Posts marcados ‘GAS’

Fracking/ Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

Oil and Gas Drilling Surges Despite Increased Oversight

by Nicholas Kusnetz

.(David McNew/Getty Images)

Energy companies have spent the last couple of years fighting off added government regulation, saying red tape is slowing development. (mais…)

Buried Secrets / Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose

Hydrofracking Chemicals

In this April 23, 2010 photo, a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site is seen near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

by Nicholas Kusnetz

Over the past year, five states have begun requiring energy companies to disclose some of the chemicals they pump into the ground to extract oil and gas using the process of hydraulic fracturing. (mais…)


Forced Pooling: When Landowners Can’t Say

No to Drilling

by Marie C. Baca, Special to ProPublica

.Workers adjust a drilling rig at Anschutz Exploration Corp.‘s natural gas well in Big Flats, N.Y. (Peter Mantius/

As the shale gas boom sweeps across the United States, drillers are turning to a controversial legal tool called forced pooling to gain access to minerals beneath private property–in many cases, without the landowners’ permission. (mais…)


Gás queimado no Brasil poderia abastecer cidade de 4 milhões de pessoas

por Redação EcoD

1298 Gás queimado no Brasil poderia abastecer cidade de 4 milhões de pessoas Ricardo Stuckert/PR

Plataforma de petróleo localizada no Campo Baleia Franca, no Espírito Santo.

Apenas no mês de fevereiro deste ano, foram queimados 4,8 milhões de metros cúbicos (m3) de gás por dia no Brasil, de um total de 62 milhões de m3 diários (7% de toda a produção) – o volume queimado é suficiente para gerar cerca de mil megawatts (MW) de energia termelétrica e propiciar o abastecimento diário de uma cidade com 4 milhões de habitantes. Os dados são da Agência Nacional de Petróleo (ANP). (mais…)

Buried Secrets / Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

Response to Pa. Gas Well Accident Took 13 Hours

Despite State Plan for Quick Action

by Nicholas Kusnetz

.The outside of a natural gas drill site owned by Chesapeake Energy in Leroy Township, Pa., on April 20, 2011. (The Daily Review-C.J. Marshall/AP Photo)

When Chesapeake Energy lost control of a Marcellus Shale gas well in Pennsylvania on April 19, an emergency response team from Texas was called in to stop the leak. By the time the team arrived more than 13 hours later, brine water and hydraulic fracturing fluids from the well had spewed across nearby fields and into a creek. (mais…)


Deteriorating Oil and Gas Wells Threaten Drinking Water,

Homes Across the Country

Gas company employees must test this temporary vent to see if it’s safe for Nick Kellington and his family to visit their home. The Kellingtons were evacuated after gas from a nearby abandoned well caused a small explosion in West Mifflin, Pa. (Nicholas Kusnetz/ProPublica)

by Nicholas Kusnetz

A version of this story was co-publishedwith the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In the last 150 years, prospectors and energy companies have drilled as many as 12 million holes across the United States in search of oil and gas. Many of those holes were plugged after they dried up. But hundreds of thousands were simply abandoned and forgotten, often leaving no records of their existence. (mais…)


Evidence Undercuts Oil Companies’ Argument That

Disclosures Would Violate Foreign Laws

by Marian Wang

As we’ve noted, oil companies have been lobbying against a provision in Dodd-Frank that would require them to disclose their payments to foreign governments. Some have argued that the rule would conflict with some host countries’ non-disclosure laws. (mais…)