April 18, 2014

A Real Plan to Reduce US Carbon Emissions

CTC Tells Senate Finance Committee: Carbon Tax Beats Clean-Energy Subsidies, Hands Down
By Charles Komanoff, Carbon Tax Center, 1/31/14

The Carbon Tax Center told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today that an economy-wide tax on the carbon content of coal, oil and gas will cut U.S. CO2 emissions more than … Continue reading

Low Levels of Fracking Wastewater Highly Toxic to Mayflies

Scientists find mayflies, whose presence indicates good water quality, are significantly affected by low levels of produced water
By Diane Huskinson, Stroud Water Research Center, December 2013

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An explosion of natural gas drilling in recent years is primarily the result of advances in horizontal drilling technology … Continue reading

Researchers Find Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function

University of Missouri finds endocrine-disrupting activity linked to birth defects and infertility

University of Missouri researchers have found greater hormone-disrupting properties in water located near hydraulic fracturing drilling sites than in areas without drilling. The researchers also found that 11 chemicals commonly used in the controversial “fracking” method of drilling … Continue reading

Harvard Study Blows Apart Obama’s Case for Natural Gas

Finds that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel extraction and processing are likely a factor of 2 or greater than cited in existing studies
By Daniel Kessler, The Huffington Post, December 10, 2013

EDGAR is the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research

Democrats like to label the GOP the “anti-science … Continue reading

Key Impacts of Dirty Drilling

Report: Fracking by the Numbers
By Environment America, October 3, 2013

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Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the

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Contaminants Highest Near Natural Gas Drilling

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling, UT Arlington study says
Kevin Schug, Brian Fontenot, et al, University of Texas at Arlington

A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest … Continue reading

Study Raises New Concern About Earthquakes and Fracking Fluids

Faraway quakes can trigger swarms of quakes near injection well sites
By Sharon Begley, Reuters, July 11, 2013

Powerful earthquakes thousands of miles (km) away can trigger swarms of minor quakes near wastewater-injection wells like those used in oil and gas recovery, scientists reported on Thursday, sometimes followed months later … Continue reading

What NJ Needs to Know About Gas Drilling Along the Delaware River

What New Jersey Needs To Know About Gas Drilling Along The Delaware River
Prepared by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
DamascusCitizens.org – Concerned about the Delaware River Basin and Beyond

New Jersey’s drinking water is at risk: Over half to 2/3 of New Jersey’s population are dependent on water from the … Continue reading

Groundbreaking Report on Water Contamination from Fracking

Jessica Ernst, a high-profile, Alberta-based environmental consultant, has released a comprehensive summary of science, facts and documents relating to groundwater contamination from the controversial practice of natural gas hydraulic fracturing (download the report as a pdf).

The culmination of ten years of research, the 93-page report is … Continue reading

Britain Could Save $150 Billion by Investing in Clean Energy

Report: Britain Can Save $150 Billion through 2050 and Cut GHG Emissions by Investing in Clean Power

A report from the British Parliamentary Committee on Climate Change found that Britain could save $150 billion through 2050 by focusing energy development on clean technologies. The report concludes that clean energy investments … Continue reading