Fracking a Possible Cause of Disturbing Birth Defects and Deaths Found in Horses...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Research has linked the presence of the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing to numerous animal deaths and stillbirths. By Lorraine Berry / Raw Story Photo Credit: Screenshot/Ithaca Journal In New York’s Southern Tier, local newspapers are investigating the connection between a local racetrack owner’s sick foals and the fracking fluids present on his farmland. The Ithaca Journal featured a report by Tom Wilber in which he investigated the ongoing issue with foals being born without the ability to swallow — seventeen of them so far — on the breeding farm of Jeff Gural, owner of the Tioga Downs, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Vernon Downs. The foals have survived, although all of them have had to be transported to Cornell’s School of Veterinary Medicine, located fifty miles north in Ithaca, New York. An earlier study by Cornell professor Robert Oswald...

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IN A WIN FOR CLIMATE, NEW YORK LEADERS NIX PIPELINE PROJECT...

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Victory: As world leaders sign climate treaty, state leaders in New York show the way Leslie Roeder, an advocate with New Yorkers Against Fracking, celebrates in 2014 after Govenor Cuomo announced he would ban hydraulic fracking. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times/Redux It’s time for fossil fuel industry enablers and apologists to step aside and let the rest of us continue the work necessary to solve the climate crisis and transition our society to 100 percent renewable energy. Moneen Nasmith Attorney, Earthjustice April 22, 2016 Albany, NY —In a win for climate activists and the anti-fracking movement, and a blow to fossil fuel polluters and the federal regulatory agencies that enable them, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied a key permit to companies seeking to build a 124-mile fracked gas...

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TRAMPLING SCIENCE TO BOOST NUCLEAR POWER...

Apr 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jim Naureckas   FAIR When the Washington Post and New York Times are making the same corporate-friendly point, it’s safe to assume that some PR agency somewhere is earning its substantial fees. In this case, the subject is the need for nuclear power—and, for the Post editorial board (4/18/16), for fracking as well. Standing in the way of this in the Post’s version is favorite target Bernie Sanders, while the Times business columnist Eduardo Porter (4/19/16)  blames the “scientific phobias and taboos” of “progressive environmentalists.” Washington Post (4/18/16) “While campaigning in New York, Mr. Sanders has played up his opposition to nuclear power,” the Post editorialists wrote, citing his contention that the Indian River nuclear plant, 25 miles from Manhattan, is a “catastrophe waiting to happen.” Sanders’ “criticism came as little surprise,” the...

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THE SENATE JUST PASSED AN ENERGY BILL THAT WOULD MAKE FORESTS A ‘CARBON NEUTRAL’ ENERGY SOURCE...

Apr 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Krupa   The first major update to the nation’s energy policy in eight years passed the Senate Wednesday with bipartisan support, as it concentrates on common ground topics like infrastructure improvements, cyber security, and energy efficiency. Yet an amendment in the bill — dubbed the Energy Policy Modernization Act — that would classify biomass as carbon neutral has angered dozens of environmental organizations, who say it puts forests at risk. Environmentalists had for months questioned an amendment from senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) instructing agencies to develop policies that “reflect the carbon neutrality” of biomass, a source of energy that includes trees and other plants. On Tuesday, more than 75 organizations sent a letter to the bill co-sponsors, Sen. Lisa Murkowski...

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BURNING ISSUES: WHEN FRACKING GOES GLOBAL...

Apr 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Burning Issues Video Hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – to extract oil and gas deposits deep underground is rapidly becoming a global concern, says Jesse Coleman, a research investigator for Greenpeace, in this Burning Issues video segment. The globalization of what has been a United States environmental issue intensifies the global warming crisis, Coleman explains, and undermines the deployment of renewable energy in developing countries. Nonetheless, the United States government is supporting U.S. oil companies as they engage in fracking in other countries. Coleman reviews the positions of the presidential candidates. On the Democratic side, Coleman explains that while Hillary Clinton favors regulating future fracking activities, Bernie Sanders supports banning fracking altogether because of its global warming and environmental...

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THIS MAY BE THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER NOONE IS TALKING ABOUT...

Apr 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] HUFFINGTON POST Researchers used infrared cameras to scan for methane gas leaks at over 8,000 U.S. sites. Casey Williams Editorial Fellow, The Huffington Post David McNew via Getty Images Concerns about gas came to the fore in February, when Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, near Porter Ranch, California, leaked roughly 100,000 tons of methane gas into the atmosphere before it was plugged. The oil and gas industry has a major methane problem, according to an extensive environmental study. Odorless, colorless methane gas is seeping out of wells and tanks at hundreds of natural gas facilities across the U.S., said the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, whose researchers used infrared cameras to scan for methane leaks at over 8,000 sites in the U.S. They found hundreds of leaks scattered in an unpredictable pattern around the...

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AS FRACKING CHEMICALS REACH A CREEK COMPANIES FIGHT AGAINST A FRACKING WASTE BAN...

Apr 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CREDIT: Bill Dickinson/Flickr View of the New River bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia. A tributary of the New River has traces of endocrine disrupting chemicals associated with fracking, according to a new study. Researchers discovered the chemicals near a fracking fluid waste site. The New River is a local water source.   The smell of gas surrounding the northern streets of Lochgelly, West Virginia, was so pungent that Brad Keenan could taste it as he was driving home with his windows up that evening in 2004. He called 911 and the gas company, thinking a punctured gas line was to blame, but the smell and the evacuation it prompted came from something few knew existed in town: fracking waste. “I had no idea what was going on,” said Keenan, 54, who by...

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Why Hillary and Bernie’s New York Debate Was the Most Aggressive Clash Yet...

Apr 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The two candidates offer distinct visions of change. By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet Photo Credit: www.facebook.com Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton showed their most surly and aggressive sides yet in Thursday’s debate in advance of next week’s delegate-rich New York primary, underscoring sizeable differences in two distinctly different visions for America. Neither held back with criticizing inconsistencies or citing shortcomings in each other’s stances on more than a dozen issues, underscoring that New Yorkers will be choosing between very different aspirations and theories of change on Tuesday. The voters’ decision will be crucial, because 291 delegates are at stake, and the resulting allocation could alter perceptions about the strength of Hillary’s candidacy, despite her large delegate lead over Sanders. Seen broadly, the candidates ressurrected the sparring seen in recent weeks. They argued over who...

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FRACKING’S TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IS STAGGERING, REPORT FINDS...

Apr 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File A new report details the sheer amount of fracking in the United States.   The body of evidence is growing that fracking is not only bad for the global climate, it is also dangerous for local communities. And affected communities are growing in number. A new report, released Thursday, details the sheer amount of water contamination, air pollution, climate impacts, and chemical use in fracking in the United States. “For the past decade, fracking has been a nightmare for our drinking water, our open spaces, and our climate,” Rachel Richardson, a co-author of the paper from Environment America, told ThinkProgress. Fracking, a form of extraction that injects large volumes of chemical-laced water into shale, releasing pockets of oil and gas, has been on...

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Meet Monsanto’s Evil Twin, an Industry That Does Major Damage and Gets Shockingly Little Attention...

Apr 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Chemical fertilizer pollutes the environment, disrupts the climate and damages human and animal health. By Martha Rosenberg, Ronnie Cummins / AlterNet Farmer fertilizing wheat with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium fertilizer Photo Credit: oticki/Shutterstock What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you’re like most people, not much. There’s plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much, even though it’s the largest segment of corporate agribusiness ($175 billion in annual sales), and a major destructive force in polluting the environment, disrupting the climate and damaging public health. Learning the facts about chemical fertilizers and the companies that produce them will give you yet another reason to boycott...

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WE’RE OUT OF TIME ON CLIMATE CHANGE. AND HILLARY CLINTON HELPED US GET HERE. BY NAOMI KLEIN...

Apr 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN   Naomi Klein Clinton’s conviction that she can get the fossil fuel companies on board is mistaken: this can’t be solved by convincing the ultra-rich to do the right thing ‘Clinton’s campaign platform does include some very good climate policies that surely do not please these donors … still, the whole funding mess stinks.’ Photograph: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images There aren’t a lot of certainties left in the US presidential race, but here’s one thing about which we can be absolutely sure: the Clinton camp really doesn’t like talking about fossil-fuel money. Last week, when a young Greenpeace campaigner challenged Hillary Clinton about taking money from fossil-fuel companies, the candidate accused the Bernie Sanders campaign of “lying” and declared herself “so sick” of it. As the exchange went viral, a succession of high-powered...

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HALF OS U.S. OIL IS NOW FRACKED — BUT IT MIGHT NOT STAY THAT WAY...

Apr 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Simon Fraser University By Melissa Cronin  GRIST The U.S. has quickly become a global fracking powerhouse, and it’s not slowing down. According to a March report from the Energy Information Administration, hydraulic fracturing now accounts for more than half of all U.S. oil output per day, compared with 2 percent in 2000. America’s 300,000 fracking wells pumped out 4.3 million barrels per day in 2015 — a staggering figure when compared to the 102,000 barrels a day in 2000. That growth has allowed the U.S. to “increase its oil production faster than at any time in its history,” the report notes, and places it third in the world for oil production, trailing only behind Saudi Arabia and Russia.   But fracking, a process that involves injecting a chemical cocktail into deep underground reserves of shale deposits to extract oil and gas — isn’t without its dark side. It risks water contamination and its...

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SEISMIC REPORT LINKS EARTHQUAKES TO FRACKING...

Apr 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey reveals what’s really behind an alarming increase in earthquakes. By Adam Klasfeld / Courthouse News  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Calin Tatu Officially linking a controversial natural gas-drilling method to earthquakes for the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey released a groundbreaking report documenting links between fracking and skyrocketing seismic activity. Released on Monday, the agency’s “2016 One-Year Seismic Hazard Forecast” contains no explicit reference to hydraulic fracturing, but the allusion to the process is unmistakable. “Earthquake rates have recently increased markedly in multiple areas of the Central and Eastern United States (CEUS), especially since 2010, and scientific studies have linked the majority of this increased activity to wastewater injection in deep disposal wells,” the 58-page report states. “Such changes have caused concern to many, including...

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THE SIX INDIGENOUS WOMEN AT THE HEART OF FRACKING RESISTANCE IN ARGENTINA...

Apr 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Nancy Piñeiro Moreno and Translated by Laura Beratti, teleSUR | News Analysis These six Mapuche women have taken the risk of putting their bodies on the line to stop the drilling rigs from further endangering their community. Aboriginal women are central to the continent-wide resistance against extractivism, and the story of these women from the Campo Maripe community in the Argentine Patagonia is a solid example of their ongoing contribution, and the importance of indigenous resistance for social movements worldwide. Early one morning in March 2015, the lamgen Chela (‘sister’ in Mapuche language) says goodbye, gives me some jars of jam for my mother, and a message as I leave: “I know I don’t know her, but say hello to your mom for me okay.” A few minutes earlier I had...

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TPP WOULD FUEL CLIMATE CHAOS AND EMPOWER CORPORATE POLLUTERS...

Apr 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] MARK RUFFALO OF ECOWATCH ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: EcoWatch)Article reprinted with permission from EcoWatch Many pundits were caught off-guard by the transpartisan fury over America’s trade policy rocking the presidential primary season. But it’s no surprise to me. I grew up in a working class family in Kenosha, Wisconsin. So I know why Americans have had enough of shiny promises, job-killing trade deals and Wall Street bailouts that propel ordinary people into an economic nose dive. Hard working Americans of all political stripes recognize when the rules have been rigged against them, because they live day-to-day with the results. No doubt revolutionary change is an appealing alternative. Since the North American Free Trade (NAFTA) and World Trade Organization agreements in the mid-1990s, America has lost more than five million manufacturing jobs net....

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MICHAEL SHEEN AND MASSIVE ATTACK MEMBERS SUPPORT WELSH ANTI-FRACKING FILM...

Mar 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Welsh actor narrates A River documentary highlighting risk of river pollution from shale gas drilling in Pontrhydyfen village, Richard Burton’s birthplace   The actor Michael Sheen has given his support to an anti-fracking film opposing shale gas drilling in the Welsh village of Pontrhydyfen, Richard Burton’s birth place. Sheen narrates the documentary A River, which is soundtracked by original music from Robert Del Naja and Euan Dickinson of Massive Attack, and warns of a pollution risk to the river Afan from potential fracking in the area. Shown at the House of Commons on Wednesday, the film tells the story of how the river, which flows through the Afan Forest Park and converges with the river Pelenna in Pontrhydyfen, recovered from pollution caused by a century of industrial mining to become a...

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GLOBAL WARMING’S TERRIFYING NEW CHEMISTRY...

Mar 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong. By Bill McKibben / The Nation  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Calin Tatu/Shutterstock Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent interactions in the atmosphere, where the molecular structure of certain gases traps heat that would otherwise radiate back out to space. If you get the chemistry wrong, it doesn’t matter how many landmark climate agreements you sign or how many speeches you give. And it appears the United States may have gotten the chemistry wrong. Really wrong. There’s one greenhouse gas everyone knows about: carbon dioxide, which is what you get when you burn fossil fuels. We talk about a “price on carbon” or argue...

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METHANE EMISSIONS ARE SPIKING, BUT IT MIGHT BE MORE COW THAN CAR...

Mar 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock Since 2006, atmospheric levels of methane — a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period — have steadily been on the rise. For years, scientists weren’t sure what was behind the rising levels of methane, but they had a few ideas: namely an increase in fossil fuel-related emissions. Now, a new study is pointing to a different culprit: agriculture-related methane emissions, especially from livestock and rice production. Published last week in the journal Science, researchers from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) found that the majority of methane released into the atmosphere since 2006 was produced by bacteria, pointing to sources like agriculture — rather than sources like fossil fuel production or the burning of organic...

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ENERGY WARS OF ATTRITION: THE IRONY OF OIL ABUNDANCE...

Mar 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG Andrew / CC-BY-2.0 This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Three and a half years ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) triggered headlines around the world by predicting that the United States would overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world’s leading oil producer by 2020 and, together with Canada, would become a net exporter of oil around 2030. Overnight, a new strain of American energy triumphalism appeared and experts began speaking of “Saudi America,” a reinvigorated U.S.A. animated by copious streams of oil and natural gas, much of it obtained through the then-pioneering technique of hydro-fracking. “This is a real energy revolution,” the Wall Street Journal crowed in an editorial heralding the IEA pronouncement. The most immediate effect of this “revolution,”...

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WOULD SAVING A LIVABLE CLIMATE DESTROY BUGGET’S FOSSIL FUEL EMPIRE?...

Mar 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by Joe Romm  CLIMATE  PROGRESS CREDIT: Bruce Crummy, AP BNSF oil train derailment in 2013.   Billionaire Warren Buffett has bet the future of his company Berkshire Hathaway on dirty energy. In recent years he has been building a vertically-integrated fossil fuel empire — one that develops, delivers, processes, and burns the most climate-destroying fuels. The final part of this series on Buffett looks at how BNSF Railways is the engine of his carbon-intensive conglomerate, creating a massive risk for shareholders in this increasingly carbon-constrained world — a risk the “Oracle of Omaha” needs to be far more upfront about. Is Warren Buffett “The Profiteer” of “Climate Killers”? When Rolling Stone named Warren Buffett one of its 17 “Climate Killers” in 2010, they called him “The Profiteer.” They zeroed in on his recent...

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BREAKING: THE EPA WILL LIMIT METHANE FROM EXISTING OIL AND GAS FACILITIES...

Mar 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh President Barack Obama, right, and Canada’’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, stand to shake hands following their bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, in November. The two leaders announced major climate actions Thursday in advance of the Canadian leader’s first U.S. state dinner.   The EPA will limit methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities — a huge move by the federal agency, announced in conjunction with President Obama’s meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday. The new rule will help the two countries achieve their goal of cutting methane emissions from oil and gas by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. “The two leaders regard the Paris Agreement as a turning point in global efforts...

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Hillary Will Never Admit Publicly That She Supports Fracking, But She’s a Booster Behind Closed Doors...

Mar 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment There’s only one presidential candidate who forthrightly supports a ban on fracking: Bernie Sanders. By Josh Fox, Lee Ziesche / AlterNet HIllary Clinton at Bowie State University, Glenn Dale, Maryland, United States Photo Credit: brwn_yd_grl/Flickr CC Hillary Clinton fielded a question about whether she supports fracking in Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate. Here’s her equivocal answer and a rebuttal: Bernie and Hillary #1DBBD13 from JFOX on Vimeo. You will never hear her say on a debate stage “I support fracking, let’s frack more.” That’s because hundreds of families harmed by fracking have spoken out about water and air contamination. The anti-fracking movement is one the fastest growing grassroots movements in the country. The word “fracking” has become as politically toxic as the practice itself. Hillary Clinton can’t say she supports fracking, but she...

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ON FRACKING, CLINTON AND SANDERS GIVE VASTLY DIFFERENT ANSWERS...

Mar 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily AtkinCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, argues a point as Hillary Clinton listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Mich.   Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders gave vastly different answers on fracking at the CNN Democratic debate on Sunday, illustrating a key policy contrast between the two. The candidates were asked by University of Michigan student Sarah Bellaire about whether they support fracking, the controversial process of injecting high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals underground to crack shale rock and let gas flow out more easily. Clinton, who answered first, said she does — but only under certain conditions. Specifically, Clinton said that she would not support fracking when local...

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Methane Discovered in Drinking Water Near Fracking Wells...

Mar 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment A Stanford researcher found the highest risk of leaks was from shallow natural gas wells drilled in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas. By Padma Nagappan / TakePart   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: By Ostroff Law (Fracking Lawyer) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons A Stanford University scientist has found that people who live near shallowly drilled oil and natural gas wells risk drinking water contaminated with methane. A potent greenhouse gas, methane is highly flammable. “The main risk is from chemical spills and poorly constructed wells that leak,” said Rob Jackson, a professor of earth system science at Stanford, who presented his findings at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, D.C., last week. “Our research shows that most problems typically occur within half a mile.” “In Parker County, Texas, we found homes...

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BILL BANNING FRACKING BAN GETS SHUT DOWN IN FLORIDA SENATE,...

Mar 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/J Pat Carter Sunbathers in Key Biscayne, Fla.   It wouldn’t have been the first time something like this happened. People in small towns and counties get together, vote, and agree to ban fracking. And then the state legislature comes in and passes a ban on bans. But not this time. The Florida Senate’s Appropriations Committee has finally killed a bill that would have stopped towns from banning fracking, a week after the committee voted the measure down by a 10-9 vote. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Garrett Richter (R) made a motion Tuesday to not consider the bill. “This is a controversial subject. The controversy will continue, and I daresay it will draw even more concerns,” Richter said. “I can pretty much assure you demand (for oil...

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Hold Your Breath — Nearly 200 Infrared Videos Expose Methane Pollution All Across the United States (VIDEO)...

Mar 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] It’s not just Aliso Canyon — fugitive, toxic methane gas escaping into the air is a much more widespread problem than anyone could have imagined. By Earthworks / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Just as the worst methane leak in California’s history is sealed and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged that America pollutes much more methane than previously estimated, Earthworks — the group that filmed the videos revealing the scope of the methane disaster in Los Angeles County — released a map of 180+ infrared videos of oil and gas methane pollution events across the country.     The map, created with the help of FracTracker Alliance, includes two new videos that epitomize the national methane pollution problem. The first is of a well near Longmont, Colorado: The second one is of a massive pipeline blowdown in North Dakota’s Bakken shale region: “In November of...

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Shocker: Govt. Scientists Admit They Deceived the Public About Fracking’s Impact on Drinking Water...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] There will be heavy pressure to revise the EPA’s conclusion — and the oil and gas industry will have major egg on its face. By Justin Gardner / The Free Thought Project  VIA ALTERNET Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was commissioned by Congress to undertake a study on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water. This newer method of oil and gas extraction involves the pumping of highly pressurized water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations. Fracking has driven the boom in U.S. oil production and contributed to the steep drop in gasoline prices, but the environmental impacts of this relatively new technique are not well understood. The EPA’s draft study—released in June to solicit input from advisers and the public—found  that fracking has already contaminated drinking...

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OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS SUE ENERGY COMPANIES OVER EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki,File This Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 file photo of a chimney that toppled and went through the roof at the home of Joe and Mary Reneau are pictured through a second-story screen window in Sparks, Okla.   Oklahoma has been hit by swarms of earthquakes over the last few years, and some residents have had enough. This week, a group of 14 homeowners in Edmond, Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against 12 energy companies, claiming that the companies’ fracking operations have contributed to this uptick in earthquakes. Specifically, the lawsuit targets the companies’ wastewater disposal wells, claiming that the injection of fracking wastewater into these wells “caused or contributed” to earthquakes and constituted an “ultrahazardous activity.” In the lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma County court, the residents...

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ALL IS NOT OK: OKLAHOMA RECORDS 70 EARTHQUAKES IN A WEEK...

Jan 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Katie Herzog   GRIST Hold on to your butts, Oklahoma: The big one’s a coming. The state experienced two of its largest earthquakes on record this week, measuring 4.7 and 4.8 on the Richter scale. And, the New York Times reports, this could be a harbinger of things to come. Big things. From the Times: The two quakes followed a series of smaller ones last week that peeled brick facades, toppled columns and caused a power failure in Edmond, an upscale Oklahoma City suburb. Some experts said those quakes hinted at the possibility of a larger shock. “I do think there’s a really strong chance that Oklahoma will receive some strong shaking,” said Daniel McNamara, a research geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado, who has followed the state’s quakes. Referring to...

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Why You Might Not Want to Be Pregnant in Pennsylvania...

Dec 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Or anywhere else where fracking is prevalent. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: Praisaeng/Shutterstock.com The health issues associated with fracking just keep piling up. The unconventional gas drilling method, officially known as hydraulic fracturing, not only damages the environment by injecting toxic chemicals into the ground, which poisons groundwater, interrupts natural water cycles, releases radon gas and causes earthquakes, but it has also been connected to numerous health conditions, including asthma, headaches, high blood pressure, anemia, neurological illness, heart attacks and cancer. But perhaps most heartbreaking is the effect that fracking may have on babies. Studies have linked fracking to increased infant mortality and low birth babies. Now researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that expectant mothers who reside near active fracking sites in Pennsylvania...

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