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Study shows newer wells leak much more methane than older ones

I get criticism on this blog from proponents of oil and gas drilling when I write about incidents of spills and health problems related to oil and gas drilling from five or ten years ago. They contend that new technology … Continue reading

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Update: The town that changed fracking in New York

For those of you who have been following this blog for awhile, we’ve got an important update to a story we’ve been following. We’ve told the personal story of Helen Slottje, the New York attorney who has dedicated her life … Continue reading

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Video update, including video clip and photos from today’s shooting

I’ve been occupied with working on the video this week, so haven’t been able to post. Here’s an update: Funding: We have exceeded our goal of $8,000, with $8,215 raised so far. There is still time to contribute — additional … Continue reading

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Unknown unknowns: the disturbing case of Vernal, Utah

From time to time we talk about Donald Rumsfeld’s concept of “unknown unknowns,” the things we don’t know that we don’t know. When we look at oil and gas drilling in people’s back yards, which has become common since the … Continue reading

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Action update: Illegal water use stopped at Belfry well site

Great news today from the Northern Plains Resource Council (NPRC). Water stealing from the gravel pit at the well site in Belfry has been stopped by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). The agency has informed the … Continue reading

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The Halliburton Loophole protects companies that spew toxic mist at their neighbors

Last week we reported on the Halliburton Loophole to the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. It’s the law that Dick Cheney engineered in 2005 that enables the oil and gas industry to keep from telling us what chemicals they use in fracking … Continue reading

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Report: BLM fails to adequately inspect wells

According to a Congressional investigation, the federal government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, This is another case of the oil and gas industry getting … Continue reading

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Baker Hughes to disclose all fracking chemicals. Don’t get too excited.

It was pretty big news last month when Baker Hughes Corporation, the large Houston-based ($22 billion in annual revenues in 2013) oilfield services company, said it is ready to divulge all the chemicals it uses in hydraulic fracturing. Baker Hughes … Continue reading

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A safer approach to drilling? Not for us.

If you’re reading this blog, you probably follow environmental issues and see a lot of articles, videos and information every day: emails from friends, links on social media sites, alerts from various news sources. I always find it interesting to … Continue reading

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“This process has not been shown to be safe”

When we look at the impacts of the oil boom on environment and health, it is important to note that the rise of fracking technology is a relatively recent phenomenon. The Bakken boom that so dominates the news today was … Continue reading

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