Tagged with Unconventional Fossil Fuels

Pennsylvania’s Gas Decade Insights into Consumer Pricing Impacts from Shale Gas (2007- 2016)

University of Pennsylvania. Kleinman Center for Energy Policy / by Christina Simeone http://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/paper/pennsylvanias-gas-decade The “Pennsylvania Gas Discount”. Between 2007 and 2016, gas commodity costs have decreased significantly for all Pennsylvania consumers.  Since 2013, Pennsylvania consumers have generally enjoyed a discount in natural gas commodity costs compared to national commodity prices, benchmarked at the Henry Hub. Pennsylvania … Continue reading

LNG Versus Solar Power: What is the Best Option for Island Power Markets?

Wood MacKenzie [free download with Scribd registration] https://www.scribd.com/document/362638510/Lng-vs-Solar-Insight [Axios] A new analysis from the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie compares the costs of using solar power and liquefied natural gas to replace the petroleum fuel, mostly diesel, that currently supplies power to several thousand islands worldwide. What they found: LNG, and systems that combine solar and LNG, would already be cheaper on … Continue reading

Hi Quake or the Human-Induced Earthquake Database

Univ. of Western Ontario http://inducedearthquakes.org/ [Phys.org] A new database  showcasing hundreds of examples of human-triggered earthquakes should shake up policy-makers, regulators and industry executives looking to mitigate these unacceptable hazards caused by our own actions, according to a Western Earth Sciences professor. “Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey are now raising the possibility many of the … Continue reading

CDC Groundwater Assessment Contradicts EPA on Dimock, PA

Health Consultation: Dimock Groundwater Site, Carter Road and State Route 3023, Dimock, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Centers for Disease Control http://1.usa.gov/22qHP5t [State Impact Pennsylvania] A federal public health report on Dimock’s much-publicized water woes found threatening levels of chemicals in 27 private water wells, and explosive levels of … Continue reading

Fugitive Emissions from the Bakken Shale Illustrate Role of Shale Production in Global Ethane Shift

Geophysical Research Letters (April 26, 2016; doi: 10.1002/2016GL068703) / by E. A. Kort, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL068703/full [From Press Release] A single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade’s increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new study led … Continue reading

Fracking and Property Values in Colorado

Ballotopedia https://ballotpedia.org/Fracking_and_property_values_in_Colorado [Grand Junction Sentinel]  There is no evidence that the practice of hydraulic fracturing negatively or positively impacted home values in several Colorado counties last year, according to a national website that tracks ballot measures nationwide. A recently released study by Ballotpedia.org that included Garfield and Routt counties also revealed that there was no … Continue reading

Toxic Secrets: Companies Exploit Weak US Chemical Rules to Hide Fracking Risks

Partnership for Policy Integrity / by Dusty Horwitt http://www.pfpi.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PFPI_ToxicSecrets_4-7-2016.pdf [From Politico’s Morning Energy email] There seems to be a lot of data missing from EPA’s review of 105 fracking and drilling chemicals the agency reviewed under the Toxic Substances Control Act, according to a report out today from the environmental group the Partnership for Policy Integrity. The … Continue reading