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Oil and Gas: Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests. RICHMOND, Va.

Oil and Gas: Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests

(AP) — Certain chemicals pumped underground during hydraulic fracturing would be exempt from public records requests under a bill advancing in the Virginia Legislature. A measure from Del. Roxann Robinson would allow the denial of requests under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act for information about chemicals that has been deemed a trade secret. A House subcommittee advanced the measure Thursday. [Native Advertisement] Robinson, a Republican from Chesterfield County, introduced a similar measure last year. But opponents said the bill could hinder first responders in an emergency and keep landowners in the dark about pollutants that might be affecting their groundwater. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to split open rock formations and allow oil and gas to flow.

But others said waiting until an emergency to release that information would be too late to prepare an adequate response. Letter: Without Fracking, Jobs Go. The residents of North Dakota and America owe something to fracking.

Letter: Without Fracking, Jobs Go

Because of it, our state has grown to the No. 2 energy-producing state in the nation and our nation into the largest producer of both oil and gas, leading to billions of dollars in revenue for the state and federal government, more than 40,000 thousand new jobs in North Dakota, and opportunities in the many industries that support the growth statewide. In this next election cycle, North Dakotans ought to take a moment to consider the benefits of electing leaders who protect technologies that enhance oil and gas, and the impact that the energy industry has brought to our state. Electing leaders at the national, state and local levels is important in preventing government overreach when it comes to exploration and production – especially those bold enough to call for fracking bans. Technology Assessment: Water in the Energy Sector: Reducing Freshwater Use in Hydraulic Fracturing and Thermoelectric Power Plant Cooling.

What GAO Found Waterless and water-efficient fracturing technologies such as gas-based fracturing or foams have been used to reduce the use of freshwater in hydraulic fracturing operations, although the main benefit is enhanced hydrocarbon recovery.

Technology Assessment: Water in the Energy Sector: Reducing Freshwater Use in Hydraulic Fracturing and Thermoelectric Power Plant Cooling

The geologic formation characteristics of shale plays largely determine their use. According to experts GAO consulted, hydraulic fracturing operators are managing their water resources more efficiently—for example, by treating produced water for recycle and reuse—as an important part of their overall strategy to reduce cost, improve operational efficiency, and reduce the demand for freshwater. Dry and hybrid (wet-dry) cooling systems are mature technologies to cool thermoelectric power plants, and are highly efficient in terms of water usage. A natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plant with a dry cooling system. Why GAO Did This Study. North Dakota and Fracking. In 2014, North Dakota was the second largest oil producing state in the U.S.

North Dakota and Fracking

But this boom has not lasted. A decline in demand and falling oil prices have demonstrated the danger in investing too much in losing propositions like fossil fuels. Of the 192 active drilling rigs in Dickinson, ND in April 2014, only 94 were open one year later. Technology Assessment: Water in the Energy Sector: Reducing Freshwater Use in Hydraulic Fracturing and Thermoelectric Power Plant Cooling. New study confirms EPA finding on fracking and drinking water. Jumping Aboard Fracking's Fossil Fuel Carousel. Strip Mine by University of Kentucky by Walter Brasch Two Pennsylvania legislators who have taken money from--and enthusiastically supported--the natural gas industry have teamed up to now praise coal.

Jumping Aboard Fracking's Fossil Fuel Carousel

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Williamsport), chair of the Environmental Resource and Energy Committee, and Rep. Tim Solobay (D-Canonsburg, Pa.) are co-chairs of the newly-established Coal Caucus. It's a strange move on their part, since both have praised natural gas as the economic future of Pennsylvania. Yaw, in his first run for the Senate in 2008 accepted only $3,700 in campaign contributions from energy companies; the largest were $1,000 donations from Anadarko Petroleum and Chesapeake Energy. In March 2013, now in his second term, Yaw introduced two bills to expand natural gas usage in the state.

Who's Zoomin' Who When the Oil, Gas Politics Gets Very Personal?   Angry anti-frackers take their frustration to FERC commission member's home.

Who's Zoomin' Who When the Oil, Gas Politics Gets Very Personal?  

With apologies to the Queen of Soul, this song title popped into my head while reading about the DC bureaucrat who’s being stalked by a gang of “anti-fracking” protestors. Deon Daugherty Senior Editor, Rigzone To hear it from Bloomberg, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) member Tony Clark can’t feed his kid in peace because certain environmentalists are griping that they’ve been “FERC’d” by the commission’s rules. When members of Public Citizen rang his doorbell during dinner, Clark’s 9-year-old son asked, essentially, ‘What’s up with the people on our lawn, Dad?’ UK Survey: Public Not Clear on Difference Between Shale, Natural Gas. Europe Get short URL Extraction and the use of shale gas has declined, according to a survey conducted by the University of Nottingham.

UK Survey: Public Not Clear on Difference Between Shale, Natural Gas

Public favor has fallen from over 58 percent in July 2013 to just over 37 percent in October 2016. For the first time, the survey has shown that support for fracking is declining in the UK. This news comes at a pivotal time in the UK shale gas debate as horizontal drilling has just been given government approval in Lancashire. Sputnik spoke to Professor Sarah O'Hara from Nottingham University, pro-vice chancellor for education and student experience, who lead the survey. Ms. "​People are beginning to learn, more about shell gas.

2 federal agencies open fracking door for California — RT America. Fracking is getting a new lease on life in oil-rich California, much to the dismay of environmental campaigners.

2 federal agencies open fracking door for California — RT America

Two federal agencies just released reports on offshore drilling there, and found “no significant risk to the environment.” The Human Cost of Fracking. Is fracking safe? Water use. Are you in the Big Gas Mafia's PSYOP database? The not-so-hidden fracking money fueling the 2016 elections. The New York Times today has pulled together a list of all the individuals who have contributed over 1 million dollars in the 2016 election…and there’s some major fracking money hiding in plain sight.

The not-so-hidden fracking money fueling the 2016 elections

If you take a quick glance at the Times’ list of big contributors, you’ll see a hodgepodge of hedge fund managers, CEOs of major companies, and, of course oil industry executives. But, if you dig a little deeper, one family quickly emerges as a major player in the 2016 race: The Wilks family. So often, when we think of major Big Oil contributors we think of the Koch Brothers. Make no mistake, the Kochs are still major players funneling massive amounts of cash to stymie climate action and new regulations against the industry. About Frackopoly. The Human Cost of Fracking. Scientific evidence in EPA study confirms safety of hydraulic fracturing process. By Reid Porter on 11/18/2016 WASHINGTON -- API released a new report by Catalyst Environmental Solutions showing that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finding of no widespread effects to drinking water quality is supported by state and federal regulatory reviews, and dozens of recent peer-reviewed case studies.

Scientific evidence in EPA study confirms safety of hydraulic fracturing process

The not-so-hidden fracking money fueling the 2016 elections - Oil Change InternationalOil Change International. Local Resolutions Against Fracking. The Social Costs of Fracking. 11 Tactics Used by the Mainstream Media to Manufacture Consent for the Oligarchy.