BP Chairman: “fracking is a great opportunity” but don’t ask us about the risks

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Today I attended BP’s annual shareholder meeting alongside Fernando Cabrera from OPSur (Argentina). Fernando came to challenge BP’s board on the dangers from their fracking operations. BP’s Argentinian arm Pan American Energy is using fracking frighteningly close to Patagonia’s freshwater supplies and fruit orchards (see our report “BP’s Fracking Secrets” for more on this). Here’s...

Fracking und Landtagsdebatte Niedersachsen: Kein Anlass zur Beruhigung

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Fracking: Als permanentes Werfen von Nebelkerzen bezeichnet der Bundestagsabgeordnete der LINKEN und Mitglied seiner Fraktion im Umweltausschuss, Hubertus Zdebel, die Versuche der SPD/CDU-Regierungskoalition in Niedersachsen, sich dem öffentlichen Druck zu entziehen, der durch Äußerungen des stellvertretenden Ministerpräsidenten und Wirtschaftsministers Bernd Althusmann (CDU) hervorgerufen wurde. Althusmann hatte die Zustimmung der Landesregierung zu Probebohrungen im Schiefergestein unter...

Finances of Fracking: Shale Industry Drills More Debt Than Profit

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Since 2007, the oil and gas industry has lost $280 billion betting on the shale boom, which has been made possible by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and Wall Street financing, and these companies are still borrowing heavily. But even as the industry struggles to recoup costs — much less profits — by continuing to borrow and drill,...

No evidence of natural gas from fracking in found Ohio drinking water: The three-year study found no relationship between methane concentrations in groundwater and proximity to natural gas wells — ScienceDaily

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Geologists with the University of Cincinnati examined drinking water in Carroll, Stark and Harrison counties, a rural region in northeast Ohio where many residents rely on water from private underground wells. The time-series study was the first of its kind in Ohio to examine methane in groundwater in relation to natural gas drilling. The results...

Monica O’Connor: Gov. Larry Hogan’s support of a Maryland fracking ban camouflages a pro-fracking policy

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Gov. Larry Hogan’s policies on fracking — natural gas extraction through the technology known as hydraulic fracturing — are disingenuous. Hogan did sign 2017 legislation banning fracking in the state with laudable words about protecting our “clean water supply and natural resources.” But this is just astute political maneuvering. The truth is that the governor...

Gold-plated fracking regulations. Same as those supposedly gold-plated pensions.

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Jo Corrie tells it like it is. Here is the criminal.  Read who he is at the foot of the post. The government has done nothing to investigate the risks of fracking old coal mines, yet they are claiming that ‘gold standard’ regulations will protect the people from the hazards that lie a few hundreds...

In Colorado, Fracking Is Back, and So Are the Battle Lines

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In Colorado, Fracking Is Back, and So Are the Battle Lines Image Children played basketball in front of a sound wall that separates the schoolyard at Bella Romero Academy from a fracking site in Weld County, Colo.CreditChet Strange for The New York Times WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A new oil rig will rise behind a...

Judge grants temporary injunction against protests at Lancashire fracking site – DRILL OR DROP?

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Green Party protest outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. Photo: The Green Party Cuadrilla has secured a 40-day injunction against protests at its fracking site near Blackpool. A judge at the High Court in Manchester allowed an application by the shale gas company to prohibit trespass and obstruction at and near the site at Preston...

Fracking the immune system: Study links fracking chemicals to immune imbalance — ScienceDaily

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Amid predictions of a second fracking boom in the US, the first evidence that chemicals found in ground water near fracking sites can impair the immune system will be published in Toxicological Sciences on May 1. The study, performed in mice, suggests that exposure to fracking chemicals during pregnancy may diminish female offspring’s ability to...

Dangerous Bill Allowing Sale of Fracking Waste Passes Committee in OH State House

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Columbus, OH — Yesterday, a bill that would allow oil and gas waste, including fracking fluids, to be sold as a “commodity” passed through the Ohio House Energy & Natural Resources Committee. The bill — HB 393 — would allow fracking waste to be sold in local stores without meeting any safety standards or requirements...

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