DeSmogBlog: Bloomberg Stunner: How Chesapeake Energy Paid Less Than a 1% Tax Rate On $5.5 Billion in Profits

chesapeake-energy.jpg Chesapeake Energy, a company that is no stranger to financial scandals, has found itself on the front page of the financial papers again. This time, the subject is taxes. Or how Chesapeake barely pays them.   Over its 23-year history, Chesapeake Energy, the second largest producer of natural gas in the U.S., and the ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry’s Answer to “Gasland”: Devised by Astroturf Lobbying Group and Political Ad Agency

This is a guest post by Ben Nelson from Public Accountability Initiative that originally appeared on LittleSis. Truthland, a 35-minute compilation of interviews with fracking proponents, is being promoted by the oil and natural gas industry’s PR arm, Energy In Depth, as an answer to the 2010 anti-fracking film Gasland. The advertising campaign for Truthland ...

DeSmogBlog: Chesapeake Energy And Other Fracking Companies Squatting On New York Citizens’ Land

chesapeake-energy-logo.jpg New York landowners are having a hard time evicting an unwanted tenant, it seems. That's why over 200 people residing in the Marcellus Shale are suing energy companies such as Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Inflection Energy, arguing that the land leases they originally signed with the companies over 5 years ago are now expired. Originally, ...

DeSmogBlog: Oil and Gas Industry Moves to Silence Critics

shutterstock_49157602.jpg At an industry public relations conference last year, Michael Kehs of Chesapeake Energy described a Wall Street Journal op-ed to gathered oil and gas officials, saying it pointed out the industry's "credibility problem." “And I’m sure some of it relates to defensiveness,” Kehs added. (MP3 Audio)  Small wonder. For years, the oil and gas industry ...

DeSmogBlog: The Farce Of The "Golden Age Of Gas"

Oil and gas industry insiders revealed earlier this year the high probability that we're headed into a shale gas bubble. But that's not what the industry's CEOs and PR departments want you to hear. "The reality of at least 100 years’ worth of shale gas abundance has been supported by virtually every credible third-party expert…The ...

DeSmogBlog: 72 Percent of Ohioans Want A Fracking Moratorium, Citing Need For More Study

The unconventional gas industry's latest rush in the United States will land it in the state of Ohio, but a recent poll shows that the state's residents are not rolling out the red carpet for an industry famous for threatening drinking water supplies, causing earthquakes, noise and air pollution and trying to proliferate global addiction ...

DeSmogBlog: "Raising Elijah": An Interview With Ecologist and Author Sandra Steingraber

Raising Elijah.jpg Q: In light of your new book Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, which raises the specter of raising children in troubled times, both environmentally and ecologically, are you surprised that natural gas corporations have been producing public relations and propaganda materials like coloring books (recall Talisman Energy's Terry the Fracasaurus, ...

DeSmogBlog: U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, Exemplar of Political Corruption

Dan Boren.jpeg Today, The New York Times ran an investigative piece uncovering a thick, multi-layered corruption scene, honing in on one man: U.S. Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK). Boren, many will recall, is one of the original co-sponsors of H.R. 1380, the NAT GAS Act, also known as the Pickens Plan, which would given tax credits to ...

DeSmogBlog: Battle For Wetzel County: Short Documentary Chronicles Impacts of Fracking In West Virginia

This short documentary, “Battle for Wetzel County,” chronicles the impacts of the gas fracking rush in West Virginia, focusing on the damages caused by Chesapeake Energy’s drilling activity in the mountains of this rural county. The film features interviews with Wetzel County residents, including Marty Whiteman and his daughter Sarah Wood – family farmers who explain ...

DeSmogBlog: NAT GAS Act That Would Overhaul U.S. Fueling Infrastructure Moves Forward

Money Image.jpg On Thursday, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a hearing on Energy Tax Policy and Tax Reform. Three separate panels were held within the hearing itself: one on green energy credits included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, another examining different view points on ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission Bans Fracking Disposal Wells Due to Earthquakes

Screen shot 2011-08-02 at 2.23.46 PM.png The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission has voted unanimously to ban disposal wells for unconventional gas drilling wastes in a region that has been inundated with earthquakes. The decision requires the immediate closure of one disposal well and prohibits the construction of new wells in a 1,150 square-mile radius. ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Chesapeake "Declaration of Energy Independence": NAT GAS Act Embodied

T Boone Pickens.png This article has been cross-posted with permission of the Center for Media and Democracy‘s PR Watch. On July 11, Chesapeake Energy, the second largest methane gas corporation in the United States, announced its  “bold new plan”: a “Declaration of Energy Independence” for America’s energy future. (“Natural gas” is the public relations term the ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Gas Industry Spent "Staggering" Amount Lobbying in Pennsylvania Last Year

PA Gas Lobbying.png The gas industry spent $3.5 million last year attempting to convince Pennsylvania lawmakers of the benefits of drilling the state’s deposits of unconventional gas. According to lobbying disclosure reports filed with the Department of State, the lobbying blitz to influence public policy was orchestrated by a collection of 22 companies, the Marcellus ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Fossil Fuel Propaganda In Education: Connecting the Dots

Environment-kids.jpg Get ‘em while their young! It’s a widely know fact that children, whose immune systems are weaker than adults and still developing, are especially susceptible to getting sick from the chemicals and toxins found in fossil fuel pollution. They are also susceptible to another kind of fossil fuel pollution: educational propaganda. Scientists have even ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Economic Benefits of Unconventional Gas Drilling Overblown by Industry PR

Screen shot 2011-06-24 at 12.50.01 AM.png A new poll suggests that Pennsylvanians are supportive of unconventional gas drilling in their state. Not because it is safe, but because they are convinced the economic benefits outweigh the risks to public health, water supplies and the environment. This kind of reasoning indicates that gas industry rhetoric is ...