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A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 25 Sep 2014


*Keep the Oil in the Ground.

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World

*US.  President Obama went before the UN to talk about climate change and what the US is doing regarding it.   Several significant claims made in his speech were quickly subjected to some fact checking.

*UN.  According to this report, things are pretty cozy between corporations, banks and world governments at the UN Climate Conference meeting.

*Everywhere.  The world is “experiencing weather of an intensity that should rattle the stubborn false convictions of even the most fervent climate change denier.”  Why’s that not happening?  “Slick public relations and advertising campaigns are underwritten to fool the public and smear the truthtellers”.   You’ll never guess where the money comes from to fund those efforts, oh-nooooo.

*Everywhere.  “Fracking or Drinking Water?  That May Become the Choice.”  This issue is finally receiving the attention it deserves.  Videos.

*US.  Interactive map showing oil and gas wells in the various United States, and several other countries, too.

*US. Close to two million metric tons of carbon pollution has been left underground” over the past six years as individuals and communities, farmers and ranchers, indigenous peoples and various alliance have fought the Keystone XL pipeline.  This controversy could come to a head in the next few months following a key ruling by the NE Supreme Court.

*US. Could all the “bad outcomes” of fracking be “the simple results of an oil and gas addiction”, leading to “bad industry practices” that are unlikely to stop?  Regulatory budgets, it’s claimed, are not sufficient to adequately enforce good practices and protect the public.

*US.  Attention is shifting from fracking per se as the source of water contamination to “the result of leaky cement wells and casings” at the wells.  Studies by Duke University, Ohio State, Stanford and Dartmouth are cited.

*USFrackers are using more sand than ever.  US Silica Holdings CEO said, “We are seeing customers that are using 10,000 tons of sand for one well . . . that’s a mile-long train of sand” for just one well.

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A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 25 Sep 2014

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World


*Keep the Oil in the Ground.

*US.  President Obama went before the UN to talk about climate change and what the US is doing regarding it.   Several significant claims made in his speech were quickly subjected to some fact checking.

*UN.  According to this report, things are pretty cozy between corporations, banks and world governments at the UN Climate Conference meeting.

*Everywhere.  The world is “experiencing weather of an intensity that should rattle the stubborn false convictions of even the most fervent climate change denier.”  Why’s that not happening?  “Slick public relations and advertising campaigns are underwritten to fool the public and smear the truthtellers”.   You’ll never guess where the money comes from to fund those efforts, oh-nooooo.

*Everywhere.  “Fracking or Drinking Water?  That May Become the Choice.”  This issue is finally receiving the attention it deserves.  Videos.

*US.  Interactive map showing oil and gas wells in the various United States, and several other countries, too.

*US. Close to two million metric tons of carbon pollution has been left underground” over the past six years as individuals and communities, farmers and ranchers, indigenous peoples and various alliance have fought the Keystone XL pipeline.  This controversy could come to a head in the next few months following a key ruling by the NE Supreme Court.

*US. Could all the “bad outcomes” of fracking be “the simple results of an oil and gas addiction”, leading to “bad industry practices” that are unlikely to stop?  Regulatory budgets, it’s claimed, are not sufficient to adequately enforce good practices and protect the public.

*US.  Attention is shifting from fracking per se as the source of water contamination to “the result of leaky cement wells and casings” at the wells.  Studies by Duke University, Ohio State, Stanford and Dartmouth are cited.

*USFrackers are using more sand than ever.  US Silica Holdings CEO said, “We are seeing customers that are using 10,000 tons of sand for one well . . . that’s a mile-long train of sand” for just one well.

*US.  According to one report, “the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the level of the US GDP will be a meager 0.84% between 2012 and 2035.”  That’s overall; in some states (ND, PA and CA) the “side benefits of fracking” are more substantial.

*US.  Here come the Germans:  Siemens AG of Germany is going to purchase Dresser-Rand Group of NY for a cool $7.6 billion.   Dresser-Rand makes oilfield equipment.  There is a ps, though:  “other rival bidders may be lurking.”

*CA. An “expert panel” was assembled in North Orange County to try and calm down residents opposed to fracking there.  Heh.

*CO.  Fracking has become a hot issue in CO’s US Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D) and current US Rep. Cory Gardner (R).  Udall said fracking “keeps us locked into the old system” not too long ago and Gardner is throwing that comment back at him.

*NC:   Did pro-frackers give t-shirts to members of the homeless population and others, then bus them in to hearings on fracking?  Video.

*NC:  The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in NC is the latest entity to ban fracking.  “The Cherokee resolution also expresses support for a statewide ban on fracking, particularly in the national forests.”

*NEHarvest the Hope, the Neil Young/Willie Nelson-starred concert in opposition to Keystone XL pipeline, added 500 more tickets for sale today.  Don’t know where they found the room for 500 more people on that farm in Neligh, NE, but it’s mighty fine that they did.

*NY.  A group of Rockefeller heirs have decided “to begin severing financial ties to fossil fuels” in the “belief that renewables are becoming an increasingly sound investment”.  Includes graph: “Atmospheric CO2 Concentration In Parts Per Million” from 1960 to the present.

*PA.  Apparently, Gov. Tom Corbett (R)’s office “ordered” the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to delete from its website all “‘cases where we looked like we were giving a position’ on whether or not humans cause global warming.”

*PA:  Range Resources will be paying “a $4.15 million fine for problems at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste.”  Largest state penalty ever on shale gas industry and is reportedly “a new, higher benchmark for companies”.  Let’s hear it for higher benchmarks.

*TX.  Whoa, Nellie!  Denton, TX “could become the first city” in the state to ban fracking if a measure on the November ballot is successful.

*TX.  Fatal road accidents in TX have increased with the state’s “drilling and fracking boom”.  Vehicle crashes involving 3 or more deaths have risen from 72 in 2010 to 148 in 2013, and an additional 81 from January – mid-July, 2014.  Roads built for lighter rural traffic now have to withstand the major traffic flow of big trucks.  Oil workers’ ability to drive can also be impaired by the demands of multiple shifts, including 24-hour ones.  More.

*Canada.  Alberta MP Rob Merrifield is leaving parliament to become Alberta’s Keystone XL Pipeline lobbyist in Washington.  He says they’re three votes short of approval in the US Senate.  He also says a Lac-Megantic “experience in America . . . would tip” the vote in favor of the pipeline.  Lovely.

*UK.  Quite an energetic back-and-forth going on in the UK Guardian:  “Is fracking greener than solar power and wind turbines?”

*China.  So much damage and death (estimated 1.2 million Chinese in 2010) due to almost exclusive reliance on coal has led China to search for alternatives.  Enter US politicians and frackers eager to exploit China’s vast shale gas fields.  The Sichuan Basin is the first target since the mighty Yangtze River flows through it and fracking requires enormous amounts of water.  Royal Dutch Shell, “BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobile, and Hess” are already there.  Meanwhile, China and Chinese firms have “spent at least $8.7 billion . . . in shale gas” investments in AL, CO MI, MS, OH, OK, TX and WY.  Videos.

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