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Mar 10, 2017
The environment: Fracking ban a small step in right direction
The Age
Letter: Dr. Liz Bashford

Congratulations to the Victorian Parliament for finally passing the legislation to ban fracking in the state. Fracking is bad for our health, and an increasing number of reports from the United States show that there are adverse impacts on the health of nearby residents. Importantly, the burning of fossil fuels causes climate change. The increasing frequency of heatwaves, bushfires, floods and severe storms are costing Australians dearly in terms of health and social disruption.   [Full Story]

Mar 9, 2017
Tim Winton speaks on gas fracking, WA's 'digging and dealing' economy
WA Today
Emma Young

Beloved West Australian author Tim Winton has broken a long silence to condemn WA gas fracking and illuminate deep public mistrust, both of the mining industry and its government regulators.   [Full Story]

Mar 9, 2017
Scientists link fracking and water well explosion in Palo Pinto County
WFAA 8 ABC
Brett Shipp

New information has surfaced in the water well explosion in the summer of 2014 injuring three members of a Palo Pinto County family. According to new scientific studies commissioned by the family, and included in newly filed court papers, the explosion was the direct result of fracking operations a quarter mile away.  [Full Story]

Mar 9, 2017
Adventures Afield: Augusta County leads local charge against fracking
Daily Progress Rural Virginian
Matthew Reilly

In late February, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors voted to ban hydraulic fracturing by way of a zoning ordinance, making it the first county in the Old Dominion to totally prohibit the invasive natural gas drilling practice. The move has been praised by sportsmen and conservation groups, as it effectively protects clean water and wildlife in the county, which includes 193,000 acres of the George Washington National Forest and countless headwater streams.   [Full Story]

Mar 9, 2017
Geologist: America’s Next Fracking Boom May Be In Alaska Photo of Andrew Follett
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

The geologist who helped oil companies tap into shale formations in the lower 48 thinks Alaska will be the center of the next hydraulic fracturing boom.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Josh Fox, Pipeline Protestors To Outline Opposition To Trump's FERC Appointments
PR Newswire
Press Release

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Josh Fox, the activist and director of the Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary Gasland, and anti-pipeline activists nationwide will spotlight the growing national opposition to new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) appointments by the Trump Administration. Currently, only two out of five Commissioner positions are filled at FERC, which means the Administration would greatly impact FERC's direction with new appointments. Activists will outline the push against any new FERC commissioners and highlight the concerns with FERC's regulatory oversight.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Proposed bill would allow FPL to charge customers for fracking ventures
Palm Beach Post
Susan Salisbury

Last May in a win for Florida Power & Light customers, the Florida Supreme Court reversed a Florida Public Service Commission decision allowing FPL to charge ratepayers for an oil and gas exploration and drilling venture in Oklahoma. Now two bills introduced in the Florida House and Senate on Tuesday would change the law to allow FPL to charge customers for what the court called a speculative venture that lacked legislative authority.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Landowners, Energy Co. Spar Over Gas Drilling in Residential Zone
Legal Intelligencer
Max Mitchell

Fracking, constitutional rights and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's sweeping decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth were all part of the arguments several property owners raised before the high court Wednesday in their attempt to block a natural gas well from coming into their town. But for at least one justice the issue might come down to a big case of NIMBY, or "Not in My Back Yard," concerns.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Liberty trustee raises concern about horizontal drilling in township
Vindy.com
Sarah Lehr

Trustee Jodi Stoyak has raised welfare concerns about a company planning to drill horizontally within the township. The company also is seeking to hydraulically fracture, or “frack,” at the site, said Steve Irwin, a spokesman with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Carroll Township residents raise concerns about drilling site
Observer-Reporter
Beth Hope-Cushey

Deafening noise, excessive dust, road congestion and sleepless nights were some of the concerns raised Tuesday to Carroll Township supervisors about an EQT gas drilling operation off Van Voorhis Lane.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Fracking ban moves forward in Maryland House, fate in Senate unclear
Baltimore Sun
Pamela Wood & Erin Cox

The House of Delegates is poised to approve a bill to ban fracking for natural gas, but the measure won't move forward in the state Senate unless supporters can get a veto-proof majority, a key senator said Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
As Lafayette fracking ban measure moves forward, proponents wary of its strength In 4-3 vote, climate bill stripped of its controversial direct action clause
Daily Camera
Anthony Hahn

An ordinance approved by Lafayette's City Council aimed at banning fracking operations within it the city's borders has left many with a bad taste in their mouth — including its most ardent proponents. The ordinance, which passed 4-3 on first reading, would ban fracking operations in the city even though Boulder County is facing a lawsuit over its current oil and gas moratorium.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Fracking Ban Passes First Test In Senate
WUWF
Jim Ash

The Senate is moving ahead with a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, despite industry threats of a blizzard of lawsuits. But as Jim Ash reports, the House remains a big question mark.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Fracking debate still going strong in Annapolis, with only final vote left House rejects amendments to ban fracking; bill officially on its third reader
Your 4 State
Brittany Marshall

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The fracking debate is still going strong in the Maryland General Assembly as lawmakers debate on a bill to ban it. Today, the House rejected amendments to change the bill to ban fracking, and, now, it is officially on its third reader.   [Full Story]

Mar 8, 2017
Westmoreland Debates Fracking Restrictions
NPR
Mark Huffman

Next week, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors takes up zoning proposals that would place heavy restrictions on fracking. But there’s no clear sign which way the vote will go. On one hand, supervisors may be swayed by land owners who have sold mineral rights to oil companies.  [Full Story]

Mar 7, 2017
Senate committee advances fracking ban
News-Press
Arek Sarkissian

TALLAHASSEE - A bill that would ban fracking in Florida advanced in the Senate on Tuesday, but House members appear less receptive to the idea.   [Full Story]

Mar 7, 2017
Vic bans fracking as legislation passes
News.co.au
Australian Associated Press

The laws passed state parliament's upper house on Tuesday afternoon and will see all onshore unconventional gas exploration and development, including hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking) and coal seam gas, banned.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
Lafayette’s anti-fracking proposal to return for vote amid increased strain
Denver Post


An ordinance aimed at forestalling the state’s authority in oil and gas development will return to Lafayette’s City Council for a vote Tuesday, a decision that will weigh heavier on the minds of city leaders amid heightened scrutiny from state officials.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
Family injured in Palo Pinto well explosion still seeking answers
Star-Telegram


More than 2 1/2 years have passed since Cody and Ashley Murray’s water well exploded, transforming their Palo Pinto County ranch into an emergency scene. With their burns healed and gone to scars, the couple and their two young children have since returned to their 160 acres outside of Perrin, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
The True Cost of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline
EcoWatch


A report prepared by Key-Log Economics for the Sierra Club and Appalachian Mountain Advocates was released Monday, detailing what it calls the true costs of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The proposed fracked gas pipeline was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on its former chair's final day—just before the commission lost its quorum.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
Marylanders Pushing for Fracking Ban
Public News Service


BALTIMORE – One of this year's most contentious debates in Maryland centers around whether to ban hydraulic fracking. A moratorium on fracking is set to expire in October. Thirty-seven groups have signed a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan supporting legislation (SB740 and HB1325) to ban fracking in the state.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
Proposed fracking insurance faces controversy during legislative hearing
Daily Nebraskan


Sitting atop the largest aquifer in the United States, Nebraskans are heavily dependent on the water stored below their land. Ensuring the Ogallala Aquifer’s water remains safe and free of contamination is essential to the good life in Nebraska, which is why Sen. Tony Vargas of Omaha introduced LB 533.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
Fracking Debate Getting Heated
WCBC


The fracking debate heated up in Annapolis last week as a senate committee held a hearing on a bill calling for a permanent ban. Maryland currently prohibits hydraulic fracturing, which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals deep underground to break up rock and release natural gas. A state moratorium on issuing permits ends Oct. 1, 2017. Supporters of a ban cite concerns about groundwater contamination, air pollution and earthquakes. Others say fracking should be allowed, because it would create jobs in western Maryland.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
New Study Unearths More Fracking Concerns
Health News Florida
Jim Ash

Environmentalists say the latest peer-reviewed study by the group Science for Nature and People Partnership, underscores the need in Florida for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
Pawnee Sue Frackers in Tribal Court Over Earthquakes
Courthouse News
David Lee

PAWNEE, Okla. (CN) — The Pawnee Nation sued two oil drillers in tribal court Friday, claiming their fracking caused earthquakes that damaged historic tribal buildings.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
Fracking inquiry begins in the Northern Territory
ABC News
Katrina Beavan

The first day of an inquiry into fracking in Alice Springs has heard there is no evidence of damage caused by hydraulic fracturing in the United States, amid calls for more regulation into the practice.   [Full Story]

Mar 6, 2017
USGS Finds Elevated Levels of Arsenic, Radon, Methane in Some Private Wells in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
USGS
Press Release

Tests of 75 private drinking water wells in Lycoming County, in north-central Pennsylvania, found water from most of the sampled wells contained concentrations of radon that exceeded a proposed, nonbinding health standard for drinking water. Smaller percentages of the wells contained concentrations of arsenic or methane that exceed existing drinking water standards.   [Full Story]

Mar 5, 2017
Viewpoint: Ban fracking in Florida
Pensacola News Journal
Jonathan Webber Opinion

Fracking will be banned in Florida. It’s just a matter of when. And this year our state lawmakers have the opportunity to determine if it happens before or after a disaster.   [Full Story]

Mar 5, 2017
Lafayette anti-fracking proposal to return for vote amid increased strain Controversial bill to be heard in city's library to accommodate crowd
Daily Camera
Anthony Hahn

An ordinance aimed at forestalling the state's authority in oil and gas development will return to Lafayette's City Council for a vote Tuesday, a decision that will weigh heavier on the minds of city leaders amid heightened scrutiny from state officials.   [Full Story]

Mar 5, 2017
Pipeline owner reaches milestone in Iowa: 28 spills since 2000
USA Today
Kevin Hardy

DES MOINES — The company whose pipeline dumped more than 46,000 gallons of diesel on northern Iowa farmland in January has had more spills than any other pipeline operator in the state over the past 16 years, according to a Des Moines Register analysis.   [Full Story]

Mar 4, 2017
STUDY FINDS FRACKING CAUSED 6,600 OIL SPILLS IN ONLY FOUR STATES
Lady Freethinker
Harmony Spencer Blog

Fracking is causing more toxic, chemical-laden water to spill into our earth than previously estimated by the EPA, a new study found. The study, which was conducted from 2004-2015 by researchers from Duke University, looked at the frequency and size of oil and gas spills in four states—Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania—and found that fracking caused 6,647 spills in 10 years. The researchers created an interactive map to plot the spills. North Dakota had the most spills (4,453 incidents), followed by Pennsylvania (1,293 incidents), Colorado (475 incidents), and New Mexico (426 incidents).   [Full Story]

Mar 3, 2017
New Study Unearths More Fracking Concerns
WFSU
Jim Ash

Environmentalists say the latest peer-reviewed study by the group Science for Nature and People Partnership, underscores the need in Florida for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Mar 3, 2017
Next Steps to Ban Fracking in Maryland People power will win this fight, but we’re not done yet.
Food and Water Watch


Yesterday was an amazing sight to see: over 1,000 people from all across Maryland marched through the streets of Annapolis to demand a ban on fracking in our state. We stretched on for blocks and blocks as chants of “Don’t Frack Maryland, Ban Fracking Now!” rang through the air. The massive march culminated with an overflow rally outside of the State House, where incredible speakers from across the progressive movement laid out our vision for a safe, healthy, and frack-free Maryland.   [Full Story]

Mar 3, 2017
EPA No Longer Requires Methane Emissions Information from Oil and Natural Gas Companies The agency started requiring the information in May 2016 as a step towards decreasing greenhouse gases.
Colorlines
Yessenia Funes

The EPA has, effective yesterday (March 2), ended the requirement for oil and natural gas companies to provide the public information regarding methane emissions on its operation sites.   [Full Story]

Mar 2, 2017
Another View: Gas industry’s dollars deep in pockets of pols
Daily Times
Gre Vitali Opinion

There are 203 lobbyists registered as working for the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania – coincidentally one for each state House member. The gas industry spent more than $7 million last year and more than $60 million since 2007 on lobbying in Pennsylvania. Despite this spending not a single Pennsylvania legislator was listed on any natural gas industry lobbing expense report as being the recipient of a gift, hospitality, transportation or lodging in 2016.   [Full Story]

Mar 1, 2017
Commentary: Marcellus money and the Pa. legislature
Philly.com
Greg Vitali: Opinion

In addition to the large sums of money spent on lobbying, the natural-gas industry also made significant political contributions to the General Assembly. In 2016, the industry gave about $900,000 in campaign contributions to legislators. Most went to House and Senate Republican leadership, who control the flow of legislation in Harrisburg,   [Full Story]

Mar 1, 2017
Power sector may be losing appetite for natural gas Solar and wind competition, along with likely federal support for coal, altering the equation
Houston Chronicle
James Osborne

WASHINGTON - The seemingly insatiable appetite for natural gas at the nation's power plants could be on the verge of an abrupt hiatus.   [Full Story]

Mar 1, 2017
Earthquake rate falls in Oklahoma
The Oklahoman
Adam Wilmoth

The overall rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has fallen over the past two years, but the state still bears a risk of larger tremors, researchers say.   [Full Story]

Feb 28, 2017
Supporters of Banning Fracking in Maryland Rally
Us News
AP

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — People who want to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Maryland rallied in the state capital Tuesday ahead of a hearing on legislation that would forbid fracking statewide. Advocates of banning fracking cite health and environmental risks, while opponents of the ban cite economic benefits drilling could bring.   [Full Story]

Feb 28, 2017
Bel Air commissioners support ban on fracking in Maryland
Baltimore Sun
Erika Butler

Elected leaders of the Town of Bel Air have taken a stand against fracking in Maryland, even though it's not likely the practice ever will happen in Harford County.   [Full Story]

Feb 28, 2017
Md. legislators consider permanent ban on fracking
Fox News
John Rydell

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) -- Maryland legislators are debating a bill which would permanently ban hydraulic fracking in the state. A moratorium on the high-tech method of extracting natural gas from shale in Western Maryland expires this fall.   [Full Story]

Feb 28, 2017
Fracking’s horror stories
Baltimore Post Examiner
Len Shindel

All movements need stories. Exposures of violence against black people, from lynching to lack of service at lunch counters, propelled the Civil Rights Movement. The struggle for unions was galvanized by confrontations on the shop floor and the picket lines.   [Full Story]

Feb 28, 2017
Are fracking and earthquakes really connected?
Journalist's Resource


Which American state has the most earthquakes? If you guessed Alaska or California, you might have been right — years ago. These days, the title goes to Oklahoma, where research links the oil and gas industry to the quakes.  [Full Story]

Feb 28, 2017
Southwestern Energy Reaches Utica Shale in West Virginia
The Inteligencer
Casey Junkins

WHEELING –Despite reporting more than $2 billion in losses for 2016, Southwestern Energy Co. is so active that company officials sometimes hire off-duty West Virginia State Police troopers to navigate the rugged Northern Panhandle terrain when moving rigs between drilling sites.  [Full Story]

Feb 28, 2017
Protest against hydrocarbon project in Pudukottai village
News Today Net


Chennai: Neduvasal, a remote village near Pudukottai, has all of a sudden come into the limelight because of the on-going protest asking the Central government to give up the hydrocarbon project planned to be taken up there.   [Full Story]

Feb 28, 2017
Behind Trump’s Push for "American Steel" in Pipelines, Another Russian Company with Putin Ties Stands to Benefit
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, President Donald Trump commemorated the one-month anniversary of his executive orders calling for the approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, as well as one calling for U.S. pipelines to get their line pipe steel from U.S. facilities.   [Full Story]

Feb 27, 2017
Health industry makes plea to gas drilling lobby to embrace methane controls
Pittsbugh Post=Gazette
Don Hopes

A group representing thousands of Pennsylvania doctors, nurses and other health care professionals has sent a letter to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, requesting that it stop legal challenges and lobbying against regulations aimed at controlling drilling air emissions and safeguarding public health.   [Full Story]

Feb 27, 2017
Israel’s Leviathan Natural Gas Project Ready to Drill
Media Line
Michael Friedson

An investment of $3.75 billion that has been agreed upon by the partners developing the Leviathan natural gas field off the coast of Israel clears the way for the nation’s largest infrastructure project to move ahead toward a target date of late 2019 for gas to reach the market.   [Full Story]

Feb 27, 2017
India: Why Neduvasal Residents Protest Against Gas Exploration Project ?
Sri Lanka Guardian
N. S. Venkataraman

The writer had the opportunity to interact with the local people living in and around Neduvasal in Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu , who are protesting against the proposal to take up natural gas exploration projects in the region. The interaction took place during a two hour session with the concerned people in a programme organized by a leading Tamil TV channel (News 18 Tamil), when cross section of people in different age groups , education level and income level, both men and women , from the region and local MLA participated and were encouraged to express their views . The writer was asked to respond to their observations , provide the necessary clarifications and suggest appropriate future course of action.   [Full Story]

Feb 27, 2017
To Frack Or Not To Frack? Will Maryland Legislators Place Constituents' Health At Risk?
Forbes
Judy Stone

Worried about health problems and the environmental impact from fracking, Kim recounted her long walk. “In October, my friend and I took to the road, the trail, the river side; 320 miles across the state of Maryland in a walking performance to educate, celebrate and protect our watershed and the communities it supports, from the far ranging impacts of natural gas development.”   [Full Story]

Feb 27, 2017
Pipeline to move fracked gas across Pennsylvania as critics cry foul
RT


A subsidiary of the company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun construction on a pipeline that will move as much as 700,000 barrels of liquid natural gas across Pennsylvania. Local groups are concerned about the project's safety.   [Full Story]

Feb 27, 2017
Tim Winton speaks out on ‘cancer on landscape’ for Frack Free Future
Weekly Times
Victoria Laurie

AWARD-winning West Austral­ian novelist Tim Winton has weighed into the state election campaign, with a warning that the gas fracking industry is “like a cancer on the landscape, ­destroying families and gutting communities”.   [Full Story]

Feb 27, 2017
Anti-Frackers Launch Protest After Site Gets Green Light
Morning Star
Peter Lazenby

ENVIRONMENTAL protesters gathered at a proposed fracking site in Lancashire over the weekend for a demonstration condemning the controversial plans. A rural area off Preston New Road near Blackpool is being prepared for fracking — drilling deep underground to pump in a toxic mixture of chemicals, sand and water to “fracture” shale to release gas — by firm Cuadrilla.   [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
In rural Western Maryland, fracking divisions run deep
Washington Post
Josh Hicks

Here, amid farms, faded industrial sites and a growing number of wineries and tourist attractions, the debate over whether to allow hydraulic fracturing seems far more immediate than in the State House in Annapolis, 170 miles to the southeast.  [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
Virginia agency says it will not exempt information on fracking fluid from disclosure
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Robert Zullo

Legislation that would have shielded specific concentrations of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing from public disclosure was rejected in a Senate committee this month, a vote that drew cheers from environmental groups.   [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
Photogallery - Fracking responsible for 12 toxic spills every year in the U.S.
Blasting News


An increasing number of environmental studies have shown the risks of #fracking include earthquakes, which are responsible for more toxic spills. These spills severely impact the environment with irreversible damage from oil and natural gas spills, including methane. Duke University reports that 16 percent of these toxic spills send out hydrocarbons and pollutants every year. These results are a direct correlation to the process of fracking. The #Environmental Protection Agency released a study suggesting that 457 have taken place across 8 hydraulic fracking states. Unfortunately, the newer study finds that the spill rates are actually 8 to 9 times higher than the EPA originally thought.  [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
Fracking causes several earthquakes in northwestern Pennsylvania, but no cause for alarm in Lancaster County
Lancaster Online
Tom Knapp

Fracking — a method of extracting underground pockets of natural gas — caused several earthquakes in northwestern Pennsylvania last year, scientists have confirmed. That’s reason for concern, two local science professors said this week — although it’s doubtful that fracking will cause the ground to shake in Lancaster County.   [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
Earthquakes Have to Do with One Very Specific Part of Fracking
Big Think
Robby Berman

There aren’t supposed to be earthquakes swarms in Oklahoma, and they were happening all the time. In 2016, there were 632 magnitude 3+ or higher temblors. In 2015, there were 903, 579 in 2014, and 109 in 2013. To say this got the attention of scientists is putting it mildly.  [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
EEOC Sues Fracking Company for Race-Based Harassment and Retaliation
JD Supra
US EEOC Press Release

HOUSTON - A manufacturer of equipment used in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") violated federal law when it retaliated against an employee for reporting that he had been harassed by his white coworkers because of his race, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.  [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy Pushes Natural Gas as Climate Solution at Contentious Town Hall Meetings
DeSmog Blog
Julie Dermansky

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy's constituents packed emotionally charged town hall meetings across the state during Congress’ February break, a trend seen in other meetings with lawmakers around the country.   [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
Pa. owed ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ in royalties from forest drilling
State Impact PA
Marie Cusick

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is owed “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in royalties from natural gas drilling on public forest land, according to an official with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.   [Full Story]

Feb 26, 2017
DEP invites comments on natural gas methane reduction
Allied News


HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has opened a 45-day public comment period to accept input on two permits and an inspection protocol for reducing methane at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas drilling and transport.   [Full Story]

Feb 25, 2017
Pa.'s natural gas industry could be poised for rebound
TribLive
Kevin Zwick

Jobs in the energy sector have steadily declined since early 2015 as an oversupply of natural gas and a lack of pipeline infrastructure drove down the price of natural gas and halted new development. Pennsylvania's mining and logging sector, which includes natural gas production, lost about 15,000 jobs since January 2015, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.   [Full Story]

Feb 25, 2017
'It's all about the water': Speaker’s presentation in DL focuses on harmful effect of tar sands oil
DL Online
Vicki Gerdes

Fossil fuels, tar sands, fracking, pipelines, oil production, oil spills... these are terms that have been part of the lexicon of U.S. and Canadian culture for decades now. But it is only within the past decade that they have been featured prominently in regional news headlines — thanks in no small part to Enbridge's catastrophic, 1-million-gallon oil spill on the Kalamazoo River in 2010, and recent protests over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).   [Full Story]

Feb 25, 2017
'About 250' protesters at Lancashire anti-fracking demo
BBC News


About 250 people have attended a rally near the UK's first horizontal fracking site, police said. Organisers said they wanted to "show support" for the campaign against drilling for shale gas in Lancashire.   [Full Story]

Feb 24, 2017
New Rutgers University study shows microorganisms were impacted at Fayette County injection site
Register-Herald
Sarah Plummer

A tributary of the New River in Fayette County has again become ground zero for a national study on how hydraulic fracturing wastewater impacts stream water and sediments downstream from disposal sites.  [Full Story]

Feb 24, 2017
Here’s the case for a fracking ban
Delmarva Now
Paul Roberts & Mike Tidwell

On Feb. 28, the Health, Education and Environmental Affairs Committee in the Maryland Senate will take up legislation dealing with shale-gas drilling (fracking). For public safety, economic and environmental reasons, we believe the technology should not be allowed in Maryland.   [Full Story]

Feb 24, 2017
Fracking fluid is leaking more often than we thought
Popular Science
Kendra Pierre-Louis

Hydraulic fracture oil and gas wells spill pretty often, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. That study, along with a companion paper which appeared in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analyzed spill data and behavior across four states—Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania—with the goal of identifying common causes of spills to help industries improve.  [Full Story]

Feb 24, 2017
As area localities consider fracking regulations, another county bans the process
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

None of the counties in the Fredericksburg region, where a Texas company has leased land for possible oil or natural gas drilling, will become the first locality in Virginia to ban fracking.   [Full Story]

Feb 24, 2017
Brooklyn to consider ordinance banning fracking waste
The Norwich Bulletin
Francesca Kefala

BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Conservation Commission wants to make sure the town does not unknowingly become a storage or treatment location for the waste products of fracking.   [Full Story]

Feb 24, 2017
Why Fracking and Cracking Create Risks to Human Life and so Much More
Green Optimistic
Nicholas Say

The fracking boom in the USA has received a lot of well founded criticism; it pollutes in just about every conceivable way, and has given rise to dangerous earthquakes in many areas.   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
Microbes differ downstream from fracking wastewater
Futurity


The study, published in Science of the Total Environment, shows that wastewater releases, including briny water that contained petroleum and other pollutants, altered the diversity, numbers, and functions of microbes. The shifts in the microbial community indicated changes in their respiration and nutrient cycling, along with signs of stress.   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
Study Identifies More Than 6,600 Fracking Spills Over 10-Year Period There have been more than 4,400 spills in North Dakota alone.
Huffington Post
Hayley Miller

A controversial method of oil and natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has resulted in thousands of spills in four states over a 10-year period, a new study finds. Researchers at Duke University identified 6,648 fracking-related spills in Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and North Dakota between 2005 and 2014. Fracking uses a high-pressure stream of water, chemicals and sand to tap into rock formations and extract oil and gas deposits. Many of the spills in the researchers’ tally include fracking fluids, wastewater and hydrocarbons ? all of which can contain chemicals hazardous to drinking water resources.  [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
Georgia House passes fracking bill
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams

The Georgia House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday that would establish state regulations governing fracking, a process that extracts oil or natural gas from underground rocks by injecting liquid at high pressure. The bill, which passed 162-1 and now moves to the state Senate, was requested by local officials in eight counties in Northwest Georgia, the only part of the state suitable for fracking.  [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
Fracking regulation bill passes Georgia House
AJC
Aaron Gould Sheinin

Legislation approved in the state House on Thursday would create the first new fracking regulations in a generation. The House voted 162-1 to approve House Bill 205, sponsored by House Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows, R-Calhoun. Meadows said there is one, eight-county, region in northwest Georgia that is ripe for fracking.   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
Augusta first county in Va. to ban fracking
News Leader
Gabe Cavallaro

VERONA - The Augusta County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night to prohibit fracking in the county in a move to keep clean water flowing in the area.   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
City sues frac sand company for a $150K
Marshfield News-Herald
Karen Madden

MARSHFIELD - City officials have filed a $153,384 civil suit against a Texas-based company that processes sand used in oil drilling at its Marshfield plant.   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
University of Maryland SGA wants the state to extend its fracking moratorium
DBK News
Carly Taylor

The SGA voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the extension of a hydraulic fracturing moratorium in Maryland. A two-year state moratorium on fracking passed in 2015 is set to expire Oct. 1. The Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill that would extend the moratorium for an additional two years and instruct each county to hold a referendum in 2018 in support or disapproval of fracking.   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
The divisive New Market Pipeline project is awaiting approval on several variances before construction can begin
Ithaa Journal
Matt Weinstein

Dominion Transmission Inc.’s divisive New Market Pipeline project is awaiting approval on several variances before construction can begin, and a state legislator from Ithaca is hoping to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny those requests.   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
Fracking Is Dangerous To Your Health -- Here's Why
Forbes
Judy Stone

Fracking, or drilling for gas by hydraulic fracturing, has been associated with a growing number of health risks. Last week, I began this series looking at some of the hazardous chemicals injected into the wells to make drilling easier and cheaper, and the growing risks to our health by the GOP rushing through the approval of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
Study Finds Connection Between Living Near Oil and Gas Development and Childhood Leukemia
DeSmog Blog
Mike Gaworecki

With the rise of new technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling, oil and gas development in the United States has exploded over the past 15 years. As development expands, it’s also pushing ever closer into areas where people live. It’s been estimated that today more than 15 million Americans live within one mile of oil and gas development.   [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2017
Hilcorp and earthquakes: Pa. officials find correlation
Farm & Dairy


MEADVILLE, Pa. — Seismic events that occurred in western Lawrence County on April 25, 2016, were likely correlated to natural gas hydraulic fracturing by Hilcorp Energy Co., according to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).   [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
Underwater Pipeline Leak Dumping Over 200,000 Cubic Feet Of Natural Gas Into Cook Inlet Underwater Pipeline Leak Dumping Over 200,000 Cubic Feet Of Natural Gas Into Cook Inlet
Fox 13
Brandon Smith

Since February 7th, there has been an underwater pipeline leak off of the Cook Inlet. The leak is in a pipeline that supplies processed natural gas to four separate drilling platforms. The pipe is about four miles from shore in eighty feet of water.   [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
In the past decade, fracking caused nearly 2 spills a day in just these 4 states Researchers call for better reporting by oil and gas companies.
ThinkProgress
Samantha Page

Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and North Dakota saw more than 6,600 spills from fracking wells?—?or more than one spill for every five wells?—?from 2005 to 2014, according to a study released Wednesday by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.   [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
Nevada considers fracking ban
USA Today
Benjamin Spillman

RENO, Nev. — Nevada could become the third state in the nation to ban drilling companies from using hydraulic fracturing to get oil and natural gas from the ground. Known as fracking, it’s the practice of extracting oil and gas from the ground by using high pressure to inject fluid deep underground.  [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
With permits in hand, Sunoco confirms plans to build two new pipelines, not one
Phlly.com
Andrew Maykuth

Sunoco Logistics Partners confirmed Wednesday that it will build two pipelines across Pennsylvania as part of its Mariner East 2 project. The Newtown Square company said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s recent approval of permits for its pipeline has emboldened more producers to commit to the project, signaling greater interest in building an additional pipeline adjoining the one now under construction.   [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
Bill to protect gas and oil production killed by Colorado Dems
Durango Herald
Luke Perkins

DENVER – The House Democrats’ “kill committee” lived up to its name again Wednesday when a bill that would protect oil and gas development and mineral rights died on a 6-3 party-line vote. House Bill 1124, which would have required local governments that prohibit fracking or place moratoriums on oil and gas production to pay out the value of the mineral interest impacted, was an attempt to protect Coloradans’ property rights, said Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, and sponsor of the bill.   [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
Pennsylvania Confirms First Fracking-Related Earthquakes
WESA
Reid Frazier

Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is stepping up its requirements for drilling in that part of the state, which is known for seismic activity.   [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
A&M Corpus Christi professor discusses fracking concerns
KRIS TV


CORPUS CHRISTI - It appears the sale of two oil and gas leases in the Choke Canyon reservoir will move forward. As we first reported Monday, the Bureau of Land Management wants to sell the leases to oil and gas companies that would use fracking. Those 16-hundred acres are submerged land at the bottom of Choke Canyon Lake. Word of the pending sale prompted the city to fire off a letter of protest.  [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
Fracking led to more than 6,000 spills in 10 years, study finds
Christina Science Monitor
Ellen Powell

In a study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, a team of researchers identified 6,648 spills in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania between 2005 and 2014. The researchers calculated that between 2 and 16 percent of wells will spill contaminated water, hydraulic fracturing fluids, or other substances every year, with the majority of incidents occurring in the first three years after a well becomes operational.   [Full Story]

Feb 22, 2017
Trump Eyes Easing Obama Rules for Sprawling Pipeline Network
Bloomberg
Catherine Traywick & Laura Blewitt

The hints of a pipeline spill are subtle: the hiss of rushing fluid, a streak of rainbow sheen. Tucked far below ground, a ruptured line can escape notice for days or even weeks, especially in the backcountry, where inspectors rarely venture. Regulators in the waning hours of the Obama era wrote rules aimed at changing that, and the industry is looking forward to the new administration rolling them back.   [Full Story]

Feb 21, 2017
Fracking bill crosses hurdle
Dalton Daily Citizen
Jill Nolin

ATLANTA — A proposal to regulate a sometimes controversial form of drilling cleared a key hurdle Tuesday. Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, says his bill seeks to put in place protections for the state’s water resources — before the oil and gas industry starts using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking uses a mixture of water, sand and chemicals to break up rock and free natural gas or oil underground,   [Full Story]

Feb 21, 2017
Fracking debate nears crossroads in Maryland Lawmakers eye prohibition, or leaving it to voters to decide locality by locality
Bay Journal


Maryland’s “fracking” debate begins in earnest this week in Annapolis. With a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas scheduled to end Oct. 1, lawmakers are under increasing pressure to decide whether to ban the practice permanently, punt it to the voters or let drilling proceed under disputed regulations that have yet to be finalized. Emotions are running high, and legislators appear nearly evenly split.   [Full Story]

Feb 21, 2017
Josh Fox Rallies Hundreds Demanding a Fracking Ban in the Heart of Gas-Drilling Country Demonstrators protest an executive order that could leave local communities vulnerable to contamination.
Alternet
Alexandra Rosenmann

The anti-Trump resistance isn't just about marching on Capitol Hill; it's about organizing and showing up for your community, every day. "If you want to figure out what democracy is, if you want to figure out what America, it's this in a room like this," documentary filmmaker Josh Fox explained from the Delaware River Basin Commission Public Hearing in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. "Two hundred and fifty people at a hearing in the middle of the day, took off from work, and they decided that [they're] going to stand up and fight against the oil industry."   [Full Story]

Feb 21, 2017
Josh Fox Rallies Hundreds Demanding a Fracking Ban in the Heart of Gas-Drilling Country Demonstrators protest an executive order that could leave local communities vulnerable to contamination.
Alternet
Alexandra Rosenmann

The anti-Trump resistance isn't just about marching on Capitol Hill; it's about organizing and showing up for your community, every day. "If you want to figure out what democracy is, if you want to figure out what America, it's this in a room like this," documentary filmmaker Josh Fox explained from the Delaware River Basin Commission Public Hearing in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. "Two hundred and fifty people at a hearing in the middle of the day, took off from work, and they decided that [they're] going to stand up and fight against the oil industry."   [Full Story]

Feb 19, 2017
COLORADO FRACKING SUIT PITS STATE VS. COMMUNITY
Newsweek
David Sirota

In the latest salvo in an intensifying national battle over climate change policy and fossil fuel extraction, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing local communities from restricting hydraulic fracturing. The Republican’s lawsuit on behalf of the powerful oil and gas industry comes only a few years after fossil fuel industry campaign cash boosted her campaign for public office.   [Full Story]

Feb 19, 2017
Pa. links natural gas fracking with series of tiny quakes
Fox 29
Associated Press

(AP) - Pennsylvania environmental regulators have found a likely correlation between a natural gas company's fracking operation and a series of tiny earthquakes in western Pennsylvania last year.   [Full Story]

Feb 19, 2017
Ashley Manicaros: Fracking ban affects indigenous self-determination
NT News
Ashley Manicaros Opinion

THIS week Territorians had two paths laid bare for them to consider. One path involves economic development which would create jobs; boost the Territory economy and generate for the government revenue it desperately needs. The other involved cutting jobs to free the money they need to deliver the programs to stimulate the economy.   [Full Story]

Feb 19, 2017
Pruitt Ignored Cries to Regulate Fracking in Oklahoma. Now Residents Face Big Oil on Their Own
Truth-Out
Adam Lynch

Valerie Branyan is thankful that she and her husband were together with their two children when the 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Cushing, Oklahoma, early in November. The couple clutched their kids, eyed the ceiling, and waited. While there were no injuries and only minor damage to their home, properties they own near downtown didn't fare so well. The brickwork of one building toppled to the street, while a third building housing their family business suffered more than $100,000 in ruined walls and structural damage.   [Full Story]

Feb 18, 2017
Protest targets bank’s role in Dakota Access pipeline
Marshall Independent
Karin Elton

MARSHALL — About 20 to 25 protesters lined an area in front of Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street in Marshall Friday morning.   [Full Story]

Feb 18, 2017
Even if Maryland fracking ban fails, Garrett County doesn't foresee a drilling boom
Baltimore Sun
Scott Dance

decade ago, Bill Janoske's father and uncle signed a deal. The energy company Chesapeake Appalachia LLC would pay them $5 a year for each of the 660 acres on the family's former dairy farm, a stone's throw from West Virginia in three directions.  [Full Story]

Feb 18, 2017
Protesters show their love for Sherwood Forest at fracking demo
Notthingham Post
Laura Hammond

More than 100 protesters took part in the demonstration on Saturday, February 18 - the second to have taken place since Friends of the Earth said a Freedom of Information request showed the land surveyors for chemicals company Ineos have been in contact with the Forestry Commission since August regarding accessing its land.   [Full Story]

Feb 18, 2017
Lawmakers Deny AG Office’s Budget Request Following Fracking Lawsuit
CBS Denver


BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has filed a lawsuit against the City of Boulder to lift its moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, and now state lawmakers are not allowing more funding for her office.   [Full Story]

Feb 17, 2017
Trump policy hits New Mexico Indigenous site
Liberation News
Marcus Nells

The Dakota Access Pipeline has received a great deal of coverage in the news, but the struggle against environmental degradation isn’t isolated to the Dakotas. In the Southwest, Chaco Canyon is an important archaeological site and Indigenous historical relic of a lost culture.   [Full Story]

Feb 17, 2017
“Towns Driving State Policy:” New London Aims to Ban Fracking Waste
College Voice
Maia Hibbett

One by one, Connecticut municipalities are sending a message to state and federal legislators: no to local fracking waste disposal. Following the lead of municipalities across four counties beginning with Washington and most recently including Middletown, New London aims to become the next city to ban fracking waste.   [Full Story]

Feb 17, 2017
Trump Completes Pipeline Trifecta, Rubber Stamps Enbridge-Spectra Merger
EcoWatch
Wenonah Hauter

The White House completed its pipeline trifecta Thursday by rubber stamping the Enbridge-Spectra merger after approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and reversing the blocked Keystone XL pipeline.   [Full Story]

Feb 17, 2017
Pennsylvania correlates fracking with earthquakes MICHAEL
Pittsburgh Star-Gazette
Michael Rubinkam

Pennsylvania environmental regulators have found a likely correlation between a natural gas company’s fracking operation and a series of tiny earthquakes in western Pennsylvania last year.   [Full Story]

Feb 15, 2017
Fracking Rule Text Disappears From Interior Department Website
EcoWatch
Alleen Brown

In Donald Trump's first week as president, text describing two rules regulating the oil and gas industry was removed from an Interior Department website. The rules, limiting hydraulic fracturing and natural gas flaring on public lands, are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration.   [Full Story]

Feb 15, 2017
Cook Inlet Gas Pipeline Leak Shows Risks of Offshore Drilling Hilcorp Alaska Has Been Fined for Disregarding Regulations, Seeks to Build Massive Liberty Project in Beaufort Sea
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Hilcorp Alaska LLC, the operator of the leaking natural gas pipeline in Cook Inlet, has been warned by federal regulators to improve maintenance of its gas pipelines. State regulators have also repeatedly fined the company and said “disregard for regulatory compliance is endemic to Hilcorp’s approach to its Alaska operations.”   [Full Story]

Feb 14, 2017
COUNTY COUNCIL URGES STATE OF MARYLAND TO BAN FRACKING
MyMcmedia


The Montgomery County Council has approved a resolution, introduced by Councilmember Marc Elrich, urging the Maryland General Assembly and Governor Larry Hogan to enact a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing and other types of “Unconventional Gas Development and Production.”   [Full Story]

Feb 14, 2017
Federal Government Shrugs Off Threat to Climate, Groundwater, Wildlife Habitat in Wayne National Forest
Center for Biological Diversity


ATHENS, Ohio—(ENEWSPF)–February 14, 2017. Conservation groups this week filed an administrative protest challenging a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction slated for Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. The protest takes aim at the Bureau’s refusal to adequately analyze the impacts of fracking on climate change, water quality and endangered species.   [Full Story]

Feb 14, 2017
Richmond councilman proposes ban on fracking in city limits
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Ned Oliver

Richmond Councilman Parker C. Agelasto isn't aware of anyone currently mining natural gas from oil shale within the city limits. But he said he wants to keep it that way.   [Full Story]

Feb 14, 2017
Colorado AG Warns Boulder County Over ‘Continuous’ Fracking Moratorium
Bloomberg
Tripp Baltz

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) warned Boulder County the state will take legal action if the county fails to rescind its “continuous” moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas development.   [Full Story]

Feb 14, 2017
Chemical Plant Boom Spurred by Fracking Will Bring Smog, Plastic Glut, and Risks to Workers' Health, New Report Warns
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

On the heels of the shale gas rush that's swept the U.S. for the past decade, another wave of fossil fuel-based projects is coming — a plastic and petrochemical manufacturing rush that environmentalists warn could make smog worse in communities already breathing air pollution from fracking, sicken workers, and expand the plastic trash gyres in the world's oceans.   [Full Story]

Feb 14, 2017
Two Fracking Bills Introduced In Annapolis
WCBC


Dueling bills- one calling for a total ban on fracking, the other allowing for an extension of the current moratorium- have been introduced in Annapolis and the debate is continuing. Under a bill co-sponsored by State Senator George Edwards- the current October 1st end to the moratorium would be expanded two years- giving residents of Allegany and Garrett counties a say on fracking by way of a referendum vote in 2018. State Senator Robert Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, has introduced legislation to ban fracking altogether. Although Allegany and Garrett counties are the only Maryland counties with potential for hydraulic fracturing, Zirkin says he supports a ban because the potential for water contamination could have statewide ramifications….   [Full Story]

Feb 13, 2017
Flores: Anything Short Of Fracking Ban DOA In Senate
WFSU
Jim Ash

Senator Anitere Flores has spoken out against hydraulic fracturing in Florida, voted against it and written guest editorials. But the Miami Republican is sending her strongest message yet... This year, Flores is Senate Pro Temp – No. 2 in the political pecking order -- and she’s co-sponsoring a statewide ban.   [Full Story]

Feb 13, 2017
Lawmaker wants to outlaw fracking in Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sean Whaley

CARSON CITY — The practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” would be prohibited in Nevada under a bill introduced Monday by a Las Vegas lawmaker.   [Full Story]

Feb 13, 2017
Council urges Fifers to fight against fracking
The Courier
Leeza Clark

Depute leader Lesley Laird is urging them to air their views on whether the controversial unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction, including fracking, should be allowed in the country.   [Full Story]

Feb 13, 2017
Energy Dept.: Fracked Oil to Account for 60 Percent of U.S. Crude Output Over Next 23 Years
District Sentinel
Sam Knight

The majority of crude oil produced in the US over the next few decades will come from fracked wells, according to a research arm of the Energy Department.   [Full Story]

Feb 13, 2017
Questions Raised Over City’s Water Supply In Regards To Fracking
WCBC


During last week’s meeting of the Cumberland City Council which was dominated by a large group of citizens pushing for a statewide ban of fracking- one man raised questions about the city’s water supply, which originates in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, where fracking is legal. Basically at issue is what protections the city has over its water supply. Jeff Rhodes, city administrator, briefly commented noting that since the water supply sits in Pennsylvania the city of Cumberland obviously has no regulatory authority there. He added that the city is looking at mineral rights to make sure someone couldn’t frack under a portion that the city owns…   [Full Story]

Feb 13, 2017
Inside the anti-frackers’ protest camp
The Gazette


The controversy over fracking on the Fylde looks set to continue throughout the coming year. Pro-fracking groups have pointed the finger at campaigners from outside the county who they claim are “professional” protesters using new tactics of “harassment” and “intimidation”.   [Full Story]

Feb 13, 2017
E-mails Suggest a Very Cozy Relationship Between California’s Oil Industry and the State’s Regulators
The Nation
Michael J. Mishak

s California regulators oversaw an oil boom, industry representatives lobbied to ease drilling rules and shape new regulations. Four years of e-mails obtained by the Center for Public Integrity suggest a comfortable—at times, chummy —relationship between Governor Jerry Brown’s appointees and the industry. Exchanging hundreds of notes, state officials at the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) forwarded internal memos to trade groups, alerted oil companies of legislative inquires, and coordinated media responses with industry.  [Full Story]

Feb 13, 2017
Morrow County Democrat women energize with environmental concerns
Morrow County Sentinel


Kathy Winters reported on her experience visiting several injection wells in Morrow County with a Columbus group that has concerns about fracking waste getting into the Columbus water supply. “You can smell the oil as you drive up to the wells,” commented Winters. Winters said there are 14 injection wells in Morrow County and 13 are actively receiving fracking waste. There are 245 injection wells in the state of Ohio.   [Full Story]

Feb 12, 2017
Drilling in Colorado basin picking up after years of decline
Charlotte Observer
Associated Press

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. After years of sliding downhill, energy producers have increased plans for drilling in a major basin in northwest Colorado. As many as eight rigs could be operating this spring in the Piceance Basin, said industry officials who spoke to The Daily Sentinel . Industry officials, however, also note that drilling activity is tightly tied to the price of natural gas. While they might have made drilling plans for a period of years, they now are making them on tighter schedules that are more tuned to costs and the prices that natural gas can fetch, the officials said.   [Full Story]

Feb 12, 2017
Bill Would Make Fracking a Crime in Maryland
Corporate Crime Reporter


A bill (HB 1387) introduced into the Maryland legislature last week would make it a crime to engage in hydraulic fracturing — fracking — in the state.   [Full Story]

Feb 12, 2017
Quakers call for ban on fracking
Independent Catholic News
Anne van Staveren

Quakers are calling for a ban on new and intensive forms of fossil fuel extraction, including fracking for shale gas and oil, and underground coal gasification.   [Full Story]

Feb 12, 2017
Study finds methane pollution grows even after drilling stops
Weirton Daily Times
Casey Junkins

WHEELING — Long after the drilling rigs and frack trucks are gone, methane pollution from natural gas extraction continues to grow, according to researchers at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.   [Full Story]

Feb 11, 2017
Study Finds Rise in Methane in Pennsylvania Gas Country Readings showed a rise in the potent greenhouse gas from 2012 to 2015, and the region’s boom in natural gas production is likely to blame.
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

New research shows a recent three-year surge in methane levels in northeastern Pennsylvania, a hub of the state's natural gas production. After sampling the region's air in 2012 and again in 2015, researchers found that methane levels had increased from 1,960 parts per billion in 2012 up to 2,060 in 2015, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene.   [Full Story]

Feb 9, 2017
Data shows fracking caused earthquakes near Fox Creek: U of A researcher
Global News
Cassandra Jodoin

A University of Alberta’s Department of Physics researcher says new data shows hydraulic fracturing in northwestern Alberta’s Fox Creek area was the cause of multiple earthquakes in the region.   [Full Story]

Feb 9, 2017
More frequent, stronger earthquakes linked to fracking, Alberta study finds
CBC News
Zoe Todd

Alberta's strongest fracking-related tremor was a magnitude 4.93 earthquake near Fox Creek in 2016. Earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing in Western Canada are becoming stronger and more frequent, according to a study from the University of Alberta.   [Full Story]

Feb 9, 2017
In Depth: Drilling down into prospect of fracking on Sheffield’s doorstep
Sheffield Telegraph
Richard Blackledge

Mr Kesteven, head gardener at Renishaw Hall in North Derbyshire, is one of a growing number of campaigners opposing chemical firm Ineos’s bid to carry out exploratory work at Marsh Lane, near Eckington.   [Full Story]

Feb 9, 2017
Opponents Of Fracking Take Fight To Annapolis
WCBC


Opponents of fracking have taken their fight to Annapolis to try to get a ban before a moratorium ends later this year. Demonstrators have rallied in front of the Maryland State House on several occasions during this session of the General Assembly- and most recently as Maryland Governor. Larry Hogan issued his State of the State address. Locally citizens groups from Friendsville to Frostburg to Cumberland have been urging town and municipal officials to support a permanent ban. Friendsville already has instituted a ban and so has Frostburg. While the anti-Fracking groups are grabbing headlines, Delegate Jason Buckel points to what he thinks is a silent majority of western Marylanders who support the concept…   [Full Story]

Feb 9, 2017
Area lawmakers cautious on proposed budget
Sun-Gazette
Anne Reiner

While local lawmakers are optimistic about Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2017-18 budget, a lack of funding for agriculture and changes to natural gas drilling impact fees have some worried.  [Full Story]

Feb 9, 2017
US Congress May Allow More Oil, Gas Drilling in National Parks
Sputnik News


The US House of Representatives is considering a bill that will ease drilling regulations in America’s national parks, making it easier for companies to gain permission to extract oil and natural gas. The bill, proposed by Republican Paul Gosar of Arizona, is strenuously opposed by environmentalist groups.   [Full Story]

Feb 8, 2017
Fracking rules would tighten limits on drilling
Dalton Daily Citizen
Jill Nolin

ATLANTA — Plans to regulate fracking in Georgia have been met with unease from lawmakers wary of expanding the state’s role in regulating a new industry. “I’m certainly leery of EPA, and I’m just about as leery of EPD,” Rep. Don Parsons, R-Marietta, said during a legislative meeting Wednesday, referring to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Environmental Protection Division.   [Full Story]

Feb 8, 2017
First LNG Produced at Well Site
Big Sky Business Journal


GTUIT, LLC, a Billings-based company, announced that the firm has been participating, since December 2015, in what is thought to be the world’s first well site production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from captured flare gas.   [Full Story]

Feb 8, 2017
Federal regulators approve Appalachian pipelines before quorum dissolves
Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

Preparing for a lack of a quorum for the foreseeable future, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made a series of rulings last week that might speed up the development of natural gas pipelines and the drilling of wells that will supply them in Appalachia.   [Full Story]

Feb 8, 2017
New drilling regs may be coming to Delaware Basin
River Reporter
David Hulse

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Steve Tambini was on hand at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on February 2, and he was questioned following his report. Hancock’s Fred Peckham, citing a “special meeting” involving the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and DRBC, asked if a long-awaited revision of the 2011 natural gas drilling regulations was in fact underway.   [Full Story]

Feb 8, 2017
Gov. Tom Wolf's state budget plan: 7 takeaways
Reading Eagle
Ron Southwick

Saying he aims to support schools and cut government waste, Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing a $32.3 billion budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year that calls for no broad-based tax increases. Wolf's budget would keep the state sales tax and the personal income tax flat. In his previous two budget addresses, Wolf had sought higher sales and income taxes to support schools and finance property tax reductions. Republican lawmakers, who control the General Assembly, strongly opposed increasing the sales and income taxes and made it clear they didn't want a broad-based tax increase in this spending plan either.  [Full Story]

Feb 8, 2017
Suit Filed for Release of Fracking Chemical Information
Big Sky Business Journal


A coalition of Montana property owners and environmental groups filed suit to gain access to what is claimed to be proprietary information about the chemicals companies use for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The suit against the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation was announced in a press release from The Natural Resources Defense Council.   [Full Story]

Feb 7, 2017
The contradictions at the heart of the fight over methane rules Why does industry oppose federal restrictions on emissions but aid states’ efforts?
High Country News
Cally Carswell

In 2014, Colorado became the first state to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, with the goal of shrinking its carbon footprint and improving local air quality. While a few industry trade groups fought the rules, some producers, including Encana, Noble Energy and Anadarko, supported the measures. They even helped write the rules with the state and the Environmental Defense Fund. A couple years in, even the trade groups agree that the rules are reasonable and effective. This is about as close as the environmental regulatory world ever gets to kumbaya.   [Full Story]

Feb 7, 2017
Fracking ban to be introduced in Victoria after Coalition backs Government legislation
ABC News
Frances Bell

Victoria will become the first state in Australia to permanently ban fracking, after the Opposition party room agreed to support legislation introduced by the Andrews Government.   [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
Fight over fracking puts the squeeze on Broomfield school
The Gazette
Joey Bunch

The Prospect Ridge Academy board in Broomfield returned a badly needed donation and turned down a sponsorship offer for its annual fundraising gala from the fracking company Extraction Oil and Gas.   [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
Industry to push 2 natural gas access proposals during session
MetroNews


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lobbyists for West Virginia’s gas industry will not be making another run at forced pooling legislation during the upcoming legislative session, according to the executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. Instead, Anne Blankenship said they’re focused on two other proposals designed to open up the Marcellus and Utica shales in the Mountain State to more horizontal drilling: (1) joint development and (2) co-tenancy.  [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
NYSEG proposes alternative fix to gas needs in Lansing
Ithaca Journal
Matt Weinstein

With a proposed $17.8 million natural gas pipeline in development to boost service to existing customers in the Lansing area, officials at NYSEG have agreed to consider an alternative option.   [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
Virginia bill to exclude fracking chemicals moving forward Language would deem the chemicals trade secrets
WCYB
Associated Press

The House gave preliminary approval Monday to Del. Roxann Robinson's bill that would exempt information about chemicals deemed a trade secret from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.   [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
House advances bill to hide fracking chemicals from public
Auusta Free Press


The House of Delegates today advanced a bill that would exempt information about chemicals used in fracking from public disclosure – even in the event of an emergency.   [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
Maryland Senate Introduces Bill To Ban Fracking
Independent Women's Forum
Jillian Kay Melchior

As Maryland’s moratorium on fracking nears expiration, state senators introduced legislation that would ban the practice outright. The debate over that fracking ban “is expected to become one of the most heavily contested environmental battles of the 2017 General Assembly session,” reports the Baltimore Sun.   [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
Response to fracking protest was an 'overreaction' says Labour leader
Scunthorpe Telegraph
Calvin Robinson

The leader of North Lincolnshire Council's Labour group has said that the authority's response to anti-fracking protesters was an 'overreaction'.   [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
Nature Abounds Releases Statement on the U.S. House Voting to Rollback Methane Emissions Rules
Gant News


DUBOIS – Nature Abounds, a national environmental non-profit, has released the following statement from President Melinda Hughes, on the U.S. House voting to rollback methane emissions rules. “… The U.S. House gave the oil and gas industry an early Valentine’s Day present, voting to permanently block the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule that reduces dangerous methane pollution released by the oil and gas industry on our public lands.   [Full Story]

Feb 6, 2017
Industry-Backed Congress Members Want to Roll Back Protections Against Dangerous Methane Pollution It's time to put our health before polluter profits.
Alternet
Kathy Attar

Industry-backed members of Congress have introduced legislation to roll back protections against harmful methane pollution from shale gas drilling (fracking) on public lands.   [Full Story]

Feb 5, 2017
Resident will protest Westmoreland's approach to fracking
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

This month and next, the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors will seek public opinion on proposed ordinances that would severely limit gas and oil drilling in the county known for its rivers, streams and tributaries. But in one woman’s mind, the board’s proposal—which would put strict limits on where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can take place—doesn’t go far enough. Holly Harman, a Montross merchant and member of the county’s Wetlands Board, believes Westmoreland should have included an option to ban fracking because “that is overwhelmingly what the people wanted.”   [Full Story]

Feb 5, 2017
New London to consider ban on fracking waste
The Day
Judy Benson

New London — The city has been asked to become the 11th municipality in the state to ban the disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, by a group of five residents concerned about harmful effects on the environment and public health that could result if the material is dumped on city roads or in the municipal wastewater treatment plant.   [Full Story]

Feb 5, 2017
DRILLER KILLER US President Donald Trump holds the key to the revival of Scotland’s North Sea oil industry
Scottish Sun
Chris Musson

SCOTLAND’S oil industry may never recover from a price slump triggered by the US fracking boom, a top academic warns today. Professor Alex Kemp said the chances of the North Sea fields fulfilling their remaining potential are hanging in the balance — with Donald Trump playing a pivotal role.   [Full Story]

Feb 5, 2017
Former mayor sells drilling rights he owns under Clairton for $2.7 million
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Don Hopes

Lloyd H. Fuge, mayor of Clairton from 1973 to 1977, purchased the oil and gas drilling rights under 506 acres in that Mon Valley mill town and seven surrounding municipalities 2½ years ago, for $1. The retired attorney bought the rights from the St. Clair Improvement Co., a transaction signed off on by the company’s president, Lloyd H. Fuge. Then, 4½ months ago, Mr. Fuge, who is 87 and in poor health, sold those same mineral rights underlying 2,360 homes, businesses and vacant lots — which include the rights to drill in the Marcellus and Utica natural gas shales — to EQT, a Pittsburgh-based natural gas drilling and development company, for $2.784 million.   [Full Story]

Feb 5, 2017
Pipeline project to move ahead, but not without some opposition
Sun-Gazette
Mike Reuther

Expansion of the Williams Transco pipeline that will transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region to markets in the U.S. is expected to continue this year.  [Full Story]

Feb 4, 2017
Local group hopes to keep fracking away from Columbus area
NBC 4
Ben Gelber

COLUMBUS (WCMH)— Local organization Columbus Community Bill of Rights is hoping to garner enough signatures for a ballot initiative in time for the November 2017 election that would prevent the effects of fracking from ever reaching the Columbus area.   [Full Story]

Feb 4, 2017
Texas fracking has included diesel fuel, according to report
Statesman
Asher Price

A new report by the nonprofit environmental group Environmental Integrity Project found 351 unpermitted oil-and-gas wells fracked with diesel fuels between 2010 and July 2014 by 33 different companies across 12 states, including Texas.   [Full Story]

Feb 4, 2017
G.O.P. Hurries to Slash Oil and Gas Rules, Ending Industries’ 8-Year Wait
New York Times
Eric Lipton & Coral Davenport

WASHINGTON — The document carried the title “A Roadmap to Repeal,” a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day.   [Full Story]

Feb 3, 2017
Pipeline projects in limbo as energy commissioner departs
AP News
Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major natural gas pipeline projects along the East Coast and Midwest face uncertainty as the federal agency that oversees the work loses a commissioner and will be unable to decide on projects indefinitely under President Donald Trump.   [Full Story]

Feb 3, 2017
Fracking ban bill introduced in Maryland Senate
Baltimore Sun
Michael Dresser

Opponents of the natural gas extraction method known as fracking introduced a bill in the Maryland Senate Friday to ban the practice.   [Full Story]

Feb 3, 2017
House votes to roll back Obama fracking rules
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The House voted Friday to repeal an Obama administration regulation aimed at reducing methane emissions from fracking.  [Full Story]

Feb 3, 2017
Viewpoint: Any form of fracking is unsafe
Pensacola News Journal
Jim Tatum Opinion

Recent opinion pieces in newspapers around Florida have given a very skewed and misleading overview of the fracking issue in Florida. Indeed, the oil industry has been in Florida since 1943, but fracking has only occurred once in 2013, and that resulted in a fine by the Florida DEP.   [Full Story]

Feb 3, 2017
Murrysville fracking ordinance may include 750-foot setback
TribLive
Patrick Varine

Murrysville council will advertise an updated fracking ordinance that places setbacks at 750 feet between a well pad and a residence after a second lengthy debate this week that saw emotions flare on both sides.   [Full Story]

Feb 3, 2017
Statewide Poll Shows Support for Ban on Fracking
WCBC


With the clock winding down on Maryland’s two-year moratorium on fracking, a statewide poll of Maryland voters released recently shows broad public support for permanently banning what some maintain is a “risky” drilling practice. In Garrett County, a prime target area for the oil and gas industry, voters oppose fracking by an even stronger margin. The poll, conducted by the nonpartisan firm OpinionWorks, found that Maryland voters support a ban on fracking by a 2-to-1 margin, with a 56% majority supporting the ban and only 28% opposed.   [Full Story]

Feb 2, 2017
Oil train foes plan new lawsuit over Port of Albany operation
Politico New York
Marie J. French

ALBANY — Opponents of an oil train-to-barge terminal at the Port of Albany are planning a second federal lawsuit as the facility's operator, Global Partners, challenges a state crackdown.   [Full Story]

Feb 2, 2017
Another state legislature just introduced a ban on fracking Maryland’s moratorium on fracking has nearly expired, but lawmakers are seeking to make it permanent.
Think Progress
Samantha Page

No one is fracking in Maryland right now?—?and lawmakers there just introduced a bill to ensure the practice is permanently banned. With 23 co-sponsors, the fracking ban introduced this week already has the support of nearly half of the state senate. An assembly version of the bill is expected to be introduced next week.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
This lawmaker wants to ease rules on drilling in national parks, and conservationists aren’t happy.
Washington Post
Darryl Fears

It’s safe to say that Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) is no friend of environmentalists. He boycotted Pope Francis’s speech to Congress in 2015 because the pontiff addressed climate change. He received a score of 3 percent that year from the League of Conservation Voters, significantly below the House average of 41 percent. But his latest move came as a surprise to many. Gosar submitted a resolution Monday that threatens to repeal the National Park Service’s authority to manage private drilling for oil, gas and minerals at 40 national parks, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
Protesters Rally in Front of State House to Oppose Fracking
CBS Baltimore
Jack Chavez

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — With a state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — set to expire in eight months, Maryland legislators and activists are throwing their support behind a permanent ban.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
This Republican Florida Lawmaker Wants to Ban Fracking as This U.S. Rep. Wants to Abolish the EPA
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Under President Donald Trump, a GOP-controlled legislature and a potentially conservative judicial branch, it's becoming increasingly clear that the federal government will put environmental regulations and the fight against climate change on the wayside.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
Fracking dispute pits Colorado attorney general vs. Boulder County
Agri-Pulse
Jodi Delapaz

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2017 - Colorado’s Republican attorney general sent a letter last week to the Democrats who control the Boulder County Board of Commissioners, calling their moratorium on new oil and gas development in the county “illegal.”   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
Congress attacks national parks by targeting oil and gas drilling safeguards
Wilderness Society


A new congressional resolution seeks to make it easier to drill in national parks Arizona Representative Paul Gosar introduced a resolution in the House that intends to make it easier to drill for oil and natural gas in some of our most treasured national parks – repealing carefully considered improvement to decades-old rules.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
Using the CRA on BLM rule would increase government waste
The Hill
Ryan Alexander

Over the next week the House will consider overturning a laundry list of regulations adopted by the last administration using the Congressional Review Act or CRA. If successful, this would mark only the second time Congress has overturned a rule using the CRA, and for good reason. The CRA is a sledgehammer approach to ending government regulation – it prevents adoption of any similar rule, ever, unless Congress explicitly passes legislation to allow it. In at least the case of the new methane rule, Congress should not swing the sledgehammer. Doing so will only lead to an increase in government waste.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
This Republican Florida Lawmaker Wants to Ban Fracking as This U.S. Rep. Wants to Abolish the EPA
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Under President Donald Trump, a GOP-controlled legislature and a potentially conservative judicial branch, it's becoming increasingly clear that the federal government will put environmental regulations and the fight against climate change on the wayside.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
New analysis suggests ways for landowners to limit fracking and mineral extraction without regulations An analysis by experts in Earth science and environmental law at Stanford and other institutions proposes creating underground easements to allow private landowners to restrict hydraulic fracturing and mining.
Stanford
Devon Ryan

Private landowners concerned about the risks of fracking may be able to prevent mining for oil and natural gas on their land – in perpetuity – without government regulation, according to a new analysis by Rob Jackson, professor of Earth system science at Stanford University, and his colleagues.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
University of Maryland students want state lawmakers to permanently ban fracking
DBK
Natalie Schwartz

With the state of Maryland's fracking ban almost expired, University of Maryland MaryPIRG members are building a coalition of partners to garner support to propose legislation that would permanently ban fracking in this state. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, involves injecting high-pressure water, sand and chemicals deep into an underground well to crack shale rock, which releases the natural gas stored inside. In May 2015, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill that created a two-and-a-half year moratorium on fracking in the state — a bill that is set to expire in October.   [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
Here's What's at Stake If Congress Kills the Methane Rules Republicans are moving to undo Obama's fracking regulations.
Mother Jones
Jonathan Thompson

Now, the oil and gas industry and its allies in Washington, DC, are echoing the miners of old as they try to do away with the Interior Department's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which was finalized in November of last year. The industry's arguments today are just as flawed as the miners' were a century ago.  [Full Story]

Feb 1, 2017
Drilling wastewater facility gets airing
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Reggie Sheffield

Laceyville residents living near the site of a proposed waste water treatment facility watched and listened closely last Tuesday (Jan. 24) as company officials from FAST Recycling laid out their plans to turn the former Laceyville Elementary School into a 24-hour recycling center for the oil and gas industry.   [Full Story]

Jan 31, 2017
Virginia House Votes to Keep Fracking Chemical Cocktails a Secret
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Virginia's House of Delegates voted 59-37 on Monday in favor of a bill that would allow fracking companies to keep their chemical cocktails a secret. HB 1678 states that "chemical ingredient names, the chemical abstracts number for a chemical ingredient, or the amount or concentration of chemicals or ingredients used to stimulate a well" are exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.   [Full Story]

Jan 31, 2017
Griswold fracking panel starts its work
Bhe Bulletin
Mary Biekert

GRISWOLD - A committee committed to addressing fracking waste concerns got started with its work Monday night. The Fracking Ad-hoc Committee held its first official meeting at Town Hall to appoint positions and discuss its mission statement and goals.  [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
Fracking chemical recipes could be kept secret in Virginia under bill passed by House
Roanoke Times
Graham Moomaw

RICHMOND — Chemical recipes used in fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil by high-pressure ground injections, could be kept secret under legislation that passed the Virginia House of Delegates on Monday.  [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
Baseline results in for injection well water study
Athens News
David DeWitt

Baseline water-quality testing conducted by Ohio University employees on behalf of Athens County near fracking waste injection wells showed some chemicals at several sites exceeding secondary maximum contamination levels, as well as Ohio Department of Health advisory levels.   [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
Senate Environmental Committee Reports Out Bills On Natural Gas Royalty Reform
PA Environment Digest


The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday reported out two bills introduced by Majority Chair Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) to reform the way oil and natural gas royalties consider post-production costs. The bills include-- -- Senate Bill 138 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) further providing for the calculation of proceeds paid to interest owners (sponsor summary); and -- Senate Bill 139 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) establishes the Natural Gas Lease Anti-Retaliation Act (sponsor summary).   [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
Senate Bill Would Make State Methane Limits No More Stringent Than Feds
PA Environment Digest


Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) this week introduced Senate Bill 175 which would prohibit DEP from adopting methane emission regulations for the oil and gas industry or any source that are more stringent than federal standards.   [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
Sen. Baker Tries Again To Add Natural Gas Gathering Lines To One Call Safety Program
PA Environment Digest


Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) Thursday introduced legislation-- Senate Bill 242-- to add natural gas gathering lines to the PA One Call utility construction safety program so they can be identified and mapped for emergency services. A similar effort failed last year when the House stripped the provision from Senate Bill 1235, also sponsored by Sen. Baker, after stiff opposition from conventional oil and gas drillers.  [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
Natural Gas Impact Fee Revenue Shrinks Another $13.1 Million For 2016
PA Environment Digest


The Independent Fiscal Office Monday said the Act 13 drilling impact fee will being in $13.1 million less than last year for a total of $174.6 million. That’s down $61.2 million from its high in 2013 of $225.7 million-- a 27 percent reduction.   [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
In reply to critics, agency proposes more transparency for well-fracking requests
ADN
Alex DeMarban

In an apparent bow to critics and to increase transparency in state government decisions, the state's oil-well regulator on Wednesday proposed notifying the public and accepting comments on applications for hydraulic fracturing operations. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission currently does not issue public notices or hold hearings when an operator applies for a permit to drill a well and frack it to increase oil and gas production. Fracking is controversial in the Lower 48, where critics have charged it has led to contamination of well water, but officials in Alaska say it has been done here safely for years.   [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
9,442 Citizen-Reported Fracking Complaints Reveal 12-Years of Suppressed Data
EcoWatch
Laurel Peltier

Guess what was found in Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) filing cabinets after gas operators drilled 10,027 fracking wells over the last 12 years? Only 9,442 citizen-reported fracking complaints. And 44 percent of those are drinking water-related. Pennsylvania's DEP finally released the complaints to Public Herald, an investigative journalism nonprofit. There's much to learn from Pennsylvania's now-public 9,442 fracking complaints as legislators decide to frack or not to frack in Western Maryland.   [Full Story]

Jan 30, 2017
9,442 Citizen-Reported Fracking Complaints Reveal 12-Years of Suppressed Data
EcoWatch
Laurel Peltier

Guess what was found in Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) filing cabinets after gas operators drilled 10,027 fracking wells over the last 12 years? Only 9,442 citizen-reported fracking complaints. And 44 percent of those are drinking water-related. Pennsylvania's DEP finally released the complaints to Public Herald, an investigative journalism nonprofit. There's much to learn from Pennsylvania's now-public 9,442 fracking complaints as legislators decide to frack or not to frack in Western Maryland.   [Full Story]

Jan 29, 2017
Bill to ban fracking in state important legislation
News-Press
Rob Moher

For the past three years, the controversy of fracking-like oil drilling practices in Florida have been hotly contested, and rightfully so. These enhanced forms of oil extraction have been linked to surface oil spills, illegal disposal of toxic wastewater and the potential risk of contamination of our drinking water supply.   [Full Story]

Jan 28, 2017
Andrew J. O'Connor: In defense of civil disobedience on fracking
Daily Camera
Andrew J. O'Connor Opinion

In defense of civil disobedience in Lafayette and North Dakota, it is important to look at the facts about fracking. Fracking does not exist to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It exists to make maximum amount of profits for oil and gas companies. Economists and geologists agree that any petroleum that companies get from here on will require drilling wells deeper and fracking.   [Full Story]

Jan 28, 2017
DEBATE OVER ALASKA FRACKING RULES
Webcenter11


A commission overseeing oil and gas drilling in Alaska is proposing a 10-day public comment period on applications for hydraulic fracturing projects.   [Full Story]

Jan 27, 2017
Lawmakers push for fracking ban in Florida
Washington County News
Jim Saunders

TALLAHASSEE - Trying to end a debate about the possibility of fracking in Florida, a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday backed a proposed ban on the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas.   [Full Story]

Jan 27, 2017
GOP lines up resolutions to undo coal, methane rules
The Hill
Devin Henry

House Republicans are preparing to vote next week on two resolutions undoing pollution rules issued in the closing months of the Obama administration.   [Full Story]

Jan 27, 2017
ChangeFest Speakers Rally for Driscoll’s Boycott, Against Domestic Violence & for Fracking Ban
San Diego Free Press
Dan Bacher

Speakers and musicians covered a range of issues, ranging from violence against women, to the Driscoll’s boycott in support of indigenous farmworkers in Mexico, to successful campaigns to ban fracking in San Benito and Monterey Counties, to the No DAPL struggle at Standing Rock, to the successful struggle by the City of Vallejo to stop oil trains from running through the city.  [Full Story]

Jan 27, 2017
Increased Fracking and Pipeline Operations in Ohio Threaten Many Animal Species
CleveScene
Eric Sandy

According to a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the NEXUS and Rover pipeline projects (and the dozens of other energy infrastructure projects laying claim to Ohio) will "impact habitat for at least 16 federally listed threatened and endangered species" (on top of 56 state-listed threatened or endangered species, according to additional filings). FERC has approved the environmental impact of both named pipeline projects without comment on the matter of endangered species in Ohio.   [Full Story]

Jan 27, 2017
Anti-fracking activists say Niles residents need evacuation plan
Vindy.com
Ed Runyan

A handful of members of the environmental group Frackfree Mahoning Valley left fliers at homes on the city’s south side urging residents to investigate the need for an evacuation plan for their neighborhood.   [Full Story]

Jan 27, 2017
FRANCE’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BANS SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENTS (AGAIN)
Natural Gas World


The lower chamber of the French parliament passed January 25 a long-anticipated reform of the mining code which includes a complete ban of any shale gas developments reviving a highly sensitive debate.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Fearing Protests, Pipeline Execs Show Muted Reaction to Trump's Dakota Access, Keystone Orders
DeSmog Blog
Sharon Kelly

If President Donald Trump expected to hear roars of approval from the pipeline industry after this week's executive orders pushing the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) forward, he might have been hugely disappointed. Reaction at the Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh on Wednesday was remarkably muted.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Despite Senate Inquiry into Potential Conflicts of Interest, FERC Approves Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge Project
DeSmog Blog
Itai Vardi

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the construction of a new gas pipeline project, despite an ongoing inquiry by two U.S. senators into a possible conflict of interest in its environmental review.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Colo. Attorney General Threatens Lawsuit Over Boulder County Oil, Gas Moratorium
KUNC
Jackie Fortier

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman sent a letter to Boulder County Commissioners Jan. 26 threatening legal action if they don’t begin permitting new oil and gas development including fracking, on unincorporated areas within the county by Feb. 10.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Florida State Senator Wants to Outlaw Fracking in the State’s Fragile Environment
Ring of Fire Network


A Florida State Senator is sponsoring a bill which, if passed, would ban all fracking in the state, citing Florida’s fragile foundation as reason for the ban. Republican State Senator Dana Young of Tampa proposed SB 442 which would ban all forms of fracking in the state in order to preserve Florida’s fragile limestone foundation.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Murrysville weighs 700-foot buffer as fracking ordinance takes shape
TribLive
Patrick Varine

After nearly four hours of debate over how to determine setbacks in their fracking ordinance, members of Murrysville council ended up about 100 feet from where they began. Council next month will look at maps showing a 700-foot setback between any protected structures and the edge of a drilling well pad. Within that setback will be a 400-foot “sterile zone” where no construction or other activity can take place.  [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Opponents want pipeline-related DEC permits rescinded
North Country Public Radio
Karen DeWitt

Jan 26, 2017 — President Donald Trump revived the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline with a highly publicized executive order this week. In New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has quietly acted to further energy pipelines across the state.  [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
TransCanada Submits New Application To Build Keystone XL Pipeline
NPR
Jeff Brady

The company that wants to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline says it has submitted a new permit application to the U.S. State Department. The TransCanada announcement came just two days after President Trump took executive actions to speed the approval process for both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
FRACKING BAN IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE
WMFE 90.76
Monivette Cordeiro

Florida Sen. Dana Young, a Tampa Republican, introduced a measure this week to ban all types of fracking, including hydraulic fracturing, a controversial process of extracting gas and oil from underground by injecting water, sand and chemicals into rock formations.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Panel amends and OKs bills on chemicals used in fracking
LocalKicks
Tyler Hammel

RICHMOND – Two bills that would let gas-drilling companies keep their chemicals secret from the public during hydraulic fracturing were approved Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee. Senate Bills 1291 and 1292, by Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Lebanon, are intended to protect trade secrets of companies that use hydraulic fracturing, which involves pumping water and chemicals into the ground to break open rock formations containing natural gas and oil.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Doomsday Clock Now Two and a Half Minutes to Midnight, Thanks to Trump
EcoWatch
Diedre Fulton

The symbolic Doomsday Clock inched closer to midnight on Thursday and we have President Donald Trump largely to thank for the ominous development. At the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Thursday morning, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board moved the hands of the iconic clock 30 seconds closer to "midnight" or the end of the world.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Two Major Pipeline Spills Reported Same Week Trump Advances KXL, DAPL
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Two major pipeline spills were reported the same week that President Donald Trump signed orders to move the Keystone XL (KXL) and Dakota Access (DAPL) pipelines forward. The recent breaches highlight the dangers of unreliable fossil fuel infrastructure in North America.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Government Scientists at Climate Conference Terrified to Speak With the Press
EcoWatch
Sharon Lerner

While Donald Trump was reviving both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, muzzling federal employees, freezing EPA contracts and first telling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove mentions of climate change from its website—and then reversing course—many of the scientists who work on climate change in federal agencies were meeting just a few miles from the White House to present and discuss their work.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Aspirations for Constitution Pipeline revived amid federal policy shift
Albany Business Review
Robin K. Cooper

Construction workers believe they have a new ally in their three-year-long quest to build a 124-mile natural gas line between northeastern Pennsylvania and Schoharie County, New York. Backers of the proposed $875 million Constitution Pipeline say a shift in federal environmental policy gives them new support, if not leverage, as they advocate for 1,300 jobs building a pipeline to carry gas from the Marcellus Shale to customers in the Northeast.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Besieged by climate controversy, ExxonMobil puts a climate scientist on its board
Washington Post
Steven Mufson

Besieged by court battles over its past positions on climate change, ExxonMobil has added a climate scientist to its board of directors. Some environmental groups see that as a positive thing; others call it too little, too late to make amends for contributing to global warming.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Iowa spill is largest of diesel fuel in US since 2010
Washington Post
David Pitt

DES MOINES, Iowa — Workers were expected to complete cleaning up Thursday about 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spewed from a broken pipeline onto an Iowa farm, the largest U.S. diesel spill since 2010, federal authorities said.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
. Strangling a Huge Climate Policy Machine Won't Be Easy for Trump
Inside Climate News
JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR., LISA SONG, ZAHRA HIRJI ZAHRA HIRJI

In the early days of what appears to be a clampdown on federal agencies who do climate work, it's been a bumpy ride for the Trump transition team  [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
CDC’s canceled climate change conference is back on — thanks to Al Gore
The Washington Post
Brady Dennis

It turns out there will be a conference in Atlanta next month about climate change and its effects on public health. It just won’t have the federal government behind it. The reason? Former vice president Al Gore. “He called me and we talked about it and we said, ‘There’s still a void and still a need.’ We said, ‘Let’s make this thing happen,’ ” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “It was a no-brainer.”  [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget
AP News
MICHAEL BIESECKER

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of President Donald Trump' transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts. Myron Ebell left the transition team last week. Ebell says in an interview with The Associated Press that his specific proposals to the White House remain confidential. But asked what he personally would like to see, Ebell replied that slashing the agency workforce by half would be a good start. Ebell predicts the president may seek to cut about $1 billion from the EPA's $8 billion annual budget. He also says Trump likely will seek significant reductions to the agency's workforce of about 15,000 employees. The transition staff at EPA has mandated a temporary media blackout and a freeze on contracts and grants.  [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
FERC Bay to step down, leaving commission hamstrung
E & E Newswire
Hannah Northey

Norman Bay announced his resignation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today, hours after President Trump named Cheryl LaFleur as acting chairwoman. Bay in a letter to Trump said he would leave his post Feb. 3, meaning the commission will now have only two members and will be unable to make high-profile decisions like rulemakings until a new commissioner is named and confirmed.  [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Lawsuit Launched Over Fracking in Wayne National Forest Feds Fail to Address Danger to Wildlife Habitat, Streams
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

ATHENS, Ohio— Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over invalid and outdated Endangered Species Act approvals of oil and gas leasing plans for the Wayne National Forest. The Center for Biological Diversity, Ohio Environmental Council, Heartwood and Sierra Club are challenging the approvals for failing to consider the effects of fracking, white-nose syndrome and climate change on the endangered Indiana bat and other protected species threatened with extinction.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Conservation groups threaten lawsuit to end auctions, ban fracking in Wayne National Forest
Cleveland.com
James F. McCarty

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Four conservation groups on Thursday said they will sue the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to ban fracking at the Wayne National Forest in Southeast Ohio. In December, the BLM auctioned 719 acres of Ohio's only national forest for $1.7 million to 22 oil and gas companies. The BLM has scheduled a second auction for March 23 to auction an additional 1,186 acres of forest land in Monroe County, which contains what is believed to be the state's richest concentration of fossil fuels.   [Full Story]

Jan 26, 2017
Why Environmental Groups Are Targeting Natural Gas in the Age of President Trump
TIME Magazine
Justin Worland

More than 200 sites of pending natural gas power plants and thousands of miles of pipelines represent the next frontier in environmental activism focused on halting fossil fuel development, according to a new report.  [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
PORTER RANCH RESIDENTS CLAIM NEW GAS SMELL FROM STORAGE FIELD CAUSING ILLNESS, RASHES
ABC News
Jory Rand

PORTER RANCH, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Residents in Porter Ranch, the site of the worst natural gas leak in U.S. history last winter, said they can smell gas again and are getting sick. The Dormani family had to leave the community for seven months during the leak and only returned after spending thousands of dollars ripping out all their old carpeting and upholstery. "(My son) had a nose bleed last night. We smelled gas Sunday night," Sharon Dormani said.  [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
Trump officials suspend plan to delete EPA climate web pages
Science Magazine
obin Bravender & Hannah Hess

Originally published by E&E News Trump administration officials appear to have walked back plans to scrub climate change references from U.S. EPA's website. "We've been told to stand down," an EPA employee told E&E News today. That new directive comes after staff were told yesterday to remove the agency's climate change page from its website, worrying climate change activists and sending data specialists scrambling to download files. The backlash that erupted after reports surfaced last night that the climate page would be eliminated may have prompted administration officials to change course. News of the plans was first reported last night by Reuters. EPA's press office did not respond to requests for comment today.  [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of Largest Offshore Wind Project in the Nation
New York State
Press Release

90 Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs and Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with Clean, Resilient and Affordable Energy Project is Part of Governor Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard to Secure 50 Percent of the State's Electricity Supply from Renewable Sources by 2030  [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
Trump's moves against EPA cast uncertainty over local environmental programs
Politico
DAVID GIAMBUSSO and MARIE J. FRENCH

Less than a week into his presidency, Donald Trump is already making good on his promise to overhaul the Environmental Protection Agency, and the early moves by his administration have sent officials and advocates into panic mode. Trump has ordered a freeze on new contracts and grants, including task orders and work assignments, until they can be reviewed. The same was ordered for all regulations in the pipeline. The EPA’s climate page is being edited and scientists at the agency are facing an internal review by the administration before their findings can be released.  [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
Trump’s Reported FERC Chair Pick Could Signal a More Utility-Friendly Stance
Green Tech Media
Jeff St. John

Democrat Cheryl LaFleur is a former utility exec who has expressed concern over FERC’s previous orders opening up market competition.   [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
State Agency Considers Public Notice On Fracking Applications
KBBI
Elizabeth Haarball

The state agency that oversees oil and gas drilling is proposing a ten-day comment period for applications to use hydraulic fracturing on an oil or gas well.   [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
Human-Induced Earthquakes on the Rise
EcoWatch
Gillian Foulger, Jo Gluyas & Miles Wilson

Today, earthquakes caused by humans occur on a much greater scale. Events over the last century have shown mining is just one of many industrial activities that can induce earthquakes large enough to cause significant damage and death. Filling of water reservoirs behind dams, extraction of oil and gas and geothermal energy production are just a few of the modern industrial activities shown to induce earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
SoCalGas stops withdrawing natural gas from Aliso Canyon field
Los Angeles Daily News
Wes Woods

A day after withdrawing natural gas from Aliso Canyon storage facility in the northwest San Fernando Valley on Tuesday and early Wednesday – for the first time in a year – the Southern California Gas Co. has canceled the removal. Recent cold weather had increased demand on natural gas across Southern California, gas company officials said. But at 9 a.m. Wednesday, officials stopped withdrawing. “This morning, as a result of the cold weather, hourly customer demand on our system significantly exceeded gas supplies being delivered through interstate pipelines and our other storage facilities,” company officials explained. “Withdrawals from Aliso Canyon played a critical role in helping us meet that peak demand. Over the last hour, demand on our system dropped and we were able to suspend withdrawals from Aliso Canyon.”  [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
French Lawmakers Back Shale Gas Ban
E&P
Reuters

Lawmakers in France's lower house of Parliament gave preliminary backing on Jan. 25 for a total ban on shale gas exploration and extraction. However, it is not certain that the ban will go to the Senate and return to the lower house for a final vote before parliamentary work is suspended in February so lawmakers can campaign for a legislative election in June.   [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
GOP Fracking Ban Enters The Political Pipeline
Health News Florida
Jim Ash

Republican Senator Dana Young of Tampa is making good on her campaign promise to file a statewide fracking ban.   [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
Fracking bills draw concern from environmentalists, McAuliffe
Daily Press
Travis Fain

The names of chemicals used to frack natural gas in Virginia would be public information under legislation backed by the oil and gas industry and moving forward at the statehouse.   [Full Story]

Jan 25, 2017
Panel amends and OKs bills on hiding fracking chemicals
Daily Progress
Tyler Hammel

RICHMOND — Two bills that would let gas-drilling companies keep their hydraulic fracturing chemicals secret from the public were approved Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee. Senate Bills 1291 and 1292, by Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Lebanon, are intended to protect trade secrets of companies that use fracking, which involves pumping water and chemicals into the ground to break open rock formations containing natural gas and oil.   [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Key Trump Donor Stands to Profit from Order to Approve Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines
Desmog Blog
Steve Horn

On January 24, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders calling for the approval of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, owned by Energy Transfer Partners and TransCanada, respectively. He also signed an order calling for expedited environmental reviews of domestic infrastructure projects, such as pipelines.   [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Alberta research shows fracking fluids have ‘detrimental’ effects on fish
The Globe and Mail
Bob Weber

Research has found that liquids released from fracked oil and gas wells can harm fish even at low concentrations. “When we put these frack fluids in, the fluids themselves generate chemicals that have detrimental biological effects,” said University of Alberta biologist Greg Goss.   [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Pope spurs Republicans to shift climate views
EurekAlert
Cornell University

After Pope Francis framed climate change as a moral issue in his second encyclical, conservative Republicans shifted and began to see environmental dilemmas in the same way, according to a new study led by Cornell University communication researchers. "When Pope Francis issued his encyclical paper in June 2015, he emerged as a strong advocate for climate action," said Jonathon P. Schuldt, assistant professor of communication. "He is in many ways uniquely positioned as a global moral authority - a religious authority - and his position is very visible." Schuldt, along with Adam R. Pearson of Pomona College and Rainer Romero-Canyas and Dylan Larson-Konar, both of the Environmental Defense Fund, sought to understand a mechanism for changing public opinion about climate change. Their research, "Brief Exposure to Pope Francis Heightens Moral Beliefs About Climate Change," was published online in the journal Climatic Change, Dec. 30.  [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Reports: Trump to name LaFleur to head FERC
UtilityDive
Robert Walton

Dive Brief: President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to media reports, replacing current Chairman Norman Bay. While all current FERC members are Democrats, Bloomberg reports LaFleur is seen as more sympathetic to the industry. She previously served as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA.   [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Trump Signs Executive Orders On Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines
Huffington Post
Alexander C. Kaufman

President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday to push forward the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, opening new fronts in his looming war with environmentalists. Keystone was rejected in 2015 by former President Barack Obama after a seven-year review. Trump’s orders clear the way to continue building Energy Transfer Partners’ 1,172-mile Dakota Access project, which has been stalled since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halted construction in December amid massive protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux.  [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Trump: Environmental regulations are 'out of control'
Politico
NOLAN D. MCCASKILL

Environmental regulations are “out of control,” President Donald Trump said Tuesday. Speaking at a roundtable with automobile industry leaders, Trump announced “a very big push” from his administration to have companies produce products in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Trump advances Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines
The Hill
Timothy Cama

President Trump on Tuesday signed orders to advance construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The orders do not grant the final permits needed for the oil pipelines but will move both projects toward approval, a person familiar with the action said. The Trump administration began to inform lawmakers starting late Monday that the orders were coming.  [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Testing the waters Assessing impact of hydraulic fracturing on aquatic animals
EurekAlert
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Researchers at the University of Alberta have conducted the first-ever study to use hydraulic fracturing fluids to examine effects on aquatic animals, such as rainbow trout. Horizontal drilling with high-volume hydraulic fracturing is a practice used globally for extracting oil and gas from tight reservoirs. Hydraulic fracturing uses large quantities of water and poses many environmental hazards in water, from contamination to spills. A recent study examines the impact of the fluids produced by hydraulic fracturing on freshwater rainbow trout. Conducted in collaboration with industry partner Encana, the study was led by Daniel Alessi and Greg Goss in the Faculty of Science and Jon Martin in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.  [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
UNDERSTANDING DONALD TRUMP'S PLANS FOR OIL DRILLING, FEDERAL LANDS, AND CLEAN ENERGY
Newsweek
Elizabeth Shogren

Open the Whitehouse.gov website since President Donald Trump took over and the first item under top issues is his America First Energy Plan. While short on details, the new president’s blueprint is chock full of contradictions and outdated assertions about the status of America’s energy supply.  [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Lawmakers push for fracking ban in Florida
My Panhandle
Brady Calhoun

Trying to end a debate about the possibility of fracking in Florida, a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday backed a proposed ban on the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas. "This bill is concise and straightforward: It bans fracking of all types in Florida," said Sen. Dana Young, a Tampa Republican who filed the proposal (SB 442) on Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
Dana Young files bill to ban fracking 'fulfilling my contract with voters'
Tampa Bay Times
Mary Ellen Kias

A Republican state senator who faced a competitive election in which opponents accused her of being pro-fracking has filed legislation to ban the controversial practice in Florida.  [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2017
EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say
Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard

WASHINGTON ? The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there. EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ? an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ? and told not to discuss this order with anyone outside the agency, according to a Hill source with knowledge of the situation. An EPA staffer provided the information to the congressional office anonymously, fearing retaliation.  [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
How Rick Perry as Energy Secretary Could Mean More Fracking
Food & Water Watch


A few years ago, the former Texas governor wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy. Weeks ago, he was confused about what it does. He might be running it soon-- and that could mean more fracking.   [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
Trump Administration Imposes Freeze On EPA Grants and Contracts
ProPublica
Andrew Revkin and Jesse Eisinger

The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a move that could affect a significant part of the agency’s budget allocations and even threaten to disrupt core operations ranging from toxic cleanups to water quality testing, according to records and interviews. In one email exchange obtained by ProPublica on Monday, an EPA contracting officer concluded a note to a storm water management employee this way:  [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
Making sense of President Trump’s energy plan
High Country News
Elizabeth Shogren

Experts say his plan to bring back coal and increase oil and gas defies reason. Open the Whitehouse.gov website since President Donald Trump took over and the first item under top issues is his America First Energy Plan. While short on details, the new president’s blueprint is chock full of contradictions and outdated assertions about the status of America’s energy supply. The President’s plan is brief and vague and doesn’t include citations to research backing up his assertions. Usually presidents and even candidates would accompany their policy blueprints with background materials. Such details may yet be forthcoming from the Trump administration. Without them, it’s difficult to thoroughly analyze the new president’s vision. Still, now that he’s president, Trump’s pronouncements – even if vague – warrant vetting. Academic energy experts say even the broad outlines of the president’s plan reveal inconsistencies and basic misunderstandings of the state of the nation’s energy economy.  [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
Arnold Takes On Trump: Schwarzenegger Rips EPA Pick Scott Pruitt Over Auto Emissions
Huffington Post
Ed Mazza

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is ripping into President Donald Trump’s EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, for suggesting the Golden State may no longer be allowed to set its own stricter emission rules for cars and trucks.  [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
FERC Trump to ask LaFleur to serve as acting chair — source
E & E Newswire
Hannah Northey

President Trump is likely to ask Democrat Cheryl LaFleur to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission until Republican members are confirmed, according to a source close to the transition effort. Trump advisers recommended LaFleur, a former utility executive now in her second commission term, because Norman Bay, FERC's current Democratic chairman, "is not aligned with the president's agenda," the source said.  [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
President Obama's climate change legacy is clouded by his support of fracking
Vice News


The economic recovery that President Obama oversaw came with some costs to the environment, most notably in the increase in oil and gas extraction on American land.  [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
Trump’s energy policy to focus on boosting fracking, reviving coal sector
Mining.com
Cecilia Jamasmie

Following US President Donald Trump’s inauguration last week, his administration has confirmed its intentions to reverse Barack Obama’s climate change policies, boost fracking for oil and gas, and lift current restrictions affecting the coal mining sector.   [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
Russia may like Trump but it hates fracking even more
Athens News
Dennis E. Powell Opinion

Did you read the report a couple weeks ago about Russian interference in American politics? By this, I mean the one issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.” It was released Jan. 6.   [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
Villagers reveal concern over gas processing plant after fracking go-ahead
Energy Voice


Concern has been raised by residents in a village plans could be revived for a gas processing plant if a number of fracking licences get the go-ahead.  [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
Mining, fracking and construction are increasingly triggering EARTHQUAKES, researchers warn
Daily Mail
Gillian Foulger, Jon Gluyas & Miles Wilson

Researchers reviewed the activities that cause human-induced earthquakes Most of these earthquakes were caused by mining and reservoirs behind dams The only evidence-based way to limit the size of potential earthquakes may be to limit the scale of the projects themselves   [Full Story]

Jan 23, 2017
Virginians call for solar, rejection of fossil fuels at Ditch Dirty Fuels Rally
Augusta Free Press


Virginians from across the Commonwealth converged on the state capitol today to call for state leaders to embrace clean energy solutions and to move away from dirty fuels.   [Full Story]

Jan 22, 2017
Hidden Data Suggests Fracking Created Widespread, Systemic Impact in Pennsylvania
Public Herald
Melissa A Troutman, Sierra Shamer & Joshua B. Pribanic

After a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania, Public Herald has uncovered evidence of widespread and systemic impacts related to “fracking,” a controversial oil and gas technology.   [Full Story]

Jan 22, 2017
Economic cost of fracking
Daily Item
Opinion

The oil and gas industries want us to think that drilling and fracking for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is good for the economy. They want us to think that it will benefit all Pennsylvanians. But the facts don’t bear this out! All of the drilling and fracking benefits one group, and only one group — the oil and gas companies — not the rest of us.   [Full Story]

Jan 22, 2017
Study seeks water-well owners for injection-well study
Athens News
David DeWitt

Ohio University is continuing to recruit residents with property near or adjacent to fracking waste injection wells in the Torch and Coolville areas to participate in a water-quality study. The study is being conducted by OU’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Torch CAN DO, the Buckeye Forest Council and the Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN). The Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of the Ohio University Foundation, is funding the project.   [Full Story]

Jan 20, 2017
King George supervisors lobby for disclosure of fracking chemicals
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

Members of the King George County Board of Supervisors have added their voices to concerns about a proposed General Assembly bill that hides from the public record what chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.   [Full Story]

Jan 20, 2017
Young To Unveil Fracking Ban Next Week
WFSU
Jim Ash

A prominent Tampa Republican is making good on her promise to seek a ban on hydraulic fracturing in Florida.   [Full Story]

Jan 20, 2017
Murrysville fracking ordinance under review
Trib Live
Patrick Varine

While critics of Murrysville's current fracking ordinance may not yet know how much space will be required between gas wells and protected structures, one of their longtime suggestions — that the distance be measured from a well's borehole — resonated with council.   [Full Story]

Jan 20, 2017
Fractured fracking facts: Rewriting energy history
Trib Live
Editorial

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at best exaggerates wildly by claiming credit for the benefits of America's fracking boom in his department's exit memo. That's quite something from an administration that, as The Daily Caller notes, “has pushed regulations to curb drilling” and “has repeatedly taken legal action against fracking.”   [Full Story]

Jan 20, 2017
Day One Agenda for Trump Administration: Energy Deregulation
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

As Barack Obama moves out of the White House to thunderous applause from the scientific community, what's on the energy and environment docket for Day One of the Trump Administration? Trump aides have promised swift and aggressive action on a long list of various campaign priorities, but remain opaque about the process and order of possible immediate changes.  [Full Story]

Jan 20, 2017
Trump Aides Prepare List of First Days’ Changes on Energy, Sources Say
Bloomberg
Jennifer A Dlouhy

Donald Trump’s advisers have prepared a short list of energy and environmental policy changes he can take within hours of being sworn in Friday, including steps to limit the role that climate change plays in government decisions. The list includes nullifying President Barack Obama’s guidelines that federal agencies weigh climate change when approving pipelines, deciding what areas to open for drilling or taking other major actions, two people familiar with Trump’s transition planning say. Trump also is being counseled to suspend the government’s use of a metric known as the social cost of carbon until it can be reviewed and recalculated, and to rescind a 49-year-old executive order that put the State Department in charge of permitting border-crossing oil pipelines.  [Full Story]

Jan 20, 2017
As Trump prepares to enter the White House, Americans' concern over climate change hits record levels
James Murray
Business Green

As green businesses and environmental campaigner wait to see if Donald Trump's inaugural address provides any indication as to his latest thinking on US and international climate policy, fresh evidence emerged this week to suggest any attempt by the new administration to curtail climate action could face significant public opposition. Trump has pledged to 'cancel' the Paris Agreement, tear up a raft of Obama era climate policies, and appoint a series of high profile climate sceptics to his cabinet.  [Full Story]

Jan 20, 2017
Point/Counterpoint: Dissecting Trump's Fracking Policy
Paste
Tom Burson

President Donald Trump, along with nearly the entirety of the Republican Party hopes to expand the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. Fracking for natural gas is the process of breaking up shale rock formations underneath the Earth’s surface to extract the natural gas. Basically, a series of holes are drilled into the ground and then pumped with a water/chemical mixture to drive the natural gas out of the fissures in the shale.   [Full Story]

Jan 19, 2017
Did Senators Rush Through Rick Perry’s Energy Dept Hearing to Attend Corporate-Sponsored Inaugural Lunch?
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Compared to many other Senate confirmation hearings for potential Cabinet members, the hearing for U.S. Energy Secretary proved much faster and less rocky for nominee and former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry. Perry's hearing lasted about three and a half hours and included only two rounds of questioning. That was far shorter than either Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nearly six hour hearing for Environmental Protection Agency head, in which he faced four rounds of questions, or the eight and a half hour hearing for Secretary of State nominee and retired ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson. Before this hearing, Perry was on the record as an enthusiastic climate change denier who previously failed to come up with either the name or the functions of the agency he could soon run.  [Full Story]

Jan 19, 2017
Under Tillerson, Exxon Maintained Ties with Saudi Arabia, Despite Dismal Human Rights Record
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

During his Secretary of State confirmation hearing, recently retired ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson came under questioning by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) about his stance on Saudi Arabia's awful human rights record, a country which contains the biggest oil reserves on the planet and is a long-time ally of the U.S. While Tillerson offered mild criticism of Saudi Arabia's treatment of women, LGBQT people, and others, several Senators found his response far from full-throated and said as much. A DeSmog investigation shows that Exxon has long been involved in Saudi Arabia's oil and gas industry. Not only did the company, through its predecessor Standard Oil, help launch the industry there and co-owned the country's first major export pipeline, but to this day it maintains deep business ties with Saudi Arabia and the industry in a variety of sectors, both there and in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Jan 19, 2017
Jack Latvala says he’ll support legislation banning fracking again in 2017 Session
Saint Peters Blog
Mitch Perry

State Sen. Jack Latvala opposed a bill to regulate the use of fracking in the 2016 Session, and in the upcoming Session, he’ll support legislation that would do so again.   [Full Story]

Jan 19, 2017
Professor gets grant for well tests near fracking sites
Duquesne Duke
Brandon Added

Residents of southwest Pennsylvania can learn if their well water has been contaminated by fracking operations for free — all thanks to a Duquesne professor and his students.   [Full Story]

Jan 19, 2017
Advocates say feds downplaying climate impacts of pipelines
Southeast Energy News
Elizabeth Ouzts

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline wouldn’t cause more fracking or more gas-fired power production, federal regulators argued in a recent environmental review. Largely for that reason, the proposed 600-mile pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina “will not contribute to [greenhouse gas] cumulative impacts or to climate change,” officials wrote.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
League of Women Voters of Virginia member presents fracking study in Lynchburg
News & Advance
Rachel Mahoney

A League of Women Voters of Virginia committee member from Williamsburg informed area residents on Tuesday of the basic, need-to-know information on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and proposed bills that would affect the procedure in Virginia.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
New Marcellus development boom will triple greenhouse gas emissions from PA's natural gas Report forecasts thousands of new natural gas wells
EurekaAlert
PSE Healthy Energy Press Release

Bristol, PA - Natural gas production on Pennsylvania's vast black shale deposit known as the Marcellus Shale will nearly double by 2030 to meet growing demand, tripling Pennsylvania's greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas sector relative to 2012 levels, according to a report published today by Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The increase in greenhouse gas emissions will remain steady through 2045 with continued shale gas development, projects the report, "Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Projected Future Marcellus Development."   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Judge lets federal flaring rules take effect during lawsuit
Gillette News Record
Associated Press

CHEYENNE — New nationwide rules to curtail the practice of burning off excess natural gas from oil and gas wells on federal land took effect as scheduled Tuesday after a judge said he saw no urgent reason to block them while a lawsuit moves ahead.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Firm proposes to drill 35 wells over three years 12 miles north of Paonia
Daily Sentinel
Dennis Webb

Gunnison Energy is proposing drilling up to 35 Mancos shale wells over the next three years about 12 miles north of Paonia, and adjacent to where SG Interests wants to drill 146 wells. The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service are accepting public comment on what’s being called the North Fork Mancos master development plan proposal.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
After endless postponement, Obama administration's fracking regulations likely to disappear
HPPR
Jonathan Baker

In response to the fracking boom, the Obama administration set forth regulations to limit fracking on public and tribal lands. The rules marked the administrations most concerted efforts to control the controversial method of extracting oil and gas. But those regulations have been challenged by oil-friendly states, and have been stalled in federal court for years.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Trump's EPA pick took hands-off approach to environmental crisis that shook Oklahoma
CNN Politics
Maeve Reston

CNN)Oklahoma is one of the more unlikely places in the United States to experience earthquakes. But in the six years that Scott Pruitt has served as the state's attorney general, Oklahoma has been rattled by hundreds of quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 and greater, with some areas facing the same level of risk as high-hazard parts of California.  [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Fight on fracking continues
Westmoreland News


After almost two years of work by the Westmoreland Planning Commission to restrict gas and oil drilling in Westmoreland County, the proposed new regulations have come before the Board of Supervisors. The board will review the proposed regulations and hold public hearings before voting on the matter. Throughout the last two years Westmoreland Planning Commission, in response to resident concerns over fracking, has worked to create regulations to restrict drilling for oil and gas. The restrictions apply to all drilling but focus on restricting practices unique to fracking as well.  [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Over 100 protest BLM plans to lease land near Chaco Canyon for fracking
Santa Fe New Mexican
Rebecca Moss

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is ignoring the pleas of Navajos and others in its planned lease of 843 acres near Chaco Canyon National Historic Park in northwest New Mexico for oil and gas drilling, protesters said Tuesday during a demonstration by more than 100 people at BLM’s office in Santa Fe.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Church of England weighs in on shale Church leaders say they were called on by their congregation to address the issue.
UPI
Daniel J. Graeber

Church leaders in 2015 issued a declaration calling for greater emphasis on a low-carbon British economy as the country gets in line behind international actions on climate change. The briefing paper from the Church of England said distinctions, however, should be made between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in and of itself and the need to transition to a clean economy.  [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Fracking disclosure rule challenged in Montana court
NBC Montana
Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. - Attorneys for a group of Montana landowners, health advocates and conservationists have filed a lawsuit seeking to force energy companies to divulge more about the chemicals they use in energy production.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Bill Would Exempt Fracking Chemicals from FOIA
Local Kicks
Tyler Hammel

RICHMOND – Open government advocates are alarmed at a legislative subcommittee’s approval of a bill that would hide from the public record the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, said House Bill 1678 would violate the public’s right to know about possible environmental and health hazards posed by fracking, in which liquids are injected into the ground to extract oil or gas.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Rick Perry misunderstood Energy Secretary job: report
The Hill
MALLORY SHELBOURNE

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) misunderstood the administration post that President-elect Donald Trump nominated him for, The New York Times reported Wednesday. In a report getting attention on social media, the Times said that Perry accepted the nomination to be Energy secretary "believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state." "In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal" the Times continued.   [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Gets Grilled on Fossil Fuel Ties at Confirmation Hearing
DeSmogBlog
Ben Jervey and Steve Horn

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sat down before the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee for his confirmation hearing as a nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Senator John Barrasso, the Wyoming Republican who newly chairs the committee, opened the hearing with a number of compliments for Pruitt. Just after, the ranking Democrat, Tom Carper of Delaware, used his introductory remarks to say that he's never opposed an EPA nominee before, from either party, and strongly indicated that Pruitt wouldn't get his vote. The rest of the more than three hour morning session proceeded in turn, with Republican members complimenting the attorney general and lobbing him softball questions, and the Democrats grilling him on his stance on climate science, his ties to the fossil fuel industry, and his perspective on what role the EPA has in actually, well, protecting the environment.  [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2017
Reject Scott Pruitt for the E.P.A.
The New York Times
ERIC SCHAEFFER

The president-elect’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency is the antithesis of what the nation should expect in the next administrator of the agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment. Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma has built his career suing the agency he would oversee to roll back its protection of the nation’s air and water, and challenging the very idea of federal action to control pollution.  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
EPA UNDER SCOTT PRUITT COULD COST THE U.S. BILLIONS IN ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE COSTS
The Intercept
Sharon Lerner

Supporters of Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency clearly believe the Oklahoma attorney general would be good for business. A climate denier and avowed foe of the agency he’s poised to head, Pruitt appeals to conservatives because he understands “that regulations affect our property rights, our ability to compete, and our livelihoods,” according Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, III, who joined Pruitt in suing the EPA over air pollution limits. Among the 23 ultra-right groups that signed a statement supporting Pruitt posted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute are the Exxon-funded Frontiers of Freedom and several groups tied to the Koch brothers, including the Independent Women’s Voice, and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Fracking Blamed For Early Closure Of NY Nuclear Plant
Forbes
Jared Anderson

In an ironic twist, fracking has been cited as a prime reason for shutting down New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant, as cheap natural gas eroded the economics of generating nuclear power in the region. New York’s Governor Cuomo is a fracking critic who supported banning the practice, a step taken by the state in 2015. But Cuomo has also opposed Indian Point – located about 30 miles north of New York City – on safety grounds for years. Last week’s announcement that the plant would close 14 years early is being touted by the governor as a major victory, but his unlikely ally in that win is natural gas produced from the Marcellus and Utica shale resources located in nearby Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Grafton selectmen rescind approval for gas pipeline drilling
Telegram
Craig S. Lemon

GRAFTON - The Board of Selectmen Tuesday rescinded the surveying and drilling permission they granted nine months earlier for a proposed natural gas pipeline. The "West Boylston Lateral" proposal calls for a 27-mile, 16-inch, high-pressure pipeline buried at least 3 feet deep through West Boylston, Boylston, Shrewsbury, Sutton, Millbury, Grafton, Upton, Milford and Medway.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Judge lets flaring rules take effect during lawsuit
Farmington Daily Times
Mead Gruver

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — New nationwide rules to curtail the practice of burning off excess natural gas from oil and gas wells on federal land took effect as scheduled today after a judge said he saw no urgent reason to block them while a lawsuit moves ahead. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper said Monday that he couldn't immediately conclude the Interior Department had overstepped its authority with the rules, which seek to reduce air pollution and waste by requiring gas to be captured and sold rather than flared.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Fracking ban Victoria: Shell crack at plan
Weekly Times Now
Kath Sullivan

OIL and gas giant Shell has weighed in on Victoria’s plan to ban fracking and stop conventional onshore gas exploration and extraction until 2020.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Rex Tillerson’s Exxon Mobil Frequently Sought State Department Assistance, New Documents Show
The Intercept
Lee Fang, Steve Horn

EXXON MOBIL UNDER ITS CEO Rex Tillerson frequently pressed the U.S. State Department for help in negotiating complex business deals and overcoming foreign opposition to its drilling projects, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Scott Pruitt unsuitable to head EPA
Knoxville News Sentinel
Mike Brune Opinion

At best, Donald Trump's decision to nominate Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency could be considered provocative, given the Oklahoma attorney general's well-established hostility toward the very agency he would be running. But whether an opponent of the EPA should be leading the agency isn't the only issue that will be under consideration as the Senate considers Pruitt's nomination this week. Also at stake is whether the United States will continue to be a country that accepts the reality of basic science, that is prepared to take action to protect clean air and water, and that is willing to join the global battle against climate change.  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Longmont residents speak up about fracking to City Council
Times-Call
John Bear

The open forum at the Longmont City Council meeting on Tuesday offered residents the chance to spout off about anything they wanted, and they did on everything from retail marijuana to inconsiderate motorists. But one topic came up far more than others — fracking.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Bill Would Exempt Fracking Chemicals from FOIA
NBC12
Tyler Hammel

RICHMOND - Open government advocates are alarmed at a legislative subcommittee’s approval of a bill that would hide from the public record the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Risk of fracking, pipelines makes renewables better bet
USA TODAY
TIM ROWLAND

If the cosmos likes to joke around, it could hardly have demonstrated a better sense of timing and location than it did in the first week of December, when a pipeline leak spilled 176,000 gallons of crude oil into the Ash Coulee Creek in North Dakota, just 150 miles from the spot where protesters have voiced opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. And while the Dakota Access line has dominated the news, it’s not the only pipeline in the works. One hundred miles upstream of Washington, D.C., gas-transmission companies are planning to drill a pipeline beneath the C&O Canal National Park and the Potomac River for a project that would send gas from fracking wells in Pennsylvania across a thin strip of Maryland and into West Virginia’s eastern panhandle.  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
Dakota Access company seeks to block pipeline study
Washington Post
Blake Nicholson

BISMARCK, N.D. — The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline’s disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2017
‘It’s blindsided everybody’: New U.S. border tax could shut out Canadian oil
Financial Post
Claudia Cattaneo

Canadian oil and gas producers happy to see the end of the Obama era are quickly coming to the realization that the imminent Trump presidency could be even more challenging if he moves forward with the adoption of a border adjustment tax.   [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
Lafayette to vote on anti-fracking ordinance that would legalize non-violent protests Skeptics of the ordinance have pointed to its far-reaching implications and defiance of the state’s rule over oil and gas development
Denver Post
Anthony Hahn

Lafayette city leaders will vote Tuesday on an anti-fracking ordinance aimed at hobbling oil and gas development within the town by sanctioning acts of civil disobedience and non-violent protest.   [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
Judge allows fracking rules to move ahead
Washington Examiner
JOHN SICILIANO

A federal court on Monday refused to halt the Obama administration's fracking regulations that go into effect Tuesday. The rules restrict the venting and flaring of natural gas and methane from oil and gas wells as part of the Obama administration's broad climate agenda. Methane is a short-lived but potent greenhouse gas that many climate scientists blame for driving manmade climate change. Despite the unfavorable ruling, the oil and gas industry thinks it can win on the merits of its arguments.  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
The Home Front: Will a Colorado town legalize civil disobedience against fracking?
The Colorado Independent
Corey Hutchins

The Home Front: Will a Colorado town legalize civil disobedience against fracking? Your daily digest of stories from the front pages of newspapers across Colorado Corey Hutchins January 16, 2017 Just In No Comments FacebookTwitterEmail The Home Front: Will a Colorado town legalize civil disobedience against fracking? “An anti-fracking ordinance aimed at hobbling oil and gas development within Lafayette through sanctioning acts of civil disobedience and non-violent protest will go in front of city leaders Tuesday,” The Longmont Times-Call reports. “The vote comes just two years after a Boulder District Court judge tossed out the town’s voter-approved fracking ban and marks a return to form for the truculent community.” The ordinance would “legalize non-violent direct action protests — such acts can include sit-ins, strikes, workplace occupations or blockades — [and] would target drilling activity and allow protesters unprecedented immunity from arrest or detainment,” The Boulder Daily Camera previously reported.  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
Trump's energy team to get grilled
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The heavy hitters that President-elect Trump has lined up to lead his energy and environment team are set to go before Congress this week to address major issues from climate change to protecting the chicken-like sage grouse in the West.   [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
'Drill, baby, drill' returns to the new Congress
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

A long-standing Republican plan to drill for oil in Alaska's federal wildlife refuge is being resurrected in the Senate as President-elect Trump takes office, although its return may not bode well for energy legislation in the new Congress.   [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
Wisconsin Tribe Votes to Evict Oil Pipeline From Its Reservation
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin voted not to renew an easement for a major oil and gas pipeline that passes through its reservation. In the wake of the successful protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, this decision is the latest example of Native American tribes using sovereignty rights to oppose fossil fuel projects. The Bad River tribal council voted unanimously in early January to revoke rights-of-way that pass through the roughly 200-square-mile reservation and the decision could prove difficult to overturn. Pipeline companies often take ownership of private land through the use of eminent domain. But using Native American land typically requires tribal consent and easements are negotiated for a fixed period.  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
The Home Front: Will a Colorado town legalize civil disobedience against fracking?
Colorado Independent
Corey Hutchins

“An anti-fracking ordinance aimed at hobbling oil and gas development within Lafayette through sanctioning acts of civil disobedience and non-violent protest will go in front of city leaders Tuesday,” The Longmont Times-Call reports. “The vote comes just two years after a Boulder District Court judge tossed out the town’s voter-approved fracking ban and marks a return to form for the truculent community.”  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
Fracking Remains Hot Button Issue Among Legislators
WCBC


Environmental issues are at the front and center as the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly begins its first full week. Fracking remains a hot button issue with legislators are expected to take a new look at whether to extend the moratorium or even ban fracking altogether. The idea of a ban or extending the moratorium is unanimously opposed by the District One Delegation which is on record as supporting fracking.  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2017
Acclaimed Canadian author lays out dirty back story of fossil fuel industry and government
National Observer
Warren Bell Opinion

The harmful effects of fracking process, and the wealthy industry that shamelessly and aggressively employs it, were not judged. So despite a temporary reprieve arising out of the the Court's decision, they are inching closer to the critical challenge the deserve.   [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2017
Knopf: While America watched Trump, big money bought Colorado election (column)
Summit Daily
Jonathan & Susan Knopf Opinion

Everyone is so preoccupied with President-elect Trump’s tweets, and whether his cabinet will make it through congressional review, you may have missed the fact that Coloradans gave our state away to corporate America on Election Day. Big Tobacco, Big Oil and Big Pharma are among the big winners.   [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2017
Russians Target Fracking, Too
Intelligencer
Mike Myer

Among some liberals, two contentions have become virtual articles of faith: 1. The Russians elected Donald Trump president. 2. Hydraulic fracturing science is settled, and the practice is bad for human beings and our environment.   [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2017
Ahead of Lafayette's climate bill vote, backers affirm resistance to fracking Councilor Mazza: 'The only way to change the law is to disobey it'
Lafayette News
Anthony Hahn

An anti-fracking ordinance aimed at hobbling oil and gas development within Lafayette through sanctioning acts of civil disobedience and non-violent protest will go in front of city leaders Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2017
Why Pa. needs to increase taxes: Fracking and neglect
Newsitem
Walter Brasch

The primary reason for the highest gas price is because of fracking. The Tom Corbett administration and Republican Legislature had welcomed gas drillers to the state and gave them benefits to drill into the Marcellus Shale using a technology that sacrificed health and the environment for what has proved to be short-term benefits.   [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2017
Antifracking movement alarmed at Trump’s focus on fossil fuels
Business Mirror
Inter Press Service

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas—Earl Hatley, a descendant of the Cherokee/Delaware tribe, has witnessed the consequences of using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on his native land to produce shale gas.   [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2017
In Davos, Bracing for a Shifting U.S. Stance on Climate Change
The New York Times
Stanley Reed

LONDON — However slowly and tentatively, nations around the globe appear to be taking some steps to confront the growing threat of climate change. But on Friday, Donald J. Trump, a self-described climate change doubter, will assume the presidency of the United States. And the same week, half a world away at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, climate experts will be pondering what his ascent means for their efforts to make progress on the issue. After all, Mr. Trump has threatened to scupper the Paris deal on climate change and questioned the science of global warming, and he may try to roll back regulations devised to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2017
Brian O'Neill: Put methane in its place, not the atmosphere
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bill O'Neill Opinion

It’s not often we see legislation that eases the way for the emission of methane and other volatile organic compounds we’d be better off not breathing, but America’s Largest Full-Time State Legislature is considering just that. The idea is to make federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations the maximum, not the minimum, to protect oxygen-breathing life forms in Pennsylvania, a group you and your children are likely among.   [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2017
Shale drilling fees debated amid hints of rebound
Trib Live
Kevin Zwick

An anticipated uptick, however slight, in shale gas production in 2017 is on the horizon, but it's unclear how that might impact policy discussions in Harrisburg, analysts say. Gov. Tom Wolf again plans to call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling when he presents his budget Feb. 7.  [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2017
Jessica Ernst Loses Landmark Supreme Court Case Against Alberta Fracking Regulator in 5-4 Ruling
DeSmog Canada
Andrew Nikiforuk

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled Jessica Ernst can’t sue the powerful and controversial Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) over alleged violations of her Charter rights.   [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2017
Citizens have a right to know about fracking chemicals
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Ruby Brabo Opinion

Virginians have a right to know what chemicals are being pumped into our communities. Just as important, first responders need this information to ensure public safety.  [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2017
Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators
New York Times
Eric Lipton & Coral Davenport

WASHINGTON — A legal fight to clean up tons of chicken manure fouling the waters of Oklahoma’s bucolic northeastern corner — much of it from neighboring Arkansas — was in full swing six years ago when the conservative lawyer Scott Pruitt took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general.   [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2017
The Long Reach of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak
New York Times
Diane Cardwell

When a geyser of gas began spewing from the ground in October 2015, it was just the beginning of an energy and environmental crisis in Southern California with far-reaching repercussions. In nearby communities, like Porter Ranch, the disaster upended lives: Schools relocated. Thousands of people moved to motels and temporary housing. The leak at an Aliso Canyon gas storage facility not only sent vast amounts of methane — a heat-trapping greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere, it also ended up spraying other chemicals, including some that were being used in the effort to plug the leak.   [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2017
Erin Brockovich Meets With Oklahoma Residents Impacted by Human-Induced Earthquakes
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

As Pawnee, Oklahoma still picks up the pieces from September's record-breaking earthquake, environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich and lawyers from Weitz & Luxenberg have traveled to the Sooner State to speak with residents about the alarming number of induced earthquakes affecting the area.  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Supreme Court shuts down Alberta landowner’s fracking suit
CKNW
Simon Little

An Alberta landowner has lost her bid to sue the province’s energy regulator over allegedly fracking-contaminated water, and she says B.C. should take notice.   [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Bill could exempt some fracking chemicals from FOIA requests
CBS19
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A bill advancing in the Virginia Legislature would exempt certain chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing from disclosure in response to a public records request. Del. Roxann Robinson's bill would exempt information about chemicals deemed a trade secret from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.   [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Walking the walk
Floridan
Deborah Buchhalter

A Rhode Island man is quite literally “walking the walk” when it comes to his beliefs about the dangers of fracturing the earth’s core to extract natural gas and the risks that the gas delivery pipelines pose to America’s drinking water.  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Erin Brockovich Meets With Oklahoma Residents Impacted by Human-Induced Earthquakes
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

As Pawnee, Oklahoma still picks up the pieces from September's record-breaking earthquake, environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich and lawyers from Weitz & Luxenberg have traveled to the Sooner State to speak with residents about the alarming number of induced earthquakes affecting the area.  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Court Rejects Ongoing Penalties for Continuous Pollution
Legal Intelligencer
Zack Needles

Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law does not authorize the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue ongoing penalties against companies for the continued presence of pollutants in state waters, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.   [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Activists at Little Fish Brewery pushing back on fracking in Wayne National Forest
The Post
Nora Jaara

The Bureau of Land Management auctioned off land in Ohio's only national forest in December for oil and gas purposes, despite protest from environmental activists. With 719 acres of land sold, the auction netted more than $1 million, according to a previous Post report. "We didn't win that fight, but the fight is not over," Sean White, co-owner and head brewer at Little Fish, said.   [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Fracking debate reignites as state moratorium expires
OC Today
Greg Ellison

(Jan. 13, 2017) The debate over the oil-extraction method known as fracking will take center stage during the General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session, and Sen. Jim Mathias said he intends to play a part in that discussion. “Maryland’s temporary moratorium on fracking is set to expire this year,” he said.   [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Supreme Court rules fracking critic doesn't have charter right to sue Alberta woman challenged provision that grants energy regulator immunity from lawsuits
CBC News
Kathleen Harris

Canada's top court has ruled that an Alberta landowner does not have the right to sue the province's energy regulator for infringing her constitutional rights.  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Bill passes Va. House of Delegates subcomittee to protect fracking chemicals
WRIC
Jacob Wilson

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A bill has passed a subcommittee in the Virginia House of Delegates that would exempt certain chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing from disclosure in response to a public records request, also called a FOIA request.  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2017
Newtown meeting probes potential dangers of proposed fracking amendment
The Intelligencer
Tyler Miles

More than 50 residents packed the Newtown Friends Meetinghouse in Newtown Borough on Thursday night for a presentation by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network on the proposed gas and oil drilling amendment to those three Bucks County municipalities' joint zoning ordinance.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Broomfield Backpedals on Fracking Moratorium, Postpones Vote
Westword
Alan Prendergast

A decision this week by the Broomfield City Council to postpone action on a proposed five-month moratorium on new oil and gas development — despite strong turnout by citizens urging the temporary ban — highlights the legal and political uncertainties that local government officials are facing as they try to figure out what authority they might have to control the spread of fracking operations in their communities.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
(WATCH) Patrick Moore, The Sensible Environmentalist: The Truth about Fracking, Natural Gas and Vinyl
The Rebel


Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, the Sensible Environmentalist, is back to set the record straight about fracking, natural gas and vinyl — all safe, sustainable and even essential things that eco-activists are trying to ban.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Robin Hood rises to oppose fracking in Sherwood Forest
Wild Hunt
Claire Dixon

Today, the figure of Robin Hood is again being invoked as his very heartland of Sherwood Forest, and the great ancient oak, fabled to be his hideout, are now facing a very contemporary threat. Anti-fracking campaigners in the UK recently learned that chemical multinational INEOS has been in discussions with the UK’s Forestry Commission to carry out seismic surveys in Sherwood.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Maryland delegate: fracking regulations 'wholly inadequate'
Baltimore Sun
Dan K. Morhaim Opinion

Last month, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, which reviews state regulations, held a hearing to consider proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). As a committee member, I reviewed the document submitted by the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and listened to the testimony presented.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests
Washington Times


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Certain chemicals pumped underground during hydraulic fracturing would be exempt from public records requests under a bill advancing in the Virginia Legislature.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Too little, too late, too bad
Boulder Weekly
Joel Dyer

The timing of the EPA’s long-awaited fracking/drinking water study speaks volumes to the oil and gas industry’s control over our political system. On Dec. 19, 2016, a mere 30 days before President Barack Obama will leave office, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally released its long-awaited report on fracking’s impact on drinking water. The report, titled Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States, was originally scheduled to be completed in five years and released in 2014, but the release was delayed for an additional two years.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Exxon Ordered to Fork Over 40 Years of Climate Research
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

ExxonMobil was dealt a major blow on Wednesday after a Massachusetts judge ordered the company to hand in more than 40 years of climate research. On Wednesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Heidi E. Brieger denied the oil giant a protective order that would have blocked Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's subpoenas for Exxon's internal research on climate change.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Gas storage opponents denied HIDE CAPTION Protesters block the entrance to Stagecoach Gas Services in the Town of Reading in July 2016. PHOTO PROVIDED
Steuben Courier
Stephen Borgnq

READING - For the second time, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied opponents of the Seneca Lake natural gas storage expansion project a request for a rehearing asking it to reject the plan under its current proposal.   [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Climate Investigation of Exxon Can Proceed in Massachusetts, State Judge Rules
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

Exxon had fought state Attorney General Maura Healey's demand for documents about potential climate fraud, but a Mass. judge backs Healey's right to the probe.  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
Tillerson Hedges on Climate Science but Supports Paris Agreement
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

In his Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of state, Exxon's former chief differs with Donald Trump on keeping the country in the international accord.  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2017
EFFECTS OF FRACKING COULD BE FAR-REACHING
The Post
Alex Meyer

Felicia Mettler never saw herself taking a stand for an environmental cause. But when injection well activity began in Torch, a few miles from her Coolville home, she weighed the impact on her family and the land around her. “As a mother, it’s my job to protect my kids, and I don’t want to move,” Mettler, 45, a stay-at-home mother of three, said. “I’m on land that is family land. My mother, I could throw a rock at her house. My brother lives right next door.” Injection wells are used to dispose of the chemical waste that can result from fracking. Mettler and other local residents are concerned whether the three injection wells in Torch — a 30-minute drive from Athens — will affect the environment and people’s health.   [Full Story]

Jan 11, 2017
Controversial Broomfield fracking moratorium vote postponed
Colorado Independent
Kelsey Ray

After a lengthy and occasionally emotional meeting that drew more than 500 people, a divided Broomfield City Council decided Tuesday night to wait until late February to vote on a five-month moratorium on new oil and gas development in the city and county.   [Full Story]

Jan 11, 2017
Noise pollution from fracking may harm human health
Berkeley News
Brett Israel

Fracking creates noise at levels high enough to harm the health of people living nearby, according to the first peer-reviewed study to analyze the potential public health impacts of ambient noise related to fracking.   [Full Story]

Jan 11, 2017
Another Climate Change Push Comes From Exxon Shareholders
Inside Climate News
David Hasemyer

Once again this year, dissident ExxonMobil stockholders have filed several resolutions with the company asking it to be more forthright in addressing the climate crisis. Submitted months before Exxon's annual meeting in May, by a twist of fate it also helps set the stage for Wednesday, when Rex Tillerson, Exxon's former chief executive and Donald Trump's pick to become secretary of state, appears at a Senate confirmation hearing.   [Full Story]

Jan 10, 2017
Fracking Fans Use Intelligence Report to Revive Baseless Claim Russia Funds U.S. Anti-Fracking Movement
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Proponents of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) have seized upon a paragraph found within the recent national intelligence report examining Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. elections to push a long-promoted but unfounded claim: that Russia and President Vladimir Putin fund the U.S. anti-fracking movement. The multi-agency intelligence report centered around the conclusion that “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency” and that “the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.” After outlining some ways Russia has worked to influence the U.S. political terrain and its recent email hacking activities, the brief report then devotes seven pages to explaining the phenomenon of the Russian government-funded TV network RT (formerly known as Russia Today).   [Full Story]

Jan 10, 2017
Devon Energy sued in class-action suit, accused of underpaying royalties
Ft Worth Star-Telegram
Max B. Baker

Fort Worth--Devon Energy is being sued for allegedly using sham transactions to underpay thousands of property owners in North Texas millions of dollars in royalties from natural gas processed through a Bridgeport plant. The Devon case echoes accusations brought against Chesapeake Energy in Texas courts that it sold natural gas from its Barnett Shale wells to an affiliate and pocketed the profits when it was sold on the open market. Chesapeake eventually agreed to a $51 million settlement last year.   [Full Story]

Jan 10, 2017
Pipeline protesters have message for Cuomo
Niagara Gazette
Mia Summerson

AMHERST — Locals who have been vocally opposed to the construction of a natural gas pipeline and related structures in Niagara Country attempted to get their message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address on Monday.   [Full Story]

Jan 10, 2017
Putin's Other American Propaganda Effort: Anti-Fracking News Russia is no longer the world's largest gas producer and isn't happy about it.
Bloomberg
Eric Roston

RT, a media organization that the U.S. intelligence community calls "the Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet," published an article on Jan. 2 under the unlikely headline: “Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest hideout under threat from frackers.” The article, which carries no byline and cites the work of environmental activists, laments plans of a unit of Ineos Group, a Switzerland-based chemical company, to conduct seismic testing for natural gas near Major Oak, the millennium-old tree that served in legend as headquarters to Robin Hood and his merry fellows. (Ineos Shale and Friends of the Earth have been involved in a public dispute over the environmental group's depiction of fracking, with the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Board weighing in.)   [Full Story]

Jan 10, 2017
Newtown Township considers fracking ordinance
Lower Buck Times
Timothy Reilly

As a new year dawns on Newtown, fresh challenges await the township’s Board of Supervisors. One such test is the potential introduction of the fracking industry into the region. In January, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors will consider a preemptive ordinance to allow limited oil and gas exploration. The ordinance was proposed in response to the potential end of two moratoriums that have prevented fracking in Bucks County. One, issued by the state of Pennsylvania, is set to expire in January 2018. The other, imposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission, is indefinite. A successful court challenge to the DRBC ban or political changes within the organization could remove the final roadblock to fracking in Bucks County.   [Full Story]

Jan 9, 2017
API: Drilling downturn could end soon
OE Digital


The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported the total wells drilled and completed in Q4 2016 decreased 8.8% when compared to Q3 2016. This decrease shows a drastic improvement from the same period in 2015 which saw a 21% decrease in total wells drilled and completed.  [Full Story]

Jan 9, 2017
NEW FEDERAL PROTECTION FOR DELAWARE RIVER BASIN BUT FUNDING UNCLEAR
NJ Spotlight
Jon Hurdle

A new federal law provides extra environmental protection for the Delaware River Basin, but its effectiveness may not match its promise if Congress doesn’t appropriate the funds needed for conservation projects, advocates said.   [Full Story]

Jan 9, 2017
Methane may not last long in the atmosphere — but it drives sea level rise for centuries
Washington Post
Chelsea Harvey

It seems like just about every week, there’s more news on the rapid melting of glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica and elsewhere — and scientists’ growing concern about their potentially dramatic contributions to global sea level rise. But there’s another major element affecting global sea levels, and research suggests that it could be a factor for centuries to come. The process is called “thermal expansion,” and the science behind it is relatively simple: When greenhouse gases go into the atmosphere, they cause air temperatures to rise. Some of the heat ends up being absorbed into the oceans, causing the water to expand in volume.  [Full Story]

Jan 9, 2017
'Nail in the Coffin': Oil, Gas Industry Slams Obama-Backed Atlantic Survey Ban
Sputnik News


The Obama administration has rejected requests by energy companies to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean to map drilling sites for oil and natural gas, affirming the block on Atlantic drilling passed by Obama in December 2016 — although there are some indications Donald Trump will overturn the ban when he ascends to the Oval Office.   [Full Story]

Jan 9, 2017
Fracking News 2017: FOIA Law In Virginia Would Limit Access To Information About Chemicals Used In Hydraulic Fracturing
IBTimes
Lydia O'Neal

A bill adding an amendment to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, offered to the state’s House floor for a vote Monday, would keep descriptions of chemical ingredients involved in hydraulic fracturing in the state out of the public eye.   [Full Story]

Jan 9, 2017
A preview of issues likely to come before the General Assembly this year
Capital Gazette
Amanda Yeager

•Fracking and the environment. Environmental issues will be front and center at the start of this session, as Democratic lawmakers decide whether to override Hogan's veto of a bill that sought to increase the state's renewable energy use by requiring Maryland electricity suppliers to obtain a quarter of their energy from renewable sources. Hogan rejected the legislation over concerns about increasing costs to ratepayers, which were estimated between 77 cents and $3.06 a month in 2020, though the amount was projected to decrease after that. As the end of a state moratorium on fracking, a natural gas extraction method, approaches this year, legislators are also expected to take a new look at whether to extend the moratorium or even ban fracking altogether. The idea has support from four members of the County Council, who this fall wrote a letter to the General Assembly arguing the county, which sits atop a natural gas reserve, would be vulnerable if fracking is allowed to move forward.   [Full Story]

Jan 8, 2017
Md. lawmakers to grapple with budget, sick leave, fracking
Daily Progress
Brian Witte

Lawmakers also will be weighing proposals to require paid sick leave and to either extend a moratorium on the hydraulic oil and gas drilling process known as fracking in western Maryland or ban it.   [Full Story]

Jan 7, 2017
Obama again stalls oil drilling in Atlantic
Daily Comet
Darryl Fears

For the second time in less than a month, the Obama administration on Friday took an action that all but shuts the door on drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, denying six permits to companies seeking to use seismic cannons to search for oil under the ocean floor.   [Full Story]

Jan 7, 2017
Anti-Fracking Movement Alarmed at Trump's Focus on Fossil Fuels
Truth-Out
Emilio Godoy

Little Rock, Arkansas -- Earl Hatley, a descendant of the Cherokee/Delaware tribe, has witnessed the consequences of using hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" on his native land to produce shale gas.   [Full Story]

Jan 7, 2017
Legislature kicks locals on fracking
Dayton Daily News
Thomas Suddes

The legislature just made it harder for anyone to use local ballot issues to fight fracking, thanks to a bill rammed through the legislature, House Bill 463, which Gov. John R. Kasich signed Wednesday.   [Full Story]

Jan 6, 2017
Would Environmentalists be Subpoenaed?: Tucker Carlson Grills Democrat on Russia’s Anti-Fracking Propaganda
Mediaite
Justin Baragona

During this evening’s broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight, host Tucker Carlson challenged Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on the recent intelligence report that indicates Russia meddled in the election to assist Donald Trump.   [Full Story]

Jan 6, 2017
Hacking report: Russia engaged in anti-fracking campaign
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

Russia engaged in an anti-fracking campaign to hurt the U.S. energy industry, which has become a huge competitor for Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday.   [Full Story]

Jan 6, 2017
Report: Russia Conducted Anti-Fracking Campaign to Weaken US Energy Industry
Newsmax
Jason Devaney

Russia tried to deal some blows to America's energy industry by conducting an anti-fracking campaign via state-controlled media, according to a U.S. intelligence report. The unclassified report was made public Friday, the same day President-elect Donald Trump met with intelligence officials about Russia's interference in November's presidential election.   [Full Story]

Jan 6, 2017
Alaskans have a right to know facts about fracking
ADN
Peter Mjos Opinion

I attended a recent public hearing before the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and I was frankly shocked by the undisguised lack of civility, unprofessional decorum and personal deprecation I witnessed.   [Full Story]

Jan 6, 2017
Wyden, Merkley join bid to permanently ban offshore drilling
KTVZ


WASHINGTON - Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., joined their fellow West Coast senators in introducing the West Coast Ocean Protection Expansion Act this week to permanently ban offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf of Oregon, Washington and California.  [Full Story]

Jan 6, 2017
Where impact fees go: Municipalities need more clarity from state
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Editorial

With the natural gas industry in a slowdown, it’s especially important for Pennsylvania municipalities to get the biggest possible bang from impact fees generated by drilling operations. A recent report by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale indicated questionable spending by some counties and municipalities that he blamed on vague guidelines from the state.  [Full Story]

Jan 6, 2017
Bureau of Land Management Slammed for Downplaying Fracking’s Threats to California Public Lands — Again
DeSmog Blog
Larry Buhl

An environmental impact statement released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Thursday “ignores risks of hydraulic fracturing” according to an environmental group that took the agency to court for similar omissions in 2013.   [Full Story]

Jan 6, 2017
Baltimore County Del. Morhaim speaks out on fracking
Baltimore Post-Examiner
Len Shindel

If the Maryland legislature fails to pass a ban or an extended moratorium on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, “fracking” could commence in Garrett and Allegany Counties after October 2017.   [Full Story]

Jan 5, 2017
Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Bill To Allow Drilling In ANWR's Non-Wilderness Areas Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Bill To Drill In ANWR's Non-Wilderness Areas
Fox 7 TV
Brandon Smith

U.S. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced legislation today that would allow limited oil and natural gas development within the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  [Full Story]

Jan 5, 2017
Obama administration blocks surveys to map energy drilling sites in Atlantic The president has already designated certain areas off-limits to oil and gas leasing.
Central Maine.com
Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Friday rejected requests by energy companies to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean to map potential drilling sites for oil and natural gas. The Interior Department said it denied six pending applications in part because President Barack Obama has blocked Atlantic drilling under a five-year offshore drilling plan finalized late last year.   [Full Story]

Jan 5, 2017
One of England’s most historic forests is in danger of becoming a fracking site
The Canary
Sam Woolfe

Information gathered via an FOI request from Friends of the Earth has revealed that the chemicals firm INEOS are planning to carry out surveys in historic Sherwood Forest. Friends of the Earth and other environmental campaigners fear that these ‘seismic surveys’ could lead to fracking.   [Full Story]

Jan 5, 2017
Judge Delays Obama Fracking Rule Until After Trump Takes Office
BOE Report
Andrew Follett

A federal judge delayed President Barack Obama’s hydraulic fracturing regulation for two months, meaning President-elect Donald Trump will be responsible for its implementation. Trump could nullify Obama’s rule by instructing the solicitor general not to defend it. The rule in question restricts fracking on public lands.   [Full Story]

Jan 5, 2017
Case on Federal Regulatory Power Over Fracking on Public Lands Pushed to March This means that President-elect Donald Trump's administration will oversee the decision.
Colorlines
Yessenia Funes

On January 4, the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver made a decision that could drastically impact the frequency of fracking in the United States. It voted to delay a case that will determine whether the Bureau of Land Management has the authority to regulate fracking on federal lands until March 20—a change of more than two months after the initial date of January 17.   [Full Story]

Jan 5, 2017
Federal Analysis Downplays Fracking's Threats to Public Land in California
Santa Cruz Indymedia
Center for Biological Diversity

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 5, 2017 — Three years after a federal judge rebuked the Bureau of Land Management for ignoring the risks of hydraulic fracturing in California, the agency today issued a revised draft “environmental impact statement” that still fails to carefully evaluate fracking pollution's threats to public land along the state’s Central Coast.   [Full Story]

Jan 5, 2017
Feds: US will be a net exporter of natural gas in 2017
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The U.S. is set to become a net exporter of natural gas in 2017 as dependence on foreign oil imports falls, according to the federal government's latest energy projections.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Startup offers “online booking” for industrial water
MIT News
Rob Matheson

MIT alum’s website helps companies find, ship, and recycle water, reducing environmental impact.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
When Is A Shale Resource Not A Shale Resource? When It's Russian Shale Oil
Seeking Alpha
Stuart Burns

Following Russia's military success in their support of the Syrian regime, you could be excused for thinking Western sanctions, applied in 2014 in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, have had little or no effect on the country. Certainly, they seem to have had little impact in altering or encouraging a change in behavior, but there are examples in which the sanctions have had quite a profound effect on the economy -- and particularly on certain industries.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Kentucky Energy Officials Finalize $95K Fine for Illegal Radioactive Fracking Dump
WKMS
Associated Press

State officials have finalized an agreement with an eastern Kentucky disposal company that illegally dumped low-level radioactive fracking waste.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Huffman Urges Obama to Ban New West Coast Drilling
North Coast Journal
Kimberly Wear

North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman today brought back legislation that would ban new gas or oil drilling leases off the West Coast in a move his office said would help permanently protect the environment, jobs and coastal economies.  [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Court delays appeal over Obama’s fracking rule
The Hill
Timothy Mama

A federal court on Wednesday delayed oral arguments in the Obama administration’s appeal to reinstate its hydraulic fracturing regulation for federal lands for two months. The Denver-based Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit made its decision without a request by a party in the case. It means that attorneys working for President-elect Donald Trump will be in charge of the federal government’s appeal.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Fracking opponents seek support on a Maryland ban from Bel Air officials, who appear willing to oblige
The Baltimore Sun
David Anderson

Harford County opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to capture natural gas and shale petroleum deposits picked what at first appeared to be a curious venue to go public with their concerns: A meeting of the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners.  [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Court puts decision on Obama's fracking rules in Trump's lap
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

A federal court on Wednesday delayed oral arguments in an appeal by the Obama administration to reinstate fracking rules on federal lands that a lower court had voided before they went into effect.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Anti-Fracking Movement Alarmed at Trump’s Focus on Fossil Fuels
Inter Press Service
Emilio Godoy

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, USA , Jan 4 2017 (IPS) - Earl Hatley, a descendant of the Cherokee/Delaware tribe, has witnessed the consequences of using hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” on his native land to produce shale gas. “Fracking is harmful to water supplies, wildlife, and property values. It has caused earthquakes where there were none. Since 2007, it began to tremble more and more near the wells. I can smell the foul emissions, which make me sick,” the founder of Local Environmental Action Demanded (L.E.A.D.), a non-governmental organisation based in Oklahoma, told IPS.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
California not happy with Interior Department's fracking assessment
Legal NewsLine


LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Coastal Commission announced a lawsuit Dec. 19 challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) final environmental assessment concerning fracking off the coast of California.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
WORLD Anti-Fracking Organisations Alarmed at Trump’s Focus on Fossil Fuels
The Wire
EMILIO GODOY

Little Rock, Arkansas, US: Earl Hatley, a descendant of the Cherokee/Delaware tribe, has witnessed the consequences of using hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ on his native land to produce shale gas. “Fracking is harmful to water supplies, wildlife, and property values. It has caused earthquakes where there were none. Since 2007, it began to tremble more and more near the wells. I can smell the foul emissions, which make me sick,” the founder of Local Environmental Action Demanded , a non-governmental organisation based in Oklahoma, told IPS.  [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Middletown ordinance bans use of chemical waste from fracking
Middletown Press
Kathleen Schassler

MIDDLETOWN >> City councilors voted 10-2 on Tuesday to ban fracking waste within city limits, joining nearly a dozen other municipalities in the state passing similar measures.   [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
'FRACK OFF': Anti-fracking in Protests
Express


Fracking, a technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock from deep underground. 'Frack Off' is a campaign aimed at stopping the extraction of unconventional resources in the UK. Slideshow of 15 pictures.  [Full Story]

Jan 4, 2017
Oklahoma Had Nearly 2,000 Earthquakes Last Year from Fracking
Telesur


Oklahoma has registered about 1,829 earthquakes in the past year, attributable to wastewater injection from deep underground drilling wells — wells that will likely multiply under an incoming Donald Trump administration.  [Full Story]

Jan 3, 2017
EPA Responds To Criticism On Fracking, Drinking Water Study
Water Online
Peak Johnson

Published amid controversy last month, the U.S. EPA has said that its study on fracking is the most detailed look at the overall science available on whether or not the practice truly pollutes drinking water.   [Full Story]

Jan 3, 2017
EPA Releases Final Study on Hydraulic Fracturing
National law Review
Danny G Worrell

On December 13, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its voluminous final report on hydraulic fracturing. U.S. EPA, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/R-16/236F, 2016. Hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) involves pumping fluid, typically water mixed with chemicals and sand, down an oil or gas production well under pressure great enough to fracture oil- and/or gas-bearing rock. The fluid contains materials that help to keep fractures open to allow production of oil or gas from the formation through the well bore where it is collected and managed at the surface.   [Full Story]

Jan 3, 2017
Judge orders Ohio to let company reopen brine injection well
Albuquerque Journal
Associated Press

CLEVELAND — The pumping of waste from hydraulic fracturing operations into a closed Ohio injection well is expected to resume after a judge’s ruling that the state’s oil-and-gas regulator failed to consider a new plan after shutting down the well in 2014 because of two small earthquakes nearby.   [Full Story]

Jan 3, 2017
Methane's On The Rise, But Regulations To Stop Gas Leaks Still Debated
OPB
Christopher Joyce

There’s more methane gas in the atmosphere than there used to be, by every scientific measure. The Obama administration has been trying to stem the increase of this powerful greenhouse gas, but the incoming Trump administration appears bent on keeping the government’s hands off methane.   [Full Story]

Jan 3, 2017
Fracking, Earthquakes and Civil Authority
JD Supra
Hernan Cipriotti

In last week’s post, we discussed the rapid development of the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) industry in the United States, and some of the innate risks presented by those operations. In particular, the post focused on a recent study that has found a causal link between wastewater disposal/injection, a by-product of fracking, and earthquakes occurring around high-fracking areas in the United States. Initially, it was speculated that earthquakes were caused by fracking itself, a process whereby millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected underground to break apart rocks to release gas. However, it has now been proven that most of these earthquakes are caused by the underground injection of disposal water (see original post for more detail).   [Full Story]

Jan 3, 2017
Millennium Pipeline Company seeks to take land from local residents for easements
Times Herald Record
James Nani

Millennium Pipeline Company has filed eminent domain proceedings against several landowners in Minisink and Wawayanda, part of its push to build a 7.8-mile natural gas pipeline to eventually feed Competitive Power Ventures' power plant. The condemnation lawsuits were filed in November in state Supreme Court in Orange County, soon after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized the pipeline.  [Full Story]

Jan 3, 2017
Md. legislative panel places temporary hold on proposed fracking regulations
The Washington Post
Josh Hicks

A Maryland legislative panel has placed a temporary hold on the state’s proposed fracking regulations amid sharp disagreements over whether the controversial gas-extraction method should be allowed at all. The rare action by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review prevents the state’s environmental department from implementing the guidelines until Feb. 27, giving the General Assembly time to consider prohibiting the drilling practice, technically known as hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Jan 3, 2017
Severance Tax Proposals So Far Offer Nothing For The Environment
PA Environment Digest


None of the natural gas severance tax proposals introduced so far in the new legislative session or those announced have any additional funding for environmental programs. Keep that in mind as groups and Gov. Wolf talk about the necessity to enact a severance tax.   [Full Story]

Jan 2, 2017
Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact fee draws scrutiny
Citizens' Voice
Robert Swift

The impact fee on Marcellus Shale gas drillers is a hallmark of Act 13 of 2012, which also provides for regulation of drilling activities. While state courts have struck down several of the law’s key provisions, the impact fee has generated $1 billion so far for programs undertaken by municipalities, counties and state agencies to offset the impacts of drilling on infrastructure, society and the environment.   [Full Story]

Jan 2, 2017
2017: Pipeline Resistance Gathers Steam From Dakota Access, Keystone Success
Inside Climate News
Lisa Song

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, his pro-drilling, anti-climate action energy policy will buoy the oil industry. But it will also face staunch resistance from a pipeline opposition movement that gathered momentum, particularly with this year's successful showdown over the Dakota Access pipeline, and shows no signs of slowing. Local grassroots action, governments' environmental concerns and market forces have stopped or delayed dozens of fossil fuel projects since the high-profile Keystone XL pipeline was cancelled in November 2015, and activists are continuing to oppose at least a dozen oil and gas pipelines around the country.   [Full Story]

Jan 2, 2017
Fracking Is Coming To Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

The home of legendary folk hero Robin Hood will soon be surveyed by energy companies for its hydraulic fracturing potential.   [Full Story]

Jan 1, 2017
TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON NEW OIL AND GAS PERMITS
Mountain-Ear


At a public hearing on December 13, 2016 county staff requested a time period of just over four months to finalize and implement new oil and gas regulations based on direction given by the Board of County Commissioners.   [Full Story]

Jan 1, 2017
Fire Breaks Out At Somerset Township Gas Well Pad
CBS Pittsburgh
Bob Allen

SOMERSET TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Investigators are looking into how a 4-alarm fire at a gas well in Washington County started. A long black cloud of smoke could be seen for miles around. The source was a fire at a natural gas drilling operation not far from a rural neighborhood.   [Full Story]

Jan 1, 2017
Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Hang From Banner Over Bears-Vikings Game
CBS News
Chris Emma

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (CBS) — As the Bears and Vikings played their season finale Sunday afternoon, two protesters dangled from the rafters of U.S. Bank Stadium. A man and a woman were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline by hanging down from a banner atop the stadium with the help of climbing gear and ropes. U.S. Bank has $175 million in credit lines to Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that critics say threatens the health of the Missouri River and violates treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, according to a press release.  [Full Story]

Jan 1, 2017
WVU aids study on fracking noise
The Dominion Post
ANN BRODY GUY

MORGANTOWN — Modern oil and gas development techniques such as directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” produce noise at levels that may increase the risk of adverse effects on human health. Those effects include sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and other conditions that are negatively impacted by stress, according to a study by authors at the nonprofit science and policy research institute PSE Healthy Energy and West Virginia University.  [Full Story]

Jan 1, 2017
Gas well facility explosion rocks Washington County neighborhood
WTAE Pittsburgh
David Kaplan

SOMERSET TOWNSHIP, PA — Pittsburgh's Action News 4's David Kaplan reports from Somerset Township where an explosion and fire occurred Sunday afternoon at a gas well facility owned by Rice Energy.  [Full Story]

Jan 1, 2017
"I DIDN'T COME HERE TO LOSE": HOW A MOVEMENT WAS BORN AT STANDING ROCK
Mother Jones
WES ENZINNA

Ome Tlaloc walked through the North Dakota hills with a flashlight and a walkie-talkie, scouting for police in the prairie dark. Earlier that evening, I'd met the 30-year-old on Highway 1806, where he'd been sitting behind a makeshift barricade. Now he was doing reconnaissance. The Morton County Sheriff's Department and the National Guard, stationed ahead of us on the road, were planning to raid the camp where Tlaloc and hundreds of other protesters had been living for the past week. The barricade was meant to stop the cops, or at least to slow them down. As he walked, Tlaloc listened to his radio for the code words that would signal when he and his comrades were to spring into action: "Eagle's Claw."  [Full Story]

Dec 30, 2016
Legislative Committee Puts Hold On Fracking Regulations
CBS News


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A panel of state lawmakers is delaying regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland. The Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee asked the Department of the Environment on Thursday to delay adopting the regulations. Final adoption would have occurred Friday.  [Full Story]

Dec 30, 2016
Fracking takes toll in Pa., but N.J. gets a bargain
The Record
James M. O'Neill

The recent boom in natural gas drilling across Pennsylvania has turned some property owners into millionaires. It also has forced some rural communities there to endure swaths of denuded forest, fumes from diesel engines, the rattle of equipment, midnight skies lit up by the lights for well pads, spills of dangerous wastewater, and the leak of explosive methane into their drinking water wells.   [Full Story]

Dec 29, 2016
Noise Pollution from Oil and Gas Development May Harm Human Health
Lab Manager
Ann Brody Guy

Scientists say additional research is needed to determine the level of risk to communities living near oil and gas operations.   [Full Story]

Dec 29, 2016
Is the Pilgrim Pipeline Protest the Next #NoDAPL?
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Is this the next #NoDAPL? The Ramapough Lunaape tribe in the township of Mahwah, New Jersey are protesting the interstate Pilgrim Pipeline, a proposed 178-mile dual pipeline that would carry fracked Bakken shale oil from Albany, New York to the Bayway Refinery in Linden, New Jersey.   [Full Story]

Dec 29, 2016
Studies pick apart image that fracking is beneficial to local communities
Fusion
Ari Phillips

Even before President-elect Donald Trump lined his Cabinet with some of the most pro-fossil fuel ornaments money can buy, natural gas was here to stay. And now, thanks to advances in drilling technology—i.e. hydraulic fracturing—over the last decade, natural gas is poised to start beating coal at its own game: Generating electricity in the United States.   [Full Story]

Dec 29, 2016
Campaigners set up anti-fracking camp
York Press
Haydn Lewis

CAMPAIGNERS have set up an anti-fracking camp in Ryedale after a landmark High Court ruling gave the green light to fracking. The Kirby Misperton Protection Camp includes local protestors, as well as others from groups across the country.   [Full Story]

Dec 29, 2016
Study says drill noise can cause health problems
Herald-Star
Casey Junkins

WHEELING — Forget about breathing silica dust or drinking methane-infused water: A new study suggests merely hearing the noise associated with natural gas fracking operations can jeopardize human health.   [Full Story]

Dec 29, 2016
Youth Seek Testimony From Exxon's Rex Tillerson in Federal Climate Lawsuit
EcoWatch


Attorneys representing 21 young people in their federal climate lawsuit, sought today to obtain testimony from Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil and President-elect Trump's candidate for Secretary of State.  [Full Story]

Dec 28, 2016
Group opposes saltwater injections in Crawford County
KOAM
Carly Willis

CRAWFORD COUNTY, KANSAS - A legal notice appearing in a southeast Kansas newspaper earlier this month prompted some Crawford County residents to do some digging to prevent further digging.   [Full Story]

Dec 27, 2016
Geologists believe drillers can tap North Georgia natural gas without fracking Region may have larger deposits than projected; local environmentalists push for new regulations on controversial technique
Times Free Press
Tyler Jett

DALTON, Ga. — Local environmentalists hope to push fracking regulations through the Georgia capitol next year. But as they do that, another issue remains unknown: How much natural gas actually sits a mile below the ground in Northwest Georgia? And can anyone take advantage?   [Full Story]

Dec 27, 2016
Native American Tribe Fights Pilgrim Pipeline Plan in New Jersey
NBC News


A potentially huge protest is shaping up against an oil pipeline through New York and New Jersey, just weeks after Native Americans won a victory over a pipeline in North Dakota. Native Americans in New Jersey are leading the protest, but they're facing some legal problems from the town of Mahwah.   [Full Story]

Dec 26, 2016
EPA says fracking study’s data gaps are an important contribution to science
NPR State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

The EPA says its fracking study, published this month, is the most comprehensive look so far at all the science available on whether or not fracking pollutes drinking water. Critics have pointed to a lack of data in the report, which led to limitations in the agency’s conclusion that fracking “impacts drinking water under some circumstances.” The EPA’s science advisor Tom Burke says the gaps in data represent the “state of the science.” “The identification of data gaps is actually an important contribution to the science and not a failure,” said Burke.  [Full Story]

Dec 26, 2016
2016: Obama's Climate Legacy Marked by Triumphs and Lost Opportunities
Inside Climate News
MARIANNE LAVELLE

For all of President Barack Obama's sweeping and historic achievements on climate change, most have come in a last rush of momentum in the final years of his second term. What they overshadow is that his greatest opportunity to reshape how the U.S. deals with what he called the greatest threat to future generations may have come in his first term, and it was lost to the pull of other priorities. Obama had Democratic majorities in Congress during his first two years in office, and failing to press for national climate legislation during that time turned into perhaps his greatest strategic miscalculation, according to climate experts and advocates.  [Full Story]

Dec 26, 2016
Rex Tillerson Supposedly Shifted Exxon Mobil’s Climate Position. Except He Really Didn’t.
Huffington Post
Alexander C. Kaufman

In December 2006, Exxon Mobil Corp. convened a two-day summit of environmental and ethics experts at a rural retreat near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It was nearly a year after Rex Tillerson took over as chief executive, and a month after Democrats had claimed a new majority in Congress. The world’s largest publicly traded oil company found itself in a bind. For decades, Exxon had funded far-right think tanks that seeded doubt over the scientific consensus on climate change. Under Tillerson’s predecessor, Lee Raymond, the company had aligned itself heavily with Republicans, funneling 95 percent of its political donations to the party from 2000 to 2004, according to Steve Coll’s 2012 book, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power. Raymond took an aggressive stance against climate science: “It is highly unlikely that the temperature in the middle of the next century will be affected whether policies are enacted now or 20 years from now,” he said in a 1997 speech.  [Full Story]

Dec 25, 2016
Short On Data, EPA's Final Report On Fracking Leaves Many Disheartened
NPR
Susan Phillips

The EPA spent years investigating whether the fracking process pollutes nearby drinking water. To the frustration of many, its final report leaves a lot of questions unanswered.  [Full Story]

Dec 23, 2016
Exxon, Qatar Petroleum Get OK to Export U.S. Fracked Gas Amidst Tangled Ties to Russia, ISIS
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Just days before Christmas, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave ExxonMobil a gift: a permit to export natural gas from its Golden Pass LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility located in Sabine Pass, Texas. Dubbed Golden Pass Products, the expansion of this LNG facility to export gas is a joint venture between Exxon (30 percent stake) and Qatar Petroleum (70 percent stake), the state-owned oil company. Golden Pass LNG is now the fourth LNG export facility, and third situated along the Gulf of Mexico, approved under the Obama administration. This facility will continue to open up the global market to U.S. natural gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). The permit for Golden Pass comes shortly after Exxon's CEO, Rex Tillerson, was named Trump's nominee for U.S. Secretary of State and will likely face a tough Senate confirmation hearing in January, mainly due to his close ties to Russia.  [Full Story]

Dec 23, 2016
Renewable Energy: An Exxon Investigation Given Second Life as Trump Taps Exec for Cabinet
ProPublica
ANDREW C. REVKIN

In 2015, Neela Banerjee, John H. Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer and Lisa Song of Inside Climate News spent close to a year producing “Exxon: The Road Not Taken” -- a comprehensive portrait of four decades of the oil giant’s relationship with climate science. The reporting showed, among other things, how Exxon lobbied against action on greenhouse gases. The work won an array of awards and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service, and the hard-won reporting has renewed relevance now that Exxon’s chairman and chief executive officer, Rex Tillerson, has been picked by President-elect Donald J. Trump to lead the State Department.  [Full Story]

Dec 23, 2016
Oklahoma regulators institute further fracking measures to battle quakes
HPPR
Jonathan Baker

This week Oklahoma regulators released new regulations in hopes of further reducing the frequency of earthquakes in the Sooner State.   [Full Story]

Dec 23, 2016
New federal law adds protection for Delaware River Basin
NPR State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

But Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said the law fails to address the threat of fracking and its associated pipelines, which he said are the most serious threats to the basin. Although fracking for natural gas in the basin is currently subject to a longstanding moratorium by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), Tittel said the incoming Trump administration might press to lift the ban, and could persuade Congress not to fund conservation projects under the new law. “We’re concerned that these projects end up being mitigation for fracking or pipelines,” Tittel said. “This bill is the equivalent to planting wildflowers next to a pipeline.”  [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
Trump's Top Regulations Advisor, Billionaire Carl Icahn, Will Profit From Weak Regulations
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

In a recent “Victory Tour” speech in Des Moines, Iowa, President-elect Donald Trump told the audience that he sought to pick a Cabinet and team of advisors composed of “people that made a fortune” because “now they’re negotiating with you, OK?” Carl Icahn, the 26th richest man on the planet according to Forbes, fits the “made a fortune” bill. Icahn, a business partner of Trump and major donor to his presidential campaign, has been named by the President-elect as his Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform. However, as recently reported by DeSmog, Icahn stands to gain directly from deregulation in the energy and environmental sphere. He has already made his mark on the future Trump administration by vetting and recommending the regulation-averse Scott Pruitt, whom Trump eventually picked to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
Earthquake Protections to be Built into Pa. Permits for Fracking Waste Disposal Wells Officials are still debating whether operators should be allowed to reopen a well after an earthquake-triggered shutdown.
Emergency Mgmt
Laura Legere

(TNS) - Pennsylvania environmental regulators are on the verge of approving two planned disposal wells for oil and gas waste fluids, on the condition that the operators take steps to limit the chances the wells will cause the kinds of earthquakes that have rocked other oil and gas producing regions.   [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
Papua New Guinea’s oil and gas boom – blessing or curse?
Mongabay
David Hutt

Papua New Guinea announced last week that it is deploying its military to quell violence in Hela Province, home to the country’s largest oil and gas project. Tribal conflict in the area has turned deadly this month, raising concerns about human rights and public safety as well as the potential impact on the operations of the PNG LNG (liquefied natural gas) project, operated by ExxonMobil.  [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
Earthquake protections to be built into Pa. permits for fracking waste disposal wells
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are on the verge of approving two planned disposal wells for oil and gas waste fluids, on the condition that the operators take steps to limit the chances the wells will cause the kinds of earthquakes that have rocked other oil and gas producing regions.   [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
Why The EPA Omitted Some Language From Its Fracking Report
Chem
Andy Szal

An Environmental Protection Agency official said that uncertainty regarding the connections between hydraulic fracturing and contaminated drinking water prompted the agency to remove controversial language from a new report on fracking. A draft of the report released last year said that despite the potential for fracking to impact nearby water sources, problems were not "widespread" over the course of the EPA study. That language, however, was absent from the final report when it was issued last week.   [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
PolitiFact: Did Rex Tillerson sue to keep fracking out of own back yard?
Tampa Bay Times
Linda Qiu

The statement Says Rex Tillerson "sued to keep a fracking project out of his back yard." We rate the claim Mostly True.   [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
Fracking benefits local economies, but drives up crime rates, study finds
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


In the study, researchers with the Energy Policy Institute at the university tried to quantify the benefits of the successful yet controversial fracking boom around the country between 2000 and 2013. Overall, as fracking unlocked previously inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas, Americans have benefited: their incomes and wages went up, their homes increased in value and their communities have more jobs. On average, housing prices rose by 6 percent and employment rose by 10 percent generally and by 40 percent for oil and gas jobs.   [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
Oklahoma Tries Stronger Measures to Stop Earthquakes in Fracking Areas
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hiji

The guidelines are the first aimed at earthquakes caused by fracking itself, not only by the injection of oil and gas wastewater deep underground.   [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
South Florida Senator Wants to Ban Fracking Across Florida
Miami New Times
Jerry Iannelli

Mere months ago, environmentalists were concerned that the Florida Legislature was about to take the power to regulate fracking away from local communities and instead force the controversial oil-drilling process onto the state. But after months of protests, state Sen. Garrett Richter's proposal to outlaw local fracking bans never came to fruition; instead, areas such as Broward and Miami-Dade Counties were inspired to ban fracking themselves in retaliation.   [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2016
Why Working Locally Is the Key to Banning Fracking
Food & Water Watch
Christian Detisch

Under the Trump administration, our local work to ban fracking is more important than ever. Even more alarming was the silence on fossil fuels and climate change during election season. If it wasn’t clear before, the oil and gas industry have a big ally in the Trump administration. We need look no further than the climate change denying, fossil fuel fanatics he’s surrounding himself with like Scott Pruitt, the proposed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, or Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, who’s being considered for secretary of state. But with climate disasters already increasing in frequency across the world, we don’t have four years to wait.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
California sues feds over offshore fracking.
Monterey County Weekly
David Schmalz

In what may be a sign of things to come over the next four years, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (also U.S. senator-elect) and the California Coastal Commission sued the federal government for allowing the oil industry to frack offshore oil wells without conducting an extensive environmental review.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
California sues feds over offshore fracking.
Monterey County Weekly
David Schmalz

In what may be a sign of things to come over the next four years, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (also U.S. senator-elect) and the California Coastal Commission sued the federal government for allowing the oil industry to frack offshore oil wells without conducting an extensive environmental review.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
As Maryland lawmakers consider fracking rules, advocates ready to fight for permanent ban
WCBC Radio


A General Assembly hearing Tuesday on regulations to protect water quality and public health if fracking begins in Maryland foreshadowed an imminent fight over whether to ban the natural gas-extraction process before the proposed rules could even take effect next year.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings
EurekaAlert!
American Chemical Society

Hydraulic fracturing has boosted U.S. energy production while coming under scrutiny for its potential environmental impacts, mostly related to the wastewater the method generates. Now, a report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters takes a look at solid waste from horizontal gas wells. The study found that some well waste from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania contained radioactive material not previously reported, with the potential for leaching from landfills into the environment.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
Oklahoma warns of more quakes from energy drilling
Jamaica Observer


OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) — Oklahoma regulators said yesterday that the number of induced earthquakes could increase as oil and gas production expands in a broad area of the state, and they’re telling energy companies that they need to be ready to shut down if a temblor exceeds magnitude 3.5.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
Obama permanent drilling bans could be short lived
Marine Log


DECEMBER 21, 2016 — Oil and gas industry voices are already calling on the incoming Trump administration to reverse "permanent" restrictions on drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic announced yesterday by President Barack Obama.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
Concerns over oil pipeline persist amid lack of plans
North Jersey
Scott Fallon

Plans for an oil pipeline that would pump millions of gallons daily between Albany, N.Y., and Linden have still not been filed with New Jersey regulators a year after the small company behind the controversial project said they would.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
Oklahoma regulators release 'fracking' plan for induced earthquakes
The Oklahoman
Paul Monies

Oklahoma regulators released details Tuesday of new guidelines to deal with the risks of earthquakes induced from hydraulic fracturing operations in oil and gas development, an expansion of their previous responses to earthquakes linked to wastewater disposal wells. The hydraulic fracturing plan is an attempt to get ahead of rapid development in the SCOOP and STACK formations in west central and south central Oklahoma. Almost half the 78 rigs drilling in Oklahoma are in those two areas.  [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
Radioactive Material Found in Fracking Waste; Searching Space for H20 Rick
Voice of America
Rick Pantaleo

A new study published in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science and Technology, which examined solid well waste from Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania, finds that the waste contains naturally occurring radioactive material that had not been previously reported.  [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
OBAMA BANS DRILLING IN MUCH OF US ARCTIC
Natural Gas World


US President Barack Obama issued an order late December 20 designating the vast majority of US waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, in the Arctic, as "indefinitely off limits to offshore oil and gas leasing." His announcement was made as part of a joint statement with Canadian premier Justin Trudeau.   [Full Story]

Dec 21, 2016
10 States Where Citizens Are Fighting Pipeline Projects
EcoWatch
Alexandra Rosenmann

With the Dakota Access Pipeline nearly 90 percent complete, developers are focusing their attention elsewhere. Meanwhile, protests against additional pipelines throughout the country have yet to receive a tenth of the airtime.   [Full Story]

Dec 20, 2016
Feds Deny LNG Export Through Oregon – Developer Turns to Trump
Common Dreams
Ted Gleichman

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has conclusively rejected the only remaining US West Coast plan to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada and the Rockies to Asia. On December 9, 2016, FERC commissioners announced that they had again voted unanimously, 3-0, to refuse federal approval for the $7.6 billion Jordan Cove Energy Project export terminal and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (PCGP). Jordan Cove and PCGP are owned by Veresen, Inc., a mid-sized Canadian fossil fuel company trying to use LNG export to catapult into the ranks of the energy big-leagues. On December 15, Jordan Cove announced that they expect that Trump appointees to FERC will reverse the decision, so they intend to restructure the project and reapply for federal approval.  [Full Story]

Dec 20, 2016
Obama uses executive authority to thwart Trump, bans new Atlantic, Arctic drilling
Washington Times
Ben Wolfgang & Dave Boyer

Vowing that his successor won’t be able to reverse his actions, President Obama on Tuesday used executive authority to permanently ban new offshore drilling in federally owned waters off the Atlantic coast and in the Arctic Ocean.  [Full Story]

Dec 20, 2016
Feds Sued by State of California Over Offshore Fracking
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

Citing risks to public health and marine life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the federal government's inadequate analysis of offshore fracking's threats to the California coast.  [Full Story]

Dec 20, 2016
Why some language was removed from new EPA report on fracking
CBS News


An EPA report about fracking is reigniting fears over the extraction of oil and gas from rock below the earth. The agency says it’s unable to fully characterize the severity of fracking’s impact on drinking water. But it does point to circumstances that could make ground water vulnerable. The majority of U.S. fracking happens in seven zones – three of them at least partially in Texas, and some residents are concerned, reports CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez. Elizabeth Falconer has installed a $30,000 water filtration system in her garage. She said she’s had her water tested and it came back with chemical levels higher than the EPA recommends. Falconer said the water in her Weatherford, Texas home is undrinkable, even with an expensive filter.  [Full Story]

Dec 20, 2016
As Maryland lawmakers consider fracking rules, advocates ready to fight for permanent ban
The Baltimore Sun
Scott Dance

General Assembly hearing Tuesday on regulations to protect water quality and public health if fracking begins in Maryland foreshadowed an imminent fight over whether to ban the natural gas-extraction process before the proposed rules could even take effect next year. Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles called the rules a "platinum package," a step up from the "gold standard" former Gov. Martin O'Malley applied in fracking rules his administration released early in 2015. Grumbles said the new regulations, unlike O'Malley's rules, would prohibit fracking within the Deep Creek Lake watershed in Garrett County and require quadruple layers of cement and steel around wells and deep safety valves.  [Full Story]

Dec 20, 2016
Obama Bans Drilling in Parts of the Atlantic and the Arctic
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

President Obama announced on Tuesday what he called a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along wide areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard as he tried to nail down an environmental legacy that cannot quickly be reversed by Donald J. Trump. Mr. Obama invoked an obscure provision of a 1953 law, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which he said gives him the authority to act unilaterally. While some presidents have used that law to temporarily protect smaller portions of federal waters, Mr. Obama’s declaration of a permanent drilling ban from Virginia to Maine on the Atlantic and along much of Alaska’s coast is breaking new ground. The declaration’s fate will almost certainly be decided by the federal courts.  [Full Story]

Dec 19, 2016
The only safe fracking regulation is a ban
The Baltimore Sun
Ann Bristow

On Tuesday, the General Assembly's Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review committee will hold a hearing on regulations drafted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) that pave the way for the natural gas industry to access Maryland's natural resources locked into tight rock formations a mile or so underground. These regulations would permit drilling in all Maryland counties known to have gas deposits, including Garrett County (where I live) and neighboring Allegany County, which both overlie the Marcellus Shale. State regulators are heralding these as the most stringent regulations in the country.  [Full Story]

Dec 18, 2016
Confusion and tensions linger about fracking in Southern Illinois
The Southern Illinoisan
Molly Parker

No permits for horizontal hydraulic fracturing have been issued since the Illinois Department of Natural Resources started taking applications in the fall of 2014. Even so, there were some in Grayville who believed that a well had been fracked in October under the new law.   [Full Story]

Dec 18, 2016
Despite EPA Warnings, State Fracking Rules Are Adequate, Official Says
WFPL
Erica Peterson

The chair of Kentucky’s workgroup formulating potential changes to the commonwealth’s oil and gas regulations says he believes state laws adequately protect drinking water resources, even with the release of more details from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.   [Full Story]

Dec 18, 2016
How one resident near fracking got the EPA to pay attention to her air quality
Pittsburgh Courier
Natasha Khan

ebecca Roter’s Christmas 2014 was a doozy. On Christmas Eve, she got a rip-roaring nosebleed and then Ray, her 1-year-old dog, got sick on Christmas morning and died the next day. At the time, Roter, 56, lived within a mile of the Williams Central Compressor Station and several shale gas well pads in Brooklyn Township, Pa., in Susquehanna County. She believes pollution from the surrounding activity made her sick. (Compressor stations are facilities that pressurize natural gas for transport through pipelines.)  [Full Story]

Dec 18, 2016
Environmental groups decry Trump's EPA administrator pick
NJ.com
Greg Wright

TRENTON -- Local environmental groups are concerned over president-elect Donald Trump's choice for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Last week, Trump tapped Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma Attorney General, to head the agency.   [Full Story]

Dec 18, 2016
Earthquake-Detection App Recorded Nearly 400 Temblors Worldwide Using Crowdsourced Data
Tech Times
Kalyan Kumar

Thanks to MyShake – an earthquake detection app released in February – almost 400 earthquakes in the past 10 months have been recorded.   [Full Story]

Dec 18, 2016
Researchers: Natural gas undermines clean energy goals
Press Republican
Joe Mahoney

ALBANY — The state may have banned a natural-gas drilling technique known as fracking, but it is still consuming more of the fuel — a trend that researchers say is bad for the planet. Methane emissions from natural gas — seen as a culprit in climate change — have dire consequences, warned Cornell University scientists Anthony Ingraffea and Robert Howarth on a recent visit to the Capitol.   [Full Story]

Dec 18, 2016
Offshore drilling opponents staggered just when they thought they had won
Post and Courier
Bo Petersen & Emma Demain

After a massive, decade-long, grassroots fight appeared to have stopped oil and natural gas drilling offshore, its proponents are waging a last-minute desperation campaign to keep the victory from being snatched out from under them. The Obama administration is expected to approve this week a permanent ban on both drilling and seismic testing for the resource in the Atlantic, environmental groups say. The groups have mounted an intense lobbying effort, including a petition delivered Wednesday by the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast.   [Full Story]

Dec 18, 2016
Church fends off Southfield officials on gas drilling
Detroit News
Jim Lynch

Southfield has become the latest Metro Detroit battleground as oil and natural gas wells sporadically crop up in developed residential areas, pitting neighbors who worry about potential contamination of the environment against the defenders of property rights.   [Full Story]

Dec 17, 2016
Five ways Trump could unwind Obama's environmental policies
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Many of President Obama’s climate and environmental policies are unlikely to survive under President-elect Donald Trump.   [Full Story]

Dec 17, 2016
Huge Victory: Winona County, Minnesota Bans Frac Sand Mining
EcoWatch
Jim Gurley

Winona County, Minnesota has placed a total ban on the strip-mining of frac sand, a necessary component of fracking. This is thought to be the first such countywide ban in the nation.   [Full Story]

Dec 17, 2016
Fracking scorecard gives poor marks to state’s top producers
Santa Fe New Mexican
Rebecca Moss

Most of New Mexico’s top oil and gas producers fared poorly on a new national report that rates fracking operations’ accountability when it comes to environmental risks.   [Full Story]

Dec 17, 2016
Ohio environmental group challenges fracking in Wayne National Forest
News 5 Cleveland


MARIETTA, Ohio - An environmental group in Ohio plans to challenge the leasing of land in the state's only national forest to oil-and-gas drilling companies.   [Full Story]

Dec 17, 2016
New Study, EPA Report Highlight Fracking’s Risk to Groundwater
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk

Another U.S. study has found that hydraulic fracking, which triggers small- to medium-sized earthquakes, can change the chemistry and quality of groundwater. The report comes at the same time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final version of its five-year-long study on fracking, which confirms that all stages of the brute force technology “can impact and have impacted drinking water resources” and that impacts vary “in frequency and severity” depending on location, the scale of operations, and technologies used.  [Full Story]

Dec 16, 2016
Frostburg bars use of city land and water for fracking
Washington Times
Associated Press

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - The western Maryland city of Frostburg is banning the use of city land and water for fracking. The Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/2gT17kD ) reports that the City Council voted unanimously Thursday to adopt an ordinance prohibiting drilling and extraction of oil and natural gas on city-owned land. The ordinance also prohibits sales of city-owned water for those purposes   [Full Story]

Dec 16, 2016
EPA fracking study points to continued lack of data
State Impact PA
Susan Phillips

EPA’s fracking study, published this week, was supposed to be the definitive look at whether or not drilling for shale gas and shale oil impacts drinking water. But instead, the final report concluded that fracking impacts drinking water “under some circumstances,” and qualified that conclusion with a discussion about a lack of definitive data. The 666-page report detailed the potential pathways for water contamination and described specific cases where water was polluted, two case studies involved incidents in Pennsylvania. But in the final report, after six years of research, the EPA stressed the limits of their conclusions, something that its scientific advisors had urged them to do after reviewing the draft report.   [Full Story]

Dec 16, 2016
Dozens Gather in California to Protest Possible Restart of Offshore Fracking
Sputnik News


Several dozen people gathered in the small Southern California city of Camarillo to protest possible renewal of offshore fracking along the West Coast once President-elect Donald Trump takes office.   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Fracking Opponents Say They're Gaining Steam
WFSU
Jim Ash

After Florida voters gave the nod to pro-conservation candidates and saw through the utility industry’s 20 million-dollar campaign to squelch solar power, environmentalists say the time is right for a complete ban on hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Branford RTM moves forward with fracking ordinance
New Haven Register
Sam Norton

BRANFORD >> After approving an ordinance prohibiting any waste generated in the process of hydraulic fracturing from being used within town limits, Branford has joined seven other state municipalities that have enacted similar regulations locally.   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Protest Aims to Shield California From Offshore Fracking Under President Trump
Center for Biological Diversity
Press Release

CAMARILLO, Calif.— An oil company’s proposal to conduct California’s first offshore frack in almost two years is the target of a protest this morning outside the federal offshore oil regulators’ building in Camarillo. Today’s rally starts at 11 a.m. outside the offices of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at 760 Paseo Camarillo.   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
700+ Acres of Ohio's Only National Forest Sold for Fracking
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Despite heavy opposition from public health and environmental groups, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has leased 759 acres of Ohio's only national forest for fracking.   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Leaked Audio: 'Election Night Changed Everything,' Dakota Access Pipeline 'Is Going Through'
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Shaun King, a writer for the New York Daily News, has uploaded what appears to be a recorded audio file of Energy Transfer Partners' Chief Operating Officer saying that "election night changed everything" for the company as it relates to its embattled Dakota Access Pipeline. King stated on social media and on the SoundCloud page on which he posted the file that a source sent him the file on Dec. 13, hours after Matthew Ramsey—COO of Energy Transfer Partners—gave his speech. The source who gave King the audio, he explains on SoundCloud, "claimed to be in a corporate meeting at Energy Transfer Partners" and told him that the person speaking was Matthew Ramsey, the COO of Energy Transfer Partners. King also wrote that the recording was made during a mandatory company meeting.  [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Jordan Cove LNG plans to refile with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The News-Review
EMILY HOARD

Jordan Cove LNG announced this morning that it plans to file a new application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “We’ve always been dedicated to building this project and we have the option to refile, so that is exactly what we plan to do,” Jordan Cove spokesman Michael Hinrichs said this morning, adding that the project will benefit Southern Oregon with a source of clean energy. FERC denied the initial proposal for the 232-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline in March 2016, and again denied Jordan Cove LNG’s request for a rehearing last Friday.  [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Anadarko, big Marcellus driller in state forests, to leave Pa.
Philly.com
Andrew Maykuth

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., has sold its Marcellus Shale operations in north-central Pennsylvania to a subsidiary of Alta Resources Development LLC for $1.24 billion, marking the exit of one of the larger shale gas developers in state forests.   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in Stand Against Climate Change
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirjii

Using a zoning ordinance, the Oregon city shuts the door to new projects and forbids expansion of existing facilities. Portland's city council unanimously voted on Wednesday to adopt zoning code changes that ban the construction of new major fossil fuel terminals—and the expansion of any existing ones—in Oregon's largest city.   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
No, The EPA Has Not Actually Changed Its Conclusion On Risks Of Fracking To Drinking Water
Forbes
Robert Rapier

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been actively involved in rushing through many new regulations aimed at the extraction industries. Now they have issued a report that takes a more negative tone on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") than an earlier draft report.  [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
How one resident near fracking got the EPA to pay attention to her air quality
Public Source
Natasha Khan

Rebecca Roter’s Christmas 2014 was a doozy. On Christmas Eve, she got a rip-roaring nosebleed and then Ray, her 1-year-old dog, got sick on Christmas morning and died the next day. At the time, Roter, 56, lived within a mile of the Williams Central Compressor Station and several shale gas well pads in Brooklyn Township, Pa., in Susquehanna County. She believes pollution from the surrounding activity made her sick. (Compressor stations are facilities that pressurize natural gas for transport through pipelines.)   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Study of Pennsylvania Residents Shows Link Between Fracking and Migraines
Legal Examiner
Kendra Goldhirsch

A new study published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives links fracking to health problems, including migraine headaches and fatigue. The study has important implications for residents living close to natural gas wells that use fracking, as the study shows that they were also at risk for certain health problems.   [Full Story]

Dec 15, 2016
Government finally admits anti-fracking campaigners are not violent extremists
The Canary
Emily Apple

The Home Office has admitted that anti-fracking campaigners shouldn’t be labelled as extremists under the Prevent strategy. The move comes following evidence of several councils and police forces citing anti-fracking protesters as potential extremists in their training.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
Fracking's long-term damage
Ventura County Star
Jay Ambrose Opinion

As a third-year college student majoring in environmental science, I both agree and disagree with the arguments regarding Trump’s claims about climate change and the economy. It would be fantastic to lessen the amount of carbon dioxide and fossil fuels, considering they are the main cause of global warming. However, one topic in particular caught my attention. While I understand how some people are supportive of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) because it would potentially decrease fossil fuel emissions and gas prices, I believe the negative effects it has outweigh the economic benefits.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
The Facts on Trump’s EPA Nominee
FactCheck
Vanessa Schipani

Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has made some questionable claims related to global warming, fracking and the Clean Power Plan. A self-described “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general since 2011, has repeatedly sued the agency and other government entities over environmental rules and regulations, at times in direct cooperation with fossil fuel companies.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
Offshore fracking could ramp up again in Santa Barbara Channel
Santa Maria Sun
Brenna Swanston

Hydraulic fracturing may resume in the Santa Barbara Channel for the first time since federal agencies lifted a moratorium on offshore fracking in May.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
Did Rex Tillerson, oil CEO and secretary of state pick, sue to keep fracking out of own backyard?
Politifact
Linda Qiu

"ExxonMobil is a major player in the fracking industry, and #ExxonKnew climate change was a problem for decades, but covered up the evidence," reads a campaign letter from Food & Water Watch. "Tillerson infamously sued to keep a fracking project out of his backyard, but seems happy to profit off fracking in other people's backyards."   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
Fracking California Threatens Water Supplies
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

A major new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlights hydraulic fracturing's threat to California's water supplies. All six factors identified in the EPA report as increasing the risk of fracking-related water pollution apply in California.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
What if the Fracking Boom Is Just a Bubble?
EcoWatch
Post Carbon Institute

The reports 2016 Tight Oil Reality Check and 2016 Shale Gas Reality Check evaluate the EIA's increasingly optimistic projections in light of actual production data (through June 2016) and the agency's own previous estimates. The reports raise critical questions about the veracity and volatility of the EIA's estimates, questions that are especially important as the Trump Administration sets its domestic energy policy.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
Two years into fracking ban, use of natural gas rising
WRVO
Karen DeWitt

Two years ago, the state banned hydrofracking of natural gas within the state’s borders. But a group of Cornell University scientists who study the effects of climate change say New Yorkers are using more natural gas than ever.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
Parts of Ohio's only national forest being leased for fracking
Cleveland19
Julia Bianco

MARIETTA, Ohio (WOIO) - Despite strong opposition from environmental activists, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday made roughly 719 acres of Ohio's only national forest available for lease by oil-and-gas drilling companies.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
REVERSAL EPA: Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water
The Daily Beast


The Environmental Protection Agency’s final version of a comprehensive study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, concludes the controversial shale-oil extraction method can contaminate drinking water. The new finding completely reverses course from the agency’s first report, issued in 2015, which said there was “no evidence that fracking systemically contaminates water.” That initial conclusion has been entirely deleted from the final study. “EPA scientists chose not to include that sentence. The scientists concluded it could not be quantitatively supported,” said Thomas A. Burke, the agency’s science adviser. Burke said the new report reflects evidence that fracking has contributed to water contamination in at least five stages of the process. The report is the most comprehensive of its kind but remains “full of gaps and holes” and requires more research, Burke said.   [Full Story]

Dec 14, 2016
What if the Fracking Boom Is Just a Bubble?
EcoWatch
Post Carbon Institute

Post Carbon Institute has released two reports authored by Earth scientist J. David Hughes assessing the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) most recent projections for domestic tight ("shale") oil and shale gas production. The reports 2016 Tight Oil Reality Check and 2016 Shale Gas Reality Check evaluate the EIA's increasingly optimistic projections in light of actual production data (through June 2016) and the agency's own previous estimates. The reports raise critical questions about the veracity and volatility of the EIA's estimates, questions that are especially important as the Trump Administration sets its domestic energy policy.   [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Climate act needs boost to succeed
Times Union
Anthony Ingraffea and Jannette M. Barth

A few months ago, a bill titled the "Climate and Community Protection Act" was pitched in the New York Legislature as a litmus test of lawmakers' commitment to the environment. Promising to expand renewables, eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and bring relief to disadvantaged communities, the bill drafted by a group calling itself New York Renews was appealing. But good intentions do not necessarily make for good legislation. Reading beyond the first few pages of legislative intent, the bill was a mess, confusing basic terms such as energy and capacity, setting inconsistent thresholds for emission reporting and reduction, and lacking essential content to succeed — flaws which indicated that its drafters lacked a solid grasp of energy issues and what it will take to wean New York from fossil fuels.  [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Trump's pipeline promises at the mercy of obscure fed'l agency
The Fredrick News-Post
Catherine Traywick

Donald Trump has said he’ll speed up approvals for energy infrastructure projects when he gets to the White House. Standing at least partly in the way: An obscure panel of technocrats he’ll have little sway over. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is charged by law with approving new natural gas pipelines, an industry priority as gas unseats coal for power generation. While Trump can make some changes within the agency, his ability to quicken approvals is offset by the longstanding laws that drive the commission and its current makeup, with three Democrat-appointed members on a five-person board.  [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Report Shows Some OK Quakes Caused By Fracking
News9
Alex Cameron

OKLAHOMA CITY - When we report on induced seismicity, or man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma, we generally point out that these are quakes believed to be caused by injecting oilfield waste water underground, and not by hydraulic fracturing. But a new study shows there may be some exceptions to this.   [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Bouncy Houses and American Idol: How Local Governments in Pennsylvania Blew Drilling Tax Revenue The money is supposed to offset environmental consequences of natural gas drilling, but some localities used it as a slush fund for pet projects and parties.
Reason.com
Eric Boehm

As the name suggests, the fee is supposed to help the government mitigate the potential environmental impacts of gas drilling. The state government skims some money off the top and the rest gets redistributed to counties and municipalities in parts of the state where gas drilling is taking place, theoretically to fund government-run ecology efforts or to rebuild infrastructure stressed by the influx of drilling companies and the people who work for them.   [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
EPA fracking report offers few answers on drinking water FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas poses a risk to drinking water in some circumstances, but a lack of information precludes a definitive statement on how severe the risk is, the Environmental Protection Agency says in a new report that raises more questions than answers. i
McClatchyDC
Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON Is hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — safe, as the oil and gas industry claims? Or does the controversial drilling technique that has spurred a domestic energy boom contaminate drinking water, as environmental groups and other critics charge? After six years and more than $29 million, the Environmental Protection Agency says it doesn't know. A new report issued Tuesday said fracking poses a risk to drinking water in some circumstances, but a lack of information precludes a definitive statement on how severe the risk is.   [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Resolution: Fracking cargo will be allowed at Port of Olympia Longshoremen at the Port of Olympia offload bags of ceramic proppant from the Star Dieppe on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. The ceramic proppants are used in hydraulic fracking. Law enforcement officers stand watch as a train carrying ceramic proppant materials moves out of downtown Olympia early on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Longshoremen at the Port of Olympia offload bags of ceramic proppant from the Star Dieppe on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. The ceramic proppants are used in hydraulic fracking. Law enforcement officers stand watch as a train carrying ceramic proppant materials moves out of downtown Olympia early on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. 1 of 2
The Olympian
Andy Hobbs

The Port of Olympia will continue to receive and ship fracking-related cargo, according to a resolution the port commissioners issued in response to local opposition. The resolution says the port will comply with all laws regarding trade and commerce, and “will accept and handle any and all cargoes that are safe, legal and otherwise meet Port of Olympia marine terminal tariff standards as well as permit standards.”   [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
With Oil Sands Ambitions on a Collision Course With Climate Change, Exxon Still Stepping on the Gas Despite understanding environmental risks, the company and Canada remain committed to extracting and exporting Alberta’s carbon-heavy fuel source.
Inside Climate News
Nicholas Kusnetz, Lisa Song, Neela Banerjee

ExxonMobil placed a risky bet on the tar sands of Canada, even though they contain some of the dirtiest oil in the world and the company's own scientists had documented the link between fossil fuels and global warming.  [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
EPA reverses course on fracking safety
The Hill
DEVIN HENRY

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed course on Tuesday, saying in a long-awaited report that it doesn't have enough information to make a broad conclusion about widespread threats to drinking water from hydraulic fracturing. A government report on the safety of fracking released Tuesday deleted a draft assessment’s conclusion that the process has no national “widespread, systemic impact” on drinking water. Instead, the EPA determined that fracking can have an impact on drinking water under certain circumstances, a change in position that drew backlash from the drilling industry.   [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Energy Dept refuses to name staffers who worked on climate for Trump transition
The Hill
Timothy Cama

The Department of Energy said Tuesday it will reject the request by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to name staffers who worked on climate change programs. Energy spokesman Eben Burnhan-Snyder said the agency received “significant feedback” from workers regarding a questionnaire from the transition team that leaked last week. “Some of the questions asked left many in our workforce unsettled,” Snyder said. The survey for department leadership included more than 70 questions regarding what the agency does, its workforce, costs, professional affiliations and more.  [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water
EPA
Press Release

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources, which provides states and others the scientific foundation to better protect drinking water resources in areas where hydraulic fracturing is occurring or being considered. The report, done at the request of Congress, provides scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances. As part of the report, EPA identified conditions under which impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities can be more frequent or severe. The report also identifies uncertainties and data gaps. These uncertainties and data gaps limited EPA’s ability to fully assess impacts to drinking water resources both locally and nationally. These final conclusions are based upon review of over 1,200 cited scientific sources; feedback from an independent peer review conducted by EPA’s Science Advisory Board; input from engaged stakeholders; and new research conducted as part of the study.   [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Trump taps former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head Energy Department he once vowed to abolish
The Washington Post
Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two people familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot amid a presidential debate even as he vowed to abolish it. Perry, who ran for president in the past two election cycles, is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward fossil fuels, whose production he championed while serving as governor for 14 years.  [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Final EPA Study Confirms Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its widely anticipated final report on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, confirming that the controversial drilling process indeed impacts drinking water "under some circumstances." Notably, the report also removes the EPA's misleading line that fracking has not led to "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources."   [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Rick Perry, Climate Denier and Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Board Member, Named Energy Secretary
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry, a boardmember of Energy Transfer Partners — owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) — has been named U.S. Secretary of Energy by President-elect Donald Trump. Perry, the former chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), ran for president as part of the Republican Party primaries in 2015, but his campaign ended quickly. He announced his run for the Oval Office in 2015 while facing felony charges for official state corruption in Texas.  [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
EPA Reverses Course, No Longer Says Fracking Does Not Cause Widespread Water Contamination
Inside Climate News
Neela Banerjee

In a significant reversal, the Environmental Protection Agency struck from a major 2015 report its conclusion that fracking has not caused "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water" in the United States. The agency cited the lack of data and evidence to support the finding. The change was made after an EPA panel of independent scientists recommended in August that the agency revise the statement that minimized the potential hazards posed to drinking water by fracking-related activities. The panel, known as the Science Advisory Board (SAB), spent a year analyzing the draft version of the study.  [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Reversing Course, E.P.A. Says Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water
The New York Times
CORAL DAVENPORT

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas extraction technique also known as fracking, has contaminated drinking water in some circumstances, according to the final version of a comprehensive study first issued in 2015. The new version is far more worrying than the first, which found “no evidence that fracking systemically contaminates water” supplies. In a significant change, that conclusion was deleted from the final study. “E.P.A. scientists chose not to include that sentence. The scientists concluded it could not be quantitatively supported,” said Thomas A. Burke, the E.P.A.’s science adviser, and deputy assistant administrator of the agency’s Office of Research and Development.  [Full Story]

Dec 13, 2016
Scientists Frantically Copying Critical Climate Data as Energy Dept. Refuses to Release Names
EcoWatch
Dan Zukowski

The Department of Energy has refused to respond to the Trump transition team's chilling 74-question document seeking the names of anyone who has worked on climate change in the department. Climate scientists are also acting feverishly to preserve data after a senior Trump campaign adviser suggested eliminating all funding for NASA's climate research programs.  [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
Rapid rise in methane emissions in 10 years surprises scientists
The Guardian
Fiona Harvey

Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane have surged in the past decade, threatening to thwart global attempts to combat climate change. Scientists have been surprised by the surge, which began just over 10 years ago in 2007 and then was boosted even further in 2014 and 2015. Concentrations of methane in the atmosphere over those two years alone rose by more than 20 parts per billion, bringing the total to 1,830ppb.  [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
Exxon-Mobil chief to be named Secretary of State, with former Texas Governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary
Inforum
Reuters

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK --President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Tuesday, but he faces a struggle getting confirmed by U.S. senators concerned about his close ties to Russia. Lawmakers from both major parties also raised questions on Monday, Dec. 12, about former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, who has been mentioned as a possible No. 2 State Department official and has voiced hawkish views on Iraq and Iran.  [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
State Court Reimposes Stay On DEP Enforcement Of Certain Sections Of Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


Commonwealth Court Judge P. Kevin Brobson Friday granted a motion by the Marcellus Shale Coalition to reimpose the temporary stay he imposed November 8 on enforcement of certain sections of DEP’s Chapter 78a drilling regulations challenged by the MSC.   [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
DEP Fines Rice Energy Subsidiaries $3.5 Million At 10 Well Sites, 6 Pipeline Locations
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has assessed civil penalties on Rice Energy subsidiaries for multiple violations of environmental laws at 10 well sites and 6 pipeline locations, with a total fine of over $3.5 million. DEP and Rice Energy signed seven separate enforcement documents addressing the violations that occurred at sites in Washington and Greene Counties.   [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
Fracking rights to SE Ohio's Wayne National Forest go on auction Tuesday
Cleveland .com
James F. McCarty

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The U.S. Forest Service touts the Wayne National Forest as a sportsman's paradise in the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Ohio, with 300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding.   [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
Fracking giant fails to lock up a grandmother
New Internationalist blog
Jamie Kelsey-Fry

For anyone wanting to understand how destructive and devious corporations can be, the fracking industry in the UK is an ideal test case. Strategies have included the vilification of academics who challenge the assertion that fracking is safe; the abuse of police powers at the expense of protesters’ civil liberties; the inevitable revolving door between the energy industry and parliament; withholding and redacting critical reports; an astonishing PR blitzkrieg; and the use of astroturf organizations paid for by the industry.   [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
Frack, Baby, Frack? Looking For Middle Ground Between Donald Trump And The Environment
WBUR
Rich Barlow-Commentary

He’s a tease, isn’t he? On Monday, Donald Trump’s tête-à-tête with Mr. Environment himself, Al Gore, raised hopes that the president-elect who called climate change a Chinese hoax might dial down his jones for oven-roasting the planet. Two days later, he named Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a mastodon trying to trample climate change regulations, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.   [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
Amid Rising Health Concerns, Some Pennsylvania Doctors Say Put A Hold On Fracking
Here & Now
Reid Frazier

For years, public health experts have worried that oil and gas development could be making people living near drilling sites sick. As scientists begin to compile more data, health questions have only intensified.   [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2016
Surging methane emissions imperil climate goals
Daily Maverick


After rising slowly from 2000 to 2006, the concentration of methane in the air climbed 10 times more quickly the following decade, according to that study, which was published in the peer-reviewed Earth System Science Data.   [Full Story]

Dec 11, 2016
Activists protest national forest drilling at Wayne Nat'l Forest HQ
Athens News
Dennis E. Powell

Native-American water protectors joined dozens of Ohio activists Saturday near Nelsonville to protest a federal Bureau of Land Management plan to auction off oil and gas leases in the Wayne National Forest.   [Full Story]

Dec 11, 2016
Atmospheric levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are spiking, scientists report
Washington Post
Chris Mooney

The best news about climate change that we’ve heard lately is that for three years straight, the world’s energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas, have been flat. The gas has continued to accumulate in the atmosphere, but emissions haven’t gone up, even as economies have continued to grow. But now we learn that there’s a major dose of bad news to accompany that: What’s true for carbon dioxide is not at all true for methane, the second most important greenhouse gas. Atmospheric concentrations of this gas — which causes much sharper short-term warming, but whose effects fade far more quickly than carbon dioxide — are spiking, a team of scientists reports in an analysis published Sunday in the journal Environmental Research Letters.  [Full Story]

Dec 11, 2016
Winemakers from New York's Finger Lakes are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject a proposed propane storage facility on the shores of Seneca Lake.
Greece Post
Associated Press

Winemakers from New York's Finger Lakes are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject a proposed propane storage facility on the shores of Seneca Lake. The group spoke out against the project during a gathering with other opponents at the New York state Capitol in Albany this week.  [Full Story]

Dec 11, 2016
Trump says 'nobody really knows' if climate change is real despite broad scientific consensus
Chicago Tribune
Juliet Eilperin

President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday that "nobody really knows" whether climate change is real and that he is "studying" whether the United States should withdraw from the global warming agreement struck in Paris a year ago. In an interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, Trump said he's "very open-minded" on whether climate change is underway but has serious concerns about how President Barack Obama's efforts to cut carbon emissions have undercut America's global competitiveness.  [Full Story]

Dec 11, 2016
Trump says 'nobody really knows' if climate change is real despite broad scientific consensus
Chicago Tribune
Juliet Eilperin

President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday that "nobody really knows" whether climate change is real and that he is "studying" whether the United States should withdraw from the global warming agreement struck in Paris a year ago. In an interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, Trump said he's "very open-minded" on whether climate change is underway but has serious concerns about how President Barack Obama's efforts to cut carbon emissions have undercut America's global competitiveness.  [Full Story]

Dec 11, 2016
Groups fight plans for fracking in Wayne National Forest
Columbus Dispatch
Marion Renault

This time, however, the leases are specifically for fracking, a process in which as many as 5 million gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected down wells to fracture deep shale and free trapped gas and oil. As expected, industry groups say the move is a step in the right direction and environmental groups vow to fight the move that they say will spoil the land.   [Full Story]

Dec 10, 2016
Quebec Paves Way for Oil, Gas Exploration With New Energy Plan
Bloomberg
Danielle Bochove & Robert Tuttle

Bill 106 passed Quebec’s National Assembly in a 62-38 vote early Saturday after an overnight debate ahead of the holiday break. The legislation is meant to implement Quebec’s clean energy plan but also contains provisions allowing for energy exploration, potentially including fracking.   [Full Story]

Dec 9, 2016
In Oklahoma, People Are Suing Fracking Companies After Earthquakes Damaged Their Houses
Fast Co.


On November 7, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck the small town of Cushing, Oklahoma. In the next 30 days, there were 43 more earthquakes in the area. As in the rest of Oklahoma, earthquakes were incredibly rare in Cushing before 2009, when the rise of fracking and injecting wastewater underground and the rise of earthquakes began simultaneously. Now something else is becoming more common in Oklahoma: Lawsuits against the fossil fuel companies whose operations are the likely cause of all the quakes.  [Full Story]

Dec 9, 2016
Trump’s pick for Interior Secretary wants to sell off public lands
Think Progress
Samantha Page

Another climate-denying nominee will be named Friday for a key environmental position in the Trump administration, multiple sources are reporting. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will likely be tapped to lead the Department of the Interior, which oversees all of the U.S. public lands, including forest management, the Parks Service, and fossil fuel extraction. McMorris Rodgers is strongly in favor of developing the United States’ fossil fuel resources. She has also opposed federal ownership of public lands and voted to make it more difficult for the president to create national monuments. McMorris Rodgers is the author of a bill that would have directed the Department of the Interior to sell off federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.  [Full Story]

Dec 9, 2016
Desperate ND Gov Blames “Social Media” For His Failure on DAPL
Mean Read


It’s become apparent to everyone that North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s leadership was nonexistent during the Dakota Access pipeline fiasco. Even the conservative commentator Chris Berg of Valley News Live couldn’t help but ridicule the governor’s inability to reach a negotiation with pipeline protesters. The Fargo Forum revealed that Jack has sent and received a total of zero (0) emails regarding the pipeline protest, despite it being the most significant issue in the state over the past few months. How is that possible?  [Full Story]

Dec 9, 2016
Inspired by Standing Rock, West Texans Take Action to Fight Another Pipeline
The Nation
Sasha von Oldershausen

Opponents of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline are finding hope in their last resort. Alpine, Texas—In a tiny and remote West Texas town, pipeline protesters are following in the footsteps of those at Standing Rock.  [Full Story]

Dec 9, 2016
Weather Affects Oil Pipeline Spill Cleanup in North Dakota
ABC News
JAMES MACPHERSON

A company with a history of oil field-related spills in North Dakota and Montana is being hampered by winter weather in its cleanup of a "significant" pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, a regulator said Thursday. Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department, said the Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. spill was discovered Monday by a landowner near Belfield. The cause of the leak is under investigation and the amount of the spill is unknown, in part because of recent blizzards and subzero temperatures throughout North Dakota, he said. "Anytime you have cold temperatures, it's going to hinder cleanup and the investigation," Suess said.  [Full Story]

Dec 8, 2016
Once an Oil Executive, Now a Crusader Against Fossil Fuel Stocks
The New York Times
James B. Stewart

The trustees of Cooperstown, N.Y., hardly expected their village (population 1,834) to emerge as a flash point in a national debate over climate change and socially responsible investing. But when they voted in October to divest the pension fund they oversee of all fossil fuel holdings, Cooperstown became the first community in the nation to do so — not just coal (like Stanford University), but also oil and gas.  [Full Story]

Dec 8, 2016
CPV wants to join Millennium lawsuit
Times Herald Record
James Nani

Competitive Power Ventures wants to join Millennium Pipeline Company in the legal fight against the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, arguing delays in permitting the pipeline could cost CPV more than $56 million. On Wednesday, CPV Valley, LLC, developer of the $900 million power plant on Route 6 in Wawayanda, asked to join a lawsuit filed by Millennium on Monday in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  [Full Story]

Dec 8, 2016
The Billionaire Energy Investor Who Vetted Trump's EPA Pick Has Long List of EPA Violations
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Asked for his take on President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), multi-billionaire investor and Trump business partner Carl Icahn told Bloomberg that Pruitt is “going to really be a breath of fresh air.” Given Icahn's business ties, that statement is steeped in accidental irony. Icahn, owner of the holding company Icahn Enterprises and a major donor to Trump's presidential campaign, was instrumental in choosing Pruitt — a man who as state prosecutor actively opposed most federal environmental regulations and denied the science of climate change — for the nation's top environmental job. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Trump allowed Icahn, the 26th most wealthy man on the planet, to vet and interview finalists for high-level EPA jobs even though Icahn owns business assets impacted by current EPA regulations.  [Full Story]

Dec 8, 2016
Trump Team Memo Hints at Big Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy
Bloomberg


Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama’s climate agenda. The transition team has asked the agency to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules. The advisers are also seeking information on agency loan programs, research activities and the basis for its statistics, according to a five-page internal document circulated by the Energy Department on Wednesday. The document lays out 65 questions from the Trump transition team, sources within the agency said.  [Full Story]

Dec 8, 2016
Trump names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general suing EPA on climate change, to head the EPA
Washington Post
Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy. Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting the very agency he is being nominated to lead. He is the third of Trump’s nominees who have key philosophical differences with the missions of the agencies they have been tapped to run. Ben Carson, named to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has expressed a deep aversion to the social safety net programs and fair housing initiatives that have been central to that agency’s activities. Betsy DeVos, named education secretary, has a passion for private school vouchers that critics say undercut the public school systems at the core of the government’s mission.  [Full Story]

Dec 7, 2016
Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A.
New York Times
Coral Davenport & Eric Lipton

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, signaling Mr. Trump’s determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change — and much of the E.P.A. itself.   [Full Story]

Dec 7, 2016
Auditor Says Clearer Rules Needed For Use Of Drilling Fees
CBS Local
Amy Wadas

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A new report says better guidance must be given to local governments on how they are spending impact fees generated by natural gas drilling.   [Full Story]

Dec 7, 2016
Natural Gas Breaks Through $3.5: Watch These 4 Stocks
Zacks


Market has recently been absorbed with the latest news of OPEC deal to cut oil production, which has helped crude prices rally back over $50 per barrel. While this is definitely good news, let’s turn our focus on natural gas that is going through equally exciting times.  [Full Story]

Dec 7, 2016
Jeff Sessions, Trump's Attorney General Pick, Introduced First Bill to Exempt Fracking from Drinking Water Rules
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, introduced the first so-called “Halliburton Loophole” bill back in 1999 before it was ever known as such. Sessions co-sponsored the bill (S.724) with the climate change-denying Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). The bill called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act as it relates to hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). The bill's language eventually became a provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, known today as the “Halliburton Loophole” because the company's ex-CEO and then-Vice President Dick Cheney headed up the industry-loaded Energy Policy Task Force which helped pen the bill's language.  [Full Story]

Dec 7, 2016
The Weather Channel to Breitbart: 'Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real'
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

In a bluntly titled blog post, Note to Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans, The Weather Channel took Breitbart to task for using a Weather.com video in an article about "global cooling."  [Full Story]

Dec 7, 2016
Why Scott Pruitt is such a threat: Trump's EPA pick would be a disaster for the air we breathe and water we drink
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Fred Krupp

Every newly elected President is entitled to assemble the management team of his choice. That is why, of the roughly 1,000 senior administration officials requiring a Senate confirmation, the vast majority are confirmed by a simple voice vote. But what if the President-elect nominates someone whose career has been dedicated to undermining the agency he has been chosen to lead, and opposing the laws he would be asked to enforce?  [Full Story]

Dec 6, 2016
I’m a Journalist and I Was Stopped From Covering Standing Rock
TIME Magazine
Ed Ou

It was an assignment that I barely prepared for. I didn’t think I had to. For most reporting trips I have made in the last decade, I would think long and hard about where I was going and what the variables were. If I was heading to a conflict zone, I would need body armor and a trauma kit. If it was a natural disaster, I would bring a satellite phone and spare food. If I was heading to an authoritarian country where journalism was not allowed, I would need a mix of burner phones, encrypted hard drives and a disposable laptop. I felt I was prepared for every eventuality. But I never thought that I would have to think about these things so close to home.  [Full Story]

Dec 6, 2016
First-ever National People’s Hearing on FERC Held in DC
Future Hope
Ted Glick

On December 2nd in Washington, DC 65 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia, from as far away as Arizona, Mississippi and Florida, testified to a packed room at the National Press Club about their uniformly bad personal and organizational experiences with FERC. For years a movement has been building to take on FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This agency, officially created in the late 70’s, was little-known beyond the fossil fuel industry until the rise of fracking and with it, the proliferation of proposed new pipelines and other infrastructure to transport and store fracked shale gas. The groups that have taken up this fight range from small, local neighborhood groups to national organizations, from people primarily concerned about the invasion and disruption of their property to those concerned about the threat posed by fracking to our disrupted climate. All are concerned about the risks to health and safety for those living close to pipelines, compressor stations, storage facilities and export terminals, all of which pollute the air and are prone to explosions and fires.  [Full Story]

Dec 6, 2016
Environmental groups seek to defend federal methane rule
KTVH


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups are seeking to defend a new federal rule that would restrict how oil companies burn off excess natural gas extracted from public lands. Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota are pressing a federal lawsuit in Wyoming seeking to block a rule that President Barack Obama’s administration issued in November requiring certain companies to capture natural gas instead of burning it off.  [Full Story]

Dec 6, 2016
Cuomo asks for review of Coast Guard's Hudson River oil barge plan
PoliticoNewYork
MARIE J. FRENCH

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the U.S. Coast Guard to undergo a full review of its plan to increase the number of anchorage sites along the Hudson River. Opponents of the Coast Guard's proposal, which closes to public comments on Tuesday at midnight, are concerned about safety risks from barges carrying oil down the river and their effects on recreational use and riverside views. Cuomo hasn't previously weighed in on the plan, which has drawn bipartisan opposition.  [Full Story]

Dec 6, 2016
Oil Pipeline Shut Down After Spill, Just 200 Miles From Standing Rock
EcoWatch
Dan Zukowski

A six-inch crude oil pipeline operated by Belle Fourche Pipeline Company in western North Dakota was shut down following discovery of a leak on Monday. The amount of the spill was not immediately known, but oil has leaked into the Ash Coulee Creek in Billings County.   [Full Story]

Dec 6, 2016
Leaked Memo Outlines Trump’s Energy Agenda
EcoWatch
Zachary Davies Boren

President-elect Donald Trump is set to gut U.S. environmental regulations, open up federal lands for fossil fuel extraction and quit the Paris climate agreement, according to documents seen by Energydesk. A memo penned by Thomas Pyle, head of the Department of Energy transition team, and obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy, lists 14 key energy and environment policies the incoming Trump administration is expected to enact.   [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
One of Trump’s top candidates for Interior Secretary has a history of selling parks to her campaign donors
Westwise
Aaron Weiss

As President-elect Donald Trump fills out his cabinet, one of the most frequently named candidates to head up the Department of the Interior is Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Fallin has deep ties to the oil and gas industry (she designated October 13 as “Oilfield Prayer Day”) and is a vehement denier of science, from climate change to earthquakes.  [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
North Dakota Fracking Company Fined $2.1 Million For Pollution Of Native American Reservation
Mint Press
Whitney Webb

Slawson Exploration Company, the largest oil producer in the Midwest, has around 170 oil and gas wells on the reservation, all of which employ hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in order to gain access to the Bakken oil shale. The EPA has found that Slawson failed to adequately design, operate, and maintain vapor control systems on its well equipment, leading to air contamination. The smog produced by these haphazard wells can lead to an increase in the incidence of respiratory illness and exacerbates long-term respiratory conditions such as asthma. For their negligence, the EPA charged the company with a $2.1 million fine and forced the company to commit to spend $4.1 million on system upgrades as well as an additional $2 million on environmental mitigation projects. This settlement between the EPA and Slawson is said to be only one of several enforcement actions targeting oil/gas-related air pollution currently underway in North Dakota.   [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story
The Nation
Bill McKibben

All organizing is story-telling, and the story that got told at Standing Rock was so powerful that ultimately the Obama White House had little choice but to go along.  [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
Pipeline company sues state, claiming delay in CPV project
PoliticoNewYork
DAVID GIAMBUSSO

In another twist in the Cuomo administration's Competitive Power Ventures scandal, the pipeline company building a nearly eight-mile natural gas line to the proposed CPV plant is suing the state for what it claims is an unlawful delay of the project. CPV is at the center of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's probe into allegations of bribery and influence peddling by indicted former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco. Percoco is accused of having taken tens of thousands of dollars from CPV while the company won state approvals to build the $1 billion, 650-megawatt plant in Wawayanda, Orange County.  [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
State deploys response trailers along crude oil transportation corridor
Times Union
Matthew Hamilton

The state will station 24 emergency response trailers at key locations along the state’s crude oil transportation corridor, including one in the City of Albany and four in the Capital Region, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said Monday. A crude oil emergency response trailer, 24 of which will be deployed along the state’s crude oil transportation corridor. (Photo provided) The trailers will be equipped with absorbent materials, booms and other tools used to control and contain crude oil and petroleum spills. They will be managed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and county emergency management entities.  [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
Potential Trump Press Secretary Calls Climate Change A "Wealth Redistribution Scheme" To "Turn The Earth Into God"
Media Matters


SEAN HANNITY (HOST): The left and the liberal mainstream media, they're having a melt down over what they call a rise in fake news across the country, but they've turned a very blind eye to real fake news like global warming propaganda being pushed by the press and the left-wing, for years. [...] HANNITY: If it snows, it's global warming. If it doesn't snow, global warming. If there's an earthquake, quake, global warming. If there's not one, global warming. It doesn't matter, they blame everything, but in the 1970s, Monica Crowley, they were saying in Time Magazine the next ice age is coming. So, we go from ice age, to global warming, now to climate change, so no matter what the climate is, they've got an excuse. MONICA CROWLEY: Well, of course, because what this is for the left, and this has been the case now, since they started to make this argument three decades ago plus, is a massive wealth redistribution scheme. It's also a critical part of secular progressivism where they turn the environment into god.  [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
Standing Rock: US denies key permit for Dakota Access pipeline, in win for tribe
The Guardian
Julia Carrie Wong

The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline. Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced the decision on Sunday, with the army saying it was based on “a need to explore alternate routes” for the crossing.  [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
Fracking Bills Filed In State House, Senate
CBS Miami


TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After a fierce legislative debate early this year about fracking, a freshman senator has filed a proposal that would bar the use of the controversial oil and gas drilling technique in Florida.   [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
Investigation Finds EPA Downplayed Effects Of Fracking On Drinking Water
Colorado Public Radio
Ryan Warner

According to an investigation by APM Reports & Marketplace, the Environmental Protection Agency last year made "critical" changes at the eleventh hour to a highly anticipated, five-year scientific study of hydraulic fracturing's effect on the nation's drinking water.   [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
WITNESS: South Africa's Parliament split over future of fracking
Ecologist
Jasper Finkeldey

Eight years ago the first exploration applications for unconventional gas extraction were submitted in South Africa. Last week fracking finally received official attention from South Africa's legislature during a debate that revealed how the country's different political parties gauge the benefits and risks linked to the drilling technique. JASPER FINKELDY was at that debate.   [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
Australia: Fracking Inquiry In Northern Territory To Start
E&P
Reuters

Australia's Northern Territory government said Dec. 3 a planned inquiry into the impact and possible risks of fracking will begin next week, and the practice will remain banned until it has been completed.   [Full Story]

Dec 5, 2016
Energy Transfer Partners Will Not Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline
OilPrice.com
Zainab Calcuttawala

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company heading the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, said on Friday that it would not consider rerouting the controversial project, the Associated Press reports. Instead, the energy transportation firm would be willing to meet with leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to “ease” concerns regarding the environmental and cultural effects of the line, according to ETP’s top executive.  [Full Story]

Dec 4, 2016
Anti-DAPL Protesters March to Elaine Chao’s Capitol Hill House
DC Media Group
Mark Hand

Dozens of people marched from Columbus Circle to the Capitol Hill house of Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and a board member of Wells Fargo & Co., an investor in the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dec. 3 action was organized by the Washington, DC, chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) to demonstrate solidarity with Native Americans who have been fighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline since last spring. As part of the months-long anti-DAPL campaign, activists have urged Wells Fargo and other investment banks providing loans to DAPL developer Energy Transfer Partners to end their financial support of the oil pipeline project.  [Full Story]

Dec 4, 2016
FRACKING PROMPTS ELSIPOGTOG COMMUNITY TO FILE LAND CLAIM
Brunswickan
Dimalka Ranasinghe

The Elsipogtog aboriginal community filed a claim for about one third of the land in New Brunswick. The land, currently the Mi’kmaq district of Siknuktuk, is located in southeastern New Brunswick. The claim was motivated by the threat of fracking exploration in the land which was imposed by the Federal government.   [Full Story]

Dec 4, 2016
Fracking Banned In City Of Frostburg Through Existing Legislation
The Bottom Line
Savannah Neubert

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Frostburg Mayor and the City Council held a special meeting with the leaders of Frack-Free Frostburg, a local organization dedicated to the ban of hydraulic fracturing within the Frostburg area. The meeting was held to discuss the next steps in obtaining a city ordinance to ban hydraulic fracturing. A proposed ordinance prepared by Chesapeake Climate Action Network was presented before members of the city council declared that existing zoning ordinances and legislation, as well as upcoming legislation, already ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing within the city of Frostburg, Md.  [Full Story]

Dec 4, 2016
Ban fracking in Maryland? Extending moratorium seems more likely
Washington Post
Josh Hicks

Maryland fracking opponents are pushing hard for a state law to prohibit the controversial gas-extraction method, but lawmakers seem more likely to extend the existing moratorium on the practice during the upcoming legislative session.   [Full Story]

Dec 4, 2016
Army Corps of Engineers Halts Dakota Access Pipeline
The Daily Beast


The Army Corps of Engineers has reportedly told the Oceti tribe that it will halt work on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in order to conduct an environmental impact study, according to reports. Protesters have been camped out at the site in North Dakota for weeks to demonstrate against the $3.8 billion project, arguing it will destroy the environment and taint the drinking water used by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. As protesters have vowed to stay put, clashes with police have intensified in recent days.  [Full Story]

Dec 4, 2016
Ban fracking in Maryland? Extending moratorium seems more likely
The Washington Post
Josh Hicks

Maryland fracking opponents are pushing hard for a state law to prohibit the controversial gas-extraction method, but lawmakers seem more likely to extend the existing moratorium on the practice during the upcoming legislative session. Advocates for a ban expect resistance from Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore), who chairs a committee that oversees environmental affairs and has stopped previous attempts to prohibit the drilling technique, also known as hydraulic fracturing.  [Full Story]

Dec 4, 2016
Army Halts Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline
Huffington Post
Chris D’Angelo and Lydia O’Connor

Federal authorities have halted construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline amid growing protests that were expected to draw some 2,000 U.S. military veterans. The Department of the Army has denied the final easement required for the $3.8 billion project to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, it announced Sunday. Instead, it will conduct an Environmental Impact Statement to examine the impacts and explore alternative routes, it said.   [Full Story]

Dec 4, 2016
Standing Rock Celebrates as Army Corps Denies Key Permit, Halts Project
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

The Obama Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers officially denied the easement to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota after a many months-long campaign by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Army Corps will undertake an environmental impact statement (EIS) to look at potential alternative routes for the pipeline.   [Full Story]

Dec 3, 2016
Fenton, LeResche: Lax permitting caused Pavillion contamination
Casper Star Tribune


Sign Up Log In Subscribe Customer Service Sections News Sports Life Opinion Obituaries Weather Energy Journal Buy & Sell Weekly Ads Auto Homes Jobs Comics, Games & Puzzles Games & Puzzles Photo Galleries e-Edition Contact Us Business Toggle navigation MENU 24° News Sports Life Obituaries Buy & Sell BREAKING Travel difficult in northern, central Wyoming PREV PREVIOUS Brezik: What is investment income? Generally, people invest with the hope of making money and a… NEXT NEXT UP Keown: Searching for sustainable solutions “If you build it, they will come.” The adage from “Field of … Fenton, LeResche: Lax permitting caused Pavillion contamination Dec 3, 2016 0 John Fenton Buy Now John Fenton Bob LeResche Bob LeResche Groundwater contamination in the Pavillion area is not just about fracking. The real story is the historic regulatory capture and incompetence that led the state of Wyoming to permit extensive gas development near people’s homes and water wells under a negligent regulatory regime. Frankly, the state’s and Encana’s focus on absolving fracking from any guilt in the Pavillion contamination is most disingenuous. It is an attempt to divert attention from real and serious contamination by oil and gas extraction practices — allowed by the state — that caused leaking gas wells and unlined production pits filled with wastewater, fracking flowback water, and other chemicals.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
New Jersey DEP seeks more information about natural gas pipeline
Burlington County Times
David Levinsky

TRENTON — A utility company's proposed natural gas pipeline project through northern Burlington County is facing more delays, as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is asking the utility for information about possible gas leaks and other potential environmental impacts before it considers an application for a required water permit.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Trump Formally Announces Support for the Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Mary Sweeters

President-Elect Donald Trump formally announced Thursday his support for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. His transition team noted that his support for the pipeline "had nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans."   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
EPA Watered Down Major Fracking Study to Downplay Water Contamination Risks
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

A stunning new report from Marketplace and APM Reports reveals that top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials made critical, last-minute changes to the agency's major fracking assessment to soft-pedal clear evidence that the controversial drilling process contaminates the nation's water supplies.  [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
From Fracking Enthusiast to Exxon CEO: Trump's Latest Picks
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

The Donald Trump camp added fracking enthusiast, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) critic and ALEC-linked Amy Oliver Cooke to the EPA landing team on Thursday. Cooke once co-authored an op-ed titled Clean Energy's Dirty Secret: Cancer.  [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
More False Claims About Fracking
FactCheck.org
Vanessa Schipani

The chairman of the Senate environment committee falsely claimed that a new report “confirms” that “hydraulic fracturing has not impacted drinking water” in Wyoming. The report said a lack of water quality data predating oil and gas exploration prevented it from reaching “firm conclusions.”   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Everything you need to know about Baker Hughes and the new fracking service company coming to Tomball Baker Hughes, CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners to form BJ Services
Community Impact
Anna Dembowski

A new hydraulic fracturing and cementing service company, BJ Services, will be headquartered in Tomball if an agreement between Baker Hughes and two investment firms is approved.  [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
EPA dings North Dakota fracking firm with $2.1M fine
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The Environmental Protection Agency dinged a North Dakota fracking company on Friday for $2.1 million for contributing to smog. The driller, Slawson Exploration Co., agreed to pay the hefty fine in a settlement with the agency rather than contest it and go to court.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Henderson: Young's anti-fracking bill holds promise
Tampa Bay Times
Joe Henderson

The campaign to represent District 18 in the Florida Senate was nasty, with charges and counter-charges flying to the point where voters might have been tempted to hide under the covers.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Latest Trump EPA Pick Is Pro-Fracking and Anti-Clean Energy Amy Oliver Cooke looks forward to a "very different" EPA with the new White House.
ColorLines
Yessnia Funes

The president-elect’s EPA transition team continues to be formed and yesterday (December 1), Donald Trump appointed Amy Oliver Cooke to it. Currently the executive vice president and director of the Energy Policy Center at the Independence Institute, Cooke opposes President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and supports fracking.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Westmoreland officials consider fracking restrictions—or an outright ban
Fredericksburg.com
Cathy Dyson

Based on comments Westmoreland County officials received from residents in the spring and summer, they created two options for “limiting the impacts of oil and gas drilling” in their rural locality.   [Full Story]

Dec 2, 2016
Spectra pipeline protesters found guilty of disorderly conduct
lohud
Christopher J. Eberhart

CORTLANDT - The nine Spectra pipeline protesters who were arrested at the end of last year during a protest in Montrose were found guilty of disorderly conduct by a town judge.   [Full Story]

Dec 1, 2016
America can double its oil production, says fracking pioneer Harold Hamm
CNBC
Tom DiChristopher

U.S. drillers have the ability to double the country's oil production to 20 million barrels a day, but doing so too soon would tank oil prices, Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm said Thursday... The billionaire oilman and energy advisor to President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged the difficulty of such a renewed boom in oil production.   [Full Story]

Dec 1, 2016
Trump adds ‘mother in love with fracking’ to EPA team
The Hill
Devin Henryy

A Colorado think tank chief who opposes key Obama administration energy regulations has been added to Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. Trump officials named Amy Oliver Cooke, the vice president and director of the Independence Institutes’ Energy Policy Center, to his EPA landing team on Thursday.   [Full Story]

Dec 1, 2016
Students and residents organize to stop fracking at Wayne in emergency meeting
The Post
Bailey Gallion

Concerned residents and students called an "emergency meeting" Wednesday night to discuss the upcoming auction of Wayne National Forest land for lease to oil and gas companies interested in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." About 70 people attended the meeting at ARTS/West on 132 W. State St. Ohio University students, Athens residents of all ages and people living in counties throughout Ohio strategized and shared their concerns.   [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Not enough known about fracking impact on ag CSU researcher studying use of 'produced water' on crops and livestock
Journal-Advocate
Jeff Rice

Farmers and ranchers who work in close proximity to oil and gas production, especially if that extraction involves fracking, need to be aware of the effects of that process on their operations, according to a presentation made Tuesday morning during the Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference in Fort Morgan.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Two More Trump Cabinet Picks Value 'Fossil Fuel Profits Above All Else'
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Sources close to the Trump transition team told Politico that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is the frontrunner for the Interior secretary position. Fallin, who is a climate change denier and was one of the first governors to oppose the Clean Power Plan, met with Trump last week in New York, where their conversation focused on the energy industry and Native tribes.   [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Audio: Tribe objected to pipeline nearly 2 years before lawsuit
Bismarck Tribune
Amy Dalrymple

CANNON BALL – Audio released by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from a September 2014 meeting with Dakota Access Pipeline representatives contradicts recent claims made by a pipeline company executive. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, told The Wall Street Journal the pipeline route that crosses just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation could have been changed if the tribe had engaged in discussions sooner.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Donald Trump’s Presidency A Setback To Paris Agreement, Economist Intelligence Unit Reports
Clean Technica
Joshua S Hill

Donald Trump’s surprise election as the next US President will be a “setback” for global climate policy, but the global trend towards decarbonization is unlikely to be halted, said the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published a new special report this week, Industries in 2017, in which it analyzes and provides forecasts for six industry sectors, and though the report does not focus entirely on the recent election of Donald Trump as the next US President, the authors of the report nevertheless admit that “it is clear that his administration could bring huge changes for all six industries.” Of specific interest to readers of CleanTechnica are the EIU’s forecasts for the global energy sector. Specifically, according to the authors of the report, 2017 is likely to be impacted by the recent ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which entered into force on November 4. Specifically, 55 parties responsible for 55% of the world’s emissions have ratified the agreement which binds those that have signed to hold down “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels” and to pursue “efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” The authors highlight “the speed with which the pact has come into force” as being “evidence of a global will to tackle climate change,” and that even “the election of a Republican US president is not likely to halt the transition towards cleaner energy globally, although it is likely to slow it.” Donald Trump has promised to pull America out of the Paris Agreement, while also curtailing environmental and climate policies back home in an effort to lift regulations on fossil fuel generation such as coal. While it will be legally tricky for America to disentangle themselves from the Paris Agreement, high-level indifference could go a long way to making it difficult to succeed.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Global Solar Installations To Reach 76 GW In 2016, According To Mercom
Clean Technica
Joshua S Hill

Global solar installation levels are expected to surpass original expectations for 2016 and fly in the face of a partial-global slowdown, reaching 76 GW for the year, up 48% over 2015, according to global clean energy consulting firm Mercom Capital Group. After installing just over 51 GW in 2015 on the back of severael solid but ever-growing years, 2016 was a big jump, with installations increasing 48% and expected to reach 76 GW by the time the year ticks away. Many analysts predicted a less-impressive level of solar installations for 2016, with Mercom itself predicting in April that global solar installations would reach only 66.7 GW in 2016. The strong 2016 is also expected to prompt a similarly strong 2017, with Mercom predicting solar installations in the range of 70 GW.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
Canada Approves Kinder Morgan, Enbridge Pipelines Despite Fierce Opposition



Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that the Canadian government would approve two major tar sands pipeline projects, including expansion of the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.  [Full Story]

Nov 30, 2016
EPA's late changes to fracking study downplay risk of drinking water pollution
CMS Marketplace
Scott Tong, Tom Scheck

This story was reported in conjunction with APM Reports. Top officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year made critical changes at the eleventh hour to a highly anticipated, five-year scientific study of hydraulic fracturing’s effect on the nation’s drinking water. The changes, later criticized by scientists for lacking evidence, played down the risk of pollution that can result from the well-drilling technique known as fracking. Documents obtained by APM Reports and Marketplace show that in the six weeks before the study’s public release, officials inserted a key phrase into the executive summary that said researchers did not find evidence of “widespread systemic impacts” of fracking by the oil and gas industry on the nation’s drinking water.   [Full Story]

Nov 29, 2016
New ‘body of evidence’ unveils fracking threats to public health & safety
RT News


The negative impact of fracking on health and climate is inevitable, according to a newly released comprehensive report, which is based on “expanding body of evidence” of risks and harms related to oil and gas extraction. “There is no evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health directly or without imperiling climate stability upon which public health depends,” a Nobel Peace Prize-winning group of physicians have concluded in their fourth and most comprehensive report. However, the paper, issued in mid-November, has largely remained unnoticed by both the media and the government. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking for short, is an oil and natural gas drilling technique that uses powerful underground injections of sand and water to break up shale formations to release fossil fuels. The method is largely responsible for a boom in US oil and gas production that made the US a global leader in energy production, but many argue that it also contributes to drinking water contamination and even causes earthquakes. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a six-year, multimillion dollar, national study, determining that fracking had no widespread and systemic impacts.  [Full Story]

Nov 29, 2016
Revealed: Most Popular Climate Story on Social Media Told Half a Million People the Science Was a Hoax
DeSmogBlog
Graham Readfearn

The most popular climate change story across social media in the past six months used a debunked survey from the late 1990s to claim that “tens of thousands of scientists” had declared global warming a “hoax”, a DeSmog analysis has found. Published on YourNewsWire, the story was shared, clicked or “liked” 557,000 times on social media, with 555,000 of those engagements from Facebook. The story's author worked for many years with UK conspiracy theorist David Icke. DeSmog used the social media analytics tool BuzzSumo to find the most popular climate stories globally over the last six months, using the search term “climate change”.  [Full Story]

Nov 28, 2016
While OPEC Gets All The Attention, The U.S. Quietly Becomes A Net Exporter Of Natural Gas
Forbes
David Blackmon

While all the energy world has sat on pins and needles waiting to see what Wednesday’s OPEC meeting will or won’t bring in the way of an agreement to limit the cartel’s overall production of crude oil, the U.S. domestic oil and gas industry passed a new milestone related to its other key commodity, natural gas. According to U.S. Global Platts, the U.S. has this month become a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in more than 60 years.  [Full Story]

Nov 28, 2016
Oil-By-Rail Regulators Consider Crude Oil Volatility Limits That Would Require Oil Stabilization
DeSmogBlog
JUSTIN MIKULKA

The negative impact of fracking on health and climate is inevitable, according to a newly released comprehensive report, which is based on “expanding body of evidence” of risks and harms related to oil and gas extraction.   [Full Story]

Nov 28, 2016
Water from oil and gas drilling used on county roads Produced water comes from oil and gas industry
The Journal News
Jim Mimiaga

So-called “fossil water” is pulled from deep underground during oil-and-gas extraction and then treated for use on gravel roads. The water originates from the remnants of ancient seas and swamps that are millions of years old.  [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
New York energy czar has large fossil-fuel holdings
Newsday
Mark Harrington

New York State’s energy and finance czar, Richard Kauffman, champions the state’s aggressive move into renewable energy, but his private investment portfolio contains sizable holdings in fossil-fuel based companies, including several with business before the state.   [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
Natural gas workers navigate energy's boom and bust
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Daniel Moore

All three people — and countless more — lost their jobs when prices plummeted over the last few years and drillers halted production. Widely seen as a victim of its own success, the natural gas industry has encountered stubborn oversupply that has temporarily dimmed employment prospects. The drilling industry has left behind an altered labor market as well as a raft of workforce development programs, particularly in rural areas, that tried to keep up with the shale hiring blitz over the last decade.   [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
Floyd County set to back fracking review
Northwest Georgia News
Diane Wagner

Communities around Northwest Georgia are urging the General Assembly to update the state’s fracking regulations and the Floyd County Commission is expected to sign on in December.  [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
New Milestone: The U.S. Is Now a Net Exporter of Natural Gas
The Wall Street Journal
STEPHANIE YANG and ALISON SIDER

U.S. will be the world’s third-largest producer of liquefied natural gas for export by 2020, according to the Energy Department The U.S. has become a net exporter of natural gas, further evidence of the how the domestic oil and gas boom is reshaping the global energy business. The U.S. has exported an average of 7.4 billion cubic feet a day of gas in November, more than the 7 billion cubic feet a day it has imported, according to S&P Global Platts, an energy trade publisher and data provider. Exports also topped imports for a few days in September, Platts reported. It has been nearly 60 years since the U.S. last shipped out more natural gas than it brought in annually, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  [Full Story]

Nov 27, 2016
California Residents Race to Fight Re-Opening of Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility
DeSmogBlog
Larry Buhl

On November 21, a small amount of bromine trifluoride was accidentally released from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Southern California. There were no injuries from this toxic and highly reactive industrial chemical, but residents of the nearby Porter Ranch neighborhood say this accident, in addition to other leaks and malfunctions at the facility in the past year, fortifies their resolve to close Aliso Canyon permanently. Since Aliso Canyon’s October 2015 natural gas blowout displaced thousands of residents and two Los Angeles public schools in this community, residents have called on lawmakers to shut down the entire 3,600-acre gas field beneath the hills north of Porter Ranch.  [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2016
Rooftop Solar Threatened as Arizona’s Biggest Public Utility Takes Over the Commission That Regulates It
DeSmogBlog
Alex Kotch

On November 8, an already endangered rooftop solar industry took a big hit in Arizona. Three Republican candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) — backed by millions of dollars from the state’s biggest public utility — won their races, increasing the likelihood that new anti-solar policies will soon follow. In the coming months, the commission, which regulates public utilities and has been marred by conflicts of interest for years, will address requests from the major utility Arizona Public Service (APS) to raise its electricity rates, end net metering, and impose hefty fees on solar users. If the commission sides with APS on these issues, the rooftop solar industry in the state with the nation’s fourth highest solar energy capacity will likely crumble.  [Full Story]

Nov 25, 2016
Army Corps Sends Eviction Notice to Standing Rock
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, received a letter today from the district commander of the Corps of Engineers, John Henderson, informing him that the Army Corps will be "closing the portion of the Corps-managed federal property north of the Cannonball River to all public use and access effective December 5, 2016." Watch the Facebook live video of the Standing Rock press event held Saturday afternoon in response to the eviction letter:  [Full Story]

Nov 25, 2016
Anti-Elon Musk Campaign Has Big Ties to Big Energy
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Elon Musk is being targeted by the conservative political action committee, Citizens for the Republic. The group's so-called Sunlight Project is behind an incendiary lobbying campaign and website called, "Stop Elon Musk from Failing Again," with a mission of divesting the Tesla/SpaceX/SolarCity boss from federal clean energy subsidies. Musk himself has tweeted about the recent rash of attacks.  [Full Story]

Nov 25, 2016
Government accused of 'dirty tricks' over controversial fracking report
The Guardian
Damian Carrington

Ministers deliberately delayed a controversial fracking report it was being forced to publish until after crucial council decisions on planning permission, according to newly revealed documents. The documents also show ministers acknowledged they were open to a charge of double standards, having granted local communities the final say over windfarm applications but overruling fracking decisions. The documents reveal “dirty tricks” and “deceit”, according to shadow ministers, councillors and green campaigners, which strengthen fears that the government is determined to force shale gas exploration on communities.  [Full Story]

Nov 25, 2016
Ohio shale drilling picking up slowly
Salem News


The number of shale drilling permits issued in the Utica/Point Pleasant shale play has been inching up.   [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Group Of Doctors Says It's Time To Hit 'Pause' On Fracking
Reid Frazier


In 2013, Walter Tsou, a Philadelphia doctor, began to worry about the impact drilling has on the health of people near natural gas wells. He authored a resolution for the Pennsylvania Medical Society—which represents about a quarter of the state’s doctors—calling for a moratorium on new hydraulic fracturing operations. It didn’t go over very well.   [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Environmentalists lament Trump oil, natural gas pipeline push
Platts


Developers of cross-border oil and gas pipelines are gearing up for a freer hand in completing projects under the new administration, even as President-elect Donald Trump takes his "America First" message to Washington.  [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Father of Activist Injured at Standing Rock Calls on Obama to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Democracy Now

We get an update from Wayne Wilansky, the father of 21-year-old activist Sophia Wilansky, who was injured during the standoff at Standing Rock in North Dakota.   [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Despite a friendly White House, natural gas in for 'rocky times'
E&E Publishing
Emily Holden

Environmentalists who have waged a fight against natural gas as a bridge fuel away from coal say they'll make their opposition louder as President-elect Donald Trump's administration pushes for even more pipelines and production.  [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Pipeline growth will tap Utica Shale natural gas production
Akron Beacon Journal
Jim MacKinnon

New pipelines in the works will help get natural gas from Ohio's Utica Shale to market, reports the Energy Information Administration: "A number of pipeline projects that have been approved, or are in various stages of the approval process, would increase capacity to transport natural gas from the Utica production region in Ohio to natural gas markets. Collectively, these projects could add up to 6.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of takeaway capacity out of the Utica region by the end of 2018.   [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
Despite a friendly White House, natural gas in for 'rocky times'
E & E Newswire
Emily Holden

Environmentalists who have waged a fight against natural gas as a bridge fuel away from coal say they'll make their opposition louder as President-elect Donald Trump's administration pushes for even more pipelines and production. Trump is expected to try to fast-track pipeline approvals and boost energy infrastructure as part of a broad package out of Congress.  [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2016
World's Largest Methanol Refinery to Be Built Along the Columbia River
EcoWatch
Brett VandenHeuvel

Communities on the frontlines of fossil fuel development are taking a stand against dangerous fossil fuel projects. Take a look at the big fight in the small town of Kalama, Washington. The Chinese government is planning to build the world's largest methanol refinery to convert fracked natural gas to liquid methanol for export to China to make plastics.   [Full Story]

Nov 22, 2016
Rejecting Science, Texas Still Denies Fracking Link to Quakes
Insurance Journal
Steve Thompson and Anna Kuchment

A white Chevy Suburban with “Railroad Commission of Texas” emblazoned on its side rolled north on Interstate 35. Behind the wheel sat Milton Rister, the commission’s director. Trim and balding, Rister was a veteran political operator who had held influential positions in the Texas Republican Party for decades. He could smell political disaster from miles away — and this one reeked. As he neared the town of Azle, northwest of Dallas, Rister said to himself: Please let there be only 50 people there.  [Full Story]

Nov 22, 2016
Is the EPA’s Landmark ‘Endangerment Finding’ Now Itself Imperiled?
ProPublica
Abram Lustgardtn

Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax” and said he plans to unburden American industries from Obama-era requirements to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and the other greenhouse gases causing the planet to warm. In the crosshairs of his agenda — according to written statements the Trump campaign made shortly before the Nov. 8 election — is a 2009 determination by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that greenhouse gases are dangerous to human health and security, a ruling that serves as the foundation for the EPA’s efforts to curb climate-damaging emissions and that affects its governing of everything from automobile exhaust to power plants to refrigerators. But overturning that rule — known as the “endangerment finding” — might prove difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish with anything like the simple administrative stroke of the pen, according to legal experts.  [Full Story]

Nov 22, 2016
Shared traits of abandoned gas, oil wells could aid cheaper, more effective cleanup
Environmental Research Web


Across the United States, abandoned oil and gas wells are a significant source of greenhouse gases, particularly methane. Yet there are so many scattered across the country that stopping the leaks — and even determining which wells are leaking — presents an enormous challenge.   [Full Story]

Nov 22, 2016
Wayne County water well study discussed
Wayne Independent
Peter Becker

UPPER DELAWARE - NARROWSBURG - Jamie Knecht of the Wayne County Conservation District discussed the results of a 2014 countywide sampling of water wells, at the November meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). A total of 89 wells were tested in order to form a baseline so that the county- and the well owners- have an idea of what is in the water before gas drilling were ever to take place.   [Full Story]

Nov 21, 2016
Wyoming and Montana file legal challenge to BLM methane rule
Helena Independent Record


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming and Montana are pushing to block a rule that President Barack Obama's administration issued last week seeking to restrict how oil companies burn off natural gas on public lands.   [Full Story]

Nov 21, 2016
Water Cannons Fired at Water Protectors, Hundreds Injured
Ecowatch
Camp of the Sacred Stone

Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments Sunday evening when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures.   [Full Story]

Nov 21, 2016
From the Sioux to the Sault: Standing Rock spirit spreads to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Environmental Health News
Brian Bienkowski

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.—Two blocks south of the St. Mary’s River and passing freighters, children from JKL Bahweting tribal school poured off buses, carrying drums, dancing and chanting. “Protect the water!” a young girl chanted. “Protect it!” her classmates answered.   [Full Story]

Nov 20, 2016
Hundreds in North Carolina march against planned pipeline
NBC4i


PEMBROKE, NC (WNCN) — Hundreds of protesters in Pembroke, Fayetteville and Nashville marched Saturday in opposition to a proposed pipeline. The nearly 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is planned to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Construction could begin as early as Fall 2017 if permits are issued following a review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  [Full Story]

Nov 20, 2016
This City Just Banned Fossil Fuel Extraction in Light of Trump Presidency
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday prohibiting the city "from entering into or extending leases for the extraction of fossil fuel from city-owned land" in an effort to combat climate change.  [Full Story]

Nov 20, 2016
Advocates want limits on drilling in northwest Georgia
Dalton Daily Citizen
Jill Nolin

Recent interest in northwest Georgia's untapped natural gas reserves has environmentalists and local officials clamoring for tighter restrictions on a sometimes controversial drilling method.   [Full Story]

Nov 20, 2016
Press Release: New Methane Rules Will Help Protect National Parks
Utah Policy
Press Release

The Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward protecting national parks across the West with its finalization of new rules to curb methane emissions from oil and natural gas facilities on public and tribal lands.   [Full Story]

Nov 19, 2016
PAWNEE NATION LAWSUIT ASKS THAT DRILLING PERMITS BE VOIDED
Columbia Basin Herald
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to void drilling permits for oil and natural gas wells on tribal land that the tribe alleges cause earthquakes in northern Oklahoma.   [Full Story]

Nov 19, 2016
Hundreds in NC march against planned natural gas pipeline
WNCN
Robert Richardson

PEMBROKE, N.C. (WNCN) — Hundreds of protesters in Pembroke, Fayetteville and Nashville marched Saturday in opposition to a proposed pipeline. The nearly 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is planned to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Construction could begin as early as Fall 2017 if permits are issued following a review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.   [Full Story]

Nov 19, 2016
New Documents Reveal Seneca Lake Pollution
TWC News


New documents released by an environmental advocacy group are showing that Seneca Lake has been polluted multiple times over the past decade. They show a salt mine owned by Crestwood LP discharged pollutants into the lake without permission, as recently as February of this year. The DEC fined the company $57,000 for the violations. Pollutants include chloride, brine, and hydraulic oil.  [Full Story]

Nov 19, 2016
Dozens of fracking companies sued over record-breaking Oklahoma earthquake
RT News


Residents of the small Oklahoma town of Pawnee have filed a class-action lawsuit demanding 27 fracking companies pay for the effects of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. They claim the companies exercised “reckless disregard for public or private safety.”  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
House said to balk at LNG exports, other key reforms
E & E Newswire
Geof Koss

House negotiators have signaled they want to punt on a host of popular provisions on the energy conference's table, including language to speed natural gas exports that is a top priority for Republicans in both chambers. Top conferees huddled yesterday behind closed doors in the Capitol to assess the state of the first formal energy conference in more than a decade, as the clock ticks on what is expected to be a relatively short lame-duck session. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters afterward that she is waiting to receive a counteroffer from the House after the Senate last month sent a "quite considerable" proposal across the Capitol.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
Doctors to Gov. Wolf: For the Sake of Human Health Ban Fracking
EcoWatch


A comprehensive report, authored by Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York, was released Thursday demonstrating the tremendous amount of scientific evidence of the health impacts, water contamination and climate risks of fracking.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
House said to balk at LNG exports, other key reforms
E & E Newswire
Geof Koss

House negotiators have signaled they want to punt on a host of popular provisions on the energy conference's table, including language to speed natural gas exports that is a top priority for Republicans in both chambers. Top conferees huddled yesterday behind closed doors in the Capitol to assess the state of the first formal energy conference in more than a decade, as the clock ticks on what is expected to be a relatively short lame-duck session. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters afterward that she is waiting to receive a counteroffer from the House after the Senate last month sent a "quite considerable" proposal across the Capitol.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
Fighting a pipeline in the age of Trump
The Daily Climate
Kara West

NATURAL BRIDGE, Va.— In the Natural Bridge Hotel lobby before a pipeline summit in opposition to two planned fracked-gas pipelines, two words could be heard in almost every conversation: “Trump” and “election.” Smaller and quieter than the Standing Rock pipeline protest in North Dakota, this Mid-Atlantic pipeline resistance movement met here in the Shenandoah Valley this month to reassess and reenergize in the wake of the Presidential election.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
New fracking reports clash over effects on health, environment, climate change
NPR State Impact PA
Jon Hurdle

A long-running fight over whether unconventional oil and natural gas development harms air, water and human health entered its latest round with the simultaneous release of reports from both camps claiming accumulating evidence for their arguments. Two groups of physicians on Thursday released their latest compilation of scientific studies, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigations that claim fracking for oil and natural gas damages human health, pollutes air and water, and contributes to climate change.  [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2016
Obama Halts Arctic Oil Leases and Undoing It Won't Be Simple for Trump
Inside Climate News
Phil McKenna

No new offshore oil and gas leases will be offered in the Alaskan Arctic through 2022, according to a new five-year plan for offshore drilling released Friday by the Obama administration. President-elect Donald Trump could overturn the ban, but that could take years and may not draw much industry interest if oil prices stay low.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
White House Releases Wishful Climate Change Plan Before Trump Takes Office
Inside Climate News
Zahra Hirji

MARRAKECH, Morocco—The White House released an optimistic but somewhat wishful strategy for long-term climate action on Wednesday, outlining options envisioned by the lame-duck Obama administration to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. Speaking at the global climate talks, Brian Deese, the senior adviser to President Barack Obama, hedged what the mid-century report is—and is not. "It's a long-term vision," said Deese. "It's not a policy prescription. It's not a set of specific recommendations or a blueprint for any future administration." It is also not meant to replace the country's existing climate pledge under the Paris agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels.  [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Pendleton planners OK National Fuel compressor plan
Buffalo News
Thomas Prohaska

PENDLETON - The Pendleton Planning Board this week approved a site plan for National Fuel's natural gas compressor project on Killian Road, but that doesn't mean the project has the green light. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has yet to grant a permit for National Fuel's $455 million Northern Access 2016 project, designed to export gas from McKean County, Pa., where it is obtained through hydrofracking, to Canada. The pipeline route runs through Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara counties to connect to a Canadian pipeline under the Niagara River.  [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Legislators consider pipeline safety procedures and gaps
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Laura Legere

Pennsylvania legislators heard assurances from pipeline companies and fears from residents of communities in the path of new pipelines during a hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday about the safety of infrastructure carrying natural gas and other fuels across the state.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
In Canada, a Direct Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes
New York Times
Henry Fountain

In the debate over fracking of oil and gas wells, opponents often cite the risk that the process can set off nearby earthquakes. But scientists say that in the United States, fracking-induced earthquakes are not common. In Canada, however, a spate of earthquakes in Alberta within the last five years has been attributed to fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in which water, chemicals and sand are injected at high pressure into a well drilled in a shale formation to break up the rock and release oil and gas.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
This Is How Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes
Gizmodo
George Dvorsky

It’s generally believed that hydraulic fracturing is behind the recent spate of earthquakes in regions not usually associated with seismic activity, but the underlying processes are still poorly understood. New research from Canada strengthens the link between the two, showing how the controversial practice can produce persistent earthquakes even after fracking has ended.  [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
The Human Cost of Fracking New photo project documents fracking's terrible effects on the American communities and people's health.
Food and Water Watch
Thomas Meyer

Hydraulic fracturing has transformed the American landscape over the last decade, triggering booms in oil and natural gas production, making a few people wealthy – but also inflicting a terrible toll on many rural families and public health.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Maryland’s Fracking Ban Goes Up Against Corporate Democrats
Counter Punch
Russell Mokhiber

In 2015, a grassroots movement pushed for a statewide ban on fracking — but instead got a moratorium that expires in October 2017. So, in January, the bill to ban fracking will be up again in the legislature.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Feds Sued Again over Offshore Fracking EDC, Channelkeeper Try and Block New Permi
Santa Barbara Independent
Nick Welsh

The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper announced they are suing to block the federal Department of the Interior from issuing new permits for offshore fracking in Southern California and the Santa Barbara Channel, arguing that the environmental analysis conducted fails to meet minimum federal standards. The lawsuit targets the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which concluded that fracking and ocean acidification pose no significant impact to the environment when it comes to air quality, water quality, or endangered species.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
How Fracking Has Changed One Woman’s Life (Video) Tachia Sandoval moved to Las Animas County, Colorado, to find peace and beauty for her and her many animals. Then the fracking started.
Alternate
Jason Schwartz

But not a year had passed before the fracking started all around her. Dozens of roads to hundreds of wells went up. The sound of rumbling trucks replaced what had once been silence. And the water went foul. Now Tachia spends many hours each week hauling water to and from her land.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
In Harrisburg, gas pipelines trump green energy: Sam Bernhardt
Penn Live
Sam Bernhardt Opinion Op-Ed

No one would tell you that fossil fuels are a form of "alternative energy" with a straight face. But the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has just started taking money out of a grant program to fund alternative energy and will use it to build fracked gas pipelines to businesses, municipalities, and even our schools and hospitals.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Greens Plead for Obama to Save the California Coast
Courthouse News
Matt Reynolds

LOS ANGELES (CN) — Environmental groups concerned that President-elect Donald Trump will expand fracking and oil drilling off the California coast are calling on President Barack Obama to declare a permanent bar on new leases.   [Full Story]

Nov 17, 2016
Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline Continues Despite Army Corps Delay on Permit Decision
EcoWatch
Unicorn Riot

This sighting comes two days after the Army Corps statement made on Nov. 14. The Army Corps alerted Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that "Construction on, or under the corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on where to grant an easement."  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
U.S. Companies to Trump: Don’t Abandon Global Climate Deal
New York Times
Hiroko Tabuchi

Hundreds of American companies, including Mars, Nike, Levi Strauss and Starbucks, have urged President-elect Donald J. Trump not to abandon the Paris climate deal, saying a failure by the United States to build a clean economy endangers American prosperity.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
US finalizes rule to limit gas ‘flaring’ at drilling sites
Aurora Sentinel
Associated Press

WASHINGTON | With two months left in President Barack Obama’s term, his administration issued a rule Tuesday intended to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public lands.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Massive field of recoverable oil, natural gas uncovered in Texas
Fox News
Associated Press

A vast field of shale rock in West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the largest source of shale oil the U.S. Geological Survey has ever assessed, agency officials said.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Obama shuts down drilling at national forest
Washington Examiner
John Siciiano

The Interior Department brought the curtain down on oil and natural gas drilling at a national forest Wednesday over concerns it would harm sacred tribal lands.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
This City Just Banned Fossil Fuel Extraction in Light of Trump Presidency
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday prohibiting the city "from entering into or extending leases for the extraction of fossil fuel from city-owned land" in an effort to combat climate change.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
USGS FINDS LARGEST SHALE OIL FIELD EVER IN THE U.S.
Construction Equipment


The U.S. Geological Survey Office released the results of its 2016 assessment of undiscovered continuous oil resources in the Wolfcamp shale layers yesterday. Located in the 86,000 square mile Midland Basin portion of the west Texas Permian, the USGS found an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. The estimate of continuous oil in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp shale assessment is nearly three times larger than that of the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks resource assessment, making this the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that USGS has assessed in the United States to date. Although the USGS has assessed oil and gas resources in the Permian Basin province, this is the first assessment of continuous resources in the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of the Permian.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Paris Climate Deal Is Too Weak to Meet Goals, Report Finds
The New York Times
John Schwartz

As negotiators meet in Morocco to hammer out details of the landmark global climate change accord reached in Paris almost a year ago, the independent International Energy Agency warned that the nearly 200-nation deal was too weak to meet its avowed temperature target. The I.E.A.’s annual World Energy Outlook stated that reaching the Paris targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was possible, and that meeting those targets would slow climate change. Yet the agency’s estimates also showed that the result of those reductions was not likely to keep the temperature increase beyond preindustrial levels “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, as hoped. Instead, the report’s authors estimated, meeting the national commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions would still allow temperatures to rise 2.7 degrees Celsius by 2100.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Bill to save Exelon nuclear plants proposes vast rewrite of Ill. law
E & E Newswire
Jeffrey Tomich

The Illinois Legislature's six-day veto session opened yesterday with the thud of a sprawling 446-page bill that represents the most significant rewrite of state energy law in almost a decade. The centerpiece of S.B. 2814, as expected, is a New York-style plan to subsidize two Exelon Corp. nuclear plants that will otherwise be shut down over the next two years.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
John Kerry Tells Marrakech Climate Talks Coal Investment Is “Suicide” As U.S. Delegation Ducks Fossil Fuel Influence Questions
DeSmogBlog
Ashley Braun

Today at the latest round of United Nations climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, the nonprofit Corporate Accountability International (CAI) was finally able to deliver a petition to the U.S. delegation calling for the removal of corporate interests and the fossil fuel industry from the international climate negotiations process. The petition included a demand for the U.S. to stop opposing a conflict of interest policy that would look to limit the influence fossil fuels groups could have on the talks. Later that day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the continued use of fossil fuels — with a careful caveat about carbon capture and storage technology — saying at this point, the world cannot “write a big fat check enabling the widespread development of the dirtiest source of fuel in an outdated way. It just doesn’t make sense. That’s suicide.”  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Climate Science Deniers With Organization of Donald Trump’s EPA Pick Booted From UN Marrakech COP22 Talks
DeSmogBlog
Mat Hope

Climate science denier Marc Morano just got himself kicked out of the UN climate talks in Marrakech. Of course, that was probably his aim all along. Morano stood in a Trump hat, next to a life-size cut-out of the president-elect, waving shredded copies of the Paris Agreement. The stunt gave Canadian outlet The Rebel the footage it has been craving since it arrived, and got Morano kicked out of the talks. But there’s a number of things that are weird about the story. To start with, Morano — who is Communications Director for well known climate deniers Commitee For A Constructive Tomorrow — was actually here on a Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) badge. DeSmog understands CFACT executive director Craig Rucker was also ejected, along with one other person. All three were accredited with CEI badges. The CEI’s Director of Energy and Environment is Myron Ebell, who has been picked by Donald Trump to head the US Environmental Protection Agency’s transition team. Ebell, who was also accredited to attend the talks but has not been seen, is also a climate science denier.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
RFK, Jr: 'This Historic Peaceful Protest Declares All Communities Deserve Clean Water'
EcoWatch


To prevent one of the nation's most egregious environmental injustices, Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. joined the fight at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Tuesday, speaking in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since September, the people of Standing Rock have camped along the Missouri River in peaceful protest of the pipeline to protect their homeland, historic and sacred sites and the drinking water of millions of Americans.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Drain the Swamp? Mike McKenna, Head of Trump Energy Team, Began Lobbying Career with Ethics Scandal
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Mike McKenna, named to head the U.S. Department of Energy transition team for President-Elect Donald Trump, began his lobbying career in the aftermath of an ethics scandal in Virginia. Before resigning from the administration of Virginia's then-Governor George Allen in 1997, McKenna was implicated in the authorship and distribution of what the Associated Press called a “dirty tricks” memo written in response to a report published by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), which had critiqued the Department of Environmental Quality for which McKenna had then served as policy director and spokesman. McKenna now works as a lobbyist for a firm he founded named MWR Strategies.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Thousands Unite in Solidarity With Standing Rock
EcoWatch


Thousands of people protested in North Dakota and outside Army Corps of Engineers offices, banks and energy companies in different parts of the country after indigenous leaders and climate activists called for a national "day of action."  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Trump Looks to Bush-Era Energy Lobbyists to Head EPA
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Reuters reports that Jeff Holmstead and Mike Catanzaro, two current energy lobbyists who also served under both former Bush presidents, are among the top contenders to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration.  [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Even stiff fines no substitute for criminal charges in illegal dumping of fracking waste
Herald Leader
Opinion

Anyone thinking of illegally using Kentucky to dump radioactive fracking waste from other states will no doubt reconsider in light of fines announced this week by the Bevin administration.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
Obama looks to stick Trump with his five-year drilling plan
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The Obama administration is expected to stick the incoming Trump administration with its final five-year leasing plan for offshore drilling, in the hopes of forcing the new administration to follow Obama's energy agenda, according to reports and groups tracking the development.   [Full Story]

Nov 16, 2016
State Supreme Court rules for landowners in pipeline eminent domain case
WVME
Brad McElhinny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a case that could affect the path of natural gas pipelines in development in West Virginia, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Monroe County couple who objected to pipeline surveyors who wanted access to their property. Justices ruled Tuesday that West Virginia’s eminent domain laws apply to projects that have a public use, but that the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline doesn’t specifically have a benefit for West Virginia because the natural gas isn’t necessarily going to be used here.  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Amy Goodman: What Would It Take for Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Deal?
EcoWatch
Democracy Now!

The United Nations has announced that 2016 is very likely to be the hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which had been the warmest year since records began. Meanwhile, Reuters reports president-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris accord to combat climate change. Trump is a longtime climate change denier who has described global warming as a Chinese hoax.  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Obama’s government just released a new oil and gas rule — and Trump’s may not like it much
Washington Post
Chris Mooney

The Interior Department on Tuesday finalized a much anticipated new regulation aimed at the oil and gas industry, one that seeks to capture flared natural gas and corral “fugitive” emissions of methane that are escaping drilling operations on public and Native American lands. The agency argues that large volumes of gas are being lost through practices such as venting and flaring — burning off some of the gas as it arises from a well — as well as inadvertent leaks. And given that these fossil fuel resources are being gathered from public lands, the department says it’s incumbent on companies to take precautions not to lose them — especially since methane released into the atmosphere also worsens climate change. (Natural gas is mostly methane.)  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Even Climate Denier Glenn Beck Calls Trump's New Chief Strategist Steve Bannon 'Terrifying'
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Donald Trump's selection of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior advisor is "terrifying" for many reasons. Stories published under his watch as executive chairman of the alt-right website Breitbart News include racist, homophobic and sexist rhetoric and headlines. Not only that, Bannon's role as the president-elect's top White House advisor is a major red flag to the climate movement.  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
After Trump Win, Greenpeace Wants China, EU to Lead on Climate Change
Sixth Tone
Li You

Environmental nongovernmental organization Greenpeace called on China and the EU to step up their efforts to help cut global carbon emissions and take the lead on climate change matters this week, expressing concern over possible U.S. policy shifts following the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s next president. With the closure of coal plants and ongoing shift toward increasingly popular renewable energy sources, the U.S.’s greenhouse emissions will likely continue to drop “despite expected retrograde policies under the new administration,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, senior global coal campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. “[B]ut leadership from China and the EU is more needed than ever,” she said. Shortly after last week’s U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump appointed Myron Ebell, a climate change skeptic, to lead his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. Ebell is a prominent climate change denier and has called global warming “phony.”  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline is delayed pending discussions with tribe
CNN
Madison Park

(CNN)The US Army Corps of Engineers has delayed the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to hold further "discussion and analysis" with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has vehemently opposed the project. Protests have simmered for months, spawning bitter clashes over the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile oil pipeline currently under construction that would span from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline's developer sought permission from the Army Corps to tunnel under the Missouri River in Lake Oahe, North Dakota, in order to complete the project.  [Full Story]

Nov 15, 2016
Analysis of six regional resiliency projects details implementation challenges
PoliticoNewYork
DAVID GIAMBUSSO

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, several federally sponsored projects sought to usher in new modes of urban design that protected against sea-level rise and re-imagined neighborhood design. Now, the projects in New York and New Jersey, chosen through a national competition called Rebuild by Design, face challenges related to implementation, according to a new report.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Most people are wildly underestimating what Trump’s win will mean for the environment
Vox
David Roberts and Brad Plumer

Unified Republican control of the federal government over the next two years augurs a sea change in US environmental policy like nothing since the late 1960s and ’70s, when America’s landmark environmental laws were first passed. If Donald Trump and the GOP actually follow through on what they’ve promised, this time around will be a lurch in the opposite direction. Federal climate policy will all but disappear; participation in international environmental or climate treaties will end; pollution regulations will be reversed, frozen in place, or not enforced; clean energy research, development, and deployment assistance will decline; protections for sensitive areas and ecosystems will be lifted; federal leasing of fossil fuels will expand and accelerate; new Supreme Court appointees will crack down on EPA discretion.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
In Trump's World, Environmental Movement Wrestles With Its Future
Inside Climate News
MARIANNE LAVELLE

Environmental groups, fresh off rejuvenating victories on the climate front, now face a political world aligned against them.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Trump could reverse 'dramatic' progress on clean energy, experts fear
The Guardian
Oliver Milman

A huge shift to clean energy is under way in the US but the election of Donald Trump as president means progress could be reversed unless cities and states do more, energy experts have warned. Installed wind capacity has grown by more than 40% in the US since 2011, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, with solar capacity ballooning by 577%.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Commonwealth Court Judge Puts Hold On Some Sections Of DEP Shale Drilling Regulations
PA Environment Digest


Late Tuesday a Commonwealth Court judge put a temporary stay on several provisions of new rules for Marcellus Shale drilling operations until the court can consider the merits of an industry group’s challenge to the month-old regulations.   [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Neighbors present concerns over fracking in court
WPXI


PITTSBURGH - Fracking cases have been fought for years and are being pushed though the court system, as well. Patrice Tomcik, of Adams Township in Butler County, said the fracking in Middlesex Township has a direct impact on her family.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Army Corps to Engage Standing Rock Sioux on Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it would delay a decision on granting an easement to Energy Transfer Partners for the Dakota Access Pipeline.  [Full Story]

Nov 14, 2016
Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Donald Trump's surprise election win has encouraged Energy Transfer Partners's Kelcy Warren, the CEO of the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, which is building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In an interview with CBS This Morning, Warren said he is "100 percent" confident that the president-elect will help the company finish the project.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
State senators file motion in Delaware River Basin gas-drilling case
Pocono Record
Robert Swift

HARRISBURG — Three senators are intervening in a lawsuit to end a gas-drilling moratorium in the Delaware River Basin on grounds it usurps a state Marcellus Shale drilling law. The senators filed a legal motion recently in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania making their case. The motion cites a comprehensive set of state laws and regulations to address gas drilling and the development of gas well pads, gas wells and related facilities that can’t be implemented in the Delaware River Basin because of the moratorium.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Trump's view of climate change puts environment at great risk | Opinion
The Star-Ledger
JEFF TITTEL

Elections have consequences and in this case, Donald Trump's win has put the environment clearly at risk. Donald Trump believes that climate change is a hoax invented in China. Of the 192 countries who signed the Paris Accords, he is the only world leader who is a climate-denier. He will not only not look at climate impacts, but he will get rid of programs to help protect us from climate change and sea level rise. This is the biggest threat to the environment since before first Earth Day and environmental laws and may be the largest single impediment of dealing with climate change worldwide. Forty years of environmental progress could be rolled back, putting the health of our people and even the entire planet at risk. Trump has made numerous comments concerning his anti-environmental agenda if elected. His energy plan includes blocking renewable energy and opening up public lands and our coasts for offshore drilling and our mountains for mining. Trump wants to repeal the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan and remove all investment in green jobs and block renewable energy. He talks about sharply curtailing or even eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
What Trump's pro-drilling stance means for oil, gas industry
USA Today
Bill Loveless

The election of Donald Trump as president raises the hopes of oil and natural gas producers, thanks to his full-throated support for the removal of regulations that many say hamper the industry.   [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Maryland environmental advocates take anti-fracking, climate-change positions to church
Baltimore Sun
Colin Campbell

As environmental advocates in Maryland push for a statewide ban on the controversial gas-drilling technique known as fracking, they are seeking to recast environmentalism from a political objective to a moral imperative by making their case in church.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Trump administration could roll back US environmental protection, critics fear
The Guardian
Oliver Milman

The future of America’s basic environmental protection has been thrown into doubt, with a host of fossil fuel executives and climate change skeptics set to get key roles in Donald Trump’s new administration, including a potential return to political life for Sarah Palin. Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee, is thought to be in the running to become interior secretary in a Trump presidency. The move would put Palin, a vocal proponent of oil and gas drilling, in charge of America’s public lands, including prized national parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Everglades.  [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Olympia anti-fracking protest settles into camp on railroad tracks Protesters against fracking in North Dakota have set up an encampment blocking the rail line from the Port of Olympia on Seventh Avenue and Jefferson Street Southeast. i
The Olympian
Rolf Boone

An anti-fracking protest that began Friday apparently prevented a train from leaving town the same day, and settled into a makeshift camp Sunday in the area of Seventh Avenue and Jefferson Street. That location is in downtown Olympia, not far from the train tunnel that runs underneath the city. The anti-fracking group calls itself Olympia Stand. A reporter and photographer tried to interview those at the camp and take pictures Sunday, but a woman who met both said that no one would be giving individual interviews. She also declined to have her picture taken. Instead, she issued the same statement that the group previously issued.   [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Calls for a ban on fracking in Northern Ireland
Leitrim Observer
Fiona Heavey

A bill to ban fracking by SDLP Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Richie McPhillips this week has been welcomed in Leitrim. In his statement Mr Mc Phillips made reference to the developments toward banning fracking in Scotland and Southern Ireland. Deputy Tony McLoughlins’ private members bill received unanimous cross party support on October 27 moving it to its next stage on its journey to become law in Ireland.   [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2016
Passage of Measure Z is a Game-Changer in the Fight Against Fracking
Santa Cruz


Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques. The measure won with more than fifty-five percent of the vote, despite supporters being outspent thirty to one by oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy. Measure Z also phases out toxic wastewater injection and prohibits new oil wells in the county. Monterey is the sixth county in California to ban fracking.   [Full Story]

Nov 12, 2016
Congress will abandon Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, White House concedes
The Guardian
Alan Yuhas

White House officials conceded on Friday that the president’s hard-fought-for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would not pass Congress, as lawmakers there prepared for the anti-global trade policies of President-elect Donald Trump. Earlier this week, congressional leaders in both parties said they would not bring the trade deal forward during a lame-duck session of Congress, before the formal transition of power on 20 January. The Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, who will be minority leader in the next Congress, told union leaders the trade deal would not pass. Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s Republican majority leader, told reporters “no” when asked if Congress would consider the TPP.   [Full Story]

Nov 12, 2016
Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

Donald Trump's surprise election win has encouraged Energy Transfer Partners's Kelcy Warren, the CEO of the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, which is building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In an interview with CBS This Morning, Warren said he is "100 percent" confident that the president-elect will help the company finish the project.   [Full Story]

Nov 12, 2016
How a Donald Trump Presidency Could Affect Fracking Stocks
The Motley Fool
Matthew DiLallo

Americans elected Donald Trump due in part to his America-first views. His vision is to reinvigorate the nation's economy to provide jobs and a better standard of living for all. Fueling that vision is an America-first energy plan, which will rely heavily on the country's vast shale resources that the energy industry unlocked with fracking. Here's how that plan could affect fracking stocks.  [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Groups file lawsuit challenging offshore fracking ruling
KEYT


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper filed a lawsuit Friday, challenging the federal approval of offshore fracking and acidizing. The lawsuit alleges the federal government failed to analyze and disclose the potential risks and impacts caused by fracking and acidizing from offshore oil platforms in southern California, including possible danger to the diverse biology in California waters.  [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Donald Trump and Climate Change: Top 10 Ways He Could Reverse Progress
Inside Climate News
JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR.

Judging by the brief discussion of energy policy on Donald Trump's White House transition website, what he'd like to change about the Obama approach is everything. Presented below are our expectations for Trump's Top Ten list—along with some evidence about how complicated it might be to achieve these objectives, even with a Congress led by Republicans.  [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Manchester anti-fracking protest could be largest ever staged in Britain
Manchester Evening News
Adrew Bardsley

An anti-fracking protest in Manchester this weekend could be the largest ever staged in Britain, organisers have said. Protesters from around the country will descend on the city centre on Saturday to oppose the controversial drilling and shale gas extraction technique.   [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Penn Township fracking hearing to resume Dec. 8
Tribune-Review
Patrick Varine

If a hearing this week regarding a request by a Monroeville-based energy company to drill its first fracking well in Penn Township is any indication, the company and public are in for a lengthy, drawn-out process.   [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Frostburg to draft measures barring fracking in city
Dail Progress


FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Frostburg officials are promising measures to prohibit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil within the western Maryland city. The Cumberland Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/2fDwUDU ) that city attorney Michael Cohen outlined the plans at a meeting Thursday with fracking opponents.   [Full Story]

Nov 11, 2016
Withdraw motion to end gas drilling moratorium
Citizen's Voice
Editorial

It’s easy to understand why some Wayne County landowners have sued to end a moratorium on natural gas drilling within the Delaware Water watershed. They want the money that would come from drilling leases.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Updated state report says fracking still not cause of Pavillion pollution
Casper Star Tribune
Heather Richards

Wyoming regulators are doubling down on conclusions that natural gas operations were likely not responsible for polluted drinking water in the small town of Pavillion. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality released an 80,000-page report Thursday mirroring findings from earlier studies, despite recent criticism from the Environmental Protection Agency.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Feds clamp down on oil drilling on wildlife refuges
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The Obama administration continues to put pressure on the oil and gas industry as it prepares to issue new rules covering oil wells on national wildlife refuges.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Sunset Commission mostly punts on oil and gas regulator
Houston Chronicle
Ryan Maye Handy

A Texas legislative panel that reviews state agencies on Thursday dropped all of the substantial - and controversial - proposals aimed at improving the operations and transparency of the Railroad Commission, the state's oil and gas regulator.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Trump's energy plan likely to put pipelines in the ground
E&E Publishing
Mike Sorghan

With a President Trump in the White House, the nation's fossil fuel debate will likely shift from "keep it in the ground" to putting pipelines in the ground.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Wyoming Study: Fracking Likely Not Behind Well Water Problem
ABC News
Mead Gruver

A final state report released Thursday on foul-smelling well water in Wyoming contradicts an EPA report from five years ago that ignited a national backlash when it suggested hydraulic fracturing was the cause of the contamination.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Here's How Trump Plans to Dismantle Environmental Laws
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

In an afternoon meeting, Donald Trump and his transition team reportedly worked to quickly identify top candidates for key energy positions in his administration.  [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Trump Victory Renews Keystone XL Pipeline Fight
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

TransCanada said it is formulating plans to persuade the incoming Trump administration to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama rejected last November.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Colorado Voters Just Made It a Lot Harder to Pass Fracking Bans
RSN
Emma Fochringer Merchant

In recent years, a number of communities in the state have passed local bans, but the state Supreme Court struck them down. Activists then decided to try to change the constitution to allow local fracking bans. So the oil and gas industry then decided to try to make changing the constitution more difficult.   [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2016
Judge issues temporary stay of some Pennsylvania drilling rules
Platts


In a ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered the temporary stay of several key provisions of a set of natural gas drilling regulations recently promulgated by the state's Department of Environmental Protection.   [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
Monterey Becomes California's First Major Oil-Producing County to Ban Fracking
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, on Tuesday passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques.   [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
Mealey’s® Fracking Report
LexisNexis


Mealey’s® Fracking Report follows federal, state and local litigation involving hydraulic fracturing. The report also covers federal and state regulatory and legislative developments, as well as rulings by administrative agencies tasked with enforcing laws that impact hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
'Trump's Election Is a Disaster'
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

Totally freaked out is the best way I can explain how I'm feeling right now knowing Donald Trump has won the presidency. Yes, the billionaire television personality who denies climate change, has ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has promised to "renegotiate" the Paris agreement and completely dismantle the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be the next President of the United States!   [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
In Trump, U.S. Puts a Climate Denier in Its Highest Office and All Climate Change Action in Limbo
Inside Climate News
MARIANNE LAVELLE

Donald Trump's astonishing victory has turned the world of climate action upside down, setting back U.S. environmental policy and threatening the international drive to cut carbon pollution and slow global warming. The stunning upset by Trump, who has routinely suggested that climate change is a hoax, threatens to unravel President Obama's climate action agenda, built on executive orders and regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon clampdown at power plants. Trump has vowed to "cancel" the Paris climate agreement, but could cripple it by merely retreating from the U.S. commitment. As the world's second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide pollution, the U.S. could render the global treaty meaningless, at a time when scientists are urging nations to quickly raise their ambition, or risk an escalating climate crisis.  [Full Story]

Nov 9, 2016
Harold Hamm says Trump should start slashing oil and gas regulations here
CNBC
Tom DiChristopher

Trump campaign advisor and oilman Harold Hamm said Wednesday the U.S. government has done everything in its power to impede oil and gas production.   [Full Story]

Nov 8, 2016
Oklahoma's Latest Fracking-Related Earthquake Sparks Demand for Withdrawal of Oil and Gas Leases
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

Sunday's earthquake that damaged dozens of buildings near an oil and gas pipeline hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, is further proof that fracking and wastewater injection are too dangerous to people and property to be allowed to continue, the Center for Biological Diversity said Monday. In May, the organization called on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withdraw 11 proposed oil and gas leases in Oklahoma because of earthquake risks. The BLM has yet to respond to that request.   [Full Story]

Nov 2, 2016
David Suzuki: Overreliance on Fossil Fuels = Spills + Disasters
EcoWatch
Dr. David Suzuki

In July, a pipeline leak near Maidstone, Saskatchewan, spilled about 250,000 liters of diluted oil sands bitumen into the North Saskatchewan River, killing wildlife and compromising drinking water for nearby communities, including Prince Albert. It was one of 11 spills in the province over the previous year.  [Full Story]

Oct 27, 2016
This Natural Disaster Assistance Law Is Why Other States Are Policing Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
DeSmogBlog
Steve Horn

Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That inconspicuous law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents present at the continuing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) authorized states to enter into agreements with other states in order to share emergency management–related personnel during crisis situations. One of the only other times this compact was deployed outside of a natural disaster was for the Black Lives Matter protests in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. DeSmog reviews the use of this controversial authorization below. News is just breaking now that police are removing protesters at the site right now.  [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2016
Exxon Now Seeks to Block New York Attorney General's Climate Probe
inside climate news
David Hasemyer

Despite initially cooperating with Eric Schneiderman's probe under New York's Martin Act, Exxon now says his investigation is politically motivated. After cooperating for nearly a year with the New York attorney general's office, ExxonMobil is now suing to block the state's sweeping subpoena that seeks records dealing with the company's climate research going back nearly 40 years. The oil giant filed a motion Monday in Texas federal court asking to amend its pending lawsuit against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to include New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The litigation seeks to halt their investigations, which the company calls a conspiracy to further their political agenda. "The improper political bias that inspired the New York and Massachusetts investigations disqualifies Attorneys General Schneiderman and Healey from serving as the disinterested prosecutors required by the Constitution," according to an unsigned news release issued by Exxon announcing the new litigation. Eric Soufer, a spokesman for Schneiderman, called Exxon's motion "stunt litigation" that has no merit and will not stop New York's investigation.  [Full Story]

Oct 19, 2016
Pennsylvania Ruling on Eminent Domain Puts Contentious Pipeline Project on Alert
inside climate news
Zahra Hirji

Unanimous ruling against seizing private land for gas storage has potential implications for at least one major proposed fracking-related pipeline across the state.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously ruled unconstitutional a section of state law that lets companies seize private land for certain natural gas projects, with potentially major implications for one of the biggest proposed pipelines in the state. Under the original rule, passed in 2012, any company has the authority to take private land through eminent domain for the purpose of storing natural gas underground. The justices decided on Sept. 28 that this section of the law unconstitutionally lets private companies profit from taking people's land with no direct or obvious benefit to Pennsylvanians. The oil and gas companies argued the projects could benefit the state by creating new jobs, for example, but the justices were not convinced. "The Commonwealth does not claim, nor can it do so reasonably, that the public is the 'primary and paramount' beneficiary when private property is taken in this manner," the justices wrote. "Instead, it advances the proposition that allowing such takings would somehow advance the development of infrastructure in the Commonwealth. Such a projected benefit is speculative, and, in any event, would be merely an incidental one and not the primary purpose for allowing these types of takings." The high court's decision reversed a lower court's ruling that upheld this part of the rule. This decision is the latest victory for property rights owners and environmental activists who are increasingly challenging energy companies nationwide as they seek to use eminent domain for pipelines and other large infrastructure projects. Earlier this year, the Georgia legislature passed a bill that would have stalled construction on Kinder Morgan's Palmetto Pipeline until 2017 due to property rights concerns; before the bill was signed into law, the company suspended construction on the pipeline. "Every time you have a win, it just adds to the case law," said Jane Kleeb, founder of the grassroots advocacy group Bold Nebraska, which led the successful opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. "It adds hope for landowners." Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas and is in the middle of a pipeline boom to move much of the state's fracked gas and drilling byproducts to East Coast and international markets. Companies are proposing at least a dozen gas-related pipelines, many with plans to cross private land.  [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2016
In Pennsylvania, One Senate Seat With Big Climate Implications
Inside Climate News
Marianne Lavelle

The Democratic Party has thrown big support behind Katie McGinty because a victory over incumbent Pat Toomey could mean a shift in climate policy in the Senate.   [Full Story]

Oct 17, 2016
Lost gas: Push on to track down gas missing from Pa. pipelines
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

Last year, Peoples Natural Gas customers paid millions of dollars for gas that the North Shore utility couldn’t account for and its customers may not have received. In 2015, 4.4 percent of the gas that Peoples took into its system wasn’t there when the utility tallied the volumes it delivered to customers.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2016
Public Opposition to Fracking Grows Worldwide
EcoWatch
Paul Brown

Public opposition to pumping water and chemicals into the ground to extract gas from shale—the technique known as fracking—is growing even in the countries whose governments are most in favor.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2016
Largest Earthquake In Kansas Caused By Fracking (w/Video)
Planetsave
Stephen Hanley

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey finds the largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas was linked to wastewater injection into deep underground wells — a process known as fracking. The November 12, 2014 earthquake, occurred 40 miles southwest of Wichita near the town of Milan.   [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2016
Ohio Judge Rejects Use Of Eminent Domain In Construction Of Ethane Pipeline
WCBE
Associated Press

A Wood County judge has ruled a company seeking to build an ethane pipeline across Ohio for a Canadian company does not have the right acquire property through eminent domain.  [Full Story]

Oct 16, 2016
Athens anti-fracking charter welcomes Tish O’Dell for fundraiser
New Political
Heather Willard

The Athens County Bill of Rights Charter’s Friday fundraiser featured a speech by Tish O’Dell, the coordinator of the Ohio Community Rights Network and the Ohio organizer for CELDF — the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.   [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2016
Gas industry challenges new drilling rules in Pennsylvania
WFMZ


HARRISBURG, Pa. - The natural gas industry is challenging new regulations that govern surface development of shale gas wells. Drillers in the Marcellus Shale filed suit against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the state's Environmental Quality Board over rules that took effect last week.   [Full Story]

Oct 14, 2016
BLM official signs plan to allow oil and gas leasing on Wayne National Forest Environmental groups had bitterly opposed plan, which likely will open 18,000 acres of federal lands northeast of Marietta to fracking
Athens News
Terry Smith

The federal government has scheduled a lease sale for 1,600 acres of public land in the Wayne National Forest’s Marietta Unit for this December, dealing a blow to area environmentalists who oppose oil and gas drilling on the national forest.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
EPA Agrees Its Emissions Estimates From Flaring May Be Flawed
Inside Climate News
David Haseyer

Agency says it will re-examine the formulas it uses, based on data provided by industry, and people near oil and gas sites hope that means cleaner air The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to re-examine the accuracy of its 33-year-old estimates of air pollution from flaring near refineries and at oil and gas drilling sites. The decision has health advocates and some people in South Texas hoping relief from the effects of foul air is coming.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Leading Fossil Fuel Companies Fail Climate Responsibility Test
Inside Climate News
John H Cushman, Jr

A comprehensive study by a science advocacy group gives poor grades in corporate responsibility to eight top producers. Exxon and coal companies rank at the bottom.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
EPA: FERC's Pipeline Environmental Impact Assessment Is Wrong
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not properly account for climate change in its environmental impact assessment of a $1.4 billion natural gas pipeline, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Mark Ruffalo: President Obama, You Still Have Time to Ban Fracking
EcoWatch
Mark Ruffalo & Jon Bowermaster

Three-time Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo and documentary filmmaker Jon Bowermaster sent a letter Tuesday respectfully calling on President Barack Obama to take immediate action addressing fracking during his last 100 days in office, which began Oct. 11.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
British public support for fracking sinks to lowest ever level Long-running YouGov poll shows support for shale gas extraction at 37.3% – just as industry gears up to begin drilling
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

New polling by YouGov for the University of Nottingham, which has been tracking attitudes towards shale gas extraction for more than four years, shows support for fracking in the UK is now at 37.3%, down from 46.5% a year ago and 58% in the summer of 2013.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Report: Children and the Clderly at Risk from "Dangerous and Close" Fracking
Common Dreams
Press Release

BOSTON, MASS. - More than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children in nine states attend school within one mile of a fracked oil or gas well, putting them at increased risk of health impacts from dangerous chemicals and air pollution.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Fracking raises earthquake risk – experts
IOL
Tony Carnie

One of the emerging concerns about fracking in several parts of the world was the risk of inducing earthquakes, local scientists warned in a comprehensive technical report yesterday. Experts appointed by the Academy of Science of South Africa said while the fracking process could activate dormant faults in underground rock, the major earthquake-related risks were caused by pumping large volumes of water underground after the process was completed.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
University of Maryland SGA supports a statewide fracking ban
DBK
Adam Zielonka

The SGA approved a resolution to support a coalition against fracking in the state of Maryland at its meeting Wednesday night in Stamp Student Union's Hoff Theater. The vote was 23-3 with four abstentions after a debate in which several legislators took turns holding the affirmative and negative floors.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
64% of Brits reluctant to buy home near fracking site
Mortgage Introducer
John Heweitt Jones

Over 64% of Brits would be reluctant to buy a home near a fracking site, according to research by Onepoll.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Study highlights fracking misgivings
IOL
Sieseko Njobeni

Johannesburg - A government sanctioned study into Karoo shale gas prospects has pointed out an array of uncertainties related to water requirements, availability of skills and the socio-economic impact of the development of shale gas in South Africa.   [Full Story]

Oct 13, 2016
Neither Dems Nor The GOP Want Local Fracking Bans In Colorado [VIDEO]
Daily Caller
Andrew Follett

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and his Republican challenger Darryl Glenn came out against local governments banning hydraulic fracturing at a recent debate.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Policy plan to veto fracking on farms
Farm Weekly
Mal Gill

A POLICY position giving farmers an option to stop oil and gas companies coming onto their land will be considered by The Nationals WA this month.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Producer of Josh Fox Climate Change Documentary Jailed and Her Footage Confiscated for Filming Oil Pipeline Protest Action in North Dakota
PR Newswire


WALHALLA, N.D., Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deia Schlosberg, the producer of Josh Fox's new climate change documentary "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change," was arrested yesterday in Walhalla, North Dakota for filming a protest action against a pipeline bringing Canadian tar sands oil into the US. The action was conducted by Climate Direct Action, but Schloserg was not part of the group and did not participate in the action, only filmed it. Her film footage was confiscated, and she is currently being held in jail.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Anne Arundel Council members support fracking ban
Capital Gazette
Amanda Yeager

Four Anne Arundel County Council members are asking state legislators to support a ban on fracking when the General Assembly reconvenes next year.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Fracking rules fall woefully short
Baltimore Sun
Opinion

In a recent letter to the editor, Garrett County native Stephen Mogge reports just-released Maryland Department of the Environment fracking regulations add "the Deep Creek Lake watershed to its restricted list." This is partially true. The watershed joins with the three regional drinking water reservoirs where fracking permits will not be issued under the proposed regulations. But it is misleading to suggest such restrictions will protect these critically important resources ("Lawmakers should ban fracking in Maryland," Oct. 3).   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Analyst Predicts 6 Big Cracker Plants Coming to Marcellus/Utica!
Marcellus Drilling News


At last year’s Utica Summit III event held in Stark, OH, Tom Gellrich of consulting firm TopLine Analytics, a company that “closely follows ethane markets,” said he thinks the first ethane cracker to get built will be the Shell cracker plant in Beaver County, PA. He was right. Shell announced their official decision to move […]  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
The world’s biggest green energy scam is getting even dirtier.
Biomess101


Protecting and expanding America’s forests is the best way to lock up dangerous carbon pollution that’s warming our climate. That’s why burning trees in power plants, which adds carbon, soot, and smog to our skies, is so dangerous. Now, the biomass power industry has written legislation for Congress that would prohibit EPA from regulating carbon pollution from tree-burning power plants. It's time for a dose of reality.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Clean Technica http://cleantechnica.com/
Clean Technica
Joshua S Hill

One of the world’s largest industrial companies and leading wind turbine manufacturer, GE, has announced the planned acquisition of wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power for $1.65 billion. GE announced on Tuesday its intention to [&hellip...  [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
BP Abandons Exploration Drilling Plans In Great Australian Bight
Clean Technica
Joshua S Hill

UK-based multinational oil and gas company BP announced this week that it has decided not to proceed with a controversial exploration oil drilling program in the Great Australian Bight. BP announced on Tuesday (PDF) that it had [&hellip...   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes



The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up. California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada that claims to be the largest of its kind once built. SolarReserve's Sandstone project involves at least 100,000 mirrored heliostats that capture the sun's rays and concentrates it onto 10 towers equipped with a molten salt energy storage system. The molten salt, heated to more than 1,000 degrees, then boils water and creates a steam turbine that can drive generators 24/7. Compared to photovoltaic arrays, the appeal of CSP systems is that solar power can be used after sunset. "It's really the ability to provide renewable energy that's available on demand 24 hours a day," Smith told NPR. SolarReserve already operates a CSP plant near Tonopah, a revolutionary 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant that's now powering Nevada homes. The company says on its website that this "completely emission free" CSP plant runs without the requirement for natural gas or oil back up.   [Full Story]

Oct 12, 2016
Mark Ruffalo asks Obama to crack down on fracking
The Hill
Timothy Cama

Actor Mark Ruffalo is asking President Obama to use his last 100 days in office to crack down on hydraulic fracturing. In an open letter Tuesday, Ruffalo, an outspoken fracking opponent, criticizes Obama for overseeing a dramatic increase in oil and natural gas production without taking aggressive action to protect Americans from the pollution related to fracking. “While we are grateful for your leadership in acknowledging climate change, the expansion of drilling and fracking for oil and gas during your presidency and its disastrous impact on the climate threaten to undermine the legacy of this significant work,” Ruffalo wrote.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2016
Northwest Activists Arrested After Shutting Down Canada-To-US Oil Pipelines
OPB
Ashley Ahearn

Protesters — all from the Pacific Northwest — were arrested Tuesday at all five sites across the northern U.S. where pipelines deliver oil from Canada’s oil sands to American refineries. The pipelines cross the U.S.-Canadian border in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2016
Letter to Obama We are writing to asl you to take action addressing fracking in your last 100 days in office.
Scribd
Mark Ruffalo & Jon Bowermaster

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Oct 11, 2016
Algonquin protesters leave gas pipeline
Lohud
Thomas C. Zambito

VERPLANCK - Four protesters emerged from a natural gas pipeline late Monday night after about 16 hours locked inside the steel tube.   [Full Story]

Oct 11, 2016
Video Dispatch:Weve been in the pipeline for nearly 12 hours and we are here to stay! Here is a recap of the day in spectras pipe #StopSpectra #NoDAPL
Twitter


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Oct 10, 2016
Shailene Woodley arrested while peacefully protesting Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota
Los Angeles Times
Libby Hill

Actress and activist Shailene Woodley was arrested in North Dakota on Monday in the aftermath of a protest opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Morton County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Rob Keller confirmed Woodley’s arrest at a protest site one mile south of St. Anthony in south-central North Dakota, where construction of the pipeline was taking place. Woodley is charged, along with 26 others, with criminal trespassing.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
DEP Drilling Regs To Take Effect Oct. 8 In Spite Of Challenge By Conventional Drillers
PA Environment Digest


DEP’s final Chapter 78a Marcellus Shale drilling regulations will take effect as scheduled on October 8 with their publication in the PA Bulletin (page 6431), in spite of a last minute attempt by the PA Independent Oil and Gas Association to block their publication.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
PEC On Final DEP Drilling Regs: (Un)Conventional Thinking Part 2
PA Environment Digest
Davitt Woodwell

As of today, Pennsylvania finally has in place the core of a twenty-first century set of rules for the gas industry. It has taken three governors, four DEP secretaries, two state Supreme Court decisions, three sessions of the General Assembly, and around seven years, but it’s a start.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Fracking is a form of climate-change denial
The Guardian
Josh Fox Opinion

Local communities are showing the courage to fight fossil fuel madness. We can all help them prevail   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
From Ivory Tower to Behind Bars: Professor Joins Climate Activists in New York Fracking Pipeline Fight
EcoWatch
Sara Stidstone Gronim

On Aug. 29, 2016, I was arrested for a peaceful protest in front of National Grid's Brooklyn headquarters. How does one go from the Ivory Tower to behind bars? From professor to protester? Let me explain.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Even the Word “Fracking” Sounds Obscene
Splice Today
Frank A DeFilippo

Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan makes dubious claim fracking will create jobs.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Miami-Dade County Bans Fracking, Citing Multiple Environmental Concerns
WIRN
Kate Stein

Fracking is now banned in Miami-Dade County, thanks to an ordinance passed unanimously last Wednesday by county commissioners.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Energy professor predicts Scottish Government fracking ban
Energy Voice
Mark Lammey

The Scottish Government will block fracking as the industry has no “social licence” north of the border, a professor of energy policy has predicted.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Miami Commission To Debate Effects Of Fracking On Water Supply
Water Online
Peak Johnson

Fracking continues to stoke debate in certain parts of the country, with officials in Miami-Dade County, FL, proposing a ban on the practice.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
4 Energy Demonstrators Climb Inside NY Gas Pipeline
NBC New York


A quartet of demonstrators have climbed inside a 42-inch gas pipeline underneath the Hudson River in protest a proposed pipeline that would run from Pennsylvania to New York, an advocacy group calling for energy reform announced Monday.  [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Decision on drilling may have wide effect
The Times-Tribune
Robert Swift

HARRISBURG — The recent state Supreme Court ruling knocking out parts of the gas-drilling impact fee law could create an opening for lawmakers to tackle again the contentious issue of a state severance tax on natural gas production.   [Full Story]

Oct 10, 2016
Pew: Renewable energy enjoys wide support while fossil fuels divide national opinion
Utility Dive
Robert Walton

More than 80% of Americans support development of new solar and wind energy resources, according to a new survey released from Pew Research. Far more contentious, more than 40% but less than half-favored expanded coal mining, fracking, nuclear and offshore drilling.   [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2016
Hillary Clinton Expresses Support For Fracking In Wikileaks Document
IBT
David Sirota

During the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a skeptic of hydraulic fracturing -- the controversial process to extract natural gas. But newly released documents purporting to show excerpts of her paid speeches show that Clinton proudly touted her support for fracking, which environmental groups say can pollute groundwater and undermine the fight against climate change. The excerpts also show Clinton saying that some environmental organizations trying to restrict her work to promote fracking were front groups for Russian oligarchs.  [Full Story]

Oct 9, 2016
Sister on a mission: the Texas nun using oil company money to fight fracking
The Guardian
Tom Dart

“I call it redeeming the money,” said Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, munching a turkey sandwich in a bar with a stuffed steer’s head mounted on a wall next to a life-sized poster of John Wayne. About six years ago, when fracking got feverish in the Eagle Ford Shale, a company offered to lease the mineral rights to some land bought by her grandfather in the 1920s. Sister Elizabeth did some research about the consequences of fracking – extracting natural gas by pumping water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into wells deep underground – and did not like what she learned. But her attorney told her that the company would find a way to get the rights with or without her consent.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2016
Email Dump Exposes Hillary’s Secret Love of Fracking
PoliZette
Jim Stinson

Clinton says she advocated drilling all over the world, but let political allies kill energy jobs at home Fracking was invented by the U.S. government and Hillary Clinton loved the energy production process so much, she advocated it worldwide, according to leaked transcripts of speeches made to businessmen. The disclosure comes after Wikileaks released emails hacked from John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign, on Friday.  [Full Story]

Oct 8, 2016
Brabo sees firsthand Colorado's 'stringent regulations' on fracking
Fredericksburg.com
Cthy Dyson

During discussions of hydraulic fracturing in recent years, King George County Supervisor Ruby Brabo has heard state officials repeatedly tout the track record of Colorado.   [Full Story]

Oct 7, 2016
Pennsylvania adopts new fracking regulations
Reuters
David Dekok

New regulations governing the extraction of natural gas through fracking will go into effect on Saturday in Pennsylvania, the first overhaul since the industry took off in the state more than 10 years ago. The new rules allow the state's department of environmental protection to require additional measures if fracking is taking place near public resources, and requires drillers to restore water supply that is degraded or damaged through fracking, according to the statement. Environmental groups hailed the new rules. An oil and gas industry group blasted the regulations, with a spokesman saying he expected legal challenges.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Fracking Gets Green Light in UK After Landmark Ruling
EcoWatch
Dan Zukowski

Overruling local authority, the British government gave the go-ahead on a new shale gas fracking permit in Lancashire County today, opening the door to a massive expansion of shale gas development in the UK. A second permit is likely to be approved.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Methane Emissions Blow Past Current Estimates
EcoWatch
Climate Nexus

Methane emissions from the global fossil fuel industry are up to 60 percent greater than existing estimates, according to a new comprehensive analysis of global methane emissions.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Oklahoma Governor Wants You to Pray for the Oil Industry (No Joke)
EcoWatch
Lorraine Chow

This is not us trying to be The Onion. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has officially proclaimed Oct. 13 "Oilfield Prayer Day" to raise awareness for the state's declining oil industry. Here's her official signed proclamation.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
SCIENCE: Methane leaks declining even as natural gas production grows
E&E Publishing
John Fialka

A new scientific study, a summary of which appeared in the journal Nature yesterday, used ancient and new atmospheric samples and gives a boost to the gas industry's side of the argument. Its data show that while gas production has soared in recent years, the industry's rate of leakage appears to have declined.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Fracking given UK go-ahead as Lancashire council rejection overturned Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has accepted an appeal from Cuadrilla against an earlier decision to turn down their plans to frack on the Fylde
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

Sajid Javid has overturned Lancashire council’s rejection of a fracking site, paving the way for shale company Cuadrilla to drill in the county next year and provoking outrage from local groups, environmentalists and politicians.  [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Koch Industries and Fracking Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro To Lead Trump Energy Team
Counter Punch
Steve Horn

The Washington Post has reported that Mike Catanzaro, a former senior energy staffer for Republican Party House Majority Leader John Boehner with a track record of climate change denial, will lead Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump’s energy transition team.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
US Fracking film maker to appear at second date
Blackpool Gazette


Josh Fox, famous for his controversial anti-fracking film Gasland, is to show his new movie, How to Let Go of The World And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, in Blackpool on Friday October 14, which he describes is the third part of his Gasland trilogy.   [Full Story]

Oct 6, 2016
Report: Fracking companies used 358 billion gallons of water over 5 years
Mashable
Maria Gallucci

Hydraulic fracturing is a water-intensive business: Bursting open just one shale gas well can require pumping millions of gallons of water underground. Yet much of the United States' fracking activity takes place in areas that are suffering from high or extremely high water stress, according to Ceres, an advocacy group for sustainable investment.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Trump adviser says Maryland should be more like Texas
Maryland Reporter
Len Lazarick

A senior Trump economic adviser told a Maryland business group Tuesday that Maryland should become more like Texas, cutting taxes and regulations to spur economic growth.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Fossil Fuel Extraction Producing Earthquakes in Oklahoma
San Diego Free Press
John Lawrence

The chickens are coming home to roost. A state that has thrived from oil wells is now being destroyed by them. The practice of forcing waste water from oil drilling down other wells has made Oklahoma the earthquake capital of the US.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Hey California, Why Are You Allowing the Use of Oil Wastewater To Irrigate Our Food?
DeSmog Blog
Justin Mikulka

A new report by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of the Pacific sheds light on a very troubling practice in the field of Big Ag — the use of oil industry wastewater for irrigating food crops.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Cornell expert on fracking kicks off SUNY Geneseo conference
Democrate & Chronicle
James Goodman

Anthony Ingraffea, a professor emeritus at Cornell University who is an expert on fracking, kicks off Sustainability Month events at the State University at Geneseo with a lecture Wednesday on renewable energy.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Dana Young mailer leaves out context of fracking bill
Politifact
Allison Graves

In an attempt to position herself as a more environmentally-friendly candidate, state Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, has sent mailers touting her vote for a recent bill targeting fracking.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Proposed Branford ordinance banning fracking waste slated for approval
New Haven Register
Sam Norton

BRANFORD >> As a state agency continues to rewrite regulations governing the possible importation of waste from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, Branford officials are scheduled to approve an ordinance that would prohibit fracking waste from being used within town limits.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Listen To Hannity's Guest Set The Record Straight On How Fracking Pollutes Water Austan Goolsbee: "We've Got A Lot Of Places Where [Fracking] Is Poisoning Their Groundwater"
MediaMatters


Audio File.GOOLSBEE: No, now wait a minute. We've talked about fracking. And I agree that if you can do that in a clean way that does not poison the ground water, does not lead to earthquakes that are knocking people's houses down, that there are important opportunities.  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Significant opportunities' for low-carbon cities
BBC News
Mark Kinver

Switching to a low-carbon economy offers cities "significant economic opportunities", an assessment says. Low-carbon markets was worth US $33bn (£26bn) to London's economy, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) said in its latest report. However, collaboration between public and private sectors was an essential ingredient needed to deliver economic growth and carbon cuts, it observed. The findings examined the commitments made by 533 cities around the world. The report, It Takes a City: The Case for Collaborative Climate Action, added that the cities spread over 89 nations had identified more than 1,000 economic opportunities linked to climate change. Almost 300 cities featured in the report were also developing new business industries, such as clean technology. CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, describes itself as "an international, not-for-profit organization providing the global system for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information". The report was published by CDP and AECOM, a multinational engineering firm, and sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies  [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Disappearing Yosemite glacier becomes symbol of climate change
Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK When naturalist John Muir explored Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park about 150 years ago, the river of ice stretched as far as 10 football fields between the peaks of the Lyell Canyon, a glacier one might expect to see in Alaska, not California. Today, it’s a sliver of the natural feature Muir called a “living glacier.” Over the last 130 years, the glacier has lost 78 percent of its surface, shrunk from about a half square mile to 66 acres. Stand on the glacier and it’s hard to hear anything except the sound of melting water rushing underneath. A big patch of bedrock is exposed in its middle. In its dying state, Lyell Glacier has become a vivid example of the effects of climate change and a touchstone for National Park Service officials increasingly concerned about global warming.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Oilfields Supplying Wastewater to Irrigate Food Crops
EcoWatch
Center for Biological Diversity

People in California's Central Valley could be drinking water tainted by cancer-causing chemicals used in oilfields, and current water-testing procedures would not detect these substances, according to a scientific report released Tuesday by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California and the University of the Pacific.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Fossil fuel industry's methane emissions far higher than thought
The Guardian
Adam Vaughan

The fossil fuel industry’s emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas are dramatically higher than previously thought. Researchers who pulled together the biggest database yet of worldwide methane emissions found that, after natural sources were discounted, emissions from gas, oil and coal production were 20-60% greater than existing estimates.   [Full Story]

Oct 5, 2016
Conservationists deal last-minute blow to 'unlawful' fracking bid
The Guardian
Josh Halliday

A bid to open a new fracking frontier in the east Midlands has been dealt a blow after a last-minute intervention by conservationists who warned that it was unlawful and would harm an “incredibly important” nature reserve.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Trump Meets With Energy CEOs Discouraged by Fracking Remarks
Bloomberg
Jennifer Jacobs & Jennifer Dlouhy

Energy executives in Denver on Tuesday warned Donald Trump, who has said he supports letting local residents vote on fracking bans, that state regulations are thwarting oil and gas development.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Fracking Industry's New Plan? Prosecute Those Who Push Drilling Bans
Common Dreams
Lauren McCauley

As communities seek to protect themselves from toxic drilling, Pennsylvania industry group mulls statute to deter such ordinances "Drained" from taking local municipalities to court over fracking bans, a fossil fuel industry group is now considering charging local officials who suggest such prohibitions with criminal prosecution, new reporting by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed Tuesday.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Koch Industries and Fracking Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro To Lead Trump Energy Team
DeSmog Blog
Steve Horn

The Washington Post has reported that Mike Catanzaro, a former senior energy staffer for Republican Party House Majority Leader John Boehner with a track record of climate change denial, will lead Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump's energy transition team.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Greens Win Challenge to PA Pro-Fracking Law
Courthouse News
Lowelll Newmann Nickey

(CN) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the controversial Act 13, a sweeping law regulating the oil and gas industry, is unconstitutional because it gives special treatment to that industry.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Anti-fracking group accuses Cuomo of yielding to pipeline lobbyists
Politico
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Though the Cuomo administration has publicly portrayed itself as aggressively cracking down on a pipeline now being constructed near the Indian Point nuclear center, it has quietly softened its actions behind closed doors after a lobbying blitz, a government transparency and anti-fracking advocacy group asserts.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Clinton's plan to reduce US oil consumption likely won't work
CNBC
Tom DiChristopher

Hillary Clinton has vowed to slash U.S. oil consumption in the next decade as part of an overall plan to shift the country to clean, renewable energy, but experts say her goal is probably impossible.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Maloney Introduces Legislation To Halt Hudson River Anchorages
Putnam Daily Voice


A local congressman has introduced legislation he said will sink plans to install 10 new anchorage sites on the Hudson River. U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY (18th District), said the U.S. Coast Guard wants to park commercial barges at sites from Yonkers to Kingston. Maloney, a Cold Spring resident, said his Hudson River Protection Act would prohibit the secretary of Homeland Security, and by extension the U. S. Coast Guard, from establishing new anchorage sites for vessels carrying hazardous or flammable material within five miles of an existing superfund site, a nuclear power plant, such as Indian Point in Buchanan, a site on the national register of historic places, or a critical habitat of an endangered species.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Anti-fracking group accuses Cuomo of yielding to pipeline lobbyists
PoliticoNewYork
Scott Waldman

ALBANY—Though the Cuomo administration has publicly portrayed itself as aggressively cracking down on a pipeline now being constructed near the Indian Point nuclear center, it has quietly softened its actions behind closed doors after a lobbying blitz, a government transparency group asserts. The Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline is being expanded from 26 inches in diameter to 42 inches in diameter and is located just a few dozen feet from the Indian Point power plant in Westchester County. After initially signing off on the pipeline, the administration decided it was too risky and in February four state agencies asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to temporarily stop construction of the Algonquin pipeline so state officials could conduct an independent investigation to determine whether it poses a safety threat. But FERC has not stopped the pipeline construction, even as citizens in the area and environmental groups have raised concerns about safety issues, and it is expected to be operational within a few weeks.   [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Oil and gas industry group ponders criminal prosecution of local officials
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Anya Litvak

Since Pittsburgh banned fracking in 2010, more than 100 municipalities have introduced their own ordinances to limit or completely prohibit oil and gas extraction, pipelines, or waste injection wells. And while those that have been challenged in court have generally failed, Kevin Moody, general counsel for the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association in Wexford, says the fight is draining and doesn't seem to be deterring municipal officials from attempting to block oil and gas development. Maybe criminal prosecution will do the trick, he has wondered. It’s a concept he’s been exploring, albeit on the back burner, for several years and Mr. Moody thinks he’s found a fitting criminal statute to try it out. It’s called official oppression and makes it a second degree misdemeanor for a public official to deny or impede someone’s rights or privileges with the knowledge such actions are illegal. The penalty is up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Cuomo administration backed away from pipeline nuclear safety study after lobbying blitz
Public Accountability Initiative


Spectra Energy hired Cuomo insider just one week after governor announced plans for studySummary of findings Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline runs in very close proximity to the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant, and public safety experts and activists have sounded the alarm about the risks posed by the pipeline and its expansion as part of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo responded in February 2016 by ordering an “immediate independent safety analysis of the natural gas pipeline project” and called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt construction of the pipeline while New York State completed the study. He specifically cited risks posed by the pipeline’s proximity to Indian Point nuclear power plant. Though a study is currently under way, the Cuomo administration has backed away from this original plan in the months since:  [Full Story]

Oct 4, 2016
Marcellus Shale Coalition sues to block new Pennsylvania drilling rules
Platts


As it had previously indicated, the Marcellus Shale Coalition on Friday filed suit to block implementation of some of the new rules the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection implemented on Saturday, claiming the rules would add an average of $2 million to every well drilled in the state with little environmental benefit.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Court ruling bites Pa. natural gas industry
Pocono Record
Stacy M Brown

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said it has accepted the state Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a number of provisions to the oil and gas law.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Unions push Obama to approve Dakota Access pipeline 'without delay'
The Hill
Timothy Cama and Devin Henry

Five trade unions are pushing President Obama to move forward with the Dakota Access pipeline. The unions say the decision last month to halt consideration of a federal permit for the project threatens the livelihoods of their 3.5 million members.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Vanguard Natural Resources Misses Payment Amid Sector Strain
Bloomberg
Harvard Zhang

The rally in energy prices may not have come soon enough to help some U.S. oil and gas producers, with Vanguard Natural Resources LLC joining the rapidly growing list of companies that can’t pay their debts on time.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Miami-Dade County Wants to Ban Fracking
Miami New Times
Jerry Iannelii

If a few state senators had voted differently last February, Miami-Dade County would have had zero control over whether oil companies could build fracking wells on county soil. That's because the Florida Senate proposed a bill that would have banned local governments from regulating the controversial oil-drilling process.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Lawmakers should ban fracking in Maryland
Baltimore Sun
Opinion

As a Baltimore City resident and a homeowner in Garrett County, I think the most recent round of regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment fall far short of adequately protecting the environment and citizens from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
PA Supreme Court Decision Blocks Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals
PA Environment Digest


The PA Supreme Court Wednesday issued a decision following up on its 2013 Robinson decision on provisions in the Act 13 drilling law saying-- -- Chemical Disclosures: Provisions limiting the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking operations to a health professional, specifically the requirement to execute a confidentiality agreement and the obligation of the drilling company to provide the makeup of fracking chemicals to anyone, violates constitutional provisions related to enactment of special laws and are unconstitutional (53). The drilling industry had fought any attempts to require disclosure of fracking chemicals to anyone while Act 13 was being considered in the General Assembly;  [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Conventional Drillers Attempt To Delay Publication Of Final DEP Marcellus Drilling Regs
PA Environment Digest


The PA Independent Oil and Gas Association, representing conventional well operators, Friday delivered a letter to the Joint House Senate Committee on Documents objecting to the publication of DEP’s final Chapter 78a Marcellus Shale drilling regulations, now scheduled for the October 8 PA Bulletin.   [Full Story]

Oct 3, 2016
Oil & Gas Industry Focuses On Need For Pipelines, Infrastructure To Support Production
PA Environment Digest


Leaders from the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, the PA Independent Oil & Gas Association and PA Manufacturers Association Wednesday discussed the urgent need to expand the capacity of the Commonwealth’s pipeline system to allow producers to transport more natural gas and natural gas liquids to end-users.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2016
Analysis | Court tosses gag rule for doctors in fracking cases
Tribune Democrat
John Finnerty

HARRISBURG – Lots of people live near factories that use chemicals. Yet doctors treating people who think they’ve been poisoned by an industrial neighbor aren’t as limited as when treating sick people who live near fracking sites.   [Full Story]

Oct 2, 2016
Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturns “doctor gag order” on disclosing fracking information
Fusion
Sam Stecklow

In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law containing a buried provision barring doctors from disclosing any information they receive from companies drilling into the Marcellus Shale. A ruling passed down Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a handful of portions of that law, including the “doctor gag order,” as anti-fracking activists refer to it, as well as a provision that allowed private drilling companies to seize private property for storage of natural gas under eminent domain and one that did not require private wells to publicly disclose hazardous spills, according to Pittsburgh City Paper.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2016
Texas activists who lost one pipeline fight set sights on new battle Demonstrators have been unable to halt the construction a local project – but they aren’t giving up as the same company plans the Dakota Access pipeline
The Guardian
Tom Dart

It looks to Lori Glover “like a long snake going across the whole desert”. For David Keller, it is “like having a very beautiful historic home and having someone run a bulldozer through the kitchen”. And in Yolonda Blue Horse’s view, it is another example of disrespect from an industry that does not care about native people.   [Full Story]

Oct 1, 2016
Calhoun County takes stand against fracking
News Herald
Eryn Dion

BLOUNTSTOWN — A petition with over 500 signatures from residents of Calhoun County and 21 local businesses was presented to the county commission this week in support of an ordinance that would ban companies from using hydraulic fracturing — better known as “fracking” — to extract oil and natural gas from the ground within county limits.   [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2016
Landfills in upstate New York still accept fracking waste
Politifact
Dan Clark

When New York State officials banned fracking in late 2014, environmentalists celebrated a victory against the controversial natural gas extraction method. Then last year, a report said waste from the process was still coming into the state. Lawmakers grilled Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos at a water quality hearing in Albany. He contradicted the report.  [Full Story]

Sep 30, 2016
Pro-Fracking Law Ruled Unconstitutional by Pennsylvania Supreme Court
EcoWatch
Dan Zukowski

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state's controversial Act 13 is unconstitutional, calling it a special law that benefits the shale gas industry. The massive Marcellus Shale formation, which underlies a large area of Western Pennsylvania, provides more than 36 percent of the shale gas produced in the U.S.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
The 40-Year-Old Federal Salmon Study That Should Have Killed Pacific Northwest LNG
DeSmogBlog
Emma Gilchrist

The report is dated July 17, 1973, and stamped by the Department of the Environment. Scientists had undertaken a study of fish in the Skeena estuary due to proposals to build a super port in the Prince Rupert area. The federal government wanted to know: “What destructive consequences could be imparted on the fisheries resource by superport construction?” So the scientists set out to find out which areas of the Skeena estuary — home to Canada’s second largest wild salmon run — are most important for fish.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
Chesapeake receives DoJ subpoena on accounting for asset purchase
Reuters


Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N) said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information on the accounting methodology for the acquisition and classification of oil and gas properties. Shares of the company fell as much as 9.3 percent in morning trading. The No. 2 U.S. natural gas producer said in May that it had received subpoenas and demands for documents from the DoJ and some state government agencies in connection with investigations into possible violations of antitrust laws relating to the purchase and lease of oil and natural gas rights.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
The rise and fall of fracking in Europe
The Guardian
Arthur Neslen

This week in the UK, the Labour party announced plans to ban fracking in the UK if elected. Although heavily criticised by one of its biggest union donors, it marks a further shift in attitudes against shale gas in Europe. When the EU’s trade commissioner met Exxon representatives behind closed doors in 2013, his message to the oil men was unambiguous: the US shale revolution is a paradigm shift.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
Power plant plan draws Kucinich ire CPV project mentioned in corruption probe
Times Union
Casey Seiler

Albany Former Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential aspirant Dennis Kucinich has sent complaints to the inspectors general of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency calling on them to investigate New York's permitting process for Competitive Power Ventures, the Maryland-based energy company that's angling to complete a 650-megawatt natural-gas-fired power plant in Orange County. Last week, CPV executive Peter Galbraith Kelly was among eight individuals charged by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a complaint that alleged Kelly paid bribes to former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco in an attempt to secure official favors for the company, with lobbyist and longtime Cuomo associate Todd Howe — who has already pleaded guilty to several felonies — serving as go-between.  [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
Reservoirs linked to methane emissions: How dirty is 'clean' hydropower?
Christian Science Monitor
Ellen Powell

A new study says artificial reservoirs created by dams may emit 1.3 percent of global emissions in the form of methane. How will that affect hydropower-dependent nations?   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton wants to close a fracking 'loophole,' but then what?
E & E Publishing
Mike Sorghan

Closing what's known as the "Halliburton loophole" is the clearest oil and gas policy goal of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But it's not clear what her proposal would do.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
SNP accused of ‘blatant hypocrisy’ on fracking ban
Inews
Chris Green

The SNP has been accused of “blatant hypocrisy” for continuing its moratorium on fracking in Scotland while accepting shipments of shale gas from the US. Two days after the first giant tanker of fracked gas arrived at the Ineos chemical plant in Grangemouth, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the party was guilty of “total double standards” on the issue.   [Full Story]

Sep 29, 2016
Justice investigating fracking giant
Washington Examiner
John Siciliano

The Justice Department is investigating one of the largest oil and gas frackers in the country, Chesapeake Energy, for possibly violating antitrust laws and market manipulation.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Ineos accused of buying the media after blocking fracking critic
Common Space


CHEMICALS CORPORATION INEOS has faced criticism over its public relations blitz marking the arrival of a shipload of shale gas at its Grangemouth refinery.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Solution Blooming for Fracking Spills? Blooming salts may clean up after brine spills
Lab Manager


In a recent study, researchers at North Dakota State University tested a method that extracted a large percentage of the salt present in soils contaminated by brine spills. Researchers applied a chemical—ferric hexacyanoferrate—to samples of brine-contaminated soils in the laboratory. After seven days, 29-57% of the salts were pulled to the surface for easier removal, depending on the type of soil being tested.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Jill Stein Eagerly Pointed Out All The Holes In The First Debate
Bustle
Amee Latour

After being escorted away from Hofstra University ahead of the first presidential debate on Monday, Green party candidate Jill Stein took to Twitter to share her views as the two major party candidates faced off. Stein fell far short of the Commission on Presidential Debate's requirement that candidates must be polling at 15 percent or more to earn a spot on the stage — Stein was averaging 3.2 percent, according to the commission. But still, she jumped on the opportunity to have her policies lined up next to Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's. Ultimately, Stein's tweets made me wish she had debated on the main stage to present her extremely progressive politics.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Can Anything Be Done to Stop Oklahoma's Earthquakes?
HPPR
Jonathan Baker

Scientists are blaming the quakes on the disposal of wastewater that comes from hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.” The amount of fracking has dramatically increased in Oklahoma over the last few years. There are technologies for disposing of wastewater that would be less quake-friendly, such as recycling or evaporation. But those come at a higher cost.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Boulder County prepares revisions to oil, gas regulations
Times Call
John Fryar

What: Boulder County has scheduled public hearings and decision-making meetings on a set of still-being-drafted updates to the county regulations about oil and gas development in unincorporated areas of the county. The proposed regulations are to be posted on Oct. 5 on the county's oil and gas web page, bit.ly/1UUQPdi.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Portion of gas drilling law struck down
ABC 27
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s highest court is blocking industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations. It’s the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law.  [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Pa. Supreme Court blocks pro-industry provisions of gas drilling law
The Sentinel
Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday blocked industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations, the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Anti-fracking measures in Colorado won't make the ballot; deadline to protest comes and goes Measure would have required new well setbacks
Denver Channel


Even though the group turned in the required 98,000 signatures to get on the ballot, thousands of those signatures were quickly tossed by the Secretary of State’s Office because they appeared to be forged, and others weren’t registered voters.   [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2016
Court blocks pro-industry provisions of gas drilling law
CT Post
Marc Levy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday blocked industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations, the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law. Four of the court's six participating justices agreed in an 88-page decision stripping out provisions that a lawyer for a handful of municipalities described as "gifts" to the ascendant gas industry given amid the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling boom.  [Full Story]

Sep 26, 2016
FERC Urged To Halt Review Of Outdated PennEast Pipeline Application Due To Out-of-Time Route Changes, Far-Reaching Threats To Water, Land, Air Quality
PR Newswire


FERC should suspend review in response to compelling data omissions and agency objections FAR HILLS, N.J., Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJ Conservation) and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) today called upon the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to respond to the significant environmental concerns embedded within more than 3,000 comments submitted during the Commission's public comment period for its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for PennEast.  [Full Story]

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
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 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 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