BP and Republican Senator Get Cozy Before Subsidies Hearing
2011-05-12
Public Campaign Action Fund reports that Sen. Crapo attended a fundraiser hosted by a BP lobbyist just an hour before the Senate Finance Hearing where oil execs, inlcuding BP America CEO Lamar McKary, are set to defend oil subsidies: Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of a Senate committee holding a hearing today on oil… Read more »
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Breaking from DeSmogBlog
2011-05-6
DeSmogBlog today released a comprehensive report on the dangers posed by hydraulic fracturing to public drinking water, land and our health. Based on the findings of the report and recent events, DeSmogBlog is calling for a national moratorium on fracking until further independent research demonstrates that the process does not contaminate drinking water, pollute land or impact… Read more »
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Shut out and bought out
2011-05-2
Pennsylvania citizens are unable to be heard during a public gas advisory board meeting, while those on the board get cozy in the Governor’s back pocket. A week after toxic fluids from a hydraulic fracturing gas well spilled into waterways and onto farmlands in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the state’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission met in… Read more »
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Will Boehner End Oil and Gas Industry Welfare?
2011-04-28
The price at the pump is hovering around $4/gallon, while oil and gas companies are reporting billions in first quarter profits. So wasn’t a complete shock when Speaker John Boehner said, earlier this week, that Congress should look at ending the fossil fuel industry’s multi-billion dollar tax breaks. After all, how does Congress plan to… Read more »
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Neslin brings his message back home
2011-04-26
The man tasked with overseeing the oil and gas industry in Colorado continues to say that groundwater contamination is not an issue when it comes to hydraulic fracturing in the state. David Neslin (pictured), Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) , told a federal forum this week that the COGCC has… Read more »
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State regulator admits, but not to Congress, that gas production led to water contamination in Colorado
2011-04-21
Neslin’s narrow definition of hydraulic fracturing misleads Committee members **As Pennsylvanians deal with the breaking news that wastewater from a Chesapeake hydraulic fracturing well blowout has entered their drinking supplies, similar stories continue to unfold in Colorado.** Within minutes after his testimony about the safety of hydraulic fracturing in front of the United States Senate… Read more »
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There’s nothing like an objective witness…
2011-04-4
In the course of some routine research, Checks and Balances came across an interesting piece of information. James Schroeder, President and CEO of Mesa Energy Partners, LLC and President of the Western Energy Alliance is scheduled to be a witness at Rep. Lamborn’s hearing Tuesday. Schroeder contributed $2,000 to the Western Energy Alliance’s PAC in… Read more »
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Silence of the Lamborn on Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
2011-04-4
**Update: Our friend Tom Kenworthy from the Center for American Progress breaks down the economic facts behind drilling over at The Wonk Room. The question remains: Will Lamborn, Hastings and their colleagues finally work to end government welfare for fossil fuels?** On Monday, March 28, a group of 15 residents of the Colorado Springs area… Read more »
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