In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert discuss the Linda Evangelista of the natural gas market and the fast and furious bubbles popping like Lawrence Welk on frack. In the second half of the show Max talks to award-winning journalist and author, Leah McGrath Goodman, about why the price of gasoline is so high and what next for the oil market.
Openbare consultatie gemeenteraad over schaliegasonderzoek
Begin vorige week is de gemeente Boxtel, in eerste instantie via de provincie Noord-Brabant later direct, door het ministerie van EL&I benaderd voor een consultatie over het toegezegde onafhankelijke onderzoek naar schaliegas.
A Free State professor says there is a high risk that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Karoo could result in one of the biggest water pollution problems in the world, it was reported on Friday.
Gaby Petron didn't set out to challenge industry and government assumptions about how much pollution comes from natural gas drilling. She was just doing what she always does as an air pollution data sleuth for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Environmentalists are suing the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, saying the regulatory agency hasn't done enough to justify honoring requests by companies to keep the public from reviewing ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluids.
US EPA fracking study may dodge some tough questions.
An ongoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study on natural gas drilling and its potential for groundwater contamination has gotten tentative praise so far from both industry and environmental groups.
Frackers Outbid Farmers For Water in Colorado Drought
Colorado is facing drought not seen since 2002, following the fourth-warmest and third-least-snowy winter in US history. Colorado State University scientists report that 98 percent of the state is facing these drought conditions.
Mining companies are increasingly taking an interest in shale after it took off in the US, writes Paddy Manning. Nobody knows the extent of the shale gas resource in Australia but the potential is big, perhaps big enough to reduce coal seam gas to a sideshow.
Romania is set to start exploring its shale gas reserves in a drive for energy independence, despite local protests against the potential risks and Europe-wide concerns about the technology used to exploit unconventional gas sources.
After being threatened by a lawsuit from Colorado's governor, Fort Collins went ahead and stood its ground. In the final vote yesterday, the City Council voted to uphold the fracking ban 5-2, and the ban is now final.
Fracking Industry Propaganda Battles Science in Obama's New Energy Pick
President Obama's choice to appoint Dr. Ernest Moniz of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the next Energy Secretary has placed new scrutiny on academics who promote hydraulic fracturing as well as on the oil and gas industry public relation's machine.
Fracking fights across the country are heating up this week. Governor Andrew Cuomo's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued proposed regulations for fracking in New York, even though their promised environmental review and their limited public health review has not been completed.
Fracking risks reduce value of properties dependent on groundwater
There is a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)* working paper, from researchers at Resources for the Future and Duke University, on the effect that proximity to a shale gas well can have on property values. The researchers looked at more than 19,000 properties sold over a five year period in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and controlled for neighborhood amenities and other factors.
Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation's geology as an invisible dumping ground.
Analysis of fracking wastewater yields some surprises
Hydraulically fractured natural gas wells are producing less wastewater per unit of gas recovered than conventional wells would. But the scale of fracking operations in the Marcellus shale region is so vast that the wastewater it produces threatens to overwhelm the region's wastewater disposal capacity, according to new analysis by researchers at Duke and Kent State universities.
Pennsylvania Report Left Out Data on Poisons in Water Near Gas Site
Pennsylvania officials reported incomplete test results that omitted data on some toxic metals that were found in drinking water taken from a private well near a natural gas drilling site, according to legal documents released this week.
More Research Needed To Address Widespread Signs Of Health, Environmental Dangers Of Fracking
Modern hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is so new that over half of all the shale gas ever developed in the world has been produced in the last three years, which has resulted in nearly all of the peer-reviewed scientific research on the environmental and public health consequences of shale gas having been done in the last 14 months.
The 10 Scariest Chemicals Used In Hydraulic Fracking
ProPublica investigations, however, found fracking to be the common thread in more than 1,000 cases of water contamination across seven states, including dozens of cases of well failures in which the concrete or steel meant to protect aquifers cracked under high pressure.
California fracking bill would protect industry ‘trade secrets’
A California lawmaker working to pass the Golden State's first hydraulic fracturing rules has watered down his landmark legislation, hoping to overcome industry opposition to a measure that would force energy companies to disclose the mysterious mix of chemicals they inject into the ground to tap oil deposits.
U.S. Rejects Environmental Reviews on Mortgages Linked to Drilling
Federal agriculture officials will not require an extensive environmental review before issuing mortgages to people who have leased their land for oil and gas drilling, according to a notice released by the Department of Agriculture this week. The notice represents a reversal from what lawyers and environmental officials in the agency’s Washington and regional offices previously told landowners and members of Congress in e-mails.
"Fracking" stories about shale gas extraction hit the news daily, fueling a growing conflagration between environmental protectionism and economic interests. A session at the upcoming annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America will look at the natural gas process chain, from extraction and processing to transport and distribution.
Gemeenteraad wil van Boxtel schaliegasvrije gemeente maken
Boxtel wordt maandagavond uitgeroepen tot schaliegasvrije gemeente. De coalitiepartijen dienen dan samen met de SP een motie in om zich uit te spreken tegen proefboringen. Dat zeggen de fracties van Balans, Combinatie 95, PvdA/GroenLinks en ...
Study Shows Link Between Earthquakes And Injection Wells
University of Texas at Austin NewsUh-Oh: Texas Study Shows Link Between Earthquakes And Injection Wells ...Business InsiderMost recent earthquakes in North Texas happened close to injection wells used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling in the region, according to new research. A two-year study by the University of Texas at Austin also found that the ...UT study finds earthquakes occur more frequently near injection wellsFort Worth Star TelegramStudy Finds Correlation Between Injection Wells and Small EarthquakesUniversity of Texas at Austin NewsMinor earthquakes seen near Texas injection wells -studyReutersChicago Tribune -Austin American-Statesmanall 60 news articles »
Anti-Fracking Protesters Confront Pennsylvania Gov During Kayaking PR Trip on Endangered River
Some 30 kayakers, friends and associates, including Richard Allan, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources, on the misty morning, part of a two-day promotion of the region's tourism resources.
New study shows no evidence of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing
Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study released Thursday by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.
Ny's fracking wastewater - out of sight, out of mind
According to Environmental Advocates of New York’s new report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has failed to responsibly monitor the transport, treatment, or disposal of waste from the state’s active gas wells.
Wisconsin Legislation May Strip Towns of Authority to Stop Fracking
One of the few tools for Wisconsin citizens to protect their health and land from the hazards of expanded frac sand mining across the state could be weakened by a newly introduced bill in the state legislature. The state's Senate is considering a piece of legislation today aimed at "limiting the authority" of Wisconsin cities, villages or towns to enact a "development moratorium ordinance" -- a mechanism used recently by several local governments across the state to set aside time so they can investigate the effects of proposed mining on their community.
A new report1 on shale resources and hydraulic fracturing from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)—an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress—concludes that fracking poses serious risks to health and the environment.
Ernest Moniz, Considered Fracking Shill By Some Environmentalists
While some environmental groups cheered the pending nomination, others have expressed deep concern over Moniz due to his outspoken support of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, better known as fracking.
Expert panel deliberates hydraulic fracturing in shale gas development
The use of hydraulic fracturing in shale gas development took center stage Friday as a panel of U.S. and Canadian experts discussed the contentious practice in a three-hour symposium hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Why the debate over British shale gas extraction is for high stakes
THE BRITISH debate about shale gas extraction has made headlines today, following the publication of a government-commissioned study suggesting that the unconventional drilling technique can safely be tested further, despite apparently causing two small earthquakes near the northern resort town of Blackpool.
A coalition of academic researchers in the United States is preparing to shine a rigorous scientific light on the polarized and often emotional debate over whether fracking for natural gas is hazardous to human health.
"Buy Fresh, Buy Local" has become the mantra of the organic farming movement in the Northeast, a growing agricultural trend that has sprouted in the Marcellus Shale region where an equally powerful industry boom is buying up the land and erecting rigs to extract natural gas.
The U.S. shale energy boom is fuelling a rise in the burning of waste gas after years of decline, a World Bank source told Reuters ahead of the release of new data, giving environmentalists more ammunition against the industry.
The study would look at detailed health histories on hundreds of thousands of people who live near the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation in which energy companies have already drilled about 5,000 natural gas wells.
Obama calls for frack disclosure, but activists say that's not enough
As President Obama catches up, at least rhetorically, with drilling critics who have pushed for public disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals, activists are stressing that disclosure is not enough.
Fracking Democracy > Why Pennsylvania's Act 13 May Be the Nation's Worst Corporate Giveaway
Pennsylvania, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed and where the U.S. coal, oil and nuclear industries began, has adopted what may be the most anti-democratic, anti-environmental law in the country, giving gas companies the right to drill anywhere, overturn local zoning laws, seize private property and muzzle physicians from disclosing specific health impacts from drilling fluids on patients. The draconian new law, known as Act 13, revises the state’s oil and gas statutes, to allow oil companies to drill for natural gas using the controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, where large volumes of water and toxic chemicals are pumped into vertical wells with lateral bores to shatter the rock and release the hydrocarbons.
Friction over fracking sand develops in Wisconsin.
Where County Highway A crests a knoll, Ken Schmitt pulls up to a 100-foot hill with a wide section cut away, revealing bands of stone, clay and sand neat as a layer cake. In time, 800 acres of farmland will be mined to feed an energy boom sweeping the United States.
German environment minister dashes hopes for shale gas fracking
Germany's environment minister said on Monday he did not want to make it easy for companies to start using controversial gas drilling methods, or fracking, dampening gas explorers' hopes of tapping new energy sources on their doorstep. 'The message is we want to limit fracking, we don't want to facilitate it,' he told Deutschlandfunk radio. 'And anyway I don't see in the foreseeable future that fracking will be employed anywhere within Germany,' he added. Fracking involves pumping vast quantities of water and chemicals at high pressure through drill holes, which together with vertical drilling helps prop open shale rocks to release trapped gas. Critics say fracking may increase seismic risks and even pollute drinking water.
Scientists send letter of
disapproval to Dept. of Energy over fracking panel
A group of 28 scientists from 22 universities have sent a letter to Secretary of Energy
Steven Chu criticizing his picks for a DOE panel that is studying the safety and promise
of hydrofracking, saying that the board is heavily tilted toward gas industry interests.
Wyoming regulators exempt 146
'fracking' chemicals from public disclosure
Wyoming regulators have agreed to keep secret the identities of 146 chemicals used in
hydraulic fracturing since disclosure rules went into effect nearly a year ago, according
the the state's oil and gas supervisor.
Fracking Operations Cause Thousands
of Earthquakes in Arkansas
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission placed a ban on fracking wastewater wells in the area
yesterday. A moratorium on well activity had been in place for months as geologists
investigated a possible link between fracking activity and the outbreak of more than 1,200
earthquakes that measured lower than 4.7 in magnitude.
One Tainted Water Well, and Concern
There May Be More
For decades, oil and gas industry executives as well as regulators have maintained that a
drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is used for most
natural gas wells has never contaminated underground drinking water.
In Arid South African Lands,
Fracking Controversy Emerges
The contentious practice of hydrofracking to extract underground natural gas has now made
its way to South Africas Karoo, a semi-desert known for its stark beauty and
indigenous plants. But opposition is growing amid concern that fracking will deplete and
pollute the areas scarce water supplies.
Gas Fracking Poses Serious
Environmental Risks, Panel Finds
Natural-gas companies risk causing serious environmental damage from hydraulic fracturing
unless they commit to the best engineering practices, a task force named by Energy
Secretary Steven Chu concluded.
South Africa faces environmental
concerns over fracking
Farmers in South Africa's Karoo region fear fracking could devastate their environment in
the face of a desperate need for alternative energy supplies to fuel its growing economy.
Using a process called hydraulic fracturing, one drills into the ground - then
horizontally as small explosions pierce the shale rock. Water, sand and chemicals are then
forced into the rock to release the gas.But fracking is controversial and locals are
concerned about what impact that is going to have on the environment. Oil companies insist
that drilling for gas in Africa's largest economy will bring jobs and development --
without destroying the environment.
In Brabant komen binnenkort proefboringen naar schaliegas. Dit soort gas moet de
toekomstige leegte van de gasbel in Slochteren vervangen. Maar in de twee gemeenten waar
sprake is van proefboringen verzetten bewoners en instanties zich hevig tegen de winning
van dit gas. Het ophalen van het schaliegas uit de aarde zou namelijk niet zonder gevaar
zijn. EenVandaag spreekt met verontruste bewoners, de verantwoordelijk wethouder, de
directeur van waterbedrijf Brabant Water en een vertegenwoordiger van het bedrijf
Cuadrilla dat de boringen gaat uitvoeren.
I've recently written about the moratorium the South African government has imposed on
hydraulic fracturing, the polluting and water-intense method to extract natural gas from
underground layers of shale rock also referred to as fracking.
Provinciebestuurder Jules Iding van de SP noemt het uitermate teleurstellend dat minister
Maxime Verhagen van Economische Zaken niet rustiger aan wil doen met de proefboringen naar
schaliegas in Boxtel en Haaren. Hij vindt dat de minister zich schuldig maakt aan
minachting van de Brabanders.
Ban Fracking In NY Rally in
Manhattan's Foley Square
Gasland Director Josh Fox,Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringert Food & Water
Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter Senator Tony Avella anthony other advocates and
organizations came out to show their support on banning a common sense ban on fracking in