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Quakeland – how fracking earthquakes could make OK the next oil-driven eco-disaster

Kathryn Miles, author of the new book Quakeland: On the Road To America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, has written a piece at Politico on the kind of subject most people don’t think about until after a disaster. She explores what would happen if a big earthquake struck at or near Cushing, Oklahoma, a crossroads of 14 major oil pipelines and […]

September 14th

Fracking leaves Pennsylvania waters awash in a toxic chemical stew

The release of “treated” wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in Pennsylvania has led to regional watersheds being contaminated with radioactive materials, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and heavy metals, according to a new study from researchers at Penn State, Colorado State, and Dartmouth. By James Ayre  The analysis of sediments and porewaters from a lake downstream from two […]

July 27th

Fracking: Pity the poor, overburdened oil companies.

In Europe, fracking is about as popular as the plague. Ireland is the latest country to outlaw the practice, joining France, Germany, and Belgium. Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan told the press after the ban passed both houses of the Irish legislature, “Our current energy policy is nothing less than a complete contradiction, a policy that can only […]

July 26th

After Peak Oil, what next? Who profits, who loses bigly?

Many people expected that peak oil  would lead to rising prices – basic supply and demand. But reality has been very different. By George Harvey  What we’ve actually seen: Prices dropped because declines in demand actually preceded declines in production. And the result is a market most people, possibly even OPEC leaders, have found unpredictable. We […]

June 20th

Do we really need an “All of the Above” energy strategy? (Keep it in the ground!)

The world has a problem with overheating. And the problem is going to last at least 10,000 years per a study published in Nature. In the near term, we have to take bold steps to move the needle on climate change – beyond the panacea of an “All of the Above” energy strategy. By Michael […]

June 11th

Happy World Oceans Day – how big oil effectively runs Cali’s marine protection areas

“If these are true marine protection areas, they why are we allowing drilling and other insults to the ocean in them? The whole MLPA Initiative was a phony process that provided an opportunity for Big Green and government bureaucrats to write press releases claiming these were ‘protected areas’ when in reality the fishermen and Tribes […]

June 8th

Jerry Brown poses as ‘climate leader’ while he promotes fracking, Delta Tunnels

He’s a political genius when it comes to working media, since he’s convinced much of the state, national and international media that he’s a “climate leader” and “green governor” when Jerry Brown actually oversees some of the most environmentally devastating policies of any governor in recent California history. By Dan Bacher Responding to President Donald Trump’s […]

June 6th

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