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Report: Obama's ethanol policy has ravaged the environment | Al Jazeera America

Obama is no environmentalist. He’s helped increase fracking, expanded off-shore oil drilling, continues to stealthily approve parts the Keystone XL Pipeline, weakened endangered species protection, and will sign off on Alaska’s horrifying Pebble Mine gold mine.

Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta

One big concern surrounding end-pit lakes is that the contaminated water will spread through the boreal ecosystem, the tract of trees and marshland that stretches around the top of the world from Canada to Russia and Scandinavia. Boreal forests store almost twice as much carbon as tropical forests.

Two new oil pipelines opened today in North Dakota. Republican leaders call for more drilling. The Bakken oil formation is a huge oil field under Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The recently completed Bakken Pipeline Expansion Project adds 145,000 barrels per day of pipeline capacity and the new Berthold Rail Facility transports another 80,000 barrels a day.

Enbridge’s system is now capable of transporting 475,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day, representing more than half of North Dakota’s current oil production of about 820,000 barrels per day.

But as the state’s oil production is projected to hit 1 million barrels per day or more, additional capacity will be needed. Via

The primary method of extracting the oil is to frack it (NatGeo). Accidents, pollution, water depletion, and death abound.

The Joys of Fracking. TEDxFARGO (not a joke, this is a TEDx talk pumping fracking)

Possibly the world’s largest oil field discovered in Australia. Equivalent of Saudi Arabia and worth $20 trillion.

It will have to be fracked.  

Incredible find. Full coverage from ABC-AU with video, audio, maps. 

How much is fracking affecting fresh water supplies?

Hi themultifariousbibliophile

I have to defer to the EPA on this. See: 

In the meantime, be wary of the anti-fracking propaganda. The real action is with the new head of the DOI, Sally Jewell. Jewell (who was celebrated by enviros) is aggressively seeking to expand fracking and oil drilling on public, park, and conservation lands. She is an Obama pick, and former CEO of REI. She used to frack wells and is, in my view, one of the most dangerous leaders in the current administration.

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BLM Fails to Comply with Court Order, Refuses to Change Transparency Policy

ecowatchorg:

“It is inconsistent with BLM’s position as a public agency and steward of our public resources that it continues to put up such a fight to withhold information about the corporations interested in extracting public resources.”

More fracking shenanigans from the Obama admin. National parks and public lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, are slated to be aggressively fracked for short-term gain. And the BLM’s policies aim to hide information from the public.

Obama to weaken fracking rules

rtamerica:

The federal government has proposed a new set of national fracking rules that would weaken disclosure requirements. The proposal allows ‘trade secrets’ to remain unknown from the public, which has distressed environmental groups.

I called it. Last month, environmental groups were doing handstands and backflips over Sally Jewell, who is Obama’s pick to lead the BLM (US Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management).

She used to frack wells for Mobil oil company long before she was CEO of REI.

Last month, I wrote:

…the bigger story is about the left’s environmental heroine, Sally Jewell, who used to frack wells. As new head of the Dept. of Interior, she will (with Obama’s encouragement) - will - allow aggressive fracking on more public lands, possibly much more in our National Parks.

Shale Gas Drilling Hasn’t Harmed Water in Arkansas

laboratoryequipment:

A new study by scientists at Duke Univ. and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas.

“Our results show no discernible impairment of groundwater quality in areas associated with natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in this region,” says Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

Read more: laboratoryequipment.com

Evidence is piling up against enviros, who really need a long-term strategy. Hit and run activism is failing.

treehugger:

Josh Fox, the filmmaker behind Gasland and Gasland II is the guest on Andrew Sullivan’s Ask Me Anything series this week. Yesterday, he discussed how he got involved in this fight. Today, he has a great answer to the question of whether natural gas is a necessary evil.

Josh Fox. Articulate.

The U.S. Has Much, Much More Gas and Oil Than We Thought

This article is circulating among the anti-peak oil crowds. To me, the bigger story is about the left’s environmental heroine, Sally Jewell, who used to frack wells. As new head of the Dept. of Interior, she will (with Obama’s encouragement) - will - allow aggressive fracking on more public lands, possibly much more in our National Parks. To forgiving environmentalists, she’s Obama’s replacement for the DOI and former CEO of REI.