Browsing the "Natural Gas" Category

Current Extremism and it's Toll on the Environment

September 20th, 2011 | by Kate Follot

A few weeks ago we were sorely reminded of the extremism of the majority of the current Republican candidates. Among many other alarming things said, Republicans suggested eliminating or privatizing: FEMA, NASA, the EPA, the Federal Labor Relations Board, Medicaid and food stamps. Herman Cain promised not to appoint any Muslims who want to kill Americans to his cabinet. Michele Bachmann supports states’ rights on gay marriage, but also supports a constitutional amendment outlawing it. Rick Santorum wants to “a system of discipline” to “punish” gay soldiers, which suggests that his problem with pornographic Google results is not likely to abate. Tim Pawlenty views Iraq as “one of the shiniest examples of success in the Middle East.”


France is Now First Nation to Ban 'Fracking'

July 10th, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi

As reported in the June 30 on-line edition of Le Monde, the French Parliament has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing -- the natural gas extracting technique known popularly as 'fracking'. The law had passed the National Assembly nine days earlier and then moved on to the Senate, where the measure passed by a small majority of 176 (yes) to 151 (no). This makes France the first nation to ban the controversial extraction technique


Natural Gas Fracking DOES Create More Methane in Underground Water

June 29th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

The drive to replace coal-burning electricity with natural gas continues to run into environmental speed bumps. Research scientists writing for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) report that while directional drilling and hydraulic-fracturing technologies are dramatically increasing natural-gas extraction, the aquifers overlying the Marcellus and Utica shale formations of northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York show systematic evidence of methane contamination of drinking water associated with shale-gas extraction


In First, Scientific Study Links 'Fracking' to Flammable Water

May 12th, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi

A team of Duke University scientists, analyzing shallow groundwater sources in a region of Northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York, has found that levels of flammable methane (CH4) contamination increased when those water supplies were nearest natural gas wells. The study/analysis is the first to find physical evidence of the connection



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