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A small victory – public beats fracking industry at Seneca Lake

By Meteor Blades Seven years ago, Arlington Storage Company began plans to expand an underground operation to store natural gas from fracking  in abandoned salt mines Seneca Lake, a small town in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. In 2014 the project to store natural gas pried from underground rock in Pennsylvania by hydraulic fracturing gained […]

May 12th

Oklahoma drinking water getting trashed by oil and gas injection wells

By Meteor Blades Clean Water Action, a 45-year-old eco-advocacy group that opposes hydraulic fracturing, has released a 16-page report that argues Oklahoma regulators are ignoring risks to underground sources of drinking water (USDWs) from oil and gas wastewater injection wells. The regulators challenge the report’s assertions, but the report says this is occurring because the regulators are […]

April 10th

Judge throws out PA fracking verdict. Sorry about your poison water…

By Meteor Blades A U.S. magistrate judge has rejected a jury’s March 2016 decision to award more than $4 million to two families in Dimock, Pennsylvania, who claimed their well water had been tainted by methane released from underground rock formations by hydraulic fracturing—fracking. Concluding among other things that the scientific evidence presented in court was […]

April 4th

Cali county voters pass fracking ban

By Dan Bacher The voters in Butte County, California approved a fracking ban, Measure E, by an overwhelming 71 percent on June 7. Butte is the fourth California county to ban the environmentally destructive and dangerous method of oil extraction, according to a statement from Frack-Free Butte County,  the campaign organized by the Citizens Action Network (CAN), in coordination with the Butte Environmental […]

June 10th

Offshore fracking returns to Cali. Thanks, Obama?

By Dan Bacher Claiming that fracking poses no significant impact to the environment, Obama administration officials on May 27 finalized their plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and acidizing  in California’s Santa Barbara Channel. The announcement from the two agencies responsible for oil drilling, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the […]

May 28th

Jerry Brown grandstands in Paris as he fails to protect Latino children from fracking

By Dan Bacher An appeal in a lawsuit by the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment exposes Governor Jerry Brown’s hypocrisy in grandstanding about climate change and green energy in Paris while his administration’s has failed to protect Latino public school children from the dangerous health impacts of fracking in Kern County.   A Kern County […]

December 15th

No Fracking In New York Says DEC

Residents of New York state need not worry, there will be no fracking in New York. The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) banned the practice by issuing the final document needed to ban the practice. The state DEC has studied the controversial practice for seven years leading up to yesterday’s ban of high-volume […]

June 30th

You won’t believe how much big oil spends on lobbying (to get billions in subsidies)

A new chart released by Stop Fooling California reveals that the oil industry, including the Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron, BP and other oil companies, spent $56.63 million on lobbying at the State Capitol in the five years from 2009 through 2013.  “It’s enough to spend $471,000 on each California Senator and Assemblymember,” according tohttp://www.stopfoolingca.org, […]

April 2nd