Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating LLC et al is news more shocking than “Man Bites Dog”!

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

In last week’s post, we discussed the rapid development of the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States, and some of the innate risks presented by those operations.

USGS earthquakes

The central United States has undergone a dramatic increase in seismicity over the past 6 years. From 1973-2008, there was an average of 24 earthquakes of magnitude 3 and larger per year. From 2009-2014, the rate steadily increased, averaging 193 per year and peaking in 2014 with 688 earthquakes. So far in 2015, there have… Keep reading →

Research Shows San Andreas Fault May Be Overdue For Large Earthquake

More than a dozen areas in the US have been affected in recent years by small earthquakes caused by oil and gas drilling, according to a government report released Thursday. “The man-made quakes jolted once-stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers… Keep reading →

usgs earthquake map

As if being in the middle of Tornado Alley wasn’t enough, Oklahoma is now at the heart of Earthquake Country. “The earthquake rate in Oklahoma has increased so significantly that it raises the risk of a larger damaging earthquake….Oklahomans should be concerned about this increased risk.” — William Leith, senior science advisor for earthquake hazards… Keep reading →

Future Uncertain For Nuclear Energy In California

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant owner Pacific Gas & Electric has issued a couple of seismic studies in the past year – one last September and then another last month. The latest conclusion from the utility: “New Analyses Show Diablo Canyon Safe From Extreme Natural Events.” But Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is skeptical of PG&E… Keep reading →

Polar Vortex Weather System Brings Artic Temperatures Across Wide Swath Of U.S.

Following the Texas Railroad Commission’s recent proposal for additional rules related to disposal wells in “high-risk” seismic areas, on Monday, August 25, members of the Texas House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity heard testimony from Dr. Craig Pearson, the seismologist hired by the Railroad Commission to investigate the possible correlation between seismic events and oil and gas activity. Pearson’s hiring followed a… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

This November, committees in Colorado and Massachusetts moved closer to banning hydraulic fracturing in all or parts of their states. These moves have coincided with a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in Northern Texas, the most powerful in five years and one of a startling 16 in the area during the month. The safety of fracking has… Keep reading →

China Sweats In Warmest Temperatures On Record

The Department of Energy has come under fire – sometimes in bizarre ways – for appearing to favor renewables and nuclear energy over fossil fuels. Detractors have dubbed the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, a “War on Coal”. But the DOE last week announced more… Keep reading →

Oil And Gas Industry Forms Backbone Of Brunei Economy

By Paul Toscano After a newly published study found a potential link between natural gas fracking and earthquakes in Texas, the “Squawk on the Street” anchors discussed the costs and benefits of the controversial process. “May I be so bold as to say that anytime you extract anything from the ground for energy, it’s a problem,” said Jim Cramer… Keep reading →

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