the U.S. is counting on

a long-term abundance of oil & natural gas

But what if the boom is just a bubble?

Citizens Take Monitoring Into Own Hands as Eagle Ford Shale Boom Continues Undaunted

Citizens Take Monitoring Into Own Hands as Eagle Ford Shale Boom Continues Undaunted

Posted on 10 Dec 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Citizens Take Monitoring Into Own Hands as Eagle Ford Shale Boom Continues Undaunted

by Julie Dermansky Hugh Fitzsimons lll, a buffalo rancher on the outskirts of Carrizo Springs, Texas, cautiously watches the fracking industry’s accelerating expansion. His 13,000-acre ranch is atop the southwestern part of the oil-rich Eagle Ford Shale, which stretches from Leon County in northeast Texas to Laredo, along the Mexican border. During the last two years Fitzsimons […]

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Hard Times in a Boom Town: Pennsylvanians Describe the Costs of Fracking

Posted on 02 Dec 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hard Times in a Boom Town: Pennsylvanians Describe the Costs of Fracking

By Sharon Kelly If you’re looking for the shale gas boom, northeastern Pennsylvania is the place to start. The Marcellus is the largest and fastest growing shale gas play in the U.S. and more than half of its 50 most productive wells were drilled in Susquehanna County in the northeast. Susquehanna and neighboring Bradford County produced […]

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“I Hate That Oil’s Dropping”: Why Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Wants High Oil Prices for Fracking

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Hate That Oil’s Dropping”: Why Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Wants High Oil Prices for Fracking

by Steve Horn Outgoing Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) chairmanPhil Bryant — Mississippi’s Republican Governor — started his farewell address with a college football joke at IOGCC‘s recent annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. “As you know, I love SEC football. Number one in the nation Mississippi State, number three in the nation Ole Miss, got […]

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Texas Regulators Sidestep Connection Between Fracking Industry and Earthquakes

Posted on 13 Nov 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Texas Regulators Sidestep Connection Between Fracking Industry and Earthquakes

by Julie Dermansky New rules for Texas injection wastewater well operators offer no relief to people impacted by more than 30 earthquakes that hit Azle, Reno and Springtown almost a year ago. Many buildings in the three small cities, 50 miles west of Dallas, Texas, suffered broken windows, cracked walls, damaged plumbing and foundations. Seismic activity is […]

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Marcellus Shale Fracking Rush Brings Worries of Boom-Bust Cycle

Posted on 04 Nov 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Marcellus Shale Fracking Rush Brings Worries of Boom-Bust Cycle

by Sharon Kelly Across the U.S., the shale gas industry’s arrival has been marked by wariness, not only of the environmental impacts associated with fracking, but also due to the oil and gas industry’s long history of flashy booms followed by devestating busts. In towns across the state, the lingering effects of past economic downturns – […]

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