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"Ban Fracking" Groups Target New Colorado Task Force

September 3, 2014 by Simon Lomax

No fracking: Colorado

Anti-energy activists – including Anthony Ingraffea, the New York-based star of the Gasland movies – are continuing their “ban fracking” campaign in Colorado by seeking roles on a new oil and natural gas task force. The “blue ribbon” task force was created under an agreement between Boulder Congressman Jared Polis and Gov. John Hickenlooper.[read more]

Demanding Clean Energy

November 11, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Getting Clean Power

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that 1 in 20 Americans live within a mile of a fracking site. That means more people than ever before have drill pads, toxic wastewater pits, and heavy truck traffic coming into their backyards and communities.[read more]

Middle Ground Needed for the Debate on Fracking in America

September 11, 2013 by David Vincent

Finding a Fracking Middle Ground?

Much of the media’s coverage of the fracking debate frames the issue as a choice between speculative economic gain and continuing the perpetual destruction of bucolic landscapes on the other. But even environmentalists need not be diametrically opposed to fracking.[read more]

Smart Fracking and Enhanced Oil Recovery with Competitive Costs: Interview with Jim Letourneau

September 10, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Jim Letourneau is the founder and editor of the Big Picture Speculator and is a geologist living in Calgary, Alberta. He is an early-stage investor in energy, metals, biotech and technology companies. He speaks at investment conferences across North America.[read more]

Obama's Proposed Fracking Rule Would Lead to Dirty Energy

August 23, 2013 by Amy Mall

Later this week, organizations will be submitting comments to the Bureau of Land Management opposing its proposed fracking rule for any fracking that takes place under federal oil and gas leases. Thousands of comments are also being submitted by Americans around the country.[read more]

The Fracking Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

August 22, 2013 by Tina Casey

Fracking Boom Going Bust?

Bloomberg recently reported that the boom in gas field purchasing from 2009 to 2012 has turned into a whopper of a bust, leaving oil and gas companies with a belly load of depressed assets and “disappointing” wells to go with falling gas prices.[read more]

George P. Mitchell: How He Founded Shale Gas

August 7, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

George P. Mitchell

Memorial services were recently held near Houston honoring the generosity and success of George P. Mitchell, inspiring accolades for his role in tapping the huge potential of natural gas from shale rock formations deep underground. He passed away July 26 at the age of 94.[read more]

Fracking Boom: Do We Want an Industrialized Landscape?

July 31, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Fracking Landscape

Last year I traveled to Western Pennsylvania to talk with people living next door to fracking operations. One man loved his rural lifestyle until representatives from an energy company showed up and said they had the right to drill for natural gas beneath the property.[read more]

UK Energy: Osborne Gives Tax Boon to Shale Gas Developers

July 20, 2013 by David Thorpe

Fracking Protest

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has cut by around half the production tax that shale gas developers in the UK will have to pay, mesmerised by the possibility of emulating the success of fracking experienced in the USA.[read more]

Global Shale Oil and Gas Estimates Expand

July 12, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Recently revised estimates of global shale oil and gas resources from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy represent a significant increase over the EIA's 2011 estimates.[read more]

Thousands Protest Fracking in Albany

June 21, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Thousands of citizens and celebrities embarked upon New York’s Capitol building in Albany to protest the possibility of lifting the state-wide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.[read more]

China Energy Plan Could Focus on Energy Efficiency and Fracking

June 12, 2013 by Herman Trabish

China's Energy Plans

China can realize the ambitious targets in its twelfth 5-Year Plan by shifting its focus from increasing capacity to managing demand, according to a just-released report from the China Greentech Initiative, The 2013 China Greentech Report: China at a Crossroads.[read more]


Energy Risk Management in 2013 Hurricane Season

June 7, 2013 by Alberto Rios

vulnerable natural gas facilities

While there are reduced supply side concerns from an active hurricane season, it is important to note that tropical weather can still have an impact on forward natural gas prices.[read more]

Protecting Communities from Fracking's Impacts

May 26, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

With fracking already underway in 30 states and advancing at a breakneck speed, safeguards have not been adequate to protect communities, public health or the environment.[read more]

Updated Draft Rules for Fracking Deserve the Chance to Work

May 17, 2013 by Jim Pierobon


Complaints by both sides over the Obama administration’s newly updated draft of fracking rules on public and Indian lands signals the Interior Department has found enough common ground to raise the bar on drilling operations.[read more]