August 30, 2014

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 … Continue reading

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

EPA wants State Dept. to rework analysis of Keystone XL pipeline

By Lenny Bernstein and Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post published: April 22

The Environmental Protection Agency objected Monday to the State Department’s latest review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, suggesting that more work must be done before the Obama administration can determine whether to approve the 1,179-mile northern leg … Continue reading

Oilsands Contaminants Travel Further than Expected

Contaminants are collecting on the bottom of remote lakes up to 100 kilometres away.
By Margaret Munro, Edmonton Journal, Nov. 13, 2012

Federal scientists have uncovered evidence that contaminants wafting out Alberta’s oilsands operations are collecting on the bottom of remote lakes up to 100 kilometres away.

The chemical “legacy”

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PA Farmers Speak Out Against Fracking

Pennsylvania farmers visit our region to warn people about the dangers of a controversial drilling process
By WSIL, May 4, 2012

WSIL — Pennsylvania farmers visit our region to warn people about the dangers of a controversial drilling process.

The process is called hydraulic fracturing or, fracking, and it’s done … Continue reading

Chemicals in my Water in Drilling Area

PA Woman: Chemicals in my Water in Drilling Area
By Kevin Begos, Associated Press, February 24, 2012

EVANS CITY, Pa. (AP) — A woman says state environmental officials refused to do follow-up tests after their lab reported her drinking water contained chemicals, but it’s unclear where the pollutants came from.… Continue reading

Toxicological Analysis of Ohio Brines

Toxicological Analysis of Ohio Brine Constituents and their Potential Impact on Human Health

The Brine referred to is from gas or oil wells and though the paper is from 1986 and of course does not deal at all with the materials that are introduced by slickwater hydraulic fracturing, it is … Continue reading