November 20, 2017

Swimming in Natural Gas

The Greenwashing of an Industry
by Adam Federman – January 4, 2010, Earth Island Journal

There has never been a better moment for natural gas. It is the “other” fossil fuel, touted as a clean alternative to coal and oil. It may be non-renewable, proponents argue, but it is a … Continue reading

PA Orders Cabot Oil and Gas to Stop Fracturing in Troubled County

Pennsylvania Orders Cabot Oil and Gas to Stop Fracturing in Troubled County
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Sept. 25, 2009, 12:39 p.m.

After three chemical spills in the past nine days, and following a history of environmental problems over the last year, Pennsylvania officials have ordered Cabot Oil and Gas, one … Continue reading

Water Problems From Drilling Are More Frequent Than PA Officials Said

Water Problems From Drilling Are More Frequent Than PA Officials Said
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, July 31, 2009, 11:29 a.m.

When methane began bubbling out of kitchen taps near a gas drilling site in Pennsylvania last winter, a state regulator described the problem as “an anomaly.” But at the time … Continue reading

Energy Industry Sways Congress With Misleading Data

Energy Industry Sways Congress With Misleading Data
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, July 8, 2009, 4:55 a.m.

The two key arguments that the oil and gas industry is using to fight federal regulation of the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing — that the costs would cripple their business and … Continue reading

Natural Gas Politics

Natural Gas Politics
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, May 26, 2009, 8:14 a.m.

Four years after Vice President Dick Cheney spearheaded a massive energy bill that exempted natural gas drilling from federal clean water laws, Congress is having second thoughts about the environmental dangers posed by the burgeoning industry.

With growing … Continue reading

“Clean” Energy and Poisoned Water

“Clean” Energy and Poisoned Water
by: Chris Hedges,, Monday 25 May 2009

In the musical “Urinetown,” a severe drought leaves the dwindling supplies of clean water in the hands of a corporation called Urine Good Company. Urine Good Company makes a fortune selling the precious commodity and running public … Continue reading

Startup Cracks Propane Fracture Puzzle, Provides ‘Green’ Solution

By Maurice Smith
Frac Forward
New Technology Magazine

Sometimes, the best technological solutions seem, when accomplished, to be the simplest — the ones where the users wonder why nobody else had thought of it. One of the most impressive new fracturing technologies to enter the market recently, developed by Dwight … Continue reading

Natural Gas Dehydration: Lessons Learned from the Natural Gas STAR Program

Producers Technology Transfer Workshop Durango, Colorado
ConocoPhillips, The Colorado Oil and Gas Association, and The Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States

Methane Losses
Methane Recovery
Is Recovery Profitable?
Industry Experience

View Presentation Here

View EPA Natural Gas STAR Program here

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Disposable workers of the oil and gas fields

If you don’t have a college degree, it’s the best job in the West. Unless you die, unnoticed.

Ray Ring, High Country News

“You’re going to obtain a job. You have to maintain a job,” a Wyoming judge told Joe Laster. “You have the ability to work. You’re a big, … Continue reading