All is OK, energy company states - that is until someone’s property is damaged, or worse, gets killed.
"When two small earthquakes struck near Blackpool, England in April and May, suspicious eyes turned toward the hydraulic fracturing operation in the area. In a move few expected, Cuadrilla Resources, admitted that its shale fracking operations were indeed responsible.
In a press release issued today, Cuadrilla explained the findings of an investigation of the tremors:
- It is highly probable that the hydraulic fracturing of Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall-1 well did trigger a number of minor seismic events.
- The seismic events were due to an unusual combination of geology at the well site coupled with the pressure exerted by water injection as part of operations.
- This combination of geological factors was extremely rare and would be unlikely to occur together again at future well sites.
Cuadrilla insists that the event was extremely rare and unlikely to do any damage if it ever recurred. But whether or not it’s right, the fact that humans are causing earthquakes as well as global warming is likely to make the idea of fracking much less palatable.
Updated: Despite Cuadrilla’s insistence that this is an isolated incident, a US Geological Survey report links 50 earthquakes to fracking operations throughout the United States.
$9 billion. That is the previous record the U.S. Government spent on weather related disasters. This year, only half way through 2011, the government has spent $8 billion. The hurricane season is just beginning and NOAA and other agencies predict massive weather disasters. “On July 28, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government heard testimony from witnesses…on the current state of U.S. climate adaptation policy.” Importantly, the question of whether or not the government is prepared for weather-related natural disasters - answer - we’re not. Worse, droughts and sea level rise add to the risk to management.
Amid the current climate of fiscal uncertainty, the costs of U.S. lack of preparedness for global climate disruption and weather-related disasters are becoming a burden that the government will find it increasingly difficult to carry. Accordingly, coherent adaptation policies must be adopted that allow for better monitoring and prediction of weather- related events, and for developing greater resilience to disaster-related impacts, to ensure the necessary protections for Americans. Record drought, flooding, and wildfires are having real and significant consequences. A lack of preparedness at the federal level is simply not an acceptable option.
Most interesting from this hearing is that a witness from the insurance industry admits - in no uncertain terms - that insurance industries are cancelling thousands of insurance policies for coastal homes and businesses based on climate change models. Government agencies, such as FEMA, are left to pick up the tab.
Source: Climate Science Watch
Recorded, so watch when you want. Speaker’s presentations are posted, so you can blast through their ppts if you want a quicky. I think it speaks to the quality of the people at New England Wind Energy that they also posted a bibliography. These guys are thorough! Warning, it’s verrry wonky. Here’s a synopsis:
The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) hosted the first in a series of free webinars. The main topic of NEWEEP’s inaugural event was, “The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values” presented by Ben Hoen, consultant to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. The session opened with a brief introduction of the New England Wind Energy Education Project, followed by an introductory discussion of, “Wind Power’s role in Achieving Regional Policy Objectives” presented by Heather Hunt, executive director of New England States Committee on Electricity. The webinar included a question and answer session. This was a free webinar funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America Initiative. The webinar was designed for attendance by the general public, local officials, facility siting decision makers, policy makers, and others interested in a review of objective information on the impacts of wind energy.