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TODAY'S FOSSIL FUELS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN'S HEALTH
(A forum that will explore the health impacts of continued fossil fuel dependence)
Sunday, September 21 6:00 - 8:45 PM,
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 PM with light refreshments
John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
Auditorium L63,
524 West 59th St (between 10th and 11th Avenues),
New York, NY
Register here: http://childhealthforum.brownpapertickets.com/

People's Climate March
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 2014
New York, NY
In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.
Register at peopleclimatemarch.org.

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FERC: IF IT'S NOT RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSE, WE DON'T SEE IT

The adverse impacts of projects like gas pipelines and LNG export terminals extend far beyond the immediate vicinity where the projects are sited. These include "upstream impacts" such as the damage done to human health, natural resources, and local economies in regions where shale gas is extracted, and the deleterious effect of methane emissions on climate change. For years, EPA regional offices and others have argued that these impacts must be considered before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission grants licenses for gas infrastructure projects, but the commission continues to conduct sketchy environmental reviews that ignore all but the most obvious immediate impacts. In an interview with E&E, in late June, acting FERC Chair Cheryl LaFleur defended the commission's practice, saying, "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 maintained that federal law doesn't allow the commission to take a broader view of environmental impacts, and cited a court decision that found FERC had conducted an adequate analysis in the case of one natural gas pipeline.

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS TO MINISINK RESIDENTS: SUCK IT UP!

In denying a suit brought by the residents of Minisink, NY, who fought to keep a polluting compressor station out of their neighborhood, D.C. Circuit Judge Wilkins acknowledged, "Almost no one would want natural gas infrastructure built on their block" but concluded "such facilities must be built somewhere." In this case "somewhere" is in the heart of a residential neighborhood that is home to many 9/11 first responders who already are suffering health impacts related to toxic exposure.

WHAT HAPPENED IN COLORADO

A month ago it looked like Colorado was set for a showdown over fracking. Grassroots organizers with the backing of millionaire Rep. Jared Polis (D) had collected over a quarter of a million signatures in support of two anti-fracking ballot initiatives—one would have upheld the rights of municipalities to ban fracking, the other would have prohibited fracking within two thousand feet of an occupied building. The gas companies countered with two ballot initiatives of their own, one of which would have withheld state funds from municipalities that impose bans.

The citizen-backed ballot initiatives appeared popular in early polls, but the gas industry threatened to spend twenty million dollars to defeat them, and Democrats feared that Governor John Hickenlooper and Senator Mark Udall would lose their reelection bids if the initiatives remained on the ballot. At the last minute, Polis pulled the citizen-backed initiatives as part of deal in which the industry also withdrew its ballot initiatives and Governor Hickenlooper announced that he would appoint a commission to recommend policy for the state. The move split Colorado's anti-fracking community and let stand lawsuits against the handful of municipal bans in the state. The ban in the town of Longmont was struck down just days before the deal was struck, and a few days afterward, a the deal was reached, a court overturned the Fort Collins ban.

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Sep 20, 2014
    Fracking's threat to health, environment raises alarm

    Star Advertiser
    Ira Zunin
    Fracking has rapidly begun to move the United States toward energy independence, but at what price? Given the current state of affairs, in which the Middle East is in tatters, the Cold War with Russia looks to have returned and both India and China boast an accelerating appetite for fuel, this techn...  [Full Story]
Sep 20, 2014
    Excellent decision to stop fracking

    The Argus
    Opinion/Editorial
    NATIONAL park Friends group, the South Downs Society, is still celebrating the outcome of the meeting of the park’s planning committee, writes Steve Ankers, South Downs Society policy officer. At the end of a meeting members voted unanimously to refuse an application from Celtique Energie for “ex...  [Full Story]
Sep 20, 2014
    Pros and Cons of Measure P Debated

    Santa Barbara Independent
    Lyz Hoffman
    The opposing camps behind Measure P agreed at a debate this week that the drilling ban would mean “substantial change” for Santa Barbara County — but how each side envisions “change” remains a divisive matter. Dave Davis, president of the initiative-backing Community Environmental Council, played ...  [Full Story]
Sep 20, 2014
    ‘Don’t frack the Ohio River!’, W. Virginia citizens urge Tomblin

    Eaglefordtexas.com
    Shane Thielges
    West Virginia residents sent a letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin this week with a simple message: don’t frack under the Ohio River! The concerned citizens groups hope to convince Tomblin to reconsider a proposal by the state Department of Environmental Protection to drill for natural gas undernea...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
    Mich. Pipeline Leak Is Political Fodder in Heated House Race

    InsideClimate News
    Katherine Bagley
    If opponents of incumbent Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mich) have their way, a natural gas pipeline leak that displaced 500 people earlier this week could take center stage in one of the nation's most heated Congressional races. The contest for Michigan's 6th congressional district pins fossil fuel ...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
    Merriam Webster adds 'Fracking' to its Dictionary

    KQCD-ABC
    Mary Cate Mannion
    As the English language continues to change and evolve, dictionaries must keep up with additional words and meanings. This past week Merriam Webster announced several additions to the collegiate dictionary, such as hashtag and selfie. Also on that list is one that has a long history in North Dako...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
    Pro/Con: Fracking in New York

    Lohud
    Opinion/Editorial
    Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is on hold in the state; New Yorkers remain split on whether the natural gas-mining practice should be permitted. Health risks tied to toxic fallout I am not going to allow my family, friends and people I care about to get ill, much less die, due to this pr...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
    Fracking’s woes told at forums

    Fredericksburg.com
    Cathy Dyson
    Officials from two states talked at two meetings this week about what localities can do in the face of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Three elected representatives from Pennsylvania told an audience in Tappahannock on Friday to know what they’re getting into, if their local governments sign u...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
    County Supervisors could adopt temporary fracking ban

    Californian
    Dennis L. Taylor
    Monterey County is working toward its own regulations governing hydraulic fracturing, even inviting the Department of Conservation to Salinas to brief Supervisors. But, in the meantime, they will recommend on Tuesday that the Board of Supervisors pass a moratorium on the practice until updated ordin...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
    Earthquakes Linked to Fracking

    Free Speech

    Ever since the highly controversial process of fracking first arrived on the scene - numerous studies have shown just how dangerous it can be for the environment and for human lives. But now - a new study released by scientists with the US Geological Survey reveals a near certain connection between ...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
    Fracking sessions stress measures local officials can take

    Fredericksburg.com
    Cathy Dyson
    Officials from two states talked at two meetings this week about what localities can do in the face of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Last night in Dahlgren, New York lawyer Helen Slottje told people at a town-hall meeting that Virginia gives local governments the power to decide its own zoning...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
    Local anti-fracking advocates to rally in NYC

    Binghamton Homepage

    New York City (WIVT) - Activists opposed to fracking plan to lend their voices to the chorus of people demanding a plan to address climate change this weekend in New York City. The local chapter of the Sierra Club has filled two buses with over 100 people who will take part in Sunday's People's ...  [Full Story]
Sep 19, 2014
    Fracking waste water in Kennetcook still awaits disposal

    The Chronicle Herald
    Michael Gorman
    The future of millions of litres of fracking waste water remains uncertain as the province waits for test results of a pilot project and other disposal proposals. Waste water from several test wells drilled in the Kennetcook, Hants County, area has sat in two holding ponds since the drilling in 2...  [Full Story]
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Sep 19, 2014
    Council says Ohio EPA is giving gas, coal a pass

    The News-Messenger
    Kristina Smith
    An environmental advocacy group says the state wants to loosen permit requirements for several project types that affect waterways, a move the group says would give fracking and coal industries a pass to destroy wetlands. But the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it’s simply streamlining ...  [Full Story]
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FRACKING ON THE BALLOT IN NYS


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Zephyr Teachout


For the first time since fracking became a concern to many New Yorkers, it's emerged as a top-tier issue in a major race. On Tuesday, September 9, Democrats will get to choose between incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Zephyr Teachout.

Governor Cuomo hasn't had a lot to say about the issue in recent months. The official position of his administration is that he's waiting for the Department of Health to complete its review before making a determination as to whether or not to permit fracking in New York State. No decision is expected before next year.

Fracking and renewable energy are at the very heart of Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout's campaign. She says she will impose a statewide fracking ban on her first day in office and immediately set about studying the feasibility of moving New York to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, along the lines suggested by the Solutions Project. Teachout has been pressing her campaign in a number of visits to upstate New York, including an appearance in Ithaca, where she was given a rousing introduction by Helen Slottje.


The Candidates at a Glance



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Polls open noon to 9 PM Tuesday September 9
Only registered Democrats will be allowed to vote. Voters who will be unable to vote in person should apply for an absentee ballot immediately.

CONNECTICUT BANS FRACKING WASTE

August 18 ~ Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill that would prohibit the importation of fracking waste for three years. Malloy declared that the moratorium "must become a permanent ban" unless the industry fully discloses both the chemicals used in fracking and the naturally occurring chemicals found in waste products. One legislator who was instrumental in shepherding the bill through the legislature said the law was necessary because it was unclear what Cuomo would do after the election. "We're concerned that being so close to New York we would be bombarded with fracking waste," said state Senator Ed Meyer.

NEW JERSEY'S CHRISTIE VETOES FRACK WASTE BILL

August 12 ~ Claiming it would violate the U.S. constitution, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bipartisan bill that would bar the importation of frack waste. The measure had passed both houses of the legislature by wide margins, so an override of the veto is possible.

PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH

The People's Climate March in New York City on September 21st, which is likely to be the largest climate march in history, will a have a sizable anti-fracking contingent.

BRIEFLY NOTED:
  • Corporate Welfare: A new report from Oil Change International says Americans pay twenty-one billion dollars a year to fossil fuel companies. The industry uses a significant amount of this taxpayer money ($347 million) to buy influence in Congress and keep the subsidies flowing.

  • A Quinnipiac poll released on August 22nd found that 48 percent of New Yorkers oppose fracking while 43 percent favor it. (Andrew Cuomo take note: Democrats oppose fracking by a two-to-one margin.) Quinnipiac has consistently posed its question in an "economics versus environment" format, despite the fact that there is a considerable body of evidence that shows an investment in renewables would create many more jobs than shale gas extraction.


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CASHING IN ON ALL OF THE ABOVE
    U.S. FOSSIL FUEL PRODUCTION SUBSIDIES UNDER OBAMA

The 2001–Present Induced Earthquake Sequence in the Raton Basin of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado
    Authors: Justin L. Rubinstein, William L. Ellsworth, Arthur McGarr, and Harley M. Benz, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, October 2014,

The URGENT Case for a Ban on Fracking
    Food & Water Watch, Sept 2014

DEP PA Water Supply Determination Letters
    The following list identifies cases where DEP determined that a private water supply was impacted by oil and gas activities in Pennsylvania

The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Standord Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and Hoover Institutiion's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, posted September, 2014.

Organic compounds in produced waters from shale gas wells
    by Samuel J. Maguire-Boyle and Andrew R. Barron, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts (Formerly the Journal of Environmental Monitoring), August13, 2014; abstract.

GLOBAL SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT Water Availability and Business Risks
    Authors: PAUL REIG, TIANYI LUO, AND JONATHAN N. PROCTOR; World resources Institute Posted Sept, 2014.

GLOBAL SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT Water Availability and Business Risks (Exec Summary)
    Authors: PAUL REIG, TIANYI LUO, AND JONATHAN N. PROCTOR; World Resources Institute, Posted Sept, 2014.

Climate Impacts of Natural Gas Production and LNG Export: A Synopsis of Current Science
    August 2014., Creative Commons, Oregon Sierra Club.

TOXIC WORKPLACE: Fracking Hazards on the Job
    Food & Water Watch, August 2014.

Blackout in the Gas Patch How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement
    How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement Published: August 7, 2014 by Earthworks By: Nadia Steinzor -

FEMA Mitigation Policy: Limits on Subsurface Uses of Hazard Mitigation Assistance Acquired Lands
    Policy Number: FP 302-405-146-1, May 5, 2014

Up in Flames: U.S. Shale Oil Boom Comes at Expense of Wasted Natural Gas, Increased CO2
    AUGUST 2014 EARTHWORKST OIL & GAS ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT

Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland
    July 2014 Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health School of Public Health University of Maryland, College Park

Open Letter from members of Congress to Obama
    "To enhance our nations' energy security and reliability and to protect our environment, methane emissions must be reduced. Letter signed by 49 members of Congress. May 14, 2014

Video: NRDC's Lehner discusses new stock market index for climate-conscious investing
    Could a financial tool geared toward climate-conscious investment be the next generation of finance? During today's OnPoint, Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses NRDC's new stock market index, launched along with BlackRock and FTSE Group, that excludes fossil fuel companies. He talks about the impacts a fossil fuel divestment strategy could have on Wall Street.

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, August, 2014 report Executive Summary

UP IN FLAMES: Taxpayers Left Out in the Cold as Publicly Owned Natural Gas is Carelessly Wasted
    Western Values Project, May, 2014.

Letter: Shale Gas Development and Mars Area School Permitting Decision
    Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy letter to PA DEP dated Aug 12, 2014


    Impact of Industrial Wind Turbines on Residential Property Assessment In Ontario 2012 Assessment Base Year Study. Municipal Property Assessment Corp.

Considerations in Signing an Easement Agreement
    Pipeline Safety Coalition, Posted August, 2014

Landowner's Guide to Pipelines: Safety, Responsibilities, Your Rights
    Pipeline Safety Trust, July 2014

FRACKING BEYOND THE LAW Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing
    The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws. Report Aug 13, 2014

After Action Review Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Incident Response Chevron Appalachia LLC - Lanco 7H Well Fire Dunkard Township, Greene County
    This report provides an After Action Review (AAR) of the Chevron Appalachia LLC Lanco 7H well fire incident. This well fire incident occurred from February 11, 2014 through March 3, 2014.

SUMMARY OF BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS INFORMATION GATHERING EFFORTS CHEVRON LANCO PAD A GAS WELL FIRE
    This summary offers factual circumstances that may bear upon more complete evaluation of the Lanco A Well Fire and its cause(s).

Blackout in the Gas Patch How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement
    Earthworks report, August, 2014. Author: Nadia Steinzor. Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project

Blackout in the Gas Patch: How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement -
    Report Executive Summary by Earthworks, August, 2014. Earthworks conducted a year-long investigation into how DEP permits and oversees gas and oil operations, what has occurred at certain loca- tions, and the circumstances facing numerous households and communities. - See more at: http://www.earthworksaction.org/library/detail/blackout_summary#.U-O8a1ZD5g0

Environmental Public Health Dimensions of Shale and Tight Gas Development
    Authors: Seth B.C. Shonkoff, Jake Hays and Madelon L. Finkel in Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 122, Num 8, August, 2014

Fracking in the Digital Landscape
    2014 Makovsky Report, Makovsky Integrated Communications

Lighting the Way The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013
    Written by: Jordan Schneider, Frontier Group Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center August 2014

Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps
    Authors: Sara Souther, Morgan W Tingley, Viorel D Popescu, David TS Hayman, Maureen E Ryan, Tabitha A Graves, Brett Hartl, and Kimberly Terrell. The Ecological Society of America, 2014. * Exploitation of oil and gas reserves trapped in shale rock, including the extraction process known as “fracking”, poses substantial and unexplored risks to living creatures • Understanding the biotic impacts of operations that fracture shale to access reserves is hindered by the unavailability of high-quality data about fracturing fluids, wastewater, and spills or violations • The risks of chemical contamination from spills, deep well failures, storage leaks, and underground fluid migration are top research priorities • Cumulative effects of shale development may represent the most severe threats to plants and animals, but are particularly challenging to study

Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Poll July 20-23, 2014 544 Registered Voters in Hudson Valley Southern Tier in New York
    Q20. Switching gears, the State Department of Environmental Conservation - or DEC - is expected to soon issue a decision on whether or not to allow hydrofracking - that is, the proposed method to recover natural gas from parts of upstate New York - to move forward. How much have you heard or read about it - a great deal, some, not very much, or nothing at all? Q21. Do you support or oppose the Department of Environmental Conservation allowing hydrofracking to move forward in parts of upstate New York? Q22A. Hydrofracking is too dangerous as it leads to unsafe levels of methane gas being released Q22B. Hydrofracking is important in order to harvest the abundant supply of natural gas that is otherwise currently inaccessible

DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated With Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement
    GAO Report 14-555, June, 2014.

Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines
    US EPA Inspector General Report 14-P-0324 dated July 25, 2014

Fracking Brussels: A Who's Who of the EU Shale Gas Lobby
    Friends of the Earth Europe; author Rachel Tansey, published july, 2014

Shale gas and fracking: examining the evidence
    Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane; Published by © Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in July 2014

Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines: Process and Timing of FERC Permit Application Review
    by Paul W. Parfomak Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy November 19, 2013; Congressional Research Servide

DEP’s performance in monitoring potential impacts to water quality from shale gas development, 2009 - 2012
    PA DEP Special Performance Audit Report, July 21, 2014.

Development And Integration Of Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned From Germany
    Published by FAA Financial Advisory AG (Finadvice), July 2014 by Hans Poser, Jeffrey Altman, Felix ab Egg, Andreas Granata, and Ross Board

Cashing in on all of the above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production SUbSidieS Under obama
    OilChange International, July, 2014. Researched and written by Shakuntala Makhijani, with assistance and contributions from Stephen Kretzmann and Elizabeth Bast.

?CATCHING THE WIND: STATE ACTIONS NEEDED TO SEIZE THE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY OF ATLANTIC OFFSHORE WIND POWER
    Authors: Catherine Bowes & Amber Hewett –– National Wildlife Federation, 2014.

Shalefield Stories: Personal & Collected Testimonies
    Personal & collected stories published by Steel Valley Printers, January, 2014.



COMPENDIUM OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, AND MEDIA FINDINGS DEMONSTRATING RISKS AND HARMS OF FRACKING (UNCONVENTIONAL GAS AND OIL EXTRACTION)
    Concerned Health Professionals of NY, July 10, 2014. Contains evidence of risks of air pollution, water contamination, inherent engineering problems, radioactive releases, occupational health and safety hazards, noise pollution, light pollution, strees, earthquake and seismic activity, abandoned & active wells, flood risks, threats to agriculture and soil quality, threats to climate system, inaccurate job claims, increased crime rates, threats to property values and mortgages, inflated estimates of reserves and profitability, disclosure of serious risks to investors, and medical and scientific calls for more study and more transparency.

Broken Ground On the frontlines of a fractured landscape
    "Broken Ground" is a project of the David Suzuki Foundation. To learn more about environmental rights in Canada, visit: www.davidsuzuki.org/healthyenvironment Written by Alvin Singh and Alaya Boisvert, edited by Gail Mainster and Ian Hanington. Site by Point Blank Creative

Fracking in Carroll County, Ohio An impact assessment
    April, 2014 report by Policy Matters Ohio, provides impacts in cost and benefits.

pathways to deep decarbonization
    Interim 2014 Report by Sustainable Development Solutions Network a Global Initiative for the United Nations, July 8, 2014. The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and how the world can meet the internationally agreed target of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C).

Monitoring Forest Change in Landscapes Under-Going Rapid Energy Development: Challenges and New Perspectives
    Authors: Paul D. Pickell, Sarah E. Gergel, Nicholas C. Coops and David W. Andison Published July 2, 2014

Video: Fracking Goes Global
    LinkTV--27 Minutes. (Earth Focus: Episode 52) US domestic gas production is on the rise because of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock by pumping millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals underground at high pressure. Environmentalists say this gas boon threatens water supplies and pollutes air. Now, as fracking expands around the world, so does growing resistance. Earth Focus looks at three countries on the new fracking frontline: South Africa, Poland, and the UK. Reported from South Africa by Jeff Barbee and Andrew Wasley (The Ecologist) from Poland and the UK. Posted June, 2014.

GLOBAL SHALE GAS AND THE ANTI-FRACKING MOVEMENT Developing Union Perspectives and Approaches
    Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and Cornell University The Worker Institute, June 2014

Monitoring Water Quality In Areas of Oil and Natural Gas Development: A Guide For Water Well Users
    The Colorado Water and Energy Research Center. This guide walks water well users through the process of measuring baseline groundwater quality and quantity. Posted June, 2014

Discussion Paper: Hydraulic Fracturing and Public Health in Nova Scotia
    Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Independent Review and Public Engagement Process Lead Author: Dr. Frank Atherton Expert Panelists: Dr. Michael Bradfield, Kevin Christmas, Dr. Shawn Dalton, Dr. Maurice Dusseault, Dr. Graham Gagnon, Dr. Brad Hayes, Constance MacIntosh, Dr. Ian Mauro & Mr. Ray Ritcey Supporting Contributors: Margo MacGregor, Sarah Saunders & Dr. David Wheeler

To the Ends of the Earth: A Guide to Unconvential Fossil Fuels
    Corporate Watch, June 2014. W hat are they? Where are they found? How are they Extracted?Social and Environmental issues. Climate changec ompanies involved Resistance!

Hydraulic fracturing and the management, disposal, and reuse of frac flowback waters: Views from the public in the Marcellus Shale
    Authors: Gene L. Theodoria, A.E. Luloff, Fern K. Willits, David B. Burnett. Study Abstract published in Energy Research & Social Science, June, 2014.

CO2, Methane, and Brine Leakage Through Subsurface Pathways: Exploring Modeling, Measurement, and Policy Options
    Author: Mary Kang, Princeton University

Air Toxics One Report: Oil Companies Used Millions of Air-Polluting Chemicals in Los Angeles Neighborhoods
    An Analysis from the Center for Biological Diversity , Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, Communities for a Better Environment, and the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment June 2014

New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule !
    No Fracking Way article by Chip Northrup on June 3, 2014. Includes video including Deborah Golderg of Earth Justice, the oral arguments and an interview with Helen Slottje. Links to press coverage on the trial.

Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States
    US Dept of Energy, National energy Technology Laboratory, Office of fossil Energy, May 29, 2014 report DOE/NETL-2014/1649. Authors: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Timothy J. Skone, P.E.; Senior Environmental Engineer Strategic Energy Analysis and Planning Division Energy Sector Planning and Analysis (ESPA); Gregory Cooney, Matthew Jamieson, James Littlefield, Joe Marriott, Ph.D. Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.

Post-ABC poll: EPA rules on greenhouse gases
    June 2, 2014 poll on EPA rules on greenhouse gases

Why Energy Forecasting Goes Wildly Wrong
    Oct 23, 2013 article by Steve Yetiv and Lowell Field in Journal of Energy Science

Beyond 2015: AN INNOVATION-BASED FRAMEWORK FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE POLICY
    by Matthew Stepp & Megan Nicholson, May, 2014. Center for Clean energy Innovation

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permitting and Pretreatment for Shale Gas Extraction Wastewater Frequently Asked Questions
    draft report issued March 7, 2014 by EPA Office of Wastewater Management

Natural Gas in Your Community Participating in Decision Making & Tracking Infrastructure a Clean Air Council handbook for residents
    Clean Air Council...Federal and state agencies, as well as environmental organizations, promote public participation in decisions that affect air quality and public health. From writing comments on proposed rules or permits, to speaking at public hearings, having input from the public is a critical part of the process for ensuring that decisions related to natural gas development prioritize public health and the environment.

Health and fracking: Should the medical profession be concerned?
    This article attempts to summarise the health concerns and discuss them within the South African context. Published in the South African Medical Journal, May, 2014.

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