HomeOpinionFracking Updates: Say yes to LNG – Google Is Helping the Gas Lobby – NY names panel to review fracking – Andrew Cuomo promised large campaign donors “Done Deal “?

Fracking will destroy the environment
Say no to fracking if you don’t want flammable drinking water (“Say yes to LNG,” Nov. 13). We shouldn’t ruin our drinking water just to deliver liquid natural gas to China.

Would they run their tankers on natural gas? The oil is running out, so the cost of transporting anything is rising dramatically. China is a long way away and won’t be able to afford it if we don’t buy their plastic junk.

Germany recently acknowledged that 99 percent of its oil reserves were imaginary, and as a result it has rapidly became a world leader in solar power. It doesn’t want our gas at any price. More…

How Google Is Helping the Gas Lobby Support Fracking

By Michael CorcoranTruthout | News Analysis – 

Ads on Google have placed pro-fracking propaganda at the top of Google search results and into the middle of an important discussion on the environmental impacts of fracking. The practice raises important questions about the role of search engines in the new media world.

For more than 17 months, Robert Howarth, an ecology professor at Cornell, has had a Google problem. Howarth is the chief author of an important paper on the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of obtaining natural gas. The paper concludes that the practice is not a clean way to extract domestic energy, as many allege, and has an even greater carbon footprint than coal. The paper’s conclusions poke holes in some of the most common talking points used by supporters of fracking and made major headlines, including a large and prominently placed article in The New York Times in April 2011. Howarth, along with one of his co-authors, Anthony Ingraffea, and activist actor Mark Ruffalo, were ranked byTime as among the 100 “people who matter” in 2011. More…

NY agency names panel to review fracking study
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s health department has named experts from George Washington University, the University of California Los Angeles and the Colorado School of Public Health to review the state’s environmental study on shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing, a state official said Thursday.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been formally made.

Health and environmental groups have pressed for a comprehensive and independent health impact analysis before hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is allowed. Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens rejected that request in September, saying state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah would do the review with help from outside experts.

The DEC faces a regulatory deadline of Nov. 29 to complete new regulations for fracking. Martens said the agency’s proposals won’t be finalized until Shah’s health review is finished. If the deadline isn’t met, the regulations may have to be reopened to public comment.

New York has had a moratorium on shale gas drilling since 2008, when regulators began an environmental review of fracking, which releases gas from rock by injecting a well with millions of gallons of chemically treated water. More…

Akron Beacon Journal (blog)  – ‎8 minutes ago‎
Commercial oil shale development in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado would require large volumes of water, threatening Western water supplies and jeopardizing fish and wildlife, according to a reportreleased Thursday by Sportsmen for Responsible Energy 

Fracking and Radium, the Silvery-White Monster

Huffington Post (blog)
Nov 15, 2012
Written by

Karl Grossman

Fracking for gas not only uses toxic chemicals that can contaminate drinking water and groundwater — it also releases substantial quantities of radioactive poison from the ground that will remain hot and deadly for thousands of years.


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