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Subsidy Spotlight: Publicly Funding a Utah Disaster in the Making

Subsidy Spotlight: Publicly Funding a Utah Disaster in the Making | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Oil and gas executives are flocking to the Uinta Basin in Eastern Utah.
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New York’s Fracking Ban is a Major Setback for the Oil and Gas Industry

New York’s Fracking Ban is a Major Setback for the Oil and Gas Industry | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

Five years ago it wasn’t a question of if fracking would come to New York but when. Yesterday’s decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state is a measure of how much things have changed in a relatively short period of time. New York is the first state, other than Vermont (which has little or no proven shale deposits) to ban the controversial drilling technique. New York’s decision is particularly striking given that it sits atop the mother of all gas reserves: the Marcellus Shale. In no uncertain terms the decision is a major setback for the oil and gas industry in North America.

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Families Forced to Flee Their Homes From Out-of-Control Leak at Fracking Well » EcoWatch

Families Forced to Flee Their Homes From Out-of-Control Leak at Fracking Well » EcoWatch | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Families in eastern Ohio were evacuated from their homes as an out-of-control gas leak at a fracking site continued for days, merely the latest in a series
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From Briny Wastewater to Fracked Oil: Bakken Saturated With Spills, NYT Finds

From Briny Wastewater to Fracked Oil: Bakken Saturated With Spills, NYT Finds | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that parts of North Dakota are plagued with spills of both briny wastewater and fracked oil from the notorious Bakken shale formation.New York Times details hundreds of crude and wastewater spills in North Dakota from the Bakken oil fields, and the lack of regulation.
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USDOJ: FORMER MASSEY ENERGY CEO INDICTED

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Donald L. Blankenship, former Chief Executive Officer of Massey Energy Company, with four criminal offenses. The indictment charges Blankenship with conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and securities fraud.

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Fracking linked to Alberta earthquakes, study indicates

Fracking linked to Alberta earthquakes, study indicates | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Waste-water injection into the ground is highly correlated with spikes in earthquake activity in the area, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
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Anelo, From Forgotten Town to Capital of Argentina's Shale Fuel Boom

Anelo, From Forgotten Town to Capital of Argentina's Shale Fuel Boom | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

Añelo, Argentina - This small town in southern Argentina is nearly a century old, but the unconventional fossil fuel boom is forcing it to basically start over, from scratch. The wave of outsiders drawn by the shale fuel fever has pushed the town to its limits, while the plan to turn it into a "sustainable city of the future" is still only on paper.

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Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking

Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
"This is one of the first times we've been able to demonstrate that, here, you have a spill in the environment, and yes, this is from fracking fluid and not from other source of contamination," Vengosh said.
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Fracking Fractures Argentina’s Energy Development | Inter Press Service

Fracking Fractures Argentina’s Energy Development | Inter Press Service | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

Unconventional oil and gas reserves in Vaca Muerta in southwest Argentina hold out the promise of energy self-sufficiency and development for the country. But the fracking technique used to extract this treasure from underground rocks could be used at a huge cost.

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Ahead of Global Frackdown, Movement to Ban Deadly Gas Drilling Gains Momentum

Ahead of Global Frackdown, Movement to Ban Deadly Gas Drilling Gains Momentum | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of participating in the People’s Climate March, along with our allies and thousands of citizens from around the world. We stood together in New York City to demand that our world’s leaders take definitive action on climate change. Of course, a big part of our mission on climate change is our fight to ban fracking, and while 2014 has seen some major milestones for our efforts, perhaps the most important of these is the evidence that our movement is growing
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Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says

Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety.
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Fracking Literally Makes People Sick, New Study Finds

Fracking Literally Makes People Sick, New Study Finds | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

A new study provided more ammunition for what public health experts and environmental activists have been saying since fracking became widespread in the last half decade: chemicals used in the natural gas drilling process can be hazardous to health..

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Groundbreaking Study: Water Demand Impacts Fracking Worldwide

Groundbreaking Study: Water Demand Impacts Fracking Worldwide | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Fracking requires up to 25 million liters of fresh water per well, meaning shale resources can be hard to develop where fresh water is hard to find.
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'If You Organize... You Can Win': After NY, Hopes Rise For More Fracking Bans

'If You Organize... You Can Win': After NY, Hopes Rise For More Fracking Bans | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
In the wake of New York's victory against fracking, many regions in North America faced with growing climate threats seem ready to follow the state's lead and ban the drilling practice altogether. Just days after Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a moratorium on fracking following an intensive environmental activism campaign, the Canadian province of New Brunswick introduced its own temporary ban on the controversial method of drilling.
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Fracking Ban in New York Paves the Way for Other States » EcoWatch

Fracking Ban in New York Paves the Way for Other States » EcoWatch | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

Fantastic news came from the state of New York this week when the Cuomo administration announced its decision to ban fracking in the state. This exciting decision is a tribute to everyone who has worked so hard in New York to protect the state from the ravages experiences elsewhere from fracking.

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Protesters Block Federal Agency for Five Days Straight

Protesters Block Federal Agency for Five Days Straight | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Activists fight back against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has been rubber stamping fracked gas infrastructure permits.
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Anelo, From Forgotten Town to Capital of Argentina's Shale Fuel Boom

Anelo, From Forgotten Town to Capital of Argentina's Shale Fuel Boom | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

Añelo, Argentina - This small town in southern Argentina is nearly a century old, but the unconventional fossil fuel boom is forcing it to basically start over, from scratch. The wave of outsiders drawn by the shale fuel fever has pushed the town to its limits, while the plan to turn it into a "sustainable city of the future" is still only on paper.

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Toxic Chemicals and Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites, Study Says - US News

Toxic Chemicals and Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites, Study Says - US News | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
The spikes almost certainly will lead to a cancer increase in surrounding areas, a study author says.
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The Recovery of Our Oneness: Two Paths to a Flourishing World | The Shift Network

The Recovery of Our Oneness: Two Paths to a Flourishing World | The Shift Network | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
We are approaching a critical tipping point of human existence on this planet. Our future is at stake: the destiny of the biosphere’s grand experiment with a species capable of consciousness. Such a species not only experiences the world, it also experiences itself in the world. And it can make a fateful mistake: it can conceive of itself as separate from the world.

This mistake puts the entire experiment with a conscious species at risk. It puts at risk not only the species that embodies the experiment, but the whole web of life in which the experiment takes place.
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Did NY Gov's Office Edit 'Politically Inconvenient' Findings of Fracking Study?

Did NY Gov's Office Edit 'Politically Inconvenient' Findings of Fracking Study? | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
The administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo altered and delayed the findings of a key federal fracking study commissioned by the state, according to a review of internal government documents published on Monday.
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The Fracking Boom's Hidden Threat

The Fracking Boom's Hidden Threat | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

Victoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear of the dust clouds billowing from a frac sand mine a half-mile away.

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'There Is No Alternative': Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground

'There Is No Alternative': Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
"There is no alternative." Those famous words were once used by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to describe the preeminence of deregulated, so-called "free market" capitalism as compared to all other economic systems.
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Shell Finds Stretch Utica Shale Boundary Many Miles East

Shell Finds Stretch Utica Shale Boundary Many Miles East | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s natural gas discoveries near the Pennsylvania-New York border indicate that the Utica shale formation extends hundreds of miles farther east than originally thought.
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