Politics and its Discontents: Yet Another Sign Of Just How Much Trouble We Are In

When we think of climate change, the first things that may come to mind are our increasingly violent storms and melting Arctic ice. Another, of course, is drought and its ever-widening destructive swath. It is the latter that has led to a new threat: The world’s largest underground aquifers – a source of fresh water ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Mystery of California’s Vanishing Groundwater

You may have already heard about it.  California, the Golden State, is reeling from three years of continuous, severe drought. Of course you’ve heard about it.  The California drought is in the news almost daily.  The problem with an event like this is putting it in perspective. Here’s a new way of looking at it. ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Water Sustainability Act and Groundwater

Friday, November 8, 2013 About one out of every four British Columbians relies on wells for drinking water.  Groundwater is also essential to BC’s agricultural sector and is critical for habitat for salmon and other fish species.  So it’s welcome news that BC is planning to finally regulate groundwater use under the proposed Water Sustainability ...

The Disaffected Lib: About That Other Shoe, The One That Just Dropped

There is an enormous amount of water stored underground in aquifers.   Or, at least, there used to be.  A lot of it is actually “fossil” water, H2O that’s been trapped underground for, well, forever sort of.  But one of the things we became really good at during the 20th century was pumping that ancient water ...

DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

Red Leaf EcoShale.png At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale "utter insanity."  Insanity, though, doesn't serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fossil fuel interests. Oil shale, also known as kerogen, should not be confused with shale gas or shale oil, ...

DeSmogBlog: Who Is Monitoring Fracking Wells And Pipelines? Nobody

see-hear-speak-no-evil.jpg As we here at DeSmogBlog have been covering in exhaustive detail for quite some time now, there is virtually no safe way to perform hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for unconventional oil and gas. Fracking has been linked to numerous problems, including the release of radioactive molecules that cause an array of health problems, earthquakes, and ...