February 22, 2018

Mortgages for Drilling Properties May Face Hurdle

By Ian Urbina, New York Times

The Department of Agriculture is considering requiring an extensive environmental review before issuing mortgages to people who have leased their land for oil and gas drilling.

Last year more than 140,000 families, many of them with low incomes and living in rural areas, received … Continue reading

New York Judge Rules Town Can Ban Gas Hydrofracking


In August, Dryden’s Town Board used its zoning laws to pass a drilling ban, one salvo in a battle that is playing out nationwide as energy companies move to drill in densely populated areas. A month after the ban’s passage,Anschutz Exploration Corporation, a Colorado driller … 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

Hunt for Gas Hits Fragile Soil, and South Africans Fear Risks

New York Times Drilling Down Series

By IAN URBINA, The New York Times

KAROO, South Africa — When a drought dried up their wells last year, hundreds of farmers and their families flocked to local fairgrounds here to pray for rain, and a call went out on the regional radio … Continue reading

NYTimes: The Fracturing of Pennsylvania and other investigations

New York Times Magazine article about Amwell Township in Washington County, PA: Fracking Amwell Township By ELIZA GRISWOLD

Amwell Township is a 44-square-mile plot of steep ravines and grassy pasturelands planted with alfalfa, trefoil and timothy in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania. It’s home to some 4,000 people, most of … Continue reading

Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages

By Ian Urbina, New York Times

As natural gas drilling has spread across the country, energy industry representatives have sat down at kitchen tables in states like Texas, Pennsylvania and New York to offer homeowners leases that give companies the right to drill on their land.

And over the past … Continue reading

Does an Old EPA Fracking Study Provide Proof of Contamination?

1984 EPA Report:  Fracking Contaminated Drinking Water

Three articles dealing with an early but ignored proof of aquifer contamination from hydraulic fracturing. The process was much milder then (in 1984) – less pressure, less volume, less chemicals, but “The report concluded that hydraulic fracturing fluids or gel used by the … Continue reading

New York Unplugged Wells

New York State’s Abandoned Wells Priority Plugging List

This list includes some 4,722 old oil and gas wells that NY DEC would plug if only they had the resources.

Of course, why New York should be burdened with these messes left behind by oil and gas companies remains an unanswered … Continue reading

Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

E-mails published in The New York Times reveal that industry consultants and analysts say that public statements by the gas industry do not match reality. In these e-mails, people within the industry voice grave concerns, because the analysis of data from thousands of wells shows that industry has organized a … Continue reading

Pa. Well Blowout Tests Natural Gas Industry on Voluntary Fracking Disclosure

By MIKE SORAGHAN of New York Times Greenwire

Chesapeake Energy Corp., whose gas well blew out during hydraulic fracturing last month in northeastern Pennsylvania, hasn’t publicly disclosed chemicals that spilled, setting up the first test of an industry-backed voluntary disclosure program.

An official in charge of the disclosure registry said … Continue reading