Tag Archives: gas

Fracking Under Attack

Frack AttackHydraulic fracturing in Minnesota is about to take another big hit as environmental activists bus in from around the state to descend on the Capitol in St. Paul. A joint hearing of energy committess in the Minnesota House and Senate is expected to discuss a 30 year moratorium on silica sand mining on Tuesday, February 19th at 12:00 noon at the State Capitol. The sand is used by oil and gas drillers for hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.”

The Land Stewardship Project, an activist group heavily funded by the Joyce Foundation, a pet project of billionaire George Soros, has organized 2 busloads of activists who will travel from rural counties in Minnesota to the capitol. The Land Stewardship Project calls itself a “grassroots” community organizing group that is “organizing for change.” The group spent over $2 million in 2011.

According to Johanna Rupprecht, the contact at LSP organizing the travel details for activists from St. Charles and Rochester, there are still seats available on the 42 passenger bus, though she wouldn’t share on the record how many activists have been confirmed.

“We want to send a clear message to the legislature that this issue is very important… Local governments can’t handle this kind of thing on their own without state involvement,” said Rupprecht when asked what the group hopes to accomplish.

Rupprecht says LSP is urging the state to fund a General Impact Study and impose a moratorium on sand mining until it is complete and can be reviewed.

Rupprecht declined to divulge the costs associated with the community organization and travel for the hearings saying she would, “rather not share how much it will cost. I’m not sure how that’s relevant.”

The other bus is being organized in part by a newly formed group called The Houston County Protectors. Organizer Donna Buckbee says there are 45 confirmed attendees and she is hoping for more to reserve seats throughout the day.

LSP Executive Director George Boody is a registered lobbyist and “local foods expert” at the University of MN. LSP is also a member of Take Action MN which hosted training for the Occupy Movement. Boody did not immediately return a call for comment. LSP will hold a press conference at 11AM at the capitol.

*******************************
To learn more about fracking, what it really does, who’s making money from it, and what the real environmental & economic impacts are, watch FrackNation. Set your DVR for Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 11AM Eastern Time (10 CST) on Axs TV. Read the FIVE REASON YOU MUST WATCH FRACKNATION here.

Tonight on the Dark Side with Kira Davis

2/26/12 Tonight on the Dark Side we talk about..oh you KNOW what we’re talkin’ about! EVERYBODY’s talkin’ bout it…my apology video to President Karzai. I’ll break it down for you so hear can hear straight from the source just what inspired me to make this video. And I guess Hollywood will force me to talk about the Oscars tonight. Plus gas prices, algae Czars and I’ll make my weekly predictions for the upcoming week in news. Join me at 10pm ET, 7pm Pacific on the CDNews Network on Blogtalk Radio. Be there or be John Kerry (that’s worse than being square).

 

crossposted at kiradavis.net

Oil Rises 2% To Over $101 A Barrel Over Tensions With Iran

Oil prices climbed 2% to over $101 a barrel on growing U.S. consumer confidence and tension in the Middle East. This comes as Iran has promised to close the Strait of Hormuz and block oil exports if the West imposes sanctions on its oil shipments over it’s nuclear program. The Strait of Hormuz is a passage connecting the Gulf of Oman to the Persian Gulf and is the route for one third of the world’s oil-tanker traffic.

While Iran’s naval forces were in the midst of a 10-day war games exercise in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi issued a warning saying “If Iran oil is banned not a single drop of oil will pass through Hormuz Strait,” and “We are not interested in any hostility”.  He continued on about how the West was plotting against Iran even though “Our motto is friendship and brotherhood”.

The Washington Post reported “Benchmark crude rose $1.66 to finish at $101.34 per barrel. Gasoline was flat at $2.6888 a gallon. Heating oil rose 2 cents to finish at $2.9085 a gallon. Natural gas was virtually unchanged at $3.1120 per 1,000 cubic feet. On the ICE Futures exchange in London: Brent crude rose $1.31 to finish the day at $109.27 per barrel.”

The rise in prices over the past week is being attributed to encouraging U.S. economic news pointing to stronger future demand. The New York-based Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index jumped close to 10 points from November, to 64.5. It’s a level that hasn’t been seen since April and was near a post-recession peak.