July 31, 2014

Gas Drilling Technique is Labeled Violation

Tom Zeller Jr., New York Times

Oil and gas service companies injected tens of millions of gallons of diesel fuel into onshore wells in more than a dozen states from 2005 to 2009, Congressional investigators have charged. Those injections appear to have violated the Safe Water Drinking Act, the investigators … Continue reading

Waxman, Markey, and DeGette Investigation Finds Continued Use of Diesel in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids

Committee on Energy and Commerce

Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Edward J. Markey, and Diana DeGette sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding the results of an investigation into the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing fluids. The congressional investigation finds that oil and … Continue reading

Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica

The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency2014and a growing understanding of the pollution associated with the full 201Clife cycle201D of gas … Continue reading

Have Public Servants Charged with Protecting Drinking Water for 15 Million People Sold Out to the Gas Drilling Industry?

Nora Eisenberg, Alternet

Environmentalists are squaring off against the gas drilling industry, but the playing field does not appear to be level.

Over the past decade, 34 states have succumbed to the hazardous and largely unregulated hydraulic fracturing (widely known as “fracking”) of deep shale formations to extract natural gas. … Continue reading

Chemical and Biological Risk Assessment for Natural Gas Extraction in New York

Ronald E. Bishop Ph.D., CHO, SUNY Oneonta

Over the last decade, operators in the natural gas industry have developed highly sophisticated methods and materials for the exploration and production of methane from unconventional reservoirs. In spite of the technological advances made to date, these activities pose significant chemical and biological … Continue reading

County plans to update zoning to regulate gas development

DAVID THOMPSON, Sun Gazette

When Lycoming County implemented its zoning ordinance in 1991, the Marcellus Shale wasn’t even a blip on its radar screen.

Now it almost covers the entire screen and the zoning ordinance is being updated accordingly.

On Feb. 10, the county commissioners will host a public hearing … Continue reading

Pa. allows dumping of tainted waters from gas boom

By David B. Caruso, Associated Press

The natural gas boom gripping parts of the U.S. has a nasty byproduct: wastewater so salty, and so polluted with metals like barium and strontium, that most states require drillers to get rid of the stuff by injecting it down shafts thousands of feet … Continue reading