Category Archives: Government, Academic and Industry Studies and Reports

Goldberg Segalla Analyzes The Interplay Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Insurance

In analyzing the underlying concern and potential risks presented by hydraulic fracturing, Goldberg Segalla reviews the various types of insurance that may be implicated by fracking.  …

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Comprehensive Industry Study Finds 50% Less Emissions Than Informal EPA Study

An American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and American Petroleum Institute-sponsored study directly refutes the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas production activities.  Specifically, the study, which was far more comprehensive than any EPA study to date, generally concludes that greenhouse emissions are almost 50 percent lower than the EPA’s estimates.   AGNA Executive Vice President stated The EPA has been upfront that its data is limited in scope.  This study confirms that EPA’s estimates on emissions from operations are…

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International Energy Agency Proposes “Golden Rules” For Fracking

The IEA, a non-binding collection of 28 countries, today announced  “Golden Rules” for extraction of natural gas worldwide.  Citing the fact that global shale gas extraction has the potential to transform the global economy by lowering energy prices and, simultaneously, reducing carbon emissions, the IEA warned that their proposed golden rules for fracking should be followed so as to reduce public opposition to the practice.  According to the press release, The technology and the know-how already exist for unconventional gas to be…

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EPA Criticized Over Issuance of Draft Wyoming Report Linking Water Contamination to Fracking

As reported by the Oil and Gas journal, the Indipendent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) released a statement following an investigation of the EPA’s earlier draft report of a claimed association between groundwater contaminiation and fracking.  The investigation, performed by Maryland-based S.S. Papadopulos & Associates Inc., concluded that EPA’s methodology in reaching its conclusions was fundamentally flawed.  Among the problems noted with the EPA report included (a) the EPA’s failure toa ccount for data establishing that the region had a history of methane; (b) utilizing…

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Texas Town Unable To Link Health Effects to Fracking

According to an in-depth NPR report, the Texas town of Dish spent many thousands of dollars trying to link fracking with various adverse health effects to residents in the town.   Their efforts fell short.  For example, the NPR reporter interviewed Brian Schwartz, an environmental epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins about any causal connection between fracking and cancer and what amount of evidence would be necessary to show the link. “You can’t,” he says. “You can’t study that right now because it takes about 20 years,…

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