May 1, 2016

Scientists Find Fracking Contaminated Wyoming Water After EPA Halted Study

Dangerous levels of chemicals found in underground water, while waste was dumped in unlined pits and barriers to protect groundwater were inadequate
The Guardian, April 7, 2016

Two scientists have highlighted dangerous water contamination from a fracking operation in Wyoming, three years after the US Environmental Protection Agency decided … Continue reading

Is the IOGCC, Created by Congress in 1935, Now a Secret Oil and Gas Lobby?

In 1978, the DOJ told Congress IOGCC should be disbanded. It wasn’t. In 2005, the group claimed credit for the Halliburton loophole after ‘years of hard work.’
By Lisa Song, Inside Climate News, April 11, 2016

When Congress severely limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing in … Continue reading

Scientists Slam EPA For “Walking Away” From Fracking Pollution Study

Fracking contaminated underground water reservoirs in Wyoming, finds a study by the former EPA scientist who led a preliminary investigation there in 2011. EPA never followed up that investigation.
By Dan Vergano, BuzzFeed, March 29, 2016

Fracking polluted underground water reservoirs around Pavillion, Wyoming, confirms a study that follows up … Continue reading

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry

Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.
By Bill McKibben, The Nation, 3/23/16

Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent interactions in the atmosphere, where the molecular structure … Continue reading

Letter from Lebanon Supervisor

Letter from Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein

Dear Fellow Supervisors and County Lawmakers:

You may already know but Emkey Resources, the principal operator and owner of the natural gas wells, gathering system, compressor station and pipeline systems in the towns of Lebanon, Eaton, Hamilton and Georgetown, has “voluntarily” filed Chaper 11 … Continue reading

The Shale Reckoning Comes to Oklahoma

An industry built on cheap debt and new technology pushed oil production to a 40-year high
By Asjylyn Loder. Bloomberg Businessweek, March 10, 2016

In January 2012, I traveled to Oklahoma City for the first time to report on what was considered a surprising development: a U.S. oil boom. Until … Continue reading

Feds Reject Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

FERC rejects terminal and pipeline because the public benefits do not outweigh the adverse effects on landowners
By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 11, 2016

Download the FERC decision as a pdf

In a decision that stunned supporters and critics alike, federal regulators Friday rejected plans for a massive liquefied Continue reading

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