January 19, 2018

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets

 Alex Kaplan and James Brownin, Common Cause Pennsylvania

The Campaign Contributions & Lobbying Expenditures of the Natural Gas Industry in Pennsylvania

Introduction 
Pennsylvania has often been described as the “Wild West” of campaign financing. Ours is one of only eleven states that do not limit campaign contributions, and the state’s … Continue reading

Statoil to Move Marcellus Gas to Canada

Norway’s Statoil to move Marcellus gas to Canada
Published: May 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM (upi.com)

STAMFORD, Conn., May 4 (UPI)

The U.S. subsidiary of Statoil announced Tuesday it landed a deal to ship gas from the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania to markets in Canada.

U.S. subsidiary Statoil Natural … Continue reading

PA’s Gas Wells Booming—But So Are Spills

Pennsylvania’s Gas Wells Booming—But So Are Spills
by Sabrina Shankman, ProPublica, Jan. 27, 2010, 4:08 p.m.

As more gas wells are drilled in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, more cases of toxic spills are being reported. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania’s environmental officials fined Pennsylvania-based Atlas Resources after a series of violations at … Continue reading

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, Truthdig.com, 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