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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point & Beyond!
Sunday, July 13th, 12:30-4:00PM
Washington DC
On July 13th in Washington, DC, we'll come together to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say "no!" to fracked gas exports at Cove Point and nationwide.
Register at Stop Fracked Gas Exports.

THE SOLUTIONS GRASSROOTS TOUR
SUNDAY JULY 27th, 3:30PM
Callicoon, NY
TUESDAY, JULY 29th, 7:30PM
SUNY Oneonta, NY
Presented by Gasland Director Josh Fox, featuring Gasland's John Fenton and co-sponsored by Catskill Citizens & others.
Tickets $10 at door or via http://solutionsgrassroots.com
Theatrical production & workshop providing audience members with tools and resources to build renewable energy.

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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What you can do to prevent fracking.

TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA "GET REAL ABOUT FRACKING!" Take Action!
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PROTECT NEW YORK! PLEDGE TO RESIST! Take Action!

CUOMO FAILS TO LEAD, LEGISLATURE FAILS TO ACT

Last week the New York State legislature once again adjourned without having taken any action to protect the public from the worst excesses of the gas industry. The legal loophole that lets the industry unsafely dispose of hazardous wastewater remains open, and New York continues to be a dumping ground for radioactive drilling waste imported from Pennsylvania. Just how dangerous is this waste? Some of it is so dangerous that landfills in Pennsylvania refuse to accept it, and even West Virginia won't let it in the state.

It's an open secret that the New York's compliant legislature is unlikely to enact fracking legislation unless it's directed to do so by Governor Cuomo, so it's fair to hold him accountable for the paralysis in Albany. During the final days of the legislative session, the Assembly passed a moratorium bill, but Cuomo remained silent and the bill died in the Senate.

At 5:30 PM on Monday June 30, there will be a Ban Fracking Rally outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. While protestors occupy 42nd Street, Cuomo will be inside the hotel presiding over a fundraiser where the cheapest seats go for $1,000. The rally is free. Get the details here.

AN ANTI-FRACKING CANDIDATE ON THE BALLOT

After losing an insurgent campaign to wrest the Working Families Party nomination away from Andrew Cuomo, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout has declared that she will challenge the governor in this September's Democratic primary. In announcing her run, Teachout termed Cuomo part of a "broken system" and took him to task for refusing to ban fracking.

CONNECTICUT BARS FRACKING WASTE

On June 14 Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a moratorium bill that bars the importation of toxic fracking waste for three years. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will use that time to develop regulations and is authorized to ban frack waste altogether. The bill was enacted with strong bipartisan support.

PIPELINE APPROVAL DEEMED ILLEGAL

The U.S. Court Of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the agency responsible for licensing pipeline projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) broke the law when it licensed a massive pipeline that will cut across eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that FERC violated the National Environmental Protection Act when it licensed a forty-mile-long pipeline segment without considering other related infrastructure projects. Dividing larger projects into smaller components is frequently used to skirt environmental laws that set limits on environmental impacts. Attorney Aaron Stemplewicz, who argued the case for Delaware Riverkeeper Network and two other environmental organizations, declared: "The D.C. Circuit's decision today should put other pipeline companies on notice that the practice of segmenting pipeline projects before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will no longer be tolerated."

The court ordered FERC to review the license application, even though construction of the pipeline is largely completed.

150,000 CALL ON FERC TO SCUTTLE COVE POINT

Dominion Resources' proposed gas liquefaction plant in Cove Point, Maryland, is an indispensible part of its plan to export one billion cubic feet a day of liquefied natural gas overseas. As such, it threatens millions of Americans who live "on the shale," and millions more whose lives will be disrupted and endangered by related pipeline projects and the plant itself. So it's no wonder that more than 150,000 Americans submitted comments on FERC's draft Environmental Assessment of the project calling on the commission to pull the plug on the project. A central complaint concerned FERC's stubborn refusal to heed the EPA's call to consider the "upstream impacts" of the fracking that will supply the gas for foreign countries.


Rally in Baltimore against Cove Point, April 2014 — Courtesy of flickr.com

Thousands are expected to attend the Rally to Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point & Beyond in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, July 13th. Details here.

Economic Impact of Shale Gas Drilling

Read Selected Documents Authored by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D.

Can New York Learn from Texas?. Economist Jannette Barth's latest analysis of the economic impact of shale gas plays.

Read more about LNG exports by entering the word "exports" in the Search feature of our website.

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Jul 21, 2014
    Fracking focus on our farming communities

    Sunraysia Daily
    Graeme O'Neill
    That question is about to loom large for farming communities in the Millewa and south-western Mallee as the Victorian Government holds meetings in Cullulleraine and Murrayville this week to seek community views on the likely presence of “unconventional gas” beneath­ the region’s grain farms.   [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
    Exxon, OMV start drilling Black Sea's Domino 2 well

    Reuters

    (Reuters) - ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom announced the start of drilling at a well that will help it assess the size and commercial viability of its Domino 1 Black Sea well, the most significant gas discovery in the region to date.   [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    GUEST COLUMN: Ban fracking in Pa. state parks, forests

    Lehigh Valley Live
    Donald W. Miles Opinion
    On the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett issued an executive order opening our state parks and state forests to Marcellus Shale fracking (natural gas hydrofracturing drilling). Former Gov. Ed Rendell had banned fracking from state lands in 2010. Corbett reversed tha...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
    Fracking fight headed for the ballot in Colorado

    Grist
    Ben Adler
    The fracking boom has bolstered Colorado’s economy, and twisted its politics. Even many Democrats advocate for oil and gas interests, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall, both of whom are up for reelection this year. But many people living near the wells complain of contaminated air...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    Pro-oil group calls fracking opponents stupid in TV ad

    9 News
    Brandon Rittiman
    DENVER - A conservative group is trying a new tactic in Colorado's war over fracking: Call the other side idiots. That's what a 60-second TV spot launching on cable networks in the state does, in so many words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    GOP Senators Question Inspector General's Right To Probe Fracking

    Forbes
    Jeff McMahon
    The Environmnental Protection Agency’s inspector general defended Friday his right to investigate pollution risks from hydraulic fracturing, after a posse of Republican senators from petroleum-rich states questioned his authority. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas, Thomas Coburn and Jame...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    Towns can ban fracking, New York’s top court rules

    Great Lakes Echo
    Eric Freedman
    Local governments in New York can use their zoning ordinances to ban drilling for oil and gas, including fracking, the state’s highest court has ruled. By a 5-2 vote, the New York Court of Appeals rejected energy industry arguments that only the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    Yawuru vote to oppose fracking on land near Broome

    ABC NEWS
    Erin Parke
    The traditional owners of Broome have voted to oppose fracking on their land, but have agreed to keep negotiating with the company behind the plans. Buru Energy wants to use the contentious hydraulic fracturing technique at several sites in the West Kimberley next year, and earlier this month sec...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
    Lightning Threatens Fracking Water Disposal Sites

    Chem.Info
    Josh Wood & James MacPherson
    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. The li...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    Why scientists have started connecting earthquakes to fracking

    Market Realist
    Kshitija Bhandaru
    A few studies and other empirical evidence have tied seismic activity to fracking over the past few years. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a technique applied to wells in order to extract shale gas, tight gas, and tight oil. The procedure injects water, sand, and chemicals under high pres...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
    Must-know: Why upstream players like ExxonMobil rely on fracking

    Market Realist
    Kshitija Bhandaru
    For upstream companies, fracking has turned prospects that were previously considered non-viable into profitable opportunities. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing apply the latest technologies and make it commercially viable to recover shale gas and oil. According to the EIA’s Annual Energ...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    Town Of Manheim Residents Demand Fracking Project Be Rejected

    WIBX
    Luke Tubla
    Residents of the Town of Manheim are calling on the Mayor of Dolgeville to reject a proposed hydrofracking project that would be the first of its kind in the state. Members of the newly launched group ‘Protect Manheim’ are gathering at the Village of Dolgeville meeting at 5:30 tonight to ask Villag...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    Shale's "Ground Zero" Moves To Ban Drilling

    Oil Price
    Dave Forest
    Namely, a grassroots backlash against fracking. The drilling technique that's been largely responsible for the shale production boom the last few years. Last week, Pennsylvania courts once again upheld the right of individual municipalities to set their own fracking rules. Meaning cities and town...  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
    UK Shale Regulation Fails To Ensure Public Safety, Report Claims

    London South East

    LONDON (Alliance News) - A report carried out by the Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, published on Monday, has found that regulation of shale gas exploration in the UK has failed to protect public health or satisfy key environmental concerns.  [Full Story]
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
    Health officials want disclosure from drilling companies

    Times-News
    Matthew Bieniek
    — CUMBERLAND — A group representing some doctors, along with a coalition of health and environmental groups, are calling for disclosure from companies that would drill for natural gas in Maryland’s Marcellus Shale should the state allow drilling in the future.  [Full Story]

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EPA'S POWER PLANT RULE: A SWEET DEAL FOR FRACKED GAS

Take Action! The EPA's recently proposed rule to limit power plant emissions has been heralded by several mainstream environmental groups as a groundbreaking initiative to combat climate change. But is it?


Courtesy of flickr.com

Ironically, since the rule promotes the construction of gas power plants that rely on fracking, it could be considered literally "groundbreaking." However, as a strategy for combatting climate change, the rule falls short.

Although claiming to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, the rule is weaker than advertised, since nearly half of that reduction has already occurred. Meanwhile, methane emissions—which the rule completely ignores—have skyrocketed because of fracking. The main ingredient of natural gas, methane is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a driver of climate change over a twenty year timeframe.

"Converting to natural gas plants, which is what this latest rule is likely to do, will actually aggravate climate change, not make things better," said Cornell's Dr. Robert Howarth. "It's well enough established to suggest the EPA is on the wrong side of the science."

New Yorkers—already faced with an onslaught of power plants, pipelines, and storage facilities—are likely to see an even greater assault of gas infrastructure in the near future if the rule is adopted. Oddly, the EPA suggests that with efficiency improvements, accelerating the construction of gas-fired power plants now could lead to the use of less gas in 2030 than without the rule—although overall consumption of gas would still be much greater than today.

"Are we supposed to find that comforting?" asks economist Dr. Jannette Barth. "Such an argument is not only self-defeating; it's an insult to everyone fighting to protect New York from fracking—and it's fatally flawed."

Barth says that advances in technology and falling costs are making wind and solar competitive with traditional energy supplies. However, by promoting natural gas right now, the federal government could tip the scales toward fossil fuels for decades to come. Once new gas-fired plants are operational, there will be less incentive for utilities to reinvest in renewables, since the massive capital outlay for gas infrastructure will have already occurred. Although proponents argue that the new rule will encourage renewables, the EPA's own Regulatory Impact Analysis predicts that it would result in eight to ten times more new power generation from fracked gas compared to without the rule than from renewable energy in 2020, and have almost no effect on renewable power generation in the country by 2030.

There is no question that energy efficiency is a worthy pursuit and dirty coal plants should be replaced—but not with fracked gas. Rather than promoting the gas industry under the guise of climate policy, President Obama should direct the EPA to develop a rule addressing all greenhouse gas emissions that will swiftly transition America from a nation dependent on fossil fuels to one built on truly clean, renewable energy.



BREAKING NEWS: DOE DISCOVERS EXPORTING FRACKED GAS WON'T SAVE THE PLANET!

Take Action! Now that the gas industry is preparing to sell almost half of America's gas to foreign countries, you don't hear the phrase "Drill a gas well, bring a soldier home" quite as often as you did just a few years ago. Still, the gas industry doesn't want you to think it's unpatriotic to frack America and sell cheap energy supplies to competing economies, so it's got a new pitch—"Gas exports will help prevent climate change." If the U.S. exports gas to other countries, they'll stop burning coal and there will be a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Well, that's the claim.

The Department of Energy has been promoting gas exports for years, so the new study it commissioned, Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States, was widely expected to support the claim that exporting LNG will reduce emissions— particularly since the study assumed the amount of methane emitted from fracked gas is far lower than it actually is. But even though the study stacked the deck in that favor of exports, in the end the best it could do was make the shaky claim that, "will not increase GHG emissions, on a life cycle perspective, when compared to regional coal extraction and consumption." In other words, fracked gas is no better than coal.

So tell us again, why fracking America and shipping gas to China is a good idea?


NEW ITEMS IN LEARN MORE

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Dryden & Middlefield Court of Appeals Decision Affirming Lower Court Decisions
    Decision June 30, 2014. "Manifestly, Dryden and Middlefield engaged in a reasonable exercise of their zoning authority as contemplated in Gernatt when they adopted local laws clarifying that oil and gas extraction and production were not permissible uses in any zoning districts."

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

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


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

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.

Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans and Moratoria in NY State Movements Against HVHF
    Map and list of areas where gas drilling bans and moratoria have been enacted. Posted July 13, 2014. Prepared by FracTracker.



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

Assessment and risk analysis of casing and cement impairment in oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, 2000–2012
    Authors: Anthony R. Ingraffeaa,, Martin T. Wells, Renee L. Santoro, and Seth B. C. Shonkoff "The identification of mecha- nisms through which methane may migrate to the atmosphere as fugitive emissions is important to understand the climate dimensions of oil and gas development." Published by PNAS.org

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.

Towards a Road Map for Mitigating the Rates and Occurrences of Long-Term Wellbore Leakage
    Authors: MAURICE B. DUSSEAULT, RICHARD E. JACKSON, DANIEL MACDONALD for University of Waterloo, May 22, 2014.

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

Runaway Train:The Reckless Expansion of Crude-By-Rail
    Oil Change International, May, 2014. This report tracks the rise of crude-by-rail in North America, detailing where crude trains are being loaded and unloaded, how many trains carrying crude oil are crossing the North American continent, and who is involved in this burgeoning trade.

Renewable Electricity Futures Study
    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures) is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the continental United States over the next several decades. This study explores the implications and challenges of very high renewable electricity generation levels—from 30% up to 90%, focusing on 80%, of all U.S. electricity generation—in 2050.

Oil and gas wells and their integrity: Implications for shale and unconventional resource exploitation
    Richard J. Davies, Sam Almond, Robert S. Ward, Robert B. Jackson, Charlotte Adams, Fred Worrall, Liam G. Herringshaw, Jon G. Gluyas, Mark A. Whitehead in Elsevier Marine and Petroleum Geology. Article accepted 3/1/2014.

Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale
    In December 2013, Post Carbon Institute and Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy published “Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale.” Written by geoscientist J. David Hughes, the report provides the first publicly available empirical analysis of actual oil production data from the Monterey Formation, including from wells that have undergone hydraulic fracturing and acidization.

VOTERS SPLIT LIKE A FRACKED ROCK ON GAS DRILLING
    Quinnipiac University Poll released May 22, 2014

Updated Guidance, Increased Coordination, and Comprehensive Data Could Improve BLM's Management and Oversight
    GAO report dated May 2014

Energy Trade in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Endangering Action on Climate Change
    Sierra Club analysis of European Union Energy Proposal, posted May 19, 2014

Negotiation Text for meetings between US and European Union regarding fracking
    Sept 20, 2013 for a Sept 26, 2013 meeting.

Potential Health Impacts of Natural Gas Extraction Using High Volume, Slickwater Hydraulic Fracturing from Long Laterals from Clustered Multi-Well Pads (Fracking)
    Child Health Advocacy Institute Authors: Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP Professor of Pediatrics and of Occupational & Environmental Health George Washington University Medical Director for National & Global Affairs, Child Health Advocacy Institute & Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health & the Environment Children’s National Medical Center. Posted May, 2014

Center for Sustainable Shale Development Performance Standards
    The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) has developed 15 initial performance standards for operators that are protective of air quality, water resources and climate. These standards represent consensus on what is achievable and protective of human health and the environment. Posted May, 2014

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.

Shale Gas Infrastructure Tracking and Participation Guide
    Clean Air Council. This guide contains step by step information about how to track natural gas operations and related rules and regulations, and how to effectively use this information to impact decision-making on permits, rules, and regulations. Posted May, 2014

PETITION: EPA MUST LIST OIL AND GAS WELLS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT AS AN AREA SOURCE CATEGORY AND SET NATIONAL AIR TOXICS STANDARDS TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH
    From Earthjustice, May 13, 2014

OIL AND GAS: Updated Guidance, Increased Coordination, and Comprehensive Data Could Improve BLM's Management and Oversight
    The effectiveness of BLM's management and oversight of federal and Indian oil and gas resources is hindered by a number of factors, including BLM's reliance on outdated rules and guidance, limited coordination with states, and delayed reviews of revenue sharing agreements. GAO May 12, 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? EETV News, May 12, 2014.

Environmental Impacts of shale Gas Extraction in Canada
    Two issues of particular concern to panel members are water resources, especially groundwater, and GHG emissions. The Expert Panel on Harnessing Science and Technology to Understand the Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction from Council of Canadian Academies, 2014.

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.

Renewable Energy Finance, Market & Policy Overview
    Renewable Energy Policy is Driving Massive Private Capital Investment, by U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance, April, 2014.

Governor of Virginia Letter to Department of Agriculture re: George Washington National Forest
    Governor Terry McAuliffe urges the USDA to prohibit fracking in the George Washington National Forest. Spring 2014

No fracking way: how the EU-US trade agreement risks expanding fracking
    By Natacha Cingotti (Friends of the Earth Europe); Pia Eberhardt (Corporate Europe Observatory), Timothé Feodoroff (Transnational Institute), Antoine Simon (Friends of the Earth Europe), Ilana Solomon (Sierra Club), March, 2014.

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