Russian agents attempted to undermine US shale gas, says official report

Posted: March 17, 2018 by oldbrew in News, Politics, Shale gas

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This only confirms in greater detail what has been fairly well-known for quite a long time anyway.

For months, House Committees and a Special Counsel have been investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, reports Inside Sources.

Even as these investigations continue to make headlines, interference in American energy markets, which was likely even more successful, has received relatively little attention.

According to new findings from the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology, Russian agents worked to manipulate specific groups inside the U.S. in order to “disrupt domestic energy markets, suppress research and development of fossil fuels, and stymie efforts to expand the use of natural gas.”

Russian attempts to spread disinformation about domestic energy production used many of the same techniques Russian agents deployed during the presidential campaign.

The House Committee identified 9,097 Russian posts or tweets pertaining to U.S. energy policy or energy events appearing on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter between 2015 and 2017. These posts came from an estimated 4,334 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, a firm established to use traditional and new media platforms to spread Russian propaganda.

America’s transition in 2017 from a net fuel importer to a net fuel exporter has fundamentally shifted global energy markets. The trend is projected to continue in 2018, and to place the U.S. on an equivalent production level with Russia in 2019. This has had a significant effect on Russia, which provides about 75 percent of the natural gas used in Central and Eastern Europe and even higher percentages in Southeastern Europe.

As a result, Russia is known to have been involved in anti-fracking campaigns since at least 2014. According to a report last year by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Russian government was actively “financing and choreographing anti-fracking propaganda in the United States.” Efforts include programming on the Russian-sponsored news agency RT highlighting the dangers and environmental impacts of fracking.

This approach pairs with Russian efforts to persuade EU governments to end shale gas exploration.

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Evidence Mounts Of Full-Scale Russian Campaign To Undermine American Energy | The Daily Caller

  1. I wonder if the Russians were also responsible for the anti CSG (coal seam gas) and antifracking campaigns in Australia. The Greens are known to have connections with communists. The Greens have been leading to ban all “fossil” fuels although natural gas (methane) does not come from a fossil source. Victoria banned on shore exploration of oil and gas (states have no authority beyond three miles from the shore) The government in Victoria is controlled by unions which have always had connections to Marxist friends around the world including Russia.
    However, in today’s elections it seems the public is waking up to the greens and their lies.

  2. hunter says:

    It would appear that the entire world has been played in a deep and increasingly dangerous game by Putin for a long time.

  3. p.g.sharrow says:

    Ecoloon Watermelons have been at this a looooooog time. With the fall of the U.S.S.R. their headquarters was moved to San Francisco where they still operate, funded with “Eastern European” money, handled by …………………………………George Soros!
    The war of 1917 to take over the world continues….pg

  4. J Martin says:

    Although many, perhaps most greens are rather stupid and easily led, I doubt they are influenced in any way by Russia. I’ve no doubt that they would be against fracking even if Russia did not exist.

    Even if the Russians were trying to dissuade the Americans from fracking I doubt that they had any nfluence, certainly not compared to Saudi’s attempt to drive frackers out of business, or greens trying to bring a halt to fracking. The Russians have nothing to fear from US fracking as they can always undercut US frackers.

    The report is nonsense and is purely designed to strengthen the treasonable reds under the bed mentality that the democrats and the CIA concocted in an effort to remove Trump. As was the presumably succesful attempt to silence Skripal.

  5. oldbrew says:

    From 2014: Russia in secret plot against fracking, Nato chief says

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia was mounting a sophisticated “disinformation campaign” aimed at undermining attempts to exploit alternative energy sources such as shale gas

    He said: “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations – environmental organisations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas. That is my interpretation.”
    . . .
    Greenpeace dismissed Mr Rasmussen’s comments as “preposterous”.

  6. Stephen Richards says:

    The green fights over fracking in USA and Europe are more likely funded by Soros. Soros made a large investment in Brazilian oil Petrobras a few years ago. He would not want USA to expand a successful fracking industry and Obama did his best to help.

  7. Stephen Richards says:

    oldbrew says:
    March 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I do wonder if greenpiss made a deal with the Russians to save their terrorists from a Russian jail a year or two ago.

  8. Saighdear says:

    I have read quite a lot, I Listen quite a lot too and I see and watch many things. So in light of current recent events in UK, where does “our” BP ( no longer referred to, as with the Logo, as British Petroleum ) fit in with all this. ? Can someone enlighten us?

  9. stpaulchuck says:

    the vapid bunch of “protesters” at these drilling and pipeline sites got paid. It was obvious. There were even ads in various papers offering money to “protest”. While Soros comes up a lot, this was more in line with some of our own coal industry and very certainly Russia. Of course let’s not leave out Warren Buffet doing whatever he could to stop the pipelines in favor of his big investment in railroad tankers.

    Now that we can export natgas (and to a smaller point oil), we can gut Russia’s grip on Europe via the winter supplies of gas and oil for heating. We just trashed Putin’s big strategy. Poor Putie. Of course the chances of a thank you from the Euros is about as likely as winning the lottery IMAO.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Salisbury attack: How much of the UK’s gas comes from Russia?
    By Reality Check team – BBC News

    Throughout Europe, 37% of gas demand was met with Russian-sourced gas in 2017, according to energy analysts Wood Mackenzie.

    However, in the UK, most of the natural gas imported comes by pipeline from Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium.

    But some of the (non-Norway) gas originated from Russia.

    StP: ‘Now that we can export natgas (and to a smaller point oil), we can gut Russia’s grip on Europe via the winter supplies of gas and oil for heating.’

    Unlikely without a direct pipeline and obviously the USA is too far away. UK LNG is mainly from Qatar.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Saighdear: BBC report – 14 March 2018 …

    If sanctions get tougher – how will BP manage an asset that provides a third of its global oil production?


  12. ivan says:

    It is very strange that OPEC and especially Saudi are not mentioned in all this, especially in regards to the US.

    The main problem is the military industrial complex are getting in on the act and apparently want to revive the cold war because it would make them loads a’ money.

    Those of us that studied and worked through the start of the cold war can see the same signs starting now The US has never got over McCarthyism and there are always those neocons looking for ‘reds under the bed’ and will even manufacture ‘incidents’ to help things along.

    If, and it is a big if, the Russian government were involved it would be no more than any other government that has an investment in the petrochemical industry with Saudi leading the charge closely followed by the other OPEC countries. If anything, what little concrete provable evidence that has been provided is nothing more than industrial dirty tricks as carried out by most, if not all, large companies in this field. The fact that someone got a lot of government useful idiots involved to help feather their nest just proves that generally governments are useless at anything in the real world.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Europe Split on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline as US Warns Against Dependence on Russian Gas

    A number of eastern European states have ramped up their opposition to a new gas pipeline linking Russia with Germany.

    The Nord Stream 2 project will bring Russian gas directly to Western Europe, but critics say it will increase dependence on Russia and enrich its state-owned energy firms, at a time when Moscow stands accused of undermining European security.

    The $11 billion, 1,225-kilometer pipeline is on schedule for completion next year.
    [inc. 3 min. video]

    ‘A number of eastern European states’ are unlikely to overturn the plans of Germany and Russia at this late stage.

  14. Bitter@twisted says:

    Another example of “useful idiots” being paid to undermine the West.

  15. Bitter@twisted says:

    Is Ivan a Russian troll hiding in plain sight?

  16. Brett Keane says:

    Well, we can surely see the usual apologists above. Most eastern bloc folk ceased to be communists long ago, unlike our western intelligentsia etc. But, once in the KGB, always the same modus operandi. Even today. Little different to the mafia. Brett

  17. stpaulchuck says:

    oldbrew: Unlikely without a direct pipeline and obviously the USA is too far away.

    well yes and no. First off if we keep driving down the price of gas (and oil) it will force Putin to keep the juice flowing or he’ll have to abandon so many adventures like the Ukraine. In addition, just like stock ownership, you don’t have to completely cover Russia’s supply to Europe. You only need a ‘controlling interest’. LNG tankers are getting more and more popular and our terminals in Louisiana and Texas are ramping up. Gas and oil are fungible so we don’t exactly need to ship it directly to Europe. A swap with Emirates or Iraqi oil and gas will do just fine.

    Very often the threat of a coup is enough to change the winds.

    as for England, if they can finally get past the sponsored Greens to get on with fracking, they’ll be at least politically independent if not exactly energy independent. I’d like to see them chop down those idiot windmills and build a dozen or so pebble bed thorium power plants as well.

  18. oldbrew says:

    StP: US supplies can make an impression of course. But sooner or later the suppliers will want to make a profit like everybody else, and shale costs are higher than old-fashioned drilling.

    One advantage they have is to cut back or close down production as a temporary measure if/when prices are too low to cover costs.

  19. stpaulchuck says:

    yeah, but I’d rather it was our crooks and not Putin’s crooks *grin*

  20. oldbrew says:

    Reds under the bed again?

  21. oldbrew says:

    Date: 19/03/18 Bloomberg

    Angela Merkel’s government is seeking to build a liquefied natural gas industry in Germany basically from scratch to reduce the nation’s dependence on supplies arriving by pipeline from Russia and Norway.
    – – –
    Is stpaulchuck advising the Germans? We should be told 😎

    JANUARY 31, 2018
    Germany grants permit for Nord Stream 2 Russian gas pipeline

    Nord Stream 2 would double the existing Nord Stream pipeline’s current annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. Nord Stream runs on the bed of the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany.

    A few LNG tankers won’t make a big dent in Russian imports? Maybe some competition helps keeps prices in check.

  22. Paul Vaughan says:

    “We walk in circles, destined to collide […] You won’t come in the sun, it’s far too bright […] This could be your last mistake” — “Standing in the Dark” Platinum Blonde


    “No one has listened to us. You listen to us now.”

    “We will interpret any use of nuclear weapons against Russia and its allies no matter how powerful they are, of low, medium or any other yield, as a nuclear attack. It will trigger an immediate answer with all the consequences stemming from it. No one should have any doubts about it.”

    “We aren’t threatening anyone, we aren’t going to attack anyone, we aren’t going to take anything from anyone. The growing Russian military power will guarantee global peace.”


    Reversing “Victory” secures stability.

  23. stpaulchuck says:

    Mutti has such a terrible sense of timing. First she shuts off the nukes then over a year later she finally decides that maybe she should secure another source of energy. duh. Talk about a slow boat.

  24. oldbrew says:

    It’s a question of scale, but…

    Date: 20/03/18 Harry Weber and Ross Wyeno, Platts

    Europe’s efforts to cut its reliance on Russian supplies of natural gas are being seen as a timely business opportunity for US LNG exporters feverishly trying to secure long-term contracts to finance terminal projects.