Natural gas production through the hydraulic fracturing of shale
Natural Gas Boom: Questions and Complications. America has been buoyed by an
abundance of natural gas. The bulk of its vast resources of this precious fuel is locked in shale
formations under more than 20 states, unable to escape without drilling horizontal wells through
the most promising layers and fracturing the rocks surrounding the bores with highly pressurized
mixtures of water, chemicals, and sand. Use of this process, decades in the making, expanded rather
suddenly after 2007, and it has become widely known by the rather unappealing term "fracking."
to unveil fracking rules. The Obama administration unveiled the first major national
safety restrictions for fracking on Friday [3/20/2015], touching off a swift backlash from the
president's critics in Congress and the energy industry. Two oil industry groups immediately sued
to challenge the rules, calling them "a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns," while 27 Senate
Republicans introduced legislation to block them from taking effect. Meanwhile, green groups
were divided on whether the long-awaited regulations go far enough.
Shock: A New, Better Energy World. We are witnessing a modern energy miracle. For more than 30 years, US crude
oil production fell from 9.6 million barrels per day in 1970 to 5 million barrels per day in 2008. Oil production, an annual
200-billion dollar industry, was in long-term decline. Industry experts proclaimed that we had reached "peak oil" and that world oil
output would soon fall. But beginning in 2008, US production soared, again reaching 9.6 million barrels in June of this year,
recovering all of a 30-year decline in just seven short years.
Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining. The rate of silica sand mining in the United States has increased in
recent years, due in large part to the tremendous growth in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas using horizontal drilling techniques.
Some environmental activist groups and community organizers contend silica sand mining presents significant threats to human health and the
environment. Scientific evidence strongly refutes such claims. Silica sand mining has minimal environmental impact, involves
virtually no public health risk, and is an important part of domestic energy production that has substantial economic benefits.
of Premature Births Fails to Show Fracking Connection. Serious methodological errors render unreliable the
findings of a recent study titled "Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Birth Outcome in Pennsylvania, USA," which
suggested pregnant mothers living near hydraulic fracturing sites could be at a higher risk of giving birth to premature
babies. The study, which was published in the journal Epidemiology, was conducted by researchers at the Johns
Hopkins-Bloomberg School of Public Health. It relies exclusively on retrospective data analysis of pregnancy and birth
statistics of just under 11,000 pregnant women in hydraulic fracturing-rich areas of Pennsylvania between 2009 and 2013.
The data were used to find statistical associations between the distance a pregnant mother lived from a fracking site and whether
or not she gave birth prematurely.
Shaking out the lies surrounding earthquakes and hydraulic
fracturing. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow gleefully teased the earthquakes in Oklahoma as "the story that might keep you up at night." On her October 16
show, she stated that Oklahoma's earthquakes are: "The terrible and unintended consequence of the way we get oil and gas out of the ground. ...from fracking
operations." Yet, when her guest, Jeremy Boak, Oklahoma Geological Survey Director, corrected her, "it's not actually frackwater," she didn't change her tune.
Despite the fact that the science doesn't support the thesis, opponents of oil-and-gas extraction, like Maddow, have long claimed that the process of hydraulic fracturing
is the cause of the earthquakes. Earthworks calls them "frackquakes" because the quakes, the organization says, are "fracking triggered earthquakes." The
anti-crowd doesn't want to hear otherwise.
Can 'waterless fracking' in New York sidestep Cuomo's
ban? The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown no signs of backing off the statewide prohibition on hydraulic
fracturing the Democrat announced at the end of last year. But a collection of landowners in one of the most economically depressed
areas in the Empire State hopes the Cuomo administration will give it the OK to drill without using conventional "fracking" techniques, in
the hopes of reaching some of the vast natural gas deposits in the Marcellus Shale formation.
judge blocks new Obama administration rules on fracking. A judge on Wednesday [9/30/2015] blocked new
nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect while a lawsuit moves ahead, pointing
to a law that prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating hydraulic fracturing.
Bars City Fracking Bans. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has signed a bill preventing Oklahoma cities and
counties from banning hydraulic fracturing, also called "fracking," within their boundaries. The bill specifically prohibits
cities and towns from banning operations such as drilling, fracking, water disposal, recovery operations, and pipeline infrastructure.
The law, which takes effect 90 days after the May 29 signing, allows municipalities and counties to enact "reasonable" regulations
concerning road use, traffic, noise, and odors incidental to oil and gas operation. It also allows cities to set fencing requirements
around oil and gas drilling sites and establish setback requirements for how closely wells can be sited near homes or businesses.
NY Fracking Ban Is Literally
Impoverishing Rural Towns. New York's ban on hydraulic fracturing is great news for environmentalists, but horrible news
for those living upstate who are seeing their economic opportunities fade as the state government closes the door on drilling.
A recent report by the state comptroller found that while New York added 538,000 jobs between 2009 and 2014, virtually all of these
jobs were concentrated in New York City. The Southern Tier, on the other hand, has been suffering. This is the region where most
natural gas operations would be occurring had it been allowed by the state government. It didn't, and now people are losing jobs
American oil. Forty years ago America was in a panic. The world was running out of
oil. Cars lined up around the block at every gasoline station in town. President Nixon took a
commercial flight to California, riding (first class) with the semi-ordinary folk, and leaving Air Force One
in the hangar. Congress enacted a law prohibiting selling American oil abroad. Cheap oil was
gone for good and America was resigned to kowtowing to the shieks of Arabia forever. The man who
turned all that around is Harold Hamm, the chairman of Continental Resources, who made "fracking" a
household word, and turned North Dakota into the Saudi Arabia (without the Arabs) of the new world, and is
largely responsible for moving the United States close to the long-sought goal of "energy independence."
with care, brings big benefits. Fracking — the practice of cracking open
underground oil and gas formations with water, sand and chemicals — has rescued U.S.
energy production from a dangerous decline. Any debate about banning it should take a hard look at
what that would cost the nation and at facts that aren't always part of the discussion. Those
facts are spelled out in a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency on fracking and
groundwater. One of the harshest charges against fracking, often leveled with apocalyptic
intensity by its foes, is that it indiscriminately contaminates vital drinking water supplies.
The EPA's timely report essentially said that's overblown. The study identified many ways
fracking could cause damage, but found little evidence that it had.
judge blocks Obama from implementing draconian fracking rules. A federal judge agreed
Tuesday [6/23/2015] to postpone the Obama administration's tough new hydraulic fracturing
restrictions just hours before they were scheduled to take effect. U.S. District Court Judge
Scott Skavdahl in Casper, Wyoming, gave both sides another week to submit arguments and citations
before making a final decision on the request for a stay, which is expected July 22.
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!. It was only a couple of months ago that articles were
being written about the demise of fracking, mainly by those skeptical of or even opposed to
fracking — or written by people on the payroll of enemies of America's energy
renaissance. We were told that fracking was polluting water supplies — nay, setting tap
water on fire! — and, anyway, that fracking was doomed because Saudi Arabia was ramping
up production, forcing the price of oil to plummet, and driving American fracking companies out of
business. But recent news has been devastating for the anti-fracking posse.
were those "science advisors" behind the NY fracking ban? Last week we talked about
the bombshell EPA report which said that fracking didn't have any demonstrated, systemic effect on
ground water quality. (Well, it was a "bombshell" unless you work at the NY Times, which didn't find
that it merited much of a mention.) One of the places most affected by this information should be New
York State, where Governor Andrew Cuomo relied on "expert scientific advice" to ban the practice indefinitely.
Buries Its Own Good News About Fracking. Want to see a perfect example of spin as a Washington art form?
Read the results of the federal government's most in-depth investigation ever of fracking. As Institute for Energy
Research president Thomas Pyle pointed out, "It only took four years and 1,000 pages, but the EPA finally confirmed
what we already knew — hydraulic fracturing is safe, and states have been effectively regulating the process."
Americans love good news, but President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency couldn't treat it as such. The report's
"Major Findings" didn't celebrate that your well water is safe.
Remember all that horrible stuff we said about fracking? Yeah... never mind. The
Environmental Protection Agency has finished a draft copy of a long awaited study on fracking and
its impact (or lack thereof) on drinking water. The folks in the green energy community who have
been pushing for bans on the practice for years now are up in arms already because the results were
precisely what they didn't want to hear. The alarmist have been pedaling bogus science for quite
a while now.
Study Undercuts Environmentalists' Calls for Regulation. It was always a longshot that
the Obama administration or Congress would crack down on the golden goose of hydraulic fracturing.
The chances shrunk further Thursday with the release of a landmark U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
study that found the drilling method had no widespread impact on drinking water.
Fracking Study: Drilling Wins. Finally, the Environmental Protection Agency has admitted what
the oil and natural gas industry has been saying for more than 60 years: "Hydraulic fracturing
activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water sources." EPA's five-year-long study, requested by Congress, examined more than 950 pieces of information,
including published papers and technical reports. While finding "potential vulnerabilities, some of
which are not unique to hydraulic fracturing," the report basically pronounces fracking safe.
finds fracking poses no direct threat to drinking water. Fracking does not pose a
direct threat to drinking water supplies, the Obama administration said Thursday [6/4/2015] in a
major study that represents a serious blow to environmentalists and other vocal opponents of U.S.
oil and gas production. The landmark Environmental Protection Agency report, nearly five years
in the making, found that the drilling technique had no "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking
water." The conclusion casts doubt on the wisdom of President Obama's latest regulations for
governing fracking on public lands and undermines the claims of environmentalists, many Democrats,
some liberal media outlets and others who have led the charge against fracking.
Study of Fracking Finds 'No Widespread, Systemic' Pollution. Hydraulic fracturing has
contaminated some drinking water sources but the damage is not widespread, according to a landmark
U.S. study of water pollution risks that has supporters of the drilling method declaring victory and
foes saying it revealed reason for concern. The draft analysis by the Environmental Protection
Agency, released Thursday [6/4/2015] after three years of study, looked at possible ways fracking could
contaminate drinking water, from spills of fracking fluids to wastewater disposal.
NY fracking ban
poised to take effect, critics say state giving up thousands of jobs. The push to ban fracking — the process
of injecting a combination of water, sand and chemicals into rock deposits underground to release natural gas — is the
culmination of nearly seven years of advocacy spanning two governors and three environmental conservation commissioners.
Though New York has had a fracking moratorium for years, current Gov. Andrew Cuomo rejected efforts to lift it and, instead,
changed it to an all-out ban in December. But critics charge Cuomo's decision risks up to 54,000 fracking-related New
York jobs — jobs that don't exist now since fracking is not allowed, but could have been generated with the approval
of various projects in the future.
Arabia continues to turn screws on U.S. Shale. Saudvi Arabia continues to ratchet up
production, taking market share away from U.S. shale producers. According to OPEC's latest monthly
oil report, Saudi Arabia boosted its oil output to 10.31 million barrels per day in April, a slight
increase over the previous month's total of 10.29 million barrels. That was enough for the
de facto OPEC leader to claim its highest oil production level in more than three decades.
The Editor says...
The headline is a reversal of the truth: Fracking is putting pressure on OPEC to produce
more oil and reduce the price for quick sale.
Bans Municipal Fracking Bans. The Texas Legislature has responded to a voter
referendum to ban fracking in Denton, Texas, by approving the "Denton Fracking Bill," which would
impose a ban on municipal fracking bans. It effectively squashes the vote in Denton against
fracking. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) is expected to sign the legislation. [...] Anti-frackers
have blamed the process for causing earthquakes and numerous other environmental, health and safety
problems. Industry proponents say fracking is what has made U.S.-based companies strong players
in the world's energy markets.
The Editor says...
For those of you in other parts of the country, Denton is an enclave of left-wing tax-and-spend
big-government liberalism. Very similar to Austin, but without the scenery or the traffic.
Vote To Prohibit City Fracking Bans In Texas. Last fall, Denton became the first Texas city to do what many
thought impossible in the Lone Star state: It banned fracking. The ban might not last long, though. The
Texas legislature has passed a bill that prohibits cities from establishing fracking bans. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott
is expected to sign it. Fracking opponents are naturally upset. Meanwhile, the media are playing the news
as a victory for the oil and gas industry. It's incomplete, however, to report that Big Oil is the sole beneficiary.
Fracking's benefits spread wide and run deep.
Between Fracking and Air Quality Questioned. A widely cited study purporting to show
oil and gas operations using hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, cause serious air-quality
issues suffers from "significant flaws," a new report has found. Environmental Health in October
2014 published "Air Concentrations of Volatile Compounds Near Oil and Gas Production: A Community-based
Exploratory Study," by Gregg P. Macey of the Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy at the
Brooklyn Law School. The study garnered substantial media attention.
blast new Obama regs for fracking on federal lands. A new regulation announced Friday [3/20/2015]
by the Obama administration — requiring fracking companies who drill on federal lands to
disclose what chemicals they use in the controversial process — was blasted as "yet
another attack on American jobs" by GOP lawmakers, who said the mandate could slow the U.S. energy
boom. The Bureau of Land Management rule, which would take effect in June, also updates
requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in hydraulic
fracturing, a drilling method that has spurred jobs and economic growth in natural gas and oil
production. It would not apply to privately owned lands, but roughly 10 percent of the
U.S. energy sector's work takes place on land leased from the federal government.
new fracking rules get swift GOP backlash. The Obama
administration unveiled the first major national safety restrictions for fracking on Friday,
touching off a swift backlash from the president's critics in Congress and the energy industry.
Two oil industry groups immediately sued to challenge the rules, calling them "a reaction to
unsubstantiated concerns," while 27 Senate Republicans introduced legislation to block them from
taking effect. Meanwhile, green groups were divided on whether the long-awaited regulations
go far enough.
Because it produces energy and encourages capitalism...
cracks down on fracking. The Obama administration is setting new standards for the
controversial hydraulic fracturing process, the first major federal effort to crack down on the
practice that has largely been behind the nation's oil and natural gas boom. The fracking
standards only apply to drilling on leased federal land and land owned by American Indian tribes,
which account for less than a quarter of the country's oil production and 17 percent of its
gas. The vast majority of fracking happens off federal land, regulators said.
New York towns consider seceding to Pennsylvania. Plenty of people leave New York state but in a
job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. Local
officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the
Keystone State's border.
Five Ways Liberals
Ignore Science. Hydraulic fracturing is as safe as any other means of extracting
fossil fuels. It creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. It provides cheaper energy for
millions of Americans. It has less of an environmental impact than other processes. It
means less dependency on foreign oil. It helped the economy work its way out of a
recession. So 62 percent of Republicans support science and 59 percent of Democrats
oppose it. Even though numerous scientific studies — one funded by the National Science
Foundation that debunked the purported link between groundwater pollution and fracking — have
assured us that there's nothing to fear.
pushes new methane limits for gas drilling, industry says 'energy renaissance' at risk. The Obama
administration pushed new regulations Wednesday [1/14/2015] aimed at cutting methane emissions from the natural
gas sector, calling the proposed rules a needed step to address global warming as industry groups warned the move
would threaten "America's energy renaissance." Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules —
the first of their kind — join a host of others that President Obama has ordered in an effort to slow
global warming despite opposition in Congress that has only hardened since the midterm elections.
The Editor says...
So President Obama is making "an effort to slow global warming." How wonderful. I wonder if Mr. Obama knows
that global warming stopped 18 years ago, all by itself. Maybe he knows this, but is just using methane emissions
as a way to tighten the screws on energy production, because he hates capitalism. Or maybe he really doesn't know
that there is no global warming, since it probably hasn't been mentioned on ESPN.
"green science" on fracking falls apart under scrutiny. Not that anyone in the
anti-energy community will pay attention to this, but the debate over hydraulic fracturing
(fracking) and energy extraction in general has delivered another blow to the Green Energy crew. In
fact, several of the most commonly repeated stories about the health hazards associated with the oil
and gas energy have turned out to be "claims masquerading as science."
Moves to Count Methane Emissions from Fracking. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency is proposing a new rule that would require energy companies to report to the federal government
all greenhouse gas emissions from oil well fracking operations and natural gas compressor stations and
pipelines. The EPA's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program currently requires energy companies to report
only those emissions from fracking operations that involve flaring — the industry's practice
of burning off excess natural gas at a well site.
Is Driving the Fracking Revolution. Although energy producers have utilized fracking
since the 1940s, today's fracking revolution results from recent technological advances and new oil
and natural gas discoveries. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, extracts oil and natural gas from
shale rock by drilling thousands of feet below the earth's surface and then injecting water, sand,
and trace chemicals under high pressure to create cracks in the shale formations, thus releasing oil
and natural gas. By some estimates, fracking could raise average the U.S. household income by
$2,700 per year and create 1.2 million new jobs by 2020.
Killed Lots Of Jobs By Pointlessly Banning Fracking. New York state found that fracking would mean more
than 50,000 jobs for eight economically depressed counties bordering Pennsylvania. In banning it, Gov. Andrew
Cuomo chose green over black gold. [...] Environmentalists and government have been fishing in vain for evidence of
health hazards from fracking for many years, but to Cuomo no evidence equals "uncertainties," hence the ban.
Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration
announced on Wednesday [12/17/2014] that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because
of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method of extracting natural gas.
Fracking, as it is known, was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities
along New York's border with Pennsylvania, and Mr. Cuomo had once been poised to embrace it.
York state to ban fracking over health fears. New York state is looking to ban
fracking, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used
gas-drilling technique. [...] "Mounting scientific evidence points to serious health risks from
fracking operations," said Kate Sinding, deputy director of the New York programme at the Natural
Resources Defense Council. "With this announcement, the governor has listened, ... demonstrating
both courage and national leadership on this critical issue."
The Editor says...
Really? What evidence? What illness is caused by fracking? The writer of this article apparently forgot to ask.
This legislation is based on fear about what might happen someday, based on evidence yet to be developed.
Drives Global Oil Prices Down. One of the perennial arguments of the anti-fracking crowd has been
that the shale revolution has failed to bring down oil prices. If the huge investment in fracking hasn't
lowered prices for U.S. consumers, what's the good of fracking? Now that argument has gone the way of all
the other objections to fracking. When OPEC failed to cut production last month, one of the main reasons
was competition from swelling production in the U.S. Reportedly, Saudi Arabia blocked production cuts
(which would have raised prices) due to fear of losing market share. It wasn't just Russia or Iran they
were worried about. The biggest new competitor on the block is the U.S.
Oil Prices Undermine U.S. Adversaries. Global oil prices continued to plunge on
Monday, aiding U.S. consumers at the pump while delivering a blow to oil-rich foreign adversaries.
Crude oil prices have now dropped below $70 a barrel, about $30 cheaper than during the last summer.
Prices have plummeted in part due to fracking — an oil and gas extraction technique that
has enabled U.S. production to surge.
Praises Fracking, Stays Silent on Keystone. At a speech to the League of Conservation
Voters in midtown Manhattan Monday night, before hundreds of deep-pocketed donors, Hillary Clinton
praised the environmental legacy of Teddy Roosevelt, touted the prospect of new green technologies,
and had warm words for Barack Obama's aggressive efforts to combat climate change. Absent from
the former Secretary of State's speech? Any sense of where she stood on the controversial Keystone
pipeline project, or what she would do differently as president to steer the nation towards a more
Have Consequences For Hydraulic Fracturing. One of the most important issues this
election cycle was energy development, especially as it pertains to hydraulic fracturing, also known
as "fracking." Because government regulation of oil and natural gas development primarily occurs
at the state level, the results of several statewide elections will significantly affect hydraulic
fracturing. In some cases, the elections will result in a change of policy; in others they may bring
more of the same. Here is a snapshot of some of the likely changes coming for Pennsylvania, Illinois,
and New York.
Day, Another Worthless Report Trying to Kill Britain's Shale Gas Industry. "The people
at the UK Energy Research Centre, they've nothing against this in principle, they're in the business
of finding alternative sources of energy, so they're not people who are coming at this from a
position of ingrained opposition...." Thus Jim Naughtie on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this
morning [11/12/2014], introducing yet another, official-sounding, produced-by-'experts' report
calculated to pour cold water on the nascent UK shale gas industry by alleging that its potential
benefits have been "oversold."
Oil Prices Slow Fracking, but Kill Solar. Environmentalists should be ecstatic. The
Saudis are doing for them what they have tried and tried and tried to do for themselves, but could
not: Stop fracking. But their green smiles are quickly turning into frowns as more and more
enviros recognize the same lower oil prices that hurt fracking are killing their most treasured
darlings: Solar and wind power.
Sand Study: Lots of Scare, Little Science. Unfortunately, special-interest groups
have published a study attempting to scare the people of Wisconsin and other parts of the Upper
Midwest about mining sand used for hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "frac sand," by
presenting only one side of the story. Instead of basing the study on the best available
scientific evidence and discussing both the costs and benefits of frac sand mining, anecdotal
evidence (which is unscientific and unreliable and can lead to cherry picking data) is used to focus
on costs while completely ignoring benefits. This special-interest study attempts to portray frac
sand mining as an industry running amuck, operating without oversight or regulation. It also tries
to paint the industry as a threat to a clean water supply and as a possible cancer risk, but it
doesn't provide even a grain of real science to support these claims.
gives US bumper crop of oil, more clout in diplomatic standoffs. Did you know the
United States has become Saudi Arabia? Well, minus the sand and support for Wahhabi fundamentalism,
but plus the oil and natural gas, much more of it than can be found in the Kingdom of the House of Saud.
OPEC, schmopec. America is floating in black gold, and the reason is hydraulic fracturing, or
"fracking" — pumping water underground (far below the water table) and then drilling
sideways to break up shale formations full of oil and natural gas.
Truth about Fracking. Fracking works like this: You set up your giant robot and you drill a
five-inch-diameter hole down several thousand feet until you hit the gas shale, and then you turn 90 degrees
and you drill horizontally through some more shale, until you've got all your pipes and rig in place. And
then you hit that shale with a high-pressure blast of water and sand, creating millimeter-wide fractures through
which the natural gas can escape and make you very, very rich in spite of the fact that you're spending about a
million dollars a week on space-age "matrix" drill bits and squadrons of engineers and a small army of laborers,
technicians, truck drivers, machinists, and a pretty-good-sized bill from Hoggfather's, the local barbecue joint
that has added a couple of specialized and custom-outfitted mobile crews just for cooking two massive meals a
day for the fracking hands who are far too busy to take off for lunch.
for Fracking Deniers. Fact #5: Fracking has led to an increase in domestic oil and gas
production and a major reduction in dependence on foreign oil. Since 2005, U.S. oil production has
increased from approximately 5 million to 8 million barrels per day. Combined with
increased fuel efficiency and a slight decline in miles driven, increased domestic oil production
has cut dependence on foreign oil in half. According to the International Energy Agency, the
U.S. will become the world's largest oil producer by 2015.
Thanks to fracking:
about to pass Saudi Arabia as largest liquid petroleum producer. The "peak oil" pundits were sure we were on the
precipice of running out of oil. Now, it seems, the sky is indeed the limit. Which is why it makes little sense,
given the state of climate science, that our President is busily engaged via the UN and other domestic agencies, in throttling
back one of the most economically viable growth engines the American economy has at the moment (and for the foreseeable future).
Offshore Fracking In Gulf Of Mexico Is
On The Rise As Companies Seek Out Deep-Sea Riches. Global oil and gas firms are increasingly turning to offshore fracking to extract more fossil-fuel
riches from the bottom of the ocean. The Gulf of Mexico in particular could see fracking activity grow by more than 10 percent over this year and
next, according to Baker Hughes Inc., which operates about a third of the world's offshore fracking fleet, Bloomberg News reported Thursday [8/7/2014].
Deep Water Fracking Next Frontier for
Offshore Drilling. Energy companies are taking their controversial fracking operations from the land to the sea — to deep waters
off the U.S., South American and African coasts. Cracking rocks underground to allow oil and gas to flow more freely into wells has grown into one
of the most lucrative industry practices of the past century. The technique is also widely condemned as a source of groundwater contamination.
The question now is how will that debate play out as the equipment moves out into the deep blue. For now, caution from all sides is the operative word.
Fracturing. Offshore, a form of hydraulic fracturing has been in commercial use since the early 1990's. Similar to hydraulic
fracturing that is being used to develop unconventional resources onshore (shale and tight sand), hydraulic fracturing offshore has combined two
mature oil and gas technologies — hydraulic fracturing and gravel pack completions. The result has been a significant improvement
in well life and reliability, productivity, and oil and gas recovery.
U.S for global oil price slump. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday [10/16/2014] blamed
Washington for the slump in global oil prices. Washington is "flooding" the market with cheaper shale oil to
bring down prices and ultimately impact Russia and other oil-producing nations, Maduro said at a televised Cabinet meeting.
it take more water to frack an oil well or keep a golf course green? The right
answer, according to a recent study done for the Western Energy Alliance, found that fracking in
states of the Mountain West region uses far less water than a whole host of activities, including
golf courses. Three of the six states in the study report water-usage statewide and in all
three — Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming — all oil and natural gas activities,
not just fracking, use less than one percent of all consumed water. In Colorado, according to the
study, the biggest water users are "Coors Brewing Company, Colorado Steel Company, Cargill, Swift
Company, Kodak, mining facilities, and golf courses."
Dems Frack Backtrack is all about November. In April 2013, the Mora County Commission
voted, 2 to 1, and passed the first-in-the-nation county-wide ban on all oil-and-gas drilling.
It was spearheaded by Commission Chairman John Olivas — an environmental activist. Since
then, two lawsuits have been filed against the little county because of the anti-drilling ordinance.
Olivas didn't just lose in the Democrat primary election, he was, according to the Albuquerque Journal,
"soundly beaten" by George Trujillo — 59.8% to 34.2%. Trujillo campaigned on a repeal of
the ordinance and has said he is open to a limited amount of drilling in the eastern edge of the county.
Mora County's ban on all drilling for hydro-carbons, not just fracking, was incited by an out-of-state group:
the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), which has also been active in Colorado.
fracking problem for Dems. Five towns in Colorado have already banned the
controversial drilling method, which pumps a pressurized mix of chemicals, water, and sand, or
wastewater as many call it, into the ground to extract natural gas deposits from deep below the
earth's surface. To hear Floyd Ciruli, a non-partisan Colorado pollster for nearly 40 years
tell it, Democrats are in full-blown damage control over the fracking measures being pushed by its
liberal, environmental wing.
Texas, rejects partial fracking ban. The council governing a North Texas city that
sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday [7/16/2014] that would have made it
the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.
leaked document shows just how much the EU wants a piece of America's fracking boom.
The European Union is pressing the United States to lift its longstanding ban on crude oil exports
through a sweeping trade and investment deal, according to a secret document from the negotiations
obtained by The Washington Post. It's not entirely surprising. The EU has made its desire for the
right to import U.S. oil known since the U.S. started producing large amounts of it in the mid-2000s. It
signaled again at the outset of trade negotiations, and its intentions have become even more clear since.
Has 'Cut Carbon Emissions More than All the World's Wind and Solar Energy'. Fracking
has led to a greater reduction in carbon emissions than all the world's wind turbines and solar
panels put together, the Council of Europe heard last week. Speaking at a meeting of the council,
which promotes co-operation between all European nations, Chris Faulkner, chief executive of Breitling
Energy, explained how shale gas has led the way in reducing carbon emissions in the U.S.
Oil, Natural Gas Estimates Invite Fracking in Bakken, Three Forks. The US Geological
Survey (USGS) ignited the Williston Basin oil boom in 2008 with its assessment of over two billion
barrels of recoverable oil from the Bakken field but gave made no assessment of America's Three
Forks field to the south. The USGS just announced that its 2013 survey doubled its 2008 estimates
for combined shale oil and recoverable natural gas deposits in the Bakken and Three Forks areas of
the Williston basin to 7.4 billion barrels of oil and 6.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
The USGS survey results are expected to dramatically increase oil and gas investment in the region.
Debunks More Environment Scares from 2013. In 2010 filmmaker Josh Fox released the "documentary" Gasland, igniting
anti-fracking hysteria as an "environmentalist" mass movement. The key moment in that movie, shown over and over again on screens
large and small, was a homeowner in protective goggles turning on his tap water and setting it on fire with a match. The scene
resulted in the widespread mythology that the "new" technology, fracking, involved dangerous procedures leading to leakage of toxic
chemically treated water at high pressure into aquifers, well water, and tap water. [...] In conclusion it should be noted the
tap-water flame so famously highlighted in Gasland was confirmed to be a result of naturally occurring methane in the nearby
Colorado water table, and not related to any fracking activity.
in secret plot against fracking, Nato chief says. Russia is secretly working with
environmental groups campaigning against fracking in an attempt to maintain Europe's dependence on
energy imports from Moscow, the secretary-general of Nato has said. Speaking at the Chatham House
foreign affairs think-tank in London, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia was mounting a sophisticated
disinformation campaign aimed at undermining attempts to exploit alternative energy sources such as
shale gas. He said: "I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their
sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental
organisations — environmental organisations working against shale gas — to
maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas. That is my interpretation."
Despite Barack H. Obama's efforts...
The U.S. is about to become a "titan of unprecedented proportions" in the oil market.
[T]he United States is on track to become the world' biggest oil exporter by 2020 — and even
better, that other countries with potential shale deposits are now moving more quickly than expected on
adopting the hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques that have helped us get there.
on key EPA fracking advisory board has suspect degree. An official on the
Environmental Protection Agency's hydraulic fracturing scientific advisory board got a doctorate
degree from an unaccredited, shuttered online correspondence school that congressional auditors
targeted a decade ago in an investigation into diploma mills. The advisory board member is listed
as Dr. Connie Schreppel in EPA records, which highlight her doctorate from Kennedy Western
University and a master's from Greenwich University.
Fracking has Saved Obama. Without fracking of oil and gas deposits, there would have
been no economic growth in the U.S. over the past five years. Yet the oil and gas industry has been
a favorite whipping boy of the environmental zealots both inside and outside of the administration.
Without those brilliant entrepreneurs and engineers in the private sector who developed the new
techniques to unlock massive amounts of oil and gas at reasonable cost, it is unlikely that
President Obama would have been re-elected.
unite against shale gas, jobs, cheap energy and economic growth. A bunch of
self-important luvvies has signed a letter calling for a moratorium on Britain's barely nascent
fracking industry. The list of contributors is like a Who's Who from Hell.
and gas boom fuels population growth west of the Mississippi. Energy production is fueling a huge population
growth in the West of the U.S, with Texas home to four of the top 10 fastest growing cities — San Marcos, Cedar Park,
Georgetown and Frisco. The energy industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S economy and the oil
and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West are luring huge numbers of people to them. San Marcos,
Frisco and Cedar Park were No. 1, 2 and 4 in percentage population growth between 2012 and 2013, each growing by
at least five per cent in that time span, new data from the Census Bureau shows.
Census: Texas has 3 of 5 fast-growing
cities. Three of the nation's five fastest-growing cities — and seven of the top 15 — are
in the Lone Star State, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, part of a trend across the West largely fueled by
an oil boom.
Report reveals billions of barrels of shale oil in southern England. Vast areas
of southern England will on Friday be identified by the Government as targets for fracking, with ministers also announcing that energy
companies will be allowed to frack under homes without owners' permission. A British Geological Survey study of the South, spanning
from Wiltshire to Kent and including the South Downs National Park, will be published, mapping out the likely location of billions of
barrels of shale oil. Ministers are also preparing to publish controversial plans to change the laws of trespass to give energy
companies an automatic right to frack beneath homes and private land — even if owners object.
reveals vast scale of energy reserves underneath England. Billions of barrels of oil have been found in the ground beneath the
south of England, but far fewer than had been hoped, a report out today revealed. The official analysis by the British Geological Survey
(BGS) estimates that there are 4.4 billion barrels-worth of oil — but no shale gas at all — in the ground under the
Weald Basin in the south east of England. With geologists estimating that as little as 220 million barrels of it could be recoverable,
it is equivalent to just 0.5 percent of what has been pumped out of the North Sea in recent years.
Beverly Hills Bans
Fracking. Beverly Hills has banned fracking. Which makes it "the first municipality in
California to prohibit the controversial technique for extracting natural gas and oil from underground rock
deposits," according to Reuters.
Shale riches helping
South Texas towns help pay for upgrades. South Texas communities seem to have come to the same
conclusion: The Eagle Ford is here and they'll be dealing with it for the long term. Although
no one anticipated the oil boom or was able to plan for it, communities have started devoting more
money to long-term planning. McMullen County Judge James Teal joked this week at the Eagle Ford
Consortium's annual conference that if he had known the Eagle Ford would have been so big, he would have
"probably kept my job in oil and gas."
The fracking divide: Mexico's oil frontier beckons U.S.
drillers in wake of new law . The geological marvel known to Texas oilmen as the Eagle
Ford Shale Play is buried deep underground, but at night you can see its outline from space in a
twinkling arc that sweeps south of San Antonio toward the Rio Grande. The light radiates from
thousands of surface-level gas flares and drilling rigs. It is the glow of one of the most
extravagant oil bonanzas in American history, the result of the drilling technique known as
hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
seismic activity in Oklahoma as series of earthquakes rocks the state. Earthquakes rattled residents in
Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year,
which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration.
initiatives start to fracture Colorado. A gusher of proposed ballot initiatives on hydraulic fracturing
is poised to flood the November ballot as Colorado digs in for a gritty election battle between the oil and gas
industry and environmentalists. Nothing has qualified yet, but it would be no surprise if as many as a half-dozen
proposals reach the Nov. 4 ballot, setting up what could become a national proxy war on energy development
akin to last year's debate on gun control.
House takes step toward regulating fracking emissions. The White House took steps Friday [3/28/2014]
toward issuing methane emissions regulations at hydraulic fracturing sites, a move that would slash greenhouse gas
emissions in hopes of meeting President Obama's climate goals but will invite backlash from industry. The
news is a victory for environmental groups, which note that methane — a short-lived, potent greenhouse gas
that has a 20 times greater impact on climate change than carbon dioxide — is the largest remaining
unregulated greenhouse gas, accounting for 9 percent of U.S. emissions.
All the Fracking News Is Good. America is a fracking cornucopia of crude oil, independent of the
rapacious OPEC cartel. And has an inexhaustible supply of natural gas, putting us in a position to become
a major exporter able to use its gas reserves as a geopolitical weapon.
The Editor says...
I didn't see any bad news in the article, except the parts that were bad news for the environmental anti-capitalists.
A Tale of Two Cities. The U.S. metro
area with the lowest unemployment rate is a shale oil boomtown. The one with the highest unemployment rate
houses the world's largest solar plant. Energy policy experts are pointing to that dichotomy as evidence
that job creation potential in the energy industry lies primarily with fossil fuels, despite the administration's
insistence on creating a "clean energy economy." According to data released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS), Midland, Texas, has a 2.9 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in the country. [...] In
contrast to the successes of those oil and gas boomtowns, Yuma, Ariz., is facing the highest unemployment rate
of any U.S. metro area at a whopping 26.1 percent. Yuma is the site of the Agua Caliente solar
plant — the largest photovoltaic solar generation facility in the world.
Inspector General's Report Backs Dropping Texas Fracking Case. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector
General has ruled EPA acted properly when it initially imposed, then later withdrew, restrictions on fracking operations near two Texas
water wells. After defying Texas environmental officials and imposing restrictions on the fracking operations, EPA later declared
there was no risk to homeowners using the water wells and dropped an enforcement action it was pursuing in federal court.
Gas Fracking is Not Causing a Methane Spike. Natural gas fracking is not causing a spike in U.S. methane emissions,
the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data show. The data debunk assertions by global warming alarmists that
recent declines in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions — caused largely by the increasing use of low-carbon natural gas
power — are being offset by rising methane emissions from natural gas fracking.
Signs Bill to Expedite Bakken Fracking. President Barack Obama signed legislation expediting the permitting process
for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in the Bakken Shale basin in western North Dakota. The legislation sailed through
the House and Senate with only one dissenting vote.
is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia. The expansion in volumes of oil and gas produced by hydraulic
fracturing is taking experts and politicians by surprise, with profound consequences for US geopolitics, and even Europe's reliance on
European nations appeal to Congress for faster exports of US natural gas. Central European nations are now appealing to
Capitol Hill leaders to get the United States to increase its natural gas exports should Russia cut off its supply to Ukraine, amid
the political turmoil in that country.
European countries to US: Give us your
gas. In light of the recent crisis instigated by Russia, lawmakers have lately been pushing the Obama administration to
expedite the more than twenty outstanding applications from energy companies for permission to export more natural gas into the world market — and a handful of central European countries are decidedly for it.
5 Reasons Putin Thinks He Can Outplay Obama.
[T]he Obama administration has pushed hard against the development of new energy resources in the United States. The greatest threat to
Russian economic growth is the rise of alternative forms of energy, including fracking; the environmental policy of the Obama administration
has kept the Russians at the forefront of the energy market. Christopher Dickey of the Daily Beast writes, "the fracking revolution in
the United States threatens Russian dominance on several fronts." The good news for Putin is that Obama is counter-revolutionary.
Getting to Classical Gas. The
crisis in the Ukraine, though it has abated for now, has made policymakers rediscover the power of energy production, which has a direct
bearing on American strategic strength and leverage on Russia. The more energy America produces, the stronger it is. And the
less it has to rely on pure military power. [...] Obama up until just now was slamming the brakes on fracking. Now a comes a
proposal to fight Russia with natural gas. This unfortunately means more fracking — a political nonstarter in the
Ukraine Crisis Means Drill,
Baby, Drill. Russia's invasion of Crimea is a tipping point event that will further spur the American oil boom.
The European Union (EU) and United States in 2008 threatened to slap economic sanctions on Russia for invading Georgia. But
after a while the criticism faded and threats of sanctions were quietly dropped, because the EU is almost entirely reliant on Russia
for energy supplies. A similar situation is unfolding today as the EU and U.S. are again making empty threats that they will
stop exports of Russian oil and gas as punishment for invading the Ukraine. But due to the latest humiliation by the Russians,
a consensus is emerging that will demand the United States and its North American partners "drill, baby, drill" for national security.
Natural gas prices climb to 5-year
highs. Natural gas prices, up more than 45% year-to-date on cold weather demand and slumping supplies, surged 11% Wednesday,
hitting their highest levels since 2009. The price on contracts for March delivery jumped to $6.22 per million British thermal units
in early trading before settling at $6.15 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was the highest price since late 2009.
The Editor asks...
With all the "fracking" that's taking place, why does the market have "slumping supplies?" In my opinion, it is far more likely that
demand is extremely high, due to an unusually cold winter and the
shift away from coal.
Small Texas Oil Town
Property Soars to $5 Billion Thanks to Fracking. The shale oil and gas boom has skyrocketed property values in the tiny town of
Cotulla, Texas, from $550 million in 2011 to a staggering $5 billion in 2013, reports Newsmax. Cotulla's wealth explosion has
also tripled tax revenues. That means 1,300 new iPads in every students' hands, new school buses, football stadium upgrades, remodeled
education office space, and no more asking parents to pony up extra cash for school supplies.
Yet Another Anti-Fracking Study Bumps
Into Reality. Anti-fracking "studies" keep getting debunked, largely because most of them are op-eds masquerading as research.
Meanwhile, fracking keeps doing the things that The Idiot King doesn't seem to be able to: create jobs and economic growth.
anti-fracking study discredited by Colorado health department. Research claiming that hydraulic fracturing — fracking — causes
increased cancer risks and birth defects have been discredited by Colorado state public health officials. The researchers with the
Colorado School of Public Health cited "minuscule" statistical differences and ignored other factors in producing a report on the negative
side effects of fracking, according to a statement released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Thursday [1/30/2014].
Environmentalists Defend Pedophilia Advocate.
Environmentalists are rallying to the defense of an anti-fracking activist who has advocated pedophilia and incest after a Pennsylvania court
barred her from entering any land owned or leased by a local oil company. Cabot Oil and Gas won a temporary injunction this week prohibiting
Vera Scroggins, director of the anti-fracking group Citizens for Clean Water, from setting foot on any portion of the 200,000 acres of land for
which Cabot holds leases.
NYC Mayor Supports Moratorium on
Fracking in NY — 'Too Much Danger'. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on the hydraulic fracturing debate in his
state during a press conference Thursday [1/23/2014] in Washington, D.C. "The one thing I'm firm about is I don't see any place for fracking,"
de Blasio told reporters at the U.S. Conference of Mayors when CNSNews.com asked what his policy would be "as far as developing oil, natural gas and
other traditional energy sources in the state." "The science simply isn't reliable enough; the technology isn't reliable enough, and there's
too much danger to our water supply, to our environment in general," de Blasio said.
It Shale Be Done: Green Light For Fracking. The
government is to open up thousands of square miles to drilling for shale gas reserves, potentially leading to hundreds of rigs dotting
the countryside. The process will begin on Tuesday when Michael Fallon, the energy minister, unveils a report detailing the
environmental and social impact of fracking, the controversial process that frees gas by blasting rock formations with jets of water and
chemicals. The government is also considering changes to fast-track the creation of hundreds of fracking sites by changing the
system for awarding licences to companies that want to drill for gas and oil.
The Progressive Agenda
Crashes into Complexity. Fracking was an oddball technique developed in the late 1940s by some Oklahoma roughnecks
and dismissed by the oil industry as too expensive and too uncertain for serious application. But throw in advances in
seismology and computer guidance and a crazed attempted by government to seize control of energy resources and it suddenly
stopped being a joke.
In Fracking, Sand Is the New Gold. The
race to drill for oil in the U.S. is creating another boom — in sand, a key ingredient in fracking. Energy companies are expected to
use 56.3 billion pounds of sand this year, blasting it down oil and natural gas wells to help crack rocks and allow fuel to flow out. Sand
use has increased 25% since 2011, according to the consulting firm PacWest, which expects a further 20% rise over the next two years.
Federal Agencies Threaten Fracking. Currently, the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) is in the process of finalizing a rule that would impose stricter regulations for fracking on federal and Indian lands. The
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also looking closely at fracking, conducting a study on the impacts of the technique on groundwater. [...] New
federal fracking regulations are unnecessary (as the states have already proven themselves capable of regulating the process) and would only drive up
costs, limiting the ability of states to manage their own resources. States should be given more control over the federal lands in their states.
Fracking boom frees the US
from old oil alliances. [Scroll down] Saudi Arabia has increased production to match, keeping prices stable, but new fields being
developed in neighbouring Iraq and the rise in importance of gas have also made its role less vital. And now all that Iranian oil may sooner
rather than later end up back on the market. Some suggest Saudi Arabia might cut its production, hiking world prices, as a retaliatory action.
But even were it to do so — and it has given no indication of it — it might itself be the worst victim. Saudi has some slack to reduce
its own income from oil and keep its budget in the black, but not so much.
Credit The Fracking
Revolution For [Making] North America The World's Energy Superpower. Mexico has passed its biggest energy reform since 1938, opening its state oil
industry to foreign investment. This now makes North America the world's oil and gas powerhouse. Credit the fracking revolution.
facing court battle with energy company over fracking moratorium. When [Andrew Cuomo] was elected Governor of New York, he ran on a
hazy platform when it came to several controversial issues in the state, none more so than the question of fracking. Vowing to take an
"honest look" at the situation, along with the already existing moratorium on the process, he promised that action would be taken one way or
the other. As it turned out, nothing could have been further from the truth.
Greener than 'Green'. The trucks have driven off.
Dozens of workers have moved on. The cranes are gone. What remains are three acres of gravel-covered farmland, five completed wells, and a
steady, low-volume whoosh. This is the sound of natural gas being captured; counted by a "cash register" gauge that measures output and, thus,
royalties; and conveyed via yellow pipes into the broader natural-gas market. The result? Warm bedrooms on crisp nights and hot showers on
cold mornings. Despite the shrill complaints of fracking foes, this productive but tranquil patch demonstrates how much greener fracking
is than other power sources — even "green" ones.
but at least fracking works[W]hile the biggest big-government project in a generation was stinking up the place last week, the
America that works was doing considerably better. Although "energy independence" has been an official government policy for four
decades, we're on the way to achieve that more in spite of, than because of, the federal government.
Enemies of the people. The process of
developing coalbed methane in the area has been ongoing for many years now. In 2004 a local entrepreneur with a background in coal started
drilling for gas, and latterly another company had taken on the task. Neither could make the process economic. In 2011, however, the
licence passed into the hands of Dart Energy, a coalbed methane specialist, who have found a way to extract the gas profitably. [...] But this
plan reckoned without the intentions of the greens. Despite an incident-free operations history, despite electricity having been generated
without incident, despite Dart being a local business, putting money into the hands of local people, a major campaign was launched to try to
prevent any further development of the site.
Unfortunately, akdart.com has no connection whatever to Dart Energy.
New Attack on Fracking. Those opposed to fracking have
used fear as a weapon: Fear of well water being contaminated by natural gas, with pictures of "flaming" water faucets; fear of chemicals
contaminating groundwater supplies; fear of earthquakes, etc. They have now opened a new front in their war against fracking. The new
campaign targets homeowners, attempting to scare them about how noise and truck traffic related to fracking might affect their families and
neighborhoods; or about how they may have been swindled out of the mineral rights under their homes.
Green California Gives Its OK To Fracking As
Safe. If any state were to ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, the process that releases oil and natural gas trapped in porous shale
formations, one would think it would be California. [...] Yet [Gov. Jerry] Brown recently signed SB 4, which — while it imposes perhaps the strictest
regulations on fracking in the U.S. — rejected environmentalists' demand to ban what has proven to be a fundamentally safe technology. The most popular
fracking moratorium bill got only 24 out of 80 possible votes in the Assembly.
Canadians Riot Against Fracking. Dozens of anti-fracking protestors
were arrested in Canada after throwing Molotov cocktails and torches into at least five police cruisers on Thursday [10/17/2013]. The demonstrators
were rallying against a shale exploration project in New Brunswick, Canada, home to the Elsipogtog First Nation tribe, the National Post reported.
Many of the protestors were tribe members and New Brunswick locals.
U.S. Fracking Success
Threatens Russian Economy, Strategy. An American shale gas boom has been unleashed by the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to
unlock the energy treasures in the vast porous rock formations that blanket our nation. This, according to Thane Gustafson, a political science
at Georgetown University and one of the world's foremost experts on Russian energy, undermines Moscow's economic and foreign policy goals.
Environmentalist-Funded Study Confirms
Safety Of Fracking. Whether naturally occurring or not, environmentalists claim that fracking would release huge amounts of what they consider
the most potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas, far outweighing the value of producing huge quantities of clean-burning natural gas. Now comes a study,
conducted by scientists at the University of Texas and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — and co-financed by one of
the highest-profile environmentalists in the country — that shows much smaller amounts of methane emissions associated with fracking, far less than
environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency have contended.
Fracking and the Poor.
By now even the Obama Administration has recognized that the natural gas drilling boom has led to more high-wage jobs, more secure
energy supplies and lower manufacturing costs. But one of the biggest benefits from fracking and other new drilling technologies
is often overlooked: the windfall to American consumers, especially the poor.
More on Fracking and the Poor.
Last week we reported on a study showing that the U.S. oil and natural gas revolution may be the country's best antipoverty program, and the
evidence keeps coming. A new report from IHS Global Insight estimates that fracking added the equivalent of a cool $1,200 to real
household disposable income on average in 2012.
Target: Natural Gas.
The oil and gas fracking boom increased household disposable income by $1,200 last year as lower energy costs flowed to consumers,
according to a new study from IHS Global Insight. So Americans may want to know that President Obama's nominee to chair the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) thinks natural gas is a "dead end." That nominee is Ron Binz, and in March 2013
he spoke at an Edison Foundation panel on utilities and green technologies. To fight global warming, he argued, government
must adopt a "new regulatory model, because that's where it's going to start."
The new gold rush that
proves the anti-fracking fanatics have got it all wrong. North Dakotans are a conservative bunch who appreciate the solitude, the wide-open
spaces and a simple way of life. But they are sure of one thing — Watford City and the rest of western North Dakota is the land that was
saved by fracking. Only ten years ago, this region was dying on its feet — its farming industry finished, and businesses refusing to move
somewhere so remote and empty.
Why Sand Is The Latest Front In The
War On Fracking (Yes, Sand). The anti-fracking crowd hasn't been successful enough manufacturing unfounded fears about groundwater pollution to
cause any meaningful slowdown in shale drilling and fracking. So they've found a new target for their antagonism — sand dust. Fracking,
of course, requires hundreds of tons of sand, enough to fill dozens of rail cars, for each well. That sand has to come from somewhere, and in recent
years even oil companies like EOG Resources have bought and built their own sand mines, many of them up in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Study Shines Light on Tremors and Fracking in South Texas' Eagle
Ford Shale. So much oil and water is being removed from South Texas' Eagle Ford Shale that the activity has probably led to a recent wave of small
earthquakes, according to a study that appears in the online edition of the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. [...] The new study doesn't find much
evidence that the man-made fracturing is causing earthquakes all by itself.
are complaining about eco-protesters, not drilling. This isn't a protest about pollution; it's a protest about capitalism. If your sole
concern were for the environment, you'd be delighted about shale. Here is an energy source that doesn't emit soot (as coal does), nor jam estuaries
(as tidal turbines do), nor starve Africans (as biofuels do), nor slaughter rare birds (as wind farms do). It doesn't soak up public subsidies (as both
nuclear and renewables do); on the contrary, it will generate a healthy stream of tax revenue for the Exchequer. Oh, and it will reduce our carbon
emissions, by displacing coal in electricity generators. Why, then, are the greenies so glum?
new Luddites are standing in the way of a shale gas revolution. [Scroll down] Ming China is perhaps the most tragic historical example of this.
Despite coming up with printing, gunpowder, the compass, and a host of other innovations, it wasn't China that managed to really apply those new ideas.
China might have had plenty of coal, yet no 19th-century industrial revolution took place there like it did in the West. Why? In China, officialdom
and obstructivism kept getting in the way. Edicts and decrees were drawn up micro managing things. A parasitical state meant that those who produced
more ended up merely supplying more to sustain the state. China, once the world's great innovator, fell behind.
Shale gas is Rearden Metal.
One of the things [Ayn Rand] foresaw was the current nonsensical, dishonest, canting campaign against shale gas. In Atlas Shrugged it
takes the form of Rearden Metal, the miracle technology which is going to transform the US economy if only the progressives will let it. But of
course, Rand's fictional progressives don't want Reardon Metal to succeed any more than their modern, real-life equivalents want shale gas to succeed.
Why not? For the same rag-bag of made-up, disingenuous reasons which progressives have used to justify their war on progress since time
immemorial: it's unfair, it uses up scarce resources, it might be dangerous.
new Luddites are standing in the way of a shale gas revolution. [Scroll down] Tim Yeo yesterday suggested that we are better at regulating shale
gas here in Britain than they are in America. Indeed. Which is why right now we have no shale industry to speak of. In the US, meanwhile, where they
are so "cavalier" about these things, shale gas revolution has cut energy costs dramatically, triggering a wider industrial revival. It would be tragic if we let
the looters and the moochers get in the way of shale gas technology.
Fracking Brings Employment and Economic Revival .
Signs of pride and prosperity were evident all over Williamsport and the gorgeous northern Pennsylvania countryside around it. Friendly, happy people greeted us.
New cars, trucks, hotels, and restaurants sparkled in a clean, bustling downtown. New roofs topped barns and houses, while late-model tractors worked the fields.
Formerly dirt roads are now paved. Men and women again have high-paying jobs, young people are coming back instead of moving away, their salaries are supporting
other businesses and jobs, and many are taking college programs in oilfield technical and business specialties, Vince Matteo told me.
Natural Gas Liquids: A Revolution Within the US Shale Boom.
While it is no longer unexpected news that the U.S. is in the middle of an unconventional oil and gas boom, thanks to fracking technology and horizontal drilling that has
opened up previously unrecoverable shale oil and natural gas deposits, what is largely still unknown is that a revolution is underway within the shale boom itself.
It's the development of natural gas liquids (NGLs).
Is this the future of fracking? From the sleepy backwater of Franklin Forks, just ten miles from the New York
county line in rural Pennsylvania, blonde and photogenic Tammy [Manning] and her children have been feted by television companies and environmentalists alike:
portrayed as the 'perfect' example of how one family's lives have been blighted by a greedy energy company whose hunger for profit had put their health at serious risk.
Energy Secretary: Fracking is safe.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told reporters Thursday morning [8/1/2013] that the process of natural gas extraction called fracking was safe and should be used,
provided it was properly regulated. "I still have not seen any evidence of fracking per se contaminating groundwater," he said at a breakfast
hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. Moniz's comments represented a blunt rebuke to many in the environmental community, which has increasingly
turned against fracking.
Fractavists force PA landowners to abandon
gas and oil leasing. One group of landowners who wish to exploit the gas/oil reserves beneath their property are being prevented
from doing so by "environmentalists" who, as always, know best what's good for other folks, and tell them so.
'Gasland' scandal ignited at EPA.
HBO viewers thought they saw Steve Lipsky, a Parker County, Texas, home-owner, holding his garden hose belching fire from his methane-contaminated
water well. The flaming water was terrifying and "Gasland Part II" blamed it on fracking done by Range Resources, a Fort Worth-based
shale gas driller. What viewers actually witnessed was Lipsky holding a hose secretly connected to a gas vent, not a water line.
This fraud came out in a lawsuit filed by Steven and Shyla Lipsky against Range for $6.5 million in the 43rd State District Court of Texas.
The Top 5 Lies About Fracking. Gasland
Part II, the sequel to director/activist Josh Fox's earlier anti-fracking docudrama Gasland, will run on HBO next Monday. It appears
to have rounded up the usual corporate villains and appealing victims of profit-hungry capitalist skullduggery, rather than telling the more
substantial story: that fracking combined with horizontal drilling has unleashed a bonanza of cheap natural gas.
Does fracking cause earthquakes?
Press Goes Crackers Over Fracking.
[Scroll down] These tremors are small and often barely detectable. They actually occur all the time as the result of distant quakes around the
world. But [Nicholas] van der Elst says that they have increased in recent years as the wastewater disposal sites have grown.
The study particularly singles out sites in Oklahoma where there are large wastewater repositories from oil and gas drilling. In
one case it also claims to be able to attribute a larger earthquake that occurred one-and-a-half-years later to the aftereffects
of a major earthquake that occurred in Chile a year-and-a-half before.
Fracking is greener than critics
claim. "Fracking makes all water dirty," declares a poster that Yoko Ono recently exhibited at a Manhattan carpet store.
According to another: "Pretty soon there will be no more water to drink." [...] In contrast to this hyperventilation, former Environmental
Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in May 2011, "I'm not aware of
any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water."
California Assembly Rejects Fracking
Ban. The California State Assembly overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have banned oil and natural gas fracking in the
state. [...] The California assembly vote followed closely on the heels of a comprehensive federal study of water quality near more than
100 natural gas fracking sites in Arkansas. As Environment & Climate News recently reported, the U.S. Geological Survey study found the
extensive fracking in Arkansas has not compromised water quality near any of the fracking sites. Lisa Jackson, who led the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency during the first four years of the Obama administration, has repeatedly testified to Congress that EPA has never found a single
instance of fracking polluting groundwater.
phobia fails yet again. The EPA just dropped its study of fracking allegedly contaminating the water in Pavillion, Wyo. The
enviro left had rejoiced at the news a few years ago that the EPA had for the first time implicated fracking as a threat to groundwater.
Now, amid criticisms of its methodology, the EPA has backed down and won't issue a final report.
EPA Strikes Out on Anti-Fracking Campaign.
The EPA has worked mightily to demonstrate that Fracking causes water contamination, yet it has struck out again. While it has backed away
from other locations where it originally claimed damage from Fracking, it was at Pavilion, Wyoming that it tried, with great fervor, to prove that
Fracking caused water contamination. [...] But once again, it couldn't.
The message of shale gas
is: scrap the Climate Act. Who could doubt that the Almighty has a sense of humour when, on the very day headlines were filled with
warnings that our electricity system is now in such a parlous state that we can soon expect power cuts and electricity "rationing", we were also
told that Britain is now sitting on what has been called "by far the biggest shale gas basin in the world". There may have been some
journalistic licence in how the two reports from which these claims derived were written. Even so, the cautious predictions of the British
Geological Survey confirmed that Britain has a potential shale-gas resource as significant as the oil and gas we found in the North Sea, and
enough to meet all the UK's energy needs for many decades to come.
Former Reagan Energy Official Criticizes Obama
Approach. [President Ronald] Reagan paired his conservationist policies with the optimistic belief that human technological
innovation would also provide solutions to the nation's energy and environmental problems. That belief has been validated by the natural
gas revolution, which experts predict will lead to energy independence for the United States by the end of the decade, he [William Perry
Pendley] said. "Reagan would not have been surprised with what's going on today with hydraulic fracturing," he said, referring to the
drilling process for extracting gas from shale rock formations.
The Rise Of Saudi Texas: Shale And Farewell
To OPEC. Production data for April show how fracking has shattered not only the shale rock in formations like Texas' Eagle Ford and Permian
Basin but also the myths of "peak oil" and petroleum as an energy source of the past.
Presidents can never control everything. The greatest example today is the flourishing of the U.S. energy sector.
We are now a net exporter of hydrocarbon fuels, the cleanest kind: natural gas. This has happened because the market
financed exploration in shale deposits, gambled that a workable technology would be found, and, because of the high price of
fuel, made competitive investments in Montana and Canada that are paying off even now. [...] In the face of fantastic success
stories in clean fuel discoveries today, Obama is still pretending to see artificial scarcities. He still has to save the
earth, which is in no particular danger.
Greens don't like
fracking because they don't like prosperity. You'd think Greens would be delighted by the shale gas bounty under our feet.
Here is a plentiful energy supply which does not emit soot (as coal does), nor jam estuaries (as tidal turbines do), nor starve Africans (as
biofuels do), nor slaughter rare birds (as wind farms do). It does not require public subsidies (as both nuclear and renewables do).
On the contrary, it will generate a healthy stream of tax revenue for the Exchequer. It will diminish our reliance on nasty regimes, from
Tehran to Moscow — precisely the sorts of regimes that Greens march against. Oh, and it will reduce our carbon emissions, by
displacing coal in electricity generators. What, then, is the problem? Some campaigners talk of water pollution; others, a touch
histrionically, of earthquakes. If either was a remotely serious prospect, we'd know by now.
EPA Covers Up The Safety Of Fracking.
As we noted in December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from environmental groups, tried to manufacture a crisis in which hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking, was said to have contaminated test wells in Pavillion, Wyo. Those claims and others made in the six-decade history of the technology's
use have repeatedly proved groundless.
Obama administration cuts back oil shale
development. Controversy is heating up over an administration plan to drastically reduce the amount of federal lands available for oil shale
development in the American West. The Bush administration had set aside 1.3 million acres for oil shale and tar sands development in Colorado, Utah
and Wyoming. The new Bureau of Land Management plan cuts that amount by two-thirds, down to 700,000 acres, a decision that has prompted industry outrage.
Try as they might...
EPA fails to link fracking to
water contamination for the third time. The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is dropping its plans to issue a report on
whether hydraulic fracturing caused groundwater contamination in Wyoming. The agency said it will no longer have outside experts review that
theory. This marks the third time that the EPA has failed to link hydraulic fracturing — more commonly known as fracking —
with groundwater contamination, a major environmentalist objection to the drilling practice.
greens try, fail to pass a fracking moratorium. When I first caught wind of the fact that Californians were
getting ready to introduce a proposal to ban fracking, I suspected that they would definitely have a fighting chance of getting the
thing passed — but it turns out that enough of California's legislators are at least somewhat tuned in to the
economic realities of hydraulic fracturing, and enough so to thwart the often overwhelming clout of the state's many eco-lobbies.
Fracturing in California. Few issues divide
Democrats more than energy policy, as we've learned as unions and environmentalists fight over the Keystone XL pipeline. More evidence now comes
from California, where greens have lost an attempt to ban oil and gas hydraulic fracturing. Democratic leaders brought their fracking moratorium
bill to the Assembly floor last week, and their rank and file revolted. The bill lost 37-24, with 12 Democrats joining 25 Republicans
to defeat it.
Fracking: The Death Knell
Of OPEC. At Friday's [5/31/2013] Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Vienna, the mask of non-chalance
about America's new fracking energy boom came off. After years of dismissing U.S. energy production as insignificant and expensive,
OPEC suddenly said it would "study" the growth in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, a deceptively bland response to the biggest
challenge the cartel has ever faced on its monopoly. The statement concealed the anything-but-tranquil tone of the meeting, in which
members were attacking each other and warning of a split.
Energy firm says UK's shale gas resources could be huge.
One of the energy firms hoping to exploit the UK's resources of shale gas says it may be sitting on significantly more gas than
previously thought. UK firm IGas says there may be up to 170 trillion cubic feet (4,810 cubic km) of gas in the areas
it is licensed to explore in northern England.
Dems in California trying to kill fracking despite massive potential for jobs and energy. Estimates are that there's
billions of barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale formation and accessing that could provide millions of jobs. But Democrats
are proposing everything from banning fracking to burdening it with heavy regulations.
Eagle Ford Surpassing Bakken Shale.
Oil production in the the Eagle Ford shale fields of South Texas is soaring and will soon pass that of the rich Bakken formation in North Dakota and
Montana, according to a new report. A large number of energy companies stand to benefit. March shale oil production in Eagle Ford, also
known as Eagleford, rose 77% from a year earlier, to 529,900 barrels per day, the Texas Railroad Commission said Tuesday [5/28/2013].
California Dems push anti-fracking bills,
aim to curb potential oil bonanza. California is on the verge of a new gold rush. Expanded hydraulic fracturing — or
"fracking" — at the Monterey Shale formation is sparking estimates that 15 billion barrels of oil could be accessed, along with
millions of jobs and huge contributions to the domestic energy supply. Even the state's green-friendly Democratic governor, Jerry Brown,
says "the potential is extraordinary." But standing in the way is a flurry of anti-fracking bills.
Britain can't afford to surrender to the greens on shale
gas. Most of us have by now heard about the US shale gas revolution. In little more than six years, shale gas has reduced
America's gas prices to a third of what they are in Europe, increased huge tax revenues, rebalanced the economy, created tens of thousands of
jobs, brought industry and manufacturing back to the country's heartlands, and given rise to a real prospect of American energy self-sufficiency
by 2030. Britain may well have comparable shale resources. Indeed, the Bowman shale in Lancashire is a mile thick, whereas most US
shale plays are just 300 to 500 feet thick — a strangely unpublicised piece of good news.
Illinois edges closer to endorsing gas
fracking. Lawmakers in Illinois could sign off on legalizing fracking as early as this week, but approval of the highly controversial
drilling method won't come without a fight. Opponents of fracking have launched a last-ditch effort ahead of an expected state House vote
sometime this week on a bill to green-light the practice. It's expected to pass both chambers of the legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn has
indicated he'll OK the measure. The governor is a Democrat and Democrats also dominate both houses of the state legislature.
Environmental resistance, seen in every state where fracking takes place, also is a reality in Illinois.
administration supports fracking and natural gas exports. Last Thursday [5/16/2013], the US Department of the Interior
released a draft proposal that would "establish common-sense safety standards for hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands."
Last Friday, the US Department of Energy (DOE) approved a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Freeport, Texas. Despite
opposition from environmental groups, the Obama administration apparently supports the expansion of the natural gas industry and
the controversial technology of hydraulic fracturing. These events are welcome common sense from an administration that is
typically deep in green ideology.
Oil Shale Development in the United States and Abroad. Hydraulic
fracturing and directional drilling have spurred economic growth in North Dakota and Texas along with other states with productive shale oil wells.
But, oil shale, a different product, has yet to be developed in the United States, while Estonia, a country near Russia and Finland, gets 90 percent
of its electricity production from it.
The Associated Press tells a fear-mongering sob story about how fracking will ruin everything when it comes to Illinois.
Illinois braces for oil rush as 'fracking' regulations considered by lawmakers. After drilling intensively in many states in the
last few years, the industry is now preparing to push into new territory, hoping to tap deposits long considered out of reach.
Study: Fracked gas far more climate-friendly
than coal. Natural gas produced in the northeast's booming Marcellus shale region leads to far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than coal, a competing
source of electric power, according to a new study by Exxon Mobil's research arm. "We conclude that substantial [greenhouse gas] reductions and freshwater
savings may result from the replacement of coal-fired power generation with gas-fired power generation," states the study in the journal Environmental Science
Methane study, EPA
debunk claims of water pollution, climate change from fracking. After a 16-month investigation, state regulators Monday
said that natural gas fracking, contrary to highly publicized claims, isn't to blame for high methane levels in three families' drinking
water in a northern Pennsylvania town. For fracking proponents, it was another piece of good news. The oil and gas industry
still was unwrapping the federal government's acknowledgment that fracking isn't nearly as harmful to the environment as it previously
Ready (or Not?) for a Great Coming Shale Boom.
The Cline Shale, thousands of feet underground in a roughly 10-county swath, is just one of many little-tapped shale formations in Texas and across the nation,
geologists say. That means the potential for oil and gas discoveries is theoretically huge, and the reason is technology. The rock-breaking process
known as hydraulic fracturing, coupled with the ability to drill horizontally underground, has allowed drillers to retrieve oil and gas from previously inaccessible
ND oil production has increased more than 600%.
Oil production in North Dakota has increased more than 600% in the past several years, from 35.7 million barrels of oil in 2005 to 237 million
barrels in 2012. In 2005, North Dakota was the No. 8 oil-producing state in the nation, and in just seven years has moved up to become the No. 2
state for oil output in 2012, behind only No. 1 Texas.
Next Up on the
Fracking Fear-Mongering List: Earthquakes! Not even a nuclear bomb can trigger an earthquake! With all of the
activity at the Nevada Test Site in the 1950s and '60s, you'd expect California to drop into the ocean. Yet dozens of nuclear
bombs did not cause any earthquakes on the San Andreas fault. There is even documented proof of government experiments where
nuclear bombs were used in an attempt to trigger earthquakes.
and Environmental Groups Compromise on Illinois Fracking Bill. Two Illinois legislators have introduced what they call a compromise
bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing in the state. Many environmental activist groups tout the measure as creating the strongest regulatory
framework in the nation, but other activist groups have responded to the bill by saying fracking should not be allowed under any circumstances.
Department: Fracking Can Be Done Safely. Hydraulic fracturing is safe for human health and the environment as long as proper safeguards
are in place, the New York Department of Health concluded in a much-anticipated report. "Significant adverse effects on human health
are not expected from routine HVHF," or high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the report said. That conclusion is in an eight-page summary
of research into the effect of fracking on water, soil, and quality of life that was written in early 2012 but kept under wraps until it was
leaked to the New York Times in January 2013.
No Signs of
Water Pollution from Arkansas Fracking, Feds Report . An exhaustive study by the United States Geological Survey has
uncovered no groundwater contamination from natural-gas drilling in the energy-rich Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas. The United
States Geological Survey (USGS) report, Shallow Groundwater Quality and Geochemistry in the Fayetteville Shale Gas-Production Area,
North-Central Arkansas, 2011, analyzed water quality samples taken in Van Buren and Faulkner counties. USGS researchers focused on
chloride concentrations taken from 127 wells and methane concentrations and carbon isotope ratios from a subsample of 51 wells.
industry flocks to U.S. to take advantage of cheaper gas. German chemicals giant BASF, which operates the
plant here, has announced plans for wide-ranging expansion in the United States, where natural gas prices have fallen
to a quarter of those in Europe, largely because of American innovations in unlocking shale gas.
New panel to
advise EPA on 'fracking'. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday announced the formation of an
independent body to peer-review that agency's research on hydraulic fracturing, as the Obama administration weighs new
regulations. The Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel, a group of 31 academics and experts, was created by EPA's
Science Advisory Board (SAB) to review a congressionally ordered report looking at the potential health impacts of hydraulic
fracturing on drinking water.
Land": Anti-fracking Propaganda. The story line in the new theatrical release Promised Land is obviously
intended to leave audiences with a very dim and scary view of fracking and the companies that use this new method of drilling
to tap vast amounts of oil and natural gas that otherwise would be inaccessible. But the depiction in Promised Land is
so fantastic that the intent could backfire. Indeed, by the end of the film, moviegoers may be left annoyed and offended
by the blatant attack on fracking.
U.S. shale gas will be
warming British homes by 2018. Shale gas is a controversial energy source in the United States, but the U.K. will soon
benefit from the U.S.'s natural gas boom. British company Centrica announced a deal with Cheniere Energy Partners on Monday [3/25/2013]
to provide enough gas to heat almost 2 million homes starting in 2018. The deal is the first time major exports of shale gas
will be used in the U.K., according to the Guardian. Shale gas is a controversial energy source in the U.S. because it is recovered
from shale rock formations by fracking, [...]
and Frackers Continue Expanding Oil Production. Since the 2008 financial crisis, U.S. petroleum consumption and imports have
declined. Simultaneously, domestic oil production has increased. On Wednesday March 20, the Energy Information Administration
(EIA) ran the headline "U.S. crude oil production on track to surpass imports for first time since 1995." The expectation is that
imports will sink to their lowest volumes since 1995, while crude production for the fourth quarter of 2014 will increase to levels not
seen since 1988.
Frack to the Future.
The real story on fracking, say scientists, is that the risks are small and the rewards immense. Fracking lowered the price of
natural gas so much that Americans heat our homes for less, and manufacturing that once left America has returned. For those
concerned about global warming, burning gas instead of oil or coal reduces CO2 emissions. "Skeptical Environmentalist" author
Bjorn Lomborg points out that "green" Europe promised to reduce emissions, but "only managed to cut half of what you guys accidentally
happened to do when you stumbled on fracking."
Bonanza for Germany? Berlin Wants to Fast-Track Fracking. Germany's governing coalition wants to quickly put an end
to a virtual moratorium on the controversial shale gas extraction method of fracking in the country, SPIEGEL has learned.
Officials want to have plans finished before the federal election this autumn.
drank fracking fluid, says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to unusually great
lengths to learn firsthand the strides the oil and gas industry has made to minimize environmental harm from fracking. The
first-term Democrat and former Denver mayor told a Senate committee on Tuesday [2/12/2013] that he actually drank a glass of fracking
fluid produced by oilfield services giant Halliburton. The fluid is made entirely "of ingredients sourced from the food
industry," the company says, making it safe for Mr. Hickenlooper and others to imbibe.
UK Shale Gas Numbers Could Be
Stratospheric. While Europe dithers over whether the blatant economic success of the US shale gas 'miracle' will
translate to these shores, the UK Government has been slightly more pro-shale active. But, while the threat of (liberal
democrat-instituted) over-regulation still casts a shadow, the pro-shale (mostly conservative) wing of government looks set for
a stratospheric boost.
America's shale prosperity
creates a Texas 'shale billionaire'. In the pre-Eagle Ford Shale era (before 2010), Karnes County, Texas was one of the
poorest counties in the state. Now, the local economy is booming like never before, thanks to the oil bonanza in the nearby Eagle
Ford Shale. In November last year, $70 million in oil and gas royalties were paid to local landowners for just that month's
production, and it's possible that close to $1 billion in royalties were paid in total last year to Karnes County landowners.
Just the Fracks, Ma'am. Natural gas is a
cheap, abundant American resource, and cleaner than all of its viable alternatives to boot. It would be hard for a
reasonable person not to favor natural gas as a component of our national energy mix, but then anti-frackers like Josh Fox, Yoko Ono
and their ilk put little value on being reasonable people. They are the neo-Luddites resisting a modern energy revolution,
standing between the people and the prosperity promised by affordable domestic energy.
The Energy Potential
of Fracking. [Scroll down] Consider Pennsylvania and Ohio, both of which are reaping the benefits of fracking.
In Pennsylvania, this type of gas extraction has been underway since the 1960s, with nearly 100,000 oil and gas wells fracked, and no
instances of contamination of groundwater. The same clean record is true for Ohio, where more than 70,000 oil and gas wells have
been fracked since the 1960s. All this activity helps the state economies, of course.
The Abundance of Fossil Fuels. The use of horizontal
drilling and hydraulic fracking has unlocked vast reserves of hydrocarbons trapped in highly dense shale rock. A Citigroup study forecasts U.S. shale
oil production to rise by at least 2 million b/d by 2020. The United States has almost a trillion recoverable barrels of shale oil. After
decades of decline, U.S. oil production is now on the rise, entiely because of shale oil production. Shale oil could add around 3 million barrels
a day to U.S. oil production by 2020.
EPA caught sabotaging
fracking. [Ed Lasky has] written numerous columns regarding President Obama's War against Inspectors General.
These are the taxpayer advocates within various government agencies who seek to ensure that fraud, waste and abuse of power is
prevented. Hence, Obama determined opposition to them that has gone to such lengths as character assassination, attempts
to form a new $30 billion-dollar agency without an Inspector General, failing to replace Inspectors General when they depart.
Now comes news that again illustrates the reasons Obama has tried to gut the Inspector General program: one is investigating
possible abused or power at the EPA as part of its crusade against energy producers.
Could Ruin Everything for Leftist Activists. The US contains well over 600 years of known reserves and that would
allow the US to be a net exporter of oil. If that happens, the "green" economy ruse that the left has sponsored, already reeling
from bankruptcies and cronyism, would collapse. It would show that there is no shortage of oil and "green" energy can not compete
with fossil fuels.
Monterey Shale Save California? The former Golden State is floating in debt, even as it sits on two-thirds of America's
shale oil reserves locked in a formation four times the size of the one that sparked North Dakota's economic boom.
North Dakota Went Boom. This is the Big One that
North Dakota has been waiting for for more than a century.
Kill The Economically Beneficial Shale-Gas Boom. Let's not smother the shale-gas boom. It is the crown jewel
of the disappointing economic recovery.
Fracking and Elizabeth Barrett
Browning. It may be several years before we fully understand and appreciate the benefits our country derives from
fracking. We already know that chemical companies are planning to invest in the United States by building new plants that
will create more jobs by using low-cost natural gas. We know that low-cost natural gas benefits those who heat their homes
with natural gas. We also know that low-cost natural gas is lowering the cost of electricity. We also know that
fracking has resulted in an increase in oil production, which is allowing the United States to forego imports from the Mideast and
Venezuela, which improves our balance of payments and provides more royalty payments and fees to the federal and state governments.
Fracking's rise in U.S. inspires
the world. Fracking is going global. The U.S. energy industry clearly still leads the way on the revolutionary
drilling method that has upended global energy markets, but the rest of the world is beginning to catch up as nations seek to replicate
American success in oil and natural gas development.
NYT Attacks North Dakota Oil Town as
Sexist Nightmare. As some of you may have already heard, the state of North Dakota is currently experiencing a politically
incorrect and politically inconvenient economic boom in the midst of Obama's national economic program of stagnation. Thanks to the
discovery of oil and a government's willingness to get out of the way so industrious, risk-taking individuals can go after it, North
Dakota is now a working, breathing, real-life repudiation of everything Obama and his media worshipers stand for.
Second Term Regulations That Will Destroy America. EPA is working to curtail hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") that
is providing access to America's huge oil and gas resources through a variety of mechanisms. One strategy applies guidance
measures which restrict use of diesel fuels in the process, stripping states of the primacy granted to them through the Safe Drinking
Water Act. This is premised upon a broadly criticized study purportedly linking fracking to water contamination. Other
back-door regulatory mechanisms include the Toxic Substances Control Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act,
and potentially, applications of Effluent Limitations Guidelines for both shale gas extraction and coal-bed methane. Fracking is
not only under attack by EPA, but by more than a dozen other agencies as well. Included are the Department of Energy, the Bureau
of Land Management (BLM), the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Agriculture, and even the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Oil production to grow at
fastest rate ever. Driven by the shale boom, the United States in 2014 will hit its highest daily oil production level since 1988 and
will grow oil output at the highest rate ever, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted Tuesday [1/8/2013]. U.S. daily oil
production, which averaged 6.4 million barrels a day in 2012, will surge 23 percent to average 7.9 million barrels a day in 2014,
the administration said.
Is Conservative Despair Justified? As I've said before,
Obama and the EPA will ultimately be splatter on the windshield of [the fracking] progress. There's energy in them thar hills and eventually
we're going to get at it, whether these luddite environmental knuckleheads like it or not. That means wealth, energy independence, jobs, power
and a reboot of Dallas. Obama may be choosing decline, but the rest of the country may well choose prosperity and growth in spite of him.
Leaked Report, Suppressed by
Cuomo, Says Fracking is Safe. Cuomo's reluctance to release a report his administration commissioned is understandable in
light of a potential backlash by environmentalists. But suppressing information favorable to the use of fracking is only harming the
economy of the state which is losing out on jobs and tax revenue.
Story of Leaked 'Fracking Is Safe' Report Covered Up for a Year on Page A19. One would think that a newspaper which in its
view has largely made its reputation on publishing leaked government documents and revealing government secrets would have been a bit more
excited about being the sole receipient of a report from the State of New York indicating that hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is
safe. The State had already sat on the report for a year.
Wow! Other than bird cage
floors, what else are the newspapers covering up?
US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in
2007 Due to Fracking. Instapundit points to this bit of happy news culled from John Hanger, a Democrat who is running for
governonr of Pennsylvania, where has been secretary of the state department of the environment and a commissioner of the public utility
The Editor says...
That's all very nice, if it makes you feel any better, but it doesn't matter
because carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.
The Democrats' War on Science Aids
Our Enemies. [Scroll down] Is this the only reason why a major carbon fuel producer paid off Gore in order to get a
cable channel in the U.S.? I think it's more than an effort to bring Arab political viewpoints into the U.S. I think it's part
of an ongoing effort to keep the U.S. from displacing the Middle East as the major gas producer by propagandizing against hydraulic gas
fracturing — fracking.
Seismic risk of fracking has been
wildly overstated. Hydraulic fracturing to produce oil and gas has become closely associated in the public mind with the risk
of triggering man-made earthquakes. But the risk is not high and it is not confined to fracking. There may be greater danger
from geothermal energy production and pumping carbon dioxide underground as part of carbon capture and storage projects.
EPA offers hints on fracking's future.
Fracking is safe until the Obama administration finishes burying the coal industry. Obama allows fracking to flourish because low gas
prices are killing coal. But when that mission is accomplished, watch out frackers.
Can UAE-Backed Film Shut
Down U.S. Fracking Boom? As the U.S. changes the balance of power by exporting some of its abundant natural gas resources, a Hollywood
propaganda film debuts claiming the technology making it possible will poison America's small towns.
'Promised Land' fares poorly
at theaters. Fracking gets natural gas out of the ground, but it isn't bringing people into movie theaters. Big stars
and political controversy didn't translate into a significant box-office haul as "Promised Land," a new movie exploring environmental
concerns about the gas-production method known more formally as "hydraulic fracturing," fared poorly in its nationwide opening.
EPA offers hints on fracking's future.
The Obama administration has pulled back the curtain on its long-awaited study of the possible correlation between water pollution and fracking, but
the full results and definitive findings of its far-reaching report won't be released until 2014. The review, the most sweeping federal survey
to date, likely will have major implications for the country's natural gas and oil boom spurred by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has
transformed the U.S. fuel market and is reshaping the global energy landscape.
Let America's Gas Industry Boom.
Researchers at the Energy Department just released a comprehensive economic analysis, finding that the United States can reap massive economic benefits from allowing
the export of natural gas. Will the Obama administration go for the gold — or continue yielding to anti-export hysteria?
Lefty Luddites, green ideologues and Guardianista pillocks opposing our glorious shale gas revolution.
[Scroll down] So we've all heard of the Bakken and Marcellus Shales — the ones which have transformed the US economy, brought natural gas prices
down by two thirds, etc. Well our own Bowland Shale, under Blackpool is up to 40 times thicker. The depressing thing is that in a decade or so's
time when the shale gas revolution has really taken off in Britain — bringing prosperity, jobs and dramatically cheaper energy — no one is
going to remember the names of that rag bag of ideological greenies, wind turbine scamsters, ill-informed celebrities, enviro-loon activists and Guardianista
pillocks who fought so hard to stop it happening.
Ignore The Doom Merchants, Britain Should Get
Fracking. It's green, it's cheap and it's plentiful! So why are opponents of shale gas making such a fuss? In
their mad denunciations of fracking, the Greens and the eco-warriors betray the mindset of people who cannot bear a piece of unadulterated
Yoko Sets Her Sights on Breaking Up Fracking.
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon took out a full-page ad in the New York Times Monday [12/10/2012] to protest natural gas fracking in New York
Shale Gas Drilling 'Huge Boost' To UK Economy.
Drilling for shale gas could create "tens of thousands" of jobs in the UK and generate vast sums of money for the Treasury, according to a
UK-based exploration company. Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan has told the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee that the
controversial process will also reduce Britain's dependency on imported gas.
Energy Economics in One Lesson.
America's shale gas boom is so promising that it has some people discombobulated — including, naturally, our politicians. The
same folks who complain about America's trade deficit now want the U.S. government to ban the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). This
is one way to ruin what has been a very rare piece of good U.S. economic news.
Obama Is Not Improving Ohio's
Economy - Fracking Is. One of the largest deposits that's currently paying off is the Marcellus Shale, in western Pennsylvania
and eastern Ohio. As perhaps the most prominent battleground state in the presidential election, Ohio's economic conditions will have an
effect on the entire nation. And make no mistake — the economy is improving in Ohio, NOT because of Obama. It's due to
technology means Britain and the U.S. could tap undreamed reserves of gas and oil. Thirty years ago, I was Secretary of State for
Energy in Margaret Thatcher's government, and one way and another I have been a close observer of the energy scene ever since. In all that
time, I have never known a technological revolution as momentous as the breakthrough that has now made it economic to extract gas from shale.
The new boom: Shale gas fueling an American industrial revival. The shale gas
revolution is firing up an old-fashioned American industrial revival, breathing life into businesses such as petrochemicals and glass,
steel and toys.
Time to rein in the EPA.
[Scroll down] In another instance, a lead reviewer on a panel evaluating EPA's hydraulic fracturing study published an article titled "Regulate,
Baby, Regulate," writing glowingly of the now largely-debunked film about hydraulic fracturing, Gasland, concluding that the natural gas extraction
process "lacks adequate oversight and regulations." How could this individual possibly provide an impartial review of a process about which he
plainly already feels so strongly? EPA's bias has affected its scientific judgment not only in its choice of peer reviewers but also when it
comes to studying the effects of oil and gas development.
Obama's EPA Plans for 2013. Today the
Obama administration — through no less than fourteen federal agencies, including the EPA, the Department of Energy (DOE), the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Securities
and Exchange Commission (SEC) — is currently working to find ways to regulate hydraulic fracturing at the federal level,
so that they can limit and eventually stop the practice altogether.
Perverse environmentalist oil sands ethics. The duplicity and hypocrisy of
environmental pressure groups seem to be matched only by their consummate skill at manipulating public opinion, amassing political power, securing taxpayer-funded
government grants, and persuading people to send them money and invest in "ethical" stock funds. In the annals of "green" campaigns, those against biotechnology,
DDT and Alar are especially prominent. To those we should now add the well-orchestrated campaigns against Canadian oil sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Shale spawns another rail project. Three San Antonio
real estate developers will break ground next month on the Live Oak Railroad, hoping to snag a slice of a South Texas Eagle Ford shale rail boom.
Live Oak Railroad aims to open by late March 2013 south of Three Rivers in Live Oak County, with 28,000 feet of track along the Union Pacific
line. Plans call for it to serve as a liquids terminal for natural gas and crude oil.
Obama Is Right. Disingenuously, he portrays himself as
the "Energy President," while his policy has always been none of the above, unless it is wind or solar, which he calls the energy of the future
when it is truly the energy of the past. With Barack, it is always yesterday's answers to today's problems. That's why he likes
high-speed rail so much. He is singlehandedly destroying the coal industry in America, while restricting drilling for oil in the Gulf and off
our shores as well as on all public lands. The EPA is now in the process of formulating rules to regulate "fracking" nationwide.
It's a safe bet that any new regulations won't increase production.
Reports: Marcellus reserves
larger than expected. Two independent financial firms say the Marcellus isn't just the biggest natural gas field in the
country — it's the cheapest place for energy companies to drill.
Giving in to fears of fracking. In Pennsylvania, Texas, and other areas,
fracking is being done without any adverse health effects or contaminated water supplies, Dr. Ross notes. He says crossing the Pennsylvania/New York
border can feel a bit like traveling between last century's East and West Germany. In Pennsylvania, where the industry is fracking the Marcellus
Shale, the region is booming — salaries are up, unemployment is down and so many people have moved to the region for jobs that they're living
in trailers. But the New York border towns are economically depressed.
Cuomo's De-Fracking. A state moratorium has blocked
hydraulic fracturing since 2010, but a four-year environmental review was supposed to pay off with new rules to allow drilling this November. The Cuomo
Administration has instead announced it will restart the process, with more studies, more hearings and more years of delay.
we have to step outside the boundaries of the Constitution to get things done'. Environmentalists want to ban hydraulic fracturing in Las
Vegas, N.M., and the surrounding county and they don't plan to let the United States Constitution stop them. "What people don't understand is
sometimes we have to step outside the boundaries of the Constitution to get things done," Paula Hern, a board member with Community for Clean Water Air
and Earth, told the ABQ Journal. "Laws are made to protect corporations and we need laws that protect Mother Earth — earth, air and
water." Hern was defending a "community rights ordinance" banning fracking that the Las Vegas (N.M.) City Council passed but the mayor refused to
sign. "The way it reads, it will supersede everything — our city charter, state and federal laws," said Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.
Dictator Endorsements Have A Common Denominator: Anti-Fracking. What do Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin, Gulf oil sheiks and President
Obama have in common? They all want to halt the U.S. energy revolution in fracking. No wonder so many of them are endorsing Obama.
Obama Is Not Improving Ohio's
Economy — Fracking Is. One of the largest deposits that's currently paying off is the Marcellus Shale, in western
Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. As perhaps the most prominent battleground state in the presidential election, Ohio's economic conditions
will have an effect on the entire nation. And make no mistake — the economy is improving in Ohio, NOT because of Obama.
It's due to fracking.
Experts Believe Russia Is Bankrolling A Plan To End Shale
Gas. The Kremlin is watching, European nations are rebelling, and some suspect Moscow is secretly bankrolling a
campaign to derail the West's strategic plans.
We're from the government, and...
It is axiomatic that if the federal government had realized five or six years ago that the technological advances in directional drilling and
hydraulic fracturing that have set off the current domestic oil and natural gas boom were coming, they surely would have done something to
stop it. Now the greens and federal regulators are trying to play catch up: they can't openly try to stop the boon of new
domestic energy because its benefits (like cheap natural gas and 1 percent unemployment in North Dakota) are too evident, so they are
trying to slow it up with "concern" about "issues."
Matt Damon's troubled anti-frack
film. Matt Damon and John Krasinski ran into a big problem while making their film "Promised Land"; how they solved it tells
us a lot about Hollywood. Some time ago, the two actors decided to make a movie about fracking — a method of getting
once-inaccessible oil and gas out of the ground that has become the bête noire of many environmentalists.
Matt Damon's Anti-Fracking Movie
Financed by Oil-Rich Arab Nation. A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains
purportedly poisoning rural American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich
United Arab Emirates.
Environmentalist Movie Funded by Oil-Rich Royalty.
Matt Damon turned to oil-rich Middle East royalty to finance his film attacking domestically produced natural gas. The environmentalist screed,
Promised Land, received a chunk of its funding from the United Arab Emirates, an oil kingdom known for its lavish spending on man-made islands and the
world's tallest building, according to the Heritage Foundation.
Abu Dhabi Media's Hollywood Propaganda. As
Heritage has pointed out, The Promised Land, the troubled piece of lefty Hollywood agitprop aimed at the domestic oil industry is actually
financed by the international oil industry.
Hollywood fracks up. [T]he sad
truth is that this lame-assed, eco-propaganda movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the genuine threat of wind farms but with the almost
wholly imaginary one of fracking. Fracking has been a godsend to the US economy, blessing it with clean, cheap, abundant energy which
has enriched those states lucky enough to have big shale gas reserves, created jobs and increased America's energy security by reducing its
reliance on imported gas from unstable countries. What's not to like about shale gas?
Frack film's flim-flam.
'Promised Land," a new movie from Matt Damon and John Krasinski, attacks fracking — a new way of getting oil and gas out of the ground,
which has become the latest villain of the environmental movement. Last week, I revealed the film's co-writers, Damon and Krasinski, have
gone to enormous lengths to twist the narrative to make American energy corporations the villain. At the time, their efforts could be just passed
off as just another Hollywood leftist fantasy to explain why the world is not how they think it should be. But now a more sinister possibility
A fracking good story. Carbon-dioxide emissions in the United States
have dropped to their lowest level in 20 years. Estimating on the basis of data from the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) from the first five
months of 2012, this year's expected CO2 emissions have declined by more than 800 million tons, or 14 percent, from their peak in 2007. The
cause is an unprecedented switch to natural gas, which emits 45 percent less carbon per energy unit. The US used to generate about half its
electricity from coal, and roughly 20 percent from gas. Over the past five years, those numbers have changed, first slowly and now dramatically:
in April of this year, coal's share in power generation plummeted to just 32 percent, on par with gas.
planned over gas drilling process. More than 100 protests against the natural gas drilling process
known as fracking are scheduled to take place around the world on Saturday [9/22/2012], building on public concerns
but also using an overly simplified message to spur outrage.
"Frackdown?" Environmental activists
protest gas drilling. On Saturday [9/22/2012], activists at roughly 100 events around the globe were scheduled to protest a controversial
oil and gas extraction practice called hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Organizers dubbed their activities in North America, Europe and Australia
a "Global Frackdown." More than 50 Code Pink members gathered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The Editor says...
You remember Code Pink, don't you? They're the people who
protest Middle East wars, but only while a Republican is in the White House.
EPA's Arrogance and Incompetence Keeps America Dependent on Foreign Oil. Instead of moving forward with a "Hydraulic Fracturing
Study" as requested by Congress, the EPA has done what is characteristic of this administration; they've blown it out of proportion —
making it something bigger, requiring additional personnel, and creating more management, at greater expense. [...] Congress requested a report
based on "best available science," not opinion, yet the EPA has included items such as "environmental justice" — which has nothing
to do with science, and "discharges to publicly owned water treatment plants" — which are no longer a part of the hydraulic
Fracks of life — and
death — for NY pol. One of the state Legislature's leading backers of "hydrofracking" for natural gas has
received death threats from what he believes are environmental radicals opposed to the controversial drilling technique, The [New York]
Post has learned. "There have been repeated threats to me of bodily harm," Deputy Senate Majority Leader Thomas Libous
(R-Binghamton) angrily told The Post. "There have been calls saying, 'We know where you live,' 'We'll come to your
house' — that kind of stuff," Libous continued. Libous said he had notified law enforcement of the threats.
Oil-boom wealth a mixed
blessing for Eagle Ford's school districts. Million-dollar homes and leafy boulevards once were the surest sign that you lived in
a rich Texas school district. Now add drilling rigs, dusty roads and overnight trailer parks. [...] About a third of the 23 districts
the Texas Education Agency added to its annual list of property-wealthy districts are on the Eagle Ford, an oil-and-gas-rich shale formation
stretching through a dozen counties south and east of San Antonio. A new extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing has amped up
the region's economy — and drastically altered its tax base, thanks in large part to taxable mineral rights.
gas vehicles get a second look in the U.S.. As America finds more reserves of natural gas, the auto industry is sure
to take notice. [...] New methods of extracting the gas are one of the biggest changes affecting the auto industry in years, General
Motors chief economist Mustafa Mohatarem said. "The U. S. now has a 100-year supply of natural gas," he said. "I'd make a
bet it's the next big transportation fuel. The price is so much lower than gasoline — people will find a way to
The Editor says...
And the government will find a way to tax it as a motor fuel, when natural gas is used as such.
Fracturing: Critical for Energy Production, Jobs, and Economic Growth. Energy production on private lands in the United
States has been one of the most promising success stories in recent years, at a time when the country has struggled to grow economically.
A large part of the success behind this tremendous oil and gas production and jobs creation is due to an energy-extraction process known as
hydraulic fracturing. Misconceptions about hydraulic fracturing abound. The Heritage Foundation's Nicolas Loris explains how,
regulated effectively, hydraulic fracturing is safe — as well as necessary for energy production and job creation in the
Fracking Leads To Cleaner Air.
Carbon emissions in the U.S. have hit a 20-year low due to a supposedly environmentally unfriendly drilling technique that has created an abundance of cheap
natural gas. The free market, it seems, does it better than the EPA.
Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Low Risk of
Earthquakes. The production of oil and natural gas through hydraulic fracturing methods creates only a low risk for
inducing earthquakes that can be felt by people, the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, concludes
in a new study. Only a very small fraction of natural resource extraction activities has caused noticeable earthquakes, and these
are related to wastewater storage activities subsequent to, and separate from, the fracking process itself, the report notes.
Experts: Some fracking critics use bad science. [Scroll
down] For example, reports that breast cancer rates rose in a region with heavy gas drilling are false, researchers told The Associated Press.
Natural gas naysayers ignore the
facts. Thanks to technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, the United States is the world's largest producer of natural
gas. But while domestic natural gas and oil production continues to increase, opponents of the new technology continue to become more
desperate. The environmental lobby, which condemns natural gas drilling, once praised natural gas as a "bridge fuel" to a new "energy
economy." Now anti-energy activists are intensifying their rhetoric and taking their anti-natural-gas attack to Washington. On
Saturday [7/28/2012], anti-energy activists are rallying in the nation's capital to "stop the frack attack." But it's hard to
understand what they are complaining about.
wannabe? Transportation Department goes after natural gas drilling. President Obama's EPA hasn't managed to put a dent
in fracking so far, and so now the Transportation Department is getting into the act. The Transportation Department has
reinterpreted an old rule in a way that undermines the industry.
Texas' fracking disclosure law
leaves questions. According to The [Dallas Morning] News, companies aren't required to specify the amount of chemicals used
on each drill site. The lost detail could mean thousands of pounds of hazardous chemicals could be used in hydraulic fracturing or
sitting idle on drilling sites, The News reported. Overall, more than a billion pounds of chemicals could be pumped underground
North Texas to release trapped natural gas and oil. The newspaper calculated the number based on percentage of chemicals on a
Capitol Protesters Think Fossil Fuels are a
Big Fracking Deal. What do you get when you bring hundreds of fervent environmentalists and NIMBYs together on the west lawn of the
Capitol to denounce fracking, every single fuel that originates from the ground, and, for old time's sake, Dick Cheney? You get enviro banjo
tunes, the "Ecological Our Father" at the interfaith prayer service ("Our Father, who art in the forest..."), and more punny protest signs built
off the F-bomb than even Joe Biden could dream up. Do it on a standard hot, humid July day in D.C., and add in the global warming
condemnations and simultaneous praises of the solar intensity as an endless wellspring of clean energy.
Frackin': The EPA is well known for its
attacks on virtually every kind of industry that might result in economic development — hitting the energy sector particularly hard.
Despite the agency's best efforts, it has not been able to match up the science with its desired claims of water contamination from natural
gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing — which has been in use in America for more than 60 years.
We've Been Fracking Since the 1940s?
Little is new about the process except the attention from environmentalists.
I do not like this, Uncle Sam, I do not like the GO
GREEN Scam. [Scroll down] Harvard Research Fellow Leonardo Maugeri said that U.S. huge oil and gas shale
reserves are "the most important revolution in the oil sector in decades." The Sierra Club, a left-wing environmentalist
group, after touting natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal and oil for years, has "undertaken a massive campaign against
the extraction of natural gas from shale." The EPA targets companies that use hydraulic fracturing (fracking), accusing
them of environmental contamination of soil and water. Scant evidence is provided of such contamination.
In CO2 Output Due To Natural Gas Fracking. The most underreported recent environmental story has been the dramatic decline
in energy-related carbon emissions — nearly back to mid-1990s levels, and falling. Maybe it's because that story just
doesn't fit the left's mantra that traditional energy sources are destroying the environment.
Fracking flop. The anti-affordable energy crowd has
suffered another setback. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday [7/25/2012] released the results of extensive testing that
found nothing toxic in the water in Dimock, Pa. That's the town where the anti-drilling documentary "Gasland" filmed dramatic images of a
homeowner lighting his tap water on fire. The film blamed the strange occurrence on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a procedure that
uses a pressurized mixture to extract natural gas from shale rock formations.
under Environmental Propaganda Movie Reviews.
Obama loves oil! Not! If the
President thinks he won any Greenie Points by kicking the Keystone XL pipeline down the road, he certainly lost them
all — and probably then some — with his support for fracking and offshore drilling [in his State of
the Union speech]. Radical environmentalists don't want to hear about energy security, objective risks, or practical
safety measures: they want to close down hydrocarbons as the work of the climate devil.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
well sites empty as low gas prices stop Marcellus Shale drillers. Natural gas prices have fallen to the lowest levels in a decade,
leading drillers to move rigs to places like Ohio where more profitable natural gas liquids and oil are available. As a result, the rigs have
taken a hiatus in Derry. The evidence can be seen on Mr. Gera's property, where the hole has been drilled but the rock hasn't been hydraulically
fractured. No gas is coming to the surface to be fed into a pipeline — and no royalties will be paid until then.
Experts: Some fracking critics use bad
science. In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But
scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too.
For Energy Producers, Natural
Gas May Not Be the Only Source of a Glut. Energy producers struggling with decade-low natural-gas prices
have been relying on related fuels such as ethane, propane and butane to remain profitable. But so many companies
have increased drilling of wells with the fuels, known as natural-gas liquids, that their prices are falling as well,
creating a new supply-glut problem for the industry and threatening to crimp profits.
Why Natural Gas Could Displace Gasoline.
Massive natural gas discoveries along with new extraction techniques have led many to claim nat gas as the fuel of the future — which could
ensure U.S. energy independence, reduce geopolitical risks, and help meet U.S. electricity demands for the next 575 years. Yet why
have we seen so many negative publications and reports? Does natural gas really have a place in our future and is it the golden chalice we have
been led to believe?
let the Watermelons kill the Shale Gas Revolution. Imagine if we were to discover a new form of cheap,
clean energy so abundant that it will provide our needs at least for the next two centuries, freeing us from the pervasive
early 21st century neurosis of having to worry about "peak oil" or "conserving scarce resources", causing a worldwide
economic boom and with the added side-benefit of creating more fertiliser so that we can not only heat our homes more
cheaply than ever before but also eat more cheaply than ever before. Imagine how environmentalists would react if
such a miracle came into being. Actually we don't need to imagine for the miracle is already here.
An expanded natural gas focus is
a no-brainer. We have massive amounts of a fuel that is more efficient and less environmentally damaging than oil or coal, enough to
handle our own needs and to make us one of the largest net energy exporters, good for our economy and our foreign policy. The discovery of
massive additional amounts of natural gas have reduced prices to a fraction of equivalent amounts of oil.
Flummoxed By Cheap, Clean U.S. Gas. Green groups have a major new concern: fracking, the
process of extracting natural gas from shale deposits far underground. What they don't have is much hard
evidence that fracking is a danger. Fracking already is producing a bonanza in the U.S. Theoretically
it could provide enough to replace all coal-powered electricity with cleaner-burning natural gas.
gas: fuel of the future. [Scroll down] As if on cue, a couple of weeks ago the US Energy
Information Agency released an assessment of 48 shale gas basins in 32 countries. The
numbers are staggering: over a six-fold increase in the 1,001 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of
natural gas that was previously known to be "proven" reserves. According to the EIA report, over
6,600 Tcf of shale gas resources are estimated to be technically recoverable.
Drill, Baby, Drill
(Again). It may come as a shock to many that rather than having a mere 2 percent of
global reserves, this country is energy-rich, with known reserves far exceeding those of any other
nation. Many Americans already know that our proven coal reserves will hold out for another
400 years — and probably much longer. Less well known is that in recent years there has been a quiet
natural-gas revolution in this country. In 2008, estimated natural-gas reserves in the U.S. were
177 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). Since then, we have produced 165 Tcf and have 245 Tcf
left. This bounty is the result of new drilling techniques that have massively added to our
reserves. Currently, we have approximately a century of proven gas reserves, a number sure
to grow over time.
gets a clean bill of health. [Scroll down] This accident was among the most serious that
can happen during the completion of an onshore shale-gas well. Yet nobody was injured, the public was
never in danger, and there was no lasting impact on the environment, as the analysis shows. ... But don't
expect the anti-fossil-fuel crowd to let scientific evidence get in its way.
Shale study's lead
author faces 'green' backlash. Faced with mounting criticism, the State University of New York at Buffalo is
distancing itself from a Marcellus Shale gas-drilling study released earlier this month by the school's own Shale Resources
and Society Institute. But the report's lead author is defending the work by the fledgling institute, saying Monday [5/28/2012]
that it's being mischaracterized by environmental activists who oppose any additional domestic fossil-fuel production.
Eagle Ford Shale's has had profound
impact on Texas. The Eagle Ford shale drilling boom has boosted wages and job growth, and the increased drilling in 23 South
Texas counties will likely have a continued impact on the state, according to a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. According
to the report released this week, the drilling boom has increased wages by more than 14 percent, job growth rose by nearly 6 percent and
retail sales jumped 9.3 percent in 23 South Texas counties. Live Oak and McMullen counties, which sit directly above natural gas
liquids and oil deposits, benefited the most from the drilling boom, according to the study.
America Can Be An Energy
Superpower. America could have enough oil resources to meet today's oil demand levels in the
future for decades without importing from unfriendly foreign countries. That is the conclusion of a
new report from the National Petroleum Council. The report also finds that America has huge volumes
of natural gas that can meet decades of demand.
Marcellus gas estimates. A new assessment of the Marcellus Shale says the Northeastern U.S.
formation may contain 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than
believed less than a decade ago.
for Western Energy Prosperity. The West has the potential to produce 6.2 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas annually
by 2020, an additional one Tcf from 2010 levels. Combined, western oil and natural gas is projected to produce more energy on a daily
basis than the total U.S. imports from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Venezuela, Colombia, Algeria, Nigeria, and Russia.
Why American Natural Gas Will
Change The World. The spanner in the works is political risk of course; how much gas will Washington allow to leave its shores?
A couple of years ago you'd have said not much, but the fact the EIA has just downgraded recoverable shale reserves from 827 tcf in 2011 to
482 tcf in 2012 tells you all need to know. If the US wants to maintain its shale revolution, it badly needs prices to firm to make
fields economically viable.
highlight potential of Pennsylvania gas field. Two unexpected gushers in northeastern
Pennsylvania are helping to illustrate the enormous potential of the Marcellus Shale natural gas field.
Take a common-sense approach toward
energy. Today we're the most energy-endowed nation in the world, with enough clean, reliable, abundant and cheap natural
gas to last for generations. It's "like adding another Venezuela or Kuwait by 2020," according to Pulitzer Prize-winning energy
expert Daniel Yergin, who believes that the world energy map now centers on North America, not the Middle East.
Obama Wants Power, Not Jobs. Natural gas is a feedstock for the production of
fertilizer, plastics, and many chemical products. Fortunately, America possesses vast reserves of recoverable natural gas. The low price of this gas is
one factor spurring companies like Dow Chemical to expand production in the United States rather than send jobs overseas. [...] It all sounds like an economic
miracle, and it is. So why is Obama trying to kill it?
Full of (Natural)
Gas. [Scroll down] America has over a 100-year supply of natural gas. We have
more natural gas reserves in North America than the Saudis have oil. How much more? According
to the CIA's Factbook, Saudi Arabia has 264 billion barrels of oil. We have seven hundred
billion barrels of oil equivalent in our natural gas reserves — about 2.5 times more.
Natural gas under Gulf may
be too much of a good thing. The prospect of yet another new frontier for U.S. natural gas
development, this time in super-deep wells beneath the Gulf of Mexico's shallow waters, is not all good
news for Houston's energy sector. ... [It could] boost already swollen U.S. gas supplies, weaken prices
and keep producers on the sidelines.
The Editor says...
Since when is cheap and plentiful energy a bad thing? That's what all sensible people have
wanted for at least a century.
Natural gas supplements petroleum.
Gas could be the answer in
global warming fight. An unlikely source of energy has emerged to meet international demands
that the United States do more to fight global warming: It's cleaner than coal, cheaper than oil
and a 90-year supply is under our feet.
Gas Revolution. The biggest energy innovation of the decade is natural gas?more specifically
what is called "unconventional" natural gas. Some call it a revolution. Yet the natural gas revolution
has unfolded with no great fanfare, no grand opening ceremony, no ribbon cutting. It just crept up.
It's a Gas. [Scroll down]
To sum up very briefly, the risk-taking private sector — driven by the potential of huge future
profits (anti-capitalists take note!) — has developed the technology to recover natural gas that
was previously thought to be unreachable. This technology has only come of age in the last two years,
but already the amount of natural gas we're producing is on its way to transforming the U.S. into the leading
gas-producing nation in the world.
Freedom From Foreign Oil.
In the last few years natural gas has been found in abundance in the United States. In fact, we have
2,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, mostly in Appalachia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and
Texas — more than twice the amount of Saudi oil, enough to last us 100 years. Recent
innovations make it cleaner to burn and cheaper to use. It is the only fuel that can replace diesel in
semis and other heavy-duty vehicles. Battery power will not work on these behemoths, nor will ethanol.
Seeing Chukchi. Back
in July , ... it was thought that Chukchi's waters northwest of Alaska's landmass held 30 billion cubic feet
of natural gas. Today, Science magazine reports that the U.S. Geological Survey now finds it holds more than anyone
thought — 1.6 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered gas, or 30% of the world's supply and 83 billion
barrels of undiscovered oil, 4% of the global conventional resources. That's enough U.S. energy to achieve
self-sufficiency and never worry about it as a national security question again. The only thing left to
do is drill.
trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Good news for America undermines the green energy agenda.
The Wall Street Journal reports a huge new discovery of natural gas — a fossil fuel so clean even
liberals can stand it. ... Good news, right? It's good for consumers, it's good for the country and the economy,
and it's good for the world's resources. ... But it's bad for the Fear Industry ... it's bad for our media
airheads, who have to think of whole new scare headlines ... it's bad for the Green Doom Brigade.
Natural gas glut means drilling boom
must slow. So much natural gas is being produced that soon there may be nowhere left to put the country's swelling surplus.
The Editor says...
Here's an easy solution: Liquefy the gas and export it. Who could possibly object to an idea like that?
Environmentalists challenge natural gas
export plans. Environmentalists are challenging Freeport LNG's bid to export natural gas from a facility in Texas — the
latest attempt to undercut a push by more than a half dozen companies to send the fossil fuel overseas. The move by the Sierra Club came
in the form of a formal protest lodged with the Energy Department, which is considering a request by Freeport LNG and other firms for licenses
to export liquefied natural gas.
The Radical Left's Latest Weapon of Fear. A Congressional Research Service report to Congress in
late 2009 indicated that America's combined supply of recoverable natural gas, oil, and coal exceeds every other
nation on earth; even far greater than Saudi Arabia, China, and Canada combined! The CRS report was independently
confirmed last month by the Institute for Energy Research with the release of the North American Energy Inventory.
The IER study says the U.S. has more than 1.4 trillion barrels of recoverable oil reserves; 1.7 trillion
barrels when combined with Canada and Mexico. That's enough for 250 years of U.S. consumption according
to the IER, and more than the entire world has used in the previous 150 years. Additionally, the North
American continent has 4.2 quadrillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas reserves — enough
to last the next 175 years at current rates of consumption according to IER.
Wake Up and
Smell the Energy. In terms of oil, the proven reserves of 1.79 trillion barrels available in
North America is more than will likely ever flow through the Strait of Hormuz and in fact twice that of all
the OPEC nations combined. That's enough to fill the tank of every passenger car in the United States
for the next 30 years. Our natural gas future is even brighter. An estimated 4.244 quadrillion
cubic feet of recoverable resources could keep every home well-heated for the next 575 winters at current
The environmentalists are now going after
the production of frac sand in Wisconsin.
mining boom in Midwest emerges in fracking debate. Largely overlooked in the national debate over
fracking is the emerging fight in the U.S. heartland over mining "frac sand," which has grains of ideal size,
shape, strength and purity.
is Binge Gambling with US Economy. In recent history, we've collectively bet on "sure things" and
lost. We once believed there was an energy shortage — but modern technology and resource expansion
have created a global oil glut, and natural gas is so plentiful that it is currently priced at a two-year low.
America is now a net exporter of fuel.
Fracking Is Unlikely to Cause
Earthquakes. Hydraulic fracturing does not present a significant risk of causing earthquakes, according to a newly published
report by the National Research Council. The National Research Council, which is a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, found the
only significant risk of earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing comes from injecting hydraulic fracturing wastewater underground after
the conclusion of fracking. Even then, seismic events associated with injecting wastewater underground have been minor, and have not
resulted in loss of life of significant damage.
Fracking: An existential threat to green
dogma. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing is a true "game changer." In less than
two years, this proven but still rapidly advancing technology has obliterated longstanding claims that we are
running out of petroleum. Instead, the USA now finds itself blessed with centuries of oil and gas.
Thankfully, much of it is on state and private lands, which cannot easily be locked up by federal diktat.
Little Green Morons. As
this is being written vast new reserves of natural gas are being found all over the nation, but as far as the
Sierra Club is concerned, drilling for it poses risks "to our air, water, climate, and people in their
communities." Short of putting your head in the oven and turning on the gas, there are no significant
risks and haven't been any in the sixty years or so that "fracking" has been used to access natural gas.
Cheap Natural Gas and
Its Enemies. A vast reservoir of clean-burning natural gas could be available at reasonable cost
in the coming years, freeing us from some of our dependence on imported energy. Yet there are those who
consider such a development a threat.
Ohio set to see oil boom thanks to
fracking. Ohio hasn't been an oil powerhouse for nearly 100 years. But thanks to
controversial new drilling technology, the state that once produced a third of the nation's crude and was the
birthplace of John D. Rockefeller's mighty Standard Oil could once again be a significant source of
Progressives Crave Energy Scarcities.
Imagine what a horror 2011 was for progressives as Americans began to comprehend their stunning abundance of
fossil fuels — beyond their two centuries' supply of coal. Progressives responded with attempts to
impede development of the vast, proven reserves of natural gas and oil here and in Canada. They bent the
willowy Obama to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canadian tar sands; they
raised environmental objections to new techniques for extracting gas and "tight" oil from shale formations.
EPA study on fracking
and water questioned. The oil and gas industry continues to cast doubt on the validity of an ongoing Environmental
Protection Agency effort to determine potential links between fracking and water contamination. The international research
firm Battelle on Tuesday [7/10/2012] released a major new report on the EPA's study methods, which many critics think is meant
solely to demonize fossil fuels and provide political justification for sweeping new federal regulations. The American
Petroleum Institute and the America's Natural Gas Alliance commissioned the Battelle report, though neither organization would
reveal how much they paid to have it done.
Will President Obama's Re-election Doom
Fracking? The top White House energy aide says new regulations gripping the technology responsible for unlocking America's vast oil and
gas reserves will be ready by year's end. Team Obama's war on fossil fuels continues.
Carney: 'I feel rotten' about accidental fracking vote.
State House lawmakers have apparently accidentally legalized fracking in North Carolina, due to a deciding vote one Democrat says was a mistake.
Rep. Becky Carney, D-Mecklenburg, says she did not intend to cast the key vote that overrode the governor's veto of the bill. The vote
was 72-47, exactly the number needed for an override. Without Carney's vote, the veto would have been sustained.
Democrat's accidental vote
legalizes natural gas fracking in North Carolina. North Carolina is moving forward to legalize hydraulic fracturing — commonly
called fracking — after an accidental vote by Democratic state Rep. Becky Carney overrode Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's veto on Monday
[7/2/2012]. Perdue had attempted to veto a Senate bill passed to allow the natural-gas extraction technique in her state, WRAL reported.
The vote was 72-47, with Carney's accident providing the final vote necessary for the override.
No Frac'ing Way. The fractures induced in the gas-bearing shales
are essentially horizontal; and since the gas shales such as the Barnett Shale [Texas] are on average over a mile below any drinking water aquifers;
there is no possibility that these fractures will travel through the overlying mile of solid rock allowing contamination of drinking water in these
shallow aquifers. The question is not whether there is contamination of drinking water from the frac'ing procedure undertaken in shale-gas
operations as much as it is a question of how false claims by the environmentalist lobby can go unchallenged.
groups: Administration overestimating emissions at 'fracking' sites. The amount of methane released from hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking, is half what the Obama administration estimates, according to a study released Monday [6/4/2012] by the American Petroleum Institute and the America's
Natural Gas Alliance. Howard Feldman, API's director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs told reporters on a conference call that the study
"provides the best, most comprehensive estimate of methane emissions from U.S. natural gas production. It's based on data from ten times as
many wells as support the estimate EPA has been using."
Study: State oversight of gas drilling doing just fine.
In the past, we've talked about a lot of the hysteria and hype among environmentalists when it comes to regulation of natural gas drilling in general and fracking in
particular. [...] In case any of them are truly interested in finding out the facts, we now have a new study from the University of Buffalo which reveals something
many of you should have known already.
Vermont becomes 1st state to ban fracking.
Vermont's governor has signed into law the first state ban on a hotly debated natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing. There's no
drilling currently happening in Vermont, which is believed to have little to no reserves of oil or natural gas.
Town's Effort To Link Fracking And Illness
Falls Short. Quite a few of the 225 people who live in Dish, Texas, think the nation's natural gas boom is making them sick.
They blame the chemicals used in gas production for health problems ranging from nosebleeds to cancer. [...] But scientists say it's just not clear
whether pollutants from gas wells are hurting people in Dish or anywhere else. What is clear, they say, is that the evidence the town has presented
so far doesn't have much scientific heft.
Get The Frackin' Gas.
An oil company wants to invest its profits in clean-burning American natural gas. A Hungarian billionaire
and a "green" politician want to stop it. This is the real Climate-gate scandal.
America "awash in natural gas" but will enviros stop its production?
Fossil fuels account for 84 percent of all the energy America uses now and they will account for 78 percent
in 2035, according to U.S. government projections that include the most likely levels of growth in renewable
energy source like wind and solar. That in turn means we are going to need all the oil and gas we can
find and produce for the foreseeable future.
Study: Fracking Does Not Contaminate
Groundwater. The hydraulic fracturing process of extracting natural gas from shale rock formations has not resulted in any groundwater
contamination, according to a study released by the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.
Top 10 misguided energy policies. [#9] Fracking regulations:
Techonological advances in fracking are allowing oil and gas companies to extract energy resources at reduced costs, helping rejuventate the economies of
states from North Dakota to Texas. So leave it to the EPA to try to stifle the process with new regulations to curb emissions from fracking.
The new standards will cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollar, slowing the fracking boom.
Primed to Become First U.S. State to Ban Fracking. Vermont's House last week voted 10-36 to give final passage
to a bill that could make the state the first in the nation to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Vermont's Senate has already approved the measure, and the bill is undergoing a final review by legislative staffers before
being sent to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D). Shumlin has reiterated his opposition to fracking in Vermont, saying
in April, "Here in Vermont, we want to ensure that we're not injecting chemicals into our beautiful rocks for any reason."
show what Obama is. In the EPA's case, when they condemned fracturing to obtain gas from shale as harmful to ground water
they have to date no evidence to sustain that claim other than the ravings of another bunch of out-of-control environmentalists.
The EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, publicly stated that fact when interviewed by the press regarding the regional director's outrageous
More fracking red tape. The Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday [4/18/2012] finalized 588 pages of new restrictions on the production of natural gas and oil that
take primary aim at hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a drilling technique that releases trapped natural gas from underground shale.
Gas producers will be required to install equipment on about 13,000 new natural gas wells and around 1,200 old ones to prevent released gas
from escaping into the atmosphere, where the agency says it contributes to "greenhouse" gases. Humans and animals release the same
vilified gases merely by being alive.
finalizes first-ever air pollution rules for natural-gas 'fracking'. The Environmental Protection Agency
unveiled first-ever regulations Wednesday [4/18/2012] aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from the natural-gas drilling
practice known as "fracking." The regulations — which would also target emissions from compressors, oil
storage tanks and other oil-and-gas sector equipment — would cut 95 percent of smog-forming and toxic
emissions from wells developed with fracking, EPA said.
Fracking Vindicated. The environmental left views the
incredible rebirth of the American fossil fuel industry, wrought by unconventional methods (fracking and horizontal drilling), with alarm and
disgust. The idea that the United States could easily fulfill all of its energy needs by utilizing its great domestic reserves of fossil
fuels arouses their collective anger, and they have been battling this technology via every means at their disposal.
EPA Targets New York Fracking
Standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent a series of letters to New York state officials
suggesting dozens of restrictions on natural gas fracking above and beyond those being contemplated by state officials.
Although fracking regulation always has been handled by the individual states, many observers say EPA is firing a shot across
the bow of New York and other states, indicating it may soon seek to usurp state authority on fracking.
Is the EPA Just Sloppy,
or Cooking the Books? After issuing a hastily compiled report last year claiming a direct link between groundwater
contamination and hydraulic fracturing at Pavillion, Wyoming, the EPA now admits that it may be wrong. Or, it may be, it
was intentionally cooking the books. The only question now is whether the findings in the draft report were purposefully
falsified so as to form the basis for national regulation of fracking, or whether they were just incredibly sloppy.
Either way, the EPA needs to be held to account.
Gas Heralds an Energy Revolution. All bets are off for the future of energy in the United States and,
indeed, the world, as the price of natural gas plummets to ever-lower values — thanks to the development
of technology that can access gas and liquids trapped in hitherto inaccessible shale rocks. In 2011, shale gas
accounted for a quarter of U.S. natural gas production. But this seemingly bright future may depend on a court
decision (expected in June 2012) and, of course, on the outcome of the November elections.
doomsayers ignore human ingenuity. There has been a revolution in power production over the last decade, one
that has been driven by engineering and science. The proliferation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, means that
the US will be the world's second largest gas producer by 2035, with its output dwarfed only by Russia, according to the
International Energy Agency. The US currently has record low gas prices because the new technology has created a
glut of natural gas.
Faulty Wells, Not
Fracking, Blamed for Water Pollution. Some energy companies, state regulators, academics and
environmentalists are reaching consensus that natural-gas drilling has led to several incidents of water
pollution — but not because of fracking. The energy officials and some environmentalists
agree that poorly built wells are to blame for some cases of water contamination.
Thanks to the Oscar-nominated documentary "Gasland," many people believe fracking — a process of getting
natural gas out of rock — pollutes water and creates wastelands wherever it is used. But like so
many documentaries nowadays, Gasland is high on anecdote and emotion but low on science and fact. One of the
most dramatic images in "Gasland" is footage of a resident lighting his tap water with flames shooting out of the
faucet. As a journalist, I wanted to learn more, so I went to a Q&A with Gasland director Josh Fox.
As I questioned him, Fox eventually admitted that he knew people could light their tap water in these areas
decades before fracking came on the scene.
Fracking linked to prosperity — environmentalists
alarmed. The other day I had a post about fracking and the increase in U.S. production of oil. A liberal
troll in comments insisted that fracking had nothing to do with this, which shows once again that liberals are by and
large know-nothings. Fracking has led to oil booms in North Dakota, Texas and elsewhere. ... The Independent
Petroleum Association of America, through its Energy In Depth web site, has linked fracking to something that is the
greatest fear of environmentalists throughout the world: Prosperity.
not fracking's fault, study says. A university study asserts that the problems caused by the
gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," arise because drilling operations aren't
doing it right. The process itself isn't to blame, according to the study, released today [2/16/2012]
by the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.
doesn't contaminate groundwater: New Study. An academic study from the University Texas-Austin
shows that the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to develop natural gas, "has no direct connection to
Feds Find No Water Pollution
from Arkansas Fracking. After testing 71 water wells near hydraulic fracturing natural gas production
sites, the U.S. Geological Survey reports no evidence of water pollution. The tests were conducted in Van Buren
County, Arkansas after local residents expressed fears hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking —
might be polluting local water resources.
gas sector set up by Obama to be sabotaged? President Obama spoke of the role natural gas must
play in America's energy future during his State of the Union address last week, but industry insiders fear
it's merely lip service designed to distract from what they consider the administration's behind-the-scenes
plan to sabotage the sector. ... At the same time the president boasts of the nation's vast shale gas deposits,
his EPA is poised to make extracting that fuel much more difficult. The agency will this year release a
widely anticipated study on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the use of water, sand and chemical mixtures
to crack underground rock and release huge quantities of gas.
Robert Howarth: the Al Gore of fracking!
drilling with farcical 'science'. The academic face of the anti-fracking movement — Cornell
marine ecologist Robert Howarth — increasingly looks like he's willing to turn science into farce. ... Last
week, Howarth released another scientifically questionable study, now warning that fracking could push the
world over a tipping point, sending temperatures irreversibly higher — an inflammatory and demonstrably
Human Story of Hydrofracing. Today, the people, who think of themselves as progressives, are
actually against progress.
The environmentalists are now going after
the production of frac sand in Wisconsin.
mining boom in Midwest emerges in fracking debate. Largely overlooked in the national debate over
fracking is the emerging fight in the U.S. heartland over mining "frac sand," which has grains of ideal size,
shape, strength and purity.
Wisconsin DNR Rejects New
Curbs on Sand Mining. Wisconsin state environmental officials say they have no plans to impose new restrictions
on the mining of sand for use in hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas. The state Department of Natural Resources
on January 25 confirmed the results of its September 2011 study finding little support for claims of environmental damage
caused by sand mining.
jumps on natural gas bandwagon. A remark by President Obama at his postelection news conference
Wednesday should send Iowa's wind energy advocates into full alert. When asked about environmental issues,
the President suddenly started talking up natural gas, saying there are "terrific natural gas resources" in the
Fairy Tales. Fracking is destroying the entire plan of the Gang Green, those environmental zealots;
it makes the move to alternative fuels and energy poverty unnecessary, since we are swimming in oil just waiting
to be fracked. Gang Green had to find a way to demonize fracking, and have been kicking this earthquake idea
around for some time. Now that there was an earthquake or two in Ohio, they have what they need to blame
fracking and scare people.
Fracking Natural Gas.
There is nothing that portrays more the ideological divide in America than the debate on energy. The
climate and energy wars have now become an insurmountable chasm and no cost is too great for the ideologues. ... The
dumbing down of the discourse is also all too apparent with Hollywood celebrities spearheading both the recent
opposition to TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline and the ever-present "fracking" rancor for natural gas
of Denial: How New York May Squander Its Energy Boom. [Scroll down] New York State —
famous for its hordes of "progressive liberals" who claim to worry so much about the working class —
could also be economically humming by creating those high-paying blue-collar jobs so desperately needed in this
"he-cession." ... But no — of course, New York's environmentalists are up in arms about fracking (and
every other method of energy production that actually works — i.e., reliably produces low-cost
energy). This has led to quite a battle, indeed.
Green Groups' Attack On Fracking Based On Bad
Science. After admitting there's no documented evidence of groundwater contamination due to a
technique used to extract oil and gas from shale, the EPA tries to manufacture a crisis in Wyoming.
API blasts EPA
report on hydraulic fracturing. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and state regulators have raised questions
about some of the water samples drawn at EPA's deep test wells in Pavillion, Wyo., after some of the results
could not be replicated. Industry and Wyoming officials also have questioned whether the EPA may have
introduced contaminants when it drilled those test wells.
What happens in Wyoming doesn't happen in Texas. Oil and gas industry leaders are pushing back today
against an EPA draft report that linked hydraulic fracturing with water contamination in Wyoming by insisting that
what happened in that state is light years away from drilling being done in Texas, New York and other parts of the
is the left's biggest muckraker you never heard of. Dave Kopel, research director at
Colorado's Independence Institute, ... checked out ProPublica's assertions about natural gas hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking, "suspected of causing hundreds of cases of water contamination." Colorado
and New Mexico officials supposedly "documented more than 1,000 cases where water was contaminated by
drilling activities." Kopel called the officials. New Mexico had no fracking cases.
Colorado didn't compile fracking numbers. Kopel concluded that ProPublica cited data about contamination
from every drilling-related activity in a story only about fracking.
freak-out just another flash-in-the-media enviro scare campaign. Leave it to somebody from an
energy state like Oklahoma to say it straight concerning the growing screams among environmentalists and their
buddies in government and the mainstream media for a ban on hydraulic fracturing AKA "fracking" of oil and natural
The EPA Choke Oil Shale Production? The latest salvo in the administration's war on energy may be new
rules and permits to regulate a process to get oil and gas from porous rock, sacrificing jobs and economic growth
while under review.
Report and Energy Politics. Yesterday's EPA report raising water pollution worries about fracking in
Wyoming amounts to psy-ops in the Obama re-election campaign. ... Oil prices could actually drop substantially if the
worldwide potential of oil sands, shale, and fracking of natural gas is developed. The biggest game changer of all
is the bounty of clean-burning natural gas unlocked by fracking, with which America is particularly well-endowed. The
only way Obama can defend his energy policies is to raise fears of pollution.
unsupported hysteria over fracking. Fracking was first used in Oklahoma in the 1940s and
in the years since has been employed in more than a million oil and gas wells across the nation. There
is not a single independently documented instance of groundwater contamination by fracking anywhere in the
country, a fact that was confirmed as recently as May by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Lisa Jackson during congressional testimony. So why did the EPA announce Thursday [12/8/2011] in a draft
report that chemicals "likely" associated with fracking were found at a drilling site near Pavilion, Wyoming?
Green Groups' Attack On Fracking Based On Bad
Science. After admitting there's no documented evidence of groundwater contamination due to a
technique used to extract oil and gas from shale, the EPA tries to manufacture a crisis in Wyoming.
The EPA's Fracking Scare.
The shale gas boom has been a rare bright spot in the U.S. economy, so much of the country let out a shudder
two weeks ago when the Environmental Protection Agency issued a "draft" report that the drilling process of
hydraulic fracturing may have contaminated ground water in Pavillion, Wyoming. The good news is that
the study is neither definitive nor applicable to the rest of the country.
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