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An Update on US Methane Emissions from Fracking

Originally published by gws on SkepticalScience.com A relatively large number of research publications has appeared in the peer-reviewed literature since we last updated our readers on fracking and methane, CH4, emissions. We cannot discuss them all here. However, in summary, it can be concluded from these papers that EPA is very likely underestimating fossil fuel […]

September 3rd

US EIA: Natural Gas CO2 Emissions are Exceeding Coal Emissions

For the first time since 1972, energy-associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal are dropping below natural gas CO2 emissions. The US Energy Information Agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook reports that energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas are expected to be 10 percent higher than coal emissions for 2016. This is a classic case of […]

August 26th

More Research: Fracking by the Numbers; The Damage to Our Water, Land, and Climate from a Decade of Dirty Drilling

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Proof of the hazardous, risky, severe results from fracking grows. Local communities are at serious risk from the process of fracking. A new report, Fracking by the Numbers, states: “The combination of two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—has enabled the oil and gas industry to engage to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations […]

May 11th

The “Significant Public Health Risk” Of Fracking: The Data Mounts

“Elevation in Cancer is Certain to Happen” The shale ‘boom’ in the United States since the mid-2000s has resulted in unprecedented growth for the oil and gas industry. This is largely the result of the technology known as ‘fracking’ — hydraulic fracturing. The process involves drilling thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface, then using explosives […]

June 8th

First Large-Scale Assessment Of Oil & Gas Industry’s Impact On Landscapes Of US + Canada — Huge Loss Of Vegetation & Arable Cropland

The first large-scale scientific assessment of the oil and gas industry’s impact on the landscapes of the US and Canada was recently completed by researchers at the University of Montana. As anyone who’s seen a picture of what oil fields look like from the air (much less the tar sands) can probably guess, the prognosis […]

April 30th

New York Bans Fracking due to Public Health Risks

[Originally published on InspiredEconomist.com] New York State voters approve of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by a margin of 55 to 25 percent. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, no political party, gender, age group, or regional interest group disapproves of the ban against fracking for fossil fuel […]

February 10th

Scientific American Raises The Methane Issue: Coal vs. Natural Gas?

Opponents of natural gas fracking on environmental grounds (groundwater pollution, seismicity, and socioeconomic disruption, to name a few) have a much stronger argument against the practice since the publication of two methane studies in scientific journals and a lay summary in Scientific American last week. Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

July 27th

Female Rapper Kellee Maize Lays Down an Anti-Fracking Track

http://youtu.be/IFjVj-ow9K8 It’s not often that hip-hop and environmental issues such as fracking go hand in hand, but in this case, female rapper Kellee Maize breaks it down for us. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is fraught with environmental risks, from groundwater pollution to the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and while the proponents […]

May 22nd

"Clean Gas" More Dangerous Than Coal, Industry Expert Tells TV

US “clean gas” wells in operation (Irekia-Eusko Jaurlaritza in blogs.lse.ac.uk) Turns out that just about everyone (including President Obama) has been hugely underestimating the methane pollution levels of so-called “clean gas.” The booming American economy now seems to come at a greater cost than we originally thought when we found out that natural gas produces […]

May 22nd

Hilarious Daily Show Clip On Fracking (VIDEO)

This is absolutely hilarious… but also absolutely sad. Most of what is in this Daily Show fracking video is no joke at all. The ramifications from fracking that are highlighted here are real — even the earthquakes. And Chevron’s attempt to pacify a community that had just seen an explosion that killed one of its […]

April 2nd

Los Angeles Council Unanimously Puts Off Fracking

When the hydraulic fracturing measure passed the Los Angeles City Council today, several tweeters posted photos of this meeting (source of the above: Walker Foley on twitter). The City Council of Los Angeles, second-most populous metro in the United States, voted 10-0 today to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other “unconventional” deep-underground drilling methods to produce […]

March 1st

UPDATE: Earthquakes Spark Interest As 2014 Begins

In 2010, strong seismic activity in the Eureka (Humboldt County) area included an offshore quake of magnitude 6.5 at the Pacific Plate boundary (Photo: public domain). Seismic effects of fracking have finally started percolating in the American public consciousness this winter, with sturdy shoves from an outspoken government scientist, a famous television journalist, and the […]

February 18th

Smokey Bear, Take Two: Forest Fracking

From the artist (anon): The Forest Service is leasing our national forests to gas companies for fracking in several forests already: Allegheny National Forest (PA) George Washington National Forest (WV & VA) Wayne National Forest (Ohio) Talladega National Forest (Alabama) Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National Forest (Colorado) White River National Forest (Colorado) The Bridger-Teton National Forest (Wyoming)

January 28th

Formaldehyde — #5 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on pet coke. 5. Formaldehyde Fossil Fuel Source: Natural Gas Formaldehyde is a carcinogen with known links to leukemia and rare nasopharyngeall cancers, according to the International […]

December 3rd

Silica — #8 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is one part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on mercury. 8. Silica (Silicon Dust/Fracking Sand) Fossil Fuel Source: Natural Gas  Crystalline silica (“frac sand”) is a known human carcinogen; breathing silica dust can […]

November 30th

Radon — #9 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is the second part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on silica. 9. Radon Fossil Fuel Use: Natural Gas Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas which causes lung cancer. It […]

November 29th

800-Ton Steel Roof Raised By Electric Fans Blowing Air, As Massive Australian LNG Project Proceeds

A massive new liquified natural gas (LNG) construction project in Australia — one of the first “coal-conversion” projects of its kind — took a major step towards completion last week when, on June 25, a dome-shaped steel roof, weighing more than 850 tons (more than four 747 airliners) was lifted to into place by electric […]

July 2nd

Fracking Waste: Too Toxic, Even For A Hazardous Waste Site

On April 19, a truck delivering waste from a fracking operation in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was quarantined after being rejected by a hazardous waste landfill as too dangerous. The truck was carrying highly radioactive radium-226 in concentrations 86 times higher than allowed per EPA limits. After being quarantined at a the landfill, the truck was sent back […]

April 30th

New Study Confirms Water Injection Caused Oklahoma Earthquake

The linkage between wastewater injection and earthquakes seems to have been covered ad nauseum over the past few years, especially in relation to the Oklahoma earthquakes on November 6, 2011, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Prague (in Oklahoma, not in Europe) was preceded by a 5.0 shock and followed by literally thousands of aftershocks. […]

March 27th

Fracking In The Age Of Cancer

In 1794 Thomas Paine released “The Age of Reason“, a call to abandon blind loyalty to institutionalized religion.The title of Paine’s work can also be applied to today’s fracking industry — in the age of cancer. In 2012 alone there were 1,600,000 newly diagnosed cancer discoveries in the United States. Some 1,500 people die of […]

March 5th

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon Join Thousands At Anti-Fracking March At NY Governor Cuomo's Office

  Adding to the increasing numbers of celebrities adding their voice to the anti-fracking and anti-extreme extraction movement overall, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon today joined protesters at a rally at the offices of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany. The rally was organized by a coalition of anti-fracking activists, including “Artists Against Fracking” and […]

January 11th

Fracking Industry Cited By Prominent Medical Journal For Infringing Upon Patient–Physician Relationship

  A report issued this month in The New England Journal of Medicine cites the controversial gas extraction process known as ‘fracking’ as one of four prime examples of an increasing trend whereby legislators, in cooperation with industry, “inappropriately infringe on clinical practice and patient-physician relationships.” The October 18 article, titled “Legislative Interference with the […]

November 14th

Voluntary Fracking Reporting? Bloomberg: Chemicals Not Reported, Half of All Wells "Obscured"

  In a little-noticed Aug 2012 report, Bloomberg News reported that gas and oil energy companies failed to comply with their own voluntary plan to disclose chemicals in their operations — and, further, failed to report on the very existence of half of their wells. The report analyzed the efficacy of “FracFocus.org” — a voluntary […]

September 19th

Fracking and the Natural Gas "Boom" — No National Standards, Secrecy, and Carcinogens

  The President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Francis Beinecke, recently visited areas in western Pennsylvania where ‘fracking’ operations are occurring, and spoke with local residents about the impacts of these projects in their communities. My cousin — a medical professional without any affiliation with environmental organizations like Ms. Beinecke’s — also spent […]

September 7th

Hollywoood Stunner: Darth Vader Upstages Clint Eastwood at GOP Convention, Endorses Romney's "War on the Environment"

  Former Imperial Fleet Supreme Commander Darth Vader, in his first public appearance in years, today announced his support for Mitt Romney for President. Vader’s endorsement, the subject of much backroom gossip in recent weeks, was secured after the selection of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential candidate, according to a Dark Star spokesman. “The […]

August 31st

Obama, Declaring "we must learn from history," Praises Chevron at A-bomb Memorial Service

  President Obama, speaking at the annual “Chevron remembers Nagasaki” memorial service, today praised the US oil giant for its role “in helping all of us learn from history.” Speaking in San Fransisco moments before the crowd-pleasing pyrotechnic recreation of the 1944 blasts in Japan, Obama cited the role of the oil industry in working […]

August 8th

Health Crisis in Texas as Long-Elusive "Stupid Virus" Found

  Scientists across the United States today reacted with alarm at the discovery of the long-assumed, but previously undetected “Stupid Virus.” The discovery came after analyzing tissue samples from members of the official Texas Republican Party, who, earlier this week, released their 2012 statewide policy platform which declared “No More Teaching of ‘Critical Thinking Skills’ […]

July 11th