September 19, 2014

Pro-Fracking Newspaper Ad Banned by Advertising Standards Authority

Breitling Energy’s Telegraph advert “misled the public”
By Sean Farrell, theguardian.com, September 2, 2014

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a US energy company misled the public when it made unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of fracking and claimed a gas shortage put the UK close to catastrophe.

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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels
By Naomi Oreskes, Huffington Post, July 28, 2014

Naomi Oreskes: Why We Should Trust Scientists (video)

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this … 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

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

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

Fracking Away Our Air, Water and Land

Natural gas is not a “bridge fuel” to less hazardous energy sources, but a grave danger to communal resources and the global climate
By Ruth Hardinger and Barbara Arrindell, Creative Time Reports, January 21, 2014

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Fracking for an Energy Renaissance that Will Not Come

Talk of an American energy renaissance is essentially baseless
By Kurt Cobb, The Christian Science Monitor, January 12, 2014

Last week when I laid out seven misconceptions about energy shared by the public and policymakers, the pushback I received had little to do with the actual data I used … Continue reading

Jobs Impact of Shale Drilling Exaggerated by Industry

New report examining drilling-related employment across 6 states in the Marcellus and Utica Shale
By Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative

Six-state study finds jobs impact of shale drilling exaggerated by industry and supporters

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Drilling in the six … Continue reading