For years we have pointed to the residents’ of Dimock, PA experience as evidence of the damage caused by fracking. Now, after fourteen years, residents have hopes that their homes will enjoy good water. It took a dramatic and controversial documentary film and aggressive litigation against a recalcitrant company. I hesitate to say that anybody
Lest you be lulled into thinking that energy companies have seen the light and turned over a new leaf, this was just published by Spotlight PA: A new report by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection says conventional oil and gas drillers improperly abandoned thousands of additional wells here between 2017 and 2021 — often with impunity. Abandoned wells leak
My childhood was shadowed by asthma and frequent bronchitis. We lived in Cleveland where open hearth furnaces and coke plants tainted the air with soot and corrosive sulphur. There is a reason that it is called “the rust belt.” But the friendly ol’ gas stove we cooked on may have contributed. Read more below. Stoves
You have integrity when what you do matches what you say and vice-versa. It comes as no surprise that the energy industry has been called out yet again for misleading the public. They aren’t walking their talk, and we should ignore what they say and watch what they do. A parenthetical note: the Keystone Pipeline
Investigative journalist Judd Legum zeroed in on Chevron for posing as a cutting-edge innovator in renewable energy when the opposite appears to be so. The energy industry has a deeply flawed record, and much of what they claim is helping the environment actually does more harm than good. This is about integrity. When you walk
We’d like to think that science is impartial, but money talks. Greenwashing A new study analyzed 1,168,194 sentences within 1,706 academic reports from 26 university energy research centers, three of which got their funding primarily from the natural gas industry. The study found that the three university energy research centers that were funded primarily by fossil
Those that enjoyed the bounty of income literally pumped out of the ground have left tens of thousands of defunct wells for society to clean up. Once you punch a hole down into fossil fuel rich strata, you have created a channel for the nasty stuff to travel to higher layers and to the atmosphere.
Looks like the regulators and responsible party are dithering, while those whose wells were contaminated tough it out. One more example of the emptiness of claims that fracking can be done safely. WATER WAIT: Months after a frack out at a gas well in Greene County, residents in one community are still dependent on bottled water, some having
Spills The latest estimate from the Colonial Pipeline spill in August of 2020 in a nature preserve in North Carolina now puts the spilled amount of gasoline at 2 million gallons, up from the company’s original estimate of 63,000 gallons. The company claims that it’s managed to suck three-quarters of the spill out of the ground
Despite the fact that our climate verges on irreparable damage from atmospheric carbon, the fuel industry lumbers on to get more carbon out of the ground and into the environment. Let’s keep it in the ground folks!