Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: horizontal drilling, peak oil, Stanzione, the death of journalism, vertical drilling
It’s the next big thing!
It’s not just a U.S. story as well as a U.S. boom. Stanzione identifies Iraq, Canada and Brazil as all having great advantages from new oil discoveries and more effective drilling techniques such as vertical drilling.
“It’s not just a U.S. story as well as a U.S. boom… vertical drilling…” Maybe the Sacramento Bee is using Wackenhut editors.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: drone, drone strikes, kill list, Obomber, predator drone, UAVs
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Chevron, Chevron refinery, EPA, EPA investigation, flare, Jack Broadbent, Richmond, Suncor, WTF
People should be enraged about this. Enraged at Chevron, enraged at the fake govt. investigations and blatantly captured regulators that continue to blow sulfur dioxide up the public’s ass.
Air quality officials say Chevron fashioned a pipe inside its refinery that routed hydrocarbon gases around monitoring equipment and allowed them to be burned off without officials knowing about it. Some of the gases escaped into the air, but because the company didn’t record them, investigators have no way of being certain of the level of pollution exposure to thousands of people who live downwind from the plant.
“They were routing gas through that pipe to the flare that they were not monitoring,” said Jack Broadbent, executive director of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, whose inspectors uncovered what Chevron was doing and ordered the bypass pipe removed.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal enforcement unit opened an investigation in early 2012, more than two years after the local inspectors made their discovery, according to air-quality officials and others familiar with the probe. The investigation is still open, and Chevron employees have been interviewed.
In case you missed it, years ago Chevron was required to install pollution monitoring equipment as part of one of those sweetheart settlement deals after they were caught violating the rules. Years ago, it was discovered that the plant had installed pipes bypassing this pollution monitoring equipment so the refinery’s unmonitored poison gases could be flared into the open air. Years ago. This became public recently only after the SF Chronicle was able to review records, which they requested as a result of the unrelated fire at the refinery.
Interesting parallels with Denver’s chronically leaking Suncor refinery. A refinery in blatant violation of all sorts of laws, but without any fear of a real crackdown by those public officials who are supposed to do something about it. So the violations continue, for years, until the truth manages to escape the regulators who’ve been keeping it from the public.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: affect heuristic, bicycle accidents, bicycle safety, bicycling, bike commuting, modism, road rage, Slate, transportation, Why You Hate Cyclists
This article makes a good point or two.
I’d just point out a minor issue. If fatalities-per-trip is falling, that might not mean that cycling is safer. It might just mean people are making more frequent, shorter trips. The metric you want is (if you want to use fatalities) fatalities per hour of bike use. But this is an even more elusive figure which ultimately relies on self-reported surveys of bike use — allowing us to fill in the blanks (erroneously) with our emotions as the article mentions. Furthermore, injuries might be higher even if fatalities are lower.
If all cyclists suddenly started following the letter of the law, cyclists would be much more in the way, and negative emotions toward cyclists would grow, not disappear. But that’s just a theory.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: energy, peak oil, transportation, urban cycling, vehicle miles traveled, Vmt
Interesting times, exhibit 67.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: cars, EIA, energy, Energy Information Association, gas stocks, gasoline, stocks, transportation
U.S. stocks of finished gasoline, via EIA.
Filed under: maps | Tags: al Qaeda, civilian casualties, collateral damage, drone attacks, drones n' clones, habeas corpses, habeas corpus, Obama, Pakistan, predator drones, Robama, Robomney, UAV, UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicle
The US has launched drone strikes in Pakistan over 330 times with up to 3,247 casualties – including up to 852 civilians.
The More Effective Evil craves the legitimacy of your middle class “liberal” vote as a ratification for its More Effective Evil policies.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Carlin on voting, election, George Carlin, hope and change, hope and changeling, not voting, Obama, politics, R-Money, Robama, Robomney, The Manchurian Candidate, Trojan Horse, voter boycott, Voting is Meaningless
Warning: Adult Content.
Filed under: maps | Tags: bubbling, bubbling sites, CH4, energy, LA, louisiana, Louisiana sinkhole, methane, Natural gas, sink hole
The Louisiana sinkhole.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Arctic, arctic ice, CH4, climate, global warming, greenhouse gases, methane, mryhsnr, science, Wadhams
Wadhams measures the ice.
“At first this didn’t [get] noticed; the summer ice limits slowly shrank back, at a rate which suggested that the ice would last another 50 years or so. But in the end the summer melt overtook the winter growth such that the entire ice sheet melts or breaks up during the summer months.
“This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates”.
Wadhams says the implications are “terrible”. “The positives are increased possibility of Arctic transport, increased access to Arctic offshore oil and gas resources. The main negative is an acceleration of global warming.”
“As the sea ice retreats in summer the ocean warms up (to 7C in 2011) and this warms the seabed too. The continental shelves of the Arctic are composed of offshore permafrost, frozen sediment left over from the last ice age. As the water warms the permafrost melts and releases huge quantities of trapped methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas so this will give a big boost to global warming.”