My mother told me there’d be days like these…

August 25, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Ignoring the requests of tens of thousands in the U.S. and Canada -- and the demands of a rapidly warming planet -- yesterday the U.S. State Department approved the Alberta Clipper dirty oil sands pipeline.

EPA distributes Pavillion drinking water contamination report

August 25, 2009 • Jennifer Goldman

Late last night, we finally received the public release of the EPA's investigation into alleged drinking water contamination by hydraulic fracturing toxics in Pavillion, Wyoming.

Well, Frack! EPA Water Investigation in Rural Wyoming Strikes a Nerve with the Oil and Gas Industry

August 25, 2009 • Jennifer Goldman

Some Pavillion, Wyoming landowners have water that smells and tastes like gasoline.  It s cloudy, and particles float in it.  It didn t used to be this way.

Should we drill for gas in our state parks?

August 17, 2009 • Alan Septoff

The AP reports today that states, seeking new sources of revenue, are allowing or considering allowing drilling for gas inside state parks. Has it really come to this?

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Frackers acknowledge they cause earthquakes

August 15, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Chesapeake Energy told state regulators they "may have" caused a series of minor earthquakes in North Texas, according to the Wall Street Journal.

EPA Confirms Drinking Water Contamination by Toxics Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

August 14, 2009

Pavillion, WY, August 14, 2009 - This week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a group of over 70 that initial investigations found 11 of 39 tested drinking water wells were contaminated. Among the contaminants are toxics used in oil and gas production.

As part of a Superfund investigation, EPA began sampling in March 2009 in the Pavillion, WY area in response to multiple landowners concerns about changes in water quality and quantity following EnCana's increased gas development in the area. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) and EnCana had continually assured Pavillion residents that there was no evidence of hydrocarbons or toxic chemicals in their drinking water wells.

Marcellus Fracking and the rural landscape

August 7, 2009 • Alan Septoff

In today's New York Times, Verlyn Klinkenborg's Editorial Observer Column Walking Where the Drilling Rigs Will Go, ruminates on what is lost by drilling in the Marcellus Shale -- and the ultimate loss of landowner control that goes along with it.

"[I]t is still hard to imagine how much this effort will transform the landscape. I walked with a friend along a gravel road near Peas Eddy. In a relatively flat spot in the woods, we came upon a surveyor s stake. If the state gives the go-ahead, that subtle opening will be replaced by an industrial-sized clearing to make space for a drilling rig and all the machinery needed to fracture the shale and extract and pump the gas. All of that equipment will travel on the gravel road we had just walked, which runs along a stream bank.

My friend has refused to sign a mineral lease for his land. Yet his refusal makes no difference. Once a certain percentage of landowners in a development block have agreed to sign and the state gives the green light the drillers can go ahead. The rigs will run up and down the roads, and the woods will take on the look of a heavy construction zone, all in the immediate vicinity of people who have tried to hold out against the drilling."

Energy Industry Sways Congress With Misleading Data

July 9, 2009 • Alan Septoff
Today, Politico and Propublica jointly published a story questioning the drilling industry's claims that Congressional efforts to close a loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act would be too costly. In fact, the story reveals, industry's own studies refute their claims.