May 29, 2015

Evaluating a Groundwater Supply Contamination Incident Attributed to Marcellus Shale Gas Development

Download the full study as a pdf
Read more on this story in the New York Times

Introduction
High-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) has revolutionized the oil and gas industry worldwide but has been accompanied by highly controversial incidents of reported water contamination. For example, groundwater contamination by stray natural gas … Continue reading

The Link Between Fracking and Oklahoma’s Quakes Keeps Getting Stronger

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes.
By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, April 6, 2015

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes. As we reported in 2013, the count exploded from just a couple per year back … Continue reading

Gas Extraction Causing Earthquakes

Exploitation of Groningen gas field causing ground to settle and 1,000’s of earthquakes

This is not about shale gas but about conventional gas: the huge gas field in the northern Dutch province Groningen. See here a very good infographic of the story:

View infographic by Kor Dwarshuis

A joint venture … Continue reading

Scientists see Fracking as Cause of Earthquakes in Heartland

Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland
By Sean Cockerham, Star-Telegram, November 3, 2014

Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland.

States such as Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Ohio are being hit … Continue reading

New Insight on the Nation’s Earthquake Hazards

Some states have experienced increased seismicity that may be associated with human activities such as the disposal of wastewater in deep wells
By Jessica Robertson and Mark Petersen, USGS, July 17, 2014

To help make the best decisions to protect communities from earthquakes, new USGS maps display how intense ground … Continue reading

Fracking In Ohio Triggered 400 Tiny Earthquakes in 3 Months

“Hydraulic fracturing has the potential to trigger earthquakes”
By Casey Coates Danson, Global Possibilities, October 16, 2014

What this study means is that with the shifts that are reflected in the earthquakes there are new faults and fractures created.  These can be new pathways along which materials can move – Continue reading

FERC Approves NY Methane Storage Project

Independent analysis concludes, over 25 years, “the likelihood of a disaster of extremely serious consequences is more than 35%”
By Peter Mantius, DC Bureau, October 3, 2014

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Brushing aside warnings of dangerous geological risk, federal regulators say construction can start immediately on … Continue reading

Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Cut by 96%

Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits
By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2014

Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating … Continue reading

New Theory Holds Geology, Not Politics, Thwarts NY Fracking

Will Utica, Marcellus remain non-starters in Empire State?
By Tom Wilbur, Shale Gas Review, October 25, 2013

Come to the event “Shale Gas Potential in New York” October 30 at 7 pm

A collection of factors stalled the Pennsylvania shale gas rush at the New York state border, including grass … Continue reading

Study Raises New Concern About Earthquakes and Fracking Fluids

Faraway quakes can trigger swarms of quakes near injection well sites
By Sharon Begley, Reuters, July 11, 2013

Powerful earthquakes thousands of miles (km) away can trigger swarms of minor quakes near wastewater-injection wells like those used in oil and gas recovery, scientists reported on Thursday, sometimes followed months later … Continue reading