January 18, 2018

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

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

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

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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