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  • North Dakota Drills Its Way Out Of Property Taxes

    06/12/2012 5:32:30 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 12, 2012
    Energy Boom: One state has found a solution to job and economic growth so successful it may eliminate one of the most onerous of taxes. It turns out that, yes, we can drill our way out of our problems. On Tuesday in North Dakota, a state flush with revenues from oil produced from the Bakken Shale formation it sits astride, voters were deciding whether theirs will become the first and only state not to have a property tax. If it passes (polls didn't close until after our press time), it ll be the first time a state has eliminated a...
  • No impact to water from Marcellus shale fracking

    06/06/2012 4:42:06 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 9 replies
    Penn Energy ^ | 5/29/12 | Chesapeake Energy
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently conducting a national study to determine if hydraulic fracturing has any impact on drinking water sources. As part of a larger study, the EPA is conducting five focused retrospective studies in separate areas across the country including Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Samples were taken in Bradford County during the study’s first round of sampling in October and November 2011. In a collaborative effort, Chesapeake Energy Corporation consultants collected split samples with the EPA from 15 individual drinking water sources for analysis by accredited laboratories. Chesapeake then commissioned WESTON Solutions, Inc. to critically evaluate the...
  • The Future of Natural Gas - An Interview with Raymond Learsy

    06/04/2012 10:09:14 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies ^ | 05/31/2012 | Daniel Graeber
    Massive natural gas discoveries along with new extraction techniques have led many to claim nat gas as the fuel of the future – which could ensure U.S. energy independence, reduce geopolitical risks, and help meet U.S. electricity demands for the next 575 years. Yet why have we seen so many negative publications and reports? Does natural gas really have a place in our future and is it the golden chalice we have been led to believe? To help us investigate these issues and others we were fortunate enough to have a chat with the well known author and energy trader...
  • Analysis: Shale energy boom dangles prospect of leap in economic growth (Fracking works!)

    05/30/2012 3:26:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/24/12 | Jason Lange
    Analysis: Shale energy boom dangles prospect of leap in economic growthBy Jason Lange | Reuters – Thu, May 24, 2012 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - America's reliance on fuel imports has sucked vigor from its economy for decades. Now an oil and natural gas boom holds out the prospect for a new era of stronger U.S. economic growth. Vast reserves of natural gas and oil unlocked from underground shale deposits have slashed the price of U.S. natural gas to a fraction of costs in Europe and Asia, making it some of the cheapest energy in the world. That is cutting production costs...
  • Shale boom at risk over environmental issues - IEA

    05/30/2012 7:22:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 27 replies
    Dow Jones via Hydrocarbon Processing ^ | 05.29.2012 | JAMES HERRON
    Global exploitation of shale gas reserves could transform the world's energy supply by lowering prices, improving security and even curbing forecast carbon dioxide emissions, but the industry might be stopped in its tracks if it doesn't work harder to resolve concerns over its environmental safety, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Tuesday. The IEA's report shows how the shale gas industry, which has already dramatically altered the energy landscape in the US, stands at a tipping point that will determine how it spreads across the rest of the world. "If the social and environmental impacts aren't addressed properly, there is...
  • Fraking's a political hot potato for Cuomo

    05/20/2012 4:10:55 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 5/20/12 | Steve Israel
    ALBANY — While the protesters who packed the stone stairwell of the state Capitol chanted "Ban Fracking Now," the political types in suits down the hall spoke of a different reality. Those protesters at Tuesday's anti-fracking rally in Albany carried signs saying "Governor Cuomo In 2014 We'll Remember" — a warning to Andrew Cuomo they won't vote for him if he doesn't ban the natural-gas extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The buzz among the men and women outside the state Senate chamber said Cuomo's presumed political aspirations are the exact reason why there's so much pressure on him...
  • Vermont first state to ban fracking

    05/17/2012 9:48:37 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 10:41 AM EDT, Thu May 17, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- Vermont's governor has signed a bill making it the first U.S. state to ban fracking, the controversial practice to extract natural gas from the ground. "This is a big deal," Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday. "This bill will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy."
  • Vt. becomes 1st state to ban hydraulic fracturing

    05/17/2012 5:01:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 44 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 17, 2012 | Associated Press
    Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s first ban on a hotly debated natural gas drilling technique that involves blasting chemical-laced water deep into the ground. The Democrat, surrounded at a Statehouse ceremony by environmentalists and Twinfield Union School students who pushed for the ban, said the law may help Vermont set an example for other states. The ban may be largely symbolic, though, because there is believed to be little to no natural gas or oil beneath the surface in Vermont. The gas drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves the high-pressure injection of water...
  • Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers

    05/16/2012 3:05:20 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 96 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/15/2012 | Rob Stein
    Kay Allen had just started work, and everything seemed quiet at the Cornerstone Care community health clinic in Burgettstown, Pa. But things didn't stay quiet for long. "All the girls, they were yelling at me in the back, 'You gotta come out here quick. You gotta come out here quick,' " said Allen, 59, a nurse from Weirton, W.Va. Allen rushed out front and knew right away what all the yelling was about. The whole place reeked — like someone had spilled a giant bottle of nail polish remover. "I told everybody to get outside and get fresh air. So...
  • Texas Shale 'Gusher' Shows Why Fracking Is Important

    05/08/2012 4:48:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012
    Energy: Cutting our reliance on oil from unstable regions is a good idea if not a necessity. But that crude won't be replaced by algae or biofuel. To be more independent, we need to go to the well one more time — back to Texas. The Lone Star State is not a favorite of the environmentalists and their political-media allies. But it has long been a rich source of oil that drives our economy. While other states — particularly North Dakota and Alaska — have become more newsworthy for their oil production, Texas wells aren't yet dry. The Eagle Ford...
  • Wastewater Jitters in New York

    05/05/2012 12:03:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 4, 2012 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    As I report in Friday’s Times, disposing of the waste produced by natural gas drilling will become a larger and more contentious issue if New York State gives the go-ahead to horizontal hydraulic fracturing, which uses millions of gallons of fluids per well to release gas from the Marcellus Shale. New York already deals with waste from about 6,800 active vertical and horizontal gas wells upstate. Although these wells require just a fraction of the water that would be needed for fracking in the Marcellus, they still produce waste that needs to go somewhere. Officials with the New York Department...
  • Obama tightens fracking rules (on federal and American Indian lands)

    05/04/2012 9:37:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/4/12 | Steve Hargreaves |
    The Obama administration tightened rules on hydraulic fracturing Friday, requiring the disclosure of chemicals used in the process when done on federal and American Indian lands. The new rules will also require additional testing of oil and gas well construction and require the industry to have a management plan for the water used in the process. "This proposed rule will strengthen the requirements for hydraulic fracturing performed on federal and Indian lands in order to build public confidence and protect the health of American communities, while ensuring continued access to the important resources that make up our energy economy," the...
  • Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks

    05/04/2012 9:08:37 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 2 replies
    Drilling Contractor ^ | May 4, 2011 | Diane Langley
    Besides exploring for and producing energy resources, the energy industry is tasked with debunking myths and clarifying techniques used in hydraulic fracturing. ... According to proponents of hydraulic fracturing, the facts surrounding chemical use are clear – water and sand comprise the majority of the mixture used. The remaining components used to deliver the water down the wellbore and position the sand in fractures created in the formation – while they can probably be found in the kitchen cupboard – are proprietary ingredients. ~~snip~~“This is really a debate on a much larger scale; it has a bearing on the future...
  • US to issue sweeping fracking rules on federal land

    05/04/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | May 4, 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    The Obama administration will soon issue sweeping new environmental safety rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, setting a new standard that natural gas wells on all lands eventually could follow. The rules, which are likely to be unveiled by the Interior Department within days, are designed to address concerns that the method of extracting natural gas known as "fracking" can contaminate groundwater. Among other things, they create new guidelines for constructing wells and treating waste water, according to a draft of the proposed rules reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. ~~snip~~The fracking rules apply to natural gas drilling on...
  • New Study Predicts Frack Fluids Can Migrate To Aquifers Within Years

    05/02/2012 6:30:45 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 43 replies
    OPB News ^ | 1 May 2012 | Abrahm Lustgarten
    A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted. More than 5,000 wells were drilled in the Marcellus between mid-2009 and mid-2010, according to the study, which was published in the journal Ground Water two weeks ago. Operators inject up to 4 million gallons of fluid, under more than 10,000 pounds of pressure, to drill and frack each well. Scientists have theorized that impermeable layers of rock would keep the...
  • Debunking fracking myths(hydraulic fracturing for oil & natural gas)

    04/28/2012 4:47:17 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 7 replies ^ | Apr 09, 2012 | Robert W. Chase
    Fracking, a slang term for hydraulic fracturing, is a mining procedure that fractures rocks by injecting fluids and sand into cracks to force them apart, making it easier to extract oil and natural gas. Some say it can pollute drinking water and farm lands and even lead to earthquakes. But Robert W. Chase, professor and chairman of the Dept. of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College (Ohio), believes otherwise. In fact, he took the time to shed some light on recent myths about fracking that have sprung up. Myth No. 1: Fracking could contaminate aquifers that supply drinking water....
  • EPA clears way for more fracking profits

    04/24/2012 8:46:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | April 24, 2012, 4:11 a.m. EDT | Kirk Spano
    Last week, tucked into the headlines was a story describing how the Environmental Protection Agency decided to give oil and gas companies until 2015 to fully comply with so-called "green completions" for their hydraulic fracturing operations. In the near term, this move removes the risk for companies engaged in "fracking" of having the EPA slow their high growth via the rapid implementation of new rules. For exploration and production companies, such as Bakken acreage leader Continental Resources /quotes/zigman/465953/quotes/nls/clr CLR -0.13%   and diversified independent oil and gas producer Apache Corporation /quotes/zigman/218137/quotes/nls/apa APA +0.33% , the slow phase-in of cleaner fracking...
  • Report Finds that Fracking Causes Earthquakes, but doesn’t Recommend a Ban

    04/24/2012 10:50:26 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies ^ | 04/20/2012 | John Daly
    The process of hydraulic fracturing is a mining technique which uses injected fluid to propagate fractures in a rock layer to release hydrocarbon deposits that would otherwise be uncommercial. Developed in the U.S. and first used in 1947 for stimulating of oil and natural gas wells, the use of “fracking” soared in the past decade as thousands of wells have been drilled into the Marcellus Formation, also referred to as the Marcellus Shale, a deposit of marine sedimentary rock found in eastern North America. While initial environmental protests of the technique centered around its possibility of polluting underground water aquifers...
  • EDITORIAL: More fracking red tape

    04/23/2012 5:56:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | Editorial
    New EPA rules place a green thumb on energy scalesNewton’s law says for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Obama’s law says for every innovation, there is an equal and opposite regulation. Despite President Obama’s assurance he is doing everything he can to solve the nation’s energy woes, his minions are busily grinding out fresh regulations to ensure only unaffordable power options have a chance at success. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday finalized 588 pages of new restrictions on the production of natural gas and oil that take primary aim at hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”...
  • New Brunswick town plagued for weeks by ‘earthquake swarm’ — and no one knows why

    04/18/2012 4:36:14 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 48 replies
    National Post ^ | 04/17/12 | staff
    Springtime in McAdam, a tiny village in southwestern New Brunswick not far from the Maine border, is like springtime in most other parts of Canada. Locals chatter about the NHL playoffs, the garden they are planting, the grass that needs to be cut, the fish they can’t wait to catch and the cottage they can’t wait to get to, once the warm weather really settles in. Lately, however, an interloper has elbowed its way into the community’s daily dialogue. Pushing aside the playoffs. Pushing its way to the very top of the talking points. “Everybody is talking about the earthquakes,”...
  • New EPA Guidlines for Fracking

    04/20/2012 6:37:39 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 13 replies
    Enviromental Protection Agency ^ | 4/18/2012 | Enviromental Protection Agency
    WASHINGTON – In response to a court deadline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized standards to reduce harmful air pollution associated with oil and natural gas production. The updated standards, required by the Clean Air Act, were informed by the important feedback from a range of stakeholders including the public, public health groups, states and industry. As a result, the final standards reduce implementation costs while also ensuring they are achievable and can be met by relying on proven, cost-effective technologies as well as processes already in use at approximately half of the fractured natural gas wells in...
  • BrightSource and the Fracking Task Force

    04/18/2012 7:42:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 16, 2012 | Jeffrey Folks
    Bad stuff always happens on Friday the 13th. So it was on Friday that BrightSource Energy, the large solar energy company that has already received $868 million of a $1.6-billion loan guarantee, canceled its IPO application. And that same day, President Obama appointed Heather Zichal to head a new high-level task force to coordinate regulation of hydraulic fracking. The two events, both highly inauspicious, were not unrelated. The connection is simple and obvious: in order to prop up failing solar companies, Obama needs to force natural gas prices higher. Solar energy companies like BrightSource can't seem to compete without government...
  • Fracking Vindicated

    04/18/2012 7:12:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 14, 2012 | Gary Jason
    The environmental left views the incredible rebirth of the American fossil fuel industry, wrought by unconventional methods (fracking and horizontal drilling), with alarm and disgust. The idea that the United States could easily fulfill all of its energy needs by utilizing its great domestic reserves of fossil fuels arouses their collective anger, and they have been battling this technology via every means at their disposal. The enviros have run a massive and effective propaganda campaign with documentaries and advertising suggesting that fracking contaminates water supplies and is killing animals and people. They have waged interminable lawsuits at the local, state,...
  • The Foolish Policy of Exporting Natural Gas

    04/18/2012 12:39:09 PM PDT · by Errant · 15 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | April 18, 2012 | BATR
    The lack of a government policy that promotes domestic energy independence in the United States is a tragic consequence of playing politics for decades. The current rage is the natural gas boom that offers the alternative of producing a plentiful and inexpensive source of fuel. Economic prosperity rests upon cheap and reliable power and natural gas offers the best option.
  • Pres. Obama issues Exec. Order to coordinate policy on development of unconventional natural gas

    04/14/2012 12:43:04 PM PDT · by taildragger · 38 replies
    greencarcongress ^ | 4/13/2012 | Staff
    President Obama has issued an Executive Order establishing an interagency working group to coordinate Administration policy efforts to support “safe and responsible” development of unconventional domestic natural gas and associated infrastructure. This would include coordination of policies on fracking.
  • Earthquakes in Central U.S. ‘Almost Certainly’ Tied To Fracking

    04/13/2012 6:40:17 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 70 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 4/13/12 | Amir Khan
    Over the past few years, the number of earthquakes in the usually seismically calm central United States has skyrocketed. Now scientists are pointing the finger at hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking," as the culprit. Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel, from underground rocks. Proponents of natural gas say it could reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil since vast majority of it comes from within the country. Natural gas is also more plentiful and cheaper than oil. Read more:
  • Gutfeld: 'Someone Must Have Pumped Sand And Water Through Matt Damon's Head'

    04/10/2012 11:44:59 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 7 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 04-10-12 | Breitbart TV
    Fox News' Greg Gutfeld: "So Matt Damon is making an anti-fracking movie. Yay! John Krasinksi will star, no doubt also an expert on this cruel practice that extracts natural gas. Boy, I hope he makes goofy faces like he does on 'The Office.' Adorable." (Video at link. Runs about 2 minutes)
  • Biden blames fracking for earthquakes

    04/03/2012 9:26:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/3/12 | Ben Wolfgang
    The vice president shook up the scientific world Tuesday. At a campaign stop in Virginia touting the administration’s energy policy, Vice President Joseph R. Biden blamed earthquakes on the extraction of natural gas by fracking. Industry analysts immediately panned Mr. Biden’s remarks — which are backed by no evidence — about the hydraulic fracturing method that uses water, sand and chemicals to crack underground rock and release vast amounts of fuel. (Snip) But state officials have confirmed that the temblors were the result of a wastewater-disposal well, not fracking itself.
  • TX: EPA drops order against Range Resources in Parker County case [EPA loses AGAIN]

    04/01/2012 6:25:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 3 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | March 30, 2012 | Matt Joyce
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an administrative order it filed against Fort Worth-based Range Resources over water contamination in Parker County. The EPA filed the “imminent and substantial endangerment order” in December 2010 and said Range’s drilling in Parker County had caused or contributed to the contamination of at least two residential drinking water wells. The agency ordered Range to stop the contamination, provide drinking water to the two residences and provide methane gas monitors to the homeowners, among other measures. Range’s challenge against the order was pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit...
  • Fracking – An Existential Threat To Green Dogma

    03/29/2012 1:22:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 March, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    USA --( The Sierra Club and other environmental pressure groups are redoubling their efforts to “stop fracking in its tracks.” No wonder. The technology is an existential threat to fundamental “green” dogmas. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing is a true “game changer.” In less than two years, this proven but still rapidly advancing technology has obliterated longstanding claims that we are running out of petroleum. Instead, the USA now finds itself blessed with centuries of oil and gas. Thankfully, much of it is on state and private lands, which cannot easily be locked up by federal diktat. Poland and Estonia...
  • Face-off over fracking

    03/22/2012 12:01:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | March 22, 2012, 1:44 PM | Russ Britt
    Natural gas may be plentiful, cheap and inviting at the moment. But the fracking process to get it still fans the flames of environmental policy clashes.At the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference outside Santa Barbara, Calif., drillers and environmentalists debated over whether fracking posed a danger to the communities they serve. Drillers said that the amount of natural gas available –4,000 trillion cubic feet — can’t be ignored.“There is so much there, which is shown by what prices are,” said Edward Cohen, chief executive of Atlas Energy .But Paul Gallay, president of the environmental group Riverkeeper, challenged Cohen and Aubrey...
  • Potential bounty for North Carolina

    03/21/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT · by greenwill · 1 replies
    News & Observer ^ | 03/21/12 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Nearly 40 years ago, when the first oil price shock from the Middle East and OPEC disrupted the American economy, North Carolina and Appalachia briefly became an oil and gas frontier. Following geological investigations, Chevron drilled an exploratory well in the Deep River Basin beneath Lee County, N.C. Oil was discovered at 5,000 feet, but it contained excessive paraffin and Chevron plugged the well.
  • Paul Krugman Drills Dry Hole On Oil, Gas Fracking

    03/20/2012 3:55:18 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Marcxh 20. 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy: The economist at the newspaper of record defends the president's energy policy of Solyndra, Chevy Volts and algae while dismissing the oil boom on private lands as a small-town hiccup with no impact on price. New York Times columnist and Keynesian economist Paul Krugman asks in a recent column why gas prices are rising if we are in the middle of a domestic oil boom. Doesn't the "drill, baby, drill" crowd claim, he argues, that prices will drop "if only we would stop protecting the environment and let energy companies do whatever they want"? Without our domestic oil boom,...
  • North Carolina regulators: Fracking is safe

    03/18/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT · by greenwill · 13 replies · 1+ views
    My Fox 8 ^ | 03/17/2012 | Joe Borlik
    RALEIGH, N.C. — A high-pressure drilling technique that could unleash jobs and profits but carries pollution risks can be used safely in North Carolina if lawmakers adopt the right precautions, state environmental regulators said in a study released Friday.
  • Pittsburgh-Area Site Is Chosen For Major Refinery

    03/16/2012 11:28:04 AM PDT · by dickmc · 13 replies
    Manufacturing Net ^ | Fri, 03/16/2012
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shell Oil Co. has chosen a site near Pittsburgh for a major, multi-billion-dollar petrochemical refinery that could create thousands of construction jobs and provide a huge economic boost to the region. Dan Carlson, Shell's General Manager of New Business Development, said Thursday that the company signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corp. to evaluate a site near Monaca, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The so-called ethane cracking, or cracker, plant would convert ethane from bountiful Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into more profitable chemicals such as ethylene, which are then used to produce everything from...
  • Vandals Hit Chesapeake Energy Facility (Enviro-Terrorists)

    03/16/2012 9:24:41 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 9 replies · 1+ views
    WNEP ^ | 16 March 2012 | WNEP
    Vandals are responsible for at least $300,000 in damage at a property owned by Chesapeake Energy in Bradford County, according to state police. Troopers said someone sliced cuts in a polyethylene liner of a water holding tank sometime over the weekend at a Chesapeake facility near Towanda. There was no water in the holding tank at the time. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call state police at Towanda at 570-265-2186
  • Fracking did not pollute water near homes: U.S. (Dimmock, PA)

    03/16/2012 7:32:03 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 15 March 2011 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON — A first round of tests showed no evidence that water at 11 homes in a small town in Pennsylvania near natural gas drilling operations had been polluted to unhealthy levels, U.S. environmental regulators said on Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency said in January it would perform tests at about 60 homes in Dimock where residents have complained since 2008 of cloudy, foul-smelling water after Cabot Oil & Gas Corp began hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas nearby. Sampling results from the first round of 11 homes "did not show levels of contamination that could present a health concern,"...
  • API: Proposed EPA Emission Rules Will Reduce Shale Gas Drilling

    03/15/2012 12:18:03 PM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | March 15, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Proposed regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce air emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations would drastically reduce shale gas drilling by 31 percent to 52 percent, or 12,700 to 21,400 wells, over the 2012 to 2015 time period, according to a study by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API study also found that: 5.8 to 7.0 quadrillion Btu (Quads) of otherwise economic unconventional natural gas would not be developed and produced by 2015, a 9 percent to 11 percent reduction 1.8 billion barrels of otherwise economic unconventional liquids would not be developed and produced by 2015,...
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • Energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the "opposition" to Shale Gas in North Carolina

    03/12/2012 8:28:19 PM PDT · by greenwill · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 02/27/12 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (two minutes)--->
  • Obama Energy Hypocrisy: What's It All About, Algae?

    03/09/2012 3:07:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 9, 2012 | IBD staff
    Energy: At a plant that makes natural-gas-powered trucks, the president proposes still more alternative-energy subsidies. The privately developed technology that lowered the price of natural gas can lower gasoline prices too. It was a tad surreal to see President Obama, champion of green energy and unions, visiting a foreign-owned manufacturer of natural gas-powered trucks in a right-to-work state. But there he was Wednesday, at the Daimler Trucks North America truck factory in Mount Holly, N.C., touting vehicles powered by a fossil fuel produced by drilling. The president, who recently touted pond scum as an energy source of the future, embraced...
  • Ohio: Fracking waste led to earthquakes

    03/09/2012 1:04:30 PM PST · by castowell · 36 replies
    AP ^ | 3/9/2012 | Julie Carr Smyth
    A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, Ohio oil and gas regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new regulations for drillers...
  • California's Controversial Oil Drilling (Hundreds of Wells Being Fracked in California)

    03/01/2012 6:53:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 17+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 | Stephen Stock, Liza Meak, and Mark Villarreal
    You've heard of fracking, the controversial practice of splitting rocks underground with high pressure water mixed with chemicals to release natural gas or oil. It's a technique that has raised serious concerns all over the country. NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reporter Stephen Stock uncovered that it's also going on right here in California and state regulators are doing nothing about it. Fracking is usually used to mine natural gas, but it's not natural gas companies here in California are after, it's oil. While this may come to a surprise to many people, Monterey County resident Steve Craig is very...
  • How to Extract Gas Responsibly

    02/29/2012 3:19:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2012 | JOE NOCERA
    Fracking isn’t going away. To put it another way, the technique of hydraulic fracturing, used to extract natural gas from once-impossible-to-get-at reservoirs like the Marcellus Shale that lies beneath New York and Pennsylvania, has more than proved its value. At this point, shale gas, as it’s called, makes up more than 30 percent of the country’s natural gas supply, up from 2 percent in 2001 — a figure that is sure to keep rising. Fracking’s enemies can stamp their feet all they want, but that gas is too important to leave it in the ground. Fred Krupp, the president of...
  • Byron King: To Frack or Not to Frack...That's the Question--02-28-2012

    02/29/2012 7:30:37 AM PST · by appeal2 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 02/29/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Byron King of Agora Financial is a geologist by trade, and he has actually been to the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR). Contrary to popular belief, the ANWR is a desolate place because very few tourists ever make it up there. So the price America is currently paying for NOT developing this extremely valuable resource is amazingly high. Without the added production from ANWR, the Alaska Pipeline may be close to closing, which would be an extreme loss to the nation and our energy security. While energy exploration and production always involves risks, they have been greatly reduced by better...
  • Second Judge in State Backs Local Ban on Gas Drilling (NY)

    02/25/2012 4:10:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 2+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | February 24, 2012 | NA
    A New York State judge ruled on Friday that Middlefield, in Otsego County, can ban natural gas drilling within its borders. It was the second court ruling this week that affirmed local authority over the process known as hydrofracking. Middlefield, with about 2,100 residents, passed a zoning law last June prohibiting heavy industry uses of land, including oil and gas drilling. Three months later, a landowner who had leased 377 acres of land to a gas company for drilling sued the town, arguing that only the state could regulate natural gas drilling. The landowner, Jennifer K. Huntington, a dairy farmer...
  • Crude Awakenings (ethical dilemma: "We hate fracking, but is it ok if we're making money from it?"

    02/23/2012 11:16:30 AM PST · by jiggyboy · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 17, 2012 | "The Ethicist", Ariel Kaminer
    Wherein a couple (?) of "ardent environmentalists" express their opposition to fracking and drilling, except for this special situation where they would make money by having it done on their own property...
  • Judge’s Ruling Complicates Hydrofracking Issue in New York

    02/22/2012 10:40:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2012 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    A state judge’s decision this week supporting the rights of individual towns to determine whether to allow hydraulic fracturing has added a new wrinkle to the fight over the natural gas drilling process in New York. Parties on all sides are trying to figure out what the ruling will mean, but a consensus emerged on Wednesday that there will be further court challenges and delays over when, how and where the process, known as hydrofracking, will be allowed in the state, and by whom. Officials of natural gas companies voiced concern that such local restrictions could render more areas of...
  • US FY 2013 Budget: EPA Focuses........ (Obama 2nd Term Alert)

    02/21/2012 9:22:38 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 1 replies
    Between the Poles Blog ^ | 19 Feb 2012 | Geoff Zeiss
    The U.S. Administration has proposed a budget of $8.344 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for FY 2013, $105 million below the EPA’s budget for FY 2012. National Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Standards Program - Increase In November, 2011, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a joint proposal to extend the National Program of greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards to model year 2017 through 2025 passenger vehicles. The comment period for the proposal for the proposal ended February 13, 2012. In addition the EPA and the NHTSA have announced the first...
  • University study: Fracking hasn’t contaminated groundwater

    02/18/2012 1:27:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Stand by for the backlash from environmentalist groups. One of the mainstays in the green movement and their efforts to derail domestic energy production is the widely touted liberal doctrine that fracking is bad. (For those just joining our program, fracking is the common nickname associated with hydraulic fracturing.) Various political, agenda driven activists like Josh Fox have made a fine living blaming fracking for everything from exploding sinks to earthquakes. (No… seriously.)In the past, when a series of studies have shown the majority of these claims to be nonsense, activists responded by claiming that the institutions performing the studies...