraffea argues that fugitive methane emissions turn natural gas from a climate benefit into yet another strike against fossil fuels.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
America's fracking dilemma: Not in my backyard
CBS
Bruce Kennedy

Fracking isn't only fueling the current energy boom in the U.S., it's also firing up concerns about whether it can be used successfully without creating a long-term environmental and economic threat to the communities and regions where it takes place  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Christie's National Ambitions Seen by Critics as a Factor in Fracking Greenlight
Inside Climate Change
Zara Hirji

Anti-fracking bill would have banned the treatment, storage and disposal of drilling waste in the state. Christie said it was unconstitutional.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Scottish Government defy Westminster over fracking
The Scotsman
Ilona Amos

The Scottish energy minster has objected to the UK government’s “gung-ho” plans to remove the right of Scots to object to fracking beneath their homes.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Judge Throws Out Texas Family's Fracking Pollution Case
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

Dismissal is in contrast to a case in which a jury awarded $2.9 million to a family who also claimed to be sickened by fracking's emissions.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Ignoring climate change is risky business
Shale Plays Media
Conor O'Sullivan

A report on risk of inaction unlikely to change those still in denial  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Audit of fracking fluids highlights data deficiencies
Chemistry World
Philip Robinson

A US survey of almost 250 chemicals used in fracking has identified potentially harmful compounds   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Fracking report 'heavily redacted'
Mailonline
Press Association

The Government has been accused of using "misleading" information in a public consultation over new under-house fracking plans.   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: We can do better than pipeline
.berkshireeagle.com/


Massachusetts has distinguished itself as a state with a strong and enduring commitment to environmental conservation, a commitment evidenced in the wetlands, forests, waters, and state and private conservation lands that run from our coastline to the Berkshires  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
New drilling rules to require operators to collect seismic data
Dallas Morning News
Marissa Barnett

State oil and gas regulators proposed new guidelines for injection wells Tuesday after a rash of earthquakes rocked North Texas several months ago.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
New Jersey Governor Vetoes Fracking Waste Ban Despite Bipartisan Support
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose presidential potential is still being touted by some supporters despite a series of scandals surrounding him, is trying to demonstrate that he’s on the far right fringe of his own party when it comes to the environment, he’s doing a good job of it.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2014
Audit of fracking fluids highlights data deficiencies
Chemistry World
Phillip Robinson

A US survey of almost 250 chemicals used in fracking has identified potentially harmful compounds and exposed a lack of information about them that is hampering efforts to understand fracking’s environmental impact.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Fracking opponents target Democrats at state fair event
Herald-Review
Kurt Erickson

SPRINGFIELD – Armed with a 15-foot puppet of Gov. Pat Quinn, groups hoping to stop fracking in Illinois attempted to disrupt a breakfast meeting of top state Democrats on Wednesday. An estimated 100 people opposed to what is known as hydraulic fracturing descended on a gathering of more than 1,000 Democrats in town for Governor's Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Fracking threatens tremors in general election
BBC
Emma Bishop

"Every time ministers open their mouths to claim that fracking must start everywhere around Britain, and not just in carefully selected and remote areas, they lose thousands of Tory votes." These words, from George Osborne's father-in-law Lord Howell in May this year, go some way to explaining why fracking - the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock - is already one of the issues to watch out for in the run-up to next year's general election.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Fracking Success Shut Down US Climate Change Policy
Truth-Out
Paul Jay

Christopher Williams tells Paul Jay that the fabulous profits made from fracking oil and gas took climate change off Obama agenda, and while coal emissions may be down in the US, coal exports have grown exponentially.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Fracking waste / Toxic veto
Press of Atlantic City
Opinion

Once again, Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would have prevented New Jersey companies from accepting and treating fracking waste. And once again, we are calling on the Legislature to override the governor's veto.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Some Fracking Fluids Toxic to Mammals
Nature World News
Jenna Iacurci

As the oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, grows in this country, scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential health risks some of these toxic fracking fluids pose to mammals, a new study describes. Of the 200 commonly used compounds shot into the ground during this process, eight of them are toxic to mammals, according to the researchers.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
GAO Faults EPA Program To Protect Water From Fracking
Environmental Working Group
Elizabeth Kerpon

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s capabilities to safeguard underground drinking water sources from hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas. The GAO, Congress’s watchdog arm, said that EPA oversight of fracking wastewater is “not reliable.”   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack An analysis by an environmental group finds hundreds of cases in which drillers used diesel fuel without obtaining permits and sometimes altered records disclosing they had done so
ProPublica
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 14, 2014
Oil, gas drilling permits under review by state agencies
Augusta Free Press


virginia-blue-oversizeGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that two Virginia agencies have signed an agreement on coordinating environmental reviews of potential permits for oil and gas drilling in the Coastal Plain that includes Tidewater.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
State calls for tests at second salt cavern after tremors
The Advocate
DAVID J. MITCHELL

Days after work on the Bayou Corne sinkhole halted briefly due to increasing tremors, state regulators ordered Texas Brine Co. to stop production at a second salt dome cavern near the underground cavity that failed two years ago and spawned the sinkhole that has driven hundreds of people from their property. Louisiana Conservation Commissioner James Welsh ordered Texas Brine on Monday to perform a round of tests to ensure the integrity of the massive underground cavity, known as Oxy Geismar No. 2, and develop a plan if problems are found.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Fracking Waste Disposal Fuels Opposition in U.S. and Abroad
EcoWatch
Anastasia Pantsios

A poll taken by Public Policy Polling revealed this week that 65 percent of California residents oppose dumping fracking waste in the ocean. The actions of fracking companies in both the U.S. and England, the eagerness of many government bodies and officials to cater to them, and the obfuscation around the disposal of the waste show they have reason to be concerned.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
'FRACKING' PROCEDURE ACCUSED OF POLLUTING CALIFORNIA GROUNDWATER
ABC NEWS


LOS ANGELES -- There has been a lot of controversy about the oil-extraction procedure known as "fracking." Now more questions are being raised about how much water is used for fracking, and whether it's polluting groundwater.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Florida Fracking Fracas
FactCheck


A Florida ad attacking Republican Gov. Rick Scott has touched off claims of lying and illegality. We find both sides are bending the facts.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Environmental groups kick off push for lawmakers to override Christie fracking veto
NorthJersey.com
John Reitmeyer

New Jersey lawmakers have yet to override any of Governor Christie’s vetoes since he took office in 2010, but environmental activists think there may be enough votes to overcome Christie’s recent rejection of a bill intended to ban the treatment and disposal of waste generated by hydraulic fracturing. A coalition of environmental groups and other organizations kicked off a campaign to push for an override with a news conference in front of the State House on Thursday.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Feds act to streamline review process for gas exports
The Hill
Timothy Cama

The Energy Department Thursday made final a new procedure for considering applications to export natural gas, which it said will streamline the process and ensure prompt considerations. Under the new procedure, the Energy Department will not determine whether a proposed export terminal is in the public interest until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) completes its environmental review for the terminal.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Christie Vetoes Popular Fracking Waste Ban, Saying It's Unconstitutional
InsideClimate News
Zahra Hirji

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent veto of a bill that would have banned the treatment, storage and disposal of fracking waste in the state thrusts the Republican presidential contender and head of the Republican Governors Association into the national debate over fracking, the controversial practice that blasts chemicals, sand and water into a well to crack open bedrock and extract fossil fuels. Christie said the bill was unconstitutional.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Pennsylvania Town Votes To Allow 6 Fracking Wells Within 3,000 Feet Of School Buildings
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin

At a township public meeting Wednesday night, Rex Energy came one step closer to having those permits approved. Middlesex supervisors Michael Spreng, Donald P. Marshall, and James Evans voted unanimously to approve changes to the town’s zoning laws that would legally open up residential and agricultural lands for drilling, despite the protests of concerned parents and residents.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Colorado Drops Lawsuit Over Longmont Oil, Gas Rules; Fracking Ban Case Continues
Bloomberg
Tripp Baltz

Colorado is dropping its legal challenge of the City of Longmont's oil and gas regulations following a recent deal struck to avoid a ballot clash over fracking in the November election. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted Aug. 7 to file a motion to dismiss its Longmont oil and gas regulations lawsuit without prejudice, while simultaneously directing its attorney to draft a statement saying the commission will never bring forth the claims asserted in the lawsuit. The commission has not yet filed the motion with the Colorado District Court.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Residents in Fracking Epicenter Plan to Weigh In on Industry Rules
Central NC
Julie Fertig

SANFORD, N.C. -- Fracking supporters and opponents will soon have one final chance to help shape rules to govern the state's drilling industry. In one week, the first of four public hearings will be held. The hearings allow the public to weigh in on about 120 rules created by the Mining and Energy Commission.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Predicting fracking policy
PHYS.org


Hydraulic fracturing is emerging as one of the primary methods of drilling for natural gas, yet is equally controversial in its potential to induce harm to humans and the environment. The uncertainties of the health risks associated with horizontal drilling using fluid pressure to break down shale formations for natural gas extraction has pushed countries worldwide to proactively regulate the use of this technology, such as a temporary ban in Germany in 2012 and a ban in France in 2011.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2014
Texas Is Actually Considering (Slightly) Tighter Fracking Regulations
Dallas Observer Blog
Emily Mathis

Just a few weeks after Denton failed to pass a ban on fracking, the Texas Railroad Commission is proposing tighter regulation on oil and natural gas drilling in response to the north Texas earthquakes.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Governor Christie Vetoes New Jersey Fracking Ban
JD Supra Business Advisor
Andrew Doggett

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed legislation that would have banned the treatment, discharge, and disposal of fracking wastewater in the state, arguing that the bill violated the United States Constitution. This is the second time the governor has vetoed a prohibition on fracking waste since entering office.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Oil estimates reduced in central California but fracking will continue, website reports
NOLA
Robert Rhoden

Estimates of the recoverable oil in a huge layer of shale in central California have been lowered by some 96 percent, but it hasn't halted oil companies' plans for fracking, according to a story on the website Governing The States and Localities. Also, a proposed moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil was rebuffed by the California Senate, the story says.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Albany mayor hits state on oil-project regulation
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—The state relied heavily on data submitted by a private crude oil transporter in determining the environmental impact of a proposed boiler facility in the Port of Albany, Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan contends in a new letter. Calling the state Department of Environmental Conservation's record on enforcement "toothless," Sheehan is now requesting a more extensive environmental review of the project, which is being pursued by Global Partners.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Fracking company responds to cease and desist
Herald Sun
Alex Dixon

Frank Sides, who has been seeking to buy mineral rights in Durham and Chapel Hill for Crimson Holdings Corporation, intends to register with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources after he was issued a cease-and-desist order.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Report Finds Keystone XL Would Be Even Worse Than Predicted
EcoWatch
Nicole D'Allessandro

The final decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is indefinitely on hold, but damning evidence of the pipeline’s potential harm continues to grow. The Big Picture With Thom Hartmann looks at a new report by the Stockholm Environmental Institute finding that, if approved, Keystone XL could be even worse for the environment than we already thought.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any Speed
DeSmogBlog
JUSTIN MIKULKA AND STEVE HORN

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, N.D. to 60 MPH from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials. BNSF’s announcement came merely a week after the Obama Administration announced its proposed regulations for trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin. The rail industry’s position on speed limits for “bomb trains” is simple: they continuously claim velocity has nothing to do with oil-by-rail accidents or safety.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Fracking Companies Fight to Toss Out Citizen Lawsuits on Toxic Air Emissions
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer

Two major oil companies have asked a Texas judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit that could draw new attention to the toxic air emissions from oil and gas production. The lawsuit was filed last year by Mike and Myra Cerny, who say they can't enjoy the use of their home because of the benzene, toluene and other toxic chemicals released from nearby facilities owned by Marathon and Plains Exploration & Production (PXP). The Cernys are using the same argument that helped another Texas family, Bob and and Lisa Parr, win a groundbreaking, $2.9 million judgment against Aruba Petroleum last April: That the emissions created a nuisance that made their lives unbearable.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Franklin, Forest Hills pass fracking resolutions
Smoky Mountain News
Jeremy Morrison

Two more local governments in Western North Carolina have passed resolutions opposing fracking this month. Franklin and Forest Hills are the most recent to formally oppose the natural gas exploration method green-lighted by state legislators earlier this year.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
A new look at what's in 'fracking' fluids raises red flags
EurekaAlert
Michael Bernstein & Katie Cottingham, Ph.D.

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13, 2014 — 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. The scientists presenting the work today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) 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]

Aug 13, 2014
Gov. McAuliffe: 2 Va. Agencies to Coordinate Fracking Reviews
Newsplex


RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Two state agencies will coordinate their reviews of potential permits for hydraulic fracking for natural gas in Virginia's coastal plain.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Fracking expanding to Washington Parish
WWLTV
Ashley Rodrigue

MT. HERMON, La. -- There’s a sprawling property on Hwy. 1056 buzzing with activity. Documents recently filed with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources indicate the work is in preparation for a fracking site. While land in the area has been leased by oil companies in the past, this kind of development appears to be the first actual movement of a potential drilling project in the parish. So far, it's only being met with welcomes.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
A new look at what's in 'fracking' fluids raises red flags
Phys.org


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. The scientists presenting the work today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) 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. William Stringfellow, Ph.D., says he conducted the review of fracking contents to help resolve the public debate over the controversial drilling practice. Fracking involves injecting water with a mix of chemical additives into rock formations deep underground to promote the release of oil and gas. It has led to a natural gas boom in the U.S., but it has also stimulated major opposition and troubling reports of contaminated well water, as well as increased air pollution near drill sites.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Parsippany and Montville Twp. residents feel threatened by Pilgrim Pipeline
The Record
Lisa Kintish

Ken Dolsky of Parsippany thought he had a tremendous battle when JCP&L announced plans to put in power lines through his neighborhood, using the PSE&G right of way, where the towers often referred to as the "green giants" already loom over the houses. Now it seems there may be cause for an additional fight, against a proposed oil pipeline from Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC. Pilgrim maintains that all plans for a 178-mile, bidirectional pipeline running from Albany, NY, to a refinery in Linden, are in the preliminary stages and that an exact route has yet to be determined. It hopes to submit initial permits by the end of this year. The residents in areas of Parsippany from Lake Hiawatha to Troy Meadows, traversed by the PSE&G ROW, are not waiting for the finalized plans. They are expressing outrage against yet another threat to their property values. Banding together in a coalition called Already Devalued and Devastated Homeowners of Parsippany, they have aligned themselves with the NJ Sierra Club, which has voiced its own concerns about the pipeline, stating that the Bakken crude oil, which is produced by fracking in North Dakota, is "highly explosive and toxic."   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows

LA Times

Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of water-supply contamination, their work is certain to roil the public health debate over the risks of the controversial oil and gas production process. Fracking involves high-pressure injection of millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals to crack geological formations and tap previously unreachable oil and gas reserves. Fracking fluids contain a host of chemicals, including known carcinogens and neurotoxins. Fears about possible water contamination and air pollution have fed resistance in communities around the country, threatening to slow the oil and gas boom made possible by fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Colorado Court Overturns Ft. Collins Fracking Ban
Heartlander
Alyssa Carducci

The city of Ft. Collins cannot lawfully ban energy production through hydraulic fracturing, a Colorado court has ruled. The court’s decision overturned a city ordinance enacted after voters in the liberal university town approved a November 2013 ballot initiative imposing a five-year ban on fracking. The ordinance stated, “The people of Fort Collins seek to protect themselves from the harms associated with hydraulic fracturing, including threats to public health and safety, property damage and diminished property values, poor air quality, destruction of landscape, and pollution of drinking and surface water.” It also stated the city would study fracking issues during the five-year moratorium. The State of Colorado District Court in Laramie County noted hydraulic fracturing is used in virtually all oil and gas wells in Colorado. Accordingly, banning fracking in Ft. Collins effectively banned oil and natural gas production there, at least under standard industry practices. Home Rule Is Limited The court affirmed Ft. Collins is a “home rule” city with the full right of self-government on local and municipal matters. However, the court explained, the right of full self-government does not apply to issues of mixed local and state concern. Oil and natural gas production, including fracking, are just such a “mixed” issue, the court ruled, as evidenced by Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Act giving the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission authority to regulate oil and natural gas drilling throughout the state.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Former Pennsylvania official: "virtually no protection" for Native American sites from gas pipelines
Lancaster Online
AD CRABLE

Native American sites and other archaeological and historic sites in Pennsylvania have “virtually no protection” but should, according to John Quigley, a former secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “There is virtually no protection for these resources in state law, and little in the way of best industry practice,” Quigley said in an interview with the online blog, AutoKthonous. Native American sites have emerged as a major concern in Lancaster County where a proposed 35-mile Central Penn Line South natural gas pipeline would be built.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Fracking company responds to cease and desist
The Herald-Sun
Alex Dixon

DURHAM — Frank Sides, who has been seeking to buy mineral rights in Durham and Chapel Hill for Crimson Holdings Corporation, intends to register with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources after he was issued a cease-and-desist order. The N.C. Department of Justice wrote to Sides on July 28 telling him he is in direct violation of North Carolina law for not registering as a landman with the NCDENR, which is required to buy mineral rights. He responded Monday. The leases from Crimson Holdings Corporation, which were sent to the town of Chapel Hill for a portion of Meadowmont Park and to the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, offer $5 per mineral acre. The letter from the N.C. Justice Department also spelled out how the leases failed to comply with law, including violations of a maximum lease term of 10 years, landowner education information to be provided with the lease, and lender approval of lease. In the letter, Sides wrote that the lease form “has been amended to comply with North Carolina law.” He writes that he is currently awaiting approval of registration from the NCDENR. Crimson Holdings Corporation was also breaking the law in that it was not registered with the North Carolina secretary of state’s office. Sides wrote that the registration process has been initiated to register Crimson and that the business address of Crimson is 1521 Concord Pike, Suite 301, Wilmington, Delaware. According to the July 28 letter, the N.C. Justice Department could not locate any information on Crimson Holdings Corp. The previous address listed for the company was the address of Campbell Development, LLC, in Pittsburgh, Pa. A spokesperson for Brandywine Executive Center, the space for the listed address, said there is no record of a Crimson Holdings Corp. listed in the center. According to the Delaware Office of the Secretary of State, Crimson registered as a company in April of this year. The registration address is the Delaware address listed in the letter from Sides.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Proposed 105-mile pipeline would bring more shale gas to region
The Inquirer
Andrew Maykuth

The Philadelphia Inquirer has the details on a proposed $1 billion pipeline project to bring natural gas from the Marcellus Shale to customers on the east coast. Wyomissing-based PennEast Pipeline Company said the pipeline would start in Luzerne County and travel about 105 miles to hook up with Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury interconnection in New Jersey. The company estimates the 30-inch diameter line would provide natural gas for about 4.7 million homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. More from the Philadelphia Inquirer: UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corp., of Valley Forge, would build and operate the interstate pipeline. UGI’s gas utilities serve 45 Pennsylvania counties, including outlying portions of Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties. Affiliates of South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas, and Elizabethtown Gas in New Jersey are also investors in the project. “This project serves to meet that growing demand in the mid-Atlantic marketplace, while providing greater system resiliency and reliability for local utilities,” John Walsh, UGI’s chief executive, said in a statement. Planning and regulatory approvals are expected to take more than two years. Construction would begin in 2017. Business leaders hailed the plan as a boost to Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. PennEast said the project would employ 2,000 people during construction. The pipeline is expected to face opposition from environmental groups and landowners as similar projects in the region have. “The latest pipeline pronouncement will, as with all pipelines, cut a damaging path through public and private lands for the private profits of industry,” Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum told the Inquirer.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Busting the Bureau of Land Management’s Frackopoly
EcoNews
Wenonah Hauter

Even without looking at a photo album, I can picture in my mind’s eye a vacation photo from the gorgeous BLM-managed (Bureau of Land Management) land near Moab, Utah. That image of my family and friends on a bicycle trip in the red rock lands, perfectly faded by time, carefully preserved for posterity. Nowhere in that photo does a fracking rig, or any telltale signs of industrial activity appear. But skip ahead fifteen or twenty years into the future, and this photo could be telling an entirely different story.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
"Fair And Balanced": Fox News Leans Towards Fracking
Media Matters
DENISE ROBBINS

Fox News segments on a method of natural gas extraction called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" gave over five times as much airtime to guests touting the benefits of fracking as it did to one guest warning of its risks. On August 12, Fox News aired three virtually identical segments from correspondent David Lee Miller on fracking that were conspicuously one-sided. The segments compared the economy of Pennsylvania, which has seen a recent boom in fracking, to that of the southern tier of New York, where fracking is currently under a moratorium. The segments' pro-fracking slant is clear from the outset, with Miller stating that the "key reason for the economic disparity" between the two regions is "hydraulic fracking." The segments each featured three guests to tout the benefits of fracking for a total of 21 seconds per segment, against just one guest having four seconds to explain its risks:  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Fracking Disclosures Erased From Website, Group Says
Bloomberg
Mark Drajem

The oil and gas industry is ignoring a requirement to get permits before using diesel in hydraulic fracturing, putting at risk drinking water supplies near wells, an environmental watchdog group reported. The Environmental Integrity Project combed through data on an industry-backed website and found 351 wells since 2010 that were fracked with chemicals that match the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of diesel. In 143 cases, the operator later erased the disclosure from the FracFocus site, the group said in the report released today. The EPA requires companies using diesel to apply for a state or federal permit, and there’s no record that any did, according to the Washington-based environmental watchdog. “Companies that inject diesel without permits should be fined for ignoring the law,” Mary Greene, the group’s managing attorney who wrote the report, said in a statement. “The public deserves more disclosure and transparency about the toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.”  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
The Shale Sugar Lick
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

A well known American comedian, Ron White, quips about the amount of sugar Americans eat by suggesting that certain restaurants install a sugar lick. Patrons can “belly up” and take their fill at the trough. Such an analogy might be apropos of some shale operators with regard to their addiction to debt. A useful metric when evaluating a company is to look at the ratio between interest expense and operating income. A low ratio means that the company has not needed to borrow great sums of money to keep going. It generates sufficient cash to fund future operations without exorbitant levels of debt or shareholder dilution from issuing more stock.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
There’s Still a Lot We Don’t Know About Fracking Chemicals
TIME Magazine
Zoë Schlanger

As the U.S. fracking boom continues to expand, tapping vast deposits of previously unreachable oil and natural gas, scientists, regulators and even the industry itself still do not know much about fracking’s impact on human health or the environment. Study after study has highlighted the lack of toxicity information available on fracking fluid—the mix of chemicals, water and sand injected deep into the ground to fracture oil- and gas-trapping rock. Now a new study, presented Wednesday at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, says that out of 190 commonly used compounds, hardly any toxicity information is available for a whopping one-third of them. In addition, another eight fracking fluid compounds, the researchers found, are proved to be toxic to mammals.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Diesel is used in fracking without permits, report says
Los Angeles Times
NEELA BANERJEE

Energy companies have used thousands of gallons of diesel to frack for oil and gas without obtaining the necessary permits required under federal law, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project. The watchdog group's review of industry and federal data from 2010 to 2014, released Wednesday, found 351 wells in 12 states that used diesel in fracking.  [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Fracking's impact on wildlife remains unknown, study finds Lack of data on pollution and habitat loss makes it hard to gauge wider effect of shale gas development in North America
The Guardian
Stephen Leahy

A decade into North America’s fracking boom, the impact on wildlife and the environment remains largely unknown, according to a new study. “We’re conducting a giant experiment without even collecting the important data on the water, air, land or wildlife impacts,” said Sara Souther, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin, one of the co-authors of the peer-reviewed research examining the environmental impacts of shale gas development in the US and Canada.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Obama's Troubled Foreign Policy Enabled By Fracking As Hillary Piles On
Forbes
Chip Register

Decreased dependence on foreign oil due to the fracking boom in the United States has been enabling the Obama Administration’s increasingly isolationist posture on the world stage. Low gasoline and natural gas prices in particular have given the President political cover in pursuing a non-interventionist strategy in conflicts that would have, under different leadership, demanded America’s attention.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
"Fair And Balanced": Fox News Leans Towards Fracking
Media Matters
Denise Robbins

Fox News segments on a method of natural gas extraction called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" gave over five times as much airtime to guests touting the benefits of fracking as it did to one guest warning of its risks.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2014
Texas Regulators Strengthen Fracking Wastewater Disposal Rules Following North Texas Earthquake Swarm
Internation Business Times
Maria Gallucci

The U.S. oil and gas boom is prompting concerns in several states about earthquakes related to wastewater disposal wells. The latest response comes from Texas, where oil and gas regulators are proposing tougher guidelines for well operators following the recent seismic outbreak in North Texas.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Fracking is bad for good spirits
Albany Times Union
Ralph Erenzo Opinion

New York is water rich among the United States. To protect water quality, as well as community character and a multitude of other reasons, more than 170 New York towns have passed bans or moratoria on unconventional natural gas drilling. The right of towns to utilize land use and zoning controls to prohibit fracking stems from "municipal home rule," and was recently upheld by the New York state Court of Appeals. But be warned, the issue is not resolved, not until there is a statewide ban enacted by the Legislature and the governor.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Poll: Most Californians Want Offshore Fracking Ban
Indy Bay
Center for Biological Diversity

SAN DIEGO— As the California Coastal Commission meets in San Diego this week, a new poll (see PDF) finds that 55 percent of Californians back a ban on offshore fracking and 65 percent want oil companies prevented from dumping fracking chemicals into the ocean.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Anti-fracking group to revive Ready Response Brigade
Athens Ohio Today


A local anti-fracking group is reviving the Ready Response Brigade — a group of residents who will be ready at a moment’s notice to protest injection wells in Southeast Ohio.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Drilling sludge to be shipped to Michigan
Observer Reporter
Emily Petsko

Two roll-off boxes holding waste with detectable levels of radiation at a Marcellus Shale impoundment in Mt. Pleasant Township will soon be trucked to Michigan for disposal. Range Resources, which operates the Carter impoundment on Fort Cherry Road, initially detected “above-background” levels of radiation in about 20 inches of water and four inches of sludge in May. Those materials were found when a contractor cleaned out the impoundment’s weir tank, which allows solids to settle as water flows into the impoundment. John Poister, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the material is being shipped to Michigan because local landfills will not accept such a large quantity of materials containing radiation.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
NC Attorney General Investigates PA Company Offering Fracking Leases
WHQR.org
RACHEL LEWIS HILBURN

Now that hydraulic fracturing is legal in North Carolina, oil and gas companies are soliciting property owners for land leases. But along with the new business opportunities come questionable – and potentially illegal -- proposals for unsuspecting landowners. The regulations that will govern fracking in the state have not yet been developed, and the first permits for oil and gas companies won’t get issued until next spring. But North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has already launched an investigation, through the Consumer Protection Division, into Crimson Holdings of Pennsylvania for pushing potentially illegal fracking leases in Durham County.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
‘All of Us Feel Absolutely Betrayed’
In These Times
COLE STANGLER

Colorado was supposed to be the epicenter of this fall’s ballot box battles on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—the controversial drilling practice that involves shooting chemically-saturated water deep into the ground to blast apart shale rock and expose oil and gas reserves. Deep in the heart of some of the nation’s richest oil and gas fields, voters were gearing up to take part in two state-wide referenda in November. The first would have quadrupled the size of Colorado’s minimum 500-foot “buffer” zone between oil and gas wells and occupied buildings. Another would have established local control of energy resources, paving the way for a future series of bans and moratoria.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
New rules proposed on eminent domain process for new pipelines
Star Telegram
MAX B. BAKER

To be frank, the idea of a pipeline running across his prairie really ticked off cattleman Pete Bonds. But not to be paid a fair price for the land only made him madder. Bonds, who owns 1,000 acres northwest of Fort Worth near Saginaw, said the pipeline company wanted a 50-foot easement and was using the power of eminent domain to condemn and grab it. Eventually Bonds settled out of court — “I got plenty to do besides sit around a courtroom” — but he thought the pipeline’s power to take his land was simply too much.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
New Natural Gas Pipeline Planned for West Virginia, Ohio
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
AP

A company is planning a $1.75 billion project that includes laying 160 miles of natural gas pipeline in West Virginia and Ohio. Columbia Pipeline Group announced the investment in a news release Tuesday. The proposal would help transport up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. Columbia expects to start construction in fall 2016 before putting the pipeline in service in the second half of 2017. It will support natural gas development in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
PennEast Pipeline proposed to carry Marcellus Shale natural gas from Luzerne County to New Jersey
Times Leader
Eileen Godin

LUZERNE COUNTY — Plans to construct a 100-mile natural gas pipeline extending from northern Luzerne County to New Jersey were unveiled Tuesday by PennEast Pipeline Company LLC. “I want to stress the project is in the early stages,” Patricia Kornick, PennEast Pipeline project spokesperson, said. “We are gaining input from residents, and conducting environmental and field studies.” The pipeline is being built to transport Marcellus Natural Gas to the Mid-Atlantic region, fueling Pennsylvania and New Jersey homes and businesses while offering consumers lower cost energy and gas transportation savings.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Small Town, Big Fracking Victory
Toward Freedom
John Tarleton

Source: The Indypendent When Deborah Cipolla-Dennis moved to Dryden, New York, she and her wife built a house on the 32 acres of land they had purchased. They looked forward to putting down roots in a small, tight-knit rural community that shares the tolerant values of the nearby college town of Ithaca where she works. However, Cipolla-Dennis soon started receiving visits and phone calls from a representative of the Colorado-based Anschutz Exploration Corporation who urged her to lease her land. He said nothing of fracking — the controversial drilling technique that requires injecting millions of gallons of chemical-laced water and sand deep into the earth to tap hard-to-reach deposits — but Cipolla-Dennis was wary and shooed him away.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Natural gas pipeline explodes in Rusk County
ketknbc.com
Michael Wesp

USK COUNTY, TEXAS (KETK) — Authorities are responding to a natural gas pipeline explosion in Rusk County, southeast of Henderson. According to emergency management officials, the incident took place at FM 1798 East at County Road 366 and at County Road 3122. The approximate location of the explosion is between FM 840 and FM 2867. Gas was leaking following the pipe bursting, but it is unclear at this time if it has been shut off. Firefighter said the gas did not ignite and there is no current fire threat. Several residents in the area have been evacuated to safety. Traffic is shut down on 1798 from 840 to 2687.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Fracking forum exceeds capacity
Norman Transcript
Joy Hampton

A moratorium on hydraulic fracturing is possible in Norman, a New York activist told Oklahomans at a town hall meeting Monday. Interested residents and oil industry stakeholders crowded the Norman Public Library, filling the Lowry Room to capacity and forcing a state trooper working security to bar the door to many. Library staff worked to provide sound for the overflow crowd who waited outside in the hallway. Norman residents weren’t the only ones ousted from the Lowry Room. Several Norman City Council members left the forum on the advice of City Attorney Jeff Bryant, who said their presence could be perceived as a violation of open meetings law, since the topic under discussion could contribute to public policy in the future.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Pavillion water investigation continues at a slow drip -
WyoFile
Dustin Bleizeffer

There were frustratingly few answers for Pavillion-area residents, and interested parties throughout the nation in the most recent report in the ongoing groundwater pollution investigation in central Wyoming. At the same time, industry officials say the report helps to affirm that there’s still no evidence to connect polluted drinking water to oil and gas activity. The latest: There’s missing information both for domestic-water and natural-gas wells, and the investigation requires a “comprehensive geologic and hydrologic study of the Wind River Formation within the Pavillion Field,” according to the report.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Helicopter mission will search for abandoned wells in Potter County
Bradford Era
Alex Davis

Officials will search for long-ago abandoned oil and gas wells in Potter County as part of a low-flying helicopter mission later this month. Abandoned wells pose such serious environmental and economic problems that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory is sponsoring an aerial survey Aug. 15-29. The technology will detect changes in the earth’s magnetic field caused by steel well casings and determine if wells are emitting methane gas.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
State regulators propose changes following North Texas earthquakes
Dallas News
Marissa Barnett

AUSTIN—State oil and gas regulators proposed stricter guidelines for injection wells Tuesday in response to a rash of earthquakes near Dallas-Fort Worth less than a year ago. The suggested changes would require oil and gas companies to provide more information in their permit applications for underground disposal wells used to store waste from oil and gas drilling, including data from the U.S. Geological Survey about area fault lines, past earthquake activity and geologic mapping.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Billionaire Pegula to Own Buffalo Bills? Fracker's Fortune has Sordid History
Niagara Falls Reporter
James Hufnagel

The two wealthiest men in Western New York, Terrence Pegula and Jeremy Jacobs, Jr., both got rich running businesses that have had extremely damaging impacts on society. Presently head of the family dynasty that founded Buffalo-based multinational fast food conglomerate Delaware North Companies, Inc., Jacobs' net worth is estimated to be in excess of $3.1 trillion. Delaware North's unwholesome fare, generally consisting of high caloric, sugary drinks and fat-laden fried finger foods, is purveyed at stadiums, parks and resorts around the world. Like Jacobs, Terrence "Terry" Pegula made billions of dollars by also, essentially, poisoning the multitudes.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells
Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

Federal and state governments do not do enough to safeguard drinking water around the nearly 200,000 wells where fracking wastewater is injected deep underground, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that existing regulations do not adequately protect against contamination that could occur after earthquakes, which is increasingly a concern at injection wells and fracking sites in Ohio and the West.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
UPDATE: Plant project proponents, foes, react to court action
Bay Net
Marty Madden

An opinion and order issued earlier this month by a Circuit Court judge has drawn reaction from the players involved in the controversial Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export project. After issuing a 17-page opinion regarding the Calvert County Commissioners enactment of a zoning ordinance basically ceding its oversight authority for liquefaction facilities such as the one proposed at the Lusby gas plant, Judge James P. Salmon issued a court order deeming the measure “invalid, having been passed by the board of county commissioners outside the bounds of the board’s authority.” Salmon’s ruling comes just weeks before an anticipated decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the $3.8 billion project.County government officials had drafted and approved the zoning change at Dominion’s request. The proposed amendment, recommended by the Department of Community Planning and Building exempted LNG import and export facilities from county zoning regulations, citing oversight by FERC.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
N.C. AG says Pa. fracking company illegally soliciting leases
Washington Examiner


RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office recently wrote a letter to an out-of-state fracking company that allegedly engaged in the improper solicitation of fracking leases. The Pennsylvania-based Crimson Holdings allegedly tried to promote potentially illegal fracking leases to landowners in Durham County. The company allegedly proposed paying landowners $5 per acre to explore for gas and oil on their property. Cooper said landowners need to learn about their legal rights and protections as the state moves forward with fracking to extract gas and oil.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
China’s Shale Gas Bust
MIT Technology Review
Mike Orrcut

China is betting long-term on unconventional gas, but it is running into problems developing its vast shale resources. China is finding it harder than it expected to unlock a shale gas boom like the one in North America, calling into question its lofty goals to use natural gas to help clean up its air and control the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Citing complicated geology and high production costs, the Chinese government has cut its ambitious 2020 target for shale gas development roughly in half. In 2013 China became the third biggest user of natural gas behind the United States and Russia, consuming 166 billion cubic meters (bcm). By 2019, the International Energy Agency expects China’s annual natural gas consumption to grow 90 percent, to 315 bcm. Half of that increase is expected to be supplied by domestic gas production, which would come from multiple sources, including shale reserves.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Who rules America?
The Hill
Allan J. Lichtman

A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States. This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our government   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
EIA Corroborates the Work of Energy Policy Forum
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

Over a year ago, on 19 June, 2013, Energy Policy Forum (EPF) wrote a post exposing the explosion of capital expenditure by shale operators to drill and complete wells and the concomitant lack of free cash flow. Unless operations can produce sufficient cash, the exercise is obviously unsustainable. At some point a company simply hits the proverbial financial wall. http://energypolicyforum.org/2013/06/19/huge-capex-free-cash-flow-not-in-shales/ Now EIA, the forecasting arm of the US Department of Energy has corroborated EPF’s work. EIA states:  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Groups to EPA: Stop Muzzling Science Advisers
ABC NEWS
Associated Press

Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officials. In a letter Tuesday, groups representing journalists and scientists urged the EPA to allow advisory board members to talk directly to news reporters, Congress and other outside groups without first asking for permission from EPA officials. An April memo from the EPA's chief of staff said that "unsolicited contacts" need to be "appropriately managed" and that committee members should refrain from directly responding to requests about committees' efforts to advise the agency. The scientific advisory board's office had asked the EPA to clarify the communications policy for board members, who are government employees.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
The AMP Creeks Council Wins Cove Point LNG Terminal Court Case Against Calvert County
News Net
Staff

Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon handed down a decision that has significant implications for the proposed Cove Point LNG export terminal. Judge Salmon found a Calvert County law, passed specifically to clear the way for Dominion Cove Point’s export project, to be in violation of the Maryland Constitution. The decision was the result of a legal challenge brought by the AMP Creeks Council. AMP Creeks filed suit to contest what it claimed was an attempt by Calvert County to illegally enact a “special law” to fast track Dominion’s pet project. Judge Salmon ruled in AMP’s favor and specifically stated that “…Ordinance No. 46-13 is invalid for two independent reasons. First, the Ordinance violates the uniformity provision…of the Land Use article. Secondly, the Ordinance constitutes a “special law” that violates the provision of Article III, § 33 of the Maryland Constitution.”Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon handed down a decision that has significant implications for the proposed Cove Point LNG export terminal. Judge Salmon found a Calvert County law, passed specifically to clear the way for Dominion Cove Point’s export project, to be in violation of the Maryland Constitution. The decision was the result of a legal challenge brought by the AMP Creeks Council. AMP Creeks filed suit to contest what it claimed was an attempt by Calvert County to illegally enact a “special law” to fast track Dominion’s pet project. Judge Salmon ruled in AMP’s favor and specifically stated that “…Ordinance No. 46-13 is invalid for two independent reasons. First, the Ordinance violates the uniformity provision…of the Land Use article. Secondly, the Ordinance constitutes a “special law” that violates the provision of Article III, § 33 of the Maryland Constitution.”  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
California Senate Rejects Fracking Ban
Heartland
Kenneth Artz

The California Senate declined to pass SB 1132, a bill that would have imposed a statewide ban on energy production using hydraulic fracturing methods. The vote marked the second time in two years California’s Democratic-controlled state legislature rejected a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Fracking: UK’s latest energy absurdity?
International Socialist
Gillian Wales

Britain lags behind other European states in green energy, with only 14.8% of electricity demand being met from renewable sources in 2013. The comparable figure in Germany was 23.9%, for Spain 42.4%, for Sweden 47%, in Portugal 58.3%, while Norway’s hydropower accounted for a full 98.5% of demand. However, as the UK faces up to a looming “energy capacity crunch” resulting from a lack of infrastructural investment, it appears that the Westminster government prefers the route of hydraulic fracking to the significant augmentation of renewable capacity.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Mi’kmaq unanimous in opposition to fracking
Herald News
Selena Ross

Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq will never support fracking in this province, their representatives say. The Native Council of Nova Scotia has left no room for misunderstandings. In recent months the province’s expert panel on fracking set up a meeting with the council, which speaks for all Mi’kmaq living off-reserve in Nova Scotia. The council members arrived with a statement and asked for it to be included, word for word, in the panel’s final report, expected out later this month. The people they represent “oppose the practice of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Nova Scotia,” said the statement.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Fracking Success Shut Down US Climate Change Policy - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
The Real News
Paul Jay

Mr. Williams tells Paul Jay that the fabulous profits made from fracking oil and gas took climate change off Obama agenda, and while coal emissions may be down in the US, coal exports have grown exponentially.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Teachout a hit among fracking opponents
North Country Public Radio
Monica Sandreczki

Law professor Zephyr Teachout's campaign for governor survived a court challenge yesterday. That clears the way for Teachout's own challenge: to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic primary. A New York judge dismissed a suit brought by Cuomo supporters who argued that Teachout didn't meet the state's 5-year residency requirement to run. The Fordham University professor spent last weekend rallying liberal voters against the governor. At a rally in Cooperstown where she said, if elected, she'd ban hydrofracking her first day in office.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Thousands plan to protest against Cuadrilla fracking in Lancashire
Blue and Green Tomorrow
Jemma Collins

Environmental campaign group No Dash for Gas is organising a protest against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for shale gas in the area, with hundreds expected to attend. The organisation will be holding an action camp near Blackpool from August 14 – 20.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Poll: Most Californians Want Offshore Fracking Ban
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

SAN DIEGO— As the California Coastal Commission meets in San Diego this week, a new poll finds that 55 percent of Californians back a ban on offshore fracking and 65 percent want oil companies prevented from dumping fracking chemicals into the ocean. The poll also found almost half of state voters are less likely to visit beaches because of chemical discharge and offshore fracking, which has been used in hundreds of oil wells off the Southern California coast. The poll was commissioned by the Center for Biological Diversity and conducted by Public Policy Polling. “Californians know that offshore fracking poses a toxic threat to our entire coast,” said Miyoko Sakashita, the Center’s oceans program director. “This poll offers the Coastal Commission one more reason to halt fracking in our delicate ocean ecosystems. It’s time to protect our wildlife, beaches and coastal communities from dangerous fracking chemicals and the risk of a catastrophic oil spill.”  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Town council votes against fracking in Westhoughton
The Bolton News
Jeremy Culley

ATTEMPTS to carry out fracking in Westhoughton will be opposed by its town council. Westhoughton Town Council passed a motion opposing drilling into shale rock at a meeting last night. Members also passed a motion urging the Lancashire Association of Local Councils (LALC) to ask central government to oppose the process.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows
LA Times
NEELA BANERJEE

Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of water-supply contamination, their work is certain to roil the public health debate over the risks of the controversial oil and gas production process.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
DWP’s ownership of fracking site could be a liability
LA Biz
Scott Bridges

While it has not engaged in fracking operations, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s partial ownership of Wyoming natural gas reserves where the controversial practice has occurred created cause for concern at City Hall last week. Fracking has been conducted on the Pinedale Anticline but, as the Los Angeles Register reports, the DWP is not currently involved in the technique and told the council on Wednesday that it has no future plans to do so.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
CO Republican: Fracking is okay, it’s natural for water to burn. ‘Indians’ used it for warmth.
News Observer


Robert Jackson and Avner Vengosh of Duke University’s esteemed Nicholas School are viewed by some in the oil and gas industry as enemies. At Duke, they’ve done studies with compelling evidence that shale gas extraction, fracking, causes drinking water problems in other states. The industry, which got North Carolina to lift its moratorium on fracking with drilling next year, has long made the case that drilling is absolutely safe.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Fracking vs. Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio – A False Distinction
Frac Tracker
Ted Auch

Governor Kasich recently signed SB 310 “Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard” and HB 483.1 This action by all accounts will freeze energy efficiency efforts (such as obtaining 25% of the state’s power from renewables by 20252) and impose a tremendous degree of uncertainty on $2.5 billion worth of wind farm proposals in Ohio.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Colorado Republican: Fracking is fine because water is supposed to burn
Salon
Joanna Rothkopf

In an effort to prove his expertise, Republican Colorado state Sen. Randy Baumgardner has demonstrated how little he really knows. He appeared on conservative activist Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt’s daily show, “Pray in Jesus’ Name,” to discuss why the government seemed to prioritize some forms of energy (clean) over others (dirty). “I’ve been doing a lot of the fracking seminars, and if people haven’t been, then they really don’t understand it,” Baumgardner responded. It is unclear which seminar he attended, since “the fracking seminars” are not a concept that we are all aware of, so it is unclear if his education was extremely biased, or just a little.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Erie board approves 13 new fracking wells
Daily Camera
Alex Burness

To the chagrin of many in the overflowing boardroom, Erie's town trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve 13 new oil and gas wells close to two densely populated subdivisions.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Duke scientists' fracking warnings meet deaf ears
News & Observer
Editorial

Robert Jackson and Avner Vengosh of Duke University's esteemed Nicholas School are viewed by some in the oil and gas industry as enemies. At Duke, they've done studies with compelling evidence that shale gas extraction, fracking, causes drinking water problems in other states. The industry, which got North Carolina to lift its moratorium on fracking with drilling next year, has long made the case that drilling is absolutely safe. Jackson and Vengosh have serious doubts about that, and given that the Nicholas School in the field of environmental science is considered among the elite in the county, it would be logical to assume that state officials developing rules to govern shale gas exploration would want to hear from them. But the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission did not invite either Jackson or Vengosh to offer any views while commission members were in the process of determining the rules.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2014
Mayor: DEC off on oil
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan sharply rebuked the state Department of Environmental Conservation over its review of a planned oil terminal expansion at the Port of Albany, claiming the state agency has illegally approved a surge in oil shipments piecemeal, rather than taking an overall perspective. In a letter to DEC last month, the mayor accused DEC of something called segmentation, which is a review of a project's environmental impact in isolated segments, rather than as a unified whole. Segmentation is illegal under the state Environmental Quality Review Act.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
NY regulators to discuss Finger Lakes propane storage plan
The Post-Standard
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- State regulators say they'll hold an "issues conference" on a proposed propane storage facility in a depleted Finger Lakes salt cavern to determine if an official hearing before a judge is needed. The Department of Environmental Conservation says Monday that the conference will be scheduled because of extensive public interest in the proposal by Houston-based Crestwood Midstream's Finger Lakes LPG Storage to store propane beside Seneca Lake.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Trains carrying highly explosive Bakken oil coming into N.J. by the dozens every week
The Record
Scott Fallon

Up to 30 trains, each carrying more than a million gallons of highly explosive crude oil in aging tanker cars, are transported into North Jersey neighborhoods from New York every week, according to documents obtained by The Record. Although oil trains have become a common sight from Northvale to Ridgefield along the CSX River Line, the exact number of shipments had not previously been available to the public.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
LPG storage facility: DEC review enters new phase
Steuben Courier Advocate
Derrick Ek

The long saga of the proposed LPG storage facility on Seneca Lake took another turn Tuesday, with the state Department of Environmental Conservation announcing a new step in its five-year review of the project. The DEC will soon hold an issues conference before an administrative law judge, officials said. It’s a somewhat unusual step for the DEC, and is typically for large-scale and controversial projects like the LPG facility, said DEC spokesman Peter Constantakes. A subsidiary of Houston-based Crestwood wants to use salt caverns beneath the U.S. Salt plant on Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen to store and distribute large amounts of LPG, or propane and butane. The fuel would be brought in by rail and distributed by trucks and pipelines.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Cutting Carbon Pollution Will Help Create a Healthier Planet
Huffington Post
Lynn R Goldman and Kathleen A Merrigan

In June, President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a proposal that would cut carbon pollution from electrical power generators by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. We should applaud the Administration for taking action that would at once start to address the crisis of global warming and more immediately leave us all with cleaner air. As former regulators we know how hard it can be to craft a plan that will survive the increasingly partisan political environment. But more importantly, we are speaking out today as educators on a college campus. For the millennial generation, climate change isn't an abstract issue but an urgent problem that must be addressed. They are looking to us, the older generation, for leadership on this issue and we do not want to let them down.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
DEP gets second dour report on gas well oversight
PittsburghPost Gazette
Don Hopey

The issuance last week of a second report detailing myriad shortcomings in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s oversight and enforcement of Marcellus Shale gas development might have the agency feeling like a pinata after a party. The latest report, which Earthworks, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization, released Thursday, reviewed and analyzed DEP Marcellus Shale gas well drilling files and conducted its own air and water testing to detail how the DEP’s enforcement of shale gas regulations has been less than transparent or effective in controlling the exposure of Pennsylvania residents to unhealthy air and water.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Southwestern Energy fined for drilling unpermitted wells in Bradford County
State Impact Pa
Susan Phillips

Southwestern Energy Production company will have to pay $128,031 for drilling five unpermitted Marcellus Shale gas wells in Bradford County. The state Department of Environmental Protection announced the fine today after the Houston, Texas company continued to drill even after the DEP issued a “notice of violation” in January 2013.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Kitchen Table Kibitzing - 8.11.14....Against Fracking? You are practically an enemy of the state.
Daily Kos
paradise 50

After my KTK diary last Monday regarding how frackers manipulated things to thwart Butte County California from voting this November on whether we wanted fracking or not in the county, I decided to dig a little deeper because I was beyond amazed that a law firm from Sacramento representing frackers interests could completely screw the pooch for Frack Free Butte County by simply lying. I'll give a quick recap of what happened: They lied about a formatting error on the petitions that folks signed to put this on the ballot. Specifically they said some font size was wrong and so all the signatures were therefore invalid. Where did they come up with that?  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Activists happy that Corps of Engineers taking more comments
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Aug. 8, 2014 ––Appalachian region environmental advocates are celebrating the success of their efforts to convince the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to extend the comment period on a frackwaste barge dock permit proposed for Portland, Meigs County, Ohio. The new comment period ends Aug. 24. “We have gained another window for the public to submit additional and we hope more extensive, specific concerns,” said Andrea Reik of Athens County (Ohio) Fracking Action Network. “We urge people to look at the model comments posted at acfan.org and to call on the Corps to conduct both a public hearing and an environmental impact study on this dangerous proposal.”  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
North Dakota tribe wants fees from oil companies for wasting natural gas By James MacPherson
Turtle Island News
James MacPherson Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. - Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and waste natural gas.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Fracking dilemma goes on as companies seek to guzzle gas from the ground As testing continues in Fermanagh and is lined up for Leitrim, the debate still rages
Irish Times
Frank McDonald

Something unusual happened in West Sussex last month: a small rural community took on the fracking industry – and won. Indeed, the people of Wisborough Green could barely believe it when their district council’s planning committee unanimously rejected test-drilling plans by Celtique Energie.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Does fracking reduce house prices?
The Guardian
Karl Mathiesen

Research commissioned by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has found evidence that in parts of the US the shale gas boom has significantly affected house prices. A heavily censored version of the report, written in March but not made public, was released in response a freedom of information (FOI) request by Greenpeace.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Oklahoma attorney wants to ban fracking within city limits Strategy to ban fracking being used in 200 New York communities
KOCO
Rob Hughes

NORMAN, Okla. —Residents have a chance to sound off Monday night on a controversial practice that many say has caused Oklahoma's recent earthquakes. Experts are going to talk about the record number of earthquakes this year in Oklahoma at Monday night's forum. Some people, including attorney David Slottje from New York, are claiming that fracking is causing these earthquakes and want it banned within city limits.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Fracked on Their Own Petard: The Self-Implosion of an Industry on the Ropes
Truthout
Adam Briggle

Fracking is the only industrial activity in the city of Denton, Texas that is allowed in residential areas (sometimes less than 200 feet from homes). Not even bakeries are allowed there. Fracking is also the only industry allowed to emit non-disclosed chemicals into the environment. That's why I am helping to lead Frack Free Denton, a citizens' initiative that takes the oh-so-radical step of prohibiting the most toxic, under-regulated and secretive industry from operating the closest to places where children live and play.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Attorney general warns company to stop seeking fracking rights in NC
The State
John Murawski

The state's imminent legalization of fracking is spawning a new round of concerns as the state Attorney General's Office warned a Pennsylvania company this week to stop offering North Carolina landowners money in exchange for fracking rights. The attorney general's cease-and-desist notice sent Monday to Pittsburgh-based Crimson Holdings alleges the company's solicitations are illegal because its land agent is not registered in North Carolina, among a host of other reasons. Crimson's lease offers appear to be a foretaste of rising interest in the state's energy potential in advance of the expected legalization of fracking sometime next year.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C
NPR
Dan Boyce

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced a last-minute compromise to avert a costly political battle over oil and gas drilling. As Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports, the deal is meant to find a solution to disputes related to fracking — but it also serves the political interests of Colorado Democrats.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Pennsylvania auditor blasts state oversight of fracking
Syracuse.com
Glenn Coin

Harrisburg, Pa. -- Pennsylvania regulators failed to properly supervise drillers during the fracking boom that began several years ago, the state's auditor general has found.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Fracking's latest casualty: The Master Limited Partnership
Al Jazeera America
Gregg Levine

In the 1990s, Kinder Morgan, a multi-billion dollar oil and gas pipeline company, pioneered a bit of corporate gymnastics known as a master limited partnership, or MLP.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Big Trove for Frackers at Airport in Pittsburgh
New York Times
Matthew L. Wald

For salvation, airport officials are looking down — about 6,000 feet. The quiet runways, it turns out, are sitting on enough natural gas to run the whole state of Pennsylvania for a year and a half, and this month, Consol Energy will drill its first well here to tap the gas, which county officials say will bring them nearly half a billion dollars over the next 20 years.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Cumulative Climate Impacts of Tar Sands Pipelines
EcoWatch
Doug Hayes, Sierra Club

While the evidence shows that Keystone XL would result in significant greenhouse gas emissions and should be denied in its own right, it is only one of many proposed tar sands pipelines on the Obama administration’s desk.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
DEC To Hold Issues Conference on Application for LPG Storage Facility in Schuyler County
NYS DEC
Press Release

Based on extensive public interest regarding a proposal to construct and operate an underground facility for storage and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced that an issues conference will be scheduled through DEC's Office of Hearings to determine if there are any significant and substantive issues that require an adjudicatory hearing. Participation in the issues conference would involve DEC staff, the applicant, and any individual or group that has filed a petition for party status. The schedule for the issues conference, as well as the filing petitions for party status, will be set by an administrative law judge in the near future.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Gas driller fined in Bradford County for expired permit
Star Gazette
Staff

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined Southwestern Energy Production Co. of Houston for drilling five Marcellus shale natural gas wells in Bradford County after drilling permits had expired. A DEP investigation revealed that Southwestern had drilled at the Reeve Sutton 4H well pad in Herrick Township for nine days in October 2012, about 18 months past the permit’s expiration date, according to a news release from the DEP.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
On public land, a gas company takes private control
State Impact Pa
Marie Cusick

On any given day Bob Deering doesn’t know how much trouble he’ll have getting to and from his home. He lives on a mountain in Lycoming County and he’s routinely stopped and questioned by security guards. It’s been happening for the past six years– ever since the natural gas boom began. “I’ve been coming up here with my grandparents since 1953,” he says. “But if I would have known in 2001 what I know now, I’d never have built a house up here.” Deering expected to enjoy a quiet retirement. In the early 2000's, he and his wife built a log home from a kit. Their property is surrounded by state forest and game land. But in recent years their neighborhood has gotten noisy as gas companies drill wells, build pipelines, and move heavy equipment.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Oil and gas company debt soars to danger levels to cover shortfall in cash
The Telegraph
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

The world’s leading oil and gas companies are taking on debt and selling assets on an unprecedented scale to cover a shortfall in cash, calling into question the long-term viability of large parts of the industry. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said a review of 127 companies across the globe found that they had increased net debt by $106bn in the year to March, in order to cover the surging costs of machinery and exploration, while still paying generous dividends at the same time. They also sold off a net $73bn of assets. This is a major departure from historical trends. Such a shortfall typically happens only in or just after recessions.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Greenpeace doubts British fracking survey
UPI
Daniel J Graeber

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Greenpeace said a British survey showing public support for hydraulic fracturing is biased because the industry itself was behind the assessment. Research group Populus conducted a survey for U.K. Onshore Oil and Gas that found more than half of the 4,000 people it surveyed expressed support for hydraulic fracturing in the country, compared with 27 percent expressing no opinion and 16 percent opposed. A spokesman for Greenpeace said the poll was biased because it was backed by the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Addison County Lawmakers Urge Caution In Pipeline Approval Process
VPR
Taylor Dobbs

Addison County lawmakers have some big concerns about the Vermont Gas Systems proposed natural gas pipeline expansion project – so big that in a jointly-written letter, three of them urged the Public Service Board not to approve Phase II of the pipeline until the concerns are met. Phase II extends the pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
DEP Releases After Action Reports On Fatal Chevron Well Fire
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection has completed its After-Action Review of the fatal well fire that occurred on Chevron’s Lanco gas well pad on February 11. The report, released Wednesday, provides a summary of the incident, a chronology of events, a review of the problems encountered during the well incident and recommendations. The report points to possible human error and a failed screw and nut assembly as factors that allowed gas to escape the well and led to the fire. Chevron has since inspected other wells with similar installations and issued guidelines.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Lawmakers, Environmental Groups Urge Protection Of Loyalsock Forest From Drilling
PA Environment Digest


Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, was joined by environmental organizations and legislators at a news conference Monday to urge Gov. Tom Corbett to protect the Clarence Moore Lands in Loyalsock State Forest from natural gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Sen. Rafferty To Introduce Bill Supporting Installation Of Forested, Streamside Buffers
PA Environment Digest


Relying upon, current science that shows streamside forest buffers protect communities from pollution and reduce flooding, Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) plans to introduce a new bill-- Senate Bill 1465 (not yet online) to support protection of forest buffers along streams, creeks and rivers in the state. The new bill is being applauded by both conservation and water research organizations.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
DEP gets 2nd dour report on gas well oversight
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

The issuance last week of a second report detailing myriad shortcomings in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s oversight and enforcement of Marcellus Shale gas development might have the agency feeling like a pinata after a party. The latest report, which Earthworks, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization, released Thursday, reviewed and analyzed DEP Marcellus Shale gas well drilling files and conducted its own air and water testing to detail how the DEP’s enforcement of shale gas regulations has been less than transparent or effective in controlling the exposure of Pennsylvania residents to unhealthy air and water.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Groups Sue EPA for Letting Polluters Pass the Bill for Their Spills to the Public Thirty years of delay and exorbitant costs borne by public are unacceptable
Earthworks


Washington, D.C. — Earthjustice on behalf of Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra Club, Amigos Bravos, Great Basin Resource Watch, and Communities for a Better Environment filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue key rules mandated by the Superfund Act (the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA).   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Enviros Blamed for Bursting Frack Bubble
EcoWatch
Richard Heinberg

ere’s The Script, in four despicable acts: Act 1. Fracking boom goes bust as production from shale gas and tight oil wells stalls out and lurches into decline. Act 2. Oil and gas industry loudly blames anti-fracking environmentalists and restrictive regulations. Act 3. Congress rolls back environmental laws. Act 4. Loosened regulations do little to boost actual oil and gas production, which continues to tank, but the industry wins the right to exploit marginal resources a little more cheaply than would otherwise have been the case.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Penn-led expert panel calls for public health research on natural gas drilling
Eurekalert
Karen Kreeger

PHILADELPHIA – Groundwater and air quality testing before, during, and after natural gas drilling – which includes hydraulic fracturing -- should be key components of efforts to ensure the safety of communities near these sites, according to an expert panel convened to weigh in on public health research needs associated with unconventional natural gas drilling operations (UNGDO). The panel also urges that any research conducted should use "community-based participatory research principles" so that the concerns of the many stakeholders involved in these activities can be addressed.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2014
Pastures and pipelines: Projects are not as simple as you think
Farm and Dairy
Clif Little

It has become a common occurrence in eastern Ohio to see oil and gas related pipelines being installed through pastures and crop fields. While many sections of these lines are installed and reseeded to the farmer’s satisfaction, some are not.  [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2014
Voice of The Southern: Fracking: A second look
The Southern
Opinion

Since it became clear that the oil and gas industry has set its sights on Illinois, fracking has been a contentious issue. And, it is clear that the practice will continue to create friction if and when drills begin burrowing into the shale formations of the region.  [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2014
Obama, Cuomo waffle on environmental issues
Poughkeepsie Journal
Jimmy Buff

President Barack Obama was interviewed recently in The Economist. Addressing criticism that he wasn't business-friendly, he pointed to the ways he was and then tried to turn the tables on his critics. The president called out business leaders on social issues such as education and the environment, accusing them of saying one thing publicly, "They'll say, you know what, we really care about the environment, and we really care about education, and we really care about getting immigration reform done," and then wondering if those companies' lobbyists were working as hard on those issues as they do on preserving tax breaks for businesses. "And if the answer is 'no,' then you don't care about it as much as you say," Obama said.  [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2014
The FERC 25
Future Hope
Ted Glick

Just about a month ago, on July 14th, one day after a major demonstration to Stop Fracked Gas Exports at Cove Point and Beyond, 25 people undertook a nonviolent direct action at the D.C. headquarters of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC does a number of things, but the reason these July 13 and 14 actions happened is because of its role as a virtual rubber stamp--at something like a 98% approval rate--for any interstate pipeline or infrastructure projects proposed to it by the natural gas industry. The likelihood is very high that, absent a much more massive campaign of resistance, FERC is going to approve not just the three gas export terminals approved so far in Louisiana and Texas and the pending Cove Point (Md) proposal but also another dozen or so that are being processed by them as this is written. And there could well be more. What will it mean if FERC approves all, or even most, of these proposals? -It will mean a 50-60% increase in the volume of shale gas produced by the process of hydraulic fracturing—fracking—around the country. This, in turn, will lead to an increase in the number of gas pipelines, compressor stations and other infrastructure built in rural, suburban and urban areas which have never experienced this before. -This will mean many more people sickened by the poisoning of their water supply and/or air who live near the fracking wells or the compressor stations, many more people who see their property values and net worth plummet.  [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2014
Fracking campaigners criticise 'censored' report on house prices
The Guardian
Rowena Mason

Government urged to publish sections cut from study into impact of shale gas wells on local communities The government has been criticised for censoring a report into the impact of shale gas drilling that examines the effect on house prices and pressure on local services. Campaigners are calling for full publication of the study carried out by Whitehall officials, as the government continues to resist the idea of offering compensation to individual householders near proposed fracking sites. The report, called Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts, was written in March and a draft was released under environmental information laws with large portions of the text removed. In particular, the section looking at the effect of drilling on house prices has three missing chunks. The published sections mention a 2010 report about Texas, which found that houses valued at more than £150,000 and within 1,000 feet of a well site had their values decreased by 3% to 14%. Unredacted parts also mention other economic studies showing anything between a small positive impact on property prices for homes within 2km of wells dependent on commercially-piped water in Pennsylvania, to a drop of between 4% and 7% for homes within 4km of sour gas wells and flaring oil batteries in Alberta, Canada.  [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2014
An opportunity to address fracking
Daily Camera
Jared Polis--Opinion

Colorado is at a major crossroads in determining the future of energy development in our state. There are several paths we could go down, none of which are perfect. What is not negotiable, however, is that any path forward must protect our environment and a homeowner's right to be safe, secure, and healthy in their home.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2014
Rockingham residents drilling for facts on fracking
Winston-Salem Journal
Danielle Battaglia

Residents along the Dan River overcame a coal ash spill Feb. 2, and now those same people are worrying about another possible threat to their beloved waterway — fracking. Energy companies have announced plans to mine a portion of western Rockingham County for methane gas by using hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in the next year, and officials are moving quickly to make that process a reality.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2014
Controversy in Spain over Fracking
The Epoch Times
Manuela Arte

MADRID—Spanish President Mariano Rajoy is backing fracking practices—hydraulic fracturing, namely fracturing of rock by a pressurized liquid—to obtain oil and shale gas to reduce Spanish energy costs. But a new report by the Geological and Mining Survey of Spain (IGME) states that “Europe has no experience on fracking” and lists some risks that the Spanish government should evaluate before implementing the method, while mentioning less aggressive applications for the environment.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2014
As NC ponders fracking rules, will Duke duo’s research have impact?
The Charlotte Observer
Sarah Wheeler and John Murawski

DURHAM As North Carolina readies for fracking, 2014 could be a productive year for Duke University researchers whose studies have become a regular nuisance for the oil and gas industry. Robert Jackson, professor of earth and ocean sciences, and Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality, have continued pumping out new research in an attempt to seal the case that shale gas extraction is the culprit behind drinking water quality problems in other states.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2014
Oil Industry Denies Climate Change But Demands Taxpayer Money For Climate Change Protection
Politicus USA


Indemnity is security or protection against a loss or other financial burden, and for the American oil industry, taxpayers hand over large amounts of cash to protect oil company profits while eliminating any potential losses; typically through taxpayer-funded subsidies. Interestingly, proponents of funding already profitable oil companies are also avid supporters of free market capitalism where a business either lives or dies of its own accord, but like most things Republicans support, it is only applicable when it fits their agenda. There were a few news reports over the past two weeks that reveal the depth of the entitlement mindset permeating the oil industry as well as their expectation that the government will force taxpayers pay for their malfeasance that Republicans are only too happy to oblige. Sadly, many Americans have bought into the Republican absurdity that it is unpatriotic to hold the oil industry to the same standards as every other American, and the industry is well aware that any demand they make, regardless how obscene, will be granted by Republicans with likely support from voters.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2014
Fracking companies begin slow shift to recycling wastewater
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
James Osborne

With a years-long drought depleting water supplies across prime drilling areas in South and West Texas, pressure on oil and gas companies has been ramping up. Early indications are the industry is slowly turning toward recycling its own wastewater, along with highly salty and undrinkable brackish water, to curb the strain of the hydraulic fracturing boom.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2014
Newest frontier offshore: fracking
The Dallas Morning News


HOUSTON — Energy companies are taking their controversial fracking operations from the land to the sea — to deep waters off the U.S., South American and African coasts. Cracking rocks underground to allow oil and gas to flow more freely into wells has grown into one of the most lucrative industry practices of the last century. The technique is also widely condemned as a source of groundwater contamination. The question now is how that debate will play out as the equipment moves out into the deep blue. For now, caution from all sides is the operative word. “It’s the most challenging, harshest environment that we’ll be working in,” said Ron Dusterhoft, an engineer at Halliburton Co., the world’s largest fracker. “You just can’t afford hiccups.”  [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2014
Seismic testing, drilling raises concerns and prompts town hall meeting
Macomb Daily News
Sean Delaney

Residents on Pond View Drive and Franklin Park Drive in Sterling Heights were surprised last month when they noticed survey crews testing for seismic vibrations in their neighborhood, but city officials say there’s nothing to be concerned about. “The seismic testing is for oil and gas exploration, and subsurface mapping,” said City Engineer Brent Bashaw. “Metro Detroit has reef structures about 4,000 feet underground. These reef structures can contain petroleum or ore deposits.”  [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2014
'Houses are bouncing;' quakes trigger controls on Oklahoma oil industry
Reuters
CAREY GILLAM

(Reuters) - Inside the small U-Haul rental office in Guthrie, Oklahoma, Tami Boxley routinely deals with something that once was rare: the rattling, booming roll of the earth. In the last week alone, residents of Guthrie, pop. 10,191, have felt five quakes rock the town a half hour's drive from Oklahoma City. The most recent rippled through Friday after lunchtime, duly recorded on the "QuakeWatch" application many residents have loaded onto their smartphones. The local newspaper runs a weekly column updating details of the latest quakes.  [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2014
Editorial: N.Y. can learn from Pa.'s fracking problems
Press Connects
Editorial

Pennsylvania's problems in regulating horizontal hydraulic fracturing provide important lessons for New York as it considers whether the controversial drilling method can be used in the state. The recent report by the Pennsylvania auditor general found the state was unprepared to oversee and enforce regulations on hydrofracking from 2009 through 2012, when thousands of oil and gas wells were drilled. That rapid growth left the state's Department of Environmental Protection unable to monitor drilling activity, track the disposal of drilling waste, respond to citizen complaints or protect water supplies.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Colorado's Frack-Free Movement Sacrificed for Democrats Facing Re-election
InsideClimate News
Zahra Hirji

Backed by a wall of suited supporters, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper proudly announced Monday that it was game-over for two popular anti-fracking state ballot initiatives. Among the supporters was Pete Maysmith, executive director of the green group Conservation Colorado. But notably absent from the Denver press conference, however, was the rest of the green scene—members of the state's dozens of environmental grassroots groups. Many had helped collect far more than the 86,105 signatures required to get the two fracking measures on the ballot by the Aug. 4 deadline. On Monday, they waited in their homes and offices to hear the good news—that the signatures numbering more than 250,000 combined–had officially been submitted. Instead, they heard that their long fight was suddenly over.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Village hears both sides of gas argument
Observer-Review


WATKINS GLEN-....Hector resident Rob Mackenzie also spoke to the board about how other companies around the country handled their safety issues, saying he calculated a risk of 40 percent over 25 years. He said Crestwood’s initial 2012 review was limited to studying the release of gas and their equipment. Mackenzie said it did not address the local risks of propane transportation by road or rail, the risks to the lake by salt brine, the frequency of leaks and explosions at other similar sites or geological concerns with the integrity of the salt caverns. Mackenzie said the frequency of incidents involving casualties was 20 times higher in salt caverns than it was in oil or gas fields. He said the tanker truck risks on a normal road is around 5 percent, but added it goes up to 10 percent when you factor in the steepness and sharp curves of the roads coming into the village. After listing several risks associated with similar projects, he said he recommended to Gov. Andrew Cuomo the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) they deny Crestwood the permit for this storage facility during a recent trip to Albany.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
UND professors map dramatic changes to western ND landscape
INFORUM
Anna Burleson

GRAND FORKS – University of North Dakota professor Sebastian Braun points at a satellite map of Fort Worth, Texas, with small white lines and dots splayed thickly across it like veins on the dark green land.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Christie vetoes bill aiming to ban fracking waste in NJ
The Star-Ledger
Brent Johnson

TRENTON — For the second time in two years, Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have banned the dumping of fracking waste in New Jersey. Environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties had championed the measure, which would have prohibited companies from treating, discharging, disposing, and storing waste from hydraulic fracturing — the controversial practice of pumping water, sand, and chemicals deep underground to harvest natural gas.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Fracking in Fort Collins: 5 things to know
The Coloradoan
Ryan Maye Handy

After a district court judge struck down Fort Collins' five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing Thursday, city residents are left with a host of questions about the controversial oil and gas extraction process. While it's been years since a well was fracked within the oilfield that stretches into the city's northern edge, Fort Collins voters in November opted to halt the process while the city planned to study the health impacts of fracking. The courtroom defeat of the city's moratorium, paired with recent actions that will keep tighter proposed statewide regulations of oil and gas development off November ballots, effectively resets the debate over energy regulation in Fort Collins to where it was before last year's election.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
NJ lawmakers consider overriding Christie veto of ban on fracking waste
The Record


or the second time in two years, Governor Christie has vetoed a bill intended to ban the treatment and disposal of waste generated by a mining technique called hydraulic fracturing, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. State Sen. Robert Gordon RECORD FILE PHOTO State Sen. Robert Gordon But this time, the state legislature had passed the bill with enough votes to indicate they could possibly hold another vote on the bill and override Christie’s veto.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Doddridge process server to handle complaints involving drilling industry
The Exponent Telegram
Darlene J. Swiger

WEST UNION — The Doddridge County Commission on Thursday approved creating the position of process server to address traffic complaints and other issues related to the oil-and-gas industry. “We have a lot of traffic complaints regarding the oil-and-gas industry. We wanted someone to patrol roads but couldn’t afford to hire a civil service deputy,” Commission President Ralph “Butch” Sandora said. “The Sheriff’s Department employee will work part-time. His job is to serve papers, follow up on complaints, and that will free up a deputy for major incidents.”  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Robinson Township amends zoning ordinance
Observer-Reporter
Emily Petsko

Robinson Township officials Thursday passed amendments to the zoning ordinance that in some ways will make it easier for Marcellus Shale companies to do business there. Immediately after a public hearing was held on the topic, the board voted 2-1 to change the process for considering oil and natural gas applications from a special exception process to a permitted use or conditional use process, depending on the district. In effect, power changes hands from the zoning board to the board of supervisors for all conditional use applications in commercial and special conservation districts. Supervisors can set reasonable conditions on those applications.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Oklahoma Earthquake Tied To Fracking Wastewater Draws First Lawsuit, Joins Growing Legal Effort In Arkansas, Texas
International Business Times
Maria Gallucci

Sandra Ladra was sitting in her Oklahoma home on a November morning in 2011 when the walls suddenly shook and her chimney toppled, sending bricks tumbling down on her legs. The earthquake, she later learned, was triggered by injections of oil-and-gas wastewater in a nearby well. Now, nearly three years later, Ladra is suing dozens of energy companies for the damages, seeking at least $75,000 to compensate for her injuries. The lawsuit, first reported by the Journal Record, is the first case related to the 2011 Prague earthquake, according to a search of county court records. It also joins the small but growing legal effort to link damaging earthquakes to wastewater injection wells used in drilling operations like fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
China's Huge Shale-Gas Hopes Crash Into Mountainous Reality
Bloomberg Businessweek
Christina Larson

Tapping China’s vast shale-gas reserves has proved more difficult than government planners in Beijing once hoped. In 2012, China’s National Energy Administration projected that, by 2020, from 60 billion to 80 billion cubic meters (bcm) of domestic shale gas would be pumped annually. Earlier this week the country’s energy chief, Wu Xinxiong, slashed the goal in half, to 30 billion bcm by 2020. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, China’s holds the world’s largest reserves of theoretically recoverable shale gas. But much of it is locked in mountainous regions in western China.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape
The Atlantic
ADRIENNE LAFRANCE

Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Jail Time for Boss Who Ordered Employees to Dump Fracking Waste in Ohio River
EcoWatch
Andrea Germanos

The owner of a Youngstown, Ohio-based company was sentenced on Tuesday to more than two years in prison for ordering his employees to repeatedly dump toxic fracking waste into a local waterway.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
What’s driving millions of dollars back into energy efficiency?
The Guardian
Chris Hummel

Four reasons energy efficiency financing is back - and here to stay  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
The corporatisation of US green energy: a double-edged sword worth billions
The Guardian
Peter Moskowitz

As tax breaks and incentives for renewable energy increase, corporations are entering the green energy landscape  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Wildfires Cause Nearly a Fifth of Manmade Carbon Emissions
Mother Jones
Alex Parks

Wildfires are raging around the western United States:  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Colorado's Frack-Free Movement Sacrificed for Democrats Facing Re-election
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

Political compromise delivers a sudden slap in the face for green groups behind two ballot initiatives, now derailed.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Colorado commission votes to pull lawsuit over Longmont oil, gas rule
The Denver Post
Mark Jeffe

Longmont's adoption of oil and gas rules was the opening shot in Colorado's battle over local control of drilling   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Fracking slammed as ‘a threat to human health’
Advertiser & Review News
Tom Burton

Environmentalists have raised fears over how drilling for gas and oil will hit food, water and air quality in the region.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Green group labels Rep. Gardner ‘dirty denier’
The Hill
Timothy Cama

he NRDC Action Fund is targeting Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) for his positions on climate change and other environmental causes, calling him a “dirty denier.”   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Update: Pipeline company bans survey crew for trespassing incidents; residents respond
Lancaster Online
AD CRABLE

Williams Partners has removed the survey crew that trespassed on at least five Martic Township properties Tuesday in laying out a proposed gas pipeline corridor. Williams spokeswoman Cindy Ivey, in an e-mail to Lancaster Newspapers, acknowledged that the trespassing incidents did happen as landowners had alleged on Wednesday. “Our investigations have revealed that the incident did occur despite our strict policies and thorough procedures to avoid trespassing on any properties that have not given our crews permission to survey,” Ivey said.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
State relies on oil train operators to self-report
Capital New York
SCOTT WALDMAN

ALBANY—The state does not independently monitor how much crude oil train operators transport through New York each day, instead allowing them to self-report the total, officials at three state agencies said. CSX and Canadian Pacific transport the crude through western New York and down from the North Country on a daily basis. Though it does not monitor how much is transported, the state does inspect the trains and crude offloading facilities at the Port of Albany, the state officials said. "We have to rely on the railroad—we have to hope they're telling us the truth," state Homeland Security commissioner Jerome Hauer said.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On July 30, the Republican minority of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, headed by Sen. David Vitter, released a report titled “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA.” Critics of the report say it is propaganda designed to skewer the Obama EPA and environmental philanthropists for “conspiring to help the environment.”   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Judge Overturns Fort Collins Five-Year Fracking Ban
EcoNews
Stefanie Spear

A judge overturned Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing Thursday, making it the third big blow to efforts by grassroots groups and politicians working to ban fracking in communities throughout the state.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Fracking moves offshore to deepwater Gulf of Mexico, website reports
The Times Picayune
Jennifer Larino

Bloomberg reports energy companies are taking fracking operations offshore.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2014
Pipeline will likely lower property values, but not cancel home insurance
Nashoba Publishing
Kelly Carrion

PEPPERELL/TOWNSEND -- Residents in Groton, Pepperell and Townsend cite many reasons for opposing the natural-gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan. Among them are a belief that the pipeline will decrease the value of any property it passes through and that it will cancel or increase the cost of house insurance. According to Rich Douglas of L.F. Robbins Insurance, an insurance company that serves Pepperell and Townsend, residents will still be able to get home insurance at the same rate. "I don't think there will be any change," said Douglas. Dennis Murphy, the principal of Murphy Insurance in Groton, said, "I'm not sure it's going to have any effect. It has to be approved by the Commonwealth and the fire commission, so it would be safe," says Murphy.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr. Greenwood was among the first farmers from his state to speak out against the gas industry during the early years of the state's shale gas rush.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
Colorado fracking opponents abandon political fight
Energy Voice
Rita Brown

Opponents on either side of the Colorado fracking debate have abandoned their posts to meet in the middle. The move brings an end to the industry showdown which threatened to curb the $30billion revenue generated through oil and gas exploration in the state.  [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
Stakes are high in fracking debate on Indian reservations
Washington Examiner
Zack Colman

For Native Americans, the debate over fracking on reservations is not much different from the arguments elsewhere. But the stakes are vastly higher. For many tribes in the United States, allowing hydraulic fracturing to drill for fossil fuels offers an economic boost in areas that have few options. But concerns about the damage it may do to the environment are compounded by centuries-old ties to the land.  [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
More Money for Geothermal Fracking
Roll Call
Randy Leonard

The Energy Department will provide $18 million for 32 advanced geothermal research projects, it announced Wednesday. The department will provide $10 million for 12 projects focused on enhanced geothermal systems – the process of using hydrofracturing techniques or other methods to create deep underground reservoirs in rock heated by the earth. The department also announced $4 million in funding to develop advanced liquid technology for capturing heat from rock to generate electricity as well as collecting valuable minerals like lithium from the geothermal brine brought to the surface.  [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
Transparency about fracking chemicals remains elusive
State Impact PA
Katie Colaneri

Today, FracFocus has records for more than 77,000 wells. Pennsylvania is one of 14 states requiring operators to use the website as part of their chemical disclosure laws, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. However, transparency about those chemicals remains elusive.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
BBC Pulls The Plug On Climate Change Deniers
DeSmogBlog
Farron Cousins

Corporate-controlled media outlets have figured out that debate, or more appropriately heated debate and confrontation, can generate larger audiences than a bunch of people sitting around a table agreeing with one another. And this can work for some topics, such as the best way to tackle immigration reform or how to reduce the federal budget deficit.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
New report: Pennsylvania prioritizes fracking at expense of law, health, environment Unprecedented investigation of gas permitting and operations statewide demonstrates that the rush to drill is undermining enforcement of regulations, protection of public
Earthworks


Washington, DC - The environmental and health impacts of gas development have been connected for the first time with a lack of state oversight on a site-by-site basis in a new report released by Earthworks. A year in the making, Blackout in the Gas Patch: How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement documents and analyzes the permitting, oversight, and operational record of 135 wells and facilities in seven counties--and identifies the associated threats to water and air that are harming the health of nearby residents.  [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
Gas wells hearing set for September
Ellwood City Ledger
eric Poole

ELLWOOD CITY — A twice-postponed public hearing to discuss proposed gas wells in northwestern Lawrence County and southern Mercer County has been scheduled for next month.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
Unprecedented Investigation Finds PA Prioritizes Fracking at Expense of Health, Environment & Law
EcoWatch
Nicole D'Alessandro

Pennsylvania has been a hot spot for fracking—and many consequences of this from of gas drilling in the state have come to light, from social to health to environmental costs, as well as controversies, including contaminated drinking water in the town of Dimock, gag orders on doctors and victims, and the state health department’s enforced silence on the practice.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
Deep Water Fracking Next Frontier for Offshore Drilling
Bloomberg
David Wethe

Energy companies are taking their controversial fracking operations from the land to the sea -- to deep waters off the U.S., South American and African coasts.... Offshore fracking is a part of a broader industrywide strategy to make billion-dollar deep-sea developments pay off. The practice has been around for two decades yet only in the past few years have advances in technology and vast offshore discoveries combined to make large scale fracking feasible.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
APNewsBreak: Tribe wants fee on wasted natural gas
Yahoo News
JAMES MacPHERSON

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and waste natural gas. The Three Affiliated Tribes outlined its plan to impose fees in a six-page document sent to oil companies. In it, the tribe said companies would be required to pay royalties for "flaring" natural gas to compensate for lost revenue when the gas isn't brought to market and sold. Oil production on the Fort Berthold Reservation accounts for about a third of the state's oil output of more than 1 million barrels a day, which has made North Dakota the second-largest oil producing state in the country behind Texas.  [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2014
Four Years Later, Systemic Failures That Led To Gas Pipeline Explosion Revealed
DeSmogBlog
Mike G

Last Monday, the mayor of San Bruno stood on the steps of the California Public Utilities Commission offices in San Francisco and called for a complete overhaul of the state agency, including the firing of key CPUC officials. The next day, a federal grand jury indicted PG&E on charges related to its handling of the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that destroyed 38 homes and killed eight people.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Don’t let pipelinepollute your land
Republican Herald
Faith Zerbe

On July 13, more than 1,000 people were in Washington, D.C., protesting liquid natural gas exports (liquefied natural gas) proposed for Maryland that would process and export liquid natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania on large ships. On Monday, 24 people, some from Pennsylvania, were arrested for sitting in at the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is rubber-stamping a frenzy of fracked natural gas projects throughout the nation while not considering the full and complete environmental impact and community harm to these projects. On June 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit followed this same rationale with a precedent-setting decision. In Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the court held that the commission violated NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) when it reviewed a pipeline project separately from three other projects that together upgraded a large portion of continuous pipeline (http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=076c3bc1-87f0-42bb-bce2-61abe1fcee32). Under NEPA, federal agencies must consider the environmental effects of a proposed major action, like pipeline construction and gas drilling that fueled it, before allowing it to proceed.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Mendocino County supervisors approve fracking for ballot, but may face legal challenges Initiative, if OK'd by voters,
Daily Journal
Adam Randall

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted to put fracking on the November ballot Tuesday, but some of the supervisors said it still may not officially make it.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Real Costs of Fracking and Plastic
Huffington Post
Cylvia Hayes

In a free market economic system the cost of goods and services greatly influences consumer choices and behaviors. A significant problem with our current economic model is that it does not account for the actual costs of many products. Two examples prompted me to write this piece. First is fracked fossil fuel. The technological breakthrough that has allowed for the extraction of oil and natural gas from unconventional sources has certainly reshaped the U.S. energy picture. Despite the additional energy and equipment required for the fracking process, these fossil fuels remains relatively inexpensive.   [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
$475 million gas processing plant announced
Marlow Review


Last week, ONEOK Partners, L.P. announced plans to construct a natural gas processing plant in Grady County immediately north of Marlow. Company officials say the construction will cost up to $240 million while related infrastructure will require up to an additional $230 million. Total project cost is expected to be up to $475 million.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Wyoming report: Pavillion gas wells properly drilled; more study needed
Casper Star Tribune
Benjamin Storrow

Natural gas wells in the Pavillion Gas Field were properly drilled and maintained, but more study is needed to prove if energy operations contaminated drinking water in the region, according to a draft report released by Wyoming regulators Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Gas industry tries to revive case on fracking home rule
The Journal News
Jon Campbell

The trustee for a defunct oil-and-gas company is attempting a last-ditch effort to revive a lawsuit challenging hydraulic fracturing bans by local governments. TomWestHSThe state Court of Appeals in June ruled in favor of the towns of Dryden, Tompkins County, and Middlefield, Otsego County, which saw their local natural-gas-drilling bans challenged by pro-fracking interests. The ruling set a precedent allowing New York’s local governments to use zoning ordinances to ban fracking and gas drilling within their borders.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Pipeline dispute: Martic Township landowners accuse gas pipeline crews of trespassing
Lancaster Online
ernard Harris Ad Crable

B Some Martic Township residents on Wednesday accused survey crews working for gas pipeline builder Williams Partners of trespassing on their properties. Five landowners spoke at an evening press conference contending they returned home Tuesday to find stakes marked with plastic ribbons newly planted on their property. Each said their property is posted with "no trespassing" signs and none had given Williams permission to be on their property.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Natural gas leak forces brief closure of shipping along Delaware River
Daily Times
Tim Logue

A 75-minute natural gas leak at the bottom of the Delaware River prompted the brief closure of the shipping channel Mondaynight but inflicted nodamage to the waterway and required no remediation, according to environmental protection officials.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Vitter Pressures EPA Inspector General To Halt Fracking Inquiry
Environmental Working Group
Elizabeth Kerpon

It’s no secret that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) disparages much of what the Environmental Protection Agency does, and his frequent attacks have garnered him quite the reputation in the environmental community. Recently he took a shot at EPA’s Office of Inspector General for its decision to investigate the agency’s and state governments’ ability to oversee the potential water contamination risks that stem from hydraulic fracturing, the widespread gas and oil extraction technology otherwise known as fracking.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Watch: Will this be the first Texas city to ban fracking? In November, Denton will vote on whether to ban the controversial method, but is the city legally allowed to do that?
Aljazera America
Sarah Hoye

Located 40 miles north of Dallas, Denton sits atop the Barnett Shale, one of the largest natural gas deposits in the nation. The Barnett Shale is also home to the most intensive gas drilling operations ever attempted in an urban area. Now Bush is sandwiched between a gas well and a compressor station, and her family’s dream home has become a nightmare.   [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Fracking operation must rework application
Associated Press


COVINGTON, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Geological Survey has rendered invalid Helis Oil & Gas Co.'s application for an Army Corps of Engineers' wetlands permit for its proposed oil drilling and fracking project near Mandeville. The move means Helis must submit a revised application for which the public comment period would begin anew. Corps spokesman Rene Poche (POH'-shay) tells NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/1sbUIRP) Helis will have to show the Geological Survey that the drill site will be productive for oil development. He says the agency reviewed the permit application to determine the geological suitability for the proposed drilling. Poche says the new application must be submitted to the corps and to the state Department of Environmental Quality, from which Helis would need a water quality certification. ___ Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com   [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
UW Researcher: Too Many Unknowns About Fracking
Public News Service
Tim Morrissey

MADISON, Wis. - It may be a little too much of a gamble. The biological impacts of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" to release pockets of natural gas and petroleum from shale formations underground are still largely unknown, according to University of Wisconsin conservation fellow Sara Souther. In a report to be published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Souther wrote that there are too many things we don't know about the process. "We know that shale development is influencing the landscape in many ways, many of which could be detrimental," she said, "but we don't have the basic data that we need to really understand how those changes are affecting plants and wildlife." Wisconsin produces 75 percent of the sand used in fracking worldwide, and supporters of the process say sand-production jobs have been a boon to the state's economy. Fracking uses a mixture of high-pressure water and sand, and Souther said it's injected with a variety of chemicals. "We don't know what chemicals are in these hydraulic-fracturing fluids; they're not always disclosed," she said. "We don't have the basic data, essentially, to understand the impacts of shale development on our forests, grasslands, streams and rivers." Without more complete and accurate data about the chemicals being used, Souther said, researchers can't get a clear picture of their effects on plants, animals, air and groundwater. She said the past has taught scientists that the environmental impacts of large-scale resource extraction are greater than the sum of their parts. While there are many unknown aspects of fracking, Souther said, a number of things have become clear. "I think there's a critical point that most people don't understand is, shale development is really influencing our ecosystems right now," she said, "There is chemical contamination. There is habitat loss. There is water loss from aquifers and water basins." Her study identifies one of the greatest threats to animal and plant life as the cumulative impact of rapid, widespread shale development, as each well contributes collectively to air, water, noise and light pollution. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-08-06/environment/uw-researcher-too-many-unknowns-about-fracking/a40940-1#sthash.77XQvw2L.dpuf  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
AGL gets nod for CSG fracking in Gloucester
Camden Haven Courier
Peter Hannam

The Baird government has given energy giant AGL approval to conduct fracking of coal seam gas wells within a few hundred metres of homes. Energy Minister Anthony Roberts also renewed AGL’s petroleum exploration licence for the region near the Mid-North Coast of NSW for another six years after “rigorous assessment by the Office of Coal Seam Gas (OCSG)”. “The OCSG recommended the renewal of (the licence) due to AGL’s performance in relation to compliance, environmental performance, safety, its financial and technical capacity and its high level of community consultation,” Mr Roberts said in a statement. However, John Watts, a spokesman for local group Gloucester Groundswell, said community consultation had “been totally disregarded” in the approval process. AGL will be able to proceed with hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – of four existing wells close to homes “without proper scrutiny of the environment impacts”, Mr Watts said. “The community will now view that it has no alternative but to take some peaceful direct action” to prevent the drilling going ahead, he said. In a statement to the stock exchange, AGL chief executive Michael Fraser welcomed the approval for fracking at the Waukivory Pilot wells.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Colo. Democrats avoid fracking fight
Associated Press


DENVER Colorado Democrats avoided a politically costly fight over oil and gas drilling after a quid pro quo deal pitched by the state’s fracking-friendly governor prompted groups to drop their dueling ballot proposals. The cease-fire compromise from Gov. John Hickenlooper was announced with great fanfare at the state Capitol on Monday morning with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a fellow Democrat who helped finance two initiatives that sought to limit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. He agreed to back off his proposals, and groups pitching two pro-fracking proposals said later in the day they would end their campaigns as well. A ballot-battle over drilling had Democrats worried about the implications. Taking the issue to voters could have negatively impacted Democrats in November by increasing fundraising for Republicans who favor oil and gas development and possibly boosting GOP turnout. Hickenlooper is running for re-election, and incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is in a closely watched contest against Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner. The race could help determine control of the Senate. As a compromise to avoid the ballot fight, Hickenlooper said an 18-member task force would issue recommendations to the Colorado Legislature next year on how to minimize conflicts between residents and the energy industry. Polis said the governor’s announcement was “truly a victory for the people of Colorado and the movement to enact sensible protections and safeguards around fracking.” Backers of the two measures sympathetic to the industry also declared victory. - See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/aug/06/colo-democrats-avoid-fracking-fight/#sthash.M0e83IDh.dpuf  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Are Cancer Rates Elevated Near Texas Fracking Sites?
EcoNews
Tanja Srebotnjak

For the past four years, residents of Flower Mound—a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas—have been concerned about what they see as an unexplained rise in cancer diagnoses in their community. They wonder if pollution from the many new oil and gas operations nearby could be to blame. Unfortunately, the most recent update to the Texas Department of State Health Services’ investigation still fails to adequately evaluate residents’ concerns and they are left with many unanswered questions.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
State: Fracking waste tainted groundwater, soil at three Washington County sites
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

Leaks of fracking waste water from three impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater, prompting the state to issue a violation notice at one site and increase monitoring and testing at another. John Poister, a state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman, said the problems at three of Range Resources Inc.’s nine Washington County impoundments have raised concerns and increased regulators’ scrutiny. The impoundments store flowback and waste water from multiple Marcellus Shale well drilling and fracking operations.   [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Study: Top Fracking States Ignore Findings That Their Drinking Water Is At Risk
Media Matters
DENISE ROBBINS

Fracking Wastewater Injection Linked To Seismic Activity. The hydraulic fracturing process, or "fracking," involves pumping a mixture of fluid chemicals into the earth at a high pressure, creating horizontal fractures that release more oil or natural gas from the rock formations than from vertical drilling alone. The oil and gas industry commonly uses "deep injection wells," also known as "class II" wells, to dump untreated waste fluids after they are used. As the level of fracking production escalates, the wastewater injection process has also increased; it more than tripled from the first half to the second half of 2011, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. With the uptick in fracking comes emerging risks. Scientists have linked the process to seismic activity, specifically to a recent surge of more than 200 earthquakes in Oklahoma so far this year, some of which have been disastrous. [NPR, accessed 8/6/14; Natural Resources Defense Council, May 2012; Scientific American, 7/3/14] This Process Poses A Threat To Drinking Water; California Already Shut Down 11 Wastewater Wells. On July 3, California officials ordered 11 oil and gas waste disposal wells to be shut down anddozensof others to be reviewed out of concern that they may be polluting California's drinking water aquifers. Further, ProPublica investigated over 700,000 wastewater injection wells in 2012 and found that they were "often poorly regulated and experienced high rates of failure, outcomes that were likely polluting underground water supplies that are supposed to be protected by federal law":  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Anatomy of an Industry Front Group How the oil and gas industry runs the show at the Center for Sustainable Shale Development
Public Accountability Initiative


Executive Summry: Last year, the Public Accountability Initiative (PAI) published “Big Green Fracking Machine,” a report on the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a body created to certify drillers as environmentally sustainable, and its ties to the oil and gas industry. Billed in the press as a collaboration between environmentalists, philanthropists and gas drillers working toward the shared goal of improving the industry’s environmental record, we found that the group bore the hallmarks of a public relations campaign meant to “greenwash” gas drilling.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Sand mines are latest fracking concern
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The backlash against sand used in fracking operations should be a warning to countries looking to replicate North American success, an opposition group said. Energy companies in North America use a silica crystal during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations. The practice involves water mixed with the fine particles and trace amounts of chemicals to create fissures in shale that release trapped oil and gas deposits.   [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Higher Pacific temperatures bring monsoons to Southland
LA Times
Louis Sahagun, Matt Hansen, Joseph Serna

Flash floods, wilting heat and lightning on the beach. It's monsoon season in a place that's not supposed to have one. Changes in ocean temperature thousands of miles away have delivered Arizona-style summer weather to Southern California, driving up humidity and causing sporadic destruction. Warm equatorial water in the Pacific, from mainland Mexico to Peru, normally pumps monsoonal air up the Sea of Cortez into the Southwest, with mountains blocking it from the coastal plains of Southern California. But this year, the ocean temperatures are higher than normal, climatologists say, producing a more powerful "tropical wave" that made it all the way to the coast. A week after lightning strikes killed one person at Venice Beach, tropical conditions sent flash floods roaring through the San Bernardino Mountains on Sunday afternoon, causing the death of a motorist near Mt. Baldy.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
Japanese red cedars to replace Britain's traditional oaks in fight against climate change
The Telegraph
Claire Carter

Trees from America, Japan and southern Europe will be planted in Britain's forests to avoid them shrinking by 40 per cent by 2080 because of climate change Japanese red cedar, giant redwoods and trees from the continent will replace oaks and pines in Britain’s forests as woodlands must adapt to climate change to survive, a study suggests. Species of trees grown in the UK in the Victorian era are also set to return as foresters work to ensure Britain’s woods can survive rising temperatures, frequent droughts and diseases. Experts have warned if nothing is done to change the composition of Britain’s woodlands by 2080, forest production could decrease by more than 40 per cent as current trees struggle to survive.   [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2014
DEP report faults human error in fatal Greene County well explosion
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Molly Born

Human error by an inexperienced natural gas well worker likely led to a February explosion and fatal fire on a Marcellus Shale well site in Greene County, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said today. The findings were part of a report (explore below) released today, following a months-long DEP investigation into the incident on the Chevron Corp.-owned well site in Dunkard that resulted in the death of 27-year-old contractor Ian McKee.   [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
It's fracking dangerous: practice "poses real problems for our health and environment"
The Mirror
Maurice Fitzmaurice

Fracking could unleash health and environmental disasters while failing to deliver the promised economic boom, reports claimed yesterday Research by US and British scientists and medics warns of potentially lasting damage to tourism and agriculture while bringing only short-term jobs and doing little to cut long-term energy costs. One of the reports, from the Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and published last month, concluded by saying “confidence” in fracking “is undermined by a series of disingenuous claims made by both the Government and industry”. It added: “Virtually all economic analysts refute the claim that fracking will reduce energy bills in the UK. Instead, it will lock us into continued reliance on fossil fuels and the increasingly volatile and expensive international gas market.   [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Deal will keep fracking battle off Colorado ballot
Chicago Tribune
Maeve Reston

Supporters of two Colorado ballot measures that would have curbed fracking in the state announced late Monday they were standing down, averting an expensive election-year fight that was creating uncertainty in both the governor’s and Senate races. On Monday morning, hours before the deadline to turn in the 86,105 signatures needed to qualify the initiatives for the ballot, the chief proponent and a leading foe unveiled a deal. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who feared the initiatives could harm the economy, and Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, who championed and helped finance the measures, announced a compromise to keep them off the ballot.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
The Biggest Threat from Fracking: We Don't Even Know
Rodale News
JULIA MERZ

U.S. natural gas production has increased 700 percent since 2007. While natural gas promises to be a cleaner burning fuel, new research published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment points out that we don't really know a whole lot about the ultimate impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." "We can't let shale development outpace our understanding if its environmental impacts," says Morgan Tingley, PhD, postdoctoral research associate with Princeton's program in science, technology, and environmental policy. "The past has taught us that the environmental impacts of large-scale development and resource extraction, whether coal plants, large dams, or biofuel monocultures, are more than the sum of their parts."   [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
NC officials seek comment on fracking rules
Mountain Express
Susan Foster

After passage of the Energy Modernization Act in June opened the door to fracking in North Carolina, the state’s Mining and Energy Commission is accepting public comment through Sept. 15 on the draft rules for regulating the controversial practice. The law, which lifted the moratorium on fracking enacted in 2012, also prohibits disclosure of chemicals used in the process and bars local governments from banning it. Fracking, in which large amounts of water, sand and chemicals are injected into shale formations to extract natural gas or oil, is exempt from federal Clean Water Act regulations.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
What's fueling the fracking boom? Debt.
Christian Science Monitor
Nick Cunningham

Major oil and gas companies are taking on an increasing share of debt in order to maintain drilling momentum, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration. Beginning around 2010, energy companies have been increasing their spending, particularly in the United States, as the tight oil revolution took off. Major firms snatched up acreage in oil-rich shale formations like the Bakken and the Eagle Ford and began drilling at a frenzied pace.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Man who dumped fracking waste into river gets prison term
wkyc


CLEVELAND -- The owner of a Youngstown-based company was sentenced to more than two years in prison for violating the Clean Water Act by dumping fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River, said Steven M. Dettelbach, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Benedict W. Lupo, 64, of Poland, Ohio, was found guilty earlier this year of one count of making an un-permitted discharge.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
NE Ohio man gets 28 months in prison for illegal dumping of fluids from drilling operations
Daily Reporter via AP
Mark Gillispie

CLEVELAND — The owner of a northeast Ohio business that collected and stored toxic fluids from oil and gas drilling operations was sentenced Tuesday in Cleveland to 28 months in federal prison and fined $25,000. Ben Lupo, 64, of Poland, Ohio, had hoped to receive probation or home detention because of his various physical ailments. His attorneys said he had a kidney transplant in 2010 and receives dialysis five days a week. Prosecutors had asked for 36 months and a $250,000 fine. "Clean air and fresh water is the birthright of every man, woman and child in this state," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said in a statement after the sentencing. "Intentionally breaking environmental laws is not the cost of doing business, it's going to cost business owners their freedom."  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Safety at natural gas drilling site is key
Lancaster Online
Editorial

A performance audit by the state auditor general’s office has set environmental regulators back on their heels. The 150-plus page report says the state Department of Environmental Protection has failed to adequately monitor drilling sites or provide clear and timely information to citizens about natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
The Climate Implications of U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG, Exports
Resources for the Future
Gwynne Taraska and Darryl Banks

As the expansion of shale gas production has positioned the United States to become a potential net exporter of natural gas, the overall effect that increased exports would have on the climate has been in dispute. Many aspects of an increased natural gas exports scenario would affect emissions. On the one hand, natural gas could partially displace the use of coal overseas in the generation of electricity. This would put downward pressure on emissions, as natural gas plants on average emit approximately 50 percent less carbon dioxide, or CO2, than coal plants.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Oil Companies Are Funding Mysterious Angolan Research Center That May Not Exist
Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard

WASHINGTON –- Oil companies BP and Cobalt International Energy agreed in December 2011 to provide $350 million to construct a research institute in Angola, as a condition of gaining drilling rights for an offshore block of the African country's coast. So far, the companies have paid half that amount -- but there's no evidence the project actually exists. The United Kingdom-based nonprofit Global Witness flagged the project in a report released Tuesday, as leaders of African nations are in Washington for a summit with U.S. officials. The payments, the group says, show the need for greater transparency in oil and gas industry transactions abroad, particularly in regions with a history of corruption.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Will Natural Gas Secure A Cleaner Energy Future? Not With Rogue Methane Leaks, Report Finds
Huffington Post
Research Report by Climate Central

If President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is going to work, lots of things will have to fall into place. Perhaps the most important is the reduction in greenhouse gases that is expected from increased use of natural gas to generate electricity. Under the plan, which aims to reduce electricity sector emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the EPA projects that coal-fired power will drop more than a quarter from its current 40 percent share of U.S. electricity generation. Most scenarios project that natural gas will pick up the majority of that gap. The generally accepted climate benefit of natural gas is that it emits about half as much CO2 as coal per kilowatt-hour generated. But this measure of climate impact applies only to combustion, it does not include methane leaks, which can dramatically alter the equation. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that forces about 80 times more global warming than carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere. Methane’s warming power declines to roughly 30 times CO2 after about 100 years.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Colorado deal could kill fracking ballot measures
Politico
Alex Guillen

COLORADO DEAL COULD KILL FRACKING BALLOT MEASURES: Colorado Democrats proposed a last-minute deal on Monday to kill anti-fracking ballot measures that had posed a political threat to Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall. Under the deal with Hickenlooper, Democrat Rep. Jared Polis Polis agreed to withdraw his support for the two anti-fracking ballot initiatives he had helped push in return for the creation of a task force that will issue recommendations to the state legislature. Hickenlooper, who opposed the anti-fracking initiatives, and Polis also called for the withdrawal of two industry-backed pro-fracking ballot initiatives. But so far, proponents of the ballot initiatives have not pulled them from consideration, possibly deflating any deal. Darren Goode has details for Pros:  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Social media providing fracking 'facts'
Fierce Energy
Barbara Vergetis Lundin

We are all too painfully familiar with the controversies surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but did you ever think about the digital ramifications of fracking? Makovsky & Company Inc., a global integrated communications consultancy, has and details its digital insights in a new report.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
NS: Nova Scotia’s fracking pioneer doubtful province will lift ban
Daily Business Buzz
Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

[HALIFAX, NS] – The man who pioneered hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia says he doesn’t expect the province to lift a two-year moratorium on the contentious practice, mainly because the government is afraid of upsetting a vocal but misinformed minority. Peter Hill, chair of Denver-based Triangle Petroleum, says the industry could spur Nova Scotia’s stalled economy and reduce its reliance on polluting, coal-fired plants, but he believes fear-mongering by outspoken critics has spooked the province’s politicians.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Colorado Democrats Bury Fracking Fight
Oil Change International
Andy Rowell

Just when fracking was due to take centre stage in Colorado’s November elections, two of the State’s top Democrats have agreed to a compromise deal, which you could argue will leave Colorado’s communities unprotected on the front-line of the fracking boom. The deal means that a pair of controversial anti-fracking ballots, which the party feared would undermine its chances in the November Senate elections, have now been dropped. The Colorado race is seen as important nationally as it might determine overall control of the Senate.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Rockingham residents drilling for fracking facts
Times News
McClatchy News Service

Residents along the Dan River overcame a coal ash spill Feb. 2, and now those same people are worrying about another possible threat to their beloved waterway — fracking. Energy companies have announced plans to mine a portion of western Rockingham County for methane gas by using fracking in the next year, and officials are moving quickly to make that process a reality. Two years ago, the General Assembly legalized hydraulic fracturing or fracking, but the practice won’t begin until the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission establishes a set of rules. Rockingham County Commissioner Keith Duncan serves on that commission.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
As fracking expands in the UK, so does resistance
waging nonviolence
Kate Aronoff

As of last week, energy companies will once again be invited to explore and bid on shale gas reserves in the United Kingdom. Under “exceptional circumstances,” they can even submit applications to drill in national parks and world heritage sites. The decision lifts a three-year, nationwide ban on new licenses, and has prompted a range of responses from British anti-fracking organizers. Clare Welton, an organizer with Fuel Poverty Action, connects this most recent news with broader austerity measures around services like healthcare and education. “First, the national government hugely cut local councils’ budgets and now it’s essentially bribing them to take up fracking by offering lump sums of money,” she said.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Fracking Creates Hot Commodity: Sand
newser
Polly Davis Doig

(NEWSER) – The demand for sand is booming, and while you'll find it in cell phones and solar panels, the real beast driving up prices is the rather controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, which mixes sand with water and chemicals and pumps it underground to force out natural gas. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the fracking industry is a behemoth consumer, expected to gobble some 95 billion pounds of sand this year alone; that's up 30% over 2013 and a 50% hike over a forecast from just last year.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Wetlands permit application for St. Tammany fracking operation ruled invalid
Times Picayune
Robert Rhoden

The Louisiana Geological Survey has rendered invalid Helis Oil & Gas Co.'s application for an Army Corps of Engineers' wetlands permit for its proposed oil drilling and fracking project near Mandeville, the corps said Tuesday (Aug. 5). The move means Helis must submit a revised application for which the public comment period would begin anew. Helis will have to show the Geological Survey that the drill site will be productive for oil development, corps spokesman Rene Poche said. The agency reviewed the permit application to determine the geological suitability for the proposed drilling, he said. The Louisiana Geological Survey, a component of the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development, provides regulatory technical assistance to the corps  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Napthine vows: no fracking on my watch
The Standard
Everard Himmelreich

Fracking will not take place in Victoria under a Coalition government, according to Premier Denis Napthine. Speaking after a meeting in Hamilton yesterday with anti-fracking groups from western Victoria, Dr Napthine said a lot more research was needed on fracking’s impact on underground water supplies before his government would approve the practice.   [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Natural gas: Massachusetts is ground zero for Northeast's pipeline fight
Alaska Dispatch News
Gram Slattery

Tom Clark, whose family has battled bugs, hungry deer, and early frosts for nearly a century in their peach and apple orchards in the rural western Massachusetts town of Deerfield, now faces a new foe in this area: the natural gas industry. The Clarkdale Farm sits on terraced hillsides on the route of a proposed 180-mile pipeline to be constructed as early as 2018, running from eastern New York to a transmission hub in the Bay State’s northeastern corner. The pipeline, which will carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Fields across the seam of northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, is drawing intense fire from local landowners, environmental activists, and concerned citizens across the region. They say the construction of new fossil-fuels infrastructure is a step in the wrong direction in an era of increased wind, solar, and hydropower. They also say the pipeline, which will open up a 50-foot-wide gash across Massachusetts, will harm the state’s most pristine forests and increasingly scarce farmlands.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Safety Deeply Embedded In Pipeline, Hazardous Transport Oversight
insurancenews.net
Karen O'Hara

In 2010, two tragic events - a million-gallon crude oil spill near Marshall, MI and a natural gas explosion in a San Bruno, CA neighborhood - occurred within two weeks of each other, focusing the nation's attention on pipeline safety. In both instances, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators cited weak regulations and inadequate oversight by the federal Department of Transportation'sPipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) as contributing factors.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Westchester lawmakers call for stricter review process for gas pipeline expansion
Mid Hudson News


WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a resolution on Monday calling for a stricter review process and full risk assessments pertaining to the proposed expansion of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline through the county. The line is owned by Houston-based Spectra Gas Corporation. Legislator Catherine Parker, chairwoman of the Environment and Energy Committee, said they have a number of concerns about the pipeline. “Spectra is going to be replacing their 26-inch pipe with a 42-inch pipe that is 1,000 feet away from Indian Point nuclear power plant,” Parker said. “It is going to be crossing two of the seismic fault lines and the gas that is coming through the pipeline and just as a highway to bring gas up to New England. The gas is actually being supplied from Pennsylvania Marcellus shale, and has a very high percentage of radon in the pipeline.”  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Atlantic Sunrise pipeline to take Marcellus gas southeast
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Stephanie Ritenbaugh

A proposed 178-mile pipeline in northeastern Pennsylvania that aims to connect Marcellus Shale production to the Mid-Atlantic and southeast is advancing. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it is preparing an environmental impact statement for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion project. The pipeline, proposed by Tulsa-based midstream company Williams, will connect to the company’s Transcontinental Gas Pipeline (Transco), a 10,200-mile, 10.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) natural gas system that spans South Texas to New York City. The 1.7 Bcf/d Atlantic Sunrise project will include construction in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Leaked EPA Draft Offers Insight Into Upcoming Shale Wastewater Regulations
mondaq.com
Emily V Myers

The rapid expansion of shale drilling in recent years has brought with it an increase in the wastewater that is generated during the fracking process. One fracking well can produce over one million gallons of wastewater in a year. In March of 2011, the EPA released "Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale: NPDES Program Frequently Asked Questions," which explained that because natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale can result in direct and indirect discharges into waters of the United States, those operations are subject to requirements under the Clean Water Act. However, aside from the Clean Water Act requirements, shale drilling was largely exempt from EPA regulation. In response to public concern about the effect of fracking wastewater on human health and the environment, the EPA released a statement in October of 2011 announcing that by 2014, it would propose standards that shale gas wastewater would have to meet before going to a treatment facility. A draft of the rules was recently leaked, and shows the EPA's proposed guidelines on water quality limits, removal of pollutants, and permits for treatment of discharged shale wastewater.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Drilling outpaces scientific studies of fracking, report says
Ohio.com via Bloomberg News
Bob Downing

From Bloomberg News: By Jeremy Hainsworth Bloomberg BNA -- Scientific understanding of the effects of hydraulic fracturing and other methods of extracting natural gas from shale rock has not kept pace with the rapid expansion of the industry in North America, leaving researchers with a limited grasp of what drilling could be doing to wildlife and plants, said a study published July 31. The study in the peer-reviewed journal “Frontiers in Ecology” involved several U.S. and Canadian conservation biologists and organizations, and was led by British Columbia's Simon Fraser University. “Biotic Impacts of Energy Development From Shale: Research Priorities and Knowledge Gaps” said shale development can contaminate surface and groundwater, cause localized pollution and ultimately emit greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Corps of Engineers puts fracking permit on hold
wwltv.com
Monica Hernandez

ST. TAMMANY -- The Corps of Engineers has said it will not issue a permit for a controversial fracking well at a site along Hwy. 1088 in St. Tammany Parish. The decision comes after a geological survey on the site of the proposed Helis Oil and Gas drilling well pad, said Corps spokesman Ricky Boyett. The Corps also took public comment into consideration, which included environmental concerns from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Helis can submit an application for an exploratory well to show whether there is oil on the site, said Boyett.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
La. flood board begins legal challenge of law blocking lawsuit over coastal oil, gas drilling
Daily Journal via AP
Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS — A south Louisiana flood authority is fighting a new state law aimed at retroactively killing a lawsuit filed last year over coastal damage attributed to oil and gas drilling. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East argues in federal court papers filed Tuesday that the law cannot be used to block the lawsuit, which the authority filed in 2013 against more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies. Lawyers for the flood authority are seeking a judge's ruling upholding their assertion that the bill was so badly drafted during the legislative process that it doesn't achieve the stated aim of its backers.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Flash fire burns four people; methane contamination in water source possible cause
Mineral Wells Index
TODD GLASSCOCK

ORAN – A flash fire in a well house Saturday sent four people to area hospitals with burns. Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Larry O'Neil said a family of four near Oran was injured by a fire that flared up in their well house. Cody Murray, who was airlifted by helicopter to Parkland Burn Unit in Dallas, remained in fair condition at the hospital, according to hospital officials. Ashley Murray and her 4-year-old daughter, Alyssa, were airlifted to Cooks Children's Hospital in Fort Worth; and James Murray was taken by ambulance to Palo Pinto General Hospital, O'Neil said. A spokesman at Cook's was unable to provide condition reports on Alyssa Murray and Ashley Murray. O'Neil said the family saw water running out of the well house and went to investigate and found the well casing engulfed in flames. The fire's cause was not known, he said, but there is a possibility methane had contaminated the water and had contact with something that caused the gas to ignite.   [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Environmental Alert: "EPA's Inspector General Says EPA Must Improve Efforts regarding Methane Emissions from Pipelines"
JDSupra
Ragna Henrichs, Ashley Prieto, James Smith

On July 25, 2014, EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued “Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines.” In this report, OIG cited President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, especially the portion of the plan that estimates methane as causing 9% of domestic greenhouse emissions, due to methane’s global warming potential of 20-25 times that of carbon dioxide.  [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
FERC Should Mull Texas LNG Project's Enviro Effects: EPA
LAW360
Keith Goldberg

Law360, New York (August 05, 2014, 5:16 PM ET) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday raised red flags over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental review of Cheniere Energy Inc.’s proposed liquefied natural gas export project near Corpus Christi, Texas, suggesting that the commission include a cradle-to-grave analysis of the LNG project's greenhouse gas effects. FERC issued its draft environmental impact statement for the Corpus Christi project in June. But the EPA regional office covering Texas and four surrounding states encouraged the agency to consider the environmental impacts of increased gas production as a...   [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
New Report Reveals Solar Capacity in New York Grew 30% in 2013
Yonkers Tribune
HEZI ARIS

YONKERS, NY – August 5, 2014 — The Environment New York Research & Policy Center today released a new report: “Lighting the Way” showing strong solar growth across the nation including a 30%increase in New York in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun. New York’s progress on solar has helped fuel a surge in availability of solar energy nationwide between 2011 and 2013. In 2013, solar capacity in New York grew from 175 MW to 250 MW.   [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
‘Time in New England’ - Resolving the Gas Vs. Hydro Debate
RBN Energy
Housley Carr

The New England states and ISO-New England, which manages the region’s electric grid, are taking steps to keep the lights on during polar vortex events until new natural gas pipeline capacity through New England comes online. They also are making progress on an effort to have electric customers pay to help support new pipeline capacity developed specifically to serve gas-fired units. But while new gas-fired generation is being built in the region to replace older coal (and nuclear) capacity being retired, gas’s role in New England electricity production may well be stymied by a push to import large amounts of eastern Canadian hydroelectric power. Today we examine how New England is playing gas against hydro, and how the outlook for gas consumption by generators may be less bullish than some think.   [Full Story]

Aug 5, 2014
Fracking Compromise May Create a Bigger Fight in 2016
CBS Denver
Dominic Dezzutti

Governor John Hickenlooper earned the headlines and praise he received this week after the compromise he crafted ended the fracking battle on the 2014 Colorado ballot. Hickenlooper could have turned back many times, but he finally brought together the very motley crew of odd bedfellows that was required to craft this 11th hour compromise.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
In San Bruno Gas Blast Case, Cozy Emails Between Judge and Defendant
InsideClimate News
Elizabeth Douglass

The release last week of possibly improper emails between a utility and the California Public Utilities Commission has caused further damage to the credibility of the state's energy regulator and sparked a renewed push to oust the commission's powerful longtime president. The mounting crisis of confidence at one of the nation's most influential state utility commissions comes as communities around the country are demanding more transparency and accountability from the regulators who oversee pipelines, oil and gas hydraulic fracturing wells and oil-filled trains.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Ad campaign blames ‘activist lawyers,’ bad science for looming grouse listing
WyoFile
Scott Streater

An oil and gas industry group has launched an advertising campaign warning that a federal endangered listing for the greater sage grouse would have dramatic economic impacts across the West and undermine already effective state and local conservation programs. The ad campaign orchestrated by the Denver-based Western Energy Alliance also blames “activist lawyers” representing environmental groups for a legal settlement that requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether to propose listing the grouse by September 2015, before state and local plans have had a chance to fully make a difference. Fish and Wildlife in 2011 agreed to a settlement with WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity that requires FWS to issue binding listing determinations for roughly 250 candidate species through 2018.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
New Drilling Largely Driven By Debt
oilprice.com
Nick Cunningham

Major oil and gas companies are taking on an increasing share of debt in order to maintain drilling momentum, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Beginning around 2010, energy companies have been increasing their spending, particularly in the United States, as the tight oil revolution took off. Major firms snatched up acreage in oil-rich shale formations like the Bakken and the Eagle Ford and began drilling at a frenzied pace. The significant outlays required to ramp up such an operation were offset by the rising price of oil, which allowed oil companies to expand their operations without having to take on substantial volumes of debt  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
No fracking vote "a step in the right direction", says mayor
Northern Star


KYOGLE Mayor Danielle Mulholland says she is disappointed, but understanding that a council motion to endorse revoking all gas exploration licences on the Northern Rivers was watered-down. The original motion, moved at Kyogle Council's meeting on July 14, proposed that the council ask the NSW Government to revoke all PELs and ban any gas field activity in the region. An amended motion was proposed and passed instead, which opposed fracking, and passed eight votes to one, with Cr Maggie Creedy voting against.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Water engineer takes the reins at the Delaware River Basin Commission
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

The Delaware River Basin Commission, the agency that oversees the water supply for more than 15 million people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware has a new director. In recent years the DRBC has found itself in the eye of the storm over natural gas drilling in eastern Pennsylvania. The new executive director, Steve Tambini, is an environmental engineer who comes from the water utility sector. His recent gig was with Pennsylvania American Water, and he says he’s spent his 30-year career as a water supply engineer primarily in New York and New Jersey. Tambini says his role at the DRBC is to focus on planning to insure supply meets demand.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Colorado Deal Would Keep Fracking Off Ballot Democratic Rep. Polis Will Back Effort by Gov. Hickenlooper for New Advisory Commission
Wall Street Journal
Amy Harder & Dan Frosch

COLORADO FRACKING DEAL -- Amy Harder and Dan Frosch of the Wall Street Journal report that after weeks of intense politicking over the future of hydraulic fracturing in Colorado, Democrats in that state announced a deal that seeks to alleviate much of the back and forth over a series of ballot initiatives being pushed alternatively by environmentalists and pro-fracking groups. “Under the deal, Rep. Jared Polis will drop his support for a pair of ballot initiatives that would limit fracking, even though Mr. Polis has already spent millions of dollars of his own money on the effort. Mr. Polis instead will support a new plan from Governor John Hickenlooper to form a commission to make recommendations to the state legislature on the best ways to address residents' concerns about oil and natural-gas drilling, a compromise that the governor had been seeking for several months.”  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Two Colorado Democrats Reach A Deal On Fracking
ThinkProgress
KATIE VALENTINE

wo Colorado Democrats announced a deal Monday over fracking in the state, an agreement that means Rep. Jared Polis will withdraw his support of two ballot initiatives that would curb fracking in the state, while Governor John Hickenlooper will attempt to get a state oil and gas agency to abandon a lawsuit against a city in Colorado that banned fracking. One of the ballot measures would have required drilling rigs to be located 2,000 feet or more from homes, and the other would have inserted an “environmental bill of rights” into Colorado’s constitution. Polis previously supported the measures, spending millions of dollars to help keep them afloat. The lawsuit that Hickenlooper will seek to discard involves the Colorado Oil & Gas Association suing Fort Collins and Lafayette over their fracking bans, and attempts to block the bans completely.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Deal will keep fracking battle off Colorado ballot
Los Angeles Times
Maeve Reston

Supporters of two Colorado ballot measures that would have curbed fracking in the state announced late Monday they were standing down, averting an expensive election-year fight that was creating uncertainty in both the governor's and Senate races.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Natural gas: Massachusetts is ground zero for Northeast's pipeline fight
Christian Science Monitor
Gram Slattery

They say the construction of new fossil-fuels infrastructure is a step in the wrong direction in an era of increased wind, solar, and hydropower. They also say the pipeline, which will open up a 50-foot-wide gash across Massachusetts, will harm the state’s most pristine forests and increasingly scarce farmlands.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Hurley under mounting pressure to ban fracking
Daily Freeman
William J. Kemble

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing are ramping up the call for the Town Board to institute a ban on the controversial gas-drilling process and associated activities.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Experts will testify in fracking case sentencing
SF Gate


CLEVELAND (AP) — Testimony of several experts are expected highlight a sentencing hearing for the owner of a northeast Ohio oil and gas drilling company accused of dumping large amounts of toxic brine down a storm sewer and into a creek that feeds the Mahoning River. Federal prosecutors are seeking a three-year sentence and a $250,000 fine for 64-year-old Ben Lupo when he is sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Cleveland.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Gerry Adams visits anti-fracking protest camp
The Impartial Reporter


SINN FÉIN President Gerry Adams has called on Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan to ensure that Tamboran’s borehole is subject to a full and rigorous planning process, including a statutory environmental impact assessment, adding that Mr. Durkan is “the first line of defence against fracking.”.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Fracking's Untold Health Threat: How Toxic Contamination Is Destroying Lives
Inside Climate News
Lindsay Abrams

If we’re going to talk about fracking, we can’t just talk about energy independence, or the economy, or the potential for natural gas to act as a “bridge fuel” to help solve the global warming crisis. We also need to talk about the effect that hydraulic fracturing is having on the communities where it’s taking place, and to ask whether that cost — to people’s health and property — is too high.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Report calls for more intensive research on fracking
Denver Business Journal
Caitlin Hendee

Scientists are calling for more research on the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing as using it as a means to obtain natural gas continues to grow. That's according to a report released Monday in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, written by a team of eight conservation biologists.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Teachout campaigns in Sullivan Says Cuomo's response to ethics allegations 'amateurish'
Times Herald Record
Paul Brooks

CALLICOON CENTER — Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout said Sunday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign if allegations of ethical lapses against his administration prove true. Teachout on the issues Teacher tenure: "The key for high quality teachers is a strong mentoring program." Casinos: "The deal is done for some of these. In the long term, it is not the direction we should be going." Economic development: A sampler - support for small family farms, small businesses, broadband for all, agri-tourism, transportation and infrastructure work. "Big business should pay their fair share." Ethics: "We want to break up the old-boy network." Fracking: "We have to ban fracking and move to renewable power." Tax cap: "We should not have a tax cap. It takes away the power of communities to make their own decisions." "He is crumbling, and his response to the pretty scorching New York Times article has been amateurish," Teachout said by phone Sunday.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Makovsky Report: Fracking Is One Of The Three Most Important U.S. Environmental Issues
Nassau News Live


WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 /Nassau News Live/ — Makovsky, one of the nation’s leading global integrated communications consultancies, released today a new report providing digital insights into the controversial issue of hydrofracturing (fracking). Survey data in the report shows that 57% of U.S. consumers believe that fracking is one of the three most important environmental issues today. Furthermore, 71% of the survey’s respondents say they hear about the issue at least every week and 79% say they hear about it primarily from social media  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Home of fracking site guard attacked in Co Fermanagh: Petrol bombs thrown
Belfast Telegraph
Cate McCurry

The home of a security guard at a controversial potential fracking site in Co Fermanagh is believed to have been targeted in a petrol bomb attack. Police in Enniskillen have appealed for information following the attack in Letterbreen shortly before 3.30am yesterday.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking
NPR
Grace Hood

It's a refrain many in the state have grown to loathe this summer — heard outside their favorite grocery store or shopping mall as signature gatherers race toward an Aug. 4 deadline to put four energy-related measures on the November ballot. With two of those measures backed by environmentalists, and the other two by industry-supported groups, all of the energy talk is leading to confusion among potential voters.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Sand Mining Takes Toll on Wisconsin As Fracking Escalates Nationwide
EcoWatch
SkyTruth

Where is all the sand coming from? As you might expect, Texas is one place where sand-mining is booming. But surprisingly, most of this sand comes from a place more famously associated with beer and brauts: Wisconsin. The rapid proliferation of sand-mining operations is getting a lot of attention there and raising concerns about public health and safety, property values, quality of life and environmental impacts.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Ballot Fight on Drilling Is Avoided in Colorado
The New York Times
Jack Healy

DENVER — Seeking to head off a costly election-year fight over oil and gas drilling that could threaten vulnerable Colorado Democrats, Gov. John W. Hickenlooper said Monday that he had reached a deal to keep two antifracking measures off November’s ballots. The fight over fracking in a swing state that prizes its natural beauty and relies on its energy resources for jobs and tax revenues has become a monthslong headache for Democratic leaders, opening fissures within the party and between pro-energy moderates and environmental groups that want to impose tough limits on the oil and gas rigs sprouting up alongside subdivisions.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Natural gas: Massachusetts is ground zero for Northeast's pipeline fight
Christian Science Monitor
Gram Slattery

BOSTON — Tom Clark, whose family has battled bugs, hungry deer, and early frosts for nearly a century in their peach and apple orchards in the rural western Massachusetts town of Deerfield, now faces a new foe in this area: the natural gas industry. The Clarkdale Farm sits on terraced hillsides on the route of a proposed 180-mile pipeline to be constructed as early as 2018, running from eastern New York to a transmission hub in the Bay State’s northeastern corner. The pipeline, which will carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Fields across the seam of northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, is drawing intense fire from local landowners, environmental activists, and concerned citizens across the region.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Activists try a fourth time to ban fracking in Youngstown -
vindy.com


YOUNGSTOWN — Those wanting city voters to approve a charter amendment to ban fracking in Youngstown are seeking to get on the ballot for the fourth time. The Community Bill of Rights Committee expect to provide petitions with about 1,800 signatures at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to the city council clerk, said Susie Beiersdorfer, a committee member. The three other ballot initiatives were rejected by city voters. Meanwhile, supporters of a charter amendment that would base the number of wards in the city on population — which would reduce the number from seven to five based on current population — are stepping up efforts this week to get the needed signatures to get on the Nov. 4 ballot.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Fracking without fresh water
High Country News
Emily Guerin

In 1913, a Toronto lawyer named David Fasken bought 220,000 acres of ranchland in west Texas, sight unseen. He intended to subdivide the land, on the arid Llano Estacado, into farm plots. But he abandoned that idea once he saw how little water there was. Things worked out, however: The family went into the oil business, and now, 101 years later, Fasken Oil and Ranch is one of the oldest privately owned oil companies in the Permian Basin, a fossil fuel-rich field that underlies west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Eventually, though, the climate caught up with Fasken – as it has with many other oil companies both in the Permian Basin and beyond. Now, faced with drought and increased competition, Fasken is trying to stop using fresh water for fracking, the injection of pressurized liquids to break underground formations, and for drilling. The company is both a model for other operations and an example of how hard it is to cut back.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Fracking's Unlikely Opponents: German Breweries
Take Part
Willy Blackmore

en the Bavarian Purity Law was first declared in 1487, not a single European had stepped on the land above the Marcellus Shale in the Eastern United States. The First Nations of Canada weren’t fighting natural gas pipelines, because as far as natural resources go, the Alberta tar sands were centuries away from being in the picture—as was the internal combustion engine. Yet the law, the Reinheitsgebot, which strictly dictates the ingredients that can be used in making beer, is giving the powerful German brewing industry historic ammunition against the creeping potential for new natural gas exploration.  [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2014
Hickenlooper wants four drilling proposals dropped from ballot
Fox 21 News


DENVER (AP) -- Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking for four proposals related to oil and gas drilling to be dropped from November's ballot. Hickenlooper was joined by congressman Jared Polis when he issued the call on Monday. Polis backs two of the measures seeking limits on drilling but it wasn't immediately clear whether the backers of the two measures sympathetic to the industry supported the idea. Hickenlooper also announced his intention to create a task force that will issue recommendations to Legislature aimed at minimizing land-use conflicts. The 18-member task-force will include oil and gas industry, ag industry, local governments, and civil leaders.  [