November 28, 2014

New Tracers Can Identify Fracking Fluids in the Environment

New geochemical tracers can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment
By Duke Environment, October 20, 2014

Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment.

The tracers, which were … Continue reading

FERC Approves NY Methane Storage Project

Independent analysis concludes, over 25 years, “the likelihood of a disaster of extremely serious consequences is more than 35%”
By Peter Mantius, DC Bureau, October 3, 2014

Download the Independent Risk Analysis as a pdf

Brushing aside warnings of dangerous geological risk, federal regulators say construction can start immediately on … 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.

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Dents, holes, flaws in Keystone XL with startup weeks away

Steve Horn on desmogblog.org posts on structural problems found in the Keystone XL pipeline only a few weeks before it is scheduled to start pumping bitumen — with its load of toxins — as reported by a Public Citizen report.

Public Citizen Report Reveals Dents, Holes in Keystone XL Southern

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Who Pays the Cost of Fracking?

The report posted below should be of interest to the general public, which will bear the cost of the failures on the part of companies engaged in horizontal hydrofracking (fracking) to properly insure their projects against the possibility–ever present given the high-pressure environment and toxic chemicals, radioactive drill cuttings and … Continue reading

Coal Displacing Nat Gas…Already

By Deborah Lawrence Rogers

Posted on the Energy Policy Forum: 30 Oct 2013 10:28 AM PDT

In January, 2012, the price of nat gas plunged to below $2/mcf due to overproduction by shale operators. Such low prices did, indeed, prompt utilities to switch from coal fired generation to natural … Continue reading

Is there a Media Blackout on the Fracking Flood Disaster in Colorado?

We need the national news stations to go cover the environmental disaster that’s happening in Colorado right now
By TXsharon, September 15, 2013

I see you’ve noticed the underwater wells in Weld County, Colorado. Amazing; we’ve emailed the Denver TV stations, other media, and state and local politicians. We’ve sent … Continue reading

Drilling injury lawsuit settled

Worker was paralyzed while repairing rig at Harrison jobsite
By KATE WHITE
The Charleston Gazette
July 22, 2013

Excerpt:

“During a deposition, Jason Ware, a safety coordinator with Antero, according to transcripts, said that in the 36 months he had worked at the rig, 25 to 30 work-related accidents occurred

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An Unstoppable Oil Leak is Flowing in Alberta

This is a new kind of oil spill and there is no ‘off button’
By Chris Tackett, treehugger.com, July 24, 2013

As if ruptured pipelines, train explosions and drilling rig fires weren’t enough ways for oil to damage the environment, oil companies are now creating new types of disasters.… Continue reading