Nearly 40 years ago, when the first oil price shock from the Middle East and OPEC disrupted the American economy, North Carolina and Appalachia briefly became an oil and gas frontier. Following geological investigations, Chevron drilled an exploratory well in the Deep River Basin beneath Lee County, N.C. Oil was discovered at 5,000 feet, but it contained excessive paraffin and Chevron plugged the well.
It remains there today as a new natural gas and oil technology has emerged: the… Continue
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SOCORRO, N.M. January 10, 2012 – As oil companies deploy hundreds of wells in northeast Pennsylvania to tap into the lucrative “shale gas” deposits, many are weighing the environmental impacts, the economic outlook and the regulatory climate related to the latest bonanza in domestic natural gas production.
Now, the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy – a research wing of New Mexico Tech – is taking the lead in framing the debate on these hot-button issues. The Center and the Economic… Continue
Added by Fine Helen on January 10, 2012 at 4:39pm —
January 12-13, 2012, Lea County Event Center, Hobbs, NM, EnergyPlex Conference Series 2012
HOBBS, N.M., Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 12 and 13, the Economic Development Corporation of Lea County and the New Mexico Tech University's New Mexico Center for Energy Policy will kick… Continue
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LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- European oil giant BP returns to the Gulf of Mexico as the largest shareholder in the first offshore drilling project given the green light after last year's spill.
U.S. authorities approved a request by Houston's Noble Energy to resume… Continue
Added by Solar Man on March 2, 2011 at 12:51pm —
More than 15 months after natural gas drilling contaminated  drinking water in Dimock, Pa., state officials are ordering the company Continue
responsible -- Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas -- to permanently shut
down some of its wells, pay nearly a quarter million dollars in fines,
and permanently provide drinking water to 14 affected…
Added by Scott Baker on April 16, 2010 at 5:28pm —
Hundreds of pages of documents obtained by The News under federal and state open-records laws, plus other reports and studies, reveal a
pattern of emissions of toxic compounds, often including
cancer-causing benzene, from Barnett Shale facilities.
More than 90 percent of the gas-processing plants, compressor stations and wells that agencies have examined with leak-detecting infrared cameras since 2007 were… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on April 12, 2010 at 12:20pm —
Two of the largest companies involved in natural gas drilling have
acknowledged pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel-based
fluids into the ground in the process of hydraulic
, raising further
concerns that existing state and federal regulations don't adequately
protect drinking water from drilling.
Rep. Henry A.… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on April 12, 2010 at 12:11pm —
Will the EPA get it right this time? An ambitious new study of fracking may finally provide some answer, but THREE YEARS?! Why not 6 months?http://www.propublica.org/feature/broad-scope-of-epas-fracturing-study-raises-ire-of-gas-industry
Added by Scott Baker on April 7, 2010 at 5:16pm —
Before we all jump on the Nat Gas Bandwagon, we had better listen to the actual experiences of people who have experienced drilling first hand. We ignore these at our peril.http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/Natural-Gas-Boom-to-Underc-by-Todd-Darling-100310-922.html
Added by Scott Baker on March 11, 2010 at 11:52am —
For more than a decade the energy industry has steadfastly argued before courts, Congress and the public that the federal law protecting drinking water should not be applied to hydraulic fracturing , the industrial process that is essential to extracting the nation's vast natural gas reserves. In 2005 Congress, persuaded, passed a law prohibiting such regulation.
Now an important part of that argument -- that most of the millions of gallons of toxic chemicals that drillers inject… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on December 27, 2009 at 10:14pm —
As environmental concerns threaten to derail natural gas drilling projects across the country, the energy industry has developed innovative ways to make it easier to exploit the nation's reserves without polluting air and drinking water.
Energy companies have figured out how to drill wells with fewer toxic chemicals, enclose wastewater so it can't contaminate streams and groundwater, and sharply curb emissions from everything from truck traffic to leaky gas well valves. Some of their… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on December 15, 2009 at 3:32am —
Well, I've had it. As anyone who has followed my history with the Pickens' Plan knows, I was originally an enthusiastic supporter of NG drilling and weaning us off foreign oil. But the unique (to this country) dangers of fracking to get NG out of the ground compel me to come out against
this aspect of the Pickens' Plan. There is simply too much evidence of damage to watersheds; fantastic volumes of water needed, beyond what watersheds, often in drought areas can provide; and grossly… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on October 9, 2009 at 3:09am —
Ready or not, here comes the drill! NY State just issued guidelines to natural gas drilling in New York State. These do NOT prohibit drilling near the vulnerable Catskill Watershed - home to 90% of New York City's water, all of it UNFILTERED. Will we wake up one morning to the smell of natural gas in our taps and showers? This is what has happened all over the country, though never on such a catastrophic scale as it would be if New York's watershed were to be contaminated. Remediation would be… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on October 1, 2009 at 9:56am —
All is not quiet on the Marcellus Front...
After three chemical spills  in the past nine days, and following a history of environmental problems over the last year , Pennsylvania officials have ordered Cabot Oil and Gas, one of the most active natural gas companies in the state, to stop its hydraulic fracturing operations in Susquehanna County pending an intensive review.
"The department took this action because of our concern about Cabot's current fracking… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 25, 2009 at 8:31pm —
As you can see below, there is another army - one concerned with preserving our drinking water, rather than adding irresponsibly to our already over-stocked supply of Natural Gas (Natural Gas is at a multi-year low in price).
At the Frying Pan, Pier 66 @ 26th Street & Hudson River Park, NYC
Featured Musical Artists:
Vanessa Bley, Ayler Young and the Reason, and Black Taxi
Special Guest: Manhattan Borough President Scott… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 24, 2009 at 4:36am —
"Pennsylvania environment officials are racing to clean up as much as 8,000 gallons of dangerous drilling fluids after a series of spills at a natural gas production site near the town of Dimock late last week...The incident is the latest in a series of environmental problems  connected to Cabot’s drilling in the Dimock area. Last winter drinking water in several area homes  was found to contain metals and methane gas that state officials determined leaked… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 21, 2009 at 6:31pm —
Anyone who cares as much for our environment as for getting off foreign oil, needs to support the FRAC Act. See below. This may not be enough - we still need an EPA with teeth to investigate and even shut down NG drilling if they are polluting ground water, and charge the offenders with cleaning it up and with meaningful fines.
Casey, House Members Introduce Companion Bills To Protect Drinking Water from Natural Gas Fracking
American Public Deserves to Know Chemicals Used… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 6, 2009 at 4:28am —
"Federal environment officials investigating drinking water contamination  near the ranching town of Pavillion, Wyo., have found that at least three water wells contain a chemical used in the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing. Scientists also found traces of other contaminants, including oil, gas or metals, in 11 of 39 wells tested there since March.
The study, which is being conducted under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, is the first… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 4, 2009 at 2:45am —