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Fracking’s future an illusion at best: Olive

Published on February 23, 2013 by in Home

  Strip away “possible” and “speculative” reserves, add in surging demand and costs, and a century’s worth of resources plunges to 11 years’ worth of supply.     By David Olive Toronto Star   The industry’s irrational exuberance migrated to the industry-friendly International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA predicted in 2011 that burgeoning U.S. oil

 
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How Alberta Will Fight Fracking Folk Hero Jessica Ernst

Published on January 16, 2013 by in Home

  In famous flaming water case, regulator to argue ‘no duty of care’ to landowners or groundwater.   By Andrew Nikiforuk TheTyee.ca     Alberta’s main oil and gas regulator will argue in an Alberta court this Friday that it owes “no duty of care” to protect groundwater from hydraulic fracturing and that a regulator can

 
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The Struggle Against a Fracking Wasteland

Published on January 13, 2013 by in Home

  By Donna Kohut ecolutionist.com   Louisiana’s bayous are collapsing into record-sized sinkholes. Houses melt from the heat of a gas pipeline fire in Sissonville, West Virginia. Livestock in South Dakota lose their tails from chemical contamination of their air, land, and water. California, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming sell off public lands to promote corporate profit.

 
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Shale Gas: How Hard on the Landscape?

Published on January 10, 2013 by in Home

  Industry’s claim that clustered wells preserve forests and farms is a myth, says expert. Second in a series.   By Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca   The shale gas industry claims that it is doing everything it can to minimize its impact on forests and farms, but therein lies the resource’s second major myth. Industry lobbyists such

 
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DNA Tracers Could Put End to Fracking Guessing Game On Water Contamination

Published on January 9, 2013 by in Home

  CAROL LINNITT DESmogBlog.com   The oil and gas industry has just been handed an opportunity to walk the walk when it comes to ‘best practices‘ for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking for unconventional gas. BaseTrace is a cutting-edge technology that uses resiliant DNA tracers to give a unique fingerprint to fracturing fluid blends. Conflicts over water contamination

 
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California Fracking Disclosure Rules Leave Some Environmentalists Unsatisfied

Published on January 1, 2013 by in Home

  Isn’t it interesting that a “controversial practice” is commonly considered insane by anyone with an IQ over 50? Aaron Sankin Huffington Post     SAN FRANCISCO — Underneath much of Central and southern California sits the single largest deposit of shale oil in the United States, boasting a motherlode of some 15 billion barrels

 
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Myth 1: Fracking will mean cheaper energy

Published on December 23, 2012 by in Home

    www.refracktion.com   This myth is perpetrated on a regular basis and it is very seductive – after all who can argue that being able to keep Granny warm in winter isn’t a desirable thing, and obviously anyone who opposes something that will make this possible must be an evil extremist with a hidden

 
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Why is the Fracking Industry Worried Sick Over Promised Land?

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Sharon Kelly DeSmogBlog This month Focus Features releases Matt Damon’s new movie Promised Land and the oil and gas industry is worried sick about it. Promised Land is about a Pennsylvania farm town deciding whether to go forward with shale gas drilling after a team of landmen arrives in the area. Damon plays one of these landman,

 
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NEWS: Encana-PetroChina deal means more fracking in Alberta

Published on December 14, 2012 by in Home

  Brent Patterson Council of Canadians   The Globe and Mail reports, “Encana Corp. reached a $2.2-billion joint venture with PetroChina to develop the hot new Duvernay property in Alberta, in a deal that will fly just below the radar of Investment Canada’s new guidelines on state-owned enterprises. …Encana CEO Randy Eresman said the partners

 
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Fracking: Climate change friend or foe?

Published on December 13, 2012 by in Home

  John Parnell RTCC     There is no questioning the logic that replacing dirty coal power plant with their cleaner gas equivalents, is better for the climate. But the reality is that new gas supplies tend not to replace, but displace high emitting fuels with no overall benefit to the climate. Localised environmental issues,

 
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Colleges re-evaluate industry funding ties after shale report controversies

Published on December 12, 2012 by in Home

  Pamela King, E&E reporter EnergyWire   As scrutiny increases over the relationship between oil and gas industry funding and academic research, universities are likely to take a second look at their conflict-of-interest guidelines. Last month, the State University of New York at Buffalo shuttered its troubled Shale Resources and Society Institute, and the University

 
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U.K. Dash for Shale Gas a Test for Global Fracking

Published on December 11, 2012 by in Home

    Thomas K. Grose in London For National Geographic News   The starting gun has sounded for the United Kingdom’s “dash for gas,” as the media here have dubbed it. As early as this week, a moratorium on shale gas production is expected to be lifted. And plans to streamline and speed the regulatory process

 
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U.S. Gas Drilling Experts Say Technology Exists To Control Leaks And Pollution, But Problems Remain

Published on December 11, 2012 by in Home

  By KEVIN BEGOS and SETH BORENSTEIN AP/Huffington Post    PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the Colorado mountains, a spike in air pollution has been linked to a boom in oil and gas drilling. About 800 miles away on the plains of north Texas, there’s a drilling boom, too, but some air pollution levels have declined.

 
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Quakers Oppose Hydrofracking in New York State and Beyond

Published on December 4, 2012 by in Home

  Urge political representatives to prohibit the practice   Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Press Release New York, NY — New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (commonly called Quakers) formally opposed the practice of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF, hydrofracking, or fracking) at its Fall Sessions in Old Chatham, New York,

 
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Depleting natural gas reserves makes no sense for BC

Published on November 28, 2012 by in Home

 Two of Canada’s most knowledgeable energy analysts call this plan an insult to basic economics. It is also an insult to our environment.   David Hughes and Ben Parfitt Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives    British Columbia is no petro state. So why do our political leaders insist that we are a global energy power? At the University of

 
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