EPA backs off “imminent and substantial endangerment” claim in Texas hydraulic fracturing case

Michael Giberson On December 7, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency dropped a bomb on Range Resources Corporation. From the EPA news release: (DALLAS – December 7, 2010) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a natural gas company in Forth Worth, Texas, to take immediate action to protect homeowners living near one of its … More EPA backs off “imminent and substantial endangerment” claim in Texas hydraulic fracturing case

The federal government’s natural gas R&D breakthrough

Michael Giberson In the recent edition of The American magazine, the on-line journal of the American Enterprise Institute, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus write in defense of the President’s State of the Union address claim of federal government credit for the shale gas revolution. (For those of you not keeping score at home, (1) I commented … More The federal government’s natural gas R&D breakthrough

Giberson calls for one-year moratorium on hospital admissions pending analysis of risks associated with nosocomial infection

Michael Giberson I read recently that as many as 99,000 deaths per year in the United States are linked to nosocomial infection (also known as hospital-acquired infection). I’m outraged, obviously, and relying on the precautionary principle I am calling for a minimum one-year moratorium on hospital admissions so the healthcare industry can bring an end to nosocomial-linked … More Giberson calls for one-year moratorium on hospital admissions pending analysis of risks associated with nosocomial infection

Did the federal government invent the shale gas boom?

Michael Giberson In the Washington Post the folks at the Breakthrough Institute try to learn us some history about the shale gas boom. Maybe you think the shale gas boom was some big surprise suddenly made real after the decades-long work of a hard-headed oil and gas guy – George Mitchell – willing to spend … More Did the federal government invent the shale gas boom?