Natural gas production
through the hydraulic fracturing of shale

The hydraulic fracturing of shale to extract previously unrecoverable oil and gas is called fracking, and it is opening up a huge resource of natural gas in North America.  Thanks to anti-capitalist environmental extremists, and an assortment of heavily-biased national news networks, most Americans don't realize how much natural gas is under foot, and how cheap energy would be if the environmentalists and government regulators would step aside and let the free market bring these natural resources to the consumers.  Concerns about ground water contamination and widespread earthquakes appear to have been exaggerated by radical environmentalists, who oppose every practical source of energy, and who hate to see capitalism succeed anywhere in the world.  Fracking is just one of several environmental false alarms that have been spread through the sensationalist news media in the last 30 years.


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Natural gas production through the hydraulic fracturing of shale


The 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."

Fracking 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.

The 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.

Seven Facts 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:
U.S. 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.

Offshore Hydraulic 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.

Venezuela blames 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.

Does 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."

Colorado 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.

A 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.

Denton, 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.

A 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.

Fracking 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.

Doubled 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.

Science Council 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.

Russia 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...
Report: 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.

Official 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.

How 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.

Luvvies 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.

Oil 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.

Analysis 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.

Record 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.

Fracking 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.

White 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.

Not 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.

EPA 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.

Natural 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.

Obama 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.

Fracking 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 Russian gas.

Central 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 Obama administration.

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.

Popular 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.

Andrew Cuomo 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.

Obamacare flopped, 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.

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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.

My constituents 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?

The 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.

The 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 FrackingGasland 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.

Fracking 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.

Obama's Perversity.  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.

California 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.

Idiot 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.

Obama 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.
Southern 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 and Technology.

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 claimed.

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 areas.

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.

Industry 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.

N.Y. Health 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.

European 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.

"Promised 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, [...]

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."

Gas 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.

I 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.

Fracking 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.

Could 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.

Don't 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.

Obama's 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.

NYT Puts 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 commission.

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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 good news.

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 state.

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 fracking.

New 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.

'Sometimes 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.

Obama's 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 has emerged.

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.

Global protests 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.

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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.

The 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 fracturing process.

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.

Also filed under eco-terrorism.

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.

Natural 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 use it."

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And the government will find a way to tax it as a motor fuel, when natural gas is used as such.

Hydraulic 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 United States.

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.

EPA 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 typical site.

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.

Plunge 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.

Also posted 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

Derry 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?
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Don't 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.

Greens 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.

Natural 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.

Fracking 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.

USGS boosts 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.

Blueprint 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.

Gushers 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.

America's Natural 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 [2008], ... 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.

Discovered: 200 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.

Fracking: 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 usage rates.

The environmentalists are now going after the production of frac sand in Wisconsin.
Sand 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.

EPA 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 domestic supply.

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.

Industry 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.

Vermont 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."

Appointees 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 remarks.

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.

EPA 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.

Cheap Natural 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.

Peak oil 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.

'Frack nation'.  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.

It's 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.

Fracking 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 groundwater contamination."

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.

Natural 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!
Killing 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 incorrect assertion.

The 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.
Sand 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.

Update:
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.

Obama 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 United States.

Hydraulic Fractured 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 production.

State 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.

Industry: 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 country.

ProPublica 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.

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 gas wells.

Will 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.

EPA Fracking 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.

More 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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