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New Obama State Dept Top Energy Diplomat Amos Hochstein a Former Marathon Oil Lobbyist

Steve Horn | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The U.S. State Department recently announced that Amos Hochstein, currently the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, will take over as the State Department's top international energy diplomat.

Environmental Groups File Motion to Intervene in Defense of Denton Fracking Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust days after attorneys representing Denton, Texas submitted their initial responses to two legal complaints filed again...

First Texas City to Ban Fracking Cites 'Public Nuisance' in Lawsuit Response

Steve Horn | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Attorneys representing Denton, Texas, the first city to ban hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in state history, have issued rebuttals to the two lawsuits filed against Denton the day after the fracking ban was endorsed by voters on election day.

'I Hate That Oil's Dropping': Why Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Wants High Oil Prices for Fracking

Steve Horn | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Tuscaloosa Marine Shale's "little problem" reflects a big problem the oil and gas industry faces -- particularly smaller operators involved with hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") -- going forward.

Introducing 'Natural Gas Exports: Washington's Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat'

Steve Horn | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Many former Obama administration officials now work as lobbyists or PR professionals on behalf of the LNG exports industry, as do many former Bush administration officials. So too do those with ties to potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

State Dept. Keystone XL North Contractor ERM Approved Project Now Melting Glaciers

Steve Horn | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogPhoto Credit: Wikimedia CommonsA controversial government contractor once again finds itself in hot water, or in this case...

Oil - A Question of Economics

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Luay Al Khatteeb

The recent debate over falling oil prices has become an over simplified economic question of supply and demand, ignoring other interrelated economic theories.

Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers

Steve Horn | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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.

Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease

Steve Horn | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogIn little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of In...

Judge Nixes Cove Point LNG Zoning Permit as Dominion Says Will Soon Receive Federal Permit

Steve Horn | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogCo-Written with Caroline SelleAn August 6 court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salm...

Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any Speed

Steve Horn | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogBurlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trai...

Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC's New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Today, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling

Steve Horn | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Deploying the age-old "Friday news dump," President Barack Obama's Interior Department gave the green light on Friday, July 18 to companies to deploy seismic air guns to examine the scope of Atlantic Coast offshore oil-and-gas reserves.

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.

Meme With Wings: Are Western Anti-Fracking Activists Funded by Putin's Russia?

Steve Horn | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With loud megaphones and ongoing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and Russia with no end in sight, one can rest assured Rasmussen will not be the last one to repeat this meme, just as he was not the first.

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.

ND Treasurer: Red Carpet Rollout for Gen. Petraeus Fracking Field Trip 'Not Unusual'

Steve Horn | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogNorth Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt has responded to DeSmogBlog's investigation of the Bakken Shale basin fracking f...

Revealed: Former Energy in Depth Spokesman John Krohn Now at EIA Promoting Fracking

Steve Horn | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

For those familiar with U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) work, objectivity and commitment to fact based on statistics come to mind.

Southwestern Energy Executive Mark Boling Admits Fracking Link to Climate Change

Steve Horn | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogAn Executive of a major shale gas development company has conceded what scientists have been saying for years: global...

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

Exxon's Russia Partnerships Challenge US Exports as Energy Weapon Narrative

Steve Horn | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Even if the U.S. (and/or ExxonMobil) comes out ahead in this energy-centric geopolitical brouhaha, we still all end up losing in the end.