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Jerry Brown Fires California’s Oil Regulators

Court documents revealed that after they warned that oil drilling would imperil the state’s groundwater, Governor Jerry Brown Fires California’s Oil Regulators

Originally Published in the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Jerry Brown continually attempts to portray himself as a “climate leader” and “green Governor” at environmental conferences and photo opportunities across the globe, but new court documents obtained by the Associated Press bolster the claims by many anti-fracking activists that the California Governor is in reality “Big Oil Brown.”

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Californian Frackers Use 197 unique Chemicals

A new report disclosed the state’s oil companies have used carcinogens & chemicals causing reproductive harm. Californian Frackers Use 197 unique Chemicals.

Originally Published on Indybay.org & Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

For the past several years, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), and other oil industry representatives have claimed that fracking is “safe” and causes no environmental harm.

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UK Report Predicts Negative Impacts

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After a long freedom of information battle, Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts has finally been released. After reading it, an energy campaigner with Friends of the Earth said it was no surprise that the government waited until after Lancashire Council rejected two fracking bids before releasing “this explosive report.” While the economic benefits are uncertain, the UK report predicts negative impacts to property values and rural quality of life.
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SB 4: California’s Green Light For Fracking

The ECOreport reposts a response to legislation on the air quality, climate & public safety. Environmentalists respond to SB 4: California’s Green Light For Fracking

Originally Published on Indybay.org & the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Anti-fracking, environmental and watchdog groups responded on July 1 to the release of final fracking regulations developed under Senate Bill 4, pointing out that the rules promote the expansion of fracking in California.
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Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?

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How Fracking Impacts America’s Drinking Water

The ECOreport interviews Amanda Frank, from the from the Centre of Effective Government & Dr Allan Hoffman, former senior analysts with the DOE,  about how fracking impact’s America’s water supply

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 4 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on how fracking impacts America’s drinking water.  Contrary to industry claims, the EPA admits there have been incidents of water contamination and water being withdrawn from areas where there was little water available. The authors stated the number of incidents was small, but also admitted they had limited information from which to draw that conclusion. I reached out for expert opinions from two experts. Neither was impressed by the EPA’s report on how fracking impact’s America’s water supply.

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The Strongest Fracking Rules in America

The ECOrteport interviews Amanda Frank, from the Centre for Effective Government about the strongest Fracking rules in America.

By Roy L Hales

Last summer Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection revealed that in 245 cases it had “determined that a private water supply was impacted by oil and gas activities.” Not too long after that, a joint study from the British Geological Survey and Durham University reported water contamination associated with 6% of Pennsylvania’s gas wells . There have been at least 122 complaints about water contamination in West Virginia. There is, as yet, no fracking in the neighboring state of Maryland, which also sit on the Marcellus Shale. The citizens of this region raised concerns about the impact development would have on “public health, the environment and quality of life.” Governor Martin O’Malley (D) responded with a interim moratorium. Maryland’s Departments of Environment and Natural Resources have been studying fracking operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for over three years. They have just released a report on (p 2 of attached) how fracking “can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment, and natural resources.” These are the strongest Fracking rules in America.

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Two Perspectives on Fracking (Podcast)

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOriginally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM Audio from Wed, Sept 9, 12:00 – 12:30 am. “Two Perspectives on Fracking” Interviews with Dr Allan Hoffman, formerly a senior executive with the DOE, and Eoin Madden of the Wilderness Committee. Continue reading Two Perspectives on Fracking (Podcast)

Fracking’s threat to Water Quality

A Review of the report “Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Framing the Water Issue”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDr Allan Hoffman recently compared the fracking boom to the market for illegal drugs. Regardless of the problems, there is simply too much money to be made. He expects the boom to continue for several decades. Together with Professor EM Gustav Olsson, of Lund University, and Andreas Lindström, of Stockholm International Water Institute, Hoffman has just written a report entitled, “Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Framing the Water Issue.” As the title suggests, the focus is fracking’s threat to water quality.

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Fracking British Columbia (Audio)

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOriginally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM

Audio from Wednesday, July 30, from 10:14 – 10:30 pm: “Fracking British Columbia,” an interview with Eoin Madden of the Wilderness Committee

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