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

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

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

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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Chesapeake Energy And Other Fracking Companies Squatting On New York Citizens’ Land

DeSmogBlog: Oil and Gas Industry Moves to Silence Critics

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Oil and Gas Industry Moves to Silence Critics

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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Farce Of The "Golden Age Of Gas"

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

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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: "Raising Elijah": An Interview With Ecologist and Author Sandra Steingraber

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

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

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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Battle For Wetzel County: Short Documentary Chronicles Impacts of Fracking In West Virginia

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 h… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: NAT GAS Act That Would Overhaul U.S. Fueling Infrastructure Moves Forward

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… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission Bans Fracking Disposal Wells Due to Earthquakes

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 corpor… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Chesapeake "Declaration of Energy Independence": NAT GAS Act Embodied

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. Accor… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Gas Industry Spent "Staggering" Amount Lobbying in Pennsylvania Last Year

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 g… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Fossil Fuel Propaganda In Education: Connecting the Dots

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 convin… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Economic Benefits of Unconventional Gas Drilling Overblown by Industry PR