April 1, 2015

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.

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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


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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.

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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

Environmental Group Warns of Fracking Waste on NY Roads

More than a dozen municipalities have received state approval to spread a fracking byproduct on their roads
By Scott Waldman, Capital, December 3, 2013

More information from Riverkeeper here

Road BrineDespite a moratorium on fracking in New York State, more than a dozen municipalities have received state approval to spread a … Continue reading

Dents, holes, flaws in Keystone XL with startup weeks away

Steve Horn on desmogblog.org posts on structural problems found in the Keystone XL pipeline only a few weeks before it is scheduled to start pumping bitumen — with its load of toxins — as reported by a Public Citizen report.

Public Citizen Report Reveals Dents, Holes in Keystone XL Southern

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Study reports VOC-polluted air, health problems related to hydrocarbon development

A study recently published in the journal Atmospheric Environment reports that hydrocarbon processing in the industrial heartland of Alberta has been correlated with remarkable elevations in Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) levels in the area, raising serious concerns about the relationship between these high VOC levels and the incidence of various … Continue reading

Contaminants Highest Near Natural Gas Drilling

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling, UT Arlington study says
Kevin Schug, Brian Fontenot, et al, University of Texas at Arlington

A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest … Continue reading