reuters Exclusive: In clash with pope’s climate call, U.S. Church leases drilling rights

Casting the fight against climate change as an urgent moral duty, Pope Francis in June urged the world to phase out highly-polluting fossil fuels. Yet in the heart of U.S. oil country several dioceses and other Catholic institutions are leasing out drilling rights to oil and gas companies to bolster their finances, Reuters has found. …

STOP the F/G Fracking in Kentucky! Send the message now!

  Governor Beshear, the General Assembly and the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) are seeking comments on how the Commonwealth should move forward with regulating the oil and gas industry — including fracking. Around the country, fracking has been known to create toxic air pollution, contaminate drinking water and lead to health problems in communities …

"I thought it was normal not to be able to drink your own tap water.”

After the Spill: Life in West Virginia's Coal Country One year after the Elk River chemical disaster, has the Mountain State's approach to mining changed? Omar Ghabra Jan 9 2015, 11:04 AM ET   CHARLESTON, W. Va.—At 8:16 a.m. on the morning of January 9, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection received the …

ATTENTION KENTUCKY: ANOTHER PIPELINE PLAN FOR NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS

Saturday, 08 November 2014 10:00         The alarm is ringing again for Kentuckians who already stopped one potentially hazardous pipeline project. Public backlash plugged plans for the Bluegrass Pipeline, which included building 180 miles of new pipeline to help transport natural gas liquids from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast. Now, less …

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

August 20th, 2014 by Associated Press     COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds. Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a …

What Is Fracking and Why Should It Be Banned?

    The case to ban fracking grows stronger every day. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. It’s a water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid — a mix of water, sand, and chemicals, including ones known to cause cancer — are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil …

UK government found ‘cheerleading’ for fracking industry

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) is taken on a guided tour of the IGas shale drilling plant oil depot by Operations Manager Andrew Austin (L) and Chief Operating Officer John Chief Blaymyers (c) near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire on January 13, 2014. (Reuters / Lindsey Parnaby) British government officials have been collaborating in private with shale …

Burning water well hard to fathom

Denise Howard’s water well has been burning since May after a series of underground explosions, which blew off the well house. (Photo by John Flavell/The Independent, Ashland, Ky.) Column -- By Ronnie Ellis CNHI News Service GLASGOW, Ky. — Some things are just hard to fathom. Hard to explain. Hard to ignore. A flaming drinking …

The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind the Gas Boom

It’s not only toxic – it’s driven by a right-wing billionaire who profits more from flipping land than drilling for gas. By Jeff Goodell March 1, 2012 8:00 AM ET Aubrey McClendon, America's second-largest producer of natural gas, has never been afraid of a fight. He has become a billionaire by directing his company, Chesapeake …