South Africa accused of ignoring shale gas fracking dangers – http://www.platts.com/latest-news/natural-gas/capetown/south-africa-accused-of-ignoring-shale-gas-fracking-26386563
The Climate Risks of an Overreliance on Natural Gas for Electricity – http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/coal-and-other-fossil-fuels/natural-gas-climate-change.html
Shell CEO – 7 Oct 2013
(…) The oil-and-gas exploration and development company, which also operates in the UK North Sea, Ireland and Jordan, said the Black Spruce Exploration site tests will target more favourable locations and equipment is being prepared to start drilling. (…)
Protest in Kent Co. N.B.(Can.) against Southwestern Energy(SWN) shale gas exploration is turning violent and ugly.
Pa. share of shale jobs declines– http://www.shalereporter.com/industry/article_be175c92-0baf-11e3-acd2-001a4bcf6878.html
Power point presentation to the article: Exclusive: Censored EPA PA Fracking Water Contamination Presentation Published for First Time
Chevron and YPF Sign $1.5 Billion Shale Oil Deal – http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/07/16/world/americas/ap-lt-argentina-ypf-chevron.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
Argentina Offers Fiscal Incentives and Strikes Deal with Chevron to Woo Multi-Billion Dollar Investment – http://wp.cedha.net/?p=13646&lang=en
In New Zealand they stop taking milk from farms with oil and gas waste
Secret Trade Deals Promote Fracking, Threaten Future of American Democracy
July 15, 2013
By Mitch Jones
We’ve all seen the results in states across the country of the influence that the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Koch Brothers have amassed. And if you think the results of their agenda to hand more and more power to corporations at your expense are bad, you should really hate the new “trade” deals being negotiated to hand even more power to corporations at our expense.
The Transpacific Partnership (TPP) is being secretly negotiated by 12 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Brunei. The Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) includes the 27 nations of the European Union. Both of these proposed trade agreements threaten U.S. food safety rules, infringe upon public and private land with an increased push for fracking, undermine efforts to develop local food systems and increase the privatization of water systems.
EPA to Allow Consumption of Toxic Fracking Wastewater by Wildlife and Livestock
http://ecowatch.com/2013/epa-fracking-wastewater-agriculture/ (11 July 2013)
Millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals from oil and gas drilling rigs are pumped for consumption by wildlife and livestock with the formal approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to public comments filed yesterday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Contrary to its own regulations, EPA is issuing permits for surface application of drilling wastewater without even identifying the chemicals in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, let alone setting effluent limits for the contaminants contained within them.
Former Mobil VP Warns of Fracking and Climate Change – http://truth-out.org/news/item/17605-former-mobil-vp-warns-of-fracking-and-climate-change
(…) A quiet retirement gets fracked
I retired with no intention of doing anything in the oil or gas industries. [But] about the time we bought this house and started restoration, people that knew I had been in the oil business started saying, what do you think about fracking? I had not been following it at all, and said, ‘What do you mean?’ ” They said, ‘They’re talking about maybe drilling gas wells 100 or 150 feet from the lake.” I said, “That’s crazy. It doesn’t make any sense, I’ll see what I can find out.” (…)
EC: So what’s the solution?
LA: I think we have wasted a lot of time that should have gone into seriously looking into and developing alternative energies. And we need to stop wasting that time and get going on it. But the difficult part is that the industry talks about, well, this is a bridge fuel [that] will carry us until alternatives [are developed] but nobody is building them. It’s not a bridge unless you build the foundations for a bridge on the other side, and nobody’s building it.(…)
Gas prices could fall by a quarter with shale drilling, Government advisers say
The fight for North Dacota ‘s fracking water market – http://news.yahoo.com/insight-fight-north-dakotas-fracking-water-market-040332078.html 20 May 2013
Halliburton accused – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-01/halliburton-schlumberger-accused-in-fracking-price-suit.html (2 August 2013)
A good recap of the debate about methane. (and a lot of usefull links!)
What was new to me was that Ingraffea and Howarth – whose study on shale gas estimated that coal and shale gas have a comparable carbon footprint – have engaged in their own field measurements, using a small airplane. See the highlighted text at the end of this article.
Official says unfounded water complaints can be considered an act of terrorism
Climate Change Fails to Make G8 Agenda, Report Finds 80 Percent of Fossil Fuels Need to Stay in the Ground (17 June)
Cheap shale gas bubble will burst within 2-4 years – http://www.euractiv.com/energy/expert-cheap-shale-gas-bubble-bu-news-519931
12 Reasons The American Energy Boom Is Totally Overrated
Business Insider, May 11, 2013, 6:38 AM
Full articles in FMN 113
Financial Times, June 26, 2013 8:09 pm:
Emerging economies lead switch to renewable energy
Financial Times, June 26, 2013 3:06 pm:
Wind turbines: the weathervane swings
Financial Times, Last updated: June 24, 2013 11:36 pm
Obama’s greenhouse gas plans face court challenges
Financial Times, June 19, 2013 6:51 pm FMN 123
Israel natural gas exports worth $60bn over next 20 years
By John Reed in Jerusalem
The Sedco Express drilling rig above the Tamar gas field in the Mediterranean
Israel’s government on Wednesday said it had reached a long-awaited decision on exports of its offshore natural gas, which it said would bring the country a windfall of $60bn of profits over the next two decades.
Government officials led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that they had decided to reserve 60 per cent of the gas for domestic use. They said this amount would be enough to meet Israel’s gas needs for at least the next 25 years.
The proportion of gas Israel is reserving for its domestic market is slightly higher than the 52 per cent recommended by a government committee charged with devising export policy, which presented its findings last year.
The Israeli government’s decision on the Tzemach committee’s findings had been awaited by investors in the sector, led by Noble Energy of the US and Israel’s Delek. The two companies began pumping gas at the offshore Tamar field earlier this year, and wanted clarity on government’s export guidelines before moving to exploit the larger Leviathan field.
Analysts say that Israel’s Mediterranean gas finds, among the largest of their kind in the world in recent years, have the potential to boost the economy for years to come and could transform the Middle East’s energy map.
Noble and Delek are studying projects around exporting liquefied natural gas or pumping the resource via pipelines to Turkey, Jordan, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and possibly Egypt.
Israel’s government is set to keep 60 per cent of profits from gas exports for itself, it said on Wednesday, in line with its current royalty policy.
Gas from the Tamar field, which for now supplies only the Israeli market, is due to contribute nearly one percentage point to the country’s GDP growth this year.
Mr Netanyahu said he had reached the decision on gas exports in conjunction with Yair Lapid, finance minister, Silvan Shalom, energy and water resources minister, and Stanley Fischer, outgoing governor of the Bank of Israel.
His government said the decision “balances the need to ensure a source of available and affordable energy for the citizens of Israel and the need to export gas from which the state will generate profits to be invested in the welfare and safety of citizens.”
It will be submitted for approval by Mr Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday.
The decision comes in the context of growing resource nationalism in Israel, championed by a new cohort of populist members of parliament that took power after January’s national election.
Earlier this week Mr Lapid announced the establishment of a committee due to examine the royalties paid by private entities profiting from Israel’s natural resources other than gas.
The committee will be headed by Eytan Sheshinski, who headed an earlier committee that advised government on natural gas taxation policy in 2011. Shares in Israel Chemicals, which produces potash fertiliser at the Dead Sea Works, plunged on the news.
B.C. Tap Water Alliance Press Release, June 16, 2013 (English and French)
Contamination of North America’s Groundwater from Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing) Revealed in a New Case History Catalogue
(Stop Fracking British Columbia – http://www.bctwa.org/FrackingBC.html)
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Alberta Energy Regulator given Immunity in Landmark Fracking Suit – http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/10/09/AB-Regulator-Fracking-Suit/
Jessica Ernst is home again
‘Returned home early Tuesday from gorgeous tours of breathtaking beauty of west coast Newfoundland, fantastic weather, a super successful People’s Forum@
Very good information! (and pictures) – http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/the-peoples-forum-on-fracking-presents-environmental-scientist-jessica-ernst
Ernst points to recent revelations about the academic credentials of Louis LaPierre, who has put together multiple reports for New Brunswick about fracking, and was quoted by Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall. It was discovered that LaPierre’s PhD was in education, not science, and he admitted to misrepresenting some of his credentials. Ernst said that’s a perfect example of what the industry is like. ”I think what happened with Dr. LaPierre is exactly what is the problem with hydraulic fracturing – it’s a great big fraud,” she said.
Many thanks to Larysa Dyrszka MD:
Excellent post by chip northrup (huge thanks) and reporting by andrew nikiforuk (huge huge thanks):
my fav quotes in the Nikiforuk article:
Ernst also said that Encana did offer to test her water well, but the gesture resembled a Monty Python sketch.
The new act also introduced what some bureaucrats call the “Ernst Clause”
my fav quote in chip’s piece:
If the First Rule of Frack Club is to not talk about Frack Club, the 2nd rule is to deny you’re a fracker. When someone takes them to court for fracking their water supply – say they’re “stimulators” It sounds better.
Nikiforuk Presents in the Yukon:
Is lone pine using NAFTA to clean up bad finances? http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/lone-pine-resources-company-suing-the-government-of-canada-because-of-quebecs-frac-moratorium-misses-us10-1m-interest-payment-risks-default-on-notes
Vancouver, BC – Alberta-based environmental consultant Jessica Ernst just released the first comprehensive catalogue and summary compendium of facts related to the contamination of North America’s ground water sources resulting from the oil and gas industry’s controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
Based on research collected over many years, the 93-page report, Brief Review of Threats to Groundwater from the Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Migration and Hydraulic Fracturing, looks to be a game-changer document, providing little ‘wriggle room’ for private industry and government spokespeople advocating fracking’s immunity from public concern, criticism andliability.
Ever since the pioneering days of Coalbed Methane fracking experiments in southeast and southwest United States in the late 1970s, and through subsequent and evolving grandiose technical stages of widespread experimenting with fracking in the United States and Canada, the deep-pocketed inter-corporate industry has consistently fought and influenced both government and citizenry by burying the truth about its cumulative impacts to the environment and human health
through confidentiality agreements, threats, half-truths, and deceptions. This catalogue, devoted primarily to the theme of groundwater impacts, helps to shine the light upon a behemoth circus of utter pitch black darkness.
“Jessica Ernst has made a strong case,” notes Will Koop, B.C. Tap Water Alliance Coordinator.
“Her collection provides excellent and technically friendly working tools, enabling the public to draw their own conclusions from the critical information. This is not just an invaluable document for North Americans, but for the world.”
For Website Links to Ernst’s Document Catalogue:
A look at Canada – https://sites.google.com/site/frackingireland/a-look-at-canada
Drillers Silence Fracking Claims With Sealed Settlements – http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-06-06/drillers-silence-u-dot-s-dot-water-complaints-with-sealed-settlements#p1
Comment by Geert
How can oil and gas companies continue to say that there are “zero reported cases of a link between hydraulic fracturing and shale gas” in the US, with all the evidence to the contrary?
The answer is partly in the Bloomberg story below: Mutual non-disclosure agreements between frackers and affected locals.
Or put in easily understandable terms: The energy industry claims there’s no proof fracking hurts the environment, but it turns out they’ve made sure there’s no proof, by paying complainers in exchange for their silence.
Good that mainstream media are starting to report on this issue.
It remains unclear whether such practices would be legal in the EU, under the Aarhus convention, the Access to Information directive and the Environmental Liability Directive.
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
you can find many presentations under:
PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organiza-
tion. Read more about Penn Environment and their work on issues related to Marcellus
Shale on their website
Frack fight, A secret war of activists – http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/11/201211201335445790.html (21 November 2012)
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Josh Fox Talks Fracking and Gasland Part II on The Daily Show
Gasland II Director Josh Fox Responds to President’s Climate Speech “Fracked Gas Isn’t a Bridge Fuel – It’s a Gangplank” (article in Fracking Matters Newsletter 113)
Josh Fox arrested: 2 February 2012http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/house-republicans-order-j_n_1246971.html
Watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnDs1wozj4g
Statement of Sandra Steingraber on the arrest of Josh Fox and the expulsion of The ABC News crew on Feb. 1, 2012
I condemn in the strongest terms the expulsion of an ABC News crew and the arrest of Josh Fox at yesterday’s public hearings in Congress, at the order of Representative Andy Harris of Maryland. I urge everyone, especially my readers and fans in Maryland, to respond with calls to Rep. Harris’s office: 202-225-0254. http://harris.house.gov/.
Rep. Harris defended his actions by claiming that an archived webcast was sufficient substitute for the presence of the press. By this argument, every public government meeting could be closed to everyone. The hearing over which Rep. Harris presided was itself a show of industry-prompted accusation and interrogation over EPA’s findings that fracking in Wyoming had, in fact, contaminated groundwater there. With the media out of room, Rep. Harris went on to characterize the EPA data as “junk science.” Clearly, we the public needed journalists in that room as these accusations were being made, and the U.S. Constitution gives them the unequivocal right to be there.
Even Senator Joseph McCarthy allowed gavel-to-gavel live television cameras to roll while making his own accusations in the infamous hearings that investigated alleged Communist infiltration of the government. It was precisely that televised footage–from ABC News itself–that allowed the public to judge the veracity of Joe McCarthy’s claims and ultimately led to his censure by the Senate in December 1954. Our current understanding of the McCarthy hearings as an example of flagrant abuse of government power comes from the presence of filmmakers in the hearing room.
There is no U.S. state more in need of knowledge about fracking-related water contamination than Maryland, which sits entirely downstream from the gas-rich Marcellus Shale and the Susquehanna River watershed that sits above it. The Susquehanna River provides 45 percent of the fresh water in the Chesapeake Bay. Fracking is public health menace to Marylanders, as recognized by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who announced last May the State of Maryland’s intent to sue Chesapeake Energy Corporation for spilling thousands of gallons of fracking fluid into the upstream waters of a Susquehanna River tributary in Pennsylvania.
Representative Harris’s long-standing and outspoken advocacy of fracking, which is necessarily dependent on the use and release of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals into the environment, makes him unsuitable to preside over an investigation of the EPA’s findings in Wyoming. As a physician, Andy Harris, MD, is required to “first, do no harm.” As a Congressman, Representative Harris is required to uphold the Constitutional right to free speech and free press. He has failed at both.
–Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Department of Environmental Studies, Ithaca College, Feb. 2, 2012.
Interview with Josh Fox-
Fracking and energy prices
Financial Times 30 May 2013
Oil guru says US shale revolution is ‘temporary’
By Ajay Makan and Javier Blas in Vienna
The oil trader known by rivals as “God” predicts the US shale revolution will only “temporarily” boost production and oil prices will remain high, siding with Saudi Arabia and the Opec cartel in a debate gripping the energy market.
Andy Hall, whose lucrative bets on oil prices earned him a $100m salary at Citigroup in the 2000s, told investors that the rapid decline in output suffered by shale wells is “likely [to] mean that the bounty afforded by shale resources is temporary”.
Surging US oil production is casting a long shadow as Opec ministers gather in Vienna for their twice yearly meeting this week. The International Energy Agency forecasts that North America, long Opec’s largest customer, will become a net exporter of oil by 2030, thanks to the flood of new shale production.
The consensus in the industry is that shale resources could push long-term oil prices down, threatening Opec. Dennis Gartman, a pundit followed by many investors, told CNBC this week: “If there were a way to sell Opec short, I would try to find a way to sell Opec short.”
But Saudi Arabia has taken the view that the shale revolution does not endanger the kingdom or Opec. And Mr Hall, who made a fortune betting that long-term oil prices would rise from $18 to $100 during the 2000s, has become the most senior industry executive to agree.
The trader told investors in his $4.5bn Astenbeck hedge fund, which he runs alongside the Phibro commodity trading house, that while output from shale oil wells is initially prolific, production declines rapidly because each well only taps a single pool of rock-trapped oil, rather than an entire reservoir.
In a letter to investors seen by the Financial Times, Mr Hall said that makes it “impossible to maintain production . . . without constant new wells being drilled [which would] require high oil prices”.
“We read almost daily of new oil discoveries and perhaps this leads to complacency among the lay public,” he added.
Mr Hall also revealed a bullish bet on Brent December 2015 oil futures, currently trading at $94.60. “We continue to hold our longer dated [oil] position with conviction,” he said.
“Shale oil and gas boom has been an incredible phenomenon and it would be ridiculous to argue that it is not having a transformational impact on the oil and gas industry,” Mr Hall said. But he immediately warned: “We feel that some of the wilder claims regarding its future prospects need to be tempered.”
Opec ministers are set to devote a large portion of their Vienna meeting on Friday to the impact of the US shale boom. While the rise in shale production is not hurting Saudi Arabia and its fellow Gulf states, other Opec members such as Nigeria and Angola have seen sharp declines in exports to the US.
The cartel is nonetheless set to keep its production target level unchanged at 30m b/d, Opec delegates said on Wednesday. With oil prices hovering above $100 a barrel, even the most hawkish members of the group, which pumps roughly 40 per cent of the world’s oil, have so far refrained from calling for output cuts.
“As long as demand continues to grow fast enough to absorb shale output and prices stay around $100 a barrel, Opec does not need to worry,” one delegate said.
New Mexico county first in nation to ban fracking to safeguard water – http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fracking-ban-20130529,0,4631146.story
Scientists warn – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/24/scientists-warn-that-earth-faces-severe-water-shortages-within-a-generation/ (24 May)
FRACKING AND BEER
Fracking and Beer
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FRACKING AND BEER – ALL IN ONE, thanks to Jessica
US Breweries go to War against Fracking Industry
EU Energy Policy: Why We Must Fight Oettinger
The European Council on May 22 focused on European energy policy. While its conclusions were not as exclusively concerned with cheap energy as some lobbies and observers wanted to make us believe, the discussion clearly shows how strong conservative lobbies push to bring coal, shale gas and nuclear technologies back into the game, EGP Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer says.
EPA Pushes Back Fracking Impact Study to 2016 – http://ecowatch.com/2013/epa-pushes-back-fracking-impact-study-2016/
During Record Drought, Frackers Outcompete Farmers for Water Supplies
Halliburton and ALEC Push Industry-Friendly Fracking Legislation in North Carolina
– http://ecowatch.com/2013/halliburton-alec-push-fracking-legislation-north-carolina/ (27 June 2013)
The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stone!
Fracking hell! – http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/roundup/articles/2013/06/21/401401-fracking-hell/
(…)People of Fermanagh, you and your beautiful county will essentially be used as one massive guinea pig and you were never even given a choice. These decisions at government level in the UK and In the Republic could never be taken without input and consultation with the Health ministry and the Environmental ministry. The reasons they have delayed drilling until better evidence is available are totally environment and health based. Due to the fractured nature of inter-departmental structure at Stormont however these two departments in Northern Ireland don’t have to be and never have been consulted about fracking in Fermanagh. The decision is being taken by the Department of Enterprise Trade and (…)
Pro fracking movie gets 22 $k in two days on kick start
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/13/2639104/pro-fracking-movie-gets-22k-in.html (13 Febr. 2012)
Financial times Southern chief warns over shale gas by Ed Crooks, New York
(2 October 2011)
Financial times: EU oil sands ruling set to irk Canada by Joshua Chaffin in Brussels
(4 October 2011)
Financial times: Financial Times- repsol announces big shale oil find in Argentina word. doc By Victor Mallet in Madrid and Sylvia Pfeifer in London (7 November 2011)
Financial Times- repsol announces big shale oil find in Argentina pdf
Financial times: US shale gas bonanza by Ed Crooks(5 October 2011)
Shale Gas committee to be transparant – http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Shale+committee+transparent/5626077/story.html (29 October 2011)
New waterless fracking method avoid pollution problems –http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/06/idUS375448304420111106 (6 November 2011)
Drilling threatens water – http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/AG-says-drilling-threatens-water-2259399.php
Fracturing natural gas wells requires hundreds of tons of chemical liquids
www.ohio.com/news/local-news/fracturing-natural-gas-wells-requires-hundreds-of-tons-of-chemical-liquids-1.264478 (12 February 2012)
US government confirms link between earthquakes and HF http://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/U.S.-Government-Confirms-Link-Between-Earthquakes-and-Hydraulic-Fracturing.html
Gore and Blood liken CO2 to subprime debt –
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-16/gore-likens-carbon-to-subprime-debt-in-plan-to-repair-capitalism.html ( 21 February 2012)
Gore and Blood liken CO2 to subprime debt –
EPA doubts its own anti fracking study –
http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/03/12/epa-doubts-its-own-anti-fracking-study-while-ohio-determines-fracking-did-not-spawn-earthquake-swarm/ (3 Dec 2012)
Fracking company Encana suspected of contaminating ground water at Pavillion Wyoming, takes control of investigation, EPA refuses to finalize study blaming fracking for water pollution
Ohio injection well operator loses state appeal
US Department of Energy’s Crusade Against Leaks of a Potent GreenhouseGas Yields Results – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/us/department-of-energys-crusade-against-leaks-of-a-potent-greenhouse-gas-yields-results.html
Methane leaks could negate climate benefits of US natural gas boom: report
Reduction in carbon emissions triggered by America’s shift from coal to gas is being offset by a sharp rise in methane http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/04/methane-leaks-negate-climate-benefits-gas
A transatlantic corporate bill of rights – corporate-bill-of-rights pdf doc