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  • Trump Fracking Rule Repeal Unshackles Energy Industry

    03/18/2017 10:27:10 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-18-17 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The Trump administration has rightly decided to repeal an Obama administration rule on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is commonly known, a process which injects fluids under pressure to release oil and natural gas trapped in America’s vast shale formations. According to The Hill: The Trump administration is planning to repeal former President Barack Obama’s landmark 2015 rule setting standards for hydraulic fracturing on federal land. Justice Department lawyers revealed the decision late Wednesday in a filing with the Denver-based Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, where the federal government under had been fighting against the oil and...
  • Trump administration to repeal Obama'era fracking rule

    03/16/2017 7:18:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/16/2017 | Rick Moran
    President Donald Trump as a candidate promised to unshackle the American energy industry by undoing most of the job killing regulations created by the Obama administration. In a court filing, Justice Department lawyers revealed that the new administration is planning to repeal the Obama hydraulic fracturing rule, that placed severe restrictions on the process of getting oil and natural gas from shale. Earlier yesterday, the administration said they would roll back some of the automobile emissions standards and curtail other Obama administration environmental rules on water and coal leasing.
  • Trump admin halts Obama-era rule on fracking on public land

    03/16/2017 6:06:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2017 10:22 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The administration said in court papers Wednesday that it is withdrawing from a lawsuit challenging the Obama-era rule and will begin a new rule-making process later this year. The Interior Department issued the rule in March 2015, the first major federal regulation of fracking, the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination and...
  • Fracking Ban Passes House With Veto Proof Majority (Maryland)

    03/10/2017 9:28:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    WBAL-AM ^ | March 10, 2017 | Robert Lang
    The House of Delegates has approved a bill to permanently ban natural gas fracking in Western Maryland. The bill passed by a vote of 97-40. The 97 votes is 12 more than the minimum of 85 needed to override a veto from Governor Larry Hogan. That majority was important to the chairman of the committee hearing the bill in the Senate. The chairman of the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Joan Carter Conway of Baltimore City, says she won’t bring the bill to the Senate floor unless lawmakers have enough votes to override a possible veto from Governor...
  • Oil advocate: Industry under assault in NM; state is prime target for environmentalists

    02/27/2017 10:12:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    Roswell Daily Record ^ | February 26, 2017 | RDR Staff
    SANTA FE — Opposition to the shale oil extraction process known as fracking is growing, particularly among minorities, threatening the political viability of the oil industry in New Mexico, an oil and gas industry expert told state lawmakers Thursday. Claire Chase, the government affairs director for Mack Energy of Artesia, said while state government is heavily reliant on oil revenues, New Mexico is the most vulnerable state in the nation to increasing opposition to fracking and fossil fuels in general. She said a new culture of protests and activism has the oil and gas industry in its sights. Chase said...
  • Take Back Al Gore's Nobel And Give It To The Fracking Industry

    02/19/2017 7:29:37 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    investors.com ^ | 2/17/2017 | Editors
    Climate Change: U.S. output of so-called greenhouse gases continues to decline, a new report shows. Even so, global warming activists are likely to be disappointed. The drop has nothing to do with their pet cause, alternative energy. That's right. The Environmental Protection Agency's yearly greenhouse gas emissions report noted that after rising slightly in 2013 and 2014, greenhouse gas output fell in 2015 — the most recent full year for which data are available. OK, but maybe it was a one-year fluke? Hardly. First off, the drop was significant in size — 2.2% on an annual basis, far too big...
  • EPA: Oklahoma regulators should do more to curb earthquakes

    02/03/2017 4:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 3, 2017 6:52 PM EST
    The Environmental Protection Agency has told Oklahoma regulators to do more to protect the state from a surge in earthquake activity that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater. An EPA administrator sent a letter in November to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, saying a magnitude 5.0 earthquake happened despite state and federal action to curb wastewater injection. The Frontier first reported the contents of the letter. […] Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA. His nomination is pending Senate approval. Environmentalists have criticized Pruitt for not doing more...
  • The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started

    02/02/2017 1:04:27 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 01-02-2017 | OP
    It’s been a month now that investors and analysts have been closely watching two main drivers for oil prices: how OPEC is doing with the supply-cut deal, and how U.S. shale is responding to fifty-plus-dollar oil with rebounding drilling activity. Those two main factors are largely neutralizing each other, and are putting a floor and a cap to a price range of between $50 and $60. The U.S. rig count has been rising, while OPEC seems unfazed by the resurgence in North American shale activity and is trying to convince the market (and itself) and prove that it would be...
  • Congressional Republicans move to dismantle Obama rules

    02/01/2017 8:28:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2017 6:56 PM EST | Matthew Daly and Kevin Freking
    Moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Lawmakers also voted to rescind a separate rule requiring companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments relating to mining and drilling. Republicans said the votes were first in a series of actions to reverse years of what they see as excessive government regulation during Obama’s presidency. Rules on fracking, guns and federal contracting also are in the cross-hairs as the GOP moves to...
  • Is The Kremlin Funding A Campaign That Undermines U.S. Fracking?

    02/01/2017 4:55:21 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 01-02-2017 | Slav
    The recent National Intelligence Council report assessing the involvement of Russia in last year’s U.S. presidential elections spurred a flurry of media reports suggesting that Russia is heavily involved in anti-fracking campaigning. Some authors interpreted this involvement as a “propaganda effort”, while others claimed the Kremlin was financially backing anti-fracking groups in the U.S., without, however, providing any evidence for this claim. The basis for all these reports is part of the report, in which the authors discuss the agenda of RT, a state-funded TV channel and website that is widely seen as the Kremlin’s chief megaphone abroad. They quote...
  • New technology better than fracking could vastly expand oil reserves

    12/31/2016 10:39:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 6, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, has revolutionized energy production in the United States and cornered OPEC. That cartel is currently attempting to restrict oil production and raise prices, but it faces the reality that American frackers can rapidly expand output. It’s a nightmare if you are a corrupt petro-dictator of any stripe, communist to jihadist. Now the never-ending quest for new technologies has yielded a potentially revolutionary replacement or substitute for fracking: microwaving shale to extract oil and gas. James Watkins reports in Ozy.com: As strange as it sounds, producers are experimenting with ways to zap previously unextractable oil resources with...
  • Fracking CAN go ahead at North Yorkshire site after protesters lose landmark High Court challenge

    12/20/2016 9:45:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 06:28 EST, 20 December 2016 | James Tapsfield
    Campaigners have vowed to fight on despite losing a landmark High Court challenge against fracking in North Yorkshire. Residents from the village of Kirby Misperton in Ryedale failed in their bid to block the controversial technique from being used near their homes. It is the latest defeat for protesters, after the go-ahead was given for sites in Lancashire in October. Mrs. Justice Lang, sitting in London, dismissed an application for judicial review. She ruled that the terms and conditions afforded “a considerable degree of protection to residents” and the council’s decision was lawful. Fracking company Third Energy was granted permission...
  • Magnitude 5.0 earthquake near The Geysers is strongest in decades

    12/14/2016 4:50:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 12/14/2016
    The quake hit at 8:41 AM local time, less than a mile from the surface. A second smaller quake hit five minutes later. "The earthquake was the largest in the Geysers area in the past 30 years. This magnitude 5.0 earthquake is only marginally larger than previous earthquakes at the Geysers," USGS Research geophysicist J. Ole Kaven wrote to SFGATE. "This earthquake occurred on the western margin of where previous seismicity has been located." ... "The historical record of earthquakes in this area suggests that earthquakes as large as today's are likely to be near the upper magnitude limit," wrote...
  • Microwave Fracking: Environmentally Friendly And Extremely Efficient

    12/06/2016 5:01:12 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Manufacturing Talk Radio ^ | October 14,2016
    Fracking has faced serious opposition from environmental groups throughout the United States and the communities that surround these industrial operations. The main issue surrounding fracking is the disposal of wastewater that some fear could contaminate groundwater in these communities where fracking operations are located. It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie but hydraulic fracking could instead become microwave fracking. This new process is more efficient, safer and more environmentally friendly than traditional hydraulic fracking. The biggest concern with fracking is the disposal of wastewater. However with this new process water would be able to be eliminated...
  • Trump’s Path to Mount Rushmore

    11/30/2016 11:40:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The American Interest ^ | November 27, 2016 | Walter Russell Mead
    Smart energy policy could give the next President his best prospect for spurring growth in manufacturing jobs—and thus delivering on the promises his voters think matter most. Pundits are terrible at predicting presidencies; remember the hymns to the greatness of the Second Lincoln, the New Roosevelt, and the Democratic Reagan that wafted to the heavens during the Obama transition. And the pundits were even worse at predicting Trump’s fate during the election; how many times did they predict his demise? But now, as convinced as ever of his incompetence and their infallibility, the punditocracy is telling us why the Trump...
  • “Close the books” on the fracking contaminates ground water myth

    11/12/2016 11:09:10 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 19 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 11-12-16 | Jazz Shaw
    In some of the biggest news which will not come as “news” to anyone who follows the industry, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality concluded a two year study this week into reports of ground water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. There had been reports of “foul smelling water” in two test wells drilled by the EPA near one of the many drilling sites in the gas field half a decade ago. The initial EPA report which was ready to blame fracking for the contamination immediately came under heavy criticism in the scientific community and was never released. Still the Wyoming...
  • Mimicking nature turns sewage into biocrude oil in minutes

    11/05/2016 11:55:34 AM PDT · by tekrat · 27 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 11/3/2016 | David Szondy
    Biofuels are often touted as an alternative to fossil fuels, but many depend on raw materials that would quickly become scarce if production were scaled up. As an alternative to these alternatives, the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has found a way to potentially produce 30 million barrels of biocrude oil per year from the 34 billion gal (128 billion liters) of raw sewage that Americans create every day. According to PNNL, the problem with using sewage as a source material for biocrude is it's too wet and requires drying before more conventional processes can handle...
  • USGS: Oklahoma quake likely caused by wastewater disposal [anti-fracking barf]

    10/24/2016 3:30:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 24, 2016 5:06 PM EDT
    The third-largest earthquake in Oklahoma was likely triggered by underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production, the U.S. Geological Survey found in a report issued Monday. The magnitude 5.1 quake that struck northwest of Fairview in February was likely induced by distant disposal wells, the agency said. The USGS report indicated that in the area around where the Fairview quake occurred, the volume of fluid injected had increased sevenfold over three years. …
  • Another Study Proves Water Used In Fracking Is Perfectly Safe

    10/24/2016 1:35:28 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-24-16 | Andrew Follett
    Water used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can be reused to water crops with no adverse effects, according to research published Monday by California government officials. Officials in the state’s Cawelo Water District (Cawelo) concurred with toxicologists that the recycled water was safe for agricultural use. Researchers found no difference in crops which were irrigated with recycled fracking water and those irrigated from other sources. This confirmed previous analyses that recycled water is safe for crops. So far, the program has provided 10 billion gallons of safe water to California farmers, despite a major drought in that state. “Ongoing testing...
  • Hillary Clinton Touted Her Record of Spreading Fracking in Secret, Paid Speeches (Wikileaks)

    10/10/2016 4:38:49 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    The Intercept ^ | October 10, 2016 | Lee Fang
    BEHIND CLOSED DOORS on the paid speaking circuit, Hillary Clinton was far more candid than she has been in public about her prominent role as Secretary of State in exporting American-style hydraulic fracturing — the controversial, environmentally damaging technique best known as fracking — to countries all over the world. “I’ve promoted fracking in other places around the world,” she declared during a 2013 paid talk to Deutsche Bank, adding that she launched a new wing of the State Department devoted to the initiative. During a paid speech in Canada the following year, Clinton touted her role in “accelerating” natural...
  • Wikileak: Clinton Told Oil Majors Environmentalism Is Russian Hoax

    10/10/2016 3:39:25 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 10-10-2016 | Erwin
    n 2014, United States presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purportedly accused the Russians of running fake anti-fracking and environmentalist groups who were trying to upend major projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline. According to Sputnik International, Wikileaks reportedly uncovered a paid-for speech made in 2014 by the former Secretary of State in front of an audience of “North American oil and natural gas tycoons.” “We were up against Russia pushing oligarchs and others to buy media. We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand against any...
  • If Hillary wants to stop fracking somebody should tell the voters in Ohio

    09/26/2016 4:54:00 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 10 replies
    HotAir ^ | September 26, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I realize that there are plenty of provocative social justice issues or plans to stop ISIS that everyone wants to see covered as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate each other in the final stretch of the campaign, but if you really want to reach the voters in the swing states you need to focus on what really matters to them at home. In the case of hotly contested Ohio, here’s a bit of information which should prove useful. Let’s start by revisiting a promise which Secretary Clinton made to the voters back in March when Bernie Sanders was still...
  • Frack Sand: The Unsung Hero Of The OPEC Oil War

    09/20/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 20-09-2016 | Jim
    “Right now, it’s all about the frack sand. The story of US shale resilience is now about huge quantities of high-quality frack sand. This is the backbone of the comeback.” Welcome to the Mega-Frack Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting highly pressurized water into a well and then pouring sand into it in order to keep the tiny fractures created by the water blast open, and then widening them so that more crude oozes from the shale rock. The US response to the oil price war has been the ‘mega frack’, which means that producers are creating more fractures in rock because...
  • Why Apache’s Latest Oil Find Is Such A Game Changer

    09/16/2016 12:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Oil Price ^ | September 15, 2016 | Michael McDonald
    Apache’s recent oil find highlights what could be a new phase in fracking. To date, fracking in the U.S. had really been all about taking explored basins and drilling new wells to get at previously untapped resources. That strategy worked well when oil prices were more than $80 a barrel. At today’s prices though, drilling the old style rigs in mostly depleted fields to get at residual layers of black gold is a money losing strategy. Apache’s find shows that money can be made by taking risks and looking for major new finds in areas that had been passed over...
  • Despite Claims to the Contrary, Science Says Fracking Not Causing Increased Earthquakes

    09/13/2016 3:05:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2016 | Marita Noon
    People in seven states, from South Dakota to Texas, were awakened Saturday morning, September 3, by Oklahoma’s most powerful earthquake in recorded history. The 5.8 tremor was centered near Pawnee, OK. Several buildings sustained minor damage and there were no serious injuries. That we know. What we don’t know is what caused the quake—but that didn’t stop the alarmist headlines from quickly blaming it on “fracking.”Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein promptly tweeted: “Fracking causes polluted drinking water + earthquakes. The #GreenNewDeal comes with none of these side effects, Oklahoma. #BanFracking”A headline in Forbes stated: “Thanks to fracking, earthquake hazards...
  • Top EPA Official Slams ‘****heads’ At White House For Not Regulating Fracking

    09/12/2016 5:51:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 12, 2016 | Michael Bastasch
    A former senior EPA official known for coordinating with environmentalists slammed the White House for pushing back on agency plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, text messages show. Michael Goo, EPA’s policy chief at the time, texted Sierra Club lobbyist John Coequyt that if environmentalists “want any hope of regulation of fracking then give us more time to try and remove the gun from our head and talk sense into OMB dickheads.” “If you want the oil and gas nsps to give fracking a free pass, as OMB would like then don’t give us the extension,”...
  • How Does America Keep Finding Vast Stores of Energy?

    09/12/2016 4:22:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Slate ^ | September 12, 2016 | Daniel Gross
    By completely overhauling the old rules of the business. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on an energy bonanza. A company discovered a new field with “the equivalent of at least two billion barrels of oil” that “has the promise to become one of the biggest energy finds of the past decade.” But the discovery wasn’t made by a foreign company in the Amazon, or deep in the waters off the coast off Africa, or in Kazakhstan—or any of the other politically treacherous, high-risk, low-infrastructure places where Big Oil has been prospecting for gigantic new gushers. Instead, the lucky...
  • Oil! Massive shale discovery in Texas

    09/08/2016 10:08:00 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | September 8, 2016 | Matt Egan
    An overlooked corner of West Texas is believed to contain billions of barrels of newly-discovered shale oil. Apache (APA) revealed the huge find this week after more than two years of stealthily buying up land, extensive geological research and rigorous testing. ... Apache believes the new shale play spans at least five formations, contains over three billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of rich natural gas.
  • Gartman: ‘’Crude Not Going Above $55 For Years’’

    09/07/2016 10:53:30 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 07-09-2016 | Dennis
    In mid-January, everyone's favorite market indicator Dennis Gartman, made an infamous prediction when oil was trading in the mid-$30s, when he said that oil won't hit $44 again "in my lifetime" Sure enough, three months later, oil "killed" Gartman, or at least his credibility, when it jumped above $44. We thought that Gartman had learned his lesson, and would avoid such bombastic forecasts in the future. Turns out we were wrong, and earlier today Gartman again appeared on CNBC, where he said that "investors shouldn't expect the commodity to break through $55 for a few years."
  • The Rising Impact of Water Costs on Energy Production

    09/04/2016 12:10:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Green Tech Media ^ | September 2, 2016 | Katherine Tweed
    Three years ago, Wood Mackenzie reported on how water scarcity could impact global energy industries, from North American shale gas to Middle Eastern desalination. An updated report from Wood Mackenzie and Verisk Maplecroft finds the risks are greater in 2016, yet the market opportunity to address them remains largely untapped. In the U.S., for example, water costs for gas wells that use hydraulic fracturing doubled from 2012 to 2016, according to the latest report....
  • Colorado's Anti-Fracking Crackup

    08/31/2016 5:08:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    If a pair of extreme green ballot measures fall in the Rocky Mountains and no one in the liberal media is paying attention, does the collapse make a sound? This week, two anti-fracking initiatives backed by deep-pocketed environmental lobbying heavyweights, such as the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, failed to gather enough signatures. The more draconian of the efforts, Initiative 78, would have imposed a mandatory 2,500-foot setback around all oil and gas operations -- essentially halting drilling in upward of 95 percent of Colorado's energy-rich land area. These drastic attempts to sabotage the oil and gas industry didn't just miss...
  • Maryland’s Coming Fracking Showdown

    07/27/2016 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    MC GOP ^ | July 26, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    The clock is counting down toward an important decision for Maryland’s economic future, namely whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, to drill for natural gas in the state. Over a year ago, legislation that blocked fracking for another two years became law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. That law barred the state from issuing drilling permits until October 2017 and required the Department of the Environment to adopt new regulations by October 2016. The passage of this law effectively delayed any decision on fracking until next year. To recap: the Marcellus Shale is a geological formation found...
  • Is This The Next Big Headache For Oil Prices?

    07/25/2016 8:00:46 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-07-2016 | Nick
    When oil analysts look at the markets to try to get a sense of where oil prices are heading, one of the great unknowns, at least in the U.S. shale industry, is the large volume of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs). As oil prices began collapsing two years ago, shale drillers increasingly decided to defer the completion of their drilled wells, hoping to wait out the downturn and bring production online at a later point when prices rebounded. But with oil prices suffering from a prolonged downturn, the DUCS began to mount, leaving a huge backlog of potential production that...
  • U.S. Shale Producers Just Won Their Biggest Legal Case In Years

    06/27/2016 5:57:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Oil Price ^ | June 23, 2016 | Dave Forest
    Fracking is once again becoming a hot topic in the oil and gas world., with Germany moving Tuesday to impose an indefinite ban on the unconventional drilling technique. But in the U.S. this week the story was the opposite. Oil and gas drillers won a critical legal victory over the future of fracking in America’s shale plays. That came in Wyoming, where a District Judge struck down a set of tougher rules on fracking that had been implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) early last year. Last March, the BLM came down hard on the U.S. shale...
  • Germany makes fracking verboten

    06/25/2016 8:25:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jun 2016 15:03 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German lawmakers approved a law that essentially bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground. The text approved on Friday does not outlaw conventional drilling for oil and gas, but leaves it up to state governments to decide on individual cases. But fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which is carried out by blasting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground to release shale oil and gas, will be banned. …
  • Obama administration decries judge's fracking ruling

    06/22/2016 4:46:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2016 1:54 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Obama administration on Wednesday decried a ruling by a federal judge that blocks rules for hydraulic fracturing, saying the decision prevents regulators from using “21st-century standards” to ensure that oil and gas operations are conducted safely on public lands. Jessica Kershaw, a spokeswoman for the Interior Department, said “modernized fracking requirements” imposed by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell reflect best industry practices and are aimed at ensuring adequate well control, preventing groundwater contamination and increasing transparency about the materials used in fracking. Kershaw’s comments came after a judge in Wyoming ruled late Tuesday that federal regulators lack authority to set...
  • Obama administration’s fracking rules struck down by federal judge

    06/21/2016 8:13:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2016 | Victor Morton
    In the latest rebuke of the Obama administration’s expansive view of executive power, a federal judge has struck down the Interior Department’s effort to regulate fracking for oil and natural gas. Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming already had put a hold on the regulations last year, and in a decision released late Tuesday, he ruled that Congress did not give Interior the power to regulate hydraulic fracturing, indeed it had expressly withheld that power with some narrow exceptions.
  • Democratic Platform Committee Considers Calling For A Ban On Fracking

    06/17/2016 12:47:02 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 11 replies
    hotair.com ^ | June 17, 2016
    One of the lingering fights between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is over whether to ban fracking or simply regulate it more heavily. The Hill reports that fight is now continuing as the Democratic platform committee debates the party’s approach to energy: “I think it could be a tension point, but I think it’s a good tension point,” said Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica, who will testify before the committee this week.
  • Aubrey McClendon: No Evidence of Suicide in Death of Indicted Oil Man

    06/09/2016 4:29:04 AM PDT · by Fhios · 8 replies
    NBC ^ | 6/8/2016 | CORKY SIEMASZKO
    The timing of Oklahoma oil man Aubrey McClendon's death by car crash was suspicious, but it doesn't appear to be suicide. Oklahoma City police had been investigating the deadly March 2 wreck that killed McClendon just a day after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly trying to rig oil prices.
  • Clinton Chasing Votes With Fracking U-Turn

    05/26/2016 11:45:20 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-05-2016 | Irina
    Leaked emails obtained by The Intercept reveal Hillary Clinton’s multiple stances on fracking—which apparently differ depending on whether we’re talking about fracking on U.S. soil or abroad. At a debate with Bernie Sanders in New York in early April, Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t support fracking, unless certain conditions are met, such as acceptance from the community and full disclosure of the chemicals that will be used in the process of releasing oil and gas from shale rock. Just four years ago, however, she was quick to point fingers at communities abroad who were fighting proposed fracking projects in Poland,...
  • Anchor: Clinton Presidency ‘Should Freak People Out,’ Will Hurt N Dakota By Targeting Fracking

    05/21/2016 3:24:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Aaron Kliegman
    The host of a local North Dakota news show told viewers Friday that the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency “should freak people out” because she will badly damage the state’s economy by going after fracking, which will hurt the oil and gas industry and cost jobs. Chris Berg, the anchor of 6:30 Point of View, a show on CBS affiliate KXJB Valley News Live, discussed North Dakota’s economic struggles as Clinton’s husband, Bill, was in Fargo, North Dakota for a campaign rally. Berg explained that the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget released a revenue report on Friday...
  • EPA seeks to boost ethanol in fuel supply

    05/18/2016 2:26:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 18, 2018 | Timothy Cama
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to increase the amount of ethanol and other biofuels in the nation’s fuel supply. But the volumes proposed Wednesday under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) still fall under targets written into the 2007 law that created the program. That ended up angering both the ethanol industry, which wants more of its product to be mandated, and the oil industry, which wants the program rolled back. The agency plans to mandate that 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels be blended into the country’s gasoline and diesel supply next year. Of that amount, 14.8 billion gallons can...
  • Trump taps climate change skeptic, fracking advocate as key energy advisor

    05/13/2016 10:51:57 AM PDT · by maggief · 94 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2016 | VALERIE VOLCOVICI
    Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America's most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota - a major oil drilling state - is writing a white paper on energy policy for the New York billionaire, Cramer and sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cramer was also among a group of Trump advisers who recently met with lawmakers from western energy states, who hope Trump will open more federal land for drilling, a lawmaker who took part in the meeting said. Cramer...
  • FARMER SPRAYS POOP ALL OVER PROTESTORS TRESPASSING ON HIS LAND

    05/10/2016 2:36:45 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 75 replies
    55KRC ^ | 5/4/16 | 55krc staff
    The farmer leased his land for fracking purposes. Emma Thompson and her Greenpeace friends decided they wanted to disobey a court injunction and proceed to protest. The farmer, not having any of that behavior, decided to pull out all the punches... er poops.
  • Friday Fun: Farmer Sprays Manure at Hollywood Star for Fracking Protest on His Land

    04/29/2016 7:21:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/29/2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    This video is almost certain to start your day off right. One U.K. farmer got so mad at Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson and her sister for breaking a court injunction protecting a fracking site on his land that he sprayed raw manure at them.
  • Research university hides results of fracking study which fails to prove it’s dangerous

    04/26/2016 4:53:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 26, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    What happens when a university research department is tasked with conducting a study of the harmful effects of fracking on ground water and other environmental concerns? Well, that depends on who provides their research money and what the results turn out to be. In the case of the University of Cincinnati, a lot of their funding comes from groups which have a vested interest in proving how harmful fracking is so it’s hardly a surprise that they lost interest in the study when it failed to produce any evidence of ground water contamination near commercial fracking sites. Jeff Stier, senior...
  • Smelling Blood in the Political Water

    04/23/2016 10:27:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    The great white environmentalist sharks smell blood in the water. It’s gushing from mortally wounded US coal companies that the Obama EPA has gutted as sacrifices on the altar of “dangerous manmade climate change” prevention and other spurious health, ecological and planetary scares.Peabody Energy, Arch Coal and other once vibrant coal producers have filed for Chapter 11 protection, shedding some $30 billion in shareholder value and tens of thousands of jobs in their companies and dependent industries. The bloodletting has left communities and states reeling, union pension funds and 401k plans empty, and the health, welfare, hopes and dreams of...
  • Here’s why Doha failed to deliver an oil deal

    04/18/2016 5:12:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Apr 18, 2016 2:40 a.m. ET | WilliamWatts
    No incentive for Saudis to let up Getty Saudi Arabia's minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ali al-Naimi (C) arrives for the OPEC meeting, in the Qatari capital Doha, By WilliamWatts Deputy markets editor Why would the Saudis give up now?That’s the question crude oil bulls should have been asking themselves ahead of the Sunday meeting of major oil producers that failed to produce an agreement to put a lid on production. Prospects for a deal fell apart after Iran refused to sign up, prompting Saudi Arabia, the world’s swing producer, to effectively walk away. Those that believed Riyadh had...
  • How Fracking Has Reduced Greenhouse Gases (Eliminate The EPA)

    04/16/2016 5:09:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    The U.S. Department of Energy published data last week with some amazing revelations -- so amazing that most Americans will find them hard to believe. As a nation, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by 2 percent from last year. Over the past 14 years, our carbon emissions are down more than 10 percent. On a per-unit-of-GDP basis, U.S. carbon emissions are down by closer to 20 percent. Even more stunning: We've reduced our carbon emissions more than virtually any other nation in the world, including most of Europe. How can this be? We never ratified the Kyoto Treaty....
  • Bernie Sanders wants to kill fracking boom

    04/13/2016 9:39:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 13, 2016 | Matt Egan
    If Bernie Sanders becomes president, America's fracking boom will be in danger. This week the Democratic presidential candidate called for a national ban on fracking, the controversial drilling technology that has not only led to a massive boom in oil and natural gas, created thousands of new jobs but also been linked to water contamination and even earthquakes. "If we are serious about combating climate change, we need to put an end to fracking, not only in New York and Vermont, but all over this country," Sanders said during a speech in Binghamton, New York this week. The anti-fracking crusade...