Tag Archives: Technological Risk

Shell Arctic Drilling: Considerations urge caution

  The Obama administration appears to have given green light to Shell Oil Company to resume its plan to drill in the highly oil-rich Chuchki Sea in the Arctic offshore Northern Alaska. This follows an aborted effort to commence this … Continue reading

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Another good thing about shale

When the Yucca Mountain idea for disposing of nuclear waste was torpedoed by Harry Reid, senator from Nevada, the problem of disposing of 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel remained unsolved – a sort of “sword of Damocles” hanging … Continue reading

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New York City’s Water Supply: Probably safe from Fracking

New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo will shortly decide whether or not to lift the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Marcellus Shale. This technology is used in other states to produce natural gas and oil and would similarly … Continue reading

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We hear about Geoengineering: should we worry?

Climate manipulation ideas  have been around for quite a while. In the middle of the last century, Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir at General Electric came up with the idea of seeding clouds with iodide crystals or dry ice to produce … Continue reading

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Cuomo extends fracking moratorium: Not a bad idea!

Natural gas production from the Marcellus shale in upstate New York through the use of  hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)  was halted in 2008 when Governor Patterson, using New York’s Generic Impact Statement (GEIS) established a moratorium as a result of complaints regarding chemicals found … Continue reading

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“Digging deeper” into fracking issues

The controversies regarding the use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to liberate huge qualitites of natural gas and oil now recoverable from shale formations will not soon go away. And the vigorous opposition to “fracking” should not and will … Continue reading

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Personal Risk from Chemicals: Use evidence and logic!

The question of what constitutes a “safe” level of exposure to a chemical is one that has been around for many decades, and certainly became more focussed since the 1970s, when the Environmental Protection Agency and the Toxic Substances Control Act … Continue reading

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