Shut out and bought out
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?
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
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
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…
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
**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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Clearing up muddy waters on the oil and gas debate
Today, the Department of Interior released a report which details the amount of land the Obama administration has made available for drilling, the rate of drilling permits processed, and how little land is actually in use. It’s time to clear up the muddy waters around the drilling debate, and today’s report by the Obama administration… Read more »
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Maybe the Big Bird will set Big Oil Free
Re-posted from There’s been much ado over Rep. Lamborn’s push to “set Big Bird” free by cutting federal tax dollars to NPR. Just yesterday, the Colorado Springs Independent reported that a group of local citizens are asking him to pledge to set Big Oil free of the billions of subsidies they get which drive… Read more »
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Rhetoric vs. Reality: A closer look at WEA’s top 10
This week, Western Energy Alliance (WEA) released what it claims are the, “Top 10 ways the federal government is preventing onshore oil and natural gas production.” The Checks and Balances Project decided to take a closer look WEA’s list and make sense of the lies put out by the oil and gas industry: Rhetoric Reality… Read more »
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Doc Hastings likes his Webster’s Abridged
Thursday, Doc Hastings is holding yet another, carefully scripted, incredibly slanted hearing to promote his position that the Department of the Interior should return to the rip-roarin’ land grab of the Bush era. The good ol’ days when oil and gas companies could snatch up millions of acres of public land for song – or… Read more »
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