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Monday, July 21, 2014

Links for 7/21/14: Lies About Fracking, Bans Rejected, and More

Bloomberg:  Fracking Sends Northeast Natural Gas Output to Record   -   "Record natural gas production from the Marcellus shale deposit in the Northeast is helping send U.S. output to an all-time high, as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling unlocked underground supplies. Gross output from the region will average 15.235 billion cubic feet a day this month, up 28 percent from a year earlier, and..."

Natural Gas Now:  100 or So Lies About Fracking – Part I   -   "There was a news conference the other day where the usual suspects, operating under one their various aliases, the Concerned Health Professionals of NY (CHPNY), attacked natural gas yet again with a new “study.” It’s anything but a study, of course. Rather, it is a collection of allegations and anecdotes; the sort of pseudoscience we’ve come to expect from this gang. Their latest report is pompously titled as a..."

ABC News:  North Texas City Rejects Partial Fracking Ban   -   "The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community. Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2 after eight hours of public testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November. Fracking involves..."

NOLA.com:  Fracking receives support in survey of St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce members   -   "Nearly 70 percent of the responses to a St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce survey about fracking expressed support for the method of oil extraction or no opposition as long as safeguards are put in place to protect the parish's drinking water. The chamber released the results of its survey as it considers taking a formal position on fracking, a controversial issue..."

Pike County Courier:  Expert: Pa. didn't address fracking health impacts   -   "Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila, who is now the public health commissioner for Orange County, N.Y., also says the state's current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because..."

Fox & Hounds:  CA Fossil-Fuel Foes Want To Ban More Than Just Fracking   -   "California foes of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have been surprised and disappointed at their inability to get Gov. Jerry Brown or the Legislature to ban the practice. Brown’s support for a law regulating but permitting the newly improved drilling technique barely seemed to..."

Investors.com:  Shale Drilling Heads Abroad But U.S. Has Advantages   -   "Significant shale production overseas may be only a handful of years away, potentially accelerating a global transformation in energy and politics, but other countries may not be able to create the conditions that gave the U.S. its first-mover advantage. The first wells are being drilled in promising locations such as western Siberia, North Africa and the Vaca Muerta formation in Argentina, says Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of..."

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