Fracking

Minnesota county bans fracking sand mining due to health, environmental risks

| WTF News | At least one county is standing up to Wall Street money as Houston County in southeast Minnesota has banned frac sand mining, a process increasingly used in fracking. There are no frac sand mines in Houston County currently but commissioners banned "sand, quartz, and/or silica crystals…
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Putin Sends Nuclear Bombers Over English Channel: “Transponders Turned Off… Invisible to Air Traffic Control”

Shtfplan Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t been one to back down in response to sanctions against his country and attacks on his economy. Rather, he has stepped up not only his rhetoric, but his military activities as well. His latest move is yet another show of force to let the West know Russia is…
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Electricity

Price of Electricity Hit Record High in U.S. in 2014

CNS News () - Even as gasoline prices plummeted and the overall energy price index calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics declined, electricity prices bucked the trend in the United States in 2014. Data released today by the BLS indicates that the electricity price indexes hit all-time highs for…
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Falling Oil Prices Could Cripple ‘Vulnerable’ Russia, Trigger World War III

SHTFplan by Mac Slavo The Cold War is going hot, and while it may someday be fought with planes, tanks, guns and bombs, the first front is being fought with oil and shale gas. The and European sanctions against Russia will become more severe and crippling in the face of…
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Russia Turns East at Shocking Speed with China Mega Energy Deals

New Eastern Outlook by F. William Engdahl While Western mainstream media concentrates attention on the emissions agreement signed by US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi at the recent APEC Beijing Summit, Russia’s Putin and China’s Xi quietly signed major new energy agreements that will have enormous geopolitical significance…
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Saudi Oil War Against the United States – a Deja-vu?

New Eastern Outlook by Viktor Mikhin In history, just as in everyday life, different events tend to repeat themselves after some time. This is known as “deja-vu”. Specialists define it as a condition similar to re-reading a book you are very familiar with or watching a film you have seen…
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The US and Saudi Arabia Want to Crush Russia and Iran

New Eastern Outlook by Viktor Titov Listening to the opinions of experts regarding the continuing sharp decline in oil prices, one is involuntarily surprised at the naive estimates, which can be summed up like this: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and several other OPEC members are reducing oil prices exclusively to take…
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“Tactics as Dirty as Their Oil”: Leaked Docs Reveal TransCanada’s Propaganda Plan

Global Research By Jon Queally TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling as he announced the new Energy East Pipeline during a news conference in Calgary, Alberta in 2013. (Photo: Reuters/Todd Koro) Documents show that oil and gas companies are placing serious resources of time, money, and personnel into countering the…
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Russia Is Preparing For A “Catastrophic” Oil Price Collapse

Zero Hedge Vladimir Putin told the state-run TASS news agency that Russia's economy faces a potential "catastrophic" slump in oil prices, saying, as Bloomberg reports, such a scenario is "entirely possible, and we admit it." However, Putin reassures that with reserves at more than $400 billion, the country will weather…
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Oil Plunges As Saudis Dismiss Price War “No Basis In Reality”

Zero Hedge WTI Crude oil prices tumbled to a $75 handle this morning as Saudi oil minister al-Naimi dismissed claims of a price-war as having "no basis in reality" noting that "Saudi oil policy has remained constant for the past few decades and it has not change today," suggesting expectations…
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Fracking Boom and the Development of America’s Energy Resources

The New American by Bob Adelmann Travis Wright’s first impressions of Williston, North Dakota, in January 2012 remain vivid. It was bitter cold and the Walmart parking lot was filled to overflowing with campers and RVs whose owners were using them as de facto homes while working in the oil…
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Has Washington Just Shot Itself in the Oily Foot?

New Eastern Outlook by F. William Engdahl By now even the New York Times is openly talking about the secret Obama Administration strategy of trying to bankrupt Russia by using its oil-bloated Bedouin bosom buddy, Saudi Arabia, to collapse the world price of ;However, it’s beginning to look like the…
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How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed

Zero Hedge Two years ago, in hushed tones at first, then ever louder, the financial world began discussing that which shall never be discussed in polite company - the end of the system that according to many has framed and facilitated the US Dollar's reserve currency status: the Petrodollar, or…
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Sino-Russian Nuclear Power Pact Caps Banner Year of Moscow-Beijing Deals

The New American by William F. Jasper Having concluded massive oil and gas deals earlier this year, Russia and China are also moving ahead to expand their nuclear energy cooperation. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported on October 10, “Chinese nuclear scientists intend to work with Russian colleagues on the…
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Saudi Arabia: on the Verge of Tough Decisions

New Eastern Outlook by Viktor Mikhin Saudi Arabia is once again in the center of international events. The international community is primarily interested in consequences of Saudis’ adopting the decision to maintain the capacity of produced crude oil at the same level and to lower prices for its oil. There…
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The Pentagon and Big Oil: Militarism and Capital Accumulation

Global Research By Prof. James Petras There is no question that, in the immediate aftermath and for several years following US military conquests, wars, occupations and sanctions, US multi-national corporations lost out on profitable sites for investments. The biggest losses were in the exploitation of natural resources – in particular,…
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Emperor Obama’s Old New Clothes and the US Energy War (II)

Oriental Review by Vera Graziadei Part I There is a difference between a people’s revolution and an orchestrated coup, there is a difference between allowing people to choose their leaders democratically, irrespective of whether they are pro-western or pro-Russian, and actually installing a government, which the US has done in…
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Emperor Obama’s Old New Clothes and the US Energy War (I)

Oriental Review By Vera GRAZIADEI It really is a pity that children are not allowed to meetings, so that during Obama’s address to the General Assembly last week someone could have shouted out: “The King is naked!”.  For even though in its intention his speech was supposed to be a finely-weaved cloth…
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Chemical

Study Finds Treated Fracking Wastewater Still Too Toxic

Oil Price By Andy Tully, One of the biggest concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is that the vast amount of wastewater produced by the process of extracting oil and gas from shale rock deep underground is incredibly toxic.   Most often, the wastewater is injected into disposal wells deep…
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Fracking

Fracked: U.S. Approves Fracking on Federal Land in California

All Gov. The federal government gave the green light for oil and gas companies in California to drill on federal lands using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and acidization techniques after a receiving a report(pdf) from an independent, non-profit group created by the Legislature. The California Council on Science and Technology enlisted…
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Focus A

11 earthquakes hit fracking-heavy central Oklahoma over weekend

RT During a 14-hour stretch from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, the US Geological Survey recorded seven quakes ranging from magnitude to in areas northeast of Oklahoma City. In addition, a temblor hit Langston just after noon on Saturday, and three other quakes ranging from magnitude to occurred Saturday morning.…
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Commodities

Energy Markets Are On The Brink Of Crisis

Brandon Smith The multitudes of people, especially Americans, who view government activity in a negative light often make the mistake of attributing all corruption to some covert battle for global oil fields. In fact, the average leftist seems to believe that everything the establishment does somehow revolves around oil. This…
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Energy

The US is attempting to organize a redistribution of the European energy market

New Eastern Outlook by Petr Lvov Once the current and illegitimate authorities in Kiev, in their most insolent manner, ceased hiding the fact that they were being backed by the United States, they immediately began reneging on their payment obligations for Russian gas supplies. It became obvious that the motivation…
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Coal

Obama’s War On Coal Is Going To Kill Jobs And Sent Electricity Rates ‘Skyrocketing’

End Of The American Dream by Michael Snyder When Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, he stated that under his plan “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket”.  Well, now it looks like he is finally getting around to keeping his ; New EPA rules that are designed to cripple…
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Biofuels

A World Turning Against Biofuels

CFACT by Dennis Avery The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has suddenly reversed its support for biofuels. The panel now admits growing crops for fuel “poses risks to ecosystems and biodiversity.” Scientists—and many Green activists—turned against ethanol and biodiesel years ago because it took too much land. However,…
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Coal

Obama’s EPA Coal Plant Regulations: “Obamacare for the Atmosphere”

The New American by William F. Jasper The Obama administration has thrown down its latest gauntlet in its “War on Coal.” On Monday, June 2, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced unprecedented restrictions on power plants, the alleged purpose of which is to combat global warming by drastically cutting carbon dioxide…
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Coal

Obama Administration Targets Coal With Controversial Emissions Regulation

FOX News The Obama administration took aim at the coal industry on Monday by mandating a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030 -- despite claims the regulation will cost nearly a quarter-million jobs a year and force plants across the country to close.…
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China

Russia-China Natural Gas Pipeline & the Future of Energy

Occupy Corporatism by Susanne Posel Russian and China have come to an agreement, signing off to allow OAO Gazprom , a Russian state-run gas corporation, to have a $55 billion investment to develop Siberian gas fields with the purpose of creating a pipeline. This contract was signed by Alexey Miller,…
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China

Russia: Historic 30-yr gas deal with China set to be signed next week

RT Reuters/Gleb Garanich A historic, long-term deal for the delivery of Russian gas to China that has been 10 years in the making is 98 percent ready, Russia’s Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky has said. All that’s needed are the two countries’ signatures, he added. "We hope that the negotiations…
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Coal

The Supreme Court helps the EPA shut off electricity in America

CFACT by Alan Caruba April seems to be the month in which the Supreme Court devotes itself to decisions that have no basis in real science and can do maximum damage to the economy. Invariably, the cases are brought against the Environmental Protection Agency and are decided in its favor. In…
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Biofuels

Study: Some Biofuels Release More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

The New American A new scientific study published by the peer-reviewed Nature Climate Change reveals that some federally subsidized ethanol biofuels produce more carbon dioxide than burning gasoline, when the entire production process is taken into consideration. The study considered the impact of the conversion of cellulosic corn stalks — not the…
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Time to repeal America’s crude petroleum export ban

CFACT by Paul Driessen America’s crude petroleum export ban is an antiquated byproduct of the 1973 Arab oil embargo. Repeal is long overdue. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has sent oil, natural gas, and propane production soaring. Natural gas output is up 36% since 2005. Oil output is expected to increase another…
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Great Decisions: “Energy Independence” by Dr. Flynt Leverett (Video)

The Excavator Video Title: Great Decisions: "Energy Independence" by Dr. Flynt Leverett. Source: USArmyWarCollege. Date Published: April 9, 2014. Description: Energy independence, by taking the bargaining chip of oil dependence off the table, would be good for American foreign policy. But the very technological advances that make independence possible have…
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