America! Frac Yeah!

Guest commentary by David Middleton How American Science Made Government Regulations On Emissions Unnecessary By Hank Campbell — May 18, 2018 In 2009 the U.S. government attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and pledged to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020. To make it happen, the Obama administration directed the U.S.…

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House Defunds Obama Era Methane Rules

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Willie Soon – the House has voted to defund an Obama era EPA initiative to limit methane emissions from fossil fuel mining operations. House votes to block funding for EPA methane pollution rule BY DEVIN HENRY – 09/13/17 01:55 PM EDT Lawmakers voted Wednesday to block implementation of a…

Drilling set to begin in British shale

From UPI Cuadrilla Resources says its drilling rig is on site and ready to tap into a natural gas basin in Lancashire. By Daniel J. Graeber    |   July 28, 2017 at 8:14 AM   July 28 (UPI) — With its drilling rig on site, a British shale gas explorer said it expects to address…

Finally! Actual Evidence of Russian Collusion!

Guest post by David Middleton ENERGY NEWS Lawmakers Cite Evidence Russia ‘Colludes’ With US Green Groups to Block Fracking Kevin Mooney / @KevinMooneyDC / July 10, 2017 Forget about allegations of Russian interference in U.S. presidential elections for a moment, or even “collusion” between Russian officials and Trump campaign operatives. The real action is in…

Study: Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) rarely linked to felt seismic tremors

From the UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, another political tool of the left bites the dust. Researchers find only one hydrocarbon-producing area where production is linked to increased seismic activities at the regional scale EDMONTON (June 26, 2017)–New research suggests hydraulic fracturing and saltwater disposal has limited impact on seismic events. For the past two years, UAlberta…

More Frac’ing Lies from the EPA, Part Deux

Guest post by David Middleton This is the promised sequel to More Frac’ing Lies from the EPA. The EPA’s new report on frac’ing can be downloaded here: Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report) Most of this report deals…

Britain authorises Fracking under National Parks

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Britain has just controversially allowed fracking under National Parks. The fracking rigs can’t be erected inside the parks, but horizontal drilling from properties adjoining the parks, into land which lays underneath the parks, is now permitted. MPs have voted to allow fracking for shale gas 1,200m below national parks and…

Wednesday wit – cartoon by Josh

Josh writes: Last Sunday Christopher Booker wrote a brilliant article “Why are greens so keen to destroy the world’s wildlife?” He says: When Professor David MacKay stepped down as chief scientific adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) last year, he produced a report comparing the environmental impact of a fracking site to that of…

FAIL: Wildflower School Anti-frackers vandalize park trees with political anti-fracking message

From the Chico Enterprise-Record: Wildflower students linked to graffiti in Bidwell Park Recent graffiti in Bidwell Park was at the hands of students from a Chico charter school as part of a lesson on civic engagement and activism. Seventh- and eighth-graders at Wildflower Open Classroom on Cohasset Road have been involved with an anti-fracking campaign…

Waterless Fracking promises more energy, less trouble

Waterless Fracking may increase access to more energy, without the need to deal with the waste water.From the article: Researchers at the Colorado School of Mines claim they have developed a method to unlock hydrocarbons trapped in shale with using any water at all. They are seeking to perfect Cryogenic fracturing, which replaces water with…

Study: Fracked shale gas impacts have positive and negative benefits, but there’s no reason not to make it part of the energy mix

From The University of Manchester: Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinised Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research. The UK holds enough shale gas to supply its entire…

Stanford publishes a report on the balanced use of fracking

From Stanford University – Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing put trillions of dollars’ worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity’s grasp. The environmental costs – and benefits – from “fracking,” which…

Union of Concerned ‘Scientists’ frackivists taken to task for willful misrepresentation of facts in Erie, Colorado

Simon Lomax writes at Energy Indepth: Local officials in Erie, Colo., are pushing back hard against a national environmental group for misrepresenting the outcome of a failed “ban fracking” campaign in their town. The officials say the Massachusetts-based group has “ignored or misstated” the facts, including a number of scientific analyses posted on the town’s…

Environmental Groups Have Lost the War Against Fracking

Guest essay by Steve Goreham Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique to remove natural gas and oil from shale formations, has been under withering assault from environmental groups for much of the last decade. Fracking has been blamed for contamination of drinking water, air pollution, earthquakes, water shortages, global warming, radiation discharge, and even cancer.…

Quashing frack-fights with fools

From the American Chemical Society How to avoid water wars between ‘fracking’ industry and residents The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over already-scarce water resources, say researchers. They add that degraded water…

Friday Funny: Fracking protestors and their petro-sourced belongings

There’s been a lot of hullabaloo in the UK over the Balcombe fracking protests. WUWT reader Eric Worrall writes in with this comparison photo. Original picture source: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-08-16/anti-fracking-activists-camp-without-permission/ Here is a tagged version of the same picture of all the plastic high tech synthetics used by anti fracking protestors in England, captured in a single…

Friday Funny – fracktional thinking

In the U.K. there is a big ridiculous row over this well concealed gas well in Balcombe, that the Balcombe Parish Council didn’t even object to when Cuadrilla’s application for planning permission to drill for shale gas went before them. The noise being made by the anti-frackers in America is equally ridiculous, they can’t even…

Obama Administration Supports Fracking and Natural Gas, Despite Environmental Opposition

By Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times. Last Thursday, the US Department of the Interior released a draft proposal that would “establish common-sense safety standards for hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands.” Last Friday, the US Department of Energy (DOE) approved a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Freeport, Texas. Despite opposition…

Groundwater unaffected by shale gas production in Arkansas

From Duke University , something sure to irritate people like Josh Fox, Joe Romm,  and Bill McKibben who are certain that fracking is terrible. DURHAM, N.C. — A new study by scientists at Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas. “Our results…

Is Yoko Ono smarter than a 4th grader?

Guest post by David Middleton First up: Yoko Ono and friends… ‘Fracking kills’: Yoko Ono joins star-studded cast fighting against hydraulic natural gas drilling in upstate New York John Lennon’s son Sean Lennon, actress Debra Winger, songstress Natalie Merchant and “The Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo have also spoken out in opposition to the extraction process…

Global data doesn’t support Reuters “fracking” Google search trend claim

Tom Nelson pointed this out this morning. ‘Fracking’ overtakes ‘climate change’ in Google searches | The Dickinson Press | Dickinson, North Dakota This year, for the first time, U.S. online searches for the term “fracking” became more popular than “climate change,” Google data showed. Fracking has doubled on Google’s popularity index since last year, and…

Another kind of ‘fracking’, this produces geothermal energy

From the AGU fall meeting comes some pragmatic engineering tests with fracking like methods that produce geothermal energy. Developers of renewable energy and shale gas must overcome fundamental geological and environmental challenges if these promising energy sources are to reach their full potential, according to a trio of leading geoscientists. Their findings were presented on…

On Fracking

  This post represents two milestones for WUWT. 1. It is the first post where a detailed examination of fracking has been offered to the readers. 2. It is the first post I’ve authored from an airplane cruising about 35,000 feet enroute from Atlanta to Phoenix. I’m connected to Southwest’s new inflight WiFI service. Mr.…