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Ohio’s Earthquake: Top 10 New Ways to Use Toxic Gas-Drilling Waste

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3. January 2012

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Ohio’s Earthquake: Top 10 New Ways to Use Toxic Gas-Drilling Waste

Ohio has shut down the natural gas drilling wastewater disposal well that triggers earthquakes. Politicians are finally reacting to drinking water contamination, too. We need new disposal methods for the salty, toxic waste and ways to hold oil companies accountable. Here are 10 great ways to do both!

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Energy Drillers: Water Pollution Info Is Our Secret

18. May 2011

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Energy Drillers: Water Pollution Info Is Our Secret

The surge in energy company drilling for deep-rock natural gas has generated a matching surge in complaints of water contamination, including faucets pouring out so much methane gas that you can light it (video) with a match. The drillers, which include Exxon and other major energy operators, long denied the contamination had anything to do […]

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Fracking Congress Finally Wakes to Natgas Danger

1. March 2011

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Fracking Congress Finally Wakes to Natgas Danger

Congress–or at least a few Democrats in Congress–are at last investigating the explosive and toxic dangers of deep drilling for natural gas–the newest, hottest fad in the oil and gas industry. From The Hill’s energy and environment blog: House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Edward Markey (Mass.) and Rep. Rush Holt (N.J.), the top Democrat […]

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Natural gas: Not safe, and not all that green

14. September 2010

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Natural gas: Not safe, and not all that green

The way natural gas promoters talk about their pet fuel, you’d think it was green as clover and safe as baby oil. After the deadly San Bruno, California, gas line explosion, however, hawkers like natural gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens have gone silent. No more calls to action and pleas to phone your member of […]

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Nigeria=Mexico?

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7. September 2010

Nigeria=Mexico?

Mexico’s huge national oil company, Pemex, has shut down a large chunk of its natural gas fields because of the apparent kidnapping of dozens of employees and contract workers by drug gangs that are also stealing and selling oil and gas. It’s a situation increasingly similar to oilfield battles  in Nigeria, where a corrupt government […]

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Coal’s Anonymous Dirt

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28. July 2010

Coal’s Anonymous Dirt

Big Coal is planning an anonymous campaign blitz against elected officials (in Kentucky in this case) who dare to favor any restrictions on coal. That’s according to an internal coal company memo obtained by Kentucky’s Lexington Herald newspaper. This is only a tiny piece of the fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to let corporations pour unlimited anonymous money into political campaigns. How many of these memos do we not know about?

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Big Oil’s Boondoggle Machine

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7. July 2010

Big Oil’s Boondoggle Machine

Given the fury directed at BP in Congressional hearings on the Gulf oil spill, you’d think the time was ripe to cut the oil industry’s ridiculous subsidies–amounting to at least $40 billion per decade, according to a well-researched New York Times story over the July 4th weekend. But guess again. The oil industry has kept […]

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The Price of Cheap Coal

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7. April 2010

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The Price of Cheap Coal

04-7-10 by dugan    It’s not just mountaintops blown to smithereens and drinking water polluted. Cheap coal’s price is also the the 25 miners known dead, plus four more feared dead, in Monday’s West Virginia underground explosion, and scores of miners still missing in last week’s China disaster. "Cheap" means a deliberate refusal to put […]

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‘Clean’ Coal PR, Dirty Reality

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29. March 2010

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3-29-10 by dugan Just as the oxymoronic American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity launched a new campaign telling us that coal is sooo much cheaper than natural gas (coal’s chief, and cleaner, competitor), the admirable Center for Investigative Reporting announced its new documentary, "Dirty Business," showing us exactly why "clean coal" isn’t. The ad campaign […]

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Run From Guys With Clipboards

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5. March 2010

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Run From Guys With Clipboards

3-5-10 by dugan   I guess its’s fitting that it took a New York newspaper to inform Californians that a couple of giant Texas oil refining companies are bankrolling a ballot initiative to kill the state’s popular climate change/green energy law. The whole saga is much like Oklahoma oilman T. Boone Pickens’ failed effort in […]

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Oil vs. Water: You Choose

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28. December 2009

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Oil vs. Water: You Choose

If you had to choose between oil and water, one or the other, which would you choose? Living without oil or natural gas wouldn’t be fun, but you wouldn’t live at all without drinkable water. Which raises another question: Why is Exxon’s huge bet on natural gas drilling that may widely contaminate U.S. drinking water […]

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Goldman Sachs’ oil-rig loophole

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10. September 2009

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Goldman Sachs’ oil-rig loophole

09-10-09 by dugan   Who knew that investment giant Goldman Sachs was in the oil business? I’m picturing top execs earning their tens-of-millions bonuses in hard hats and oil-streaked yellow overalls. The news is part of an otherwise depressing Wall Street Journal story on how hard, and successfully, the financial industry is lobbying against regulations […]

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Brazil Finds Big Oil

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24. August 2009

Brazil Finds Big Oil

Alternative Energy Powerhouse Brazil Finds Big Oil August 24, 2009 By Bradley Brooks, ASSOCIATED PRESS Brazil, long proud of its push to develop renewable energy and wean itself off oil, has a bad case of fossil-fuel fever. An enormous offshore field in territorial waters — the biggest Western Hemisphere oil discovery in 30 years — […]

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