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DOMINION "NEW MARKET PROJECT" SCOPING MEETING
Newly added FERC Scoping Hearing and Comment Deadline for Dominion's "New Market Project" as follow-up to Oct. 8th FERC hearing in Georgetown, NY. DeRuyter and West Eaton are now being considered as prospective sites for a compressor station.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014, 6:00 PM
Morrisville-Eaton Middle/ High School Auditorium
5601 Fearon Road, Morrisville, NY 13408
File online at: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp (Docket # CP14-497)

SHOULD UNIVERSITIES AND PENSION FUNDS DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUEL STOCKS?
SPEAKERS: Bennett Freeman, Calvert Investments; Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund; John Willis, Sustainable Insight Capital Management; Christianna Wood, Gore Creek Capital, Ltd. and MODERATOR: Michael B. Gerrard, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
The speakers include both proponents and opponents of divestment, and experts on the effect of divestment on portfolio value and its place in the corporate social responsibility movement.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th St. (corner of Amsterdam Ave.), New York, NY, Room 101
New York, NY
Register at: Columbia Uinversity (registration)

SAVE THE DATE - NOT ONE WELL RALLY AGAINST FRACKING & FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AT CUOMO'S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
January 7 is NY Governor Cuomo's State of the State address. Join us in Albany to tell Cuomo "NOT ONE WELL" in NYS.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center
(note: rally is indoors)
Empire State Plaza,
Albany, NY
See more at:NOT ONE WELL RALLY AGAINST FRACKING
& FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY



Take Action!
NYS REVISES LNG RULES




Photo credit: Staten Island/Landov
A LNG storage tank explosion on Staten Island in 1973 killed forty workers
and led to a ban on new LNG facilities in NYS that is still in force today.

This important change is a direct result of our actions. In announcing the new capacity limit, the DEC acknowledged that the rule was rewritten in response to tens of thousands of critical public comments. Tell the DEC you support the new capacity limit but want to see further improvements to protect the public and cut methane emissions.

WHO PAYS FOR FRACKING?


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Governor Cuomo may announce by year's end whether or not he will permit high-volume fracking. If he permits it, even on a limited basis, you can be sure he'll justify his action by citing the economic benefits of drilling. You can also be sure he'll try to avoid any discussion of the very real economic burden that gas extraction will place on New York State taxpayers and host communities.

These hard truths are detailed in "Who Pays for Fracking?" —a trifold brochure Catskill Citizens is mailing to 78,000 households in Putnam and Rockland Counties. Earlier in the year, we sent this brochure to over 400,000 households in Westchester County.

COMPRESSOR STATIONS = FORMALDEHYDE


A new peer-reviewed study shows that compressor stations emit dangerous levels of formaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen that can cause everything from allergies and asthma to neurological damage and reproductive problems. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) should be asked to respond to this report every time it considers licensing a compressor station.

PIPELINE REVERSALS RESPONSIBLE FOR OIL SPILLS


As the fossil fuel industry scrambles to move a glut of fracked oil and gas around the country, it has increasingly resorted to reversing the directional flow of pipelines. Now the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration has warned operators that this practice can jeopardize safety—it's already resulted in crude oil spills in North Dakota and Arkansas.




RENEWABLE ENERGY


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CCSE UPDATE AND PRESS RELEASES 2014


CCSE Update 11/25/2014
CCSE Update 10/28/2014
CCSE Update 09/30/2014
CCSE Update 08/26/2014
CCSE Update 07/22/2014
CCSE Update 06/24/2014
CCSE Update 05/20/2014
CCSE Update 04/22/2014
CCSE Update 03/18/2014
CCSE Update 01/28/2014
CCSE Update 01/07/2014

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.



NEW ITEMS IN LEARN MORE

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

Safety Advisory Bulletin - Guidance for Pipeline Flow Reversals, Product Changes and Conversion to Service
    Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration September 2014

Waste Not: Common Sense Ways to Reduce Methane Pollution from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
    Clean Air Task Force Report Summary. The full report will be available in Dec, 2014. Earthjustice, Earthworks, and Environmental Defense Fund have reviewed this report. The full text of the report will be available online at http://catf.us/resources/publications/view/205

Star Power The Growing Role of Solar Energy in America
    Written by: Judee Burr and Lindsey Hallock Frontier Group Rob Sargent Environment America Research & Policy Center, Nov, 2014



NATURAL GAS EXPORTS: WASHINGTON’S REVOLVING DOOR FUELS CLIMATE THREAT
    Lee Fang from Republic Reports and Steve Horn from De Smog Blog, posted Nov, 2014

BURNING MONEY Updating Rules for Oil and Gas Loss on Federal Lands
    Taxpayers for Common Sense, Making Government Work, Nov., 2014.

IN THE PITS : Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal into Open Unlined Pits and the Threat to California’s Water and Air
    Clean Water Action, Clean Water Fund Report, Nov., 2014

Climate Solutions for a Stronger America: A Guide for Engaging and Winning on Climage Change & Clean Energy
    2nd Edition, 2014; Authors Betsy Taylor and Kathy Washienko, Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, Inc.

The fossil fuel bailout: G20 subsidies for oil, gas and coal exploration
    Elizabeth Bast, Shakuntala Makhijani, Sam Pickard and Shelagh Whitley, Oil Change International and Overseas Deveelopment Institute, November 2014

NEW TRACERS CAN IDENTIFY FRACKING FLUIDS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
    Authors: Avner Vengosh and Robert Jackson, Duke University. Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. Oct, 20, 2014

Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study
    Authors: Gregg P Macey, Ruth Breech, Mark Chernaik, Caroline Cox, Denny Larson, Deb Thomas and David O Carpenter for Environmental Health. October 30, 2014

Warning Sign: Toxic air Pollution identified at Oil and gas Development Sites ?
    Results from Community ; Air Monitoring Reveal Chemicals Linked to Health Hazards; Coming Clean and global Community monitor • oCtober 2014

"PM2.5 Airborne Particulates" Abstract
    Crispin Pierce, Kristin Walters, Jeron Jacobson and Zachary Kroening University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; Accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Health (Nov. 2015, in press). Abstract: The rapid growth of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction in the U.S. has led to more than 140 permitted “frac” sand mines and processing plants in Wisconsin.

PM2.5 Airborne Particulates near Frac Sand Operations--Acceptance Letter
    Accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Health (Nov. 2015, in press).

MATERIAL RISKS: HOW PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY IS SLOWING TAR SANDS DEVELOPMENT
    This paper was conceived, written and researched collectively by Tom Sanzillo, Lorne Stockman, Deborah Rogers, Hannah McKinnon, Elizabeth Bast, and Steve Kretzmann. With assistance and/or additional contributions from Adam Wolfensohn, and Amin Asadollahi for the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, Oct.2014.

DRILLING DEEPER A REALITY CHECK ON U.S. GOVERNMENT FORECASTS FOR A LASTING TIGHT OIL & SHALE GAS BOOM
    by J. David Hughes, Post Carbon Institute, Oct., 2014

FRACKING’S TOXIC LOOPHOLE Thanks to the “Halliburton Loophole,” Hydraulic Fracturing Companies Are Injecting Chemicals More Toxic than Diesel
    Environmental Integrity Project, Oct 22, 2014. This report was researched and written by Eric Schaeffer and Courtney Bernhardt. 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.

Drilling in California: Who’s at risk?
    Tanja Srebotnjak and Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council, Posted Oct 2014.

FOOD, FOSSIL FUELS AND FILTHY FINANCE
    Oxfam Briefing Paper 191, Oct 17, 2014

Video: FRACK US: the dangers of gas fracking.
    RT Documentary--53 minutes. Published on Oct 10, 2014 All across the USA people are rising up against fracking. They don’t believe the process is safe and think it causes wide-scale land contamination. Ever more extraction sites are being approved and developed with new plant being built in once idyllic landscapes.

Department of the Army Letter: Permit Application by Constitution Pipeline Co., LLC
    Letter dated Oct 8, 2014 regarding construction of a new 124-mile-long natural gas pipeline.

Strengthening the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Increasing renewable energy use will achieve greater emissions reductions
    Union of Concerned Scientists Policy Brief, Oct. 2014. Document also available at: www.ucsusa.org/renewablesandcleanpowerplan

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fossil Energy Extracted from Federal Lands and Waters: An Update
    Wilderness Society Report by Stratus Consulting, Sept, 2014

Limited impact on decadal-scale climate change from increased use of natural gas
    Nature, Oct, 2014. Authors: Haewon McJeon, Jae Edmonds, Nico Bauer, Leon Clarke, Brian Fisher, Brian P. Flannery, Jérôme Hilaire, Volker Krey, Giacomo Marangoni, Raymond Mi, Keywan Riahi, Holger Rogner & Massimo Tavoni "Our results show that although market penetration of globally abundant gas may substantially change the future energy system, it is not necessarily an effective substitute for climate change mitigation policy9, 10.:

Upper Delaware River Basin: One of 10 Special Places
    As natural gas extraction expands across the Central Appalachian region, that industrial-scale energy development is encroaching on public lands that are critically important for fishing and hunting. In this report, Trout Unlimited takes a deeper look into those public places, outlining the potential risks posed by gas drilling operations and providing recommendations from sportsmen and women that promote responsible energy development.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

A Summary Report of Perceptions of the Politics and Regulation of Unconventional Shale Development in Texas
    Authors: Sam Gallaher, Doctoral Candidate Jonathan Pierce, Post-Doctoral Scholar Chris Weible, Associate Professor Jennifer Kagan, Graduate Assistant Tanya Heikkila, Associate Professor Benjamin Blair, Research Associate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver, July, 2014


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Take Action!
ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA
TO
STAND STRONG ON KEYSTONE


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Newly empowered Republicans wasted no time pushing the Keystone XL pipeline through the House. On November 14, they voted to expedite construction of the pipeline's northern leg by taking the approval process out of the hands of the president and the State Department and by short-circuiting consideration of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act. Thirty-one Democrats, including New York's Sean Patrick Maloney, joined a solid Republican majority in voting for the bill.

On the same day, on a strict party-line vote, House Republicans defeated a motion that would have required Keystone XL to contribute eight cents a barrel to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. New York Republican Chris Gibson (R), who ran for reelection as an environmental moderate willing to work across the aisle, voted with the rest of his party to give the owners of Keystone a free ride.

In the Senate, fourteen Democrats joined a solid Republican bloc in support of Keystone but still came up one vote short. This may be just a temporary reprieve. The bill is likely to be reintroduced in January when the Republicans take over the Senate.

President Obama has been uncharacteristically blunt in his response to the congressional action. He insisted that all legal challenges to the pipeline be allowed to run their course—and he debunked the key arguments that have been used to sell Keystone to the American people. "I have to constantly push back against this idea that somehow the Keystone pipeline is either this massive jobs bill for the United States or is somehow lowering gas prices," he told reporters. The president went on to point out that Keystone simply gives Canada the ability "to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else." This is the strongest sign to date that the president may veto Keystone XL when it reaches his desk.

Ask the president to kill this disastrous project that will play havoc with the climate and do little for the American people.

Take Action!
MARAD MOVES TO BAR IMPORT/EXPORT FLIPPING

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has proposed a new policy that would prevent offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) ports holding import licenses from exporting gas unless they first go through a new licensing process—including public hearings, a fresh environmental review, and the possibility of being vetoed by governors of adjacent states.

The issue of "flipping" import facilities first concerned us when we examined the application to construct an offshore LNG port nineteen nautical miles off Long Island. The proposed facility, Port Ambrose, would ostensibly be used to import LNG, but that made no sense, because expensive, imported LNG simply can't compete in a market flooded with cheap shale gas. We suspected that once Port Ambrose was built, it would be quickly repurposed to export Marcellus Shale gas overseas. We raised this concern in a letter to MARAD and were told, "The authority to export natural gas through the ... facility would constitute such a significant change from the proposal now under review that it would require a new license application in its entirety."

We are encouraged that MARAD has now proposed a written policy that would apply to all deepwater LNG ports. Ask MARAD to adopt this policy to prevent an import/export "bait and switch" somewhere down the road.

OBAMA'S POWER PLANT RULE SUBSTITUTES FRACKED GAS FOR COAL

As we reported last June, the Obama administration has proposed a rule that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by increasing the consumption of fracked gas—that is, methane, a greenhouse gas that is pound for pound far worse as a driver of climate change than CO2. By ignoring the science on methane, underestimating the chronic problems of gas leakage across the country, and suggesting pitifully weak goals for renewables, the president has missed the mark with a rule that does little to tackle climate change. Unless this rule is substantially improved, it could actually heat the globe faster.

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It's not too late to submit your own comments on the proposed rule; the deadline has been extended to December 1.


Take Action!
TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO:
NOT ONE WELL!

Rally Against Fracking and for Renewable Energy at Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address
Wednesday, January 7, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY
For more information: Not One Well Rally


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Nov 26, 2014
EIA: Shale Gas Destroyed Traditional Gas in 2013
Explorationworld.com
Ian Hanner

A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed that in 2013 gross withdrawals of natural gas reached a new high, with gas from shale operations making up the largest portion of U.S. production for the first time. According to the EIA, an independent energy statistics ...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
North Sea drilling ‘must double’ to maximise fuels’ recovery
The Courier
Graham Huband

Drilling activity in the North Sea must double over the next 20 years if oil and gas recovery from the UK Continental Shelf is to be maximised. A new report by business advisory firm Deloitte also said a “cultural shift” was required in the industry if the basin was ever to reach its full potenti...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
Cayuga County Legislature decides to hold off on vote for natural gas drilling waste ban
Auburn Pub
Ryan Deffenbaugh

AUBURN | If the Cayuga County Legislature is to ban the use and treatment of natural gas waste in the county in 2014, it will have one more meeting to do so. At Tuesday night's full Legislature meeting, the body elected to hold off on a vote for a local law that would ban the use of production br...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
South Strabane approves Range Marcellus drilling site
Observer Reporter
Scott Beveridge

outh Strabane Township supervisors Tuesday approved Range Resources’ plan to begin a new Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operation in the municipality, setting 46 conditions on the project before it gets under way next year. The conditions, which range from sound limitations to parking restr...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
Lone Star College building 'rig' to train oil workers
Houston Chronicle
Mihir Zaveri

On 18-acres of an old oilfield near Tomball, construction workers will soon begin to build a new rig, but they're not trying to strike oil. Instead, the steel tower and platforms will be the newest classroom of sorts of the Lone Star College system's oil- and gas- drilling training program, provi...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
Feds authorize state LNG exports to free trade countries
The Alaska Journal of Commerce
MOLLY DISCHNER

The U.S. Department of Energy will allow the proposed Alaska LNG Project to export liquefied natural gas from the North Slope to free trade agreement countries, but the project is still waiting for permission to export to non-FTA countries. The primary market for Alaska LNG exports is the non-FTA...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
Fracking review panel membership questioned
The Telegram
Ashley Fitzpatrick

An independent panel tasked with reviewing the use of hydraulic fracturing in western Newfoundland, named just over one month ago, is being challenged on its purpose, alleged biases and expertise Natural?Resources Minister Derrick?Dalley says the criticism is misplaced. Newfoundland and Labr...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
Two draft proposals hope to keep Florida from becoming fracking’s new frontier
Orlando Weekly
Erin Sullivan

Could Florida become the next frontier for hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”)? Environmentalists, who are already concerned about the state’s fragile water supply, fear that it could, and this week they’re trying to get out ahead of the situation before the 2015 Legislative session begins in Tall...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
Report concludes Maryland can safely 'frack'
Baltimore Sun
David A Vanko Opinion

Maryland agencies have concluded that natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can be accomplished without unacceptable risks, but only if a suite of best practices is required, monitoring and inspections are rigorous, and enforcement is ironclad. The Maryla...  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2014
Fracking decision postponed for January
E&T
Tereza Pultarova

A decision date on two proposed shale gas exploration sites in Lancashire will be made next year as more consultation is needed, Lancashire County Council said. The two sites in the Fylde area of west Lancashire are of interest of energy firm Cuadrilla, who has applied for a planning permission to ...  [Full Story]




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