November 1, 2014

Officials: 4.0 magnitude quake in northeast Ohio related to wastewater injection well

By Associated Press 

McDONALD, Ohio — Officials said Saturday they believe the latest earthquake activity in northeast Ohio is related to the injection of wastewater into the ground near a fault line, creating enough pressure to cause seismic activity.

The brine wastewater comes from drilling operations that use the so-called … Continue reading

Award winning documentary GASLAND

Josh Fox’s GASLAND is a film about the devastating health impacts of gas drilling in Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Beach Lake, Pennsylvania resident Josh Fox is a filmmaker and Artistic Director of the International WOW Company. DCS provided both initial funding and critical backround information for the production of … Continue reading

Hunt for Gas Hits Fragile Soil, and South Africans Fear Risks

New York Times Drilling Down Series

By IAN URBINA, The New York Times

KAROO, South Africa — When a drought dried up their wells last year, hundreds of farmers and their families flocked to local fairgrounds here to pray for rain, and a call went out on the regional radio … Continue reading

Federal Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Page on Environmental Health
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): Home Page
Toxic Substances Portal (ATSDR): Toxicological Profiles
Public Health Assessment Guidance Manual (ATSDR): Table of Contents
Environmental Data Needed for Public Health Assessments (ATSDR): A Guidance Manual
The National Institute … Continue reading

A Citizens Guide to Risk Assessments and Public Health Assessments at Contaminated Sites

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

This guide provides an overview of two different assessments commonly performed at hazardous waste sites. These are the risk assessment and the public health assessments; both are required for all sites – commonly referred to as “Superfund” sites – listed on the U.S. … Continue reading

Public Health Assessment Petitions

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

What is ATSDR’s Petition Program?

In the Superfund law, Congress provided ATSDR with the authority to conduct certain public health assessment activities following a request from a concerned person. The ATSDR Petition Program identifies whether the request is one that ATSDR can address.… Continue reading

Oil giant’s shell game nets elderly farmers

Promises made, but not kept, and it’s all legal

By Joshua Schneyer and Brian Grow, REUTERS

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan  — Late in the summer of 2010, hundreds of farmers in northern Michigan were fuming.

All had signed leases with local brokers permitting drillers to tap natural gas and oil beneath … Continue reading

Promises made, but not kept, and it’s all legal

By Joshua Schneyer and Brian Grow, Reuters

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan ­ Late in the summer of 2010, hundreds of farmers in northern Michigan were fuming.

All had signed leases with local brokers permitting drillers to tap natural gas and oil beneath their land. All were demanding thousands of dollars in … Continue reading

Chesapeake CEO’s Open Letter to Shareholders

Chesapeake Energy 2010 Annual Report

Dear Fellow Shareholders,

2010 was a very important year of transition and achievement for Chesapeake, a year in which we initiated three very important strategic shifts: from asset gathering to asset harvesting, from focusing exclusively on natural gas to a balanced focus on natural gas … Continue reading

Texas Supreme Court Rules Big Gas Mafia Royalty Payment Fraud Okay

By TX Sharon, Blue Daze: Drilling Reform

If that headline is hard to believe, go stick your head back in the sand or where ever you’ve had your head stuck.

COURT FINDS FOR BIG OIL COMPANY OVER SMALL ROYALTY OWNER IN PRECEDENT SETTING CASE Attorney: ‘You can’t really believe anything … Continue reading