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Hydraulic Fracturing Has Great Potential, Some Dangers

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Let’s be clear: There is great potential for fracking to improve our domestic energy security. It’s also important to note that there are ways to do it that are unsafe.

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JANUARY 31, 2011, 11:50 P.M. ET

By RYAN TRACY

WASHINGTON—Data submitted to Congress by 12 oil and gas companies indicates they pumped hydraulic-fracturing fluids containing diesel fuel into wells in 19 states without proper permits, three House Democrats wrote in a letter released Monday.

The letter from Reps. Henry Waxman (D., Calif.), Edward Markey (D., Mass.) and Diana Degette (D., Colo.) calls on Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to investigate whether the companies violated the Safe Drinking Water act.

The letter is the latest salvo in a battle over the safety of hydraulic-fracturing, a practice central to the expansion of U.S. natural gas production in recent years. Industry officials say hydraulic fracturing, which involves pumping water and chemicals at high pressures deep underground to extract oil and gas trapped in rock formations, is safe. Environmentalists and their allies in Congress are concerned that increased use of the practice is putting drinking water supplies at risk.

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Chu: Energy Initiatives Could Bring Jobs to Colo.

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Sweet.Thanks, Dr. Chu, for forcing me to choose between my desire to work in the energy industry here in Colorado, and my fiscally conservative values. I’ll stay true to my values and maintain the confidence that I can get a job without massive government spending. And if I don’t get a job I can always eat those words…

US energy secretary: Renewables key to job creation but more investment needed

By SAMANTHA ABERNETHY Associated Press Writer
AURORA, Colo. February 19, 2010 (AP)
The Associated Press

Promoting Colorado’s renewable energy industry is key to generating jobs and easing dependence on foreign oil — but the U.S. is lagging behind China in its investment in renewables, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Friday.

“America has the opportunity to lead the world in a new industrial revolution,” Chu said at an energy jobs summit in Aurora. But he warned that China’s investment of $9 billion per month to diversify energy sources away from coal far exceeds America’s spending.

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Ice Energy rolling out utility-scale project

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Improvements in energy storage technology are extremely important to our 21st Century energy grid. It would enhance efforts at decentralization as well as energy security.

January 27, 2010 — WINDSOR – Ice Energy’s energy storage technology will be rolled out in Southern California in what the partners are calling the first cost-effective, utility-scale distributed energy project in the nation.

The Southern California Public Power Authority entered into an agreement with Windsor-based Ice Energy on the 53-megawatt project. Ice Energy’s Ice Bear energy storage system shifts demand on the electrical grid from air conditioning units from peak to off-peak hours. In simple terms, energy generation during off-peak, evening hours is more efficient due to lower temperatures and reduced transmission line-stress.

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