Activists March on Obama Energy Commission to Stop Fracked Gas Exports 

16 07 2014
Excerpt: “Anti-fracking and climate activists from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond joined a first-ever “people’s march” on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this afternoon to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines.”
…govt  “info” on shale gas…


(page 17)
Claim – Natural gas from shale emits more greenhouse gas (GHG) than coal.
Fact –
This claim originated from a study (3) that stated that large amounts of gas from wells were simply vented into the atmosphere. This study has been refuted by numerous institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (4), Carnegie Mellon University (5), the U.S. Department of Energy (6) and Cornell University (7). In fact, the United States has become a world leader in reducing GHG emissions – the International Energy Agency has stated that “In the United States, a switch from coal to gas in power generation helped reduce emissions by 200 million tonnes (Mt), bringing them back to the level of the mid-1990s.”

(page 18)
Claim – Shale gas wells cause air quality problems.

Fact – Various studies and reports have been used to make the claim that shale gas wells can cause air quality issues in the areas surrounding them. However, most of the studies cited for this claim are based on very small samples taken over short periods of time and therefore make assumptions regarding the long term outcomes. In other cases, claims of poor air quality have been disproved once they have been systematically investigated. This has been the case with numerous studies (9) (10) from the Barnett Shale formation in Texas in which researchers concluded that the air quality in the development area was the same as the rest of the state, despite claims by some residents.  With an issue as important as air quality, it is essential to ensure that we are using correct and pertinent data. The required monitoring of development sites and the work of the New Brunswick Energy Institute will both provide New Brunswickers with data to ensure that air quality standards are met.

After the climate storms we have experienced in New Brunswick, and with many more to come in the near future, I find it very difficult to understand how these people continue to lie to the public.

In solidarity,


Mark D’Arcy and Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy
379 Northumberland Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick
506-454-5119 (home)





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