External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas
The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about the Dimock verdict, asthma, Maryland fracking and much more last week.
Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we had Nicole Jacobs from Energy In Depth as a guest.
The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the April 8th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):
- Judge throws out $4M tainted-water award to Dimock shale-gas families. A federal judge on Friday threw out a jury’s award of $4.24 million for two Dimock, Pa., families who claimed that their water was contaminated by a Marcellus Shale gas driller and ordered a new trial. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson set aside the verdict by an eight-member jury that sat in Scranton, saying the evidence “was spare, sometimes contradictory, frequently rebutted by other scientific expert testimony, and relied in some measure upon tenuous inferences.”
- INFOGRAPHIC: Pennsylvania Asthma Hospitalization Rates Plummet as Marcellus Production Soars. When researchers at Johns Hopkins University released a study last July that suggested that fracking causes asthma attacks, EID noted that it was a bit odd that the researchers didn’t include county-by-county comparisons between areas in Pennsylvania with and without shale development – which presumably would have been a slam dunk if their conclusions were sound, right?
- Maryland Governor Chooses Alternative Facts, Politics Over Science in Support of Fracking Ban. On Friday afternoon, on St. Patrick’s Day (and a busy news day), Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) announced that he supports a ban on fracking in his state, despite a mountain of scientific evidence showing that the process is safe with manageable risks. This is a complete reversal from his position during the campaign when he voiced support for fracking, saying Maryland is “sitting on a gold mine of clean natural gas energy in western Maryland.”
- Slick Rewrite: L.A. Times Blames Climate Change for 28-Year-Old Oil Spill. The Los Angeles Times has struck once again in a feeble attempt to sink ExxonMobil. This time, rewriting the story of a 28-year-old shipwreck. The April 6 L.A. Times story, by Columbia Journalism School researchers, used 2,340 words to reject years of court cases and research. Instead, the agenda-driven story blamed the 1989 Exxon Valdez shipwreck and resulting oil spill on climate change.
- Energy services hiring picks up as recovery gains traction. Oil field services companies are hiring again, posting job ads and putting recruiters back to work to fill openings, particularly in North America, according to a report from an energy consulting firm. The activity is another sign that the nascent oil and gas recovery is gaining traction after a two-year oil bust that proved to be the deepest industry downturn in 30 years. The services segment, which supplies crews, equipment and materials for drilling and hydraulic fracturing, was perhaps the hardest hit, with the 50 largest services firms slashing 300,000 jobs worldwide, or one of every three positions, according to Rystad Energy, a Norwegian consultancy.
- Trump environmental order does little to change coal retirement plans. U.S. coal producers and trade associations cheered President Donald Trump’s package of actions aiming to boost the coal industry, but many of their customers are on track to move away from the fuel regardless.
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