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Floods Damage Colorado Oil and Gas Drilling Sites; Leaks Feared

Environmentalists and state inspectors are trying to track thousands of oil and gas wells, pipelines and fracking storage tanks to determine the scope of impairment from the region’s massive floods. “They’re just overwhelmed,” one expert says.

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EPA’s Abandoned Fracking Study One Retreat of Many

In 2011, the agency issued a draft report saying that the controversial practice of fracking was to blame for the pollution of an aquifer deep below the town of Pavillion, Wyo., the first time such a claim had been based on a scientific analysis. Now the EPA will hand the study over to Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana—the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE


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The Natural Gas Bubble

The natural gas industry is waging an aggressive public relations campaign to bolster investor confidence, despite evidence showing that shale gas is an unreliable resource and that the production process releases large amounts of methane into the atmosphere.

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The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers That Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

Injection wells have proliferated over the past 60 years, in large part because they are the cheapest, most expedient way to manage hundreds of billions of gallons of industrial waste generated in the U.S. each year. Yet the dangers of injection are well known: In accidents dating to the 1960s, toxic materials have bubbled up to the surface or escaped, contaminating aquifers that store supplies of drinking water.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Study Raises New Concerns About Fracking

A study into the safety of gas drilling in New York state’s Marcellus Shale concludes that natural faults and fractures, exacerbated by the effects of fracking, could allow chemicals to reach the surface and contaminate drinking water supplies much sooner than experts previously predicted.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Layer Ploy

Of all the political tactics used to protect business interests, none is as powerful as the one in which an ugly corporate giveaway is hidden one layer beneath something popular.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Link Between Natural Gas Fields and Health Issues Remains Largely Undocumented

Last month, the investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica published a report that highlights how dangerously little scientists and government officials know about the health consequences of living near a natural gas drilling site.

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Follow Wyoming on Fracking Regs

Frank Sinatra once said that if he could make it in New York, he could make it anywhere. Thanks to new drilling rules, environmentalists can now say the same about Wyoming.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



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The Cost of Not Drilling

Previously undisclosed documents have measured the economic impact of the U.S. federal moratorium on deep-water oil drilling at 23,000 jobs lost and billions of dollars in frozen investment. Federal officials went ahead with the ban, now tied up in court, because they distrusted industry safety equipment and standards.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Oil Spill ‘Threatens Our Way of Life’

In a rhetorical move that indirectly, and probably unintentionally, compares the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to terrorism, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has said the growing slick “threatens our way of life” as it encroaches upon the state’s coastline.

Posted on May 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Proposes Offshore Drilling Plan

If you thought “drill, baby, drill!” was only a right-wing slogan, think again. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama outlined a plan for doing a little drilling for oil and gas off a few sections of our nation’s coastline, including the East Coast, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Cracking Down on Fracking

Mike Markham of Colorado has an explosive problem: His tap water catches fire.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Tu Shalt Not Pasar

Calling back memories of the Falkland Islands war, Argentina has blocked a cargo ship from leaving one of its ports after suspicion arose that the vessel would supply oil drilling equipment to the British-occupied islands. The Argentines allege that the ship was trying to aid in an “illegitimate” search for oil and gas.

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A Victory for Peru’s Amazon Natives

After at least 54 people were killed in a bloody roadblock protest earlier this month, native groups in Peru have won a commitment from the government to revoke laws that opened the Amazon to foreign oil and gas companies to exploit indigenous land for resources.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Peru’s War on the Indigenous

In clashes between native groups armed with spears and development interests packing guns, Peru has seen at least 50 people die and hundreds go missing after President Alan Garcia initiated a campaign to open the rain forest to foreign investors.

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Cuban Windfall: Billions of Barrels of Black Gold

Cuba may have just hit the oil jackpot, with a revised estimate of its reserves doubling. That means the small island nation has about as much oil as the United States. American conservatives may soon have to choose between their love of oil and the half-century-old embargo that would keep Cuba’s petroleum away. How do you say “drill, baby, drill” en Español?

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE



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R.I.P. Offshore Drilling Ban

Congressional Democrats seemed to have turned in their spine—yet again—Tuesday when they announced they would allow the 26-year-old ban on offshore drilling to expire, a resounding sellout to the rhetoric of the McCain campaign and a reactionary move aimed at accommodating the crisis-ridden financial markets.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Palin, Gibson Talk Climate and Energy on ‘Nightline’

ABC News’ big-get interview series with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continued with another installment on “Nightline” Thursday evening, during which reporter Charlie Gibson pushed Palin on her position on global warming, and Palin pushed back.

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Pelosi Wavers on Drilling Vote

Once again, the Republicans have managed to take a nonsense issue and make rain. Nancy Pelosi wants to save the planet, and she knows offshore drilling is a “hoax,” but the House speaker is under fire and she’s starting to budge.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


Big on Oil, Small on Facts

“The Daily Show” tackles the campaign’s premier nonissue: offshore oil drilling. Experts agree that new drilling won’t have an impact anytime soon, but that hasn’t stopped McCain from bloviating, Obama from hedging and the punditry from setting the bar even lower.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


His Drilling Plan Is Full of Holes

Touring America’s oil rigs and nuclear plants, John McCain sometimes sounds as if he’ll produce enough wind to power the nation all by himself.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Oil Prices Dip, Stocks Rise

Finally, some slightly better financial news has hit the wires after months of sobering reports: Oil prices dropped to a three-month low on Tuesday, which may be due to “the softening market,” as one analyst puts it in this NYT account, but whatever the reason it still means a slight reprieve from weeks of punishing prices. Stock markets had their biggest gains in four months.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE



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Pelosi Takes the Heat on Drilling

According to the Politico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given her blessing to vulnerable Democrats to rebel against the party’s position on offshore drilling. The strategy goes something like this: Pelosi plays the liberal from San Francisco while representatives of more conservative districts berate her. With a majority intact, the Democrats push through a comprehensive energy policy sometime in 2009.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Camp Gets Big Checks From Big Oil Execs

It’s not particularly surprising that oil executives at the Hess Corp. got a little excited when John McCain changed his position in June and called for offshore drilling, but it is interesting that the Hess brass, according to Talking Points Memo, apparently demonstrated their gratitude (cue cash register sound effect here) by writing some big checks to the McCain campaign.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Oil Drilling Hoax

John McCain’s newfound enthusiasm for oil drilling probably has more to do with campaign donations than any public benefit—that’s because there isn’t any.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE



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Bush Lifts Drilling Ban

In keeping with his image, the president made a lot of noise on Monday while accomplishing absolutely nothing. In keeping with theirs, the Democrats condemned the president while making plans to roll over. George W. Bush lifted an executive oil drilling ban, but a national moratorium remains in place. The hot air, meanwhile, is getting to the Democrats, some of whom chastised the president while others worked up one of their famous compromises.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Pulls the Pin on Offshore Drilling

John McCain is hoping that Americans, particularly those living in coastal states, are so sick of high gas prices they won’t mind a little extra offshore drilling. That’s a risky assessment according to The Politico and the former head of the Florida GOP, who said that back before fuel costs skyrocketed it “would have been like pulling a pin on a grenade and rolling it into the state.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


House Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban

More red meat for the energy companies.

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


Exxon Posts Huge Profits as Gas Prices Soar

Exxon announced first-quarter profits of $8.4 billion. Gas prices are averaging over $3 per gallon. ‘Nuf said.

Posted on Apr 27, 2006 READ MORE


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Kicking the Oil Addiction: Bush Lied, Again

Cut imports? Medicare savings? Just kidding! As one White House official confessed, they just fib for your benefit. 

Posted on Feb 6, 2006 READ MORE


Senate Dems Block Arctic Refuge Drilling

The threat of a filibuster holds up as Republicans fail to get enough votes to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) tried to force the measure through Congress as part of a must-have defense spending bill. See our coverage to find out what was at stake: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) filed a report after the House passed the measure earlier this week. See the related story by Robert Collier and the photo essay by Deddeda Stemler to learn more.

Posted on Dec 21, 2005 READ MORE


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Lives in the Balance

The Gwich’in people’s way of life is at stake whenever oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is proposed. Award-winning photographer Deddeda Stemler chronicles their existence on the banks of the Porcupine River in the Yukon Territory.

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Posted on Dec 18, 2005 READ MORE



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Threat to Tribe, Caribou Is Averted — for Now

GOP-led proposal to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge fails.

Posted on Dec 18, 2005 READ MORE


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