The mystery of fracking revealed by intrepid Washington Post reporter

From the Washington Post: “This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby.”* The article itself mentions one study done by the USGS looking upstream and downstream from a single wastewater storage site in near Lochgelly, WV. But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered … More The mystery of fracking revealed by intrepid Washington Post reporter

Should governments raise the cost of water used in fracking?

Michael Giberson In dry Texas, water use has been one of the bigger of the policy complaints tossed into the policy whirlwind surrounding hydraulic fracturing. A number of water quantity related bills are currently circulating in the Texas legislature and the Texas Railroad Commission (which regulated oil and gas drilling in the state) has considered … More Should governments raise the cost of water used in fracking?

CO2 emission reductions: fracking, recession, renewables?

Lynne Kiesling Several people have pointed out the remarkable fact that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion have fallen almost to 1995 levels. As the Institute for Energy Research noted, The Energy information Administration reports that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the United States are 2.4 percent less in 2011 than they were in … More CO2 emission reductions: fracking, recession, renewables?

Fracking at the Becker-Posner blog

Lynne Kiesling Fracking and energy self-sufficiency is the topic of the week at the Becker-Posner blog. Becker’s contribution provides a stream-of-consciousness overview that is consistent with the past fracking discussions here; it touches on fuel source competition, the quest for self-sufficiency, the environmental impact of fracking, and the likely effects of fuel export regulation. I’m … More Fracking at the Becker-Posner blog

Waterless fracking?

Lynne Kiesling Pale Rider is one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies. One of its central themes revolves around classic property rights concepts in a community of miners that includes a number of small pan miners and a family that has built a larger, hydraulic mining operation that essentially uses pressurized water to blast rock … More Waterless fracking?

Praise for a New York Times article on natural gas fracking (Or, How property rights help mitigate potential environmental harms)

Michael Giberson I’m writing in praise of a New York Times article on natural gas fracking. Yes, really! Even more surprising, I’m writing in praise of a New York Times on fracking written by Ian Urbina. Yes, really! What is this marvel, you ask? I answer, “Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages.” What is so … More Praise for a New York Times article on natural gas fracking (Or, How property rights help mitigate potential environmental harms)

Cleantech opportunity: clean water for fracking

Lynne Kiesling One of the most beautiful aspects of market processes is how individuals create and take advantage of new profit and growth opportunities by creating value for others. Here’s a case in point that will resonate with many of you, given the outstanding diligence and insight of Mike’s fracking analyses here: clean water for … More Cleantech opportunity: clean water for fracking

Advisory committee’s fracking report spurs outpouring of spin

Michael Giberson Even before the natural gas subcommittee to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board released it’s “Ninety Day Report” on hydraulic fracking today, anti-fracking groups shifted their spin operations into high gear. On Monday, a letter to President Obama sponsored by 68 groups called on him to “employ any legal means to put a … More Advisory committee’s fracking report spurs outpouring of spin

New York regulators take steps toward allowing fracking for natural gas production

Michael Giberson Today the New York Department of Environmental Conservation took a few steps toward permitting fracking of natural gas wells, a process necessary to produce natural gas from underground shale formations. Regulatory processes being as they are, it likely means fracking will remain off-limits in the state for some time. News reports include favorable … More New York regulators take steps toward allowing fracking for natural gas production

Additional reactions to the New York Times articles documenting shale gas skepticism; More on fracking

Michael Giberson As a follow-on to my post on the recent New York Times articles on shale gas skepticism, here’s a collection of other reactions: The most thoughtful response appears to come from Michael Levi at the Council on Foreign Relations, Is Shale Gas a Ponzi Scheme?: “The New York Times’ war on shale gas … More Additional reactions to the New York Times articles documenting shale gas skepticism; More on fracking