August 3, 2015

Study Finds Those Living Near Shale Wells More Likely to be Hospitalized

Residents of 2 NE PA counties with a high density of active shale gas wells were more likely to be admitted to the hospital for heart, nervous system and other medical conditions than residents in neighboring areas with no drilling
By Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 15, 2015

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OK Court Rules Homeowners Can Sue Oil Companies Over Quakes

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that homeowners can sue oil and gas companies for damages caused by earthquakes in state trial courts
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, June 30, 2015

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that homeowners who have sustained injuries or property damage from rampant … Continue reading

Evaluating a Groundwater Supply Contamination Incident Attributed to Marcellus Shale Gas Development

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Introduction
High-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) has revolutionized the oil and gas industry worldwide but has been accompanied by highly controversial incidents of reported water contamination. For example, groundwater contamination by stray natural gas … Continue reading

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Racketeering Suit Against Chesapeake Energy

Lawsuit alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Scranton Times-Tribune, April 2, 2015

A federal judge has denied Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders by artificially inflating … Continue reading

PA Gov. Wolf Supports Drilling Moratorium in Delaware River Basin

Mr. Wolf’s proposed budget also increases funding to the Delaware River Basin Commission
By Brendan Gibbons, The Times-Tribune, March 13, 2015

Governor Wolf: Thank you for your recent comments in support of the de facto fracking ban in our Delaware River Basin and for your authorization of much-needed funding for Continue reading

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.

An explosion … Continue reading