February 13, 2016

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

As US Rushes to Build Gas Lines, Failure Rate of New Pipes Has Spiked

New pipelines are failing at a rate on par with gas transmission lines installed before the 1940s
By Sarah Smith, SNL Financial, September 9, 2015

The push to build new pipelines to transport abundant shale supplies appears to be having a materially adverse impact on pipeline safety.

According to a … Continue reading

Living in the Shadow of Danger

Poverty, race and unequal chemical facility hazards
By Center for Effective Government, January 2016

Download the full Report as a pdf.
And don’t forget about Flint, Michigan.

Chemical Facility

Executive Summary

Over 12,500 facilities in the United States use or store such large quantities of extremely dangerous chemicals that they must submit … Continue reading

CA to Investigate Whether Exxon Mobil Lied About Climate-Change Risks

Did Exxon Mobil’s actions amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws?
By Ivan Penn, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2016

New York State is also investigating Exxon Mobil.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is investigating whether Exxon Mobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public and its shareholders … Continue reading

Commission Passes First Countywide Ban on Oil and Gas Waste in West Virginia

Fayette County bans the storage, disposal or use of oil and natural gas waste
By Sarah Plummer, Register-Herald Reporter, January 13, 2016

The Fayette County Commission’s chambers shook with cheers and applause Tuesday as commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance to ban the storage, disposal or use of oil and natural … Continue reading

Obama Signs Exxon-, Koch-Backed Bill Expediting Pipeline Permits

During the Paris Climate Summit, President Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the U.S.
By Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog, December 31, 2015

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the

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Study: Fracking Lowers Home Values by $30K

Housing markets are responding to homeowners’ concerns about groundwater contamination from shale gas development
By Sue Heavenrich, The Marcellus Effect, December 20, 2015

A study published just this month (see correction) in the American Economic Review shows that fracking can cause steep drops in home values in some … Continue reading

Video Makes Visible CA’s Unseen Natural Gas Disaster

A huge methane leak near Los Angeles is spewing tens of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every hour
By Todd Woody, TakePart, December 29, 2015

See all the work DCS has done on methane baselines.

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More than two months after a Southern … Continue reading

Letter to President Obama on Methane Emissions

Below is a very important letter regarding the potentially severe mistake of conflating all greenhouse gases to CO2 equivalents using a 100 year time period in the current UNFCCC emissions reporting system. Methane (the major short lived greenhouse gas) expends its climate warming impact over a much shorter period of … Continue reading

Massive Natural Gas Storage Leak Alarms CA Residents, Climate Activists

Rupture at Aliso Canyon natural gas storage site has released the equivalent of 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and won’t be plugged for another 3 months
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, December 4, 2015

It’s the climate equivalent of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: the rupture … Continue reading