October 6, 2015

Fracking Chemicals Detected in PA Drinking Water

This is the first case published with a complete story showing organic compounds attributed to fracking found in a homeowner’s well
By Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, May 4, 2015

An analysis of drinking water sampled from three homes in Bradford County, Pa., revealed traces of a compound commonly … Continue reading

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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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

An Oil Boom Takes a Toll on Health Care

Published: January 27, 2013


Dr. Gary Ramage treating a patient at McKenzie County Hospital in Watford City, N.D. The hospital now averages 400 emergency room visits per month. –Matthew Staver for The New York Times

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The patients come with burns from hot … Continue reading

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

Collectively Photographing Fracking
By Jesse Newman, The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2012

The most basic thing that photography does is visually describe what can be seen. The problem facing photographers of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project is that what they wish to describe cannot be seen — an invisible … Continue reading

Shift by Cuomo on Gas Drilling Prompts Both Anger and Praise

With New Delays, a Growing Sense that Gov. Cuomo Will Not Approve Gas Drilling
By Danny Hakim, The New York Times, Sept. 30, 2012

A few months after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomowas poised to approve hydraulic fracturing in several struggling New York counties, his administration is reversing course and starting … Continue reading

New York May Restart Review of Gas-Drilling Rules

New York State appears to be further slowing its effort to produce rules governing fracking, shorthand for the suite of drilling methods used to extract natural gas from deep shale deposits.
By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times, Sept. 28, 2012

New York State appears to be further slowing

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Fracking Fears Hurt Second-Home Sales in Catskills

There is concern that the drilling will not only ruin the natural environment but also depress property values, would-be buyers and real estate agents say.
By Mireya Navarro, The New York Times, Sept. 27, 2012

Hancock, NY – In a secluded spot here lies a vacationer’s dream: a three-bedroom ranch-style … Continue reading

New York State Plans Health Review as It Weighs Gas Drilling

The Cuomo administration now says its decision on whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York will have to wait until it conducts a review of the potential public health effects of the controversial natural gas drilling process.
By MIREYA NAVARRO, The New York Times, Sept. 20, 2012

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Mortgages for Drilling Properties May Face Hurdle

By Ian Urbina, New York Times

The Department of Agriculture is considering requiring an extensive environmental review before issuing mortgages to people who have leased their land for oil and gas drilling.

Last year more than 140,000 families, many of them with low incomes and living in rural areas, received … Continue reading