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  • Drill Dangers

    Gas industry-funded geologists announced a new estimate of 4000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas beneath the Marcellus Shale in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, enough gas to satisfy the needs of the entire U.S. for up to 40 years. That estimate, combined with escalating natural gas prices, has caused a drilling boom in Pennsylvania. The stories discovered that Marcellus Shale drillers are drawing the millions of gallons of water needed for each well from streams, rivers and reservoirs, with no oversight or regulation. our report detailed how that practice has already caused at least two streams to run dry.
  • Gas price Secrets Revealed

    Using daily retail prices at more than 700 stations for two months in the Greater Cincinnati area obtained through years of diligent sourcing, we were able to prove or disprove several "myths" about how street prices are set. Some findings include: which chain was the market leader for retail gas; individual retailers lost money on gas even when prices hit $4; the day of the week when gas was cheapest and most expensive; which communities had the most expensive and cheapest gas.
  • Hot Fuel

    While fuel expands when it gets hot, retail pumps are not making a price adjustment to compensate for the energy lost by using hotter fuel. A century ago, the oil industry set a standard of 60 degrees for fuel temperature, and the Star found that gas in the United States is on average five degrees higher than this. At every level of distribution, a price adjustment is made to compensate for the expanding fuel, but not at the consumer pump itself. "The cost to consumers, by not equipping retail pumps to adjust for temperature, is $2.3 billion per year while state and federal governments lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually in fuel taxes."
  • The Big Squeeze By Big Oil and Coffeyville Plant Brews Oil, Profits

    For years, many have suspected that the oil industry has been shutting down refineries for the sake of putting a squeeze on the market. Shutting down refineries and reducing available supplies and materials has helped to drive up gas prices and demolish available jobs. This investigation goes deeper to discover the truth behind rising gas prices.
  • Flying Gas Prices: The Shell Game

    This investigation uncovered an oil company scandal: Shell Oil Company was planning to close a refinery, even though it was making big profits. The investigation found that, even though Shell Oil claimed the oil field was tapped out, the real motivation for the closure was to fix oil prices.
  • Series of Stories on U.S. Energy Policy

    These stories from Time magazine look at an energy crisis that the U.S. is likely to face. The story reveals that for three decades, the government has not adopted or stuck to any significant energy policy. Subsequent government policies have in fact been marked by sharp reversals of the previous ones.
  • Pumped Up: Shock at the Wheel: Wonder Why Gas Prices Suddenly Got So High?

    The WSJ reports that "the movement to regulate gasoline more stringently, begun in the mid-1990s, is colliding head-on with a still-strong economy and the arrival of gas-guzzling vehicles that have pushed up demand faster than domestic refining capacity could match...The result: tight supply, not enough extra capacity and prices that the slightest worries can send soaring...Sport-utility vehicles, pickups and minivans make up 43% of the vehicles on the road today, up from 30% in 1990...The problem (of high gas prices) is most severe on the West Coast and in the third of the county where Environmental Protection Agency regulations require the sale of lower-emission gasoline." Additionally, many of the country's biggest oil companies have gotten out of the refining business.
  • How much higher?

    In this story Newsday examines the issue of rising gas prices and oil production from OPEC; the effects and reaction of the gas prices is garnered from energy experts as well as people on the street.
  • Natural Gas, Unnatural Prices

    The series examined why natural gas prices increased so much in late 1996 and early 1997. The natural gas industry claimed it was the work of the free market - supply and demand. The Kansas City Star found a widely used index to set the wholesale gas prices overcharged consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.