September 2, 2014

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

MA Has Double the Jobs in Clean Energy That PA Has in Natural Gas

A majority of companies say taxes and cost of living are not a barrier to doing business in the state
By Stephen Lacey, greentechmedia, September 19, 2013

Five years after signing one of the nation’s most progressive pieces of energy legislation into law, Massachusetts continues to see strong growth in … 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

Download the Press Release as a pdf
Download the Full Report as a pdf

Drilling in the six … Continue reading

Ohio Shale Gas Still Not Creating Promised Jobs

The latest indication that industry job forecasts are greatly overstated
By John Funk, The Plain Dealer, August 22, 2013

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NYPIRG Urges Cuomo to Reject dSGEIS Due to Conflicts of Interest

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) has sent a letter to New York State Governor Cuomo urging him to reject the Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) due to a conflict of interest on the part of the consultants who worked on the socio-economic impact section. … Continue reading

Ohio Fracking Boom Has NOT Brought Jobs

Did you hear the joke about how fracking creates jobs?
By John Upton, gristmill

Did you hear the joke about how fracking creates jobs?

We heard it, too. We heard it from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We heard it from the fracking industry. We heard it from Continue reading

Experts: Shale Gas Drilling’s Liabilities Far Outweigh Potential Economic Benefits

Jannette Barth has argued that industry organizations have touted the economic impact of gas drilling in the Marcellus even though their analyses include enough data inconsistencies to raise large red flags.
By Press Action, April 26, 2012

The natural gas industry needed a better sales pitch. It was moving into … Continue reading

Where the Real Jobs Are

New York Times Editorial

The Republicans believe they have President Obama in a box: either he approves a controversial Canadian oil pipeline or they accuse him of depriving the nation of jobs. Mr. Obama can and should push back hard.

This is precisely the moment for him to argue the … Continue reading

Hydrofracking a Boom-bust Endeavor

By SUSAN CHRISTOPHERSON, Times Union

During the yearlong moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, New Yorkers have learned a lot about the environmental impacts of fracking. Yet most people continue to assume that new drilling for natural gas will have significant economic benefits for the state and for … Continue reading