Chesapeake Energy Suspends ALL Fracking in Pennsylvania After Blowout On Eve of BP Anniversary

Chesapeake Energy announced today the total suspension of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at its Pennsylvania unconventional gas drilling operations, citing the still out-of-control blowout at one of its Bradford County wells as the reason to cease the controversial practice.

According to the brief Associated Press piece about this development, Chesapeake has slowed down the flow rate of the chemical-laced water at the Canton-area disaster site, but the company has not been able to get the well completely under control.

As DeSmogBlog reported yesterday, this unconventional gas well blowout - which occured almost exactly a year after the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico - is an eery reminder of the lax oversight of the oil and gas industry’s increasingly dangerous drilling practices as it reaches for dwindling fossil fuel reserves beneath the Earth’s surface to feed our dirty energy addiction.

Chesapeake’s suspension of fracking operations in Pennsylvania is a wise and welcomed step, and it should raise the question about the safety of the fracking boom taking place nationwide and around the globe.

*UPDATE: Reuters has more details on the fracking suspension and blowout response, including Chesapeake’s preparations for a ‘top kill’ junk shot. Now where have we heard that strategy before?


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Correction: Cuccinelli’s document that cites the Russians is his SUIT against the EPA, not his PETITION to the EPA. A number of the petitions also cite the Russian article. I corrected this factual error in the text below.

The commenter Anonymous (whose vulgar comment vanished as I was writing) mistakenly corrected Mr. DeMelle’s variant spelling of the word eerie/eery. Anonymous shouldn’t be criticizing Mr. DeMelle’s research abilities and calling him a pseudo-intellectual asshole who sucks his boyfriend’s cock. Instead, Anonymous should consider that there are regional and national variations in English spelling and consult a dictionary.

I couldn’t help noticing that Anonymous–who attacks Mr. DeMelle with vulgar, sexually-demeaning aspersions—also uses the words “pseudo-intellectual” and “hand-wringing” to describe Mr. DeMelle.

Anonymous coincidentally uses some of the same diction that the self-described ex-CIA linguist/operations officer Kent Clizbe used in a recent article.

Of course, it’s undoubtedly a coincidence because Kent Clizbe is a highly-trained linguist who would know enough to check a dictionary before he “corrected” a person’s variant spelling and called him a cock-sucking asshole.

Still, I couldn’t help noticing that Mr. Clizbe also uses both the words “pseudo-intellectual” and “handwringing” in an article he wrote that criticizes President Obama and the CIA. See for yourselves.

However, unlike Anonymous, Kent Clizbe doesn’t write that experts on climate change suck their boyfriend’s cocks. Rather, Kent Clizbe writes something entirely different: he observes that the climate scientist Christopher Field is “sucking off the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, NOAA, and other government teats.”

In this video Newsmax interviews Kent Clizbe. He is about to publish a book about the KGB, but there is no evidence that he is really an expert on the KGB. In this video, Kent Clizbe observes something fairly obvious: the KGB and its proxies claim that “America sucks.”

If the linguist, retired CIA case officer, job-vetter, and climate change denialist Kent Clizbe were also an expert on the history of the Soviet/Russian intelligence services, he would have noticed that Western denialists such as Lord Monckton, Pat Michaels, and John O’Sullivan have popped up on the Kremlin-financed Russia Today English-language propaganda satellite channel. Their interviews are posted on Youtube.

Here is John O’Sullivan’s interview on the Kremlin channel. Elsewhere John O’Sullivan has claimed that Kent Clizbe is one of his collaborators in the effort to discredit Dr. Michael Mann.

If Kent Clizbe were an expert on the KGB, he would have noticed that Attorney General Cuccinelli’s suit against the EPA cited the RIA Novosti English language version of Kommersant’s attack on the British climate scientists.

The details about how Cuccinelli cited the Russian article are here.

Many of the organizations that petitioned the EPA about its finding that CO2 is a pollutant also cited the RIA Novosti/Kommersant article.

If Kent Clizbe were an expert on the Soviet/Russian intelligence, he would know that Kommersant is owned by the Gazprom operative Alisher Usmanov, who has an education and career that suggest his affiliation with the KGB. Kommersant cited the Russian economist Andrei Illarionov who worked for Putin and Gazprom before he was hired to be a climate expert for the Cato Institute.

If he were an expert on the Russian security services, Kent Clizbe would have noticed that the “Denialist Party” is spouting Kremlin/Gazprom canards about the supposedly greedy, dishonest climate scientists who allegedly mislead people about global warming.

Funny how the Denialist Party hates American agencies such as the EPA, but doesn’t have any problems with Russian agencies such as Russia Today, RIA Novosti, Kommersant, and the Government-owned Gazprom.

If he were an expert on the Russian intelligence, Kent Clizbe would have noticed that Russia’s President Medvedev claims that global warming is a “tricky campaign”:

Two months before Copenhagen, [Russia’s] state-owned Channel One television aired a documentary called The History of a Deception: Global Warming, which argued that the notion of man-made climate change was the result of an international media conspiracy. A month later, hackers sparked the so-called Climategate scandal by stealing e-mails from European climate researchers. The hacked e-mails, which were then used to support the arguments of global-warming skeptics, appeared to have been distributed through a server in the Siberian oil town of Tomsk, raising suspicion among some environmental activists of Russia’s involvement in the leak….

“Broadly speaking, the Russian position has always been that climate change is an invention of the West to try to bring Russia to its knees,” says Vladimir Chuprov, director of the Greenpeace energy department in Moscow. Case in point: when Medvedev visited Tomsk last winter [early 2010], he called the global-warming debate “some kind of tricky campaign made up by some commercial structures to promote their business projects.” That was two months after the Copenhagen talks.,8599,2008081,00.html?hpt=T2

If he were an expert on Russian security agences, Kent Clizbe would know that Russian and Soviet propaganda campaigns often depict scientists as crafty and meretricious, although the leaders frequently publically re-evaluate their anti-scientific propaganda. Even in Russia, politicians eventually retract ridiculous lies about scientists because they need to deal with reality.

In his famous 1956 “Secret Speech” to the 20th Party Conference, Nikita Khrushchev stated:

Let us…recall the “affair of the doctor-plotters [who were falsely accused of taking money from the U.S. government to poison Soviet leaders].”

(Animation in the hall.)

Actually there was no “affair” outside of the declaration of the woman doctor [Lidiya] Timashuk [more here], who was probably influenced or ordered by someone (after all, she was an unofficial collaborator of the organs of state security) to write Stalin a letter in which she declared that doctors were applying supposedly improper methods of medical treatment.

Izvestiya (3-19-92) reported:

[Russian intelligence chief Yevgeni Primakov] mentioned the well known articles printed a few years ago in our central newspapers about AIDS supposedly originating from secret Pentagon laboratories. According to Yevgeni Primakov, the articles exposing US scientists’ “crafty” plots were fabricated in KGB offices.

During last summer’s forest fires, Russia’s President Medvedev stated that global warming is happening. RIA Novosti (7-31-10) reports that President Medvedev stated:

“What is happening to our planet’s climate should motivate all of us, I mean, states and heads of non-governmental organizations, to take more active steps to resist global warming.”

This affirmation of global warming is an about-face for President Medvedev, the former CEO of Gazprom. As noted above, when he visited Tomsk two months after the Copenhagen Climate Conference, President Medvedev characterized the global-warming debate as “some kind of tricky campaign made up by some commercial structures to promote their business projects.”

It should be pretty obvious that President Medvedev’s former views are shared by U.S., British, Canadian, and Australian global warming denialists. They are the same conspiracy theories that are spread by Fox News and many Republican politicians. I certainly hope that President Medvedev continues to listen to what the world’s great scientists are saying about global warming. Even if the immediate cause of Russia’s terrible forest fires is not due to global warming, the effects are a harbinger of things to come.

I think Kent Clizbe should study the KGB’s Soviet-era anti-science campaigns. They are a lot like the campaign against the scientists who study climate change. Kent Clizbe has correctly observed that Westerners are sometimes used by the Russian intelligence to spread propaganda, but it is a mistake to think that only political liberals are exploited.

Perhaps Kent Clizbe should read the Russian media, which is often owned by Russia’s Kremlin-friendly gas/oil billionaires. He might want to consider the shameful possibility that so-called “conservative” business interests are cooperating with the Russian petrostate’s anti-science campaign.

I personally don’t consider people like Attorney General Cuccinelli conservative. I think he is quite radical to be quoting Kremlin propaganda that is targeting climate scientists and EPA rulings. I think the climate scientists are the real conservatives. They are trying to conserve our environment, the independence of science from politics, and the future of civilization.

The scientific organizations, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the Vatican all say that man is causing climate change.

Kent Clizbe brags about his CIA experience, but this operative trashes the CIA experts, such as analysts and scientists, who evaluate information. The CIA even gives security clearances to outside climate scientists. I think these scientists are more reliable sources of information than Kent Clizbe.

I doubt that the CIA agrees with Kent Clizbe’s attacks on Dr. Mann. The CIA has a Center for Climate Change and National Security. The Center draws its expertise from the Intelligence and Science Directorates of the CIA. The head of this Center has been identified in the media as Larry Kobayashi. He sounds like more of an expert than Kent Clizbe, who is out of step with CIA efforts to confront the challenge of climate change that extend back many years.

I hope politicians in all countries will eventually consider the futures of their people and get going on renewable energy.

I worry a bit that if fracking is curtailed it will mean that we end up dependant Russian liquified natural gas instead of renewables.

Russia’s Gazprom officials have been wearing their “environmentalist” hats and criticizing fracking in the US because it is risky to the water. Really Gazprom wants to sell us LNG. This is a huge goal for them:

“Not every housewife is aware of the environmental consequences of the use of shale gas…I don’t know who would take the risk of endangering drinking water reservoirs.”—Alexander Medvedev, Director-General of Russia’s Gazprom Export (Suspected former KGB official)

The Russian energy companies really do buy up the politicians in places where they sell gas and oil. IT isn’t easy to see, because they use proxies. It may be that Russian gas is cleaner than fracking, but the Russians will use their influence (through American proxies they deal with here) to prevent the development of renewables. So I wonder which is worse—fracking or Russian LNG. Something to consider.

I would like us to concentrate on renewables, but if we get Russian gas companies making a lot of money here, their political operatives will oppose renewables.

This sort of subversion is already happening in Europe. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (7-9-10) reports:

“Moscow is skillfully advancing its interests in the West, not through intelligence but business, often supported by crafty industrial espionage, influence-buying, and under-the-table deal-making…In Western Europe, Moscow has operated by making lucrative arrangements with foreign energy companies that become de facto lobbyists for the Kremlin within their own countries.”

The Russians are watching the EPA very carefully with an eye to shaping EPA policies in ways that are favorable to the Russian gas industry.

As Cuccinelli’s suit against the EPA noted about the Russian article he cited from RIA Novosti/Kommersant:

“On December 15, 2009—the very day that EPA announced the Endangerment Finding—the Russian Institute of Economic Analysis (“IEA“)reported that CRU probably tampered with Russian climate data and that the Russian meteorological station data do not support human-caused global warming.”

Cuccinelli doesn’t seem to appreciate that it is no accient that the Russians did this when the EPA made its ruling. This was a Russian political operation aimed not only at the Bristish scientists but at the EPA.

This is a suit to the court, not Virginia’s petition to the EPA. Quite a few of the petitions also cite this propaganda in the Russian press. The fact that this article appeared at the time of the EPA ruling shows that the Russians are targeting the EPA in order to protect their gas industry.

Cuccinelli’s document makes a little error in the Internet address of the Russian article, but I have all the details and links here.

The point is, the Russians may trash the climate scientists in order to promote their gas sales, but they may also put on their “environmentalist” hats to oppose fracking in order to promote their gas sales.

Renewables is the best, but I worry that if fracking is stopped that we will end up buying Russian LNG. They will use their influence to undermine the development of renewables just as Western fossil-fuel companies do now.

I don’t have an answer, but maybe it is something to think about.

Sometimes we are so blind we don’t see beyond our noses.

I believe some prophecies are being getting in place due to all this oil, fracking stuff. I read in another article that, “Within a month, their water had turned brown.”, this was in Dimock,PA and you know the sea turned brown/red with the BP oil spill.

If you go to your Bibles and look at the Revelations you’ll see that this was said already:

Revelations 16:4,5 says: “The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died. The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.”

Just read, somethings are simbolic, some are not, and some won’t happen all around the world to be completed. Now, on Revelation chapter 8 there is a mention of other situation where our waters will be affected as well and even get us sick due to, presumably a comet or star named Wormwood (Elenin??)that will cause also the waters to turn red and will kill everyone that drink from them.

By the way, you might not believe in the Bible so maybe you want to believe what the Hopi guy said about a huge earthquake in PA around July 2011 with subsequent Nuclear disaster, now that will turn waters red and will kill millions.

Be on the lookout, move from PA and sorrounding areas, don’t get caught on the wrath.