Cowichan Conversations: The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Nightmare’- What Will It Take?

There has never been anything about the dumping of 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil into the Shawnigan Watershed that is supportable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Will the Trudeau’s Federal Liberals step in and Read more…

DeSmogBlog: Drought, Fracking, Coal and Nukes Wreak Havoc on Fresh Water Supplies

nukeplant.jpg This is a guest post by EcoWatch, republished with permission. For the last few months EcoWatch has been covering what's become the worst drought in the U.S. in more than half a century. More than 3,200 daily high temperature records were set or tied in June, and July is in the books as the warmest ...

DeSmogBlog: ALEC’s Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

alec-exposed-600×400.jpg Authored by Sara Jerving of PRWatch.org and ALECExposed.org. Cross-posted with permission from the Center for Media and Democracy.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment on April 18 to the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (HR 4348) that would effectively pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating coal ash, the waste from coal ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘Theoretically, Super Fracking Would Be Super Bad’: Gas Industry Touts Even More Extreme Drilling

Picture 1.png According to Halliburton, one of North America’s largest hydraulic fracturing operators and suppliers, the “frack of the future” has arrived. Hoping to both increase well production and lower production costs, Halliburton is one among a crowd of energy companies looking to overhaul their fracking operations with new – and more powerful – methods. Coined ...

DeSmogBlog: Gas Industry Geologists – Not Doctors – Decide If Water Is "Safe" in Alberta Fracking Contamination Cases

Screen shot 2011-11-14 at 10.18.36 PM.png Water contamination is at the heart of the fracking debate. Gas companies and their well-funded industry support groups (still) adamantly contend that ‘there are no proven instances of drinking water contamination due to fracking.’ But as Chris Mooney recently wrote about in the Scientific American, and as DeSmogBlog pointed ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New York Comptroller DiNapoli Introduces Frack Fund To Cover Industry Damage

Picture 3.png Although New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has yet to take a stance on the issue of hydraulic fracturing within his state, he introduced legislation on Tuesday that will require the gas industry to pay into a frack fund that would cover environmental damages caused by the controversial process. The fund would be ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Environmental Working Group Reveals EPA Knowledge of Water Contamination From Fracking

Screen shot 2011-08-03 at 11.29.37 PM.png Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been known by the EPA to contaminate underground sources of drinking water since 1987. In a 25-year old investigative report, discovered by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Earthjustice, the EPA outlines how fracking for shale gas contaminated a domestic water well in West ...

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: Shell Forced to Retract "Misleading" Fracking Adverts in South Africa

Screen shot 2011-07-21 at 5.43.24 PM.png The gas industry has finally received the slap on the hand it deserves for parroting the outdated refrain: “there are no instances of documented water contamination from hydraulic fracturing.” In South Africa, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ordered oil and gas giant Shell to withdraw claims about shale gas ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New Jersey Senate Passes Fracking Ban

Lawmakers in the New Jersey Senate voted 33-1 today to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking), in a move to protect the Delaware River from potential contamination from the risky unconventional gas drilling practice. The Delaware River supplies drinking water for 15 million people in four states. NorthJersey.com reports: The 33-1 vote came after Sen. Joseph Kyrillos ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: The Case for a Ban on Gas Fracking: Food and Water Watch Report

Screen shot 2011-06-16 at 7.30.04 PM.png   Last month, DeSmogBlog released Fracking the Future, an in-depth report on the threats posed by unconventional gas drilling and the efforts of the gas industry to limit state and federal oversight of the process. A review of independent scientific research showed that under no conditions can unconventional gas ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Post Carbon Institute Debunks False Hope Of Gas As ‘Bridge Fuel’

PCI Gas Report.png Touted by industry as a “clean energy” panacea, unconventional gas is widely heralded as deliverance from air pollution to global warming to foreign energy dependence. It is clean, the drillers say, and there is plenty of it. Descriptions like ‘trillions of cubic feet’ and ‘more than a century’s worth’ are becoming commonplace, ...