NY Times: New Potato, Hot Potato.
The McPotato is here. Less cancer is a good thing, no?
Archaeology News Network: Arctic warming - Scientists identify new driver.
I always wanted a light boat to carry up to the mountains; most weigh a ton (30-40lbs). This one’s 10 pounds. But at a cost ... $1,900.00. Woof.
SciAm: Fracking Threatens to Crack Politics.
The Atlantic: It’s Coming - $65 Oil.
A welcome reprieve. I still maintain most of Clinton’s ‘good economy’ was the result of lower energy prices. Notice the Fed is making noise about ending the stimulus. Interesting timing. I hope this puts the kibosh on new fracking starts - they want to encroach Chaco. That’s a big NO from me.
DeSmogBlog: When the Shale Runs Dry - A Look at the Future of Fracking.
“... the cement plugs have a life expectancy of roughly 20 years. This means that every two decades, it is necessary to drill through the old plugs and install new ones. Some wells are even costlier and more complicated to seal because they are now underwater, requiring the deployment of barges and scuba divers.” Fracking is a ‘gift’ that keeps on giving to taxpayers, long after the oil and gas folks are gone with their profits.
Self-absorbed Instagrammer defaces National Parks.
This makes me livid. Most know I spent over half a year working in Big Bend National Park in between years of college. We spent a great deal of our time trying to preserve things for future generations. I cannot even begin to express how impenetrably self-absorbed this young lady is.
I say put her on the Park Service’s lowest payscale job. She works as long as it takes to pay for the remediation of the damage she caused, plus a generous fine. Lives in park housing, eats park meals.
Normally, I’d say she needs to visit a psychologist, but I find hard work often smooths out such narcissism. Working in a park, she’ll learn to appreciate it ... make her work with the public, she’ll learn how obtuse the average park visitor can be. She will experience her behavior as in a mirror, and have to deal with the repercussions. Every. Single. Day.
She must be an example, a deterrent. Otherwise more will follow. More will follow anyway, but a proper balanced punishment will go far to prevent this behavior from spreading.
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.
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.
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.
DiscoverMag: NASA - September Was Warmest on Record.
TomDispatch: Laura Gottesdiener, Adrift in Oil Country.
Yep, Farmington, NM knows most of this already. Even before fracking.
NPR: Neil Young’s Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Guardian.UK: Ban on uranium mining at Grand Canyon upheld by Arizona court.
A welcome bit of common sense.
I don’t know about you, but my low-flow toilets need all the water they can get to move *anything* down the drain.
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.
SciAm: Lower IQ in Children Linked to Chemical in Water.
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.
Nautil.us: Our Nuclear Waste Is a Goldmine.
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.
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.