December 8, 2016

Tell the EPA to Tell the Truth About Fracking

Water Contamination in Dimock, PA

Water Contamination in Dimock, PA

DCS has been involved in the EPA study since it was first proposed by NY Congressman Hinchey in 2009. We have submitted strong and detailed comments at every opportunity and gotten many scientists and impacted citizens to also testify about hydraulic fracturing and related activities Continue reading

Judge Blocks Central California Oil Development Over Fracking

Bureau of Land Management did not properly explore the potential dangers of fracking
By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, September 7, 2016

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from opening more than 1 million acres in Central California to oil drilling because the … Continue reading

DCS and the EPA’s Fracking Study – What Have We Been Up To?

Since 2008, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability has been among the leaders in the fight against fracking, often working behind the scenes to achieve tangible results. For example, in 2012 DCS proposed a ban on frack waste in New York City and has been working on this issue ever since. … Continue reading

Media Silent as Native Americans Successfully Halt Construction on Oil Pipeline

The pipeline could pollute a crucial source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux and Lakota Sioux and it intrudes on their sacred lands
By Brianna Acuesta, Nation of Change, August 20, 2016

More from David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Note the use of Continue reading

Potential Impacts of Fracking on Drinking Water Resources (EPA Study)

SAB Review of the EPA’s draft “Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources”

The EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) requested that the Science Advisory Board (SAB) conduct a peer review and provide advice on scientific charge questions associated with … Continue reading

High Levels of Toxins Found in Bodies of People Living Near Fracking Sites

Harmful chemicals from natural gas operations are contaminating the bodies of residents of Pavillion, Wyoming
By Maureen Nandini Mitra, Earth Island Journal, June 30, 2016

Download the study as a pdf

Many of the toxic chemicals escaping from fracking and natural gas processing sites and storage facilities may be present … Continue reading

Scientists Find Fracking Contaminated Wyoming Water After EPA Halted Study

Dangerous levels of chemicals found in underground water, while waste was dumped in unlined pits and barriers to protect groundwater were inadequate
The Guardian, April 7, 2016

Two scientists have highlighted dangerous water contamination from a fracking operation in Wyoming, three years after the US Environmental Protection Agency decided … Continue reading

Scientists Slam EPA For “Walking Away” From Fracking Pollution Study

Fracking contaminated underground water reservoirs in Wyoming, finds a study by the former EPA scientist who led a preliminary investigation there in 2011. EPA never followed up that investigation.
By Dan Vergano, BuzzFeed, March 29, 2016

Fracking polluted underground water reservoirs around Pavillion, Wyoming, confirms a study that follows up … Continue reading

Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water, EPA Now Concludes

The acknowledgment of instances of fracking-related water contamination marks a notable reversal for the Obama administration
By Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News, June 5, 2015

After years of asserting that hydraulic fracturing has never tainted drinking water, the Obama administration issued a long-awaited study of the controversial oil and gas production … Continue reading

Driller Must Pay for Dimock, PA, Contamination

$4.24M Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas for polluting wells in Dimock
By Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E Publishing, March 10, 2016

Note from Barbara Arrindell, Director of Damascus Citizens:
“The industry knew all this and fought for decades to get the exemptions in the Bush/Cheney 2005 Energy Bill which they
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