Aug 11, 2014

PA & beyond: After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger

From: DeSmogBlog <brendan@desmogblog.com>
Date: Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Subject: After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger


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Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr. Greenwood was among the first farmers from his state to speak out against the gas industry during the early years of the state's shale gas rush. CLICK TO READ MORE
For decades, the U.S. railroad industry has successfully shed labor costs by shifting to smaller and smaller operating crews. Now, it's on the verge of what was once an unthinkable victory: single-member crews, even on dangerous oil trains.
It's not just bad news for workers. The contract has major safety implications—especially amid North America's dangerous, and sometimes deadly, crude-by-rail boom. Last year's Bakken shale oil train derailment and explosion in Lac M├ęgantic, Quebec, which killed 47 people, brought increased scrutiny to oil trains. (A single engineer was in charge of the ill-fated train, although it was unmanned when it rolled into the town center.)  CLICK TO READ MORE
California is in the middle of an epic water shortage, with nearly 80% of the state experiencing "extreme or exceptional" drought conditions. Check out this animated map to get a sense of how extensively the drought has impacted the Golden State.
Given the situation, anti-fracking activists say it's time for Governor Jerry Brown to put a stop to water-intensive fracking, claiming that the controversial oil and gas production method is exacerbating the problem. CLICK TO READ MORE
There are enough articles on the "myth of peak oil" floating around the Internet to fill a book; and there are enough books on the subject to fill a small library.  One of the common threads throughout these publications is their lack of credible sources, because not only is peak oil real, but we're rapidly approaching that threshold.
According to a new government report, oil and natural gas production in the Gulf has been steadily declining for the last decade. The report looked at oil production in the Gulf of Mexico on federal lands only, not any privately-held lands where production is taking place. Since 2010, according to the report, the annual yield of oil from the Gulf has fallen by almost 140 million barrels.  CLICK TO READ MORE

Deploying the age-old "Friday news dump," President Barack Obama's Interior Department gave the green light on Friday, July 18 to companies to deploy seismic air guns to examine the scope of Atlantic Coast offshore oil-and-gas reserves.
It is the first time in over 30 years that the oil and gas industry is permitted to do geophysical data collection along the Atlantic coast. Though decried by environmentalists, another offshore oil and gas announcement made the same week has flown under the radar: over 21 million acres of Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas reserves will be up for lease on August 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Superdome.  CLICK TO READ MORE