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OilPrice: Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations.

Much rides on the decision making of officials in Saudi Arabia. Although exact calculations vary, the world’s only swing producer needs oil prices between $83 and $93 per barrel for its budget to break even. But that may not be as important of a metric as it appears. Saudi Arabia has an enormous stash of foreign exchange, and could run deficits for quite a while without too many problems. With average costs of oil production from wells in the Middle East sitting at only $25 per barrel, the Saudis can clearly wait out U.S. shale if they really want to.” So, OPEC could bankrupt US shale operations? That’s interesting.

10/22/14 • 10:32 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: EPA Approves Dow’s Enlist Herbicide for GMOs.

Dow looks to outdo Monsanto in the current spate of superweed issues. 2,4-D will likely cause some “Agent Orange!” cranks to come out of the woodwork, but it’s a substance that’s got a very long history ... and a very short halflife.  The real question is, how fast will the weeds adjust? Roundup alone didn’t last very long.

10/15/14 • 02:05 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CBD: Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected Into California Aquifers.

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.” Woof. What a bunch of maroons.

10/13/14 • 09:32 PM • EnvironmentalHealthNaturePolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DiscoverMag: NASA - September Was Warmest on Record.

In the meantime, keep in mind that 2014 is still on track to be the warmest on record. So that leveling in global average temperature over the past 10 years may be about to end.

10/13/14 • 12:23 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TomDispatch: Laura Gottesdiener, Adrift in Oil Country.

Yep, Farmington, NM knows most of this already.  Even before fracking.

10/13/14 • 09:33 AM • EnvironmentalGeneralHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: Neil Young’s Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars.

Nice.

10/12/14 • 10:43 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalMusicVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: The Biggest Methane Leak in America Is in New Mexico.

The high emissions were recorded in 2003, prior to the advent of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking ...” The San Juan basin portion of NM has been a fruitful natural gas spot for decades.

10/10/14 • 01:14 PM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: In Texas, a Fight Over Fracking.

In the end, the fight will not end with the referendum. The producers say only state regulators are empowered to put restrictions on production, but fracking opponents here say they will not be intimidated by lawsuits, which have already begun. Republicans in the state legislature are already preparing legislation to prohibit local governments from banning fracking.”  When they can’t get their way locally, it’s time to call in markers from the State legislators.

10/09/14 • 09:36 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Salon: Fracking company teams with Susan G. Komen, introduces pink drill bits “for the cure&rd

Truly bizarre. Ammonia, benzine, toluene, diesel are all so very beneficial for cancer sufferers.  I remind those who say fracking fluids will not surface in our lifetimes because they’re deposited under ‘impermeable rock layers’, that Los Alamos National Labs is experiencing this exact scenario - chemicals injected that were not supposed to surface for hundreds of years are appearing in ever-greater concentrations in local wells.

10/08/14 • 04:59 PM • EnvironmentalHealthHuman RightsPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Reporter: New Mexico Oil and Gas Convention Draws Karl Rove.

Organizers for the oil and gas conference, which started with a golf tournament sponsored by Halliburton on Saturday and ends tomorrow, also refused to let reporters attend today’s luncheon at La Fonda Hotel.

10/06/14 • 02:01 PM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Ban on uranium mining at Grand Canyon upheld by Arizona court.

A welcome bit of common sense.

10/02/14 • 10:24 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Project: Drop-A-Brick

I don’t know about you, but my low-flow toilets need all the water they can get to move *anything* down the drain.

10/02/14 • 10:07 AM • ConsumptionDesignEnvironmental • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Philly.com: Longwood to begin restoring its most popular garden.

They’ve been talking about doing this for over 30 years.  I don’t agree about the formal boxwoods - I like the regimented nature.  I wonder what’s going to happen to the ‘Eye of Water’ on the clifftop above the Fountain Garden. I suppose it’s just way too old-tech.

It’s one of my favorite places, Longwood. Don’t ruin it with too many ‘new ideas.’ Flames? Please, no. Longwood does not need to be Las Vegas.

09/30/14 • 09:56 AM • ArtsEnvironmentalHistoryNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Lower IQ in Children Linked to Chemical in Water.

*Ahem.* Guess what’s been showing up in the wells around Los Alamos ... ?  Do check out the Los Alamos Study Group’s page - they do amazing work.

09/30/14 • 09:43 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsNaturePoliticsSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Esquire: The U.S. Forest Service Wants to Fine You $1,000 for Taking Pictures in the Forest.

I suspect it is just badly-worded; that they’re intending to just corral large commercial shoots in a safe, predictable manner. Amateur video is breaking through a barrier with all these fancy tracking rigs and tripods and things ... it is up to the USFS to contain any damage. So put a bungee on any knee-jerk reactions until it settles down.

09/25/14 • 01:52 PM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Nautil.us: Our Nuclear Waste Is a Goldmine.

But there is a better solution: Nuclear waste can be turned into electricity. A new generation of nuclear reactors, dubbed Gen-IV reactors, could do it with great efficiency.

09/23/14 • 09:48 AM • EnvironmentalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: LANL’s burst barrel has sister drum at WIPP.

Veritable time-bomb. My concern includes cousins still at LANL, sitting outdoors in canvas tents.

09/18/14 • 11:08 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe LocalSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters: Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes.

“The USGS scientists said there are now 21 high-volume wastewater disposal wells in Colorado and seven in New Mexico, and that since mid-2000 the total injection rate across the basin has ranged from 1.5 to 3.6 million barrels per month.”  Holy cats.

09/17/14 • 10:41 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change.

Stop it (again). I deal with so many clients overseas now, I find myself constantly apologizing for media-reported American idiocies.

09/16/14 • 11:28 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsReligionScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Emma Thompson - ‘It’s a different patch of life, your 50s’.

People wanting to be 35 when they’re 50 makes me think: why? Why don’t you be 50 and be good at that?” The interview is much more wide-ranging than this soundbite; but it’s good soundbite. I didn’t realize her mother was Phyllida Law.

09/16/14 • 11:01 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmental • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A representative of NMPIRG knocked on my door ...

The very least I can do is link her cause ... Stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Something we should all get behind.

09/10/14 • 05:38 PM • EnvironmentalFoodSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: How Hillary Clinton’s State Department sold fracking to the world.

If she wins the nomination, I’m changing my registration to ‘independent’.

09/10/14 • 03:09 PM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Full Reopening of New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump Could Take Years.

The Energy Department has said it will be two years or more before the plant is likely to be fully operational, and has asked Congress for over $100 million to underwrite initial cleanup efforts. The head of the New Mexico Environment Department warned earlier this week of ‘significant penalties’ for the waste dump and Los Alamos for violations of state hazardous waste permits.”  I can’t be sad over this; nuclear waste containers won’t be going by our development while WIPP is down.

09/08/14 • 10:00 AM • EnvironmentalPersonalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Forecasters Lower El Nino Odds, Predict Weaker, Later Event.

Interestingly, she said that in the past 10 years, many El Niño and La Niña events have kicked off later in the year, in either late fall or early winter, compared to previous decades.” Snow is as welcome as rain.

09/04/14 • 02:23 PM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: BP Found “Grossly Negligent” in 2010 Spill.

BP said it would appeal the ruling.” *Sigh.* Ain’t over ‘till it’s over.  And how’s the Gulf doing

09/04/14 • 02:04 PM • EnvironmentalLawPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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