Trump Cronies Rewarded as House GOP 'Dirty Trick' Bolsters Big Oil. The U.S.
House of Representatives on Friday voted to repeal a rule curbing methane emissions on public lands, delivering a win, say environmental groups, to big oil and cronies of President Donald Trump. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulation, finalized under the Obama administration in November, limited methane venting, flaring, and leaks from fossil fuel production on federal and tribal lands, thereby aiming to "avoid wasting up to 41 billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas per year," as Reuters wrote at the time.
The Associated Press adds Friday: "A government report said about 40 percent of gas being flared or vented could be captured economically and sold. " Lukas Ross, climate and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth (FOE), calls this "royalty-free" release of natural gas "one of the most over-looked fossil fuel subsidies on the books. " allows Congress, with a simple majority, to completely revoke any rules made in the last 6 months of the Obama administration. Problem loading page. Stop the Frack Attack. Journalist and author Chris Hedges, in his keynote speech at the Stop the Frack Attack conference in Denver, Colorado, declared that real change typically starts in the U.S. at the grassroots level, not the federal level.
Tapes reveal Enron's secret role in California's power blackouts. Another Oil Bomb Train Explodes, Third in Last Three Weeks. Yet another train carrying volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota derailed yesterday, this time in northwestern Illinois near the historic tourist area of Galena overlooking the Mississippi River.
Constitution Pipeline: 'The Keystone Pipeline of Natural Gas' “This Constitution pipeline is about enriching a few billionaires by impoverishing the people of New York State,” Robert F.
Kennedy, Jr. told Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s The Ed Show. “And the bullying that we’ve seen go along with this, the corruption—FERC is really a rogue agency, it’s a classic captive agency, it issued this permit illegally.” A popular movement is building against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), for its outrageous rubber-stamping of permits for expansion of the gas industry.
World's Biggest PR Firm Quits American Oil Lobby. Perhaps you heard the good news—the world’s largest public relations firm, Edelman, just spun off an advertising subsidiary so that it could show a commitment to not aiding the denial of climate change science.
The Guardian explains how American Petroleum Institute’s (API) contracts with Edelman were so massive—tens of millions of dollars—that it was up to 10 percent of the PR giant’s income. For years, Edelman has managed multi-million dollar contracts with the API, using its Blue Advertising subsidiary to help API run commercials selling fantasies to people: that oil and gas are our only viable, plentiful, “AMERICAN” sources of energy.
Two More 'Bomb Train' Explosions Should Be 'Wake-Up Call to Politicians to Stop These Dangerous Oil Trains' Within the last several days, two trains carrying volatile crude oil derailed and caught on fire.
These accidents highlight the danger of government foot-dragging over train safety and show that towns seeking to ban these trains coming through their area aren’t just being contentious and “anti-business.” Yesterday a 109-car train carrying fracked oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota derailed in Fayette County, West Virginia, with several cars catching on fire and at least one plunging into the Kanawha River. Worst Fracking Wastewater Spill in North Dakota Leaks 3 Million Gallons Into River. Oil company to file $1.2 billion lawsuit against county with 57k people–for banning fracking. Lobbyist secretly taped revealing all of the right-wing's dirty tactics to energy execs. NYTimes put together a piece on a recording of Richard Berman soliciting millions from energy industry execs, back in June.
California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater. Mike G, DeSmogBlogWaking Times After California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPA ordered a report within 60 days.
It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants into aquifers protected by state law and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Timothy Krantz, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Redlands, says these chemicals could pose a serious risk to public health: “The fact that high concentrations are showing up in multiple water wells close to wastewater injection sites raises major concerns about the health and safety of nearby residents.”
The full extent of the contamination is not yet known. After earthquake, Ohio suspends two wells for fracking wastewater. Fracking in Public Forests Leaves Long Trail of Damages, Struggling State Regulators. Corporation Exploiting Major Loophole To Quickly Build 600-Mile Tar Sands Pipeline. By Katie Valentine "Corporation Exploiting Major Loophole To Quickly Build 600-Mile Tar Sands Pipeline"
Exxon CEO Joins Lawsuit to Stop Fracking Near His Home. Five Facts And One Big Lie: A Closer Look At The Oil Lobby's Keystone XL Jobs Claims. With the 2012 presidential election rapidly approaching, the oil lobby is pushing harder than ever to frame the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) as a "job creator.
" However, TransCanada (the Canadian company behind the pipeline), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have used massively inflated statistics. In fact, KXL would create few permanent jobs. BIG LIE: KXL Will Create 20,000-465,000 Jobs U.S. American Petroleum Institute: KXL Will Enable "More Than A Half A Million New U.S. TransCanada: KXL Will Create 20,000 Jobs In Construction And Manufacturing And 465,000 Jobs Throughout the U.S Economy. FACT 1: Experts Say Those Numbers Are "Meaningless" And "Dead Wrong" Energy Expert: The Analysis Supporting TransCanada's Claims Is "Dead Wrong. " Word Games are Misleading the American Public About Fracking. Sky TruthWaking Times “Half the truth is often a great lie.” - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac – 1758 Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, and other drilling practices have unlocked previously inaccessible reserves of oil and gas across the United States and the world.
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. State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Williamsport), chair of the Environmental Resource and Energy Committee, and Rep.