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The U.S. oil and gas boom is having global atmospheric consequences, scientists suggest

Scientists say they have made a startling discovery about the link between domestic oil and gas development and the world’s levels of atmospheric ethane — a carbon compound that can both damage air quality and contribute to climate change. A new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters has revealed that the Bakken Shale formation, a region of intensely increasing recent oil production centered in North Dakota and Montana, accounts for about 2 percent of the entire world’s ethane output — and, in fact, may be partly responsible for reversing a decades-long decline in global ethane emissions.

The findings are important for several reasons. First, ethane output can play a big role in local air quality — when it is released into the atmosphere, it interacts with hydrogen and carbon and can cause ozone to form close to the Earth, where it is considered a pollutant that can irritate or damage the lungs.

Ethane is also technically a greenhouse gas, although its lifetime is so short that it is not considered a primary threat to the climate. That said, its presence can help extend the lifespan of methane — a more potent greenhouse gas — in the atmosphere. This, coupled with ethane’s role in the formation of ozone, makes it a significant environmental concern.

From 1987 until about 2009, scientists observed a decreasing trend in global ethane emissions, from 14.3 million metric tons per year to 11.3 million metric tons. But starting in 2009 or 2010, ethane emissions starting rising again — and scientists began to suspect that an increase in shale oil and gas production in the United States was at least partly to blame. The new study’s findings suggest that this may be the case.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/04/28/the-u-s-oil-and-gas-boom-is-having-global-atmospheric-consequences-scientists-suggest/

Advances in hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling have unlocked huge amounts of petroleum in the Badlands of Montana. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat May 7, 2016, 05:14 AM (1 replies)

Earthquake capital of continental U.S.: Oklahoma

Bill Whitaker reports on the high incidence of earthquakes in Oklahoma, where oil and gas production is injecting vast amounts of waste water into the earth.

Oklahomans are getting tired of the ground shaking under their feet. Last year, the state set a record for earthquakes with 907 registering a magnitude of 3 or more. It's causing anxiety, damage and residents to rethink one of the state's biggest industries -- oil and gas production -- which scientists say is causing nearly all the quakes. Bill Whitaker goes to Oklahoma, now the capital of earthquake activity in the continental U.S., to report the story for the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

"I woke up scared to death, praying that the house wouldn't fall down. I couldn't believe that the windows didn't shatter," says Melinda Olbert of a 4.3 quake in Edmund, Oklahoma, in December. She and Kathy Matthews, a friend and Edmund resident, are using smartphone apps to monitor the size and location of quakes around the state. "Cherokee, Enid, Fairview, Medford, Stillwater. All in one 24-hour period; one hour ago, one hour ago, two," Matthews tells Whitaker, who asks whether she is nervous. "It's no way to live. It's no way to live," she says.

Most of the quakes occurring on a daily basis are not as large as the one Olbert felt, but they can cause minor damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says earthquakes in Oklahoma have been rising steadily since 2009 with more than 2,000 of a magnitude of 3 or greater.

Mark Zoback, a professor of geophysics at Stanford University, says the seismic activity is a consequence of oil and gas industry production -- Oklahoma's biggest economic engine. "What we've learned in Oklahoma is that the earthquakes that are occurring in enormous numbers are the result of waste water injection," he says. Wells drilled for the commodities bring up waste water along with the oil and gas that must be disposed of. Well operators send it back down into the earth, deep below freshwater aquifers to a zone that sits on top of the granite basement that is rife with earthquake faults.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/earthquake-capital-of-continental-u-s-oklahoma/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat May 7, 2016, 04:28 AM (4 replies)

Happy Sunday!!!

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun May 1, 2016, 08:21 AM (2 replies)

Gettysburg man selling Hillary Clinton's car

Mike Lawn worked for seven presidents and met nine. That number could be up to 10 by November if Hillary Clinton wins the White House. He just happens to be selling her car, which sits in his driveway adorned with an Arkansas license plate and a 1990 "Clinton for Governor" sticker on the back windshield.

Lawn, who lives in Gettysburg, worked at the White House for 29 years, from the Carter administration through the most recent Bush. He was head gardener through the National Parks Service in 2000, when the Clintons offered up the first lady’s 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass in a bidding process. As the car has sat in his garage for 16 years rarely used, Lawn decided now, given the timing of Clinton’s campaign, would be the best time to say goodbye to the presidential candidate’s car.

“I’m ready to have it go down the road,” Lawn’s wife, Joyce, said. “It’s time. We’ve had it too long.”

When he purchased the car from the Clintons, he intended to give it to his daughter when she turned 16 and needed to drive to school. He took her to see it after cementing the deal with Clinton, only to find she was not impressed.

“She said it looked like an old lady’s car,” Lawn said. “She didn’t know why it had cranks in the windows.”

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/story/life/2016/04/10/gettysburg-man-selling-hillary-clintons-car/82664038/

Gettysburg resident Mike Lawn stands next to the car formerly owned by Hillary Clinton on April 6, 2016.
(Photo: Clare Becker, The Evening Sun)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 02:46 AM (18 replies)

Thank you for helping the kitties. They are hard to place, there are so many, heartbreaking

Meet Felix! This is the little guy I found in the grocery store parking lot, can't imagine what would have happened to him if I hadn't stopped at that store that night, or hadn't spotted him on the way to my car. They were doing construction at that particular store and a couple of the construction guys had attempted to catch him, but got bitten for their trouble. The vet thought he was only about seven weeks, 2.6 lbs., had no idea what he even looked like in the dark, but I think I'm the lucky one, since, at a year old, he really is beautiful, IMO, and rarely bites these days, LOL, and getting better all the time!

Felix, then and now:

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 2, 2016, 03:13 AM (1 replies)

Poll: In New York, Clinton, Sanders best all in GOP

New York's reputation as a true-blue state was reflected in the findings of a new Quinnipiac University poll that shows Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders beating all three of the remaining Republican contenders in hypothetical general election match-ups.

And both beat GOP front-runner Donald Trump by more than 20 percent, according to the poll.

The survey of state voters also shows Clinton ahead of Sanders 54-42 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, while Donald Trump leads among likely Republican primary voters with 56 percent, followed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 20 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 19 percent.

"The home-court advantage helps both party's front-runners," said Quinnipiac spokesman Maurice Carroll.

Clinton represented New York in the U.S. Senate from 2001-2009, while Sanders' roots in Brooklyn are apparent to anyone who has heard him speak. Trump, of course, is a Queens native who has built his corporate brand in Manhattan's high-powered real estate industry.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Poll-In-New-York-Clinton-Sanders-best-all-in-7221589.php
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Apr 1, 2016, 04:48 AM (2 replies)

So wonderful to see you and know you're feeling better!!!

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Mar 27, 2016, 01:26 AM (0 replies)

That's my puppy, Jack!

And it's quite a recent picture, on our way home from the groomer about a month ago. He's a very good traveler...

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 23, 2016, 03:56 AM (1 replies)

They should meet my dog. He wouldn't scare anybody, LOL.

Felix isn't scared of much of anything, but he seems to genuinely like the dog. Other cats, not so much...


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 23, 2016, 03:03 AM (1 replies)

I'm just impressed that he's come as far as he has

I never would have managed to catch him if I hadn't had help from one of the store employees and his wife who was there to pick him up. That little guy was determined not to be caught, but this couple was terrific, she had baskets and he had gloves. They were doing construction on the store and it was a dangerous place for a kitten and he'd already bitten one of the construction workers who had tried to catch him. It was just chance that I happened to stop at that store that night. His name is Felix and he's grown up into a really beautiful cat, IMHO. Good luck with this, I know how frustrating it can be...

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 23, 2016, 01:58 AM (1 replies)
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