The political split in the Ukraine corresponds to the location of two relevant shale gas deposits in the country – The city of Kharkiv is central to a shale gas reservoir in the Dnieper-Donet basin

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By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl
President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association

A long-standing goal of the European Union (EU) has been to reduce its dependence on Russia for natural gas. In previous years, Russia cut off supplies in the middle of winter in a pricing dispute with Ukraine, adversely impacting much of Europe. Reducing gas imports has not occurred, and Europe continues importing 40 percent of its gas from Russia.

David Herron sees Ukraine involved in a geopolitical power struggle between the U.S., the EU and Russia over the control of natural gas supplies to Europe and which interests gain the right to frack for gas.

A report from the U.S. State Department’s “Unconventional Gas Technical Engagement Program” sheds more light on developments in the Ukraine. The program was developed by the Barack Obama administration and is charged with exporting hydraulic fracturing technology around the globe. The intent is to maintain the dominance of fossil fuels in global energy supplies.

According to Heron the political split in the Ukraine corresponds to the location of two relevant shale gas deposits in the country. One in the western portion leans toward Europe and the second in the eastern portion is more aligned with Russia.

In the eastern portion, the city of Kharkiv is central to a shale gas reservoir in the Dnieper-Donet basin. In the western portion, the city of Lviv is the second major shale formation in the Carapthian basin.

According to F. William Engdahl, shortly before Ukrainian President Vicktor Yanukovich was driven from office, EU delegates from Germany, France and Poland met with him, three opposition leaders and a Russian representative to reach an agreement to end the strife in Kiev. The negotiations did not include the United States. The agreement broke down a short time later as rooftop snipers began killing street demonstrators and riot police; soon after that, the opposition gained control over Kiev.

Democracy Now interviewed retired Professor Stephen Cohen regarding the involvement of an intercepted phone call among U.S. diplomats planning which opposition leaders would be put in power and how the Ukraine is a fulcrum in the geopolitical struggle between the West and East.

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http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/20/a_new_cold_war_ukraine_violence

Excerpt

AMY GOODMAN: That’s the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Pyatt, speaking with Victoria Nuland. The significance of what she is saying? She also had gone to Ukraine and was feeding protesters on the front line.

STEPHEN COHEN: Cookies, cookies. Well, here again, the American political media establishment, including the right and the left and the center—because they’re all complicit in this nonsense—focused on the too sensational, they thought, aspect of that leaked conversation.

She said, “F— the European Union,” and everybody said, “Oh, my god! She said the word.” The other thing was, who leaked it? “Oh, it was the Russians. Those dirty Russians leaked this conversation.” But the significance is what you just played. What are they doing?

The highest-ranking State Department official, who presumably represents the Obama administration, and the American ambassador in Kiev are, to put it in blunt terms, plotting a coup d’état against the elected president of Ukraine.

Now, that said, Amy, Juan, you may say to me—neither of you would, but hypothetically—”That’s a good thing. We don’t like—we don’t care if he was elected democratically. He’s a rat. He’s corrupt.” And he is all those things. He is.

“Let’s depose him. That’s what the United States should do. Then the United States should stand up and say, ’That’s what we do: We get rid of bad guys. We assassinate them, and we overthrow them.’” But in Washington and in Brussels, they lie: They’re talking about democracy now.

They’re not talking about democracy now; they’re talking about a coup now.

[….]

AMY GOODMAN: But explain the names. Who is Klitsch, Yats?

STEPHEN COHEN: All right. And notice the intimacy with which the Americans deal with the two leading so-called “moderate”—and these are big shots, they both want to be president—Ukrainian opposition.

Klitschko is Vitali Klitschko, a six-foot-eight former—he resigned his title two months ago to enter politics—heavyweight champion of the world. His residence has been Ukraine—I mean, Germany. He plays—he pays taxes in Germany. He’s a project of Merkel.

He represents German interests. I’m sure he’s also faithful to Ukraine, but he’s got a problem. Yatsenyuk, however—not Yatsenyuk, but the other guy she calls “Yats” is a representative of the Fatherland Party. It’s a big party in Parliament. But Washington likes him a lot.

They think he’ll be our man. So you could see what they’re saying. We don’t quite trust Klitschko. Now, if you want to get esoteric, that’s the tug between Washington and Berlin. They’re not happy with Merkel, the chancellor of Germany.

They don’t like the role Merkel is playing, generally. They think Germany has gotten too big for its britches. They want to cut Merkel down. So you noticed Klitschko, the boxer, is Merkel’s proxy, or at least she’s backing him.

You notice that they say, “He’s not ready for prime time. Let him do his homework.”

Now, this guy—I’m bad on Ukrainian names. Tyagnybok, that they say has got to play a role, he’s the leader of the Freedom Party, the Svoboda Party, but a large element of that party, to put it candidly, is quasi-fascist. And they’re prepared to embrace this guy.

This is the guy, by the way, that Senator John McCain in November or December went to Kiev and embraced. Either McCain didn’t know who he was, or he didn’t care.

The United States is prepared to embrace that guy, too—anything to get rid of Yanukovych, because they think this is about Putin. That’s all they really got on their mind.

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Another connection, according to Herron, is “Energy and Security from the Caspian to Europe,” a report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations with Chairman John Kerry.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CPRT-112SPRT77221/html/CPRT-112SPRT77221.htm

As head of the U.S. State Department, Kerry now leads efforts to export hydraulic fracturing technology. The Senate report discussed ways to bring oil and gas supplies from the Caspian Sea area to Europe without crossing Russian territory. Building pipelines across the Caspian into Turkey would accomplish that goal.

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http://www.longtailpipe.com/2014/02/ukraine-throws-off-russian-backed.html

They’re building pipeline(s) across the Caspian Sea into Turkey in order to do so, making Turkey a key ally to NATO and the European Union.

The pipeline will also allow Iraqi gas to make it to Europe, that is if the Iraqi’s can settle issues about distribution of the wealth. According to the report, several countries in Eastern Europe are saddled with importing 60% or more of Natural Gas from Russia.

The Caspian pipeline will allow those countries to be supplied by different remote countries than Russia.  Further it discusses how the US natural gas boom (thanks to Fracking) is letting the US supply LNG to Europe, freeing them from dependency on Russia.

The overthrow of a Russian-backed government in Ukraine through a a popular upraising is extremely historically significant.  However, we see that it’s just one aspect of a larger political struggle between Russia and Europe and the US.

Despite President Obama’s assertion otherwise, Ukraine is just a square on a global chessboard.

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Shipping LPG obtained from the U.S. boom in fracking natural gas helps reduce European dependence on Russian gas. Dependency could also be reduced by allowing fracking in Europe and increasing the use of renewable energy, which would also help the EU reach its carbon reduction goals.

Six new U.S. LPG export facilities have been approved since 2010, and another 24 applications are in the pipeline. Increasing consumption of natural gas accelerates pollution and climate change and slows the growth of renewables.

Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl are founders and officers of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA) and coordinate the annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair. E-mail sonia@essex1.com.

From the March 12-18, 2014 print edition

Source: http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/03/12/ukraine-fracking-for-natural-gas-goes-global/

Related: http://www.longtailpipe.com/2014/03/ukraine-caught-in-fracking-fueled-tug.html

Recently I’ve written several reports about efforts to initiate hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in shale deposits in Ukraine, and Romania.

What emerged is a US State Department program, the Unconventional Gas Technical Engagement Program, whose mission is to facilitate the export of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) techniques around the world.

The State Department of course isn’t doing the fracking, but is facilitating the entry of Western oil companies like Chevron into countries so that Chevron (and other companies) can set up fracking operations.

Ukraine has two large shale deposits, plus easy access to pipelines which already supply Europe with natural gas.

That means Ukraine is well positioned to become rich supplying Europe with natural gas (which requires fracking the shale), while helping Europe diversify away from dependence Russia.  If, that is, Ukraine remains independent enough to do all that.

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23 Responses to “The political split in the Ukraine corresponds to the location of two relevant shale gas deposits in the country – The city of Kharkiv is central to a shale gas reservoir in the Dnieper-Donet basin”

  1. blessedistruth Says:

    #ukraine #crimea #russia #NATO #kharkiv #shale #dnieperriver

    An intercepted phone call among U.S. diplomats planning which opposition leaders would be put in power and how the Ukraine is a fulcrum in the geopolitical struggle between the West and East

    The political split in the Ukraine corresponds to the location of two relevant shale gas deposits in the country – The city of Kharkiv is central to a shale gas reservoir in the Dnieper-Donet basin

    https://blessedistruth.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/the-political-split-in-the-ukraine-corresponds-to-the-location-of-two-relevant-shale-gas-deposits-in-the-country-the-city-of-kharkiv-is-central-to-a-shale-gas-reservoir-in-the-dnieper-donet-basin/

    [If you were Putin, would you give up this shale gas reservoir to the West?]

  2. blessedistruth Says:

    #ukraine #crimea #russia #NATO #kharkiv #shale #dnieperriver

    Ensure that Ukraine never joins the European Union or NATO

    A statement posted by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday called for the new government in Ukraine to “urgently” adopt a new “federal constitution.”

    That reads like code for reinventing Ukraine along the lines of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a country that is a collection of loosely united mini-states.

    It’s not hard to envision what that might look like in Moscow’s vision for Ukraine: an autonomous republic in the Russian-speaking east of the country along the lines of the Republika Srpska in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Grouped perhaps around the cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk, such a mini-state would naturally look east to Moscow and – of course – ensure that Ukraine never joins the European Union or NATO.

    For good measure, Russia might even push for Russian-speaking cities in the south of Ukraine

    (such as Odessa, Kherson and Mykolaev)

    to be added to this Russkaya Respublika,

    or to be grouped into another mini-state over which the Kremlin would have influence.

    A federal Ukraine would actually please many in the south of the country, who don’t quite share the desire shown in Donetsk and Lugansk (not to mention Crimea) for tighter ties with Moscow, but who also don’t feel well-represented by the new government in Kiev.

    The post-revolutionary authorities alienated many of the country’s Russian speakers by using some of their first hours in power to overturn a Viktor Yanukovych-era law that allowed regions with large linguistic minorities to adopt second official languages (Russian) alongside Ukrainian.

    Interim President Oleksander Turchynov wisely decided against signing the changes to the language law, but the damage was already done.

    theglobeandmail.com

    [Ukraine is a victim of its own and the West’s stupidity. I mean, what did they expect Putin would do?]

  3. blessedistruth Says:

    #ukraine #crimea #russia #NATO #kharkiv #shale #dnieperriver

    Ensure that Ukraine never joins the European Union or NATO

    A statement posted by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday called for the new government in Ukraine to “urgently” adopt a new “federal constitution.”

    That reads like code for reinventing Ukraine along the lines of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a country that is a collection of loosely united mini-states.

    It’s not hard to envision what that might look like in Moscow’s vision for Ukraine: an autonomous republic in the Russian-speaking east of the country along the lines of the Republika Srpska in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Grouped perhaps around the cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk, such a mini-state would naturally look east to Moscow and – of course – ensure that Ukraine never joins the European Union or NATO.

    http://tl.gd/n_1s11hib

    [Ukraine is a victim of its own and the West’s stupidity. I mean, what did they expect Putin would do?]

  4. blessedistruth Says:

    харьков референдум на федерализация 27 апреля

  5. blessedistruth Says:

    Activists in Kharkov require a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine on April 27

    Kharkov, Kiev. March 16. UNN. About 400 activists gathered at the monument to Lenin in Kharkiv and require a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine, in particular South-East. The statement read Coordinator “Civil Forum Kharkov” Sergei Afuhtin, reports UNN .

    According to him, the activists do not agree with the Ukrainian government of staging a coup and consider it illegitimate. Therefore require the Kharkiv Regional State Administration to hold a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine.

    “The agenda will be only one question:” Do you agree that Ukraine was a federal state? “- Said Afuhtin.

    He noted that on March 20, activists will gather once again under the building of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration to conduct a session, which would have addressed the issue of the referendum. In case of refusal, they will assume that the government has lost legitimacy.

    Activists urged to join them the Southeast region for the referendum. A CPU in a tent on Freedom Square, is collecting signatures in support of the referendum.

    Incidentally, due to the fact that the city authorities have banned a any public events in the city center, the square came the bailiff and tried to read a court order prohibiting the action.

    In addition, the activists thought that the police detained the organizer of their actions and they blocked the bus, in which law enforcement officers arrived. They chanted “Shame” and “Russia”. However, after discovered that the organizer in the car is actually not, activists unblocked transport.

    After that, the protesters unfurled 3-meter flag of the Soviet Union at the foot of the statue of Lenin, and a poster with the inscription “USSR – our motherland.” The crowd took up 3 flag of the Soviet Union and the Russian flag 3. Also to be seen and the Ukrainian flag, but he was tied St. George ribbon.

    In addition, on the other side of the Freedom Square at the entrance to the building Hoag established border of more than 200 law enforcement officers.

    Source: UNN

    http://www.unn.com.ua/ru/news/1317257-aktivisti-u-kharkovi-vimagayut-provesti-referendum-schodo-federalizatsiyi-ukrayini-27-kvitnya

  6. blessedistruth Says:

    ХАРЬКОВ-КИЕВ. 16 марта. УНН. Около 400 активистов собрались у памятника Ленина в Харькове и требуют проведения референдума по федерализации Украины, в частности Юго-Востока. Соответствующее обращение зачитал координатор

    “Гражданского форума Харькова” Сергей Афухтин

    передает корреспондент УНН.

    Kharkov, Kiev. March 16. UNN. About 400 activists gathered at the monument to Lenin in Kharkiv and require a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine, in particular South-East. The statement read Coordinator

    “Civil Forum Kharkov”

    Sergei Afuhtin

    reports UNN .

  7. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.baltinfo.ru/2014/03/16/Zhiteli-Donetcka-khotyat-bolshe-prav-i-trebuyut-provedeniya-referenduma-413725

  8. blessedistruth Says:

    http://twitter.com/GuzmCarlo

  9. blessedistruth Says:

    http://charter97.org/ru/news/2014/3/16/90675/

  10. blessedistruth Says:

    http://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D1%80%D0%B5%D1%84%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%83%D0%BC

  11. blessedistruth Says:

    #Донецк #Харьков

    #Donetsk #Kharkiv

  12. blessedistruth Says:

    http://twitter.com/anti_maydan

  13. blessedistruth Says:

    http://vk.com/a_maydan

  14. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.facebook.com/press.smersh

  15. blessedistruth Says:

    #ukraine #crimea #russia #NATO #kharkiv #shale #dnieperriver

    Антимайдан – Antimaydan

    Appeal to All Ukraine maydanutym! Yes, maydanovtsy, you are guilty! You destroyed Ukraine.

    You drove the Crimea and had almost drove Southeast.

    You brought such tremendous power of idiots that the whole world laughing.

    years you loyal to Russophobes and allow their growth and they were themselves.

    You instilled in your children hatred of Russia and Russian.

    You are now on “Who ne jumping that Moskal”, “Moskal knives”, “Glory to Ukraine – Heroes of Glory” react to simple chants and answer them.

    The calls you “shot in the head with the Russian St. George ribbons” and clap enthusiastically express delight.

    You have grown fascist herd and fertilize it. That you justify acts Bandera. That you do not see the obvious.

    It is cultivated for years and you approve russophobia.

    you silently hated southeast all these years, and now have become hate loud. That you support the corrupt media.

    And do not blame anybody. No one but yourself to blame. And now you can not do anything.

    But to sit and throw mud at Russia and blame her for everything.

    Because admit his inferiority and stupidity spirit is not enough.

    You made ​​us hate Ukraine, its language, its symbolism, because wrapped Ukrainian flag shouting “moskolyaku on Gilyaks”

    because the fascists marched under Ukrainian flags and

    because engrafted movu, taking we have language.

    You rushite our memory, our monuments, the memory of our ancestors who gave their lives that we all, and you, in particular, could live in peace.

    You do not care. Spitting on history, you primarily spit at you.

    you arranged the country chaos and anarchy. You put in the head of our state armed militants and justify it.

    You are not doing anything to fix it. You have declared a second-class people, and wait, and when we become one country.

    We loved the Ukraine, with its movoyu, songs, creativity, tradition, our beauty in every corner of the country.

    But you her brazen and bloody killed.

    You turned it into a bastion of Russophobia and banditry.

    You do not know how to love Ukraine. You love her and only Russophobe part yourself.

    You have no right to be called patriots shouting “Glory to Ukraine”, you are not patriots, you are not people who killed the country and every day to do more for her murder.

    Did you forget that Ukraine is not only your fans flock Bandera.

    You want to build Russophobe Ukraine, in which half of the country – Russian. Is not it absurd?

    You probably do not know themselves what is happening. Or understand, but do not want to admit it.

    And now you have besides watering mat as sensible people have no choice because it is easier than to admit defeat.

    You do not build a country, you do not revive it. And you know why do not you? Because the one who destroys, can not create.

    You killed Ukraine. You killed a part of Holy Russia. You defeated the Kiev – mother of Russian cities.

    And you can not build on this Ukraine again.

    At least half of Ukraine because consciously or unconsciously hated everything connected with it.

    Thanks to you and no one except you!

    ps: South East! Hold on! Break! .. Everything will be fine!

    http://vk.com/a_maydan?w=wall-67092426_6557

    [Wait a minute! Didn’t the MSM assure us this was all a fabrication?! One more reason NOT to believe a word they say.]

    [And the worst part. Whatever civil strife exists between the peoples of Ukraine – OUR government has played a part in fomenting.]

  16. blessedistruth Says:

    #ukraine #crimea #russia #Донецк #Харьков #Donetsk #Kharkiv Антимайдан – Antimaydan

    Appeal to All Ukraine maydanutym! Yes, maydanovtsy, you are guilty! You destroyed Ukraine.

    http://tl.gd/n_1s11me5

    [Wait a minute! Didn’t the MSM assure us this was all a fabrication?! One more reason NOT to believe a word they say.]

    [And the worst part. Whatever civil strife exists between the peoples of Ukraine – OUR government has played a part in fomenting.]

  17. blessedistruth Says:

    “Helicopter”

    youtube.com/watch?v=HJtZSRhJ5oA

    youtube.com/watch?v=Vj6Dh3WbDPo

  18. blessedistruth Says:

    #ukraine #crimea #russia #Донецк #Харьков #Donetsk #Kharkiv

    The prospect of a federalized Ukraine.

    Yatsenyuk promised government reforms that would transfer to Ukraine’s regions “the broadest scope of authority and financial resources.”

    The Russian memorandum also calls for decentralization in Ukraine – it called the process “federalization” – and said it should be written into the Ukrainian Constitution.

    Yatsenyuk’s statement confirmed that this was being done.

    The renunciation of NATO membership.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2014/0319/Eastern-Ukraine-s-future-Do-Kiev-and-Moscow-actually-agree

  19. blessedistruth Says:

    #ukraine #crimea #russia #Донецк #Харьков #Donetsk #Kharkiv #StephenCohen

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and The Nation’s Stephen Cohen about Pres. Vladimir Putin’s claiming of Crimea for Russia

    [Don’t like McFaul, but I do agree with Cohen, for the most part.]

    http://tl.gd/n_1s12243

  20. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.judybluhm.com/

    http://kooimanrealty.com/

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    12/11/2013

    Dewey-Humboldt residents learn next steps for Superfund clean up

    Dewey-Humboldt resident Nancy Wright signs in for an EPA public meeting and open house and receives answers to her questions from ADEQ Community Involvement Coordinator Wendy Flood. The meeting was about the Superfund’s remedial clean up efforts.

    Trib Photo/Briana Lonas

    Levels of Arsenic in water (parts per billion):

    • 0-10ppb – safe

    • 11-200ppb – Increased risk

    • 200ppb and up – Do not use this water for drinking or cooking

    • Get your tap water tested for arsenic and lead if you have a private well.

    • If your private well has arsenic levels above 10micrograms per liter, consider installing an in-home water treatment system.

    • If you are connected to the public drinking water system, the water provider is required to meet state and federal drinking standards.

    • Remove your shoes before entering the house.

    • Have your heating/cooling ducts professionally cleaned regularly.

    • Wash your hands and your children’s hands before eating.

    • Wash your homegrown fruits and vegetables before eating.

    • Practice smart gardening. Lettuce, radishes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage accumulate more arsenic from soils than other garden plants.

    • Have your children’s blood tested for lead.

    Briana Lonas
    Reporter

    http://pvtrib.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=59763

  22. blessedistruth Says:

    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_19/Putin-appoints-Lavrov-rapporteur-on-federal-law-on-reunification-with-Crimea-4860/

  23. blessedistruth Says:

    #MH370

    Supposed objects from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 being investigated

    Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean on Thursday hunting for debris in ‘probably the best lead’ so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said.

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