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Begging for Data from the Oil and Gas Industry

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By Bruce Baizel

September 16, 2013

Why the new EDF report doesn’t mean natural gas is a climate friendly fuel

The Environmental Defense Fund, partnered with the oil and gas industry, published a paper yesterday that reports the results of direct measurements of methane emissions from 27 natural gas well completions (out of more than 20,000 well completions that occur in any given year).

The EDF report released today is a direct response to the challenge identified by Howarth: we need direct measurements of methane emissions from all natural gas development to make informed decisions about the climate impacts of natural gas. Unfortunately, the EDF report does not get us what we need.

What is most notable about today’s report is that the methane measurements were all made at sites offered by the industry participants – they were not a random sample of typical gas well sites.  Participating companies cherry-picked sites for the study, and the scientists went and studied them.

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Tagged with: fracking, oil and gas, methane, edf, measurements


A fracking (legal) earthquake, and the blind governor

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By Bruce Baizel

May 6, 2013

A state court in New York issued two unanimous decisions last week upholding local bans on oil and gas activity.  The court found that having a state policy on the efficient development of oil and gas resources – a policy which many states have -  does not equate to an intention to require oil and gas drilling operations to occur in each and every location where the resources are present, regardless of existing land uses. 

These decisions in favor of local governance – the heart of our democracy – will send earthquakes through the oil and gas industry, as they represent the biggest fissure yet in the industry’s long efforts to wall off oil and gas regulation at the state level.

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Tagged with: fracking, regulation, colorado, new york, ban, hickenlooper


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