November 20, 2017

Natural Gas Politics

Natural Gas Politics
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, May 26, 2009, 8:14 a.m.

Four years after Vice President Dick Cheney spearheaded a massive energy bill that exempted natural gas drilling from federal clean water laws, Congress is having second thoughts about the environmental dangers posed by the burgeoning industry.

With growing … Continue reading

“Clean” Energy and Poisoned Water

“Clean” Energy and Poisoned Water
by: Chris Hedges,, Monday 25 May 2009

In the musical “Urinetown,” a severe drought leaves the dwindling supplies of clean water in the hands of a corporation called Urine Good Company. Urine Good Company makes a fortune selling the precious commodity and running public … Continue reading

PA Says Natgas Drilling Risks Inevitable

Pennsylvania says natgas drilling risks inevitable
By Jon Hurdle, Reuters, Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:57pm EDT

(Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s top environmental official said on Friday that a natural gas drilling boom would inevitably result in some environmental damage including possible contamination of water supplies.

Responding to concerns that drilling in … Continue reading

Drilling stalled in Allegheny National Forest

Drilling stalled in Allegheny National Forest
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Monday, March 16, 2009

CLARION — The U.S. Forest Service hasn’t OK’d any new gas or oil wells in the Allegheny National Forest for almost two months, delaying oil and gas development and causing at least one company to … Continue reading

Clean Natural Gas? Not in My Backyard

Clean Natural Gas? Not in My Backyard
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Feb. 27, 2009, 12:52 p.m.

Got bubbles? Alarms have been ringing for months about the risk that natural gas drilling poses to drinking water supplies, but recent reports of water contamination just a few hours away have prompted representatives … Continue reading

Wildlife Expert Warns of Ecological Risks of Natural Gas Drilling

Wildlife expert warns of ecological risks of natural gas drilling
By Farm and Dairy Staff, Friday, January 30, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the unprecedented wave of deep-well, natural-gas drilling occurring across much of Pennsylvania, care must be taken to minimize impacts on wildlife and forests so critical to … Continue reading

Emissions from Natural Gas Production in the Barnett Shale Area and Opportunities for Cost-Effective Improvements

Al Armendariz, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering
Southern Methodist University

Natural gas production in the Barnett Shale region of Texas has increased rapidly since 1999, and as of June 2008, over 7700 oil and gas wells had been installed and another 4700 wells were pending. Gas production in … Continue reading

Mixing Gas and Water: Drilling in the City’s Watershed

Mixing Gas and Water: Drilling in the City’s Watershed.
by Dara L. Miles, The Gotham Gazette, Jan 12, 2009

Turn on the tap and New Yorkers get completely unfiltered H2O, flowing from the upstate streams and rivers to faucets from the Bronx to Brooklyn.

Since 1993, the U. S. Environmental … Continue reading

Team 4: PA Streams Drained Dry By Drillers

Western PA Streams Emptied By Natural Gas Drilling, 2:44 pm EST November 13, 2008

PITTSBURGH — Channel 4 Action News investigative reporter Jim Parsons has learned that government is doing more to protect water in eastern Pennsylvania than here in the western part of the state.

It’s happening because … Continue reading

Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies?

Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica, Nov. 13, 2008, 1 p.m

In July, a hydrologist dropped a plastic sampling pipe 300 feet down a water well in rural Sublette County, Wyo., and pulled up a load of brown oily water with a foul smell. Tests showed it contained benzene, a chemical believed to … Continue reading