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March 22, 2013 | Blog Post

Arctic Whales, Shell Execs & Spider Legs

This comes on the heels of a report from the Department of Interior, which summarized a 60-day investigation into Shell’s 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season and was highly critical of the oil giant’s operations.

At a press conference announcing the findings, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar declared that Shell had “screwed up,” and the report concluded:

March 20, 2013 | In the News: Greenfield Daily Reporter

3rd NY town wins in court after gas industry challenge to fracking ban

There will be no fracking in Avon of Livingston County, New York. A judge ruled in favor of the town’s ban on the extreme efforts to extract fossil fuels. The court denied Lenape Resources’ challenge to the town’s ban on fracking. Courts have upheld similar bans in the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, and this decision comes just before oral arguments in appeals to those earlier rulings.

March 20, 2013 | In the News: The Salt Lake Tribune

Appeals court says Interior can change mind on oil and gas leases

A federal appellate court reinforced an important precedent by upholding a lower court’s decision to withhold drilling leases on public lands in Utah and Wyoming pending thorough environmental reviews.

Said Earthjustice attorney Melanie Kay, “Industry doesn’t get to call the shots here, the secretary does. These are all of our public lands.”

March 18, 2013 | Blog Post

Scope of Science: Regulating Oil, Gas Industries

The technological advance of horizontal drilling was a game changer for the oil and gas industry. When oil and natural gas were previously being harvested, vertical drilling was the only way to extract the fossil fuel. With horizontal drilling, wells can now be fracked and re-fracked, at different depths and in all directions. By increasing the area of exploration for natural gas, many previously untouched landscapes are now being scarred due to the fracking boom.