Archive for July 2011

Underground Gas Leak Creates Explosive Conditions in Portland, Maine

Jul 28th, 2011 | By Mark
A natural gas leak in Portland, Maine, created potentially explosive conditions beneath one of the city's busiest commerical districts. The leak was discovered at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, July 24.

A natural gas leak in Portland, Maine created potentially explosive conditions along a five block stretch beneath one of the city’s major commercial thoroughfares early Sunday morning. According to an incident report obtained by, a pedestrian flagged a passing police to report the smell of natural gas near the intersection of Cumberland and Washington
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Spectra Energy Cited By Feds for Probable Pipeline Safety Violations

Jul 27th, 2011 | By Mark

Spectra Energy, the company seeking permission to construct a massive, new natural gas pipeline that would run between New York City and New Jersey, has been cited by federal regulators for 17 inadequacies in its pipeline safety operations and procedures. According to a June 13 Notice of Amendment from the PHMSA to Spectra, the federal
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A Story Worth Reading …

Jul 20th, 2011 | By Mark
Natural gas drillers are conducting hydraulic fracturing operations within a stone's throw of a watershed in Pennsylvania, and pushing to expand operations in other watersheds throughout the state. Photo courtesy of

Hydraulic fracturing advocates will tell you that fracking, as it has come to be known in the parlance of our times, is completely safe, that thousands upon thousands of wells have been “fracked” in the United States and not one has contributed to contaminated drinking water. Fracking, of course, is the process by which millions
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This Week in Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – July 18, 2011

Jul 19th, 2011 | By Mark
The Williams Companies Inc. own natural gas pipelines all around the country. An explosion in Maryland, in the company's Transco pipeline, caused considerable concern among nearby residents. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently approved The Williams Companies' request to expand the Transco pipeline.

It’s been a busy week around the country for natural gas leaks and natural gas explosions, so let’s get right to it, then, shall we? In St. Louis, MO, a vacant house exploded on Monday night, blowing and bricks from the building and setting the place on fire. No one was injured. In Ellicott City,
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Terry the Friendly Fracosaurus is Gone — or is he?

Jul 15th, 2011 | By Mark

Talisman Energy may have sent Terry the Friendly Fracosaurus out to pasture, but you can still download a copy of the coloring book that features the natural gas-drilling dinosaur right here at “Talisman Terry’s Energy Adventure” was a 24-page coloring book aimed at children, ostensibly to instruct them in the virtues of hydraulic fracturing,
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Friday Funnies: The Colbert Report

Jul 15th, 2011 | By Mark

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Anti-frack Attacks Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

What Really Happened at the Chesapeake Blowout

Jul 14th, 2011 | By Mark
Crew members work to contain a spill of hydraulic fracturing fluids at a well blowout on April 19 in Bradford County, PA. Photo courtesy of Protecting Our Waters.

Methane concentrations grew so strong following an April 19 blow-out at a natural gas well operated by Chesapeake Energy in northeastern Pennsylvania that the company cleared the area of crew members and equipment in case the facility exploded, according to documents detailing the incident obtained by Following the April 19 blow-out, which sent tens
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Study: Fracking Could Seriously Damage NY Tourism

Jul 11th, 2011 | By Mark
Flaring from a hydraulic fracturing well illuminates the night sky in Bradford County, PA. A new study from a regional planning board in New York concludes that similar activity could significantly damage tourism in the southern part of that state.

The impact of natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing could have a significant and debilitating impact on tourism in the southern part of New York state, according to a new study from a regional planning board there. The study, done by the Cornell University doctoral candidate Andrew Rumbach at the behest of the Southern Tier
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Friday Funnies: That Ain’t Natural Gas, Pal …

Jul 8th, 2011 | By Mark

France Bans Fracking

Jul 7th, 2011 | By Mark

Even though the nation sits atop what many analysts believe are some of the most potentially productive natural gas fields in the world, France has banned the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it has come to be known in the parlance of our times, according to French media reports. From the French newspaper
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