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Exxon's XTO merger proposal isn't killing the FRAC Act.

By Alan Septoff

December 17, 2009

Exxon, America's biggest oil company, is planning on merging with XTO, a $25 billion oil and gas drilling company heavily invested in hydraulic fracturing of shale gas deposits.

Whether or not you think that's a good thing, it's causing a bit of furor in part because Exxon has included some language pertaining to fracking's regulatory landscape.

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Tagged with: fracking, frac act, exxon, xto


An Alaskan fisherman thanks jewelers for speaking out on Bristol Bay

By Alan Septoff

November 24, 2009

In the November 19th Anchorage Daily News, Alaskan fisherman Ben Blakey congratulated jewelers who have signed the Bristol Bay Protection pledge.

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Tagged with: bristol bay, jewelry retailers, pebble, ben bakey, anchorage daily news


Pennsylvania communities sue frackers for toxic pollution

By Alan Septoff

November 23, 2009

Propublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports  that Pennsylvania residents are suing Cabot Oil and Gas -- the company responsible for multiple spills associated with their Marcellus Shale drilling near Dimock, PA.  They seek to stop future drilling and to establish a trust fund to cover medical expenses for those harmed by Cabot's operations.

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Tagged with: marcellus shale, pennsylvania, cabot oil and gas, atlas energy, propublica, reuters


Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile, Ultra jewelers say no to dirty gold.

By Alan Septoff

November 20, 2009

This week Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile and Ultra Stores signed the No Dirty Gold campaign's "Golden Rules" for more responsible mining.

This brings the total number of jewelry retail signatories up to 60. Altogether, these jewelry retailers represent over $1.3 billion in annual US jewelry sales, or nearly a quarter of the total.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, jewelry retailers, golden rules, blue nile, kmart, sears, ultra


Drilling industry executive admits that oversupply, not regulations, responsible for decreased drilling

By Alan Septoff

November 5, 2009

The drilling industry claims, over and over, that rules that better protect landowners, public health and the environment reduce the industry's willingness to drill.

It's a canard, of course.

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Tagged with: drilling, regulation, colorado, encana, coga, boom-bust


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