August 30, 2015

PA Study Links Fracking to Health Hazards in Fetuses, Infants, and Young Children

Disturbing links found between fracking and health effects in children younger than 5 years old
By EINPresswire.com, July 26, 2015

Download the full report as a pdf.

In one of the first studies of its kind, Joseph J. Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project found disturbing links between … Continue reading

New Look at BTEX: Are Ambient Levels a Problem?

Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) may have endocrine disrupting properties at exposure levels below EPA safe levels
by Ashley L. Bolden, Carol F. Kwiatkowski and Theo Colborn, Environmental Science and Technology, April 15, 2015

From TEDX: Indicates a need to change how chemicals present at low concentrations are assessed Continue reading

Theo Colborn’s Legacy Will Be Kept Alive By TEDX

For nearly 30 years, she studied the effects that chemicals used in the fossil fuel industry have on the endocrine system
By Julie Dermansky, Desmog, December 29, 2014

Theo ColbornDr. Theo Colborn, founder of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), died on December 14, 2014. For nearly 30 years, … Continue reading

EPA Loophole Allows Streams of Wastewater in Wyoming

Environmentalists challenge permits that result in dumping of toxic chemicals on tribal land
By Elizabeth Shogren, High Country News, April 14, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

When … Continue reading

Fracking Beyond the Law

Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel in Hydraulic Fracturing
Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), August 13, 2014

EIP Report: At least 33 companies drilled 351 wells in 12 states using prohibited diesel fuels without required permits in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

The illegal injection … Continue reading

Fracking Fumes: Where There’s a Well, All is Not Well

After analyzing 24 scientific studies, the Natural Resources Defense Council finds plenty to worry about, from birth defects to deadly effects
By David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News, December 22, 2014

Lynn Buehring wears a respirator outdoors to keep from becoming overwhelmed by the fumes that envelop her home

Lynn Buehring wears a respirator outdoors to keep from becoming overwhelmed by the fumes that envelop her home


Emissions from oil-and-gas … Continue reading

Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

See the 2011 Congressional Report Below

Although Baker Hughes, Inc. has received kudos for promising to disclose at FracFocus.org, “all the chemicals” they use in gas extraction, questions about the value of the promise are being raised.

In March 2014, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) own advisory boardContinue reading

Proposed Monaca, PA Chemical Plant Threatens Residents

See comments from Jim Argo, PhD, below.

You are Invited – Shell Proposed Petrochemical Community Meeting: Air Quality and Safety

As part of the planning and evaluation process for our proposed petrochemical facility in Beaver county, Shell is hosting community meetings on topics of most interest to our neighbors.

You … Continue reading

Fracking Workers Exposed to Dangerous Amounts of Benzene

Some workers are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer
By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2014

Oil field technician gauging a flowback tank. Workers check such tanks several times an hour, during which many are exposed to potentially dangerous amounts of the carcinogen benzene. (NIOSH)

Oil field technician gauging a flowback tank. Workers check such tanks several times an hour, during which many are exposed to potentially dangerous amounts

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More evidence: Gas drilling GHG emissions vastly exceed government estimates

A new study by a group from the University of Colorado – Boulder, published in the American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere has found that the impact of natural gas drilling and production on climate change is enormously greater than estimates currently being used by the government. The … Continue reading