January 19, 2018

Hunt for Gas Hits Fragile Soil, and South Africans Fear Risks

New York Times Drilling Down Series

By IAN URBINA, The New York Times

KAROO, South Africa — When a drought dried up their wells last year, hundreds of farmers and their families flocked to local fairgrounds here to pray for rain, and a call went out on the regional radio … Continue reading

Oil giant’s shell game nets elderly farmers

Promises made, but not kept, and it’s all legal

By Joshua Schneyer and Brian Grow, REUTERS

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan  — Late in the summer of 2010, hundreds of farmers in northern Michigan were fuming.

All had signed leases with local brokers permitting drillers to tap natural gas and oil beneath … Continue reading

Impact on Housing in Appalachian Pennsylvania as a Result of Marcellus Shale

The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development
A project funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission

Executive Summary

The research project was to evaluate the impact on housing as a result of Marcellus Shale drilling in twelve counties involved in various stages of drilling throughout the Commonwealth. The research data … Continue reading

Overestimation of benefits from shale gas drilling and underestimation of its historic costs

Ronald E. Bishop, PhD., C.H.O.

Remarks to NYS Assembly Committee and hearing on the revised dSGEIS. October 2011

Assemblyman Sweeney, other distinguished legislators and guests, I want to thank you for this opportunity to comment on our Department of Environmental Conservation’s latest draft of the Supplemental GEIS for Oil, Gas … Continue reading

Shale Reserve Estimate Slashed

Bloomberg News
Wednesday August 24, 2011

The United States will slash its estimate of undiscovered Marcellus shale natural gas by nearly 80 percent after an updated assessment by government geologists.

The formation, which stretches from New York to Tennessee, contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of gas, the U.S. Geological … Continue reading

Hydrofracking a Boom-bust Endeavor


During the yearlong moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, New Yorkers have learned a lot about the environmental impacts of fracking. Yet most people continue to assume that new drilling for natural gas will have significant economic benefits for the state and for … Continue reading

Worst Drought in More Than a Century Strikes Texas Oil Boom

By Joe Carroll, Bloomberg News

The worst Texas drought since record-keeping began 116 years ago may crimp an oil and natural- gas drilling boom as government officials ration water supplies crucial to energy exploration.

In the hardest-hit areas, water-management districts are warning residents and businesses to curtail usage from rivers, … Continue reading

Socioeconomic Value of the Delaware River Basin in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

Gerald J. Kauffman, University of Delaware Water Resources Agency

Executive Summary
What do the Guggenheim Museum, Boeing, Sunoco, Campbell’s Soup, DuPont, Wawa, Starbucks, Iron Hill Brewery, Philadelphia Eagles, Camelback Ski Area, Pt. Pleasant Canoe Livery, Salem Nuclear Power Plant, and United States Navy all have in common? They all depend … Continue reading

Local Experiences Related to the Marcellus Shale Industry

Staci Covey, RN, MS, NE-BC, President, Troy Community Hospital, VP, Post Acute Care


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Reducing The Staggering Costs Of Environmental Disease In Children, Estimated At $76.6 Billion In 2008

Leonardo Trasande and Yinghua Liu, Health Affairs

A 2002 analysis documented $54.9 billion in annual costs of environmentally mediated diseases in US children. However, few important changes in federal policy have been implemented to prevent exposures to toxic chemicals. We therefore updated and expanded the previous analysis and found that … Continue reading