Living on Earth: Massive Natural Gas Disaster Hits Los Angeles

Since October, a leaking underground natural gas storage facility near Los Angeles has released vast amounts of methane, its main ingredient, into the atmosphere, becoming one of the nation’s worst environmental accidents, as methane starts off 100 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Host Steve Curwood and Anthony Ingraffea, a civil and environmental engineer at Cornell University discuss the blowout, including. Professor Ingraffea’s belief that this disaster may be a harbinger of what’s ahead for these aging storage facilities.

Source: Living on Earth: Massive Natural Gas Disaster Hits Los Angeles

Shale Truth Interview series Anthony Ingraffea segment #2 Pennsylvania legacy – YouTube

Shale Truth Interview series Anthony Ingraffea segment #2 Pennsylvania legacy – YouTube.

http://youtu.be/HHhLEinPfLE Part I

Another View on Gas Drilling in the Context of Climate Change – NYTimes.com

Another View on Gas Drilling in the Context of Climate Change – NYTimes.com.

The Intersection Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Climate Change: 6 min video – YouTube

The Intersection Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Climate Change: 6 min video – YouTube.

Engelder/Ingraffea Debate 1/23/13

 http://shaleshockmedia.org/2013/01/22/dundee-debate-engelder-vs-ingraffea/

 

Slides from Ingraffea:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/122022582/Ingraffea-Slides-debate-with-Engelder-Jan-2013-Dundee-NY

Meet Anthony Ingraffea—From Industry Insider to Implacable Fracking Opponent – EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement

Meet Anthony Ingraffea—From Industry Insider to Implacable Fracking Opponent – EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement.

“Responding to New Fracking Regulations”

There will be a free public information session on

“Responding to New Fracking Regulations”, Monday, December 17, at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca (corner of North Aurora and Buffalo Street). Sponsored by the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG), the program will run from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, followed by refreshments and opportunities to write comments to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

A panel of professionals who have studied policies and regulations on shale gas drilling will present their views. Speaking will be Dr. Tony Ingraffea of Cornell University, Helen Slottje of the Community Environmental Defense Council, and Dr. Sandra Steingraber of Ithaca College. Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, will moderate.
In late November, theDEC issued new proposed regulations for shale gas drillingin New York, with a 30-day public comment period. The start date for comments was December 12, and the deadline is 5:00 pm on January 11, 2013. The new regulations can be found at the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/77353.html.
“It is very important that the public speak up about these proposed drilling regulations. Last fall there were some 66,000 public comments on the dSGEIS – the environmental review – but only 650 comments on the regulations. This is our chance to focus on the regulations, and we hope many people will write to the DEC,” says Robertson.
Topics to be covered by the panelists include:
·         Why the new proposed regulations are important.
·         What issues the proposed regulations cover and what issues they ignore.
·         How citizens, interest groups, and municipalities can frame their concerns most effectively in feedback to the DEC.
Responding to New Fracking RegsVideo produced by Cris McConkey for shaleshockmedia.org.  Bill Huston contributed.A panel of professionals who have studied policies and regulations on shale gas drilling presented their views at a public forum in Ithaca, NY sponsored by Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) on December 17, 2012. Speakers were: Dr. Tony Ingraffea of Cornell University, Helen Slottje of the Community Environmental Defense Council, and Dr. Sandra Steingraber of Ithaca College. Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, moderated.

Playlist duration: 1:32:10  To jump to a video in the playlist, click on thumbnail in video player above or in the table below.  For transcript (when available) click on thumbnail below. To leave a comment, click on one of the text links below to go to video on YouTube. YouTube comments will automatically appear on this page.
1:6-Intro. Responding to New Fracking Regs (YouTube)
5:40Martha Robertson introduces the speakers.
  2:6-Tony Ingraffea. Responding to New Fracking Regs (YouTube)
17:33Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, Cornell, explains the structure of a properly constructed comment, and gives examples of DEC’s responses to his own comments in the current proposed regs.
  3:6-Martha Robertson. Responding to New Fracking Regs (YouTube)
4:28Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, was asked by a reporter, why, if Tompkins County Council of Governments is sponsoring this forum, why wasn’t someone from the gas industry invited?  All of the towns in Tompkins County have a ban or moratorium in place, save for Groton which will be considering a moratorium presently. We have moved on.
  4:6-Sandra Steingraber. Responding to New Fracking Regs (YouTube)
30:24A big part of the evening was to collect comments on the regs from those attending. It is easier that you may know. What is our purpose in making comments? Not everyone is inclined to go over with a fine toothed comb. But what about how we each would be impacted by these regs?  What does a 500 foot set-back mean to you?  Sandra Steingraber explains how to use the new website thirtydaysoffrackingregs.com, which is kind of fun too, like an advent calendar.
  5:6-Helen Slottje. Responding to New Fracking Regs (YouTube)
25:36Helen Slottje, Esq., Community Environmental Defense Council, lays out the circumstance, and all that is legally questionable and actionable against DEC’s attempt to push through regulations ahead of completion of SEQRA, specifically, DEC is violating its own stated obligations under the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA).  Her presentation is a true gem.
  6:6-QnA. Responding to New Fracking Regs (YouTube)
8:33

In late November of 2012, the DEC issued new proposed regulations for shale gas drilling in New York, with a 30-day public comment period. The start date for comments was December 12, and the deadline is 5:00 pm on January 11, 2013. The new regulations can be found at the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/77353.html

It is very important that the public speak up about these proposed drilling regulations. Last fall there were some 66,000 public comments on the dSGEIS –the environmental review–but only 650 comments on the regulations.  The speakers suggested three very different ways of responding to the DEC. (insert quotations here).

This is our chance to focus on the regulations, and we hope many people will write to the DEC,” says Robertson.

Topics covered by the panelists included:

• Why the new proposed regulations are important.
• What issues the proposed regulations cover and what issues they ignore.
• How citizens, interest groups, and municipalities can frame their concerns most effectively in feedback to the DEC.

The new regulations can be found at the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/77353.html and comments can be submitted at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/76838.html

Thirty days of franking Regs http://www.thirtydaysoffrackingregs.com/ provides an easy, accessible and fun way for citizen’s to send in their comments.  The site is set up like an Advent calendar, with a new section from the proposed regulation appearing each new day, together with background information an a submission form.

—————————————————

PSECementFailureCausesRateAnalysisIngraffea.pdf (application/pdf Object)

PSECementFailureCausesRateAnalysisIngraffea.pdf (application/pdf Object).

Summary of the Ingraffea paper:

The most recent experience with shale gas wells in the Pennsylvania Marcellus play reflects long term, world-wide industry data with respect to new wells with compromised structural integrity. Operator-wide statistics in Pennsylvania show that about 6-7% of new wells drilled in each of the past three years have compromised structural integrity. This apparently low failure rate should be seen in the context of a full buildout in the Pennsylvania Marcellus of at least 100,000 wells, and in the entire Marcellus, including New York, of twice that number. Therefore, based on recent statistical evidence, one could expect at least 10,000 new wells with compromised structural integrity. It is too early to discern whether the other industry experience with this technical problem, an increase in loss of integrity with well age, will also be reflected. However, at play in modern shale gas development are many of the key factors identified by industry researchers as having a negative influence on well structural integrity: the need for deviated wells, rapid development of a field, presence of “shallow” high-pressure gas horizons, and disturbance of young cement due to adjacent drilling activities on the same pad.

The Capitol Pressroom for June 18, 2012 | WCNY Blogs

The Capitol Pressroom for June 18, 2012 | WCNY Blogs.

The Environmental Working Group in Washington DC has issued a 10 point response to the DEC’s SGEIS on fracking. We have both Dusty Horwitt, J.D.. Senior Counsel for EWG and Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell’s Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering joining us to go through the response point by point.

Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Ingraffea, Robert Howarth – Person of the Year 2011 – TIME

Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Ingraffea, Robert Howarth – Person of the Year 2011 – TIME.