July 30, 2014

Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals

North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill
By Molly Redden, Mother Jones, May 19, 2014

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process.North Carolina isn’t on … Continue reading

Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Cut by 96%

Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits
By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2014

Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating … Continue reading

Shale Drillers Feast on Junk Debt to Stay on Treadmill

“It’s a perfect set-up for investors to lose a lot of money.  The model is unsustainable.”
By Asjylyn Loder, Bloomberg, April 30, 2014

Rice Energy Inc. (RICE), a natural gas producer with risky credit, raised $900 million in three days this month, $150 million more than it originally sought.… Continue reading

2 Derailments in 2 States by 1 Company in 1 Day

Less Than 24 Hours After Virginia Oil Train Spill, Same Company Derails Again in Maryland
By Katie Valentine, ThinkProgress, May 1, 2014

DerailmentLess than 24 hours after an oil train operated by CSX derailed and caught fire in Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, another CSX train carrying 8,000 tons of coal … Continue reading

Explosion Shuts Natural Gas Processing Plant

Large Natural Gas Processing Plant in Wyoming is Closed by Explosion
By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters, April 23, 2014

The “nearby town” is a very small town about a mile away – there are similar natural gas facilities in western PA that are much nearer to large population centers.

An explosion … Continue reading

Another City in CO Considers a Fracking Ban

The Sound of the Sixth Shoe Falling
By Phillip Doe, CounterPunch, April 16, 2014

Rarely do you hear squeals of glee when people are told the oil boys are coming to town. Usually you get the other reaction, which helps explain why 5 front-range cities, Ft Collins, Lafayette, Longmont, Broomfield, … Continue reading

Sponsor Kills Oil Pipeline Bill

Colorado Rep. may file ethics complaint against lobbyist
By By Marianne Goodland, Journal-Advocate, April 5, 2014

The Colorado House voted to kill Senate Bill 14-093, which would have granted eminent domain rights to oil pipeline companies. The House’s action came at the request of the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jenise May … Continue reading

WY Court Rejects Fracking Industry Argument to Withhold Chemicals As Trade Secrets

Litigation continues to better identify the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
By Earth Justice, March 12, 2014

Today, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued its decision in a case where Powder River Basin Resource Council and other groups challenged the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission’s withholding of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemical … Continue reading

Gas patch jobs: not all they’re cracked up to be

Theo Colburn, in High Country News, reports that the supposed employment benefits of natural gas development are not all they seem, with problems ranging from health risks that are not covered by OSHA regulations, to practices that shift employment costs and risks to workers while depriving them of unemployment … Continue reading

Exxon CEO joins lawsuit against fracking infrastructure

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes interviews Josh Fox in a report on a lawsuit filed by Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, along with his neighbors in a wealthy suburb of Dallas, to keep fracking infrastructure out of his own backyard. Tillerson is on record as blaming opposition to natural gas … Continue reading