April 20, 2014

Couple Sues Ohio to Stop Fracking Beneath Lake

Couple’s suit against state’s fracking lease gets OK to proceed
By John Futty, The Columbus Dispatch, April 9, 2014

An important first step to challenge what has become a wholesale give-away of Ohio to the drilling interests

A Franklin County judge has ruled that a Guernsey County couple can move … Continue reading

What the EPA Hoped You’d Miss This Holiday Season

From the Community Environmental Defense Council

Wondering if you missed anything while busy with the holidays? Well, the EPA was sure hoping you would! You may recall that the EPA has engaged in a number of flip-flops in its attempts to respond to allegations that gas well drilling may lead … Continue reading

Chesapeake to Pay $3.2M in Water Pollution Fines

Pleads guilty to 3 criminal charges for violations of the Clean Water Act’s “dredge-and-fill” permit requirements
By Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, December 19, 2013

Chesapeake Energy will pay $3.2 million in fines and spend $6.5 million on restoration work in a settlement over allegations the company buried streams … Continue reading

Low Levels of Fracking Wastewater Highly Toxic to Mayflies

Scientists find mayflies, whose presence indicates good water quality, are significantly affected by low levels of produced water
By Diane Huskinson, Stroud Water Research Center, December 2013

Read the final report

An explosion of natural gas drilling in recent years is primarily the result of advances in horizontal drilling technology … Continue reading

Impacts of Shale Gas Wastewater Disposal on Water Quality in Western PA

Environmental Science and Technology, September 10, 2013
By Nathaniel R. Warner, Cidney A. Christie, Robert B. Jackson, and Avner Vengosh
Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC

Read the full paper and download as a pdf

ABSTRACT: The safe disposal of liquid … 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

Tell the EPA to Investigate Fracking-Related Water Contamination

A message from Lee Ziesche, Gasland Grassroots Coordinator


It’s John Fenton’s story. It’s Scott Ely’s story. It’s Steve Lipsky’s story.

It doesn’t matter if the setting is Pavillion Wyoming, Dimock Pennsylvania or Parker County Texas, we’ve seen the same story of EPA abandonment in key fracking contamination cases play out … Continue reading

Censored EPA PA Fracking Water Contamination Presentation Published

DeSmogBlog Publishes Censored Power Point Presentation
By Steve Horn, desmogblog.com, August 5, 2013

DeSmogBlog has obtained a copy of an Obama Administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fracking groundwater contamination PowerPoint presentation describing a then-forthcoming study’s findings in Dimock, Pennsylvania.

The PowerPoint presentation reveals a clear link between hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) … 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

Drilling, Fracking Cause Concern

Medical workers urged to recognize exposure
By David O. Williams, The Durango Herald, July 20, 2013

A former president of the Colorado Medical Society calls the current hydraulic fracturing boom in the state’s gas and oil industry an “experiment in motion” for the public at large – one that could Continue reading