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Tag: Fracking

Local Resistance Can Overthrow Our Political Masters

Two prominent Green Party members call for third-party involvement in city council and other local races. This, they rightly say, is a fundamental step toward the large-scale changes needed to save society.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails, Mexico’s Energy Privatization and the Revolving Door

Recently released emails confirm that Clinton’s State Department helped break state-owned company Pemex’s oil and gas industry monopoly in Mexico and open the resource to international businesses. And two of the people responsible now work in the private sector and stand to gain financially from the reforms they helped create.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power: The Past and the Future at Seneca Lake

Against corporate efforts to turn the region around New York state’s Seneca Lake into a gas storage and transportation hub for the entire northeastern U.S., a coalition of farmers and vintners, doctors and lawyers, clean energy companies and reluctant do-it-yourself activists is working to guide their home toward a fossil-fuel-free future.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Fracking Chemical in Water

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE

Three-Eyed Billy Embraces the Apocalypse

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Nebraska Farmer Invites Pro-Fracking Commission Members to Drink Contaminated Water

Pro-fracking members of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission were silent when a farmer and former pipeline worker invited them to drink water contaminated with chemicals used in the petroleum and natural gas extraction process.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE

The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse

With demand stagnant and excess production the story of the moment, the very strategy that once generated record-breaking profits for the oil industry has suddenly become hopelessly dysfunctional.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE

Low Oil Prices Threaten U.S. Fracking Industry

Some North Dakota companies have shut down 40 percent of their operations as plummeting oil prices render the industry far less viable than during the boom of the past five years.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE

What Happened to Narendra Modi’s Childhood Bride?

The Indian prime minister concealed his somewhat mysterious marriage throughout most of his political career; Pope Francis is now suffering rightwing backlash for some of his more progressive views; meanwhile, two children have been banned for life from discussing fracking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

New Ear

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‘Left, Right & Center’: 2014, The Year That Was

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the most consequential stories of 2014: the fracking revolution, the global economic slowdown, technological advances and police and race.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE


New York State Bans Fracking

When natural gas companies first pressed into New York in 2008, state environmental regulators barely understood the process of “hydraulic fracturing.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

Scientists Refute Lower Emissions Claim for Fracking

As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE

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Fracking for the Cure?

One of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE

A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)

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.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Strikes Islamic State Oil Fields in Quest to Defund It: But Will It Replace Oil With Fracking?

Sawt al-Iraq (Voice of Iraq) reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attack small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by IS in Deir Ezzor.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE

Couch Potato Congress

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GOP Par for the Course

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Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells

The Government Accountability Office says environmental regulators are failing to adequately enforce rules for wells used to dispose of toxic waste from drilling.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE

Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning It May Be Contaminating Aquifers

The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE


Fracking Firm Offers Locals $50,000 Hush Money

Responding to complaints, a gas company in Pennsylvania offered all the residents of a particular neighborhood $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE

Fracking Boom Threatens U.S. Water Supplies

Widespread fracking for oil or gas may have transformed the U.S. energy market, but campaigners warn that the boom is seriously depleting or contaminating vital water supplies.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism

He may have driven over state lines in a Tesla, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry again demonstrated that he is clearly living in another era—one that a vast swath of the country has already left behind—during a speech in San Francisco on Wednesday night at the Commonwealth Club of California.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE

Mindy Kaling Takes Jabs at Harvard Law Students About Their Future: ‘You’ll Defend BP From Birds’

Mindy Kaling, a comedian who describes herself as someone who is “obsessed” with justice, gave a commencement speech at Harvard Law School on Wednesday that most were probably not expecting.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE

New Environmentalists Taking Bold Actions, and They’re Working

No longer dominated by the traditional “Big Green” groups that were taking large donations from corporate polluters, the new environmental movement is broader, more assertive and more creative.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE


We’re All Just Grenades in the Partisan Wars

No matter how serious the issue, the political class seems pathologically determined to present everything as a fun-and-games, red-versus-blue battle whose only important consequences have to do with the next election.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE

Questions on the Future of Fracking

The fracking industry is radically changing the U.S. energy industry. But there are growing doubts about how sustainable it will prove.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE

Michael G McKinne /

Slow Response to Fracking Complaints Makes Problems Worse for Pennsylvania Residents

There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

ProPublica surveys some recent research on potential health implications of hydro fracking.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE

Fracking Bans Gaining Popularity All Over the Place

Americans aren’t the only ones against fracking.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

For Exxon Mobil CEO, Fracking’s Fine, Just Not In His Backyard

The contentious practice of hydraulic fracturing—commonly referred to as “fracking,” thus offering opponents a handy resemblance to a popular expletive—isn’t something Exxon Mobil’s head honcho, Rex Tillerson, has opposed.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Vera Scroggins

Now without a doubt, the physical mobility of Americans can be limited by corporations via the power of the state.

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 READ MORE

No Pipe Dream

Spectra Energy, one of the largest natural gas infrastructure companies in North America, had proposed changes in a pipeline it owns, the Algonquin, which runs from Texas into my hometown, Boston. Suddenly, I’m in the crosshairs of the fracking industry, too.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Fracking Revolution Dilutes EU Climate and Energy Plan

The pressure to remain economically competitive is driving Europe’s new climate and energy plan, with the priority of ameliorating threats from climate change being pushed to second best.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE


Three Reasons the TPP Is Bad for the Environment

The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Wildlife Fund have examined the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement leaked by WikiLeaks and determined that the draft could have some devastating environmental consequences.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

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Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE (CC BY 2.0)

McKibben on Obama, Environment: The Cynics ‘Were Right’

Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben slaps the administration for taking on easy battles, sidestepping the tough ones and trying to claim environmental progress. Meanwhile, the earth continues to heat up as Obama pursues oil- and coal-based energy policies, and then brags about them.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Rural N.Y. Communities Use Fracking Waste to De-Ice Roads

Maybe this is why there’s a New York city named Fishkill. Road crews in some rural areas around the state are using toxic fracking waste liquid to de-ice roads, despite a moratorium on fracking in the state and a federal EPA warning against using the juice. Exactly what’s in the liquid? Only the frackheads know, and they’re keeping it a secret.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Beck Diefenbach

Fracking and the New War on Air Pollution in Los Angeles

Over the past 50 years, the city of Los Angeles has made great strides to curb its smog problems by cutting vehicle emissions. But now, the emerging “fracking” industry threatens to undo much of that progress by wantonly spewing toxic chemicals into the air.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE

To the Barricades! ALEC Posts Issues for 2014 Legislative Wars

The secretive Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has its sights set on labor laws, consumer protections and public education, among others. So you can’t say you weren’t warned.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Mike Groll

The Saboteurs

Wiebo Ludwig, a messianic Christian minister, took God’s law seriously. And to him that meant blowing up oil and gas drilling stations in northern Alberta to protect his children, his livestock, his water and the planet.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 READ MORE

FeatheredTar (CC BY 2.0)

Fossil Fuel Euphoria

For years, energy analysts had been anticipating an imminent decline in global oil supplies. Suddenly they’re singing a new song, and the expected boost in energy is predicted to provide the United States with a cornucopia of economic and political rewards, including industrial expansion at home and enhanced geopolitical clout abroad.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE

Poverty Is Digging Deep

Almost half of Americans classified as poor earn an income that’s 50 percent below the poverty line; the Internet is adding to the destruction of the creative class, musician David Byrne argues; and North Dakota has suffered one of the worst onshore oil spills in recent history, courtesy of fracking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE

No Fracking Way in France

The French constitutional council upheld a law that bans hydraulic fracturing in the European country; a report claims Syrian rebels committed war crimes, killing and abducting hundreds of civilians; and data analytics are being used to discriminate against the poor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE

CREDO: Cuomo Policy Summit 8/22/2012 (CC BY 2.0)

Quebec Fracking Ban Lawsuit Shows Perils of Free Trade Deals

If you read our latest Truthdigger column, you know that certain existing and potential future international trade deals allow private corporations to sue governments for profits they claim to have lost as a result of a nation’s laws. Here’s an example of such a suit currently filed against Canada.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Tar Sands Catastrophe: Months-Long Leak Still Bubbling Away

Four months after a leak was first noticed in a northern Alberta, Canada, tar sands field, operators still don’t know what caused it or how to stop it. Now a lake will be drained to try to find the source—a catastrophe that points up the industry’s failure to understand its own processes.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE

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