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"Hundreds of Colorado oil, gas and mining operators have not been reporting the full extent of their business operations to regulators, depriving the state of an unknown amount of tax revenue, according to a new audit released Tuesday. ...In just one example the audit highlighted, an operator failed to submit more than 1,100 reports. ...'(Severance tax) money is critical for local governments, and is intended to be used for infrastructure projects in communities impacted by the extraction industry.'" www.kunc.org/post/colorado-missed-out-unknown-amounts-oil-and-gas-tax-money-audit-finds#stream/0

"The Earth’s crust is...peppered with radioactive elements that concentrate deep underground in oil-&-gas-bearing layers, ...often pulled to the surface when oil & gas is extracted - carried largely in the brine. 'A lot of guys are coming up with cancer, or sores & skin lesions that take months to heal...' [a brine trucker] says. [He] experiences regular headaches & nausea, numbness in his fingertips & face, and 'joint pain like fire. ...It’s all over your hands, and inside your boots, and on the cuticles of your toes, and any cuts you have...'. 'All oil-field workers... are radiation workers.'" www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/oil-gas-fracking-radioactive-investigation-937389/

Rocky Barker, special to the Idaho Statesman, interviewed 1-21-2020, says that Snake River Oil & Gas "Group" (LLC)'s Richard Brown, taking over from Alta Mesa (AM Idaho), is "hoping to get the pipeline for their Willow Creek processing plant tied into the 2 wells that are actually -right in- Fruitland." Brown has been a minority stakeholder in AM Idaho from the get-go and, according to Barker, actually brought Alta Mesa into the state. Stay tuned for more local gas&oil fun and games, with various recycled players, in 2020... www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/controversy-stoking-idahos-oil-and-gas-industry

Some very good alternative energy news from Australia: "Monash Univ. researchers are on the brink of commercialising the world's most efficient lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery, which could outperform current market leaders by more than four times... and could transform the way phones, cars, computers and solar grids are manufactured in the future. ...[The technology is] simple and extremely low-cost to manufacture, using water-based processes, and can lead to significant reductions in environmentally hazardous waste." techxplore.com/news/2020-01-supercharging-tomorrow-team-world-efficient.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly-nwletter

"Conservative estimates put U.S. direct subsidies to the fossil fuel industry at roughly $20 billion per year; with 20% currently allocated to coal and 80% to natural gas & crude oil. ...Designed to lower the cost of fossil fuel production & incentivize new domestic energy sources, (t)oday, U.S. taxpayer dollars continue to fund many fossil fuel subsidies that are outdated, but remain embedded within the tax code... (a)t a time when renewable energy technology is increasingly cost-competitive... (and) fossil fuel subsidies are actually increasing." www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-fossil-fuel-subsidies-a-closer-look-at-tax-breaks-and-societal-costs

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Distribution: 01-06-20 Idaho State Bar Association Investigates Former Eagle City Attorneys for Professional Misconduct Eagle non profit raises concerns that attorneys’ conduct may have negatively impacted the city and taxpaying citizens The Idaho State Bar Association has notified members of the non profit Eagle Water Customer Group (EWCG), that an investigation is being conducted into the professional conduct of former Eagle City attorneys Cherise McLain and Susan Buxton of Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke, Chartered. The investigation is based on concerns raised by EWCG that these attorneys may have demonstrated gross professional misconduct which negatively impacted the City of Eagle, its financial resources and the taxpaying citizens of that community. The concerns center around contracts drafted and signed in 2008 with the assistance of MSBT attorney Susan Buxton between the city of Eagle and Eagle Water Company; and ongoing negotiations involving Buxton, McLain and former Eagle…

"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

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