Archive for June 2011

NYT: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Lift State’s Ban on Fracking

Jun 30th, 2011 | By Mark
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will lift the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, according to a story posted earlier today by the New York Times. Under a proposal posted this afternoon on the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation website,  the state would maintain the ban on hydraulic fracturing in watersheds serving the New York City
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Yankee Gas Granted Partial Rate Request Increase to Improve Pipeline Safety

Jun 30th, 2011 | By Mark

The Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control approved a rate increase request of approximately $5.6 million for Yankee Gas yesterday, substantially less than the $78.5 million the utility had sought. Yankee Gas Communications Manager Karen Samide told that the funds generated by the rate increase will be used to improve the safety of the
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EPA Chief Promises New Clean Air Rules Related to Fracking

Jun 29th, 2011 | By Mark
Methane drillers are sinking new hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, wells at a rapid pace across the country.

Methane drillers are sinking new hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, wells at a rapid pace across the country. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said her agency is working to develop new rules to regulate air pollution generated by natural gas drillers engaged in hydraulic fracturing, according to a story published today in the Aspen Daily
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Claims of Chesapeake Energy CEO Aside, EIA Documents Directly Support NYT Story Questioning Shale Gas Claims

Jun 27th, 2011 | By Mark
Shareholders at Chesapeake Energy have filed suit against the company's CEO, Aubrey McClendon, alleging that he failed to disclose significant conflicts of interest.

On Sunday, the New York Times published a well-researched story, supported by a trove of documents such as emails between natural gas industry executives, market analyst reports and internal agency documents, questioning the claims made by natural gas industry executives about the productivity of their hydraulic fracturing wells and the size of the reserves locked
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Jersey City: Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline Failure Would Be “Catastrophic”

Jun 23rd, 2011 | By Mark
A simulation of a natural gas pipeline explosion developed by the Jersey City Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security shows the area of destruction in the immediate aftermath of an incident. The area in red denotes the zone in which conditions would turn potentially lethal within 60 seconds of ignition touching off a massive fireball.

A failure of the natural gas pipeline Spectra Energy is proposing to construct between New Jersey and New York City would produce costly and potentially lethal destruction of enormous magnitude, according to documents detailing a simulation of a pipeline incident obtained by The simulation, created by the City of Jersey City’s Office of Emergency
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Feds Slap ConEd, KeySpan Natural Gas Storage Facility with Notices of Probable Pipeline Safety Violations

Jun 20th, 2011 | By Mark

Federal regulators recently cited a company that stores natural gas for distribution to the New York City metro market for multiple probable pipeline safety violations and inadequacies in safety plans and procedures, including a failure to demonstrate adequate protections against pipeline corrosion, according to documents obtained by The company, Central New York Oil &
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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up …

Jun 19th, 2011 | By Mark
Natural gas industry trade groups, like the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, have helped to shape the regulations that govern their industry by funding the studies that serve as the foundation for regulatory recommendations, according to a provocative and compelling story published by Hearst Newspapers.

Sometimes a couple of stories come along, from completely different sources, that precipitate a jaw-dropping sense of astonishment. This is one of those times. First, from the trade journal Occupational Health & Safety, a story posted on Saturday headlined, “New Rules Coming for Pipeline Control Rooms.” The story notes that: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s
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Friday Funnies: Never Mind That Sound You Hear …

Jun 17th, 2011 | By Mark

NY Actors Come Out Against Fracking

Jun 15th, 2011 | By Mark

A group of New York-based actors appear in a video entitled, “I Love My NY Water,” aimed at educating people about the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as it has come to be known in the parlance of our times. Fracking is a procedure in which tens of thousands of gallons
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This Week in Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – June 13, 2011

Jun 14th, 2011 | By Mark

Regular readers of know that natural gas leaks caused by contractors normally are not featured in the “This Week in Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions,” because they happen with such disturbing regularity that if every instance were noted there would be no room for anything else. Every once in a while, though, an incident
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