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Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Robert Stavins

With gasoline prices relatively low — and natural gas supplies holding down electricity prices, at least in the United States — there has never been a better time to introduce progressive climate policies in the form of carbon pricing. Unfortunately, none of us should hold our breath waiting for that to happen.

Dimock, Penn. Lawsuit Trial-Bound as Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination in Neighboring County

Steve Horn | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A recent peer-reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has confirmed what many fracking critics have argued for years: hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can contaminate groundwater.

Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

Steve Horn | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S. -- cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained via fracking.

The Driving Force Behind the U.S. Oil Boom

James Stafford | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
James Stafford

Behind the stardom of the explorers and producers who have put themselves on the revolutionary shale map and absorb most of the risk--are the service providers who make up a highly lucrative market segment.

Study Identifies Source Of Water Contamination In Fracking Wells

AP | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texa...

Vice President Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force On Ukraine Trip

Steve Horn | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDuring his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama's "U.S....

The Other Hazard of Hydraulic Fracturing -- Silica in the Air

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business
Robert L. Cavnar

This week, NPR broadcast an interesting report about a researcher who has been studying health effects on workers on frac crews. Not familiar with hydraulic fracturing, he expected to find the workers exposed to toxics in drilling fluids when he want on location. What he found was very different.

A National Security Pipe Dream, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

As for natural gas, why should taxpayers foot the bill to help the industry be more responsible? If gas companies don't adopt more responsible production practices voluntarily, the government's job is not to write them a check; it's to implement regulations that protect the public.

Ohio Senate Approves Horizontal Drilling Rules

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio senators approved new regulations for horizontal shale drilling on Tuesday in a bipartisan vote punctuated by a spoken re...

Will A Job Fair Affect New York's Fracking Ban?

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Businesses ranging from wildlife consultants to titans of the oil and gas industry will gather in Binghamton for New York's ...

A New Approach to Hydraulic Fracturing Safety

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.05.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

The recent boom in domestic oil and gas development, spurred by new technologies in geologic interpretation, horizontal drilling, completion techniqu...

New York Has a Gas Problem: How Do You Spell Relief?

Dave Colavito | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dave Colavito

Governor Patterson is betting heavily on proceeds from natural gas extracted from New York's Marcellus Shale. However, real concerns exist about what industrializing this area would mean.