Illinois Fracking Ban Fails After Local Newspapers Refuse To Accept Ads Supporting It

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 10:03 am

An attempt to ban fracking in Johnson County, Illinois has failed by a 58-42 vote after the only two newspapers in the country refused to run advertisements from those supporting the initiative. According to the group Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) Johnson County’s only two newspapers – The Goreville Gazette and The Vienna [...]

Children Given Lifelong Ban From Talking About Fracking As Water Activists Labeled Terrorists By Government

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:21 am

The absurd world of natural gas exploitation just keeps on producing wild stories. First there was the revelation of the Halliburton Loophole that Vice President Cheney instituted, exempting fracking from many environmental regulations, including the Clean Water Act. Then the stories of people lighting their tap water on fire due to natural gas from fracking getting into the [...]

Fracking Industry Moves to Recycling Wastewater

By: Monday November 19, 2012 11:38 am

The fracking boom happened so quickly that nobody had any time to deal with the consequences. Not only did politicians not anticipate regulations, allowing the industry to operate in a kind of free-fire zone, but the industry didn’t recognize the massive amounts of limited resources they would need to continue fracking in the future. Specifically, [...]

Administration Wrestles With Granting Natural Gas Export Permits

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:00 am

For all the influence and power in fracking today, if the US were to export natural gas that would magnify a hundred fold. Think about the difference between Saudi Arabia only supplying their domestic industries with oil fuel and supplying the world. There’s no comparison. Natural gas has traditionally been very difficult to export, but [...]

The Depressing Energy Debate in America

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 7:39 am

Anyone hoping to see an end to our policies of encouraging the burning of fossil fuels certainly winced at the energy section of last night’s debate, which did not mention climate change but did feature both candidates trying to convince the country that they would deliver more coal and oil-based domestic energy.

Andrew Cuomo Pressured Into Delaying Approval on Fracking

By: Monday October 1, 2012 9:45 am

Here’s a story about the power of independent, outside movements to advance policy arguments. The story about fracking in New York was that it would simply happen, without much resistance from the state government. The special interests were too powerful, there was too much money at stake. In fact, nationally, the fracking boom is key [...]

Methane Showing Up in Water Contaminated By Fracking

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 12:26 pm

The biggest reason for the decline in greenhouse gas emissions over the past couple years is the replacement of dirty coal with natural gas to generate electricity. But this will not last if the fracking that has unlocked so much natural gas leads to the release of underground methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Among all [...]

Study: Fluids Can Migrate in Marcellus Shale Area

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 6:55 am

A new study of the Marcellus Shale region, which has been one of the most prominent places for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, shows that fluids buried deep under the surface are seeping into drinking water. The study does not indict fracking as the cause or claim that fracking fluids are among those finding their [...]

Josh Fox Highlights Fracking On Known Fault Lines in Los Angeles

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 7:12 am

Hydraulic fracturing, the process of extracting natural gas from rock and shale by hitting it with high-pressure water and chemicals to cause large fissures, has come to Southern California, despite the major earthquake potential here and the documented evidence that fracking leads to elevated seismic activity. Yesterday, Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director behind the anti-fracking [...]

Administration Fracking Rules Don’t Require Disclosure of Chemicals Until After Drilling

By: Monday May 7, 2012 11:00 am

This is a couple days old, but it’s pretty remarkable, so let’s have at it. The Obama Administration has been threatening for weeks to issue “tough” guidelines on hydraulic fracturing, the first federal regulations on the practice. They always paired this with an invocation of support for the “safe and responsible production of domestic natural [...]

ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Sham Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter CSG

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 1:51 pm

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog 19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its “ALEC Exposed” project, is the archetype of von Bismarck’s truism. So too are the fracking [...]

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