Campaign Against Climate Science

Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science
February 15, 2012 – New York Times
by Justin Gillis and Leslie Kaufman

Leaked documents suggest that an organization known for attacking climate science is planning a new push to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools, the latest indication that climate change is becoming a part of the nation’s culture wars.

The documents, from a nonprofit organization in Chicago called the Heartland Institute, outline plans to promote a curriculum that would cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet. “Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective,” one document said.

While the documents offer a rare glimpse of the internal thinking motivating the campaign against climate science, defenders of science education were preparing for battle even before the leak. Efforts to undermine climate-science instruction are beginning to spread across the country, they said, and they fear a long fight similar to that over the teaching of evolution in public schools…..

Industry Influence Squelches Science of Gas Drilling Impacts

A case study in how industry influence squelches the science of gas drilling impacts
February 9, 2012, Earthworks Blog
By Judy Jordan

Garfield County Oil and Gas Boom 2000-2009
In 2007, Garfield County was the most heavily drilled county in Colorado and was one of the most heavily drilled areas in the entire Rocky Mountain region.  With some 2000 wells permitted per year, by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the area was a flurry of heavy trucks, dust, and conflict.

In addition to the usual beefs between surface owners and industry, which are proliferating throughout the shale plays today, Garfield County had seen one of the country’s first publicized cases of water contamination resulting from oil and gas activities….

Natural Gas and the News

Most messages on fracking ‘brought to you by our sponsors’ 
Extra!, FAIR – Fairness & Accuracy in Reportiing, February 2012
By Miranda Spencer

When it comes to natural gas extraction via “fracking,” TV journalism has some serious competition: energy industry commercials.

Like ads for political candidates that run concurrently with broadcast news coverage of the presidential race, ads promoting natural gas (and other fossil fuels) have long been running in concert with news segments about the topic, most recently touting the prospect of a “boom” made possible by the controversial extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing of the shale sprawling beneath more than 30 U.S. states.

During the past three years, Extra! found, there has been exponentially more propaganda for the wonders of natural gas on our screens each night than theoretically objective news segments about natural-gas extraction…

Millions spent in Albany Fight to Drill for Gas

Millions Spent in Albany Fight to Drill for Gas
November 25, 2011 – New York Times
By Thomas Kaplan

ALBANY — Energy companies have been pouring millions of dollars into television advertising, lobbying and campaign contributions as the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo enters the final phase of deciding when and where to allow a controversial form of natural gas extraction that is hotly opposed by environmental groups.

Companies that drill for natural gas have spent more than $3.2 million lobbying state government since the beginning of last year, according to a review of public records. The broader natural gas industry has been giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaign accounts of lawmakers and the governor. And national energy companies are heavily advertising in an effort to persuade the public that the extraction method, commonly known as hydrofracking, is safe and economically beneficial.

Environmental groups, with far less money at their disposal, are mounting a more homespun campaign as they warn that hydrofracking — a process in which water mixed with sand and chemicals is injected deep into the ground to break up rock formations and release natural gas — could taint the water supply and wreak untold environmental ruin….

 

New Report by Agency Lowers Estimates of Natural Gas in U.S.

New Report by Agency Lowers Estimates of Natural Gas in U.S.
New York Times, January 28, 2012
By IAN URBINA

WASHINGTON — Just how much natural gas is trapped underground in the United States?

The difficulty and uncertainty in predicting natural gas resources was underscored last week when the Energy Information Administration released a report containing sharply lower estimates.

The agency estimated that there are 482 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the United States, down from the 2011 estimate of 827 trillion cubic feet — a drop of more than 40 percent. The report also said the Marcellus region, a rock formation under parts of New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, contained 141 trillion cubic feet of gas. That represents a 66 percent drop from the 410 trillion cubic feet estimate offered in the agency’s last report.

Group Says Fracking Proposal Deficient

North Country Gazette
January 10, 2012

NEW YORK—Catskill Mountainkeeper,Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Riverkeeper, Inc. have announced that, after extensive evaluation and technical expert review, they have concluded that the state must go back and revisit significant aspects of its revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (RDSGEIS) before fracking can move forward.  Click here for the full press release.

PHISH PARTNERS WITH MOUNTAINKEEPER

Phish pitched in it’s support for Catskill Mountainkeeper over the Memorial Day weekend, using their concerts at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to help support our environmental goals. Money raised from fan donations, items autographed by the band and the sale of featured merchandise will help support our efforts to enhance the natural, economic and community health of our region. Continue reading

August 8, 2011, Saugerties Times: Environmental groups don’t think fracking can be done safely

“We’re going to do this safely,” stated Joe Martens, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as he announced the July 8 issuing of the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Study (dSGEIS) that outlines the proposed permitting conditions for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) of horizontal natural gas wells in the state. Included is a ban on drilling in the New York City watershed, of which most of Ulster County is a part. Continue reading

Industry giant to invest $1 billion in natural gas; question remain about true profits

Industry giant to invest $1 billion in natural gas; question remain about true profits

(WAMC)As oil and gas companies wait to find out how much access they’ll have in New York to natural gas resources, there are indications of how businesses in the industry are faring, and how willing they are to invest. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Greg Fry reports… Continue reading