September 23, 2014

N.J. Senate Passes Fracking Ban

MARYANN SPOTO, State House Bureau, The Record –

The state Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation banning the use of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas exploration in New Jersey.

The 33-1 vote came after Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) unsuccessfully asked for a five-year moratorium instead of an outright ban.

Sen. Robert Gordon … Continue reading

Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

E-mails published in The New York Times reveal that industry consultants and analysts say that public statements by the gas industry do not match reality. In these e-mails, people within the industry voice grave concerns, because the analysis of data from thousands of wells shows that industry has organized a … Continue reading

Health Secretary Wants Tabs on Shale: Seeks More Resources to See if Gas Drilling Poses a Health Risk

By Laura Olson, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG — The state’s top health official said Friday that his agency needs resources to create a registry for tracking whether spikes in illnesses could be related to shale gas drilling.

That request by Department of Health Secretary Eli Avila to the Marcellus Shale … Continue reading

PA Wants Gas Drilling Illness Database

The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Registry would be first of its kind in nation

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s top health adviser said Friday that he wants to make Pennsylvania the first state to create a registry to track illnesses in communities near heavy drilling in the Marcellus … Continue reading

Worst Drought in More Than a Century Strikes Texas Oil Boom

By Joe Carroll, Bloomberg News

The worst Texas drought since record-keeping began 116 years ago may crimp an oil and natural- gas drilling boom as government officials ration water supplies crucial to energy exploration.

In the hardest-hit areas, water-management districts are warning residents and businesses to curtail usage from rivers, … Continue reading

Worst Drought in More Than a Century Strikes Texas Oil Boom

Joe Carrol, Bloomberg News

The worst Texas drought since record-keeping began 116 years ago may crimp an oil and natural- gas drilling boom as government officials ration water supplies crucial to energy exploration.

In the hardest-hit areas, water-management districts are warning residents and businesses to curtail usage from rivers, lakes … Continue reading

New York State Sues Federal Government to Protect Watershed

NEW YORK STATE SUES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
FOR FAILURE TO STUDY “FRACKING.”

Demand For Fracking Study In Delaware River Basin Has Been Ignored
Even Though Drilling Would Affect NY Watershed And Portions Of 8 New York Counties
Feds Abandon Legally Required Responsibility To Assess Environmental & Public Health Impacts Of Gas Continue reading

South African Government Announces National Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

SUCCESS! A Fracking Moratorium in South Africa.

A Grass-Roots Effort

http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/blog/an-anti-fracking-victory-in-south-africa/

South Africa Takes the Cautionary Approach

http://naturalgasforeurope.com/south-africa-takes-cautionary-approach.htm

When the South African government recently announced a national moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial, water-intense and polluting method of extracting natural gas from underground layers of shale rock also known as … Continue reading

New York Attorney General Files Suit Against Federal Agencies

United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

Defendants

United States Army Corps of Engineers,

United States Fish and Wildlife Service,

United States National Park Service, United States Department of Interior,

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Plaintiff

State of New York by Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General

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