Big Data Meets Civic Engagement

By: Saturday May 3, 2014 12:59 pm

An effort like this seems very important to me – the “wait until it fails” model of regulation doesn’t seem like a winner, and I’d like to see other examples highlighted. They are buried in data, though, and ferreting them out requires new tools and new talents. Activists take note.

 

The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges

By: Sunday April 27, 2014 6:47 am

Lackawanna College’s price is $2.5 million.

That’s how much Cabot Oil & Gas paid to the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas, whose own nine building campus is in New Milford in northeastern Pennsylvania. On the School’s logo are now the words, “Endowed by Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.”

Ukraine: It’s All About the Shale

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 7:07 pm

The crisis gripping Ukraine has plunged transatlantic relations to their lowest point since the Cold War and threatens to send Ukraine into an armed conflict with potentially dire consequences for the country and the wider region.

Moscow’s alleged meddling in eastern Ukraine and its earlier annexation of Crimea spurred worldwide rebukes and much international commentary regarding the growing East-West divide. But one aspect that we have heard less about is the corporate struggle for Ukraine’s oil and natural gas. By some accounts, it is this struggle that is as much to blame for the current crisis as any geopolitical tug-of-war between East and West.

ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada’s Keystone XL for Fracking

By: Monday April 7, 2014 7:15 pm

When most environmentalists and folks who follow pipeline markets think of TransCanada, they think of the proposed northern half of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Flying beneath the public radar, though, is another TransCanada-proposed pipeline with a similar function as Keystone XL. But rather than for carrying tar sands bitumen to the Gulf Coast, this pipeline would bring to market shale gas obtained via fracking.

Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital (update)

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 1:09 pm

Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will now be allowed to go to her hospital, supermarket, drug store, several restaurants, and the place where she goes for rehabilitation therapy. She can also go to the county’s recycling center, which is on 12.5 acres of land the county had leased to Cabot Gas & Oil Corp., one of the largest drillers in the country.

John Podesta’s Heroic Battle Against Straw Men and the Politically Marginalized

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 6:40 am

Last week several environmental groups called on the president to not speed up permitting for liquefied natural gas exports. In response White House adviser John Podesta met with reporters and forcefully rebutted arguments they had not made.

“If you oppose all fossil fuels and you want to turn that switch off tomorrow, that is a completely impractical way of moving toward a clean-energy future” he thundered, answering a charge articulated by no one

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

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 10:50 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 Times – refused to run advertisements promoting the fracking ban.

Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 4:00 pm

The oil and gas industry, the nation’s chambers of commerce, and politicians who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe.

First, close your mind to the myriad scientific studies that show the health effects from fracking.

Close your mind to the well-documented evidence of the environmental impact.

Focus just upon the effects upon the workers.

When Job Creators Create Lousy Jobs

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 9:00 am

One of the most interesting links I found while researching last week’s post on Teach For America was the item on how TFA hiring in Connecticut was denying job opportunities to local residents. It occurred to me that the author was getting an on-the-ground look at a similar phenomenon I’ve observed with the oil and gas industry in Ohio (and presumably elsewhere): both TFA and fracking rely on short term, out of state labor.

Rex Tillerson, No Merit Badge for This Scout

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 10:55 am

Rex W. Tillerson, a resident of Bartonville, Texas, like many of his neighbors was upset with his city council. That’s not unusual. Many residents get upset at their local governing boards. And so they went to a city council meeting to express their concerns that the council was about to award a construction permit.

Did I mention Mr. Tillerson is the chairman, president, and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation?

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