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Old 10-24-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Frackademia Exposed: Federally Funded, Industry Driven

Frackademia Exposed: Federally Funded, Industry Driven
Food & Water Watch
September 17th, 2013
By Katherine Cirullo

Frackademia Exposed: Federally Funded, Industry Driven | Food & Water Watch
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Recently, Steve Horn of the DeSmog Blog uncovered shocking information that leaves us shaking our head at our nation’s leaders and our once trusted scholars. Embedded in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 is section 999, which describes the U.S. Department of Energy-run Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). We knew previously that oil and gas companies and industry executives have funded and advised academic research on fracking, but the U.S. government has a major role in these projects, too. Federal funding of oil and gas industry controlled “frackademia” leaves us concerned for the future of fracking, and for our air, water and public safety.

In May, Food & Water Watch released an extensive review of frackademic projects. Research revealed the projects were insufficiently controlled by universities, lacked peer review and were developed by advisory boards with undue pro-industry agendas. Ties between research and “Big Oil and Gas” companies have led to the promotion of shale gas development under the guise of credible academic research.

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'When Frackers Come Calling': Homeowners Increasingly Duped in Land Deals
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October 9, 2013

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Thousands of homeowners in the U.S. are finding out the hard way that so-called "mineral rights" for fossil fuel deposits that may exist beneath their newly purchased property have already secretly been sold to gas and drilling companies, effectively nullifying their ability to object to fracking or other extraction projects that could have serious health impacts on them or their families.

Acording to a new Reuters special report published Wednesday:

In golf clubs, gated communities and other housing developments across the United States, tens of thousands of families...have in recent years moved into new homes where their developers or home-builders, with little or no prior disclosure, kept all the underlying mineral rights for themselves, a Reuters review of county property records in 25 states shows. In dozens of cases...
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Fracking-Friendly Bills Flourish as Industry Donations Skyrocket
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Fracking-Friendly Bills Flourish as Industry Donations Skyrocket | Common Dreams
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A Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington report this week reveals that from 2004 to 2012, oil and gas industry contributions to Congressional campaigns climbed 231 percent in fracking states and districts.

Several bills passed in Congress this week suggest these contributions are paying off...
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Morano Smacks Down Sierra Club Director: ‘Sierra Club Took 26 Million From Natural Gas’
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December 11, 2013 | 00:35

Morano Smacks Down Sierra Club Director: ?Sierra Club Took 26 Million From Natural Gas? | NewsBusters
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On CNN’s 11th Hour Tuesday, when Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune made such a claim, Climate Depot’s Marc Morano marvelously fired back, “The Sierra Club took 26 million from natural gas and Michael has the audacity to try to imply that skeptics are fossil fuel funded...
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Study Shows Fracking Is Bad for Babies
By Mark Whitehouse
2014-01-04T21:58:29Z

Study Shows Fracking Is Bad for Babies - Bloomberg
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The energy industry has long insisted that hydraulic fracking -- the practice of fracturing rock to extract gas and oil deep beneath the earth's surface -- is safe for people who live nearby. New research suggests this is not true for some of the most vulnerable humans: newborn infants.

In a study presented today at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Philadelphia, the researchers -- Janet Currie of Princeton University, Katherine Meckel of Columbia University, and John Deutch and Michael Greenstone of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- looked at…
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Default As Drought Hits, Fracking Poses Threat to Water Supply

As Drought Hits, Fracking Poses Threat to Water Supply
By Nick Cunningham
Thu, 06 February 2014 22:46

As Drought Hits, Fracking Poses Threat to Water Supply
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A new report finds that hydraulic fracturing is posing a growing risk to water supplies in several regions around the country. Only, instead of groundwater contamination that so often makes the headlines, it is from the massive consumption of fresh water in water-parched areas like Texas, Colorado, and California. Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) requires millions of gallons of water to frack single well, and in places that are suffering epic droughts, fracking is increasingly competing for access to water with other uses.

The report, “Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Stress,” comes from Ceres, a network of investors, companies, and public interest groups that pushes investor money towards sustainable practices. Ceres finds that about three-quarters of all the 39,294 wells hydraulically fractured between January 2011 and May 2013 (the time period they studied) have occurred in water scarce areas, and more than half in areas suffering from…
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U.S. Geological Survey Calls Oklahoma Quake the Largest “Human-Induced” Earthquake on Record
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Monday, March 10, 2014

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A study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) associates a 5.7-magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma—the most powerful in the state’s history—with the practice of injecting wastewater from fracking into the earth’s crust.

The quake occurred on November 6, 2011, near Prague, Oklahoma. USGS scientists say it may have happened as a result of a 5.0-magnitude foreshock that happened on November 5 near some wastewater injection wells. The 5.0 quake increased stress at the site of the next day’s 5.7 quake.

“The observation that a human-induced earthquake can trigger a cascade of earthquakes, including a larger one, has important implications for reducing the seismic risk from...
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Default Shocking Abuse of Democracy – Fracking Industry Tries to Buy Influence

Shocking Abuse of Democracy – Fracking Industry Tries to Buy Influence
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Shocking Abuse of Democracy - Fracking Industry Tries to Buy Influence
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Johnson County, IL has oil and gas interests panicked about a local effort to stop fracking. They’re spending tens of thousands of dollars in the rural county to defeat a referendum that opposes fracking and defends local rights.

The referendum reads:

“Shall the people’s right to local self-government be asserted by Johnson County to ban corporate fracking as a violation of their rights to health, safety, and a clean environment?”

The industry and their cronies recently realized that voters are siding with local control instead of handing their future over to...
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'Straight from the Horse's Mouth': Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe
Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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'Straight from the Horse's Mouth': Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe | Common Dreams
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In a message "straight from the horse's mouth," a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying, 'it is not safe.'

"Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed," Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil, said during a news conference in Albany called by the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York.

Up until his retirement in 2000, Allstadt spent 31 years at Mobil, running its marketing and refining division in Japan and managing Mobil's worldwide supply, trading and transportation operations. After retiring to Cooperstown, NY, Allstadt said he began studying fracking after friends asked him if he thought it would be safe to have gas wells drilled by nearby Lake Otsego, where Allstadt has a home. Since that time…
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