Tag: oil and gas

NASA Confirms A 2,500-Square-Mile Cloud Of Methane Floating Over US Southwest

NASA Confirms A 2,500-Square-Mile Cloud Of Methane Floating Over US Southwest

Mike G – NASA confirms that there is a giant methane gas cloud forming over the Western US, and it is the result of the oil and gas industry…

By October 20, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
Fracking – The Next Frontier for Offshore Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

Fracking – The Next Frontier for Offshore Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog Waking Times In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). With 21.6 million acres auctioned off by the Obama Administration and 433,822 acres receiving bids, some press accounts have declared BP America […]

By August 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Scientists Conclude that Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

Scientists Conclude that Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

EcoWatch Waking Times Last week a Texas TV station broke the news that new independent scientific analysis refutes the claim by the oil and gas industry that “there’s never been a confirmed case of fracking polluting drinking water.” WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, reported that two independent scientists using data from Texas regulators confirmed fracking in Parker County, TX by Range Resources polluted resident Steve […]

The End of the Amazon – Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in One of the Most Biodiverse Regions on the Planet

The End of the Amazon – Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in One of the Most Biodiverse Regions on the Planet

Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times In 2007, Ecuador, a country already heavily invested in oil development, surprised the world by announcing the Yasuní ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) Initiative which aimed to indefinitely refrain from exploiting the oil reserves contained within one of the most biologically diverse regions of the Yasuní National Park, situated in the upper Ecuadorian […]

“No Turning Back:” Mexico’s Looming Fracking and Offshore Oil and Gas Bonanza

“No Turning Back:” Mexico’s Looming Fracking and Offshore Oil and Gas Bonanza

Ben Jervey & Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog Waking Times After generations of state control, Mexico’s vast oil and gas reserves will soon open for business to the international market. In December 2013, Mexico’s Congress voted to break up the longstanding monopoly held by the state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos — commonly called Pemex — and to open the nation’s […]

Ecuador Will Have Referendum on Fate of Yasuni After Activists Collect Over 700,000 Signatures

Ecuador Will Have Referendum on Fate of Yasuni After Activists Collect Over 700,000 Signatures

Jeremy Hance, Mongabay Waking Times In what is a major victory for environmentalists, campaigners with United for Yasuni have collected 727,947 signatures triggering a national referendum on whether or not oil drilling should proceed in three blocs of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. The effort started last year after Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, announced he […]

Fracking in Public Forests Leaves Long Trail of Damages

Fracking in Public Forests Leaves Long Trail of Damages

Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog Waking Times Last Wednesday, the Washington D.C. city council passed a resolution opposing fracking in the George Washington National Forest, making the nation’s capitol the third major U.S. city, after Los Angeles and Dallas, to decry the hazards of shale drilling in recent days. The D.C. council’s resolution called on the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit […]

6 States Where Fracking Earthquakes are a New Feature of Reality

6 States Where Fracking Earthquakes are a New Feature of Reality

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times The movement against hydraulic gas fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ is becoming mainstream as this toxic and rapidly expanding technique by the oil and gas industry affects more and more everyday people. Essentially, fracking is the process of forcefully injecting different blends of chemicals, fresh water, gasses, sands or other materials […]

California Farmers Demand Fracking Moratorium in Worst Drought in History

California Farmers Demand Fracking Moratorium in Worst Drought in History

Food & Water Watch Waking Times With drought jeopardizing California agriculture, farmers across the state urge Governor Brown to place a moratorium on water-intensive fracking. California farmers, grappling with a record drought that’s parching their fields and livelihoods, call on Governor Jerry Brown to place a moratorium on the water-intensive extreme oil and gas extraction […]

By February 28, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Nobody Knows How Much Fracking is Happening Off California’s Coast

Nobody Knows How Much Fracking is Happening Off California’s Coast

Mike G, DeSmogBlog Waking Times The modern environmental movement was born when a drilling platform blew out and some 100,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Santa Barbara Channel in 1969, polluting California’s famous coastline. Yet as the race to exploit the vast amount of oil in the Monterey Shale heats up, environmentalists are warning that the state […]

By February 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Severe Oil Contamination Found in the Largest National Reserve in Peru

Severe Oil Contamination Found in the Largest National Reserve in Peru

Stefan Kistler, Alianza Arkana Waking Times Last week Peruvian governmental authorities released test results that prove alarming levels of contamination in Peru’s largest national reserve, Pacaya Samiria. The park has been declared a “wetland of international importance” by international treaty and is part of Kukama Kukamilla indigenous territory. The contaminated waters are the source of drinking […]

By January 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Frackquakes: Public Opposition Builds As Property Rights Are Endangered in Texas

Frackquakes: Public Opposition Builds As Property Rights Are Endangered in Texas

Sharon Wilson & Alan Septoff, Earth Island Journal Waking Times When Texans say “no” to oil and gas development, it’s a sign that times are a-changin’ The earthquakes you may have heard about — the 30 tremblors that have struck north central Texas since November 1 and have damaged many homes. The quakes are most likely being […]

By January 29, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
Scientists Make Crude Oil in Laboratory in About an Hour

Scientists Make Crude Oil in Laboratory in About an Hour

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times As the world continues to seek energy solutions that may alleviate some of the big problems associated with fossil fuel extraction, new ideas and inventions are being made possible with technological advances. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists and engineers have developed a new process to convert a green […]

By December 24, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
What a Year: 45 Fossil Fuel Disasters the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About

What a Year: 45 Fossil Fuel Disasters the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Emily Atkin, Nation of Change Waking Times While coal, oil, and gas are an integral part of everyday life around the world, 2013 brought a stark reminder of the inherent risk that comes with a fossil-fuel dependent world, with numerous pipeline spills, explosions, derailments, landslides, and the death of 20 coal miners in the U.S. alone. Despite […]

By December 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Tar Sands’ Next Frontier: Shipments on the Great Lakes

Tar Sands’ Next Frontier: Shipments on the Great Lakes

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog Waking Times The Great Lakes, drinking water source for over 40 million North Americans, could be the next target on tar sands marketers’ bullseye according to a major new report out by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes. The 24-page report, “Oil and Water: Tar Sands Crude Shipping Meets the Great Lakes?” unpacks a new looming threat […]

By December 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Water Industry Admits Fracking Compromises UK’s Water Supply

Water Industry Admits Fracking Compromises UK’s Water Supply

Kaye Spector, EcoWatch Waking Times Today, two industry groups signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating that their members will minimize the impact of onshore oil and gas development in the UK on the country’s water resources.The memorandum accompanies a report released by Water UK. The report concludes that ”where water is in short supply there may not be enough available from […]

By November 28, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Photos Reveal Ecuador Building Secret Oil Roads Deeper Into Richest Rainforest on Earth, the Yasuní National Park

Photos Reveal Ecuador Building Secret Oil Roads Deeper Into Richest Rainforest on Earth, the Yasuní National Park

Massimo De Marchi, Mongabay Waking Times In August 2012, professional photographers Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet were on assignment for National Geographic in Yasuní National Park, home to arguably the most biodiverse rainforest in the world. While there, they happened to take an aerial shoot above an area known as Block 31 (see Map), a controversial oil concession located […]

By November 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Word Games are Misleading the American Public About Fracking

Word Games are Misleading the American Public About Fracking

Sky Truth Waking Times “Half the truth is often a great lie.” – Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac – 1758 Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, and other drilling practices have unlocked previously inaccessible reserves of oil and gas across the United States and the world. However, some of the debate over fracking is distorting public […]

By November 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Could California’s Shale Oil Boom Be Just a Mirage?

Could California’s Shale Oil Boom Be Just a Mirage?

Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog Waking Times Since the shale rush took off starting in 2005 in Texas, drillers have sprinted from one state to the next, chasing the promise of cheaper, easier, more productive wells. This land rush was fueled by a wild spike in natural gas prices that helped make shale gas drilling attractive even though the […]

By November 8, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Worldwide Protests Challenge Fracking Industry

Worldwide Protests Challenge Fracking Industry

Farron Cousins, De Smog Blog Waking Times On Saturday, October 19th, from Romania to Canada and beyond, protests of varying size took place all over the globe to bring attention to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The events, part of a worldwide effort by Global Frackdown, are designed to raise public awareness about the environmental and health […]

By October 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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