Positive news from the New York Times: State: Decision Blocks Drilling for Gas in Catskills
And here is comment on the “political skullduggery” some people feel it was.
And more comment: Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Ramsay Adams on DEC’s Friday surprise
(It is getting legalier and legalier said Pooh.)
I think the decision is a foot in the door.
Here is an interview with Robert Howarth: Cornell scientist tarnishes natural gas’s clean image If his ideas and calculations hold up to peer review, it is a powerful argument against the planned Frackathon coming our way.
This article Halliburton Hunts New Bacteria Killer to Protect Shale-Gas Boom was sent to me by a couple members. It addresses the industry’s attempt to take biocides out of the fracking fluid. It seems like there is a proprietary race to find a cost effective technique which will eliminate the biocides. Money, not concern for the public, is the motivator:
“Environmental issues generally begin to be addressed after companies realize there will be a financial cost if they don’t act.” said Geoff Kieburtz, an analyst at Weeden & Co. in Greenwich, Connecticut.