Thursday, May 23, 2013
FRACKorporation is MOVING
Monday, December 24, 2012
Introduction to Connecting the Dots
Thursday, October 25, 2012
USGS: Pressure from higher-ups at USGS forced our hand
RWMA: Then, can you give us the location of the Pennsylvania wells? With the location, we could find the well logs in Pennsylvania State files.In response to a request for the well logs, to examine whether the wells reached the Marcellus shale formation, the USGS researcher said they had none.
USGS : Well, no, that would break the trust with the gas companies that allowed us access.
USGS : Because we were told so.RWMA: Okay, then how do you know you reached the Marcellus shale formation?
USGS : The US Department of Energy in collaboration with the gas companies.RWMA: Who selected the wells?
USGS : No, but pressure from higher-ups at USGS forced our hand .RWMA: Did you feel comfortable publishing what are essentially screening results?
To summarize: The oil and gas industry chose specific wells, in which USGS researchers unsurprisingly measured low radon concentrations and were then pressured by the oil and gas industry to publish these preliminary findings, under the USGS imprimatur. It appears the USGS has been corrupted by the oil and gas industry.
What have We Done?
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Neutering of the DCNR
The head of a citizens advisory panel for the state’s parks and forests has been canned, purportedly to cut down on costs. But one member and Natural Resources committee says that’s baloney, reports the Associated Press:
Say good-bye to the stunning vistas, crystal-clear pools, cascading waterfalls and massive rock formations, they will soon be replaced by bare dirt, cement pads, frackwater pools, drilling spills and massive drill rigs.
Legislative Hearing Sought Into State Parks Director’s Resignation
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Encana: Hens are Safe
Encana tipped off Chesapeake to land plans in Michigan - Emails
Excerpt (Emphasis added): As Chesapeake Energy Corp and Encana Corp face antitrust investigations, emails reviewed by Reuters indicate that top executives of the two rivals shared sensitive information that gave Chesapeake the upper hand in deals with Michigan land owners.The emails show the competitors traded information about whether Encana was halting new land leasing in Michigan in 2010, and the information prompted Chesapeake to dramatically change its leasing strategy in subsequent weeks and helped send Michigan land prices tumbling from record highs.Excerpt (Emphasis added) : Encana said it held talks with Chesapeake without reaching an agreement on a joint venture. It has begun an internal inquiry led by the chairman of its board of directors. Chesapeake also acknowledged it held talks with Encana but said the two companies never consummated any agreement and never bid jointly.
Encana clears itself of collusion in Michigan | Reuters | By Brian Grow and Scott Haggett | ATLANTA/CALGARY, Alberta | Wed Sep 5, 2012
The company's board of directors, which led the investigation launched on June 25 with the assistance of outside attorneys, did not provide a report on the scope of the inquiry, nor explain how it reached its conclusion."We can't offer more detail than what we've released as the issue is still under investigation by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General," Encana spokesman Jay Averill said in an email.Encana has been served with subpeonas from Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a civil investigatory demand from the Michigan Attorney General. Encana said it will cooperate with the two agencies.Chesapeake Energy has confirmed a federal grand jury is looking into the company's acquisition of land and leases in Michigan.
Excerpt (Emphasis added) : In regulatory filings, Chesapeake said it received a subpoena from a field office of the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division. Federal prosecutors in the Western District of Michigan have opened a federal grand jury inquiry into the purchase and lease of oil and gas rights.Chesapeake also said several state government agencies have asked for documents in connection with oil and gas leases. It did not provide additional details.“Chesapeake intends to provide information in response to these investigations, and its board of directors is conducting an internal review of the matter,” Chesapeake said in the filing.
Nothing to worry about. The hens are safe and the foxes are teaching the hens how to make omelets.
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