October 25, 2014

A Rash of Earthquakes Appears to be Related to Oil and Gas Drilling

EARTHQUAKES: ‘Remarkable’ spate of man-made quakes linked to drilling, USGS team says
By Mike Soraghan, EnergyWire, March 29, 2012

A rash of earthquakes in the middle of the country appears to be related to oil and gas drilling, according to a group of researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey.

“A … Continue reading

Does a Provision in PA Act 13 Force Doctors to Remain Silent on Potential Public Health Risks Associated with Fracking?

Provision in Marcellus Shale Bill Prompts Controversy
By Deanna Garcia, Essential Public Radio, March 30, 2012

Public health advocates and some environmental groups are crying foul over a provision in Act 13. The groups claim the wording in the law, which regulates shale drilling, amounts to a gag order for … Continue reading

Observations on Selected USEPA Summaries of Well Water Analysis from Dimock, PA.

In summary, the decision of the USEPA to certify these six wells in Dimock, PA as “safe” was, in this reviewer’s opinion, premature and inappropriate for at least five of the six wells reviewed here.
By Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., CHO, March 26, 2012

Observations on Selected USEPA Summaries of Continue reading

Ground-breaking scientific review calls for better methods for determining safety standards

Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses
By Laura Vandenberg et al, Endocrine Reviews, March 14, 2012

A paradigm shift in how chemicals are assessed for safety is underway, led by the need to address chemicals that affect the endocrine system at very low exposure levels. A … Continue reading

So, Is Dimock’s Water Really Safe to Drink?

Dimock water found to contain dangerous quantities of methane gas and dozens of other contaminants.
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, March 20, 2012

When the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that tests showed the water is safe to drink in Dimock, Penn., a national hot spot for concerns about fracking, … Continue reading

Mortgages for Drilling Properties May Face Hurdle

By Ian Urbina, New York Times

The Department of Agriculture is considering requiring an extensive environmental review before issuing mortgages to people who have leased their land for oil and gas drilling.

Last year more than 140,000 families, many of them with low incomes and living in rural areas, received … Continue reading

SRBC Is Pushed by DCS to Acknowledge Its Responsibility for Water Quality and Has New Meeting Rules

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has put in new rules for all people attending their meetings. They are requiring a photo- ID, designating where signs can be used, and that recording devices must be used in an unobtrusive way.

More importantly, DCS has filed a demand for records to … Continue reading

Local Governments: Rights and Powers Review

Mary Jo Long, Esq.

Introduction:

I am going to talk about the legal rights and powers of local government with respect to gas drilling in their communities. First, I am going to review 2 NY Court decisions that were made less than 2 weeks ago that impact on this topic. … Continue reading

The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind the Gas Boom

It’s not only toxic – it’s driven by a right-wing billionaire who profits more from flipping land than drilling for gas.

By Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, March 1, 2012

Aubrey McClendon, America’s second-largest producer of natural gas, has never been afraid of a fight. He has become a billionaire by … Continue reading

Federal Scientists Warn NY of Fracking Risks

Federal Scientists Warn NY of Fracking Risks
By Dusty Horwitt, Senior Counsel, EWG, February 22, 2012

The U.S. Geological Survey has warned New York state regulators that their plan to allow drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale could endanger private water wells, municipal aquifers and … Continue reading