Wednesday, 23 April 2014

"Making fracking safe is simply not possible" says former oil-man

They say there's no louder an apostle than a sinner converted. And no more devastating a critic than an insider who has seen behind the gilded curtain. So the words of Louis Allstadt, ex-VP of Mobil Oil, must be echoing fearfully around the fracking industry.

"Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed," he told a group of elected officials in New York State this week.

With 30-plus years working at Mobil Oil, before its merger with Exxon (he headed its oil and gas drilling division in the Americas), this is not a man easily dismissed a part of the 'anti-everything brigade'. Initially in favour of drilling for shale gas - and the promise of energy plenty its proponents like to make - he turned against it after digging deeper. 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

No bolt from the blue..

The leaky natural gas infrastructure of many US cities has been repeatedly pointed out of late - including a detailed street survey that pinpointed many methane leaks in Manhattan just one 12 months ago:

Manhattan's 'methane sieve' warning a year before explosion piece written for EarthTimes.
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