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Is There Schizophrenia About Fracking?

Posted in Climate Change, Hydraulic Fracturing

Schizophrenia : A mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by impaired emotional responses. Common symptoms include delusions, such as paranoid beliefs; hallucinations and disorganized thinking. Somebody is crazy, or at least very, very wrong, about the hydraulic fracturing debate. Earthquakes and Fracking In the controversy over “frackquakes”, brave small-town citizens are standing up to the rapacious oil… Continue Reading

Technology Will Silence the Critics of Drilling

Posted in Climate Change, Hydraulic Fracturing

Technology and innovation will resolve the issues, real and imagined, that confront hydraulic fracturing. I arrive at that opinion because of history: Before 1914, France had three dozen airplanes, more than all other air forces in the world put together. Germany, Britain, Italy, Russia, Japan and Austria all had no more than four planes each… Continue Reading

Gasland II, Rebuked

Posted in Energy Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing

Gasland II made its villainous debut this week on HBO.  It‘s more egregious than the first in that it not only repeats disproven scenarios, but adds new ones that are equally misinformed. I complain about these injustices as a hobby, so don’t take my word for it. Listen to someone who makes a living understanding and explaining these matters.       Steve Everley of Energy in… Continue Reading

How Much Water Does Fracking Shale Gas Consume, and Where?

Posted in Environmental Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing

Jesse Jenkins of the Energy Collective ponders the question. He reports as follows: According to the US Energy Information Administration 27,000 new gas wells were completed in the U.S. in 2011, many of which were horizontal wells implementing hydraulic fracturing. Each well consumes 5 million gallons of water per well for fracking and completion. He… Continue Reading

A Look at Two Approaches to Oil and Gas Regulation

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing

This is a tale of two regulatory schemes. First, there is the federal way, and I’m not making this up: In my last post we learned that if the BLM, when preparing its PRMP/FEIS (which in some incomprehensible way is different from a PRMP/EIS, but which nevertheless includes an RFD) which is issued by an EA and adopted… Continue Reading

Fracking Stymied on Federal Lands in California

Posted in Environmental Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing

In an opinion with as many acronyms as the Dallas Cowboys have draft-pick detractors, a California federal court in Center For Biological Diversity v. Bureau of Land Management, held that the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act in its assessment of oil and gas leases on federal lands in California. A “FONSI” – a Finding of No Significant Impact… Continue Reading

Who’s Against Fracking and What are They Saying?

Posted in Energy Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing

“Science is my most favorite subject, especially the Old Testament.” Kenneth, 30 Rock Keeping in mind the importance of science, technology, and transparency in evaluating the safety and reliability of fracking, let’s take a look at some of the leaders in the anti-fracking movement. The results are worthy of your attention. Displaying an understanding of science… Continue Reading

Two States – Two Approaches to Fracking

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing

Two states recently addressed regulation of hydraulic fracturing of gas wells in two radically different ways.  Ohio The Ohio legislature has passed Senate Bill 315, to be signed by the governor, requiring reporting of information on all wells that are stimulated (If you go to the link, the new legislation is underlined).  To summarize: Operators and contractors injecting substances into the… Continue Reading

EPA Cries “Uncle”

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing

Invoking the spirit of Emily Litella, the Environmental Protection Agency offered a govenmental ”never mind” when it withdrew its emergency order that attempted to hold Range Resources responsible for contamination of drinking water on Parker County, Texas, well sites under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  Those who have followed this case know that several investigations into the EPA’s assertions showed no link… Continue Reading

Fracking: Safe and Essential or an Environmental Hazard?

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing

If you were wondering whether the debate over the safety and effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing has entered our national conciousness, check this out:    In a serious approach to the issue, the opinion magazine National Review recently joined in the conversation in a piece by Kevin Williamson, The Truth About Fracking – What the Protestors Don’t Know.  The focus is on the Marcellus… Continue Reading

Texas Has Frac Fluid Disclosure Rules

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing

Effective February 1, 2012, the Texas Railroad Commission implemented a new rule that will require operators and service and supply companies who disclose the chemical contents of fracking fluids.  This rule implements a statute passed in the 2011 legislative session.  The rule requires disclosure of the nature and content of additives and chemical ingredients used… Continue Reading