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The Great U.S. Shale Decline Has Already Begun

U.S. shale companies are moving quickly to ax their budgets, hoping to staunch the bleeding as the oil market continues to melt down. It has only been a few days after the OPEC+ debacle, but with oil trading at around $30 per barrel, and with good odds of falling even lower, the entire energy industry has little option but to make deep cuts to their operations. “Most companies will go into maintenance mode,” Pioneer Natural...

Good News Alert: A Huge Win for Ohio’s National Fo...

With all the troubling news recently about the coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s been easy for good news to get lost in the fray. That’s why I couldn’t wait to tell you that we just achieved one of the most significant conservation victories in Ohio history!  The OEC just won its three-year legal battle to protect the Wayne National Forest, Ohio’s only national forest located in Southeast Ohio, by stopping fracking in its...

Editorial: United front needed on climate change

This editorial represents the opinion of the Dispatch editorial board, which includes the publisher, editor, editorial page editor and editorial writers. Editorials, like opinion columns, represent a particular viewpoint and are not to be confused with news stories. In a week in which the news seemed especially grim and mankind’s problems especially daunting, having three pragmatic politicians come to Westerville with a...

U.S. shale companies facing a money-losing reality...

Bloomberg: America’s shale producers already had a profitability problem. It just got a lot worse. At a stroke, Saudi Arabia and Russia and their battle for market share have made almost all U.S. shale drilling unprofitable. Only five companies in two areas of the country have breakeven costs lower than the current oil price, according to data compiled by Rystad Energy, an Oslo-based consultancy. Wells drilled by Exxon Mobil...

Coronavirus may be the straw that breaks the back ...

Consumers have some good news at the service station. Prices at the pump for gasoline and diesel are down about 6% since the beginning of the year. For that they can thank the coronavirus (now called Covid-19) outbreak—although it comes at the heavy cost of almost 47,000 people ill and 1,369 dead so far according to the Feb. 14 statistics from the World Health Organization. At $2.42 regular and $2.91 diesel, these...

A Chance for More Transparency on Oil and Gas Prod...

Today I had the opportunity to testify to Congress on an important bill, The Transparency in Energy Production Act of 2020, that would require energy companies that lease federal land to disclose more about their social and environmental impact. This is an important idea that I have been advocating for over many years and several reports.  My full written testimony is here, and the oral testimony I delivered today is below....

A Dangerous Secret That Could End Fracking

Investigative Journalists Justin Nobel and Joshua Pribanic come together in this explosive podcast to discuss one of the hottest topics to come out of fossil fuels. The idea of “safe” fracking transformed oil and gas in America for the 21st century and helped create a worldwide resurgence for an otherwise dying industry. But as we hear in this episode of newsCOUP, a dangerous secret protected by regulators threatens the...

Governor Cuomo announces permanent ban on hydrofra...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that he will incorporate legislation in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Executive Budget permanently banning fracking in New York. Cuomo stated that the temporary ban that is currently in place has not only been prudent, it has also proved that there are cleaner and more sustainable alternative energy options available, which can help to fuel the economy. The legislation would disallow the...

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources – Gui...

Ice & Dust Control Brine Brine is a saline by-product generated during oil and gas well drilling, completion and production operations. The spreading of oil-field brine is a legal, cost-effective, and efficient way to control dust and ice problems on local roads and private property in Ohio. Ohio’s UIC Program regulates the hauling and spreading of oil-field brine while local authorities, such as the County Commissioners...

Radium found in commercial roadway de-icing, dust ...

An Ohio environmental organization is suing to learn more about unhealthy radiation levels in a commercial de-icing and dust suppression liquid made from gas well brine sold in several states, including Pennsylvania. The Buckeye Environmental Network filed suit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week, claiming the agency has illegally denied its request to inspect public records and documents pertaining to...

1982 American Petroleum Institute Report Warned Oi...

Back in April last year, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency decided it was “not necessary” to update the rules for toxic waste from oil and gas wells. Torrents of wastewater flow daily from the nation’s 1.5 million active oil and gas wells and the agency’s own research has warned it may pose risks to the country’s drinking water supplies. On Tuesday, a major new investigative report published by...

Boom & bust: Low natural gas prices ding Appa...

Booming natural gas production in eastern Ohio and other parts of Appalachia has been a blessing for homeowners and businesses that use natural gas. But all that production has hurt producers suffering from low prices to the point where many have begun to scale back investment. Booming natural gas production in eastern Ohio and other parts of Appalachia has been great for consumers and businesses. It’s a different story for...

Science journalist to give talk about radioactive ...

The presentation will be Friday, Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ohio University Eastern, Shannon Hall Theater, 45425 National Road West, St. Clairsville. ST. CLAIRSVILLE — On Friday, Jan, 24, Justin Nobel, science journalist writing for the Rolling Stone Magazine, will have an informational meeting regarding the radioactive risks associated with the oil and gas industry at Ohio University Eastern in Belmont County. Nobel...

America’s Radioactive Secret

Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America. (Ed. Sorry that the formatting cuts off the text. I don’t know how to fix it. Go to the Source for the original story: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/oil-gas-fracking-radioactive-investigation-937389/)   Brine...

Colorado Fracking Study Shows Toxic Chemicals Up t...

Data from a Colorado study finds that people living near oil and gas fracking sites may have heightened risk of nose bleeds, dizziness, headaches and other short-term health effects, according to The Denver Post. Right now, state regulators have set a 500-foot minimum setback distance for residences. Evidence from the study finds that residents living between 500-2,000 feet of fracking sites are exposed to benzene and other...