Oil and Gas

8:00am

Sat June 28, 2014
An Eneregy Travelogue

Liquid Drill Waste, Quakes And Spills: Connecting Both East And West

Journalists canoe Ohio's Cuyahoga River. Its pollution in the 1960s inspired the modern environmental movement.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The headwaters of the Cuyahoga River run smooth and pudding-brown; warblers dart through flooded underbrush, and the canoe I'm in travels swiftly and silently downstream.

This river, an icon of the modern environmental movement, is perhaps most famous for catching fire multiple times in the 1960s and catalyzing the series of environmental protections the U.S. Congress passed in that era. It's now mostly clean, and serves as a symbol for another environmental problem -- the potential risk the natural gas boom poses to clean water in Ohio and other states experiencing a rush of energy activity.

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5:30am

Fri June 27, 2014
An Energy Travelogue

Radioactive Waste: Another Concern For Fractivists

Trucks at the McKean County landfill in New York must stop to be tested for radioactive material.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The first thing I did this morning, after sucking down a cup of watery hotel coffee and some microwave-scrambled eggs, was go to the dump.

I'm traveling through Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio learning about shale drilling with a group of journalists, and we were visiting the McKean County Landfill.

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5:00am

Fri June 27, 2014
Oil and Gas

Following In Washington's Footsteps, Montana Releases Crude Oil Rail Routes

A BNSF train outside of Houston, Texas. As a company, BNSF ships large ammounts of Bakken crude oil.
Roy Luck Flickr - Creative Commons

A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains - far fewer in number - pass through populated regions farther south.

Governor Steve Bullock has released the route information, making Montana the latest state, after Washington, to buck railroads’ requests to keep the information out of public hands.

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5:30am

Thu June 26, 2014
An Energy Travelogue

In Eastern National Forests, Split Estate Means Less Control

Sign outside the headquarters of the Allegheny National Forest, a public forest that owns very little of its own mineral rights.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

This week, I'm traveling with a group of journalists through parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio -- a region called the Marcellus Shale -- to learn about shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.

Early on in the trip, as driving rain pounded the roof of a conference room at the headquarters of Allegheny National Forest, we started learning about the concept of split estate.

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7:46am

Wed June 25, 2014

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