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Halliburton to PA govt: "trust us". PA govt to Halliburton: "ok". PA citizens: "What!?!"

By Alan Septoff

November 9, 2010

Whether you believe Pennsylvania's shale gas is a curse, or an opportunity, one thing is certain: the energy industry will be extracting it.

Here's another certainty regarding the energy industry: without adequate oversight, well-funded enforcement, and elimination of cozy relationships, it will successfully push the true cost of energy extraction's environmental risk onto communities who will pay the price of polluted land, property, drinking water, and health.

 

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, regulation, pennsylvania, halliburton


EARTHWORKS participates in STRONGER: a sadly necessary attempt to strengthen drilling regs

By Bruce Baizel

November 5, 2010

EARTHWORKS' Oil & Gas Accountability Project is taking part in STRONGER a worthwhile, but Rube Goldbergian attempt to patch holes in regulations governing hazardous waste produced by the oil and gas industry.

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Tagged with: epa, drilling, regulation, stronger, iogcc


What President Obama should have said about natural gas.

By Lauren Pagel

November 5, 2010

In the aftermath of the election this week, President Obama made remarks that struck fear in the hearts of communities facing natural gas extraction in their backyards.

"We've got, I think, broad agreement that we've got terrific natural gas resources in this country. Are we doing everything we can to develop those?" was the question President Obama asked.

The question he SHOULD have been asking is (find out after the jump):

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, pavillion, obama, halliburton, dimock


Native Alaskans Respond to UK Mining Giant's Greenwashing Campaign With 'Not Welcome'Ad

By Bill Walker

November 4, 2010

LONDON -- For weeks, Anglo American PLC have been running ads in the Guardian, the Economist and at Heathrow Airport, touting the benefits their mines bring to communities. Alaska Natives from Bristol Bay, where Anglo American proposes to dig the largest open-pit mine in North America, have today replied to this greenwashing by taking out a full-page ad in CityAM with a blunt message to the company.

Much more info, including the full-page ad, after the jump.

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Tagged with: anglo american, our bristol bay, nunamta, ak2uk


Poisoned families: four case studies of the impacts of dirty drilling in the Barnett Shale

By Alan Septoff

November 3, 2010

Sharon Wilson, Texas OGAP Organizer was flown to EPA headquarters in North Carolina to present four case studies of health impacts caused by natural gas extraction in the Barnett Shale. She met with the top rule makers in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards who are working on new rules for the oil and gas industry.

For six years, Sharon has been documenting impacts in the Barnett Shale. The following (after the jump) are four case studies out of hundreds:

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, public health, natural gas, texas ogap, shale gas, bluedaze


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