November 29, 2014

Groundbreaking Report on Water Contamination from Fracking

Jessica Ernst

Jessica Ernst, a high-profile, Alberta-based environmental consultant, has released a comprehensive summary of science, facts and documents relating to groundwater contamination from the controversial practice of natural gas hydraulic fracturing (download the report as a pdf).

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PA DEP Records Show at Least 161 Water Supplies Damaged by Drilling

Sunday Times review of DEP drilling records reveals water damage, murky testing methods
By Laura Legere, the times-tribune.com, May 19, 2013

See the PA DEP Determination Letters that DCS has Obtained

Read About the Court Order in Pennsylvania DEP v. Legere, et al. that Required PA DEP to Release Section Continue reading

PA DEP Whitewashes Franklin Forks Water Contamination

A number of us heard the news release from the Binghamton NPR station earlier tonight that the PA DEP has decided that the gas in Matt and Tammy Manning’s Franklin Forks water well is NOT from any gas well drilled by WPX but is instead from biogenic sources.

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Carlucci urges fracking study after PA visit

Westchestesr/Rockland Newsday reports on a trip NY State Senator David Carlucci took to view hydrofracking sites in PA, a trip that has increased his determination to push a bill he has introduced to delay any permits on hydrofracking until three studies on health and environmental impacts have been completed.

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Colorado ‘promotes’ natural-gas catastrophe that now threatens Colorado River

Joel Dyer of the Boulder Weekly reports how a slowly unfolding benzene-contamination disaster for a local creek and, ultimately, the Colorado River, was created by the conflict of interest in the state regulatory agency’s role as both purported regulator and promoter. “This is, of course, just the latest example of … 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

Dimock Water Problems Continue After 4-plus Years

Results of recent cases in fracking zone not yet released.
By Tom Wilber, Shale Gas Review, March 26, 2013

Service Rig in Dimock

More than four years after the explosion of a residential water well called attention to the problem, Pennsylvania environmental officials are still trying to solve water pollution … Continue reading

Drilling Spills Reaching Colorado Groundwater; State Mulls Test Rules

Oil and gas have contaminated groundwater in 17 percent of the 2,078 spills and slow releases that companies reported to CO regulators over the past five years.
By Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, Dec. 9, 2012

Oil and gas have contaminated groundwater in 17 percent of the 2,078 spills and … Continue reading

New Fears Over Fracking Groundwater Contamination

High concentrations of salts, including those of radium and barium, are present in the flowback waters from late-end fracking operations, lending fears over potential groundwater contamination.
By Professor Chris Rhodes, oilprice.com, Jan. 1, 2013

It is found that high concentrations of salts, including those of radium and barium, are present … Continue reading

How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

Part of an Ongoing Investigation
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Dec. 11, 2012

Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water.

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