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    The Financial Times: Shale gas seen as unlikely bet for Russia

    Asked whether Europe could replicate the US shale gas revolution, Alexander Medvedev, head of Gazprom’s export arm, cites an example from history.

    “Trotsky dreamt that the Russian Revolution would spread to the rest of the world, including the US,” he says. “Fortunately for world civilisation, it didn’t.”

    It’s the same, he adds, with shale. Environmental opposition to fracking, exorbitant costs and high population density mean it will never catch on in Europe – at least not on anything like the scale seen in North America.
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    "Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money."

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    Tamboran, having failed to convince locals of the case for tracking, has now turned to naked bribery:
    A GROUP of business people in north Leitrim have defended their decision to accept a €20,000 donation from a company which wishes to carry out hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the area.
    The donation was given following a meeting with Tamboran Resources representatives on April 2nd. The forum, which represents businesses in Manorhamilton, accepted the money to fund a feasibility study and planning application for a hotel in the town.
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...315591367.html

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    More:
    SligoToday.ie spoke to MEF Chairman Tony Feeney, however the local businessman, an auctioneer, refused to comment on the situation. When pressed to comment on the acceptance of the money he said, "I don't have to say anything" while confirming that MEF is a private limited company and is not funded, in any way, by public money. Despite several requests to Mr Feeney and MEF, by telephone, email and text, for an interview or an official statement, none has as yet been forthcoming.

    The MEF's website has now been taken offline.

    Richard Moorman, the CEO of TR in a statement to SligoToday.ie stated, "The Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum has asked over 20 companies across Ireland to assist them in revitalising the Manorhamilton area with a hotel planning application. The MEF very effectively made their point to us that the lack of a hotel in the Manorhamilton area hinders business and tourism opportunities, as well as employment and development potential for the greater North Leitrim area. Tamboran Resources is very pleased to have stepped up to assist them with their plans to benefit their community."
    http://www.sligotoday.ie/details.php...9abdb92473d8b0

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    The Anglo Celt reports that the University of Aberdeen report on chemical-free fracking is due to be released next week
    An analysis of whether chemical-free fracking is feasible, will form one of six aspects of the Scottish university's desktop study. This is significant given Tamboran, which have a licence option for the Lough Allen Carboniferous Basin, insisted that they can extract gas without the use of chemicals - something not conducted commercially anywhere in the world. Prior to July 2011 they had told The Anglo-Celt they intended to use chemicals.
    In their brief for the university the EPA acknowledge they will have to get up to speed to oversee a technology which has never before been used in Ireland: "It is envisaged that the EPA will be a statutory consultee with respect to any environmental impact assessment required for shale gas projects at the exploration stage, and will therefore be required to gain expert knowledge on the environmental impacts in order to fulfil this role
    http://anglocelt.ie/news/roundup/art...due-next-week/

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    Thanks, PaddyJoe.

    So we can see that Tamboran is already bribing people. Can it be that they have already bribed the government?

    Why is it possible that the Pat Rabbitte has been ordering an Environmental Impact Assessment from Aberdeen University which is sponsored by the oil and gas industry?

    => Open letter to Minister Pat Rabbitte concerning hydraulic gas fracturing ("fracking") in Ireland

    How is it possible that Tamboran can openly advertise for a technique which has never been practised before? “How can the EPA assess something that we are being told is brand new?

    => Open letter to the members of the 31st Dáil Éireann. Hydraulic Shale Gas Fracturing - Tamborans claims - Chemicals involved in the fracking procedure

    Well. Pat Rabbitte has never answered my letters to him...
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    Two interesting articles in the Time Magazine:

    Could Shale Gas Power the World?

    And we see parallels to Tamboran's "tactics":

    Fracked: Why Chesapeake Energy’s Aubrey McClendon is in Hot Water
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    Study Rebuts Industry Stance That Frack Fluids Can’t Taint Water

    Chemically treated drilling fluid can migrate through thousands of feet of rock and endanger water supplies, said a hydrologist whose research calls into question the safety of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

    The fluids can migrate faster that previously thought, Tom Myers, a Reno, Nevada, researcher, said Wednesday. His study, published in the online journal "Ground Water" on April 17, says fluids can reach shallow drinking-water aquifers in as little as three years.

    "If contaminants reach natural fractures under pressure, the upward flow has the potential to be enhanced greatly," said Myers, an independent consultant who has worked for conservation groups and governments. "It can flow upward if there’s a pathway and unless it’s completely impermeable, there’s always a pathway. It’s just a question of how long it takes."


    => Potential Contaminant Pathways from Hydraulically Fractured Shale to Aquifers

    The whole study available on scribd.com


    Let's keep in mind that shale gas has a carbon footprint worse than coal => The Cornell Team Redux: Shale Gas a Disaster for Climate



    This has been confirmed by scientists from NOAA and the University of Colorado => Air sampling reveals high emissions from gas field (Nature News)

    Compare to other claims of the industry, about 4% of the gas is lost to the atmosphere.




    The industry is lying about the real scale of impacts hydraulic shale gas fracturing is causing.
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    Yhe current situation in the US:

    Independent Analysis Confirms That Hydraulic Fracturing Caused Drinking Water Contamination In Wyoming

    A recent study from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing had contaminated groundwater has just been validated by an independent hydrology expert.

    The impact of natural gas drilling — particularly hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — on drinking water and groundwater has been heavily debated. It has also been one of the most serious PR issues for the oil and gas industry.

    In December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency found official evidence that poisonous chemicals from fracking had contaminated water near drill rigs in Pavillion, Wyoming. That study has now been backed up by an independent expert. In a report released today, commissioned by several environmental groups, Dr. Tom Myers writes that:

    After consideration of the evidence presented in the EPA report and in URS (2009 and 2010), it is clear that hydraulic fracturing (fracking [Kramer 2011]) has caused pollution of the Wind River formation and aquiferThe EPA’s conclusion is sound.

    Myers then details the Pavillion area’s unique geology and water pathways, as well as the shoddy construction of the wells that likely contributed to water contamination. He also outlines a number of ways that EPA can improve on its analysis and continue to collect critical data.

    When EPA released the draft findings last December, the natural gas industry and its elected allies were quick to pounce and attacked it as “scientifically questionable,” “reckless,” and lacking “a definitive conclusion.”

    Importantly, Myers notes in his report that:

    The situation at Pavillion is not an analogue for other gas plays because the geology and regulatory framework may be different.

    Nevertheless, it is a reminder for politicians like Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe who continue to claim that there has “never been one case — documented case — of groundwater contamination.”

    However, the lack of public data makes it difficult to gather evidence of drinking water contamination. As New York Times reporter Ian Urbina noted in an investigation last August, researchers often are:

    …unable to investigate many suspected cases because their details were sealed from the public when energy companies settled lawsuits with landowners.

    The oil and gas industry is exempt from portions of a number of environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act.



    Pro Publica puts it like this:


    The EPA’s First Fracking Rules — Limited and Delayed
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    The full documentary GASLAND now on Vimeo

    => http://vimeo.com/38843993
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    More from across the Atlantic:


    Residents evacuate after gas leaks from Wyo. well

    Associated Press

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An oil well blowout in Wyoming prompted 50 residents to evacuate their homes amid concern that a spewing cloud of natural gas could explode.

    Gas continued to erupt from the ground Wednesday after the blowout Tuesday afternoon five miles northeast of Douglas in east-central Wyoming. Witnesses told television station KCWY-TV they could hear the roaring gas from six miles away.


    Jennings won't sign fracking ban
    But Albany mayor says measure can become law without his OK


    ALBANY — Mayor Jerry Jennings said Tuesday that he won't veto the Common Council's ban on hydrofracking in the city for a second time — but he won't sign it, either.

    Jennings said he'll allow the measure, passed by the council last week with what appeared to be a veto-proof majority, to become law without his signature.


    Local fracking bans could sway DEC permit decisions, Martens says

    If hydrofracking eventually gets the go-ahead in New York, the local bans on the drilling procedure adopted by a growing number of municipalities could be “a basis to deny a permit,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said this morning.

    “Consistency with local laws, rules and regulations are one of the factors that we take into account when we assess the impacts,” Martens told Susan Arbetter on her Capitol Pressroom radio show. “So if a drilling application is inconsistent with local land use laws, and that’s one of the questions we will ask in an application, ‘Is it consistent?’ and we’ll also notify the town – again, presuming this activity goes forward, which it may or may not.”

    Dozens of municipalities across the state have enacted local bans hydrofracking, a controversial form of natural gas drilling, resulting in legal challenges and criticism from the gas industry. In two cases so far, courts have ruled in favor of municipalities that enacted bans


    Explosion rocks natural gas compressor station

    The Lathrop station pressurizes and dehydrates natural gas from Marcellus Shale wells in the county for transport through interstate pipelines, including theTennesseeand Transco, which bring the gas to market. The station was sold to Williams by Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. as part of a deal announced in 2010 that also included a second compressor station and 75 miles of the natural gas drilling company’s gathering pipelines.

    Cabot spokesman George Stark said the company was working at its well sites Thursday to make sure they were not sending gas to the Lathrop station. He was unable to provide an estimate of how many wells were influenced by the interruption.
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    "Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money."

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    US approves 3,500 new wells in Utah.

    The U.S. is set to approve a substantial natural gas drilling plan. "U.S. officials are expected Tuesday to approve a plan by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to drill 3,700 natural-gas wells in eastern Utah, capping a yearslong review of a project that will be one of the largest in the region. Approval for the Greater Natural Buttes project in the Uintah Basin, to be announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, comes as the Obama administration is supporting natural-gas production...The Greater Natural Buttes project is the uncommon case in which an energy company won the support of environmental groups, which are often vocal critics of oil and natural-gas development. Anadarko agreed to pull previous proposals to expand drilling to new areas, including parts of a proposed red-rock wilderness area...instead, Anadarko said in its environmental-impact statement, its wells would be drilled from existing wellpads, using technology that allows the well to curve away from a straight-down path and tap new deposits." Tennille Tracy and Jim Carlton in The Wall Street Journal.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,4213676.story
    The Obama administration on Tuesday approved a plan by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to sink more than 3,500 natural gas wells in eastern Utah, after the company agreed to environmental safeguards that aim to protect the local air and water.
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touted the move as a hallmark of responsible energy development, with local stakeholders, tribal governments, conservationists, regulators and industry all coming together on a broad drilling plan.
    "The partnership we see here today tells us we can ... develop the energy resources of the nation and at the same time make sure we are taking the conservation measures that are so important," Salazar said during a news conference in Utah's Uinta Basin. "This effort has created a template for what should be happening around our oil and natural gas development."
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    Czech moratorium on fracking expected.

    France, Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic have decided to suspend the exploitation of their shale gas fields for environmental reasons. Now that the EU is under pressure to adopt a similar position, Poland may be the last European country to continue seeking to develop this energy source.
    http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/...medium=twitter
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    "Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money."

    "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

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