Oil industry spokesman gets it wrong about local fracking ban
To the Editor:
The comments by Shawn Bennett in a recent interview published in The Athens NEWS on Dec. 8 seriously misrepresent the problems and dangers that the fracking industry presents to the residents of Athens and neighboring counties.
According to Mr. Bennett, Issue 7, which recently passed in the city of Athens by a 78 percent to 22 percent margin, represented an attempt by an out-of-state organization to interfere with local economic...
Shale Gas: Quebec’s Environmental Review Board Says It’s Not Worth The Risk
MONTREAL – Quebec’s environmental review board says shale gas exploration in the province is not worth the risk.
The agency report concludes there are too many potential negative consequences to the environment and to society from extracting natural gas from shale rock deposits along the St. Lawrence River.
The report cites risks to air and water quality, potential increases in noise and light pollution and says the deposits in the province...
The Alarming Research Behind New York’s Fracking Ban
An analysis of the findings in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 184-page review of hydraulic fracturing
The battle over untapped natural gas in New York State appears to have reached its end. Following an extensive public health review of hydraulic fracturing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a complete ban on the oil and natural gas harvesting practice in the state on Wednesday.
The 184-page report, conducted by the New York State Department of Health, cites...
Families flee out-of-control natural-gas leak at eastern Ohio fracking well
About 25 families in eastern Ohio have been unable to live in their houses for the past three days because of a natural-gas leak at a fracking well that crews cannot stop.
Bethany McCorkle, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the state agency that regulates oil and gas, said crews lost control of the Monroe County well on Saturday.
Families were evacuated from about 25 houses within a 1.5-mile radius of the well, located near the...
Gas pipeline expansion should alarm homeowners
Homeowners and communities are unprepared for an invasion of their cherished private yards and public spaces.
The Mid-Atlantic region is facing an expansion of natural gas transport infrastructure that threatens communities’ health, safety and homes. With increased hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and plans to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), the gas industry needs supporting infrastructure. Beyond drilling wells, energy companies are...
Study Claims State, Federal Authorities Are Not Maintaining Injection Well Records
An environmental study of Ohio’s wells used to dispose fracking waste, states both the state and federal government have both failed to do their jobs.
In 1983 the US-EPA gave authority over injection wells to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, but the EPA is supposed to audit the state’s work every few years. The group said the last audit in 2009 was a near carbon copy of the 2005 audit and the latest audit has been pushed back.
Filling the Void – A Citizens Audit of Ohio Oil and Gas Waste Disposal Wells
When regulators fail, citizens step in
We released a report today highlighting the failures of state and federal agencies to operate the state’s oil and gas waste disposal well program. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and U.S. EPA share the blame for inadequate oversight, inconsistent practice, non-enforcement and even disdain and disrespect of citizens attempting to get answers about oil and gas injection wells in their communities.
Fossil Free Indexes
The Fossil Free Indexessm are a suite of benchmarks designed for investable products that provide broad market exposure to index investors who wish to divest from fossil fuel companies. These investors are typically motivated either by a concern about unacceptable levels of climate change or by a concern about overvaluation and risk in the sector. The Fossil Free Indexes include:
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Based on the S&P 500 screened for the largest...
Oil Investors at Brink of Losing Trillions of Dollars in Assets. Gore: It’s That Road Runner Moment
A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England.
A growing minority of investors and regulators are probing the possibility that untapped deposits of oil, gas and coal — valued at trillions of dollars globally — could become stranded assets as governments adopt stricter climate change...
Catholic Bishops From Every Continent Call For ‘An End To The Fossil Fuel Era’
A group of Catholic Bishops called on the world’s governments to end fossil fuel use on Wednesday, citing climate change’s threat to the global poor as the lodestar of their concern.
According to the BBC, the statement is the first time senior officials in the Church from every continent have issued such a call. The statement also drops in the middle of ongoing international climate talks in Lima, Peru, as countries continue to hash out what to do...