Archive for October 2012

U.S. Geological Survey: Natural Gas Fracking Is Destroying Pennsylvania Forests

Oct 24th, 2012 | By Mark
natgas drillrig

Natural gas drilling activity is destroying thousands of acres of forest in Pennsylvania, according to a recent report issued by the U.S. Geological Survey. “This type of extensive and long-term habitat conversion has a greater impact on natural ecosystems than activities such as logging or agriculture, given the great dissimilarity between gas-well pad infrastructure and
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Oct. 15, 2012

Oct 15th, 2012 | By Mark
The aftermath of the San Bruno explosion on Sept. 9, 2010, that left 8 people dead and destroyed 38 homes. A California Superior Court judge ruled that PG&E customers will bear nearly half the estimated $2.2 billion it will cost to upgrade the company's natural gas transmission lines to prevent a similar accident in the future.

This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions is exactly what it sounds like: an aggregation of natural gas leaks and explosions compiled from various media reports from around the country. It is not meant to be comprehensive; a report of that nature would run exceedingly long and try the patience of you, the faithful
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USGS: It Will Take 110K Fracking Wells to Fully Harvest Utica Shale Gas

Oct 5th, 2012 | By Mark
Utica shale play sweet spot

A new report from the United States Geological Survey estimates that it will take 110,000 natural gas wells to fully harvest the more than 38 trillion cubic feet of shale gas locked underground in the Utica Shale Play. The Utica Shale Play stretches across parts of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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New Video of Spectra Pipeline Action in New York City from Occupy Pipeline

Oct 5th, 2012 | By Mark
This graphic details three zones should an explosive event occur at the proposed Spectra natural gas pipeline currently under consideration for construction in lower Manhattan: a 500-foot radius, where everything would be incinerated if the pipeline were operating at the lower end of the pressure scale, around 800 pounds per square inch (psi); an 800-foot radius, where massive damage would occur if the pipeline were to be operating at the maximum 1,450 psi; and a 1,000 foot radius, in which enormous destruction would occur at any pressure.

A few weeks ago, a group of protesters affiliated with Occupy the Pipeline managed to gain access to the construction site at Gansevoort and the Hudson Parkway, where a massive new natural gas pipeline that will run from New Jersey into lower Manhattan is being laid, and blocked construction of the project for more than
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USGS Links Fracking to Well Contamination; Judge Strikes Down Local Drilling Controls

Oct 4th, 2012 | By Mark
fracking well graphic

Just days after a federal agency confirmed data linking hydraulic fracturing to water contamination, a New York State Supreme Court Judge struck down a local ordinance regulating the controversial natural gas drilling technique. On Sept. 28, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued a report that unequivocally linked fracking activity to well water contamination in
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