ExxonMobil Takes Heat For 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake In Papua New Guinea

ExxonMobil Takes Heat For 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake In Papua New Guinea:

An earthquake in Papua New Guinea rattled ExxonMobil’s gas project on the island nation to the tune of $19 billion, and a backlash against the U.S. company’s activities is becoming more difficult to contain.

A group of locals are blaming the activities of Exxon and its local partners for the 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the island on February 26. Aftershocks after the initial quake compounded the effects of the natural disaster.

The project, known as PNG LNG, is recognized as one of the world’s most successful liquefied natural gas projects, but the foreign presence is becoming more and more unpopular amongst locals. The country’s Vice Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Manasseh Makiba told Reuters that Exxon should open an official inquiry to identify the causes of the aftershocks to address the locals’ concerns.

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Swarm of 200 Earthquakes Hits Yellowstone – Here’s What That Means — ((Article Is Hiding Heavy Fracking All Around Yellowstone (Video))

Swarm of 200 Earthquakes Hits Yellowstone – Here’s What That Means:

A swarm of more than 200 earthquakes struck Yellowstone National Park over the past two weeks, but that probably doesn’t mean the “big one” is coming anytime soon, according to geologists from the park.

The 200 temblors began on Feb. 8 and ramped up on Feb. 15 in an area about 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In reality, many more tiny quakes hit the region but were simply too small for seismometers to pick them up, according to the USGS.

But while the swarm is bigger than the everyday seismicity in the park, it’s not a sign of a major quake, said Michael Poland, scientist-in-charge of the USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington.

“This is what Yellowstone does; this is Yellowstone being Yellowstone,” Poland told Live Science. “It experiences swarms all the time.”

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The UK Mother-Frackers are ON THE RUN! :-) (Video)

H/t reader eric:

“Ian Crane is a former Shell Oil executive who has campaigned against fracking in U.K. for several years, and is gradually forcing the tide back.
We need more like him, though he has had great difficulty with attempts by the fracking industry to silence him even to the point of near bankruptcy with legal costs.”

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Following Fracking Ban, France Permanently Halts Oil and Gas Production

Following Fracking Ban, France Permanently Halts Oil and Gas Production:

This week, France’s parliament passed a law banning the production of oil and gas in France and its territories. The move puts France at the forefront of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources. French President Emmanuel Macron also plans to stop the sale of diesel and petrol cars.

The ban appears to be symbolic in nature as France is 99% dependent on the import of oil and gas. By comparison, Saudi Arabia extracts around 815,000 tons of oil per day while France extracts that much in a year.

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Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General Pick, Introduced First Bill to Exempt Fracking from Drinking Water Rules

Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General Pick, Introduced First Bill to Exempt Fracking from Drinking Water Rules:

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, introduced the first so-called “Halliburton Loophole” bill back in 1999 before it was ever known as such.

Sessions co-sponsored the bill (S.724) with the climate change-denying Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). The bill called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act as it relates to hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

The bill’s language eventually became a provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, known today as the “Halliburton Loophole” because the company’s ex-CEO and then-Vice President Dick Cheney headed up the industry-loaded Energy Policy Task Force which helped pen the bill’s language.

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Exxon’s Pro-Fracking CEO Rex Tillerson Is Suing to Stop Fracking Near His Mansion

Exxon’s Pro-Fracking CEO Is Suing to Stop Fracking Near His Mansion:

 Source: The Nation

Fancy a side of irony with your corporate hypocrisy? Last night on MSNBC, Nation Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes profiled ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a vocal proponent of hydraulic fracking, who is suing to prevent the construction of a water tower near his eighty-three-acre, $5 million horse ranch in Bartonville, Texas. The purpose of the tower? Storing water for fracking. Tillerson and his super-wealthy neighbors are concerned, the lawsuit states, that the fracking tower might “devalue their properties and adversely impact the rural lifestyle they sought to enjoy.” As Hayes put it, “Rex Tillerson is leading the fracking revolution, just not in his backyard.”

H/t reader kevin a.

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