Tag Archives: Fracking

Mortgage lenders increasingly worried about fracking

Yesterday we looked at the clear evidence that fracking in a community causes property to lose significant value. Today we turn our attention to documenting how the mortgage industry, recognizing how drilling adds risk and reduces value, is beginning to … Continue reading

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How drilling tramples on property rights and lowers home values

One myth about oil and gas drilling is that it creates riches in a community in the form of increased property values. “With all the new jobs,” the industry says, “buyers will be falling all over themselves to buy your … Continue reading

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The four ways hydraulic fracturing contaminates water

For over a decade, oil and gas executives and the policy makers who support them have repeated a single bold claim: there has never been a single documented case where fracking contaminated groundwater. Well, if you repeat a lie often enough … Continue reading

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Video: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie

Powerful reports today on the relationship between oil and gas drilling in Texas and air pollution. First, a joint report by the Center for Public Integrity, the Weather Channel and Inside Climate News: Deep in the heart of South Texas, … Continue reading

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NPRC mixer in Billings this Thursday evening

The Northern Plains Resource Council will hold a mixer Thursday evening February 13 to talk about efforts to prevent oil and gas development in the Beartooth Front. Called “For the Love of the Beartooths,” the mixer will be held at … Continue reading

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A personal story: Tim and Christine Ruggiero, Wise County, Texas

“Surface right owners are a mere nuisance and are expendable.”          . -Christine Ruggiano Telling personal stories The oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in many locations across the country, and there are now a … Continue reading

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Missoulian: Environmental group sues Montana AG over ‘fracking’ documents

According to the February 1, 2014 Missoulian, the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) has filed suit against Attorney General Tim Fox over Fox’s failure to disclose documents related to his support of a letter protesting federal efforts to regulate fracking. … Continue reading

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Video: The effects of oil and gas drilling on water quality

On Tuesday I posted a reader’s report from last week’s water testing seminar in Lewistown. This video lecture looks at the issue of water from a different standpoint: what we know and don’t know about the risks to water quality created … Continue reading

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Video: The Ethics of Fracking

A new film by Scott Cannon of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition in Pennsylvania. This film isn’t what I expected when I first sat down to watch it. It has an anti-fracking point of view, but it’s not a polemic. … Continue reading

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Railway safety a reason to delay drilling expansion along the Beartooth Front: Video

A report issued yesterday by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows that there is yet another reason Montana residents should be concerned about the proposed expansion of drilling along the Beartooth Front. According to the report, more … Continue reading

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