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Sep 26, 2016
Fracking caused recent man-made earthquakes in TX and OK
Modern Readers
Melissa Taylor

Researchers have long concluded that drilling and fracking activities have been the cause of several man-made earthquakes in the Southwest United States. A new study now adds to these findings, offering additional insights on wastewater injections and how they led to a major quake in Texas a few years ago.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Labour government would ban fracking in UK
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

The Labour party has strengthened its opposition to fracking, saying it would ban the controversial technique for extracting shale gas if it came to power. Speaking at the Labour conference in Liverpool, shadow energy and climate secretary Barry Gardiner is to announce the party will be going further than its previous policy of a moratorium until environment conditions are met.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Labour to announce it will ban fracking if it wins election The plan is criticised by Labour's former shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint for not offering an alternative.
Sky News


Shadow energy and climate change secretary Barry Gardiner told the party's annual conference in Liverpool that a Labour government would introduce an "outright ban" on the controversial practice.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
EPA Must 'Correct Top Claim in Major Fracking Study'
EcoWatch
Food & Water Watch

Led by Food & Water Watch, more than 200 public interest and environmental groups sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, urging the agency to heed the recommendation of its own independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) and clarify the seemingly unsupported top-line finding of the June 2015 draft fracking report.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Matzie introduces bills on quake insurance, fracking near reservoirs
The Times
J D Prose

State Rep. Rob Matzie has introduced two long-planned bills to address fracking near dams or reservoirs and insurance coverage of earthquakes regardless of their cause.   [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
Navajo Nation Lawmakers Want Study On Impact Of Fracking
KJZZ
Associated Press

The Farmington Daily Times reports that tribal legislators are pushing for a better understanding of energy industry practices as well as any necessary revisions of rules surrounding oil and gas production. The issue of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has taken a greater precedence in recent months.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
Energy issues divide presidential candidates From oil and gas exploration to climate change, Clinton and Trump have different visions.
Dayton Daily News
Jessica Wehrman

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are miles apart on many issues, but the gulf between them on environmental and energy strategies is nearly seismic.  [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
In Gas Drilling Country, the Honeymoon Is Over on Royalties
ABC News
Michael Rubinkam

Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went. A few months ago, the nation's second-largest natural gas producer siphoned $2,201 worth of gas from his 240-acre property — but paid him only $359 after taking deductions for transportation and processing.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
Here's where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on energy issues
Business Insider
Jeremy Berke

The two candidates — one the first woman to ever run on a major party's ticket and the other a brash billionaire and reality-television star — offer competing visions for the future direction of the country.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
On fracking Learning from Mike
Columbia Daily Tribune
Henry J Waters III

On Wednesday he reminded us of the basic process, drilling small holes deep in the ground into a type of rock, called shale, where huge repositories of untapped oil and natural gas reside. Then miners pump water, sand and chemicals down the hole under great pressure, fracturing the rocks and releasing oil and gas up the well and, as Mike says while cutting unnecessary descriptive corners, “out into tanker trucks.”   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
Green group urges fracking ban as Ineos ethane shipment nears Grangemouth
Energy Voice
Mark Lammey

A green group has reiterated calls for the Scottish Government to ban fracking outright as Ineos’s first shipment of ethane from the US nears the firm’s plant at Grangemouth.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
Oil, gas drilling has Oklahoma all shook up. Can anything be done about it?
CNBC
Erin Barry

Forget California—Oklahoma is now the most earthquake prone state in the lower 48, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. And in this case, the reason appears to be man-made.   [Full Story]

Sep 25, 2016
ShareThis Will the Gulf of Mexico Remain a Dumping Ground for Offshore Fracking Waste?
Mexico Star


When you think of a fracking site, the image that comes to mind is probably a bare-scraped well pad in a rural or maybe suburban landscape, topped with a drilling rig and other industrial infrastructure, and a fleet of trucks to haul materials needed for the controversial process that involves high-pressure injection of fluids into wells to boost oil and gas flow. But nowadays fracking is also happening in a landscape of a very different sort: the Gulf of Mexico.  [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2016
Navajo Nation lawmakers want study on impact of fracking
Santa Fe New Mexican
Associated Press

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation is seeking more investigation into the potential environmental fallout of hydraulic fracturing as it looks to update its energy policies.   [Full Story]

Sep 24, 2016
China, US Could Eliminate $20 Billion In Fossil Fuel Subsidies
GAs2
Steve Hanley Opinion

Almost 3 years ago, the United States and China announced that each would undertake a peer reviewed analysis of the subsidies each provides to the fossil fuel industry that are no longer relevant and could be eliminated. At the G20 conference earlier this month, the results of those studies were announced. The total? A whopping $20 billion dollars annually.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Existing coal, oil and gas fields will blow carbon budget2 – study
Climate Home
Karl Mathiesen

The world’s working coal mines and oil and gas fields contain enough carbon to push the world beyond the threshold for catastrophic climate change, according to a report released on Thursday. If all the existing fuel were to be burned, projects currently operating or under construction could be expected to release 942Gt CO2, said the report by US-based think tank Oil Change International (OCI).   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
DC Circuit Denies Sierra Club Appeal of FERC Authorization of Two LNG Facilities
JD Supra
Donna Bobbish

Since 2012, the major opponent of new large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects has been the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has adopted a two-pronged approach in its opposition to LNG exports projects, opposing both authorizations granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to construct and operate facilities for the export of LNG and authorizations granted by the US Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) under Section 3 of the NGA to export LNG to countries with which the US does not have free trade agreements that require “national treatment” for trade in natural gas. The Sierra Club has argued that in granting authority to construct LNG facilities and export LNG, FERC and DOE/FE have not complied with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1968 (NEPA) by failing to consider the indirect, cumulative and nationwide environmental effects of increased natural gas production due to increased natural gas exports.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Donald Trump, in Pittsburgh, Pledges to Boost Both Coal and Gas
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

Donald J. Trump on Thursday traveled to Pittsburgh, a city once synonymous with the rich coal seam that runs beneath it and now the capital of natural gas fracking, to promise the impossible: a boom for both coal and gas. Mr. Trump’s energy promises to those attending a corporate conference contained a fundamentally incompatible concept, as expanding the exploration of natural gas is the surest way to hurt coal production, and vice versa. Since the two fuels compete directly for the same market — the power plants that light American homes — it is effectively impossible to increase production of one without decreasing the other.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Ban On Anti-Fracking Ad Overturned
Morning Star
Sofia Lotto Persio

GREENPEACE celebrated yesterday as a ban on a campaign advert claiming that fracking would not cut energy bills was overturned. The environmental campaigners had put out an ad in January last year urging people to sign a petition against fracking for shale gas, claiming it “threatens our climate, our countryside and our water. Yet experts agree — it won’t cut our energy bills.”   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Donald Trump, in Pittsburgh, Pledges to Boost Both Coal and Gas
New York Times
Coral Davenport

Donald J. Trump on Thursday traveled to Pittsburgh, a city once synonymous with the rich coal seam that runs beneath it and now the capital of natural gas fracking, to promise the impossible: a boom for both coal and gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico
Truth-Out
Mike Ludwig

Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Montana board to decide on fracking chemicals disclosures
Missoulian


BILLINGS (AP) — Montana regulators are to consider a petition that would force companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Did Fracking Wastewater Disposal Cause East Texas’ Biggest Earthquake? It would appear so, according to a new study. Yet the Texas agency tasked with regulating oil drillers has never publicly linked any earthquake to industry activity.
Pacific Standard
Francie Diep

The largest-ever recorded earthquake in eastern Texas was caused by a common oil-drilling practice called wastewater or fluid injection, a new study finds.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Where do the presidential candidates stand on fracking?
The Morning Call
Laura Olson

The politics behind fracking – the process that blasts water and chemicals into layers of rock deep underground in order to release gas – have attracted politicians from both sides of the aisle to industry events since the Marcellus boom began here in the late 2000s.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Onlookers drawn to flare with gas company Origin fracking exploratory well in Northern Territory
ABC News
Lisa Herbert & Daniel Fitzgerald

The Northern Territory Government says a large flame burning from an exploratory gas well is standard exploration practice.  [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
Trump's balancing act on fracking
Politico
Anthony Adragna

TRUMP’S TRIP TO SHALE COUNTRY: Donald Trump’s attempt to woo an initially wary energy industry takes him to the Shale Insight conference in Pennsylvania today, but he’ll have a much tougher time tailoring his fracking position to the rest of the state, Pro’s Elana Schor reports. Polls have shown voters in Pennsylvania, which Trump almost certainly must win to take the White House, welcome the economic benefits of fracking, but are wary of its environmental risks and want the industry to kick in more money to state coffers.   [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2016
You can see fracking’s impact on Earth’s surface from space
New Scientist
Andy Coghlan

Fracking can lift Earth’s surface, a movement that has now been detected from space and can help predict where quakes induced by the activity are likely to strike. This slight buckling – just 3 millimetres a year – happened when frackers injected waste water at high pressure into rocks deep underground.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Methane released during fracking on UT land raises concern
The Shorthorn
Matt Fuilkerson

State and local environmental groups made a stop at UTA to talk about the dangers of methane emissions released during fracking, but no one else showed up. According to the group’s findings, methane emissions on UT System oil and gas sites in west Texas nearly doubled between 2009 and 2014 and produced the equivalent of 11.7 million tons of climate pollution. Extraction sites on UTA’s campus were not part of their research.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Take Two: Albany’s Oil-by-Rail Facilities Must Do New Environmental Review
DeSmogBlog
JUSTIN MIKULKA

The people of Albany, New York, got some good news last Friday about their port's oil-by-rail facilities. “Global Companies must restart its environmental review process, given the significant new information about the benzene levels in Albany’s South End community and the hazards of crude oil transport,” said Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC will ensure that this process includes a meaningful and thorough opportunity for public engagement.”   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Environmentalists Urge Cuomo To Say No To Pipeline Expansion
WSHU
Karen DeWitt

Opponents of a pipeline expansion that would flow through vast portions of New York want the Cuomo Administration to deny a key permit that could result in a halt to the upgrade.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Trump or Clinton: Who would be best for Pa. gas industry?
YDR


When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Shale Insight natural gas conference in downtown Pittsburgh on Thursday, he’ll be in a city that bans fracking for natural gas. Trump, though regarded warmly by many in the fossil-fuel industry, has said he is OK with such bans. And although few seem to think he meant that, some believe the industry might fare just as well with his rival in office.  [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Fracking billionaire backs Trump
State Impact PA
Reid Frazier

One of Donald Trump’s top energy top advisers warned an oil and gas conference in Pittsburgh Wednesday that a Hillary Clinton presidency would harm the drilling industry.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
NRDC Asks for Public Access to Fracking Chemical Information
NRDC
Amanda Jahshan

During the fracking process, millions of gallons of water, chemicals, and sand are injected underground at high-pressure to increase oil and gas production. Unfortunately, many of the chemicals used in fracking are toxic or carcinogenic. Studies have shown that fracking can contaminate drinking water supplies and harm the health of people living nearby. That’s why this summer NRDC, Earthjustice, MEIC, landowners, and public health professionals filed a petition asking the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to improve the public’s access to fracking chemical information.   [Full Story]

Sep 21, 2016
Pressure Mounts Against Aging Enbridge Oil and Gas Pipeline Through Great Lakes
DeSmogBlog
Larry Buhl

Public pressure is mounting to decommission two 63-year-old underwater pipelines that rest in an environmentally sensitive waterway between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. About 540,000 barrels of oil and liquid natural gas flow daily through the 20-inch pipelines, called Line 5, which lie in an exposed trench on the public bottomlands of the Mackinac Straits west of the Mackinac Bridge. Built in 1953, Line 5 is now owned by the Alberta, Canada-based petroleum company Enbridge, Inc. Many fear the aging pipeline is an accident waiting to happen, with recent modeling showing a single oil spill could impact more than 150 miles of coastline.  [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2016
As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK’d Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline's owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters. However, at the same time the pipeline and protests surrounding it were galvanizing an international swell of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its Sacred Stone Camp, another federal move on two key pipelines has flown under the radar. In May, the federal government quietly approved permits for two Texas pipelines — the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines — also owned by Energy Transfer Partners. This action and related moves will ensure that U.S. fracked gas will be flooding the energy grid in Mexico. The Dakota Access Pipeline is also set to carry oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), but in the northern U.S., from North Dakota's Bakken Shale Formation through several Great Plains states to Illinois.   [Full Story]

Sep 20, 2016
Federal SEC Launches Investigation Into ExxonMobil's Climate Change Accounting
DeSmogBlog
Graham Readfearn

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating how oil giant ExxonMobil calculates the value of its assets in a world looking to force stricter rules on fossil fuel emissions, according to multiple reports. According to the Wall St. Journal, which broke the story, the SEC asked ExxonMobil and its auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, for documents last month. The SEC probe is examining how the oil company’s financials allow for international efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and how the company “evaluates the economic viability of its projects” under climate change laws, the WSJ reported. The investigation puts an ever-brightening spotlight on ExxonMobil’s current and historical dealings with climate change.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Frack Sand: The Unsung Hero Of The OPEC Oil War
OilPrice.com
James Stafford

The late-2014, Saudi-initiated oil-price war may have taken the ‘boom’ out of the US shale industry as it seriously threatened OPEC market share, but Saudi victory has been elusive: US shale has proven amazingly resilient. The industry has adapted quickly to the new playing field, and the unsung hero of a new uptick in drilling and investment isn’t just true grit—it’s sand. The Saudi victory is equally dulled by the fact that it was not a decline in US shale production that rebalanced supply and demand; rather, it was chaos in Libya, militant attacks in Nigeria, massive fires in Canada and the destabilization of OPEC’s own Venezuela.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Fracking Supporters Aren't Miffed By Missed Rules Deadline
WBAL
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Supporters of fracking say they aren't concerned about Maryland missing an arbitrary deadline regarding gas drilling regulations, one year out from expiration of the statewide ban on the controversial gas-extraction technique.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Obama Administration Urged to Halt Dumping of Offshore Fracking Waste Into Gulf of Mexico Proposed Permit Threatens Sea Turtles, Fish, Other Gulf Wildlife
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

ATLANTA— An Obama administration proposal to continue allowing oil companies to dump unlimited amounts of offshore fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico violates federal law and threatens endangered marine wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity warned over the weekend.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Fracking Has A Week Of Huge Legal Wins In Ohio
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Anti-hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, activists suffered a pair of major legal defeats in Ohio when the state Supreme Court refused to put anti-fracking measures on the ballot in November and blocked attempts by local governments to ban fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Gas industry seeks regulations delay, FOIA exemption for fracking
Daily Press
Travis Fain

The gas industry is pushing for a delay in new Virginia drilling regulations until it can get state law changed to protect key information about chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
No Parking on the Hudson
The New York Times
Editorial

Should towns up and down the Hudson River be rest stops on a mulitilane highway for barges carrying crude oil? Absolutely, say the shipping and tugboat interests. But if you care about the health and vitality of the beleaguered Hudson — more than the convenience and efficiency of the industries behind America’s energy boom — the answer should be no, absolutely not. Acting on a request from the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Hudson River Port Pilot’s Association and the American Waterways Operators, the Coast Guard is considering creating 10 anchorage sites for barges between Yonkers and Kingston. These sites would provide space for a total of 43 berths for vessels traveling between the Port of Albany and New York Harbor.  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Long Beach petroleum engineer hired to advise Los Angeles on fracking, natural gas drilling
Press Telegram


Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday a Long Beach petroleum engineer has been chosen to keep a closer watch over natural gas drilling and other fossil fuel extraction activity in Los Angeles.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Gas and oil-drilling watchdog first for LA in decades
MY News LA
Stephanie Michaud

For the first time in decades, Los Angeles will be getting a gas and oil-drilling watchdog. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday a petroleum engineer from the city of Long Beach has been chosen to keep a closer watch over natural gas drilling and other fossil fuel extraction activity in Los Angeles.   [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
U.S. has thousands of drilled but uncompleted oil and gas wells
Akron Beacon Journal
Jim MacKinnon

There are more than 5,000 drilled but uncompleted oil and gas wells in the United States, which has major implications not just for supply but also price, reports Oilprice.com: "Along with its monthly Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), the EIA released a supplement today which estimates the number of drilled uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the seven key oil and natural gas producing regions covered by the agency’s broader drilling report. The number of DUCs has been declining over the past few months, but it remains well above levels seen prior to the late-2014 price crash."  [Full Story]

Sep 19, 2016
Fresh oil drilling in US, long build up in Natural Gas – IB Times [Video]
FX Street


In his visit to US, Sharma saw increase in drilling activity, which clearly states the producers across the pond are getting comfortable with the current price range. He goes on detail the dynamics of the oil market which suggest the current price range is likely to persist for a long time.   [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2016
Maryland officials say state will miss deadline to set fracking rules, as push for a permanent ban begins
Baltimore Sun
Scott Dance

State environmental regulators say they will not adopt rules to govern gas drilling in Western Maryland by Oct. 1, missing a legal deadline one year out from the expiration of the statewide ban on the controversial practice known as fracking.  [Full Story]

Sep 18, 2016
Natural gas will turn out to be wrong choice
Charleston Gazette-Mail
S. Thomas Bond Opinion

It is now becoming clear that developing unconventional drilling for hydrocarbon fuels is the wrong choice. Two trends moving rapidly work against then: increasing population and global warming.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2016
Gulf of St. Lawrence oil drilling proposal provokes anger Environmental and First Nations groups have opposed the Halifax-based company's plans
CBC News
Ian Bickis

A regulator's proposal to give more time to an energy company that wants to drill in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is provoking anger from opponents who say it's high time the federal government intervene to protect the area.   [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2016
In Ohio, frackers are drilling. Soon Ineos will be doing the same in Britain The UK chemicals giant, which has 30 applications to drill at home, is running publicity tours on the Appalachian shale fields to boost the industry’s image
The Guardian
Jana Kasperkevic

Ineos is planning as many as 30 applications for fracking sites in the UK within the next year. As part of its campaign to win over critics, Ineos invited journalists to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania operated by Consol, a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal and, supposedly, an example of why fracking will be good for the UK.  [Full Story]

Sep 17, 2016
In Ohio, frackers are drilling. Soon Ineos will be doing the same in Britain The UK chemicals giant, which has 30 applications to drill at home, is running publicity tours on the Appalachian shale fields to boost the industry’s image
The Guardian
Jana Kasperkevic

Ineos is planning as many as 30 applications for fracking sites in the UK within the next year. As part of its campaign to win over critics, Ineos invited journalists to tour fracking sites in Pennsylvania operated by Consol, a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal and, supposedly, an example of why fracking will be good for the UK.  [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2016
Study: Fracking chemicals linked to reproductive health abnormalities in mice [The Pump Handle]
Before Its News


In a new study — the first of its kind — researchers fed water laced with fracking chemicals to pregnant mice and then examined their female offspring for signs of impaired fertility. They found negative effects at both high and low chemical concentrations, which raises red flags for human health as well.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
INDIANA COUNTY: Grant Township keeps up well fight
Indiana Gazette
Randy Wells

The Grant Township supervisors are looking for support from the Indiana County commissioners in the township’s efforts to block injection wells in the township. Township supervisors Stacy Long and Jon Perry said Wednesday they would appreciate the commissioners extending a resolution passed last year opposing injection wells and enacting “something with more teeth,” something that would be more “usable in court.”   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
Ohio Supreme Court keeps anti-fracking measures off ballot
Midwest Energy News
Ellen M Gillmer

Ohio’s highest court struck a blow to hydraulic fracturing opponents yesterday, refusing to put anti-fracking measures on the November ballot.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
Legislators Call for Ban on Fracking Waste Disposal in NY
Public News Service


ALBANY, N. Y. – State legislators are calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to close a loophole in waste regulations and ban the disposal of fracking waste in the state.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
Victoria to be nation leader in fracking ban
Weekly Times Now
Kath Sullivan

VICTORIA will become the first state in Australia to legislate a permanent ban against fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 15, 2016
Did an Industry Front Group Create Fake Twitter Accounts to Promote the Dakota Access Pipeline?
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

A DeSmog investigation has revealed the possibility that a front group supporting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) — the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (MAIN) — may have created fake Twitter profiles, known by some as “sock puppets,” to convey a pro-pipeline message over social media. And MAIN may be employing the PR services of the firm DCI Group, which has connections to the Republican Party, in order to do so. DeSmog tracked down at least 16 different questionable Twitter accounts which used the #NoDAPL hashtag employed by protesters, in order to claim that opposition to the pipeline kills jobs, that those protesting the pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's encampment use violence, and that the pipeline does not pose a risk to water sources or cross over tribal land. On September 13, people began to suspect these accounts were fake, calling them out on Twitter, and by September 14, most of the accounts no longer existed.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Energy Industry, DEP Become Litigation Targets Under New Fracking Rules
The Legal Intelligencer
Max Mitchell

Energy companies and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are seen as the biggest and most likely targets of litigation that attorneys anticipate will flow from a series of much-anticipated oil and gas regulations expected to take effect this fall.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Back to the Fracking Drawing Board for BLM? Fracking’s Risks Are Too Obvious to Ignore
JD Supra
Seth Jaffe

Last week, Judge Michael Fitzgerald granted summary judgment to the plaintiffs in a citizen suit alleging that BLM’s Environmental Impact Statement prepared to address whether to open certain lands in California to mineral development was inadequate. Judge Fitzgerald concluded that the EIS pretty much completely failed to address the potential risks of fracking and that, as a result, the EIS did not comply with NEPA.  [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Why Utica Shale’s Natural Gas Production Rose 28% in One Year
Market Realist
Alex Chamberlin

According to the EIA (US Energy Information Administration), the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio has become one of the fastest-growing natural gas-producing regions in the United States.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Fighting for Gas Money in Bradford County
WNEP
Jim Hamill & Peggy Lee

TOWANDA -- A rally for people who feel they haven't been getting their fair share of royalties from Chesapeake Energy was held Wednesday night in Bradford County. The rally is aimed to drum up support for a bill going through Harrisburg that would guarantee that companies pay a minimum fee to people who own land leased to the companies to drill and remove their natural gas.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Lawmakers, environmentalists urge NYS to ban hydrofracking wastewater
WBFO
Karen DeWitt

A group of state lawmakers is teaming up with environmental groups to ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to ban the use of wastewater from hydrofracking and other oil and gas extraction from being spread on public roadways.   [Full Story]

Sep 14, 2016
Fracking Is Now Banned In The Land ‘Down Under’
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

The energy and economic future of Australia is increasingly in doubt after a major oil-producing province banned hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Sep 13, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline Would Lock In Emissions of 30 Coal Plants
EcoWatch
Lorne Stockman

The Dakota Access Pipeline would carry oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to Gulf Coast refineries and export terminals via Patoka, Illinois. With a maximum capacity of 570,000 barrels per day (bpd), it could carry more than 50 percent of North Dakota's current oil production. Ultimately, the net greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of the pipe would depend on what future actions we take to end our fossil fuel addiction and address climate change.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
FERC still reviewing pipeline
Times Leader
Casey Junkins

ST. CLAIRSVILLE –If federal regulators ultimately approve the Nexus Pipeline, the project will carry enough Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas each day to send a spacecraft on 838 round trips to the moon.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Arrest Warrant Issued for Journalist Amy Goodman for Coverage of Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Andy Rowell

Well now in a travesty of American justice, Democracy Now! announced over the weekend that an arrest warrant had been issued in North Dakota for Goodman. She has been charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor offense  [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Top EPA Official: ‘Dickheads’ in White House Resisted Regulating Fracking
Free Beacon
Lachlan Markay

A senior Environmental Protection Agency official privately complained about “dickheads” in the White House who resisted efforts to regulate an innovative oil and gas extraction technique, newly released documents show.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Guest column: Why state shouldn't allow fracking
Capital Gazette
Phil Favero Opinion

Annapolis was always destined to be the center for debate about Maryland regulations on fracking, but interest about drilling into a gas field beneath our city and growing concerns about global warming heighten the issue.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Lawsuit Launched Over Fracking, Water, Climate Change in Colorado River Basin
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Living Rivers today filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to compel them to update invalid, outdated Endangered Species Act consultations on the impacts of climate change and expanded fracking in western Colorado on the Colorado River system and its four endangered fish. The challenge seeks to halt all new oil and gas leasing and development on federal public lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin of Colorado — including the White River and Grand Junction field offices — pending updated consultations.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Houston Scrutinizing Request To Drill Oil Well Near Major Drinking Water Source
Houston Public Media
Dave Fehling

Fewer oil wells are being drilled these days in Texas but the work hasn’t stopped. In fact, one new permit would allow drilling in a place that’s raising concern: a spot very close to Lake Houston, one of the city’s major sources for drinking water.   [Full Story]

Sep 12, 2016
Emergency crews respond to suspected explosion at Encana water hub One worker injured, transported to hospital
The Mirror
Mike Carter

Emergency crews were called to the scene of a suspected explosion at Encana Corp.'s Montney Water Resource Hub in the Bessborough-Farmington about 20-kilometres from Dawson Creek Sept. 12.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
A bit of dialogue emerges on Wayne National Forest drilling
Athens News


Interested groups, including some long-time adversaries, gathered at Grover Center Saturday for a “National Collaboration Cadre Workshop” to discuss a plan to allow oil and gas hydraulic fracturing in the Wayne National Forest north of Marietta.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
Local residents, students occupy Forest Service meeting over fracking concerns
The Post Athens
Taylor Maple

About 30 Ohio University students and Athens County residents occupied Saturday’s National Collaboration Cadre Workshop, held in Grover Center. They occupied the workshop to protest the possible fracking in Wayne National Forest.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
Proof on fracking and health concerns
Daily Item


On Aug. 26, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and from Geisinger released the results of a lengthy study that reveals the associations between fracking and various health symptoms. What they found is not surprising — people with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are almost two times more likely to suffer from the symptoms of nasal and sinus problems, migraine headaches, and excessive fatigue when compared with people who live and work further away from such sites.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
New genus of bacteria found in fracking wells
Digital Journal
Tim Sandle

Dig deep and there are potentially hundreds of bacteria on Earth that have yet to be discovered or characterized. One recent discovery relates to fracking where a new genus of bacteria has been discovered.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
Article Why Oklahoma earthquakes are sending tremors through big shale
Financial Review
Matthew Stevens

here was an earthquake in Oklahoma last week. Not much new in that though. Over the past five years Oklahoma has become one of America's shakiest states. But the one that shook Pawnee was big. It was 5.8 on the Richter Scale. While no one was hurt and damage to property was minor, this was the biggest quake ever recorded in the state.   [Full Story]

Sep 11, 2016
Dakota pipeline project paused. What does this mean for the oil industry?
Christian Science Monitor
Ellen Powell

It was a victory Friday for tribal lands protection, as the federal government called for work on parts of the Dakota Access pipeline to be halted. For oil producers and shippers, however, the struggle to find new routes – and turn a profit – now begins.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2016
New dirty war: Native Argentines fight fracking by global corporations
RT


Oil companies looking to expand fracking in Argentina have been met by opposition from indigenous Mapuche communities and environmentalists who say the controversial extraction method has ruined their drinking water and caused cancer.   [Full Story]

Sep 10, 2016
Rise In Fracking And Oil Drilling May Be Causing Increase In Texas Truck Accidents
Digital Journal
Press Release

Despite the decrease in overall motor vehicle accidents throughout the U.S., statistics show that Texas leads all states in yearly crashes. And while there are many factors that contribute to Texas’ ranking at the top, one of the most overlooked factors may be related to the increase in oil drilling and fracking – the process of extracting oil or gas from solid rock – that’s swept through the state over the past decade.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2016
U.S. Suspends Construction on Part of North Dakota Pipeline
NY Times
Jack Healy & John Schwartz

BISMARCK, N.D. — The federal government on Friday temporarily blocked construction on part of a North Dakota oil pipeline, an unusual intervention in a prairie battle that has drawn thousands of Native Americans and activists to camp and demonstrate.   [Full Story]

Sep 9, 2016
Oklahoma Fracking Operations Could See More Regulation After Big Quake
HPPR
Jonathan Baker

Oklahoma fracking operations are facing a potential backlash in the wake of last week’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake, Bloomberg reports.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Most powerful quake ever recorded in Oklahoma history linked to fracking
Aminewswire
Michael Carroll

A weekend temblor allegedly linked to oil drilling operations in central Oklahoma was the largest quake ever recorded in the state, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced Wednesday. Saturday’s earthquake in the Arbuckle rock formation region has been updated to a magnitude of 5.8, USGS reported, and it was reportedly felt in five other states.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
CUOMO URGED TO COMPLETE FRACKING BAN COMMITMENT
Empire State News
Daniel Sonninshine

Hazardous waste materials are subject to strict safety standards in New York. However, according to a press release issued by Max Oppen, waste associated with oil and gas operations are not classified as “hazardous” and therefore not governed by these standards. Oppen conjectures that this loophole has resulted in fracking waste being found in state landfills and utilized on roads as a deicer.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Fracking-Quakes Liability Fight Rumbles on in N.Y.
Courthouse News
Adam Klasfeld

MANHATTAN (CN) — Shaken by five lawsuits over fracking-linked earthquakes, an Oklahoma energy company stumbled in its attempt to have its insurance company steady the aftershocks. New Dominion, an oil and natural gas company based in Tulsa, Okla., has been rocked by lawsuits from the Sierra Club and residents living near its drilling areas blaming it for a sharp spike in seismic activity.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Post-mortem: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot
Colorado Independent
Kelsey Ray

The fractivists were prepared for this. Before turning in the more than 200,000 ballot petition signatures they collected to qualify two anti-fracking measures for the November ballot, members of the Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking campaign took photographs of every single petition page.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
U.S. judge halts fracking plan for federal lands in California
Jamestown Sun
Terry Wade

HOUSTON - A U.S. judge on Wednesday halted a plan to allow fracking on public lands in central California, saying a federal agency's environmental plan should have taken a "hard look" at the potential impact of the process.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Fracking Takes A Hit
Real Clear Energy
Editors

"There were no reports of injuries, though the earthquake reportedly damaged a 100-year-old historic building in Pawnee," according to 9/3/16 story from UPI. Well, the 100-year-old building may have sustained what is now said to be "cosmetic" damage, but the fracking industry took a much more substantial hit to its reputation last week when frack-heavy Oklahoma was jiggled by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, the second worst in its history.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Judge rejects plan to start fracking in California
University of Texas
Daryan Jones

A federal judge rejected a plan to open central California land to fracking and oil drilling. The Bureau of Land Management proposed to open 1,500 square miles for drilling and fracking. The judge wrote in the ruling that the BLM didn’t look close enough at the effects, and officials must provide a more in-depth report on how fracking will impact the environment.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Judge orders environmental study of fracking plan on California public lands
Reuters
David Bailey

A federal judge has blocked a plan to open one million acres of public land in Central California to oil and gas drilling, ruling that regulators should have considered in more detail the potential environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Bernie Sanders' brother tells Lydney: ‘Fracking is very nasty business’
The Forester
Carmelo Garcia

GREEN Party health spokesperson Larry Sanders highlighted the risks of fracking and nuclear energy during the radio debate in Lydney. Mr Sanders, whose brother Bernie ran against Hillary Clinton for the US Democratic nomination, took part in BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? programme hosted at Lydney Town Hall on September 2.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Morning Roundup: Record earthquake causing backlash to Oklahoma fracking
Whichita Business Journal


Record earthquake causing backlash to Oklahoma fracking Saturday’s earthquake, near a complex of oil-storage facilities, led the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to order the suspension of about 37 wastewater disposal wells in Oklahoma according to a Hutchison News report,   [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Weeks Before Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Intensified, Big Oil Pushed for Expedited Permitting
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

In the two months leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to issue to the Dakota Access pipeline project an allotment of Nationwide 12 permits (NWP) — a de facto fast-track federal authorization of the project — an army of oil industry players submitted comments to the Corps to ensure that fast-track authority remains in place going forward. This fast-track permitting process is used to bypass more rigorous environmental and public review for major pipeline infrastructure projects by treating them as smaller projects.  [Full Story]

Sep 8, 2016
Major Earthquake Threatens Fracking
Seeking Alpha


Summary Major earthquake 30 miles from Cushing. Unusual spike in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma since fracking began. Regulators may crack down on fracking development.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Industry fears fracking ban could spread
Yahoo News
Berry Petrina

Australia's peak gas body says Victoria's ban on fracking is bad policy that it fears could spread to other states. The Victorian government is set to prohibit the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in the state, a move it says will protect farmers  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Ohio fracking foes claim fundamental right to charter votes
News-Herald
Associated Press

COLUMBUS >> Attorneys seeking to restore a series of anti-fracking measures to fall Ohio ballots are telling the Ohio Supreme Court that getting a chance to decide the issues is a fundamental right of the voters. Election boards in Athens, Meigs and Portage counties invalidated petitions seeking to put the measures on 2016 ballots and Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted upheld those decisions.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Judge Fails to Block Dakota Pipeline Construction After Burial Sites Destroyed
Inside Climate News
Lisa Song

A federal judge declined to halt construction of part of the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday, despite pleas from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that sensitive cultural artifacts are being destroyed. The decision could heighten tensions between the Native Americans protesting the project and the pipeline builder, a situation that's become increasingly volatile. The Standing Rock Sioux had filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order on Sunday, after pipeline builder Dakota Access LLC bulldozed a section of the route west of Lake Oahe, N.D., which contained sacred sites and historical artifacts. One of the sites was a stone marker that the Tribe's cultural expert described in court filings as "one of the most significant archaeological finds in North Dakota in many years."   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Fracking creates an ecosystem 2.5km beneath the Earth’s surface Long term tracking shows the microbes are still there a year after the frack.
ARS Technica
John Timmer

A new study, released this week by Nature Microbiology reveals that fracking creates an entire ecosystem 2.5km below the Earth's surface, one that can persist for at least a year after the frack. And the microbes that thrive there may actually have implications for the production and durability of the fracking wells.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
U.S. judge halts fracking plan for federal lands in California
Reuters
Terry Wade

A U.S. judge on Wednesday halted a plan to allow fracking on public lands in central California, saying a federal agency's environmental plan should have taken a "hard look" at the potential impact of the process. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald, was at least the second setback in three years for fracking in California and came as the Obama administration's rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands have been tied up in another court.  [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
White House: No change in fracking stance since Oklahoma quake At least seven seismic events recorded in Oklahoma since weekend earthquake.
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Federal policies and positions on hydraulic fracturing have not changed in response to a weekend earthquake in Oklahoma, a White House spokesman said.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Judge Puts Hold on Plan to Open California Lands to Fracking
ABC News
Associated Press

A federal judge on Tuesday tentatively rejected a plan by the federal Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central California to oil drilling and fracking.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Jeremy Corbyn Pledges Fracking Ban, Energy Co-ops in Green Labour Agenda 'We want Britain to be the world's leading producer of renewables technology,' he said in Nottingham, a proposed fracking site
Common Dreams
Naia Prupis

Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday introduced a green energy agenda "for the 60 million, not the big six," referring to the country's major gas and electric suppliers, and said a Labour government would "act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environmental policies," if elected to power.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Ohio fracking foes claim fundamental right to charter votes
Herald-Dispatch
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Attorneys seeking to restore a series of anti-fracking measures to fall Ohio ballots are telling the Ohio Supreme Court that getting a chance to decide the issues is a fundamental right of the voters.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Gas lobby fears fracking ban may be ‘contagious’
Herald Sun
Petrina Berry

THE head of Australia’s peak gas body says he is concerned other states could follow Victoria’s lead in banning fracking. Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association chief Malcolm Roberts says the State Government has given into activist pressure, and the ban could hurt the state in the long term. The Government last week announced it would prohibit the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in the state in a move to protect farmers.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
New Type of Bacteria Found in Fracking Wells
Seeker
Kieran Mulvaney

Scientists have discovered an entirely new genus of bacteria living in hydraulic fracking wells, part of a thriving ecosystem of microorganisms that contains at least 31 different species. Writing in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers from Ohio State University describe finding nearly identical microbial communities in two fracking wells, despite the fact that the wells were located hundreds of miles from each other, and drilled by different energy companies using different techniques, into different types of shale that formed millions of years apart.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Behind Closed Doors, Donald Trump’s Adviser Explains His Real Economic Plan The departments of Commerce and Energy are out. Millions of new drilling and mining jobs are in.
Huffington Post


WASHINGTON ? At a private meeting of conservatives in Cleveland this summer, Donald Trump’s senior economic adviser, Stephen Moore, said the candidate planned to pay for his costly proposals by eliminating the departments of Commerce, Energy and Education; lifting all restrictions on mining, drilling and fracking; ending Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, and offering rust-belt factory workers new jobs on oil rigs and steel mills.   [Full Story]

Sep 7, 2016
Argentina’s indigenous communities unite to stop fracking
Humanosphere
Lisa Nikolau

Oil companies looking to expand on fracking have met a great deal of resistance in Argentina, where conservationists and the indigenous Mapuche communities say the gas extraction technique has severely polluted their land and water.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Destruction of Sacred Burial Grounds Prompts Federal Judge to Protect Some Tribal Sites from Dakota Access Pipeline
DeSmog Blog
Larry Buhl

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. halted construction on a portion of the contentious Dakota Access Bakken oil pipeline route, which falls on federal land. However, because the court lacked jurisdiction, he ruled that construction could continue on the area* that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had recently identified as sacred tribal burial ground, a site that was bulldozed over the Labor Day weekend by pipeline construction crews.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Company Led by Donald Trump's Energy Aide Says Its Oil Will Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

Continental Resources — the company founded and led by CEO Harold Hamm, energy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign and potential U.S. Secretary of Energy under a Trump presidency — has announced to investors that oil it obtains via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin is destined for transport through the hotly-contested Dakota Access pipeline.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Non-profits sue Obama administration over oil and gas leases on public lands
Free Speech Radio News


In a landmark lawsuit, two non-profits are suing the Obama administration for the climate and health impacts associated with 380,000 acres of public land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming federally leased to oil and gas companies for fracking. WildEarth Guardians together with Physicians for Social Responsibility filed the lawsuit in late August in U.S. District Court in Washington DC. The lawsuit claims the President’s Administration, although expressing concern over climate change, is illegally refusing to research and publish all the information on the health risks to citizens and the environment caused by more than 397 public land oil and gas leases in the western United States.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Who's Investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline? Meet the Banks Financing Attacks on Protesters
Democracy Now


We continue our conversation with Hugh MacMillan on his new investigation revealing the financial institutions backing the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline project. The investigation, published by research outlet LittleSis, names more than two dozen major banks and financial institutions helping to finance the Dakota Access pipeline. It details how Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions have, combined, extended a $3.75 billion credit line to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Concerns about fracking and earthquakes
WTVA
Courtney Ann Jackson

JACKSON, Miss (WTVA) -- A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook seven states Saturday. Blame for several of the recent quakes in the Central U.S. has been pinned on oil and gas production.   [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Geologist Sees Clues, and Further Dangers, in Puzzle of Oklahoma’s Earthquakes
The New York Times
Michael Wines

Scientists and regulators agree that earthquakes like the 5.6-magnitude tremor that struck Oklahoma on Saturday, and thousands of smaller ones in recent years, have been spurred by the disposal of millions of tons of wastewater that is pumped to the surface, and then injected back into the ground, during oil and gas production. The shock last week tied a record set in 2011 in Prague, Okla., for the strongest such tremor in the state’s history. State regulators have ordered well operators to stop wastewater injections in a 725-square-mile ellipse around the quake’s center. But they conceded that trying to prevent more quakes was an inexact science. And in Oklahoma, where oil and gas are dominant economic and political forces, any effort to regulate the industry produces an entirely different set of shocks.  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
Oklahoma Earthquake Officially Largest in State's History
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

The 5.6 magnitude earthquake that rattled Pawnee, Oklahoma Saturday morning has been classified as largest in state history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  [Full Story]

Sep 6, 2016
New type of bacteria found in fracking wells
The Australian
John Ross

Scientists have found a hitherto unknown type of bacteria flourishing in fracking wells. Researchers believe the new genus, which they have named Frackibacter, may have been ­living in underground rock long ­before hydraulic fracturing drilling exposed its existence. The bacteria, revealed in the journal Nature Microbiology, are part of surprisingly similar bug communities found in two wells hundreds of kilometres apart.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Colorado anti-fracking measures fail to make November ballot
Petro Global News
Nicolas Torres

According to Reuters, state officials said the two ballot initiatives failed to win enough signatures to account for those signatures that would be rejected during a random verification test.  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Commissioners Fighting for Fracking
WCBC Radio


With momentum for fracking seeming to be stalled in Maryland, the Allegany County Commissioners have sent correspondence to the head of the powerful Environment and Transportation Committee making the case for allowing the practice- at least in the western region of the state. County Administrator David Eberly presented a letter during the county meeting to be sent to Delegate Kumar Barve highlighting the potential tremendous economic impact fracking could have on the region…  [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Walking against fracking
2br


The anti-fracking campaigner is walking to London in the hope of sending a message to the government that Lancashire is not for shale. It comes after an announcement last month that residents and communities could be given compensation directly into their bank accounts if fracking takes place in their area something he claims is a bribe.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Anticosti fracking could cause earthquakes, expert says U.S. Midwest, Alberta, British Columbia enduring earthquakes due to 'human activity'
CBC News
Elysha Enos

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook the U.S. Midwest on Saturday is being linked to the same kind of fracking proposed for Anticosti in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.   [Full Story]

Sep 5, 2016
Mapuche community in Argentina fights fracking site
BBC
Grace Livingstone

Fracking could provide Argentina with cheap energy for generations, but Mapuche indigenous communities who live here say it is polluting their land.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
Ohio elections chief, anti-fracking groups dispute ballot issues
Vindy.com
Associated Press

Attorneys for Ohio’s elections chief are arguing in the Ohio Supreme Court that he acted properly in sidelining county anti-fracking measures proposed for fall ballots.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
No UK fracking this year as Yorkshire legal challenge drags on
The Telegraph
Smily Gosden

ritain’s efforts to get fracking for shale gas have suffered a fresh delay after it emerged a legal challenge against the only approved project will not be heard until the end of November.  [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
Oklahoma earthquake and oil drilling: What we know 37 wells shut down after earthquake
WCVB


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —When an earthquake struck Oklahoma on Saturday, one of the first steps state officials took was to shut down 37 of the state's 4,000 disposal wells -- a move that drew national attention to the link between oil and gas drilling and earthquakes.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
Oklahoma Earthquake: 37 Oil Wells Being Shut Down--Is Fracking the Cause of Recent Earthquake Activity?
Inquisitr
Louis Babcock

According to CNN Money, scientists warned five months ago that drilling for oil has made the state vulnerable to induced earthquake activity. The March report by the United States Geological Survey states that recent drilling for oil and natural gas has made the people who live in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arkansas as susceptible to earthquakes as those that live in California. Mark Petersen, the chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, commented on the induced earthquake phenomenon.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
PetroQuest Among Oklahoma Operators Told to Suspend Frack Waste
Bloomberg
Ryan Schetta

PetroQuest Energy Inc. was ordered to shut four of its wastewater-disposal wells in Oklahoma, just days after the oil and gas producer skipped an interest payment and said it may face bankruptcy.   [Full Story]

Sep 4, 2016
Ohio elections chief, counties dispute anti-fracking effort
The Blade
Associated Press

COMMENTS COLUMBUS — Attorneys for Ohio’s elections chief are arguing in the Ohio Supreme Court that he acted properly in sidelining county anti-fracking measures proposed for fall ballots.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2016
Businesses worry earthquakes are getting stronger
KAKE
Austin Clift

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Some Kansans may be enjoying a recent string of earthquakes hitting the state. Scratching "experience an earthquake" off a list of things they never expected to do in Kansas.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2016
Oklahoma Orders Shutdown of Wells After Record-Tying Earthquake
The New York Times
NIRAJ CHOKSHI and HENRY FOUNTAIN

Oklahoma officials on Saturday ordered oil and gas operators to shut down three dozen wastewater disposal wells following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that tied a record as the strongest in state history. The quake, centered near Pawnee, rattled the state just after 8 a.m. Eastern time Saturday, tying a record set in 2011 for the strongest such tremor in Oklahoma history, according to the National Weather Service. Local officials reported moderate to severe damage and at least one nonlife-threatening injury.  [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2016
Oil pipeline protest turns violent in southern North Dakota
Big Story
James MacPherson

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent Saturday after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota.   [Full Story]

Sep 3, 2016
OKLAHOMA'S 5.6-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SPARKS FRACKING FEARS
Newsweek
Reuters

One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Oklahoma rattled a state where seismic activity has become a growing concern, sending tremors through six neighboring states, the United States Geological Survey said on Saturday.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2016
5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Oklahoma, Felt in 5 States
Ecowatch
Sierra Club

Early this morning, a record-tying 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Pawnee, Oklahoma, producing rattles from Nebraska to North Texas. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake hit within the vicinity of an area where regulators intervened earlier this year to limit wastewater disposal produced from fracking. Today's earthquake prompted state regulators to shut down 37 wastewater-disposal wells.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2016
Charter supporters ask Ohio Supreme Court to change its prior ruling
Athens Messenger
Steve Robb

The Ohio Supreme Court is being asked to overturn, or at least clarify, part of a decision it rendered last year on county charters. On Monday, supporters of proposed county charters in Athens, Meigs and Portage Counties submitted legal arguments in a lawsuit they filed Aug. 19. The lawsuit asks the Supreme Court to order election boards in the counties and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to put the charters on the November ballot. The election boards had ruled the charter initiative petitions invalid, and Husted upheld those rulings.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2016
Facing the challenge of toxic wastewater produced by oil and gas companies
Ecologist
Laura Briggs

As World Water Week currently looks at the world's water issues in Stockholm, it's clear that much more research is needed into conserving and protecting water on a global scale.   [Full Story]

Sep 1, 2016
We Stand in Solidarity with Sioux Nation to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Waterkeeper Alliance

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Waterkeeper Alliance and 93 Waterkeeper organizations worldwide sent a letter to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leaders Monday expressing solidarity and unwavering support for efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline that threatens their land, water, public health and tribal rights.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
State OKs use of gas drilling waste on hunting club road
Bakken
Associated Press

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — State regulators are allowing nearly 4,000 tons of natural gas drilling waste to be used in a road project in north-central Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania reports (http://n.pr/2bVa1fW) the Department of Environmental Protection has approved a plan from waste handler Clean Earth Inc. to use the materials on a road at the Bobst Mountain Hunting Club in Lycoming County.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
Anti-fracking initiatives fail to make the ballot in Colorado
Dommunities Digital News
Al Maurer

COLORADO, September 1, 2016—Two anti-fracking measures, Initiative 75 and 78, fell short of the required number of petition signatures an initiative needs to be placed on the ballot, the Secretary of State’s office announced Monday. Initiative No. 75 would have given local governments the authority to regulate oil-and-gas development, including banning fracking. Initiative No. 78 called for a mandatory 2,500-foot setback around oil-and-gas operations.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
Pa. doesn't seem bothered by kids getting sick from fracking
Philly.com
Will Bunch

It wasn't the Big Story on Action News or anything like that, but state environmental officials declared a Code Orange alert for air pollution in Philadelphia today. People who are susceptible to air pollution -- kids with asthma, for example -- are advised to stay indoors, which is no fun in the waning days of summer vacation. There's even tips for things average citizens can do to help keep the ozone level down -- carpool, or avoiding gassing up your car at night.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
UT Lands must adopt safer fracking procedures
The Daily Texan
Jae Bak

There are over 290,000 active wells in the state of Texas, a great many of which are located on University Lands. The University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems own millions of acres of land all across the state and, in turn, own thousands upon thousands of oil wells. A recent study shows that the UT system is making revenue figures in the billions just from the oil drilled in the Permian Basin.   [Full Story]

Aug 31, 2016
Methane release by oil and gas industry threatens health, study says
WFAA
Max B. Baker

FORT WORTH -- Oil and gas industry activity will trigger hundreds of thousands of asthma and acute respiratory attacks in Texas each year unless methane emissions are reduced, according to a study released Wednesday by a national environmental group.   [Full Story]

Aug 30, 2016
Dakota Pipeline Was Approved by Army Corps Over Objections of Three Federal Agencies
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

Sioux tribe's concerns were echoed in official reports by the EPA and two other agencies, but Army Corps of Engineers brushed them aside. BISMARCK, N.D.—Senior officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two other federal agencies raised serious environmental and safety objections to the North Dakota section of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, the same objections being voiced in a large protest by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that has so far succeeded in halting construction.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
United States: Frack health dangers exposed by new report
Green Left


There are correlations between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a range of health issues for Pennsylvania residents, according to a study released on August 25 by the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The problems include nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
Colorado anti-fracking measures fail to make ballot; possible forgery alleged Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams says some petition signatures appear to have been forged
Denver Post
Mark K. Matthews

WASHINGTON — Two measures that sought to restrict fracking in Colorado won’t appear on the ballot in November after environmentalists failed to gather enough valid signatures to put the issue before voters.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
Southern Illinoisans say ‘no fracking way’ to hydraulic fracturing
Daily Egyptian


An environmental activist group hosted a party with a purpose Sunday at Alto Vineyards to raise awareness and protest the practices of hydraulic fracturing — also known as “fracking” — in southern Illinois.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
Momentum Continues to Grow in the Opposition to Fracking: More Than 70 Brazilian Cities Approve Fracking Bans
Common Dreams
Press Release

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - The cities of Arapongas and São Manoel do Paraná, in the state of Paraná, have approved in the past week the prohibition of the exploitation of shale gas by hydraulic fracturing, an unconventional method known as fracking. With them, a total of 72 cities in Brazil have freed themselves from one of the most harmful fossil fuel extraction practices for water, the environment and society.   [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
States Struggle With Oil & Gas Taxation During Downturn
Forbes
David Blackmon

States that rely heavily on the oil and natural gas industry to fund their governments have always struggled with the most effective ways to collect taxes on the industry while not stifling the economic growth it produces for their citizens. The ongoing downturn in oil prices, now about to enter its third year, has emphasized the issue for several traditional oil states that have seen their budget situations move from surplus to deficit.  [Full Story]

Aug 29, 2016
Colorado Anti-Fracking Initiatives Fail to Make November Ballot
EcoWatch
Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking

Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking was informed today that not enough signatures were validated by the Colorado Secretary of State's office to place Initiatives 75 & 78 on the November ballot. At this time, Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking is reviewing the ruling and the disallowed signatures to determine whether to file a challenge.  [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2016
Fracking sites 'make you ill': Living nearby can double the chance of migraines, chronic sinus problems and fatigue
Daily Mail


Living near a fracking site almost doubles the risk of migraines, chronic sinus problems and severe fatigue, suggests new research. The study in the United States found residents with the highest exposure to the natural gas wells are nearly TWICE as likely to suffer from the combination of conditions.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2016
Limit toxic air output from state gas drilling
The Times-Tribune
Alan S. Peterson, MD

A cloud of pollution has formed over Pennsylvania in recent years as the Keystone State has become one of America’s top oil and gas producers. Unknown to many who call this state home, 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live within a half-mile radius of oil and gas development.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2016
Group against fracking holds festival to spread awareness
WSIL
Roni LeForge

ALTO PASS -- Right now, fracking hasn't gained much traction in Illinois; and a group called Southern Illinoisans Against Fracking Our Environment (SAFE) considers that a victory. "We want to make sure people know that just because fracking isn't happening right now doesn't mean it's completely off the table," said SAFE member, Tabitha Tripp.   [Full Story]

Aug 28, 2016
Remain vigilant on fracking
Star Beacon
Opinon

Though not totally unexpected, it is still a disappointing blow to hear a fracking regulation bill championed by State Rep. John Patterson will not move forward in this General Assembly.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2016
The fracking debate: A call for honesty
TribLive
Editorial

Junk science long has been endemic to the debate over “climate change” (ne “global warming). And it appears to have fully infiltrated the debate on fracking as well. A study released last week by a group of six researchers, according to them, “provides evidence that (hydraulic fracturing used to extract natural gas from shale) is associated with nasal and sinus, migraine headache, and fatigue symptoms in a general population representative sample.”   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2016
Well permit issued despite concerns
Times Recorder
Shelly Schultz

ZANESVILLE - Despite concern from area residents, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued a drilling permit for the NuKonKord No. 1 injection well in Guernsey County.   [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2016
BREAKING: Earthquake Rattles Valley
Planet Jackson Hole
Robyn Vincent

Jackson Hole, WY — Around 3 p.m. Saturday a 4.8 magnitude earthquake jolted the valley. “It’s a small earthquake … but it shook us here in Moose,” reported local geophysicist Dr. Bob Smith of the University of Utah.  [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2016
Study: Natural gas wells, fracking linked to health issues
KJCT8
Carly Moore

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- A study published last week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that people with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells using hydraulic fracturing are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, and severe fatigue.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2016
Report: Texas flouted federal aquifer rules for 34 years
Marietta Times
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas allowed the drilling of oil and natural gas injection wells in some areas near drinking water sources starting more than three decades ago, but state regulators recently assured the federal government the effort posed "little to no risk" to the subterranean reserves, according to a report released Friday.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2016
North Dakota Oil Pipeline Battle: Who’s Fighting and Why
New York Times
Jack Healy

This week, an impassioned fight over a 1,170-mile oil pipeline moved from the prairies of North Dakota to a federal courtroom in Washington. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation lies just south of the pipeline’s charted path across ranches and under the Missouri River, has asked a judge to halt construction. The American Indian tribe argues that a leak or spill could be ruinous.   [Full Story]

Aug 26, 2016
Exxon Mobil Backs Out of Proposed Alaska LNG Project Decision comes amid low prices for natural gas and follows Wood McKenzie report
Wall Street Journal
Chester Dawson

Exxon Mobil Corp. has decided not to invest in the next stage of a proposed natural gas export terminal in Alaska and said it would work with its partners to sell its interest in the project to the state government. The company’s decision comes amid a global glut of natural gas that has depressed prices and follows the release of a Wood McKenzie report earlier this week concluding the Alaskan project “is one of the least competitive” of proposed liquefied natural gas plants worldwide.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
New study links gas drilling to migraines, fatigue and chronic sinus symptoms
State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

A new study published today in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives shows an association between living near heavy gas drilling activity and common ailments like chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, severe fatigue, and migraines. The report is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Geisinger Health System and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Exposure to natural gas can give you migraines and headaches
The Health Site


A new research says that Pennsylvania residents with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells operated by the hydraulic fracturing industry are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms and severe fatigue.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Environmentalists fight feds for hiding climate harm of public lands drilling in west
Denver Post
Bruce Finley

Environmentalists launched a legal fight Thursday challenging federal government leasing to oil and gas companies of nearly 400,000 acres of public land in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Potpourri: Carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas overtake coal
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Editorial

Carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas energy production are expected to surpass those of coal for the first time since 1972, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal is a much more carbon-intensive fuel, so even when Americans consumed about the same amount of each in 2005, CO2 emissions were higher for coal, lower for natural gas. But coal consumption has dropped sharply while natural gas and other energy sources have increased. - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/gazette-editorials/20160825/potpourri-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-natural-gas-overtake-coal#sthash.Tr6buWD5.dpuf  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Health Dangers of Fracking Revealed in Johns Hopkins Study
EcoWatch
Wenonah Hauter

A new study out today from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. The study suggests that residents with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are nearly twice as likely to suffer from the symptoms.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Obama Administration Sued to Protect Climate, Public Lands from Drilling and Fracking
Enews Park Forest


0 Million Acres Leased for Oil and Gas by Obama, Yet Climate Change Consistently Ignored Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–August 25, 2016. WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility today filed a landmark federal lawsuit to defend our climate, our health, and American public lands from widespread oil and gas leasing, drilling, and fracking. Plaintiffs are challenging 397 leases spanning almost 380,000 acres.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Fracking chemicals exposure may harm fertility in female mice
Medical Press


Prenatal exposure to chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may threaten fertility in female mice, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Study: Unconventional natural gas wells associated with migraine, fatigue
Medical Press


New research suggests that Pennsylvania residents with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells operated by the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms and severe fatigue.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Living Near a Fracking Site Is Tied to Migraines, Fatigue
The New York Times
NICHOLAS BAKALAR

Living near a natural gas hydraulic fracturing site is associated with increased rates of sinus problems, migraines and fatigue, according to new research. Scientists had 7,785 randomly selected participants in a large Pennsylvania health system fill out health questionnaires. About a quarter met criteria for one or more of three disorders: chronic rhinosinusitis, migraine headaches and severe fatigue. The study, in Environmental Health Perspectives, ranked participants according to how closely they lived to fracking sites and larger wells. Compared with those in the bottom one-quarter by this measure, those in the top one-quarter were 49 percent more likely to have sinusitis and migraines, 88 percent more likely to have sinusitis and fatigue, 95 percent more likely to have migraines and fatigue, and 84 percent more likely to have all three symptoms.  [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Exposure to chemicals released during fracking may harm fertility Endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to altered hormone levels, ovarian development in mice
EurekaAlert!
Press Release

COLUMBIA, Mo. - More than 15 million Americans live within a one-mile radius of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations. UOGs combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to release natural gas from underground rock. Scientific studies, while ongoing, are still inconclusive on the potential long-term effects fracturing has on human development. Today, researchers at the University of Missouri released a study that is the first of its kind to link exposure to chemicals released during hydraulic fracturing to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in mice. Scientists believe that exposure to these chemicals also could pose a threat to human development.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Exposure to Chemicals Released During Fracking May Harm Fertility Endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to altered hormone levels, ovarian development in mice
University of Missouri
Press Release

COLUMBIA, Mo. – More than 15 million Americans live within a one-mile radius of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations. UOGs combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas from underground rock. Scientific studies, while ongoing, are still inconclusive on the potential long-term effects fracturing has on human development. Today, researchers at the University of Missouri released a study that is the first of its kind to link exposure to chemicals released during hydraulic fracturing to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in mice. Scientists believe that exposure to these chemicals also could pose a threat to human development.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Patterson says fracking regulation bill is dead for 2016
Star Beacon
Justin Dennis

JEFFERSON — A state bill that would have introduced a host of regulations to the fracking industry is dead for 2016, and lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing board in 2017. The Ashtabula County League of Women Voters met Tuesday to discuss the state of the hydraulic fracturing industry in the county. The league invited Vanessa Pesec, head of the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection, to speak.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
A Philosophical Take on Fracking
LA Review of Books
Amy Knisley

TYPE “BARNETT SHALE” into a search engine, and the top hit will be the sponsored site Indeed.com, announcing “Barnett Shale Jobs!” A lot needs doing in the shale gas fields — laying pipe, driving trucks, running machinery. “Schedulers” are sought, to coordinate everything from hydraulics maintenance to safety checks to starting new fracking jobs. Geophysicists, engineers, managers, mathematicians, even English majors — lots of sales and marketing to be done — there’s work for you.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Study: Fracking chemicals in water raise fertility risks
Florida Today
Jim Waymer

New research released Thursday suggests chemicals used in fracking and other gas and oil operations increase risk of miscarriages, reduced male fertility, prostate cancer, birth defects and preterm birth by disrupting hormones.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Fracking and health: What we know from Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom
The Conversation


Indeed, only recently have rigorous health studies on the impact of unconventional natural gas development on health been completed. We have published three studies, which evaluated birth outcomes, asthma exacerbations and symptoms, including nasal and sinus, fatigue and migraine headache symptoms. These, together with other studies, form a growing body of evidence that unconventional natural gas development is having detrimental effects on health. Not unexpectedly, the oil and gas industry has countered our findings with pointed criticism.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
The Israeli public says NO to fracking
The Huffington Post
Tom Szaky

In September 2014 an Israeli government planning committee delivered a remarkable decision: it rejected a pilot project for non-conventional oil exploration in the country’s Adulam region located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, a pastoral rural area rich in biblical archeology with a strong eco-tourism sector.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Harold Hamm: Donald Trump ‘did not understand’ questions on local fracking bans
Petro Global News
Nicolas Torres

Hamm, who is advising Trump on energy matters, told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that the Republican candidate “did not understand that concept at the time in my opinion.” Hamm told the paper that he believes Trump now understands the issue and that the candidate does not support local fracking bans or moratorium.   [Full Story]

Aug 25, 2016
Living Near a Fracking Site Is Tied to Migraines, Fatigue
New York Times
Nicholas Bakalar

Living near a natural gas hydraulic fracturing site is associated with increased rates of sinus problems, migraines and fatigue, according to new research.   [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Disposal wells, not drilling, studied for earthquake link
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ryan Sitton

Headlines proclaiming that oil and gas drilling are directly linked to earthquakes in North Texas are dominating energy news this week. You may have even read a few: “EPA: North Texas earthquakes likely linked to oil and gas drilling” (from the Star-Telegram’s website); “EPA links oil and gas drilling to Texas quakes” and “EPA links oil and gas drilling to Texas quakes.” None of those headlines are accurate.   [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Trinidad earthquakes spiked with drilling
9 News
Kyle Clark

The U.S. Geological Survey found the earthquakes in Trinidad spiked when a bunch of deep wastewater injection wells were distilled. It's not fracking, per se, but it's how drillers dispose of wastewater produced from fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Standing Rock Sioux Pack Federal Courtroom Seeking to Halt Pipeline
DC Media Group
Anne Meador

Washington, DC — Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other Native American tribes and their supporters gathered for several hours outside a federal courthouse today while a judge heard arguments on whether construction of an oil pipeline next to a reservation should be halted. The Dakota Access Pipeline poses irreparable harm to culturally and archeologically significant sites, according to the complaint filed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to gain an injunction against the pipeline. The Corps granted Dakota Access permission to cross the Missouri River and the Oahe Lake, just half a mile north of the tribe’s water supply intake.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Texas Promised 34 Years Ago to Track Oilfield Waste in Aquifers. It Didn't.
The Texas Tribune
Jim Malewitz

Have oil and gas companies injected toxic materials into Texas groundwater sources? State regulators don't know, even though they agreed in 1982 to track injections into zones that could hold underground sources of drinking water, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune. Only now are Texas officials combing through thousands of permits issued since then in an effort to account for these injections — a revelation that has stirred concerns among environmentalists and groundwater managers.  [Full Story]

Aug 24, 2016
Study casts doubts on environmental benefits of Canadian LNG exports B.C. government has touted LNG as a 'transition' fuel to wean developing nations overseas off coal
CBC News
Ian Bickis

A new study is raising doubts that Canada's ambition to export liquefied natural gas would help reduce carbon emissions abroad — a core justification for developing such an industry.   [Full Story]

Aug 23, 2016
2 Major Utilities Backing Pipeline Project Back Out
WBUR
BRUCE GELLERMAN

A proposed natural gas pipeline through southern Massachusetts increasingly looks like a pipe dream. Two major utilities that were supporting the project have now officially backed out of their current contract for the pipeline. The gas and electric utilities Eversource and National Grid had teamed up with pipeline company Spectra Energy to construct Access Northeast. The pipeline would have enlarged, expanded and upgraded the existing transmission line coming in through Rhode Island — carrying nearly a billion cubic feet of natural gas a day and adding two enormous liquid natural gas (LNG) storage tanks in Acushnet.  [Full Story]

Aug 23, 2016
Why Natural Gas Is Not a Bridge Fuel
EcoWatch
Yale Climate Connections

At first glance, replacing coal with natural gas seems like a good (though not great) step in combating climate change. Overall, carbon dioxide emissions from new gas power plants are as much as 66 percent lower than those of existing coal power plants. About half of this reduction is due to differing carbon intensities of the fuels (natural gas emits 40 percent less carbon than coal per unit of heat). The other half is due to the higher generation efficiency of natural gas (new natural gas plants convert heat to power at upwards of 50 percent efficiency, while typical coal plants only operate at about 33 percent efficiency). A way to reduce emissions by as much as two thirds while also saving money seems like a no-brainer for climate policy. But natural gas has an Achilles' heel that makes the question much harder to answer.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Revealed: Ex-FERC Commissioner’s Multiple Rulings Favored Energy Companies his Wife Lobbied For
DeSmogBlog
Itai Vardi

Numerous rulings by a former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) favored energy companies his lobbyist wife worked for at the time, a DeSmog investigation can reveal. Philip Moeller left FERC in late 2015 after nearly ten years on the Commission. Throughout his entire tenure, Moeller’s wife, Elizabeth Moeller, was employed as a lawyer and lobbyist for the Washington DC-based firm Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman LLP (Pillsbury Winthrop).  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Two more rigs start working in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul J. Gough

Two more natural gas rigs started working in Pennsylvania this past week to make a total of 17 in Baker Hughes' latest data, the most since March. The increase comes as drillers and industry analysts see positive signs in the natural gas industry, which has seen thousands of layoffs nationwide and severe cutbacks in drilling amid low natural gas prices.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Fired: Texas Oil and Gas Regulators Say They Tried to Enforce Rules, Lost Jobs
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

EARSALL, Texas—During their careers as oil and gas inspectors for the Texas Railroad Commission, Fred Wright and Morris Kocurek earned merit raises, promotions and praise from their supervisors. They went about their jobs—keeping tabs on the conduct of the state's most important industry—with gusto. But they may have done their jobs too well for the industry's taste—and for their own agency's.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Alienated and Angry, Coal Miners See Donald Trump as Their Only Choice
The New York Times
Declan Walsh

POWELLTON, W.Va. — Deep in the belly of an Appalachian mountain, a powerful machine bored into the earth, its whirring teeth clawing out a stream of glistening coal. Men followed inside the Maple Eagle No. 1 mine, their torches cutting through the dank air. One guided the machine with a PlayStation-like controller; others bolted supports in the freshly cut roof. They were angry. The coal industry that made West Virginia prosperous has been devastated. Every day, it seemed, another mine laid off workers or closed entirely. Friends were forfeiting their cars, homes and futures.   [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Oil and gas fracking industry targets Millennials for support
Green Car Reports


So to shore up support, one industry advocacy group is turning to Millennials, and it knows exactly how to package its message for that audience.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
Fracking's Future
Oil Voice
Jacob Halevy

Hydraulic fracturing has been a hugely controversial subject in many countries and has increasingly become the focus of legislation in the US. The state of Colorado has seen the most recent push for new restrictions - activists have obtained over 200,000 signatures to introduce two new initiatives on Colorado's November 8th ballot. If passed, these initiatives would impose the toughest regulations on the hydraulic fracturing industry to date - increasing local control and dramatically limiting where fracking can take place. Initiative 75 would provide local governments with the authority to regulate oil and gas development in a manner that supersedes statewide regulations, whilst initiative 78 would prohibit fracking within 2,500 feet of houses, parks, schools, playgrounds, and clean water sources.  [Full Story]

Aug 22, 2016
From fracking to flatulence: the all-out assault on methane
Canada Free Press
Marita Noon

What is the “biggest unfinished business for the Obama administration?” According to a report from Bill McKibben, the outspoken climate alarmist who calls for all fossil fuels to be kept in the ground, it is “to establish tight rules on methane emissions”—emissions that he blames on the “rapid spread of fracking.”   [Full Story]

Aug 21, 2016
Fracking Near Peace River Dams Scares BC Hydro
Environmental News Service


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, August 21, 2016 (ENS) – Senior BC Hydro executives have worried for years that earthquakes triggered by fracking operations in search of natural gas could damage its two big dams on the Peace River, putting thousands of people at risk if the dams fail. Yet the Crown corporation, which generates and distributes most of the province’s electricity, has said nothing to the public about these concerns, choosing instead to negotiate behind the scenes with the provincial energy industry regulator, the BC Oil and Gas Commission.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2016
Environmental Protection Agency: Tighter Controls Are Needed For Fracking
Trendin Tech
Samuel Bavor

Fracking has been around in the U.S. since the 1940’s. However, it’s only really in the last 15 years that the industry has taken off. Mostly, this is due to the technological advances that have made fracking easier and more successful by allowing horizontal drilling and drilling in shale rock formations. Fracking is the process of removing oil and natural gas from hard to reach places such as shale rock. In June 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft report on fracking and confirmed that they “did not find evidence that fracking mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2016
Balmorhea residents fear fracking could destroy small town's natural springs Balmorhea fears fracking could destroy springs
Houston Chronicle
John MacCormack

BALMORHEA - From the shore of Balmorhea Lake, the often spectacular desert sunsets over the Davis Mountains now come with an unwelcome distraction. For several months, an orange natural gas flare has been burning brightly in the hills to the west.   [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2016
Ballot certification underway in Colorado Two issues approved this week; looming fracking questions stir controversy
Durango Herald
Peter Marcus

ENVER – Voters can count on at least four statewide questions on the November ballot, as two more initiatives were approved last week. And there could be as many as five more, including anti-fracking measures that erupted in controversy when the petitions were submitted.  [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2016
Estill citizens want say in state negotiations with polluter
Washington Times
Associated Press

IRVINE, Ky. (AP) - Estill County residents are asking for two seats at the table as state regulators discuss an agreement with a local landfill operator accused of illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste.   [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2016
Husted nixes anti-fracking charter; group will appeal
Athens News
David DeWitt

A group proposing to turn Athens County into a charter form of government is taking the issue to the Ohio Supreme Court for a second year in a row after being rejected by the local elections board and the Ohio Secretary of State for the November ballot, also both for the second year in a row.  [Full Story]

Aug 19, 2016
Feds, law professors say judge wrong to block fracking rules
The Denver Post
Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge in Wyoming was wrong to block rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, a group of law professors and lawyers for the federal government said in new court documents. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper ruled in June that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks the authority to regulate fracking — a technique of injecting materials underground to increase energy production. The agency released rules last year that could require energy companies to disclose the materials they inject to free up the surrounding oil and gas. The BLM said it was acting in response to public concern that fracking could cause contamination of groundwater.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Law profs issue takedown of decision striking fracking rule
E&E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E reporter

Dozens of law professors banded together this week to assail a federal court's recent decision striking down the Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rule. According to 36 energy, public lands and environmental law experts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming got it wrong when it found fracking to be beyond the authority of the Interior Department and its Bureau of Land Management.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
New York City set to ban use of fracking waste water
MO4CH


New York City lawmakers have approved a new bill to ban the usage of waste water from high-volume hydrofracking on icy roads. A by-product of the procedure is billions of gallons of water laced with chemicals, including benzene – a known carcinogen. The bill would ban the use of fracked waste water on roads within the city. Its high brine content means that it has been deployed in icy conditions.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
West Virginia county appeals ruling against frack waste ban
WRAL


CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Fayette County commissioners are appealing a federal court ruling that rendered the West Virginia county's ban on fracking waste disposal invalid.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Significant funding gap in Colorado fracking fight
Coloradoan
Jacy Marmaduke

Committees fighting proposed Colorado ballot measures that would limit fracking have raked in about $15 million in donations this year, more than 35 times the contributions of groups backing the measures.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Does Offshore Fracking Put Endangered Species at Risk?
Truth-Out
Mike Ludwig

Environmental groups in California are preparing to file lawsuits against federal regulators for allegedly approving the use of offshore fracking at 23 oil and gas platforms in sensitive Pacific waters without consulting wildlife officials about the potential harms to endangered species, such as sea otters and whales.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
OIL AND GAS: Law profs issue takedown of decision striking fracking rule
E&E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer

Dozens of law professors banded together this week to assail a federal court's recent decision striking down the Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rule.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Study raises concerns over fracking’s impact on Westen Canadian dams Hydro says no chance of fracking causing a dam breach, but damage possible
South China Morning Post


The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling for stricter limits on hydraulic fracturing near BC Hydro dams, after a freedom of information request revealed longstanding concerns over the potential for fracking-induced earthquakes to damage Peace River hydroelectric infrastructure.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Fracking Wastewater Ban Moves Forward in NYCBy
Environmental Leader
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Using fracking wastewater to de-ice roads in New York City will likely soon be illegal, following a City Council vote to ban the practice. The bill now goes to Mayor Bill de Blasio. RT reports that sponsors of the bill are confident that de Blasio will sign it into law.   [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
Stock Advisor Faces Suit for Fracking Promotion
Courthouse News Service
Rose Bouboushian

(CN) — A "stock prospector" must face the Security and Exchange Commission's claims that he touted fracking in the North Dakota region for a shady penny stock firm, a federal judge ruled. To fund a $4.1 million campaign promoting Texas-based Norstra Energy Inc.'s stock in 2013, a British Virgin Islands-based firm agreed to pay Full Service Media's owner William Kaitz $700,000 to hire staff and send promotions to potential investors, according to the SEC.  [Full Story]

Aug 18, 2016
North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date
CNBC
Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction of the project in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next week in Washington, D.C. The temporary construction shutdown comes amid growing protests and increased tension over the Dakota Access Pipeline that is intended to cross the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. Some things to know about the pipeline and the protest:   [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2016
NTSB to lead investigation in explosion at apartments in Silver Spring
Washington Post
Dan Morse and Luz Lazo

Natural gas pipeline investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will assume the lead role in determining how an apartment building in Silver Spring blew up last week and killed seven people, officials said Wednesday. The development suggests that there were problems in a service line going into the building. The NTSB, best known for investigations of airplane and train crashes, has a pipeline division. For natural gas issues, NTSB is generally focused on large pipes that move gas in public areas, up to buildings and sometimes into buildings. The large lines are the parts of the system that carry natural gas up to meters where the pressure in lines is reducedfor use by residents and businesses, according to Keith Holloway, an NTSB spokesman.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2016
EPA says Port of Albany oil terminal violates air regulations
Times Union
Rick Karlin

Albany The Environmental Protection Agency says the company operating a crude oil terminal at the Port of Albany violated federal air pollution standards and under-reported the amount of ozone-producing compounds being emitted when it sought permission to handle more oil trains. The notice of violation was sent to Global Companies LLC late last July. The Waltham, Mass.-based firm, also known as Global Partners, handles the transfer of crude oil. The oil, much of it from North Dakota's Bakken shale fields, is moved from massive trains to barges that carry the oil down the Hudson River and then to a refinery in New Brunswick, Canada.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2016
Alberta Offers Lessons in Keeping Dams Safe From Fracking
The Tyee
Ben Parfitt

BC Hydro is doing far less to ban potentially destructive fracking operations near its biggest dams than an Alberta power producer, raising questions about why British Columbia isn’t taking more action to protect public safety.  [Full Story]

Aug 17, 2016
EPA says oil train operator violated federal Clean Air Act at Albany facility
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — One of the main companies that transports crude oil through New York has violated federal clean air standards and may face significant fines, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents obtained by POLITICO. Last month, the EPA issued a notice to Global Companies LLC, saying the company violated the federal Clean Air Act at its oil transportation facility in Albany. According to the documents, Global could face fines of more than $25,000 a day and may have to obtain a new permit for one of its main East Coast shipping routes.   [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2016
Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate 'Powerbroker'
Common Dreams
Nadia Prupis

Salazar, whose career includes positions both in government and corporate Washington, D.C. firms, has previously pushed for projects that are reviled among environmental activists, such as fracking, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Keystone XL pipeline.   [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2016
Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House
The Intercept


TWO BIG ISSUES dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both. Under fire from Bernie Sanders, she came out against the TPP and took a more critical position on fracking. But critics wondered if this was a sincere conversion or simply campaign rhetoric. Now, in two of the most significant personnel moves she will ever make, she has signaled a lack of sincerity. She chose as her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine, who voted to authorize fast-track powers for the TPP and praised the agreement just two days before he was chosen. And now she has named former Colorado Democratic Senator and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to be the chair of her presidential transition team — the group tasked with helping set up the new administration should she win in November. That includes identifying, selecting, and vetting candidates for over 4,000 presidential appointments.  [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2016
NASA: Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Linked Directly to Natural Gas Leaks
EcoWatch


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a new study Monday examining what caused a methane "hot spot" to form in New Mexico. This new study of methane emissions generated by the oil and gas industry in the state's San Juan Basin is a major step forward in understanding the causes of New Mexico's methane "hot spot." It follows up on a 2014 satellite-based study that initially found the "hot spot" and sought to identify its specific causes.  [Full Story]

Aug 16, 2016
Clinton’s Salazar Pick Undermines Her Climate Promises, Putting Fracking Industry Before People
EcoWatch
Molly Dorozenski

At a time when Secretary Clinton should be strengthening her progressive policies, it does not make sense to pick an industry insider who supports fracking to lead her transition team. Unfortunately, that's the exact move that Clinton made this week in appointing former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to that post.  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
UK fracking battle heats up
DW


Post-Brexit UK wants to buck the trend in Europe and exploit vast gas reserves through the controversial process of fracking. Just one thing stands in the way - widespread and fierce public opposition.   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
Now the EPA’s science advisors don’t like their own report on fracking
Hotair
Jazz Shaw

The draft report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from the EPA is nearing the end of its more than five year journey and the findings were a major blow to the green energy crowd. Try as they might, there simply was no evidence of systemic contamination to ground water or other resources and the report essentially gives the practice a qualified thumbs up. That didn’t sit well with the major environmentalist donors to the Democrats, so plans have been in the works to sabotage the report. That showed up this week when the ad hoc panel of science advisors to the EPA released their own rebuttal, claiming that the wording of the report isn’t up to par. (Washington Post)  [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
Survey: Only a third of public would support local fracking projects, despite offer of 'bribes'
Business Green
Jocelyn Timperley

Just one third of people would support fracking in their local area even if households were given up to £10,000 in direct payments, according to a new YouGov poll published today by Friends of the Earth.   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
California Agency Missing Deadlines for Fracking Notifications
NBC News
Stephen Stock, Liza Meak, Felipe Escamilla and Mark Villarreal

At any given time, in any given oil field across Kern County, there’s a good chance oil companies are fracking oil wells. It’s a perfectly legal operation, but a two-year old state law now requires companies to notify California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) any time a well is fracked. By law, the agency then must inform the public by posting the fracking information on its website within 60 days. However, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit discovered that’s not always happening.   [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2016
What the New NASA 'Hot Spot' Study Tells Us About Methane Leak
EDF
Ramon Alvarez

Look up in New Mexico and on most days you’ll see the unmistakable blue skies that make the Southwest so unique. But there’s also something ominous hovering over the Four Corners that a naked eye can’t detect: A 2,500-square mile cloud of methane, the highest concentration of the heat-trapping pollution anywhere in the United States. The Delaware-sized hot-spot was first reported in a study two years ago.  [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2016
In Scathing Review, EPA's Science Advisors Tell Agency Not to Downplay Fracking-Related Water Contamination
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency's scientific advisors finished their review of EPA's national study on fracking and sternly rebuked the EPA for claiming that its draft study had found no evidence of “widespread, systemic” impacts to drinking water.   [Full Story]

Aug 14, 2016
New Koch-Funded Group ‘Fueling US Forward’ Aims to Promote the "Positives" of Fossil Fuels
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

A long-awaited campaign to rebrand fossil fuels called Fueling U.S. Forward made its public debut at the Red State Gathering 2016 on Saturday, where the organization's President and CEO Charles Drevna gave attendees the inside scoop on the effort, and confirmed that the campaign is backed financially by Koch Industries.   [Full Story]

Aug 13, 2016
How Producing Clean Power Turned Out to Be a Messy Business
The New York Times
David Gelles

On the edge of a bucolic field in Princeton, N.J., an eco-friendly office building recently opened its doors. Plants festoon the roof, a living wall is planned for the lobby, and rainwater storage tanks supply the building’s needs. In the parking lot there are wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations. It is the picture of a sustainable future, one in which society’s insatiable demand for electricity can be met without polluting the planet. The same cannot be said of the building’s tenant, NRG Energy. The biggest independent power producer in the country, NRG sells electricity to utilities, companies and individual homes. To generate all that wattage, it burns enormous amounts of natural gas, coal and oil, making NRG one of the country’s biggest polluters.  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2016
Rendell: ‘I don’t apologize at all’ for fracking
NPR State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Former Governor Ed Rendell is walking back comments he made last month at the Democratic National Convention, when he said he’d “made a mistake” putting economic gains ahead of environmental protection in the early days of the state’s Marcellus Shale gas boom. “I don’t apologize at all,” he recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m a strong advocate of continuing to frack.”  [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2016
Scientists Urge EPA To Say Why It Thinks Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water
Think Progress
Alejandro Dávila Fragoso

An independent board of scientists said Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency should clarify why it said in a landmark draft report on fracking that there is a lack of evidence of widespread impacts on water. In a much-awaited report submitted to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the agency’s independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) said it was concerned about the clarity and adequacy to support “several major findings” found in a draft assessment report on fracking the EPA first published last year.   [Full Story]

Aug 12, 2016
EPA Fracking Report Needs Some Big Revisions, Says Science Advisory Board
Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard

WASHINGTON ? The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a review of a major agency report on hydraulic fracturing’s potential impacts on groundwater, and it took to task the way the report’s findings were framed. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process used to extract oil and gas from rock formations using a high-pressure stream of water, sand and chemicals. The EPA’s draft report, which was released in June 2015, found “specific instances” of groundwater contamination from fracked oil and natural gas wells or wastewater disposal sites, but the agency concluded that there are no “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
EPA Science Advisory Board: Agency's Fracking Study Ignored Significant Water Contamination Cases
EcoWatch


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB) today finalized its review of the EPA's June 2015 draft study of fracking's impacts to drinking water resources. For over a year, a panel of 30 scientists, engineers and industry consultants have reviewed the details of the 1,000-page draft report. The panel has taken particular issue with a finding that seemingly came out of left field: the agency's statement that fracking has not led to "widespread systemic impacts" in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
State epidemiologist quits, says agencies misleading public about well water safety
WRAL
Mark Binker and Tyler Dukes

RALEIGH, N.C. — The state's epidemiologist resigned her position Wednesday afternoon, accusing officials in the state's environmental and health agencies of misleading the public and pushing a "false narrative" in their criticism of a state scientist who helped develop safety advisories for well owners near Duke Energy coal ash ponds. In her resignation letter, shared with several members of the press, Dr. Megan Davies said an editorial issued earlier in the week from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Environmental Quality incorrectly attributed the establishment of health screening standards solely to Ken Rudo, a toxicologist in Davies' division.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Kansas tightens fracking restrictions
The Kansas City Star
Ed Andrieski

The Kansas Corporation Commission has further restricted the amount of oilfield wastewater that can be injected underground in southern Kansas in the hopes of further reducing the number of earthquakes in the region. Earlier restrictions led to a drop in earthquakes, mostly in Harper and Sumner counties, experts said. During a meeting Tuesday, the commission left in place an 8,000-barrel per day limit in five of the most quake-prone areas of those two counties.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Fossil Fuel Export Moratorium Issued at Cherry Point in Precedent-Setting Emergency Measure
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Whatcom County, Washington, passed an emergency moratorium on new fossil fuel shipments through Cherry Point, a major export hub, citing environmental and safety issues. The ordinance does not affect current refining or oil shipments.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
New rules credited for fewer Oklahoma quakes
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The number of earthquakes related to fracking has fallen significantly in Oklahoma since last year, leading government experts to attribute the decline to increased regulation. The state's rate of earthquakes was at times higher than that of California, which is considered the U.S. epicenter for naturally occurring earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
EPA Science Advisory Board: Agency's Fracking Study Ignored Significant Water Contamination Cases
EcoWatch
Americans Against Fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB) today finalized its review of the EPA's June 2015 draft study of fracking's impacts to drinking water resources. For over a year, a panel of 30 scientists, engineers and industry consultants have reviewed the details of the 1,000-page draft report. The panel has taken particular issue with a finding that seemingly came out of left field: the agency's statement that fracking has not led to "widespread systemic impacts" in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Fracking ballot initiatives may make Colorado a major political battleground Fracktivists look to exercise local control over energy development this November.
High Country News
Joshua Zaffos

The long wait for Colorado fractivists appears to be over: Two ballot initiatives that would greatly limit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and natural gas in the state are likely heading before voters this November. The initiatives would mark the first statewide referendum on fracking anywhere in the U.S.   [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Forest Service Asked to Reject Fracking Plan in Ohio's Wayne National Forest Feds Fail to Address Climate Change Impact, Danger to Groundwater, Wildlife Habitat
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

ATHENS, Ohio— The U.S. Forest Service should reject a new oil and gas leasing plan in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest due to its failure to address serious concerns over fracking and climate change, conservation groups said today in a letter to the Service. The plan to allow dangerous hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” on 40,000 acres of the state’s only national forest would degrade streams and groundwater, fragment wildlife habitat and worsen climate change — issues inadequately addressed in the environmental analysis for the proposal — according to the letter from the Center for Biological Diversity, the Ohio Environmental Council and the Sierra Club.  [Full Story]

Aug 11, 2016
Dade City bans controversial fracking technique
Tampa Bay Times
Robert Napper

DADE CITY — The Dade City Commission has banned the oil and natural gas mining technique known as fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Lawsuit to Protect Species from Fracking
EDHAT
Environmental Defense Center

The Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (“Channelkeeper”) sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government over its decision to approve the practices of fracking and acidizing from 23 offshore oil platforms in southern California, including in the Santa Barbara Channel. The notice letter alleges that the federal government is in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) because it failed to consult with the expert wildlife agencies regarding potential impacts from these well stimulation techniques to at least 25 threatened and endangered species, including whales, sea otters, fur seals, sea turtles, marine and coastal birds, fish, and abalone.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Kansas panel tightens restrictions on fracking
KSNT
Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Corporation Commission has further restricted the amount of oilfield wasterwater that can be injected underground in southern Kansas in the hopes of further reducing the number of earthquakes in the region.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Consumer Watchdog Report Finds Big Energy Companies Gave Big $ and Got Big Favors From Governor Brown With Dollars and Decisions Flowing In Close Proximity To Each Other
PR Newswire


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state's three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8 million to Jerry Brown's campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the California Democratic Party since he ran for Governor. Donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors. The three major investor-owned utilities alone contributed nearly $6 million.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Dairy groups blast methane reductions: ‘Cows expel gas so they don’t explode’
The Guardian
Oliver Milman

California wants to limit the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by belching and farting of 5.5 million cows, but the industry is hitting back with a dose of reality. California’s attempt to curb emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is facing vocal opposition from a dairy industry that fears government meddling in the flatulence of its cows.   [Full Story]

Aug 10, 2016
Ending $4 billion U.S. oil, gas drilling subsidies would have low impact: study
Green Car Reports
John Voelcker

U.S. subsidies to the oil and gas industries are often a flashpoint among electric-car advocates and environmentalists. They see a conflict in the government providing billions of dollars in incentives for drilling while simultaneously attempting to lower consumption of carbon-emitting energy sources.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2016
Donald Trump's Appeal to Anti-Fracking Activists Falling Flat in North Texas
Dallas Observer
CHRISTIAN MCPHATE

“Well, I’m in favor of fracking, but I think that voters should have a big say in it,” Trump said. “I mean, there’s some areas, maybe, they don’t want to have fracking. And I think if the voters are voting for it, that’s up to them. … If a municipality or a state wants to ban fracking, I can understand that.” In normal election cycles, this kind of proclamation would garner supporters from the anti-fracking activists who normally side with the more liberal-minded among our political candidates. But this cycle isn’t normal. So the Observer decided to reach out to local anti-fracking activists and ask what they thought of this fresh support.   [Full Story]

Aug 9, 2016
2 Colorado Anti-Fracking Initiatives Move to November Ballot
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Two anti-fracking measures are one step closer to appearing on Colorado's Nov. 8 ballot. Local environmental groups have collected at least 98,492 signatures for measures 75 and 78, which will allow voters to decide the fate of oil and gas operations in the state. Now, the petitions only need to pass a validation review by the Secretary of State's office to make it onto the ballot. As EcoWatch reported, initiative 75 would amend the state constitution to enable local governments the option to enact regulations more protective of health and safety than those required by the state, largely addressing the Colorado Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down local fracking bans approved by voters in the cities of Fort Collins and Longmont. Initiative 78 would create 2,500-foot buffer zones between homes, schools and sensitive areas like playgrounds and water sources, and all new oil and gas development.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Residents hear about Yale study on fracking
Times Leader
Robert A. Defrank

BARNESVILLE — Although it may be some time before the results are known, Yale University researchers who have spent the last two months studying the impact of the natural gas industry on Belmont County’s air and drinking water met with residents at Olney Friends School Saturday to discuss their work.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Is the Eagle Ford oil boom making people sick?
San Antonio Express-News
Jennifer Hiller

KENEDY — Lonjino Lara suffers from a long list of mysterious maladies. There’s no clear explanation for the vague symptoms: headaches, nosebleeds, red eyes, rashes. Also flu-like symptoms that aren’t the flu, like body aches, severe cramps in his stomach, legs and on the sides of his body. To Lara, this is the cost of geography, of living in what used to be the middle of nowhere, but is now a green space between an industrial plant and oil wells.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Colorado Activists Submit Petitions for Referendums on Fracking
The New York Times
Clifford Krauss

In an effort to halt the advance of the oil industry in Colorado, environmental activists said they submitted enough signatures on Monday to place on November’s ballot two initiatives aimed at severely limiting hydraulic fracturing. If either measure passes, it would represent the most serious political effort yet in the United States to stop hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the technique used to blast through shale and other hard rocks with water, sand and chemicals to release oil and natural gas.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Preparing for a Rise in West Virginia Gas Drilling
Public News Service


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If the natural gas market follows classic patterns, drilling in the Marcellus shale will rise once the price climbs from the basement. What should West Virginia do to prepare? Sean O'Leary, a senior policy analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says the state should gear up for more drilling activity by bumping up the severance tax to save for the future.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
China’s Natural Gas Gamble Won’t Replicate US Shale Success
Epoch Times
Fan Yu

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. announced plans to sell half of its stake in a major trans-China natural-gas pipeline, in a bid to raise capital and fund exploration as part of China’s ambitious goal to wean itself off of coal.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
The Issue With High Natural Gas Prices
Seeing Alpha


Summary We stand by our thesis that natural gas prices need to average $3.50/MMBtu in the long-run. Gas prices over $4/MMBtu would bring about a tsunami of supplies. Canadian gas production would also spike, and potentially resulting in more gas imports.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Gas prices shake up stock market as states study human-caused earthquakes
Star Tribune


Several oil and gas-producing states are investigating human-caused earthquakes related to underground wastewater disposal, and Kansas and Oklahoma have shown the tremors can be stopped. After restricting oil and natural gas operations in certain hotspots, Oklahoma has an average of two earthquakes a day, compared with about six a day last summer. Kansas is getting about a quarter of the quakes it once did.  [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
FRACKING FLIP-FLOP: Trump Lends Support to Anti-Fracking Movement
The Libertarian Republic
Brett Linley

Donald Trump has taken his conservative supporters for a ride this election. Throughout the cycle, he has continually abandoned libertarian and conservative orthodoxy. From the minimum wage to free trade, Trump has proven himself to be no friend to market principles. Now, he brings his “expert opinion” to fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
voteWhere Hillary and Trump stand on fracking and America’s natural resources States that allow fracking have seen a bountiful of riches, but neither candidate gets the importance of utilizing our natural resources.
Blasting News
Thomas Richard

It’s becoming increasingly difficult trying to determine ##Hillary Clinton and ##Donald Trump’s stance on fracking after recent comments the candidates gave on the stump and in interviews. Hillary has said on numerous occasions that she supports a local community’s right to ban fracking even if the state doesn't. She made this part of her campaign’s platform during the town hall debates and rallies. She also said she would regulate fracking even more even though it's already under a suffocating blanket of state and federal rules.   [Full Story]

Aug 8, 2016
Proponents of anti-fracking measures say they will clear signature hurdle
Colorado Independent
Marianne Goodland

A last-minute push for signatures appears to have paid off for proponents of two ballot measures that would restrict or ban fracking in Colorado. The lead backer of the two measures told The Colorado Independent this morning that supporters will meet today’s 3 p.m. deadline to file petition signatures with the Secretary of State’s office.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Scientists and industry are both working to find and stop dangerous methane leaks
PRI
Reid Frazier

Thousands of natural gas wells dot the landscape in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and a growing number of pipelines transport gas throughout the Northeast. But all of this infrastructure comes with a downside: leaks of the potent greenhouse gas methane at all stages of production and delivery.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Local water supplies being tested in advance of oil and gas drilling in Munroe Falls
Stow Sentry
Jeff Saunders

Munroe Falls -- Site preparation work has begun on a planned oil and gas well on the north side of Munroe Falls Avenue and the city has asked Cuyahoga Falls to keep a close eye on the quality of water supplies to the west. Service Director Jim Bowery told the Stow Sentry Aug. 2 that he noticed an excavator clearing the site for the well on a vacant parcel just west of the Sonoco paper mill on July 28.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Households could get fracking payments under government plans
BBC News


Residents affected by fracking could be paid some of the proceeds of shale gas projects, the government has suggested. A shale wealth fund was unveiled in 2014 to set aside up to 10% of the tax proceeds from fracking to benefit communities in the UK hosting wells.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Active drilling rigs absent from San Juan Basin New wells drive employment and offset depletion of active wells
Durango Herald
Mary Shinn

There are no active drilling rigs in the San Juan Basin in Colorado or New Mexico right now, said Christi Zeller, executive director of the La Plata County Energy Council.  [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Ryedale anti-fracking campaigners urge communities to oppose government’s ‘shale wealth fund’
Yorkshire Post


FRACK Free Ryedale is appealing to communities in North Yorkshire to oppose the government’s plans to give householders cash payments potentially running into thousands of pounds in recompense for fracking in their area.   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Colorado Fracking Limit Deadline; Valeant and Disney Earnings Reports
New York Times


Monday is the deadline for environmental activists in Colorado to submit the signatures required to put two proposals on the state’s ballot in November. Both would restrict hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas fields. Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, allows oil companies to fracture shale and other hard rocks with water, chemicals and sand to free oil and gas. Environmentalists contend that the practice can pollute air and local water supplies, but the companies insist it is safe. The more aggressive of the two initiatives would amend the Colorado Constitution to outlaw fracking within 2,500 feet of occupied buildings, water resources and public spaces like parks. Clifford Krauss   [Full Story]

Aug 7, 2016
Yes, There Is a Way Forward in Reining in Fracking
Truth-Out
Mark karlin

The effects of fracked oil and gas -- in terms of air and water quality and health impacts -- are felt most by the poor and communities of color. Public interest advocate Wenonah Hauter outlines strategies to stop fracking and rein in Big Oil.  [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2016
Activists Scurry To Find Support For Anti-Fracking Proposals
Chris White


Activists in Colorado with the “Keep It In The Ground” movement have until Monday to get nearly 100,000 valid signatures for two state ballot initiatives essentially banning fracking.   [Full Story]

Aug 6, 2016
Fracking ordinance up for discussion again in King George
Fredericksburg.com
Cathu Dyson

Discussions about fracking regulations are back on the table in King George County, particularly as new signals from the state suggest gas drilling could come to the Fredericksburg region.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
XTO to pay $400,000 to settle Pennsylvania toxic waste charges
Ft Worth Star-Telegram
Steve Kaskovich

XTO Energy has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle allegations in Pennsylvania that it illegally dumped toxic wastewater from a Marcellus Shale well site. According to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, XTO agreed to pay a $300,000 civil penalty to the state Department of Environmental Protection and $100,000 to the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership to advance environmental projects in Lycoming County.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
Fracking’s Long Reach Stretches Into Frack-Free New York
90.5 Pittsburgh NPR
Julie Grant

New York’s Finger Lakes region has become one of the hubs of the state’s $3-billion-a-year tourism industry. In recent years, much of that tourism has revolved around the wine industry. But a plan to store the glut of natural gas flowing from Pennsylvania in ancient underground salt caverns near New York’s Seneca Lake has many in wine country worried about the impacts on tourism and water quality.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
The Kochs, Big Oil Are Taking Their War With The EPA To The Ballot Box
Think Progress
Samantha Page

On Tuesday, Missouri Republicans nominated Josh Hawley to be the state’s next attorney general. A lawyer best known for his work opposing mandatory contraception coverage in the Hobby Lobby case and his socially conservative views, Hawley has promised to use the office as the “tip of the spear in fighting federal overreach” — overreach, he argues, like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
One Nook Of America's Shale Industry Is Eyeing A Big Comeback
RigZone
Bloomberg, David Weithe

(Bloomberg) -- Amid the gloom and doom that’s set in all along America’s shale fields these past two years, there has been one small, but consistent, bright spot. Sand, it turns out, is a much greater tool in hydraulic fracking than drillers had understood it to be. Time and again, they’ve found that the more grit they pour into horizontal wells -- seemingly regardless of how extreme the amounts have become -- the more oil comes seeping out.   [Full Story]

Aug 4, 2016
Fracking fears hit fever pitch as seismic tests begin
Tallahassee Democrat
Jeff Burlew

A Texas company has begun seismic testing for oil and gas in Calhoun and Gulf counties, heightening fears among anti-fracking activists that the controversial drilling technique will come to North Florida.   [Full Story]

Aug 3, 2016
Alameda Fracking Ban: All Bark with No Bite
JDSupra
Michael Mills, Shannon Morrissey

On July 19, 2016, Alameda County, California (“County”) became the first county in the Bay Area to approve a ban on hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”). The County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ban through an amendment to the Alameda County Zoning Ordinance (“Ordinance”). Gen. Ordinance Code §§ 17.06.100-17.06.400.  [Full Story]

Aug 3, 2016
GOP donors with ties to fossil fuels target of protest
Newsday
Robert Brodksy

Long Island activists and superstorm Sandy victims on Wednesday urged Republican Senate and Assembly candidates to reject political contributions from wealthy donors with ties to the fossil fuel industry.   [Full Story]

Aug 2, 2016
From now on, every government agency will have to consider climate change
The Washington Post
Chris Mooney

In the past several weeks alone, the Obama administration has made multiple new moves to fight climate change. The administration announced new steps to help fill U.S. roadways with electric vehicles. It ruled that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft endanger human health and welfare. And on the international stage, it moved the world closer to a deal to phase out super-polluting HFCs, chemicals in refrigerants and other industrial substances that warm the climate. But as Obama’s term dwindles, the act isn’t over — on Tuesday the White House released yet another policy to fight climate change, one with potentially far-reaching consequences. The White House’s chief environmental office, the Council on Environmental Quality, finalized a six-year process of shaping how the government’s agencies, across the board, will factor climate change into their decisions.  [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Rendell Still Making Mistakes on Fracki
Huffington Post
Karen Feridun

Ten thousand people braved sweltering temperatures of nearly 100 degrees to take to the streets of Philadelphia on July 24th to march for a Clean Energy Revolution. Pennsylvanians Against Fracking partnered with the national coalition Americans Against Fracking to organize what turned out to be the largest demonstration during the DNC convention. Fracking continued to make headlines during the week in a telling tale of two governors. On Wednesday, speaking as a panelist at an energy event hosted by Politico, Ed Rendell made the stunning admission that he had “made a mistake” on shale gas development, putting what he considered to be economic gains over the protection of Pennsylvanians and the environment. He didn’t explain what brought about the revelation. As recently as 2013, he was publicly criticizing the other governor who also made headlines last week, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Crawberry Hill 'fracking' drill site licence surrendered
BBC News


A drilling site at the centre of anti-fracking protests has been dismantled and returned to agricultural land. The Environment Agency said Rathlin Energy had surrendered an environmental permit for exploratory drilling for oil and gas at Crawberry Hill, near Beverley.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Trump fools Republicans again with his unconventional take on fracking bans
Fusion
Ari Phillips

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supports fracking, but he doesn’t support accepted Republican strategies about how to get drills in the ground. In a news conference on Friday in Colorado, Trump sided with the state’s Democrats and environmentalists in opposing state-level bans on local anti-fracking ordinances. These so-called preemptive bans have been pushed in fossil fuel-friendly states across the country to prevent towns and cities from outlawing the controversial practice within their borders.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Dueling Studies Continue the Debate Over Fracking Earthquakes
Dallas Observer
Christian McPhate

Southern Methodist University seismologists recently revealed human-induced earthquakes in North Texas are not only caused by oil and gas operations but also have been occurring since the 1920s across Texas. Oil and gas industry professionals were quick to denounce seismologists findings, and the Texas legislature was quick to take action by calling for its own study, to be conducted by a team of experts appointed by the governor.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
3,000 Join Protest Against Fracking
Morning Star
Peter Lazenby

MORE than 3,000 people marched through York at the weekend in opposition to plans for widespread fracking in Yorkshire’s countryside. Saturday’s demonstration is thought to have been Britain’s biggest so far against the process.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Local, national leaders, scientists, and celebrities endorse CO Ballot Initiatives
North Denver News


A growing number of local and national leaders, celebrities and scientists are expressing strong support for Colorado’s two Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking initiatives – #75 and #78 – for the November 2016 ballot.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Can the Environmental Movement Rally Around Hillary Clinton?
Inside Climate News
Marianne Lavelle

After airing their differences in the primary fight between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, green groups seek common ground because the alternative is Donald Trump.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Trump backs local fracking control
Politico
Alex Guillén

ATTENTION OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY — TRUMP FINE WITH LOCAL BANS: Donald Trump dropped some news late Friday that is turning heads in the oil and gas sector, which is already wary of the fickle GOP nominee. Trump told a Colorado TV station that he supports local control over fracking, wading into a controversial issue that has pitted oil and gas companies against environmentalists — and agreeing with Hillary Clinton. "I'm in favor of fracking, but I think that voters should have a big say in it. I mean, there's some areas, maybe, that don't want to have fracking, and I think if the voters are voting for it that's up to them,” Trump said, adding: “Fracking is something that we need, fracking is something that’s here, whether we like it or not. But if a municipality or a state wants to ban fracking, I can understand that.” Elana Schor has more.   [Full Story]

Aug 1, 2016
Trump disagrees with fellow Republicans on local fracking bans
Grist
Bem Adler

Donald Trump’s deeply held conservative principles are clashing with one another. After months of extolling the virtues of fossil fuel extraction, Trump deviated from GOP orthodoxy and told a Colorado TV station on Friday that local communities should be able to ban fracking. “I’m in favor of fracking, but I think that voters should have a big say in it,” said Trump, according to Politico. “I mean, there’s some areas, maybe, that don’t want to have fracking, and I think if the voters are voting for it that’s up to them.”  [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
US Sens. Warren, Markey probe alleged conflict in Spectra pipeline review
The Republican


U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are demanding answers about an alleged conflict of interest in the federal review of a natural gas pipeline proposal. The Houston-based Spectra Energy proposes three related projects that would impact eastern Massachusetts: Access Northeast, Atlantic Bridge, and the Algonquin Incremental Market project, or AIM.  [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
Alameda County 1st in Bay Area to ban fracking
Daily Californian
Lillian Dong

On July 19, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban fracking in the county — the first county in the Bay Area to pass an ordinance to do so.   [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
Local activists protest against “fracking hell”
The Yorker
Eleanor Higginson

At midday on Saturday 30th July, a diverse crowd gathered in front of Clifford’s Tower to march against fracking in Yorkshire. The York Green Party was officially represented, as well as a range of local activists from York and the surrounding areas, such as Ryedale and Selby. Families marched with dogs and pushchairs, and helpers handed out anti-fracking signs to demonstrators who had come without.   [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
Program focuses on seismic activity in state
Standard Speakeer
Robert Swift

HARRISBURG — Five summers ago, many people in the state Capitol felt a slight vibration one afternoon as a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia impacted the Eastern Seaboard.   [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2016
Leaning too hard on natural gas
Times Argus


Vermont, like other states in New England and beyond, has become overly dependent on natural gas. We have lost balance in our electricity mix, and the consequences could be costly for consumers and businesses alike in the years ahead.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
Texas challenges EPA’s crackdown on oilfield methane
MRT
Jim Malewitz

The state of Texas is again taking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to court, this time challenging new rules aimed at slashing methane emissions in the oil patch.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
Trump Says Fracking Bans Should Be Left To Local Voters
Daily Caller
Chris White

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he personally supports hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, yet believes drilling should be up to local voters to decide.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
Fracking Colorado: This is what (buying a) democracy looks like
Grenpeace


In Colorado the oil and gas industry has their finger on the scale of democracy, and new reports from the Boulder Weekly and the Colorado Independent have revealed the full weight of the fracking industry’s influence. While nearly everyone has heard about the problem of “money in politics,” it is rare that the actual mechanisms of how corporations control elections and politics are revealed.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
In Colorado, Donald Trump sides with Democrats and environmentalists on fracking
Los Angeles Times
Kurtis Lee

Donald Trump waded into Colorado's fracking debate this week, siding with a position popular among Democrats and environmentalists in the state, while leaving many Republicans dismayed. Trump, who held rallies on Friday in Colorado Springs and Denver, said that while he supports fracking, he believes voters should have a say in whether they want to ban it.   [Full Story]

Jul 30, 2016
FERC Approved Transco Expansion Projects in New York City and Virginia
North American Procurement Council


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)has given its approval for Transco Expansion Projects located in New York City and Virginia, Williams Partners L.P. announced. Both the New York Bay Expansion and the Virginia Southside II Expansion projects are fully subscribed, demand-driven expansion projects designed to provide natural gas service in 2017.   [Full Story]

Jul 29, 2016
Montana environmental group wants info on fracking chemicals
KTVQ


An environmental group wants to know what chemicals fracking companies are putting into the ground. The Montana Environmental Information Center, along with the Natural Resource Defense Council, filed a petition this week before the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to improve public disclosure.   [Full Story]

Jul 29, 2016
At Oil Industry Funded DNC Event, Surprising Turn: Protests, Ex-Governor Admits "Mistake" Over Fracking
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

At an oil-industry sponsored event during this week's Democratic National Convention, all did not go as planners may have hoped. The event was sponsored by Vote4Energy.org, an initiative by the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry's trade association, and featured some of the Democratic party's most ardent supporters of fracking, including Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. But protesters with an anti-fracking message repeatedly disrupted the panel and one of the gas industry's best-known cheerleaders, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, admitted he “made a mistake” in failing to adequately regulate shale gas extraction.  [Full Story]

Jul 29, 2016
Trump agrees with Clinton on fracking debate
Politico
Elana Schor

Donald Trump today told a Colorado TV station that he supports local control over fracking, wading into a controversial issue that has pitted oil and gas companies against environmentalists - and agreeing with Hillary Clinton.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
Behind closed doors
Boulder Weekly
Joel Dyer

Recording from oil-and-gas gathering sheds light on industry efforts to defeat ballot measures, take over city councils and stop the anti-fracking movement  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
A FRACKING PIPELINE PUTS TIM KAINE’S FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY TIES TO THE TEST
The Intercept
Alleen Brown

DEMOCRATIC VICE PRESIDENTIAL candidate Sen. Tim Kaine is facing pressure from landowners in his home state of Virginia to stand against the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to mid-Atlantic markets.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
Florida Paves the Way for Fracking by Upping Contamination Limits in Drinking Water
The Bradenton Times
Dennis Maley

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission narrowly voted to approve controversial new water quality criteria on Tuesday, despite strong opposition from environmental groups warning of cancer risks that would follow, were allowable levels of carcinogens such as benzene to be raised.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
EQT plans to increase drilling
Pittsburgh Business Times


EQT Corp. said Thursday that it would pick up the pace of its natural gas drilling program, starting about 63 more wells than previously planned in the Marcellus and Upper Devonian shales in the second half of 2016.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
Pipeline Expansion Threatens U.S. Climate Goals, Study Says
Inside Climate News
Phil Mckenna

Assessing the climate impacts of 19 natural gas projects, advocacy group says it guarantees high carbon emissions. Proposed new and expanded pipelines that would pump natural gas from the fracking hub in the Appalachian Basin to power plants and other consumers throughout much of the eastern half of the U.S. will commit the country to high carbon emissions. That level will be too high for the U.S. to meet its climate goals, according to a report by the environmental advocacy group Oil Change International.   [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
The Color of Pollution: How Environmental Contamination Targets People of Color
DeSmogBlog
Larry Buhl

With about 42,000 active wells, Kern County, California is home to three-quarters of California's oil drilling and 95 percent of the state’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activity. This mainly rural region is the largest oil-producing county in the U.S. The influence of oil and gas is so great here that in late 2015 the county board of supervisors approved a new ordinance to allow drilling permits for tens of thousands of new wells to be fast tracked. Time span for the new ordinance? Two decades. Ongoing environmental review? None. Public participation? Not allowed. In response, the environmental legal organization Earthjustice filed suit against the county on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  [Full Story]

Jul 28, 2016
Study finds communities need to be proactive about fracking
Science Daily


Fracking, horizontal high-volume hydraulic fracturing is a process that forces a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure deep into the ground to extract oil and natural gas in shale rock formations. Fracking has allowed the United States to become a net energy exporter, but has created substantial problems for local communities hosting fracking operations. Authors Carolyn G. Loh, associate professor at Wayne State University, and Anna C. Osland, founder and principal of Anna C. Osland Consulting, surveyed 140 local governments in four states with very active fracking: Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. The authors set out to determine the kinds of policies these local governments adopted to address the negative impacts of fracking and the role organizational capacity had on how local governments deal with fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Summit County court rules against small city using zoning regulations to regulate oil and gas activities Fracking opponents in Ohio continue to look for ways to exert local control
Athens News
Terry Smith

While recent battles against deep-shale oil and gas drilling in Ohio mostly have involved proposed “bill of rights” anti-fracking ordinances, such as one passed in the city of Athens in 2014, Ohio courts repeatedly have ruled against them. (Proponents are struggling to place a similar anti-fracking bill-of-rights charter on the ballot for Athens County this November.)   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Clinton wants to end ‘Halliburton loophole’ on fracking, adviser says
The Hill
Timothy Cama and Devin Henry

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton would push Congress to reverse a 2005 measure that exempts hydraulic fracturing from certain federal environmental standards, a top adviser said. Ending what environmentalists call the “Halliburton loophole” would be the Democratic candidate’s first priority in regulating fracking, adviser Trevor Houser said.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
PennFuture wins appeal in Mt. Pleasant Twp.
Observer-Reporter
David Singer

HICKORY – The environmental nonprofit group Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future won petitioner status along with 10 individuals Tuesday by virtue of a zoning hearing board vote of 3-0 that the parties have rightful standing to challenge Mt. Pleasant Township’s zoning ordinances on natural gas drilling.  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
San Francisco-Area County Bans Fracking
Independent Women's Forum
Charlotte Allen

California's Alameda County, across the bay from San Francisco and home of the University of California-Berkeley, has banned hydraulic fracking. The only hitch: There is no hydraulic fracking in Alameda County, and there never has been.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Former Gov. Ed Rendell: ‘I made a mistake’ on shale gas
State Impact PA
Susn Phillips & Marie Cusick

Former Governor Ed Rendell said he regrets putting economic gain ahead of environmental protection at the start of Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom. Speaking at a DNC event hosted by Politico in Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday, Rendell said fracking has risks but those can be mitigated.   [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Montana petitioners seek more disclosure on fracking chemicals
Wyoming Tribune Eagle
Matthew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Landowners, environmentalists and public health workers petitioned Montana regulators on Tuesday to require companies to more fully divulge which "fracking" chemicals they use to produce oil and gas. Dozens of chemicals, some of them hazardous to human health and the environment, are used as part of the process technically known as hydraulic fracturing, in which millions of gallons of fluid are pumped deep underground to release oil and gas trapped in shale or other rock formations. A 2011 state rule allows companies to conceal chemicals they consider to be trade secrets. Officials can request the full ingredients list in the event of a spill or release of the fluids.  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
John Hickenlooper “pretty unlikely” to take Clinton cabinet post, as fracking protesters shout him down in Philadelphia
The Denver Post


Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is putting cold water on the idea that he would join Hillary Clinton’s administration if she wins in November. On the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hickenlooper said Wednesday that “it’s pretty unlikely I would take a cabinet position to be very blunt.” The governor is considered a top prospect for a number of posts, particularly as secretary of Interior or Commerce, if the Democratic presidential nominee defeats Republican Donald Trump. And his comments at an energy policy hosted by Politico appears to contradict the prevailing wisdom that he is interested in serving if asked.  [Full Story]

Jul 27, 2016
Republicans push back on Interior methane leak plan
The Hill
Devin Henryy

House Republicans want the Interior Department to drop plans to regulate methane emissions on federal lands. In a Wednesday letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Republicans said the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lacks the power to regulate emissions from oil and gas drilling wells, and that it should instead work to more quickly approve transmission lines to get natural gas on the market.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
State will not appeal decision on fracking water disposal well
Lincoln Journal Star
Nicholas Bergin

The Nebraska Attorney General’s office on Tuesday announced it will not appeal a court decision rejecting a Colorado company’s plan to inject salty groundwater and fracking wastewater deep beneath Sioux County.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Coalition Seeks Greater Public Access to Information About Chemicals Used in Fracking
Enews Park Forest


Billings, Mont. —(ENEWSPF)–July 26, 2016. Today a coalition of conservation groups, landowners, and public health advocates petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to provide broader public disclosure of information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Fracking Operations Leave Many Pennsylvania Residents Worried About Water Quality
WBUR


A draft report last year from the Environmental Protection Agency said the drinking water contamination related to hydraulic fracturing was not widespread or systemic. But, Pennsylvania residents who live near drilling operations have filed thousands of complaints, and sometimes waited for years for answers about the quality of their water.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
A new study explores the connection between fracking and asthma attacks
North Jersey
The Record

Fracking, a new study says, may endanger respiratory health. Researchers who looked at natural gas wells in Pennsylvania found that residents living close to these sites suffered from a higher number of asthma attacks.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Nebraska won’t appeal decision on fracking water disposal
Washington Times
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The state of Nebraska won’t appeal a judge’s decision to bar a Colorado company from using a Nebraska Panhandle well to dispose of salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater that result from oil and gas operations.   [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Sanders doesn’t mention fracking
Bloomberg Government
Mark Drajem

It seems like just yesterday that Bernie Sanders was blasting Hillary Clinton for taking campaign cash “from those who would profit off the destruction of the planet.” We saw a different Sanders take the stage last night: one who didn’t dare utter the word “fracking.” In endorsing Clinton for president at the Democratic National Convention, the senator from Vermont didn’t exactly walk back his attacks on her — he avoided the topic altogether.  [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Advocates seek more disclosure on fracking chemicals
Washington Times
Mathew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Landowners, environmentalists and health advocates petitioned Montana regulators on Tuesday to require companies to more fully divulge which fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas.  [Full Story]

Jul 26, 2016
Fossil Fuel Industry Continues Wrath on Renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann
EcoWatch
Sierra Rayne

Despite—actually, because of—the innumerable peer-reviewed studies and national academies that have affirmed his work, Prof. Michael Mann from Penn State University continues to be on the receiving end of the fossil fuel industry's wrath.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Thousands of pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit streets
WDTN
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia’s sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
NT election: Fracking debate heats up as campaigners launch television advertisements
ABC News
Elliana Lawford

Pro- and anti-fracking groups have rolled out new television commercials to try and sway voters ahead of the Northern Territory election.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Anti-Fracking Protesters Swarm Hillary’s Convention
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Thousands of activists took to the streets in Philadelphia the day before the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to protest the failure of the Democratic Party platform to call for banning hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Protests energize Philadelphia before DNC, Lancaster group marches against pipeline
Lancaster Online
Sam Janesch

PHILADELPHIA - Anchoring a group of people carrying a 50-foot quilt down Market Street in sweltering heat, Lancaster County’s Tim Spiese said now is the time to pressure state officials to ban fracking and natural gas pipelines.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Convention shows Democrats support fracking, activists on the fringe
The Hill
Katie Brown

In a recent op-ed in The Hill, Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch claimed that “fracking has emerged as a key issue in 2016” but certainly not in the way she and the anti-fracking movement intended.  [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Regulators propose higher levels of toxic chemicals in Florida's water
Tampa Bay Times
Mary Ellen Kias

TALLAHASSEE — A state panel will decide today whether to allow polluters to increase the level of toxic chemicals they dump into Florida rivers and lakes as part of the first update of the state's water quality standards in 24 years.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
The Fight Over Fracking Heats Up As the Democratic National Convention gets under way in Philadelphia, activists across the country are pushing for bans on oil and gas extraction.
Take Part
David Kirby

“Frack no!” That provocative refrain ricocheted through the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention as thousands of clean-energy activists vented their fury at the party’s refusal to include a hydraulic fracturing ban in its platform.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Under May’s New Government, a U.K. Gas Fracking Push Is Probable
Bloomberg
Kelly Gilblom

As Theresa May’s new government prepares to take the U.K. out of the European Union, it’s likely to promote one technology shunned by most nations on the mainland -- fracking.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
"We Want to Stop Fracking Now": Up to 10,000 Rally on Eve of DNC to Demand Climate Justice
Democracy Now


Democracy Now! hit the streets Sunday to speak to some of the thousands of protesters who marched through the streets of Philadelphia to demand a ban on fracking and a transition to clean energy. Despite a scorching heat wave, up to 10,000 people took to the streets for hours. This comes as climate change-fueled extreme weather continues across the world. In California, a wildfire north of Los Angeles doubled in size Sunday, just one day after a burned body was discovered outside a home in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
Here Is A Fracking Overview Of The Natural Gas Market
Investing.com
Ava Trade

Until this past spring, what was the worst performing commodity over the last 10 years? Crude? Platinum? Pork bellies? Not even close. Natural gas. This was supposed to be the commodity of the century. In our era of green consciousness, natural gas was a sure bet. But a funny thing happened on the way to the pay-off window: supply.   [Full Story]

Jul 25, 2016
10,000 March in Philly Calling for a Clean Energy Revolution 'Wake up, humanity! Time is running out!'
EcoWath
Sandra Steingraber

At high Noon Sunday, with temperatures heading toward 95 degrees, I'm confident I was not the only one preparing to march through the streets of downtown Philadelphia who recalled that old elementary-school story about the wig-wearing drafters of the Declaration of Independence huddled inside of Independence Hall on a sweltering July day.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Al Gore’s daughter due in court after June pipeline protest
Washington Post
Associated press

BOSTON — Former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter and other activists are due in court after being arrested during a natural gas pipeline protest in Boston. Karenna Gore, activist Tim DeChristopher and four others are expected to appear Friday in Boston Municipal Court after pleading not guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespassing, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace following the June 29 protest.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Before DNC: Thousands defy heat to demonstrate for Bernie, against fracking
Philly.com
Tricia Nadolny, Steve Bohnel, Erin Serpico and Vibha Kannan,

An environmental advocate dressed in a furry, head-to-clawed-paw polar bear suit defied Philadelphia's staggering heat wave on Sunday and prepared to join thousands of more comfortably dressed protesters at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Newfielders Ask for Fracking Ban
Ithaca.com
Jaime Cone

About 1,200 Newfield residents have signed a petition asking the Newfield Town Board to enact a local ban on shale gas extraction, according to Marie Terlizzi, outreach coordinator for People Advocating for the Use of Sustainable Energy (PAUSE). At a meeting for the town board July 14, Terlizzi addressed the board, saying that it was time for the town to take action.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Fracked! review – Alistair Beaton’s nimble eco-comedy hits home, up to a point
The Guardian
Susannah Clapp

utside the Minerva, a woman from the Chichester and Bognor Green party hands out leaflets about fracking. Inside, Alistair Beaton’s new play, Fracked!, gives an efficient, adversarial account of what happens when gas and oil are mechanically extracted from shale. It also speaks up for direct action. Chichester, which used to be considered a byword for theatrical staidness, is being stirred.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
On Fracking Ban Chief of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation and members of a Mahwah environmental organization will be among those marching.
Mahwah Patch
Daniel Hubbard

Hundreds of people demand politicians and national leaders be more aggressive at banning fracking and increasing the country's dependence on renewable energy at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Sunday.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Judge decides against Munroe Falls in drilling case
Stow Sentry
Jeff Saunders

Munroe Falls -- The city has suffered a setback in its battle over local control of oil and natural gas drilling within its boundaries. In a July 14 decision on a request for declaratory judgement the city filed in May, Summit County Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher said state law granting the authority for drilling to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources takes precedence over a city ordinance requiring that Beck Energy apply for a zoning certificate.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Committee plans to protest elections board’s rejection of anti-fracking charter
Athens News
David DeWitt

A group that submitted petitions to place a proposed charter government for Athens County on the November ballot is expected to file a protest Monday morning in reaction to the Athens County Board of Elections earlier this month voting unanimously to reject the proposal for the ballot.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Clean energy advocates urge DNC to ban fracking, promote renewable fuels
State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle & Susan Phillips

Thousands of campaigners for clean energy marched through the center of Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention on Sunday, urging the party to adopt policies that would ban fracking and promote the use of renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Over 10,000 March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables 900+ Groups From 50 States Back March for a Clean Energy Revolution, Convened by Americans Against Fracking
Common Dreams
Food & Water Watch

Philadelphia - Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals held a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by over ten thousand concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, which called for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march was endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every state.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Thousands of pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit Philadelphia streets ahead of DNC
Chicago Tribune


Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave.  [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Activists From Bergen, Passaic Join Climate March
Paramus Daily Voice
Lorraine Ash

PARAMUS, N.J. — Carrying signs and chanting, some two dozen anti-fracking activists left Paramus Sunday morning to join 10,000 others at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution in Philadelphia .   [Full Story]

Jul 24, 2016
Thousands of Pro-Sanders, Anti-Fracking Marchers Hit Streets
ABC News
Geoff Mulvihill & Megan Trimble

Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave.   [Full Story]

Jul 23, 2016
Did Industry Ties Lead Democratic Party Platform Committee to Nix Fracking Ban?
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) — the controversial horizontal drilling technique used to extract oil and gas in shale basins around the U.S. and the world — has sat at the center of the debate over the Democratic Party's draft platform set for a vote at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) convention in Philadelphia July 25-28. That platform was drafted and debated by a 15-member committee, with four members chosen by DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, five by Bernie Sanders and six by presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. After a fracking moratorium clause failed in a 7-6 vote at the DNC Platform Committee meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri from June 24-25, an amendment calling for President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan not to incentivize fracked gas power plants also did not pass at the July 8-9 DNC Platform Committee meeting held in Orlando, Florida.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2016
Thousands Will March in Philly to Demand Fracking Ban on Eve of Democratic National Convention (VIDEO)
AlterNet
Reynard Loki

On Sunday, one day before the Democratic National Convention commences its four-day event at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, thousands of activists will march across the city to demand a ban on fracking, an unconventional drilling method to access natural gas trapped in underground shale deposits. Fracking has been under fire by environmentalists and public health advocates for causing a host of serious problems, from increased infant mortality and low birth weight babies to the release of cancer-causing radioactive gas, contamination of drinking water and earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2016
19 Proposed Fracking Pipelines Would Push Us Past Point of No Return, Report Finds
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

The U.S. will burst through its emission-reduction target under the Paris climate agreement if the 19 natural gas pipelines proposed in the Appalachian Basin come to fruition, according to a new study.  [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2016
A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine U.S. Climate Goals
Oil Change International


A new report out from Oil Change International, in partnership with 11 other local, regional, and national organizations, shows that current projections for U.S. natural gas production – fueled by a boom in the Appalachian Basin – will lock in enough carbon to bust through agreed climate goals. The report, entitled, “A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine U.S. Climate Goals,” takes an extensive look at the climate implications of proposed natural gas infrastructure in the Appalachian Basin. The report highlights three key facts: There are 19 key new proposed natural gas pipelines in the Appalachian basin. All of them are incompatible with the Paris target and existing US climate goals; Stopping this new supply infrastructure is critical to the keep it in the ground movement’s goals of stopping infrastructure that creates carbon lock-in; and All new energy projects must pass a climate test to prove their viability in a climate safe world. These new gas pipelines fail that test.   [Full Story]

Jul 22, 2016
New gas pipelines would make U.S. miss climate target: report
Reuters


The United States will miss its emission-reduction targets under the Paris climate agreement if 19 pending natural gas pipelines are built across eastern states, a report published on Friday by environmental groups said. Oil Change International and 11 other organizations found that 19 proposed pipelines due to move natural gas from the shale fields of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to states from Louisiana to New York would unlock at least 15.2 billion cubic feet per day of new natural gas production.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Drill that! Trump rumored to put fracking billionaire in charge of energy sector
RT News


If Donald Trump becomes president, America may get a ‘fracker-in-chief’ as its energy minister. Harold Hamm, an Oklahoma oil man and Republican donor, has been advising the Republican candidate on energy. Reuters reported Wednesday that sources close to the Trump campaign have indicated that the candidate is considering Hamm for the position of energy secretary in his prospective cabinet, citing four anonymous sources.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Thousands to March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables
Common Dreams


WASHINGTON - Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals will hold a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by thousands of concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, the massive march will call for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march has been endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every state. At the 11:30 am press conference at City Hall, advocacy leaders and individuals harmed by fracking will call on the nation’s current and future leaders to ban fracking now, keep fossil fuels in the ground, stop dirty energy, transition to 100% renewable energy, and ensure environmental justice for all.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Thousands to March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables
Common Dreams
Food & Water Watch

WASHINGTON - Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals will hold a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by thousands of concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, the massive march will call for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march has been endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every state.  [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Alameda County bans fracking
People's World
Juan Lopez

OAKLAND, Calif.- "We're ecstatic. It's historic!" an exuberant Ella Teevan told the People's World Tuesday evening after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to ban fracking for oil and natural gas in the county.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
San Francisco Area Bans Fracking, Even Though It Doesn’t Actually Frack
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Alameda County California, near San Francisco, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, even though the area doesn’t actually frack. Alameda County has only one active oil field, and no one fracks there to extract oil. Five different California counties also banned fracking, but none of them produce much oil.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Report rules out fracking say protesters
Fleetwood Weekly News


Opponents of fracking say an updated medical report into the controversial process shows that it should not be allowed to go ahead on the Fylde. Residents and groups opposing plans to frack at two sites on the Fylde say the report by Medact links hydraulic fracturing to health problems with people living near gas sites.   [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2016
Bury Council bans fracking on its land
Prestwich & Whitefield Guide
Sarah Yates

Fracking has been banned on all Bury Council land.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
To frack or not to frack: The Piceance Basin
KJCT8
Matt Vandervear

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KJCT) -- In the rock formations of the Piceance Basin, nestled in between Grand Junction, Gunnison and Glenwood Springs, is a hidden deposit of natural gas and shale oil. 66 trillion cubic feet to be exact, according to estimates by the U.S. Geological Survey—making it the second largest source of natural gas in the country.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Foolishness over fossil fuels U.S. energy policy continues to rest on the fantasies of dreamers
Washington Times
Analysis/Opinion

The masterminds who put their heads together to “improve” the planet sometimes only bump those heads together. Environmentalists have confidently — and arrogantly — declared that their “green” policies are based on “settled science,” but evidence continues to trickle in to dispute that. On paper, saving the world is as elementary as ridding it of fossil fuels. Experience, however, teaches that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Your Chances Of Asthma Attacks Are Higher If You Live Near A Fracking Site
Think Progress
Sydney Pereira

Asthma attacks happen more often for people living near fracking sites. That is what a study released Monday found among Pennsylvania’s natural gas developments in the Marcellus Shale region.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Cornell researchers conduct earthquake simulation, test new pipeline technology
WHCU Radio


ITHACA — Cornell researchers conducted a test Wednesday morning of technology designed to withstand the force of California’s most severe earthquakes. A new earthquake-resilient pipeline was tested during an earthquake simulation that was carried out as the pipeline was buried under soil contained inside Thurston Hall on the Cornell campus.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Natural gas is not the answer
Ithaca Journal
Robert Howarth

Anyone serious about taking action to prevent a climate crisis understands that we need a true clean energy revolution in this country. Unfortunately, one thing that’s often touted as part of the climate solution — burning natural gas — is actually a growing part of the problem.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
A New Study Adds Fuel to Calls for a Fracking Ban On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, researchers found that people living near fracking activity face a “significantly higher” risk of asthma attacks.
The Nation
Zoe Carpenter

Pennsylvania will receive another dubious benefaction next week, when Philadelphia hosts the Democratic National Convention. Considering the party’s division over fracking and the shale gas revolution it enabled, it’s a provocative setting. The Obama administration, along with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and other prominent Democrats, have promoted natural gas as beneficial for both the climate and the economy. But communities situated near heavy fracking activity have long reported adverse environmental and health impacts. And new research on the scale of leaks of methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide, in terms of its ability to trap heat in the atmosphere—from natural gas wells and pipelines has intensified calls from climate activists to end the practice. The  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Bay Area county bans nonexistent fracking
SF Gate
David R Baker

For the first time, a Bay Area county has banned hydraulic fracturing. Even though no one fracks there. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the controversial oil and gas extraction technique, which has touched off fierce political fights across the state and country.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Trump Eyes Fracking Mogul Harold Hamm As Energy Secretary: Report Hamm would add to Trump’s roster of fossil fuel advocates.
Huffington Post
Michelle Conlin

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering nominating Oklahoma oil and gas mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary if elected to the White House on Nov. 8, according to four sources close to Trump’s campaign.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Anti-Fracking Councilman Finds it Harder to Divest From Fracking Than He Thought
Observer
Jillian Jorgensen

It turns out that divesting from companies involved in fracking hasn’t been as easy as Councilman Stephen Levin expected. Two years after the Observer reported that Levin’s Conflict of Interest Board filings showed he had earned royalties from two energy companies invested in fracking—leading the anti-fracking pol to say he’d look into divesting from the old family investment—filings released this year showed he’s still receiving the cash.   [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Way back when, Big Oil taught tobacco companies a few tricks
Grist
Katie Herzog

For a long time, we’ve thought that Big Oil used a playbook first developed by tobacco companies to hide the dangers of its product, but newly unearthed documents suggest the reverse: It was Big Oil that taught Big Tobacco. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) analyzed industry documents dating back to the 1950s. CIEL found that when tobacco sought to confuse the public over smoking, it turned a strategy already in use by oil companies, one that sowed doubt on lead, smog, and climate research. Both industries employed PR firm Hill & Knowlton Inc., for public outreach — the very PR firm that helped tobacco executives hatch a plan to hide the mounting evidence linking smoking with cancer.  [Full Story]

Jul 20, 2016
Alameda Becomes 5th County in California to Ban Fracking
EcoWatch
Katie Pohlman

Five counties in California have now banned fracking. Alameda County is the latest to join the list after county leaders voted unanimously in favor of banning fracking Tuesday evening.  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2016
Former Inspectors Describe Dangerous Flaws in Construction of Major East Coast Gas Pipeline
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

In April, a massive explosion ripped through rural Salem Township, Pennsylvania when natural gas from a pipeline buried in a field suddenly ignited. The Salem Township explosion offers a glimpse at how dangerous a natural gas pipeline accident can be — the blast when the 30-inch pipeline ignited blew a 12-foot deep hole in the ground and scorched 40 acres, sending one man to the hospital with burns on 75 percent of his body. “It looked like you were looking down into hell,” a local fire chief, Bob Rosatti, told ABC News. “As far across my windshield as I could see was just a massive fireball.”  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2016
Federal Agents Went Undercover To Spy on Anti-Fracking Movement, Emails Reveal
The Intercept
Lee Fang and Steve Horn

WHEN MORE THAN 300 protesters assembled in May at the Holiday Inn in Lakewood, Colorado — the venue chosen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for an auction of oil and gas leases on public lands — several of the demonstrators were in fact undercover agents sent by law enforcement to keep tabs on the demonstration, according to emails obtained by The Intercept. The “Keep it in the Ground” movement, a broad effort to block the development of drilling projects, has rapidly gained traction over the last year, raising pressure on the Obama administration to curtail hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and coal mining on federal public lands. In response, government agencies and industry groups have sharply criticized the activists in public, while quietly moving to track their activities.  [Full Story]

Jul 19, 2016
Dem Party Platform Exposes Two Big Areas Where Hillary Clinton Needs to Get a Lot More Progressive
AlterNet
Alison Rose Levy

Donning a baseball cap doesn’t make millionaire Donald Trump a man of the people. Nor did playing the saxophone make Bill Clinton the "first black president.” His rooty-tooting effectively obscured his actual record, stripping the social safety net and incarcerating record numbers of blacks in private prisons, setting up what Michelle Alexander calls the New Jim Crow and what Angela Davis calls the prison-industrial complex, a prime contributor to the recent violence against black people. Whether it’s former President Bush wearing a hard hat for a photo op with 9/11 emergency workers (and then allowing his party to cut their health coverage for illnesses developed from toxic exposures) or Hillary Clinton’s contradictory stance on the TPP, Americans can no longer blithely ignore the cognitive dissonance demanded of them by public officials and candidates who say one thing and do another.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says
The Denver Post
Associated Press

CHICAGO — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living far away.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Anti-fracking group coming to town Pro-fracking camp says technique not likely in Johnstown, but discussion, debate are good
This Week
Marla K. Kuhlman

Johnstown residents will have an opportunity July 18 to learn their rights in regard to fracking. Members of an anti-fracking group called Ohio Community Rights Network will present a fracking presentation and discuss how Johnstown residents could ensure local control over shale-gas drilling and fracking waste water during a meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Council chambers, 599 S. Main St.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
New Study Says Fracking Could Worsen Asthma For Nearby Residents
Manufacturing.net
Lindsey Tanner

Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Compressor Stations Open New Front In Fracking Debate
Allegheny Front
Joanna Richards

Back in February, 300 people crowded into a school gym in Medina County, Ohio, to lob questions, concerns—and some unvarnished anger—at state environmental regulators. At issue was the siting of a new natural gas compressor station along the planned NEXUS pipeline—a 250-mile transmission line being built to carry gas from Ohio to Chicago, southeast Michigan and Ontario.  [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Indigenous Leaders Caravan Across the Country to Call for an End to Fracking
ColorLines


The group is leaving from Flagstaff, Arizona, today and will end up in Philadelphia on July 24 for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution, which dovetails with the Democratic National Convention. Today (July 18), more than 20 indigenous people are beginning the Protect Our Public Lands Tour, an almost two-week cross-country trip where storytellers and elders will visit environmentally vulnerable communities to document their stories and promote a “just and renewable energy future.”   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Faso was paid for his work on pipeline project
Politifact
Dan Clark

Zephyr Teachout came out swinging against Republican John Faso after winning the 19th Congressional District’s Democratic primary. During a speech to supporters in Kingston on primary night, Teachout focused on Faso’s role in a controversial natural gas pipeline project.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Groups call for stronger oil well site emissions regulations
KOCO
Crystal Price

OKLAHOMA CITY —Some environmental groups are asking for stronger regulations to be placed on the emission of gases at oil well sites. The group Stop Fracking Payne County recently reached out to the organization Earthworks to help it capture infrared video of gases released from different wells across the state.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Increased Asthma Attacks Tied to Exposure to Natural Gas Production
Inside Climate News
Lisa Song

New study in the heart of Pennsylvania's fracking region shows increase in severity of asthma among residents exposed to most active wells. Exposure to more intense shale gas development correlates with a higher risk of asthma attacks among asthma patients, according to a new study of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, one of the nation's largest and most active fracking regions.   [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2016
Players stake out sides in Winona frac sand debate
Post Bulletin
Brian Todd

SARATOGA TOWNSHIP — If you've got something to say on the proposed ban on silica sand mining in Winona County, you have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 to express yourself. The Winona County Planning Commission has given the public 60 days to share comment on a proposed silica sand mining amendment to the Winona County zoning ordinance. The findings and recommendation of the commission will then be reported back to the Board of Commissioners before Aug. 15.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Fracking lawsuit costs Painted Post $45k The village's share of litigation costs associated with its bulk water sales lawsuit was authorized for payment at its latest board meeting.
The Leader
Stephen Borgna

PAINTED POST | The village’s share of litigation costs associated with its bulk water sales lawsuit was authorized for payment at its latest board meeting. Painted Post and Shell Subsidiary SWEPI LP’s legal defense against environmental groups that sued to stop municipal water sales for Pennsylvania fracking will cost the village $45,734.70.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Anti-fracking group leaning toward appeal of local Board of Elections rejection of petitions
Athens News
David DeWitt

A group that submitted petitions to place a proposed charter government for Athens County on the November ballot was still weighing its options Sunday after the Athens County Board of Elections voted unanimously to reject the proposal for the ballot earlier this month.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Energy firms gone, but their impact lingers
Arkansas Online
Jessica Seaman

As large equipment sits idle in cow pastures of the Fayetteville Shale in north-central Arkansas, some locals worry that years of natural-gas drilling there will have lasting consequences for the land and environment.   [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Fayetteville Shale boom gone bust; glory days’ jobs, cash now history
Arkansas Times
Jessica Seaman

He drives his red pickup off the paved road and onto a dirt path before coming to a stop at a lake. The heat index has already climbed above 100 degrees on this June afternoon, making it almost unbearable to leave the air conditioning. So Verlon Abram, 65, stays in the truck and points to the 22-acre lake that looks like it has always been there but was built only a few years ago. The lake is part of Abram's desire to make a living from the land of his family's farm in the Wilburn community in Cleburne County. He moved back to the farm after he retired from the Army in 2006.  [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2016
Fracking lawsuit costs Painted Post $45k
The Leader
Stephen Borgna

The village's share of litigation costs associated with its bulk water sales lawsuit was authorized for payment at its latest board meeting.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2016
Fracking Fight Continues in Colorado
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

In the escalating ballot battle between the drilling industry and Colorado communities, new records show that energy companies are spending millions of dollars to stop anti- fracking measures in the state. Environmental groups are currently gathering signatures on two statewide measures, 75 and 78, to appear on Colorado's November ballot. The first initiative would amend the state constitution to enable local governments the option to enact regulations more protective of health and safety than those required by the state, largely addressing the Colorado Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down fracking bans approved by voters in the cities of Fort Collins and Longmont. The other initiative would create 2,500-foot buffer zones between homes, schools and sensitive areas like playgrounds and water sources, and all new oil and gas development.  [Full Story]

Jul 16, 2016
Protect Our Public Lands: Indigenous Witnesses Take Fracking and Climate Concerns on the Road
Indian Country Today


Indigenous Peoples on the front lines of climate change and development battles will be taking their testimony on the road starting on July 18, stopping at various points around Turtle Island.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Scientists study link between U.S. oil drilling and rise in earthquakes
PBS Newshour
Jen Fifield

Stopping an earthquake before it starts? It sounds like a feat possible only for a superhero. But in Kansas and Oklahoma state policymakers are showing that insofar as humans are causing earthquakes, they can stop them, too.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Pacific ??islands nations consider world's first treaty to ban fossil fuels Treaty under consideration by 14 countries would ban new coalmines and embraces 1.5C target set at Paris climate talks
The Guardian
Michael Slezak

The world’s first international treaty that bans or phases out fossil fuels is being considered by leaders of developing Pacific islands nations after a summit in the Solomon Islands this week. The leaders of 14 countries agreed to consider a proposed Pacific climate treaty, which would bind signatories to targets for renewable energy and ban new or the expansion of coalmines, at the annual leaders’ summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
See where fracking is happening off Louisiana's coast
Times-Picayune
Jennifer Larino

Hundreds of fracking operations approved off the Louisiana coast are threatening key habitat for ocean wildlife and contributing to billions of gallons of wastewater dumped into the Gulf of Mexico each year, according to a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
The Feds Approved A Lot of Fracking in the Gulf After BP Oil Spill
San Antonio Current
Mark Reagan

As oil gushed from the sea floor for 87 days in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 after an explosion and fire on a BP-operated rig, the federal government quietly began allowing oil companies to frack in Gulf waters. In the three following years, federal officials would approve more than 1,200 offshore fracks at 630 wells off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Pompton Lakes group to march against fracking
NorthJersey.com


Members of the Franciscan Response to Fracking Ministry of St. Mary’s Parish will take part in the National March for Clean Energy in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 24, the day before the Democratic National Convention opens in that city.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Fracking Opponents in Massachusetts Plan March
Public News Service


BOSTON – Opponents of building new fracking gas pipelines in Massachusetts plan to march more than 40 miles today to call attention to their cause.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Fracking ban resolution will appear on November ballot
King city Rustler
Peter Garin

SALINAS — The Monterey County Board of Supervisors met to consider adopting a resolution to call for the election on the citizen's initiative "Prohibit Fracking and Oil and Natural Gas Well Stimulation Treatments, Prohibit Oil and Natural Gas Wastewater Injection and Impoundment, and Limit New Oil and Natural Gas Operations in Unincorporated Monterey County."  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Obama Rebuked By One of His Own Left-leaning judge blocks executive unilateralism.
Weekly Standard
Terry Eastland

Last month a federal district judge in Wyoming invalidated an Interior Department rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking," in commin parlance) on public lands. The decision dealt a blow to the Obama administration's environmental agenda, and news coverage focused on that. But the decision was also notable for how the judge in the case, Stephen Skavdahl, saw the law—especially since he is an Obama appointee. While you might think that an Obama judge would do the president's bidding, or at least "defer" to the administration's judgment, that did not happen in Wyoming v. U.S. Department of Interior.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Your Call: The battle for the future of energy and the environment
KALQ
Malihe Razazan

On the July 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of the new book Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment. Hauter investigates how the fracking industry began. She argues that Clinton era deregulation policies, Wall Street, and the oil and gas industry, have worked hand in hand to promote fracking. What do you want to know about fracking? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.  [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Can States Stop Man-Made Earthquakes? In the Central U.S., where an increase in earthquakes has communities rattled, states are taking steps to understand what’s causing the tremors and put a stop to them.
GovTech
Jen Fifield

Stopping an earthquake before it starts? It sounds like a feat possible only for a superhero. But in Kansas and Oklahoma, state policymakers are showing that insofar as humans are causing earthquakes, they can stop them, too. After restricting oil and natural gas operations in certain hotspots, Oklahoma is feeling an average of about two earthquakes a day, down from about six last summer, and Kansas is feeling about a quarter of the tremors it once did.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
“Fracking is crappy”
Boulder Weekly


The day, or more precisely days, are upon us. The days of political conventions affirming the candidacy of perhaps two of the most disliked presidential candidates in all of history. While the Republic National Convention (RNC) kicks off in Ohio next week, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) follows later this month in Philadelphia. And the City of Brotherly Love is already prepping the scene with 57 painted donkeys around town to make the Dems feel welcome. But it looks like the city isn’t the only group using creativity to usher in Hillz and her posse.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Energy companies spend big to fight Colorado ballot initiatives
Reuters
Liz Hampton

Energy companies in Colorado are spending millions of dollars to derail a push by environmentalists to put measures on November's ballot that would stifle oil and gas drilling in the state, according to a Reuters review of campaign finance records.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Map Exposes Air Pollution Threat
Ponca City News


In partnership with Bold Oklahoma and Stop Fracking Payne County, Earthworks on Tuesday released new infrared videos of oil and gas air pollution in Oklahoma. The infrared videos —which make visible normally invisible air pollution — along with video testimonials from impacted community members are part of a national interactive map created by Earthworks, Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance, OilAndGasThreatMap.com.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
NETHERLANDS BANS WADDEN DRILLING
Natural Gas Europe


The lower house of the Dutch parliament has passed a banning gas exploration and production on the Wadden Island and in the part of the Wadden Sea defined as a wetlands nature reserve. In the nearby part of the North Sea, those activities remain possible, albeit under stringent conditions.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
NETHERLANDS BANS WADDEN DRILLING
Natural Gas Europe


The lower house of the Dutch parliament has passed a banning gas exploration and production on the Wadden Island and in the part of the Wadden Sea defined as a wetlands nature reserve. In the nearby part of the North Sea, those activities remain possible, albeit under stringent conditions.   [Full Story]

Jul 14, 2016
Report: Gas impact fee revenue will keep declining
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Pennsylvania will continue to see less money from natural gas drilling, according to a new analysis from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. This year the drilling impact fees brought in $187.7 million– the lowest amount ever. The IFO projects revenue will continue to decline next year, potentially setting a new record low.   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2016
Colorado residents question plans for drilling near school
Washington Times
Associated Press

PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) - Some Western Colorado residents are concerned about a company’s plans to drill for natural gas near a high school. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/29Qa2Cz) that Ursa Resources has proposed drilling near Grand Valley High School in Parachute.  [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2016
Pro-bypass, anti-fracking among Woodford draft planning goals
Lexington Herald Leader
Greg Kocher

A car traveled Wednesday along U.S. 62 between Midway and Versailles. Draft goals and objectives say local planners should promote and encourage a proposed bypass around the west side of Versailles, but some Midway residents say that would funnel big trucks onto U.S. 62 and into their city. Greg Kocher gkocher1@herald-leader.com   [Full Story]

Jul 13, 2016
Massive Fracking Explosion in New Mexico, 36 Oil Tanks Catch Fire
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

This week—as thousands of Americans urge awareness to the destruction caused by oil bomb trains—an oil field in San Juan County, New Mexico erupted in flames Monday night, highlighting the continued and increasing dangers of the fossil fuel industry.   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2016
19 Senators Expose 'Web of Denial' Blocking Action on Climate Change
EcoWatch
DeSmogBlog

Championed by Senators Whitehouse, Markey, Schatz, Boxer, Merkley, Warren, Sanders and Franken, the resolution condemns what they are calling the #WebOfDenial—"interconnected groups—funded by the Koch brothers, major fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, identity-scrubbing groups like Donors Trust and Donors Capital and their allies—developed and executed a massive campaign to deceive the public about climate change to halt climate action and protect their bottom lines."   [Full Story]

Jul 12, 2016
Company Plans Rail Terminal to Ship Fracking Sand
IEN
Associated Press

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A mining company plans to construct a $10 million railroad loading terminal near Tomah to ship fracking sand to new markets. Texas-based Smart Sand Inc.'s plans call for nearly 7 miles of looped track that could accommodate four trains longer than 1.5 miles, the La Crosse Tribune reports. The facility would handle sand from the company's 1,118-acre mine in nearby Oakdale. The mine sits along Canadian Pacific tracks, which provide a connection to North Dakota oil wells. The company says the new terminal would open up access to Union Pacific lines, creating a connection to customers in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Salmon population at risk if Anticosti exploration continues, conservation group Early steps of oil and gas exploration involve extracting 30 million litres of water from salmon-filled lakes
CBC News
Kate McKenna

The Quebec Federation for Atlantic Salmon is calling on the provincial government to stop a plan that would see 30 million litres of water pumped from rivers, including two that contain salmon, on Anticosti Island. Energy company Petrolia got the go-ahead from the provincial government to pump the water as part of its exploratory oil and gas drilling project, provided it meets environmental standards.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Hundreds of Offshore Fracking Wells Dump Billions of Gallons of Oil Waste Into Gulf
EcoWatch
Andy Rowell

As the U.S. shale industry comes under increasing scrutiny for its environmental and health impact, it has emerged that the U.S. has approved fracking offshore leading to billions of gallons of wastewater to be dumped at sea. The Center for Biological Diversity has released federal documents that reveal that officials approved more than 1,200 offshore fracks in 630 different wells in the four years from 2010 to 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Colorado Fracking Study Blames Faulty Wells for Water Contamination
Inside Climate News
Neela Banerjee

Faulty construction, rather than the fracking process, is found to have caused the methane leaks in one Colorado area.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
LAW: In fracking turf war, Utes 'don't pick fights to lose'
E & E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer

One of the biggest threats to the Utes' oil-driven economy, he said, is the Obama administration's embattled hydraulic fracturing rule. The fracking rule -- which was struck down by a federal court last month but is headed toward appeal -- aims to beef up environmental standards for fracked oil and gas wells.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Labor push for South West fracking ban labelled 'pre-emptive, hypocritical'
ABC News
Roxanne Taylor

Senior West Australian Government ministers have described a push by Labor to ban fracking in the South West as pre-emptive, hypocritical and surprising. On Sunday, Labor MPs Mick Murray and Sally Talbot called for fracking to be banned in the South West, after a push from community members.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Hillary Clinton could run on strongest climate change platform ever The Democrats’ draft platform won’t be ratified until the convention, but climate activists are already hailing it as a ‘monumental victory’
The Guardian
Suzanne Goldenberg & Oliver Milman

Hillary Clinton could campaign much more aggressively against climate change than any US presidential candidate before her, under a draft platform adopted by Democratic party leaders. The leaders committed the presumptive Democratic nominee to a carbon tax, a climate test for future pipelines and tighter rules on fracking – all stronger positions than those held by Clinton herself at the start of the race.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Study: Drilling in Carroll County raises cancer risk Environmental groups say Carroll cancer risk has increased with drilling, but county's total risk is still less than the risk in downtown Canton.
IndeOnline
Shane Hoover

Oil and natural gas drilling has put Carroll County residents at greater risk of developing cancer, according to a recent air-quality analysis by environmental groups. But the county health commissioner said that’s not the full picture on air pollution in the county, and more study is needed to determine why Carroll has higher rates of certain cancers.  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
What’s in the Cards for US Natural Gas Prices in August?
Market Realist
Gordon Kristopher

US natural gas inventories are 23.2% higher than their five-year average. High natural gas inventories could limit the upside potential for US natural gas prices.   [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
Future of Natural Gas Hinges on Stanching Methane Leaks
New York times
Clifford Krauss

DAMASCUS, Ark. — In the energy business, natural gas is supposed to be one of the good guys — the cleaner-burning fossil fuel that can help wean the world from dirty coal during the transition to a low-carbon future. But when natural gas escapes unburned, as it often does during production and distribution, it is a big troublemaker. Its essential component, methane, is particularly pernicious — a greenhouse gas that is more than 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide over 20 years as it dissipates  [Full Story]

Jul 11, 2016
South West fracking ban on the cards under Labor pledge
Mandurah Mail
Cam Findlay

Labor MPs Mick Murray and Sally Talbot have pledged to a ban on fracking in the state’s South West, pushing for a “frack-free zone” from Mandurah to Albany.  [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2016
NDP to move ahead with oil and gas incentive programs
Galgary Herald
Chris Varcoe

The provincial government will announce Monday it is revamping drilling incentive programs for the hard-hit oilpatch, as Alberta continues to overhaul its royalty system.   [Full Story]

Jul 10, 2016
The challenges of one community's effort to prevent gas wells: Charles Belson
Cleveland
Charles Belson Columnist

Should local land conservation tax levy funds be used to purchase properties that have existing gas wells? That is one of the questions Gates Mills residents asked the mayor, the president of the local land conservancy, and others at a June 14 meeting at the mayor's office.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
Authors Retract Study Finding Elevated Pollution Near Ohio Fracking Wells
Inside Climate News


Errors in calculations lead to a reversal of the study's findings that toxic chemical levels exceeded levels the EPA considers safe.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
POLITICS: Dems debate 'fracking ban,' but what does that mean?
E & E Publishings
Mike Soraghan

The writers of the Democratic Party's platform are preparing for another fight about whether to "ban fracking," continuing a debate that stirs passions but offers few specifics.   [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
Environmentalists Uncover Documents Revealing Feds Quietly Permitted Gulf Fracking
AlterNet
Sabrina Canfield

Federal regulators quietly gave the green light to more than 1,200 oil company fracking operations in the Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2014, according to documents environmentalists obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. At least 630 wells were fracked along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during that four-year period, and more than 76 billion gallons in fracking waste were dumped into the Gulf in 2014 alone, the documents show.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
Former Obama Advisor Now Cashing in on Fracking is Upset by Calls to Ban Fracking
Food & Water Watch


Heather Zichal's defense of fracking makes sense. Beginning with her strong embrace of fracking as President Obama’s top aide on climate and energy issues, she has become a key figure in the fracking world, profiting handsomely as a result.  [Full Story]

Jul 8, 2016
A final push on trade, wages, fracking and more from Bernie Sanders
Los Angeles Times
CHRIS MEGERIAN

As Democrats meet in Orlando, Fla., on Friday and Saturday to finalize their platform, Bernie Sanders is trying once again to influence the party’s agenda before his expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton next week. “It’s by far the most progressive platform the Democrats have ever presented," the Vermont senator told CNN this week. "I want to see it more progressive."   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Why One Regulator Is on ‘Wanted’ Posters in Suburban D.C.
Bloomberg
Jonathan Crawford

Tony Clark was wrapping up dinner with his family when the doorbell rang. He didn’t need to answer. He already knew who it was. Anti-fracking activists had followed him home, taping “WANTED” posters with his face plastered on them across his leafy suburban neighborhood outside of Washington. Coming up to his front door was the last straw. He called the police. And as they arrived, Clark’s 9-year-old son asked: “Why are the police here? Is it because you work for the government?"   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
LIfton: Ban more fossil fuel development in NY
Press Connects
Jeff Platsky

Stop further fossil fuel development in New York say 22 state legislators who are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to halt the state's reliance "on highly polluting" energy sources.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Cautious green light for fracking
BBC News
roger Harrabin

The government’s climate change advisors have given a cautious green light to fracking in the UK. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says fracking can go ahead if three key tests are met.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Legal challenge tabled against Yorkshire fracking go-ahead
York Press


The controversial decision to allow fracking in North Yorkshire could be challenged in the High Court.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
US ‘didn’t really study’ impact of toxic chemicals when allowing offshore fracking - activist to RT
RT


US authorities “didn’t even know what they were allowing” when permitting companies to conduct offshore fracking and dump billions of gallons of chemicals into the ocean, a lawyer for an environmental NGO has told RT.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Cutting through the local anti-fracking initiative spin.
Monterey County Weekly
David Schmalz

On Nov. 8, Monterey County voters will vote on a ballot initiative that seeks to ban fracking, wastewater injection and all new oil development in the county. On July 12, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors is expected to receive a report from the county auditor-controller outlining the fiscal impacts of that initiative.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Committee for Climate Change gives a tentative thumbs-up to fracking
Digital Look
Josh White

Fracking was given the cautious go-ahead by the government’s climate change advisors this week, with the Committee on Climate Change setting out three caveats for its approval. The gas extraction method, which uses water pumped at high pressure to release gas access by deep drilling, has been deeply controversial, with environment campaigners saying it does nothing to help the UK meet its climate change goals.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Environmental groups push back against the TPP
Boulder Weekly
Claire Woodcock

The environmental groups, a collective of landowner, indigenous rights and other allied organizations expressed their opposition to TPP by penning a letter to Congress, urging members to vote against the controversial trade agreement.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Latest of Obama’s Safety Rules on Arctic Drilling Are Released
New York Times
Coral Davenport

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced new safety and environmental regulations on Thursday to control offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast. These are the latest in a series of Obama administration rules designed to slow the extraction of fossil fuels from American public lands and waters.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Group intervenes to defend Delaware River Basin drilling moratorium
State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) intervened on July 5 in the suit in which the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is defending its stance to determine whether any shale gas wells can be drilled in the basin, in response to a challenge by a group of Wayne County landowners.   [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Overnight Energy: Obama rolls out new Arctic drilling rules
The Hill
Timothy Cama and Devin Henry

ARCTIC DRILLERS GET NEW RULES: The Obama administration rolled out a suite of new rules Thursday aimed at improving the safety of offshore oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The contentious regulation from the Interior Department immediately faced derision, both from the industry due to its $2.05 billion cost, and from environmentalists for not completely blocking Arctic drilling.  [Full Story]

Jul 7, 2016
Transparency would benefit Idaho’s oil and gas industry, and Idahoans
Idaho Statesman
Rocky Barker

It’s been six years since Idaho Gov. Butch Otter revealed on a bus ride during a trade mission to China that commercial amounts of natural gas had been discovered in Idaho. Since then Idahoans have been slowly learning about costs and risks the industry presents. So far the financial benefits have not been what the industry suggested we could expect.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2016
Probe Sought Into Government Suppression of Link Between Water Contamination and Fracking
Between the Lines


For the past decade, Pennsylvania has been “ground zero” for fracking, the industrial fossil fuel extraction process that requires a million gallons of water, sand and hundreds of unknown chemicals for each gas well that is drilled. Families living near such wells have been complaining that fracking has contaminated their drinking water, but in most cases they haven't been able to prove it.   [Full Story]

Jul 6, 2016
Second Western Maryland town council OKs fracking ban
Bay Journal
Jeff Day

Citing concerns that Maryland’s ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas might be lifted in 2017, the town council of Friendsville, MD, voted 5-1 Tuesday to prohibit fracking within its borders.  [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2016
Florida Supremes Bar Utility from Charging Customers for Natural Gas Production Venture
Heartland
H. Sterling Burnett

In a 6 to 1 decision, the Florida Supreme Court reversed a Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) decision allowing Florida Power & Light (FPL) to charge its ratepayers for an oil and gas exploration and drilling venture in Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2016
Short Answers to Hard Questions About Clean Coal Technology
The New York Times
Ian Urbina

Technology holds the promise of enabling coal power plants, which produce much of the world’s electricity, to run more cleanly, emitting far less of the pollution that causes climate change. But these projects have been difficult to make a reality because they are complicated and expensive. Here is a quick primer.  [Full Story]

Jul 5, 2016
A Model for ‘Clean Coal’ Runs Off the Tracks
The New York Times
Ian Urbina

DE KALB, Miss. — The fortress of steel and concrete towering above the pine forest here is a first-of-its-kind power plant that was supposed to prove that “clean coal” was not an oxymoron — that it was possible to produce electricity from coal in a way that emits far less pollution, and to turn a profit while doing so. The plant was not only a central piece of the Obama administration’s climate plan, it was also supposed to be a model for future power plants to help slow the dangerous effects of global warming. The project was hailed as a way to bring thousands of jobs to Mississippi, the nation’s poorest state, and to extend a lifeline to the dying coal industry.  [Full Story]

Jul 4, 2016
Caustic fracking chemical spills in San Antonio train derailment
RT News


A derailed train has spilled approximately 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide in San Antonio, Texas, according to reports. The train was carrying 60,000 gallons of the poisonous, highly-corrosive chemical. A nearby area was temporarily evacuated. Five train cars overturned on Sunday afternoon, according to the San Antonio Express-News, near the intersection of Loop 410 and Interstate 35. As many as 6,000 people were evacuated from Traders Village, a large flea market and carnival area just south of Lackland Air Force Base.  [Full Story]

Jul 3, 2016
SEC Charges "Frack Master" Chris Faulkner, Shale CEO and Industry Advocate, with $80 Million Fraud
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

At the start of June, Chris Faulkner, Chief Executive Officer of Breitling Energy, was a high-flying shale company executive and media darling, often interviewed on CNN, Fox Business News and even the BBC. During his most recent appearance on CNN on June 2nd, he weighed in on the financial prospects for drillers who survive low oil prices despite the spate of bankruptcies sweeping the shale industry.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2016
Analysis: Gas drilling industry awaits rebound, resists new regulations
Tribune Democrat
John Finnerty

HARRISBURG – The state’s natural gas industry is working at a fraction of its pace from just a few years ago, but the head of a key industry group said no one should count it out, nor should they get any ideas about taxing it or slapping new regulations on it.   [Full Story]

Jul 2, 2016
Upper Burrell Supervisor Walker OK'd to vote on gas well issues
TribLive
Liz Hayes

Upper Burrell's solicitor says Supervisor Ross Walker III can act on township zoning ordinances that involve gas well drilling.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2016
AREDAY Inspires Participants to Divest From Fossil Fuels
EcoWatch


The American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI) announced milestones of minimizing waste generation and reducing its carbon footprint during its 13th Annual AREDAY summit last week. The gathering also inspired participants to align their financial investments with their values.   [Full Story]

Jul 1, 2016
Fracking-Affected Families Plead with President Obama: 'We Need Help.'
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

More than 100 families personally affected by the fracking industry have written to President Barack Obama demanding that he meet with them—as he often does with fossil fuel executives—ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month. The letter (pdf), organized by the Pittsburgh-based, all-volunteer group Friends of the Harmed, asks Obama and ranking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials "to meet with our families to hear the personal testimonies—how they have been harmed by the oil and gas industry, and how they have been abandoned by local, state, and federal agencies and officials."  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
US District Court Strikes Down Fracking Regulations on Federal Lands
CNS News
Jeannette Richard

(CNSNews.com) -- The Department of the Interior (DOI) has no authority from Congress to regulate hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on federal and Indian reserve common-use lands, a U.S. District Court in Wyoming ruled last week.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
Nebraska judge overturns fracking water disposal decision
Washington Times
Associated Press

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - A judge has overturned a Nebraska commission’s decision to let a Colorado company use a well in the Nebraska Panhandle to dispose of salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater that result from oil and gas exploration and production.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
New Calls For More Study Of Controversial Kentucky Pipeline Project
WFPL
Erica Peterson

The fiscal court in Boyle County, Kentucky and the Danville City Commission have formally approved resolutions opposing a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that would cross the county. Both bodies are also asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to conduct an environmental impact study before granting approval for the conversion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.  [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
Natural gas falls out of favor on Beacon Hill
Commonwealth Magazine
Bruce Mohl

AS THE LEGISLATURE RUSHES to embrace offshore wind and Canadian hydroelectricity, the Senate on Thursday voted 39-0 to cut off the chief means of financing new natural gas pipelines coming into the region. The Senate’s approach has strong support among House members as well. The growing opposition to natural gas would have been unthinkable two years ago, when the push began to bring new pipelines into the region to avoid a replay of the sky-high electricity prices that battered the region following the grueling winter of 2013-14. Officials said the high prices were the result of inadequate pipeline capacity.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
Obama quietly approves hundreds of offshore fracking drills in Gulf of Mexico
RT


The Obama administration has granted hundreds of offshore fracking permits in the Gulf of Mexico, allowing dangerous fracking chemicals to pollute the Gulf, documents reveal.   [Full Story]

Jun 30, 2016
The Environmental Impacts of Fracking
Care 2
Kevin Mathews

What’s the deal with fracking? Some people sure seem to get worked up when the subject is brought up, but how bad can it be, really? It turns out really bad, actually, particularly from an environmental standpoint. To understand why fracking is so problematic, it’s first important to understand what fracking is. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, a process that shoots high-pressure liquids far below the earth’s surface in an effort to break up rocks and release natural gas or oil trapped inside.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Petitions submitted for anti-fracking county law
Anthens News
David DeWitt

The Athens County Bill of Rights Committee submitted a proposal to turn Athens County into a charter government to the local Board of Elections Wednesday morning.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Last gambit to stop controversial well in St. Tammany fails at state Supreme Court
The Advocate


The petition to the court was a last-gasp effort, but the parish and the Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany group had little to lose by asking. Within a couple of hours after the court’s decision became known, workers at the drill site near Lakeshore High School began drilling the 12,000-foot-deep vertical well that is phase one of the project. Drilling the well should take about 30 days, officials have said.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Fracked Gas LNG Exports Were Centerpiece In Promotion of Panama Canal Expansion, Documents Reveal
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

After nearly a decade of engineering work on the project, the Panama Canal's expansion opened for business on June 26. At the center of that business, a DeSmog investigation has demonstrated, is a fast-track export lane for gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the United States. The expanded Canal in both depth and width equates to a shortened voyage to Asia and also means the vast majority of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers — 9-percent before versus 88-percent now — can now fit through it.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Sioux County landowners win appeal District court judge rules against Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission in fracking wastewater case
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Maunette Loeks

A Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s decision to grant a Colorado company permission to use an abandoned oil well in Sioux County as a wastewater disposal site has been reversed.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
UNG: Is There Further Upside?
Seeking Alpha


Natural gas prices have surged over the past month, a move that was anticipated. In the last month, the United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEARCA:UNG) has gained nearly 30%. The question is whether there is further upside in natural gas.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Mayors Urge State Leaders to Put Fracking in Local Control
ColorLines
Yessenia Funes

State legislatures have prevented cities from banning fracking in the past. More than 30 mayors from 14 states have come together to insist that they the should have the power to decide whether fracking happens in their cities.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Victory for We Are Seneca Lake Campaign as Mistrial Declared Amid Charges of Bias
EcoWatch
Sandra Steingraber

The trial of a Seneca Lake gas storage protester ended in dramatic fashion in the Town of Reading Court on Tuesday when Justice Raymond Berry declared a mistrial at the urging of the prosecuting attorneys and accepted a motion from defense attorneys to recuse himself from this and future Seneca Lake protest trials. Berry’s rulings came after a strange series of declarations that appeared to indicate both prejudice against the defendant and ignorance of the law.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Energy Transfer Equity Calls Off Deal for Williams Companies
New York Times
Chad Bray

The pipeline giant Energy Transfer Equity said on Wednesday that it had called off a contentious deal with the Williams Companies after a Delaware judge ruled last week that the transaction could be terminated.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Judge's Ruling to Halt Fracking Regs Could Pose a Broader Threat to Federal Oversight
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

Judge's rationale for saying the Bureau of Land Management cannot regulate fracking on public lands could be extended beyond this case, experts say.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
It’s unanimous: ‘No fracking in Wayne forest’ That’s the view from Athens as presented in public meeting Tuesday
Athens News
David DeWitt

At a public meeting in Athens Tuesday night on a proposal to open parts of Ohio’s Wayne National Forest to oil and gas leasing, each one of 30 speakers spoke against it. Nobody spoke in behalf of the proposal, though it has received written and public support in Washington and Monroe counties, where the leasing is proposed.   [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Germany waters down climate protection plan
Reuters


Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to exit coal-fired power production and scrapped C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors, according to the latest draft of an environment ministry document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. An earlier version of the draft document that was leaked in May had suggested that Germany should phase out coal-fired power production "well before 2050" as part of a package of measures to help Berlin achieve its climate goals.  [Full Story]

Jun 29, 2016
Fracked Gas LNG Exports Were Centerpiece In Promotion of Panama Canal Expansion, Documents Reveal
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

After nearly a decade of engineering work on the project, the Panama Canal's expansion opened for business on June 26. At the center of that business, a DeSmog investigation has demonstrated, is a fast-track export lane for gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the United States. The expanded Canal in both depth and width equates to a shortened voyage to Asia and also means the vast majority of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers — 9-percent before versus 88-percent now — can now fit through it. Emails and documents obtained under open records law show that LNG exports have, for the past several years, served as a centerpiece for promotion of the Canal's expansion by the U.S. Gulf of Mexico-based Port of Lake Charles.   [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2016
Germany Bans Fracking But Does It Go Far Enough?
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Last Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition of Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats passed legislation amending natural gas extraction rules in ways which effectively bans shale gas hydraulic fracturing, Bloomberg reported. Bloomberg reported that Merkel’s government made the decision after siding with environmental groups concerned with the environmental costs of fracking, a process which releases oil and gas locked deep underground. The decision comes after years of debate on the issue. Before deciding on a ban, German law had previously permitted unconventional fracking even though no drilling permits have ever been approved. The fossil fuel industry, including ExxonMobil and Wintershall (Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer), had sought licenses for exploration and heavily lobbied for fracking to remain within the country even though Germans are widely against the controversial technology.  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2016
Obama Admin Approved Over 1,500 Offshore Fracking Permits in Gulf of Mexico and Mainstream Media Has Ignored It
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On June 24, the independent news website TruthOut broke a doozy of a story: the Obama Administration has secretly approved over 1,500 instances of offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Gulf of Mexico, including during the Deepwater Horizon offshore spill disaster. Albeit released on a Friday, a day where many mainstream media reporters head out of the office early and venture to late-afternoon and early-evening Happy Hour specials at the bars, the TruthOut story has received deafening silence by the corporate-owned media apparatus. Google News, Factiva and LexisNexis searches reveal that not a single mainstream media outlet has covered the story.   [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2016
Health Concerns About Fracking
American Free Press
James Spounias

Does the controversial use of fracking cause numerous problems to our health and planet? The answer is yes, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), EcoWatch, and other environmental groups. With more than 15 million Americans living within a mile of a fracking site, it certainly matters.  [Full Story]

Jun 28, 2016
High-Level EPA Adviser Accused of Scientific Fraud in Methane Leak Research
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

It's one of the highest-stakes debates in the battle over climate change policy action: how much methane is spewing from oil and gas sites nationwide, and what do we do as a result? If enough of the odorless, colorless methane gas leaks or is vented into the air, scientists say, then burning natural gas — marketed as a green fuel that can help wean the U.S. off of high-carbon fuels — will actually be worse for the climate than coal, long seen as the fuel that contributes the most to global warming. Recently, over 100 community and environmental groups sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog to investigate claims that a top methane researcher had committed scientific fraud and charging that he had made false and misleading statements to the press in response to those claims.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
On a Heating Planet, ‘Gasland’ Filmmaker Josh Fox Lets Go and Loves
New York Times
Andrew C. Revkin

The film’s sprawling title — “How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change” — reflects the sweep of the documentary itself, which takes viewers on Fox’s world-spanning learning journey examining how local campaigns and individual innovators can tweak troubling environmental trajectories toward progress.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
In California, Study Finds Drilling and Fracking into Freshwater Formations
Inside Climate News
Neela Banerjee

The overlap of oil and gas development and water sources underscores the vulnerability of California's groundwater, and the need for monitoring, the authors said. In California's farming heartland, as many as one of every five oil and gas projects occurs in underground sources of fresh water, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
FINANCE: Fossil fuel industry ramps up anti-divestment strategy
E & E Publishing
Benjamin Hulac

During a breakfast he recently hosted in a K Street bar, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers President Chet Thompson leaned forward in his seat and said his industry isn't sweating the fossil fuel divestment movement. "Worried's not the right word," said Thompson, whose member companies includes firms like Valero Energy Corp., Dow Chemical Co. and Husky Energy Inc. "We're not worried, but we do think this is a part of a broader campaign."   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
In California, Study Finds Drilling and Fracking into Freshwater Formations
Inside Climate News
Neela Banerjee

In California's farming heartland, as many as one of every five oil and gas projects occurs in underground sources of fresh water, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study by Stanford scientists assessed the amount of groundwater that could be used for irrigation and drinking supplies in five counties of California's agricultural Central Valley, as well as the three coastal counties encompassing Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura. The study estimated that water-scarce California could have almost three times as much fresh groundwater as previously thought.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
On a Heating Planet, ‘Gasland’ Filmmaker Josh Fox Lets Go and Loves
The New York Times
ANDREW C. REVKIN

Josh Fox’s first and second films, “Gasland” and “Gasland Part 2,” were high-octane polemics aimed at ending fracking, shorthand for the revolutionary method of fracturing deep layers of shale to liberate natural gas and oil previously deemed unreachable. From “The Cove” (on Japan’s dolphin hunts) to “Pandora’s Promise” (on the benefits of nuclear energy) this strategy, meshing a film and a campaign, has become commonplace. The fracking campaign succeeded in blocking fracking in the Delaware River watershed, Fox’s focal point, and ultimately led to a ban in New York State in 2014. But this method of extracting gas and oil has become so widespread that the United States Department of Energy recently stopped describing it as “unconventional.” Now he’s tackling global warming, but in a fresh and engaging way.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
Inside an $80 million energy scam: The SEC's story of Dallas' Breitling Energy
Dallas Morning News
Jeffrey Weiss

What does an $80 million scam look like from the inside? The federal Securities and Exchange Commission laid out its version last week in its complaint against Dallas-based Breitling Energy Corporation, its CEO, Christopher Faulkner, and seven others associated with the company. As the SEC recounts it, the plot is intricate and includes interlocking companies, bad science, fake financials and an massively effective public relations campaign that turned a tech entrepreneur with a shaky record into the “Frack Master” whose “expertise” was on display on radio and cable TV news shows from coast to coast.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
SEC Accuses Texas Oil Man Chris Faulkner Of Bilking Investors Out Of Millions The self-proclaimed “Frack Master” allegedly used investors’ cash on lavish meals, chartered planes, jewelry, strip clubs and female escort services.
Huffington Post
Reuters

NEW YORK, June 27 (Reuters) - Texas oilman Chris Faulkner built a high-profile public persona, raised millions for his oil and gas ventures and courted politicians. But the SEC has alleged that behind the scenes, he cheated investors out of $80 million to fund a “debauched” jet-setting lifestyle. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday filed a lawsuit that alleges a stunning failure of corporate governance at Faulkner’s Dallas-based Breitling Energy Corp and other companies he helped to create.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
Oil and Gas Leaders Find New Hope in Cracker, Export Terminal Projects
The Intelligencer
Casey Junkins

PITTSBURGH — Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to build its ethane cracker near Monaca, Pa. and Dominion Resources’ plans to export liquefied natural gas from from the Cove Point facility in Maryland give industry leaders hope that demand for their products will continue to grow.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
After Boom in Shale, Arkansas Gas Industry Faces Halt in Drilling
Arkansas Business
Kyle Massey

After a decade-long, multibillion-dollar bonanza of natural gas production in an Arkansas field called the Fayetteville Shale, the bust has landed with a thud. Production skyrocketed 10 years ago after a gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing came to north-central Arkansas. The resulting boom pumped billions into the economy just when the recession-racked state needed it most.  [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
DNC Platform Calls for Fossil Fuel Investigations, 100% Renewable Energy
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

The committee drafting the Democratic Party platform unanimously voted to include a call for the Justice Department to investigate fossil fuel companies for misleading the public on climate change.   [Full Story]

Jun 27, 2016
The Clinton Campaign Is Obstructing Change to the Democratic Platform
Politico
Bill McKibben

At which point we got (about 11 p.m., in a half-deserted hotel ballroom) to the climate section of the platform, and that’s where things got particularly obvious. We all agreed that America should be operating on 100 percent clean energy by 2050, but then I proposed, in one amendment after another, a series of ways we might actually get there. A carbon tax? Voted down 7-6 (one of the DNC delegates voted with each side). A ban on fracking? Voted down 7-6. An effort to keep fossils in the ground, at least on federal land? Voted down 7-6. A measure to mandate that federal agencies weigh the climate impact of their decisions? Voted down 7-6. Even a plan to keep fossil fuel companies from taking private land by eminent domain, voted down 7-6. (We did, however, reach unanimous consent on more bike paths!)   [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2016
Spectra to investigate 263 miles of pipe after accident
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

In the wake of an explosion this spring that ruptured a natural gas transmission pipeline in Westmoreland County, severely injuring one man and charring a quarter mile of land, Spectra Energy Corp. is planning to dig up hundreds of sites along a 263-mile stretch of the Texas Eastern pipeline running from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. The four parallel pipelines that make up the system run from the Delmont Compressor station — a large complex a few miles from the site of the April explosion — to Lambertsville, N.J. The same type of tape coating that was found to have failed at the site of the April 29 explosion has been applied to hundreds of sites along those 263 miles, prompting the effort.  [Full Story]

Jun 26, 2016
4 States Struggling to Manage Radioactive Fracking Waste
EcoWatch
Jie Jenny Zou

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year.  [Full Story]

Jun 25, 2016
Betraying Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israel Occupation
Common Dreams
Lauren McCauley

Despite its claims to want to unify voters ahead of November's election, the Democratic party appears to be pushing for an agenda that critics say ignores basic progressive policies, "staying true" to their Corporate donors above all else. During a 9-hour meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, members of the DNC's platform drafting committee voted down a number of measures proposed by Bernie Sanders surrogates that would have come out against the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. At the same time, proposals to support a carbon tax, Single Payer healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation were also disregarded.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2016
UK votes to leave EU, fears grow for climate ambition
Climate Home
Ed King

Midway through what’s set to be the warmest year in history, UK voters have elected to leave the world’s most progressive climate change alliance.1 The result was tight, but opposite to what most pollsters predicted. The campaign to leave the European Union won 52% to 48%, gaining strong support in England and Wales, in stark contrast to London, Scotland and Northern Ireland. At 0830 an emotional David Cameron emerged from 10 Downing Street to announce he would resign his position, with a new prime minister expected to be in place by October.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2016
A new fracking fight is brewing in Maryland
The Washington Post
Josh Hicks

Maryland regulators are paving the way for energy companies to begin fracking in the state once its moratorium on the controversial gas-extraction process ends in the fall of 2017. Meanwhile, state lawmakers opposed to the drilling method, technically called hydraulic fracturing, have begun making plans to permanently ban it during the next legislative session. Maryland’s Department of the Environment this month outlined proposals that closely align with rules the administration of former Democratic governor Martin O’Malley pitched several years ago, but with faster permitting and looser requirements for buffers to protect areas near the sites.  [Full Story]

Jun 24, 2016
German government agrees to ban fracking after years of dispute
The Guardian
Agence France-Presse

German politicians have approved a law that bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground. The law does not outlaw conventional drilling for oil and gas, leaving it to state governments to decide on individual cases. But fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which blasts a mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground to release shale oil and gas, will be banned.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Kinder Morgan can’t start clearing state forest just yet, appeals judge rules
The Berkshire Edge


Boston — Kinder Morgan and subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company this week lost its appeal to remove a July 29 stay, a court -imposed waiting period that would prevent the natural gas corporation from clearing three miles of Otis State Forest in the town of Sandisfield until that date. A map of the 3.8 mile 'Connecticut Expansion Project' (in red) through Otis State Forest. According to the Massachusetts Appeals Court clerk’s office, Justice Joseph Trainor denied Tennessee Gas’ appeal of only the waiting period imposed by Berkshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini in his May 9 ruling. Agostini said while the company had the right to an easement, it could not begin work until July 29, after the Legislature had weighed in on the matter.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Feds Ban Treatment Of Fracking Waste At Public Treatment Plants
Water Online
Sara Jerome

Public sewage plants will not treat waste from fracking operations under a new ban imposed by the federal government. The practice was already curtailed by voluntary codes in the oil and gas industry, but the new regulatory ban by the U.S. EPA makes those standards enforceable.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Rural Pennsylvanians Say Fracking ‘Just Ruined Everything’
Huffington Post
Maryam Jameel

AVELLA, Pa. — Sixty years after his service in the Army, Jesse Eakin still completes his outfits with a pin that bears a lesson from the Korean War: Never Impossible. That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the kind Eakin encountered in Korea: well water that’s too dangerous to drink. It gives off a strange odor and bears a yellow tint. It carries sand that clogs faucets in the home Eakin shares with his wife, Shirley, here in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Eakins told the state environmental agency about their bad water nearly seven years ago and hoped for a quick resolution. Like thousands of others who live in the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, however, they learned their hopes were misplaced.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
How IOGCC Spawned the Lawsuit That Just Overturned BLM Fracking Regulations on Public Lands
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

n a ruling on the Obama Administration's proposed regulations of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on U.S. public lands, U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming Judge Scott Skavdahl — a President Obama appointee — struck down the rules as an illegal violation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Filed in March 2015 by first the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance and then the State of Wyoming (soon joined by North Dakota, Utah and Colorado), the industry and state lawsuits would soon thereafter merge into a single lawsuit. The merger symbolizes the origins of the lawsuit — the 2014 Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
German government agrees fracking ban as environmental groups vow to fight on As part of the compromise agreement, the ban will be revisited by parliament in 2021
Independent
Holger Hansen

Germany's coalition government has agreed to ban fracking for shale gas after years of fractious talks over the issue--but environmental groups claim the ban does not go far enought and have vowed to fight the deal.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
The Fracking Circus in the UK--And The Activist Caught in the Crossfire
Food and Water Watch
Wenonah Hauter

Just like the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe, activists in the UK are in the midst of a fight to protect their communities and our climate—and are facing powerful and in some cases, undemocratic forces. As I tour the U.S. discussing my book Frackopoly, which looks at this growing global movement, I want to take a moment to acknowledge an activist, Tina Rothery, who faces jail time for her peaceful activism against fracking in Lancashire.  [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Federal judge blocks enforcement of fracking regulations
Jurist


[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) "lacked Congressional authority to promulgate" regulations concerning fracking on federal and Indian lands. The court came to this conclusion by applying the test, as formulated in Chevron USA Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. [opinion], which asks whether Congress has "directly spoken to the precise question at issue." Upon a negative answer "a reviewing court must respect the agency's construction of the statute so long as it is permissible." In this case, the court found that the BLM's attempt to regulate fracking was "in excess of its statutory authority and contrary to law." It is expected that the government will appeal the ruling.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Obama Fracking Rule Struck Down by Federal Judge
EcoWatch


A federal judge struck down an Interior Department rule on fracking on public lands, ruling that the agency lacked authority to issue the regulations. The rule would impose tougher restrictions on gas extraction operations on public lands.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
'It just ruined everything — the whole life' Feeling abandoned by state regulators, hundreds of rural Pennsylvanians endure contaminated well water they blame on fracking
Center for Public Integrity
Maryam Jameel

That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the kind Eakin encountered in Korea: well water that’s too dangerous to drink. It gives off a strange odor and bears a yellow tint. It carries sand that clogs faucets in the home Eakin shares with his wife, Shirley, here in southwestern Pennsylvania.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Environmental group fights oil explorer’s Cook Inlet fracking plans
Alaska Dispatch News
Alex DeMarban

A prominent environmental group is asking the federal government to stop an independent oil explorer from fracking wells in Cook Inlet, saying it "poses a grave and imminent threat to critically endangered" Cook Inlet beluga whales.   [Full Story]

Jun 23, 2016
Fracking, Earthquakes and Visual Storytelling Animated and interactive graphics describe the connection between oil and gas production and human-caused earthquakes
Scientific American


The idea that human activities can cause earthquakes, or so-called induced seismicity, has been around for some time, but demonstrating its role and pinpointing exactly how it happens can be difficult. The July issue of Scientific American features a story by Anna Kuchment on how wastewater injection from oil and gas operations has been triggering earthquakes in the central United States over the past several years.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
White House Plans to Contest Federal Ruling of Fracking on Public Lands
Washington Free Beacon
Alyssa Canobbio

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the Obama administration has plans to contest the federal ruling that made permanent a block on a rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracking on public lands. “We obviously believe that we’ve got a strong argument to make about the important role the federal government can play in that ensuring hydraulic fracturing done on public lands doesn’t threaten the drinking water of people who live in the area,” Earnest said. “It’s a pretty simple proposition and it is indicative of the common sense approach the Obama administration has pursued.”   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Economic report calls Monterey County anti-fracking measure "negative"
News 5 KION
Matt Sizemore

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. - An economic report released by a group supporting the oil industry in Monterey County has both sides of the argument up in arms.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Judge blocks rules to restrict fracking Decision is latest setback for Obama
Durango Herald
Brady Dennis

federal judge late Tuesday dealt a blow to the Obama administration’s key effort to limit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands, saying that regulators lack authority to set new restrictions on the practice.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Maryland releases suggested revisions to gas drilling plan
Washington Times
Brian White

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will consider revising its proposed regulations for the natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing in an effort to add safeguards for public health and the environment, a state agency announced Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Maryland Releases Proposed Revisions to Gas Drilling Plan
CBS Baltimore


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The state of Maryland has released some proposed revisions to regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The Maryland Department of the Environment released them Wednesday, after an 18-month review of proposed regulations.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Utica shale yields higher output with fewer wells for drillers
TribLive
David Conti

One deep Utica shale well has the potential to produce as much natural gas as three wells drilled into the Marcellus layer above it.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration's Fracking Rules
NPR
Camila Domonoske

A federal judge in Wyoming has struck down the Obama administration's regulations on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands. In the ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said Congress had not granted the BLM that power, and had instead chosen to specifically exclude fracking from federal oversight.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Maryland to hold series of public meetings on future of fracking
Baltimore Sun
Scott Dance

Maryland environmental officials are holding a series of public meetings starting Wednesday to discuss the future here of the gas-drilling process known as fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
People Near Wyoming Fracking Town Show Elevated Levels of Toxic Chemicals
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

Researchers tested air pollution in Pavillion, Wyo., along with local residents, suggesting a link between the toxic chemicals released and biological impacts. A new study brings researchers and environmental advocates closer than ever to tracing whether toxic chemicals spewing out of natural gas production sites are making their way into the bodies of people who live and work nearby.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Fracking, the Failure of Mainstream Greens and the Corporate Control of U.S. Energy Policy
Counter Punch
Mark Hand

The name of her new book is Frackopoly, but author Wenonah Hauter tackles issues beyond hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking. She writes about energy spats past and present, explaining why she believes the energy industry won most of these fights and succeeded in monopolizing U.S. energy policy-making over the past 100 years. But momentum, she notes, has shifted slightly toward the people over the past half-dozen years.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
White House says to defend fracking rules in the courts
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Reuters

WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday it would continue to defend in the courts its legal authority to set rules governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Bill McKibben: The AG’s noble fight vs. Exxon
NY Daily News
Bill McKibben--Opinion

Let’s mash up the world’s great cliches: If all the world’s a stage, then our crowded global theater is on fire. It sets new temperature records with each passing month; record droughts, floods and blazes wreck lives on an hourly basis. And so the question is: If you’re a manager of that global theater, is it OK to walk up and down the aisles telling the patrons not to worry, to stay in their seats, to keep watching the movie? Can you shout “special effects” in a crowded inferno?   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Obama signs pipeline safety bill
the Hill
Timothy Cama

President Obama signed a bill Wednesday to renew the federal government’s pipeline safety program, giving regulators new emergency authorities. The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016, or PIPES Act, reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oil and gas pipeline programs through 2019, with a few new mandates for the agency.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Exxon Loses Bid to Fight Virgin Islands Climate Subpoena in State Court
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

Judge's motion sets the stage for the company's legal challenge to proceed in federal court. A court ruling in Texas has set the stage for ExxonMobil's legal challenge to a climate change investigation by the U. S. Virgin Islands to proceed in federal court.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Germany bans fracking until at least 2021
Petro Global News


On Tuesday the German coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely. According to Thomas Oppermann, head of the Social Democrats parliamentary group, the German parliament must reassess the legislation in 2021 to determine if the decision if still valid.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Federal judge strikes down Obama’s effort to regulate fracking
FuelFix
James Osborne

A Wyoming federal judge has struck down the Obama administration’s attempt to regulate how oil and natural gas drillers conduct hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Proposed rules to govern fracking in Maryland draw criticism from environmentalists and energy industry
Baltimore Sun
Scott Dance

The Hogan administration is proposing rules that would limit the hurdles that energy companies must overcome before they could start the gas-drilling process known as fracking, while also requiring more protections against groundwater contamination.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
White House Fracking Regulations Blocked by Wyoming Judge The judge's ruling provides a "comfortable precedent" as the proposed regulations would have been costly for the oil industry.
The Street
Michael Sheetz

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A Wyoming federal judge blocked a White House ruling for higher regulations for fracking on public land. David Deckelbaum, oil and gas equity research director at KeyBanc Capital Markets, believes that today's ruling was expected by the oil industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
BLM’s fracking rule struck down; McCarthy’s science: unsound or secret?
Bloomberg Government
Mark Drajem

President Obama’s environmental legacy is now largely a matter for the courts to decide. And after yesterday’s court ruling striking down Interior’s fracking rules, it is looking especially precarious. Judge Scott W. Skavdahl, a U.S. District Judge in Wyoming, ruled that the department had no congressional authority to issue those rules. Skavadahl wrote that Congress had “directly spoken to the issue and precluded federal agency authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing not involving the use of diesel fuels.”   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
White House Plans to Contest Federal Ruling of Fracking on Public Lands
The Washington Free Beacon
Alyssa Canobbio

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the Obama administration has plans to contest the federal ruling that made permanent a block on a rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracking on public lands. “We obviously believe that we’ve got a strong argument to make about the important role the federal government can play in that ensuring hydraulic fracturing done on public lands doesn’t threaten the drinking water of people who live in the area,” Earnest said. “It’s a pretty simple proposition and it is indicative of the common sense approach the Obama administration has pursued.”  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Say What? Judge Says Feds Lack Authority to Regulate Fracking on Public Lands
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

In a blow to environmentalists calling on the Obama administration to keep fossil fuels in the ground, a judge on Tuesday struck down as unlawful the new rule meant to regulate fracking on federal lands. The decision from Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming "is a major loss for the administration, which worked for years to update its oil and natural gas drilling regulations to account for dramatic increases and innovations in fracking," The Hill reports.   [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
Obama Fracking Rules Are Struck Down by Court
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORTR

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday night struck down an Obama administration regulation on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas on public lands, a blow to President Obama’s muscular stand on the extraction of fossil fuels on government lands. The rule, released by the Interior Department in March of last year and scheduled to take effect this Friday, was designed to increase the safety of fracking. It would have required companies to comply with federal safety standards in the construction of fracking wells, and to disclose the use of some chemicals in the fracking process.  [Full Story]

Jun 22, 2016
PSC documents explain state reliance on natural gas
Politico
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — Even as it sets ambitious goals for renewable energy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration still views natural gas as an essential part of the state’s energy mix, according to recent filings with the Public Service Commission. In the last 18 months, the governor has banned fracking and shut down the Constitution pipeline, citing environmental effects and the dangers of natural gas. At the same time, Cuomo has laid out one of the nation’s most aggressive climate policies, with a focus on doubling the amount of renewable energy powering the grid by 2030.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Scientist: Fossil fuels’ two-way assault on children’s health needs to stop
Environmental Health News
Brian Bienkowski

In a commentary released today summarizing the key science around fossil fuels and children’s health, Frederica Perera, a professor and researcher at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, argues the science clearly shows that both toxic air emission and climate change as a result of fossil fuel emissions pose grave dangers to children.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Methane Emissions From Onshore Oil and Gas Equivalent to 14 Coal Plants Powered for One Year
EcoWatch
Andy Rowell

When we talk about climate change all too often we focus on carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. But there is a much more potent greenhouse gas, methane, which is much more efficient at trapping radiation than CO2. Some estimates put it at 87 percent more potent over a 20 year lifetime than carbon dioxide.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Belmont, Monroe counties are Ohio's natural gas hot spots
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Natural gas production in Ohio’s Utica Shale remains centered in Belmont and Monroe counties. Belmont County is No. 1 with 99.2 billion cubic feet, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources records for the first quarter 2016. Monroe is No. 2 with 63.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Fracking-earthquake connection makes insuring Southcentral US tough
Insurance Business
Caitlin Bronson

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak made headlines in early June, calling the earthquake insurance market in the state “uncompetitive” as carriers continue to raise rates and limit coverage in response to increased seismic activity.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
LAW: BLM says fracking rule freeze 'ignores a century of precedent'
E & E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer

The Obama administration's new rules for hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands are not only legal -- they're overdue, government lawyers told a federal court yesterday. In a brief to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyers for the Bureau of Land Management pushed to reverse a lower court's decision to freeze the fracking rule while it's being debated in that court.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
German Government Agrees To Ban Gas Fracking Indefinitely
E & P Magazine
Reuters

Germany's coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on June 21 after years of fractious talks over the issue, but environmental groups said the ban did not go far enough and vowed to fight the deal. Test drilling will be allowed but only with the permission of the respective state government, officials said.   [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Obama-appointed judge strikes down federal fracking rule
The Hill
Timothy Cama

A federal judge appointed by President Obama struck down the administration’s regulation on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands on Tuesday, ruling that the Interior Department does not have congressional authority to regulate fracking. The decision is a major loss for the administration, which worked for years to update its oil and natural gas drilling regulations to account for dramatic increases and innovations in fracking.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
One Way to Solve Fracking’s Water Problem: Don’t Use Water
Bloomberg
Eric Roston

An Australian researcher and two scientists from France, which has banned fracking, now suggest there may be a better way. And it's a twofer, at least. Their germ of an idea, published today in the journal Nature Communications, would simultaneously reduce or eliminate drilling's water footprint, make wells more productive, and trap carbon dioxide underground. How? Substitute high-pressure CO2 for water.  [Full Story]

Jun 21, 2016
Pending fracking rules to tighten for N. Neck
The Journal News


While fracking is taking place in other areas of Virginia, the state’s pending regulations would tighten the rules for this area, called the “Tidewater.” Tidewater includes King George under its definition in state law.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters
Fortune
Katie Fehrenbacher

This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into the atmosphere every year that the emissions would be the equivalent of running seven coal-fired power plants for a year.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Without Emissions Cuts, Summer Heat Will Get Even Deadlier
Inside Climate News
Bob Berwyn

New study shows dangerously hot summers will become the norm across much of the globe unless greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
EPA: GOP panel to question McCarthy on scientific basis for rules
E & E Publishing
Amanda Reilly

In what's likely to be a contentious matchup, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy this week will face congressional critics over her agency's use of science. The hearing Wednesday in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee could cover a broad range of topics, as GOP critics on the committee have expressed concerns about the scientific underpinning of a number of agency rules.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Exclusive: Shell puts revamped shale arm at heart of future growth
Reuters
Ron Bousso

Having turned round its North American shale business, Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is putting so-called unconventional energy at the heart of its long-term growth plans, and believes lessons from the revamp can be applied across the company. Greg Guidry, head of the Anglo-Dutch group's unconventionals business, told Reuters a drive to slash costs and streamline decision-making had put his division largely on a par with leading rivals in terms of productivity and efficiency. And now the rest of Shell could reap the benefits too.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere
Rig Zone
Bloomberg

In Pennsylvania, birthplace of the U.S. oil industry, century-old abandoned oil wells have long been part of the landscape. Nobody gave much thought to it when many were left unplugged or filled haphazardly with dirt, lumber and cannon balls that slipped or rotted away. But the holes -- hundreds of thousands of them pockmark the state -- are the focus of growing alarm, especially those in close proximity to new wells fracked in the Marcellus shale formation, the nation’s largest natural-gas field. They leak methane, which contaminates water, adds to global warming and occasionally explodes; four people have been killed in the past dozen years.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
New Josh Fox film at the Tusten Theater on June 25 'How to Let Go' acknowledges it may be too late to save the earth
The Pike County Courier


NARROWSBURG — In the film "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change," Josh Fox continues in his deeply personal style in investigating climate change. The film will be show at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, followed by a panel discussion with Fox and others.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Louisiana High Court Upholds Exploration Ruling
Oil Price


Fracking, which has garnered a great deal of controversy over the years, was the subject of a lawsuit in Louisiana, when the Louisiana Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal from the citizens group, Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany and St. Tammany Parish.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
'Virtually unregulated': Radioactive fracking-waste rules in the US slammed in report
RT News


States involved in the fracking boom employ a patchwork of laws to deal with radioactive drilling waste, according to a new report. The US government does not fully regulate disposal, and industry is largely left to self-regulate. The Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin is the center of heightened hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, activity in the US. States along the Marcellus include Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York. These four states handle many tons of radioactive fracking byproduct in a variety of ways, according to a new report by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), and there is no federal agency that fully regulates drilling waste. Thus, energy companies and their interests end up taking control in the race to attract more drilling business in the region, experts told CPI.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Trudeau moves to strengthen environmental reviews of pipelines
Calgary Herald
JOSH WINGROVE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will overhaul the country’s pipeline regulator as part of an effort to rewrite and strengthen environmental laws. The federal review of environmental assessment rules unveiled Monday will include a strategy for how to “modernize” the National Energy Board regulatory agency in a bid to restore confidence. Trudeau campaigned in last year’s election on toughening environmental laws, cutting emissions and expanding consultation with the country’s indigenous communities. “We will strengthen Canadians’ trust in the regulatory process,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in Ottawa, adding the review would “restore credibility” to the system.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Vancouver takes legal action to block Kinder Morgan pipeline plan
The Globe and Mail
LAURA KANE

The City of Vancouver is the latest group to launch a court challenge aimed at quashing the National Energy Board’s recommended approval of the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The city said in its court application that the energy board’s recommendation to approve the expansion of the oil pipeline, subject to 157 conditions, is invalid and unlawful. The board excluded oral cross-examination, provided inadequate information sharing and failed to properly consult communities along the pipeline and tanker route, the city contends.  [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Hot Mess: States Struggle to Deal with Radioactive Fracking Waste Potentially dangerous drilling byproducts are being dumped in landfills throughout the Marcellus Shale with few controls
Common Dreams
Jie Jenny Zou

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year. But the rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas drilling byproducts — which include brine, sludge, rock and soiled equipment — leaving tracking and handling to states that may be reluctant to alienate energy interests.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Louisiana Supreme Court Smacks Down Fracking Ban Photo of Andrew Follett
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled only the state government has the legal authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and refused to even hear legal objections from environmentalists.   [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2016
Injecting Some Sense Into Fracking Regulation
PDDNET
Karl Stephan

The July issue of Scientific American carried the best summary of the fracking-earthquake controversy I have seen so far. "Drilling For Earthquakes" by Anna Kuchment reviews the fracking (hydraulic fracturing), the associated water injection, the earthquakes, the science, and government reactions to the problem. In particular, the article shows the very different approaches the states of Texas and Oklahoma have taken to the problem. And I regret to say it doesn't make my native state of Texas look good by comparison. But first, the basics.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2016
Texas agency declines to say if it has oil spills records
Star-Telegram
Associated Press

EL PASO, TEXAS The agency charged with protecting the Texas environment has declined to say whether it has any record of oil slicks and inundated fracking sites shown in photographs of flooding on several rivers in 2015 and 2016. The photos, which were taken by the Civil Air Patrol, were posted on a University of Texas website before the Department of Public Safety removed them from public view, citing safety concerns. The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/1W7ykaL ) that the photos were removed shortly after it began reporting on the images in May.   [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2016
State supreme court won’t hear St. Tammany fracking appeal
Washington Times
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A sharply divided Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to the state Department of Natural Resources’ decision to award a permit to a company that wants to drill an oil well in St. Tammany Parish.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2016
Natural Gas: Don’t Get Too Comfortable
The Wall Street Journal
SPENCER JAKAB

Companies that lost billions on natural-gas bets may be making the same mistake with LNG The best laid plans often go awry for natural-gas companies. A testament to that is billions of dollars of infrastructure around the world that is rusting or draining owners’ finances because someone extrapolated the status quo. Why should this time be different? The latest big shift in natural gas has been a swing from a seller’s to a buyer’s market for seaborne liquefied natural gas. The 2011 Fukushima disaster that hobbled Japan’s nuclear industry and breakneck growth in demand from countries such as China and India eager to wean themselves off coal had created a tight market.  [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2016
Texas facing massive well cleanup costs after oil bust
The Dallas Morning News
PAUL J. WEBER

The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards. In Texas alone, the roughly $165 million price tag of plugging nearly 10,000 abandoned wells is double the entire budget of the agency that regulates the industry.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2016
Texas Democrats approve, and disapprove, moratoriums on fracking
My Statesman
Jonathan Tilove

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Democratic Party approved a platform Saturday that scrapped language calling for a moratorium on new hydraulic fracturing in Texas. A little while later, the same state convention approved a tough climate change resolution calling for “an end to the ecologically destructive extraction method known as fracking.”  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2016
Breaking Americans’ Addiction to ‘Meth’ (Methane Gas, That Is)
Truthdig
Stanley Heller

On June 12, I listened to Dr. Robert Howarth tell a meeting of 350CT, a Connecticut-based group promoting grass-roots environmental organization, about a briefing he had given last month to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Howarth is professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University and an associate of former top NASA climate scientist James Hansen. In 2011 he was in the running for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” His message this summer is that we know what to do to solve our climate worries, but we’re on the wrong path and have only a very short time to change direction.   [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2016
Ohio’s Utica oil production drops for first time, natural gas production still growing
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Ohio’s oil production from the Utica Shale dropped for the first time while natural gas production continued to grow in new quarterly data released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  [Full Story]

Jun 18, 2016
Bankruptcies, foreclosures up in areas where gas, coal employees lost jobs
TribLive
David Conti & Chris Fleisher

A year after being laid off by oilfield services giant Halliburton, Sean McGrath says he is in “survival mode.” “We're struggling to pay every bill we have,” said McGrath, 50, of West Wheatfield in Indiana County, who is trying to support his wife and four children on about $600 per month in Social Security benefits he gets for an autistic son.  [Full Story]

Jun 17, 2016
Can the Hulk convince the DNC to call for a fracking ban?
Grist
Katie Herzog

Environmentalists had a chance to make their case for the Democratic party’s official stance on climate change on Friday, in front of the Democratic National Committee’s platform planning commission. Green groups have been largely split on the Democratic presidential nomination, with larger, mainstream organizations endorsing Hillary Clinton and smaller, leftist groups going for Sanders. The League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club, which endorsed Clinton, sent representatives, while the pro-Sanders crowd included Mark Ruffalo, Gasland director Josh Fox, and Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica.  [Full Story]

Jun 17, 2016
Amid Phoenix Heat Wave, DNC Committee Hears Anti-Fracking Arguments
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

As "rare, dangerous, and deadly" heat moves into Arizona this weekend, environmentalists are calling for the Democratic Party to take a firm stance against fossil fuel extraction in its 2016 platform—starting with a national ban on fracking. The 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee is holding the second in a series of regional hearings this Friday and Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona. This round of testimony is expected to focus on energy and the environment as well as health and safety.  [Full Story]

Jun 17, 2016
Prosecutor begins PG&E trial with blistering opening statement
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko

A jury in San Francisco heard sharply conflicting portrayals of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. at Friday’s opening session of the company’s criminal trial on charges of violating federal pipeline-inspection laws, with one attorney calling it a deceptive scofflaw that chose profits over safety, and her adversary describing it as a community benefactor that did its best to comply with unclear government standards. After the September 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, PG&E “made a deliberate choice to not follow these ... safety regulations,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Hallie Hoffman, the lead prosecutor, said in her opening statement in a packed federal   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Range Resources, TestAmerica accused of fraud in suit
Observer-Reporter
David Singer

A lab company Range Resources hired to test water in 2011 that federal authorities later found to be contaminated in Amwell Township is being accused in Washington County Court of altering test results. Attorney Kendra Smith, representing John, Beth and Ashley Voyles, argued Thursday before Senior Judge William Nalitz that TestAmerica conspired with Range Resources employees to prevent data of nitrates and other specific contaminants from appearing in a final report given to the Voyles family and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. DEP found the water not to be contaminated based on TestAmerica results, but federal Environmental Protection Agency officials ruled the property’s water on McAdams Road was not safe to drink. The Voyleses are also parties in a lawuit, along with the Haney and Kiskadden famiies, claiming Range’s operations at the nearby Yeager well site and impoundment contaminated their water supplies and caused bodily harm. The problems at the Yeager site were included in a $4.1 million fine levied by DEP against Range.  [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
'Threat Map' Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

Environmentalists have launched a new mapping tool that allows people in the U.S. to see whether they live and work in areas at risk of harmful air pollution from nearby oil and gas activities. According to the map, which was published online Wednesday by the advocacy groups Earthworks and the Clean Air Task Force, a lot of people do: about 12.4 million people live within a half-mile of active oil and gas wells and related facilities that could release harmful pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde into the air. The map also details the 238 counties in 21 states that potentially face a high cancer risk because of that pollution.   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
EPA Bans Fracking Wastewater from Sewage Treatment Plants
Common Dreams
Elizabeth Ouzts

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned fracking wastewater from public sewage plants, citing the inability of these plants to handle toxic and radioactive pollutants. Clean water and public health advocates, along with more than 30,000 Americans, had submitted comments in favor of the EPA rule, finalized earlier this week. "Allowing toxic, radioactive wastewater to be treated at the same place as dirty bathwater defies all logic," said Rachel Richardson, Stop Drilling Program director for Environment America. "This is a commonsense step to help protect our water and our health from the dangers of fracking."  [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
NASA: Porter Ranch Gas Leak Was So Big It Could Be Seen From Space
EcoWatch
Katie Pohlman

Aliso Canyon‘s methane leak in Porter Ranch in October 2015 marked the first time an orbiting spacecraft measured a leak from a single facility on Earth. The leak was spotted by the Hyperion spectrometer on NASA’s Earth Observing-1, according to a study by David R. Thompson, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, recently published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. NASA’s statement explained: “The observation … is an important breakthrough in our ability to eventually measure and monitor emissions of this potent greenhouse gas from space.”  [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Toxic Chemicals Found in Residents Living Near Oil and Gas Operations in Pavillion, Wyoming
EcoWatch
Coming Clean

A coalition of community and environmental health groups released Thursday a first-of-its-kind research combining air monitoring methods with new biomonitoring techniques to determine if toxic air emissions from natural gas operations could be detected in the bodies of nearby residents.   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Canada lent billions to oil, gas and mining companies. Then it made a profit
National Observer
Mike De Souza

On the same day that President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a Canadian crown corporation threw the company a lifeline. Export Development Canada, a taxpayer-owned organization that operates as a commercial investment bank, signed two deals on that day, Nov. 6, 2015, offering between $150 million to $350 million in loans to TransCanada, a Calgary-based company.  [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Gas drilling impact fees fall to $188 million
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

As expected Pennsylvania’s gas drilling impact fees fell to the lowest amount ever last year, according to figures released by the state Public Utility Commission Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
Exxon Sues Massachusetts Attorney General to Block Climate Fraud Investigation
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

ExxonMobil filed a lawsuit against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in an effort to block a subpoena that would require the oil and gas giant to hand over 40 years of internal communications relating to whether the company misrepresented its knowledge of climate change to investors.   [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2016
TransCanada Wins Bid for Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf of Mexico
EcoWatch
Steve Horn

TransCanada, owner of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently being contested in federal court and in front of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) legal panel, has won a $2.1 billion joint venture bid with Sempra Energy for a pipeline to shuttle gas obtained from fracking in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale basin across the Gulf of Mexico and into Mexico.  [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
UPDATE 1-Exxon asks U.S. court to throw out subpoena in climate change inquiry
CNBC
Terry Wade

HOUSTON, June 15 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out a subpoena that would force the oil company to hand over decades of documents as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into whether it misled investors about climate change risks.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
This gas leak was so massive that NASA saw it from space
Washington Post
Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis

Recent research suggests that the Los Angeles-area leak poured 97,100 metric tons of the powerful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere between late October 2015 and February. The study also found that the leak, if translated into automotive tailpipe emissions, would be equivalent to the effect of the yearly greenhouse gas emissions from 572,000 cars. Now, new research from NASA and its partners has underscored in a different way how big it was: A satellite-based instrument was able to identify and isolate the leak from space, the first time this has ever been accomplished for a single-source emission of methane.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Interactive Map Shows Where Toxic Air Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry Is Threatening 12.4 Million Americans
EcoWatch
Earthworks

Two leading national environmental groups—Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Earthworks—unveiled a suite of tools Wednesday designed to inform and mobilize Americans about the health risks from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Pennsylvania counties see less money from gas drilling fee
The Island Packet
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, PA. Pennsylvania counties and municipal governments will see less money from a state fee on Marcellus Shale gas wells, as expected. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said Wednesday that impact fee revenue from Marcellus Shale wells dropped by $36 million to about $188 million.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Oil, Gas Drillers Said Facing $2 Trillion Funding Gap
Bloomberg
Meenal Vamburkar

Drillers forced to slash spending during the oil slump may soon be facing another hurdle: a funding shortfall to the tune of $2 trillion over the next five years.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells
News & Observer
Morgan Lee

SANTA FE, N.M. New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn unveiled proposed legislation Wednesday to create a fund that could accumulate up to $5 million to help restore state trust lands after unforeseen damage from oil-industry spills along with illegal dumping, wildfires and even invasive plant species.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
UK fracking company proposes to dump wastewater into the sea
Inhabitat
Lacy Cooke

As public concern continues over the environmental costs of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, one United Kingdom company said they would toss wastewater from their operations into the sea. Fracking demands huge quantities of water, up to six million gallons per well, but anywhere from 20 to 40 percent comes back to the surface as “flowback” filled with metals, salts, and naturally occurring radioactive materials. While they said the wastewater would be treated, some experts have expressed unease over how effective treatment would be.  [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Fracking waste ruling blow to local control
Register-Herald
Letter to Editor Korinna Garfield

Saturday’s article “Judge rules Fayette fracking ban invalid” told a familiar story about the federal government denying local communities the right to regulate fracking, as a judge overturned Fayette County’s ban on fracking wastewater disposal. West Virginia now joins the growing list of states that have limited local control of fracking which also includes Ohio, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina and Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
County commissioners say absolutely no to fracking
Huron Daily Tribune
Bradley Massman

In a 7-0 vote of support, commissioners passed a resolution at this week’s board meeting to officially state its opposition to fracking technology.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Maryland readies to make fracking rules by October 1
Morgan Messenger


Maryland Department of the Environment (“the Department”) will be holding three public meetings to discuss the development of new regulations for oil and gas exploration and production. The Department is required by State law to adopt new regulations to provide for the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of natural gas by October 1.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
Coalition Calls on NY to Stop Fossil-Fuel Development
Public News Service


Calling itself "United Against Fossil Fuels," the group spoke out about the harmful effects of fracked oil and gas development on New York residents and the environment. Even though fracking has been banned in New York, said Becky Meier, co-founder of Stop New York Fracked Gas Pipeline, building pipelines just perpetuates that damage.   [Full Story]

Jun 15, 2016
TransMexico? Keystone XL Owner TransCanada Wins Bid For Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf of Mexico
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

TransCanada, owner of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently being contested in federal court and in front of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) legal panel, has won a $2.1 billion joint venture bid with Sempra Energy for a pipeline to shuttle gas obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Texas' Eagle Ford Shale basin across the Gulf of Mexico and into Mexico. The 500-mile long Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline, as reported on previously by DeSmog, is part of an extensive pipeline empire TransCanada is building from the U.S. to Mexico. The pipeline network is longer than the currently operating southern leg of the Keystone pipeline (now dubbed the Gulf Coast Pipeline). Unlike Keystone XL, though, these piecemeal pipeline section bid wins have garnered little media attention or scrutiny beyond the business and financial press.   [Full Story]

Jun 14, 2016
Warren man charged, allegedly dumped fracking waste into Mahoning River
News Net 5
Cynthia Holmberg

A Warren man was charged for directing a former employee of a Youngstown-based company to dump fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River, which is a source of public drinking water for several Ohio cities. Though hazardous pollutants were dumped into a drain that flowed into the tributary, it ultimately flowed into the Mahoning River itself, according to the Northern Ohio U.S. Attorney's Office in a news release Monday. The discharge from one of the waste disposals was black in color according to the USAO.  [Full Story]

Jun 14, 2016
Air pollution shows up more during ‘flowback’ on natural gas wells
Aspen Public Radio
Elise Thatcher

Fracking can produce air pollution, but many more emissions likely happen during the next stage at a natural gas well. Researchers with Colorado State University collected air quality data at approximately ten well pads in Garfield County between 2013 and 2015. The idea was to closely review methane and other emissions during the stages before and after a well produces natural gas. CSU professor Jeff Collett led the study and presented results to Garfield County commissioners on Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 14, 2016
New data will help Colorado study health effects of fracking
US News
Dan Elliott

New data on air pollution from fracking wells in Colorado will be a big help in assessing whether the emissions are harmful to human health, state officials say.   [Full Story]

Jun 14, 2016
EPA bans disposal of fracking waste water at public treatment plants
State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned the disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste water at public sewage plants, formalizing a voluntary practice that removed most fracking waste from Pennsylvania plants starting in 2011.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
POLITICO New York Energy: NY Dems back AG on Exxon case; solar flight lands in NYC
Politico New York
David Giambusso & Scott Waldman

New York’s Democratic Congressional delegation is backing state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as he takes on the fossil fuel industry over its role in researching, and allegedly obscuring, the effects of climate change. On Friday, the 16 members sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas backing Schneiderman’s investigation into ExxonMobil for allegedly defrauding investors. Last month, Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee and climate change skeptic, inserted himself into the investigation which Schneiderman launched. Smith, who hails from the epicenter of the nation’s energy output, demanded all communications between Schneiderman’s office and environmental groups in the last four years.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
MSNBC’s fracking push revealed in new documents
RT


New documents reveal how the supposedly ‘liberal’ cable news network MSNBC pushed the polluting gas extraction method known as fracking to its audience, in a calculated example of the mainstream media shilling for its corporate interests. Documents obtained from Oklahoma State University (OSU) through the state’s Open Records Act reveal a clear decision by MSNBC to promote fracking along with natural gas as "solutions" to America's energy problems.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Fayette County Commissioner and Oil & Gas Exec Spar Over Fracking Waste
WAJR
Alex Wiederspiel

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — WV Oil & Natural Gas Association Executive Director Corky Demarco and Fayette County Commission President Matthew Wender debated the merits of Friday’s federal court ruling that invalidated the Fayette County frack waste ordinance.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Sen. Lewis helps pass fracking moratorium
Daily times Chronicle


BOSTON – This week, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to place a 10-year moratorium on fracking and the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Commonwealth.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Internal Documents Reveal How MSNBC Show Worked To Promote Fracking
DeSmog Blog


Cable TV network MSNBC has made headlines in recent days for apparently moving away from its “Lean Forward” progressive brand, catering instead to a more center-to-right-leaning crowd.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Flaring, fracking safety questions abound
Daily Times
Casey Junkins

WHEELING - As natural gas industry leaders tout use of their fuel as a means to curb carbon dioxide pollution, operators and processors continue flaring off some of their products throughout the Marcellus and Utica shale region.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
IN PHOTOS: THE FACES AND PLACES OF THE FRACKING BOOM
Allegheny Front
Kara Holsopple

The story of the fracking boom in Pennsylvania and nearby states runs as an almost continuous narrative in the region’s press. But covering the blow-by-blow of new drilling sites, protests, lawsuits and regulations is just one way to look at how fracking has changed the region.  [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
LISTEN - Study suggests fracking could affect global warming
Minster FM News


An international team of scientists, including academics from the University of York, have identified an increase in the concentrations of ethane and propane gas over much of the Northern Hemisphere since around 2009, probably due to increasing North American oil and natural gas production.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Marcellus Shale documentary brings photographers together at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Diana Nelson Jones Opinion

On one wall of an exhibit at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, projected maps of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia show a running tally of gas well sites or drilling permits — a dot representing each. The counter goes so fast you can’t read it, like the National Debt Clock in Times Square in New York City.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Energy bill sails through House to Senate
Sentinel & Enterprise
Bob Katzen

ENERGY (H 4377): House, 154-1, approved and sent to the Senate a bill requiring utilities to solicit and agree to 15-to-20-year contracts for large amounts of hydroelectric and offshore wind power. Provisions include: requiring all contract proposals to go through a competitive bidding process; requiring contracts to be cost-effective for ratepayers; and requiring that eligible offshore wind developers build projects in federally leased waters.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Activists Tell Feds to "Keep It In The Ground"
Public News Service


RENO, Nev. - Several hundred anti-fracking advocates are planning a big rally in Reno tomorrow to protest the auction of oil and gas leases. The Bureau of Land Management plans to sell contracts to extract natural resources from 115 square miles of federal land in the Smoky Valley.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Federal Court Rules WV County Injection Well Ban Violates State Law
NGI Shale Daily
Jeremiah Shelor

A federal judge last week ruled that an ordinance passed by a Southern West Virginia county banning the disposal of oil and natural gas wastewater in underground injection wells violates state laws and is preempted by the state's regulatory primacy over the practice.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
NC WARN alleges criminal fraud in methane studies at fracking sites
News & Observer
John Murawski

NC WARN, a Durham environmental advocacy group, and a Fayetteville engineer have teamed up to lodge federal allegations of scientific fraud against a Texas engineering professor who led key studies into methane leakage at shale gas drilling sites around the country. NC WARN filed the charges with the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the agency’s Office of Inspector General to investigate what the Durham group describes as misleading science that gives the fossil fuel industry political cover to continue spewing methane into the atmosphere.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Colorado Holds Second-Largest Natural Gas Formation Despite find, another natural gas boom not forthcoming
Compressor Tech 2


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) states that western Colorado, specifically the Mancos Shale formation in the state’s Piceance Basin, holds about 66.3 Tcf (1.87 X 1012 m3) of natural gas. That amount is 40 times higher than previously expected, and up from the 2003 number, which was 1.6 Tcf (45.3 X 109 m3). The data comes from new research and commercial drilling companies, USGS said. The data also revealed that the formation also holds 74 million barrels of shale oil and 45 million barrels of natural gas liquids.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Sen. Lewis helps pass fracking moratorium
Daily Times Chronicle


BOSTON – This week, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to place a 10-year moratorium on fracking and the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Commonwealth.  [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
How Joseph Percoco, Cuomo’s Problem-Solver, Became a Problem
The New York Times
JESSE McKINLEY and VIVIAN YEE

At an event in Ithaca during Mr. Cuomo’s 2010 campaign for governor, an anti-fracking protester handed one of Mr. Cuomo’s daughters a CD with information about the controversial drilling technique. It was not long before Walter Hang, an anti-fracking advocate, received a phone call, Mr. Hang recalled. Mr. Percoco was on the line. “They saw this as an affront,” recalled Mr. Hang, who had been expecting to meet with Mr. Cuomo that afternoon. “He barks at me, ‘They’re your people.’” The meeting was permanently off.   [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Gov. Wolf, House GOP Agree To Make DEP Start Over On Conventional Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday voted 18 to 5 to amend Senate Bill 279 (Hutchinson-R-Venango), which establishes the PA Grade Crude Development Advisory Council, with language abrogating DEP’s Chapter 78 conventional drilling regulations and forcing the agency to start the rulemaking process over.  [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
PA Environmental Council: Much Work To Do To Modernize Conventional Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


Davitt Woodwell, President of the PA Environmental Council, Wednesday issued this statement in reaction to House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee action on DEP’s updated drilling regulations— “The Pennsylvania General Assembly today allowed an important step forward in managing unconventional shale gas development in the Commonwealth.  [Full Story]

Jun 13, 2016
Clean Power Coalition Denounces Action To Stall Climate Change, Gut DEP Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


The Clean Power PA Coalition, representing many of Pennsylvania’s environmental, clean energy business, public health and conservation community, Wednesday denounced the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 1195 (White-R-Indiana), which would delay much-needed and publicly-supported action to tackle climate change.   [Full Story]

Jun 12, 2016
Federal Judge Strikes Down West Virginia Fracking Ban
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

A federal judge ruled Friday a West Virginia local government ordinance effectively banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, violates state and federal law. Federal Judge John T. Copenhaver struck down an ordinance of Fayette County, W.V., saying aspects of it weren’t enforceable and were pre-empted by state and federal law.   [Full Story]

Jun 11, 2016
Initiative’s setbacks ?would cap ?drilling
Daily Sentinel
Dennis Webb

If a certain state ballot initiative passes this fall, “1 percent” in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties could come to mean something far more local than the well-worn political reference to the nation’s wealthiest class.   [Full Story]

Jun 11, 2016
Massachusetts Senate wants moratorium on fracking The bill calling for a 10-year ban aims to head off drilling in the Connecticut River Valley.
Portland Press Herald
Associated Press

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate is backing a 10-year moratorium on fracking in the state. The bill was approved unanimously Thursday. It would also bar disposal in Massachusetts of wastewater from fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 11, 2016
Radioactive Ranchers? Elements Found Downwind of Intensive Fracking
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

At first, Nielle and Howard Hawkwood, who have ranched in Alberta's foothills for 40 years, couldn't believe the 'in-your-face industrialization' that accompanied the horizontal drilling and fracking of tight oil wells around Cochrane, Alberta. It began in 2009 when the so-called Cardium oil boom abruptly dotted the rolling landscape with scores of well pads, oil batteries, and new access roads. The companies were drilling lateral wells, which turn 90 degrees and travel for kilometres underground, extending under people's barns and homes. (Tight oil costs more to extract and produces lower quantities of oil.)  [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Where to, Hillary? How Clinton Is Relying on President Obama’s Help
The New York Times
MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PATRICK HEALY

“There is not a battleground state on the map where President Obama is not an asset,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign. Mr. Obama’s advocacy for free-trade agreements and his administration’s rules allowing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are unpopular with liberals, among others. And it is unclear how effective the president can be in transferring his popularity to Mrs. Clinton. During the midterm elections of 2010 and 2014, Mr. Obama campaigned on behalf of Democratic lawmakers but his party was routed by Republicans both times.  [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Whistleblower Says EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Fracking Methane Emissions for Years
EcoWatch
Nika Knight

An environmental watchdog alleges that the answer may be a years-long, systematic cover-up of the true data surrounding these toxic emissions. That cover-up, the group says, was at the hands of at least one EPA researcher who accepted payments from the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Mass. Senate Passes 10-Year Fracking Moratorium
Common Dreams
Press Release

Boston, MA. - The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill yesterday to place a ten-year moratorium on fracking and the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Commonwealth. “Across the country, fracking is polluting drinking water and making families sick,” said Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Massachusetts. “We applaud Senate leaders for taking steps to ensure this dirty drilling and its toxic waste never come to Massachusetts.”   [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
SUPREME COURT: Term went from 'sleepy' to stunning
E&E Publishing
Robin Bravender

A Supreme Court term that started off as lackluster for environmental law enthusiasts has turned out to be one for the history books.   [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Yorkshire fracking approval may be unlawful, campaigners say
The Guardian
Nazia Parveen

Anti-fracking campaigners have claimed that a decision to allow energy companies to drill for shale gas in Yorkshire could be challenged in court. The fracking firm Third Energy was given permission last month to carry out test drilling at a site in Kirby Misperton in Rydale, North Yorkshire, even after locals opposed the application. Friends of the Earth and a local campaign group, Frack Free Ryedale, have written to North Yorkshire county council claiming the decision could be illegal. They have warned their letter could be followed by an application to the courts to have the decision overturned.  [Full Story]

Jun 10, 2016
Can Bernie Sanders Help Rewrite Democratic Platform to Ban Fracking & Keep Oil in the Soil?
Democracy Now!


As the Democratic platform committee meets in Washington, we speak to Michelle Chan, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Action. She is working on recommendations for environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, one of Sanders’ selections on the Democratic platform drafting committee. Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking, which Sanders has backed, while Clinton has focused on the need for regulating the industry.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Mark Ruffalo on New York State's Environmental Leadership
You Tube


Actor and environmentalist Mark Ruffalo shares how New York has led the way in protecting the environment for future generations.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Pinellas County Commission passes fracking ban
Tampa Bay Weekly
Suzette Porter

CLEARWATER – More than a dozen people spoke in support of an ordinance that bans fracking in Pinellas County during a June 7 public hearing. The Commission gave its unanimous approval. There was no opposition.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
After Keystone XL: TransCanada Building North American Fracked Gas Pipeline Empire
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

Though President Barack Obama and his State Department nixed the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in November, the Canadian pipeline company giant has continued the fight in a federal lawsuit in Houston, claiming the Obama Administration has violated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Unlikely casualty in California's renewable energy boom: natural gas
Reuters
Nichola Groom

In February of 2001, then California Governor Gray Davis stood at the site of Calpine Corp's new Sutter natural gas power plant and unveiled his plan to fast-track construction of similar stations to add 20,000 megawatts of modern, efficient generation to the state in three years. Today, the plants inaugurated that day are among the casualties of a monumental shift in the U.S. energy landscape.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Methane emissions are extremely harmful, and the government might not know how much there is.
Washington Post
Darryl Fears

Methane is colorless and odorless. But it’s a powerhouse in the way it contributes to global warming. In the atmosphere, it’s more than 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Challenge could open door to drilling
Wayne Independent
Kevin Kearney

Curt Coccodrilli, owner of Lake Ariel-based Wayne Land and Mineral Group, is challenging the years-long drilling moratorium imposed by the New Jersey-based Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), saying the regulatory organization is overstepping its bounds in making certain restrictions.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Federal Report Appears to Undercut EPA Assurances on Water Safety In Pennsylvania Dimock, one of many places where gas drilling boomed in Pennsylvania, gets a sobering take on the quality of its drinking water.
ProPublica
Abrhm Lustgarten

But the last word about the quality of Dimock’s water came from assurances in a 2012 statement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — the federal department charged with safeguarding the Americans’ drinking water. The agency declared that the water coming out of Dimock’s taps did not require emergency action, such as a federal cleanup. The agency’s stance was widely interpreted to mean the water was safe. Now another federal agency charged with protecting public health has analyzed the same set of water samples, and determined that is not the case.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Whistleblower: EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Fracking Emissions for Years 'The cover-up has allowed the industry to dig in for years of delay in cutting emissions—at the worst possible time'
Common Dreams
Nika Knight

Why has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to take adequate action against disastrous, climate-warming methane emissions from the fracking industry? An environmental watchdog alleges that the answer may be a years-long, systematic cover-up of the true data surrounding these toxic emissions. That cover-up, the group says, was at the hands of at least one EPA researcher who accepted payments from the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Whistleblower: EPA Official Covered Up Methane Leakage Problems across US Natural Gas Industry — News Release from NC WARN
Common Dreams


Inspector General called to investigate scientific fraud that wasted crucial years in slowing climate crisis while risking safety of workers, communities DURHAM, NC - A watchdog group today charged that a high-ranking federal official connected to the fossil fuel industry committed scientific fraud and possibly criminal misconduct in a case with sweeping ramifications for global climate change and the safety of workers and neighbors of natural gas sites across much of the United States. The group called for an expedited investigation due to the urgent climate and safety implications of the EPA’s failure to curb widespread methane emissions. NC WARN, a 28 year-old climate and energy justice nonprofit, filed a 68-page complaint today with the Inspector General of the US Environmental Protection Agency based on written evidence and testimony provided by the engineer who invented the primary technology used to measure leakage and deliberate venting of natural gas. The complaint says the device’s severe underreporting of emissions during two high-profile studies has ramifications for releases of methane at hundreds of thousands of tanks, drilling sites and other gas equipment around the world.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
After Keystone XL: TransCanada Building North American Fracked Gas Pipeline Empire
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Though President Barack Obama and his State Department nixed the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in November, the Canadian pipeline company giant has continued the fight in a federal lawsuit in Houston, claiming the Obama Administration has violated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As the NAFTA lawsuit works its way through pre-trial hearings and motions — and as Keystone XL has become a campaign talking point for Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump — TransCanada has quietly consolidated an ambitious North America-wide fracked gas-carrying pipeline network over the past half year. Since Keystone XL North got the boot, TransCanada has either won permits or announced business moves in Canada, the United States and Mexico which will vastly expand its pipeline footprint and ability to move gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to market.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Climate Activists Call for Fracking Ban in DNC Platform
Democracy Now


Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking. This comes as voters in Butte County, California, have approved a local ban on fracking, the oil and gas drilling technique critics say threatens health and the climate.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Texas Green Activist Plans “Guerilla Manuever” Against Fracking
Independent Women's Forum
Jillian Kay Melchior

An environmental activist has launched a “guerilla maneuver” plan to force the Texas Democratic Party to work toward fracking bans in the energy-rich state, the Austin American-Statesman reports.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Green Party call for total ban on fracking in Ireland
Donegal Now


The Green Party has published a motion calling for an all-island ban on fracking. The motion calls for the Government to recognise the concern over exploratory drilling in Co. Antrim, to raise the issue on an intergovernmental level with the Northern Ireland Executive, and seek an all-island ban on fracking. The Green Party will be seeking cross-party support for the motion.   [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
State Suing Business Owner Convicted In Fracking Waste Dumping Case
WCBE
Associated Press

Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the owner of a Youngstown company sentenced to prison for dumping fracking waste into a storm sewer in 2012 and 2013.  [Full Story]

Jun 9, 2016
Anti-Fracking Momentum Grows with Another People's Victory in California Measure E passed with an overwhelming 71 percent, making Butte County the fourth in the state to ban fracking
Common Dreams
Lauren McCauley

Notching another victory for the growing national anti-fracking movement, voters in Butte County, California on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a measure that bans the controversial oil and gas drilling process in their communities. Measure E won with 71 percent of the vote, making Butte the fourth California county to pass such a measure, following Mendocino, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties, and adding to the growing list of states and municipalities across the nation that have come out against fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Scotland Bans Fracking Forever
Mint Press
Claire Bernish

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse claimed the government remains “deeply sceptical” of fracking and none would be allowed to proceed unless distinct evidence proved the practice ‘causes no harm. In one fell swoop, Scotland banned fracking — permanently — when parliament narrowly voted in favor of cementing the country’s temporary moratorium on the controversial practice.  [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Tens of Thousands Demand DNC Add National Fracking Ban to Party Platform "The Democratic Party has been complicit in the U.S. fracking boom. Any serious plan to combat climate change must include a ban on fracking."
Common Dreams
Nadia Prupis

Climate activists on Wednesday delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) demanding that the party's 2016 platform include a nationwide ban on fracking. As the DNC convened in Washington, D.C. for its open forum on shaping the platform, activists with Food & Water Watch, 350.org, Honor the Earth, and other groups handed over the appeals and said officials must acknowledge the harm that fracking has caused the environment.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Pinellas County Commission bans fracking
Saint Peters Blog
Anne Lindberg

County commissioners voted Tuesday unanimously to ban fracking in Pinellas. “After listening carefully to the latest science and the voices of local residents, Pinellas County Commissioners decided to permanently protect the water, health, and environment of our county from the documented damage of fracking and fracking wastewater,” said Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Voters Celebrate Landslide Passage of Fracking Ban in Butte County
YubaNet
Food & Water Watch

Chico, CA June 8, 2016 - Voters in Butte County approved a fracking ban by an overwhelming 71 percent Tuesday night making it the fourth California county to ban the dangerous method of oil extraction. San Benito, Santa Cruz and Mendocino counties have also passed fracking bans, as have the cities of Beverly Hills and Carson.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Toxic Landslides Polluting Peace River Raise Alarms About Fracking, Site C
DeSmog Canada
Ben Parfitt

Toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, barium, cadmium, lithium and lead, are flowing unchecked into the Peace River following a series of unusual landslides that may be linked to natural gas industry fracking operations.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
How Bernie Sanders Made Hillary Clinton Into a Greener Candidate If Clinton keeps her promise to restrict fracking, Sanders will deserve a share of the credit.
Mother Jones
Ben Adler

But if ever there were a losing campaign that achieved some major wins, it's Sanders'. Not only did he force Clinton to talk more about economic inequality, he pushed her to promise stronger action to fight climate change and rein in fossil fuel companies. If Clinton becomes president and keeps some of her more recent promises to restrict oil drilling and fracking, Sanders will deserve a share of the credit.  [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought State might have second-largest formation in country, according to U.S. Geological Survey
Denver Post
Associated Press

Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Shareholders Urge Freeport-McMoran to Reduce Impacts of Urban Fracking Over 18% of Freeport Shareholders Support Newground Social Investment and As You Sow Proposal on the Risks of Urban Oil Recovery
PR Newswire
Press Release

OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Socially responsible investment firm Newground Social Investment, in partnership with shareholder advocacy group As You Sow (AYS), filed a shareholder proposal with Freeport-McMoRan asking the Company to report on steps it is taking to reduce the risks of its urban oil extraction operations, which primarily occur in Los Angeles County.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Shell 'fracked' well in field that spilled oil into Gulf
WWLTV
David Hammer

NEW ORLEANS -- Fracking chemicals were used on at least one of the four Shell oil wells in an offshore field that leaked nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last month, but those chemicals were likely long gone before the spill, federal regulators tell WWL-TV.   [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Anti-fracking protesters disrupt Hickenlooper's book event in Boulder Colorado Community Rights Network upset at Colorado governor
Daily Camera
Carah Wertheimer

A book talk by Gov. John Hickenlooper at the First Congregational Church in Boulder turned unexpectedly chaotic Wednesday night when it was disrupted by anti-fracking protesters from a group called the Colorado Community Rights Network. The Colorado governor was forced to abandon his initial effort to speak. Smiling, Hickenlooper appeared to take it in stride, eventually jumping on the church piano and playing a lively tune  [Full Story]

Jun 8, 2016
Methane leak in Calif. up to 100 times worse than EPA reported, complaint says
Press of Atlantic City
Ivan Penn

An environmental organization filed a federal complaint Wednesday, alleging that key reports by a top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official wrongfully stated the severity of methane leaks across the nation’s natural gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Bernie Sanders debunks ‘local control’ talking points of anti-fracking activists
The Complete Colorado
Simon Lomax

Listen closely and you can hear the sound of anti-fracking talking points going through the shredder. It started less than two weeks ago, when Colorado state officials released a report on a ballot measure banning oil and natural gas drilling within 2,500 feet of buildings or “areas of special concern,” such as rivers, creeks, parks and open space. The report showed the proposed “setback” measure, still in the signature-gathering phase, would prohibit drilling across 90 percent of the state – an effective statewide ban.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Unemployed oil workers find new home in solar industry
MarketPlace
Brenda Salinas

Eighty thousand workers have been laid off across the country as the price of oil has plummeted. In Texas, some out-of-work rig hands, pipe fitters and engineers are finding employment in solar energy. David Webster has been managing the Mission Solar warehouse in San Antonio since February. Before finding work in the solar sector, Webster spent 10 years shipping oil out of rigs all over the world. Now, he makes sure that the solar panels are packaged and distributed to customers across the U.S. Transitioning to solar energy was an adjustment.  [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Parts of the Valley rally in national protest against fracking
WFMJ


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Protesters in the Valley joined 16 states and the District of Columbia in a national rally against fracking. Groups rallied at fracking sites in Niles, New Castle and Vienna. They also gathered at Federal Square in downtown Youngstown.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Is the Texas Democratic Party platform too rosy on fracking?
My Statesman
Asher Price

Determined to press the Texas Democratic Party to adopt a more aggressive stance on climate change and fracking, an Austin environmental activist is gearing up for a guerrilla maneuver on the floor of the party’s state convention next week in San Antonio.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Groups gather to protest fracking in Belmont County
WTOV
Kendall Forward

Activists from all over Belmont County came to Martins Ferry holding signs targeted at fracking and energy industry laws in Ohio. Scott Whitaker organized the group. He's a member of the groups Ohio Valley Peace and Concerned Barnesville Area Residents, two of the many being represented Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Most natural gas production growth is expected to come from shale gas and tight oil plays
Oil Voice


The growth in total U.S. dry natural gas production projected in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case results mostly from increased development of shale gas and tight oil plays. Natural gas resources in tight sandstone and carbonate formations (often referred to as tight gas) also contribute to the growth to a lesser extent, while production from other sources of natural gas such as offshore, Alaska, and coalbed methane remains relatively steady or declines.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Chamber beats back anti-fracking policies
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is targeting the anti-fossil fuel policies of Democratic presidential candidates and environmental groups by releasing a report Tuesday that shows the U.S. is more secure due to fracking.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Calhoun residents protest possible fracking
My Panhandle
Taylor Smith

Concern is growing about fracking in Calhoun County. About 30 people attended a rally Tuesday afternoon at Highway 20 boat landing on the Chipola River. They were showing their support for a fracking ban.   [Full Story]

Jun 7, 2016
Environmentalists hold Toxic Tea Party to protest fracking Group leaders said their focus is getting the ODNR to close down the injection well in Vienna
WKBN


VIENNA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Environmentalists made several stops Tuesday to protest natural gas fracking in Ohio. Frack-Free Mahoning Valley held an anti-fracking “Toxic Tea Party” in Vienna Township.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought
Seattle Times
Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Don’t frack the rich? Comment puts focus on environmental justice
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

At a recent legal forum in Harrisburg, a prominent natural gas industry executive suggested his company tries to avoid drilling near rich people. “I was infuriated when I heard it,” says Patrick Grenter, of the environmental advocacy group, the Center for Coalfield Justice. ”I was sitting with some colleagues and I said to them, ‘Did he really just say that?’”   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
House Could Vote At Any Time To Kill Entire Drilling Reg Package Thru June 13
PA Environment Digest


The House has through June 13 to vote on House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution #1 to kill DEP’s final conventional Chapter 78 and unconventional (Marcellus Shale) Chapter 78a drilling regulations (assuming it does not add any additional session days, voting or non-voting).   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Will Norway Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2025?
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Norway’s four leading political parties have reportedly reached an agreement to ban the sale of all gasoline-powered cars by 2025, according to Norwegian Liberal Party MP Ola Elverstuen. “After 2025 new private cars, buses and light commercial vehicles will be zero-emission vehicles. By 2030, new heavier vans, 75 percent of new long-distance buses, 50 percent of new trucks will be zero emission vehicles,” he said.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
FAA rules not likely to impact Pittsburgh airport drilling
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul J. Gough

New guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration on drilling for oil and natural gas at airports nationwide isn’t expected to alter the course at Pittsburgh International Airport property.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
ANOTHER FRACKING MELODRAMA
Spiked
James Woudhuysen

or the first time, American scientists have published a paper showing that wastewater from a shale-gas well and a coalbed methane site, disposed of by injecting it into a deep well, has reached a surface stream. This has led the UK group Frack Off to claim that the ‘favoured method of frack-waste disposal [is] causing environmental harm’.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
I Wrote a Book the Fracking Industry Doesn't Want You to Read Wenonah Hauter reflects on her new book, Frackopoly.
Food and Water Watch
Wenonah Hauter

My new book, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment will be released this week and I want to tell you why I wrote it. In the 1990s, I worked on a project to promote renewable energy. Even then, renewables were ready. They were cost-effective and along with energy efficiency technologies, we were poised to make the transition.  [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Fracking Health Study Warns of Exploding Showerheads
Earthworks
Aaron Mintzes

If you have ever seen the film Psycho, you understand vulnerability in the shower. Imagine waking up in the morning, still groggy from last night’s sleep, you waddle over to the shower, remove your clothes and turn on the faucet. Suddenly, an explosion!   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Trek Actors Arrested In Fracking Protest
Trek Today
T'Bonz

James Cromwell and J.G. Hertzler were part of a small group protesting salt cavern gas storage. They blocked traffic from entering or leaving the Crestwood compressor station.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
139-square-mile Fracking Plan in Wyoming Prompts Legal Protest Groups Call on BLM to Cancel Massive Fossil Fuel Development That Threatens Climate, Water, Greater Sage Grouse
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

JACKSON, Wyo.— Conservation groups filed a formal administrative protest on Friday challenging a massive Bureau of Land Management plan to auction off 139 square miles of publicly owned fossil fuels in Wyoming on Aug. 2. Most of the area, about 100 square miles, is located in habitat for imperiled greater sage grouse. The protest calls for canceling the auction entirely.   [Full Story]

Jun 6, 2016
Anti-fracking group plans protest event
News and Sentinel


COOLVILLE - Torch CAN DO is hosting a "Toxic Tea Party" near the large rest area on U.S. 50 just past Coolville at noon Tuesday. Many of the group members, who are opposed to the dumping of fracking waste in Athens County injection wells, are dressing in "Alice in Wonderland" attire. The group is trying to raise awareness about the fracking issues.   [Full Story]

Jun 5, 2016
Fear of climate change leads Scottish Parliament to vote for fracking ban
The Rebel
Holly Nicholas

The Scottish parliament has voted in favour of a ban on fracking. It’s not binding, but it’s a step further in the direction of keeping fossil fuels in the ground and implementing a green energy strategy.   [Full Story]

Jun 5, 2016
Oil Train Derails in Columbia River Gorge, Rally Calls for Ban on ‘Bomb Trains’
EcoWatch
Columbia Riverkeeper

A unit train carrying crude oil derailed near Mosier, Oregon, Friday. Mosier schools were evacuated and a large black plume of smoke filled the sky with visible flames.   [Full Story]

Jun 5, 2016
Sanders Trumps Clinton on the Environment and Climate Change
TeleSurTV
Adriana Maestas Opinion

Will Californians vote their conscience at the Democratic primary Tuesday when it comes to the environment? The League of Conservation Voters, an organization that works to turn environmental values into national, state, and local priorities, issues an environmental scorecard that provides factual information about the environmental legislation considered by members of Congress. The National Environmental Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 environmental and conservation organizations that have examined key votes taken by congressional representatives. Bernie Sanders received a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters for his environmental voting record in 2015, and his lifetime score is 95 percent. Hillary Clinton was not in office in 2015, so she doesn’t have a score for last year, but her lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters is 82%.  [Full Story]

Jun 4, 2016
Agricultural Soil Impacted by Fracking Chemical Spills
Green Optimistic
Courtney Lepping

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemicals sometimes end up where they’re not supposed to be: in agricultural soil. Toxic biocides, surfactants, corrosion inhibitors, and slicking agents are some of many types of chemicals used to extract oil and gas from shale and rock. The chemicals aid in extraction, but what happens after a spill?   [Full Story]

Jun 4, 2016
Sanders, Clinton fight for green vote in tight Calif. race
The Hill


Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both hoping green voters will put them over the top as they near the end of a tight California primary fight. Clinton this week locked up two key endorsements — from an environmental group and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) — both thanks to her positions on environmental issues. Sanders, meanwhile, is taking his environmental message directly to California voters. He's endorsed local efforts to block new fracking operations, an issue where he argues Clinton is weak, and pushed her on other initiatives dear to greens.  [Full Story]

Jun 4, 2016
The science on fracking isn’t junk
Caller Times
Luke Metzger Opinion

The head of the Texas Oil & Gas Association thinks that any study pointing out the health effects and dangers of fracking and oil refining is "junk science" ("Let real facts govern energy," Caller-Times, May 29). Surprised? Neither are we.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Pinellas County Commission to consider fracking ban Tuesday
Tampa Bay Times
Tracey McManus

On the heels of a failed state bill that would have authorized fracking in Florida and prevented local governments from regulating it, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will consider banning the practice countywide.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Chile environmental watchdog probes GeoPark for illegal fracking
Reuters


Chile's SMA environmental regulator said on Friday it was investigating Latin America-focused oil and gas explorer GeoPark Ltd for alleged violations, including fracking activities without having the necessary permits.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Arkansas River pipeline blowout occurred on Sunday morning, cause still unknown
Arkansas Times
Benjamin Hardy

Based on eyewitness accounts, it appears the rupture of the auxiliary Texas Eastern Pipeline used to transport natural gas across the Arkansas River occurred around 9:40 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, May 31. However, neither the owner of the pipeline — Houston-based Spectra Energy — nor the U.S. Coast Guard became aware of the incident until sometime Monday, June 1, when Jeffrey Sand Company in North Little Rock called the energy company to complain about damage to a towboat it owns, the Chris M.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Monterey County: Anti-fracking measure qualifies for November ballot
Mercury News
Paul Rogers

The move to ban fracking in California is picking up new momentum, as a measure to prohibit not only the controversial oil-extraction technique but all new oil drilling in Monterey County has qualified for the November ballot. The Board of Supervisors in Monterey County -- California's fourth-largest oil-producing county -- voted late Wednesday to place the measure on the ballot after elections officials verified that environmentalists had turned in 12,187 valid signatures, easily exceeding the required 7,391.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
New Federal Report Shows Dimock Water Was Unsafe to Drink After All
EcoWatch
Sharon Kelly

Back in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a startling announcement, shaking up the battle over fracking in one of the nation’s highest-profile cases where drillers were suspected to have caused water contamination. Now, a newly published report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), puts EPA’s testing results into an entirely new light. The water was not safe to drink after all, the ATSDR concluded, after a lengthy review of the same water testing results that EPA used back in 2012.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Bomb Train Hits Oregon Community as Feared Derailment Comes to Pass
Common Dreams
by Jon Queally, staff writer

This story is developing and may be updated... A fire is burning and large plume of smoke is rising after a train carrying oil derailed not far from the Columbia River in the town of Mosier, Oregon on Friday. OregonLive.com reports: A multi-car oil train derailment Friday in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier sent up a massive plume of black smoke and stoked long-standing fears about the risks of hauling crude oil through one of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned landmarks. One to two cars were on fire -- part of a train hauling eight cars, authorities said. It's not clear how many cars derailed. Photos showed at least seven cars off the tracks. There were no immediate reports of injuries.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Activists target fracking waste on Tuesday's action day
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Ohio, June 2, 2016 – Even though unconventional fracking currently appears to be experiencing a shale bust, the toxic fracking waste problem is still here and getting worse as millions of gallons and tons of fracking waste is constantly being created, according to groups organizing a National Day of Action to be held on June 7, 2016.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Pennsylvania group challenges fracking permit process
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

HICKORY, Pa. (June 2, 2016) – PennFuture has filed a legal challenge to the zoning ordinance in Mount Pleasant Township, Washington County arguing that it is constitutionally invalid because it allows industrial gas drilling across all zoned districts.   [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
Bomb Train Hits Oregon Community as Feared Derailment Comes to Pass
Common Dreams
Jon Queally

This story is developing and may be updated... A fire is burning and large plume of smoke is rising after a train carrying oil derailed not far from the Columbia River in the town of Mosier, Oregon on Friday. OregonLive.com reports: A multi-car oil train derailment Friday in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier sent up a massive plume of black smoke and stoked long-standing fears about the risks of hauling crude oil through one of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned landmarks.  [Full Story]

Jun 3, 2016
As California Goes, So Goes the Planet
EcoWatch
Josh Fox

We need democracy like we need water. California primary voters must choose Bernie Sanders or the state will continue to experience a serious drought of both. Despite California’s claims to be an environmental leader, its government has been co-opted by the oil and gas industry and its citizens and climate are suffering. Gov. Brown has turned a blind eye to poor and Latino communities living next to polluting fracking wells and fracking wastewater being used to irrigate crops.  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Fracking ban, solid waste bills scheduled for senate debate
WWLP
Katie Lannan

BOSTON (STATE HOUSE) – Two recycling bills and legislation calling for a 10-year ban on hydraulic fracturing in Massachusetts are on tap for Senate consideration next week.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Fracking ban makes fall ballot, supervisors bypass impact studies
Monterey Herald
Jim Johnson

Salinas >> Reversing course on conducting a series of impact studies, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to place a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas well stimulation techniques on the fall ballot.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Portland Joins Towns Banning Fracking Waste
Harford Courant
Gregory B Hladky

Portland is now the fourth Connecticut community to ban any use of the chemical wastes from hydraulic fracturing – also known as fracking – within its borders. Fracking is a controversial method of extracting natural gas.  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Planning Panel Sends Anti-Fracking Ordinance to Board of Supervisors
The Independent


The Alameda County Planning Commission has sent a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to adopt the text of a proposed anti-fracking ordinance. The county has been working on the ordinance for two years. The supervisors are expected to consider the draft ordinance in July.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Fracking advocates weigh suing EPA over climate regs
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The latest piece in President Obama's climate agenda soon could become the next target for major legal action, said a senior official with a trade group representing oil and gas producers in the West. The Western Energy Alliance is "exploring litigation" over the Environmental Protection Agency's methane reduction rules for new oil and gas fracking wells, said Kathleen Sgemma, vice president for federal affairs and communications for the group.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
IOGCC Representatives Spout Climate Denial at ExxonMobil-Funded Meeting
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

At the opening session of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)'s recent annual business meeting held in Denver, Colorado, the commission's Nebraska state representative Bill Sydow was closing up at the horseshoe-shaped roundtable by making a few heads turn. “I spent Thanksgiving in Chicago with my daughter and her two friends and I'm talking about climate change and global warming and I'm not a skeptic, I'm a denier” stated Sydow, the director of Nebraska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, flanked by dozens of IOGCC state representatives at the mid-May meeting. “And so I'm talking to these two kids and they're like 'What are you talking about?' They have never heard another side to the issue.”  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
AG won’t yield climate change documents
Ithaca Journal
MICHAEL VIRTANEN

ALBANY — New York’s attorney general has refused to send requested documents about his investigation into Exxon Mobil to a congressional committee, saying Congress lacks jurisdiction over state law enforcement. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texan who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, that his letter request May 18 was based on “incorrect statements” about what he’s doing and “raises serious constitutional concerns.”  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Tactical Escalation at FERC Brings Response
Future Hope
Ted Glick

In the 1970’s I was active with an Anti-Displacement Committee group in downtown Brooklyn, NY. We worked with tenants who were facing pressures, some of them very intense, from unscrupulous landlords trying to force the tenants out so they could jack up the rents or go coop in the gentrifying area where I lived. Several times we successfully used a particular tactic to fight them: demonstrating at the home or public office of the landlord, alerting his neighbors to what he was doing. Once we picketed in sub-freezing weather outside the storefront office of a landlord who was not providing heat or hot water to one of his buildings. Another time we took a busload of people from Brooklyn to Stamford, Ct. to the estate of a very rich landlord who was brutally forcing tenants out of a large apartment building. When we arrived, 40 of us walked down the driveway to his home, rang his bell, and when no one answered we plastered his house and his personal tennis court with leaflets and signs. And once we called the home phone number of a landlord not providing heat and hot water, telling him that if he didn’t provide those services within 24 hours, we would distribute leaflets up and down his block. In all three cases the tactic worked. Heat and hot water was provided, and the remaining tenants in the building being emptied were offered reasonable financial settlements in return for agreeing to move. Though not exactly a victory, it was pretty much the best that could be hoped for given the particular situation.  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Regulator beefing up efforts to monitor fracking related earthquakes
inews880
Shelby Thorn

B.C.’s oil and gas regulator is ramping up efforts to monitor earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Groningen calls for parliamentary inquiry into gas drilling crisis
Dutch News


Groningen’s provincial government has called on parliament to launch an inquiry into natural gas extraction from under the province. ... The Dutch safety board said in a report last year that the economic affairs ministry, drilling company NAM and the Dutch mining body ignored safety concerns in their pursuit of profit.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
FERC accepts gas-electric reliability measures in California
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today accepted interim measures to address the limited operability of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility that could affect reliability and market operations in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) grid this summer.  [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Anti-fracking ballot measure would ban drilling across Colorado, state maps confirm
Complete Colorado
Simon Lomax

Now, state officials have released a report and a series of maps confirming the devastating impact of the anti-fracking agenda in Colorado if it ever becomes law. Just one of these ballot measures, which would prohibit oil and natural gas development within 2,500 feet of any occupied buildings or “areas of special concern,” effectively bans drilling across the state.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Feds Find Offshore Fracking in the Pacific Would Have No ‘Significant’ Environmental Impact
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Reactions are growing after a recent joint study by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. It found hydraulic fracking off the coast of California poses no “significant” environmental impact. The decision lifts a moratorium triggered earlier this year by a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity. The group said it is considering other legal options to challenge the decision.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Scottish Parliament Passes Motion in Support of Outright Fracking Ban
EcoWatch
Deirdre Fulton

The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday narrowly passed a motion in support of an outright fracking ban, setting up a potential showdown over the controversial fossil fuels extraction method.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Sanders Touts Fracking Ban as Clinton Pushes Renewables Plan Just Days Before California Primary
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are ramping up their green bona fides before the Golden State’s crucial Democratic primary Tuesday. The Democratic presidential candidates recently elaborated their national energy plans, with Sanders calling for a nationwide ban on fracking and Clinton pledging to use federal lands to enable the nation’s transition to more renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Jun 2, 2016
Scottish Parliament votes for total fracking ban
Independent
Jon Stone

The Scottish Parliament has voted to support a ban on fracking north of the border. Labour, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats joined forces to vote for the ban, with the Conservatives voting against it. The Scottish National Party, which currently runs a minority government in Scotland abstained on the issue.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
CSU team calls for more study of fracking spills
Coloradoan
Jacy Marmaduke

A team of CSU researchers wanted to find out how long chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing remain in soil after being spilled and whether certain chemical combinations have different effects. Their findings, they say, underscore the need for more research on fracking and other chemical spills, especially those on or near agricultural land.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Oil and Gas Industry Building War Chest to Fight Ballot Initiatives
Public News Service


DENVER - The oil and gas industry is gearing up to defeat several initiatives headed toward the November ballot that would allow restrictions on fracking. A coalition of industry, business groups and elected officials called Protecting Colorado's Environment, Economy and Energy Independence has formed to block efforts such as Initiative 40, which would allow local control over drilling. Lafayette city councilwoman Merrily Mazza supports the measure.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
What happens to hydraulic fracturing wastewater on cropland
EurekaAlert!
American Chemical Society

The use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has grown rapidly in the U.S. over the past 15 years -- but concerns persist that the oil and gas extraction method could harm the environment and people's health. To better understand its potential effects, scientists simulated what would happen to the wastewater produced by the technique after a spill. They published their findings in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Sanders challenges White House and DNC over fracking
Washington Post
David Weigel

SPRECKELS, Calif. -- Just days after two federal agencies seemed to clear the way for offshore fracking in the Pacific Ocean, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on it to stop.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Ohio.com News Local News Munroe Falls trying to limit oil and gas drilling based on city’s zoning ordinance in new court fight
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

The city has filed a new lawsuit against Beck Energy Corp. and South Carolina-based Sonoco Products Co. for a proposed oil and gas well that the city says is illegal because of Munroe Falls zoning.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
METHANE: A flash fire, third-degree burns and an investigation without end
E & E Newswire
Mike Soraghan

PERRIN, Texas -- On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Cody Murray's water well exploded in flames. Natural gas unexpectedly flowed up with the water and ignited when a switch flipped in the pump house where he stood. It turned the air to fire. Murray, a sturdy middle-aged rancher, oil worker and father of two, suffered second- and third-degree burns over nearly a quarter of his body. His father and 4-year-old daughter were also burned in the August 2014 flash fire.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Environmentalists Consider Lawsuit After Feds Approve Fracking Off California Coast
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

An environmental group is considering legal action after a pair of federal agencies concluded hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, off the coast of California doesn’t harm the environment. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is considering more lawsuits to block offshore fracking in California and directly blames the Obama administration for the analysis.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Fracking 2016: Obama Administration Approves Drilling Off The Coast Of California
International Business Times
Clark Mindock

Fracking companies operating off the coast of California cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when two federal agencies determined that the practice has no significant impact on the human environment. The decision lifts a moratorium that had been placed on hydraulic fracturing this year after an environmental group filed a lawsuit questioning the drilling practice.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Group asks court for more time to put fracking ban on Michigan ballot
Michigan Radio
Steve Carmody

Activists trying to ban fracking in Michigan are asking a court to give them more time to put the issue on the ballot.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Bernie Sanders vows to ban fracking in Monterey County
KION
Matt Sizemore and Barry Brown

Making a third stop on his Central Coast tour in Spreckels, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wasn't in rally-mode on Wednesday. But he did have a clear message to voters when it comes to protecting Monterey County. "And I hope very much that Monterey County will continue the momentum that makes it clear that fracking is not safe, and is not what we need for our kids," Sanders said.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Renewable Energy Surges to Record-Breaking Levels Around the World
EcoWatch
Andy Rowell

The renewable revolution is gathering apace according to new research. Last year was an “extraordinary” record year for the sector, with “the largest global capacity additions seen to date.” An estimated 147 gigawatts of renewable power capacity was added in 2015, according to the annual report of REN21, the renewables policy organization made up of energy experts, NGOs and governments, which is based in Paris. In total, new installations of renewable power generation capacity rose to 1,848.5 GW globally in 2015, underlying the fact I made in yesterday’s blog that Big Oil’s demise might come sooner rather than later, in part due to the renewable revolution. Most importantly, slowly but surely every year, renewables are becoming more cost competitive with fossil fuels. “I’ve been working in this sector for 20 years and the economic case is now fully there,” said Christine Lins, the executive secretary of REN21: “The fact that we had 147GW of capacity, mainly of wind and solar is a clear indication that these technologies are cost competitive (with fossil fuels).” Lins also points out that this record renewable growth has been achieved despite huge subsidies to fossil fuels. “What is truly remarkable about these results is that they were achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows and renewables remained at a significant disadvantage in terms of government subsidies,” she said in a statement. Lins continued: “For every dollar spent boosting renewables, nearly four dollars were spent to maintain our dependence on fossil fuels.” Most worrying for Big Oil is that this is the largest ever annual increase in installed clean capacity ever. As if to emphazise the point the amount spent on renewables was double that spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants. In total, including large hydro projects, new investment was an estimated $328.9 billion, echoing research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance from earlier in the year which put clean energy investment a fraction higher at $329.3 billion. More than 8 million people are now employed in the sector.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
1.1 GW Of New Solar Capacity Being Developed In Pakistan
Clean Technica
Saurabh Mahapatra

Pakistan is expected to see a sharp jump in operational solar PV capacity over the next few years, as several project developers have signed pacts to set up projects. The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has reported that as many as 35 solar PV power projects are currently at various stages of development. These projects will have a cumulative installed capacity of 1,111 MW. The largest of these projects will come up at the Quaid-e-Azam solar power park. The project currently has 100 MW of operational capacity. Apollo Solar Pakistan, Crest Energy Pakistan, and Best Green Energy Pakistan are working on 100 MW of solar capacity each. These projects are expected to be commissioned by the end of this year. The total capacity of the Quaid-e-Azam solar park will thus increase to 400 MW against a planned capacity of 1,000 MW. Six other developers have been issued letters of support for the development of projects with a cumulative capacity of 47.84 MW. The ADEB has also issued letters of intent for the development of 25 projects with a combined generation capacity of 663 MW. These projects are expected to be operational by 2018. Additionally, the government of Punjab province has also issued letters of intent for projects with 600 MW of capacity, of which 300 MW of capacity has already secured financing. Several European and Chinese companies have already invested in Pakistan’s renewable energy market. Foreign investors poured over $3 billion into the renewable energy sector in Pakistan over the last year.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Sanders hits Clinton on fracking in California
The Hill
Devin Henryy

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday promised to enact a national ban on fracking if he is president, hitting Hillary Clinton as weak on the issue just days before California's critical primary.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Judge strikes down suit against fracking opponents
State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed an attempt by a group of natural gas leaseholders seeking to block environmentalists’ objections to a township’s plans to open itself up to gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Federal Agencies Find That Fracking In The Pacific Would Have No ‘Significant’ Environmental Impacts
Think Progress
Natasha Geiling

On Friday, both the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) jointly released an environmental study that looked at the impact of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — on marine ecosystems. The report analyzed 23 offshore fracking operations that operated in California between 1982 and 2014, and found that the operations have a minimal impact on the quality of water and ocean health. To the fossil fuel industry, this signals a return to normalcy, as both the BOEM and BSEE will resume approval of offshore fracking permits that they had temporarily suspended while the environmental study was being conducted.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
What happens to hydraulic fracturing wastewater on cropland
Science Daily


The use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has grown rapidly in the U.S. over the past 15 years -- but concerns persist that the oil and gas extraction method could harm the environment and people's health. To better understand its potential effects, scientists simulated what would happen to the wastewater produced by the technique after a spill. They published their findings in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. This spring, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that hydraulic fracturing accounts for two-thirds of the country's natural gas production. Customers have benefited from lower gas bills, but the technique's growth comes with some risks. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission received reports of 838 spills that released a total of more than 660,000 gallons of fluids associated with fracking in 2014. Since hydraulic fracturing and, potentially, any associated spills often occur near agricultural land, Jens Blotevogel, Thomas Borch and colleagues wanted to find out whether compounds in the wastewater biodegrade or stick around in the soil where they might be taken up by crops.  [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
When It Comes To Money, Colorado's Possible Ballot Fight Over Fracking Is Lopsided
KUNC
Dan Boyce

The state's oil and gas industry is preparing for a potential battle at the ballot box against a much less well-funded foe. Supporters of four different ballot measures that seek to restrict drilling are gathering signatures and have raised just tens of thousands of dollars, compared to the more than $6 million that one opposition group has amassed for the fight.   [Full Story]

Jun 1, 2016
Millennium not stopping progress; Compressor station will not await health study
River Reporter
Fritz Mayer

ELDRED, NY — Millennium Pipeline Company is not doing any physical preparation work for its proposed compressor station in Eldred just now. But that’s not because it’s waiting for the completion of a health study proposed by activists and local government officials, according to Millennium representative Michelle Hook. It’s because the company first needs to finish filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and has not received the necessary permits to begin work. Millennium has agreed to pay for the health study, which is being initiated by the Sullivan County Legislature, but does not plan to alter its schedule in relation to it. Hook wrote in an email, “While the study is being done we will continue to submit paperwork to the FERC and pursue all necessary certificates. Halting this process at this juncture isn’t possible. Once we pre-filed for this project the clock started, and we have a timeline we have to adhere to. In addition, the compressor is one piece of a four-part project that is necessary, and those other pieces cannot be put on hold and the entire project must be submitted to FERC as one.  [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Anti-fracking initiative qualifies for November ballot
KION
Erika Mahoney

The Monterey County anti-fracking initiative received enough validated signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The Monterey County Registrar of Voters will deliver the news to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on June 1. Supervisors will then decide whether to put the initiative on the ballot or adopt it themselves.  [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Editorial: Fracking ban makes more sense than the alternative
Chicoer
Editorial

We’re not sure a ban on hydraulic fracturing is necessary in Butte County. A lot of political capital could be spent trying to outlaw every boogeyman that’s out there. That said, a citizen initiative has resulted in the question going to county voters on June 7, so we all have to answer a straightforward question: Should fracking be banned in Butte County?   [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Newfoundland Fracking Report Says There Are Too Many Unknowns
Huffington Post
Sue Bailey

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — There are too many science, technology and risk-assessment gaps to green-light fracking in western Newfoundland, says a panel that studied the contentious oil-extraction process.  [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Who Bears the Most Risk From Fracking?
New York Times
Editorial

Say this for John Quigley, until a few days ago the state of Pennsylvania’s top environmental officer. With a profanity-laced email that played a role in his resignation he put the dangers of hydraulic fracturing front and center in the public consciousness. Mr. Quigley had backed tough new updates in state rules governing drilling for natural gas. But after legislators voted them down, he blistered environmentalists for failing to support the cause.   [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by developer, landowners against Middlesex fracking opponents
TribLive
Mathew Santoni

A Butler County judge has dismissed the second lawsuit a developer and 13 landowners had filed against Middlesex residents and non-profits opposed to fracking, the defendants announced Tuesday.   [Full Story]

May 31, 2016
Environmentalists Call Fracking Assessment Flawed Offshore fracking to resume in Federal waters
KEYT
Tracy Lehr

An assessment by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), ended a court-ordered settlement and paved the way for the Obama administration to allow oil companies to resume fracking in Federal waters.... Attorney Maggie Hall, with the Environmental Defense Center, calls the government analysis flawed "We fundamentally disagree with the analysis. There are significant impacts we are concerned about, impacts to the marine environment, air quality and water quality when using practices out in the marine environment. At this point they should go back to the drawing board and do a comprehensive review of the impacts," said Hall.   [Full Story]

May 30, 2016
Clinton Actively Promoted Fracking as Secretary of State
The Real News
Sharmini Peries

9 Minute Audio Report  [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
How fracking can contribute to climate change Leakage of natural gas from drilling and pipework means more methane is entering the atmosphere
The Guardian
Gary Fuller

One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%.   [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
Obama Administration Approves Resumption of CA Offshore Fracking
Indy Bay
Dan Bacher

Miyoko Sakashita, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Oceans program, vigorously disagreed with the agencies’ finding of “no significant impact” — and warned they may file new litigation to halt offshore fracking.   [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
Sanders visits Delano home of UFW, calls for fracking ban to improve local water quality
Bakersfield.com
John Cox

Asked what he would do to address poor water quality in local cases not associated with pesticide contamination, Sanders reiterated his support for a nationwide ban on fracking, the controversial oil well stimulation technique also known as hydraulic fracturing. He additionally called for more work to slow climate change and conserve water during the drought as ways to improve local drinking water.   [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
2 federal agencies open fracking door for California
RT


Fracking is getting a new lease on life in oil-rich California, much to the dismay of environmental campaigners. Two federal agencies just released reports on offshore drilling there, and found “no significant risk to the environment.”  [Full Story]

May 29, 2016
Women lead the call to arms as anti-fracking fight intensifies Female opposition to drilling soars as mothers unite in desire to safeguard children’s future
The Guardian
John Vidal

“We are ready for them,” said Tina Louise Rothery. “It has been a long battle but we have been ready for a confrontation for a long time.” Rothery is one of a growing group of women at the forefront of opposition to fracking. Of the 250 anti-fracking community groups that have sprung up in Britain in the past few years, very many are led, or strongly backed, by women, who say they have been outraged at plans to risk people’s health by exploiting the countryside for shale gas.   [Full Story]

May 28, 2016
Agency: Measure would put most of state off-limits to wells Passage of ballot measure would devastate economy, report says
Durango Herald
Dan Elliott

DENVER – A proposal to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and schools in Colorado would leave 90 percent of the state off-limits to future drilling, regulators said Friday.   [Full Story]

May 28, 2016
Marcellus gas drillers challenge Kathleen Kane's antitrust tactics
PennLive
John Beauge

Two major players in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling have accused Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane of attempting to litigate federal antitrust claims in state court.   [Full Story]

May 28, 2016
Feds open door to Pacific coast fracking
Bend Bulletin
Rob Nikolewski

SAN DIEGO — An environmental assessment from two federal agencies released Friday determined that fracking off the coast of California causes no significant impact, thus lifting a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that was instituted earlier this year.   [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Donald Trump's energy plan: Regulate less, drill more
CNN
Matt Egan

Donald Trump has a simple formula to get America's energy industry back on its feet: regulate less and start drilling a lot more for oil and gas. In his first in-depth speech about energy policy, Trump on Thursday promised to make American energy "dominance" a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the U.S.   [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Feds clear California offshore fracking
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Federal regulators ruled Friday that offshore hydraulic fracturing has no “significant” environmental impact off California’s coast. The two agencies responsible for offshore drilling, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), finalized a pair of environmental study documents Friday regarding the impact findings.   [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Fracking go-ahead: What happens next?
BBC News
John Moylan

Plans for fracking in England are being prepared in the wake of the decision made in North Yorkshire earlier this week. Brownfield sites and areas near motorway junctions could be used for future shale gas production. On Monday North Yorkshire County Council approved an application by Third Energy to frack a well near the village of Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Anti-fracking protesters celebrate indefinite moratorium
CBC News
Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon

Anti-fracking protesters across New Brunswick are celebrating after Friday's announcement the provincial government has extended a hydraulic fracturing moratorium indefinitely. They say they would prefer to see it be permanent, rather than indefinite. Still, they are pleased their fight paid off. "It's a big relief that I don't have to worry about my water," said Willi Nowlan, who was a prominent figure in the anti-fracking campaign in Rexton, where protesters and the RCMP clashed in 2013.   [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California
Common Dreams


LOS ANGELES - The Obama administration today finalized plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and dumping fracking chemicals mixed with wastewater in California’s wildlife-rich Santa Barbara Channel. Today’s announcement from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement ends a court-ordered settlement that placed a moratorium on offshore fracking and acidizing in federal waters off California. “The Obama administration is once again putting California’s beautiful coast in the oil industry’s crosshairs,” said Miyoko Sakashita, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Oceans program. “Our beaches and wildlife face a renewed threat from fracking chemicals and oil spills. New legal action may be the only way to get federal officials to do their jobs and protect our ocean from offshore fracking.”  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Crestwood to wait for state on natural gas storage
Press & Sun Bulletin
Tom Wilber

Even with a renewed federal permit in hand, the fate of Crestwood Midstream Partner’s bid to store natural gas in salt caverns by Seneca Lake rests largely with state officials. And the outlook is as murky as ever. With a two-year federal permit for the project on the verge of expiration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Crestwood a two-year extension on May 16.  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
A Challenge to Donald Trump’s Energy Claims: Economic Reality
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

WASHINGTON — In his pledge to aggressively expand American oil and gas production, and his framing of that push as a salvation for the nation’s economic and fiscal health, Donald J. Trump is following in the footsteps of decades of Republican politicians. But in a market where domestic oil production is already higher than it has been in 40 years, and natural gas production is at a historic high, those proposals have run up against a major problem: the global economy.  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules
The New York Times
ASHLEY PARKER and CORAL DAVENPORT

BISMARCK, N.D. — Donald J. Trump traveled Thursday to the heart of America’s oil and gas boom, where he called for more fossil fuel drilling and fewer environmental regulations while vowing to “cancel the Paris climate agreement,” the 2015 accord committing nearly every nation to taking action to curb climate change. Laying out his positions on energy and the environment at an oil industry conference in North Dakota, he vowed to rescind President Obama’s signature climate change rules and revive construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring petroleum from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.  [Full Story]

May 27, 2016
The biggest exaggerations in Trump’s energy plans
Politico
ANDREW RESTUCCIA

Donald Trump's energy speech in Bismarck, N.D. on Thursday was brimming with big promises — and big exaggerations. Amid pledges to eliminate a slew of environmental regulations and dramatically expand fossil fuel development, Trump tossed out a few inaccurate statistics, falsely accused President Barack Obama of wanting to end oil and gas development in the U.S. and showed an overly simplistic understanding of world oil markets.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Revealed: Contractors Hired by FERC to Review a New Spectra Energy Pipeline Work for Spectra on a Related Project
DeSmogBlog
Itai Vardi

A contractor hired last year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to review a proposed gas pipeline by Spectra Energy, had already been working for the company on a related project, a DeSmog investigation has found. Such an alleged conflict of interest suggests that the contractor had a financial stake in approving the project it was hired to review. As part of a formal Pre-Filing Review Process for Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge project, FERC hired in early 2015 a third-party contractor to review the pipeline. A proposed expansion of the company’s existing Algonquin Pipeline carrying fracked gas from Pennsylvania to the Northeast US and Canada, the project involves the construction of several new pipeline segments in New York and New England and a new compressor station in the town of Weymouth, Massachusetts.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Clinton Chasing Votes With Fracking U-Turn
Oil Price
Irina Slav

Leaked emails obtained by The Intercept reveal Hillary Clinton’s multiple stances on fracking—which apparently differ depending on whether we’re talking about fracking on U.S. soil or abroad. At a debate with Bernie Sanders in New York in early April, Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t support fracking, unless certain conditions are met, such as acceptance from the community and full disclosure of the chemicals that will be used in the process of releasing oil and gas from shale rock.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
How Enhanced Technology Is Changing The Oil Industry Part 2: Fracking
Seeking Alpha
Jesse Morre

Part one of this series, found here, covered how technological advancements have altered the world of drilling for oil (NYSEARCA:USO). Reviewing the accelerating efficiency of drilling rigs in the U.S., the article argued why we can expect exploration and development costs for shale oil to continue to decline, and discussed why this has forced Saudi Arabia to alter its oil market strategy. In this, the second part, we will take a look at how fracking and stimulate drilled wells is allowing higher production rates, more ultimately recoverable reserves, and reduced costs through progressively larger and better designed Fracture techniques.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Trump takes aim at U.S. environmental regulations to boost oil sector
Reuters
Valerie Volcovici

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, promised on Thursday to roll back some of America's most ambitious environmental policies if elected, actions that he said would revive the ailing U.S. oil and coal industries and bolster national security.  [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
WATER POLLUTION: Federal agency contradicts EPA on contamination in Dimock
E&E Publishing
Mike Soraghan

When U.S. EPA ended its investigation of drilling and drinking water contamination in Dimock, Pa., the agency said the water was safe to drink. Now, another federal agency looking at the same data says it wasn't safe.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
At Least 19 Arrested During Anti-Fracking Protest in US State of New York
Sputnik News


NEW YORK (Sputnik) — At least 19 people were arrested while protesting a proposal to build additional underground natural gas storage facilities in the US state of New York, a spokesperson for Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office told Sputnik on Thursday.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Fracking report set for release to public Tuesday
The Western Star
TC Media

As members of the Port au Port/Bay St. George Fracking Awareness Group await the release of a report from the provincial hydraulic fracturing review panel, the group insists there should be a ban on the practice.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
PA GOP Picks Fight with Shapiro over Fracking
Politics PA
Nick Field

After much attention on the Senate contest, the PA GOP has now momentarily shifted their focus to the Attorney General race. Specifically, the Republicans are attacking Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro for comments he made in his speech to the PA Press Club.... The GOP believes that Shapiro’s desire for a “bully pulpit”, along with his past advocacy for fracking accountability, will cause harm to the natural gas industry.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Oil and Gas Fracking “Toxic Mess”: Lawsuit against US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Global Research
Steve Horn

On May 4, several environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling for an end to the regulatory exemption it carved out in the late 1980s for the oil and gas industry with regards to how it handles industrial waste.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
CO Oil and Gas Industry Raises $6 Million To Fight Ballot Measures
Inside Energy
Dan Boyce

A political organization created to fight anti-oil and gas ballot measures in Colorado has raised more than $6 million dollars in the first quarter of 2016.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
Protesters Blockade Planned Pipeline Site Near Nuclear Plant Outside NYC
EcoWatch
Democracy Now

In Peekskill, New York, just about an hour north of New York City, residents have launched a blockade in efforts to stop the construction of a gas pipeline slated to run only hundreds of feet from the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant.   [Full Story]

May 26, 2016
6 things we learned from Donald Trump's first big energy speech (Spoiler: He really likes fossil fuels.)
VOX
Brad Plumer

When it comes to energy policy, the 2016 presidential election really isn't all that complicated. Hillary Clinton plans to continue President Obama's strategy of pushing down carbon dioxide emissions via regulations. That means using less coal and oil and more wind and solar. Donald Trump, by contrast, doesn't much care about global warming and plans to greatly expand US oil drilling and coal mining — largely by repealing various environmental rules.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Federal health review calls compounds in Dimock water a concern
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

Levels of contaminants found in more than two dozen water wells in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, in 2012 were high enough to affect residents’ health, create a physical hazard or otherwise “make the water unsuitable for drinking” in its raw state, a federal health agency reported Tuesday.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Analysis stage begins at latest Golan drilling site
Jerusalem Post
Michelle Malka Grossman

Afek oil and gas hopes to find out what lies beneath the Golan Heights, as they announced the beginning of the analysis phase for the Ness-2 drilling site, also known as “Deborah’s Well.”   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Westchester County protestors arrested after extraction from locked shipping container blocking gas pipeline route
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Two people have been arrested for trespassing after locking themselves into a solar-powered, 20-foot metal shipping container to block the construction of the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline in Peekskill, Westchester County. The two had food and water to last for two weeks, some books and were vowing not to come out. Arrested were Jane Kendall, 65, of New York, and Lee Stewart, a 29-year-old organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy. The AIM project involved about 37 miles of pipeline and related facilities in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Most of the pipeline installation will replace existing pipeline with larger diameter pipeline. In New York, the route runs through Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.  [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Is Fracking for Natural Gas Coming to Erie County?
Erie Reader
Sam Miller

Gov. Tom Wolf says that fracking is coming, and that it can be done safely. Environmental groups say that it is not safe for people, animals, or the environment, and fear its arrival. World leaders say that it must stop, because the future of life on our planet depends on it. Just what is fracking, anyway? It comes from the word “fracturing,” as used in drilling for natural gas in shale layers. Fracturing has been used by drillers for about 80 years now, in vertically drilled wells, to increase the amount of gas released. When the drilling tube reaches the shale layer, a mixture of sand and water is hydraulically pumped into the shale under very high pressure, breaking up the shale. When the pumps are turned off, the sand helps to hold the cracks in the shale open, releasing the gas to flow back up the well pipe. For vertical wells, only a few hundred gallons of water is needed, because the shale layer is usually only about 40 feet thick.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Exxon "Chose to Mislead": Granddaughter of Former Exxon Climate Scientist
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Anna Kalinsky, the granddaughter of former Exxon climate scientist James Black, has berated the company for bankrolling climate change denial despite her grandfather's attempts to inform the company of the risks of burning fossil fuels for the global climate. “In 1977 my grandfather was a senior scientist at Exxon. He warned Exxon executives that the world was just a few years away from needing to rethink our energy strategy to prevent destructive climate change,” Kalinsky says. “Instead, Exxon chose to mislead people about the risks of climate change – and continues to mislead people today. The company says they value their scientists and all the work they do, but that’s pretty hard to believe when they continue to fund organizations – both publicly and anonymously – that spread misinformation about the science.”  [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Hire another Quigley at DEP The Pennsylvania oil and gas industry must be reined in and properly regulated
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nadia Steinzor

Late last week, John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, abruptly resigned. News reports pointed to a controversial email in which Mr. Quigley angrily demanded that environmental groups more boldly defend proposed oil and gas regulations. It didn’t take long for some legislators to accuse Mr. Quigley of governmental impropriety. In the meantime, the email controversy continues to generate media stories.  [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Fracked Gas Isn’t Green or Clean
Eco Watch
Wenonah Hauter

When Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed on to the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future in February, she touted the state’s investment in renewable energy and green jobs. And, she made clear this was just a start: “More work remains and this accord acknowledges the challenges we face and our commitment to addressing them.” Indeed, more work remains for the governor to provide climate leadership for Rhode Island and the nation. At the very top of the list should be rescinding her support for a controversial fracked gas project in the town of Burrillville. The community has been fighting the euphemistically-named Invenergy “Clear River” power plant facility and now national advocacy groups have joined the call.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
The True Cost of Fracking
Eco Watch
Reynard Loki, AlterNet

Arsenic. Cadmium. Chromium. Radon. Lead. These are just a few of the toxins used in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, a controversial drilling process to retrieve oil and natural gas from shale deposits under the surface of the Earth. Concerns about the process have been mounting, as studies have linked it to a host of environmental and public health problems, from increased infant mortality and low birth weight babies to the release of cancer-causing radioactive gas, contamination of drinking water and earthquakes. Fracking also releases methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
5 Reasons the New Methane Standards Matter
Huffington Post
Rosaly Byrd

With the new methane standards announced by President Obama in the middle of May, the U.S. moves further towards regulating the largely unchecked natural gas industry. The standards will cut methane emissions from new and modified extraction sites from the oil and gas sector— in particular from hydraulic fracturing or fracking sites that extract natural gas. The standards are a part of President Obama’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, specifically reducing methane emissions from this industry by 40 - 45% from 2012 levels by 2025. The new methane standards are expected to reduce 510,000 short tons of methane in 2025, the equivalent of reducing 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Mountaineer NGL Storage to proceed with Ohio facility
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

DENVER, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC, announced the conclusion of a successful non-binding open season for its natural gas storage project near Clarington, Ohio. The open season resulted in requests for more than three times the amount of initial planned capacity.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Westchester County protestors arrested after extraction from locked shipping container blocking gas pipeline route
Albany Times Union
Brian Nearing

Two people have been arrested for trespassing after locking themselves into a solar-powered, 20-foot metal shipping container to block the construction of the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline in Peekskill, Westchester County.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S.
Bloomberg
Anna Hirtenstein

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Power plant proposals for Southern California spark an energy debate
Los Angeles Times
Joshua Emerson Smith

A new wave of natural gas power plants planned for Southern California has stoked a high-stakes debate about how best to keep the lights on throughout the region.   [Full Story]

May 25, 2016
Bill Shorten says NT Labor's fracking moratorium 'based on best science'
ABC News
Xavier La Canna

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has offered support for Northern Territory Labor's controversial policy to put a moratorium on gas fracking, saying it is based on "the best science available".   [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Lead to a 17 C Rise in Arctic Temperatures
EcoWatch
Roz Pidcock

Burning all the fossil fuels we know to exist on Earth could push global temperature an average of 8 C above preindustrial levels, according to new research. The Arctic would bear the brunt of the warming, with temperatures potentially rising 17 C, said the authors.   [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Clinton tried to push fracking on foreign countries, new emails reveal
RT


Though Hillary Clinton is a vocal opponent of fracking in her 2016 presidential campaign, newly leaked emails reveal that she tried to export the practice to other countries during her time as secretary of state. Emails uncovered by The Intercept on Monday show that during Clinton’s tenure at the head of the State Department, she and her close aides worked with private oil and gas companies to promote fracking abroad as a way to drill for oil and gas.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Emails: Clinton tried to export fracking at State
Washington Examiner
KYLE FELDSCHER

Emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state show she tried to spread the practice of fracking to other countries, although now she is making campaign promises to allow communities to ban the practice. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of injecting water and other chemicals into layers of shale rock to release oil and natural gas trapped within and is widely credited with sparking a boom in U.S. energy production in the last decade. Clinton was the nation's top diplomat at the time, and emails uncovered by The Intercept show she tried to get other countries to use the same method. The emails show Clinton's State Department touted fracking to foreign diplomats during a trip to Pennsylvania and attempted to pressure Poland into letting U.S. oil companies begin fracking in that country. The push backfired and Poland banned the practice.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
370 Groups Oppose Federal Energy Bill That Would Increase Fracking, Harm Climate
Center for Biological Diversity


WASHINGTON— As the U.S. House this week takes up an amended version of the Senate’s Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012), more than 370 organizations urged the Senate to reject provisions in the bill that would encourage oil and gas fracking. The groups delivered a letter today to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski and ranking member Maria Cantwell demanding an energy bill that transitions the country to a truly clean, safe, renewable energy future. The groups’ letter criticizes provisions expediting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of liquefied natural gas export terminals. Requiring the commission to undertake expedited reviews of these terminals “undermines the very transparency and prudence that federal actions should be premised on to protect our communities and environment,” the letter states. The groups also opposed the bill because it would require all state and other federal agencies conducting authorizations for these facilities to give deference to FERC. For years, pollution-affected communities across the country have struggled against FERC's rubber-stamping of fracked gas infrastructure projects like pipelines and compressor stations that pose serious health, safety and climate threats to surrounding areas. The Senate’s pending energy bill would further increase FERC’s autonomy.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Documents: IOGCC-Spawned Loophole Creating Frackquake Crisis Faces Federal Lawsuit
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

On May 4, several environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling for an end to the regulatory exemption it carved out in the late 1980s for the oil and gas industry with regards to how it handles industrial waste. That exemption to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, a recent DeSmog investigation showed, was pushed in the forefront almost from day one of RCRA's passage by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). IOGCC is a U.S. Congress-chartered interstate compact consisting of U.S. oil and gas producing states, with a membership roll that includes state-level regulators, industry lobbyists and executives.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Portland schools ditch textbooks that question climate change
The Gurdian
Alison Flood

Schools in Portland, Oregon, have voted to abandon textbooks that “express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities”. The resolution follows a proposal by environmental groups put to the Portland public schools board, which argued that “it is time for school districts to redefine what it means to educate students for a future of certain climate change”. Stating that “there is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that the climate crisis is created by human beings”, the proposal said that it was “essential that in their classes and other school activities students probe the causes and consequences of the climate crisis – as well as possible solutions – in developmentally appropriate ways”. In testimony to the board reported by the Portland Tribune, Bill Bigelow, editor of Rethinking Schools magazine, criticised science textbooks’ use of words such as “might”, “may” and “could” when referring to climate change. He quoted the textbook Physical Science as saying that “carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles, power plants and other sources, may contribute to global warming”.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
For Trump, denying risks of climate change is a losing stance
The Hill
Bob Ward

Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican Party are in danger of ignoring an important global trend: Politicians who deny the risks of climate change are losing power to those who adopt a less reckless approach to greenhouse gas pollution. The presumptive Republican nominee has taken an extreme and unscientific position on global warming. In March, he told The Washington Post that he is "not a great believer in man-made climate change." And earlier this month, he showed his ignorance of the great determination across the world to cut greenhouse gas emissions when he claimed in an interview with Reuters that "at a minimum" he would, as president, renegotiate the landmark Paris agreement on climate change that was reached between more than 190 countries at a United Nations summit last December.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
NY lawmakers propose codifying renewable energy goals
Washington Times
AP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A dozen New York lawmakers have introduced legislation to codify Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of eliminating human-produced greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. The bill would direct the Department of Environmental Conservation within a year to issue regulations requiring reporting of annual emissions from major sources and establish a registry and reporting system measured in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. The department would determine the 1990s emissions levels, then require statewide reductions to that same level by 2020, followed by deeper periodic reductions over the next 30 years.  [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Exxon Mobil faces 'change or die' moment on climate
BBC News
Matt McGrath

A significant group of shareholders are seeking to force Exxon Mobil to acknowledge the growing threat from climate change at the company's AGM on Wednesday. These investors want the world's biggest publicly traded oil company to support the goal of a 2C global temperature limit.   [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Fossil Fuel Investments Growing Riskier for Insurers, Report Warns
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

With nearly $500 billion invested, a new analysis recommends insurance companies take a harder look at the consequences of climate change and a lower-carbon future.   [Full Story]

May 24, 2016
Plug pulled on pipeline
Daily News
Michael P. Norton STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON — After suspending work in April, Kinder Morgan yesterday fully pulled the plug on its controversial Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, J. Curtis Moffatt, deputy general counsel at the Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, notified the agency that the pipeline application was being withdrawn.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
FERC Called "Biased Against Local Concerns"
Public News Service


CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The federal agency that approves or denies gas pipelines is oriented against the concerns of landowners and communities, according to people working on the issues. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will decide on the huge pipelines competing to bring natural gas through West Virginia and Virginia to eastern markets. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-05-23/energy-policy/ferc-called-biased-against-local-concerns/a52073-1#sthash.jsRc9dNv.dpuf  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Florida Supreme Court strikes down FPL's gas drilling investments
Utility Drive
Robert Walton

The Florida Supreme Court ruled 6-1 last week that the Public Service Commission overstepped its authority when it allowed the state's largest utility to invest in natural gas production and use ratepayer money to cover the cost, the Miami Herald reports.   [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
US Remained Top Petroleum, Natural Gas Producer In The World In 2015
IBT
Maria Gallucci

The United States produced more petroleum liquids and natural gas than any other nation in 2015, federal energy data show. Even as low oil prices forced companies to delay drilling and postpone projects, U.S. producers still churned up more total hydrocarbons than Russia or Saudi Arabia last year.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
New blow to homeowners in massive Porter Ranch gas leak in L.A.
CBS News


LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a stop work order Sunday evening to Southern California Gas over its cleaning efforts following the months-long Porter Ranch gas leak, reports CBS Los Angeles. SoCal Gas had begun cleaning the homes of relocated Porter Ranch residents, but the county found they weren't cleaning to specified court order, the health agency announced Sunday.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Opponents cheer as energy firm withdraws application for northeast gas pipeline
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Nassau Developers of the Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline project, which would have passed through southern Albany and Rensselaer counties to bring fracked gas from northern Pennsylvania to metropolitan Boston, withdrew their application Monday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, effectively killing the project. J. Curtis Moffatt, a vice president and counsel with Houston-based developer Kinder Morgan, wrote FERC to say the planned 188-mile, $3.1-billion project, which the company suspended last month due to a lack of potential customers, was now being withdrawn. Moffat's three-paragraph letter offered no further rationale for the company's decision.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal
The Intercept
Lee Fang and Steve Horn

BACK IN APRIL, just before the New York primary, Hillary Clinton’s campaign aired a commercial on upstate television stations touting her work as secretary of state forcing “China, India, some of the world’s worst polluters” to make “real change.” She promised to “stand firm with New Yorkers opposing fracking, giving communities the right to say ‘no’.” The television spot, which was not announced and does not appear on the official campaign YouTube page with most of Clinton’s other ads, implied a history of opposition to fracking, here and abroad. But emails obtained by The Intercept from the Department of State reveal new details of behind-the-scenes efforts by Clinton and her close aides to export American-style hydraulic fracturing — the horizontal drilling technique best known as fracking — to countries all over the world.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Study: Fracking Pollution Disproportionately Impacts Children
Public News Service


CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Children and infants are especially at risk for health problems due to fracking, according to a new study by the Center for Environmental Health. Ellen Webb, health energy sciences and advocacy manager for the Center and the report's lead author, says it's the first comprehensive literature review on respiratory risks associated with unconventional oil and gas operations. "Air pollution is basically routine in fracking," says Webb. "So many people living near fracking have reported health problems, but the actual literature being able to show cause and effect is really just starting to emerge."  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Israel's Government Approves Leviathan Natural Gas Deal
E&P
Reuters

Israel has approved a deal it hopes will fast-track development of the huge Leviathan offshore natural gas field and end years of regulatory uncertainty that has stifled the country's nascent oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
DEP official’s private email had urged groups for ‘pushback’
Washington Times
Mzrc Levy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - In an email that precipitated his resignation, Gov. Tom Wolf’s environmental protection secretary criticized environmental advocates for a lack of “pushback” against certain bills and said they were “without influence.”   [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Sioux County landowners argue fracking case in district court
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Irene North

SIDNEY — An appeal to a 2015 decision by the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (NOGCC) granting a Colorado company permission to use of an abandoned oil well in Sioux County as a wastewater disposal site was heard Monday in the Cheyenne County District Court.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Northern Territory Labor holds back from supporting legislation amendments that propose to regulate fracking
ABC Rural
Carl Curtain

The Northern Territory Opposition says it will not support amendments to the Petroleum Act that are before Parliament this week. The NT Government is introducing reforms to the legalisation that it said would regulate the onshore oil and gas industry, specifically hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
The Sand Mines That Ruin Farmland
New York Times
Nancy C. Loeb Opinion

Chicago — WHILE the shale gas industry has been depressed in recent years by low oil and gas prices, analysts are predicting that it will soon rebound. Many of the environmental hazards of the gas extraction process, called hydraulic fracturing or fracking, are by now familiar: contaminated drinking water, oil spills and methane gas leaks, exploding rail cars and earthquakes.   [Full Story]

May 23, 2016
Activists want extended comment, hearing on Wayne drilling
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

Organized by Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN), representatives of eight grassroots environmental groups held press conferences on Wednesday, first at Wayne National Forest Headquarters and later in downtown Marietta. Speakers from Torch Can Do, Buckeye Forest Council, Ohio Sierra Club, Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Green Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, Wayne Oil and Gas Organizing Group, andACFAN called for an extension of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) comment period and a public hearing on BLM/Wayne plans to open the Wayne to deep-shale, high pressure horizontal drilling and fracturing (“fracking”).   [Full Story]

May 22, 2016
Colorado residents push to protect homes, river from fracking
The Denver Post
Bruce Finley

PARACHUTE — Colorado residents fighting new oil and gas development — 53 wells and a fracking waste facility on the banks of the Colorado River — have turned to an untested state rule in a last-ditch push for protection.   [Full Story]

May 22, 2016
Oil regulators increasing risk of earthquakes in California
The Sacramento Bee
Shaye Wolf

Californians got another sobering reminder recently that we’re overdue for a massive earthquake. The San Andreas Fault, one expert said, is “locked, loaded and ready to roll.” This looming temblor could be big enough to kill or injure thousands of people. Shaye Wolf So why are California regulators letting oil companies increase quake risks by drilling injection wells near faults across the state?   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Schumer, Gillibrand urge feds to freeze planned pipeline expansion near Indian Point
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Denis Slattery

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand want the federal government to halt the expansion of a gas pipeline project that runs past the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The New York Democrats are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to halt the Algonquin pipeline until independent health and safety reviews are completed.  [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Pinellas County moves to ban fracking
Saint Peters Blog
Anne Lindberg

Pinellas County Commissioners are poised not only to prohibit fracking in the county but also to penalize drilling companies that violate the ban. If commissioners give the proposal tentative approval at Tuesday’s meeting, the ban would likely come before them at a June 7 public hearing.   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Fife Council sets out strong stance against fracking
DC Thomson
Craig Smith

The local authority has voted 56-3 to formally stress its resistance to all forms of fracking and any unconventional gas extraction (UGE) in the region, sending out a clear signal to others that Fife will be a frack-free zone. However, The Courier understands that there is unease at a senior level at how the decision was reached after several councillors chose to ignore advice given to them prior to the debate on the issue.   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Environmental Groups Suing EPA Over Fractured Fracking Policies
Alternative Daily
Ian Carey

Last week, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with several other environmental groups, filed a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to develop federal regulations regarding the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations (fracking).   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
NT Chief Minister's desperate bid to push gas fracking
Green Left
Kerry Smith

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles announced a new policy on Facebookfor the Territory election in August on May 14. The policy, called “Knowledge Territory”, promises $500 education vouchers if the Territory receives royalty payments from onshore gas fracking.   [Full Story]

May 21, 2016
Wolf's environmental protection secretary resigns
WTAE


HARRISBURG, Pa. —Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's environmental protection secretary resigned Friday after Wolf's office began looking into an email the official sent to environmental advocacy groups from a private email address.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Q&A: What is fracking and why are people anxious about it? All you need to know about the gas & oil extraction process, and why it’s controversial.
BT


Efforts by energy companies and the Government to get fracking off the ground in the UK are being fought every step of the way by protesters. Here is the low-down on the process.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Fracking boom in Portage County raises concerns about drinking water
Cleveland19
Sara Goldenberg

PORTAGE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Fracking for oil and gas in Ohio is on the rise. More fracking is bringing fears of water contamination for some residents who live nearby. Hydraulic fracking injects large amounts of water mixed with sand and chemicals underground to force open shale rock, releasing oil or gas. It's what comes up next that worries some residents in Portage County.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Exposed: Spectra-Funded Group Lobbied for FERC Commissioner's Reappointment, Then FERC Approved Spectra’s Gas Pipelines
DeSmogBlog
Itai Vardi

A business advocacy group lobbied for the reappointment of a federal energy commissioner while one of its own members sought approval for several projects from the same federal regulator, a DeSmog investigation has found. In the past three years, natural gas infrastructure giant Spectra Energy has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval for a number of projects in the US Northeast. During this time, regional pro-business lobbying group the New England Council, of which Houston-based Spectra Energy is a member, lobbied President Barack Obama and the US Senate for the reappointment of FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur to a second term.  [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Strong opposition to Hawaiian Electric's LNG contract with Canada firm
Pacific Business News
Duane Shimogawa

Some opponents of Hawaiian Electric Co.’s agreement with a subsidiary of Canada’s Fortis Inc. for the bulk shipments of liquefied natural gas to the Islands as a replacement for oil want the Honolulu utility to first get approval for its new energy plan. Others oppose the contract because it involves “fracking,” which some say is destructive to the environment.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Canada's aboriginals tell Trudeau they can block pipelines
Reuters
Julie Gordon

Canadian aboriginal groups and their allies said on Friday they have the power to block proposed oil pipelines on land where they have proven title, dismissing comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said no community has a veto.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Kathleen Peters' fracking vote draws protests
Tampa Bay Times
Mary Ellen Klas

Rep. Kathleen Peters, the former Republican mayor of the tiny seaside town of South Pasadena in Pinellas County, has found what it's like to be hit by the anti-fracking wave.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
Spectra tells Schumer and Gillibrand: Pipeline ‘will continue’
The Peekskill Post
BRYAN FUMAGALLI

Not long after Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called for a halt in the construction of Spectra Energy’s natural gas pipeline until independent health and safety studies are conducted, the energy company shot back at the New York Democrats Friday afternoon, telling them that construction will continue. “Algonquin Gas Transmission resumed construction on the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project in April and will continue with its construction, in accordance with the FERC certificate, to meet the project’s critical construction timeframes and safely transport additional supplies of clean, reliable, domestic natural gas to heat the region’s homes and businesses beginning in November of this year,” Spectra’s Director of Stakeholder Outreach Marylee Hanley told The Peekskill Post when asked about the senators’ comments.   [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
NY Senators want Algonquin pipeline shut down
The Journal News
Thomas C. Zambito

New York’s two U.S. senators on Friday called on federal regulators to halt construction of a controversial natural gas pipeline that runs beside the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The state’s two Democratic senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to suspend construction on the Algonquin Incremental Pipeline (AIM) Project until independent health and safety reviews are finished.  [Full Story]

May 20, 2016
FPL’s fracking charge on customer bills is blasted by Florida Supreme Court
Miami Herald
MARY ELLEN KLAS

In a rebuke to Florida Power & Light, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that state regulators exceeded their authority when they allowed the company to charge customers for its speculative investment in an Oklahoma-based fracking company. In June of last year, the Public Service Commission rejected its staff recommendation and unanimously approved guidelines that gave FPL the right to charge its customers up to $750 million a year for speculative natural-gas fracking activities without oversight from regulators for the next five years. In a 6-1 opinion written by Justice Ricky Polston, the court concluded that the PSC did not have statutory authority to authorize the charge and called its decision “overreach.”   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Evolution of a movement: story and photo essay Anti-fracking, community-rights activists turn to civil disobedience following Colorado Supreme Court ruling
Boulder Weekly
Joel Dyer

On May 2, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Longmont’s fracking ban and Fort Collins’ fracking moratorium were in conflict with state regulations and therefore invalid. It wasn’t because communities have no right to apply their own land-use and zoning ordinances to oil and gas extraction within city limits, the court upheld that right. The high court’s ruling was based on it’s claim that the “state’s goals,” when it comes to oil and gas, are to maximize production and prevent wasting any oil and gas by leaving it in the ground, and that communities can only use their own regulations if they support that goal.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Massachusetts High Court Faults State Department's Actions on GHG Emissions
Renewable Energy World
Barry Cassell

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on May 17 ruled that the state Department of Environmental Protection failed a statutory mandate that requires it to "promulgate regulations establishing a desired level of declining annual aggregate emission limits for sources or categories of sources that emit greenhouse gas emissions."   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Far From Turning a Corner, Global CO2 Emissions Still Accelerating
Inside Climate News
BOB BERWYN

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not just rising, it's accelerating, and another potent greenhouse gas, methane showed a big spike last year, according to the latest annual greenhouse gas index released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CO2 emissions totaled between 35 and 40 billion tons in 2015, according to several agencies. Some of that is absorbed by forests and oceans, but those natural systems are being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new CO2. As a result, the inventory shows, the average global concentration increased to 399 parts per million in 2015, a record jump of almost 3 ppm from the year before.  [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Denton activist shared story of fracking fight Tuesday
Daily Progress
Michelle Charles

A group of about 25 people gathered at the Stillwater Public Library Tuesday night to hear a tale of two cities: Denton, Texas, and Stillwater. Stop Fracking Payne County hosted Adam Briggle, a University of North Texas philosophy professor who helped lead the charge to get hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, of oil and gas wells banned within the city limits of Denton, Texas in November 2014.  [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
FPL’s fracking charge on customer bills is blasted by Florida Supreme Court The state’s high court said regulators ‘overreached’ when they allowed the utility to charge customers for a risky investment
Bradenton Herald
Mary Ellen Klas

In a rebuke to Florida Power & Light, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that state regulators exceeded their authority when they allowed the company to charge customers for its speculative investment in an Oklahoma-based fracking company. In June of last year, the Public Service Commission rejected its staff recommendation and unanimously approved guidelines that gave FPL the right to charge its customers up to $750 million a year for speculative natural-gas fracking activities without oversight from regulators for the next five years.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
WC group challenges drilling moratorium
Wayne Independent
Kevin Kearney

SCRANTON – A Lake Ariel company seeking to drill for natural gas in Wayne County is challenging the years-long drilling moratorium imposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission, saying the regulatory organization is overstepping its bounds by not allowing drilling.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
How Ending Offshore Oil Drilling Would Help Fight Climate Change
Greenpeace
Tim Donaghy

The government has downplayed the climate impacts of oil drilling, but a new study shows that keeping oil in the ground will help fight climate change.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
The Fracking Process Is Now The Leading Cause Of Earthquakes In Texas
Think Progress
Alejandro Davila Fragoso

In the last 40 years, oil and gas activity has caused some 60 percent of Texas earthquakes higher than magnitude 3 in the Richter scale, a new study led by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin found.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Fracking investors losing patience with planning delays, says industry boss Head of Cuadrilla’s warning to UK energy minister over ‘unnecessary delays’ comes ahead of Yorkshire shale gas planning decision
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

The backers of fracking in the UK do not have “limitless patience” for planning delays, according to a leading industry boss. Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla, warned that despite the government’s promise to fast track fracking, the planning process remains a slow lane. The comments come just ahead of a planning decision in Yorkshire on Third Energy’s application for shale gas exploration.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Fracking continues to scare local leaders
Huron Daily Tribune
Chris Aldridge

BAD AXE — Fracking isn’t going over well with Huron County officials. “The more you look into it, the scarier it gets,” said Scott Boshart, Bad Axe’s director of public works.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Anti-fracking coalition delivers petition to Parliament
Times Live


An anti-fracking alliance group comprising the civil rights organisation AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) on Thursday submitted a petition to both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
South African NGOs Deliver Anti-Fracking Petition to Country's Parliament
Sputnik News


MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An alliance of South Africa's non-governmental organizations on Thursday delivered a petition to the national parliament to thoroughly monitor issues related to hydraulic fracturing in the country's natural region of Karoo, one of the alliance's members said.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Harvard’s Investments in Oil and Gas Fracking
Harvard Crimson
Benjamin A Franta

This semester, Divest Harvard and Democracy Matters teamed up to investigate Harvard’s fossil fuel investments. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that around $100 billion dollars need to be divested from fossil fuel extraction each year for the next twenty years to meet climate goals. Yet Harvard refuses to draw down its fossil fuel investments and is even making new private equity investments in oil and gas exploration and extraction. This led us to wonder: Exactly what is Harvard investing in?   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Court says FPL can't charge customers for out-of-state fracking project
Sun Sentinel
Associated Press

The Florida Supreme Court says that the state's largest utility can't make customers pay for the costs associated with a natural gas drilling project in another state.   [Full Story]

May 19, 2016
Sierra Club to hold gas forum in Bridgeport
CT Post
Jim Shay

BRIDGEPORT - The Connecticut Chapter Sierra Club will present a Gas Pipeline Educational Forum at 6:30 p.m. on June 8 at the Bridgeport Public Library, 925 Broad St.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Appellate court backs North Royalton's fight against mandatory pooling in driller's plan to frack for new well
Cleveland .com
Robert Higgs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A state appellate court on Tuesday sided with North Royalton in a three-year fight to thwart an oil and gas driller who wants to frack for a new gas well in the city.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Special Report: In North Dakota's oil patch, a humbling comedown
Business Insider
Ernest Scheyder

That future has evaporated. Those who haven't packed up and left the Bakken are facing a new reality of smaller budgets, fewer residents and the physical detritus of a building boom that left behind hundreds of empty apartments.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Anti-fracking activists: Give us back local control
Colorado Independent
Kelsey Ray

Hundreds of activists and families from across Colorado gathered in Thornton Saturday to protest hydraulic fracturing near schools and neighborhoods.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Feds take steps to block anti-fracking activists
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

Federal regulators unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to use the Internet to block anti-fracking activists from disrupting their Thursday public meeting in Washington.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Wayne County landowners sue DRBC to allow gas drilling along the Delaware
State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

A new lawsuit seeks to jump start natural gas drilling in Northeast Pennsylvania along the Delaware River where a defacto moratorium on Marcellus Shale gas production has been in place for six years. The federal suit filed by the Wayne Land and Mineral Group challenges the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission to regulate natural gas drilling. The DRBC, a four-state agency that includes a federal representative, oversees water quality for the Delaware River based on a compact signed back in 1961. The lawsuit argues the DRBC has overreached its authority.   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
EDF, Google map, measure natural gas leaks in Dallas area
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

(DALLAS – May 18, 2016) Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach have teamed up to create interactive online maps using Google Street View mapping cars specially equipped with sensors and software that allow researchers not only to locate but also measure dozens of natural gas leaks beneath the streets in select areas of greater Dallas served by the Mid-Tex division of Atmos Energy, which has cooperated with researchers on the project.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Israel, Egypt Said Nearing Compromise on Natural Gas Dispute
Bloomberg
David Wainer, Yaacov Benmelch and Jonathan Ferziger

Israel and Egypt are close to a compromise that would sweep away a major obstacle to a multibillion-dollar natural gas deal. Israel may agree to settle for half of the $1.73 billion fine Egypt was ordered to pay it so talks on exporting Israeli offshore gas there can go ahead, two people familiar with the negotiations said, requesting anonymity because the talks are private. Payments would be spread over 14 years, one of the people said.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
France Is Trying To Ban Imports Of U.S. Shale Gas: What It Means For You
Seeking Alpha


Summary French senate is trying to pass a ban on imports of shale gas from the United States. Conventional natural gas and fracked shale natural gas are homogeneously mixed during transport via pipeline and in liquefaction tanks... the two cannot be separated. If this ban were to go through, it could hurt companies such as Cheniere Energy and Total S.A.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Wayne County landowners sue over fracking ban
The Times-Tribune
TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER

Frustrated by a six-year moratorium on natural gas drilling imposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission, the owners of 180 acres in Wayne County filed a federal lawsuit against the agency. Attorneys for the Wayne Land and Mineral Group LLC contend the commission is overstepping its authority in requiring them to seek its approval before a gas well can be drilled on their land. They ask a judge to declare that construction of a well pad does not constitute a “project” under commission rules, which would free them to lease their land to companies interested in trying to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
Oil Company To Face Felony Charges Over Massive California Spill
ThinkProgress
Samantha Page

The company responsible for spilling 140,000 gallons of oil on the Pacific coastline near Santa Barbara, California, has been indicted on 46 charges, including four felony charges. One employee of Plains All American Pipeline was also indicted. The company faces up to $2.8 million in fines plus additional costs and penalties, which would be split between the state and Santa Barbara County. The employee, 41-year-old environmental and regulatory compliance specialist James Buchanan, faces up to three years in jail.  [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
FERC: Virtually all new electric capacity added in Q1 2016 was renewable
Utility Dive
Robert Walton

A Q1 infrastructure update from FERC shows renewable energy made up almost all new capacity added in the United States so far this year: 1,291 MW, compared to 18 MW of new gas capacity and no nuclear or coal. More than 700 MW of wind and 500 MW of solar were added in the first quarter, from a combined 53 new generating facilities. Old-school fuel generation still dominates overall, however: Natural gas holds the largest generation share, with 500 GW or about 43% of U.S. capacity, followed by coal (26%) and nuclear (9%).   [Full Story]

May 18, 2016
ND Health Department Responds to Duke Fracking Study
KX News


The head of the North Dakota Department of Health says the Duke University study has merit -- but he also thinks it doesn't tell the whole story about fracking and saltwater contamination. Dave Glatt says a more comprehensive look at the state would have shown different results.   [Full Story]

May 17, 2016
Massachusetts Court Sides with Teenagers in 'Historic' Climate Victory
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

Siding with four teenage plaintiffs and the environmental groups that backed them, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday ruled that the state has failed to fulfill its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The unanimous decision from the state's highest court reverses a lower court ruling and requires the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issue regulations "that address multiple sources of categories of sources of greenhouse gas emissions, impose a limit on emissions that may be released, limit the aggregate emissions released from each group of regulated sources or categories of sources, set emission limits for each year, and set limits that decline on an annual basis."  [Full Story]

May 17, 2016
"End the Circus": Big Oil Group Plots to Exclude Public from Public Lands Bidding at IOGCC Meeting
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

At the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)'s 2016 meeting in Denver, Colorado this week, a representative from a prominent oil and gas lobbying group advocated that auctions of federal lands should happen online “eBay”-style — a clear attempt to shut the public out of the bidding process for fossil fuel leases on public lands. Speaking on public lands issues in front of IOGCC's public lands committee, Kathleen Sgamma — Western Energy Alliance's (WEA) vice president of governmental affairs — compared environmental groups' Keep It In The Ground campaign actions at U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) bids to a “circus.” Sgamma said WEA was in contact with both BLM and Congressional members to push the auctions out of the public sphere and onto the internet.  [Full Story]

May 17, 2016
Our Crime Against the Planet, and Ourselves
The New York Times
Natasha Lennard and Adrian Parr

Natasha Lennard: In your work, you raise the idea of framing climate degradation as a form of violence, and potentially as a crime against humanity. What does it mean to speak of the human destruction of the climate in terms of criminal justice? Is there a distinct guilty party that can be held responsible for this crime? Adrian Parr: There are three components to the claim that environmental degradation is a crime against humanity. First, it is an appeal to a universal, common humanity that stretches across space and time, and that is oblivious to geographic and historical differences. Second, the crime in question is an existential one that is committed against the very experience of being human, the human élan. Third, it is a crime that calls the established legal order into question, because everyone, and yet no one specifically, can be held responsible.  [Full Story]

May 17, 2016
Albany council votes against oil pipeline
Times Union
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist

Albany City lawmakers voted late Monday night to join more than two-dozen other New York communities in opposing a controversial oil pipeline linking the Port of Albany to northern New Jersey. The resolution condemning the Pilgrim Pipeline project as an environmental risk and public health hazard carries no legal weight. But advocates called the vote a warning shot for the project's financiers that should send the message that the planned 178-mile pipeline faces stiff local resistance that will make it a bad investment.  [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Constitution Pipeline Challenges Decision by New York State to Block Federally Approved Pipeline
Constitution Pipeline
Press Release

Constitution Pipeline Challenges Decision by New York State to Block Federally Approved Pipeline NYSDEC decision blocks millions of New York and New England consumers from lower cost energy Thousands of New York jobs delayed and threatened by the decision State and regional leaders say decision impacts economic development, school funding Decision slows U.S. transition from coal to natural gas; Slows carbon reductions and adoption of more renewable resources  [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Florida Proposes Tripling Amount Of Benzene That Can Be Polluted Into State Waters
Think Progress
Natasha Geiling

For the first time in over 25 years, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing to revise its restrictions on what toxic chemicals can be discharged into surface water — but environmentalists worry that the proposed standards, which would triple the amount of a toxic chemical called benzene allowed to be discharged into surface waters like rivers and lakes, are meant more to entice fracking companies than keep Floridians safe.  [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
EPA Announces Historic Plan to Regulate Methane Emissions
Care2
Llowell Williams

In an historic announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency says it will be implementing restrictions on methane gas emissions — the first time the greenhouse gas has ever been regulated in the United States.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Wildlife group sues US over Enbridge pipeline in Michigan
Bakken.com
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — An environmental group is accusing the federal government of misjudging an emergency response plan for a major oil pipeline that runs through Michigan. The National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit Monday against a pipeline safety agency, saying the government in 2013 failed to account for impacts on wildlife, plants, and Great Lakes shore if Line 5 ruptures.  [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Tens of Thousands Take Part in Global Actions Targeting World’s Most Dangerous Fossil Fuel Projects
EcoWatch
350.org

Twelve days of unprecedented worldwide action against fossil fuels concluded Sunday showing that the climate movement will not rest until all coal, oil and gas is kept in the ground. The combined global efforts of activists on six continents now pose a serious threat to the future of the fossil fuel industry, already weakened by financial and political uncertainty.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Appalachian Basin becoming U.S. natural gas stronghold
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

The growth of drilling in the Marcellus-Utica shales and the resulting natural gas boom are changing the American energy picture, even though shale drilling is slowing down across the United States due to low commodity prices. Since 2012, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have accounted for 85 percent of U.S. shale gas growth, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Shale gas today represents two thirds of U.S. natural gas production, the agency reported recently.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Train Hauling Fracking Sand Derails In Northern Colorado
CBS Denver


TIMNATH, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters say nine train cars that derailed near an elementary school in northern Colorado were carrying sand used in fracking but no hazardous materials.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Public blasts Fla. for new water toxics limits. Fracking planned?
13 WMAZ
Jeff Burlew

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.   [Full Story]

May 16, 2016
Earthquake surge rattles Oklahoma’s fracking industry
FT.com
Anna Nicolaou

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/78dac9b8-fffc-11e5-99cb-83242733f755.html#ixzz48rBuAABD Oklahomans are no strangers to natural disasters. The Midwestern state stretches across Tornado Alley — one of the most tornado-prone places in the world — and residents grapple with hail, thunderstorms and severe weather. In the past few years, however, homeowners, property developers and insurers in Oklahoma have faced an unfamiliar challenge: earthquakes.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Phil Doe: Colorado court's fracking decision trampled on citizens' rights
Times-Call
Phil Doe Opinion

Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled for fracking and against the rights of the people in Longmont and in Fort Collins, citing pre-emption by state law. Due to health and safety concerns, both Colorado cities had decided by popular vote to ban oil and gas drilling within their city limits.  [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Fracking: Oklahoma’s New F-Word
UK Finance
Irina Slav

Fracking in Oklahoma, as well as elsewhere, has been on the decline, thanks to the oil price slump. Quakes, however, are continuing at alarming rates. A CBC report on the situation notes anecdotal evidence that capping wells could possibly reduce seismic activity, but anecdotal evidence is insufficient.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Protesters stage sit-in at Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility
LA Times
Kim Christensen

About 20 environmental activists staged a sit-in Sunday afternoon at the entrance to the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to keep it closed permanently.  [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Client Alert: Law Firms Tell Fossil Fuel Companies They Could Be Next in "ExxonKnew" Probe
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Some of the country's biggest law firms have recently penned “client alert” memoranda, suggesting to their clients that they closely monitor the ongoing Attorneys General investigations occurring in states nationwide on the potentially fraudulent behavior of ExxonMobil. DeSmog tracked down alerts written by three different firms: Crowell & Moring, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, as well as King & Spalding. All of them have maintained fossil fuel industry clients as well as tobacco industry clients, a DeSmog review has revealed. A previous DeSmog investigation pointed out that Exxon has hired Ted Wells, who represented Philip Morris in Big Tobacco's racketeering lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Department of Justice, to its legal defense team for the ongoing state AGs' probe.  [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Feds might deny oil, gas leases to climate activist
The Desert Sun
Sammy Roth

The Bureau of Land Management has been auctioning off public land for oil and gas drilling for decades. But nothing could have prepared the agency for what's happening now in Utah. Nearly 100 climate activists disrupted a lease auction in Salt Lake City earlier this year, saying the United States needs to stop extracting oil and gas if it hopes to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The fireworks continued after the auction, when the environmental writer Terry Tempest Williams submitted bids for two oil and gas leases — covering more than 1,100 acres — that hadn't drawn any interest during the auction.  [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
'Heat & Light': Jennifer Haigh returns to Bakerton, Pa., where fracking fractures families
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jeffrey Condran

In her new novel, “Heat & Light,” Jennifer Haigh returns to the landscape of Western Pennsylvania and the fictional town of Bakerton, the setting for her two previous books “Baker Towers” and “News From Heaven.” Once booming with oil and coal money, Bakerton has collapsed. It is now a place where “every worthwhile thing has already happened.” Until a SUNY geologist determines there are natural gas deposits beneath Bakerton, and that the land may have one more “gift” to give. Ms. Haigh’s novel, however, is keen to remind readers that prosperity rarely comes without a price, especially in the case of hydraulic fracking.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
USGS study shows fracking contamination in Wolf Creek watershed
Register-Herald
Sarah Plummer

A new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates waste from oil and gas disposal was found in surface waters and sediments near a controversial underground injection well in Lochgelly, just outside Oak Hill.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
People Before Profit TD calls for Irish ban on fracking
Irish Mirror
James Ward

A fracking operation in the North will open the door for drilling here, it has been warned. Large numbers of protesters showed up at a drill in Woodburn, Co Antrim, last week. Critics say it is just yards from a reservoir which supplies water to parts of Belfast.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Public blasts DEP over new water toxics limits
Tallahassee Democrat
Jeff Burlew

The state of Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.   [Full Story]

May 15, 2016
Tex Hawkins: Citizens are fed up with the 'self-regulating' frac sand industry
Winona Daily News
Tex Hawkins Opinion

This week, the Koch-funded Heartland Institute sponsored an industrial “insiders” conference in La Crosse, Wis., to promote frac sand mining across the uniquely beautiful and welcoming Driftless area, which covers large parts of several Midwestern states. I participated in a rally organized by the Alliance to Ban Frac Sand Mining and Address Climate Change, held in front of the La Crosse Center on Tuesday afternoon. We citizens were on the sidewalk in the rain, while the insiders enjoyed whatever benefits a $400 price of admission brings.  [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
Hill: Reasons to oppose Spectra pipeline
Wicked Local Franklin
James F Hill Letter to Editor

Here are a few reasons why the Franklin Town Council should join Sharon and Walpole in passing resolutions against the proposed Spectra Energy natural gas pipeline that would run dangerously close to homes and the existing old pipeline.   [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
In the timeless Yorkshire moors of my childhood, the frackers are poised to start drilling
The Guardian
Madeleine Buntin

Villages in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, hope a landmark ruling this week will save them from the disruption of the shale revolution   [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
Two Years Frack-Free in the Sespe!
Indy Bay


Members of “Save the Sespe,” a network of 2,500 environmental advocates throughout California, are celebrating the two-year anniversary of a successful petition drive to block a controversial fracking proposal in the Los Padres National Forest. The group’s efforts helped bring an end to 20 years of unchecked, unregulated fracking in the Sespe wilderness area.   [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
Florida fracking fightback: St Petersburg joins push against controversial drilling
RT


Fracking faces strong opposition in the US city St Petersburg, which is on the verge of joining the more than 80 cities and counties in Florida that ban the controversial drilling method. Rallying on the steps of their city hall, council members and environmental activists promoted a new ordinance, which will be heard by the public service and infrastructure committee within the next three weeks, according to WMNF.   [Full Story]

May 14, 2016
At Break Free Protests Around the World, Climate Activists Put Bodies on the Line
Common Dreams
Deirdre Fulton

Fossil fuel projects were blockaded simultaneously on three continents on Saturday—the "crest" of a wave of global actions responding to the growing threat of climate change. Through rallies, civil disobedience, and kayaktivism, people around the world stood up to oil and gas interests to say: enough. Additional actions are planned for Sunday.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court Says, No Fracking Bans Allowed
Sustainable Business


During the fracking industry's short history, it has increased methane emissions, earthquakes, and pollution of air, water and soil, spurring many towns and cities to ban the practice altogether.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Lawsuit Filed Against EPA on Fracking's Other Big Problem
Sustainable Business


As EPA prepared to release regulations on methane emissions from fracking, a lawsuit was filed to get the agency to address the industry's other big problem - waste.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Donald Trump's new energy adviser Kevin Cramer loves fracking, doubts climate change
Inquisitr
Mike Bessler

Donald Trump seems to be shaking off vestiges of the “Never Trump” movement and intra-party squabbles as he surrounds himself with seasoned political advisers as he heads towards the next phase of his run for the White House. But while his recent choice of political insider Kevin Cramer as a key energy adviser will likely appeal to Trump’s far right-leaning base of supporters, some of Cramer’s key positions may not appeal to a broader swath of the electorate.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Sanders calls for fracking ban, then talks economic inequality
Bismarck Tribune
Nick Smith

A call for a ban on hydraulic fracking Friday evening by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont drew a cheer during a rally in the nation's second largest oil-producing state. The brief comment drew a round of cheers as Sanders, 74, fired up a crowd of more than 500 in the Bismarck Depot parking lot following rallies in Fargo and Grand Forks earlier in the day. “We’ve got to ban fracking,” Sanders said while discussing energy policy.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Wentworth temporarily prohibits fracking
Greensboro Rockingham Now
Justyn Melrose

WENTWORTH — As of May 3, the Town of Wentworth has joined some of its neighbors in unanimously approving a temporary ban on fracking. The ordinance comes as a result of previous council conversations and will impose a hold on any potential fracking activity until Nov. 16, 2017.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Ky. found 'hot' fracking waste at W.Va. source
Courier-Journal
James Bruggers

Follow-up tests at a West Virginia company that prepared radioactive fracking waste to be sent to Kentucky revealed material so "hot" that it would need to go to a special landfill for disposal – not the Kentucky municipal dump where earlier shipments were sent, a Kentucky official has revealed.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Ohio’s proposed regulations seek to reduce methane leaks
The Blade
Tom Henry

With Ohio becoming a bigger player in the global fracking surge, environmental activists, oil and gas lobbyists, union representatives, fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, and public health officials across the state were weighing in on the Obama Administration’s final rules for methane releases that were announced Thursday.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Protesters Target Albany Oil Trains
WAMC
Dave Lucas

Climate activists from near and from as far as Maine, Quebec and central Pennsylvania are converging on downtown Albany for a day of protests against fossil fuels.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Ruffalo documentary speaks out against fracking
Herald Tribune
Shelby Webb

SARASOTA — Florida residents may associate fracking with states such as Oklahoma or Pennsylvania. Some may picture wells in areas surrounded by nothing but barren fields — land that would be otherwise useless if not for oil and gas companies.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience A new first-in-the-nation law will shield residents from arrest as they use direct action to stop fracking-wastewater injection wells.
Yes
Kate Stringer

A tiny community sitting on a 27-square-mile piece of Western Pennsylvania wanted to send a big message to the energy company planning to deposit toxic fracking wastewater under its neighborhoods. And its 700 residents wanted it to be perfectly legal for them to loudly object.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Fractivists call for prohibiting all forms of fracking
Binghamton Homepage


Local fractivists are calling on Governor Cuomo to prohibit all forms of fracking, not just methods that involve water. Walter Hang, President of the environmental firm Toxics Targeting, held a news conference today to discuss the latest developments involving waterless fracking.   [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Trump taps climate change skeptic, fracking advocate as key energy advisor
Reuters
VALERIE VOLCOVICI

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America's most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota - a major oil drilling state - is writing a white paper on energy policy for the New York billionaire, Cramer and sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Ky. found 'hot' fracking waste at W.Va. source
Courier-Journal
James Bruggers

Follow-up tests at a West Virginia company that prepared radioactive fracking waste to be sent to Kentucky revealed material so "hot" that it would need to go to a special landfill for disposal – not the Kentucky municipal dump where earlier shipments were sent, a Kentucky official has revealed. The disclosure casts some doubt on prior assurances about the radioactive intensity of waste sent to Kentucky, said Louisville attorney Tom FitzGerald, director of the Kentucky Resources Council.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
State asks for more information on potentially allowable fracking plan
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is requesting more information about a proposal to frack for natural gas in the Southern Tier using propane and sand rather than water. The energy industry and environmentalists agree the proposal has the potential to bypass the ban on fracking that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered in December 2014. The ban applied to high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which uses large volumes of water mixed with sand and chemicals to create fractures in rock that release gas.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
AG wants feds to probe Constitution Pipeline
Press & Sun Bulletin
Jon Campbell

ALBANY -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to investigate alleged illegal construction of the Constitution Pipeline, a stalled natural gas line that had been slated for the Southern Tier and Catskills. Schneiderman said Friday he petitioned FERC to look into allegations that the Constitution Pipeline Company may have authorized "widespread" tree cutting and other construction along the pipeline's right-of-way corridor in New York before the project's permits were in place.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Residents debate expansion of troubled Iowa sand mine
The Des Moines Register
Haley Henschel and Bridgit Bowden

ELKADER, Ia. — A controversial frac sand mining company is facing opposition to plans for a sevenfold expansion of its underground mine in Clayton County in northeast Iowa. Pattison Sand Co. has requested rezoning of 746 acres of land from agricultural to heavy industrial for eventual expansion of its underground mine from its current size of about 100 acres. The site includes surface mining on some of its 1,600 acres.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
AG adds to legal woes for Constitution pipeline
Times Union
Brian Nearing

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Friday raised another potential legal obstacle to the proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline, already wounded this month when the state denied it necessary environmental permits. Schneiderman’s office asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to delay action on its December 2014 order that approved the 125-mile pipeline, which would bring natural gas to Schoharie County from the hydrofrack fields of northern Pennsylvania.  [Full Story]

May 13, 2016
Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience
Yes! Magazine
Kate Stringer

A tiny community sitting on a 27-square-mile piece of Western Pennsylvania wanted to send a big message to the energy company planning to deposit toxic fracking wastewater under its neighborhoods. And its 700 residents wanted it to be perfectly legal for them to loudly object. Grant Township had seen what happens when people nationwide take to the streets to protest bullying corporations: Arrests. Lots of them.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Porter Ranch: Barium and other metals found to be the culprit behind gas leak symptoms
KPCC
Sharon McNary

Los Angeles County Public Health Department officials say its test of dust in Porter Ranch homes turned up the presence of metals, including barium, that could have caused the kinds of health symptoms some residents have reported experiencing even after the big gas leak was plugged. The county tested dust in 100 Porter Ranch homes and 11 homes outside the area, finding a pattern of several metals in the Porter Ranch homes. Further testing of mud near the well that ruptured last year also turned up the barium.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Fracking-related quakes have made earthquake insurance almost impossible to buy in Oklahoma
Raw Story
Reuters

As the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma exploded into the hundreds in the last few years, nearly a dozen insurance companies moved to limit their exposure, often at the expense of homeowners, a Reuters examination has found.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Waste Water Treatment in Hydraulic Fracturing Expands Even as Fracking Gains a Foothold
Environmental Leader


Hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as fracking) has faced increasing scrutiny from the public and regulators alike. On May 2nd, Colorado’s high court repealed a charter that banned fracking in the city of Longmont and also voted down a 5-year moratorium on fracking in Fort Collins. These are the latest developments in a long string of proposed regulatory actions to ban, or at least hinder, fracking. Groups like Keep Tap Water Safe keep an up-to-date list of regulatory actions against the practice. It seems like everyone who is anyone has something bad to say about fracking.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Fracking issues are back on the table
The County Record
Kelli Peacock Dunn

Representatives from Rethink Florida Energy were at the Blountstown Public Library Thursday night to host a workshop on the impact Hydraulic and Acidic Fracturing could have on Calhoun County. As previously reported, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit to Cholla Petroleum to begin seismic testing in Calhoun and Gulf counties. Based in Texas, Cholla Petroleum will be performing testing in the Dead Lakes area in southern Calhoun County and northern Gulf County.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Peace River district softens stance on fracking in regional park Peace River Regional District directors voted to reverse a previous resolution asking the province not to lease oil and gas rights beneath a parcel that ...
Business Vancouver
Jonny Wakefield

At its April 28 meeting, PRRD directors voted to reverse a previous resolution asking the province not to lease oil and gas rights beneath a parcel that includes Blackfoot Regional Park.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
McKibben to join Colorado activists at Saturday rally
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

DENVER, CO – On May 14th, protestors and community members will converge in Thornton to call for an end to fracking developments that threaten local neighborhoods and schools, and accelerate dangerous climate change. They will be joined by renowned environmentalist, author, and journalist Bill McKibben, and Jonny 5 of the band Flobots. This protest is part of the global platform to Break Free from fossil fuels, a coordination of independently-organized actions in over two dozen countries across six continents to keep fossil fuels in the ground and promote clean renewable energy.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Local action, global movement Climate activist, filmmaker stops in Chico to support county ban on fracking
News Review
Howard Hardee

Within the climate change movement, Josh Fox is a rock star. A preeminent figure in the opposition to fracking and horizontal drilling, he directed the acclaimed 2010 documentary Gasland, which famously starts with a man turning on his faucet and igniting water that’s reportedly contaminated with fracking chemicals.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Sanders speaks frankly about Montana issues
Billings Gazette
Tom Lutey

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke frankly with The Gazette about a number of Montana issues before taking the stage in Billings on Wednesday. On the future of coal, Sanders said America needs to stop burning coal and other fossil fuels in order to reverse climate change.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Blackmail or Protection? Why France Mulls Banning US Gas Supplies
Sputnik News


Paris does not want to buy US-produced liquefied natural gas, citing it contains much shale gas which is produced using technologies banned in France. The situation plays in the hand of other gas suppliers, first of all Russia.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Livingston County residents protest against gas company projects at Seneca Lake
Livingston County News
Julia Depillo

We Are Seneca Lake, Gas Free Seneca and Frack Free Genesee are local grassroots organizations working to prevent the revamping of salt caverns under the Seneca Lake hillside. More than 500 residents, including some from Livingston County, have been arrested for protesting at the gates of Crestwood.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
E.P.A. Methane Leak Rules Take Aim at Climate Change
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled the first federal regulations to control emissions of potent planet-warming methane gas that could leach from new oil and gas wells, the next step in President Obama’s effort to combat climate change. The methane rules, the final version of draft regulations put forth last year by the Environmental Protection Agency, require oil and gas companies to plug and capture leaks of methane from new and modified drilling wells and storage tanks, not older, existing wells.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
EPA Begins Crackdown on Methane Emissions
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules on Thursday to significantly reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas facilities as well as those undergoing modifications. The regulations are the first federal standards aimed at curbing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, emitted by oil and gas production. The rules, which were first proposed last year, will require oil and gas companies to monitor and limit the release of methane into the atmosphere at production, processing and transmission facilities. The new standards are part of an Obama administration goal to reduce methane emissions from the industry by 40-45 percent by 2025.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Obama administration announces historic new regulations for methane emissions from oil and gas
Washington Post
Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis

The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of much-anticipated — and first ever — steps to regulate oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas second only to carbon dioxide in its role in the climate debate.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Linn Energy files for bankruptcy protection
Casper Star Tribune
Benjamin Storrow

Linn Energy, one of Wyoming’s largest natural gas producers, on Wednesday joined the growing ranks of exploration and production firms to file for bankruptcy protection. The move was long expected and followed months of negotiations with the company’s creditors and investors. In a release Wednesday, Linn said the bankruptcy filing was part of an agreement with the company’s creditors.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Darryl Fears

The boom in the unconventional natural-gas drilling method known as fracking hit so fast that scientists have had to scramble to determine whether it is safe for humans and the environment. Mostly they are still trying to catch up. But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas: Is there any cause for concern when that water is stored later, whether in treatment facilities or special underground wells?   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
New Fracking Study Finds Children at Greater Risk of Respiratory Health Problems
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations such as fracking might allow for cheaper prices to heat your home, but a growing number of scientists are becoming concerned about its unacceptable health implications.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Obama’s new oil & gas air pollution rule is a step forward for climate & communities Statement of Earthworks Policy Director Lauren Pagel on the publication of the final EPA rule governing methane pollution from new and modified oil and gas facilities
Earthworks
Press Release

Today, the Obama administration finalized the first national standard to cut methane pollution from new and modified sources of oil and gas production. The rule will also cut associated pollution emitted with methane: volatile organic compounds like benzene, a carcinogen.   [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Why Is L.A. Toxic?
Huffington Post
Mark Ruffalo

With 840 miles of beautiful coastline and palm trees swaying in the breeze, “toxic” is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of California. Yet, in spite of its reputation as a progressive environmental state, California’s toxic affair with oil and gas has been hiding in plain sight. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Los Angeles, the nation’s largest urban oil field. Though it is the second most populous city in the country, L.A. is still the wild, wild west when it comes to oil development. Active oil wells dot the cityscape, connected by a spider web of pipelines carrying oil, explosive fumes, and corrosive acids directly under homes. Worst of all, these oil wells have a devastating impact on Angelenos’ long-term health.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Obama Just Cracked Down on Pollution From Fracking For the first time ever, the EPA will regulate methane emissions.
Mother Jones
Tim McDonnell

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released the final version of new federal rules intended to curb emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas. Methane, which is the main component of natural gas, had previously been unregulated. There's a mounting pile of evidence suggesting that as the United States relies increasingly on gas to produce electricity, methane emissions are much higher than most people expected them to be.  [Full Story]

May 12, 2016
Fracking's Air Pollution Puts Infants and Children at Risk of Developing Heart, Lung Problems: New Study
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

A newly published peer-reviewed study concludes that air pollution from fracking puts people's lungs, hearts, and immune systems at risk – and that the health risk are particularly pointed for young children and infants.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Locals battle fracking company drilling near drinking water reservoir
Ecologist
Oliver Tickell

Local people are furiously trying to stop a fracking company from drilling near a drinking water reservoir serving tens of thousands of homes, after Northern Ireland planners failed to block Infrastrata's claim for 'permitted development' rights.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Lawmakers want to cut well tax rebate in exchange for horizontal drilling laterals Lawmakers plan to cap rebate and OK extended laterals.
Tulsa World
Adam Wilmoth & Paul Monies

A state incentive for economically distressed oil and gas leases that has ballooned amid low prices could be cut in a deal that would extend horizontal-well development in Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Book takes on the entanglements of oil
National Catholic Reporter
Melissa Jones

Book takes on the entanglements of oil   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
PRRD will accept gas drilling near Blackfoot Park parcel, with caveats
Aaska Highway News
Jonny Wakefield

The Peace River Regional District is softening its tone on fracking for gas near one of its regional parks. At its April 28 meeting, PRRD directors voted to reverse a previous resolution asking the province not to lease oil and gas rights beneath a parcel that includes Blackfoot Regional Park.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby
The Washington Post
Darryl Fears

The boom in unconventional drilling for natural gas known as fracking hit so fast that scientists have had to scramble to determine whether it’s safe for humans and the environment. Mostly they’re still trying to catch up. But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. Is there any cause for concern when that water is stored later, whether in treatment facilities or special underground wells? The short answer is yes, said the study’s lead author, Denise Akob, a USGS microbiologist.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
California Regulators Are Approving Fracking Permits Near Fault Lines
DeSmogBlog
Mike Gaworecki

New research indicates that nearly 40 percent of new wastewater injection wells approved over the past year in California are perilously close to fault lines, increasing the risk of man-made earthquakes in the already seismically active Golden State. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) found that 13 out of 33, or 39 percent, of new drill permits for wastewater disposal wells issued by regulators with California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) between April 2015 and March 2016 were for drill sites within 5 miles of a fault.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Texas drilling permits down 20 percent No. 1 oil producer in the nation still posting discoveries, though sector remains under pressure.
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 (UPI) -- The number of oil and natural gas drilling permits issued by Texas regulators in April was lower year-on-year by 20 percent, state data show. The Railroad Commission of Texas said it issued 683 original drilling permits in April, compared with 848 from the same month one year ago. Most of the permits were for oil-related activities.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Scientists Just Pinpointed Another Example Of Fracking’s Environmental Impact
Think Progress
Alejandro Davila Fragoso

The “study demonstrates definitively that the stream is being impacted by [unconventional oil and gas extraction] wastewaters,” Denise Akob, USGS scientist and lead author of the study, told ThinkProgress. Unconventional oil and gas extraction refers to the many processes that involve hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Fracking By The Numbers — The Damage To Our Water, Land, & Climate From A Decade Of Dirty Drilling
Clean Technica
Cynthia Shahan

Proof of the hazardous, risky, severe results from fracking grows. Local communities are at serious risk from the process of fracking. A new report, Fracking by the Numbers, states: “The combination of two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—has enabled the oil and gas industry to engage to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States.” But that’s just the beginning of the horror story: “Fracking,” however, has also led to tremendous environmental harm and put the health and safety of communities across the country at risk.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
California Regulators Are Approving Fracking Permits Near Fault Lines
DeSmog Blog
Mike Gaworecki

New research indicates that nearly 40 percent of new wastewater injection wells approved over the past year in California are perilously close to fault lines, increasing the risk of man-made earthquakes in the already seismically active Golden State.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Justice Department defends FERC against allegations of 'structural bias'
SNL
Sean Sullivan

The U.S. Justice Department stepped in to defend FERC against an environmental group's charges that the commission has been corrupted by a link between its funding and natural gas industry fees. "The United States respectfully expresses its view that plaintiffs' general allegations of structural bias fail to demonstrate that FERC's funding mechanism offers a possible temptation to favor natural gas pipeline applicants because the number of pipeline applications FERC approves does not increase FERC's revenues above Congress's annual appropriation," the Justice Department wrote in a May 10 statement of interest.---------------------------------------------------------------------- The Delaware Riverkeeper Network used strong words in announcing its March 2 lawsuit against FERC, calling the commission "a corrupt, rogue agency" that is "infected by structural bias" in favor of gas infrastructure because of the financial link between the agency and the industry. The case is unfolding against a background of regulatory delays and blocks against gas pipeline projects in the U.S. Northeast.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby
Washington Post
Darryl Fears

But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. Is there any cause for concern when that water is stored later, whether in treatment facilities or special underground wells? The short answer is yes, said the study’s lead author, Denise Akob, a USGS microbiologist.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Rancor, protests greet top energy official
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Colonie Climate protesters drove the head of federal energy policy from the stage Wednesday during a conference of power plant owners. Near the end of a speech to the Independent Power Producers of New York, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Norman Bay was interrupted and confronted by about a half-dozen protesters at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center. As the protesters shouted about the risks of man-made climate change and demanded that he answer, Bay tried to leave the podium, and appeared uncertain of where to go before IPPNY President Gavin Donohue quickly whisked him away through a side door.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
French minister eyes shale import ban as US LNG exports build
Energy & Commodities


PARIS] France's energy minister is considering closing the door to US shale gas just as American LNG exports to Europe and other ports ramp up. Energy and Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Tuesday in comments to France's parliament that she will "examine from a legal standpoint" ways to ban imports of shale gas. France barred fracking in 2011 because of environmental risks. Houston- based Cheniere Energy Inc has contracts to deliver liquefied natural gas to Engie SA, Electricite de France SA and Total SA.   [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
EPA Ready to Issue Methane Limits for New Oil and Gas Wells
The Wall Street Journal
AMY HARDER

WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue on Thursday the first federal standards aimed at curbing methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, according to multiple people familiar with the plan. The final regulations, which EPA proposed last year, are the latest in a series of rules the Obama administration is pursuing in a broad agenda clamping down on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. The rules are one piece of an administration goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by as much as 45% from their 2012 levels over the next decade.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
New Paltz Village Board upset with state investment in Pilgrim Pipeline
The Daily Freeman
WILLIAM J. KEMBLE

Posted: 05/12/16, 6:08 AM EDT | Updated: 4 secs ago 0 Comments NEW PALTZ, N.Y. >> Village Board members want state officials to divest pension funds invested in Pilgrim Pipeline. At a Village Board meeting Wednesday, Mayor Tim Rogers said a divestment request is expected to come from communities along the proposed, 182-mile route from Albany to Linden, N.J. “The New York state pension fund has investment holdings across a variety of different investment managers and several different funds under the Ares umbrella,” he said. “One of their funds, in particular, has Pilgrim as a portfolio.” Rogers said a letter would be sent to the state Comptroller’s Office to sell off or replace the account.  [Full Story]

May 11, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court overturns city's fracking ban
The Bakken
Patrick C. Miller

The Colorado Supreme Court earlier this month overturned the city of Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on fracking, ruling that it is preempted by state law and therefore invalid and unenforceable.   [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
ROCHESTER HILLS RESIDENTS FIGHT TO PREVENT OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN TOWN
Medill Reports
Danielle Prieur

“Don’t Drill the Hills,” a Rochester Hills citizens’ group, lost a lawsuit that pitted them against their city, Jordan Bay Development, and Sunoco Pipeline in March. That means, now that the weather is warm again, a spike in natural gas and oil prices could bring drilling to the wooded park near the walking path. That is, unless “Don’t Drill the Hills” submits an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Exxon's Lawyer in Climate Science Probe Has History Helping Big Tobacco and NFL Defend Against Health Claims
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Ted Wells, an attorney hired by ExxonMobil to represent the company against accusations it lied about the climate risks of burning fossil fuels, also represented the tobacco industry in the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1999 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, DeSmog has found. Wells also defended the National Football League (NFL) in the infamous “Deflategate” matter as well as in litigation over the far more serious issue of concussions. Wells has represented ExxonMobil since at least December 2015, following New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's announcement that his office would probe Exxon's role in funding climate change denial despite its long-held understanding and pioneering research into climate change.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Pa. pipeline opponents file suit, threatening project's momentum
The Patriot News
Colin Deppen

After overcoming a series of regulatory hurdles, the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project has been issued a potential setback in the form of a new lawsuit challenging its legality and that of newly inked permits in a Philadelphia federal court. In the lawsuit filed with Philadelphia's Third Circuit Court of Appeals, The Delaware Riverkeeper Network of Bristol, Pa. is challenging state water quality permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the 200-mile, 10-county, $2.6 billion natural gas pipeline project. The group claims the project and water quality plan would violate the federal Clean Water Act.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Is There A Difference In The Permitting Process For Oil Pipelines Vs. Natural Gas Pipelines?
Seeking Alpha
Karyl Patredis

Growing up, my sister, Lynea [1], always seemed to have things a little easier than me. She was my mom's favorite [2] child and I loved crying foul whenever Lynea got her way. In the world of the interstate pipeline permitting process, some argue that natural gas pipelines are easier to get approved than oil pipelines. However, similar to sibling rivalries [3], it all depends on your perspective. Let's first talk about the process for receiving approval of an interstate natural gas pipeline. According to the Natural Gas Act, companies that would like to build a pipeline must obtain a "Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity" from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before beginning a project. This is a multi-step process.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
The Oil Industry Just Backed Out Of A Multi-Billion Dollar Investment
Think Progress
Samantha Page

t seems that the rent really is too high, at least for the major oil and gas firms that have now cancelled their exploration leases in the Arctic. ConocoPhillips, ENI, and Iona have relinquished all their leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off the coast of Alaska, according to new documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request filed by advocacy group Oceana. “The decisions to give up leases reflect both environmental and economic realities of operating in a remote and unforgiving environment like the Arctic,” Michael LeVine, senior counsel for Oceana, told ThinkProgress. Statoil, which also had leases in the region, had previously relinquished all its leases, and Shell has relinquished all but one block, where it has already done exploratory drilling, he said.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Canada Gas Price Plunges as Wildfires Shut Oil-Sands Output
Bloomberg


A bad start to the year for Canadian natural gas producers is getting worse after wildfires in northern Alberta knocked out oil-sands operations that represent a key source of demand. Spot gas prices in Western Canada have been cut by more than half after oil-sands developers curtailed about 40 percent of their supply, reducing the amount of gas used to generate power for drilling and upgrading projects. Canada’s AECO spot gas fell to 53 cents U.S. per gigajoule on Monday, the lowest closing price since 1997, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Appeals Court upholds denial of frack sand mine permit
WQOW.com


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a Trempealeau County decision denying a permit to open a new sand mine for use in hydraulic fracking. The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled against Iowa-based AllEnergy Sand. It had argued that a Trempealeau County environmental and land use committee in 2013 wrongly denied its permit to open the 550-acre sand mine and processing plant. A circuit court had affirmed the county committee's action in January 2015 and the appeals court upheld that ruling Tuesday, saying the "decision was supported by substantial evidence."  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
North Dakota contaminated with radioactive materials from fracking – study
RT
Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

A new study has revealed significant contamination of soil and water in North Dakota from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts as a result of oil and gas wastewater spills. The Duke University research, published in Environmental Science and Technology, highlights the possible health implications for humans and wildlife from the 3,900 reported brine spills in the region since the rise of fracking in 2007.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
France may ban US fracked gas imports
The Hill
Timothy Cama

France is examining how it could legally ban the import of shale natural gas from the United States. Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of energy, told lawmakers in the National Assembly Tuesday that because France has banned hydraulic fracturing within its own borders, it should also prohibit fracked gas imports, according to AFP. The issue has arisen because two companies, Électricité de France and Engie, have signed contracts to buy liquefied natural gas from the United States, where most of it comes from fracked wells. “I’m going to examine legally how we can prohibit the import of shale gas, and in any case, these businesses will have to shift towards other markets to import only conventional gas,” Royal said.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Newfield Stream Water Testing to Resume
Ithaca.com
Jaime Cone

At a meeting of the Newfield Town Board April 28, the board heard a presentation by Stephen Penningroth, Executive Director of the Community Science Institute in Ithaca, and agreed to resume participation in the institute’s water testing program. CSI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities’ water resources. It’s comprised of about 40 individuals and four educational groups that collect water from 10 streams within the Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake and Susquehanna River Watersheds. They collect from 15 sites on each stream and test the samples for phosphorus, coliform bacteria and E.coli. Penningroth explained that CSI has three branches: it has a certified water testing lab, a network of volunteer water monitoring partnerships, and a public online database of the water testing results.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
In Novel Tactic on Climate Change, Citizens Sue Their Governments
NY Times
John Schwartz

Global warming is already disrupting the planet’s weather. Now it is having an impact on the courts, as well, as adults and children around the world try to enlist the judiciary in their efforts to blunt climate change. In the United States, an environmental law nonprofit is suing the federal government on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs. Individuals in Pakistan and New Zealand have sued to force their governments to take stronger action to fight climate change. A farmer in Peru has sued a giant German energy utility over its part in causing global warming. And while the arguments can be unconventional and surprising, some of the suits are making progress. Last month, a federal magistrate judge in Oregon startled many legal experts by allowing the lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 teenagers and children to go forward, despite motions from the Obama administration and fossil fuel companies to dismiss it; the suit would force the government to take more aggressive action against climate change. The ruling by the magistrate judge, Thomas M. Coffin, now goes to Federal District Court to be accepted or rejected.  [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Suzanne Almeida: Protect public from environmental hazards of gas, oil drilling
The Morning Call
Suzanne Almeida Opinion

Over the last five years, the Department of Environmental Protection has worked with environmental groups, gas and oil industry leaders, and Pennsylvanians from across the commonwealth to develop much needed updates to our oil and gas drilling regulations. But many lawmakers in Harrisburg are determined to stymie the implementation of these much-needed regulations, seemingly at the bidding of the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

May 10, 2016
Judge paves way for pipeline construction in Western Mass.
The Boston Globe
Travis Andersen

A Berkshire Superior Court judge on Tuesday paved the way for a subsidiary of a Houston-based energy company to begin clearing trees on several acres of the Otis State Forest in Western Massachusetts for a natural gas pipeline that will service three utility companies in Connecticut and their customers. However, Judge John A. Agostini stayed his 21-page order until July 29 to allow time for the Massachusetts Legislature to consider the pipeline, which is being proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company LLC, a subsidiary of energy giant Kinder Morgan.  [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
Riverkeeper petitions DRBC to implement decades-old rule
New Jersey Herald
Bruce A. Scruton

The Delaware Riverkeeper is asking the Delaware River Basin Commission to fully implement a program established 25 years ago but not yet fully implemented. The commission was established to oversee the Delaware River watershed, which includes parts of five states and provides the drinking water for 15 million people. The petition, filed last week, calls on the commission to finally put in place its Special Protection Waters Program, first established in 1990, and which saw the Middle and Upper Delaware River designated as Special Protection Waters in 1992.  [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
Evidence of Unconventional Oil and Gas Wastewater Found in Surface Waters near Underground Injection Site
USGS
Press Release

These are the first published studies to demonstrate water-quality impacts to a surface stream due to activities at an unconventional oil and gas wastewater deep well injection disposal site. Evidence indicating the presence of wastewaters from unconventional oil and gas production was found in surface waters and sediments near an underground injection well near Fayetteville, West Virginia, according to two recent studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Missouri, and Duke University. These are the first published studies to demonstrate water-quality impacts to a surface stream due to activities at an unconventional oil and gas wastewater deep well injection disposal site. The studies did not assess how the wastewaters were able to migrate from the disposal site to the surface stream. The unconventional oil and gas wastewater that was injected in the site came from coalbed methane and shale gas wells.  [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
US Oil Rig Count Falls for the Seventh Week to All-Time Low
Nasdaq


In its weekly release, Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. BHI reported another record fall in the U.S. rig count (number of rigs searching for oil and gas in the country) from the previous week. The decline stemmed mainly from a lower number of oil-directed rigs. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures are currently trading at around $44 per barrel.   [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills
EcoWatch
Sharon Kelly

Thousands of oil and gas industry wastewater spills in North Dakota have caused “widespread” contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewed study.   [Full Story]

May 9, 2016
NJ COULD ASK FEDS TO RETHINK POLICIES ON SITING INTERSTATE PIPELINES
NJ Spotlight
Tom Johnson

Laws governing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission date back to 1938, too old to deal with aggressive pipeline expansion, critics claim A pipeline construction site in Northeast Pennsylvania. Amid a growing outcry against the expansion of natural-gas pipelines, a New Jersey legislator wants to press the federal government to revamp the laws governing approval of interstate energy projects.  [Full Story]

May 8, 2016
Groundwater Contamination from Fracking Changes over Time: Study
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

A new Texas study has found that horizontal oil wells fractured by the injection of high volumes of chemicals, sand, and water contaminate nearby water wells with a variety of heavy metals and toxic chemicals that fluctuate over time. In the last decade, North America's $40-billion fracking industry has punctured uneconomic or 'unconventional' rock formations from British Columbia to Texas with long lateral wells that extend for miles underground.  [Full Story]

May 8, 2016
Fracking fallout continues in Denton
Watchdog
Mark Lisheron

Denton voters sent a mixed message to its city government Saturday, returning one city council member who had been the object of a recall and replacing another council veteran.  [Full Story]

May 8, 2016
When everything starts to shake, rattle and roll 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker and producer David Schneider, a former and current Californian, respectively, are no strangers to earthquakes
CBS News


For his story on 60 Minutes this week, Schneider had a chance to investigate earthquakes in another part of the country: Oklahoma, where oil and gas companies are pumping billions of gallons of wastewater into the ground, which scientists say is prompting a growing spate of earthquakes. "What makes the earthquakes in Oklahoma so shocking is that they are man-made," says correspondent Bill Whitaker.   [Full Story]

May 8, 2016
Silent sandbox: Once booming frac sand industry continues major downturn
Leader-Telegram


This should be the time of year when the frac sand mines that dot western Wisconsin are buzzing with activity after a seasonal winter slowdown. Instead, most of the facilities in the once-booming sand mining sector sit dormant, with skeleton crews occasionally stopping by to ensure the lights are still working and groundwater runoff is properly contained.  [Full Story]

May 7, 2016
Environmentalists flood FERC with motions to intervene, comments against Texas LNG project
San Antonio Business Journal
Zahra Hirji

Environmentalists and their allies have flooded federal regulators with motions to intervene and comments opposing the proposed Texas LNG project in the Port of Brownsville. Texas LNG filed their official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 31 asking regulators for permission to export natural gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale region south of San Antonio to overseas customers. The Houston-based company's filing triggered a three-week barrage of comments and motions to intervene that started in mid-April and had a Thursday afternoon deadline. The motions can be used to set up the filer as a party in future legal action.   [Full Story]

May 7, 2016
Wave of Fossil Fuel Project Cancellations Follows Keystone XL Rejection
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

Grassroots climate activists have been effective in stirring public opposition; industry mostly sees market forces at play. Six months after the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, at least 20 other proposed energy projects—mines, pipelines, plants, related rail projects and export terminals—have been canceled, rejected or delayed, according to research compiled and mapped by InsideClimate News.   [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Earthquake capital of continental U.S.: Oklahoma
CBS News


Oklahomans are getting tired of the ground shaking under their feet. Last year, the state set a record for earthquakes with 907 registering a magnitude of 3 or more. It's causing anxiety, damage and residents to rethink one of the state's biggest industries -- oil and gas production -- which scientists say is causing nearly all the quakes. Bill Whitaker goes to Oklahoma, now the capital of earthquake activity in the continental U.S., to report the story for the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. "I woke up scared to death, praying that the house wouldn't fall down. I couldn't believe that the windows didn't shatter," says Melinda Olbert of a 4.3 quake in Edmund, Oklahoma, in December. She and Kathy Matthews, a friend and Edmund resident, are using smartphone apps to monitor the size and location of quakes around the state. "Cherokee, Enid, Fairview, Medford, Stillwater. All in one 24-hour period; one hour ago, one hour ago, two," Matthews tells Whitaker, who asks whether she is nervous. "It's no way to live. It's no way to live," she says.  [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Stop the Fracking Lies: Public and Workers Deserve Truth and Solutions About Energy
Huffington Post
Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper

The future of the coal and fracking industries and jobs in these industries has been in the news a lot these past days. While we must be mindful of the people who currently depend on these industries for their livelihoods, the fact remains that this work is harmful. People are losing their health, the quality of their lives, the safety of their children, the value and sanctity of their homes, the clean water they need to drink and the healthy air they need to breathe. The cost of continued dependence on fossil fuels is far too great to support any longer. While we must support new jobs for fossil fuel workers, these jobs cannot be in the continued use or expansion of fossil fuels and its infrastructure. The research on this issue is clear.  [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Connection to federal probe adds fuel to NY power plant opposition
North Country Public Radio
Karen DeWitt

Opponents of a planned fracked gas power plant in the Hudson Valley hope the U.S. Attorney will investigate decisions made in the permitting process for the plant now that it was revealed the wife of a former top aide to Cuomo took payments from the lead engineering firm in the project and her husband is the subject of a federal probe.  [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Cuomo Loyalist With Troubled Finances Is at Center of U.S. Inquiry
The New York Times
VIVIAN YEE and JESSE McKINLEY

ALBANY — As a former aide to both Andrew M. Cuomo and his father, Todd R. Howe built a reputation as a prominent lobbyist in Albany and Washington, with top clients like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and major developers in upstate New York. Trading on his connections as a Cuomo loyalist, Mr. Howe was seen by many as a reliable conduit to the governor’s office. Now, amid a sprawling federal investigation into the Cuomo administration’s marquee economic development projects, he has emerged as one of its top focal points. The allegations against Mr. Howe, who has not been charged with a crime, are not clear. But a review of court documents and public records found that his professional persona masked a history of chaotic and slipshod financial dealings, including a 2003 bankruptcy and nearly $400,000 in federal tax liens and other judgments against him.   [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Wind and Solar Outpaced Fossil Fuels Again Even in Republican-Led States Fighting Climate Action
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

A new analysis from the U.S Department of Energy reveals that despite GOP opposition to wind and solar incentives, many of their home states, such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, have benefited the most from the shift to renewables.  [Full Story]

May 6, 2016
Fracking From Bakken Oilfield Single-Handedly Responsible for Global Rise in Ethane
EcoWatch
Sharon Kelly

The Bakken shale oilfield is single-handedly responsible for most of a mysterious global rise in atmospheric ethane—a pollutant that can harm human health and heat the atmosphere further—peer-reviewed research published last week reveals.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Pennsylvania Township First To Legalize Civil Disobedience & ‘Bad Boy’ Tim DeChristopher Has Their Back
Public Herald


A bold move by a community Public Herald has been following for years – Grant Township – just made historic news [again] by legalizing civil disobedience. Last night [May 3], Grant Township in Indiana County, Pennsylvania made a bit of history. The municipality passed a local law legalizing civil disobedience. According to the new law, anyone who commits a nonviolent act of civil disobedience in order to protect the community’s rights under its Home Rule Charter has the legal right to do so – but not only that – the law also prohibits “any private or public actor from bringing criminal charges or filing any civil or other criminal action against those participating in nonviolent direct action.”  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Should Florida ‘frack’ its limestone for oil and gas? Two geophysicists weigh in
Raw Story
Robert McNamara

Florida is on the front lines of a debate over the spread of the controversial drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which raises a crucial question: are the state’s unique geology and hydrology safe for expanded oil and gas drilling?   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Annals of the ‘Methane Age': Gas from Fracked Wells No Longer ‘Unconventional’
The New York Times
ANDREW C. REVKIN

The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration has posted a short update on trends in natural gas production in the United States that’s worth noting simply because it illustrates the profound nature of the energy transitions that are being propelled by the exploitation of shale deposits using hydraulic fracturing, known best as fracking, along with horizontal drilling. There are, of course a host of issues accompanying the dawn of what Cesare Marchetti and others, as far back as 1986, called “The Methane Age” (natural gas being primarily methane).   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Oil Giants Would Be Worth More by Drilling Less in a Low-Carbon World, Analysts Say
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

Seven major oil and gas companies could increase their collective value by roughly $100 billion if they bring their future investments in oil and gas fields in line with plans to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new assessment. Investors "may be surprised at just how much value can be created by oil and gas companies in a carbon-constrained scenario," said the report, published Wednesday by the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a think tank based in London. At current oil prices, the group estimated that the portfolio of the combined majors' oil and gas projects would be worth about $140 billion more if they left enough fuels in the ground to keep the world within the carbon budget for 2 degrees. Even if oil prices rebounded to $100 per barrel, sticking to the 2-degree target would produce $55 billion higher valuations than a business-as-usual approach.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Drilling company details safety protocols for Upper Burrell residents
TribLive
Liz Hayes

Amid an ongoing debate in Upper Burrell over the safest distance between homes and natural gas wells, a drilling company detailed to residents its safety protocols. Mike Hillebrand of Murrysville, Huntley & Huntley's chief operating officer, spoke for nearly two hours Wednesday night on the process and equipment used by the Monroeville-based drilling company to tap natural gas in deep shale formations.   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Columnist bemoans the anti-climate change energy bill
Post Independent
Randy Fricke

Congress will soon send a new energy bill to President Obama. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced on April 20 the 85-12 passage of the Senate’s bill, the “Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.” Even though the bill contains provisions to boost renewable energy such as solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal, it is largely designed to push America to energy independence through oil and natural gas production.   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
New Analysis: In 2015, Oil and Gas Companies Reported Four Spills a Day in New Mexico
KRWG


Commentary: Oil and gas companies in New Mexico were responsible for 1,477 reported oil, gas, and other chemical spills in 2015, according to the New Mexico Toxic Release Tracker released today by the Center for Western Priorities. The new analysis, which summarizes public spills data from theNew Mexico Oil Conservation Division, finds that oil and gas companies reported an average of four spills per day in 2015.   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Offshore Seismic Blasting Remains A Serious Concern
The Dispatch


OCEAN CITY — While the Obama administration announced in March it was abandoning plans to open a vast swath of ocean off the mid-Atlantic coast as close as 20 miles from the resort for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, the threat of seismic air gun blasting to find those very reserves remains a real threat.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Newfield buys 42,000 acres in Oklahoma from Chesapeake
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

From a press release today: Newfield to acquire an additional 42,000 net acres in STACK Post transaction, Newfield to have more than 350,000 net acres in core STACK and SCOOP THE WOODLANDS, Texas, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) today signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement with a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) to acquire approximately 42,000 net acres in the Anadarko Basin STACK play for $470 million. The transaction will have an effective date of April 1, 2016 and closing is subject to customary adjustments. Newfield expects to fund the transaction with cash on hand and closing is planned for the second quarter of 2016.   [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Letter: Cuomo counsel declares energy company off-limits
Times Union
Casey Seiler

Letter: Cuomo counsel declares energy company off-limits By Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief on May 5, 2016 at 3:45 PM 20 In response to Thursday’s news conference by opponents of the Competitive Power Ventures’ natural-gas-fueled plant in Orange County, the Cuomo administration released a letter sent Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Counsel Alphonso David to the leaders of the New York Power Authority, the chair of the state Public Service Commission and the commissioners of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The message of the letter, boiled down: Until further notice, New York State is not doing business with CPV. The company has been connected to salary paid to the wife of Cuomo’s former executive deputy secretary, Joe Percoco. It has said it is cooperating with the investigation by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Is Fracking For Gas Dirty Enough For A Coal Resurgence?
Forbes
James Conca

Coal and natural gas together produce two-thirds of our electricity, almost equally split between them. Nuclear produces 19%, hydro produces 7%, and renewables about 7%. Oil produces even more energy than either coal or gas, but it is used almost entirely for transportation. So if coal is still producing a third of our electricity, why is the coal industry going bankrupt? Sure, coal used to produce about 50% of our electricity just ten years ago, but 33% is still the largest share of this market, tied with natural gas.  [Full Story]

May 5, 2016
Groups Sue EPA Demanding Stricter Fracking Waste Rules
EcoWatch
NRDC

A coalition of community and environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday calling for regulations to stop oil and gas companies from disposing and handling drilling and fracking wastes in ways that threaten public health and the environment.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Cost estimate of Los Angeles-area gas leak hits $665 million
Washington Post
Brian Melley

LOS ANGELES — The estimated cost of a massive gas well blowout that spewed methane uncontrollably for nearly four months and uprooted 8,000 Los Angeles families has more than doubled to $665 million, Sempra Energy announced Wednesday.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
EQT announces intent to expand natural gas exploration in North Central West Virginia
MetroNews


PITTSBURGH, Pa. — An energy company has made an agreement to acquire land in West Virginia to expand its natural gas exploration.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
PA House panel torches natural gas rules
The Morning Call
Laura Legere

HARRISBURG — A House committee moved to block updated state rules for oil and gas operations, with opponents of the regulations saying the process of drafting the updates was so flawed that it has to be restarted.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes
The Washington Post
Brady Dennis

A collection of environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the government has failed to adequately regulate the disposal of waste generated by oil and gas drilling. In particular, the lawsuit seeks to force the agency to impose stricter rules on the disposal of wastewater, including that from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The wastewater is typically pumped into underground wells — a practice that has been linked to a growing number of earthquakes in Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio and other states. The groups argue that the EPA has neglected to revise its existing rules for nearly three decades, despite acknowledging in the late 1980s that stricter requirements were needed for the handling of oil and gas drilling waste.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Foundations poured, but Cuomo says plant in probe still needs approvals
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a power plant that is at the center of a federal corruption probe still needs more approvals from the state, even though construction crews are now pouring its foundation. Competitive Power Ventures already is at work on a proposed $1 billion 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Wawayanda, Orange County. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is looking into ties between the plant and Cuomo administration figures. The governor's office has now cut off contact with CPV.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Groups Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste
EARTHWORKS
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of community and environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today calling for regulations to stop oil and gas companies from disposing and handling drilling and fracking wastes in ways that threaten public health and the environment. The organizations are pushing EPA to issue rules that address problems including the disposal of fracking wastewater in underground injection wells, which accept hundreds of millions of gallons of oil and gas wastewater and have been linked to numerous earthquakes in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Greens sue EPA over fracking waste
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to try to compel better regulation of waste fluids from hydraulic fracturing. The groups, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Integrity Project, said regulations are about 30 years overdue to address potential groundwater contamination, earthquakes and other problems associated with fracking waste.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
New hydraulic fracturing regulations blocked by Wyoming Judge
The Branding Iron
Alexx Sanchez

New regulations for hydraulic fracking implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have been blocked by a U.S. District Judge from Wyoming. According to the case file, a preliminary injunction was ordered last year by U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl. It was ordered after the BLM issued its final version of its regulations applying to hydraulic fracturing on federal and Native American lands. The regulations would focus on three aspects related to fracking including, wellbore construction, chemical disclosures and water management. The court case states in order for the petitioners to obtain a preliminary injunction, they must show “a likelihood of success on the merits, that they will likely suffer irreparable harm, that the balance of equities tips in their favor and that the injunction is in the public interest.” In this particular case, the petitioners are the states of Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota and Utah, along with the Ute Indian Tribe.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Possible Flaw In Weld Coating Cited In Salem Twp. Pipeline Blast
CBS Pittsburgh


SALEM TOWNSHIP (KDKA/AP) — Investigators have found evidence of corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that exploded in a massive fireball in Westmoreland County last week, scorching trees a quarter-mile away, damaging homes and burning a fleeing homeowner, the federal pipeline safety agency said Wednesday. The cause of Friday’s blast remains unknown, but the corrosion indicates a “possible flaw” in the coating material applied to a pair of welded joints, one at the point of failure and another excavated after the explosion, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a corrective order issued to the pipeline operator.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Climate change is corroding our values, says Naomi Klein
The Guardian
John Vidal

Climate change is spawning injustice, racism, intolerance and wars, according to author and political activist Naomi Klein. “It is not about things getting hotter and wetter but things getting meaner and uglier, unless we change the corrosive values that are pitting people against each other,” she said in a lecture held in memory of Palestinian literary critic and political activist Edward Said at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre on Wednesday. “Fossil fuels, which are the principal driver of climate change, require the sacrifice of whole regions and people. Sacrificial zones like the Niger delta and the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, dot the world.  [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Petition to put anti-fracking measure on ballot delivered to Elections Department
Montere Herald
James Herrera

Salinas >> The group Protect Monterey County delivered 16,108 signatures Wednesday to the Monterey County Elections Department in support of putting an initiative on the November ballot to ban fracking and dangerous oil production practices in the county.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Filmmaker, citizens group challenge National Fuel’s proposed pipeline project
Buffalo News
T J Pignataro

Josh Fox traveled the world seeking answers about climate change for his new documentary. Fox ground his way through jungles in Peru and Ecuador, rode a homemade pontoon boat by South Pacific islands, interviewed asthmatic children in the smog of hyper-industrialized Beijing and waded through Superstorm Sandy’s rubble on Rockaway Beach.   [Full Story]

May 4, 2016
Pipeline owner told to correct issues after blast
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul J. Gough

The federal agency that regulates pipelines on Wednesday ordered the owner of the line that blew up and caught fire last Friday in Salem Township to take corrective action to ensure safety.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Group urges Cuomo to halt CPV project Protect Orange County also wants feds to expand investigation
Times Herald Record
James Nani

WAWAYANDA — Opponents of a $900 million natural-gas fired energy plant want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to yank its state permits and order work to be halted in light of an ongoing federal probe targeting Cuomo's former aides and their alleged ties to the company. The group, called Protect Orange County, has also called on U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to expand his office's probe into the process that approved Competitive Power Ventures' plant, which is being built off Route 6. Opponents argue the power plant will have health and safety impacts on local residents and that the Town of Wawayanda should not have led the environmental review. "We urge U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to cast as wide a net as possible and scrutinize every approval issued and every decision maker involved at every layer of government," the group said in a news release.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Fossil Fuels on Federal Lands: Phase-Out Needed for Climate Goals, Study Says
Inside Climate News
John H. Cushman, Jr.

Ending federal leasing program could reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide by 100 million tons, researchers find. Phasing out fossil fuel leases on public lands would be one of the most significant new policies the United States could adopt to help meet international climate goals, according to a new report.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
NY denial 'potentially fatal' for Constitution gas line, analyst says
SNL
Sean Sullivan

New York's refusal to issue a key water permit for Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC could signal the end for the proposed interstate natural gas pipeline, according to an energy analyst who follows such projects. "From our perspective, Constitution is significant because it's such a rare thing for a pipeline to be denied a water quality certification," Rob Rains, an analyst with the policy and financial research firm Washington Analysis LLC, said in a recent interview. "This is potentially fatal for the project." Rains observed that the Constitution developers can appeal the decision, as they have indicated they will, but "that is probably a fruitless effort." Even if the developers are successful, the federal appeals court would likely send the case back for a second determination by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Rains said he does not see the agency changing its finding. He noted that in the April 22 decision denying a Clean Water Act Section 401 certificate for the 124-mile pipeline project, the agency did not appear to want to help Constitution strengthen its application.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Group to Submit Petitions for Anti-Fracking Initiative to Monterey County Elections Office
Indy Bay


Relying on the power of over 250 volunteers, the grassroots group, Protect Monterey County, has collected over 15,000 signatures for their initiative, Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking and Limit Risky Oil Operations. This is more than double the number of signatures required to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot (7,391 signatures). No paid signature gatherers were employed in this seven week effort. This historic petition drive has engaged more volunteers than any other countywide initiative in recent memory. Photo: Luana of Protect Monterey County stacking petitions.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Bloomberg Law: Colorado Fracking Bans Thrown Out (Audio)
Bloomberg Law


Charles Warren, a partner at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis and Frankel, and Stpehen Miller, a professor at the University of Idaho College of Law, discuss a Colorado Supreme Court decision, which ruled that some municipalities’ bans on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, were "invalid and unenforceable." The decisions in uphold lower court rulings and are a blow to cities along Colorado’s shale-rich Front Range, which have sought to limit fracking for environmental and safety reasons over the last few years. They speak with Bloomberg Law host June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law."  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
NIEHS helps write landmark report on climate change and human health
NIH
Press Release

A first of its kind report, “ The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment,” was unveiled April 4 at the White House, and NIEHS played a vital role in its development. John Balbus, M.D., NIEHS senior advisor for public health, represented the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one of 16 lead authors, contributing to the introduction and the chapter on populations of concern. He joined several other authors in a panel discussion at the White House event. Health impacts numerous and varied “The health impacts of climate change are numerous and touch on almost all aspects of public health,” said Balbus (see sidebar). “This report makes it clear that we need to do a better job of identifying those impacts and incorporating them into the mainstream of public health.”  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
To Increase Use of Renewables, Owners Need to Understand Energy Use in Their Buildings
NY Times
Andrew Chen

Renewable energy is undoubtedly our future, but getting there isn’t as easy as flicking a light switch. One big impediment is that building owners often don’t know just how much energy and water is consumed in their buildings, how much should be consumed, and how much is wasted. Most building owners and managers pay their utility bills as a matter of routine, with little understanding of how much energy is being used and why. Absent such an understanding, they fail to see how making different energy choices will be relevant to them. But these building owners are a critical population to persuade in the shift toward renewables. About 40 percent of total U.S. energy consumption last year came from residential and commercial buildings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Shifting to renewable energies like solar and wind requires a willingness to do business differently. And the first step to embrace these new energy sources is to have a clear understanding of how energy is currently used and identify those buildings where efficiency upgrades and investments in renewables can generate the highest returns.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
What’s Holding Back Renewable Energy?
NY Times
Opinion

Oxford researchers recently predicted precipitous growth in green energy over the next 10 to 15 years, decreasing global need for fossil fuels. Yet, the largest renewable energy company in the world, SunEdison, just filed for bankruptcy on the heels of the fall of another clean energy giant, Abengoa. Is the renewable energy sector in trouble? What is holding back more immediate success in the industry?  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Subsidies in the Wrong Places Skew Renewable Energy’s Power
NY Times
Joseph Aldy

Renewable power has experienced tremendous growth: Wind and solar’s share of total U.S. power generation increased to 5 percent in 2015 from less than 0.5 percent in 2005. This growth reflects both innovation driving down costs and an array of subsidies, including tax credits and grants (about 30 percent of investment costs), accelerated depreciation (15 percent of investment costs), loan guarantees (7 percent of investment costs), and state renewable power mandates, which create valuable credits – worth as much as 50 cents per kilowatt hour for solar in Massachusetts and New Jersey – that complement the revenue stream from power sales. Continued investment in renewable power, however, must confront investment challenges in the power sector. Innovation has driven lower costs for wind, solar and their competitors. The fracking revolution has drastically lowered the cost of U.S. natural gas, with the price of natural gas delivered to the power sector in 2015 equal to one-third the price in 2008. As the costs of producing power have fallen, so has the demand for electricity. Since 2010, the U.S. economy has grown 11 percent, but electricity consumption has fallen by 1 percent in part because of subsidies and standards targeting energy efficiency. The absence of a growing power market reduces the need for utilities to invest in new power generation. In some parts of the country, the costs of new wind and solar may appear competitive with new coal or natural gas facilities, but new renewable investment effectively competes with existing, lower-cost power plants.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
House committee votes to block updated drilling rules
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Laura Legere

HARRISBURG — A House committee moved to block updated state rules for oil and gas operations today, with opponents of the regulations saying the process of drafting the updates was so flawed that it has to be restarted. The House Environmental Resources and Energy committee voted largely along party lines, with three Democrats from the southwest joining the Republican majority, to advance a resolution that would bar the diverse package of updates from taking effect. State environmental regulators have been developing the revised rules for both Marcellus Shale and conventional oil and gas operations for five years, including two phases of public review. The state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted on April 21 that the proposed rules are in the public interest, but the state’s regulatory process allows legislators to try to override that endorsement. The committee’s resolution says the proposed regulations violate laws that require separate treatment and special consideration for the small businesses that operate traditional, shallow oil and gas wells compared to large-scale shale operations.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Offshore drilling regulator warns of bolt failures in Gulf of Mexico
Fuel Fix
James Osborne

The federal government’s top offshore drilling regulator warned Tuesday that metal bolts used to hold together drilling equipment under the surface of the ocean were failing faster than anticipated. Brian Salerno, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said so far the failures had not resulted in any major oil leaks or other incidents but the rapid corrosion concerned inspectors. “They’re very simple and design and concept but they’re critical,” he said during a press conference at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. “If a vital connection point fails, the entire system is compromised.”  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
House panel votes to block drilling regulations
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

For the second time in less than a month, a House committee has voted to block tougher regulations aimed at Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. It’s the latest move in the ongoing battle over the rules between the Republican-led legislature and Governor Tom Wolf’s Democratic administration. The state Department of Environmental Protection has been working to modernize the regulations for five years. Last month, a state commission gave its approval. On Tuesday the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to disapprove of the regulations. Rep. John Maher (R- Allegheny) chairs the committee, and says he has had trouble getting the Wolf administration to listen to his concerns, which include everything from correcting typos in the text of the regulations to questions about the legality of DEP’s procedure.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Significant contamination at 3,900 fracking spill sites in North Dakota alone
treehugger
Sami Grover

There's no doubt that fracking has provided a boost to the North Dakota economy in recent years, but at what cost? New research from Duke University scientists has mapped 3,900 fracking spill sites in North Dakota, analyzing both water and soil around these locations and finding significant, persistent pollution levels that could have serious implications for human and environmental health alike. Researchers found high levels of ammonium, selenium, lead and other toxic contaminants as well as high salt levels and radium, a naturally occurring radioactive element. And the problem appears to be persistent—pollutant levels regularly exceeded federal safety limits for safe drinking water or aquatic health, and at one site at least, the researchers were still able to detect high levels of contaminants in spill water four years after the spill occurred. This problem is apparently exacerbated by the fact that, unlike oil, many of the inorganic chemicals found in the wastewater are resistant to biodegradation, creating a long-term legacy of contamination.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Colorado’s battle over regulating fracking shifts to ballot
Seattle Times
Dan Elliot AP

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s battle over who should regulate fracking — and how much — now shifts to the November election after the state Supreme Court overturned attempts by local governments to impose their own rules. The court ruled Monday that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with state law. State officials and the industry argued the state has the primary authority to regulate energy, not local governments. It wasn’t the end of the debate, however. Coloradans face a loud and fierce campaign over fracking this fall if activists succeed in getting any constitutional amendments on the ballot to restrict oil and gas drilling or give local governments the authority to do so.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
How Fracking Funds the Radical Right
The New Republic
AUDREA LIM

Harold Hamm, as Gary Sernovitz describes him in The Green and the Black, is a quintessential rags-to-riches American success story. The “shack-raised Hamm ‘talked like a hick’” and also repaired cars and pumped gas before becoming an Oklahoma oilman, with decades of successes and failures that amounted to a fairly unextraordinary career. Then horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing—“fracking”—technology arrived. This could unlock the vast oil and gas reserves throughout America that were trapped beneath impermeable shale rocks—in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Permian, and Marcellus regions—and that had long ago been written off by industry as inaccessible, second-rate. In fact, by the twenty-first century, all the onshore reserves in the lower 48 were thought to be near tapped out. But within less than a decade, the “shale revolution”—or fracking boom—transformed the U.S. into the world’s leading producer of oil and gas.   [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Fed Survey Finds Banks Tightening Lending to Energy Firms
Bloomberg BNA
Jeff Bater

May 2 — Banks are tightening lending policies on companies in the energy sector and restructuring loans, the Federal Reserve found in a survey released May 2. In its quarterly report on bank lending practices, the Fed included responses by lenders to special questions about credit to firms in the oil and natural gas drilling or extraction sector. Regulators are closely watching banks' exposure to falling oil prices . Most U.S. banks that made loans to energy firms indicated that such lending accounts for less than 5 percent of their outstanding commercial and industrial (C&I) loans, according to the Fed's April 2016 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
New York State Refuses Permit for Constitution Pipeline in Major Victory for Anti-Fracking Organizers
DeSmogBlog
Sharon Kelly

In a striking victory for grassroots environmental and community groups, New York state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced on April 22 that it had denied a key permit for a pipeline that would have carried fracked gas from Pennsylvania to planned natural gas export facilities in New York state. The Constitution Pipeline, planned to stretch 125 feet wide and 124 miles long starting near Dimock, PA and crossing over 275 streams and waterways, would have required the cutting of as many as 700,000 trees in Pennsylvania and New York, part of a build-out project estimated to cost investors as much as $1 billion. But in recent months, the project faced escalating opposition, not only from larger environmental nonprofits, but also from a coalition of local landowners and activists who adopted tactics ranging from collecting over 15,000 public comments for New York state's review of the project to civil disobedience at federal hearings.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
NYS Residents Demand Halting Spectra Energy’s AIM Gas Pipeline Construction After Spectra’s Massive Explosion
Yonkers Tribune
SUZANNAH GLIDDEN

NORTH SALEM, NY — May 3, 2016 — Frightened New York residents reacted to Spectra Energy’s massive methane gas explosion April 29, 2016, on its nearby Texas Eastern pipeline in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, by calling on Governor Cuomo and President Obama to immediately halt construction of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline and complete the NYS risk assessment.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Exxon ‘Knew Earlier, They Knew With Certainty and They Knew Globally’
FAIR


Janine Jackson: One hundred and seventy-four countries and the European Union signed a multilateral deal on climate change recently at UN headquarters in New York. We’re told that’s the largest number of first-day signatures ever to an international agreement. The Paris Agreement set several long-term climate goals, including holding average temperatures below a two-degree Celsius rise from pre-industrial levels. At the same time, David Powell of the New Economics Foundation notes that BP’s annual energy outlook confidently predicts fossil fuels will account for 80 percent of global energy usage in 2035. Powell’s conclusion is that given the speed and depth of the shift required, political will on climate is a prerequisite, and the fossil-fuel industry is banking on politicians not having the chutzpah to do what it takes to keep it in the ground.  [Full Story]

May 3, 2016
Pavillion fracking study seeps into court battle
WyoFile
Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E reporter

A controversial new study on water contamination from oil and gas development has made its way to a high-stakes legal battle over hydraulic fracturing. The question now is whether the court should consider it. The research, released last month, ties water pollution to oil and gas activity in Pavillion, Wyo. — the site of a yearslong investigation that was abandoned by U.S. EPA in 2013. A former EPA scientist now at Stanford University followed up on the agency’s work and determined that water wells in the small town were likely contaminated with fracking wastes stored in unlined pits (ClimateWire, April 4).   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Halliburton and Baker Hughes scrap $28 billion merger
Reuters
Mike Stone

Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co (HAL.N) and smaller rival Baker Hughes Inc (BHI.N) announced the termination of their $28 billion merger deal on Sunday after opposition from U.S. and European antitrust regulators. The tie-up would have brought together the world's No. 2 and No. 3 oil services companies, raising concerns it would result in higher prices in the sector. It is the latest example of a large merger deal failing to make it to the finish line because of antitrust hurdles. "Challenges in obtaining remaining regulatory approvals and general industry conditions that severely damaged deal economics led to the conclusion that termination is the best course of action," said Dave Lesar, chief executive of Halliburton.  [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal
The Guardian
Arthur Neslen

Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts. The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection. President Obama said last week he was confident a deal could be reached. But the leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, paint a very different picture.  [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court Rules Against Cities' Fracking Limits
Colorado Public Radio
GRACE HOOD

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday struck down two cities' limits on fracking. The industry group Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) challenged the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins after voters passed rules suspending or outlawing that method of extracting natural gas and oil. In two separate rulings on Monday, the Supreme Court called the cities' limits "invalid and unenforceable" because state law trumps the local ordinances. - See more at: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/colorado-supreme-court-rules-against-cities-fracking-limits#sthash.CWozfaAa.dpuf  [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court Upholds State Power, Says Cities Can’t Impose Fracking Bans
EcoWatch
Earthworks

Today, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the rights of Coloradans to protect their health, safety and wellbeing from fracking through the use of local bans. The justices denied residents their “right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness” as outlined in the Colorado Constitution, by determining that oil and gas development is pre-empted by the state.   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study
Reuters
Aly Song

Almost half of the world's top 500 investors are doing nothing to address climate change through their investments, a study showed on Monday. A report by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), a not-for-profit organization aimed at improving the management of climate change, found that just under a fifth of the top investors - or 97 managing a total of $9.4 trillion in assets - were taking tangible steps to mitigate global warming   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Hilcorp Energy responds responsibly to 5 quakes
Vindy.com


The Greater Youngstown area certainly is no stranger to adversity tied to hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas. Who, after all, could ever forget the rocking New Year’s Eve in 2011 when Youngstown and its environs were jolted by the most powerful of a series of 12 earthquakes that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources later attributed to injection-well operations at D&L Energy?   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
EIA produces new maps of the Utica Shale play
Your Oil and Gas News


The U.S. Energy Information Administration has produced new maps that show the structure, thickness, and geologic setting of the Utica Shale play and the location of production wells. Production of oil and natural gas from the Utica play has increased since 2011, with more than 1,700 wells drilled as of January 2016. The Utica play includes both the Utica formation and the deeper Point Pleasant formation, each with its own characteristics.   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
NELSON JOINS OTHER SENATORS IN CALLING FOR SEISMIC TESTING TO END
WMFE
Amy Green

Bill Nelson is among more than a dozen U.S. senators calling on President Barack Obama to stop oil and natural gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. The central Florida democrat and other senators are speaking out against seismic testing.   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court strikes down local fracking bans
Fox News
Associated Press

The Colorado Supreme Court struck down attempts by two cities to ban or delay fracking on Monday, a major victory for the oil and gas industry. ADVERTISEMENT The court ruled that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with state law. State officials and the industry argued the state has the primary authority to regulate energy, not local governments.  [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
How Fracking Funds the Radical Right The same fracking bosses are the heroes of one book and the villains of another.
New Republic
Audrea Lim

Harold Hamm, as Gary Sernovitz describes him in The Green and the Black, is a quintessential rags-to-riches American success story. The “shack-raised Hamm ‘talked like a hick’” and also repaired cars and pumped gas before becoming an Oklahoma oilman, with decades of successes and failures that amounted to a fairly unextraordinary career. Then horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing—“fracking”—technology arrived. This could unlock the vast oil and gas reserves throughout America that were trapped beneath impermeable shale rocks—in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Permian, and Marcellus regions—and that had long ago been written off by industry as inaccessible, second-rate. In fact, by the twenty-first century, all the onshore reserves in the lower 48 were thought to be near tapped out. But within less than a decade, the “shale revolution”—or fracking boom—transformed the U.S. into the world’s leading producer of oil and gas.   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
LAW: Wyo. pollution study seeps into fracking rule battle
E & E Publishing
Ellen M. Gilmer

A controversial new study on water contamination from oil and gas development has made its way to a high-stakes legal battle over hydraulic fracturing. The question now is whether the court should consider it. The research, released last month, ties water pollution to oil and gas activity in Pavillion, Wyo. -- the site of a yearslong investigation that was abandoned by U.S. EPA in 2013.  [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Fracking foes won’t let go in Denton
Watchdog
Mark Lisheron

The moment of reckoning has come at different times for the people of Denton, Texas, as they wait in fear for the outcome of an election May 7.   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Energy report finds more people oppose fracking
Lancashire Evening Post


NTI-fracking campaigners have hailed a Government report which they say shows public support for fracking has fallen. Residents say that the latest in a series of wide-ranging reports on energy by the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows 19 per cent of people support shale gas energy, with 31 per cent opposing fracking outright. They say it is the highest level of opposition yet since the Government starting surveying public opinions on energy in its Public Attitudes Tracker in 2012.  [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Local anti-fracking movement continues to grow
Athens News
Bob Sheak

The local people and groups who continue to oppose fracking and injection wells have had mixed success against powerful fossil-fuel interests, federal and state government that are gung-ho about the expansion of fracking wherever there is natural gas.   [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
A Setback in Longmont Will Only Lead to More Victories We must keep up the pressure on decision-makers to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Food & Water Watch
Wenonah Hauter

Colorado’s high court today struck down the rights of Coloradans to enact local fracking bans. It’s no surprise, given the massive sway of the oil and gas industry in the state. The suit was brought against Longmont (which passed a popular fracking ban in 2012) by Governor John Hickenlooper and his industry cronies. While it’s easy to be discouraged by this decision, the fact is, it will help activate citizens to pass statewide ballot measures to ban fracking in November. And let’s not forget: the movement to stop fossil fuel development just keeps winning.  [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
SUBPOENAS SENT TO GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO'S OFFICE IN HOPES OF STOPPING CONSTRUCTION OF GAS PLANT
ABC News
Dave Evans

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Construction on the CPV Power Plant in Orange County is well underway, but on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered his staff to have no connection with the company, because of the possibility of improper lobbying, and undisclosed conflicts of interest. On Friday, sources told Eyewitness News one of the governor's closest friends and top assistance, Joe Percoco, who is now with MSG, is being investigated by Federal prosecutors and the FBI. 'Protect Orange County' has fought the plant for years.  [Full Story]

May 2, 2016
Power company at center of probe backed Cuomo, sought contract
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY — The company that proposed a power plant now at the center of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s probe of the Cuomo administration has received a series of beneficial state approvals in recent years and was a generous donor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Competitive Power Ventures is now at work on a proposed $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant in Wawayanda, Orange County. As a result of Bharara’s probe, the administration has cut off contact with CPV, the Daily News has reported. Bharara is examining whether top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco received tens of thousands of dollars from CPV, the Wall Street Journal reported. Todd Howe, a lobbyist close to Cuomo who is also at the center of the investigation, has done work for CPV.  [Full Story]

May 1, 2016
Pennsylvania probes possible link between earthquakes, fracking
Eagle Ford Texas
Michael Rubinkam

Pennsylvania environmental regulators want to determine whether a series of minor earthquakes in the state this week were caused by nearby fracking operations by an oil and gas company. Five tiny temblors, all too weak to be felt by humans, took place in a 22-hour span in Lawrence County, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh and three-quarters of a mile from a natural gas well owned by Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. No damage was reported.   [Full Story]

May 1, 2016
Baaken, Eagle Ford fracking leading to surge in dangerous gas - study
Seeking Alpha
Eli Hoffmann

A new study finds that fracking of U.S. shale fields is causing a global surge in ethane emissions. Ethane is known to contribute to global warming and dangerous air pollution.  [Full Story]

May 1, 2016
DEP investigates 5 quakes, 1 close to Lowellville
Vindy.com
Kalea Hall

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is investigating five micro earthquakes in Lawrence County that occurred last Monday.   [Full Story]

May 1, 2016
An artifact of Marcellus drilling's disruptive glory days
Philly.com
Andrew Maykuth

JERSEY SHORE, Pa. - Blake and Gerlinde Trimble lived for nearly 30 years in the Riverdale Mobile Home Park outside this curiously named borough. But four years after they were evicted to make way for the shale-gas boom, they hardly recognize the place.   [Full Story]

May 1, 2016
Nadia Steinzor: Air pollution from gas drilling requires action in Pennsylvania
Times Leader
Nadia Steinzor-Columnist

With summer around the corner, it’s time to start getting outdoors. Key to enjoying the season is clean air – knowing that when you walk, play or work in the garden and yard, the breaths you take won’t harm your health. Many Pennsylvanians live without this assurance – and not just in cities or industrial centers anymore. State data show increasing levels of pollution from natural gas wells, storage equipment, compressor stations and processing plants.   [Full Story]

Apr 30, 2016
Regulators probing possible link between fracking and quakes
Newsplex


Pennsylvania environmental regulators want to determine whether a series of minor earthquakes in the state this week were caused by nearby fracking operations by an oil and gas company.   [Full Story]

Apr 30, 2016
Federal Prosecutors Investigate People Close to Governor Over Buffalo Project
The Wall Street Journal


The companies in question, these people said, are Competitive Power Ventures Holdings LLC and COR Development Co. LLC. A spokesman for CPV couldn’t be reached for comment Friday; a spokeswoman for COR didn’t provide a comment. Mr. Percoco’s work with CPV was related in particular to the company’s plans to build a power plant in the Hudson Valley, one person said, a matter that required layers of approvals from the state. Mr. Percoco earned tens of thousands of dollars from CPV as a consultant, this person said. CPV has announced plans to build a natural gas-powered electrical generating facility in the Lower Hudson Valley.  [Full Story]

Apr 30, 2016
Flooding sweeps oil, chemicals into rivers
El Paso Times
Marty Schladen

REGULATORS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS DISAGREE OVER THE RISK FROM FLOOD-RELATED OIL AND CHEMICAL SPILLS IN TEXAS. AUSTIN — Scores of photographs taken by state emergency-management officials show that when floodwaters rise in Texas, they inundate oil wells and fracking sites, sweeping crude and noxious chemicals into rivers throughout the Lone Star State. Most recently, rainbow sheens and caramel plumes can be seen radiating from tipped tanks and flooded production pads during the March flood of the Sabine River, which forms much of the state’s boundary with Louisiana. Similar scenes are visible in photos from last year’s floods of the Trinity, Red, and Colorado rivers.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
Bakken oil field is causing a rise in air pollution, study says
Billings Gazette
MICHAEL BIESECKER and MATTHEW BROWN

WASHINGTON — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in the Earth's atmosphere. Along with its chemical cousin methane, ethane is a hydrocarbon that is a significant component of natural gas. Once in the atmosphere, ethane reacts with sunlight to form ozone, which can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory problems, especially in children and the elderly. Ethane pollution can also harm agricultural crops. Ozone also ranks as the third-largest contributor to human-caused global warming after carbon dioxide and methane.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
State studying link between fracking, Lawrence County earthquakes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

The U.S. Geological Survey says five minor earthquakes originated in an area just west of New Castle in a 22-hour period on Monday, all small tremors between magnitude 1.7 and 1.9, which is below what humans can feel. The timing and proximity of the Lawrence County earthquakes — originally the geological survey had identified just two — suggest a link to a nearby natural gas fracking operation, but seismologists were being cautious Thursday, saying it is too early to tell definitively if fracking triggered the quakes.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
Economic Gravity in the Oil Industry: What Goes Up Comes Down
The New York Times
Paul Sullivan

IT’S not rocket science. What shoots up quickly usually comes back to earth. But a lot of people who hold leases to drill for oil on their land forgot that. Clarke and Sally Keeshan, whose income from leases on their Texas ranches fell by 60 percent in the last two years, are an exception. So is John Baen, a college professor who moonlights as a negotiator of drilling leases. When oil prices were at their peak, he said, the 150 wells that were on his land or land where he had negotiated the prices were bringing in about $100,000 a month. Now, he said, the amount has fallen by 80 to 90 percent.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
Man burned in Salem Twp. gas line explosion; homes, businesses evacuated
Tribune-Review


Federal and state authorities are investigating the cause of a natural gas pipeline explosion in Salem Township Friday morning that seriously burned a nearby resident, destroyed one home and damaged others, and prompted a half-mile evacuation zone. The explosion and fire were in a 36-inch natural gas pipeline operated by Texas Eastern Transmission near the intersection of routes 22 and 819, said John Poister, spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection. The explosion was reported at 8:17 a.m. Texas Eastern workers were able to shut off gas feeding the fire about an hour later, Poister said.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
Pennsylvania Probes Possible Link Between Quakes,
ABC News
Michael Rubinkam

Pennsylvania environmental regulators want to determine whether a series of minor earthquakes in the state this week were caused by nearby fracking operations by an oil and gas company. Five tiny temblors, all too weak to be felt by humans, took place in a 22-hour span in Lawrence County, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh and three-quarters of a mile from a natural gas well owned by Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. No damage was reported. Hydraulic fracking, a method to extract gas or oil from underground shale, has been tied to earthquakes in neighboring Ohio and other states, but never in Pennsylvania, the nation's No. 2 natural gas-producing state.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
How 10 Years of Fracking Has Been a Disaster for Our Water, Land and Climate
Huffington Post
Margie Alt

In the last decade, the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing—the process known as ‘fracking’—has unlocked vast reserves of shale gas across the country, and unleashed a torrent of chemical pollution and environmental harm in its wake. Plenty of unknowns remain about the environmental impacts of fracking, due in large part to a lack of baseline testing before drilling began, and industry secrecy abetted by lack of sufficient government regulations. But what we do know, compiled in a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group, is cause for alarm. The study, Fracking By the Numbers, quantifies the environmental harm caused by more than 137,000 fracking wells permitted since 2005. Because it relies largely on industry-reported data, modest estimates of the average toll each well takes on the environment, and a patchwork of information from state and federal regulators, the report paints a conservative — but still frightening — picture of fracking’s devastation.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
'It was like looking into hell:' Natural gas explosion sparks large fire in Salem Township
WTAE Pittsburgh
Ashlie Hardway

SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. —A natural gas explosion sparked a fire with huge flames Friday in Salem Township, Westmoreland County, leaving one person badly burned, causing damage to nearby utilities and prompting evacuations in the immediate area.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
Pittsburgh's Action Weather RADAR picks up gas pipeline fire
WTAE Pittsburgh
Steve MacLaughlin

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Apr 29, 2016
BOMB TRAINS: The Scariest Thing You Didn’t Know About
Chicago Magazine
TED C. FISHMAN

They could not look more ominous. The long coal-black tubes announce themselves by their distinctive shape and color, their markings too small to read from the street. The 30,000-gallon tank cars roll, sometimes 100 at a time, in trains of up to one mile in length. Their cargo? Crude oil—as much as three million gallons per train. Nearly all of it is light sweet Bakken crude, a type that is particularly explosive. In whole, these trains constitute likely the biggest, heaviest, and longest combustibles to ever traverse America, and they do so routinely. More pass through Chicago than any other big metro area. Their blast potential has earned them a terrifying nickname: bomb trains.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
Spectra Gas Pipeline Explosion Cuts Flows to Eastern U.S.
Bloomberg
Tim Loh

An explosion and fire on a major Spectra Energy Corp. pipeline that crosses half the U.S. is disrupting natural gas shipments from western Pennsylvania to the Northeast. Crews shut off the gas feeding the flames, which burst out of Spectra’s 36-inch Texas Eastern pipeline in Salem Township at about 8:30 a.m., John Poister, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said in an e-mail. While repairs will start as soon as possible, it’s unclear when service will be restored, Spectra said in a notice. The company declared force majeure at midday, sending natural gas futures surging as much as 5.6 percent on the New York Mercantile Exchange on speculation that the outage will limit supplies to the Northeast.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
Supreme Court to rule on suits over local fracking regulations
Denver Business Journal
Cathy Proctor

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday will issue decisions in a pair of closely watched, hard-fought legal battles over whether local governments can ban fracking within their borders. In the two cases, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) sued the cities of Fort Collins and Longmont over voter-approved efforts to halt the use of hydraulic fracturing there.  [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2016
Fracking in the US causing global surge in dangerous gas, study finds
The Independent UK
Ian Johnston

Fracking of shale oil fields in the US is causing a global surge of a gas that causes climate change and creates dangerous air pollution, according to new research. Levels of ethane in the atmosphere had been falling since the 1980s, but in 2010 a sensor in Europe picked up a surprise increase.  [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Cracked walls, crumbling brickwork: The legacy of fracking in Oklahoma
CBC News
Terry Reith, Briar Stewart

When Jon Sinon left California in 2002 for a new life in Oklahoma he thought he was trading earthquakes for tornados. "Now I got both." he says. He purchased one of the historic brick buildings on the main street of Guthrie, Okla. and opened a shop on the main floor. After a succession of earthquakes there are gaping cracks in the brickwork, and a broken granite arch hangs perilously. There is also a crack through the building's granite nameplate "Oklahoma.?"  [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Public support for fracking falls yet again
Business Green


The latest round of DECC's Public Attitudes Tracker survey is here and as ever it reveals some intriguing shifts in the public's stance on a host of energy issues, with the most eye-catching development being yet another fall in public backing for fracking, taking support to its lowest point since at least 2012.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
DEP investigating 2 quakes near Pennsylvania fracking site
Bristol Herald Courier
Associated Press

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigation whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Latest: Peer-reviewed study undermines fracking’s claims of safety Researchers in Pavillion, Wyoming, traced the chemical footprint of the drilling.
High Country News
Elizabeth Shogren

BACKSTORY In 2005, a Pavillion, Wyoming, landowner suspected that his drinking water well had been contaminated by nearby natural gas drilling. An Environmental Protection Agency investigation found chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing in the aquifer but couldn’t rule out other sources of the pollution, such as waste pits from past drilling (“Hydrofracked: One man’s quest for answers about natural gas drilling,” HCN, 6/27/11). In 2013, the EPA dropped its study following criticism from industry, regulators and congressional Republicans.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Emma Thompson in fracking-free bake-off
Energy Voice
Joanne Warnock

British actress Emma Thompson has joined forces with her sister to protest against fracking in England.  [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Green Activists Push Colorado To Consider Fracking Ban Photo of Andrew Follett
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Environmental activists in Colorado managed to get the state’s Senate to consider a pair of bills Wednesday that would make hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a lot harder to carry out in the state.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
SENECA GAS STORAGE: Pipeline rejection bodes ill for lake project
Press Connects
Tom Wilber

Nearly a year after a decision was expected, the Cuomo administration is remaining silent on the fate of a controversial plan to warehouse propane and natural gas in salt caverns under the shores of Seneca Lake. Yet the administration’s denial of other major shale gas projects — most recently the Constitution Pipeline — may speak volumes on whether Houston-based Crestwood Equity Partners LLC will get approval anytime soon.  [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
State installing air monitors in drilling areas
The Times-Tribune
JON O'CONNELL

Years of community effort to improve air quality monitoring in areas surrounding natural gas operations is getting a big boost. The state Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday announced it is spending $1.56 million on 10 installations that will continually monitor fine particulate matter, or particles in the air about one-thirtieth the width of a human hair. DEP Secretary John Quigley called the new monitoring sites an “unprecedented expansion” of air quality monitoring prompted by ongoing community concerns in areas around natural gas development. Monitors are to be installed in Wyoming and Susquehanna counties, as well as Fayette, Indiana and Lycoming counties by the end of the year. The DEP also will install monitors in Clarion, Jefferson and McKean counties by fall 2017. Installations in Towanda Twp., Bradford County, and Holbrook Twp., Greene County, were completed in March.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
New Report Shows ‘Natural Gas Increasingly Becoming an Unnecessary Bridge to Nowhere’
EcoWatch


Setting a new lopsided quarterly record, renewable sources (i.e., wind, solar, biomass and hydropower) outpaced—in fact, swamped—natural gas by a factor of more than 70:1 for new electrical generating capacity placed in-service during the first three months of calendar year 2016.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Do fracking activities cause earthquakes? Seismologists and the state of Oklahoma say yes
CBC News
Terry Reith and Briar Stewart

In the heartland of Oklahoma sits a pretty town dotted with American flags and a quaint main street of century-old brick buildings. But in Guthrie, the devastating impact of oil-industry-induced earthquakes is being felt hard. Look closely and you see cracks in the historic buildings, where the old masonry is giving way to a shifting ground. Guthrie has seen a wave of earthquakes since hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — picked up in the area.  [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Pennsylvania investigates earthquakes near fracking operations
FuelFix
Associated Press

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation. DEP spokeswoman Melanie Williams says Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at the Mahoning Township site at about noon Monday. That was about 12 hours after the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude-1.9 earthquake and about 10 hours before another quake of the same size was recorded. A woman who answered the company’s phone in New Castle on Thursday referred The Associated Press to a spokesman at the company’s Houston headquarters who wasn’t immediately available.  [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Is It 1987 Yet? The Fracking Bust Keeps Rolling On
Forbes
Bill Gilmer

The 1982-87 oil bust is the industry standard for tough times. Complaints about falling oil prices and rig counts can always be countered with “At least it isn’t as bad as the 1980s.” But there is no question that times are very tough now. The last seven quarters have been a brutal setback for American oil, with the price of crude falling by $64 per barrel, the rig count down 70.2 percent and capital spending off by nearly 60 percent. This downward spiral showed no signs of slowing in the first quarter of this year, as the 698 rigs working at year’s end dropped by a third to 464 in late March. When the number of U.S. working rigs hit 488 on March 11, it set the low mark for the 67 years that Baker Hughes BHI +0.94% has conducted its weekly survey.  [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
UK support for fracking hits new low Just 19% of people back fracking while public support for renewables has surged to 81%, government poll shows
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

Public support for fracking in the UK has fallen to a new low, according to government polling, at the same time as backing for renewable energy has hit a record high. The survey, which is repeated every few months, shows that public enthusiasm for the controversial energy extraction method has fallen steadily in the past two years while opposition to it has risen dramatically.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
State Investigating 2 Quakes Near Pennsylvania Fracking Site
CBS Pittsburgh


NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Fracking debate: Environmentalists question independence of CSIRO researcher
ABC.net
Tom Maddocks & Xavier La Canna

Environmentalists in Central Australia have questioned the independence of the man leading CSIRO's research into fracking, as debate about the controversial topic starts to heat up ahead of the Northern Territory election in August.   [Full Story]

Apr 28, 2016
Do fracking activities cause earthquakes? Seismologists and the state of Oklahoma say yes Earthquakes increasing in volume and intensity around fracking and waste disposal sites
CBC News
Terry Reith & Briar Stewart

In the heartland of Oklahoma sits a pretty town dotted with American flags and a quaint main street of century-old brick buildings. But in Guthrie, the devastating impact of oil-industry-induced earthquakes is being felt hard.  [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Contamination in North Dakota linked to fracking spills Metals, salts and radioactivity in brine-laden wastewater years later
Science Daily


Accidental wastewater spills from unconventional oil production in North Dakota have caused widespread water and soil contamination, a new study finds. Researchers found high levels of contaminants and salt in surface waters polluted by the brine-laden wastewater, which primarily comes from fracked wells. Soil at spill sites was contaminated with radium. At one site, high levels of contaminants were detected in residual waters four years after the spill occurred.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
CONTAMINATION IN NORTH DAKOTA LINKED TO FRACKING SPILLS
Duke University
Avner Vengosh, Nancy Lauer, & Jennifer Harkness

DURHAM, N.C. -- Accidental wastewater spills from unconventional oil production in North Dakota have caused widespread water and soil contamination, a new Duke University study finds.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
TTIP: Chevron lobbied for controversial legal right as 'environmental deterrent'
The Guardian
Arthur Neslen

Chevron lobbied the EU to give foreign investors the legal right to challenge government decisions in a major US-EU trade deal because it would act as a deterrent against laws such as fracking bans, the Guardian can reveal. Environmentalists have long-warned that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s (TTIP) investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) commercial courts risk a regulatory chill, with governments backing away from measures limiting fossil fuel extraction for fear of lawsuits. But this is the first time that a major oil firm has corroborated their fears.  [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Emma Thompson breaks injunction to stage fracking protest
Telegraph
Emily Gosden

Emma Thompson, the actress and environmental activist, has broken a court injunction to stage a protest against fracking in Lancashire. Ms Thompson and her sister, Sophie, baked cupcakes in a field near Preston belonging to a farmer on whose land energy company Cuadrilla is planning to frack for shale gas. An injunction has been in place banning protesters from the site since 2014. Officers from Lancashire Police attended the site and spoke to the sisters but took no action and made no arrests. Breaking the injunction is a civil matter.  [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Study indicates lingering saltwater contamination in oil patch
Bismarck Tribune
Lauren Donovan

A published and peer-reviewed Duke University study finds that thousands of saltwater and frack flowback spills throughout the oil patch have left a legacy of toxic contamination, including radioactive soils and polluted streams unsafe for human consumption and aquatic health.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Fracking Wastewater Treatment Technologies: Which Will Emerge as the Most Popular?
Environmental Leader
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

While fracking has produced cheap natural gas in the US, it has also increased competition for water, which is in short supply across many parts of the country.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Mark Ruffalo to Obama: You’re Making a Huge Mistake on Fracking (Guest Column)
Yahoo News
Mark Ruffalo

While I have been a supporter of President Obama on his leadership in addressing climate change and other social issues, I have been gravely disappointed by his cheerleading for the oil and gas industry over his two terms in office. Unlike leaders such as Cuomo, who stood up to corporations to protect the health of Americans, Obama has wrongfully continued the toxic legacy of the Bush Administration’s energy policy, paving the way for fracking’s expansion.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Hilcorp halts fracking at Lawrence County shale site near earthquake
TribLive
David Conti & Tory N. Parrish

A natural gas company voluntarily halted fracking activity on a Marcellus shale well in Lawrence County this week while state officials investigate a minor, nearby earthquake.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Contamination in North Dakota linked to fracking spills Metals, salts and radioactivity in brine-laden wastewater years later
EurekAlert


DURHAM, N.C. -- Accidental wastewater spills from unconventional oil production in North Dakota have caused widespread water and soil contamination, a new Duke University study finds. Researchers found high levels of ammonium, selenium, lead and other toxic contaminants as well as high salts in the brine-laden wastewater, which primarily comes from hydraulically fractured oil wells in the Bakken region of western North Dakota.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Energy company shuts down fracking operation in Lawrence County
Vindy


NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A Houston-based energy company has stopped its fracking operation after a small earthquake occurred in Lawrence County Monday. Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at about noon Monday after a small earthquake hit in Mahoning Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection confirmed Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
10 Fracking Infrastructure Projects Canceled or Delayed in the Last 24 Months
EcoWatch
Ted Glick

Since April 2014, 10 fracking infrastructure projects have been canceled or delayed. Here’s the list: April 2014: The Bluegrass Pipeline in Kentucky was stopped by a court decision upholding landowners’ rights against the use of eminent domain to take their land for private profit. November 2015: The Port Ambrose liquified natural gas (LNG) project was vetoed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The project was proposed by Liberty Natural Gas off the shores of New York and New Jersey.  [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Cuomo’s pipeline decision may have ripple effects for energy policy
Politico New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY— Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration chose Earth Day, April 22, to reject the proposed Constitution pipeline, which would have carried natural gas from Pennsylvania through portions of upstate. The move came as the governor has been trying to burnish his green credentials, and environmentalists were indeed as delighted with the administration's decision as the pipeline’s developers were disappointed. The state’s savvy anti-fracking coalition, which effectively hounded Cuomo until he announced a fracking ban after his re-election in 2014, led the cheers. “Governor Cuomo and the DEC stood up to the oil and gas industry and effectively shut down the Constitution Pipeline project,” said Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper’s program director.  [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Viral Video of River Catching on Fire Prompts Call for Ban on Fracking
EcoWatch
Max Phillips

The Greens New South Wales mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham called on governments today to stop the spread of coal seam gas (CSG) and for the true impact of fugitive emissions to be independently assessed after the video of methane gas burning through the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia went viral with millions of views and global media coverage.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming: Oil Woes Start to Hit Hard
Wall Street Journal
Maria Andriotis

The slump in crude prices is starting to show up as missed payments by consumers in the oil patch.  [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
10 Fracking Infrastructure Projects Canceled or Delayed in the Last 24 Months
EcoWatch
Ted Glick

Since April 2014, 10 fracking infrastructure projects have been canceled or delayed. Here’s the list:   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
Sensors to aid air monitoring near natural gas compressors in Pa.'s rural areas
TribLive
Elizabeth Behrman

With the help of a federal grant, the state Department of Environmental Protection plans to ramp up its efforts to monitor air quality near natural gas compressors in rural parts of the state.   [Full Story]

Apr 27, 2016
NATURAL GAS: Court battle looms over N.Y.'s denial of Constitution pipeline
E & E Newswire
Mike Lee

A pipeline company has said it will fight New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to block a natural gas line that federal regulators already approved across the state, setting up a potential battle about the limits of federal and state authority. Cuomo's administration turned down permits under the federal Clean Water Act for the 125-mile Constitution pipeline to cross streams in New York, saying it would damage trout habitat and old-growth forests and that the sponsors had declined to co-locate the line on an existing highway right of way. The pipeline, being developed by Williams Cos., Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. and two other partners, would carry gas from the Marcellus Shale field in northeastern Pennsylvania across New York and connect with existing pipelines near Wright, N.Y.  [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
Barnett Shale rig count hits a new low: zero
Star-Telegram
Max B. Baker

FORT WORTH It finally happened. After reporting only a handful of rigs working in the Barnett Shale for some time, industry publication RigData last week reported that it could not find any active rigs in the natural gas field that underlies about two dozen counties in North Texas. It was shocking news for an area that supported nearly 200 rigs a week less than a decade ago. “Sorry to inform you but there are no rigs currently working in the Barnett Shale,” said an email Friday from LuAnn Zellner, RigData editorial director. “The report produced zero results.” Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/article73822362.html#storylink=cpy  [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
“There is no doubt”: Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By Late 1970s
DeSmogBlog
Brendan DeMelle and Kevin Grandia

Throughout Exxon’s global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. DeSmog has uncovered Exxon corporate documents from the late 1970s stating unequivocally “there is no doubt” that CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels was a growing “problem” well understood within the company. “It is assumed that the major contributors of CO2 are the burning of fossil fuels… There is no doubt that increases in fossil fuel usage and decreases of forest cover are aggravating the potential problem of increased CO2 in the atmosphere. Technology exists to remove CO2 from stack gases but removal of only 50% of the CO2 would double the cost of power generation.” [emphasis added]  [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
Hillary Clinton Surpasses $5 Million in Bundled Lobbyist Contributions
Washington Free Beacon
Joe Schoffstall

Raises millions from lobbyists connected to oil and gas, health insurance companies Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has now collected more than $5 million in bundled lobbyist contributions, many of which come from lobbyists who represents industries that she opposes on the campaign trail, recent campaign finance filings show. Clinton added another $1.5 million in special interest cash from a handful of bundlers during the first quarter of 2016, which spans the period Jan. 1 to March 31, 2016. Lobbyists had already raised $4.1 million for Hillary for America before these bundled donations were reported.  [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
Methane Sleuths Monitor Seeping Gases From Oil and Gas Drilling
Dallas Observer
Julie Ryan

Along the green, tree-lined country road, four large metal tanks tower on a gravel field, clean and tan-colored against a cloudless blue sky. But the breeze brings an odd metallic tang to the back of one’s throat, and the view changes through an infrared camera’s viewfinder. When the lens zooms in on a hatch atop one tank, the sky turns black and white fumes are pouring into the wind. A click, and the camera’s high sensitivity setting turns everything high-contrast and jittery. A whole array of gases appears, boiling out in black, gray and white. Enervest operating company’s Cole gas well-site on Masch Branch Road northwest of Denton is leaking. What other gas wells and storage tanks are leaking, or purposely venting, around North Texas? It’s Sharon Wilson’s mission to find out. The Earthworks investigator seeks the fumes that escape from hydraulic fracture gas wells and storage sites that pepper the Barnett Shale of North Texas by the thousands. There are tens of thousands more such facilities in other areas rich in shale around the state and the nation.  [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
MoveOn.Org Petitions To Ban Fracking In Democratic Party Platform
Daily Caller
Chris White

A petition recently filed by environmentalist Brad Johnson on MoveOn.org seeks to “ban fracking in the Democratic platform.” The petition suggests scientific evidence now shows the benefits of switching from traditional fuels like coal to natural gas “were a total mirage” and only accelerate global warming. It went on to say the massive Porter Ranch methane blowout, which started in October and was capped in February, was a result of the supposedly ill-conceived natural gas policies pushed by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.   [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
NY Comptroller Urges More Insurance For Rail Oil Spills
WAMC
Dave Lucas

New York state's comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is administrator of New York's Oil Spill Fund. He cites a U.S. Transportation Department finding that oil shippers and rail companies carry insurance that may be insufficient to cover a serious accident involving tankers carrying crude oil or other hazardous materials. In a letter to the department and the Federal Railroad Administration, DiNapoli says a review of Securities and Exchange Commission filings shows CSX Corp. is self-insured for $25 million for "non-catastrophic" property damage and $50 million for natural catastrophes.   [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
Consol expects to make decision on new drilling within months
Pittsburgh Business Times
Paul J. Gough

Consol Energy Inc. said it expects to make a decision within the next three to six months about when it could resume natural gas drilling, although the area south of Pittsburgh likely won't be the first place where Consol will place rigs.   [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
This River Near a Fracking Site Is Alarmingly Flammable
Popular Mechanics
Eric Limer

Fracking is the process of drilling into the earth and then pummeling rocks with a high-pressure mixture of water and other ingredients to released gas trapped inside, and while it's certainly an effective way to tap natural gas deposits that may have otherwise been unreachable, it's got its downsides, like how it could cause earthquakes, or lead to runaway leaks of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Of the many potential dangers, this is one of the most spectacular. Jeremy Buckingham, a member of the Australian political party known as the Greens, filmed this inflammatory video near a fracking site in Queensland, Australia, where errant methane was bubbling up through a nearby river. When attempting to see if the gas coming up through the river was in fact flammable, the video team was surprised by an exceptionally resounding yes, and flames that kept the river on fire in a way that is as mesmerizing as it is unnatural. Jeremy Buckingham, a member of the Australian political party known as the Greens, filmed this inflammatory video near a fracking site in Queensland, Australia, where errant methane was bubbling up through a nearby river. When attempting to see if the gas coming up through the river was in fact flammable, the video team was surprised by an exceptionally resounding yes, and flames that kept the river on fire in a way that is as mesmerizing as it is unnatural.   [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
84% of public health studies find hazards in fracking: research
Times LIve
Bruce Gorton

A new meta-study, published by the online journal PloS One, has found that 84% of public health studies between 2009 and 2015 have findings which indicate public health risks. This is of concern to us in South Africa, because our government announced in March that exploration for shale gas would begin in the next financial year. Now how Fracking works is by digging wells of about four kilometres, and then pumping a cocktail of water and chemicals into the well to crack the shale and release the gas it holds. There is believed to be about 147.828 trillion cubic metres of shale gas in the Karo  [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
MoveOn.Org Petitions To Ban Fracking In Democratic Party Platform
The Daily Caller
Chris White

A petition recently filed by environmentalist Brad Johnson on MoveOn.org seeks to “ban fracking in the Democratic platform.” The petition suggests scientific evidence now shows the benefits of switching from traditional fuels like coal to natural gas “were a total mirage” and only accelerate global warming.   [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
Obama’s Controversial Offshore Drilling Proposal Rests On Research Funded By Fossil Fuel Industry
IBT
David Sirota

To make its case for a new proposal that could expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and near Alaska, the Obama administration recently released a report touting what it indicated would be the significant economic benefits of the plan. The apparently impartial, 279-page analysis said the initiative was a key component of President Barack Obama's effort to support “safe and responsible domestic oil and natural gas production as a means to support economic growth and job creation.”... Buried in the BOEM report’s fine print, though, were footnotes shedding light on how the bureau came to its conclusions: it used studies from the same fossil fuel industry that could benefit from the expansion. Eight of the nine economic analyses cited by government regulators in their report were produced by authors or organizations with links to the fossil fuel industry — which has been lobbying the federal government on drilling issues in the lead-up to a decision.   [Full Story]

Apr 26, 2016
Blair Horner: Fracking Economic Crash Underscores Wisdom Of NY’s Ban
WAMC
Blair Horner

Last week, the world’s leaders gathered on Earth Day to formally agree to the climate change deal hammered out last December. While there are still lots of questions about how effective the global agreement will be in limiting the damage from planetary warming, one message is clear; the world has got to move away from relying on fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas – to generate energy. That international policy conclusion strongly bolsters New York State’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing. Last year, the Cuomo Administration took the unprecedented step of banning the use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing – aka fracking – due to the potential environmental and public health damage that could result from the practice. At that time, New York State was the first state with significant natural gas reserves to ban fracking. Since then, there has been a growing body of evidence that fracking does pose environmental and public health risks. And what has become clearer still is that the world needs to keep fossil fuels in the ground – not burn them so the resulting gases rise into the lower atmosphere and become a heat-trapping blanket.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Pennsylvania Attorney General Candidate Says He’d Look Closely At Fossil Fuel Companies Like Exxon
Think Progress
Natasha Geiling

The day before Pennsylvania voters cast their votes in the primary election, the leading Democratic candidate for attorney general has confirmed to ThinkProgress that, if elected, he would join a growing coalition of state attorneys general in examining whether fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil have purposefully misled the public on climate change. “Climate change is one of our world’s most pressing issues and and I’ve made addressing it a top priority in my campaign and have pledged to hold the fracking industry accountable for violating Pennsylvania’s environmental laws,” Josh Shapiro, who according to the most recent polling from Harper Poll leads the current Democratic attorney general race by almost 20 points, told ThinkProgress via an emailed statement. “I applaud [New York Attorney General Eric] Schneiderman and the 16 other state Attorneys General who are investigating Exxon Mobil for misleading investors about climate change. As Attorney General, I will join them in looking closely at whether fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobil have violated Pennsylvania’s laws.”  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
‘We did not expect it to explode’: Australian politician blames fracking after setting river ablaze with a lighter
National Post
Ben Guarino Washington Post

Some people want to watch the world burn. Others — like Jeremy Buckingham, a member of the Australian Parliament — will settle for rivers. In an act of protest against coal seam fracking, the Greens Party member recently took an aluminum boat down the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia. This was no lazy afternoon cruise. The surface of the river fizzed with bubbles of methane gas. Methane is colourless and odourless — but it’s also quite flammable. Buckingham leaned over the side of the boat, and, as though lighting a barbecue, set the methane ablaze.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Groups Call On Obama To End Crude Oil Exports In Wake Of Paris Climate Agreement Signing
DeSmog Blog
Mike Gaworecki

175 nations signed the Paris Climate Agreement last Friday, setting a record for the most countries to sign a U.N. agreement on opening day. Earlier in the week, even before Secretary of State John Kerry officially signed on behalf of the U.S. with his granddaughter in his lap, more than 300 environmental, faith, health and social justice organizations filed a legal petition calling on the Obama Administration to declare a national emergency and end all U.S. crude oil exports as a means of meeting its commitments under the Paris Agreement. According to the groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch, President Obama could immediately halt the export of crude oil under executive legal authority granted to him by the 2016 Appropriations Act and the National Emergencies Act.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Australian politician blames fracking after he sets river ablaze with a lighter
The Washington Post
Ben Guarino

Some people want to watch the world burn. Others — like Jeremy Buckingham, a member of the Australian Parliament — will settle for rivers. In an act of protest against coal seam fracking, the Greens Party member recently took an aluminium boat down the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia. This was no lazy afternoon cruise. The surface of the river fizzed with bubbles of methane gas. Methane is colorless and odorless — but it’s also quite flammable. Buckingham leaned over the side of the boat, and, as though lighting a barbecue, set the methane ablaze.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
NY pipeline opponents flex muscle
The Journal News
Jon Campbell

ALBANY – With one natural-gas pipeline effectively rejected and another pulled off the table last week, anti-pipeline activists are flexing their political muscle in New York. The activists, many of them opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, are pointing to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Friday rejection of a key permit for the proposed Constitution Pipeline as a symbol of their collective might.   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Pipeline developers vow to fight New York permit rejection
AP
Mary Esch

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Developers of a 124-mile pipeline designed to transport natural gas to the Northeast from Pennsylvania's shale fields said Monday they'll challenge New York's rejection of a critical permit. The Constitution Pipeline Company said the denial letter from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation includes "flagrant misstatements and inaccurate allegations" and is driven by politics rather than science. The DEC on Friday denied a water quality permit, saying the project fails to meet standards that protect hundreds of streams, wetlands and other water resources in its path. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the project in December 2014, conditioned on the state permit. The company, a partnership formed by Cabot Oil & Gas, Williams Partners and Piedmont Natural Gas Company, can appeal the state decision to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Spokesman Christopher Stockton said the company is considering that option   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Constitution Pipeline pushes on, despite N.Y. permit denial
Akron Beacon Journal
Bob Downing

ALBANY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC announced today that it remains steadfastly committed to pursuing the federally-approved energy infrastructure project, despite the recent decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to deny the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Constitution Pipeline Project.   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Another fracking pipeline is rejected
CNN Money
Matt Egan

Score one for the fracktivists. New York State has rejected a planned 125-mile long natural gas pipeline that was strongly opposed by environmentalists. Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration ruled late Friday the Constitution Pipeline project failed to meet the state's water quality standards.   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Fracking referendum? Pennsylvania primary offers choice for Democratic voters.
RT
Anna Driver

The Pennsylvania primary election this week will pit national and statewide Democrats who have various viewpoints on the future of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the nation's second-most prominent fracking state.   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Hundreds join anti-fracking protest
The Scarborough News
Carl Gavaghan

Several hundred people gathered to oppose a onshore oil and gas conference being held at Scarborough Spa this morning. The lively protest drew locals and campaigners From as far north as Durham and as far West as Blackpool.   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Sea Change in Gasland? PA Primary Shaping into Fracking Referendum
eNews Park Forest
Nika Knight

Pennsylvania Democrats will have the opportunity to choose a host of anti-fracking candidates on the states’ primary ballot on Tuesday—representing a potential sea change against the industry at the heart of the Marcellus Shale, one of the country’s largest fracking plays.   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
DRBC drops request for joint PennEast hearings with federal regulator
Buck County Courier Times
Kyle Bagenstose

All you need is love. And also maybe 6,000 signatures, dozens of nonprofits and countless pleas for your significant other to change ways. That’s what environmental organizers have thrown at the Delaware River Basin Commission in the past year, ever since the agency filed a request to hold joint hearings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as it reviewed the merits of the proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline. The efforts appeared to pay off Monday, as the DRBC posted a message on its website announcing it has dropped the request and will instead hold independent hearings.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
A Former PR Worker Whose Job Was To Defend Fracking Online Describes How They Mislead The Public
Ring Of Fire


With the news that a pro-Clinton SuperPAC has invested millions in paying for online shills to go around infiltrating anti-Clinton conversations and attempt to misinform and sway opinions anonymously, a discussion on Reddit prompted individuals who have been a part of these shilling campaigns to speak out, sharing how effective and calculated this sort of online infiltration is. One such user posted anonymously, but then shortly after deleted their comment, no doubt in fear that his/her former employer would see and punish the person for their valuable insight. The Reddit user said that they were a former employee of a PR firm who defended fracking online. What follows is an eye-opening description of what the fracking industry is willing to do to remove scrutiny and criticism of the industry. Without doubt, this is done by the oil and gas industry nationwide as well as the drug and tobacco industry and any other industry which receives a healthy amount of scrutiny online.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
IRRC Votes To OK Final DEP Drilling Regs., But House & Senate Will Have Their Say
PA Environment Digest


The Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted 3 to 2 to approve DEP’s final Chapter 78 (conventional) and 78a (unconventional, Marcellus Shale) drilling regulations at its meeting Thursday after 7 hours of hearing from DEP and those opposing and supporting the rulemaking.   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Sen. Yaw Calls For Senate/House Disapproval Resolution On DEP Drilling Regulations
PA Environment Digest


Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, issued this statement Friday on the approval of DEP’s drilling regulations by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission Thursday— “I recognize that strong regulations are needed to allow for safe development of our natural resources. However, the objections raised by both standing committees and two IRRC Commissioners to this rulemaking are warranted given the fact that the Department has circumvented state laws and a Supreme Court opinion in an effort to justify expanded provisions of the rulemaking that they are not authorized to enact.   [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Constitution Pipeline: Laying Down a Dismal Future
Skidmore News
Jen Cristiano and Dan Casarella

On April 11th, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders praised the people of New York for “standing up to Governor Cuomo and demanding that New York State ban fracking.” Senator Sanders credits the grassroots organizations and activists who have worked against fracking for achieving this ban. It is a progressive first step to fundamentally change the world in which we live in. However, New York cannot ban fracking for health concerns while simultaneously importing fracked natural gas at the cost of its neighbors’ health and the environment. More fights lie ahead for New Yorkers in taking on the Constitution Pipeline proposed by the Constitution Pipeline Company. The proposed pipeline would be 124 miles long, connecting fracked natural gas from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to the Iroquois Gas Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems in Schoharie County, New York. Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has already approved the project, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has not.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
After nearly 200 active rigs a decade ago, no one is drilling North Texas’ Barnett Shale
Dallas Morning News


After reporting only a handful of rigs working in the Barnett Shale for some time, industry publication RigData last week reported that it could not find any active rigs in the natural gas field that underlies about two dozen counties in North Texas.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Residents question company on proposed natural gas power plant near Nemacolin
Observer-Reporter
Bob Niedbala

NEMACOLIN – An informational public meeting held Monday on plans to build a 536-megawatt natural gas power plant near Nemacolin brought questions from residents about noise, emissions and increased truck traffic. About 50 people attended the meeting at the Nemacolin union hall to hear about the project proposed by Hill Top Energy Center LLC for a 41.7-acre site off Thomas Road. Only a few had questions. No one directly opposed it. Hilltop Energy applied for both an air quality permit and water discharge permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection, representatives of which were also on hand to answer questions.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Constitution Pipeline Joins Keystone On The Regulatory Casualty List
Seeking Alpha


Summary In 2010, the New York State legislature passed a temporary moratorium on fracking in the state. The ban became permanent in 2015. In another landmark decision, the state's environmental regulator just denied the permit to Williams Companies’ Constitution Pipeline, which was designed to bring Marcellus gas to New York and New England. The same week, Kinder Morgan abruptly cancelled its similar north-bound pipeline expansion project.  [Full Story]

Apr 25, 2016
Budget bill gives natural gas projects $12 million boost
NPR State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Natural gas infrastructure projects are getting a $12 million boost in a budget bill Governor Tom Wolf has allowed to become law without his signature. The money shifts from the state’s Alternative Energy Investment Act and will be used as grants to hospitals, businesses, schools and local governments to expand access to natural gas. The language is part of a broader bill known as the fiscal code–a companion piece of legislation to the state budget, which Wolf also allowed to become law last month. With this latest move, the state’s unprecedented budget impasse is finally over, two months before next year’s budget is due on July 1st.  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2016
Another fracking pipeline is rejected
CNN Money
Matt Egan

Score one for the fracktivists. New York State has rejected a planned 125-mile long natural gas pipeline that was strongly opposed by environmentalists. Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration ruled late Friday the Constitution Pipeline project failed to meet the state's water quality standards. The decision is a major blow to the pipeline, which was dreamt up four years ago as a way to transport natural gas fracked in Northeast Pennsylvania to Boston, New York City and other markets in the region.  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2016
NORTH DAKOTA: Bakken boomtown 'man camps' enter their final days
E & E Newswire
Pamela King

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Around the Wal-Mart in this once-booming oil town stands a cluster of new hotels and apartments. Since 2010, Williston has morphed its patchwork of campsites and RV parks -- one of which was famously located in the supercenter's lot -- into new housing developments with enough capacity for a growing population of laborers seeking jobs in the Bakken Shale. But as the price of a barrel of oil has settled near $45, down from about $100 two years ago, Williston's oil workers are returning home, leaving those new houses and apartments empty. Roughly 80 percent of Williston's housing units were occupied in 2015, according to data from the city's economic development group. That's down from an estimated 99 percent in 2013, a profile from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows.  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2016
Australian politician sets river on fire to protest fracking dangers
Mashable
Ariel Bogle

An Australian politician has captured the world's attention after setting a river on fire in an effort to highlight the dangers of fracking. New South Wales Greens Member of Parliament Jeremy Buckingham was taken by locals to the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia, where mysterious bubbling has been taking place since at least 2012.  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2016
A Pipeline Defeated: How a Small Town Saved Itself
Truth-Out
William Rivers Pitt, Op-Ed

In the dungeon that was the winter of 2014 here in my New Hampshire home, a pair of representatives from the natural gas pipeline company Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas arrived in the town of Rindge, just down the road. They were there to meet with the town administrator about a proposed natural gas pipeline route that would cut the town in half, along with several other towns, as it made its way to the sea.   [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2016
Pennsylvania voters torn over calls for a fracking ban
Reuters
Valerie Volcovici

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania, April 24 (Reuters) - For some Democratic voters in Pennsylvania, Tuesday's primary election will be more than just a chance to pick preferred candidates for public office - it will be a mini-referendum on the future of the state's downtrodden fracking industry.   [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2016
A Big Win for the Anti-Fracking Movement as Another Major Pipeline Proposal Bites the Dust
truthdig
Jon Queally

Following energized grassroots campaign, state of New York rejects permit for controversial Constitution Pipeline For the second time in less than a week, climate activists and fracking opponents in the northeast find themselves celebrating. The latest applause comes after a state regulatory agency on Friday—which happened to be Earth Day—announced it was denying a permit for a major fracked-gas pipeline in the state. Just days earlier, another similar project was halted in New England.   [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2016
Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming
Casper Star Tribune
BEN NEARY

CHEYENNE — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of Colorado, North Dakota and Utah and Wyoming. The states claim the BLM lacks authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing. Commonly called “fracking,” the procedure involves injecting substances including water, sand and chemicals underground to increase production from oil and gas wells.  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2016
Why New York blocked a major natural gas pipeline
Christian Science Monitor
Ben Thompson

New York environmental regulators on Friday denied a permit needed for the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline project to move forward.   [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
Third Pipeline Project Under Scrutiny
WAMC
Dave Lucas

Two pipeline projects that would have crossed the northeast have been scrubbed: activists are now calling for a third pipeline to be stopped. Politicians and activists have stepped up their efforts to halt Spectra energy’s proposed AIM pipeline that would be routed through the lower Hudson Valley. It’s already been green-lighted by the Federal energy Regulatory Commission, despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s concerns that it runs very close to the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Downstate leaders including Westchester Assemblywoman Sandy Galef sent FERC a letter demanding the agency respect the state’s authority and jurisdiction in determining AIM’s future.  [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
SoCalGas Offers Free Home Cleaning to Relocated Porter Ranch Residents; Some Express Skepticism
KTLA
Steve Kuzj

Some Porter Ranch residents expressed skepticism over the Southern California Gas Co.'s offer of free home interior cleaning in the aftermath of a massive gas leak. Steve Kuzj reports from the KTLA 5 Newsroom at 6 p.m. on April 23, 2016.  [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
What President Obama Can Do to Combat Environmental Racism
vice
Sarah Harvard

In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called the United States "the Saudi Arabia of natural gas," pushing a proposal to provide tax breaks and subsidies to increase the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The plan, he said, could create an estimated 600,000 new jobs by the end of 2022, and give America "energy independence" from the rest of the world.   [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
ENERGY: Rancher challenges energy industry
The Daily Times
James Fenton

FARMINGTON — A Gobernador rancher who appears in a new television ad that promotes stronger federal methane rules related to leaks and the practices of venting and flaring by the oil and gas industry has found himself straddling the line between environmental activists and the industry.   [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
“Bloody crazy”: River near fracking site bursts into flames in Australia (VIDEO)
RT


A Queensland river near a fracking site exploded into flames after a coal seam gas (CSG) protester sparked a kitchen lighter above the water surface.   [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
Is Fracking Causing the Epidemic of Horse Birth Defects at Breeding Farm?
EcoWatch
LORRAINE BERRY

In New York’s Southern Tier, local newspapers are investigating the connection between a local racetrack owner’s sick foals and the fracking fluids present on his farmland. The Ithaca Journal featured a report by Tom Wilber in which he investigated the ongoing issue with foals being born without the ability to swallow—17 of them so far—on the breeding farm of Jeff Gural, owner of the Tioga Downs, Meadowlands Racetrack and Vernon Downs.   [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
‘People should be terrified fracking is spreading’ – Australian MP who set river on fire to RT
RT News


Fracking should be banned as a “global threat” as it causes methane leaks contaminating water in the communities near gas wells, says an Australian MP who literally set a river ablaze to draw attention to the adverse effects of the practice. The companies that extract coal seam gas via fracking are duping people into believing that their technology is safe, while in reality it has contributed greatly to the pollution of sites like Condamine river located in the Australian state of Queensland just near the fracking site, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said in an interview to RT.  [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
Gender-bending chemical risk to humans from fracking, warn scientists
Herald Scotland
Rob Edwards

there are fresh fears about fracking in Scotland's central belt after scientists in America discovered dangerous levels of toxic 'gender-bender' chemicals downstream from a fracking site.  [Full Story]

Apr 23, 2016
Report offers advice for fracking states
The D Post
David Beard

MORGANTOWN — Severance tax trust funds are a good way for fracking states to turn a finite revenue source into long-term stability to ride out inevitable boom-bust cycles. That’s the essence of a report issued this past week by the Brookings Institute, an esteemed nonpartisan D.C. think tank.   [Full Story]

Apr 22, 2016
Scientists Who Are Questioning Fracking’s Impact Have Oil Industry Ties, Groups Say
ThinkProgress
ALEJANDRO DAVILA FRAGOSO

n the summer of 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a much-anticipated draft report that hydraulic fracturing has not led to “widespread, systemic impacts” on drinking water. That statement was for many as divisive as it was bold, for it invigorated the industry’s position that fracking is safe while angering critics who say it actually creates a long list of environmental problems, including an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Since that draft report was released, the EPA’s independent Science Advisory Board panel has questioned it twice, most recently saying the panel is “concerned” that major findings “are ambiguous and appear inconsistent with the observations, data, and levels of uncertainty presented and discussed in the body of the draft assessment report.” As the SAB’s final peer review nears, a draft dissent from at least four board members with ties to the oil and gas industry is being challenged by the Americans Against Fracking Coalition. In a letter sent Wednesday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the advocacy group, which includes Food and Water Watch along with hundreds of other organizations, said dissenting members’ connections with the fracking industry mean they “have clear conflicts of interest.” While urging the EPA to reject the dissent, the coalition claimed members “do not have any scientific basis for their dissent.”  [Full Story]

Apr 22, 2016
New York State Department of Environment Conservation Denies Water Quality Certificate Required for Constitution Pipeline
NYS DEC
Press Release

Today, officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the denial of the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. Although DEC has granted certificates for other projects, the application by Constitution for these certificates fails to meet New York State's water quality standards. The full decision is outlined in a letter (PDF, 819 KB) by John Ferguson, Chief Permit Administrator with DEC's Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention.   [Full Story]

Apr 22, 2016
Scientists Who Are Questioning Fracking’s Impact Have Oil Industry Ties, Groups Say
Think Progress
Alejandro Davila Fragoso

As the SAB’s final peer review nears, a draft dissent from at least four board members with ties to the oil and gas industry is being challenged by the Americans Against Fracking Coalition. In a letter sent Wednesday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the advocacy group, which includes Food and Water Watch along with hundreds of other organizations, said dissenting members’ connections with the fracking industry mean they “have clear conflicts of interest.” While urging the EPA to reject the dissent, the coalition claimed members “do not have any scientific basis for their dissent.”   [Full Story]

Apr 22, 2016
New York Denies Critical Permit for Natural Gas Pipeline
The New York Review of Books
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York environmental regulators have rejected a critical permit needed for a major natural gas pipeline project, saying the project fails to meet standards that protect hundreds of streams, wetlands and other water resources in its path. The Department of Environmental Conservation said Friday it won't issue a water quality permit for the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to eastern New York. The agency said the project's construction would affect 251 streams and 500 acres of valuable forest as well as extensive wetlands.  [Full Story]

Apr 22, 2016
Cuomo administration rejects Constitution pipeline
Capital New York
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—The Cuomo administration has denied the water quality permits for a controversial pipeline in what has become another political test of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s environmental legacy.   [Full Story]

Apr 22, 2016
Watch: River Explodes Into Flames From Methane Coming From Nearby Fracking Sites
EcoWatch
Max Phillips

So much methane gas is now bubbling up through the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia that it exploded with fire and held a large flame. Gas seeping into the river began shortly after coal seam gas operations started nearby and is growing in volume and the stretch of river affected is expanding in length.  [Full Story]

Apr 22, 2016
Gov. Cuomo Rejects the Constitution Pipeline, Huge Win for the Anti-Fracking Movement
EcoWatch
Earthjustice

In a win for climate activists and the anti-fracking movement, and a blow to fossil fuel polluters and the federal regulatory agencies that enable them, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied a key permit to companies seeking to build a 124-mile fracked gas pipeline.  [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Horses are being born without the ability to swallow — and fracking could be to blame
Raw Story
LORRAINE BERRY

In New York’s Southern Tier, local newspapers are investigating the connection between a local racetrack owner’s sick foals and the fracking fluids present on his farmland. The Ithaca Journal featured a report by Tom Wilber in which he investigated the ongoing issue with foals being born without the ability to swallow — seventeen of them so far — on the breeding farm of Jeff Gural, owner of the Tioga Downs, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Vernon Downs. The foals have survived, although all of them have had to be transported to Cornell’s School of Veterinary Medicine, located fifty miles north in Ithaca, New York. An earlier study by Cornell professor Robert Oswald and Cornell veterinarian Michelle Bamberger linked the presence of the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing to numerous animal deaths and stillbirths. Their research included twenty-four case studies of multiple farm animals who had either been killed outright by the cocktail of chemicals or later proved unable to successfully reproduce after exposure.  [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Cuomo’s Next Step Against Fracking: Reject the Constitution Pipeline
EcoWatch
Wenonah Hauter

It’s been over a year since New York banned fracking and we find ourselves at a crossroads. We can take the next logical step and reject the dangerous fracked gas infrastructure that increasingly threatens our wellbeing. Or we can continue to rely on fracked gas and accept the myriad risks that come with that choice. Like fracking itself, a maze of proposed gas pipelines, compressor stations and subterranean storage caves pose grave threats to New York’s most precious resource—our abundant supply of clean water.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Celebrated Water Program That Examined Fracking, Oil Sands Is Abruptly Shut Down
Inside Climate News
Andrew Nikiforuk

The Program on Water Issues was not in the back pocket of industry, government or environmental organizations, an expert angered by the closure said.  [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
MYSTERY OF SICK FOALS: Was fracking to blame on PA farm?
Press Connects
Tom Wilber

Yet for all its beauty, Gural's horse-breeding farm holds a disturbing mystery health experts and the federal government are working hard to solve. For three years, the mares have been bearing foals with dysphagia — a rare, life-threatening condition preventing them from swallowing properly.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
SNP campaign group predicts a full fracking ban post-election
Commonspace.scot


SNP MEMBERS organised to oppose unconventional oil and gas extraction - known as fracking - have claimed the party’s manifesto makes a full ban inevitable after any evidence based investigation.  [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Signature time for anti-fracking initiatives
Boulder Weekly
Angela K. Evans

Colorado voters could see two constitutional amendment initiatives on the November ballot that, if passed, would limit oil and gas development near populated areas and would give local governments more authority over such developments. The initiatives are sponsored by Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development (CREED), a Boulder-based grass-roots organization with board members from Boulder, Denver and Durango.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
State fracking inspectors proposed
Standard Speaker


U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Wednesday succeeded in amending pipeline safety legislation to protect the interests of states in using their own pipeline inspectors when dealing with federal agencies.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Sanders slams Clinton’s fracking ties in op-ed
Talk Media News
Nick Salazar

Washington (Talk Media News) — Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) didn’t pull punches over the issue of fracking and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s ties to it in an op-ed published earlier this week. In an op-ed, Sanders denounced the practice of fracking, saying that the toxic chemicals used in fracking are known to cause lung cancer and birth defects as well as a contaminated water supply.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Foes cheer Kinder Morgan decision to suspend pipeline plans Company: Not enough natural gas contracts in New England market
Albany Times Union
Lindsay Ellis

In a decision cheered by local opponents, Kinder Morgan suspended plans for a 419-mile natural gas pipeline connecting Pennsylvania's fracking fields to Boston by winding through local counties.  [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Shale War's Collateral Damage: Europe's Gas Prices
Bloomberg
Anna Shiryaevskaya

Utilities from EON SE to Centrica Plc are beneficiaries as Europe’s two biggest gas suppliers provided a record amount of the fuel in the first quarter, according to Societe Generale SA. The glut discouraged cargoes of U.S. liquefied natural gas and contained growth of imports from Qatar.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Group sues over 'fast track' deep-sea drilling permits
Eagle Tribune


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group sued the Interior Department on Wednesday for what it called the "fast track" permitting of potentially dangerous oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters. The action came on the sixth anniversary of the nation's largest offshore oil spill.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Kinder Morgan suspends NED project
The Daily Star
Joe Mahoney

Energy giant Kinder Morgan announced Wednesday that it has suspended its spending on the controversial Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
12 Arrested in Earth Day-Themed Protest Against Gas Storage in Seneca Lake’s Salt Caverns
EcoWatch
Sandra Steingraber

Five feet in diameter and swirling with clouds, a blue and green replica of Planet Earth helped a dozen human inhabitants block three trucks this morning at the main entrance of Crestwood Midstream. The Earth Day-themed civil disobedience action was part of an ongoing campaign against proposed gas storage in Seneca Lake’s abandoned salt caverns.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Celebrated Water Program That Examined Fracking, Oil Sands Is Abruptly Shut Down
Inside Climate Newss
ANDREW NIKIFORUK

Water experts across Canada have reacted with anger and surprise to the closure of one of the nation's most celebrated and effective water study programs at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. For 15 years, the Program on Water Issues (POWI), directed by Adele Hurley, brought together the nation's best scientists and policymakers to debate and report on the nation's hot button water issues in an independent, non-partisan forum.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Foes cheer Kinder Morgan decision to suspend pipeline plans
Times Union
Lindsay Ellis

In a decision cheered by local opponents, Kinder Morgan suspended plans for a 419-mile natural gas pipeline connecting Pennsylvania's fracking fields to Boston by winding through local counties. Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline had planned to traverse Schoharie County and Albany County before passing through southern Rensselaer County en route to Massachusetts.  [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
As Oil Jobs Dry Up, Workers Turn to Solar Sector
The Wall Street Journal
Lynn Cook

A few years ago, Sean and Stormy Fravel were riding the oil and gas boom like so many others in West Texas. But when their jobs disappeared along with $100-a-barrel oil prices, they turned to a new type of energy occupation: solar power. Instead of driving an 18-wheeler to haul drilling equipment in and out of the oil patch, the Fravels now install solar panel racking systems and perform quality checks on Alamo 6, a solar farm under construction in McCamey, about 300 miles northwest of San Antonio.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming
Las Vegas Sun
Ben Neary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of Colorado, North Dakota and Utah and Wyoming.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Top Shale Fracking Executive: We Won't Frack the Rich
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

Fracking companies deliberately keep their wells away from the “big houses” of wealthy and potentially influential people, a top executive from one of the country's most prominent shale drilling companies told a gathering of attorneys at a seminar on oil and gas environmental law earlier this month, according the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   [Full Story]

Apr 21, 2016
Fury Over Fracking
The New York Review of Books
Tim Flannery

What should we think of a corporation that undertakes research on one of its products only to discover that its use could be damaging—and then tries to conceal the potential dangers of that product’s use? An investigation underway by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman promises to shed light on one such alleged case—concerning ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company, and the possibility that it misled investors and the public about the dangers of climate change. The story begins in mid-1977, when ExxonMobil’s powerful Management Committee was briefed by James Black, a company scientist, on the potential dangers of climate change. Two years earlier, Syukuro Manabe of the US Weather Bureau and his collaborator Richard Wetherald had published the first computer model that estimated how a doubling of atmospheric concentrations of CO2 would affect Earth’s surface temperature. Their results revealed a “somewhat larger” warming of the lower atmosphere—around 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit—than had been anticipated. It also revealed that the polar regions were likely to warm two to three times faster than lower latitudes, and that worrisome disruptions to the global water cycle might result. The impetus for this landmark study came from the activities of the fossil fuels industry itself: in their introduction Manabe and Wetherald quoted a 1971 estimate by Lester Machta, director of the Air Resources Laboratory, that owing to the burning of fossil fuels, CO2 concentrations would rise by 20 percent by the end of the century.  [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
Toward an understanding of the environmental and public health impacts of shale gas development: an analysis of the peer reviewed scientific literature, 2009-2015
PSE Healthy Energy


Introduction The body of science evaluating the potential impacts of unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) has grown significantly in recent years, although many data gaps remain. Still, a broad empirical understanding of the impacts is beginning to emerge amidst a swell of research. The present categorical assessment provides an overview of the peer-reviewed scientific literature from 2009–2015 as it relates to the potential impacts of UNGD on public health, water quality, and air quality. We have categorized all available original research during this time period in an attempt to understand the weight and direction of the scientific literature.   [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
U.S. Senate passes energy bill to bolster power grid, speed LNG exports
Reuters
Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed the first major energy bill in nine years on Wednesday, legislation containing modest measures popular with both Republicans and Democrats to modernize the power grid and speed the permitting process for liquefied natural gas exports. The bill, which passed 85-12, attempts to protect the power grid from extreme weather events such as ice storms and hurricanes, and from cyber attacks. It also aims to spur innovations in storage of power from wind and solar energy. The House of Representatives passed a similar bill last year.  [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
New Analysis Reveals that Majority of Peer-Reviewed Science Shows Health and Environmental Concerns from Fracking
PSE Healthy Energy
Press Release

Oakland, California (April 20, 2016) – A new analysis from PSE Healthy Energy shows that a clearer scientific understanding of the public health and environmental impacts of modern natural gas development is beginning to emerge from the hundreds of scientific studies conducted in recent years.  [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
This Federal Agency Is Facing A Bunch Of Lawsuits For Permitting Natural Gas Terminals
Climate Progress
Samantha Page

Environmentalists are mounting a charge against the agency that permits natural gas infrastructure in an attempt to mitigate the damages caused by fracking and burning fossil fuels. A panel of judges for the D.C. Circuit Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) properly considered the total environmental impacts of Dominion Resources’ Cove Point natural gas liquefaction and export terminal, under construction now in Southern Maryland, or whether its analysis was too narrow. “They have to analyze the impacts of the project as a whole,” Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg told ThinkProgress after the hearing. Earthjustice is representing the plaintiffs — which include the Sierra Club, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and a local river protection group — who argue that regulators failed to consider how the export terminal plays a role in the greater environmental degradation caused by the entire natural gas supply chain. The facility will have a liquefaction component, where natural gas is condensed and turned into liquid for shipping. It will add this and export capabilities to a terminal previously used only for LNG imports.  [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
The Senate Just Passed An Energy Bill That Would Make Forests A ‘Carbon Neutral’ Energy Source
Climate Progress
Alejandro Davila Fragoso

The first major update to the nation’s energy policy in eight years passed the Senate Wednesday with bipartisan support, as it concentrates on common ground topics like infrastructure improvements, cyber security, and energy efficiency. Yet an amendment in the bill — dubbed the Energy Policy Modernization Act — that would classify biomass as carbon neutral has angered dozens of environmental organizations, who say it puts forests at risk. Environmentalists had for months questioned an amendment from senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) instructing agencies to develop policies that “reflect the carbon neutrality” of biomass, a source of energy that includes trees and other plants. On Tuesday, more than 75 organizations sent a letter to the bill co-sponsors, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), voicing their opposition to the bill because of its “dangerous” biomass provisions. “This is a really horrible precedent,” said Friends of the Earth Climate and Energy Program Director Benjamin Schreiber, in an email to ThinkProgress. “What is next, will they pass a bill telling government scientists that they must deem coal carbon free?”  [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
Best guess: Natural gas production seen returning in 18 months
Observer-Reporter
Michael Bradwell

Two professionals close to the oil and gas industry predicted Tuesday normal natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shales will return in about 18 months.  [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
Pipeline task force was frustrating process, say industry reps
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

Two members of Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force say it was a frustrating experience. “It was a difficult thing for me personally and professionally,” says Cindy Ivey of the pipeline company, Williams. “I was probably the only task force member called out by name in a very unflattering way. It was a very toxic environment.”   [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
Federal Fracking Rule in Hands of Federal Judge in Wyoming
ABC News
Ben Neary

The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of Colorado, North Dakota and Utah and Wyoming.   [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
Ray Rodrigues hasn’t decided whether he’ll bring back fracking legislation in 2017
Saint Peters Blog
Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster

The fifth year might not be the charm when it comes to legislation dealing with hydraulic fracturing. Rep. Ray Rodrigues said he wasn’t sure he will sponsor legislation during the 2017 legislative session to regulate fracking. If he decides against filing a bill next year, it will mark the first time since 2013 the Estero Republican has not carried the fracking issue forward.  [Full Story]

Apr 20, 2016
FRENZY TO FIZZLE: Fracking fall-off foils some PA businesses
Press Connects
Michael Rubinkam

TOWANDA, Pa. — Jami Patel spends long hours behind the front desk of a nearly empty motel, desperate for someone, anyone, to check in. Hardly anyone ever does, not since the once-booming natural gas industry pulled up stakes amid a prolonged, severe slump in energy prices. "I don't know how much longer I can hold on," lamented Patel, 43. "If it continues like this, the business is going to be dead."   [Full Story]

Apr 19, 2016
Exxon Tries To Bury Climate Documents By Claiming First Amendment Rights
Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard and Sane Ferro

ExxonMobil is fighting a subpoena seeking its internal documents on climate change, arguing that the order violates the company’s constitutional rights. It’s an argument that legal experts say is unusual but not unprecedented. Earlier this month, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker initiated an investigation into whether Exxon misled the public on climate science. His office is also requesting records from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based libertarian think tank to which Exxon has previously provided funding. In that subpoena, the AG’s office accuses Exxon of defrauding the government and consumers, and “misrepresenting its knowledge of the likelihood that its products and activities have contributed and are contributing to climate change.”  [Full Story]

Apr 19, 2016
Federal appeals court hears arguments over LNG exports
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

The battle over Dominion Energy’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal in Lusby, MD, is now in the hands of a federal appeals court, even as construction on the facility continues. The D.C. circuit court of appeals heard oral arguments from attorneys representing environmentalists, industry and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday over whether or not FERC violated the National Environmental Policy Act by approving construction of the export terminal without conducting an environmental impact statement. FERC granted approval to the $3.8 billion project in 2014, and construction on expanding the idled import terminal into an export terminal began in October, 2014. Cabot Oil and Gas has a contract with a Japanese power company to sell 350,000 MMBtu of Marcellus Shale gas per day for 20 years once the Cove Point plant is completed.  [Full Story]

Apr 19, 2016
Fracking Exec Reportedly Admits Targeting the Poor, Because They Don’t Have ‘The Money To Fight’
In These Times
JESSICA KOZIK

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported accounts of unusually candid comments by an oil and natural gas industry executive, Terry Bossert, at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute gathering in Harrisburg this April. “We heard Range Resources say it sites its shale gas wells away from large homes where wealthy people live and who might have the money to fight such drilling and fracking operations,” stated an attendee. Terry Bossert is vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs at Range Resources, a natural gas exploration and production company. Range Resources was the first to tap into Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, in 2004, kicking off the state's current fracking boom. Some scientists and environmentalists warn that chemicals used in fracking may contaminate the groundwater in surrounding areas, potentially harming residents.   [Full Story]

Apr 19, 2016
Review: ‘How to Let Go of the World’ Ups the Ante on Climate Change
The New York Times
KEN JAWOROWSKI

The film’s title will use up many of the allotted words for this review, so it’s best to be terse when critiquing “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” Hence, a one-word assessment of this documentary: Tough. As in, tough to watch. Tough to consider. Tough to ignore. Josh Fox, the director, begins in a short-lived state of serenity, relaxing at his rural Pennsylvania home after his community won a battle against fracking companies that wanted to drill in the area. (The possibility of fracking there spurred him to make “Gasland,” an Oscar-nominated documentary from 2010.)  [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
California governor, agencies face legal claims in gas blowout
Reuters
STEVE GORMAN

Hundreds of Los Angeles homeowners who live near the site of the worst U.S. methane leak have filed claims against state regulators and the governor, seeking $3.5 million each in damages for government failures they blame for the gas blowout. Those cases marked the first batch of more than 3,000 such claims expected by the end of this week, opening a new front in litigation stemming from the accident at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, said an attorney for the claimants on Monday.  [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
Polluted Groundwater. Fracking to Blame?
Chromatography Today


But what about polluted groundwater? So far there has been no conclusive evidence of fracking affecting groundwater — and subsequently our water supplies. But a recent paper titled ‘Impact to Underground Sources of Drinking Water and Domestic Wells from Production Well Stimulation and Completion Practices in the Pavillion, Wyoming, Field’ and published in Environmental Science & Technology could change that.   [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
Pa. Attorney General candidates weigh in on fracking
State Impact PA
Katie Colaneri

Democratic candidate for attorney general Josh Shapiro is taking a hard line on gas drillers in a TV ad that began airing more than a week ago. “In the last eight years, the fracking industry has spent over $40 million dollars on lobbying in Pennsylvania,” Shapiro says in the ad, referring to a 2014 report by the watchdog group Common Cause Pennsylvania. The report found the industry spent nearly $50 million lobbying state lawmakers and donating to political candidates between 2007 and 2014.  [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
The Case Against Fracking
Opposing Views
Nicholas Roberts

The energy needs of the United States and elsewhere are only growing each year, but this needs often directly conflict with Americans' desire to live in clean, safe environments. This has led to the controversy surrounding the practice of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."  [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
Rep. Phillips introduces law to tighten injection-well regulation
Athens News
David DeWitt

Legislation introduced last week by state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, seeks to tighten regulations on fracking-waste injection wells in Ohio. “Our state and our region have become a dumping ground for waste produced in other states, exposing our citizens to toxins and carcinogens,” Phillips said announcing the legislation.   [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
It’s Time for Coastal Cities to Wake Up
Truth Out
Josh Fox

The climate science is uncompromising. We’ve already warmed the earth 1 degree Celsius. And we have enough carbon and methane and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and enough heat in the oceans to warm the earth another half a degree Celsius already. So if we stop all greenhouse gas emissions right now, we’ve already reached the 1.5 degree threshold. The current 1 degree rise has already increased extreme weather, caused mammoth floods and unprecedented drought, it has gotten the ice caps to start a menacing thaw. The consequences of 1 degree have been far more severe than we ever imagined and we are on our way to 1.5 no matter what we do.   [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
Energy And The 2016 Presidential Candidates
Forbes
James Conca

Of the five presidential candidates, two believe in some form of “all-of-the-above” strategy as we ramp down fossil fuels, particularly coal. The other three candidates don’t have a well-reasoned energy policy and rely more on the ideology of their base voters.  [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
Legal Protest Challenges Fossil Fuels Auction on 75,000 Acres in Nevada Fracking, Drilling Threaten Climate, Sensitive Wildlife, Public Lands
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

RENO, Nev.— Conservation groups filed a formal administrative protest Friday against a Bureau of Land Management plan to auction off nearly 75,000 acres of publicly owned fossil fuels in Lander and Nye counties in Nevada. The oil and gas on these parcels, administered by the Battle Mountain District Office, contain an estimated 419,983 tons of potential greenhouse gas pollution.   [Full Story]

Apr 18, 2016
Bernie Sanders: Fracking presents profound danger
USA TODAY
Bernie Sanders

A growing body of evidence tells us that fracking is a danger to our water supply — our most precious resource. It’s a danger to the air we breathe. It has resulted in more earthquakes. It’s highly explosive. And it’s contributing to climate change. The toxic chemicals used in fracking are known to cause lung cancer and birth defects. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences have shown clear evidence that hydraulic fracturing can lead to a contaminated water supply.  [Full Story]

Apr 17, 2016
Gulf, Calhoun counties set to begin oil, gas testing
News Herald
Katie Landeck

As of March 31, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued the permits necessary for a Texas-based company to begin exploratory testing, which involves detonating explosive charges underground, in Gulf and Calhoun counties.  [Full Story]

Apr 17, 2016
Water Contamination Found Downstream of West Virginia Injection Well Industry Leaders Say Well Failure Not Cause
Intelligencer
Casey Junkins

WHEELING -Researchers from the University of Missouri and Duke University say they found high levels of chemicals downstream from a West Virginia fracking wastewater disposal site, but industry leaders said this contamination is likely due to a surface spill rather than an injection well failure.  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2016
On the faultline: New York fracking ban leaves state divided as primary looms
The Guardian
Lucia Graves

For seven years, fracking roiled New York. Back in the summer of 2007, when the gas industry started knocking on doors in Delaware County, a faultline ran right through the home of Mark Dunau and Lisa Wujnovich. Scientists find fracking contaminated Wyoming water after EPA halted study Read more In 2014, the state announced a ban, but that faultline still runs through local and national politics, and even through the Democratic presidential primary. Activists fear Hillary Clinton’s pragmatic approach is too soft on fracking, and support her rival Bernie Sanders’ call for a national ban. Clinton supporters, meanwhile, have begun to worry that opposition to fracking would weaken her in a general election.   [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2016
40 Students Arrested Demanding Their Schools Divest From Fossil Fuels
EcoWatch
350.0rg

As students across the country engage in nonviolent direct action calling on their administrators to divest from fossil fuels, calling out conflicts of interest embedded within their decision makers over the last two weeks.   [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2016
Fracking debate looms over New York primary as Trump complains about ban
Raw Story
Lucia Graves, The Guardian

In 2014, the state announced a ban, but that faultline still runs through local and national politics, and even through the Democratic presidential primary. Activists fear Hillary Clinton’s pragmatic approach is too soft on fracking, and support her rival Bernie Sanders’ call for a national ban. Clinton supporters, meanwhile, have begun to worry that opposition to fracking would weaken her in a general election.   [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2016
Our green and pleasant land is blighted. And it will get worse A foolhardy government combined with avaricious business equals a bleak future
The Guardian


Tobias Jones paints a bleak picture of life in the countryside (“The British countryside has never had it so bad”, In Focus). Sadly, here in George Osborne’s northern poorhouse, it’s likely to get a lot worse. The government has sold the land beneath our feet to fracking companies such as IGas without either our knowledge or our consent and these companies are now secretly snapping up fields in this area. These purchases allow fracking companies to exploit not only their own land, but everyone else’s within a 2km radius. Fracking is being forced down our throats and those of every other living creature in the forms of air, water and food contamination.  [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2016
Oregon LNG withdraws Warrenton project
The Daily Astorian


WARRENTON — Oregon LNG informed city officials on Friday that the company will withdraw a proposed $6 billion terminal and pipeline project on the Skipanon Peninsula. Mayor Mark Kujala said he was told by a company representative that Leucadia National Corp., the New York-based holding company behind the project, was no longer willing to bankroll the effort. “That is exactly what I heard from Oregon LNG, is that they would be withdrawing the project,” Kujala said. The mayor said he was told “the holding company — Leucadia — was no longer going to fund the project. So it sounds as though it was a funding or a financing decision that was made.”  [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2016
This was the climate debate we’ve been waiting for
Grist
Rebecca Leber

Savor it, climate hawks. Global warming had its short and sweet 15 minutes of fame in the ninth — and likely final — Democratic primary debate on Thursday night. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had an intense exchange at the CNN/NY1 debate that got to the heart of the two candidates’ different philosophies on climate action. Not only did they scuffle over a topic that has been in the headlines recently — Clinton’s donations from fossil fuel interests — but they also got into it over Clinton’s support for fracking as secretary of state, the merits of a carbon tax, the Paris climate agreement, and the role of nuclear energy.  [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2016
Democratic Debate Brings Fiercest Exchange Yet on Climate Change, Fracking
EcoWatch


During last night’s Democratic debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a site that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton displayed the fiercest exchange around climate change yet.  [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2016
EPA underestimates methane emissions
Science News


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a methane problem — and that could misinform the country’s carbon-cutting plans. Recent studies suggest that the agency’s reports fail to capture the full scope of U.S. methane emissions, including “super emitters” that contribute a disproportionate share of methane release. Those EPA reports influence the country’s actions to combat climate change and the regulation of methane-producing industries such as agriculture and natural gas production. With EPA’s next annual methane report due to be published by April 15, early signs suggest that the agency is taking steps to fix the methane mismatch. A preliminary draft of the report revises the agency’s methane calculations for 2013 — the most recent year reported — upward by about 27 percent for the natural gas and petroleum sectors, a difference of about 2 million metric tons.   [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2016
MassDEP: Kinder Morgan misled FERC in bid to cut state forest trees for Berkshire County pipeline
The Republican
Mary Serreze

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. submitted misleading information to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its bid to immediately begin cutting trees in the Otis State Forest for a pipeline loop, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protect staffers stated in April 14 affidavits sworn before the federal agency. The Kinder Morgan subsidiary on April 11 assured the federal pipeline regulators in writing that MassDEP would not require a so-called 401 Water Quality Certificate for Tennessee to cut trees and vegetation along the proposed route of the Connecticut Expansion pipeline in Sandisfield, wrote David Foulis, an analyst for the department's Bureau of Water Resources, and Brian D. Harrington, the bureau's deputy regional director, in their separate statements.  [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2016
Stop a Pipeline for Fracked Gas
The New York Times
KARENNA GORE

GENERATIONS of the Holleran family have harvested sap from trees on their land in New Milford, Pa. In early March, their small maple syrup business was nearly destroyed when armed federal marshals accompanied men with chain saws onto the family farm and used the power of eminent domain to cut down most of their maple trees. The Hollerans are in the way of the Constitution Pipeline, the 124-mile structure that would carry fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale fields of Pennsylvania to a compressor station in Wright, N.Y. From there, it would connect with the Iroquois and Tennessee pipelines to take the gas to New England, and potentially to Canada. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission almost always approves such pipelines, despite growing evidence of the harm they are doing.  [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2016
Federal official compares pipeline blunders to mistakes that led to railway disaster
National Observer
Mike De Souza

For almost three years, managers and executives at Canadian pipeline companies have been under a microscope. Their industry watchdog has been examining whether they make it easy enough for employees to report and fix anything that might lead to spills, explosions or other serious incidents.   [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2016
Documents: How IOGCC Created Loophole Ushering in Frackquakes and Allowing Methane Leakage
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Earthquakes caused by injection of shale oil and gas production wastes — and methane leakage from shale gas pipelines — have proliferated in recent years, with both issues well-studied in the scientific literature and grabbing headlines in newspapers nationwide. Lesser-mentioned, though perhaps at the root of both problems, is a key exemption won by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact (IOGCC) via a concerted lobbying effort in the 1980's. That is, classifying oil and gas wastes as something other than “hazardous” or “solid wastes” under Subtitles C and D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), thus exempting the industry from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
New Documents Show Oil Industry Even More Evil Than We Thought
Huffington Post
Chris D’Angelo

In 1968, a pair of scientists from Stanford Research Institute wrote a report for the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association for America’s oil and natural gas industry. They warned that “man is now engaged in a vast geophysical experiment with his environment, the earth” — one that “may be the cause of serious world-wide environmental changes.” The scientists went on: “If the Earth’s temperature increases significantly, a number of events might be expected to occur including the melting of the Antarctic ice cap, a rise in sea levels, warming of the oceans and an increase in photosynthesis.”  [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
After Bankruptcies, Coal’s Dirty Legacy Lives On
The New York Times
TOM SANZILLO and DAVID SCHLISSEL

THE bankruptcy filing on Wednesday by Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private- sector producer of coal, is the latest in a series of major coal company collapses that threaten to leave behind a costly legacy that will haunt taxpayers and consumers for years. The abandonment of hundreds of mines over the years led Congress in 1977 to pass a law that requires coal companies to clean up after mining. Left untreated, these sites are more than eyesores: They create long-lingering problems including polluted drinking water.  [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Will LNG Exports Save the Shale Gas Drilling Industry's Profitability? Not So Fast
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

In February, the first ever export of LNG from shale gas reached Brazil, leaving from Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana. Last month, a second shipment of American shale gas reached India — but that gas sold for just roughly $5/mcf at the Dabhol LNG import terminal there. In other words, unfortunately for the shale drilling industry, those new shale exports are entering a world market that is also suffering from its own sudden collapse in prices.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Square Off On Fracking In Key New York, Pennsylvania Primaries
IB Times
Maria Gallucci

The Democratic presidential candidates this month are battling over their green credentials in two delegate-rich states that have starkly different policies on hydraulic fracturing: New York, where the practice is banned, and Pennsylvania, where a fracking boom is fueling the local economy.  [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Fracking’s Total Environmental Impact Is Staggering, Report Finds
Think Progress
Samantha Page

The body of evidence is growing that fracking is not only bad for the global climate, it is also dangerous for local communities. And affected communities are growing in number. A new report, released Thursday, details the sheer amount of water contamination, air pollution, climate impacts, and chemical use in fracking in the United States.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Trump knocks NY's lack of fracking
LoHud
Joseph Spector

That was the message Thursday from Donald Trump, who lamented New York's decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in late 2014. He said while Pennsylvania had an economic boom from gas drilling, New York was left out. New York agreed to a fracking ban in late 2014 after six years of deliberations, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration deciding that the risks outweighed any economic benefits.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
UK government's fracking definition 'could allow drilling without safeguards'
Business Green
Damian Carrington

Leading geologist warns loophole in government's legal definition of fracking could enable companies to bypass safety precautions The UK government has been accused of including a large loophole in its legal definition of fracking which could enable companies to bypass safety regulations, according to a leading geologist.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Anti-fracking measure supporters get signatures, and arrest threats.
Monterey County Weekly
David Schmalz

For supporters of the proposed ballot measure that would ban fracking and new oil development in Monterey County, there is some good news: Over the last month, petitioners gathered more than 8,000 signatures, eclipsing the approximately 7,500 signatures needed to get the measure on the ballot. The bad news for the petitioners—who have a goal of reaching 15,000 signatures by May 3—is that they are sometimes being threatened with arrest.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Fracking Produces Billions of Gallons in Toxins, Wastewater
TelesurTV


A new report found that fracking in the U.S. produces 250 billion gallons of wastewater and 2 billion chemicals that could contaminate drinking water. The rapid expansion of fracking in the United States is posing major threats to nearby communities by contaminating drinking water and spreading diseases, according to a new report by the Environment America released Thursday.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Anti-Fracking Activists Continue Push for Ban DEP approves seismic testing on Dead Lakes
The County Record
Kelli Peacock Dunn

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit to Cholla Petroleum to begin seismic testing in Calhoun and Gulf counties.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Fracking Bill fails
WCBC Radio


A bill that would have provided protection from fracking operations through liability and chemical disclosure died in Maryland's House of Delegates despite passing the Senate. The Cumberland Times News reports legislation also garnered 450 signatures in support and the backing of 90 Western Maryland businesses, according to Engage Mountain Maryland, a volunteer group with the goal of bringing awareness to the Appalachian region of Maryland.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Uproar in Colombia over fracking plans near one of country’s most unique ecosystems
Columbria Reports
Adriaan Alsema

Locals and Colombia tourism operators are furious after finding out the subsidiary of a US oil company is allowed to explore fracking possibilities near the springs of the Caño Cristales river, one of the country’s most unique ecosystems.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Substantial support for fracking within Lib Dem membership, says election candidate
Holyrood
Liam Kirkaldy

There is still substantial support for fracking within the Scottish Liberal Democrats, according to one of the party’s candidates for the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. Lib Dem members voted in favour of fracking at conference, before the party leadership intervened to reverse the position and insist the party was opposed to the technique.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Controversy on Impacts of Fracking on Groundwater in Wyoming
HazMat
Nicholson

A peer-reviewed study in Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T), has shown that fracking contaminated the groundwater near . The study, written by researchers at Stanford University, suggests that the entire groundwater resource in the Wind River Basin is contaminated with chemicals linked to hydraulic fracturing, also referred to as fracking.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Commission Postpones Action on Fracking Ordinance
Independent News


Alameda County planning commissioners postponed action on a county anti-fracking ordinance, after receiving an 11th hour letter from the only oil driller in the county. The commission was set to act at its meeting April 4. However, a letter dated the previous day from E&B Natural Resources, which has wells in the Altamont, prompted the commission to delay a decision until May 2.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Our last moment to act New documentary calls on elected officials to abandon fracking and turn to renewables
Boulder Weekly
Angela K. Evans

In late 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was considering opening New York to fracking, allowing the oil and gas industry to develop the state’s portion of the Marcellus Shale. But local activists, nonprofits, concerned citizens and people like filmmaker Jon Bowermaster and actor/activist Mark Ruffalo banded together in protest. And what began as a fight for their own state turned into a national movement for a full transition to renewables and away from the burning of fossil fuels.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
10 Years of Fracking: Its Impact on Our Water, Land and Climate
EcoWatch


In a single year, fracking wells across the country released at least 5.3 billion pounds of the potent greenhouse gas methane, as much global warming pollution as 22 coal-fired power plants. The statistic is one of many in a new study by Environment America Research & Policy Center that quantifies the environmental harm caused by more 137,000 fracking wells permitted since 2005.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
The Clinton-Sanders New York Primary Debate: Energy In Focus
The Wall Street Journal
JOHN CARNEY

While Brooklyn may be far-removed from the forces controlling energy prices and the fates of energy companies, investors should pay close attention to what happens when Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate in Brooklyn ahead of the April 19th New York primary. Energy policy is likely to be a big topic during the debate. Fracking, nuclear power, the Constitution Pipeline and the coal industry will likely come under attack. Solar and wind power are likely to be praised by both candidates.  [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
Clinton-Sanders fracking fracas heats up
Politico
ELANA SCHOR

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are feuding over fracking as they head toward primaries in gas-rich New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland — exposing a rift among Democrats that could haunt her at the party’s convention in July and beyond. The presidential hopefuls’ positions don’t seem vastly different on the surface: Sanders vows to ban the controversial oil- and gas-production technology outright, while Clinton has said she would regulate it so thoroughly that “I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place.” But Sanders’ pledge is the one that has caught fire with grass-roots green activists, who feel emboldened in their crusade against fossil fuels after pushing President Barack Obama to kill the Keystone XL oil pipeline and block drilling off the East Coast.   [Full Story]

Apr 14, 2016
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Times Herald Record
James Nani

Assemblyman Frank Skartados introduced a bill Thursday that would put the kibosh on plans to build the Pilgrim Pipeline, a 178-mile crude oil pipeline that would largely run along the Thruway. Skartados, D-Milton, said the pipeline would put communities it would cross at risk. Developers want to build the pipeline from Linden, N.J., to Albany. “The Pilgrim Pipeline poses a serious threat to our community, with the potential to affect our drinking water, farmlands and even the tourism industry that drives our economy,” Skartados said. “For our families, there is no reward that could outweigh these risks, and that’s why I’ll keep fighting to put an end to this proposal.”  [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
Overnight Energy: Obama offshore drilling rule imminent
The Hill
Timohy Cama

OFFSHORE RULE ON ITS WAY: The Obama administration is planning Thursday to unveil the final version of its well control rule, the biggest offshore drilling rule since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.   [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
Obama administration to issue new oil and gas drilling regulations
Washington Times
Dave Boyer

The Obama administration will issue sweeping new regulations Thursday for offshore oil and natural gas drillers, potentially costly requirements to prevent environmental disasters such as the BP accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico six years ago.  [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
Update to Penn Township zoning ordinance moves slowly
TribLive
Tom McGee

An update to Penn Township's zoning ordinance is on hold for at least another month, awaiting action by the township planning and zoning commission.   [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
Arabia sees record oil and gas drilling as rest of world slumps: Kemp
Reuters
John Kemp

A record number of rigs are drilling for oil and gas on the Arabian peninsula even as drilling in the rest of the world tumbles in response to low prices. There were almost 290 rigs active in Saudi Arabia and the neighboring states of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Oman in March, according to oilfield services company Baker Hughes.  [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
Oil industry knew of 'serious' climate concerns more than 45 years ago
The Guardian
Oliver Milman

The oil industry’s knowledge of dangerous climate change stretches back to the 1960s, with unearthed documents showing that it was warned of “serious worldwide environmental changes” more than 45 years ago. The Stanford Research Institute presented a report to the American Petroleum Institute (API) in 1968 that warned the release of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels could carry an array of harmful consequences for the planet. The emergence of this stark advice follows a series of revelations that the fossil fuel industry was aware of climate change for decades, only to publicly deny its scientific basis.  [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
Study: Oil Activity May Be Cause of East Texas Quakes
The Texas Tribune
Jim Malewitz

Oil and gas activity may have triggered a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that shook East Texas in 2012, new research says. In a peer-reviewed study made public Wednesday, University of Texas at Austin researchers call it “plausible” that underground injections of oil and gas waste triggered a series of temblors — including one of the strongest ever recorded in the area at 4.8 — that rattled Timpson residents in 2012. The study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, adds to the growing body of research linking wastewater disposal wells to earthquakes in drilling communities nationwide. Texas, home to thousands of such wells, is the third-most at-risk state for man-made earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, behind only Oklahoma and Kansas.  [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Erie Reader
Melissa A Troutman

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will speak at Edinboro University on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. after the Communication Studies Annual Spring Banquet. Just a guess, Wolf probably won’t be communicating about the health threats of fracking. According to the news, he’ll cover “key policy initiatives and the state budget” in his Edinboro address, which is expected to last 15 - 20 minutes. After that, he’s taking questions from the audience, and that’s when I hope to finally get a chance to ask Gov. Wolf about fracking in person. It will be 493 days since I started an online petition to get an interview with Gov. Wolf about fracking by the time he speaks Thursday in Edinboro. I’ve sent emails, made phone calls, mailed certified letters, and even re-sent a letter to Governor Wolf written by Dorene Dougherty, a very ill woman who had to evacuate her home to save her own life as fracking encroached. Neither Dorene nor I ever heard back. For six years, I’ve investigated and published about the rights abuses, water contamination, and health problems caused by fracking – problems that were actually studied in New York state, where fracking was banned in order to protect people and the environment. Pennsylvania, on the other hand, still has not conducted a health or environmental impact study, even though high-volume slickwater fracking began here over a decade ago, around the same time the Bush/Cheney Energy Bill of 2005 created the “Halliburton Loophole,” which makes it legal for oil and gas companies to use chemicals in ways that is illegal for you, me, or another industry to use them. The result – people get sick and groundwater used for drinking, cooking, growing food, feeding families, and raising farm animals is contaminated – many times “off the books.”   [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
Lead Isn’t the Only Threat to Drinking Water
The Nation
Zoe Carpenter

? The EPA abandoned a study of fracking pollution in Wyoming. Then one of the agency’s scientists kept investigating. ? For about a decade, residents in Pavillion, Wyoming, have wanted to know what’s wrong with their water. The tiny town is surrounded by more than 1,000 gas wells drilled into sandstone, which has been fractured with a high-pressure mix of water and chemicals to release the gas trapped inside. Pavillion was something of a fracking frontier: In the mid-2000s, when residents started to complain of foul-looking water that smelled like gasoline, the American shale-gas revolution was about to explode. The EPA agreed to investigate the Pavillion case, and in 2011 released a draft report that found high levels of carcinogens and at least one chemical linked to fracking in two test wells. Then, in 2013, the agency abruptly passed the inquiry off to state regulators, whose industry-funded reviews have been inconclusive.  [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2016
New York and Fracking: Clinton vs Sanders
Insittute for Public Accuracy
Press Release

USA Today reports Bernie Sanders “may have his best chance of challenging [Hillary] Clinton upstate, where he’s pushing an offensive on fracking and trade deals that have hurt manufacturing jobs, an issue that helped him pull off a surprise victory over Clinton last month in Michigan. On Tuesday, the Vermont senator opened a Rochester rally blasting Clinton for promoting fracking in other countries while Secretary of State.” See from Huffington Post: “Bernie Sanders Calls For Total Ban On Fracking In New Ad.” KATE BARTHOLOMEW, ecogreenwolf at gmail.com A member of the Coalition to Protect New York, Bartholomew said today: “There’s only one candidate who has spoken clearly against shale gas extraction — and the other candidate favors and has promoted it. This is significant for anyone involved in fighting climate change or fighting for renewables. “It’s also important when accessing environmental policy to note where the candidate stands on the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] since that deal threatens any environmental protections that are in place. Similarly, Sanders is the reliable candidate on that issue, others seem to shift with the political wind.” Bartholomew noted that many environmentalists are participating in the “Democracy Spring” protests this week. See from Reuters: “Police arrest 400 at U.S. Capitol in protest of money in politics.” See continuing live coverage by TheRealNews.com. She adde