Previous Fossil Fuel News 2015

Washington Post Writer Finally Discloses He’s a Shill for Fossil Fuel Industry 12-22-15

In his latest column repeating his clients’ attacks on climate change policies, lobbyist and Washington Post writer Ed Rogers finally disclosed to readers that his lobbying firm “represents interest in the fossil fuel [industry].” …Full article

Can Coal-Hungry Appalachia Take Any Lessons From Australia’s New Solar Farm? 12-21-15

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, birthplace of the world’s largest mining company and home to the world’s largest zinc-lead ore deposit, is perhaps not the most obvious site for a solar farm. But in the face of a declining mining industry, the election of a relatively climate-friendly prime minister, and plenty of sun, that’s starting to change …Full article

Paris Climate Pact Sinks Coal Stocks, Lifts Renewable Energy 12-14-15

A landmark deal to curb global warming dented shares of fossil fuel companies and lifted renewble energy stocks. Renewable energy companies are expected to see big upticks in investments to develope new technologies in coming years, while coal and oil companies may see tougher regulations …Full article

Methane Emissions in Texas Fracking Region 50% Higher Than EPA Estimates 12-9-15

The recent release of 11 research papers marked another milestone in the Environmental Defense Fund’s ongoing effort to understand the natural gas industry’s carbon footprint. …Full article

Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane than EPA Estimated 12-7-15

Sweeping Environmental Defense Fund-baked study finds that the Barnett Shale in north Texas emissions have been vastly underestimated…Full article

Another Earthquake Hits Oklahoma: Officials Worry Stronger Quake Could Threaten National Security 11-30-15

Officials in frack-happy Oklahoma are continuing to express concern over the state’s alarming earthquake boom. If a strong one strikes the northwestern city of Cushing—one of the largest crude oil storage facilities in North America, if not the world—it could disrupt the U.S. energy market and become a national security threat, NPR says …Full article

Obama Cancels Arctic Drilling Leases 10-17-15

First Shell Oil pulled the plug on its horrific current drilling effort in the arctic and now the Obama administration has taken its first concrete steps to reduce future threats …Full article

In Appalachia, the coal industry is in collapse, but the mountains aren’t coming back 8-30-15

In Appalachia, explosions have leveled the mountaintops, where barren expanses of dirt stretch for miles. This is a process known as “mountaintop removal”, in which coal companies use explosives to blast away hundreds of feet of rock in order to unearth seams of coal, leaving a permanently damaged landscape …Full article

Fracking Fight Heats Up in Ohio 8-21-15

Enivronmentalists sue Ohio’s secretary of state after he strips communities of the right to vote on fracking intrastructure projects

With the oil and gas industry already reveling in a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision stripping local control on fracking and other extraction activities away from communities, the Secretary of State has now handed the industry another victory, opening the door for fracking infrastructure projects to spread even faster across Ohio …Full article

40 Earthquakes Hit Frack-Happy Oklahoma in the Last 7 Days 7-28-15

5 earthquakes were recorded in Oklahoma this past Monday, some of which were felt in 5 states. 3 of the earthquakes measured above 4.0-magnitude and the biggest of these was 4.5-magnitude …Full article

New York Formalizes Ban on Fracking, Ending 7-Year Review 6-29-15

After a 7-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments, NY formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas …Full article

Earthquake Spike Pushes Oklahoma to Consider Tighter Fracking Regulations Decision comes after recent uptick in temblors – 35 of at least 3.0 magnitude 6-25-15

Oklahoma has been hit with 1 – 2 earthquakes a day since drilling operations began in 2009 and is now considering tightening regulations on its oil and gas industry …Full article

Federal Oil and Gas Royalty and Revenue Reform 6-19-15

When the federal government last changed its royalty rate for oil and gas production on America’s public lands, Standard Oil’s monopoly has only recently been broken, Ford’s Model A still had not rolled off the assembly line and the 20s had just begun to roar …Full article

Cuomo Adminstration Blocks Massive Tar Sands Oil Facilty Expansion in Albany 5-21-15

In the face of a court challenge from a broad coalition of environmental and community groups and massive community opposition, the Dept. of Environment Conservation halted Global Companies’ proposed expansion of its massive Albany oil train facility to handle tar sands oil …Full article

As Opposition to Offshore Drilling Mounts, Activists to Join “Hands Across the Sand” for Annual International Day of Action 5-14-15

Ocean activists kicked off the 5th Annual Hand Across the Sand International Day of Action, by joining hands in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool in a symbolic gesture to oppose the expansion of offshore drilling to the Atlantic and Arctic oceans …Full article

Protesters to Join Hands Against Oil and Coal 5-11-15

North Carolinians will take 15 minutes Saturday to join hands with strangers in a peaceful demonstration against fossil fuels. The event, known as Hands Across the Sand, will take place in different states and countries around the world. “What it does is it creates an amazing, powerful image,” said Dede Shelton, executive director of Hands Across the Sand. “We send this image to elected officials so they see people won’t want this to happen” …Full article

19 Students Arrested by Yale Police at Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In 4-10-15

Nineteen Yale students were arrested by Yale police yesterday following a day-long sit-in that called for the university to reopen the conversation on fossil fuel divestment. Yale is one of the first schools where a fossil fuel divestment action has led to arrest. “Yale would rather arrest its students than re-engage in the conversation” said Fossil Free Yale Project Manager Mitch Barrows …Full article

Drought Stricken California Exempts Big Oil and Big Ag From Mandatory Restrictions 4-2-15

An April snowpack assessment in California, which set an all-time record for lowest snowpack levels in the state’s history, finally spurred governor Brown’s office to issue an executive order to residents and non-agricultural businesses to cut water use by 25% in the first mandatory statewide reduction in the state’s history. Some groups have been exempted from the water restrictions, specifically big agriculture which uses about 80% of Caiifornia’s water, and oil companies …Full article

Syracuse to Drop Fossil Fuel Stocks From Endowment 3-31-15

Syracuse University is dropping all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment, the university announced on Tuesday. At $1.2 billion, Syracuse’s is the largest endowment to divest entirely of fossil fuel stocks. The university’s chancellor, Kent Syverud, said the move was part of Syracuse’s “long record of supporting responsible environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.” …Full article

U.S. Coal Sector in ‘Structural Decline’, Financial Analysts Say 3-24-15

Over 200 mines shut down and industry loses 76% of its value in 5 years, report finds. The US coal sector is in a “structural decline” which has sent 26 companies bust in the last 3 years, according to financial analysts. A report for the Carbon Tracer Initiative found that between 2011 and 2013 at least 264 mines were closed. The world’s largest private coal company, Peabody Energy, lost 80% of its share price  …Full article

New Fracking Rules on Public Lands ‘A Giveaway to Oil and Gas Industry,’ Advocates Say 3-20-15

The new rules are released following a 4-year process that included more than 1.5 million public comments. The Bureau of Land Management claimed they would “support safe and responsible hydraulic fracking on public and American Indian lands.” Drilling has been occuring on federal lands for years with more than 100,000 wells in existence. …Full article

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Ends on March 16 3-5-15

14 months after the world watched in astonishment as poorly regulated coal-washing chemicals contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia, coal country residents and supporters are gearing up for an epic showdown on March 16 with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection-and the US Congress-over the mounting death toll and health crisis from mountaintop removal strip mining …Full article

EPA Keystone Review Links Oil Sands to Carbon Emission Jump 2-3-15

(Bloomberg) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said developing Canadian oil sands would significantly increase greenhouse gases. “Until ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of oil sand are more successful and widespread,” developing the crude “represents a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions,” the EPA said in a letter to the State Department, which is reviewing the project …Full article

U.S. Interior Department Plan: Open Atlantic Coast to Offshore Drilling 1-27-15

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s new five-year offshore drilling strategy calls for opening the offshore stretch from Virginia to Georgia, an area the energy industry says could hold large amounts of oil and gas. The Obama administration proposes an unprecedented opening of the waters off the Atlantic coast for oil and natural gas drilling …Full article

Could Global Tide Be Starting to Turn Against Fossil Fuels? 1-13-15

Boom may be turning to bust for fossil fuels. Market forces are combining with the prospect of new limits on carbon emissions from major economies such as China and the US to prick the carbon bubble. Many anaylsts are now suggesting that — with prices falling and production costs rising — the coming year could be the moment when investors realize the game is up for the coal and oil industries …Full article

11 Earthquakes Rock Texas Fracking Heartland in 24 Hours 1-8-15

A recent study showed that a series of earthquakes outside of Youngstown, OH, were caused by the fracking operations in the area …Full article

Another Study Confirms Fracking is Definitely Causing Earthquakes 1-7-15

Another study has found a link between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes. This study examined 77 minor earthquakes near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border …Full article