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FT articles

Shale boom brings its own set of challenges shale boom (word doc)  8 June 2014

Canada’s changing landscape keeps oil sands industry on its toesCanada’s changing landscape keeps oil sands industry on its toes   (word doc)  8 June 2014


FOLLOW THE MONEY

Follow the money

http://desmogblog.com/2014/03/26/follow-the-money-3-energy-export-congressional-hearings-no-climate-change-discussion


Desmond Tutu wrote a piece last week in the Guardian supporting it, and
now religious groups are calling on Pope Francis to support divestment
too:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/10/desmond-tutu-anti-apartheid-styleboycott-fossil-fuel-industry

pope

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/16/pope-francis-back-fossil-fuel-divestment-campaign-religions-groups

 

fracking waste water
http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/10/greenhunter-barge-fracking-wastewater/

ny ban

Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking – http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/24534-court-rules-that-new-york-towns-can-ban-fracking

SANDRA STEINGRABER

Fracking is a public health disaster. The US and Europe should say ‘No!’
sandra steingraber health

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/fracking-public-health-disaster-us-and-europe-should-say-no-302741 Continue reading →

http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/06/13/sandra-steingraber-in-brussels/


fracking file

Overview of fracking – fracking fileshttp://newint.org/  
the_fracking_files
Magazine
issue 468

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smog blog

Fracking, the new way to do missionary workhttp://www.blacklistednews.com/%22VP_Joe_Biden_Promotes_U.S._as_Fracking_Missionary_Force_On_Ukraine_Trip%22/34699/0/38/38/Y/M.html

breaking

http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/02/hundreds-arrested-protesting-keystone-xl/

Plan Shows Regulatory Agency and Fracking Industry in Cahoots to Promote Drilling in State Parks
ecowatch.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=214ab5fbb3f6015d74ffab4ec&id=8da74f699c&e=2de0b0037f

health officerHealth officer rejects joining shale gas advisory group
Dr. Eilish Cleary says Energy Institute’s scientific focus not a good fit with her health impact work
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/health-officer-rejects-joining-shale-gas-advisory-group-1.2542318

California’s fracking opponents introduce new moratorium bill – http://www.businessinsider.com/r-californias-fracking-opponents-introduce-new-moratorium-bill-2014-21

ALEC’s Fracking Chemical Disclosure Billhttp://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/20/alecs-fracking-chemical-disclosure-bill/

Fracking with Acid: Unknown Quantities Injected in Texas
http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/02/12/fracking-with-acid/

Stunning photo’s.
Fracking hell? Photo series follows families who say their lives and communities have been destroyed by the industry
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2560235/Stunning-photos-impact-fracking-small-rural-Pennsylvania-communities.html

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2560235/Stunning-photos-impact-fracking-small-rural-Pennsylvania-communities.html#ixzz2u3Cj05nQ

International campaigner reports:
Just a couple of days ago a well blew up in Greene County, see:
http://m.wtae.com/news/explosion-reported-at-gas-well-in-greene-county/24407710
On the bottom of the article a worker suggest that a propane truck blew up that shouldn’t have been there. Suspicion is that they might have been fracking with propane, but I’m not saying they were. (FEB. 2014)
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Experts call for global overhaul of industrial chemical regulations
In a Review published in The Lancet Neurology, two of the world’s leading experts on the link between environment and children’s health are sounding the alarm on the dangers of industrial chemicals.

Explosion causes fire at Chevron natural gas well in Pennsylvania
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/11/us-usa-explosion-chevron-idUSBREA1A1UD20140211?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/02/11/officials-investigating-cause-of-fire-at-greene-co-gas-well/
http://www.wtrf.com/story/24691233/gas-well-explosion-reported-in-southwest-pa

http://novinite.bg/articles/63711
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VICTORY! Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says It’s Unconstitutional For Gas Companies To Frack Wherever They Want; Act 13, Gas Industry Takeover Law thrown out by State’s Highest Court
http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/victory-pennsylvania-supreme-court-says-its-unconstitutional-for-gas-companies-to-frack-wherever-they-want-act-13-gas-industry-takeover-law-thrown-out-by-states-highest-court
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Martin Sheen’s Breakthrough documentary series examines fracking. This was aired on public TV in USA in Dec ’13.
Breakthroughs Takes on Fracking
http://www.environmentamerica.org/news/ame/breakthroughs-takes-fracking
Environment America Featured in Martin Sheen Exposé on Dirty Drilling Released to Public Television Stations in 50 States
For Immediate Release
Monday, December 2, 2013
New York, NY — This week, Martin Sheen’s Breakthroughs program released an expose on fracking featuring Environment America to public television stations across the country. As the debate over dirty drilling continues to mount, the Breakthroughs piece could reach as many as 60 million viewers in all 50 states.
“Fracking is taking a terrible toll on our environment and our health,” said John Rumpler, senior attorney for Environment America. “People should see and hear the truth before they find themselves living next door to dirty drilling.”


 

big lie
For the past few years, oil and natural gas from shale have been touted as the saviors for the U.S. to break its dependence on foreign oil.
The media… financial bobbleheads on TV… and even well-respected financial publications have been bragging about the United States becoming “energy independent” in the next few years.
But there’s just one problem…
The shale boom is all ONE BIG LIE

Read further here :)
http://openinboxexperiment.com/warning-u-s-shale-boom-is-one-big-lie/152179


wells

Fracking wellshttp://climatecrocks.com/2014/01/04/fracking-wells-abandoned-in-boombust-cycle-who-will-pay-to-cap-them/


Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says It’s Unconstitutional For Gas Companies to Frack Wherever They Want- http://www.alternet.org/fracking/pennsylvania-supreme-court-says-its-unconstitutional-gas-companies-frack-wherever-they-want
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s what the industry has been doing for years.

(…) Some major parts of Pennsylvania’s two-year-old Marcellus Shale drilling law are unconstitutional, the state’s Supreme Court decided Thursday.

EPA Unlikely To Pursue Fracking Contamination Cases Anytime Soon, Analysts Sayhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/epa-fracking-contamination_n_4544961.html


California
Environmentalists and activists pleaded Monday for state officials to protect California’s air, land and water from the fires of fracking at a public hearing to take comments about proposed statewide rules governing the controversial drilling method.

About 30 activists rallied before Monday’s hearing, denouncing the oil and gas industry, criticizing state officials and agencies and repeating one message: ban fracking. Now.
“We’re the majority. We want fracking banned and 2014 is going to be our year,” said Alex Nagy, a Southern California organizer for Food & Water Watch, an environmental group that organized the pre-meeting rally.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fracking-596220-oil-water.html

Fracking Moratorium urged by California Lawmakers
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/01/06/3407291/fracking-moratorium-urged-by-california.html


US
Inspector General Finds EPA Justified in Intervening to Protect Drinking Water from Fracking  http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/24/epa-drinking-water-fracking/

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What’s Missing from Canada’s Fracking Debate?
This is a long read. Because the current ‘debate’ leaves out so much.
By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Jul 2014, TheTyee.ca
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/07/02/What-is-Missing-from-Fracking-Debate/

Jessica

http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/alberta-moves-to-strike-down-ernsts-fracking-lawsuit-landmark-case-could-spark-a-flood-of-litigation-against-the-province-lawyer-argues

FRACK FIGHT IN LETHBRIDGEhttp://www.thetyee.ca/News/2014/02/06/Fracking-Foe-Appeals/

In Lethbridge, citizens, city council and a school board are now battling plans by Goldenkey Oil Inc. to drill and frack within city limits on the west side.
Though the Alberta Energy Regulator has no ground rules to control urban drilling, Goldenkey holds mineral rights to 23 square-kilometres under the city, where more than 10,000 people live.

Hundreds of citizens concerned about the impacts of fracking, including water consumption, air pollution and property devaluation, have protested in the streets, running a full page advertisement in the Lethbridge Herald demanding a moratorium on urban drilling.

“This is a government that is speeding out of control on fracking. Meantime, the province is actually considering a proposal to frack within a kilometre of homes, schools and businesses in West Lethbridge.
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Farmer Jeff Locker and his wife considering suing Encana Corp, preferring judge and jury over Wyoming state and regulator officials; three state reports on Encana and water contamination delayed to 2014
http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/farmer-jeff-locker-and-his-wife-considering-suing-encana-corp-preferring-judge-and-jury-over-wyoming-state-and-regulator-officials-three-state-reports-on-encana-and-water-contamination-delayed-to-20

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NIKIFORUK: Fracking Fighter Jessica Ernst Appeals Court Ruling
http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2013/12/21/Fracking-Fighter-Court-Appeal/
my post (includes schedule of filings) of Nikiforuk’s excellent article (thank you Andrew~): http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/jessica-ernst-appeals-court-ruling-hearing-set-for-may-8-2013-oil-patch-consultant-challenges-decision-granting-alberta-energy-regulator-previously-ercb-immunity-from-damage-claims

December 10, 2013: Notice of Appeal to the Court of Appeal filed and served on the defendants.
Updates/changes will be posted to: http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/the-lawsu

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TAMBORAN got fracking license in Botswanahttp://firstpeoples.org/wp/fracking-licenses-issued-in-botswana/
In November 2013, the government of Botswana confirmed that hydraulic fracturing is taking place in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).  The concessions were issued to companies, including Tamboran Resources and Debswana (a joint venture between the government and De Beers), without the knowledge or consent of the San (also known as the Bushmen), who have inhabited the CKGR for thousands of years


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Ukraine, Chevron to sign shale gas project agreement in March: minister

http://www.platts.com/latest-news/natural-gas/kiev/ukraine-chevron-to-sign-shale-gas-project-agreement-26675319

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Australian Doctors Have Raised A Health Red Flag Over Coal Seam Gas Developments
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/australian-doctors-have-raised-a-health-red-flag-over-coal-seam-gas-developments-2014-3

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congo
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/british-oil-company-soco-agrees-to-cease-operations-in-congos-virunga-national-park-9523892.html

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2349384/soco-halts-oil-exploration-in-africas-virunga-national-park

“The company, which operates in Angola and Vietnam, caused international outrage when it was given permission to conduct seismic testing in Africa’s oldest and most diverse national park,…

The decision to pull out of Virunga national park follows legal mediation in London last week with WWF, but Soco is believed to have ultimately bowed to pressure from the British government, Unesco and high-profile individuals including Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and US financier Howard Buffett.”