Archive for the “Fracking and Marcellus shale” Category

Wow, in Pennsylvania, doctors can access information about fracking chemicals their patients might have been exposed to, but as reported in the Atlantic, a new bill requires those health professionals to sign a confidentiality agreement stating that they will not disclose that information to anyone else — not even the person they’re trying to treat.

There’s big press lately about the methane-release study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and led by good people at the University of Texas. From the headlines you’d think things are looking up for the fracking industry, but upon closer inspection, it’s clear that is not the case. As noted in […]

EPA is holding a number of webinars/updates on various issues, including updates on their ongoing Study of Hydraulic Fracturing. Recordings of the events are accessible here. A recent one on fracking is here. There’s a live one on hydraulic fracturing going on right now, but I can’t seem to log into it. I did manage […]

Wow, we see in the NYTimes, with respect to the DOE’s efforts to examine health effects of hydrofracking: “It would be good to see the subcommittee make recognition of the strong state regulatory system,” said Erik Milito, upstream director at the American Petroleum Institute.

Don’t mess with New York. Now, under the National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA, an Environmental Impact Statement is required where federal funds are involved. As reported by Courthouse News

On hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale and elsewhere, regarding foot-dragging on revealing what chemicals are being injected into the subsurface, Gary Luquette, president of North America exploration and production for Chevron, said it was time for industry to stop dragging its feet on disclosure.

ClimateProgress nails one fracking bottom line: …. depressed natural gas prices have been blamed for stalling wind, solar PV and solar hot water projects that compete directly with the resource. While a cleaner-burning form of energy like natural gas is much better than burning coal, focusing too heavily on the resource may delay aggressive development […]

This catchy video from ProPublica video illuminates many, but not all, of the issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus shale and elsewhere:

France is on the way to banning hydrofracking: The French parliament voted in favour of a ban on the controversial practice of extracting shale gas through hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking” Wednesday. The bill still needs to pass before the Senate before it becomes law. … It would be interesting to understand more about how […]