December 19, 2014

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in NY State, Citing Health Risks

Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says: “I cannot support high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York”
By James Gerken, The Huffington Post, December 17, 2014

The New York Times reports: “The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State….”

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PA Studies on Shale-Site Air Emissions Incomplete

Not only did the DEP not calculate the vast majority of chemical hazards, but its determination that public health would not be harmed was not made by anyone with training in medicine, toxicology or environmental or occupational health
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 20, 2014

Three widely cited state … Continue reading

PA DEP Admits Drilling Probe Error in Range Inquiry

Tainted-water hearing targets Range inquiry
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 29, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in … Continue reading

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

Explosion Shuts Natural Gas Processing Plant

Large Natural Gas Processing Plant in Wyoming is Closed by Explosion
By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters, April 23, 2014

The “nearby town” is a very small town about a mile away – there are similar natural gas facilities in western PA that are much nearer to large population centers.

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Weak Records Cited on PA Shale Pollution

Violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 3, 2014

Even when pollution discharges from shale gas well pads and impoundments contaminate private water supplies, those violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported by state environmental regulators, according to documents filed in the Pennsylvania Superior … Continue reading

Albany Bars Crude Processing Expansion at Port

The order requires a health impact study by the county
By Mary Esch, Associated Press, March 12, 2014

The expansion of crude oil processing at the Hudson River Port of Albany, which has become a hub for rail shipments of volatile North Dakota crude to coastal refineries in the past … Continue reading

Chesapeake Energy’s $5 Billion Shuffle

The energy giant raised the cash it needed to survive by slashing royalties it paid property owners to drill on their land
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, March 13, 2014

At the end of 2011, Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, was teetering on the brink … Continue reading

Gas Drillers Should Minimize Impact on Nature, Poll Says

A majority of those polled say conservation of natural habitats and water resources should be a higher priority than shale gas development
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 1, 2013

Results of a poll by The Nature Conservancy in the six-state Marcellus Shale gas region of the Appalachians indicate strong … Continue reading

Is there a Media Blackout on the Fracking Flood Disaster in Colorado?

We need the national news stations to go cover the environmental disaster that’s happening in Colorado right now
By TXsharon, September 15, 2013

I see you’ve noticed the underwater wells in Weld County, Colorado. Amazing; we’ve emailed the Denver TV stations, other media, and state and local politicians. We’ve sent … Continue reading