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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Nature Journal of Science Discredits Man Made Global Warming

by Chriss W. Street

Majority report: why consensus is all the rage

Majority report: why consensus is all the rage

Is Fracking Safe? The Top 10 Controversial Claims About Natural Gas Drilling

Is Fracking Safe? The Top 10 Controversial Claims About Natural Gas Drilling

Members of Congress, gas companies, news organization, drilling opponents: They've all made bold claims about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the U.S. supply of underground natural gas. We take on 10 controversial quotes about natural gas and set the record straight.

Lawrence Solomon: Science getting settled

Lawrence Solomon: Science getting settled

Aug 26, 2011 – 11:37 PM ET | Last Updated: Aug 27, 2011 10:08 PM ET
New, convincing evidence indicates global warming is caused by cosmic rays and the sun — not humans

Bakken oil shipping to get boosted using rail by over 500,000 barrels per day by the end of 2012

Bakken oil shipping to get boosted using rail by over 500,000 barrels per day by the end of 2012

Kansas-based Lario Logistics said it will open a 100,000 barrel-per-day crude-by-rail terminal in North Dakota's Bakken Shale oil area this month, a move that will boost the region's capacity to ship crude on railways by about 75 percent.

North Dakota oil production has tripled in four years, reaching 380,000 bpd in June and reached 423,592 barrels per day in July.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Seismic tension points breakout across the globe

Seismic tension points breakout across the globe

September 9, 2011In my opinion, the recent pattern of moderate quake eruptions across the globe could possibly be an early-warning sign or prelude to another large earthquake event. (Above) With the addition of 5.0 magnitude earthquakes in Comoros (near Africa) and Martinique on September 9th, I feel the globe is now reaching a critical seismic diffusion maximum that further increases the possibility of an event. Persons in high-risk seismic areas should remain alert for the potential occurrence of likely events over the next 24 to 72 hours.The Extinction Protocol
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Offshore quake shakes Vancouver Island

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake off the west coast of Vancouver Island should be a wake-up call to British Columbians, a B.C. geologist says.

Talisman's chief issues best-practices blueprint to drilling industry

Talisman's chief issues best-practices blueprint to drilling industry

Bracewell, Shearman Take Lead on $1.15 Billion Fracking IPO

Bracewell, Shearman Take Lead on $1.15 Billion Fracking IPO

Posted by Brian Baxter
Two Am Law 100 firms are advising on a planned $1.15 billion initial public offering by Frac Tech International (FTS), which helps oil and gas industry clients extract assets from the ground through hydraulic fracturing, a controversial process better known as fracking.
Fort Worth–based FTS is one of the largest providers of fracking services in the country, according to industry publication Upstream Online. The company runs roughly 30 fracking units in shale basins throughout the U.S., and sells a water-and-sand solution critical in the fracking process to such customers as Anadarko Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy, Marathon Oil, and XTO Energy.
Bracewell & Giuliani corporate partner Michael Telle in Houston is advising FTS on its upcoming IPO, the terms of which were not disclosed in an Securities and Exchange Commission filing by the company. William Hicks is FTS's general counsel, while Sharon Hicks serves as senior legal counsel for the company. (William and Sharon Hicks are husband and wife, according to an SEC filing.)

Give me a crash course in . . . fracking

Give me a crash course in . . . fracking

Flooding Brings New Wrinkle to Fracking Report By MIREYA NAVARRO

Flooding Brings New Wrinkle to Fracking Report

Pacific summit sounds alarm on climate change

Pacific summit sounds alarm on climate change
 

Auckland (AFP) Sept 8, 2011 - Pacific leaders identified climate change as the greatest threat to the region Thursday, ordering officials to start work on plans to help people forced to relocate by rising sea levels. The 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum said the impact of climate change was already apparent in countries such as Kiribati, where some villagers have had to abandon their homes as the seas rise, and finance wa ... more
 
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World needs to do more against desertification: Algeria

World needs to do more against desertification: Algeria
 

Algiers (AFP) Sept 8, 2011 - The world needs to do more to combat desertification, which threatens close to a third of the planet's population, Algeria said Thursday at the opening of a conference here. "One of the leading causes of global food insecurity - namely the loss of natural resources, land degradation and desertification - is poorly tackled," Algerian Agriculture Minister Rachid Benaissa said.  ... more
 

East Africa, Arab world face food crisis

East Africa, Arab world face food crisis
 

Mogadishu, Somalia (UPI) Sep 8, 2011 - The United Nations warns that the famine in war-wracked Somalia is spreading and that 750,000 people could die in the next six months if international aid isn't increased. In famine-struck East Africa a cow costs $1,000 these days. The Arab world, buffeted by political upheaval triggered in January in large part by rising food prices, is facing a new round of food shortages. In s ... more
 
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Deadly floods hit US northeast in wake of Irene

Deadly floods hit US northeast in wake of Irene
 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (AFP) Sept 9, 2011 - Heavy rain on Thursday swamped areas of the US northeast already sodden from Hurricane Irene, with up to five people killed as flash floods forced over 100,000 to leave their homes. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning for counties in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia, as towns became inundated, busy highways closed down and com ... more
 
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La Nina returns, bringing more severe weather: US

La Nina returns, bringing more severe weather: US
 

Washington (AFP) Sept 8, 2011 - The weather phenomenon known as La Nina is returning for another season, likely bringing more drought, heavy rains and severe weather to some parts of the world, US forecasters said Thursday. Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center upgraded last month's La Nina Watch to a La Nina Advisory, the agency said in a statement. The back-to ... more
 
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able development world's top issue: UN chief

Sustainable development world's top issue: UN chief
 

Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2011 - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday singled out sustainable development as the top issue facing the planet with the world's seven billionth person expected to be born next month. Key to this was climate change, and he said time was running out with the population set to explode this century. "Next month, the seven billionth citizen of our world will be born," the UN secretary ge ... more
 
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Record drought keeps grip on U.S. states

Record drought keeps grip on U.S. states
 

Lincoln, Neb. (UPI) Sep 7, 2011 - The percentage of land suffering from exceptional drought reached record levels in August in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, scientists said. A record 81.08 percent of Texas was facing exceptional drought as of Aug. 31, Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said. Oklahoma at 69.1 percent and Kansas with 17.4 percent also experienc ... more
 

Hess and CONSOL form JV to develop Utica Shale

Hess and CONSOL form JV to develop Utica Shale
Hess Corporation said it had formed a joint venture agreement with CONSOL Energy Inc. to acquire a 50% interest in CONSOL’s nearly 200,000 acres in the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio for aggregate payments of $593 million

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Forward to Friend BP doubles estimate for Mad Dog field in the Gulf of Mexico with fresh find
BP has announced the drilling of a successful appraisal well in a previously untested northern segment of the Mad Dog field in the US Gulf of Mexico confirming a significant resource extension for the field complex

Chevron discovers oil at Moccasin in the deepwaters of the US Gulf of Mexico

Chevron discovers oil at Moccasin in the deepwaters of the US Gulf of Mexico
Chevron Corporation announced a new oil discovery at the Moccasin prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Japan's ex-PM Kan feared 'uninhabitable Tokyo': report

Japan's ex-PM Kan feared 'uninhabitable Tokyo': report
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 6, 2011

Japan's former premier Naoto Kan feared Tokyo would be rendered uninhabitable by the Fukushima nuclear crisis, he said in an interview published Tuesday in which he recalled the "spine-chilling" thought.
He added it would have been "impossible" to evacuate all of the 30 million people in the event of a mass exclusion zone encompassing Tokyo and the Kanto region, and said that this risk made nuclear power a too dangerous option.
"Deserted scenes of Tokyo without a single man around came across my mind," he told the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper, describing his thoughts as the nuclear emergency deepened in the days after the March 11 quake and tsunami.
"It really was a spine-chilling thought," he said.

Pacific shows climate change a reality: UN chief

Pacific shows climate change a reality: UN chief
Auckland (AFP) Sept 6, 2011

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that visiting Pacific nations threatened by rising seas had reinforced his belief that climate change was real and posed a genuine threat to humanity.
Ban stopped in the Solomon Islands and Kiribati on his way to New Zealand for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), and described the two small nations as "on the front line" of the climate change issue.

Magma Plume activity update for September 6, 2011

Magma Plume activity update for September 6, 2011

East Coast Earthquake: Is the New Madrid Fault Line Next?

East Coast Earthquake: Is the New Madrid Fault Line Next?

Earthquake Facts and Statistics


Earthquake Facts and Statistics

Are Earthquakes Becoming More Frequent?

Are Earthquakes Becoming More Frequent?

Is the number of earthquakes increasing? Why Virgina may be a preview of things to come

Is the number of earthquakes increasing? Why Virgina may be a preview of things to come

Who Are America's Top 10 Gas Drillers?

Who Are America's Top 10 Gas Drillers?

More than 14,000 oil-and-gas companies were active in the United States in 2009. But multinational giants like Exxon Mobil and BP now produce much of the nation's gas.

Proposed Changes to Climate Change Agreements Could Increase Carbon Emissions

Proposed Changes to Climate Change Agreements Could Increase Carbon Emissions

Firms which are eligible for Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) should find it easier to comply and some will save money under new Government proposals. However, the Government has not presented any estimates of the impact it will have on emissions.

No Free Lunch on Climate

No Free Lunch on Climate

Plenty of studies

Insurance Companies Admit to Being Unprepared for Climate Change

Insurance Companies Admit to Being Unprepared for Climate Change

The vast majority of insurers are unprepared to handle climate risks even though they acknowledge the impact of climate change on extreme weather events, according to a report by investor coalition Ceres.
In 2009, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) approved a mandatory climate risk disclosure standard for insurers, but it was later weakened in some states, which made participation voluntary and non public. Using data submitted by 88 insurers to regulators in six states, Boston-based Ceres, a coalition of investors and environmental groups, gauged the extent to which insurers see climate change as a key risk factor in their
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'750,000 facing death' as Somalia famine spreads: UN

'750,000 facing death' as Somalia famine spreads: UN
Nairobi (AFP) Sept 5, 2011 -
Three-quarters of a million people are facing death by starvation in Somalia, the UN said Monday as it reported that famine had spread to a sixth southern region of the beleaguered Horn of Africa state. "Tens of thousands of people have already died, over half of whom are children," according to a statement from the United Nation's food security analysis team for Somalia, which said the Bay ... more

Why the Energy Industry Doesn't Like the Term 'Fracking'

Why the Energy Industry Doesn't Like the Term 'Fracking'

Latest Report Forecasts Significant Spending in the Oil & Gas Drilling Technologies Market in 2011' Says Visiongain

Latest Report Forecasts Significant Spending in the Oil & Gas Drilling Technologies Market in 2011' Says Visiongain

Arctic Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Market to be Worth $11.93bn in 2011' Says Latest visiongain Report

Arctic Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Market to be Worth $11.93bn in 2011' Says Latest visiongain Report

Monday, September 5, 2011

Study sharpens picture of how much oil and gas flowed in Deepwater Horizon spill

Study sharpens picture of how much oil and gas flowed in Deepwater Horizon spill

September 5, 2011
In a detailed assessment of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers led by a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have determined that the blown-out Macondo well spewed oil at a rate of about 57,000 barrels a day, totaling nearly 5 million barrels of oil released from the well between April 20 and July 15, 2010, when the leak was capped. In addition, the well released some 100 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Storm of Anxiety Over Fresh Oil Batters the Gulf

A Storm of Anxiety Over Fresh Oil Batters the Gulf

In the Gulf, another maelstrom has hit. But the tropical storm Mother Nature has brewed  is not the top concern on some resident’s minds. Instead they are worried about the threat of fresh oil sighted in the in the general vicinity of BP’s Macondo well.  

Statement by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE
September 2, 2011

Statement by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Since day one, under President Obama’s leadership, EPA has worked to ensure health protections for the American people, and has made tremendous progress to ensure that Clean Air Act standards protect all Americans by reducing our exposures to harmful air pollution like mercury, arsenic and carbon dioxide.  This Administration has put in place some of the most important standards and safeguards for clean air in U.S. history: the most significant reduction of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide air pollution across state borders; a long-overdue proposal to finally cut mercury pollution from power plants; and the first-ever carbon pollution standards for cars and trucks.  We will revisit the ozone standard, in compliance with the Clean Air Act.

Statement by the President on the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2011
 
Statement by the President on the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
 
Over the last two and half years, my administration, under the leadership of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, has taken some of the strongest actions since the enactment of the Clean Air Act four decades ago to protect our environment and the health of our families from air pollution. From reducing mercury and other toxic air pollution from outdated power plants to doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, the historic steps we’ve taken will save tens of thousands of lives each year, remove over a billion tons of pollution from our air, and produce hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits for the American people.
 
At the same time, I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.  With that in mind, and after careful consideration, I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time. Work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013.  Ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered.
 
I want to be clear: my commitment and the commitment of my administration to protecting public health and the environment is unwavering. I will continue to stand with the hardworking men and women at the EPA as they strive every day to hold polluters accountable and protect our families from harmful pollution.  And my administration will continue to vigorously oppose efforts to weaken EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act or dismantle the progress we have made.