January 19, 2015 | Filed under: News | Posted by: The Daily Freeman
KINGSTON -- The state Public Service Commission will hold a public information session Feb. 4 about a proposed overhaul of regulations governing electricity production and distribution....
New York Times
By ANTHONY R. INGRAFFEA
Published: July 28, 2013
Cornell University professor Anthony R. Ingraffea makes the case why gas is not a bridge fuel to anywhere.
ITHACA, N.Y. — MANY concerned about climate change
, including President Obama, have embraced hydraulic fracturing for natural gas
. In his recent climate speech, the president went so far as to lump gas with renewables as “clean energy.”
New York Times, August 28, 2012
Op Ed Article by Sean Lennon
On the northern tip of Delaware County, N.Y., where the Catskill Mountains curl up into little kitten hills, and Ouleout Creek slithers north into the Susquehanna River, there is a farm my parents bought before I was born. My earliest memories there are of skipping stones with my father and drinking unpasteurized milk. There are bald eagles and majestic pines, honeybees and raspberries. My mother even planted a ring of white birch trees around the property for protection.
A few months ago I was asked by a neighbor near our farm to attend a town meeting at the local high school. Some gas companies at the meeting were trying very hard to sell us on a plan to tear through our wilderness and make room for a new pipeline: infrastructure for hydraulic fracturing. Most of the residents at the meeting, many of them organic farmers, were openly defiant. The gas companies didn’t seem to care. They gave us the feeling that whether we liked it or not, they were going to fracture our little town. For the full article, click here....
New York regulators granted natural gas industry representatives exclusive access to shale gas drilling regulations as early as six weeks before they were made public, according to documents obtained by Environmental Working Group (EWG) through requests filed under the New York State Freedom of Information Law.
In at least one instance, a representative of Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., one of the nation’s most powerful drilling companies, used this exclusive access to try to weaken rules restricting discharges of radioactive wastewater... click here to read the full story.
NPR, May 16, 2012
A proposed study of people in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve a national debate about whether the natural gas boom is making people sick. The study would look at detailed health histories on hundreds of thousands of people who live near the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation in which energy companies have already drilled about 5,000 natural gas wells. If the study goes forward, it would be the first large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment of the health effects of gas production. Read More.....
New York Times, May 2, 2012
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Scientists are observing with increasing alarm that some very common hormone-mimicking chemicals can have grotesque effects.
A widely used herbicide acts as a female hormone and feminizes male animals in the wild. Thus male frogs can have female organs
, and some male fish actually produce eggs. In a Florida lake contaminated by these chemicals, male alligators have tiny penises. READ MORE.....
New York Times, April 26, 2012
By Clifford Krauss
There is a growing chorus of criticism about the risk-taking management style and compensation of Aubrey K. McClendon, Chesapeake Energy
’s audacious chairman and chief executive. On Thursday Chesapeake announced that it was phasing out his contentious compensation plan that allowed him to borrow heavily, with loans currently of $846 million, to finance his participation in an unusual compensation plan that allowed him to invest alongside Chesapeake in every well that it drilled, sharing in both the profits and the expenses. READ MORE....
New York Times – April 18, 2012
U.S. Caps Emissions in Drilling for Fuel
WASHINGTON — Oil and gas companies will have to capture toxic and climate-altering gases from wells, storage sites and pipelines under new air quality standards
issued on Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency
The rule is the first federal effort to address serious air pollution associated with the natural gas
drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which releases toxic and cancer-causing chemicals like benzene and hexane, as well as methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
The standards were proposed last summer in response to complaints from citizens and environmental groups that gases escaping from the 13,000 wells drilled each year by fracking were causing health problems and widespread air pollution….
Texas Drought Cost $2 Billion More than Previously Thought
March 21, 2012, Huffington Post
HOUSTON -- Agriculture officials say losses from Texas' historic drought are more than $2 billion more than previously thought.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service now estimates crop and livestock losses at $7.62 billion for 2011. The extension service's preliminary estimate of $5.2 billion in August already topped the previous record of $4.1 billion in 2006.
Extension service spokesman Blair Fannin gave The Associated Press the data on losses Wednesday before it was publicly released.
Texas has a long history of drought. Since 1998, it has cost the state's agriculture industry more than $14 billion.
2011 was the driest year in state history.