While the Bay State may not be rich in fossil fuels, some in the state do not want to risk the the drinking water, the climate, or tectonic stability to tap what little shale gas might be hiding under the Berkshires.
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On Thursday, former President Bush sat down to speak to more than 2,500 oil and gas industry leaders at the DUG East conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Among the topics he covered was the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, though Mr. Bush could not see why the pipeline was ever even a question.
The states of California and Illinois both released proposed rules for fracking on Friday, which received general criticism from environmental groups and measured acceptance from the oil and gas industry.
Senator Whitehouse: "It’s one thing to be against science; it’s another to be the party against measurement. So the polluters and front groups don’t talk much about the oceans. But that doesn't change the fact. This is real. And it is past denying."
Track them here. Gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey; tar sands in Maine; coal exports in Whatcom County, Washington; the New York City mayoral race; a forest ballot initiative in the Adirondacks; fracking bans in Colorado, and a grid takeover in Boulder.