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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 07:17:00

Legislators as judges: Anything for a tax break for the frackers

Republicans seem dead-set on overriding Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of transparently unconstitutional legislation to guarantee a tax break on tracking sand, a $5 million hit on the treasury through the subterfuge of declaring sand "equipment." If the law meant anything, they wouldn't.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 09:34:00

Fracked: How energy companies, particularly Chesapeake, profiteer

The Arkansas legislature just passed a piece of unconstitutional legislation sponsored by Sen. Jonathan Dismang to cut an energy company's cost of business in Arkansas by $4 million by relabeling the sand injected underground for fracking as tax-exempt "equipment." It's symbolic of the shafting written much larger in shale gas plays around the country, led by the likes of Chesapeake Energy.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 06:17:00

Fracking documentary to be shown Sept. 10 at UCA

"Land of Opportunity," a locally produced documentary on fracking for natural gas in the Fayetteville shale, will be shown at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 09:17:00

Fracking: Good for energy companies, good for earthquakes

Arkansas is already familiar with this story, but it bears mention. Mother Jones reports on new evidence of linkage of practices in fracking for gas and oil with earthquakes, here along the Wilzetta fault in Oklahoma.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 14:24:00

New study finds no water contamination by fracking in Arkansas

A study by Duke University and U.S. Geological Survey participants has found no contamination of Arkansas groundwater by gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 11:28:41

USGS study finds no groundwater contamination from shale zone wells

Good news for the shale gas industry in a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey: A study that examined the water quality of 127 shallow domestic wells in the Fayetteville Shale natural gas production area of Arkansas found no groundwater contamination associated with gas production, according to a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 19:40:01

Boom and bust in the gas shale industry

Arkansas isn't specifically mentioned in this major New York Times article, but it might as well be.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 09:20:49

Lawsuit challenges frackers' waste disposal practices in Arkansas

An amended class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Little rock against Southwestern Energy, XTO and Chesapeake Energy over the wells they've drilled to dispose of waste material by injecting it underground.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 09:03:29

Fracking scientists on gas industry payroll

Duh. New reports says many of the scientists who issue rosy reports about fracking for natural gas are on the gas industry payroll.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 11:09:15

Nelson to announce gas tax plans Tuesday

Sheffield Nelson, who's been leading a campaign to increase the severance tax on natural gas, said it will be Tuesday before he announces the committee's plans on continuing the petition drive for the initiative.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 10:51:26

Josh Fox: Fracking redux, 'The Sky Is Pink'

Josh Fox, who made "Gasland," the influential documentary about gas fracking, is back with a new film, "The Sky is Pink."

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 12:57:43

Nelson complains to SEC about gas companies

Sheffield Nelson thinks XTO Energy (a subsidiary of Exxon) and Southwestern Natural, two publicly traded companies that are drilling for natural gas in Arkansas, have violated Securities and Exchange Commission rules on financial disclosure through representations made to fight a tax increase.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 15:11:00

New study on Arkansas's gas severance tax

Sheffield Nelson commissioned Dr. Charles Venus, a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and a tax advisor to governors Rockefeller and Bumpers, to do an economic analysis on the impact of the gas severance tax.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 06:12:35

The frackers come to Ohio

New York Times reports on a gas exploration boom in Ohio. The boom has been met by a burst of state regulation.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 12:32:32

Fracking: Benefits inflated and impact ignored

For your reading pleasure: A policy maker's guide to the pluses and minuses of shale gas production from the National Conference of State Legislatures, a non-partisan, non-industry funded organization.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:43:13

Corporate puppetry continues on severance tax increase

The chamber of commerce's full frontal attack on the severance tax increase — not yet qualified for the ballot — continues.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 10:09:08

Big oil in the third world: The U.S.

Oddly, this was an issue I was thinking about on the way into work: What has the oil industry, so hell bent on exploiting the Arctic and oil shales here, done to despoil the environment in oil-producing countries?

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 17:27:30

Injection wells, other man-made activity causes sharp rise in earthquakes

The recent surge in earthquakes across the mid-section of the country is almost certainly man-made, according to a group of researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 07:14:44

A review of fracking oversight — improvements needed

Thanks to Sen. Jason Rapert for a report I hadn't seen before — the independent review by Stronger Inc. of Arkansas's oversight of exploration for gas in the state by hydraulic fracturing.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 06:39:00

An environmentalist's call for responsible fracking

Here's the side that's missing in Arkansas from the cheerleading of shale gas production iat almost any cost — unpaid damage to county roads being the least of it.

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