EDF Sparks Mistrust, and Admiration, With its Methane Research

The Environmental Defense Fund is one of the nation’s most venerable environmental organizations, and many consider it one of the most effective. But its industry-collaborative approach to the study of methane leaks in natural gas drilling has drawn scrutiny from other environmental groups, who worry EDF has strayed into a gray area where science and the fossil fuel industry collide.

Fossil industry is the subprime danger of this cycle

The cumulative blitz on exploration and production over the past six years has been $5.4 trillion, yet little has come of it. Output from conventional fields peaked in 2005. Not a single large project has come on stream at a break-even cost below $80 a barrel for almost three years.

Dream of U.S. Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs

The path toward U.S. energy independence, made possible by a boom in shale oil, will be much harder than it seems. Just a few of the roadblocks: Independent producers will spend $1.50 drilling this year for every dollar they get back. Shale output drops faster than production from conventional methods.

Fire in the hole: After fracking comes coal

Continue reading page |1| 2 |3 |4 Setting fire to coal underground could answer our energy prayers, or start an environmental disaster on a bigger scale than ever before (Image: Simon Pemberton) IF YOU thought shale gas was a nightmare, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Emails reveal UK helped shale gas industry manage fracking opposition

BPrime Minister David Cameron visits the Total Oil Depot shale drilling site in Gainsborough
Shale gas executives and government officials collaborated in private to manage the British public’s hostility to fracking, emails released under freedom of information rules reveal. Officials shared pre-prepared statements with the industry last year before major announcements and hosted high-level dinners with “further discussion over post-dinner drinks”, while the industry shared long lists of “stakeholders” to be targeted.

Complaints Mount Against Fracking Pollution

Last year saw hundreds of complaints mounted against well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling in US, but the jury is still out as to whether hydraulic fracturing is to blame, news agencies report.

Piedmont Lake Set For Drilling

PIEDMONT, Ohio – A popular fishing spot in Belmont and Harrison counties soon could turn into a popular drilling spot, as the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District has plans to lease 6,600 acres at Piedmont Lake. A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the James E. Carnes Center west of St.