August 28, 2014

PA: Fracking Waste Tainted Groundwater, Soil at 3 Sites

Leaks of fracking waste water from 3 impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 6, 2014

Leaks of fracking waste water from three impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater, prompting the state to issue a violation notice at one … Continue reading

Audit Blasts PA DEP’s Handling of Gas-Well Industry

“The DEP was underfunded, understaffed, and inconsistent” in its regulation of Marcellus Shale well activity
By Amy Worden, The Inquirer, July 24, 2014

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State environmental officials failed to adequately monitor Pennsylvania’s drinking-water supply and were slow to inform the public about the results … Continue reading

Health Professionals Release Major Scientific Document on Fracking

Concerned Health Professionals of NY releases a major new compilation of the risks and harms of fracking
By Concerned Health Professionals of New York, July 10, 2014

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Health Impacts of Fracking: Read about what is NOT happening in PA

Health experts and scientific researchers … Continue reading

Tests Prove Fracking to Blame for Flaming Parker County Wells

These test results could represent the nation’s first conclusive link between fracking and aquifer contamination
By Brett Shipp, WFAA, June 5, 2014

For the past two years, News 8 has aired a series of stories of flames shooting from water wells in Parker County. Dangerous levels of methane gas somehow … Continue reading

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

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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

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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