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The Natural Gas Bubble | Thomas Hedges, Truthdig

By Thomas Hedges The natural gas industry is waging an aggressive public relations campaign to bolster investor confidence, despite evidence showing that shale gas is an unreliable resource and that the production process releases large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. Although hydraulic fracturing or fracking is in the media’s hot seat, the prospect of a drilling bubble coupled with ...

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U.S. Energy Insecurity: Why Fracking for Oil and Natural Gas Is a False Solution | Food & Water Watch

Promoters of modern drilling and fracking celebrate the industry’s newfound ability to extract oil and natural gas from shale and other tight rock formations, calling it an energy “revolution,” a “paradigm-shifter,” a “rebirth” and a “game changer.” One recent report claims that North America might soon become “the new Middle East,” a net exporter of oil and natural gas. In ...

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Fracking Our Food Supply | The Nation

In Pennsylvania, the oil and gas industry is already on a tear—drilling thousands of feet into ancient seabeds, then repeatedly fracturing (or “fracking”) these wells with millions of gallons of highly pressurized, chemically laced water, which shatters the surrounding shale and releases fossil fuels. New York, meanwhile, is on its own natural-resource tear, with hundreds of newly opened breweries, wineries, ...

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How cheap energy from shale will reshape America’s role in the world | The Guardian

The US is the home to vast shale oil and gas deposits made commercially viable by improvements to a 200-year-old technique called fracking and by the relentlessly high cost of crude. Exploitation of fields in Appalachian states such as West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and further west in North Dakota, have transformed the US’s energy outlook pretty much overnight. For more ...

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Lorca earthquake ’caused by groundwater extraction’ | BBC News

Scientists studying the fault beneath the Spanish city of Lorca say that groundwater removal may be implicated in a deadly 2011 earthquake there. Detailed surface maps from satellite studies allowed them to infer which parts of the ground moved where. They report in Nature Geoscience that those shifts correlate with locations where water has been drained for years. The study ...

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After Summer of Solidarity climate actions, push begins for an Autumn of Unity | Waging Nonviolence

A hard rain was falling on Monday night as Occupy the Pipeline activists spread out along New York’s Hudson River Park, in front of the site where workers in orange day-glow vests have been laboring around the clock on the New Jersey-New York Expansion Project. Known colloquially by the name of its builder, Spectra Energy, the Spectra Pipeline will pump ...

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Pennsylvania Fracking Law Opens Up Drilling on College Campuses | Mother Jones

The state’s latest grab for Marcellus Shale money could turn some colleges into industrial zones. —By Sydney Brownstone Last year, when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett suggested offsetting college tuition fees by leasing parts of state-owned college campuses to natural gas drillers, more than a few Pennsylvanians were left blinking and rubbing their eyes. But it was no idle threat: After ...

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New Study Supports Water Contamination Due to Fracking | USGS, Common Dreams

U.S. Geological Survey Verifies EPA Findings in Pavillion, WY PAVILLION, WY – October 3 – An independent analysis of new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) water monitoring data verifies a 2011 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation into whether hydraulic fracturing contaminated the Wind River aquifer near Pavillion, Wyoming – an important groundwater source that provides water to thousands of Wyoming residents ...

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Protect Arches and Canyonlands from fracking | CREDO

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is on the verge of opening over 80,000 acres of land just miles from Arches and Canyonlands national parks to the dangerous new method of oil and gas drilling called fracking. Despite the clear danger to these precious national treasures, and serious concerns over nearby Moab’s drinking water, BLM is moving forward with a ...

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