Dan Bacher: Big Oil’s big coup last year was its writing of Jerry Brown’s “cap-and-trade” (pollution trading) bill, AB 398, “so full of loopholes that it remains cheaper for companies to pay chump change to pollute than invest real money into reducing carbon emissions”
Fracking is a term that is used today for a process technically called hydraulic fracturing which is a technique used to increase or restore the rate at which fluids, such as petroleum, water, or natural gas can be produced from subterranean natural reservoirs. The use of this method to gain access to these fluids has raised environmental concerns. Many "fracturists" are challenging the adequacy of existing regulatory regimes. Their concerns include the potential for ground water contamination, risks to air quality, migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, mishandling of waste, and the health effects of all these, as well as its contribution to raised atmospheric CO2 levels by enabling the extraction of previously sequestered hydrocarbons. An additional concern is that oil obtained through hydraulic fracturing contains chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, which may increase the rate at which rail tank cars and pipelines corrode, potentially releasing their load and its gases. Finally, there are some who believe that fracking may be a contributing factor to increased seismic activity.
Ed Rampell: As part of his ongoing struggle against fracking, Cromwell was back in court this week observing a hearing regarding the fate of the controversial Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Orange County, N.Y.
Tom Hastings: Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords now means the world shakes it head in disgust at the lack of US conscience, morals, values, common sense and basic decency.
Rise up for Fossil Fuel Phase-out. Community Health & Worker Safety! Major fossil fuel expansion projects undermine Los Angeles’ and California’s sustainability plans for climate, health, safety and environmental justice.
W.J. Astore: Hillary now claims she’s against fracking (when she led the State Department, she was strongly for it). But how does that flip-flop square with her decision to appoint yet another earth wrecker to a key position in her government-to-be?
Jennifer Krill: The environmental and community health damage caused by fracked natural gas extraction is well known at this point, and science is confirming its danger with every new peer-reviewed study.
Dan Bacher: You can expect the mainstream media and some corporate “environmental” groups to gush over Brown’s grandstanding at the Vatican with little critical analysis of the Governor’s actual environmental record.
he administration of Governor Jerry Brown lived up to its role as one of the most Big Oil-friendly regimes in California history by recently approving nine new plans for extensive new offshore fracking near the California coast. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources approved the permits for nine new fracking operations in Long […]
Walter Brasch: Had the state imposed an extraction tax on each well, instead of a much-lower impact tax, there would have been enough money to fund road and bridge repair without additional taxes for motorists. Every state with shale oil but Pennsylvania has an extraction tax.
Winona LaDuke: With Keystone XL still delayed, Alberta Clipper is widely seen as the most important and immediate pipeline battle, and thus much of the U.S. tar sands campaign has been shifting its focus to this project.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: For five days in a row this week a federal agency was blockaded by protesters, delaying workers, sending a strong message of demands and resulting in scores of arrests. Did you hear one word about it on mainstream media?
Lauren Steiner: Whatever you do, don’t tell the audience that the trillion-dollar business opportunity of the future is based on the continued production of natural gas through fracking.
John MacMurray: To get a picture of what this blast of water does to the rock below, try this: put a brick on the sidewalk. Hit the brick with a large hammer. Notice all the broken pieces and shards. That’s what fracking does.