- EQT chief speaks on fracking, coal, greenhouse gases at UC - News - The Charleston Gazette - West Virginia News and Sports -: The question of what chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing are "overstated," Porges said. Many still ask for companies to reveal them, however, he said they're available on frackfocus.org, which is run by the Groundwater Protection Council.
- Ohio agency says fracking-related activity caused earthquakes | Reuters: An Ohio state agency said on Friday there is evidence that the high-pressure injection of fluid underground related to fracking caused a series of Ohio earthquakes culminating in a New Year's Eve tremor in any area not known for seismic activity.
- Natural born drillers: Why shale gas won't end our energy woes | Grist:
Talk about a dangerous echo chamber: A government agency relies on industry data to calculate "independent" estimates, then industry proponents point to the government figures to bolster their rosy outlook.
This echo chamber is one powerful explanation for how federal energy officials have, wittingly or unwittingly, become peddlers of the so-called "crack cocaine of the power industry."
Has the agency cleaned up its act? It has lowered its numbers. But only time will tell whether it has changed how it does its research.
In the meantime, we'll all have to live with a natural gas boom that may turn out to be a lot more expensive--for both the environment and consumers--than the industry and regulators first believed.
- Drilling Down - Fighting Over Oil and Gas Well Leases - NYTimes.com