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"Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday his administration will spend $3 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of the natural gas industry, taking action after months of impassioned pleas by the families of pediatric cancer patients who live in the most heavily drilled region of the state. Dozens of children and young adults have been diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma and other forms of cancer in a 4-county area... where energy companies have drilled more than 3,500 wells since 2008." medicalxpress.com/news/2019-11-pennsylvania-fund-fracking-health-dangers.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

Perhaps this provides an answer to some of the speculation about why the Wilks brothers bought so much land here in Idaho. Looks like they fell for Alta Mesa's empty promises just like so many of our lawmakers and citizens did... www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-21/billionaire-fracking-brothers-hammered-by-permian-investments?fbclid=IwAR2O09xKQxpVZG5viB3TH3VMQKCMEI1gmklPLkEYYEZThFbawKEQIso_JQ4

"The boom in shale drilling has been driven by smaller, independent operators [which] have pushed the limits of drilling technology and taken big risks on unproven oil fields. ...'For every dollar that they brought in, they would spend two', ...rely[ing] on deep-pocketed investors who were willing to pour fresh capital into the industry, despite years of lackluster returns." Now, even "Halliburton, one of the biggest players in U.S. shale drilling, has laid off nearly 3,000 workers", ~35 smaller companies have bankrupted this year - and who's left holding the bag?? www.wdiy.org/post/oil-prices-drop-and-money-dries-us-shale-boom-going-bust

Keystone spill #21: "October 31, 2019: TransCanada’s (“TC Energy”) Keystone pipeline leaked at least 380,000 gallons of tarsands oil and toxic diluents that affected wetlands in northeastern North Dakota. No cause has yet been established." -- "TransCanada’s “Keystone pipeline” is not to be confused with the company’s proposed “Keystone XL” pipeline... that has not yet started construction, and whose future is still very much in doubt. The original Keystone pipeline carries up to 600,000 barrels per day of tarsands from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas and Illinois." boldnebraska.org/keystone-pipeline-spill-history/

"A new study from the University of Texas at Austin blames hydraulic fracturing for causing some earthquakes in the Permian Basin of West Texas, dispelling the widely held view that oilfield wastewater disposals wells were solely responsible for the man-made tremors." - FRACKING ITSELF, not (necessarily) injection wells www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Study-linking-fracking-to-Permian-Basin-14537085.php

"Britain will impose an immediate moratorium on fracking, the government announced on Saturday, saying the controversial gas extraction technique risked causing too much disruption to local communities through earth tremors." Britain's Business Secretary said "We’ve always been clear that we will follow the science... We cannot be certain that shale gas can be extracted safely, and therefore we must impose this moratorium until the science changes.” This after "a 2.9-magnitude tremor shook houses in August" near Blackpool. www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-fracking/britain-orders-immediate-moratorium-on-fracking-due-to-earth-tremor-concerns-idUSKBN1XC001

"For every barrel of oil, oil & gas extraction also produces about seven barrels of wastewater, consisting mainly of naturally occurring subsurface water extracted along with the fossil fuels. That's about 2 billion gallons of wastewater a day. [Many] ...are on the lookout for new strategies for dealing with that wastewater. Among the most tantalizing ideas is recycling it to irrigate food crops, given water scarcity issues in the West. ...[Results lead] to the question of whether using such wastewater for irrigation would leave crop systems more vulnerable to bacterial & fungal pathogens." - AND -OUR- immune systems, when we eat/breathe the stuff??? www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191031130547.htm

"'Things were fine for a while, then they put in a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and eventually 7th compressor near my home.' ...11 of the 1,340-horsepower compressors are currently running w/in a mile of his house w/out any noise-abatement equipment... 'I started to sleep in motels just to get peace. I was hurting something awful and shaking uncontrollably.' ...He did not hear the strongest part of the sound waves hitting his home - but his body registered the effects. ...The problems aren’t limited to his home either." Ordinances may be "ineffective because they depend on gas companies to monitor their own noise levels..." www.fwweekly.com/2014/05/14/compressing-agony/

Perhaps this needs to be done in Idaho too: "Three creditors of Alta Mesa Resources Inc have filed motions to lift its bankruptcy stay to sue the energy producer in Oklahoma state court for damage to their wells that they blame on the company's use of fracking fluid in its adjacent horizontal wells. ...Lifting the stay so the litigation can proceed will not affect Alta Mesa's bankruptcy estate." mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSL2N27A040

Excellent news overall, that will in time affect the gas&oil industry, since plastic originally comes from petroleum: "Eventually, this kind of development could enable a hugely significant transformation of today's petrochemical plants into recycling refineries of the future. ...The process is applicable to all types of plastic that result from our waste system, including those that have historically been stored in landfills or at sea. ...Circular use would help give used plastics a true value, and thus an economic impetus for collecting it anywhere on earth. " phys.org/news/2019-10-plastic-high-quality-advanced-steam.html

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