July 27, 2014

Oil and Gas Well Leaks in PA – A Risk Analysis

Introduction

Casing and cement impairment in oil and gas wells can lead to methane migration into the atmosphere and/or into underground sources of drinking water. An analysis of 75,505 compliance reports for 41,381 conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania drilled from January 1, 2000–December 31, 2012, was … Continue reading

Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More

The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation
By Seth Borenstein, dailycomet.com, June 30, 2014

In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for … Continue reading

Tests Prove Fracking to Blame for Flaming Parker County Wells

These test results could represent the nation’s first conclusive link between fracking and aquifer contamination
By Brett Shipp, WFAA, June 5, 2014

For the past two years, News 8 has aired a series of stories of flames shooting from water wells in Parker County. Dangerous levels of methane gas somehow … Continue reading

Howarth: methane must be controlled now

A study by Robert Howarth, a Cornell ecology professor, titled “Bridge to Nowhere,” warns that methane emissions must be controlled immediately if a climate-system tipping point is to be avoided. Among his observations:

“Natural gas – that once seemingly promising link between the era of oil and coal to the

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More evidence: Gas drilling GHG emissions vastly exceed government estimates

A new study by a group from the University of Colorado – Boulder, published in the American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere has found that the impact of natural gas drilling and production on climate change is enormously greater than estimates currently being used by the government. The … Continue reading

It’s he-e-e-re: National Assessment says climate change has arrived, and we’re responsible

A recently issued National Climate Assessment, authored by a team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee, concludes that climate change is already here, and human activities are largely responsible:

“What is new over the last decade is that we know with increasing certainty

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3 Articles on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Systems

The following 3 articles from SNL discuss the problem of methane emissions from natural gas systems

Read the Manhattan Methane Emissions Study, commissioned by Damascus Citizens

Methane studies renew debate about fuel’s future in society

A rapidly mounting stack of research exploring the impact of methane emissions on natural gas’ … Continue reading

Fracking Away Our Air, Water and Land

Natural gas is not a “bridge fuel” to less hazardous energy sources, but a grave danger to communal resources and the global climate
By Ruth Hardinger and Barbara Arrindell, Creative Time Reports, January 21, 2014

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The gas and oil industry … Continue reading

Harvard Study Blows Apart Obama’s Case for Natural Gas

Finds that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel extraction and processing are likely a factor of 2 or greater than cited in existing studies
By Daniel Kessler, The Huffington Post, December 10, 2013

EDGAR is the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research

Democrats like to label the GOP the “anti-science … Continue reading

In Texas Water Contamination Case, the Fire Still Burns

Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire
By Mike Soraghan, E & E Publishing, November 25, 2013

Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire.

It’s been said more than once, by people who should know, that he can’t do this. But, earlier this month, in the shadow of … Continue reading