May 29, 2015

The Basement Rocks

Ruth Hardinger

The Basement Rocks encourages a look below Earth’s surface where the largest biomass on the planet resides. These underground necessary forces of life exist in the dark. I’m intrigued by how this becomes an association with early civilizations legends and mythologies that recognized human connection to, and dependence … Continue reading

California Democrats Approve Sweeping Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

This resolution adds to the fast-growing momentum of the fossil fuel divestment movement
By Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News, May 22, 2015

The California Democratic Party approved a sweeping resolution on Sunday to drop fossil fuel stocks from the state’s two major public pension funds, valued at about $500 billion. The … Continue reading

New Look at BTEX: Are Ambient Levels a Problem?

Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) may have endocrine disrupting properties at exposure levels below EPA safe levels
by Ashley L. Bolden, Carol F. Kwiatkowski and Theo Colborn, Environmental Science and Technology, April 15, 2015

From TEDX: Indicates a need to change how chemicals present at low concentrations are assessed Continue reading

EPA Loophole Allows Streams of Wastewater in Wyoming

Environmentalists challenge permits that result in dumping of toxic chemicals on tribal land
By Elizabeth Shogren, High Country News, April 14, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

When … Continue reading

Will the Home of Fracking Bonanza Turn Against its Creation Next Month?

Denton, TX, a center of fracking activity, to vote on a fracking ban
By Geoffrey Lean, The Telegraph, April 18, 2015

You might think it would be hard to find opposition to fracking in the city of Denton. Not only is it in Texas, the oil and gas capital in … Continue reading

Rise of Deadly Radon Gas in PA Buildings Linked to Fracking

Disturbing correlation found between unusually high levels of radon gas in mostly residences and oil and gas production via fracking
By Ariana Eunjung Cha, The Washington Post, April 9, 2015

A new study published Thursday reported a disturbing correlation between unusually high levels of radon gas in mostly residences and … Continue reading

The Link Between Fracking and Oklahoma’s Quakes Keeps Getting Stronger

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes.
By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, April 6, 2015

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes. As we reported in 2013, the count exploded from just a couple per year back … Continue reading

Why This Tea Party Leader Is Seeing Green on Solar Energy

Tea Party leader promoting a Florida ballot initiative that would allow homeowners to sell power produced by rooftop solar
By Diane Toomey, Environment 360, March 26, 2015

Debbie Dooley’s conservative credentials are impeccable. She was one of the founding members of the Tea Party movement and continues to sit on … Continue reading

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Racketeering Suit Against Chesapeake Energy

Lawsuit alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Scranton Times-Tribune, April 2, 2015

A federal judge has denied Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders by artificially inflating … Continue reading

NY Court: Drilling Leases Expired Despite State Ban

The NY moratorium on fracking doesn’t allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts
By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press, March 31, 2015

It seems that this was a decision based on interpretation of the contracts at issue. So interestingly, the Court of Appeals Continue reading