May 27, 2016

We Could Be Witnessing the Death of the Fossil Fuel Industry

In just two decades, the total value of the energy being produced via fossil fuel extraction has plummeted by more than half
By Nafeez Ahmed, AlterNet, April 22, 2016

It’s not looking good for the global fossil fuel industry. Although the world remains heavily dependent on oil, coal and natural … Continue reading

Letter from Lebanon Supervisor

Letter from Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein

Dear Fellow Supervisors and County Lawmakers:

You may already know but Emkey Resources, the principal operator and owner of the natural gas wells, gathering system, compressor station and pipeline systems in the towns of Lebanon, Eaton, Hamilton and Georgetown, has “voluntarily” filed Chaper 11 … Continue reading

The Shale Reckoning Comes to Oklahoma

An industry built on cheap debt and new technology pushed oil production to a 40-year high
By Asjylyn Loder. Bloomberg Businessweek, March 10, 2016

In January 2012, I traveled to Oklahoma City for the first time to report on what was considered a surprising development: a U.S. oil boom. Until … Continue reading

Oil Workers Say Their Pay Was Stolen Before the Bust

Federal records show oil and gas companies are among the top violators of wage laws – particularly in not paying overtime
By Dan Boyce, Marketplace, March 8, 2016

Continuing low oil prices have left tens of thousands of oil workers out of a job. Now, a growing number of oil … Continue reading

Feds Reject Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

FERC rejects terminal and pipeline because the public benefits do not outweigh the adverse effects on landowners
By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 11, 2016

Download the FERC decision as a pdf

In a decision that stunned supporters and critics alike, federal regulators Friday rejected plans for a massive liquefied Continue reading

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

Tell Gov. Cuomo to Go Slow on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Your snail mail letters have paid off! There is now a ban on high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Governor Cuomo based his decision on the State Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker’s recommendation that drilling could cause “significant public health risks”. However, low volume fracking (using less than 300,000 … Continue reading

Financial Strategies for Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground

The Sun is Setting on Fossil Fuels

350NYC Presents: KEEPING FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND
Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, New York City (86th Street and West End Avenue)

Climate change is threatening our food and water supplies, economy, infrastructure, public health, and the future of … Continue reading

The DCS Frac Sand Poster is Here

Frac sand mining companies come at local communities like a runaway bulldozer going 100 mph. – Ric Zarwell, Allamakee County Protectors

Click to see the full poster

Click to see the full poster

“Frac Sand, Why Worry…” is an educational folding poster that summarizes in easy-to grasp-form the nature and impacts of frac sand mining and … Continue reading

The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand Mining

A report on Frac-Sand Mining in West Central Wisconsin prepared for Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Executive Summary

A new technology to extract oil and natural gas from geological formations that lack the porosity to allow the oil and natural gas … Continue reading