August 29, 2015

PA DEP Reaches Penalty Agreements with 3 Natural Gas Exploration Companies

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has finalized penalty agreements with three natural gas exploration companies for methane gas migration violations that impacted private drinking water wells in Bradford, Lycoming, and Tioga counties.

“These were complex and lengthy investigations that took a considerable amount of time … Continue reading

The Climate Deception Dossiers

Internal fossil fuel industry memos reveal decades of disinformation — a deliberate campaign to deceive the public that continues even today
By Union of Concerned Scientists

For nearly three decades, many of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks … Continue reading

Sing for the Silenced

Don’t Let the Frackers Silence Our Neighbors!
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Families have been silenced! Why? Because Fracking companies bought their silence. All over the US from WY to AK, PA to TX, hydraulic fracturing has ruined drinking water, … Continue reading

Widespread and Systemic Contamination Found – at the EPA

EPA says new study should not be seen as proof that hydraulic fracturing is being safely done
By Weston W. Wilson, The Hill, June 15, 2015

Despite a press release from EPA proclaiming there is no widespread groundwater contamination due to fracking, EPA now says that their new study of … Continue reading

The Link Between Fracking and Oklahoma’s Quakes Keeps Getting Stronger

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes.
By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, April 6, 2015

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes. As we reported in 2013, the count exploded from just a couple per year back … Continue reading

PA DEP Omits 1,000’s of Fracked Wells from its Required Act 13 Reporting

Lack of reporting could cost PA government up to $0.75 – $1.85 billion over the expected life of these wells
By Joel Gehman, Diego Mastroianni, Angela Grant and Dror Etzion, University of Alberta and McGill University, November 15, 2012

Paper published in 2012 from business management faculty in two Canadian Continue reading

Economics and International Trends Sour Shell’s Taste for South African Shale Gas

It’s high time that the negative aspects around shale gas as a technology came home to roost
By Jonathan Deal, Treasure Karoo Action Group, March 15, 2015

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The news that Royal Dutch Shell and possibly other global oil and gas players are shifting their focus … Continue reading

A Hard Look at the Risks of Transporting Oil on Rail Tanker Cars

Recent accidents in Canada and U.S. show that the cars aren’t built for carrying so much oil and tracks are deteriorating
By National Public Radio, February 25, 2015

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies in for Terry Gross, who’s off this week. Earlier this month, a … Continue reading

Gas Extraction Causing Earthquakes

Exploitation of Groningen gas field causing ground to settle and 1,000’s of earthquakes

This is not about shale gas but about conventional gas: the huge gas field in the northern Dutch province Groningen. See here a very good infographic of the story:

View infographic by Kor Dwarshuis

A joint venture … Continue reading

Shocking Deterioration In Tight Oil

The amount of new production simply cannot keep up with the steep declines in older wells
By Energy Policy Forum, February 13, 2015

Tight oil in the US is experiencing shocking deterioration in production vs. declines percentages just since November. Rig counts have plunged and though production overall is still … Continue reading