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"Carbon Copy": How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups

Steve Horn | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Billings Gazette has revealed that coal mining company Cloudpeak Energy ghost wrote protest letters to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on behalf of allied policymakers and business groups.

BNSF Challenges Lawsuit From Engineer Who Ran For His Life From Exploding Oil "Bomb Train"

Steve Horn | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has responded defensively to the oil-by-rail lawsuit filed by former BNSF locomotive engineer Bryan Thompson, a case recently reported on by DeSmogBlog.

BNSF Engineer Who Manned Exploding North Dakota "Bomb Train" Sues Former Employer

Steve Horn | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) employee who worked as a locomotive engineer on the company's oil-by-rail train that exploded in rural Casselton, North Dakota in December 2013 has sued his former employer.

Iowa GOP Lawmaker: Rick Perry's Involvement With Bakken Fracked Oil Pipeline 'A Bad Idea'

Steve Horn | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Everyday Iowa voters are less likely to caucus for former Texas governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry "because of his involvement" with a controversial oil pipeline proposal, according to an influential state lawmaker who has made eminent domain one of his signature issues in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Birds Tell an Urgent Climate Change Message

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I learned that the Baltimore Oriole may no longer be in Maryland by the end of the century and that coastal species, like the sandpiper, were imperiled by rising sea levels.

It's Not Just Keystone (Or, Another Frackin' Mess)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Out where the Great Plains kiss the sky, and oilmen poke the ground, a drillin' fella might even get the urge to burst into song! ...

Facing Felony Charges, Rick Perry Joins Board of Pipeline Company Proposing Pipeline Across Iowa

Steve Horn | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry has joined the board of directors at Energy Transfer Partners, a natural gas and propane company headquartered in Dallas, Texas that has proposed to build a controversial Bakken crude oil pipeline across Iowa.

Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 "Bomb Train" Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll

Steve Horn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

What Happens To A Boomtown When Oil Gets Cheap?

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2015 | Green

By Ernest Scheyder CROSBY, N.D., Jan 11 (Reuters) - Just over a decade ago, this sleepy farming community on the fringe of North Dakot...

Challenging (Crude) Convention

Daniel Davis | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Daniel Davis

Instead of being on the dawn of a new age of plenty, a careful analysis of all available data indicates the probability of near to mid-term trouble even maintaining current levels of production, let alone eliminating the chasm between US production and consumption.

Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers

Steve Horn | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

By calculating the production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields throughout the U.S., Post Carbon concludes that the future of fracking is not nearly as bright as industry cheerleaders suggest.

A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Laura Gottesdiener

At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn't expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn't really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer.

Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

Steve Horn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.

How Oil And Gas Firms Gained Influence And Transformed North Dakota

Center for Public Integrity | Nicholas Kusnetz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. ...

Dairyland to Petrostate: Wisconsin Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

Steve Horn | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

DeSmogBlog is publishing the first documents ever obtained from the Wisconsin government revealing routes for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale basin.

Industry Data: Oil-By-Rail in North America Moving at Record Levels

Steve Horn | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

For the 26th week of 2014 (the half year point) in the U.S., 18.5% more tank cars were on the tracks carrying petroleum and/or petroleum products than last year, a total of 15,894 cars.

North Dakota Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Time around, due to the North Dakota Public Records Statute, Big Rail and Big Oil didn't get away with it.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Emails: ND Ethics Law Potentially Broken on Petraeus Fracking Trip

Steve Horn | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

DeSmogBlog has obtained emails via North Dakota's Open Records Statute revealing facts that could be interpreted as indicating that North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt broke State Investment Board ethics laws.

Lee Camp Features Gen. Petraeus Oil Wars Video on Redacted Tonight

Steve Horn | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Comedian Lee Camp premiered a never-before-televised video of former CIA Director General David Petraeus  -- who now serves as Chairman of the Ko...

Open Letter to Obama: The Ages Have Been at Work

Taylor Brorby | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
Taylor Brorby

This past November I sent you an invitation to visit North Dakota, and it seems you have taken up the offer. As I understand it, you will be visiting the Standing Rock Reservation on June 13. I hope you will consider visiting the Fort Berthold Reservation, what I would call Ground Zero of the Bakken oil boom.

Sky Could Fall on North Dakota's Oil If We're Not Careful, Shale Boss Says

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

All parties with a collective interest in seeing the North Dakota oil experiment succeed need to work together because, right now, the boss at the largest stakeholder in the Bakken shale says opponents are drawing a bead on the region. And it's not just exploration and production that's a concern.

Edward Abbey, Fracking, and North Dakota

Taylor Brorby | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Taylor Brorby

We might realize that riding our bike is just as pleasurable as it was in childhood and follow Europe's lead in putting our feet on the pedal. And we might also realize that infinite consumption on a finite planet comes with a cost too deep for our economic models to measure.

Documents: Petraeus Fracking Field Trip Reveals ND Government, Oil, Private Equity Nexus

Steve Horn | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDeSmogBlog has obtained hundreds of documents portraying the blurred lines between North Dakota's government, the oil and ...