February 10, 2016

PA Fracker Can’t Keep Pollution Tests From Residents

Residents near a Range Resources fracking operation can seek records of air monitoring and other pollution tests that a consultant performed at company gas wells and related facilities
By Matt Fair, Law360, January 29, 2016

Residents near a Range Resources fracking operation can seek records of air monitoring and other Continue reading

Political Contributions and the Lifting of the Oil Export Ban

Fossil Fuel Company Super PAC Gifts Came Before Congress Ended The Oil Export Ban

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell

“A handful of the biggest oil and gas companies and their CEOs poured millions into a super PAC created to boost the election of Senate Republicans as the industry made a successful … Continue reading

CO & CA: Getting Gassed Together

The BIG NEWS was that two Colorado cities told the oil boys to take a hike
by Philip Doe, Counter Punch, January 29, 2016

In the past few weeks, something truly unusual happened here in Colorado.

It wasn’t that the Arctic Vortex had taken up residence in the state. The … Continue reading

As US Rushes to Build Gas Lines, Failure Rate of New Pipes Has Spiked

New pipelines are failing at a rate on par with gas transmission lines installed before the 1940s
By Sarah Smith, SNL Financial, September 9, 2015

The push to build new pipelines to transport abundant shale supplies appears to be having a materially adverse impact on pipeline safety.

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CA to Investigate Whether Exxon Mobil Lied About Climate-Change Risks

Did Exxon Mobil’s actions amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws?
By Ivan Penn, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2016

New York State is also investigating Exxon Mobil.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is investigating whether Exxon Mobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public and its shareholders … Continue reading

Obama Signs Exxon-, Koch-Backed Bill Expediting Pipeline Permits

During the Paris Climate Summit, President Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the U.S.
By Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog, December 31, 2015

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the

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Video Makes Visible CA’s Unseen Natural Gas Disaster

A huge methane leak near Los Angeles is spewing tens of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every hour
By Todd Woody, TakePart, December 29, 2015

See all the work DCS has done on methane baselines.

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Click to see video

More than two months after a Southern … Continue reading

Massive Natural Gas Storage Leak Alarms CA Residents, Climate Activists

Rupture at Aliso Canyon natural gas storage site has released the equivalent of 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and won’t be plugged for another 3 months
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, December 4, 2015

It’s the climate equivalent of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: the rupture … Continue reading

Why Coal Mining Outlaw Don Blankenship’s Conviction Matters

“Even if he serves his one year slap-on-the-wrist, we know already that justice will not be done. His legacy of poisoning Appalachia will persist long after his name has been forgotten.”
By Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post, December 3, 2015

The landmark conviction of former Massey Energy CEO and coal baron … Continue reading

EPA Finding on Fracking’s Water Pollution Disputed by Its Own Scientists

Panel finds little basis for claim that fracking has not led to ‘widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.’
By Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News, November 19, 2015

An Environmental Protection Agency panel of independent scientific advisers has challenged core conclusions of a major study the agency issued in June that minimized

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