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Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?

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How Fracking Impacts America’s Drinking Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 4 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on how fracking impacts America’s drinking water.  Contrary to industry claims, the EPA admits there have been incidents of water contamination and water being withdrawn from areas where there was little water available. The authors stated the number of incidents was small, but also admitted they had limited information from which to draw that conclusion. I reached out for expert opinions from two experts. Neither was impressed by the EPA’s report on how fracking impact’s America’s water supply.

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The EPA’s Painfully Inadequate Fracking Assessment

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After five years of research, the EPA’s painfully inadequate fracking assessment has been released. “It’s a bit underwhelming,” said Amanda Frank, from the Center for Effective Government. Dr Allan Hoffman, a retired senior analyst with the Department of Energy, referred to the draft report as “disappointing.” They were referring to the extent that industry was allowed to thwart the EPA investigation. Continue reading The EPA’s Painfully Inadequate Fracking Assessment

BC’s Requirements For Disclosing Fracking Chemicals

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Despite the problems, Dr Allan Hoffman (a retired senior executive from the US Department of Energy) believes there is simply too much money invested in the fracking revolution to stop it. With proper regulation and enforcement, he believes it is possible to reduce the number of incidents to an acceptable level. If this statement seems jarring, remember everyone who drives a car is taking an acceptable risk whenever they get behind the wheel. So how are BC’s Requirements For Disclosing Fracking Chemicals?

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The Strongest Fracking Rules in America

The ECOrteport interviews Amanda Frank, from the Centre for Effective Government about the strongest Fracking rules in America.

By Roy L Hales

Last summer Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection revealed that in 245 cases it had “determined that a private water supply was impacted by oil and gas activities.” Not too long after that, a joint study from the British Geological Survey and Durham University reported water contamination associated with 6% of Pennsylvania’s gas wells . There have been at least 122 complaints about water contamination in West Virginia. There is, as yet, no fracking in the neighboring state of Maryland, which also sit on the Marcellus Shale. The citizens of this region raised concerns about the impact development would have on “public health, the environment and quality of life.” Governor Martin O’Malley (D) responded with a interim moratorium. Maryland’s Departments of Environment and Natural Resources have been studying fracking operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for over three years. They have just released a report on (p 2 of attached) how fracking “can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment, and natural resources.” These are the strongest Fracking rules in America.

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