June 25, 2014
The man behind a New Mexico county's fracking ban

John Olívas led the charge for Mora county in New Mexico to become the first in the U.S. to permanently ban corporations from fracking or otherwise developing oil and gas within its borders.

May 30, 2014
Three men are presumed dead in Colorado’s giant mudslide near Collbran. Warm temperatures and rapid snowmelt could cause a secondary slide, putting oil and gas wells in the path of a sea of mud and debris some 250 feet deep. How much should the risk of natural disaster be factored into energy planning? (Getty photo) http://hcne.ws/1tQewIL

Three men are presumed dead in Colorado’s giant mudslide near Collbran. Warm temperatures and rapid snowmelt could cause a secondary slide, putting oil and gas wells in the path of a sea of mud and debris some 250 feet deep. How much should the risk of natural disaster be factored into energy planning? (Getty photo) http://hcne.ws/1tQewIL

February 15, 2012

As part of the fiscal year 2013 budget [PDF] released on Feb. 13, President Obama proposed to eliminate $40 billion in tax breaks for oil and gas producers over the next 10 years. Yesterday, theYale Project on Climate Change reiterated its recent finding that Americans of all political stripes oppose subsidies for “coal, oil, and natural gas companies.” They oppose these subsidies by 70 percent to 30 percent — better than two to one.” (Courtesy of Grist/Climate Progress) 

(Source: grist.org)

December 12, 2011
USGS creates model predicting maximum size of fracking-caused earthquakes

Small earthquakes are a recognized risk of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, a procedure in which companies unlock energy reserves by pumping millions of litres of water underground to fracture shale rock and release the natural gas trapped inside. Researchers now say that they can calculate the highest magnitude earthquake that such an operation could induce — though it won’t determine the likelihood of a quake occurring. From Nature

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