Scroggins has come under the microscope frequently for her attention-grabbing antics while protesting fracking.
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Scroggins has come under the microscope frequently for her attention-grabbing antics while protesting fracking.
Read the whole article here.Thousands of feet of large white- and-black tubing snakes through yards, woods and alongside roadways, disappearing into the ground only to reappear on the other side of roadways in this rural township in eastern Trumbull County.The temporary above-ground pipeline visible from state Route 305 near Bushnell-Campbell Road was installed to haul millions of gallons of fresh water, according to officials from BP North America Gas and the Trumbull County Engineer's Office, to the area's newly drilled Buckeye Well, just northwest of Hartford Township center. The water is necessary to hydraulically fracture the well, a process that begins releasing fossil fuels products from shale pockets hidden deep underground.It's the second local BP well fracked with water piped rather than trucked to the site, an innovative way of aligning cost-saving measures and safety, said BP Director of Government and Public Affairs Curtis L. Thomas.
Contrary to information incorrectly shared by the Carroll County Board of Commissioners on Monday, August 19, Sierra Buckeye elected to release a “Paid-Up Oil and Gas Lease” originally dated July 17, 2012 for the Atwood Lodge property between it and the Carroll County Board of Commissioners.Sierra was able to release the lease because it provided that if Sierra did not commence an optional well or make an optional payment of $1,500 per net acre, then the lease would terminate on June 30, 2013.It should also be noted that Sierra requested an extension of the lease until November 1, 2013 as it sought to further assess the economic viability of the Utica oil window. However, despite repeated requests the Carroll County Board of Commissioners failed to notify Sierra of its decision to not extend the lease. Instead, Sierra learned of the decision by reading news articles which stated that the Carroll County Board of Commissioners erroneously informed the public that Sierra was in “default” during a meeting on August 19.This is certainly not the case though, because as stated above the drilling of the Well and the remitting of the payment were optional actions in the lease.To ensure there is no further confusion, Sierra has executed a release instrument today which is being sent to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners by overnight mail for receipt tomorrow (Friday, August 23, 2013) so that it can be recorded in the records of Carroll County.Sierra Buckeye is a privately-held, Houston-based independent oil & gas producer focused on the development of unconventional oil and gas reserves whose employees and partners are committed to respecting business associates, land owners, clients and the environment. The company has approximately 60,000 acres under lease in Northeastern Ohio and an office in Canton.From Robert S. Fabris, CPL
Vice President, Land & Business Development, Sierra Buckeye, LLC
Read the whole article here.Should oil and gas producers be allowed to hydraulically fracture wells even if there is a small but hard-to-quantify risk to the environment, property and human life?That is the question politicians, environmentalists, local residents and the media are all grappling with across large parts of the United States, Britain and other countries.For some environmental campaigners and local residents, the answer is No. Fracking should not be allowed unless and until it can be shown to pose no threat to the environment and human health.Citing the precautionary principle, they oppose a technique that could contaminate groundwater, trigger earth tremors, and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere, as well as disrupt local communities with construction traffic and industrialise the rural landscape.For their part, oil and gas producers insist all energy production is associated with some level of risk but fracturing has a good safety record and fears about it are exaggerated.Who is right? How should politicians, regulators, the media and voters weigh up the costs and benefits associated with fracking for oil and gas production?Should they even try to do this calculation, or should fracking simply be banned as unacceptably dangerous?Unfortunately, it is hard to come to an informed and sensible conclusion. The debate over fracking seems to have brought out the worst impulses in politicians, lobbyists, campaign groups and journalists. It has become oversimplified and polarised - fuelling controversy rather than dispelling confusion among readers and voters.
Village Council plans to sell one-fourth of the village’s 20 percent gross profits from its oil and gas leases with Rex Energy to Gateway Royalty for a one-time payment of $555,000.
Gateway asked council to consider the offer several weeks ago. On Monday, council discussed the offer, which would allow the village to purchase a new firetruck.
The estimated cost for a new truck is about $370,000, according to Fire Chief Tom Mesler. That amount does not include the cost of additional equipment and upgrades.
Gateway would receive the royalties from 110 of the 443.05 acres leased to Rex Energy by the village. Gateway has leased about 8,500 acres in Carroll County at either one-quarter or one-half share. The company has estimated the lifetime value of its royalties from the village is about $2.2 million.
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Anti-fracking activists gathered at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park for three days of celebration, education, solidarity and relaxation during an "International Gathering.""Our goal over this weekend is to provide information on what fracking is," John D. Williams of McDonald said. "We are talking about its possible impact on communities and showing those who want to organize in their communities ways they can do it."We also plan to relax and learn," he said.Saturday's gathering attracted approximately 500 people from as far away as California, New York and Canada to discuss concerns about the environmental impact of the drilling of natural gas and injection wells.Local activists are celebrating because Niles City Council last week passed a Community Bill of Rights, which prevents hydraulic drilling within city.- See more at: http://www.tribunechronicle.com/page/content.detail/id/592117/Gathering-aims-to-curb-fracking.html?nav=5021#sthash.AHvgGweS.dpuf
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Read the whole article here.An opportunity to get even a moment of attention from the president of the United States or the several thousands assembled to see him would typically attract more than a handful of special interests groups protesting or advocating for their issue.But not in Scranton.Other than about 50 natural gas drilling opponents leafleting, talking into bullhorns and passing out materials Friday, no one with an ax to grind made themselves visible outside the Lackawanna College student union before President Barack Obama's appearance in the Electric City.A smaller group of protesters, although one with a more varied agenda, greeted Mr. Obama on Jefferson Avenue as his motorcade entered and left the city.The relatively light turnout came as a disappointment to some of the itinerant natural gas drilling opponents, who made similar demonstrations outside Mr. Obama's recent appearance in Syracuse, N.Y., a city larger than Scranton, but one with similar demographics.Among the hundreds of demonstrators in Syracuse were the American Muslim Society demanding the U.S. act to stop the killing in Egypt, a group decrying U.S. unmanned drone strikes, privacy groups opposed to National Security Agency surveillance and people defending leakers Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning.The sign wavers outside Lackawanna College hoped to share their indignation with others making their respective issues known to the president and people."It's sad, really," said Wendy Lee of Lewisburg, a member of Shale Justice, one of several shale groups represented Friday.
You can read that whole article here.Last night the Niles City Council voted to adopt a community “bill of rights” in order to block shale development from their town. The vote was taken after a single reading without business or industry comment, or apparently any education on the issue at all. Interestingly, there is not even a Utica Shale well being proposed in Niles, but rather an injection well.Instead of taking the time to vet the community “bill of rights,” learn more about the industry or even know if what they passed was legal, the city council took it upon themselves to pass the ordinance anyways. It must be stressed: this ordinance is merely ceremonial and has no actual legal authority.With the passage of HB 278 in 2005, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) retains sole and exclusive authority over regulating the oil and natural gas industry in Ohio. The reasoning behind the passage of HB 278 is that permitting and regulating of oil and gas activities should be unified.As an example of why this is important, think about your state driver’s license. Does it make more sense to have one uniform set of requirements by which each driver must abide in the state, or should each county (or even each city and town) be required to issue its own permits and impose its own restrictions? Perhaps a better question is: How many licenses would you have to retain (and pay for!) just to drive across the state?ODNR also employs over 100 oil and gas specialists to permit, regulate and enforce rules covering the industry. These include hydrologists, hydrogeologists, geologists, environmental experts, engineers, and many other professionals. In other words, people who rely on science, not activist hyperbole (on either side, for that matter). In addition to having experts on staff, ODNR retains the full backing from the Attorney General if they would need to pursue action against violators. Niles has neither the authority nor the wherewithal to bring the AG into a case.While the ordinance passed does not have any authority over the oil and gas industry, an activist-written (and deliberately vague) community “bill of rights” always provides a bevy of unintended consequences. Heaven forbid a trucking company wants to haul water for an oil and gas company, because the Niles council members just told every such company that they aren’t welcome in their town.
Members of the Athens County Board of Elections so far have declined to explain their decision to block an anti-fracking group's ballot initiative that was intended to go to Athens city voters this November.
Three board members voted unanimously Thursday morning to sustain an objection to a citizens' ballot initiative that would have banned deep-shale oil and gas drilling and waste-disposal activities in the city, as well as expressing an intention to penalize fracking polluters upriver from Athens. The measure has been pushed by the Bill of Rights Committee, an anti-fracking group composed of city and non-city residents.
The objection was filed by a separate group of Athens residents, who laid out several reasons for why the fracking ban shouldn't appear on the Athens ballot.
Board member Kate McGuckin recused herself from the vote, citing a conflict of interest. Members Helen Walker, Ken Ryan and Aundrea Carpenter-Colvin all voted in favor of sustaining the objection.
Following the vote, Board of Election members and Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn retired to judge's chambers in the county Courthouse.Read that article in its entirety by clicking here.
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Read the whole article here.As BP America continues to assess the prospects of the Trumbull County acreage it has under lease, the energy giant sought to tap in to the community’s good will Wednesday by donating meat to two area agencies serving the needy.BP’s director of government and public affairs, Curtis Thomas, delivered half of the meat processed from two cows and two pigs purchased during the livestock auction at the recent Trumbull County Fair to the Warren Family Mission on Route 422. The other half was to be delivered to Trumbull Mobile Meals.“This is a perfect example of a win-win-win situation,” Thomas remarked. BP purchased the cows and pigs from the livestock auction at the fair, providing money for the owners to put toward college, a local processor cut the meat into the kinds of cuts requested by the nonprofits and the meat was donated to the agencies. The meat was processed into hamburger, roasts, hot dogs and hams.
Read the rest of the article here.Being heard by those in power is one thing. Actually achieving a future where global warming doesn't cook us all, as McKibben is well aware, presents much graver challenges.Roughly half of North Americans, suggests recent public polling, don't accept the scientific consensus that humans are frying the climate. Any talk of wide-ranging carbon solutions similarly divides the halls of power in Ottawa and Washington.But McKibben isn't worried about "too much polarization." Blocking climate progress are the fossil fuel companies he says have "more money than God." An ever-louder choir, he's convinced, must counter their immense political influence.Some observers sympathetic to his cause now wonder, though, whether the opposite might be true: By singing "at the top of their lungs," have McKibben and his supporters become deaf to large sections of the public unconverted by their gospel?And in so doing, have they ultimately made it harder to save planet Earth?
Read the whole article here.Yesterday, a coalition of 276 environmental and consumer organizations including Americans Against Fracking, 350.org, Berks Gas Truth, Center for Biological Diversity, CREDO Action,Democracy for America, Environmental Action, Daily Kos, Food & Water Watch, MoveOn,Progressive Democrats of America, The Post Carbon Institute and United For Action delivered to President Obama and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) nearly 650,000 public comments asking the federal government to ban hydraulic fracturing—fracking—on public lands.This development amplifies the message sent by the 7,800 people who called the White House yesterday, urging President Obama to protect communities and their resources from the negative effects of fracking. The deadline for submitting public comments to the federal government regarding drilling and fracking on federal lands is today, Aug. 23.
Carroll County commissioners said that oil and gas exploration company Sierra Buckeye is in default on the lease agreement signed with the county in October 2012.
The announcement followed a two-hour executive session regarding contract negotiations held during commissioners regular meeting Monday.
Under the terms of the contract, Sierra Buckeye agreed to lease the oil and gas exploration rights for $2,250,000 for about 481 acres of the Atwood Lake Lodge property. The amount is $4,500 per acre.
The county received the $2,250,000 last year.
Read the whole article here.The contract calls for Sierra Buckeye to pay $1,500 per acre if drilling was not started within six months. If drilling doesn’t begin within three years, or if Sierra Buckeye chooses not to renew the contract, the contract calls for the company to pay the county an additional $6,000 per acre.
Read the whole story by clicking right here.Ohio lost its first bid for an ethane cracker plant to Pennsylvania. Sen. Rob Portman wants to make sure that doesn't happen again.Portman, R-Ohio, toured MarkWest Energy's $2.2 billion Cadiz natural gas processing operation Wednesday, where company officials told him they have a desperate need for a local ethane cracker. Portman hopes Denver-based MarkWest and other natural gas producers and processors will keep growing their operations so that building a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker becomes feasible in eastern Ohio."The alternative of not producing this oil and gas would be a missed opportunity," Portman said during the tour. "This encourages manufacturing to come back to Ohio."
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Read the entire article here.As one digs deeper into the research, more and more questions begin to surface.At the core of the study (and the reason it generated so much press attention) is the suggestion that methane “leakage” during natural gas development is exceedingly high. From the report:“Given the large global warming potential of CH4, a natural gas leak rate of 6.2 – 11.7 % during production negates any short-term (<70 years) climate benefits of natural gas from this basin for electricity generation compared to oil.”As noted, NOAA scored some early press coverage on that point back in January with the lead author, Colm Sweeney, proclaiming: “We were expecting to see high methane levels, but I don’t think anybody really comprehended the true magnitude of what we would see.”This is an interesting comment for two reasons: First, they were expecting to see high methane emissions? Is Sweeney admitting they were going in with preconceived notions? Second, Mr. Sweeney is claiming from one day of data collected in a three hour flight over one oil and gas field that we’re experiencing off the charts methane leakage rates. That’s a pretty serious accusation, and one that would normally call for a great deal more data to corroborate – certainly more than a sampling event that ran about as long as a Notre Dame football game.
Federal regulators have released ExxonMobil's 2013 emergency response plan for the pipeline that ruptured in an Arkansas residential neighborhood on March 29, but the document is so heavily redacted that it offers little information about Exxon's preparations for such an accident.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)completely blotted out more than 100 pages of the 290-page document, including Exxon’s worst-case scenario hypothesis and its plans to repair any damage caused by an accident. What remains is emergency contact information for local authorities and Exxon officials and maps of the 850-mile route of the Pegasus pipeline, which also include a few redactions.
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Read the rest of the article here.A landslide apparently damaged a MarkWest Energy pipeline in northern Wetzel County this week, causing it to rupture and spill an unidentified, but potentially explosive, liquid.Kathy Cosco, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed the spill Friday. But DEP officials have not yet been able to closely examine the Rocky Run area where the liquid was released."Yes, we are aware of that incident, but we haven't been able to get a whole lot of samples," Cosco said. "We can't get close enough yet. ... As of (Friday) morning, the gas levels in the immediate area were too high for our folks be able to ... take samples of the stream."As a result, Cosco said, DEP officials won't know what substances may have contaminated the stream for some time. She said reports indicate the spill involves "wet gas" or a "liquid gas" and that many natural gas liquids - byproducts of natural gas drilling such as propane, ethane, butane and others - vaporize when their liquid forms come in contact with water.
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GreenHunter Resources, Inc.(NYSE MKT: GRH) (NYSE MKT: GRH.PRC), a diversified water resource, waste management and environmental services company specializing in the unconventional oil and natural gas shale resource plays, announced today financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013.
- Total Revenue Increased 172% to
$17.5 millionfor the six months ended June 30, 2013versus the similar period in 2012 of $6.4 million
- Total Disposal Volumes Increased 216% in the first six months of 2013 to 2.3 million barrels (BBL) injected compared to 728,700 BBL injected in the first six months of 2012
- Total Operating Salt Water Disposal Permitted Injection Capacity as of
June 30, 2013Exceeded 97,000 BBL per day representing a 1,400% Increase from June 30, 2012
- The Company has received guidance from the US Coast Guard for Waterborne Transport of Oil Field Wastes regarding plans to convert existing infrastructure into a water recycling station and build up to 19,000 barrels of water tank storage
- Three new Hazmat vacuum trucks ordered and delivered for the Appalachia division in
August 2013FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL RESULTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2013GreenHunter reported revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2013of $8.9 million, compared to $4.2 millionreported during the Second Quarter of 2012. The increase in revenues of 113% or $4.7 millionwas driven primarily by increases in daily salt water disposal volumes as a result of both organic SWD capacity growth and acquisitions that resulted in a 1,400% increase in permitted operating injection capacity compared to one year ago.The operating loss for the three months ended June 30, 2013was ($2.1) million, compared to an operating loss of ($0.4) millionduring the Second Quarter of 2012. Net loss to common shareholders was ($1.7) million, ( ($0.05)loss per common share basic and diluted) for the three months ended June 30, 2013compared to a net loss of ($1.0) million, ( ($0.04)loss per common share basic and diluted), during the Second Quarter of 2012.For the three months ended June 30, 2013, GreenHunter’s Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) was $1.2 million. Operating margins decreased during this period resulting in an operating loss and loss to common shareholders due primarily to increased costs associated with a greater scale of operations in South Texas. This is a result of low margin services associated with well-pad completion and rig washing services previously offered by our White Top and Black Water business lines. These services were discontinued during the month of May 2013.On June 10, 2013, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, GreenHunter Water, LLCclosed on the sale of one underutilized saltwater disposal well and associated equipment located in South Texas. The Company received $5.2 millionfrom this non-core asset divestiture, resulting in a gain of $2.3 million.
Read the rest of this story by clicking here.Natural gas prices, which the last two years have been some of the lowest in a decade, will rise only slightly this winter thanks in large part to the ongoing supply of gas-rich shale deposits in the eastern and northern United States.“It’s a very bright future for consumers on the natural gas side going forward,” said Robert Stitt Black, president of the Waterville Gas Co., which at present, has the lowest natural gas rate of any supplier in Ohio at 39 cents per hundred cubic feet.Recently, Columbia Gas of Ohio Inc. assembled figures showing that during the 2012-13 winter heating season its customers had an average residential bill of $422.42 — the lowest average in 10 years. A winter season runs from November through March.
When a young man’s estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, he returns home for the first time in years to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hoping to uncover some logical explanation, he instead finds his mom’s sleazy new boyfriend, a natural gas company buying up the town, an angry female sheriff who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and an army of flesh-eating squirrels hellbent on destroying everything in their path due to an erosion of their food chain as a result of environmental destruction by the gas company.And here is the (incredibly stupid) "pre-production sales trailer" that was used to shop the idea to production companies.
“We’re going to be present in Binghamton by the hundreds if not the thousands,” says Walter Hang, with the Ithaca-based Toxics Targeting.Read the whole article here.
Read more of that article here.The cost of policing the ongoing anti-fracking demonstration at a camp in Balcombe, West Sussex has cost taxpayers nearly £750,000, Sussex Police have revealed.Up to 1,000 activists are set to join the six-day Reclaim the Power Camp on the outskirts of the village, while officers from 10 other forces have been drafted in to bolster Sussex Police's operation.
|These ones chained and superglued themselves to a protester's wheelchair|
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|If nothing else, the protest is a good excuse to party - or whatever this is called|