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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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,
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
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
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.
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,
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