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In World Of $50 Oil, Shale Beats Deepwater

Oilprice.com | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

U.S. shale is the lowest cost option for new oil production and is likely to be more competitive than conventional offshore drilling, according to a n...

Will U.S. Shale Stage A Comeback As Oil Nears $50?

Oilprice.com | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

The casualty list in the oil and gas sector continues to climb. On Monday, unable to keep up with its mountain of debt, SandRidge Energy filed for Ch...

IOGCC: The Most Powerful Oil and Gas Lobby You've Never Heard Of

Steve Horn | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) is far from a household name, but a new investigation published by InsideClimate News' Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Lisa Song may have just put what is likely the most powerful oil and gas lobbying node you've never heard of on the map.

The Three-Second Rule and Fracking

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 03.16.2016 | Green
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

The root of the word "regulations" is "regular." The purpose of regulations is to establish regular, predictable rules by which everybody is governed. That includes environmental regulations, which are designed to keep our parks open, our air breathable and our water drinkable.

Can a Bankrupt Company Protect Appalachian Drinking Water?

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Green
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

The people of Appalachia are entitled to know what is being transported on their rivers; and the companies doing so need to ensure that the process is both safe and that needed preparations are made in advance for correcting inevitable spills and accidents.

Fracking Supply Chain a Climate Disaster, Doing Little to Uplift Poor Communities: Studies

Steve Horn | Posted 03.07.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Two recent studies further call into question the oil and gas industry's claims of the climate benefits and community benefits of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").

Shipping Fracking Wastes by Barge

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 03.03.2016 | Green
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

High volume hydraulic fracturing uses million and millions of gallons of water per well to extract natural gas from shale. During shale gas extraction, the water used is exposed to process chemicals plus metals and radon from the earth.

Banana Republic: U.S. Fracking Pioneer Aubrey McClendon Bringing Practice to Argentina

Steve Horn | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogAubrey McClendon, the embattled former CEO and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy, has announced his entrance into Argentina ...

Leaked EPA Document Showing Water Contamination Could Be Smoking Gun in Federal Lawsuit

Steve Horn | Posted 01.19.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

A PowerPoint presentation obtained from a source and published by DeSmog in August 2013 has made its way into a major hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") related legal case, which is set to go to trial soon in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Emails: U.S. Government Facilitated LNG Business Deals Before Terminals Got Required Federal Permits

Steve Horn | Posted 01.07.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Emails and documents obtained by DeSmog reveal that the U.S. Department of Trade has actively promoted and facilitated business deals for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry and export terminal owners, even before some of the terminals have the federal regulatory agency permits needed to open for business.

Big Oil Argued for U.S. Crude Exports to Fend Off Iran, But First Exporter Vitol Group Also Exported Iran's Oil

Steve Horn | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Petroleum Institute (API) successfully lobbied for an end to the 40-year ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil in part by making a geopolitical argument: Iran and Russia have the ability to export their oil, so why not unleash America?

'Miracle of American Oil': Continental Resources Courted Corporate Media to Sell Oil Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A document published by the Public Relations Society of America, discovered by DeSmog, reveals that from the onset of its public relations campaign, the oil industry courted mainstream media reporters to help it sell the idea of lifting the ban on crude oil exports to the American public and policymakers.

Examining the Fracking Power of FERC

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper A fast-growing web of interstate pipelines to service the fracked-shale-gas industry is...

Groups Ask Columbia University To Reveal Funding Behind Exxon-Tied Center on Global Energy Policy

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogFinal exams and winter break loom large for students at Columbia University, but at the upper echelons of the university's...

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Pushing to End the Oil Exports Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo.

Oil Prices: Low For Longer

Sara Zervos | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Sara Zervos

Ironically, low prices are no longer a win-win for the United States; now that America is a major oil exporter, the negative production impact could offset consumer gains

In the Ground

Michael Brune | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

I'll be honest. There were times when I wasn't confident that President Obama would reject Keystone XL. This was, after all, a president who bragged about the surge in domestic oil and gas development under his watch.

TransCanada's Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas With State Department Help

Steve Horn | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid.

The End Of The Oil Major?

James Stafford | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business
James Stafford

A new report finds that the largest oil companies are set to cut spending on exploration by at least half, potentially leading to very few new oil dis...

Markets Are About to Deal With Climate -- Get Ready for Ugly

Carl Pope | Posted 07.27.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

Advocates of "market-based" climate solutions paint pastel pictures reflecting smoothly adjusting macro-economic models. But commodity markets for oil and gas don't work that way. Schumpeter's destructive engine of capitalism is about to show its ugly side.

Greenwash: Shell May Remove 'Oil' From Name as it Moves to Tap Arctic, Gulf of Mexico

Steve Horn | Posted 07.12.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Shell Oil has announced it may take a page out of the BP "Beyond Petroleum" greenwashing book, rebranding itself as something other than an oil company for its United States-based unit. "Oil" could at some point in the near future be removed from the name.

Enbridge Stuffs Provision Into Wisconsin Budget to Expedite Controversial Piece of 'Keystone XL Clone'

Steve Horn | Posted 07.06.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

On Thursday, July 3, on the eve of a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge landed a sweetheart deal: a provision in the 2015 Wisconsin budget that will serve to expedite permitting for its controversial proposed Line 61 tar sands pipeline expansion project.

Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

David Goldwyn -- now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies -- would eventually come to assume that role as head of the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources, a Bureau that premiered under the watch of then-Secretary Clinton.

Revealed: Energy Transfer Partners' 'Pipeline-for-Prostitute' Landman

Steve Horn | Posted 05.28.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmog investigation has uncovered the identity of a land agent and the contract company he works with that allegedly offered to buy an Iowa farmer the services of two teenage sex workers in exchange for access to his land to build the controversial proposed Dakota Access pipeline.

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

Steve Horn | Posted 05.09.2016 | 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.