Category: Oil and Gas

Justification for More Robust Gas Leak Prevention Programs

Study: Industry Data Shows Hazardous Air Pollutants Are ‘Ubiquitous’ in the Natural Gas Transmission System By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 21, 2022 (Note: Photos and quotes have been added to the original blog) In the first peer-reviewed study… Continue Reading “Justification for More Robust Gas Leak Prevention Programs”

Pipelines & Powerlines: The Joe Manchin ‘Side Deal’

Permitting reforms would benefit the nearly completed Mountain Valley Pipeline to move fracked gas from Manchin’s home state of West Virginia to Eastern seaboard states. VOX explains previous deal making in a September 13, 2022 story: This summer, he [Manchin] struck a deal with Senate… Continue Reading “Pipelines & Powerlines: The Joe Manchin ‘Side Deal’”

PA: Conventional O&G Companies Accelerating Pace of Abandoning Wells Without Plugging Them

Threatens to Put PA’s Taxpayer-Funded Well Plugging Program Even Further Behind By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 6, 2022 The pace of companies abandoning conventional oil and natural gas wells without plugging them continues to accelerate in 2022 threatening… Continue Reading “PA: Conventional O&G Companies Accelerating Pace of Abandoning Wells Without Plugging Them”

WATCH: The Power of Big Oil – 3 Parts

PBS FRONTLINE Series Links to all 3 videos: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/documentary/the-power-of-big-oil/ DESCRIPTION In an epic three-part documentary series, FRONTLINE investigates the decades-long failure to confront the threat of climate change and the role of the fossil fuel industry. Part One charts the fossil fuel industry’s early… Continue Reading “WATCH: The Power of Big Oil – 3 Parts”

GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close

In this latest episode of ‘shock and awe’ we learn that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III has changed his mind. The $369 billion climate and tax package forged in a surprise deal by Senate Democrats on Wednesday would be the most ambitious action ever taken… Continue Reading “GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close”

Dusting by Oil and Gas Drillers

(Reprinted with permission from the May 2, 2022 PA Environment Digest Blog by David E. Hess, former Secretary, PA Department of Environmental Protection) From 2016 to 2021, DEP approved 752 plans for the permanent disposal of drill cuttings at oil and gas well drilling… Continue Reading “Dusting by Oil and Gas Drillers”

Big Oil

Two things recently caught my attention, the first being a 3-part series airing on PBS stations. The Power of Big Oil (Part One: Denial) “FRONTLINE examines the fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change. Part One of this… Continue Reading “Big Oil”

Oil Company Riches at Your Expense

While the average person on the street is getting gouged by high prices for gasoline, petrol if you will, the top oil companies are raking in massive profits. According to one article: This year, pretax profits for ConocoPhillips, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Hess Corporation, and Devon… Continue Reading “Oil Company Riches at Your Expense”