Bush Family and Inner Circle Play Central Role in Lawsuits vs. Denton, Texas Fracking Ban

By: Friday November 7, 2014 12:56 pm

On November 4, Denton, Texas, became the first city in the state to ban the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) when 59 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the initiative. It did so in the heart of the Barnett Shale basin, where George Mitchell — the “father of fracking” — drilled the first sample wells for his company Mitchell Energy.

As promised by the oil and gas industry and by Texas Railroad Commission commissioner David Porter, the vote was met with immediate legal backlash.


A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 6 Nov 2014

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 5:30 pm

*USA. Will the Republican majority in the US Senate pass a filibuster-proof bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline? Sen. John Hoeven (R, ND) says they will, and soon. Btw, the overall cost of TransCanada’s Keystone XL is now an estimated $8 billion. Update: During his post-election news conference, President Obama made some intriguing comments about the Keystone XL pipeline: “There’s an independent process. It’s moving forward.” He referred to the NE lawsuit that’s supposed to be decided in the new year. Obama also mentioned concern for climate change, and that “this is Canadian oil, this isn’t U.S. oil.” To him, Keystone is “one small aspect of a broader trend”.

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 30 Oct 2014

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 6:45 pm

*US. Fracking has resulted in the “highest level in at least three decades” of US crude oil production, with 379.7 million barrels of oil now stored. An industry spokesperson, however, said, while they’re “still optimistic about shale growth”, 2014 is likely to be a peak year.

Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers

By: Monday October 27, 2014 4:15 pm

By calculating the production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields throughout the U.S., Post Carbon concludes that the future of fracking is not nearly as bright as industry cheerleaders suggest.

Coal CEO Robert Murray Unearths Lease From Aubrey McClendon’s New Fracking Company

By: Friday October 17, 2014 3:59 pm

DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embattled former CEO and founder of Chesapeake Energy, Aubrey McClendon, now CEO of American Energy Partners.

Elisabeth Radow, a New York-based attorney who examined a copy of the lease, told DeSmogBlog she believes the lease “has the effect of granting American Energy Partners the right to use the surface and subsurface to such a great extent that it takes away substantially all of the rights attributable to homeownership.”

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 16 Oct 2014

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 6:10 pm

*Worldwide. October 11 was the date for the third Global Frackdown. Participants took to the streets “in at least 32 countries on six continents and over 30 states across the US.” “Thousands Unite . . . From Bulgaria to Lithuania from the UK to CA.” From Alice Springs, Australia to Holyrood, Scotland; Senedd, Cardiff; London Frack Crackdown; Lavender Farm, Lewis County, WV ; Cincinnati, OH’s Fountain Square; Nassau County, NY’s Long Beach; OH’s Youngtown/Warren Regional Chamber!

Late Night: Boomtown USA

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 8:00 pm

At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn’t expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn’t really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer.

“Can you cover the floor?” the other waitress yelled around 11 p.m. as she and her crop-top sweater sidled behind the bar to take over for the bouncers and bartenders. They had rushed outside to deal with a commotion. I resolved to shuttle Miller Lites and Fireball shots with extra vigor. I didn’t know who was fighting, but assumed it involved my least favorite customers of the night.

Mining The Earth: 14 Oct 2014

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 5:12 pm

*USA. Use of sand for fracking may be all the rage right now, but concerns about “the health impacts of breathing silica dust” are mounting, too. One sand miner’s stock increased 400% over the past year and a half, and another is adding 3.8 million tons “of frac sand mine and plant capacity in Wisconsin and Missouri.” But health experts and local governments are increasingly very concerned about the major effects of sand mining on health.

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 9 Oct 2014

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 4:30 pm

*USA. When a question like this is the headline in a popular US news mag—“Will Fracking Fizzle? The future of the ‘shale revolution’ hinges on the adoption of best practices as industry norms”—it makes one wonder if we might be turning a corner on this dirty business. Several items below reinforce the possibility, at least for this week.

Susan G. Komen Foundation Under Fire for Partnership With Fracking Company

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 11:25 am

Komen is facing a backlash after it was announced that Baker Hughes was a partner. After making a $100,000 donation, Hughes will paint 1,000 drill bits “Passionately Pink” the color of the Komen Foundation. Bits that will be used for fracking for natural gas.

So Komen gets some money, Baker Hughes gets some publicity, what’s the problem? Well, fracking itself is under scrutiny itself for, among other things, possibly causing cancer.

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