Posted July 19, 2013
Associated Press – Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn’t Contaminate Drinking Water
AP reports that the federal study on hydraulic fracturing found no evidence chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing moved up to taint drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site. After a year of study researchers found chemicals in fracking fluids used to free trapped natural gas stayed thousands of feet below areas that supply drinking water.
Oil & Gas Journal – TransCanada: Keystone XL’s Emissions Impacts Would be Minimal
In a letter to the State Department, the proposed pipeline’s builder says the project’s greenhouse gas impact would be minimal, the estimated added emissions representing 0.06-0.1 percent of Canada’s 2011 national GHG inventory.
Contributor Tim Worstall writes that arguments from pipeline opponents are self-contradicting, and cites a couple of examples. “… my basic diagnosis is that some opponents of Keystone XL are becoming so hysterical in that opposition than they’re becoming incoherent in their arguments,” Worstall writes.
Bloomberg – Lift the Ban on U.S. Oil Exports
The opinion piece argues the world has changed dramatically since Congress instituted a ban on all exports of U.S. crude oil in the 1970s: “Four decades later, that ban is threatening to put a damper on the shale-oil boom in the U.S., and Congress or the president should find a way to reverse, or at least temporarily suspend it.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.