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Jul 28, 2014
Audit: Rapid Shale Gas Development Outpaced DEP’s Ability To Oversee Drilling
PA Environment Digest


Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday said an audit shows the meteoric growth of the shale gas industry since 2003 caught the Department of Environmental Protection unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
DEP: Auditor General Report Focuses On Recordkeeping, Water Kept Safe
PA Environment Digest


The Auditor General's Office Tuesday released the Special Audit of DEP's Performance in Monitoring Potential Impact to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development for the period 2009 through 2012, finding no instances where DEP failed to protect public health, safety or the environment with respect to unconventional gas drilling activities.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Groups React To Auditor General’s Report On Marcellus Shale Drilling Regulation
PA Environment Digest


A number of groups issued statements in reaction to the Auditor General’s report Tuesday on regulating Marcellus Shale drilling by DEP. Here is a sampling of those statements. “While we commend the employees at DEP for their ongoing efforts to address the environmental impacts of Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling boom, it's clear that the Department is not keeping up with its statutory role,” said John Norbeck, vice president and chief operating officer of PennFuture. “The Auditor General noted in his report eight key findings that outlined, among other concerns, the Department's failure to issue administrative orders when violations occurred, effectively allowing the industry to police itself. Further, the report noted that the Department had no clear inspection schedule for gas wells, and evidenced a startling lack of transparency and accountability. When our citizens have greater access to information about kennel inspections and restaurant inspections than they do natural gas well inspections, we have a problem.”  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Hearing On Proposed Changes To Natural Gas Compressor Station In Milford Aug. 18
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on August 18, to discuss the Air Quality Plan Approval application submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC to modify their existing natural gas compressor station in Milford, Pike County.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Op-Ed: State Is Protecting Public’s Health On Shale Matters By Michael Wolf, Secretary of Health
PA Environment Digest
Op-Ed Michael Wolf

Recently published news concerning Marcellus Shale-related health questions and the work of the Pennsylvania Department of Health has included dangerous allegations that are misleading the public. As the secretary of health and as someone who has been involved with public health reporting when Marcellus Shale-related health concerns became an emerging issue for the state, I am writing to set the record straight with the people of Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Panel to view rail safety Recommendations for solutions to be made by Sept. 2
Albany Times Union
Kenneth C. Crowe II

A blue ribbon panel will make recommendations on rail safety to protect residents from oil trains traveling through the city, officials announced Thursday night. The panel will be appointed to begin work next week, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Council members Vivian Kornegay of the 2nd Ward and Dorcey Applyrs of the 3rd Ward said in a joint statement issued by the mayor's office.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
EnergyBuzz: Key Questions Need Answers in DOE Shake Up of LNG Permit Process
Texas Lawyer
Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley and John McGregor

On May 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shook up the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry by proposing changes to its permitting process. Instead of being able to directly apply to the DOE for a license to export LNG, LNG exporters would have to first complete the environmental review process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This process, required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), has been typically time-consuming and expensive, and the change represents a substantial shift from the first-come-first-served DOE-permitting regime that companies have relied on during the U.S. LNG facility construction boom. The first-come-first-served approach allowed early applicants to secure a place in the DOE queue, where exporters thought earlier queue placements were more likely to receive approval and thus appeared more valuable.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels
Tom Dispatch
Naomi Oreskes

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy. The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels. We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a “clean” fuel -- even a “green” fuel. Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth. That truth is basic chemistry: when you burn natural gas, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced is, other things being equal, much less than when you burn an equivalent amount of coal or oil. It can be as much as 50% less compared with coal, and 20% to 30% less compared with diesel fuel, gasoline, or home heating oil. When it comes to a greenhouse gas (GHG) heading for the atmosphere, that’s a substantial difference. It means that if you replace oil or coal with gas without otherwise increasing your energy usage, you can significantly reduce your short-term carbon footprint.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
DEP must do better: The public is left with too many questions on drilling
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Editorial

In the past seven years, oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times. That sounds bad, and it is troubling for sure. But how bad? That’s not clear. The Department of Environmental Protection, in response to an open records request from the Post-Gazette, released a list of cases when oil and gas operations either polluted or reduced water flow in 77 communities across the state, information that the DEP plans to post on its website soon. So far, though, the data is too skimpy on specifics to help residents understand what’s really going on.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
BRITAIN TO EXPAND LAND AVAILABLE FOR OIL AND GAS DRILLING
Columbus CEO
Stanley Reed

LONDON — The British government plans to make more land available for licensing for oil and natural gas exploration in the first such expansion since 2008. The move, which had been anticipated by the oil and gas industry, could prove to be a milestone in efforts by the government of Prime Minister David Cameron to encourage the extraction of natural gas and oil from shale rock.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Arkansas AG asks to help defend drilling tax break after agency says it's unconstitutional
The Republic
Andrew DeMillo

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to help defend in court a $5 million tax break legislators gave natural gas drillers earlier this year, asking to step in and assist in the case after the state's chief finance officer said he believed the exemption was unconstitutional.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Company finds natural gas in southeastern ND
SF Gate


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A company exploring for natural gas outside of western North Dakota's oil patch says it has found the resource but is far from determining whether it would be economical to start production.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
The Truth About Natural Gas: A ‘Green’ Bridge to Hell
EcoWatch
Naomi Oreskes

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy. The Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels. We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a “clean” fuel—even a “green” fuel.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Fracking: British government has opened the way for energy firms to explore for shale gas
Fox News
Associated Press

LONDON – The British government has reopened the way for energy firms to explore for shale gas, three years after seismic tremors led to the suspension of fracking. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock says shale gas has the potential to improve energy security but stresses national parks will be protected.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Fracking: it's not just our national parks that need protecting, but our houses too From lorries and water use to small earthquakes, there are numerous local environmental risks associated with fracking
The Guardian
Natalie Bennett

Today the government has announced that fracking will only be allowed in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty under “exceptional” circumstances. That’s not, despite what some news outlets are reporting, a “ban”.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Mexican Fracking Opponents Lose a Big Round in the Senate
Mexidata
Frontera NorteSur

Mexican opponents of the controversial method of extracting natural gas known as fracking lost an important battle in the Mexican Senate recently. As part of a 91-26 vote that approved secondary legislation implementing the Peña Nieto administration’s energy reform, most senators rejected a measure that would have prohibited fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Fracking firm has ignored wildlife near drilling zone
The Argus


SUSSEX Wildlife Trust is delighted at the West Sussex County Council planning committee’s unanimous decision to reject the application by Celtique Energie for exploratory drilling at Boxall Bridge near Wisborough Green....we have been seriously disappointed by the poor standard of information on ecological impacts in support of the application.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Landowners group appeals NY fracking lawsuit dismissal
Lohud
Jon Campbell

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, a Binghamton-based group of pro-fracking property owners, filed an appeal Monday with the state Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, which will decide whether to uphold Acting Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough's decision to toss the group's lawsuit.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Fracking 'a huge load of hype', say Friends of the Earth
BBC


The government claims that tight restrictions in the new licences that have been made available to frack for shale gas across vast sheaths of the UK means areas of outstanding natural beauty and national parks will not be drilled, unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'. Craig Bennet from Friends of the Earth said the concessions indicated that the government recognised the problems involved with fracking and called the process "a huge load of hype".  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Fracking: Campaigners attack 'threat to public health'
ITV


Campaign groups have lined up in opposition to fracking as the bidding process for licences gets underway, with claims that the process is bad for the environment and unsafe to the public.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
GAO Report: Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injection
EcoWatch


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released its report today finding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “not consistently conducting two key oversight and enforcement activities for class II programs” for underground fluid injection wells associated with oil and gas production. The report shows that the EPA’s program to protect drinking water sources from underground injection of fracking waste needs improvement.  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2014
Congressional watchdog urges EPA to step up actions on fracking
Los Angeles Times
Michael Muskal

The Government Accountability Office is calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to step up enforcement of water contamination and seismic activity associated with fracking, the high-pressure injection of fluids into wells to extract oil and natural gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2014
Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards Drilling will be allowed in national parks in 'exceptional circumstances' but ministers retain power to veto plans
The Guardian
Rowena Mason

Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of fracking across Britain that will allow drilling in national parks and other protected areas in "exceptional circumstances".  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2014
Oil, gas boom taps rush of ordinances and bans across the U.S.
The Denver Post
Mark Jaffe

Development of oil and gas shale formations has sparked drilling from Pennsylvania to California, and that is leading to a new wave of local oil and gas ordinances and bans. Towns and cities — from Robinson Township, Pa., population 13,354, to Dallas, population 1.2 million — are enacting rules to limit or control oil and gas development. Beverly Hills, Calif., home to Hollywood stars and a cluster of wells at Beverly Hills High School, has banned fracking, the technique used to crack shale and free up oil and gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2014
Is the Pennsylvania health department fracking-phobic?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
RUTH McDERMOTT-LEVY and NINA M. KAKTINS

Imagine you’re a parent living near a natural-gas fracking site in Pennsylvania when suddenly your child begins having nose bleeds and skin rashes. The pediatrician suspects some type of exposure from the nearby well, and you’ve heard stories on the news and from neighbors about health issues related to fracking. You decide to call the health department, a trusted source of information. But no one returns your calls and your questions remain unanswered. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is charged with ensuring and protecting the health of all state residents. It fulfills this obligation by partnering with communities to monitor existing and emerging health problems and to establish programs that prevent disease and injury.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2014
Local legislators say no to Kinder Morgan pipeline project
The Berkshire Eagle
Phil Demers

A group of local and regional lawmakers has gone on record as formally opposing a proposed gas pipeline Kinder Morgan seeks to build across northern Massachusetts. In a statement released Friday, the lawmakers base their opposition on "environmental, economic, public safety and public health" concerns. It follows dozens of meetings around Massachusetts and in Boston -- with utility companies, Kinder Morgan representatives and constituents -- attended by each of these lawmakers. Their conclusion? The proposal "is not in the public interest" and "we can and should do better," according to state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, and state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington.  [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2014
Adams couple faces fight in quest to drill on land near Mars schools
Tribune-Review
Bill Vidonic

Kim and Bob Geyer have been in the center of a firestorm as a parents group fights Rex Energy's plans to drill for natural gas on the couple's 150-acre farm. The Geyers say they have a constitutional right to lease their land — which stretches from their home in Adams into adjacent Middlesex — for a Marcellus shale drilling well pad.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2014
EPA Is Failing To Stop Methane Leaks From Pipelines, Inspector General Says
ThinkProgress
KATIE VALENTINE

The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing enough to prevent methane from escaping from natural gas pipelines, according to a new report from the agency’s internal watchdog. The report, published Friday by the EPA’s Inspector General, stated that in 2011, more than $192 million worth of natural gas was lost due to leaks in pipelines. The report said that the agency, which until now has “placed little focus and attention on reducing methane emissions from pipelines in the natural gas distribution center,” needs to take steps to better prevent methane from escaping. It recommended that the EPA work with the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to try to fix the problem, a partnership President Barack Obama has also called for.  [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2014
Oil drilling in North Dakota raises concerns about radioactive waste
Los Angeles Times
NEELA BANERJEE

Every weekday, about a dozen large garbage trucks peel away from the oil boom that has spread through western North Dakota to bump along a gravel road to the McKenzie County landfill. The trucks drive up to a scale flanked by something seldom found in rural dumps — two 8-foot-tall yellow panels that essentially form a giant Geiger counter. Two or three times a day, the radiation detector blares like a squad car, because under tons of refuse someone has stashed yard-long filters clotted with radioactive dirt from drilling sites.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Texas Border Fracking Standoff: NY Court Ruling May Affect Outcome
FRONTERAS
Lorne Matalon

The Big Bend of Texas, so named for the way the region hugs a massive bend in the Rio Grande, is renown for its desert landscapes, open spaces and tranquility. But parts of it lie within the oil-rich Permian Basin, the nation’s highest producing oil field thanks to fracking technology. Now, Mexico is drilling at least 29 exploratory wells across the border from the Big Bend and saying it wants to jumpstart fracking operations there.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Denton Fracking Ban Could Spur Wider Legal Clash
The Texas Tribune
JIM MALEWITZ

DENTON — Debbie Ingram understands the importance of Texas’ oil and gas industry, and she enjoys the look of a lit-up drilling rig rising in the nighttime sky. But a few months of living about 400 feet from a natural gas well — the source of a cacophony of noises and nauseating fumes that, at times, have overtaken her brick house — prompted her to join hundreds of others pushing back against the industry in this North Texas city.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
EPA IG may have strengthened agency's hand on methane regulation
E & E Newswire
Jean Chemnick

A report released today by U.S. EPA's inspector general may help pave the way for methane regulations for natural gas pipelines. The agency's IG found that EPA is doing too little to limit methane leakage from the natural gas transmission sector, which it estimated to contribute more than 13 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent each year. The report comes as EPA is weighing whether to promulgate new Clean Air Act restrictions to curb leakage of the powerful greenhouse gas from oil and gas systems. The administration has pledged to complete any rulemakings before President Obama leaves office.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Legal marathon continues over Oregon LNG project in Warrenton
The Oregonian
Ted Sickinger

Clatsop County filed a cross appeal this week to an appeal by Oregon LNG of a decision that had been remanded, after being reversed, the reversal having been upheld after an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn it...and so on. In other words, a decade after Oregon LNG first proposed building a liquefied natural gas terminal near the mouth of the Columbia River in Warrenton, the project remains stuck in legal quicksand. To back up, Clatsop County Commissioners voted last October to deny the Oregon Pipeline Co.'s application to lay 41 miles of pipeline across the county to feed the controversial Oregon LNG gas export terminal in Warrenton. That decision, a potential deal killer for the terminal project if upheld, flip-flopped a 2010 county decision that the pipe was consistent with zoning rules.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Fracking sand spill sparks health advisory in Bashaw, Alta.
CBC News


Officials are warning of a potential public health risk after children were seen playing in spilled fracking sand at an industrial area in the central Alberta town of Bashaw. A container holding the sand collapsed near the CN railway in mid-June and wasn’t cleaned up for a month, Alberta Health Services said.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
University of Colorado Boulder Scientists Link 10,800-Foot-Deep Fracking Wastewater Well to More Than 200 Earthquakes
EcoWatch
Brandon Baker

NGL, formerly known as High Sierra Water Services, was given permission to resume its activities at a 10,800-foot-deep well a few weeks later, but the CU findings suggest that shouldn’t have happened. Anne Sheehan and her team found that the well is linked to more than 200 earthquakes, the geophysics professor in the CU Department of Geological Sciences told Boulder County Business Report.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Longmont’s Fracking Ban Tossed as Colorado Vote Looms
Bloomberg
Joel Rosenblatt and Jennifer Oldham

A fracking ban in the city of Longmont, Colorado, was thrown out by a judge amid petition drives to hold a statewide vote in November on restricting oil and gas drilling that generate $30 billion a year. The debate over fracking, in which water, chemicals and sand are injected below ground to extract oil and gas from sand and shale formations, has escalated in Colorado as drilling moves closer to suburbs, raising concerns about water and air contamination. Five communities in the state have voted to ban or put a moratorium on such activity.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Pennsylvania firm seeks mineral and gas rights from Durham, Chapel Hill landowners
Triangle Business Journal
Rebecca Troyer

Pennsylvania-based Crimson Holdings Corp. is looking to buy mineral and gas rights from landowners in Durham and Chapel Hill. In June, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that allows hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, in North Carolina. While some argue fracking has economic benefits, others are concerned about the environmental impact.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Dangers Inherent In Fracking Jobs
Popular Resistance


Yesterday many of Southern Illinois’s elected officials, and representatives of the fossil fuel industry, held a one-hour press conference to complain about the fact that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has still not completed the rule-making process in order for fracking to begin in Illinois.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
"Flat Earth" fracking ad on "radical activists" insults some voters
The Denver Post
Lynn Bartels

"Flat Earth Discussion Group," cheese by-products and a man with a sock puppet takes a humorous look at Colorado's fracking battle, but some voters aren't laughing.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Shale Oil May be Making Railroad Oil Transport More Dangerous
Smithsonian.com
Mary Beth Griggs

A train falling off the tracks caused a massive oil spill in Lynchburg, Virginia in April. Last year, a train carrying oil derailed in Québec, killing 47 people and destroying most of downtown Lac-Mégantic. And in North Dakota last December a crash burned more than 20 train cars.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
China Plans to Construct Huge Methanol Plant in Shale Gas-Rich Texas to Meet Rising Domestic Demand
International Business Times
Jerin Mathew

Chinese firms, Connell Group of China and Sino Life Insurance Co are looking to build a huge methanol production and deep-port export facility in the shale gas-rich US state of Texas.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
It wouldn't be 'sensible' for N.S. to proceed with fracking: panel chair
CTV News
Jason Baxter

The man overseeing a review of fracking in Nova Scotia has concluded it isn’t reasonable to proceed at this point.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Shale Gas Compressor Proposal Reveals Town’s Divide
CBS Pittsburgh
Andy Sheehan

Marcellus drilling rigs and other shale gas infrastructure is dividing the residents of New Sewickley, Beaver County.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Steam Injection Fracking Caused Major Alberta Bitumen Leak
The Tyee News
Andrew Nikiforuk

Review finds fractures spread like cracks on a frozen lake, resulting in uncontrolled seepage.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Dispute over Seneca Lake gas storage proposal rages on
WRVO Public Media
David Chanatry

The debate over proposals to store natural gas, propane and butane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake has become increasingly vocal, especially after a federal agency approved part of the project last May.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
CU study links frack-waste wells, quakes
Boulder County Business Report
Steve Lynn

GREELEY – A 10,800-foot-deep well into which NGL Water Solutions DJ LLC injected oil and natural-gas wastewater is linked to more than 200 earthquakes, a University of Colorado Boulder scientist said.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Report Says EPA Fails to Stem Methane Gas Emissions From Pipelines Inspector General Says Voluntary Program to Spur Energy Companies to Address Leaks Is No Help
The Wall Street Journal
Amy Harder

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to control emissions of methane from inadvertent leaks from natural-gas pipelines, the agency's inspector general said in a report on Friday. The report calls on the EPA to do more to control emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that has a more intense, though shorter, impact on global warming than carbon dioxide, according to the EPA. Natural gas is almost entirely methane.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
U.S. EPA fails to address methane leaks from gas pipelines -watchdog
Reuters
VALERIE VOLCOVICI

(Reuters) - The internal watchdog of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday that the regulator does not adequately address methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, harming both the economy and environment. The EPA Inspector General said the agency's current voluntary program to address methane leaks from pipelines has yielded only minimal reductions of the potent greenhouse gas. As well as contributing to climate change, the report said, more than $192 million worth of natural gas was lost in 2011 due to such leaks, increasing prices paid by consumers.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
SHALES VS. SOLAR: AN INVESTMENT PERSPECTIVE
Energy Policy Forum
Deborah Lawrence

There are many strident voices in the debate over energy. On the one hand, proponents of shale gas claim the extraction of natural gas from low porosity shale formations to be the energy panacea for which we have all been waiting. They have buzz words and sound bites such as “game changer” and “shale revolution”. On the other hand, proponents of renewable energy post photographs of people gambolling in fields of daisies, the sun shining overhead with the caption, “a solar spill is just another beautiful day”. Actually, one could now argue that a solar spill is becoming just another beautiful wealth creation vehicle.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Pa. landowners scramble to learn how pipeline projects affect insurance coverage
SNL
Mark Hand

Natural gas pipeline companies are playing catch-up with the surge in shale gas production. They are investing billions of dollars on pipeline expansions, ranging from increased compression to looping to greenfield projects, to move the growing gas supplies to market. In the Mid-Atlantic region, pipeline companies are working particularly hard, racing to build new infrastructure that will give natural gas extracted from the prolific Marcellus Shale a way out the region. But as pipeline project filings make their way through the regulatory process at FERC, people who live along the proposed routes are forced to quickly get up to speed and learn how the new gas transportation systems will affect them.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Fracking: Poster Child for the Corporate Welfare State
Counterpunch
Kevin Carson

Just about every week another story comes to my attention confirming the complete and total government-dependency of fracking  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Colorado Judge Strikes Down Longmont’s Fracking Ban in Favor of ‘State’s Interest’ in Oil and Gas
EcoWatch
Brandon Baker

One thing is for sure—you can’t accuse Boulder County District Court Judge D.D. Mallard of being dishonest. Her decision Thursday regarding Longmont, CO’s fracking ban includes no ambiguity. Instead it clearly states that concerns about health risks to residents don’t quite stack up against Colorado’s stake in the oil and gas industries. “While the court appreciates the Longmont citizens’ sincerely held beliefs about risks to their health and safety, the court does not find this is sufficient to completely devalue the state’s interest,” Mallard wrote in the decision, uploaded to Scribd by the Denver Post.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Fracking the Everglades: Texas Oil Prospectors May Sue State Over Drilling Rights
New Times Broward
Fire Ant

Not so fast. That's the message to environmentalists   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
University of Colorado Boulder Scientists Link 10,800-Foot-Deep Fracking Wastewater Well to More Than 200 Earthquakes
EcoNews
Brandon Baker

When the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ordered NGL Water Solutions to stop fracking wastewater injection operations a month ago, a team of University of Colorado Boulder researchers began conducting its own investigation. NGL, formerly known as High Sierra Water Services, was given permission to resume its activities at a 10,800-foot-deep well a few weeks later, but the CU findings suggest that shouldn’t have happened. Anne Sheehan and her team found that the well is linked to more than 200 earthquakes, the geophysics professor in the CU Department of Geological Sciences told Boulder County Business Report. She said the group found “quite a few” earthquakes with epicenters within two miles of the well.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Fracking’s hidden toll on rural America
Salon
SCOTT DODD, ONEARTH.ORG

Growing up in northern West Virginia in the 1970s, I remember seeing a lot of big white plastic candy canes sticking out of the ground, marking the natural gas pipelines that ran just below the surface. You’d encounter them along streams and fence lines and the backcountry roads that always made me carsick. What I didn’t realize as a kid was how much of my family history was intertwined with those hidden gas lines. My great-great-grandfather, William Dodd, helped lay some of the first pipe across the state, working for a subsidiary of Standard Oil at a time when John D. Rockefeller craved alternatives to oil (not for any environmental reason, but because even back then he was worried we would run out).  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
All fracked out before we’ve begun? The 130 resistance groups around the country have dealt a blow to those at the heart of shale gas and oil exploration
The Telegraph
Geoffrey Lean

How’s this for a paradox? Fracking has just suffered its greatest setback yet in Britain – in the week that has perhaps done most to make the case for it. For, even as concern about Europe’s energy security escalated following the downing of MH17, a planning application by a shale company was rejected for the first time. West Sussex county council’s planning committee unanimously refused to allow Celtique Energie to drill through shale rocks near the ancient village of Wisborough Green in the shadow of the South Downs – an exploratory exercise that could have led to fracking. And in doing so – exactly a year after protests in nearby Balcombe took off – it put at risk the drive to unleash what ministers planned to be an oil and gas bonanza in the South East. Indeed, the industry is increasingly regretting ever venturing into the home counties.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2014
Wine, Not Gas! New York Residents Fight Gas Storage at Lake Seneca
Truthout
Ellen Cantarow

New York's Finger Lakes region is a national treasure: 9,000 square miles of forest, wetlands, streams and lakes, including 10,000 acres of vineyards. The Finger Lakes wine industry now rivals California's and, say some wine-lovers, even France's. Finger Lakes National Forest has 13,232 acres of forest, trails, ponds and wildlife. Just southwest of the forest is Watkins Glen, a geological marvel formed 12,000 years ago, its 19 waterfalls cascading over walls of leafy shale directly into Seneca Lake. The lake is the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes, furnishing water for 100,000 people. Now this region is in imminent danger of becoming a major gas hub. A five-year-long drive by the corporation Crestwood Midstream Partners (formerly Inergy Midstream LP) to store massive quantities of fracked gas under Seneca Lake, is nearing its conclusion. In May the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), without whose permission the project cannot go forward, approved it despite widespread opposition by the region's residents. Most of the hundreds of comments filed with FERC, which allows the public to submit written statements during its reviews, denounced the project.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Drilling plans for Loyalsock State Forest quietly move forward
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Controversial plans to expand natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest are quietly moving forward. Last month the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which manages drilling on public lands, met with two gas companies who own mineral rights there. More than a year has passed since DCNR held a contentious public meeting on the issue in Williamsport. Since then, the agency has released very little information publicly. Nearly 500 people attended that meeting, and everyone who spoke over a three-hour period expressed either opposition or concern. In a response to an open records request from the Pennsylvania Forest Coalition, DCNR said it did not keep a record of the comments.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Shale Gas Compressor Proposal Reveals Town’s Divide
cbs Pittsburgh
Andy Sheehan

NEW SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Marcellus drilling rigs and other shale gas infrastructure is dividing the residents of New Sewickley, Beaver County. About 200 people turned out Wednesday night to a public hearing on a proposed compressor station. Shale gas drilling is relatively new in Butler and Beaver Counties, but wherever it goes, it stirs up public debate.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Groundwater Disappearing Much Faster Than Lake Mead in Colorado River Basin
EcoNews
Brett Walton

The mineral-stained canyon walls and the plunging water levels at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, are the most visible signs of the driest 14-year period in the Colorado River Basin’s historical record.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought
The Washington Post
Reid Wilson

About two-thirds of the water lost over the past nine years came from underground water supplies, rather than surface water. “We were shocked to see how much water was actually depleted underground,” Stephanie Castle, a water specialist at the University of California at Irvine and lead author of the report, said in an interview.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Steam Injection Fracking Caused Major Alberta Bitumen Leak
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

Review finds fractures spread like cracks on a frozen lake, resulting in uncontrolled seepage. A new independent technical review on the cause of a large and costly 2013 bitumen leak in northern Alberta found a form of hydraulic fracturing that injects steam into the ground to be the main culprit. The panel, appointed by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to review its initial findings on the cause of the leak at its Primrose facility, also documented that industry frack jobs, contrary to industry claims, can break caprock, shoot out of zone, link to natural fractures and penetrate into groundwater. Fractures made by CNRL, one of the country's largest bitumen extractors, not only connected to natural fractures in the area, but also cracked their way through several non-targeted formations. These industry-induced fractures then penetrated "generally impermeable shales" and passed through groundwater before erupting to surface more than 500 metres from the original targeted zone in the Cold Lake oilsands region of Alberta.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Drilling plans for Loyalsock State Forest quietly move forward
NPR State Impact PA
MARIE CUSICK

Controversial plans to expand natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest are quietly moving forward. Last month the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which manages drilling on public lands, met with two gas companies who own mineral rights there. More than a year has passed since DCNR held a contentious public meeting on the issue in Williamsport. Since then, the agency has released very little information publicly.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Advocacy Group Looks To Forest Service Solution
Aspen Public Radio
Marci Krivonen

Natural Gas drilling in an area near Carbondale known as the Thompson Divide is still a possibility, despite protest from many local residents. The group trying to stop it is hopeful a Forest Service plan, due out later this summer, will prevent future drilling. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
EU's planned sanctions against Russia to hit South Stream, Yamal LNG
Reuters
Henning Gloystein & Barbara Lewis

LONDON/BRUSSELS, July 24 (Reuters) - The European Union's proposed sanctions against Russia, targeting sensitive technology, take aim at Gazprom's huge South Stream gas pipeline project to Europe and Novatek's Arctic Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Federal government criticized for leaving fracking chemicals off pollutant list
Calgary Herald


OTTAWA - Environmentalists and legal experts are criticizing the federal government's decision to leave toxic fracking chemicals off a list of pollutants going into Canada's air, land and water. "The government doesn't know exactly which chemicals are being used for fracking and as a result doesn't know the risk that may be posed by those chemicals," Joseph Castrilli of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, an Ontario-based legal-aid clinic for environmental issues, said Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
It wouldn't be 'sensible' for N.S. to proceed with fracking: panel chair
ctv news


The man overseeing a review of fracking in Nova Scotia has concluded it isn’t reasonable to proceed at this point. David Wheeler has been making his way across Nova Scotia for a series of public meetings in his role as chair of the province’s independent hydraulic fracturing review panel. Wheeler, who is also the president of Cape Breton University, says it became clear by his seventh stop that Nova Scotians are concerned about fracking in their province.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Local Fracking Ban Invalid, Judge Rules
Bond Buyer
Richard Williamson

Oil and gas producers in Colorado won a significant legal victory Thursday, as a state district court struck down a local on hydraulic fracturing within city limits.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Fracking foes pitch moratorium or outright ban
Herald News
Michael Lightstone

The McNeil government’s road-show review of fracking was preceded by dissent Wednesday evening in Halifax. Dozens of fracking opponents gathered prior to the province’s public meeting at a post-secondary school to listen to people criticize hydraulic fracturing. They heard Nova Scotia should forbid or impose a long-term moratorium on the contentious energy-sector technique.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Plenty of opposition at fracking panel meeting
Herald News
Gordon Delaney

WINDSOR — They came armed with signs, pamphlets and even protest songs. Some came hungry for information, but most came to express their opposition. Almost 300 people filled the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre on Thursday night for one of the province’s final public consultation meetings on hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
UPDATE: Fracking Waste Site Not Coming to Barnesville After Company Pulls Out
WTRF


BARNESVILLE, Ohio - A proposed fracking waste site will not be coming to Barnesville after the company in charge of the project pulled out, citing costs.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Judge strikes down Longmont's fracking ban
Colorado Public Radio
Nathaniel Minor

District Court Judge D.D. Mallard struck down the city of Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in an order issued Thursday. The judge stayed her order though, pending an appeal. - See more at: http://www.cpr.org/node/116017#sthash.icvsCzUT.dpuf  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front
Daily Yonder
Naveena Sadasivam

For the last eight years, Pennsylvania has been riding the natural gas boom, with companies drilling and fracking thousands of wells across the state. And in a little corner of Washington County, some 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, EQT Corporation has been busy 2013 drilling close to a dozen new wells on one site. It didn't take long for the residents of Finleyville who lived near the fracking operations to complain 2013 about the noise and air quality, and what they regarded as threats to their health and quality of life.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Push to Ban Fracking Puts Denton in Fight Over Owners’ Rights
The New York Times
JIM MALEWITZ

DENTON — Debbie Ingram understands the importance of Texas’ oil and gas industry, and she enjoys the look of a lit-up drilling rig rising in the nighttime sky. But a few months of living about 400 feet from a natural gas well — the source of a cacophony of noises and nauseating fumes that, at times, have overtaken her brick house — prompted her to join hundreds of others pushing back against the industry in this North Texas city.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Boulder County judge overturns Longmont fracking ban; Polis continues signature push
FOX 31 Denver
ELI STOKOLS

DENVER — Another day in Colorado, another ban struck down by a judge in a ruling accompanied by a stay. But Thursday’s ruling from a Boulder County judge struck down a municipal ban on fracking, not a statewide ban on same-sex marriage. Judge D.D. Mallard issued the summary judgment on Thursday, striking down Longmont’s ban on fracking. In the ruling, she said Longmont’s charter amendment clearly conflicted with the state’s regulations and its interest in the efficient development of oil and gas deposits.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Albany Nears Oil-Hub Status as 100-Car Trains Jam Port
Bloomberg
Caelainn Barr

Albany, New York’s capital city, may join the ranks of U.S. energy hubs such as Houston and Cushing, Oklahoma, as oil-terminal operator Global Partners LP (GLP) pushes an expansion plan after already quadrupling its capacity.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Federal [Canadian] government criticized for leaving fracking chemicals off pollutant list
CALGARY HERALD
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Environmentalists and legal experts are criticizing the federal government's decision to leave toxic fracking chemicals off a list of pollutants going into Canada's air, land and water. "The government doesn't know exactly which chemicals are being used for fracking and as a result doesn't know the risk that may be posed by those chemicals," Joseph Castrilli of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, an Ontario-based legal-aid clinic for environmental issues, said Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Study warns U.S. power grid will become too reliant on gas
The Dallas Morning News
James Osborne

A study by the energy research firm IHS warns the U.S. power grid stands to become far too reliant on natural gas in the decades ahead, as economic factors and new environmental regulations stand to push out power sources like coal and nuclear. The study comes as new EPA regulations on carbon dioxide stand to dramatically shift the power industry, pushing natural gas and alternative energy sources like solar and wind over coal.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Is There Any Scientific Study - Not Sponsored by Industry - that Asserts Fracking is Safe?
Nation of Change
STEVE RUSHTON

A Talk Fracking event in London, which was the finale to a U.K.-wide tour, recently offered the opportunity to ask this burning question. With more than 250 in attendance, the motto of the day was: "Listen to the leading voices on both sides of the argument and have your say.” Talk Fracking had invited experts, industry insiders, environmentalists, politicians and diplomats to debate in a panel discussion format. But amazingly, no one from the industry – that is, no one backing the case to frack – showed up, leaving many questions unanswered. Who Says Fracking is Safe, and Who is Paying Them?  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Oil tank car phase-out sought
Times Herald Record
James Nani

The federal government proposed Wednesday to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars to prevent the repeat of fiery crashes. Local politicians generally supported the changes. But both the rail industry and some environmentalists opposed the suggested regulations — though for different reasons. The shifts in regulations would phase out the DOT-111 tank cars often use to transport oil.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Judge clears way for anti-fracking petition to move forward
chicoer.com
Roger Aylworth

CHICO >> An initiative drive aimed at banning hydraulic fracturing in Butte County has received judicial sanction to move forward. Butte County Superior Court Judge Robert Glusman ruled Wednesday against an effort to halt the petition drive, organized by a group calling itself Frack Free Butte County, voided. The fracking ban could end up in front of Butte County voters in November. On June 5, the petitions with about 10,000 signatures on them were turned in to the Butte County Clerk-Recorder's Office in Oroville. Candace Grubbs, county clerk-recorder, is also the county's chief elections officer.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Albany County pushing tough new oil train law
Capital Gazette
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Albany County Executive Dan McCoy on Wednesday proposed another tough, local regulation affecting oil trains. During a press conference at a the Ezra Prentice public housing project, just a feet away from a row of tanker cars, McCoy said county legislators are expected to soon approve a law that would fine and criminally charge oil train officials who don't report spills within 30 minutes. Operators would be charged $1,000 in addition to the $5,000 fine levied on the oil transportation companies by the state for each violation that occurs.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
“We are not going to win overnight.” – Anti-fracking activists as company prepares to start drilling
thejournal.ie


NTI-FRACKING CAMPAIGNERS are protesting in a Fermanagh village as exploration company Tamboran attempt to begin drilling to collect rock samples. The town of Belcoo near the Fermanagh-Cavan border is now at the heart of the Irish fracking debate with activists staging protests over the past few days. Speaking to protesters at the steel-gated entrance to the site, Donal Ó Cófaigh told protesters that “we are not going to win overnight”:  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Runaround: Three Months of Correspondence With the EPA EPA's non-responsiveness in the Texas air pollution story is troubling because it keeps taxpayers in the dark about a critical issue.
Inside Climate News
Jim Morris & Lisa Song

For more than a year, InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity have been reporting on air pollution caused by the fracking boom in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas. Despite hundreds of complaints from residents, many of them about noxious air emissions, we discovered that the state knows almost nothing about the extent of the pollution and rarely fines companies for breaking emission laws.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
States Against E.P.A. Rule on Carbon Pollution Would Gain, Study Finds
New York Times
Coral Davenport

WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma are among the most vocal Republican skeptics of the science that burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, but a new study to be released Thursday found that their states would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Clinton County Passes Fracking Waste Ban
WAMC
Pat Bradley

The Clinton County Legislature has approved a law banning the sale, transport, storage and disposal of fracking and other waste. The League of Women Voters had pushed for its passage. The new Clinton County law applies to hydraulic fracturing, natural gas, and oil waste materials. It bans the application of such waste on any road or property. It cannot be brought into or used in any wastewater treatment facilities or solid waste management facility in the county. It also bars all sales, acquisition, storage, handling, treatment and/or processing of the materials within the county.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Report Exposes European Lobby Groups Who Ensure Expansion of Shale Gas
EcoWatch
Brandon Baker

A new report from Friends of the Earth Europe aims to expose Shell, Total and ExxonMobil, along with groups like BusinessEurope and OGP, to reveal what it calls a “thick web of lobbying activity.” The report says public relations and law firms, paid-for scientific reports, and even members of Parliament have all been used to advance fracking for shale gas around the continent.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Halliburton Fracking Spill Mystery: What Chemicals Polluted an Ohio Waterway? A recent accident highlights how state fracking laws protect corporate trade secrets over public safet
Mother Jones
Mariah Blake

On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died. Nevertheless, it took five days for the Environmental Protection Agency and its Ohio counterpart to get a full list of the chemicals polluting the waterway. "We knew there was something toxic in the water," says an environmental official who was on the scene. "But we had no way of assessing whether it was a threat to human health or how best to protect the public." This episode highlights a glaring gap in fracking safety standards.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

But the story of Mr. Greenwood's fight against the drilling industry and lax oversight by state regulators does not stop there. In the weeks since his death, there has been a steady stream of further revelations about ineptitude by state environmental and health officials in protecting the public from the type of threats that may have killed Mr. Greenwood. These revelations are both a reminder of the importance of Mr. Greenwood's fight and an reiteration of how little has changed.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Fracking ban will not be on Butte supervisors' Tuesday agenda
ChicoER


OROVILLE >> An initiative aimed at banning hydraulic fracking in Butte County will not go before the supervisors Tuesday. In June a group called "Frack Free Butte County" submitted petitions to Butte County, seeking to put a measure on the ballot that would ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in the search and or recovery of oil and natural gas in gas in the county.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Anti-fracking group claim legislators put oil, gas interests above workers
The Southern
Nick Mariano

An anti-fracking group Wednesday claimed Illinois legislators are putting oil and gas interests ahead of worker safety, a group spokesperson said in response to calls for faster movement on pending rules needed to regulate the industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Anti-fracking movement picking up steam in Nova Scotia
CTV News


The anti-fracking movement seems to be picking up momentum in Nova Scotia. Hundreds of Halifax-area residents attended a public meeting on the matter in the city Wednesday evening. The meeting was hosted by a provincially-appointed panel.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2014
Clinton County bans hydro-fracking
Press Republican
Joe LoTemplio

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County legislators agreed to ban a controversial natural gas-seeking method and the disposal of any of its waste in the county.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Californians oppose increased fracking
Central Valley Business Times


As debates continue over drilling for oil and natural gas using the technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at least half of California adults (54 percent oppose, 36 percent favor) and likely voters (50 percent oppose, 40 percent favor) oppose this method of extraction, according to a new statewide poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Agencies concerned fracking site could impact wetlands
Shreveport Times


MANDEVILLE — There have been protests and heated public meetings over a proposal to begin fracking in St. Tammany Parish. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers is spelling out concerns from state and federal agencies in response to a permit application for a drilling well pad along Hwy. 1088.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Pennsylvania Auditor Cites Flaws in Gas Drilling Regulation
Insurance Journal


Strained by the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania and limited resources, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state’s elected auditor said Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Families sick from fracking exposure turn to concerned scientists
Philly.com
Lisa Song

A group of scientists from Pennsylvania and neighboring states have stepped in to fill this gap by forming a nonprofit—apparently the first of its kind in the United States—that provides free health consultations to local families near drilling sites. Instead of waiting years or even decades for long-term studies to emerge, the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP) is using the best available science to help people deal with their ailments.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
A generation of emissions takes a toll on Arctic ice
Daily Climate
Douglas Fischer

The impacts are increasingly being felt everywhere – bigger storms in the Midwest, soggy summers in England, drought in Colorado. But nowhere on the planet are the impacts as dramatic as the Arctic, and the ice cap is a prime example.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Oil-Train Spills Are Worse Than Ever, and Obama's New Safety Rules Aren't Enough
New Republic
Rebecca Leber

he oil boom that has anointed the U.S. the top exporter in the world has led to an astounding increase in the amount of the flammable liquid being transported on the country's railways: The number of train cars moving crude oil in America has increased 4,500 percent since 2008. But the quality of the trains themselves has not kept pace. The National Transportation Safety Board has long considered the most common model of car that carries North Dakota's shale oil to be “susceptible to damage and catastrophic loss of hazardous material." In 2013, 1.2 million gallons of oil spilled from train cars in the U.S.—more than every year since 1975 combined.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Pennsylvania Environmental Regulators Flunk State's Own Shale Gas Audit
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

In January 2013, Pennsylvania's auditor general announced that he would conduct an investigation into whether state regulators were effectively overseeing the impacts from the shale gas drilling rush. A year and a half later, the results are in: the state's environmental regulators are failing badly in at least eight major areas, at times declining to cite drillers who broke the law. In a damning 158-page report, the state's auditor general highlighted the agency's wide-ranging failures. The report detailed the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) use of a legal “loop hole” to avoid inspecting wells and described the agnecy's failure to fulfill its duty to track the industry's toxic waste. The report also faulted the agency for a reliance on voluntary measures in policing the industry.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
In Pennsylvania, Dr. Frack will see you now
Grist
Heather Smith

People who live near fracking sites have been complaining for years about headaches, nosebleeds, and birth defects. Now one such population, in Washington County, Penn., is getting some help in the form of free medical consultations — but not from the usual suspects. Washington County is a place known for its many picturesque bridges. It’s also known for its “wet gas” — an underground smorgasbord of methane, propane, butane, and ethane that hasn’t seen daylight since the Devonian era. During the drilling process, most of this gas is captured, but a certain amount does leak into the atmosphere.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Judge clears way for anti-fracking petition to move forward Petition signatures must be authenticated
Oroville MR
Roger Aylworth

Butte County Superior Court Judge Robert Glusman ruled Wednesday against an effort to halt the petition drive, organized by a group calling itself Frack Free Butte County, voided. The fracking ban could end up in front of Butte County voters in November.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Maine Victory: City Council Prevents Tar Sands Oil Exports
Protecting Our Waters
Iris Marie Bloom

The fight against extreme energy extraction, now ongoing in hundreds of communities across the United States and the world, expanded to include another significant victory on Monday night in the town of South Portland, Maine. Townspeople and Maine environmental groups organized a “relentless 18-month campaign,” as the Los Angeles Times put it, resulting in a near-unanimous City Council vote (6-1) passing a Clear Skies Ordinance preventing the export of crude oil from South Portland’s waterfront.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Texas City Council Rejects Fracking Ban
jdsupra.com
Stephanie Noriea Murphy

On July 16, 2014, the City Council of Denton, Texas rejected an ordinance that would prohibit hydraulic fracturing. The initiative will now be considered by the Denton residents in the November election. Earlier this year, the City Council unanimously approved a temporary ban on fracking which is effective through September. The controversial ordinance would amend Chapter 16, “Licenses, Permits and Business Regulation,” of Denton’s Code of Ordinances to add a new Article VII, entitled “Prohibition of Hydraulic Fracturing.” It dictates that “it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in hydraulic fracturing within the corporate limits in the City.”   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
AACOG hears proposal for moderating water concerns in Eagle Ford Shale
ksat
Brian Mylar

SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo Area Council of Governments is mulling over a proposal from the Texas A&M Water Conservation and Technology Center for the center to become a neutral agent in addressing water concerns in the Eagle Ford shale formation. Calvin Finch, from the center, made a presentation to AACOG’s board Wednesday, telling members that the Eagle Ford communities south of San Antonio are wary of what the oil companies are doing regarding their water supply and that the oil companies are wary of telling the communities what they are doing.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Federal government criticized for leaving fracking chemicals off pollutant list
660news.com


OTTAWA – Environmentalists and legal experts are criticizing the federal government’s decision to leave toxic fracking chemicals off a list of pollutants going into Canada’s air, land and water. “The government doesn’t know exactly which chemicals are being used for fracking and as a result doesn’t know the risk that may be posed by those chemicals,” Joseph Castrilli of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, an Ontario-based legal-aid clinic for environmental issues, said Wednesday. “They’re dangerous and they’re extensively used across the country.”  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Californians oppose increased fracking
Central Valley Business Times


As debates continue over drilling for oil and natural gas using the technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at least half of California adults (54 percent oppose, 36 percent favor) and likely voters (50 percent oppose, 40 percent favor) oppose this method of extraction, according to a new statewide poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Statewide meeting focuses on Virginia gas drilling
tricities.com
ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON

ABINGDON, Va. -- A statewide meeting about natural gas and oil regulations Wednesday had a familiar ring to some Washington County residents, some of whom voiced their opinions on gas drilling. The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy hosted a meeting of the Regulatory Advisory Panel, which is looking at the current gas and oil regulations, reviewing best practices, determining whether fluids used in hydraulic fracturing should be disclosed and determining if additional regulations are necessary in different areas of the state.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Four reasons why US fracking could turn out to be a bubble
qz.com
Tim Fernholz

Hydraulic fracturing—the oil drilling technique that unlocks oil and gas tightly trapped in rock formations—has been a recent bonanza for the US, creating economic growth, cheap fossil fuels and even changing the way the earth looks from space. But is it going to last? + Critics looking at the money pouring into oil exploration, the growing political concern with greenhouse gasses and climate change, and the challenge of renewable energy are starting to wonder if this is really a sustainable development or a temporary bubble that, in a worst case scenario, could end in tears for companies with big investments in expensive oil drilling operations and exploration.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Air quality a concern near North Dakota fire
UPI
Daniel J Graeber

BISMARCK, N.D., July 23 (UPI) --North Dakota's Health Department said it's surveying air quality near the site of a fire at an industrial park in Williston, the heart of the state's oil patch. Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing caught fire at an industrial warehouse in Williston. Officials said they're going to let the fire burn out on its own because pouring water on the blaze would create a secondary problem for nearby waterways. The North Dakota Department of Health said it's monitoring air quality around the industrial park for any threats to public health.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Yukon fracking committee hears an overwhelming no
cbc.ca
Phillippe Morin

So far 108 people in nine Yukon communities have spoken to the Yukon government’s select committee on fracking, and the overwhelming majority are against it. The Yukon Legislature's select committee on fracking has published transcripts of its recent community meetings. At least two of the comments came from people who have worked in the oil and gas industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
New Safety Rules Proposed For Oil Rail Tanker Cars That Carry Explosive, Fracked Crude
CBS SanFrancisco


WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Kochs and Corps Have Bankrolled American Council on Science and Health
Center for Media and Democracy
Rebecah Wilce

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) poses as an independent science-based organization devoted to outing "junk science," but consumer advocates have called it "a consumer front organization for its business backers" that "glove[s] the hand that feeds it." The majority of ACSH's funds have come from corporations and major foundations, but a new review of its funding sources by The Progressive Inc.'s Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveals that some of the hands that feed the group that bashes people concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and chemicals used in factory farming, for example, are those of the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, through the Koch family fortune. Koch Industries profits from petroleum products like ammonia fertilizers and other agribusiness-related operations.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Fracking raises public health concerns
The Highlander
Meredith Burns

It will be years before hydraulic fracturing comes to Western North Carolina — if it comes at all — but residents are already considering the practice’s potential effects on public health. At a presentation on July 16 at the Jackson County Public Library, Dr. Graeme Potter, an OB-GYN at Dogwood Women’s Health clinic in Sylva, explained how water and air pollution associated with hydraulic fracturing threatens public health and why so little is known about the practice’s environmental consequences. Read more: Highlands, NC | The Highlander Newspaper | Highlands, North Carolina - Fracking raises public health concerns   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Feds criticized for leaving fracking chemicals off pollutant list
CTV News


OTTAWA -- Environmentalists and legal experts are criticizing the federal government's decision to omit toxic chemicals used in fracking from a list that summarizes pollutants going into Canada's air, land and water.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Yukon fracking committee hears an overwhelming 'No' Overwhelming majority of people speaking to the committee are against fracking
CBC News
Phillippe Morin

So far 108 people in nine Yukon communities have spoken to the Yukon government’s select committee on fracking, and the overwhelming majority are against it.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Moratorium on fracking a ‘no brainer’
Blackpool Gazette


A councillor’s proposal for a moratorium on fracking in the UK has been welcomed as a “no brainer” by campaigners against the controversial process.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Sylva comes out against fracking
Smoky Mountain News
Jeremy Morrison

The town of Sylva is now the second Jackson County locale to formally oppose hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its boundaries. “I’m concerned about it,” said Commissioner Barbara Hamilton. “It’s not going to affect my life, but it will affect my children’s lives and my grandchildren’s lives, and I’m against it.”   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
New York State of Fracking
Truth-Out
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]

Jul 23, 2014
Health report questions regulation on fracking
Blackpool Gazette


A new report from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has called into question the regulatory system over fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
'Saltwater' from fracking spill much different from ocean water
Miami Herald
Lisa Song Inside Climate News

In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste - a byproduct of oil and gas production - has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation. The oil industry called the accident a "saltwater" spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what's found in the ocean. The industry's wastewater is five to eight times saltier than seawater, said Bill Kappel, a hydrogeologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey. It's salty enough to sting the human tongue, and contains heavy metals in concentrations that might not meet drinking water standards. The briny mix can also include radioactive material. Heavy metals and radioactive materials are toxic at certain concentrations.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Revealed: Sussex’s pension pot funds fracking companies
The Argus
Ben Leo

COUNCIL chiefs have been criticised for ploughing tens of millions of pounds of “unethical investments” into fracking, tobacco and GM food corporations. The Argus can reveal that the East Sussex Pension Fund, which manages pension contributions for Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council, has more than £65 million of its pension portfolio invested in overseas energy companies – including £4.2 million in the world’s largest fracking firm ExxonMobil.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Floyd County residents oppose preliminary plan for natural gas pipeline
wdbj7.com
David Kaplan

A proposed natural gas pipeline through the New River Valley and Southern Virginia has residents in one county riled up. The Mountain Valley Pipeline is just an idea right now; still in the planning stages, pending government approval. The companies looking to build the project say a minimal environmental impact is a top priority for them in building these pipelines.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
City wants reason for pipeline route
The Oshawa Express
Geoff Zochodne

The City of Oshawa wants to know why, exactly, TransCanada’s proposed pipeline can’t run through the Hwy. 407 or hydro corridors in the north end of the city. To find out, the Development Services Committee moved to ask the company for more information on the criteria used for the natural gas pipeline’s route, a motion endorsed by the rest of City council. TransCanada’s proposed route starts through northwestern Oshawa, north of Columbus road, and works its way southeast before exiting the city south of Conlin Road.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Ashburnham joins list of towns against pipeline
Sentinel Enterprise
Michael Hartwell

ASHBURNHAM -- At the urging of anti-pipeline activists, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to request that state and federal officials work to prevent a proposed natural-gas pipeline. After hearing from activists at Monday's meeting, Selectmen Chairman Leo Janssens made a proposal to send letters to the U.S. representatives and senators and the state representatives and senators who represent Ashburnham.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Environmental group wants this agency to join climate fight
Washington Examiner
zACK cOLEMAN

One environmental group thinks it knows how to measure the invisible. And if the Obama administration wants to combat climate change, it says what it's doing deserves a look. The Environmental Defense Fund and Google started a project that maps natural gas leaks in Staten Island, Indianapolis and Boston, which form just a snippet of the 1.24 million miles of pipelines that deliver the fuel to homes and businesses. In a new methodology, it also helps determine the amount that escapes into the atmosphere from each leak. Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter! That's key because many states   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Report Finds DEP Comes Up Short On Gas Drilling
WNEP.COM
Jim Hammill

HARRISBURG — A report out Tuesday from the Pennsylvania Auditor General slams the Department of Environmental protection for how it’s handled the natural gas industry. The report found the DEP wasn’t ready for the industry when it started drilling in the state and it’s not ready now. The auditor general said state environmental regulators need help. He said the DEP is understaffed and underfunded and that 150-plus page report on the state’s handling of gas drilling points out eight ways the agency is coming up short in protecting the environment and the people of this Commonwealth.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Beaver County farmer says Marcellus compressor threatens farm's future
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

This week, for the first time this summer, Don and Becky Kretschmann are pulling an early crop of carrots, and will include them in the overflowing boxes of vegetables, fruits and herbs they‘?ll deliver to the more than 1,000 customers of their Community Supported Agriculture operation 25 miles north of Pittsburgh in Beaver County. But tonight, at a New Sewickley Township supervisors hearing, they‘?ll have a tougher pull as they try to uproot a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station proposal by Cardinal Midstream Inc. that they say is threatening the continued operation of their 80-acre organic farm, their way of life and the agricultural nature of their community. “It’?s an inappropriate use of agricultural land,” said Mr. Kretschmann of the gas compressor proposed for a hilltop upwind and just 2,000 feet from his farm. “Our zoning ordinance is supposed to ensure compatible uses, but this will allow this pristine rural road and community to be converted for industrial use.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Air quality a concern near North Dakota fire Fracking fluid storage facility fire allowed to burn out.
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

BISMARCK, N.D., July 23 (UPI) --North Dakota's Health Department said it's surveying air quality near the site of a fire at an industrial park in Williston, the heart of the state's oil patch. Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing caught fire at an industrial warehouse in Williston. Officials said they're going to let the fire burn out on its own because pouring water on the blaze would create a secondary problem for nearby waterways.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Faults Oversight of Natural Gas Industry
The New York Times
Jon Hurdle

PHILADELPHIA — Environmental officials in Pennsylvania have failed to adequately regulate the state’s booming natural gas industry, a state report said, reflecting what critics say is weak oversight of the oil and gas industry at a time when drilling is spreading across the United States.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
EPA report shows agency waited 5 days to discover Ohio spill chemical contents
The Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

A fracking company made federal and state agencies that oversee drinking-water safety wait days before it shared a list of toxic chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River.  [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2014
Dominion gains another approval needed to move ahead with LNG facility in Calvert
The Washington Post
Jenna Johnson

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and the two other members of the state Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to give Dominion Resources a tidal wetlands license, one more incremental approval needed by the power company as it aims to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County. In doing so, the governor dashed the hopes of a small group of environmentalists who have been passionately fighting the proposed facility, which is expected to receive final federal approval this summer.   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
EPA: 70K Fish, Aquatic Life Killed
Wheeling News-Register
Casey Junkins

HANNIBAL - Water samples of runoff taken shortly a June 28 fire at a Monroe County natural gas drilling site show the presence of many fracking chemicals and resulted in roughly 70,000 dead fish and other aquatic life. Regulators counted roughly 70,000 dead fish, frogs, crayfish, salamanders and other aquatic life after the accident at the Statoil Eisenbarth well pad. Environmental Protection Agency documents state tests show the presence of benzene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, toluene, and pyrene - all chemicals commonly used during well fracking.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Two-thirds Of Britons Favour Wind Power Over Fracking
Urban Times


A new survey has revealed that almost two-thirds of Britons would choose to live near a wind farm over a fracking site. The findings have led to the government being accused of ignoring public opinion  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Small Colorado Town Picks Big-Time Fight Over Fracking
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

When the people of Longmont voted in November 2012 to ban fracking in their Colorado community, they knew it would put them in the cross hairs of powerful oil and gas interests. The City Council had already been sued by the industry's largest trade group and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state's oil and gas regulator, for trying to restrict the controversial drilling technique.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07
Post Gazette
Laura Legere

Oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007, according to official determinations compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection that the agency is preparing to release for the first time. State environmental regulators are planning to post the information on DEP’s website this month, but an early version of the spreadsheet was provided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in response to an open records request. The spreadsheet lists the 209 affected water supplies by county, municipality and the date regulators concluded that activities related to oil or gas extraction were to blame for contaminating or diminishing the flow to a water source. The document does not disclose property owners’ names or addresses and it does not detail which companies that were deemed responsible for the damage, what caused the disruptions or what pollutants were found in the water.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Families Sick From Fracking Exposure Turn to Concerned Scientists
InsideClimate News
Lisa Song

Instead of waiting years for studies, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is using best available science to help people with ailments. Like people in other regions transformed by the shale energy boom, residents of Washington County, Pennsylvania have complained of headaches, nosebleeds and skin rashes. But because there are no comprehensive studies about the health impacts of natural gas drilling, it's hard to determine if their problems are linked to the gas wells and other production facilities that have sprung up around them. A group of scientists from Pennsylvania and neighboring states have stepped in to fill this gap by forming a nonprofit—apparently the first of its kind in the United States—that provides free health consultations to local families near drilling sites. Instead of waiting years or even decades for long-term studies to emerge, the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP) is using the best available science to help people deal with their ailments. "As far as unconventional natural gas drilling goes, we are the public health service of the United States right now," said Michael Kelly, the media liaison for the EHP.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Federal Report Details Chemicals Used At Drilling Site
wnbc4i.com
Rick Reitzel

MONROE COUNTY, Ohio - For the first time, we are learning some of the chemicals used to frack an oil and natural gas well that was involved in a huge fire June 28 in Monroe County. But we're learning about the chemicals the hard way, after those products and trucks staged to hydraulically fracture oil and natural wells went up in a giant inferno. An investigation in the explosion and fire is still ongoing, but NBC4's Rick Reitzel was able to get some of those details from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pollution/Situation Report. The fire was so large it could be seen across the Ohio River in West Virginia. The smoke from it was so thick the Monroe County EMA Director, Phil Keevert said firefighters had to be pulled back three times and it took more than 24 hours to extinguish.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
New Study Indicates Methane Production Could Accelerate Global Warming
knovel


In recent years, many coal fired power plants have been converting their facilities to burn natural gas in order to cut back on carbon emissions. There are problems with this approach, however, considering the potent methane byproducts that are created by burning natural gas. Recently, Robert Howarth, PhD, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell, has been vocal about the risks of burning propane in lieu of other fossil fuels. Risks of fossil fuels Essentially, it's a zero sum game when it comes to burning fossil fuels. According to Howarth, "While emissions of carbon dioxide are less from natural gas than from coal and oil, methane emissions are far greater. Methane is such a potent greenhouse gas that these emissions make natural gas a dangerous fuel from the standpoint of global warming over the next several decades." His May 2014 study, titled "A Bridge to Nowhere: Methane Emissions and the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Natural gas" indicates that U.S. and foreign policy has put the horse ahead of the carriage, so to speak, with their clean energy initiatives.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Beaver County farmer says Marcellus compressor threatens farm's future
Post Gazette
Don Hopey

This week, for the first time this summer, Don and Becky Kretschmann are pulling an early crop of carrots, and will include them in the overflowing boxes of vegetables, fruits and herbs they‘?ll deliver to the more than 1,000 customers of their Community Supported Agriculture operation 25 miles north of Pittsburgh in Beaver County. But tonight, at a New Sewickley Township supervisors hearing, they‘?ll have a tougher pull as they try to uproot a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station proposal by Cardinal Midstream Inc. that they say is threatening the continued operation of their 80-acre organic farm, their way of life and the agricultural nature of their community. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2014/07This week, for the first time this summer, Don and Becky Kretschmann are pulling an early crop of carrots, and will include them in the overflowing boxes of vegetables, fruits and herbs they‘?ll deliver to the more than 1,000 customers of their Community Supported Agriculture operation 25 miles north of Pittsburgh in Beaver County. But tonight, at a New Sewickley Township supervisors hearing, they‘?ll have a tougher pull as they try to uproot a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station proposal by Cardinal Midstream Inc. that they say is threatening the continued operation of their 80-acre organic farm, their way of life and the agricultural nature of their community.   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Groups React To Auditor General’s Report On Marcellus Shale Drilling Regulation
Pa Environment Digest


A number of groups issued statements in reaction to the Auditor General’s report Tuesday on regulating Marcellus Shale drilling by DEP. Here is a sampling of those statements. “While we commend the employees at DEP for their ongoing efforts to address the environmental impacts of Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling boom, it's clear that the Department is not keeping up with its statutory role,” said John Norbeck, vice president and chief operating officer of PennFuture. “The Auditor General noted in his report eight key findings that outlined, among other concerns, the Department's failure to issue administrative orders when violations occurred, effectively allowing the industry to police itself. Further, the report noted that the Department had no clear inspection schedule for gas wells, and evidenced a startling lack of transparency and accountability. When our citizens have greater access to information about kennel inspections and restaurant inspections than they do natural gas well inspections, we have a problem.”   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Audit blasts state failures on fracking oversight
Philadelphia City Paper
Daniel Denvir

Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale issued a scathing 146-page audit today accusing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection of failing to adequately monitor the impact of natural gas drilling on water quality. The DEP failed to order pollutors to remedy water contamination as required by law, according to the audit, and "chose instead to seek voluntary compliance and encouraged operators to work out a solution with affected parties." The soft-touch oversight means that "DEP risks losing the relevance and authority it holds as a regulator. Stated simply, without fear of a 'bite,' DEP's 'bark' will do little to ensure compliance."  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Professor turned NY governor candidate flunks Cuomo on fracking, corruption probe
Daily Freeman
William J. Kemble

KINGSTON >> Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor, said his first term has been marked by broken promises and favors to corporate leaders who are financing his re-election bid. Speaking Tuesday to a crowd of about 35 at an Ulster County Democratic Women’s gathering, Teachout said Cuomo has failed to take a stand on a number of issues, such as hydraulic fracturing, and has been misleading about others, like medical marijuana.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Sierra Club irked by U.S. LNG export stance
UPI
Daniel J Graeber

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) --U.S. policies on the export of liquefied natural gas are out of step with renewable and climate protection goals, the Sierra Club said. The Sierra Club announced it filed comments with the Department of Energy on the impacts of LNG. The advocacy group said LNG exports would lead to more domestic gas production, which may cause an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and inhibit the development of renewable energy projects. Sierra Club attorney Nathan Matthews said Monday the analysis from the Department of Energy falls short.   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Post-Gazette: 209 Water Supplies Damaged By Drilling Since Late 2007
Northcentral PA


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported information from the Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday which shows 209 water supplies were affected by drilling since the end of 2007. Bradford County had the highest number of affected wells at 48, followed by Susquehanna County-- 35, McKean County-- 24 and Forest County-- 17. DEP found 18 cases of water supply impacts in 2008, 47 in 2009, 34 in 2010, 34 in 2011, 35 in 2012, 33 in 2013 and five through May of this year out of about 20,000 wells drilled so far.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
New York State of Fracking: A ProPublica Explainer Court cases. A governor’s moratorium. Pending health study. A quick guide to the state of fracking in New York.
ProPublica
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]

Jul 22, 2014
PA Regulators Unprepared for Rapid Shale Gas Development
Marcellus Effect


Today Pennsylvania auditor general Eugene DePasquale told the press that the state’s rapid shale gas development outpaced the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s ability to oversee industry and protect water quality. The department, he said, was hampered in doing their jobs by understaffing, lack of modern technological resources, and inconsistent policies.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Auditor General Issues Critical PADEP Audit Pennsylvania Environmental Organizations Applaud Investigation’s Goals Report's findings mirror concerns raised by Pennsylvanians dealing with water contamination
Riverkeeper et al
Press Release

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s Auditor General office released a highly anticipated audit of the Department of Environmental Protection’s performance regarding shale gas development today. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale stated that the audit “...shows that the meteoric growth of the shale gas industry caught the Department of Environmental Protection unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints”. The report is available here: http://bit.ly/1rHhXAt  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Massive ND fire triggers evacuations, closes airport
KARE11
AP

WILLISTON, N.D. - A manager at Williston's airport says all flights in and out of the oil patch town have been canceled because of smoke at the scene of a massive fire. Sloulin Field International Airport assistant airport manager Anthony Dudas says the FAA issued a temporary flight restriction at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday until officials determine how hazardous the cloud of smoke is. Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair said local fire departments are letting the blaze at Red River Supply burn itself out   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Opponents petition regulators against Vermont Gas pipeline; cite cost increase
AP via Daily Journal


MONTPELIER, Vermont — Critics of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont want construction halted while state regulators review a recent 40 percent increase in the project's cost estimate. Anti-pipeline activists say they'll launch a "fish-in" at the Public Service Board on Tuesday afternoon to protest what they're calling a bait-and-switch by project developer Vermont Gas Systems. The company announced earlier this month the estimated cost of phase one of the project had climbed by 40 percent, to more than $121 million. The company attributes higher costs to route changes to accommodate landowners and towns along the route.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Proposed Pipeline Project to Get Federal Scrutiny
State Impact PA
SUSAN PHILLIPS

Federal regulators announced this week that a controversial pipeline expansion project will undergo an extensive environmental review. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate pipelines, will do an environmental impact statement on the $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Project. Oklahoma-based Williams has proposed an expansion to their Transco natural gas pipeline, which would run through parts of north and central Pennsylvania. The pipeline has garnered intense opposition in Lancaster County. As a result, the company has changed part of its original route to avoid nature preserves.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Trans Canada proposes natural gas pipeline through Morrow County
morrow county sentinel
Donna Carver

Trans Canada is evaluating the possibility of developing a new natural gas pipeline on its ANR system through Morrow County. This possibility brought Trans Canada representative Peter Jaskoski to meet with Morrow County Commissioners on Wednesday July 16, 2014. When most people who follow pipeline news think of Trans Canada, they think of the proposed northern half of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. However, ANR is a different Trans Canada pipeline with a similar function as Keystone XL.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Townsend march sends message of opposition to planned pipeline
Sentinel and Enterprise
Chelsea Feinstein

TOWNSEND -- As a group of marchers opposed to a natural-gas pipeline that could cut across the state made a 2.2-mile trek down Route 119 on Monday evening, the drivers of dozens of passing cars honked their horns and waved in support. Halfway through the route, one driver passing by leaned on his horn and gave the group a thumbs-up. About 80 protesters marched from near the Townsend VFW Post to Townsend Common, brandishing signs with such messages as, "Can you hear us now, Gov. Patrick?" and "Only dinosaurs want more fossil fuel."  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Pennsylvania Regulator Faulted for Lax Role in Fracking
Bloomberg
Mark Drajem

Pennsylvania regulators were unprepared for the fracking-fueled boom in natural gas production during the past decade, putting drinking water supplies at risk, the state’s watchdog said. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection failed to order drillers to clean or replace tainted water supplies, or to act quickly on residents’ complaints of contamination, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today. It also used a 25-year-old inspection policy. “Shale gas development offers significant benefits to our commonwealth and nation, but these benefits cannot come at the expense of the public’s trust, health and well being,” DePasquale, a Democrat, said in a letter to Governor Tom Corbett that accompanied a report with 29 recommendations.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Pa. auditor general finds deficiencies with DEP’s handling of shale gas drilling
Fox 43
Valerie Waltz

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday that a recent audit shows that the explosive growth of the shale gas industry caught the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints. “There are very dedicated hard-working people at DEP but they are being hampered in doing their jobs by lack of resources – including staff and a modern information technology system — and inconsistent or failed implementation of department policies, among other things, “DePasquale said. “It is almost like firefighters trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a 20-foot garden hose. There is no question that DEP needs help and soon to protect clean water.” The audit spanned 2009 through 2012 and was launched by DePasquale in January 2013, after he became auditor general. The audit’s purpose was to assess DEP’s ability to protect the water quality in the wake of shale gas well drilling.   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
New Poll Suggests LNG Development at Odds with B.C.’s Incredibly High Climate Action Support
DeSmog Canada
Carol Linnitt

Last year B.C. joined Washington State, Oregon and California in an effort to limit the causes and effects of climate change. A new poll released today shows British Columbians are eager to see the government keep its commitments under the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. The climate plan was designed to respond to “the clear and convincing scientific evidence of climate change, ocean acidification and other impacts from increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which threaten our people, our economy and our natural resources.” The plan was signed in 2013, with little fanfare. Yet, residents of B.C. strongly support the initiative, and the government’s commitments to limit carbon pollution.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Agencies concerned fracking site could impact wetlands
the advertiser
monica hernandez

MANDEVILLE – There have been protests and heated public meetings over a proposal to begin fracking in St. Tammany Parish. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers is spelling out concerns from state and federal agencies in response to a permit application for a drilling well pad along Hwy. 1088. The Environmental Protection Agency, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Army Corps of Engineers expressed concerns about the proposed site and its potential impact on the wetlands in a letter to Helis Oil and Gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
New Environment Agency chairman has fracking links
The Guardian
Rowena Mason

Sir Philip Dilley was previously chairman of engineering firm that wrote environmental reports on fracking for Cuadrilla. The government has been criticised for appointing a former business adviser to David Cameron who has had corporate links to the fracking industry as the new chairman of the Environment Agency. Sir Philip Dilley, who will work three days a week on a salary of £100,000, was until April the chairman of Arup, an engineering firm that has been employed to write environmental reports on fracking for Cuadrilla – the company hoping to become the first to exploit Britain's shale gas resources. He will take on his new role in September.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish
Ohio Citizen Action


WASHINGTON, DC — “With so many troubling aspects of this disaster, we hope that important lessons are learned regarding the safeguards and regulations that need to be in place to reduce the risks of fracking to human health and the environment, including: Public disclosure of fracking chemicals before fracking is allowed to begin, including chemicals that are in formulas claimed to be trade secrets, so that first responders and regulatory authorities have the information they need to protect the public and the environment. Greater setbacks from homes, schools and other priority areas to adequately protect human life and safety. Such large scale industrial operations involving dangerous chemicals and radioactive materials should not be occurring this close to where people live.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Law professor turned candidate for New York governor flunks Andrew Cuomo on fracking, corruption probe
Daily Freeman
William J. Kemble

KINGSTON >> Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor, said his first term has been marked by broken promises and favors to corporate leaders who are financing his re-election bid. Speaking Tuesday to a crowd of about 35 at an Ulster County Democratic Women’s gathering, Teachout said Cuomo has failed to take a stand on a number of issues, such as hydraulic fracturing, and has been misleading about others, like medical marijuana.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Local lawmakers weigh-in on state lands drilling
Bradford Era
Amanda Nichols

The Corbett administration announced Friday that it has agreed to a partial settlement in the Commonwealth Court case challenging the governor’s plan to lease more state forest and state park land for unconventional natural gas drilling. Local lawmakers talked with The Era Monday about the decision, with some reiterating their support for drilling throughout the state — on private and public land. The administration has agreed not to lease any more state land for gas drilling until the court makes a ruling in the case, and in return the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF) has agreed to drop its request for the court to prevent the state from using revenues from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund to pay for general operations at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Top geologist warns fracking hearing of the dangers of shale gas drilling
Click Green
Staff

Proposals for pilot fracking under consideration by West Sussex County Council have been attacked as “incomplete, incompetent and “disingenuous” by a leading academic. The risk of leakage, odds of contamination, scale of congestion, and potential for house-price erosion are among the various factors that merit rejection. Professor David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at Glasgow University and an academic regarded by many of his peers as a world-class star of geological research, gave his devastating assessment of plans by drilling company Celtique Energy at a hearing about proposed oil and gas extraction in Sussex.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Tory MP and scientists speak out against fracking plans in West Sussex
blue and green tomorrow
Ilaria Bertini

Former Tory minister Nick Herbert has criticised plans to ‘carelessly industrialise’ rural West Sussex through shale gas development, as scientists warn that current regulation in place in the UK is inadequate to protect human health and the environment. Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs, said that plans by energy firm Celtique Energie to allow hydraulic fracturing near Wisborough Green in West Sussex would make the landscape become ‘carelessly industrialised’ and would cause huge disruption to locals.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Questions raised over viability of shale gas
Belfast Telegraph
CLARE WEIR

A new report into fracking has questioned whether shale gas will bring down UK energy bills and has claimed that the the process could lead to water shortages. Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health reviewed evidence across several issues linked with shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing. The document also highlighted "major shortcomings" in regulatory oversight regarding local environmental and public health risks and said that shale gas exploitation could undermine efforts to tackle climate change.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Fracking Opponents Renew Call for South African Shale-Gas Halt
Bloomberg
Paul Burkhardt

A South African environmental group renewed its call for a moratorium on shale-gas fracking, as the government moves closer to a decision on whether to allow the process opponents say imperils water quality. The Treasure Karoo Action Group, named after the semi-desert area of South Africa that has attracted petroleum exploration companies, started in Johannesburg today the latest phase of a campaign to block the drilling technique.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers
Mother Jones
Abrahm Lustgarten Pro Publica

This story was originally published on ProPublica. California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there. The state's Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal "poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources." The orders were first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, and the state has confirmed with ProPublica that its investigation is expanding to look at additional wells.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Massive industrial fire shuts down state highway
Billings Gazette
Associated Press

A massive fire is burning outside of Williston, North Dakota at a supply company for drillers: "Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. It has rail spurs for loading and unloading liquids such as crude oil, and dry goods like drill pipes and casing, according to its website. The company's website also says it provides storage, blending and delivery of drilling fluids, such as calcium chloride, calcium bromide, calcium nitrate and pot ash."  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Company argued capacity from pipeline not needed
Midland Daily News
AP

DETROIT (AP) — Documents say an energy company that wants to build a new natural gas transmission pipeline that could pass through Michigan on its way to Ontario, Canada, argued about two years ago that capacity from an existing pipeline wasn't needed. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1rigLnS ) Energy Transfer Partners argued before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to convert the natural gas Trunkline pipeline to one that transports oil. The 770-mile Trunkline conversion was approved. The new ET Rover pipeline has raised concerns among some residents whose properties have already been dug up for an ongoing oil pipeline project.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
VIDEO: News 8's Mike Straub walks proposed pipeline path Pipeline would cut through natural areas, private property
wgal
Mike Straub

News 8's Mike Straub talks to the people who would be giving up the most if a natural gas pipeline is built in Lancaster and Lebanon counties   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Study into fracking nearing completion
NGNEWS


Fracking is a contentious issue. While Dr. David Wheeler, President of Cape Breton University, prepared to talk about his findings from a government commissioned study into the topic in one of the upstairs rooms at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Monday, downstairs opponents to fracking were handing out information of their own. © ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS Dr. David Wheeler speaks to a group gathered at the Pictou County Wellness Centre about a study he's leading about hydraulic fracturing. The province commissioned an independent review of the effects of hydraulic fracturing last summer, which was mandated to include public consultations and a panel of experts  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Report cites damage to Pa. water supplies
Seattle Pi


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly released records show that gas and oil extraction has damaged Pennsylvania water supplies more than 200 times since 2007. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1ub6Vb6 ) the information Tuesday, based on a Department of Environmental Protection spreadsheet that it obtained through a Right-to-Know Law request.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
New York State of Fracking: A ProPublica Explainer
Pro Publica
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. Here's a rundown of what you need to know about the current status of fracking in New York, the protections available to the state's major watershed and the implications of the most recent court ruling for local municipalities.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2014
Families sick from fracking turn to scientists
Public Integrity
Lisa Song

Like people in other regions transformed by the shale energy boom, residents of Washington County, Pennsylvania, have complained of headaches, nosebleeds and skin rashes. But because there are no comprehensive studies about the health impacts of natural gas drilling, it's hard to determine if their problems are linked to the gas wells and other production facilities that have sprung up around them.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Anti-frackers slightly outnumber proponents, according to latest Siena poll
Legislative Gazette
Luke Parsnow

A new poll, released Monday by the Siena College Research Institute, reports that more New Yorkers still oppose hydrofracking than those who support it. While the number of those who oppose fracking still stand steady at 43 percent, as it has since February, the percentage of supporters has dropped from 41 percent to 40 percent since April. frack_sign shadow While the number of those who oppose fracking still stand steady at 43 percent, as it has since February, the percentage of supporters has dropped from 41 percent to 40 percent since April. Photo by The Legislative Gazette. In addition, 51 percent of upstate voters say they oppose the industry, compared to 40 percent of New York City and 35 percent of the New York City suburban area. Forty-one percent of upstate voters support it.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Company proposing natural gas pipeline called it 'unneeded' in 2012
Detroit Free Press
Keith Matheny

The energy company that wants to build a mega, multi-state natural gas pipeline through six southeast Michigan counties on its way to Sarnia, Ontario, because of what it called “growing markets,” had argued just the opposite when it sold an existing line to another company less than two years ago because it said the capacity wasn’t needed. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners argued before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to convert its major north-south natural gas transmission Trunkline pipeline to one that transports oil, in a partnership with Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Maine town fights plan to use pipeline to export oil sands crude
LA Times
NEELA BANERJEE

m Blake, like thousands of his neighbors in this coastal town, is used to living alongside the oil industry. Tank farms cluster in neighborhoods, by the park where families watch the movie "Frozen" on a summer night, next to schools and senior citizens apartment buildings. As a child, Blake, the town's former mayor, used to jump into high snow drifts from the massive oil tank next door. Now, after decades as a New England hub for importing crude oil and distributing fuel, South Portland is enmeshed in a dispute with the oil industry that echoes far beyond southern Maine.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Pipeline consortium files LNG export license application
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Tim Bradner

KENAI — The consortium planning the North Slope gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export project has taken another major step. An application was filed Friday for the U.S. Department of Energy export permit for the project. North Slope producers, TransCanada Corp. and the state of Alaska asked for permission to export up to 20 million metric tons yearly of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from Alaska, the group announced in a press release. Larry Persily, federal Alaska gas coordinator in the U.S. Department of the Interior, has reviewed the 212-page filing and said the consortium has purchased about half the property it needs for a large LNG plant at Nikiski, or about 200 acres.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Mapping Project Highlights Natural Gas Leaks Under U.S. Cities
Public CEO.com


Using Google Street View cars equipped with methane sensing technology, the first phase of a pilot between the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Google Earth Outreach has pinpointed natural gas leaks under Boston, Indianapolis and New York City’s Staten Island. EDF – a Council Advisor –unveiled interactive online maps this week to help utilities and regulators accelerate system upgrades.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Fracking for Oil Leads to a Lot of Natural Gas Waste
governing.com
McClatchy News Paresh Dave

Frank and Wanda Leppell once lived on a quiet cattle ranch in the middle of a rolling prairie, the lowing of cattle and the chirping of sparrows forming a pleasant soundtrack to their mornings. No more. RELATED America Risks Wasting Fracking’s Potential Fracking Wells State Map Not since the pasture they've leased since 2009 became part of one of the nation's most productive new oil fields. Not since a well barely 200 yards from their front porch began shooting a torch of burning gas skyward, 24 hours a day, with a force as loud as a jet engine. "My bedroom's like day _ I don't need a night light," said Wanda Leppell, who has pleaded with state officials _ so far without success _ to do something. Her husband minces fewer words. "Rotten noise," he says. "Rotten smell, and terrible waste."  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Group seeks full disclosure of drilling chemicals
Washinton Post
AP

CUMBERLAND, Md. — A group of doctors is demanding full public disclosure of chemicals that would be used to drill for natural gas by hydraulic fracturing in western Maryland. The Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/Un0SQ7 ) reported Monday that the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility say rules proposed by state regulators would impede research and public discussion about possibly hazardous chemical formulas.  [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 James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and David Vitter of Louisiana sent a letter in May to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins asking why he was investigating fracking instead of investigating the EPA itself.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Poll: Still even split
Times Union
Brian Nearing

New Yorkers appear solidly entrenched — and nearly evenly divided — over whether natural gas hydraulic fracturing ought to be allowed in the state, according to an opinion poll released Monday by the Siena College Research Institute. A narrow plurality remains opposed to the controversial drilling technique known as "hydrofracking." The slim margin between opponents and supporters has remained essentially unchanged over five separate polls since the institute first asked the question in October 2013.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste into Ground
Scientific American
Abraham Lustgarten & Pro Publica

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there. The state's Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal "poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources." The orders were first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, and the state has confirmed with ProPublica that its investigation is expanding to look at additional wells.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Corps of Engineers raises questions about St. Tammany fracking permit
nola.com
Kim Chatelain

The Army Corps of Engineers has raised concerns about a controversial proposal to frack for oil near Mandeville, stating among other things that steps to avoid wetlands impacts have not been taken and noting other possibly less problematic drilling sites have not been considered. The letter the corps issued to Helis Oil & Gas details concerns raised by the corps, EPA, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that must be addressed by Helis Oil & Gas before water quality and wetlands permits for the project can be issued.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack
The New York Times
HENRY FOUNTAIN

Even the abundant natural gas unleashed by fracking, while cleaner than coal, is a major source of greenhouse gases. Ultimately, many scientists say, those emissions will need to be trapped and stored, too. “If you want to carry on using those fossil hydrocarbons, that means cleaning up their emissions,” said Stuart Haszeldine, a geologist at the University of Edinburgh. Capturing carbon, he said, “is the single best way of doing that.”  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Amid the oil boom, fear Residents near the Port of Albany say they dread the possibility of an oil train explosion
Albany Times-Union
Brian Nearing

Like it or not, Albany — with little initial fanfare — is part of a U.S. oil boom that began on New Year's Eve 2009, when the first train hauling crude oil rolled out of the Bakken fields of North Dakota some 1,800 miles away.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Regulator: New oil train rules could have wide reach
Fuel Fix
Jennifer A. Dlouhy

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx suggested Monday that coming mandates to boost the safety of hauling oil by train will take a comprehensive approach, going beyond requiring changes to the tank cars that carry crude across the country. The issue “has to be dealt with comprehensively,” Foxx said, after a speech at the National Press Club. “So many folks out there say ‘just figure out what the tank car should look like,’ and that’s one piece of it, but speed is an issue and there are several other components that matter.”  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN CONSTRUCTION OF A FRACKED GAS PIPELINE IN NEW YORK CITY
Vice
Nick Pinto

Construction on the Rockaway Lateral natural gas pipeline in Brooklyn was briefly halted on Saturday when protesters entered a gate and stormed into the drilling site while chanting, “Go home, go home!” Saturday’s protest was the latest escalation in an 11th-hour campaign to halt the construction of the 26-inch pipeline, which will carry fracked natural gas under high pressure from an interstate transmission line off the coast into Brooklyn. The pipeline will run under the Rockaway beaches of Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis and through the heretofore federally protected Gateway National Recreation Area before terminating in a metering and regulation station being built in a hangar at Floyd Bennett Field. There, the pressure will be stepped down and the gas will flow into NYC electric giant Con Edison’s distribution network.  [Full Story]

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 lightning-sparked fires destroyed the groups of silo-like storage tanks at the three locations, which are among more than 440 sites in North Dakota where so-called saltwater is stored before being pumped into permanent disposal sites miles underground. In each case, the fires burned for days, spewing noxious black smoke into the air and literally salting the earth.  [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 pressure into a well, cracking the rock to release natural gas and oil.  [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.  [Full Story]

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 Energy Outlook 2014 Early Release, shale oil (or “tight oil”) and shale gas developed with hydraulic fracturing will be significant contributors to U.S. oil and gas output over the next couple of years.   [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 Village Mayor and Manheim Zoning Board Chair Bruce Lyon to reject the compressed natural gas fracking project.   [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 towns are now able to impose fracking bans--regardless of laws set by the pro-shale state government.   [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
Anti-frackers slightly outnumber proponents, according to latest Siena poll
Legislative Gazette
Luke Parsnow

A new poll, released Monday by the Siena College Research Institute, reports that more New Yorkers still oppose hydrofracking than those who support it. While the number of those who oppose fracking still stand steady at 43 percent, as it has since February, the percentage of supporters has dropped from 41 percent to 40 percent since April.  [Full Story]

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]

Jul 21, 2014
How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota:Boom has brought prosperity, but critics wonder about the costs
Center for Public Integrity
Nicholas Kusnetz

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Heritage Center makes for a jarring sight in this Midwestern prairie capital. The newly-expanded museum consists of four interlocking cubes of stone, steel and glass, a gleaming architectural statement poking out of the otherwise drab Capitol grounds. Each cube features a gallery devoted to an era of North Dakota’s history, but the state’s present is everywhere.  [Full Story]

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
Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals after Monroe County spill
Columbus Dispatch


A fracking company made federal and state agencies that oversee drinking-water safety wait days before it shared a list of toxic chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River. Although the spill following a fire on June 28 at the Statoil North America well pad in Monroe County stretched 5 miles along the creek and killed more than 70,000 fish and wildlife, state officials said they do not believe drinking water was affected.  [Full Story]

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 that action while most Pennsylvanians were distracted by their holiday plans.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Fracking Effort Draws Concern in North Orange County
Voice of OC
Nick Gerda

Residents in North Orange County are starting to organize against the controversial oil extraction method known as fracking, which has been conducted near homes just north of Brea.   [Full Story]

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 and water, noise, health problems, and other adverse effects.   [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
The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline EIS: Demand FERC Do it Right!
The Wrench
Wendy Lynne Lee

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The following is a letter composed by Restoration Ecologist, Kevin Heatley and Philosophy of Ecology Professor/Writer, Wendy Lynne Lee. It's aim is to provide citizens potentially impacted by Williams Partners' proposed construction of a 177 mi. 30-42 inch high pressure natural gas pipeline--the TRANSCO expansion, "Atlantic Sunrise"--with clearly drafted, precise information about the ecological hazards of this project. While this letter's focus is ecological, there are a number of other categories of serious hazard--property rights, the abuse of eminent domain, health hazards, and community division--just to name a few. This set is thus intended neither to be comprehensive nor definitive--but we invite readers to copy it for your neighbors, include it in part or whole in your own comments to FERC, copy it and bring it to read at the scoping hearings listed below. Send it to your legislators, your county commissioners--to whomever you think relevant to this project. Our aim is clear: STOP THE PIPELINE.  [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) has legislative authority to regulate fracking.  [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 secured the support of Aboriginal families in the Nookanbah area.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Fracking Britain: without debate, the Government imposes its 'right to rule'
Ecologist
Paul Mobbs

The UK Government's policy is to frack at all costs, against public opinion and compelling evidence of environmental damage and poor returns, writes Paul Mobbs - a timely reminder that as far as the Government is concerned, it has a God-given right to rule over us, no matter what we think or want.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Rep. Jared Polis’ anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
Washington times
Valerie Richardson

DENVER — Rep. Jared Polis and his personal fortune were instrumental in helping Democrats wrest control of Colorado from Republicans, but now Democrats fear that he may jeopardize everything they’ve worked for with his anti-fracking crusade. The multimillionaire Democratic congressman from Boulder is sponsoring two ballot measures targeting hydraulic fracturing, and, in doing so, he’s awakened a powerful foe that has even more money than he does: the state’s oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Pennsylvanians win in Commonwealth Court ruling
observer-reporter.com
opinion

Municipalities that have been charging the castle over Act 13, the state’s two-year-old oil and gas drilling law, didn’t get everything they wanted in Commonwealth Court last week, but they got enough that they could wave the victory flag. The sense of triumph felt by plaintiffs in the case should, in fact, be shared by all the residents of Pennsylvania. After both the Commonwealth Court and state Supreme Court determined previously that the zoning provisions of Act 13 snatched away the zoning and planning rights of communities and gave too much latitude to the natural gas industry, the Commonwealth Court was asked to re–examine other outstanding issues, such as whether a “gag order” on doctors regarding chemical exposures could remain, and if the Public Utility Commission had the power to review zoning ordinances and withhold impact fees from communities whose ordinances, in the PUC’s determination, didn’t pass muster.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Natural Gas May Not Help Fight Global Warming
University Herald
J Baulkman

Replacing coal and oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming, according to a recent study. Researchers found that both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating. "While emissions of carbon dioxide are less from natural gas than from coal and oil, methane emissions are far greater. Methane is such a potent greenhouse gas that these emissions make natural gas a dangerous fuel from the standpoint of global warming over the next several decades," Dr. Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology, said in a statement. "Society should wean ourselves from all fossil fuels and not rely on the myth that natural gas is an acceptable bridge fuel to a sustainable future."  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2014
Exclusive: E-mails Reveal Feds and Rail Companies Pressured States to Keep Oil-by-Rail Information Secret
DeSmog Blog


Documents released to DeSmogBlog by the Washington State Military Department reveal that both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and rail companies attempted to pressure states including Washington to keep information about Bakken crude oil trains from the public.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
OIL RUSH: CAN SAFETY STANDARDS KEEP PACE WITH AMERICA'S FOSSIL FUEL BOOM? [UPDATED]
City & State
Wilder Fleming

Earlier this month, citizens in Albany’s South End held a vigil to mark the anniversary of a disaster that had upended a small lakeside community in Quebec, Canada, the previous year. It was on a warm July night in 2013 that an unattended runaway train loaded with some two million gallons of crude oil careened downhill into the center of the town of Lac-Mégantic and derailed, igniting an explosive conflagration that killed 47 people and leveled nearly 40 buildings. In Albany the observance took place at the Ezra Prentice Homes, a public housing complex located by the tracks along which trains bound from North Dakota’s Bakken region regularly rumble, carrying the same volatile form of crude that upended Lac-Mégantic.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
Pa. appeals court issues split ruling on drilling law
Daily Item
David Conti

HARRISBURG — An appeals court has curbed the state’s power over local zoning rules that target the growing gas drilling industry but upheld other parts of Pennsylvania’s revamped oil and gas laws involving notification of spills, eminent domain and medical records.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
What the Frack? Udall in Trouble in Colorado
Breitbart
Dan Riehl

As The Hill points out, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall (Colo.) has been forced to take a side in Colorado's fight over fracking, putting him at odds with his own state party.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
Fracking protesters get non-violent civil disobedience tips Elsipogtog First Nation hosts session to discuss anti-shale gas tactics
CBC News


The New Brunswick First Nation at the centre of anti-shale gas exploration demonstrations last year hosted protest strategy and civil disobedience training sessions this weekend.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
Planned Dominion Pipeline Raises Some Eyebrows
Wheeling News-Register
Casey Junkins

Natural Gas to Run Through West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
Organic farmer says New Sewickley Twp. compressor station could kill the family business
Times online
J.D. Prose

NEW SEWICKLEY TWP. -- A proposed natural gas compressor station has the owners of a township organic farm worried their longtime business will be threatened if the project is approved, but energy company officials say those fears are overblown. “What we want to do is stop it entirely,” said Don Kretschmann, who has operated the Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, 257 Zeigler Road, with his wife, Becky, since 1978. “This is something that we are not apt to compromise on.” Kretschmann, a former township supervisor, said the Pike Compressor Station proposed by Cardinal PA Midstream of Dallas for Findlay Township-based Penn Energy Resources would be within 2,000 feet of his 80-acre organically certified farm. “We are producing food for hundreds, even thousands of consumers in the Pittsburgh region,” he said.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
Chemicals, dust and deaths and the new rush for oil and gas
hazards magazine
Rory O’Neill

With massive reservoirs of oil and gas trapped in the rocks under our feet, the oil industry is eager to get fracking. But Hazards editor Rory O’Neill warns US evidence of chemical related deaths, a soaring fatality rate and widespread over-exposure to lung wrecking, cancer-causing dust, has raised seriously unhealthy questions.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
Will federal agency give pipeline foes a fair hearing?
Lancaster Online
Gil Smart

It was early July when Mike Lausch got the letter that shook his West Hempfield Township neighborhood. The letter, from Oklahoma-based Williams Partners, announced that the firm had rerouted its proposed natural gas pipeline. Now it would run through a cornfield paralleling the 196-home Bridge Valley development — and directly across the street from Lausch’s house. Residents were stunned — and angry. Lausch contacted every elected official he could think of to protest. Others began organizing via social media. Many wrote impassioned letters to the federal agency that, as they see it, holds the fate of their modest neighborhood in its bureaucratic hands  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2014
Natural gas mega-line in Michigan now a necessity or an about-face?
Battle Creek Enquirer
Keith Matheny

DETROIT — The energy company that wants to build a mega, multi-state natural gas pipeline through six southeast Michigan counties on its way to Sarnia, Ontario, because of what it called “growing markets” had argued just the opposite when it sold an existing line to another company less than two years ago because it said the capacity wasn’t needed. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners argued before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to convert its major north-south natural gas transmission Trunkline pipeline to one that transports oil, in a partnership with Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
Concerns surround Va. gas pipeline survey
News Leader
Calvin Trice

MIDDLEBROOK – Rocky hills are part of the farmland that John and Barbara Anderson have owned more than four decades, but a proposal to run a utility pipeline through it has them feeling a bit flattened. “It just came out of the blue, and all of a sudden, you feel like you’ve been run over,” Barbara Anderson said. Dominion Virginia Power notified the Andersons that their 248-acre property is along the route of a proposed $4 billion natural gas line the company would run from West Virginia to North Carolina. State law allows the company to enter private property without permission to conduct surveys needed to get permits.  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
California reviews fracking water disposal amid contamination concerns
Reuters
Rory Carroll

(Reuters) - California on Friday said it would review wells where oil drilling waste water from the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is disposed to ensure they are not contaminating drinking water. The move comes after the state ordered oil companies to shut down 11 wells on July 1 in Kern County, an area in the state’s Central Valley that is home to the bulk of its crude oil production.   [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
Anti-fracking circus rides into Colorado
Chieftain
Anastasia Swearingen Opinion

A traveling troupe of misfits and malcontents have launched a nationwide campaign to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. What they lack in facts and reason they make up for with theatrics, hyperbole and millions of dollars in funding...Under the guise of “local control,” these activists claim to be looking out for Colorado’s interests. But many of the groups don’t just want to give Coloradans the right to decide whether to allow fracking—they want to ban fracking outright.   [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
4 Reasons Fracking Isn't Dead in California
The Motley Fool
Joseph Shupac

One of the big questions about the American energy industry is whether or not California's Monterey formation, which in 2012 the EIA estimated to contain nearly two-thirds of the United States' technically recoverable tight oil reserves, will be developed on a large scale in the relatively near future. Today the Monterey produces only about 3% of American oil that is extracted from shale. The reasons it has not been developed so far are well known; these include California's environmentalism, high state taxes, expensive land, shortage of freshwater (which fracking uses intensively), geological discontinuities, and the possibility that, as a more recent EIA report claims, past estimates of California's shale potential were wildly overblown.   [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
Air monitors provided to residents near Marcellus sites
Observer-Reporter
Emily Petsko

Mickey Gniadek remembers the exact day when he stepped outside his Finleyville home and felt like a fish out of water. It was Dec. 4, 2013. Gniadek, who had no pre-existing conditions, gasped for air and nearly collapsed from what he believes was a suffocating mix of gases in the atmosphere. “When I came out the door I noticed there was a heavy white cloud that just hung across (the property). … It smelled very acidic,” said Gniadek, who lives on Cardox Road.  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
Amid the oil boom, fear
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Residents near the Port of Albany say they dread the possibility of an oil train explosion  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
"Tea Party of the Left" wages ferocious battle over fracking
The Denver Post
Lynn Bartels

Not that long ago, nurse Cliff Willmeng would have reacted to a question about hydraulic fracturing with a blank stare. Fracking, oil shale, drilling: those were words used by geologists, not an emergency-room worker. But a notice in his hometown paper in Lafayette about mothers protesting a well site outside Red Hawk Elementary School inErie transformed the 44-year-old Chicago native and father of two.  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
Officials seek maps for pipeline project
The Daily Star
Joe Mahoney

Hundreds of landowners in Schoharie County and elsewhere in upstate New York have been contacted in recent weeks by a Texas-based energy company, advising them their property is along the potential route of a new Tennessee Gas pipeline being proposed by the firm, Schoharie Town Supervisor Gene Milone said Friday. Milone said representatives of Kinder Morgan Inc., a Houston firm involved in the natural gas industry, were pressed by members of the Schoharie Board of Supervisors to come up with maps showing exactly which properties would be in the pathway of the underground pipeline. He said company officials advised the supervisors that the firm has recently contacted some 500 landowners in upstate New York, indicating it will want their permission to survey the parcels.   [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
NYC billionaire to spend money in Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Max Radwin

A spokeswoman for NextGen Climate said it is working to show voters how Mr. Corbett “stood up for powerful energy companies (who are significant contributors to his campaign) at the expense of Pennsylvania voters’? best interests.” Last week, NextGen sent a Right-to-Know request for all correspondence between Mr. Corbett and oil and gas companies, plus campaign finance records.   [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
California Shuts Down Injection Of Fracking Waste To Protect Scarce Water
Huffington Post
Abrahm Lustgarten-ProPublica

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
More Groundwater Contamination from Fracking Accidents
Kansas City Infozone


The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology.   [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2014
Gulf Oil plans LNG facility in Great Bend
The Times-Tribune
BRENDAN GIBBONS

An oil company with Pennsylvania roots plans to have a liquefied natural gas plant up and running in Great Bend, Susquehanna County, by the end of 2015. The plant would accept natural gas from Williams’ Windsor-Montrose-Washington gathering line and compress it for storage and delivery as a liquid, according to a petition the company, Gulf Oil Limited Partnership, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in April. The plant would produce 100,000 to 300,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas per day, the petition states, using electric compressors. Its target markets are operators of drilling rigs and hydraulic fracturing truck fleets who want to run their equipment on natural gas instead of diesel fuel. The gas would also go to storage facilities operated by utility companies. These plants, known as “peak-shaving plants,” store excess gas until periods of high demand, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Clean up started after fracking operation effects orphan well
Observer-Reporter
Bob Niedbala

A company hydro fracking a conventional oil well in Jackson Township Monday blew out the plug on a nearby unknown “wildcat,” or orphan well, forcing materials in the orphan well to the surface and requiring a cleanup of an unnamed tributary of Long Run. Penneco Oil Co. was fracking the horizontal portion of the well off Long Run Road when the pressure “communicated with an unknown wildcat well,” said John Poister, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
CA Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers
ProPublica
Abrahm Lustgarten

State’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Fracking will weigh in race for governor
auburnpub.com
Guy Cosentino

It is becoming clear that this year’s race for the Governor’s Mansion is going to sift down to a couple of issues, whether the Empire State should allow fracking is likely to be one.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Fracking wastewater is big business in Ohio
Midwest Energy News
Kathiann M. Kowalski

The oil and gas boom made possible by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of horizontal wells has also led to dramatic growth in Ohio’s injection well disposal industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Kansas Shaken By M3.6 Earthquake July 17, 2014: More Fracking Quakes
Decoded Science
Jessica Tucker

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattled the state at 5:40am CDT on July 17th, approximately 19 kilometers (12 miles) WNW of Caldwell, Kansas and from a depth of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Hopes of exporting gas to Europe halted by U.S. regulations
Shale Gas Reporter.com
Katie Woods

U.S. natural gas is in demand in Europe, especially as countries search for alternatives to Russian energy  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
State budget cuts river agency aid
citizensvoice.com
Robert Swift

HARRISBURG — The new state budget cuts aid to the Delaware River Basin Commission in half, an unusual move even with the tight finances facing Pennsylvania during the past half-dozen years.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Fracking debate heating up in NY?
wbng news
Tyler Race

The fracking debate has caused even more controversy in New York State  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
In US energy boom, who decides if fracking comes to town?
The Christian Science Monitor
Jared Gilmour

Americans across the country are weighing the benefits and downsides of increased domestic energy production, and the controversial new technologies that come with it  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Protecting Western Massachusetts Farms
Lucia Green-Weiskel
huffingtonpost.com

For residents of Western Massachusetts, the famous Shay's Rebellion of 1786-87 has yet to come to an end  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Pa. DEP to hold public hearing on Milford Township compressor station
Pocono Record
Beth Brelje

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection plans a public hearing on a proposed compressor station modification on Schocopee Road in Milford Township. Columbia Gas Transmission Co. is seeking permission to increase the capacity of gas that flows through its pipeline with the installation and operation of two new Solar Centaur natural gas-fired compressor turbines and an emergency generator at the Milford Compressor Station. Compressor stations propel gas along the pipe. In Milford, the Columbia-owned compressor station can send gas onto the Columbia Pipeline or connect the gas to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) on Q2 2014 Results - Earnings Conference Call
Seeking Alpha


Richard D. Kinder - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Well, I think -- and I'll let Tom Martin jump in here, but what's really changed is this is really now 2 projects. One is from the Marcellus to Wright, New York, and that's mostly a supply push project. And then the second project is from Wright across a little bit of New York and Massachusetts to Dracut. And again, the cost of that depends obviously on what the shipment actually is, and the $5 billion to $6 billion would be at the fully utilized percentages. Tom, you want to comment on that?   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm Spurs Fracking Wastewater Disposal Debate
DESMOBLOG.COM
Sharon Kelly

Last weekend, a swarm of seven earthquakes in just 14 hours between Saturday evening and Sunday morning in Oklahoma made national headlines.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Protesters Urge Brown to Protect California’s Water by Banning Fracking
San Diego Free Press
Dan Bacher

As the State Water Resources Control Board approved new emergency regulations to fine residential “water hogs” up to $500 a day, Californians Against Fracking urged Governor Jerry Brown to ban the environmentally destructive, water intensive oil drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Fracking contaminates U.S. surface with radioactive waste
Natural News
L.J.Devon

Radioactive Marcellus shale being drilled to the surface   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Fracking contaminates U.S. surface with radioactive waste
Natural News
L.J. Devon

(NaturalNews) The petroleum and natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing is becoming more common in the United States, especially in the East. This method injects water, sand, and chemicals deep into rock formations, creating fractures that allow petroleum and natural gas to migrate toward the drilled out well.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Corbett agrees to hold off on new gas leases on state lands pending lawsuit
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

The Corbett administration has agreed to hold off on leasing any more state land for natural gas drilling until a case challenging the practice is settled. In exchange, the environmental group suing the stateagreed not to challenge the use of state conservation money to fund the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Pennsylvania cuts funding to Delaware River commission
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

Pennsylvania is cutting its share of funding to the agency that oversees issues from water quality to flood management in the Delaware River watershed, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports. The Delaware River Basin Commission, or DRBC, is run by the federal government and the governors of the four states that share the watershed – New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Under an agreement, Pennsylvania is responsible for 25 percent of the funding for the commission’s work. Governor Tom Corbett proposed a $500,000 cut in February, which remained in the final budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by the governor on July 10.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Two drilling companies sue Broadview Heights over ban on oil and gas wells
Plain Dealer
Bob Sandrick

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – Two drilling companies with natural gas and oil wells in Broadview Heights have sued the city over its prohibition against future wells. Bass Energy Co. Inc., of Fairlawn, and Ohio Valley Energy, of Austintown, said the state of Ohio, not Broadview Heights, has sole authority to permit or deny drilling and to regulate wells.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Clean Power, Off the Grid
New York Times
David J. Hayes--Opinion

STANFORD, Calif. — AFTER years of hype, renewable energy has gone mainstream in much of the United States and, increasingly, around the world.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
State Delays “Emergency” Fracking Regulations Another Six Months
AllGov CA


California lawmakers rejected a moratorium last year (and again this year) on hydraulic fracturing at oil and gas drilling sites while regulators decide how to oversee the potentially dangerous, and largely unregulated, extraction process.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Fracking and protecting Pa. residents' health
Lancaster Online
Intelligencer Journal Editorial

Last week, Dr. Eli Avila, Pennsylvania’s former health secretary, accused state leaders of failing to seriously study hydraulic fracturing’s impact on the health of state residents.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
New York Senate Rejects Fracking Ban
Heartland
Alyssa Carducci

The New York Senate has declined to pass a bill extending a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing energy production in the state. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and local governments will decide the fate of fracking in New York.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Regulators Wrap Up Hearings On "Fracking" Rules
Interlochen Public Radio
Rick Pluta

UPDATE 2:35PM: Our story has been corrected because the ballot campaign is now looking to get a voter initiated law, not a constitutional amendment. State environmental regulators will put the finishing touches on new rules regarding “fracking” now that public hearings have wrapped up. They expect to have the new rules adopted by the end of the year. But the state’s rules may not be the final word on the controversial drilling process  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Protesters Urge Agency to Stop Fracked Gas Exports
Center for Effective Government
Zach St. Louis

On July 13, over 1,000 protestors marched from the U.S. Capitol to the doors of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). They urged the agency to reject a proposal to construct a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Lusby, Maryland, which is just 60 miles south of the White House.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
State appeals court hands down split decision on state's oil and gas law
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere and Don Hopey

A Pennsylvania appeals court today issued a split decision on the state's oil and gas law, rejecting some challenges while holding up other aspects. The Commonwealth Court confirmed that regulators can be required to notify public water suppliers but not private water well owners of drilling-related spills. It also upheld the law's limits on what doctors can disclose about proprietary chemicals used in the gas extraction process and its terms for allowing public utilities to use eminent domain to take property for gas storage facilities.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Commonwealth Court throws out several challenges to Act 13, including ‘doctor gag rule’
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI AND SUSAN PHILLIPS

Pennsylvania doctors have nothing to worry about when it comes to the so-called “gag order” on chemical exposures from oil and gas drilling. That’s the message from the Commonwealth Court today in a much-anticipated ruling on provisions of the state’s two-year-old oil and gas law. The court issued the ruling after the Supreme Court passed on the controversy, sending it back to the lower court. The “gag rule” stems from a section of Act 13, which requires nondisclosure agreements from healthcare providers who seek information on chemical exposures, which may be deemed “confidential” by industry. The law, which was drafted without the knowledge or consultation of healthcare providers, forces doctors to sign a nondisclosure agreement, thereby agreeing not to share any ingredients in the industry’s secret sauce used to frack and drill for natural gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
In North Dakota's oil bonanza, natural gas goes up in flames
Los Angeles Times
Paresh Dave

Frank and Wanda Leppell once lived on a quiet cattle ranch in the middle of a rolling prairie, the lowing of cattle and the chirping of sparrows forming a pleasant soundtrack to their mornings. No more. Not since the pasture they began leasing in 2009 became part of one of the nation's most productive new oil fields. Not since a well barely 200 yards from their front porch began shooting a torch of burning gas skyward, 24 hours a day, with a force as loud as a jet engine.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
About 1,000 natural gas leaks found on Staten Island; first NYC area mapped in Google
Staten Island Advance
Maura Grunlund

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island was the first place mapped in the New York City metropolitan area in a project that revealed about 1,000 natural gas pipeline leaks in our borough. The Island was targeted for the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach joint project that mapped natural gas leaks based on methane emissions because our borough "was an easily delineated location within National Grid territory, not overlapping with other utilities," said Lauren Whittenberg, director of natural gas communications for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Fracking Industry Seeks Better Chemicals
Laboratory Equipment
Patricia Waldron

Representatives from the natural gas industry, chemical companies and nonprofits came together in Bethesda, Maryland, at a session of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, to discuss ways to use fewer and safer chemicals in fracking. Though not yet widely adopted, these strategies are not only good for the environment, but are less risky for their employees and can even save money, said session chair Danny Durham, the manager of Global Upstream Chemicals of the Houston-based Apache Corporation.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Planned fracking sand facility rejected
Times-Tribune
Robert L. Baker

The Wyoming County Planning Commission denied preliminary approval Wednesday for a proposed facility that provides sand for fracking, saying it violated a section of the county code that protects the health, safety and welfare of the community.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Fracking fray heats up Court will hear arguments to save fracking-ban petition
News Review


Joni Stellar, organizer of Frack Free Butte County, appeared at the Butte County Superior Court’s Chico complex Tuesday (July 15) in an attempt to ensure a proposed fracking ban makes it onto the ballot in November.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Fracking-Inspired Artwork At Real Art Ways Artworks By Hilary Brace, Linda Darling, Thom Sawyer, Dennis Pinette
Hartford Courant
Susan Dunne

An exhibit of Pacheco's work, "Extraction," is up now at Real Art Ways in Hartford. The title of the show has a dual meaning. The subject matter is extraction — fracking, offshore oil rigs, natural gas exploration — and the materials he uses are largely petroleum-based.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
In US energy boom, who decides if fracking comes to town?
Christian Science Monitor
Jared Gilmour

Americans across the country are weighing the benefits and downsides of increased domestic energy production, and the controversial new technologies that come with it. Increasingly, they're also debating who gets to decide when and where fracking happens, or if it takes place at all.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Texas city rejects partial fracking ban
Omaha.com


DENTON, Texas (AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm Spurs Fracking Wastewater Disposal Debate
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

Last weekend, a swarm of seven earthquakes in just 14 hours between Saturday evening and Sunday morning in Oklahoma made national headlines. Those seven quakes were immediately preceded by another earthquake that measured 4.3 on the Richter scale in Langston, OK, which struck at noon on Saturday. And on Monday, a quake that measuring 3.9 hit just northeast of Harrah, OK, followed in the same region just hours later by a 3.8 magnitude earthquake, data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Truth will hurt you if state must divulge radioactivity data
The Morning Call
Paul Carpenter

David Allard, director of the state Bureau of Radiation Protection, came down from the Mount of Olives declaring that, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall not set you free, but shall result in a demonstrable risk of physical harm to you" — or something like that. That harm, he suggested, will be inflicted if evildoers find out where certain gas- and oil-drilling operations are located in Pennsylvania, as if it's possible for anyone not to notice those grotesque blots on portions of our landscape already.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Investigation to continue at site of house explosion
Fox 8
Stacey Frey

ORWELL, Ohio — Investigators were expected to return to the scene of a house explosion Thursday.... There is a well on the property and natural gas would sometimes seep into the water system.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Australia Becomes First Developed Nation to Repeal Carbon Tax Tony Abbott Pledged to Get Rid of the Tax Last Year
Wall Street Journal
Rob Taylor & Rhiannon Hoyle

CANBERRA, Australia—After almost a decade of heated political debate, Australia has become the world's first developed nation to repeal carbon laws that put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Battle over local control of drilling leaves statehouse for ballot box
Denver Post
Mark Jaffe

The battle over local control of oil and gas drilling Wednesday swung from the statehouse to the ballot box in what is shaping up as Colorado's most expensive initiative battle ever.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Protests grow over proposed pipeline through Mass. Communities raising flags over plan to expand Tennessee Gas network
Boston Globe
Hattie Bernstein

“We know we need energy if we want to keep the lights on,” said Pepperell resident Ken Hartlage, president of the Nashoba Conservation Trust. “What we’re saying is don’t impose a solution on us that doesn’t allow us to be part of the process.”   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Google and EDF Partner to Map Natural Gas Leaks
EcoWatch
Bradon Baker

Natural gas is leaking beneath streets near you, though you might not realize it. While the leaks might not show obvious effects right away, the methane within natural gas warms the planet about 120 more than carbon dioxide. Google and the Environmental Defense Fund entered a partnership to track pipe leak risks with innovative online maps.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Which release is worse – radiation or information on radiation? DEP told to hand over data on well sites
PennLive
Jan Murphy

It's well established that radiation can be harmful. But is it possible that the release of information about radioactive material is dangerous as well? That was an argument that the state Department of Environmental Protection made when it denied a request from an environmental group for recently collected information about radiation levels in and around oil and gas well sites in the Marcellus shale region, along with other related information.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
In North Dakota's oil bonanza, natural gas goes up in flames
LA Times
Paresh Dave

Not since the pasture they began leasing in 2009 became part of one of the nation's most productive new oil fields. Not since a well barely 200 yards from their front porch began shooting a torch of burning gas skyward, 24 hours a day, with a force as loud as a jet engine.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Thousands of gas leaks in Boston area, study finds
Boston Globe
Callum Borchers

An online map published Wednesday by Google and the Environmental Defense Fund reveals thousands of natural gas leaks under the streets of Boston and surrounding cities.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Health chief: No fast answer to drilling questions
Seattle PI
Kevin Begos

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue. Health Secretary Michael Wolf told The Associated Press that the department is working to do research with other public and private partners, such as hospitals.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Politicians show glaring inconsistencies on fracking issue
Star Gazette
Bette Ek Opinion

Some candidates' vicious and bizarre campaign ads are frustrating during election years because too often we get unclear or conflicting messages regarding where candidates stand on critical issues. Many of these issues will have far-reaching effects, not only on us but on future generations.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
State to delay gas testing in Cape Fear region
Fay Observer
Andrew Barksdale

Soil testing for natural gas that was to get underway this summer in Cumberland County will be delayed. Scientists with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources were hoping to award a contract this summer to have soil deep below the surface tested for traces of ancient shale formations that could contain natural gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
No fast answer to drilling questions, Pa. health chief says
Tribune-Review
Associated Press

The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said on Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue. Health Secretary Michael Wolf said the department is working to do research with other public and private partners, such as hospitals.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Brant proposes law banning hydrofracking
The Sun
Brian Campbell

BRANT — The Brant Town Board took the first steps to adopting new local laws regarding hydrofracking at its July 8 meeting. The proposed law, ‘Horizontal Drilling Law,’ was presented to the Brant town board by the planning board, who offered a number of reasons for its necessity.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
In rare effort, Ohio scientist to test water before fracking soars
Ames Tribune
Lisa Song

As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few sustained efforts in the nation to evaluate drinking water quality before, during and after gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
North Texas Town Rejects Fracking Ban
EcoWatch
Brandon Baker

Denton was on the brink of becoming the first city in Texas to ban fracking, but city council rejected the measure. Council listened to eight hours of testimony, according to the Associated Press, before voting against the ban by a five-two count. Voters will have their say on the issue during the November election.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Big Fracking Deal For Halliburton In China
China CSR


U.S.-based Halliburton has signed an agreement with a Chinese company for hydraulic fracturing in the oilfields in the Xinjiang area of China. Halliburton inked the deal with an SPT Energy Group Inc. affiliate, Petrotech (Xinjiang) Engineering Co., Ltd., to establish a joint venture company focused on hydraulic fracturing and production enhancement services.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
North Texas city rejects partial fracking ban
Houston Chronicle
EMILY SCHMALL

DENTON, Texas (AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday morning to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community after eight hours of public testimony. Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Breaking: Denton City Council Rejects Fracking Ban: Referendum Will Be on November Ballot
DeSmogBlog
Julie Dermansky

The failure of the Denton city council to pass a fracking ban in Denton, Texas, after a meeting that went on for over eight hours last night, was no surprise to Cathy McMullen, Denton resident and president of Denton Drilling Awareness Group. “The vote was theater,” McMullen told DeSmogBlog. Councilman Kevin Roden was the only one to call for ban. His motion was not seconded. A motion to deny the ban was approved 5 to 2, followed by an unanimous vote to put the ban initiative on the next ballot.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
The Big One: Russia's Bazhenov shale
Reuters
John Kemp

(Reuters) - As U.S. and EU policymakers have imposed targeted sanctions on Russian individuals and firms in response to the crisis in Ukraine, Western companies have sought to insulate their own projects from the political imbroglio and continue developing the country's vast oil and gas resources. Exxon Mobil and Shell have joint ventures with Rosneft and Gazprom respectively to explore and produce shale oil and gas from beneath the swampy plains of Western Siberia and both want to be allowed to continue operating there. It's easy to see why. The West Siberian basin is the largest petroleum basin in the world, covering 2.2 million square kilometres between the Ural Mountains and Yenisei River, extending from Kazakhstan in the south to under parts of the Kara Sea in the north. The region contains dozens of super-giant and giant oilfields, including Samotlor with 28 billion barrels of oil originally in place, and Urengoy with more than 350 trillion cubic feet of original gas reserves. The first oil discovery in the region was made in 1953. Most of the large oil and gas fields were discovered in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, new field discoveries have been much smaller, which helped fuel the peak-oil panic in the early 21st century. But more than 90 percent of that oil is thought to have come originally from a layer of black shale averaging just 20-40 metres thick and buried almost 3 km beneath the surface. Now oil and gas companies are trying to figure out how to go straight to the source, known as the Bazhenov shale. Tapping shale directly has revolutionised oil and gas production in North America. Western oil companies and their Russian counterparts hope it can do the same in Siberia.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
10 Scientists Want to Educate Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Climate Change
ecowatch
Brandon Baker

The “I’m not a scientist” excuse won’t fly with this group. Ten scientists signed a letter addressed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott this week in hopes that he will meet with them to learn about climate change and its impact on their state. The scientists are professors of oceanography, environmental and atmospheric sciences and more at various universities in the state, including Miami, Florida State, Florida International and Eckerd College, the Tampa Bay Times reported. “Florida is one of the most vulnerable places in the country with respect to climate change, with southeastern Florida of particular concern,” the scientists wrote. “This is not a hypothetical. Thousands of scientists have studied the issue from a variety of angles and disciplines over many decades. “Those of us signing this letter have spent hundreds of years combined studying this problem, not from any partisan political perspective, but as scientists—seekers of evidence and explanations.”  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
'Saltwater' From Fracking Spill Is Not What's Found in the Ocean
Bloomberg
Lisa Song

InsideClimateNews.org -- In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation. The oil industry called the accident a "saltwater" spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what's found in the ocean. The industry's wastewater is five to eight times saltier than seawater, said Bill Kappel, a hydrogeologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey. It's salty enough to sting the human tongue, and contains heavy metals in concentrations that might not meet drinking water standards. The briny mix can also include radioactive material. Heavy metals and radioactive materials are toxic at certain concentrations.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Google Takes On Rogue Methane Emissions With Street View Cars
Huffington Post
Edward McAllister

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc's Street View cars have captured the world's roads, highways and back alleys for years. Now they are being used for something entirely different: detecting the thousands of natural gas leaks blighting major U.S. cities. Google cars fit with air monitors have taken millions of readings along the streets of Boston, New York and Indianapolis over the past two years as part of a program run by the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund to help reduce methane emissions. The results, announced by the fund on Wednesday, reveal how common leaks are in highly populated areas that until now have not been quantified. In central Boston, leaks were discovered every few blocks. While the leaks were small and did not appear hazardous, they have prompted concerns about methane whose global warming impact is 20 times greater than carbon dioxide, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The leaks also raise questions about the safety of old pipelines carrying natural gas in growing volumes across North America. A natural gas pipeline leak caused an explosion in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem in March this year, leveling two buildings and killing eight people.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Bradford County commissioners ask feds to investigate Chesapeake Energy
NPR State Impact PA
MARIE CUSICK

Bradford County’s three commissioners have reached out to the federal Department of Justice, seeking its help investigating allegations gas driller Chesapeake Energy is cheating Pennsylvania landowners out of royalty money. As StateImpact Pennsylvania has previously reported, residents there have been complaining about the issue for more than a year and say they’re disappointed with what they view as a lack of action in Harrisburg.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Texas town goes head-to-head against energy groups over fracking
RT News


The small city of Denton, Texas, which sits on a huge natural gas reserve, lost a bid to halt fracking after many hours of public testimony. The oil and gas companies are now threatening litigation if a ban goes into effect. A citizens’ movement to ban fracking – a mining process, also known as hydraulic fracturing, that involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations to release oil and gas - suffered a setback on Wednesday when Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Environmental groups call for investigation into Pa. Department of Health
NPR State Impact PA
MARIE CUSICK

Five Pennsylvania environmental groups are calling for an investigation into the state Department of Health, in the wake of allegations it deliberately ignored public complaints about natural gas operations. As StateImpact Pennsylvania first reported in June, two former state health workers claim they were told not to respond to phone calls from people who complained about gas drilling. Employees also needed high-level permission to attend meetings and forums about Marcellus Shale topics. Representatives from five environmental groups– PennFuture, PennEnvironment, Clean Water Action-Pennsylvania, Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, and the Clean Air Council– issued a joint statement Tuesday calling for an investigation into the Department of Health’s handling of the issue.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Thousands of gas leaks in Boston area, study finds
The Boston Globe
Callum Borchers

An online map published Wednesday by Google and the Environmental Defense Fund reveals thousands of natural gas leaks under the streets of Boston and surrounding cities. Just don’t expect a rush by utility companies to repair most of the pipes.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Fracking, Chemicals, and Our Health: EPA Considers a Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure Rule
Union of Concerned Scientists
Gretchen Goldman

What’s in the water? What are the chemicals being used? Will they harm me? Or my family? Or my animals? What kind of impacts will my environment experience? These questions have been asked by countless communities since hydraulic fracturing first expanded across the country a few years ago. And during this time period, these questions have often gone unanswered because of a lack of laws to address them. But right now, the EPA has the opportunity to provide some answers.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Effort to Avoid Vote on Fracking Falters in Colorado
The New York Times
Jack Healy

Efforts by leading Colorado Democrats to head off a costly and divisive election-year fight over oil and gas drilling appeared to crumble on Wednesday as Gov. John W. Hickenlooper announced that he did not have enough support to pass a compromise law giving local towns more control over fracking in their backyards.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Natural-Gas Futures Rise on Expected Demand Increases
The Wall Street Journal
Daniel Huang

Natural-gas futures rose Wednesday as traders anticipate increased demand from power generators that have new incentives to switch away from coal.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Fracking talks fail, November vote likely
9 News
Brandon Rittiman

DENVER - Talks aimed at brokering a compromise to allow increased local control over oil and gas drilling operations have failed, Gov. John Hickenlooper's (D-Colorado) office reported Wednesday. The governor's office says there will be no special session - as Hickenlooper had hoped - to pass a compromise law on fracking.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
McCrory backing fracking
East Carolinian
Sue Book

North Carolina’s governor hopes to move the state forward with help from natural gas energy from offshore drilling, fracking and a pipeline from Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
K.G. board, residents focus on gas fracking
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

King George County residents and officials alike are attempting to educate themselves about fracking, but in different ways....A Texas company has leased 84,000 acres in King George and four other counties in the Taylorsville basin with the hopes of drilling for gas.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
US Should Learn from Germany’s Renewable Energy…Mistakes?
Renewable Energy World
Meg Cichon

A new report finds that Germany has made costly mistakes in its transition to renewable energy, and suggests that the US should heed warnings when developing its own energy future.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
As Fracking Expands, So Does Opposition – Even In Texas
Oil Price
Nick Cunningham

And while some places have been more welcoming to the industry than others, most communities experience mixed effects when fracking moves in. In rural communities, some farmers have been able to pay down debt and even hold onto their multigenerational farms by allowing drillers on their land. But in others, companies have strong armed landowners into giving up mineral rights against their will. Then there is the truck traffic, noise, and air and water pollution that opponents say cause environmental and health problems.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
The gas company that says it can take your backyard
Al Jazeera America
Evan Hill

Sunoco Logistics Partners invokes eminent domain to build a pipeline through Pennsylvania, setting off a legal battle  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Erie [Colorado] Planning Commission approves 13 new fracking wells
Daily Camera
Alex Burness

ERIE — Oil and gas company Encana has taken another step toward securing approval for 13 new hydraulic fracturing wells near a dense residential section of Erie, but affected residents and town officials pressed the company to communicate their plans more clearly going forward. Erie's Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve Encana's plan and send it to the town's Board of Trustees, which will meet Aug. 12 to either OK or reject the project once and for all.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
Enbridge raises ‘attack’ concerns in Line 9 pipeline filing as opposition mounts
Financial Post
Jeff Lewis

CALGARY — In a sign of the mounting tensions over new energy infrastructure, Enbridge Inc. has raised the possibility of an “attack” on one of its pipelines.   [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2014
For Rural Texans Overwhelmed by the Fracking Boom, Training to Fight Back
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer

Workshops will teach residents of the booming Eagle Ford Shale how to report emissions and suspected water contamination.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Manpower shortage impacting pollution investigations
Tribune-Review
Bob Frye

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officers haven't been issuing many citations for Marcellus shale pollution cases. It's not been for a lack of effort. The problem has been a lack of manpower, said Corey Brichter, chief of the agency's law enforcement bureau. The commission is short 16 waterways conservation officers, meaning those left are sometimes covering multiple districts. They can't be everywhere, Brichter told commission board members at their quarterly meeting Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Senate Confirms Two Obama Nominees to FERC
The Wall Street Journal
AMY HARDER And MIKE CRITTENDEN

Norman Bay, Cheryl LaFleur Confirmed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Atlanta law firm says proposed pipeline threatens Southwest Georgia air quality
WALB 10 Georgia
Shannon Wiggins

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Atlanta non-profit law firm says a controversial natural gas pipeline proposed for South Georgia would pollute the air in our area. Green law is against the proposed 500-mile long Sabal Trail pipeline that would run from Alabama to near Tampa, Florida. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will determine whether to grant an air permit for a compressor station outside Albany. The law firm says that compressor will impact air quality. "In areas where they have to recompress the gas to keep it moving through the pipeline, it'll be up at the surface and burning the natural gas to recompress it will create additional air pollution near the compressor station if it's built by Sabal Trail,” said Ashten Bailey, GreenLaw Staff Attorney.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Up to 44 oil trains weekly upstate
Times Union
Associated Press

Albany As many as 44 trains a week, each loaded with at least a million gallons of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region, move through upstate New York, according to documents released Tuesday by the state. CSX Transportation said it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week across 17 New York counties from the west to Albany and then south along the Hudson River. Canadian Pacific said it hauls an average of five to nine crude oil trains a week through five counties from the Canadian border to Schoharie County, according to the documents released to The Associated Press by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Coming Soon to a country near you: The US Frac phenomenon
Fuel Fix
Jennifer Diouhy

WASHINGTON — The United States’ monopoly on pulling oil and gas out of ultra-dense rock formations is ending, as companies aim to replicate the success in other countries, energy analysts said Tuesday. For several years, the United States has been a laboratory for figuring out how to exploit unconventional tight oil resources on a large scale, but “this is not just a U.S. play,” said Jamie Webster, senior director of the IHS energy research group. By the end of the decade, 10 percent of the world’s tight oil production will come from outside North America, Webster predicted at an Energy Information Administration summit.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
States where hydraulic fracking takes place get more earthquakes: study
Daily News (AP)


States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame. Fracking, which is not permitted in New York, generates vast amounts of wastewater. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send the waste thousands of feet underground. No one knows for certain exactly what happens to the liquids after that. Scientists wonder whether they could trigger quakes by increasing underground pressures and lubricating faults.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
More LNG export pipelines in the pipeline
Power Source
Michael Sanserino

As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decides whether to approve Dominion Resources’ plan to convert a liquefied natural gas import facility in Lusby, Md., to an export facility, other LNG export projects are already underway and still more are lining up for permission to start work. FERC last month authorized the construction of an LNG export terminal in Hackberry, La., which is only the second such project to be approved by the commission in the lower 48 states. Cameron LNG, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, will spend between $9 billion and $10 billion to convert its existing import terminal.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Protesters arrested opposing natural gas exports
State Impact PA
Marie Cusik

Two dozen environmental activists were arrested Monday outside the Washington D.C. offices of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They were protesting the proposed Cove Point export terminal for liquefied natural gas. If approved by FERC, the facility would be the closest gas export terminal to the Marcellus Shale. About 40 protesters participated in the demonstration. Some linked arms and blockaded several entrances to the office building in an attempt to keep FERC employees from getting to work. Twenty-four of them were arrested for blocking a public passageway. Monday’s protest followed another D.C. rally on Sunday opposing gas exports.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
The World Is Going Solar
EcoNews
Thom Hartmann

The world is going solar. According to new data released by the Fraunhofer Institute, in the first half of 2014, renewable energy, like solar power, accounted for almost 31 percent of all electricity produced in Germany. In fact, solar power generation was up 28 percent during the first half of 2014, compared to the same time last year.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Groups Call For Investigation Of Dept. Of Health On Fracking Complaints
Northcentral PA


Several environmental groups Tuesday called for a full investigation into actions by the state Department of Health around natural gas drilling complaints. The request is on the heels of the revelation that the health department circulated a list of "buzzwords" to the department's employees with the admonition that calls with drilling-related complaints not be returned. The list of flagged words includes "skin rash," "hair falling out," "drilling," "fracking," and "Marcellus Shale."   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
NY Supreme Court dismisses fracking lawsuit
WBNG
Michelle Costanza

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Natural gas drilling proponents in New York state suffered another setback Monday when the State Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit. It was the second of its kind brought by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and Norse Energy, and it sought to stop the Department of Environmental Conservation's ongoing review of the environmental effects of hydrofracking.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Budget bills signed by Corbett getting legal scrutiny over gas drilling, line-item vetoes
AP via the Republic
Marc Levy

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Budget legislation signed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett is the subject of intense legal scrutiny. Parts of the budget package are now an exhibit in a two-year-old lawsuit seeking to stop Pennsylvania state government from allowing more natural gas drilling on publicly owned lands and diverting the drilling proceeds away from a land conservation fund. A Tuesday afternoon status conference was scheduled in the case. The package establishes the state's authority to enact a new round of leasing publicly owned lands for natural gas drilling and authorizes the diversion of another $220 million from the fund into the state government's operating budget.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
New York Court Tosses Property Owners’ Little National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Challenge
National Law Review
Steven Russo

A trial court in Albany, New York has landed another blow against high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“HVHF”) in New York by tossing two lawsuits brought by property owners and a bankrupt operator challenging New York’s failure to complete its environmental review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in a timely manner. This comes a little more than a week after New York’s highest court upheld the right of local governments to use land use laws to restrict or ban HVHF within their jurisdiction. The industry and property owner challenge was brought pursuant to New York’s Little NEPA, known as the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA. Citing a well-established line of case law, the court found that the petitioners lack standing to bring the action because they did not allege an injury that fell within the “zone of interest” of SEQRA. Specifically, the court held that challenges under SEQRA had to allege an injury that was environmental, and not solely economic in nature. Here, the industry and property owners clearly alleged economic and not environmental injury. While the court observed that application of the rule in this instance might very well lead to the State’s inaction to remain unchallenged, the court found that it was constrained by applicable case law.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Fracking and Earthquakes: Human-Induced Seismicity
decoded science
Jennifer Young

Fracking is an issue – a big issue. The increasing pressure on finding alternative – and preferably clean – sources of energy has led to an expansion of the process of hydraulic fracturing, in which gas trapped in sedimentary rocks is released by means of water injected into the rocks, opening up fractures and allowing trapped gas to escape.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Fracking wastewater spill 'threatens reservoir'
Environmental Technology


Around one million gallons of fracking wastewater has been spilled at a site in North Dakota, US, close to a drinking water reservoir. The reservoir supplies drinking water to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation; it is not clear yet whether the water quality has been compromised as a result of the spill. The wastewater is a leftover product of hydraulic fracturing - fracking operations - in the area. It was being transported through a pipeline owned by Crestwood Midstream Partners, which runs along the shore of the reservoir. The above-ground pipeline carrying the wastewater ruptured over the July 4th weekend but the spill was not discovered until July 8th. Around 24,000 barrels of the wastewater was released from the pipeline before the spill was stopped. Wastewater from fracking is around ten-times saltier than seawater and contains other potentially harmful components, such as fossil fuel condensates. The water was being removed from the fracking site for disposal at the time of the spill.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Oklahoma earthquakes highlight an inconvenient truth about innovation
Washington Post
Domicic Basulto

The current debate that Oklahoma is having over the potential link between hydraulic fracturing and the unprecedented spike in earthquake activity in recent months offers a warning lesson: every innovation comes with tradeoffs. In this case, the reward of cheaper, more bountiful energy promised by hydraulic fracturing appears to be offset by the risk of increased seismic activity. When it comes to innovation, there is no such thing as a free lunch. While the oil and gas industry rejects any suggestion that fracking might be the root cause of Oklahoma’s earthquake spike, it’s hard to ignore that something very strange is happening in Oklahoma. Over a fifteen-month period from 2010 to 2011, there were 850 earthquakes in Oklahoma – compared to just six in the entire period from 2000 to 2008.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Lights Out for Bakken Oil Industry?
Wall St Daily
Karim Rahemtulla

If you look at a satellite map of the United States at night, you’ll witness a puzzling sight. Of course, the Midwest looks pretty dark – except for some places like Chicago. And vast population centers like the East and West coasts are lit up like a Christmas tree. But you’d also see a huge cluster of light in a rather unexpected part of the country – North Dakota. No, the nation’s third-least populous state isn’t experiencing a surge in population growth. The lights actually represent the state’s booming oil industry. As you’ll see, however, the state could go dark very soon…  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Dristiliaris alone in pipeline opposition
Lowell Sun
John Collins

DRACUT -- Two weeks after Selectman Tami Dristiliaris declared her "strong" opposition to Kinder-Morgan's proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline coming to Dracut, legendary comedian Bill Cosby took an equally firm stand, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. If Dristiliaris was hoping her fellow board members would soon join her and Cosby in opposing the pipeline, however, the first-year selectman may be in for a long wait, the Sun has learned.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Activist details Michigan pipeline concerns
wkar.org
Mark Bashore and Joe Linstroth

Pipelines have been a hot topic in Michigan in the last few years. Very recent developments suggest the issue is intensifying. Canada’s Enbridge is part of a proposal to install about 600 miles of new, interstate natural gas pipelines, about 150 miles of which would run through Michigan. Besides arousing environmental concerns over a possible pipeline rupture, the proposal affects homeowners whose properties were not long ago disrupted by another Enbridge project. Concerns have also grown recently about the company’s 61-year old oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. Last week, a University of Michigan study explored several gloomy scenarios if that line broke.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Flimsy LNG regs won't fly
Times Union
Russ Haven and Keith Schue, commentary

Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves credit for so far resisting the powerful gas lobby's push to frack New York. But where does the governor stand on tying our future to fracked gas? We may soon see by how his Department of Environmental Conservation responds to 50,000 comments from New Yorkers concerned about proposed rules for liquefied natural gas. LNG, essentially liquid methane, is a dangerous, super-cold fuel that at minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit kills flesh on contact. Held in giant cryogenic tanks, it is energy dense at one-600th the volume of methane gas and rapidly expands when spilled. Spills exposed to an ignition source can create "pool fires" that are impossible to extinguish. Even worse, a large spill can form an ignitable vapor cloud that, drifting over a populated area, could be catastrophic. This is why the federal government considers LNG facilities to be terrorist targets.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Effort to put anti-fracking measure on ballot fails
The Gazette
Megan Schrader

DENVER - Backers of a proposed ballot question to increase local regulation over the oil and gas industry threw in the towel Monday, admitting the group was unlikely to collect almost 86,000 signatures by the Aug. 4 deadline. The Colorado Community Rights Network was relying almost exclusively on volunteers to collect signatures to put a question on the November ballot asking voters whether local communities should be able to regulate industries that threaten a community's health or safety. Although the ballot language is broad, it was aimed specifically at the influx of oil and gas development close to urban areas along the Front Range.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Texas town considers becoming first in state to ban fracking
The Navigator Online


DENTON, Texas, July 15 (UPI) — The small city of Denton, Texas, has drawn the attention of the nation as it considers becoming the first place in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Fracking Is Setting Earthquake Records in Oklahoma, Scientists Say. Is a Big One Coming?
The New Republic
Rebecca Leber

Oklahoma had more earthquakes with over 3.0 magnitude this year than California—241 to 140, as of June. And in just 14 hours last weekend, Oklahoma registered three of a total seven quakes over that magnitude. Though a 3.0 quake is barely perceptible, the frequency should be concerning. In nature, smaller quakes can be a warning sign that larger, more severe ones are coming. “If we look at the way natural earthquakes behave, the more smaller earthquakes you have, the more larger earthquakes you have,” Justin Rubinstein, a geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), told me. “If these earthquakes behave the same, you might expect a larger earthquake.” The question is whether these Oklahoma quakes are natural. Scientists increasingly believe that fracking by the oil and gas industry is triggering earthquakes in regions that otherwise should be relatively stable. Fracking itself isn't to blame, they say, but the large amount of wastewater produced in the process.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
New UK energy minister faces fracking battle
The Telegraph
Andrew Critchlow

Matt Hancock's first major task on stepping into Michael Fallon’s shoes at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) will be to persuade world-scale oil and gas companies to bid in the biggest auction yet to develop shale resources. However, the horse racing enthusiast faces a tough challenge convincing a sceptical industry to bet on fracking in Britain. The Conservative MP for West Suffolk , who joins the department with no direct energy experience, will have a steep learning curve getting to grips with Fallon’s old upstream oil and gas beat.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Feds to rule soon on pipe
Times Union
Rich Karlin

Albany Proponents of a proposed $750 million pipeline to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to a Schoharie County pumping station are hoping a key federal decision on the project could come as soon as this summer. "We're optimistic," said Chris Stockton, a spokesman for Williams Partners, which, along with Cabot Energy and a consortium of other companies, wants to construct the 122-mile Constitution Pipeline from Pennsylvania across New York.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
24 Arrested for Anti-Fracking Blockade to Protest Cove Point Terminal
Democracy Now


In Washington, D.C., 24 people opposed to the gas-drilling technique known as fracking were arrested Monday after blockading the entrances to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They were protesting what they call the agency’s rubber stamping of the industry’s push to export natural gas. They focused on Cove Point, a liquified natural gas export terminal proposed by Dominion Resources in Maryland, which the agency is due to issue a final decision on next month. On Sunday, more than 1,000 people joined a "people’s march" against Cove Point and the boom in fracking in the United States, which they say imperils health, safety and the climate.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
BLM begins process to lease oil and gas rights in Payette County
Idaho Statesman
ky Barker

So far Idaho’s natural gas play has been limited to state and private land. Eventually federal mineral rights, both on public land and beneath private lands could go out for leasing. The Bureau of Land Management is beginning the process to consider leasing 5,355 acres of mineral lands in Payette County.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
State should study boom’s health impact
Times Tribune
Editorial

Dr. Eli Avila, Pennsylvania’s former health secretary, once tried to throw his weight around with a Harrisburg restaurant which he allegedly accused of serving old eggs. But when it came to the Legislature, Dr. Avila found that he was powerless against the Legislature’s affinity for the natural gas industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
CSX: 20-35 oil trains weekly cross 17 NY counties
WSJ via AP


ALBANY, N.Y. — CSX Transportation says it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week loaded with crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region across 17 upstate New York counties en route to coastal refineries. Canadian Pacific says it hauls an average of five to nine crude oil trains a week through five counties from the Canadian border to Schoharie County. The information was released to The Associated Press Tuesday by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
LNG plant on fault line is bad idea
The World


he Oregonian’s Ted Sickinger is doing a series of articles about the Jordan Cove LNG export project, and I urge everyone to go online and read them. He interviewed two scientists that recently appeared on NOVA, in a show called “Deadliest Earthquakes.” They spoke of our earthquake/tsunami risk in a segment of that, and what follows is from the Oregonian LNG article of June 26, 2014. “It should be an assumption that this will happen during the lifetime of the facility,” said Chris Goldfinger, a seismologist at Oregon State University and leading authority on subduction zone earthquakes. “You can engineer anything to survive anything if you put enough money into it, but I’ve seen a lot of very well-engineered stuff destroyed as if it were Legos. From my perspective, and the probabilities, I would certainly have reservations about building one of these terminals down there,” he said.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Fracking could be coming to Mid-Michigan
wnem.com
Brianna Owczarzak

Fracking could be coming to local communities and some residents aren't too happy about it. Randy Scott is worried. He's heard about the possibility of fracking coming to his Mid-Michigan backyard. Fracking is a method of using high pressure water, sand and chemicals to free oil and gas from rock from thousands of feet below ground. The Western Land Services company based in Ludington has secured land leases for property in Genesee and Lapeer counties. This creates the possibility of future fracking in the area. That's something Scott doesn't want to see.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Texas judge upholds $3 million fracking verdict
Reuters
Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) - A Texas judge upheld a $3 million jury verdict by ruling in favor of a family who claimed that oil and gas drilling near their land made them sick, in a landmark case hailed as a victory by anti-fracking activists. Last week's ruling, confirmed by lawyers on Tuesday, is the latest step in a three-year case that began when Bob and Lisa Parr filed suit against a handful of oil companies claiming that fumes from drilling around their 40-acre (16-hectare) ranch exposed them and their livestock to hazardous gases and industrial chemicals.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
A large natural gas pipeline might be coming to Michigan
Michigan Radio


"Here we go again." That's what some in Michigan are undoubtedly thinking as they learn of a proposed natural gas pipeline that could run through Michigan on its way to Ontario, Canada. The proposed Rover Pipeline would carry natural gas through about 180 miles of Michigan. Some of it would track the very same route as the controversial Enbridge 6B oil pipeline that was recently replaced. Keith Metheny is a reporter with the Detroit Free Press.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
La Fleur, Bay win senate confirmation to FERC
Natural Gas Intelligence


Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday gave overwhelming support for Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur to serve as a FERC commissioner. Norman Bay squeaked by and could take over either now or later as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, despite fierce opposition from Republicans. The Senate voted 90-7 in favor of LaFleur's appointment to FERC, shortly after Bay also won a commissioner’s post by a 52-45 vote. Although LaFleur has served as acting chairman since last November -- following the departure of Jon Wellinghoff -- President Obama has promised to designate Bay as FERC chairman after he is confirmed (see Daily GPI, June 18; Nov. 21, 2013).  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
TransCanada 'Gag Order' Preventing Mattawa From Talking About Pipeline Rejected
Huffington Post
Daniel Tencer

Under fire from environmental activists, a northern Ontario town has vowed to remove a contract clause that would have prevented it from publicly discussing pipeline builder TransCanada. The town of Mattawa last month agreed to “not publicly comment on TransCanada’s operations or business projects” as part of a contract that saw TransCanada donate a $30,000 emergency fire services vehicle in exchange for the town extending fire services to a company facility. The donation had originally been agreed to in 2012.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Denton mayor leaning towards public vote in fracking fight
wfaa
Lauren Zakalik

DENTON -- James Herbison and Marshall Smith are both Denton residents. But that’s where their similarities end. “Fracking has made major improvements in the U.S. economy,” Herbison says. “If we can stop fracking here, it’ll help people stop fracking other places,” Smith responds. The two men are a microcosm of what’s happening in Denton right now. A community is split by a polarizing proposal to do away with fracking.  [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Pair of Lawsuits Brought by Pro-hydrofracking Groups Dismissed
twc news


Two lawsuits challenging New York state's delay in making a decision on hydrofracking have now been dismissed. Those lawsuits were challenging the state's delay in finishing its review on the health and environmental impacts natural gas drilling would have. Bankrupt gas company Norse Energy and the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York brought the lawsuits. They say the state has abused its discretion by delaying a complete environmental review since it began in 2008.   [Full Story]

Jul 15, 2014
Pennsylvania budget lands in legal disputes over gas drilling, vetoed earmarks
Penn Live AP


Budget legislation signed by Gov. Tom Corbett for Pennsylvania state government's two-week-old fiscal year is the subject of intense legal scrutiny. Parts of the $29 billion budget package are now an exhibit in a two-year-old lawsuit that is seeking to stop Pennsylvania state government from allowing more natural gas drilling on publicly owned lands and diverting the drilling proceeds away from a land conservation fund. A Tuesday afternoon status conference was scheduled in the case, which was brought by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation. A spokesman for Corbett's legal office would not comment, other than to say that the governor's office will respond in court.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Petition Launched to Stop Gas Pipeline Expansion Through Hudson Valley
Scarsdale Patch
Alfred Branch

A petition has been launched to thwart a natural gas pipeline expansion project that winds its way through the Hudson Valley into New England. Texas-based Spectra Energy says it needs to expand the existing Algonquin and Maritimes pipelines "to meet critical demand for reliable electric power generation." The company announced its plans earlier this month. "Spectra Energy stands ready with a unique solution to New England’s need for reliable electricity supply," said Bill Yardley, Spectra Energy’s president of U. S. Transmission and Storage, in a statement. "Our pipelines are in the right place at the right time to supply the region’s electric plants with affordable, clean, domestic natural gas. To enhance the reliability of approximately 60% of these generators, we can expand our mainline and lateral facilities along our existing pipeline footprint while minimizing the effect on communities and the environment."  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Environmental Group Keeps Up Fight to stop Leases in PA Forests
Natural Gas Intelligence
Jamison Conklin

Just hours after Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29.1 billion state budget last week (see Shale Daily, July 10), the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF) filed a request with the Commonwealth Court asking a judge to declare the move unconstitutional as part of its two-year effort to stop the administration from leasing public forest land for oil and gas drilling. The PEDF continued its claim that Corbett, a Republican, has violated his duty to protect state resources. Corbett signed a budget that calls for generating $95 million in revenue with new leases in state parks and forests, and diverts money from the state's Oil and Gas Lease Fund to pay for the day-to-day operations of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (see Shale Daily, July 1), which oversees state land. The environmental advocacy group had pledged last month to file the request after the budget was signed. At the time, a judge decided that he could not rule on a preliminary injunction filed by PEDF earlier this year to halt the leasing and revenue proposals until the budget was signed (see Shale Daily, May 30). PEDF had sought the injunction to prevent further leasing in state parks and forests until a broader lawsuit, filed in 2012, was resolved (see Shale Daily, March 9, 2012). The lawsuit alleges that both the Corbett administration and the General Assembly have violated state law and the constitution by appropriating money from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund for general purposes. That fund has traditionally been used for conservation efforts, for which it was intended when it was created in 1955. However, in recent years the state has taken to using it for operational purposes. PEDF's 2012 lawsuit also contends that leasing additional forest land for oil and gas drilling violates Article I, Section 27 of the state's constitution, an environmental rights amendment aimed at protecting the right of all citizens to "clean air, pure water, and the preservation of natural scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment." Making good on a promise he made shortly after taking office, Corbett issued an executive order in May that lifted a four-year ban on leasing the subsurface mineral rights in state forests and parks enacted by his predecessor, Democrat Ed Rendell, in 2010 (see Shale Daily, May 23; Oct. 27, 2010). Corbett had hoped to generate $75 million in additional revenue with that proposal (see Shale Daily, Feb. 6), but facing a $1.5 billion deficit the state legislature increased the amount of revenue that could be generated with new leases.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
County upholds decision on Ursa injection well
post independent
John Stroud

A new injection well planned as part of Ursa Resources’ operations near Battlement Mesa will be allowed to proceed, Garfield County commissioners ruled Monday over concerns from some residents about the potential for induced seismic activity.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
City of Denton Could Ban Fracking
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Jess Fields

At next Tuesday’s city council meeting, the Denton City Council will consider a fracking ban brought by petitioners who submitted approximately 2,000 signatures last month to the city. The petition was championed by the Denton Drilling Awareness Group. On their website, in the “Get Educated” section, they link to numerous anti-fracking reports and, in particular, a website with the unambiguous title “Dangers of Fracking.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
CHPNY’s Compendium is a fracking indictment
From the Styx
Peggy Tibbets

Reposted with permission from EcoWatch Less than two weeks ago, local communities triumphed over the fracking industry in a precedent-setting case decided by the New York Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders. While the court decision is a victory for the two towns, many New Yorkers continue to rally and push for a statewide fracking moratorium. In this vein, on July 10, Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY) released a major resource to the public, including public officials, researchers and journalists: Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Fracking: Impacts and Solutions
EarthDay Network


America today stands at a historic crossroads. Our actions in the coming decades regarding energy production, use, and policy will play a critical role in the sustainability of our current ecosystems and earth resources. This past weekend, over a thousand people from across the U.S. joined a first-ever “people’s march” in DC to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas from U.S. coastlines. With a key decision nearing on the Cove Point export terminal, just 50 miles south of the White House, protesters are calling on President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt approval of all liquid natural gas export projects. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas is a high-risk path that’s benefits do not outweigh its consequences. Natural gas is commonly seen as a “cleaner” alternative to coal; this is a dangerous misconception.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
7 Quakes Hit Oklahoma in Less Than a Day
Time
Per Liljas

Oklahoma was rocked by seven small earthquakes in a span of about 14 hours over the weekend, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Three quakes hit between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, centered in the areas of Guthrie, Jones and Langston, and ranging between 2.6 and 2.9 in magnitude. They followed four larger temblors earlier on Saturday, including one near Langston shortly after noon that clocked in at 4.3 on the Richter scale  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
PRINCETON: Council to oppose pipeline plan
Central Jersey.com
Philip Sean Curran

The Princeton Council was expected last night (Monday) to pass a resolution opposing the proposed construction plan a company has for laying a new natural gas pipeline through the Princeton Ridge. Officials said the resolution would ask the federal regulatory agency considering the project to reject the construction plan that Oklahoma-based Williams had submitted. The town also wants the government to require the "safest and most effective construction methods as possible," Mayor Liz Lempert told reporters Monday. Williams, which already operates a pipeline that goes through Princeton, has proposed expansion to increase its capacity to ship natural gas to its customers, despite opposition by some residents.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
North Dakota is poised for more growth in oil production
Star Tribune
David Shaffer

North Dakota is poised for another surge in crude oil output, but new state regulations could soon force well operators to cut oil production unless they reduce wasteful flaring of natural gas. The state’s top oil regulator said Monday that oil production rose 3.6 percent in May to a record 1,039,635 barrels per day, and is poised to increase at a faster pace. The report comes one month after the state for the first time surpassed 1 million barrels of oil production per day. As summer weather allows more well completions, “I am anticipating … 5- and 6-percent production increases, double what we have seen in the last couple of months,” said Lynn Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Has Drilling Holes in the Earth Caused Worldwide Damage to the Planet?
greener ideal
Ant Langston

Oil and products made from oil are such a part of our everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. But the first oil well was only drilled in 1858, and offshore drilling only started in 1896. Right from the start there have been concerns about the potential damage caused to the planet by drilling holes and extracting the oil, and these concerns have been brought to public attention in recent years by plans to start fracking for oil on a large scale here in the UK. But is there any basis to worries about drilling and removing oil from the eart  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Anti-fracking protesters arrested in U.S. capital
Chicago Tribune
Ayesha Rascoe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington on Monday while demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing and the U.S. gas industry's push to sell "fracked" liquefied natural gas abroad. Protesters blocked entrances to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's headquarters for more than 90 minutes, holding signs calling the agency the "Fracking Expansion Rubberstamp Commission" and chanting "Wake up FERC."  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
PA's Former Health Sec: State Didn't Address Fracking Health Impacts
Inside Climate News (AP)


Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state's current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because health officials need to be proactive in protecting the public.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Judge considering fate of Longmont fracking ban
Casper Star Tribune


LONGMONT, Colo. — A judge is considering whether to overturn Longmont's fracking ban, which energy companies and state regulators say violates state law and legal precedent. Boulder District Court Judge D.D. Mallard listened to arguments on the 2012 voter-approved ban on Wednesday and said she would issue a written decision later. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that cities can't completely ban drilling although the court said they weren't completely forbidden from regulating oil and gas development. The Longmont Times-Call reports that city attorneys argue companies can still use other drilling methods besides hydraulic fracturing in Longmont.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Exxon battles anti-fracking attorney general in Pennsylvania criminal case
Petro Global news


Exxon Mobil is facing criminal charges over a wastewater spill in Pennsylvania. As a defense, it is arguing that the state’s attorney general illegally singled it out to stop hydraulic fracturing. Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday Exxon’s claims are false. Prosecutors allege that Exxon subsidiary XTO Energy is criminally liable for a water spill in 2010 at a fracking site in north-central Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Watch a phony petitioner lie to residents of Texas Town that could soon ban fracking
Eco Watch
Brandon Baker

tired of chemically-induced water and the potential for earthquakes, Denton, TX officials are on the brink of banning fracking in their community.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Poll: Anti-Fracking Measures Would Pass In Colorado
Daily Caller
Greg Campbell

Two Colorado ballot measures that would put the screws to the state’s oil and gas industry seem poised for easy passage if backers can gather enough signatures, according to a poll recently released to the Denver Post. Voters were surveyed as to their feelings on two possible measures, one which would require oil and gas operations only be conducted at a distance of 2,000 feet from occupied buildings, an increase of 1,500 feet over current regulations; and one that would add an “environmental bill of rights” to the state constitution.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Oklahoma-firm faces backlash over pipeline public meetings
StateImpact PA witf
Marie Cusick

(Harrisburg) -- A natural gas pipeline company is responding to criticism over how it’s handled public meetings about a pipeline it’s seeking to build through parts of central Pennsylvania. Federal regulators require Oklahoma-based Williams Partners to hold public meetings in communities affected by the pipeline.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
WPS Flares Natural Gas in Three Lakes
wpxr
Natalie Jablonski

Wisconsin Public Service is flaring natural gas in Three Lakes this week to prepare for some pipeline maintenance. WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says some parts of the pipeline are being refitted to allow for easier maintenance, and the natural gas needs to be cleared out first.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
11 earthquakes hit fracking-heavy central Oklahoma over weekend
RT


Eleven minor earthquakes shook central Oklahoma over the weekend, renewing speculation that the area’s oil and gas drilling boom - fueled by controversial hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - is to blame for an increase in seismic activity. During a 14-hour stretch from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, the US Geological Survey recorded seven quakes ranging from magnitude 2.6 to 2.9 in areas northeast of Oklahoma City. In addition, a 4.3-magnitude temblor hit Langston just after noon on Saturday, and three other quakes ranging from magnitude 2.9 to 3.2 occurred Saturday morning.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Huge ND Wastewater Spill Prompts Calls For Fracking Regs
OilPrice
Andy Tully

Beaver dams have so far prevented about 1 million gallons of fracking wastewater discovered spilled July 8 from a rural North Dakota pipeline from spreading too far. But area residents, environmentalists and even a Republican state legislator all want more reliable measures. The spill of the toxic saltwater, a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing, came from gas extraction operations at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and occurred days before it was discovered.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Michigan to hear from public on fracking rules
Seattlepi


GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are holding two public hearings on state hydraulic fracturing rules. The state Department of Environmental Quality will hear from Michigan residents about the drilling process known as fracking. The proposed rules released earlier this year address issues such as well location and permit application procedures.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
DC rally focuses on Cove Point project
Baynet.com
Marty Madden

An event billed as an “anti-fracking rally” was held Sunday, July 13 in Washington, DC. Organizers of the protest stated that hundreds of people from the Mid-Atlantic region came to the Nation’s Capital to voice opposition to the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. A prominent pending project in Calvert County was the focus of the protest. The Dominion Cove Point LNG Export project is nearing the completion of the approval process. The entity that will make a final decision on the $3.8 billion project’s fate found itself in the crosshairs of the protestors. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has already given the project a favorable environmental assessment and its final approval is expected late next month. The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has given its approval of the liquefaction facility to be built within the confines of the 40-year old facility.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Judge considering fate of Longmont fracking ban
Casper Star Tribune


LONGMONT, Colo. — A judge is considering whether to overturn Longmont's fracking ban, which energy companies and state regulators say violates state law and legal precedent. Boulder District Court Judge D.D. Mallard listened to arguments on the 2012 voter-approved ban on Wednesday and said she would issue a written decision later.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
ANALYSIS-Fund managers diving into Carbo Ceramics may be overplaying fracking
Reuters
David Randall

(Reuters) - Have mutual fund managers left caution behind when it comes to the fracking boom? Carbo Ceramics Inc, a Houston-based oil services company that is the world's largest producer of tiny ceramic balls that can boost the production of fractured wells, may hold the answer.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
United States: Oil And Gas Development On Public Lands Clears The PA State
Mondaq
Steven Chadwick

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed the Commonwealth's fiscal code by a margin of 26 to 22. Included within the fiscal code, as a companion piece to the legislation, were provisions critical to the Commonwealth's commitment to future natural gas development on state lands. Specifically, the fiscal code included measures which: 1) allow drilling for natural gas on state land; and 2) separate regulations applicable to conventional oil and gas drilling from unconventional drilling. The measure was passed by the Pennsylvania State House last week and is now awaiting the signature of Governor Tom Corbett.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Keystone landfill now allowed to receive waste fracking fluid
Times Leader
Jon O'Connell

The landfill owned by businessman Louis DeNaples has been cleared to accept a different kind of waste from the Marcellus Shale industry. On Wednesday, the Department of Environmental Protection approved a solid waste disposal permit modification allowing Keystone Sanitary Landfill to process water-based drilling fluid waste for the purpose of separating solid material to dump.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
24 Anti-Fracking Activists Arrested in Washington at First-Ever FERC Sit-In Protest
EcoWatch
Brandon Baker

Twenty-four anti-fracking activists were arrested Monday morning in Washington D.C. in protest of proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals in the U.S., according to environmental groups tweeting from the scene.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Sen. Bill Nelson hears Southwest Florida's fracking concerns
News-Press
Mary Wozniak

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, heard today from government and environmental officials as well as citizens that they need to know if fracking and fracking like processes are safe for the environment and the water supply. They asked for more regulations and scientific research at both the state and federal level.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Anti-fracking groups to stage protest against controversial methods being used in Wirral
Wirral Globe
Emma Rigby

CAMPAIGNERS against underground coal gasification and fracking in Wirral will stage a peaceful protest tonight as councillors discuss the controversial issue.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Thanks to the fracking boom, we’re wasting more money than ever on fossil fuel subsidies
Grist
Ben Adler

You probably know that the U.S. government subsidizes fossil fuel production. But here’s something you probably don’t know: Those subsidies have recently increased dramatically. According to a report released last week by Oil Change International, “Federal fossil fuel production and exploration subsidies in the United States have risen by 45 percent since President Obama took office in 2009, from $12.7 billion to a current total of $18.5 billion.” We are, as the report observes, “essentially rewarding companies for accelerating climate change.”  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots
KQED
Lauren Sommer

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — have pushed for a statewide moratorium on the controversial oil production technique. With those efforts stalled in the state legislature, activists are taking the fight to the county level.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Poll: Anti-Fracking Measures Would Pass In Colorado
The Daily Caller
Greg Campbell

Two Colorado ballot measures that would put the screws to the state’s oil and gas industry seem poised for easy passage if backers can gather enough signatures, according to a poll recently released to the Denver Post.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Judge dismisses lawsuits challenging fracking delay
Lohud
Jon Campbell

A state judge on Monday dismissed a pair of lawsuits that sought to force Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration into deciding whether to authorize shale-gas drilling in New York. The Binghamton-based Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and Mark Wallach, the trustee for Norse Energy, separately sued Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of his administration last year, arguing that Cuomo has acted based on politics -- not science -- in delaying a decision on whether to allow large-scale hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Exxon battles anti-fracking attorney general in Pennsylvania criminal case
Petro Global News


Exxon Mobil is facing criminal charges over a wastewater spill in Pennsylvania. As a defense, it is arguing that the state’s attorney general illegally singled it out to stop hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Dozens Arrested Protesting ‘Fracking’ at Planned Md. Gas Plant
CBS Baltimore


WASHINGTON — More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas. The protesters oppose the plans by Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources to build the plant in Lusby, Maryland.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Has Drilling Holes in the Earth Caused Worldwide Damage to the Planet?
Greener Ideal
Ant Langston

Oil and products made from oil are such a part of our everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. But the first oil well was only drilled in 1858, and offshore drilling only started in 1896. Right from the start there have been concerns about the potential damage caused to the planet by drilling holes and extracting the oil, and these concerns have been brought to public attention in recent years by plans to start fracking for oil on a large scale here in the UK. But is there any basis to worries about drilling and removing oil from the earth?  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activity
Huffington Post
EMILY SCHMALL and JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Battling Cove Point in the Capital
The Nation
Cole Stangler

For months now, a motley crew of local activists has tried—and failed—to halt Dominion Resources’ Cove Point, a proposed $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Lusby, Maryland. On Sunday, the movement got a much-needed boost from some regional and national allies. Braving the sticky summer heat of Washington, DC, over 1,000 activists from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic rallied on Capitol Hill before marching to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the federal agency that’s expected to issue its final decision on whether to approve Cove Point sometime next month. Protesters called on FERC to reject the project—and the 11 other LNG export terminal applications now under agency consideration.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Fire extinguished at Greene County gas production site
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Lexi Belculfine

A fire has been extinguished at a Consol Energy gas production site in Greene County on Monday afternoon, spokeswoman Kate O'Donovan said. The fire started around 3:30 p.m. at the Green Hill 11 pad gas production unit on Lightner Run Road in Center Township, a country emergency dispatcher said. No injuries were reported.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Is the U.S. Fracking Boom a Bubble?
Newsweek
Roger Howard

America’s oil boom continues at breakneck speed. Last week the Bank of America released figures showing that the U.S. is now the world’s leading oil producer, overtaking both Saudi Arabia and Russia.... Yet some wonder how long the shale revolution will last. Energy analysts like Arthur Berman, a Texas-based geologist and energy consultant, and David Hughes, a Canadian geoscientist, have suggested that the shale revolution may be just a bubble.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
U.S. oil and rail sector agree on train tanker safety
Reuters


(Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. energy and rail sectors have agreed to toughen tanker cars for future oil train cargo and to a schedule to retire older model cars that regulators have deemed unsafe, said two industry sources familiar with the plan. The agreement, if endorsed by regulators and other industry stakeholders, would clear one obstacle to a comprehensive deal on oil train safety. The Transportation Department is expected to outline that safety plan before the end of the month.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Court dismisses challenges to NY's lengthy fracking review
The Post-Standard
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, claiming 70,000 members, and the trustee of bankrupt Norse Energy. State Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough dismissed both lawsuits, saying the petitioners did not have standing to sue Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Health Department to compel completion of the review.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells Spew Methane, Study Finds
EWG


If you think the risks associated with fracking for oil and gas disappear once a well stops producing and goes out of commission, think again. And that goes for conventional drilling technologies, too. A recent study by Mary Kang, a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, shows that abandoned wells in Pennsylvania are leaking various amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere. Kang investigated 19 abandoned wells to gather information about potential leaks, and what she found was alarming. Every single one was releasing methane.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Answers on link between injection wells and quakes
nbc4i.com (AP)
Emily Schmall and Justin Juozapavicius

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send the waste thousands of feet underground. No one knows for certain exactly what happens to the liquids after that. Scientists wonder whether they could trigger quakes by increasing underground pressures and lubricating faults. Oklahoma has recorded nearly 250 small-to-medium earthquakes since January, according to statistics kept by the U.S. Geological Survey. That's close to half of all the magnitude 3 or higher earthquakes recorded this year in the continental United States.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Natural Gas Pad Struck by Lightning in Bradford County
WNEP
Brittany Lovette

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — Flames spread after a lightning strike at a natural gas pad in Bradford County. Viewer video sent in to Newswatch 16 showed the flames on Parmenter Road west of Ulster on Sunday. The person who sent in the video told Newswatch 16 that lightning hit an oil tank on the pad and the flames spread to three holding tanks in Bradford Cou  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Activists stage 'people's march' on FERC to protest Cove Point project
SNL
Mark Hand

Hundreds of people gathered in Washington, D.C., on July 13 to urge FERC to reject Dominion Cove Point LNG LP's application to build LNG export facilities at its terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Md., and to protest the agency's process for reviewing gas infrastructure projects. Describing the event as the first-ever "people's march" on FERC, rally organizers contended that the agency's decisions — whether approving a natural gas pipeline project, a new compressor station or an LNG project — will lead to greater amounts of shale gas drilling and further exacerbate climate change.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Protestors Say No to Fracked Gas Export Expansion Plan
The Real News Network
JESSICA DESVARIEUX

VIDEO interview with Shilpa Joshi of CCAN and Josh Tulkin of the MD Sierra Club The European Union really wants U.S. natural gas. That's according to a leaked document obtained by The Washington Post. The document reveals that part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which is a $4.7 trillion trade deal currently being negotiated between the U.S. and the E.U., will make the export of U.S. oil and gas legally binding. But if such a deal went through, that would mean real consequences for us here in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. There's a proposed massive expansion of Maryland's Cove Point facility. That's where natural gas is liquefied and then exported.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Thanks to the fracking boom, we’re wasting more money than ever on fossil fuel subsidies
Grist
Ben Adler

You probably know that the U.S. government subsidizes fossil fuel production. But here’s something you probably don’t know: Those subsidies have recently increased dramatically. According to a report released last week by Oil Change International, “Federal fossil fuel production and exploration subsidies in the United States have risen by 45 percent since President Obama took office in 2009, from $12.7 billion to a current total of $18.5 billion.” We are, as the report observes, “essentially rewarding companies for accelerating climate change.” At first glance, this seems strange. Why would there be such a big increase under a Democratic president who has committed his administration to combatting climate change, and who has even repeatedly called for eliminating exactly these kinds of dirty energy subsidies?  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Anti-fracking group calls off petition drive
Coloradoan
Ryan Maye Handy

Facing less than a month to gather thousands of signatures, proponents of Initiative 75, one of many proposed ballot measures seeking to limit oil and gas development in Colorado, have decided to call off their petition drive.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
North Carolina Lifts Fracking Moratorium
Heartland
Bonner R. Cohen

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill ending the Tarheel State’s moratorium on energy production via hydraulic fracturing. Fracking to Begin in 2015  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Entire fracking ban initiative to print on sample ballot
San Benito County Today


County supervisors agreed to send the initiative to the ballot – a formality considering the measure’s supporters gathered more than the needed number of signatures – but they also sided with the San Benito Rising group on two related matters.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Fracking fears rise as 7 small earthquakes shake Oklahoma
Financial Post


GUTHRIE, Okla. — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours. The temblors are part of an increase in earthquakes across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas that some scientists say could be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, and especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2014
Twenty Five Arrested at Anti-Fracking Protest in Washington, DC
De Smog Blog
Caroline Selle

Twenty-five anti-fracking and climate activists were arrested this morning in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters in Washington D.C. The arrests took place during the second day of planned actions demanding that FERC and the Obama administration consider the impacts of natural gas extraction and transportation on communities.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Friendly Fire Over Colorado Fracking Could Cost Democrats the U.S. Senate
Times Leader
Jay Newton-Small

The reelections of the Democratic governor and U.S. Senator in Colorado are threatened by ballot initiatives pushed by a renegade House Democrat 481376115 MORE New York Appeals Court Upholds Bans on Fracking States Confront Worries About Fracking, Quakes The Seismic Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes With a nail biter election on the horizon that flip control of the U.S. senate, the biggest concern of many Colorado Democrats is one of their own—a wealthy congressman named Jared Polis who is pushing statewide ballot initiatives that party strategists fear could increase Republican turnout in November.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
7 Earthquakes Rattle Oklahoma In 2 Days
WIBW


On Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma, there were seven earthquakes. You read that right. Not tornadoes. Earthquakes.... It's possible that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could have played a role in causing temblors, but there's no way to be sure until the USGS files its findings, Myers said. It does that once a month.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Hundreds protest US plans to export fracked gas
Aljaeera America
Renee Lewis

Hundreds of protesters marched Sunday in Washington, D.C., to show their opposition to a planned natural gas export terminal in Maryland that would ship gas fracked in the United States overseas to Asia.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
July 13 Rally & March to Stop Fracked Gas Exports at Cove Point & Beyond
flickr


Pictures posted on flickr  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
In rare effort, Ohio scientist to test water before fracking soars
The Olympian
Lisa Song

As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few sustained efforts in the nation to evaluate drinking water quality before, during and after gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
The drilling dodge
Tribune Review
Opinion

While the Obama administration dithers with green energy fantasies, it's sitting on 3,500 applications for oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands, according to a report by the Interior Department's inspector general.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Fracking Protest to March on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission HQ
NBC News


Activists are planning to rally against the government’s plan to export fracked and liquefied natural gas from U.S. coastlines. The protest, called “Stop Fracked Gas Exports,” wants to stop the development of the Cove Point export terminal in Lusby, Maryland.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Each fracking site needs list of chemicals
Columbus Dispatch


If it hadn’t been for residents’ efforts, the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency might not have had even the meager list of chemicals it had when 16 fracking trucks caught fire on June 29 (“State agency: Fracking fire likely fouled creek,” Dispatch article, July 1). Until September 2013, the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 hadn’t been enforced for the oil and gas industry in nearly 12 years.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Europe considers fracking to cut Russian gas imports
The Sofia Globe
VOA News

The political crisis in Ukraine, including its dispute with Moscow over the flow of Russian natural gas, has forced many European nations to reconsider their reliance on Russia for energy. Some nations are looking at new options for extracting natural gas at home, including the controversial process of hydraulic fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
What you should know about crude oil on trains coming through PA
Publicsource
Natasha Khan

More trains carrying crude oil to East Coast refineries mean a greater risk of accidents. Derailments in Pennsylvania and throughout the country are a signal to some that an accident could be disastrous.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
League of Women Voters discusses fracking, health
Indiana Gazette
Sean Yoder

The League claims that while it is difficult to scientifically link gas drilling with health effects, there are some studies that provide clues. One community survey conducted in 14 Pennsylvania counties looked for common symptoms from 108 respondents in 55 households, all of which lived less than five miles from a gas production facility, according to the League. It found the most common symptoms were increased fatigue, nasal irritation and throat irritation, which in theory could be caused by chemicals associated with fracking.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Why A Texas City May Ban Fracking
NPR
Arun Rath

The town of Denton, Texas is embroiled in a debate over fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, to extract natural gas. Fracking has brought a steady stream of revenue to Denton for years, but this Tuesday, the Denton city council will consider banning fracking because of environmental concerns. For more, I spoke with Abrahm Lustgarten. He's an environmental reporter for ProPublica, and he explained what some residents of Denton are worried about.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Environmental attorney David Guest talks BP, springs and a Florida fracking boom
Saint Peters Blog
Phil Ammann

David Guest is the man behind several major environmental victories in the state of Florida.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Protestors Say No to Fracked Gas Export Expansion Plan Activists gather in DC over plans to expand Maryland's Cove Point facility into a liquidation and export terminal as safety risks and pollution concerns remain unanswered -
The Real News


The European Union really wants U.S. natural gas. That's according to a leaked document obtained by The Washington Post. The document reveals that part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which is a $4.7 trillion trade deal currently being negotiated between the U.S. and the E.U., will make the export of U.S. oil and gas legally binding. But if such a deal went through, that would mean real consequences for us here in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. There's a proposed massive expansion of Maryland's Cove Point facility. That's where natural gas is liquefied and then exported.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Stop gas exports rally in Washington, D.C.
Politico
M. Scott Mahaskey

Activists on Sunday joined a Washington, D.C., rally against the gas industry’s push to export fracked and liquefied natural gas from U.S. coastlines. Protesters called on President Barack Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to "halt approval of all LNG export projects and protect communities from the surge of new fracking wells, pipelines and planet-warming pollution they would trigger."   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Internet Party to stop high-risk resource extraction
Voxy


The Internet Party wants a moratorium on fracking, the dumping of oil wastes, deep-sea and undersea extraction and other risky energy and mining industry practices. In its final environment policy released today - its first full, digitally-driven democratic policy - the Internet Party also vows to restore the absolute right of Kiwis to protest at sea against deep-sea oil exploration.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Wisconsin's frac sand creating new conflicts
Post Crescent
Taylor Chase

Wisconsin's boom in production of sand used for hydraulic fracturing has fueled a large increase in rail traffic moving the commodity to other states, causing conflicts and raising safety concerns.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Ohio fracking water reuse questioned
Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved every permit — considered temporary until the state writes rules that regulate the centers — without any public notification or input.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
"Green Grannies" Protest Against Fracking for Natural Gas
NBC29


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - Protestors in Charlottesville are sending a message to Washington to ban fracking for natural gas. These central Virginia activists decided to stay here and save gas, rather than joining a protest in the nation's capital.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
1,000+ March in DC Demanding a Halt to Fracked Gas Exports
EcoWatch
Sandra Steingraber

Editor's note: More than 1,000 people from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond joined a first-ever “people’s march” in DC to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines. With a key decision nearing on the Cove Point export terminal, just 50 miles south of the White House, protesters are calling on President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt approval of all LNG export projects and instead promote renewable energy solutions.]  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2014
Jeb's legacy as governor taking a huge hit
Sun Sentinel
Jac Wilder VerSteeg

Scripps Research Institute is in turmoil, there's talk of fracking in the Everglades and Florida is preparing to adopt Utah's standardized tests to assess our students and teachers. Three pillars of Jeb Bush's gubernatorial legacy are crumbling. Jeb himself is only partially responsible.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Former Health Secretary: Pennsylvania Didn't Seriously Study Fracking Health Impacts
Huffington Post
Kevin Begos and Jonathan Fahey

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state's current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because health officials need to be proactive in protecting the public.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Gas Export Terminal Draws Opposition From Marylanders, Faith Groups
Think Progress
Ryan Koronowski

The shale gas boom in the U.S. has used unconventional drilling practices like fracking to lower natural gas prices, to increase supply, and to soon transform America into a net gas exporter. This last development has elicited a huge controversy, and ground zero could be the small town of Lusby on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. That’s the home of a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal called Cove Point. Dominion Energy has received conditional approval to convert the site’s existing import facility into an export terminal from the Department of Energy, FERC, and a key state regulatory body. But local opposition to the proposed project is mounting.  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
A Pipeline Threatens Our Family Land
NY Times
Ann Neumann

LANCASTER, Pa. — MOUNTAIN LAUREL, tufted with pink blooms each spring, and leathery emerald rhododendron line the Tucquan Glen, a steep hollow in southern Lancaster County, Pa. The Tucquan Creek, home to towering tulip poplar and oak trees and the occasional red fox, rushes over natural rock dams and plunges into secluded swimming holes before it meets the Susquehanna River and continues to the Chesapeake Bay.  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Europe Considers Fracking to Cut Russian Gas Imports
Voice of America
Ana Hontz-Ward

The political crisis in Ukraine, including its dispute with Moscow over the flow of Russian natural gas, has forced many European nations to reconsider their reliance on Russia for energy. Some nations are looking at new options for extracting natural gas at home, including the controversial process of hydraulic fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Fracking's future
News Telegram


The extraction of oil and natural gas from shale deposits by hydraulic fracturing, a process commonly known as fracking, has raised concern and opposition in Massachusetts in recent months, as early plans for a gas pipeline expansion are presented to towns and property owners in northern Worcester County. The opposition in grounded in concerns over the environmental impacts of fracking in states such as Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota, all of which have seen economic boons from the process.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Estero begins preparation to fight fracking
News-Press
Denes Husty III

Two controversial subjects (fracking and rock mining)dominated much of Friday’s discussion during the Estero Council of Community Leaders meeting and sparked an impromptu exchange between two opposing state House candidates.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Commentary: Nevada fracking: An inconvenient truth
Elko Daily Free Press
Randi Spivak

Fracking proponents trying to whip up support in Nevada often conveniently leave out some troubling facts, including the toll it will take on Nevada’s water, air, climate and environment. We ignore these at our own peril. (“Commentary: Anti-fracking lawsuit doesn’t hold water”) Right now the Bureau of Land Management is looking to open up more than 174,000 acres of public lands to fracking near Tonopah and Austin in north-central Nevada.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Westport Rep. Steinberg Hails Fracking Bill Passage
Westport Daily Voice
Crystal D'Sa

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The passage of Senate Bill 237, bipartisan legislation designed to protect Connecticut from out-of-state fracking waste, was applauded by state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport. The bill passed the House 128-19.  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Portland fracking protest
Standard
Everard Himmelreich & Brittany Stewart

PROTESTORS in Portland have called for Victoria to be declared “coal and gas-field free”. Their objection to the process of fracking nearly upstaged Premier Denis Napthine during the opening of the city’s new boat ramp yesterday.  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Richmond scores ‘significant victory’ in pipeline project
Berkshire Eagle
Phil Demers

RICHMOND -- In a near-unanimous vote, residents this week adopted a nonbinding resolution against a new natural gas pipeline Tennessee Gas Co. hopes to build through town. At a special meeting on the issue on Wednesday, residents voted 99-1 in support of the resolution; the person who voted ‘no’ objected to the wording of the resolution, not the content. The resolution calls on the Board of Selectmen to "stand in opposition" to the new pipeline and to rescind permission earlier granted to the company to do survey work in town in connection with the plans.  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
U.S. Silica to Build Northern White Sand Facility in Wisconsin
Natural Gas Intel


U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. has received approval from the town of Fairchild, WI, to begin development of a 3 million ton/year hydraulic fracturing (fracking) sand mine and plant, which would deliver product to operators via Union Pacific Railroad. The plant would produce Northern White fracking sand, abundant in Wisconsin. The facility could be operational by the end of 2015. No financial details were disclosed. "We had tremendous input from the community in helping develop a project," said CEO Bryan Shinn. "This is an important step in our plan to bring on additional new capacity to meet customers' rapidly growing needs for high-quality, Northern White frack sand in all of the major shale basins in the U.S."  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
July 13: First national rally to stop fracked natural gas exports
Climate Science Watch


On July 13 in Washington, DC, demonstrators will rally near the U.S. Capitol to call on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a permit for Dominion Resources' proposed LNG export facility at Cove Point, Maryland – 50 miles from the White House on the Chesapeake Bay. "For far too long, President Obama has allowed FERC to put the interests of the oil and gas industry above our health, safety and climate, rubber-stamping project after project," say the organizers, who include activists from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and 350. More than 150,000 people have submitted public comments opposing the project.  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Ex-health chief: Pennsylvania failed to address public worries over drilling health impacts
AP via the Tepublic
Kevin Begos

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state's current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because health officials need to be proactive in protecting the public. "The lack of any action speaks volumes," said Avila, who is now the public health commissioner for Orange County, New York. "Don't BS the public. Their health comes first."  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
State recommends tight restrictions on gas drilling Md. regulators looking to protect water supply
Cumberland Times-News
David Dishneau

HAGERSTOWN — State regulators on Friday recommended some of the nation’s tightest restrictions on shale gas drilling, aimed partly at protecting drinking water from being contaminated by methane leaking from drill sites in Western Maryland.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Texas, Leader in Greenhouse Gases, Stands Vulnerable to Their Effects
New York Times
Neena Satija

With its dependence on an energy industry that relies on extracting fossil fuels, scientists say Texas has become a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions as well as more vulnerable to its consequences. Texas emits more greenhouse gases than any other state, according to federal data.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane
The Energy Collective
Joseph Romm

What kind of good news can the world expect after ignoring near-unanimous expert advice for 25 years? Well, we can almost certainly avert the worst impacts for billions of people, but only by aggressively curtailing both CO2 (which lingers in the atmosphere for hundreds of years) and the super pollutants (which are much more potent at trapping heat in the short-term than CO2, but which have a much shorter atmospheric lifetime).   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Activists Prepare July 13 Cove Point Protest, Lawsuits To Fight LNG Exports
DeSmog Blog
Carline Selle

Gas export terminals might be the new oil pipelines. Taking a leaf out of Keystone XL protestors’ playbooks, organizers have scheduled a Washington, D.C. rally to “Stop Fracked Gas Exports” on Sunday, July 13. Based on RSVP numbers, thousands are expected to attend.  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Exxon’s subsidiary, XTO Energy Inc Fights Criminal Fracking Charges – the Wall Street Journal
Athlete Newswire


According to the Exxon Mobil Inc. NYSE, XOM states that prosecutors of Pennsylvania are unjustly picking on the oil behemoth in an attempt to stop hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the gas-rich state. Subsidiaries of the company, XTO Energy Inc, is fighting criminal charges for sewage spill in 2010 that Pennsylvania authorities say a leak contamination in the Susquehanna River tributary.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
July 13: First national rally to stop fracked natural gas exports
Climate Science Watch


On July 13 in Washington, DC, demonstrators will rally near the U.S. Capitol to call on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a permit for Dominion Resources' proposed LNG export facility at Cove Point, Maryland – 50 miles from the White House on the Chesapeake Bay.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
Bill Cosby voices support for Tennessee gas pipeline protesters in Bay State
Mass Live


Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline. The couple, who own hundreds of acres of protected land in Shelburne Falls have been opposed to the pipeline since the company notified them last winter of plans to survey their land. Through a spokesman, the couple said it was "astounding" that New England's six governors support the proposal, which they said shows "disrespect for humans, flora and fauna."  [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2014
County executive, 2nd councilman included in ethics probe over Deer Lakes Park drilling vote
Trib Live
Aaron Aupperlee

Allegheny County Council members said State Ethics Commission investigators told them that an inquiry into Councilman Nick Futules' vote to allow natural gas drilling under Deer Lakes Park has expanded to include fellow Councilman Ed Kress and county Executive Rich Fitzgerald. The investigators asked if Kress traded his vote in favor of the drilling plan to obtain funding for his district and inquired if Fitzgerald offered jobs and other concessions to members in exchange for their votes, council members told the Tribune-Review on Friday.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Group Representing Half A Billion Christians Says It Will No Longer Support Fossil Fuels
ThinkProgress
EMILY ATKIN

A large umbrella group of churches representing more than half a billion Christians worldwide announced Thursday that it would pull all of its investments in fossil fuels, saying it had determined the investments were no longer ethical. The World Council of Churches, a global coalition of 345 churches, made the decision to no longer fund oil, gas, or coal at its central committee meeting in Geneva, and recommended that its members do the same. “The committee discussed the ethical investment criteria, and considered that the list of sectors in which the WCC does not invest should be extended to include fossil fuels,” read the finance policy committee report.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Md. regulators recommend tight limits on shale-gas drilling aimed at protecting environment
The Republic
DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Maryland — State regulators on Friday recommended some of the nation's tightest restrictions on shale gas drilling, aimed partly at protecting drinking water from being contaminated by methane leaking from drill sites in western Maryland. The "best practices" recommended by the departments of the environment and natural resources include a general, 2,000-foot buffer between hydraulic-fracturing drill rigs and private water wells. That's twice the distance Maryland currently requires between gas wells and private water wells, and a bigger setback than any other state mandates, said Brigid Kenney, a senior policy adviser with the Department of the Environment. The report also recommends that any company seeking to drill for gas in Maryland's portion of the Marcellus shale must first file a comprehensive plan for all foreseeable gas development in an area rather than for each well individually. Colorado has a similar, voluntary program, but Maryland's would be mandatory.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Railroad Commission chairman seeks to halt approval of Denton fracking ban
khou.com


DENTON — A letter sent from the chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas has asked Denton's mayor and council members to not approve a ban of hydraulic fracturing within the city limits. The letter is in response to a petition asking the city to ban fracking and will be addressed at a public hearing on July 15. About 2,000 people signed the petition.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
'No drill, no spill': Protestors in Skaneateles urge Cuomo to enact statewide fracking ban
Auburn PUblishing
Jonathan Monfiletto

SKANEATELES | As the evening hour reached Skaneateles Thursday, one man yelled "Tell me what democracy looks like!" while the crowd around him responded "This is what democracy looks like!" More than 50 people gathered in Clift Park to protest against hydraulic fracturing and in favor of a statewide ban on natural gas drilling. As they held anti-fracking signs and shouted such lines as "No drill, no spill," several motorists honked their support as they drove past the scene. The demonstration was timed to coincide with a fundraiser for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign happening just a few miles down West Lake Road along Skaneateles Lake.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Fracking Concerns
WLOS.com


As North Carolina moves forward to find natural gas through fracking, mountain communities are speaking their minds. Jackson County residents learned more about potential impacts on the environment during a Planning Board meeting Thursday night. Many Webster residents say they are opposed to fracking, worried that toxic chemicals might leak into the ground water.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
David, Goliath and Colorado’s intensifying debate about drilling
Mountain Town News
Allen Best

In Colorado’s intensifying debate about oil and natural gas drilling, each side has claimed to be David going into battle against a carpet-bagging Goliath. Now, with Loveland’s election about a proposed two-year moratorium history, and the finance disclosure reports submitted, as required by law, we’re getting an idea of who the real Goliath really was. It’s really no surprise. Drilling interests spent a massive amount of money to eke out a narrow victory in Loveland by a narrow margin of 52 to 48 percent. They also got the support of the local newspaper, the Reporter-Herald, and the local chamber of commerce.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Pinelands Commission faces challenges over soccer at preserved farm, pipeline
Press of Atlantic City
MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST

PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP — The Pinelands Commission faces legal challenges on two major fronts, after a judge refused to dismiss South Jersey Gas’ lawsuit against it over a rejected pipeline, and commissioners went into closed session at Friday’s public meeting to discuss possible litigation over soccer activities at Hammonton’s Tuckahoe Turf Farms. The state Attorney General’s Office, which represents the commission in the SJ Gas case, filed a motion in mid-June to dismiss the suit, arguing that no company can force government agencies to enter into an agreement on its behalf.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Why Kinder Morgan fears an informed public
Nashoba Publishing


Kinder Morgan is proposing to build a large, high pressure natural gas pipeline through 45 towns in Massachusetts, including Groton. More than five month ago, agents of this company entered the town of Groton and began requesting that affected residents sign survey permission forms. They did not disclose the true scope of the pipeline project or that your participation in it might be anything but completely voluntary -- since they plan to use eminent domain to take easements from property owners as necessary. When concerned residents called Groton town officials for an explanation, they were met with silence -- the officials had not been informed of any such project. When Kinder Morgan tried this same tactic recently in Andover, they were told to cease-and-desist until such time that Kinder Morgan representatives had presented their plans at a public town meeting. Why didn't Kinder Morgan approach each of the 45 impacted Mass. towns and request a meeting with town officials to explain their plans? And then request that these officials set up a public town meeting to include all town residents and the Kinder Morgan representatives as soon as it made sense to do so?   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Budget may force Pa. back to square one on drilling regulations
NPR State Impact PA
MARIE CUSICK

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection may have to go back to the drawing board in its two-year overhaul of drilling regulations, because the new state budget contains language changing the rules for oil and gas wells. Governor Corbett signed the legislature’s $29 billion spending plan yesterday. The new well regulations were among other items slipped into a companion bill, known as the fiscal code. Democrats challenged the constitutionality of the move, noting that bills are supposed to adhere to one subject, but the objections were overruled in the House. The law now makes distinctions between modern deeper, Marcellus Shale wells and shallower, conventional wells. It mirrors a bill introduced by Senate Present Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R- Jefferson) earlier this spring. Given the new law, the DEP’s yet-to-be-finalized regulations may be in jeopardy.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Breaking: Triumph For Citizens in Florida As Hughes Oil Company Drops Fracking Project
DeSmogBlog
Julie Dermansky

On Friday morning, Dan A. Hughes Oil Company and the Collier Resources Company agreed to terminate their lease agreement, with the exception of the Collier Hogan 20-3H well, next to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. Hughes Oil dropped its plans to drill an exploratory well adjacent to the Golden Gates Estates development.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility
The Baltimore Sun
Timothy B. Wheeler

A proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County could put nearby residents at "significant risk" if a fire or explosion occurs, according to a British consulting firm hired by opponents of the project to review its hazards. Ricardo-AEA, commissioned by some nearby residents and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, concluded that plans to convert the Cove Point import terminal for liquefied natural gas into one processing and exporting large quantities of the volatile fuel pose additional, possibly "intolerable" risks for workers at the site and people living within eight-tenths of a mile of it. "My view is that the project shouldn't be allowed to go forward, unless the applicant can demonstrate that the risks are not 'intolerable,' and that the risks have been reduced to a level which is as low as reasonably practicable," said Mark Broomfield, author of the report. He called for a detailed study of the risks and a review of what safeguards are planned or in place.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Pope Francis's Radical Environmentalism
The Atlantic
TARA ISABELLA BURTON

This past weekend, Pope Francis did something that was quietly revolutionary. In a talk at the Italian university of Molise, Francis characterized concerns about the environment as “one of the greatest challenges of our time”—a challenge that is theological, as well as political, in nature. “When I look at ... so many forests, all cut, that have become land … that can [no] longer give life,” he reflected, citing South American forests in particular. “This is our sin, exploiting the Earth. ... This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation.” And the pontiff isn’t stopping there; he’s reportedly planning to issue an encyclical, or papal letter, about man’s relationship with the environment.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Cowboys, hunters, and enviros team up to fight natural gas drilling
Grist
Ben Adler

If you take off in a plane from the airport in Aspen, Colo., you’ll soon see exactly what natural gas drilling looks like — and exactly why so many residents of the surrounding region, from ranchers to business owners to greens, are fighting to keep it in check. Fly north over the Thompson Divide, a region mostly contained within the White River National Forest, and all you see is green, lush mountains and valleys. This is a habitat for migratory species from birds to elk.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Natural Gas Pipeline Plan Creates Rift in Massachusetts
New York Times
Tom Zeller Jr.

NORTHFIELD, Mass. — Standing on a dirt road outside his aging barn, Walter Jaworski, a former veterinarian turned cattle rancher in this rural part of north-central Massachusetts  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments
theguardian.com
Adam Vaughan

Campaigners hail 'major victory' as council representing half a billion Christians says it will stop investing in fossil fuels  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
United Kingdom: Property Rights And Fracking - Who Owns Your Land?
Mondaq
Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall

It has been predicted by Amec (an oil industry consultant) that the full exploitation in the UK of oil and gas reserves trapped in shale rock formations (a process known as ‘fracking’) will be capable of producing more than twice the 100 billion cubic metres of gas consumed annually in the UK.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
US shale fracking fears grow on increasing earthquakes
Business Day
Editor

The increasing frequency of earthquakes in the shale fracking regions of America is spurring fears that this is due to the drilling of oil in rocks  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Springwater extends fracking moratorium
Genesee County Express
Matt Leader

SPRINGWATER – Springwater's five-member town board voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a local law that would extend the town's moratorium on hydraulic fracking for another year.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
N.Y. health group releases compilation report on fracking issues
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Health Professionals Release Major Scientific Document on Fracking and Request Meeting with Acting Health Commissioner Zucker  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Global fracking debate: Coming soon to town hall near you Upstate NY localities face fallout from Home Rule decision
Shale Gas Review
Tom Wilbur

Late last month, New York’s high court issued a ruling that put the debate over the merits and risks of shale gas development in the hands of local governments  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Exxon feels targeted over fracking
The Denver Post
Daniel Gilbert

Exxon Mobil Corp. is fighting criminal charges over a wastewater spill in Pennsylvania with an unusual defense, contending that the state's attorney general has improperly singled it out in a bid to stop fracking. On Wednesday, Attorney General Kathleen Kane fired back with a legal response, calling the company's claims "nothing more than weak attempts to obfuscate the truth." Prosecutors say an Exxon subsidiary, XTO Energy Inc., is criminally liable for a big leak of water that had been used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in north-central Pennsylvania in 2010.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Fracking fights loom large in Mexico Anti-fracking forces mobilizing for a moratorium, ban on practice
News Paper Tree
Kent Peterson

While Mexican lawmakers consider regulatory legislation to put into practice the 2013 energy reform that opened up their county’s oil and gas reserves to private investors, anti-fracking forces are mobilizing for a moratorium or an outright ban of the controversial practice from the Mexican Congress.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
California Supreme Court to review opinion in Newhall Ranch dispute
Los Angeles Times
Louis Sahagun

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a petition filed by environmental and Native American groups opposed to a recent state appellate court opinion in the decades-long dispute over plans to build a community of 60,000 residents about 35 miles north of Los Angeles.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Lopsided lobbying on Keystone Pipeline
Washington Post
Colby Itkowitz

The oil and gas groups that want the Keystone XL Pipeline built lobbied significantly harder for the project than the environmentalists fighting against it. But the pressure and passion is so intense on both sides that the lopsided lobbying hasn’t been enough to move the needle.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
CD5 race: Dem Cho endorsed by Sierra Club in bid to beat GOP's Garrett
NJ Politicker
Mark Bonamo

RIDGEWOOD - Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, has been endorsed by the national and New Jersey chapters of the Sierra Club, one of the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The Sierra Club's endorsement of Cho, the first time since 2006 that the organization has made an endorsement in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, highlighted their belief that the race is competitive for the first time in several election cycles, according to a press release from Cho's campaign. Read more at CD5 race: Dem Cho endorsed by Sierra Club in bid to beat GOP's Garrett | Politicker NJ Follow us: @politickernj on Twitter | PolitickerNJ on Facebook  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Ferguson: Fossil fuel Whack-A-Mole
Newsday
Bruce Ferguson Opinion

The proposed rule by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants has been hailed by many leading environmental organizations as a breakthrough.... So if the "big greens" are lining up in support of the EPA, why are some leading scientists and many environmentalists convinced that the rule will do little or nothing to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions, and may even exacerbate climate change?   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Global fracking debate: Coming soon to town hall near you Upstate NY localities face fallout from Home Rule decision
Shale Gas Review
Tom Wilber Blogspot

Late last month, New York’s high court issued a ruling that put the debate over the merits and risks of shale gas development in the hands of local governments. The much-anticipated ruling – a monumental victory for grassroots political action -- settled a long-standing question regarding the state’s jurisdictional control over the matter. Yet it raised many other questions about how local governments will respond.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Part 3: Renewed Push For Oil Sparks Concern In Florida; Laws Unclear Even As Company Pulls Out
WFSU
Lynn Hatter

Florida officials are grappling with how to regulate fracking after a Texas-based oil company used a similar procedure in a Southwest Florida exploratory well. Now the company says it’s pulling out of the area, but its activities have brought the issue of fracking to the forefront.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
N.Y. will disclose when, where trains ship oil
Poughkeepsie Journal
Brian Tumulty

WASHINGTON – New York will soon disclose the routes and schedules of freight trains hauling tanker cars filled with Bakken crude oil as they pass through the state on their way to coastal refineries. The state announced Friday it has denied a request by CSX Transportation and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to sign a nondisclosure agreement.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Md. recommends tight restrictions on gas drilling
Capital Gazette
Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — State regulators on Friday recommended some of the nation's tightest restrictions on shale gas drilling, aimed partly at protecting drinking water from being contaminated by methane leaking from drill sites in western Maryland.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
THE ENERGY INDUSTRY'S NEW APPROACH TO FRACKING: BUILDING A DIALOGUE
Associations Now
Ernie Smith

The energy industry sees hydraulic fracturing as the key to tapping vast natural gas reserves in the U.S., but the practice has faced resistance over safety and environmental risks. To help calm concerns, the American Petroleum Institute has released a set of guidelines to encourage companies to work on their relationships with the people in the communities where they’re drilling.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Major Scientific Document Shows Why NY Fracking Moratorium Is Imperative
Mint Press News
Eco Watch

Less than two weeks ago, local communities triumphed over the fracking industry in a precedent-setting case decided by the New York Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders. While the court decision is a victory for the two towns, many New Yorkers continue to rally and push for a statewide fracking moratorium. In this vein, Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY) today released a major resource to the public, including public officials, researchers and journalists—the Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking. “This compilation of findings brings together data from many fields of study and reveals the diversity of the problems with fracking—from increased flood risks to increased crime risks, from earthquakes to methane leaks,” said Sandra Steingraber, PhD, at a press conference held today. “What this multitude of threats all has in common is the ability to harm public health. That’s our message to Governor Cuomo and Acting Health Commissioner Zucker.”  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year
kqed
Lauren Sommer

California’s new regulations for hydraulic fracturing will be delayed by six months, after state legislators approved a bill in late June authorizing the change. The wide-reaching regulations were scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Now, the regulations will begin on July 1, 2015, though the Department of Conservation must still finalize them by the end of this year. State regulators say the change will help align the efforts of two agencies that are writing the new fracking regulations. The deadlines for the agencies were spelled out in SB 4, a bill the State Legislature passed in 2013. In addition to getting a permit for fracking from the Department of Conservation, oil operators will be required to write a groundwater monitoring plan that specifies how they’ll test water quality if they drill in an area with usable groundwater. The requirement was prompted by concerns that fracking could contaminate groundwater supplies.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Fracking in North Carolina's national forests?
Citizen Times
Karen Chavez

Will fracking come to North Carolina's national forests? Well, not right now. But that's a possibility. During a public Forest Service meeting Thursday to discuss wildlife and habitat and wild and scenic rivers, some folks wanted to talk about fracking – a method of extracting oil and gas by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into rock.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Drilling initiatives gather more than 80,000 signatures
Denver Post


Backers of ballot initiatives that would amend the state constitution to include an environmental bill of rights and to establish a 2,000-foot setback between oil and gas drilling rigs and homes say they have collected more than 80,000 signatures. Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy, the initiative campaign committee, has been collecting signatures on the setback measure, Initiative 88, and the bill of rights, Initiative 89, for three weeks, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Both measures are backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, who has said he will drop them if a compromise legislative solution to local-control issues is reached.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Locals object to plan for Pavillion water reports
SFGate
MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People dealing with polluted groundwater in the Pavillion area have objected that a gas developer can review and comment on two state investigations involving the contamination before the public is allowed to see the reports. Representatives of Pavillion Area Concerned Citizens filed a state records request Thursday seeking the draft reports. They say Wyoming law doesn't provide for Pavillion gas field owner Encana to review the reports before the general public. "We believe that the state is obligated by law to release any reports or documents to the public and the Pavillion Area Working Group at the same time they are released to Encana and the EPA," John Fenton and Jeff Locker of the citizens group wrote to Gov. Matt Mead.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Cleanup are extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill
Crookston Times
Josh Wood and James McPerson AP

The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday. Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Crestwood Midstream Partners Inc., said the cause of the spill appears to involve a separation of the pipe that carries saltwater, a byproduct of oil and natural gas production. Crestwood subsidiary Arrow Pipeline LLC owns the pipeline. Jones said the path of the brine is 8,240 feet long, and the company has estimated around 1 million gallons spilled. Officials have said it damaged trees, brush and grasses in the area. Crews are carrying equipment down the steep badlands by hand because of the rough topography.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Could falling natural gas prices kill some LNG projects?
Financial Post
Henning Gloystein, Reuters

A sharp fall in European and Asian gas prices this year will put liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects worldwide under heavy cost pressure, and even kill some off, as expected returns on investments have to be revised down along with prices. Benchmark British gas prices for delivery next month have almost halved this year as healthy supplies have been met by low demand following a mild winter and because overall gas use is dropping due to improving energy efficiency, rising competing fuels like renewables and low population growth. Asian spot prices have also come off sharply this year, shedding over 40 percent in value as demand growth slowed and new supplies in the Pacific region became available, although prices remain almost twice as high as in Britain and around three times as expensive as in North America.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
US Legislators Introduce North Atlantic Energy Security Act
Rigzone
Karen Boman|

Four U.S. senators introduced the North Atlantic Energy Security Act Friday, which they say will cut the red tape inhibiting energy production and infrastructure development, reduce natural gas flaring, and speed up the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to U.S. allies. Through this legislation, Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) are seeking to amend U.S. federal law by requiring U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz to approve LNG exports to the Ukraine, Japan and U.S. allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in addition to free trade countries. - See more at:   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Are B.C.’s LNG Ambitions Already in Jeopardy?
BC Business
Jacob Parry

If B.C. doesn’t act fast, it could be crowded out of an intensely competitive export market in its ambition to become a global hub for liqueified natural gas (LNG), according to a report released Thursday from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. “"Producers around the world—including in the newly gas-rich U.S.—are racing to lock up market-share in the Asia-Pacific region, in many cases much more aggressively than Canada,” argue the authors of the report. “While this market is robust and growing, the nature of the contracts for delivery will favour actors that are earliest in the queue.”  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility
Baltimore Sun
Timothy B. Wheeler

A proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County could put nearby residents at "significant risk" if a fire or explosion occurs, according to a British consulting firm hired by opponents of the project to review its hazards. Ricardo-AEA, commissioned by some nearby residents and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, concluded that plans to convert the Cove Point import terminal for liquefied natural gas into one processing and exporting large quantities of the volatile fuel pose additional, possibly "intolerable" risks for workers at the site and people living within eight-tenths of a mile of it. "My view is that the project shouldn't be allowed to go forward, unless the applicant can demonstrate that the risks are not 'intolerable,' and that the risks have been reduced to a level which is as low as reasonably practicable," said Mark Broomfield, author of the report. He called for a detailed study of the risks and a review of what safeguards are planned or in place.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Lax regulations blamed in fracking wastewater case
Herald News
Aaron Beswick

Lack of regulations led to a situation where 14 million litres of fracking wastewater sat in holding ponds outside Truro for two years, according to a discussion paper from the panel looking into the controversial procedure.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Beijing gets behind fracking
DW


The United States invented fracking, and it's a technique they have perfected. When it comes to using pressurized water and chemicals to force gas, and even oil, from deep-lying layers of rock, no one does it better. In the United States there are huge amounts of shale - the rock formations where natural gas is trapped. There is so much of it, in fact, that in 2013, for the first time, the global superpower mined more gas than it had to buy. Now it has set the ambitious goal of being independent of energy imports by 2017.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
Smitherman defends fracking, urges Denton to reject ban
Dallas Morning News
James Osborne

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman is urging Denton’s mayor and city council not to approve a petition to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits. In a letter released Friday, he dismissed claims that fracking posed a risk to public health and called oil and natural gas drilling, “key pillars of our Texas economy.”   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
I-Team: Fracking boosts north Louisiana economy but not without problems
WDSU
Travers Mackel

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. —Helis Oil from New Orleans is seeking to drill in St. Tammany parish for natural gas. It's a practice called "fracking" and people living in that community are overwhelmingly opposed to the idea. I-TEAM INVESTIGATION: SOME SAY FRACKING PUMPS... I-Team Investigation Fracking Reporter Travers Mackel looks at how the controversial fracking method has affected parishes in northern Louisiana. Watch Part 1 MORE I-TEAM: ECONOMICS OF FRACKING CAN BE TRACED TO NW LOUISIANA I-Team Economics of Fracking can be traced to NW Louisiana Fracking fight goes back to Caddo and Desoto parishes MORE People living in St. Tammany Pari   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
GROUP WANTS EXTENDED COMMENT PERIOD FOR OHIO RIVER DOCK PROPOSAL
Columbus CEO
Sara Brumfield

A local anti-fracking group is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow more time for public input regarding a proposal by a Texas-based company to build a barge fracking waste off-loading facility on the Ohio River in Meigs County. The Athens County Fracking Action Network says it was shocked to discover the proposal by GreenHunter to build such a facility in Portland, Ohio. The Corps of Engineers states that public comments must be submitted via hard copy at the Corps’ Huntington, West Virginia office by July 28. According to ACFAN, the proposal specifies that a dock will be built to accommodate two barges simultaneously and receive approximately 105 million gallons of frackwaste annually. The waste will be stored in aboveground tanks and trucked to any of Ohio’s 200-plus injection wells, the group claims.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2014
State Will Release Draft And Final Pavillion Reports
NPR Wyoming
Stephanie Joyce

The state says it will release both the draft and final versions of reports investigating water contamination in Pavillion. The clarification comes after landowners wrote a letter to Governor Matt Mead protesting the state’s plan to release the draft to Encana, the oil and gas company some accuse of polluting the water, before releasing it to the public.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Oil lobby VP: 'Irresponsible' to deal with fracking at ballot box
The Hill
Laura Barron-Lopez

Newly appointed vice president at prominent oil lobby American Petroleum Institute Louis Finkel says concerns over the booming hydraulic fracturing of natural gas should not be dealt with in the voting booth. As natural gas extraction continues to grow as a lucrative enterprise in states like Colorado, Texas and New York, a number of measures have sprung up to ban the practice.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Hickenlooper's push for fracking compromise runs into roadblocks
Colorado Public Radio
Rachel Estabrook

This week saw two major developments in the efforts of Gov. John Hickenlooper to broker a compromise over oil and gas drilling regulations. The compromise would give cities more control to restrict oil and gas development, including establishing setbacks from homes, for example, while stopping cities from banning drilling altogether. The governor wants to keep measures off the ballot that would allow local communities to pass bans. Hickenlooper is seeking a compromise, which would be turned into legislation and passed at the state Capitol to pursuade people who are pushing ballot measures to drop them.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Vestal Residents Hope to Pass Fracking Ban
Watertown TWC News
Ted Goldberg

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Some people in Vestal are urging their lawmakers to vote for a local ban on hydrofracking. Earlier this month, New York's Court of Appeals ruled that individual towns can place bans on fracking by using zoning regulations. Currently, there's a moratorium on hydrofracking. However, people in Vestal are concerned that companies would be allowed to drill in the town if the moratorium was lifted. Leaders say it's not worth passing a law to ban something that's already not allowed. "We're not concerned about it here because we're not putting a moratorium. We're not going to entertain this week after week after week," said Vestal Town Supervisor John Schaffer.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Germany Quietly Explores New Fracking Rules
Forbes
Jonathan Friedman

BERLIN – Governments know that July is generally a time when they can act without garnering much attention from the public or the press, which is more focused on upcoming summer holidays. This year, with the rest of the country transfixed by the World Cup, Germany’s Economy and Environment Ministries on July 4 issued new proposed guidelines to allow exploration of shale gas in the country at levels deeper than 3,000 meters. These guidelines also call on the government to assess the environmental impact of ‘fracking’ – drilling for gas using a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Natural Gas Pipeline Plan Roils Rural Massachusetts
The New York Times
Tom Zeller Jr.

NORTHFIELD, Mass. — Standing on a dirt road outside his aging barn, Walter Jaworski, a former veterinarian turned cattle rancher in this rural part of north-central Massachusetts, points south across his 200 acres of forest and pasture to a nearby tree line. If things don’t go his way, he says, that’s about where a new natural gas pipeline will slice through his land on a 180-mile journey from central New York to a transmission hub north of Boston. The project, proposed by the pipeline giant Kinder Morgan at a cost of $2 billion to $3 billion “or more,” according to the company, is only in the earliest stages of consideration. But debate over its placement — and even its overall need — is in full swing, with anti-pipeline yard signs and heated public meetings.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Meet the Andy Griffith who’s going after fracking polluters
Grist
Heather Smith

For that reason, I am a fan of the reporting that David Hasemyer has been doing for Inside Climate News — because he’s been covering the kind of crime that a reporter has to go out and look for. Earlier this month, Hasemyer profiled Deputy Sheriff Hector Zertuche of Alice, Texas. Zertuche is a 70-year-old long-timer who was assigned to the “environmental crimes” unit in 2006 — basically, tracking down people who dumped broken-down sofas on back roads. While patrolling the mattress-in-a-ditch beat, Zertuche noticed that people were dumping something else: something black and slippery and awful-smelling. That something turned out to be benzene-laced fracking waste. Zertuche tracked down the culprits, and sent samples and detailed reports to the relevant state agency, but the most the agency ever did was issue a letter of reprimand. So, after a little research, Zertuche figured out how to make offenders pay, using state laws that were laid out during Texas’s first oil boom, over a hundred years ago.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane ASAP
ThinkProgress
Joe Romm

The bad news is that humanity has dawdled for so long that our only realistic chance to avoid multiple, irreversible, catastrophic climate impacts is to slash both carbon dioxide and the “super pollutants” like methane sharply starting as soon as possible. As Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia’s Earth Institute, told MSNBC Tuesday: We’ve been told the basic falsehood that somehow fracking is going to save us, which is basically the opposite of the truth.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Illinois has hired few workers to oversee fracturing
Fuel Fix
Tammy Webber

CHICAGO — More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of overseeing the practice has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs as it continues working to complete rules that drillers must follow. The Department of Natural Resources has come under criticism from industry groups, lawmakers and other supporters of hydraulic fracturing who had hoped drilling could begin this summer. That scenario now appears unlikely.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Susquehanna County compressor station shut down after morning fire
The Times Leader
Jon O'Connell

LENOX TWP. — Emergency crews responded to a fire at a Susquehanna County natural gas compressor station Thursday morning , but found the flames already were out. The fire started just after 9 a.m. at the Zick Compressor Station, operated by Williams Field Services, near Hop Bottom.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Health Care Professionals Opposed To Fracking Urge Cuomo Adm. To Look At More Research
WXII
Karen Dewitt

A group of health care professionals are seeking a meeting with Governor Cuomo’s health department, saying they have compiled a compendium of new and on going research that highlights numerous health risks associated with hydro fracking.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Opponents' report lists 'problems' Concerned Health Professionals releases reports outlining potential negative effects
Times Union
Matthew Hamilton

Albany Paging Dr. Zucker: There's a stack of fracking reports for your review, and the compilers would like to speak with you. The anti-fracking group Concerned Health Professionals of NY on Thursday released a compendium of reports on hydraulic fracturing and its potential adverse effects in New York, and called for a meeting with Acting State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to discuss the findings. "We could find no evidence that fracking can be implemented safely under any regulatory regime," said Sandra Steingraber, a scholar in residence at Ithaca College and longtime anti-fracking activist, in a news conference at the Capitol. "There are problems with fracking that appear to be inherent to the system and that are unremediable by any regulatory framework."   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane ASAP
Think Progress
Joe Romm

The bad news is that humanity has dawdled for so long that our only realistic chance to avoid multiple, irreversible, catastrophic climate impacts is to slash both carbon dioxide and the “super pollutants” like methane sharply starting as soon as possible.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Why Chesapeake Energy (CHK) Stock Is Lower This Afternoon
The Street
Tedd Cohen

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK_) are down -0.89% to $25.09 after a judge in Michigan ruled that the company must face a criminal trial on a charge of bid-rigging with competitor Encana Corp. (ECA_) at a 2010 state land lease auction, citing evidence of a conspiracy between the companies that drove state lease prices down sharply, Reuters reports.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Both Sides of Fracking Debate Prepare for Denton Council Vote
NBCDFW
Brian Scott

Another petition is just the latest tool in Denton’s fight over fracking, but this time they seem to be in favor of the drilling method.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Meet the Andy Griffith who’s going after fracking polluters
Grist
Heather Smith

For that reason, I am a fan of the reporting that David Hasemyer has been doing for Inside Climate News — because he’s been covering the kind of crime that a reporter has to go out and look for. Earlier this month, Hasemyer profiled Deputy Sheriff Hector Zertuche of Alice, Texas. Zertuche is a 70-year-old long-timer who was assigned to the “environmental crimes” unit in 2006 — basically, tracking down people who dumped broken-down sofas on back roads. While patrolling the mattress-in-a-ditch beat, Zertuche noticed that people were dumping something else: something black and slippery and awful-smelling. That something turned out to be benzene-laced fracking waste.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
How Colorado became ground zero in America's energy wars
Westword
Alan Prendergast

At the Denver premiere of the film Dear Governor Hickenlooper last month, there were no stretch limos, no red-carpet divas, no paparazzi or moguls in tuxedos. What you got instead, squeezed into the spartan confines of the Oriental Theater, were auteurs in old jeans and ball caps, a modest concession in anti-fracking T-shirts, and people hovering with clipboards, offering petitions or volunteer sign-up sheets.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
North Dakota Pipeline Spill Cleanup May Take Weeks
ABC NEWS
Josh Wood & James MacPherson

Company and tribal officials say a pipeline on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian reservation has leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater, with some of the fluid finding its way to a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water for the reservation.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
A Fracking Boondoggle
Truth Out
Tracy Fernandez Rysavy Opinion

The public would pay a heavy price for a $4 billion gas export terminal in Maryland at Cove Point....The federal and state governments have already approved many aspects of the Cove Point project, but a few hurdles remain. If it goes forward, the number of fracking wells in the surrounding area will skyrocket. That would mean more chemicals in our water. More poisoned wells. More sick families.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Methane May Leak From 40% of Gas Wells in Parts of Pennsylvania Study published in PNAS is based on inspection records of 41,000 wells drilled between 2000 and 2012.
Inside Climate News
John H. Cushman, Jr.

People who live among the fracking fields of Pennsylvania should expect considerable leaking of methane from natural gas wells into the groundwater and atmosphere, according to new research by a professor who has been a consistent critic of the boom in hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Drilling Toward Disaster?: Concern Over Proposed Gulf Drill Sites
Public News Service


PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The federal government is considering a proposal to open up new areas of the Gulf of Mexico to natural gas and oil production.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Company Seeks Barge Dock Permit for Shipping Fracking Wastewater
EcoWatch
Athens County Fraction Action Network

Ohioans are shocked to stumble on a new proposal by GreenHunter, a Texas-based fracking wastewater company, to build a barge off-loading facility on the Ohio River in Meigs County. Barging of liquid frack waste has not been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, which received 60,000 public comments last December opposing the proposal.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Shale Seen Shifting Flows at America’s Biggest Oil Port
Bloomberg
Dan Murtaugh

Now, with domestic production at a 28-year high, LOOP’s managers are thinking the previously unthinkable: They want to reverse the flows and send North American oil out as well as take foreign oil in.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Activists in hazmat suits protest offshore fracking
LindyBay
Dan Bacher

"We now know that fracking chemicals pumped into California’s offshore oil wells pose a scientifically documented danger to marine life,” said Center biologist Shaye Wolf, who wrote the letter to the Commission. “The Coastal Commission needs to protect our waters by halting fracking off California’s coast.” Photo of offshore fracking protest in Ventura on July by Hilary Aidun, Center for Biological Diversity.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Hickenlooper's push for fracking compromise runs into roadblocks
Colorado Public Radio
Rachel Estabrook

This week saw two major developments in the efforts of Gov. John Hickenlooper to broker a compromise over oil and gas drilling regulations. The compromise would give cities more control to restrict oil and gas development, including establishing setbacks from homes, for example, while stopping cities from banning drilling altogether. The governor wants to keep measures off the ballot that would allow local communities to pass bans.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
State lags in hiring to oversee fracking accord
The Southern
Associated Press

More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of overseeing the practice has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs as it continues working to complete rules that drillers must follow. The Department of Natural Resources has come under criticism from industry groups, lawmakers and other supporters of hydraulic fracturing who had hoped drilling could begin this summer. That scenario now appears unlikely.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Home Rule Authority May Derail U.S. Fracking Plans
The Motley Fool
John Licata

With the current New York moratorium on fracking due to expire in May of next year, the recent "home rule authority" success to challenge zoning laws and forbid gas drilling within the borders of the upstate New York towns of Middlefield and Dryden, could spill over to other parts of the state and further complicate Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to lift the drilling ban. This development could have serious national implications considering Cuomo, who is in favor of more testing to determine the public hazards of fracking, is expected to throw his hat into the 2016 U.S. Presidential race if Hilary Clinton chooses not to run on the Democratic ticket herself.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Texas sheriff wants criminal charges filed in fracking pollution case
McClatchy DC
David Hasemyer

A Texas waste hauling company that is already facing civil charges for a March accident that spread toxic drilling waste along a rural road could also be facing criminal charges. Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said he will ask county prosecutors to file a criminal complaint against On Point Services LLC after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Railroad Commission close their civil cases against the company.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
New Sussex countryside fracking charter launch
Midhurst and Petworth Observer


AS the fracking controversy continues, countryside campaigners are attempting to spur politicians into action with a new charter. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Sussex) has today (July 10) launched a ‘Sussex Countryside Charter’, calling on MPs and councillors to ensure better protection for the countryside.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
No to fracking in Ceredigion, says Mike Parker
Tivy-Side


Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru’s Westminster candidate for Ceredigion, has declared his opposition to the exploitation of unconventional gas in an event held at Aberystwyth bandstand as part of Friends of the Earth’s campaigning day against fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
How Will Exxon Mobil (XOM) Stock React To Its Fight Against A Pennsylvania Fracking Lawsuit ?
The Street
Tedd Cohen

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM_) are down -1.04% to $102.47 as the company fights criminal charges over a wastewater spill in Pennsylvania with an unusual defense, contending that the state's attorney general has improperly singled it out in a bid to stop fracking, the Wall Street Journal reports.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Judge considering whether to overturn Longmont's fracking ban challenged by drillers, state
The Republic
Associated Press

LONGMONT, Colorado — A judge is considering whether to overturn Longmont's fracking ban, which energy companies and state regulators say violates state law and legal precedent. Boulder District Court Judge D.D. Mallard listened to arguments on the 2012 voter-approved ban on Wednesday and said she would issue a written decision later.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
A Fracking Boondoggle
truthout
By Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, OtherWords | Op-Ed

The public would pay a heavy price for a $4 billion gas export terminal in Maryland at Cove Point. A few years ago, Tammy Manning and her family moved to Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania, 10 miles from the New York state border. Unbeknownst to her, energy companies had started ramping up natural gas drilling operations near her home. When WPX Energy opened up two fracking wells near her property, Tammy noticed that something was very wrong in her household.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Utica Shale activity continuing to move south
vindy.com
Burton Speakman

YOUNGSTOWN The latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources proves what already had become apparent in the Mahoning Valley: Utica Shale drilling activity has moved to southern Ohio and doesn’t appear to be coming back. The core of the Utica is in a narrow swath in Belmont, Monroe, Noble and Harrison counties, said Gabriele Sorbara, an analyst for Topeka Capital Markets. The issue in the northern part of the shale play, which includes Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, boils down to production, he said. It takes pretty solid results to make wells financially viable when they cost $9 million to $10 million to drill and frack. “The production results simply weren’t there for the northern [Utica] wells,” Sorbara said. “The shale play [exploration] appears to be moving from southeast Ohio into West Virginia and will continue into southwest Pennsylvania in Washington and Green counties.” =  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2014
Major Scientific Document Shows Why NY Fracking Moratorium Is Imperative
EcoNews


Less than two weeks ago, local communities triumphed over the fracking industry in a precedent-setting case decided by the New York Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
LNG terminals could collapse B.C. wild salmon run: SFU scientists
Vancouver Observer
Mychaylo Prystupa

New science shows that Pacific Northwest LNG and Prince Rupert LNG are smack dab in the most sensitive spot for millions of Skeena salmon, treasured by fisheries, anglers, First Nations and sushi lovers. The gas terminals couldn't be in a worse spot, say scientists. Two multi-billion-dollar LNG marine export facilities slated for the province’s northwest are under fire for being smack dab in the most critically important waters for rearing millions of wild B.C. salmon, a new Simon Fraser University scientific study reveals.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Ethics Commission Probes Allegheny Co. Councilman Over Deer Lakes Park Drilling
CBS Pittsburgh
Andy Sheehan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Shouts of “shame, shame, shame” followed Allegheny County Council’s approval in May of shale gas drilling below its 1,200-acre Deer Lakes Park.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Newer gas wells are more likely to have leaks Horizontally drilled wells give rise to more seeping methane
Durango Herald
Seth Borenstein

ASHINGTON – In Pennsylvania’s gas-drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
VeRSE Demands Fracking Moratorium
Binghampton Home Page


Concerned residents in Vestal are looking for a fracking ban of their own. Members of Vestal Residents for Safe Energy, or VeRSE, plan to attend tonight's Vestal Town Board meeting to once again press board members to pass a moratorium or ban on hydrofracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Just 4 of 53 spots filled in Illinois to oversee fracking; critics say DNR moving too slow
Daily Reporter
Tammy Webber

CHICAGO — More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of overseeing the practice has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs as it continues working to complete rules that drillers must follow.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Federal Government Still Spending Billions To Subsidize Fossil Fuels
Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard & Zach Carter

WASHINGTON – Over the past five years, the Obama administration has repeatedly called for cutting fossil fuel subsidies in the form of tax breaks and other incentives. But the amount of money the federal government forfeits through subsidies has increased steadily over that time period, reaching $18.5 billion last year, according to a new report from the environmental group Oil Change International.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Government Subsidizes Fossil Fuel Industry With $20+ Billion in Taxpayer Money Each Year
EcoWatch
Shakuntala Makhijani

Oil Change International released a comprehensive report today on fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies in the U.S.—Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies Under Obama—which demonstrates that at a time when we need urgent action on climate change, the U.S. government is channeling huge and growing amounts of money to increasing discovery and production of oil, gas and coal. These federal and state subsidies totaled $21.6 billion in 2013.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Wolf says he would ‘restore trust’ in health department drilling policies
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he wants to restore public trust in the state Department of Health. The agency was recently accused by former employees of having policies aimed at muzzling its workers on the issue of natural gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Rifle Approves Future Drilling Plans
KREXTV
Krintina Kuestner

RIFLE, Colo.- A decision made by Rifle gives the go-ahead for additional drilling. According to the Post-Independent, council members unanimously approved an amendment to WPX energy's orginal 2009 watershed district permit to allow the drilling of more than 250 natural gas wells near and in the city of Rifle's Beaver Creek Watershed District.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Lightning jolts workers near oilfield site
Jamestown Sun
Forum News Service

Tuesday morning, a dark plume of black smoke could be seen miles from the site as workers from Absorbent and Safety Solutions, a spill response company, were working to contain and recover oil and saltwater released since late Monday afternoon.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Natural gas debate rages on: Residents weigh in
WKTV
Allison Norlian

DOLGEVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - A natural gas debate rages on in the Town of Manheim, bringing out more than a dozen people Wednesday night, to the Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department for a public hearing.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Bakken Oil Boom Brings Growing Pains to Small Montana Town
National Geographic
Joe Eaton

But the explosive growth that deterred them from Williston is spreading to small Montana border towns such as Bainville, causing severe housing shortages and growing pains. Although only a small fraction of Bakken wells are in Montana, where oil production peaked in 2006, nearby oil industry development and an influx of workers have maxed out the town's water system, destroyed roads, and introduced drugs and violent crimes unheard of by generations of farmers and ranchers.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
N.D. county officials slash $30M ‘man camp’ fine – E&E
Dakota Resource Council
Pamela King

Williams County, N.D., officials yesterday slashed a nearly $30 million fine against a Bakken Shale operator for housing violations. Western Petroleum LLC and parent firm Pilot Logistics Services now face just $1.9 million in penalties for failing to secure the required permits to lodge workers in 40 recreational vehicles and nine housing units (EnergyWire, June 23).  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Here's another complication for fracking — radioactive waste
PRI
Adam Wernick

At the Chemung County landfill in Elmira, New York, piles of drill cuttings from Pennsylvania shale oil wells are scattered around the yard. The cuttings look like heaps of wet black sand, wrapped in a black plastic liner — and they're radioactive.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Fracking: short-term profit before safety
The Socialist
Matt Kilsby

A recent major study - released by the British Geographical Survey and Environment Agency - has raised fresh concerns over the potential of fracking to contaminate our drinking water. Meanwhile scientists in the US have said that fracking wastewater wells are directly responsible for turning Oklahoma into the earthquake capital of America.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Meet the 70-Year-Old Lone Star Who Polices Fracking Waste
NationSwell
Lorraine Chow

As the oil and natural gas industries continue to boom in Texas, someone needs to fight on the side of the environment — especially when these industries (intentionally or not) cause big, messy spills.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Industry group that fought fracking moratorium files tardy reports with city Protect Colorado spent $126,769 on the June 24 Loveland election
Reporter-Herald Election
Jessica Maher

An oil and gas industry-backed group that spent $126,769 to fight Loveland's proposed fracking moratorium failed to comply with the city's election laws but is not likely to be prosecuted for violations.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Vestal Town Supervisor: 'No need' for fracking ban
WBNG
Julianne Peixoto

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Residents in Vestal are once again asking the Town Board to ban fracking within the town's borders. But Town Supervisor John Schaffer says that an additional ban isn't necessary since rules already on the books ban drilling of any kind.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Natural gas debate rages on: Residents weigh in
WKTV
Allison Norlian

Residents weighed in on whether or not to construct an "XNG Natural Gas" facility on Route 167. They discussed zoning issues regarding where the facility would be located and health implications it would have on the community.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Fracking Is Causing an Earthquake Boom in Oklahoma
Moyers & Co.
John Light

It’s not the extraction of oil and gas that causes the tremors; it’s the method of disposing the wastewater — a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing — that’s to blame. During the process, huge quantities of water, sand and chemicals are injected into the ground to break up shale and allow drillers to access the fossil fuels trapped within. This toxic mix needs to go somewhere, and in many cases it is injected into disposal wells deep underground. But the wastewater can travel for miles, changing ground pressures far beneath the surface. In some instances, this causes earthquakes.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
State lags in hiring to oversee 'fracking' accord
Sun-Times Wires


More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of overseeing the practice has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs as it continues working to complete rules that drillers must follow.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Fracking campaign finance dispute heads to court
Seattle Pi


DENVER (AP) — An administrative law judge in Denver is hearing a complaint alleging that a group promoting fracking limits isn't properly disclosing its source of money. The complaint being heard Wednesday seeks to force the group Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy to disclose the source of a donation worth $1.45 million. A rival group aligned with the oil and gas industry has argued that Democratic Rep. Jared Polis is backing the group. Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy is an issue committee. It supports ballot initiatives to curb the drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The group wants to see possible votes to give local governments more ability to regulate oil and gas drilling. Another measure would increase the distance required between oil and gas drilling and homes.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
250-plus gas wells possible near Rifle watershed
Post Independent
Mike McGibbin

More than 250 natural gas wells might be drilled over the next five years by WPX Energy near and in the city of Rifle’s Beaver Creek watershed district. Rifle City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the company’s original 2009 watershed district permit to allow the activity, subject to conditions. The 12-square-mile, 8,000-acre watershed, approximately 5 to 6 miles southwest of Rifle, is the source of 9 percent of Rifle’s drinking water. The vast majority of the city’s water comes from the Colorado River. Several years ago, the city established the district and considers permits for certain industrial activities to help protect the water source. The company would also need drilling permits from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Providence says drilling is delayed until 2015
Irish Times
Fiona Reddan

Drilling at the Spanish Point appraisal well off the west coast of Ireland has been delayed until 2015, Providence Resources said this morning. The delay had been “widely expected” Davy Stockbrokers said in a note. The Irish oil and gas exploration and appraisal company said that due to extensive delays in the refurbishment of the Blackford Dolphin drilling rig, which had been scheduled to drill the well, drilling operations would not be able to commence until at least October, thereby putting the Spanish Point drilling operations into the winter period.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Kremlin warns Ukraine to start 'stealing' gas from transit pipeline in fall
Kyiv Post


Beijing - Kyiv will start "stealing" gas from the transit pipeline to Europe in fall, so gas supplies should be diversified, Russian presidential administration head Sergei Ivanov said.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Marcellus and Utica shale drilling permits: Monroe County is drilling hot spot
Farm and Dairy
Kristy Foster Seachrist

SALEM, Ohio — Drillers appear to be running toward Monroe County, Ohio, to drill what they see as promising Utica shale wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported 25 new permits were issued for drilling in Monroe County during June. Twelve permits were issued in Sunsbury Township to Gulfport Energy. In Adams Township, four permits were issued for the same well pad to Gulfport Energy. In Seneca Township, four permits were issued to Antero Resources Corporation for a well site in Seneca Township.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Officials say state needs to handle its waste
Bismark Tribune
Nick Smith

A state regulator told lawmakers Tuesday work continues on addressing dumping of oil field waste in the western part of the state. David Glatt, head of the environmental section of the North Dakota Health Department, told the interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee changes in how the state addresses naturally occurring radioactive material will be coming. Glatt said a study of the radioactive material will be complete in the coming months. One portion of the study on improved record keeping and tracking of the materials will be complete soon and released for public comment.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Texas Sheriff Wants Criminal Charges Filed in Fracking Pollution Case
Inside Climate News
David Hasmeyer

A Texas waste hauling company that is already facing civil charges for a March accident that spread toxic drilling waste along a rural road could also be facing criminal charges. Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said he will ask county prosecutors to file a criminal complaint against On Point Services LLC after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Railroad Commission close their civil cases against the company.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Oklahoma has more earthquakes than California, and a few bad fracking reinjection wells may be to blame
treehugger
Christine Lepisto

Oklahoma experienced just two earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater from 1978 through 2008. In 2013, it was 109. There have been 145 through May 2 of this year already. Almost half (45%) of the earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater in the central and eastern U.S. occurred in the frack-happy state of Oklahoma. The suspicion that fracking may be behind a sudden increase of earthquakes in Oklahoma is not new. But a study just released in Science magazine by University of Cornell researchers enhances the evidence that reinjection can cause seismic swarms.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Can Sungevity Win Solar Customers With Rooftop Imagery and Data?
greentech solar
Eric Wesoff

Sungevity claims its improved software can generate an accurate residential solar installation quote and image based on just a street address and a customer's electric bill. The aim is to eliminate the time and cost of home visits in the design and pricing of residential solar installations. The solar software company's new quoting platform combines "LIDAR, aerial imagery and real estate parcel data" to generate a 3D-image of a specific property along with "the three most optimal solar configurations" as well as installation cost and estimated savings. Last month, Andrew Birch, Sungevity's CEO, told GTM, "The recent story in solar has been about finance," adding that a few years ago, "the story was about hardware and panels. Going ahead, it's about customer acquisition." GTM Research estimates that it costs almost $3,000 to acquire a residential solar customer in the U.S. Lowe's, a long-time Sungevity partner, is piloting Sungevity's new quote platform at a number of its home improvement stores in California. The software can also be used to "rapidly assess the solar potential of entire cities, counties and countries for retailers, utilities and other partners," according to a release. According to the company, the "Instant iQuote technology" already covers more than 1.5 million homes in California and will soon expand to four other states. Sungevity's Chief Technology Officer Steve Atherton told GTM, "Right there in the store we can make a compelling story." He said that it shortens the acquisition process and "once customers understand, the light bulb goes off." The CTO spoke of "a really rich user experience" based on the enormous data collected and experience gained from thousands of solar rooftop designs. He added, "Nothing substitutes for what we've learned with real customers."   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Study Finds More Costs Than Benefits From Fracking
EcoNews
Douglas J. Guth

Even before the most recent recession, Carroll County in rural eastern Ohio was struggling. Employment prospects were sparse and young people were fleeing for opportunities elsewhere. Then came 2011 and arrival of the shale industry, giving the local economy an injection of jobs and the attendant financial benefits an influx of new business creates.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Texas Sheriff Wants Criminal Charges Filed in Fracking Pollution Case
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer

Hauling company that dumped toxic drilling waste over eight miles of road and never told authorities faces formal enforcement action.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
MAP: 25 Million Americans Live Within The ‘Blast Zone’ Of An Oil Train Explosion
ThinkProgress
KATIE VALENTINE

Millions of Americans live within the “blast zone” of an oil train accident, according to a new map put together by environmental group ForestEthics. The map, created using industry data and on-the-ground reports of people living close to oil train routes, outlines the routes of oil trains across the U.S. and into Canada. Using census data, ForestEthics estimates that more than 25 million Americans live within a one mile zone that must be evacuated in case of an oil train fire — what the group calls the “blast zone.”  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Industry group promotes new ‘good neighbor’ policies for drillers
NPR State Impact PA
MARIE CUSICK

The nations largest oil and gas trade group has unveiled a new set of community relations guidelines–aimed at improving interactions between drillers and the people who live near hydraulic fracturing sites. The American Petroleum Institute released the 9-page document today, calling it a set of “good neighbor” policies. In a telephone press conference Wednesday with reporters, API’s New York State spokeswoman Karen Moreau repudiated questions about whether the industry has been too slow in responding to public concerns about the boom in shale development and the safety of hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Saltwater pipeline leaks on ND Indian reservation
NBC NEWS


MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) - Officials are trying to contain what they're calling a substantial leak from a saltwater pipeline on an Indian reservation in North Dakota. Kris Roberts, an environmental geologist, says the state health department doesn't yet have any information on volumes or if the brine has reached Bear Den Bay, a tributary to Lake Sakakawea. The lake provides drinking water to several communities on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Roberts says there are dead trees, grasses and bushes near the leak area. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production and considered an environmental hazard because it can be many times saltier than sea water.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Cove Point Is Too Dangerous
The BayNet
Mickey Shymansky

I'm a firefighter, not an activist or an environmentalist. I've been a firefighter for 30 years. I am a captain in the District of Columbia Fire Department, and, until recently, I was the assistant fire chief in charge of operations for the volunteer department that serves my hometown of Lusby, Maryland—the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department. But I could not keep silent when I learned how dangerous the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal at Lusby’s Cove Point would be, and when I saw how far from seriously its owner, Dominion Resources, is taking fire safety. Cove Point would be a firefighter's worst nightmare.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Here's another complication for fracking — radioactive waste
PRI
Matt Richmond

At the Chemung County landfill in Elmira, New York, piles of drill cuttings from Pennsylvania shale oil wells are scattered around the yard. The cuttings look like heaps of wet black sand, wrapped in a black plastic liner — and they're radioactive.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
SHALE REVOLUTION: Forecasters Say The US Could Become Energy Independent In 20 Years
Business Insider
Catherine Ngai, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four years into the shale revolution, the U.S. is on track to pass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil, most analysts agree. When that happens and by how much, though, has produced disparate estimates that depend on uncertain factors ranging from progress in drilling technology to the availability of financing and the price of oil itself.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
FRACKING GUIDELINES ISSUED BY API TO EASE COMMUNITY FEARS
Bloomberg Businessweek


July 9 (Bloomberg) — The oil industry’s largest lobbying group began a new effort to ease public fears about hydraulic fracturing after a legal setback in New York state and a voter push in Colorado to ban the drilling practice. The American Petroleum Institute, a Washington-based group that includes Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., released guidelines for improving community relations as “fracking” extends to more towns, raising concerns about pollution risks.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
ONGC drilling starts amid protests
Upstream


India’s state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has started drilling in Tamil Nadu, amid strong resistance and protests by locals. Local residents in some regions of Tamil Nadu, including Nagapattinam, have been protesting exploration activities, as they believe it could lead to ground water contamination and further increase the salinity of water.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Hearing held on fracking campaign finance dispute
Miami Herald
Associated Press

DENVER -- An administrative law judge in Denver is hearing a complaint alleging that a group promoting fracking limits isn't properly disclosing its source of money. The complaint being heard Wednesday seeks to force the group Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy to disclose the source of a donation worth $1.5 million. A rival group aligned with the oil and gas industry has argued that Democratic Rep. Jared Polis is backing the group.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Fracking opposition organizes in WNC
Smoky Mountain News
Jeremy Morrison

Having moved from a fracking state, Day said she was disappointed to see North Carolina open the door for the extraction method, which involves injecting explosives into the ground to create fissures before pumping a mixture of water, chemicals and sand into the cracks so that any oil or gas will make its way to the surface.  [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Anti-Fracking Activists Rally Outside Plaza Hotel During Planned Governor Cuomo Fundraiser
Latin Post
Rebecca Myles

To coincide with New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's attendance at the lunchtime 'Women for Cuomo' fundraiser, 75 environmental activists held a rally outside the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday. Except Governor Cuomo never arrived as the luncheon was canceled.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Fossil industry is the subprime danger of this cycle The cumulative blitz on energy exploration and production over the past six years has been $5.4 trillion, yet little has come of it
Telegraph
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

The epicentre of irrational behaviour across global markets has moved to the fossil fuel complex of oil, gas and coal. This is where investors have been throwing the most good money after bad. They are likely to be left holding a clutch of worthless projects as renewable technology sweeps in below radar, and the Washington-Beijing axis embraces a greener agenda.   [Full Story]

Jul 9, 2014
Another natural gas pipeline proposal hits Floyd County
Blue Ridge Muse
Bill Kovarik

Looks like another pipeline fight is in Floyd County’s future. County residents sidetracked plans for a natural gas pipeline through the county several years ago but two national energy companies have new plans to build another such pipeline from Northwestern West Virginia to Piittsylvania County and that pipeline would run through Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd and Franklin counties. As with last time, the proposal has locals riled up and ready for a fight. Such a pipeline can not only affect scenic views, it can also pose health, safety and environmental problems. A recent post on Facebook in the Floyd Group section brought dozens of comments and a report by WDBJ, Channel 7, in Roanoke sparked another discussion today. Blowouts can — and have — killed people.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
How are energy boom states dealing with drilling-related health complaints?
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

Is heavy drilling making some people sick? It a question doctors, public health researchers and regulators in oil and gas-producing states are still struggling to answer roughly six years into the American shale boom. So far, one thing is clear: different states approach the issue of public health and drilling in different ways.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Earthquakes Linked to Fracking
My Daily Finance
OilPrice.com

Research by Katie Keranen, an assistant professor of seismology at Cornell University in New York, found that injecting wastewater from fracking at underground disposal sites can cause earthquakes of moderate strength, or magnitude 3.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Fracking issue galvanizes grassroots efforts
Winston-Salem Journal
Lisa O'Donnell

Fielding and others are scrambling to educate themselves and their neighbors about fracking, something they said they did not think would ever become an issue in Davie County.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Nevada Solar Net Metering Will Save the Grid $36 Million, Says State Report
Renewable Energy World
Susannah Churchill

Step outside in Las Vegas on any July afternoon, and you can’t help but recognize Nevada’s tremendous solar opportunity. Recent solar price declines coupled with a restructured state incentive program and strong net metering policy mean that the state is now primed to make good on its rooftop solar promise in a big way.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
250-plus gas wells possible near Rifle watershed
Post Independent
Mike McKibbin

More than 250 natural gas wells might be drilled over the next five years by WPX Energy near and in the city of Rifle’s Beaver Creek watershed district. Rifle City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the company’s original 2009 watershed district permit to allow the activity, subject to conditions.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Um, TransCanada just bought off a town with a firetruck
Grist
Heather Smith

Pipeline company TransCanada recently gave Mattawa, a small town in Ontario, Canada, about $28,200 ($30,000 Canadian) to spend on a rescue truck. Mattawa’s volunteer fire department plans to use the truck to put out fires, and rescue people who’ve fallen through the ice or gotten themselves into car accidents. Sounds nice, right? Who doesn’t like to be pulled out of a ice-cold lake, or a flaming car wreck by a nice new truck, especially when the newest truck your volunteer fire department has is over a decade old? Well, the truck came with a few catches, which interested parties can read all about it in Mattawa’s city council agenda for June 23 (the good stuff starts on page 20). In exchange for the money, the town of Mattawa agreed to not to comment on any of TransCanada’s operations for the next five years. Mattawa also agreed to put signs on all of its rescue vehicles that read “Supported by TransCanada,” declare TransCanada a “lead sponsor” of its fire department, put TransCanada’s logo on their city website, do a photo op with TransCanada for the local media, give TransCanada photos of the town to use for PR purposes, and put out any fires at the nearest TransCanada station for the next five years.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Chevron Admits The Truth: Oil Shale Will Use Huge Amounts Of Western Water
ThinkProgress
TOM KENWORTHY

One of the largest oil companies in the world has been forced in court to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about one of the key environmental impacts of developing oil shale in the arid West. Namely, it will consume an enormous amount of water in a region where drought and climate change are already stressing available water supplies.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis
The New York Times
Eduardo Porter

Here’s what your future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing devastating climate change. The new assessment also underscores the pointlessness of small, incremental emissions cuts. Under the path, the United States decarbonizes its energy supply at an average pace of almost 4 percent a year over the next four decades. That is more than 10 times faster than the Energy Information Administration’s forecast last year. China takes CO2 out of its energy about six times as fast as the E.I.A.’s forecast. This is not achievable by going after low-hanging fruit, such as replacing coal with natural gas in power plants. Doing so could even be counterproductive, locking the country’s energy infrastructure into a high-carbon path.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Fracking ban must be statewide to ensure safety for all
Times Union
Eileen Hamlin

The Times Union deserves praise for its recent editorial ('For drillers, no means no') in support of the recent New York State Court of Appeals ruling that municipalities do indeed have the right to ban fracking. But more importantly, the Times Union supported maintaining New York's statewide moratorium given increasing scientific evidence showing harms of fracking and that fracking hurts property values.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility
Yahoo News
Josh Wood Associated Press

ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) — A lightning strike Monday sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky and leaving the smell of oil in the air. The latest incident was at a saltwater disposal well owned by Dallas-based 1804 Operating and located several miles south of the tiny town of Alexander. No injuries were reported.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Oregon fire marshal, under pressure from The Oregonian, posts oil train routes online
The Oregonian
Rob Davis

It took some prodding, but Oregon's state fire marshal has posted reports showing where oil trains move around the state. The agency put the reports online late Tuesday, four hours after an OregonLive.com story said the fire marshal had begun wavering on an earlier promise to share the reports on the web.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Zoning Laws, A New Weapon in the War Against Fracking
Beacon Broadside
Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald

In our soon-to-be released book, The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food, we discuss the laws that affect local control of gas drilling in New York and Pennsylvania. At the time of writing, two cases were before the New York State Court of Appeals that would effectively decide if individual towns in New York could ban gas drilling using zoning ordinances (Mark S. Wallach, as Chapter 7 Trustee for Norse Energy Corp. USA vs. Town of Dryden et al. and Cooperstown Holstein Corporation vs. Town of Middlefield). On June 30, 2014, the decision was announced by the Court of Appeals in favor of the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield. It is important to note that “towns” in New York are subdivisions of counties, and constitute most of the land that is not a city or Indian reservation  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Fracking Fights Loom Large in Mexico
GrassRoots Press


Mexico is emerging as the next big battleground in conflicts over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as the method of extracting natural gas is commonly known. While Mexican lawmakers consider regulatory legislation to put into practice the 2013 energy reform that opened up their county’s oil and gas reserves to private investors, anti-fracking forces are mobilizing for a moratorium or an outright ban of the controversial practice from the Mexican Congress. “There are many warning signs around the world about this predatory practice in the environment and on health,” said Mexican Senator Rabindranath Salazar Solorio, a member of the center-left PRD party and secretary of the Senate’s energy commission. “It’s for this reason that Mexico should reflect and not commit the same errors to the detriment of the population.” Mexican environmentalists cite many reasons to forget fracking: the depletion of scarce water resources; the potential contamination of aquifers; the usage of toxic chemicals, including substances identified as carcinogens, mutagens and endocrine disruption agents; the generation of toxic waste; and a growing body of evidence linking earthquakes to fracking.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Secrecy by rail: PEMA says the public has no right to oil train info
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Editorial

Although the democratic attitude of the age supports government openness and transparency, the first reflex of officialdom is often secrecy. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, unfortunately, is no exception. Last week, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency denied the Post-Gazette’s requests for information that freight railroads provide about their shipments of crude oil through the state. As the PG’s Jon Schmitz reported, this was despite the fact that federal officials say no reasons exist to withhold the information.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
America's Dairyland Turning to Petrostate: Wisconsin Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

DeSmogBlog is publishing the first documents ever obtained from the Wisconsin government revealing routes for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Bakken Shale basin. The information was initially submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) under the auspices of a May 7 Emergency Order, which both the federal government and the rail industry initially argued should only be released to those with a “need to know” and not the public at-large.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
LEAKED: EUROPEAN UNION TRADE DOCUMENT, TRANSLATION: CLIMATE DISASTER
Compass


A leaked European Union trade document, published today by the Washington Post, reveals the dangers of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for communities and our climate. The document, similar to a previously leaked EU proposal for a chapter on energy which I wrote about here, makes it clear that the EU is looking to use this secretly negotiated trade pact as a back-door channel to get automatic, unfettered access to U.S. fracked gas and oil. If this proposal moves forward, we would see more fracking for oil and gas in the United States, more climate-disrupting pollution globally, and increased dependence on fossil fuels in the EU. So, while oil and gas companies on both sides of the Atlantic rake in profits, everyone else is stuck paying the costs.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Gas-Charged Earthquakes Linked to Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole
Yahoo News
Charles Q. Choi

Surges of gas-charged fluid may have explosively generated the earthquakes preceding a giant sinkhole in Louisiana, researchers say. These findings could lead to a better understanding of how pressurized fluids can trigger earthquakes and tremors, scientists added.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Pipeline Project Raises Questions As Group Marches Across Mass
WAMC
Jim Levulis

Protestors are continuing a march across Massachusetts following the route of a proposed multi-state natural gas pipeline. About 100 people started the march Sunday in Richmond. Roughly 30 people gathered in downtown Pittsfield Monday morning to send off about a dozen biking 20 miles round trip to Windsor carrying a ceremonial baton designed to look like a piece of pipeline. Cheryl Rose organized this leg of the bike trip.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Large gas pipeline projects come to Southern Virginia
WDBJ
Justin Ward

PITTSYLVANIA, HALIFAX COUNTIES, Va. - Something else is going in the ground in Southern Virginia besides tobacco and corn. Two national energy companies based in Pennsylvania and Florida have plans to build a natural gas pipeline from Northwestern West Virginia 330 miles southwest to Pittsylvania County, running through Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd, and Franklin Counties. It's called the Mountain Valley Pipeline, planned to connect to the Williams Transco Company compressor station in Chatham.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Shale fuel trending: Locals divided over means of natural gas production
Tribune Democrat
Justin Dennis

SOMERSET — The upgrading of 11 commercial dump trucks by local manufacturer J&J Truck Bodies and Trailers is a good portent for the country’s energy economy, company executives said. Although the feat may seem unremarkable, the trucks run on compressed natural gas, processed from Marcellus Shale, an abundant fuel source long dormant beneath large swaths of the state. Even more remarkable is that the work order came from a medium-sized New?Jersey business and not a multinational energy corporation, said Michael Riggs, senior vice president. He said the company has been preparing for shale’s rise in popularity among commercial transporters looking for a cheaper, cleaner diesel alternative.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Fracking issue galvanizes grassroots efforts
Winston Salem Journal
Lisa O'Donnell

Since learning last month that Davie County may be poised for natural gas exploration through a process known as fracking, Rosalyn Fielding has rarely been away from her computer or off her telephone. Fielding, an Advance resident, is among several residents in Davie and Yadkin counties organizing a grassroots effort against fracking. “This is a Democrat-Republican issue. This is a common-sense, self-preservation, care-about-your-neighbors issue.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
An abuse of science - concealing fracking's radioactive footprint
The Ecologist
Paul Mobbs

A new scientific paper presents the radiation produced by fracking as 'natural' and harmless. But it's based on sketchy data, hyperbolic statistics and questionable assumptions, writes Paul Mobbs. Is it an attempt to stifle an essential public debate? As the facts about unconventional gas emerge around the globe the UK Government and the on-shore oil and gas industry have been pulling-down the shutters on their grand project. Increasingly reports are "being seen to be written rather than written to be seen". For example, last week Public Health England launched the final version of their report on shale gas and health - on the same day that the Jimmy Saville inquiry results were reported. That pretty much ensured there would be no room in the schedules for any critical analysis of it.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
New York Court of Appeals Upholds Municipal Authority to Ban Fracking
Real Property and Environment
Paul Hauge

New York’s highest court dealt a blow to the hydrofracking industry on June 30 when it upheld, in a consolidated opinion in Matter of Wallach v. Town of Dryden and Cooperstown Holstein Corp. v. Town of Middlefield, the authority of municipalities to use their zoning powers to ban hydrofracking. The Court of Appeals held that provisions on the towns’ zoning ordinances that prohibited hydrofracking anywhere within their borders were not preempted by the “supersession clause” of the state’s Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (OGSML). That clause, said the Court, prevents municipalities from regulating the “how” of hydrofracking but does not bar them from limiting “where” it can take place.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
North Dakota Looks to Extend Pipelines Through Tribal Land to Reduce Natural Gas Burn-Offs
Roll Call
Randy Leonard

While North Dakota takes steps to limit the volume of natural gas that is being burned off, or “flared,” in its rapidly expanding oil fields, the problem, which has caught the attention of Congress, is far worse on the state’s American Indian land — where regulation is more difficult. Last week, the North Dakota Industrial Commission announced it would force producers to restrict oil production if they could not meet reduction targets for burning off natural gas. Gov. Jack Dalrymple called the new policy “a dynamic shift in the way regulators approach reducing natural gas flaring.”  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
$30 billion LNG plant proposed for Vancouver Island
bc.ctvnews.ca


VICTORIA - A Vancouver-based company and a Port Alberni-area First Nation have signed a agreement to build a liquefied natural gas export facility on Vancouver Island. Steelhead LNG Corp., and the Huu-ay aht have announced plans to develop an LNG plant on land owned by the First Nation on the southern end of Alberni Inlet near Port Alberni. Steelhead LNG Corp., says in a statement the project could represent an investment of about $30 billion. Steelhead says it is working with pipeline companies to explore options to bring natural gas from northern British Columbia to Vancouver Island.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Landrieu, oil & gas officials, call for expanded offshore drilling
The Advocate
BILLY GUNN

LAFAYETTE — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and oil and gas officials Monday challenged the government agency writing the nation’s next five-year energy exploration plan to expand offshore drilling to federal waters off the East and West coasts and offshore Alaska. “The U.S. has a bountiful resource, much of which is untapped,” said Kent Satterlee III, manager of offshore regulatory policy for Shell Upstream Americas.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Gas industry, critics weigh environmental practices in Garfield County
Post Independent
Scott Condon

While a major election battle looms in November over regulating the oil-and-gas industry, the only major producer currently operating in the Piceance Basin says it has refined techniques to be a better environmental steward and neighbor. WPX Energy recycles 100 percent of the water it uses in drilling and hydraulic fracturing and taps no fresh supplies. It invented a strategy to conduct hydraulic fracturing from a remote site, separate from the drilling rigs, to reduce truck traffic and noise affecting nearby homeowners  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Greens say fracking near Discovery Park could ruin water supply
Isle of Thanet Gazette
Tom Barnes

KENT Green Party has warned fracking coal bed methane gas (CBM) deposits close to the Discovery Park site could render Thanet’s water supply undrinkable. The announcement comes after the British Geological Survey (BGS) released data showing potential gas-baring shale rock in Kent is located within 200 to 400 metres of underground chalk aquifers. Over 70 per cent of the county’s public water is taken from groundwater, most notably from chalk aquifers.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
NY High Court's Local Ban Decision is No Basis for Greenlighting Fracking
NRDC Switchboard
Kate Sindig

When the New York State Court of Appeals ruled last week that municipalities have the right to use their zoning codes to ban fracking, my reaction was one of intense relief and celebration. But I immediately became concerned that the pro-fracking elements would try to salvage something from their defeat by claiming that the decision somehow provided a justification for Governor Cuomo to greenlight fracking in the state. A column over the weekend by Fred LeBrun in the Albany Times Union made pretty much just the point I had feared. But we still think Governor Cuomo will do the right thing: Decide based on science. Because the court’s decision doesn’t change the basic fact that the limited science that does exist on fracking’s health impacts raises serious reasons for concern.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Explosive fracked oil could blow up Central New York trains, environmentalists caution
syracuse.com
Marnie Eisenstadt

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Highly explosive fracked oil from North Dakota passes through Central New York cities and villages several times a week and could explode on any trip, said environmentalists from several different groups today. They held signs that said, "Stop the bomb trains," in front of Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse. The protest was part of an international effort to draw attention to the issue on the year anniversary of a train explosion in Lac-Magantic, Quebec. Forty-seven people were killed when a train carrying fracked oil crashed and exploded in that community. People from Alliance for a Green Economy, ShaleshockCNY, CNY Against Fracking, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Syracuse Peace Council and Frack Action came to Clinton Square to speak out.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
DEP considers rules on tremors and fracking
Post Gazette
Laura Legere / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The closest earthquakes presumably caused by hydraulic fracturing stirred about a mile west of the Pennsylvania border, but regulators felt the reverberations in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is considering creating rules for the first time for wells in “seismic hazard areas” — places that may be susceptible to tremors triggered by well stimulation techniques like fracking. The agency floated the proposal in recent weeks in a paper outlining conceptual changes to the state’s oil and gas well regulations under the heading “TBD – Induced seismicity.” A lot remains to be determined, including what “seismic hazard areas” are and where they might be, if the state has them at all. DEP’s chief of oil and gas compliance and data management, Joseph Lee Jr., said the language is a placeholder for now, but the department and its partners are beginning a massive data-mining project to fill in the blanks.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Fracking Fire Intensifies Push to Change Ohio Chemical Disclosure Laws
Public News Service


WOODSFIELD, Ohio - Environmentalists say the recent fire at a hydraulic fracturing well in southeastern Ohio highlights the flaws in state and federal disclosure laws for chemicals used in "fracking." The fire at the Monroe County well site on June 28 spread to 20 nearby trucks on the drilling pad, and required additional firefighters from six counties to contain it. Melissa English, development director with Ohio Citizen Action, says first responders were probably unaware of the chemicals involved in the accident because the only ones listed were "condensate and produced water."   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Some 2,500 earthquakes in Oklahoma linked to fracking
RT


The last five years have seen Oklahoma experience more than 2,500 earthquakes – the vast majority of which are being connected to the oil and gas exploration process of fracking. Although past studies have also suggested Oklahoma’s earthquake spike is related to fracking, this is the first time scientists have pinned such numbers to the controversial procedure. Notably, they found that fracking could also be responsible for earthquakes occurring nearly 20 miles away from drilling and waste deposit sites. According to Scientific American, Oklahoma has seen more than 230 earthquakes registering magnitudes of 3.0 or higher in this year alone. Before 2008, the state only averaged one of these earthquakes a year.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
5 Shocking Places Where Fracking Is Taking Off
Resilience
Tara Lohan, Alternet

By now, many people have heard about the booming Bakken Shale in North Dakota where there is a mad rush for oil, enabled by the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a practice that pumps millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand underground to break rock and release hydrocarbons. The Bakken has garnered big media attention and so too has Texas’s Eagle Ford Shale and the gas-rich Marcellus Shale in the Northeast. But more than these big shale plays are on the table. Fracking is happening in 17 states and more than 80,000 wells have been drilled or permitted in the last nine years -- some of these in surprising (and alarming) places.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Seeing Drilling, Fracking Up Close
Aspren Public Radio
Elise Thatcher

The word “fracking” has come to mean drilling in general for oil and gas-- and a major concern for communities and environmentalists in Colorado and elsewhere.In reality the process of hydraulic fracturing is a specialized procedure used to create cracks in shale deposits thousands of feet underground which in turn releases trapped natural gas. There are hundreds of fracked wells in Garfield County. Often you can see them from the highway. Recently Aspen Public Radio got a tour of a fracking operation run by WPX Energy near Parachute.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Obama to Nominate New Deputy Secretary of Energy
NY Times
David Sanger

Washington — President Obama will announce today that he is nominating Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, the National Security Council’s top nuclear proliferation and defense policy official, to be deputy secretary of energy. If confirmed by the Senate for the No. 2 job at the Department of Energy, which has been held for five years by Daniel Poneman, Ms. Sherwood-Randall would join the department at a moment when it is remaking the nation’s nuclear weapons complex and figuring out the delicate politics of the boom in oil and gas fracking. She would oversee the nuclear complex and a multibillion dollar program to overhaul the nation’s nuclear laboratories as well as its program to update a modestly-shrunken arsenal of nuclear weapons.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
FPL pipeline opponents attending hearing in Georgia today
Palm Beach Post
Susan Salisbury

Leesburg, Ga. — People opposed to a proposed new natural gas pipeline that would serve Florida Power & Light Co.’s South Florida plants are gathering this morning for a hearing at the Lee County Courthouse in Leesburg, Ga. They are traveling as far as 400 miles from Hendry County to support landowners who have filed a counter suit against Sabal Trail Transmission for allegedly surveying without permission, said John Quarterman, a Lowndes County, Ga. farmer who serves on the board of SpectraBusters. The counter suit filed by James E. Bell II and Robert Bell alleges that Sabal Trail did not have permission to enter their property to survey for a 100-foot right-of-way for the proposed 36-inch, 591-mile $3 billion pipeline project that would run through Georgia, Florida and Alabama.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Collier drilling permit on shaky ground
News Press.com
Mary Wozniak

Dan A. Hughes company spokesman David Blackmon today emailed a response to the fact that containers of chemicals, some of them carcinogens, were found at the documented by Collier-Hogan well site. The state DEP documented the chemicals in photographs taken Dec. 31 at the site. The state DEP documented the chemicals in photographs taken Dec. 31 at the site. Blackmon said: "Just as in our bathrooms and kitchens, gasoline stations and light bulbs, oilfield activity involves the use of chemicals that can be harmful to humans if they are exposed them in high enough doses over long enough periods of time.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
In Rare Effort, Ohio Scientist to Test Water Before Fracking Soars
Inside Climate News
Lisa Song

As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few sustained efforts in the nation to evaluate drinking water quality before, during and after gas drilling.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Pennsylvania considers link between hydraulic fracturing, earthquakes
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul Gough

Pennsylvania is looking into the possibility of regulations for wells that are built in places that have seismic activity. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the DEP's investigation of "seismic hazard areas" and whether Pennsylvania's oil and gas drilling laws should take them into account even though the state doesn't get many big earthquakes. Some earthquakes in Ohio back in March were due to hydraulic fracturing at a well pad, according to the Post-Gazette.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
European Commission to consider shale fracking
Houston Chronicle


The European Commission on Tuesday established the European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction to review test wells, examine the technology and determine if fracking is the right thing for Europe. Pronouncements that fracking was dead on arrival in Europe were clearly exaggerated. The network plans on "bringing together practitioners from industry, research, academia as well as civil society. The Network will collect, analyse and review results from exploration projects as well as assess the development of technologies used in unconventional gas and oil projects."  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Oil Drilling Meetings Start Along Gulf Coast
wjhg
Brian Gerig

PANAMA CITY - The Federal Government is considering a plan to lease more areas of the Gulf for oil and natural gas exploration. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management kicked of a series of meetings Tuesday in Panama City, to solicit the public's comment on planned leases in two areas of the Gulf. One is in the Eastern Planning Area off Florida's coastline. The other is in the Central Planning Area from Eastern Alabama to Eastern Texas.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Aim of Nevada Anti-Fracking Suit to Block Drilling
Insurance Journal
Scott Sonner

A rural Nevada group is asking a federal judge to block the sale of oil and gas leases they say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and other development that poses a much greater threat to sage grouse and other wildlife than the U.S. government claims. The Bureau of Land Management concluded in February any energy exploration resulting from the fracking would have little or no impact across about 270 square miles of central Nevada.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
A gas pipeline through the county can be fought, crowd is told
Lancaster Online
Larry Alexander

State and federal laws favor corporations ramming through projects such as a gas pipeline proposed for Lancaster County, and their petitions, citizen meetings and hearings are powerless to stop them. But for people and municipalities who believe in their cause and are willing to sail rarely charted waters, there may be hope.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis
New York Times
Eduardo Porter

Here’s what your future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing devastating climate change. Within about 15 years every new car sold in the United States will be electric. In fact, by midcentury more than half of the American economy will run on electricity. Up to 60 percent of power might come from nuclear sources. And coal’s footprint will shrink drastically, perhaps even disappear from the power supply. ((This is basically what the MIT Study was saying before Fukishima!))   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2014
Local communities express their opposition to fracking in south-west
The Standard
Brittany Stewart

MORE than 1100 people across western Victoria turned out for state government-held community consultation on fracking, with an overwhelming majority opposed to the industry. Casterton’s consultation attracted 155 people and about 100 people attended a session in Terang, despite not being in exploration licence areas. An approximate breakdown of public sentiment was 75 per cent opposed, 20 per cent undecided and 5 per cent not opposed, according to one of the independent facilitators, Mick Maguire.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Would You Take $50,000 in Return for Promising Never to Sue a Fracking Company?
Slate
Ben Mathis-Lilley

ProPublica reports on an impressively bold gambit by EQT, a natural gas company that conducts fracking operations in Pennsylvania: [EQT] offered all of the households along Cardox Road $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future. It covered potential health problems and property damage, and gave the company blanket protection from any kind of claim over noise, dust, light, smoke, odors, fumes, soot, air pollution or vibrations.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Fracking opponents want environmental review withdrawn
Politics on the Hudson
Jon Campbell

A coalition of groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York held a news conference in Binghamton on Monday to call on the state to withdraw a six-years-in-the-making environmental review. From the Press & Sun-Bulletin’s Steven Howe: BINGHAMTON—A coalition of organizations opposing fracking in New York met outside City Hall at 38 Hawley St. Monday afternoon to request Gov. Andrew Cuomo withdraw an environmental impact statement which they say is outdated.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Wastewater pumping from oil drilling and fracking caused Oklahoma seismicity to surge
ZME Science


This year, Oklahoma already had over 230 earthquakes with a magnitude of over 3. In 2008, the average number was 1! It seems quite unlikely for such a dramatic change to happen naturally, especially without other geological indicators. Many geologists and seismologists suspected that this was connected with the recent oil explorations in the area, but they were unable to prove it – until now.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Udall’s Balancing Act on Fracking Backfires with Environmental Group
The Colorado Observer
Mark Stricherz

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark Udall attempted a delicate balancing act between his environmentalist supporters and pro fracking forces during a recent campaign appearance on the Western Slope but his comments drew barbs from both sides of the fray. The Colorado Democrat said at an event in Montrose Tuesday that fracking should be legal in some areas of the state, but illegal in other parts “There are places where we should and could use hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas, but there are other places that we should not. And for me, the areas that are questionable would be wildlife refuges, parks, subdivisions, places like the North Fork where there are other values that are equally important,” Udall said.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
NC is facing a natural gas gold rush
Blue Ridge Now
Katie Breckheimer

Someone asked me recently, “If it’s not happening here, why should I be concerned about natural gas fracking?” My answer: We need to care about what happens to clean air and clean water everywhere in North Carolina, and we need to care about the energy direction of our policymakers.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Industry Data Show Oil-By-Rail in North America at Record Levels
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On July 3, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) released June 2014 data showing oil-by-rail and petroleum products at-large are moving at record levels throughout North America. The release of the data comes on the heels of the ongoing oil-by-rail nationwide week of action launched by environmental groups.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
A call for new fracking data for NYS
WBNG
Perry Russom

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An environmental group is calling on New York to start over on the SGEIS, a DEC document outlining permit regulations for natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing. It has yet to be finalized.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Picking Lesser of Two Climate Evils
The New York Times
JUSTIN GILLIS

Climate scientists long ago settled among themselves the question of whether human emissions of greenhouse gases are a problem, concluding that we are running some grave risks. But the field still features vigorous debate about how bad global warming will get, how quickly, and how to combat it.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
A California Oil Field Yields Another Prized Commodity
The New York Times
NORIMITSU ONISHI

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The 115-year-old Kern River oil field unfolds into the horizon, thousands of bobbing pumpjacks seemingly occupying every corner of a desert landscape here in California’s Central Valley. A contributor to the state’s original oil boom, it is still going strong as the nation’s fifth-largest oil field, yielding 70,000 barrels a day.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Coalition to request Cuomo withdraw environmental impact statement on fracking
Press Connects
Steve Howe

BINGHAMTON — A coalition of organizations opposing fracking in New York met outside City Hall at 38 Hawley St. Monday afternoon to request Gov. Andrew Cuomo withdraw an environmental impact statement which they say is outdated. The state’s final decision on fracking is meant to be based on the impact statement, a draft of which was first released in September 2009 and revised two years later.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
EPA refutes green group played key role in carbon rule
The Hill
Laura Barron-Lopez

The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing a different narrative than one published in a New York Times report detailing the influential role one green group played in crafting the presidents' signature climate rule. The Times published a report Sunday night explaining how three leaders within the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) drafted a climate plan to slash carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants over the course of two years.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Rice Energy Strikes $336 Million Deal With Chesapeake Appalachia for Marcellus Assets
Wall Street Journal
Joshua Jamerson

Appalachia gas driller Rice Energy Inc. (RICE) has agreed to purchase about 22,000 acres of land and 12 developed Marcellus shale wells in western Pennsylvania in a $336 million deal, the company said Monday.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
All Hail Dryden and Middlefield! (Now, Get Yourself to the Skaneateles Rally on Thursday)
New Yorkers Against Fracking
Sandra Steingraber

I spent Independence Day with the people who brought the world’s most powerful industry—the oil and gas industry—to its knees: the citizens of Dryden and their local allies.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Our View: Stormwater rules for fracking lack detail, bite
Fayobserver.com
Editorial

Sooner or later, it's going to rain and rain hard. When that happens at a fracking well pad, which can be a complex of 20 or more wells, North Carolina needs assurance that runoff isn't going to taint our soil and poison our water supply. That's an urgent concern for the Cape Fear region, since most of us get water from rivers flowing out of potential fracking country. The state's Environmental Management Commission has devised a new stormwater rule and several revisions to old rules related to fracking. As many speakers at a public hearing Tuesday in Sanford noted, several of the measures are excellent and should be welcome. The changes would clarify that broken rocks and drilling mud hauled to the surface during oil and gas operations do not constitute "petroleum contaminated soil," and can't be disposed of under rules designated for that purpose. Another change stipulates that simply reusing drilling fluids and wastewater from fracking doesn't make it a "closed-loop recycle system," which is supposed to be a more environmentally friendly approach to fracking. These changes close potential loopholes before they can be exploited.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
New Bill Would Allow Municipalities to Ban Fracking
whmi.com


A local legislator is working to help eliminate language from an amendment passed in 2011 limiting local government control over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, an amendment he had voted to approve at the time. Currently, local governments are very limited in what kinds of limitations they can place on operations that harvest mineral resources, including fracking. This was established by a Michigan Supreme Court case in 1982, but briefly overturned by the Supreme Court in 2010 on the basis that the judiciary did not have the jurisdiction to impose the kind of language used. In response, the legislature passed House Bill 4746 the following year, exempting mining and drilling operations from local zoning ordinances unless “very serious consequences” would result.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Greenpeace activists block Chevron shale site in Romania
Reuters


(Reuters) - Greenpeace activists chained themselves to the gates of a Chevron shale gas exploration well in eastern Romania on Monday, blocking access to the site and urging the leftist government to ban fracking. Romania could potentially hold 51 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, which would cover domestic demand for more than a century, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Legal tweak may fast-track AGL Gloucester fracking
Sidney Morning Herald
Peter Hannam

The Baird government has proposed opening a loophole to allow fracking of coal seam gas wells within a few hundred metres of homes. The government plans to modify the State Environmental Planning Policy in a way that may allow AGL to carry out hydraulic fracturing – usually referred to fracking – close to homes in the Gloucester area of the Hunter region without completing a full environmental impact study. A similar large-scale drilling project planned for western Sydney was ruled out in 2013, partly as a result of its proximity to homes near Liverpool, Campbelltown and Camden.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
B&NES Council leader raises concerns about impact of fracking on Bath's hot springs
Bath Chronicle
Siobhan 24

The leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council has called on the Government to protect Bath's natural hot springs from fracking in the areas around the city. Councillor Paul Crossley has written to energy minister Michael Fallon to express the local authority's concerns about the potential damage to the thermal waters and the impact this would have on the city's tourism and economy. He also urged the Government to review its decision to grant a one-year extension to a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence to potentially explore and extract unconventional gas in areas around Bath.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Oil-and-gas group failed to file finance reports in Loveland fracking election
Colorado Independent
John Tomasic

LOVELAND, Colo. — The oversized glossy mailers and robo-calls came in waves over the course of weeks to residents of this small Front Range city, asking them to protect their children, property and low tax rates by voting against a proposed city moratorium on the oil-and-gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The group behind the campaign calls itself “Protect Colorado,” short for “Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence.” It’s a politics issue committee organized by a public-relations group called Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, or CRED, which is funded by the two most active Front Range oil-and-gas companies, Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy. Protect Colorado is registered with the state to engage in political messaging but it is not registered with Loveland. It should be, according to city attorney Judy Schmidt.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Deadly Central American Earthquake Puts Mines and Fracking in Play
BenZinga
Luke Jacobi

A major earthquake, with a reported magnitude of 6.9, shook the west coast of Mexico near the Guatemalan border Monday morning, killing at least three people. The tremblor has also sparked concerns regarding the immediate future of several major industries in the region.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Residents struggle to reap natural-gas royalties
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

HAYSI—Jamie Hale says it’s bad enough he hasn’t gotten paid for the natural gas taken from his property—without his permission. What’s even worse is that the state played a part in taking it, the Buchanan County man said.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Ohio's oil, gas production nearly doubled in 2013
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Jona Ison

State officials announced Wednesday that natural gas and oil production in Ohio nearly doubled in 2013, largely the result of enormous growth in Utica Shale drilling.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Michael R. Moore: Evaluating pros and cons of fracking
West Virginia Gazette
Michael R. Moore

Hydraulic fracturing has been used to drill for oil and natural gas since the 1940s. More recently, it has been combined with horizontal drilling to make profitable oil and natural gas deposits previously too expensive to extract. This combination of fracking and horizontal drilling is what is meant here by fracking, focusing on gas.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Fracking flowback could pollute groundwater with heavy metals
Environmental Research Web


The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by "hydrofracking" could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during accidental spills, Cornell University researchers have found.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Oettinger tells Germany to keep options open on fracking
EurActiv


Günther Oettinger, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, told the BZ am Sonntag newspaper that Germany should keep its options open when EU states such as Britain and Poland appear willing to exploit shale gas.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
WNC At Risk For Fracking
Transylvania Times
Louis A Zeller

In June, North Carolina Gov. McCrory signed the so-called Energy Modern-ization Act (Session Law 2014-4), opening the state to the invasive method of extracting natural gas known as “fracking.” While most of the focus on fracking has centered on the state’s piedmont, the legislature has allocated $550,000 for geologic testing to find natural gas in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Deadly Central American Earthquake Puts Mines and Fracking in Play
Benzinga
Luke Jacobi

A major earthquake, with a reported magnitude of 6.9, shook the west coast of Mexico near the Guatemalan border Monday morning, killing at least three people. The tremblor has also sparked concerns regarding the immediate future of several major industries in the region.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Our View: Stormwater rules for fracking lack detail, bite
Fay Observer
Opinion

Sooner or later, it's going to rain and rain hard. When that happens at a fracking well pad, which can be a complex of 20 or more wells, North Carolina needs assurance that runoff isn't going to taint our soil and poison our water supply. That's an urgent concern for the Cape Fear region, since most of us get water from rivers flowing out of potential fracking country.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Quakers Divest From Fossil Fuels
EcoNews
Paula Kline

The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has announced that more than $2 million of assets have been divested from fossil fuels and reinvested in a new Quaker Green Fund offered by Friends Fiduciary Corporation.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Noted scientist says court ruling 'only the beginning'
Legislative Gazette
Cady Kuzmich & Tom Alston

Environmental groups across the state welcomed last week's New York state Court of Appeals decision defending municipalities' right to prohibit fracking through the use of zoning laws.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
The Latest Hidden Cost of Fracking Frequent truck traffic is destroying rural roads near fracking wells – leaving small communities with repair bills bigger than the tax revenue the oil and gas brings in.
Alternatives Journal


“[THE ROAD] LOOKED like it’d been hit by a bomb”, said Jim Webster, Commissioner of Parker County, Texas. In his small Texas town, large potholes, crumbling shoulders and a thick coat of mud mark the fracking truck route. And in case you wanted to put eyes on the trucks themselves, you wouldn’t have long to wait. Twenty-four hour a day traffic is the hallmark of fracking operations, which can employ over 1,000 trucks at a time, making more than 150,000 trips over the lifetime of a well.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
B&NES Council leader raises concerns about impact of fracking on Bath's hot springs
Bath Chronicle


The leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council has called on the Government to protect Bath's natural hot springs from fracking in the areas around the city.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Environmental Law Alert - July 2014: New York Court Strikes Blow Against Fracking
JD Supra
E. Christopher Murray

This week the New York State Court of Appeals upheld the right of municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within their borders. In Norce Energy Corp. USA v. Town of Dryden and Cooperstown Holstein Corporation v. Town of Middlefield, the Court of Appeals held that towns and other municipalities may ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, through the use of their zoning laws. The decision by the Court of Appeals is a serious blow to the possibility that fracking will be used in New York State.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
New Bill Would Allow Municipalities to Ban Fracking
WHMI


7/7/14 - A local legislator is working to help eliminate language from an amendment passed in 2011 limiting local government control over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, an amendment he had voted to approve at the time. Currently, local governments are very limited in what kinds of limitations they can place on operations that harvest mineral resources, including fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens “not concerned” about Senate shakeup
Politics on the Hudson
Jon Campbell

But prior to the decision, we spoke to state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens about the state of New York’s fracking review and whether a shakeup in the state Senate—which could dramatically improve the chances of a legislative fracking moratorium—has any impact on him.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
2,500 Oklahoma Earthquakes Linked To Fracking, Scientists Say
ThinkProgress
EMILY ATKIN

More than 2,500 small earthquakes have hit Oklahoma in the past five years, and nearly all of them can be linked to the process of drilling for oil and gas, according to a recent study published in the journal Science. The study, led by Cornell University geophysics professor Katie Keranen, is the latest of many scientific studies showing a probable connection between earthquakes and drilling-related activity across the country. Specifically, the quakes are linked not to the fuel extraction itself, but to a process called “wastewater injection,” in which companies take the leftover water used to frack wells and inject it deep into the ground.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Fiscal Code Bill Fundamentally Changes How Conventional Drilling Is Regulated
PA Environment Digest


Work on the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that follows to implement provisions in the General Fund budget still is not done and it contains a provision that fundamentally changes the way conventional oil and gas operations are regulated in Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
PEC Opposes End Run On Conventional Oil, Gas Well Regulations In Fiscal Code Bill
PA Environment Digest


The Pennsylvania Environmental Council this week expressed its strong opposition to language included in the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that fundamentally changes the way conventional oil and gas operations are regulated in Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Goodrich Petroleum to ramp up oil, gas drilling along Louisiana, Mississippi border
Times Picayune
Jennifer Larino

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. said on Monday that it has finished drilling another successful well in the emerging Tuscaloosa Marine Shale reservoir near the Louisiana and Mississippi border. The Houston-based company said it plans to add two drilling rigs in the area by the end of the year. In a July 7 release, Goodrich told investors the East Feliciana Parish well, known as Beech Grove 94H-1, is producing about 672 barrels of oil and 412,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day. Those with interests in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale have closely followed Goodrich, as the company seeks a cheaper, more efficient way to drill wells in the area.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Blair Horner: Fracking Decision Can Be Made By Local Governments
WAMC
Blair Horner

A top environmental debate over the past six years has been whether New York state should allow a natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing – or fracking. During those six years, effectively New York State has had a moratorium on fracking. Concerns about the public health and environmental impacts from fracking have been the reasons for inaction. Fracking, which injects a mix of water and chemicals into the ground at high pressure to break up shale deposits and release natural gas, is very controversial. But some localities, which thought that the state may ultimately approve fracking, have taken matters into their own hands.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Quakers Divest From Fossil Fuels
Eco Watch
Paula Kline, Fossil Free Friends

The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has announced that more than $2 million of assets have been divested from fossil fuels and reinvested in a new Quaker Green Fund offered by Friends Fiduciary Corporation.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Oil Train Disaster Anniversary Kicks Off Week of Action and ‘Blast Zone’ Mapping Tool
Eco Watch
Carol Linnit

On July 6, 2013, one year ago yesterday, a train carrying oil derailed in the sleepy Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, resulting in an explosion so wild and so hot it leveled several city blocks and incinerated the bodies of many of its 47 victims.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Fracking Fears Grow as Oklahoma Hit by More Earthquakes Than California
Business Week
Zain Shauk

Squinting into a laptop perched on the back of his pickup, Austin Holland searches for a signal from a coffee-can-sized sensor buried under the grassy prairie. Holland, Oklahoma’s seismology chief, is determined to find the cause of an unprecedented earthquake epidemic in the state. And he suspects pumping wastewater from oil and gas drilling back into the Earth has a lot to do with it. “If my research takes me to the point where we determine the safest thing to do is to shut down injection -- and consequently production -- in large portions of the state, then that’s what we have to do,” Holland said. “That’s for the politicians and the regulators to work out.”  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Methane’s Role In Climate Change
Chemical and Engineering News
Jeff Johnson

he U.S. is rushing to exploit its newfound wealth of fossil fuels. With startling regularity, a government agency or energy company announces a new natural gas or oil field, proposes another liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, or lays out plans to expand a chemical plant. The bonanza is particularly important to the chemical industry as companies eagerly take advantage of these new resources for feedstocks and fuel. But the push for fossil-fuel development and use comes at a time when greenhouse gas emissions continue their upward climb and climate scientists sharpen their calls of alarm. For decades, human-caused climate disruption has been on the horizon, based on scientific predictions. The damage is now starting to hit home. Two months ago, a committee of leading U.S. scientists reported measurable changes in the U.S. climate because of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. They stressed that all regions of the U.S. are being affected and that, without quick action, climate-related changes will accelerate and be irreversible (C&EN, May 12, page 7). Most plans to stave off climate change have focused on limiting emissions of carbon dioxide, which make up 90% of anthropogenic releases of greenhouse gases. Yet methane—the primary compound in natural gas—is a much more potent greenhouse gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Intersex fish found in three Pa. rivers; DEP sampling waterways
State Impact PA
Katie Colaneri

The LA Times reports the state Department of Environmental Protection has begun sampling waterways in response to a recent study by the U.S. Geologic Survey which found intersex fish in three Pennsylvania river basins. Male fish carrying eggs were found in the Delaware, Susquehanna and Ohio River systems. The USGS said the findings show that exposure to chemicals that disrupt endocrine or hormone systems – such as estrogen – may be more widespread than researchers previously thought.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
Gas industry, critics weigh environmental practices in Garfield County
Aspen Times
Scott Condon

While a major election battle looms in November over regulating the oil-and-gas industry, the only major producer currently operating in the Piceance Basin claims it has refined techniques to be a better environmental steward and neighbor.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
'Alarming' New Study Finds Contaminants in Animals Downstream of Oilsands
DeSmogBlog Canada
Carol Linnit

A health study released today by the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manitoba, is the first of its kind to draw associations between environmental contaminants produced in the oilsands and declines in health in Fort Chipewyan, a native community about 300 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The report, Environmental and Human Health Implications of Athabasca Oil Sands, finds health impacts for communities downstream of the Alberta oilsands are “positively associated” with industrial development and the consumption of traditional foods, including locally caught fish.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
New York activists expect massive September climate march at UN
People's World
Chris Butters

NEW YORK -- "We have 80 days until September 21... Are you down? Are you ready to build the largest climate march in history?" That was the question Eddie Bautista, representing the People's Climate March Host Committee, asked the audience at a recent planning meeting for the national People's Climate March   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
New North Dakota gas flaring rules may affect oil production: Raymond James
Platts


Recently adopted regulations in North Dakota may prompt Bakken oil producers to focus more capital spending on midstream infrastructure, investment bank Raymond James said Monday. The new rules "could potentially suppress crude oil production," Raymond James said. The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved rules July 1 that mandate producers to file plans to capture the gas produced in association with oil production and impose production restrictions on operators who fail to meet flaring-reduction goals.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
What’s in the air in Tunkhanncock?
Shale Reporter
Tara M. Zrinski

In last week’s blog, Tunkhannock Township resident Audrey Gozdiskowski discussed her concern of air pollution as a direct result idling traffic from diesel trucks, emitting diesel fumes into the air and creating a haze over the landscape while hauling chemicals, sand and water to frack sites. But diesel is not all that’s in the air. Recently, D & I Silica, LLC obtained a permit to move up to 750 trucks in and out of a proposed silica sand transfer station at the intersection of Rt. 92 and Rt. 6 bypass in Tunkhannock Township, PA, the best location for which was decidedly a stone’s throw from a children community sports complex and a daycare facility within a flood plain that drains into the Susquehanna River.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2014
In rare effort, Ohio scientist to test water before fracking soars
Miami Herald
Lisa Song

As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few sustained efforts in the nation to evaluate drinking water quality before, during and after gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Remaining poor while living atop a vast field of wealth
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Manny Fernandez & Clifford Krauss

This rural patch of thick mesquite in the brush country south of San Antonio had been known for something else. Five miles from here in Cotulla, Lyndon B. Johnson at the age of 20 saw hardship so searing that it would help inspire his war on poverty. Now, it is the scene of one of the greatest oil booms the country has ever seen. But poverty endures in makeshift, barely governed communities called colonias, such as the one where Vargas shares her trailer with an ever-shifting assemblage of relatives.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Energy companies say disposal wells are central to Oklahoma's oil, gas operations
News OK
Jay F Marks

Oklahoma has shook, rattled and rolled through nearly 800 earthquakes in the past year, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. That is more than enough for Cynde Collin-Clark, who is poised to leave her Edmond home for someplace without as much seismic activity. “That’s all I can think to do anymore,” she said. Questions remain about the source of Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm, but some studies have linked the temblors to wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and natural gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Ukrainian Employer of Joe Biden’s Son Hires a D.C. Lobbyist
Time


An obscure private Ukrainian natural gas company has been hiring friends and family of Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden, while seeking to influence Congress RECOMMENDED FOR YOU World Cup Whimsy Captured in New McDonalds Ad How soccer is destroying America: Kim Jong Un Swears 'Merciless' Retaliation if New Seth Rogen Film Released by Taboola When Vice President Joe Biden’s son, R. Hunter Biden, joined the board of a private Ukrainian oil and natural gas company this spring, he explained his new job as a legal one, disconnected from any effort to influence the Obama Administration. In a press release, the younger Biden boasted of his abilities on issues like improving corporate transparency.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
TransCanada’s Donation to Canadian Town Means Silence on Pipeline
InsideClimate News


TransCanada Corp. (TRP) provided an Ontario town along the proposed Energy East pipeline route with cash to buy a rescue truck on conditions that include the municipality not comment on the company's operations. TransCanada gave Mattawa C$30,000 ($28,200) under its community engagement program, according to an agreement appended to the agenda of the town council's June 23 meeting. The city agreed to "not publicly comment on TransCanada's operations or business projects" for five years as part of the agreement, the document showed.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
The Public Eye: As drought persists, frustration mounts over secrecy of California’s well drilling logs
The Modesto Bee
TOM KNUDSON

nside a government warehouse along a noisy freeway in West Sacramento is a set of metal shelves holding more than 100 carefully labeled cardboard boxes. Inside those boxes are tens of thousands of state records that could help scientists and water policy specialists better understand and protect California groundwater. But while all other Western states make such records – known as well completion reports, or well logs, for short – open to the public, California does not.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Pope calls destruction of nature a modern sin
Al Jazeera America


Pope Francis, in unprepared remarks, says destruction of South American rain forests is a sin of our times. "When I look at America, also my own homeland (South America), so many forests, all cut, that have become land ... that can longer give life. This is our sin, exploiting the Earth and not allowing her to her give us what she has within her," the Argentine pope said in unprepared remarks.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Another Sacrifice Zone Courtesy of Fracking
EcoNews
Lee Buchsbaum

On June 20, Colorado’s Cache La Poudre River—a National Heritage Area, and home to Colorado’s only naturally self-sustaining wild trout population—was contaminated by more than 7,500 gallons of crude oil, hazardous liquid waste, produced water and other fracking industry chemicals after a well-pad was engulfed by floodwaters from unusually heavy snowmelt.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Doug Shields Decries PA Department of Health “Gas is Good” Policy
Protecting Our Water
Iris Marie Bloom

The emerging scandal about Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) employees being instructed not to return calls from citizens concerned about — or experiencing — health impacts from Marcellus Shale gas drilling, and being discouraged from attending meetings about shale gas drilling, continues to escalate. As it escalates, the Corbett administration spin machine is going into overdrive, hoping that the scandal will just blow over during 4th of July celebrations if they play it right.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Climate Activists Mourn Victims of Lac-Mégantic Tragedy
Common Dreams
Jon Queally

Groups: 'Lac-Megantic’s struggle is a grim reminder to us all: Big oil will stop at nothing to extract, transport, and burn every drop of oil in the ground.'  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint
New York Times
Coral Davenport

Over the next two years the lawyers, David Doniger and David Hawkins, and the scientist, Daniel Lashof, worked with a team of experts to write a 110-page proposal, widely viewed as innovative and audacious, that was aimed at slashing planet-warming carbon pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. On June 2, President Obama proposed a new Environmental Protection Agency rule to curb power plant emissions that used as its blueprint the work of the three men and their team.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Fracking's future in Gates Mills; Richmond Heights schools search for new superintendent: Best of the Beat
Cleveland.com
Sara Dorn

GATES MILLS RESIDENTS GRILL MAYOR SHAWN RILEY ABOUT HIS PROPOSED LAND TRUST TO CONTROL FRACKING IN THE VILLAGE: Gates Mills Mayor Shawn Riley believes oil and gas companies will build horizontally drilled fracking wells in the village within the next 10 years. To prevent neighbors competing for the well sites like "a bunch of wildcatters," he said he wants property owners to pool their land and decide if and where drilling will be located, then split the royalties. A group of residents weary about Riley's motives questioned the mayor and McDonald Hopkins lawyer about his plans in a meeting Tuesday. Read their questions and his answers.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Fracking Company in Pennsylvania Offers Residents $50,000 Each to Promise not to Sue about Anything
AllGov


With litigation beginning to mount against fracking companies, one driller in Pennsylvania has tried to preempt lawsuits by paying off residents living near its operations. EQT Corporation, which operates a fracking well near Finleyville in Washington County, has offered $50,000 to those willing to sign a comprehensive no-liability waiver that prevents them from ever suing the company for any problem stemming from the drilling.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Fracking tops list of items on Tuesday’s agenda
TriCities.com
Allie Robinson Gibson

The drilling ordinance has been in the hands of the county Planning Commission and its committees for the past year. Gas drilling has been conducted in Washington County, but not for several years, and companies have recently shown an interest in drilling on land near Rich Valley Road in the Benhams area of the county. The draft ordinance, as prepared by commissioners, outlines an overlay zone to allow drilling by special exception permit, and sets up environmental safeguards to protect the land and its people.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
'Watershed moment’ for fracking foes?
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Environmentalists are cheering the decision against hydraulic fracturing as a major step toward more local control over the natural gas production. Industry groups, on the other hand, fear the ruling could results in a patchwork of local rules that slow development of the booming energy source. “I think it’s a really watershed moment for the movement,” said Deborah Goldberg, an attorney with Earthjustice who argued the New York case for one of the towns involved.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Oil boom and fracking cause spike in energy industry workplace deaths
Business Insurance
Stephanie Goldberg

Oil and gas extraction has produced millions of jobs across states such as Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas in the past five years, but the economic boom also has brought a jump in work-related injuries and fatal accidents. An energy industry high of 142 fatalities was reported in 2012, according to the latest data available from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
New Earthquake-Fracking Lawsuits?
Lawyers and Settlements
Jane Mundy

In the journal Science (July of 2013), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) geophysicist William L. Ellsworth concluded that a number of large earthquakes in the central US were a result of the wastewater injection process used in hydraulic fracking. However, he also said that only a small percentage of fracked wells produce earthquakes, indicating that drilling practices could be changed to lessen the possibility of fracking earthquakes.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
A Harrisburg scandal that no one is talking about
Philadelphia Inquirer


OK, let's be honest -- there's a lot of scandals in Pennsylvania state government a lot of the time, so sometimes it's hard to keep up. We still don't know, for example, if anything will ever happen to those state lawmakers who saw nothing wrong with pocketing cash in an envelope from a lobbyist and not reporting it. And then there's all the ones from Vince Fumo to John Perzel to...well, you get the picture -- the ones who got caught and got sent away. Sometimes it's amazing that they still get a quorum in Harrisburg.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Energy companies say disposal wells are central to Oklahoma's oil, gas operations Wastewater disposal wells, which some have linked to Oklahoma’s recent earthquake swarms, are an important part of the state’s oil and natural gas operations.
News OK
Jay F. Marks

Questions remain about the source of Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm, but some studies have linked the temblors to wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and natural gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Court rulings shift fracking fight to local level
Press Connects


ALBANY — A key ruling by the state’s highest court has shifted the hydraulic fracturing debate to the local level, but the future of fracking in New York still relies on an opaque decision-making process by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Another Sacrifice Zone Courtesy of Fracking
EcoWatch
Lee Buchsbaum

On June 20, Colorado’s Cache La Poudre River—a National Heritage Area, and home to Colorado’s only naturally self-sustaining wild trout population—was contaminated by more than 7,500 gallons of crude oil, hazardous liquid waste, produced water and other fracking industry chemicals after a well-pad was engulfed by floodwaters from unusually heavy snowmelt.  [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Company hopes to mine fracking sand near Hill City
Rapid City Journal
Joe O'Sullivan

A new company, South Dakota Proppants, or SDP, wants to mine sand in the Black Hills to be used in the oil-recovery process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Patric Galvin, president of SDP, says his company has located sand of the specific quality necessary to be used for fracking. That proposed mine is found about 15 miles southwest of Hill City, according to Galvin. The company has secured 1,750 acres worth of claims in that spot, he said.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2014
Vitali urges Senate to halt Corbett state park and forest drilling plan
Delaware County News Network


HARRISBURG, July 3 – State Rep. Greg Vitali is urging the state Senate to remove language contained in a budget-related bill that would allow additional leasing of mineral rights in state parks and forests for natural gas drilling to raise $95 million.   [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2014
EU Energy Chief Tells Germany to Keep Options Open on Fracking
New York Times
Reuters

Guenther Oettinger, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, told the BZ am Sonntag newspaper Germany should keep its options open when EU states such as Britain and Poland appear willing to exploit shale gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2014
Don’t frack under Ohiopyle How many people will visit Pennsylvania parks if neighboring areas have been industrialized? asks biology professor CHRISTINE DAHLIN
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Christine Dahlin Opinion

That is why it is so disturbing that Gov. Tom Corbett’s executive order could allow fracking under Ohiopyle and other state parks throughout Pennsylvania. They claim the drill rigs and pads would be located outside park boundaries and would not disturb surface areas inside the parks, but allowing fracking under the parks still could ruin these precious public open spaces.   [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2014
Fred LeBrun: Fracking ruling a victory for all
Albany Times Union
Fred LeBrun Opinion

In a decision worthy of Independence Day week that delivered a solid cuff to the regal aspirations of the oil and gas industry in New York, the state's highest court last week affirmed a locality's right to ban hydrofracking. The little guy won.   [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2014
Study: Earthquakes, fracking linked
Cape Cod Times
Hailey Branson-Potts

Oklahoma has seen a boom in two things in recent years: oil and gas production and earthquakes. To many residents, the timing says it all. Before the oil and gas industry started drilling so many underground injection wells, they say, it was rare to feel an earthquake. Today, Oklahoma is the second-most seismically active state in the continental United States, behind California.  [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2014
Controversy spreads over Everglades oil drilling
Sun Sentinel
William E. Gibson

WASHINGTON— Alarmed by the spread of oil drilling in the Everglades, environmental activists and some lawmakers are pressing for stricter regulation of the energy industry and a state ban on new fracking-like techniques that blast open oil deposits near Florida's aquifers. Critics in Collier County, the center of a mini-oil rush, warn that drilling leads to pipelines, refineries and hazardous-wastewater disposal — a domino effect that threatens a delicate ecosystem and water supplies. They say Florida is ill-equipped to control the search for black gold and that Texas wildcatters are taking advantage of the state's limited laws.  [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2014
Anti-fracking campaigns freaking out Europe Anti-fracking protests across Europe have come under fire in local and international media.
Al Jazeera America
Mariya Petkova

Europe has lived with the spectre of energy dependence on Russia for years, but Ukraine's 2009 gas crisis and its 2014 Russia-supported separatist conflict have alarmed both Europe and the US. According to Claudia Kemfert, at the German Institute of Economic Research in Berlin, US geopolitical interests lie in reducing Europe's dependency on Russia. "US energy companies intend to compete within the European market and become dominant players, especially as competitors to Russian companies," she said.   [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
State weighs releasing oil train details
Poughkeepsie Journal
Mary Esch

ALBANY – While the federal government ordered railroads a month ago to give states details about shipments of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, New York officials haven't decided whether to share that information with the public. The Associated Press and eight environmental groups filed Freedom of Information Law requests with the state Office of Emergency Management this week, arguing that it's in the public interest for communities to know more about the shipments in light of at least eight major accidents during the last year, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec a year ago. The state agency said it will respond to the information requests within 20 days.   [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
Fracking interests are big donors to Texas regulators
The Dallas Morning News
Marissa Barnett

AUSTIN — Two members of the state panel that regulates oil and natural gas drilling received more than $70,000 in campaign contributions from individuals and political action committees associated with injection well operators near Azle, the Fort Worth suburb rattled by earthquakes that scientists say could be caused by such wells.  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
Change in direction leaves natural gas importing units idle
Houston Chronicle
Ryan Holeywell

As liquefied natural gas terminals around the country fast-track capacity to send the fuel overseas, they're stuck with a permanent physical reminder of a multibillion-dollar bad bet.  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
Europe’s shale gas backers are living in a fantasy world
The Globe and Mail
ERIC REGULY

The Ukraine crisis has come as a godsend to the shale gas cheerleaders in Europe. Russian natural gas exports to Western and Central Europe, half of which flow through Ukraine, are unreliable, they argue; we need our own gas and – wouldn’t you know it – we’re sitting on an underground ocean of energy. Our policy should be drill, baby, drill and if we turn the continent into a pincushion, we will be energy independent and competitive with the Americans, who have so much gas they’re practically giving it away.  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
TransCanada’s Donation to Town Means Silence on Pipeline
Bloomberg
Jeremy van Loon

TransCanada Corp. (TRP) provided an Ontario town along the proposed Energy East pipeline route with cash to buy a rescue truck on conditions that include the municipality not comment on the company’s operations. TransCanada gave Mattawa C$30,000 ($28,200) under its community engagement program, according to an agreement appended to the agenda of the town council’s June 23 meeting. The city agreed to “not publicly comment on TransCanada’s operations or business projects” for five years as part of the agreement, the document showed.  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
Letter of Dr. Jerome Paulson to PA-DEP on Fracking Impacts on Children
NO FRACKING WAY


From the Letter of June 30, 2014 to: E. Christopher Abruzzo, Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Rachel Carson State Office Building 400 Market Street. Harrisburg, PA 17101 I am writing in regard to decisions that your office will be making about unconventional natural gas extraction (UGE). Some of these decisions may relate specifically to children, such as decisions about setbacks between UGE sites and schools. Other decisions may relate to UGE in a broader sense. As a physician with significant expertise in environmental health*, I want to point out that there is no information in the medical or public health literature to indicate that UGE can be implemented with a minimum of risk to human health. In this very new area of research, there are very few articles in the public or peer-reviewed literature that do indicate that there are health problems and there are a number of other pieces of data that suggest that UGE is fraught with negative health outcomes. Elaine Hill at Cornell University compared pregnancy outcomes from a group of mothers who lived in proximity to active wells to outcomes in mothers who lived near wells currently under permit but not yet developed. The results showed an association between shale gas development and incidence of low birth weight and small for gestational age (25% and 18% increased risk).  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
Germany Shelves Shale-Gas Drilling For Next Seven Years
The Wall Street Journal
JAN HROMADKO And HARRIET TORRY

BERLIN—Germany plans halt shale-gas drilling for the next seven years over concerns that exploration techniques could pollute groundwater. "There won't be [shale gas] fracking in Germany for the foreseeable future," German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday in Berlin. The government's planned regulations come amid a political standoff with Russia, Germany's main gas supplier, and following intensive lobbying from environmentalists and brewers concerned about possible drinking water contamination.   [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
German Proposal Seeks to Sharply Curtail Fracking
The New York Times
Melissa Eddy

BERLIN — Germany’s ministers for energy and the environment are seeking a ban on shale gas and oil drilling over the next seven years because of worries that the practice could pollute drinking water and damage the environment. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government had planned to introduce legislation in the autumn to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, bringing an end to a de facto moratorium on the practice.   [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
Coal, gas drilling waste plant closes, leaves mess
San Francisco Chronicle
KEVIN BEGOS

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A company that treated wastewater from coal mines and gas drilling operations near Pittsburgh has closed, and state officials are scrambling to clean up a mess that's still there. he majority of the waste is coal-related, but a "considerable amount of sludge in a pond" appears to be from the recent Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom, said John Poister, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Acid mine water and sludge is building up and could overflow into the Conemaugh River if left untreated. Poister said the owners of Tunnelton Liquids Company in Saltsburg "essentially just locked the gates and walked away."   [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
5 Energy Innovators Driving Personal Energy Independence
Renewable Energy World
Terri Steele

While the U.S. is celebrating its Independence Day this July 4th, others around the world are celebrating a personal energy independence. One powerfully-common thread among industrialized society is access to energy. The next pages in this article present snapshots of five unique companies whose products are putting personal energy independence within reach of our fellow citizens here and abroad. Some of them are helping the poor. Some of them appeal to a more affluent demographic. All have created solutions that empower citizens to live more sustainably — a lifestyle choice that spurs a brand of entrepreneurism that ensures a cleaner, healthier world for us all.  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
Fla. DEP gives oil drilling company 9 demands
WZVN-ABC


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is giving the Dan A. Hughes Company two weeks to comply with nine demands or face penalties. A letter was issued to the Texas-based oil drilling company from Florida DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard, Jr. on Thursday. The letter outlines steps the company needs to take to restore public confidence in it’s Collier County projects.  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2014
Families' well water disrupted near Ligonier Families cite Shale wastewater contamination
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopey

Route 711, designated a "Pennsylvania Scenic Byway," wends through the countryside south of Ligonier. The bends in the two-lane road mirror the twists that three families living along it have traveled in trying to replace water supplies contaminated by wastewater from Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Although the state Department of Environmental Protection has known about WPX Appalachia LLC's leaky wastewater impoundment next to its Kalp well pad for almost two years and verified well-water contamination at one of the three nearby homes more than a year ago, all of the families remain without permanent replacement water supplies, said Nick Kennedy, an attorney and community advocate for the Mountain Watershed Association.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Water protected from fracking, British agencies say
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

LONDON, July 3 (UPI) --No hydraulic fracturing will be allowed if it poses a threat to groundwater and drinking water supplies, a British environmental director said Thursday.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Oklahoma officials agree to railroad demands to keep oil train shipments secret
The Oklahoman
Paul Monies

Oklahoma residents curious about the number of trains shipping oil through their communities will have to stay in the dark after state officials decided to keep the information secret. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality said a state commission acting as the clearinghouse for emergency response information entered into confidentiality agreements with several railroad companies in June.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
UNION CALLS FOR HALT TO FRACKING
The Daily Mail
Press Association

Britain's biggest trade union is to lobby for a moratorium on fracking for shale gas after its national conference hardened its stance on the controversial issue. Delegates at Unite's meeting in Liverpool called for union members to be made aware of the dangers of fracking and be advised not to work on fracking sites. The conference voted to lobby for a moratorium on all fracking activities across the United Kingdom and to encourage the Labour Party and Labour-controlled councils to oppose the application of hydraulic fracturing technology. The conference also decided to urge the union to support local anti-fracking groups' activities, including help with funding, and to encourage members to link up with local campaigners.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Study links Oklahoma earthquake swarm with fracking operations
Los Angeles Times
HAILEY BRANSON-POTTS

Oklahoma has seen a boom in two things in recent years: oil and gas production and earthquakes. To many residents, the timing says it all. Before the oil and gas industry started drilling so many underground injection wells, they say, it was rare to feel an earthquake. Today, Oklahoma is the second-most seismically active state in the continental United States, behind California.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Earthquakes triggered by fracking wastewater in Oklahoma
CBC News
Associated Press

A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma. Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small-to-medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Science. Many of the quakes were much farther away from the wells than expected.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
New analysis offers a small snapshot of the toxic nature of oil and gas extraction
Science Blogs
Kim Krisberg

Crystalline silica, hydrofluoric acid and formaldehyde. Those are just three of the dozens of air toxic chemicals that oil companies have used thousands of times in southern California in just the past year. The data has come to light thanks to new reporting rules adopted in 2013 by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which now requires oil and gas well operators to disclose the chemicals they use in oil and gas operations. According to a recently released analysis of the first year’s worth of reported data, oil companies used 44 different air toxic chemicals more than 5,000 times in Los Angeles and Orange counties during the past 12 months. Crystalline silica, hydrofluoric acid and formaldehyde — all of which are considered harmful to human health — were among the most frequently used. Since reporting began in June 2013, companies have reported the use of more than 45 million pounds of air toxics at almost 500 fracking, acidizing and gravel packing operations in the two California counties. (Acidizing is the process of injecting a combination of acids and chemicals underground to clean a well or dissolve rock; gravel packing is a process of placing chemical-filled gravel into the well hole to act as a filter.)  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Sally Jewell: Obama's Pro-Fracking Climate Czar
Bloomberg Businessweek
Brad Wieners

When asked if her values as an outdoorswoman and conservationist conflict with her fossil fuel expertise, Jewell says, “There’s no reconciling to be done.” It’s the day after her repository tour, and she’s sitting in the lobby of a Hampton Inn & Suites in Las Cruces, N.M. “I’m going to be flying home on an airplane. Planes burn fossil fuels. So I don’t think we can afford to be hypocritical,” she says. “I just think we need to open our eyes and understand that these things have tradeoffs. And we need to apply our ingenuity to a future that we didn’t understand in the ’70s and ’80s, when we were really focused solely on fossil fuels.”  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Study maps fracking methane risk to drinking water
BBC
David Shukman

A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane has been published. The British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency have mapped where key aquifers in England and Wales coincide with locations of shale. The research reveals this occurs under nearly half of the area containing the principal natural stores of water.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
For drillers, no means no
Albany Times Union
Editorial

Our opinion: The state’s highest court says municipalities can block local drilling operations. State lawmakers need to keep it that way. In ruling that communities could ban hydrofracking within their borders, the state’s highest court rightly rebuffed the gas industry’s attempt to use state law to impose drilling on unwilling hosts. The industry tried to use the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law to argue that banning hydrofracking in some communities could lead to wasteful operations, which state law prohibits. But the Court of Appeals said in a ruling released this week that “…nothing in the statute points to the conclusion that a municipality’s decision not to permit drilling equates to waste.”   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Family of worker killed in southwest Pa. gas well fire sues Chevron
State Impact PA
Katie Colaneri

The family of a worker who was killed in a February explosion at a Chevron natural gas well site in Greene County has filed suit against the company. Ian McKee, 27, was a contract worker with Texas-based Cameron International. On the morning of Feb. 11, McKee was participating in a safety meeting on the site in Dunkard Township when state officials said one of three wells on the pad burst into flames, killing McKee and leaving another worker with minor injuries.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Landmark Decision for Local Control – Major Setback for Fracking Supporters
DC Bureau
Peter Mantius

ALBANY, N.Y. — Towns across New York State and as far away as Texas and Colorado may soon feel the aftershocks of a landmark decision June 30 by the highest court in New York that towns have the authority to ban drilling for natural gas. The 5-2 ruling by the state Court of Appeals has emboldened opponents of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, for fracking, and they hope to make the most of it.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
NS: Majority favour ban or moratorium on fracking in Nova Scotia
Daily Business Buzz
Alison Auld

Of those who offered opinions for a recent report on hydraulic fracturing, 92 per cent said they supported a moratorium or ban, while 0.5 per cent were against such prohibitions. TC Media Other news NS: End of the season PEI: Moderate hiring climate expected NL: MNL working on new fiscal framework arrangement position paper NS: Correctional facility on track for fall completion NB: Flood mitigation tender awarded New anti-spam law won't put a stop to all unwanted emails, says legal expert NS: New NSCC mobile learning centre to be part of 'future of training' NB: Welder injured [HALIFAX, NS] - The majority of people who offered opinions for a report on hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia say they want the province to ban or maintain a moratorium on the industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
School's out for drilling But new rules should have little effect on gas firms
Alaska Highway News
William Stodalka

The B.C. government recently announced it would not allow new gas wells to be drilled within one kilometre of schools. But the move shouldn’t come as too much of a concern to gas companies. According to the Ministry of Natural Gas Development, there have been no permits issued for oil and gas wells located within a one kilometre radius of schools for the past four years – and no one is trying to get one now.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Range Resources says Greene drilling won’t occur until end of 2016
Times online


GREENE TWP. -- A government liaison for natural gas company Range Resources told township supervisors Tuesday that more drilling won’t occur until the end of 2016, Secretary-Treasurer Sandra Wright said. No pipelines are in place in Greene Township, which leaves a natural gas well on Hill Road isolated, Wright said. The well is owned by natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corp.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Spike in Oklahoma quakes likely caused by injection wells, study says
Denver Post
Kevin Simpson

Wastewater injections from oil andgas operationslikely has led to the recent sharp increase in earthquakes across central Oklahoma, according to researchers, including two from the University of Colorado Boulder.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Fracking Boom Has Provided Only a Modest Boost to U.S. Manufacturers
Wall Street Journal
Ben Leubsdorf

The fracking boom has driven down natural-gas prices but is having a “relatively small” impact on U.S. manufacturers, on the order of a 2% to 3% boost in activity across the sector, according to new research from the Federal Reserve.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Study shows how drilling wastewater causes quakes A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.
Seattle Times
Seth Borenstein

A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Homeowner suspects damage from nearby fracking
Chicago Tribune
Ilyce Glink & Samuel Tamkin

Here's the relevant quote from the letter I received: "The sinking (of your foundation) may be caused by some external factors, and is unlikely from drilling that is going on nearby but may have been caused by earthquake movement. Further tests should be run over time to monitor and evaluate the area to determine the causes if problem continues to exist." Really? I live four houses away from the fracking site, my foundation is sinking and they're not causing it?   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Thousands reject fracking
Black Pool Gazette


Plans for a major Fylde coast fracking site have been given the thumbs down by thousands of residents, according to a campaign group. Friends of the Earth said more than 3,500 people had submitted objections over Cuadrilla’s proposals for the site off Preston New Road near Little Plumpton.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Fracking fears rise in the national park
Midhurst & Petworth Observer


MORE than 2,000 objections have flooded into the South Downs National Park and now the county highways authority has added its weight against drilling plans at Fernhurst from Celtique Energie. A decision to allow planning permission at Nine Acre Copse could result in more than 1,000 fracking wells across the South Downs National Park, claim campaigners.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
New concerns arise over fracking's safety
KTVQ


The ongoing controversy over the method for removing oil and gas from unconventional, hard-to-reach underground deposits that's known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has some new data to chew on. It seems a large percentage of oil and gas wells tapping the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania are leaking methane gas, either into the air or into underground sources of drinking water.   [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
Thousands reject fracking
Blackpool Gazette


Plans for a major Fylde coast fracking site have been given the thumbs down by thousands of residents, according to a campaign group. Friends of the Earth said more than 3,500 people had submitted objections over Cuadrilla’s proposals for the site off Preston New Road near Little Plumpton.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2014
UNION CALLS FOR HALT TO FRACKING
Mail
Press Association

Britain's biggest trade union is to lobby for a moratorium on fracking for shale gas after its national conference hardened its stance on the controversial issue. Delegates at Unite's meeting in Liverpool called for union members to be made aware of the dangers of fracking and be advised not to work on fracking sites.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Home Rule Decision May Set Stage for Limited Fracking if Cuomo Approves
WXXI
Beth Adams

Monday's Court of Appeals decision that gives local governments in New York the right to ban hydrofracking within their borders may not be the complete victory some anti-fracking groups are hoping for…. Wilber says this week's ruling by New York's highest court sets the stage for what Governor Cuomo hinted at in 2012-to allow fracking on a test basis, but only in parts of the state where residents want it.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Udall Campaigns On Western Slope, Talks Fracking
KVNF
Laura Palmisano

Udall gave a campaign update and then took questions from the audience. He was asked to address hydraulic fracturing in Colorado. A woman photographs U.S. Sen. Mark Udall at a meet-and-greet event in Montrose. Credit Laura Palmisano “There are places where we should and could use hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas, but there are other places that we should not," he said. "And for me the areas that are questionable would be wildlife refuges, parks, subdivisions, [and] places like the North Fork where there are other values that are equally important."   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Fracking Wastewater Restrictions Passed By Jersey State Legislature
Water Online
Sara Jerome

Concerned about potential threats to New Jersey waterways, the state's legislature passed restrictions on the controversial practice of fracking on June 26. ? "[The state Assembly] overwhelmingly passed a bill designed to ban the treatment and disposal of waste generated by hydraulic fracturing," The Record reported. "The Senate had already approved the measure last month, which now faces a final hurdle – the signature of Governor Christie."  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Mendocino County Anti-Fracking Group Turns in Petition for Nov. Ballot The Community Rights Network of Mendocino turned in signatures for county ordinance on November ballot.
Willits News
Adrian Baumann

Last Thursday the Community Rights Network of Mendocino County, a local group formed with the aim of protecting the local environment, turned in to the county registrar what they said were 6,536 signatures on a petition to place The Mendocino County Community Bill of Rights Ordinance, an anti-franking ordinance, on the November ballot.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Youngstown City Council questions company that processes radioactive drilling waste
WFMJ
Jennifer Baligush

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - People have been wanting to know what's been going on inside the Sinter Court building ever since Austin Master Services partnered with Industrial Waste Control. In February, Austin Master was granted a permit from the Ohio Department of Health to scan containers carrying waste from the oil and gas drilling industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Big Bend Area Residents call for Local Fracking Ban
State Impact TX
Travis Bubenik

Some West Texas residents are starting to put pressure on local officials to keep hydraulic fracturing out of the Big Bend region.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
News : Local News Anti-fracking suit tries to block rural Nevada drilling
My News 3


RENO (AP) — A rural Nevada group is asking a federal judge to block the sale of oil and gas leases they say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and other development that poses a much greater threat to sage grouse and other wildlife than the U.S. government claims.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Anti-fracking suit tries to block rural Nevada drilling
My News 3


RENO (AP) — A rural Nevada group is asking a federal judge to block the sale of oil and gas leases they say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and other development that poses a much greater threat to sage grouse and other wildlife than the U.S. government claims.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades
NPR
Greg Allen

In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking. Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Fracking public responses 'well informed,' report finds 238 submissions from the public analyzed, compared with existing scientific research
CBC News


The latest discussion paper on fracking in the province says the majority of Nova Scotians who offered opinions on hydraulic fracturing want the province to ban or maintain a moratorium on the industry. Ian Mauro, the lead author of the paper and a geography professor at the University of Winnipeg, analyzed 238 submissions from the public and compared them with existing scientific research on fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Rail Workers Raise Doubts About Safety Culture As Oil Trains Roll On
Earthfix


But BNSF critics claim the railway has long prioritized speed and profits over safety, with a history of retaliating against workers who report accidents, injuries and safety concerns. Most current employees contacted for this report spoke only on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. These criticisms were echoed by railroad experts in their appraisals of the industry as a whole.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more
MERCURY GREEN LIVING
SETH BORENSTEIN

WASHINGTON — In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Project Investigates Pennsylvania Health Problems to Determine Links with Natural Gas Fracking
Between the Lines


What we found is that were clearly health effects that were occurring in a portion of the people we were talking to, and those health effects involved physical effects like nosebleeds, headaches, increased asthma attacks, skin rashes, and some of what we call cognitive effects – confusion, inability to sleep, high senses of worry and anxiety because they had essentially lost their ability to control their environment around their homes. There was gas drilling going on near their homes and extraction of gas; fumes were getting into their homes and near their homes, and some of them were finding that their water was contaminated and undrinkable. There was a reasonably large number of people involved.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Pennsylvania Fracking Company Offers Residents Cash To Buy Protection From Claims Of Harm
Huffington Post
Naveena Sadasivam

But then, in what experts say was a rare tactic, the company got more aggressive: it offered all of the households along Cardox Road $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future. It covered potential health problems and property damage, and gave the company blanket protection from any kind of claim over noise, dust, light, smoke, odors, fumes, soot, air pollution or vibrations.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Monkton Woman Arrested at Vermont Gas 'Knit-In' Protest
Seven Days Vt
Kathryn Flagg

South Burlington police on Wednesday night arrested Jane Palmer of Monkton at the Vermont Gas headquarters after Palmer — a landowner who lives along the route of a proposed, hotly debated pipeline that would carry natural gas to Addison County — refused to leave the building after business hours.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Gov. Cuomo should ban fracking in the state of New York (commentary)
Staten Island Advance
Gary Lane, Michael Arvanites, Rosemarie Mangano-Cavanaugh and Thomas Shcherbenko

On Staten Island, we know firsthand about some of the devastating consequences that hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) would bring to New York if it were allowed in our state. The dangers of fracking, with well explosions killing workers and evacuating towns, brings back bad memories of the liquefied natural gas explosion that killed 40 workers here in Staten Island in 1973. As presidents of four long-standing Staten Island Democratic clubs -- The Democratic Organization of the County of Richmond; The North Shore Democratic Club; the South Shore Democratic Club and The Staten Island Democratic Association -- we do not want to see the other disastrous impacts come to our state.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
haw - 'We are not going to take on FERC'
The BayNet
Marty Madden

A letter from the Calvert County Environmental Commission to the Calvert County Commissioners regarding the recent environmental assessment of a plan to convert a 40-year old gas plant in Lusby into an import facility prompted one county commissioner to appear before the commission to explain the role the panel should be playing in county government. County Commissioner Susan Shaw [R] met with the 11-member commission Monday, June 30 in the Department of Community Planning and Building’s conference room. Also attending the session were citizens opposed to the Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Project and members of the local press. The session, which was requested by Shaw, occurred over one month after an exchange of letters between the county commissioner-appointed Environmental Commission and the board of county commissioners.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
New Yorkers protest fracking
Press TV


While inside Manhattan's Grand Hyatt New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was holding a fundraiser, these New Yorkers gathered outside demanding the governor to stop franking on their land. chants Not only do they want the governor to keep fracking out of New York, they are also calling for a veto of the Port Ambrose LNG facility. While it has been pitched to the public as an import facility, protesters here say there's good reason to believe that it's actually intended to export fracked natural gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Falkirk councillors say fracking info needed
Falkirk Herald


Councillors have been warned more information on coal bed methane extraction by the controversial “fracking” process would be needed before any local planning permission is granted. Falkirk Council’s planning commitee convener Baillie Billy Buchanan and SNP Councillor John McNally attended a conference in London to discuss the impact on the environment of hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas. Baillie Buchanan told the council at the last meeting last month: “It was an eye-opener in many respects. We have to organise an in-house seminar to look at this because at the moment there is no-one on the planning committee in a position to take an informed decision.”  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Oklahoma oil leaders respond to New York anti-fracking decision
Tusla World
Rod Walton

Tulsa and Oklahoma energy industry leaders don’t seem too worried about a New York high court’s decision that allows municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing in that state. This state’s historic bond with oil and gas drilling is too strong — and lucrative — to follow suit with the New Yorkers, they say. Oklahoma is one of the nation’s primary energy producers. “The oil and natural gas industry is part of our history and culture, and Oklahomans understand its significance, especially when one out of six jobs are tied to the industry,” said Mike Terry, president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Udall Campaigns On Western Slope, Talks Fracking
KVNF
Laura Palmisano

Voters in Montrose met with U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) at a campaign event Tuesday. Karen Nicholson said she came to hear what his "views about fracking are and what he thinks the next steps are for immigration reform." Udall gave a campaign update and then took questions from the audience. He was asked to address hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Anti-fracking win in N.Y. court may deal blow to industry
Concord Monitor
CHRIS DOLMETSCH, FREEMAN KLOPOTT and JIM EFSTATHIOU JR.

Bloomberg News -New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled recently, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to file a 6-year-old statewide moratorium. The case, closely watched by the energy industry, may invigorate local challenges to fracking in other states and persuade the industry to stay out of New York even if Cuomo allows drilling. Pennsylvania’s highest court issued a similar ruling last year, striking down portions of a state law limiting localities’ ability to regulate drillers.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
New concerns arise over fracking's safety
CBS news
Bruce Kennedy

The ongoing controversy over the method for removing oil and gas from unconventional, hard-to-reach underground deposits that's known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has some new data to chew on. It seems a large percentage of oil and gas wells tapping the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania are leaking methane gas, either into the air or into underground sources of drinking water.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
What Shale Gas Drilling Looks Like Up Close
Inside Climate News
Lisa Song

Along with 17 other journalists, I spent much of last week at the Shale Country Institute hosted by the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources, which takes reporters into the field so they can better understand the subjects they're covering. Our group traveled through much of the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, talking with industry representatives, regulators and residents affected by the drilling booms that have changed their lives and communities. The trip gave us rare access to nearly every step of the complex industrial process needed to extract deeply buried shale gas and transform it into a useable form of fuel.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Dominion Cove Point LNG project opposition, support continues
SoMd News
Sarah Fleischman

Protestors stood outside the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., every day this week to demand a moratorium on gas export projects, including the proposed LNG export facility at Dominion Cove Point in Lusby. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, residents from Calvert County participated in the picket line to spread their message, specifically about safety concerns. “We feel as though FERC is not listening, so we went to the FERC headquarters to deliver the message right to them,” Tracey Eno, Lusby resident and member of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community, said Wednesday. About nine Calvert residents joined others from the region.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Riverkeeper’s view: FERC’s Cove Point assessment is inadequate
The Calvert Reporter
Jeffrey H. Horstman

On May 15, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released an environmental assessment for the Dominion Cove Point liquefaction project in Southern Maryland. The proposed project would allow Dominion to export approximately 5.75 million metric tons per annum of liquefied natural gas via marine carriers that would dock at the existing offshore pier. The “environmental assessment” prepared by FERC of Dominion’s planned Cove Point LNG export facility is deeply flawed, inadequate and unacceptable. By concluding that Dominion’s proposal would have no “significant” overall impact on the environment, its authors have failed to recognize or evaluate the likely consequences of such a facility.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Pa. confirms drilling “buzzword” list; says it’s meant to guide, not silence employees
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

Did Pennsylvania health department officials circulate a list of drilling-related “buzzwords” and a meeting permission form that led department staff to believe they were being silenced on the issue of natural gas development? Two weeks ago, when StateImpact Pennsylvania first reported on the buzzwords list and meeting form, the department’s answer to that question was no. Since then, StateImpact Pennsylvania has obtained copies of the documents, which show that department employees needed high-level permission to attend forums on Marcellus Shale. Agency officials confirm those documents are authentic.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front A Pennsylvania gas company offers residents cash to buy protection from any claims of harm.
ProPublica
Naveena Sadasivam

For the last eight years, Pennsylvania has been riding the natural gas boom, with companies drilling and fracking thousands of wells across the state. And in a little corner of Washington County, some 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, EQT Corporation has been busy – drilling close to a dozen new wells on one site. It didn't take long for the residents of Finleyville who lived near the fracking operations to complain – about the noise and air quality, and what they regarded as threats to their health and quality of life. Initially, EQT, one of the largest producers of natural gas in Pennsylvania, tried to allay concerns with promises of noise studies and offers of vouchers so residents could stay in hotels to avoid the noise and fumes.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
What's Missing from Canada's Fracking Debate?
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

A number of academic papers of varying quality have contributed to the nation's growing debate about hydraulic fracturing, a form of brute force mining for unconventional hydrocarbons. The federally funded Council of Canadian Academies, for example, recommended a go-slow approach given the absence of good science on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing as well the lack of effective groundwater monitoring for hydrocarbons in Western Canada.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
For Oil-By-Rail, a Battle Between “Right to Know” and “Need to Know”
DeSmogBlog
USTIN MIKULKA AND STEVE HORN

Since the first major oil-by-rail explosion occurred on July 6, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, citizens in communities across the U.S. have risen up when they've learned their communities are destinations for volatile oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin. As the old adage goes, ignorance is bliss. It's also one of the keys to how massive oil-by-rail infrastructure was built in just a few short years — the public simply didn't know about it. Often, oil companies are only required to get state-level air quality permits to open a new oil-by-rail facility.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Fracking Versus Food America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake
Natural Awakenings
HARRIET SHUGARMAN

What if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its accompanying infrastructure threaten this. Questions must be raised and answered before the safety of our food supply is permanently impacted.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
In Colorado, a public database for drilling-related complaints
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

In Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health’s Bureau of Epidemiology logs complaints related to natural gas development in a database that the agency says is not available to the public. StateImpact Pennsylvania has reported that department employees were also given a list of drilling-related “buzzwords” as part of a guidance on how to handle complaints. Two former health department staffers and some public health advocates question whether the state’s policies are keeping complaints from reaching the Bureau of Epidemiology for follow-up. The department of health says all complaints are investigated.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Gay rights activists ally with greens in the climate fight
Grist
Amber Cortes

They’re here, they’re queer, and they’re ready to roll up their sleeves and fight the good fight against climate change. Queers for the Climate is a new activist group focused on “saving the straights” (and the planet) from imminent environmental ruin. How? By applying some of their own smart strategies that helped win over half the country in the battle for LGBT marriage equality and civil rights.  [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
NY Anti-Fracking Ruling Deals Blow to Shale Industry
Daily Finance
OilPrice.com

A recent court ruling giving cities and towns in New York State the authority to ban hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") represents an enormous blow to the shale gas industry, which has been hoping to expand operations into the state for several years.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Meet the Billionaires Using Their Fracking Fortune to Bankroll an Extreme Right-Wing Christian Agenda
AlterNet
Peter Montgomery

Televangelist James Robison recently declared that he’s praying for a merger of the tea party and the religious right. Is he kidding? That merger is well underway. And it’s getting a hefty push from a couple of billionaire brothers. No, not Charles and David Koch. Brothers Farris and Dan Wilks, who reaped a fortune off the fracking gold rush and cashed in their Texas-based company a few years ago for more than $3 billion. In addition to buying up vast swaths of land in the West, they’re “using the riches that the Lord has blessed them with to back specific goals,” as Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody puts it.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2014
Dakota ranchers see red at flaring gas wells
The Australian
Chester Dawson The Wall Street Journal

FOR cattle rancher Vawnita Best, the struggle by North Dakota regulators to keep up with the oil boom strikes close to home: she can see the natural-gas flares of an oil well from her front porch. “It’s been flaring for nearly a year,” she said amid the rolling hills of her Elkhorn Creek Ranch. “It’s absolutely ridiculous to be so wasteful,” she said. “They’re flaring gas and using diesel to fuel the pumps — it’s like something Homer Simpson would do.” The well is one of thousands dotting the landscape and producing gas as a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for oil in the Bakken Shale. Because North Dakota lacks adequate infrastructure, drillers are forced to burn off whatever they can’t capture and ship to market. In April alone, such wells burned 10.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the state, valued at nearly $US50 million ($53 million).  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Criticism, praise erupt over New York shale ruling
UPI
Daniel J Graeber

ALBANY, N.Y., July 1 (UPI) --A New York court decision to let cities and towns block hydraulic fracturing is a major blow to the industry, an advocacy group said. The Court of Appeals in Albany ruled in two separate cases that municipalities can use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders. New York hosts a part of the Marcellus shale formations, one of the premier shale gas basins in the United States. There's a current state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Frac sand news roundup: ‘There’s another option, which is slow down’
Wisconsin Watch
Kate Golden

The Minnesota Court of Appeals agreed with a Winona County Board decision to allow a mine without an environmental review. MPR News June 16 A report by Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer found certain health risks to hydraulic fracturing, but acknowledges the need for even more research. “There’s another option, which is slow down,” the report says. The Global Post June 17  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Where does Wisconsin frac sand go? New York Times story provides glimpse
Cap Times
Jessica Van Egeren

Wisconsin is the nation’s leading exporter of industrial frac sand. One of the destinations for that sand, where it is used to break up rocks and capture natural gas, is Gardendale, Texas, a poverty stricken community near New Mexico. A New York Times article provides a glimpse into the lives of people living in that community. Poverty lingers, despite the fact one-third of Texas’ $48 billion in tax revenue last year came directly or indirectly from the oil and gas industry, Bernard Weinstein, of the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, told the Times.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
State agency: Fracking fire likely fouled eastern Ohio creek
Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

A fire last weekend at a Monroe County fracking well likely sent contaminants into a nearby creek, killing crayfish, minnows and smallmouth bass as far as 5 miles away from the site, state officials said yesterday. Officials of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said crews fighting the fire flooded the area with water on Saturday, likely sending fracking chemicals into the creek, which feeds into the Ohio River. The agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are investigating the fire and fish kill at the site, about 130 miles east of Columbus.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
BATTLE ON THE BAYOU: THE FIGHT OVER FRACKING COMES TO SOUTH LOUISIANA
Greenpeace Blogs
Cassady Sharp

Authored by Dr. Stephanie Houston Grey, Associate Professor at Louisiana State University To many Louisianans, St. Tammany Parish, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain above New Orleans, is the ultimate home of the state’s Republican establishment, a suburban community of subdivisions and SUV ownerswho voted for John McCain, then Mitt Romney, and helped place Presidential hopeful Bobbie Jindal in the governorship. St. Tammany has also been friendly territory for the oil and gas industry, where companies led by Chevron established offices and headquarters after Katrina, lured out of New Orleans by the promise of a flood-free topology and welcoming populace. But this image has always been too simple to capture St. Tammany. Progressives, aging hippies, young hipsters and the socially mobile have also flocked to the area’s laidback but cosmopolitan vibe and natural beauty. The environmentis at the heart of the Parish’s identity, and has been both its economic engine and spiritual solace. New Orleanians long journeyed here to escape heat and disease and bathe in St. Tammany’s legendary waters.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Overwhelming opposition to natural gas pipeline at town meetings in Pepperell and Groton
The Telegraph
David Brooks

Opposition is continuing in nearby Massachusetts towns to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would include a link through Hollis to Nashua. On Monday, town residents in Pepperell, Mass. and in Groton, just to the south of Pepperell, voted overwhelmingly in non-binding resolutions opposing the pipeline.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Pipeline owners want to ship natural gas from Ohio back west
Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

The operators of one of the longest pipelines in the United States want to carry natural gas from eastern Ohio to homes and businesses in the Midwest. The companies behind the Rockies Express Pipeline, which starts in Colorado and stretches almost 1,700 miles to eastern Ohio, have applied for federal permits that would allow them to move gas in the opposite direction, from Clarington, Ohio, along the Ohio River near West Virginia, to the middle of Illinois.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Spectra Energy Announces Plans to Further Expand New England Pipeline Systems
Market Watch
Press Release

HOUSTON, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectra Energy SE -0.07% and Spectra Energy Partners SEP -0.06% today announced plans to expand natural gas pipeline capacity into the New England Market to meet critical demand for reliable electric power generation. These plans for expansion of the Algonquin and Maritimes pipeline systems are in response to the New England governors' recent initiative on new energy infrastructure and in anticipation of a Request for Proposal to be initiated by The New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE). This expansion, as outlined in a June 27 letter to NESCOE, would create up to 1 Bcf/day in capacity, and is in addition to Spectra Energy's previously announced Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) and Atlantic Bridge projects. The project in-service date is dependent upon the timing of NESCOE's process.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
At Aspen Ideas, Hickenlooper says that he opposes local regulation of oil and gas
Aspen Times
Scott Condon

Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday at the Aspen Ideas Festival that he opposes proposed state ballot amendments that would cede control of oil-and-gas development to local jurisdictions. Hickenlooper told a standing-room-only audience at the Doerr-Hosier Center that Colorado is the leader in the country in regulating the industry. It adopted the nation’s toughest regulations on air pollution earlier this year and limits the amount of methane that can be emitted during drilling and production. It worked with the industry to provide the public three years ago with information about the ingredients of fracking fluids, he said. The state also boosted fines for surface spills of fracking fluids from as much as $1,000 to as much as $10,000 per day.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Report: New gas wells leak more than traditional ones
The Hill
Laura Barron-Lopez

New and unconventional wells leak more often than older and traditional ones in Pennsylvania's gas boom, according to a new study. The study, which consists of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells, states methane leaks could be a growing problem for natural gas drilling across the U.S., The Associated Press reports.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks
Climate Central
Bobby Magill

Defects in fracked oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are leading to methane leaks in shale wells throughout the state — greenhouse gas emissions that could exacerbate climate change, according to a Cornell University study published Monday. The study, conducted by a team led by Cornell environmental engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, analyzed more than 75,000 publicly available state environmental compliance records for about 41,000 oil and gas wells that had been drilled between 2000 and 2012 across Pennsylvania, where the energy industry has been producing natural gas from the Marcellus shale.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Oil & Gas Well Pad Fire Damage Still Being Determined
nbc4i.com
Rick Reitzel

MONROE COUNTY, Ohio - For 24 hours, emergency crews battled a fire at an oil and gas well site in Monroe County. More than 20 homes were evacuated and smoke could be seen for miles. The well site is within miles of the Ohio River and the owner Statoil USA Properties said the fire started at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The site is called the Eisenbarth well pad. According to a spokesperson it is the size of a football field but has eight oil and natural gas wells drilled on it, only one well was producing and Statoil said it was "shut in" none of the wells caught fire. The fire was determined to have started from a hydraulic line malfunction and most of the production equipment, trucks, tanks, hoses and pumps fed the fire and ensuring explosions.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
PennFuture urges legislature to reject irresponsible budget that will damage public lands
Nassau News Live
Press Release

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 30, 2014 /Nassau News Live/ — As the Pennsylvania General Assembly considers passage of a $29.1 billion budget that is again balanced on the back of our public lands, PennFuture is urging legislators to stand up for the integrity of these assets and the interests of future generations by rejecting the first-ever leasing of state parks for gas drilling and further leasing of state forests. “This budget is shortsighted and unsustainable” said Cindy Dunn, president and CEO of PennFuture, “and poses substantial risks to some of the most extraordinary ecological, economic and recreational assets of Pennsylvania. Rather than further enriching the gas industry, we should be asking them to pay their fair share in the form of a drilling tax, a measure that exists in every other major gas-producing state and which could raise far more revenue for the Commonwealth than leasing these priceless public assets.”  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more
AP via Yahoo News
Seth Borenstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Spain's constitutional court throws out fracking ban
Plast Europe


Spain's Constitutional Court has thrown out a law against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas and oil in the small northern region of Cantabria, saying the matter is up to the central government. The ban proposed by the governing People’s Party, which has an absolute majority, was implemented in April 2013 after it passed the regional parliament with the votes of all three represented parties. The country’s central government had contested the legislation in the Constitutional Court, arguing it has jurisdiction in the matter and that Cantabria's ban violates the national law on hydrocarbons. Spain produces almost no oil and gas, importing about 76% of its energy needs. To reduce foreign dependence on oil, coal and gas, the government in Madrid hopes to develop a potential shale gas field stretching from Galicia to the Basque Country. This would pass through Cantabria, which is believed to be rich in shale gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Artist Creates Parody Historical Signs in Schoharie County
TWC News
Barry Wygel

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Being in Schoharie County is like getting a glimpse into the past. Around 100 historical markers tell the story of the county but if one of these signs looks a little different you, you're right. The state hasn't decided to start taking a political stance in its history signs. Instead, the signs are the work of local artist Norm Magnusson, who has created six of the signs and placed them throughout Schoharie County. "I thought to myself wouldn't it be nice if instead of dealing with ancient history, they dealt with contemporary social and political issues," said Norm Magnusson.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Spectra Energy Announces Plans to Further Expand New England Pipeline Systems
The Wall Street Journal
Press Release

HOUSTON, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) and Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP) today announced plans to expand natural gas pipeline capacity into the New England Market to meet critical demand for reliable electric power generation. These plans for expansion of the Algonquin and Maritimes pipeline systems are in response to the New England governors' recent initiative on new energy infrastructure and in anticipation of a Request for Proposal to be initiated by The New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE). This expansion, as outlined in a June 27 letter to NESCOE, would create up to 1 Bcf/day in capacity, and is in addition to Spectra Energy's previously announced Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) and Atlantic Bridge projects. The project in-service date is dependent upon the timing of NESCOE's process.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Hobby Lobby Eco-Fallout: Does Fracking Violate My Religious Freedom?
EcoNews
Gary Wockner

The fallout from the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision has only begun, but I think Justice Ginsburg’s dissent wraps up a lot of progressive feelings when she says the decision’s “startling breadth” allows companies to “opt out of any law they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.” She goes on to discuss how this decision could impact non-Christian religions and how each might construe what they could opt out of—“blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews and Hindus); and vaccinations (Christian Scientists, among others.).”  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
NY Anti-Frack Ruling Encourages Greens in Ohio and Across the US
Voice of Russia
David Kerans

WASHINGTON (VR)— Coalitions dedicated to resisting fracking in many parts of the US are drawing encouragement from a landmark New York Court of Appeals ruling, a ruling that may have particular resonance for a similar case in progress in Ohio. The highest court in New York state confirmed on Monday that state-level regulations of industrial activity do not overrule local zoning laws—a decision with far-reaching implications for the environmental movement’s ability to slow down the nearly nationwide stampede of fracking and shale oil drillers. The court sided with the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, who were asserting their rights of “home rule” (to pass zoning ordinances that prohibit industrial activities in certain areas, for instance) even when state level regulations endorse the right of an industry to override local zoning prohibitions.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
LNG documentary underway
Squamish Chief
Rebecca Aldous raldous

It’s not the type of documentary Les McDonald ever anticipated he would shoot. But after the travel, nature and wilderness videographer heard about the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant that, if approved, would go up along the shore of Howe Sound, he felt he had no choice. “I am hoping it will generate awareness,” McDonald said. The former Banff resident picked up his camera and started asking for Squamish residents’ take on the Woodfibre Natural Gas plan. McDonald said he was tired of looking for Woodfibre LNG videos on YouTube and only finding pieces produced by B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s staff, who are waving the LNG flag. He wanted to hear what locals had to say and learn about how the project might impact their lives.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
The Source: Derailments Spike Along With Oil Shipments
tpr.org
Paul Flahive

Transporting crude oil from areas booming with the hydraulic fracturing revolution relies heavily on railroads. Busier railroads means more derailments and more derailments with trains loaded with old cars filled with oil means more tragedies. Chris Hart, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, noted the dramatic rise in flammables being transported by rail in a letter to U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley while noting a number of specific oil derailments:  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
New York's top court rules towns can ban fracking
RT


Municipalities within New York can pass local laws to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the state’s top appeals court affirmed Monday. The 5-2 decision this week out of the New York Court of Appeals now means that cities and towns across the Empire State can pass local zoning rules prohibiting the controversial natural gas-extraction process, much to the chagrin of energy companies that accused those restrictions of being illegal. Dryden and Middlefield — two upstate New York towns — became the target of litigation after fracking operations planned within their borders were preemptively aborted as a result of recently-enacted drilling bans.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Meme with Wings: Are Western Anti-Fracking Activists Funded by Putin's Russia?
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

At a June 19 speaking event at London's Chatham House, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed the Russian government is covertly working to discredit hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the west from afar. “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations — environmental organizations working against shale gas — to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas,” said Rasmussen, the former Prime Minister of Denmark. Rasmussen's comments were relayed to the press by someone in attendance who apparently broke the “Chatham House Rule” by telling outsiders about the content of a Chatham House meeting.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
North Carolina enviromental groups expand anti-fracking campaign
Fayobserver.com
Andrew Barksdale

Environmental groups in North Carolina have expanded their anti-fracking campaign by targeting more lawmakers. Last month, a coalition of agencies, called the North Carolina Environmental Partnership, expanded its television, mail and online advertising to across the state. The groups are accusing four additional lawmakers of rushing to allow horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing - known as fracking - in ancient shale rock formations deep below ground. The new lawmakers in their cross hairs include state Reps. Mike Stone of Sanford and Jamie Boles of Southern Pines. Both are Republicans who voted to pass in late May a new energy bill that was signed into law authorizing fracking and natural gas exploration to begin sometime next year.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
State agency: Fracking fire likely fouled eastern Ohio creek
Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

fire last weekend at a Monroe County fracking well likely sent contaminants into a nearby creek, killing crayfish, minnows and smallmouth bass as far as 5 miles away from the site, state officials said yesterday. Officials of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said crews fighting the fire flooded the area with water on Saturday, likely sending fracking chemicals into the creek, which feeds into the Ohio River. The agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are investigating the fire and fish kill at the site, about 130 miles east of Columbus.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Public responses to fracking panel well informed, report finds
Herald News
Selena Ross

In the opinion of one Nova Scotian following the fracking debate, the final decision can only be made one way: by referendum. He or she put the idea in writing to the independent panel studying hydraulic fracturing, whose work this year was meant to help inform the provincial government on whether to allow the controversial energy industry into Nova Scotia. According to research, that citizen has a point, found Ian Mauro, the lead author of the panel’s most recent paper and a geography professor at the University of Winnipeg.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Children's Coloring Book Documents Fracking
Kalkion.com
Patrick Dooley

Stream and Shale Coloring Storybook from scientist author J.J.Brown documents one day in Pennsylvania during the Marcellus Shale gas rush, exposing the heavy toll of fracking on rural Pennsylvania. In Brown’s sixth book, the scientist author tells a true story for children and families about a hot political issue, fracking. Tanyette Colon, the founder of Mothers United for Sustainable Technologies, M.U.S.T. said, “Each chapter of her book takes a snapshot of nature in all of its glorious wonder and she cleverly crafts bits of science facts to guide you and your family through the journey.” Inspiring quotes from conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir, ecologist Rachel Carson and ethologist Jane Goodall introduce each chapter of Stream and Shale, and put the children’s story into an environmental context. “With this resource in hand, both you and your family will be on the road to discovery,” says Colon.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
One Man's Mission to Curb Illegal Dumping of Texas Frack Waste
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

ALICE, Texas—Deputy Sheriff Hector Zertuche parked his pickup across the road from a gas and oil waste dump and watched through binoculars as a container truck unloaded a mountain of black sludge. Zertuche, the environmental crimes officer for Jim Wells County, is the law here when it comes to oil and gas waste. The job has fallen to him, he said, because the state's environmental agencies don't effectively police the disposal of the industry's waste. It typically contains benzene and other chemicals found in hydraulic fracturing, along with heavy metals and other contaminants from deep within the earth.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Fracking industry fumes as researchers reveal high levels of leaking methane
RT


The latest drilling techniques for obtaining gas, which drill horizontally as opposed to the more traditional vertical drilling, shows a higher rate of leaking methane, according to a study that could spell problems for fracking across the nation. After poring over data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection involving more than 41,000 wells, it was determined that more than 6 percent of the active gas wells drilled in the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania “show compromised cement and/or casing integrity,” according to an academic paper published on Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Coal Mine's Rejection on Global-Warming Grounds Has Major Implications
Inside Climate News
John H Cushman Jr

A federal judge has blocked a coal project in the wilds of Colorado because federal agencies failed to consider the future global-warming damages from burning fossil fuels. U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Johnson's decision halts exploration proposed by Arch Coal that would have bulldozed six miles of roads on 1,700 untrammeled acres of public land. When the agencies touted the supposed economic benefits of expanded coal mining in the Sunset Roadless Area, Johnson ruled, they should also have considered any global-warming costs  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Supreme Court favors landowner in lease case
Dakota Resource Council
By Sean Arithson

BISMARCK — On Tuesday, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled in favor of a McKenzie County man in a dispute over old oil and gas leases. The decision may affect other landowners in the Bakken with old leases, which some energy companies hold onto even after they are profitable, according to the plaintiff’s lawyers. Greggory Tank of Keene sought to have an old oil and gas lease from 1982 terminated when a well on the southwest portion of his land stopped producing in paying quantities. The well stopped producing continuously in October 2008, according to Supreme Court documents.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Court of Appeals decision could prompt end of state moratorium
Innovation Trail
Matt Richmond

In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York’s highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydrofracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year court battle over bans passed in the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield. And as Matt Richmond reports, fracking opponents hope to now spread the bans to towns that were waiting for the court’s final ruling. The highly anticipated decision from the Court of Appeals spread like wildfire Monday through groups on both sides of the fracking debate. Local anti-fracking activists like Otsego 2000 and the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition hailed the ruling for offering protection to communities in New York. Others, like Environmental Advocates of New York and the Natural Resources Defense Council, cheered the decision as a rare example of local concerns winning out over a powerful industry. Jason Leifer is the deputy supervisor in Dryden, one of the towns named as a defendant in the case. Leifer says the decision to maintain local control over where natural gas producers can operate was a no-brainer.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
Division over decision
Cortland Standard
Emmett Neno

ITHACA — Reaction to a New York Court of Appeals decision was mixed Monday afternoon as proponents and opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, expressed their sentiments toward the court’s decision earlier in the day to uphold local anti-fracking bans. A group of citizens with anti-fracking signs crowded both sides of the sidewalk in front of the Ithaca Town Court as speakers praised the court’s decision. The case involved the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, which passed zoning regulations that banned fracking. Hydrofracking injects chemically treated water underground to extract shale gas. The process has been criticized by environmentalists who say it can pollute water sources and the environment.  [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
New Yorkers Rally for Statewide Fracking Ban at Gov. Cuomo Fundraiser
EcoWatch


On the same day that New York’s highest court ruled municipalities had the right to ban fracking, hundreds of concerned citizens gathered outside Gov. Cuomo’s Manhattan fundraiser yesterday, demanding a statewide ban.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2014
FF12 investigates deadly gas explosions in Kansas
KWCH 12 CBS
Lauren Seabrook

The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office is now investigating an explosion in Finney County that killed one and injured two others over the weekend.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Unitarians Go Fossil Fuel Free With Divestment Resolution
EcoWatch


Following in the footsteps of the University of Dayton, the first Catholic school to divest from fossil fuels, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) announced Saturday its resolution to do the same.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Fracking lawsuit launched in Canada
Hydrogen Fuel News


An anti-shale gas group sues the government of New Brunswick. The provincial government is being sued by the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance and by three citizens over the government’s plans to develop the fracking industry in the Eastern Canadian province. The alliance is calling for a moratorium until the government can prove the practice is safe. Last week, three citizens and the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, which represents 22 community organizations, filed an 18 page statement of claim with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Stain John, alleging violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The group believes that the shale gas wells are dangerous to the environment and they want the development of these wells to be put on hold until the government can prove without doubt and with “scientific certainty” that fracking for shale gas will not contaminate the water, land or air, that it will not harm the citizens and future generations, and that it will not contribute to climate change.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
High court upholds fracking bans; zoning important function of local government
The River Reporter
Fritz Mayer

The 14 municipalities in the counties of Sullivan, Ulster and Delaware that have passed zoning that bans hydraulic fracturing and other industrial uses can now rest assured that the bans are legal. The New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, followed the lead of the lower courts and ruled in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield that the fracking bans fall within the power of local officials. In a five to two decision the court wrote, “the supersession clause in the statewide Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (OGSML) does not preempt the home rule authority vested in municipalities to regulate land use.” Speaking specifically of the state’s right to overrule local laws, the court wrote, “There is no dispute that the state legislature has this right if it chooses to exercise it,” but in this case, “we cannot say that the supersession clause – added long before the current debate over high-volume hydrofracking and horizontal drilling ignited – evinces a clear expression of preemptive intent.” The court also cited a previous decision in another case which said “the legislature has recognized that the local regulation of land use is ‘among the most significant powers and duties granted . . . to a town government.’” Helen Slottje, an attorney who advised several towns in Sullivan County about adopting fracking bans, said, “The oil and gas industry tried to take away a fundamental right that pre-dates even the Declaration of Independence: the right of municipalities to regulate local land use. But they failed.” “Heavy industry has never been allowed in our small farming town and three years ago, we decided that fracking was no exception. The oil and gas industry tried to bully us into backing down, but we took our fight all the way to New York’s highest court. And today we won,” said Dryden Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Tompkins anti-fracking activists celebrate court ruling
Star Gazette


Around 50 people gathered in front of the Tompkins County Courthouse Monday afternoon to celebrate a ruling by New York’s highest court, upholding the legitimacy of local hydraulic fracturing bans. “This is just a red-letter day for us, for our state, for our country and for the world,” State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, told the gathering. The State Court of Appeals voted 5-2 in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Digest: New York towns win ruling on fracturing bans
Houston Chronicle


ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's top court handed a victory to foes of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The Court of Appeals upheld a ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land through zoning.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Fracking initiatives advance after Colorado Supreme Court ruling
Colorado Public Radio
Megan Verlee

Supporters of ballot measures to give more control to local governments over fracking will be able to gather signatures for all six of their proposed measures after rulings from the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Fast-tracked drilling bill prompts objection
Seattle Pi


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An environmental advocacy organization is protesting an effort by some lawmakers to attach changes in oil and gas drilling regulations to a broader budget-related bill. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council said Monday that the maneuver works against government transparency. It asked lawmakers and Gov. Tom Corbett to reject it.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking
EcoWatch


In a precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
New York Top Court OKs Local Gas-Drilling Bans
ABC NEWS
Michael Hill

New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning. The two "fracking" cases from two central New York towns have been closely watched by drillers hoping to tap into the state's piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists who fear water and air pollution.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Cayuga County Legislature considers hydrofracking waste ban
The Citizen
Samantha House

AUBURN | There is much about hydraulic fracturing that concerns Michael Gorr. But during the Cayuga County Legislature's full monthly meeting last week, the Niles resident asked legislators to focus on one facet of the controversial process: production brine. A waste byproduct created by fracking, Gorr said production brine — which some municipalities have spread on slippery winter roads — contains a cocktail of salt, radioactive materials and poisonous heavy metals.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
In Blow to Oil Industry, New York's Top Court Upholds Local Fracking Bans
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

New York's highest state court ruled today that local governments have the legal authority to use zoning to bar oil and gas drilling, fracking and other heavy industrial sites within their borders. In a 5-2 decision, affirming the rulings of three lower courts, the justices dismissed challenges to fracking bans created by two towns, Middlefield and Dryden. The case has been closely watched by the oil and gas industry in the Marcellus region and nationwide. Over 170 towns, villages and cities in New York state have crafted local moratoria or bans on fracking. Dozens more towns are expected to enact moratoria in the wake of this ruling, according to Earthworks, one of the public interest groups whose attorneys worked on the case.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Dropping Acid in the Everglades: Fracking War Drags On in Collier County (UPDATED)
New Times Blogs
Fire Ant Blog

The battle over oil drilling in the Everglades rolls on, having taken several new turns since mid-June, when officials with the Department of Environmental Protection tried to bully Collier County officials into dropping a lawsuit over a controversial oil-drilling operation in the Big Cypress Swamp watershed.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
HIGHWAYS AGENCY MOTORWAY CAMERA SPIES ON ANTI-FRACKING PROTECTORS
Salford Star


A Highways Agency camera at Junction 10 of the M60, which is supposed to be monitoring congestion and checking for accidents, has, over the weekend, been spying on the Davyhulme Community Protection Camp. Shocked viewers en route to the Trafford Centre, hoping to check traffic on the publicly accessible camera, were treated instead to the sight of protectors drinking tea and stuff. The Camp remains under threat of eviction today.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Cayuga County Legislature considers hydrofracking waste ban
Auburn Pub


But during the Cayuga County Legislature's full monthly meeting last week, the Niles resident asked legislators to focus on one facet of the controversial process: production brine. A waste byproduct created by fracking, Gorr said production brine — which some municipalities have spread on slippery winter roads — contains a cocktail of salt, radioactive materials and poisonous heavy metals.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Colorado high court OKs ballot measures seeking local control of drilling
Denver Post
Mark Jaffe

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday approved ballot initiatives seeking to give local government more control over oil and gas drilling and to add an environmental bill of rights to the state constitution. After a challenge from business interests, the court ruled that the language in the five initiatives met the standards for clarity required by statute. The five measures are backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, who is providing financial support to the initiatives campaign committee, Safe Clean Colorado.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Big Victory as Court Upholds Small Towns' Right to Ban Fracking
Common Dreams
Nadia Prupis

In a victory for fracking opponents, towns in New York today won the right to ban oil and gas production operations from their communities. The ruling may have widespread effects on the drilling industry as towns continue to file moratoriums on the environmentally harmful process. The decision sets a precedent for environmental activists in New York as more than 170 of the state’s other municipalities wait for legal action to be taken on anti-fracking measures in their communities as well. Towns in Colorado, Ohio, California, Pennsylvania and Texas are also beginning to pursue oil and gas production bans, public interest law firm Earthjustice reports.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Cuomo pressured over fracking as court creates a possible break
Newsday
Michael Gormley

ALBANY -- The woman challenging Andrew M. Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor is one of the headliners of a rally Monday night to protest Cuomo’s lack of a decision on whether to approve hydrofracking for natural gas. Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor taking Cuomo on, said she will join an anti-fracking protest outside Cuomo’s political fundraiser in a Manhattan hotel. “Governor Cuomo has embarked on a lengthy and much-delayed process to study whether fracking can be conducted safely,” she said. “But the governor's approach misses a key point: even if it were deemed safe, fracking would take us in the exact opposite direction from where we need to go.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Piedmont Gas to pay fine over mud spills
The Tennessean
Josh Brown

Piedmont Natural Gas will pay $110,000 to state regulators after accidentally spilling hundreds of gallons of drilling mud into Nashville creeks last year while working on a new natural gas pipeline. In May 2013, contractors building the 14-mile pipeline spilled about 300 gallons of bentonite mud into Otter Creek in the Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Then, last July, the same material spilled into Sevenmile Creek near Edmondson Pike and Huntington Parkway.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
US LNG exports: policy update
The Lawyer . com


Last week the US House of Representatives voted to approve legislation that would expedite the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) process for approving applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries with which the US does not have a free-trade agreement (FTA). This action is the culmination of an active month for US LNG export policy. On 29 May, DoE formally proposed a major change in its approach to evaluating applications to export LNG to non-FTA countries. In the Senate last week, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on LNG exports with a focus on DoE’s new proposal, and legislation was introduced that — like the House-passed bill — would place a tight deadline on DoE for final action on export applications.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
New climate bill signals growing support for methane policy
EDF Voices
Eric Pooley

As recently as two years ago, methane leaking from the natural gas supply chain was a niche climate issue, of concern to a handful of scientists and policy experts who understood that small leaks could contribute mightily to the global warming we're experiencing now. That has changed. A succession of scientific studies has confirmed that leakage rates in at least some regions and parts of the supply chain are alarmingly high, and that extreme weather impacts can be made worse by short-lived climate pollutants such as methane. And now for a piece of good news: Policymakers are taking notice. Last week, Democrat Senator Chris Murphy and Republican Senator Susan Collins introduced the 2014 Super Pollutants Act. The bill calls for a new task force to oversee the reduction of super pollutants, including methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons. It directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create an inspection program to fix and monitor the leakiest natural gas production equipment. It would also require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study leaks and venting of methane across facilities it has authority over, such as interstate natural gas pipelines.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
New York cities, towns keep power to block hydro-fracking
WBNG


Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Court of Appeals in Albany upheld a ruling on Monday that gives cities and towns in New York the choice to block hydraulic fracturing within borders. The court dismissed lawsuits that challenged bans enacted in the upstate towns of Dryden and Middlefield. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo is still considering whether to lift the statewide moratorium on fracking. A group called Vestal Residents for Safe Energy said the practice should be banned until the specific health impacts are known. "The risk and the dangers of fracking, air contamination and water contamination, wont stop at town borders," said VRSE member Pat Roberts. "So it's really important for Governor Cuomo in the end to base his decision on science, but to protect us all from these risks."  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Texas oil and gas boom doesn’t mean prosperity for everyone
HPPR
Cindee Talley

The Lone Star State is king of the oil and gas drilling boom. Over a quarter of all the active drilling rigs in the world are in Texas. That prosperity is not without cost, nor does it benefit every Texan. Fracking and horizontal drilling have cause the surge that has brought money, jobs, and more energy security to Texas and the United States, but it’s also damaged roads, increased traffic and accidents, strained local governments, and caused housing prices to skyrocket reported Terrance Henry for StateImpact Texas.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Fish kill in eastern Ohio might be linked to fire at fracking well
The Columbus Dispatch
Jim Woods

The state is investigating a fish kill in an eastern Ohio creek near where a fire occurred at a shale-well fracking site on Saturday. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources learned yesterday of the fish kill in Possum Creek in Monroe County, said Jason Fallon, an agency spokesman. Fallon said he did not have details about the extent of the kill. “I can’t confirm if it’s related to the gas-well fire,” he said. Phillip Keevert, director of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency, said Division of Wildlife agents were inspecting the creek yesterday and confirmed that a kill occurred.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
New York's top court: Towns can ban fracking
Syracse.com
Glenn Coin

Albany -- New York's highest court has upheld the bans on natural gas drilling passed by two small Upstate towns. It is a major decision for the future of hydrofracking in New York state, where the drilling process has been on hold for more than five years. The decision allows towns to forbid fracking and other forms of gas drilling within their borders. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is still deciding whether to allow hydrofracking in New York.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Towns May Ban Fracking, New York State High Court Rules
New York Times
Kate Taylor

In a defeat for the oil and gas industry, New York State’s highest court Monday ruled that towns can use zoning ordinances to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial extraction method known as fracking. The immediate effect of the decision is limited, as there is currently a moratorium on fracking across New York State, ostensibly to allow the state to study fracking’s effects on the environment.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Towns Can Prohibit Fracking, New York State’s Top Court Says
The New York Times
KATE TAYLOR and THOMAS KAPLAN

In a decision with far-reaching implications for the future of natural gas drilling in New York State, its highest court ruled on Monday that towns can use zoning ordinances to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial extraction method known as fracking. There is already a statewide moratorium on fracking, and the State Health Department is currently studying its potential health effects. But in recent years some towns, worried that the state would eventually allow the practice, have taken matters into their own hands by banning fracking within their borders. Among them, two towns — Dryden, in Tompkins County, and Middlefield, in Otsego County — amended their zoning laws in 2011 to prohibit fracking, on the basis that it would threaten the health, environment and character of the communities.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More
ABC NEWS
Seth Borenstein

In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Fracking in New York Faces Death by a Thousand Local Bans
Bloomberg Businessweek
Matthew Philips

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo inherited a statewide moratorium on fracking when he took office, and he’s spent the past three years deciding whether to lift the ban. But whichever decision he makes won’t have nearly the same weight now that the state’s highest court has ruled that cities and towns can block fracking inside their borders. Fracking is already outlawed in many places across the U.S. But unlike in Vermont, for example, which became the first state to ban fracking in 2012, New York’s action is important because the state actually has something worth fracking. With the Marcellus Shale formation in the southern portion of the state, New York has some of the richest natural gas deposits in the nation. Estimates suggest the stuff trapped under the Empire State would be enough to meet total U.S. consumption for six years. Vermont, on the other hand, has almost no natural gas; the ban there is purely a political statement.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Study Digs Deep on Shale Gas Wells, Methane Leaks
Climate Central
Bobby Magill

Defects in fracked oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are leading to methane leaks in shale wells throughout the state — greenhouse gas emissions that could exacerbate climate change, according to a Cornell University study published Monday. The study, conducted by a team led by Cornell environmental engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, analyzed more than 75,000 publicly available state environmental compliance records for about 41,000 oil and gas wells that had been drilled between 2000 and 2012 across Pennsylvania, where the energy industry has been producing natural gas from the Marcellus shale.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Towns elated, gas industry dismayed by fracking ruling
The Journal News
Jon Campbell

landmark Court of Appeals ruling that could have major implications on the future of fracking in New York is either an “inspiration” or a “nail in the coffin,” depending on your perspective. The state’s top court on Monday ruled 5-2 in favor of a pair of towns that had used local zoning ordinances to ban fracking and gas-drilling in their borders. The ruling means the town bans can stand, and likely will serve as a statewide precedent if high-volume fracking moves forward in New York.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Anti-fracking win in N.Y. court may deal blow to industry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Chris Dolmetsch, Freeman Klopott and Jim Efstathiou Jr.

ALBANY, New York — New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to file a 6-year-old statewide moratorium. The case, closely watched by the energy industry, may invigorate local challenges to fracking in other states and convince the industry to stay out of New York even if Mr. Cuomo allows drilling. Pennsylvania’s highest court issued a similar ruling last year, striking down portions of a state law limiting localities’ ability to regulate drillers.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Investment In Clean Energy And Efficiency Could Spur A $12 Billion Market
ThinkProgress
KATIE VALENTINE

Off-grid renewable energy is one of the cheapest, most effective ways to get electricity to the 1.3 billion people around the world who lack it, the Sierra Club argues in a new report. The report looked at how energy access can be delivered more cost-effectively to the people around the world that need it. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that the world must invest $640 billion over 20 years to ensure global energy access, which is 300 to 500 percent higher than current energy access investments. But the Sierra Club argues that many essential energy services can be delivered more cheaply than the IEA estimates. According to the report, a $500 million investment in energy access will be needed over the next two to three years, and that investment will spur a clean energy services market for the poor valued at $12 billion annually.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
North Dakota's Latest Fracking Problem Bakken Shale Oil Drillers Are Forced to Burn Off Excess Gas
The Wall Street Journal
Chester Dawson

WATFORD CITY, N.D.—For cattle rancher Vawnita Best, the struggle by North Dakota regulators to keep up with the oil boom strikes close to home: She can see the natural-gas flares of an oil well from her front porch. "It's been flaring for nearly a year," she said amid the rolling hills of her Elkhorn Creek Ranch. "It's absolutely ridiculous to be so wasteful," she said. "They're flaring gas and using diesel to fuel the pumps—it's like something Homer Simpson would do."  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Anti-fracking vote mixed blessing for Colo. governor
Washington Times


Unfortunately for Mr. Hickenlooper, the Loveland vote may have convinced those in Colorado’s surging oil-and-gas industry that they can win at the ballot box in November, when they’re expected to face two statewide anti-fracking measures backed by multimillionaire Democratic Rep. Jared Polis. That would foil Mr. Hickenlooper’s plan for a compromise over the state’s heavily contested energy future, under which Mr. Polis agrees to drop his anti-fracking initiatives in exchange for more state regulations on the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Colorado fracking initiatives advance after ruling
Seattle PI


DENVER (AP) — Supporters of ballot questions to give more control to local governments over fracking will be able to turn in signatures for six different measures after rulings from the Colorado Supreme Court.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Fracking in St. Tammany opposed by Progressive Northshore Democrats
Times-Picayune
Robert Rhoden

The Progressive Northshore Democrats has joined the list of organizations that oppose fracking in St. Tammany Parish. The political organization said it opposes the granting of any permits that would allow Helis Oil & Gas of New Orleans to dig a well near Mandeville and use the controversial hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method to obtain oil from a layer of shale.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Fracking lawsuit launched in Canada An anti-shale gas group sues the government of New Brunswick.
Hydrogen Fuel News


The provincial government is being sued by the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance and by three citizens over the government’s plans to develop the fracking industry in the Eastern Canadian province.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
New York Towns Can Ban Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules
Bloomberg
Chris Dometsch

June 30 (Bloomberg) --New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to uphold a six-year-old statewide moratorium.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Nevadans Fight Fracking on Federal Land
Courthouse News Service
Mike Heuer

RENO, Nev. (CN) - A citizens group sued the federal government to try to stop it from leasing 231,000 of public lands in Northern Nevada, where private companies can use fracking to extract oil and natural gas.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
New state budget, fracking waste ban take effect
Newsday
Susan Haigh

HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) -- Connecticut's revised, approximately $19 billion state budget, a temporary moratorium on the storage and disposal of fracking waste, and new legislation designed to help protect student-athletes from the dangers of concussions are among the new laws poised to take effect Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2014
Huge victory for Dryden’s fracking foes not won with claims about drilling’s dangers
The Ithaca Voice
Jeff Stein

What’s perhaps surprising, then, is that Graffeo’s decision was explicitly made without regard for the relative safety or dangers of the controversial drilling practice that has sparked such fierce opposition.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
European Union to Consider Fracking
Liberty Voice
Kaley Pekins

European Union energy security was on the docket of last week’s Transport, Telecommunications, and Energy Council (TTE) meeting, and for good reason. Geo-political conflict around the world is threatening the portion of the energy supply that it imports from other nations. In an effort to eliminate its dependence on foreign energy sources a movement has been gaining momentum among member nations of the European Union to consider fracking as an alternative energy source.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
County moves to set up a solar farm
PostStar.com


Like other local municipalities, Washington County is seeking to take advantage of New York State Energy Research & Development incentives for solar energy. The county board’s Government Operations Committee has already settled on a preliminary site and a company to build a solar farm that would help pay the county’s energy bills.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Activists say California fighting pollution globally but not locally
LA Times
Evan Halper

In California and across the country, the purchase of so-called carbon offsets by large corporations sits at the root of a bitter dispute over the extent to which companies dealing with a global problem have an obligation to help their local environments. The dispute has taken on new importance as more states mull over whether to adopt California's model amid the Obama administration's push to place strict new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Jackson: Whitman is looking for Republican allies in climate fight
North Jersey.com
Herb Jackson

Former Gov. Christie Whitman is convinced there are more Republicans like her who want the federal government to act, and act soon, to reduce the carbon emissions contributing to climate change. Whitman even said she would like Governor Christie to be one of them, though she quickly began to backtrack and say she needed to talk with him first — an indication that even the suggestion a prominent Republican agrees with her is potentially damaging politically.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Significant Victory – Jury Awards Damages on Negligent Gas Compressor Operations
People's Oil & Gas Collaborative- Ohio (POGCO)


A courageous Northeast Ohio family residing on 30 acres was recently victorious in their legal battle against their neighbor, gas industry giant, Dominion East Ohio in Alford et al. v. The East Ohio Gas Company DBA Dominion East Ohio, Tuscarawas County Court of Appeals, Case No. 2013AP030014 (May 14, 2014).  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Boom Meets Bust in Texas: Atop Sea of Oil, Poverty Digs In
NY Times
Manny Fernandez and Clifford Krauss

GARDENDALE, Tex. — From the window of her tin-roofed trailer, Judy Vargas can glimpse a miraculous world. It is as close as the dust kicked up by the trucks barreling by but seems as distant as Mars. As you walk out of her front yard — where the chewed-off leg of an animal, probably a feral hog caught by a prowling bobcat, rots outside — a towering natural gas flare peeks over the southerly view. Across the railroad tracks and Interstate 35, a newly reopened railroad interchange stores acres of pipe and receives shipments of sand from Wisconsin to be used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Next to the terminal is an expanding natural gas processing plant that lies in the heart of the Eagle Ford, a giant shale oil field that here in La Salle County alone produces more than $15 million worth of oil a day, or about one out of every 55 barrels produced in the United States.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Boom Meets Bust in Texas: Atop Sea of Oil, Poverty Digs In
The New York Times
MANNY FERNANDEZ and CLIFFORD KRAUSS

A boom has helped produce fortunes for some in Texas, but there remain institutionalized shantytowns without basic services like water.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Foes fear pipeline could hammer property values
Lancaster Online
Gil Smart

Mark and Malinda Clatterbuck live adjacent to the Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve in a home largely built by her father. As a child, Malinda and her sister plucked rocks from the Tucquan Creek, which her dad used in the exterior. Friday morning, a goldfinch darted past the living room picture window, which offered an expansive view of an adjacent hillside. Atop that hillside, an Oklahoma company could cut down scores of trees in order to construct a 42-inch natural gas pipeline. So much for scenic tranquillity.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Pocahontas group opposes Dominion pipeline plan
The Charleston Gazette
Paul J. Nyden

Dominion Resources is considering building two pipelines, each 42 inches in diameter, to transport natural gas about 450 miles through the wilderness areas of Randolph and Pocahontas counties and down through Virginia to Lumberton, N.C. The pipeline would pass through the Monongahela Natural Forest. An environmental group opposing the plans – “WV Wilderness Lovers vs. Proposed Pipelines” – will explain its opposition to the project when the Pocahontas County Commission meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse in Marlinton.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Bill banning fracking waste in NJ sent to Christie
NJ.com
Brent Johnson

TRENTON — A bill championed by environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties that would ban the dumping of fracking waste in New Jersey is now headed to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Study completed on fracking in Md.
Cumberland Times News


— MCHENRY — Public health officials unveiled a recently completed study on Saturday that assessed the health implications of hydraulic fracturing as the governor’s office continues to move forward with plans to make a decision on the future of fracking in Maryland by the end of the year. Currently banned in Maryland, state officials are looking at the experiences of other states like Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Colorado, in an effort to reach a conclusion on fracking’s future. “Part of the reason we’re going though this process is because Maryland is trying to distinguish itself from some of the other ways in which fracking has come in without forethought,” said Cliff Mitchell.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Unitarian Universalists Vote to Divest From Fossil Fuels
InsideClimate News


Delegates to the 53rd annual General Assembly of Unitarian Universalist Association voted overwhelmingly Saturday to divest from major producers and processors of fossil fuels, and pursue investment in clean-energy technologies, said spokeswoman Rachel Walden. Of the 2,000 delegates, "it was a very small portion who voted 'No' on the business resolution," Walden said. The vote was held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center after a half-hour discussion.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Zero Gasoline Car on Tour and Informing Public of Fracking Dangers
WTRF


Some may have seen a Tesla vehicle passing through the streets of the friendly city over the weekend. The Tesla Car is an all electric car, that uses no gasoline. This was all a part of the Triple Divide Tour, where the Public Harold travels the country to talk about the dangers of fracking. The group stopped and made a presentation at the Ohio County public Library Sunday where they showed their documentary, "Triple Divide".   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Parker County couple wins nuisance lawsuit against Titan Operating
Star-Telegram
Shlachter, Baker & Fuquay

Homeowners have won another lawsuit over problems related to a nearby natural gas drilling operation. On June 17, Marcus and Laura Marsden of Aledo were awarded $36,000 in damages by a Parker County jury that found Titan Operating created a nuisance with its gas wells near the couple’s home.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Al Lewis Says We're Fracking Toward Ruin When Republicans Fret Over Climate Change, It's Time to Worry
The Wall Street Journal
Al Lewis

We will burn every last drop of oil on this planet or die trying. Billions of dollars of coastal real estate will be under the sea. Crop yields will plummet. Electricity demand will soar as life becomes increasingly unbearable without air conditioning.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Bill banning fracking waste in NJ sent to Christie
The Star-Ledger
Brent Johnson

TRENTON — A bill championed by environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties that would ban the dumping of fracking waste in New Jersey is now headed to Gov. Chris Christie's desk. But whether the Republican governor will sign it into law is the question. Christie vetoed a similar measure two years ago.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2014
Natural gas industry hires family members of leading politicians
Salon
Lee Fang

What's worse: In many cases, these politicians hold sway over decisions critical to leading gas companies In May of last year, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, now considered the favorite to win West Virginia’s open Senate seat, stood on a small platform in Charleston, behind a row of tiny trophies in the shape of drilling rigs. She was there to congratulate the Energy Corporation of America, a major gas exploration and distribution company, on its plans to open a new building in the state capital. The company needed new space to accommodate over a hundred new employees in coming years. “I am honored to attend the groundbreaking celebration of the ECA’s new eastern headquarters,” Capito told the crowd, according to an ECA press release. “This privately held company has brought economic growth to West Virginia.” Though there’s no record of her having acknowledged it publicly, among those hired by the growing firm is her own son, Arch Moore Capito, who was retained as in-house counsel by ECA after his graduation from Washington & Lee University’s law school in 2011.  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2014
Environmental lawsuit against 92 energy companies belongs in federal court, judge rules
The Times-Tribune
Mark Schleifstein

The controversial environmental damages lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 92 oil, gas and pipeline companies will remain in federal court, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The lawsuit filed by the levee authority had been quickly moved to federal court by the energy companies after it was filed in New Orleans Civil District Court in July 2013, with the companies claiming that the lawsuit actually involved a variety of federal laws. In an 83-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown agreed with that argument, finding that levee authority's claims demanding repair of wetlands or damages "necessarily raise a federal issue, actually disputed and substantial, which a federal forum may entertain without disturbing the congressional approved balance of federal and state judicial responsibilities."  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2014
Legislators raise questions about state officials participating in closed-door meetings on natural gas pipeline development
Daily Hampshire Gazette
RICHIE DAVIS

The report last week that New England state administrators met in closed-door sessions with energy business leaders to craft a plan for billions of dollars of natural gas pipeline development to be passed onto utility ratepayers is raising eyebrows — and further questions — among some area lawmakers. “That’s huge,” said Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, who met last week with 19 other legislators along the route of a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. plan that would cross the state.   [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2014
Flagrantly flaring: North Dakota to roll out new plan to curb outsized rate of wells burning off natural gas
The Dickinson Press
Patrick Springer

FARGO — North Dakota is the No. 2 oil-producing state in the U.S., but it’s the king of flaring natural gas. The flames that light up North Dakota wells at night burn off enough gas in one day to provide a week’s worth of natural gas to the state of Delaware, a recent study by energy firm Ceres reported. Over 12 months ending in May 2012, according to the same study, North Dakota wells burned off $1 billion in natural gas.  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2014
Flaming rocks A second shale revolution may be coming, squeezing out yet more oil
The Economist


THE cliffs at Kimmeridge, on England’s south coast, have on occasions been known to smoulder or even burst into flames in hot weather. That is because, unlike the famous white chalk cliffs of Dover, they are made of oil shale, a soft rock that has hydrocarbons trapped in its pores. The world’s oil-shale beds may contain the equivalent of up to nine times as much oil as all of its conventional wells.   [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2014
Study assesses health implications of fracking in Maryland Roughly 50 folks on Saturday attended a meeting at Garrett Community College to learn more about harvesting natural gas.
Times-News
Greg Larry

MCHENRY — Public health officials on Saturday unveiled a recently completed study that assesses health implications of hydraulic fracturing as the governor’s office plans to make a decision by the end of the year on the future of the practice in Maryland.  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2014
Washington County supervisors to look at natural gas ordinance
TriCities.com
Allie Robinson Gibson

ABINGDON, Va. — An ordinance governing drilling for natural gas in Washington County will now be heard by the county’s Board of Supervisors. The draft ordinance had been in the hands of the Washington County Planning Commission and its committees and last week was pushed up to the Board of Supervisors by Planning Commission members. The Planning Commission did not vote to approve or not approve the ordinance, but passed the draft up the chain of command.  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2014
Authorities Confirm Monroe County Well Site Fire
WTRF


Monroe County crews worked for hours battling a blaze at a well pad site. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. As reporters approached they quickly learned that they couldn't get close to the sight. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Ohio State Highway Officers were evacuating residents who live on Long Ridge Road. About 20-25 homes were evacuated.   [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2014
Liquid Drill Waste, Quakes And Spills: Connecting Both East And West
KUNC
Stephanie Paige Ogburn

The headwaters of the Cuyahoga River run smooth and pudding-brown; warblers dart through flooded underbrush, and the canoe I'm in travels swiftly and silently downstream. This river, an icon of the modern environmental movement, is perhaps most famous for catching fire multiple times in the 1960s and catalyzing the series of environmental protections the U.S. Congress passed in that era. It's now mostly clean, and serves as a symbol for another environmental problem -- the potential risk the natural gas boom poses to clean water in Ohio and other states experiencing a rush of energy activity. Colorado, of course, is one such state. Even though water out West is far scarcer than in these Eastern states, residents in both places consider it precious. In my last post, sent from a journey I'm on back East learning about drilling and energy in this region, I wrote about concerns residents have about the solid waste produced by the drilling process. As I learned today, drilling generates a whole lot of liquid waste as well.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
5 Graphics That Show the Cost of Climate Change I
Weather.com
Brian Kahn

Tuesday’s "Risky Business” report laid out the financial impacts of climate change on the U.S. economy. The report dubs climate change an “interest-only loan,” meaning future generations will be stuck paying for the consequences of climate change we’re fueling with current greenhouse gas emissions.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Colorado halts fracking wastewater injections after earthquakes hit the state
RT News


Following the detection of a small earthquake, Colorado state regulators have put a halt to the disposal of fracking wastewater into an injection well located in Weld County. According to Reuters, the announcement was made by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which directed High Sierra Water Services to observe a 20-day stoppage as a result of the situation. A 2.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded on Monday, and geologists believe it was linked to the ongoing fracking operation nearby.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Huge Gas Line Explosion Caught On Video
CBS 12 West Palm Beach


NEAR EAST BERNARD, Texas -- Authorities are investigating a gas explosion near a compressor plant in Wharton County, Texas. Emergency management officials say a gas line next to a compressor plant blew out. It destroyed the roadway and caught a nearby truck on fire. Flames shot up as high as 150 feet.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Ailing Shale Gas Returns Force a 'Drilling Treadmill'
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

Long-term sustainability of industry is highly questionable, studies show.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
DEP outlines revised rules on shale drilling
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection sketched out a new set of regulatory revisions for the oil and gas industry on Thursday even as it sorts through a pile of public feedback on a major regulatory update already underway. DEP plans to revisit its rules on well construction and plugging, which were last revised in 2011 to address the rise of Marcellus Shale drilling. During a meeting of DEP’s oil and gas technical advisory board, agency officials unveiled general concepts for a range of new rules that might cover seismic monitoring wells, coal bed methane wells, plugging practices for horizontal wells, pressure monitoring during fracking, cement standards and other issues, both old and emerging. Actual language for the proposed rules isn’t expected before the fall, but agency officials said they wanted to begin introducing the ideas to the industry and the public as soon as possible.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion In India Kills At Least 15 People
ThinkProgress
KATIE VALENTINE

At least 15 people have been killed and 14 more have been injured after a state-owned gas pipeline exploded in India Friday. The pipeline exploded at about 5:30 a.m. Friday in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, shooting flames more than 80 feet in the air. The fire burned for more than three hours but has been brought under control, officials said. Villages surrounding the explosion, which occurred in Nagaram village in the East Godavari district, were evacuated and overall damage to the surrounding area is being assessed.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Environmental group challenges basis for New England natural gas pipeline buildout
Bangor Daily News
Darren Fishell

PORTLAND, Maine — An environmental group launched a new salvo in an ongoing battle across New England over whether states should commit public funds to expanding natural gas capacity. Regulators in the six states are considering the merits of tapping ratepayers to finance a natural gas pipeline buildout that industrial electricity consumers and others, including Maine Gov. Paul LePage, say is essential to lowering electricity prices and spurring economic development in the region.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Fracking Goes Global
EcoNews
Brandon Baker

While families across the U.S. continue suffering from the effects of the country’s fracking boom, the practice is expanding to other nations. Naturally, earthquakes, sickness and resistance will accompany that expansion. Take South Africa, for example, where the Karoo Basin is believed to be covering 400 trillion cubic feet of shale gas. A moratorium on natural gas exploration was lifted in 2012, prompting companies to line up for a piece of what should be a large pie.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
APGA opposes LNG export legislation
Energy Global


On 25 June, The American Public Gas Association (APGA) expressed concern to Chairman Landrieu of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Senator Udall in regards to their recently introduced legislation, the Natural Gas Export Promotion Act of 2014, which would expedite the export of LNG. In the letter, APGA stated that: ‘The impact of exporting LNG is clear. As every study on the issue has shown, exporting LNG increases the domestic price of natural gas. This means that whether you are a homeowner, small business, or large industrial enterprise, exporting LNG increases the prices you pay for not just energy but also for all goods and services that have the cost of energy built into them’. APGA holds that the Natural Gas Export Promotion Act will only exacerbate the price impact, as it will force the Department of Energy (DOE) to make a decision on whether or not an export application is in the public interest within 45 days. This shortened timeframe will arguably not allow DOE to conduct a thorough public interest determination on whether the application will harm US consumers, the economy or national security.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Exclusive: North Dakota Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

For the first time, DeSmogBlog has published dozens of documents obtained from the North Dakota government revealing routes and chemical composition data for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Bakken Shale. The information was initially submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) under the legal dictates of a May 7 Emergency Order, which both the federal government and the rail industry initially argued should only be released to those with a “need-to-know” and not the public at-large.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Marcellus waste ends up in NY landfills, study finds it could be radioactive
WSKG
Matt Richmond

Cut open a hole in the ground, even a very narrow one, and you will be left with a pile of dirt. These are called drill cuttings. Natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale have a lot of these cuttings leftover. And therein lies a problem. Because that dirt is naturally radioactive, and that radiation can get into water supplies if it isn't properly treated. The Allegheny Front and WSKG's Matt Richmond look at a debate over drilling waste in New York State. Even though the Empire State has a moratorium on drilling, its landfills are taking in plenty of solid waste from Pennsylvania's gas boom. As Richmond found out, that has some people there worried. Whenever an oil or gas well is drilled, the material that comes out of the well can include rocks and drilling mud and brine and water. New York and the other states in the Marcellus region allow that waste, which comes up before a well is fracked, into municipal landfills. A study by the US Geological Survey found that the radioactivity associated with the Marcellus Shale is three times higher than in other layers.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
"Enbridge dead, LNG delayed by 'historic' Supreme Court ruling": Aboriginal leaders
Vancouver Observer
Mychaylo Prystupa

Stock watchers and Aboriginal leaders weigh in on the historic impact of a landmark legal decision, granting Aboriginals more control over pipeline and resource developments The night before the historic Supreme Court decision on Thursday, granting new powers to First Nations to control oil and gas pipeline and other resource developments, Tribal Chief Terry Teegee was downright nervous. "I was expecting the worst," said Teegee, with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. The northern B.C. leader represents eight pipeline-affected First Nations, and his college friend was one of the Tsilhqot'in leaders in the province's interior who had been fighting this court battle for more than a decade.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
EPA withholding release of report on earthquakes linked to disposal wells
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding back the release of a report on earthquakes related to drilling and related operations, EnergyWire reports. A team of EPA officials has been looking into concerns that deep injection wells – where wastewater from oil and gas drilling is disposed underground – have caused a spate of earthquakes in Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Colorado. EnergyWire reports the team sent a final draft to EPA headquarters in January, but has not officially released it to the public five months later.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Revealed: Heather Zichal Met with Cheniere Executives as Obama Energy Aide Before Board Nomination
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former deputy assistant for energy and climate change to President Barack Obama and nominee to sit on the board of directors of LNG export company Cheniere Energy Inc., held two meetings with Cheniere executives while working for the White House. White House meeting logs show Zichal attended the meetings with three executives from Cheniere, owner of the Sabine Pass LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility, the first terminal to receive a final approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) during the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) boom.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Dominion Resources' plan for liquefied natural gas export facility divides Maryland town
Tribune-Review
Associated Press

LUSBY, Md. — Dominion Resources' proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility is dividing residents of the quiet town of Lusby on the Chesapeake Bay. Some, like longtime resident Tracey Eno, are worried about increased air pollution. “That can't be good for me. I mean that's just common sense,” said Eno, 44, who lives 1½ miles from the site. “Is that going to show up as asthma? Lung cancer? “Are there going to be effects that we're not even aware of at this point?”   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Shale's junk debt could get shaky if Fed raises rates
Houston Chronicle
Collin Eaton

Two years after natural gas prices collapsed, Chesapeake Energy's $12 billion in corporate debt last month nearly made it out of junk territory.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2014
Radioactive Risks From Fracking Waste
Living on Earch


CURWOOD: Concerns about global warming aside, one reason the U.S. is not so eager to embrace the Keystone XL pipeline is the growth of its own energy production, as Shawn McCarthy mentioned. Fracking is mostly driving the oil and gas boom in America, but that has its own environmental problems, including the natural radioactivity of the rocks that cover the Marcellus shale in the Eastern U.S. And the radioactive debris, or drill cuttings, left behind by fracking can contaminate water unless properly treated. And while New York state has a moratorium on fracking, it does accept plenty of radioactive drilling waste from nearby Pennsylvania, and that has touched off intense debate.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Lenox Selectmen oppose Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline through town
The Berkshire Eagle
Clarence Fanto

LENOX -- Town leaders plan to mount a strong campaign to block the proposed new Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline from any route through the watershed, Kennedy Park or elsewhere inside Lenox borders, including a crossing of the Housatonic River. The Select Board voted 5-0 to approve a motion expressing "opposition in principle to a high-pressure natural gas pipeline route through the town under any circumstances." But it did not withdraw permission for company surveyors to map town-owned land. Town Manager Christopher Ketchen urged homeowners to contact him if they're approached by gas company representatives seeking to survey their land. He pledged to keep the community updated on the town's plans.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas exploring possible connections between fracking, earthquakes
Capital Journal
Emily Schmall

AZLE, Texas — Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. But in recent years, temblors have become commonplace. Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 of them between January and the start of May. Most were too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives. Yet they’ve rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Fracking to become a reality as French firm is given green light for shale gas drilling Out of the 31 city council members in Frederikshavn, just four voted against the project
The Copenhgen Post


The first shale gas well in Denmark is on the brink of becoming a reality following the confirmation that Frederikshavn Council in Jutland has given the French oil and gas company Total a permit to establish a well in nearby Dybvad.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Range Resources announces deals to sell, ship Marcellus gas and ethane
Tribune-Review
David Conti

Range Resources Corp. is lining up deals to ship natural gas and ethane it's pulling from the Marcellus shale to export terminals and proposed petrochemical plants. The Fort Worth-based energy company, which has a large presence in Pennsylvania, announced Thursday it signed several agreements involving planned pipeline projects, terminals and ethane crackers. The agreements would last between five and 20 years. The projects include:   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Research raises new concerns about climate impact of natural gas
E & E Newswire


Natural gas fields globally may be leaking enough methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to make the fuel as polluting as coal for the climate over the next few decades, according to a pair of studies published last week. An even worse finding for the United States in terms of greenhouse gases is that some of its oil and gas fields are emitting more methane than the industry does, on average, in the rest of the world, the research suggests. "I would have thought that emissions in the U.S. should be relatively low compared to the global average," said Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., and lead author of the studies. "It is an industrialized country, probably using good technology, so why are emissions so high?” The natural gas industry globally was leaking between 2 and 4 percent of the gas produced between 2006 and 2011, the studies found. Leakage above 3 percent is enough to negate the climate benefits of natural gas over coal, so the findings indicate there is probably room for the industry to lower emissions. The studies were published in the journals Environmental Science & Technology and ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. Leakage equal to the emissions of 112M cars?   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Don’t Let Fracking Boom Destroy PA State Forests
EcoNews
Tim Palmer

William Penn named our state Sylvania for its unbroken woodlands. Every Pennsylvanian learns this as a kid. But just seven percent of our terrain of 29 million acres exists as state forests or parks—a remnant of nature where the forests were intended to stay, and where public, rather than private use, was to prevail. At least that was the idea at their founding, and in careful management up until recent years. Growing up near Pittsburgh, I found welcome refuge in the state forests and parks. The land around me had otherwise been built up, plowed over, or blasted out for strip mines. Over time, I discovered that many other Pennsylvanians found this refuge as well; we said we were “going to the mountains,” but we really meant that we were going to the state forests or parks­—public land owned by us all. A highlight of these trips was Cook Forest, where I soon realized that the big trees covered only a few dozen acres spared from a once-seamless expanse of cathedral groves that had systematically been clearcut across Pennsylvania’s 300-mile length. Considering Cook Forest’s popularity, drawing people from three states just to see a few acres of big trees, it seemed unconscionable that so little had been set aside. How could our forefathers have been so short-sighted?  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Air Pollution Spikes In Homes Near Fracking Wells
Forbes
Jeff McMahon

Levels of particulate matter spike at night inside homes near gas wells in Southwest Pennsylvania, the director of an environmental health monitoring project said Wednesday. The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP) has been conducting a “pretty aggressive” indoor air monitoring project since 2011 in the midst of Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, particularly near unconventional wells that employed hydraulic fracturing, project director Reina Ripple said in a webinar hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The project has documented sudden increases in particulate matter within homes, she said. “These are really significant spikes in particulate matter, and a lot of the time they do happen at night,” Ripple said. The spikes may last three to four hours, and they cannot be explained by typical household activities like cooking, Ripple said.  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Natural Gas Industry Hires Family Members of Leading Politicians
Republic Report


In May of last year, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, now considered the favorite to win West Virginia’s open Senate seat, stood on a small platform in Charleston, behind a row of tiny trophies in the shape of drilling rigs….Though there’s no record of her having acknowledged it publicly, among those hired by the growing firm is her own son, Arch Moore Capito, who was retained as in-house counsel by ECA after his graduation from Washington & Lee University’s law school in 2011.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Fracking Failure The inability of lawmakers to enact a fracking moratorium is the latest example of Big Oil’s political power
Pasadena Weekly
John Grula

Well, folks, any hope for getting California’s state government to pass legislation that declares a moratorium on fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is effectively dead for this year. Democratic state Sen. Holly Mitchell’s fracking moratorium bill, SB 1132, died on the Senate floor on May 28 when it fell three votes short of the majority needed for approval.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Let the fracking begin Commercial fracking approved in Nevada
News Review
Sage Leshey

The first commercial fracking project on public lands in the state of Nevada has just been approved by the Bureau of Land Management and will be four miles northwest of Wells, Nev. The project is Noble Energy’s Mary’s River Project.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
New Jersey lawmakers send fracking waste ban to Christie
The Record
JAMES M. O’NEILL

The state Assembly Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill designed to ban the treatment and disposal of waste generated by hydraulic fracturing. The Senate had already approved the measure last month, which now faces a final hurdle – the signature of Governor Christie, who vetoed a similar bill in 2012. Supporters think this time around Christie may be slightly more inclined to approve the bill, or at least conditionally veto it, rather than dismiss it entirely.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Obama Administration Secretly Weakening EPA Rules
DeSmogBlog
Farron Cousins

One of highest hopes that environmentally-minded Americans had for President Obama when he first entered office was that he would finally put an end to the secrecy that marred the former Bush administration when it came to environmental policy. The image of then-Vice President Dick Cheney meeting in secret with dirty energy industry leaders was still fresh in our heads as we went to the polls in 2008, and we were all but certain that the country chose a leader that would leave those dark days in the past. Sadly, those hopes for a policy change were dashed before the end of Obama’s first year. He talked a big game on the campaign trail, but when it came to acting on those promises, that rhetoric proved to be just as hollow as his predecessor’s.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Landmark Supreme Court ruling grants land title to B.C. First Nation (with video)
The Vancouver Sun
Peter O'Neil

OTTAWA — A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important aboriginal rights case in the country’s history, ruled that the Tsilhqot’in First Nation has title 1,750 square kilometres of land in south central B.C. The landmark ruling will provide a clear and less onerous roadmap for all unresolved land claims in B.C. and throughout Canada involving First Nations seeking to negotiate modern treaties – or to fight for their land rights in court.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
CSX asks to keep oil train data from public
The Journal News
Brian Tumulty

WASHINGTON – New York officials are reviewing a request by CSX to not publicly disclose movements of its freight trains carrying crude oil across the state. The state began receiving weekly information about the shipments earlier this month under an emergency order signed in May by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
States confront worries about fracking, quakes
Chron
Emily Schmall & Kristi Eaton

Now after years of being harangued by anxious residents, governments in all three states are finally confronting the issue, reviewing scientific data, holding public discussions and considering new regulations.  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
FPL asks PCS to allow investment in natural gas project
Saint Peters Blog


On Wednesday, the state’s largest utility asked for approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to invest in natural gas drilling projects in southeastern Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Bentley gas drilling suspension to remain in place
Echo Net Daily


The state government has upheld a suspension of Metgasco’s licence to drill for gas at Bentley, just outside Lismore. Anti-gas campaigners and Bentley landowners, along with the Greens and Page MP Kevin Hogan, welcomed the decision.  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Don’t Let Fracking Boom Destroy PA State Forests
EcoWatch
Tim Palmer

William Penn named our state Sylvania for its unbroken woodlands. Every Pennsylvanian learns this as a kid. But just seven percent of our terrain of 29 million acres exists as state forests or parks—a remnant of nature where the forests were intended to stay, and where public, rather than private use, was to prevail. At least that was the idea at their founding, and in careful management up until recent years.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
U.S. House Approves Faster LNG Exports
EcoWatch
Brandon Baker

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that will speed up the process of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Air Pollution Spikes In Homes Near Fracking Wells
Forbes
Jeff McMahon

Levels of particulate matter spike at night inside homes near gas wells in Southwest Pennsylvania, the director of an environmental health monitoring project said Wednesday. The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP) has been conducting a “pretty aggressive” indoor air monitoring project since 2011 in the midst of Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, particularly near unconventional wells that employed hydraulic fracturing, project director Reina Ripple said in a webinar hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
How the Media Fails to Cover Climate Science
Newsweek
Victoria Bekiempis

In late April, a producer at Fox & Friends, the most-viewed morning news show in the U.S., approached Scientific American’s public relations department and asked whether someone from the magazine would appear on the show and opine on the future of technology. For example, would teleporters be a thing in 50 years?  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Flaring in Focus: A Close Look at Natural Gas Flaring in North Dakota
Clean Air Task Force


A considerable amount of attention has recently been directed at the high rate of flaring in US oil and gas fields, specifically the Bakken formation in North Dakota. Local residents, state government, and Federal officials have voiced concerns over the volume of flaring, as recent data (from 2013) shows that industry flared 32% of all gas produced in the Bakken.  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Leaky Methane Makes Natural Gas Bad for Global Warming
Scientific American
Gayathri Vaidyanathan and ClimateWire

Natural gas fields globally may be leaking enough methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to make the fuel as polluting as coal for the climate over the next few decades, according to a pair of studies published last week. An even worse finding for the United States in terms of greenhouse gases is that some of its oil and gas fields are emitting more methane than the industry does, on average, in the rest of the world, the research suggests.   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2014
Proposed Federal Legislation Could Weaken Secret Legal Settlements
Earth Island Journal
Sharon Kelly

Future fracking cases could be affected This April, Lisa and Robert Parr of Wise County, Texas won a widely-publicized $3 million verdict in a case alleging they had suffered health problems from pollution related to gas fracking. Last week, a Texas judge upheld that verdict and ordered the defendant, Aruba Petroleum, to pay up.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Weld Co. fracking site temporarily closes while experts determine cause of quakes
KDVR
Tammy Vigil

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Weld County is better known for cattle, agriculture and fracking, not earthquakes. But two earthquakes in less than a month forced the state to shut down a drilling site for 20 days.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On June 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a ruling that will serve as important precedent for the ongoing federal legal battles over the Keystone XL and Flanagan South tar sands pipelines. In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.   [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Cornell: Fracking fluid has increased pollution potential
Press Connects
Andrew Casler

ITHACA — Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing could release tiny particles that bind to heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating environmental risks during accidental spills, according to Cornell University researchers. The properties that make fracking fluid effective at extracting natural gas from shale also make associated pollutants, such as heavy metals, leach out, according to the Cornell researchers. The study’s findings can be used by people looking to prevent or cleanup fracking fluid spills, co-author on the paper, Cornell postdoctoral associate Cathelijne Stoof, said.   [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
House Passes Bill Speeding Up Liquefied Natural-Gas Exports
The Wall Street Journal
Amy Harder

46 Democrats Joined Nearly All Republicans in Voting Yes; Prospects in Senate Unclear  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
North Dakota Discloses Oil Train Shipment Details
ABC NEWS
JAMES MacPHERSON and MATTHEW BROWN

Dozens of mile-long trains loaded with crude are leaving western North Dakota each week, with most shipments going through the state's most populous county while en route to refineries across the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered railroads last month to give state officials specifics on oil train routes and volumes so emergency responders can better prepare for accidents. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said a pattern of fiery accidents involving trains carrying crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana had created an "imminent hazard" to public safety. Most notable of those was an oil train derailment last July in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Cornell: Fracking fluid has increased pollution potential
Press Connects
Andrew Casler

ITHACA — Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing could release tiny particles that bind to heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating environmental risks during accidental spills, according to Cornell University researchers.   [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Oil and Gas Industry Buys Colorado Fracking Election
EcoNews
Gary Wockner

In what may have been the most expensive and farce of an election in the history of Colorado, the oil and gas industry has likely spent $1 million to buy a fracking election in the city of Loveland, CO. When the votes were tallied last night for a two-year fracking moratorium in Loveland, “no” votes squeaked out a victory by a 10,844 to 9,942 margin, getting just 52 percent of the vote.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Proof A geologist says the evidence leads directly from polluted water wells to fracking activity.
Fort Worth Weekly
Peter Gorman

A geologist who has spent years studying the effects of natural gas drilling on water sources said last week that he has “no doubt” that Range Resources gas drilling activity has contaminated the Trinity Aquifer, ruining several water wells in Parker County — but not due to leaks from the gas wells themselves. Retired professor Geoffrey Thyne, who has worked as a consultant for gas drillers, gas drilling critics, and the Environmental Protection Agency, told Fort Worth Weekly he is convinced that natural gas, disturbed by the hydraulic fracturing process, is migrating through a natural fault into the aquifer. The Trinity aquifer serves as a primary water source for 20 counties, from the Oklahoma border south to Bandera. Thyne is principal geochemist at Wyoming’s Science Based Solutions LLC, which investigates environmental impacts of industrial development on watersheds.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Loveland will not ban fracking
9 News
Laurie Cipriano

KUSA – The city of Loveland will not ban fracking, the controversial practice of extracting oil and gas from the ground. No votes: 10,844 Yes votes: 9,942   [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
BNV-Norstra deal sets Montana gas drilling
Oil & Gas Journal


Privately held BNV Energy LLC, Houston, has entered an agreement with Norstra Energy Inc., Spokane, to drill two natural gas wells and build a related gathering system to earn a 60% working interest in 5,382 acres in Northwest Montana. The agreement calls for BNV to spend $1.5 million for the drilling and gathering work in Lewis and Clark County and to complete the projects by Sept. 30. It provides for an extension until June 15, 2015, for the second well.   [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Oil from fracking may end U.S. ban on exporting oil
Marketplace
David Weinberg

Ever since the oil crisis of 1973, when oil prices nearly quadrupled as a result of an OPEC embargo following the Yom Kippur War, there has been a ban on U.S. crude oil exports. But that may change. In two rulings, yet to be confirmed, the U.S. Department of Commerce will allow two private companies to export a special type of crude oil. It's a tiny opening in what could be a big change for the oil industry.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
States Confront Worries About Fracking, Quakes
ABC NEWS
EMILY SCHMALL and KRISTI EATON

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. But in recent years, temblors have become commonplace. Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 of them between January and the start of May. Most were too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives. Yet they've rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater. Now after years of being harangued by anxious residents, governments in all three states are finally confronting the issue, reviewing scientific data, holding public discussions and considering new regulations. The latest example comes Thursday in Edmond, Oklahoma, where hundreds of people are expected to turn out for a town hall meeting that will include the state agency that regulates oil and gas drilling and the Oklahoma Geological Survey.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
State Public Service Commission OK's We Energies' fracking pipeline.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thomas Content

We Energies' Wisconsin Gas utility won approval Wednesday to build a more than 80-mile natural gas lateral pipeline in western Wisconsin at a cost of at least $180 million. The project would be built next year and would add $24 a year to natural gas rates charged by Wisconsin Gas, the PSC said.   [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2014
Environmental group expands to include all of Norwin area Environmental group expands to include all of Norwin area Read more: http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yournorwin/yournorwinmore/6272547-74/gas-environmental-fracking#ixzz35ptarur4 Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook
Tribune Live
Tony LaRussa

A group that formed in the wake of a decision to allow Marcellus shale drilling in two North Huntingdon parks is spreading its wings to reach more people concerned with the process used to extract natural gas.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Pipeline Spills 1,300 Gallons And Kills Crops
WIBW


OLPE, Kan. (AP) -- A Thursday pipeline spill near Olpe has caused acres of damage to surrounding vegetation. However, people are not a risk. Crews are still cleaning up five days after a pipeline spilled just north of Olpe near the Panhandle Eastern's Plant. "It was a bad spill. It was a bad situation," says Brian Rees, Lyon County Extensions Office Agricultural Department. "We haven't had a pipeline spill like this in Kansas as far as the 1980's which is as far back as out digital records go," says Sarah Belfry with Kansas Department of Health.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Environmental Groups Say Obama Administration Watered Down EPA Pollution Rule
Huffington Post
Kasey Varner

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocacy groups have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit accusing the White House of withholding documents the groups say show the government weakened a proposal to crack down on power plant water pollution. The lawsuit, filed June 19 in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia by the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club, seeks documents from the White House Office of Management and Budget pertaining to an Environmental Protection Agency proposal toughening rules on power plant wastewater discharges. OMB released more than 800 pages of documents in response to the groups’ Freedom of Information request last year, but the groups said key sections were blacked out in the “vast majority” of the documents, and other records were withheld completely.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Multiple Injuries Reported in Ohio Explosion
WTRF NEWS 7 WV


Emergency responders were on the scene of an explosion in Belpre, Ohio on Tuesday morning that caused multiple injuries. WTAP reports the explosion occurred at Enviro-Tank when material was being transferred from inside a building to a truck. As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Washington County Chief Deputy Mark Warden said the scene is was under control and three people were transported to the hospital with injuries ranging from minor to severe.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Hormonal Impacts Of Fracking Chemicals
Chem.Info
Endocrine Society

CHICAGO, IL—Many chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can disrupt not only the human body’s reproductive hormones but also the glucocorticoid and thyroid hormone receptors, which are necessary to maintain good health, a new study finds. The results were presented Monday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Help Support Research On How Fracking Puts Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals In Our Water
Fast Co-exist


It's an academic question with real-life consequences, and so communities are pitching in to fund the work. Dr. Susan Nagel, a researcher in obstetrics, gynecology, and women's health at the University of Missouri, wants to confirm the link between hydraulic fracturing and hormone-disrupting chemicals that are linked to birth defects, infertility, and cancer. She's already published a study in the journal Endocrinology revealing that fracking can contaminate water supplies with these chemicals. But it was a small study. If you to want to guarantee that even more research gets done, you'll have to pitch in to (what else?) a crowdfunding campaign.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Durham University experts warn fracking could increase water radioactivity but not pose a threat to public health
The Journal
Katie Davies

The research was carried out by Durham University and Researching Fracking in Europe. Research published by experts at Durham University has found that waste fluids from shale gas exploitation will contain radioactive elements.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Another Concern Arises Over Fracking Accidents
Laboratory Equipment


The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metalsand other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
$2.9 Million Jury Award for Texas Fracking Claim: Lessons for Energy Company Risk Managers
National Law Review
Kami E. Quinn & Michael P. Hatley

A jury in Dallas recently awarded $2.9 million to a Texas family in one of the first trials involving allegations that hydraulic fracturing caused nearby residents to suffer health problems and property damage. Although commentators were quick to point out that there was no evidence that fracking actually caused the plaintiffs any injury, the jury’s verdict contains an important lesson for the discerning energy company risk manager: regardless of the scientific support for the alleged dangers associated with the process, there may be greater risk of third-party liability associated with fracking than many in the industry have expected. If they do not want their companies stuck footing the bill, risk managers working in the energy space should consider how their insurance portfolio might address this unexpected liability and be prepared to challenge insurer coverage denials if warranted.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
New EPA power plant rule is a sweet deal for fracked gas
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

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? 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.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Frackquakes in Colorado? Scientists Probe Fracking Wastewater Link to CO Earthquakes
DeSMog Blog
Anne Landman

At 9:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, Greeley, Colorado was struck by a 3.4 magnitude earthquake. Earthquakes are highly unusual in eastern Colorado, raising speculation that it was a “frackquake” — a man-made earthquake stimulated by the disposal of contaminated drilling water in deep injection wells. This disposal technique forces wastewater generated from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) deep into underground rock formations, lubricating layers of rock that would not ordinarily be subject to movement.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Oklahoma Experiencing Dramatic Increase In Earthquakes
Here & Now


So far this year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes of a magnitude 3.0 or greater than any other state in the country — including California. More than 200, just since January. This is a new and remarkable phenomenon. Just five years ago, Oklahoma was averaging only two 3.0 earthquakes a year. Now, it’s averaging one or two a day.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Greeley area hit by second earthquake this month
Colorado Independent
John tomasic

On Monday at 11:27 a.m., a 2.6 magnitude earthquake rattled to the surface from 2.5 miles under the earth 5 miles north-east of Greeley. It’s roughly the same spot that generated a 3.4 magnitude quake on May 31st and that fueled speculation that waste-fluid injection wells tied to the oil-and-gas drilling process known as fracking were bringing quakes to the region.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Oil From U.S. Fracking Is More Volatile Than Expected
The Wall Street Journal
ALISON SIDER and NICOLE FRIEDMAN

High Gas Content Extends Beyond North Dakota's Bakken Shale to Colorado and Texas Millions of barrels of crude oil flowing from shale formations around the country—not just North Dakota—are full of volatile gases that make it tricky to transport and to process into fuel. Oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale field has already been identified as combustible by investigators looking into explosions that followed train derailments in the past year. But high gas levels also are affecting oil pumped from the Niobrara Shale in Colorado and the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin in Texas, energy executives and experts say.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Narrow Shift by Washington on Oil Exports
The New York Times
Coral Davenport

As the oil industry pushes the Obama administration to lift a longstanding ban on the export of crude oil, the Commerce Department has granted two Texas companies permits to export a light, processed form of oil, according to people familiar with the matter. Over the last year, pressure has increased on the Obama administration to end the ban on crude oil exports, which has been in place since the 1970s Arab embargo magnified concerns about the oil supply. There has been a recent boom in domestic oil production thanks to breakthroughs in production techniques, like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Commerce Department, which can issue permits to companies to export crude oil, has not done so. There is no ban on exporting processed petroleum products like gasoline or jet fuel.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Fracking chemicals could mess with your hormones
Grist
John Upton

Feeling overly hormonal? Not hormonal enough? Just wait for frackers to move into your neighborhood and let them throw the medical dice for you. Fracking chemicals have been found to screw with many of the hormones that control a wide range of important bodily functions. Last year, a team of researchers reported that fracking chemicals found in water samples from a heavily fracked region of Colorado messed with human estrogen and androgen receptors in laboratory experiments. Those scientists linked Colorado’s fracking binge with “moderate levels” of such chemicals in the Colorado River, which is a major source of drinking water. That’s screwed up, because those hormones help us maintain sexual health.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Colorado drilling regulators halt injection-well activity in reaction to Greeley quake
The Colorado Independent
John Tomasic

In the wake of news that a second earthquake in the last month has shaken an area of north-east Greeley around a deep “injection well” used to bury waste fluid from the drilling process known as fracking, Colorado regulators have made an agreement with the company that owns the well to suspend operations there. injection well“The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this week directed High Sierra Water Services to stop disposing wastewater into one of its Weld County injection wells,” regulators reported in a release Tuesday.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Colorado Regulators Halt Fracking Wastewater Injection Operation After Earthquake Strikes Area For Second Time in One Month
EcoNews
Brandon Baker

Thankfully, two earthquakes proved to be too many. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COOGC) has directed High Sierra Water Services to stop disposing wastewater into a Weld County injection well as a result of a 2.6 magnitude earthquake striking the area Monday morning, about five miles away from Greeley, CO, the Colorado Independent reported. The earthquake marked the second one in just one month.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Town Board says no to pipeline staging area, free ball fields
Your Yorktown
Brian Marschhauser

With a 2-2 vote, the Yorktown Town Board has pulled its support for the pipeline replacement project and will not be offering its parkland as a construction staging area for Spectra Energy, a Houston-based oil company. At last Wednesday’s special board meeting, a roomful of Yorktown moms converged upon Town Hall and demanded the board pull the plug on the proposed deal, which would have given Spectra a staging area for a three-year period. Spectra has applied to the federal government to increase its gas flow and expand its existing pipeline from 26 inches to 42 inches. Once the construction was completed, Spectra would have developed the staging area into ball fields, at no cost to the Town.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
APNewsBreak: Oil train info shows heavy traffic
San Francisco Chronicle
Matthew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast. The Associated Press obtained details on the shipments Tuesday under public records requests filed with state emergency officials. They offer the most detailed insights to date on the increasing volumes of crude being moved across North America by rail in the wake of a domestic shale oil boom.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Infamous Astroturfer Pushes Big Oil's Drilling Propaganda in Local Papers
Moyers & Company
Rob Galbraith

Last week, The Salt Lake Tribune ran an op-ed entitled “‘Bean-counting bureaucrats’ at BLM are locking up Utah’s future,” advocating the opening of federally owned lands to oil and gas drilling. The column, essentially the same as an op-ed that ran a week earlier in The Las Vegas Review-Journal, relies on a report by Timothy Considine, a University of Wyoming economics professor whose work we have profiled in depth in our reporting on the “frackademia” phenomenon. That report was funded by the Interstate Policy Alliance, a project of the corporate PR firm Berman and Company which has created myriad front groups to advocate the interests of the tobacco, food and alcohol industries and to attack unions, animal rights and environmental regulations. The Salt Lake Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal columns were penned by Anastasia Swearingen, who is identified as a research analyst at the Environmental Policy Alliance, a project of another Berman front group, the Center for Organizational Research and Education.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Coal Mining and Fracking Are Responsible for Less Than 0.6% of PA Employment
Keystone Politics
Jon Geeting

Just to put things in perspective for those hearing the concern trolling from the coal, oil, and natural gas industries that implementing new federal emissions regulations and a state severance tax on shale gas production will have serious consequences for jobs and economic growth, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says Mining and Logging (which includes all natural gas employment, all coal employment, and employment in all the other extractive industries) accounts for about 0.6% of employment in PA. There are about 37,500 people employed in the extractive sector, out of 6,680,500 people employed in Pennsylvania – about 0.6%.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
New Rail Car Standards Anticipated for Autumn
The New York Times
Reuters

Regulators this autumn may impose new standards for rail tank cars that carry crude oil that are tougher than the latest design adopted by railroads in 2011, a top industry safety executive said on Tuesday. The Transportation Department has been under pressure to overhaul safety rules after a series of train crashes, including a disastrous one in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people. James Rader, senior vice president at Watco Companies and the head of the Association of American Railroads’ tank car committee, said: “It’s going to be a jacketed, thermally protected car” with other strength reinforcements. The head of Canada’s National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday that the United States should follow the example of Canada and opt for a relatively quick phaseout of older tank cars. Watco estimates that there are some 23,450 cars in service that comply with the post-October 2011 standards, and 55,546 should be ready by the end of next year as carriers retire older cars.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Documents Reveal Governors’ Gas and Hydropower Plan Shaped by Industry and Incomplete Analysis
Conservation Law Foundation
Christophe Courchesne

In January, the New England Governors announced a plan to finance new gas pipelines and electric transmission lines across the region with billions of dollars in funding from residents and businesses. In an effort to bring transparency to the process that led to and continues to inform the Governors’ plan, in March, Conservation Law Foundation filed public records requests, seeking documents from the states and the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), the agency that is working to implement this massive infrastructure initiative. Today, we are making available to the public a detailed briefing (PDF) on the documents we have received to date, along with an archive of the 48 documents (zip file, 25MB) cited in the briefing. In short, the documents we have obtained reveal not only outright hostility to conducting the planning process in the open, but also a troubling willingness on the part of state officials to take enormous risks with our money, our region’s energy progress, and our climate.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Fracking - you are not important
Ecologist
Paul Mobbs Blog

Why does the fracking lobby refuse to engage in open, public debate? Because, writes Paul Mobbs, it has already got its way, with the uncritical support of all the 'mainstream' media and political parties. You and I simply do not matter. So what are we going to do about that?  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Oil transportation firms pay little into state spill fund
Capital New York
SCOTT WALDMAN

ALBANY—Two Fortune 500 companies that transport most of the crude oil through New York are contributing to the state's oil spill fund at a much lower rate than other energy companies, state records show. The fund is the first line of defense against the tremendous costs associated with an oil train derailment. However, it's so underfunded that it would do little to mitigate the actual cost of a major accident like those that have occurred in Canada, North Dakota and Virginia in the last year, some legislators say.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
High natural gas transport costs 'a constraint' to LNG: IEA
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

In a special report on global energy prospects, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) warns that expectations for a robust liquefied natural gas industry may fall apart due to bad economics and high transportation costs. Although the agency expects companies to invest $735 billion on the complex industry by 2035, and thereby double the volume of LNG traded from 330 billion cubic metres to 560 bcm, it doubts the industry will able "to deliver all that is expected" due to soaring costs and diminished returns.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
New legislation would require monthly reports on Pa. shale gas production
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

A bill introduced in May by Rep. Tina Pickett (R) would require drillers in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale to report how much gas they’re producing on a monthly basis. Since 2010, Pennsylvania has required production reports to the Department of Environmental Protection twice a year. Landowners who want to verify what they’re getting from gas production on their leases have said that may not be enough, particularly as the state investigates allegations of underpaid royalties.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of tax break approved during Arkansas fiscal session
The Republic
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A Pulaski County resident has filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that included a $5 million tax break for the natural gas industry, arguing that the Legislature didn't follow proper procedures when approving the exemption during a fiscal session.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
What's the future of park drilling in Allegheny County?
Power Source
Anya Litvak & Kaitlynn Riely

Simply put, Allegheny County has no plans to lease more public parks for oil and gas development. At least, not yet. County officials said they want to see how drilling fares in Deer Lakes Park before the county entertains bids for more oil and gas plans.   [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2014
AUDIO Fracking testimony in Watson Lake comes with a beat 'Don't frack with my habitat,' Liard First Nation lands manager Sarah Newton rapped to MLAs
CBC


About 30 people came out in Watson Lake to have their say on Yukon fracking policy, with many saying fracking can be done safely and create jobs…. The most vivid presentation came from Sarah Newton, the land manager for the Liard First Nation, who presented a rap song, ‘Don’t frack with my habitat.’   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Balcombe fracking protesters 'spied' on by police
BBC Sussex


Details about Sussex Police using the methods were blacked out in the independent report of its handling of the demonstrations last summer. But it emerged the redacted section could still be read.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Heated rhetoric marks Loveland fracking moratorium campaign's final days Attack ad, responses arrive on election eve
Reporter Herald
Jeff Stahla

A complaint lodged this weekend by opponents of a ballot initiative to place a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the city of Loveland drew an unapologetic response Monday from the initiative's backers.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP
The World Bank


With careful design, the same development projects that improve communities, save lives, and increase GDP can also fight climate change. A new study examines the multiple benefits for a series of policy scenarios addressing transportation and energy efficiency in buildings and industry in five countries and the European Union. It provides concrete data to help policymakers understand the broader potential of climate-smart development investments.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
How infrastructure firm Kanata Energy is poised to ride Canada’s natural gas boom
The Province


CALGARY — Kevin Cumming hatched plans for a natural gas infrastructure company a little more than two years ago during a round of golf at an executive retreat amid the mountain peaks of Banff, Alta. Today, the private-equity backed Kanata Energy Group has already outgrown its small office in downtown Calgary, and Mr. Cumming said it is poised to ride a natural gas drilling boom as plans to export the fuel to Pacific markets take shape on Canada’s West Coast.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Judge Blocks Plans For Offshore Drilling In Mississippi
Climate Progress
Katie Valentine

A county judge has temporarily blocked Mississippi’s plans for offshore natural gas drilling, saying the Mississippi Development Authority did not properly evaluate the economic impacts the drilling would have in the state.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
As The Energy Boom Goes Urban, Wyoming Now Faces Many Of Colorado’s Challenges
KUNC
Stephanie Joyce

Laramie County, Wyoming, where a surge in well permitting threatens to bring drilling closer to a large number of homes. Although Wyoming has a long history with oil and gas, it’s almost always been in rural areas. A boom in Laramie County would change that and some say the state is ill-prepared to deal with the issues that arise when communities bump up against drilling.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
It’s Frack, Baby, Frack, as Conventional Gas Drilling Declines [Infographic]
Scientific American
Mason Inman

To deliver significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, a new proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency foresees a growing role for natural gas. But will there be enough of it at affordable prices? The U.S. Energy Information Administration and industry sources say there’s plenty that can be extracted at a reasonable price. But some experts question those estimates or say that, at least, the nation shouldn’t bank on them. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, coupled with horizontal drilling, has unlocked large gas deposits in shale rock, which had been long recognized but weren’t profitable to extract until about a decade ago. Over the past five years, with improvements in fracking, shale gas production has soared. At the same time, however, production from all other sources—such as conventional gas fields on land and offshore as well as so-called tight gas and coal-bed methane—has been declining at a rate of about 5 percent per year.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
There Are 1,401 Uninspected High-Risk Oil and Gas Wells. Here's Where They Are. The government is failing to conduct key safety inspections on new oil and gas wells on federal and Indian land.
Mother Jones
Tim McDonnell & AJ Vicens

Johnson County, Wyo., ...The county ranks only 11th statewide for oil production, but it holds the number-one ranking nationwide for a more ignominious distinction: It has 249 new, high-risk oil and gas wells that the federal government has failed to inspect for compliance with safety and environmental standards. Johnson County may have the most uninspected wells, but it's far from the only place where the problem exists.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Marcellus Watch: Fagan engineers the facts on LPG facility
The Leader
Peter Mantius

The truth-benders from the Texas oil patch who want to use old salt caverns next to Seneca Lake to store petroleum products can count on Dennis Fagan, chairman of the Schuyler County Commission. He runs interference for them, wielding company talking points to brush aside mounting dissent in Watkins Glen.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Minnesota Town Caught in 'Frac Sand' Mining Rush Wants Answers on Pollution Residents of Winona, Minn., a frac sand transportation hub, say data from the state pollution control agency is months overdue.
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

How much dangerous dust is being kicked into the air from the mounds of frac sand hauled daily across the southern Minnesota town of Winona? Looking for answers, the community got the state to install in January a pollution monitor specifically for crystalline silica, or frac sand—the first in Minnesota not financed by industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Paul Krugman on Climate Change's Surprising Analogy Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson got it only half right.
AlterNet
Janet Allon

On the one hand, Paul Krugman gives former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson some credit for breaking ranks with his fellow Republicans and acknowledging that climate change is real and urgent in an Op-Ed article in Sunday's New York Times. (Of course, these kudos are a sad sign of just how unreasonable Republicans have become—to give them credit for bravery for simply acknowledging reality. But that's where we are.) On the other hand, as Krugman points out in his Monday column, Paulson's call for a national tax on carbon emissions is an empty gesture. It ain't gonna happen. "A carbon tax may be the best thing we could do," Krugman writes, "but we won’t actually do it."  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
House energy week to feature votes on LNG, offshore drilling, pipelines, efficiency
E & E Publishing
Nick Juliano, Phil Taylor & Elana Schor

The House this week is planning to focus its attention on a series of bills to promote offshore oil drilling, pipeline construction, liquefied natural gas exports and energy efficiency in what has become a regular tradition under Republicans of setting aside a specified "energy week" to focus attention on the issues -- and score political points.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Old Oil Wells May Be Major Methane Emitters
Gas 2


A new study has revealed that old oil wells may be a major source of methane emissions. Turns out oil drilling is the environmental disaster that keeps on giving!   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
N.B. government taken to court over future of fracking
CTV News


SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- A New Brunswick group has launched legal action against the provincial government in an effort to halt shale gas exploration in the province.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Hormone-disrupting activity of fracking chemicals worse than initially found
Eurekalert
Aaron Lohr

CHICAGO, IL—Many chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can disrupt not only the human body's reproductive hormones but also the glucocorticoid and thyroid hormone receptors, which are necessary to maintain good health, a new study finds. The results were presented Monday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Fracking ban considered by Texas community
Hydrogen Fuel News


Denton has benefited economically for years from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Despite having prospered from its huge natural gas reserves for over a decade, this Texas city, which is located just north of Dallas, is seriously thinking about banning fracking and, if this should happen, Denton would become the first city in the state to prohibit the controversial mining practice permanently.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Fracking planned at Morgan County spill site as cleanup ends
Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

BEVERLY, Ohio — Tanker trucks and vacuums are still whirring on a piece of Morgan County land, trying to clean up thousands of gallons of oil and chemicals that spewed eight weeks ago from a not-yet-completed natural-gas well into surrounding fields and streams.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
The Midterm Politics of Fracking
NBC News
Lars Gesing

Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has a challenging road to re-election this November. Polls show he’s locked into a tight contest against Republican Cory Gardner, and his party’s president has an approval rating in the low 40s.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Pennsylvania health officials ordered to ignore fracking-related health complaints Former Department of Health employees say they were forbidden to talk about drilling
Salon
Lindsay Abrams

Pennsylvania, situated atop the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, has been a focal point of the nation’s fracking boom, the potential health impacts of which we know little. And according to a damning report from NPR State Impact, the state has dealt with that lack of information about the health risks of fracking not by studying the health risks of fracking, but by ignoring the problem and hoping it goes away.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Feds Considering Allowing Fracking Near World Heritage Site, Chaco Canyon Oil extraction would threaten archaeological treasures
Earth Island Journal
Pete Dronkers

Most people think that US National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites would be buffered from industrial extraction like fracking for oil. But during the last two weeks of May, we were at Earthworks were forced to think again and reconsider if that assumption is true.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Fracking In A National Park
Chem Info
Josh Wood

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. (AP) — After the last hints of sunset dip behind the hills, the North Dakota horizon comes alive with flickering orange flames of a different kind — natural gas flares.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Police 'spied' on anti-fracking protesters
The Argus


POLICE spied on anti-fracking protesters and shared the information with Cuadrilla – a police blunder has revealed.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
New York's Silent but Deadly Fracking Problem
Vice News
Peter Rugh

The Baums, along with many of their neighbors, believe Minisink’s nosedive in quality of life to be the handiwork of the Millennium Pipeline Company, who run two 6,000-horse power natural gas compressors in town limits — both located in the field right across from the Baum’s home.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Denver power brokers sure to be eyeing Loveland fracking vote
Colorado Independent
John Tomasic

The vote in Colorado tomorrow that will have the most immediate effect on state politics is likely not the four-way Republican primary race for governor, but the the vote in Loveland on a proposed moratorium on the drilling practice known as fracking.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Fracking planned at Morgan County spill site as cleanup ends
The Columbus Dispatch
Laura Arenschield

BEVERLY, Ohio — Tanker trucks and vacuums are still whirring on a piece of Morgan County land, trying to clean up thousands of gallons of oil and chemicals that spewed eight weeks ago from a not-yet-completed natural-gas well into surrounding fields and streams. Cleanup efforts are almost finished, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. But some of the oil is still bubbling from the soil around the well into a streambed that leads to a creek that drains into the Muskingum River, and crews were still at the site last week trying to remove oil-saturated dirt.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Prepare for a Natural Gas Price Explosion
Wall Street Daily
Karim Rahemtulla

In my last article, I discussed how ISIS’ actions in Iraq aren’t likely to send oil prices blasting higher in the short term. Supplies are simply too plentiful for prices to experience a major spike. For natural gas, however, a price explosion is imminent… Indeed, even though natural gas is such an abundant resource, there are other factors in play right now that point to a significant increase in prices over the next six to eight months. In fact, seeing natural gas reach the $6 level by December isn’t out of the question. A Roadmap to $6 Natural Gas Remember, the trajectory for natural gas prices is decided mainly by five factors: usage predictions, demand forecasts, current inventory levels, a healthy dose of speculation and – of course – the weather. Let’s take a closer look at the first four…  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Scotland introduces tough new planning rules on fracking for shale gas
Click Green


The Scottish Government has launched plans to tighten up the planning system that would outlaw fracking sites that threatened local communities or the environment. Planning Minister Derek Mackay announced the tough new controls on shale gas exploration as part of the Scottish Government’s vision for planning in Scotland launched today.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
NY Awaits High Court Ruling On Local Fracking Bans
WAMC
Dave Lucas

As New York awaits a decision from the state’s highest court on whether communities have the right to use local zoning laws to ban the use of land for oil and gas activities, several local governments in many states are regulating hydraulic fracturing. Experts from affected states recently briefed reporters on the growing trend of community control over fracking.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2014
Green groups urge U.S. agency to halt approving gas export projects
Reuters
Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) - Environmentalists on Monday protested at the headquarters of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, calling on the agency to stop approving liquefied natural gas export facilities until the climate change impacts of the projects are better understood. The protesters blasted FERC's refusal to consider the greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the production, processing and shipment of natural gas abroad and said FERC must examine the matter before considering any new projects. About two dozen picketers chanted and carried signs with slogans such as "FERC: we need the truth on climate," kicking off a week of daily demonstrations planned at the agency's offices.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
Pennsylvania Health Employees Say They Were Silenced On Fracking
Opposing Views


Two retired state health employees say they were instructed not to return phone calls from Pennsylvania residents who expressed health concerns about drilling the Marcellus Shale. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” Tammi Stuck told State Impact.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
The Big Green Test Conservatives and Climate Change
New York Times
Paul Krugman Opinion

On Sunday Henry Paulson, the former Treasury secretary and a lifelong Republican, had an Op-Ed article about climate policy in The New York Times. In the article, he declared that man-made climate change is “the challenge of our time,” and called for a national tax on carbon emissions to encourage conservation and the adoption of green technologies. Considering the prevalence of climate denial within today’s G.O.P., and the absolute opposition to any kind of tax increase, this was a brave stand to take. But not nearly brave enough.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
Oil Drilling Encroaching On National Park Atop Bakken Shale, Threatening Solitude
Huffington Post
Josh Wood Associated Press

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. (AP) — After the last hints of sunset dip behind the hills, the North Dakota horizon comes alive with flickering orange flames of a different kind — natural gas flares. These tiny tongues of fire burn bright against the dark prairie just beyond the boundaries of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands, where the man who later became the nation's 26th president sought solace after his wife and mother both died unexpectedly on the same day in 1884 in his native New York. Today, the resurgent American oil industry is tapping into this rugged landscape, so the vistas that soothed Roosevelt's grief and helped instill his zeal for conservation now include oil rigs and flares used to burn off natural gas that comes to the surface. Oil development is strictly forbidden within the park itself, but park officials worry that the flares, lights and noise from drilling just beyond the protected area are sullying the natural spaces cherished by Roosevelt as a bespectacled young man in his mid-20s.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
Pressure builds against France's ban on fracking
Los Angeles Times
Henry Chu

Deep beneath the City of Light lies what some believe to be an energy bonanza ripe for harvest. If the rosy forecasts are correct, France is sitting on one of the biggest deposits of shale gas in Western Europe, enough to supply the country for decades and even some neighboring ones as well. French companies such as energy giant Total already boast the know-how for conducting the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, needed to extract the natural gas. There's just one hitch: Fracking is forbidden in France. And the current government has pledged to keep it that way.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
Quakes Turn Texas Towns Against Fracking
Newser
Kevin Spak

(NEWSER) – Earthquakes used to be unheard of in the Texas towns of Azle and Reno. But from November to January, the area experienced 34 perceptible tremors, and while they were all minor, topping out at magnitude 3.6, residents are spooked—and blaming the local fracking industry, NBC News reports. Studies elsewhere have shown that injecting fracking wastewater into the ground can cause quakes. A study is currently being done to see if that's the case here, but residents at a recent public forum made clear that they don't want to wait the years it will take to complete it. "They want to shut those wells down," the mayor of Reno said, to rousing applause.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
Kimberley fracking plan to proceed
Daily Mail
Australian Associated Press

The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has given the green light to Buru Energy's plans to frack for gas in the Kimberley region. The approval comes days after WA environment minister Albert Jacobs said the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) was justified in deciding the proposal did not require an EPA assessment and dismissed 48 appeals.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
Oil, gas groups warn Pa. over tax
Press Connects
Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s three biggest oil and gas associations, which represent multinational giants, are warning state lawmakers that raising taxes on the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas industry could have economic repercussions.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
Gas companies use shady accounting for royalties
Press Connects
Joe Heath

However, deeper investigations of gas corporations’ track records with neighboring Pennsylvania landowners, whose lands they’ve leased to drill, reveal troubling patterns of deceit and broken promises of payments. While Chesapeake Energy, one of the largest fracking companies, has been in the news recently for their deceptive business practices, similar issues pop up wherever fracking goes.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2014
CLOUD LOOMS OVER A LIFE SPENT HIDING FROM CHEMICALS
The Times-Tribune
BRENDAN GIBBONS

EATON TWP. — For decades, Dorene Dougherty’s chemical sensitivity made her a prisoner in her own home. Now she and her doctor fear not even her prison is safe. Ms. Dougherty, 52, suffers from toxic encephalopathy, reactive airway disease and chemically mediated inflammation of her internal organs. Exposure to pesticides as a young woman gave her these conditions, which make it unbearable for her to be around harsh chemicals. It has only worsened as she has aged. In November, the state gave Southwestern Energy Production Co. a permit to drill a natural gas well a half-mile from Ms. Dougherty’s house.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
In Utah Boom Town, a Spike in Infant Deaths Raises Questions
Newsweek
Zoe Schlanger

In Donna Young’s 19 years as a midwife, she’s made house calls to hundreds of mothers in Utah’s Uintah Basin, and never delivered a stillbirth—until last May. She was startled. “Everything seemed to be normal, everything seemed to be good. [But] when the baby was born, she never even tried to take her first breath. It wasn’t a struggle or anything, it just wasn’t there.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
It’s time for democratic, renewable energy.
Gasland
Josh Fox

We’ve never been more ready to power our world on 100% renewable energy as we are today. Science tells us it’s possible. Mark Jacobson of The Solutions Project has even given us roadmaps of how it can be done in all 50 states. Economics tell us it’s not only possible, but also profitable. The price of solar panels has dropped dramatically and there are many no money down solutions for homeowners to switch to renewables. And our guts are telling us this is the right choice. The fossil fuel industry is running out of conventional sources of oil, coal and gas, and with every new extreme energy project they develop they put another community on the chopping block.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Fracking foes turn to cities
Denton Record-Chronicle
Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Anti-fracking forces across the country have tapped into local governments to get them to tap the brakes on fracking, a technological advance that allows energy companies to extract oil and gas from deep rock formations by pressure-pumping them with sand, water and chemicals. Some states allow communities to regulate the energy industry, but some do not, according to Deborah Goldberg, a New York attorney with Earthjustice, a national nonprofit known for using the court system to protect the environment and people’s health. “Local authority varies substantially depending on the state you are in,” Goldberg said in a press briefing Friday.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
The Coming Climate Crash Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession
The New York Times
HENRY M. PAULSON Jr.

"We’re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy." "To add reliable financial data to the science, I’ve joined with the former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, and the retired hedge fund manager Tom Steyer on an economic analysis of the costs of inaction across key regions and economic sectors. Our goal for the Risky Business project — starting with a new study that will be released this week — is to influence business and investor decision making worldwide."  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Noble Energy Spills 7,500 Gallons of Crude Oil into Colorado’s Poudre River
EcoNews


A storage tank attached to an oil well damaged by recent flooding spilled 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Cache la Poudre River near Windsor in Northern Colorado, reported the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) late Friday afternoon. The oil well and tank are one of thousands that are placed too close to waterways in Colorado despite environmentalists’ attempts to fight the oil and gas industry and change state regulations to better protect Colorado’s lakes, rivers and streams.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Quakes Rattle Confidence in Texas Energy Boom
NBC NEWS
MIGUEL LLANOS

It wasn't the semi-trucks rumbling down country roads, or the dust, or the natural gas wells that popped up around their homes that finally got to residents of Azle and Reno, Texas. It was the earthquakes. These weren't major quakes, magnitude 3.6 was the biggest, but no one in those North Texas towns had ever felt tremors before. Now in just three months, between last November and January, 34 quakes large enough to be felt shook homes, cracked walls and foundations, scared horses and pets, and opened a few sinkholes.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast
OpEd News
Walter Brasch

Another consequence of increased rainfall is a wider spread of pollution from fracking operations, especially in the Marcellus Shale. Most of the 1,000 chemicals that can be used in drilling operations, in the concentrations used, are toxic carcinogens; because of various geological factors, each company using horizontal fracturing can use a mixture of dozens of those chemicals at any one well site to drill as much as two miles deep into the earth.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Oil Fracking Project In Nevada Sage Grouse Habitat Approved
CBS Las Vegas


RENO, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Federal land managers have approved an oil and gas project involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in a portion of northeast Nevada identified by state wildlife officials as essential habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse. The Bureau of Land Management signed a decision record earlier this month on Noble Energy Inc.’s proposal to conduct oil and gas exploration drilling near Wells in Elko County.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Poll shows most oppose fracking
West Australian
Daniel Mercer

Opponents of the controversial gas exploration technique hydraulic fracturing outnumber supporters almost two-to-one in WA, according to internal State Government polling.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Revealed: How police tried to cover-up spying operation on fracking protesters - but didn't realise that changing text colour on report uncovered crucial redactions
Mail online
David Rose

Police tried to censor document by changing text highlight to black All activists had to do was change the colour of the font to reveal secrets Blunder exposes the use of spies in anti-fracking protest camp Their intelligence was then shared with fracking firm Cuadrilla Campaigners 'appalled' spies were used to counter protest in a democracy   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Fracking project OK’d on Nevada sage grouse land
Reno Gazette-Journal
Martin Griffith

Federal land managers have approved an oil and gas project involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in a portion of northeast Nevada identified by state wildlife officials as essential habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Fracking foes turn to cities Local regulations, court cases being closely watched
Denton Record-Chronicle
Peggy Heinkel-Wolf

Anti-fracking forces across the country have tapped into local governments to get them to tap the brakes on fracking, a technological advance that allows energy companies to extract oil and gas from deep rock formations by pressure-pumping them with sand, water and chemicals.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Activists use pedal power to oppose fracking Frackstock participants ride from Covington to Abita Springs
WDSU News
LaTonya Norton

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. —People in St. Tammany Parish are saying, "Not in our backyard," when it comes to fracking. Opponents said they feel the controversial drilling practice will contaminate their water supply, damage the environment and decrease their property values.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2014
Columnist: Air monitoring essential with fracking
Fayette Observer
Zachariah E. Adelman--Opinion

Over the past several years, natural gas development and the regulatory framework needed to ensure that it is done properly have been the subject of intense debate throughout North Carolina. While the debate has centered on water-quality concerns related to the contamination of surface and ground water from by-products of the fracking process, natural gas development operations raise air-quality concerns, as well. Leaks from natural gas wells, along with the industrial equipment used to explore and drill for gas, are significant sources of air pollution.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Colorado Oil And Gas Team Additions Means More Wells Get Inspected
KUNC
Stephanie Paige Ogburn

In 2012, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is responsible for keeping track of and inspecting the tens of thousands of oil wells in the state, had just 17 inspectors to examine over 47,000 active wells. Now, the state has added 11 more inspectors, upping their capacity to where in 2013 they were able to inspect about half of the 53,000 active wells across the state.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Methane Inquiry Closes, but Questions Linger
The Texas Tribune
Jim Malewitz & Neena Satija

WEATHERFORD — Steve Lipsky has nearly everything he needs on his 14-acre estate along the Brazos River, west of Fort Worth. The estate includes a guesthouse, a resort-style swimming pool and a seven-bathroom, 15,000-square-foot home where he lives with his wife and three children. But the Wisconsin transplant, who makes a living bundling mortgages, lacks one item that most people take for granted: a reliable supply of clean drinking water.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Quakes Rattle Confidence in Texas Energy Boom
NBC News
Miquel Llanos

It wasn't the semi-trucks rumbling down country roads, or the dust, or the natural gas wells that popped up around their homes that finally got to residents of Azle and Reno, Texas. It was the earthquakes. These weren't major quakes, magnitude 3.6 was the biggest, but no one in those North Texas towns had ever felt tremors before. Now in just three months, between last November and January, 34 quakes large enough to be felt shook homes, cracked walls and foundations, scared horses and pets, and opened a few sinkholes.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Fracking increases dangerous earth burps
AlJazeera America
Gregg Levine

A study of derelict Pennsylvania oil and gas wells has spotted what is possibly a huge source of additional greenhouse gas emissions. Methane, which is pound-for-pound a much more potent climate-warming gas than carbon dioxide, could be leaking from hundreds of thousands of abandoned wells. And that’s just in the Keystone State. A growing body of evidence says countless old wells across the country — most poorly monitored — could be belching up the same dangerous emissions. The study by Mary Kang of Princeton University measured 19 abandoned oil and gas wells and found all of them were leaking various amounts of methane. Extrapolated across a state where there may be as many as 970,000 such wells, the leaks could account for between 4 and 13 percent of anthropogenic methane released in the state. The methodology of this study is also significant.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
LNG Rally Fading on New Supply as Nukes Set to Restart
Bloomberg
Ben Sharples and Chou Hui Hong

The three-year rally in liquefied natural gas is cooling as Asia-Pacific supplies jump and demand slows from Japanese utilities preparing to restart nuclear reactors. LNG shipped to northeast Asia next winter may be sold at the lowest price since 2012 for that time of year, when demand typically peaks, according to a Bloomberg News survey of traders and analysts. Exxon Mobil Corp. and BG Group Plc are bringing new supplies to Asia this year before at least four projects start in 2015, including the first U.S. exports.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Pennsylvania Instructed Its Employees To Ignore Residents Sickened By Drilling
ThinkProgress
Andrew Breiner

The Pennsylvania Department of Health instructed its employees never to talk to residents who complained of negative health effects from fracking, StateImpact Pennsylvania reported Thursday. Two retired employees of the department detailed restrictions on attending meetings, lists of topics they could not discuss, and a general departmental hostility to the idea of health problems linked to shale gas drilling. The state’s governor, Tom Corbett, declined to comment for StateImpact Pennsylvania’s story. Pennsylvania has had more than 6,000 hydraulic fracturing wells drilled within the last six years, and zero state studies on their health impacts. In Pennsylvania, and near fracking operations across the country, people have won settlements from fossil fuel companies after being sickened. In many cases the drilling company imposes a gag order to prevent sickened people from spreading the word about what caused their illness and building the case that fracking has negative health effects.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Court won't hear Sierra Club's Cove Point appeal
The BayNet
Marty Madden

Maryland’s highest court ruled Thursday, June 19 that it was denying a petition submitted by the Sierra Club appealing the ruling of a lower court in the club’s effort to halt the Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Project. In a brief order signed by the Maryland Court of Appeals’ Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, the petition from the club to review the February ruling of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals was denied on the grounds that it was not desirable nor in the public interest. “Today’s decision, coupled with the approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission and a favorable environmental assessment from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] puts the Cove Point LNG Export Project closer to reality,” stated Dominion Vice President of LNG Operations Michael Frederick. In late 2012 the Sierra Club had announced it was blocking the Cove Point export project, citing a 2005 conservation easement agreement signed by Dominion, the Sierra Club and the Maryland Conservation Council. The dispute as to whether the pact prohibited Dominion from exporting natural gas was litigated in Calvert County Circuit Court in 2013 with Judge James P. Salmon ruling in Dominion’s favor. Salmon’s ruling that Dominion unambiguously has the right to export LNG from Cove Point was upheld by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Worries Rockaway Peninsula Beachgoers
CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With summer officially beginning on Saturday, New Yorkers visiting the beach on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens have been seeing something they did not expect. As CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported, construction rigs for a natural gas pipeline have been set up on the ocean, and they are not going anywhere for a while. And the project is making waves. “I worry about this stuff,” a man said. “I’m really not sure if it’s something they should be doing,” a woman said.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Fracking boom depletes, pollutes US water supplies
The Ecologist
Valerie Brown

Since the onset of the fracking boom almost a decade ago, every state in the US has been examining its geological resources in the hope of finding oil or gas it can access through this extraction method. Almost half the states are now producing at least some shale gas, with a few - Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, North Dakota - sitting on massive deposits. Nearly half a million wells in the US were producing shale gas in 2012.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Ukraine crisis: Why Shell put shale projects on hold
Christian Science Monitor
Igor Alexeev,

Royal Dutch Shell says it stopped its shale projects in Ukraine because of air strikes, but there may be more economic reasons. The oil supermajor was disappointed with the economic viability of what it once thought was a large shale deposit, Alexeev writes, and was looking for a way out.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Pennsylvania ordered its health workers to never discuss fracking
Grist
John Upton

n the heavily fracked Keystone State, the economic interests of frackers trump the health concerns of residents. That much is abundantly clear in the wake of an extraordinary story by StateImpact Pennsylvania, which interviewed two retired state health department workers. The former workers say they were ordered to not return the phone calls of residents who complained that nearby fracking was harming their health. Instead, they were told to pass messages on to their superiors, who apparently never returned the calls either. The health workers were also given a list of fracking-related “buzzwords” to watch out for: “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to [people who called with concerns related to fracking],” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years. …  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Landowners can test wells for oil and gas pollutants
The Coloradoan
Ryan Maye Handy

University of Colorado, Boulder has financed a guide that teaches residents how to test their wells' water for oil and gas pollutants. The guide was developed by the the Colorado Water and Energy Research Center and released in April in response to questions from concerned residents about pollution in their water. It walks residents through taking water samples, where to send them and even how to interpret the results, said Mark Williams, a professor who worked on the project.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
CSX's oil shipping information publicized by government
The Roanoke Times
Jeff Sturgeon

The disclosure of routes and frequency of oil trains through Virginia was first mandated by the Department of Trasnsportation..  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Minisink group seeks monitoring of gas compressor emissions
Times Herald Record
Jessica Cohen

When Pramilla Malick's son developed asthma last summer, he was 16, which is considered old for the onset of asthma. His symptoms began at a time when she and her daughter and some of their neighbors in Minisink were also experiencing new ailments, such as nausea, nosebleeds, rashes, sore throats, shortness of breath and dizziness. Malick said their symptoms would erupt during or after an "odor event," a period of malodorous emissions at the new Millennium Pipeline gas compressor station nearby. It began functioning last June, though Malick was unaware of its operation when her son's symptoms began. His asthma surfaces only on weekends in Minisink, she said; they live in New York City on weekdays. The symptoms mirror those of a family living in Wise County, Texas, near Aruba Petroleum's hydraulic fracturing (gas fracking) sites. In April, a Dallas jury awarded the Texas family $2.95 million in a lawsuit alleging that environmental contamination from drilling sickened them, compelling them to leave their home.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Thousands of fracking wells in Pennsylvania 'may be leaking methane'
The Guardian
Bobby Magill

A study of abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania finds that the hundreds of thousands of such wells in the state may be leaking methane, suggesting that abandoned wells across the country could be a bigger source of climate changing greenhouse gases than previously thought. The study by Mary Kang, a Princeton University scientist, looked at 19 wells and found that these oft-forgotten wells are leaking various amounts of methane. There are hundreds of thousands of such oil and gas wells, long abandoned and plugged, in Pennsylvania alone, and countless more in oil and gas fields across the country. These wells go mostly unmonitored, and rarely, if ever, checked for such leaks.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2014
Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk out of the government-industry revolving door to become a member of the board of directors for fracked gas exports giant Cheniere, who nominated her to serve on the board. The announcement, made through Cheniere's U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Form 8-K and its Schedule 14A, comes just as a major class-action lawsuit was filed against the board of the company by stockholders.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Kasich misled public on parks fracking plan, environmental group says
The Columbus Dispatch
Darrel Rowland

A plan to sell Ohioans on the merits of fracking in their state parks was still being discussed by members of the Kasich administration in late 2012, documents obtained by an environmental group show. A 19-page memo from Sept. 10, 2012, shows that the administration was planning to tell the public that fracking on state lands is needed to avoid implementing park entrance fees.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Silent Coup: How Enbridge is Quietly Cloning the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

While the debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has raged on for over half a decade, pipeline giant Enbridge has quietly cloned its own Keystone XL in the U.S and Canada. It comes in the form of the combination of Enbridge's Alberta Clipper (Line 67), Flanagan South and Seaway Twin pipelines. The pipeline system does what Keystone XL and the Keystone Pipeline System at large is designed to do: ship hundreds of thousands of barrels per day of Alberta's tar sands diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) to both Gulf Coast refineries in Port Arthur, Texas, and the global export market.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Will Grisanti Allow Senate Vote on Fracking?
ArtVoice
Rita Yelda

Though he’s chair of the State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, Senator Mark Grisanti continues to throw New Yorkers under the bus when it comes to fracking, one of the state’s most pressing environmental threats. A recent letter to Governor Cuomo and acting Health Commissioner Zucker by hundreds of medical organizations and health experts summarized key emerging trends and concerns regarding the science on fracking. The letter stated, “The totality of the science—which now encompasses hundreds of peer–reviewed studies and hundreds of additional reports and case examples—shows that permitting fracking in New York would pose significant threats to the air, water, health and safety of New Yorkers.” Thankfully the State Assembly does realize that fracking has far-reaching public health impacts, and that a rush to drill a terrible idea. On June 16, the Assembly overwhelming passed a 3-year moratorium on fracking. The Assembly stood up for the health and safety of New Yorkers, and we are grateful. Now it’s up to the reluctant State Senate to pass the same bill, and to the governor to sign it into law. Grisanti can use his leadership to move the bill out of committee so it can get to the floor for a vote by Friday June 20th. Call Senator Grisanti at 518-455-3240 and tell him to move Senate Bill 4236-B, the 3-year moratorium on fracking, out of the EnCon Committee and to the floor for a vote now.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
DEP fines Carrizo $190K for Wyoming County spills
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

Houston-based Carrizo Oil and Gas has agreed to pay a fine of $192,044 for two spill incidents in Wyoming County last spring, the state Department of Environmental Protection said. In March 2013, three families were evacuated from their homes in Washington Township after a well began spewing fluid during a hydraulic fracturing operation. More than 200,000 gallons flowed out of the well before it was successfully capped the following day.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
'Extreme basis weakness' could pervade Northeast gas markets for years to come
SNL
Peter Marrin

While shale natural gas is abundant in the U.S. Northeast, the inability to move it everywhere that it is needed is seen driving regional basis pricing for years, and the specific constraints are expected to affect complex and varied basis relationships for years to come. "In our view, we can't really even talk about Northeast basis anymore because there are so many intraregional and seasonal differences in how those dynamics play out and indeed how those constraints are likely to be bridged," Amber McCullagh, senior analyst for North American gas at Wood Mackenzie, said June 17 at the LDC Gas Forum Northeast in Boston.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Queens residents fighting construction of Rockaway Pipeline
WPIX
Magee Hickey

QUEENS (PIX11) — Every night, a group of Rockaway residents watches with fear and worry as work is underway out at sea for the little publicized Rockaway Lateral Project Pipeline. “It’s doesn’t matter if it’s on federal property,” Sandra Schunk told PIX11. ” It’s still our beach, our lives.” Residents say the pipeline has gotten little attention because it’s mostly on federal property, the Gateway National Recreational Area. It will eventually bring 647,000 dekartherms per day of fracked natural gas from the Marcellus Shale under high-pressure, beneath the beach, under a golf course, under the Marine Parkway bridge, through Floyd Bennett Field and eventually to distribution lines of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Montana says it will disclose details of oil-train routes
Omaha.com


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials said Wednesday they intend to release details next week on the frequency of oil trains passing through the state, despite efforts by railroads to keep the information from the public after a string of fiery accidents raised safety concerns. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last month ordered railroads to provide specifics on oil-train routes and other information to state emergency officials to guard against further accidents.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
A Massive Rockaway Gas Pipeline Is Being Built Right Under Our Beaches
The Gothamist
Nick Pinto

A year and a half after Hurricane Sandy swept surging seas over the Rockaway spit, the neighborhood is finally beginning to claw its way back to a normal summer. Fort Tilden beach, closed to the public last summer season due to dangerous debris left by the storm, has finally reopened. And what better way to celebrate the partial recovery from a climate-change-fueled Superstorm than by laying a high-pressure fracked-gas transmission pipeline right under the beach? At this very moment, work is underway on the Rockaway Lateral Project, a giant 26-inch diameter pipeline that will bring 647,000 dekatherms per day of fracked natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, under high pressure, beneath the beach, under a golf course, under the Marine Parkway Bridge, through Floyd Bennett Field, and into a new meter and regulator station in an old hangar at the airfield before connecting to distribution lines running up Flatbush Avenue into Brooklyn.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
LNG Exports are Illegal
CitizensVox
Tyson Slocum

As the White House, Congressional leadership and energy regulators at FERC are fast-tracking natural gas exports, they’re forgetting one important fact: it’s against the law. First, a little background. Less than a decade ago, natural gas prices were at record highs and folks like then-Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan were saying that the US had to make it easier to permit Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) imports. Fast forward to today, where fracking has resulted in booming domestic natural gas production, fueling calls to make it easier to permit LNG exports. But fracking poses enormous risks to the environment, nullifying emissions benefits when it is burned as a fuel. We’ve raised these concerns about LNG exports in the past, but new research shows that exporting LNG is illegal. In 1975, President Ford signed the Energy Policy & Conservation Act into law. In order to protect consumers, Section 103(b)(1) of the EPCA (S.622) directed the President of the United States “to promulgate a rule prohibiting the export of crude oil and natural gas produced in the United States, except that the President may…exempt from such prohibition such crude oil or natural gas exports which he [sic] determines to be consistent with the national interest.” While the Department of Commerce promulgated rules banning crude oil exports, the agency never got around to writing rules banning natural gas exports. This oversight not only means that proposed LNG exports are most likely illegal, but that consumers are at risk. That’s because of supply and demand: the more fracked natural gas we export, domestic supplies will get tighter, pushing up gas prices for households and businesses. Public Citizen will ask the Department of Commerce to issue this long-dormant requirement to ban natural gas exports (stopgasexports.org)not just to protect consumers, but to discourage the additional fracking that would occur to meet expanded demand wrought by LNG exports.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
California safety officials ill-prepared for increasing oil imports
Los Angeles Times
PATRICK MCGREEVY

California safety agencies are currently ill-prepared for a significant increase in transporting oil by rail through the state, but steps are being taken to catch up, experts told state lawmakers Thursday. Oil imports by rail to California have grown from 70 tank cars in 2009 to nearly 9,500 tank cars in 2013, and they could increase to up to 230,000 carloads by 2016, according to the California Energy Commission.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Legislature sends climate change bill to Cuomo
Captal
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—A bill passed by both houses of the Legislature on Thursday would require state-funded projects to factor in climate change. The Community Risk Reduction and Resiliency Act, sponsored by Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, requires the state to account for the effects of climate change and extreme weather events. It had a wide range of support among business and environmental groups.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Judge Upholds Jury Verdict for Family in Texas Fracking Case
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer

Judge accepts jury verdict that awarded $2.9 million to family affected by air emissions from gas and oil wells near their Wise County home.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling
State Impact PA
Katie Colaneri

Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Will Grisanti Allow Senate Vote on Fracking?
Artvoice
Blog

Thankfully the State Assembly does realize that fracking has far-reaching public health impacts, and that a rush to drill a terrible idea. On June 16, the Assembly overwhelming passed a 3-year moratorium on fracking. The Assembly stood up for the health and safety of New Yorkers, and we are grateful. Now it’s up to the reluctant State Senate to pass the same bill, and to the governor to sign it into law. Grisanti can use his leadership to move the bill out of committee so it can get to the floor for a vote by Friday June 20th. Call Senator Grisanti at 518-455-3240 and tell him to move Senate Bill 4236-B, the 3-year moratorium on fracking, out of the EnCon Committee and to the floor for a vote now.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
The Invisible Bomb Trains
Metroland
JUSTIN MIKULKA

How Global Partners, with help from the DEC, began quietly shipping volatile crude oil through Albany without public awareness or input In 2012, Global Partners, an oil services company located in Massachusetts, received a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) allowing it to bring up to 1.8 billion gallons of crude oil a year into the Port of Albany. According to Global Partners’ application, this operation would “provide environmental benefits to the surrounding community” due to an expected reduction in truck traffic as the oil would be arriving by rail. This permit was approved without a single public comment during the 30-day public-comment period.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Arlington County, VA Opposes Fracking in National Forest
EARTHWORKS
Dusty Horwitt

Arlington County, Virginia joined a growing number of local governments, elected officials and major water providers in unanimously passing a resolution opposing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the George Washington National Forest. By passing the resolution June 17, Arlington became the first jurisdiction in politically powerful Northern Virginia to oppose horizontal drilling in the forest, though several elected officials from the region have already taken the same stance including U.S. Reps. Jim Moran and Gerald E. Connolly and State Delegate Patrick Hope. Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor, Don Beyer, who recently won the Democratic primary to replace Moran, who is retiring, has also opposed horizontal drilling and fracking in the forest.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
A Push for New Look into Tainted Water’s Source
The New York Times
JIM MALEWITZ and NEENA SATIJA

WEATHERFORD, Tex. — Steve Lipsky has nearly everything he needs on his 14-acre estate along the Brazos River, west of Fort Worth. The estate includes a guesthouse, a resort-style swimming pool and a seven-bathroom, 15,000-square-foot home where he lives with his wife and three children. But the Wisconsin transplant, who makes a living bundling mortgages, lacks one item that most people take for granted: a reliable supply of clean drinking water. “All I want to say is, I don’t want to live here anymore,” said Mr. Lipsky, who pays $1,000 a month to truck in water from Weatherford, which he filters and stores.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Chartiers Township keeps evacuation plan private
Observer-Reporter
Emily Petsko

Chartiers Township denied the Observer-Reporter’s Right-to-Know request for a copy of the township’s evacuation plan in the event of an emergency at the MarkWest Energy cryogenic plant on Western Avenue. The denial came three weeks after about 100 nearby residents were evacuated from their homes when lightning struck the MarkWest plant and caused a natural gas leak. Several residents left before first responders arrived at their homes. The emergency response plan, prepared by the township’s emergency management coordinator, was withheld because it is not a public document, according to Jodi Noble, township manager and open records officer.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Natural-Gas Export Facility Clears Federal Hurdle
The Wall Street Journal
Amy Harder

Sempra Energy Unit Cleared to Build an LNG Terminal in Hackberry, La. WASHINGTON—A federal agency on Thursday approved a natural-gas export terminal in Louisiana, marking the second time the U.S. government has signed off on such a project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Cameron LNG LLC, a unit of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, SRE +0.26% to operate and construct a liquefied-natural-gas export facility in Hackberry, La., just east of the Texas border. The approval focused on the project's environmental assessment. It was the last major regulatory hurdle Cameron had to overcome and mostly clears the way for the nearly $10 billion project to begin construction. Sempra expects to begin construction later this year and will export up to 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day by 2019.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Texas gas town in revolt: City that has long drawn lifeblood from drilling might ban fracking
US News
Emily Schmall

For more than a decade, Denton has drawn its lifeblood from the huge gas reserves that lie beneath its streets. The gas fields have produced a billion dollars in mineral wealth and pumped more than $30 million into city bank accounts. But this former farming center north of Dallas is considering a revolt. Unlike other communities that have embraced the lucrative drilling boom made possible by hydraulic fracturing, leaders here have temporarily halted all fracking as they consider an ordinance that could make theirs the first city in the state to permanently ban the practice  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
California, North Dakota Differ on Fracking Chemical Disclosure
Natural Gas Intelligence
Richard Nemec

The oil/natural gas industry-supported independent chemical disclosure website FracFocus (www.fracfocus.org) was alternately praised and criticized by state officials in California and North Dakota on Tuesday during separate news media conference calls. Specified as the conduit for reporting chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in a number of states, such as North Dakota, where the use of fracking has been extensive, California officials nevertheless are creating an alternative third-party registry as part of draft fracking rules that were revised this month (see Shale Daily, June 18). But what California officials are finding lacking because the state's rules apply to all well stimulation activity -- not just fracking -- North Dakota's chief oil/gas regulator, Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), strongly supports in FracFocus, which his state has required oilfield operators to use since 2012.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Anti-fracking buffer needed around Gros Morne park, UNESCO urges Ottawa
The Globe and Mail


The UNESCO World Heritage Committee is encouraging the federal government to create a permanent buffer zone to protect Gros Morne National Park from hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
If Fracking Is the Question, Insurers May Ask – What Is the Answer?
Insurance Journal
Stephanie K. Jones

When it comes to the use of evolving technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in oil and gas production one big question insurance companies are faced with is: to insure or not to insure? That is a key question for underwriters, according to Robert Weireter, vice president and senior underwriter at Swiss Re.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Increasing Levels of Fracking Increase Risk to Communities, Threaten Wastewater Resources and Human Health
Nassau News Live


DURHAM, N.C., June 19, 2014 /Nassau News Live/ — Texas, Colorado and Pennsylvania are probably places where ‘fracking’ is rampant. It is a well-known fact that agriculture consumes most of the water in western states. Fracking is the new ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’. According to Monika Freyman, senior manager of Ceres’s water program – fracking is the latest party to come to the table.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Fracking the US - Monterey Shale's 96% downgrade blows the scam
Ecologist
Dylan Murphy & Jo Muphy

The US's drive to become a top global oil and gas exporter by fracking has been blown wide open by a 96% write-down of California's Monterey Shale - meant to hold two thirds of the US's shale oil. How long before the whole enterprise is exposed as a monstrous Ponzi scheme?  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Fracking - Suicide Capitalism Poisons The Earth's Fresh Water Supplies
The Peoples Voice
Dylan Murphy & Jo Muphy

Lena Headley lives in in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She and her husband bought a small farm for their semi-retirement with the mineral rights but not the oil and gas rights. Over the last seven years 5 gas wells and a transmission pipeline have been put on their land. The effect has been devastating: Pollution of land and air together with destruction of fruit trees and the burning of 10 acres of ground by the gas drillers. Gas wells leak and a spring 200 feet from her house is so rich with gas it can be set on fire.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Fracking and water supplies
Water Power & Dam Construction


Policy makers are being called upon to give greater consideration to the electricity sector’s water footprint in the UK. While across the Atlantic in North America, research has been carried out to assess the impact of hydraulic fracking upon stressed water resources and dam safety. Once again the water-energy nexus has become the focal point of attention, as Suzanne Pritchard reports.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Russia in secret plot against fracking, Nato chief says
Telegraph
James Edgar

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia was mounting a sophisticated "disinformation campaign" aimed at undermining attempts to exploit alternative energy sources such as shale gas Russia is secretly working with environmental groups campaigning against fracking in an attempt to maintain Europe's dependence on energy imports from Moscow, the secretary-general of Nato has said.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
GROUP WANTS DETAILS OF KASICH PLAN TO MARKET STATE LANDS FOR FRACKING
Aurora Advocate
Marc Kovac

Columbus — An advocacy group continues to push for more details of a plan to allow horizontal drilling for oil and gas on state-owned lands that was developed by Gov. John Kasich’s administration and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Texas Gas Town Considers Banning Fracking
The New York Times
Associated Press

DENTON, Texas — Natural gas money has been good to this Texas city: It has new parks, a new golf course and miles of grassy soccer fields. The business district is getting a makeover, and the airport is bustling, too.The college town has preserved much of its agricultural past. Historic downtown streets lined with 19th-century buildings open up to expansive fields with greenhouses and grazing cattle. But drilling is never far away, with some 275 active gas wells piercing the earth. The willingness to reject fracking in the heart of oil and gas country reflects a broader shift in thinking. In place of gas drills, some of Denton's 120,000 residents envision a future in which their city is known for environmentally friendly commerce and the nation's largest community garden. They've even embarked on a campaign to persuade the maker of Sriracha hot sauce to expand its massive pepper-grinding business here — a prospect that appeals to the local farm-to-table culture.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling
NPR State Impact PA
KATIE COLANERI

Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years. Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Fracking debate arrives in Davie Test drilling possibly could be done in small basin
Winston-Salem Journal
Lisa O'Donnell

However, another, significantly smaller, shale basin sits in Davie County in a pocket of the county that geologists have identified as being west of Farmington near the N.C. 801 and U.S. 601 intersection. The basin crosses into Yadkin County near Courtney. Though often overlooked in the fracking conversation, the basin drew some attention earlier this month when it was included among the basins in the N.C. Senate’s proposed budget targeted for testing using state funds.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Health Workers told to Put a Lid on it
The Marcellus Effect


The people charged with protecting the public health were told to zip their lips when it came to issues on Marcellus Shale Drilling. Two retirees from the PA Dept. of Health recently spoke to the media and said they were specifically instructed not to return phone calls from residents with health concerns. They were also told they couldn't speak about drilling and health issues at public meetings and were given a list of "buzzwords" identifying issued about which they were to remain silent. Read more here.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Fracking the US - Monterey Shale's 96% downgrade blows the scam
The Ecologist
Dylan Murphy & Jo Muphy

The US's drive to become a top global oil and gas exporter by fracking has been blown wide open by a 96% write-down of California's Monterey Shale - meant to hold two thirds of the US's shale oil. How long before the whole enterprise is exposed as a monstrous Ponzi scheme?  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
NEW YORK'S SILENT BUT DEADLY FRACKING PROBLEM
Vice
Peter Rugh

Leanne and Robert Baum used to take their children sledding in the field across the road from their house in Minisink, New York. But these days, Leanne, who drives a school bus for a local Christian academy, and Robert, who runs a hardware store, say they're afraid to even let their kids play in the front yard. The couple's small township in Orange County has for decades supplied fresh organic and heirloom produce to the restaurants and farmers' markets in New York City, 60 miles south. Now, it is the site of a growing health crisis. Property values are plummeting and locals are complaining of chronic nosebleeds, rashes, migraines, and dizzy spells. The smell in the air can range from rotten eggs to burning paint. The Baums, along with many of their neighbors, believe Minisink’s nosedive in quality of life to be the handiwork of the Millennium Pipeline Company, who run two 6,000-horse power natural gas compressors in town limits—both located in the field right across from the Baum’s home.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2014
Oil-train info does not need to be secret, feds say
Grist
Heather Smith

Public release of details about oil-train routes and shipments does not pose a serious security risk, the federal government said yesterday. Earlier this month, I wrote about how the Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring railroads to tell states about shipments within their borders of the more-explosive-than-usual Bakken crude, so that those states and relevant municipalities could prepare for the Lac-Mégantic-sized explosions that might be lying in store for them.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate
Rolling Stone
Al Gore

n the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate and complete the transition to a low-carbon civilization. There will be many times in the decades ahead when we will have to take care to guard against despair, lest it become another form of denial, paralyzing action. It is true that we have waited too long to avoid some serious damage to the planetary ecosystem – some of it, unfortunately, irreversible. Yet the truly catastrophic damages that have the potential for ending civilization as we know it can still – almost certainly – be avoided. Moreover, the pace of the changes already set in motion can still be moderated significantly.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Renewable Energy Benefits Environment, Economies
OilPrice.com
Andy Tully

Renewable energy, if properly adopted, could create better-paying jobs, improve international trade balances, and promote industrial development around the world. That’s according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) called “econValue – The Socio-economic Benefits of Solar and Wind Energy.” The report says fears of widespread job loss and other economic distress as a result of recent decisions by many governments to set caps on carbon emissions are unwarranted.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Fracking Fracas in Loveland
Independent Women's Forum
Jillian Kay Melchior

Loveland, Colo., has been best known nationally for its romantic name; each February, more than 100,000 letter-writers send notes through the city to their sweethearts. Loveland relies on volunteers to hand-stamp the mail with a love poem and forward the letters on to their intended valentines. #sthash.iW4XgY6t.dpuf  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Environmental health researcher calls for 10-year fracking moratorium
Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia


HALIFAX – An environmental health researcher in Nova Scotia is calling for a 10-year moratorium on fracking. Barb Harris of the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia says that would give the province enough time to set up proper regulations, monitoring and enforcement.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility vs. Safety of 24,000 Residents
EcoWatch
Karen Gibbs

As a resident of the town of Lusby, MD, where a Virginia-based energy giant Dominion Resources wants to build a massive $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, I’ve sought out and received a significant education on the safety risks inherent in this industry over the past year. In the process, I’ve returned again and again to this question: Is my safety—and that of the thousands of families living within several miles of this project—a significant concern to federal regulators?  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
US fracking boom threatens water supplies
RTCC
Valerie Brown

Since the onset of the fracking boom almost a decade ago, every state in the US has been examining its geological resources in the hope of finding oil or gas it can access through this extraction method. Almost half the states are now producing at least some shale gas, with a few – Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, North Dakota – sitting on massive deposits.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Slow-Motion Earthquakes Caused by Natural Fracking?
Live Science
Becky Oskin

Natural fracking may be to blame for weird "slow" earthquakes that last for hours to days, a new study suggests. Oil and gas fracking involves cracking open rocks using water laced with sand and chemicals, pumped underground at high pressure. Now, seismic evidence from the Cascadia subduction zone leads researchers to suggest a similar process takes place deep on the zone's massive fault, generating slow earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Fate of $3 million fracking damage award for Texas couple in judge's hands
Miami Herald
David Hasemyer

A Texas judge will soon decide whether to accept a jury's $2.9 million award to a Wise County family who claims to have been sickened by emissions from the gas and oil wells surrounding their home. In April, a Dallas County jury found that Aruba Petroleum, a Plano, Texas, company, "intentionally created a private nuisance" that affected the health of Jim and Lisa Parr and their daughter. It appears to be the first successful U.S. lawsuit alleging that toxic air emissions from oil and gas production sickened people living nearby.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
WWF worried about fracking
The Citizen


Government’s intention to go ahead with shale gas exploration and more coal mining could have a devastating effect on South Africa’s water supply, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said on Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Wall Street's latest fad is built on sand—the fracking kind
CNBC
Reuters

Super-sized hydraulic fracturing jobs, which use vast amounts of sand to coax more oil and gas from shale, have led to astronomical returns for investors in companies that mine the tiny particles. The question is whether those super-sized gains can continue.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Canada's indigenous: 'We are the wall' that the pipeline cannot pass
Aljazeera America
Renee Lewis

Canadian aboriginal groups plan lawsuits and direct actions to prevent the completion of the Northern Gateway pipeline First Nations groups have vowed to fight the Canadian government’s approval of a planned pipeline with lawsuits and direct action. They say Tuesday’s decision violates their constitutional rights because the government failed to consult tribal bands, the basic units of government for First Nations in Canada.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Feds: Oil train details not security sensitive
SF Gate
Mattew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials said Wednesday that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, after railroads sought to keep the material from the public following a string of fiery accidents.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Republican Former EPA Chiefs Try To Convince Senate GOP That Climate Change Is Real
Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard & Zach Carter

WASHINGTON -– Four Republican former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency had a message for the Senate on Wednesday on climate change: It's real, it's bad and the United States should do something about it. But their fellow Republicans at the hearing largely ignored that position, instead repeating a variety of arguments about why the U.S. should not address the greenhouse gas emissions causing the planet to warm up.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Obama Carbon Rule Backed by Most Americans — WSJ/NBC Poll
Wall Street Journal
Amy Harder Blog

More than two-thirds of Americans support President Barack Obama’s new climate rule and more than half say the U.S. should address global warming even if it means higher electricity bills, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Experts Gather at New York Academy of Sciences to Strategize Clean-Tech Business Development
New York Academy of Sciences


NEW YORK, June 18, 2014—Today, renowned experts in energy, innovation, and entrepreneurship will convene at the New York Academy of Sciences to discuss strategic direction for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) three clean energy proof-of-concept centers (POCCs). Announced in January 2013, the POCCs, which were each awarded $5 million, are located at Columbia University and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering (which have collaborated to form PowerBridgeNY), and High Tech Rochester. Each center is dedicated to helping inventors and scientists turn their high-tech, clean energy ideas into successful businesses.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Senate Panel Backs Bill to Bypass Obama, Clear Keystone
Bloomberg
Laura Litvan

A U.S. Senate committee approved a bill that would bypass President Barack Obama and permit the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, part of a drive by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to force a vote by the full Senate.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
McDonald's restaurant to pay $10,000 to employee fired for reporting gas leak: In business
Syracuse.com
Rick Moriarty

The owner of a McDonald's franchise in Lyons has agreed to pay $10,000 in restitution to a minimum-wage worker fired for reporting a gas leak to the fire department. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the part-time employee made multiple attempts to report the gas leak at the restaurant on April 8 of last year.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Fracking concerns raised by Canadian university study A report claims that regulations for hydraulic fracturing in B.C. are inadequate.
Hydrogen Fuel News


A study, conducted by the University of Victoria’s Law Centre for the Fort Nelson First Nation, reveals that since 1968 over 41 liters of contaminated waste water has been injected into a single natural gas fracking well, indentified as Well #2240, located in northeastern British Columbia.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Public Outcry Intensifies to Stop Cove Point LNG Export Facility
EcoNews
Robin Broder

Monday marked the end of a contested 30-day public comment period on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) draft Environmental Assessment for the controversial $3.8 billion plan, proposed by Virginia-based Dominion Resources, to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Cove Point, MD. Dominion’s plan is to convert an existing import facility into an export facility and to pipe fracked gas from the Marcellus shale to southern Maryland, liquefy it and export it to be burned in Japan and India.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
White House Meetings Logs: Big Rail Fights "Bomb Train" Regulations It Touts Publicly
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

The Obama White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has held the majority of its meetings on the proposed federal oil-by-rail safety regulations with oil and gas industry lobbyists and representatives. But OIRA meeting logs reviewed by DeSmogBlog reveal that on June 10, the American Association of Railroads (AAR) and many of its dues-paying members also had a chance to convene with OIRA. Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story. At the June 12-13 Railway Age Oil-by-Rail Conference, just two days after rail industry representatives met with OIRA, American Association of Railroads President Edward Hamberg, former assistant secretary for governmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), made the case for safety.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
The Murder Investigation Roiling North Dakota's Oilfields
Bloomberg Businessweek
Felix Gillette

In the summer of 2012, I flew to North Dakota to write about the strange events happening on an Indian reservation, which, thanks to advances in fracking technology, was gushing oil. As I soon learned, scores of problems were bubbling up with the crude, including lawsuits, environmental scares, a surge in crime, and questions about where all the oil money was going. Recently, things on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation have gotten a whole lot stranger. In December, a 63-year-old businessman named Doug Carlile, who had become deeply invested in a trucking company and an oil exploration business on the reservation, was shot to death by a masked intruder in his home in Spokane, Wash. The murder has since touched off a multistate police investigation leading detectives back to Fort Berthold.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Breaking Bad Meets Fargo at Underbelly of Shale Boom
Bloomberg Businessweek
Alex Nussbaum and David Voreacos

Even in the underbelly of North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields, the murder of Doug Carlile stands out, a tale of a Matt Damon look-alike felon, an Indian tribal leader and an accused hit man with a check list that included items like “practice with pistol.” There’s even a voice from the grave: “If I disappear or wake up with bullets in my back, promise me you will let everyone know that James Henrikson did it.”   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility vs. Safety of 24,000 Residents
EcoNews
Karen Gibbs

As a resident of the town of Lusby, MD, where a Virginia-based energy giant Dominion Resources wants to build a massive $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, I’ve sought out and received a significant education on the safety risks inherent in this industry over the past year. In the process, I’ve returned again and again to this question: Is my safety—and that of the thousands of families living within several miles of this project—a significant concern to federal regulators? These are facts, not mere speculation: on Sept. 13, 2013, a gas processing facility partly owned by Dominion Resources exploded in Natrium, WV. On March 31, an LNG plant exploded in Plymouth, WA, injuring five workers and rupturing an LNG storage tank, resulting in the formation of a flammable vapor gas cloud. On April 23, another major gas processing facility exploded in Opal, WY, forcing the evacuation of the entire town of about 95 residents.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Montana says oil train details are not confidential
Billings Gazette
Matthew Brown

Montana officials said Wednesday they intend to release details next week on the frequency of oil trains passing through the state, despite efforts by railroads to keep the information from the public after a string of fiery accidents raised safety concerns. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last month ordered railroads to provide specifics on oil-train routes, crude volumes and other information to state emergency officials. The order was meant to guard against further accidents. Railroads across the country have sought to restrict further disclosure by the states, arguing that the order covered confidential information that could be misused if it were made public. But Andrew Huff, chief legal counsel for Gov. Steve Bullock, said federal transportation officials confirmed that the information was not considered security sensitive under federal regulations. Huff said its release was mandated under state law, and it would help protect public safety by raising community awareness.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Fate of $3M Fracking Damage Award for Texas Couple in Judge's Hands
InsideClimate News
David Hasemyer

A Texas judge will soon decide whether to accept a jury's $2.9 million award to a Wise County family who claims to have been sickened by emissions from the gas and oil wells surrounding their home. In April, a Dallas County jury found that Aruba Petroleum, a Plano, Texas, company, "intentionally created a private nuisance" that affected the health of Jim and Lisa Parr and their daughter. It appears to be the first successful U.S. lawsuit alleging that toxic air emissions from oil and gas production sickened people living nearby. More than 100 wells have been drilled within 2 miles of the Parrs' Decatur, Texas ranch, 60 miles northwest of Dallas. One of Aruba's arguments is that it owns only 22 of those wells, so the emissions could have come from one of its competitors' wells.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
GERMAN BREWERS FORCE FRACKING LIMITS
The Drink Business
Richard Ross

German-beerLobbying of Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks by the influential brewers’ association over the past year appears to have borne fruit. The association has been calling for the government to strengthen legal protection on water sources to cover private brewers’ wells and mineral springs. A spokesman for the environment ministry, speaking to The Guardian, says it now intends to “considerably tighten” legislation around fracking. However, Germany’s previous government was unable to pass similar legislation last year, failing to gain approval in the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat. However, regional governments also have powers to block fracking.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Report says diesel still used in North Dakota fracking jobs
Bismarck Tribune
Lauren Donovan

A Washington-based environmental group says a report it will release Thursday finds that oil companies in North Dakota and other states continue to use diesel fuel in hydraulic fracking, despite oil industry claims to the contrary and new federal rules.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Assembly Passes Extension on Fracking Moratorium
BBinghamton TWC News


STATEWIDE -- Anti-hydrofracking legislation is making some headway in Albany. On Tuesday, the Assembly voted in favor of a bill to extend the moratorium on hydrofracking. It would establish a three-year ban for additional studies on the hydraulic drilling process.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Paramus Residents Pressure Assembly Speaker Prieto on Fracking Waste Ban Bill at Local Action
The Paramus Post
Mel Fabrikant

Local residents will join with activists today to call on Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to support the Fracking Waste Ban Bill. Residents will distribute leaflets to market goers at the Paramus Farmers Market, asking them to call Speaker Prieto and urge him to post the bill to ban fracking waste dumping in NJ for a vote. The legislation would protect residents by banning the disposal, treatment and discharge of toxic waste created through the process of fracking, a highly controversial natural gas drilling method. The legislation recently passed through the State Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, but the bill has not yet been posted in the Assembly for a vote.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Newsweek Promotes Myths about Fracking and Public Health
NorthCentral PA


Newsweek published an article last week by Zoe Schlanger that, on the surface, seemed to be about a pooling case in Pennsylvania. The article does in fact talk quite a bit about pooling, but it also makes assumptions about natural gas development as a whole based on faulty studies. That’s also where the problem comes in, as at times it reads like something straight off an activist website, rather than a respected media outlet. Here is a list of some of the more egregious claims, followed by the facts.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Fracking Boom Threatens U.S. Water Supplies
Truth Out
Valerie Brown

EGON—Since the onset of the fracking boom almost a decade ago, every state in the US has been examining its geological resources in the hope of finding oil or gas it can access through this extraction method. Almost half the states are now producing at least some shale gas, with a few—Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, North Dakota—sitting on massive deposits…. Where surface water is lacking, as in Texas, underground aquifers are being emptied at record rates. And while fracking’s water use still trails behind personal and agricultural uses, demand is accelerating even while much of the US is suffering extreme drought, which is probably caused or worsened by climate change exacerbated, ironically, by burning fossil fuels.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Homestead High students organize anti-fracking effort
San Jose Mercury News
Alia Wilson

From the high school that brought you the local ban on expanded polystyrene (more commonly known as Styrofoam) comes a new campaign. A class project has evolved to a full-fledged movement via the Homestead High School community. A group of students is now taking a stance against fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Drilling proponents ask Supreme Court to shut down petition-gathering on Polis amendment
Denver Business Journal
Ed Sealover

Opponents of Congressman Jared Polis’ nine ballot measures to rein in oil and gas drilling asked the Colorado Supreme Court Wednesday to stop campaign operatives from collecting signatures on one of the initiatives, saying the campaign has violated its promise not to confuse voters with conflicting proposals.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Dispute over drilling on Colorado’s Roan Plateau may be nearing resolution
Denver Business Journal
Cathy Proctor

There’s a proposed deal on the table that could end years of litigation and it's supported by a “broad coalition” of oil and gas companies interested in drilling on the plateau, environmental groups that have opposed drilling plans, Colorado state officials and Western Slope stakeholders, according to an April 1 letter from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton ((R-Cortez) to the chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Interior.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
NC Natural Gas Drilling Could Occur Despite Property Owners' Objections
Time Warner Cable News
Geoff Bennett

WASHINGTON -- With natural gas drilling on track to begin as early as next year in North Carolina, many landowners could find themselves in a legal limbo. In some parts of the state, property owners have little say about what happens underneath their land. Homeowners who object to gas companies setting up fracking rigs on their property might not have much of a choice.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Pipe down: Montclair Township Council calls for investigation of gasline
The Montclair Times
Andrew Segedin

The Williams Transco Co. Roseland Gas pipeline might not run directly under Montclair, but residents lined up during Tuesday's Township Council meeting to urge the council to pass a resolution opposing plans for a pressure increase in the 54-year-old line. Jane Califf, representing the Essex-Passaic Green Party, provided the council with some background on the 25-mile pipeline that runs under approximately 16 local municipalities, along with resolutions against the proposed increase in pressure that governing bodies in Clifton, Nutley and Roseland have approved.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
NYC firefighters increase role in gas leak reports
The Charlotte Observer
JONATHAN LEMIRE

NEW YORK The New York City Fire Department will now have a much greater role in responding to reports of possible gas leaks, according to an order made by Mayor Bill de Blasio in response to the March explosion that leveled two East Harlem buildings and killed eight people. The mandate to increase the oversight of the fire department — with hopes of dramatically improving response times to reports of leaks — is at the centerpiece of a report obtained by The Associated Press before its release on Wednesday. The plan also calls for more efficient repairs to the city's aging infrastructure and improved communication about potentially deadly leaks among the city's agencies, independent utilities and the public. "Mayor de Blasio is committed to improving New York City's infrastructure," said City Hall spokesman Phil Walzak, "and making the critical investments and changes needed to protect the health and safety of New Yorkers, and maintain our city's competitive edge." Previously, residents who smelled gas were often told to call their gas utility or dial 311, the city's information hotline. The fire department, which possesses the most suitable manpower and equipment to conduct a quick evacuation or ventilation of the area, would only be notified if the leak met certain thresholds, such as a multitude of calls or other warning signs, like a flickering of lights.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Oil train safety raises concern Industry, public comment on bill seeking disclosure
The Spokesman-Review
Daniel Moore

Residents of Eastern Washington expressed concern and skepticism Tuesday to state lawmakers working on a bill that would regulate an expected boom in trains carrying crude oil across the state. Members of the state Senate Committee on Energy, Environment and Telecommunications heard from industry sources and members of the public on the safety of transporting oil from North Dakota’s Bakken fields to refineries in Western Washington and Oregon.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Elon Musk Takes on Climate Change With Big Bets on Solar, Battery Tech
Associated Press


NEW YORK — The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he's trying to take matters into his own hands. Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels. See also: 4 Ways You Can Make a Real Impact to Slow Climate Change "If we don't do this we felt there was a risk of not being able to have the solar panels we need to expand the business in the long term," Musk said Tuesday in a conference call. Musk is also a founder and the CEO of the electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors, which is planning what it calls a "gigafactory" to supply batteries for its cars. In both cases, Musk's goal is to make sure that the components critical to his vision of the future — electric cars and solar energy — are available and cheap enough to beat fossil fuels.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Obama Carbon Rule Backed by Most Americans — WSJ/NBC Poll
The Wall Sgtreet Journal
Amy Harder

More than two-thirds of Americans support President Barack Obama’s new climate rule and more than half say the U.S. should address global warming even if it means higher electricity bills, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Widespread support for the carbon rule, unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month, is a rare bright spot for Mr. Obama, who otherwise received mostly low marks by poll respondents on topics ranging from his overall competence to his administration’s decision to trade five imprisoned Taliban officials in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The poll finds that 67% of respondents either strongly or somewhat support EPA’s new rule, while only 29% oppose it. Americans are also increasingly willing to stomach higher electricity costs in order to cut carbon emissions. More than half of poll respondents—57%—said they would support a proposal requiring companies to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming even if it means higher utility bills. That figure is up 9 percentage points since October 2009.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Shareowner Action on Fracking Disclosure Proves Strength of Proxy
SRI
Robert Kropp

The Investor Environmental Health Network reports that of six shareowner resolutions filed this year with companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, four were withdrawn and two received substantial support. SocialFunds.com -- Readers of SocialFunds.com know by now that encouraged by remarks by Securities and Exchange (SEC) Commissioner Daniel Gallagher disparaging the use of the current proxy process by sustainable investors, the US Chamber of Commerce and other business groups have petitioned the SEC to revise proxy rules. In his remarks, Gallagher said, "Activist investors and corporate gadflies have used these loose rules to hijack the shareholder proposal system." In their petition, the Chamber and its allies specifically referenced proposals relating to environmental issues, characterizing them as "non-financial" in an effort to have the Commission's resubmission rule radically altered. A recent summation of this proxy season as it relates to the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, published by the Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN), strongly suggests that such so-called "non-financial" matters are no longer the province of sustainable investors alone; companies, and growing numbers of mainstream investors as well, clearly recognize the materiality of risks associated with the fracking process.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
WWF: Fracking may destroy SA water
News 24, EIN News


Johannesburg - Government's intention to go ahead with shale gas exploration and more coal mining could have a devastating effect on South Africa's water supply, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said on Wednesday. Critical water production areas and water systems were being threatened by coal mining, WWF fresh water programme senior manager Christine Colvin said in a statement. "The explosion of shale gas exploration in the Karoo will similarly disrupt the social fabric of this fragile area and we do not have clarity on how negative impacts will be dealt with." In his state-of-the-nation address on Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma said government planned to push ahead both with nuclear energy generation and shale gas exploration, both strongly contested, but respect environmental laws. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves pumping a mixture of water and chemicals under high pressure underground to free natural gas trapped in shale, a fine-grained sedimentary rock. Efforts to mine this gas in the Karoo have been met by resistance, as environmentalists have argued it will pollute underground water. Water availability Colvin said: "Current plans for the expansion of coal mining and shale gas exploration will certainly be a ‘game changer’ for South Africa. They will shift our economy from being an energy-constrained economy to being a water-constrained economy."   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Residents Complain To Conway Board Of Fracking Stink
WHMI


Residents of Conway Township have been telling officials for months that the local fracking operation stinks, but last night they meant it more literally than usual. Several residents spoke up at yesterday’s meeting of the township board, saying a powerful and offensive odor had descended on their homes Friday as a result of the fracking operation. Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a process by which water, sand, and chemicals are pumped underground at high pressure to break apart rocks containing oil and natural gas, which can then be collected. It is controversial in large part because of the hundreds of different chemicals that might be used in their process, which some claim could cause long-term harm to the health of residents and the environment. Last night, residents told the township board that a noxious odor came from the Conway fracking site, stinging their eyes and throats as well as sending them into a panic. However, by the time a representative from the Department of Environmental Quality could make it to their homes, it had largely dissipated. Residents say the smell was hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas, but Supervisor Mike Rife says safety officials claim the smell came from an acidic gel used in the fracking process. However, residents both in the audience and on the board expressed frustration with the DEQ during the meeting, and the board unanimously approved a resolution to submit Freedom of Information Act requests for the results of any emission tests at the site conducted by the DEQ, with enforcement action possible if they exceeded legal limits. Residents say they are in support of this measure. (TD) Share: Share  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
MDN Map of NY Counties Likely to See Initial Fracking [Free]
Marcellus Drilling News


MDN is excited to release an important new resource—a free map—to help you understand the situation in New York State with fracking. A copy of the map is embedded below. In a nutshell, everyone is waiting (holding our collective breath) for the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to issue a final final final final version of new drilling rules (called the SGEIS) they’ve been working on for more than four years. Previous versions of the SGEIS were introduced but didn’t make the grade. This time, it’s really the final word. Where will the first permits be issued? That’s what our map will help you figure out. And we tell you why. Without further delay, here it is (and with a huge thanks to Ed Camp of ShaleNavigator for creating this map):  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2014
Frick & Frack Caught Dumping Frack Filth
NO FRACKING WAY
Chip Northrup

The name of the waste hauler is “Frick &